Monthly Archives: July 2016

Lizzie Loves Healthy shares her raw salted caramel chocolate squares recipe

A few months ago we had the pleasure of welcoming Lizzie King author of Lizzie Loves Healthy, a website filled with fabulous recipes and ideas for parents wanting to eat healthy and delicious food with their kids, into our London studio. With the summer holidays well underway we asked Lizzie to share her favourite recipe to make with her children and we can see why she chose this one – these raw salted caramel chocolate squares are totally delicious and are sugar free.

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Raw Salted Caramel Chocolate Squares 

A mouthful of a name and a complete dream of a mouthful. A crunchy shortbread-like base with a gooey salted caramel filling and finished off with a crisp chocolate top. To die for.

The best thing I’ve made in a long time, I’m just worried that I’ll have to give the rest of the tray away to stop myself polishing them off.

No baking and no sweat, you can have these ready to eat in half an hour max. Next time I’m making double the caramel to have with everything.

Base

1 ½ Cups Cashews

1 Cup desiccated coconut

2 tbsp coconut oil

4 Dates

Pinch sea salt

1 tbsp rice syrup

Caramel Filling

¼ cup almond butter

¼ cup cashew butter (do use one type if that’s what you have)

1/3 cup coconut oil

1/3 cup maple syrup

2 tsp vanilla bean paste

large pinch sea salt

Chocolate Topping

¼ cup coconut oil

3 tbsp cacao (or cocoa) powder

3-4 tbsp maple syrup – to taste

Method

For the base, pour the cashews and coconut flakes into the small bowl of a magimix and whizz together to form a meal. Then add the roughly chopped, pitted, dates, coconut oil and rice syrup as the blades are turning.

In a 9” square baking tin, lined with parchment, spread this evenly with a spatula and place in the freezer to harden.

The caramel mixture is a breeze – you put everything in the magimix and after a minute you have a rich, unctuous caramel to die for.

Spread this over the base and return to freezer.

In a small pan on a low heat, melt the coconut oil and whisk in the cacao powder and maple syrup, being careful not to overheat.

Retrieve the tray from the freezer, and pour the glossy chocolate on top, tilting and tipping to ensure an even layer.

Leave in the freezer for another 5 minutes until hardened and then slice into squares and enjoy!

Why not try making this delicious recipe at home and share your pictures with us on instagram @ilovegorgeousuk @lizzieloveshealthy.

Behind the Design – How we designed this season’s must-have print

This week we were thrilled to see the Cameron’s daughters wearing our dresses on the steps of number 10 Downing Street. Nancy wore our Henry Dress in aqua and Florence chose to wear our Hemmingway Dress in our pink English Rose print.

The Cameron's leaving No.10 Downing Street

We love this print and a lot of care and attention goes into designing our prints every season.

So how do we go about designing our iconic prints?

A design may start as a fabric, a piece of trim that catches our eye or a fabric that we have found and loved. We assemble inspiration all through the year from vintage markets, our travels and our personal memories so that by the time we sit down to design a season we have a big treasure trove of design ideas and fabric references.

The English Rose Print

The inspiration for the English Rose print came from a beautiful vintage dress that we found in Portobello Road market one frosty winter morning. We snapped it up knowing that it was very much our handwriting and would make a beautiful party dress. We bought it in the pinky colours but worked on the soft Aqua colour-way ourselves and were delighted with the results as the hues are soft, tonal and really beautiful. We then contrasted the soft blues with some acid trim at the neckline – another ilovegorgeous signature flourish.

Our prints often form the core of the collection and we are well know for our unusual prints and fabric bases. Once the prints and colour-ways a have been worked on we start looking at the silhouette making sure that we keep the styles that our loyal customers love and expect from us but also throw something new and exciting into the mix to keep the collections fresh and interesting.

We try to make sure that we have a good balance of styles that will appeal to young and older girls. For example the Henry Dress worn by Nancy Cameron, works particularly well for older girls with the shirred waist and more sophisticated styles whereas the loose A line shape of the Hemmingway Dress is perfect for younger girls like Florence.

The Henry Dress

The Henry Dress

For AW16 we are delighted with our bold prints. We have a fabulous Chinese flower print in a pure red and a soft vibrant blue colour-way that we hope customers will love as much as we do.  A chiffon abstract firework print in soft greys and mauves with hints of silver and hot pink and reds with hints of gold for party wear. Of course this Autumn we are launching our first boys collection and will be rebranding to Wild & Gorgeous but rest assured, our signature design aesthetic will be remaining! For boys we have focused on some really cool embroidered dragons and tigers to complement our Chinese inspiration for the girls collection.

Preview of our prints from AW16

Preview of our prints from AW16

Have you got any ideas for prints you would like to see at Wild & Gorgeous? We’d love to hear from you, simply leave a comment below.

 

Travel Insider | Sophie Worthington shares her top travel tips and inspiration

As busy mothers, designers and directors of ilovegorgeous, Sophie Worthington and Lucy Enfield have picked up quite a few tips and tricks for travelling with children as well as inspiration for their designs. As she prepares to head off on holiday with her family, we asked Sophie to share her top travel choices, packing tips and what is in her suitcase this summer…

Our favourite family holiday destination

Probably our favourite family holiday destination is Greece. We tend to go to Andros in the Cyclades mainly because we have family there and so it is home from home. It is also not too touristy and the beaches are wide, white and sandy with clear blue water and plenty of rocks for the kids to jump off. We either rent a beach cottage or stay in a hotel. I get super lazy on holiday and prefer not to cook so lunch will be a peach on the beach and supper will be with a big group of friends and family at a pre arranged beach taverna. Quite a few of us go every year and I love dipping in and out of the crowds. Plenty of down time but plenty of opportunity to be sociable if we feel like it.

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Fun in the sun in Greece last year

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How our holidays have changed as our children have grown up

My husband and I gawp at families travelling through airports with young children with a mixture of admiration and horror. The days of travelling with buggies, car seats, bottle sterilisers and nappies are thankfully over along with the endless frantic worry about adequate suncream applications and dissuading a 3 year old from trying to eat a poisonous oleander flower or swim without armbands. Of course teenagers have some liabilities (usually involving alcohol!) but mostly they are a joy to be with and great fun. Dinners can go on late into the night without fear of a grumpy child the following morning or missing a crucial nap. Our destinations remain the same, our activities differ. We would love to go to Kyoto this Autumn where my 20 year old daughter who is a fine art student at Glasgow School of Art is doing an exchange but with my 17 year old head down in A levels and the costs of travelling that far afield a little prohibitive, it might be another October half term admiring the lengthening shadows at our much loved family home in Yorkshire.

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Our family home in the North Yorkshire countryside…

How travel inspires our designs

In all honesty this SS16 was not really inspired by our own travels although the idea of an ikat print came from a battered old bag that Lucy picked up in a greek market one summer and stayed in our inspiration box. It has been one of our most successful prints this season and it was fun translating the bones of the print into colour schemes that we felt would work for our customers. We also used sea themes in this collection with our glittering starfish print dress and sequin shell, starfish and seahorse in our knitwear. We also had a rather cool shell shaped travel bag that has proved quirky and popular.

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My must-haves for the summer holidays from the SS16 collection

My must haves from our SS16 collection would be the ikat print Smoothie Suit, the Jade Dress, the New Yorker playsuit and the Leo Top and Holly Skirt for summer parties.

Smoothie suit
Our plans this summer…

This summer, we’re going to Greece!! We just can’t kick that clear water and feta salad addiction. Although this year we are branching out and spending one week in Spetes – where John Fowles wrote The Magus – which both older kids are keen to read and I have persuaded the youngest to have a go at Gerald Durrells My Family and Other Animals also set in Greece and capturing all that we love about the islands and the people that inhabit them.

My top packing tips
  1. If you don’t love it, don’t pack it – you wont wear it.
  2. Buy your suncream when you get there.
  3. A kindle is lighter than 20 books and it lights up.
  4. Get a pedicure done before you go, do not attempt to paint your own toes nails unless you have a very steady hand.
  5. Have a fake bake before you go so you don’t light up the beach in the wrong way. 
  6. Pack easy to care for and fold pieces for both yourself and your children (our cotton crepe styles are great for this!) no one wants to iron on holiday!
3 things always in my suitcase
  1. I don’t go in the sun any more so I always take plenty of spray tan.
  2. Hats
  3. I will probably live in a bikini so I always make sure I have at least 5. I also like wearing loose fitting, flowing dresses on holiday so i will have plenty of those also.
Happy Holidays!
Sophie x