Smart Travelling: Foodies On-The-Go

In continuation of Fashion Tales’ Smart Travelling series, I thought that I would save one of the bests for last … food! During my travels whether it’s for business or leisure there have certainly been days when I just do not want to wait in line for a meal in the food court. This is especially the case when it has already been a lengthy travelling experience—those days when there’s absolutely no vacant seats in your gate area, or when your scheduled flight time erratically changes to an extra hour delay.

Yes, those moments are the exact reasons why I tend to carry my own food with me most times when I travel. Because, let’s face it, waiting in line can get exhausting and you’ll need food to help.

In my opinion, energy bars and healthy food options are always a great companion. They take up far less space than most foods, they’re not messy, and will satisfy your hunger whilst nourishing your body in the long run.
What to eat while travelling
NudeFood is a healthy food brand that I came to know during my recent voyages, since I am a devotee to gluten-free and low sugar goods. They provide high-quality products infused with all-natural components, including breakfast boosts (smoothies), various flavoured bars, and specialty unbaked cookies. Based in Boulder, Colorado, the company’s mission is to “feed people good food.”
 (Above) 1-Cherry Vanilla Macadamia bars, 2-Breakfast Boost Antioxidant Berry 3-Breakfast Boost Coconut-Pecan, 4-Pineapple Pomegranite Walnut bars.

What's to Love:
I have several food allergies, which means that I am constantly reading labels on what I buy. All of NudeFood’s products are 100% Gluten-free, Corn and Soy-free, Lactose-free, and non-GMO & Kosher certified; so to put it bluntly this simply means that they are … well, a respectable dose of marvellous to start! I also love the fact that the brand doesn't hide anything from you—all ingredients and nutrition facts of every item are listed, and can be found on their informative site.

I recently had the honour of sampling many of their products and I really liked them. My favourites at the moment are the mocha coconut cream bars, and the cherry berry raw nut unbaked cookies. The bars will cost you a bit extra than a Larabar each, but you get more in a serving. The breakfast booster packages are also delicious and may be used in a smoothie, in cereal, yoghurt, and oatmeal, etc. I used it in my yoghurt and smoothies, which made it easy for me to eat quickly and still have a balanced morning meal. 

With ingredients like Madagascar vanilla extract, golden flax seeds, and Fair Trade dark chocolate, okay I’ll wait … I know you might just need a “moment” to let that lusciousness sink in.
Smart Travelling Vegan NudeFood
So, how many do I pack on a trip? Well, that’s all circumstantial. Some people can go a whole four or five hour flight without eating a substantial snack or meal replacement. But, I wouldn't recommend it. What I've learnt from experience is that when you travel, it takes a lot of energy out of you, hence you need to eat! Whatever that is, of course is up to you, but you must fuel the body.

I am always on the move and have a fast metabolism, therefore depending on the when and where parts of my agenda, that’s what classifies the amount of food that I carry with me. Today, it’s a couple of bars in my handbag. I always keep a stash of dried fruit, almonds, and healthy bars in my carry-on for an energy boost as well, since I know that I usually have to eat something every three hours or so.  

GIVEAWAY:
To share my love of natural foods and smart travelling, I have partnered with NudeFood to giveaway some of their great products to one of my lucky readers. Don’t worry, fellow international lovelies, I will have something else again in the future. If you provide a USA address the company can ship to, you may enter. Or, do you have a friend or family member who would love this healthy box? Tell them to enter; this would be a great sample of goods to indulge in!

*Here’s what you’ll get:  a box filled with a bar of each flavour, 3 single-serves of Ultra-Dense blends, and a couple of each of the Licious Organics cookies.

TO ENTER: It’s simple: you may enter once or several ways below, including on Twitter and Instagram. If you use the hashtag #FTalesTravel, you get one extra entry per social platform.

So, if you love natural foods packed with fine ingredients, brilliant! Now, take a look at what NudeFood offers here or view the images above. Good Luck! 

Have you tried these products? What’s your favourite NudeFood product that you would want to try?
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For more information visit: www.nudefood.com.
Food Products: Provided by NudeFood, All opinions expressed are my own.

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Accessories and Little Statements

For someone who adores colour in an array of shades and forms, there is one pattern that's pleasing to me in plain black and white—it’s classic stripes! Well, that and polka dots … and houndstooth, okay you get my point!

I am not usually a fan of a dress with pockets, that is unless it’s a great dress that also has a casual-cool comfort factor. It’s even better when your fashion happiness is found in a maxi! Maxis are my favourite to wear because of their versatility. With that being said, this was a contender for (when I was pondering of) what to wear for an art showing. I already wear my maxi dresses year round, and have wanted a few more that are more basic in colour.

Over these past few weekends I have been catching up with long distance friends during my break times, in addition to squeezing in blog reading in the wee hours of the night. And, this past week my chats were full of laughter to the point that my abdominal muscles were shouting themselves. Don’t you love those types of conversations with friends?

On to the outfit: since most of what I tend to wear is generally bold and bright, here’s a dress that I have fallen in love with. It’s very comfortable, entirely minimal, and an all-in-one style with the top and waist gathering, which was the initial reason why I was drawn to it. An easy style with no-fuss wearing, and extremely comfortable? Yes, we all need days like these!

I am off to explore, and perhaps do some vintage shopping. Enjoy the rest of your week! Stay tuned for a healthy and exclusive style dose later this week.

The goods: Striped maxi dress, Blue cord bracelet, Colour blocked bag-c/o Oasap, Leather jacket-Mark Eisen, Spider drop earrings/Statement necklace-c/o Oasap, Shoes-Debenhams, Scarf-Gap/thifted, Heart socks-Storets.

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Back To The Basics: Ozeal Glasses

During heavily eventful work days I usually wear my eyeglasses. Of course, it would be nice to have perfect vision and not have to need them at all! But, with the latest technology and a marvellous selection of frame styles nowadays, it certainly makes wearing them with ease, especially as a fashion devotee.

Anyone who wears prescription eyeglasses and loves accessories will understand my adoration for collecting diverse style. For that reason, when UK-based glasses company Ozeal asked me if I was interested in trying their frames, naturally, I had a good browse and research session, then saw that I had to own these Human Skull eyeglasses. 
First, I will start with the quality, since I now have quite a diverse collection of eye frames (essentially, for every occasion), the best comparison for this particular style would be my tortoise frames, which are of great quality. I actually chose a very simple design style this time—the basic black wayfarers caught my eye. When they arrived they were, in fact, even better than what I had anticipated. Ozeal guarantees customers 100% satisfaction and offers customer service via social media for prompt solutions.

I have two basic black eyeglasses, but neither of them is like this pair, with a hot pink outline around and inside the frame themselves. Okay, if you don’t wear eye frames, just pretend that I am talking about shoes and hopefully you can understand.

In the meantime, these also completed my back to the basics style inspiration, which is why I wore elements that I tend to hold on to: lace, (which is timeless) and pleated skirts (with a “swoosh” effect of course) that simply makes me smile. Textured lace and pleats in other forms might disagree with one another as I once read in a silly fashion magazine years ago, but look, here clearly they work as great additions that balanced my outfit and represented how I felt. An artful and feminine spring feeling it was. 

Ironically, some of my favourite styles that the brand offers are on the more modern side of design, since I have mostly retro frames. Many are very bold, and others carry an extremely artistic aesthetic. I would definitely get another pair in the future. So, what’s next on my wish list of fabulous spectacles? Well, let’s just say that I may or may not be searching for an artsy wooden style of frames in the future … is Christmas too soon to want those?

For more information visit www.ozealglasses.com

The goods: Human Skull Eyeglasses-Style: Mattheo-Courtesy of Ozeal Glasses, Leather belt-Flea market, Shoes-Chinese Laundry, Lace top-Burlington Coat Factory, Pleated skirt-Oasap, Handbag-Newport News, Necklace-Choies. *All opinions expressed about Ozeal are my own.
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DIY: Floral Style and Framework

I had been thinking about a few projects that I wanted to do before tossing out the notions and paper crafting items that I had amassed for some time. So, I wanted to revamp a few items that I had around in the home, as well as perusing my arts and crafts bin for extra inspiration.

Calendar Art:

Frame #1: by using printed kitchen liners or contact paper (this will be your background), cut them to your frame measurement (for insertion), which, of course is slightly smaller than the actual frame. Adhere the printed liners/contact paper to a piece of cardstock or cardboard of the same measurement. For this frame version, I used an engraved stone that I found on eBay.

Place the stone on top of the printed background, gluing it in place. Let dry. Insert your finished background with the stone into your frame or shadow box. I decorated my finished piece with flowers on the top of the frame.

Frame #2: I decided to reuse old picture frames for this project to create artwork from a past calendar. After cutting selected images and text from my calendar, I measured and positioned the main photo to the frame. This project works wonderfully if you have a shadow box as well. Set your photo in place, and insert inside the frame. Secure frame closed. That’s it! You can change it as you like, just by reusing your favourite calendar photos.

Frame #3: to make a more elaborate piece, I used paint chip cards which are great for design crafts, along with my calendar image. I cut my paint chip cards into various shapes, then placed them in the layout that I wanted. Next, glue all of the pieces together, then insert the image in the frame. Secure frame closed.

Floral Centrepiece
With the same theme of floral, I used more of the remnants from my printed paper. But, instead of an oval piece in the shape of my tin, I cut an asymmetrical shape of the print, because I wanted to fold it over the edge of the tin. I had a bundle of glass marbles from other projects, so I filled my tin with them for colour.

Next, I used and cut silk flowers to start the design of my floral arrangement. Lastly, to secure my floral stems, I used the printed floral paper as tape to hold a few of the stems down, since the paper had adhesive on the opposite side.

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed my fun and easy spring DIY.

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Happy Easter + Weekend Links

I am pleased to be included in this week's Links à la Mode, for my Smart Travelling post. Do check out the other links from bloggers listed below as well.

I hope you're ready for a wonderful weekend. Mine has already started. If you had a tough week, then try to savour the little things, pamper yourself, relax, or perhaps catch up on some reading.

Here's wishing you a marvellous and Happy Easter or Passover to everyone! Stay tuned next week, I have a fab spring DIY and much more coming up for your to enjoy.
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Links à la Mode: April 17th

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Style Files: Orange, Silver, and Stripes

At your workplace are you allowed to have casual Fridays? I had never been able to fully experience such a day until recently. For everyone, once a month there is a casual Friday where you are allowed to wear dark denim preferably, or relaxed attire that’s also suitable for the office.

Of course, there is always that one person who will try to push the envelope, but it doesn't last very long before ramifications of defiance set in. Some time ago, I was able to wear this outfit, which was great because it was a nice day out. Afterward, I added my trimmed hat and went for a stroll to do some food shopping.
The inspiration was a fusion of casual, yet modern bohemian elements and nautical grace—the only maritimesque inspired pieces that I used were the faux freshwater pearls, and the navy and white stripes. I added some jewelley from the Born Pretty store—the crown pendant was adorable. I was also impressed by the rings, and quality of the pendant. I think adding a mix of brown and silver embellishments to this look made me think of spring even more, although currently cold breezes have arrived here and there.

I know that some people steer away from blending opposing metals or colours together, but I always welcome it. Why not? Instead of pairing a traditional red with the navy I used orange as the bold embracing colour.

This somewhat unconventional style worked well with the charcoal denim combination, and most importantly, a very easy outfit for a casual work day. Meanwhile, this week I am back to adding finishing touches to a few projects

Do you have these types of work days? How is your week going so far?
The goods: Denim-Cheap Monday, Faux pearl bracelet, Silver stackable rings, and crown necklace-c/o Born Pretty, V-neck top-La Redoute, Lace tank-H&M, Studded clutch-seen here, Hat-Oasap, Striped blazer-Consignment shop, Shoes-Anthropologie. Get and extra 10% off at the BornPrettystore using code: TNT10

*I am also linking this post up with Elena of DCinStyle, view other blogger's style here.

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The Smart Tech Traveller

As keen traveller, over the years, I have had to adjust the way that I travel. Keeping up with the latest technologies and having the ability to pack swiftly and efficiently are just a few things that I have refined and tailored for trekking about. When it comes to trying out new things related to the travelling experience, I am always gripped by a good product, which is why I wanted to share with you a genius design by CalypsoCrystal.

CalypsoCrystal produces beautiful mobile accessories with a luxury aesthetic that are all perfect for travelling as well as everyday use. The brand offers products with exceedingly functional design. All accessories have clever capabilities alongside quality craftsmanship.

I recently tested their CalypsoTag, which is a luggage tag with a GPS chip that allows you to navigate your bag by location. By using your smartphone device, you can locate your luggage tag. Forget the busy crowds! Just relax in the airport and know that your bag is safe wherever you’ve placed your tag.

You're notified when your bags come out from the carousel. Therefore, you are aware if someone tries to claim it as their own. I’m sure you may remember a few of my airport stories. Nowadays, everyone usually has a black luggage set and, unless you have an incredibly identifiable style of bag, it’s often frustrating to have to wait for your bags to come around. Although, it only takes a single horrifying experience to have your bags lost to understand the anxiety that one goes through, this design concept entirely alleviates that!
Calypso Luggae Tags
Luxury Travelling Calypso Crystal
All you need to do is download the supporting app on your mobile device and fix your settings by following the instructions, depending on what phone you have. Some people have had mixed experiences with the app, which is by Chipolo. However, after I contacted CalypsoCrystal directly (great customer service by the way) I just made certain that my chip/battery was securely inside the tag, and everything worked perfectly for me. Make sure that you have the proper mobile capability: iOSiPhoneiPad, Android, and Samsung Galaxy. 

I was impressed by the actual tag, which has first-class, hand-crafted Italian leather. The company also has several additional products, including the CalypsoKeyamongst others. Each style of item has its own witty and intercontinental name, such as the “Auckland Jam,” the reflective hue of the “Lyon Exupery,” and the boldness of the“ Shanghai Twists.”

To view more information about CalypsoCrystal visit: www.calypsocrystal.com.

What do you think about Calypso Crystal’s design?
Technology Best 2014 Travel accessories
The goods: CalypsoTag in Barajas Gate,” Courtesy of Calypso Crystal. All opinions and views about this product are my own.

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Relaxed Weekender

I had a nice break away, and wanted to say thanks so much for your support and visits, they are truly appreciated. Stay tuned for special goodies coming soon to share with you in these next couple of weeks.

Sometimes on the weekend when a friend calls you for an impromptu meet up, you may not have it all together or feel like wearing work clothes, but there are still many ways to dress with ease and style. This was one of those times. My friend Zoë had a long layover, so we met for breakfast, and then went to a café for a proper catch up.

What was needed: a weekend ensemble that combined stylish comfort and easy elements to alter for a semi-rainy day. A very relaxed approach was also somewhat essential, since I had a previoius late night, so I decided to grab my safety style elements. A hat, scarf, and jersey knit—a hand-dyed dress suited the occasion perfectly!
It’s always nice to pull out old favourites from my closet, which includes this Calvin Klein jacket that has received plenty of wear over the past year or so, since the day I bought it. After modifying the daily beauty routine, I just grabbed a touch of mascara, bronzer, and a favourite lip colour to finish the look.

Everything in this outfit is from a charity shop, ethical fashion design, vintage, or handmade by me.

How is your week going so far? Have you had weekends like this?
The goods:  Embellished hat-DIY, Croc and Leather Shoes-Bruno Magli, "Doris" Eco Organic Cotton shawl worn as belt-c/o Gudrun  Sjödén, Jersey Dress-Ladyofashion design, and hand-dyed-DIY, Eel Purse-Vintage, Printed silk scarf-Liz Claiborne, Denim jacket-Calvin Klein, Necklace-DIY.

*I am also linking this post up with Elena of DCinStyle. View other blogger's outfits here!

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Black Coffee and Lemonade, On The Rocks

Life has been wonderfully productive and slightly disordered lately … I had the worst time tracking a few global parcels, I was double charged for a fare (but it was finally rectified), and I have a huge work deadline to meet. 

There are loads of other things to keep up with, therefore I am taking a bit more time off periodically from the blog this month. But, don’t worry, I will still be blogging here and there, as well as uploading a few sewing projects soon, and visiting your lovely sites. However, just note that it may take a true moment to catch up with your links than usual. Aside from that, I am simply enjoying life, nonetheless.

In celebration of spring I thought it was a good time to bring out a small dose of neon. Since I adore bold and bright colours this time I decided to wear it minimally and with a T-shirt, which I typically do not wear too many of. And, the fact that I love leather-like things, it wasn't difficult to pair something with this skirt. 
Style blogger leather and neon
Generally, I never really enter giveaways, but I recently entered a few and won two of them, which was quite a surprise. This skirt is from one of those winnings. The colour blocked handbag by Dosenbach below is also a new addition to the wardrobe, thanks to the lovely Kira, a fellow style blogger and fashion devotee.

Sometimes, it’s absolutely the little things that can make a week brighter and these were certainly a few of mine.

Even in the midst of chaos there is a beautiful symphony—even if it might be a silent one, a stylish one, or one that merely lasts an instant. So, I decided to be enthralled in a bit of fashion happiness, and I'm taking my desirable goodies with me, as I keep pressing on!

See you soon!
      Leather skirt and Handbag details.Coastal Style Ambassador - Valentino AccessoriesSpring How to wear Neon
The goods: Tank-Marshalls, Belt-H&M, Leather Skirt-Choies (won from giveaway), Initial necklace-Vivien Frank, Eyewear-Valentino c/o-Coastal, Sandals-Target, Neon T-shirt-Express. Handbag available here.

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