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UNLIKELY FASHION INSPIRATION // NOEL FIELDING GBBO

Of all the changes to the Great British Bake Off, I think it's safe to say one of the best is Noel and Sandi's fashion choices every week. I've got to be honest, it's a close call between which I'm more excited about; Noel's shirt of choice or Stephen's inevitable fantastic showstopper.

Esquire called it at the beginning of the series and it's certainly turned out that, in fact, Noel Fielding is 2017's biggest, unlikely style icon.

Noel and Sandi from GBBO

If you fancy adding a bit of 'Fielding' into your own wardrobe, here's where you can find it:
Lazy Oaf

A twitter storm occurred when both Noel and Zoella
wore the ice cream shirt by this brand.

No surprises, it's now sold out. However Lazy Oaf
have a whole range of equally as cute options.




Vintage Tomato Print Shirt
Farfetch (Kenzo)

This is the classic he wore for Italian week and
unfortunately, it's also sold out.
Keep an eye on the site because I'm pretty sure
Kenzo will be cashing in on this at a
few hundred dollars each.




American Eagle shirt
Silken Favours
£215.00

The raven shirt Noel wore in the opening episode
was an instant hit and surprise, surprise, it sold out.

Silken Favours have a huge range of alternatives though,
but they don't come cheap.






Busy Floral Print Shirt
Farfetch (Kenzo)
$482

Another Kenzo special and this one is definitely
a ringer for something from a Fielding wardrobe.





Feather Print Shirt
Paul Smith
£240.00

Again, not an exact match but look at this
and tell me this won't make a feature at some
point in Noel Fielding's outfit choices, in or out
of Bake Off.




£36.99

If you're not quite as bold in shirt choice,
here's a nice simple option of the
jumper worn in the promo ads for GBBO.



Topman
(sale £10)

Not quite a match, but this is definitely
a budget version of a Noel Fielding special.




Topman
(sale £15)

An alternative floral print, which also
happens to be in the sale so grab it quick.




This was a post a little different to my norm but week by week as I've watched the cake chaos unfold, it was something I absolutely had to do.

Thanks Channel 4 for taking on a challenge and keeping the Great British Bake Off as it should be (despite the ad breaks) and making wardrobe selections bolder and brighter then ever before - including the infamous Mary Berry jacket of yesteryear.

Also, if you're interested, I'm #TeamLiam

leanne

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BOOK REVIEW // THE POWER by NAOMI ALDERMAN

*contains spoilers*

This book flips a patriarchal world upside down and really challenges your outlook on gender in society. Set in the modern day, Alderman explores the possibility that women hold all the power due to an electric weapon they have within them. 

Picture of The Power book on a white, flecked material background

From a perspective of various characters (both male and female) we follow each of their journeys. Roxy is a personal favourite of mine. Having grown up with a violent family whose name is feared, she uses her own extraordinary, new power to follow in their footsteps and seek revenge and success. She overcomes a number of horrific situations, but being a voyeur of the worst betrayal towards her at the end of the book is particularly harrowing!

Incidentally - due to this electrical and brutal power - men become the submissive species; a lot of them scared, afraid or wanting to start a war in order to regain their leadership. Even as a female, it made me question a lot of the thoughts and actions that the characters have or do in this book. It is a shocking revelation that this, in fact, isn't far exaggerated from our own situation in today's world.

Implications of an all powerful army of women included male genital mutilation and a ban of men driving or travelling without permission of a woman. I have no doubt that Alderman really hones in on these world issues to draw attention to how shocking they are and that
THEY EXIST FOR SOME WOMEN ALREADY.

I really enjoyed the perspective and it is cleverly portrayed, particularly the closing pages. For a book of fiction, the scary similarities of this story and today's society really make you sit up and notice.


leanne

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BEST BRUNCH SPOTS IN LEEDS //

Who doesn't love a good weekend brunch?

In Leeds we're spoilt for choice in places to go for a great breakfast and good coffee, so I've pulled together a shortlist of all my absolute favourites in and around the city centre.

North Star Coffee Shop


This one is a short walk out of the city centre and absolutely worth it. The independent coffee shop plays host to barista classes, casual brunch and a huge array of cakes from Noisette Bakery.
Not only does this have a wonderful aesthetic and an all accommodating menu, but the coffee is incredible - being roasted right next door.

Sitting comfortably beside Leeds Docks, home to the Royal Armouries museum, it's definitely a welcome addition to this area of the city. Read my review here.

Ricotta and cherry glaze on brioche

Lampshades in North Star Coffee Roasters in Leeds

The Hub

Taking you outside of Leeds City Centre, The Hub is based in Farsley village which is a mere ten minute train ride away. Not only does this offer a cosy atmosphere and tasty menu, it's hugely affordable and the service is always great.

From a classic five or seven piece breakfast (selecting all your fave items) to a fancy eggs benedict or bacon-topped french toast - there's something for everyone. It's local to me and therefore one of my absolute favourite places to visit when I'm at home.

Ox Club

At the top of the list has to be one of Leeds' favourites. Ox Club restaurant is situated inside Headrow House, a tucked away building with multiple bars and a rooftop garden. The restaurant opened a couple of years ago and the brunch menu has maintained it's reputation all this time. Check out my first thoughts on it's opening here.

Bubble and Squeak is the one, with Avocado on Toast a close vegetarian favourite. The ricotta pancakes are an absolute dream for those with a sweet tooth.

Brunch dish at Ox Club, Leeds

Interior of Ox Club, Leeds


Mill Kitchen

Another Farsley favourite, and often a hit with those attending regular Leeds Indie Food events, this place is the epitome of a hipster hangout. Not only is it ideal for a good brunch and aesthetically pleasing for an Instagram shot or two, it's also a popular family lunch spot and they're hugely accommodating of all ages.

It's a little more pricey than other brunch spots but their homemade brunch/lunch options are so worth the visit.


Have you visited any of these places?

I hope you find this list useful, particularly if you're looking for somewhere to brunch this weekend.
Also leave me a comment and let me know if you've found any other incredible breakfast/lunch spots in the city - there's never too many food places to try!

leanne

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