Thursday, 26 February 2015

Fashion // LFW Mens Style Trends

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It's not a secret by now that one of my favourite British brands is Barbour. I bought my first waxed cotton jacket last year and even though it is cold up here in Scotland, I do my best to wear it on every single occasion (aka sunshine).
To me Barbour is a brand that combines effortless style, all of their designs are elegant but surely made in a way that functionality was considered.
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Looking at this year's London Fashion Week I was smitten to see Barbour's Mens Collection, as this was their first time! They showcased key looks from the Heritage Tweed and Core essentials collections, alongside the second season of a collaboration with White Mountaineering. There was a strong focus on earthy colours - like their signature olive green - and a trend of layering. 
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The collection was sporty with a modern twist and tweed was introduced. Most outfits were paired with slim corduroy trousers and oxford shoes.
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I was also happy to see that this season the designers focused on the camouflage trend (one of my favourites); the concept reminded me a lot of men going hunting or for a walk in the countryside. Speaking of which I wonder when will I get the chance to go again for a looong walk in the mountains with my boyfriend and our dog Mikey.

Have you seen the LFW men's fashion trends? Which one was your favourite?

*all pictures taken via

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Breakfast // Pancakes

This year we didn't celebrate the pancake day, because (a) I was busy and (b) I forgot about it. Nevertheless, I promised the boyfriend that I would make some pancakes at some point and today I finally made my promise true.  The irony is that they are 'skinny' as they are made out of really healthy ingredients, but we had them with Nutella on top, because we felt they were too healthy for us #joking
Living life to the edges, don't we? 
Seriously though, these were the best pancakes I had for a while and they were so easy to made....
easy banana egg pancakes recipe
easy panckaes recipe by Natbees Fashion
For this recipe you will need (for two persons):
4 eggs
4 bananas
2 cups of oats
a pinch of salt
a pinch of cinnamon
1/2 tbsp baking soda

Mix all the ingredients with a food processor and let the batter aside for 5'. Heat a pan over moderate heat and wipe it with some butter using kitchen paper. Ladle some batter into the pan and let it cook for about 30 seconds before you turn it to the other side.
Serve with Nutella and strawberries or honey, walnuts and cinnamon on top.
Yummy!

Let me know if you try this :)
Love,
Anastasia



Monday, 23 February 2015

How To // Care For Your Vintage Clothes

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There’s a lot of great things to be said for vintage clothes, especially since they never truly go out of fashion. One downside though is that they can be tricky to clean and you regularly have to carry them to the dry cleaners.
Thankfully, on-demand dry cleaning services make it easier to care for your retro items and some, such as Laundrapp, will even collect and deliver your clothes for you whenever you want. Laundrapp is currently only available in London and Edinburgh, but is expanding globally – and is free to download on iPhone and Android.
You can even get a 33% discount with Laundrapp when you use the code ‘NATBEE’ too.
However, if you prefer to take care of your clothes personally, there are some tricks you can follow to make sure you get the best possible look from your retro wardrobe…
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Denim
Unless your denim jacket or flared jeans have a visible stain on them, you’re actually better off not washing them at all. Instead, Levi’s own CEO recommends folding them in a plastic bag and freezing them overnight to kill any smells.
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Wool
Wool can be very easily damaged by standard detergents, so if you can’t use a professional cleaning service such as Laundrapp then the best option is to hand wash using baby shampoo. If it does take damage, repair it by hanging it in a steamy bathroom to shrink the fibres back together.
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Silk
Silk cocktail dresses can be gorgeous, but are tremendously difficult to clean. It’s vital to use a gentle soap such as Stergene for handwashing the whole item – never spot clean or you’ll leave permanent ring marks. Don’t rub stains out aggressively either, as that’ll damage the fibre and leave a mark too.
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Corduroy
Corduroy is usually very easy to clean – just turn inside out and machine wash as normal. Other damage must be repaired quickly though, as corduroy is quick to unravel. Again, Laundrapp or a local dry cleaner can help cover minor repairs if you’re not comfortable with a needle.
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Suede
Like it or now, suede is one fabric that absolutely needs the special attention of a dry cleaning service or specialist – just like normal leather. One absolutely essential tip that a lot of people forget though is to add a protective layer afterwards. Grab a protective suede to help maintain the material.

*This is a sponsored article and I have received compensation, however, all opinions expressed are in accordance with mine. All pictures used are found via Pinterest. Thanks for reading!

Friday, 20 February 2015

Healthy eatings // Raw oat raisin protein energy balls

NO BAKE PEANUT BUTTER PROTEIN ENERGY BALLS
Maintaining a healthy diet is not easy for me; most of the times I go for the easy option (chocolate, crisps etc.) than fruit or vegetables. Long working hours in the office and travelling have left me thinking that I have to make an effort for a balanced and healthy lifestyle-especially since I will soon say goodbye to the twenties.
Raw oat raisin protein energy balls
I got a gym membership-after a massive failure to complete the Kayla Itsines workouts-and promised myself that I will do my best. Committing to eat healthier and only what is naturally produced (bye bye cookies), I did an extensive internet search on alternative recipes to satisfy my sweet tooth. 
A couple of months ago I tried a gluten free diet as part of a study and I was provided with many Nakd bars, all of them so yummy but very pricey. I tried to recreate many flavours but I never managed to make them close to the original taste.
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Pinterest is my friend though and today I am proudly presenting you my own version of protein energy snacks; the no-bake raw oats, raisins and peanut butter balls, that have a flavour very close to my favourite energy bars.
Having these three ingredients as main and a bit of honey and rum essence to make up for the flavour and there you have 25 balls to treat yourself and favourites. 
100% with natural ingredients, super yummy and healthy that make the perfect snack!
Try them today and let me know your thoughts :)
NO BAKE PEANUT BUTTER PROTEIN ENERGY BALLS
You will need (makes 25 balls):
1 cup oats
1 cup raisins or dried fruits
1/2 cup peanut butter
8 tbsp honey
1 tbsp rum essence

In a big bowl mix the oats and raisins and then add the peanut butter, the rum essence and the honey and mix all together with a wooden spoon. Roll small balls, place them in a tray and let cool in the fridge. Enjoy!

Love,
Anastasia

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