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When style meets recipe – summer season

By May 17, 2019 INSPIRATION
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The intersection of colour, taste, texture and fabric
 

Fashion has always been a source of beauty, aesthetics and craftsmanship, and a natural extension of this is the sculptural and artistic forms that can food can take. Just like fashion, culinary trends develop season after season, with new colours, shades and textures. And just like a white shirt can be classic and timeless many dishes are go-to meals that are comforting, delicious or even evocative of childhood.

This week, we explore this union of style and food and bring together some of our most loved Spring Summer 2019 styles with a selection of fresh and easy-to-cook recipes for the upcoming Spring period! Let us know what you think!


Fritz Top Inspiring our Honey & mustard chicken skewers

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Instructions

Cut the chicken into small pieces and cut off any fat. Place in a medium-to-large bowl. Add the mustard, honey, garlic, and salt & pepper to a bowl and stir until smooth. Pour it over the chicken. Refrigerate the chicken for at least an hour, preferably 2+ hours. If marinating overnight, cover it with plastic wrap. Once your chicken is done marinating, oil your grill’s grate and pre-heat it to high. Thread the chicken onto skewers. Pour any extra marinade over them. Reduce heat to medium-high. Cook the chicken for about 15 minutes total, turning every few minutes.


Twide Tie-Dye Dress Inspiring Blueberries and Pomegranate smoothie

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Place ingredients in your blender in the order listed. Puree until completely smooth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately!


Hilde Top Inspiring our Stripy Donuts

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In a small bowl, add warm water and sprinkle yeast over the top. Set aside for 5 minutes for yeast to bloom- it should go foamy. In a separate bowl add 3 cups of flour and the sugar. Then add in butter, egg and buttermilk. Add yeast (water and all) and mix with a dough hook for 5 minutes or until dough becomes smooth. If dough is too sticky to the touch, add extra 35 grams (1/4 cup) flour. Bring the dough together into one ball, place in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and leave in a warm place to rise. You want the dough to double in size, (60 to 75 minutes waiting time). Line a baking tray with baking paper. Use a donut cutter to cut out circles of dough, approximately 3.5 inch wide. Cut out a hole in the middle of each donut and discard.  Gently place donuts on baking tray and cover loosely with plastic wrap.

Prepare the oil for frying (180 C). Gently add two or three donuts into the oil, one at a time. Let them cook for 90 seconds, before flipping over and cooking for an additional 90 seconds. Once they are golden brown, pop them on a plate lined with a paper towel. Leave to cool.

For the glaze, sift icing sugar in a small bowl, add 2 tablespoons of milk and stir until smooth. Add a few drops of food colouring until you reach your desired shade of pink. Dip each donut in the frosting, one at a time, and add white icing on top to create the stripes. If the frosting gets too thick, add another tablespoon of milk.


Benji Jacket Inspiring our Amaretti

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Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Grease and line two cookie sheets. In a large bowl, whisk together almond flour, sugar and salt until evenly incorporated. In a mixing bowl, whisk egg whites and lemon juice until they hold soft peaks. Add beaten egg whites to flour and stir until mixture forms a soft, sticky dough. Use a small cookie scoop to portion dough into 1-inch balls. Roll into a smooth ball, then roll in powdered sugar. Arrange on baking sheets, leaving 1 inch of space between cookies. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until tops are cracked and bottoms are just barely golden.

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4 Interior Design Ideas to follow this season

By April 12, 2019 INSPIRATION
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Whether you’re seeking inspiration to update your home or just a little interior escapism, we have got you covered. Here at Les 100 Ciels we know a cosy and curated space can influence your everyday life. It’s good for the soul to refresh your living space now and then and we’ve found some beautiful inspiration to do just that. Read through our list of the best interior ideas to follow right now – but be warned, house envy is guaranteed!


Natural Touch

Plants, weathered look furniture and raw wood are always welcome for someone looking to connect with nature.

Organic and sustainable materials – such as wooden floors, vertical gardens, air plants, or re-used paper, fabric and even plastics – draw the exterior and nature indoors. Adding details to your home such as air plants hung from esparto rope, or recycled wood worktops will create the warmth we look for when we are at home.

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Memphis Details

On the other hand, you could opt for the Memphis Movement. This style of design, known for being colourful and modern, is overtaking mid-century modern design bringing the eighties back to the home- and we love it! Primary colours, graphic shapes and patterns and bright furniture that is comfy and unusual characterize this movement.

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Texture

A change of textures or fabrics can completely renew a room or surface. Changing cushions, moving from winter blankets to light summer fabrics such as linen, cotton or rayon, saying goodbye to velvet and introducing breathable textures can all help to bring a new look and atmosphere to your home during the Spring season.

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Colours

‘Mustard hues have been the go-to shade over the warmer months in our homes. No longer content with smaller pops of mustard, we are seeing a move towards larger investment pieces of furniture which add a bold, refreshing burst of colour to our living spaces,’ explains Melanie Archer, Colour, Material and Finish designer at John Lewis & Partners.

Changing the colour palette or adding a bold pop of colour can be all that you need to refresh the style and change the look of your living space. We recommend Living Coral, a Pantone colour to reflect the warmth and light of summer colours in 2019. To make a more subtle change to your colour palette, add or change small elements to your home such as new cushions, rugs, curtains or bed sheets.

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The history of utility clothing

By April 1, 2019 EVENTS, INSPIRATION
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During WW2, and more precisely in 1941, a utility clothing scheme was introduced by the British government to aid the economy and help the war effort. This scheme produced cheap clothing for both men and women that were referred to as “civilian uniforms”. This type of clothing (labelled with a distinct utility mark, “CC41”) was introduced for several key reasons:

  1. Raw materials (cloth, wool, leather etc.) were in short supply and had to be conserved.
  2. There were no workers to make clothing as most had left to fight.
  3. Clothing prices needed to be kept low so that the civilian population could afford clothing of a reasonable quality.

 

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The government knew that in order to make the scheme a success, they needed to make utility clothing interesting and appealing. Thus, in 1941, lots of skilled designers were hired, creating the Society of London Fashion Designers. High end designers such as Digby Morton, Peter Russell and Handy Amies contributed to make a remarkable range of clothing. There was an initial period of doubt and dislike by the general public and a concern over wearing identical clothing. However, this soon changed! Over time, there was a newfound appreciation for the minimal pleating, patch pockets and muted colours. The designs were simple yet still very chic and above all the clothing was highly durable in a time when clothing needed to last! Moreover in a time of stringent clothes rationing, the scheme was helping to bring equality to the general public, democratising fashion and making good quality clothing affordable for everyone.

 

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Utility clothing became a real source of inspiration in the post war era, capturing the imagination of designers such as Coco Chanel celebrating a more liberated version of the feminine silhouette. For others, utility clothing inspired a revolt against the austerity of the period and designers like Christian Dior were driven by a desire for excess and lavish expressions of femininity with voluminous dresses starting an era famously referred to as the “New Look”.  

Undoubtedly, utility wear has had a lasting impact on fashion and brought about novel interpretations of clothing and yet is so powerful that we still enjoy wearing this style today!

 

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A roundup of SS19 Trends

By February 8, 2019 BEHIND THE SCENES, INSPIRATION
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With the cold weather grasping us, it is hard to believe that spring is just around the corner. But fear not, we are bringing the best of this Spring / Summer season  trends to carry some heat back into your wardrobe.

SS19 collections show distinctive trends such as creamy neutrals, neon colours, animal prints and much more! The silhouettes are soft, the colours bold and the textures outstanding. Take inspiration from our favourite fashion trends seen on the runway and get ready to be out of those winter coats and stepping into the freshness of spring!


Bold shades

Neon is back in full force, either as a single color or color block with various bright tones. A popular trend in AW18 it is back again in a new form for the spring season. The shades are just as extreme but the fabrics are now lighter, moving between woven and breathable fabrics across both clothing and accessories. A bold statement but definitely a SS19 wardrobe must-have.

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Nude colours

In stark contrast, catwalks have also been clear on a favourite soft hue for this new season: beige. A number of fashion brands have exhibited head-to-toe nude looks creating an elegant and timeless look for those who find neon shades a little too much to take. The sunny season will see a warm palette of soft tones such as vanilla, blush and bronze. From maxi jumpers to matching suits, beige is most definitely the new black this season and the range of shades available will elevate any skin tone.    

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Soft tailoring

Sharp, polished and elegant. Tailored trousers and blazers emphasize a gender neutral vibe and are also well suited for all sizes. Last season it was all about boxy suits, sharp tailoring and masculine shapes but for SS19 this has been reworked with a more feminine twist. From luxurious fabrics to colourful prints, this season’s co-ords will be your go-to look for all summer events.

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Utility wear

World War II spawned a range of practical and economical utilitarian clothing that was simple and functional and paid little attention to aesthetics. Nevertheless, the attire gained a following over the years and has appeared on fashion  runways many times. For SS19 the utility wear trend has been reworked bringing it to another level: hard wearing fabrics have now been replaced with luxe silky and cotton blends, clean lines, big buttons and noticeable pockets. Make some space in your wardrobe as this trend is irresistibly functional and pleas­ing.

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The new Spring/Summer 19 collection is coming soon. Stay tuned!

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