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3 EASY WEEKEND BRUNCH RECIPES



Nothing exudes #WeekendVibes quite like  a lazy lie-in in bed while you  peruse your Instagram feed relieving last night's shenanigans all the while  sipping a hot cup of tea,  followed by a delicious late breakfast, aka brunch.

I mean; when you think about it, brunch is hands down the most fun of all the mealtimes of the week  - you get to blend the best of both worlds, and depending on what you got up to the night before,  you can either indulge in a refreshing  brunch staple - Mimosa, or you can opt for something much more soothing like a Bloody Merry!

Either way, brunch is the only midmorning meal you can have accompanied by drinking something a little bit stronger without feeling the guilt or the shame.

And the truth remains, whatever it is you get up to the night before,  these 3 nutritious  recipes will sure hit the spot and leave you wanting for more - big time!

So read-on  for some simple and delicious Brunch recipes.


1ST BRUNCH RECIPE:
ORANGE FRENCH TOAST

Ingredients

Loaf of bread (this can be gluten free or whatever you have on hand)
1 c orange juice
4 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 can coconut cream, whipped
1 tbsp grated orange peel
Orange jam

Method

Combine the orange juice, eggs, and vanilla in a small bowl and whisk to combine.

Slice bread into 1 inch thick pieces and lay in a casserole dish. Pour the egg mixture over top of the bread and allow to soak for at least 2 hours. Flip the bread every now and then to ensure even absorption of the liquid.

In the meantime, make your candied oranges by bringing the agave and water to a boil in a wide, shallow pan. Lay the orange slices in the syrup mixture and simmer for about 40 minutes or until the white part of the orange turns translucent and most of the water has evaporated. Remove from the syrup and lay on a wire baking rack until cool.

Preheat a griddle or skillet to medium and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Cook bread slices until browned on both sides and relatively firm in the middle (about 5 minutes per side).

Remove from griddle and top with orange jam, coconut cream,  grated orange peel and candied oranges.

[Recipe source and image by Wellnesting]


2nd BRUNCH RECIPE:
SMOKED SALMON AND CREAM CHEESE PASTRIES
Ingredients

 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 (8-ounce) package Arla cream cheese spread 
1 (5-ounce) package smoked salmon
optional toppings: fresh dill, chopped fresh chives, capers, or anything else that tastes good to you


Method

Preheat oven to 400°F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.

Lay out the thawed** puff pastry sheet on a floured surface, and gently use a rolling pin to even out the creases.  Use a pizza cutter or a knife to cut the sheet into 9 equal squares.  Use a knife to score a very thin border around the outside of each square, then use a fork to poke lots of holes into middle of pastry, to minimize inflation.  Transfer the puff pastry squares to the prepared baking sheet.

Use a pastry brush to brush the whisked egg whites all over the top of the puff pastry squares.  Then transfer them to the oven and bake according to package directions until golden, about 10-12 minutes, keeping an eye on it while baking to be sure that they doesn't puff up.  (If they do, just pull the baking sheet out of the oven and use a spatula to pat the squares back down until they are flat, repeating if needed.)  Remove and let cool for 5 minutes.
Spread your desired amount of cream cheese on top of each pastry square, followed by a piece of smoked salmon.  Sprinkle with your desired toppings.
Serve immediately.

[Recipe source and image by Gimme Some Oven]


3rd BRUNCH RECIPE:
PARMESAN RICOTTA TARTS + TOMATO SALAD

Ingredients

475g ricotta (about 16 ounces)
40g parmesan (about 1.5 ounces)
1/4 tsp rosemary
zest of 1 lemon
2 eggs
salt and black pepper
8 sheets pre-packaged phyllo pastry
2 tbsp olive oil for brushing
2 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
3/4 cup arugula
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp lemon juice

Method

Preheat the oven to 400°F. In a small bowl, combine the ricotta, 3/4 of the parmesan, rosemary, lemon zest, eggs, salt and pepper to taste. Mix till combined.

Remove the pastry from the fridge/freezer according to the package directions. Place 1 sheet on a cutting board and brush with oil and top with another sheet. Continue to brush each sheet with oil and layer new sheets. Cut into 6 squares. Place into a casserole dish so that each square creates a little well.

Divide the ricotta mixture between the 6 squares and top with remaining parmesan cheese. Brush the edges with the rest of the olive oil and bake for 20 minutes. Tops should be golden brown and everything should be cooked through.

Meanwhile, prepare the tomatoes. In a bowl, combine the tomatoes and arugula and toss with the olive oil and lemon juice. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with the tarts with the tomato salad.
Serves 6.
[Recipe source and image by Sugar And Charm]


So how  about making your weekend super special by spoiling yourself with these yummy brunch dish recipes.

We promise; Your stomach will be thanking  you afterwards.

They are fun,  easy to make; and oh-so- yummy!`

Let Us Know Which Of These Brunch Recipes Is Your Favourite.
xx

GRADUATES GUIDE TO APPLYING FOR A JOB WITH ZERO OR RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE



Alright you guys, so you know how it is: You're fresh out of college,  ready to take-on the big bad world and all, and finally have that proper job the  college prospectus said you'd walk straight into after college, but you've now found yourself in a  little  bit of a pickle that any twenty-something millennial is far too  familiar with; and that is: you can't get a job without  experience and you can't get experience  because you can't get a job! Which inevitably ends up leaving you in a classic rock-and-a-hard-place situation, right?!

What do you do then?!

Well; there's this one thing you could do to mitigate that utterly unprecedented first  world problem.

 And that is: leveraging that part-time  summer job you've had  whilst you were in college and kind of hated-but-had-to-do-anyway ever since your  first year of college?!

You know what I'm talking about ?! I mean that stint you did in a bar every summer for the last four years,  or that retail job you took folding countless amounts of t-shirts; or even that job you had when you were chasing around innocent passer-bys on O'Connell Street  asking them for donations for that charity you've worked for.

Yeah that one! You need to use that job to your advantage!


And by that I mean, look for any marketable skill you've learned while you were working in that part-time job and apply those skills towards your current job application.

 And this is how you do it:

1. ANALYSE THE JOB DESCRIPTION CAREFULLY
Right, so your  first port of call is to analyse the job description and see if there are any keywords  in the description that particularly jump straight out at you and make you think: "Woah, I could totally do that job!"
It could be requirements like "Social Media Management"; "Digital Marketing"; "Blogging", "CRM" or even "Great Customer Relations".
Just be on the look-out for anything that is closely related to what you already know how to do either from being in college or from any part-time job you may have had whilst in college.

2. ASSESS YOUR CURRENT SKILLS AGAINST THE JOB REQUIREMENTS

 Do an inventory of your own skills and list each and every one of them.
Doing this kind of self appraisal will help highlight your attributes and those things which you  clearly  do so well!
To help you do this,  you can even start by answering this basic question: "What am I good at?" This will help bring to light what  your killer strengths and capabilities are.
Plus, doing  this kind of inventory will help make it clear if you have a short at getting the job  or not.


3. EDIT YOUR RESUME/CV AND LOOK FOR ANY TRANSFERABLE SKILLS IN YOUR PREVIOUS JOB
Once you've clearly assessed what your core competencies are, try to ascertain if any of those skills can be transferred towards the new role you're applying for.
For example, lets say you've worked part-time as a Sales Assistant selling shoes for the last four years whilst you were in college, but you're now  applying for a job as a Marketing Communications Specialist because you've now finished college, you could take one of your duties of being a Sales Assistant as " having great customer relations", you could describe that as "fostered impeccable CRM with the customers."


4. APPLY THAT INFO' INTO A FUNCTIONAL RESUME/CV FORMAT 

There are four resume styles  that always seem to land job applicants the job; one of which being  a Functional Resume Format mainly because it specifically prioritizes the applicant's killer skills and attributes rather that previous work experiences which may sometimes be totally unrelated to the job post; making it the best resume style format for any graduate  seeking new career opportunities out there.
So, use a functional resume style format to convey your suitability for the role as opposed to a conventional chronological resume. That way, recruiters and Hiring Managers alike get to see your killer strengths first as opposed to that totally unrelated stint you did in the bar every year for the last four years, which, let's face it, is totally irrelevant to your new career goals!

[RELATED ARTICLE: 4 Resume/CV Styles That Will Always Get You The Job]


5. ESTABLISH A CORRELATING DIGITAL PRESENCE

Here's the thing, we live in a digital age where anything is accessible to everyone. Which means that the first thing a prospective employer  is going to do  after receiving your resume is Google you to check you out.
So you need to make sure that when they do, they get to see the 'professional you' and not those #SundayFunday pictures you posted on Insta or Facebook!
So, make sure that your LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, Insta, and even Facebook profiles are all saying the same thing. And that is: "she is a competent, reliable individual who's eager to learn new things and take-on a new role!"

So there you have it folks, you're guide to applying for a job with zero or any relevant work experience!




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5 STYLING HACKS TO CREATE AN EPIC INSTAGRAM PHOTO - STAT!



You guys, we're living in an age where Instagram is the Queen-B of social media profiling, and Snapchat is a just a necessity for snapping those candid behind the scenes moments of our lives and show everyone just how super awesome we are.

But what happens when that insta' shot is nothing short of disaster?

Well that's when any instagram-novice may be forgiven because it really takes a bit of finesse to master the technique of capturing the most amazing shot that'll capture attention.

So, what are some of the 5 Instagram Photography Hacks To Remember When creating a perfect shot?

Read-on to find out...


FIRST INSTAGRAM STYLING HACK
Fist thing first, consider the lighting situation - the best time to take a shot is one hour before sunrise and one hour before sunset as lighting is at it's best during those times and won't create harsh any shadows.
So, make sure that the locale of your Instagram shot is close to a good natural light source so as to produce a stunning shot.


SECOND INSTAGRAM STYLING HACK

Secondly, you want to create a cohesive theme around your instgram photo. So, for starters, think of the prevailing theme that your instagram profile already has. Is it minimalist? Is it based around traveling, or fitness? Or is it perhaps around a color scheme, like monochrome? 

If your instagram doesn't have a theme yet, well you may want to start thinking of one as it's proven that thematic instagram profiles are much more interesting to the viewer because there's a prevailing theme and a story behind the curated content.

So, make sure that you're able decipher what your theme is and how your next shot is going to tie-in to your already existing theme and story.

THIRD INSTAGRAM STYLING HACK

Now that you've thought of your theme, it's time to consider exactly what it is you want to highlight in the instgram photo.

Is it that gorgeous handbag you just bought? Or your passport and that plane ticket because you're going travelling?

Think of the highlight piece(s) and the story that you want to convey from the shot.


FOURTH INSTAGRAM STYLING HACK
Now that you have the theme and the hero item you want to  highlight  in your instagram photo, try to remember that simplicity is key! So, don't over-complicate the shot.

The best trick to remember when trying NOT to over-complicate your shot is to think of your white space in the photo. 

There more white space there is, the less complicated, and natural your photo will translate. 

So, when your busy putting all your pieces together and creating a scene for your shot, arrange all your items with ample breathing room so that they look chic and not cluttered!

FIFTH INSTAGRAM STYLING HACK
Bring something unique and different to your Instagram shots.

Yes, we all know that taking a shot of your adorable pup will get the most likes, but try to think of taking a photo that'll be unique or interesting unlike the hundreds of selfies your profile already has.

Because variety is the spice of life and posting the same thing over and over again may make your profile a little monotonous and your next photo you post a tad predictive.

So have fun with it and don't over-think it too much.

Are you a pro at Instagram Photos? Do you have any tips we may have missed? Let us know your go-to tips for taking the perfect Instagram Shot in the comments section below.
xx. 

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THIS IS HOW AN INTERIOR DESIGN BLOGGER LIVES AT HOME - TAKE A PEEK FOR SOME MUCH NEEDED DESIGN INSPO'!


Johanna Bradford - she's the renowned Nordic Interior Design Blogger living in  Gottenburgh, Norway - if you haven't heard of her, well, now may be the right time to google her because she's fab!

She's  the super talented blogger behind www.johannabradford.se who's typically known for  blogging about anything from interior decor; food recipes; and her life in general, to quite simply what inspires her in the world of interiors and architecture as she wonderfully documents it in her newly renovated site www.johannabradford.se



But given how demanding  blogging full time can be; you'd  think that that would be enough  to do for anyone, but not for Johanna!

She's what you call a true millennial #GirlBoss because she not only blogs full time; but she's also a PR Consultant,  Freelance Stylist, and she regularly  runs a social event  with fellow blogger  Hanna Stefansen.




I mean... talk about busy; right?!

So given that she's  someone who's clearly well-versed when it comes to style and decoration;  we; at Faithfully Me' HQ thought it best to take a little peek inside the talented blogger's former home in hopes of  unearthing exactly what it takes to create a stylish and well-put together home. 

And lo and behold, her home doesn't disappoint for the reason that  her humble abode is nothing short of style,  character,  and  utter sophistication so synonymous with her nature-inspired interiors decor style.




This is one apartment we'd happily love to find ourselves living in for sure. So and it's already been  sold to someone else. 

#SadFace!








So, at the end of this home tour, here is our take-away and what we learnt from this gorgeous home tour:

LESSON 1:
Grey Painted Walls are a much prettier alternative to beige!


LESSON 2:
 having indoor plants and greenery is a much easier way of bringing any interior space to life.


LESSON 3:
Rustic Pieces + Granny chic wallpaper equals = Super chic!


LESSON 4:
And lastly, Parquet flooring will never go out of style -EVER! 


So, over to you now - what was your take-away from this gorge' home tour? Did you like Johanna's interior style?

Let us know in the comments section below.
xx



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#OOTD STYLE GUIDE: TAKING STYLE NOTES FROM A FASHION BLOGGER - AMY JACKSON!


To say that culottes and off the shoulder tops are the hottest trend of the season would be an understatement given how ubiquitous they are! 

I mean, you only have to open an issue of Vogue or check out a Fashion Bloggers' latest #OOTD  to know that: yeah, actually, this trend is here, and it's here to say!

So the question remains: "How do ordinary girls (like you and I) style these fashion must-haves in a way that'll flatter us and really look good?" 

Easy! 

You just need to take some serious style notes from the prolific  Amy Jackson of course!

Amy's the super talented Fashion Blogger behind  Fashion Jackson Blog; a dual composite blog of fashion beauty and major style inspiration!

So what better person  to be taking Fashion Tips and Inspo from than the talented Amy?!

And that's who we're gonna be taking some must-needed Fashion tips from today; because Lord knows we need them.

STYLE NOTES:

She took an otherwise unassuming  pair of culottes and paired it with an equally unassuming off the shoulder top in one of her #OOTD 's which was a brilliant way to style these fashion must-haves. But that wasn't it. 

She then went a step further and added an amazing pair of lace-up heels which brought this #OOTD to another level; I mean, those lace-ups  are to die for!

And of course, the piece de resistance of this otherwise unassuming #OOTD being that YSL beauty.  

I mean, I don't know about you guys; but I'm definitely taking style notes for sure because this is how you take an ordinary pair of culottes and an ordinary top and create somethinbg utterly magnificent!

Don't believe me, well take a peak below and see for yourself. 

This is an "outfit perfection," and a definite style moment for Amy for sure! 

I'm in love with this #OOTD! 

Aren't you?





So what was your favourite part of this gorgeous #OOTD? Was it those gorgeous lace-up heels? Or that YSL beauty? Let us know in the comments section below.
xx




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7 CRITICAL QUESTIONS SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE ALWAYS ASK THEMSELVES


How do the super successful measure  success?
By constantly checking-in with themselves  to see if whether or not they're  on track - a ritual they deem necessary; if not compulsory! 

They are fully aware that they can't afford to NOT check - in with themselves or to only do so when they feel like it or when it's popular to do so.

No.

They recognize that checking-in's a necessary habit and a definite way of life. Because what the super successful know is that the road to achieving success is not an easy one and because of that; it's typically  paved with constant roadblocks and failures, hence the need to measure their progress by constantly asking themselves these very critical questions, a ritual even Benjamin Franklin adhered to by making sure to  ask himself : “What good shall I do this day?” and thus ended the day with an equally important question “What good have I done today?”  And that is something we can all learn to do on a daily basis.

So this is what successful people  regularly ask themselves... 


QUESTION 1: "WHAT'S THE FIRST THING I WANT TO ACCOMPLISH THIS WEEK?"

Instead of going with the flow and doing what they feel like when the feel like without any sort of agenda; they; instead, ask themselves this question so as to determine what's most important to them  with the  sole purpose/intention to spend their time  concentrating on that priority and seeing it to fruition.


QUESTION 2: "WHAT CAN I DO RIGHT NOW TO MAKE THIS WEEK GO WELL?"

Following on from the first question;  they realize that in order to have everything go well in all regard so as to achieve the set intentions, planning has to be a huge part of this, because without a plan in place, one is simply destined for inevitable failure.



QUESTION 3: "HOW WILL I MAKE SURE THAT I WHAT I WANT TO ACHIEVE GETS DONE?"

They ask this question so as to determine the best possible strategy available to them in order to achieve their goals. They plan, strategize; and create conditions that are conducive to gaining success in their set intentions.



QUESTION 4: "WHY IS THIS SOMETHING I WANT TO ACHIEVE?"

This is a question that is fundamental to gaining any sort of success - successful people simply ask themselves this question so as to unearth their motivation and reason for wanting success in the first place because they realize that if you know the "Why", you'll know they "How" - a crucial ingredient in building strategy for achieving any goal.



QUESTION 5: "WHAT HAVE I BEEN PUTTING OF?"

Putting off anything never leads to any sort of victory. So instead of burying their hands in the sand; they want to recognize what it is they may have been putting off so as to get it done and off the to do list as soon as possible; that way, they gain free time to go after what's truly important to them. 



QUESTION 6: "WHAT DO I WANT TO CHANGE?"

They ask this question as they realize that sometimes your first idea is not necessarily the best idea, so they remain flexible enough to welcome any change necessary for their success.




QUESTION 7: "IS THERE ANYTHING I NEED TO BE DOING?"


So what did you think of these questions? Do you think these might be some of the questions you might start to regularly ask yourself all in the quest to achieve your own success?

We'd like to know your thoughts on this, so leave us your answer in the comment section below. 
xx


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