The Ultimate Classic: The Little Black Dress

Fashion changes, trends come and go but the classics will always stand the test of time. It was date night the other evening (with the hubby in case you were wondering)  and there I am stressing what to wear (this is pretty much the norm with me) overthinking, wanting to wear something different, more daring and then it occurred to me, less is really more. So instead of stressing I slipped into a classic little black dress.

History lesson alert, did you know that fashion historians have said that the origins of the little black dress are dated back to the 1920s designs of Coco Chanel and Jean Patou. Their intention was to create something that was long-lasting, versatile, affordable and in a one colour. Hence why it is often simply referred to as the 'LBD'.

Well if it's good enough for Coco Chanel then it is good enough for me. There's something quite empowering about a LBD that makes you feel confident. This off the shoulder dress that I am wearing from LUX FIX has such beautiful intricate lace details on the neck line. I think it's the perfect summer black dress to make you feel glamorous with effortless hassle. Pair it with minimum no fuss accessories, a pair of killer heels and let this cutie do all the talking.

So yes I believe in the rule of fashion, that every woman should own a simple black dress.

The Ultimate Classic: The Little Black Dress - Arianna Trapani wearing LUX FIX
The Ultimate Classic: The Little Black Dress - Arianna Trapani wearing LUX FIX
The Ultimate Classic: The Little Black Dress - Arianna Trapani wearing LUX FIX
The Ultimate Classic: The Little Black Dress - Arianna Trapani wearing LUX FIX
The Ultimate Classic: The Little Black Dress - Arianna Trapani wearing LUX FIX
The Ultimate Classic: The Little Black Dress - Arianna Trapani wearing LUX FIX
The Ultimate Classic: The Little Black Dress - Arianna Trapani wearing LUX FIX
The Ultimate Classic: The Little Black Dress - Arianna Trapani wearing LUX FIX
The Ultimate Classic: The Little Black Dress - Arianna Trapani wearing LUX FIX
The Ultimate Classic: The Little Black Dress - Arianna Trapani wearing LUX FIX

If you're looking for the perfect little black dress or something more colourful then make sure to visit LUX FIX for a wide choice of fabulous dresses and so much more.

Here I am Wearing:

Dress: LUX FIX

Shoes: Lucy Choi

Clutch: Aspinal of London

Necklace: Missoma

Earnings: Missoma

This post is in collaboration with LUX FIX, all views are as always solely my own.

Take Me Away: The Acropolis Of Athens

One of the highlights for me while visiting Athens with Discover Greece was experiencing the Acropolis in all it's glory. It's something about ancient ruins that evoke a magnificent past provoking a somewhat fascination of what is left. 

The Acropolis also known as the 'Sacred Rock' of Athens is an ancient citadel located on a rocky hill and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon. Being the most important site of the city, it is the most significant reference point of ancient Greek culture, as well as the symbol of the city of Athens itself. 

Completed in 438BC it was Pericles who coordinated the construction of the site's most important buildings including the Parthenon, the Propylaia, the Erechtheion and the Temple of Athena Nike. The parthenon is currently under some reparation work since 1975 as it was seriously damaged during the 1687 siege by the Venetians in the Morean War.

We managed to go in the afternoon after 4pm as Summer hours mean it closes at 8pm. It's the perfect place to go and watch the sun go down and in my humble opinion it is pretty magical. You are surrounded by classical Greek architecture, Doris Columns, and with the glorious light reflecting, it is somewhat surreal. I wanted to try and convey this atmosphere and transmit this through my photos, so I felt the mono function on my Olympus Pen F was perfect. It gives a real grainy effect which I feels add so much more depth to the images bringing it to life. Here are a few of my snaps which I hope you enjoy and perhaps will transport you back in time :)

Travel: The Acropolis Of Athens
Travel: The Acropolis Of Athens
Travel: The Acropolis Of Athens
Travel: The Acropolis Of Athens
Travel: The Acropolis Of Athens
Travel: The Acropolis Of Athens
Travel: The Acropolis Of Athens
Travel: The Acropolis Of Athens
Travel: The Acropolis Of Athens
Travel: The Acropolis Of Athens
Travel: The Acropolis Of Athens
Travel: The Acropolis Of Athens
Travel: The Acropolis Of Athens
Travel: The Acropolis Of Athens
Travel: The Acropolis Of Athens
Travel: The Acropolis Of Athens

A big thank you for making this trip possible to Discover Greece and Aegean Airlines – who have regular daily flights from London to Athens. 

Recipe Of The Week: Gluten Free Belgium Waffles

Recipe this week is gluten free Belgium waffles. These are beautifully crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The good news is that they are also dairy and refined sugar free making them super healthy but yummy at the same time. My sister and I just can't get enough of them! We have been eating waffles non stop.  You can use any topping of your choice. We used coyo coconut yoghurt with strawberries and raspberries. Another good choice is peanut butter with chopped nuts, banana, maple syrup and coconut shavings. Which ever topping you go for we hope you will enjoy them as much as we did.

Ingredients

1 Cup of gluten free flour- we used doves (we used small mug)

1.5 Teaspoons of gluten free baking powder

A pinch of himalayan salt

2 Eggs

1 Cup of rice milk or almond

2 Tablespoons of melted coconut oil

2 Tablespoons of coconut palm sugar

1 Tablespoons of vanilla extract

For the topping

Coyo yoghurt

Strawberries and raspberries

Melted dark chocolate

To make good waffles you need to make sure that your waffle maker is piping hot otherwise the batter will stick and make a mess. Follow the instructions on your waffle manual. Also make sure to grease your waffle irons with coconut oil when you are ready to make the waffles. Another useful hint is not to over fill the waffle maker with the batter otherwise it will pour out.

Start by pouring the flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl and whisk making sure all the ingredients mix together well.

In a separate bowl mix all the wet ingredients; eggs, milk, coconut oil, vanilla extract and sugar. Whisk all the ingredients well and then add to the dry ingredients and mix.

Once the batter is ready, pour in the waffle maker and cook for 3-4.

Once ready serve hot with the toppings of your choice. Enjoy!

Dania Trapani  is a fully qualified nutritional therapist and naturopath. Make sure to follow her blog for her latest recipes and healthy tips.