Today's post is inspired by in-season produce (wild blueberries to be specific) and one of my favourite artistic and cultural influences, Biba. Feeling and looking good sort of go hand in hand, don't they?
Created by Barbara Hulanicki in 1964, Biba was one of the first independent youth fashion boutiques in Swinging London. Her unique brand of clothing and lifestyle featured darker colours and fashions inspired by Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and the stars of the silver cinema era.
This photo from an opulent Biba photo shoot circa early 1970s has a sort of Theda Bara meets glam rock look. Love it.
This smoothie features wild blueberries (which give it that darker hue) set amidst a Biba-inspired backdrop (check out that (fake) leopard print - a staple Biba pattern). A smudgy berry blue - just like Biba's makeup line, which was both progressive and innovative for then and even now.
Apart from sipping in style, this smoothie has numerous health benefits. Wild blueberries are packed with different phytochemicals and nutrients, including high levels of antioxidants like anthocyanin (which gives them their blue pigment).
Wild blueberries are never cultivated or planted (hence their 'wildness'), but are crops that have survived under harsh growing conditions for over 10,000 years in Northern climates. They also have high levels of cancer preventative, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging compounds.
I've also been enjoying my recent purchase of Sunwarrior Vanilla Protein; one scoop provides 16 grams of protein and makes this smoothie a powerful meal.
Yes, let's drink to that, please.
Biba Berry Smoothie
1 cup wild blueberries
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup water (as needed)
1 scoop Sunwarrior Vanilla Protein Powder
1 tsp maca
1 tbsp lucuma
1 tbsp chia seeds
5 drops liquid vanilla stevia
Blend ingredients (save for bee pollen) in a high speed blender until a smooth consistency is reached. Serve immediately in your favourite glass and top with a tsp of bee pollen. Toast to the beauty of Biba fashions and yourself, and sip on some berry bliss.
Although Barbara's involvement with Biba ended in the mid 70s, her legacy and influence lives on.
For more on Biba, visit Barbara Hulanicki's website and an engaging documentary film entitled Beyond Biba: A Portrait of Barbara Hulanicki, which offers a fascinating window into Barbara's life and career, from her endeavours with fashion design to illustration and interior design projects.