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The Great Island Style Off: Week 1

PSA: it’s Great British Bake Off time! And we’re more than ready for nine weeks of Sandy and Noel skits and Paul’s baby blues. GBBO 2018 is going to be hard to beat, having brought the likes of Rahul Mandal, Kim Joy and Ruby Bhongal into our bake off lives, but we’re ready to share our love with 13 new contestants! To celebrate, we’ll be paying homage to our favourite show with The Great Island Style Off AKA our cake, sorry, take on The Great British Bake off that you’re going to want to get your (oven) mitts on.

First up, it’s cake week…

Love it or hate it, any cake that counts towards our five-a-day gets our vote. This week’s signature challenge is every Nan’s favourite: fruit cake. Fruity prints are our latest obsession at the minute (summer isn’t over just yet!) and zesty shades like lemon and lime are the finishing touches any OOTD needs. Just add a spritz of our Fancy Fruit perfume and you’re good to go.

Our signature picks…

This week’s technical challenge is all about a retro classic. Florals? Puff sleeves? Dogtooth? It’s safe to say retro is definitely having a moment and we’re here for these 80s trends. Technical by name (and nature), there are levels to this one. Go all out with a head-to-toe 80s mini dress and block heels or dial it down and just add a headband.

Our technical picks…

When the showstopper challenge is birthday cake, you know you’ve got to go all out. Because when you’ve sorted a cake that’s as extra as you, you need a birthday outfit to match, right? Still not made plans for the big day? We’ve got this.

Our showstopping picks…

Congratulations @nicole_mccormack_! You just bagged yourself a £250 RI gift card

Love the cake but not so much the bake? Add a dusting of icing sugar to a shop-bought cake and pass it off as your own for your office bake off. We won’t tell if you won’t!

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