Friday, 22 August 2014

August Wishlist

August is by far my favourite month of the year. Summer sunshine, bank holidays, foreign holidays and my birthday: August has got it all. As we are approaching the end of August we are also fast approaching my 17th birthday which has come very quickly if I do say so myself, so quickly in fact I haven't had time to post a August/birthday wishlist. 

With every 'wishlist' I do, they are things I would personally buy if I had an unlimited amount of money that I choose to share because you may find it interesting (I know I love reading other bloggers wishlists) and not a post about me asking my family and friends to buy me things. I just wanted to make that clear.

Anyway onto the wishlist...

Missguided Strappy Heeled Sandals - £24.99
For months on end I have been saying that I'm going to buy myself some black strappy heels but I still haven't gotten round to it. This pair from Missguided is perfect and reasonably priced as well so I have no excuse not to go order them right now!
F Scott Fitzgerald Classics - £14.99 each
The Great Gatsby is my all time favourite book and I've lost track of how many times I've read it, but surprisingly I've never read any of F Scott Fitzgerald's other books. When I do read them though I have a feeling that I will fall in love them so it would be nice to have copies of them to read over and over again. These gorgeous penguin classic editions make the books even more special and will look gorgeous sitting in my room when I'm not reading them.

Bobbi Brown Concealer Kit - £24.50
Finding a good concealer is a very tricky job, especially when you have heavy bags under your eyes and acne all over your face like I do, as sometimes your average concealer just isn't good enough. I've heard lots of lovely things about the Bobbi Brown Concealer Kit in the past so it would be interesting to see how it fairs on my problematic skin.

Topshop Black and White Ripped Jamie Jeans - £42 each
The best thing about having a sister (apart from having a best friend for life) is being able to share their clothes. So when my sister bought the black Topshop ripped Jamie jeans who also got to wear them? Me! The only problem is with sharing clothes you eventually have to give them back but I've fallen so in love with these jeans I need to get myself a pair, not only in black but also in white of course!

ASOS Duster Coat - £60
Ever since I saw Kylie Jenner wearing this exact blue duster coat from ASOS I have wanted it, but of course as soon as Kylie Jenner wears something it sells out! After months of waiting it is finally back in stock on ASOS so I can buy it, over draw my lips and thus pretend I am Kylie.

What are you lusting after this month?

Eleanor xx

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Sunday Nails - Granite

GUILTY BLOGGER ALERT! So I'm sorry for being a bad blogger this week and not posting at all until today, but sometimes life just gets in the way. Just to give you a little update on my life at the moment; I can't remember if I mentioned it or not but a couple of months I got a temporary job at Clarks Shoes for the 'back to school' period, while I enjoy it I have been working five days a week and then on my days off I've been either meeting up with friends or doing college work. This week I also got my AS Level results which were a pleasant surprise but with all the excitement I forgot about blogging.    

Now I've explained my absence I can now explain this Sunday's nail art. After seeing a blog post featuring monochromatic marble nail art (if I remember whose it was I will link it here) my love for marbled nail art was rekindled and I was desperate to give it a go myself. But you see the thing it with marble nail art it's very hit and miss, on one nail it will look amazing but the next it'll look like a big blob of paint, that is why some of my nails look better than others. But overall I love the effect and using black and white has created the look of a piece of granite which I think is pretty cool!

I hope everyone who got results this week got what they wanted and if you're waiting for GCSE results good luck! 

Eleanor xx

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Sunday Nails - Do You Want To Go To The Seaside?

There is nothing more summery to me than the beach. When I say the beach I mean a beach like that in the film The Beach, not beach as in what you will find at Western Supermare e.g mud, and with my Instagram being filled with hundreds of pictures of beaches how could I not do a beach themed nail art?

To create this nail art I first created a colour gradient using a sponge, then used 2 different shades of acrylic paint and a paint brush to create the palm trees and then stuck on some gems using a clear topcoat. 

Have you been to the beach yet this summer?

Eleanor xx

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Back To School Wardrobe Staples

One of the biggest differences between Sixth Form and Secondary School is that you are allowed to wear you own clothes everyday. As I found out last year the transition from uniform to your own clothes is surprisingly stressful: choosing an outfit everyday, trying to avoid outfit repeating and the manic morning panic of trying to find the clothes you want 5 minutes before you leave the house because you were to lazy to plan your outfit the night before (guilty). Since the majority of us can’t afford to have a wardrobe the size of Carrie Bradshaw's, a capsule wardrobe will be your Sixth Form saviour. Having interchangeable basics that form a capsule wardrobe will allow you to create hundreds of different outfits and transition from uniform with ease. Therefore I have compiled a list of basic items you need in your Sixth Form wardrobe.

A Good Pair Of Jeans
Easy to style and a safe option if you are stuck on what to wear; a good pair of jeans will last you years. To find ‘a good pair’ look for a style that suits your body shape and jeans that are made from a high percentage of cotton as high percentages of polyester will result in jeans that stretch out of shape and sag a lot quicker.

A Little Black Dress
Parties are a big part of of Sixth Form social life and there were be a few throughout the year. A LBD is essential for a party but it’s versatility also allows for it to be smartened up for a formal occasion or dressed down for everyday wear.

A Basic Tee
The great thing about a basic t-shirt is that there is one to suit everyone: long sleeve, short sleeve, round neck or V-neck, your perfect t-shirt is out there. Once you find it, you will be rewarded as it goes with everything, yes I mean everything. It also never looks like you tried too hard when picking something to wear giving off that effortlessly cool vibe.

The Crisp White Shirt
There will probably come a time when you need to dress up smart and a crisp white shirt is perfect for that occasion. But do not doubt the white shirt as it can also be worn on an everyday basis if its styled more casually. Just roll up the sleeves, keep it unbutton around the neck and untucked with a pair of jeans and you are good to go. Alternatively style it with a bright and colourful statement necklace to keep it smart but not avoid looking like you are going to work.

The Leather Jacket
Leather jackets are the perfect in between jacket that can be worn all year round. It’s a timeless classic that goes with everything, this means it can easily be chucked on top of any outfit as you’re running out the door to perfect your look.

While this is a back to school type post I think that these should be wardrobe staples for everyone whether you're in school or not! What are you wardrobe staples?

 Eleanor xx

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Sunday Nails - Clean, Sharp and Simple

My favourite type of nail art are always the modern, fresh and clean cut designs rather than the complex arty designs that I sometimes do. It's because clean cut geometric shapes never look garish and I think they fit in more with my clothes and style. So when I saw that a/w's nail art trends were minimalism and neutrals, while flicking through the latest edition of company magazine my heart leaped with joy.

This nail art was inspired by that of Prabal Gurung and DKNY and the nail art seen on the catwalk at their a/w shows. What nail trends will you be supporting next season?

Eleanor xx

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

July Rate Or Hate

Occasionally I struggle to make my mind up when deciding on what products to feature in my monthly 'Rate Or Hate' posts. This is because sometimes it is just impossible to say that you either love or hate a product as a lot of the time they fall into the uncertain middle ground of 'like'. The two products I'm going to feature today both fall into that middle ground so instead of trying to class them as 'Rate or Hate' I thought I'd do a mini review of each product.

Nars Laguna Bronzer - £27
Nars' Laguna Bronzer is an incredibly hyped about product within the beauty blogging community but I'm not that in love with it. Don't get me wrong it's a gorgeous bronzer: just the right colour, a hint of shimmer but not glittery and makes my face look photo shopped. But in all honesty it doesn't blend that well, it isn't that pigmented and like all Nars products the packaging gets extremely dirty. If it was a bit cheaper then these imperfections may be forgivable but for £27 I'd really expect more.

Cocoa Brown Fake Tan By Marissa Carter - £6
This product is at the other end of the price spectrum so I expect that this product may not be perfect but I still don't like to think that I've wasted my money. While this isn't the best fake tan I've used it's still not bad for the price, in fact when it's washed off my skin is a gorgeous brown not orange. But a word of warning if you do not prepare your skin it will go patchy, it also stains your sheets and goes patchy as it starts to fade. That being said I'd probably buy it again because it's easy to apply, dries quickly and you can fix the faults with a bit of exfoliating and moisturizing.

Have you tried either of these products? 

Eleanor xx

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Sunday Nails - Amsterdam

I haven't posted a lot this week and the reason is that I've been on holiday in Amsterdam. It was all very last minute and for a while I didn't think that I would be going on holiday this summer but on Monday morning my parents booked the holiday and we were on the plane first thing Tuesday morning! The weather was perfect, I had an amazing time looking around the museums and boating along the canals but because it was all so last minute I didn't have time to schedule a blog post. But now that I'm back on home soil I've managed to squeeze in this Sunday Nails post dedicated to my trip to Amsterdam; the flag of Amsterdam.

To make up for my lack of posts this week I was thinking about doing 2 posts a week (Sunday nails and a fashion or beauty post) and maybe a guest post every week until September. Would any of you be interested in doing a guest post? Let me know down below...

Eleanor xx

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Sunday Nails - Diamantes Are A Girls Best Friend

When Marilyn Monroe sang Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend she was certainly onto something but sadly not many of us can afford diamonds to stick on our nails; this is where diamantes or gem stones come in. Gem stones or diamantes are a simple and cheap way to make your nails more interesting, and while in the past I've always thought they were a bit 'chavy' but like a lot of trends when done tastefully they can look great.

I bought these gems as part of a pack from Primark and I just attach them with a coat of clear nail varnish and some tweezers. But what do you think, are diamantes chavy or tasteful?

Eleanor xx

Thursday, 17 July 2014

How To Survive Summer On A Budget

Summer has officially started for me as today was my last day of Sixth Form! With so much time on my hands I finally have the chance to spend some well deserved quality time with my family friends but going on day trips and holidays can all add up to be very expensive, so today I thought I'd give you guys some tips on how to survive summer on a budget!

1. Don't do anything unless it's free or you can get a discount! This is a motto that can applied to a lot of things but is very easy to implement during the summer. There are hundreds of activities that you can do that don't cost a penny such as going for a walk, bike ride or just chilling out in one of the UK's beautiful parks. There are also lots of attractions that are free for example lots of museums in London including my personal favorites: the National History Museum, The Tate Modern and The National Gallery. 

2. Do your research! This ties into the last point but if there is in particular you had in mind doing this summer then research it to see if there are any ways you can do it cheaper. Look for special offers on the attractions official website, discount codes, vouchers in newspapers and food packaging (Kelloggs cereals often have a 2 for 1 offer on attractions such as Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and many more).

3. Look local! Lots of towns and cities host their own festivals that often only require a donation on entry. My local town holds a small music festival one weekend every year and it's a great opportunity to support local music acts and businesses, not only that but you don't have to spend any money on train tickets or petrol as it's within walking distance.

4. Stay at home! You don't always need to go places to have a good time, invite your friends round for a BBQ or a party and I guarantee you will have a great time. Instead of bringing a present just ask everyone to bring round a dish of food or something to drink, pop on a party playlist from spotify and get the party started! 

5. It's not about what you do but who you do it with. It doesn't really matter what you do this summer because as cheesy as it sounds when your spending time with the people you love everything is fun.

Eleanor xx

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Sunday Nails - He Loves Me He Loves Me Not

Summer time in Primary School was always the best time of year. Morning, lunch time and afternoon breaks were spent making daisy chains, playing handstands and giggling while watching the boys playing football. My most favourite past time was definitely picking the petals off daisy's wondering if my crush 'loved me or loved me not', the amount of innocent daisies I must have beheaded in my childhood is ridiculous, so in tribute to those daisies this Sunday nails is dedicated to them.

Please tell me I was not the only who did this as a kid?

Eleanor xx