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Wonderful Edinburgh

edinburgh edinburgh3edinburgh7edinburgh6 edinburgh5edinburgh2I feel like if you follow a lot of UK blogs or Instagram accounts, you have probably already heard Edinburgh’s praises a hundred times over. But yes I’m here to once again tell you not only how it is one of the most beautiful cities in the UK but also that it is one of the most inspiring. OK so I’m gonna make a grand statement here and say that in my opinion it is the UK’s prettiest city. I mean there’s a whole host of Insta accounts dedicated to showing off just how photogenic the place is. And FYI here are a few of my faves: igersedinburgh, exploringedinburgh and travelswithmyphone. So really the final lady travels but Edinburgh features a lot in her feed.

Beautiful architecture and quaint cobbled streets aside, there is so much to see in the Scottish capital. I’m lucky to have been brought up fairly close to the Scottish Boarder so my parents were much more likely to take us on a trip to Edinburgh than London as a desperate attempt to keep us entertained in  the school holidays. But I’ve got to say I was always pretty OK with that. The city is full of history, galleries, awesome shopping and great places to eat. Not to mention the zoo! Plus it’s especially beautiful at Christmas time.

These photos were taken a few weeks ago when me and my mam took a day trip on the train. I know all the bad blogger points for me taking so long to get this post organised! I returned home feeling inspired and can’t wait for my next visit- for a bit of Christmas shopping perhaps?

Have you ever been to Edinburgh? Thoughts?

Love Eleanor x

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The Botanical Gardens

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In hindsight we probably didn’t pick the best day to take a visit to The Botanical Gardens in Aberdeen earlier this week. Spending time in what is essentially a huge greenhouse on the warmest day of the Summer was both enjoyable but pretty uncomfortable. There’s something so uplifting about being out and about in the sunshine though. And being around all this greenery is super relaxing. We also had a little walk through the park and even managed to get lunch on a terrace in Aberdeen city centre- there’s a first time for everything!

I thought I had made a pretty good choice of outfit but turns out all black eveything and faux leather shoes isn’t a great summer combination- who would have known? I recently bought these culottes from Zara as I’d been eyeing up a similar pair from Topshop all summer long, but decided to save a few pennies. I do actually love them and expect to wear them plenty but you know when you look at a photo of your outfit and you’re a bit unimpressed? Yeah that’s how I feel right now- a bit what’s the word- meh. So at least I have plenty of cactus photos to fill in the gaps. Because who doesn’t love a good cactus afterall… I’m actually considering becoming one of those people who just collects cacti and fills their home with them.

Thoughts?

Love Eleanor x

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Polka dot

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Hello Hello! And a happy Sunday to you where ever you are…

I’ve developed a bit of a love for polka dots in recent days. Yeah yeah I know I’m several months late to the party- as usual! I think we’ve all seen a bit of a polka dot print everywhere this summer. But its fine I’m confident I can make it work into Autumn. PLUS… These cami tops were like £6 in the Topshop sale! Who could say no? Not me that’s for sure. That’s why I bought one in each colour (oh dear- I’m turning into my mother..).

Anyways I also decided to dig out these super old trousers from somewhere in the back of my wardrobe. They go pretty well with a strappy top and used to be a firm favourite of mine many years back. As did MAC Heroine- who didn’t love purple lipstick for a while? Talking of which I should really buy a new one cos this has gotta be way past its sell by….

Thoughts?

Love Eleanor x

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The Last Days of Summer

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It’s sort of ironic that I decided to (cleverly) name this post The Last Days of Summer when we quite obviously took these outfit photos at night. But I did have to take this opportunity to express my disdain that Summer is slowly slipping away from us- sob!

I was pretty surprised that I had never done a post featuring this lovely little summer dress before as it’s one of those pieces I do actually wear often. Although I’ve got to admit this is the first time I’ve worn it with these knee high booties. But hey were getting towards that  trans seasonal dressing time of year so its all about mixing it up a bit. I do love a good summer dress and this is one of those colours that is really flattering on everyone even me with my super pale skin! I’m also liking clashing the delicate girly print with this sporty Topshop bomber.  I have been wearing it to death this Summer and  hope to continue well into the Autumn. Probably until it all gets far too cold and wet…

The bolo tie choker is one of my current obsessions.  ASOS has a great selection of black chokers right now and they’re a really inexpensive way to add a bit of interest to your outfit. I’m still loving my Irresistible Me hair extensions and the big super bouncy hair they give me. It’s really surprising how much more confident  I feel with long locks!

Love Eleanor x

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Princess Hair

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Disclaimer: Trying this product out made me really miss my long hair and sob into my laptop a little as I edited these photos!

Hello Hello… And welcome back to another blog post! Today I have a little review based on hair extensions I was kindly asked to try out by Irresistible Me.  I’ve always been a big hair extension wearer and love nothing more than having long swishy princess hair so am a little biased anyway. I totally get that hair extensions aren’t everyone’s cup of tea though!

The hair extensions are all 100% human hair and come in a variety of colours/ weight / lengths.  This particular set believe it or not are actually the shortest at 14 inches long. As my hair is pretty short these days so I went for a length I could blend into it as it grew. There is a Pin to help you get an idea for the right length for you. With regards to weight of course I went for the thickest set at 200g which comes with 1 x 4 clips, 2 x 3 clips, 5 x 2 clips and 2 x 1 clip. The set also came with a few extra clips to attach in case you lose them (always happens!).  The colour I’m wearing is medium brown, although I was undecided between medium and chocolate brown. There’s this handy Video to help you choose your colour.

For me the quality of these extensions was great and they can offer you some seriously big hair. Especially using the 4 clip piece which is a mega hair extension, although I reckon it could get a bit heavy after a full night of wearing it. The only problem I have which goes for all clip in extensions is that I find it really difficult to get a good colour match for my natural hair. As I have quite a red toned brunette I can never seem to get a warm enough shade. I will of course be wearing these again!

Thoughts?

Love Eleanor x

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August Outfit Ideas

outfits1. RING– Beyindi | DRESS– Topshop | BAG– Topshop | SHOES– Mango

2. CHOKER-Beyindi | DRESS– Zara | SHOES– Zara

3. BRACELET– Beyindi | JACKET– Topsop | T SHIRT– Topshop | JUMPSUIT- Mango |

SHOES– Office

Hello lovelies! Today I’ve put together a little August inspired outfit wishlist. I’ve managed to find some really chic pieces online and as you can see am getting a bit obsessed with summer prints. Oh and how perfectly amazing are these Zara pompom shoes?? Insert heart eye emoji here…

My outfit choices are based around some beautiful sterling silver pieces from jewellery brand Beyindi.  Check them out if you get the chance as they have lovely delicate designs and most things are currently on sale! All the items that would be on my jewellery wishlist are linked above.

Love Eleanor x

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Everyday is a Dungaree Day

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Blouse- Topshop

Boots- H&M

Choker- ASOS HERE

Glasses- Kate Spade

I know my outfit posts are pretty few and far between these days but I’ve felt myself turning into one of those people who wants to dress comfortably above all else. And I never thought I would be one of those people. Basically I’ve been living in dungarees and trainers. I’m finding that I’ve developed quite a collection and now want to focus my attentions on dungaree dresses. Because after all they give me enough space to eat what ever I want. Yes I am that person who dresses around their food consumption. Times have gotten truly desperate.

On the other hand I feel like I’ve sufficiently avoided the whole ‘I’ve let myself go’ look with this little blouse.  Its got  such a pretty little collar detail and I just don’t wear it enough. I’d also like to pay homage to my new glasses which actually help me see so much better and generally stop me looking a bit too squinty most of the time. I reckon I fit the part of super smart scientist very well while wearing them.

Love Eleanor x

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Six Easy Ideas for Saving More

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You don’t need to spend a long time looking at my blog to get the distinct impression that I’m a bit of a hoarder. Yes I’m definitely guilty of spending a bit too much of  my disposable and OK sometimes not so disposable cash on vast amounts of material goods. My main issue is (shockingly) clothing but everyone has their own vice. I have piles and piles of things I’m never gonna wear again or have never worn in the first place. And its an ever growing collection. So a few weeks ago I decided to make the rather uncertain decision that enough was enough. That experiences are way more important than things…. That the minimalist lifestyle is the way forward…. Right?

Anyway here are a few of my kinda unrefined saving tips. Any other clever ideas would be mucho appreciated too!

1. Set a Goal

My personal goal that I am saving towards is to see more of the world. I want to spend the next year travelling more- Japan here I come!  Of course we all have different things we want to save for  but the point is set a goal and stick to it. I am saving an undisclosed amount by March next year in order to make my dreams come true. If you know what you’re working for it’s always going to be easier to get there.

2. Cut Out your Worst Spending habit (temporarily)

Today marks two very long months since I gave up spending money on clothes. For someone who was starting to lose control just a little (OK maybe a big) bit I think that’s a pretty proud achievement. It hasn’t been easy but I haven’t felt any real loss. If you want to be super good at life you could try doing this for 6 months/ a year/ forever. I’m not that good unfortunately.

3. Say No to Coffee

Or no to (your favourite snack here)… I use coffee as it’s probably the most popular and pricey everyday habit. But that’s gotta be an extra at least like a tenner a week. Plus it’ll probably be healthy for you too.

4. Become Obsessed with £2 Coins

I totally stole this one- probably from another blogger. It seems like a really clever idea which simply involves saving every single £2 coin that comes into your possession.  Genius and a little bit obsessive which is right up my street. NB this would work just as well with £1 coins!

5. Sell your Excess Goods

I say goods, I don’t actually have any goods. What I do have is loads of stuff I no longer wear. If you do make anything particularly awesome though this will potentially work for you too. My platform of choice is Depop but there’s loads of others out there. I was recently recommend an App called Carousell which has no sellers fees. You could even sell your stuff in pop up shops or events if you’re like good with people and stuff…

6. Avoid the Sales

Many a time I’ve walked into a retail outlet all like Oooo look this is only £5 I can at least afford to buy 10 of these and I’m definitely still saving money.  To state the obvious to myself mostly: spending money is not the same as saving money and spending money on things that you don’t need or want is especially not saving money. That’s why sales are best avoided.

Thoughts ect?

Love Eleanor x

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Back to Blog

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Leather Jacket- Topshop (similar) HERE

Top- Boohoo @ Asos

Jeans- Tally Weil (similar) HERE

Brogues- (similar) HERE 

Scarf- Topshop

I’m writing this post from the comfort of the swingy chair in my garden in sweltering 28 degree heat. Incredibly 2016s hottest day has fallen on my day away from the office, leaving me feeling pretty darn pleased with life. I’m also aware anyone reading this who is from outside the UK is probably thinking that our idea of a heat wave is a little pathetic.

Now I’ve been away from the blogging life for quite a few weeks (hence the inventive title of this post) but what I do know is we should all do more of what makes us happy. So I dug out these photos which  have needed editing for a good two months now and here we are. If I’m being really frank James and I are trying are best to save for some exciting adventures in the New Year and it’s sort of hard to blog about material things with no disposable income!

So these jeans and shoes were actually purchases I brought back from Crete with me and were both reasonably priced and very comfortable. But I have managed to search out similar items on ASOS for alternatives.  I’ve had just about enough of high waisted jeans lately so I invested in a few pairs of low rise denim which has been a really good decision. This Boohoo top was one of those holiday buys that I thought I’d never really wear again when I got home and so far I was right!  Although it does make me feel like an awesome Flamenco dancer so it still hangs  proudly in my wardrobe.

Thoughts?

Love Eleanor x

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The Reversible Bomber Jacket

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Shirt- Topshop (old)

Jeans- Miss Selfridge (old)

Bag- Mango (similar) HERE

Shoes- Mango HERE

Sunglasses- H&M

I’ve got to say I’m sitting here rather smugly as I’m writing this… Mostly because I finally got my grubby hands on this baby- the bomber jacket that is not an actual baby. But I can sometimes get these things confused.  I’m aware if you read a lot of fashion blogs or spend a lot on time on Insta (guilty) you’re probably sick of the sight of this jacket but I’ve been obsessing over it for months. I’d just about given up hope after it kept selling out SO fast online when none other than my better half James appeared at my door with it! Yes I’m a very spoilt girlfriend. Anyway I intend to cherish it forever.

The sunglasses and sandals may not be entirely weather appropriate but to be honest I’m just not getting much chance to wear them. And I wanted to jazz the whole look up (some more) plus inject a bit of summer into a rainy day. FYI I took the sunglasses off after taking these photos so not to look like a dick… Now I’m off to watch The Secret Life of Kittens- oh the important things in life!

Love Eleanor x

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