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The Pink Slouchy Hoody

| Hoody – Primark | Leather Jacket- Topshop (similar) | Cropped Trousers- Topshop (old)  | Shoes- Office (similar) | Hoops- Topshop | Glasses- eBay |

Can I just start off by announcing how flipping obsessed I am with this hoody? Seriously hardly a day has gone by where I haven’t worn it recently. It could well be the best £8 I’ve ever spent. In reality it has been mostly paired with ripped jeans and comfy trainers. However, I thought I’d go for the whole sports wear mixed with smart wear vibe that’s been filling up my Insta feed lately. Yes in the hope of appearing majorly cooler than I actually am…. I also think this look would be perfect with super oversize sports wear so perhaps borrow from a boy?

My glasses are an eBay find which I have to say made me feel particularly proud. I swear finding something perfect on eBay is almost as awesome as a great charity shop find. When I’m wearing them the resemblance to my Mam in the 1980s is kind of scary. I was watching a documentary abut serial killers (yes I do that in my spare time- don’t judge me!) and actually spotted an identical pair on some mass murder from the seventies. So going forward I will lovingly refer to these specs as my serial killer glasses.

Thoughts?

Love Eleanor x

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Five Things That Benefit Your Mental Health

We all know someone who has had trouble with their mental well being. Whether it’s ourselves or a loved one. Its said that around 25% of people in the UK will have some sort of mental health problem in their life time, although it could be higher. We all put an emphasis on taking care of our bodies, why not do the same for our minds?  It’s an issue that’s close to my heart. So here’s a run down of five natural things that I feel benefit my mind when I’m going through a rough time.

Get Active- I know, I know when you’re feeling down the last thing you want is to do some exercise. But hear me out… There’s a reason we’re encouraged to exercise and it’s not just all about our psychical health. It’s a well know fact that exercise releases endorphins- giving you a major mood uplift. Plus I personally get a sense of achievement from doing a workout. Which makes me feel better about myself. Of course if going to the gym ain’t your thing there’s loads of other choices out there. Bonus points for combining exercise and fresh air!

Take Time to Meditate- Now I’m not trying to claim that I’m any kind of expert on meditation or relaxation. Far from it, in fact. However when my anxiety and panic attacks got waaay out of hand a few years ago my doctor suggested giving meditation a try. And I can’t stress enough what a big help it was for me. There’s so many options out there to teach you basic meditation for free. Personally I love the mobile app Headspace as it talks you through it.

Do Something you Enjoy- We all have things we love to do that help us relax. Drawing, painting or taking photos all take my mind off things and just give me the opportunity to get creative. You might like making music, writing or getting involved in your favourite sport. Having some me time can be a major factor in helping us de-stress. Simply find an activity that you enjoy and take some time out to do it!

Have a Break from Social Media- This one is kind of a biggy for me. With people posting every detail of their lives on social media, its easy to feel as though yours doesn’t compare. Fear of missing out has become a real problem. If you’re going through a hard time, the last thing you want to see is images of others’ perfect lives. (Just a heads up- a hell of a lot of Instagram is staged!) Plus it ain’t a good idea to be preoccupied with how many likes/ followers/ friends you’re totting up. Maybe you spend way too much time on social media and it’s contributing to you feeling down? Whatever your situation, I think we can all benefit from going offline.

Spend Time with Others- Being around friends and family is one of the best things we can do for our well being. I can completely understand why people might avoid this as it’s something I do myself. But spending some quality time with those who make us feel good about ourselves rarely fails to lift our mood. Even if you have nothing good to say, they’re bound to have a story that will get you smiling. Plus you’ll leave knowing you have someone to feel thankful for.

What uplifts your mood? Please let me know your thoughts!

Love Eleanor x

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The Well Loved Band Tee

|Metallica Vest- Urban Outfitters (similar) | Striped Top- Primark | Distressed Jeans- Zara (similar) | Boots- Primark (old) | Earrings- Topshop|

It feels like such a long time since I’ve even looked at my blog. It’s difficult to sit down and remember how to even begin a post these days. Which is why I’ve been putting it off for so long I guess. But I’m determined to get back into doing something I enjoy so here we are.

In the interests of being completely transparent, we have kinda got a big adventure planned this Summer. It’s kinda a big deal! The plan is to take my blog along with me to keep a little diary of the whole trip. However it’s also pretty hard to get excited about an outfit or beauty post when you’re saving all of your spare pennies. Shopping is out of the question for me. I know, I know first world problems at their worst…

So here I am, recycling my ancient band tee… or muscle vest? Which I have to admit had been demoted to my pyjama draw. Anyway I’ve seen a few girls layering oversize tees over long sleeve tops and it reminded me of the awesome style period that was the early noughties. And I’m always into anything retro and unattractive. This particular Metallica baby was bought many years back in Urban Outfitters so sadly definitely isn’t still available. The diamante earrings are intended to bling the whole look up a notch because who doesn’t love a bit of tackiness? In reality I’ll be wearing this with metallic booties. Unfortunately everyone who knows me is probably sick to death of seeing me wearing them!

I’m off to surprise my Mam with Mother’s Day afternoon tea this afternoon. So let’s hope she doesn’t read this first…

Thoughts?

Love Eleanor x

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3 Ways to Wear Silver Boots | Look 3

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Hello Lovelies. I feel like recently my blog posts have been very consistently outfit based. I want to try to mix it up a little but hey I think we can fit in one more this week eh? This is my final of three looks on how I style these shiny shiny metallic boots. Which are no less than £12 from Primark! And yes I have been wearing them just as much in real life I’m pleased to announce.

For today’s look I’ve went for a bit of a retro sporty vibe. Mostly because I bloody love this classic Adidas tee and might have to buy it in ALL the colours I can find. But that’s just how I roll… These cropped flares are also one of my staple pieces. I bought them last year so it’s likely they’re not available anymore but I’ll do my utmost to find something similar. If you’re a shortie like me and you wanna go for flares, cropped is the easy way out. Unless you enjoy wearing heels I suppose. I’ve thrown it all together with a faux fur coat as its gotten real chilly outside lately.

My hair has had a bit of a winter over haul too. I was getting so so bored growing it out so now I have a bit of a fringe. It gives me the illusion of looking kinda cool when I’m actually really not- perfect! Thoughts?

Love Eleanor x

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3 Ways to Wear Silver Boots | Look 2

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Apologies for this post as I now realise its just a teeny tiny bit Topshop heavy… Oh and most of this is old stock so is probably unavailable now! Despite these blogger faux pas, I hope you enjoy my second idea for styling up these Primark silver boots. Also I have finally managed to get these three looks up on YouTube in Look Book form. My gosh was that a challenge and a half- seriously hats off to anyone who makes Look Books on a regular basis. Realistically it probably gets a lot easier. But for now I’m super proud of my efforts.

I’d love to know your thoughts?

Love Eleanor x

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3 Ways to Wear Silver Boots | Look 1

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Hello Lovelies! And welcome to Part 1 of another Ways to Wear series. I’m actually in the middle of editing a look book for YouTube featuring 3 outfits. For now though here’s a little blog post taster of all the action. These silver boots are a brand new buy from Primark. As they’ve been so popular this season I’ve styled them up in a variety of ways, all of which seem to have a nod to a 60s or 70s look. Metallic boots conjour up images of 70s Rock N Roll stars and 60s mod girls in my head. So I thought let’s go with it.

My fedora has been a long standing staple of my Autumn/ Winter wardrobe. Although fedoras don’t seem to be as ‘on trend’ lately I think it looks great with the oversize knit and wide leg culottes. The culottes were a very summery buy from Zara but I think you can easily work them for the colder months with a jumper and pair of boots. I also adore the polka dot print and think  it can make any outfit a little quirky!

Thoughts ect?

Love Eleanor x

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November Primark Haul & Try On

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Hello Lovelies! Today I’ve somehow against the odds managed to film and upload my first ever Primark Haul for YouTube.  Primark Hauls have long been one of my absolute favourite type of YouTube video to watch. I mean who doesn’t want to feel amazed by the awesome bargains available in one of the UK’s most loved stores? I can’t say I’m completely happy with my dodgy standard of editing or my totally awkward persona in this video BUT everyone has to start somewhere! At least there’s room for improvement…

So feel free to take a look and let me know your favorite piece.

Love Eleanor x

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Five Inspirational Quotes to Encourage Reading

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books9Lately I’ve had such a desire to read more often. As a teenager I could happily spend entire days lost in a book and I feel so sad to have grown out of that habit. I think sometimes the commitments of everyday life can be sort of overwhelming and were not left with the time to read. There are so many benefits to reading more often and thousands of amazing books out there just waiting for us to pick them up. So I have decided to make a conscious effort in 2017 to make reading one of my priorities. I’ve heard whispers all over the internet of the 50 book challenge which works out as roughly 1 book per week. Although I think that may be  a little ambitious for me!

So if you’re looking for a little inspiration, I’ve scoured Google for my top five motivational quotes which should give you plenty of encouragement. Because after all who doesn’t love a good motivational quote?

A house without books is like a room without windows. – Heinrich Mann

A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe. – Madeleine L’Engle

We read to know we’re not alone. –William Nicholson

The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame. – Oscar Wilde

And my personal favourite…

Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.  – Author Unknownbooks7

Do you like to read?  Please let me know your thoughts.

PS Yes that is a Christmas jumper I am wearing already, no I’m not even a little ashamed…

Love Eleanor x

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Classic Red Lip and Winged Liner Make Up Look

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Hello Lovelies.  It’s been a while since my last post but time just feels like it flies by so quickly lately that I barely have time to blog. I also really wanted to do a post linked to a brand new YouTube video- my second ever you know! So here we are with another make up look. This one is super simple although you wouldn’t think it from the list of products. In my opinion its a bit of a classic. Plus I wanted to experiment creating the perfect red lip and try out my new NYX lip liner. FYI it’s awesome especially for a mere £5.  I have been experiencing some technical issues with filming so here’s to hoping I’ll get that all sorted out and can use my new camera soon. Enjoy… make-up-2make-up-5

Base:

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer | Nars Sheer Glow Foundation | Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer | Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer | Illumasqua Sculpting Powder Duo | Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight | Sleek Highlighting Palette in Solstice | MAC Powder Blush in Frankly Scarlet

Eyes:

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion | Urban Decay Space Cowboy Eyeshadow | Rimmel | Exaggerate Eye Liner | Benefit Roller Lash Mascara | Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz | MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set

Lips:

MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder | NYX Lip Liner in Summer Tease | Nars Lipstick in Jungle Red

Thoughts ect?

Love Eleanor x

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Dyeing My Hair With Henna

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|Henna Hair Dye– Lush|

Having been an avid user of home hair dyes for almost as long as I can remember (I was 13 when I last saw my natural hair colour FYI) my hair has started to react badly to the dyeing process. I mean I’ve had a mane every colour under the sun at some point- yes including bright blue.  So after a lot of fretting and some serious consideration. I decided to try something more natural than your average at home box dye.

My friend Rachel has been using Henna for a while and I really think that her hair looks a lot thicker. A few weeks ago I popped into Lush and got my hands on some. Henna has been used to dye hair for thousands of years.  Apparently its supposed to be conditioning and also promote hair growth as oppose to chemical dyes which can be damaging. Believe me I know! Lush currently stock four different shades. I went for Brun or Hot Chocolate as it gives you the shade closest to my natural colour. As with all hair dye it can create different effects depending what colour your own hair is. For example if you have very light hair naturally some shades could go a vibrant red. So just bare that in mind.

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Now I’m going to be totally honest in this post. Henna is a huge faff on to apply in comparison to your average box dye. Firstly it needs to be cooked, then cooled to a comfortable temperature and once it is ready to apply  it’s just so so so messy. Newspaper over entire surfaces is a must. It takes around three hours to develop. And I had to apply it twice within a week to get the vibrancy I required. Above is a little bonus photo of me with the Henna on- not very attractive right? For me, there was still as much breakage as there would be with your average dye although perhaps my hair is just that damaged…

But ultimately since using the Henna my hair’s condition is the best it’s been in such a long time. Super soft and super silky. Possibly making all the faff worth it. Swings and Roundabouts I guess!

Have you ever tried Henna? I’d love to know your thoughts.

Love Eleanor x

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