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My Favourite Festive Eyeshadow Palette

| Burgundy Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette- MAC |

Tis’ the season to discuss about our top festive beauty products. And today is no different as I have a little post all about my favourite Burgundy eyeshadow palette.  A few years ago I would have never been brave enough to try burgundy based colours with my make up look. However  they’re surprisingly flattering. Of course winter is the time of year when you want a stand out look, particularly for the party season.

For me, this selection of shades has it all. For casual days I go for a light wash of Poppyseed or Quarry. If I’m feeling a little glam I can add some Honey Lust to the mix. Big night out? This palette has it covered too. There are beautiful deep purples (Embark and Sketch) and warm metallics (Antiqued and Star Violet). My personal fave is #Noir, which comes out as a gorgeous dark metallic khaki green on the eyes.

I almost always find MAC products to have great staying power on my skin so I rarely need to reapply. My only issue with this palette is that you get so little product- you can tell mine is already pretty well loved!
I have been guilty of major blog neglect this year. This post was designed to ‘ease’ me back into it as I would really love to get a post a week written for the New Year! As always, let me know your thoughts ect?

Love Eleanor x

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Outfit | Ruffle Mania

|| Knitwear– Look Of The Day* | Frill Trousers– Look Of The Day* | Metallic Boots– Look of the Day * | Mini Backpack (similar)– Topshop | Hoops– Topshop ||

Let’s talk about ruffles. More specifically- let’s talk about how I’ve gone a little ruffle crazy for this look. I’d been hankering after a pair of frill hem cropped trousers for a while. When Look Of The Day asked if I’d like to pick something out to try they were top of my wishlist. As I’m a dress down kinda girl I’ve paired them with this cosy  oversize knit. And GEEZ is it soft and comfy! There’s a whole load of great value knitwear over on lotd.com. If you’re in the market for some Autumn newness, I’d be sure to check them out.

Anyway feeling like a flamenco dancer in all my ruffles clearly wasn’t enough for me so I added some statement heeled ankle boots. As a metallic footwear obsessive, I feel they’re the perfect way to dress up an otherwise casual outfit. These boots would look so cute with a little dress for a night on the town too! I picked up the mini backpack this week in my local Topshop sale. It reminds me of one my mother owned in the 90s and is just big enough for all the essentials. Sadly they’re sold out online but I have linked a similar version above.

As always let me know your thoughts!

Love Eleanor x

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Bangkok Photo Diary

 

 

For me, Bangkok was one of those expectation versus reality sort of moments. Being the first city we touched down in on our Asian adventure there was a lot that didn’t go exactly to plan! Money was wasted, some of the best Thai food was overlooked (sob!) and we even probably paid over the odds for some elephant pants. But you’ve just got to roll with it. So here we are a week later in Bali alive and kicking and even a little slimmer from that 20,000 steps a day we were managing. I can’t say Bangkok was for me but it has got to be an experience to tick off the bucket list. Talking of that bucket list… well as you can see we even managed to fit in a visit to the Unicorn Cafe. Organised by me- of course.

Our apartment was great, we booked through Airbnb. I reckon its got to be the way to go if you’re planning a trip to the city. The price was better than a lot of hostels we had looked at and the accommodation was wayyyy nicer. Also it gave us a chance to use Bangkok’s BTS sky train to get around. Saving a heap on taxis.  Another major highlight was our sunset drinks in Octave which is a stunning sky bar allowing you to see unbeatable views of the city. We managed to pick the only night that it peed it down with rain. But hey it felt homely-like being back in the UK!

Bangkok would be an awesome destination for a shopping trip. For a city break maybe its too hectic. We did get to see a few cultural sights which I’ll blog about soon. For now I’m off to celebrate our anniversary in the beautiful Ubud, Bali!

Love Eleanor x

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Blueberry Jam Muffins

Ingredients

100g butter, 140 g caster sugar, 2 large eggs, 140 g natural yoghurt, 2 tbsp milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 250 g plain flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 1/4 tsp salt, 150 g blueberries, 12 tsp wild  blueberry jam or conserve

For the Crumble Topping

3 tbsp demerera sugar, 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, 3 tbsp plain flour, 1 tbsp butter

Method

1. Preheat oven to 200 C or Gas mark 6. Put 12 paper cases into muffin tin.

2. Rub together all the crumble topping ingredients in a small bowl.

3. In a separate mixing, bowl beat together eggs and sugar until pale and fluffy. Mix in the eggs, then yoghurt, vanilla and milk. Gradually add flour, baking powder, bicarb and salt. Fold in the blueberries.

4. Divide the mixture between the 12 cases. Top with jam and then the crumble mixture.

5. Bake for 5 mins then reduce the heat to 180 C/ Gas mark 4. Bake for a further 20 mins or until the muffins are cooked thoroughly.

6. Cool on a wire rack and enjoy!

Love Eleanor x

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June Bullet Journal

June is finally here! I feel as though I have been waiting all year for this month to arrive. Our long awaited trip to Southeast Asia is on the horizon. Plus I finally get to upload my second bullet journal video. I’ve got to admit my level of excitement for this post is a little unnatural. Yes, I’m a bullet journal convert…

This month I’ve decided to go without colour which leaves me feeling a little sad. However, I’ve done this for two reasons 1. All of my coloured pens bleed right through the paper and 2. I’m trying to pack light and coloured pens can’t really be described as essential items. For June I’ve gone for a cheese plant leaf and tropical flower theme because you know summer-yay! I’m also giving more space for each day in the interest of encouraging myself to keep a little travel log.

Love Eleanor x

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A Little More Natural

Lately I’ve found myself in search for something a little more natural to use as an alternative to my usual cosmetics. I feel like it has gotten to a point where I pack so many chemicals onto my skin and hair that it’s time for a change. After watching many a YouTube video and spending a little too much time in Holland and Barrett I finally have a blog post about some natural products that I’ve tried and tested. As far as I’m aware these are not 100% organic!

Firstly let’s talk about these Neal’s Yard Remedies products. There’s the Garden Mint and Bergamot Hand Lotion which I’ve been using as an all over body lotion because hey why not… I like living life on the edge! This smells amazing and conjours up images of an English Country Garden in the Summertime (its a little zesty). It leaves my skin feeling super soft and claims to be 95% organic which is a pretty good percentage by anyone’s standards. The packaging details that it contains no GM, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances, colours, parabens, silicones or phtalates. Most of which I know little about but if you take a look at the ingredients there’s not a whole lot of your typical crap (chemicals) listed.

I have to admit I haven’t tried the Rose and Geranium Shower Gel yet as I plan to take it away to Asia in my toiletries bag. I can only describe it’s scent as Rose Lemonade- making me both thirsty and reminding me of home. The packaging is made from 100% recycled plastic. Although I can’t find anything on the products regarding animal testing it does say on the Neal’s Yard website that they don’t test on animals so I’m hoping these products are also bunny friendly. If a more natural alternative to hair care is something you’re interested in there’s a whole load of products out there. I’ve been suffering from a lot of hair fall recently and started off by using a homemade coconut oil mask on my hair- instructions courtesy of YouTube tutorials. I bought Avalon Organics Volumizing Rosemary Shampoo and Conditioner from Holland and Barrett and although I really truly did have high hopes for them sadly they’re just not for me. Yes it does what it says on the tin and adds volume however they leave my hair feeling so dry and tangling easily. Has it stopped my hair fall? No not really. So I’m back on the Aussie products until I find an alternative. Avlaon Organics contain no GMOs, parabens, harsh sulfates, preservatives, synthetic colours or fragrances or phthalates. They also don’t test on animals and make their products from 100% recycled materials.

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Love Eleanor x

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Raspberry and White Chocolate Blondies

Ingredients

225 g Caster Sugar

225 g Melted Butter

150 g Plain Flour

4 Eggs

200 g White Chocolate plus 100 g for decoration

50 g Macadamia Nuts

150 g Raspberries (roughly 1 punnet)

Method

1.Preheat oven to 180 C or Gas Mark 4 and line a rectangular cake tin with grease proof paper.

2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the sugar and eggs. Melt the butter in a saucepan and gradually add this to the mixture.

 3. Carefully fold in the flour.

4.Chop the chocolate, macadamia nuts and raspberries into small pieces. Fold into the mixture, making sure they’re evenly distributed.

5. Spoon the blondie mix into the lined cake tin. Bake for 30- 35 minutes, use a skewer to check the blondies are cooked throughout.

6. Once the blondies are cool, melt the remaining white chocolate in a bain marie or the microwave. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the blondies and leave in the fridge to set.

7. Cut into portions as big as you please and enjoy!

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Love Eleanor x

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Stars and Stripes

|Jumper- Topshop (old) | Midi skirt- Topshop (similar) | Shoes- Office (similar) | Bag- Mango (similar)

|Sunglasses- H&M|

Hi Lovelies! So today I have another clashing outfit post. In the interests of trying to get a bit creative, I’m giving some of my older items a new lease of life. For example, this stripe skirt. Although I’ve owned it a good few years I can honestly only admit to wearing it a handful of times. This may be partly down to the fact that its incredibly difficult to move in. However if you’re walking all nice and ladylike I suppose this may not be a problem. Some of us would prefer the option of doing some lunges though… Just saying…

Putting design flaws aside- I challenged myself to mix it up a bit. Which is where another ‘oldie but goodie’ comes in, that’s the star print jumper! I’ve added my trusty Mango drawstring bag for a pop of colour. And hey presto one midi skirt has a brand new life ahead of it. I wore this outfit (minus the court shoes) all day yesterday and it made a really great look for one of those transitional spring kinda days. Let’s be fair though the majority of the British Summer feels like one of those days so I reckon this look could see me through to July!

Side note: these photos may look a bit dodge. I have a brand new camera/ lens combination, let’s just say were ‘working on’ using it to its full advantage. But no they haven’t been taken on an iPhone….

Love Eleanor x

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May 2017 Bullet Journal Spread

So I have decided to go ahead and start a Bullet Journal- as you’ve clearly already guessed from the title of this post. I can’t say that I’m mega savvy with the Bullet Journal lingo and as I’m a first timer I can’t really say what works for me and what doesn’t. So I’ll have to let the pictures do the talking for this post. However, if you do want to actually hear me waffling on about all this you can watch my YouTube video below.

I know it’s all rather scrappy and this will probably never make it onto the Pinterest Bullet Journal Hall of Fame. But please let me know what you think and I promise to try much more attractive spreads for June. Emphasis on try. Cos you know God loves a trier and all that….

 

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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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