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Month: March 2016

The Oversize Shirt

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Jeans- Zara (similar) HERE

Leather Jacket- Topshop (similar) HERE

Boots- H&M (similar) HERE

Bag- Topshop

Sunglasses- ALDO

Hello Lovelies! Spring is 100% finally here and I don’t know if you’ve noticed but it feels like everyone’s mood seems to be lifting.  I always feel like this happens around Easter time. So partly because we had a beautiful bright Easter Sunday and partly because I’m feeling incredibly pleased with my major stash of Easter eggs I thought I’d blog about my Easter Sunday outfit.

I went for a very floaty, oversize look with this little Warehouse number. It’s a few sizes too big but I paid a stupidly low price for it (were talking like £2 or something!) so it was one of those ‘I can’t say no’ situations. I’d usually go for some variety of skinny pants with it but I felt my ripped boyfriend jeans gave me more of a classic painter look. Which is something I’ve obviously always wanted. Now all I need is a beret and were good to go….

Love Eleanor x

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The Pleated Midi Skirt

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Midi Skirt- Topshop

Leather Jacket- Topshop (similar) HERE

Belt- Topshop HERE

Trainers- Adidas HERE

Welcome to the Scottish springtime- a season best enjoyed from the comfort of an indoor garden. I wore this outfit on a trip to Aberdeen today and it was totally weather inappropriate. I was cold, I was wet but turns out it at least looks attractive alongside these beautiful daffodils…. Well you can’t win ALL of the time.

This pleated midi skirt and belt (see my last post) are both newbies. It came down to a choice between this skirt and a long black version but I felt the need to inject more colour (e.g. navy blue) into my wardrobe. I feel I made the right decision. The only thing I wish is that it flared out more as I like a good swoosh of fabric as I walk.

Also I hope you like the action shot James caught of me pointing at something/one as I was bossing him around.

Love Eleanor x

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Leather on Leather

double leather2 double leather5 double leather3double leather6 double leather9 double leather10Leather Jacket- Topshop (similar) HERE

PU Skirt- H&M (similar) HERE

T Shirt- Topshop

Belt- Topshop HERE

Bag- Primark

Boots- New Look

So I’ve been feeling like I haven’t worn a skirt or dress in ages- I think my last 10 outfit posts or something have been trouser based. Now that I’ve actually worn a skirt I can see why I’ve been avoiding them. Note: I’m considering adding this little PU one to my Depop – yes or no?

Anyway I must have been feeling a bit rock n roll this day as I thought:  I know what no one ever wears- double leather. Let’s try that! I’ll let you be the judge of whether my experiment turned out successfully or not. I can say that I love this belt which was an awesome sale find. It has a kinda sixties feel and makes my jeans look uber cool. Yes that’s a real life phrase.

Love Eleanor x

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Paper Bag Trousers

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Trousers- Topshop

Crotchet jumper- Topshop

Bag- Topshop

Sunglasses- ALDO

Trainers- Adidas

I swear I heard somewhere that these sort of trousers are described as having a paper bag waist. It’s not just one of those phrases I’ve imagined- honest.  This coupled with their crumpled stone linen fabric just generally reminds me of a paper bag. And so the title of my post really does make sense. I  bought these paper bag trousers for something silly like £7 last Autumn but unfortunately they haven’t really been climate appropriate until recently. They’re not the most flattering silhouette from behind but I reckon I could get used to styling them.

I also picked up this little khaki bag in the Topshop sale today. I’ve been looking for something that fits all my crap in but is easy to carry when I don’t want to use one of my huge sacks. And who doesn’t love a bit of khaki?

Love Eleanor x

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Sleek Highlighting Palette

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Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette- Boots HERE

Let’s talk highlighters. Now I don’t know about you but I’ve always preferred highlighting way more than contouring. Maybe it’s because I love glowy glowy skin or maybe its down to my extreme paleness making contour look like weird oranges patches on my skin (no thanks!). Whatever the reason I love a good glow, especially for spring. So when I came across this little Sleek Solstice Palette in Boots I couldn’t resist it’s marbley goodness.

I’m a big Sleek fan anyway: I love their blushers, their packaging looks way pricier than it is, products come with a good sized mirror, they’re always super pigmented shades, all products are cruelty free … I could go on. So I’ve got to say after vigorous testing this is a new favourite of mine. It includes one cream highlighter (Ecliptic) one shimmer powder (Subsolar) and two baked powders (Hemisphere and Equinox). There’s also a brush included but honestly I never use the free brush so I can’t say that makes a lot of difference.

On the box Sleek suggest that you use the shades as follows: Ecliptic on the brow bone (I also used it on the inner corners of my eyes) Subsolar on the bridge of the nose, Hemisphere on the cheekbones and Equinox on the cupid’s bow. In reality the shades are a lot more pigmented than on camera and the individual colours really come through. My personal favourite is probably Subsolar (on my nose). Although I do really like the creamy texture of Ecliptic too which works really well for highlighting the corner of your eyes. Have you tried any Sleek products? Thoughts?

Love Eleanor x

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Kickflares

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Coat- Topshop

So as I’ve mentioned I’ve been having difficulty finding places to take outfit photos since I moved back home. Where I live is pretty suburban meaning nice walls are hard to find (blogger  nightmare) but I did come across this church just around the corner which I reckon fits the bill alright. And so all is OK again guys…..

These kickflares and boots are both newbies. They’re two of the first pieces I’ve bought since no longer working for Arcadia. Don’t get me wrong I love Topshop just as much as the next girl but there is such thing as too much of a good thing. I’ve been after a pair of kickflares for a while now so when these babies came up on ASOS for about £14 it was a no brainer. I actually tried my usual size and a size up but could’ve probably done with going down one. It’s always trial and error with a new brand of jeans. I’ve gotta say I prefer these to regular flares because I can finally wear them with flats or trainers and not look like I’ve been squashed. The boots were only £10 in the H&M sale! I wanted some pointed ones really but now I see these on camera I kinda prefer the awkward boyish shape.

Thoughts on kickflares?

Love Eleanor x

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Western Feels

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Firstly, I gotta apologise about the upcoming outfit photos. I’m having to make do with some pretty dodgy attempts until I’m reunited with my usual photographer – sob! So expect lots of brick wall backdrops as (shockingly) my family aren’t as easily persuaded to traipse around the city trying to find attractive streets.

I’ve been unsure about what to do with these bandanas (I also have a navy one) since I bought them for just £1 at Christmas. I finally went for this neckerchief look or as my brother lovingly told me ‘I’m trying to dress like Fred from Scooby Doo.’ That’s not actually as insulting as you might think. After I settled on a neckerchief my whole  wild west look just seemed to magically fall into place. Which is pretty great because it meant I got to feature my favourite Topshop Binx jeans yet again. Unfortunately they don’t seem to be making these anymore so I’ll forever be on the look out for something similar!

Love Eleanor x

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Changing Direction In Your Twenties

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I wanted to do something a little different today and write about what’s going on with me. Some of you may know that I recently moved back to Newcastle and completely walked away from the career I’ve had since I graduated from university nearly 3 years ago (wow that’s gone fast!). Let’s talk about why changing direction in your twenties or anytime in your adult life may not necessarily be a bad thing.

So let’s go way back to when I started my degree. I’ve never been sure about what I wanted from a career or life but I was one of those young people who was talked in to picking a degree and going to university anyway. I’m not going to dwell on my uni experience because it would be a very depressing blog post (I quit… twice) needless to say university wasn’t for me and I still wish I’d spent those years working. After I graduated like so many others, retail was always supposed to be a temporary choice for me. So as I approached 3 years working full time in the industry you can see why I started to worry.

OK my job wasn’t as boring as working on a till all day, I did all of the creative jobs around the store and gained more responsibility as time rolled on. And don’t get me wrong I’ve met some amazing people through my job. It just got to a point where all the bad things about working in retail felt amplified every day. So I decided to walk away and move back home. Obviously I didn’t just walk out one day and obviously I found myself an alternative job before giving it all up. I guess that’s not a necessity if you’re brave enough though!

I understand that some people might think that quitting and moving home is a step backwards. Could it not be seen as a new opportunity to try whatever you want? For me it feels like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders and a new sense of freedom. I’m not 100% sure what I’d like to do now. I have a few ideas but I’d like to try them out before jumping into anything. My main plan is to spend some time saving for anything I might want to take on in the future. Travel plans? Moving elsewhere? Training for a career I’m sure of? It’s all possible.

I just want to encourage anybody who feels like a change of direction in their twenties or at any age for that matter to just take the chance. After all aren’t we likely to be a lot happier later in life if we try out a few different options first?

Sorry its been a long one but I’d love to know your thoughts?

Love Eleanor x

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