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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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Two ways to wear a cropped printed jumpsuit- Part 2

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Hello Lovelies! I know this post is supposed to be all about the jumpsuit but… First things first- some of you may have noticed that tonight is Bonfire Night. I’m super duper excited to go see some fireworks at our local display, which always turns out to be an amazing show. And maybe get some hot chocolate too for good measure. Once Bonfire Night is over the happiest time of year also begins (it’s Christmas time in case you’re wondering!) In my head anyway- I know not everyone is so full of Christmas cheer. Unfortunately.

But I suppose if you’ve come to this post you’re probably here for the clothes and not my yabbering…

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This is one of the few outfits that I’ve uploaded in a lonnnnng time where I’m like you know what I really love this look. To begin with, I wasn’t sure whether the jumpsuit would look so great layered as its such a summery piece but I think it really works for Autumn. I also absolutely adore this belt and just wish I wore it more often. It was available in two colours when I bought it and I should’ve really went for both! These Primark booties are so old that I’m honestly surprised they’re still going. It seems  Primark’s quality is actually better than people give it credit for. And it’s great to have a bit more height because lets be honest as a little person (5ft3 eek!) its not often that I feel tall wearing culottes. And particularly not a jumpsuit with culottes.

Thoughts?

Love Eleanor x

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Warm Toned Autumn Make Up Look

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So I figured it had been such a long time since I’d done a make up post on here. I still love make up as much as ever so lets share the love. It’s also the first ever time I’ve branched out to film a little tutorial to go alongside my post. Yes it seems I’m moving with the times and getting acquainted with YouTube! I’ve actually wanted to try filming something for ages and  think video is by far the best media when it comes to make up tutorials. I don’t know about you but I find it super difficult to follow written instructions. Obviously my editing skills are terrible at this point so please be kind…

Of course I’ve gone for an Autumn inspired look- I mean what else would I really do? I’m all about the Autumnal posts right now. I absolutely love the Naked 2 palette for warm tones so really it was a no brainer. It’s got to be my favourite out of all the Naked palettes. Probably because its suits my colouring best. I’ve used MAC Lip Pencil  in Bittersweet all over my lips and then layered Nars Lip Pencil in Walkyrie over the top. I think it gives a really striking look and I do love a bold lip, especially for Autumn/ Winter. Although looking at these photos my lip liner looks super wobbly which makes me sad!
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Base:

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

Illamasqua Sculpting Powder Duo

Bourjois Bronzing Powder

Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight

Sleek Make Up Highlighting Palette in Solstice

Eyes:

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

Urban Decay Ink for Eyes Eyeliner

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Lips:

MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Bittersweet

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Walkyrie

Let me know what you think…

Love Eleanor x

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Two ways to wear a cropped printed jumpsuit

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So I’m aware that this outfit isn’t entirely  season appropriate. And yeah my toes were pretty chilly taking these photos. I was planning on cosying (I can’t believe that’s not a word!) it up by adding some sparkly socks under the heels but decided against it. That is a major regret. I’m going to do a different idea on how to wear this jumpsuit next week which may or may not be more Autumn appropriate – no spoilers.

This look is pretty much exactly what I wore to celebrate my birthday this week. I snapped the jumpsuit up in the Topshop sale for a mere £20! Although its more of a summer piece, I think most pieces can be adapted for the colder months. I’ve tried to go a bit seventies with the platform sandals. I’ve actually had these for years and they have to be the most comfortable heels I own.  Last year these scarves were majorly popular and I do still like that look so have decided to resurrect it. Plus the colour is just one of my all time faves. They have a rather pretty velvet version in Zara this year, which I’ve linked above.

Thoughts ?

Love Eleanor x

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Black Velvet Dress

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Hello Lovelies! I’m feeling very 60s inspired in this little get up. Although I also have a bit of a Victoriana look going on- all black velvet and high necklines. So who knows where were at! The only issue I have with this outfit is footwear. I just couldn’t make a decision on what looks best… I tried it with brogues, I tried it with ankle boots. Now I’m thinking that perhaps over the knee boots may have been the way forward?

Velvet seems to be everywhere this season- in all sorts of unexpected colours. I’ve played it safe by going for a classic black number but I have got to admit I kind of have a soft spot for some ugly green and yellow pieces I’ve seen. I’m also still seriously repping the layering trend AGAIN in this weeks post. This blouse has been a favourite of mine all summer. I only really bought it in the first place as it went down to about £5 at work.

Recently I’ve been having such a nightmare with my hair, I just keep scraping it back as I’m so unhappy with it. I completely regret cutting my long locks and it just makes me want to sob! I’m considering getting a fringe to make it a bit more edgy but am trying to avoid the hairdresser so that I can grow it out. It’s such a catch 22…

Thoughts ect?

Love Eleanor x

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Oversize Camel Coat

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Hello Lovelies! And welcome to a very autumnal themed blog post. To be completely honest I’m so sick of hearing the word autumnal and I’m pretty sure you must be too. But I’m just gonna throw it out there one last time…

So as you can see I have got my hands on a perfect oversize camel coat recently. I’ve been keeping my eye out for one for a good few winters now but nothing has seemed like the ‘one’ – if that makes sense? Well it is true that good things come to those who wait and I snapped this one up from ASOS outlet for a stupidly good price. I guess it must be last years stock. I can be one of those people who goes for the most current, trend led pieces sometimes. So I’m feeling pretty pleased with myself for stepping away from my usual habits. Next stop, a little vintage shopping perhaps.

Anyway I’ve decided to keep it current with a bit of awkward layering which is so popular right now. Along with these awesome patchwork snakeskin booties. They’re actually really uncomfortable to walk in but look great at this time of year. I think it’s something about the orange leaves that make these tones pop in photos. Unfortunately WordPress has a habit of destroying the quality of my images and making them look all pixelated when I upload them. Which is driving me crazy. I’m no good when it comes to coding so it’s gonna take me a while to fix this issue I reckon! Enough of the tech talk though…

Love Eleanor x

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The Silver Slip Dress

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Oh how I do love a slip dress these days! Lately I have been guilty of wearing them layered over anything I can get my mits on. T-shirts, roll necks, blouses, shirts- it’s all acceptable with this look. It doesn’t even have to be a dress, my collection of cami tops seems to be rapidly expanding by the day (almost).

I can’t help feeling that its all very cliche of me. I’m sure you have seen this look a million times over from Blogger to Pinterest to Instagram. I think the thing that I love about it is that it’s sort of taking two garments that really shouldn’t work together and just going with it. Which is why I went for this wonderful little oversize silver number from Motel, who have a great collection of slip dresses right now FYI.  It gives me flash back to visions of the stylish women of the 90s. And I’ve got to say I’m a big fan of anything 90s inspired…

What do you think of the 90s trends?

Love Eleanor x

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Super Easy Apple and Blackberry Pastry

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With Autumn suddenly very obviously upon us, I’ve come over all inspired to cook warm comforting food. Although there are of course a lot  of foods that make me feel all warm and cosy and generally just happy that the days are getting more chilly- hot chocolate anyone? I do think that two of my favourite seasonal flavours are apples and blackberries.

Were lucky to have our own apple tree in the garden so we get apples in abundance every Autumn. I mean boxes and boxes full!  I always feel that I need to put them to good use. Blackberries are in all sorts of hedgerows at this time of year too so you can pick them in the wild if you feel like a little adventure. I however took the lazy option and went to Sainsbury’s for my blackberries.  This recipe was inspired by a more summery pastry I saw on The Londoner- one of my absolute favourite food blogs so the results were really good!
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Ingredients

3 big cooking apples (or any old apples will probably do)

2 boxes of blackberries

2/3 Tbsps granulated sugar plus extra for sprinkling

2/3 Tbsps Flour (plain or self raising)

Ready to roll puff pastry

Milk or 1 egg for brushing

Method

  1. Pre heat oven to 200 C.
  2. Peel and slice apples. Place into a bowl of water while they wait to avoid them going discoloured.  Wash blackberries.
  3. Once fruit is drained, coat with the sugar and flour in a bowl.
  4. Cover a baking tray in grease proof paper if necessary (my pastry came with paper already attached)
  5. Carefully roll pastry onto tray and evenly top with the fruit mixture.
  6. Fold over the edges of the pastry around the outside of the fruit to make a little crust.
  7. Brush the pastry with milk or egg.
  8. Sprinkle a little more sugar all over your creation.
  9. Bake for around 30 mins or until golden brown.

apple-pie-7I recommend serving this warm with a little cream or ice cream of your choice!

Thoughts?

Love Eleanor x

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