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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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A Cretan Adventure

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Love Eleanor x

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The Perfect Summer Playsuit

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Playsuit- Boohoo @ ASOS (similar) HERE

Jacket- Topshop (similar) HERE

Belt- ASOS HERE

Sunglasses- ASOS HERE

Boots- H&M

Scarf- Miss Selfridge (old)

Hi Lovelies, I feel as though its been a very long time since I’ve done a proper outfit post so here we go… I’d actually had all the best intentions of photographing this little playsuit when I was away in sunny sunny Greece but the straps broke much to my horror! Luckily I’ve got them all sewn back on and stronger than ever- I reckon anyway.

The playsuit is a super cute off the shoulder number which I managed to pick up for less than £20- bargain! (On that note… is anyone else feeling very pleased about the fact that Boohoo is now available on Asos?) Its actually perfect for the height of summer as its really lightweight but sadly pretty see through. Something James noticed straight away.  I’ve added a few choice accessories including this awesome western belt and statement sunglasses along with these boyish patent booties. Now if we could just see some sun the look would be complete.

Love Eleanor x

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One day in Santorini

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Love Eleanor x

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My Calvins

calvinklein calvinklein2 calvinklein4Vest- Calvin Klein @ Urban Outfitters HERE

Bra (worn underneath) – New Look

Velvet choker- Topshop HERE

I’m feeling rather 90s in these photos with my retro style Calvin Klein Jeans logo top and my good ol’ velvet choker. It’s probably not that surprising that I was watching episodes of Buffy as I edited this. I was clearly so inspired that I went for a classic disposable camera look. Seriously though, I’ve been getting so obsessed with 90s throwback logo tops lately that I think its actually becoming a bit of an issue for me. On the day I picked this one up from Urban Outfitters (eg. the holy grail for these sort of things) they actually had a shed load of Fila stuff in the sale. BUT I can happily say I resisted the urge to buy £5 vests in every colour.

I also fall in love a little everytime I put on this lace bra from New Look. I’ve got it in both yellow and royal blue but I’ve gotta say I just don’t wear it as often as I thought I would. It’s just one of those things that’s a bit too sexy and impracticable for every day wear so gets relegated to the special occasion section of my underwear selection!

Love Eleanor X

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All Blue Everything

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Shirt- H&M

Denim Dress- Miss Selfridge

Brogues- Zara

As is clearly explained by the title of this post, on this particular day I decided to go for an all blue outfit. Except to point out the obvious my beloved silver brogues which I just feel like I don’t really get the chance to wear as often as I’d like. Boo.  Now I’ve had this denim dress for a while and although I really like the whole 70s look to it, I’m never completely convinced but the shape of it. It’s the sort of piece where I reckon you need to have a really womanly figure to pull off and I just ain’t blessed that way!

In other news, I feel like I’m having a real love hate relationship with my blog lately. Mostly hate lets be honest… I’ve just not been feeling it and I also feel like moving over to WordPress has been a pretty bad decision for me. My page views just seemed to plummet and my blog doesn’t even show up on google anymore. So I’m considering a move back over to Blogger and hoping that will fix it all. I mean if you’re not happy with something you may as well try and fix it right??

Love Eleanor X

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