Wednesday, 24 December 2014

LIFESTYLE | Christmas at Home

Yet again, some of you may (or will most probably) have noticed I've been unexplainably M.I.A. this is partially due to the huge change of me moving to York for university. Those of you who may be interested, I'm studying Psychology and really enjoying it - despite having an extremely poor attendance to lectures, but shh.

So I thought, what better for my first post back than I festive tour of my Christmas time at home with family de ellie etc.

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Our creepy nativity with a one-eyed Mary
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Merry Christmas lovelies! ellie etc will be back with you all (and better than ever) in the new year!

ellie x

Monday, 16 June 2014

CURRENT OBSESSION | Slip On Skater Trainers

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Monochrome - New Look // Cheetah Pony Skin - Next // Patent Snakeskin - Topshop

Another simple-minimal-effort post I know and I apologise again; my exams are still raging on (7 down, only 2 to go!), it seems like all my life now consists of is revision and sitting in exam halls so blogging is still on the back burner.

I'm sure many of you will have seen similar posts on the likes of the Fashion Train and Style and Sushi (two great blogs by the way, check them out if you haven't already!), but I just can't get enough of these shoes! They're just beyond comfy and look good with pretty much any outfit you feel like chucking on. If you haven't already got yourself a pair then I seriously recommend it!

(Sorry for their not-so-new-looking state, I've been wearing one of the pairs almost everyday recently!)

ellie x

Saturday, 7 June 2014

WISHLIST | #1

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#1 by ellieetc featuring ripped jeans


So I'm right in the depths of my exams at the moment, hence the minimal effort blog post! I've finally made ellie etc a polvore account, check it out HERE. This is the first ever set I've made, and I've got to say I'm pretty proud of it! I've made a few others, in between revision to keep me sane. Leave your links to your polyvore accounts in the comments, I'd love to check them out.

Also a newbie in the world of ellie etc's very own Facebook page which you can find HERE or via the links above or in the side bar. I would love it if you would like, follow and share the page with your friends, as it's feeling a little lonely over there at the moment!


ellie x

Sunday, 1 June 2014

LIFESTYLE | Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

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My all time favourite breakfast!
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That door you can see was the outside door into my room, it was so cute!
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One of the best afternoon teas I've had!


Original title - I know. I'm a bit lost for inspiration on that front at the moment, my head is just too crammed with revision to think up creative titles!

This weekend me and the family had a nice few days down in Lyme Regis by the seaaaa! It wasn't the best weather it could have been, but it could have been a lot worse. The few days we were away involved a lot of wandering along the seafront, a lot of good food and - unfortunately for me and my brother - a lot of revision. It was nice to have a change of scenery from my room/kitchen though.

I begged and begged and begged my brother to take just one photo of me, but he refused (even despite him being a proper little pro at photography) so that's why I don't feature in any photos!

ellie x


(p.s. check out me finally making it into the 21st century and joining ellie etc to facebook and polyvore! the links are at the side under my picture or under the 'follow' page above! If you're a fan I would love love love it if you could like/follow and share!)

Thursday, 22 May 2014

LIFESTYLE | Freakin' Fitness

Recently I've become very conscious of my health and fitness. I'm doing all I can to get myself back on track, so I thought I'd share a few of my tips and routines. I just want to be clear my aim is just to get fit, to be healthy and toned - not skinny or boney or any of that as my body is not ever going to naturally and healthily look that way.
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1kg Dumbells - Amazon // Running Top - Nike via Costco (similar) // Neon Sports Bra - Primark // Running Trainers - Asics
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Porridge made with skimmed milk with sultanas and mixed seeds
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Mixed salad leaves with tuna, feta and pine nuts
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Greek yoghurt, sliced banana and granola
1. Eating 
As few processed foods as possible and lots of fruit and vegetables. I know it's boring and repetitive but it's true! I like to have porridge, granola or bircher muesli for breakfast as they're full of fibre and keep me full until lunch. Another tip I've learnt is to stop eating after dinner, that gives your stomach time to digest your food before you go to sleep - resulting in a restful nights sleep.

2. Snacking 
Ignore advice telling you to stop snacking. It's important to eat little and often so you don't become over hungry and end up over eating. To help sneak in one of my 5-a-day, some of my favourite snacks are: a banana with peanut butter or granola with greek yogurt and frozen raspberries or a sliced banana.

3. Drinking
Water is the key. Again, it's boring, I know, but it's so vital for your body. I've got a passion for green and fruit teas which makes drinking water a bit more interesting. Alcohol is often referred to as 'empty calories' as it is very calorific but it doesn't provide any nutrition. However, I'm young and like most people I enjoy going out for a few drinks with my friends, so alcohol is my little treat.

4. Exercise
Almost every day I walk at least for 30 minutes to and/or from college. Also for some extra cardio I run on the treadmill - usually for however long I can manage! Recently I've started the infamous Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred. One word - ouch! After the first day I could barely walk, but I'm persevering as I've heard of such great results from it. I will try to report back on my progress with it! 

5. Cheat Days
I think this is the most important point in this post. At the end of the day you're only human, everyone makes mistakes and likes to indulge. Allow yourself 'cheat days' a day off maybe once a fortnight or once a month where you are allowed to eat whatever you want to. It won't have a massive impact on your health as long as its all in moderation. 

This post is purely for those who'd like to hear my views on health and fitness and what I like to do. I'm not a professional, please don't take any of this too seriously. Just remember it's your body and you're free to do what you like with it, don't feel pressured to change by anything or anyone if you don't want to. 


ellie x



Wednesday, 14 May 2014

FASHION | Mom, Is That You?

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Mom Jeans - ASOS
Grey Check Shirt - Vintage (similar)
Cream Crop Top - Topshop
Monochrome Slip On Shoes - New Look

I've been wanting some jeans like these for such a long time, so when I came across these on ASOS I just couldn't resist (the 25% student discount was strongly persuasive too). I kind of expected them to be a bit looser, but I guess the shape of my legs isn't quite right for the style. The rip in the knee adds a little bit extra to them which I like. I'm still debating snipping holes in a pair of my black jeans too, but I still can't work up the confidence to do it - I'm so worried I'll regret it!

The check shirt is something I'm wearing very very (maybe a bit too) often! It's so soft and just cosy and perfect for snuggling up at home or running errands or for college. 


ellie x

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

NEW IN | Home Decor + Accessories

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Monochrome Cushion - IKEA
White Pot - IKEA
Mini Palm Tree (Neanthe Bella) - Miami Airport
White Cup - IKEA
Pink Pencils - Notonthehighstreet
Black and Pink Lace Bras - Primark
Sunglasses - River Island
Neon Spine Notebook - IKEA
'Thick and Fast' Mascara - Soap & Glory via Boots
Cable Knit Throw - Next

If you hadn't guessed already, this bank holiday weekend resulted in a mother-daughter IKEA trip. IKEA is one of those places which I get so overwhelmed by how attractive everything looks, and how cheap everything is, and I end up buying far more than I intended to - or can particularly afford to. 

I'm very into the monochrome + neon pairing at the moment. Apparently I'm having a sudden attraction to pink also. My mini palm tree has to be my favourite of the lot though. We were on our way home from holiday, transferring flights at Miami, when I spotted the little beauty. It honestly was one of my highlights of the holiday - so sad but so true!

Home decor shopping gets me so excited for the prospect of decorating my Uni room in September. But I can't help but think if I plan too much or buy anything for it, I'm going to jinx it all and I'll end up not getting into any Uni at all... 

What did you get up to over the bank holiday weekend?


ellie x

Thursday, 20 February 2014

BEAUTY | Two-Tone Pastel and Matte

I've been head-over-heels in love with Barry M's Vanilla Matte nail polish recently. Its definitely been one of the most permanent colours on my nails this year so far. Although I feel like 'Vanilla' isn't quite the right name, it's a grey really. But oh well, that's irrelevant especially because it's so gorgeous! What makes it extra special is the fact that it's matte, which is just such a favourite of mine currently. Those of you who haven't seen it, here is my previous post about my love of matte nail polish. 


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Both available at Boots - Vanilla // Blue Moon

Seeing as I've been wearing the grey so often, I thought I needed a bit of a change to mix it up a little. Unless you've been living under a rock recently I'm sure you will have seen this (incredible) pastel trend emerging and looking to be a big one in 2014. 

I've always loved this blue anyway, I've owned it for quite a while now, it's another of Barry M's crackers. It seems as if Barry M is the only nail polish I buy/wear haha! I think it's the perfect match for the matte grey, and I love the look of the matte with the shine, it's just a bit different and slightly more interesting! 

It's also a great way to subtly taster the pastel trend. I'll definitely be satisfying my pastel cravings very soon when I have a bit more money to splurge!

What to you think of my two-tone nails? And what about the pastel trend? Have you jumped on that bandwagon yet and bought any pastel pieces?



                  
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