Sunday, 14 May 2017

STYLE DETAILS | Ruffles, Pom-Poms, Suede and More

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I'm on a spending ban. Well a clothes spending ban anyway. I've been too irresponsible and I've reached the conclusion that I need some time off. It's an addiction really, so who knows how well this is going to go. So instead of what new stuff I've spent god knows how much money on, here goes with some of my favourite things that I already own.

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RUFFLED SKIRTS

I cannot get enough of ruffles, I really can't. From sleeves, collars, hems, shoulders, ears (okay maybe I took it too far). If it's got a ruffle on, I want it to me mine. You get the picture. My beloved H&M skirt obviously has to feature again here. A style that anyone can pull off, it has been completely endorsed by the high-street.


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FLARED SLEEVES
Forget flared trousers (well actually, don't, they're fab too), flared sleeves are such a thing now. I feel like Captain Jack Sparrow with the white number, it's just so exciting. It's also the perfect style to layer with jumpers, or under dresses or playsuits. Just with anything, give it a go and it'll definitely surprise you. However I would not recommend going out for dinner in this one...



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POM-POM HEMS
These little woollen balls are always in and out of fashion, but in my heart they're always in. These super cool trousers were a Zara sale find, they're classic business-office-professional trousers on top, parrrrdy at the bottom?! Who'd have thought they'd have such an exciting hem. And who'd have thought I'd ever write the phrase 'exciting hem'...


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FAUX SUEDE
I guess suede is more of a winter thing, but I fall in and out of love with Primark, but recently I rarely I only buy one item whenever I 'pop in for a quick look'. However, this little faux-suede beauty was all I needed. It's such a cute 60s - and then again 90s - style, it has pockets and best of all it was only £6.


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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

BRAND | Protecting Your iPhone with GoCustomized.co.uk

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If you're the kind of person who drops more in a day than you can keep count of, you need to check out GoCustomized.co.uk's newest style of phone case - made of cork?! This unusual material is in fact flexible and naturally shock absorbing, so a perfect fit for a phone case, especially for us clumsy few. It'll also help prevent pesky scratches too, as any good case should. If that's not enough, as with all products from GoCustomized.co.uk, you can personalise these phone cases too.




*Disclaimer: This post includes PR samples. See my full disclaimer HERE

Sunday, 7 May 2017

NEW | Monki Cares

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Monki has been one of my favourite brands since I discovered it back before it hit the likes of ASOS. The cuts, fabrics and prints are all that perfect mix of simple with interesting - the perfect paradox. So with it already in great standing for me, seeing their new venture Monki Cares pop up recently got me even more excited.

WHAT IS IT?

This new section of their website outlines their ethos for becoming more and more sustainable; an idea that the rest of the fast-fashion industry is almost (don't worry H&M, I haven't forgotten about your Conscious Collection) entirely lacking.

'Monki Cares is about being kind to the world and empowering the people in it'

Their aims are to have only 100% sustainably source cotton by 2020 and to only be using recycled or other sustainably sourced materials by 2030.

To help them along the way, they've launched recycling programs in stores globally. All the favourite Monki denim pieces are made from 100% organic cotton too.

Check out their video HERE


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Sunday, 30 April 2017

BRAND HIGHLIGHT | The Only Leggings You'll Ever Need from Girlfriend Collective

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If you're searching for the best pair of leggings ever, call off the hunt. I've found them. Well ever since Girlfriend Collective gracefully entered the world of online shopping, we can all have that perfect pair.

ETHOS
This is probably one of my favourite things about Girlfriend Collective. Their leggings are made from recycled water bottles - as if? The 100% recycled material is produced in Vietnam where the leggings are also assembled. It's assured that the factory 'provides fair wages and a safe and happy workplace'. Happy workers = happy leggings.

Read more about their factory HERE and their recycling efforts HERE

FIT
They are genuinely among the comfiest things I've ever worn. They fit absolutely perfectly - I'd definitely advise measuring yourself and referring to their size guide to find your prefect fit. As you can see they're super high-waisted, meaning the braver ones of us could easily pull them off with just a sports bra. Best thing about them - they don't lose their stretch. Who'd have thought anyone would ever be able to invent leggings with that feature. BUT THEY HAVE. They'll always fit ya perfectly no matter how much you wear them.

STYLE
The beauty of these leggings is that they're perfect for yoga, every-day use, running, lounging round the house, and pretty much any other sport out there. They're are the definition of an all-rounder.

Unfortunately, unless you've already managed to get your hands on their just pay for shipping offer, they're not fully launched yet so you'll have to wait until a few months to grab yourself a pair. But in all seriousness - when they launch DO IT. You won't regret it, and you legs will be eternally grateful for you clothing them in something so comfortable.

You're welcome.


Girlfriend Collective launch their full collection this spring.
Check out their website and sign up for their mailing lists for all the updates. 

Thursday, 27 April 2017

NEW COLLECTION | SkinnyDip Sunglasses Collection

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STOP PRESS - everyone's go-to phone case and quirky accessories shop SkinnyDip have released a sunglasses collection. Yup, you heard it. And they're just as fabulous as you'd have expected. My personal favourites are the oversized cat-eye style, I'd easily buy both colours! They have such a Quay look about them, with SkinnyDip's effortless cool style too.

Prices range from £25-£30, all styles are currently available online via SkinnyDip. Plus, if you're a student you can bag 20% off too!

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Sunday, 23 April 2017

TRAVEL | 65 Hours in Singapore

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Now, I know this sounds ridiculous. Living in the UK makes the journey to Singapore 14+ hours, which is a lot for a swift 65 hours of time on the ground. So long-and-not-particularly-interesting story short, air-miles funded this maybe slightly OTT trip.

Singapore has always been a place loitering around the top of my travel bucket list. It's always seemed to tick all the boxes for a top travel bucket list contender, and it definitely lived up to it's expectation. 65 hours may seem random, but in answer to that I'd refer you back to afore-mentioned funding of said trip. (To clarify - it's roughly one afternoon/evening, then two full days and a brief morning.)

THE HOTEL

First up the Marina Bay Sands is like something from a sci-fi movie in some alternate universe or another planet. I feel so incredibly fortunate to have been able to stay there. It's even more mind-bending to look at in person, believe it or not!

My highlight: the incredible roof-top infinity pool, how couldn't it be?!

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THE SIGHTS

GARDENS BY THE BAY - SUPERTREE GROVE & CLOUD FOREST DOME

The Gardens by the Bay is one of the top tourist attractions in the world, with it's top highlight being the Supertree Grove. the enormous 'trees' are the most breathtaking construction I've ever seen in person. Also in the gardens are two huge domes, one housing flowers and the other a mountainous ecosystem - otherwise known as the Cloud Forest Dome. A winding pathway takes you from the top down, through incredible plants, water features and displays.

My highlight: The rooftop bar at the top of one of the trees, with the most incredible view of the Marina Bay Sands and the rest of The Gardens by the Bay.

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THE ARTSCIENCE MUSEUM

The hand-like shaped building (seriously, google it) on the marina front is also known as the ArtScience museum a space currently housing the works of Escher as well as the interactive exhibition Future World: Where Art meets Science. And just incase that's not enough wandering, next door is South East Asia's biggest shopping mall, which joins directly back to the Marina Bay Sands.

My highlight: The coolest light installation shown above, consisting of 170,000 LED lights moving and changing to give the illusion of stars moving through space.

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RAFFLES HOTEL

The Raffles Hotel to Singapore is similar to the Savoy or Ritz are to London. It's one of the oldest and most classic hotels in the area. Plus it's supposedly the cocktail the Singapore Sling was born. It's the most gorgeous colonial-style white building, with hundreds of various species of palm tree - aka the Instagram dream.

My highlight: it'd have to be the perfect Singapore Sling sat out on the veranda pictured above.

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CHINA TOWN

The incredible mixed culture Singapore boasts is a unique blend of Western and Asian cultures. Coming up an escalator from the metro to be dropped right in the middle of China Town is the perfect example of this. The classic brightly coloured Chinese decorations lined every street, everywhere marking the year of the rooster with every kind of souvenir possible.

My highlight: The contrast of the traditional Chinese decorations with the high rise buildings surrounding it. It's almost as if you've gone to a different country.

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THE FOOD

Singapore is famous for it's fabulous cuisine, and for very good reason. And we ate a lot of it. The main thing they're famous for is their chilli crab, a giant whole crab in a creamy chilli broth. If you're not a fan of crab meat, I'd definitely recommend still giving this a try - it's by far the meatiest and tastiest crab I've ever tried.

My highlight: their carrot cake, which I think you can spot in the top right corner of the photo. Although you'd better forget everything you think you know about carrot cake. Singapore's version of our classic sweet cake is in fact - rice flour and cubed white radish fried with garlic, egg and some other veg. then topped with soy sauce - AKA YUM. I loved it so much I'm genuinely debating trying my hand making some myself.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

WISHLIST | Depop App

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I legitimately think I must check Depop more often than I do Facebook/Twitter/Instagram. And that says something as I do check social media a lot. But Depop is my little haven of cheap, interesting clothes, that are a little different from the usual stuff you get in shops.

So to mix things up a bit, with the consideration of how much time I spend on the app, I've made up a little Depop wishlist so you can see what I'm hankering after. Gotta give a little disclaimer that some of these pieces may have been sold by the time this post goes live, but that's all part of the fun of Depop!

You can check out my account HERE - @ellieetc and feel free to leave your usernames below! (Although my bank balance may not be so happy about that...)

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Sunday, 26 February 2017

EVENT | York's Gin Festival

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It's finally time to properly introduce you to another great love of mine. I don't quite know when it crept up on me, but gin has become such a big part of my life. It could have something to do with my parents being full supporters of the G&T lifestyle for as long as I can remember. Or the fact it's such a tasty spirit, which just ticks all the boxes for me. 

Being such a big fan of gin has meant The Gin Festival has been well on my radar since it's popularity has been rapidly rising. The lovely organisers at the York event invited me along to sample some of their huge collection of fabulous gins. With the more-than-willing assistance of two friends of mine, I attend the Friday evening session at The Barbican


Within the cost of a ticket you get your own Gin festival balloon glass to keep and for all the G&Ts you buy on the night. Each gin has it's own recommended Fevertree Tonic which were self-service, so if you fancy yourself as a gin connoisseur you can change it up and try another mixer than the one recommended.

Between us we tried: 5th - Fire, Ampersand, Black Tomato Gin, Braeckman's Vanille Jenever, Brockmans, Electric Spirit Co. Lux, Elephant Gin, Masons, Masons Tea Gin, Poetic License Northern Dry, Poetic License Old Tom, Siderit Hibiscus, Slingsby Rhubarb, Strathearn Oaked Highland Gin, and Tinker.

Phew. It may seem a lot but considering they had over 100 gins, we barely scratched the surface. A particular favourite of mine would have to be the Tinker Gin, a start up based in Leeds but inspired by the Spain's Catalonian city of Barcelona. It's got something extra to it that really sets it apart from the classic gin. The best thing was that every bartender knew so much about every gin on sale, what it's tasting notes are, the best mixer pairing, others similar - the lot. 


Along with all the gin, the Tuck Shop was open for business with olives, pork scratchings and popcorn on offer. Not only the nibbles but there was a full BBQ which smelt and looked beyond amazing. The perfect extras to compliment your G&T.

If you're a gin fan, on the fence or even it's not your favourite, The Gin Festival is definitely definitely one to check out. Unfortunately for any York residents, the events are finished here now but there still are events coming up in: Glasgow, Nottingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Bristol, Leeds, London, among many more. Plus I'm sure it'll be back for many years to come. 




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Sunday, 19 February 2017

BEAUTY | February BirchBox Review

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This is another newbie from me, I've had a Birchbox before a while back, and thought I'd give it a go again. For those of you who aren't that into beauty/skincare, or are but have been living under a rock and haven't heard of Birchbox before I'll give you a quick run through. Birchbox is a subscription box where you sign up, fill in a quick questionnaire about your skin and hair type, what sort of products you like to buy and why you're trying out Birchbox. Then each month (for as many or as few months you'd like!) they'll send you a pretty little box with some samples selected for your preferences.  I absolutely love the idea that you can try out smaller samples before committing to a full size.

This month came with a full size Spectrum brush. This C06 brush is part of Spectrum's Contouring Collection as it fits perfectly around the eye. It's so so soft, vegan and no unicorns were harmed in the making - a factor very close to my heart.

Another highlight is the NUXE face body and hair oil, a perfect multitasker. Plus the little bottle is great for travelling with. The POP Cosmetics trio is one of my top picks too. I'm such a newbie with eye make-up, so I was over the moon to see this trio came in neutral colours. Much easier to work with for a beginner like me!



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Sunday, 12 February 2017

WISHLIST | Pretty in Pink ft. ASOS, H&M, Monki and Pull&Bear

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Pink is becoming such a big trend and I am oh so happy about it. I've always had a bit of a love affair with pink. Not that I'm an especially 'girly-girl', but I'm very grey/black/white with my style so I like to add a tad of colour every now and then, and pink is just the perfect colour as it's not too out there.

I'd even wear several items of this wishlist together, I'm that into it. For me I can't think of another colour that can be styled several shades together, well aside from black/grey/white lets be honest here. This could possibly why it's managing to creep in on my solidly monochrome life. The best part about this wishlist though, all of these items are under £35?!?! The easiest way to get a high-end look on a student budget.


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Sunday, 5 February 2017

BEAUTY | My Skincare Heroes ft. Boots, ThisWorks and Simple

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I've started to really enjoy skincare, and trying out new products and combinations. It's something I feel I can get on board with, as I am a bit crap at make-up, lets be honest here. Check out my previous 'heroes' posts with my - Everyday Make Up Heroes and End of the Day Heroes editions. 

ThisWorks Charcoal and Brightening Face Mask

I've read about how good charcoal is for blemished skin many times, and one of my housemates has the Origins Charcoal mask so I thought I'd go on a hunt for a cheaper alternative to try out. The brightening vitamin C mask is another Origins dupe. Both are great for when I'm feeling run down.  

Simple Sun-Kissed Moisture Cream

Keeping my face moisturised has been a recent revelation of mine, it's doing it wonders. This little addition allows me to keep up my tan, without damaging to my skin with UV. Win win!

Boots Botanicals Brightening Balm

This adds such an great subtle glow, it's hydrating too but not greasy or overly oily for my normal/combination skin. I like to add it under my make up for a natural glowy look. 

Boots Essentials Under Eye Gel

I have very tired eyes. If I've had a bad nights sleep my eyes will always give me away. This gel is literally £1.99 and the most amazing £1.99 I think I've ever spent. Okay, okay, it's not some miracle cure to under eye bags, but it does a bloody good job for the price of it. 


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