Monday, 28 July 2014

Honest to Blog!


I've been trying to put writing a post aside for a long while now but I feel it has gotten to the point where it needs to be done. I have 21 minutes before I am officially late, and in those 21 minutes I am determined to write this blog post. I'm not a very dedicated person. I'll try to start something, get bored of it, then stop doing it. I've done this ever since I was little, from learning how to play the ukulele to trying to stay fit (This I do not recommend, I would much rather stay at home, nestled in a blanket burrito, watching American Horror Story). However, I think everyone must be like this, to an extent. It is human nature to just lose interest in certain things. We all have had hobbies which we quit in the past that now leave a sense of regret and loss. I don't know what has suddenly sparked these thoughts, I think it may be the insomnia of staying in a place where I don't feel at home. I've been up almost every night this week, until at least 3.30 am, thinking and regretting a lot of things which I have done in the past. Every night I am drifting off with the determination of in my mind, I will do this tomorrow and I will be committed. Something in me knows that this is never going to happen. I'm not going to be able to suddenly change the way I act, or speak, or even think because it is who I am. This is neither a good thing not a bad thing, it is simply the way life works. Blogging is one of these little tasks. Altogether, I love it. I love the bloggers, the creativity, the photos, the scrolling through post after post looking into snippets of peoples thoughts and lives. What stops me from completely loving it is my lack of motivation. I overuse the excuse, I do not have a proper camera, therefore, I can't take pictures. Although this is true, I have a perfectly good phone to take photos on, a laptop to edit them and access to the internet to post them. What I do not have is the drive. I don't want to do it. I don't want to put in the effort. Simple as. I say that, but there are other factors mixed in with this which all slowly build up. My lack of confidence to take pictures of myself in public, incase people judge me or laugh. The fact that when I do take pictures 90% of them I hate and refuse to put anywhere near the internet. Maybe this could be classed as an irrational fear; that behind my back everybody laughs at me because I'm not as pretty as other bloggers out there. My writing isn't as good as others people's might be. This may true, it might not be. But I will never know for certain because I doubt someone is going to tell me it straight up how it is. Again this is purely human nature. I think I may have to come up with a conclusion to this abnormally long blog post, which to me is always the most difficult part of writing, but I'll give it a go. 


Therefore, as I sit here encased in the warmth of the Greek evening sun. Feeling a strong appreciation for the lyrics of Oblivion by Bastille. With 3 minutes to spare and less than 18% of battery left. I know I won't ever be the most committed person in the world, I will get bored of things, come back to them, then get bored again. But I'm young and I'm still learning, I'll make mistakes. I'll try new things. I'll give up some of the old ones. I don't need stick to the same hobbies I've had all my life. Change is necessary. If I'm not happy with who I am I can try to change it, it may not always work but I can try. I don't live and breathe to make myself what other people want me to be. I am my own person. My conclusion is, you don't need to stick to the same things all your life to be happy, no matter what other people say. You can always do something new. You are your own person and you live your own life. 


I felt as if i had to get that off my chest as it had been loitering in my head for days on end and i just had to get some of it written down. I apologise for my excessive ramblings. On another note, here are a few of the pictures i have taken so far documenting my little holiday adventure. I should have an outfit post up in the next week or so before the gorgeous Gwen cuts off my limbs and hangs them off a washing line. Until next time my lovelies. 

- Elena. 


x

Friday, 25 July 2014

5 Minutes With: Ellieruthstyle


Hello everyone! This post is super exciting because I'm getting to interview one of my favourite bloggers and good friends, Eleanor from EllieRuthStyle. This girl is just beyond awesome, her blog is so engaging and I love reading every single post. Not only is her content some of my favourite to read, but she has some serious style. So, I thought it would be really interesting to have a catch up, and ask her a couple of questions about her style, inspirations and what she likes to get up to. I hope you enjoy! 

 For those who don't know you, tell us a little bit about yourself...
My name is Ellie. I have a style and fashion blog at www.ellieruthstyle.wordpress.com, and I have dreams of becoming a fashion designer. I love shopping, hanging out with friends, watching Netflix and eating food. I may have a slight obsession with glitter and sparkles.

So, you've been blogging on EllieRuthStyle for almost 2 years now... What first inspired you to start blogging?
Quite a few things made me want to start blogging. I had known for a while that I wanted to work in fashion (particularly in design) and when I saw and article about Ophelia Horton and her blog in Company magazine, it made me wonder whether writing a blog would help me achieve my goals. Since starting my blog I have got more views and follows than I ever thought I would get. I didn't even think that anybody would enjoy reading my blog.



So far, what's been your favourite thing about having a blog?
I like most things about having a blog, but mostly I like being able to share what you love with people just like you. You can showcase your ideas and style on your very own website.

What would you say is your favourite post out of all the posts you've written?
I quite like almost all of the posts I have written, but possible my favourite is about Miley Cyrus because I feel very strongly that she doesn't deserve all the hate she has received. 

What I'm most excited about finding out - do you have any particular style inspirations or designers/shops you particularly like?
To be honest I take style inspiration from everywhere. Instagram is a main source though, as in a way it's similar to having a blog. I love the way that everyone has their own individual account where they can post photos they like. I also turn to magazines a lot of the time and I buy Company every month along with i-D, Love etc. I have a lot of favourite designers and shops but I would have to say that Topshop and American Apparel are at the top of the high street, along with Zara and a few others. They are always so en pointe and Topshop seems to always be the first trending shop. You can always rely on them to sell great clothes! American Apparel have their own style that no one can really steal or copy, however hard they try. Primark is also amazing, although recently I have gone off it a bit. I enjoy vintage shopping down at Brick Lane etc as you can always find things that no one else has. My favourite designers include Sophia Webster, Ashley Williams, Alexander Wang, Stella McCartney, Ashish, Meadham Kirchoff, Simone Rocha, to name a few...

Where do you see yourself being in 5 years time?
I'm not really sure where I see myself in five years time! Probably at university or perhaps a fashion college, who knows? I'll just have to wait and see what the future brings!



How would you describe your style and how do you think it's developed since, say, this time last year?
I don't really know how to describe my style because it's always changing. I just wear what I want really, trends are always so hard to keep up with, and really, who has the money? Sometimes I like a lot going on, other times it'll be very toned down and simple. Because I take inspiration from so many different places, it's very hard to pinpoint one style. If you read my blog regularly, maybe you can tell?

Do you have any recommendations of other blogs you like to read?
I read a lot of blogs, I'll list some of them:

This blog :)
Her Mind Boggles - Matilda Munyard
Miss Ey
e Catcherrr- Elena Mullen
Who's that girl? - Ophelia Horton
The Style Rookie
Maddemoiselle Roselle
The Cool Customer - Orla


And lots more...

What inspires your content, and how do you overcome creative block?
I usually just blog when I read or see something I like, it just depends on how I'm feeling. I overcome creative block by simply not blogging until I feel like I have something good to write about. There's no point in writing a crappy post that nobody wants to read.

And finally, do you have any advice for someone thinking of starting a blog?
My advice for anyone looking to start a blog is to just start writing, have a camera or phone with you wherever you go, read magazines, start up an Instagram account and let it all fall into place from there. If you are naturally a good writer, it will all come naturally too, and the chances are, people will want to read your work!

Thanks for interviewing me, it's been fun! :)

 

A big thank you to Ellie for agreeing to do this post with me, look out for some upcoming material on   her blog (I'll let you know if/when anything goes up). It was so much fun to do this little interview, I really hope you guys enjoyed it as much as I did. Eleanor's blog is linked HERE, go check her out and tell her I sent you. That's all for today, thank you so much for reading. Byeee! xxx

You can also find Ellie:
On twitter - @ellieruthstyle
On Instagram - @ellieruthstyle
On Tumblr - 1ellieruthstyle1

Monday, 21 July 2014

Sometimes I Like To Go Uptown, Where Flashy People Flash Around


Your Body Is A Weapon Love - The Wombats

Recently I've really been loving monochrome. And when I say recently, what I really mean is MY WHOLE LIFE. (Well, my whole life ever since I got over the slightly psychedelic my little pony phase.) Immediately black and white obviously spring to mind, but something I hadn't really considered before, is silver. Now, I don't know if silver really counts as monochrome as such, but it certainly offsets a fully black and white outfit really well. This meant that whilst in Newlook the other week, I was automatically steered up the stairs and into the shoe section to hunt for some silver shoes.   As soon as these sandals caught my eye they were straight in my basket. You would have seen these in my most recent haul (along with *cough* two other pairs of the same shoe in different colours...), and not only do I love the colour, but I really like the look of chunky sandals for the summertime. They're a nice alternative to their girlier counterparts. 

I also am a wee bit obsessed with this teeny tiny backpack from Primark which was an absolute steal at about £8. It's the perfect bag for summer because it's big enough to fit everything in without having to lug around a massive sack (which you convince yourself you need 'just to be prepared'). Also, when the weather heats up, it's nice to have your hands free I find. Not to mention how cute it is. I love dressing for summer, it feels so refreshing. I find it quite interesting how much my style differs from winter to summer. I mean it's a given that layers are a lot more necessary in December that July, but it goes a lot further than that. Everything - the colour, the cut, the texture, the 'look' in general -changes between the seasons. Maybe it's marketing gone mad? Or maybe it's just a reflection of our moods at different times of year? It seems completely natural at the time, but it seems quite funny when you think about it. Some food for thought perhaps :)


xxx

Sunday, 20 July 2014

What We Cooked - Beetroot, Mint & Feta Risotto


Hi everyone! Today I wanted to show you one of my favourite recipes of the moment: Beetroot & Pea Risotto with Mint & Feta. This recipe was taken from one of my favourite recipe books which you would have seen in my last favourites post - The Medicinal Chef by Dale Pinnock - so I can't take any of the credit for the recipe itself. I highly recommend giving this a go; it is really scrummy and it got a big thumbs up from my mum and gran (a tough crowd to please) which means I must be on to something. It's super healthy, too. Truthfully, I am certainly no wonder-chef (that's for sure), and I have suffered my fair share of rice-burning, salad-spilling incidents in the past, so this account is my no means professional. I just really wanted to share this with you because it's just so delicious. Not to mention the myriad of health benefits that come hand in hand with this dish - it's especially good for the digestive system, and is a great antidote to bloating or indigestion.

Dale says "Beetroot and mint may sound like chalk and cheese, but trust me, it really works! The freshness of the mint brings the earthy beetroot to life. The medicinal properties of this dish are outstanding, too."


You Will Need (for 3 people):

- Olive Oil
- 1 large red onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 250g arborio risotto rice
- 300g cooked beetroot, cut into cubes
- 1 litre of vegetable stock (made from a stock cube or bouillon powder)
- 200g frozen peas
- a handful of fresh mint, finely chopped
- 200g feta cheese
- sea salt & black pepper

1. Okey Dokey, first things first you'll need to heat the olive oil in a pan, and add in the onion and garlic. Cook for around 5 minutes, or until the onion is soft. 



2. Next, add in the rice and stir until coated in oil. Cook for a further minute or so, before adding in the beetroot. 

3. Add the vegetable stock a bit at a time, and bring to the boil. Once boiling, turn the mixture down to a low heat and simmer until the rice is soft and most of the liquid has boiled away.

4. When the rice feels like its nearly soft enough, add in the frozen peas and mint leaves and cook for another 2-3 minutes. 



5. Stir well and serve. Crumble some feta over the top and you're ready to tuck in!


It really is that simple. Even I can manage to do it without major catastrophe occurring. Let me know if you try this an how it turns out, I'd love to know! Hope you all have great week, bye! xx

Monday, 14 July 2014

Summer Favourites


Hi everyone, I hope you're all doing well. I thought it had been a while (3 months in fact) since I had done a favourites post for you. Because of that, and the fact that I've been loving a bunch of new things lately, I thought it was about time to give you an update. So, without further ado, here is the low down...

Going in a rough clockwise direction from left:

1. Original Source Cocoa Butter & Honey Shower Gel 
This smells soooo delicious I feel like I could eat myself (weird image) after I take a shower with this. If I had to describe the smell I'd say... sweet and chocolatey, kind of like those chocolate dolly-mixtures (my favourite kind).

2. Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
This has everything a neutral eyeshadow lover like me would ever need. A great mixture or mattes and shimmers, and a fabulous shade range make this a great all rounder. It's perfect for travelling too, because the packaging is nice and sturdy. 

3. Balmi Lip Balm in Strawberry Flavour
These are my all time favourite lip balms, in my opinion they beat their rivals EOS hands down. They're so nourishing and moisturising, and make even the driest of lips feel soft and smooth again. They also smell delicious (bonus!)

4. Ecotools brushes (Custom Coverage Buffing Brush & Large Eye Brush)
These brushes are so lovely and soft - they leave the smoothest, velvetiest finish on the skin. So far I have tried most of the eye brushes as well as these two, and they are also great, but these two are my most reached for. I actually use the Large Eye Brush for concealer under my eyes and I find that it works wonders at blending out the product nicely. 

5. Topshop Lipstick in Straight Ace
I've been loving getting a bit more adventurous with my look now that school is over (oh hai pink hair) and this falls under the category of products bought for the purpose of trying not to look boring. Though this is a little out there, I'm glad to say I love it! The purple sits really well on my yellow-undertoned skin, it really pops and makes my teeth look really white. The formula is also really nice; it's lovely and creamy and not drying at all.

6. Forever 21 Sunglasses
I love both the colour and shape of these glasses, they were a really reasonable price, too. They're always in my bag and have become a proper summer staple. I think turquoise is a great, more exciting alternative to black or brown which are usually my go to shades.

7. Company Magazine
I don't think I have to rave anymore to you about this magazine, I just love every single thing about about it. I always read and get fully engaged with every page - very unusual indeed for someone with as short an attention span as me. Even the covers are always beyond gorgeous.

8. Muji Candles
These are an absolute bargain at on £3.50 (?!) which I think is a complete bargain for such highly scented candles. Even when they're not burning they make the whole room smell amazing. These are such a pamper evening must have.

9. Aveda Nourishing Hand Cream
I get really dry hands in both the summer and the winter, so a good, rich hand cream is always a must. This one gets the job done - it's lovely to put on your hands at night because it has a really calming, natural scent to it. It also leaves my hands feeling a lit nicer when I wake up than they did the evening before. 

10. Milani Blush in Rose D'oro
I really can't get enough of this blush - it's so pigmented and the colour gives the most gorgeous natural flush. It is quite shimmery though so if that's not your cup of tea you may want to lean more towards the matte versions they also carry. Personally I love a bit of shimmer, especially in the evenings, and this is beautiful. 

11. Maybelline Master Precision Liquid Felt-tip Liner
I have spoken about this before in another favourites post, and yes, it's still going strong. The formula is starting to dry up slightly, but its barely noticeable at this point. When it does run out I don't mind getting another because it was such a good price. This is basically winged liner made easy, the may as well have called it 'Eyeliner for dummies' because it makes it so simple. I always have this with me.  

12. The Medicinal Chef by Dale Pinnock
Lately, as many of my friends will know, I have been trying really hard to be healthier. This book is the perfect thing for just such a craze - it contains lots of reasonably do-able recipes that even I can conjure up, which contain a myriad of health benefits which are listed beside the recipe (this is great motivation when you're really just craving a Galaxy bar). It also has a great section of dietary tips for a huge range of ailments; from Anxiety to Arthritis, this book has got you covered. 

13. Topshop Cream Blush in Head Over Heels
In summer I love wearing mostly cream products on my face, so I've been tending to lean towards this blush over most of my other ones lately. The colour is the most flattering shade of peachy-pink imaginable, it goes on so well and blends out really easily too. It gives a really healthy looking glow and offsets a tan perfectly. And you can use it on your lips too! It's the perfect, magic, does-it-all colour that's perfect for taking on your summer holidays. 


Saturday, 12 July 2014

Simple Weekend Outfit & New Hair


Hi everyone! So the first thing you may notice when looking through this post is that my hair is looking a bit different to how it was before. Yes, it's bright pink. I just sort of fancied a change now that school is out for summer (yesssss!), so I just decided to go for it. I actually really like the way it turned out. I really hope you like it! 

The outfit today is incredibly simple, but I hope you like it anyway. I also took a couple of  pictures of my little day out which I hope you enjoy, I sort of rediscovered some gems in my local area - there is actually a really sweet vintage shopping district just around the corner, as well as severe opportunities for fro-yo, which I gladly took advantage of.


This was actually green tea flavour which I thought I'd try for a change. It actually turned out to be really yummy! 


That's it for today guys, have a lovely day! xxx

Monday, 7 July 2014

♥︎ HAUL ♥︎ Topshop, New Look, H&M & Calzedonia



- The first thing I picked up was this awesome floral kimono from H&M. I'd like to have shown it to you spread out on the floor so you could see it properly, but there wasn't really any space. Fear Not, it's quite a standard cut - the print is what really drew me towards it. I love the pink and white florals on the black, and I've wanted a kimono for yonks, so this is just perfect.

- I also got these insanely awesome silver chunky-heeled sandals from New Look. Look at them. I mean, look at them. How could I not?

- I also picked up some sunnies from New look, because I didn't have any others with full UV protection, and plus I really like the tortoise shell effect on the frames.

- Obviously I couldn't forget my monthly dose of Company goodness, it's my absolute fave.


- Next I picked up this amazing neoprene floral crop top from New Look. I think it's so unique and I can't wait to jump on the neoprene bandwagon. I also love the print.

-I also got this bikini from Calzedonia because they were having their 50% off sale. I really like the tropical print on the bottoms and I think both pieces will be great for mixing and matching with other bikinis.


- I am in love with this stripy mesh crop top from H&M. I think it looks so awesome on top of a black bandeau, and I think it looks a lot more expensive that it was - the fabric is such nice quality and it fits perfectly.

-I also picked up this chevron print body con skirt from H&M, which I find really flattering on my figure (aka bum).

-I was clearly was feeling very shoe-happy, because I also picked up two other colours of the chunky sandals I showed you earlier. If you read this blog, you will know that my shoe collection is... sparse. Sparse enough, anyway, to excuse buying three pairs of effectively the same shoe. At least they're different colours... I love all three pairs ♥︎


- This next item is my favourite purchase of the entire haul - this absolutely stunning bikini from Topshop. I love it so much. I cannot even deal.


-I picked up these amazing distressed shorts from Topshop, and these fill all my criteria for the perfect pair of shorts: acid wash, check, distressed detail, check, high waisted-ness, check. I love.

-I also got a range of accessories from New Look. I needed a new smallish bag, and I loved the tan colour of this one. I also got this really awesome rose gold triangle necklace, and this rose gold coin bracelet which screams festival to me.


-The last things I picked up were some beauty bits from Topshop. I got this gorgeous cream blush in Head Over Heels which is a stunning, really natural peach colour which makes you look super tanned and glowing. I also made a sneaky lipstick purchase: this fantastic vibrant purple colour called Straight Ace which I ADORE, and this gorgeous nude called Nevada which is the perfect mixture of pink and brown. They both sit really nicely on the lips and they aren't too drying at all.


I hope you enjoyed that guys, bye! xoxo

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Sunday Diary #2


By the way, we were sitting on a bench behind this labeled 'very brave'. We quickly regretted it. 





Hello everyone! I hope you're all doing well. These photos were taken last solstice weekend which was filled with fittingly gorgeous weather, so I spent the majority of it outside. I also spent the majority of it with one of my best pals, Sofie, who has appeared multiple times on this blog so has become a very familiar face. I actually spent Sunday morning in Camden with some much loved family friends, but I didn't have much opportunity to take any pictures.

These snaps were taken at the fairground which was visiting one of our London parks. This is one of my favourite travelling funfairs, because it's done in the style of a Victorian steam fair. We loved exploring the quaint little arcades filled with genuine old penny-worked machines. We even got our fortunes told a couple of times which was really funny. I also think we seriously underestimated how scary the rides would be - especially the giant swinging boats, which gave us the worst leg wobbles I think we'd ever experienced. And we both nearly made ourselves sick by eating a candy floss that was bigger than our heads. Basically, it was sooooo much fun. I hope you're summer is kicking off nicely, and I'll talk to you very soon! xxx