Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Nails Of The Week: Feeling Fruity......

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The sun is shining, you've probably dusted off your barbecue & may have contemplated wearing, gasps flip flops! But if the thought of the last two is a little premature, I have a little subtle sprinkle of summer that will put a smile on your face- orange nails, more specifically a light peach shade.

Queue Barry M's Gelly (that's right, with a g & not j!) Polishes which myself & a fair few other beauty girlies out there were completely lusting over last summer (mainly down to how ridiculously glossy they are!) & with the weather being super super sunny recently, I decided to crack out an old fav & embrace the bright coloured nails! 

'Papaya' is a gorgeous peachy, coral shade that with or without a tan looks really pretty. As I said before, the ultimate thing I love the most about these nail polishes is the super glossy & hi shine effect these polishes have as soon as it touches your nails- looks like your wearing Nails inc's 'Kensington Caviar Topcoat' when secretly it's just two coats! The formula is a thick consistency meaning that with one swoop of the brush you get a great even coverage, but with two coats you get high shine & long wearing all in one. 

Who doesn't want to pretend your sitting on a white, sandy beach drinking a fancy, tropical cocktail whilst supporting perfectly  fruity talons?!

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Whats your favourite transitional colour ready for Summer?

Much Love,
Elle
xoxo

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Being Elle: The Sunday Catch Up 017......

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1. The hunt for a home continues & as always, Monday has been the day where I check Zoopla & Rightmove religiously as well as badgering estate agents to see if any houses have or are on the market matching our requirements. 

2. Aside from house hunting & dodgy estate agents giving me a head ache, the only thing that has been keeping me sane this week is the idea of a summer holiday. Now I don't know where or when I will be going away this summer, I only know that I need to be somewhere quiet & warm!

3. This week I have been craving Wholefoods Falafal pieces with plain Hummus. Random I know but for some reason since discovering them in New York & the weather heating up, it just seems like the perfect summer snack! My question to you all is: Do the sell them in the Wholefoods in London?

4. Over the past I'd say month or so, I have been obsessed with watching old episodes of Gossip Girl namely seasons one, two & three. Who remembers Blair & Nate dating, Serena confessing to killing a man, Dan sleeping with a teacher & Jenny not wearing heavy black liner!? My one piece of advice to you all- dust off your GG boxsets & go on a marathon!

5. I was a single, cat lady for the evening on Wednesday as Adam was at Gadget Show live in Birmingham for the day, meaning I was left to fend for myself for the evening. This involved me cracking open a bottle of red, cooking Spag Bol for one, singing along to Green Day's American Idiot album & chatting to the cat! This is what my single life could have been like...

6. Shed a few tears on Thursday watching Anna give birth to her gorgeous baby boy! It was so so beautiful & it just makes me love watching their daily vlogs even more (watch it HERE). 

7. The sun was out this Saturday & I was stuck indoors all day at work- boo! Nothing more to say.

8. Today (Sunday) I has been fairly productive as a Sunday goes- deep cleaned my hair using my trust Bumble & Bumble Sunday Shampoo, gave myself a snazzy, glossy, wavy blowout, made a tasty Sunday appropriate lunch of beans on toast (lush!) & started to spring clean my wardrobe. Who says Sundays are the day of rest!?

9. Highlights on VE this week | Lazy Girls Hair- Glossy Beachy Waves (No Heat) & check out my Youtube Channel for The Video

What have you been up to this week?

Much Love,
Elle
xoxo

Saturday, 12 April 2014

The Video: Beachy Glossy Waves Hair Tutorial (No Heat).....

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Its been nearly four years since I last did a heartless waves tutorial & god jolly this one is a whole lot better then my last one! 

I have had four years to perfect my technique as to how I achieve beachy but glossy looking waves & this one is the most quickest & easiest, so much so that I pretty much do this everytime I wash my hair. I always get compliments on my hair when I wear it like this & it looks even better on two day hair with a spritz of dry shampoo with more texture & volume to it. It's perfect for me as I have to leave for work at six am every morning, so I can just create the waves overnight & run out of the door in the morning- no fuss!



Check out more pictures (Here)

What's your secret hairstyle?

Much Love,

Elle
xoxo

Friday, 11 April 2014

The Lazy Girls Hair: Beachy Glossy Waves (No Heat).....

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I leave for work every morning at six am. Do you think I have time to put in any effort into my hair in the mornings? The answer to that my friends is a big fat NO! So what do I do to my hair to make it look a little more put together & as though I have been up since four getting ready for the day- the sleep with my hair in buns! 

Thats right folks, my hair secret is out. I sleep with my hair wet, nicely rolled up in some Miley-esque buns! You happy you asked now?! This is my favourite hair look of all time on me, I get so many compliments from people I work with asking how I make my hair look so effortless & glossy but the answer is quiet simple- I do really nothing to it. Simple, glossy, beachy waves are within reach plus it looks even better on day two hair *winks*

Check out the video (Here) to see how I achieved this look.

Much Love,

Elle
xoxo

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Travel: Guernsey, The Three R's......

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Guernsey is one of those places which makes me feel a number of emotions. Nostalgic, peaceful, grounded, relaxed, blessed, careless.

For years we have visited this small island & every time we come back feeling refreshed, reconnected & relaxed. It's nice to visit family & reconnect with them, shrug off the stress you have at home & become grounded again. I love waking up to the view of the sea, driving along the coast with the windows down, smelling the salty air, listening to the crashing of the waves on jagged rocks & most importantly, finding myself. Guernsey is such a humble, breath taking & laid back island & is fair to say, my utopia. 

Where is your favourite place to travel?  

Much Love,
Elle
xoxo

Monday, 24 March 2014

My Weekly Must Haves 002 .....

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L-R: Vanilla Frangipani Eau de Toilette, Essie Nail Polish in 'Bikini So Teeny', Newlook Limited Edition Necklace, Revlon Colorburst Matte Lipbalm in 'Complex', Zoopla & Zara Mint Green Sweat Top.
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The clocks go forward next week, the evenings are getting lighter & after last weeks sunshine & warm weather, I am definatly ready to retire my winter wardrobe & embrace Spring!

I am in love with wearing Sweat Tops at the moment, especially ones with slogans on- they are much lighter then wearing a knitted jumper but still keep you warm enough during the day, as layering is still key during this 'in between' stage. My favourite are the ones by Zara which, I think resemble the ones Whistles have on offer but for more then half the price! Layer over the top of a crisp white shirt with a pair of ripped jeans & a classic pair of heels- your good to go! Alternatively you could also throw on a statement necklace to peek out from underneath the collar, mine is from New Look & I love how the turquoise gems compliment the mint green of the sweat top, making it look a little more put together & chic. At the moment I am loving a nude or barely there lip shade to compliment a more peachier complexion, Revlon's Matte Lipbalms are my 'go to' of the moment & this one in the shade 'Complex' does not disappoint- glides on beautifully & has a very moisturising feel to it, makes that effortless beauty days a dream. Nails, Nails, Nails- I am all about the Spring shades at the moment & the Essie shades are always my favourite. 'Bikini So Teeny' is a lovely lavender blue, which looks great when wearing mint green & adds a pop of colour to your outfit. My house hunt continues after the disappointment of last week & like most savvy house hunters, Zoopla is a godsend- I check this more then Zara on my lunch break! & finally my Spring/Summer scent is back in action after being in hibernation for six months *yay!* I got this in France last year & smells sweet & summery, which reminds me of my summer holiday & how summer is not too far away!

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What are your favourite items that will keep you going through the week?

Much Love,
Elle
xoxo

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Being Elle: The Sunday Catch-Up 016......

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1. This week me & Adam had off from work together & so we decided to take some time out to focus on ourselves, as well as visit family & relax way from life & work.

2. Tuesday we visited the Champney's spa in Forest Mere, which was such a great & calming experience for both of us. We got our nails done, had an amazing message, ate super healthy & yummy food, pumped some iron in the gym & chilled out by the pool. It was (in my eyes) such a relaxing atmosphere with the spa situated within the New Forest & our room over looking a beautiful lake, which made me feel even more calm & able to switch off. It gave me & Adam the perfect time to just reconnect & focus on ourselves, that for my first spa experience made me feel very alive & peaceful.   

3. To follow on from the spa break, I have perfected my bare face makeup routine using four products & a very light base. One of these products being my current obsession- Revlon Colourburst Matte Lipbalm in 'Complex', it is perfection.

4. I have really been getting back into watching daily Vloggers on Youtube. Over the last four months, I haven't really been watching these types of videos for some reason but now I can't stop watching itsJudysLife & TheSacconeJoly's!

5. My scalp has been feeling a little itchy recently & I'm not sure why, is it because of the change in weather? Is it because I'm not rising out my shampoo properly? Have I got a lot of product building up? Who knows! So I'm currently trying out a little cheap shampoo from Boots, which fingers crossed should help sooth my barnett! 

6. Thursday saw us jet setting off again, but this time to somewhere a little nearer- Guernsey. For those of you who don't perhaps know, Adam's mums side of the family live over there & we love to go visit them over there. So we went over for a couple of nights to catch up with everyone- my passport now needs a little break!

7. Picked up a few cheeky pieces in Zara at the airport. What can I say... I have an addiction & no willpower- added plus is you guys will get a haul out of it!

8. On the house front, we found an amazing house this week that both of us fell in love with, which led to us putting in an offer for on Friday. However there was a lot of interest in it & we sadly lost it to a cash buyer. We feel really upset about it & disheartened, for me its purely down to the fact that I feel frustrated at how difficult it is for first time buyers to get what they want, when we are constantly competing with a vast number of property developers who just have money on their minds. But I'm sure we will scrap ourselves up off the floor & battle on- third time lucky?!

9. Saturday was a pretty chilled last day in Guernsey- we took a drive along the coast with the windows down, listening to Radio One, stopped off in town at our favourite restaurant Dix Neuf for lunch & then drove to the airport to catch our flight back home. Was honestly such a lovely trip to see Adam's family & just being on the island is so calming & nostalgic for both of us, it just rounded off the week so nicely. 

10. Highlight on VE & Youtube | What's In My Bag: Work Edition

Have you had a good week?

Much Love,
Elle
xoxox