Lifestyle, Fashion, Photography & Thoughts Of A Girl Called Elle.....

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Inspirations: Summer #2....


I am completley in love with my Pinterest boards at the moment, especially the Summer influence board that I have started to accumulate a lot of pins for! 

Dewy Bronze Skin, Coral Lips, Boho Style Vibes, Floral Crowns, Pineapples, Palm Trees, Head Scarves, Stacked Rings, Beachy Waves, Mirrored Sunglasses, Poolside antics, Mimosa's- the list goes on!

Cheers to Summer....

Much Love,

Friday, 3 July 2015

Summer Lips Sorted....


The suns out, the smell of barbecues wafts through the air, your shaving routine has tripled since April & you've dusted off your Birkenstock's- it can only mean that we are final into the peak of Summer! *hallelujah* 

& with the temperatures soaring, I find myself reaching naturally for brighter, pinker, corally lipstick shades that shout 'Hello Summer!' So here are my pick of what I call, my ultimate lip hero's that are perfect for whatever holiday you are going on this summer-

For the Week Away with the Girls: Revlon's Ultra HD Lipstick in the colour Geranium is an amped up corally red dream- extremely creamy in texture providing fool proof application & leaves your lips feeling smooth as a baby's bottom! This is a great lipstick paired with bare, naturally glowing skin after a day at the beach & is the perfect addition to a crochet crop top, distressed cut off denim shorts & laid-back be achy waves.

For the French Riviera: L'Oreal's Color Riche Matte in VIP is a classic old Hollywood pinkish red, with a buttery texture that makes the lip colour sit comfortably on the lips all day. Looks beautiful with a bronze skin & a gold eye, this is perfect for those warm evenings spent walking along the Boulevard de la Croisette or dining  in La Palme d'Or. 

For the Weekend in Cornwall: Newlook's Pure Colour Matte Lipstick in Apricot teamed with their Lip Pencil is the perfect nude lip for a fuss free, relaxing weekend by the sea. A close dupe to Mac's Velvet Teddy but for half the price, has a good amount of staying power if your going to be spending the day surfing or munching through plenty of pasties- its hardly going to break the bank! Amp it up for the evening with a smokey eye & strong contour, you'll be good to go to the end of summer beach bonfire.

For the City Break: Revlon's Colorstay Ultimate Suede in Socialite is an ultimate summer city break staple- sweat proof, long-lasting, the prettiest of pinks & compliments any outfit you won't need to pack any other lipstick! I have spoken about these babies before (link HERE to see my thoughts) so I won't go into too much detail, however apply once & throw in your bag before you spend a day sightseeing & you won't need to apply again until dinner.

For the Adventure Holiday: Hello Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque in Appechissant! A cross between a lipgloss with the colour pay off you would get from a lipstick, this is perfect if your a low maintenance gloss lover. A pretty rose pink that smells like Raspberries  it feels like a splash of cold water (no exaggeration!) on first application, but dries to a glossy light texture making it feel lovely & moisturising on your lips. This is the lightest coverage out of all of them as it is more like gloss & does not last as long in comparison, but for the warmer months it is dreamy. 

For the Staycation: Finally Rimmel Apocalips Matte Lip Lacquer in Atomic Rose is the ultimate barely there coral. Again more like a lipgloss in texture, this particular formulae dries matte making it last just as long as a lipstick. Perfect for garden parties & chilling on a sun lounger, this effortless shade is perfect for those savvy staycationers!


What are your favourite Summer lips?

Much Love,


Thursday, 2 July 2015

My Top Seven Favourite Cookbooks....


I am a self confessed foodie.

I constantly think about food, look at food (thanks instagram!), get super hangery if I go for a long period without eating something & plan in my mind what I'll be having for dinner even whilst I'm eating breakfast!

Therefore I have accumulated over the years a huge collection of cookbooks to keep me inspired, content & running for the kitchen when I get home from work. So here's the run down of my top six favourite cookbooks that I could not live without- 

Save With Jamie: I am a huge Jamie Oliver fan. I think the way that he cooks & the recipes that he brings out are realistic, inspiring &  altogether brilliant! Save With Jamie was one of the those books that I brought when I knew that I would be moving out of the family home, when it hit me that suddenly I would have to budget for food shopping instead of sending £60 in Zara & how the hell could I get the maximum use out of all the food brought! This books was like a life raft. Not only is the photography brilliant to show off such amazingly easy recipes, but it also is split into different categories, i.e. Vegetables, Chicken, Fish ect which makes it easy to get inspired depending on what you feel in the mood for that day. It also has some brilliant pointers as to how to be a savvy shopper & what basics you should always have stocked in your cupboards, as well as tips on how to freeze leftovers. If you want to save money & want to get the most out of the food you buy then try this & you will not be disappointed. 

Jamie's Comfort Food: Another Jamie book that I am in love with mainly because of the way it looks. The feel of every single page as you turn it is of great quality, but it is the photo's which are a food lovers dream- it almost like you can already smell & taste what is shown in front of you! Like before, its easy to navigate, split into different categories with easy to follow instructions & realistic prep & cooking times. As implied by the title, predominately there are a great deal of recipes that are classic British comfort food (hello Shepard's Pie!) but also has some recipes you perhaps wouldn't consider to be 'comfort food'. For example, to my delight a Chicken Katsu Curry recipe was included which if you know me well, then you would know that we frequent Wagamama's on a weekly basis & always order a Chicken Katsu Curry- needless to say that won Adam over in a heartbeat!

Gino's Italian Escape: I am a carbs girl through & through. I cannot live without bread, potato's or pasta, so its only fitting that I own a book written by an Italian who loves pasta & cooking just a little bit more then me! Gino's Italian Escape is filled with typically authentic Italian food which has minimal ingredients which you will all have to hand, are very filling & are really quick to cook whilst looking like you have spent hours cooking it. So forget what you think goes in a Carbonara because this book will open your eyes & you'll feel so much more Italian then when you started, bellissima!

Leon's Ingredient's & Recipes: I brought this book because I wanted to know more about food & I also wanted some healthier recipes centred around what is in season at the time & that tastes good too. Leon's whole ethos is centred around the use of local & natural ingredients to create boldly favoured food that reflects how your eating habits change as the daylight hours get longer or shorter- perfect for those of you, who like me may not feel as inspired during the winter months & just want to curl up in bed with a large bar of Dairy Milk! I love how the first section of the book goes into great detail surrounding the  different ways/times fruit & veg grows & the different cuts of meat each animal has, as well as telling you the different names of the same fruit or veg & telling you what makes each one of them different- for example, did you know that the Sugar Snap is a relatively new pea on the market! The second part of the book uses all the ingredients from the first part to showcase what you can do with them. Healthy & crammed full of quirky photo's it is a handy book to have in your collection. 

BBC Good Food: The Collection: I was in WH Smiths close to eight years ago with my Mum rummaging through piles of books that were on sale after Christmas when I came across this one & it has become invaluable to me & my mum (as she purchased one also). I think what makes this book so good is its just so typically British & traditional, that it makes you have faith that whatever you choose to cook it will fill you up & make you feel all warm & fuzzy inside. This book has never let me down, the Chicken, Bacon & Pea Pasta is always a firm winner when I cook it & I used it countless of times during food tech classes at school. Although it is the most simplest in terms of layout & photography, the instructions are easy to follow & the clean layout means you can just whizz through without having to re-read parts that were too 'wordy' or not direct enough. If I could relate it towards anybody it would be Mary Berry- classic, nostalgic but always a crowd pleaser. 

Deliciously Ella: I was brought up in a household which taught 'everything in moderation'- I love fruit & veg, enjoy beans & lentils, make my own juices & have a weakness towards Dairy Milk. I am eat healthy. But there was a part of me that wanted to cut out more processed food, explore a more meat free diet & learn some quick, wholesome healthy meals that wouldn't make me feel bloated. This book is the most interesting & inspiring book I have read in a long time- I use it along side my normal diet & have been substituting & modifying recipes, so that they have more of a plant base. I now, thanks to Ella am OBSESSED with Quinoa, Kale, Avocado, Cauliflower, My Trail Seed Mix & Black Beans! This book is perfect if you want to explore a healthier, plant based diet which is still just as yummy!

The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook: Of course my top seven wouldn't be complete without a naughty but oh so yummy baking book & of course my go to for this is my well used & loved Magnolia Bakery Cookbook. If you want an authentic American tasting Red Velvet Cupcake topped with the best bloody vanilla frosting you will ever taste, or have always heard about but never tried a Snickerdoodle Cupcake when this is right up for street! The only annoying thing for me (being British) is that all the measures are in cups & ounces, but of course google quickly sorts that out for me. When I'm missing New York or I need to bake a Birthday Cake this is what I reach for.


What your your ultimate favourite cookbooks?

Much Love,

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Pretty In White....

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White is such a crisp, fresh colour for Summer, although if your like me, your probably very scared of dropping chocolate ice cream down your new crisp white jeans!

Much Love,

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Style: The Watermelon Obsession.....

                                                                                                                Bikini Top- £14.99
                                                                      Clutch- £9.99
                                       High Waisted Bottoms- £9.99
                                            Bikini Bottoms- £9.99

Yes, this summer I have been feelin' a little fruity! 

Fruit prints & accessories have been huge across the catwalks this summer & because I am quiet the Watermelon addict plus I like the whole 50's vibe surrounding it, I thought I would jump on the fruit train. So whilst on the bikini hunt this summer (though I'm not going on holiday!) this baby caught my eye whilst trawling the New Look website & although it sold out a few times before I managed to get my hands on it, I think this has to be my favourite bikini of all time.

I opted to get the high waisted bottoms as well as the regular ones just because a high waisted tan line is not cool! The top is also tan friendly- no halterneck just two regular straps & is very flattering for small boobed ladies like moi- it is slightly padded & has an underwired cup. I love how 1950's & cute it looks when wearing the high waisted bottoms & also when I stalked out the matching watermelon bag to complete this summer outfit, the look was finally complete!

Have you got a fruit fetish?

Much Love,

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Being Elle: The Sunday Catch- Up Week 020...


1. Me & Adam started off the week with a little trip to Bluewater Shopping Centre. After getting stuck in traffic for over an hour we finally got there to do a sort of pre-birthday shopping for me, but we didn't end up picking up that much. I am happy with my Marvel top from Forever 21- it maybe a mens top but I love it & Adam picked it out!

2. Rediscovered Snack A Jacks in Barbecue. That is all. 

3. We Exchanged on Tuesday!!!! We have a house! Completion date is 15th August, which means I will soon be barricaded in to a sea of cardboard boxes.  

4. Wednesday & Thursday saw the dreaded twelve hour shifts to VM our store for two days before it re-opened. It was stressful, funny, interesting & creative but the store looks amazing so I am very happy.

5. I have been obsessed with Josie Maran's Argan Colour Stick in Natural Pink. Perfect for the summer months as well as a busy working gal on the go!

6. Friday finally saw the re-opening of our store & it felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Two weeks of overnights, twelve hour shifts, bruises & sleepless nights have all proved worth it- the store looks amazing & I could not be prouder of my team. 

7. This weekend I thankfully had off- Saturday morning was again pretty chilled, caught up on the new ELLE & drank quiet a few green teas. In the evening I headed over to Adam's parents where we had a lovely, family barbecue (the first in all our seven years together!) & rounded off the evening taking a lovely bath.

8. Today (Sunday) saw me have a pretty chilled out day, which basically consisted of me lounging on the sofa, watching Gilmore Girls, typing out a few blog posts & enjoying a day off after such a busy week *exhales deeply*

How has your week been?

Much Love,

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Beauty Review: Make Up Academy Cover & Conceal Concealer......

Makeup Academy Cover & Conceal Concealer- £1.50 Each

What has been established a lot here on VE is the fact that I bloody love MUA Cosmetics

So much so, that I tend to buy their products in bulk (two or three of each) just in case I can never get my hands on some of my favs for quiet awhile. Well ladies & gents I tell you this, one of my beloved products has been completely sold out for nearly a month & I am beyond distraught! 

The item in question is of course The Conceal & Brighten Kit in Porcelain Beige which I cannot rave about & love enough. To begin with I thought that because my two local stores that stock it usual are quiet tiny, that perhaps they hadn't got their order through yet so carried on waiting & checking every day. Two weeks past & I was literally scrapping the pan & corners, I started to check the Superdrug in Brighton- no luck. Then Crawley- the same, then Horsham- nope! I started to worry & have been checking online & every single day I'm on my lunch break in Brighton to see if they have had new stock of it in- BUT NOTHING!!!! This scrapping of corners lasted for close to a month & still there was no sign of them restocking it anytime soon, so I was forced to go & find an alternative for my beloved palette. Of course I didn't want to part with an uber amount of cash because if I didn't like the formula or the colour match was way off I would just beat myself up about how it was a waste of money & because I am such a MUA fan, I stuck with them & gave another product a whirl!

I brought all three colour shades on offer- Fair, Natural & Almond, all of which are shades you would expect in a concealer palette. The formula of them is quiet light & thin, which did concern me to begin with as I thought the coverage would be terrible but if you work in layers (two looks great) it's easily buildable and does not look cakey. I use the sponge applicator that it comes with to apply the product underneath my eyes & on any spots or redness & then using my ring finger, I lightly blend the product into the skin finishing off with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to take off any excess & buff it in. The colour I was the most excited to try was Almond- its the more peachier toned out of the three which is perfect for concealing dark circles under the eyes. Again I am blown away- they are cheap & cheerful, great coverage, easily buildable, no cakey-ness, look natural & feel lovely on the skin. Although I am still in love with my beloved palette, I think I may have a Summer romance with these babies- you never know it may turn into a marriage (fingers crossed these don't disappear too!). 

Have you tried these concealers? Does anyone know the mystery surrounding the Conceal & Brighten Kits?

Much Love,
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