BLACK VELVET, IF YOU PLEASE…

Velvet is EVERYWHERE at the moment. While it’s a fabulous 90’s trend which I’m glad is back, it’s also one that can look very dated very easily. One way to keep it chic and timeless? Stick to black! Plus that Alannah Myles song (Black Velvet – obviously) is EVERYTHING and my favourite for Karaoke! And there’s nothing better than being soft and cosy and feeling like a soft toy all day long!

Everywhere is selling beautiful velvet dresses and tops at the moment, but after a lovely long browse, I have to say that ZARA and Mango are winning in the style stakes this season. See some of my favourites below:

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  1. Velvet Dress – £29.99 – ZARA
  2. Velvet Top – £19.99 – Mango
  3. Halter Velvet Dress – £35.99 – Mango
  4. Velvet Dress – £25.99 – Mango
  5. Velvet top – £29.99 – Mango
  6. Velvet Blouse – £25.99 – Mango
  7. Velvet Top – £15.99 – ZARA
  8. Velvet Dress – £12.99 – ZARA (Super cute and super cheap – BRB off to buy this now.)
  9. Velvet Body – £19.99 – Mango (LOVE the extra low back on this one – yes please!)

Happy Shopping!
Love,
love EJ xo

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CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR HER: UNDER £10!

Christmas is coming!!! And we all know what that means, tis the season for giving – although some of us (me) are feeling very poor this Christmas! So, I’ve spent a little time taking a look at some really lovely gift ideas for less than £10 – buy one or a couple to make a gift – or buy a whole bunch and fill a stocking instantly! We all know theres’s loads of beauty out there for under £10, but who wants another nail polish at Xmas when you could have something a little different? 🙂

I REALLY want this little reindeer scrunchie!! 🙂 And the hat… and the earrings… and the pudding socks… and EVERYTHING!!

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  1. Flamingo Storage Bag – £5 – Sass & Belle
  2. Christmas Festive Scrunchie – £4 – Paperchase
  3. The Little Book of Positivity – £5.99 – ASOS
  4. Circle And Stick Hoops – £4.99 – New Look
  5. Christmas Pudding Bag Charm Key Ring – £6 – ASOS
  6. Cut Out Frame Lantern – £5.99 – New Look
  7. 2 Pack Leather Look and Bead Choker – £6 -Missguided
  8. Faux Fur Pom Bobble Hat – £5.99 – New Look
  9. Pretty Little Things Jewellery Dish – £6.50 – Sass & Belle
  10. Christmas Pudding Lounge Socks – £8 – ASOS
  11. Flamingo Jewellery Holder – £8.50 – Sass & Belle
  12. Christmas Reindeer Cosy Sock Gift Box – £8 – ASOS
  13. 6×4 Floral Photo Frame – £7.99 – New Look
  14. Mermaid Glitter Notebook – £7 – Paperchase
  15. Meri Meri Santa & Reindeer Cookie Cutters – £7 – ASOS
  16. Faux Fur Shearling Mitten – £7.99 – New Look

Merry Shopping one and all!
Love,
love EJ xo

 

ALL BEAUTY: BEAUTY BARGAINS ALL YEAR ROUND

I’m going to let you in on a little secret – it’s not really a secret, but it’s something I don’t think everyone knows about! It’s an amazing website with so many deals it’s like the January sales ALL YEAR!! They also have so many discontinued goodies as well as current products for a little cheaper than the stores… It’s allbeauty.com.

As someone who’s CONSTANTLY on a budget, I love a bargain and I love not having to pay full price for something I really want! This website has all the big brands in perfume, haircare, make up and all beauty – and all for at least 5% cheaper than you would find them on the high street.

However, I’m not down with the 5% savings, I want MORE off! So I’ve compiled a list of a few of my favourite products and some bits I would like to try that have huge savings on the site! There’s no wonder it was named Best Online Retailer by Which? 2016! Take a look:

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  1. RapidLash, Lash enhancing Serum – RRP £41.00. AB Price £29.95. Saving £11.05 (27%)
  2. HD Brows, Eye & Brow Palettes, Bombshell Palette – RRP £25.00. AB Price £16.95. Saving £8.05 (32%)
  3. KMS California MoistRepair Shampoo 750ml – RRP £28.00. AB Price £16.45. Saving £11.55 (41%) – This is the BEST shampoo and conditioner, I absolutely love it! And the huge bottles last so long!!
  4. KMS California MoistRepair Conditioner 750ml – RRP £32.00. AB Price £16.50. Saving £15.50 (48%)
  5. KMS California FreeShape Quick Blow Dry 200ml – RRP £14.00. AB Price £11.20. Saving £2.80 (20%) – I can’t stop raving about this stuff – see my post here too for more info.
  6. TIGI Bed Head Thickening and Volumizing Small Talk 3 in 1 200ml – RRP £16.95. AB Price £7.75. Saving £9.20 (54%) – Another one I can’t get enough of! More info in this post.
  7. TIGI Bed Head Smoothing, Frizz Control and Shine After-Party Smoothing Cream 100ml – RRP £17.50. AB Price £7.65. Saving £9.85 (56%)
  8. TIGI Bed Head Colour Goddess Tween Set, Shampoo 750ml & Conditioner 750ml – RRP £29.95. AB Price £13.45. Saving £16.50 (55%)
  9. Bio-Oil 200ml – RRP £19.99. AB Price £12.95. Saving £7.04 (35%) – contrary to popular belief, this magical elixir is amazing, not just for pregnant bellies, but also for general skincare, reducing scars (I have loads left over from zits) and it give skin a youthful glow and super soft feeling. I put it on my face and decolletage every night before bed.
  10. Kérastase Elixir Ultime Versatile Beautifying Oil 100ml – RRP £37.00. AB Price £24.95. Saving £12.05 (33%) – I’ve heard amazing things about this one, apparently it makes your hair utterly glorious!! I can’t wait to try it!
  11. Dior J’Adore Eau de Parfum Spray 75ml – RRP £93.50. AB Price £66.95. Saving £26.55 (28%) – My favourite perfume, but who wants to spend full price?!
  12. Beautyblender Sponges – RRP £16.00. AB Price £13.95. Saving £2.05 (13%)
  13. Tweezerman Face Contour Kit – RRP £34.95. AB Price £27.50. Saving £7.45 (21%)

As you can see all of the savings are at least 13% cheaper than RRP!
Why pay full price ever again!?

Love,
love EJ xo

 

XOXO, GOSSIP GIRL

Please excuse me, I am having a total fan girl moment… I saw these pop up as an ad on my Facebook timeline and my immediate reaction was ‘OMG NEED!’

As a HUGE Gossip Girl fan and general Blake Lively adorer – she can do no wrong in my eyes – these sweaters are the DREAM. I love Rad‘s products and have always wanted one of their slogan jumpers, but I just didn’t know which one to pick. Now I’ve seen these, I have my heart set! Plus the fact that I love Serena and my bestie loves Blair. It just works out perfectly!!

If you’re not feeling the sweaters, no worries, there are beanies, caps and socks to fawn over too!

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  1. Serena Beanie – £19.90
  2. Blair Beanie – £19.90
  3. Serena Sweatshirt– £29.90
  4. Blair Sweatshirt – £29.90

Check out all of Rad’s other GG themed items here. And you can take a look at some of my favourite Gossip Girl fashions through the seasons here 🙂

xoxo,
love EJ xo

 

HOW TO: THROW A BABY SHOWER ON A BUDGET

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While I am in no way close to having a baby of my own, it’s getting to that time where some of my friends are getting pregnant and starting families. I’ve never planned a Baby Shower before, so naturally I turned to Pinterest and Etsy for help in finding cute details and ideas of how to make the day extra special. I thought I would share some of these ideas with you…

As ever with me, all ideas are great for those on a budget or trying to do something super cute and homemade! For this particular baby shower I was helping to plan, they know that the baby is going to be a little girl, but didn’t want it to be super pink and girly. Therefore I thought that purple and mint were lovely colours to chose to make it pretty and cute without being really girly. They also have the nursery all decorated and ready for the little one and it’s ‘Under the sea’ theme – so this helped to guide the theme for decs and food…

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Sticking loosley with the baby shower/under the sea theme, I found some super cute decorations which you can buy already made and some that you can create yourself! The great thing is that the decs are so cute you can then use them in the nursery too! I love the jellyfish lanterns and cute purple and green bunting – which you can make yourself so easily at home (post coming soon for this)!

Everyone LOVES a tissue paper pom-pom at the moment and I’m no different – I found a super cute pic online where they have used white pompoms to make a cloud with pastel rain drops – a cute way to dress up a table where gifts can be placed.

  1. Hot Air Balloon Garland – £10.93 – Etsy
  2. Jellyfish Paper Lanterns, Set of 4 – £30.40 -Etsy
  3. Tissue Paper Pom Poms – From 99p – eBay

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Games are a MUST at a baby shower – here are a few ideas for how to add some silliness and excitement to your shower to make it memorable.

Baby Quiz – This can include several rounds, such as…

  1. Guess the baby – a picture round with pictures of famous people, mixed in with images of the parents as babies.
  2. Unscramble the baby words – Compile a list of typical baby words and scramble them all up for the quizzers to solve – eg. LIMK – MILK. TOBTLE – BOTTLE. YGBAROWB – BABYGROW and so on.
  3. General Baby Knowledge – Including interesting trivia such as the average weight of a newborn baby, the most popular brand of buggies, the heaviest baby ever born, etc…

Pin the Nappy on the baby – The same as pin the tail on the donkey, but you have to try and get the nappy on the baby. Or you could alternatively do pin the dummy on the baby…

Diaper Derby – On your mark, get set, go! Divide your guests into teams and hand each team a roll of toilet paper. Give the teams five minutes to wrap a team member up in a loo roll nappy. The team with the most creatively diapered ‘baby’ wins!

Messy Eaters – Split your group into teams of 2 – one sits on a chair wearing a bib and with their hands behind their back. The second is then blindfolded and crouches behind the other team member, looping their arms through #1s arms. The blindfolded partner then has to try and feed chocolate mousse (or yoghurt) to the ‘baby’ – the first  pair to finish the whole pot of mousse wins!

Guess the weight of the baby – Everyone is given a piece of paper – this can be cute and pretty paper – and writes down their prediction for the baby’s weight when he or she is born. If you don’t know the sex of the baby, you can also guess this. The person who guessed the closest once the baby is born wins a prize!

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So fishy crackers are a MUST for an under the sea theme – obviously!! Then star shaped cookies with little starfish details are also super cute and easy! I love the Hummingbird bakery Sugar Cookies recipe – you can then use star shaped cutters and get 2 colours of icing to make cute starfish dots on them like the image above 🙂

Then I thought of Guerlian chocolates, they’re super tasty and all in the shape of shells and seahorses – so perfect for a seaside themed party!! Pop them on top of cupcakes for an easy yet effective themed treat!

So there you have it, a few little ideas to get you started when planning a baby shower! Let me know if you would like any more info or tips! I have the bunting templates and quizzes all created, so I can always share 🙂

Love,
love EJ xo

MY FAVOURITE THINGS – PURPLE EDITION

I was faffing about in my room over the weekend thinking about what I can blog about and I thought about all my favourite things at the moment… And they’re all purple.

So maybe some are just purple in packaging, but others are actually purple. I just bought a new dress for my best friend’s wedding next May (I’m so eager), the products I use in my hair, my fave nail polish at the moment and even my favourite pants!

You might not care, but I thought I would share them with you as they each bring joy to my life each day 🙂

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  1. Cami Tie Waist Double Split Midi Dress – £40 – ASOS – This is the dress I’ve bought for my friend’s wedding. I know it’s super early, but I saw it, loved it and thought it’s likely it won’t be around when I’m looking for something next May. So now it hangs on the front of my wardrobe being all soft and lovely and making me excited daily!!
  2. KMS California FreeShape Quick Blow Dry – £11.20 – AllBeauty – I use this every single day on my hair. It’s a MIRACLE. It helps hair dry faster, maintain it’s shape once dried and also helps protect hair from heat and add a little extra conditioning to save your hair from damage. GOD SEND.
  3. Barry M Coconut Infusion in Surfboard – £4.99 – Boots/Superdrug – This is my favourite nail colour at the moment, it’s pinky, purpley, pastely and lovely. Plus it lasts for AGES on long and short nails and the coconut oil gives a little nourishment to your nails – win win!
  4. TIGI Bed Head Thickening and Volumizing Small Talk 3 in 1 – £7.75 – AllBeauty – This stuff is also magical! It makes hair feel thicker, look more volumised and also sleek. I don’t know how it does it, but I love it!
  5. Natrol Biotin 10,000mcg, Maximum Strength, 100 Tablets – £7.50 – Amazon – I am taking these supplements for my hair to make it stronger, thicker and healthier. I don’t usually believe in hair supplements and things like that but my hairdresser recommended these and I’ve been taking them for about 3 months now and I have to say my hair feels great! This seems to be all about my strive for thicker, better hair… haha.
  6. Silk & Lace Brazilian Knickers by Rosie for Autograph – £12.50 – Marks & Spencer – Ok so £12.50 is pretty expensive for one pair of pants, but I bought some black ones in the sale before and they are just the most comfortable things EVER and these ones were so pretty I couldn’t resist (plus I had a £5 voucher – thanks M&S credit card!). I love the Brazilian shape, it’s comfortable and sexy without being a constant wedgie. Doesn’t quite give me RHW’s bum though…
  7. Tangle Teezer Purple Dazzle Compact Styler Professional Detangling Brush – £12.50 – ASOS/Boots – More about hair! My Tangle Teezer is my life. If you don’t have one yet, believe the hype, you need one. And this one’s purple. Enough said.

Well there’s a little insight into my purple loves at the moment… Hope you enjoy!

Love,
love EJ xo

BE SEXY FOR LESS WITH PRIMARK

You know I love Primark. I wish I didn’t and I know it’s corrupt and all the rest, but a broke girl still wants to look nice!! And there are even more reasons to look nice with some of Primark’s new lacy and satin offerings…

I popped into Primark at Marble Arch yesterday after a lovely bike ride around Hyde Park in the sunshine – it was rude not to as I was just a few feet away! And while I was purchasing a few new knitwear staples, I spotted so many beautiful bralets and PJs which are sure to make any girl feel feminine and lovely whether it’s to impress their man or themselves! Take a look at some of my favourites, available in most stores…

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  1. Navy Lace Triangle Bralette – £8
  2. Red Lace Bralet and Thong Set – £5
  3. Navy Satin Cami Top – £5
  4. Black And Pink Guipure Lace Bralette – £8
  5. Ivory Blush Bralet Set – £5
  6. Navy Satin Short – £4
  7. Navy and Pink Lace Bralet and Brief Set – £4
  8. Pink Guipure Lace Triangle Bralette – £8

Love these? For more lace bralets, take a look at my recent post here.

See, being sexy needn’t cost heaps!
Love,
love EJ xo