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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

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FELT FEDORAS FOR FALL

 

The felt hat was everywhere last year, and those who took the plunge and made the purchase will be pleased to know that it’s back this year! Last year it was all about the big floppy look, where as 2016 is all about the felt fedora. Celebs all over the world are rocking this look with casual denim, furs and over-sized handbags.

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Celebs wear the Felt Fedora trend (clockwise from top left): Miranda Kerr, Elizabeth Olson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne, Alessandra Ambrosio.

Keep on trend with your fedora by selecting blacks, browns and muted neutral tones. Or you can jazz things up a little (I for one find myself wearing a lot of black in winter and a little pop of colour is very welcome!) with a pop of bright colour, such as the options from River Island or Boohoo below.

There are hundreds of brands out there making really lovely felt hats, some reaching into the hundreds of pounds, but I have rounded up my favourite 10 under £25, enjoy!

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  1. Felt Hat with Braided Detail – £22.99 – ZARA
  2. Felt hat – £12.99 – H&M
  3. Wide Brim Fedora Hat – £25 – Topshop
  4. Felt Panama Hat With Plait Braid Trim – £20 – ASOS
  5. Wool hat – £19.99 – H&M
  6. Turquoise high crown fedora hat – £25 – River Island
  7. Boardmans Wool Felt Fedora Hat – £24.99  £15 – ASOS
  8. Black bound edge fedora hat – £25  £12 – River Island
  9. Rebecca Trilby Hat – £10 – BooHoo
  10. Wide-Brim Felt Fedora – £12 – Forever 21

So, if you haven’t yet invested in a felt fedora then make 2016 the year you take the plunge!

Love,
love EJ xo

 

MY CHRISTMAS WISH LIST

CHRISTMAS IS COMING!!

Sorry to all you scrouges out there who think it’s too soon, but for me, as soon as October hits my Christmas thinking cap goes on and I become an elf. I know that all the adverts say that the best part of Christmas is giving gifts rather than receiving, but I really do agree! I love shopping for the perfect gift, getting people something they wouldn’t expect and generally raising a smile 🙂

That being said, who doesn’t LOVE receiving gifts too? And there are so many gems out there! I’ve been cultivating my extensive Christmas list for some months now. Firstly because I’m broke and can’t afford nice things and also because I’ve found so many lovely treats while I’ve been hunting for gifts for others.

While you may not care to know what’s on my Christmas list as you’re not shopping for me this year (rude), I thought I would post all my wishes on here. One, for my family to draw inspo, and two, to inspire those of you shopping for friends and sisters who are totally stumped for ideas!

Now, Santa, I would like one of each of the below pretty please!…

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  1. Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick in Hot Emily – £23 – Charlotte Tilbury
  2. Magic Foundation in Shade 4 – £29.50 – Charlotte Tilbury
  3. Dolce & Gabbana Rose The One Perfume – £45.95 – All Beauty
  4. JorgObé The Original Black Peel Off Mask – £26 – JorgObé
  5. Silver Star Cuff – £35 – TADA & TOY
  6. Hoola Bronzing Powder – £23.50 – Benefit
  7. Silk Standard Pillowcase, Pale Pink – £35 – John Lewis
  8. Dogeared Sterling Silver Unicorn Bracelet – £38 – ASOS
  9. 10 Piece Essential Brush Set, Attention Seeker – £39.99 – Spectrum
  10. Dior J’Adore Perfume (30ml) – £49.50 – Dior
  11. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Sexy Sienna – £23 – Charlotte Tilbury
  12. Good vibes only A5 thick notebook – £10 – Paperchase
  13. Lavish Alice Sterling Silver Open Circle Ring – £26 – ASOS
  14. Deep Sleep Pillow Talk, 75ml – £22 – This Works
  15. Pixi Make-Up Fixing Mist 80ml – £16 – ASOS
  16. Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick – £19 – Too Faced
  17. Nike Black & White MD Runner Trainers – £55 – ASOS
  18. MAC Lip Pencil, Talking Points – £13 – MAC
  19. KMS California FreeShape Quick Blow Dry 200ml – £11.99 – Gooseberry
  20. ‘Laurence The Lamb’ Print – £24 – Ros Shiers

So there you have it, just a few of my favourite things at the moment and things I would like to try. I hope this inspires you to get some BEAUTIFUL gifts for your loved ones this Christmas 🙂

For even more inspo, take a look at my Mermaid themed gifts and Unicorn themed gifts posts.

Love,
love EJ xo

I NEED ALL OF THESE!! SPECTRUM BRUSHES ARE MERMAID-ZING!

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If you haven’t heard about Spectrum Collections brushes and make up accessories then 1, you obvs don’t read my blog enough (see my mermaid inspired gifts here) and 2, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?!

Spectrum brush sets are all over instagram, vlogs and blogs and it’s not just because they’re BEAUTIFUL and mermaid inspired amazing designs are hugely on trend right now. It’s also because the products and brushes are really great. They’re actually not unreasonably priced for their quality and their sets come with these wonderful bags and pouches to keep the beautiful brushes safe and sound.

They have just launched a new set of brushes called the Bomb Shell (as seen in the image above). It’s a set of 12 gorgeous brushes in a brand new stunning pink colourway, all wrapped up in a rose gold holographic clam clutch. Priced at £79.99.
I NEED IT!

This isn’t the only item on their books which is perfect for the mermaid and unicorn make up lovers, they have so many stunning products and I have picked just a few of my favourites for you lucky lot to peruse…

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  1. Siren Smoke Brush Set – £39.99
  2. The Bomb Shell – £79.99
  3. Half Unicorn Half Mermaid Bag – £16.99
  4. Brush Clam Make Up Brush Cleaner – £8.99
  5. The Glam Clam – £59.99
  6. Unicorn Horn Polish Vegan Brush Cleaning Soap – £14.99

So now are you with me in my passionate love affair with Spectrum?!

Whether you’re buying as a gift or as a treat for yourself, these products are bound to put a smile on the users face – they will be glowing before they even put their make up on!!

Enjoy my lovely little mermaids 🙂
Love,
love EJ xo

SIMPLY MER-MAZING GIFTS ALL MERMAID FANS NEED RIGHT NOW!

I know that mermaids and unicorns are EVERYWHERE at the moment and there are some super tacky bits out there… BUT some of us have loved unicorns and mermaids since way before they were cool and their new mainstream appeal only means that there’s even more amazing-ness out there for us to collect and covet. Totes like Ariel in her cave :).

You might have seen my post with some great Unicorn gifts, this time I’m all about the mermaid vibes, shells and holographic wonderousness. I’ve trawled the internet for my favourite mermaid themed goodies and gifts.

Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat?

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  1. Mermaid Passport Holder – £8 – ASOS
  2. Spectrum: The Glam Clam – £60 – Beauty Bay (Please note family members, if I don’t get this for Christmas I will cry my eyes out).
  3. Mermaid Shell Backpack – £30 – Skinnydip
  4. Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure and Coloring Book for Adults – £6.49 – Amazon
  5. Mermaid Shell in Pink Glitter – £30 – Skinnydip
  6. Mermaid Holographic Shell T-Shirt – £17.53 – Etsy
  7. Set of 2 Plastic Exercise Books – £15 – Paperchase
  8. iPhone 6S Plus Case In Holographic Snake – £8 – ASOS
  9. Holographic Shell Watch – £18 – ASOS
  10. Iridescent Lunch Bag – £14 – Paperchase
  11. Sea Shell Locket – £7.91 – Etsy
  12. Mermaid Snack Pots – £8 – Paperchase

Hope you all have a mermaizing day!
Love,
love EJ xo

THE LIGHT AND DARK SIDES OF EMBROIDERY – SHOP THE TREND

There are so many ways to wear one of this summer’s hottest trends – embroidery. It’s colourful, folky and therefore perfect for the summer months! One way to make sure you’re always on trend with the look? Keep the base colour basic. I love embroidery on black and white. There are loads of other colours out there, reds and blues and baby pinks, but I think the timeless looks (and easiest to style) are those that sit on black and white backgrounds.

So which side do you belong to? The dark side – with bright pinks, teals and contrasting white embroidery? Or the light side – whites and creams with bold blues, reds and black embroidery? Maybe some of my favourite options below will help you make up your mind – or show you that you like a little bit of both!

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  1. Short skirt – £19.99 – H&M
  2. Reclaimed Vintage Embroidered Envelope Clutch Bag – £16 – ASOS
  3. Embroidered Shirred Dress by Nobody’s Child – £30 – Topshop
  4. Embroidered skirt – £24.99 – H&M
  5. Embroidered Mini Skirt – 29.99 – Zara
  6. Embroidered Dress – £49.99 – Zara
  7. Embroidered Bralet by Glamorous – £39 – Topshop
  8. Embroidered bucket bag – £29.99 – H&M
  9. Floral Embroidered Bomber Jacket by Glamorous – £68 – Topshop
  10. Embroidered Lace Pencil Skirt – £70 – Oasis

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  1. Embroidered Jacket – £89.99 – Zara
  2. Glamorous Petite Embroidered Sleeveless Top With Tassel Detail – £41 – ASOS
  3. Orange Tassel Embroidered Tote Bag£24.99  £11 – New Look
  4. Cream Embroidered Trim Fray Hem Cami – £19.99  £11 – New Look
  5. TALL Embroidered Bib Playsuit – £26 – Topshop
  6. White Embroidered Trim Strappy Dress – £29.99 – New Look
  7. Star Mela Placement Floral Embroidered Clutch with Tassel – £49 £22 – ASOS
  8. Embroidered Poplin Shirt – £29.99 – Zara
  9. Embroidered cotton blouse – £35.99 – Mango
  10. Embroidered Contrast Bomber Jacket by Glamorous – £45 – Topshop

And some final top tips? Go for floral and bold and bright for an all over pattern, but tribal, basic and subtle for an embroidered trim. Also try not to over-do your outfit by wearing a heavily embroidered piece with other bold patterns and bright colours – let your embroidered item stand out and do the talking to keep things super chic!

I hope you like the lovely items I’ve pulled together – let me know if you’ve got any great embroidered items this summer and where they’re from!

Love,
love EJ xo

GILMORE GIRLS – STYLISH THEN, STYLISH NOW.

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Gilmore Girls is without question my favourite TV show of all time (I mean maybe Game of Thrones or West Wing or Newsroom or One Tree Hill or Luther come close, but over all, if push came to shove, it’s GG). And yes I’m proud (I have strange pride boundaries) to say that I’ve watched all 7 seasons on Netflix within 2 months of it being available in the UK (about time amiright?).

Watching it again – 16 years after the first season aired back in 2000 – has made me realise that some things really don’t go out of fashion. Except the bandansa Sooki and Laurelai used to wear all the time – those are done. And I got to thinking about how many of the fashion statements we saw Rory and Laurelai wear over those 7 wonderful seasons are still around today – or have come back after a few years off.

So I’ve picked out some of my favourite trends that were in then and are back now, so take a little look at how to emulate Laurelai and Rory with a 2016 twist…

The Spaghetti Strap Slip
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This is a Laurelai classic look – she’s a big fan of the triangle top, spaghetti strap slip dress or top for an evening look. Whether it’s metalic, silk/satin or floral, this shape was seen frequently through all 7 seasons and now it’s a look that’s EVERYWHERE! Further great news, baby blues are so in this season, so if you’ve got blue eyes like Laurelai (or me) these will really make them pop!

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Stylish now: (L-R) Ciara, Jamie King, Ashley Benson, Anne Hathaway

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  1. Cami Front Midi Slip Dress – £38 – ASOS
  2. Satin Midi Slip Dress – £24.99 – New Look
  3. Busy Garden Wrap Dress – £39 – Topshop
  4. Crepe Wrap Midi Slip Dress – £28 – ASOS

 

The Choker/Keyhole Dress
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Another trend that’s all over the high street at the moment – chokers. As Taylor Swift said “I feel like maybe chokers are the new flower crowns?” – they are everywhere this summer and now, dresses with built in chokers! That black dress Laurelai wore to the BBQ at her parents house (far right above) was a WOW moment, and now you can get an almost exact replica!

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Stylish now: (L-R) Taylor Swift, Khloe Kardashian, Jessica Wright, Selena Gomez

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  1. True Decadence Petite High Neck Keyhole Pencil Dress – £30 £12 – ASOS
  2. Rosia Choker Neck Bodycon Dress – £25  £18 – PrettyLittleThing
  3. Malaya Crepe Choker Midi Dress – £25 – PrettyLittleThing
  4. Sophia Choker Neck Plunge Shift Dress – £12 – Boohoo

 

The Bardot Gown
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Who could ever forget Rory’s prom dress which Laurelai made her? And when Emily said ‘Oh good you bought her a dress’ – the highest of Emily praise… *sigh*.
ANYWAY that gorgeous gorgeous man *cough* navy silk bardot gown was the envy of all at the prom (so was Dean) and the shape is back in a big way at the moment. Bardots are everywhere, but I’ve looked out the most sleek and stylish fits for that clean, modern look!

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Stylish now: (L-R) Sienna Miller, Blake Lively, Lady Gaga, Reese Witherspoon

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  1. Lavish Alice Deep Bandeau Asymmetric Hem Midi Dress – £58 – ASOS
  2. Michelle Keegan Loves Lipsy Rib Bardot Midi Dress – £35 – Lipsy
  3. Bardot Bodycon Mini Dress – £30 – Missguided
  4. Bardot Bodycon Dress – £55 – River Island

 

The Shortsleeved/Sleeveless Turtleneck
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Another trend that’s back and everywhere! This was another staple through the seasons and often worn cropped or with high waisted jeans/skirts – so 2016! Team this look with wide-leg trousers for a chic, office look and denim shorts or skirt for the summer!

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Stylish now: (L-R) Lily Aldridge, Alessandra Ambrosio, Olivia Munn, Karlie Kloss

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  1. Honey Punch High Neck Ribbed Body – £32 – ASOS
  2. The Turtle Neck Body In Rib – £14 -ASOS
  3. Monki High Neck Top – £8 – ASOS
  4. Glamorous Rib Turtle Neck Top – £7 – ASOS

 

The Raglan Tee
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This is a sportswear staple, but as part of the current sportsluxe trend, the raglan tee is a classic casual style. It’s all about the contrast sleeves and bold colours. Team a raglan tee with jeans and trainers for the perfect casual weekend look. Or wear with distressed denim shorts in the summer for a simple, classic sports look.

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Stylish now: (L-R) Elle Fanning, Jennifer Lawrence, Niall Horan, Alessandra Ambrosio

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  1. Contrast Raglan T Shirt – £8 – Missguided
  2. One Day Tall Contrast Raglan Tee – £14 – ASOS
  3. Baseball shirt – £7.99 – H&M
  4. Celina Contrast Raglan T Shirt – £10 – Boohoo

So there you have it, you can now channel Lorelai and Rory all week long, whatever the occasion!
Love,
love EJ xo