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Embracing Autumn

3 Sep

Hello wonderful readers. Are you in as much shock as me? It’s September already!! I will say in total cliché style that I don’t know where the year has gone. We’ve had a lovely summer and us English roses were very fortunate to have a heat wave in July.

Speaking of waves, it’s now time to start waving goodbye to our summer wardrobes, unless you’re jetting off in the next couple of months for a last ditch week of sunshine you lucky beggars! 

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This summer was all about embracing the new; pastels, prints, brights, and well colour… to my mono-boring clothing collection. I very happily adopted lots of new make-up, nail polishes, clothes, accessories and two kittens. Now it’s getting colder my mind is shifting to; snoods, boots, hot chocolate, coats and everything else in the quest for warmth.

However I still want to add some new so this is all about embracing Autumn.

I usually love wines, plums, warm greys and blacks and I picked a few items to mirror this in an outfit i’d wear back to college or university.

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My essentials clothing wise is the ability to layer clothes. Wearing some black ‘boyfriend jeans’, a short sleeved wine jumper with a ‘peter pan’ collar and warm grey ‘waterfall’ cardigan. I like to turn to warmer, richer colours and these reflect some items that would turn my head in a shop. The Jeans are multifunctional as is the cardigan.

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Teaming with some classic Doc Martin boots and a novelty bobble hat. I love my hats, I have a small knitted horde of them they’re cute, comfy and practical in the colder months which is perfect for me as I get ear ache very easily. The boots will be a great companion for my warm tootsies all I need is some fluffy thermal socks!

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Keeping all your supplies handy in a black leather crossover bag, lets face it us girls like to carry around a lot of crap. Double that if you’re going to college or university as you have books and supplies and all sorts! A big bag for me is a necessity and I really like this one as it plays on the school satchel style. As far as the ring goes, who doesn’t like a statement pieces of jewellery.

My make-up palette will consist of browns, coppers, plums, berry reds and blacks. Here is some of my wishlist items.

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I really want to pick up the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk, followed by the infamous Kate Moss Lipsticks in the shades 107 & 111, I will be purchasing the MUA Chocolate Box shadow trio and the Sugar Plum Kohl Liner by Sleek – look at the swatch! So pretty!

What are your autumn essentials this year?

Much Love x

 

The Sunshine Award

24 Aug

Hello Lovelies.

I am so blessed to have been nominated for a Sunshine Award. The Sunshine Award is given to bloggers who ‘brighten your day’ and ‘inspire’ you to grow your blog and blossom as a blogger.

To think that anyone thinks of me and my little blog in that way is truly touching and I have to give a lot of thanks to Kayleigh from Ruffles and Rabbits for sending me this nomination.

I really love Kayleigh’s blog. she has her own quirky style and posts regular ramblings about her day to day life and rabbit Karl. She’s a fellow geekette after my own heart and I love her tattoos! Please go pay her a visit for if you’re looking for something refreshing to read.

Onto the rules of The Sunshine Award

The rules do differ slightly, depending on who’s nominated you and what they’ve asked you to do so here is what has been handed down from Kayleigh –

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you 

2. Post the award logo on your blog

3. Nominate 5 blogs that you love

4. Share seven facts about yourself

Seven Facts About LittleRed

  1. The name behind the blogger is Elinor, not many people spell it correctly as it’s not the most common spelling of this name. Some members of my family don’t even know how to spell it and i’ve often got different variations on christmas and birthday card every year! People call me Ellie or El or even Eli.
  2. I was born into a mormon family and raised in the church till I was around 13/14 when I decided that I wanted to make my own decisions in life. I still am grateful for a lot of the morals, standards and ideals that the church taught me but I do like a glass of vino.
  3. I really love The Legend of Zelda. I played a lot of video games when I was younger (and still do!) and The Legend of Zelda was the first RPG (Role Playing Game) that I really got into and loved. The first title I played from this series was The Ocarina of Time and that is still probably my favourite with The Twilight Princess coming a close second. I still have not completed Skyward Sword (hate the controls :(!! – i’ll get around to it i’m sure!).
  4. I have one tattoo which I got in August 2012. This is symbolic to me in many ways, and is completely unique. Something along the lines of ” The one who had the key to my heart had to leave and get his wings, but the key isn’t completely out of reach for the right person”.
  5. I have a birth mark that is shaped like a fish. I call it ‘Sharky’.
  6. I really want to visit Egypt. I have always been fascinated by Ancient Egypt and all it’s history. If I had the brains and grades I would have probably gone into Egyptology. It was a childhood dream to discover Cleopatra’s tomb.
  7. I have an unhealthy obsession with books. I love all books that are art, literature, history & design I one day will have a library in my own house full of a sophisticated collection of books and a comfy chair I can curl up and read away a good few hours.

So there we have seven slightly random facts about your truly.

My Nominations

It’s incredibly hard to pick just five blogs that I feel deserve this award nomination. I’ve met so many wonderful people and stumbled across great blogs that this is a really hard decision. The blogs I find myself going back to time and time again are –

  1. Nora Lilly from Hello You Blog.  I find her fashion sense quirky and cute I love she shares her art and photography I find it incredibly inspiring and interesting. I visit her blog to enjoy her OOTD posts with her clever song titles. I often find myself scrolling through her archives to read her wistful way with words and see her wonderful pictures. She does amazing little caricatures of bloggers and I really secretly hope she’ll do more soon! I truly heart this young lady.
  2. Megan from Little Miss Average.  Megan is a really lovely lady! She’s so welcoming, open, warm and friendly that she’s definitely one of my rays of blogger sunshine. She blogs about all things beauty, fashion and lifestyle and I love that you read her blog posts and you feel instantly like a life long friend. She’s not been on the blogger’s scene all too long but she has blossomed so much in that time i’m sure i’m not the only one who really enjoys her blog.
  3. Hayley Russell from Water Painted Dreams. I love that she just blogs about her passions. She adores reading and books which definitely is a girl after my own heart! She takes lovely photos on her blog and I actually love watching her Youtube videos, girl crush on her accent! ❤
  4. Bethany Worrall from Bethany Worrall. Her personality pours through her posts, I really like her fashion sense and follow her OOTD posts. She also does quite a few haul posts which I totally love! All round she’s lovely and bubbly.
  5. Sophia from Tattooed Tealady. Sophia is very well established as a blogger but she’s incredibly down to earth and I love her style. She’s not afraid to say what she thinks and why and that kind of honesty is refreshing. She posts about some lovely things and I look up to her.

I urge you to check all of these blogs out if you’re unfamiliar with them or not. I love all these ladies.

Much Love x

Bloggers Love Event

16 Aug

A few weeks ago I had an email drop in my into my inbox from Bloggers Love asking me to attend an event in London. I was literally so overwhelmed to be asked to my first event especially after only being a few months old as a blogger.

I was incredibly nervous about going and not knowing anyone, so I arranged to meet Lorilee from Lorilee’s London so we could attend together! She was so lovely and met me at Euston Train station as I wasn’t overly confident where I was going…seriously I could get lost in a dead end street. 

On a walk through London to Leicester Square I got to marvel at the sight of Tottenham Court Road & Oxford Street before we arrived at the venue. We met another lovely blogger Sophie from SOPHisticateXX and her friend Becky.

The event was to showcase two fabulous designers efforts, Angel Armogida & Nicola Crawford. Angel is an amazing evening wear designer take a look at her website here!  she had such a stunning little collection on show all of which were modelled by beautiful lads and ladies.

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Here is a shot of her collection and unique pieces on display, all of which you could tell had been handmade with the uttermost love and attention to detail. I especially loved the Aurora dress that was displayed, such a sparkly spin on the classic ‘LBD’ even worthy of the ‘Blingaphobe’s’ wardrobe!

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After swooning over the evening wear and wishing I was a tad skinnier! I wandered over to see the jewellery by Nicola Crawford. I had researched this lady prior to this event and when I saw her collections on her website it was love at first sight. No joke!

I encourage you to check out her website here!!. Her pieces are wonderfully hand crafted and so intricate I especially loved her leaf rings as I adore nature inspired pieces. Her entire collection just sung a whimsical story that captured a touch of magic.

Here is a shot of a few of the pieces on display. The detail as you can see is second to none.

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Being a keen jewellery maker myself I was so inspired by her work. Definitely a designer I will be keeping an eye on!

Aside from a fab fashion show and gorgeous jewellery Bloggers Love also provided some amazing cupcakes and free manicures. The view from the venue was snapshot perfect and I was totally in love with the whole evening.

Here are a few other snaps from my evening –

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Cupcakes & Table Centre Pieces.

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The lovely Lorilee enjoying her manicure! She was so lovely I felt very honoured to meet her.

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Gift Bags for all the attendees – each had the cutest little silver key charm inside which I have happily adopted.

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The view from The Penthouse – The London Eye & Big Ben! I was such a tourist, I have been to London several times but have never seen these two iconic London attractions – i’m such a saddo!

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A picture of my manicure which was done by http://www.fourfingersonethumb.co.uk/ such a lovely lady! My OPI Nails in Paprika were perfect!

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Here are the ladies at work on Sophie and Becky’s nails. Another two fab ladies that I met!

Would just like to thank Bloggers Love for inviting me and for the two designers for showing their talent.

Much Love x

 

 

The Week #4 – Cornwall

12 Aug

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A beautiful view from our hotel window! Lots of small fishing boats bobbing up and down in the early morning breeze. Falling asleep and being woken up to the sound of the rolling tide was heaven. I made my other half promise we could move to the coast one day.

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We spent a day in the idyllic harbour town of Looe, here I had my first lessons in crabbing and had the most amazing double chocolate fudge clotted cream icecream…heart attack on a cone but very tasty!

Picture 602Inside Polhawn Fort decorated for the wedding reception! A stunning seaside theme of blues and ivories, pearls and shells. Personalised rock wedding favours and pebble place names. 
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he bride being given away down the aisle, happy anticipating smiles. She looked absolutely radiant all day. A real example and inspiration that true love does exist for us all.  Picture 600The pre wedding hog roast feast. A lovely family & friends get together. A chance to meet new people in the gardens of the fort. Picture 593

Stunning views framed by Buddleia. I love the dreamy cornish coastline.
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More gorgeous views from Polhawn Fort in Cornwall. The gardens were really beautiful for photos. The ocean was really clear and clean.

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Parker insisting everyone play with him whilst we’re all getting pampered at our girly party. Bless him don’t think he fancied a manicure.

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The perils of being pasty pale! I was out for 3 hours, it was cloudy & breezy NOT sunny. Even so I ended up like a tomato.Picture 582

Round the corner from our hotel was another little shingle cove. Such pretty scenery.Picture 580

A rusty anchor that served it’s duty. Lots of bits like this decorated the streets and back lanes. Picture 581

Pink daisies so bright and pretty. All the flowers seemed to be much more colourful in Cornwall.Picture 579

The higgldi – piggldi streets full of multi coloured cottages, bunting and teenagers with attitude…Picture 577Another shot of our coast line out of our hotel window. The local ferry taking people to Plymouth & back.

I  hope you enjoyed these snaps of my week in Cornwall! Wish I was still there!! xx

Date Night Collaboration – The Outfit

28 Jul

Ladies and Gents, I am here to proudly present a blog collaboration first. Hot date coming up? Sit back and relax because we’ve got it covered right here. Allow me to introduce my fellow blog collaborators and hot date gurus…

Get your complexion as bright as a button with Lilliwhiterose and her hot date skincare tips over on http://www.bloglovin.com/frame?post=1357611019&group=0&frame_type=b&blog=8272145&link=aHR0cDovL2xpdHRsZXJlZDI2LndvcmRwcmVzcy5jb20vMjAxMy8wNy8yOC9kYXRlLW5pZ2h0LWNvbGxhYm9yYXRpb24v&frame=1&click=0&user=0

Don’t have a meltdown over your manicure! Let Katie calm your nerves over on http://curledfantasies.wordpress.com/2013/07/28/first-date-collaboration-the-nails/comment-page-1/#comment-124

For a masterclass in hot date makeup let me direct you to Amy over on http://amysannex.blogspot.ie/2013/07/date-night-collaboration.html

Tame your tresses and style it up with Megan over on http://www.littlemissaverage.com/2013/07/late-night-date-night-collaboration.html

If you’re looking for inspiration for the perfect outfit, look no further. I have searched high and low for ideas to bring together, if the outfit is not completely to your taste I hope it will spark ideas on how to adapt it and style it your own way.

Lots of trends have been seen this year and I have been loving all things nautical and monochrome. These trends are incredibly versatile and I have personally several pieces in my wardrobe that I can dress up or down for the office or for the weekends. Slowly i’ve been trying to introduce bright colours into my black and white land so I hope you enjoy what i’ve put together for you.

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As you can see i’ve gone for a nautical monochrome mix with the dress. This particular one can be picked up from Missguided  at the  bargain price of £19.99. I personally love the versatility of this dress, great for casual days with cute sandals and a tote bag and of course the mandatory oversized sunnies or in this case, dressed up with heals and pretty accessories for the wowza impact on your hot date!

I have opted for a biker style gilet as I think it’s nice and edgy against the heals and dress! I always worry about taking something to wear for extra warmth, this could easily be tucked in your bag or worn open. This particular gilet is from Miss Selfridge and can be picked up here .

I  have paired this combo with some simple peep toe shoes. Not too high but enough to make your legs and butt an eye magnet! I have opted for a pop of colour to break up the black and white theme. You could swap these for any colour of your choice, pink, red even pastel shades would work great! These particular shoes are from the brand Bata and can be purchased here!

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To emphasis the colour I have opted for turquoise accessories! If you’ve read my other accessories post you’ll see that turquoise and me are very good friends!  The collar necklaces seem to be a good statement piece one that would sit lovely atop the dress above. I personally don’t like to overkill on jewellery! I think it’s nice to follow the whole less is more saying. I have just opted for a leather bracelet and collar necklace. If you’re interested in the collar necklace check out this link! The leather bracelet is simple but cute, check it out here. 

Last but not least! A girl can never have too many handbags, I have searched high and low for one that would match, da dudu da!

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Beautiful. After finding this I have purchased one myself as I love it! I found it here , dressy but practical it’s big enough for all your clobber but smart enough to sit under your arm. Your date will be bowled over, he won’t know what hit him. I hope you’ve enjoyed our collaboration!

From each of us, much love to you all x

Shopping haul #1

23 Jun

As the title says I went shopping! Hurrah!

Picture 501Behold the haul of goodies! My shopping trip included – Topshop, Bank, Pilot, Primark & Millie’s Cookies (naughty I know – guilty pleasure!). 

Here’s a picture of my nosy dog investigating my purchases, she always has to see if i’ve brought anything home for her!

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Anyway onto the actual haul! 

Picture 504Left to Right – Primark  dusky pink delicate knit cardigan// Bank coral peeptoe flats// Primark light grey cardigan// Topshop magic liner in black// Lips by Topshop Beatnik dirty pink nude//  Primark natural look false lashes//. 

If you want to see what I purchased from Pilot check out my The hunt is on – Summer wedding dress post.

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I always pop into Primark when I go shopping simply because it’s great to see what bargins they have. The stock changes in there so quickly that nothing ever seems to be the same when I go. I wanted a light grey cardigan that was light, covered by bum but wasn’t a waterfall style. They had quite a selection and I opted for this one.

Picture 507Sums up pretty much everything I wanted! awesome. Also ended up leaving with this one as it’s beautiful and I love it!

Picture 508This photo does make it look more purple then pink but it’s a really soft vintage pink colour and it’s super comfy to wear! Both of these cardigans were £10.00 from Primark which lets face it, is an absolute steal!. I also picked up some false lashes to wear to the wedding i’m going to next month. I have used these before and for what they are you can’t go wrong for a £1.00! They do 3 different styles but the natural effect are the ones I prefer.

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I went in to check out their makeup range as I have been dying to see what the fuss is about. I have heard so much about their range I decided to pick up a couple of bits.

20E14CBLK_normalI have always been dubious about these ‘magic liners’ I have always struggled with a good liner flick but this wasn’t too far on the pricey scale, so I decided to give it a shot! – Not a bad first attempt eh?!

Picture 510I also purchased my second… Lips by Topshop in the colour Beatnik (also pictured above). I am all about dirty pink nudes and this is no exception to the love affair. Take a look at my Product picks for summer post for a more detailed review of this lippy.

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And a swatch..

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Bank

I don’t often get to go in this shop as it’s not in my local town but I couldn’t resist on this occasion! Which leads me to my next purchase.

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These are stunning and perfect for adding a pop of colour to your outfit this summer. I took it as an omen that these were the only pair left and they were in my size. I hardly needed anymore convincing then that. £10.00 in the sale ❤

Right that’s the lot apart from the Pilot purchase but you have to check out my Summer Wedding Dress post for that one!

Much Love x

The hunt is on – The dress

23 Jun

If you’ve seen my last post you know i’m in a tiz trying to find the perfect summer wedding outfit. This post is dedicated to the finding my ideal dress.

Once I knew I had to find something new to wear I had a firm idea in my head of what I wanted. I thought something along the Nautical style would compliment not only the scenery of the wedding but what the boyfriend has to wear also. Upon searching Google, I found that the only nautical dresses I could find were flimsy jersey material that unless you wear no pants and have a flat washboard tummy are highly unflattering (especially on me)…

284231809This black and white stripe maxi vest dress from Newlook comes in at £16.99 and although it’s nice for summer I wouldn’t wear it to a wedding. This kind of relaxed style dress seems to be mirrored in all the highstreet shops and go-to websites for women’s fashion as far as nautical is concerned.

I really wanted something with a bit more structure…

008555baThis gorgeous dress I spotted in Bank and although it wasn’t nautical it certainly was keeping with the blue/white theme I had pictured. The Little Mistress Alyssa Lace Panel Maxi Dress was on the hanger at £70.00 and although it looked beautiful it just wasn’t “me”.

08555bcI wanted to show you a closer look at the intricate beading and sequins along the lace panels, right up some people’s streets i’m sure but just not up mine. I have quite understated tastes and this was just a bit “much” for me.

My hunt continued…

By now I have kind of come to the conclusion that my initial idea of a beautiful structured stripy maxi dress was out the window. I was feeling a little deflated and overwhelmed….what would I look for now?! 

Over a vanilla latte to boost my spirits I started thinking about how I have been trying to push the boat out and expand my wardrobe colours, anyway sugar boost and pep talk done. Outside of the coffee shop was Pilot so I decided a quick look wouldn’t hurt.

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What do you think to this little beauty?! It’s gorgeous isnt it! I found this on a rail and it’s a brand i’m unfamiliar with. This dress by Minimum is only what I can describe as a grecian style maxi dress in a bluey mint colour. It’s a simple dress with an elasticated line just under the bust and hangs beautifully to the floor. I have to say despite being a bit on the booby side I really fell in love with this dress. £70.00 lighter and the first item can be crossed off my itinerary!

Picture 502Now I need to accessorise it accordingly – i’m thinking silvers and light grey and maybe a colour pop of turquoise?

What do you think? Xx

The hunt is on – The perfect summer wedding outfit.

23 Jun

Summer is a the season to get married, my boyfriend and I have friends who are doing just that this year. Our friends are having their lovely wedding in Cornwall at the end of July and we are very much looking forward to attending.

Only recently I found out that the theme of the wedding (dress code wise) was slightly more on the casual scale with the “Summer frocks and flip-flops” emblazoned on the invitation. Ok not so bad I thought, I have a few smart maxi dresses tucked away in my wardrobe and I had one particular in mind. A long elegant vintage dusky pink maxi dress with a halter neck tie and wooden bead detail on the straps. I thought that was me sorted….I was wrong.

My boyfriend has the role of an usher for the wedding and has been given a few bits of clothing to wear to match the others. He’ll be wearing a linen blazer, chino and boat shoe ensemble.

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So if you’re getting my drift my happy idea of a vintage pink number will clash the socks off what my other half  has to wear…oh dear. This now can only mean one thing, with just under 6 weeks to go to the wedding – my hunt for the perfect summer wedding outfit is on! 

Wedding Outfit Itinerary

1. Dress

2. Shoes

3. Accessories

4. Makeup

5. Hair

It’s going to be a challenging 6 weeks, let the hunt begin!

Much Love x