Thursday 29 December 2011

All good things are wild and free...

I hope you all had a lovely christmas, ate your weight in yummy food and received everything you wanted and more! I'm officially never eating again...well not for another 20 minutes at least: I will post about the gifts I received once I've had Christmas with my Dad on Friday, I've been spoilt again and can't thank everyone enough :)
These are just some photos we took before a party this week (it was fancy dress) - Sian went as a leopard, I was a black cat and Molly was Cruella DeVille from 101 Dalmatians. I'm trying to get the purple out of my hair now so you'll have to forgive the odd colours in the ends! These girls are two of my bestest friends in the whole wide world, I love them to pieces and can't imagine life without them -plus, look how gorgeous they are!

Finally, woooooop!! 100 followers! I was thinking of doing a give-away...just need to get over the small hurdle of finding a prize...gotta love my organisation..

Lots of festive love, Ellen xx

Saturday 24 December 2011

Blogger Award!

Woo!! I'm all excited because I've been given my very first blog award by the ever so lovely Mona at Chipped Nails and Chapped Lips! It's so nice to know that she likes reading my blog and I'm totally treating it as a Christmas present :) 

Anyways, here are the rules...

1. You must thank the person who awarded you the award including a shout-out with a link on your blog.

                                                   2. Share 7 random facts about yourself.

3. Send the award on to 15 other bloggers whose blogs you like to read and let them know about it.

So for starters, thank you Mona!! Go and follow her because I love the way she writes and she's so gorgeous!

Hmm 7 facts...

1. I always wear heels, always. It wasn't intentional but once you start to wear them everyday people reaaallly notice when you take them off and you're a midget...
2. I kinda mentioned this in my last post but I have 2 untreatable illnesses - chronic aseptic osteomyelitis in my left femur and cyclical vomiting syndrome (CVS). These cause me to lose weight regularly and be a bit absent from the blogosphere, I've been to Great Ormond Street Hospital but doctors don't seem to know what's actually wrong with me or how to make me better...useful eh?
3. I have a boyfriend! His name is Joe and he is lovely :)
4. My dad and step-mum live in America, so I spend the best part of 2 months a year there.
5. I'm an only child but I have 2 cats called Poppie and Muppet.
6. I've always thought of myself as quite an independent person but I'm really not - I love having the support of my friends and am always more motivated to do something with their backing.
7. I'm fascinated by space, quantum physics and the idea of Mary Magdalene and the creation of the bible (although I'm an atheist) : I kinda like reading books on these subjects in my spare time...told you I was a nerd.

And now the fun part! I'd like to pass on this award to the following bloggers - as a little Christmas present just in time for the festivity! If you already have it, I hope the thought makes you smile anyways :)

Mollie at musicandmollie
Danielle at DKD Designs
Vicky at GollyGosh
Erin at etc
Yvet at Yvetvdn
Isabella at Views of Now
Leigh at Fox Tales

I'm not sure if this one will count but ah best friend has a tumblr so last but not least...

I can believe it's Christmas tomorrow!! I hope you all have a lovely time and get everything you want!

Love Ellen xx


Tuesday 20 December 2011

Embellished Collars...

Look book photos from Regal Rose -- Collar 1: River Island -- Collar 2: Miss Selfridge
Wowzers I've been a bad blogger's been over a week since my last post, so I apologise to all of you who have been reading regularly. Although I do have an excuse: I won't go into too much detail on this post but I have 2 chronic illnesses, neither of which appear to have a known cause, treatment or cure - so I spent 5 days last week being ill! Ah well, enough with feeling sorry for myself, I should probably make a start on the topic of this post! :)

  Embellished collars - the trend has been around for a while now, but I've only just started to catch on and think of ways of incorporating one into my wardrobe - I love the idea of embellishing shirt collars with pearls, beads or crystals; images on tumblr can provide so much inspiration for this, but it's the necklace versions I can't quite decide on...

  I have to say, I'm a fan of anything with sparkles or embellishments, so I like the idea of the necklaces above. I'm in love with the Regal Rose collars in these photos, on their own they didn't seem like much, but with these outfits I think that they really add an edge; they're such simple accessories but they make a bold statement and an interesting change to a regular necklace.

  The fabric collars from River Island and Miss Selfridge I'm not so sure on, I love them on other people and they're really cute, but they might be a bit too twee for my style...however I now keep picturing them with a little jumper and sun-ray pleated skirt, ooo and 'over the knee sock' tights with the little hearts above...aww I wanna wear that now...

What're your opinions on embellished collars - edgy and cute versions alike? I'd love to hear your opinions :)

Love Ellen xx

Monday 12 December 2011

My week in nails...

Thursday ---- Friday

I've been wanting to do a post like this for a while now, so I decided to work on it this week for you all :) I love painting my nails - my timetable at college revolves entirely around academic subjects so I like to do more creative things at home sometimes; going without nail varnish makes me feel really bare! Plus, nail art can really add to an outfit: I find that people are often impressed and take notice of my nails a lot - the designs aren't too challenging either, although I regularly mess up my right hand! If you'd like to know any of the nail varnishes I used or how I did any of these, just let me know in the comments and I'll reply on your blogs or in the comments below!

Love Ellen xx

Tuesday 6 December 2011

Get In My Wardrobe #3

Shoes - Sam Edelman
Lipstick - Pink Nouveau by Mac
All Jewellery - Regal Rose

This post is more or less just a huge wish list from an awesome jewellery site I was introduced to this week - how amazing is all this!? I'm completely in love, I can't help but imagine how perfectly they'd fit amongst my wardrobe: the semi-precious stones, feathers and tiny skulls are just...there are no words. The best part is, all prices are around about £10 - I was so surprised by their affordability, these kind of items can be seen for so much more on other sites, I was so excited and I can't wait to make an order!

The Sam Edelman boots are just plain awesome, a favourite amoung bloggers and they'd be so versatile - looking cool with both jeans and shorts! Lipstick would be a new thing in my beauty regime, but I tried some on in Leeds and loved the extra pop of colour it adds to an outfit - the pink apparently suits me as well, so it'd be nice to get a bit brave and try it out!

Love Ellen xx


Thursday 1 December 2011

Leeds - Christmas Shopping!

 I love living in Britain - I honestly believe that as a nation we offer the most amazing shopping experience, our highstreet has to be one of the best in the world; filled to the brim with a vast range of affordable, original and lust-worthy pieces that allow you to express yourself no matter what your style or budget. 

   Leeds is one of my favourite places to shop here in England, the architecture in the Victoria Quarter arcades is so beautifully European, marble and mosaics just add to the elegance - as you wander round the higher-end high street shops you could be anywhere, from Paris to Milan. The last photo in this post is of a gorgeous little shop called Rose & Co, it's so cute and has some of the loveliest soaps, bath bombs, bath and skin products - downstairs is even home to an array of vintage style underwear and 1950's clothing! I would definitely recommended a visit - even if it's simply to gawp at all the pretty things and soak up the French loveliness!

  The quintessentially British aspects of these arcades however, happen to be some of my favourites - there's a little cafe just down from the Harvey Nichols' restaurant, that serves some of the best vanilla scones I have ever eaten - their afternoon tea, complete with cakes and sandwiches is seriously yummy! Harvey Nichols is of course an attraction in itself, the restaurant is amazing and wandering round lusting after designer pieces that I can no way near afford is surprisingly fun, especially as the staff in Leeds talk to you without an ounce of pretension, a welcome oddity in such an expensive store. 

   At Christmas time, the festivity only brings more magic to the arcades, I love walking around whilst daydreaming that I've wandered straight into a scene out of a fashion-filled movie...

I would show you all what I bought, but that would ruin the Christmas surprise for a few people!
I hope you're all having a great week :)

Love Ellen xx

Saturday 26 November 2011

When she was just a girl, she expected the world...

Top - Topshop
Earcuff - Topshop
Bracelet - Pandora

Just a few photos I took with my webcam when I got bored yesterday...I don't normally wear my hair up or show the pictures I take but I wanted to show you all the ear cuff I got for my birthday! I've been wearing it a lot, it has little leaves dropping from the chain and I really love it  - the top was featured on this Get In My Wardrobe post and I bought it recently using a voucher - so thank you Brad and Ethan! :D

Ooo also! I reached 50 followers this weekend and I just wanted to say a huuugge thank you! :) It won't sound like much to some people but I've only been blogging here for just over a month and I'm really excited about the progress I'm making - so I hope you all enjoy reading this blog and continue to follow and write lovely comments!

Love Ellen xx

Monday 21 November 2011

Get in my wardrobe #2

A few things I've been lusting after this week...

First off, I love this outfit from Andy at Style Scrapbook - her outfits never fail to inspire me and  I would wear every item here, she's really got me wanting a pair of plum coloured jeans now and that winter coat is sheer perfection.
Both items of jewellery are from my beloved All Saints; oh my that shop can bring me to tears with it's perfectly embellished pieces and heart-wrenchingly high prices, how I wish I were rich!
The studded shorts are from the lovely Amy Valentine's shop, Iridescent, she hand-studs these beauties herself and they're rather affordable! Woo!
I decided this week that I need a pair of plain black shorts in my life - I'm in love with my pink ones but I need something a bit simpler to just throw anything on with, I always find shorts and tights comfier than jeans, especially as a I struggle to find skinnies that are fitted enough.
And last but most certainly not least, Nails Inc have released 'The Wonderobe' - isn't it just the cutest thing of life? Inside this box each nail varnish is displayed as if on little hangers and in the draw below you will find a mini topcoat and nail file! Christmas list? Me thinks so too...

Hope you've all had a great Monday :)

Love Ellen xx


Wednesday 16 November 2011

Find me a dream that fits...

Find me a dream that fits...pretty please with a cherry on top? Anyone? This week has been filled with many a deep daydream surrounding my future - career options, A-level choices, 'looking forward' and "The first important independent decision you've ever made!". Receiving our A-level application packs has set my mind on a tangent, I have absolutely no clue what I want to do career-wise, I have many loves but none that I can see myself doing for the rest of my life: so far not a single specific career has ignited a fire within me and I feel like I'm preparing for a future I haven't decided yet...
So far I have settled on English Lang/lit, Chemistry, Physics and French (which I have already started a year early). I'm also in two minds about whether to take a fifth A-level, some teachers are encouraging this as subjects can be dropped, but others are warning that it will be too much work to cope with outside of college - my options for a fifth subject would be biology or photography, I would love to take history but unfortunately it clashes with physics so I've had to choose. Biology would be a lot of work but is recognised as a worthwhile subject by universities and it's always a bonus to have 3 sciences: photography would be interesting to learn about and develop/get some skills in, it would support my blog and be a break from my less 'creative' subjects, however it is 'blacklisted' by universities....grrrr so many decisions....

Anyways I'm sorry to rant, I went to write Monday Moodboard and realised the post I was making didn't fit with what I'm trying to create here - as you may have noticed from the photos above I was rather proud of my nail painting skills this week and I finally bit the bullet and dyed my hair!! I've had bleached highlights added and then I dip dyed it lilac at home, I'm possibly a tad late with this trend but ho hum, I'm in love with it! I may not know what sort of career I want to go into; but I feel like I'm finding my own style more and more now and becoming the kind of person I admire to be :)

Love Ellen xx

Thursday 10 November 2011

Katy Perry - California Dreams Tour!

Here are some of the photos from Bonfire night when Sian and I went to see Katy Perry in her California Dreams tour - she put on such an amazing show: complete with cupcakes, candy canes, a crazy amount of costume changes, fireworks, t-shirt cannons, confetti showers and giant beach balls crowd surfing around the audience! Not to mention the whole arena smelt like candy floss and Katy Perry not only performed amazingly, but she actually has a great sense of humour and seems a genuinely lovely person. After watching her perform on X Factor I had doubts about how good she'd be singing live, I have to say she pleasantly surprised me, her voice sounded so good and the dancers, storyline and characters were awesome!

I'd really recommend going to see her if you ever get the chance :)

Love Ellen xx

Tuesday 8 November 2011


1 - The cute tin from my Dad that contained...
2 - :O the cutest biscuits on the planet! I don't want to eat them - they look so pretty!
3 - Awesome shoes my mum bought me! Arghh I wore these yesterday, I'm in love!
4 - Some items I'll be wearing a lot of... I love these necklaces, the crystal and wishbone are from my best friend Sian and the triangles necklace is from the lovely Joe :)
5 - Another thing I plan on wearing a lot - this was from one of my closest friends Molly and it's so pretty!
6 - Yaaay! I can finally smell like me again! This is my absolute favourite perfume and it came in the cutest box of life with shower gel and body lotion!
7 - A birthday tag from my mum's boyfriend that made me laugh!

These are just some of the photos from my 16th birthday on Sunday - I had a lovely day, mum baked me vanilla scones in the morning after I'd opened my presents and a few of my closest friends popped over throughout the day to give me birthday hugs and prezzies! In the evening I Facetimed my Dad and step-mum in America and my friends and I ate cake and had an entire 50 seconds worth of fireworks! Haha!

Love Ellen xx

Friday 4 November 2011

Shine on...

My new babies!! I bought these yesterday to go with some leggings I'm getting as one of my birthday presents - I love them so much, they're so comfortable and look really cool with jeans and with tights :) They were only £24.99 from New Look and I'm really tempted to get another pair soon and paint a nebula on them..I've been wanting to try that for ages and these shoes would be perfect!

Anyways I'm off to watch some fireworks tonight! :D
Two days til my birthday and counting!

Love Ellen xx

Tuesday 1 November 2011

Get in my wardrobe.

Shoes - Aldo
Ribcage Tee - Topshop
Petrol Spike Necklace - Topshop
Belt - Topshop
Beetlejuice nail varnish - Models Own
Outfit - Urban Drop

Just a few things I've decided I need in my life...the Aldo shoes I took a photo of through the shop window, they were just so awesome and there's something really unique about them. I have a bit of a thing with leopard print at the moment - not when it's OTT, just the odd accent like on the shoes or the Topshop belt with some plain denim cut offs, I think it really adds something.
I love the ribcage print on the t-shirt, it'd look great under a shirt or worn alone but I'd want to turn the sleeves up so they aren't so pointy! The Beetlejuice collection from Models Own was released yesterday and I'm lusting over those 3 colours, they look really effective and it's almost like instant nail art in a bottle!
Oo and after seeing this outfit photo on Urban Drop I'm so tempted to cut the shoulders out of my over-sized denim shirt, I haven't worn it in ages and this could reinvent it completely...hmm do I dare?

Arghh! 4 days til my birthday!
Not that I'm counting...

Love Ellen xx


Sunday 23 October 2011


Hey there, I'm Ellen :)

I'm not sure, but some of you may have come from WeAreTheCrowd; this is a more personal blog for me, I love writing and blogging so I wanted to carry on myself. I hope to post more of my outfits, photos and items I love as well as snaps of my life - we have so many loyal readers at WeAreTheCrowd and I hope I can fill the gap it has left for the while.

So for starters, here's a few things about me...

I love fashion, it's probably the only thing I have a real passion for, I'm just not sure I consider it to be a career option - I'm a bit of a nerd so I feel like I'm expected to become some sort of physicist or doctor of some kind...chemistry, physics and french are my favourite subjects at college and I'd love to be fluent in the languages of the fashion capitals!
I'm absolutely useless at sport of any kind and I'm slightly vertically challenged at 5'2", however I can 'rap' all of Superbass by Nikki Minaj so, ya know, that kinda makes up for it right?
Vanilla scones and afternoon tea are possibly the best things in the world.
I find it easiest to express my feelings through song lyrics, songs always remind me of someone...
I'm not a big animal fan and I can't stand the sound of people eating - it drives me insane!
My style was described in a comment on WeAreTheCrowd as "effortlessly ladylike edgy chick" - I'd like to think I come across like that :) I love the Parisian style of striped jumpers and basics but I also love the edgy looks you see on the likes of tumblr - I try to combine these two and switch things up a bit!

Anyways I'mma stop now!

Love Ellen xx

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