Thursday, 30 November 2017

Gift Guide: For The Homebody

If anyone knows me, they will know I am a big fan of staying in, getting cosy and not leaving the comfort of a settee or bed unless I HAVE to (but if you've seen my awful sleep analyse, you'll understand why I'm probably like this) and so that is why this guide was created because it literally describes me.

The way to my heart, well all of these gifts to be honest but I do like a good book, they are perfect for anything. Commuting to work, read. In bed, read. just lazying, read. travelling town, read on the bus. I just love it and do it whenever I can so I am thrilled with a book, I don't tend to buy them for myself often unless it's on my kindle as they are so much cheaper but I do love a good paper book still and so I'm more than happy to receive them.

Another good gift, fluffy socks and good set of pyjamas, preferably matching because I love that. I always feel next, primark and asos do fab selections and I actually have a list of different pyjamas I'd love! Also don't forget a dressing gown I live in mine, I get home from work and it goes straight on. I love it!

Hot bottles are perfect for people like me. I just love to cuddle something warm and oh they're just so cosy, they can keep you warm, help with those pesky period pains some of us ladies struggle with, they are essential to these cold nights!

Lastly but by no means least. Candles. If you share a room with a boy you know these are essential.. only kidding! No I just love good smelling things and there is nothing better than cosying down with a book and smelling a candle hmmm my ideal evening!

Can you believe we're on day 4 already. If you had to describe yourself in a gift guid what would you name it?

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Gift Guide: Stocking Fillers

There is nothing more exciting than creating a stocking for someone, I love the idea of it, I can't wait to create one for sam one day when we have our own house (don't ask why we need our own place to get each other stockings, it just makes sense to me) You can feel them with little knick nacks that can be esseintal and just cute little I saw this and thought of you kinda gifts. I just love love the whole idea.

So although this is more aimed at girls I'm sure you can adapt it for boys and I'll try and write vice versa options as I go. But first like the gift guide for him I don't think you can go wrong with socks in a stocking to be honest, they are always needed and who actually wants to spend money on them? They can be cosy loungewear socks, day to day socks or novelty comical socks lots of options here.

Mugs are fail safe to. I know when I have my own house there are 4 things it going to be full to bursting with one being mugs, I just find them so pretty! This one from anthropologie is just so beautiful! They really do do an amazing selection. Alternatively for a boy you could get them one of those drinking sets you see in places like asda, for example I know sam would be happy with something like this one or any drink gift set they sell. Although you could just get a guy a more manly mug if they do enjoy a good hot choc.

On the topic gift sets, most stores sell skincare/haircare/makeup gift sets and they can be a good present to put in a stocking and I know I'm always grateful to receive some sort of set as I love a good pamper.

Books/stationary also perfect, I am a massive book lover so I'd be happy with anything and I love a good selection of stationary too! I like to write anything and everything down to be honest. Same goes for a guy, you might be lucky and know a guy who likes a good read, if not.. gaming points for their console so they can save money on a new game (they can be a bit of an expensive alternative if you choose to get them a whole game as a stocking filler)

Any little trinkets are perfect too, make up bags, jewellery, candles, warm accessories i.e a beanie, scarf, even little games you can buy that you know will only get played with on Christmas day, because let's be honest they bring entertainment while the turkey is cooking.

Day 3! What do you think are the perfect stocking fillers?

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Gift Guide: For Him

Aren't boys just the hardest to buy for, whether it be a boyfriend, brother, dad, grandad, uncle friend they all make it difficult and worst of all? When you ask them and even they say they don't know *face palm* Sam is no different he is so difficult and he buys anything he wants most of the time anyway so leave no room for presents. However, this year he is all done and is the first person I have finished shopping for, woo woo!

So here is the for him edition of the 5 days of gift guides in the hopes it might make your shopping a little easier this year.

Now socks a photographed and I assume a few of you rolled your eyes and thought 'realyyy' but hear me out. Do you really hear that a boy has gone and bought his own underwear or socks, it rare right? Unless they NEED to. Well I spoke to sam and he actually said he would be grateful for socks and pants and actually appreciates that that is what I get him for birthdays and Christmas, however I have been told that the socks have to be comical which is fun by me as i get so much joy finding the most ridiculous pair!

Again, I think clothing whether it be a tshirt, jeans, shoes, accessories are pretty good to go for too. Because A you get to pick things you actually like haha or you just get to shop for clothes but through them so you still get that shopping feeling, except you get to see other people wear it. I think a shirt can be a good call because you can never have too many and boys can dress them up and down, not to mention new years eve is a week after so they can wear it for that evening too! And beanie, well January and Fevurary are always beyond cold so they need to stay warm too and I love a beanie on a guy!

To spendy gifts could be a good pair of sunglasses or a fragrance. I love a good smelling guy and I love perfumes so why not pick one, I love it when sam walks past me and I smell his after shave it's just so dreamy, you really cant go wrong with a good smell. Also like the beanie, sunglasses are always need even in winter for those gorgeous sunny but cold days and there is nothing like treating someone to a pair, rayban is my go to!

Lastly, I'm sure I said this in last years but you really can win any male over with chocolate or their favourite beverage, again gin is pictured just because it is my absolute favourite but you could get them anything and a lot of places if you search can do bundles, whether it be your grandads favourite bitter or your dad's favourite cider their will be something for everyone.

And that is Gift Guide day 2 done! I hope that has helped you even just a little with those pesky males in your life!

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Monday, 27 November 2017

Gift Guide: For Her

It's that time again where your bloglovin' feed or however you choose to view blog posts is going to get spammed with gift guides. some may roll their eyes and continue to scroll past all gift guides, but if you're like me then you may enjoy the fact that this may make Christmas shopping easier or you just click on it because you want to see a pretty festive flatlay, I know I'm a sucker for a good flatlay. So here we go, for the first time I am bringing you five days of Christmas gift guides, let's hope after these five days you will have your shopping list completed!

Now I get the most excited when it comes to creating a gift guide for her because it basically means I can create a flatlay of gifts that I'd probably be pretty happy receiving myself, so it's kinda like creating a gift guide for yourself to!

Some of these gifts may seem a bit spendy on the ole' wallet, but I'm not saying you HAVE to go out and by those Victoria secret pyjamas, I'm merely saying that pyjamas are a great gift, whether they're from Primark or Victoria secrets I think any girl would be happy with a nice new pair of pjs because their is nothing better than after that Christmas roast having a shower and slipping into those brand new pyjamas, I love it and on that note, why not get them a bottle of their favourite beverage to sip away on during the day! This gin from Hortus is their raspberry edition they have bought out for Christmas at lidl and I cannot wait to open it! I am also on the hunt for the rhubarb and ginger one.

A luxury gift, why not treat a girl you love to a bag they've been lusting over? Again it doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg, but a girl can never have too many bags and if like me they think a bag can dramatically change an outfit, well then you've practically bought them a new outfit but without having to actually get them a new outfit.

On that note of changing an outfit, you can never ever go wrong with jewellery. I think any girl would be more than happy receiving jewellery, whether it be earrings, a necklace, a ring (just make sure she doesn't think you're proposing boyfriends haha) or a bracelet. It really is quite a safe option in my opinion. You could get something for your mum, sister, friend, aunt, nan, any girl would be happy and again they can help make someone feel they're outfit is completely different to. Just make sure you find out what kind of jewellery she prefers - i.e silver, gold, rose gold - that you could get wrong.

I think nowadays lots of people enjoy taking photos, whether they upload to instagram or not people are always taking photos so why not take it back old school and treat someone to a instax, then it's ready for taking lots of fun new years eve photos and it's so easy to carry anywhere!

I think a fragrance is a very good gift to give to, every girl pretty much wears perfume every day, but it's not usually something we go and get on the regular so being treated to a good scent is always very special, whether you just restock them with what they wear all the time or treat them to something new. Just try and get something you think they'll like. A good tip, find out what makes up the perfumes they already have, make a note of the notes an scents that pop up regular in their perfumes and then go with that. For example a lot of my perfumes have vanilla, amber, woody, juniper and subtle hints of floral, so I would hope that any perfume would have some of these notes as that is the kind of thing I like. Similar make up could be a good one, I'm sure most girls have a make up wish list and it's always good to help keep their stock a plenty, just make sure you know their shades and things.

There you have it, my first Christmas gift guid instalment, stay tuned for day 2!

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Sunday, 19 November 2017

The Silk Cami


I am the worst blogger, I had all intentions of this going up last weekend, but I never got round to writing it up and by the time I remembered it was way past acceptable to post a post on a Sunday, so it's been scheduled for now. This week has been an exciting one for me. I've had a few brands get in contact to work with me which is amazing because it shows people are liking my content and I won a competition for kiehl's products which I am so totally over the moon with as I've been wanting to try their products forever! So I will keep you lovely lot updated with how I get on with everything

I also went iceskating yesterday, which has kicked of Christmas for definite for me now so I am in full Christmas mode, Christmas songs and Christmas cheer galore until January 1st, if not longer. There is nothing better than ice skating with friends and then getting a few nibbles and drinks after it's just such a great activity and so festive! Now I just need to start that Christmas present shopping!

Now on to the outfit. Yes it has been freezing and yes my arms are out and yes that is a blogger cliche starbucks christmas cup in my hand as a prop (it was a delicious toffee nut latte may I add) But nonetheless I love this outfit. I am your average tee, jeans, jacket, boot/trainer kinda a gal with a skirt or dress thrown in when I want be extra jazzy, but that's nothing new I'm sure I mention that every time I write an outfit post. But what I wanted more than anything recently was to add more tops that aren't just stripes or plain to my wardrobe, so I can go out feeling a little put together and 'special' now and again. 

So along came this cami -  well ok my sisters cami - because whats the point in having a sister if you can't share her clothes?! Firstly let me apologise for the fact it may have been lying on my floor for a while and so there is a lovely line right now the middle of it. But if we look past that we can see it's a gorgeous cream colour, the material is gorgeous and it has a little lace detail. Although my hair has hidden that detail well. I just love this. I can wear it casually like I have done here or I could dress it up with a skirt and maybe even a red lip for the evening. It's a win win really and so simple.

Aww the baker boy. Who hasn't seen these circling the blogosphere? I just really feel they are perfect for this season though! They may not keep your ears warm but they sure do keep your hair under wraps with the wind. Not to mention perfect for a bad hair day and you still look good! I love the plaited detail, buttons and leather like cap detail on this one and it was such a bargain! You really can pick up some gems in H&M.

Lastly boots, the winter staple of all winter staples. I think I get a new black pair every season. But that is because I can never find the right pair. Until now! (call me up on this if I buy a new pair next year and say the exact same thing) But they have the perfect sized heel and they are the sock style and they do actually fit my ankles perfectly! There is no bag or anything, I love them! The best thing is, they don't hurt your feet after wearing them for hours! Can you get any better than that??

What's your winter staple??

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Is Blogging Dead?

Recently I've noted a big change in instagram. Remember the days when instagram really was instant? We could snap a photo of our us and our friends or our food, whether that just be a McDonalds, we'd post photos of us holding nail varnish with our newly painted nails, we'd snap our feet with the latest magazine a bag of sweets and we wasn't planned at all. Plus no one really questioned liking a photo all your friends or followers would just like your photo whether they quickly just scrolled or actually took the time to stop and look at it. Also captions were spars, it would be something a little as just an emoji a little sentence or nothing at all. Of course this isn't the change I'm talking about as this hasn't actually happened for a good few years now.

No, instead everyones posts are planned, posed and usually not instant at all. Days are used to get those shots for the grid, professional cameras are used and we agonise over what to write as a caption and remember to include those hashtags as practically no one will see your post other wise. The precision of all of this intensifies as the years go on. Some people follow strict themes, some have a style they put with their captions. People have really upped their game and I'm not moaning about it at all I love seeing all the beautiful photos, I take the time to read the captions no matter how long, I am in awe of the themes that people have created on their grids. It make's me want to work so hard to fill up the 3x3 grid with new photos daily and go out to snap my outfits and think about those captions as well as watch my numbers and engagement grow. But it got me thinking about blogging as a whole.
I realised that I work a lot harder on my content for instagram then I do my blog, one it's easier to keep up with as we can upload a photo, write a caption whether it's related to the outfit or not and then add those all important hashtags. Notifications instantly appear on my phone when someone likes, comments and follows me so I can quickly interact back and can easily do it anywhere. However, enjoy writing blog posts, in fact I find it super therapeutic to get down my thoughts and feelings plus it's a bigger space to get everything down in one place and I still write ideas down and try and plan as much as possible. But although a lot of people are still clearly blogging on their blogs I feel for interaction it's beginning to take a back seat.

I feel brands are approaching people purely based on their instagram now days, people interact way more through that platform than a blog and even as a very very small blog I've noticed the difference, I care more about my engagement on instagram then I do my blog, the blog groups on facebook if they say you can post any social media platform to help gain followers or just likes I tend to put my instagram down before my blog. People have begun to write larger, more personal captions so their followers can get to know them through that platform and so I ask, do you think blogging is dead? Do you think it's more about the one photo and the sometimes large caption, is instagram taking over?
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Sunday, 5 November 2017

Casual Floral Layering


So in my last outfit post I spoke about changing my photo editing style and I am thoroughly enjoying it, it just feels so autumnal. Alongside that though I have also been focusing on my style and trying not worry about what everyone is doing and wearing so much although that's not to say that I don't have blogger inspiration as I am massively crushing on Isabella at the moment, she really is my style, interior style and life goals (talk about girl crush) When I saw she'd style a sheer floral embroidery top I just knew I had to have one. At the time of seeing this style I had also been invited to a PrettyLittleThing event and I wanted to rock one of their pieces as well so I went online and found this for a bargain price of £20! Although it is a dress I would not wear it that way and instead styled it as a top, I have just found out that the dress I purchased is out of stock, however I have linked another and they are everywhere at the moment, plus urban outfitters have plenty of top styles too. But whether it's underneath a tee like this or by itself (post to come when I can photograph it) I just love it and constantly grab for it, it is a firm favourite at the moment.

Another thing I've been loving again are slogan tees. I love the white tee with red writing as I think that looks awesome but I also like a slight rock chic vibe. When I saw this in Urban I instantly fell in love. The colour was amazing as I feel it's quite a distressed black and the floral pattern isn't too girly at all, plus the white writing just stood out and I knew I could style it with the sheer top and also it would look good with a few pairs of jeans.

Tie it all together with a kick ass leather jacket and I dream of going to gigs and dancing till my socks full off and I just feel cool. That's what I love about dressing, for me I feel I change ever so slightly depending on how I dress and I think that's why finding your style is so important. This outfit makes me feel a little daring and quite confident. If I were to wear a dress or something girly I'd feel sexy and in sense a little cutesy too. It really is amazing what clothes can do.

Lastly the converse. I will apologise now as I think you will see a lot of these around. Yes it's risky having white in autumn/winter and yes they have a fair few marks on them already but I LOVE them. They go with everything, they're super comfy and I just can't help but grab them everyday even if I know it's risky wearing them when working with small people. (so far so good, no real stains or accidents)

And that is the outfit summed up. I feel this outfit will be totally marmite-y but I love it. 
Do you ever feel fashion and wearing certain things changes you a little?

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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

November Goals

 What a great coincidence, the first of November lands on a Wednesday so this new kinda post doesn't ruin my uploading schedule just yet and maybe it's a sign that I've made the right choice to make this a monthly post because A it means I'll at least have a new post monthly and B it's a way I can see my goals for each month written down.

01 - November is all about finding my blogging groove, I vow to blog as often as possible because I know it's what I love. I get sad and stressed when I don't have content to post on my blog or instagram and so I am really going to knuckle down and write down any idea and try and spend a good few days getting content, which for mean will mean at the weekends due to my weekday job, but it'll be worth it!

02 - Health. I say it all the time but this month I need to drink way more water than I do, my skin and body will love me for it and I know that. I'm also going to start doing home work outs 3 times a week, because then I get a few days to let my muscles heal (I did a HIIT work out and could barely walk for 2 days - that shows how unfit I am) and also I want to start meditating daily. My emotions are so all over the place, I lash out easily, I get sad easily and I really have been reading about the benefits of meditation and so that's what I'm going to do. We really do need to look after ourselves and our bodies so this is a big goal for me this month.

03 - No more spending. A pretty simple one, but bar starting to buy presents for loved ones for Christmas I'm going to stop spending on myself, I keep buying clothes as I love that I've found my own personal style, but I really need to start saving to move out as I really am ready to have my own place, not to mention dreamy interior design I always find myself pining over. So apart from meeting and see people now and again (because we all need to live a life) I'm going to stop being so spendy.

I think that's it for now, start of small and the more I work at my health and blog I'm sure the goals will be rolling out at what I want to achieve. So here we go let's make the most of this month!

Elizabeth Apps x