Sunday, 16 April 2017

Spring Is In The Air

Off the shoulder: Topshop (similar) | Jeans: Topshop | Shoes: Vans | Bag: Friends | Necklace: Posh Totty | Sunglasses: H&M

Hasn't the weather been lovely? I do love April the weather just instantly improves and everything seems happier and oh I just love it! It's now that time of year where we can start embracing showing bits of our skin again and I thought what better way to grace this weather than with a little off the shoulder number! This top was very popular last year when it hit Topshop and a friend who I'd worked with in the store said I was very lucky to get my hands on it as it had been flying out the door. I was actually hesitant at first to pair the top with blue jeans and only wore it with black last year, but after scouring pinterest (I've been reading The Curated Closet) blue jeans actually seemed like a good idea and I actually liked the different shade of blue together, perfect for a spring pop!

Since Christmas I have none stop worn this gorgeous necklace from posh totty that my friend very kindly gifted me! I have wanted a disc necklace since I saw The Little Magpie wear one and this one is perfect, it even has it's own personal detail of the happiness molecule which I thought was the cutest detail!

Ok, so onto this Curated Closet I spoke about earlier. I had recently torn apart my wardrobe (actually clothing rail) And chucked so many clothes. Took a step back and realised I had no clothes really, or none that I particularly liked. I'd seen as well the book The Curated Closet and bought it as a treat to myself for passing and finishing my final year placement. I started reading it and I am currently under going the 2 week plan of writing down what I'm wearing, the occasion and I added how I feel in it. During these two weeks I already feel I know what I'm missing from my wardrobe and what I want and really thinking about pieces. I'm excited to get buying, but also to carry on reading the book to see what else it has to say! I already love the fact it's said not to stick to what are known as styles and just to create your own 'personal' one as I am very guilty of trying to pick a style already known but then pining over stuff that doesn't 'fit' that category. So I will keep you updated with my journey!

Lastly, Happy Easter everyone! How nice is it to have 4 days off to relax, eat lots of chocolate and be with loved ones! What have been your plans for this 4 day weekend? Let me know what you've been getting up to!

Elizabeth Apps x

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Focusing on experiences and not things.

I have finally finished my 3rd and final teaching placement as part of my Primary Education degree and now I can finally get back into blogging and I'm so ready to go full steam ahead with everything, I'm gonna start taking my camera everywhere, so watch out friends and family you will be pulled into helping me take photos and things. But I thought I'd kick off with a bucket list. I was inspired by Eventbrite, which is a site that allows you to find activities and see what is going on around your local area or further afield. You can also host and organise your own events on this site, check out their online registration page and as I have always been a big believer in spending money on experiences rather than materialistic items I thought I'd create this post. I mean don't get me wrong I love the feeling of buying new clothes and thinking of all the ways to wear them and feeling good in clothing and also I love styling my room and interior design. But none of those will create memories and while I'm beginning to plan and save for travelling it has also got me thinking about all the other ways I can make memories and all things I want to do this year during the saving that will - A allow me to still travel next year and B allow me to experience and enjoy spending time with loved ones and trying out new things. So I had a little think about a bucket list for 2017.

Trying out active experiences: This year my boyfriend and I have decided to do more together and obviously being a boy (sorry for any sexism) He isn't the type to just go and sit and have a picnic (we have to take a football and have a kick about too) or hide away in a coffee shop. So when having a chat one thing I have always wanted to do and he was more than happy to discuss was paint balling, I've always wanted to try this out and so we need to discuss with friends and get a group together. The same goes for white water rafting, We're sure there is a centre around the olympic stadium that we can have a look at so that is another on the list. One thing I have also always always wanted to learn properly to do is Surf and so we are really thinking about taking a few trips down to Newquay this year so we can get into the water and finally learn properly.  I've also wanted to try out the longest zip wire in Europe which is in Wales and even a day of rock climbing would be fun. I just really do enjoy anything active and to get that blood bumping but I just don't do it enough so they're all on the list.

Staycations: It's funny how I think quite a few of us when we think of a holiday we think about hopping on a plane and jetting away for a week or 2. But have you ever thought about all the places in your own country that you've never visited. I am determined to visit a couple of places and plan some road trips this year. I'd love to visit Bath, Torquay, Manchester, Lake District, The Cotswolds, Devon are just a few places I'd like to travel to and explore. I would also like to play tourist in London a bit more as it is only an hour by train and there are still so many things do and see, like the Botanical Gardens, Brick Lane, Columbia Flower Market, Tate Modern, Saatchi Gallery, Box Park, Shoreditch are again just a few of the places I still want to visit in London.

Exploring my own city more: I am very lucky to live in one of the best cities in the UK (In my opinion). Yet I feel like I've got lazy and I know what my favourite places are to eat and things and I get a little funny if someone goes oh have you been here and I think well no but I should have been if I live here and so I've made a pact with myself to actually explore my hometown of Brighton. Explore new places to eat, try new restaurants and bars, go down those little roads instead of sticking to the ones you know well because you never know what you'll find. I just need to play tourist in my town more often and go out with the purpose of literally just walking around and getting of the beaten path.

Elizabeth Apps x

Sunday, 12 February 2017

4 Lifestyle Books

 I am an avid book reader. I'm always reading, whether it be blogposts, fiction books, or lifestyle, give me a book and I'll probably read it. I've really been enjoy coffee table books at the moment, my amazon wishlist is full of them and not just for the fact that they make good blogging props. Some of them have really opened up my eyes. Here are 4 that I've really enjoyed at the moment.

The Little Book Of HYGGE: I know every blogger under the sun has mentioned this book but I just couldn't help putting my two pennies worth in about it. It really is a lifestyle I strive to live. I really try to live a lifestyle that is cosy and where I feel happy and content and create a room in which I actually want to escape to and brings me peace and tranquility (one day I will do a room tour) I completely agree what Meik says, in that a big part of hygge is also the company you surround yourself in and I've been doing a lot of thinking about that, something I'm keeping personal and struggling with at the moment, but even so. I love to pick this book up in the evenings curl under a blanket with warm lighting and read a chapter or two because even that in itself just makes me feel so calm and relaxed, it truly is a beautiful book.

The life-changing magic of not giving a f*ck: I read this book back in the summer, I saw it in the airport and I knew I just needed it and so it became my poolside reading. It really did speak to me at the time. I am a person that over worries, that cares a lot about what people think or say about me and I was at a low point when I purchased this book and there were so many points through out where I thought YES! this needs to be me! and bless the girls I think I unrelaxed them through out pool days by getting them to stop what they were doing and listen paragraphs and sentences that really spoke to me. I definitely need to re-read this book a few more times to get some more ideas of just learning not to give a f*ck and live my best life! I actually also want to pick up get your sh*t together, so if you have read that one too let me know your thoughts!

BLOOM: Estee has been one of my favourite youtubers and bloggers since I can remember, her style, interior design and just the kind of woman she comes across as in her videos has always inspired me. So when she released her book I knew I needed to read it! She seems to have had a lot of ups and downs in her life, some that you may find relatable and some not so much. But it really did open your eyes to how she travelled and still is travelling to become the person she is today, she is so open and the messages she has in the book is just truly amazing. I really recommend this book for anyone.

CAPTURE YOUR STYLE: ok so this is a bit of a cheat as I haven't actually read much of this book yet and it's something I plan to indulge and thoroughly read during this half term. I received it at Christmas and did read a few pages and from what I did read really got me thinking. I love instagram, I love taking photos even though I may not do it enough and wish I did more (I struggle to know what to photograph) This books is all about helping you. Through using hashtags, to creating stories through your grid to all sorts and when I finish this placement I plan in diving into instagram and scanning every corner of this book for inspiration and help!
What are your favourite lifestyle books at the moment?
Elizabeth Apps x

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Evening Skincare Routine

When it gets to around 9:30 I'm thinking about how quickly I can dive under the covers and grasp that 7-8 hours sleep, so when it comes to a nightly skincare routine I like to keep it simple and quick. So in 5 easy steps I'm fresh faced and moisturised ready to hopefully full into that deep slumber.

Clinique take the day off: This balm works so well on my skin, you only need a small amount as it melts as you work it into your face, I really feel refreshed and cleansed after applying this, if I've worn make up that day it really does take it all off and doesn't leave your face feeling greasy or like there is product still covering your face. 

Clarins Doux Exfoliant: As a previously mentioned in my morning routine due to being on placement and also it being pretty gloomy in England this time of year I really like products that help brighten my skin and so this really caught my attention, it helps stop the build up of dead cells instead of having to use an exfoliator often and it leaves my skin soft and smooth ready for the final few steps to my routine.

Pure Potions Intensive Moistrising Ointment and Nuxe Reve de Miel: I previously mentioned these in my morning skincare routine but actually carry these items with me into my evening routine as they work wonders, Nuxe works wonders for my lips and the ointment works wonders for around my nose, applied daily and nightly I never have trouble with either parts of my face!

Khiels Ultra Facial Cream: Ok so I know this advertised for daily use and I use it as a night cream, but A that's because I don't own a night cream yet (so any good/affordable recommendations send them my way!) and B I like to use it at night as it's light and absorbs super quick so no greasy feeling between face and pillow and I just like to treat my skin ay night time to a good moisturiser, in the few times I have used it in the morning though it really does work wonders throughout the day! Plus I am just so excited that I have finally purchased my first Khiels product! I'm still lusting after the night serum, so that might be my big splurge this year.
 What products do you use for your evening routine?

Elizabeth Apps x

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Morning Skincare Routine

So sticking true to my goals for 2017 I have a skincare routine, but I have actually managed to start one for both day and night. But first lets talk about my morning routine. I'm not one to slather myself in loads of different lotions and potions, I'm not even one for getting the latest and greatest stuff. Although I do secretly look in awe of those bloggers and youtubers that do and have absolutely flawless skin, I mean can we talk about how flawless and stunning Estee Lalonde always looks! But like I said and the end of last year I started looking into skincare and wanting to help make my skin feel and look the best it could be! 

Origins had always been a brand of interest to me, I liked the natural look of it all and it was one of the first my twin and friend actually spoke about to me, I liked the fact the take a minimalist approach to beauty as I would say I, like many others strive to live minimalistically and I even like just how eco friendly they are although I'm not a preacher in that. I knew my skin needed that lift to make it look brighter and more awake as I actually rarely wear any make up, especially as I'm waking up at 6 am everyday at the moment and would rather spend more time in bed than apply make up and so it's essential I use skincare to give me that glow and so that's where I started my search for the skincare that suited me.

GinZing Energy-Boosting moisturiser:  They have an entire GinZing range which aim to wake up that tired skin which is fortified with coffee beans and ginseng. It aims to help skin that looks and feels tired to restore glow and give it that get-up feeling. In the winter my skin can go very dull looking and pale. Especially during my teaching placement the bags under my eyes come up in all their glory and in all honesty I personally think I look unwell. But the Energy Boosting moisturiser has really helped to make my skin get that glow it needs in the mornings and also leaves my skin feeling so silky and smooth I always feel a little better when applying this. I can definitely see a difference when I do and don't apply this cream in the mornings.

Renewal Serum with Willowherb: I apply this daily as well before putting on the moisturiser and I personally think the two together work well, I love a serum and again this worked well as it focuses on restoring that much needed glow, especially with weather as gloomy as Englands I think this time of year it is definitely needed for that little pick me up. I think I'll definitely be using not only this but the GinZing Moisturiser for years, especially in the colder months when you want skin that glows all year round.

Intensive Moisturising Ointment: This one I do actually use day and night, but this pot is my holy grail. I actually get really bad dry skin around my nose area and if I apply this day and night it instantly disappears and I have never found anything that works as well as this does, it is amazing and I was kindly gifted it at an event and since then I have used it none stop and its still holding strong. Luckily when it does run out I can get it Infinity foods and I know I'll always use this product.

Nuxe Reve De Miel Lipbalm: Again another holy grail of mine, I don't think I'll ever use another lip balm again. I suffer with quite dry lips, most likely because I never drink enough water. But applying this really does keep my lips soft and moisturised. On good days I actually need to only apply it day and night and my lips are perfect. If not though I only have to apply it a couple more time during the day and it really does keep them feeling and looking soft. To make it even more lovable it does taste and smell a little like Terry's Chocolate Orange so this has a huge thumbs for me. I actually have two pots one to stay at home and one for out and about and thats actually incase I lose one I have a much needed back up.

So there you have it.The only products I use for my morning routine and all work wonders. I'm loving having a routine I use daily and even better that it doesn't take long for me to do in the mornings. What is your current skincare routine and is there anything else you would highly recommend?

Elizabeth Apps x

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Eating in Brighton: Breakfast Edition

King's Road, Brighton BN1 2FH

I thought I would create a post on all the places I recommend for breakfast. Brighton has so many great places and I could eat out for breakfast everyday, but I whittled it to these four for now, that's not to say I won't do another breakfast edition one day, but this is for anyone that comes to this wonderful city and ever needs foodie recommendations! 

The New Club: There is nothing I prefer more than going out for breakfast, it beats the bog standard cereal or toast any day and we are not short of options in Brighton. The New Club does not lie when they say they help beat that hangover as my friend had 'The English' and she said it hit the spot! The pancakes were divine as well the blueberries gave it that sour tang to counter act the sweet taste of maple syrup and the mixed berry juice went down an absolute treat!

 39 Upper Gardner St, North Laine, Brighton BN1 4AN

SILO: This restaurant has a zero waste thought process they have a compost that dispose of any waste meaning any scraps are turned into waste ready to be used again, even the interior is made from up cycling materials They have a brunch and dinner menu all of which is rather healthy. We went for the sour dough, beans, eggs, mushrooms and bacon although you can have the option of seaweed instead of bacon and it was delicious! My friend even got the cordial of the day which was delicious!

31 Western Rd, Hove BN3 1AF

I gigi: A friend recommended I visit here a while ago and knowing that it did stunning homeware (I'm obsessed, even though I don't own my own home) and they were highly spoken about food wise I asked my good friend Agnes, who I drag along to most food places I want to try out or blog about and we were both like children in a toy shop. The homeware was right up our street and we quickly ventured upstairs to try out the food. We both got acai smoothies and then a board of toast, muffins and crumpets and selection of spreads as well as some tea each and it went down an absolute treat. We sat in the big bay window, people watching and nattering away and  it was lovely, it felt just like I was sitting in my own kitchen, I highly recommend visiting here for breakfast one morning you will not be disappointed!

34 Hampton Pl, Brighton BN1 3DD

Billie's: Hidden away behind the busy Western Road is Billie's, I've seen so many reviews on this place and had to check it out and I will totally be going back! Eggs Benedict is always a winner with my friend and she said it was superb, eggs cooked just the way she likes them! I went for Billie's famous hash, to me when I received it it instantly reminded me of a lasagne! it had everything, beans, mushroom, sausage, bacon all covered in cheese! It was delicious, if a little strange. In all honesty when we went I was rather ill so couldn't really taste all the flavours and wished I'd gone for your bog standard full english, but we have vowed to come back because it was just such a lovely little place to brunch and the food was still perfect!

Elizabeth Apps x