MOVING!

ATTENTION FOLLOWERS:

I AM ON THE MOVE!

I’ve decided to transfer over to my blogger account instead of this. My reason are just that I prefer the look and it connects better to my other accounts. Pleeease come and visit, I can still follow wordpress accounts from blogger so I’ll try and find everyone!

This account will stay open as I don’t have the time to transfer everything and I think some of the work I’ve done is worth saving but there will be no more updates here. 

Come on over and tell me what you think:

www.ellansavage.blogspot.com

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Outfit Post

 

 

An outfit not entirely dissimilar to the last post! However I have now organised my wardrobe and found all those wonderful clothes that were stuffed at the back of it so hopefully a few different outfits will happen soon!

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The skirt is actually a strapless tunic I got on sale at Topshop a few years ago for like £3, I’m so short it acts as a dress 🙂

The shoes are also an old Topshop buy and the necklace is Forever 21 again. The top I don’t actually know, I think it’s an old one of my brothers, which is why I love it because it’s so big and baggy over the top of a tight dress

Outfit Post

I’m pretty much living in the library at the moment, with short breaks for gym time, with my exams starting on Tuesday. However the library has internet and internet usually results in shopping… so I may have accidentally visited Forever 21 and bought myself some new clothes and jewellery. At least now I have things to wear to the library…

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The top and necklace are my new buys from Forever 21, the skirt is just an old Topshop bodycon, the shoes are New Look and the hat is ebay 🙂

Outfit Post

In January I smashed my iPhone quite spectacularly but with a 21st every weekend which meant trains and big nights out to pay for, I didn’t have the money to get it fixed. 4 months later and I finally did it! That meant trekking to Manchester (ironically by paying for a train) in the hottest weather the UK has seen since god knows when and hitting the Apple store.

And here’s what I was wearing…

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The skirt is a bodycon that I bought from some unnamed store in Stockport, the necklace is a very old buy from ASOS that is actually a bit broken but I love it too much to stop wearing it, the oversized crop top was a bargain from missguided.co.uk and the shoes were a steal at £2.50 (Primark of course)

Pinterest Roundup

So I dropped off the radar for a long time there I know, I am fairly sure it’s been at least a couple of months but I will feel bad if I check. The reason is I am currently snowed under with exams and prior to that I had 14, 000 words to write in four weeks (along with 12 books to read!) so I have been so preoccupied with work. Consequently the next six weeks or so, until my exams are done and dusted, will be really simple, quick posts that involve my every day stuff that I do regardless of work. This will be pinterest roundups (I’m always pinning), instagram favourites and, once I start leaving my bedroom, outfit posts.

Hopefully these three pinterest boards will make up for the weeks and weeks of no posting!

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The Best of Pinterest

I get a huge amount of inspiration for articles/blogs/outfits etc. of social media, hence why I love to post photos I have collected from Instagram, Twitter or, my personal fave, Pinterest. Here are this months finds…


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Vanilla & Digestive Cupcakes

Tomorrow my college at University is hosting a Comic Relief bake off and I thought why not take part? I probably should have answered that question with ‘you don’t own weighing scales at uni so you will have to guess the ingredients quantity’ but I did not. I made cupcakes and yes, I guess the quantities. They are a little less tasty than normal and probably won’t be winning any prizes other than last place but hey! Basic vanilla cupcakes with buttercream icing and (the pink ones) are vanilla cupcakes with vanilla & digestive buttercream icing

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Re-decorate

My Dad has lived in the same house since I was three years old and up until about a week ago my bedroom hadn’t changed since then. When I started uni three years ago I stopped staying at my Dads so much when I went home and predominantly lived with my Mum. I couldn’t work out exactly what it was about staying there that I didn’t like other than it’s a pretty big house and my room is at a separate end to everyone else (until recently when my younger sister swapped her bedroom for the spare one next to mine) and then I realised my room seemed more like a store cupboard than a bedroom so I set to re-decorate.

The carpets are pink (along with everything else) so I have a little bit of a challenge on my hands. I recently went home for a weekend and a day of shopping and clearing resulted in the photo below but over easter there should be even more re-decorating and here is my inspiration…

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Hashtag

I had a scour of instagram this week to find some inspo and photos. Harder than it looks. People post photos with hashtags that are completely irrelevant to the photo they’re posting! However I did find some beauties… take a look:

Before I start I have just realised that, clever as I am, I totally forgot to keep the photo page up when saving these images and so have lost them into gramfeed which means I cannot credit the users who took them. I sincerely apologise, if you see a photo that is yours please comment and I will 100% credit you!

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A Quick Review: Boohoo Boutique

Of my online favourite’s I have to say boohoo.com and misguided.co.uk are top of my list. Over the past few years high street stores such as Miss Selfridge and Topshop prices have sky rocketed whilst exclusively online stores have kept their prices level and afforadable, probably due to the avoidance of things like pricey store maintenance etc.

Both Missguided and Boohoo do on trend pieces at totally reasonable prices however, if I had to pick the best value for money, it would have to be Boohoo. I recently bought a gorgeous midi dress, plain grey with t-shirt style top, for just £12. Even my hard hit student account can afford that. So recently, whilst browsing boohoo for a bargain or two, I noticed there was a boutique section of the site I hadn’t previously noticed so I took a look.

This collection displays more high street type prices (£20 – £45) and a more sophisticated style. So here are my hot picks from the range:

Dawn Brocade Hem Prom Skirt £35

Screen Shot 2013-02-26 at 17.55.29I love this piece. I’m a massive fan of skater skirts because girly clothing is top of my list and the detail of this adds something extra without being garish.

Misha Jacquard 7/8 Side Panel Trousers £30

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I think trousers are the strongest element of the collection by a mile. With funky prints and interesting shapes, trousers are the winning article for me and these are so cute. I love this print and think the colours mean they are totally wearable.

Olivia Scalloped Hem Peplum Top £30

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This follows the skater skirt in it’s girlyness. I love peplum and the scalloped hem is something I haven’t seen before and I love it! Soft colours for a cute summer look.

100 Fashion Things I Want

Todays a sunny day and my travel and accommodation round USA is booked, meaning I can look forward to a lot more sunny days. Consequently the things I want at the moment are simple, bright and easy:

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Designer Jumble Sale Returns

First off I am sorry about the lack of posting… my blog looks so sad at the moment as I have been so busy with essays/postgrad applications etc. etc. but I should be back on track now (I hope)!

One of the reasons I have been so slack with posting is because, amongst all my wonderful academic work, I have also been planning and booking my month long trip round the East coast of the USA. Starting in Chicago, finishing in Washington DC the organising has been a series of do I have enough money? to oh my god they’ve cancelled my debit card again. My bank doesn’t really fancy me spending all this money in one go.

However what this planning is doing is motivating me to make money anyway I can and one of those is stripping my wardrobe (sob!).

Believe me it is not at all easy but one thing I hate is being over cluttered and so I am sell sell selling on ebay (if you fancy taking a look at what you could get… from crop tops to chunky knitwear click here -> Linkage) which brings me on to the purpose of this post:

DESIGNER JUMBLE SALE!

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Described by Vogue as LFW’s best kept secret this jumble sale is happening again. If you haven’t heard of it you don’t need to have, the name says it all. Designer clothes at (maybe a little bit above) jumble sale prices! That means the likes of Marc Jacobs and Chanel for under £100.

Why is this so great? Because right now there is no such thing as wastage. We no longer live in an age where old means done. Your clothes, particularly ones made with long lasting quality by the likes of said designers, can live on in somebody else’s wardrobe. Someone else’s well worn is your brand new. “There is a definite feeling that being less wasteful is the way forward,” said founder and former vogue.co.uk editor Abigail Chisman. “The fabulous designers who make these clothes make them to last. I feel that we are paying them the greatest of tributes when we persuade more women, who perhaps couldn’t afford them new, that second-hand designer clothes are a good investment.”

So who are we expecting to find here? Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Manolo Blahnik and Marni. And no I am not even kidding.

This season’s sale will also house a silent auction and raffle. All items are donated by fashion editors, models and stylists, with proceeds going to charity.

Current Pop-up Shop: 70 Lambs Conduit St. Next charity sale: 20 Feb at The Annunciation W1H 7AH

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Take a leaf out of fashions book. Give your wardrobe a well deserved clean out and make a bit of extra cash. This doesn’t even have to involve Ebay if you don’t want it to, here’s how to sell your clothes some other ways:

1. http://secondlife.storenvy.com/ & http://www.etsy.com/

These two stores work a little like Ebay except a little more focused on fashion and quality. Both are online American stores.

2. Car Boot Sale

This actually works! I did a car boot sale during the summer (see blog archive for tips on how to) and sold tons of my old clothes. Some of it was stuff I had had for years that was fairly awful and some was really genuinely nice stuff. I sold my boyfriend’s old Diesel top for £25. Things that sold the most: fake LV bags!

3. Charity stores

So you won’t make any money but this is a brilliant option if you are clearing out your wardrobe. When I did mine I separated it into piles: keep, sell, charity, chuck. There were items I knew probably wouldn’t sell for much more than a couple of pounds at a car boot or on ebay and things like pyjamas were a no no but they aren’t out of place in a charity shop. Plus you can feel like you’ve done a good deed!

Food Porn

Yesterday my boyfriend and I had an argument. No, let me rephrase that, he said something mean and I shouted at him. I had every intention of not speak to him for a few hours to cool off however he turned up no more than 45 minutes later, in the library, with a diet coke, a box of roses and an I’m sorry card (well truthfully it wasn’t an I’m sorry card it was a get well soon card because they’d run out of apology cards) and all was well. Now I will admit that it was the gesture that won me over more than anything but let me tell you if it had just been a diet coke and a card I wouldn’t have been as forgiving.

Boys, please never underestimate the power of chocolate.

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4 Instagram’s You Should Be Looking At

I’m not very good with instagram. Most of my posts are boring and of my dog but it is a great place for fashion inspo if you want to use it. Using gramfeed on in the internet is easier than using my iPhone and then I scroll through who is popular. The below users came to me through popular posts, @mentions and hashtags.

@timelessstyle

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I love this instagram profile because it appears to be a lot of her own stuff, her own style photos. Sometimes on instagram its difficult to tell if people are posting their own stuff or just editing and reposting other peoples. I prefer the first.

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@californiadreams

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@inspired_by_fashion1

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A less famous instagram user but still high in my books. It’s hard to tell if these photos are ones she has regurgitated or taken herself but regardless there are some really beautiful outfit choices, a great place to go for inspiration.

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And This Is Why Skater Skirts Are Great

LookBook.nu is my go-to for style and article inspo, I love the way people put things together but mostly I love how much of a huge variety there is of style on there. Today I wanted to write an article about the rise of skater skirts (a godsend in my opinion) and I hit lookbook. The article won’t be posted on here, it may end up on Urban Coco (www.urban-coco.com) in a couple of weeks or months I’m not sure however what I did what to post on here is three photos that explain, without words, why skater skirts are just so brilliant.

Here you go:

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Make-up Tutorial: Colour Splash

I don’t use a lot of colour on my eyes, I really stick to smokey eyes or a very natural look so I thought I’d play around a bit to see how it looks and here’s how you can do the same.

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You will need:

  • 1 neutral coloured eyeshadow
  • 2 different coloured eyeshadows (similar colours for example I use blue and green so red/orange, yellow/gold etc.)
  • 1 Dark eyeshadow (preferably black)
  • Mascara (black)

You will need to do:

  1. I used a neutral yellow to start as I have very light skin. Cover your lids with this as a base
  2. Use your lighter colour (or the colour you prefer to be seen) to cover your entire lid. Use extra closest to the inner corner of your eye by your nose. Use a small amount under the eye as wellPhoto on 19-01-2013 at 21.12
  3. Now take your second colour and apply it from the outer corner of your eye, blending to the middle. Be generous with this, it is always best to spread the shadow right up until just before the bone of your eye. Again use a small amount underneath the eyeIMG_0210
  4. Now use your black shadow from the outer corner of your eye blending in. This shouldn’t blend in as far as your colour, you want to still be able to see that, use at the point closest to your upper lashes as well. Do not use this under the eye or you will lose the colourIMG_0214
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Mascara Envy: Tried and Tested

I have pretty long eyelashes but the problem is I’m very fair and without mascara I pretty much look like I have none at all so finding the right mascara for me is absolutely essential. I’ve been through maybe a thousand in my time and found some great ones and some terrible ones. So here are my top picks and my worst…

The best mascaras if…

You want to spend a bit

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Estee Lauder Magnascopic Maximum Volume Mascara

I rarely buy this as it retails at £20 and as a student I can’t spend that on make-up if I don’t absolutely have to but my Mum uses it and often buys it me as a gift and it’s a godsend. Lengthening, thickening and curling all in one it’s brilliant.

I’d give this a 10/10

You’ve got a tenner

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Bourjois Volume Glamour Mascara

I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of Bourjois make-up, I used to buy it when I was first using make-up and I always think it’s a bit cheap looking however this is now my go to Mascara for sure. At £7.99 in Boots it’s totally affordable and works like a charm. The shape of the brush means thicker, longer lashes and it seems to last forever!

I’d give this an 8/10 as it doesn’t quite match up to Estee Lauder!

You’ve got a fiver (okay and a bit of change)

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Barbara Daly High Impact Mascara

I’d love to give you a good mascara for under a fiver but this is the absolute cheapest I’ve bought that’s been any good. It’s £6 and it’s at Tesco. Yeah that’s the part that takes people by surprise but it is genuinely a very good mascara. My sister and I have both used it over the years and she now uses nothing else! It’s brilliant for lengthening and it lasts a long time, brilliant value for money.

I’d give this 7/10 as it needs quite a few layers, but otherwise brilliant.

And the worst…

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Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara

At £4.99 I did assume this wouldn’t be the best mascara I had ever used but it had brilliant reviews so I thought I’d give it a go. I was extremely disappointed. It was great for thickness but terrible for length, which for me is the most important factor.

4/10 for this one

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Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

This is commonly featured in magazines as a top mascara, hence why I gave it a go. Again it was a cheap one at £4.99 so I didn’t expect to much but I felt the brush was terrible. I often felt it left my lashes looking clumpy (due to the spread out bristles which would group eyelashes together) and failed to give any length!

Only a 2/10 I really didn’t like this mascara.

And my go to mascara accessory?

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Estee Lauder Last Primer Plus

So yes it is pricey at £17.50, especially if you are already spending £20 on mascara, but it is the best thing ever for your eyelashes. A layer of this under your mascara will guarantee length, thickness and shape! Use it with any mascara and you will have brilliant results (even under the worst of mascaras this is brilliant)

10/10!

100 Fashion Things I Want

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I cannot get enough midi dresses at the moment. Sexy and sophisticated and I look quite a bit taller, always a plus!

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This gorgeous high waisted jeans from American Apparel. Absolute love.

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A fairisle onesie. Comfy? yes. Stylish? debatable but comfy yes.

What It’s Like: To Be An Intern

I’ve done my fair share of intern work; from law firms to newspapers, so I am under no illusion that the work is ever all that exciting. The point of it? Well really it’s to put it on your CV, that’s the motivation, but if I am genuinely interested I do try to view those more senior and what work they are doing to give me a better idea of whether or not I will like the job.

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So this last week I took on some work experience that I was really excited about at Panini UK or, more specifically, Bliss magazine. If you don’t know it give it a google, it’s a British magazine aimed at teenage girls which means clothes, boys and celebrities. Now I stopped reading Bliss a number of years ago and moved onto Vogue and Cosmo but the opportunity to work for, not only an established name, but also a glossy magazine regardless of the age range was a blessing. So what did I get up to?

Day One

I started my week trawling the internet and the weekly papers for anything teen or celebrity related that the magazine could report on. The biggest story of the week? Harry Styles and Taylor Swift split. No joke. To me it seemed minor but within days not only were Bliss posting about it but various other websites were giving what seemed like hourly updates on the young couples break up!

Day Two

Today started with some horoscope research. Looking at internet star sign websites and other magazines horoscopes to get predictions for this coming month. Bliss do a day by day horoscope with advice for each day so as much info as possible is useful! Next on the list was research on two up and coming bands (buy the next issue of Bliss to find out who!) which was really interesting as one of them I hadn’t actually heard of so I got a chance to check out some new music.

Day Three

Start the day with some interview questions for a regular feature with a girlband. This meant checking out their twitter and any news on them to make sure the questions were current. This was followed by some more research into issues currently in the news that could be topical for feature ideas or real life stories.

Day Four

Today brought me some transcribing which is pretty time consuming. That’s basically listening to an audio interview and typing it out so the writers can edit it into a feature. I did this with 4 different artists and depending on the artist it could take over two hours to do! I also did some ideas for poll questions.

Day Five

Today was pretty much entirely transcribing which was tasking but interesting to listen to some of the bigger stars talk about their latest music. I also got to write out a feature for the website which hopefully will be going up soon!

The week was brilliant, the work was not the most exciting in the world but it certainly wasn’t boring and I’m even more sure this is the direction my career will be going in. I hope to see the girls again in the future 🙂

The Etiquette of Twitter

First of all I would like to apologise for dropping off the radar over the New Year period. I spent NYE in Manchester then went onto to London where I managed to pack Wicked, the Nutcracker, the Opera and some shopping into 3 days! I am now sitting comfortably in a very pretty B&B in Tunbridge Wells where tomorrow morning I will be starting my work experience at Bliss magazine.

Secondly I wanted to start the new year with an article that has been at the back of my mind for a few weeks now that I haven’t ever got round to writing. It occurred to me for a number of reasons, sparked by my father’s recent divorce. As we sat down to dinner and he updated me on the status of said divorce it suddenly dawned on me how strange it is that we spend our lives searching for one person. Granted monogamy is becoming less and less… ‘trendy’, we are still herded by the media, by our friends and families and even by our workplace in the direction of another half. We are, whether we like it or not, creatures that crave companionship. Not only that but what we also desperately want to do is show others that we have achieved this, cue social media.


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Whilst I am spending my time thinking far too much about how our lives function it seems every magazine I turn the pages of is hitting a similar note from a slightly different angle. Twitter, Facebook and even Linkedin are giving journalists something to write about with centres for internet addiction popping up all over the place and twitter becoming the platform to start your career. These are the reasons I found myself reading a 3 page article (no pictures) on twitter in Vogue and a six page twitter review of the year in Glamour but what struck me? Not that it could be an addiction or what celebrities are tweeting about but just how different each form of social media is and the rules we hold for it.

In Glamour this month there was a twitter couples section which detailed tweets various celebrity couples had posted to or about each other followed by a 50 word summary which gave the reader complete control by letting us decide whether this was cute or inappropriate. In the very same magazine however, right at the back, was a section for Facebook status’ that irritate people, one of which was hauntingly similar to that posted by one of our fav celebs on twitter.

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My point here is that Facebook and Twitter hold strikingly different etiquette rules and I cannot quite work out why. I myself would never dream of posting a loving status’ tagging my boyfriend’s name on facebook but I have posted the odd Happy Anniversary or ‘look how romantic this dinner was’ on twitter. My brother in fact said to me only yesterday ‘I hate when people treat Facebook like it’s Twitter’ and I whole heartedly agree.

It seems to me my Facebook is becoming a place where I can speak to 10 of my girl friends at the same time, or post an album of pictures, or chat and Twitter is where I can post about my career prospects, my interests and those cringey moments that look quite out of place on a Facebook timeline.

So what is appropriate and what isn’t?

This is my rule: conversations are for facebook, status’ are for twitter.

Am I right?

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