Friday, 28 August 2015

SHOREDITCH SHOOTS

The elle next door - shoreditch
The elle next door - shoreditch
When I think of Shoreditch, the one word that immediately comes to mind is cool. And maybe that's why I don't frequent it very often because I think we're all very aware that behind the Instagram filters and DSLR photography, I am anything but cool. However, after many "what is life?", "what am I doing with life?" "Am I doing enough in life?" chats - i.e my over thinking mind getting the best of me as it always frickin does - talks of new projects arose and a week back I found myself shooting in Shoreditch and taking part in a project which I am beyond excited about. It also means working alongside my other half - the last time we did this was on "the only way is Essex" where we spent most of our time keeping Arg and Diags on a tight leesh - so it's nice to be working together again on a subject we both love. London, Travel, Photography and life.

As the aforementioned other half - we're all friends here so let's just call him Dan shall we? I bloody hate 'boyf'/'fiance' etc. and you have full permission to punch me in the face if I ever refer to him as D - was with me, I thought I'd make the most of having our cameras and my resident photographer to hand and got him to snap a couple of outfit pics. Hence the ridiculously dull/casual outfit and just washed "Hi I'm a Hagrid impersonator" hair. 
The elle next door - shoreditch
The elle next door - shoreditch
fashion blogger in shoreditch
Shoreditch
fashion blogger in shoreditch
fashion blogger in shoreditch
Chloe drew dupe bag
chloe drew dupe bag
chloe drew dupe bag
Ellie adams
Ellie adams
Fashion blogger in shoreditch
Kimono - River Island / Top - Forever 21 /  Jeans - ASOS / Slingback loafers - Office / Bag - New look

Shop the look/similar items here:


Now that I'm done with fannying around in front of the camera, it's time to go back to my real passion which is being behind it. I mentioned on Instagram - you can follow me here if you fancy #ShamelessPlug - that I was working on a really exciting project and I really can't wait to share that with you. 
Ellie Adams TV
Ellie Adams TV
Ellie Adams TV
So that brings me to the end of my little "Shoreditch shoots" posts (which we all know was used purely for the alliteration satisfaction). I must say, this was one of my favourite days in a long time. I love full time blogging but I do occasionally miss shooting so it was good to play "professional producer" Elle (rather than eat, sleep, blog, repeat Elle) for a day ;)

As always, thanks so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!

xx

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

5 TIPS FOR A FITTER, HEALTHIER YOU.

Healthy smoothie gluten free dairy free
Let me just start this post by saying that this is one that a few months back - christ, even a month back - I never, ever thought I would post. I am not fit person (waking up, getting out of bed, going shopping, walking out to the fridge etc. all counts for cardio, right?). I am not a healthy person (both health wise - #TerminalSickNote - and food wise, thrice weekly Indian takeaways followed by a smoothie bowl eaten purely for Instagram pics = balance, right?) However in the last couple of months, I have taken very simple and easy steps to become a slightly fitter, slightly healthier version of myself. Here's how you can do this too:

Put yourself into a Blake Lively transformation machine
Carly Rowena Youtube
Exercise. And no, I don't mean extra fries (well, I kinda do but for the sake of this healthy post I don't). This was a dirty word for me until I decided spontaneously to do a Carly Rowena exercise video (it was probably after seeing her rippling six pack on Instagram) and the love affair began. Now, I discovered Carly years ago when - I really hope she doesn't mind me saying this - she didn't have anywhere near the following that she did now. We spoke a few times over her blog and she was just always the loveliest person. It has been so incredible to see her channel, her following and her opportunities grow, and it's even more amazing that she is still that lovely, genuine person she always was. #CarlyFangirlAlert. So yes, Carly's video's are incredible as they're relatively short but they work you hard, as well as being so easy to follow and most importantly, enjoyable!
Yoga with Adriene stress relief
On the theme of exercise but slightly different, my next tip is to start some form of yoga. Now, I say this is different from "just exercise" because for me, it's so much more than that. Yoga calms my - very over active, over thinking - mind, it makes me more relaxed, it just generally improves my overall mood and I always feel like I'm looking after/being kind to myself after doing some Yoga. Yoga with Adriene is my absolute favourite because she just makes it so easy to follow and get it. If you struggle with the whole concept of Yoga, you need to check out Adriene. She makes it less about the technical "breath in the earth and open up your lymph nodes via the nostrils" shit shiz and more about getting the right technique and having fun with it.
Healthy smoothie gluten free dairy free
Healthy smoothie gluten free dairy free
Nourishing yourself from the inside - So, we're all aware of the benefits and sheer importance of healthy eating however - we all knew that was coming - I love food more than life itself #TheGreedyBitchNextDoor so a totally (or even, really) healthy diet is never really going to work for me. However in the last few months, I've definitely tried to be a bit more balanced. So whilst I definitely eat far too many indian takeaways and eat out too much in general, I've been enjoying much more of my sweet potatoes, nuts, avocado's, veggies, lean meats and fish.... all of that good stuff which to be honest, I have eaten ever since being diagnosed with coeliac disease (in which I had no choice but to overhaul my diet/life) but I've been eating a lot more of it. I was actually considering posting a few recipes for any other kitchen novices that could burn water so if that's something you'd be interested in, let me know :)
Rodial superfit size zero body lotion
Rodial superfit size zero body lotion
Saving the best until last (erm, well, actually the latter), I have some products for you that require no effort and bring amazing results - pretty much my dream - they're from Rodial's incredible Super fit range and quite frankly, they were the products that prompted this entire post. First up we have the Rodial Superfit Size Zero body lotion*, absolutely dreadful name - soz Rodial, but I'm not down with Size 0 even in jokey/pun form - but a brilliant product. The first thing I noticed is that it smells stunning, if this smell could be made into a perfume, I'd be wearing it all day long. It's quite a light, gel-like texture that absorbs quickly however it's so so nourishing on the skin. This product claims to reduce stubborn fatty deposits and water retention and you know what? As much as I totally believed that this was a faddy product with fab marketing, it actually works. The main thing it's done for me is make my skin feel more taut, tighter and smoother... instantly giving the effect - "effect" because obvs I'm eating my Indian takeaways and not doing tonnes of exercise - of more toned legs/wherever your put it. I am not saying that this lotion is going to rid you of all cellulite; all of the exercise, body brushing and and healthy eating won't entirely do that... but it will help you look and feel more toned and tighter and much less lumpy and bumpy. It does cost a whopping £55 - be right back, just tending to my bank account which is having a minor panic attack - however, if cellulite, water retention and general uneven skin tone is something that really effects you, I recommend giving this a go.
Rodial superfit arm sculpt
Rodial superfit arm sculpt
Next up we have Rodial Superfit Arm sculpt*. Now, this is not a product that I ever would have picked out and bought myself, because whilst I've got the odd bit of saggy skin - sexy times people, sexy times - I don't particularly suffer from major bingo wings. However, having used this, I've decided that I don't want to be without it. It works in pretty much exactly the same way as the body lotion; the active ingredients work by tightening and smoothing the skin, lessening the look of "orange peel". It also works by increasing cell renewal, shedding dead skin cells from the surface leaving the skin totally moisturised and this is the reason that I love this. As we have been in Summer - no seriously UK residents, I promise you we have actually been in Summer ;) - and I've been baring my arms more than usual, this just really helps to give me that bit of confidence that I won't be wobbling all over the place.
Giovanna fletcher
My final point is something that is so god damn essential but maybe even the hardest to do, and that is taking time out. Whether you work a full time job and blog on your days off and it's all getting too much, or whether you're a full time blogger and work all day every day and don't stop for a single second forcing yourself into many anxious moments and being on the verge of a breakdown (this is the category I fall into) it really is so important to put your phone down, step away from social media, your blog/youtube and just enjoy some time out. Whether it's reading a book for half an hour - I'm reading Dream a little dream by Giovanna Fletcher and am loving it! - going for a walk in the fresh air, listening to music... do whatever your heart desires. But please just do it. I promise it will make the world of difference to your stress levels, mental health and happiness. And ultimately, you're blog will benefit too as the time you'll be dedicating to it, won't be full of stress and anxiety.

So that brings me to the end of this post. As I mentioned, I am no expert, I'm not telling you what to do with your life, I just wanted to pass on some handy tips for changes that I've made in my life that will hopefully make a difference to yours...

... and if they don't, maybe just make out they did and humour me anyway ;)

As always, thanks so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this!

xx

Sunday, 23 August 2015

CULOTTES AND QUESTIONS

Culottes, fashion blogger
Culottes. They're a bit like the marmite of the fashion world, aren't they? Some love them - myself included as a fully fledged convert - some think they're the most horrific thing in existence (harsh, but you know, I like to say it how it is) but for me... they just totally fit the "Summer to Autumn"/"Comfortable but stylish"/"Smart but easily made casual" bill. 

I am all about that base bill...

What I also love about these are that they are so incredibly versatile, I've worn them with so many different items of clothing that I was actually thinking of doing a "3 ways with Culottes" style post however I didn't get my shit together to do it in time however, I'm sticking with just the one today. But prepare to see these Primark beauties popping up more often!
Culottes, fashion blogger
Culottes, fashion blogger
Culottes, fashion blogger
london fashion blogger the elle next door
london fashion blogger the elle next door
london fashion blogger the elle next door
london fashion blogger the elle next door
london fashion blogger the elle next door
london fashion blogger the elle next door
I've waxed lyrical about these culottes for far too long already but they really are stupidly comfortable. Ain't nobody got time for clothes that don't feel like PJ's... And the gorgeous "paint splodge"/non-uniformed oval print - can we just take a moment to appreciate the worst description in existence there? - just makes a little more of a statement.
Daniel wellington watch
Watch by Daniel Wellington, swollen, funky looking veins... model's own.
strappy black heels
Another item in my wardrobe/shoe rack that I love consistently are these ASOS strappy block heels. They're just the right height to give me that added lift - and let's be real, correction of posture #HunchBackOfNotreDam - but without making me feel 10ft tall.
Crop top that feels like silk - but I'm sure will consist of nothing but polyester - is by Primark.
london fashion blogger the elle next door
london fashion blogger the elle next door
Like the look? I've hunted down the most similar items I could find as a lot of this is out of stock/Vintage Primark. Working class hero material, right? ;)


So that brings me to the end of this post. I would love to know your thoughts on Culottes. Are you a part of the love them, hate them, or couldn't care less gang? I'd love to hear what you think!

P.S I put out a little tweet to see if you had any questions for a Q&A... and you did. So here's that video :)
As always, thanks so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!

xx

Thursday, 20 August 2015

THE DREAM INSTAGRAM HOUSE

I know I'm not alone in sharing a good chuckle over our many blogger cliches. Whether it's the flowers outside of Liberty, the LOL's over our Macarons/Burgers/[insert your own Instagram-worthy food item here] that receive more Instagram likes than our selfies... there are some things most bloggers are just compelled to post/write about. And you know what... that's absolutely fine. Us bloggers, immediately without even knowing each other all share something in common, that we like to write/photograph/create content, so surely it's natural that we're going to like similar things right?

Said thing that pretty much my whole Instagram following - slight exaggeration, but a lot of you - went slightly crazy for? A gorgeous little house in Knightsbridge that I have to say, really was the house that Instagram/Blogger/Barbie dreams are made of. With a beautiful pink door and shutters and the most stunning flowers match, as soon as I saw this place online I hunted it down - funnily enough, as did Becca - and headed there to shoot some looks with Becca and Josie.
the elle next door
the elle next door
trevor square knightsbridge - the elle next door
trevor square knightsbridge - the elle next door
trevor square knightsbridge - the elle next door
This look, a miniskirt - ooh er! - paired with a floaty peasant top and lace up flats has quickly become one that I have literally regurgitated over and over when the weather is warm. It's comfortable - well, apart from the strategic holding when you're going up the escalators/stairs at tube stations - it's breathable and it just looks chic. Well, I think it does anyway, maybe I'm alone in that. You're totally alone in that...
Chloe Drew dupe
Chloe Drew dupe
Chloe Drew dupe
On to the details, this absolute beaut of a bag which is such an amazing dupe of the Chloe Drew unfortunately doesn't belong to me, I borrowed this from Josie, but I definitely need to get my hands on it as it finishes off the look perfectly.
white peasant top
the elle next door
Peasant tops - which I actually had no idea were called that (does that make me a total tit?) until some lovely people commented on my Primark haul and let me know, the joys of Youtube - are my absolute favourite right now and are seriously rivalling off the shoulder tops. Floaty, boho, "am I Sienna Miller yet?"* perfection.

FYI, I am so aware that I don't look anything like Sienna, we aren't all that lucky.
lace up flats chloe drew dupe
lace up flats chloe drew dupe
nude lace up flats
Next up are these amazing Nude lace up flats from Linzi which I've actually already spoken about here. I just love these so much, they're great for pairing with a casual outfit to dress it up a bit, are a fab alternative to heels and are just beyond comfortable. 

And because I'm so lovely - sarcasm disclaimer because you can't convey tone in text - you can shop the look here.


the elle next door
the elle next door
And here I am, pretty much face planting pretty flowers for the sake of a blog post #ClicheBlogger #SorryNotSorry ;)

So that brings my post to an end. I have to say, it's really lovely to discover amazing little gems like this in London. I am generally London's biggest fan girl anyway but places like this show that the concrete jungle really can be pretty darn beautiful too.

What did you make of the "Instagram" house? Any fellow peasant top lovers out there? I'd love to hear you thoughts :)

As always, thanks so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!

xx
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