Sunday, 30 June 2013

30 Day Snap | Day 30

30 Day Snap | CollageI have really enjoyed taking part in this challenge. For me, the best part about this has been finding other blogs that have been snapping away too and that I know I will continue to check out now the challenge is over. I must admit I have struggled on some days to find something truly blog-worthy but I love some of the pictures I've taken and shared. I hope that you have enjoyed my 30 Day Snap and yours if you took part.

Ellen xx

Saturday, 29 June 2013

30 Day Snap | Day 29

30 Day Snap | Scrabble

I only had to work for a few hours today but I was so pleased to get home and get in the garden. Lazing around enjoying the sunshine, blue skies and cloudy apple juice. Then things got serious and the Scrabble board came out! I didn't win and I blame it on the fact I must have picked up about 8 letter I tiles throughout the game and just struggled to get rid of them!

Ellen xx

30 Day Snap | Day 28

If there is one thing I miss since moving into the flat it is having our own garden. We are lucky that we are surrounded by lots of greenery but it would be nice to have some to call our own. Whilst being at Mum's whilst she's on holiday, I've enjoyed pottering around in the garden and looking at all the pretty flowers in bloom.

Ellen xx

Friday, 28 June 2013

30 Day Snap | Day 27

30 Day Snap | Horse

I've had a few troublesome snap days so I have to confess that my boyfriend has kindly donated this picture to my blog! He popped out for a cycle and came across this beauty. I think I am going to have to meet him for myself.

Ellen xx

30 Day Snap | Day 26

30 Day Snap | Nerds
Nerds remind me of my childhood. I was a little obsessed! When I saw this big box in Walgreens in Florida I just had to have them! Amazingly there are still loads in the box - I somehow forget I have them.

Ellen xx

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

30 Day Snap | Day 25

30 Day Snap | Cat

Meet Leo, my 14 year old tabby cat. Isn't he handsome?! When I moved out with my boyfriend last year, I had to leave him behind with Mum. I wish I could have taken him with us but I didn't want to unsettle him in his old age. At Mum's he has plenty of house and garden to roam and also we are not allowed pets in the flat (I say a gerbil is an exception to that rule...still let's keep that between us!)

Whilst Mum is away on holiday, we are looking after the house so that means I get to have plenty of cat cuddles! I must admit I do miss him as I've grown up with him since I was 10. He's my furry baby!

Ellen xx

Monday, 24 June 2013

30 Day Snap | Day 24

30 Day Snap | Gerbil
It takes a lot for Petal to stand still, let alone be still enough to have her picture taken. When she's not sleeping, she will usually be scratching around in her coconut hide, doing a marathon around her cage or chewing on a cardboard tube! However if there is one thing that makes her stop, it's fruit...especially grapes or strawberries. Seeing as this stopped her, I thought I'd grab a quick photo to share with you all.

Ellen xx

Sunday, 23 June 2013

30 Day Snap | Day 23

30 Day Snap | Toad In The Hole
Meet one of my dinner specials! I have a knack for making Yorkshire pudding mix. They rise like you've never seen and my Toad In The Hole is more Toad On A Sofa! There's hardly room on the plate for anything else. One very tasty Sunday dinner if I do say so myself!

Ellen xx

Glossybox June 2013

Glossybox June 2013

I apologise that my blog has been a little lacking in beauty posts recently. Starting a new job, having several busy weekends and ensuring I keep up with the 30 Day Snap challenge have left me little time to really sit down and do some proper blogging. I am currently planning a few posts to get up very soon  as I have got my hands on some products I am excited to try.

Now that's out the way, there is one thing I need to post about this month and that is June's Glossybox.

Helen E Cosmetics Lip Waterproof Protective Lip Liner - full size £8.00 for 1.3g
Monu Professional Skincare Hydrating Moisturiser SPF 15 - full size £29.95 for 50ml
Figs & Rouge Cherry Blossom Lip Balm - full size £5.00 for 12.5ml
MeMeMe Cosmetics Eye Inspire Mono Eye Shadow in Dusk - full size £4.99
John Frieda Frizz Ease Original Serum - full size £6.29 for 50ml

I love the pretty packaging of the Figs & Rouge Lip Balm. When I first saw it, it reminded me of the L'Occitane hand creams. This does have a nice pink tint once on the lips - a lot less subtle than when it comes out the tube.

As much as I feel like I have so many moisturiser samples, I am really pleased with the Monu Hydrating Moisturiser. It applies nicely to the skin and is a good sample size to keep in your handbag or take on holiday. The scent is quite fresh and slightly herbal - don't think this would be to everyone's taste.

The John Frieda Frizz Ease Original Serum is for medium to coarse frizzy hair. This is far from my type so I am not sure how much this product would do for my hair. I will probably still give the serum a go but will probably pass on to someone who might find it more useful.

Lip liner is not something I have really used but I think this colour will go well with some of the lipsticks I own. I like the texture and think it will apply really well to the lip.

Finally, the MeMeMe eyeshadow has great pigmentation and blends well. I would have preferred a different shade as I already have several grey/black shades in my make-up collection but this had made me want to try other shades offered by MeMeMe.

Overall, this month's box has been a bit mixed for me. Although the theme was Summer Looks, I feel like they could have included some brighter coloured products.

What did you get in your Glossybox this month?

Ellen xx

Saturday, 22 June 2013

30 Day Snap | Day 22

30 Day Snap | Glasses

It's that time of year where I am due an eye test and get told they have got a little worse...exciting times. As I've found black rectangular frames suit my face and I wear my glasses all the time I find it very difficult to change to any other style. Specsavers do a 2 for 1 offer on their £69+ pairs of glasses so I decided on getting a second pair that are slightly larger and rounder. I am hoping this will be a gentle start to choosing different frames and maybe colours eventually. All in good time!

Ellen xx

30 Day Snap | Day 21

30 Day Snap | The Green Mile

This is one of my favourite films. I have seen it several times and, even though I know what happens, it never fails to make me cry. It is such a gripping storyline and would highly recommend if you have not seen it. Just ensure you have a box of tissues nearby!

Ellen xx

Thursday, 20 June 2013

30 Day Snap | Day 20

30 Day Snap | Jim Chapman

On my morning commute I tend to grab a Metro or equivalent to keep me occupied on my journey. Today I found one of my favourite YouTubers, Jim Chapman, making an appearance. The challenges he has completed look pretty fun and they can all be watched on the VO5ExtremeStyle YouTube channel.

Ellen xx

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

30 Day Snap | Day 19

30 Day Snap | Lunch

I didn't bother making my lunch today and didn't buy the healthiest one either. However it went down so well as my stomach seemed to be rumbling all morning! The weather was incredibly warm today so it was lovely sitting on the grass, chomping down some tasty lunch and reading a magazine. I wish I could have stayed out there all afternoon.

Ellen xx

30 Day Snap | Day 18

30 Day Snap | Building

On my lunch break I usually take a walk up to Clapham Common. I'm not sure what this building is but I just love how it looks - minus the annoying coach that got in the way of my picture! It reminds me of those fancy dolls houses you can buy.

Ellen xx

Monday, 17 June 2013

30 Day Snap | Day 17

30 Day Snap | Cheesecake

It's been a weekend of food! As a Father's Day treat, my boyfriend's parents came over for lunch. It was super tasty and dessert was vanilla cheesecake with raspberries and cream. Yummy! There was a slice left over so that could only mean one thing - a Monday night treat. I love cheesecake!

Ellen xx

Sunday, 16 June 2013

30 Day Snap | Day 16

30 Day Snap | Owl

Most people know I am little obsessed with owls. There are plenty to find around the flat! My best friend recently came back from holiday and brought me back this beauty. I am in love with it and sure I will try and wear it as much as possible.

Ellen xx

30 Day Snap | Day 15

30 Day Snap | Nachos

Yesterday I forgot to post my snap *slaps hand*. I had every intention of doing it after I had scoffed down these super yummy nachos but instead I had to get ready to meet some friends at the pub. I know it's a bit cheeky of me putting up another food snap so soon after the enchiladas but these just tasted heavenly - look at all that greasy cheese. Mmmmm!

Ellen xx

Friday, 14 June 2013

30 Day Snap | Day 14

30 Day Snap | Caffe Nero

I tend to make my lunch every day but I thought I would make an exception today. Just across the road from where I work is a Caffe Nero so I treated myself to a ham, mozzarella and emmental toastie along with a slice of caramel shortbread and a glass of San Pellegrino Limonata. It was nice and quiet so I grabbed myself a seat by the window and watched the people pass by - not in a creepy way!

Ellen xx

Thursday, 13 June 2013

30 Day Snap | Day 13

30 Day Snap | EnchiladasAs much as I enjoy cooking, I like the odd night where you can prepare something relatively quickly which still ends up being pretty darn tasty! I love the Old El Paso kits and they were on 2 for £5 when I did our grocery shop this week so, naturally, I got a few. Enchiladas tonight and they were super yummy! One full satisfied tum and a sleepy Ellen.

Ellen xx

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

30 Day Snap | Day 12

30 Day Snap | Apps
Recently I have been a little addicted to these few apps on my iPad. I seem to check on my Sims and farm in the morning before work and then at various points throughout the evening until bed time. The other night I was playing Candy Crush in bed and casually fell asleep mid-game! Let me know if there are any other apps you would recommend.

Ellen xx

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

30 Day Snap | Day 11

You'll have to excuse the picture today! Swimming after work and ordering food shopping meant I've only just thought about my blog. I've tried to make it a little more interesting with the addition of a speech bubble!

I love it when a parcel arrives especially when it's something you've wanted to try for a while and it gives you the perfect opportunity to plan a new blog post. I'm hoping to try the products out this weekend and give you all a review post to read. It's been a little while - all thanks to a new job, busy weekends and the added determination of at least getting something up for the 30 Day Snap!

Ellen xx

Monday, 10 June 2013

30 Day Snap | Day 10

30 Day Snap | Candle

After a long day at work, I enjoy nothing more than lighting a few candles and soaking in a hot bath surrounded by bubbles. I find they are such a good way to relax and clear my head. Baths also provide me with the joys of shopping in Lush for new bath bombs and bubble bars - the excitement of putting them in the water and seeing what happens!

Ellen xx

Sunday, 9 June 2013

30 Day Snap | Day 9

30 Day Snap | Lamp

Bit of a random photo this evening as I just realised that I hadn't posted yet! This lamp was a great find in IKEA, one of my favourite places for shopping and meatballs. I love that it's a little bit different from your standard table lamp. It gives off a subtle light and creates quite the funky pattern on the walls. You can find it here on the IKEA website.

Ellen xx

Saturday, 8 June 2013

30 Day Snap | Day 8

30 Day Snap | Green

It's another sunny day in London and another quick snap for me as I'm soon to be heading off to a family BBQ - yum yum!

When we were looking at our flat last year, one of the things I loved was how much greenery there was around considering it's not that far from a main road and the centre of town. Especially on days like today, I love that I get this view when doing the washing up in the kitchen. It's just so nice feeling like you're in the middle of nowhere.

Ellen xx

Friday, 7 June 2013

30 Day Snap | Day 7

30 Day Snap | Mind The Gap

A real brief post from me today as I'm feeling pretty sleepy after work. I have recently started a new job in London so get to join the daily commute. My random snap for today is a well heard phrase across London's transport network. 

Ellen xx

Thursday, 6 June 2013

30 Day Snap | Day 6

30 Day Snap | Gerbil
This is Petal, my gerbil, enjoying my dressing gown sleeve. It seems to be one of her favourite places.

She must be getting close to three years old now and is still as crazy as when I first got her. She used to live with her gerbil friend, Blossom, who sadly passed away in February. Being social animals, I was worried how Petal would cope and wasn't sure how she would be with a new friend but she seems to be as happy as ever. Chewing through toilet rolls like there's no tomorrow and running around like a crazy person gerbil <3

Ellen xx

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

30 Day Snap | Day 5

30 Day Snap | Tea

I love a cup of tea - it helps wake me up in the morning, unwind after work and goes well with a book before bedtime. The only time I will go a day without tea is on holiday - it's just never the same elsewhere. That means as soon as I arrive back home, it's the first thing I have! I found a couple of quotes that I think sum it up:

"There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea."
Bernard-Paul Heroux

"If you are cold, tea will warm you.  If you are too heated, it will cool you.  If you are depressed, it will cheer you.  If you are excited, it will calm you." 
Gladstone, 1865

Ellen xx

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

30 Day Snap | Day 4

30 Day Snap | Rose

It's been a long day for me and I hadn't even thought about my 30 Day Snap so a very brief one today. It's another favourite flower - the Rose. Another bunch that have opened up beautifully and really lasted. I love their deep crimson colour.

Ellen xx

Monday, 3 June 2013

30 Day Snap | Day 3

30 Day Snap | Sunset

Last night I was in bed by 10pm, relaxing with a book and preparing for the 6am alarm. I couldn't believe that it was still light-ish outside! If there's one thing I love about Spring/Summer is the light evenings when you feel like getting out and going somewhere - always helped out further when there's some lovely warm sunshine! Today's snap is a picture of the sun setting from our flat - such pretty colours.

Ellen xx

Sunday, 2 June 2013

30 Day Snap | Day 2

30 Day Snap | Stephen King
I've always had a vivid imagination and love books that capture you, allowing you to build a clear picture in your mind as the characters grow and the story progresses. Much like my film choices, I enjoy - if that's the right word! - a horror/thriller and have always been a fan of Stephen King's writing. Reading at bedtime has always been my preference and, considering my favourite genre, there have been no horrible nightmares yet!

Ellen xx

Saturday, 1 June 2013

30 Day Snap | Day 1

Today is the first day of June and that means the first day of the 30 Day Snap Challenge. Louise aka Sprinkle Of Glitter came up with the fantastic idea of taking and uploading one picture every day in June. Click the image below to read her original post.

Let's get this started!

We've not had much luck with the weather in the UK and Spring really has been a mixed bag of sunny spells and showers - lots of showers! These tulips have really brightened up the flat on those grey days and opened up so beautifully. I love having fresh flowers around the place.

30 Day Snap | Tulip

Feel free to join in with the challenge. I'm really enjoying seeing what pictures are appearing on people's blogs.

Ellen xx