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5 Tips To Avoid Overpacking

28 May 2016
Going on holiday can be a stressful experience especially when it comes to packing. Knowing what to take, remembering to take it and then trying to pack it all into a tiny case like a complex game of Tetris, just to get to the airport for your suitcase to be over the weight limit. Nightmare. To help you avoid having to choose between paying extra for your suitcase or throwing away your precious belongings I've compiled a list of my top 5 easy tips to avoid overpacking. 

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Take Only As Much As You Need 
When going away we tend to panic about running out of things leading to over packing, but in reality if you are going away from one week you won't use up a whole bottle of shampoo, even if you washed your hair every day. So instead of taking full size products, either buy miniatures or decant your favourite products into the plastic travel bottles. This will save so much space in your suitcase and is ideal if you are only taking hand luggage. When it comes to handbags, swap a large purse for a card holder or a coin purse.

Planning is key when it comes to packing lightly. Think about what you are doing each day you are away and what clothes, shoes and accessories you will need for each day. Also check the weather forecast for the place you are going, if you know it's going to be hot then there is no need to take 5 jumpers, a hat, gloves and coat. If you know it's not going to rain that day why bother weighing down your bag with an umbrella. 

Do You Really Need It?
With every item you pack ask yourself "Do I really need this?" unless the answer is a confident yes, don't take it. For example "Do I really need a snorkel on my skiing holiday?" or perhaps more likely "Do I really need five lipsticks in my bag?" It's tough but be honest and realistic with yourself, you will thank me later.

Investigate What There Is Where You're Going
Many places provide towels and hairdryers so check on the website of where you're staying for what they provide you with for your stay. Staying at a friends? Ask them if you can borrow some of their things while you stay. Or perhaps coordinate with those you're traveling with. When I'm traveling with my friends one of use will bring a hair dryer, another straighteners and another a curling wand, we then all swap and share for the duration of our trip.

Pack Versatile Items
This applies to almost everything but especially clothes, cosmetics and tech. Pack products that can used in multiple ways for example a check and lip tint instead of a blusher and lipstick, or a pair of trousers that goes with multiple tops, use your phone as an ipod, book and camera. Thinking about your products cleverly and using them to their full extent can cut down significantly on the items you take.

The best thing is that these tips don't just apply to going on holiday but can also be used to avoid general over packing including heavy or small handbags. You now know how to avoid overpacking but if you're still unsure of what to take traveling with you check out my post on my Top Travel Essentials for some ideas. I'd also love to hear any packing tips you guys may have, so let me know in the comments below!

Eleanor xx

Dreaming Of A Parisian Summer

19 May 2016
One of my favourite sources of inspiration when it comes to spring/summer is Parisian fashion. Yes there is just something about the way the women dress in the city of love that makes them the ultimate style icons. Perhaps it is their love of the iconic Breton stripe or just their effortless elegance. But whatever it is, countless pins of Parisian street style on Pinterest and season 4 of Gossip Girl (when Blair and Serena spend their summer in France) has had me dreaming of a Parisian summer.

What I'm Wearing | New Look Hat (similar), Pull & Bear Jumper (similar), Pull & Bear Bag (similar), Missguided Skirt and Office Shoes

What is your inspiration for this Spring/Summer?

Eleanor xx

What To Take To University - The Complete Guide

12 May 2016
Moving out can be a stressful time especially if you're going to uni. You may be worried about living somewhere new or making friends but thanks to this handy list I've complied one thing you won't be worried about is forgetting anything. Of course this list may need adapting to where you are living (if you're living in a house you may need extra items or your halls may provide some of the things on this list) but it covers most things you will need. You may question me when I suggest that you need 2 sets of crockery and towels but they will seriously come in handy, though do try to bear in mind that you have to get all of these things to your new home so try to find the right balance between having everything you need and not over packing. Even if you're not going to Uni and just moving out you might find this list helpful! Anyway let's get onto the list...

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Sauce pans (at least 2)
Frying Pan
Baking Tray
Chopping Boards
Sieve and/or Colander 
Cheese Grater
Small Dish (for homemade lasagna or pasta bake)
Dinner Plates
Side Plates
Cereal Bowls
Pasta Bowls
Measuring Jug
Plastic Storage Containers
Sharp Knives 
Potato Peeler
Potato Masher
Tin Opener
Wooden Spoon and/or Spatula
Tea Towels
Oven Gloves
Washing Up Liquid 

Pillow Cases
Pillow and Mattress Protectors
Mattress Topper
Bed Sheets
Scatter Cushions (optional)
Blanket (optional)
Hand Towels
Bath Towels

External Hard Drive
Chargers (phone, laptop etc.)
Printer (optional)
Desk Lamp

Washing/ Cleaning
Fold Up Wash Basket
Clothes Rack
Washing Tablets
Bin Bags
Bathroom/ Kitchen/ Toilet Cleaner

Optional Decorative Items
A Small Desk Mirror
Fairy Lights
Fake Flowers

Want more tips and tricks about what to take to uni? Check out this video that I've done on my YouTube Channel...

I'd love to hear if you're going to Uni this September or if you've already been to Uni perhaps you could share some of your experiences in the comments below!  

Eleanor xx

Leather and Lace

5 May 2016
I've always been the kind of person that when I get new clothes I wear them straight away and as part of practically every outfit. That's one reason I've always struggled when it comes to hauls because I've already worn half of the items before I get enough things to put in a post (or video). But as you may have seen I managed to collect enough new pieces to do a haul and there was one item that everyone was talking about.

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What I'm Wearing - River Island Choker, Topshop Jacket (similar), Boohoo Cami, Topshop Jeans, M&S Boots, Celine Sunglasses and Pull & Bear Bag (similar)

Yes this black cami from Boohoo that you can see peaking from underneath my Topshop leather jacket was highly talked about in the comments of my last post, and I can see why because it's just gorgeous. I love how delicate the lace trim is and how it contrasts with the toughness of my leather jacket and choker.

To avoid the lace cami, choker and pointed boots looking too much like something out of the wild west I finished off my outfit with my chic Celine sunglasses and hot chocolate from CafĂ© Nero (jks I just hadn't finished my drink). I have to admit that the sunglasses and backpack were also out of practicality as it was incredibly sunny in Birmingham that day and we also had some clothes food shopping to do. 

Eleanor xx

I Did It... I Made A YouTube Video

1 May 2016
So I finally gathered my courage and did it. I made a YouTube video. I'm guilty to admit t that YouTube was my first love but watching beauty and fashion videos is what introduced me to the beautiful world of blogging. But despite this I've always been scared to take the leap and make videos myself until now. 

This video is my way of testing the water, trying it out to see if I like it before I take a plunge and commit to YouTube as well as blogging (YouTube will never be a substitute for my blog, only an addition to it). It was a bit awkward and nerve wracking sitting in my bedroom on my own and talking to my camera and I'm sure that will probably come across a little in the video. This is only my first video though and I know that it is in no way perfect, not even by a mile, but if I keep at this I can only improve.

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Now that little explanation is out of the way you're probably wondering what I decided to do for my first ever video? Well I decided to do a haul showing some clothes and other bits that I've picked up recently. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you will have seen me mention that there was a student night on at my local shopping centre this week and I was lucky enough to pick up a few things. 

As I learned while editing the video it was not possible to edit in cut away's to show me trying on the clothes so I thought I'd do a try on blog post so that you could see what everything I bought looked like on. I won't be talking about any of the things I bought though in this post, so if you want to hear that check out the video, but I will leave links for everything down below.

Boohoo Sarah Lingerie Style Lacey Cami - £14

Topshop Petite Stripe Top - £20

River Island Black Velvet Choker - £5

Vans Leather Old Skool Zip Shoes - £65


I'd love to hear your feedback and opinion on whether I should film more videos, let me know down below!

Eleanor xx