DIY – How To Make A Bobble Hat With A Pompom Keyring

20171208_112418A really simple DIY for you here. I came across these super cute, super fluffy faux fur pompom keyrings in Poundland a few weeks ago, and instantly thought ‘Bobble Hat!’. My Mum is always knitting beautiful hats and gives me new ones every time I see her, and though they’re wonderfully soft and warm, they’re a little plain as they are. But a huge faux fur pompom for £1?! Yes please. The idea was instant.  

20171208_112455It’s really easy to do – just take a pair of scissors or small pliers to remove the metal loop of the keyring from the elastic loop of the pompom and separate the two.

20171208_112548_00120171208_112620Then it’s just a case of threading a needle, securing it to the hat, and then sewing through the small loop in the pompom a couple of times to secure the pompom to the hat.  

20171208_11281020171208_112850Once the two are joined, you need to turn the hat inside out, keeping the pompom in place. I put my hand inside the hat, grip the pompom, and holding it, turn the hat inside out and grip the outside of the hat so that the pompom is tucked neatly inside.  

20171208_11295820171208_113040This way, you can securely sew a larger area of the pompom, keeping it perfectly in place so that it’s well attached and not too wobbly on top of the hat! 

20171208_113056Make fairly large stitches from side to side (around ¾ of an inch across) until the pompom is well secured. Do a few very small stiches to end off the thread and voila! Your completed hat! 

20171208_11332420171208_113428How cute do these three look with their pompoms? And a total bargain to make too! So glad as well, as with all the snow we’ve had recently, a snuggly hat has been an essential! 

20171208_113549For now, with love,
Ellen  

 

Tried & Tested: Autumn/Winter Beauty and Skincare Favourites

Hi all,  

Following on from my Pumpkin facemask review a couple of weeks ago, I thought I’d do a round up of all the beauty and skincare items I’ve been loving these last couple of months. Now some of these products I’ve used many times over the years, and others I’ve only had for a couple of months, but they’re all well used, well tested, and I can say I genuinely enjoy using them all! 

First up is one of the newer products I’ve tried – the Garnier Ultimate Blends Maple Healer Shampoo and Conditioner. This has castor oil and maple sap for a truly nourishing experience, and the fragrance is gorgeous to boot. I have long hair, and it can be hard keeping in tip top condition, but this really has cared for my hair, and despite containing castor oil, does not leave hair looking greasy or feeling heavy at all.  

Another more recent hair discovery is the Schwarzkopf got2b Oil-licious Styling Oil, with Argan Oil. I’ve been using this one for around four months now, and actually purchased it when I was looking for a cheaper alternative to the Macadamia oil I’ve used for years. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the quality, and will definitely use the whole bottle. It might not be as magical as the more expensive brand, but you can use it liberally (important when you have long, thick hair) and it never makes your hair look greasy. It looks after my split ends between haircuts, and gives my hair that little extra tlc.  

When I purchased the got2b oil from Superdrug, the items were on a 2-for deal at the time, so I picked up the Rise ‘n Shine Hairspray. It was the only hairspray with overwhelmingly positive reviews (I checked online) and they were not wrong! I’ve been an avid Elnett user for years, but thought I’d give this one a go because of the reviews, and it is now my favourite hairspray. I even used it for my wedding hair, so you know I really like it. Will definitely repurchase this once I run out.

Moving on to skincare now, and a firm favourite for years has been the Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant. With pure cocoa butter, I actually prefer this to the Palmer’s moisturiser, as I feel it soaks into skin easier, and throughout Summer I love the Vaseline aloe vera version, it’s light, it’s refreshing, it’s soothing and perfect for Summer skin. But come Autumn and Winter, I need something thicker, something more nourishing, and this cocoa butter version is wonderful.  

For the face, a pricier product, but I adore the Korres Black Pine Antiwrinkle & Firming Day Cream. I love the lightly herbal scent, and it is so thick, and so moisturising, I love the feel of it on my skin. It is quite expensive, but it really does work, and it’s nice to have such a thick moisturising formula that doesn’t block pores and cause pimples, which I find a lot of more nourishing products do. Yes, love this! 

A bargain little product for the face though, is the Superdrug Chocolate Orange Self-Heating Mask. At just 99p (and they’re almost always on a 3 for 2 offer), this is such a little treat! Its smells divine, and gently warms your skin on application. It says it deeply purifies and hydrates skin. I’m not sure if my skin feels more purified, but I would agree it does feel more hydrated and I generally feel so relaxed when I use this particular mask. It smells so good!  

For lips, I do have a few regular favourites, Burt’s Bees has been in my handbag all year in various flavours, and Carmex is always a winner. But for a change, I went for this Nivea Peach Shine lipbalm recently, and really fell in love with it. It isn’t as thick feeling as the other two I mentioned, and really glides on the lips, which when you’re applying very often during cold, wind-chapping days, is ideal. I might not purchase this again straight away, but for now I’m really enjoying the variety.  

Because I do adore Burt’s Bees though, another of their products has sneaked into my Wintery faves. Their hand salve is perfect when you have been out walking for hours in freezing cold weather and it soothes and restores them back to their former glory! It is a very thick, kind of waxy, oily formula and it’s nice to pop a generous amount on and then some cotton gloves and chill out for half an hour or so for really moisturised hands. Lovely! 

Something else I’ve been loving is this Christian Lacroix fragrance in Ambre. It is the perfect Autumnal scent, and I first purchased this a couple of years ago from Avon. With it’s creamy, caramelly amber notes, a hint of mandarin citrus and a heart of jasmine and rosewood, it is the perfect scent for this time of year. It’s fairly light, but lasts long enough on skin, and especially on clothes (ideal to spray on a scarf etc.). I had to go to eBay to find a bottle this time round, but would do so again.  

Next up, nail polish. OPI has always been one of my favourite brands, and I’m a little bit of a hoarder, so some of these shades are older, but that means they are definitely tried and tested, and as I still wear them today, definitely favourites. There’s Gouda Gouda Two Shoes, a mature, dusky pink shade with the faintest gold sparkle. Taupe-less Beach, my perfect mushroomy taupe for my skintone, and It’s A Piazza Cake, the most Autumnal burnt orange you could hope for. Love, love, and love! 

And last but not least, my favourite lipstick brand and variety, in three gorgeous shades. Bourjois Rouge Edition, in 05 Brun Boheme is just gorgeous. It’s such a rich striking colour, while still subtle enough for every day. I also love 04 Rose Tweed, my perfect pinky nude. Finally, 02 Beige Trench is a similar, but cooler and less pinky version which I will play around with now and again at this time of year.  

None of these products were sent to me, nor was I asked to review any of them. They’re all products I’ve been using for a minimum of three months, that I purchased myself, and have come to really enjoy! If you’ve got any particular beauty or skincare products that you really love at this time of year, please let me know in the comments below!  

For now, with love,
Ellen  

Top Picks under £10: Hygge Christmas Styling

18 nov_mood_boardIt seems a little controversial at the moment whether hygge (pronounce it “hue-guh”) is in or out. Oh the lovely world of trends. You know I don’t stick to trend rules. But even if it is soooo last year, Scandanavian is always in, and a lot of the cute, cosy, snuggly home accessories we need come Winter and Christmas time are oh so Scandi. Think neutral, chic, modern, sleek with a hint of cosiness.  

Once again, I’ve picked out my top ten picks at £10 and under for those bargain shoppers out there like me. Style on a budget? Yes please. 

1. Reindeer Fairy Lights – Primark – £6.00
How cute are these? Fairy lights are a Christmas essential and these super cute ones are perfect to hang up almost anywhere!

2. White Pine Cone Tree Decorations – IKEA – £4.95 for a pack of 3
Scandanavian décor? IKEA, of course. And these cute pine cone are perfect, sleek, modern, minimal but perfectly wintery. 

3. White Christmas Tree Light – Primark – £8.00
Another perfect find from Primark. It’s festive and mood setting, but subtle and stylish. Love!

4. Standing Deer Decoration – The Range – £3.49
How cute is this little reindeer? The colours are perfect, and the felt trim adds just the right amount of snuggliness to the rustic styling.  

5. Rustic Glow Wooden Snowflake Bridge – Wilko – £10.00
This battery operated, white wooden bridge light is simply gorgeous. It has warm white light, and a modern, wintery style. Great reviews online too.  

6. Deer Christmas-Print Cushion Cover – H&M – £6.99
You know my Top Picks needs to have a H&M cushion cover! This deer print was perfect – it’s wintery and stylish, without being out and out festive, so you can have this in you favourite armchair for months after the Christmas decorations have come down.  

7. Kingle Candle Cozy Cabin Scented Tealights – Candles Direct – £9.49
For a super snuggly scent, Kringle combine brown sugar, vanilla bean and cinnamon, and layer it with rich woody notes and a hint of smokiness so you can turn your home into a magical wintery cabin. Time to make a hot water bottle, grab your favourite blanket and settle in for the night.  

8. Candle Star Lights – George at Asda – £8.00
Another 5 star rated product online is this beautiful battery operated faux candle decoration. Again, with warm white lights, but with a pretty wooden, star design base, this fits in just right for a Wintery scandi look.

9. Pine Cone Garland – George at Asda – £5.00
And also from George is this lovely pine cone garland. Bring the outdoors in to really create that cosy cabin vibe, with 2 metres of this beautiful garland. 

So there you have my selection for this month. There’s lots more out there in a very similar style, so shop around, use this for inspiration and see what you can come up with to create your very own hygge cabin look this Christmas.  

For now, with love,
Ellen  

 

Top Picks under £10: January

13-jan_mood_boardI think the New Year is a fabulous time for freshening up your décor and streamlining your look. Autumn is so rich and abundant and the following festive season so vividly overindulgent, that by January, a clean slate is necessary.

The Pantone Colour of the Year for 2017 could not be more perfect for this time of year. I think it’s a shade that suits the first half of the year more, though depending on what you pair it with will determine how long it can last in your home and wardrobe.

Greenery. I even love the name. As a nature lover, I’m thrilled to see this vibrant, Spring shade as the Colour of the Year. Over a year ago, we picked ‘green’ as the colour for our wedding, although admittedly more in terms of actual live greenery than just the colour, but there’s something about the freshness and lushness and vitality of the colour that is simply perfect.

pantone-color-of-the-year-2017-color-palette-6For the cooler months of January through to March, I would pair this shade with crisp whites and soft blue and purple toned greys, and from Spring through to mid-Summer, I adore the colour combination Pantone has put together with ‘Fathomless’. I heart every single shade.

Furthermore, seeing as the botanical trend is here to stay another year, what better background than a pure, unadulterated green to set off those darker leaf shades and really make those tropical prints pop.

But back to January, and as a single, stand out month that screams ‘new start’ I’ve paired the greenery shade with cool turquoise and contrasting cobalt touches to say Winter is here, but Spring is on it’s way. It’s fresh, it’s vibrant, it’s seasonally apt, but it’s certainly not boring or monotone. Without further ado then, my Top Picks Under £10 are:

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1. Rundlig Serving Bowl – IKEA – £8.00 
This bamboo bowl from Ikea contrasts the natural bamboo inside and the vibrant green outside for a modern, stylish piece that could be used in multiple ways around the house. As a serving bowl, it’s ideal for that purpose, but also the perfect size for a fruit bowl, as a decorative item for any room, or catch-all bowl for the hallway or bedroom etc.

2. Rasch Palm Leaves Wallpaper – The Range – £8.99
It has palm leaves. It’s turquoise and green. It’s pretty much perfect as far as wallpaper goes. And you can also get the same design with added tropical birds and flowers too! Love!

3. Printed Cushion Cover – H&M – £8.99
Yes, yes and yes again. I love H&M for their cushion designs! So good.

4. Photo Frame – H&M – £6.99
While we’re there, here’s another great item from H&M. This pretty pop of turquoise would look amazing with a black and white image in. Photos aren’t just for Instagram, guys!

5. Snowdrops Canvas 48cm x 48cm – Wilko – £5.00
Could they have got this any more right for January? The colours are perfect, the image is perfect, and for the price point, the quality is decent.

6. Dovecote Medium Trinket Box – M&S – £9.50
Keep your dresser tidy with this perfect little trinket box. The colour and shape are simply lovely together.

7. Green Tea & Lime Large Hourglass Wax Melt – WoodWick – £4.49
This is fresh yet comforting all in one go. Ideal for that fresh and clean feeling, but still keeps you feeling cozy despite the weather. And it’s also the perfect shade of green to compliment the overall look we’re going for.

8. Pack of 3 Glass Bottles – Wilko – £8.00
I love blue glass, but the mix of colours here works so well together. Once again, well done Wilko!

9. Swirl Glass Bowl – Wilko – £5.00
Well, I really am crushing on Wilko this season! If you want to stick with an out and out Pantone Greenery theme, then try this decorative bowl, you can’t beat the price point.

So there you have my Top Picks, and an idea you can build on to explore 2017’s Pantone Colour of the Year. What do you think of Greenery? And what would you pair it with? Let me know in the comment section.

For now, with love,
Ellen

 

 

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