34 Thank-yous For Michael – Valentines Day 2018!

Hi everyone! Hope everyone is doing well! And a happy Valentines Day to you all! This is going be a bit of a different post today…

For all that don’t know… I have a boyfriend called Michael. I swear he was delivered down to this earth by angels!

Now.. being Valentines Day, I thought I would use my platform to dedicate a post to Michael! Me and Michael aren’t overly a super lovey-dovey couple! We love each other heaps, but it isn’t something we post all over the internet, and I’ve actually found this to be great for us! No tweets or statuses about the other one being really crappy, or about how we had a disagreement! And we aren’t overly fussed about Valentines Day either! This year we are going out for dinner, and he surprised me with balloons, flowers and some lovely presents! But I thought I would use this one ‘special’ day of the year, to just say thanks! So Mike.. this is for you!

Thank you for…

  1. Being my Boyfriend, the better half…
  2. AND Bestfriend! For nearly 5 years!!
  3. Always supporting me, through whatever adventure I take on!
  4. Always agreeing with me, even when I am wrong! (not often that happens!)
  5. Cuddling me until your arm goes dead! You will not move if I am fast asleep on you, even if it means you getting comfy!
  6. Putting up with my hair in your face! I know you hate that!
  7. Drying and brushing my hair every time I wash it! I love that!!
  8. Getting out of bed to turn the light off, even if we have both just got comfy!
  9. Staying up with me when I can’t sleep.
  10. Driving me everywhere! Even if you don’t want to go, you won’t hesitate, you just do it! (Even if it is my turn!!)
  11. Never watching the next episode of a series we are watching without me!
  12. Spending Sundays being lazy, eating junk food, binge watching Netflix for hours!
  13. For motivating me at the Gym! I couldn’t do it without you!
  14. Listening to all my problems, and acting as if you care about every single one!
  15. Always taking care of me. No matter if mother nature has called, or I am super ill. You’ll be so patient, and caring. You’ll rush to get me supplies, or a Powerade.
  16. Being on my side, when it feels like no one else is.
  17. Being super patient when I do my makeup! I know you hate waiting around, but no matter what, you always sit and wait with me!
  18. Or.. for saying I look beautiful, when we both know I look like shit.
  19. Making me smile from cheek to cheek when I am down. You do the stupidest things to make me laugh, and as much as I pretend to hate it.. I really don’t!
  20. Always keeping it real with me. If I’m being stupid, you’ll tell me. If I’m being silly, you’ll tell me. Never in a spiteful way, in a way to make me better.
  21. Dealing with me, when I turn into a slight diva!
  22. Taking the back lash, even if it wasn’t your fault, and it wasn’t you that caused the anger. You deal with my terrible, cranky mood. What a man.
  23. You always say ‘sorry’ first, even when I am being wayyyy to stubborn to say it first!
  24. Being vulnerable, and open, even when I know you don’t want to. It has developed a closeness that I will forever value every second of.
  25. Being incredible to my family. You are always so kind and polite.
  26. Looking after our Dogs, and loving them, and cuddling them!
  27. Kissing, and loving me in front of all your friends.
  28. Making an effort with all my friends.
  29. Surprising me with flowers and present.. for no reason.. ‘just because’
  30. Always treating me with the utmost respect.
  31. Being there, whenever I need you, no matter what, or when. You are always by my side, through thick and thin.
  32. Looking at me with the most incredible amount of love in your eyes. Those beautiful greeny/blue eyes.
  33. Always making me feel safe, and calm in your presents.
  34. Thank you.. for being you. And loving me.

The way we perfectly intertwine together is like no other soul I have ever known. Like 2 peas in a pod! You forever worry about me over yourself, you defend and protect me in ways most people can’t! You make me laugh till I cry, you make me laugh when I cry! You always just go with the flow, no matter what we do, even if I drag you around the makeup isles in Boots or John Lewis! If I am happy, you are, and that is a very rare thing to find in such a world full of hate.

From new jobs, to buying new cars, coming to live with me, new adventures (like my blog), no matter what I do, you will always be the person to keep me going, give me motivation everyday, and pick me up when I fall. You wont let me fail, you are always the reason in the end I can succeed at anything, and through everything I have done, I could never thank you enough for how much you inspire me to exceed in life.

Happy Valentines day. I totally love you.

Till next year! (no more soppiness for 365 days!!)

Lots of love, Ellie x

 

 

 

New House Haul!

Hi everyone! Hope you are all doing well!

In July this year, me, Michael, and my family are moving into a brand new house! It will be a crazy month as we are going to Florida at the end of July for my 21st birthday. Building started this year in January, and we are all super excited to move! My Mum and Dad have been kind enough for Michael to come live with us, so we can save up for a deposit on our own house. BUT for now the excitement for moving is real!

Moving house is a big stress, and moving into a house that has NOTHING in it, is more of a set-back than usual, but a great opportunity to start totally fresh, and have a bedroom I’ve always dreamed of! I keep changing my mind on colour schemes, and the colour I want my en-suite (which has two sinks, so me and Mike have our own!!!!) but I have finally started to buy a couple of more ‘decorative’ things, so I just thought I’d share them with you!

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I’m not yet going to worry about the bigger type things like furniture and tech! We are so lucky to have build in wardrobes, so we wont have to much to worry about! Iv mainly just been shopping around to buy smaller items, so we don’t have to worry about it when the time comes.

Firstly, Pinterest has been a massive help for inspiration for my room and bathroom. Iv decided to go for ‘Grey, Cream and Rose Gold’ for my bedroom. I’m trying not to make it tooooo super girly in respect for Mike, but I needed to express PINK! My bathroom is going to have light grey tiles and gold decoration! I’ve found so many lovely things in Primark and Next, and at such a great price aswell. I also found a lot of bathroom stuff in Dunelm Mill, but lets save that for another post!!

These are just a couple of more decoration things I have picked up! We have a lot more currently being stored under my bed!

Eyelash Dish, Next, £4.50 – I brought this to use on my new dressing table. How gorgeous is this design? Will look perfect to hold any little trinkets, jewellery or even eyelashes!

Pink Flower Dish, Primark, £3.00 – My mum actually picked this up for me and I love it! It is a gorgeous colour, and will pop either on my dressing table, or even on my bedside table, just incase I get all cosy in bed, and haven’t taken any of my jewellery off yet. I can just pop it onto this, knowing its safe and sound!

Glass Terrarium, Primark, £4.00 – Anyone else obsessed with glass terrariums? I am! I love them! They look super cool, and this one is fake so will be easy to maintain! Will look gorgeous on a window seal, or even thinking about putting it in our En-Suite!

Rose Gold Plant, Primark, £3.50 – Another plant… I know! This was another one my Mum kindly picked up for me! (She knows me well). This one is 100% for our room. Not entirely sure where this is going to end up, but it looked so cool!

Candle, Primark, £3.50 – This works perfectly with the colour scheme of our En-Suite. And it smells gorgeous, so I had to pick it up!!

Rose Gold Basket, Primark, £3.00 – These baskets are so handy! I have 1 big rose gold, 1 big gold, and 3 little rose gold ones! They are just so handy for storing products in, and again, how cool do they look?!

I have become totally obsessed with buying stuff for the house! I cannot wait to have a whole house to decorate! But until that day comes, i’ll spend all of mine and Mikes money on our Room and Bathroom for now!!

Lots of love, Ellie x

 

 

 

 

 

Workout Motivation – What Works For Me.

Hi everyone! Hope you are all doing great.

I’m writing this blog post, as for a long time I have really struggled with finding the motivation to get fit. I am really unhappy with how I look at the moment. Growing into a women is a really hard thing, and a lot of people struggle with it! And coming to terms with the fact I’m not as small as I used to be, was quite hard to accept. Even though I feel like I’m not the best version of myself, I still struggled to find motivation.

This year, I am going to Florida in July. I am dreading even wearing shorts at the moment, let alone even wearing bikinis! I spent hours on the internet, pinterest mainly, to find something to help my brain click into workout mode! Not only that, I needed help to just stop eating pizza.. and Mac cheese.. and cake! Being a proper foodie, it’s getting so difficult. BUT I remembered something… I am the only thing holding me back. I am the one who would rather lay in bed watching Netflix, or eat junk food, rather than working out and eating good.

So, really.. I am holding myself back. I found 7 simple steps I am starting to follow, and it is helping a lot. I felt the need to share, as I love reading other people tips, and what has really helped them. SO! This is what I am going to stick to, no matter what.

1, Start slow and set yourself goals. This one is a big one. If you go in to hard at the beginning, and you really struggle, it couldn’t be less of a motivator if it tried. You will feel like you cannot do it, even though you really can. This is why goals are so good! I set myself a monthly goal, weight and workout wise. I am looking to lose 2 stone by July! So I’m looking to achieve this in the next 4/5 months really. To lose around 1 stone every 2 months! I feel like this is a goal I can really achieve. It is also really good to find a routine that works for you! It can be a specific work out, or time of the day! Even good food you like! It will make this time much more enjoyable!

2. Put your workout gear on, and find yourself a decent workout playlist! Putting on my workout gear really helped me to get motivated to go out running. I went home from work, and without sitting down straight away put my running stuff on. This will really help, never let yourself get distracted. If you leave it to long, I find myself making excuses and then end up not going out. Although, one of the best things for you to do is exercise when you don’t feel like it. It will give you an amazing uplift once you’ve done it! Tell yourself to keep going! I find getting a cracking playlist helps, something really upbeat, and has a good rhythm to it! You almost run with the music!

3. Always think positive, and never listen to anyone with a negative attitude. This is kind of a given, never think you can’t do it. And NEVER listen to a single person who tells you that you can’t/won’t do it. You have nothing to prove to those people, but take it as a ‘FU, I’ve got this’. Also, who needs that negativity? I don’t! Do not let these people get to you, what do they know? They don’t know you? You go gal! NEVER give up because someone told you to. EVER. 

4. Don’t give up when you don’t see instant results. This was one of the things that was really standing in my way. I didn’t see results straight away, and in my head I thought ‘Why am I bothering, nothing is happening?’. This isn’t true! You just won’t see it for a long time. Think about it, you see yourself every single day, and so do the people that are around you most. But one of the best feelings, is when you see someone you may not have seen for a little while, and they look at you and go ‘Wow, you look great!’. Also, I have taken a ‘before’ picture, so I can refer back when I feel like I haven’t made any improvement to myself.

5. Reward, and love yourself. I am not someone who can just be really tough, so I let myself have one treat day a week. It is usually a Saturday night, as this is when temptation is at an all high. I think of this as a ‘Reward’. I don’t punish myself, as I find this much harder. Cutting out every single thing you love is total crap, and I feel myself totally caving in after a while. And most importantly love yourself. No matter what you look like, or feel like, never think you aren’t good enough. Because you really are, and don’t ever forget that!

Lets see if in 6 months, I can stick to my own rules, and I am so ready for this.

Lots of love, Ellie x

 

 

What’s In My Bag? Jan 2018.

Hi everyone! Hope you are all fabulous!

I see these posts all the time, and it’s actually really interesting to see what us gals (and boys) carry around in our bags! I recently emptied mine out, as it was full crumbs, and wrappers! Oh and loads of receipts! Why do we hoard all this stuff in our bags? I have got to admit, just throwing stuff in my bag and forgetting about it, is something I do on a daily! Although finding the odd £1/2 or fiver in a random pocket is a joy!! I also found a completed McDonalds hot drink… thingy in there the other day! Oh the little things!

97A69623-41C5-4598-952C-48ED3B44E930I am currently using the Michael Kors ‘Selma Large Saffiano Leather Satchel’ £340, that I purchased whilst in New York, from the Michael Kors store in Soho! I really wanted a nice bag, and as soon as I walked into the store, they had this on display with the pompom (Fur Key Chain, £55) attached and I was sold!

Iv also been swapping it out with the The Mini Lock Backpack, £22, from Topshop. I use this more for when I go to work, and just need to chuck the essentials in my bag and go!

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First up, I always have my iPhone 8 Plus on me! I could never leave the house without it! Even if I forget my debit card.. apple pay saves the day! I won’t go to into detail on the phone itself, thinking about doing a review on it! And it is always in my bag, because I am terrible with phones! I think I have dropped every phone I have! God knows how much has been spent on new screens! (Case is from Casetify, £35).

Next is my purse! This is a Ted Baker purse, that Michael got me for Christmas one year! This is totally battered, as it has been the only one I have used for a long time! Its really slim, but I can get loads of cards in this! I don’t really carry around cash much, but the coin pocket is nicely sized! Might treat myself to a new one, when I go to America in July!

I always have headphones on me! I use the Apple AirPods, and the headphones that came with my iPhone. AirPods are great if you are on the move, or at the gym! There is no wire getting in the way, and the wireless connection is amazing! I can go anywhere in my house, leaving my phone in my room and my music still plays! I always carry my wired ones, just in-case my AirPods run out!

A couple of other random bits and bobs include, My Keys (obvs, cant forget those, can’t drive my car, get into my office, or my house without them!), my sunglasses (I always go for Ray Bans! They suit my face the best), A Pen (Mine is Swarovski, a present from my mum!!) Tissues (a necessity), A Mirror, Antibacterial Hand Gel (I’m currently using the Strawberry and Rasberry from Superdrug! This one is my fave, smells INCREDIBLE!), Countless Lipsticks, they just seem to collect in handbags! I also have a Hairbrush and Hairband for those ‘I want my hair out of my face’ days, Chewing gum (I refuse to go anywhere without it!), and Tablets, for those aches and pains, when you’re out and about! And apart from the odd crumb or two, that is it!

I hope you all have as much random junk as me!

Lots of Love, Ellie x

P.S, enjoy this picture of my pup Bella trying to help me take photos!! Totally out of focus but her tongue poking out made me laugh!! Must get pics of my other pup Kallie!

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My 2018 New Years Resolutions.

Hi everyone!

I know everyone is doing these, but I just wanted to put into writing my 2018 New Years resolutions!! There isn’t going to be any ‘New year, new me’ because there is only so much I can change about myself! But there are some major lifestyle changes I’m looking to make, and I really want to take the opportunity to have it in writing, and be able to look back at this post at the end of the year, and see my progress, or how successful I have been!!

1. Go to the gym, and get fit!

I know this one is on everyones list! Last year me and michael went to the gym for months, and got really fit for our holiday to Cyprus! But that totally stopped when we got back, and as its been the Christmas season, we’ve obviously eaten lots of junk food, and had A LOT of lazy days! I love going, it really makes me feel good, and better about myself! And makes me feel super awake! Im also going to Florida this year with my family, on my 21st birthday (EEK) so, I need to get bikini body ready!! Also, I seem to be getting really achey and worn out when me and Michael go on days out! 2 weeks in Florida on my feet? I need to sort it out!

2. Eat better!

Again another one on everyones resolution list! Again, for months I ate really well, lots of healthy food, and felt so much more better on my inside! At the moment I feel so sluggish! Eating good food made my insides super happy, and there are so many different meals you can make that are delish, and are super healthy!! From Monday, only good food! Lots of blog posts on recipes and fitness! They really motivate me, so I hope I can do the same!

3. SAVE MONEY

Another one on the lists.. BUT I really need to save. Me, Michael and my fam (mum, dad and 2 brothers) are moving into a brand new house next year!! So i’ll have a totally empty bedroom and en suite to fill! Im SO EXCITED to get DIY in my bedroom, and I will blog every step of the way! But also we would like to buy a house of our own in 5 years, we have some savings.. but moving house these days is super expensive! 😦 So we need some funds behind us!!

4. Work on my blog

THIS is a huge one for me! I already LOVE blogging! I have so many ideas in my head, I just want to sit and write all day! I have always loved writing, and I can’t get words onto paper (or a screen) quick enough!! I don’t think I’m going to have an upload day or time, just because I need to be able to write around work and my CII studies (Certificate In Insurance if you’re interested lol) i’m currently doing, BUT I will 100% do 3 a week, and more! Also I want to work hard on my social media platforms, and really keep everyone updated in what I’m doing! I have so much going on this year, I just want to share it with the world!! (@theejbedit, on twitter and insta, sorry cheeky self promo there).

5. Try more makeup from the drugstore

This one won’t be hard for me, I feel as if at the moment I sway towards high end make up (high end addict over here!) But I really want to experience make up on the high-street more, and do lots of different reviews for people who might not want to spend to much money on makeup! I’ve had a couple of people asking about the cheaper options in the drugstore, but I feel as if my knowledge isn’t as brushed up! Im super excited to do my first haul and see what beauty finds I get! Im hoping to find HOLY GRAIL products because why wouldn’t you want to spend less money, but on really amazing makeup!!

And finally…

6. See my Country!

Now, I am already going to Florida with my family (17 of us, can you believe it!!!) and me and Michael want to go and see the fireworks in Paris on NYE this year! But we LOVE days out, going to different cities and towns across England! Now I would say ‘the world’ but need to be a little realistic!! (Can’t complain with 2 holidays in place!) We also love taking our doggies to different parks, walks and towns aswell! They love going different places, we just say the word ‘Car? Walk?’ and 9.5/10 they are both sitting at the door waiting to go! I feel like before I venture out into the big scary world (moving out) I would like to focus on seeing new places! And 2018 will be a great year to start!

AND THAT IS IT! I didn’t want anything to deep and un-realistic! I wanted things that I could really stick to! Im hoping I can look back on this post, on the 1st Jan 2019 and be happy with my process, and would have stuck to my resolutions! BRING IT ON!

Lots of love, Ellie x

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR! – Welcome 2018

Hi Everyone!! Hope you are all okay!

I Just wanted to wish everyone a super happy new year to you all! Me and Michael celebrated the new year by watching the London fireworks at the London Eye! (Blog post to follow!)

I Just want to say, already thanks to everyone who has been reading and commenting, I really appreciate it! And I hope this year brings you happiness, and success!

I cannot wait to blog the year away with you all!

Lots of love, Ellie x

My First Blog Post!

Hi Everyone!

My Name is Ellie, I’m 20 years old from Essex, in the UK!

For years and years I have been reading thousands of blogs, anything from Makeup, to DIY and food! Watching my favourite people on youtube and admiring my favourite ‘instagramers’ being totally taken back by how amazing this community is.

So! I have finally decided to start a blog after all these years of debating with myself on whether or not I should! A decision every blogger has faced! My decision came when my best friend Danielle (ddlovesx) started her very own blog, and seeing how much she thoroughly enjoyed just made that choice 100% easier (as you can imagine, being BFF’s we are extremely similar)! Also, in the words of my boyfriend Michael, ‘go for it elz, you can do it’, so here we are!!

Having a huge passion for all things makeup and lifestyle, it only seemed right to release my passion to the world! Also, i love writing, and as someone who could write for hours and hours, i feel as if this is the place meant for me.

I cannot wait to share my favourite makeup, skin care, home and life style with you. (Might also get a few pictures of my pups, they love being photographed!!) 2018 is such a busy year, full of so many incredible adventures I want to be able to share with the world!! I really hope you all enjoy, and i can’t wait to start this blogging journey with a bang!

Also, please follow me on Twitter and Instagram, both @theejbedit, to stay up to date on all things EJB!!

Till the next time, Ellie x