It’s that time of year again! Everything is about to get colder, darker and way more cozy – hopefully with minimal snow and maximum hot chocolate! There’s something about September I love – everything feels fresh and new! going back to uni although it presents its own stresses provides a routine which I crave! Although I’ve loved having a relaxing summer break I am more than ready to get back to it and crack on.
One of my favorite parts of a new year is obviously all the new stationary you can buy. I almost wish I could start a new bullet journal but that will have to wait until January when everything feels brand new again!
Accessorize ‘Emily’ Bag
I mean I had to get this bag because it’s called the Emily. I seem to have not quite grown out of the need to have my name on stuff and having a bag with the same name is just too good to pass up on! I also love the colour, I usually go for a black so I can use it all year round but this mustard shade fits into my wardrobe perfectly so I had to get it! And even if it doesn’t quite go one day it’s uni and I highly doubt anyone will notice and/or care!
Alice Scott Pencil Case
I am slightly obsessed with this print at the moment! Maybe I’m clinging onto summer but it’s so cute and I couldn’t help myself! I would have loved for everything to match but that would also look kinda silly so I’ve just bought what I like! This was quite steep at £18 for a pencil case but since I use it every day I thought it was justifiable!
Palm Print Mac Book Pro Cover
I know you don’t need a new cover for a new year but my marble case was cracked and falling apart so I thought I’d include it in this haul! I got this on Amazon and it cost about £15 which is a steal! I wasn’t too sure about the print but as the only palm print case available on prime, I took the risk and it’s actually much nicer in person than it was on the website!
Pukka Pad A4 Project Pad
New year, new book! I used to love getting these when I was in high school and last year I couldn’t help but think how useful it’d be to have the dividers so although it’s not the cutest I bought one for sheer practicality and it does come in a variety of colours but I obviously went for the pink one!
Another Unnecessary Notebook
I obviously had to purchase some completely unnecessary but cute notebooks and I’ve had this one a while but it’s still available in HOme & BArgains and for £2 which is a bargain! I actually find it hard to get my initial on anything as E is so popular but it was there and I was so happy with it!
Obvious Highlighters/Princess Pen
I’ve had these since last year but I thought I’d include them because who doesn’t love pastel highlighters and a gold pen with a crown on the end? Exactly, nobody!
Are you going back to uni or just have a stationery obsession? I think even without uni I’d still be a notebook hoarder just in case I need it one day!
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All my life all I’ve ever wanted is a dressing room/walk-in wardrobe. I don’t know why I obviously watched too many teen movies growing up! When I moved in with my boyfriend I quickly began turning the loft conversion into my own dressing room admittedly it is also a spare room but beggars can’t be choosers! At the moment we have a lodger who is living in the spare room and I’ve been relegated to the study downstairs but this has had me thinking about what I want to do with it when I’ve got it back!
I am obsessed with botanical themed rooms! I didn’t want it in the bedroom because I hate the thought of real plants where I sleep – god knows why. But I thought it would be perfect to do it upstairs in the dressing room! I’ve been getting so many images for a mood board that I thought I’d put them in a post – I hope you like them!
My colour palette is going to be green and white with black and gold accents. I think it’ll also make it a really nice space for when guests come and stay – who’d have thought a year ago I’d be choosing room colours for guests haha! I’m thinking one dark green wall and then maybe painting some shelves to bring the room together.
I also really want to make a gallery wall and I love these prints I found on desenio.com, they really capture the theme I’m going for – the room is quite big so I have a lot of wall space to play around with! There is absolutely no pink in the house at the moment as my boyfriend hates it (god knows why!) so I’m definitely going to add splashes of pink in!
I love this Eames chair I found on eBay I originally wanted a white one but if this was the right green it would be perfect! You never really know what you’ll get on eBay which is a pain!
I’ve also been looking at palm print bedding but I’m not sure if it’d be too much? Is there such a thing as too much? I might just go with white and add palm print pillows and a throw!
I really love this theme – I don’t know what it is but I think it’s beautiful and I cannot wait to start decorating hopefully it won’t be too long away!
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This post is so exciting to me! This time last year I started my blog, this post was supposed to go up yesterday but life happens so I’m posting it today! This has actually worked out for the best as I hit 1000 followers on Instagram overnight which in the grand scheme of things is not a lot but to me it’s amazing! For today I thought I’d share some of my favourite moments of the last year and my plans for this year!
This past year so much has changed – I quit my full-time job to go to uni, moved in with my boyfriend, began decorating a house and obviously started my blog! I have loved blogging and I’m so glad I finally started after saying I would for literally years! Over this year I’ve had about ten changes of opinion on what I want my blog to be but over the past few months I think I’ve started to find my own so hopefully, that comes across!
A Look To The Future
Believe it or not, Emiline is not my name! My name is actually Emily and I came up with Emiline as a way to stay anonymous but as the year has gone by I’ve started to upload pictures of myself and now I want my blog to contain my actual name but apparently Emily is the most common name and I cannot find a decent blog name where the URL, Instagram and Twitter are all available!
I also want to go self-hosted this year, WordPress is amazing but who doesn’t want a .com?
I’d love to do more fashion and home posts. I love clothes and decorating my house just as much as beauty. When I started this blog I knew I wanted to do a little of everything but over this year I’ve definitely stuck mainly to beauty – maybe I’ll change my blogging schedule to different themes on certain days?
One of my main hangups about my blog and Instagram is picture quality. I really want to get better at taking pictures and have them be a higher quality. Hopefully, over the next year, I’ll invest in a decent camera since I’ve already stuck at this for a whole year!
Thank you so so much for supporting this tiny space of the internet for a whole year! I cannot wait to see what this next year brings!
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I always thought I was quite a productive person – yeah I’m top of the class for procrastination but when it came down to it I thought I’d always get shit done. That was until about a month ago when I realised I’m only good at being productive when I have a million and one things going on. At the end of first year I had exams, assignments, a new job, an old job, I produced two plays, moved house, kept up with my blog and still managed to spend time with friends and family. So naturally I assumed during summer I’d be able to get even more stuff done but in reality, I’ve rewatched the entire Gilmore Girls and got a bit of a tan.
I mean this hasn’t been helped by the heatwave which has been making it near impossible to wear clothes never mind run errands but I have been so unproductive! I haven’t even found time to write my blog posts and have been scrambling every Thursday/Sunday to make sure I have something to go up! I couldn’t figure out why until I realised it’s because I have so much time – when you have time to spare it’s so easy to get into a routine of doing nothing and spend the first half of the day catching up on love island and having a nice breakfast! This week I’ve made more of an effort to be productive so I thought I’d share some of the tips I’ve come up with!
Get up earlier.
Yes it’s summer and you have nothing to do all day but as soon as I have a lie in half of my day has gone and before you know it its tea time and nothing has been done.
Go to the gym.
Or take a walk – anything that makes you get up, dressed and out. Last week I took my first ever spin class and even though I thought I might die I felt amazing afterwards!
The old cliche but it’s a cliche for a reason. When you can clearly see everything that you have to do that day or week it’s so much easier to tick them off without forgetting the important ones! When I write lists I include every single thing I have to do even if it’s the dishes that way I feel more productive when I see how much I’ve actually achieved!
Make sure everywhere is tidy.
This is more of a personal one as some people work better in ‘organised chaos’. You do you but that is not me! I like everywhere to be clutter free and clean so I can get my best work done!
I hope you like this kind of post – I had no idea what to write about this week so I thought I’d just write what I was thinking! As always thank you so much for reading – I’ve been blogging a year on Tuesday and I can’t believe it, it’s gone so fast! I’ve got a blog post celebrating the milestone and hitting 100 posts next week so check back for that!
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I love reading but life always seems to get in the way and I don’t sit and read. That being said when I do read I read! As you can see by the number of books I read in Cuba. Most of the time in Cuba was spent at the pool or beach sipping cocktails and reading a book which to me is the perfect break! I read some really good books whilst away so I thought I’d give some mini-reviews of them!
Mad Girl – Bryony Gordon
I had never heard of this and I’m not too sure what made me download it but I am so glad I did! This book really sheds light on mental health and OCD which might not sound like the perfect poolside read but I loved it. Bryony is so likeable and you just want to know what happened throughout her life. This is her second book and she’s just released another which I cannot wait to read and maybe it’ll motivate me to run!
The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith
As a massive Harry Potter fan, I’ve been slowly working my way through JK Rowling’s other novels. I;ve read two of the Robert Galbraith books now and I really like them, they take me a while to get into them and a while to finish but they are good! I actually started this one a while ago and came back to it on holiday. I love a crime novel – Jo Nesbo’s are my favourite!
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
I’d seen this all over Instagram and I had to give it a go. Everyone was saying how good it was and they weren’t lying! I think I read this on the first day I couldn’t put it down and I was shocked by the ending – I don’t want to give anything away but it really gripped me throughout even if sometimes Eleanor made me cringe!
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – Todd Henry
I’m not to sure how I made it to 23 without reading this! I’ve had it waiting on Kindle for at least a year but just never got around to it. I’m so glad I did it was everything everyone had told me I’d love! I really want to see the stage adaptation now!
The Girlfriend – Michelle Frances
This is probably my least favourite – I think I’d downloaded it when it was free on my kindle and then left it. I found it to be quite unbelievable and a bit far-fetched. I did read it all though but I probably wouldn’t recommend it.
Please leave any book recommendations below! I want to read a lot over the summer before I go back to uni – wild I know!
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I recently went on the most amazing holiday in Cuba! It was paradise and I can’t wait to go back, for today’s post I thought I’d tell you a little bit about my time there!
First off it is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been too and I cannot imagine anywhere to be as untouched and natural. It’s true when they say it’s like its stuck in time although they do have some modern cars which I was not expecting there are definitely plenty of old timely cars which I loved!
The beach. Oh my god the beach. It was perfect, white sands and crystal clear water with what looked like a jungle for a backdrop. What more can you ask for? A hammock? They had that as well. Perfect.
Cuban locals still use horse and carts and even bulls and carts to transport goods and even people. I saw a ‘school bus’ which consisted of a bull drawn cart full of young children. Everybody looked so happy and content with some locals even saying they have no desire for a McDonalds. I do not blame them – I’d give up McDonald’s for the views alone!
Whilst we were there we went on a day trip to Castro’s (yes the Castro!) island which was beautiful. We snorkelled with hundred of fish – some much bigger than I would have liked and seen plenty of animals including the most beautiful red Macaw – it was like something out of a film!
I think you can tell I was more than impressed by Cuba, the weather, beaches and people were all amazing and I cannot wait to go back and explore more of their amazing country!
As I’ve gone on about it for the entire week you might know that last week was my birthday! I love birthdays and celebrating so I’ve dragged it out for a week and had four celebrations (yes I count coffee with a friend a celebration if it’s in my birthday week!). I love seeing what people get for their birthday so I thought I’d do a post as well!
I’ll start with my birthday present to myself! A few days before my birthday I dropped my phone down the toilet – I know! So I treated/had to buy myself a new phone! I got the iPhone 7 which was the best deal I found and I love it – nothing much different to my iPhone 6s but still needs must!
This year I got so much jewellery – I love wearing jewellery and wear quite a few bits each day so I was very grateful to receive it! I got a beautiful Pandora ring and an ‘E’ charm for my bracelet! I also received two pink bracelets one form Oliver Bonus and a good luck one for my exams coming up! This set is from Vivienne Westwood and it is beautiful! I am obsessed! I love this ‘e’ trinket dish also from Oliver Bonus!
Would it be a birthday without Lush? I got a ‘Relax’ gift set which contains Butterball bath bomb, Twilight shower gel, A French Kiss bubble bar and Dream Cream body lotion! These will definitely come in handy during exams!
I didn’t actually get much makeup and skincare – which given the amount I buy myself is a good thing! I received the Lancome L’Absolu Lacquer in 378 Be Unique and I love it – I think this is already a monthly favourite! I also got a Korean Skincare sheet mask which was incredibly hydrating – I’ve never tried anything like this before and I loved it!
This final one was the most incredible surprise! My boyfriend got me tickets for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! I’ve been trying to get tickets for YEARS so I was stunned into silence when he gave me these!
I hope you’ve liked this post! As you can tell I’ve been incredibly lucky this year and I’m so grateful!
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I’m 23 today!
I don’t know what it is about 23 that sounds so old but it does! Although I don’t feel any different and have been telling people I’m 23 accidentally for a few weeks now. I thought today I’d do more of a personal ‘get to know me’ post since today is all about me, I joke but it’s still kinda true!
- My name isn’t Emiline and I’m actually trying to come up with a better blog name that suits me better!
- I’m 5 ft 8 and haven’t grown since I was 11.
- I was also born 2 foot long – apparently, this isn’t normal.
- When I was younger I was an actress and actually went on tour around the UK which was not at all as glamorous as it sounds!
- I’m left handed which I hope makes me a creative being!
- I’m studying Events Managment and I also produce plays which I love.
- My favourite meal is breakfast – I love going out for breakfast it feels so special – god knows why!
- My favourite food is spaghetti bolognese and I’d love to go to Italy to taste it there!
- I believe in ghosts way more than I should
- I have blue/green eyes and they change colour every day
- I’m from Liverpool
- I’ve visited 13 countries but I thought I’d been to way more. I’ve been to most places more than once which I’m trying to stop doing I want to go to as many places as possible!
- On that note, I’m going to Cuba next month – I can’t wait to write holiday blog posts!
- I have blonde hair and always feel like a change but back out at the last minute
- It took me 2 years and five tries to pass my driving test but now I’m an excellent driver I swear!
- I say my favourite colour is pink but I actually think its green
- I am a massive foodie and I’m always trying out new recipes!
- I’d love to run a marathon one day
- I LOVE country music
- I’m not a big drinker but I love a gin cocktail
- I really wish I had more interesting things to put in this
- By 24 I want to have done more things that scare me and maybe this post won’t be so dry!
- I love birthdays! Even if it’s not mine I just love celebrating people (and birthday cake!)
Well, I thought that would be a bit better than it was but oh well! I hope you’ve liked getting to know me a little better! Check back on Sunday for my April favourites!
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I love a birthday. It doesn’t matter who’s it is I love it, I love making a fuss about people so birthdays are a perfect time for this. Now I’m not on Kris Jenner level when it comes to celebrations (devil works hard but Kris definitely works harder and all that jazz) but I love decorating and making a cake etc so for today’s blog post I thought I’d show you what I do!
Sometimes I love a Costco cake or a giant Millies cookie but there’s something a bit more special about making a cake yourself. Yesterday was my boyfriends birthday so I made him a Reeses Cheesecake. Admittedly it was very sweet but he loves peanut butter so he was in his element.
No bake cheesecakes are so easy to make and there are a million and one recipes on Pinterest I used this one but I’d recommend using an English recipe as I had a bit of a nightmare translating the measurements from cups. As there is only two of us I halved all the ingredients and there was still enough for at least 4/5 people. I got the cake topper/candle from ASOS which is surprisingly really good for birthday stuff!
Balloons, Balloons, Balloons
I LOVE balloons. They’re so simple but they really make it feel like a birthday. Obviously, this wasn’t a party and the sole purpose of the balloons was to make the room look nice when my boyfriend was opening his presents but still, it’s nice to be nice! I got the ‘Happy Birthday’ bunting from ASOS (£7.50) and the giant blue balloon was from the Card Factory. I actually wanted a ’25’ but they were too big for me to carry back to the car!
Now I kind of dropped the ball here as I like all the presents to be matching butIi loved the wrapping paper so much that I got a bit carried away! I somehow managed to line up the stripes as well which made me so happy.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post it’s something a bit different to my usual beauty related posts but I love stuff like this so maybe you do to? Let me know in the comments below!
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This is the final Sunday in my mini homeware series. I hope you’ve enjoyed it! I actually really love homeware and interior I love seeing into other peoples home, nosey I know! Today I’m giving you a mini tour of my dressing table, I’m in the process of making/building a dressing room in the loft and this is the beginning of all my plans!
I decided early on I wanted to keep my dressing table quite empty and minimal, it’s obviously not completely possible but it’s definitely much less crowded than my dressing table in my mums!
I spray painted this box in the same gold as my stool that I showed you last week and the makeup brush pots are from Wilko, I think they were £2.50 each but as expected my brushes fall out and it’s actually quite annoying! My bargain mirror from B&M has broken but it’ll do for now, I tend to use my No.7 mirror most of the time anyway! I love this jewellery holder from home and bargain, it really helps with the minimal theme because of the glass!
My IKEA Alex drawers hold my makeup, haircare, skin and body care so if you’d like me to do a post on that let me know! I’ve loved these home type posts so I’ll definitely being doing some more in the future!
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