Summer Struggles Everyone Goes Through!

The struggle of summer is real for all body types and genders. Recently I have seen a surge in refreshing and positive content on YouTube, specifically from Lucy Woods, who has brought up the struggle of summer for plus size women. Her videos have touched on the struggle of chafing, shorts that rise up to the Gods, sweat patches and being self conscious of bingo wings.
I would definitely recommend you watch this video in particular as it perfectly captures what most women go through in summer.Personally I don’t experience all the problems as I don’t think I would be considered plus size however I can relate to most.
I am sure no matter what size you are, male of female, I am sure you will be able to relate to some of these summer problems.

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1. Felling self conscious about your body but being too hot to cover up.

Even as someone who is of a smaller build I never wear shorts, crop tops, low cut tops, tank tops etc, anything where my thighs or the tops of my arms could be seen. I didn’t want to go on holiday this year because I didn’t want to have to deal with swimming attire. I have been living in three quarte length jeans, however in this English heat wave I am too hot but my lack of body confidence is preventing me from showing more skin.
This is something men suffer with as well. I know my brother hates his lack of arm muscles and so hates just wearing t-shirts. My dad didn’t go in the pool when my parents went on holiday due to feeling uncomfortable.
The sad thing is that I am actually better than I used to be! A few years ago I would literally cover up as if it was autumn and wish the summer away. I hated the fact people would be able to see as a sixteen year old female I did in fact have somewhat of a chest. I have got over that one know though.
2. Sweating!
I swear I can’t go on an outing without getting drenched in sweat! I don’t bother wearing light colours being I don’t want it to show (the layers I wear to cover up my body probably doesn’t help) Also for women boob sweat is just unfair!
3. Lack of sleep at night.
This is just getting ridiculous now! British houses are not equipped for heat, with no air conditioning and houses designed to keep in heat, I am dying every night with a pathetic fan.
4. Chafing.
This happens to everyone of all sizes and is not something to be embarrassed by. My mum always wears cycling shorts under dresses and even my dad has worn them under shorts before. The pain is not fun so remember to use creams if necessary before a long outing.
5. Bugs.
I open my window for a second and there’s a new habitat in my bedroom. I cant deal with fly’s especially in the kitchen. How on earth does one prevent them from getting in? With all this technology there must be some contraption to keep them out.
6. Inability to tan.
I don’t tan at all but again probably due to a lack of skin showing. My dad just burns and my brother gets sun stoke very easily.
7. The body hair just keeps coming back!
Its the time of year where no amount of shaving and waxing seems to give you smooth legs. I cant wait for autumn where I don’t have to bother for six months.
I hope you enjoyed this and could relate to some! Seriously please check out Lucy’s video and content she keeps it real!

Eleanor Elizabeth xx

What I Eat In A Day As A Teenage Girl.

Hopefully these posts will reassure others that what they eat in a day is perfectly okay. No I am not a vegan or vegetarian, no I don’t drink enough water and I probably don’t get enough nutrients and I probably have too much sugar but you know what if Keith Richards is still alive, I’m pretty sure some ice cream is not going to kill me.
I have struggled with bad eating habits for a while and recently I have started to let myself eat what I want and when. I hope this list will reassure you that you don’t have to eat three very healthy and small meals in a day to have a healthy lifestyle. It is all about moderation.

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Breakfast:
I always wake up hungry so I after a cup of tea I had some porridge, peanut butter and banana with another cup of tea.
Snack:
Orange juice, crumpet with butter.
Lunch:
Toasted bagel with butter and a cup of tea with two biscuits.
I also had some Greek yogurt with some fruit.

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Dinner:
Roast dinner but I don’t actually like beef so I had cabbage, swede and carrot, broccoli, three roast potatoes, one Yorkshire pudding with loads of gravy obviously!
Desert:
Chocolate ice cream and a cup of tea,
Supper:
After some exercise, I was hungry so I had a bowl of cereal and an apple with a cup of tea.
That was my day of eating, like I said I am trying not to restrict or count what I eat and on days where I don’t I often find I eat when I’m actually hungry and finish when I am satisfied.

It doesn’t matter if you eat more or less, as long as you are eating enough to fuel your lifestyle.
Eleanor Elizabeth x

Honest Review Of Kylie Jenner’s Birthday Dress.

There is no doubt that Kylie Jenner’s fashion sense is highly admired. I myself am a fan of her more casual style however I am not the biggest fan of her occasion wear. For me her 21st birthday dress did not impress.
Whilst the colour was young and bold the style of the dress seemed slightly out of place on a 21 year old. To me it looked as though a 30 year old woman’s business suit from the 80s was torn up.
For example, her Met Gala look from 2018 was too boring and old for me. In my opinion 21 is an age to wear younger looking dresses while you can. There’s plenty of time to dress moderately, why not push the boundaries when younger.

On a more positive note, like I mentioned earlier I do love the colour and think her shoes actually work well with the pink. The deep V cut is very flattering and there is no doubt she has the body for such a cut out dress. The shoulder pads on the other hand, they just remind me of a prom dress in the 80s and I’m not awfully keen on the random leftover fabric on her hip, what is the point?

I have found similar dresses to hers but ones that I think look more appropriate on someone younger and of course with a lower price tag.

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The dress below offers the same silk dress tend in pink with a low drape for the chest but to me it falls better and the length makes it mature but this is balanced with the slit to keep it care free and youthful.

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I included the dress below for a more everyday version. The bright pink will certainly stand out and has dramatic shoulder details to compromise the shoulder pads.

Topshop Wrap Dress £36

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What did you think about her dress or her other birthday outfits, this is just my opinion.

Eleanor Elizabeth x

How TO Glow Up!

I am sure we have all had those days where you literally feel like you look rubbish. Yesterday was one of those days for me and I started off the evening almost crying about how low I felt about myself. I had a day of binge eating (I didn’t know I could consume that much food), I didn’t do any exercise, my hair was unwashed, my skin was bad and in general I just felt like a lump.
Naturally, I decided to get into bed with food because by this point I had given up trying not to binge eat and I let myself watch a sad movie to cry and called it a day.
Today however, I started afresh. Here are some of my glow up tips.

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1. Start the day with healthy food.
Even if you slip up on healthy food later on in the day at least your breakfast was healthy. Also you are more likely to carry on eating healthily. I went for porridge and a banana.
2. Have a heavy duty shower.
For me this involved washing my hair (what a difference that makes!). I exfoliated my patchy tan off, shaved and moisturized.
3. Paint your nails.
I went for red just because I wanted to feel badass.
4. Workout.
Every body is different but every body needs exercise. Whether that is too lose weight for yourself, gaining weight, toning up etc moving your body will make you feel happier and you will look amazing doing it.
5. Change your hair.
For me, I’m going to dye my hair blonder and grow it out. Changing your hair will make you feel like a new person and can be the perfect start to a new you.
6. Wax.
Go to a salon and get a wax (legs, upper lip, underarms, bikini etc). Body hair is a personal choice of course but for me, when I have just waxed my legs for example I always feel better and want to wear more dresses and skirts.
7. Eyebrows.
Go get your eyebrows done professionally, this will make your makeup a lot easier or will allow you to go makeup free. It can really do wonders. I either go to benefit of Superdrug.
8. Werk, werk, werk.
Whether that is focusing more at school, work, or at your hobby. Do what you have to do to get what you want. Grind hard and be an Elle Woods.
9. Change your wardrobe.
Order the clothes that have been in the shopping basket for months. Go out of your comfort zone, find fashion inspiration and wear what you want. Most importantly though remember to include clothes that flatten your shape.
10. Invest in lingerie.
A few weeks ago I ordered myself some Victoria’s Secret underwear and it has been life changing. Get measured and make sure you feel sexy, just for yourself.
11. Whiten your teeth.
12. Fake tan.
I love Bondi Sands in ultra dark.
13. Clean your room.
Update your bedroom, house, office, car etc. Make sure the environments you are spending your time in are allowing you to be creative and happy. You change as a person, consequently the environments around you should allow you to grow.
14. Revaluate your personality.
Be the person you want to be, if people around you are holding you back they need to be removed from your life. Your future self will thank you.
I hope this helped. It’s okay not to feel happy with yourself as long as you use that to change. It would be useless to say that you shouldn’t feel that way because every one does and that doesn’t make you weak or mentally unstable, it makes you a human in the 21st century. Improving your appearance can make you feel better, it may sound self centred but that is reality. If it will help you, do it.
Eleanor Elizabeth xx

Five Hidden Secrets Of London.

London is the place where I feel my happiest and most creative. I grew up in a town where literally nothing happens. It’s a poor area that is neither near a city nor a countryside. However, fortunately for me, I have family that live in London so I visited London at least once a year growing up. I hope to live in London one day or at least in a city.

Since I have family in London they often take me to new places that I’ve never heard about but they often end up being the best places and not a tourist trap. Here are a few hidden London secrets.

1. Level 6 Restaurant.
This restaurant is within the Tate art museum and so is a perfect break. The best part about this restaurant Is the views. It has full length widows and an amazing view of St. Paul’s Cathedral and the city. It’s not the cheapest but a lovely experience.
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2. Maison Bertaux.
This is a bakery in Soho, established in 1871 and has a lovely old fashioned feel. You can sit inside or out whilst you enjoy rich French deserts. Definitely worth a visit for a sugar fix whist in Soho.

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3. Foyles.
Established in 1903, this is one of the oldest independent book shops in London. They have opened a café in the back which hosts live bands and events. How could you not go to London and check out a book shop. I could spend hours in this book shop.

4. The Gate Cinema.
This is a small art house cinema. The interiors however are elaborate, with high callings and sofas. They show a wide range from independent films, opera , ballet and even live theatre.

5. Viktor Wynd Museum Of Curiosities.
This is a museum which hosts fine art, natural histories, unusual and grotesque objects. Perfect for kids as weird doesn’t even describe the objects in this museum. A must see.

So there you have five hidden secrets of London. Next time you visit, maybe check one out.
Eleanor Elizabeth xx

The Struggle Of Having Acne And The Effect On Your Mental Health.

I honestly can not remember the last time I looked into a mirror and looked at my eyes first. It’s as if my eyes are trained to hunt down my spots. Where are the new ones because I know there will be some? Have the old ones scared? Yes they have, they are now turning grey. Great.

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I’ve tried inhaling water like it’s oxygen. I’ve gone dairy free, tried every drugstore product, plastered my face with creams, stingy potions and lotions, toothpaste, egg whites, everything.
I’ve been to the doctors three times and I’m currently on four tablets a day and still no improvement, in fact it has got worse. I was referred to a dermatologist and now I have to have blood tests and I will begin a course of roaccutane. Whilst I am happy to be going on stronger medication, it just confirms how bad my skin is. I’m scared it will mess with my hormones and my weight.
I can’t leave the house without make up, even though my skin probably looks just as bad plastered in foundation. I know when I talk to people they are looking at my skin, I can see their eyeballs trace over my face. I get an instant pang in my chest.
Whilst this may all sound very depressing, I think people with acne will relate. You see other peoples skin and it just looks so lovely, fresh and young.
I get frustrated at the content that tells you how to clear your skin in a week because years later I’m here with a face still covered in acne. Sometimes they don’t work for everyone, so don’t worry your not the only one.
I’m a little bit scared of the new medication to be honest but if there’s a chance I will work I will take it.
Eleanor Elizabeth xx
(p.s this was written late at night after a bad self confidence day, so its more to get it off my chest)

The Perfect Airport Outfit!

Now to be honest I’m not going on holiday this year but if I were to be going, this is exactly what I would wear.
The art of airport outfits seems to be multiplying on Instagram and I love the outfits. I have seen a lot of Pretty Little Thing Tracksuits in muted colours with trainers.
When travelling I have some rules which make my life much easier.
1. Wear shoes that are easy to get on and off.
2. Don’t wear anything that will set the metal detector off.
3. Wear your hair in plaits or up out of your face. For me, hair down is just hassle.
4. In your carry on bag, put liquids into a plastic bag.
5. Comfort is key! It doesn’t matter if its a ten or two hour flight, you never know, delays may occur.
6. check in online.
7. If your hotel will take your bags to the airport and check them in, do it!
8. Magazines. An essential.
9. If your like me and have a phobia of flying, I watch YouTube videos that claim to cure you of your fear (I swear it worked for me last time) and on the flight I always get a hot chocolate and cookies.
10. Wear layers. You never know the weather or air conditioning. A jacket with pockets is useful.

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This jumpsuit from Missguided is perfect! It’s comfortable, loose and has pockets. I tend to wear my converse when traveling because they are comfortable and they are my heaviest shoes so don’t take up weight in the case. I also wear a leather jacket with pockets from Bershka.

Missguided jumpsuit £18. Available in S/M/L Mine is in S and it fits perfectly. ( I’m about 5’4) It’s also in black.

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Hope this helped!
Eleanor Elizabeth xx

Things You Might Forget To Take To University.

Moving in and starting university is stressful enough, you don’t want to be rushing around trying to get forgotten items on the first week. Here is a short list of items you wouldn’t necessarily think to take but will come in handy. Once results day is over you can look forward to university shopping!

1. Fancy Dress.
Your first week and society initiations will probably involve fancy dress so take a couple of outfits just in case you end up going last minute. The more over the top the better, don’t be scared to make a fool of yourself, most people will be drunk anyway and not remember.

2. Extra cash for freshers week.
To join societies etc you will probably need to pay In cash so save your time and inconvenience and take a little more in your bag.

3. A door stop.
This is really useful for freshers week when you move in, keep your door open so that it will be easy to meet people as they walk past. This is how I met one of my closest friends at university, Ann, she was the first person to walk past my door and see me.

4. Medication.
Freshers flu is real and you will get it. I was ill for two weeks before my mum visited and bought me lem sips. Two days later I felt fine. I don’t know why I didn’t buy myself anything but remember to take care of yourself and take the right kind of drugs.

5. Flip Flops and a wash bag if you are in shared bathrooms.
This will be essential! Please do not forget the flip flops!!! I had to share two showers between seventeen people. That is a lot of feet and god knows what else!

6. Hangers.
If your like me and know you are going to take way to many clothes, take more hangers.

7. Check whether you will be provided with certain furniture.
For example, what size bed? Pillows and duvet? Lamp? Full length mirror?

8. Pins
You will probably have some kind of notice board and this would be an easy thing to forget.

9. Appropriate outdoor clothing for the climate.
Especially if you are moving to Manchester or Liverpool university, it will rain a couple times a week. If your going North, remember the snow!

Hope this helped and if you are moving to university, get ready for an amazing year!!
Eleanor Elizabeth x

What My First Year At University Taught Me.

After completing my first year at Durham university I would say I probably learnt more life lessons than I gained academic knowledge. Money well spent! Seriously though, there is way more to university than a degree, it was definitely the best year of my life so far and I’m so glad I went. If you are hoping to go to university in September or in the future, here are some life lessons I learnt from unfortunate mistakes. Maybe try and learn from these and avoid them, but I’m sure you will make your own mistakes!

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1. You can not put foil in a microwave!
Learnt this one the hard way but in the process I got to use a fire extinguisher for the first time. This happened to me within the first week of university but it did get my name heard around the flat.

2. You have to put oil in pans to fry even oily foods.
Again, I tried to fry a banana and ended up hanging out the window with the pan whilst trying not to set the fire alarm off. A lot of my mistakes have been made in the kitchen.

3. NEVER MIX WINE! AND JUST DON’T DRINK CHEAP WINE IN GENERAL!!!
My last formal was probably the lowest point in my drunk history. Me and my friend consumed a bottle of white and half a bottle of rose and it did not end well. I some how got back to my room but I fell off my chair and threw up on my carpet (the smell stayed) and all over the toilet cubical. I was basically dying on the floor. Now I can’t even stand the smell of wine without feeling sick.

4. Flat shoes all the way, it’s the only way to master the art of getting to a lecture in five minutes when it takes fifteen to get there.
Basically, flat shoes, hoodie and run like an idiot because you are paying for it! Moring exercise done.

5. Check the climate.
I’m already Northern but I moved even more north and I did not factor in how much colder it would be. This involved me being bambi on ice for a few weeks until I purchased some boots with a snow grip and a proper coat. If your moving to Manchester or Liverpool, remember it will rain most of the time so bring an umbrella.

6. Bring extra cash for freshers week.
If you want to join societies etc you will have to pay in cash so having a bit extra for the start will save you some time and inconvenience.

7. Don’t bother with an iron.
Okay so I don’t understand why my mum made such a big deal out of ironing everything just hand it flat out and most things will be fine. Also the washing powder makes your room smell nice.

8. Save milk and make porridge and Weetabix with hot water.
Sounds unpleasant but you get used to it and you save milk.

9. Split the reading list.
Find a friend on your course and split the reading list and swap notes. Saves so much time and leave more party time!

10. Don’t be that person.
A cliché but don’t be the person who gets into a relationship with someone on their corridor. My friends did this and it ended very awkwardly for everyone. Try and leave it until after first year.

Hope this was helpful, you probably knew most of these anyway but I stll haven’t mastered adulting, it is hard!

Eleanor Elizabeth x

Fashion Icons!

Growing up I was very influenced by films and music videos, hence I went through some very interesting fashion phases growing up in the 2000s whilst listening to my dad’s 60s music. Whist I never straight up copied any one style in particular, I used to clothes out of magazines and put outfits together and any outfit I liked in a magazine or in a movie, I would cut it out and recreate it using mine (and my mum’s wardrobe). These are people who’s style I admire, I might not necessarily wear exactly what they wear but I certainly admire it and find it intriguing in some way.

1. Keith Richards.
I know, what a cliché! But it’s it true! I grew up with my brother blasting The Rolling Stones and we used to pick members and act out their stage performances in his room. I either went for Mick Jagger, running and jumping everywhere or I would use my brothers clothes to try and emulate the effortlessly cool look of Keith Richards. Today I find myself drawn to shirts and blazers and any excuse to wear a bandana or a hat I will take it. I’m glad they are coming back in fashion.

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2. Jane Birkin
In summer I will willingly wear denim flared jeans, a white peasant shirt with a wicker basket whilst having a picnic (probably in the rain). Her minimalistic style is something I strive for in every day outfits.

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3. Anita Pallenberg
Probably the coolest women! She perfected the art of sex appeal and yet innocent. Again whilst she looks as though she could get ready and out the door in five minutes and look effortless, I just look like my life is a mess. I still need to work on that one.

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4. Kate Moss
Kate Moss will forever be my excuse for turning up to a party late in jeans, t-shirt and heals. I still do a Smokey eye with a nude lip when going out in the evening and continue to wear it the next morning due to Kate Moss.

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5. James Dean
The first time I laid eyes upon James Dean was in his 1955 film, Rebel without a cause, and still to this day I can’t wear a leather jacket without wanting a cigarette, not to smoke but just for the image.

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6. Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen
Okay, so I had to include the Olsen twins because I definetly tried to copy Roxy’s style from A New York minute. I still love their style though, very gothic chic. They allow me to wear all black outfits.

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7. Wednesday Addams
For the moody days.

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8. Kiss
Kiss was the first CD me and my brother ever bought from hmv and we obviously did not understand the lyrics but I would stick a cut out star over my face (with cut out eyes) and put on a rock concert. I’m convinced Kiss is the reason I now love star and have decorated every inch of my room in hanging stars.

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9. The cast of Friends.
Each character probably influenced me in some way. In particular Rachel and Phoebe. From classic 90s to hippy.

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10. Captain Jack Sparrow.
Yes, I used to line my eyes in black eyeliner, plait small strands of hair, wear a bandana and these really scruffy leather brown boots. It wasn’t my best look but I was a fan.

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Who was your fashion icon? Hope you enjoyed!
Eleanor Elizabeth xx