Friday, 28 October 2016

Stuck in the Upside Down │ Day Trip Away

Nope this isn't a Stranger Things related post,
I just enjoyed the reference... sorry.

Lately, there has been a hell of a lot of University work and I wouldn't mind being able to just maintaining that but there has been other issues surrounding the past month and I felt like there was something I needed to do to refresh my mind. Get some clarity.

Since we are in the half term, me and Jack decided to get away for the afternoon and go somewhere nice. When I was little I always wanted to run off to the Lake District when ever there was something bothering me, and so I kinda put that suggestion in there.

I dont wanna go into detail about other surrounding bothering problems as this is a happiness blog !

I promise that today was kinda a step as to what I personally needed to get back onto my personal path to mindfulness. And, that is what am trying to get at with this post. Though, things can sometimes be not so great, always make time to do even one thing that makes you happy. It can be simple little things, for example the other day I took a break from my University work and painted a pumpkin. Because, why not?

Just a little small update for you all though, thought it would be nice to drop by and post something. I understand from twitter etc, a lot of you all are now at University (like myself), and I know how it feels to have the work load, personal pressures and all that jazz. So take note from this. If you want to be able to 'survive uni', timing is something you need to get the grasp of. Especially when times like these come up and your not feeling so great, you can take those five minutes to say Im going to go do something for me this afternoon.

Be Positive and Stay Happy. Best words of advice.

So this post isn't all jibber jabber, I've included photos from this afternoons trip for you all to have a neb at. So enjoy, I have a few collaborations coming up over the next few weeks so stay tuned.

Ellie X

Monday, 17 October 2016

Snapchat Deer Makeup Look │Halloween Series

This week I decided to get back into the whole swing of youtube. So with Halloween just two weeks away, with the help of a higher quality camera I've been working on this brand new video. I will admit it is rather quick and theres not any voice over, so if you do have any questions about how I made the look work, or what products I used, please ask below this post or below the video. I will be trying my best to getting back into the swing of youtube but with uni it was getting progressively hard.
Anyways please do enjoy this video. Until next time Xox

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Goodbye Cruelty │ ELLEKATE

Good Afternoon,
Slightly off topic today but I think this is defiantly a subject that I would like to discuss on here. That topic being animal cruelty, and what I'm doing with my personal life to stop all that. Since of around April of this year there has been a real change in attitude of how I feel about certain products and lifestyle choices that not only have been noticed by myself but by friends and family members. Around 2 years ago, I turned Vegetarian. It wasn't a long coming decision although I didn't really ever eat red meat even as a child, it was very much over night. Since that day I have been completely happy with the choice I had made.
Around this time was also when I got my first job, this did eventually turn into two jobs (somehow) which meant for a 17 year old I was making quite a good wage. With that I wanted to buy the jacket of my dreams, I had wanted this ever since I had gotten into fashion and also looking up to my mothers style. So I made a good investment with an All Saints Cargo Leather Jacket. I loved it, honestly to this day it is my go to jacket. And I'm pleased that I still like it as much as I do because my perception on actually having saved up all that money for an item made of leather is something in the past 8-10 months has completely changed.
Then there was getting my baby, Buddy, he is a 4 year old beagle. From loving animals from a young age I wanted a puppy since I was a little girl. Being my mum and dads finally decision on what bread we got, they decided since my dad grew up with beagles it would be a good family decision. Since I got him, he has opened my eyes really to how cruel this world actually can be. Beagle Freedom Project and PETA kinda led me from there as far as hashtags related to my own images. It showed me that puppy's not much different from my own, yes beagles. Are bred in horrific conditions, all to spend there lives inside of cages and be tested on... all for beauty products.
Yesterday, I decided. Im not being selfish any more. Im not going to be that person who actually knows everything that happens to these poor animals and pretends that they care when essentially. We are actually doing nothing to stop it. I stopped using MAC about February time, though the company has released a statement saying that they are trying to stop there factories from being animals tested on ones. Until the day comes that they actually stop, I'm not going to be buying things from them, and the numerous other companies I have spend hundreds on just so I can look 'On fleek' on a night out.
Do I judge people who still use these products ? Absolutely not. Because for a long time I have been that person, I am just the kind who reads into things, realises the truth and cannot live with my own self by pretending like I think everything will be ok.

I think that this is the deepest I have ever gotten on this blog, it feels strange kinda ranting out my feelings this way ! Im sorry if your not use to this type of subject, or hate reading stuff that is over a bit more serious topics. I needed to just get across that from this day forth I will be trying my best to promote all clean, cruelty free products. I know I do own leather items which for some people who are vegan or vegetarian do find hard, So I will try keeping them out of my blog from now on. They are all products I have bought prior to becoming who I am today and they do have sentimental value which is why I am not discarding them. Just thought I would right that little disclaimer. I will not be purchasing any more items of leather myself, only items which have been gifted to me.

So there we go. Normally posts take me about a week to write up but this has taken me 30 mins of just sitting with my coffee, ranting out my feelings to the world basically. I would just like to thank everyone also that this blog has really helped me come to help me realise who I am, reflecting on what I actually believe in what is right and not doing anything because its a trend or because people want me to be 'that' person. But like me for me.

One happy El, who has came to a really big decision with her life.

Enjoy all the rest of your afternoons, I'm off to go drink cocktails and research into what foundation I can buy now that mines ran out and I refuse to repurchase it. Love you all X

Here is my little man, Buddy aka Bubba, who is the reason I realised there was such a world I was to blind to see or hear about. I recently made him a little Instagram account since my kitty gets all the attention on mine his username is 'bubba_beagle' feel free to follow him in his crazy little world.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Date Night Ideas │ ELLEKATE

Date Nights.
Now that I have to travel about a half hour on the train to see my boyfriend, we kinda now have to organise and plan out our nights ahead of time rather than just sitting in my room watching endless Netflix. Regardless, wether you live away from you love or if you are just wanting some ideas to help with keeping the relationship interesting, then I have been thinking about some ideas which you can try out.

Not so long ago I would sit and search through article upon article on Pinterest, trying to find ideas of what would be a nice idea for the day / night for Jack and I to do. After all of that searching I realised that its not all about the ideas, its what you find what works well in your relationship. Growing better together and honestly just discovering what common interests you both have, arranging things around them. What your about to read, are just a few ideas, you should play around with them to fit you budget and most importantly you relationship. Anyways, this could be ideas for even just you and your bestie if you are single and proud to be.

1. Classic Cinema Trip.
Something, which I feel has died out over recent years is the past few years is a nice trip to the cinema. Next few months have a good few flicks coming out, recently I went to go see Bridget Jones Baby! If the first films related to me on a personal level this did just too much, minus the pregnant part. The entire movie had me crying with laughter. Hows about you have a search for up and coming movies together, finding a one of interest and making a little trip to the movies. But rather than just your average lets go see a movie trip, hows about taking a picnic ? If you bring a big enough bag then you are ready for you little quite cinema trip picnic. Not only is this a money saver, its also fun when theres a quite turn out for the viewing. Then you don't have to worry about rustling that bag of crisps. If you are on a serious budget, create yourself a home cinema! Get some blankets and fairy lights and your all time favourite movie, sorted!

2. No Social Media Allowed.
Some say that romance died when technology took over, personally I disagree, without it my Mum wouldn't be able to speak to my dad everyday via FaceTime. But, it would be fun having no distractions. So for the whole evening, there is no technology or social media allowed. You can do what ever you both wish, your just not allowed to touch your phones. You could, go for a nice meal, play boardgames together, drive to anywhere, take a class together or make your own dinner. Thats the best part about this date idea, you can do whatever you wish but take away the phones you will both find yourselves communicating much more.

3. Go to a 'Game' Together.
Everyone has there own 'Local Team' in what ever sport that takes your interest, or not! Hows about going taking a trip together to the next match, wether it be football, hockey, basketball, its up to you. Get kitted out head to toe to show the up most support. Its a fun change to your average date. Our university have a Rugby team whom are doing really well in the playoffs, for the match the other night not only was there a great turn out but my friend had a first date with a boy she met during freshers, so thank you for the idea. Think I will be attending the next game.

4. Go for a Walk to nowhere.
Hows about, getting up a bit earlier than normal. Making no plans for the day ahead but just leaving the house, wearing some good walking shoes and both just go for a walk, you could end up anywhere. That is the joy of it. Just going with the flow, wether you want to have a nice talk or just walking along enjoying the company of one another! Something I have always really wanted to do, personally, with always having to stick to a day plan with work and university. To have a day with no plans yet still doing something would be such a relaxing things to do.

5. Grub Up
Get yourself onto Pinterest and plan out a lovely meal you can both have together. We are talking, Starter, Main course, Deserts and even sides. Write out a nice shopping list and head to the local farmers market or if not the supermarket, and gather all your ingredients. After you have made all the food light a few candles, and then you have a nice cheaper alternative to eating at a fancy restaurant. Plus if you both cannot cook, don't worry that just adds to the fun.

6. Make up a Date Jar
If you find it hard to come to final decisions, then why not make a date night jar. Choose how many sticks of ideas you want to put into your jar and then split them equally into four categories, you will then need four coloured pens one for each category. Theses categories should be Free, Stay at Home, Planing Required and Spontaneous. For the next part both sit down with a pen each and start going with the ideas. If you get stuck don't worry there are plenty of pre made ones on Pinterest. Once your done just place them all into a jar, next time you are both stuck on date night just pick one out and your ready to go.

7. Find a Place to Stay.
Bit more on the costly side, but for any special occasions or even just a need to get away from reality for the evening! Hows about a little search of local / not to far away bed and breakfasts or lodges that you can both retreat to for the evening. It could be for just the night, or a couple more! I have been a big fan of using Groupon at the moment and this isn't an add for them. But there has been some terrific over night stay deals and spa breaks in my local area over the past few weeks, so its worth a little search on sites like that also.

8. Good Deeds
Honestly, this won't be to everyones taste and its not exactly a 'Date' idea. But this is something myself and my boyfriend have been planning over the past few weeks! An animal shelter is near mine, who do receive a lot of help from the community. They have a food bank inside of the local supermarket that is always full which makes me very happy. Getting back on subject. Towards christmas we are going to purchase and collect as many blankets as we can to take to the shelter together and spend some time with the animals (mainly the kitties). Not only is it nice giving back, its fun to go with each other and spend some time just helping out.

9. Get on it with some Fitness.
Good for your health, and not lying on the couch eating pizza together (as nice as that is). Getting fresh air and doing exercising improves mental and physical health also. But I am getting off track, not only is it all that. Its actually really fun to do together, I and Jack have been on quite a few runs over the years and having someone to help motivate you is a big health. To be honest, Jack can be super pushy when we are doing exercise! He once had be doing circuits on the sand... But there are plenty of ways to get fit outside of running, such as, cycling, going to the gym, yoga, swimming and maaaany more.

10. Rent a Big old fancy Car.
Going away for the day, or even a week. Its fun sometimes to live a life that isn't exactly your own. So why not rent a car for your travels and have a few days in someone else's shoes. The people at 'Turo' messaged me for this post and gave me the great idea for this post. You can even rent out your own car, which I think is a seriously good idea, especially if you are into collecting models and just have them sitting around! You could make a bit of cash out of your hobby. Personally I cannot wait to travel back to Florida, and when I go this time I want to stay in a villa. So I went on the site and have a look into what cars were available in the Orlando area, pleased to say the first car that popped up was my dream car a Ford Mustang. But if you live in the US, go on and give it a look ill leave the link for the site below.

But that is it for my date night ideas, let me know if you have any great date night ideas! Leave them in the comment section below and lets get sharing. Until next time I leave you with one question 'Where and What doing, was your most memorable date?'

Elle X