It’s been said on average that we meet 80,000 people in a lifetime, not an oh so little number…when you think of it in numerical terms it is fascinating how we are drawn and connect to a select number.
Certain relationships and experiences bring a whole new meaning to life, fate can have a funny way of creating crossing paths with certain people.
The paths may join and split, join and stay or simply cross and go.
The amount of time spent with someone doesn’t always necessarily dictate the impact they have. Just a few days in someone’s company can bring brand new feelings to the table and as quick as the crossing goes, the realisation hits to never underestimate the force of true, raw chemistry.
Family is family and the majority of us are lucky enough to have that instant bond which stays forever, unconditional love, they are the ones who know us best.
Friendships are wonderful, there is always that initial connection when you meet that stays and grows. You may not see each other or speak for years at a time but are always somehow rooted in each other’s life.
Love is complex and it is impossible to detail the meaning of a soul mate or the emotion of being in love if you are yet to experience it…
The idea that one day you might just experience them and collide with your other half is a special thought…
When the paths unite, remain and lead onto a wonderful new journey…
My Granny and Grandad were married 56 years, which really is just short of a lifetime. They had 5 children, 15 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchilden, who they all loved dearly. Sadly my Granny passed away recently, just a few months after my Grandad. They are sadly missed by us all.
In fact, River Island are winning with their shoe line at the moment…in my previous ‘trainer love’ blog I referenced Balenciaga style trainers which had caught my eye. At that time I missed out in my size so I was delighted when they brought in more styles yay…
Keep them coming River Island! 👟👠👢
On the note of footwear, it’s time I got mine on and out…
Have a fantastic Halloween, treat up and enjoy any unexpected collisions which may come your way 🍰💋💥
Sun drenched beaches; golden sand, tropical cocktails and The Island of Love (aka Love Island) are not the reason for a quieter blog as of late. On the topic of Love Island, I feel like I am the only human not to have watched and having since seen Jamie Jewitt this may have been a silly decision…
What has played a big part in my summer days and on every London day for that matter is The London Underground. Transport for London’s Thought Of The Day are always a highlight of my travels! I snapped this one as soon as I saw it, as it really relates to where I am at the moment…
Cha-chaing is guaranteed fun, passion and energy and as the thought provokes it doesn’t just have to be left for the dance floor. It is actually a great way to describe the journeys we go through in life.
I don’t know about you but I can be all too guilty of getting caught up in the thought of an end result and sometimes stumble with some of the steps along the way. Along with the stumble comes a struggle to admit that a couple of steps back are necessary. Why is this admission so difficult? Well, for me personally it can feel like you are admitting defeat or labeling yourself as a failure. I now realise this is such a negative and inaccurate description. When in fact it is simply part of the journey and should be embraced. After all if we don’t acknowledge our mistakes, or areas needing more focus we can never truly improve.
I am most certainly at the trial and error stage with my new ventures and as I have just mentioned only naturally there is going to be a need for some adjustment and cha-chaing.
*The action of delaying or postponing something*
*Hands held high*
Yes, yes and yes I’m guilty…
So what makes us procrastinate?
Textbook answers range from bone idleness to fear to perfectionism…
None of us wants to admit to being lazy although in human nature we do all require some down time as we are not programmed robots nor should we want to be.
Personally, fear still contributes much too frequently to my stumbles- fear of looking silly, fear of not being word perfect…
Perfectionism- often falsely deemed as pure positivity however in a lot of cases the strive to be picture or word perfect creates a massive set back, removes your capability to produce work and instead sends you on a vicious circle where nothing is achieved.
My guilty confession of being too focused on the end results ties in with just this. I focus on the level I aim for my skills to be and forget that mishaps will always happen along the way. After all that is how you truly learn.
The cha-cha is counter active towards procrastination as the step backwards leads to a step forward as opposed to just a stony delay.
The positive in this is that it is never too late to make the realisation and to really let loose and live! When have you ever seen a stiff cha-cha? (Ok remove any unsavoury Strictly scenes from mind)
I look forward to sharing my new cha-cha steps with you all in the weeks and months to come.
We all have busy lifestyles, no matter what line of work we are in….
On Saturday I was out for lunch & a glass of bubbles with my friend Jordan… Jordan is one-half of girl band MissDefiant, who were the opening guests of the Lucy Ellen Channel and are due to release their debut album in the weeks to come… woohoo! Jordan also has a successful dancing, modelling, song writing and production career.
Not to add she is currently studying and still manages to have a social life *note our Saturday bubbles* so how does she fit it all in?!
Well luckily for us, Jordan is happy to share her top tips not just to me but to you also,
Jordan, take it away…
Create Lists: I am forever creating lists of things I need to do! It is a great way to organise yourself and feel more in control. I put a *star* next to the most urgent tasks and aim to get these done first. Ticking off what you have done, feels so damn good haha which makes you want to get things done.
Give yourself deadlines: I am self-employed and create my own deadlines to help me achieve and focus on what I need to do.
Get enough sleep: One of the biggest tips I can give anyone, is to get enough sleep! 8 hours a night. Make sure you stick to it.
Exercise: Exercise is a great way to release stress and I try my best to do this every morning before I start my day. From running to swimming to yoga, find what makes you tick and I promise it will help!
Put your phone in another room: When I am really trying to focus, I will put my phone in another room so I don’t get easily distracted by social media, as that is one of the biggest distractions of today!
I hope these 5 tips help! Lots of love Jordan xx @jordancather
A big thank you to Jordan for sharing her tips! <3
Since I last wrote, I have fallen in love... with the ‘curly blowdry’
Although it may not seem like it, hair straighteners are used on my hair at least a few times a week, I use them to slightly loosen my natural curl, although I am certainly no Nicky Clarke hahaha!
We all can feel the effects of straighteners and hair dryers, especially when we skip on the heat protector spray…
I was recently in the very capable hands of Hair Stylist Harry at Clapham High Street’s RUSH, who used their FUSIO MASQUE to deeply condition my hair before giving it a well needed trim… we said goodbye to just over 4 inches.
As I am keen to learn the art of blow-drying myself, I paid close attention to Harry’s sectioning and drying using a rounded brush… I even took a few short videos.
Harry has been in the business for over 40 years and as well as working wonders as my before & after pictures show below, he is really friendly and fun!
Last Friday saw me back in a hairdressers chair for another ‘curly blowdry’… This time at J Hair just off the Tottenham Court Road. It was a last minute decision on a spare lunch hour and I certainly struck it lucky as hair stylist Antonio gave a wonderful blow dry… I was so relaxed I actually almost dozed off on the chair 😮 after again taking a few videos…
I think we would all agree that it is much more difficult to do your own hair and I’m not sure if I will ever come close to getting the same results as Harry or Antonio single handedly lol! I will keep you posted with how I am getting along lol!
SONG OF THE SUMMER- LITTLE MIX Feat STORMZY ‘Power’ I literally cannot get enough of this, it’s definitely up there with my love for Bruno Mars’ ‘Uptown Funk’
STIMULATING INTERVIEW – I love Stylist mag and Billie Piper’s ‘Expect the unexpected’ is one of the most open, visual and frank interviews I’ve read all summer!
FAVE NEW PURCHASE- VANS, After a two month wait I finally got my hands (and feet) on these old school vans…being a size 2.5 created the wait but they were definitely worth it!
WRITING HAVEN- ‘The Hoxton’ ticks pretty much every box…boutique hotel, delicious food, drinks, great music, cosy fire and most excitingly for me desks in a more secluded area- what’s not to love?!
The Hoxton making the perfect setting
CUTEST MEAL- Osteria Dell’Arte on Clapham High Street made my friend Rosie & I’s night by surprising us with this delight- heart shaped pizza! It tasted just as scrumptious as it looks…
The prettiest pizza ever…Thank you Osteria Dell’Arte
SPECIAL EVENT- ‘A Night for Life’ in association with Randox Health at the Park Lane Hotel in aid of the National Brain Appeal. Organised by Cliodhna McCorley, who after recovering from a brain tumour diagnosis set her heart on giving back to the charity that helped her. The event raised just shy of £100,000 and I was fortunate enough to be there on the evening to capture the celebrations and backdrop of the charity. I look forward to sharing with you on the Lucy Ellen Channel in the weeks to come.
I hope everyone has a fantastic (and hopefully Sunny) Bank Holiday weekend…until next time don’t forget to cha-cha freely…
Tony Mills; Powerful, Passionate, Proactive and always Personable.
Tony’s football loving teenage years were dealt the ultimate crippling blow when a standard leg break manifested into the loss of his leg.
A thought which none of us, unless personally affected, can even begin to contemplate.
Tony was thrown into a living nightmare, experiencing the darkest of days, weeks, months, and more… but he himself managed to turn the nightmare into a reality and start afresh with life.
Para Athletics, Modelling and an appearance on ITV’s ‘Take Me Out’ have all formed part of the journey in Tony’s new life.
I feel more than privileged that Tony chose to share his journey with me in his frank, humble and fun loving way.
You can watch my interview with Tony on the ‘Videos’ tab on the link below
I believe we can all take something from Tony’s journey, whether it is to seek light and guidance through an unexpected diagnosis, disability or dark time. We can all draw inspiration from Tony’s achievements.
One thing is for sure, it puts our every day mundane complaints into perspective.
Below Tony talks training, ‘Take Me Out’ and how to cope with life changing trauma..
Tony your training is currently focused on the 2020 Olympics, what does your average training day consist of?
After the disappointment of missing out on Rio last summer through injury my full focus is on the Paralympics in Tokyo in 2020.
My usual training week consists of 6 sessions. 3 strength & conditioning, 2 speed/track sessions and 1 technical jump session.
My 3 S&C sessions consist of a lower body workout through Olympic lifts, box jumps, calve raises and squats plus hip, glute and core stability work.
My 2 track sessions consist of speed work between 40-80 metres. As the speed on the runway is a smooth acceleration I work a lot on transitional speed and the ability to increase speed when needed. I brake down my own speed into speed 1,2 and 3(100%, 80% and 60%) and comprise my session of reps and sets covering distances and speeds dependent on the time of year it is; i.e, winter or during the competition season.
80m @ Speed 3 x 10 reps with walk back recovery.
60m in total. 20m @ Speed 2, 40m @ Speed 1 x 3 sets of 3 reps with 2 minutes rest between reps and 5 minutes between sets.
My technical jump session concentrates on approach work to the board, body position, knee drive, flight and leg shoot position and landing.
As a previous contestant yourself, what advice do you have for any males considering an appearance on ITV’s ‘Take Me Out’?
As a previous contestant on ITV’s Take Me Out my advice to any male considering applying would definitely be to take the whole process with a pinch of salt. The fact you can count the actual true love matches on the hand of Terry Nutkins just shows that 99% of the contestants both male or female just use the process as a jolly or a way to get their 5 minutes. I personally agreed to go on to promote disability and para sport but the majority are just there to promote themselves. So anyone applying to hopefully find love please think again.
Tony I thank you for sharing your journey so openly with me. What advice do you have for anyone who has been affected by disability or who are going through a traumatic time in their lives?
I suppose the hardest thing I had to do was accept the loss of my leg and the body I no longer recognised. In the early days every morning I woke up and for a split second forgot what had happened before the realisation devastated me. It took time but I finally realised that there was nothing I could do to change what had happened but I could change how it impacted my life. I did all I could to make my state of mind and attitude better day by day and finally I accepted everything as well as myself and vowed to do all I could to live my life. Of course I still have bad days and low points in my life like any other but life doesn’t stop and it’s up to you how you let it affect the time you have.
I hope everyone had an Eggcellent Easter (sorry I couldn’t resist) and happily got waist deep in kinder, malteasers or whatever may be your favourite chocolate 🍫🐰
Easter has always been one of my favourite times of year…asides from the fact it’s chocolate central it also means Summer is closer…
This year however was different as my family had to say goodbye to my Grandad Robert. My Grandad was such a kind, caring, considerate man; a gentleman ❤️
He was fondly known by everyone in his local village/town, he had such a lovely personable manner and was never without a smile. Whether it was chats over a cup of coffee and a bun, giving people a lift to somewhere they had to be or playing in his much loved band he was always making people feel special.
In his later years my Grandad took on a job as a School Lollipop man and this was a job which was truly made for him. He was everything a Lollipop Man should be and more, since his passing he has received many touching tributes including those from pupils past and present whom he built such a lovely relationship with.
Grandad has certainly left his mark and will never be forgotten❤️
Someone else who has made quite the impact is Para Athlete Tony Mills who appeared on Episode Two of my YouTube Channel. Tony’s life as a healthy, fit footballer was turned into a living nightmare after a standard leg break turned wrong and resulted in him having to face the reality of losing his leg. I feel very privileged that Tony chose to share his journey with me as he discussed his lowest, darkest times to how he came out the other side.
Tony’s interview is truly inspirational and most definitely puts things into perspective. For those reasons I would highly recommend anyone to give it a watch and in particular to anyone who has been affected by disability or who is going through a challenging period in their life.
You can view Tony’s interview via my YouTube Channel ‘Lucy Ellen’, the link to which can be found on the Videos Tab of this website.
I recently sat in on one of the recordings of the newly rebooted classic ‘Blind Date’. If you are from the same era as myself you don’t need to be reminded that Blind Date was the epitome of Saturday Night Television. Once news of the relaunch filtered into the media it was only naturally met with wild speculation of who would step into TV Queen Cilla Black’s shoes to host the show. Comic legend and Cilla’s best friend Paul O’Grady has been the perfect choice.
I’m sure it comes as no surprise that Paul’s jokes were on tap and there were a few particularly funny statements made between takes…I will let you use your own imagination lol! ‘Blind Date’ will be back on our television screens later this year on Channel 5.
Whilst on the subject of statements, I am loving the selection of statement tops in stores right now! I have always been a fan and love how they work just as well from day to night, with jeans and trainers to a skirt and heels.
I always think there is something rather French Chic about them and in reflection of this quite a few don French Slogans.
I’m not sure any of us can forget the Team Jolie / Team Pitt tops which did the rounds after the infamous break up and it is arguable that they were the driving force behind the increase of statement tops. I have spotted a couple on the high street that have a similar tongue in cheek, light hearted vibe to them
There are also a number which subtly salute ‘girl power’
I am now into my last few days of my twenties, I always use the phrase ‘time flies’ and it really does! I haven’t been filled with any absolute dread…just yet haha… I will let you know how I am feeling once I hit the 3-0 though lol.
I have always had the thinking that Age is Just a Number and my thoughts on this are reflected in my lifestyle blog ‘Age is Just a Number…isn’t it?’ which you can read on both this site and my new Huffington Post Blogger profile.
I am eagerly counting down the days to my birthday as my best friend, from the age of 11, Pamz is making her way over for all of next weekend (a birthday annddd a bank holiday weekend) rolled into one woohoo! 💃🍸🎊
Until then in the words of Rhianna it is ‘work, work, work…’
‘Age is just a number’ a phrase which stands strong in saying that anything can be achieved at any point of your life. It is also used to console the ‘fear’ of another year passing or reaching a particular milestone, it could be that of 21, 60, 18 or 40.
Just as the ages above vary, so do the reactions of individuals in how they deal with the inevitable. Almost unbelievably as I prepared this blog throughout the day between work and meetings I overheard and saw true, raw insights into how people were dealing and viewing their age; I will share with you throughout the body of this blog.
I’m sure we all have that one friend or relative who put a ban on any mention of said age or celebrations. Society can be all too quick to deem this as denial, even vanity but how do we know this doesn’t stem deeper to perhaps an embarrassing or previously bad experience?
There are those who feel liberated by the turning of age- an approach which I feel I fall into as I wait to turn 30. Phrases such as ’30’s are the new 20’s’ have become as well known as ‘blondes have more fun’.
There are those who face another turning of year indifferently. A guy beside me in a meeting room casually said to his friend “That’s me 31 now… It really was just like any other day” Part of me feels sad that people don’t want to celebrate but what says they should?
I’m curious as to how much influence society, lifestyle and media have on people’s floundering opinions. Is it something they have control over or are controlled by?
I think it’s fair to say that birthdays create a surge of expectation from the get go- as a child hoping your birthday party will reach the approval of other children and will be deemed fun. As I mentioned above a traumatising experience could put anyone off the notion of birthday celebrations for a lifetime.
So who or what is setting the bar for the above noted expectations? Is the media to blame for marketing birthdays like its Christmas.
Or does society have a leading role in dictating what the ‘idealistic’ celebrations are. Social media is at the forefront of this suggestion, be honest with yourself have you ever drawn comparisons to yourself & your life achievements to an online profile?
The chances are yes you have but remember social media rarely perceives true authentic reality.
I couldn’t help but overhear a girl opposite me on the tube tell her friend “For someone who is so organised I really do feel like I am just drifting in life, I always imagined at 31 I would be settled and living in Australia.” I could see sincere worry and feelings of failure in her eyes.
This lady’s thoughts echo how from our first steps and first words there is an unsaid expectation to what should follow next in life.
As children we grow up watching Disney and reading fairytales- the happy ever afters we become so accustomed to are those of falling in love, marriage and children all whilst being beautiful and youthful.
Rarely do they conclude of someone stepping outside this strategic way and embracing a new sense of life at an older age.
Therefore, we are almost guided into believing that essentially a 2.4 set up is the route to having succeeded in life.
I hear it all too often from friends who are in relationships, married or/and have kids that they are continually asked when they are getting engaged, moving in, having next baby. Why can society just not allow things to progress naturally?
Another girl, who was in a shop queue behind me was having a telephone conversation and said
“I’m not ready to be grown up, in my head I am no older than 21”
Of course only naturally responsibility comes with age, however it seems to me rather than focusing on the areas which she will love she instead feels overwhelmed by those she doesn’t.
I do appreciate this is when lifestyle becomes a massive factor and not everyone is able to reject what they may wish to and still find themselves having full support.
Age IS just a number, society and the media do try to dictate but I believe lifestyle is what has the biggest impact on creating not just our limitations but also fuelling our success and happiness.
Futuristic, On Point, Addictive are all words which come to mind when describing UK’s Pop Electro Duo Miss Defiant 💥
Since launching in April 2015 the girls have created an online storm around their contagious sound and fun, fearless attitude.
I met Jordan at an event towards the end of 2016 and was delighted to welcome both her and Emily as my debut guests on Episode One of my Lucy Ellen YouTube Channel.
You can catch my interview with the girls and subscribe to my channel directly via the ‘Videos’ tab on this site.
Shortly after our studio interview I asked the girls an extra few questions so we could all get to know that little bit more 🎤😘
Hi girls, you have been busy creating your debut album in the studio this year! What is your favourite song from the record?
Jordan: My favourite song on the album is Social Media! It was so much fun writing this song. It’s high energy which is very much a part of our live act. It’s a funny and quirky message to perform on stage through a song, but also a serious message about how much importance is put on social media and wanting likes and attention. It’s a tongue in cheek nod to social media.
Emily: Ooh hard choice! ICYMI the track we just released is my fave along with a new one “You can’t sit with us”. If you like the film “Mean Girls” you’ll love this one!!
Your style is seriously ‘on point’ 👌 What is your favourite item in your wardrobe?
J: My favourite wardrobe item right now is my leather jacket designed by Charlotte Posner. It was designed for the release of our single ICYMI. Check it out on our Instagram. I think we have a thing for paint, as we also threw paint all over ourselves on our first photo shoot we did too! Check out Charlotte Posner, she’s such a babe and an incredible talent!
E: For one of our gigs recently we wore these insanely cool tops by Claudia Pink, they’re silver in a holographic style and looked amazing under the lights. We love wearing metallic colours and the look on the audience’s faces when they saw us walk onto stage wearing them was priceless!
I love how you both rock Glitter so effortlessly, what is your favourite make up item of the moment?
J: Glitter Lips are awesome! I just love this make up brand so much. My favourite Glitter Lips colour is Ultra Glam. It’s the perfect make up item and every time we wear it, we always get asked where to get some! I’m also obsessed with their Stardust festival body Glitter, it’s incredible too! I also love Mac Cosmetics, they have such amazing products and colours!
E: Yes I agree, we’re glitter mad so glitter lips is an obvious fave. We’ve also collaborated with MAC lots. Their eye and lip colours look amazing in photos, so we always use them for our shoots.
Miss Defiant are set to take on Camden Assembly on 6th May 2017, for ticket information and all other news please find info on the links below:
I’m writing this blog on the plane back to London…those who know me will probably find that amusing as I have been known to fall asleep before take off on more than one occasion ✈️😴
I’ve spent a few days in Spain which has been lovely. My family and I have been holidaying in Spain for around 15 years. Our family friends have a beautiful holiday home close to Marbella and very kindly let us stay on holiday.
It’s a beautiful part of Spain and I have to admit that I appreciated the views more than ever on this trip. It was the first time I ‘saw the sea and the sea saw me’ (anyone else play that game when they were younger?) in quite some time. As much as I love London’s skyline views it was nice to swap it for sea, sun and sand for a few days!
Family friend Ian very kindly treated us to a very special tapas at ‘The Little Geranium’, in La Cala de Mijas, which is owned and ran by Michelin acclaimed Chef and TV Personality Steven Saunders and his beautiful wife Michele. We decided on the Taster Menu and my goodness it was sensational! 👌
I always think a variety of small portions can be more fun than one main dish and if you fancy this option ‘The Little Geranium’ will not dissapoint!
Steven has certainly lived a fascinating life, his raw talent and creativity in the kitchen has drawn in scores of loyal fans around the globe including our very own Royal Family!
You can watch my interview with Steven on my social media accounts as he talks all things food, dining with the Queen, cooking at the blessing of Prince Charles & Duchess of Cornwall and his renowned ‘crispy duck’ dish loved by Princess Diana.
I couldn’t recommend ‘The Little Geranium’ enough and the boardwalk between Marbella & La Cala de Mijas’ just completes the entire setting as you can have a stroll in the sun before and/or after your meal.
Asides from good food, time in the sun and the odd glass of prosecco here and there, a little window shopping was done (well it would have been rude not to 😛)
First stop was Zara in La Canada shopping centre, I’ve been practically drooling over their new season leather jackets for the last few weeks…
A leather jacket is without question a staple of any girl (or guy’s) wardrobe…
All Saints always have a fantastic selection of leather jackets, although they are outside of my current budget that doesn’t stop them providing some serious eye candy 😍
I snapped up the below leather jacket in New Look’s Petite sale for £12… I’m delighted with it as its a great fit and nice & light so perfect for those Summer day/nights which are almost here ☀️
Sometimes in life we are fortunate enough to cross paths and have the blessing of extra special people in our lives. My Uncle George was just that and he really was one in a million.
He left a lasting and very happy impression wherever he went, and he still does now even though he is no longer with us in person, 2nd April marked the one year anniversary of his passing.
It was the grin, the laugh, the kindness, the odd gin n tonic, the endless array of vintage cars and motorbikes which he himself admitted to losing count of, the way any child & animal would instantly warm to him, his love for life, his infamous “I’m here for a good time, not a long time”, his kindness and love for his family…❤️
Just him being him…
I wish everyone reading this could have a bit of Uncle George in the life…
Let’s remember it is true we might not be here for a long time so let’s make it a good time, having fun while never forgetting to love and be kind…
It is only right I start this week’s blog by paying tribute to the victims of Wednesday’s attack ❤️
Westminster Bridge, one of the city’s most beautiful, iconic landmarks, which I frequently pass over myself was hit by a barrage of terror which so sadly claimed the lives of innocent, loving people…and for what?
We will never forget them and they will always remain close in our hearts 💗
I absolutely love this hand written London Underground sign which has since gone viral
Although it isn’t entirely authentic as it wasn’t of course written at that exact time it reflects and voices London’s continued solidarity. London is a city which embraces all walks of life and cultures and is one of the reasons why I fell in love with it.
I have so much admiration for our Country’s medical services who never fail to stand up to the mark and put their own lives on the line also.
Following on with anything else feels rather insignificant but like I say we continue to march on.
I actually experienced the amazing service of our health service first hand on Thursday evening after my contact lense got stuck in my left eye. I hotfooted it to the Western Eye Hospital in Marlyebone after my work had wrapped up for the day. The doctor who saw me removed it super quickly and only naturally we had a giggle during the process! I would like to say a big thank you to him! 🙌
Monday saw the first episode of my new YouTube Channel #lucyellen go live and I was delighted to have the fabulous Miss Defiant as my first guests!
If you haven’t had the chance to watch just yet you can view the interview on my channel, you can find the direct link on the Video’s tab on this website as well as on all of my social media 👍
Look out for my blog on the girls in the coming days which includes some additional questions which I didn’t ask on the sofa…
If you are anything like me the last year will have seen you going weak for fashion chokers. Rarely a day goes by where I don’t wear one! They just add the perfect little completion to an outfit and I find myself feeling rather bare without one 😆
A classic black one is hard to beat as they are super versatile and because of this I have several- all of which are from New Look and Primark and have been incredibly long lasting
Silver is just as versatile as black and the New Look find below has certainly caught my attention online
I also am a fan of bowed chokers, particularly for evening attire just like this Miss Selfridge one below 👌
Most stores are selling chokers in packs of two and three, which is always handy, just like the below trio from Zara
There really is such a vast variety in stores and online, the below River Island wall display being an example of just that…
Lastly but by no means least I would like to wish all Mums especially my amazing Mum a very Happy Mother’s Day 💋💗
I have so much admiration for Mums in particular my own. I genuinely think you must have super powers to achieve everything you do on a daily basis.
My Mum is the most selfless, caring, supportive Mum I could ever wish for and I am so very lucky to have her. She also happens to have the most amazing eye for style and I am forever asking her opinion on outfits and ‘borrowing’ some of her wardrobe pieces when we are together 😜
Unfortunately I didn’t get to spend today with my Mum, however I am joining both my Mum and Dad on holiday during the week for a few days and I literally cannot wait to spend some quality time with them both ❤️
I hope everyone has a great week whatever your plans are 💗
I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and enjoyed a Guiness or two to celebrate St Patrick’s day 🎉
This was my first year in London over the festivities as I spent it in Essex last year. Although there were lots of celebrations happening throughout the city I didn’t get the chance to partake in any due to work…there is always next year though 😛
Now onto one of my favourite fashion items…Denim! 😍👖👌 It is definitely a delight in my eyes, I love, love, love it and could write a book on it; for now I will focus on
Denim Jackets 🔷🙌
Spring has definitely sprung a little early in London this week- yayy! 👏 I hope it’s the same wherever you are too!
I find denim jackets are perfect for the change in temperature as they aren’t too heavy but still provide cover…
Although this season has a love for oversized as well as regular, I do still like this cropped jacket I purchased from Primark a few years ago…
I wasn’t sure what to think of oversized on me initially as I’m so short however after trying a few on I have grown to like them. I am still hunting for the ‘perfect one’ but have spied a couple of stand out ones in New Look and Zara. I’m just waiting for my size to come back in store and will be sure to post when they do.
Back prints and slogans are also featured on the above said jackets and are something which I am fully embracing now too.
Last week I included this beautiful handful of pink in my #minibag blog
Since then I think I have found the perfect denim jacket from Zara to team it with for an ‘out out’ night 🎊
Embroidery is another massive key trend for S/S17 and I love it!
I have a real weakness for aviator’s and let’s face it they are always going to come in handy on those chilly, cooler evenings which are destined to crop up in any given British Spring/Summer so they are definitely a fab, classic buy.
While on the subject of plain classic, I still love this option for the days you prefer a slightly more understated look
The above is my choice for today which is another busy one 😀
I’m really excited as the first episode of my new YouTube Channel #lucyellen is just about to be released, look out for my social media posts during the week 🎬😊
After last week’s #trainerlove post I thought it would be fitting to follow on with a feature on another new found love of mine…
Mini bags 👛☺️
As long as I can remember I have been a slave to big bags; I love them and if you are anything like me they are essentially a small suitcase on the road.
As I’ve mentioned before you will always find a pair of shoes in mine, alongside an iPad, stationery, maybe even a change of clothes (in a separate carrier bag of course… I do like to think there is some sense of organisation in mine 😃) But yeah some days I guess there is pretty much everything besides the kitchen sink 😆
As great as they are on your arm for a whirlwind day of meetings, work and social gatherings it is always nice to challenge your fashion boundaries slightly.
So what better way to do that on the bag front than with these gems below… Let’s have a look at some of my favourites that the high street have to offer…
And finally but by no means least, I adore this handful of pink from River Island 👌💋
Last night I embraced the mini by taking this one out for the night…
And yes I survived just fine 😀 as for this afternoon’s duties…yes you guessed it- it is back to the big 👜 and on that note I must dash…