Sunday, 28 January 2018

Some 2018 Home Decor Updates (+ A 25% Off Desenio Discount Code)


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If you've been reading Ellis Tuesday for some time now you might remember some of my previous room tours, both of which took place in 2015 in the Spring and the Autumn. And since it had been that long since I last shared any home decor updates, I thought that it was definitely about time that I did so. I also thought that I would expand the tour to include my bathroom, kitchen and the more photogenic part of my bathroom.

I've also teamed up with Desenio to share some of the stunning prints and frames that they have to offer plus an exciting discount code. For that exclusive 25% off discount code, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this blog post.

So let's have a look at the 2018 home updates that I've made;

IN THE BEDROOM...

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Tropical Leaves Poster (in Copper Frame) - New York City Poster (in Black Frame) - 9 PM Poster (in Copper Frame) - Next Bedding

Something that I've been interested in doing for some time now is a gallery wall but I wasn't sure how effective it would be considering that I didn't have the biggest amount of wall space to play with. What I really appreciated about using Desenio was the fact that they have several templates to help you put together tried and tested gallery wall arrangements or you can freestyle as I did. Being able to buy frames that fit the prints exactly is another big bonus as was the fact that they do them in a range of finishes including my very favourite copper ones.

As soon as I saw these three prints in particular I knew exactly what I was going for with my gallery wall and inspiration really did strike. I mean, they honestly fit me and everything that I love so well; palm print, New York City and an early night. The difference that they've made to my empty white wall is unreal and they just add so much personality to an otherwise plain wall.

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And to keep with the palm print theme (it really is my favourite), we have my bedding. You might recognise it from my Self Care blog post and my love for it hasn't wavered much since then. It's actually double sided so this is the alternative colour way of the one shown before. I've definitely got my eye on a few more of Next's bed sets, especially as this bedding hasn't pilled or gone bobbly like many of my other bed sets from Primark, for example. You might also recognise my metal wall mural, which I bought from Urban Outfitters in the sale last year, if you saw any of my YouTube videos around the same time last year. Sadly I just couldn't get into the whole YouTube thing which is why I haven't really uploaded much to my channel.

Next we take a trip to the kitchen.

IN THE KITCHEN...

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Eat Well For Less: Family Feasts On A Budget BookSodastream Fizzi*

Since I still live at home, I don't really have the same freedom to add things to it like I do in my bedroom or little bathroom but I have bought a few cookbooks in recent months, even if they do live on my bedroom bookshelf instead of the kitchen itself.

I'm a big fan of the TV show Eat Well For Less and as one of my aims for 2018 is to learn how to make some of my favourite takeaway and ready meal dishes at home and from scratch, I thought that this could well be a good investment. I've already saved me and my family some serious dough from making the switch from brand names to supermarket own brands as a result of watching the show, so I'm hoping that the cookbook will have a similar success rate. I've also got my eye on another cookbook; Chrissy Teigen's Cravings so if anyone else has got that in their collection or regularly uses it, I'd love to hear what you think of it as I may be making that my next cookbook purchase for 2018.

sodastream fizzi review

I was also very kindly gifted a Sodastream at the start of the year and my Mum, who has wanted one since she was a teenager has already kind of claimed it as her own. If you fancy yourself a bit of a fizzy drink mixologist or love sparkling water but hate having to buy bottle after bottle of the stuff, I can't recommend the Sodastream Fizzi* enough. It also looks so sleek and shiny, which makes it stand out from some of the other, slightly older, appliances in the kitchen. If you're trying to reduce your plastic consumption, like I imagine many of us are this year, being able to forgo buying bottles of fizzy drinks and sparkling water, instead using reusable bottles has already made a big impact on the amount of plastic bottles we recycle each month.

Next, let's take a trip to the bathroom, which is what we inevitably do after too many glasses or bottles of the fizzy stuff.

IN THE BATHROOM...

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H&M Home Porcelain Toothbrush Mug - Hide Poster (in Silver Frame) - Breathe Poster (in Silver Frame)

Our downstairs bathroom, which adjoins my bedroom, has your basic toilet and a sink setup and not much else. I one day dream of owning the most beautiful bathroom suite (cue me spending hours scrolling through dream homes and apartments and looking at bathroom suites that I could possibly one day afford to add to my own home or flat).

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It has, however, lacked a bit of personality for some time now so it was immediately one of the first places that I was keen to add some more Desenio prints. I don't think you'll find two more perfect bathroom style prints to be honest and I love the way that I was able to frame them in silver to compliment the fixtures and fittings in my little bathroom. Much like the other prints that I picked out, they just add so much to the space and I can't believe that I went this long without having my home adorned with pure personality in the form of these prints. As someone who used to have an entire wall covered with pictures and magazine clippings of my favourite band at the time Steps (of course it had to be them), I really have gone far too long with bare white walls in my house and I'm glad that that has now been remedied.

My toothbrush holder is one of my favourite H&M Home finds and they seem to have brought out a similar style this year.

And last but not least, we have my living room.

IN THE LIVING ROOM...

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Paper Pink No. 1 Poster (in White Frame) - Matalan Mongolian Cushion

And more specifically; where I spend the most of my time. In the Winter when my bedroom can often pretty chilly, I forgo working from my desk like I really should and instead camp out on the couch. Even though I still live at home, I have made a few of my own touches to the communal area and more specifically my little corner.

You'll probably have seen my very favourite blush pink furry cushion from Matalan pop up both on the blog and on my social media quite a few times and that's because it makes for such a great photo backdrop. But when I'm not using it for it's photogenic properties it sits on the sofa and also stops me from slouching too much, keeping me sat more upright, ready to work.

So there you have it, my 2018 home updates.

And as promised above, here is my exclusive Desenio discount;

The code “ellistuesday” gives 25% off posters* between 28th January - 1st February. 
*Except for handpicked-/collaboration posters and frames.

Have you made any updates to your home or bedroom in the past couple of months? Do you like to change things up depending on the season? And what do you think of the Desenio prints that I picked out?

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Sunday, 21 January 2018

Two Dry Skin Game Changers


o'keefe's dry skin

If you've been reading Ellis Tuesday for some time now it will be no surprise to you that I suffer from dry/dehydrated skin, which only seems to worsen in the colder months and this Winter it has been worse than ever. No matter what I was using, nothing was really working for me, even products that I'd relied on and reached for for many years now. It was time for drastic measures.

As someone who receives a lot of beauty products to try and to review, I rarely feel inclined to rush out and buy anything on a whim or without doing some serious research first but something about these two products caught my eye on a trip to Boots just before Christmas. I was looking for industrial strength even medicinal grade help, if it came to it and for some reason I couldn't pass by the end of this particular aisle without stopping. I'd heard of their world renowned Working Hands cream but have never really had any issues with my hands, which is why I hadn't tried it before but as soon as I saw the words lip repair and itchy skin relief I was sold and I had to take this opportunity to share with you just how impressive these two products have been. It's been a while since I've dedicated a blog post to one brand or product but I just had to switch things up to bring you this blog post. Basically if you ever experienced dry skin, dry patches, chapped lips or irritated skin; keep reading.

o'keefe's lip repair review


My lips are always pretty prone to cracking and my guilty habit definitely has to be picking the little ridges or raised bits off and then getting my lips into an even sorrier state. It often looks like I've got a split lip or as if I've had a sucker punch to the mouth they're that bad and as a result, it puts me off wearing any of my more colourful or exciting lip products. 

When it comes to lip balms I really have tried everything and all of the holy grail style products that bloggers and YouTubers always tend to recommend such as Nuxe's Reve de Miel, Glossier's Balm dot com and Burt's Bees offerings to name a few but they'd never really do anything long term.

This, on the other hand, has been such a gamechanger. It's got a waxy consistency so it isn't sticky or gloopy at all, making it safe to wear outside with long hair. I personally like to apply it quite thickly just before bed to give it the chance to work overnight, waking up with the softest and most supple lips I've ever had. It still feels so alien to me to have lips free of any cracks or dryness at this time of year and I feel like I've finally found the holy grail lip balm that works for me. It's also less than a fiver which is another big thumbs for me.

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I've mentioned before that I often get itchy skin around my hips and thighs. I'm not sure what causes it, whether it's the cold, my rather thin skin or me gaining a couple of pounds but it tends to happen rather intermittently throughout the year. Maybe it was a combination of the three as it got really noticeable and itchy in the weeks leading up to and including Christmas. I do have a feeling that the amount of cheese and Celebrations/Heroes that I was consuming on the daily might have made my skin stretch slighty. Even though I've never been bigger than a size 12 on bottom, I've experienced angry looking purple stretch marks since about the age of 13 and I can still feel my skin stretching as my weight goes up or down a few pounds which is incredibly uncomfortable and what I think, might worsen the stretched/itchy sensation.

This is honestly the most nourishing and hydrating lotion that I have ever used and that really is saying something. Again, I've previously loved and featured many others on here but none were really sorting that itching/sore feeling. It also promises to still provide hydration even after you've showered or washed, which I've never heard of before. I try to apply mine every night before going to bed and just after I've gotten out of the shower and I cannot tell you how much relief this gives me and my skin.

Considering the fact that I was thinking of investing in a big bottle of Kiehl's Creme de Corps, I'm so glad that I discovered this purse friendly option first. They also do it in a larger bottle with a pump applicator, which I am honestly over the moon about and it will definitely be coming home with me once I finish this tube.

Having never tried O'Keeffe's before now, I am so happy that I stopped when browsing the aisles in Boots last month. Both products seem to be new releases so it really was perfect timing for me and my dry/dehydrated Winter skin.

Do you ever suffer from dry skin? If so, what do you use to combat it? Have you ever tried anything from O'Keeffe's? And have you discovered any new beauty releases that you love?

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Sunday, 14 January 2018

Getting A Little More Dressy On The Daily


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I'm always looking for new places to shop, especially online so when Tobi, a brand that I hadn't actually heard of before now, got in touch to ask if I'd like to try some of their pieces I was more than happy to oblige. I'm always a bit weary of ordering from international sites, particularly as so many of them can hit you with fees and duties when your order reaches the UK. Tobi, however, promises free shipping and all VAT and duties paid on all orders to the UK so I was keen to see if this was in fact the case.

They were keen to send me a dress, something I don't ordinarily wear in the Winter apart from at the odd festive gathering which is why I went for more of a casual day dress instead of anything too festive and sparkly.

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I picked this one, the Floral For You Black Off Shoulder Day Dress* as I had been such a big fan of shirred dresses like these over the Summer, having added about four of them to my Summer wardrobe last year. The print definitely gives it an Autumn/Winter look rather than Spring/Summer which I definitely appreciate and it's had me reevaluating how I dress and what I buy, something I'll be going into more depth on later in the month.

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I also picked a couple of accessories to accompany my look, namely the Fuzzy Feels Black Backpack*, which might be the most adorable bag that I own (it is SO SOFT!), with it quickly becoming the bag that I've been reaching for this Winter and these black tassel earrings*. Surely I'm not the only one who's gone a bit mad for tassel earrings, as you might have seen in my last two outfit posts.

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I also gave my new copper Chelsea River Island boots their first outing of the New Year. I had had my eye on them when they were full price so you can imagine how happy I was to find them for just £20 in the River Island sale right before Christmas (they've still got them in plenty of sizes and in silver, if they look like your style!) They are incredibly comfy, something that can't be said for my other pair of Chelsea style ankle boots which literally cripple me with every step (definitely a Monica from Friends situation with that particular pair) and they jazz up any old outfit. And as it's still very much Winter here in Scotland, my favourite longline Winter coat (similar here), from New Look, had to be thrown on to stop me from catching hypothermia mid-shoot.



I can confirm that I had no issues with my order or with any fees/duties being required which really did take a weight off my mind and had me looking on the Tobi site again to see what to order next. I've already got my eye on this dreamy blush pink faux fur coat and this snuggly blue sweater and the fact that they have a sitewide sale on at the moment is making me even more tempted to press buy.

What have you been wearing this Winter? Does the thought of surprise taxes and duties put you off from ordering from international sites and retailers? And what do you think of my picks from Tobi?

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Sunday, 7 January 2018

What I Watched Over The Festive Period


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Pitch Perfect 3

The original Pitch Perfect movie is one of my favourites to stick on when I'm not sure what to watch and I'm not sure how she hadn't seen it before but I sat down and watched it again with my Mum when it was on Channel 4 at the start of December. She loved it that much that she booked us tickets to see Pitch Perfect 3 on the day that it was released. Now I wasn't the biggest fan of Pitch Perfect 2, which was also on TV on New Year's Day, so I wasn't exactly sure what to expect from the third installment, especially when I'd seen Rebel Wilson talk action sequences and nunchuck fighting in recent interviews.

Well, I think Pitch Perfect 3 might have just topped the original movie for me. The songs were great, the fact that they were competing against someone other than another acapella group and even the storyline was really fun and I found found myself laughing throughout. If you're looking to see something at the cinema this month, I can't recommend Pitch Perfect 3 highly enough.

War for the Planet of the Apes

Much like with the Pitch Perfect series of films (I'm not sure if they're making another one of those so didn't want to say trilogy just yet), I was pretty disappointed with the second Planet of the Apes movie. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I gave up on it after about an hour on a night flight home from the US but I wasn't too fussed about seeing the third installment when it was released earlier in 2017. This time it was my Mum who urged me to give it a watch after she bought it for herself for Christmas this year. I wasn't sure what to expect but boy was it good. I think I might even go as far as saying that it was in my top 3 favourite movies of 2017, joining Get Out and now maybe Pitch Perfect 3, in good company.

Is it weird to cry and grow emotionally attached to characters that you know are really being played by actors covered in little dots and all in one bodysuits? Because that's exactly what I did. The story, what Caesar and the Apes have to overcome and how much of a dick Woody Harrelson is in this film make it a must-see in my opinion. Even if you haven't seen the first two films in the franchise, War for the Planet of the Apes is one to watch as soon as you can.

World's Strongest Man

Even though it might not be the most festive of traditions for most people, watching World's Strongest Man is definitely a Christmas/New Year's tradition in our house. We might have accidentally ruined who won the whole competition after watching BBC Breakfast one morning back in October or something, talk about a spoiler alert being required but it didn't really ruin the enjoyment of it at all. Having watched it for as long as I can remember, you find yourself rooting for certain competitors (my favourite being Thor who also plays The Mountain on Game of Thrones) and getting excited for certain events occurring.

Does anyone else watch it or have a festive TV tradition?

Krampus

And whilst we're on the topic of Christmas festivities, Krampus, which we saw for the first time last Christmas, was another easy choice to make to rewatch a few nights before Christmas Eve. If you haven't seen this part horror film part comedy, I really would urge you to give it a go. The whole tale of Krampus is an interesting one but for me, his accomplices or minions (I always feel weird writing the word minions without thinking of those silly little yellow things from Despicable Me) totally steal the show. You'll never look at gingerbread men or the simple Jack in the box toy in the same way again, trust me!

It's also got my fave Adam Scott (Ben from Parks & Rec) in it, which is yet another reason to like it. I also feel like I've seen Home Alone, The Holiday and Love Actually that many times that I could genuinely act them out, even though it didn't stop me from putting them on when I was off but it was nice to watch something slightly fresher, if that makes sense.

Crimson Peak

Before Krampus started a trailer for this very movie was shown and something at the back of my mind told me that I'd seen it when scrolling through Netflix for something to watch a few weeks ago.
The whole 'I Heart TS' Taylor Swift t-shirt fiasco has completely ruined Tom Hiddleston for me though, that much is true but if you're a fan of creepy ghost movies then I would definitely recommend giving Crimson Peak a watch.

It's also directed by Guillermo del Toro so every shot is absolutely beautiful and completely exquisite to watch. The use of the colour red is also spectacular throughout. I also now feel the urge to go back and watch Undeclared after seeing Charlie Hunnam in this. Let's just say if both Charlie Hunnam and the character that he plays in this and Hiddleston were both attempting to woo me, I would go with Charlie every time.

The Bone Collector

Another Netflix discovery, I'd added this to my list on there a few months back but between Christmas and New Year when the TV was pretty poor we opted for some Netflix viewing instead. I'm always really intrigued by these kind of movies and TV shows (I also started Mindhunter at the start of December and will be sure to review it in full once I've finished it) and was happy that I stumbled across this movie from the late nineties.

It was also quite nice not to guess who the eventual killer was but on the other hand, the person who is revealed is then that obscure and almost unrelated to the story that I was left exclaiming 'Who?!' when they were revealed but it wasn't the worst 'baddie' reveal that I've seen. Denzel is great in this, as always and Angelina Jolie was an unexpected choice to play the character that she did but ended up being a great fit nonetheless. If you like Seven for example or serial killer/true crime movies and documentaries, I'd definitely give The Bone Collector a try.

The Purge

Despite initially being put off by the plot and the whole idea of crimes such as murder being legal for 12 hours once a year but hey, I guess anything is possible in America, as Trump being in power continues to prove, I watched The Purge on another night when there wasn't much on TV. I've loved similar home invasion by masked intruders horror movies such You're Next, Hush and The Strangers in the past so that was something about the plot that did interest me.

It wasn't the worst horror movie that I've ever seen but it wasn't the best either. I'm also not the biggest fan of Ethan Hawke for some reason. I think it might have something to do with him being in Sinister, which he was annoying in too so I wasn't really rooting for him or worried for his safety, which obviously detracted a bit from the whole movie watching experience. I also had a feeling that a certain someone would end up saving them in the end and that's exactly what happened. As I say, it wasn't the worst horror movie that I've ever seen but I'm in no hurry to see or seek out the sequels.

Travel Man: 48 Hours in Hong Kong

Travel Man is easily one of my favourite TV shows and one that I always look forward to. Not only does it show me some of the places that I've always wanted to visit and give me ideas of where to possibly dream of traveling to next but it's hosted by the brilliant Richard Ayoade. No matter where he goes or with whom, I'm always in stitches of laughter with every single episode.

This one in particular, an hour long special compared to the usual half hour show slot, takes Richard and travel companion Jon Hamm to Hong Kong. I'd never even thought of travelling to Hong Kong but it looked like such a great destination. Maybe I'll give the local delicacies a miss (if you've seen this episode you'll know what I mean) but this hour long episode did not disappoint. I also just had to watch Bridesmaids straight after to get more of my Jon Hamm fix. It's also nice to see some of my favourite celebrities and comedians out of the comfort zones, experiencing the unique travel excursions and meals that Richard has planned. This is certainly one to get on catch up in a bid to rid some of the January blues.

So there's what I watched over the festive period.

How was your Christmas/time off work? What did you watch? Did you find anything to binge watch in that weird period of time between Christmas and New York? And have you seen any of the things that I watched in this particular post?

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