Adjusting to the new normal

Hi,

I haven’t blogged for almost a month – wow! Truth is, a lot has been going on and it’s been very stressful. But things are starting to calm down, so hopefully I’ll be able to tell you guys soon what I’ve been up to!

I don’t like forcing a blog post. I don’t want to write something for the sake of it. But I thought it would be good to talk about how I’m adjusting to the ‘new normality’.

I went back to work at the start of this month. I worked from home first and then this week I went back in to the office. I decided to work from home so I could get back in to a routine. Also, I was kinda petrified leaving the house at first!

I was in a bubble for 14 weeks. I hardly left the house. I went on regular walks with my boyfriend, but I didn’t go to many places. I hated going to shops. It made me feel so anxious, so my boyfriend used to go for me if I needed anything. The thought of hardly seeing anyone and then going straight back into an office really scared me! However, I’m a lot better now and feel more relaxed. I have been in supermarkets, shopping centre and visited family and friends.

Working in the office has been really nice and I have really enjoyed socialising again! Working from home, you miss the banter and seeing everyone. It gets so boring never leaving the house. I have found it so much easier communicating, instead of having to send endless emails and phone calls.

I have also visited a restaurant since they all opened. All the tables were spaced out and you could scan a QR code to order your drinks. To be honest… I preferred it because you don’t have to stand at a busy bar and queue for ages!

How are you guys copying with the new normal? Have you been anywhere?

Inspired Elegance x

What’s in my make-up bag?

Hello lovelies,

I was hoping to share this blog post a few days ago but I have been busy working on my assignment. I submitted it today (yay). Two down… one to go!

I haven’t done a beauty blog post since I have returned to blogging. The last time I spoke about my favourite beauty products was in 2014! I feel like my taste has changed quite a bit since then. I have put together a list of all the current items in my makeup bag.

No7 Bronzer 
I haven’t worn foundation for months. I have just been applying the No7 bronzer/blusher all over my face. It definitely gives off a ‘summer glow’. 

Collection Concealer
Like I have previously mentioned, I haven’t really been wearing foundation. All I do is pop a little bit of concealer on and bronzer to my face. It’s easy to apply with a wand applicator, affordable and lasts well through the day.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara
This has been my go to drugstore mascara for a while. Again it’s affordable, it isn’t clumpy and it gives volume to your lashes. I definitely recommend!

Benefit Gimme Brows
This has to be one of my favourite brow products! I have tried everything… powder, pencil, gel and now Gimme Brow! I think Gimme Brow is classed as a gel… but it comes with a tiny brush. I received this product as a reward for having my eyebrows waxed several times. It creates a natural looking fullness and is super easy to use. I do think it is a little pricey though…

Sleek Felt Liner
I always reach for a liquid eyeliner when applying my make-up. I like a fine liner which doesn’t feel like a felt tip! I have tried many brands and they have either dried up quickly or split. So far I have been really impressed with this liquid eyeliner. The applicator allows you to create a flick with ease. It is also very pigmented. 

Smashbox Highlighter
This highlighter is in the colour ‘Pearl’. You can see which colour I use the most! It gives a subtle glow on your cheeks and you can blend easily. 

Benefit Pore Professional
The pearl primer goes on your skin so smoothly and leaves your skin feeling soft. It helps make your foundation last longer. Even though it is in my makeup bag currently, I haven’t really been using it. 

Morphe Jaclyn Hill Palette
Ahhh I love this eyeshadow palette so much! It literally has every colour you need for your everyday make-up routine. As you can see I reach for the brown tones quite alot. They are pigmented and easy to blend. I love how many different colours there. 

Smashbox Matte ‘Be Legendary Wrap Party’  & MAC Matte ‘Persistence’ Lipsticks
These are the two lipsticks I keep reaching for at the moment. They both last for long periods of time and don’t dry my lips out. I am not sure if the Smashbox lipstick has been discontinued?

Let me know what is in your make-up bag and if there are any products you are loving at the moment!

Inspired Elegance x

Trying to be productive in lockdown

Hi,

I hope you are all okay?

Lockdown has been really tough. Some days I don’t want to leave my bed. Other days I just want to sort my whole wardrobe out. I’ve tried to be as productive as possible and not put myself down too much.

I have put together a list of just some of things I have accomplished during lockdown. They might also give you a few ideas…

  • Sorted all my shoes out at the bottom of my wardrobe.
  • Sorted the loft out with my Mum. Everything is now in 3 piles: keep, charity or car boot.
  • Watched all the Marvel films. My boyfriend is obsessed with Marvel so we had a huge Marvel marathon and it only took us 3 weeks to watch about 40 hours worth! They are really good. I didn’t think I’d enjoy them but I loved them.
  • Worked on my assignment. I am currently working on my CIM level 6 diploma in professional marketing. I submitted one assignment whilst we was going into lockdown and I passed – yay! The second assignment I am doing is called Innovation in Marketing and I have managed to really get stuck in.
  • Taught myself some amazing recipes. You can see my favourite recipes here. 
  • Binge watched Normal People. IT IS SO GOOD. That is all I am saying!
  • Read The Mister by EL James. If you loved the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, then this is definitely worth a read.
  • Printed photos for my Mum’s photo albums.

Even though lockdown has been tough, it has given me chance to get things done that I would never usually have time for. Something that has been helping me recently is writing small ‘to do’ lists. I feel so much better when I tick something off.

Is there anything you have done during lockdown which has made you feel productive?

Inspired Elegance x

My favourite recipes in lockdown

Hi,

I hope you are all okay. One thing I have been enjoying in lockdown is having the time to explore new recipes. I love cooking. I find it really relaxing and it helps take my mind off things. I like the feeling of cooking something new and it tasting so nice. I am a bit of a perfectionist, so I put too much pressure on myself sometimes – haha! I put myself down if it does not taste as nice as it should. Here are a few recipes I have been loving during lockdown. Please note I have changed a few slightly as some of the ingredients I didn’t like.

Sweet Potato and Spinach Curry: Slimming World’s Free Food

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Ingredients

  • 300ml 1/2″ pint vegetable stock
  • 750 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-sized wedges
  • 1 onion
  • 225g spinach leaves
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 red pepper
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper

Method

  1. Prep your vegetables. Cut the sweet potato into bite-sized wedges. Peel the onion and thinly slice. Cut the pepper into small slices.
  2. Place the vegetable stock in a large saucepan and add the sweet potatoes, red pepper and onions. Bring to boil, reduce the heat, cover and gently cook for 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add the spinach, curry powder, salt and fresh ground black pepper to the saucepan. Stir well and cook over a medium heat for 10 minutes or unit the spinach has just wilted, and the sweet potatoes are tender. Season well and serve hot.

I then usually serve with some rice. I have never cooked a curry before, and I thought this recipe was super easy, quick and healthy! My boyfriend said it is now one of his favourite recipes…


Pizza-Loaded Fries: Pinch of Nom Everday Light

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Ingredients

  • 500g white potatoes
  • Cooking spray
  • 250g carton passata
  • 2 tsp garlic granules
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp onion granules
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 80g grated mozzarella
  • 1/2 red pepper, deseeded and sliced

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan 160°C/ gas mark 4) and line a baking tray with grease proof paper. Prep the onion and red pepper.
  2. Peel the potatoes and cut into fries (around 5mm thick). Place the fries onto the lined baking tray, spray with cooking spray and pop in the oven for 20 minutes until turning golden. (Mine took about 35 minutes to cook. I think it depends on how thick your fries are).
  3. Whilst your fries are cooking, add the passata, garlic granules, onion granules, oregano and season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.
  4. Once the fries are beginning to turn golden, transfer to a baking dish. Pour over most of the sauce, keeping some aside for dipping. Sprinkle over the grated mozzarella and added the slices of pepper and onion – you can add whatever pizza toppings you like!
  5. Put back into the oven for 15 minutes until the cheese has melted and is turning golden.

I love pizza and I love fries. It combines two takeaways in one but is low in calories. It doesn’t take long to prepare and it tastes so good!


Egg Muffins

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Ingredients

  • Eggs (I used 3 and it made about 6 egg muffins)
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • Spinach
  • Red bell pepper, chopped
  • Onion, chopped
  • Sweetcorn
  • Courgette, chopped

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan 160°C/ gas mark 4) and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Prep the onion and red pepper.
  2. Peel the potatoes and cut into fries (around 5mm thick). Place the fries onto the lined baking tray, spray with cooking spray and pop in the oven for 20 minutes until turning golden. (Mine took about 35 minutes to cook. I think it depends on how thick your fries are).
  3. Whilst your fries are cooking, add the passata, garlic granules, onion granules, oregano and season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.
  4. Once the fries are beginning to turn golden, transfer to a baking dish. Pour over most of the sauce, keeping some aside for dipping. Sprinkle over the grated mozzarella and ad

Something I have struggled with during lockdown is snacking. It is so easy to reach for some crisps or dunk some biscuits in your tea. I had a look on Google for some healthy snack recipes and stumbled across these egg muffins. I don’t think there is any right or wrong way of making these. I just kind of experimented and hoped for the best – haha! Some recipes include eggs and egg whites, however I just used eggs and they tasted fine.

You can eat them hot or cold – I prefer mine hot. I stored mine in an air tight container and kept refrigerated for a few days.

So there you have it… my favourite recipes during lockdown! Are there any recipes you have been loving? Let me know. I look forward to trying your favourite recipes…

Inspired Elegance x

Re-entering the familiar world of blogging

Hi,

So, I set this blog up in 2014 and I used to write blog posts about beauty, fashion and lifestyle. I loved blogging so much. It became a part of me.

Unfortunately, people I knew found my blog and wrote a few comments on social media about me. I should not have let it get to me, but it made me stop blogging. Something that made me so happy, started making me feel sad.

I am now 23 and I’m ready to enter the online world of blogging again. I have missed it so much. My boyfriend has been very supportive of me and has given me the confidence to start blogging again.

Inspired Elegance has had a new makeover too! I have deleted a few of my old blog posts but I have kept some up because they are what made this blog. I am looking forward to this new chapter…

Speak soon.

Inspired Elegance x

The Power of Makeup

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I have seen many bloggers and YouTubers talking about ‘The Power of Makeup’ and I was so excited to create it myself. I have a huge interest in makeup and I am always buying a new beauty product, experimenting with different looks and reading reviews and beauty blog posts.

I wanted to create this post for a number of reasons:

  1. To compare how I looked with and without makeup
  2. To show it is okay to wear makeup
  3. To show it is okay to not wear makeup
  4. To show the power of just a few beauty products

I feel like so many girls are judged everyday on how much makeup they wear or how little makeup. I think it is great to love your imperfections. I do have days where I don’t wear much makeup. But also I feel a lot more confident in myself once I have applied my makeup. It makes me feel like a different person.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post. I really enjoyed showing ‘The Power of Makeup’. If you have done this post or video please comment your links below; I will look forward to reading them.

Inspired Elegance x  

 

 

 

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions 3 Step Review

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Hey!

So I have been getting a lot of spots and redness lately so I treated myself to some Clinique skincare products. My friend recommended this to me and now I am recommending it to all of you!

I have been using this for about a week now, every night and I am already noticing a result. My redness isn’t as bad anymore and my spots are slowly starting to clear up.

First you use the Anti Blemish Solutions Cleansing Foam. I just pump a little bit on my hand and rub it in to my face.

Then you use the clarifying lotion. I recommend shaking it before you use it as some of the product settles at the bottom. I pour a little bit of this on to a cotton pad and then dab it on to my face. It is a little strong and you can feel it on your skin but this is to unclog your pores. Then you use the clearing moisturiser and apply it all over your face.

It doesn’t take long to do this routine. It takes me about 10 minutes. The results are great!

I highly recommend this product and it is at an affordable price of £25.00. You can purchase it here at Boots.

Let me know if you have used this product before and what the results were for you?

Inspired Elegance xxx

 

A Deserved Break: Yorkshire

Hi guys!

So just over a week ago I went to Yorkshire with my family. I was really looking forward to this little holiday as I just needed to get away and relax for a bit.

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I find being by the sea a great stress reliever. I have such a complex mind and think about so much sometimes causing myself to get stressed, that just walking on the beach and watching the sea really does relax me and calm me down. I would love to live on the coast.

swimmingpenguin penguin

My favourite animal is a penguin and I got to see them in Scarborough. They were so cute and I got to get so close to one of them on the footpath. Unfortunately you weren’t allowed to stroke them but I couldn’t believe how friendly he was.

penguins me

The scenery was so pretty with all the cliffs on the coast. It was such a nice little break and a chance to just have some me time.

‘Life feels better by the sea.’

I hope you all have had a nice summer break!

Inspired Elegance xxx

YNOT Festival

Hi guys.

Sorry I haven’t blogged…I have been away for personal reasons.

Ynot festival was a few weeks ago now and I can honestly say it was the best weekend of my life. I loved it. I made some amazing friends, I laughed so much and I wouldn’t change one bit of it.
The weather was really nice and it only really rained a bit on the Saturday. My nose was so burnt!


As for the camping conditions I actually coped. Thursday night was freezing. I was shivering and hardly got any sleep. As for the other nights they weren’t too bad and I got quite a bit of sleep. The toilets were disgusting though. I always tried using them once they had been cleaned.

Snoop dogg on the Friday was amazing!! The atmosphere was so good and he played all the songs I wanted him too. I also saw Reverend and the makers, Young Guns, Walking on Cars, Saint Raymond, Basement Jax, We are the Ocean and so many more. Reverend and the makers, Walking on Cars and Saint Raymond were definitely my favourite. I caught the drum stick as well whilst Saint Raymond was on and I think the whole of YNOT Festival heard.. haha oops!

On the Saturday night I went in my first ever rave tent and the atmosphere was amazing. It was packed and the music was so good. Everyone was just jumping and singing and going mad.

There was loads to do around the site as well! Bumper cars, roller skating, a Ferris wheel and lots of little stalls. Going on the bumper cars after a drink with my Bestfriend was hilarious.

On the Sunday there was a paint fight! It was so fun but I wish it lasted longer. I was literally covered and my hair felt like straw aha!


It was one of the best weekends of my life and I am having major blues right now. I would do anything to relive it all again. I thoroughly recommend everyone to go! It’s worth the money. Are any of you going to a festival or been to one?

Inspired Elegance x

Festival Season: Fashion

Hey guys!

Festival season is here and I thought the perfect post I could do would be festival inspired. I am going to my first festival soon and I am really looking forward to it. So, I am going to blog about 4 outfits that you could wear to a festival and which you may give you some inspiration get some inspiration out of.

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Outfit one

This is my favourite outfit and it just screams ‘festival’. I love the cute white crop top with the floral shorts. A floral headband looks so cute with the floral shorts. The shorts are comfy and are made out of cotton so they keep you cool. All of these items were from New Look and were at an affordable price.

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Outfit 2

This is another one of my favourite outfits. I have styled the high waisted shorts with the same crop top from above as I think they look really good together. The kimono makes it look more appropriate for a festival and I love the pattern on it. The bag is also perfect for a festival as well due to the colour, stud’s and little tassels. I accessorised with a cute headband from Topshop.  All the rest of the clothes were from New Look.

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Outfit 3

These shorts are so nice and comfy and they go perfect with my striped crop top. I found that on their own these are a little plain so I added my lace kimono which has cute little tassel’s. The red floral headband goes nice with red lipstick and I just find anything floral is perfect for a festival. Again all these clothes were from New Look however the kimono was from Primark.

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Outfit 4

I recently just purchased some dungarees and I am in love with them at the moment. I thought they were perfect to go in my festival fashion blog post as they are super cute. These are from Primark and I styled them with a plain, white t-shirt from Primark also. I find them really comfy and I preferred the light coloured ones to the dark coloured ones as I find them more summery. I styled this look with a bandanna too which was just from a local market. This look is really good with white converse however for a festival I think I will be wearing my boots..

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Shoes

Unfortunately I don’t have any wellies yet however I have found the perfect boots to wear to a festival. The ones on the left are more appropriate as they are waterproof, they lace up and are super comfy. However the ones on the right aren’t waterproof so I think I’d get wet feet but they go really nice!

I hope you found some festival inspiration. Comment down below and let me know which festivals you are going to and any tips.

Thank you.

Inspired Elegance xxx