Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Spring OOTD | Gingham Gal | My First Outfit Post



Spring is most definitely my favourite season when it comes to fashion and style. The big bulky winter coats are gone and there is enough warmth to show off lots of different pieces without getting too hot. It is the perfect weather to style funky sleeves and quirky cuts. I wanted to do a spring lookbook here on my blog, buuuut I am still learning about this big ole blogging world and a lookbook seemed a little ambitious. So, without further ado, here is my first little outfit post, I think the term is an 'outfit of the day', or if you're really cool a #ootd. 

Saturday, 13 May 2017

A New Way to Make Friends?! | Eating Mexican with Bumble and Em Sheldon | Cielo Blanco Leeds



Look how beautiful Cielo Blanco in Leeds is! On Wednesday of this week, I was kindly invited to have dinner at Cielo Blanco with a group full of lovely inspirational ladies. We were all invited by the incredible blogger Em Sheldon (Em Talks is her blog) and the dinner was in collaboration with the new app called Bumble, more on what the app is about later, but first lets talk food! 

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Summer Plans 2017 : Camp America 2017 | I Am Going To Be a Camp America Story Teller!

Hi everyone, this post is going to be a little different today. Some of you might seen on my other social media platforms (mainly twitter) that very very soon I will be flying off to America for a big summer adventure! Back in December I was placed at a summer camp in South Carolina, now I can't believe how quickly the time has passed.... In two weeks time I will have arrived at camp and be on my lifeguard training course! 

I'll be spending most of my time at Sandy Ridge Girls Scout Camp in Bennettsville, South Carolina. However when I'm not on duty I'll be travelling around the area, if you have any recommendations for that side if America please leave me some comments! 

I had planned to post about all my adventures, about how I have prepared for camp and what camp life is like. Today I got a very exciting email, I am officially going to be a Camp America Story Teller! My lovely friend Jemma tagged me in an advertisement on Facebook a couple of weeks ago. Camp America were calling all social media lovers to join the team as 'Story Tellers'. I applied straight away and today got the good news that I have been successful. 

I can't wait to be starting my adventure next week, I'm going to be keeping you all updated here on my blog and I've been thinking about starting a YouTube channel to run alongside my little slice of the internet. I'm hoping to film and upload weekly vlogs to my YouTube channel Elle du Jour to showcase all my adventures, and so I will always have this summer documented to look back on in the future. What do you think?

 Let me know your thoughts and do you have any tips about weekly vlogging! 

As part of my application to be a Story Teller I had to make a video introducing myself, it's only a short one but I am quite proud of what I achieved with the 3 day deadline. Check it out below. I would love to hear some feedback, please be kind, it's my first time in front of the camera and my first time at editing. 

Thursday, 27 April 2017

The Blogger Essentials Box || Dot Creates || Stationary and Organisation


Well hello there, I'm back... I've been away, for a little while, oh come on it was only 20 days. Look on the bright side, it wasn't another 365 days! This week I'm here to chat to you about the amaaaazing package that arrived through the post the other week. I've also seen that this week is National Stationary Week.. or something along those lines, so even if I do say so myself, this post couldn't be any more fitting could it? See, I might keep you waiting but it's all for good reason! Anyway, shall I get on with it? 

Thursday, 6 April 2017

It is OKAY to not have your SH*T together | Elle du Jour | Tea Talks



Turning 23 this year has led me to think about where I am in my life. When I got to 22 I kinda thought, oh wow, I'm not 21 (duh) but seriously, at 21 you feel like you've just spread your wings, you are officially an adult, but also young enough to get away with acting childish. Year 22 speeds round the corner and you're like oooooh that's a bit different, but before you know it 23 is looming and I'm starting to feel nearer to 30 than anything else. But the question is, at what age is it that you seriously start thinking of yourself as a 'woman' without cringing at the thought of that label?

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Dinner with Em Sheldon | Tasting Zizzi's Spring Menu | #ZIZZICREATES

Many of you might have seen on my social media channels that I attended a very special dinner the other night. I was so so so lucky to be invited to spend the evening with my absolute idol, Em Sheldon. If you didn't already know (if you've been hiding under a rock), Em is a blogger and YouTuber, and quite a successful one at that. Em invited myself and four others to have dinner with her at the Italian chain restaurant called Zizzi's.

Once we arrived, we were all greeted with some lovely 'Skinny Prosecco', now I'm not at all a calorie counter but this has something like 67 kcals per 100ml, you know what they say, every little helps! We all sat down happily sipping and chatting away, introducing ourselves to one another and getting to know each others stories.

Zizzi's had very kindly invited us to exclusively preview their new spring menu, so between lots of chats, prosecco and giggles the lovely team at Zizzi's brought out three courses for us to enjoy. I can tell you now, everything is so so so delicious and there are lots of options for everyone, including anyone who has dietary requirements.


Thursday, 23 March 2017

A Day in York | Elle Voyage




Living in West Yorkshire I am lucky to live in the beautiful countryside (in the middle of nowhere) but also have a handful of cities on my doorstep, one of them being the beautiful York. If you follow me on Instagram (if you don't, then why not?! Hehe just click this link to follow!) then you will have seen that last week I decided to spend my day off wandering the streets of this old historic city with no real plan. I took my camera with me and snapped a few pictures... so here's what I got up to! 

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Zoella Lifestyle | Candles & Diffusers | My Thoughts


I am a self obsessed candle addict, and I'm pretty sure Zoella is too. Every so often there is a Bath and Body Works haul over on Zoella's youtube channel, I'm always oogling over the wonderfully sounding scents and wishing I could get my hands on them without the huge shipping prices. Last autumn the Zoella Lifestyle range was launched, I think this range is aimed at a slightly older audience than the Zoella Beauty range. The packaging is more mature and the range includes a selection of candles, reed diffusers, a travel cup, a keyring and stationary.