Steal Her Style: Gigi Gorgeous

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Gigi (Giselle) Gorgeous is one of my fave YouTuber’s ever. I’ve watched her transition into the beautiful person she is today and have gained so much wisdom from her, not to mention a lot of great beauty tips! I am always in awe of Gigi’s self-confidence and style, she always looks flawless (check out her Instagram for proof!) Her style is very glamorous and is inspired by all things girly.

Gigi only wears the best of the best, a lot of her clothes and accessories are designer. Some of her favourite brands include YSL, Moschino and Balenciaga. Gigi wears a lot of red’s and pink’s. She loves bodycon dresses that accentuate her curves and crop tops to show off her toned midriff.

 

Gigi is a huge makeup and beauty fan, a lot of her videos are beauty related and she shares her favourite products and beauty tips on her YouTube channel with her subscribers. I also really enjoy her story-time videos! They are hilarious and usually pretty crazy to say the least!

Gigi’s face is always BEAT FOR DAH GAWWWWDS! She is rarely seen without a good set of eyelashes, as well as Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. Lately, she is loving lashes from the eylure range and usually keeps her look quite natural, by using a neutral eye shadow palette and lipstick’s in nude colours, as well as pigmented pink and red shades.

She also loves to use bronzer, to give her that California glow. One of Gigi’s beauty secrets is to take good care of her skin by sticking to a skincare routine, she swears by Hope in a Jar by Philosophy, as one of her favourite moisturizers, to keep her skin hydrated and plump.

To learn more about Gigi’s fave make up look, check out her Everyday Beauty Routine video.

As well as being incredibly beautiful and glamorous, Gigi also does a lot of work for the Transgender & LGBT community. She came out as being trans a few years ago and has been a beacon of hope for many young people. You can read more about Gigis very public transition in her very personal interview with Cosmopolitan Gigi continues to surprise me in many ways, through her gorgeous beauty looks and her bravery to share her story with the world.

Gigi is more than just a beauty icon, she is a inspiration.

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Mattel to introduce new Barbie Dolls with various body shapes & skin tones

International toy company Mattel have announced that they will be launching a new set of dolls that represent various ethnicities, sizes and body types. This exciting new range will include dolls ranging in seven different skin tones, curvy body shapes and dolls who are petite in height, as well as dolls who are tall in stature.

This change comes after the criticism Mattel has received over the years, for selling a doll that represents a unattainable body type for young women. I think it is great that Mattel are finally making this change. Don’t get me wrong, Barbie was a huge part of my childhood, as I am sure she was for many young children. I always admired her long blonde hair and exciting lifestyle, that was portrayed through her various career changes, wardrobe choices and popularity. However, it is great to see dolls that look like me and many others around me. It is nice to feel represented.

Personally, I do not like the term “real woman” because I don’t feel that there is such a thing. I do think that it is very smart of Mattel to finally get on board with the concept of body positivity and follow the lead of their demographic and customers, which includes parents, as well as the children who will be playing with these toys.

I really like the fact that some of the dolls have funky hair colours, which also represent the fact that it is okay to experiment with your look and be different. I also feel the same way about Monster High dolls, I feel like they allow children to be playful and witness different types of style and fashion, which may help them discover who they are and what they enjoy style-wise.

Of course, there will always be people who will find a problem with Mattel’s efforts. “There will be people who say we haven’t gone far enough, or people who ask what’s next, question our commitment to this,’ said Tiana Missad, Mattel’s director. “Barbie is a lightning rod for conversation, and of course there will be a backlash.”

What do you think of the new and improved Barbie Dolls?

I think it is a positive step in the right direction and about damn time :)

Tweet me your thoughts and opinions @EllieJayden or comment on Facebook

 

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NEW SUICIDE SQUAD TRAILER!!

I have no words. My body is ready for his movie and eyes have been blessed with perfection.

I demand that this footage is played at my funeral.

CAN YOU TELL THAT I AM EXCITED FOR SUICIDE SQUAD?!!

Courtney Love’s 90s Inspired Nasty Gal Collection ♥

Quirky fashion label Nasty Gal has collaborated with the queen of grunge & my personal style icon, Courtney Love. Nasty Gal’s founder, Sophia Amoruso states “Nasty Gal is not a brand for wallflowers. Courtney is provocative, she’s uninhibited. I would say we’re a provocative brand.”

The collection is called “Love, Courtney” and is made up of eighteen pieces, inspired by Courtney’s kinderwhore style back in the 90’s. Courtney Love was apart of my favourite band of all time, Hole. Her aesthetic had always intrigued me and she has been one of my biggest style inspirations for many years now. I can’t tell you how many Peter Pan collared dresses I own, inspired by Courtney’s style. For me, this collection is a dream come true!

The collection only came out on the 14th of January and many of the items are already sold out.

One of the items that has sold out *cries* is the tiara hair band, which I absolutely adore!

“The starting point was lingerie meets real world’ Courtney explained in an interview on Nasty Gal’s site. ‘We looked at some of my rock-star ’90s stuff and redid that in a more contemporary way.” Courtney explained that they went through her closet and pulled out some really special pieces that she had saved. “I always take vintage and re-adapt it, so I doodled on the original sketches, adding details like handcrafted, romantic, three-dimensional accents.”

The collection consists of some of Love’s signature pieces such as baby doll dresses, silk maxi gowns, strappy lingerie, and sweeping lace kimonos. The campaign model wears ripped fishnets, blood red lipstick and has her hair styled in Courtney’s iconic, messy bed-head look.

There is no doubt that Courtney Love is a style icon. With this Nasty Gal collaboration, posing for YSL and Jeffree Star naming some of his new lip products after some of Love’s biggest hits, it’s safe to say she’s just as influential in the fashion world now, as she was back in the 90’s.

Her music and style have made me who I am today. I used to listen to Live Through This on repeat in my bedroom, running my fingers over the album slip, reading the lyric sheets and desperately wanting to dress like Courtney. Her style and talent has lasted through the years and I still continue to look to her for style inspiration. She most certainly is the girl with the most cake. ♥

You can check out (and sob over) this iconic collection over at NastyGal.com

 

My Four Days In Amsterdam!

I would like to start off this blog post by stating the fact that this is my first written blog post of 2016. I have had a seriously bad start to the new year (I won’t go into details right now but believe me, it was a shit storm) and I just didn’t have it in me to write anything positive on this blog.

However, I am just back from a four day break in Amsterdam. So I decided that my first blog of the year will be a fun little travel blog about my experiences in the Netherlands!

I booked the trip as a surprise getaway for my boyfriend :) Our birthdays are a day apart and we usually always try to do something special to celebrate our birthday’s together. So I saved up my pennies (literally!) all year and booked us flights to Amsterdam. I researched affordable hotels online and came across a quirky little hotel called the Conscious Hotel, located in Vondelpark.

The hotel uses renewable sources and provides an eco-friendly hotel experience, which can be good or bad depending on how you look at it. The bed sheets were never changed during our three night stay, I am assuming this was to cut down on electricity and potentially save water? It wasn’t too bad, but one of the best things about staying in a hotel (in my opinion) is the feeling of sleeping on fresh sheets every single night of your stay. Also, the bed sheets were paper thin. Which wasn’t exactly great, considering the weather in Amsterdam was pretty cold. However, the hotel itself was charming, staff are very friendly and the hotel was in an ideal location, between Schiphol airport and the city centre.

The hotel lobby had a great vibe to it, very chilled and relaxed. There is a quaint selection of books, adult colouring books and board games for visitors to enjoy. Eoin & I played a game of Monopoly one rainy evening in the lobby and had a really nice time laughing and remembering the rules of the game. There is a tram line directly across from the front door and trams are very frequent. The prices of tram tickets are a little steep. The price of a 24hr ticket is €7.50 and a 48hr ticket costs €12.50. Make sure you get the most use out of your ticket and take advantage of the tram service. Tram lines can be a little hard to navigate but once you get a handle on what tram lines you’ll be using the most, you will be fine.

As I’m sure you know, one of Amsterdam’s biggest tourist attractions is the legalization of Cannabis. There are Coffee Shops where smokers can purchase different strains of cannabis or consume edible cakes or treats that contain the drug. Before travelling to Amsterdam, I was curious about these special coffee shops and what they must be like. I can safely admit they are just like regular coffee shops, except unlike most European countries, you can smoke inside the shop. Although, the smoking of tobacco is usually permitted within these coffee shops.

Of course, some coffee shops are nicer than others, the first coffee shop we visited was La Tertulia Coffeeshop on Prinsengracht. I must admit, my reasons for visiting this coffee shop are somewhat embarassing! I am a huge fan of the reality show The Real House Wives of Beverly Hills (don’t judge me) and in a recent episode of the show, the housewives tried a space cake this particular shop. Hey, if it’s good enough for the housewives, it’s good enough for me!

The space cake (weed brownie) cost €6 and was homemade by the owner of the shop. I don’t smoke weed (or anything else for that matter) but I decided I might as well try an edible treat while I was in Amsterdam. The effect it had on me was quite numbing, it wasn’t a horrible feeling but quite honestly, weed is just not for me. I was thinking about recording a story-time video about my weed brownie experience in greater (and more hilarious) detail.

So, if you would like to hear that story, let me know, haha!

La Tertulia has a very chilled environment. It has a shabby-chic vibe to it and is more relaxed than some of the more mainstream cafes in the city centre. It’s nothing fancy but it’s a nice little spot to check out if you are a fan of homemade brownies or RHOBH! 😉

The next coffee shop we visited on our travels was called The Bulldog. The Bulldog is a popular chain of cannabis coffee shops, this particular shop is located in Leidseplein, directly opposite the tram stop. The venue is always busy and alive with people, which makes finding a place to sit is pretty difficult. It isn’t exactly the most charming of shops! I can admit that I thought it was a bit of a dive but it was authentic and they were never short of keen customers. I bought my second (and last) space cake there, it cost me €7 and tasted really good. It came sealed and in a cute little box.

Amsterdam is such an interesting place to visit, it has the feel of a small village and the vibrancy of city life. If you’re not interested in the cities cannabis culture, you can take advantage of the wonderful selection of museums and attractions the city has to offer. I visited the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum, which both cost about €17.50 each. Which is a little pricey, so make sure you have time to take full advantage of your visit and really appreciate the vast amount of artwork on display. The Rijksmuseum is HUGE and there is a lot to see. My boyfriend & I didn’t have enough time to see everything on display due to time constraints, but used the museum map to choose which exhibits we wanted to check off our list before leaving. 

One place I would highly recommend visiting, is the Anne Frank House. I purchased tickets online for €9 each and was given a specific time slot to arrive at the house. Waiting time was minimal and when we entered the house, it was truly surreal to witness the living quarters of the Frank’s and to see Anne’s diary in real life. I was shocked by the condition of her diary, it was like new. I imagined it being incredibly frayed but then I stopped to think that Anne Frank’s story happened not so long ago, when you really think about it. That in itself is mind blowing, to say the very least.

One of the last things we did on our trip to Amsterdam, was visit the Heineken brewery. I recommend buying your tickets on the Heineken website. The online tickets cost €16 per adult and allow you to avoid waiting in line and you save yourself €2 in the process. Now that I think about it, I recommend buying all your tickets in advanced/online if possible, it saves a lot of waiting around and hassle overall. The Heineken experience is a must see for all beer lovers out there! My boyfriend really enjoyed seeing how the beer was made and there was a lot of fun and interactive parts of the brewery that allowed you to learn about Heineken in a fun way. At the end of the tour you are allowed to have two glasses of Heineken and thankfully (as someone who cannot stand the taste of beer) I was able to avail of two free Pepsi’s instead! Woohoo!

I really enjoyed my time in Amsterdam. Honestly, at first I wasn’t sure what to expect but I left the city feeling more appreciative of the cities culture and the laid back attitude of the locals. It is a wonderful place to visit and I honestly think a four days is more than enough time to experience what this tranquil city has to offer. I tried a weed brownie, viewed some fine art and ticked some important boxes off my bucket list.

I think John Green said it best when he wrote:

Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom.

And in freedom, most people find sin.

 

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