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Review: Prairie Charms Mystery Box.

January 13, 2014

On Boxing Day, I spotted a tweet (I spot many-a-tweet, often comes as a side effect of having no life) from Prairie Charms about a mystery box deal that they were working on: pay a measly fiver and receive a mystery set of goodies worth over £30+. Now, I’m a capitalist wet dream: anything to do with offer, sale, on the cheap, I’m on it like my life depends on it (and weirdly enough, it never does), so I jumped on the opportunity to get involved with the scheme. A couple of days back, I received my parcel and quickly got to work tearing it up, to find: two large floral hairbows, a small glittery red bow and some coloured hair ties that absolutely baffled me (thanks for clearing that up, Stephanie!).

I’ll give you a run through of each product but, on the whole, I’m happy with my purchases and will definitely have to keep an eye on Prairie Charms.

  • Floral Bows – usually £10 a piece:

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Flippin’ Nora, trying to get those shots was a bicep workout and a half. These are my favourite pieces out of the bunch and, in all absolute candid honesty, the only ones that I’ll probably wear on any sort of regular basis. This isn’t any reflection on the brand, simply down to personal preference: I wouldn’t have necessarily picked the other two products – but I’ll let you read about those in a minute. These bows are nice and versatile, attached to a long elastic which – I’m assuming – can either be used as a hair tie or a head band, but I think I’d look a right nonce with a bow sticking out of the front of my fringe. I’d definitely buy one of these again – I’m already eyeing up their pale blue heart-dotted number…

  • Teensy Tiny Red Glitter Bow – usually £9

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As a predominant lover of chunky hair ties, this little baby bow looks slightly daft on my head right now. I want to love it – it’s crafted nicely, it’s aesthetically pleasing when it isn’t sized up to the wonky ratio it creates with my big head – but it really needs to be bigger given how long and thick my hair is. Again, I can’t particularly blame Prairie Charms for this, they didn’t get to witness the bird’s nest that my hair is before sending out my package.

  • Hair Ties – usually £7

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At first, these just absolutely dumbfounded me: what are they, why are they? According to Prairie Charms themselves, who explained it all to me: they create these thinner ties in order to prevent snagging and to make them generally easier to use. I’m all for this but, as an avid black bobble fan – due to my jet black barnet – I don’t think I’ll be getting much use out of these. That purple one is definitely growing on me, though…

All in all, I’m still glad that I opted for this deal – I feel I’ve definitely got my money’s worth from even one of the bows. If you want to check out more of their pieces, have a gander at: Prairie Charms.

ELNfashion.com Opening Online Shop?

May 30, 2013

After my exams, I’m going to be revealing a little shop on ELNfashion.com – which’ll mainly revolve around DIY pieces like handbands/crowns/floral hairpieces/custom made clothing. Above is a little sneak peek of what’s to come.

Offer: Buy the first crown for £15 by commenting below, emailing or tweeting me @Ebzo (RRP £22.50)! If you’d like to order a crown or a hair piece in your preferred colour, drop me an email at elnfashionandbeauty@gmail.com. First 5 orders get 10% off and free P&P

And here’s what I made earlier…

Do you like them? Let me know what you think!

Follow me on Twitter @Ebzo for updates!

STYLE CRUSH: Taylor Swift – New Perfume Announcement.

May 30, 2013

To celebrate the upcoming release of her third perfume ‘Taylor by Taylor Swift’, I’m revealing Taylor Swift as my current style crush. And face crush – she’s a beaut. I’ve always admired her effortless mix of playful sophistication: she’s the only celebrity I can think of who can pull off dressing super demurely, then at other times, really daft – like in the 22 video – and still get away with it. I think my favourite thing about T-Swift is her ridiculous ability to look absolutely drop-dead in red lipstick. I’m usually a brunette fan through and through, but something about the pale skin + white blonde + red lips + perfect pearly whites, makes me insanely jealous of her.

Here are some of my favourite T-Swift looks:

What’s your favourite Taylor Swift look?

Drop me an URL in the comments.

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NOTD: Pretty Polka Peach Sherbet Nails.

May 16, 2013

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It’s been so, so long since I actually sat down and bothered doing anything even remotely funky with nail art and, given that my English Literature exam’s in three days, it’d never looked more appealing. After writing my earlier review on Model’s Own varnishes, I decided to adopt the ‘Peach Sherbet’ colour as a base, with their white base ‘Snow White’ on my thumbs for something a bit different. I really like contrast nails so try to put a stripe on one nail and invert the colour scheme when I can. You’re going to need all the desk/tabletop you can muster with this one – mount it if necessary – slippy hands are a bitch.

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Dahlia’s Autumn/Winter 2012 Lookbook.

October 1, 2012

I am a Dahlia fanatic – we all know this, despite the fact that I’ve never actually had enough spare cash to buy anything from them yet (soon to change and, by soon, I mean in the next hour – love you, student loan). Anyway, they emailed me the other day with some beautiful images of their Autumn/Winter lookbook so I thought I’d write a post about my favourite looks of the season. The company, ran by sisters Tracey and Leigh, never fails to create gorgeous preppy but sophisticated looks – including delights like pinafores and vintage fabrics.

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Passion For Fashion – Moneysupermarket.com Competition Entry Part 4.

September 24, 2012

Nearing the end of my entries now – isn’t half taking some time but it’s really fun anyway! The penultimate look that I’m creating is: First Date. Admittedly, it does seem a tad odd to me as it feels like yonks ago since my boyfriend and I had anything of a first date – aww. Anyway, this is what I’d wear if we were going for a meal or somewhere nice and I wanted to remind him of why he fancies the pants off me (hahaha):

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Passion For Fashion – Moneysupermarket.com Competition Entry Part 2.

September 24, 2012

If you caught my first Moneysupermarket.com post earlier this week, you’ll know that I’ve entered an amazing competition that you can check out here. I’m still without a laptop (how on Earth did I manage to leave it in Leeds!?) so my posts are a little spaced out, given I’m having to use the university computers as and when I can. Anyway, here is my second look for the competition – Outdoor:

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Dahlia ‘New-In’ Clothes Crush.

September 4, 2012

I have been fashion-perving on Dahlia’s beautiful clothes for a couple of  years now and, sadly, still cannot afford to purchase anything. Their gorgeously girly, yet still tailored and very Alexa Chung lines have attracted the attention of many a celebrity stylist – with the likes of ever on-trend Caroline Flack being papped in their clothes. Their New In collection does not disappoint, especially given the A/W styles coming in (my favourite time of the fashion calendar) and leather, baroque-styling and floaty blouses taking over floral dresses and sandals, finally.

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ULTIMATE Style Inspiration: Alexa Chung.

January 10, 2012

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Ebony. 25. Manchester.
Marketing Manager who likes to mouth off on here about stuff she cares about. Expect mental health, Borderline Personality Disorder, and reviews - from restaurants, to books, to fashion. Talks to cats more than people, but seemingly has a lot to say.
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