Tuesday, 6 October 2015

(Halloween) Character Style Inspiration - Dark Swan (Once Upon A Time)

Images of Jennifer Morrison via imdb.com

With Halloween just around the corner I thought that it might be fun to share some holiday-appropriate style inspiration throughout the month of October, kicking off with an all-new version of a character I've featured before.

If you're all up to date on your Once Upon A Time viewing you'll know that lead character Emma Swan has had a little bit of a makeover for season 5. The all-black ensemble shown above is the first sneak peek we've had at the character's new wardrobe and it's perfectly suited to her new role as the 'Dark One'.

I'm a huge fan of Emma's usual comfortable-yet-stylish wardrobe, mainly consisting of skinny jeans, knitwear, boots and a trusty leather jacket. Her bold new appearance takes everything we know and love about Emma's look to the extremes. Here everything including the leather is black (no more signature red), the accessories have gone statement (a huge contrast to her simple hoop earrings), the boots are taller and have gone from practical flat soles to sky-high heels. To complete the look Emma is also sporting a bold red lip and striking pulled back white hair.

Shop the look: Over-knee Boots, Amazon £137.38 | Leather Jacket, My Theresa £1,199 | Leather Belt, Amazon £20 | High-Waist Leggings, Topshop £25 | Chevron Rings (part of a set), Forever 21 £6 | Lipstick in 'Wicked', Topshop £8 | Metal Cuff, Jaeger £35 | Nails in 'Marshmallow', Little Ondine £8.40 | Coat, Long Tall Sally £110

Love Once Upon A Time? Check out my other Character Style posts: Emma Swan | Mary Margaret Blanchard

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Podcast Starter Guide: The Black Tapes Podcast

the black tapes podcast
Screenshot via theblacktapespodcast.com

As mentioned in my last post I'm very excited that we're now finally into October, meaning Halloween is almost here. With that in mind I can't think of a better time to share the love for another of my favourite things to listen to; The Black Tapes Podcast.

The podcast is a gripping scripted docudrama with a perfectly creepy twist. When journalist Alex Reagan sets out to make a show about people with interesting jobs she finds herself drawn into the world of the paranormal.

"The Black Tapes Podcast is an exploration of life, belief, faith and occasionally the paranormal. This season we're focusing our lens on the work of the Strand Institute and it's enigmatic founder and president Dr Richard Strand." - Alex Reagan

In the first episode Alex meets a group of ghost hunters and ends up heading to a site where a hospital used to stand in order to watch as they attempt to make contact with a spirit. With every ghost hunter she speaks to Alex begins to hear more and more about a mysterious man named Dr Richard Strand, a paranormal investigator... who doesn't believe in ghosts.

After managing to arrange a meeting with Strand she discovers a bunch of VHS cases in his office, each corresponding to solved or 'debunked' cases. Alongside these are a small selection of 'black tapes' which stand out from the others and Alex learns that these contain cases Strand has not yet been able to solve. From then on the podcast follows Alex as she explores these unsolved cases and discovers more about the mysterious man that is Dr Strand.

If you're not into the idea of watching horror movies this Halloween season, why not sit back with your headphones and check out The Black Tapes Podcast instead?

Friday, 2 October 2015

5 Years Of e-elise etc!

blog turns 5 cake

October might just be my favourite month of the year. With Autumn on the way I can start to dig out my beloved knitwear, Halloween goodies start popping up all over the shops and it also marks some big blogging achievements. Not only does Blogger's Bookshelf turn three later this month (already?!) but today also marks five years since I started writing e-elise etc!

In honour of five years of blogging I decided to bake a gluten free treat! After much stress over trying to find a recipe that, a) I had all of the ingredients for, b) I really wanted to eat, and c) actually rose as it was supposed to (I'm looking at you failed first attempt!), I settled on this chocolate creation.

The recipe I used was the Chocolate & Almond cake from Cake Angels by Julia Thomas which happens to be both gluten and dairy free. As the tins I had were smaller than those suggested for the recipe, I ended up with three layers rather than just two and decided to add some of the filling mixture on top of the cake along with a few hazelnuts. To finish off I added a couple of decorations; a washi tape garland (made using some tape & string from a #paperhaul box) plus a cute number 5 candle.

Whether you've just discovered it recently or have stuck around for a while, thank you all so much for taking the time to read e-elise etc!

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

#paperhaul:featured - Eilidh Bruce

paperhaul featured september 2015
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Disclaimer: I purchased this box using the #paperhaul blogger discount - all opinions are my own.

This month saw the first #paperhaul:featured box, sharing the creative talent of illustrator Eilidh Bruce. Whilst I've often spoken in the past about how much I love the variety of items found in each month's box, I was also really excited about the idea of a featured artist and a whole box showcasing their work.
The bumper edition September box is filled with all things cats, but not just any cats. Illustrator Eilidh has combined her favourite animal with fruits and pretty pastel tones to create unique watercolour designs perfect for the #paperhaul audience. Now I have to be completely honest here and admit that I'm not a cat person (on that note, can a future box be bunny themed please?) but despite this I think the designs are really cute, especially the little pineapple cat (pictured below) and love the textured look the watercolours have.

The box contains some of the usual selection of items including postcards, stickers and washi tape, as well as a set of mini badges as first seen in the Under The Sea box a couple of months back. Also included in the box this month was something completely new; a notebook! I think this would have to be my favourite item from the box, the print is very cute and as any blogger will tell you, you can never have enough notebooks!

Including a short Q&A with Eilidh was also a lovely touch. It's always nice to get to know the person behind the designs and find out a little bit more about what inspires them. I'm really impressed with the first edition of the #paperhaul:featured box and am looking forward to discovering more talented artist's work and inspirations through future boxes.

If you're interested in treating yourself to the next #paperhaul box you can sign up at Crafty Creatives for just £10 a month.

Don't forget to catch up on my review of last month's box where the theme was Paris!

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