Friday, 24 April 2015

5 Reasons Why I Love Hart Of Dixie

I've been a big fan of Dixie since it's 2011 pilot episode, and have mentioned it here many times over the last few years. As the fourth season recently concluded (with a sugary sweet ending!) and a fifth season looking unlikely amidst all the cancellation rumours, what better time to dedicate a post to one of my all-time favourite shows?! Here's five reasons why I love Hart Of Dixie...

1. The Wardrobes
Not only does Dixie make me smile (I'm watching an old season 1 episode as I write this post!) but it has also helped to shape my blog's current content by inspiring me to create regular Character Style posts! This series is one of the most popular I have created here at e-elise etc over the years and it's all thanks to the various posts I've shared on Zoe's amazing wardrobe. The show also features another one of my all-time favourite character wardrobe's belonging to southern belle Lemon Breeland.

2. The Town
From the moment Zoe steps of the bus in Alabama it's clear that the setting and scenery on the show are going to be beautiful. From the pier to the Mayor's plantation and the town's central bandstand this southern setting feels homely and comforting right from the pilot - I wish BlueBell was a real town so I could move there!

Also found in BlueBell are some great local business such as the Butter Stick bakery, Fancie's fine-dining restaurant, The Dixie Stop convenience store and of course, the Rammer Jammer - a restaurant and bar that's host to many of the town's events (with an exterior that will be familiar to any True Blood or Pretty Little Liars fans!). Whilst doing a little fact-checking research for this post I also discovered that the fictional town of BlueBell does in fact have it's own official town website complete with blog posts - fancy!

3. The Unique Celebrations 
There's always something to celebrate or an unusual event to attend in BlueBell, which helps set Dixie apart from other TV shows. Whether it be the annual Gumbo Cook-Off, the Turtle Derby, the Founder's Day Parade, a zombie-themed proposal (pictured below), BlueBellapalooza or even Planksgiving - BlueBell's unique version of Thanksgiving where everyone traditionally dresses up as pirates (pictured above) - it may be a small town but BlueBell certainly isn't a dull place to be!
4. The Music
Although Dixie isn't a show about musicians, music still features heavily in the series with performances from both regular cast members and guest artists, as well as some great background tracks showcasing many country artists. I can't talk music without mentioning the whole town musical number (a cover of Needtobreathe's The Heart) from the end of season four, which was a perfect example of the important role music plays in the show. A word of warning though - don't watch this if you don't want to know how all of the character's stories conclude, it's spoiler-filled!

5. The Characters & Casting
Of course I couldn't write about the show without including the thing that really makes it so great - the lovable cast of characters who live in BlueBell. The residents of the town are all like one huge family, even Burt Reynolds, Lavon's pet alligator, is somewhat of a charming character!

Right from the pilot episode I've loved getting to know these characters and watching them evolve over the series. If I had to choose a favourite character it would definitely be Lavon, BlueBell's ex-football player turned mayor, but honestly Dixie is one of those rare shows where I really like all of the characters.

So there you have it, five reasons why Hart Of Dixie is one of my favourites! Are you a Dixie fan?

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Character Style Inspiration - Mona Vanderwaal (Pretty Little Liars)

For today's Character Style I'm revisiting one of the most stylish shows on TV, Pretty Little Liars, to take a closer look at the wardrobe of the Liar's long-time "frenemy" Mona Vanderwaal (Janel Parrish).

Similarly to her BFF Hanna Marin, Mona's style is frequently evolving meaning that it's pretty tricky to pinpoint her 'signature' outfits. For today's selection I've looked at some of the themes that run through Mona's wardrobe over the show's five seasons and have tried to pick out a selection of items that I think represent key features of her ever-changing style.

Mona definitely isn't afraid of a bold pattern and has been known to sport both a fluorescent leopard print sweatshirt as well as various pairs of coloured floral jeans. In more recent episodes she can be seen pairing these skinny jeans with peplums or simple tops and strappy sandals, a look that shows how much her confidence has grown and is far-removed from the days where she was known as 'Loser Mona'.

When it comes to accessories and embellishments Mona is well-known for her love of Peter Pan collars, waist belts and heels. She also usually opts for the extremes when it comes to earrings choosing either a bold statement pair or simple pearl studs.

Shop The Look: | Vintage Detail Dress, House Of Fraser £229 | Strappy Sandals, Simply Be £35 | Washed Floral Print Jeans, Asda £16 | Bright Blue Jamie Jeans, Topshop £40 | Collar Necklace, Net-A-Porter £85 | Bird Print Peter Pan Collar Top, Simply Be £22 | Leopard Print Sweater, The Outnet £95 | Zebra Leather Belt, Mango £24.99 | Salmon Pink Shirt, Yoox £169 | Ditsy Floral Dress, Debenhams £35 | Headband, Forever 21 £2 | Cardigan, John Lewis £45 | Faux Pearl Stud Earrings, Bloomingdales £19.76

Monday, 20 April 2015

#PaperHaul - The Balloon One

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

Another month, another beautiful selection of goodies from #paperhaul! As you can see the theme for April is balloons and the box is filled with colourful stationery treats perfect for the winter to spring transition.

April's notecards feature a simple bunch of colourful balloons whilst the two greetings cards are both text-free making them suitable for any occasion. This month's sticker sheet is filled with pretty pastel-toned hot air balloons, and as always the postcard selection includes something for everyone with three very different illustrations.

This month's washi tape also reflects the celebratory theme of the box with a brightly coloured circle print that would be brilliant for wrapping gifts or making your own gift tags. If DIY-ing isn't your thing the box also includes another adorable set of illustrated gift tags this time featuring various animals holding balloons which I think will be perfect for any upcoming birthdays.

Just like last month I'm finding it tricky to choose a favourite item from the selection but am most looking forward to using the hot air balloon print craft papers and of course the cute gift tags. I've also already put the washi tape to good use decorating pages in my new planner!

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

Don't forget to catch up on my review of last month's box - The Striped One!

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Monday, 13 April 2015

YA Love Magazine


Today I wanted to share a quick post to let you know about a brilliant new online magazine which launched last week. YA Love Magazine is a new venture created by Christina (of Passion Obsession & part of our team over at Blogger's Bookshelf) and is an online magazine for lovers of all things YA!

Showcasing the latest book releases, TV & film reviews, news and much more, Christina has done an amazing job putting together the website. I'm also happy to announce that I will be contributing to YA Love Magazine on a regular basis - talking TV, film & penning some fun YA-inspired lists - and would love to see you all over there too!

If you're interested in talking all things YA, Christina is also looking for more contributors to join the team. You can contact for more information!
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