Friday, 30 August 2013

Ellie Ellie Wears - August Birthstone

As the end of August beckons we have been inspired by the colour of the August birthstone, Mint, for Peridot. Perfect for this weeks outfit is this Gap Printed Drawstring Shirtdress, great for any occasion either dressed up in wedges or for a more casual look paired with these Gap Suede Zipped Booties. Adding a statement coloured clutch is a great way to add colour to the outfit and this Hobbs Zip Pouch is perfect! 

Add Ellie Ellie’s British Postage Stamp Pre-Decimal Pendant Necklace for that finishing touch, perfectly coloured for August of course!

Pink Clutch Bag - Hobbs
Suede Boots - Gap
Green Drawstring dress - Gap
British Postage Stamp Pendant Necklace - Ellie Ellie

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Outside with the kids: Making Bird Feeders

There are so many fun things to do with the kids outside in the summer, instead of them being trapped inside in front of the tele or on the computer! As well as going for bike rides, walking the dog, having a picnic and making a camp, creating bird feeders out of everyday cartons and bottles is a great way to teach kids about different types of birds and let them get creative!

There are many types of bird feeder, created using old cans, bottles, cartons and ribbon and also more artistic one off bird feeders using tea cups and coloured glass bottles! However, making a bird feeder with your kids is very simple, and there are two alternatives, either using a plastic bottle or carton or using ice lolly sticks.

Here is a fantastic way to create a bird feeder using your old plastic bottles, instead of throwing them away.
1. Firstly wash your plastic bottle or carton and make sure all the packaging and wrapping is removed.
2. Cut a hole in the side of the plastic bottle, large enough for birds to get at the seed, but insuring the seed won’t get wet in the rain and constantly fall out.
3. Make a few small holes in the bottom so that the rainwater can drain away.
4. Using strong string, make two small holes in the cap of the bottle and thread the string through, tying the end around a tree branch or washing line. 
Watch which birds are in your garden!
Adapted from RSPB Youth, to see full instructions click here

Add holes for wooden spoons into your bottle for great shelves for the bird to perch on while getting some bird seed.

Another great way of making a bird feeder that the kids will love is by using lolly pop sticks. 
Create a base and then layer the lolly pop sticks in a square around the base.
Use a larger stick as a perch for the birds and add string to hang! Voi la
Making bird feeders are such a great way to keep the kids entertained as well as teach them about the wildlife and birds in your garden.

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Make Your Own Summer Lollies

Keeping fresh this summer is a must and there is nothing better than a healthy treat to keep you going throughout the day. Here at Ellie Ellie we love a good recipe. On a hot day, everybody reaches for the ice lollies to cool down, but instead of buying fabs, magnums and twisters there are so many recipes for homemade ice lollies that are healthy and easy to make for a bbq or summertime dinner party.

We have a delicious recipe of Summer Berry ice lollies for you to have a go at, they are easy and you only need 4 ingredients, perfect!

For this recipe you can use plastic shot glasses or lolly moulds. A great way to spend time with the kids this summer is making different flavoured lollies from fruit and berries. They can then eat what they have created!!

Friday, 23 August 2013

Ellie Ellie Wears - Festival Fashion

The British festival season is in full swing with Reading Festival this weekend and we are inspired by Festival fashion and how much people experiment when they go to festivals!

You can’t go wrong with a pair of Hunter wellies with high socks, these short hunters are perfect if the sun happens to come out too! Wear your hunters with navy shorts and this Fair & True Sustainable Bright Print Vest Top. A perfect combination! Add the finishing touch with Ellie Ellie’s Vintage Letter Tile Personalised Ring, which you can personalise with your initial!

Print Vest Top - Fair & True
Navy Shorts - River Island
Hunter Wellies - Hunter
Vintage Letter Tile Personalised Ring - Ellie Ellie

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Goodwood Bank Holiday Weekend

Goodwood have a treat lined up for families on the August Bank Holiday starting this Friday (23rd) as they rekindle the British nostalgic Summer Holidays of yesteryear, just what Ellie Ellie likes to hear.

The Goodwood August Bank Holiday Weekend provides a three-day festival of 1950s fun and excitement, with traditional entertainment, live music and lovely food. 

There is fun for all the family at this superb festival, including an old fashioned fun fair and magnificent racing!

Pop over to the Goodwood website for all the details and get excited for what is sure to be a great weekend with the family!

Happy Bank Holiday Weekend!!

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Let's Get in the Garden this Month!

Getting out in the Garden and planting new plants and vegetables is a great way to spend the day this summer, providing the weather holds out.

It’s really easy to grow your own vegetables and herbs, or if you’re after something more colourful, hanging baskets are a great way to inject colour into your garden or onto your patio.

Many vegetables require the right weather and humidity to grow well, so it is best to plant certain seeds in particular months, to make sure you get the best result.

It's best to plant these vegetables in August: spring cabbages, cauliflowers, autumn and winter lettuces, onions, radishes, shallots, winter spinach and turnips.

Here are some useful hints and tips for gardening this August:

Happy Gardening!

Friday, 16 August 2013

Ellie Ellie Wears - Summer Brights

We are still in love with the summer time and the summer styles that come with the weather being slightly warmer, including bright colours which has been everywhere this season. Our outfit this week has been inspired by beautiful bright colours!

You can’t go wrong with a denim jacket this summer, which is a perfect companion for a summer dress or maxi dress. Team your denim with this yellow striped dress for the perfect combo! Wedges are also everywhere this summer and we thought we would embrace this with these lovely Kurt Geiger wedges which will brighten up any outfit and would also look perfect with a simple LBD. Add a lovely Ellie Ellie Dotty Tile Game Pendant Necklace to complete the look.

Denim Jacket - Zara
Yellow Andie Stripe Dress - People Tree
 Ninewest Luicy7 Red Wedge - Kurt Geiger
Dotty Tile Game Pendant Necklace - Ellie Ellie

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Isle of Wight Garlic Festival

Set in the stunning Newchurch in the heart of the Isle of Wight, the Garlic Festival is the best of food and entertainment!
The show, on this weekend the 17th & 18th of August features a vast array of sights, tastes and produce to suit all ages. 

Just a few things going on at the festival include:
                Huge garlic marquees, featuring cookery demo’s all day long
                100’s of arts and craft stalls, businesses and mouth-watering food
                Local produce and live music on a big stage with beer tent
                Children’s entertainers, archery and giant fun fair

As well as being huge garlic fans, we love the sound of this festival and think it would be a great way to unearth yummy garlic recipes which we would love to try out.

So… In true garlic appreciation of this coming weekend we have come across a glorious garlic inspired recipe and we hope you love trying it out…

Feta & Garlic Rosemary Scones... Mouth Watering

Take a look at the recipe here... Feta & Garlic Rosemary Scones

Browse the Garlic Festal website for more info About the Show. Happy Garlic Festival!

Sunday, 11 August 2013

The Perfect Pimms

We all love a chilled, fruity glass of Pimms on a lovely hot day in the British summertime, so we thought a ‘Post about Pimms’ was a must at Ellie Ellie HQ, especially as we have been enjoying lovely weather recently.

This is a great guide to ‘The Perfect Pimms’ and we really love the way they guide you to cut the fruit… Pimms Perfection we say!!

Each sip of Pimms is savoured in the British summertime and it’s a lovely way to create summer memories with friends and family. The new ‘Blackberry & Elderflower’ Pimms flavour is another summer sizzler with a fresh and floral taste.

There are lots of interesting and yummy recipes around using Pimms as the main ingredient and we couldn’t be more excited at the prospect of tucking into a Pimms cupcake or sorbet. Enjoy this Pimms Sorbet with all the delicious ingredients of our beloved summertime drink… 

Take a look at a recipe for scrumptious Pimms Sorbet here... Pimms Sorbet

Pimms winter means we can now enjoy the taste of cinnamon and caramel on the cold days too, lovely!