With Chinese New Year starting today and the celebrations getting underway in different countries for the 15 day festivities, Ellie Ellie Wears this week has an oriental focus, with this beautifully patterned green dress from Oasis, with touches of silver and gold which give it an oriental look, and it has a simple and structured neckline and fit. Add this clutch bag from Warehouse for a bit of sparkle, which compliments the dress perfectly. Accessorize with our Lucky Sixpence Customised Date Coin Necklace which you can personalised with a date of your choice! With these Russell and Bromley heels adding the finishing touch to the look.
At Ellie Ellie HQ we love capturing important and funny moments with the camera. We have a brilliant instant camera which means we can make memories and look back at what we've been doing.
Despite every phone now having a camera, moments can still get lost or you can end up taking photos of the same thing all the time.
We have found a great photo challenge for Instagram and photography lovers which many people have created, which gives you a challenge to take a photo everyday of something different. There are so many different ways to do this and you can find one for every month of the year! Think of all the moments you could capture that would have been forgotten about.
Here some we've found for February, with different things to capture every day!
Have a go this February and you'll be able to look back at the unusual and interesting things you took pictures of! It's a great idea to do for the month of your birthday, or a special event, which means you can get a different perspective of that month. You could have a go with a friend and see how different your photos are and print out your photos to make a scrap book!
The 31st of January is the start of Chinese New Year, which is a 15 day celebration including feasts and decorations and ending with the Lantern Festival on the 15th Day!
London's celebrations for the Chinese New Year are one of the biggest outside of Asia, and every year thousands of people visit the West End to wish each other Happy New Year or "Kung Hei Fat Choi'
In 2014 the celebrations are taking place on Sunday the 2nd of February, in Chinatown, Trafalgar Square and Shaftsbury Avenue. If you fancy a fun day out go and get involved in the celebrations, which include a parade and performances from visiting artists from China in Trafalgar Square. As always and the part Ellie Ellie always loves exploring, there will be traditional food and craft stalls, perfect if you want to find hidden gems or something a bit unusual.
Visit the website for more information about London's Celebrations!
It may be cold outside, but that doesn't mean that you can't wear a print. This printed blouse from Joules is perfect for the weather and will work with jeans or tucked into a skirt like this one from Boden. Add a touch of nostalgia with our Personalised Map Location Heart Pendant, from Ellie Ellie, which can be personalised with a specific location. Finish off the look with these tanned pumps from Nine West, which are a great wardrobe staple and can be paired with everything.
Ellie Ellie's sale is still on, with up to 50% off our lovely gifts and jewellery. We also have some great additions for the home, the perfect thing to jazz up your living room, playroom, office or kitchen this January!
Our top home picks:
This Vintage Style School World Map is the perfect addition to any playroom or kitchen, great to keep track of places you've visited or teach the kids about the world! Now 20% OFF!
Our fun Chalkboard Speech Bubble is perfect for those little shopping lists or to do lists, or perhaps a chore and rewards chart for the kiddies! Now 20% OFF!
One of the favourites at Ellie Ellie HQ has to be our Check Recycled Wool Blanket Rug, perfect for those cold winters nights in front of the fire or for a picnic rug in the summer! NOW 20% OFF!
Personalise this Music Vinyl LP Record Clock with your favourite iconic record, perfect to take pride and place in your office or the kitchen. NOW 30% OFF!
Ellie Ellie believes there are many great towns and cities in the UK worth visiting, here we give you a quick guide to one of Cornwall's great towns, Falmouth!
Whether by Ferry, Car, Boat or train Falmouth is an exciting town worth a visit. Nestled on the South Coast of Cornwall, Falmouth boasts a huge variety of shops, restaurants, attractions and sea side fun, perfect for all the family to enjoy.
For families and children there is the action packed National Maritime Museum, featuring a range of objects, boats and collections to look at. The kids will be excited to see all the great collections and learn about boats and the water. If it is the beach you are after, Gyllyngvase beach is the perfect hotspot for relaxing, with a fantastic cafe situated at the top of the beach to fill those hunger pains.
As well as some great attractions and places for the family to enjoy, Falmouth is home to a thriving high street along with some great shops and cafes for browsing. The restaurants are also brilliant, with many sourcing ingredients, specially fish from cornwall, which makes it taste so much better.
The Shed and The Shack are two fun and buzzing restaurants and bars in Events Square, where you can order your favourite cocktail and taste a speciality fish dish!
Have you been anywhere in Cornwall we should visit?
There are so many great trends and colours appearing in the new year within women's fashion and style. These statement trousers are a brilliant addition to your wardrobe, and can be dressed up for a night out or down for a casual look. Paired with this navy cami top the trousers are still the focal point and make a statement, wear a light cardigan or structured blazer to keep warm too! These red brogues are a great staple for your shoe collection and are different to the normal tanned and brown brogues that are everywhere. If you want to transform this outfit to an evening look, just slip on some heels and you'll be ready. Finish off the look with Ellie Ellie's Recycled Aluminium Initial Star Bracelet, which can be personalised with your chosen initial!
Cami Top - Topshop
Print Trousers - River Island
Red Brogues - Bertie Shoes
Initial Star Bracelet - Ellie Ellie
We are always thinking of ways to re-use the materials we use in the office so that we can limit the impact on the environment of throwing rubbish away. Since introducing our jolly new postal bags to send out our orders in we have played around with origami and the result is a lovely Ellie Ellie boat!
Our postal bags can be recycled, but if you are up for a fun activity you can make an origami boat or hat! We are on hand to help you have a go at origami, and save the planet by recycling our new postal bags!
How to make an origami boat (that actually floats) Yipee!
1. Begin by cutting our postal bags so you have one rectangle piece (you can make two boats with both sides as well)
2. Fold the rectangle piece in half
3. Partially fold it again, which will make a crease near the top. This helps line up the corners
4. Fold down the top left and right corner
5. Fold each edge of the paper upwards, and open it up into a hat
6. To continue making the boat, bring the corners of the hat brim towards each other, the edges of the brim will be pushed forward (your squashing the hat into a square)
7. Take one lower corner of the square and fold it upwards, so the same to the other side
8. Now you have a folded triangle! Open up the folded triangle and bring the corners together, again you are squashing the triangle into a square
9. Pull the outer corners of the square, one in each hand
10. Keep pulling to fully unfold your boat, staple the sides to keep in place!
We hope you've enjoyed creating your origami boat, the next time you receive your Ellie Ellie order you know what to do!
If origami doesn't float your boat, pop it in the recycling bin!
Your house can always feel a little empty after you have taken down all your Christmas decorations, your Christmas tree and Christmas cards. Ellie Ellie have what you need this January to put a little bit of sparkle back in your home after the Christmas season! All it takes is a little imagination and some simple things you normally find in your home.
This is a great piece of wall art, made from used corks, just save up your corks, make a backing for the artwork and stick on your corks, you can make different shaped ones too!
A cheese grater is a family staple and can always be found in the kitchen. This light fitting is a innovative way of making use of an old cheese grater and would it perfectly in the kitchen area.
Although this lampshade looks lovely and pretty, it is actually only made from plastic bottles! This is an example of a great way to get creative and see what you can make from such an easy object, your end result may not look like this but there are many ways in could be done to look great!
An ingenious way to reuse an old rake from the garden to make a wine holder for the kitchen! If you had more time you could paint it as well to match it to the decor and colours in your kitchen!
This is the simplest way to refresh your home in the new year, clean your old jam jars and add some flowers for the prettiest arrangements with a vintage feel on your mantelpiece or windowsill.
It may be cold outside but here at Ellie Ellie we are thinking about the summer and all the lovely summer dresses we can take out of hibernation. This dress from Beautiful Soul, is, as the name suggests, beautiful. The company is committed to fair fabric sourcing and is conscious of the environmental impact of style. They support local and UK based production by supporting the regeneration of UK manufacturing. This dress would look fabulous on a warm summers day, but we think, teamed with this chunky knit from Cath Kidston, or a smart blazer, it will look great whatever the weather.
Finish off this look with these tanned boots from ted baker and Ellie Ellie's Lucky Sixpence Customised Date Coin Necklace, the perfect accessory!
January is National Hobby Month and the team at Ellie Ellie like nothing better than embracing other activities and crafts outside of the office! Everybody has a hobby and January seems like a great month to spend your free time doing what you love best! Maybe it's coin or stamp collecting, or playing a musical instrument.
As well as enjoying your current hobby, like many others in January who make new years resolutions to exercise more or eat healthier, make this the month you start something new, maybe something you've always wanted to have a go at but have never had the chance!
Make January the time to start a new hobby!!
Here are some crazy hobby ideas that may give you some inspiration:
Egg Shell Carving
What are your hobbies? Anything as crazy as the ideas above!
What better way to start the year then getting dressed up for work or going out with a fun print like this flower print on this vintage skirt from Beyond retro, the perfect wardrobe staple to start 2014! Wear the skirt with this white knitted jumper to stay warm or dare to wear a black crop top to transform the look to evening. Add a vintage touch with our Ellie Ellie circus initial pendant and these great Lewknor tanned boots from Hudson boots, which are perfect from day to night!
We hope you enjoyed a great new year! Here's to 2014!