Lest we forget

Good morning!

Today I am up VERY early because it’s an extremely important day on my calendar. April 25th in New Zealand and Australia is ANZAC Day. This is the day to commemorate the New Zealand and Australian soldiers that have served and are currently serving in the armed forces.

Traditionally on remembrance days people tend to think of the old veterans of the World War, and while I too think of them and appreciate all they sacrificed for the future of our planet, for me ANZAC day is a lot more personal.

My short-lived time in the armed forces brought a lot of amazing people into my life, one of which is now my partner in crime. Some of them have left like me, but plenty are still serving in the military and ANZAC day is a time for me to think of them and thank them for everything they do.

It is so easy for people to blame the military for all the negative things in this world, or to cover the faces of those individual people and just call them ‘soldiers’. They are so much more than that. They’re sons, daughters, wives, husbands, cousins, brothers, sisters. Whatever your feelings are towards how humans interact with each other and in particular about war as a ‘solution’, ANZAC day is not the day to focus on those negative thoughts.

ANZAC day is a day to think about those young people who chose to sacrifice their freedom, choices, families and sometimes even their lives so that all of us could live the life we want. Whether you agree with their choices or not, we can all admire the courage it takes to truly follow through on how you believe people deserve to live their lives and literally put your life on the line for it.

Thank you, to every soldier and the ANZACs that are willing to fight for the life they think we all deserve to have, thank you to all my military and ex-military friends for making my short time there one of the most memorable in my life and for still being some of my best friends – I am so proud of you.

So please, today wear a poppy and appreciate what we have because of what so many gave up.

Lest we forget. x


Photo credit: www.methvenmthutt.co.nz



How was your week?

Hello, loves!

I thought it would be fun to upload a ‘weekly roundup’ on a Sunday morning of how my week has gone!

This week has been University holidays for me which sounds like it should be a time of blissful reflection in the gorgeous autumn weather we’re having but is actually a time of me being stressed and compounding that stress by not doing the many assignments my lecturers have kindly given me for the holidays. “Holidays”.

In saying that though my parents were down for the weekend and left on Monday so we had a really nice day wandering through the Christchurch Art Gallery (which you should definitely go and see if you haven’t been! http://christchurchartgallery.org.nz I can highly recommend the room with the little world made of sugar! It’s only there till June I believe so go quick!) I love the art gallery. I wouldn’t call myself an ‘art lover’ per se but I do enjoy looking at it and appreciating how difficult and technical some of the work is. Modern Art has got to be my favourite for all the wrong reasons. There’s literally an exhibition right now that is a plastic container turned on its side. I’m sure it has some deep meaning but being the common folk we are my dad and I had a good old laugh about this ‘art’.*

After that we went to my absolutely favourite cafe in Christchurch ever – C1 Espresso. It’s got the best vibe, curly fries (need I say more really?) and not only do they have the best curly fries but they SHOOT TO YOUR TABLE VIA A BIG PLASTIC TUBE! Exciting. Please if you’re in Christchurch go and experience the wonder of flying fries. http://www.c1espresso.co.nz.

After Mum and Dad left life resumed as normal for me really, procrastination, 10 minutes of study, 3 hours of study break, chores, cooking dinner and sleeping with some work scattered in there.  Thursday night was wonderful, I am President of the coolest club in the entire world – 180 Degrees Consulting and we had an exec catch up. I am so blessed to be working with five of the funniest, smartest and most wonderful people ever and we have already achieved so much in the short time we’ve had so far. They make me so excited and proud of what we can achieve this year.

I got to punctuate Friday by going out for some vest shopping time with a good friend which was awesome, even though I was 15 minutes late (as per usual really – so sorry!). Does anyone else really struggle with being late for everything? Or is it just me?

This weekend will, unfortunately, have to be dedicated to the assignments I’ve been avoiding because I want to be really free for ANZAC day on Monday! If you’re not a Kiwi or an Aussie, ANZAC day is our version of remembrance day where people go to Dawn Services and appreciate the soldiers past and present who have served our country. I personally am an ex-soldier (albeit I’ll admit I was in for around 2 seconds) but I have friends still serving so ANZAC day is an extremely important day for me personally. I love the atmosphere of the Dawn services and I do really look forward to going.


So that’s how my week went!

I would love to hear about yours ❤


Ellie x



Some of my favourite moments from the art gallery and the gorgeous early grey tea set from c1 espresso ❤



*Disclaimer: No offense to artist intended, I am completely uncultured.

Chanel Foundation Review

Hello, Loves!

Today I am doing something non-clothes related because I have a new foundation and having used it for a couple of months, thought I’d add my thoughts on it to the mix.

The foundation is the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup. I have really enjoyed using this, I’ve never had a Chanel foundation before and so was very excited to step up my makeup game from the drug store and experience a touch of luxury and class on my face.

While it didn’t make me look as perfect as Coco Chanel herself, it did do a pretty great job! The smell is so nice, I don’t know if this is a thing but it smells luxurious. Very fresh and floral to try and put it into more English words.

The consistency is, as the name would suggest, very fluid. If it wasn’t for the suction-ey type lid on the bottle it would literally just pour out. This means you do have to shake it up prior to every use or it can separate, but that is not a huge hassle.

Coverage is light-to-medium but it is buildable. I have tried applying it with both a brush and a beauty blender and personally I prefer to use a fluffy brush in a buffing motion to blend it in. It sinks into the skin really nicely leaving a very natural effect, for everyday wear I tend to stop here but if I wanted to look more #flawless than I could definitely add another layer of foundation. It gives a very dewy finish which when I first started using it I didn’t like because it was summer and I was already hot and shiny as it was, but now the weather is cooler I am really appreciating that glowy finish.

I find that the coverage lasts well all day however without a primer it does tend to go a bit patchy by the late afternoon – end of the day period or earlier if I’ve been particularly active that day. However, often I pop on some Benefit PoreFessional prior to this and that works wonders in terms of staying power.

Being from a hot climate in New Zealand, even though we’re heading into winter the UV rays are still out to get us so I really like that this makeup has an SPF 15. I wear a separate SPF every day anyway but it does make me feel good knowing I’m extra-protected!

It is sadly not a cheap foundation, here in New Zealand I believe it cost me around $100 – but I did use my Ballantynes Beauty Points to buy it so I didn’t actually pay the entire price. So that’s quite pricey for 30ml of foundation – albeit very good foundation.


  • Smells amazing
  • Feels luxurious
  • Buildable light coverage
  • Blends Well
  • Lasts well with a primer


  • Very expensive in comparison to other drugstore brands
  • While it is good, I feel that 20% of the price is purely for the awesome-factor of owning a Chanel product (which does feel awesome when I see it on my dresser)
  • Needs a primer to get that extra mile out of it
  • If you had oily skin this would probably be a shine freak out foundation for you.

Final Thoughts

Assuming I have the money, this is definitely a foundation I would repurchase. However, on my current student budget, I don’t see myself rushing out to buy it. It’s good but I didn’t feel it was so much better than Nars or even Revlon that it was worth shelling out my food money! However, if you have a higher budget then would definitely recommend as it does just add that extra touch of glamour to your every day that I have really enjoyed. Also – who doesn’t love casually being able to answer “what foundation are you wearing?” with “Oh? This? It’s just Chanel” *hair flick*

Have you tried this foundation? Let me know what you think or what your fave foundations are so I can try them too! ❤

Chanel Foundation

Chanel in all her glory ❤


Lesson #1


Welcome back to ellieslightblog.

Now as I mentioned in my last post, I have attempted to start my lightjourney. I have already had my first lesson.

1. Do not start too early.

Yes, there is such a thing is being too eager beaver. Basically, where I am Autumn begins in March. So mid-February inspiration struck and I constructed my low-cost autumn capsule wardrobe (proper post on this to follow). However, mid-February it’s still summer. It’s hot. So the whole thing hasn’t really worked out how I hoped.

I’ve constantly had to go get my summer gear out of the storage box which has been a pain and I’ve then had to mingle it in with my capsule wardrobe just to save me the trips to the garage every five minutes.

So, I’ve put my journey on hold till March, which thankfully is only about a week away. Right now is when I should’ve designed my wardrobe! But hey, at least it’s done, I’ve  got it in my ‘Stylebook’ app (get it guys this thing is incredible!) ready to go when it’s actually autumn. But it would’ve been nice to have been able to get into it a bit sooner!


So there you go guys, lesson one. Learn from my mistake!

Now, I’m off for a cuppa


Hello, it’s me


Welcome to Ellie’s Light Journey. This is as much a new environment for me as it is for you, so feel free to take a look around (and let me know if you find anything wrong!) and get to know the place.


I’m new to blogging, but I thought i’d give you what I consider the key facts about me:

  1. I’m 23
  2. I love tea, my blood is 70% earl grey
  3. Coffee is a close runner up
  4. I would rather have tea and a good book than a night raging on the town
  5. I also love food. I’m a stomach oriented person.
  6. I am a student
  7. I live in a beautiful country and I adore it.
  8. I’m a hoarder
  9. I am not a blogger, or a fashion critic or a photographer. I’m new to this and so I will make mistakes and/or take terrible photos. But hey, it’s part of the fun right?

What is Ellie’s Light Journey? 

Ellie’s lightjourney is my way of documenting the trials and pitfalls (and hopefully the successes) of my lifestyle – including my goal this year of having a capsule wardrobe!

The Basics of capsule wardrobe life

Basically, the magic number is 37. 37 items in your wardrobe total, not including your old trackpants, gym clothes, pyjamas etc. Just your everyday wearing clothes. This breaks down into:

  •  2 dresses
  • 2 Jackets
  • 9 ‘bottoms’
  • 15 tops
  • 9 shoes

So the ‘game’ if you will, is that there are four seasons (spring, summer, autumn and winter) and in the last two weeks of a season you think about your style and what your look for the next season will be, plan and budget for it, shop for it and then wear only those clothes for the entire next season. As in no clothes shopping. Zero. Nada. Wtf.

So.. I’ve had a go at paring down the wardrobe the other day. There’s already been some tantrums!

Anyway, welcome to my space it’s lovely to have you. I’d love to sit down and have a cuppa tea with you!