August 29th, 2015

My Cartilage Piercing & Aftercare

I’ve wanted to have my Cartilage pierced for quite a few months, but I wanted to wait until after I came back from Italy so that swimming in the sea and the heat wouldn’t be a problem. I’ve been back for about a month now, and I start school again in about a week and a half, so I thought it would be a little less delicate by the time we have to brace the busy school corridors again.

So, on Thursday this week, I went to Blue Banana in Coventry with my best friend, my mum and sister. My mum had to sign all the forms because you have to be 16 to have your cartilage done without parental consent. I was the only one in the waiting room upstairs for having a piercing so the wait was very short. The piercing was done by a lady called Morag and she was lovely and talked me through some last minute nerves.

For anyone that doesn’t know what a Cartilage piercing is, it’s a piercing near the top of your ear instead of at the bottom of the lobe. With lobe piercings, they use a gun; but with a cartilage piercing they have to use a needle, just so it’s safer. (I’m not going to go into too much detail, incase anyone’s squeamish). Mine only bled a tiny bit, but that stopped very quickly, and personally, I didn’t think that it was any more painful then getting my lobes pierced. If your interested in finding out more about the process of the piercing look here.


As for the aftercare, they gave me a small bag with tea tree oil and salt. The instructions on the guide said to clean the piercing twice a day. It advises this for at least ten weeks, cleaning with tea tree oil (which is just a cleaning aid) and salt water soak (this helps cleanse and rejuvenate cells).
I apply the tea tree oil using a cotton bud. For for the salt water soak I think it’s best to use sea salt or rock salt as they are more natural. The salt I was given was iodised table salt, but I don’t recommend this as it is filled with other chemicals. Just a pinch of salt in about 40ml of water will do, and I dip the corner of a paper towel in the soak and just dab around my ear to clean it.



I’m really pleased with how it turned out, and the process was very quick and stress free!

Ellie x

August 24th, 2015

Monochrome Attire

I love wearing Monochrome outfits, mainly because three quarters of my wardrobe is black and white… I love the combination of these two colours as they are so classic, and look lovely on everyone!


I found this skirt in Tally Weijl, which is a clothes shop in San Remo. We don’t have this shop in England but I think it’s a chain throughout quite a few countries in Europe. I really liked it and ended up buying a few items of clothing. I love the print on this skirt, I’m not sure you can see it too clearly in these pictures but it’s a dotted diagonal pattern that alternates directions between the panels.


The cardigan I wore was something I have had for a long time, and I actually thought it was cream, but turns out it matched the white of this skirt exactly!


Top: Bank // Skirt: Tally Weijl // Cardigan: Bina // Boots : Jeffrey Campbell

August 21st, 2015

Badalucco Spa ‘L’Adagio’

Halfway through our second week on holiday, we were craving a relaxing day to refresh ourselves for the last few days in Italy. This led us to a spa in Badalucco, which we had been told about by a friend the week before. Badalucco is a small commune of about 10 square miles in the Liguria.


The Spa which we visited was very small, and part of a hotel. It only allowed six people to be in the spa at a time. I think this was the perfect number as no one was treading on each others toes and there was always one of the sections of the spa free to use.


The interior of the spa was very modern which was quite a contrast to the surroundings of Badalucco with their quirky buildings and variety of different coloured houses which were a lovely view to see out the huge windows overlooking the commune.



When arriving in the spa you are given a robe and some slip on shoes to wander around in. You are taken into a small changing room with lockers and a toilet in the room next to it.

In the actual spa, there were four main aspects. A flavoured shower (yes I said flavoured), the cold shower was flavoured with mint and the warm shower was flavoured with tropical fruits! Next to the showers there was a sauna, with two beds in it and a timer. As the sauna opens up all your pores, next to it was a section you could stand on and pull a chord above your head which would drop cold water on you to close your pores. As much as it sounds unpleasant, it was actually very refreshing!



Next to the sauna, was a turkish bath. I had never been in a turkish bath before and it was actually quite different to what I had expected. It was essentially a steam room, with two benches either side of it and there was a shower head that was cold water and you sprayed it on yourself. It provided you with a deep clean using the hot steam combined with the cold water. In the centre of the spa was a jacuzzi, which was of course lovely 🙂



Aside from these rooms, there was also a fresh water pool outside which was very cold! You could also sit outside and look over Badalucco on some chairs they provided next to the freshwater pool.


The last place you could visit was the relaxing area. It was a row of 5 plush and incredibly comfortable chairs to just sit and chill on… You could grab a herbal tea from a dispenser too, which I really enjoyed as it was a relaxant.



You are allowed to get a massage at the spa too however when we tried to book one, they were full 🙁


We got three hours in this spa, and it was a lovely experience that if I was in the area, would definately return to again. It cost us 25 euros, which I think is about £18, which I think was a bargain for how lovely it was!


Ellie x

August 14th, 2015

Adventuring in Monaco

While on holiday in Italy we visited the alluring city of Monaco, somewhere I had never been before but had heard much about. From the Monte-Carlo Casino to the expanse of luxurious boats that littered their coast-line, Monaco is a city known for it’s wealth and glamorous lifestyles.

We started off our Monaco experience by dining in a restaurant looking over the harbour filled with yachts. Trying out my very best french (their official language) I ordered ‘Moules-frites’ and was presented with a massive pot filled to the brim with Mussels and a side bowl of chips!


Another thing that Monaco is well-known for is the impressive formula one race that happens there. The Monaco Grand Prix race is quite special as the track is actually held in the streets of Monaco as opposed to the usual way of having a special track made for Grand Prix events. This year, the grand prix was in May, so they had finished putting away all the stands for the audience seating, however, the start line and some of the road markings were still there to see.


One of the things that surprised me the most about Monaco was the amount of large boats and yachts that you couldn’t really avoid seeing. The boats all had different names, and most of the time it was clear where they had come from as the city or place would be written alongside the name. There were boats from London, America, France, Italy and a variation of other places.



After going and spotting the biggest and most glamorous yachts we went for a walk towards the main shopping centre full of designer shops and fancy restaurants. There must have been 50 individual fashion and jewellery designer shops that we happened to see such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Givency, Hermès, Dior, Prada, Céline, Valentino and Cartier but we didn’t see even half of the shopping that Monaco has to offer…



The Casino was busy, even at two in the afternoon!

The next place that I had wanted to visit in Monaco was the palace which was at the very top of the city overlooking the whole thing. The views were just amazing looking down over the harbour and all the beautiful buildings.



The palace grounds themselves were stunning, the amazing architecture of the buildings and beautiful streets made the long walk up to the castle worth the while.





Ellie x

August 4th, 2015

Galimard Parfumerie

Right, so i’m going to start with an apology for just leaving for two weeks without an explanation on where I was and why I wasn’t going to post anything.
I went on holiday to Italy with my best friend and I was planning on doing another blog post before I left but I didn’t end up getting it done on time. If you follow me on instagram you will have known this as I did post a little on there. (for those that don’t know my instagram is @the.raw.stylist)
Well now i’m officially back after two weeks of sun and it has been rather depressing to say the least at how different the temperature is 🙁 I have quite a few blog posts to do with my holiday lined up so I will try and get them out as soon as I can to make up for the two weeks that I disappeared for. Today’s holiday post is about a Parfumerie I visited where you can create your own scented perfume, so I’ll leave you to read in peace 🙂


Galimard Parfumerie is a perfume brand that has different shops and factories where they sell their Galimard perfume. The main location and the one that I visited for their perfume workshop was in Grasse in France. It was here that I made my own perfume and was provided with help and guidance on how to make my perfume.


So we were first taken into a room with about 18 booths, all looking like the picture above and filled top to bottom with different scents to satisfy a range of different preferences. We were first given ten basic scents and we had to choose our two favourites. From that choice, the staff kindly told us which scents we would probably like best due to our choices. It was then explained to us that in perfumes there were three different smells a perfume would give off at different times.


These were called the bass notes, heart notes and the peak notes. The peak notes would be what you originally smelt when you first sprayed your perfume. The heart notes would be what it settled to be after about an hour and then the bass notes would be what scent it left on your clothes and items it touched.

My Bass Notes

My Heart Notes

My Peak Notes

We mixed our perfume together based on the measurements the staff gave us for each one and we were also told to think of a name for our perfume. I named mine ‘Amystia’ as it is my birthstone in Italian.


You then have to leave your perfume to fuse for ten days before you can smell your own creation! At Gallimard, they keep a register of your perfume, so if you ever wanted to order it again, then can send you a top-up of exactly the same scent you originally made.

Creating my own perfume was something I really enjoyed and definitely something worth doing if you’re ever near in France.

Ellie x

16 year old fashion and lifestyle blogger Ellie Ramsay

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