I’m late to the hype, 100% guaranteed. However, if I am late, why the hell has nobody told me about how amazing House of Cards is yet!?

When I came across the TV show on Netflix I was skeptical (mainly due to it’s 35 minute long intros… Or so it seems) but I have recently become obsessed with the twists and turns of the Underwoods in the battle for power.

If you haven’t watched it yet for yourself, I hope after these 6 reasons you will scramble to type in your Netflix password and binge watch a season for yourself. If you are in fact a fan of the show, I would love to know what you like the most about it too!

Reason One: The Underwood Dynamic

The relationship between Claire and Frank Underwood is so interesting that their dynamic alone is enough to keep you hooked (I have actually read about them being compared to the Macbeth power couple – which may imply a downfall for the pair??). Their lack of physical intimacy is replaced by this unique connection that they use to aid each other’s progress to power and ruthlessly ensuring they maintain it. The tension in their relationship is often palpable – I sometimes forget they’re not a real couple having a marital spat! – and you know that every disagreement between them will result in most things they touch around them imploding. Affairs, political disagreement and hunger for power is what both keeps them together and separates them, making for a very interesting watch.

Reason Two: Kevin Spacey’s Performance

I wanted to link this reason to the one before due to how the pair act together. Kevin Spacey’s performance in House of Cards is honestly amazing. He is ruthless, rugged and raw and suited perfectly to the role of a Washington politician. He often talks directly to the audience, something I have only ever found effective in The Office, which I was wary of at first but soon came to love the relationship it built; almost feeling like his diary.

Reason Three: Shock Factor Moments

The amount of shocking moments seems to escalate with each season. Deaths you didn’t expect, affairs that come to light and other press scandals that result in firing staff. You do also get some weird moments that you feel so awkward you could laugh at. Meechum, for example, partakes in a threesome with the power couple – something you have no idea is going to happen. Sex is often used as a power card in the show (and real life, eh?) and it’s interesting to see it at play here. As Frank himself said: “A great man once said, everything is about sex. Except sex. Sex is about power.”

Reason Four: Glimpse in to Washington Politics

I know that realistically (well maybe, who knows?!) that House of Cards isn’t like Washington, but there is something about the idea that you’re getting a sneak peek in to the corruption in politics and how people bargain to get what they need and want that is kind of thrilling to watch. You don’t have to be put off by the whole politics idea though… You literally need to know nuttin to understand what is going on – something I will admit put me off watching the series at first.

Reason Five: The Long Game

You will often sit waiting for a whole episode for something to happen but every moment has you sitting on the edge of your seat. I’m currently in the middle of Season 3 and Frank is running for re-election and the last episode featured a debate between 3 candidates. You knew that one of the candidates was actually working alongside Frank but had met with his main rival and so the whole episode I was leaning forward wondering whether she would stick with Frank or swing to the opposition. You do get your shock moments, like I mentioned, but they often take a lot of waiting – a dedication required by the fans. This is actually something I really like about the show as you have to put in time (much like Claire and Frank do to their work) to get the reward.

Reason Six: Villains

The first two seasons generally see Frank as the calculating villan who does whatever he has to to gain power. Often we as the audience find ourselves rooting for the hero but I feel now that many shows find you instead backing the villan who doesn’t really deserve to win but you can’t help but love him anyway. Frank is marmite in that sense I guess. You hate to love him but love to hate him – almost cheering him on or ‘ooing’ under your breath when he calls out someone for undermining him. As the seasons go on, you see more and more people step up as villans which is very interesting. I have yet to watch Season 4 but I’m aware that Claire becomes a lot more convining… Something I am really looking forward to Robin Wright performing.

I was recently disappointed when I discovered Robin Wright had to demand to be paid the same as Kevin Spacey. I do understand that he is generally the focaliser of the show but without Robin there is no Underwood dynamic, a massive drop in the twists and turns of the plot and definitely no amazing female lead role. Robin noted herself that the on-screen couple “are equal” and therefore deserve equal pay – such a Claire move!

I really hope that you all now check out House of Cards after reading these 6 reasons behind my love for the show. After watching it is so easy to understand why the American series has been nominated for 8 Golden Globes and won 33 Primetime Emmy Awards.

Ella x



Am I really saying this? Am I? Ohhhh.. Go on then!

I.. Miss Ella Garrett… Have Reached 100 Followers! *confetti canon needed*


I think this calls for another firework featured image!

(Another milestone – this is my official 20th post too)

I am honestly over the moon with the progress that this blog is making and yet again I have to give a massive thank you to all of you guys that decide to read my lil old posts on Testarossa.

When I first started I thought a handful of people here and there would enjoy my content and that in all reality I might find it hard to grasp the interest of others and write about topics people even care about. I never thought that in 3 weeks or so I would be hitting 100 followers.

I have several posts coming up that involve entertainment reviews and travel but if there is anything in particular that you like me writing about or have any ideas that I can do, please let me know in a comment.

You all mean so much to me and thank you for being such a fantastic group of people!



I have been very fortunate in recent years to travel to many countries that I have adored. As I grow older I want to be able to say that I was able to travel to so many more, experience new cultures, meet new people and take in some of the world’s most beautiful places.

I thought I would share my Travel Bucket List with you that I have already been working on for some time now (some will already be crossed out as a consequence) and let you guys see alongside me when I am able to achieve my travel goals, one step at a time.


There is something about LA that I have always been attracted to. It may be cliche but I really want to visit the ‘Hollywood’ sign and soak in the glamour of the place. My mum and I have been obsessed with Pretty Woman for so many years and I can think of nothing better than being a cheesy tourist and visiting all the sights of the film.

New York

I think New York is one of the places on everybody’s list. FRIENDS was a show that I have loved for years and I would love to go to the Central Perk cafe that opened in NYC and be a real British tourist. Also, it’s undeniable that NYC is one of the most amazing cities in the world. Central Park, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and Grand Central Terminal are all top of my list to explore.


Similar to NYC, I think Dubai has an aura that is just incredible. The skyline alone is enough to make your head feel dizzy and it is a hub for World Records and World Firsts that means it makes it on to my Travel Bucket List. I mean it holds Tallest Man Made Structure, Biggest Shopping Centre, Largest Fireworks Display and First Indoor Mountain Resort. I think Dubai was one of the first destinations to trump the USA in doing things bigger, bolder and better and that’s why I am itching to go!


Photo courtesy of emirates247.com


I visited Rome back in 2009 with my mum and it was such an amazing experience. The Vatican, the Colosseum and the city itself was incredible. The people were so friendly and accommodating and it is no lie that they make some amazing pizza.


I know that Santorini has become a bit of a blogger’s paradise recently but it is just so gorgeous and Greek-white that I can’t help but want to go. I think in recent years a lot of the Greek islands have been denoted as party places yet Santorini still retains the chic Greek look that I love. It seems to hold some of the most beautiful villas that boost equally beautiful views and I hope that soon I will have the opportunity to holiday there.


My boyfriend’s family and I actually spotted Stonehenge when we were returning from Center Parcs. Granted, I didn’t get to go up close and see it but as it is corned off now to the public, seeing from afar was just as amazing.

Anywhere I can see the Northern Lights!

There are just undeniably beautiful and it would be wrong not to feature such an amazing phenomena on this list. I know that you can sometimes see them in Scotland but I would rather visit a Scandinavian country to get the full effect!

Las Vegas

Again, another cliche but I really do want to visit Las Vegas to see if it lives up to it’s worldwide reputation. I feel like it’s a place that just sparkles and I really want to get caught up in the glitz of a fantasy life for a moment.


Berlin is a city I am really hoping I can visit with my mum someday. The pure historical references truly amaze me and being so interested in the war gives it a solid place on my Travel Bucket List. The Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Holocaust Memorial and the scarred historical places which saw so much are on the top of my list to see. Also, Berlin seems to have a great atmosphere that everybody raves about, making it a very different European city (in comparison to the elegance of Paris, for example) and one that I am itching to visit.


I had the delight of visiting Barcelona this year with my boyfriend, which I actually wrote a blog post about (tagged for you). We had the most amazing time and I honestly regard it as one of the best places I have ever visited – I cannot wait to return soon. Casa Battlo, Sagarda Familia, La Rambla and the ports were such beautiful things to see and I enjoyed every minute I spent exploring the city. Barcelona has so much to offer and I feel that if I went back I would find it incredibly easy to plan another completely unique trip filled with things to see and do.



The closest I have got so far to Amsterdam is being in the airport for a layover! I really want to explore the renowned city and see some of the sights like Anne Frank’s house and the beautiful river. I am such a typical tourist and I would love to take a photo on the bench in The Fault in Our Stars and cruise up and down the canal. Similar to Berlin, I personally feel that Amsterdam stands out as a European city for being very unique; hence why it has become so popular in recent years.


I traveled to Paris last February (not Valentines!) with my boyfriend, Adam, and although the weather was honestly miserable, we absolutely loved the city and it was definitely one to tick off the bucket list. There is nothing quite like seeing the Eiffel Tower in all it’s glory and standing near some of the most renowned artwork in the Louvre. Also, being a student meant that Adam and I got free entry in to many museums and so we had so much fun exploring different places (and ultimately avoiding the elements).



I think in time I will definitely add to this list (and hopefully cross some off!) so I will update you guys if anything ever changes.

I hope you enjoyed seeing why I want to visit certain places in the world and I would love to know your Travel Bucket Lists.

Ella x



(Featured photo courtesy of themadorange.com)


I was really delighted when I got a notification to see that Alana from alanathropology had nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. I was then even more ecstatic when I saw Aoife nominate me too – it means so much to see such great support in this blogging community!

The Versatile Blogger Award allows people to discover new blogs that are most likely new and up-and-coming and have less than 1000 followers. When you receive a nomination, you write a little bit about yourself so those that are discovering you get to know you a little bit- which is great!

I have written out the rules below for you if you are one of lucky ones to be nominated:


  1. Kindly thank the person who nominated you
  2. Share the award on a blog post
  3. Divulge 7 random facts about yourself
  4. Finally, tag 10 bloggers with less than 1000 followers and let them know they’ve been nominated!


7 Facts About Me:

  1. I started my blog on August 24th (just under 3 weeks ago) and I have been incredibly lucky to have already met such lovely people who support one another in the blogging community – hence why I think the Versatile Blogger Award is such a lovely idea to reward those who work hard. I honestly still smile and get excited every time someone likes, comments or follows my blog as I could never believe anybody would be interested in what lil old Ella has to say!
  2. Now for a funny one… When I was around 18 months old, my family moved house. As I was young, I stayed with a family friend during the day and (being the crazy cat lady that I am) I decided to imitate a cat and attempt to climb through the cat flap. Safe to say I got stuck and it has been a running joke for 20 years of my life. And you bet when that family friend changed the door, my mum kept that bloody cat flap!! I swear it’s haunting me.
  3. Shamefully so, I am obsessed with correcting people’s grammar, I am an English student though… come on! I even know that it is the most infuriating thing ever but I can’t stop myself. If my boyfriend sends me a really sweet text, the first thing glaring out at me is whether the right your, there etc is being used.
  4. I am absolutely horrific at painting nails and keeping them nice. Honestly, I will try my best to get them looking great and within a day they are chipped and horrible. I have tried top coats, different drying methods… everything(!!) but nothing works. I am doomed to have short, stubby, unpolished nails.
  5. I often find myself jealous of different family dynamics. I have been lucky to spend time with my boyfriend’s family, my ex’s family and friend’s families throughout my life and I often find myself very jealous of the relationships they have at home (I am currently psyching myself up to write a blog post on why this is the case) because mine is tumultuous to say the least.
  6. My cat, Bradley, means the world to me. Many people say that about their pets but I genuinely put my cat above everyone. Like I just said, my relationships at home are rocky so having my cat there my whole life has made it that bit easier. Who doesn’t feel better when they have a cat snuggled up on their lap, purring away?!
  7. Finally, my first love and my always love will be Daniel Radcliffe – enough said really!

Tag, You’re It!

  1. Samantha
  2. Emily
  3. Carol
  4. Amy
  5. Kaleigh
  6. Ashley
  7. Annalee
  8. Alice
  9. Gwawr
  10. Stephanie


All of these beautiful bloggers deserve you to go and check them out! They are all blogs I read daily and ones that I constantly look forward to new content from, so I hope you enjoy them as much as me.

Thank you again Alana and Aoife for tagging me in this award,

Ella x


(featured image courtesy of afashionfix.co.uk)

I love Instagram. It is probably one of my most adored apps. Conveniently enough for this post, I also love fashion and following fashion bloggers who are really on top of their game.

I do however often find it hard to source out good fashionistas on Instagram as the market is generally saturated by big bloggers with 300k followers who aren’t necessarily any different from the rest.

Therefore, I thought I would write this post to give you an idea of some Instagram users below 100k followers that really are great and deserve a follow.

Number One:

First on my list is Lottie Bown. She is a pro Instagrammer and blogger with 11k followers and often features brands such as QUIZ, Rare London, and Brand Attic. Alongside fashion posts, you can expect a lot of pictures and coffees and definitely feel jealous of her travels to NYC. She recently posted a baking tutorial that proves she capable of a lot more than a fantastic outfit.


Photo courtesy of lottiebown.blogspot.co.uk

Number Two:

Number two is Amelia Snape. Amelia is a Topshop personal shopper from Birmingham, UK and often showcases her looks on her Instagram account that I have followed for ages now. I mean if I’m not jealous of her wardrobe, I am jealous of her job! Amelia has often inspired me to be a bit more adventurous with my fashion choices and I admire her constant interaction with her 6k follower base and commitment to posting regularly.


Photo courtesy of instaliga.com/ameliaalauren


Number Three: Chloe Hayward

I wouldn’t necessarily ‘label’ Chloe a fashion Instagrammer or blogger but she does deserve holding both of these titles. I have personally followed her for just over a year and I am always interested in what she is going to wear next. Chloe has a respectable 7.2k followers and there is something about her style that is very effortless and cool no matter what. At only 18, she is young but already proving that she has great charisma when it comes to her fashion choices.


Photo courtesy of lifeandthreads.co.uk

Number Four: Liv Blankson

Liv’s Instagram is gorgeous! I often find myself  wandering through her photos (her theme is lit) gawking at her lifestyle and fashion choices. She also has an impressive 11.6k follower base that is truly deserved. What I enjoy about Liv’s fashion is her classic style. Neutrals, striped shirts and good denim are her chosen staples with splashes of colour and embroidery to keep things fresh. Liv also has a blog that I would definitely suggest checking out if you like her style. After I emailed Liv to let her know I was featuring her, she so kindly responded; proving that she has a great character and style.


Photo courtesy of livinfashion.co.uk

Number Five: Emma Carr

Emma Carr is all round fantastic. She is a mum, wife, personal stylist and Instagram queen. With only 1.6k followers it is safe to say that Emma deserves a lot more for her amazing posts on Instagram. Like many of the other Instagram fashion idols that I have mentioned, Emma also has her own blog, thefashioncraver, where she gives fantastic style advice for both high street and high end trends.


Photo courtesy of thefashioncraver.com

Number Six: Holly May Murphy

Holly has an impressive 2.1k followers on Instagram and I absolutely adore her posts. I can’t help but find myself regularly stalking her profile, loving everything from the marble monogrammed phone cases to the embroidered shirts from Zara – lush! Holly also has a blog where she showcases her great style and links up her Instagram posts to guide those with fake tan, sale shopping and more.


Photo courtesy of statementundertones.blogspot.co.uk

Number Seven: Emma Hill

One of the bigger Instagram users on this list, Emma Hill, boasts an impressive 96k followers. This fashion icon seems to travel the world – her recent posts being from Vegas and Route 66 (goals in itself really!) and takes her impeccable style along with her. She often works with amazing brands like Juicy Couture and Wallis, constantly developing a professional image for herself. Of course, any good fashion Instagram queen has a blog to match, and Emma’s certainly doesn’t fail.


Photo courtesy of ejstyle.co.uk

Number Eight: Hannah Crosskey

Hannah is another one of the big Instagram girls that I had to feature. She has a fantastic 76.3k followers and I always know when Hannah is posting because I forever notice her beautiful sunglasses. And guess what.. Hannah has an equally amazing blog that I would definitely suggest checking out. Her outfit posts feature high end accessories much like the adored blogger Gucci bag, yet effortlessly teams it with a classic piece from Topshop or Dorothy Perkins, making her a great inspiration for many.


Photo courtesy of afashionfix.co.uk


Number Nine: Olivia

The best way to describe Olivia’s Instagram is ‘crisp’. All of her posts are beautifully crafted to the point where every one looks professionally arranged and taken. I love Olivia’s monochrome style and clearly her 8.8k followers agree. I discovered Olivia’s blog on her Twitter page where I almost squealed with excitement. Nude On Broad Street is as equally crisp and modern and her wish list is enough to make my bank account wince.

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photo courtesy of nudeonbroadstreet.com


Number Ten: Naomi Ross

Naomi’s Instagram is beautiful. Her use of colour and patterns inspires me to be more adventurous with my fashion choices. Her profile differs from several of those featured for that exact reason – she isn’t afraid to experiment. Naomi currently has 11k followers and you’ll be pleased to know that she does in fact have a website coming soon that I cannot wait for. Naomi has such a presence in the photos that are taken of her that you cannot deny she will have a fantastic career ahead in fashion.


Photo courtesy of @rossio_style


I hope you all enjoyed this post and that you check out some of these amazing girls on Instagram or their blogs.

Ella x