life on a bedside table

Here’s to an old school Eleanor Claudie post up on my blog today, given that the first term of my last year of sixth form is well underway so outfit posts and posts that are outside the confines of my bedroom are off limits seeing as I’m strapped to my desk most days (I’m joking, I do actually leave the house and socialise). Despite the workload increasing, I have been a lot more conscience about the amount of time that I spend in my room and the little parts of it that make it my own sanctuary, my bedside table being included in this.

So where do we start? The thing that stands out for me is my nail varnish. When I was originally shooting the photos I had my nail varnish on my desk because I was painting my nails instead of doing my History coursework (priorities) so quickly exchanged it onto my bedside table where my current colour of choice usually resides. This week it’s my favourite shade from Nailmatic – a vegan, cruelty free brand, made in France. The bright orange honestly makes doing college work a little easier, instantly feeling happier when I look at my nails. Alongside it is my Sally Hansen bottom coat but the brand isn’t cruelty free so I’m not going to purchase it again, luckily Nailmatic do a base coat so I know where I’ll purchase from next.

My glasses represent my sight and basically my everyday functioning. They’re more eco-friendly than contact lenses but they also represent a part of my image that I’m not entirely confortable with yet. In every photo I’ll take them off as if they’re not an extension of my being but one day, perhaps, I’ll embrace the look and learn to love them. Alongside my glasses is a train ticket from Exeter when I went to visit the university there. Am I applying there/have I got an offer/do I want to go there? Well I’m planning on doing a university post either when I have my offers and know where I want to go or when I get my results next summer so you may have to wait a while. I kind of like having the ticket right by my bed though because it’s a reminder of the university life that I will be immersed in next year and the motivation I need to get up and start my day with a positive mental attitude towards the future.

My jewellery is a huge part of my identity and it has become even more so after starting college and being allowed to wear it every day. On my bedside table at the moment, I have a beaded necklace from an antique market, my cameo necklace from Sorrento last year and a star necklace that I recently got sent from Mirabelle Jewellery. Jewellery is one of those things that I think is so personal and so valued and its become even more so as I’ve grown up. I was touched when someone from Mirabelle got in touch because I adore what they sell and their ethics further support this. The two rings in the background are an everyday staple and they’ve come to have so much meaning (one being from a vintage market and the other from Covent Garden). The scrunchie that I made from an old hairband, another accessory that I adorn most days.

My relationship with makeup is evident from my bedside table. The mascara I purchased in the airport before I went to Geneva, the Glossier boy brow I got for Christmas last year that really needs to be re-purchased and the eyelash curlers that also, most definitely, need to be changed. My everyday makeup products, I don’t wear much more now but I think my desire to wear more makeup is now re-surfacing only due to a yearning to experiment and change my look. It’s a much healthier relationship with beauty than it was a few years ago and my bedside table is representative of this change. Beside them, my little face pot from Tiger is a few years old and I still love it like it’s new as well as the hydrocortisone cream because I’m trying to be real on my blog and the reality is that we’re definitely entering eczema season.

Other miscellaneous items that seem to feature on my bedside table is a glue stick, a candle that I’ve never lit but that I received for my birthday last year and is simply there for decorative purposes as well as a fake bunch of tulips that for me, give the impression that it is eternally spring and I will continue to keep them there for the forseeable future. Who doesn’t want to wake up to fake flowers? I also can’t forget the little piece of slate that I’m not really sure symbolises anything particular. My mum took it from a friends garden (asking beforehand if it was okay) to give me inspiration for my English coursework last year that discussed a poem about slate and talked about the history of Welsh industry (Owen Sheer’s History if you want to read it). The slate has made its permanent home on my bedside table.

Talking about all the things that reside on my bedside table makes me realise how much significance it has to my everyday being and the little things that make me who I am. From glasses to a lil’ piece of slate, the meaning goes from the aesthetic to the aspects that motivate me. Do you have a bedside table and if so what does it represent to you? Does it have any significance? I’d be interested to how the things that might be physically closest to us represent our own being.

lots of love, eleanor xx


  1. Kate 10th October 2018 at 7:19 pm

    Loved reading this post and I love your glasses so much! I don’t need glasses and I really don’t suit them but I’ve always wanted glasses because I always think people look really cool…! I adore your bead necklace as well, it’s so gorg and so you! I also have a candle on my bedside table that I don’t think I’ve ever lit! And I have a overgrown pile of Vogue’s which I knock over weekly… it’s not going great
    Kate Xxxx

  2. Amie Cadwallader 10th October 2018 at 8:33 pm

    I have so many books on my bedside table, with a few drinks and my wedding photo! Mine pretty much shows that I don’t need more books, but I’ll probably end up buying more!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

  3. batool 10th October 2018 at 8:52 pm

    I have a bed side table but it has nothing but my glasses, a lamp and a book. I would like to have more things on it and decorate it but having younger siblings makes it quite tough ahah!

    1. eleanorclaudie 11th October 2018 at 8:26 am

      Ah yes it isn’t great if you’d have younger siblings to mess it up! But a book is always vital and I’m not sure why there isn’t one on mine! x

  4. Erin Grace 11th October 2018 at 10:19 am

    I love how bed side tables can give such an insight into someone’s lives! I love your jewellery, I love how the necklace from Sorrento looks so unique, I can tell it would really suit you. I also can’t wait to read the uni post although I can understand why it may be a while off, I really want to write one but I’m really not sure on the perfect time to! Honestly I don’t keep too much on my bedside table, just a lip balm and bobble (the necessities) in a little dish and a soap and glory body butter to try and remember to use it because I have a ridiculous stock of them that I never remember to use! X

    Erin // Everything Erin

  5. Kaye 12th October 2018 at 8:14 pm

    I don’t have bedside table but do have a small bookshelf next to it and my go to is a glass of water, lip balm and night light. I normally wake up really thirsty which is why I have both water and lip balm. With regards to night light I used to be afraid of the dark but only use it everytime I get nightmares which weirdly do not happen a lot but if it does I always wake up exhausted. Thanks for sharing this.

    Kaye –

  6. Sarah Jones 12th October 2018 at 8:20 pm

    I love that bright orange nail varnish! I’m always intrigued to see what others keep on their bedside table because I feel it really can tell you about a person. My bedside table i nothing exciting just my favourite perfume and my night cream which I would say would represent the laziness I sometimes feel towards my skincare!
    Sarah x

  7. Chloe Chats 12th October 2018 at 8:21 pm

    This was a lovely post to read, I never really thought much about what was on my bed side table and what it meant to me. Mines usually absolutely cluttered with things – a self care book that I like to read sometimes before I go to sleep, my rings that I wear every single day but I have to take them off when I go to bed so they live on there, and a cute little cat lamp that you bump and it turns on – which was a gift for my birthday one year! That’s just a few things – you wouldn’t want me to list them all in this comment!

    Lovely blog 🙂
    Chloe x

  8. Gemma 12th October 2018 at 8:28 pm

    I love this post! It’s great that everything here has a meaning for you, I love how things can have different meanings for different people. It’s great to show your personality this way. Thank-you for sharing!

    Gemma |

  9. Sophie Wentworth 12th October 2018 at 8:38 pm

    This is so cute! I keep very little on mine as I like to keep things quite neat and minimal. Mine has a body butter, so I have no excuse not to apply some before bed, a hand cream (for the same reason), a book I’m either currently reading or about to start and an oil diffuser x


  10. Anne 12th October 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Oooh I love this!! My bedside table is so bare just because it’s either super messy or super clean haha! Mostly books i want to read – I love all your little touches!

  11. Leann Kelly 12th October 2018 at 8:55 pm

    This has got me thinking what’s on my bedside table and it sure isn’t as interesting as yours. Enjoyed reading your post and loved your photos.

  12. Rosie Threakall 12th October 2018 at 9:32 pm

    I love this! ATM on my bedside table is my unicorn jewellery tray, A framed print, Lush Sleepy lotion and pile of ARCS! (Books publishers send out for review before the book is out) x

  13. Vansh Tiwari 13th October 2018 at 3:20 am

    Yes, I have a bedside table. Earlier it was used by me for studies and now my of the things are kept on it instead of books 😅.

    1. eleanorclaudie 13th October 2018 at 8:32 am

      Haha my bedside table is definitely too small for books but it is nice to just have a space that isn’t for study!

  14. Dalal 13th October 2018 at 6:57 pm

    I loved this blog post Eleanor, you managed to take something so basic and straightforward and spin it into a piece that explores the significance of your possessions! I also find myself taking off my glasses in pictures sometimes, despite having worn them for most of my life…it’s a weird one. I think I may have to do this style of post on my blog too, if you don’t mind 😉

    I hope year 13 is going well!



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