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Friday, 31 July 2015

My Favourite Trend; All White! The Piccing App!



Hello hello, let's talk fashion! When I was approached by the exciting new app Piccing this month and asked to choose my favourite trend to work on with them, I was pretty excited. I naturally chose the all white trend, any excuse to show you some of my favourite all white outfits before Summer is over (and talk to you about a new cool app too). Let's pretend Summer is still here (even if it is currently raining as I type this). Let's go...

Thursday, 30 July 2015

July Beauty Favourites!


Ah hello hello! How is July over already? Now that, is, crazy and kind of scary. I'm pretty sure Summer hasn't even started yet?! You may have already seen my favourites video, but I wanted to also do a post to go along with it (plus there are some extra special hidden gems in here which didn't feature in the video!). I feel like I haven't done a favourites post for quite some time but there are a few things which have really stood out to me, not even just this moth but over the past few months so I wanted to talk to you about these amazing bits today! I love doing round ups at the end of the month and this may be my favourite yet. I feel like I haven't written about beauty enough recently so it always feels nice to ramble about some favourite products!

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The Lust-List; Lottery Winning Wishlist!


Hello hello! So firstly, writing this has probably tempted fate and means I won't ever win the lottery *sob* but today is a cheeky little lusty post from me. I did actually enter the lottery today so fingers crossed anyway. I basically want everything at the moment, I am just swooning left right and centre, it's not cool. I must go on a spending ban. I apologise in advance because I'm about to talk to you about some amazing pieces. I love writing wish lists and tend to do one every month. When LottoLand asked me if I wanted to make a kind of, if I won the Lottery, here's what I'd get type list this month, I couldn't say no, it gave me a great excuse to swoon even more than I normally do. Let's call this my designer/if money was no object lust-list... Bank cards at the ready?!...

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Lady Betty Afternoon Tea at Betty's Tea Rooms, Harrogate


I am local to Harrogate, it's 15 minutes down the road from my house and I spend most weekends there when I am in the UK. I always feel so lucky that I can actually call Harrogate (and beautiful North Yorkshire) home. I know I like to travel, but my heart will always be in beautiful North Yorkshire (sometimes you have to go away so that you can come back and really appreciate home). If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll know that the famous Betty's tea rooms is one of my favourite places, ever. I feel so lucky that I have three Betty's so close to my home, two in York and Harrogate. When I was invited to try out their new Lady Betty Afternoon Tea, I jumped at the chance... come sit with me whilst we indulge in some delicious, handcrafted treats from Yorkshire's finest tearooms. There's a reason people travel far and wide to come and sample Betty's...

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Doll White Teeth Whitening Strips Review


Today we're talking about teeth whitening! I am all for trying new teeth whitening products because who doesn't want nice white teeth? I actually haven't done a teeth whitening review in quite some time. The last teeth whitening review I did went down incredibly well though so I thought I'd do another today. I am such a lover of white teeth and I am always on the lookout for new whitening products that actually work. I love it when my teeth feel bright and white. I was naturally very excited then when I was introduced to Doll White, a teeth whitener which I personally thinks rivals the famous US Crest strips. Let's talk...

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Exploring St Martin's Courtyard; Mum & Daughter Day in London!




A few weeks ago myself and my Mum decided to head to London for a girlie day. It's not often that I actually go to London for pleasure so it's safe to say I was really looking forward to a little bit of down time. I'm pretty sure I never have down time. We were invited to St Martin's Courtyard to look around, relax and enjoy the day, here's what we got up to!

Monday, 20 July 2015

Healthy Sweet Potato Superfood Brownies Recipe; Deliciously Ella

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Hello hello! I am very very excited to share my new fave healthy yet delicious treat with you - it would be rude not to share this recipe to be honest! This is a really quick and easy but stupidly delicious recipe - if you love chocolate and brownies then hello, take note! I can't actually believe this is good for you. I haven't stopped eating these (it's dangerous because I eat a full batch at a time because they taste so good) but the good thing is, these are healthy brownies so feel free to eat a full batch haha! I tweeted (@emshelx) to say that I'd made these and lots of you asked for the recipe so here we go... (this recipe is another one from the Deliciously Ella book by the way but you can adapt it to your liking!) 

Sunday, 19 July 2015

60's Style!

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Ah I feel like I haven't done an outfit post for quite some time but I am back today with a little Summer special! I was challenged by New Look to put together a 60's look, naturally I put my own little twist on it though! I absolutely fell in love with the pieces I chose (they were so affordable too). As much as I adore Burberry, ASOS, Topshop, I was talking to my friends the other day and we were saying it's really good to be able to mix up more affordable pieces with high end pieces for a final look. I hope you love these 60's inspired boho looks as much as I do!

Thursday, 16 July 2015

What I Do At The Gym; My Fitness Update/Progress; Womens Full Body Workout


Hello hello hello! So today it's a fitness post from me (yay let's kick those bootays haha) because Summer is well in swing and nothing motivates me more than fresh Summer air and that amazing after-workout feeling. My motivation comes and goes but over the past few weeks I've just been forcing myself to work out, it isn't a choice, I have to do it and you know what? I never ever regret it. I'm trying to get myself into that mindset and make working out every day part of my routine rather than a chore. I have really mixed up how I've been working out over the past 12 weeks and I really wanted to share it with you/talk about my progress because I am loving it and really seeing results. I used to go to the gym and do a 30 minute steady run and then a few light weights then leave, I've completely mixed that up now and I feel stronger, happier but mainly just so much more confident. I'm really excited to talk to you about my progress/what I do to work out now!

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Top Beauty Products For An All Over Glow; My Favourite Summer Glow Products

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Hello hello! Oh I do love a beauty round up and I am far too excited to be writing this one today. If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll know that I am all about feeling naturally bronzed, radiant and generally glowing - I don't just mean my body but my face too. I just feel more confident when I'm all smooth, glowy and radiant. I blame Kim Kardashian. Don't judge me but she seriously has her glow/make up on point. I've been using loads of products recently to get nice glowing legs and a nice highlighted complexion and I feel bad for not sharing them with you so here I am today making up for that. I've featured some of these items here and there and tweeted about a few of them too but I wanted to do a proper round up of my favourite things to get an all over glow. Let's go! 

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Beauty Taboos, Confidence, Fixodent, Saving Aslan; Let's Talk!

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Hello! So today is a bit of a different one from me but I was excited to be asked to work with Fixodent recently on this campaign purely because it allowed me to discuss a few beauty taboos with you and also it gave me another chance to talk to you about confidence. I am a big believer in not letting anything stop you from achieving, working hard, living life to the fullest and just being happy really which is basically the key to life; happiness! I know that a lot of things really can affect our confidence so today I'm going to discuss this with you a lil bit because everyone deserves to feel confident and happy. 

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Dressed For An Occasion; Occasion wear

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Hello hello! So earlier this week I got fresh new hair and fresh new eyebrows - hooray naturally that calls for a photoshoot. I always feel like a new woman when I walk out of Sassoon Salons. There are so many graduations/proms/end of year things/leavers balls at the moment and everyone seems to be looking for things to wear so I thought I'd do a little occasion wear post. I hope you like this navy ensemble as much as I do and ah, my new bag!!!

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Identity Theft; Fraud In The Blogging Community



Hello hello! Today I wanted to do a really quick little post just to bring something to your attention, this isn't something I ever thought I'd be writing or something I ever wanted to write - in fact, naive little me didn't even really know this was possible but I would really appreciate it if you could share this post to help others because this should not be happening. As most of you will know if you follow EmTalks, I have been writing this blog for 3 years, it is my baby, my biggest passion and it truly is my life. I pride myself on working hard and being honest. Naturally then when I got two emails this week from brands saying someone was pretending to be me in order to get money/free samples, I freaked out... not cool, not cool at all... let's discuss in the hopes that it will help people and prevent this from happening.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

London Bridge Strolls; Outfit Of The Day

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I recently had a spare few hours in London (when does that ever happen?! Never!) so I met up with the incredible photographer Oscar May for a little stroll around London and obviously, we took some photos along the way (of course we did). If you read my Topshop Personal Shopping experience post you'll have already had a little look at some of these items, but, I've wanted to share this outfit with you for quite some time as I haven't taken these wardrobe staples off! Nothing beats versatile wardrobe staples, you can dress these pieces up and down and that's why I love them so much. Let's have a quick look around London and I'll show you some of my fave new wardrobe pieces whilst we're at it! Grab your sunglasses... 

Monday, 6 July 2015

St Tropez In Shower Tan Review; Staying At Shoreditch House In London with St Tropez

St Tropez Shower and Glow revie
Hello hello! So as you may know if you follow me on Twitter and Instagram (come say hello if you don't already! @emshelx yay!!!) I recently stayed over at the incredible Shoreditch House in London thanks to the lovely people at St Tropez (seriously a heavenly hangout!). They hosted the loveliest blogger evening at the most incredible hotel/private members club and I cannot wait to tell you about it. I landed in London straight from my trip to Mallorca  and headed straight to Shoreditch house... I can't wait for you to see what we got up to (and give you my verdict on St Tropez new In Shower Tan eek!!!)

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Visiting Mallorca with OnTheBeach! Part 2!

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Even though England is crazily hot at the moment, I'm still sat here ready and itching to book another trip. If you've been keeping up with my blog, you'll know that I was in Mallorca a few weeks ago with OnTheBeach - it felt good to spend a little bit of time in Europe as I haven't done many European travels in the past year. I must change that. Europe is an amazing place. If you missed Mallorca part 1, you can catch up here. Our final few days were spent lounging around and generally soaking up the sun and, we watched a special performance too...

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Moving Out Of Your Comfort Zone, Facing Your Fears, Moving Countries, Flying Alone Tips!

Hello! I've actually wanted to discuss this for quite some time and I was inspired when an exciting anti-stress parcel from Sure Maximum Protection arrived in the post for me the other day. This post is basically me, rambling about fear, comfort zones and life I guess. It's about confidence, flying alone and just going for it really. Two years ago, I'd barely left Europe, I even went to University in a city close to home. I've always loved home for various reasons and also wanted to remain close to my family. Home is good, home really is where the heart is but in the past 2 years, I've managed to travel a lot of the world - granted not all by myself but, this year so far, I've been on over 30 planes and I'd say at least 25% of the flights I do nowadays are by myself. That might not sound like a lot of planes to you but what I'm getting at here is if I can face my biggest fears (leaving my loved ones behind and flying alone to foreign countries), you can too! Today is a personal post about how little old me, the girl who at one point in life, didn't even have the confidence to walk across the corridor in front of people at school, let alone eat in front of anyone, the girl who used to Google 'how can I be confident' just decided to make a decision and go for it. This can relate to anything, not just flying. I hope you'll like this post and it may help at least one person. 

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

The Dress Lust List

When organising my wardrobe the other day, I realised I have far too many dresses and playsuits. Instead of stopping my addiction there, I've decided to continue it. I've been scouring my favourite sites this week for my favourite dresses and playsuits and this is the result. I thought I'd give you a little Summer inspo with my dress and playsuit wishlist! Hope you like these pieces! 

My Monthly Loves:

AUTUMN OUTFIT IDEAS:
OCCASION DRESS IDEAS: