When Pearl Drops got in touch and asked me to share my winning formula for 'feeling confident'. I knew I just had to write this post. If you read Emtalks often, you'll know that I love writing personal posts. I like to do one at least once a month as I feel like I can really write and just ramble. I love writing about travel, I love writing about beauty and I love writing about fashion but for me, writing about personal stuff is my favourite. I like to just be 'me' and talk about my problems and things I've overcome (or maybe things I'm yet to overcome) in the hopes that it helps just one person. The topic of confidence is something close to my heart, as a child I had barely any confidence whatsoever. I actually sat and Googled 'how to be more confident'. I found it difficult to eat in front of people and walking by myself past a group of people at school was always one of the most daunting parts of my day. Looking back now, that was so trivial, but these are examples of how bad my lack of confidence was as a teen. Confidence however, isn't really something that can be taught, I can't say, right: do this and you'll feel confident. For me, it just came with time and by pushing myself into scary situations. I'm still not 100% confident though, we all have wobbles, we all have things we're unconfident about and there are still so many situations that make me feel really unconfident and nervous. However, there are little things you can do which will make you feel a bit confident within yourself (everyone differs but I thought I'd share a few things that make me feel a little bit more confident!) Let's go...
Monday, 30 November 2015
Sunday, 29 November 2015
It's the most wonderful time, of the year! Ah so it's time to start doing my gift guides and gosh have I put together some festive pieces for you! Don't worry, I won't drown you in them too much but there are some amazing bits around at the moment when it comes to Christmas gifts so today, first and foremost, I wanted to share my Women's Christmas Gift Guide with you! Whether you use this as inspiration for your own Christmas list (I know I have!) or presents for your Mum, friends, Grandma, aunties, girlfriend, anything - hopefully it'll come in handy and give you some nice inspiration! At the bottom of this post, you can quickly click interactively through some of my favourite gifts too, hopefully making Christmas shopping/lusting easier for you! You can read my gift guide for him here.
Saturday, 28 November 2015
What do you do on a rainy Saturday? Go outside and take photos of course (oh England, you and your chilly weather). Black Friday is over (phew, I spent far too much money), but, it's basically 'Black Friday weekend' and most of the offers are still on (read my blog post here for updated on top shopping offers this weekend). There are still so many special promotions going on this weekend and I was kindly sent a gorgeous black item of my choice from ForeverUnique to celebrate this weekend - Cyber Weekend some are calling it! Of course, in true 'Black Friday' style, I chose something black but with a pretty sparkle too...I hope you love this party piece as much as I do!
Friday, 27 November 2015
Ah it's midnight and that means it's Black Friday! Personally, I cannot stand the thought of going shopping today, I'd much prefer to sit on my laptop and shop online so I've done all the work for you and put together the ultimate list of Black Friday sales so you can sit here and click through them all. There are some amazing Black Friday sales going on at the moment and I'm excited to share a list of the best Black friday deals with you right now. These are the top UK online sales this Black Friday making it easier for you to shop! Enjoy and happy shopping/saving! *I'll be adding new sales all weekend as they go live so keep checking back!
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
I'm a sucker for long-line camel coats (you'll know that if you watched my top Winter coats video!), leather trousers and all things mesh. It seems then, that this outfit was pretty much made for me. As much as I adore dressing for Summer, Winter clothing is pretty hard to beat too. Give me all the coats, dark colours and chunky knits. I thought I'd put some of my Winter wardrobe staples on this post - a good coat, leather trousers, nice boots and of course, a big jumper!
Monday, 23 November 2015
Oh hello hello! If you know me, you'll know I'm all about nice, smooth, glowing skin and I'm forever on the hunt for products that can help me get there. I'm pretty addicted to making my body as smooth and illuminated as I can make it. With the colder weather approaching, it's time to up my game and start taking better care of my body. Cold weather and my skin don't get on, the coldness makes me feel dull and dry so here are some of my favourite, top products for cold weather!
Sunday, 22 November 2015
Ahhh I've been using (and loving) so many new products recently so thought I'd give you a little look into my current make up bag/show you what's on my face at the moment. It's been a long time since I've done a 'monthly make up bag' style post and I miss doing them! I was excited to sit down and write about what I've been using recently so let's discuss...
Friday, 20 November 2015
Hello! A different one from me today! My childhood was spent playing video games, I’d be lying if I said I wasn't a little obsessed with them. As much as I adored dolls and other toys, I was usually sat glued to a game. I was never really a TV kind of child, I preferred to play games. My favourite game of all time was Lemonade Tycoon, where you’d get the chance to start your own stall and make money through selling lemonades. I’ve always really loved business so maybe this is why I enjoyed the game so much. After that, I was all about Rollercoaster Tycoon, I loved being able to run my own theme park. I guess I just wanted to run my own shop and please the customers and gain virtual rewards for it. I had all the games you could think of and adored playing them. One day, I guess I grew out of it and I guess there was a time in my life when it wasn’t really ‘cool’ for girls to play games. But, as I've got older, games are completely cool again. I find myself craving them on long journeys or when I'm a little bit bored. It was only this week actually that I was reminiscing how much I’d love to play the Sims again. I love nothing more than playing a competitive game with my friends and recently, I’ve been spending a few nights in with my boyfriend eating pizza and playing video games. It’s fun and it relaxes me. It’s really nice to just strip everything back sometimes and be a big kid. When Nintendo got in touch then with their new fashion game New Style Boutique 2 - Fashion Forward (aimed for aged 15-25 so perfect for me yay), I was pretty excited. Let's discuss...
Wednesday, 18 November 2015
I fell in love with this blazer dress as soon as I set eyes on it. When I saw it on the site, I worried that it may be a little too big for me but actually, I couldn't be happier. The best thing? It unbuttons fully and can be worn as a coat too. Double whammy. Let's talk about this affordable take on a Balmain style dress/jacket...
Monday, 16 November 2015
A Trip To NYC Part 2; Dinner At The Standard In New York & Clarisonic X Keith Haring Mia 2 Love Event!
One of the main reasons for my recent trip to New York was to learn all about the brand new Clarisonic cleansing brush. This meant me and Victoria were lucky enough to meet up with the founder of Clarisonic whilst out there and attend a pretty cool launch event in the city. I can't wait to tell you what else we got up to (if you've missed the first part of my New York trip you can read that here)...
Saturday, 14 November 2015
When the Urban Decay Vice 4 Palette landed in my postbox I was so excited. We all know that Urban Decay do the best eye shadow palettes, there's no doubt about that. For me, I'm a huge lover of other Urban Decay products though, particularly their blushers and lip glosses (you'll know that if you've been reading EmTalks for a while!). My favourite Urban Decay palette is actually their Naked Basics as it's just simple and easy. The Vice palette blew me away though as soon as I opened it. Before opening it, I thought it would all be a bit too bright for me and I hate palettes that are full of colours I'll never use but honestly, this was love at first sight. Let's look at the all new Urban Decay Vice Palette! It's pretty special...
Thursday, 12 November 2015
In October I was lucky enough to visit New York with my good friend Victoria and Clarisonic. We were invited to New York to celebrate the launch of the new Clarisonic x Keith Haring cleansing brush (more on that soon but it launched in the UK on nov 1st yay) so today, I wanted to invite you for a little wander around New York and show you what we got up to...
Tuesday, 10 November 2015
Hello, an exciting one (even if I do say so myself) from me today! I was recently sent out on a shopping haul, one where you guys (my lovely readers) get to win all the prizes eek! I was sent out shopping for treats for you, you reading right now! E.ON contacted me and explained how easy it is to lose track of how much you're spending when out shopping for things you love (tell me about it) so I was given the task of spending a certain amount of money to show just how easy your tightly controlled budget can quickly be forgotten! I want to show you how difficult it can be to keep a track of your spending without any idea of how much things cost. Below is a picture of my haul from the recent shopping spree and, what I want you to do, is tell me how much you think the total price comes to. The closest to the correct total will win all of the goodies while, for everyone else, it may be a good time to start thinking about ways to keep an eye on your spending! I am so jealous of whoever wins this special pile of treats. Good luck!
Sunday, 8 November 2015
Hello hello hello! I feel like I haven't done a favourites round up in so long, I'm so sorry for that! I love reading favourites posts because it means you can really see what someone is truly loving and I love sharing what I'm loving with you all. You guys know just how much I adore writing about beauty and every time I take like a week off from the topic I miss it so much. I'm happy to be here today writing a lil round up though of some of my favourite things from October (mainly beauty related, yay!). I have been loving so many things over the past month so it was actually really difficult to write this post. Let's see what made the cut!
Friday, 6 November 2015
When TSB contacted me and challenged me to go on a lil shopping trip, I could hardly say no. Who can turn down a shopping trip? Certainly not me. I'm guilty of spending most of my money online, it's so easy (far too easy actually) to just click, add things to the basket and then they magically appear at your door. It takes some serious will-power for me on a daily basis not to buy the whole of the online world. I prefer online shopping because of the ease but at the same time, I prefer high-street shopping because you get to actually feel things and try them on. I find high-street shopping pretty dangerous too though, because I never have time to try things on so usually I find myself grabbing anything and everything and coming home with lots of things I didn't actually need, particularly if they're on offer! It was time to take my new contactless card for a spin (thanks to TSB) let's see how I got on and what I bought...
Wednesday, 4 November 2015
Monochrome is my favourite and I think it always will be. You can't beat black and white outfits or, black and white wardrobe staples. When I went to London recently, I couldn't not snap this outfit. I paired so many of my favourite pieces together for this look and I hope you'll love it as much as I do...
Monday, 2 November 2015
What I Eat, My Favourite Healthy Foods - Easy Healthy Vegetable Based Dishes - Vegetable Challenge With AO.com!
Hello hello! So today is a health related post yay! I'm often asked what 'I eat' and I've promised to write some updated blog posts about this but because what I eat varies on a daily basis it's quite difficult to capture on a blog post (and also everyone is different when it comes to food). I'm not a nutritionist so I don't want to start telling you what you should and shouldn't eat because that's totally up to you but this post gave me the chance to share some of my favourite healthy meals with you. When AO.com got in touch and challenged me to eat vegetable only based meals for one week I jumped at the chance and saw it as a great way to share my food shopping list with you and show you some of the things I eat because I tend to eat quite a lot of vegetable based dishes anyway. I actually found it quite difficult though because I do adore my chicken and tend to have lots of chicken with veg normally. I thought it would be a really good idea to show you how you can put your veggies to use in a really easy way because we all know how good they are for us but often forget to put them into things. Let's talk yummy but healthy meals!...