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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Simple Ways To Transform Your Bedroom

Today I wanted to write a blog post all about my favourite tips to transform your bedroom. I've been holding this blog post off for a while as they're not my favourite photos I've ever taken in all honesty. I keep putting quite a lot of pressure on myself at the moment to make sure I'm only posting content I absolutely love but then I thought about it and SO many people have asked about these prints, I've decided to just with it. I am so excited to show you these, I may not be in love with my photography here but I am in love with these prints! Again, I am really sorry this has taken me so long.

Monday, 26 June 2017

10 Ways To Hit Your Health & Fitness Goals

It’s that time of year again, the ‘get beach body ready’ sayings are everywhere and people are upping their gym games. As far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t matter what month it is, but anything that inspires you to move more and eat better (not less). Is great. If you’ve followed Emtalks for a while, you’ll know I do not believe in deprivation or dieting, I know that message may be getting boring (I talk about it all the time) but it’s true. Today I wanted to share a few ways I’m motivating myself to workout more this Summer and make changes to my body in the hopes that they inspire you.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Why I Love Running & Run With Me!

I’m sure you’re all aware by now of just how much I adore running, feeling energised andgoing on adventures. If you read last month’s blog post about the best uses for honey, you’ll know that I talked about my exciting partnership with yoomoo frozen yogurt this year (I may have eaten a tub of Honey n Granola right before I stepped on the plane). At the start of July I’m going to be taking part in my first ever Color Run as yoomoo have partnered with them, and I want to invite you to come along with me and talk about running too!

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Is Social Media Dangerous?

Dress, online here / cheaper option online here.

This is a blog post idea I’ve been toying with for quite some time now. The topic ‘is social media dangerous/making people unwell’ hits us on a weekly basis, with social media platforms and bloggers regularly getting bashed or, sometimes just debated. I really wanted to put my thoughts together on this topic in the hope that it helps someone or, just welcomes a healthy debate. Let’s do this. Do you think social media is dangerous? 

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Three Essential Summer Holiday Wardrobe Staples

Buying summer clothes is one of my favourite hobbies. I'm a little obsessed with light-weight, easy to wear, day-to-night summer dresses. Let's be honest, I have an addiction to ASOS and add things to my basket on a weekly basis. I grabbed my suitcase, selected a few must-haves, super light-weight, easy to wear from breakfast until dinner pieces and I hope you're gonna love them as much as I do. I'm all about wardrobe staples in Summer, these are serious holiday staples.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

How To Get The Perfect Summer Pedicure At Home

best products for perfect pedicureSummer is here in the UK (give or take) and one thing I’ve never actually spoken about on this blog, ever, is footcare. I don’t know why foot health and footcare is a taboo, our poor feet seem to get such a bad rep but I love nothing more than looking down at my feet with a pretty pedicure. Summer is the time where we want to get our feet out and wear sandals, peep-toes (I bought the most amazing Louboutins for my graduation), you name it so today I've pulled together my top tips for the best products to achieve the perfect pedi, as well as sneaking some in from top nail technician Marian Newman and Boots UK so you have the confidence to step out this Summer. Let’s do this!

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

My Gym Tips - What I Do At The Gym

Hello hello, so today, I thought I’d write up an updated what I do at the gym blog post, as well as embed some of my fitness videos so you guys can follow along with me either at the gym or at home. I think we all know by now just how much I adore working out and going to the gym. It’s one of those things that I’ve learnt to love, once you stop seeing exercise as a chore, and appreciate it as a way to nourish your body and make your body healthier and stronger, you’ll enjoy it a lot more, it’s all about mindset. So many people ‘hate the gym’ but I honestly think its because they haven’t found the right gym/workout/environment for them. Today I thought I’d give some workout tips, whether you’re a total beginner or a fitness fanatic. Get ready.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

A Weekend Trip To Margate, Kent. Dreamland Margate, The Reading Rooms and More! What To Do In Margate.

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To celebrate Matt finally finishing his masters dissertation, I organised a very special little break for us. Typically, he hadn't actually finished by this point in the end, but, we still went and explored anyway. We hopped on a Southeastern train to head on an ultimate little escape to explore the South East. It's crazy that before last week, I hadn't ever visited the South East. I spend the majority of my time in London, Yorkshire and everywhere else in the world but the South East? Never. It really offers the loveliest little day trips or mini break adventures so I headed to go and discover some hidden gems in Kent. I'm so excited to share these images with you and this wonderful place.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Summer Beauty Essentials

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I placed a pretty epic Summer boots order before heading to the USA for a Summer road trip and just had to share with you what I'd bought. Boots hauls are something we all still get *pretty* excited about, I mean, how couldn't we? I love nothing more than rushing into Boots with my little basket and coming out with so many new wonders. This time, I actually bought the stuff online, it was dangerous that's for sure. Within a day my products had arrived, I left this way too last minute but I'm so excited by these bits. I've decided to do this as a Boots haul/absolute Summer toad trip essentials post and hope you'll love it as much as I love these products. Let's just say, Boots holidays section has everything I needed. 

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

The Best Skincare For Flights And Traveling

Hello hello hello! Get ready for quite a lot of travel content this month, it’s June which pretty much means Summer is here or, people are planning for their Summer holidays at least. I mean, in the UK as I write this, it's raining (far too much) so hopefully this will at least make you feel a little more like jumping on a plane to the sunshine. As you read this, I’m about to get on a flight to San Fransisco and I couldn’t resist writing a blog post with my travel tips and beauty products seen as I've spent the last week packing them all together. After the success of my long haul flight tips and top long haul travel beauty items blog post, I thought I’d do something similar but all about my in flight, travel beauty must haves and I've thrown a few flying tips in if you're a nervous flyer... 

Saturday, 3 June 2017

How To Get Balance In Day To Day Life - Why Balance Is SO Important

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Balance is a term thrown around a lot, particularly in the fitness and wellbeing industry. You either see people preaching entirely clean diets (dangerous, something I’ve touched on before and you can read my thoughts on clean eating) or, you see people preaching balance. I’m sure you all know by now that I live by the rule of balance. Not depriving yourself, enjoying life and being balanced in every aspect is key. I’m so excited to announce a partnership around balance with Yushoi, one of my absolute favourite guilt-free snacking brands to exist (if you follow me on Snapchat you’ll have probably seen me pick up some Yushoi every week) so expect lots more health related posts coming up. Today, I’m going to talk to you about how I try to be balanced in every aspect of my life.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Yes To Cotton Review: Vegan and Natural Beauty

Cotton; one of the things we all use in our daily life. Cotton is in our clothes, our bedsheets and now it’s in our beauty products! Yes To has just introduced their new Yes To Cotton range, which is designed specifically to care and comfort your delicate skin! Not only is it cruelty free and almost completely natural, but it's one of the best high street beauty brands I've come across in a long time.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Rest Is So Important. A Weekend Exploring Yorkshire With My Loved Ones, Ingrid Flute. North Yorkshire Moors.

Most of you will know by now that I love to travel and see the world, going abroad is incredible. Nothing beats new cultures, new adventures and new experiences and this year, I look forward to ticking more countries, cities and experiences off my list. However, so many people forget that we live in a wonderful place too, and actually, I'm yet to explore many places in the UK and Europe. It's funny really, I've visited the Maldives, I've explored Mexico but I'm yet to explore the UK. If you've been keeping up to date with my personal posts or watched any of my vlogs, you'll know that things have been pretty tough since November. Okay, who am I kidding, not pretty tough, incredibly tough and none of us (still) know what's around the corner. Strength and positivity are definitely important here, having those small victories for yourself and it's definitely put my life into perspective. Something, somewhere along the lines happened towards the end of last year, making someone I truly adore go from fit as a fiddle, whole life ahead of them, to incredibly ill and it changed all of our lives forever. I decided enough is enough and wanted to get out of the house (I'm really not over exaggerating when I say some of my family have been unable to leave a house properly for at least 6 months) and thought, if I can't send my family for some rest abroad, I may as well send them somewhere close by. Today I wanted to show you the most stunning property in Yorkshire. We left feeling as if a weight had been lifted and finally, for the first time in what seems like forever, I saw my whole family giggling away and not feeling so glum about the future. Positivity and love wins. Always. 

Friday, 26 May 2017

A Delicious Brunch In London

I love nothing more than brunch and last week, a pretty delicious brunch took place. I spend my time between Leeds and London and have tried more brunches than anyone should have ever tried. It's safe to say, brunch is my favourite thing to eat. I was invited to a very special new brunch though to try a new menu and I had to let you guys in on the secret. Warning, do not read if you're hungry...

Monday, 22 May 2017

The Best Products For Strengthening Damaged Hair And Growing The Hair

If you've been following Emtalks for quite sometime, you'll know that hair and hair care is one of my biggest passions. Let's rewind right back to the start... I always longed for thick, long hair (the kinda hair you see daily on Instagram) so wore extensions for years when I was younger and bleached the life out of my hair. This resulted in the most damaged, unhappy, stressed hair. Let's just say, hair extensions and too much bleach ruined both my hair and my confidence. Read about how badly my hair was damaged here. Anyway, I'm so pleased to say, years on, my hair finally is getting to where I want it to be. It's full, it's bouncy and mainly, it's growing and it's healthy. I want to talk to you about some of my top products for hair growth and for hair strength today and give you an insight into how I got the confidence back with my hair. I did a little haul on HQhair (students, they're available on UNiDAYS, hello amazing discount) and re-purchased some of my favourite hair growth products. I'm also giving you the chance to win a £50 voucher to spend on hair goodies if you read this post too, you just have to make sure you sign up to UNiDAYS here to enter. Let's discuss. 

Friday, 19 May 2017

The Best Beauty Products For Glowing, Flawless Skin

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Oh hello there! Nice to see you here on Emtalks! Welcome back! So, today, a beauty post. I’m passionate about a lot of things and beauty happens to be one of those things. I feel like I’ve neglected the beauty side of my blog over the last few weeks and I am so sorry, but fear not, I have rounded up my favourite products to get beautiful, glowing skin and thought I’d share them with you. Grab a cup of something, sit down and let’s chat! I am truly so excited to be sharing this post with you today as it features some of my absolute favourites...

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Ways To Support Your Body And Mind

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Gym kit and here / Sunglasses from Sunglass Hut

Hello hello hello! Today I wanted to write a blog post all about the best way to look after your body this Summer. As someone who gets overly stressed, overly tired and overly grumpy, here are a few things I’m doing to care for myself more.

Monday, 15 May 2017

A Huge Guide To Visiting Florida; What To Do In Florida, Kissimmee, St. Pete/Clearwater, Wisteria Lane

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Hello hello hello! I hope you’re so well! It only feels like yesterday I was writing my Miami guide. After the success of my Barcelona travel guide, my New York travel guide and then, my Miami travel guide, I thought it was only right to write up something similar from my recent trip to Florida. I’ve always thought Florida was only about Disney and that’s why I’ve only ever flown into Miami and spent my time there.  If I’m honest, I had absolutely no idea Florida was home to such wonderful areas, the places I’m going to talk about today. I hopped on a plane with Norwegian air (easily one of the best airlines I’ve ever flown with, no, seriously, more on that in a second) and before I knew it, I had arrived in paradise. Let’s talk about the best things to do in Florida…

Saturday, 13 May 2017

The Best Date Location: Angelica Bar & Restaurant Rooftop Leeds Review

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Dress / Hair by Conor at Sassoon

Life is a bit confusing right now, I feel like a nomad. I constantly hop from place to place and pretty much live out of a suitcase. At the moment, my time is split between Leeds and London (I really don't know which one of them is home!) but as a graduate of the University of Leeds and, a Yorkshire girl born and bred (I hate that term but it's true, Yorkshire is in my blood), my heart always pangs for Yorkshire, there's no place like it. When I'm back in Leeds, there's one place I spend most of my time, that place? Angelica. It truly is my second home. If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (emshelx) you'll know this because I always post about it, it features on nearly every single weekly vlog I upload too, because I'm there at least once a week. It's safe to say, I adore this place. It feels wrong that Angelica doesn't yet have a full blown feature and review on my blog, I've mentioned it many times, such as in my post about the best places to eat and drink in Leeds, what to do in Trinity Leeds and, when I reviewed Angelica's luxury sister, Crafthouse Leeds. The only reason Angelica is yet to feature? I find myself always going on an evening with my camera and I wanted to show you it in the day time so you can understand why I love this place so much, whilst it's such a fun place on an evening and definitely the best fancy date night, it photographs much better in daylight! Not many places can do breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner but at Angelica, they really can. If you're from Leeds or coming to Leeds, make sure visiting Angelica is at the top of your to-do list. Let's just say, Leeds completely lacks Instagrammable venues but thankfully, Angelica came along and saved the day.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

My Favourite Quick Lunchtime Workout, Workout You Can Do Anywhere

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When the opportunity arose to host a workout for my followers, I was pretty excited, nervous, but excited. Anyone who knows me knows that working out is not only a part of my daily routine, but also, a part of me. Working out clears my mind, makes me feel de-stressed and is just one of my favourite hobbies. I no longer see exercise as a way to burn fat or lose weight, I see it as a mood booster, throwing all those endorphins my way. I also see it as a way to nourish and love my body. As I've grown older, I've really started to appreciate my body and what it does for me, so why wouldn't I show it some love back? Exercise is great, it keeps my heart, body and soul in check. You only get one body, so look after it! Sure is one of my favourite brands and has been for years now, so when the opportunity to collaborate with them on this work out came up, I jumped at the chance. I put my new gym kit on and ran to the local park eager to meet some of you for a lunchtime workout. I know you guys are based all over the world, so the best bit? I get to share the workout with you today for those who couldn't make it! Today I'm going to talk you through a really quick lunchtime HIIT which you can do anywhere. The best thing? It's effective but it uses an extended cool down to keep you calm! So let's do this and become lunchtime movers together!

Monday, 8 May 2017

The Best Summer Dresses & My Fashion Talk At Topshop

Dress / Hair by Conor at Sassoon

It's not every day you're invited to host a talk for your incredible followers at one of your favourite stores. In April, that happened and I was pretty excited. Well, a mixture of nerves, excitement and everything rolled into one. I headed into Topshop in Leeds more times than anyone should the week prior to my event, picking out my favourite dresses and accessories and prepping for the weekend. I invited my followers to come down, relax, chat with me about my favourite styles this season all whilst nibbling on some delicious brownies. I'm so excited to give you a little look at what went down on the day of my meet up and talk, but also, show you two of my favourite new dresses for Spring. I really am in love.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

How To Use Honey In Your Beauty & Wellness Routine

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Hello hello! So today I’m very excited to announce a partnership with yoomoo, a delicious frozen yogurt brand (they even do lollies too for Summer!!!) I wanted to get involved with them as this year yoomoo are launching a new campaign called ‘yootime’, encouraging women to be the best version of themselves or in their terms, ‘the best version of you’. If you’re a long time reader of Emtalks you’ll know I often talk about the importance of body confidence, loving yourself and ‘me time’. I recently wrote a post with my top ten tips to nourish and love your body and hopefully you've already read my honest post about body confidence. To celebrate the launch of the new Honey n Granola tub, I thought I’d write a blog post about how important honey can be for your beauty regime. I'm a sucker for beauty and if it's natural beauty, I'm even more of a sucker for it! Let’s talk about the best ways to use honey in your beauty prep and looks.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Top Products For At Home Pampering - How To Save Money And Time With At Home Beauty

 Hey hey! Today I wanted to write a post about how to save money and time by pampering at home rather than going to the salon. For the first time in ages I've actually been at home with time to pamper. I tend to block out a few days a month to get all of my beauty treatments done in salons and it takes a little while plus it's costly. I'm an absolute salon addict, when it comes to nails you'll find me at my local Nails Inc every couple of weeks, blow dries - I pretty much spend my life at Sassoon and so on. For me, I love the salon experience but we don't always have the time which is why I'm always looking for beauty hacks and tricks. Today I want to show you how you can save time and money by having a pamper at home this Summer! This is really great for those busy ones amongst us! I love a blow dry more than the next person, but I read some research recently which says the average Brit spends £5,300 on salon hair removal alone in a lifetime, so I'm going to show you how to save money at home with this figure in my mind! 

Monday, 1 May 2017

Huge Miami Travel Guide: What To Do In Miami, Where's Best To Eat & Stay In Miami!

Hello hello hello! Today I’m hitting you with a ridiculously late post, something I should have written a month ago but due to lots of technical issues (no thanks to Apple) it’s taken me this long to get round to it. I’ve visited Miami a few times now and each time have fallen more and more in love. I describe Miami as a really vibrant, fun, relaxed city and actually, somewhere I’d definitely think about moving to. After the success of my Barcelona travel guide and New York travel guide, it felt wrong not to do a guide to visiting Miami so let’s do this, here are all the hot spots in Miami, including lots of Instagrammable locations in Miami if that’s your thing and the best places to eat, drink and more in Miami!

Thursday, 27 April 2017

The Top Suitcase Luggage Packing Tips For Holidays

Hello hello! Today I thought I'd write a blog post with my top packing tips and tricks. I wrote a post recently featuring my top long haul travel essentials and I thought this was a nice follow up, particularly with Summer coming up! Let's just say, I've been on hundreds of trips and some would say living out of a suitcase turns you into a little bit of a pro-packer. I had to pack my life into two suitcases when I moved to Canada too and managed it with only 20kg in each case. Anyone who knows just how much of a princess I am will know how difficult this was for me, It's time to share some of my top tips with you!

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

COME TO MY WORKOUT CLASS & Fitness Essentials

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Give me fresh gym kit and I'm a seriously happy girl. Today, as well as an exciting announcement (where you can come work out with me!), I wanted to talk about a few of my current favourite gym essentials. Let's discuss...

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Healthy Yoghurt, Oat, Honey & Apricot Cake Recipe - The Importance Of Oats In Skincare - Breakfast In Neals Yard With Aveeno

Neals Yard London
I'm not a lover of early starts, but when the days are brighter, warmer and there's lots going on, I much prefer them. I'd really love to be an early bird as I'm forever saying 'I wish there were more hours in the day' but for as long as I can remember, I've been a total night owl. This year, I'm trying to train my body to wake up earlier and seize the day. I feel way more productive when I've woken up early, nourished my body, worked out and socialised all before 9am. I just need to work on going to bed earlier and then I'll be a new woman. I'm not sure 4.30am starts are for me just yet, but this cake certainly made my long journey a lot better. I spend 4-5x a week in central London but on this day in particular, I had an event in Leeds the evening before meaning I had a very early start the following morning. Who can turn down skincare chats, giggles and cake in Neals Yard though, all before 9am? This has certainly inspired me to start my days earlier. Come join me as I discuss an awesome skincare range, the power of oats, not just in your diet, and, an incredible healthy cake recipe.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Iconic London Pro-Evo Buffer Brush, Foundation Stick & Illuminator Drops Review

Iconic London foundation stick
My Dress / Hair by Conor At Sassoon Salon / Nails by Pastille 

Iconic London are pretty famous for their different take on the make up brush and their insta-worthy illuminators, they have definitely brought some of the best beauty items to the table this year. I thought it was about time I put this brand in the spotlight and talked through some of my favourite bits from the brand this month. Beauty lovers, you're in for a treat, I've also got the new way to apply make up too...

Thursday, 20 April 2017

10 Ways To Nourish And Love Your Body Better This Year

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Leggings / Top  / 

Hello hello! After the success of my recent 12 easy fitness and health hack posts, I thought I'd do something similar, but with a little twist. Today I want to give you my top ways to nourish and love your body this year. I really hope this will help you whether you're totally new to working out/eating well, whether you're a seasoned pro and work out every day or whether you're just someone who's lost their mojo and wants to find their way again. Let's nourish and love our body but enjoy life too. 

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

The Best Beauty Products For Photos/On Camera - Top Beauty Products For A Flawless Finish

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Hello! I wanted to give you some of my favourite items for getting photo-ready, aka, flawless or camera ready. I spend a lot of my time on camera or taking photos so I guess I wanted to delve into my beauty stash and pick out the products that always make me feel comfortable, flawless and photo ready! Basically, I wanted to show you a few ‘instant beauty products’ and therefore, things that instantly make you photoready and flawless. I’m all about a flawless base and these are the products to do just that. Let’s do this.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Instagram Fraud & A Perspective On Life

I wasn't going to write this blog post as quite frankly, I want to sit in a corner with my Easter eggs, but as I always say with blogging, sometimes these personal post ideas come to our mind and we've gotta tackle them. Over the last 24 hours, things have happened and these thing have made me want to speak out and talk about an issue. That's the joy of blogging isn't it? We are able to say what we think on our channels. I'm a big believer of supporting people, doing good and giving good back in return. If I'm honest though, the thing that bothers me most is what people say when people do speak up about issues in social media: 'you've got too much time on your hands' 'you're moaning' 'you're bitching' 'you need to put life into perspective'. I just want to start by saying, in November my life was put into perspective in a way I could never have imagined. As most of you will know by now if you follow me on Twitter or watch my weekly vlogs, in November my closest family member, and best friend, was knocked down with a disgusting, debilitating chronic illness. Not just one, but a few illnesses which will change his life forever (read more about this here). These are real issues that have changed all our lives forever and will continue to do so. On top of this, I have been the victim of domestic abuse throughout my whole life and witnessed things people never should have to witness. To judge someone via social media and say they need to use their energy on something else etc, is just not okay. This is why recently, I've been trying to use my voice to talk about genuine issues too, as well as wanderlust locations, pretty outfits and so on. But, remember, I know life is about way more than that. I have been using most of my energy raising money for my chronic illnesses recently so just had to get that in there. I'd trade every single thing I have to make my family okay. Anyway. Back onto the current issue, for a few weeks now, trouble has been 'brewing' in the blogosphere, I rarely get involved and rarely care, but when peoples honesty and integrity comes into play. It's something I had to discuss.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Crafthouse Afternoon Tea Review - Bottomless Afternoon Tea Crafthouse Leeds

TopJeans / Gucci Belt / Hair By Tatty at Sassoon

It's one of those days where I'm in the mood to champion Leeds. It's an incredible, vibrant city which gets better every month. It used to get a really bad rep, when I first started at the University of Leeds people really looked down on the city and I spent my whole time there telling people how great it is. I'm pleased to say, with it's recent developments, it's just getting even better every single day. The past week I took a week off rushing around London and enjoyed Leeds, it felt good to be back, properly. You may have read my top places to eat and drink in Leeds but today, I'm here with a new addition! 

Friday, 14 April 2017

How To Start Your Day The Best Healthy Way - Healthy Morning Routine

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 One of the most important things my Mum has ever taught me health-wise is 'always make time for breakfast'. She's always pushed the idea of starting my day the right way and fuelling my body so it can work at it's very best throughout the day, it's something I talk about a lot. Today, I invite you to join me for a morning at home. I'm waking up early recently so that I have more time to have a proper breakfast and therefore, proper nourishment before my day head. Let's talk healthy breakfast starts, feeling for the day ahead and more. I'm also going to review my incredible new drinks machine on this too, I would call it a coffee machine but it's much more than just a standard coffee machine.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

His & Her Top Skincare Picks - Couples Skincare Favourites & Routine. The Best Men's & Women's Skincare

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I'm sure you all know by now that beauty is one of my favourite things. So today I wanted to write a blog post featuring my lovely boyfriend, Matt and talk about our his and her skincare collections. If I wrote a blog post featuring every single one of my favourite skincare products and brands, we'd be here for the next ten years, so I tried my hardest to only feature a few things, okay, a lot of my favourite skincare and his too but we did manage to cut it down, a little. I promise, more skincare posts will be coming if you're looking for them! I'm so happy with my skin at the moment, it's taken a long time to get me to where I am skin-wise, I feel so confident make-up less and I really owe it to these amazing products. So here it is, the chance to take a little look into his and her skincare and see what we use together too! Warning: so many incredible products in one post! 

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Top Spring Beauty Products

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Today I thought I'd talk about a few of my favourite Spring beauty items. I feel like I haven't given these items enough love on the blog recently. There are so many products I'm loving at the moment so expect a few more of these posts coming your way in the run up to Summer. All this sunny weather has made the Spring fairy inside me come alive and I couldn't resist showing you some of the top Spring beauty items this year (so far)! I am seriously in love with so many products at the moment, so here's a little taster of some of my favourites...

Thursday, 6 April 2017

W Hotel, Barcelona Review - The Best Hotel In Barcelona

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If you've read my ultimate guide to Barcelona you'll know just how much I adore the place. Barcelona is somewhere I'd happily move to, it's my favourite European city (so far). It's vibrant, relaxed but has beach and city all rolled into one, if you want to sit and eat tapas for a weekend, you can, if you want to use Barcelona as an excuse for a beach break, you can but equally, you can shop and you can explore too. Barcelona has something for everyone. For as long as I can remember I've wanted to stay at the W Barcelona, as you all know, I have stayed at W Hotels around the world, including W Hotel China and W Hotel London so it only seemed right I finally got myself to the W Barcelona. I wanted to treat Matt to a lovely weekend in my favourite city and there was no better hotel to do it at. It's possibly the most iconic hotel in Barcelona and I'm here today to give you a little glimpse inside...

Sunday, 2 April 2017

12 Simple Health & Fitness Tips & Tricks: Fitness Hacks

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I wanted to do an updated blog post featuring all my top health and fitness tips, I thought it would be nice to do it in the run up to Summer as Summer is something that just personally motivates me to take more care of my body. Please don’t think Summer means you have to lose weight, it doesn’t. For me, it just motivates me to nourish my body more and work out. Any excuse. Everyone has different body ideals and my body ideal may be totally different to yours, that’s okay, what I care about is taking care of our bodies, no matter what your end goal is, what season it is, or, if like me, you just keep fit and healthy as a way to maintain. As you all know, weight/body shape don’t matter to me (I could not possibly tell you how much I weigh, I have no idea, weight is not a reflection of health) and it’s all about how you feel. So today, I’m going to give you lots of tips and tricks to feel healthy, rejuvenated and fit this Summer. If Summer is an excuse to get us moving and eating better, then so be it. Let’s talk through some simple health and fitness tips....

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Luxury Weekend In Manchester; Grand Pacific Manchester Review, Kingstreet Townhouse Hotel Manchester

Manchester is one of the places I don't visit enough, mainly I guess because it rains every single time I visit. Remember the hairdresser I told you about? 'The one', my favourite hair dresser as he's the one who took my hair from zero growth and maximum to damage to full head of hair and happily growing? Yep, Lee, my amazing hairdresser from Sassoon moved to the Manchester Sassoon salon meaning I'm going to be spending a lot more time in Manchester, purely for hair cuts alone. I guess I'm loyal to a good hairdresser so have been spending time between Leeds Sassoon, Manchester Sassoon and London Sassoon's too for my regular blow dries. They can't get rid of me. Last week I headed to Manchester for a romantic night with Matt, but first, obviously stopped via Sassoon for a fresh hair cut. Come enjoy a date weekend with us in Manchester and see what we got up to...oh and I also got to trial out one of the best hotel pools in the UK too!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Benefit GALifornia Coral Blusher Review

benefit galifornia coral blush
It’s not often I fall in love with something instantly but recently, I did. When this happens, I just have to write about it. I opened this parcel a few weeks ago and honestly, haven’t stopped using this product since the first application. I’m hoping the photos will do the talking on this blog post, but if you’re like me, and love a bronzed yet coral glow when it comes to your daily make up routine, you’re going to fall head over heels in love with Benefit’s Galifornia.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

What To Do In Barcelona: Huge Barcelona Travel Guide; The Best Tapas In Barcelona

w hotel barcelona

Hello hello! After the success of my New York Travel Guide recently, I thought I’d do the same, but this time, for Barcelona. I’ve visited Barcelona a fair few times now and it almost feels like home. I started by reading this Barcelona guide and now, find myself always researching the best places in Barcelona so thought I'd write my own guide. I find myself wandering around the streets and remembering places, recognising the best routes to take and asking locals for the best food recommendations. Barcelona is somewhere I’d happily live. When I was at University, I wish I did my year abroad there but sadly the location wasn’t offered to my course. Barcelona is hands down one of my favourite places in the whole entire world, I’ve travelled far and wide and always come back to Barcelona. Let’s talk about where to eat in Barcelona, what to do in Barcelona and the best of Barcelona…

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Spring Wardrobe Essentials - Spring Wardrobe Clearout - John Lewis, And/Or Collection

It's no secret that I'm a sucker for new clothes. My wardrobe room is brimming fill, so much so that I recently had a big Spring clear out and made way for lots of newness. It's difficult to let go of clothes,  they serve as memories and I am clearly a massive hoarder when it comes to them. Sometimes though, we out grow them and I guess, trends and our fashion sense changes. I feel like recently, my fashion sense has changed, I feel like I've grown up a little bit. When it comes to my fashion sense, I'm pretty simple with it, I love clean cut, easy to wear clothing but things that can be styled in numerous ways. I'm all about wardrobe staples and hero pieces. I've completely stripped my wardrobe back to basics as I try to adopt more of a 'clean' look in my life. My current theme is definitely minimalism. I think you're gonna love looking at my new Spring favourites from AND/OR at John Lewis ... 

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

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I absolutely love Mother’s Day, give me any excuse to spoil my Mum. I’m extremely lucky to have such a supportive Mum and I definitely believe that Mothers day is everyday. In our busy lives though, we often forget to stop and tell those close to us just how much we love them. Whether you look up to your Mum or someone else as a mother figure, I think it’s important to spend time and show that person how much they mean to you, as life really is too short. However, there’s no better way to spoil her that on Mothers day itself too. My Mum has always been someone who loves home-made and personalised gifts, so today I want to give you some lovely ideas for mothers day gifts and also, some different mother’s day ideas too. 

Monday, 20 March 2017

The Best Of Leeds, Shopping In Trinity Leeds, Angelica Leeds, Cielo Blanco Leeds - Mothers Day In Leeds

I'm away so often and tend to forget how amazing it feels to be home. Whilst lots of places have started to feel like home over the last few years (forever falling in love on my travels), the place I call 'home home' is Yorkshire. Home is where the family are, that's how I see it anyway. Last week, I treated my Mum to an early Mothers day in Leeds. I wanted to take her to do all of my favourite things in a day and obviously take you guys along with me. I'm often asked to do more features about what's good to do in Leeds, so see this as my first one of 2017! Here's the perfect day out with your Mum this Mother's Day!

Sunday, 19 March 2017

How To Beat Stress

Miami Beach fashion

Hello hello, so today I wanted to write a blog post all about my top ways to deal with and combat stress. I am a very stressy person and in 2017, I made a vow to start doing things a little differently in order to curb that stress and calm myself down. Stress can be really damaging for our minds and health and that’s why I made a decision to make sure I remove myself from stressful situations this year and really focus on my well-being. Let’s talk about some things I’ve been doing to de-stress.

Friday, 17 March 2017

How To Hydrate The Skin All Day - Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Range Review - Barcelona Special

clarins hydra-essentiel

It's not often we stop to think about the stress that day to day life puts on our skin. If you've been reading EmTalks for quite some time you'll know that skincare is one of my favourite things. I get abnormally excited about new skincare, I guess I just love having hydrated, glowing skin. When was the last time you thought about your skin and how day to day life and stresses affect it? I was recently educated on thermic shocks, something Mrs skin-buff over here hadn't heard of until a few weeks ago. Our skin experiences up to 17 thermic shocks a day – Thermic shocks are the changes in humidity and temperature that can stress our skin out, they happen through the day and the smallest things can make them occur. For example going from a warm house to outside into the cold or going from sunbathing into a cool pool. Thermic shocks reduce the skin’s ability to create hyaluronic acid which is responsible for keeping skin hydrated at all levels. Let's talk about skincare and Barcelona...

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Long Haul Flight Tips & The Best Travel Essentials

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Hello hello! I’ve received a lot of messages recently asking about the best way to get through long haul flights, any tips and also, the best travel items. I decided, because Spring is upon us, I’d write a little post featuring all my top tips when it comes to flying long haul (I’ve done so many 15+ hour flights now!) and my favourite beauty products which come on every flight and every holiday with me! See this as your ultimate guide to flying and travelling, whilst minimising stress and keeping your skin and body hydrated and fuelled. Let’s do this.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil Review

kiehl's midnight recovery botanical cleansing oil

As most of you will know by now, I am a huge Kiehl’s fan. I’ve tried pretty much all their products and I’m pretty in love with 99% of things from Kiehl’s. I've turned my Mum, brother and boyfriend all into Kiehl's lovers too. We're a family of Kiehl's fans. I have been using their original Midnight Recovery Oil for years, it made my year then when I found out about their brand new product, launching this week in the UK, Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botantical Cleansing Oil. I’ve been trialling this for quite some time so I’m here to give you a full review of the amazing addition to the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil family. There's nothing I love more than skincare so I just had to write this review up for you. Warning: this will make your glow and make your cleansing routine quick, easy and efficient with just one step.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Easy Fake Tanning Tips

fake tanning tips

You guys know just how much I adore fake tan, so today I wanted to write up my top fake tanning tips in the run up to Summer. I’ve tried almost every fake tan you can imagine, had lots of disasters and trialled the best and the worst, so I thought I’d write an updated tanning guide today for you.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Charlotte Tilbury Valentine And Pillowtalk Lipstick Review - The Best Nude Lipsticks

Charlotte tilbury pillowtalk
Charlotte Tilbury is one of the few brands who get it right, every time. I've been a fan of the brand for a long time, so it excites me to see all their new product launches and the hype surrounding the brand. This hype surrounding Charlotte is well deserved, the brand seriously is incredible in every way and I seem to fall head over heels for every product. Having personally met Charlotte, I can say, she is an incredible woman, and total girl boss, only making me fall in love with the brand even more. Today I wanted to review two absolutely stunning products, make up bag staples, every day essentials and two of my favourite things: Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in Valentine and Pillowtalk, probably the most talked about lipsticks at the moment. It certainly doesn't look as if the nude trend is stopping anytime soon, so let me introduce you to your new favourite nudes...

Thursday, 2 March 2017

On Trend Trainer Haul, New Spring Shoes

nude beige nike trainers

Today I thought I'd show you a little fashion haul, as inspired by fashion week. I've done a lot of shopping recently (you may realise if you read my New York city guide blog post) and something I never treat myself to, is shoes. I'm a lover of accessories, new handbags (Gucci is my current best friend) and coats but never shoes. I treated myself to a pair of Louboutins for my graduation day and apart from that, I rarely buy them. I'm currently going through a wardrobe overhaul, I do this every Spring, but I'm basically wanting to throw almost everything out, start fresh (I always give bags of stuff to charity) and just start with a fresh, clean wardrobe. The part of my wardrobe I neglect the most is shoes, so today, I decided to show you two staple pairs of shoes I've decided to buy. I'm very much a dressed up kinda girl, I love my heels and my heel boots, so today, I went for something different, trainers. Let's discuss...

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