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Monday, 30 March 2015

Winter in Canada; Visiting Montreal and Toronto

mont royal winter montreal
Far away from the warmth of Mexico, I decided to stop off and see friends in Canada too before I quickly flew home to the UK for London Fashion Week. I'm getting used to this flying alone thing. I headed back to Toronto and Montreal for some *feels like -35* activities - a very difference experience to the plus 30 degrees temperatures I was used to in Mexico but hey, that's the joy of travelling, you can hop on a plane and be in a totally different culture and climate within hours. Let's talk about Winter in Canada... brrr! 

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Floral Lace Mesh Dress with Nude Heels!

missguided mesh lace dress
If you haven't seen me obsessing over this on Twitter & Instagram (@emshelx) then where have you been? I literally haven't stopped going on about this incredible dress since I got it. It's easily my favourite outfit at the moment and I know it's going to carry me all the way through until Summer. I can't wait for an occasion to pop up so I can actually wear it. This is literally my favourite outfit and I am way too excited to finally be posting about it!

Friday, 27 March 2015

Visiting Riviera Maya; Part 3

uk travel blog
Hello lovelies, I am so sorry this is late, but hey, at least I can relive Mexico a little bit longer. I am currently in Chicago actually so thought I'd stick to the topic of travel today (keep up to date with my Chicago trip on my Instagram - emshelx!) After almost a week of getting up early and going on day trips exploring Mexico, we decided for the end of our trip to head to the calmer, Riviera Maya and just relax. I have always wanted to stay at a Hard Rock Hotel and I am so excited to share the final part of my Mexico trip with you however I've got a funny feeling I'll be going back to explore more in the near future...

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Caudalie Polyphenol Range Review

Caudalie Polyphenol review
I have always been a Caudalie lover, I am the person who went to France and purely wanted to go so that I could finally buy some Caudalie treats. I ran into the first French pharmacy I could find and filled my basket full of Caudalie treats - it brings back so many happy memories - France is a beauty lovers dream. But seriously, since I was about 15 I have always been a Caudalie obsessive. No longer do I have to pop to France to top up my supplies, it's available in England now so no more craving Caudalie on a daily basis and trying to desperately scrape the last bit out of my pot.  Today I am talking to you about a new product in their Polyphenol C15 range, a range which I think was actually developed for me! The range is designed for urban women who live a fast paced life and are faced with daily factors such as pollution and stress (I am the worlds stressiest person) so this sounds like a pretty relevant range - read on to find out more...

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

The Best Foldable, Practical Shoes for Busy Ladies!

butterfly twists
I don't think the title of this blog post could be more appropriate if I tried; last week I was invited to  the launch of an exciting new shoe brand and trust me, I am excited to talk to you about these beauties, I feel like they were designed for me, someone who runs around all the time but still wants to look good! I don't treat my feet enough when they carry me everywhere! When someone mentions fold up shoes, I switch off and honestly, don't think they'll be nice but finally, someone has put some love and care into foldable shoes and created ridiculously gorgeous styles for girls on the go!  I love shoes, always have, always will - you can never have too many pairs so when I found out that these are much more than the average shoe, I got a little bit excited...

Monday, 23 March 2015

London Fashion Week 2015

LFW 2015
I have to start this blog post with a huge apology, well, a few apologies, this is ridiculously late for a few reasons, firstly, my laptop broke on the first night of fashion week (silly Apple) - I did plan on writing this post that evening and when I opened it up, it decided to literally just break. It took me 2 weeks to get it fixed, as if that wasn't bad enough, I then lost my memory card with most of my photos on it (I still can't find it anywhere) so here is a look at my time at London Fashion Week 2015, some photos are from my phone because I luckily took loads on there and then I've put a vlog together too because luckily I didn't lose any GoPro footage hooray! I was SO excited to share this with you back in Feb but hey, better late than never! I feel like the most unorganised person in the world but I am finally getting back on my feet, note to self, back up my laptop next time so I don't lose absolutely everything! Let's talk about LFW 2015!

Sunday, 22 March 2015

An Exciting Announcement; LVNDR Clothing!

tie back crop top
Hello hello and happy Sunday you lovely people. So it's a quick one from me today but I am sharing something I have been keeping secret for quite some time with you. I have been bursting with excitement about this. As most of you know, back in December 2013 I opened LVNDR, a little, affordable and dainty accessories store - things have been pretty hectic what with me running my blog, travelling and obviously other members of my family having full time jobs too but we finally put some time aside to work on something we have wanted to for a long time; LVNDR clothes! I really wanted to bring some easy, beachy, festively, comfortable, wear-me-anytime-anywhere style clothes to LVNDR so I am really excited to share some photos with you of some of the first few pieces of our clothing range which launched last night!

Friday, 20 March 2015

Spring Style; Spots, Stripes & A Red Raincoat

uk fashion blog
Last weekend I decided to mix some prints and take my new rain coat for a spin. When the lovely people at Joules asked me if I'd like to take their Spring range for a test drive, I could hardly say no could I? The red coat itself screams vavavoom! It's very different to my usual style but who wants to play it safe all the time? Not me! I am a country girl at heart anyway so it gave me a great excuse to get out into the local British countryside...

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Top Money Saving Tips

top money saving tips

When TSB contacted me and asked if I wanted to work with them on a post about being sensible and responsible with money, I couldn't say no. When I was young, I was massively a 'want want want' kind of person, I literally used to want everything and I felt like I needed everything - I am so pleased to say I quickly grew out of that when I got my first part time job. Let's talk about saving money and saving up! I am hopefully going to help some of you! 

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

HD Brows Make Up Collection Review

HD brows make up review
When I found out (ages ago) (I'm really late to this party, oops sorry!) that HD brows had brought out more than just brow products, it was a very exciting day. I was actually tidying out my make up collection with my friend the other day and she got so excited to see the exciting new packaging and the exciting new products. She actually grabbed something and said 'oh that's for the brows' because she saw the name HD Brows but actually, she was wrong, it was a highlighter! Let's just say, HD Brows have expanded and grown up and I very much approve!

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Spring Style Wishlist; Spring Fashion Inspiration

Spring fashion inspiration

Hello! So something I've been wanting to write for ages today is finally going live - even the photos above get me so excited. I couldn't not make a Spring wishlist, everywhere I look at the moment I see so many amazing clothes. Beautiful garments and accessories just keep popping up and getting me way too excited for the bright, fresh months ahead - I am seriously ready to throw all my wardrobe away and start again with these gorgeous pieces. Let's talk gorgeous Spring fashion inspiration...

Friday, 13 March 2015

The Motel Unitard; Wearing A Unitard!

When I went to the Motel Blogger Brunch in London I didn't expect to come home with a beautiful new unitard, in fact, I don't think I've ever worn a unitard before. I actually really like this so I am excited to finally be sharing it on a blog post with you - lots of you on Instagram (@emshelx) asked where it's from so let's talk about this beautiful unitard from one of my favourite go-to stores!

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Guide

Ah Mother’s Day is just around the corner in the UK, it’s only a few days away but do not fear, my last minute Mother’s Day gift guide should give you some inspiration! You’ve still got a few days to pick up your gifts and to order all these bits online too! If you've already got gifts or you're not that interested in a Mother's Day gift guide (or if Mother's day isn't coming up in your country yet), maybe just use this as some inspiration to treat yourself!

Monday, 9 March 2015

Top Products For Growing Hair; Hair Growth Tips

top hair growth products
Hello hello! Today I thought I'd do a blog post about my updated hair care routine and my favourite products for strengthening and growing the hair. My hair has grown so much over the past few months and I really do believe that amazing products play a part huge part in growing the hair. I spent last year really unhappy with my hair and when I look back at photos, it was awful, weak and damaged - it literally looked so thin and weak! My hair is now back to life, it's thick, full and it's really really growing. Here are my top hair growth tips and my favourite hair care products.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Let's Talk About University; Choosing Which University To Go To & More. Personal Post!

Hello hello! So a little personal post from me today, I was approached by St Mary's University and asked if I'd like to talk about my experience when choosing which university to attend. I think it's a really good and ridiculously important topic to talk about - even if you've been to university, I'd love to know how you chose which one to go to as everyone has a different story and your story could help someone out so much. I know that people start thinking about what university to choose around May/June time as that's when open days tend to be (from memory anyway). I wrote about my top university tips quite some time ago and it went down really well so I thought that this little personal discussion may help some of you too or just be an interesting read!

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Visiting Mexico; A Trip To Isla Mujeres, Swimming With Dolphins In Mexico & Garrafon Park!

uk travel blog
I am so sorry part 2 of my Mexico travels has taken me so long to get live. I'm actually quite glad I've been able to save another instalment of my Mexico post until now though because it means I can relive it just a little bit longer. On the second part of my trip, I headed to the incredible Isla Mujeres, swam with dolphins in the Caribbean sea and zip lined across the ocean... I really am excited to talk to you about this and share possibly the best trip of my life to date with you...

Thursday, 5 March 2015

The Little White Two-Piece Outfit Of The Day

white two-piece
If you can't tell from my most recent beauty post that I'm looking forward to Spring then surely, you can tell by this one; the legs are out and we're talking about all white outfits! A little white two-piece is my favourite combo and we've been having on and off sunshine in the UK at the moment so I decided to just pretend it's Spring - it's certainly on the horizon anyway!

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Top Spring Make Up; The Best Spring Beauty

Top Spring Make Up

Good afternoon! These beautiful bright mornings (thank you England!) have inspired me to write some Spring themed posts. I wanted to talk to you about some gorgeous Spring products today because everyone needs a little brightness in their life! For me Spring and anything associated with it makes me feel so positive! I think this is going to be the first of many Spring round ups, simply because there are way too many gorgeous products around at the moment. I haven't posted about beauty on my blog for a week which is ridiculously unlike me so I feel like we have a lot of catching up to do!

Monday, 2 March 2015

Visit Mexico In The UK!

 Ooo you've got two blog posts from me today! Firstly, thank you for the lovely and over-whelming response to my Michael Kors bag giveaway - I am loving your comments and promise to keep bringing you a mixture of beauty, fashion, travel and fitness this year! Keep an eye out as I have lots planned for my blog over the next few weeks! So I was contacted recently about a really exciting new exhibition (don't click off - I promise it's not boring, it includes food from my favourite place) and the reason I wanted to talk about this in particular is because my exploring Mexico post (I still have two more to come don't worry!) went down really well and a lot of you said you'd love to visit. As most of you know, I had the time of my life and wanted to talk to you about an opportunity for you to sample Mexico without having to get on a plane hooray! I know a lot of people can't always just hop on a plane and end up at a sunny destination which is why I think this is a nice little day out instead!

Michael Kors Handbag Giveaway Competition!

Michael Kors black and white handbag
When I entered a competition back in  January with Sure to win two Michael Kors bags, I didn't expect to actually win. You can read that post here if you missed it. I was lucky enough to win two Michael Kors bags, one for myself and one for my readers (I love saying thanks to you as you are all amazing, I wish I could give every single reader a prize!). I have given 'my' bag to my Mum as she deserves it way more than me and it's already her pride and joy. The other bag? Yep you guessed it, it's for one of my amazing readers (you reading right now!) - see it as a huge thank you from me to you for supporting me! It's so easy to enter, just click read more and you could be the owner of a shiny new Michael Kors bag!

Sunday, 1 March 2015

A New Month; New Resolutions & Motivation!

Hello! So a little personal post from me as I haven't done one in quite some time. You all know how much I love personal posts! I really wanted to take a look back at New Years Resolutions in general and see how I'm doing with them/talk about general motivation and I guess just get things back on track now it's a new month! I also think that now we're into March (my favourite month, it's such a bright, fresh month with new things growing and everyone seems to have lifted spirits - plus the weather is better!) it's time to have a look at how the first two months of 2015 have been and hey, if we've broken our new years resolutions, it's not too late to make some new ones...


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