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Thursday, 31 December 2015

My 2015 In Review; Highs, Lows, Boyfriends, Life Lessons, Honesty & Goals For 2016

Hello hello hello! 2015 has been a crazy year, filled with ups, downs, excitement, tears, you name it, the year had it. I wrote a post similar to this at the end of 2014 and it went down well so I wanted to do another one this year. This isn't me boasting about this year but it's more me celebrating the opportunities, feeling grateful for them and talking through some highlights, as well as setting myself some goals for the future ahead and also, looking at where a few things went wrong but showing you that it isn't always the end of the world. I really don't think there should be an issue with celebrating and recognising that things can go right, just like it's a good thing to look at where things went wrong. I hope you like this post, I'm so nervous to publish it! 

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Get The Best At Home Blow-Dry; Jose Eber Infrared Blow Dryer Review

I haven't had a hair dryer for a long time, why? Well, I try to be good to my hair and avoid using too much heat on it. As most of you will know, I've struggled really badly with weak, damaged hair due to a bad experience with hair extensions. I treat my hair like silk now and try not to use much heat on it (and Sassoon Leeds have well and truly brought my hair back to life). Sometimes though, a girl needs a hair dryer. I have naturally curly hair and usually, using a hair dryer makes it frizzy so I tend to stay away from them. I got to the stage of really needing a hair dryer recently though because most of the time, I find myself running to places with my hair still wet and never leaving long enough for my hair to dry naturally. The search was on then for a new hair dryer that wouldn't just give me beautiful hair, but would also speed up the drying process and not damage my hair too much, oh and not turn my hair into a frizzy mess. Tough challenge hey. That's where Jose Eber comes in...

Monday, 28 December 2015

Spending My Birthday At Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Having a birthday during December kinda sucks, I'm not gonna lie. I'm not a lover of joint Christmas/Birthday presents and I'm someone who just adores celebrating birthdays so it's rubbish that everyones usually either ill, too busy or not got enough money to celebrate December birthdays. This year, I decided to mix things up a little and spend my birthday weekend in London as a tourist for once. Let's see what I got up to...

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Top Trends of 2015!

Hello hello! So with 2015 coming to an end (I can't believe how quick that went) I wanted to show you some of my top viewed outfit posts of the year and some of my absolute favourite styles this year. You can see a little sneak preview above but I've listed 11 of my top viewed looks from 2015 and I can't wait to recap them with you! Hopefully it will help you find some wardrobe staples as I know that most of these have become wardrobe staples for me. The great news? Most of these items are in the sale now too!

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

The Best Christmas Ever, Your Rules! & Win A £100 House Of Fraser Gift Card!

Hello hello! So seen as my things I love about Christmas post went down really well (thank you if you gave it a read and I hope you enjoyed it!) I wanted to stick to the festive theme with another Christmas themed personal post to get you feeling in the festive mood because it's Christmas eve eve after all! House Of Fraser kindly asked me to get involved and are giving one of my readers a £100 gift voucher at the end of this post too which I thought would be a lovely treat for you this Christmas, see it as a little present from me! Their new TV advert recently launched (watch it here) and made me feel all types of festive, finally because I never seem to feel festive anymore. The idea behind the advert is that we don’t have to conform to Christmas traditions and that it is everyones own traditions that make the holiday extra special so I wanted to touch on a few rules I break on Christmas/during the Winter period, maybe they'll give you a bit of a giggle of maybe they'll just make you feel festive! I was watching The Holiday this week too and it made me feel so excited and completely inspired this post. 

Monday, 21 December 2015

A Weekend In Munich! Munich Christmas Markets, Aloft Munich, My First Time In Germany!

Oh hey travel post, it's been a while! I must start by apologising, the end of this year looked like I had a lot of trips in the pipeline to end the year on a high; skiing, Iceland, Greece, Austria and more but for one reason or another, they either overlapped or got cancelled last minute or I was just too busy, so I couldn't go. I hate being 'too busy' to travel, it's not an excuse and I plan on upping my travel game, just like I did in the middle of this year, more in 2016 but sometimes, life takes over (as you'll know if you read my recent 'honesty' post). I miss seeing somewhere new every weekend. This year I promised myself I'd see more of Europe, I still feel like there's so much more of Europe I'd like to see (how haven't I, biggest carb lover ever, visited Italy?!) but, this was my first time in Germany so at least that's another destination ticked off. Let's see how I got on in Munich as my German starting point...

Saturday, 19 December 2015

BareMinerals Make Up Review; Brand Spotlight

Hello hello! So in todays brand spotlight post I'm talking about a brand I only recently started using. In all honesty, I haven't looked back since using this brand, it's amazing. I've walked past BareMinerals counters before and heard of the brand, but it was only recently when my skin decided to get all dehydrated and unhappy on me that I researched into the brand. I wanted to put more caring/mineral based products on my face and I feel confident that BareMinerals won't ruin my skin. Their products are kind to the skin, beautiful and they feel like they're really high quality. I can't wait to show you my round up of BareMinerals! 

Thursday, 17 December 2015

The White Party Dress

Party/festive season is upon us (gosh that came around so quickly) and that doesn't mean we can't wear white. I'm a lover of white clothing and I'm sure you'll all know that by now! I popped on my new white dress (on a really chilly day), let's take a look and talk about party wear! 

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Soap & Glory Review; Brand Spotlight!

Hello hello! Yay a beauty post from me! It feels like it's been forever, I'm sorry! I love writing brand round up/beauty spotlight posts rather than single product reviews because I always like to try a few products from a brand in order to get a really good feel for it. Today, I'm talking about a brand so many people love, Soap and Glory. I feel like now is the right time to write about Soap and Glory because Christmas is around the corner and they always have the most incredible Christmas gift sets... (don't forget to read my Christmas gift guides, you can read my Men's Christmas Gift Guide here and my Women's Christmas Gift Guide here as well as my under £15 guide here!) so let's talk about beautiful smelling, delicious treats from a very popular brand...

Sunday, 13 December 2015

A Weekend In Manchester; Manchester Christmas Markets!

Even though I've lived in the North for most of my life, there's still so much to explore. The North of England is beautiful, with so many incredible cities, villages and hidden gems. Whilst Manchester isn't particularly 'hidden' and I have visited it thousands of times, a couple of weeks ago I decided to stay there for a little weekend away. Sometimes it's just nice to get away even if it is only down the road. 

Friday, 11 December 2015

Styling Knee High Boots & Ray-Ban Giveaway!

knee high boots
I am officially obsessed with knee-high boots. I've gone from the girl who was far too scared to wear them (I was always worried they looked a little bit risqué) to the girl who can't take them off. They're comfortable, they're warm and they're easy to wear (my boyfriend really doesn't get them though but hey, I like them and so do my friends). Plus, they actually go with so much. Today I paired them with my favourite cord dress, trusty leather and my new Ray-Bans (who said Ray-Bans aren't allowed in Winter?!). Plus, you can win a pair of new Ray-Bans at the end of this post, so get reading! 

Thursday, 10 December 2015

My Favourite Easy Healthy Pizza Recipe!

Hello hello! A healthy snack/food post from me today. If you read my updated What I Eat post - I wrote about how much I adore making healthy pizzas. They taste (almost) as good as pizzas but they're not unhealthy and they're easy to make. I promised to share my special healthy pizza recipe with you so here it is today to mix things up a bit from all the gift guides I've been writing! I tend to eat this for lunch or sometimes even for dinner and oh gosh it's amazing. Let's discuss.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Little Things I Love About Christmas...

I've always wanted to write a kind of 'my favourite things about Winter/Christmas post' so to celebrate the launch of Littlewoods new Christmas advert, I've been invited to write about just that and it's safe to say it's got me feeling so festive. It was also really nice to look back at some of my favourite Winter photos too. If you read Emtalks a lot, you'll know that I love writing personal posts. I've been wanting to write a kind of 'my favourite things about Winter' post or 'my favourite things about Christmas' post for so long so this is perfect. It really is the little things that matter and today I want to show you that and talk about my favourite things about Christmas, looking back at these photos made me so nostalgic. Fancy gifts are all well and good, but for me, it truly is the little things that make my Christmas. Let's go, hopefully this makes you feel all festive!

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Christmas Gifting with Very! #VerySpecialSomething.

Hello hello! A little gifting post from me today, well actually, quite a naughty gifting post. I've put together a list of things I personally love, things that are from some of my favourite brands and things that have made it onto my Christmas list, but, these double up as things you can also gift others with too! I've actually featured quite a lot of 'classic' Christmas gifts here too which I hope you'll love as much as I do. I hope you're not bored of all my Christmassy features yet - totally in the Christmas spirit. I love Christmas and find it way easier to shop for others than myself actually but I did find myself looking at all of this and lusting over it all. I decided to get involved with Very's #VerySpecialSomething campaign and show you some of my favourite gifts from the site (for me and you, oops!) so let's go...

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Best Top Christmas Presents Under £15 For Him & Her

Hello! So today I thought I'd put together a top Christmas presents (for him and her!) under £15. I'm very much about 'it's the thought that counts' and you really don't need to spend a lot this Christmas. This is great if you're just wanting to buy a little something, treat yourself or do a Secret Santa. There's stuff for men and women here and I've scoured the internet so you didn't have to. Thank me later! You can read my Men's Christmas Gift Guide here and my Women's Christmas Gift Guide here! 

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Gift Guide For Him - What To Buy Men For Christmas

male christmas gift guide
Men can be so difficult to buy for so I love putting together male gift guides. Here are a few things for the man in your life, whether it's a friend, your dad, a boyfriend, uncle or, if you just fancy getting something for yourself. Hopefully this will inspire you this Christmas! You can read my gift guide for her here.

Friday, 4 December 2015

Top Tips For Boosting Your Immune System This Winter; Boosting My Immune System With Pukka; The New Superfood

I always get horrible colds in Winter, no matter what I do, every Winter, one creeps up on me. I eat well, I work-out a lot and I wrap myself up, but still, I always get bad colds. Having lived in -30 degrees last year in Canada though, I totally upped my game, drank a lot more matcha tea, made sure my diet was on point and made sure I was always wrapped up in thermals, the result? I wasn't half as ill as I get in the UK. I think because I was so aware of how cold it was, I wrapped up and took extra care, something I know I'm guilty of not doing in the UK. If you read EmTalks a lot you'll know that I am a huge lover of superfoods, so I was pretty excited when Pukka got in touch and asked if I'd like to work with them on boosting my immune system and those around me! Let's discuss (because we're not letting any Winter colds get in the way this year!)

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Styling A Pinafore - Black And White Outfit Of The Day With Sure!

motel rocks pinafore dressAh if you know me you'll know I adore wearing monochrome/black and white. Also, you've probably realised by now that I haven't taken these boots off. I am so happy that it's knee high boot season (even if I have been a little bit scared of wearing them up until now). When I was challenged by Sure (my favourite deodorant brand, you'll also know this if you read Emtalks a lot) to dress up in my fave black and white outfit and try out their new deodorant, I could hardly say no. Let's see how my black and white outfit got on with the Sure Invisible Black+White antiperspirant! 


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