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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Easy, Quick, Healthy Recipes - My Healthy Supergreens Sweet Potato Mash Recipe

As you guys know, I am all about balance, the 80/20 rule and will never condone deprivation when it comes to eating. I'm a little bit in love with healthy cooking and think it came about when I first went to University. I just love cooking my own, home-made, healthy dishes. You know exactly what's in it if you cook it by yourself from scratch. When Young's invited me along to their cookery school in London to whip up my own healthy side dish to go with their new  Simply Bake range, I couldn't say no. Let's just say, healthy fuel was much needed after a busy day in London. Today, I'm sharing my super greens sweet potato mash with you and I hope you love it like I do. P.S If you guys like this, I'll continue to keep posting quick and easy yet healthy recipes! 

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Vinoa Wine Box Subscription Tasting Review - Christmas Gift Idea

wine tasting at home
Christmas is pretty much here (yikes!), and gosh I love the festive season. What I love the most? Besides from the sparkling lights and the chunky knits... the giving. The giving of gifts. I'm obsessed with buying people presents, I love thinking of someone unwrapping something from me, no matter how big or small, it's the thought that counts. I'm spending the next month putting together the best gifts (so make sure you're keeping an eye out on my blog for this). Today, I wanted to talk to you about a really great little find, something unusual but a fantastic Christmas gift, particularly for wine lovers. Let's discuss.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Winter Skincare Products: Eucerin Skincare Review

skincare review blog
Hey guys, so it's a skincare review from me today. I'm sure you know all about my skincare obsession if you've been reading my beauty section recently. Skincare really is my favourite thing. I always have loved skincare, I'm just cautious about what I use as I know trialling too many products can make me break out. Today though, this felt right as the temperature in the UK suddenly dropped. These are basically great products for cold weather and I'm really excited to talk about them. If you've read any of my brand spotlight posts, you'll know I use them to shine the spotlight on my favourite brands, you can read them here. Today, we have Eucerin in the brand spotlight! 

Sunday, 27 November 2016


christmas gift guide

Hello hello! Finally, long awaited, my gift guide is here. Please bookmark this because I'll be adding things on a daily basis! I feel like I've been telling people I'm writing this for months now but I always forget just how long Christmas gift guides actually take to put together. Do not fear though, Em is here and will be here throughout the whole festive period with the top Christmas items for him and her. I hope you enjoy this! You can read my Christmas gifts for him here. 

Thursday, 24 November 2016

The Best Black Friday Sales & Deals: All The Black Friday Sales In One Easy List

the best black friday deals
The day has finally arrived. If you read my top tips to get the best bargains on Black Friday post, you'll know that I was planning on doing one big post, as I did last year, featuring all the top Black Friday deals. I'm so happy to finally share this with you, without rambling, simply click read more and all day I'll be sat by my laptop ready to update this post with the absolute best sales this Black Friday. These mainly work worldwide, which is great! Get ready to shop and save with my simple list of all the top sales in one place. Maybe it'll give you some inspiration for some Christmas presents too! I know I'm doing all my Christmas shopping today, so join me! Let me know if you grab anything and feel free to share this post to help anyone else with a guide to the best Black Friday sales and savings!

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

What Really Matters In Life? Putting Life Into Perspective.

blonde ombre hair
The title of this blog post may seem really philosophical but I don't really want this to come across as a philosophical blog post because the answer differs for every single person; if you asked every single person in a room 'what really matters to you', they'd have a different answer. For some people, they may not even know what truly matters to them right now. For me, I know. Sometimes, something really bad has to happen, to make you truly realise what matters in life. I haven't done a personal blog post for quite a while, the reason being? I only believe in writing them when they come to me. Personal posts cannot be forced and cannot be rushed but here I am today with a topic I'd like to discuss. Let's go. 

Monday, 21 November 2016

How To Get The Best Black Friday Deals - Black Friday Sale Shopping Tips

london street style

Hey guys! Today I’m here with an exciting post, yup, it’s that time again, it’s black Friday! Aka, the shopaholics dream. I'm sat here compiling the top Black Friday deals and also, lots of Christmas gift guides for you at the moment. Today though, some tips and tricks for you. The team at Groupon have kindly sponsored me to put together some tips and tricks to help survive the sales season.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Why You Shouldn't Use The Scales To Measure Your Health/Weight

kale jumperBeing fit and healthy has nothing to do with a number on the scales. It pains me a little bit every time I see people saying they're weighing themselves because personally, I don't think we need to do that anymore. Even just taking photographs of your body can show your progress and make you feel more confident about the changes than stepping on the scales. A number on the scales does not define you, your health or level of fitness. When I did last step on the scales, they told me I was heavier, when in fact, what they meant to tell me is that I'm fitter and have built more lean muscle but a scale is incapable of telling you that and instead, can leave you feeling really unhappy.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Skin Renewal Review By Swiss Clinic

victorias secret pink silk stripe night dress
You guys are probably well aware by now that I've become a little bit obsessed with skincare this year. I'm always open to trying new skincare because I'm just a bit addicted with having clean, glowing skin. I think skincare products are my favourite to try. I'm super excited to be talking about Swiss Clinic today. I was told years ago that Swiss products are the best because they have to go through so many rigorous tests. Since then, I get a little excited when I see Swiss products.  Skin Renewal is an award winning treatment that has now launched in the UK so I was pretty excited to get my hands on it and trial this for you. Warning; it's like no skincare you've ever seen before! Get ready! 

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Top Best Beauty Advent Calendars Christmas 2016

beauty advent calendars
Christmas is coming (I am so excited to be able to finally say that!) and on the 1st December, not only am I doing vlogmas this year (yes, finally!), pretty please make sure you're subscribed here so you can see my videos, it would mean the world to me but also, it's the time to open advent calendars! I'm a sucker for a chocolate advent calendar and definitely have my eyes on a big Lindt one this year (Matt has his eyes on a Hotel Chocolat one if he's lucky) but I'm so excited to see that top beauty brands have really upped their game this year when it comes to advent calendars. Do not fear if you haven't got yourself an advent calendar yet, because I'm here with the ultimate guide, treat yourself or use this as a hint for a loved one!

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Decorating My Own Magnum At Home! Double Peanut Butter Magnum!

homemade magnum
Is there anything I love more than chocolate on cheat day? Probably not. Today is an unusually unhealthy post but it's super indulgent and everyone deserves a treat, so get cosy and let's talk about a weekend well spent, making our own Magnums. As you'll know if you've read any of my health and fitness posts, I am all about balance and avoiding deprivation. I was inspired after visiting the Magnum Pleasure Store in London, so many people said they wanted to go but they weren't in London so it doesn't matter if you missed it because I'm going to show you exactly how to design your own dream Magnum from the comfort of your own home! Warning, this is the most fun date day ever.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Styling People Up In The Station With Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre

leeds blogger
As someone who was born in Leeds, it always excites me to see the city growing (I talked about this on my latest vlog). I know I'm often travelling and split my time between London, but Leeds will always be my 'home'. It's a wonderful, under-rated city and every month it gets better and better. One day, I hope it will be a Northern hub. I once went to a talk with some entrepreneurs who named Leeds the 'Northern powerhouse' and powerhouse it certainly is becoming. Only 3 years ago, Trinity Leeds shopping centre opened and completely transformed the city. I stood there at the launch, a new blogger, so excited to be involved in such an epic event and monumental moment for Leeds. We suddenly went from a bit of a run down city, to a new, state of the art, cosmopolitan hub. If you've read my blog post about the best places to eat and drink in Leeds, you'll know that it's also a foodie heaven. I go to Trinity Leeds pretty much every month to eat at either Cielo Blanco or Angelica - two of my favourite Leeds eateries for very different reasons and they also have the hugest Topshop, so it's always a yes from me. Last week, I was given the opportunity to work alongside Trinity Leeds and style people up in Leeds train station. It was an honour to spend the weekend in my home city. Come see what I got up to!

Sunday, 6 November 2016

A Big THANK YOU. InStyle Magazine Top Lifestyle & Travel Blogger Award! Things You Can Expect From Me!

One evening, I sat at home finishing up my emails to receive an exciting one in my inbox. The email told me I'd been shortlisted as InStyle magazine's top Lifestyle and Travel blogger. I'd be lying if I said I didn't squeal a little Em-style-squeal when my inbox pinged. I never expected this. As I said to everyone: to be shortlisted out of so many incredibly talented people was more than enough and I didn't even think for a second that I'd win. I was more than happy with just the nomination alone. The last award I won was the Best Newcomer award in the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards back when I started blogging, (another pinch me moment!) and I'm more than happy with that and that alone in my trophy cabinet. It was surreal then, when I was in the Maldives and got an email to say I had won InStyle magazine's award... I nearly dropped my cocktail! To be crowned InStyle Magazine's top Lifestyle & Travel blogger is just ridiculously crazy. What matters more to me though than any title, is to promise you guys that I have exciting, new things coming up that I hope you'll love. But mainly? To say thank you - thank you for being there, always. Today I wanted to share some images from the shoot with you because I can finally talk about it and also, give you a little heads up as to what you can see from me in the near future!

Friday, 4 November 2016

Bloggers, YouTubers, Instagrammers & Sponsored Content. Breaking The Silence On Ads.

pink shift dress

Hey guys, I've been wanting to write a blog post about this for quite some time, my good friend Victoria wrote an epic post a while back all about advertising and the online world, go and read it here. Everything she said was correct and I wanted to delve into my own thoughts on ads today. This was inspired after someone commented on one of my sponsored Instagram posts today (so thank you for inspiring my topic!!!) I love hearing from my readers, it's good that we communicate and I appreciate any feedback. But, I really wanted to seriously bite the bullet and talk about this topic as I've put it off for far too long now. Let's discuss...

Thursday, 3 November 2016

House Of Peroni Pop Up - Victoria Quarter, Leeds

Leeds is a thriving little city, completely under-estimated and growing each and every day. I used to feel a little embarrassed to say I'd grown up near the city, but as I've got older, I've realised it's actually a Northern hub. I'm proud of my little city and I'm proud of how far it's come. If you've not already realised, I split my time between Leeds and London, but actually, Leeds gives me a really nice relief when I've had a busy week in London. The thing that excites me the most is just how much is going on in Leeds at the moment, from the arrival of a stunning new shopping centre (No Selfridges yet unfortunately, but we do now have marble tables perfect for flatlays, an Anthropologie and a COS which is good), and also, so many events. I was invited to The House Of Peroni pop up cinema this week and I can't wait to tell you about it. You guys can visit too! 

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Staying At Cantaloupe Aqua Sri Lanka & A Day At Udawalawe National Park With Elephants

aqua hotel sri lankaFor the second half of our trip to Sri Lanka, we headed down the coast towards Galle. After a relaxing first few days in Sri Lanka at Serene Luxury Pavilions, we were ready to move further on and explore. We didn't even want to leave the Maldives but a tiny part of me was excited to explore the hustle and bustle of a very different country. Our next stop was Aqua hotel, owned by a Sri Lankan group called Cantaloupe hotels. I'd seen beautiful photos online and decided to go for this young, modern looking hotel. From the minute they picked us up from Serene, we knew the service was going to be epic.


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