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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Giving Back This Christmas - A Personal Post


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Hey guys! A bit of a personal post from me today, something close to my heart. I've definitely changed a lot in the last few years, I often think about the things I've been through and how they've shaped me as a person and I'm glad these things have happened some days because at least I'm a better person for it (at least I hope anyway). I at least try to be a better person every day but no-one is perfect. There are many things I've seen, experienced and dealt with, and they've only made me stronger and made my passions for certain things stronger too. Open to read more. 

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Rudding Park Rooftop Spa And Hotel, Harrogate

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For those of you who are regular readers (hi, I love you), you will know that, like for many others, this year has been a challenging one for me: watching a close family member cope and adapt to living with a debilitating chronic illness, seeing how depression can take over even the strongest of people (it really can happen to anyone), grieving over a friend whose life was cut short way too young after suffering a terrible illness and seeing my grandad suffer numerous illnesses, thinking we may lose him. On top of what has been a hectic year to say the very least, this has been an incredibly tough one and something I wasn’t mentally or emotionally prepared for. Although there are no easy fixes to life’s challenges, I decided to treat my brother to a special present for his birthday and, a treat for my Mum too. I feel lucky every single day that my brother is still here, kicking and fighting and I know that money cannot buy happiness but, with support, care and love, it can make hard days easier. My Mum has been through an incredibly tough year too, and somehow, through all these difficult years, not crumbling, not once. Honestly? I don’t know how she’s done it. She’s my biggest inspiration. I decided to treat the two most important people in my life to a trip nearby to Rudding Park for some relaxation and I couldn’t be more excited to tell you about this place. Read on for more.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Christmas Gift Ideas 2017 For Him And Her

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It's the most wonderful time, of the year! A little late in December but you know what they say, better late than never, my annual humongous Christmas gift guide is here, full of all the best gift ideas for him, her, everyone. I'll be updating this too so make sure you bookmark it and enjoy for last minute gifts, pre-planned gifts and everything-in-between. Whether you're a last minute shopper like me, or, you like to plan, I hope you will find this your go-to-gift-bible right up until December 25th. Let's go!

Monday, 4 December 2017

Mojito Superfood Smoothie Recipe

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Hello hello, so today I wanted to get back into the wellbeing/nutritious/good food zone and give you another recipe. Smoothies seem like more of a summer option but they're still just as good in winter. They’re a great way to fill you up, get loads of goodness into your body and they definitely start my day the right way. These recipes are all mixed up with a secret ingredient so today I’m going to be showing you a mojito smoothie recipe (even if it is December). Let’s do this! 

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Top Winter Glow Beauty Products; Glowy Christmas Gift Ideas For Beauty Lovers

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Hello hello! If you're a regular Emtalks reader you'll know that I'm obsessed with a glowy make up look, I think this look is deemed more summery but in my eyes, a glow is good all year round. Give me a dewy, fresh, I-just-stepped-inside-after-a-chilly-walk kinda look and I'm happy. If like me, you love glowy make up, you'll know doesn't have to end in Christmas. In fact, more and more beauty brands are bringing out beautiful Christmas products with all the glows. Today I've rounded up some of my favourite winter glow products. Warning: features exceptionally beautiful beauty treats for winter. See this as another Christmas gifting post because I assume you're going to add these to your christmas lists hehe. 

Friday, 1 December 2017

Christmas Gifting With Ted Baker Gift Sets

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Ted Baker is usually on most of our Christmas lists, in our household anyway, we always have Christmas with Ted. I’m that girl who walks down the Boots Christmas aisle, getting increasingly more and more excited over the beautiful gift sets. Today I wanted to show you a few of my favourite Christmas products from The Ted Baker collection in the hopes that it inspires any Christmas shopping you may be about to do, I also thought I'd give you a little look into my Christmas pamper routine because I swear by it. Christmas for me is the one time of the year where I sit back, relax and have a serious pamper. This is the first in my series of Christmas gifting posts and I’m so excited. I absolutely adore Christmas and all things festive eek.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Healthy, Warming Banoffee Breakfast Oats Recipe

If you’ve ever read any of my health and fitness posts, you’ll know I swear by breakfast. Breakfast is so important for a number of reasons (read why breakfast is so important here). A healthy, balanced breakfast can satisfy morning hunger pangs and it kicks the day off in the right way. I find if I have a healthy breakfast, I generally continue the rest of the way in that day. I always say it but see your body as a car and it needs fuel to energise it. I really want to share the dreamiest breakfast recipe today, perfect for cosy autumn mornings. *This post is sponsored by Quaker Oats

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Overworking and Overthinking. The Art Of Overworking?

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Jumper dress online here / hair by Sassoon / imagery by Oscar May 

It’s not an art really, is it, overworking ourselves so much so that we’re ill but it's increasing. The art of running ourselves into the ground. I wasn't good at maths but give me an exam on overworking and I'll ace it. I see the same pattern in my friends and actually, I saw it in my Mum growing up too. For some reason, I often push myself so hard that I feel incredibly unwell, exhausted, stressed and I know so many of you do too. There seems to be an obsession with running ourselves into the ground, whether it’s to prove someone wrong, to better yourself or just because you like the taste of success. Today I'm gonna talk about this and break it down. Warning: personal rambly word vomit post. I hope you enjoy. 

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Christmas Shopping Haul At Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet


I love any excuse to go shopping and Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet is no exception. I first discovered Cheshire Oaks a few years ago and we have been going back a few times a year ever since. For me, Christmas time is the best time to head there as you get ridiculously good bargains but also, it's beautiful too. Come shopping with me today at Cheshire Oaks and see what I picked up and bought!

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Top Exercises For Your Well-being & Skin Loving Superfoods

sweaty Betty power leggings

Leggings / top

Hey guys, a fitness/wellbeing post today, yup, fitness and well-being, one of my favourite topics. I’ve always been a big believer in doing intense exercise to get results. You hear a lot about the power of HIIT and the power of intense things such as spin classes but what about yoga? What about relaxing our bodies from the intense stress caused by HIIT? Something that’s always stuck with me is a personal trainer friend telling me how much stress HIIT puts on our hearts and bodies, she said I shouldn’t do it *too much* which is why I now try to treat my body in other ways; with yoga, sleep, nourishment, long walks and long baths. I’m so happy to hear that more wellbeing-related activities are getting attention over the last few years, people are really starting to understand just how important it is to look after their wellbeing, they have the power to make your body look and feel great so it's a win win all round. I guess I want to talk about my experience with well-being related activities and tell you how they changed my body and my mind. I also want to talk you through some of my top skin loving superfoods, which combined with well-being activities and me time = total zen. Let's do this.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Best Black Friday Deals And Sales 2017

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It's that time again, it's Black Friday! Today I thought I'd do my annual 'best Black Friday sales' blog post. Black Friday is a weird one, I know some people hate it in the UK as it's an American tradition but hey, whatever, if you don't like it you don't have to get involved. Black Friday seems to go on for a full week now too in the UK, I assume to minimise website crashes and stock levels! You can always read and bookmark my top sales blog post which is updated daily with all the best sales too. For now, get ready, fingers on the buzzer, here are all the best deals this Black Friday as well as my top shopping picks/Black Friday wishlist, including some of my favourite Instagram outfits which are now in the offers too. I'm breaking this up into categories too to make it easier, including the top luxury Black Friday sales. See this as your ultimate guide to the best deals this Black Friday, bookmark and get ready to save!

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Running A Business: My Top Productivity Tips And Business Running Tips



One thing I’ve never really written about is running a business. I’ve touched on what it’s like to be a full time blogger, sponsored posts and have done posts on how to start a blog, but apart from that, I don’t delve into it too much. Whilst at University, I won a number of enterprising/business/scholarship awards (not just for my blog but for something else I did at University as well) I guess I want to use this blog post as a way to hopefully share some tips I’ve learnt along the way or to inspire you. I sat in my bed in the Mercure hotel the other day, tapping away at my keyboard whilst thinking about this blog post. I felt so productive. So motivated and so fuelled with energy for the future so I want to inject some of that into this blog post. I really hope you’ll like it, whether you’re stuck in a rut and don’t know what to do, work for yourself, are about to launch a business or maybe want to launch a business. 

Monday, 20 November 2017

Amalfi Coast Visiting Tips And Guide & Grand Hotel Cocumella Sorrento

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Shop the look here

First and foremost, I am so sorry that this blog post is so overdue. I’m usually really good at keeping on top of my travel posts but I wrote up a blog post about Summer style in Italy and then headed straight off to loads of other countries so am just majorly behind. In my mind, I'd already featured Italy so many times on vlogs, Instagram and Twitter as well as a few blog posts here and there, I totally forgot to do an Amalfi coast round up or properly tell you about my time in Sorrento. I have, however, already featured this hotel in many places, including on my Italy vlog so don’t forget to watch that. After an incredible Summer, rushing around, I was so excited to travel to the Amalfi coast in August. It’s been on my travel hit list for the longest of times and finally, I visited. Today I’m gonna talk to you about the most wonderful hotel in Sorrento and also, give you my top tips for the Amalfi coast incase you decide to go next Summer or anytime soon. 

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Beauty Christmas Crackers & The Craft Beer Advent Calendar

best beauty christmas crackers

Christmas is approaching, love it or hate it, it’s coming and it’s coming fast. I’m a festive lover so I’m incredibly excited about this. If you’re not in the Christmas zone yet, turn away now. If you watched my best beauty advent calendars video you’ll know that this year, advent calendars have gone even crazier. I’m excited to start today as my first official Christmas blog post. I’ve been updating my mens Christmas gift guide and womens Christmas gift guide every day, but a humongous guide is coming your way closer to Christmas, in the meantime, I have quite a few posts coming up featuring cool or different Christmas presents. Today, one about a very special advent calendar and crackers if you or someone you know likes craft beer. Let’s discuss.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

At Home Pampering To Boost My Confidence

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Shop the kaftan / swim


I’ve done a lot of blog posts over the years about body confidence, giving advice with my top tips for body confidence, talking about the importance of self love and also, of course, the importance of me time. Today I want to talk about a few pamper things I do at home which really boost my confidence. Nothing makes me feel better than a steamy bath and a blow dry, I really do feel like a new woman so I want to give you some quick fire things you can do at home to boost your inner confidence.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Making Time For The People You Love, Miller & Carter Horsforth

topshop jumper dress

Shop the jumper dress /


Last week I was invited to try out the new Miller & Carter in Horsforth. I studied at the University of Leeds and Horsforth isn’t too far away, it gave me the perfect excuse to catch up with my best friend (over the thing we both love best, food) and actually, inspired this blog post. Making time for the people we love is incredibly important, I guess I’ve always known that deep down, but it’s only when certain things happen, that we truly realise that. I’ve seen beautiful souls lose their lives this year and it only continues to instill that get up and go drive in me, it makes me wanna chase my dreams, work hard but also, rest more, be kinder to myself and, be kinder to others. It also makes me realise just how important it is to take time out of our busy schedules for each other. Don’t be so busy making a living that you forget to make a life and cherish your loved ones whilst you can. Lets eat, and chat.

Monday, 13 November 2017

The Best Instagrammable Places In Nottinghill - An Instagram Guide To Nottinghill

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It seems like forever ago now (sorry, major backlog over here) but we finally got round to staying at The Distillery, a gin hotel on Portobello Road. A gin hotel, yep, you read that right. If you read the food section of my blog a lot, you’ll know I absolutely adore gin and, coincidently, adore Nottinghill too so it really was the perfect match. I’m always in need of places to stay in London (I live in hotels whilst house hunting) and finally managed to get a night at the Distillery (it’s hard to get booked in as it’s a tiny hotel and these rooms are so sought after). I thought I'd write a full guide featuring the hotel of course, alongside my ultimate Instagram guide to visiting Nottinghill. I'm basically an adopted resident there so I thought this makes perfect sense. You can find me on Instagram: @emshelx as the photos from this blog post are from my Instagram, it only made sense with it being an Instagrammers guide to Nottinghill. 

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Top Tips For Working Away From The Office & Staying At The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel


Hello hello hello! Today I wanted to do an updated blog post about how to make anywhere your office. I recently stayed at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London (read on for more about this beautiful hotel) and whilst there, it really made me think about how productive you can be anywhere if you have the right tools, the right space and put your mind to it. I hope this will help you whether you’re studying, a freelancer, business owner or whatever! Let’s do this.

Shop the jumpsuit / Blow dry by Show beauty Nottinghill 

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Date Night Make Up Routine, Date Night Ready Beauty Favourites

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 Recently I stayed at The Shangri La The Shard hotel and got ready for a very special date night so I thought it was only right to talk you through my favourite products for getting date night ready. Whether it's a date night out with your girls, your partner or just a blind date, I get ready for me because I really do feel great after pampering. Let's discuss my date night make up routine, come and get ready with me.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Healthy, Autumn Soup!


One of my favorite things to eat in autumn is soup. It’s quick, easy, nutritious and healthy. When I was in my final year of University last year, picture a freezing cold me, in a dressing gown, wanting a hearty meal but without always having the time to make it. I was looking around the supermarket and that’s when I clicked: soup. Gone are the days of heavy sugar-added soups with preservatives, but nowadays, I see soup as hearty, healthy and usually a good way to get my vegetables. Cosy up with me for a lunch-time snack, autumn style.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Autumn Walks, Styling Up A Burberry Trench Coat And Burberry Scarf




Sometimes we have items on our wishlist and they never really leave. My wishlist is quite long, the Gucci bag of my dreams (I have banned myself from Gucci until I buy my house), that Maje leather jacket, LV boots etc. I've always been told, if you leave a store and can't stop thinking about it, then you definitely want it. These are items I've wanted as wardrobe staples for years, not just something I feel like 'I need to have'. I'm about to buy a house though, so as much as I love designer pieces, I'm cautious with what I buy (house first, designer items after). However, my list does tend to be full of designer staples, rather than 'trendy one season' pieces, I prefer to save my money and spend it on timeless, forever-wardrobe-classics. Those kind of items you can throw on and they look effortlessly fabulous. I made that phrase, but you get what I mean: when I'm spending money on something designer, I don't want to use it once, I want to love it and have it as a wardrobe staple. Now, let me introduce you to something I finally did buy, a wardrobe staple I've wanted forever with some affordable dupes at the end of this post too if you don't want to make the splurge just yet... 

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Sandals La Source Resort And Hotel Grenada Review

Outfit - similar online here.

If you follow me on Instagram @emshelx I’m sure you’ll have seen that I recently got back from the trip of a lifetime. This year has been fuelled by a lot of travelling and has definitely included a lot of time by the ocean but I’m certainly not complaining. Travel is definitely an addiction and I just love seeing the world. There are so many places and cultures to discover and I think that’s why I was so excited to head back to the Caribbean. I’ve visited Cuba, Jamaica and The Bahamas but I’d never even thought of Grenada. For some reason, it was never on my hit-list. That’s all about to change and it’ll change for you too. Let’s talk about my time in Grenada and also a review of Sandals La Source Grenada hotel and resort too as so many people have asked. 

Saturday, 28 October 2017

The Best Autumn/Fall Beauty Products

Autumn beauty products
Autumn is well and truly here and boy am I happy about it. I absolutely love autumn, probably more so this year than any year. I'm sat here waiting for the trees to turn brown and loving wrapping myself up in all the teddy bear coats and my Burberry scarf. I'm keen to light all the autumn candles, stomp in as many leaves as possible and cover my lips in all the autumunal colours. Yup. I am the most cliche person ever, call me basic, but I love to embrace every season. I decided to go through my  beauty cupboards and pick out some of my favourite autumn beauty products today just incase I wasn't already in the mood for autumn. Get cosy and enjoy!

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Top 6 Foundations And Base Products For A Flawless Make Up Base

Clinique better glow foundation
Hello hello! I hope you are all well today? It's been one of those days where I've really enjoyed applying my make up and totally fallen back in love with base products. I was sat looking at my foundations and realised I haven’t actually done a foundation round up post in a very long time, in fact, have I ever done a foundation round up post?! If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that a flawless base is my favourite thing to achieve. I'm obsessed with skincare, powders, concealers, primers, foundations. I just love feeling like my canvas is flawless. Obviously, most of that comes from skincare, (my favourite thing too) with good skincare, generally comes a good base for make up, but today I wanted to talk to you about a few key products I love for a flawless face, make up wise as I talk about skincare so much. Here are my top 5 base foundation products for the most flawless make up look, these foundations will take you from day to night, Monday or Saturday. I've got you. These are my all time favourites so I hope you’ll enjoy!

Monday, 23 October 2017

How To Get The Perfect Work Life Balance

Hey guys, hope you are so well! Today I wanted to write a blog post all about the importance of work life balance. There’s a quote I live by, ‘don’t focus so much on making a living that you forget to make a life’ and I totally agree with this, it's something I keep reminding myself. I definitely feel work life balance is something I’ve had to teach myself over the last few years. As well as motivation too. Working for myself is a bit of a double-edged sword, I wouldn’t change it for the world and I am so grateful but I either can’t get the motivation or I have too much motivation and never put my laptop down, giving myself exhaustion and running myself into the ground. I’ve got a lot better recently so I thought I’d write a blog post about this today with some of my top tips to achieving that balance. I really hope it helps any of you struggling!

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Getting Your Fitness Mojo/Motivation Back


I’m finally feeling like I’m getting back into the swing of my fitness. Fitness is one of my biggest passions and it’s really difficult to work out when you’re here, there and everywhere. It's good to be busy, but I have no routine most weeks and for me, exercise is my release so I struggle without it. I wouldn't change my job for the world but I wish I could take my gym everywhere with me. I try to workout 4-5 times a week when I’m back in my routine and I honestly feel great for it. Nothing gives me better endorphins. I’ve been trying to mix my workouts up with new things so my body doesn’t get bored and so mentally, it feels challenging and fun. In September, I told you I was taking part in a challenge which is for a great cause and means you can keep fit in the process too. Todays post is gonna be a reminder of my top tips to keep motivated when working out, how to get back on it after time off and I’ll tell you about the challenge too so you can take part. 

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

How To Love Your Hair - How To Fix Damaged Hair

I absolutely adore my hair. There we go, I said it. It's frowned upon to say 'nice things' about ourselves but in a world full of hate and, many of us struggling with confidence, it's important to practice self-love. Believe me, it's taken me years to be in a position where I love my hair but I'm so glad I took the time to cherish it and work with it, I'm finally getting to where I want to be with it. Side note: getting your hair into a healthy position will never happen overnight if it's as damaged as mine was, we're talking years. If you've followed me for some time, I'm sure you know all about my hair story, from really bad hair extensions to trying literally every hair extension on the market to find the best ones, to my hair refusing to grow and having bald patches. My hair extensions were like a curtain of confidence for me and without them I felt really ugly, for a very long time. I'm finally cherishing and embracing my hair, loving it too. Bad hair days have ruined my confidence, trivial, but true. I've been there, done that. We've all had those days where we destroyed our hair as teens and I feel lucky that my hair has forgiven me in time. Believe me, it was hard not to crumble and just go back to extensions but finally, I have my own thick, medium length hair which is dare I say it, *growing quicker and quicker by the day* and I'm gonna talk you through some of the things I've done to get my hair back into good condition. 

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Judgement And Online Hate

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Hello hello hello! I've had this post ready to publish for quite a few weeks now, but I've been wondering whether or not to post it, I've hovered over the 'publish' button for far too long. I've decided to go for it only after reading my friend Victoria, from InTheFrow's post about how much words can hurt, (sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me is such an old school saying and emotional abuse/abuse via words is just as bad and damaging as physical abuse). The wonderful Victoria talks more eloquently about further things on the subject so please open that up and have a read too. Without her posting that, I wouldn't have ever published this. I guess the real reason I've been so indecisive when writing this post in the first place and then clicking publish is because as the saying goes ‘don’t feed the trolls'. Online 'trolls' absolutely live for attention, they thrive off it and it only makes them feel like they're achieving something. Let's be honest, you're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't, you could censor your whole life and someone will still find something negative to say online. Rather than ‘feeding the trolls’ then, I guess today my post will be all about a darker side of the internet and breaking this down a little. Let’s discuss.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

10 Things I'd Tell My Younger Self About University

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Hello hello! Today I thought I'd do a post featuring the 10 things I'd tell my younger self about University. I know a lot of you guys are just starting University or maybe pushing through second year, thinking about doing a year abroad or even battling with third year dissertations, I thought this post might help you. I graduated in July last year (read about my graduation day) so thought I'd do this from a looking back point of view. 

Monday, 9 October 2017

Issho Japanese Restaurant Review Leeds

issho Leeds sushi

No matter where I am in the world, Yorkshire will always be home. I grew up in Yorkshire and studied at the University of Leeds so it’s definitely gives me those cosy homely vibes. For me, home is where the heart is and after growing up in Yorkshire, then studying in Leeds and living in Canada, it's safe to say I have a few places around the world that truly feel like home. I seem to spend 50% of my time in London and 50% in Leeds at the moment but it's always a pleasure to be back up North. If you’re Northern, you’ll know just how incredible Leeds has become over the last few years and is still, becoming on a monthly basis. I can barely keep up with all the new openings. I’ve always had high hopes for Leeds and definitely spent most of my time at University telling people how brilliant it is, or, had the potential to be. It seems, month after month, more epic restaurants are opening in Leeds and you will have hopefully seen that I recently visted a number of restaurants as part of Leeds Restaurant week. At the time I visited Issho Rooftop Restaurant and Bar and loved it so much, I promised myself I would be back soon. Fast forward and I’ve now been three times (hopefully a fourth for my brothers birthday later this month as it's now also his favourite restaurant). It only makes sense then that I give you a full review of Issho, the new addition to the Leeds restaurant scene and in my opinion, one of the best restaurants to hit Leeds in the last few years.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Best Glossier Make Up Products, Glossier Beauty Ships To The UK, Here's What To Buy!



It’s as if the whole world are talking about Glossier and rightly so. I’m here today to talk to you about the cult, New York beauty brand, affordable and beautiful and finally, it’s coming to the UK on the 9th October. Yep, you heard it, on the 9th October you will be able to get your hands on Glossier in the UK. Read on for my list of the best things from Glossier, what to buy from Glossier and a little overview of some of my favourite products so far.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

10 Things You Might Need To Hear Today…

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Dress / Sunglasses - shot at Sandals Grenada.

Today I thought I'd write a blog post with 10 things you may need to hear today. Share it, read it and feel free to comment with anything you'd add.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Working Out For My Mind - Mindfulness Tips

sweaty Betty Tokyo bloom setGym top - leggings / taken at Sandals, Grenada 

Hello hello! Hope you are well today! I just got out of a yoga class and a spin class and feel incredible mentally (all before 9am) so felt this post was very relevant today. I wanted to continue with the topic of balance, something I've discussed a lot on my channels, something I live by but today, talk about why it’s so important to me from relation to mental wellbeing. Let’s go.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Carmel By The Sea - La Playa Carmel

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Shop the bikini / sunglasses - UK and USA link. 

Our incredible California road trip seems like forever ago. We grabbed too many suitcases, hopped on our Norwegian flight and before we knew it, we were in San Francisco. We visited so many different places on our month long road trip and stayed at over 11 properties so apologies from me as my posts from the trip are taking quite some time to get through. The most important one though, my top tips for planning a West Coast California road trip, is one you should start with! I go through each place we visited, where we stayed and what we really thought of all the stops on a road trip, aqs well as talking you through our exact itinerary, budgets for a California road trip and more. If you are planning to do a California road trip, definitely give it a read! Today though, I'm writing a post I've been itching to write for a weeks. We headed to Carmel By The Sea, against everyones advice (we were told it was boring not worth stopping at which is totally fine as we all have our own opinions) but I couldn't be more glad we stopped here. Read why. 

Friday, 29 September 2017

Easy, Healthy, Yogurt Recipes!

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When I was at University, I always tried to focus on finding delicious but nutritious snacks. My trolley in the supermarket would usually be rammed with the same things every week, cottage cheese, oats, bananas, spinach and my favourite yogurt, Onken. I was reminded of Onken the other day when I was watching TV on demand (Made in Chelsea, guilty) and noticed an advert about new personalised yogurts. The advert certainly worked and I fell for it and suddenly remembered how much I loved Onken at University, needless to say, the next day, I'd bought a tub and felt nostalgic. whilst tucking into it. Today I wanted to show you a few of my favourite health recipes using yogurt. I feel like I'm getting back on it this month with my health, finally back to my David Lloyd spin classes and I’m trying to fuel my body with filling, good snacks. Read on…

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Refreshing My Fitness Goals For October

Back in August I introduced #EmsChallenge, a few things I decided to do differently and of course, you guys were of course invited to join me. I just felt it was a great way to get my mojo back and hopefully push and inspire each other. I don’t believe in deprivation but I wanted to move more, cut a few things out and see if I felt a bit better in myself. You know what? It really worked. I consciously made an effort to try new activities (finally got myself back to yoga and picked up swimming again), smile at people more and ate better foods, not less! Setting goals and promises to myself really meant I achieved my goals and pushed myself out of my comfort zone, which is why this month, I guess I want to talk about a few things I’ve continued to do in September and will continue doing in October. See this as a kind of follow on post for those of you who fancied taking the challenge and for those of you who didn’t, feel free to do it in October instead! Thanks to Robinsons Refresh’d for challenging me to do this again in October.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

A Homeware Haul!

tropical chair
Hello hello! If you read my blog post back in July about my house move, (or have watched any of my vlogs!) you'll know that the house hunt is well and truly underway and in true me style, I've bought lots of stuff for my house, even though I don't yet own a house. Logical yep? Typical me. I went on a bit of a treasure hunt earlier this month and couldn't be more excited to show you some of the things I picked up. Hands up if you love interior shopping as much as I do?! I'm a self-obsessed homeware addict. Come shop with me!

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand And Highlighter Stick Review

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand
In my eyes, Charlotte Tilbury can do no wrong. She came along and took over the beauty scene with flawless products and I've been a number 1 fan ever since. As someone who adores skincare and flawless, glowing base products, I really do fall in love with every one of her magical creations. Every so often, she creates new, epic products and they soon become staples in my make up bag. I couldn't resist reviewing the new Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand And Highlighter today!

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

A Night Of Scandal With Jean Paul Gaultier Fragrance At The Ned

for love and lemons lace dress
Exact dress here / similar here / the brand here

What's the most scandalous thing you've ever done? Think about it, you don't have to tell me. Scandal has a different meaning for each person, what's scandalous for me, may be totally angelic for you and I think that's why I like it. You can be cheeky and scandalous in your own way, whether it's feeling super confident in a new dress, spritzing your new perfume or applying that red lipstick, the one that makes you feel so scandalous. For some, it may be having one too many martinis, or, losing a shoe like Cinderella on that night you can't remember. Being scandalous, actually means 'being disgracefully bad' but, this doesn't always have to be negative. It reminds me of endless giggles, cheekiness and girls nights out. Last week I was invited to an evening of Scandal with Jean Paul Gaultier so naturally, I put a new lipstick on and a lace dress. I headed to The Ned for an evening of surprises...

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Stockholm Weekend Travel Guide - How To Do Luxury Stockholm On A Budget

mustard suede missguided jacket

Jacket / Trousers / Sunglasses


I promised to try and see more of Europe on my travels this year. European wise so far this year, I finally ticked off some of Italy, have visited Barcelona a few times and I'm heading back to Greece. It seems my adventures usually take me to America or to tropical climates (totally fine) but there's still so much of Europe I need to explore. I'm close to ticking off 30 countries in my short lifetime but there's still so much of Europe I'm yet to see. Copenhagen, more of Italy and Mykonos are firmly on my list. The opportunity came around to visit Stockholm recently and I couldn't say no. I've never visited Sweden before and I do enjoy being able to tick a new country off my list! Read more. 

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Why Hydrating The Skin Is Important + Simple Waterboost Range Review

 Simple Waterboost Range Review
Top - online here.

As someone who travels a lot, hydration is one of the things I look for the most within my skincare. If I’m not travelling, I’m usually between climates in the UK (one day it’s hot, the next day we’ve got rain) and it’s not good for the skin. Today I thought I’d review the new Water Boost range from Simple and talk about the importance of skin hydration.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Keep Fit For A Good Cause

I often feel like I need to be seriously motivated to push myself to work out, I guess that's why I love fitness classes so much. I used to be really good at self motivation and some days, I can really push myself, take my spin class this morning, I totally powered through and smashed a personal best. Usually, the days when I feel like I can’t be bothered working out, end up being my best work out days weirdly. I always say the hardest bit about working out is getting yourself there in the first place! Today, I’m inviting you to get involved in something with me, something that should hopefully motivate you to work out over the next few months. I know this is going to motivate me big style to get my fitness levels up for a great cause. I can’t believe how many of you got involved with Em’s challenge throughout August (yup, I didn’t drink wine for 31 whole days!!!!) so now, I’m inviting you to do some exercise this month alongside me! See it as a challenge for a great cause and it means you can keep really fit too in the process.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Full Review And Swatches!

fenty beauty first lookJumper online here / Trousers online here and here 

Today is an exciting day for the beauty world, Rihanna has launched Fenty Beauty, a global make up brand, in 17 countries. Exciting huh? If I'm honest, it wasn't until I discovered more about the brand and watched the advert that I got really excited. Rihanna has developed a brand that a lot of people are talking about and it's for good reasons. Today is the day and Fenty beauty has finally launched in 1,600 stores across 17 countries! I'm sure a lot of you have seen the advert for this going around on social media, one of the best adverts I've seen from a beauty brand. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna was created to work across all skin types an tones, with Rhianna's mandate of inclusivity, it offers a wide range of products for traditionally hard-to-match skin tones, which is great. It really is designed to be an inclusive brand. I was invited down this morning to have a first look at the products and test them so here you go, a first look at Fenty Beauty by Rihanna.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Chosen By Nicole Scherzinger Review & Nicole Scherzinger Top Beauty & Wellbeing Tips

MISSGUIDED WHITE LACE MIDI SKIRT

Skirt / Top / Heels - at St Martins Lane, London. 


It's not every day you get the chance to interview an ultimate girl boss and inspirational superstar. I've looked up to Nicole Scherzinger for quite some time, not just because her style is incredible but because of her positive aura too. As I've grown up, I've found myself being inspired by people for a number of different reasons. I find Nicole inspirational in so many ways, not to mention, the video she created on the day for my friend Dean Eastmond, something he saw before he sadly lost his fight to cancer. She didn't have to do it, but she grabbed my phone and asked if she could send him a video message after asking how he is. It's my pleasure today to share an interview with the lady herself and give you a first look at her new fragrance, Chosen by Nicole Scherzinger.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Why You Should Never Skip Breakfast

luxury French vintage bed
I’m sure most of you know by now that I swear by breakfast. For me, breakfast is such an important part of my life and always has been. My Mum always told me never to skip my breakfast and it’s a rule I’ve lived by for a very long time. Today I wanted to talk about why breakfast is so important and give you an update on some of my favourite breakfasts. 

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Armani Ecstasy Shine Lipstick Review And Swatches

armani lipstick review

Jumper online here / Lipstick online here and here. 

It's always a good day when one of your favourite beauty brands brings out a new exciting launch. I was invited to Selfridges earlier this week to celebrate the launch of the brand new Ecstasy Shine lipstick collection by Armani. Ecstasy Shine launched literally days ago and I'm yet to see any swatches or full reviews so I thought I'd take one for the team and write this post. If you've watched any of my vlogs, you'll know I'm a complete sucker for new lipsticks. I'm an even bigger sucker for lipstick collections. I have a lipstick shelf, full of all my favourite brands because I collect them. Some people collect stamps, I collect luxury lipsticks. There's something so satisfying about them all sitting pretty on a shelf together. Let's talk about the new Ecstasy Shine Lipsticks by Armani. 

Monday, 28 August 2017

Five Different, Easy But Delicious Healthy Dinner Recipes

avo on toast


Hello hello! A foodie post from me, but a healthy foodie post. I wanted to write a blog post today about some new favourite healthy meals, I often write about breakfasts and healthy deserts but very rarely write up dinner and lunch options. Dinner is something I know most of us struggle with, my Mum is always asking me to use Pinterest to find new, quick and easy recipes to mix things up. I’m gonna help you today with a few different, easy but delicious healthy dinner recipes. P.S, whilst I've got you, click here and sign up to my new newsletter. It goes out every Friday morning full of random bits and bobs just for newsletter subscribers. I'd love to have you!!!

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Not Feeling Good Enough...

aspinal Lottie bag
Dress - similar and similar / Bag / Hair by Sassoon 


Hello hello hello! Good morning, good afternoon, wherever you are. So, today I wanted to write a post about not feeling good enough, mainly, to let you know, that you are good enough. I wanted to just put a rambly personal post live this weekend because hey, why not. A few things have happened recently and if I’m honest, they’ve really knocked my confidence. We all have a few confidence melt downs, which is totally okay, but just know, you really are good enough. I put 110% into everything I do and I’ve felt a little bit wobbly over the last week for a variety of reasons so I guess I wanted to tackle that and talk about it because we are good enough. We all have those days, those ‘I’m not good enough days’ and it’s so important to talk about them. P.S, whilst I've got you, click here and sign up to my new newsletter. It goes out every Friday morning full of random bits and bobs just for newsletter subscribers. I'd love to have you!!!

Friday, 25 August 2017

Using Music To Get Me Through The Day Efficiently

Music is something that’s been in my life forever and it’s something I’ve never really talked about too much. We all listen to music, on our radios, on our phones but how often do we talk about it? From the days of MySpace where we’d put a song on our profile to reflect our mood and the days where I’d sit and giggle all night long with my friends to the latest hits, or those times I’d make up ridiculous dance moves to a Britney song. Music has really been there through my whole life. Right now, there are a lot of ways music helps me through my day and I wanted to talk about them in collaboration with Light* & Free and Spotify. From working out, being productive and more, don’t underestimate the power of music to get you through the day.  P.S, whilst I've got you, click here and sign up to my new newsletter. It goes out every Friday morning full of random bits and bobs just for newsletter subscribers. I'd love to have you!!!

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Life Changing Moments & People

You might click on this article and wonder what it’s about, it’s a different topic for me, but a personal post and one I think everyone will benefit from. I don’t really write about celebrities and I’ve certainly never written a whole post about one person before but today, that’s going to change. We live in a world where we moan, a lot (which is normal) but I'd like to spread some positivity and celebrate the good people and things in life. I want the world to know about a pretty special person called Dean Eastmond. I’m going to tell you a story, a story to motivate, inspire and hopefully, touch you. I’m going to introduce you to someone who has impacted so many lives and made me a better person and seriously, I think he will do the same to you too. I don’t think he even realises just how inspirational he is. I was lucky enough to meet Dean in Magaluf (don’t ask but without that trip, I may not even know Dean) and you know what, I always wish I got to know Dean more in the short time we had there. I don’t really know who I was back then, but I certainly wasn’t who I am today. Dean giggled along with us, danced along with us and I remember thinking how sweet and genuine he was. Luckily, thanks to social media, we've stayed in touch. It’s people like Dean who have helped to shape me into the person I am today. This post isn’t about me though, it’s about Dean but I genuinely believe he entered my life to change me and make me want to help others. Read more.

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