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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

sweaty Betty white mesh gym kit
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

asos orange beach maxi dress

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

topshop lace dress
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

Manuka doctor honey

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!


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