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Thursday, 27 July 2017

Body Confidence: How I Make Myself Feel More Confident

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Hello hello, so today I thought I’d write a post about how I make myself feel more confident. It’s one of those weeks where I feel a bit rubbish about my body and I’m totally to blame. Why? Well, a lack of exercise and a bad routine has made me feel this way. It's so unlike me, but whilst I was in America I was totally out of my routine and now I feel horrendous for it. If you read my recent blog post about house hunting in London, you'll know I'm living out of a suitcase so it's tough to know when I'm gonna have time to work out at the moment. It's so true when they say exercise is a natural endorphin, even after one work out I feel more body confident. My routine has been all over the place but that’s why I wanted to write this blog post all about body confidence in the hopes that it can help anyone else feeling a little rubbish about their bodies.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

House Hunting In London & Reasons Why I Want To Move Into Saco Apartments Fitzrovia Penthouse

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I'm living out of suitcases at the moment and it isn't very fun that's for sure. I love to travel, but I do prefer to stay places for at least a few nights other wise it can be quite stressful constantly packing and unpacking (a little bit like our epic USA California roadtrip). If you didn't already know, the house hunt is well and truly on (well, me refreshing RightMove) and I've definitely found my dream location (Saco Apartments, Fitzrovia if you're interested). The bar has been set incredibly high after a recent stay here and now I'm contemplating throwing the towel in and not making the big London move at all. Okay, slightly dramatic, I'm lying but in London, you get no space, no air and not much for your money so it seems. The house hunt is seriously disheartening, particularly because I could buy a castle in an epic area up North for the same price as a one bed in London (no seriously, I wish I was joking). I'm gonna delve into why we're moving etc a little more on this post. I've been pretty much living in hotels whilst house hunting and mainly because my job requires me to be in London most days anyway. Most of you will know by now that I stay in Saco Apartments a lot, I trust them and love them and their new Fitzrovia location is something else. Read my post about their incredible apart-hotel near Liverpool Street, Leman Locke (Ad gifted) . Saco Apartments are really special and actually, I wish I could call this place my home. See how I got on... 

Sunday, 23 July 2017

The Year I Realised What Truly Matters + An Evening At The Hyatt Churchill Bar And Terrace Review, London

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As a child, my Mum would make me read 'the want want want' story, a story about children who wanted everything, they'd stamp their feet if they didn't get it. My Mum would worry, worry that I always wanted to be buying things, my Grandma recalled the time I actually stomped on her feet because she wouldn't get me an ice cream. I'm not painting myself in a good light here am I? I'm not saying I was a bad kid (we're talking toddler here), I certainly wasn't, never had a detention, isolation or even negative comment at school. I had 100% attendance so clearly, the little 'want want want' brat within me was soon shaken out of me after my terrible toddler period. I guess what I'm getting at here is people change. I've changed so much over the last year and it's something I wanted to touch on today. We change every day, we are all at different places in life, with different life experiences and we've been through things that shape us, change us and make us who we are. I like to give people a chance, they're probably not bad people, they may have just been through a lot of rubbish in their life and it's made them have certain traits we don't agree with. A relevant example is Olivia from Love Island (yes I'm addicted), whilst her personality seems nasty towards Chris, actually, we can see she's clearly broken and insecure after a volatile relationship and that's where her personality stems from (not saying it's an excuse but I can understand). Unbeknown to me back then, I was going through an awful childhood (something I'll discuss one day but definitely something that affected me and still does). I'm glad that today, I'm no longer the selfish, terrible two year old (talk about blowing my own trumpet) and I genuinely get satisfaction out of caring for others and giving them exciting opportunities. I've managed to turn horrible experiences and horrible things into my fight, my fight for life and my fight to ensure those around me are happy, healthy and supported. This week I treated my loved ones to a tour of my favourite places in London, ending with The Hyatt Churchill so I guess I wanted to talk about that today.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Zoella Beauty New Jelly And Gelato Range Review!!!

Zoella Beauty New Jelly And Gelato Range Review flatlay

It’s not often that a beauty range makes me jump for joy and squeal a little inside when I see it, but Zoella’s new Jelly And Gelato range certainly does that. I opened it and felt so happy, seriously. What a beautiful range, I don't even have the words. Jelly And Gelato (aka the best theme for a beauty range ever) oozes happiness, Summer and brings back such fond childhood memories (mainly where I’d be the kid in the corner eating all the jelly and gelato, except this range is way more Instagrammable than my childhood parties, feel free to follow me on Instagram @emshelx). I love nothing more than seeing people do well, supporting people and I gain so much life motivation from women like Zoe Sugg. Zoe is an ultimate girl boss and deserves every success. She inspires the masses and is relatable to so many. For me, the main thing about this range is that it appeals to all ages, Zoe has made Gelato and Jelly cool and seriously, you need this range in your life simply because it just makes me happy every time I see it. Gelato and Jelly picnic party anyone? Let’s talk about the products in the Jelly and Gelato Zoella Beauty range. Warning: you're gonna fall in love. I feel like we all need a glass of Pimms whilst sat reading this, it would be very appropriate.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Kiehl's Butterstick Lip Treatment Lip Balm Review

Kiehls butterstick lip treatmentI squealed a little when the postman dropped the new Kiehl's Butterstick lip treatments at my door. I know I say it often, but as much as I love writing about fitness, travel and personal topics, I also love beauty. I hate to be that cringe person, but beauty really is 'bae'. It really is. My Mum is gonna have no idea what this means if she's reading (sorry Mum). But seriously, I feel like I'm one of those people who is so passionate about so many things, be it beauty brands, keeping fit, keeping my skin glowing or just spreading some positivity and that's the great thing about blogging, we can talk about what we want, when we want and if I want to talk about fitness one day and beauty the next, that's totally okay (I hope it is with you guys anyway haha). Today I wanted to share the new Kiehl's Butterstick lip treatments in a review post. I wanted to do this for a few reasons, No.1 - I haven't actually done a singular product review for quite some time and I love losing myself in a new product. No.2 - they were too pretty not to photograph, I love grabbing my camera and shooting away and No.3 - I need to go to Kiehl's rehab. You've never come across someone so in love with a brand before. So here we go, let's look at Kiehl's Butterstick Lip Treatments.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Friend Heartbreak, How To Deal With Losing A Friend

Hello hello, so apologies if this post is a little bit rambly, it’s 8pm on a Sunday evening and this post has been brewing since December actually. I didn't know whether it was appropriate to put live, is it a bit too personal? Yeh, probably so I've toned it down a bit as no-one wants dirty laundry aired (or, maybe you do). I'm writing it firstly to get a few things off my chest but mainly, to help you guys. I've done a lot of tweeting recently (emshelx - come say hey) about friendships and I know a lot of you feel the same so I'm hoping it helps you too. I know this topic is something so many people go through, it's a life long thing, from childhood right up until adulthood and that's why I think it might resonate with a lot of you. I don’t really know if ‘grieving’ is the right term, but I guess that’s how it feels when you lose a friend (or friends). Of course, no-one has actually died (thank the lord) but I guess not having them in your life anymore often means you feel as if you are grieving the loss of a friendship. Another way I wanted to describe it was a friend-break, rather than a heart break, or, friend heartbreak. Losing a friend can be heart breaking, but a different kind of heart break to losing a boyfriend/girlfriend. Anyway, I’m a paragraph in and the rambling has already begun, I guess this blog post is going to be a mishmash of my feelings over the last year, how I feel about losing friends, how to deal with it and why actually, looking forward is key.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Bio-Extracts Skincare Boosters & Face Cream Review

I’m sure most of you know that skincare is one of my favourite things and when I see new skincare, I get incredibly excited. It’s been at least a week since my last beauty review hehe so I felt now was the time for a new one. I love lifestyle, fitness, travel and pretty much everything but beauty is still one of my biggest passions. Drum roll please, introducing you to Bio-Extracts. This isn’t just a normal skincare brand, it’s totally customisable and it’s pretty epic so today, in the brand spotlight, Bio-Extracts…

Thursday, 13 July 2017

What To Eat Pre & Post Workout - A Look At My Diet

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Hello hello, sorry for being a little MIA for the last few days, I've been feeling a little unwell and haven't really slept enough so I'm trying to catch up on myself. I recently posted a video with a look at a new workout and I’ve since had a few messages about my diet. Today, continuing the discussion of my favourite topic, balance, I thought I’d write a post giving a little insight into fuelling your exercise routine in a balanced way and basically giving you a little updated look at what I eat. Let’s talk!

Monday, 10 July 2017

Top Tips For Planning The Best USA Westcoast Road Trip. How To Plan an American road trip in California

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As I sit on the flight back from a month road trip in America, I thought I’d put together a blog post on how to plan the best, dreamiest West Coast USA road trip. I wanted to do this because if I’m honest, I found planning the month long USA dream Westcoast road trip way more stressful than any trip I’ve ever planned. This comes from someone who loves making lists, plans, spreadsheets and moved her life to Canada for a year. For some reason, the logistics of this trip stressed me out so much so I’m hoping this blog post will help you out if you’re wanting to visit the USA for a road trip. Let’s do this. I wanted to put together my whole itinerary for my USA road trip and my tips for planning in a quick and easy to read blog post so you guys can screenshot or save it. Individual location posts will follow, I had no idea how long they would take which is why I'm giving you this huge how to plan the ultimate American road trip guide first and foremost!

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Sunday, 9 July 2017

A Beach Day In Margate & The Best Summer Playsuit

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Do you want to go to the seaside? One of my favourite phrases as a child and actually, as I've got older, I still constantly want to go to the seaside. Nothing beats the fresh sea air, the ocean breeze and the sand between your toes. I really appreciate the seaside. Today, a fashion post featuring a beautiful British seaside.

Friday, 7 July 2017

How to get the most out of your time at University

Hello hello! It’s crazy to think that this time last year I graduated. I really struggled with even the thought of graduating as I just didn’t think it would ever happen. I had a love hate relationship with uni and went through days where I was convinced I’d get a first, then got knocked back down again and was convinced I’d failed. I juggled running two businesses, family issues and everything else you can imagine with my final year and ran myself into the ground. After all of this, it feels so long ago even though it was only this time last year. Today I wanted to talk to you about how to get the most out your time at university and I hope it helps you!

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

The Best Ways To Work Out Outside

Hello hello, a fitness post from me today, hooray! I feel like I’ve done a lot of videos and blog posts now showing what I do in the gym or talking about my favourite gym routines (more updated ones coming your way soon but head to my fitness section for these). Sometimes, there isn’t a gym available and I know quite a lot of people don’t like the gym. As most of you know by now, I go to David Lloyd gym and absolutely love it, mainly because there really is something for everyone there, from swimming to dancing to HIIT sessions or just good old spin, even my Mum adores it (pilates and zumba are her favourites). Sometimes though, you can’t beat the fresh air and recently, I stayed at a hotel with no gym and it got me thinking about filming a running video so here we are today. Today I’m going to talk to you about how I like to work out outside and then show you my outdoor workouts in a video!

Sunday, 2 July 2017

A Personal Note. Supporting and Competing. Be Kinder.

Hello hello, firstly, thank you so much if you read my 'is social media dangerous blog post' I love writing personal posts from the heart and today I wanted to write more of a personal/lifestyle post as I feel like I haven’t written one in quite some time. I was having a pretty rubbish day the other day and rather than making myself feel worse, I decided to share a thread of all the people I love and why I'm proud of them or inspired by them. You know what? It made me feel a million times better and has inspired todays post. I wanted to write about the importance of supporting each other rather than competing and talk about how important it is to just be nice. Let’s get straight into it.


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