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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.

Monday, 21 August 2017

How To Kick Start Your Week The Best Way

reebokIf you’ve been reading Emtalks for a long time you’ll know that I’m a big believer in kick starting your day the best way possible and today I wanted to talk to you about things I’m doing at the moment to make sure my day starts the right way. It's Monday after all, the perfect excuse to start fresh. Mondays make me feel re-energised, excited and motivated. I want to channel that in you guys too. Hopefully some of you are taking part in #EmsChallenge and if not, start today! There's no better day than the present. I genuinely think starting the day the right way fuels you for a good and productive day ahead which is why it’s so important.  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, 20 August 2017

Personal Shopping At Selfridges, Designer Try On Haul & A Day In Manchester

self portrait white lace dress
It's not every day you get to enjoy Selfridges all to yourself, okay, almost all to myself. I spend the majority of my time in London, closely followed by Leeds and actually, rarely Manchester anymore so it was great to head back to Manchester last week. My excuse for going to Manchester is usually to see Lee, my hairdresser at Sassoon. I do really like Manchester, the restaurant scene is epic and, it's home to my favourite hotel too. Come personal shopping with me in Selfridges and see what I got to try on: spoiler, I'm in love... 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, 18 August 2017

My Exercise Routine


Hello hello! So today I wanted to talk about my updated exercise routine but also, talk about the importance of balance within an exercise routine. So many people push the idea of doing constant HIIT and working out, but when do we think about incorporating rest and balance into that? If you’ve read my blog post about #EmsChallenge (if not, read it!), you’ll know how much I believe in balance but also, the importance of wellbeing too. Let’s talk fitness!

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Best Leeds Restaurants - Leeds Restaurant Week

issho leeds
I’ve spent the last few days in good old Leeds and wow, I feel revived. I feel like I live out of a suitcase, which may sound glamorous, but it isn’t so glamorous. It’s nice to actually have a few days back home, living between Leeds and London is pretty exhausting and if I’m totally honest, I prefer Leeds *oops, I said it*. I feel relaxed in Leeds and I can walk around it easily haha. My favourite thing? The city is so up and coming and every day it gets better and better, particularly the food choices, we really are up there with one of the best foodie cities. Leeds has always been known for having a great food scene but they’ve just stepped it up over the last year and it seems everyone wants to have a restaurant here (fine by me). If you’re in Leeds this week you’re in for a serious treat as it’s the first ever Leeds Restaurant Week! Get ready for some seriously good and delicious deals and I’ll give you the low down on some of my favourite places to eat in Leeds too this restaurant week. 

Monday, 14 August 2017

What To Do In Palm Springs - Palm Springs Travel Guide

Palm Springs windfarm

Dress online here /

Hello hello! I thought it was about time I started putting some America posts together from my dream California road trip. Now, please excuse me because I’m doing this a little back to front. I wanted to start with San Fran and work down the coast and blog about them all in the exact order I did them, but for various reasons, I’m starting with Palm Springs. You can read my full guide to a West Coast California road trip if you haven’t already. So, let’s talk about Palm Springs, what to do in Palm Springs and also, where to eat in Palm Springs!

Friday, 11 August 2017

Top 5 Summer Must Haves

beach kaftan
Kaftan online here / shot at Grand Hotel Coccumella 

With Summer still in full swing (okay, maybe not in the UK but elsewhere, hey England, a sunny day would be lovely please...) I thought it only made sense to talk about a few of my Summer must haves. It seems a lot of people go on holiday in August, September and actually, Summer isn't just June anymore, people are craving the sun all year round and hopping on planes everywhere. I love seasonal posts and if I'm honest, I love all seasons, be it Autumn, Winter, Summer. I get fully engrossed in all seasons but today, let's talk about top Summer must haves as I'm not ready for Summer to end just yet... 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!!!

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

ROCCABOX REVIEW AUGUST BEAUTY SUBSCRIPTION BOX

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I’ve been keeping something under wraps for at least 6 months now and I’m so excited to finally share what I've been working on. Let's start with a little bit of background, I met with a wonderful lady a very long time ago. She was working really hard in her day job and I was doing my thing too. She had crazy potential to launch something big and our hour long meeting ended up lasting a lot longer, let's just say we've been friends ever since. I love meeting people with drive, ambition and dreams and Tia, the owner of Roccabox has all of that. I completely believe in supporting others, (let's be honest, many women don't support each other) and I feel so proud when I see people doing well. Wind forward a year and Tia went with her gut and launched her dream business. It was a total honour to be asked to curate my own special beauty edit with Roccabox for the month of August. This is a very special, limited edition, only available in August (or until it sells out) box, entirely curated by yours truly. Open up for more, hint, I worked tirelessly alongside Tia to ensure you guys get the best quality brands and my favourite products in here which is why I am so excited about this. IT'S MY BABY! 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!!! 

Monday, 7 August 2017

I'm A Workaholic, A Digital Detox & Seaham Hall Spa & Hotel, Durham

seaham hall durham


We live in a digital world and I'm totally okay with that, I'm the girl who photographs her food before eating it, has made a career (which I am so thankful for) in the digital sphere and sometimes sees things through a camera before her own eyes. I'm not going to slate the digital world, it's brought us good things and bad things (read my blog post: is social media dangerous?) I get it, some of you (particularly my grandparents!) think it's a little sad how much digital is taking over, 'young people glued to their phones' and often, I feel guilty when I'm sat on my phone whilst talking to my grandparents or my boyfriend. To them, it means I'm not paying attention, to me, I'm just running my life and, I can actually multi-task very well, but I'm with you and I sometimes agree. We can't be angry at people for wanting our company and attention. I certainly don't want to turn around in a few years time and wish I cherished the time with my loved ones more. I want you guys to read my blog, follow me on social and use the internet as much as I do, I too spend hours scrolling through peoples curated feeds and Twitter profiles. It relaxes me, I learn things, become inspired and motivated, I even get my news from the online world. It isn't necessarily a bad thing to be a little bit hooked to the digital world, who isn't? Recently though, I have been trying to 'live in the moment' a little bit more. Not that I don't live in the moment anyway, but I do find my phone in particular can be a little bit of an obsession, to the point where I'm so busy putting my dinner on every social media channel and I forget to actually talk to the people I'm sat having dinner with. That's why, I'm trying now to take my images and then enjoy the moment, then upload after I've caught up with those around me. Or, little things like putting my phone away an hour before bed so I can watch the telly and give my boyfriend my full attention. I want to work hard but more efficiently so I'm actually enjoying life. So much has happened in 2017 and it's made me realise that living in the moment and showing those around us what they truly mean to us is very important. I get myself incredibly stressed when actually, what really matters is health, happiness and wellbeing. We headed to Seaham Spa for Matt's birthday and whilst in a sauna, without my phone, I came up with the idea to write this blog post (see, my mind is always on!) 

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Refreshing My Body & Mind This August #EmsChallenge - Fitness & Health Challenge

Hello hello. So, a few days ago I decided I wanted to push myself this month, push myself to be stronger, healthier, fitter and generally just feel better about myself. I've realised that being fit and healthy is about way more than how our body looks, it's about how we feel. It's about our minds too. Nothing busts stress more than getting some fresh air, nothing beats the endorphins I get from exercising. We all get into those ruts, I'm definitely in one of those right now. I don't know what's got into me recently, I guess it all started last year when I was living in Matt's student house and we couldn't cook in his kitchen as it was so dirty so we had to eat out most nights. I've always been good at making conscious 'healthier' choices with my food but it's much harder when you're constantly on the go. Looking back at the last few months, I haven't had a solid base and really am constantly on the go which makes sticking to my gym routine and my healthy eating really tough. I live here, there and everywhere and usually out of a suitcase. I need a kick up the bum so I've decided to start #EmsChallenge. If August goes well, I'll do a few throughout the year. I didn't want to copy off Vegan January and I didn't want to just do a Vegetarian month because they're really personal things to each individual, instead, I'm gonna try my own challenge, I'm gonna talk through some things I'm gonna do this month and then you guys can tailor it to yourselves. The key is, write it down - for some reason, I feel like I have to do it then. I tweeted and lots of you said you were interested so here it is, an August challenge to refresh us all and motivate us. I think it'll keep me motivated, keep me on track and hopefully I'll see some results and mainly, feel confident in my body and mind. See this as your monthly refresh, a mind, body and soul challenge. 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. Now, let's go.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The Best Summer Clothing In Italy, Amalfi Coast

Oh hello Amalfi coast, nice to meet you. I'm so excited to put my first Amalfi post up, I know I haven't got through any of my America posts yet, sorry I've been so slow on them (you can read my how to plan the best USA road trip post if you missed it), but here we are with some shots from this week in Italy to kick things off. It's August, it's still Summer holiday season and it's also festival season. I wanted to show you two key pieces from my current Summer wardrobe because I think you are gonna fall in love as much as I have. Perfect for day dates, dinner, the beach or even festivals. What a better place to show these dresses than on the Amalfi Coast? ASOS, you're winning with clothes at the moment, this was only my 10th order this month...

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

The Top Body Oils, After Suns And Sun Creams For Summer




Hello hello hello! Happy August, where did you come from? I thought I’d grab the products I’m currently loving for holidays and put them in one blog post. For me, I feel like I take better care of my skin when I’m on holiday, I nourish it with oils and lather on the SPF so I really wanted to show you what I’ve been using today. Here are my top holiday essentials when it comes to suncream, after suns and oils! I don't think I've ever talked about them in one big blog post before! 

My Monthly Loves:

AUTUMN OUTFIT IDEAS:
OCCASION DRESS IDEAS: