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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

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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

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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

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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. 

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