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Sunday, 31 December 2017

How To Avoid Getting Run Down Over Winter

topshop red blazerShop the blazer dress online here before it sells out again (two in one, it acts as a coat and a dress) / Hair colour & cut by Sassoon and blow dry by Show Beauty in Nottinghill. 

As most of you will know if you’ve ever read the health and fitness section of my blog, I’m a lover of all things balanced, things in moderation and eating well and moving more. I am not, ever, someone who condones deprivation, diets in any form or calorie counting. I get that some things work for different people, but I’m all about balance and moderation. One thing I’m not too good at, and vow to be better at in 2018, is keeping a routine and looking after my health in other ways, e.g., my immune system and my wellbeing. Today’s blog post is all about gut health and the immune system as it’s the time of the year where partying late, having no sleep and drinking a little too much can take it’s toll. Now, I’m NEVER going to be here to make you feel guilty for enjoying your wine, cheese or life, so instead, I thought I’d do a little list of ways you can be kinder to your immune system this winter and still enjoy the festivities so you don’t crash and burn by the time January comes around! This is in partnership with Bimuno.

Saturday, 30 December 2017

10 Ways To Make 2018 Your Best Year Yet

FAUX SHEARLING BIKER JACKET topshopShop the jacket here / sale version here 

Hello hello guys! So today I wanted to write a positive blog post all about my top tips to make 2018 your best year yet. Obviously there are many external factors in life, things we just can’t do anything about and sadly, things we can’t change. However, in life, there are also some things you can change and some things we can do things about so I thought I’d write a blog post with some ways I personally think you can make 2018 your best year yet whether it’s in the workplace, in the gym or just in life itself. Let’s do this.

Friday, 29 December 2017

New Years Eve Beauty Products With Armani


Photos taken at The Bells Luxury Apartments /

New Years eve is a funny one isn't it? Knowing whether to go in or out, knowing whether to dress up or down. Then, deciding what to wear. Whether it's a date night out, a date night in or, a night out with your ladies... my favourite thing about New Years is feeling confident and pampered, for myself. For me, as a beauty lover, it's all about the preparation. Getting out of a steamy shower, a fresh blow dry and then, getting cosy in my dressing gown to apply my favourite make up. Just give me any excuse to have a pamper, even if it's for a date night in. People always assume that we apply make up to impress people but actually, I apply make up because it makes me feel incredible. Let's talk about the best Armani products for a New Years eve pamper. This is in partnership with Armani.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Christmas Shopping At Monks Cross

monks cross york
Shop the coat here and similar here and here  / lipstick

I'm a shopaholic, as a few people have pointed out that watch my hauls, I spend an 'obscene' (not my words) amount (or at least, show an obscene amount) of clothes on my channel, oops. I guess fashion has always been my passion, without meaning to rhyme and we can all spend our money on whatever we'd like to. Some people collect stamps, some people collect vintage disks but I, well, collect clothes. What people don't see though, is the behind the scenes, eg, me giving bags away to charity every month and therefore, I see it as 'recycling' the clothes for better use. There are, of course, many items which end up being key items in my wardrobe for years and years, but some others are just trend pieces. Now we've cleared that up, let's talk about some Christmas shopping. If you watched my recent Topshop haul, you'll probably remember me saying how weird it was to actually step foot into shops recently, rather than do my shopping online. It was definitely therapeutic and actually, felt great to touch things in store. I've never been a lover of trying stuff on and much prefer to go home and do it, but, Monks Cross invited me to take part in a shopping challenge and seen as I'm home from London for Christmas and it's just down the road, I couldn't say no. Let's see what I picked up. Warning: The coat addiction goes even further.  This is in partnership with Monks Cross. 

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

The Best Christmas Boxing Day Sales



Shop the here / shop the textured coat

Merry Christmas! I hope you all had and are continuing to have a wonderful festive season! Obviously, all the best sales happen today so I thought I'd put a blog post up with a round up of all the best Christmas and boxing day sales if you wanted to shop online today including some of my favourite clothes this year which are now heavily reduced! I mean, the shops will be so busy so you'll find me in my pajamas with a glass of something sparkly, shopping online. Mum and I used to rush out every year on boxing day as a bit of a tradition but this year, we'll be doing it in pajamas. P.S, I'll be updating all day so keep an eye out as I add my top picks. Enjoy!

Sunday, 24 December 2017

How I Balance My Relationships And Friendships

Conrad Maldives underwater restaurant

When was the last time you were genuinely engaged in what someone was saying to you? Do you make time for your loved ones? Do you make time for your friends? How do you keep your relationship alive? We live in an always-switched-on world, I struggle to sleep because I’ll be so busy on my phone or laptop, I’m busy on my phone so forget to be present in the moment sometimes. Today, I want to give my top tips for balance in relationships. This is in partnership with Yushoi. 

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Important Lessons I Have Learnt This Year. 23 Things I've Learnt At 23

Topshop Velvet Blazer Dress
Shop the blazer dress online here before it sells out again (two in one, it acts as a coat and a dress) / Hair colour & cut by Sassoon and blow dry by Show Beauty in Nottinghill. 

It's here, my birthday week. On Friday 22nd December it's officially my birthday. I always get kinda sad for a second on my birthday as I get scared that I'm getting old but then I remember what my Grandad always told me, it's a blessing to grow old. Also, age is just a number. My Mum is 53 and is the most youthful person ever. My Grandad is 85 and banters me as if he's 21 again. Growing old is good, it means your body is working and you're healthy. So, cheers to growing old (disgracefully). I'm joking though about 'feeling old', I'm only a baby (in my eyes anyway still). I've learnt a lot this year, in fact, I feel like this last year has probably been the biggest year of learning for me. So, to welcome in my birthday this Friday, I thought I'd write a blog post about the important lessons I've learnt this year. If you like this, please do share it as I see it as a little bit of a 'life manual' for us all. Here are 23 things in 23 years. 

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Christmas Party Essentials & Me Time This Christmas

another hotels the lake district
Ah another festive post from me (are you up to date with my Christmas gifting posts?!), so today I wanted to write a blog post all about Christmas party essentials and I guess, my ways of having me-time throughout the crazy month of December. Christmas is my favourite time of the year, mainly because it’s full of all the festivities, good food, good wine and my family are all together. It's not about what's under the tree it's about who's around it. It comes around incredibly quick though and I can’t believe we are already in December. It's my birthday on the 22nd so I don't really get into crazy Christmas mode until the 23rd! Birthday first then Christmas. Today I wanted to talk you through a few Christmas essentials because well, it is the most wonderful time of the year and it's just round the corner, so let’s do this.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Winter Party Outfit Ideas


black leather military jacketI'm a sucker for a nice winter outfit and on this blog post, I've got two to show you. If you've watched any of my haul videos, you'll know I get a little overly excited when it comes to winter clothes. Overly excited? More like borderline obsessed. No-one needs as many coats/jackets/fluffy things but hey, life is for living and fashion? That's how I get my kicks. Do you know what I also love though? Clothes that don't cost the earth, but look expensive. I guess that's why I'm excited to show you these pieces, a 4 key pieces to take you through winter and keep you looking fierce. Read on.

Monday, 18 December 2017

Pre-Christmas Wellbeing Tips


If you’ve read any of my recent fitness blog posts you’ll know that over the last few months I’ve really been focusing on fitness from a wellbeing point of view. I’ve always adored working out, it truly is my passion but many of us work so hard in the gym and forget to exercise for our minds too. Something I’ve been taking a lot more time for this year is yoga. It's something I used to do every day when I lived in Canada. It’s something that does take time but makes you feel incredible. Recently, I just haven’t had much time and haven't been feeling well (I've actually had to take quite some time out of exercising) so I’ve been practicing at home when I can’t get to my gym. Today I want to talk to you about some important wellbeing practices you can do anywhere and an easy tool for yoga and stretching at home.

Sunday, 17 December 2017

A White Christmas; Styling A White Coat And Monochrome Outfit

faux fur pom pom hatI'd be lying if I said I wasn't dreaming of a white Christmas. I don't think I even remember having a white Christmas, ever. I used to live in Canada so we had snow all the time but in the UK, not so much. I'm probably one of the few people who love it when it snows, as cold as it makes me, it also makes me feel all fuzzy, cosy and festive. Today I'm styling up a monochrome outfit, something that totally reminded me of a white Christmas, with it's simple and smart all black base for a sleek yet comfortable look and then a white coat over the top for extra coziness and smartness. Look out for the 'shop' feature on this blog post too for similar items too. I hope you'll enjoy this winter style post. This is in partnership with Topshop. 

Friday, 15 December 2017

Holding Onto Summer

beauty flatlay
Summer *may* be over in the UK, but that doesn’t mean we have to let go of the summer feeling just yet. For those of you heading away for some winter sun, or if you’re in a country where the summer fun is just about to begin (I’m looking at you Aussies, so jealous), this post will give my final tips of the season for how to keep summer in your life! Let’s go! This is in partnership with Yoomoo.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Giving Back This Christmas - A Personal Post


Shop the look: Jumper and similar here / scarf

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

rudding park rooftop spa
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

Christmas gift ideas
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

smoothie photos
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! This is in partnership with Love Fresh Herbs.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

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

beauty highlighters flatlay
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

ted baker Christmas sets
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. This is in partnership with Ted Baker.

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