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Monday, 16 July 2018

Miami Beach Travel Diary + Nobu Hotel Miami

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I've been fortunate enough to visit Miami a few times now and I feel so happy every time I get to go back, not only because Miami is an amazing place, but also because one of my friends lives there and it's a pleasure to catch up with him too. I am fortunate enough to have friends dotted around in different places in the world meaning they can always give me the best tours of new places. If you're a long time EmTalks reader, you'll know I've already written up a Miami travel guide so if you are looking for a what to do in Miami style post, you need to read that first! Once again, I had such an epic time in Miami and thought it would only be right to do a little photo diary and talk to you about this trip. 

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Top Summer Beauty Favourites

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With every different season comes new beauty products, and I’m the girl who’s a sucker for seasonal products. I throw myself into Winter, Spring and Summer and I think, as a beauty lover, I get excited to see which new trends are coming through. Today I wanted to talk to you about a few of my current favourite skincare and beauty products for summer. Get cosy and let’s see which products have won me over this month.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Top Golden Beauty Products

When I see the sunshine creeping in, I instantly get excited for my make up bag. Anyone who knows me knows I adore glowing, bronzed beauty. If you’ve read any of my recent blog posts about the top highlighters and top glowing beauty products, you’ll know I’m invested in anything that’s gonna make my skin glow like a goddess. Think what you wish about Kim Kardashian, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: her make up look is perfect. I love how dewy, flawless and glowing her make up is and I’m always trying to achieve a similar look to Kim. On todays blog post, let’s look at the top golden beauty products (oh and if like me, you want to recreate a Kim Kardashian make up look) these might just be the products for you. Whether it’s Kim Kardashian or just a glowing, bronzed goodness, this blog post is for you.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Top Pillars For Wellbeing

leesa sleep bed
Today I thought I'd write a blog post about my top kind of 'pillars for health' and why I'm trying to do them more to benefit my wellbeing. Funnily enough, I sit writing this post at 1am. Not a good start for your wellbeing Em. See that's the thing, like so many of us, I understand the importance of good sleep and exercise but do I take my own advice? Not all the time. Let's discuss.  This is a collaboration with Leesa sleep. 

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Easy Ways I've Made My Life More Adventurous

If you read my 8 ways to bring adventure into every day blog post, you’ll know that I’ve been working in partnership with Say Aloe this summer on an exciting campaign. The challenge? to bring adventure into every day. As much as I’m quite sensible and believe in saving up etc, I’m also a big believer in living for the moment, enjoying whats in front of us and finding the positives in life. We all have bad days, it’s totally normal and we wouldn’t be human without them but, I’m really trying to get better at seeing the positives in life and embracing every single day, after all, every day is a gift (as cliche as that sounds). Today I want to look back at the 8 ways to add adventure to your every day and look at what I’ve done to add some adventure into my day, hopefully, this post will inspire you. This post is in collaboration with Say Aloe. 

Friday, 22 June 2018

Zoella Splash Botanics Beauty Review

Zoella Splash Botanics Beauty Range
Oh hey hey, hope you are well today! If you follow me over on Instagram @emshelx (come say hello!) you may or may not know that I kindly received the new Zoella Splash Botanics range. As soon as Zoella's Jelly + Gelato range came out I just had to review it. I thought today was a good day to write up a little review of Zoe's newest launch, her Splash Botanics range. For me, Zoe's beauty range is so much more than just a beauty range, it's a female-owned business and it started from a young girls bedroom. It's incredibly inspiring.  If you follow me on any form of social media, hopefully, you'll know that I'm all about female power and lifting others up. I think Zoella is a great example of this, she has inspired so many young women to build businesses and she herself supports so many of us in the same industry. Why on earth wouldn't we support each other? I'm SO excited to see people smashing it in life. This week, Zoella Beauty Splash Botanics has launched let's see my thoughts. *SPOILER: LOOK HOW PRETTY IT IS.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

How To Bring Your Travels Home - Desenio Prints

Desenio prints

I'm the girl who falls in love with anywhere I visit. It's become a bit of a problem over the last few years because I'm constantly wanting to go back to my second home(s). I feel like when travelling, so many places become my 'happy place' and I want to remember them. Lucky for me, I've found a way to keep the memories alive in the comfort of my own home. Don't get me wrong, as much as I love to travel, home is my happy place and there truly is no place like it, I just enjoy seeing the world too. Let's talk about bringing your travels home. This is in collaboration with Desenio. 

Sunday, 17 June 2018

5 Top Money Saving Tips - How I Saved Money To Buy A House

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Money can be quite a taboo subject but it’s definitely a topic that can cause us a great deal of stress and anxiety. As a freelancer, I don’t have a guaranteed income every single month so I often find myself running myself into the ground workload wise. I also find I’ve had to be really strict with my savings, just in case *touch wood* I don’t bring in an income one month. I totally understand why so many people worry about where their next pay cheque is coming from - 2018 has been the year of people working for themselves, going freelance, job hunting and I’m seeing so many redundancies happening to people too. I watch my boyfriend, a graduate with a Masters and 2:1 in civil engineering from a red brick University struggle to get a job and now, I totally understand how hard it is for people fighting to get their foot in the door. Let's talk money saving tips and more. This is a collaboration with HSBC. 

Friday, 15 June 2018

L’Oreal Glow Range Review: L’oreal Bonjour Nude, Life’s A Peach, Back To Bronze + La Vie En Glow Review

L’Oreal Glow Range Review

It’s been a while since I did a proper brand round-up and today couldn’t resist rounding up some new bits from L’Oreal. I’m absolutely in love with makeup and skincare and it’s not often I see a WHOLE range that I just need in my life. I first noticed someone using this range on their Instagram stories (yup, influencer marketing definitely does work) and have been patiently wanting to get my hands on it since. Let’s take a look at a few of my new favourite products for Summer from L’Oreal, they’re taking the beauty world by storm at the moment with their beautiful  new releases.

Monday, 11 June 2018


healthy fig cookies

Like most people I’m always super busy juggling life which can sometimes make preparing healthy meals a challenge. I’m always on the go and always hungry (queen of hanger) I’m a real snacker and I’m always trying different things to make in abundance that I can snack on secure in the knowledge that what I am putting into my mouth both satisfies my appetite and is good for me. Here’s one thing I found ticks all the boxes recently (nb I’m not a fan of measuring as you will see) but this is quick, easy to make and it's good for you too. Sign me up for a lifetime supply.

Saturday, 9 June 2018

7 Of The Best Grooming / Beauty Products To Use After Working Out

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Shop my gym kit - leggings online here / top online here / shot at Loews Hollywood hotel / Yes, sorry my feet were cut hence the plasters, no photoshop here. 

Hey guys hope you are so well. I recently wrote up my updated gym routine blog post but what about caring for your body after sweating in the gym? Today I thought it was time to talk about a few products I’m loving post-gym/exercise. I absolutely love a post-gym pamper but have never really talked about the things I use, or, haven't discussed this for quite some time over on the little old blog. Since January, I’ve been averaging 3-4 workouts per week and don’t ask me how because life has been hectic but you know what? I'm proud of myself and I feel great for it. Read my post about staying motivated at the gym for more on that. The hardest part about working out? Getting there in the first place. I’ve found I’m having to cram my workouts in, doing many days in a row which I don’t really like doing because rest is SO important and it means I haven’t been having many rest days. Here are some of the things that make it into my post workout grooming routine and make workouts/muscle soreness that little bit easier... This post is in collaboration with Femfresh, a brand I have been buying for years!

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

8 Ways To Bring Adventure Into Every Day

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Hello hello, hope you guys are well today! I'm sure you've already seen this gorgeous dress on my Instagram @emshelx and I couldn't resist a cheeky little blog photoshoot with it either. If you read my Em’s challenge blog post last year or my 8 ways to energise yourself post earlier this year you’ll probably know that I’m always up for challenging myself, energising my life and I'm all about those positive vibes. Life can be well, let's face it, a pretty tough, negative place and as cliche as it sounds, I truly believe every single day is a gift. I feel lucky to wake up breathing and healthy every day and I think that's why I love this blog post so much, it's all about embracing life and making fun out of even the mundane. Today, I bring you this blog post in partnership with Say Aloe (a drink I'm very familiar with and have been picking up from my local Morrisons for some time now), I’m going to talk about how to bring adventure into every day, in the hopes that it inspires you too. I find we can get stuck in our routines and life can quickly pass us by, so I'm gonna talk about 8 ways to bring adventure into everyday life. I'm going to introduce these positive tips into my life and let's see if they enhance my wellbeing and to give me a lift. After all, can stepping out of our comfort zone really be a bad thing? Who doesn't want adventure every day? Come along for the ride with me and join the challenge!

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Confidence Wobbles, Judgement, Happiness + Comparison

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Today I wanted to talk about confidence. It's something I talk about quite a lot over here on my lil space on the internet, the place I call home but it's a recurring theme because it's such an important one. I usually talk about confidence from a physical sense, a blow dry and a spray tan instantly makes me feel like a queen but today, it's a different kinda confidence. As social media gets more and more prominent (let's be honest, it's a huge part of all of our lives), the question used to be: 'are magazines damaging to young people' and has changed to 'is social media damaging to young people?' We all have those moments where we don't feel our most confident and I genuinely feel as if we are our own worst critics. It's something I talk about on Instagram quite a lot. Today I want to talk through my confidence struggles, not just in how you look or body confidence but how you feel too. Yes, I can have a blow dry and it boosts my confidence by 110% but what about walking into events alone? Feeling nervous and petrified. What about social media stalking the new girl your ex is with and feeling like you want the ground to swallow you up? These are all conversations I've had with friends recently and this needs discussing. 

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Dressing Confidently + Comfortably This Summer - 2 Summer Must Haves

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I was about to say ‘summer outfits are my favourite’ but then I remembered, I love autumn, spring and winter fashion too. Uh oh. I’ve always been someone who’s fully embraced every season (I can be the Easter bunny, a Christmas fairy or a summer holiday, just ask) but I have to say, this summer is probably one of the best wardrobe-wise when it comes to what's available on the high street. If you watch any of my videos you'll know I’ve bought some versatile essentials and, to be honest, that’s what I’m about, rather than pieces I will only wear once. I know bloggers get a lot of stick for doing too many hauls and that's why I try to ensure I only keep things I'm gonna wear over and over again. Okay, so we’re not actually officially in summer yet, but my wardrobe certainly is. Today I want to show you two of my current summer must-haves in collaboration with Stradivarius; versatile, day to night outfits that are easy and light to pack into your hand luggage or suitcase. Let’s brighten up the weather with some summer clothes…

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Suffering From Burn Out? Working Hard Enough?

topshop horn button dress
Dress online here

Burn out is very real. Maybe you're doing too much at work, too much at the gym or, too much with your mind. I'm the worst when it comes to burning out, I run myself into the ground and then still think I need to go the gym?! Em, nothing is gonna happen if you miss a day of the gym or even a week. I know I have a 6am train but I still stay up working until 3am. I know nothing bad is going to happen if I just close my laptop and live my life but I still keep it wide open, tapping away. The worst part? I know I'm not the only one. I guess reading things like 'work hard in silence, let success be your noise' and I'll never forget reading someones Instagram that said 'whilst everyone else sleeps, we work', some days, these quotes can be motivating but others? They have the power to make you feel guilty for living and enjoying your life. They make me panic as if I'm not working hard enough. I think we live in such a work-obsessed world nowadays and I am guilty of this. Whilst this may sound like someone being a workaholic (I am), being a workaholic or gymaholic can lead to burn out which is basically exhaustion beyond belief. Today I want to talk about burn out and how to tackle it/ensure you don't end up burning out.  

Monday, 21 May 2018

You Are Good Enough - Smashing Your Goals

Sadly we live in a world full of people who are quick to shoot others down or pick at anything they can. You only have to check Twitter for ten seconds to see this in action. I touched on this briefly with my experiences on a blog post about online hate.  The Royal Wedding was beautiful, it made my heart hurt and I'm still not over it but one look on social media and people still had something bad to say about such lovely occasion. I feel like the social media space has opened us up to both overwhelming amounts of love and, overwhelming amounts of hate, bitterness and general nastiness. The nastiness will be over anything or anyone. Today I wanted to write a blog post all about being good enough because even if you don’t feel it, you are good enough. I've spent years feeling 'not good enough' and if you're struggling at the moment with maybe the wrong crowd, not feeling good enough, negativity etc, I hope this may help you reach for the stars and smash your goals. 

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Meghan Markle Favourite Beauty Products + Her Wedding Day Make Up + Meghan Markle Wedding Dress Inspiration

Meghan markle favourite make up

The world is going crazy for Meghan Markle today and rightly so. It's the day of the Royal Wedding and personally, I couldn't be more excited. I've loved Meghan Markle's style and make up look for a long time so think today gives me the perfect excuse to talk to you guys about Meghan Markle's favourite beauty products and her wedding make up look. If you want to steal the classy Meghan Markle wedding dress look this might also help too as I've come up with some bardot style dupe dresses, inspired by Meghan Markle's style and I think you're gonna love them. I'm listing all the products Meghan Markle apparently loves and uses when it comes to beauty and skincare too so I hope this will be helpful. Let's talk about the Royal Wedding but mainly, Meghan Markle.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Judging Our Self Worth On Instagram Likes - Validation From Likes On Social Media?

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Shop the top / shop the trousers and similar here / hair by Tatty at Sassoon 

We live in a funny old world, one day Instagram was a random app where I thought it was the best way to get a vintage filter on my pics, (seriously, I was editing photos on there and uploading them for months before I realised other people could see, social media fail). The next minute, I was seeing girls with millions of followers, beautiful bodies and seemingly perfect lives. Now, people have careers because of the app. Instagram has definitely always been a 'highlights reel' and if you read my Is Social Media Dangerous? post, you'll know I understand that. I understand there are always gonna be people in different or seemingly better situations than me and it's taken me a long while to stop comparing myself. I understand in my rational mind (the non-over thinking part of my brain) that Instagram is a place for aesthetically pleasing and seemingly perfect images but I also know that these images probably took 100 takes, with 10 filters and just because someone looks happy on the image, it certainly doesn't mean they're happy in themselves. So, today I want to talk about judging our self-worth on Instagram likes or, social media likes. I'm guilty of it, so many of my friends have become victims of it and this post has been brewing for a long time.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

The Hound Lodge At Goodwood + Schweppes 1783 Tonics

Button Striped Jumpsuit Topshop
Jumpsuit / hair by Tatty at Sassoon 

Last week, I was invited on an adventure with Schweppes and wow, how magical it was. I'm sure most of you know how much I adore country escapes. As much as New York has my heart, I'm a country girl deep down. I was brought up in the countryside so I guess it always feels like home. We were transported to Chichester in utter luxury for a whimsical 24 hours. Come along for the ride. This is in partnership with Schweppes. 

Monday, 14 May 2018

8 Easy Tips To Boost Your Wellbeing

At the start of the year, I got a diary and started ticking off the number of times I work out per week. Why? Well, it keeps me on track and it keeps me motivated. I’ve always loved working out and I know how beneficial it is for my body and mind. As beneficial as this is, we don’t often talk about over-working out or re-centering our bodies and minds. Downtime is actually just as important as uptime and actually proper sleep, proper food and a de-stressed mind should come first. Read more. This is a collaboration with Tropicana. 

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Domestic Abuse - The Signs

topshop stripe jumpsuit

Something I try to talk about on my social channels is charities close to my heart. If you read any of my charity blog posts at Christmas, you’ll know that chronic illness, domestic abuse, and mental health are subjects that are incredibly close to my heart. Where charities are concerned, I think the key is to support and use your voice to talk about things close to your heart. Whilst I can't save the world, at least I can put my passion into something close to me. Something I felt compelled to talk about today is domestic abuse. It’s a tough topic but something incredibly close to my heart and it’s worthy of all the conversations surrounding it. If you follow me on Twitter you’ll probably know I support Behind Closed Doors, an incredible local charity offering support to victims of domestic abuse. Recently, I was sat in a coffee shop and overheard a heartbreaking story of domestic abuse. I felt compelled to write this blog post in the hopes that it will help someone. Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, your Mum, you, your sister, your brother, your best friend, a collegue, your grandad. It's a universal issue, it's an issue I want to talk about even more in the future. Please do share if you think this will help someone. 

Thursday, 10 May 2018

8 Ways To Energise Your Life

twinings energise tea

This is the last post of the #HereForYou series I’ve been working on with Twinings. So far I’ve spoken to my Nanna about how she makes me glow and chatted to my Mum over a cup of Superblends defence tea. For this final one, I’ve put on my yoga kit and am hanging out with Gab – someone who always energises me! We all lead incredibly busy lives and I'm often the friend who feels guilty for not seeing the people I love as much as I'd like to, thank the lord for Facetime and iMessage. If you read my blog post about how to balance work and relationships, you'll know that I do think face to face contact is really important with friends to show them that you are there for them. So often we forget to stop, put our phones down and enjoy the company of a close friend. Whether you see someone every day or every 6 months, it's the times you do see each other that count. That's why I've been making sure to surround myself with a handful of people I can genuinely trust, people that will be there for me through thick and thin. We energise, ignite and support each other. It's important to surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you. It only made sense then, in today’s post to talk about one special lady in particular who's here for me through the good, the bad and the ugly. She energises me which fits nicely into this post as it is all about energy and the new Twinings Superblends Energise tea. So, come grab a cuppa and let's talk about our top tips for energising your life, your workouts and more. Gab is here for me and now we can share those tips with you! This is in partnership with Twinings. 

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Updated Gym Routine + Circuit Training Ideas

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Shop my gym kit - leggings online here / top online here / shot at Loews Hollywood hotel / 

Hello hello! Today, I thought it was about time I talked to you about my updated gym routine and no, sadly it doesn’t always include working out on the top of a helipad in Los Angeles (I wish - read my Instagram guide to Los Angeles if you missed that though). One of the questions I get asked quite frequently on Instagram and Twitter is ‘what do you do at the gym’ so I thought I’d write down an update of what I’ve actually been doing. If you follow me on the gram (@emshelx) check out #EmsBootcamp because I regularly upload fitness videos there and also on my YouTube I have a whole fitness section with workout videos. If you’ve read any of my health and fitness posts you’ll know I majorly struggle to get into a routine as I’m here, there and everywhere. I truly feel my best when I’m in a good routine with my exercise but that can’t always be the case for many of us. My biggest tip? Try and make working out part of your routine and lifestyle, so it feels weird not working out, for example, if you don't have a gym - work out in your hotel room, if you're stuck in meetings - walk between them rather than getting a tube! I'm slowly getting better at finding alternatives when I don't have a gym near me or quite frankly, the time to workout! Let’s look at my updated gym routine today and I'll answer some frequently asked questions too! 

Side note: crazily EmTalks has been shortlisted as 'blogger of the year' in the Blogosphere blog awards, I would love it if you could take a second and vote for me here, thank you so much! 

Sunday, 6 May 2018


helipad at Loews hollywood
Similar dresses online here / 

Hello hello! Today I wanted to write up a little guide to visiting LA, but, in true millennial style, I thought I'd write up my guide whilst featuring the top Instagram worthy hot spots in LA. I'm gonna be totally honest with you and say, the first time I visited LA (read about my huge West Coast Roadtrip with route tips and plans if you missed it), I hated it. I got really bad vibes and just felt as if it was soulless and well, not for me. It was never on my list to re-visit but, you know what they say, you have to give things a second chance. I didn't think it would happen but on the way to a blogging bootcamp in Dallas we ended up staying in LA for a week. I'm well and truly converted now and finally get the 'LA hype'. I had the best trip to LA the second time around. I really do just think it's about knowing where you're going and having a good plan. I think having quite a lot of time in LA is good too, on our first trip, we were so rushed and this time around we had a solid week to properly get to grips with the city.  I prefer to write city guides when I've really got to grips with a place and I'm finally getting there with LA. Now the rambling is over, sit down, get cosy and come to Los Angeles with me as I talk you through the Instagram hot spots and my favourite places in LA. 

Side note: crazily Emtalks has been shortlisted as 'blogger of the year' in the Blogosphere blog awards, I would love it if you could take a second and vote for me here, thank you so much! 

Tuesday, 1 May 2018


laptop on bed

Hello hello! As most of you will know if you read my 12 things I learnt at the RewardStyle blogging conference post (I haven't stopped talking about it, sorry!), I recently attended an amazing conference about blogging, influencer marketing, building your own brand and more. It was incredibly inspiring, motivating and I learnt so much in one weekend. It was like being back at University, although, lectures I actually wanted to attend and never graduate from. My head was literally bursting with new things and I had to make notes so I could report back. I really do believe that caring is sharing and I want us all to grow together, blowing someone else's candle out certainly won't make yours any brighter. I'm a strong believer in lifting each other up and working together. I was so glad so many of you read my notes from the blogging conferenceI went to an SEO lecture at the conference too so I thought it would be nice to share some easy SEO tips with you today to help you get more traffic to your website or blog. If you're new to blogging, start by reading my how to be an Instagrammer/blogger/start a blog post first then move onto this one. Here are some easy SEO tips that will help make your blog traffic higher. After all, blogs are still king, with algorithms being in control of our reach nowadays on most social platforms, it seems blogs are the only things we actually *own* and can control, without a social channel capping our reach, so I'd highly recommend continuing yours. Nurture your blog.  Get your notepad ready as I answer the question; how do I increase traffic to my website or blog? 

Friday, 27 April 2018

Easy, Healthy Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

I love Spring for so many reasons, cliche blogger blossom trees (no but seriously, they're beautiful), daffodils and tulips, new season’s fashion, lighter nights...I could go on.  Another thing I love is when I see the sunshine because I know it’s time for ice cream.  I'm sure you know I'm all about balance, in everything I do and whilst I don't mind having sugar here and there, I'm always looking for refined sugar-free alternatives so I can snack away. Hopefully, you've seen my healthy cookie recipe and my healthy pancakes recipe but what about ice cream? Real dairy ice cream is yummy and I will always treat myself in moderation but as a staple through the week to satisfy my craving for this wonderful food I make my own. I also know so many people can't drink dairy so this is a great alternative if you're craving some creamy ice cream. It’s as simple and healthy as making a smoothie and means you get to eat all your fruit in the form of a yummy ‘ice cream’ sundae. Trust me, this is probably the easiest recipe you will ever make... 

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Top Social Media, Brand Building And Influencer Tips: 12 Things I Learnt At The Reward Style Blogging Conference

I'm currently sat in a Scandi themed apartment in Dallas, feeling incredibly inspired. Life can be negative and I do find we live in a world full of people who would rather pull us down than lift us up. This weekend was different though. This weekend I spent three days at a ‘blogging boot camp’ let’s call it, with some global leaders in the world of influencer marketing, blogging and more. I wandered around a hotel where women empowered each other every single day rather than ripping each other to shreds. It's something I'd like to see more of and sadly, isn't something I'm used to. I sat in talks with some of the top global full-time bloggers and Instagrammers, as well as savvy business owners. I got all the top tips from industry experts and insiders and my brain is bursting with ideas and positivity. If you follow me on instagram @emshelx you’ll have probably seen some behind the scenes from my weekend at RSTheCon and I also tweeted out (@emshelx) some top tips I learnt. I'm fortunate to receive many emails on a weekly basis from people asking for blogging tips and tricks, because of this, I wrote a huge blog post with my top how to be a blogger / social media influencer tips. I thought it would be a good idea to write down 12 of the most important things I've taken away from the Reward Style blogging conference in the hopes that it helps you, if you are either a business owner, a freelancer or someone who wants to be a blogger/influencer or even if you just work in social media. I'm using the word influencer in this article but I know some prefer content creator, blogger, etc. But for ease, stick with me haha. A lot of this isn't just influencer specific, you can really take these tips on board for all lines of work. Disclaimer: this isn't me saying there is a wrong or a right way to run a business/build your brand/be a blogger/influencer but you may be able to take something incredible away from it, like I did. Get cosy, get your notepad out, it's time to get inspired. Here are 12 things I learnt from the Like To Know It influencer conference. 

Thursday, 19 April 2018

An Interview With My Mum

yellow afternoon teaI was super excited when Twinings asked me to partner with them on their #HereForYou campaign and to celebrate three different heroes in my life. It got me thinking, have you ever heard the phrase 'your smile could make someone’s day'? Well, it's something that's always stuck with me. Whether it's smiling at the bus driver, smiling at the man handing you a flyer or smiling and saying hello to the elderly man down the street. A little bit of kindness and love goes a long way. You never know what someone is going through. Just like a smile can go a long way, supporting someone can go a long way too. There are so many ways you can be there for someone, whether it's by physically standing by their side, or, even if you can't physically be there, dropping someone a text, liking their photo. It can make all the difference to a bad day, knowing that you have someone who is always there for you. We tend to focus on the negatives but our lives are so busy and often the good eggs and supportive people only get a fraction of the recognition they truly deserve. I always try and remember to say thank you to the people who are here for me (whether it's with a big old smile, saying thanks or sometimes even a gift) so that they know how much I value them. I was super excited when Twinings asked me to partner with them to celebrate three different heroes in my life. Last time I caught up with my nana who I someone who always makes me glow. The second of which is my Mum.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

The Best Skincare + Beauty Products for Travel + Holidays

The Best Skincare + Beauty Products for Travel + Holidays
Hello hello! I’ve done so many blog posts about in-flight skincare but what about when you arrive at your destination? In an ideal world, I’d take my whole bathroom with me (hello Em the skincare lover) but that’s just not what I can do. I have to hold my hands up and say, I’m not a hand luggage kinda girl. I really try to use minis wherever I can but when the option is available and I can take a suitcase, I’ll jump at the chance. I’m writing this on a plane, my skin is feeling epic after a La Mer facial at World Duty Free and it got me thinking about epic hydrating and post-flight products to pack in your case. Let’s chat and see what’s new in the world of hydrating beauty products.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Styling Tips For A Wedding Guest - What To Wear To A Wedding

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If you've ever stopped by the occasionwear ideas section of my blog you'll know that I'm forever on the hunt for new occasionwear outfit ideas to add to my wishlist. I'm lucky to receive so many requests on a daily basis asking for ideas of what to wear to weddings, parties, the races, and other events. I'm honored that you guys trust me. I honestly think choosing what to wear as a guest to an event is the hardest thing, particularly if the theme is smart casual. Give me casual or give me smart but smart casual just confuses the life out of me. I'll never forget the struggle I had finding something to wear when I went to my first ever wedding. So, today I thought I'd write down my top tips for what to wear as a wedding guest this season. If you're struggling for what to wear as a wedding guest, this post is for you. Just make sure you continue to check the occasionwear ideas section of my blog for constant new additions as stock levels change and I add new stuff every other day. Let's go. This is in partnership with House Of Fraser.

Friday, 6 April 2018

Life Tips From My Grandma

Hello hello! Today, it's an exciting one. I've partnered with Twinings this year to catch up with three of my nearest and dearest over a cup of tea and chat to them about how they are here for me. Let's be honest, nothing is better than some time with your nearest and dearest and a cup of tea just makes that even better. My Nanna has always been the queen of beauty and the advice she gives has always been the best, not only with beauty. It was only right then that I conducted the first of my chats with my Nanna over a cup of Twinings Glow tea about confidence, beauty and glowing from the inside and out. Come and meet the lady I blame for my love of beauty, my Nanna.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Self Confidence Tips + Self Love

Hello hello, how are you all? So today, I thought I'd write up a blog post all about self-confidence and self-love. I know it's something I talk about quite a lot but I wanted to tackle it even more today because it's so important. Self-love is something I feel really strongly about, having had my confidence shattered one too many times, I think it's so important to remind both men and women about the importance of self-love. Read on for a few ways I boost my confidence and self-love. This is in partnership with Wilkinson Sword. 

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Easter Guilt? Diet Culture - My Healthy Living Tips

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Shop the look: Gucci belt / Jeans / Polka Top / Coat 

Happy Easter and happy start of April! Whether you read this post on Easter Sunday or in the weeks afterward, it's still very relevant. I've been pretty alarmed this week to see so many articles about how many calories are in Easter eggs, how many burpees it takes to burn your Easter egg off (yeh, seriously) and oh just how damaging that Creme Egg is for you... I'd love to say I'm shocked but I'm not, these are typical scare/clickbait tactics from damaging news corps and it has to stop. It's damaging. It's dangerous and we already live in a world where we are anxious over health and many of us, have bad confidence days. Let's be honest, it isn't going to stop because people seem to get a kick when it comes to preying on the vulnerable and making people feel guilty for enjoying their lives. Today I'm gonna give my thoughts on this so let's talk about Easter guilt and why we need to banish it. Let's look at my healthy living tips to live by too. 

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

The Best Fake Tans - Top Tanning Products

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As warmer weather approaches, I thought it was about time I wrote an updated guide to my current favourite fake tans. See this as your guide to the best fake tans available at the moment. Fake tan has come a long way in recent years, no longer is it ‘fake’ but actually, the fake tanning industry seems to have gone more natural, more effortlessly bronzed and luckily, we have waved goodbye to smelly biscuit tans and tans that ruin our bedsheets. With so many epic fake tans on the market that don’t stain our clothes, don’t stain our bedsheets and don’t make us smell like gone off biscuits, well, why would we ever go back? I’ve had my fair few fake tan disasters, from looking like an actual orange to looking dirty, oh and those days when my tan turned green. I’ve pretty much spent my youth trialling fake tans so I feel like I’ve finally nailed down some of the best fake tans. Let’s discuss my current favourites for a glow. If I’m not talking about hair care or skincare, it’ll always be fake tan… 

Friday, 23 March 2018

Kandolhu Maldives - Where To Stay In The Maldives? Full Hotel Review, Luxury Maldives Overwater Villa

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Kandolhu Maldives has a really special place in my heart. I'm just sorry this review has taken me so long to write but I wanted to give it my all. I get asked about the best place to stay in the Maldives on a weekly basis, so as well as the Instagram posts and the videos from my trips, I wanted to do a full blog post review of my stay at Kandolhu Maldives. This was my second time at Kandolhu (read my first review of my stay at Kandolhu here) and I have to tell you, it truly is my happy place. Let's talk about why you need to stay at Kandolhu, Maldives.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Best Beauty Products For Glowy + Highlighted Skin This Spring

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Hello hello, so today I thought I'd write a blog post about my top beauty products for a mega glow this spring - yup, I just used the phrase 'mega glow'... I get so excited every season when I see new beauty products launching, whether it's autumn, spring, summer or winter. I'm on board with all seasons and fully embrace them. I guess that's what happens when you're a beauty lover, you fall for it all. So today I thought it would be good to talk about getting that glow this spring. Let's talk top glow and highlighting products. 

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Easy, Healthy Ginger Fig and Oat Biscuits Recipe

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Hey guys, so after so many of you read my easy, healthy banana bread recipe I thought it was about time I wrote down my healthy biscuits/cookie recipe. You can watch us making the banana bread recipe at 15 mins on my recent vlog here too if you missed it. I have lots more of these healthy recipes coming so just tweet me or drop me a comment/message on Instagram me @emshelx if you want more recipes and definitely tag me in your photos too when you bake them.  I've always loved cake and cookies, basically, give me all the sugar but I'm the kinda girl who will sit and eat a multipack of biscuits followed by a full pack of Oreos after spoon feeding myself Nutella. I have no cut-off point so that's why I try to ensure I always have healthy snacks in the house. If you've read any of my fitness posts you'll know I'm all about balance, so yeah, cookies are okay but everything in moderation. I strongly believe in having healthy stuff ready to grab in my house. I crave sugar more than a normal person should but with these in the house, at least I'm grabbing goodness. So, get ready, come bake some healthy, easy, dairy free (+ vegan-friendly if you leave the honey out) delicious cookies with me. 

Monday, 12 March 2018

The Best Spring Skincare and Bodycare Products

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Oh hello hello, she's back with a new beauty post. Today I wanted to talk about spring skincare, one of the things I'm often asked on my Instagram live streams (emshelx) is about my favourite skincare, it's something I could talk about for hours. I am a complete sucker for skincare, I always have been and I don't think that will ever change. I am constantly on the lookout for new products and I do mix up my skincare quite often, whether it's based on how my skin feels or as a seasonal change, I'm always up for trying new skincare products, the skincare buff inside me loves it. I obviously have hero products that I will forever love (read my top beauty products of 2017 post for those ones). Today I thought it would be nice to talk about a few new in, spring skincare and body care products I'm loving. My skin gets dry, irritated and a little dull with the change from winter to spring, one day it's mild and the next day it's snowing and my skin really reflects the change in weather. I'm all about dewy, radiant and fresh skin so these are the products I'm currently loving for exactly that. 

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Patting Ourselves On The Back, Self-Love

gucci beltJumper / Jeans / Coat / Gucci Belt / Sunglasses 

I've got better at ensuring I'm following positive people who motivate me, inspire me and make scrolling through my social feeds a total joy. I got to a stage where I felt anxious refreshing social media because it can be quite a negative, passive aggressive and indirect place. As an over-thinker, it isn't good for my mind some days. I completely understand that often, social media doesn't portray real life, it's a highlights reel and it's no-one has a perfect, happy life all the time. Therefore, moaning is completely allowed, the odd rant here and there, sometimes we just have a bad day, or, something annoys us. I was once told to 'never be negative on social media' and as much as I'm trying to follow positive people (for my own mind), I do think it's quite damaging to pretend everything is okay all the time, we all struggle and we are all fighting battles people may know nothing about.  It's all about being able to put it into perspective later down the line. When a family friend died, I struggled with this for quite some time. If anyone was moaning or, if I was moaning, I'd break down and feel insane guilt for well, moaning. I'd tell myself 'they'd do anything to be here, in this situation' but I realised that we can't beat ourselves up with guilt. Sometimes, we just have a bad day. No-one is perfect. So yeh, I'm guilty of having a Twitter rant on the odd occasion and so are many others. Today, I thought I'd write a blog post all about why we shouldn't be afraid to pat ourselves on the back and why some self-lovin is very important plus, my tips to embrace self-love. 

Friday, 2 March 2018

How To Be A Blogger: Blogging / Social Media Influencer Tips, Tricks

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So you want to be a blogger? The last time I wrote a ‘blogger tips’ post was years ago... I’m lucky enough to get tens of emails a week asking for blogging tips (thank you guys for trusting me and asking for my tips/guidance) and I usually direct everyone to my older blogging tips blog post, after all, it covers the basics of starting a blog and getting it out there (linked above if you missed it). However, I got a private message on Instagram this week (@emshelx) asking for more of an updated blog post for new bloggers/wannabe bloggers etc. So, I thought, it's only right to actually give you guys more updated advice. I thought I’d write up a blog post with some things I’ve learnt along the way, tips and tricks if you’re a blogger, or want to be a blogger, or if you're interested in how it works and a general chat about what it takes to be a blogger/blogging in general, plus talk about my equipment and more. So you want to be a blogger? Let’s go.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

How To Boost Your Workout

gym shark seamless topTop / Leggings / Jumper Hey guys! So today I thought I’d write a blog post with my tips to boost your workouts this year. I’m sure most of you have something to do with working out as your New Years resolution and I think February is a good time to look back at those resolutions and see how we’re getting on with them. Fitness has always been one of my biggest passions but in 2017 I had a fair few injuries and spent most of my time here, there and everywhere so struggled with my routine. I feel so happy that I’ve basically rested my body, understood the importance of rest days and finally, feel like I’m back in my routine this year (so far, so good). I feel like the spin queen and my mind feels epic for it. Let’s kick this year off to an epic start and talk about the best ways to boost your workouts this year, including keeping your fitness resolutions and motivation on track with the help of Apple Music*. This is in partnership with Apple Music. 

Monday, 26 February 2018

Ways I've Been Growing My Hair, Hair Strength + Spring Hair Products

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may be pretty familiar with my hair journey. It’s certainly been a long one, it's easy to damage the hair but hair growth and hair strength certainly do not happen overnight. If you read about how my hair destroyed my confidence, you’ll know that for so long, I had unhappy hair, an unhappy scalp and hair that just refused to grow. This was all down to me damaging my hair and not treating it properly, usage of extensions and too much bleach. For years now I’ve been trialling new products, going to the best hairdressers (Lee + Louise at Sassoon) and ensuring I’m treating my hair like silk. Years on, I finally feel confident with my hair again, I finally dare to go for blow-dries and actually style it myself too and finally, feel like I’ve got to a point where my hair is growing *a hairdresser told me this week that my hair isn’t damaged which made my day* so please know I only recommend brilliant hair products that work for me. Today I want to talk about some spring hair care and some salon professional products plus give you the low down on things I’ve learnt on this hair growth and hair care journey. See this as a bit of an updated hair growth tips post too.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort Review

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Conrad Maldives is one of those resorts that everyone talks about. It's a really special place. If you say to someone 'I stayed at Conrad Maldives' they gasp and they want to know exactly what it was like because usually, they've heard so much about it. It's certainly one of the most well known Maldivian islands and I was lucky enough to head there back in December. I apologise that this review has taken so long to get live but I had already put my Conrad Maldives travel vlog and so many Instagram's live from my trip. Today though, it's finally here, my review of Conrad Maldives. I feel lucky enough to say I've visited a fair few Maldives resorts now and they're all so different, it means I can draw positives and comparison points from them so I hope you'll find this blog post useful. Grab a cup of tea and let me take you to the magical Maldives... 

Monday, 19 February 2018


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 White boots / Striped jeans / Shaggy coat / High neck top / 

Today I thought I’d write a topic with my tips and tricks if you’re freelance or if you work for yourself. I get an awful lot of emails asking me for blogging tips and tricks and quite a few about starting a business or, working for yourself. I wrote a blog post quite a while back about being a full time blogger, but I thought it would be nice to write down a few tips and tricks for any fellow business owners or freelancers out there.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018


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I’m a little bit of a sucker for Valentines Day, okay, a big sucker for Valentines. Whether you’re celebrating with your dog, your bestie or your partner, I love it. I get that it can be lonely, but I try not to take it too seriously, I use it as an excuse for me time. I’d happily celebrate it by myself, spoon feeding Nutella and then go for a date with Jo Malone in the bath. I know it’s a ‘marketing ploy’ but whatever, I think it can be light-hearted and fun and I fall for all of it, from Valentines chocolates, to Valentines beauty products to Valentines pyjamas (I have even bought Valentines day toast toppers before, yup, I am a marketers dream, I buy myself roses because let's face it, no-one else is gonna buy me them). I use the Valentines period as a chance to love yourself and pamper, I think this is the perfect excuse for me to write about some of my current favourite pamper tips. This doesn't mean just for today either, but I try and do weekly pamper sessions (every Sunday). There are so many little ways you can treat yourself. 

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Pre-Valentines Day Date Night - 11 Cadogan Gardens + The Ivy Chelsea Garden

Boots / Dress / Scarf / Sunglasses - Ray-Ban from WorldDutyFree 

I'm a sucker for Valentine's Day but I'm sure you already know that, I always have been. Just like Easter and Christmas, I like to go all out. I fall for all the balloons, the heart shaped cookies and the funny cards. I'm a sucker for romance and I'm more than happy to have a whole day dedicated to it. Things are pretty hectic at the moment so when invited Matt and I to 'get a room' in time for Valentine's, we were pretty excited, it really is never too late to get a room! We spent our weekend celebrating Valentine's early and what a dream it was. See, that's the thing about Valentines, I like to use it as a reminder to spend valuable time with someone you love, whether it's your girlfriends or your partner or your family. It doesn't have to be extravagant but the gift of time really is the best gift you can give. Let's see what we got up to... This is in partnership with LateRooms. 

Monday, 12 February 2018

4 New Pre-Spring Wardrobe Additions + Benefit BadGAL Bang Mascara Review

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Valentine's day, GALentines day, just-another-day or how about love yourself day? Whatever your stance on Valentine's day, I'm personally a sucker for it (sorry not sorry). I thought I'd put a few Spring items together to create a daytime Valentine's day look in the hope it inspires you. I'm all about day dates, whether it's with the girls for brunch, my Mumma or my boyfriend and I'm also a little obsessed with Spring, so I'm slowly filtering new bits into my wardrobe. I hope you love these pieces as much as I do and maybe they'll give you some outfit inspo this Valentines. 

Friday, 9 February 2018

Top Productivity Tips + To Do List Tips

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Hey guys, hope you are so well. You may remember reading my recent blog post about my non-work to do list, featuring things I like to do during the week to ensure I can tackle my work the best way and be healthy, productive and less stressed throughout the week, basically my way to make sure my week kicks off the best way possible.  I’m collaborating with Virgin Trains on the East Coast this month to bring you some top tips to tackle your to do list. I feel like I’ve got pretty good at working for myself, motivating myself and smashing through my to do list so today I wanted to give you my top tips for being productive and how to really power through that to do list in the most efficient way possible. Let's power through out to do lists together.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

My Healthy Fajita Recipe

If you've been following for quite some time you'll know that I love fajitas, they're easy to make, delicious and healthy too. I recently wrote up my healthy banana bread recipe and after such a great response (plus, so many of you sending me photos on Instagram, thank you!) I thought it was about time I started writing up some more healthy, easy recipes, as well as my usual beauty, travel and fashion content. As you guys know, I'm massively into my fitness and a big part of that is my love for nutrition. If you've read any of my fitness posts, you'll know that I believe in balance and moderation.  So, here we have it, my easy to make, yummy fajita recipe. 

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