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Thursday, 31 May 2018

Dressing Confidently + Comfortably This Summer - 2 Summer Must Haves

backless stripe jumpsuit
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?

white popper trousers
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

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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

los ángeles rooftop yoga
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 / ad affiliate - photos edited using Ems Presets Instagram filters

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. 

Tuesday, 1 May 2018


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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? 


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