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Wednesday, 25 December 2019

The Best Christmas Boxing Day Sales + Deals - List Of Best Boxing Day Sales

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I WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS, first and foremost! I hope you have all had/are having a wonderful festive period and are spending it with those you love the most. We all know that Boxing Day is the best day of the year (it's another Black Friday all over again) for sales shopping so with a very full and happy tummy, here is my huge list of all the best Christmas Boxing Day sales. It's going live today (I've scheduled this, don't worry but I am actually currently on the Selfridges site because THEIR SALE HAS ALREADY GONE LIVE ON Christmas Day?!) because most of the deals drop on Christmas Day and continue right until New Years, crazy, I know. I've always been that person who goes to the shops on Boxing Day to get some bargains with my Mum, we'd stand outside for hours waiting (consumers dream I know) but now? I do most of it online (in my pyjamas) with Cheeselets in one hand, a mince pie in the other and a glass of mulled wine on my lap. Get Love Actually on in the background, your best Christmas pyjamas on, I've done the groundwork so you don't have to. I've included some of my favourite picks in the sales this year as well as one list with ALL the best Christmas and Boxing Day sales to make things easier. I'll be updating throughout the week when sales drop too. Happy shopping! P.S, if you're heading out over the festive season, I've put lots of New Years Outfit Ideas here.

Monday, 23 December 2019

How To Make The Best Porridge

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Advertorial post - Never have I had to many messages requesting a recipe post, so here we are today. I absolutely love anything festive and yep, you could say I’m feeling super festive and cozy right now. As much as I don’t really like the cold (unless I’m snuggled up inside with some mulled wine, watching it from the inside) I do love the excuse to whip up some hearty porridge or fresh soup. I recently put my winter porridge recipe on Instagram and so many people asked me for the recipe so I thought it would be the perfect excuse today to write that recipe up. I know you guys have loved my healthy pancakes, healthier choc chip cookies and yummy banana bread recipes in the past so here's a new breakfast recipe you can try. You can find lots of recipe inspo at HelloFresh too, one of my go-to's if I’m looking for good, yummy recipes.  You can get £10 off your first box online here. 

You can now grab my very own recipe ebook online here!

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

10 Best Last Minute Easy Christmas Presents To Buy

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Christmas is just 7 days away (and my birthday 4 days eek!) but actually, maybe you're reading this even closer to Christmas, meaning there's probably even less time until Santa comes down the chimney. I wanted to write one final last minute Christmas gift ideas blog post as my huge Huge Christmas Gift Guide and Last Minute Christmas Present Ideas For Him have gone down so well. Here are 10 super easy, quick shipping last minute Christmas presents to buy anyone this Christmas. The good news? There are SO many Christmas sales on right now so if you're last minute shopping, you're going to save some serious money, don't forget to read about the best Christmas sales to shop right now!

Saturday, 14 December 2019

The Best Pre-Christmas Sales To Shop Right Now

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Ohhh honey it pays to leave your Christmas shopping right until the last minute, you can get more for your money now! Yep, the pre-Christmas sales are here, the perfect chance to grab last minute Christmas presents (for you and your loved ones hehe) so obviously I'm here with all the best ones in one easy list, plus some of my favourite things in the sales too. Obviously don't miss my Huge Christmas Gift Guide too for last minute ideas! Open this up for the best pre-Christmas shopping sales and happy Christmas shopping! 

Friday, 6 December 2019

Last Minute Christmas Present Ideas For Men/Him

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Are you in need of a last minute Christmas present for him? Wondering what to buy a boy or man this Christmas? Depending on what your idea of last minute is, (or when you're reading this blog post) this may not be it (I’ve been known to buy all my Christmas gifts on December 23rd) but some people see last minute as November haha! After the success of me sharing gifts for 'him' over on Instagram stories, I thought today was the perfect chance to share lots of last minute Christmas gift ideas for him. I did write a huge Christmas gift ideas guide with ideas for everyone, him, her - you name it, it’s on there so make sure you check that out. Whether you're looking for a Christmas present idea for your Dad, brother, father in law, Grandad or your partner, boyfriend, best friend, I’ve got you with this blog post (Also, many of these gifts definitely apply to her too!) If in doubt, check out my Christmas gift ideas! Please do share this guide far and wide in the hopes that it may help someone else looking for present ideas!

Monday, 2 December 2019

The Best Cyber Monday Sales - What To Buy On Cyber Monday

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I'm sure you're absolutely sick of the sales by now and hopefully have everything you need for Christmas (or not, I like to buy mine the weekend before Christmas but that's another story). I push the sales in a way that hopefully ensures you're buying the presents you already planned or things you've dreamt of owning for years, but saving you time and money along the way when getting those bits and pieces. I've had some amazing feedback this year so thought why not do one more post, with the best Cyber Monday sales. Cyber Monday is apparently one of the biggest shopping days of the year and a lot of people hang on for the last day of the sales. Apparently it's today when most of the sales end and do their best ever discounts. Open me up for a list of the best Cyber Monday sales and see what bargains you can grab. I'm also gonna put some info about the things that have been selling the best, in the hopes that it gives you some inspo for Christmas gifts. Thanks for your love guys and hope you find this useful. If in doubt, check out my Christmas gift ideas!

Friday, 29 November 2019


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Black Friday is here (and don't we all know it)! You can find my list of all the best Black Friday sales here (I'm updating it every single day, because who wants to scroll forever, just everything you need in one easy list) and don't forget to check out my huge blog post with lots of Christmas gift ideas too and see which of those may be in the sale this week. With the big day being here, I thought it was only right to show you my absolute top picks this Black Friday, to stop you endlessly scrolling and hopefully you get something you've genuinely always wanted or something lifelong for your wardrobe/home/life! This should help you with any Christmas presents you may be looking out for too. I've done the scrolling and selecting so you don't have to. Happy shopping.

Wednesday, 27 November 2019


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Okay okay so Selfridges went live early at midnight last night with their 20% off Black Friday sale, for me, they're one of the best when it comes to Black Friday (alongside GymShark who always smash it with their sales). There is SO much to get through on the Selfridges website so I'm putting together a list and moodboard of the best things and bargains to buy in the Selfridges sale, meaning you're going to be spending your money on things that hopefully you already had your eye on or it'll save you money on Christmas presents. Open up and simply click to shop, or click here and shop Selfridges sale now.  You can read my list of the best Black Friday sales here too as I'm updating it every single day and don't forget to check out my huge blog post with lots of Christmas gift ideas too and see which of those may be in the sale this week

Monday, 25 November 2019


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Tis the season to get all your bargains tralalalala, lalalala! Love it or hate it, it's here, Black Friday or should I say, Black Friday week. Cyber week is a thing and if you're like me, you probably leave saving buying all your Christmas gifts until this very week, if you've already got your eye on something for someone, why not hang on until now and get some discount on it? Equally, if you've been saving for something all year, it's worth hanging on until now to get it in the hopes that it may be discounted! I'm popping this post live today as most of the Black Friday sales have already kicked off (assuming it's because they don't want all the website traffic just on Black Friday so they now try and spread it out). Open this blog post up for a list of all the best Black Friday sales and discount codes in one easy place. Bookmark it because I'll be adding to it every time I see new sales for Black Friday/Cyber week. Don't forget to check out my huge blog post with lots of Christmas gift ideas too and see which of those may be in the sale this week, if you're stuck on what to get someone, my guide all definitely help you as there's something for everyone and for every budget too.

Friday, 22 November 2019

The Cyber Sales To Shop Right Now

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We all know Black Friday turns into more of a month, than a day and I can only think it's because it's better for the websites traffic (and their sale records lolz) if these sites launch their sales across a week, rather than just one day. (Head here to see what Black Friday sales were live last year so you can get an idea of what the sales are going to be like this year). With that in mind, the day itself is around the corner but so many Black Friday sales have started already so if you're shopping this weekend I thought I'd do a list of the best sales (and items) to shop in the sales that have started right now so you don't miss out because let's be honest, it's so annoying when things sell out. It's the perfect way to get any Christmas presents now at a discounted price or anything you've been saving up for discounted too. Don't forget to check out my huge blog post with lots of Christmas gift ideas too and see which of those may be in the sale this week! I've sifted through all the Black Friday cr*p and found the best deals and buys so you don't have to do the hunting! 

New post: what to buy in the Selfridges Black Friday sale, your easy guide! 

Now live: My HUGE list of all the current Black Friday Sales 

The top 10 things you should buy this Black Friday 

List of the best Black Friday sales here
Christmas gift ideas for everyone 

- The best activewear Black Friday sales 

Friday, 15 November 2019

What To Buy For Christmas - Huge Christmas Gift Guide - Christmas Present Ideas For Him And Her

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It’s the most wonderful time, of the year! Seriously, it truly is. I absolutely adore Christmas. As soon as bonfire night is over, I get myself all giddy, stock up on the mince pies, crave the mulled wine and light my most festive of candles. Let’s get straight in with my HUGE Christmas gift guide, with Christmas present ideas for everyone whether it’s your brother, yourself, your mother-in-law, boyfriend or someone who loves luxury. Wondering what to buy your boyfriend for Christmas? This will help! Wondering what to buy your Mother in law for Christmas? This will help you! Wondering what to buy the person who has everything this Christmas? Shock, this will help you! Wondering what to put on your own Christmas list? I've got you! There is something in here to suit everyone’s budget and I really hope you’ll love and bookmark this guide, and send it to your friends and family as your ‘go to’ as it’s packed with great Christmas present ideas. P.S, if you're looking for a sale bargain don't miss the best Cyber sales or the top 10 things you should buy this Black Friday to shop right now AND my brand new Christmas present ideas for men/boys

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Charlotte Tilbury Darling Eye Palette Review

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Gifted PR product - Ad affiliate links used - It's no secret that I adore Charlotte Tilbury products, whether it's Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk, Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour And Highlighter or just anything that's going to make me glow and generally, Tilbury make up products do just that. Charlotte Tilbury came, saw and conquered and gave us all what we want but the queen continues to deliver. Today's new launch is Charlotte Tilbury Darling eye palette, apparently the palette Charlotte Tilbury herself uses and definitely a multi-tasker, let's discuss.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

The Best Fitness Classes in London (and Leeds)

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It’s no secret that I love working out, and as much as I love going to the gym and motivating myself, I really don’t think you can beat a fitness class. There’s something about fitness classes that motivates me so much and honestly makes me feel like I’ve never pushed so hard. I turn up, don’t even think about what I’m doing, let someone else guide me and within 45mins to 1 hour, I’m done and I can get on with my day as someone is doing the thinking and the planning for me. I just have to get myself there and then move. You know what they say, you never regret a workout. Today I wanted to write about my favourite gym classes in London (and some in Yorkshire for good measure, because I split my time between the two), there are SO many fitness classes in London I am yet to try but these are my top fitness classes in London so far.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Healthy, Easy Flapjack Baked Oat Squares Recipe

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I'm sure you're all very aware that I love healthy baking (okay and indulgent baking too but I prefer to share my healthy recipes with you hehe) maybe you've tried my healthy, easy banana bread recipe or my healthier chocolate chip cookie recipe and I know lots of you have tried my 3 ingredient vegan pancake recipeWhatever you've tried (or haven't tried) today I wanted to write up the recipe for my healthy oaty flapjack style recipe. I've never had so many messages on Instagram (@emshelx) asking me to write up a recipe... it seems this soft, oaty bar of deliciousness has got us all excited! The thing is, with my baking, I never weigh things, I just throw them in hehe! I hope you enjoy these healthier flapjacks as much as I do!

You can now grab my very own recipe ebook online here!

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

The Best Places For Breakfast And Brunch In New York - NYC Top Brunch Spots

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I’m sure you guys will know by now that I am absolutely, utterly obsessed with visiting New York. One thing I ensure I do when I travel is hunt down the best food and restaurants, whether they’re popular must eat at chains, hidden gems, local independents or top recommendations. I do a lot of research when visiting new places. I’ve now been to NYC maybe 10 times so I really do feel as if I know it well but every time there are new restaurants on my visit list. Someone told me even if you ate out in New York 3x per day for 10 years you still wouldn’t be able to try all the restaurants, that is crazy. I wrote my huge New York city travel guide a while back (then did my guide to the best pizza in New York) and have been updating them after each trip since but today I wanted to do a separate post about my favourite and top brunch and breakfast spots in New York because let’s be honest, it’s worth getting up for breakfast in New York and I take my food very seriously so you can trust this guide.

Read my 2020 guide to visiting New York!

Wednesday, 9 October 2019


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Gifted press products and Ad affiliate links featured - Today I wanted to talk about a few of my current favourite face base products. I'm massively into glowing, dewy skin and I wanted to feature the products I've been using for a flawless make up base. These products are all exceptional, great daily products and many have skincare benefits too. I'm forever mixing up the products I use so some of these are lifelong favourites and some of these are new hero products. I'm including some of the top face SPFs, anti-pollution products, concealers, foundations and more to give you a glowy, flawless base.

Friday, 27 September 2019

University Regrets - How To Get The Most Out Of University

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Whether you’re starting University, going back to University or like me, you’re done with University *sob* (low key thought about applying to do a masters in New York recently purely so I can move there but that’s another story for another day HA). I’ve done a few of these University posts over the years including the motivation for deadlines/essays at University, how to get the most out of University and my most recent, everything about the University experience and even a video called the things they don’t tell you about University but hopefully this reflective post about my time at University, after graduating will help you get the most out of your time at University or maybe it’ll just bring back memories of your time there. I feel like every time Facebook gives me Timehop reminders of my time at Uni I come up with more regrets or happy memories of University so hopefully this blog post will help you. This year for the first time ever I genuinely feel emotional about it all being over.

Friday, 20 September 2019

Quick And Easy Egg, Banana + Baking Soda Pancake recipe

Egg, Banana + Baking Soda Pancake recipe
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I saw the recipe for egg, banana and baking soda pancakes on Instagram and knew immediately I needed to make this recipe work for me. I consider myself fully influenced haha and I love anything tasty, healthy but easy too. I hate faffing and weighing things out and prefer to quickly throw things in and then eat. I love sharing my healthy recipes (my healthy banana bread recipe is the latest) and I know you guys love my original healthy easy vegan pancake recipe but thought today I’d blog the perfected egg, banana and baking soda pancake recipe. Apologies this pancake recipe isn’t vegan as it uses eggs but it’s a quick and easy pancake recipe and once you’ve got the knack it’s super tasty. I'm also aware it isn't the prettiest BUT they taste nice.

You can now grab my very own recipe ebook online here!

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Review - Why Do We Need Vitamin C In Skincare?

Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules
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Vitamin C in skincare has been discussed a lot over the last few years, with people wondering what the benefits of vitamin C in skincare actually are and wondering if you need to add vitamin C to your skincare routine and if you do, how should you add vitamin C into your skincare routine? The first vitamin C skincare product I used was by Kiehl's (the Kiehl's Vitamin C powerful strength line reducing concentrate) and to be honest, I didn't really understand what vitamin C was or why I was putting it on my face. I then started using a gentle, day cream, with a lower % of vitamin C by Beautypie (the Superdose Vitamin C Oxygen Boosting Moisturiser) which actually really gets on with my skin. That's as far as my vitamin C trials have gone, so you could say I have dipped my toes into the water. I heard a skincare expert say that at my age (teens and twenties) I should be wearing Vitamin C every single day and also take that into my 30's (as well as SPF but that's another blog post topic) so since then, I've made it my mission to get vitamin C onto my face and add it into my skincare routine. On todays blog post I'm going to be discussing the brand new Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules which may just take my Vitamin C skincare to the next level and I guess look into the benefits of using Vitamin C in your skincare routine. Get comfy, it's time for a review of Elizabeth Arden's Vitamin C Capsules.

Friday, 6 September 2019

Charlotte Tilbury Lovegasm And Lightgasm Face Palette Review - Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm Palette

Charlotte tilbury glowgasm palette

Gifted PR products featured + ad affiliate links - You should have seen my face when I opened up the Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm Face Palettes and online herein true Charlotte Tilbury style, she has absolutely smashed the game when it comes to multi-tasking, summer face palettes and boy, do I love anything that promises a Summer glow and something that multi-tasks, double whammy. Open up for a review of Charlotte Tilbury’s Glowgasm palettes, including the Lovegasm and Lightgasm face palettes... I was also recently in Heathrow airport and noticed they've opened a Charlotte Tilbury section inside terminal 5 which honestly gave me excited make up goosebumps when I walked past it haha so make sure you head there if you are going through anytime soon (I know I'm a little late to the game with this palette but couldn't resist reviewing these palettes as I love reviewing Charlotte Tilbury products haha).

Friday, 30 August 2019

Best Body Oils For Glowing, Soft Summer Skin

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If you've watched any of my travel vlogs whilst abroad or if you watched my recent packing video you'll probably know that I adore body oils. Nothing feels more 'Summer' to me than getting out of the shower after a day in the sunshine and drenching my body in body oil. I love dry body oils as they make my skin so glowy and soft for hours afterwards, without being sticky but I also find they massively enhance my tan too, whether it's a natural tan or a fake tan. Here are a few of the best dry body oils for soft, Summer, glowing skin.

Friday, 23 August 2019

Victoria Emerson Wrap Bracelets - Wrap Bracelets In Koh Samui, Thailand

white crochet skirt and top
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Advertorial paid post - It's no secret that I love fashion, no matter what the season I'm here for it. One thing I adore about fashion is the ability to accessorise outfits, quickly and easily. You can completely transform a look with a little bit of accessorizing. I've been so excited to tell you about these incredible new accessories so open up for more and a little look at the most beautiful beach in Thailand too, the perfect place to take these photos.

Friday, 9 August 2019

The Best Blow Dries In London - Where To Get The Best Blow Dry In London

candy floss pink hair
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Gifted PR items featured and Ad affiliate links used - I'm a blow dry addict and anyone who knows me knows that. As much as I can do my own hair pretty well now (hello ghd hair, how did I ever cope without you?!) no-one does it like the pros and often I'm either shooting content, videos or have events to go to so I need fresh hair, done by the professionals because let's be honest, who doesn't love having their hair done? I've got my little black book of best places for a blow dry in London and I relish in booking myself in and walking out like a new woman. I have absolutely no shame in saying I've had three per week before. I feel like in my life I've tried a lot of blow dries so thought it was about time I shared the best blow dries in London. No matter where abouts you are based in London, I'm hoping my guide will have somewhere close enough for you. For my Yorkshire readers, there's only really one place I'll ever go for my blow dries in Leeds (Sassoon Salon Leeds) but in London it tends to depend which area of London I'm in. I live between Yorkshire and London so it's either Sassoon or one of the below in London. Here are the top places for a blow dry in London that have made the cut and I'd trust with blow drying my hair!

Friday, 2 August 2019

Easy Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

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My last easy healthy banana bread recipe is years old and one so many people have sent me pictures of (and enjoyed eating, hooray) but I've been working on a new recipe for banana bread and I have to say, this one is a lot more 'bread like' so I hope you're going to like it. This banana bread recipe isn't vegan, unlike my older banana bread recipe but there's something to hopefully suit everything with both recipes. We all crave banana bread but usually they add SO much sugar so hopefully you'll find this banana bread recipe a touch healthier plus super easy to bake. I whipped this up today and it literally took me 5 minutes and within 20 I was sat down eating it. I’ve been trying to perfect my banana bread recipe for a long time, and finally I think I’m getting there. If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw my new banana bread loaf and I think this might be my best healthier banana bread yet. If you're in the mood for cookies though, make sure you check out my healthier chocolate chip cookie recipe. Open up for the healthier easy banana bread recipe.

You can now grab my very own recipe ebook online here!

Friday, 26 July 2019

Instagram Removing Likes From Images

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Hey guys, hope you’re all so well. Todays blog post is a hot topic right now and honestly, I started writing this blog post months ago when Instagram first announced they may be removing likes from platform. I didn’t for a second believe that Instagram would ever actually remove likes from their platform which is why I never actually went ahead with writing the blog post. Here we are today, with many countries likes now being hidden on Instagram, so yep, it does appear Instagram are removing likes. Today I want to break this down and talk about my thoughts about Instagram removing likes from photos...

Saturday, 20 July 2019

Healthy Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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If you guys follow me on Instagram you’ll probably be sick of me constantly whipping up my new 'healthier' chocolate chip cookie recipe haha, but they’re just SO good, Matt's requesting them every night! I’ve had so many messages asking for the recipe so decided today to finally share it. I love making healthy, easy cookies as I can eat them for breakfast, dessert or just snack on them so here is my super easy, chocolate chip cookie recipe.

You can now grab my very own recipe ebook online here!

Monday, 15 July 2019

What Is A Menstrual Cup? Intimina Lily Cup Menstrual Cup Review

Advertorial paid post - I’ll never forget the day I first got my period, I sobbed uncontrollably in my bathroom as my Mum was out at work and we had a childminder round, I was way too scared to tell her what had happened even though it’s very normal. I then remember teaching a friend how to use tampons when she got her period as obviously you need someone to help you out with these things… periods are a part of life, they’re Mother Nature and actually, I wish there was someone back then to tell me that they’re normal, healthy and I don’t have anything to be scared about. I started with pads then moved onto tampons and even writing this, it feels like some people will think this is a taboo but it’s not, it’s something females go through and it is completely normal. I actually tweeted a while back about being scared of toxic shock syndrome (I’ve been wearing tampons for years with no problems) and whilst I know it is rare, I was recommended a menstrual cup. I was always a little scared, particularly from a hygiene point of view but today I wanted to write a full review of INTIMINA, the brand behind innovative menstrual cups (perfect for first time cup wearers) if you’re thinking of trying one. I personally still do wear tampons some months, but if you are thinking of trying out a menstrual cup or just wondering what they are, I really hope this review of a menstrual cup will help you.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

The Savoy London Hotel Review

the savoy London suite

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One of my favourite things in life is travel. I caught the travel bug at university and I've always been into hospitality. I've been fortunate enough to stay in some of the best hotels in the world over the last few years and I guess I've always appreciated little touches and good service when it comes to the hospitality industry. I find it fascinating. A while ago some of you may have seen that I was invited as a guest to attend a press event at the Savoy Hotel in London for the Karen Tran Gala. I was absolutely overwhelmed by the experience at The Savoy and talked a lot about it to my family who decided that it would be the perfect place to arrange a family stay over to celebrate a 50th birthday that was imminent. I was delighted when my Mum decided to book it. I've now stayed at the Savoy 3x and thought this was the perfect time to write a review of one of the best hotels not just in London but in the world. Maybe you want to stay there for a special occasion or maybe you just want to dine at The Savoy, hopefully this will help you.

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Hive Link Review - Helping Keep Loved Ones Safe And Secure

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Paid Advertorial post - It’s taken me 25 years to figure out that life is a mixture of happiness and sadness in equal measures and one thing that can bring both with it is old age. I’ve always loved elderly people, they have so many experiences to share and are usually tough characters because of all they have lived through and yet they look so cute and serene. I always say it’s important to sit and listen to their stories because you can learn so much (only yesterday I got talking to a 74 year old taxi driver who was widowed at 31 and left to bring up 3 children alone, people have just been through so much). One of my happiest memories when growing up is spending lots of time with my grandparents. It made me so happy and I still love to see them as much as I possibly can now that I’m older. In fact, I feel guilty if I don’t see them enough. By nature I’m a really happy bubbly person but one thing that makes me sad is to see my grandparents getting older and inevitably suffering with different illnesses and generally needing more help from those around them. The sadness of seeing my grandparents get old though is paralleled with equal amounts of happiness - they are funny and make me laugh a lot and I am very thankful that they have made it to such a grand old age because I know many other people who have lost grandparents when they were young (I actually only ever got to meet one set of Grandparents but I know many people never got to meet any). So yes, old age is a real mixture of sadness and happiness all rolled in to one.

Friday, 28 June 2019

Two Summer Dresses From Day To Night

Paid advertorial - I’ve been buying things from eBay for years, I’ve been there, done it and got the t-shirt. With many of my purchases on eBay though I find myself saying to people ‘no it’s from an eBay shop’ and they’re like WHAT?! You don’t have to bid on everything to win on eBay? Nope, nope you don’t meaning these pieces aren’t always one offs and we can all get our hands on them. If you've watched any of my hauls on YouTube you'll know that I'm all about clothes that you can take from day to night, or generally versatile outfits. I’m so excited today to show you two beautiful summer day dresses from eBay  that you can dress up or down, wear them the beach or to dinner or even wear to the office. Put it this way, it was hard not to fill my basket right to the brim when I headed over to the brand outlet page over on eBay. Let’s see what I picked up.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

5 Ways To Ease Stress + Diprobase Product Review

Diprobase cream

Paid Advertorial - I’m definitely guilty of getting myself into a bit of a tizz, which sometimes leads to me feeling a *little* frazzled and stressed. As I get older and more experienced, I’m learning to recognise my trigger points and I’m definitely making improvements (every day is a learning curve!). I try different strategies to prevent getting too stressed and sometimes these work, sometimes they don’t. Getting stressed for me not only impacts my mind but also a host of other things - my stomach gets bloated and painful and also, it’s no coincidence that when I’m feeling stressed my skin is impacted. As we all know, too much stress is not good for us and is reported to make many issues worse, one being dry skin. My mum suffers from really bad eczema and always says it flares up when she’s stressed. Another thing that impacts my skin is the good old British weather and I find that makes mine worse. As the weather changes (one minute we’re in summer , the next we’re back to winter), I find my skin gets stressed too. One thing I don’t have to stress about anymore? Stressed skin. Today I want to talk about some wonderful products I’ve found that are working wonders on my skin. I’m also going to throw in a few little stress busting tips too because I may as well share what’s helping keep me de-stressed!

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

The Best Summer Sales

floral double denim

The summer clothing sales are in full swing so I wanted to bring you a blog post with the best picks from the summer sales. I will also be updating this blog post daily as new sales or styles land so keep an eye out and make sure you've got it bookmarked. Happy sales shopping! - affiliate links

Thursday, 6 June 2019

10 Of The Best Fake Tans / Self Tanners In 2019

the best fake tans
Gifted PR items featured and Ad affiliate links used - I feel as if it’s time I write an updated best fake tans blog post. One of the questions I always get asked is what fake tan I use. Just like with hair care and skincare, I don’t use just one brand religiously. I easily could be loyal and stick to one brand forever, but there are so many incredible fake tans and self tanners out there, I like to mix and match. I’ve been using fake tan since I came out of the womb, no seriously, I’ve been using it for years and have honestly used the majority of the big names on the market and feel as if I have a good insight into which the best self tanners are. Yes I’ve looked like an oompah lumped/tangerine many times but hey, we’ve all been there. Here’s a list of the best self tanners and fake tans to buy in 2019.

Friday, 31 May 2019

12 Best Designer Dupes On The High Street In 2019

gucci marmont bag velvet

I've been wanting to write a designer dupes post for quite some time now but as someone who loves designer (but also loves high street), I always felt like there's something a little *wrong* with people copying designer. On the flip side, I get it, maybe you don't want to spend thousands on a designer handbag and that's okay but rather than point blank copying it and going for a fake designer bag (illegal!) a dupe is a good way to get the designer look for less if you like the style. Hopefully this blog post will help you out with lots of designer inspired items without the cost of designer or hey, maybe it'll inspire you to make that life-long designer purchase instead. I always find I lust over the designer item so much, find a dupe of it and then end up going for the designer one anyway haha. One of the things I've been requested the most on my YouTube channel is a designer dupes video so I thought it was the perfect time to do a blog post featuring 12 of the best designer dupes on the high street in 2019 to go alongside my video. Open up for the best high street designer dupes! 

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Social Media Influencers And Paid Ads - Disclosure, Sponsored Content

Shoes online here / dress online here / coat online here / photos by Marta Ferenc / sunglasses /Ad affiliate links

Today I want to talk about a topic that’s been on my mind for quite some time: the ‘not an ad’ discussion. I wrote a blog post years ago about influencers and sponsored content  so I guess this could be a little update on that post. For most of us, blogging started out as a hobby and we had no idea there was any type of reward let alone any financial reward from doing so. In fact when I wrote the post I refer to above, traditional jobs were still the norm and social media related jobs were only just becoming a thing. Now, people are running businesses from their homes, talking about things they are passionate about and making a living from it and I think that should be celebrated. Working hard to create content that people like and get some use out of and then being paid for it, seems to be a quite controversial matter for some reason but it is actually just a job like any other job that people get paid to do and I hope this honest chat will explain a bit more about the world of influencers, paid ADS, posts and more. Let’s discuss…

Monday, 13 May 2019

Easy, Healthy Carrot Cake Cookies Recipe

carrot cake cookies
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I don’t know about you but this time of year always inspires me to eat food that is good for me. As soon as the sun shines, I put down the Yorkshire puddings and bring out the Greek salads ha. The minute the weather starts to get better, I crave salads (with a side of carb, obv) over my usual Yorkshire puddings, put the Cheeselets down (reluctantly) and that desire for all the hot food seems to disappear (and trust me, I'm not a salad kinda girl). If you’ve been following me on Instagram you will have seen that since moving to London I’ve been trying hard to get myself in to a routine of baking healthy snacks that I can eat on the go, particularly for breakfast.  It just means I try to bulk bake on a Sunday and have something good to grab for the week ahead when I need a snack. I've also been trying to up my fibre intake so I'm trying to eat more oats and fruit/veggies when I can. I actually wrote a blog post about several of my favourite breakfast recipes if you missed that. Today I wanted to share my easy healthy carrot cake cookie recipe with you. 

Don't miss:
Healthy, easy banana bread recipe
Healthier chocolate chip cookie recipe
Healthy 3 ingredient pancakes
Healthier chocolate truffles

You can now grab my very own recipe ebook online here!

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Top Wedding Guest Dress Outfit Ideas - What To Wear To A Wedding

what to wear to a wedding

My stripe outfit / my pink circle bag and online here too / gifted/ Ad affiliate links used

Hello hello! Today a different and I guess 'old school' blog post from me. If you've been reading Emtalks for a while, you'll know I've got a section on my blog that I update regularly with lots of occasion wear outfit ideas in one easy place as I'm often asked what people should be wearing or for some inspo for wedding guest, proms, graduations or the races. Today I thought I'd put together all my current top wedding guest dresses and outfits in one easy place as I cannot stop adding stuff to my wishlist. I rarely go to weddings, in fact, hello, people around me please start getting married so I have an excuse to buy all of these pretty dresses! I personally LOVE wearing white and obviously you can't wear white to a wedding but hopefully some of these beautiful outfits below will give you some inspiration if you're going to a wedding or looking for a perfect wedding guest outfit this year. If you're wondering what should I wear for a wedding? Hopefully this blog post will give you all the wedding guest dress inspiration.

Thursday, 2 May 2019

12 Things I Didn’t Realise About Living In My Own Home!

leopard print midi skirt

Boots online here / skirt online here / bag online here / photos by Marta Ferenc - Ad affiliate links 

Hello hello, I do hope you are all well. Whilst cleaning my washing machine the other day, it suddenly dawned on me just how much I’ve learnt since moving to my new place late last year and I thought it would make a great blog post to tell you all about it. I thought I’d write about 12 things I didn’t realise until I got my own ‘professional house’. The reason I say 'professional house’, is because I have lived away from home numerous times - when I was at University I lived away from home in different places (and countries) but this time it’s different as I'm not a student anymore and this will undoubtedly lead to me moving in to my own long term family home rather than returning to the home in which I spent my childhood. When I was a student I didn’t think about spending money on lovely cutlery etc, plus student flats aren’t something you spend your time designing or even tidying much because there are so many people living with you and so much going on. So, when I tell you what I’ve learnt in my ‘professional house’ I guess I really mean my non-student crib haha. So here you have it. Some other 'adulting' blog posts similar to this topic that you may enjoy too include how to save money, everything you need to know about renting or buying a house in London and how to set up a pension or why pensions are important!

Friday, 26 April 2019

DERMIKELP Beauty Review - Spring Hair & Body Care - Sustainable Beauty

Dress online here /

Paid advertorial - As a beauty lover, it’s always exciting for me when a new brand comes to the market and ticks all the boxes. In today's beauty spotlight is Dermikelp, a brand I’ve been watching with interest since I heard about it last year. Dermikelp is a new range of body and hair care made with nutrient-rich sea kelp. Before I use new products, I always try and understand a bit about their background. I fall in love with brands that little bit more once I start to understand their story and the background of their founders - it really makes a difference to me. Dermikelp was launched by Dr Nigel Christie, a marine biologist who, in the first instance, developed kelp products for agricultural use, and following its success turned his attention to exploring the potential of sea kelp to nourish skin.

Monday, 22 April 2019

Top Spring Skincare Products - Paula's Choice Boosters Review, Beauty Pie Ginseng, Elizabeth Arden Retinol

spring skincare flatlay

Gifted press products featured and Ad affiliate links - I’m massively into a lot of things, pizza, chocolate, travel, fitness - my life is just one big balancing act if I’m honest. Another thing I adore? Skincare. I’m very lucky that in my job, I get to trial many new products (read all about gifted press items if you're wondering why influencers are 'gifted' things) and in all honesty, it means I switch my skincare around a lot. I obviously have my hero, holy grail favourites which you’ll see on my vlogs and on the blog a lot if you’re long time readers/followers but today, I want to talk to you about some brand new skincare products I’ve been using this spring to make my skin glow. There are so many epic skincare products out there and I just love trying them all. I thought I’d do a little beauty round up of the current new skincare products I’m loving for a spring glow.

Monday, 15 April 2019

Gifted Products and Press Samples With Bloggers and Influencers

leopard print midi dress

Ad Affiliate links used - Dress online here and here / photos by Marta Ferenc and edited using Barcelona from Ems Presets

‘Gifted’ is a word that is popping up everywhere on social media recently and the subject is something I feel is worthy of its own blog post firstly to allay any confusion and to explain what ‘gifted’ really means. I love listening to what people have to say on different subjects, one of the most amazing things about the whole social media world is that everyone gets an opportunity to share their views and those views are often so varied and different which absolutely fascinates me. The perception I get from listening to a wide community of followers on the subject of things being ‘gifted’ is that when the word gifted is used then bloggers must be receiving everything for free. I’ll be honest, it’s for this reason I don’t personally like the word ‘gifted’ and the reasons for that will hopefully become clear throughout this post but in a nutshell, unlike a present given by a friend or family members, media ‘gifts’ usually require some work before deciding whether or not to talk about them.

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Erborian CC Eye Cream Review - The Low Down On BB and CC Creams

Erborian CC Eye Cream Review
Gifted PR items featured and Ad affiliate links used - We're all busy and always on the go plus with my job I'm quite often in front of a camera for photo shoots so I’m always looking for ways to ensure I can make my skin look good without endless hours of effort. I'm also always looking for ways to hide my tiredness as I usually have quite puffy eyes. I'm definitely a quick-get-ready kinda gal and would rather have an extra ten minutes in bed.  One thing that has helped me tremendously over the years is the range of CC/BB creams on the market and I rarely wear make up without applying them first in the warmer months. I definitely feel as if I up my CC/BB game in Spring, as soon as the weather starts to get a little nicer I slather it on. In fact, on non-make up days I often use them to even out my skin tone and give me a healthy glow without popping any foundation over the top. Today I'm going to talk to you about an epic new CC eye cream, Erborian's CC Eye Cream, yep, I've used BB and CC face creams for years but never an eye cream version. Let's discuss.

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Midnight Eau de Parfum Review

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Midnight

Gifted press sample featured and Ad affiliate links used - It was a very exciting day when the postman arrived at my door with the brand new Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Midnight. All of this lovely early spring weather (finally, hello!) is getting me in the mood for beaches, holidays, eating outside and just generally enjoying the lighter evenings. Trips away always make me think about my favourite scents and if you're a long time Emtalks reader you'll know, one of my absolute all time favourite fragrances is the original Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf. There are a few scents I've grown up with, Juicy Couture being one of them, Marc Jacobs Daisy of course and Flowerbomb being another! It only felt right then to review the brand new Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Midnight fragrance today, a sensual take on an old favourite of mine but something that's quickly become a new favourite. Let's discuss.

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Mothers Day Gift Ideas & What To Do On Mothers Day

Leeds uni graduation post

Ad affiliate links used - She carried me for 9 months, hers was the first face I saw when I came in to the world and the first hand I held to guide me through life and she’s provided my brother and I with the most solid relationship and the greatest love story on earth. I'm sure most of you are aware that my Mum is literally everything to me, we have the closest bond and I am so grateful to have such a powerful, strong, incredible Mumma. If I could choose family, I'd choose my Mum, brother and grandparents a million times over. I got really lucky with them. It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday 31st March and while we try and show Mumma Shel lots of love every day of the year, just like most Mums she is very worthy of this special day being dedicated to her each year so that we can go the extra mile. Of course, she’s a typical selfless Mama and doesn’t see it that way. Every year she says the same thing ‘don’t think you have to spend lots of money on me for Mother’s Day. I’ve got all I need with you two'... Well hard luck Mama because we’re gonna ignore you and spoil you anyway haha. Open up this blog post for lots of Mother's Day gift ideas and things you can do with your Mum or loved ones/Mother figure this Mother's Day. Whilst Mother's Day is called 'Mother's Day' traditionally, it goes without saying that you can do these things with anyone you love, I always spoil my Nanna on Mother's Day.

Monday, 11 March 2019

Best Brunch in London - Instagram Brunch Spots In London - Instagrammable London Restaurants

the ivy chelsea garden spring
Dress online here - ad affiliate / photo by Marta Ferenc  - location - The Ivy Chelsea Garden 

Something I shout about from the rooftops? My love for food. Em and brunch, it’s an endless love affair. I don’t really know when ‘brunch’ became a thing, but it’s food, so I’ll take it. I’ve always been a massive breakfast lover so I guess it’s only right that I love brunch too. Let's be honest, breakfast and brunch are basically the same thing, it just means those delicious breakfasty dishes are available for a longer period and I am so down for that. It’s fair to say there are some exceptional brunch places in London so today I thought I’d (finally) write up a blog post with my current favourite go to places for Instagrammable brunch in London. These places are definitely the most Instagrammable brunch places in London too, if that's your thing. Bear in mind, I don’t like places that are Instagrammable but don’t do good food, I’d much rather go somewhere ‘non insta worthy’ with genuinely good food so all of these places are both insta-worthy AND serve up epic brunch. If you could get a degree in brunch, I'd get a first class honours no doubt about it. I'm deliberately mentioning places I've visited many times on my London brunch guide so they definitely get my approval and aren't just one hit wonders. I take brunch very seriously. Don't forget to read my ultimate guide of the best places to eat in London. 

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser Review

Fresh soy face cleanser review

Gifted press products featured and Ad affiliate links used (have rebought myself many times) - Hey everyone, today, a beauty review hooray! One of the really cool parts of my job is getting the opportunity to try different skin products and I will always share my thoughts with you when I come across something that I truly adore. I mix up my skincare a lot, who doesn't? Particularly in my job, I like to try as much new skincare as possible but, I've always got my holy grail favourites. For well over two years I’ve been grabbing my Fresh Soy Face Wash (my Mum has too) and I thought it was about time I told you all about it. I use other cleansers too (hello Elemis Cleansing Balm, Clinique Take Off The Day, Neutrogena Hydroboost - the list goes on, just a few of my faves over the last year) as I usually do a double cleanse and do mix up my cleansers depending on my skins needs/my effort levels in cleansing but I felt I needed to write a standalone review of Fresh Soy Cleanser today as it's one I always go back to.

Sunday, 3 March 2019


healthy pancakes

Ad affiliate links used -Hello hello! I just love this time of year, the start of the year (although, how is it March already?!) thinking of new goals, new beginnings and finally the weather is getting a little bit nicer too.  I love the thought of spring being just around the corner and I’m particularly looking forward to it this year following my move to London late last year.  I adore nothing more than early mornings that are light and as I am doing lots of walking (to both save travel costs and to keep my fitness up) I literally can’t wait until it’s light at the crack of dawn! Talking about mornings, I’ve been brought up to believe that I should never, ever start the day on an empty stomach (which is really good because I always wake up starving!).  I know many of you find my recipe blog posts helpful so I thought I’d use this post to share three of my favourite breakfast recipes.  They’re healthy and nutritious and also really easy to pull together.  I’m not one for measuring and spending ages messing about so you will always find what I cook easy peasy. Let's go! 

Monday, 25 February 2019

How I Edit My Instagram Photos | Em Sheldon Lightroom Presets & Instagram Filters

blogger presets for Lightroom

Blog post features my own product so is an AD - Hey guys, happy Monday! I'm super excited to be sharing a project with you that I've been working on for the past 6 months! I get asked on a daily basis how I edit my Instagram photos and what filters I use for my Instagram photos so it was about time I got this blog post live. It's been a long time in the making and has taken a ton of work but I'm proud to announce that I'm launching my own Lightroom presets and filters to help you speed up your Instagram editing process. I have made a dedicated site with all my top tips for editing Instagram photos too called


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