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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 / affiliate 

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
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. 

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 / affiliate links

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 

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

Dermikelp
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 - 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

Affiliate - 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
Press sample featured - 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 - 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

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 herephoto 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.

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser Review

Fresh soy face cleanser review

Gifted press products featured (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

3 EASY HEALTHY BREAKFAST IDEAS + RECIPES

healthy pancakes

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 - 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 emspresets.com

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

9 Ways To Have A Better Week

leopard print jacket
Coat online here / cheaper version online here 

Hey guys, today I wanted to write a nice positive blog post so I thought I'd write down some ways to have a better week. It's taken me a long time to get to the point where I wake up on a morning and feel excited and ready to smash the week, obviously, I am human and do not feel like this every week (no-one does and we are all facing battles people in the online world may know nothing about) BUT here are a few tips I have to try and make sure you have a better week, no matter what life may throw at you.

Friday, 15 February 2019

Everything You Need To Know About Pensions: How To Set Up A Pension, What Is A Pension? Do I Need A Pension?

heart sleeves jumper
Jumper online here /

When I first started writing my blog I did it for two main reasons: to help me enter the degree course I wanted to do and also as a hobby to satisfy my love of English, creativity and beauty. It could have gone either way (I didn't really know what a blog was when I started one) but I quickly found that blogging gave me great fulfilment and introduced me to so many lovely, like minded people and friends for life. I started off writing about my life then moved to beauty, fashion, fitness (and still do talk about these topics daily) but actually, over the years I quickly found I also like writing about important topics such as how to save money, everything you need to know about renting or buying a house in London and todays topic? How to set up a pension, what even is a pension and do you need a pension?! Today I want to talk about something they definitely didn't teach us in school but something I hopefully can help you with. Yep, I had no idea I even needed a pension... let's discuss.

Friday, 8 February 2019

What To Do On Valentines Day

valentines day gift ideas

Advertorial Post with Aviva - Love it or hate it, Valentine's day is around the corner. For me, I’ve always loved the idea of Valentine's day, whether I’m single, taken or seeing someone. I think Valentine's day is first and foremost about showing yourself some love, so buy yourself some roses, eat some melted chocolate or run a nice candle lit bath, or, you can go and spend Valentine's day with your besties. It goes without saying that you should show your loved ones love all year round, but I do love the excuse to go all out on Valentine's day too.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Supermodel Lipsticks Review And Swatches

Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Lipsticks Review
PR gifted items featured* - If you read my latest review of Charlotte Tilbury's Cleanser, the Goddess Cleansing Ritual or my review of Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk you'll probably know I'm a huge Charlotte Tilbury fan and have organically been buying the brand since the get-go. Who doesn't love Charlotte Tilbury products? To me, it's a brand that gets me really giddy about one of my passions, beauty. Charlotte Tilbury popped into the beauty world with glitz, glam and sparkle and truly took it by storm. I've always loved how the Kardashian's do their make up (love them or hate them, they have flawless make up). I love anything bronzed and flawless goddess like and you could say Charlotte Tilbury is one of my favourite brands for creating exactly those looks (helloooo just look at the Charlotte Tilbury Bar Of Gold Highlighter) and tell me she hasn't nailed that brief. Charlotte Tilbury has launched some new Supermodel lipsticks so today, a review and swatches of the Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Limited Edition new matte lipsticks.  

Monday, 4 February 2019

My Diet and Fitness Over The Last Year

reebok gym leggings

It's the start of the year and that means everyone's talking about fitness, health and wellbeing. Love it or hate it, it happens every year. I approached my January/new year fitness a little bit different this year. In previous years, I've taken the whole of Christmas off and just eaten everything and refused to go to the gym (TOTALLY FINE BY THE WAY, FOOD IS LIFE and you know what, our bodies need rest after a busy year) but then I really struggle to 'get back on it' in January/Feb. I feel as if over the last year (2018) it's been so difficult to stick to a workout routine because I've been living out of hotels or between cities so actually, Christmas time for me this year was the only period where my life was in one place for a set amount of time and I lived for the routine so for once, just smashed out the gym during Christmas. I know to some that sounds absolutely crazy but honestly? I do it for my mind and driving to the gym with no phone, no work commitments, having a little bit of me time and breathing on Boxing Day, made me feel incredible. I feel as if 2018 was so stressful in so many ways and one of the only ways I can de-stress myself (apart from a long hot bath with a Jo Malone candle and all the chocolate) is hammering it out at the gym for 45 mins or stretching my legs and getting some fresh air. I go to the gym a total stressed mess and I leave feeling epic. Today I want to talk to you about my diet and fitness regime over the last year I get a lot of questions about my gym routine and diet so hopefully this may answer some.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Cleanser & Moisturiser Review

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Cleanser & Moisturiser ReviewAdvertisement - It's no secret that I love pampering. I'm a massive believer in spending time, on you. Whether it's fresh air, a long hot bath, going to the gym or doing a face mask that makes you happy, this year, take pleasure in the little things and make more time to do them. In such a busy world, we often forget to put time aside for the things that make us feel good. For me, pampering is a year round thing, when it gets warm in summer I absolutely love taking extra care of my skin and body but equally, in winter, when the cold weather makes my skin unhappy, I also take pride in my beauty routine. For me, pampering makes me feel good about myself, it's a little spa session, to me, every morning and every night. I genuinely enjoy washing my face as it makes me feel so fresh. Today I wanted to talk to you about two products I find amazing from NEUTROGENA®. This blog post is a paid for advertorial with NEUTROGENA®.

Monday, 21 January 2019

6 WAYS TO MOTIVATE YOURSELF TO WORK OUT AND MOVE MORE

sweaty Betty gym kit

Gym kit online here /

It's that time of year where everyone's focusing on moving more and getting back on track after Christmas. One of the main questions I'm asked is how do you get yourself motivated to work out? I personally don't think keeping fit means you have to hammer the gym 5x a week, it's just about moving more. If you read my exercise addiction post, you'll know that I actually think there's too much pressure on us to workout every single day, movement is so important but it's better to have quality than quantity. Today I wanted to give you 6 ways I think you can motivate yourself to move more this year in the hopes that it inspires you when you can't really be bothered to work out or maybe you've lost your mojo a little. Let's go, here are 6 easy ways to motivate yourself to workout or to move more.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Cleansing Ritual Review

Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Cleansing Ritual

Gifted items - When Charlotte Tilbury puts her name to something, you know it's going to be good. I've had the pleasure of meeting Charlotte a number of times now and whilst I'd always been a fan of her incredible products, meeting the lady herself and hearing her talk about how much love, effort and pride she puts into each Charlotte Tilbury creation before it hits the shelves, only made me love and trust in her products even more. We all know that Charlotte's hol grail when it comes to skincare is her Magic Cream and today, I thought it would be good to review Charlotte Tilbury's new Super-Natural Goddess Cleansing Ritual collection (that's quite the mouthful isn't it?!). New Year, new skincare routine and all that huh? Yup. Sit down and get cosy and let's talk about Goddess Cleansing Ritual by Charlotte Tilbury.

Friday, 11 January 2019

Jo Malone Myrrh & Tonka Cologne Intense, Body Creme And Candle Review

Jo Malone Myrrh and Tonka Collection

Gifted items - Hey guys, hope you're so well. I'm sure most of you know I adore Jo Malone (who doesn't?), I'm literally their biggest fan. Over the last few years I've built up a pretty beautiful collection of Jo Malone products in my home. For me, alongside Molton Brown and Diptyque (big lover of both too), Jo Malone is one of the best luxury fragrance and body brands. I love gifting myself with it and gifting others too and let's be honest, no bath is complete without some Jo Malone luxury. Today I wanted to discuss the two new additions to the Myrrh and Tonka collection, one of my favourite scents.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

6 Ways To Beat The January Blues

brown denim jacket


Advertisement - I'd be lying if I said I ever wanted the festive season to end. I wish we could rewind and do Christmas and all it's wonderful festivities all over again please. I'm not ready to wait another year for the festive fun. I truly think Christmas is my favourite time of the year. I know it's tough having to go back to normal life, after spending time in pyjamas, eating everything and just being carefree with those we love so today I thought I'd write a blog post on beating the January blues. This is a collaboration with Zenflore.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

My New Years Thoughts

Ted Baker boots online here / skirt online here / coat online here and similar here and here / Gucci Marmont bag online here / jumper online here / photos by Marta Ferenc

It's January 6th and I've already broken all my New Years Resolutions... haha. Okay, so seriously, whilst I usually make 'set in stone' New Years resolutions, e.g, I HAVE TO DO THIS AND THAT. I thought this year it would be nicer to actually jot down some New Years thoughts, and more things I'm going to try and think about and actively do more this year, rather than lock myself into doing certain things. I do think resolutions are a good thing, as for so many people they help to get you on track and they help with goal setting so I'm hoping my New Year thoughts might inspire you and your own New Years thoughts and any goals you may have. I really do think the New Year is a great way to make positive changes and start a fresh page in your book, if a resolution inspires you then go for it. Happy New Year, I hope you enjoy reading this. 

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