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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


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

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, Valentines day is around the corner. For me, I’ve always loved the idea of Valentines day, whether I’m single, taken or seeing someone. I think Valentines 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 Valentines 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 Valentines 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


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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