Friday, 29 April 2016

Fashion // Spring 2016 Wishlist

Well Spring has finally started to spring here in London (ignoring this week's snow flurries of course!) The sun is slowly but surely starting to elbow the rain clouds out the way and make an appearance. Hurrah! With new weather comes new wardrobe wants so I thought I'd share a few of the pieces I'm lusting after right now.


Bomber jackets are the thing to be wearing at the moment. Initially horrified at the idea (I used to wear one as my school coat in the 90's) I've fallen in love with their relaxed look and way they can be dressed up or down. I love the suedette finish of this New Look one as it adds a touch of glamour to the style and the black colour and relaxed shape means it will go with everything.

I adore sandal season and am so happy when it's finally time to get my tootsies back out! My doctor recently told me off for wearing totally flat shoes so I am on the hunt for footwear with at least a slight heel. These tan and black leather cross strap sandals are really classic and will go with everything and I love that they don't have a toe post, to prevent blisters and flip flop burn! The worst! They have a tiny heel and also a special Ortholite sole which promises to be comfortable and flexible which makes these perfect for walking around the city in - either on an adventure or on my way to work.

I've recently bought the Quay Australia My Girl sunglasses and am so impressed by them. They're mega comfy, really well made and great quality for the price. They have so many amazing styles and next on my To Buy list are these stunning nude and pink mirrored ones - swoon!

I blogged a while ago about my stunning new cream and gold personalised bespoke bangle from Whistle + Bango - I love it! They also do a stunning mint green and silver combination which is perfect for Spring. Don't forget you can 10% off Whistle+Bango with the code EMSYPICKLE10.

Back packs are still so fashionable and they're really practical for spring / summer for stashing your water bottle, little jackets, sunglasses and umbrella (the sun maybe out for now but who knows in London when the rain - or snow - will make an appearance again) I really like the structured style of this one with several discrete compartments to keep everything neat and tidy and stop it just falling into the middle of the bag in a mess.

Hale Bob Multi Print Cold Shoulder Dress - £255

How stunning is this dress by Hale Bob UK*?! I love the casual floaty t-shirt style and the antique tile pattern. It's perfect for laid back city style, festo fabulous and would make the perfect beach cover up too. So versatile.

So there you go - my spring lust list! 

What are you hankering after at the moment? 

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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Beauty // Green People Scent-Free Light Day Moisturiser & Scent-Free Hydrating Calming Serum

I have been meaning to blog about Green People for the longest time as they are one of my all time favourite brands! I have very sensitive eczema prone skin, particularly on my face, and have to be really careful about what products I use. Most high streets brands are an absolute no-no (I'm even allergic to Simple, and had a horrific reaction to Garnier once) but Green People has done wonders for my skin. All their products are completely SLS and paraben free and they even have a Scent-Free range which is perfect for delicate flowers like myself! I've been using their Scent-Free products for a while and they really have revolutionised my skin care routine, so I was very excited to hear they were adding more to the collection. Green People very kindly sent me a couple of their new products to try out - the Scent-Free Light Day Moisturiser* and Scent-Free Hydrating Calming Serum*, and I've got to tell you - they're incredible!


I have never used a serum before as, due to my sensitive skin, I've literally used the bare minimum on my face to avoid the potential of an adverse reaction (#SensitiveSkinProbs) I have always heard the benefits of a serum however so am thrilled that a brand I trust and have only had positive experiences from now has one for me to try! The Green People Scent-Free Hydrating Calming Serum contains extracts of Everlasting Flower, Green Algae and Irish Moss (can't get more natural than that!) and promises to hydrate, calm and firm my skin (perfect for me - having just turned 30 I need all the help fighting saggy wrinkles that I can get!) 


Green People recommend applying the serum to freshly cleansed skin using light tapping motions which I've been doing day and night. Despite being quite a wet gel like consistency, the serum absorbs so quickly into my skin and makes it feel instantly hydrated and plumped. It provides a lovely base for me to then add on the Green People Light Day Moisturiser and then my make up. Being quite a lazy girl who would go for an extra 10 minutes in bed over adding an extra step into her morning routine, I was sure I would become a bit bored of using the serum and jump straight it to moisturising but my face feels so much better when I have used it - I haven't gone a day without it! Because it absorbs so quickly it also doesn't add much time to my morning routine either - perfect. The only thing I'm not keen on with the serum is the smell. It's not unpleasant but does smell quite woody (from its natural ingredients - not artificially added perfumes - this is the Scent-Free range after all!) which can be a bit much first thing in the morning. This is definitely something I've got use to over time of using the product though and barely notice it now.


I've been applying the new Scent-Free Light Day Moisturiser each morning after the Hydrating Calming Serum and it is literally  incredible. The Light Day Moisturiser has transformed my dry skin and adds an instant boost of hydration. Like the serum, it is immediately absorbed, doesn't leave any greasy residue and leaves my skin feeling light, silky and refreshed, without feeling weighed down or clogged. I do wish it included SPF protection however so I always have a light layer of sun block to help keep my skin safe from harmful rays.


I'm so happy with the new additions to the Scent-Free range and they have both become firm favourites and absolute staples in my skincare routine. Both the Hydrating Calming Serum and the Light Day Moisturiser come in handy 50ml tubes with simple, chic white and grey packaging. Each comes with a pump applicator which is really convenient, hygienic and let's you control how much product you use. I just wish they came in larger 200ml sizes too so I can have a big bottle of each for use at home and keep the 50mls for taking on my travels. The Hydrating Calming Serum is £17.50 and the Light Day Moisturiser is £16.50, which I think is a fantastic price considering the quality of the products and fact they include all organic and natural ingredients. Green People also frequently have discount codes available too so follow them on Twitter to keep your eyes peeled for these! 

Have you tried any of Green People's products before?

Let me know if you'd like me to write about their other Scent-Free products I have in my collection or about my sensitive skin routine / journey in general 

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*Thanks so much to Green People for inviting me to try out these lovely Scent-Free products. All thoughts are honest and my own. For more information please see my Disclaimer Page.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Lifestyle // Parkinson's Awareness Week 2016 - My #Parkinsonsin1

As I blogged on Monday, this week is Parkinson's Awareness Week *fanfare* It's the little things in life which can make a big difference to a Parkinson's sufferer and this week Parkinson's UK is encouraging people to share the one thing which helps them to deal with the condition. Parkinson's sadly affects and impacts my family everyday so I thought I'd share with you the little thing that makes a big difference to me - my #Parkinsonsin1


Take That - Patience

Whilst I was a mega fan back in the day, I'm not really a fan of Take That 2.0! One thing I will be eternally grateful for though is their song Patience. I have always been one of the most impatient people in the world - a typical born and raised Londoner, I'm that person ducking and diving down the street to get where I need to go quickly, and heaven help you if you get in my way! However one good thing that has come out of my experience of Parkinson's is I have finally learnt some patience - and I'm much better for it - both in helping support my relative, and in my day to day life.

Parkinson's can affect movement so sufferers may take much longer to do the simplest thing or even freeze up completely. But why should that bother me? It may be slightly frustrating to not be able to walk somewhere as quickly as I would if I were on my own but think how frustrating it must be to not be able to move as quickly as you once could or sometimes not be able to move at all. The last thing you would want is to feel hurried or - even worse - a burden and inconvenience. A quick croon of Take That and I'm reminded that patience is a virtue and one that can make all the difference to somebody with Parkinson's. My family and I also sometimes sing it at each other as a light reminder if someone is not being terribly patient! Life's not all about getting somewhere quickly, it's about the journey it takes to get there. Relax, have patience and smile - the world is a lot nicer place.

If you'd like any more information on Parkinson's do check out the Parkinson's UK website - They have huge amounts of useful and user friendly information on what the condition is and how it can take affect. They also offer amazing support networks - both online and IRL - for sufferers and their families, so you can be sure that no one has to face Parkinson's alone.

You can see what others see as the one thing which makes a difference to their experience with Parkinson's by following
#Parkinsonsin1 across social media.

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P.S - I definitely don't claim to know everything about Parkinson's or what those with Parkinson's go through. I am purely drawing from mine and my family's knowledge and experience of this condition, and the help that Parkinson's UK have given us.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Lifestyle // Moonpig's New Stationery Range

Mooooonpiiiggg dot com! What a great jingle eh?! The pioneers of personalised greeting cards, Moonpig have now expanded their services to include gifts and stationery - perfect for sending something cute and practical to friends and family to help them celebrate a special occasion. The cheeky little chipolatas at Moonpig kindly sent me a few new pieces from their stationery range to celebrate their exciting new venture. Thanks guys!


I love stationery - the best thing about school was definitely having an excuse to stock up at the beginning of each term! Why yes I do need another pencil case and 15 pretty notebooks! I think stationery always makes a great present too, as its practical as well as pretty, so even those not as obsessed as others can still find a use for it - I mean who doesn't love a cute pen to write down their To Do list?! And cute pens I did get! I love this little pack of three ballpoints which come in a sweet little spots and stripes pattern. .


I also absolutely love this Happy Jackson notebook - the colour is amazing (and totally fits with my blog design) and the little quote on the front is really cute. It's lined inside so my writing will keep nice and neat and it's a great size for taking on the move with me. This is definitely going to be my new blogging book! Moonpig has a whole range of notebooks available and this bad boy is £9.


Now not strictly stationery but a great gift all the same is this personalised Keep Calm and Make Tea mug which even comes with a free Moonpig branded Earl Grey tea bag. Now I have never had a cup of proper tea in my life (yes, really. I swear I am British!) but I love the pale blue colour of this mug and am a sucker for anything with my name on! I really liked that it came with a little tea bag included - little touches like that make a big difference I think. There are lots of mug designs to choose from, with prices starting at £8.


Moonpig also sent me a couple of their lovely cards to give me a taste of their latest collection. Quote prints are so popular right now and I really like this "You are super duper" orange watercolour card (£2.99). This is just the sort of note I would send to a girlfriend to let her know I'm thinking of her. It's blank inside too, so really could be used for any occasion. 


I also love this fold out cat card! The illustrated style is really cute and, added with the personalised name, makes it seem like someone really has sat down to hand make it for me. The paper stock it is printed on feels really good quality too so would make a great card to show a cat lover you care!  


I'm really impressed with the new Moonpig stationery range - it's super cute and such an easy way to send someone a gift to show them you care. You simply pick what you want, add it to your basket, add any desired personalisation and then they take care of the rest - simples! I went to the Moonpig press day earlier in the year and was so impressed by the range and scale of other gifts they sell, and all at really reasonable prices too, so it's definitely worth checking them out next time you need to send someone a little something.

Did you know Moonpig did gifts and stationery too?

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Monday, 18 April 2016

Lifestyle // Parkinson's Awareness Week 2016

It's that time of the year again - Parkinson's Awareness Week! As I have blogged before, Parkinson's is a condition very close to my heart, so I always like to try and spread awareness throughout the year but especially during Parkinson's Awareness Week. Parkinson's UK is a fantastic charity which does so much to support Parkinson's sufferers and their families and also to carry out research to help find a cure for the illness. Parkinson's UK is well aware that many people do not know of, or fully understand, how Parkinson's manifests itself, or that Parkinson's UK is here to help, so they've put together a really helpful short video I wanted to share with you below. The more people that share, the more people can be reached :D


But first - What is Parkinson's?

Parkinson's is a condition which occurs when nerve cells in the brain die. These nerve cells are needed to create the chemical dopamine. Dopamine sends signals from the brain around the body allowing you to speak and move the way you want to. Without dopamine you lose control of simple speech and movement, which can result in the hand tremors most commonly associated with Parkinson's.

However, the symptoms of Parkinson's are usually far more extensive than a tremor in the hand. Often those with Parkinson's find it hard to swallow and speak, and also find that their bodies completely seize up at times, leaving them unable to move at all. There are also many other physical and mental symptoms which can cause distress and frustration for sufferers. I mean, imagine how you'd feel if you couldn't do the simplest things you've spent the majority of your life completely able to do?

Key Facts about Parkinson's

♥ Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition for which there is currently no cure.
 It is the second most common neurodegenerative disease in the UK, after dementia.
 People with Parkinson's don't have enough of the chemical dopamine, because for some reason specific nerve cells in their brain have died. It is not yet known why this happens.
 Some of the main symptoms of Parkinson's are tremor, muscle stiffness, tiredness, pain and depression.
 Symptoms vary greatly from person to person.
 Parkinson's can make everyday situations - such as getting dressed, talking, writing or using a computer - very difficult and frustrating.
 Parkinson's is a fluctuating condition which can change from day to day and even hour to hour.
 Up to 80% of Parkinson's sufferers will go on to develop Parkinson's Dementia.
 Parkinson's Dementia causes hallucinations, memory loss and confusion, gradually robbing people of their independence, relationships and their dignity.

 7.45 million people worldwide are estimated to have Parkinson's.
 127,000 people in the UK have Parkinson's.
 1 in 500 people in the UK will develop Parkinson's.
 1 person every hour in the UK is diagnosed with Parkinson's.

Parkinson's Awareness Week 2016

This year for Parkinson's Awareness Week, Parkinsons's UK is really keen to increase knowledge of not only Parkinson's but also the charity themselves. Many people keep their Parkinson's a secret, which can be very lonely, and so they hope that by people sharing the below video, it will let people know that they need not be alone, and that Parkinson's UK is there to offer support and help to all those affected.

This year the theme for Parkinson's Awareness Week is One Small Thing. They're asking those affected by Parkinson's to share the small things which make a big difference to their lives to help them cope with the condition.


I'm really looking forward to seeing what things help other people - I might pick up some new tips and tricks to help my family and it's also nice to engage with others affected by Parkinson's. Parkinson's UK offers so many great services such as support groups and online forums to make sure no one has to deal with Parkinson's alone. You can find out about what little things make a huge difference to people by following @ParkinsonsUK on Twitter and checking out the hashtag #Parkinsonsin1 I'll be sharing one thing that makes a difference to me and also my family later on this week. 

If you want to learn more about Parkinson's and the work that Parkinson's UK does be sure to visit their website - 

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P.S - I definitely don't claim to know everything about Parkinson's or what those with Parkinson's go through. I am purely drawing from mine and my family's knowledge and experience of this condition, and the help that Parkinson's UK have given us.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Beauty // Boswell & Co Beauty Haul

My best friend from uni now lives in Oxford and I love going to visit her and wandering around the beautiful historic city. One shop I've always admired from the outside, but have never ventured into is Boswell & Co - a grand independently run department store which dates back to 1738.  Every time I visit Ruth I think I must go in for an explore, but we always seem to run out of time. So imagine my delight when Boswell & Co got in touch with me to see if I'd like to try some of their favourite products on sale in their beauty hall. Yes please! I thought I'd show you what I got sent and my first impressions.


I received a really beautiful little package with a real range of products - none of which I'd ever tried before.
How exciting!  

This was the first thing I opened up and was absolutely delighted that it's aesthetic seemed to match that of historical Boswell & Co perfectly! This is the exact sort of thing I would have admired in my grandmother's bathroom as a child. I'm a sucker for anything old or quirky looking! And quirky is definitely the word I'd use having read the label properly! On the front is says "In all we do, let us be generous, fair & loving to Spaceship Earth and all its inhabitants. For we're ALL-ONE OR NONE! ALL ONE!" Love it! The product itself is also really cool and quirky - it has so many uses! You are supposed to add drops of the soap to water to then be used as a cleanser, body wash, shampoo, shaving foam, toothpaste, bath oil, decongestant and can even be used as a household cleaner too! Crazy! I'm not sure how I feel about using something to clean my skin that can also be used to clean my kitchen floor but it does say that it's made from pure, organic ingredients. It also has an amazing peppermint smell that definitely reminds me more of beauty products than cleaning products! The only question is, what thing to use it for first?!


I've always wanted one of these body brushes purely as I think the classic beechwood style looks really lovely in the bathroom! The brush features natural bristles which help to exfoliate and massaging nodules on the other side, which are great to help circulation and improve skin tone. I can't wait to add this to my pamper routine. The bristles are really soft and the long handle on the brush means it should be really easy to use. 


The only product I've ever used by Weleda is calendula ointment which is good for healing cuts and grazes. I haven't come across any of their beauty products before but this one smells amazing! I love that it includes all natural products and promises to help soften fine lines and preserve elasticity and vitality. I swear since I turned 30, hundreds of wrinkles have popped up on my face and it's literally all I see when looking in the mirror! Hopefully this should help get rid of some of them - or at least stop more appearing! 


I was sent a few of these little moisturiser tubes, which are a perfect size for travelling. It's a really thick moisturiser which I don't think I'd like to use on my face as my pores get blocked easily and I'm prone to milia, but it will be amazing for using on my body. I think this will be fantastic for putting on my elbows and feet at night to sink in and leave them nice and soft, ready for getting my arms and tootsies out this summer!  It will also be a great hand moisturiser as its really thick and rich, and in a perfect handbag sized tube.


This mask sounds amazing! Promising to deeply cleanse and draw toxins out from blocked pores, it is designed to minimize and tighten pores and leave the face feeling refreshed and looking energised. My skin is quite dry so anything which promises to make it look radiant is a winner with me! It contains no parabens or SLS which is fantastic for me as I have very sensitive skin, and it's a gel consistency which I really like as I find it really refreshing. I love the green and wood packaging too - so pretty!


This little bottle sounds like it will have a big impact! It includes avocado oil which is apparently scientifically proven to stimulate the production of collagen in the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and skin tone. Haha do you think Boswell are trying to tell me something?! Designed to be applied before moisturiser and make up, the Divine Face Oil is said to create a really rich and hydrating base.


I'm really excited by the products that Boswell & Co kindly sent me. They're mostly products I haven't seen before or from brands which aren't widely available. Thanks guys! They all have a very luxurious feel to them and I think would be great for giving to someone as a beautiful gift. I will definitely be going in to Boswell & Co next time I'm in Oxford to check out the rest of their ranges as if these products are anything to go by, it will be quite a special experience!

Have you tried any of the products above? 

Let me know if you'd like a full review of any!

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Monday, 11 April 2016

Favourites // March 2016

I blimmin love a monthly favourites post! I sadly didn't write one for February as it was a bit of a crap one but March has been much better and I've been loving LOADS! Whilst Feb was spent dealing with a break up and consequentially moving house and crying ALL THE TEARS, March has been spent picking myself back up and actually having a pretty awesome time! Sure, it's been hard and I'd be lying if I said there hadn't been any tears, but I've had an action packed time with my friends and family, including 2 girls weekends, several nights out, a wedding, a first birthday party, holiday planning and a lot - A LOT - of prosecco! 


Girls weekend in Broadstairs 

I am writing a whole post about my girls weekend in Broadstairs so won't harp on about it too much here but it was AMAZING! My four best friends from school and I booked the trip to celebrate our thirtieths and had such a lovely time having long beach walks, playing board games and exploring the quaint little Kentish town. I'll have my full post up in a week or two so will tell you more about it then!


Snapchat (pickleemsy)

Despite having initially felt about 60 when I first downloaded this app as I simply could not get to grips with how it worked, I have now become OBSESSED with Snapchat! I love being able to have a nosy into everyone's days and I've slowly but surely been becoming braver and started uploading my own videos as well as just photos. Sadly someone already nabbed my usual moniker so if you want to follow me my user name is pickleemsy. I'm always looking for more people to follow too so do leave your usernames in the comments below!


Little Mix Get Weird Tour

On Easter Sunday I went to see Little Mix at the O2 with my gal pals. We booked tickets waaaay back in October so were so excited when the day finally came! We headed to The Breakfast Club for dinner beforehand (where several portions of Creme Egg Pancakes were ordered YUM!) and then boogied off the day's chocolate calories at the Get Weird Tour. The girls were absolutely AMAZING and they looked incredible! Seriously, I need to put a picture of Jesy on my fridge - what a babe! They sang all my faves from their new album (Lightning and ADIDAS were awesome, and don't even get me started on Black Magic!) as well as their classic hits like Change Your Life and Salute. It's the third time I've seen them live and I can't wait to see them again! 


What We Did On Our Holiday DVD

I've written before about how one of my favourite things to do is have a movie night in with my dad. Well now I live back at home we've had several and one of my favourite films we watched this month was What We Did On Our Holiday. Featuring some British acting icons like Billy Connolly, Rosamund Pike and David Tennant it tells a heart warming and hilarious tale of family, relationships and the meaning of life. It's a really easy watch that had me laughing out loud and even shedding a few tears. It's perfect for Sunday night viewing with the fam and is on Netflix. Get watching!


Death at Seaworld by David Kirkby

This is the second whale / SeaWorld related book I've read in the last 6 months - I just find it all so interesting. I wanted to be a killer whale trainer when I was little until I realised at a sadly young age I just wasn't the type of girl who would ever look good in a wet suit! After watching Blackfish I realised that was definitely a good thing! Death at SeaWorld takes a deeper look at the history and scientific facts about orcas and why they are not suitable for captivity at institutions like SeaWorld and follows the career of Dr Naomi Rose who is a key advocate in the fight against captivity. It's quite factual with a lot of stats and figures, so probably not one to read on the sun lounger this summer, but I'd definitely recommend it to someone wanting to know more about the issues surrounding Blackfish.


Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

I decided to treat myself to the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara as a little birthday gift. It's the most expensive mascara I've ever bought at £19.50 a tube but I bloody love it! My eyelashes, whilst naturally long and relatively curled, are really sparse and I'm always hankering after a mega volume boosting mascara. I love the Seventeen Falsifeye HD Mascara as an everyday but thought I deserved something even better and feel so confident when wearing Better Than Sex. It really bulks out my lashes without making them clumpy and adds even more lift and curl too. I will definitely be buying this again and again and again. Major packaging goals too!


Barry M Satin Super Slick Lipstick - 168

I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS LIPSTICK! I've really been loving nude lips recently and this Barry M Satin Super Slick Lipstick is absolutely PERFECT! The colour is just the right shade of brown toned pinky nude and is so creamy it's so comfortable to wear. I love the light sheen it gives - not too glossy - and it just goes with absolutely everything and all occasions. My only criticism is that it is slightly too soft and creamy and I've had to buy a second one as I accidentally smushed my first one! I definitely want to pick up the other 5 colours in the range.  


Quay Australia My Girl Sunglasses 

Spring has finally sprung and I am loving the lighter morning and evenings, especially as we've even been having some proper sunshine! Another thing I treated myself to for my birthday last month was a pair of bloggers fave - the Quay Australia My Girl sunglasses. Yes, they're slightly obnoxious but no, I don't care! I love the oversized cat eye shape and the blue mirrored lenses are so fabulous. Roll on summer!


Oasis - E Necklace

My final March favourite is this utterly adorable gold initial necklace which my brother and his fiancé gave me for my birthday. Thanks loves! I'm obsessed with anything with my initial on and love the font of this E. It's so dainty and the little diamanté stone is also really pretty. I've worn this necklace literally everyday in March and have had so many compliments on it. I believe it's from Oasis so have a looksie to see if they have your initial too. Thanks Will and Hels - I LOVE IT!


That's everything I've been loving in March. I love to read Monthly Favourites posts so please do leave me your links below!

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