Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Favourites // July 2018

Wow it seems like just the other day I was posting my June Favourites...ahem! Yes they were horrendously late, but look how beautifully on time these July Faves ones are! July was a lot less stressful than June - whilst moving day itself was testing, I’ve since been in my new flat and able to settle in and enjoy my new neighbourhood. And I am LOVING IT! I’m going to do a full post on exactly why I find Brixton such a great place to live soon so keep those peepers peeled. I’m also loving my shorter commute which has meant I don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn and have been feeling super energised and motivated to go to the gym. At last! It doesn’t hurt that I’ve also finally booked my flights and accommodation for India too - bring on that October body! I had some really fun day trips in July too - Hyper Japan festival, the Athletics World Cup, and a visit to the Udderbelly Festival, all whilst trying not to melt in this heatwave. There’s also been a fair bit of shopping action and I somehow managed to win myself a free holiday too!

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Athletics World Cup

Back in March, I battled The Beast From The East to go and watch the IAAF World Indoor Championships athletics up in Birmingham. The weather couldn’t have been more different for our trip to the Athletics World Cup Final at the Olympic Stadium on the 15th July! It was an absolute scorcher, so of course we enjoyed a Magnum and ice cold coke - diet going well obvs - as we watched the events. It was such a lovely day, meeting Andy's family to watch the football World Cup Final in the afternoon and then heading to the Olympic Stadium together afterwards. While USA took the cup, Team GB did really well - especially the ladies 4 x 100m relay team who took the Gold. The stadium was fairly empty which was a shame, but the atmosphere was still really buzzing, with lots of cheering and fabulously British Union Jack waving. 

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Fab Ice Lollies

The UK has actually been having a summer this year - it’s been beautifully hot and sunny for pretty much 6 weeks straight now. This of course means one thing - EAT ALL THE ICE LOLLIES!!! I’ve been living for Fab lollies - they’re such a great treat for just 81 calories. The chocolate bit is just enough to satisfy sweet cravings and I love the different textures from the nobbly sprinkles, smooth milk section and ice cold strawberry layer. YUM! I’ve been buying them at Iceland and Lidl, a box of 12 for only a couple of quid. LONG MAY THE SUNSHINE CONTINUE! 

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I do love the Udderbelly Festival - the Southbank is always a great place to grab a drink, but I particularly like the little secret garden of giant flowers, Pimms bars, food carts and circus tents that is the Udderbelly. What’s not to like? I try to see something performed there every year, as well as just going to hang out, as they always have such an interesting mix of shows and some really underrated talent. I was due to meet my cousin for a drink and dinner and we thought it would be fun to check out a show too. From the Box Office is great for grabbing last minute tickets and they’re often pretty cheap too, so we decided upon Circa’s Peepshow - an intriguing sounding acrobatic circus performance in the Paradiso tent - a part of the Festival I’d never explored before. It was so good! Essentially acrobats in underwear, the troop of 6 tumbled, contorted and aerialed their way through the performance which was mixed with comedy, blaring bass music and a lot of smoke machine action. It was actually super intense - particularly with the loud music thumping through you - but really enjoyable, and totally unlike anything I’ve seen before. For £24 a ticket, it was well worth it! It’s on until the 18th August too, so still time to grab a ticket if you can. After the show we had a beer and a good old catch up, discussing how we too would long for core muscles of an acrobat while we stuffed our faces with nachos. Perfect!

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Body Combat

Spurred on by the desire for an acrobat’s core muscles, and a particularly strong love of nachos, I got well into the gym in July. I’ve discovered Body Combat class and have been loving releasing my inner Anthony Joshua every Monday evening with a mix of boxing, Thai Chi-ing and Muay Thai-ing. It’s brilliant exercise, makes me feel super strong, and most importantly is so much fun! I feel like I’ve found my groove with the gym and am looking forward to continuing it into August and beyond. It’s so good for my mental health, gives me something productive to do with my time and I’m starting to make a few gym buddy friends too. Big smiles all round!

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Primark Jurassic Park T Shirt

Talking of big smiles - holy shit you should have seen my face when I spotted this bad boy! As anyone who knows me will tell you - I’m a bit obsessed with Jurassic Park (did you read my June Favourites?!) I was gutted not to get to see the giant Jeff Goldblum statue which was erected outside the Mayors Office recently, but now I get to wear him splashed all over this most excellent t shirt! God bless you Primark

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A firm June favourite was my beautifully delicate and elegant PANDORA necklace. I went for a bit of a different tact in July, and wore this amazing Gold Zodiac Necklace from Boho Moon pretty much every day. I spotted it as a sponsored post on Insta and fell in love! I’d been after the perfect length, gold, borderline-chav necklace for AGES - and this one fits the bill perfectly! I love the size of the Aquarius pendant, and the twisted chain softens the gaudiness, adding delicacy and a pretty sparkle as it catches the light. I get so many complements every time I wear it (and yes I am taking Curly’s comment that it looks like a piece of cursed treasure from The Pirates of Caribbean as a compliment too!) and several of my friends have ordered their own as well. It’s a really fun piece which goes with everything and can be dressed up or down. Obsessed! I’m definitely going to check out more of the Boho Moon range and have been eyeing up a lovely silver and opal ring. Watch this space.

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Rebecca Chance Bad Twins

I’ve been absolutely appalling at reading this year. I did have grand plans of reading a new book each month, but other than having the Harry Potters on repeat, and devouring crime thriller The Honeymoon, I’ve failed MISERABLY! I was just about to cancel my Audible subscription, but then noticed Rebecca Chance had a new book coming out at the end of July. I’ve read all of Rebecca’s books (and reviewed a fair few too) and always enjoy them! They’re always a fantastic length, have a salacious, involved storyline and a good bit of comedy in them too. I quickly downloaded Bad Twins, and proceeded to listen to it almost in one day! I loved it! Focused on the Sachs family as the four siblings battle to prove themselves worthy of taking over the family billion dollar hotel business, there’s plenty of bitching, back stabbing and bonking. It’s the perfect holiday read! 

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Paco Rabanne Olympea 

I haven’t yet unpacked all of my perfume collection yet, but one little badger that has made it out the box is my Paco Rabanne Olympea. I adore the bottle - it’s such an unusual shape and looks really classy on my dressing table. The scent itself is also lovely - it’s quite a sophisticated, grown up fragrance - not too sweet and not too floral, but the perfect balance between the two. It’s really nice to wear everyday as it is fairly subtle and as you can see I’ve pretty much finished mine now. 

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These are literally everything I look for in a sandal! No blister inducing toe post? Check! Ankle strap for low key support on my high ass arches? Check! Tiny heel so you still feel slightly sophisticated and - nanna alert - you don’t give yourself sciatica?! Check! Nude goes-with-everything-colour? Check! Absolute bloody bargain at just £17? Check! I’ve loved and worn these so much that I’ve actually gone out and bought a second pair - the ones pictured here - noone needs to see my old grubby toe-marked sandals up close! That is the only downside of these shoes is that being nude they do get a bit dirty, and being faux suede they do trap dust and dirt more easily than if they were wipeable leather. I picked up a second pair as I know they’ll be fabulous to wear in India in October, and as I’m going to a wedding will want a nice fresh pair to wear. They also do these in black, khaki, gold and silver and I’m so tempted to pick a pair up in every colour. 

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That’s it for July! I can’t quite believe it’s now August - this year is absolutely racing by! August is looking like it’s going to be a great one - it’s Andy’s birthday, we’re off on a free holiday to a mystery destination with Wizz Air (we find out where to when we land!), I’ve got a work trip to Oxford and there’s another  bank holiday to look forward to too. Plus The Meg is finally out in cinemas. Jason Statham + whack off shark = very happy Em! 


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Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Favourites // June 2018

Hello hello, it’s me with another spectacularly late Favourites post! I did actually have this written by 1st July but life got in the way and here we are 24 days later with it FINALLY edited, formatted and photographed. ANYHOO. June was a long old month - super fun in some ways with all sorts of activities and days out, but I also moved for the fourth time in two years which was all kinds of horrendous. Good lord I’ve horded a lot of shit for the past 14 years! I left my family home when I was 18 and haven’t been back properly since so my poor parents have been storing my various boxes of - what can only be described as - useless crap. Thanks guys! I decided it was time to wade through the old junk properly this time rather than just adding to the pile, which ended up being quite a big job! BUT I have now actually made the move hurrah! I'm not sure I’d recommend moving on the hottest day of the year with a banging hangover, but I lived to tell the tale and I’m now living in Brixton with Andy and it’s going great so far. It’s a bit of a bold move as there’s definitely something at his house I’m allergic to, so hashtag pray for Emsy and I’ll keep you posted! In the meantime - on with the June Faves.

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Thames Rockets

Andy and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary mid June so I organised a RIB speed boat trip down the Thames. A bit extra?! It was AMAZING! We did the Thames Rockets Ultimate London Experience, which was 50 minutes long, and started at the London Eye, toured with commentary down to the Houses of Parliament, then looped back around and went down the Thames, past the Tower of London, under Tower Bridge, past Town Hall and exited the speed restriction zone. This is when the fun really began! The power ballads were blasted out, the speed was cranked up and we flew down the river with all sorts of jazzy turns and twists thrown in for a really fun, thrilling ride. I can’t recommend Thames Rockets enough, and I’ll definitely use them again. They often do 241 tickets and offers so keep an eye out. I got our seats buy one get one free, so was only £40. Bargain!

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Royal Albert Hall - Hans Zimmer vs John Williams

Back to the Royal Albert Hall! If you read my May Favourites you’ll know that I went to see Planet Earth II Live in Concert - which was A-MAZING - so I was very excited to return to the RAH mid June. I am a sucker for a movie soundtrack and have seen the Jurassic Park theme performed several times at the venerable music venue so it was a real treat to go again for a collection of the best works of John Williams and Hans Zimmer. Whilst I’ve seen similar concerts here in the past, this was by far the most entertaining. The orchestra had so much energy, the accompanying laser and light show was incredible and the conductor and host Anthony Inglis was so funny - even dressing up as Darth Vader for the finale. And yes I bawled happy tears throughout the Jurassic Park theme. As always.

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Jurassic World 2 - Fallen Kingdom

Talking of Jurassic Park - how bloody good was Jurassic World 2 - Fallen Kingdom?! On our actual anniversary, Andy and I went to our favourite restaurant Aqua Kyoto for incredible sushi, then walked down across the river to the BFI IMAX to watch JW2. God I love this film franchise, it really is the gift that keeps on giving! Yes it was probably the worst of the 5 films but I still absolutely loved it! The acting was fab and I’m a little bit in love with the idea that dinosaurs really could roam the earth with us. I do wish they’d stop inventing new dinosaurs though. It just makes the whole thing so implausible....I also loved all the promo they did around the film, and made a trip to King's Cross Station at an UNGODLY hour on a Saturday morning to check out the giant T-Rex and Velociraptors they had on display. Roarsome.

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PANDORA Classic Elegance Necklace

How beautiful is this necklace please? You may have seen my blog post about the lovely evening I spent making flower crowns with PANDORA, where I was lucky enough to be given this beautiful Classic Elegance necklace. I’ve been wearing it non stop! I just think it’s absolutely gorgeous! It’s so sparkly and elegant, yet so simple - it’s been perfect for wearing everyday, adding a bit of glitz to my outfit. I love pieces like this which don’t just have to be saved for special events (especially as I rarely go to any!) but I also can’t wait to wear it to the wedding I’m going to in October. 

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Baywatch 

I freaking love this film! I went to see it three times at the cinema when it came out last year and my crush on The Rock was my biggest surprise of 2017 (I thought I’d be alllll about Zac Efron!) My brother gave me the DVD for my birthday a record breaking four months late, so my love for it has been reignited all over again. I think I had it on three times in a row while I did my packing to move - it’s the perfect light hearted film to have on in the background which you can dip in an out of. Unless of course you haven’t seen it, in which case I insist you sit and watch it properly, giving it the undivided attention it deserves. Thank me later.

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Spotify

I signed up for banger of a bargain 3 months of Spotify Premium for just 99p in June. And I am LOVING IT! It’s got so many songs, and some really great playlists too. I’m pretty sure the 99p deal is still on too if you want to get in on the action. I am particularly enjoying the Independent Ladies playlist which features some absolute classics from the likes of Destiny’s Child, Eve, Missy Elliot and Miley Cyrus.

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Football World Cup

Now I never thought I’d say this, but... I WAS LIVING FOR THE WORLD CUP! I’ve always liked watching big sporting competitions, but mostly as it’s a good excuse to grab your mates and head down the pub for a few pints. Lads lads lads. However, I was actually really into the game itself this year! Andy's a huge football fan and has basically been training me for the last year to like it as well, to give him all the free football watching passes! I took part in his friend’s sweepstake too, which involved picking 8 teams of various levels and scoring points for each goal and win etc, which was really fun as it kept me interested even if England weren’t playing. And didn’t our boys do us proud? It was so great to have the whole country united and even the greatest sceptics thought that football just might be coming home this time. While we didn’t quite cinch the Cup, it certainly gave us all a bit of fire in our bellies to a level which I don’t remember from any other World Cup in the last 30 years. And also, Loftus Cheek is well fit. Swoon.  

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Love Island

Well of course it was going to be included! Who was I kidding a few weeks ago when I thought it was only an OK series which wouldn’t have me hooked! I’ve gone very up and down with this year - I hate that it’s gone down the very edited and staged route and contestants clearly being told what to say - loyal anyone?! - but it keeps drawing me back in! Current thoughts are - I love Dani - everyone needs a friend like her, I want to give Laura a hug, and I really dislike Wes and Kaz. GET DANNY DYER IN THAT VILLA!

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Oral B 3D White Luxe Glamorous White Toothpaste 

This toothpaste is a literal game changer! Like most people, I’m always after ways to brighten up my smile, and I’ve been pretty annoyed over the years from using products which claim to give me pearly whites, but actually make little difference. SAY HELLO TO ORAL B GLAMOROUS WHITE! I was actually introduced to this by Andy and I’ve gotta say, it’s one of the best things he’s bought to my life! The results are definitely noticeable and build up pretty quickly too, and while there are different flavours in the range, the Glamorous White taste is really nice - fresh yet not over powering. It’s also great to find a product which works really well but doesn’t cost an arm and a leg - you can often find it on offer at Boots and Superdrug for 2 tubes for £6! They also have a Whitening Accelerator in the range too, which I’m very excited to try. Watch this space.

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So there we go - possibly the latest Favourites post on record! I hands on heart promise that July will be live in the first week of the month! July is shaping up a bit more chilled and settled than the moving frenzy that was June - lots of gymming, holiday planning, settling in and exploring my new home and catching up with old friends. 


See you next week.... I promise!


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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Fashion // #DOPANDORA Summer 2018 Wedding Collection

Nothing says summer like a fresh flower crown, and nothing says wedding like beautiful jewellery. Put your hands together and what have you got? PANDORA’s Summer 2018 Wedding Collection Flower Crown Making Event of course - and what a cracker it was too!

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I rocked up to The Ivy Chelsea Garden on Tuesday super excited, and also quite nervous - I hadn’t been to a blogger event in quite a while, but was looking forward to getting back into a routine which I used to love, meeting some new friends and checking out PANDORA’s new bridal and wedding jewellery collection. The Ivy is of course a favourite spot for instagrammers, with its absolutely stunning exterior of fresh yellow and white flowers - the perfect place for a flower crown making workshop! After being ushered through to a beautiful conservatory type back room and given a glass of Champagne - they know the way to my heart - I soon settled in and got chatting to lovely Abby from PANDORA and some of the other bloggers there. It was then time to get our flower crown making on! After a quick run down on the different types of flowers we were going to use (whose names I don’t  remember but were all bloody beaut) and the technique to use, we were off! Yikes! 

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Without having much of a vision - why change the habit of a lifetime - I picked some pretty pink, purple and white flowers that looked like they’d probably go together - and a bit of green foliage for good measure - and set about making my flower crown. Bloody hell its harder than they made it look! It was actually rather therapeutic though - snipping the flowers with just enough stem to attach to the length of wire, and wrapping around the green gutter tape to secure it in place. The key to success is apparently to make sure all flowers point in the same direction and sit on the same side of the wire so they don’t poke into your head when you rock your crown - which I managed to do fairly well waheyyyy! They other key is to be quite delicate with your tape wrapping so you don’t accidentally squeeze the heads off your flowers as you go - something I failed to manage to do, and had to do several patch up jobs to replace my beheaded blooms. RIP my pretties. 


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Once all of my wire was covered in flowers, I attached a ribbon through the looped ends, so I could wear my crown and I was pretty pleased with my end result, even though it was far less fabulous than some of the creations the other girls had made! I was going for subtle yeah... Everyone looked stunning - fresh flowers really do look gorgeous, so perfect for weddings, festivals, or just a fun Tuesday evening in Chelsea!

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I then went to explore the gorgeous jewellery PANDORA had bought along - SO MUCH SPARKLE!!! PANDORA is such a classic brand, synonymous with quality and affordability. Their pieces are so universal they really do make the perfect presents, and are a great idea for brides looking to treat their Bride Tribe. When I was Maid of Honour my friend gave me a beautiful PANDORA silver bangle which I always get so many compliments on when I wear and it’s classic design goes with everything. I didn’t get too many great pictures of the jewellery as the lighting just wasn’t doing them justice but I did fall in love with this beautiful Hearts of PANDORA Halo Ring - so simple but really pretty and striking.

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PANDORA also very kindly gave me this gorgeous Classic Elegance Necklace which is my favourite piece from the collection - I just love how sparkly it is, and can be dressed up or down. I also love that it is set in the centre of the chain - the chain doesn't run through the charm, so you won't find the end of the necklace having worked it's way around to the front to ruin any elegant wedding photos. They also gave me these super cute little Enchanted Crown Studs which are so sweet, and would make the perfect present for a really girlie girl or younger bridesmaid. So adorable! 

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I had such a lovely evening with the PANDORA team - thanks for having me guys! It’s put me right in the mood for summer wedding season, and I can’t wait for my next wedding in October. We’re actually doing flower crown making on the hen do too, so I’ll be able to wow the girls with my flower power, and dazzle them with my jewellery game. 


What’s your go-to wedding jewellery style?


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*Thanks so much to PANDORA for inviting me to such a fun event, and for my beautiful new jewellery. All thoughts are honest and my own. For more information please see my Disclaimer Page.

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