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Beauty: Weekend Nails with Nella Milano

2015 March 29
by What Emma Did

Want a chocolate treat this Easter that doesn’t contain calories or cause a major sugar overload? You can still have a sweet treat, but why not in the form of these beautiful Easter chocolate indulgence nail polishes from Nella Milano instead? Whether you are buying an Easter gift for a girly in your life, or just want a little gift for yourself that doesn’t look like an egg shaped chocolate feast, then you’ll love the Nella Milano stunning range of nail polishes in chocolate inspired hues Chestnut Road, Sizzling Sienna and Moon Whisper.

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Nella nails
As a huge beauty fan, I’m all over the idea of having pretty nails this Easter, and I love how these keep in line with the whole chocolate treat theme. For the chocolate lovers out there, the rich dark chocolatey hues of Chestnut Road offers a deep and sophisticated look, whereas the milkier shades of Sizzling Sienna creates a bang-on-trend deep nude, ideal for everyday wear. If white chocolate is more your thing, then check out the delicate yet decadent Moon Whisper – Easter has never looked so good! I have pained my nails with the Sizzling Sienna, as shown below.

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pink nails
Nella Milano nail polishes cost £8.95 per bottle, and are available over on the website here. If you are putting together a little basket of treats for your friend, sister, cousin, niece or whomever this Easter, these delicious hues will be more than appreciated! I am loving this shade on my nails – so glossy, clean and chic!

I may be a week early, but I hope you are all looking forward to Easter and do let me know your plans for the long weekend…

Beauty: WhatEmmaDid and HOF Beauty Event

2015 March 28

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So here is some exciting news! On Saturday 4th of April, I’ll be collaborating with House of Fraser Manchester by running 3 make-up masterclasses on the beauty floor, showcasing a few make-up tips and tricks. My make-up masterclasses are in collaboration with House of Fraser’s Beauty Confidential event – an exclusive to House of Fraser beauty event running from April 2nd – April 19th. This season, HOF have chosen their favourite 30 products and, to celebrate, you will get £10 off* one of your favourites when you buy one of theirs!

The Beauty Confidential event is a great way to spring clean your make-up bag, with offers on a selection of key beauty essentials that make the best make-up bag hero products. I have always loved the beauty hall at House of Fraser, so I am really lucky to be joining this event and I am really excited to run some little masterclasses with some of the fabulous products below!

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My masterclasses will take place at the HOF Beauty Hall (ground floor) in Manchester from 1pm – 2.30pm on Saturday 4th April. I’ll be hosting little demonstrations in contouring, the perfect foundation, and smokey eyes, using an array of my favourite products I have been collecting from HOF over the past few months. There will be cupcakes, fizz, and little gifts on the seats as a thank you for coming and watching! I would absolutely love to see you all there, so please do feel free to pop down and come and watch one of my masterclasses – drop me an email at editor@whatemmadid.com if you’d like to come (you can just turn up, but would be amazing to know you are coming before hand too so I can save you a seat and cupcake!)

Sessions will be as follows:
1pm. Smokey Eyes
1.30pm. Contouring
2pm. The Perfect Foundation

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Recently, I’ve been using a selection of skincare products from Origins at HOF, to prep my skin before an evening night or an occasion where I’ll be wearing a lot of make-up. My favourite so far is the Origins Modern Friction – a gentle dermabrasion exfoliator. I’ll be posting a review of these products soon after I have been using them for around 6 weeks, so I can properly tell you my thoughts.

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bare minerals
bare minerals
I love bare Minerals – you can see my post dedicated to this brand here. One of my favourite new products lately has to be the bare Minerals Read To Go Complexion Perfection set, which contains a concealer, foundation, touch up veil, bronzer and illuminzer, along with two hand brushes. I can’t rave about the concealer and the touch up veil enough, as these have always been two of my favourite products. This kit is the ultimate face essential – it has little versions of each product you need to create a flawless face, and I’ll be showing you how I use this on Saturday!

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bobbi brown
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Other favourites lately are the all-time all-rounder; the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick compact. Surely you have all heard of this fantastic product? They come in an array of shades, but I love the ‘bronze’ compact – a shimmery combinations of golden brown, bronze, gold, terracota and pink-bronze hues. I’ll also be adding this product to my contouring masterclass, so be sure to listen out! And as for the Clarins Multi-Protection, I’ll be trialing this over the next few weeks and will be reviewing soon. Clarins is an old favourtie, classic and timeless brand for a lot of people, so I have high hopes for this SPF 50 cream.

So in terms of the Beauty Confidential event, here are the products you can receive £10 off from April 2nd – 19th:

Receive £10 off from any of the below when you buy your favourite product 

1. Bobbi Brown Brow Kit £35

2. bareMinerals Get Started® Complexion Kit £39

3. Origins Modern Friction™ Nature’s Gentle Dermabrasion 125ml £33

4. Clarins Double Serum 50ml £69

5. Urban Decay Naked Palette £38

6. Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask 60ml £95.50

7. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick £32.50

8. Guerlain Météorites Baby Glow 30ml £35.50

9. Lancôme Miracle Cushion Fluid SPF23+ Foundation 30ml £29.50

10. Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE® Anti-Aging Treatment Boosting Cleanser 125ml £39

11. Lancôme Génifique Yeux Light-Pearl Concentrate 20ml £46

12. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation 30ml £36.50

13. Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil 100ml £40

14. Lancôme Galateis Douceur 400ml £36

15. Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate 15ml £54

16. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion 125ml + Pump £30

17. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate 30ml £36

18. Crème de la Mer Moisturising Cream 30ml £105

19. Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Power Serum 30ml £48

20. Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup SPF10 30ml £29.50

21. Guerlain Météorites Base Perfecting Pearls 30ml £44.50

22. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur Primer 30ml £29.50

23. Decléor Aromessence Solaire Tan Serum for Body 100ml £44

24. Clinique Smart Custom Serum 50ml £68

25. Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Recovery Complex II 50ml £69

26.Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder £35.50

27. Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream SPF30 40ml £28

28. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF15 30ml £31

29. Estée Lauder Perfectionist [CP+R] Serum 50ml £75

30. Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink Foundation 25ml £31.50

Hope to see you all at HOF on Saturday!

Beauty: MeMeMe Cosmetics

2015 March 26
by What Emma Did

I don’t mention it too often on the blog, but aside from my full time PR career, running a blog and starting a small boutique business, I also am a trained make-up artist. I hardly have any time to fit it in, but I like to do the occasional bridal make-up or bridal guest/occasion make-up when I can.

So as we all know, it’s almost officially Spring, which means wedding season is upon us! Therefore it is time once again to update my kit. I always practice make-up looks on myself first and try out the shades and techniques for a little while when I add new products or brands to my collection. So the latest addition for Spring/Summer 2015 is a couple of new products from MeMeMe Cosmetics.

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I love to have lots of different types of concealers and foundations, so that I can play around with shades and finishes. I am currently loving the MeMeMe Flawless Finish Collection, containing the flawless cream foundation, flawless concealer & corresponding brushes – a number of must-have essentials for a natural complexion. When I am creating a soft bridal look, it’s important that the bride and bridal parties skin looks fresh and blemish free, therefore a creamy texture and a medium coverage works wonders for creating a base to layer up. This range provides both those factors, and along with the brushes, the application is seamlessly smooth, making my job much easier. This set costs £24.50 which I think is great value if you are looking for a new foundation and concealer along with brushes!

I am also truly in love with the MeMeMe Quad Baked Eyeshadow Palettes - 4 shimmery, pearlescent baked colours in a palette of tonal shades to compliment each other depending on the look. The quad’s are highly pigmented for a smouldering look, and I am going to be using the beautiful golden brown shades above for my brides this season. I’ve been playing around with this natural-yet-striking eyeshadow look below…

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Subtle enough for a daytime look, yet strong enough to take you from desks to drinks. Teamed with some natural looking false eyelashes, I love this look for a bride. It’s so classic, timeless and pretty, and especially if you have blue/green eyes, these shades will really make eyes pop.

I added a touch of the deep blue from the navy tonal palette to the corners of my eyes when I wanted to try and dramatise the look a little, but with all the beautiful shades in these quad palettes, you can layer up with almost any colour and create glowing, sultry eyes. For £15, these sets are definitely worthy for filling up your collection.

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And finally, I have also been playing with the ‘Create the look- Smokey‘ eye set from MeMeMe. This set is made up of the seductive pressed trio eye palette ‘Smokey Eyes’, which offers an essential mixture of black, grey & white to create smokey mysterious depths. This collection includes the Smokey Eyes trio palette, Dark & Divine mascara, kohl Eye Line Pencil in Coal & Eye Sweep Precision Eye Definer. I love to keep a staple smokey eye collection in my mark-up artist kit, and also to keep myself for those Saturday evening events. This set is a definite go-to for creating a sultry look – I love the eye sweep felt tip pen inspired eyeliner for creating those sixties flicks. It’s so simple to use and creates fool-proof upper eyelid ‘flicks’, which people can often struggle to create.

This Smokey Eye Collection set is worth £17.50, so it makes a brilliant present too. Any girl who enjoys wearing make-up and hitting the town on the weekend will appreciate these products, so keep it in mind for those upcoming girly birthdays.

I’ll show you some more looks on my brides this Summer!

Lifestyle: 7 Ways To Become More Savvy

2015 March 25
by What Emma Did

The one time that someone described me as ‘savvy’ will always stick in my mind. I’m not sure why, but I guess it’s because I think of it as a huge compliment. Everyone wants to be savvy, right? Being ‘savvy’ can cover a range of areas; you can be money savvy, ideas savvy, creatively savvy… so just about anything! Following up from this little title which made me just a tiny bit happy, I wanted to put together some advice on how I believe you can focus on becoming quite a savvy person too. I have focused the tips on myself and my lifestyle, but I hope they can be adapted to suit yourself and how you may wish to make little amendments to be much more of a handy, smart and thrifty person!

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1. Those pennies make the pounds…
It’s an old fashioned saying, that if you watch the pennies, you’ll see the pounds. An old-school tactic, but one that works. I keep a glass jar on my shelf in my bedroom, hidden behind a photo frame, and every day when I get home from work I pop in anything less than 50 pence pieces that are in my purse. Any 20p’s, 10p’s, 5p’s and pennies are just seen as scraps to me anyway, so keeping them mounting up in a penny pot is an awesome way of saying a little money aside. Every now and again at the end of the month when I’m feeling rather low on money, it’s fine to dip into this for parking fee’s or little vending machine treats – those essentials where you need a little change!

2. Swap your carbs with your veggies
Being savvy isn’t just about saving, it’s about all aspects of life, including being diet and health savvy. This tip is taking inspiration from my friend, who swaps her noodles and spaghetti for ‘courgetti’ – using a spiraliser to replace carbohydrates with courgette that is shaped into noddles or pasta. A couple of my friends also blend cauliflour with a little butter and milk to make a creamy mash potato with no carbs, and I am yet to try make cauliflour crust pizza (it’s on my 2015 list of things to learn!). So cut down on carbs and up your vegetable intake without it ruining the taste of your meals by investing in a spiraliser, such as this one from Amazon, and learn other ways to swap your carbs for fresh veggies instead. Easy and cheap!

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courgetti

3. Use Vouchercodes whenever you can
Again, this isn’t something new, but something simple that when used right, can make you a super-savvy person. I always use voucher code websites such as Vouchersky, where you can get up to 15% off fashion products at Vouchersky. It’s so handy to check these type of websites out before you indulge in a spot of online shopping, as you can usually always manage to save yourself a little amount extra by visiting the retailers through these sites or using the exclusive codes they provide. Have a little look at what fashion deals they are currently running, I noticed a Gandy’s Flip Flops offer which is quite useful with going into the Spring, as well as High Street favourite Miss Selfridge. Make sure you always explore these options before your spending spree.

4. Use problem-focused products and stick to them
Ever find yourself cluttered up with different varieties of haircare products, styling creams, cosmetics? Usually because you have become swept up with instore or online offers and sales, but then end up with product overload and some just never get used. A year or so later, you throw away a 3/4 full bottle of clumpy mascara that never got used. I tend to focus on the problem or ‘need’ so to speak, invest in large size products which cater for this, and stick with them. That way, I’m not forever spending on items I have got carried away with, and I can ensure that the products I use are the ones I actually need for everyday use. Take for example, I have very fine, limp hair. It needs a good quality volumising shampoo and conditioner, but as my hair isn’t unruly, I don’t need an overly expensive brand to keep it in check. I stock up on Phil Smith Big It Up Volume Boosting Shampoo and Conditioner, which can cost around £2 each from Sainsbury’s as they are often reduced. Winner!

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5. Make homemade food
Now this is being really health, diet and money savvy all in one. All those shop bought comfort foods can actually be made at home for a fraction of the price and with much more health benefits. Take for example, I have a huge love for pizza. An excessive love some would say. But the shop bought frozen versions contain so many bad ingredients, making the fat content ridiculous, and making pizza be seen as a really unhealthy food. So don’t even get me started on the Dominos and Pizza Hut kind. I recently had the most amazing goats cheese and beetroot pizza at Revolution, which inspired me to start making my own. Make a pizza base really easy with wholewheat flour (or try the cauliflower option!), use a little tomato purée and fresh tomatoes crushed for the base, pop on a spreading of goats cheese, chop up fresh beetroot and place around the pizza, and sprinkle with herbs, spinach leaves and rocket. It is the tastiest yet healthiest pizza possible, and if you make it big enough, you can have it in third and serve with a salad, which will mean you get three dinner’s out of it. Hooray!

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6. Switch regular caffeinated drinks for flavoured teas
Take a break from your regular strong coffee’s or milky latte’s by adding some flavoured green tea’s to your drinking habits. Latte’s are very fatty, and strong coffee’s can give you a caffeine slump if too many drinks are consumed. The clippers range of pure green tea and flavoured green tea’s promote a whole range of benefits, with some of the flavours promoting radiance, clarity, and ‘kick-start’ (that one sounds interesting). Green tea also has the effect of filling you up, so you feel less hungry, and it also speeds up the metabolism. The Clippers range come in some lovely flavours; I’ve been drinking the Pear & Honey and Jasmine Decaffeinated versions every day this week and can’t get enough of them. I’ve been sharing out my Lime and Ginger flavour too with work colleagues, which has gone down a treat. Check out the range here and try replacing your morning coffee, for a healthier start to the day.

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green tea

7. Switch on your business brain.
You do have one… honest. There is a passion in everyone and if played correctly, you can turn a passion into a business, or even just a hobby if you don’t really want to go into business mode. But a passion that you are really good at can bring in extra money, and you will really give it your all if you love it that much. Think of the things you get excited for; yoga? piano playing? drawing? crafts? make-up? Try offering your passion as a side-service. Set up a blog to promote yourself and your hobby. Just start off small, but your dreams and passions could eventually becoming a career and life. I’m in the middle of starting this, by changing whatemmadid.com to become a ‘blogtique’ – a one stop blog and online boutique destination. You can see the work in progress here, and it will be launching officially in April!

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Beauty: Rose Based Organic Skincare

2015 March 24

You may have noticed that recently, whatemmadid.com has been including lots of natural skincare products and beauty tips, avoiding the use of products filled with acids and skin-stripping ingredients. As part of attempting to eat cleaner (I have failed this week guys, sorry!) I have also been trying to limit the use of chemicals and harsh products on my skin. It’s difficult, as I sometimes suffer from the odd breakout in which a range of acids can really help. However, for now it’s all about handmade and organic.

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Imagine my joy at coming across Forever Me Skincare – an organic handmade skincare brand using only Jojoba, Geranium, Chamomile, Lavendar, Almond Oil, Rose, Calandula, Cocoa Butter and Grapefruit Seed Extract. All powerful, natural ingredients with amazing healing, calming, moisturising and cleansing properties. I have been trying out the Calming Rose Cleanser, Refreshing Rose Toner and the Enriching Rose & Jojoba Moisturiser , which all use the finest natural ingredients combined with a base of rose water and Jojoba oil. Experts regard Rose to be a gentle soothing ingredient whilst jojoba oils have brilliant skin conditioning properties. So far, these have been extremely gentle to use, with a beautiful fresh scent, and leaving me with revitalised skin which looks super clean and feels smooth to touch.

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I have only just started using these products, so I will let you know with continued use if I find they effectively calm any redness or clear up any breakouts that come up. If you have really sensitive skin, or just want to give yourself a break from using anything harsh in your skincare regime, then I’d really suggest looking at switching to a skincare product routine which incorporates the natural ingredients mentioned above. Rose water is fast becoming a ‘biggy’ – so jump on the organic trend now if you wish to give your skin a well deserved break, and a treat of course!

You can find these products at Forever Me Skincare, but keep an eye out on the blog as I will giving away some of these beauties soon for you to try!

Beauty: March Skin Saviours

2015 March 23
by What Emma Did

I don’t know about you, but I’ve hardly had chance to even blink and it’s already the end of March. Where is 2015 disappearing to? Anyway, as we are nearing the end of the month, I wanted to share with you a couple of skin saviours I have been introduced to and using throughout March, that I find are worth recommending. Just a couple of little beauty helpers for your skin and nails…

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I was recently introduced to Q10 Revitalizing Day and Night cream pots after discussing how I wanted to switch my skincare products to those with a more natural, paraben free element. I suffer from the occasional break out, so my skincare does include using harsher products with salicyic or glycolic acid to try and keep these at bay. As much as I need these ingredients for control, they can be extremely drying, so it’s important to me to make sure the rest of my skincare products are as skin friendly and irritation free as possible.

The Q10 Day and Night Cream Set from Pharma Nord provides a complete moisturising treatment, with the Day Cream being specifically formulated to address the problems of dry skin and loss of collagen, with a targeted approach that delivers intense moisturisation. The Night Cream helps to intensively moisturise and regenerate skin overnight, leaving skin looking refreshed and feeling soft in the morning. So far, so good – I have even been sharing the Night Cream with my Mum, who is loving the smoothness and freshness of her skin first thing in the morning after a good nights sleep using this cream.
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Q10
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Q10

Co-enzyme Q10 combines with natural oils such as jojoba oil and apricot kernal oil to prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in these products, along with Pycnogenol which is a powerful antixoxident. These products are raved about online, with regular users seeing visible improvements within 6-8 weeks. At present, I’m feeling pretty confident as I am loving the texture and feel of my skin already, and feel Q10 is a lovely, safe skincare option if you wish to look after your skin as naturally as possible.

My next favourite is more hands and nail focused, and includes the Renunail Nail Strengthener, Evening Primrose Oil Capsules and Intensive Natural Solutions What Skin Needs Skin Balm. I want to try and ensure my nails stay strong, clear and healthy for the up-coming Spring/Summer, therefore a regular regime using these three products should be helping me maintain this.

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NAIL STRENGTHENER
NAIL STRENGTHENER
NAIL STRENGTHENER
The nail strenghener, from Dr Lewinns, is £17.50 for 30ml but lasts ages. You are advised to use it in ‘programmes’ to promote the best nail health- just paint it on like a clear nail polish with 2 coats, and repeat with one coat daily for the next 5 days. On the 7th day, remove with nail polish remover, and repeat the process another 3 times. Each programme lasts for 28 days. So far, my nails seem to remaining stronger and longer for long periods of time before any breakage appears, and I’m pretty confident that with repeated use, my nails are going to be rock solid for Summer!

EVENING PRIMROSE OIL
As part of my pre-Summer nail regime, I’ve been using Skin Balm to correct any dry and damaged skin around my nails, as moisturised skin is the perfect preparation to healthy hands and nails. It’s a lovely little balm which encourages skin cell renewal and protects from environmental damage with it’s powerful natural ingredients. Any product with a combination of Sunflower Oil, Olive Oil, Lavender and Tea Tree Oil are always winners in my eyes.

As I know that beauty comes from the inside as well as the outside, I’ve also been adding a supplement of Evening Primrose Oil to my vitamin intake too. I’ve heard about the brilliant skin, hair and nail benefits that Evening Primrose Oil can deliver, but as I already take a daily supplement for hair along with Cod Liver Oil, I always held back taking any thing else. But this addition is meant to promote the ultimate healthiest of skin hair and nails within just 6 weeks, so I’ve been taking the Quest Vitamins version as seen above, £4.35 for 30 capsules.

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And last but not least… what are these pretty colourful items I’ve been photographing? Introducing the Tinke Eyebrow Razor – my new clever way of timing and shaping my eyebrows, and removing any little hairs that appear on my face that need removing! These little razors in a sweet range of pastel hues contain a stainless steel blade, that when glided softly in a downwards stroke, remove any unwanted hair from the eyebrow, face and neck. Perfect for popping in your beauty bag for holidays or weekends away to ensure you are fuzz free and neatly groomed for the Summer!

I have been using these for my eyebrows and find them a really quick and safe way to make sure those pesky eyebrow regrowth hairs don’t get chance to grow through. I have really dark eyebrows naturally, so it’s important I keep on top of mine everyday. The Tinkle Eyebrow Razors have a stainless steel cover attached to each blade to protect sensitive skin and prevent any cutting, so I’d suggest these even for beginners. Take a look at them over here – such a bargain for £2.99 too.

A nice collection of beauty saviours that I’ll be looking forward to continuing to use for the new month of April… and hopefully, healthy skin, hair and nails will be mine!

Lifestyle: A Beautiful Life With Flamingo Gifts

2015 March 21
by What Emma Did

Shopping in general is my weakness, but shopping for beautiful home-inspired gifts has to be one of my favourite tasks. It’s that enjoyable I possibly wouldn’t even call it a task. As I have mentioned earlier on whatemmadid.com, I have just bought my first home – a little two bed town house in Manchester that is set to become the Emma palace. With just me, myself and I living in it, I can’t contain my excitment at the prospect of decorating and designing the place to all my tastes.

Due to it needed a little renovation, I won’t be moving in until August, however I have already started to shop some pretty little accessories for the place. Flamingo Gifts has made this job very easy for me!…

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Home gifts
I haven’t put together my Paisley Rose Cake Stand as yet as I am waiting until it can stand proudly in my new kitchen, but how lovely is the design? It is the cutest vintage inspired cake stand, and also works well as a jewellery holder too if you are a vintage queen and want to add a unique touch to your dresser! I am going to be the afternoon tea princess in my new pad – any excuse to show off this stunning item.

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Nothing says kitsch quite like a unique bedroom cushion and little pot heart decorations too! I am in love with my newest addition to my ‘cushion clan’ – yes that is my arrangement of black, white and grey cushions to sit on my white bedding. This frosty, wintery inspired stag cushion has the most beautiful muted icy colours and looks striking sat on my bed along with the monochrome. It also reminds me of wintery periods, so has that cosy effect.

The little pot heart hanging above my chalk board is also one of my latest additions – how sweet? There are so many heart items over on Flamingo Gifts, which I always think are a really safe gifting bet with some girly friends you may struggle what to buy them for occasions. But every girl loves hearts, right?

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And lastly… this mug is not getting shared out at my new house. This beauty is mine! Complete with a false lipstick mark, it couldn’t be anymore ‘me’ in a mug! It’s from the Mr P range, and again, would make a fantastic gift for your friends. I’ll be doing another little shop at Flamingo Gifts just before the move-in date, but I wanted to share it with you all now for those upcoming birthdays and weddings you may find yourself struggling to shop for. I’m sure you all agree this has got to be one of the sweetest online shopping experiences?

Beauty: A Spring Hair Cut

2015 March 19
by What Emma Did

You may have seen my recent post earlier this week based around ‘The Top 10 Ways To Spring Clean Your Life’ (if not, take a look here) which hopefully provided some new season inspiration. As it mainly touched on activities, fitness and happiness/well-being, I thought I’d put together a short post based on a little beauty hack you could try to ‘spring clean’ your look too!

This time, it’s all about hair. The nights are getting lighter, the air is getting warmer, and your mood will (hopefully) be getting brighter. So embrace the change and have a good Spring hair makeover – for me, a blunt 2 inches cut off the ends and some caramel blondes have worked wonders! A fresher, choppier, warmer blonde look for Spring/Summer 2015…

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I can now sleep with my hair tied up in a bun and just take out the hair band in the morning, run a brush through the ‘kinks’, and have a nice little neat-but-messy wavy look. When there are no more scraggly ends, a messy ‘do’ can actually look rather smart! Or on those more groomed day, a quick once over with the hair straighteners is now leaving me with a straight, edgy mid length style, with healthy looking ends. It also aids a thicker, choppier look, which will be perfect for the holiday season.

For the new season, I’m trying to do less with my hair in the aim to help my hair get thicker, less damaged and grow faster. One of the ways I am doing this is by ensuring lots of avocado, coconut oil and nuts are included in my daily diet. The second way is to use a really good haircare range which promote smooth, moisturised hair, in hope to lessen the need to use heated appliances. I’ve started to use these three hero products from the John Frieda Frizz Ease range – the Smooth Start Shampoo and Conditioner, along with the 3 Day Straight Semi-Permanent Styling Spray.

Frizz ease
Frizz ease

To try and cut out on heated appliance usage, it’s a good idea to use products which aim to de-frizz and moisturise. My hair is very fine, so a little bit of product goes a long way. I’m also going to keep trying to sleep with my hair twisted up in a bun so that in the morning, I can have summery, twisted waves.

But for today… it’s a nice shiny, caramel blonde straight style. Do share with me your Spring hair tips too!

 

Fashion: 2015 Celebrity Style Round Up

2015 March 18
by What Emma Did

If you are into the celebrity and fashion world as much as I am, you’ll have been in style spying heaven lately with all the award ceremonies that have been taking over the TV and magazines. With The Brit Awards, The Elle Style Awards and The Oscars all dominating, I’ve been in awe of all the amazing dresses the celebrities have been parading around in, and it’s made me start thinking of colour and style inspiration for all the birthdays, hen weekends, weddings and lavish occasions I have lined up for Spring/Summer 2015….

I’ve put together a little round up of a few ladies who I feel are the best dressed from The Brit Awards and The Oscars. Mainly because their dress choices have been simple yet stunning – choosing figure hugging floor length gowns in beautiful pastel hues. They haven’t gone for any overwhelming trends, or made any dramatic statements, they have just kept it simple, sophisticated and super stylish…

ANNA KENDRICK OSCARDS
ellie goulding BRIT AWARDS
FEARNE COTTON BRIT AWARDS
gwyneth paltrow
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taylor swift brit awards
taylor swift brit awards
To replicate the lavish looks from the red carpet, I’ve put together a round up of elegant dresses from Forever Unique which I find replicate the looks from the celebrities. I’ve picked a mixture of short and floor length gowns which I feel are perfect staple wardrobe pieces to keep for the big events you have for the Summer season, and may provide that little bit of celebrity style inspiration for you. You don’t need to go all create with a latest trend – when it’s traditional events such as weddings or races, stick with timeless, classic styles in a palette of fresh Spring neutrals and pastels like the options below:

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forever unique dress

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forever unique dress

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forever unique dress
Forever Unique LEIA White Directional Ruched Maxi Dress With Cut-out Detail, £275
Forever Unique LIBERTY Navy Fishtail Maxi Dress with High Neck £220
Forever Unique MIMOSA Coral Embellished Bandage Dress £275
Forever Unique ANDREA Pale Blue Lace Fitted Dress £250

 

My favourite one is the Andrew Pale Blue Lace Fitted dress which I think will look absolutely stunning with a shimmering false tan and cream shoes, clutch bag and drop earrings. I am completely spoilt for choice and inspiration from the selection of dresses over at Forever Unique, so if you are starting to shop your occasion dresses and want to look as glam as the celebrities did from the award ceremony season, I’d suggest this dresses page is the ideal spot for a bit of fashion inspiration!

Let me know your favourite!