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Lifestyle: 3 Ingredient Gluten Free Cookies

2014 October 1
by What Emma Did

Just a quick little post today on WhatEmmaDid to share with you the most simple yet healthy cookie recipe that is not only sugar free, but also gluten free and dairy free! It involves just 3 little ingredients, so is also a cheap and cheerful snack to make. I am not the best baker or cook out there for sure, so if I can make these taste yummy, you sure can too! I have lately been trying to limit the amount of sugar and wheat that I eat, although the problem here is that I have a massive sweet tooth. Luckily, these cookies have natural sugars which sort out my sugar cravings!

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All you need is:
2 Large Bananas
1 Cup Gluten Free Oats (I use Tesco’s Free From range)
3 teaspoons of 100% natural Peanut Butter (or almond or cashew butter)

Additionals: Throw in a handful of mixed nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruit i.e dates, coconut… up to you!

1. Grind oats in a blender for no longer than 15 seconds – this is just to make the oats finer and resemble a more ‘flour’ texture.
2. Mix oats with the 2 chopped bananas in a bowl, and mash away at the bananas.
3. As you are mashing, add 3 teaspoons of natural peanut butter. This is also the time to add in any extras.
4. Mix until the mixture is quite doughy and a little sticky-ish, then spoon out portions onto a greased or lined baking tin into cookie shapes.
5. Bake for 15 mins on 200 degrees.

Viola! Healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free and dairy-free cookies! Or you can place whole mixture into a cake tin and make a flapjack (that’s what I did last night and I am eating for today’s lunch!) Oh and YES my bowl is chipped – I told you I am no perfectionist ;)

Beauty: Fabyouless Card for Health, Beauty, Hair and Fitness

2014 September 29
by What Emma Did

I love receiving shiny things in the post, so when I grabbed hold of the glossy silver envelope the other week containing a very handy beauty essential, I was not disappointed! The handy beauty essential was the Fabyouless Card, a card dedicated solely to the health, fitness, hair and beauty industry, which is a useful card for women dedicated to beauty to keep in their purses everyday. It opens up the chance to make constant savings as it is accepted on every High Street across the country, so that is covering everything from getting shellac nails done, a cheeky little blow dry before heading out for the night, an essential pick-me-up facial or even personal training sessions!

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The card can be used across countless venues including spas, salons and services, helping you save pounds on a range of beauty industry treatments. Offers include 241, 25% off, 50% off, plus a range of unique discounts based on the venue. The great thing is, all you have to do is head to the Fabyouless website and do a quick search  around your area and it will bring up all the fab places you can use your card! As I am based in Manchester, I was happy to see that I can take my handy little card and get some treatments done at my favourite hotel spa’s – Radisson Blu and Malmaison.

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Now that we’re coming up to the Christmas months, I can’t wait to start using my Fabyouless card and booking myself in for some pampering! If your a beauty, health and fitness lover too and want the ease of being able to book in for luxury appointments via mobile, tablet or computer, recieve 2 4 1 and 25% offers, as well as being able to view inspirational blogs and hot news on this industry via the Fabyouless website, then this could be a great card for yourselves! Or even to treat a friend as an up-coming Christmas present. It costs £49.99 for a 12 month card.

The best bit is – I am giving a card away! Yes that’s right, you can WIN the fabyouless card for 12 months – a perfect treat for yourselves. See the below and above, and simply log in via facebook or email to get started with entering. Good luck ladies!

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WIN! Jewellery and Beauty Product Giveaway Worth £170

2014 September 27
by What Emma Did

Quick ladies! (And gentlemen, if you are trying to win this for your wife, girfriend, sister, friend…) my competition with Twitter only has 24 hours left for entries! Here are some image of the prizes, which will all be presented in a slogan material Boohoo.com bag…

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Prizes total up to £170 and include:
x1 Boohoo Material Bag
x1 Blue Crystal Drop Earrings
x1 Crystal Flower Ring
x1 Crystal Bow and Heart Pendant Necklace
x1 Redken Volume Waves Mousse
x1 Kate Spade for Nails Inc Nailvarnish in Noir
x1 Red Skincare Set with 3 Beauty Creams
x1 Benefit Total Moisture Pot
x1 Moroccan Hair Oil
x1 Lipcote Lip Seal
x1 MaxFactor Pink Lipgloss
x1 Monu Moisturiser Cream
x1 Espa Replenishing Cream
Array of sachets from Elemis, Dermalogica, Garnier, Smashbox and Eve Lom

How do you enter? You have 24 hours left! Head to twitter and RT & Follow me at @what_emma_did_

See you there and good luck! Winner to be picked on Sunday evening.

Fashion: Fight Cancer With Fashion Bloggers

2014 September 26
by What Emma Did

Last week, I took myself and my guest down to Manchester’s Northern Quarter to a night of ‘Fighting Cancer with Fashion Bloggers’. When a brand or agency runs a fashion event in collaboration with a charity cause, you can always guarantee it’s going to go down a storm, as nothing makes you feel more helpful than knowing your clothes shop spree is contributing to a good cause. I am always interested in raising money for Cancer, therefore an evening of seeing what clothing collections would be on display and other little fashionable activities just made this a must-go-to event! The charity for this event was Cancer Research – a charity I usually donate to as much as possible.

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Hosted by Branded Lab PR, at Allotment bar in the Northern Quarter, brands such as Trend Two, Ruby Prom, NaaNaa and Madam Rage all sold collections of their clothing priced at £1-£5 – how amazing? After rummaging through the rails for a good hour, I purchased a funky graphic print T-Shirt and a heart logo waistcoat from Trend Two, which were unique pieces with a slight retro feel to them. There was so much temptation, but as the evening was filled with selected fashion bloggers and guests, I held back and let some other fashionista’s grab their bargains…

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With raffle tickets draws running regularly (I won! A long, baby pink open jacket) a celebrity hair and make-up artist session, cupcakes from Hey Little Cupcake and giftbags for all attendee’s, it was a lovely little evening. We got to experience the £3 cocktail at Allotment Bar too… can’t tell you exactly what was in it, but it was alcoholic (winner), refreshing, cheap and cheerful!

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A big thank you to Branded Lab PR and all the brands that took part, and of course to Allotment Bar, for hosting such an exciting event involving discount shopping for bloggers yet raising money for a fantastic charity at the same time. A great time was had! Take a look at some my photo’s from the night on Instagram- and come and follow me over there too if you like! Would be great to follow some of you guys too…

Lifestyle: Small Business Inspiration From Jo Malone

2014 September 26
by What Emma Did

I was recently informed about a campaign called #thebigcall, launched by Everreach, which is encouraging business to pick up the phone and simply start growing their business. Evercall is a virtual phone service for ambitious startups and entrepreneurs, helping businesses manage themselves and the companies demand efficiently. Entrepreneurs, such as beauty and fragrance queen and a personal favorite of mine Jo Malone, have used this service, which delivers a virtual telephone number to businesses allowing them to forward and manage calls- which can be a life saver for brands!

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In these cases, it can help grow your business by £26,000… so it’s an SME tool worth knowing about! Here, my main inspiration Jo Malone talks about her entrepreneurial times with launching into business, although there are other exciting and encouraging case studies from millionaire plumber Charlie Mullin and advertising legend Mark Denton here.

If your starting up a business, check out #thebigcall for extra ways to help…

Fashion: Victoria Beckham Opens Debut London Store

2014 September 25
by What Emma Did

Artist turned designer Victoria Beckham has unveiled her first store on Dover Street, London, putting her fashion collections on the map for those who prefer to shop designer in a boutique style setting. Beckham’s first store incorporates her dream on opening a standalone, and has more in common with a modern art museum than a traditional luxury designer store. “I wanted a space that was conceptual — but also warm and welcoming,” said Beckham to WWD during a tour of her store, prior to its official opening later this week.

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“There are a lot of people — the general public — who have continued on this journey with me, and I want everybody to feel welcome, whether they’re going to buy something, or whether they just want to come and check out the architecture. And I really wanted people to get a sense of me the minute walked through the door,” added the designer.

The entire store’s content, ranging from her entire product offering, to the store’s interior details, to the hangars and fitting in the dressing room, were selected personally by Victoria Beckham. However, with a very unique slant, the new store does lack one common feature that is present in nearly all stores – a cash register. The designer has instead opted to offer all transactions via in-store iPads, there by getting rid of the need for “ugly” cash desks. Very ultra-modern!

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A large concrete sliding door is the store’s entrance and passers-by are able to look directly into the store’s lower shop floor, which features the label’s accessories, VVB and Denim collections. The upper levels are home to Beckham’s ready-to-wear line and large dressing rooms, which feature bottle-green glass doors. It homes a polished concrete staircase connecting all three levels, stainless steel counters, metal clothing rails and golden chain hangers, whilst ceilings are decked out with stainless steel mirrors.

Part of the lower floor level space will also be used as a stockroom, for both the store as well as the label’s website. The designer noted “For the first time, it’s my designs, my vision. This is how I feel the clothes should be showcased, how I like them to be seen. That’s been very exciting for me — to be able to buy what I believe the customer wants.” Her vision is part of the reason why the shop floor remains so open, so it can change and keep up with the “constant flow” of new products.

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“We can play with how we merchandise things, and I think that’s a very modern way of shopping. So hopefully, every time somebody comes to the store it’s going to be a slightly different experience.” Beckham’s debut store is set to open today, so congratulations to Mrs Beckham on her grand opening!

Fashion: River Island X Movember

2014 September 23
by What Emma Did

What’s the first thing you do when you hear the word ‘Movember’? If your anything like me, my first reaction is a quick shudder thinking about all those horrible moustache’s plodding around the place. However – personal opinions aside, Movember creates such a good cause for men’s health, therefore I can easily deal with the month of furry upper lips…

On the fashion side of things, High St retailer River Island is once again teaming up with men’s health charity Movember with the launch of four exclusively-designed shirts. I love a good fashion and charity collaboration!

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Designed by the River Island in-house team, the line comprises of Oxford button-down collar shirts in 100 percent cotton, which all feature an ‘M’ for Movember embroidered on the chest pocket, a moustache on the sleeve gauntlet and a branded satin tab on the placket.

The shirts come in navy with a white polka dot print, a lightweight charcoal crosshatch, a red, blue and yellow check, as well as white, and will be available from the first week in October in selected UK stores and online.river island

Each shirt will be priced at £35, with 30 percent of sales proceeds going to men’s health charities, specifically for those fighting prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health. To mark the collaboration, River Island will also host a ‘shave down’ event at its 213 Oxford Street store on November 1 with its one night only pop-up barbershop. So spread to word to all those men!

Giveaway: WIN Jewellery and Beauty Bundle Worth £150+!

2014 September 22
by What Emma Did

Here’s a Tuesday Treat for you- Win a hamper of jewellery and beauty goodies worth £150 courtesy of whatemmadid.com!

As the website has become more of an overall lifestyle blog over the past year, I wanted to celebrate it’s recent success and say a big thank you to all my loyal readers, by putting together a luxury bundle of beauty treats and sparkly jewels for a lucky follower! The prize is made up of a lot of goodies all thrown together to create a perfect mix of gifts for the ultimate fashion, beauty and jewellery lover. Lets face it – we all love a bit of everything, so I made sure I threw in products and pieces from lots of different brands! So here goes…

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WIN!
x1 Boohoo.com material slogan bag
x1 Crystal Heart and Bow Necklace
x1 Blue Crystal Drop Earrings
x1 Adjustable Crystal Flower Ring
x1 REN Beauty set containing Global Protection Day Cream, Active Eye Gel and Gentle Cleansing Milk
x1 Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream
x1 Redken Curvaceous Wave Ahead Texturising Hair Mousse
x1 ESPA 24-Hr Replenishing Moisturiser
x1 Kate Spade by Nails Inc Nail Polish in New York Noir
x1 Lipcote Lip Sealer
x1 Moroccan Hair Oil
x1 MONO Revitalising Moisturiser
x1 Maxfactor Lipgloss in Max Effect Rink Romantic
Sachets of: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, Eve Lom Cleanser Treatment, Garnier BB Cream, Elemis Fresh Skin Deep Cleanse Mask, Shiseido Moisturiser, x3 Dermalogica Sheer Tint Moisturiser, x 4 Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster spf 30

All you have to do is make your you RT & Follow me on Twitter here, or take a look at the pic on Instagram here too! A winner will be picked at random on Sunday 28th September.

Good luck and feel free to share! A perfect bundle to try to win as a gift for a good friend too if it’s not quite for you…

Note: Winner can live ANYWHERE in the world – open internationally!
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Beauty: This Works Sleep Science

2014 September 22
by What Emma Did

For the people out there who know me well know they have to sit and listen to me regularly moan about lack of sleep, troubles falling asleep, and in short, being an insomnia sufferer, Those who suffer to will feel my pain, and you may also feel my joy at hearing about this beauty range! Brought to us from This Works, October sees the launch of two new sleep products. Sleep plus+ pillow spray is a therapeutic sleep solution which aims to provide a natural, fast-acting and effective remedy for those who experience interrupted and broken sleep during the night. I haven’t tried this brand yet, so I am merely reporting the launch rather than reviewing. However, I hope to review this brand really soon and see if it can create some serious shut eye!

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So here is the science – This Works has harnessed the power of microencapsulation technology: a process whereby tiny droplets of liquid are suspended within a polymeric film sphere. The main purpose of the technique is not just to maintain the purity of formulation but also to ensure a motion-activated delivery of the sleep fragrance throughout the night; every time a restless sleeper moves the fragrance is released with the same levels of potency, aiding a longer and more restful night’s sleep.

In keeping with This Works’ natural ethos, the encapsulation sphere is comprised of a combination of natural gums, including acacia senegal gum and xanthan gum. While the fragrance of sleep plus remains the same effective combination of lavender, vetivert and wild camomile, the concentration is trebled to ensure a fast-acting, deeply efficacious solution. Additionally, the brand is launching deep sleep body therapy, a spray-on body treatment that helps you fall fast asleep.

Existing Product 'Deep Sleep Spray'

Existing Product ‘Deep Sleep Spray’

As part of their award-winning deep sleep range, deep sleep body therapy was created to deliver optimum hydration and unrivalled sleep benefits, in the quickest, most convenient way. The aroma-therapeutic collection of products contains unparalleled efficacious ingredients and formulations that create a calming and soporific atmosphere, helping you to a better and deeper night’s sleep. Designed to work with your routine, wherever you are sleeping, the deep sleep range offers miracle solutions to a modern day problem.

Sleep plus+ pillow spray is available from October 2014, therefore I’ll be hoping to get my hands on some and see if it will help aid my severe lack of kip. My eye bags are larger and possibly have more staying power than a bag for life, so any help to rid this problem and start switching off naturally would be amazing! Hopefully a review with follow…

Fashion: Budget Shopping With Primark AW14

2014 September 19
by What Emma Did

Ever set yourself the task of finding an outfit on a really tight budget? As in – find a top and skirt for a night out for less than £20? Or how about even less than that, say… less than £15?

I did it! I set myself the task for no exciting reason whatsoever except I was on a shopping mission in Manchester and realised since I’ve been back from Australia, I haven’t really seen much of Primarks collections. So here we go, I wanted to try and inject some colour into my usual black-grey-navy colour palette, and spend less than £15. And mission accomplished!

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A bright orange evening top with gold chain straps (quite hard to see) cost just £5, and a thick material grey waist skirt cost just £8. A grand total of £13! Just wanted to show myself it can be done, and nicely too…

Rather happy with this. So…over and out!