RETRO CO-ORDS - MADE FOR ME?

1 September 2014

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Top - Missguided | Shorts - Missguided | Satchel - sale find at ASOS | Heels - Last season Kurt Geiger (similar here)

Sometimes it just feels like an item was made for you, y'know? I can't deny, I resisted co-ords until now because none of them felt very, well, me. That all changed as soon as I saw these babies though - retro print? Check. Cute colours? Check. Would work equally well paired with tights and a duster coat for Autumn? Triple check.

The (most) fabulous thing co-ords (cos let's face it, there are a lot of fabulous things) is just how easy to wear they are. A whole outfit that you can throw in a hurry and look pretty chic. Add a slick of pink lipstick (cos you know I like to match) and you're good to go! Oh, I almost forgot to mention the shorts are in the sale.. yes, they really are that cheap ;)

It's only two and a half weeks 'til I get married! Can anyone believe how quickly it has come around? I sure as hell don't know where the time has gone! Right now I'm a giant ball of excitement and nervousness - I have had a lot of ideas for this wedding and I can't wait for them to (hopefully!) work out. I've been running around today measuring our venue for homemade decoration purposes, picking up supplies and getting pretty handy with the crafting (even if I do say so myself) at home. I'm so excited to share with you all every little detail of our special day! x

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...and here's what I wore!

SAYING BRING IT ON TO LIFE

29 August 2014

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I spend my entire life convincing myself I'm really living life to the full, when deep down, I know that it's not the case - definitely not every day like if I was the 'best' version of myself.

That all changed recently on one particular day in June this year. I was on shoot and happened to check my emails, only to be met with one from Nivea challenging me to go skinny-dipping in a lake in Wales with two other bloggers. I read it aloud to Jazmine, who I was on the shoot with, and thought 'never ever'. It was only when Jaz said she thought it would be amazing that I even questioned why I was saying no. Fear? Probably. On realising my reason for thinking no, I immediately said yes. This was one of those chances to really and truly say 'Bring It On' to life and prove to myself that I could get so far to the edge of my comfort zone and be A-OK.

The week after, I drove through the night after shooting a look book all day, had a couple hours sleep in a hotel in the mountains and met the amazing Nivea team over breakfast. I couldn't have been more excited. Myself, Mercedes and Rosie along with the rest of the team were driven through the mountains and around beautiful Wales until we eventually found our destination. At this point I think it's only too important to highlight that I presumed there might just be us and one camera man other than the Nivea guys. Instead, when I hopped out of the minibus, I was met with a massive production team of 30+, safety guys galore, paramedics and so many more people all there to make sure we could do our challenge in safest and most amazing way possible. It all of a sudden seemed so real and  I was filled with nervous butterflies but equally could not wait.

We were let loose around the forest nearby and had to find the lake ourselves which was quite frankly, no mean feat. When we got there, any doubts, fear and shyness completely disappeared and I had the time of my life. Getting to the end of your comfort zone really and truly feels amazing. The biggest, biggest thank you to everyone at Nivea and the production company for helping me say 'Bring It On' to life. Everyone's been sharing their own 'Bring It On' moments online with #BringItOn and tagging Nivea - it's been amazing seeing them all.

Have you watched the video above? What did you think? Since that amazing day, I've been trying to channel this every single waking moment, so if any other brands, companies or even you readers have a challenge, email me, I'm here and ready waiting to say Bring It On. x

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Do you always say Bring It On to life? Tell me all about your own favourite moments in the comments below!

HOW TO STYLE JEANS 7 WAYS - #7DAYDENIM

25 August 2014


Denim features rather heavily in my wardrobe, but in hindsight, it doesn't really get much of a look in when I'm choosing what to put on in the morning these days! When Uniqlo asked me to collaborate with them and take part in a #7DayDenim challenge I jumped at the chance and couldn't wait to get out of my comfort zone and style jeans each day for a week. You might have seen on my Instagram or Facebook page, my phone snaps of my outfit each day, but in case you missed it I thought it would be a pretty nice idea to do a round up of my week. From dressing for meeting girlfriends, working from home, shopping with mumma divine, going exploring, date nights and working on a shoot, my three pairs of Uniqlo ultra stretch jeans saw me through the week!

Fancy winning some of your own? Uniqlo are being rather generous and giving away £200 to spend online! How can I enter, I hear you ask! Well...

1.     Follow UNIQLO UK on instagram
2.     Upload your ultimate denim look and tag @UNIQLO_UK and use the hashtag #UNIQdenim

It's as simple as that! The competition opened at 13:00 on 11th August, 2014 and closes at 23:00 on 8th September, 2014. There will be one overall winner of first prize, with only the UK participating. One winner will be selected at random from UK entries to win £200 to spend at UNIQLO UK Online Store. Good Luck!

Which is your favourite look? I'm going to stock up on a few more pairs of jeans, help a girl out and let me know where are your favourites from in the comments below! ;) x

4 STEPS TO PERFECT HOLIDAY PACKING

22 August 2014

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After finding myself making the same holiday packing mistakes again year after year, I think I've finally got it down to a tee! With my own summer holiday just around the corner, what better time to share my four steps to holiday packing perfection?! Right, grab yourself a cuppa, get comfy and prepare to write your ultimate holiday packing list...


1. Preparation - Pretty obvious and self explanatory, but it's super important to consider how long you're going for and whether you really need those extra knickers 'just incase'. Just incase of what exactly?! I ask myself this every time, cos I'm guilty of it too! Do a little research in to what the weather is up to and generally just give yourself time to get organised. No 'night before' packing please ;)

2. Colour Palettes - Now, nobody is saying you have to be boring and wear the same colour your whole trip, but choose a handful of shades that will compliment each other. Mixing and matching to make new outfits is your best friend. Chic monochrome, nautical navy and reds, or pastel shades all work a treat! If you're going with lots of bright shades, keep your accessories and footwear neutral.

3. Budget - Don't pack anything that's cost you a fortune or you'd be upset to lose. After my case going completely missing never to be seen again not just once, but twice now (I know right!) and loosing some of my favourite vintage finds and expensive pieces I'd saved hard for, I always make sure I pack with that in mind. The high street has some amazing bits, I picked up my bikini from George whilst doing my food shop can you believe! Don't be afraid to grab yourself a bargain!

4. Capture - Whether you're on holiday the other side of the world or on a mini break just thirty minutes away from your home, getting time away fills you with inspiration and ideas. Make sure you've got some way of capturing your thoughts and make memories along the way. I always take a pocket-sized notebook that never leaves my side, plus my DSLR and a film camera too.

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 Do you have any holiday packing tips you'd think we'd all love? Leave them in the comments below or tweet me as I'd love to hear all about them, my suitcase will thank you later! ;) x

BEST DAYS OF SUMMER

29 July 2014

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Time off in summer is all about making the most of every single day. You might have seen #BestDaysofSummer (check out the competition here, it's pretty cool) being thrown around - especially if you follow my instagram! - and that's essentially what it's all about. My pals at Ugg decided to help me make my own summer day out as fabulous as possible, and even sent me some new shoes too! Brogues are my favourite, just FYI.

With my wedding just around the corner (less than two months now, oh my), I thought what better than to go shopping for my wedding accessories and some bits for our honeymoon. The sun was shining and other than shopping, I spent the day wandering between the most beautiful townhouses and drinking iced water and smoothies with Rich in the shade outside quaint cafes. 

Now, I won't tell you exactly what I bought, it's all a secret until after the big day, but some of the snaps in this post may lend some clues.... ;) x

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LONDON CITY TOUR - THE EMILY DIVINE GUIDE

20 July 2014

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FIRST STOP, LONDON! City tours have long been on the agenda, so I thought where better to start than the capital of this fair country? Forever 21 gave me the push I finally needed and were kind enough to dress me (not literally) for the time I spent popping around London to put this post together, so if something catches your eye, you know where to head! Prepare yourself for a hefty, photo-packed post (because the pictures are the best bits anyway, right ?!) showing you my favourite spots to start your day, relax, meet friends and shop... x

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To START THE DAY...! At The Breakfast Club, of course! It's pretty much an institution, and when in the city for work or play, it's where I always set off first. If you love the namesake film as much as I do, then it's guaranteed love, but otherwise, the food will definitely win you over. There are Brekky Clubs across London, but my favourite is by far the one on Cheshire St. Top tip, get the pancakes and berries - you won't regret it. It's probably a good thing that I don't live really central, a mountain of those bad boys everyday wouldn't be good for me...

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To RELAX...! Hyde Park! Especially if it's a warm day. Once of my favourite things to do to relax in the city is hop on one of the pedal boats on The Serpentine for half an hour and completely zone out for a while. The sun on your face, the breeze in your hair (you can even have a natter to the ducks as they go by, not that I've ever done that, ahem) and don't underestimate the exercise too, relaxing and keeping fit can't be bad, huh?

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To MEET FRIENDS...!  Nattering with friends is never as good without tea and cake (Am I right, or am I right?!). My gal pals and I always head to Bill's (my favourite is the Hoxton one!) and can more often than not be found indulging in afternoon tea. Cute finger sandwiches, scones and bite sized cakes to share (more filling than you'd think, FYI) and all at a rather bargain price. The decor is something to oggle at too, I might even be taking inspiration for my own home interiors...!

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To SHOP...! Although shopping at my favourite high street stores is always a pleasure - Forever 21 I'm looking at you ;) - I love to mix my trend led pieces with something a little out-of-the-ordinary, vintage or handmade. For that, I head to the east end of London, to Spitalfields market and Brick Lane. Spitalfields is my go-to market for quirky homewares (kicking myself for not buying the fox print in the snaps below), handmade delights and other goodies. Brick Lane and the surrounding areas is the best place to head for one-off pieces from days gone by full of provenance and life, the vintage clothes in this area are generally much more affordable than you'd think (may I remind you of this £9.60 dress?!) so go and have a rummage!

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If you decide to visit any of my favourite places, I'd love to hear all about it! Know of somewhere you think I'll love? Let me know all about it in the comments, discovering new hotspots is so much fun! x

 

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