New Chanel Specs

Sunday, 26 July 2015

New glasses are always a reason to get excited, and when they're also Chanel that's even more cause for celebration.

Having been solidly etched into my late 20s, my eyesight has started to get a little worse. I blame age and years of working in front of a computer screen.
Either way, glasses have started to become a staple part of my working life - and a driving essential.

Wearing glasses is pretty darn good. It's just another way to add fun accessories to my wardrobe. I'm no one look pony, I like to have a few pairs to play around with. Well, why ever not? You wouldn't wear the same shoes everyday would you?

From rimless to neon yellow frames, I love to have a mix to match my mood and outfit.

My latest addition to my collection is this rather lovely pair of Chanel glasses from Pret A Voir which is one of the best places to buy designer glasses online. 

They have an incredible collection of shades and specs - for him and her. From Chanel to Tom Ford, if it's worth having they have it.

What I also like about this online glasses shop is the price. You can often find some great frames (and lenses too) for a lot better value than you would on the high street.

I bought these fab Chanel frames (Style: 3315 1520 Beige) with prescription lenses for under £200! What is also great is the speed at which they were delivered. I had them on my desk at work within 48 hours of ordering - result. I'd highly recommend shopping there to anyone.

I love these frames as they are chunky and big, but nude and not face-engulfing. The perfect balance of on trend elegance. 

My Year on Instagram 2014

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year!

It's now officially 2015 - which is crazy! Last year seemed to fly by. It feels like it was only yesterday we were welcoming in 2014, and now it's a distant memory.

In the last 12 months I've got a new job, made a new mua website, Layla turned 3, I turned 28, I stayed in a castle, I got burnt in St Ives, we got a new kitchen, and a hell of a lot more!
 Seriously, so much happened.

So, in true blogger style, I thought the best way to share with you my highlights of 2014 would be in images. I've picked three images for each month of the year.

So here you go, my year on Instagram 2014, enojoy...

 (you can follow my on Instagram @EmilysElixir)

January: New Calendars / Goodbye Christmas Decorations  / New Choos
February: A Winter Morning /Revolution Bath Re-launch / Photobooth Fun
March: Bristol Blogger Meet / Mad March Hare Race / Foggy Castle Park
April: Easter / The Bath Bun Tea Shop / Thornbury Castle
May: The Candy Kittens / Bath in Fashion / Anthropologie Launch
June: IMATS London / New MUA Website / Me
July: St Ives Postcards / Wine with a view / Layla's Summer Hair
August: New Decor / Favoutite Breakfast / Feastival Fun
September: New Business Cards / Vicky's Wedding / My Birthday
October: Halloween Makeup / Layla Love / Betty's Tea Room York
November: Harvey Nichols A Beauty Fairy Tale / Coffee with Currys / Miller and Holland Shoot
December: Christmas Decorations / Work Christmas Party / Layla

Coffee with Currys

Monday, 8 December 2014

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Nespresso 'Coffee with Currys' event in Cardiff - you'll have probably seen the #coffeewithcurrys hashtag around the social media-sphere.

It was such a fantastic event, I met a lot of lovely faces behind some wonderful blogs like She and Hem, A Lovely AppetiteA Cardiff Beauty Blog and A Slice of My Life to name but a few.

The day was truly a coffee lovers delight!

The event was held in a lovely little cafe called Wyandham Tea suited in a quaint little arcade, a stone throw from the train station.

We started the day with a yummy iced ginger mocha, and a lovely introduction from the team at Joe Blogs, Nespresso and Currys.

Now let me start by saying that although I am a huge tea and coffee fan, I've never been hugely impressed by 'pod coffee machines' and have always been somewhat set in my mocha pot and cafetiere ways. But - when the invite popped in my inbox I was eager to find out more...

The event was based around 4 different stations, all encompassing different ways to use Nespresso. From Coffee Cocktails, 'Cupping' (this really isn't anything rude I promise!), Latte Art and an Introduction to the different Nespresso machines available.

Now the first thing I learnt was that my coffee pod machine ideas were someone outdated. It wasn't all instant coffee and dried milk. No, no, no. Nespresso works by using the freshest pod of finely ground coffee, combined with one of their many 19 bar pressure machines and producing a rather perfect espresso. To my relief, there wasn't any UHT or powdered milk in site, phew!

So, in theory, a Nespresso machine is just a very clever and tidy way of making the freshest, tastiest espresso coffee in your own home - which can be added to hot steamed milk to make an amazing latte!

Making the coffee cocktails was a blast. James, the mixologist was fab. He showed us how to make a selection of tasty coffee infused tipples which really went down rather too easily!

My faourite creation was the Toblerone Cocktail:

  • 1 Measure of Coffee (either a vanilla or caramel Nespresso pod)
  • 1.1/4 Measure of Kahlua
  • 1.1/4 Measure of Baileys
  • 2 Measures of Milk
  • Melted Chocolate and Honey to decorate

You literally mix all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, pour melted chocolate and honey around the inside of a glass, then top with the creamy coffee concoction. Perfection.

Following the mixology session, we headed over to the demo area to see the machines in action. I have to say that I was totally taken with the Lattissima machine. It had a built in milk steamer, with a detachable milk container you could pop in the fridge between brews. It was so simple and easy to use. No mess, just the flick of a switch. And most importantly, the coffee tasted divine! (The Lattissima machine is now firmly on top of my Christmas list!)

There are over 22 different blends of Nespresso pods, and with already a large number AAA rated, they're working towards making the range 100% AAA rated - so it's clear to see the company takes the whole coffee process extremely seriously.

After the demo, we stopped for lunch. And my oh my what a lunch it was; perfectly cooked salmon, kale salads, freshly baked breads and delicious tartlets (it makes me hungry just remembering it!). 

Lunch was followed by a rather difficult latte art session. Needless to say, my cup looked atrocious - seriously bad. I tried to save it with a few swirls from a trusty wooden coffee stirrer, shameful I know. 

The last session of the day was the 'Cupping'. Our group sat around the table, and took it in turns to taste and describe different blends of freshly made Nespresso. This was fun, albeit also challenging! I was pleased to report I did manage to figure out a few! 

Before we finished for the day we were treated to some homemade cakes, all incorporating coffee. From sweet potato cake, to gluten free coffee and caramel cake they were all extremely moreish. They were the perfect accompaniment to end a lovely day, with another cup of coffee!

If you are interested in having a look at more of the range then head on over to Currys!


Total Guide to Reading has now Launched!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Follow my blog with BloglovinWe're so pleased over at Total Towers - our fifth site has just gone live! (whoop whoop!)

As Halloween is just around the corner, we've been busy with that too. With the help of my colleague Dan Flay (model), we've put together a great little tutorial on how to achieve the perfect skeleton makeup! All you need is a white and black face paint, a sponge and a couple of brushes. To see how we created the look from start to finish click on the image and you'll be transported to the tutorial! Easy peasy!

It is on all our sites, but as Total Guide to Reading is the newest (and we're all pretty excited about it) I thought i'd give you the link to this one. Feel free to have a look around the site and see the best places to listen to Jazz, go for Sunday Lunch or even what to do on a Rainy Day!

Dermatude Facial with Bloomin Beautiful

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

How does Meta Therapy work?
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Working as a Beauty Editor definitely has some fab perks, getting to try new and excitement treatments is by far the best one.

Working with Total Swindon means I've been able to work with some fantastic experts in the beauty field, and none more so than Caroline from Bloomin Beautiful (a rather fabulous beauticians based in Swindon).

I first went into Bloomin Beautiful to experience an Environ Facial and skin scan - which was great. You can read my full review here. The skin scan was a great way of really looking into your skin's health, and was very useful in helping you decide on the right products best suited for your skin type.

My biggest problem, apart from dreaded hormonal breakouts, is the slight scaring I have on my cheeks and forehead. I had never really thought much about how to improve the appearance of these, as I assumed the only way would be expensive (and painful) laser treatment.

That is before I was introduced to Dermatude - which I really knew very little about. Dermatude is a type of Meta Therapy that involves making lots of tiny, (as in so small you can’t see them), micro-perforations on the top layer of the skin. Now this might sound painful, but I can assure you it really wasn’t too bad at all – waxing hurts a lot more!

My First Beauty Editor's Picks

Saturday, 4 October 2014

I'm super excited to share with you my very first Beauty Editor's picks with Total Guide to. I've picked some of my favourite products to share with you - perfect for October!

Let me know what you think!

You can read it here.