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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

Dermatude Facial with Bloomin Beautiful

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

How does Meta Therapy work?
Image from Dermatude.com

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!

Review // The Royale Beautique

Sunday, 13 October 2013




I had a fabulous experience at the Royale Beautique when I reviewed the salon for Total Guide To's 'Tried and Tested'.

Happy 2013

Thursday, 17 January 2013



A belated Happy 2013 to everyone! 

I have been hunting for the perfect diary. I wanted one that had enough room to write appointments and meetings in with out compromising my humongous handwriting.

  I happened upon this rather fancy A5 diary, by Paperblanks, in Waterstones for about £11.
 I think it's probably the poshest diary I've ever owned.

The paper quality is amazing. It's a week per double page view and has appointment times running down it's length. There is a birthday section and a conversion section - you have no idea how useful a conversion section is when you're baking or buying clothes abroad.

There is also a handy address book that slips in a back pocket and a good sized notes section.

Here's hoping for an organised 2013..















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Bling-a-ding-ding..

Monday, 7 January 2013

I found these little gems, or rather fake gems, in New Look on sale for £2 (along with a few other bits to be blogged about soon).

They are a little garish - but I just couldn't help myself (as seems to constantly be the case).

After admiring the jewellery in the V&A, and drooling over Princess Diana's dress, I feel their purchase was even more justifiable - and they were only £2!

 The remind my of an age gone by and a, less classy, take on Princess Diana's engagement ring.

 I'm not going to lie, when I got home I put my hair in a bun and tried them on in front of the mirror.. with different regal poses.. for longer than I care to admit.. 











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The V&A - Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950

Sunday, 6 January 2013




Yesterday I spent a wonderful day out, with my Mother, at my favourite London haunt 
- the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The museum's fashion section boasts a splendid collection of clothing and footwear. 
We decided to visit the Ballgowns: British glamour since 1950 exhibition before it ended on the 6th of Jan.

The exhibition was brilliant. I haven't been to the museum since they re-launched the fashion rooms - but they looked fantastic. 

The exhibition contained some amazing iconic dresses; including a beautifully embellished Norman Hartnell dress worn by the Queen Mother, and the famous Catherine Walker pearl dress worn by Princess Diana. The collection included dresses from the 1950's up to modern day red-carpet numbers.

One of the most breathtaking dresses in the exhibition was by Alexander McQueen. The lilac-grey duck and ostrich feather dress, from the S/S 2011 collection, was simply stunning.

The exhibition was only on for a limited time. But never fear -if you missed it there is always the Fashion Rooms which are equally wonderful and open all year round.

Unfortunately you aren't allowed to take pictures in the ticketed exhibitions (the one above is a press image) - but you can in Fashion Room.

So, here are my favourite pieces from the Fashion Room at the V&A.


A 1930's Wool Jersey Bikini.


A 1930's Machine Knitted Swim Suit.


A 1930's Linen Beach Trouser Suit.


1950's Dior Fan, Shoe and Bodice.


1880's Jacket - Silk Voided Velvet Trimmed with Arctic Fox Fur and Chenille Fringe. 


1940's Utility Shoes.


A 1760/70's Silk Damask Dress.


1770's Silk and Leather Shoes and Buckle.

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'Tis the Season for Jolly Knits - is it not?

Tuesday, 18 December 2012



Mince pies, Winter Pimm’s and sequins – all a sure sign it isn’t long until Christmas. And this year has been no exception for me, I’m firmly on the tinsel bandwagon.

This journey has started with the hunt for the perfect holiday sweater. Surely it can’t be Christmas without a patterned or fairisle knitted jumper?

There is, after-all, nothing better than getting merry with a repeat of holly or a single snow man to cheer you on your festive way.

Here is my top six festive knits from the high street and online.




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