5 Ways to Stay Creative

You have to mix things up to keep them fresh!

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Every DIYer has faced a creative block at one point or another. It’s natural! Sometimes you just run out of ideas, and don’t know how to proceed. There are ways to boost your creativity though! 

Peruse Pinterest or really any other website with a lot of images. You may get an idea of what you’d like to make, find a DIY you’d like to try, or just become inspired to make something new altogether!

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Brainstorm with pen and paper. You can create an idea map, a flow chart, or anything else that allows you to get your thoughts down to help boost that creative flow.
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A relaxing Saturday by the pool

As the temperature continues to soar, it is increasingly hard to find things to do while avoiding the 45 degree heat! There are only so many malls you can visit and days you can spend hiding in your home with the air con turned up before cabin fever sets in!

So, we decided to get out and about and treat ourselves to a spot of lunch and pool access in The H Hotel on Saturday afternoon. There we spent the day indulging in barbequed steak and lobster and alternating between the pool and shade to keep cool.

Here are a few pics from the day.

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Essential poolside reading material

We had such a relaxing day, eating, swimming and catching up on celeb gossip! We promised ourselves we would do it again soon.

Emily xoxo

Summer style inspo <3

 

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TOWIE’s Lauren Pope has been very on trend with her Spring/Summer wardrobe. Teaming midi skirts, crisp whites, soft pastels and canary yellow with statement necklaces and bags, she has managed to create classic fresh Summer looks . I can’t wait to put my own spin on some of these looks this Summer!

Emily xoxo

How much is enough?

Fruit Water

When it comes to water, I don’t know about you but if I don’t have it to hand I could go a full day without drinking any at all. Living in Dubai with temperatures reaching 50 degrees, I have become much more aware of my water intake. I have started bringing a 1.5 litre bottle of still water to work with me and as I am running around both indoors and out, I quite easily finish the bottle. However, on the weekends when I am indoors with the air con turned up, I often reach for a coffee or tea rather than a glass of water!

Water makes up about two-thirds of the weight of a healthy body. Having the appropriate water intake is very important as it helps our bodies to flush out waste and absorb nutrients into our blood. In order for our bodies to function properly, we need to replace the fluid which is lost when we breathe, sweat or go to the bathroom.

The European Food Safety Authority recommends that women need about 1.6 litres of fluid and men need about 2.0 litres of fluid per day. That’s about eight (200ml) glasses for a woman and 10 for a man.  However, this amount can vary due to how much you sweat, exercise, your weight etc.

Everything you drink will contribute to your intake but water and fruit juice are the healthiest.

So I have been searching for ideas to encourage me to drink more without it feeling like a chore. While trying to avoid fizzy drinks as they are full of sugar and artificial sweeteners. So when I came across this simple idea, I couldn’t wait to try it!

Basically, all it is is chopping up fresh fruit and adding it to chilled mineral water. It just adds a subtle fruit flavour but enough to encourage you to reach for that glass! I chose strawberry, kiwi, and orange and it turned out really well. I definately will be doing this on a regular basis!

Emily xoxo

 

 

 

 

Bridal Shower

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Recently myself and a few friends decided to organise a hen party for a friend of ours who is getting married this July. I was so excited at the thought of picking a theme, decorating and creating a menu so I couldn’t wait to get started!

We decided to to hold a drinks and canapes party and then go to a champagne brunch the following day in Al Qasr hotel in the Madinat, Jumeirah.

We didn’t have much time so first thing first, I went online and had a good look at pinterest to get some inspiration for the colour scheme for our drinks party. We settled on yellow, cream and gold.

We took a trip to the Party Centre in Al Garhoud to pick up a few decorations and balloons. This place is amazing with decorations for every occasion so we had a ball running around choosing props and decorations.

We picked up some yellow puff balls, cream and gold bunting, vanilla cream helium balloons, gold table confetti, and engagement ring charms.

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We decided to keep the food simple, so we prepared a selection of canapes and finger food. We made Bruschetta, baked baby potatoes with creme fraiche and chives, smoked salmon and brown bread, hummous, brie and crackers, mixed salad,  and a caprese salad. They all went down a treat!

 

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The night was a great success and I am already looking for the next event to organise! I thoroughly enjoyed browsing themes, shopping for props and preparing the canapes. I hope our friend enjoyed it as much as we did!

Emily xoxox

Met Gala 2014

May 5th saw actors, designers and musicians alike don their ball gowns and tuxedos for the annual Met Gala ball held in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Insitute. The event’s chair, Vogue Editor Anna Wintour announced the theme of “White Tie and decorations” with the men being asked to wear white ties and tails and women requested to wear their most glamorous gowns.

There were so many gorgeous gowns that it was extremely difficult to narrow down but here are a few of my favourite red carpet looks!

Photo credit Vogue.com.

 

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Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds in Gucci

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   Cara Delavigne in Stella McCartney

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David and Victoria Beckham in Ralph Lauren and Victoria Beckham

 

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Kendall Jenner in Topshop

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Taylor Swift in Oscar de la Renta

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Rachel Adams in Ralph Lauren

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Hayden Panetierre In Dennis Basso

Emily xoxo