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As a blogger it might surprise you to discover that as much as I love the world of social media, I am becoming increasingly concerned about the negative effects that if may be having on our mental health.

I know what you are probably thinking – surely ‘Twitter’ is a great way for me to engage with my audience and share my views with like-minded people. Yes! ‘Twitter’ is great for taking part in blogger chats and even making new friends. Yes! ‘Instagram’ and ‘Snapchat’ can be fun in moderation.

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However, as we become more connected online and technology increases our ability to communicate on a global scale, it is also pushing us into an addicted spiral of tweets, snapchats, whatsapp messages, text messages, emails and consequently we are neglecting what is right in front of us – our loved ones!

Now I will put my hands up and confess I am obsessed with social media to the point I can’t eat my food at a fancy restaurant until I have taken at least one picture, I spend a good five minutes getting the perfect shot, angle, lighting just for a selfie and on a bad day I might even throw in a snap chat filter to look more blogger worthy.

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Even after perfecting my social profile I then find myself unconsciously comparing my social life and latest purchases to those I follow on Instagram. The trouble is there is a fine line between admiration and an unhealthy obsession with constantly using social platforms as a means of benchmarking your major life events such as engagements or even having a baby against your friends.

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Such addiction does make me wonder if this perhaps can contribute to a low self esteem that can often lead to poor mental health. Unsurprisingly, I discovered that many of you suffer with anxiety and/or depression. Here are some other interesting stats that I gathered on Twitter:

  • Out of 13 people 85% suffered with Anxiety and 15% with depression
  • 64% believe social media doesn’t have a positive influence on your mental wellbeing
  • 82% believe personality is what makes a person attractive followed by confidence at 18%
  • All of you either compare yourselves to other bloggers, friends or everyone on social media.

As much as I conducted these polls in an attempt to ascertain what the majority of you think, it has opened my eyes and made me realise that we are all our own tough critics and yet we don’t judge others by the standards we set ourselves.

Surely then we are setting ourselves up to fail right from the start? How can you possibly be taller, skinner, browner, more intelligent or like you best friend ‘Kate’ when you are the complete opposite! I for one am going to try harder to be my own best friend and live by my own standards and not anyone else’s. Live your life for you and be exactly who you want to be – not what society tells you to be or do.

On a more positive note, Blogging, technology and social media has also introduced me to all of you wonderful people and resulted in some fun Collabs. I wouldn’t change it for the world but I will change my unrealistic harsh views of myself and strive to connect with loved ones in the moment.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and remember …..

 

sometimes you need to disconnect to reconnect.

 

Love Emma

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After a lovely weekend up in Manchester with family, enjoying glasses of red wine and consuming Indian, Italian and good old British food. I thought it was about time I caught up and did a few posts for ‘Blogmas’.

I think I am driving Alex mad with my enthusiasm for Christmas and feel like I am turning into Buddy from the film ‘Elf’, as every time we drove pass a house with lights on, I would literally jump with excitement and I couldn’t help but admire the Christmas trees everywhere I went. What is happening to me? I think taking part in this years ‘Blogmas’ has definitely helped to get me in the festive mood that’s for sure.

But if you find yourself stressing about finding the perfect stocking filler or gift on a budget, then keep on reading as I have something for all of the special ladies your life from your Mum to your girlfriend and all for less than £15! If you want to purchase any of these lovely gifts, then all you have to do is click on the image – Happy shopping 🙂

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Yankee candle Christmas votive gift set £8.79

 

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Essie Christmas gift set £13.00

 

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Gothic Garden Case £8.50

 

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Pastel clouds umbrella £12.00

 

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Decorations £5.00

 

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I love the notepad designs in Accessorize so much! £10.00

 

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Doughnutz foldaway bag £4.50

 

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Sequin bobble hat £10.00

 

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So pretty! £7.00

 

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Silent night eyemask £8.00

 

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£3.50 These might be Men’s socks but they are too cute!

 

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Satsuma Lush bundle £7.95

 

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Luxury pink champagne chocolate truffles £10.00

 

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Just pink eau du parfume £8.00

I hope you have enjoyed this post as much as I have. I would love to know in the comments below either what you are putting in your stockings or what you would like to receive.

Love Emma

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Sunday 30th October 2016, for most of you, was probably spent in bed enjoying that extra hour, thanks to the clocks going back. However, for me it meant that a trip to my favourite coffee-house over in Ripley was on the cards and, of course, no trip to Ripley would be complete without a leisurely stroll past the stunning Miss Bush Bridal Boutique.

After discovering Pinnock’s back in 2013 thanks to one of my Bridesmaid’s, I have been obsessed with their delicious cakes, fresh cups of coffee and my favourite – English Breakfast Tea with a slice of lemon drizzle, whilst my fiance Al decided to be more adventurous and opted for something different – a mouth-watering slice of rocky road.

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Of course, a walk was a must, if we were to ensure we burned off some of those calories. That and little Toby Bear was eager to explore the village. It really was a lovely way to spend our Sunday and both Al and I loved checking out the rather creative pumpkin designs at a local hotel. Being the keen photographer that I am, I couldn’t resist taking a few snaps of the local bridal boutique and their stunning floral displays. Off course we decided to head home  and polish off a delicious roast, along with a dose of some X Factor.

Sunday Style

Hat – Anthropolgie – (Similar here)

Bag – Primark £10

Necklace – H&M (Similar here)

Jumper – Primark (Similar here)

Leather Jacket – River Island (Similar here)

Boots – New Look (Similar here)

Jeans – Marks and Spencer (similar here)

I hope you all have a lovely weekend. Are any of you going to a Firework display this year?

Love Emma

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Miss Bush Bridal Boutique

Pinnock’s Coffee House

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After purchasing my first case from the lovely Charley last Winter for £15 and receiving endless compliments on my cute personalised Starbucks case, I decided to treat myself to a couple more.

Despite a whole year of me being my usual clumsy self and dropping my iPhone on numerous occasions, much to the amusement of my Fiancé Al who’s nickname for me is (Clumsy Emz), I was amazed to discover that my phone and case still remained intact without a single scratch or mark.

Once I had finally decided which cases I wanted to purchased, I placed my order and waited eagerly for them to arrive.

Charley was great and replied to my queries straight away throughout the ordering process and apologised for the delay and explained that she wanted it to be to delivered at the highest possible standard. I was extremely impressed with her customer service and the prompt delivery of my cases the very next day!

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Whether you are looking for the perfect gift, stocking filler or fancy treating yourself then make sure you check out Charley and her gorgeous range of phone cases. Enter Emma10 for an exclusive 10% off at the checkout.

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You can follow Charley here:

hellofloral.com

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Check out my weekly favourites for a close up of my stunning new cases.

I hope you enjoy your Evening.

Love Emma

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