Author: Emily Kate Dale

The Cosmopolitan Self Made Summit and Leaving My Comfort Zone

For the past 5 years, you would’ve found me slouched at my desk with uni books sprawled across the floor, as I endeavoured to study for my English Open University degree… Studying from home in my pyjamas has been my comfort zone for so many years that recently, I’ve began thinking about my next steps and posing questions like, where am I going to live? How am I going to manage? and, will anyone actually hire me? With all that came the ultimate panic most soon-to-be-graduates feel when they arrive at the last few weeks of education and start to contemplate leaving the assured zone of comfort. My impending freedom almost feels too daunting to celebrate as the overwhelming panic of essay stress is beginning to evolve into the anxiety of actually building a life. This is when I found myself on Eventbrite, investing in my future by paying £50 for a ticket to attend the Cosmopolitan Self Made Summit, which described itself as ‘the event that will change your life.’ I attended the Summit last month …

EKD Turns Three

As I fumble through BlogSpot haphazardly trying to understand how to insert a picture, I can’t help but wonder who will actually read this website. Skimming through my camera roll, I search for a photo to head the post and end up going for a cliché picture I took whilst in Starbucks two mornings previous. I remember the buzz of anticipation I felt when I sent that first post live; it was poorly written and the accompanying image was poorly lit, but I had started EKD and that is when I experienced the thrill of creating and publishing my writing for the very first time. That was May 10th 2014. As EKD turns one year older, I got thinking about the last 3 and how emilykatedale.com has progressed. My namesake site is something I am truly proud of, I put my all into each and every post… My September Issue articles are the most challenging to compose, ‘Investing in Fashion?’ is my favourite to read and surprisingly, my most viewed post of all time and one that still …

A #chicvibesonly Graduation Gift From Links of London

As I write my final university assignment I find myself almost giddy with anticipation about finally graduating. I can’t help but wonder what shoes I should wear or which Tom Ford lipstick goes with a graduation gown… Although, with the distress of finding the perfect dress comes the indulgence of picking out a graduation gift. Naturally, I wanted to choose something that will last a lifetime seeing as that’s how long my degree seemed to take… Therefore, I began considering jewellery and that’s when the redefined Links of London Sweetie Bracelet became my new #chicvibesonly accessory.  What I love most about this bracelet is that it can be personalised, which was the kind of distinctive attribute I was looking for. When it came to designing my Sweetie, I took to their online ‘bracelet builder,’ which allows you to choose from a huge selection of charms and rings to create and visualise your bracelet. I instantly added gold-tone rings, since I like to wear both gold and silver jewellery. As I scrolled through the various charms available, I was …

A Note on Personal Style

Over the past few weeks, I couldn’t help but pose a question of personal style. What makes an authentic personal style? Wearing three new-in pieces from Zara, is that personal style? Is imitating your favourite fashion blogger who wore flatforms with a red blazer and leather pants whilst posing down a whimsical Kensington street… is that personal style? To me, personal style is creating outfits that you love, that you put together from your own vision whilst you were ironing your bedding on a Sunday afternoon, watching Sex and The City reruns… Perhaps it’s inspired by your favourite designers but ultimately, you wear exactly what you want to wear and with any luck, something that makes you feel remarkable. I’ve never been happy with my style, I might have had a cute bag and shoes but the clothes part was never that great. In recent times, I’ve began to truly ascertain my own personal aesthetic and as a result my style has developed tremendously. Not only has my confidence grown but I feel more like …

A Day in Milan

April 1st 15:10 A car has just picked me up from home to take me to Manchester Airport. I’m flying at 18:30 from Terminal 3. Feeling so excited, slightly anxious and awfully travel sick…. 18:20 I am FINALLY on the flight. An emergency evacuation from the terminal was not part of the plan but amplified my anxiety tremendously… Annoyingly but fortunately, it was a false alarm. I’m seated in 2F – window seat with leg room. Still feeling travel sick and now, overwhelmingly sleepy. 19:15 I’m listening to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and while we chase the sunset to Milan, Italy I can’t help but wonder what this trip will bring. I am so excited. 23:04 I’m walking towards Milano Centrale, it’s dark and raining… Ella is running towards me, large green umbrella in hand. I couldn’t be happier.  23:49 We stopped for some pizza and have now arrived at our hotel. Buonanotte I planned my outfits before I packed and so for our day in Milan I wore an oversized mens …

Feelin’ 22

It’s Wednesday 22nd March and it’s my 22nd Birthday next week. I’ve had to stop writing and search out Taylor Swifts’ album Red, so I can write about feeling twenty-two whilst singing 22. Whilst planning a Birthday dinner at my favourite restaurant, it occurred to me that no respectable party was without invites and so I turned to my go-to stationary site Papier and found the invitations my chic vibes only status would approve of – naturally this included a yellow striped envelope because yellow really is the colour of the season, if you didn’t already know. For a whole host of reasons, my birthday this year feels so much more than it has ever done previously. After a Dior filled 21st, I didn’t think I could top it so soon however, with new season Gucci vibes, an Italian adventure and the dinner party of my dreams with some truly fab friends – Feelin’ 22 has never felt better.   X EKD

Life is Gucci

Yes, I bought the gold Gucci shoes of my dreams and yes my life has never been better. I am writing this a week in advance as said shoes have been sat in my bedroom waiting to be worn and adored for just under a month now and my anticipation is eagerly mounting. However, as you’re reading this it’s actually my 22nd Birthday! SO, I purchased them online from Farfetch and they were delivered from Italy within two days. I have used Farfetch to purchase numerous luxury accessories and I always find their service and product selection to be pretty good. My Gucci Marmonts were beautifully wrapped in a Gucci box and came with two cream silk dust bags, perfect for travelling. They’re leather soled and fit like a glove however, I had previously tried the heeled pair on and so I knew I needed a size down as Gucci fits big. I take these in a 38 but I am typically a 39 in my other shoes like Tods, Lanvin or Louboutin. Also, they are …

Mascara Vibes #VolumeShake

After receiving the new Rimmel Volume Shake Mascara*, I thought I would give it a whirl as I am on the market for a new mascara anyway. When the press release read ‘no clumps,’ I was immediately captivated and after trying it out for a few days I actually really like it! The brush is a good size with bristles that actually get into the root of the lashes, coating each lash effectively. I did find it added good length and volume, it also doesn’t flake or smudge throughout the day and is easy to remove with cleansing oil. This new launch from Rimmel features the first-to-market patented shaker system that refreshes the volumizing formula, so we can all say goodbye to mascara that dries out and looses its oomph! Now, I am not sure how well this will actually work – I feel like I’d need a month or two to see if I notice a difference however, it is definitely a welcomed addition to a mascara. I found it really easy to apply and the …

Tom Ford Gives Me LIFE

There will always be something about Tom Ford that I simply can’t resist… From falling in love at 16, I’ve been in a committed relationship ever since. There is no other beauty brand that I love as much as TF; from the Gold Dust bronzing powder to the Noir de Noir Private Blend fragrance, they get it right every time. Lately I have been loving using my Traceless Foundation Stick, the best foundation I have ever bought and that is definitely saying something, as my collection currently houses over 12 different foundations. The coverage and longevity is insane and after applying my skin looks glowy and radiant. If I have an event, party or simply want to feel my sassy self on a Wednesday morning, I will always reach for my TF Stick as it blends effortlessly and is so easy to carry in my bag throughout the day for quick touch-ups. I feel like I’ve been banging on about how incredible Tom Ford products are since I began EKD in 2014, but it’s something you just …

Travel Essentials

On December 31st 2016 I wrote that I was determined to travel through Italy in 2017 and I have definitely lived up to that personal goal as I fly to Milan next month. As my best friend and I prepare our action packed itinerary, I anticipate five days of adventure and so I couldn’t help but wonder what EKD necessities I would need to pack. The first is an essential to anyone – international traveller or not! A power bank and charging cable…. This should always be in your bag to avoid running out of battery, there is nothing more frustrating than holding on to 3%. The second is my travel companion of choice, the Louis Vuitton City Guide – the ultimate manual for chic destinations and Gelato hotspots. A Nikon DSLR camera is obviously going to join me on my adventures, I can’t go to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele without getting some super chic photographs! My Tom Ford perfume makes me feel like myself and so my Travalo just has to come with me to Italy, …