All posts tagged: London

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 …

The September Issue ’16

“Picture perfect sexiness now feels boring” – An assertion of wonderful significance I just had to jot down from British Vogue and share with you as they welcome The New SASS! “…A modern word for opinionated sexiness” and I am obsessed! Sass is in and so are grungy florals paired with a polished VB boot – take your sass to the streets and feel yourself gals, because just like that, it is Autumn again and I find myself eagerly flicking through September Vogue to gleefully absorb this year’s trends, brands to watch, IT girls and newly launched beauty products I just have to try. As Fashion month has come to a close I am back again to divulge the takeaways from this year’s September Issue and reveal the must read articles, latest investment pieces and the unsubtle building blocks you need for your autumn wardrobe. As a fashion aficionada, I find the September Issue a collection of intoxicating and complex style, full of expression and #chicvibesonly and as it happens, last years’ article is probably my …

My Burberry

It’s no secret that I am all about those Burberry vibes! So when it came to choosing a reward from work, I excitedly jumped at the opportunity to pick the My Burberry fragrance. Grinning wickedly, I spritzed it eager to relish in the aroma and as anticipated, it instantly evoked happy memories of my favourite Regent Street destination, Thomas’s. My Burberry is not a typical choice for me as I am a Tom Ford Private Blend gal however, this is the scent of Burberry Regent Street and a reminder of many happy London days, therefore I am so pleased and proud to add it to my collection. Coincidently, I had just ordered a Burberry Beauty lipstick from the Full Kisses range – Light Crimson No.517, a beautiful coral pink shade I have been trying to locate after spying in the Covent Garden store back in April. The complimentary next day delivery and gift wrap service is the greatest I have come across, just look at that beautiful packaging!  “My Burberry is a joyful scent that …

#ChicVibesOnly

Last weekend was spent in Cambridge and London, wedding planning with my sister and picking up macarons from my favourite Parisian patisseries. Elle and I discussed my blog and neither of us could believe that it has only been two years since it all began. Something we both agreed on though, was how much we love EKD and the pride we share in what I’ve created. I feel like even though my style and aesthetic has evolved over the last two years, my fascination with elegance, fashion and beauty has only increased. Celebrating with gorgeous pieces from the SS16 Tom Ford Beauty collection and macarons from Pierre Hermé and Ladurée, I look forward to the future of EKD. Today is May 10th – Two years ago I began my .blogspot and fell in love with creating colourful and creative content. Between the move to WordPress, font changes and improved photography lighting, it’s still Emily living in Derbyshire and studying English, eager to become the next Carrie Bradshaw. Thank you for tuning in – I’m excited to create new content and share #ChicVibesOnly! …

21

On Thursday 31st March, I celebrated my 21st Birthday. Who am I kidding? I celebrated my birthday for about three weeks, and it was utterly wonderful. The preparations began back in January, when I went scouting for my gift, the gift I would buy for myself and one that was fitting for a 21st. I initially wandered into Chanel, thinking an iconic Double Flap would be my bag of choice, as I have lusted after one for 10 years. However, I didn’t have the princess moment I was hoping for and swiftly drifted in and then out again of Saint Laurent, again with disappointment. Surprised at my lack of interest thus far yet still eager as ever, I found myself seated elegantly in Christian Dior, supping champagne (something I never usually do!) and admiring a Lady. It was exactly a month later that I purchased my large Lady Dior bag in black lambskin with gold-tone hardware. I felt like Princess Diana and it was romantic and magical… exactly how I imagined and hoped it would …

London Vibes

I’m trying to make myself fall more in love with London, to make the prospect of moving more bearable and actually exciting. I plan to move for work however when it comes down to it, the thought of leaving my countryside upbringing and gorgeous home free from traffic noise, is slightly daunting. Don’t get me wrong I’m sure I will love it, LDN vibes inspire me! But change is change and if I’m honest, it’s always made me slightly nervous… I’ve gone through photographs from last year and collated my faves from Regent Street to hydrangeas! What’s your favourite thing about London? EKD X    

15 Moments From 2015

I find it’s so easy to forget all the things you do in a year, so I have gone back through my calendar and Instagram to put together 15 memorable moments from 2015. It doesn’t feel a year ago since I did a similar round up of 2014… I’m definitely not where I hoped I would be this time last year, however new goals are set and I’m ready to make 2016 a more positive and productive year. I’m not going to go on a cliché rant about evolving and being a ‘new me’ or rubbish like that, 2016 is simply a new number to title my day planner, however I have good feelings about this one! I not only went blonde in 2015, but I cut my hair short! I was feeling Kim K Paris Fashion week and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley vibes and surprised not only myself but my hair stylist too! I don’t imagine I will ever have long hair again… My first ever article was published this year and I have to say, it is one …

Thomas’s @ Burberry

As I’ve been spending rather a lot of time in London recently, I found it essential to discover my own secret sanctuary that provided both fries and fashion! Burberry opened it’s first ever restaurant this summer, hidden within the Regent Street flagship store. Thomas’s has been the go-to eatery for Vogue editors, Fashion Week goers and now EKD. #thechiclife Last week, I found myself sat by an open fire, supping the seasonal drink recommended by the lovely waiter – a blackberry and pomegranate fizz. A warm basket of sourdough was brought whilst I read Mindy Kalings new book (which I highly recommend BTW) and waited for my cheat day lunch. The food was delightful, the fries were the best I’ve ever had and the restaurant has the most delicate, charming and yet comforting atmosphere. Since the waitresses remembered me from previous visits, they informed me of the new breakfast menu coming in November and gave me an advanced copy to lust over! As you know, breakfast/brunch is my fave and so I’m excited to indulge next month! My …

Chanel Slingbacks

I purchased my first pair of Chanel shoes back in January 2012, they were the two-tone classic flat in lambskin leather and I felt like a princess! There is something about Chanel that I am obsessed with. I adore the heritage, the classic yet contemporary style and the chic vibes. I am all about investing in key fashion accessories that are timeless and I feel Chanel is the perfect avenue to go down when it comes to investment pieces. When I was in London a few weeks ago, the suede slingbacks were out of stock and so I didn’t think I would manage to score a pair. About a week later I called a few boutiques in London but couldn’t quite nail down a re-stock date from an assistant. Luckily, I have a connection from the Manchester boutique in Selfridges and dropped her an email. My name was added to the waiting list and just four days later I got THE call! From my experience with my other pairs of shoes from Chanel, I knew I …

Treats From The Hummingbird Bakery

Whilst in London this week, I made a special trip to South Kensington with the sole intention of picking up cupcakes and tray bakes from The Hummingbird Bakery! The bakery itself was a delightful little café, filled with a variety of gorgeous cakes. I ended up going for two salted caramel cupcakes, a frosted chocolate brownie and a raspberry cheesecake brownie, all of which I had swooned over in my Hummingbird Bakery cookbook last year. Unfortunately, my Dad and I couldn’t wait for me to photograph the tasty treats and ended up sharing a salted caramel cupcake – it was incredible, the perfect combination of salt and caramel! I often find something labelled ‘salted caramel’ super sweet, opposed to having that salted edge however this was perfection. Our high expectations were met when my family and I shared the yummy desserts and we definitely recommend the indulgence! EKD X