It's Only The Beginning...

Just wanted to put up a little post here in case you hadn't see my announcement on social media over the weekend.

I have started a new magazine website called thirteen:fourteen.  A daily site which aims to empower and inspire your mind, body and spirit.

I launched it on Friday and I am so excited that I can finally share it with you all.

thirteen:fourteen is something that I've been working on for a long time but because it will now be my main focus it only felt natural to close down my blog here.

Its bitter sweet as this blog has been going for such a long time and has been with me through everything over the years, so i'm sad to let it go.  But i also know that i would never be in the position  i am today to be able to start thirteen:fourteen if it hadn't have been for this blog and all you guys that read it, I've learned so much from making this blog and i'll never forget all your support.

I really hope that you will all join me over on thirteen:fourteen to continue this ride...

I'm leaving my blog up like this so you can still read back old posts but this will be the last time its updated.

So you can now view thirteen:fourteen HERE.  Follow it on Twitter HERE, On Instagram HERE and on Facebook HERE.

Love + Light beautiful people,
Emma X

Buying A Large Diamond Engagement Ring

When it comes to shopping for an engagement ring, you should look to save money where you can, which can allow you to purchase a bigger diamond for your ring. You can see some excellent advice on several online resources on how to save some money when buying an engagement ring that you can use for your search. You have two options available to you, and these are that you can purchase a mass produced off-the-shelf ring, or go for a bespoke design and make sure that it is unique.

Choosing A Mass Produced Diamond Engagement Ring

When it comes to mass produced engagement rings, there is plenty of choices available in a range of different styles and with something to suit all budgets. You will need to work out your budget before you start shopping and having this before you shop will soon let you know just how much of a ring you can get for your money. You can purchase diamond engagement rings in NZ only at that come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colours, so you will be assured of finding something which suits your style and budget.

Creating A Bespoke Diamond Engagement Ring

One way to assure that you get something that is unique and stretches your money as far as it can go is to create a bespoke engagement ring and source the materials yourself. When you do this, you can control how big the diamonds are on your ring and ensure that you get exactly what your heart is set on. You can choose a slightly less bright diamond and spend the money you save on getting a larger stone to create more bling for your ring!

Know What You Are Buying

Whether you decide to choose from what is on offer in your local jewellery store or design a bespoke engagement ring, it is important that you know what you are buying before you commit to purchasing. You will want to do your homework and learn all about the 4 C’s which refer to;

·         Cut

·         Clarity

·         Colour

·         Carat

When you know where the value lies in a diamond, you can use this to your advantage to make sure that you can get a bigger stone at the best possible price. There is a lot of free information available on the internet which you can use to read up on, and an excellent place to start to learn about the 4Cs is the Gemological Institute of America website.

Shop Around For The Best Price

It is also important that you shop around and get quotes from as many different jewellers as you can, no matter if creating a custom ring or not. The prices can differ quite drastically between the various jewellery stores for the same or similar products, so you will need to find a jeweller that not only has an excellent variety of stock available but also find one that you trust and is reputable. Take your time and shop around when buying a diamond engagement ring.

*This article is published in partnership of Mediabuzzer

Book Review - When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple met Rishi* by Sandhya Menon
"Meet Dimple.
Her main aim in life is to escape her traditional parents, get to university and begin her plan for tech world domination.
Meet Rishi.
He's rich, good-looking and a hopeless romantic. His parents think Dimple is the perfect match for him, but she's got other plans...
Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works even harder to prove itself in the most unexpected ways."

I think along with most of the book world I fell in love with this book as soon as I saw the cover.  It's probably the best cover I have seen in years, it's just beautiful. So I was excited to finally read the book and see if it lived up to all the expectations of the cover.

I really enjoyed this story.  It was fun and light and a romcom.  In life, romcom's are my 'thing' and this was a really sweet modern day version. 

Set against the tech world in San Fransisco, the book tells the story of two Indian Americans who are set up by their parents with the hope of arranging their marriage.  Sounds simple enough but it gets a bit more complicated when you learn that only one of the characters are in on the plan that their parents have hatched and the other gets completely blindsided by her possible impending husband to be.

After the initial confusion the book takes us on a journey with the two main characters, Dimple and Rishi, who at 18 are still trying to figure out their place in the world with the added weight of trying to define what their Indian culture means to them.

I liked that we got to really know both characters by reading their different points of view.  I also loved that we got a really rounded modern  interpretation of what its like to be young and an Indian American, obviously everyone's different and irrelevant of cultural backgrounds no two people will be the same but I loved that we got to see a different side of their culture.

Life can be tricky to navigate when you don't have a path laid out in front of you but in this story we learn that sometimes having a path laid down and ready for you to walk along doesn't exactly make it easier either.  This coming of age story tells us to expect the unexpected and that life is better when its full of surprises.

If your looking for a bit of a different take on the boy meets girl story then this is the one for you.

You can buy it here on Amazon and it is also on sale for 99p right now too!

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Things To Watch #4

Ahh I know I've taken a few days off my blog because life got in the way but I'm back and I want to introduce to you the new and improved 'Things To Watch'. 
This will be a much more regular section on my blog now and I really hope you like it.
I've watched 'so' many amazing things lately and I honestly can't wait to share them with you...So on to the reviews...

Given is a documentary that follows the Goodwin family for around 6 months as they travel all over the world.  The film is narrated by Given, the most adorable little boy who I think is around 4 or 5 in the film (I can't exactly remember if we are told his age?).  We see his family, this trip and the world through his eyes.  You get to experience birth, death, adventure, fear and everything in between though his view and its honestly one of the most inspiring things I have watched in a really, really long time.

Given's mum and dad are both surfers and the whole family live in Kauai.  Aamion, Given's dad, decides to take the family on this journey as its the same one his dad took him on, to learn, see and feel the world for themselves.  They travel across 15 countries and to a backdrop of the most beautiful musical sounds and some of the most stunning visuals I have seen.  Apart from the music, Givens narration is mostly the only talking in the film apart from snippets from his mom and dad. 

There is a calmness to this movie that just sweeps over you as you watch it, something about the breath taking cinematography and Givens honesty about the world and what he is seeing, really makes this such a special watch.

I think the Goodwins way of life is phenomenal.  I find it so inspiring and just love how they live their life in the most natural state as possible.

This isn't a kids film but I really do think that it would be a great one to let your kids watch if they are inquisitive about the world.  The way that Given explains all the aspects of life that he has been taught from his Mum and Dad would be so helpful to a lot of kids trying to understand the world a little better I think.

The director Jess Bianchi has made such a beauty of a film that I can not wait to watch whatever he  makes next.

If your looking for a slow and peaceful film to help you fall in love with this wonderful world we live in a little bit more, then please take a watch of this.
You can read more about the family and the movie HERE or watch it on Netflix.

I first saw this film on Leanne's amazing blog and as soon as it hit Netflix I had to watch it straight away. 
The film is a documentary about the food, pharmaceutical and health industry.  The film follows  Kip Andersen learning about what really is in our food and what goes on behind the scenes to encourage us to be eating certain things.

To say this film is a hard watch is an understatement.  I have watched so many documentaries on this subject and similar things, some have been amazing and so insightful and some not so much but this one was really amazing.

I  am already a plant based eater, I don't eat meat or dairy.  I have over years done a lot of research and decided to eat this way for health reasons and because I believe its the best way for me. 
So because I've read and watched so much about this subject there wasn't so much new information for me in it but there was something about the way the information was told that shook me up.

Everything was said and explained in a very easy to understand, matter of fact way and I think that's what got me, it seemed so urgent and dramatic of a problem that we are all facing and I think this film just brought it home to me that its not good enough anymore that we settle for being treated like this.

I felt so utterly exhausted after watching this and just so upset at how so many people treat our health like business in this world.  I think this film should be a must watch for everyone and anyone.
You can watch it on Netflix now.

This documentary is all about the power of intuition, basically your gut feeling.  This is a subject I've wanted to write about on here for years and I've still never done it but I promise I will soon.  If there is one thing that I believe in stronger than anything in the world it's my gut feeling.  Over the years I have learned so much about it and have had so many instances that my 'gut' has got me through, so when I saw this film I knew I had to watch it.

I loved every second of watching Hrund Gunnsteinsdottir and Kristín Ólafsdóttir go on their journey to learning about intuition.  They speak with some of the most inspiring people in the world who are leaders in this sector, scientists, doctors and just really darn wise people.

The film takes you around the world to view different thoughts on the subject and it all has such a powerful message.

Taking time to slow down and connect with yourself and be in tune to who you are and what you think is just such an important message that I think can sometimes get lost on us all and I felt watching this film gave me the reminder that I was needing.

“Innsæi in Iceland has multiple meanings. It can mean “the sea within” which is the borderless nature of our inner world, a constantly moving world of vision, feelings and imagination beyond words. It can mean “to see within” which means to know yourself, and to know yourself well enough to be able to put yourself in other people’s shoes. And it can mean “to see from the inside out” which is to have a strong inner compass to navigate your way in our ever-changing world."

You can watch the film on Netflix now.

This is a new original series from Netflix that was released just the other week.  The weekend it came out I wasn't feeling great with a cold and I binged every episode.  Each episode is just over 30 minutes and there are 8 of them in total.

I absolutely loved this show, completely and utterly loved it! 

Atypical is about Sam, an 18 year old boy who is on the autism spectrum.  The show follows Sam and his family as they live their day to day lives while trying to help him navigate the world.  The majority of the show focuses on Sam and his quest to start dating.

  I've never had any large amount of first hand experience with anyone on the autistic spectrum so from that side of things I don't know how well the show captured real life for people who are living their life with autism or being around anyone who is autistic but I can say that I think the whole subject matter was portrayed in the most respectful of ways.

This show has so much heart to it, that's what hit me the most watching it.  There was something so genuine about the story and the way that the show was written, I was invested in the characters almost immediately and I felt like I just needed to know what was going to happen next, which for me is a rare thing to happen when watching a half hour show.

The other thing that I think is worth is worth mentioning is that the show  is super hard to put in to a box which I loved, its a mix of so many genres.  It's really funny but its not a comedy and its got real drama but I wouldn't say it was a 'drama'.  I think there are elements of old teen shows in it too and a definite quirky feel running through the whole thing.  If anything it really reminds me of those shows from the 90's. You know the ones, the hour long 'dramas' that had a bit of everything in them,  they had heart to them, real standout characters and people who you just wanted to root for and for me Atypical has all that in abundance.

Also shoutout to the actor Keir Gilchrist , who plays Sam.  He honestly is so freaking amazing and makes the show what it is.
You can watch the whole series on Netflix now.

I really hope you liked my little roundup and found something new to watch from it.  Let me know what you have all been watching and loving too....

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bell sleeves and mom jeans

tobi outfit post, bell sleeve crop top, mom jeans, boho outfit, bohemian, festival fashion

tobi outfit post, bell sleeve crop top, mom jeans, boho outfit, bohemian, festival fashion

tobi outfit post, bell sleeve crop top, mom jeans, boho outfit, bohemian, festival fashion

tobi outfit post, bell sleeve crop top, mom jeans, boho outfit, bohemian, festival fashion

tobi outfit post, bell sleeve crop top, mom jeans, boho outfit, bohemian, festival fashion

tobi outfit post, bell sleeve crop top, mom jeans, boho outfit, bohemian, festival fashion

Top - Tobi* (in the sale right now)
Jeans - ASOS (in the sale right now too)
Belt - ASOS
Hat - Sacred Hawk via ASOS

Do you ever get those times when you sort of fall out of love with fashion?  I'd been feeling like that for a while, don't get me wrong I still loved clothes but I think I just wasn't in love with my clothes anymore.

I suppose it makes sense though, right? Your style changes and I think I just hadn't realised that I had sort of fallen out of love with the styles I was wearing and I just wasn't that inspired anymore by them.  I felt like shops stopped selling clothes that I loved.

Then all of a sudden near the start of the year, it was like one after the other, every shop started to be filled with the most beautiful things that turned me into the literal emoji with the heart eyes haha! 

So I made a plan.  I did a massive wardrobe clear out, like got rid of more than half my wardrobe and I left myself with only the basics and I restarted from there.  I made a list of everything I would like, flared jeans, mom jeans etc etc and then I've spent from then till now slowly trying to build up a wardrobe of things that I really, really love.

And honestly it's blown my mind how different I feel since starting to do that. I feel so crazy inspired again by fashion and clothes and just having fun with it all.  I love knowing that my wardrobe if full of only clothes that I genuinely love and wear.

I always felt like I had a good handle on my style and I feel like now I have just refined that a little bit more so the clothes I'm wearing now make me feel more 'me' than I've ever really felt before, whoa that feels like a line from a hallmark movie but ya know what I mean!

The reason why I wrote all this today is because I feel like if someone was to ask me to sum up myself and my style in one outfit, I'd give them these pictures.  I just love wearing this so much, a definite outfit favourite.

This top is another pick from Tobi, the online store I've been wearing clothes from this week.  It's hands down my favourite thing I got from them, it's so crazy beautiful that I squealed when I opened the packet it came in.  It has the most stunning bell sleeves with tie dye  pattern and its cropped too.  You can either wear it loose or pull in the ties at the bottom of the top to gather it in and make it tighter to your body which is what I've done.  It's the perfect length to sit just on the waist band of my mom jeans and its just the best thing to throw on either on its own if your wearing a cute bralette or over a cami tee like I did.

This top has became the main focus of my wardrobe since I got it and I've worn it in so many different ways, it's also in the sale right now on tobi and you can also get it in pink too!

My other favourite thing is my new hat.  I've truthfully wanted a hat like this since I was about 12 and until now I've never been able to find one, so guys dream do come true y'all haha!  It's just all kinds of dreamy and I feel like I might have it on 24/7 from now on.  It's from a brand called Sacred Hawk and they make the most beautiful 60s and 70s inspired clothes which is my thing, so I'm pretty sure I've just fallen in love with their whole collection.  You can check them out on ASOS.

I really hope you've enjoyed my week of outfit posts on my blog, it's been so much fun to do and I can't wait to show you guys more of my outfits soon.

Have an amazing weekend beautiful people....

P.S I don't know if you can see it that great in the photos but I've fallen in love with putting little baby gold stars on my face, I cant get enough of it!  Head over to my instagram and i'll post a close up shot so you guys can have a peek!

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