Projects and People

WEDDING PLANNING PART 1

August 17, 2016

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 Wow! I haven’t filled you in on any of the wedding planning process yet. We are well underway with it all now, the venue is booked (we went for the wild card option), the Pinterest boards are blossoming and the invites are ready.

Brainstorming together and aligning our visions has been really special. Nick and I met working on a contemporary opera together, so it’s fun to apply that creative thinking and collaborative process to our wedding.

We decided to go back to the place where Nick proposed to make all of the initial important decisions. We set up camp in the amazing Mad Men styled library there. We ordered champagne, spread out our wedding magazines and got the Pinterest boards at the ready. I would recommend doing something like this if you are planning your own wedding. It turned the process into a really special moment that we will remember forever.

But I must admit… there was a pretty stressful situation that we came up-against later on down the line. Something that I obviously hadn’t scheduled into my wedmin planner,  drama free and full of love was more what I had in mind. For us the issue was thankfully not with family, guests or loved ones, but with a vendor that we hired. Nightmare.

One thing that we have learned from that particular experience is to work with positive people that you enjoy spending time with and that will make their contribution to your big day a pleasurable experience. Don’t be fooled by fancy websites and impressive presentation packages. Sometimes independent vendors with a bit of heart are the best. But we haven’t let that bump in the road spoil anything for us. It’s ultimately led us to better things.

Let me know if you have any tips or advice in the comments. Particularly on finding a wedding dress, that is the next step ahead of me. I am looking forward to sharing more of our wedding planning story with you. A post on the invitations is coming up soon, which I am so excited about!

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Fashion & Beauty

YELLOW DRESS OUTFIT OF THE DAY

August 11, 2016

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This outfit has pretty much been my uniform this summer. I’ve never had a yellow dress before but my best friend and bridesmaid to-be picked it out for me and I’ve hardly had it off since. I really love it, especially because I have a slight tan, it seems to go really well with that. I get a new pair of these chunky sandals in a different colour every summer because they are so comfortable and match everything, and the bag has been with me everyday too.

Do you have a go-to outfit for summer?

Wearing: Yellow Dress from Aspire Style, CRU London Willow Weekender and New Look Chunky Heels

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Photo Credit: The wonderful Kate from Sole Satisfaction

 

 

Fashion & Beauty, Travel & Places

WHAT’S IN MY HAND LUGGAGE

August 5, 2016

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I have been flying so much recently which is really exciting because I love heading to new places, but with that can come delayed flights, lost luggage and lots of waiting around. To make it as enjoyable as possible I like to have a few little luxuries on hand. Here’s what I have been taking with me recently:

Handbag: The Willow Weekender by CRU London, I’ve had it for a few years now and honestly love it. It matches almost everything and it’s easy to throw over your shoulder as you rush to the check-in.

Travel Wallet: This is the perfect little travel buddy, it has a pocket for everything and makes you feel so organised! I chose this Disaster Designs floral oil-painting number from Aspire Style.

Headphones: My boyfriend bought me these wireless, noise cancelling headphones for my birthday and the sound is unreal. I love listening to the Giri Cafe and Big at the KU! The Original Balearic Beat playlist whilst travelling.

Tangle Teaser and Spiral Bobbles: Erm, why did no-one tell me about these sooner? I was pretty certain that they were a fad, but don’t knock it till you try it. For long hair both of these items are a must! The bobbles stop you getting kinks when you just want to trow your hair up and the Tangle Teaser brushes without snagging.

Hand-Cream and Lip Balm: Flying makes my skin dry out so I like to keep a hand-cream and lipbalm close. This is citrus and lavender by Heyland and Whittle, it smells divine. My lipbalm is EOS, I have them in every colour and I’m obsessed with how they feel when applying (pauses typing to re-apply).

Herbal Tea: I take a stash of my favourite teas with me wherever I go as a little home comfort. These are liquorice and peppermint by Pukka.

Sunglasses and Lipstick: Prepare for landing! I’m currently wearing vintage style shades from Aspire Style and Clinique lipstick.

I am seriously lacking in a good book to devour on my journeys, so if you have have any recommendations then please let me know. I read The Gold Finch recently and adored that.

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Travel & Places

Restaurant Review: The Artisan Bistro, Chelsea

July 31, 2016

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OK, so I am just going to put this out there…this is one of the best meals that Nick and I have ever had. Now, I know that’s a bold statement, but here’s why:

So we are in London, the sun is shining and we walk though beautiful Chelsea past all of the incredible homes with black and white tiled porches and arrive at The Artisan Bistro in high spirits. The staff there make us feel like a king and queen, they really take pride in their work and act like they actually want you to be there (which isn’t always a given – I’m looking at you, Berlin).

The owner has a passion for wines and was keen to share his knowledge with us. He explained that it is imperative that the perfect meal is accompanied with the perfect drink.

I love really dark, smokey and stereo-typically ‘masculine’ cocktails, because of this waiting staff will often bring a round of drinks over and hand mine to Nick! In keeping with this tradition, I tried the owner’s favourite cocktail ‘The Artisan negroni’ and Nick had a glass of Malbec, which he very much enjoyed (as you can see from the picture).

The concept of the menu is to present the finest European dishes, sourced from all corners of Europe for quality. For example the oysters were sourced from Colchester and the lemon-sole came from Irish waters.

I absolutely loved the rock oysters, the lemon sole was gigantic (see picture above) and the chocolate souffle was that delicious that we devoured it without even thinking to take a photograph – oops.

The exceptional level of service is strengthened by the fact that the owner is also the manager and oversees everything in the Bistro, giving it a very personal feel. Next time I am in the UK I would love to go back, it was such a special experience.

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Travel & Places

PICTURE POSTCARDS: PALMA DE MALLORCA

June 25, 2016

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Here are some of my favourite photos from my family trip to Mallorca last week. Mallorca was in full bloom and looking absolutely beautiful during our stay. It was nice to relax, swim in the sea, eat delicious food, laugh and dance.

I feel so lucky to have two sisters and a Mum who all get on so well. We used to absolutely kill each other when we were teens. But once we got past those terrible teenage years we became really close, and now we have such a laugh together.

We were only in Mallorca for five days, so we really tried to be as present in the moment as possible and to savour every moment. Because the older we get, the busier and more spread out geographically we are becoming. Which makes savoring these precious moments even more important.

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