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March 2016

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ENGAGEMENT PARTY DECORATING

March 28, 2016

LedByLucy-Engaged-DecorationsLedByLucy-Party-Decorations-Tissue-PomPomsFor the venue of our engagement party we chose Ye Olde Kings Head, which dates back to 1622. Not only was it frequented by King Henry VIII, but it is also said to be Chester’s most haunted pub (if there were any ghosts they certainly had the party spirit). We chose it because it’s full of charm and character. It has low oak beams, suits of armor, a roaring fire, central location and cask ales a plenty. The perfect place for a party.
The venue is already so interesting in itself, I didn’t need to do anything crazy with the space. Instead I chose to add some fun, bright and funky colours that would really pop and guide our guests to the party. I went for a colour palate of hot-pink, turquoise and orange with gold and lemon accents

LedByLucy-Party-Decorations-BuntingLedByLucy-Engaged-Decorations.PartyLedByLucy-Engagement-Party-DecorationsI worked with the designers at Hello Party to create the party theme ‘Shine Bright’ which consists of posters, bunting and banners. It is now available for everyone to order which is super exciting.
You can add in your own photos, messages and captions to the decorations, which gives you the opportunity to add some lovely personal touches to your party. I chose the lyric ‘pop that pretty question’ from Primadonna Girl by Marina and the Diamonds (my favourite song) for the bunting which was hung above the DJ booth.
We’ve actually kept some of the posters from the party and put them up in our home as a little reminder of this lovely night.
To complete the look I also added 30 tissue pom-poms and balloons which matched the colour theme. I love the way that these turned out, they really complemented my posters, but be warned, the pom-poms take ages to assemble. My advice is to get a group of friends together, put the music on and make a night of it!

We had so much fun at the party and both agreed that it went so quickly, we want to do it all over again this weekend!

To see what I changed into for the engagement party check out this post: Engagement Party Dress, Wearing White

Travel & Places

THE SHIP TAVERN REVIEW: IF IT’S GOOD ENOUGH FOR SHAKESPEARE

March 27, 2016

LedByLucy-English-PubWhenever I’m in London I usually head to the funky bars to find my friends. But after being away from England for so long I was craving traditional taverns and wanted to see scenes of red telephone boxes and cobbled streets a plenty.
Que The Ship Tavern in Holborn which dates back to 1549, is one of London’s oldest pubs and is rumored to have played host to Shakespeare himself. If only the walls could speak, I’m sure they have a few stories to tell.

LedByLucy-Oysters-LondonTheShipTavern-London-ReviewThis place is the opposite of a touristy chain and it oozes original character. Located up a little cobbled street and surrounded by huge buildings, you need to know it is there to find it. With its slanted walls and crooked wooden beams, it looks like something from a Harry Potter film which sprung up out of the ground by magic.
Downstairs the pub was full of jolly locals and suited bankers enjoying tankards of real ale. Upstairs is an intimate dining room with a crackling open fire serving ‘proper’ pub food. Exactly what I wanted.

Here is what I ate from the a la carte menu:

  • Pan-fried halibut, basil mash potato, poached duck egg & blood orange hollandaise
  • Dorset rock oysters, merlot vinegar & shallots
  • Cheese board

london-food-review-LedByLucyledbylucy-london-food-blogThe food does the talking at The Ship Tavern, Everything is clearly made from scratch and is just so tasty! I have cut out refined carbs and refined sugar from my diet, so a lot of pubs are just out of the question for me. But I had ample choice on the menu. If I wasn’t on the diet, I would of totally ordered a pie. They looked soooo good and smelled delicious.

This is the place to go if you are in London and looking for an authentic experience in a traditional pub with delicious food.

Fashion & Beauty

ENGAGEMENT PARTY DRESS: WEARING WHITE

March 22, 2016

LedByLucy-Blog-Engagement-Dress-White-Bocci-BerlinLedByLucy-Engagement-Ring-Vintage-BloggerLove-Triangle-White-Dress-LedByLucy-BloggerLedByLucy-White-Lace-Engagement-DressLedByLucy-Bocci-Berlin-Blog-White-DressBocci 5DSC_0184From the moment Nick and I got engaged we knew that we wanted to host a party with all of our nearest and dearest to celebrate. Parties are my absolute favourite, I just love everything about them, from picking the decorations to dancing the night away.

I knew that I wanted to wear white. Newlywed brides are constantly telling me that the big day is over in a flash. So I figured I wanted to make the most of my opportunity to wear white. I searched far and wide to find the right dress before deciding upon this one. I wanted something unusual in design that would be perfect for dancing in, and this ticked all of the boxes.

As I was heading out of the house I grabbed a pair of gold balerina pumps just in case my feet hurt from dancing later in the evening, and I’m so glad I did. They certainly came in handy.

Keep your eyes peeled for more posts on the party, I’ll be sharing details on the party location and decorations soon.

Wearing: Love Triangle High Neck Midi Dress

Location: Bocci 79 Showroom, if you are in Berlin you must visit. It is a totally beautiful showroom filled with contemporary light designs. This wasn’t the venue for our party, but it was perfect for capturing these shots of my dress. As you would expect at Bocci, the lighting is perfect

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Photo Credit: With special thanks to the talented  Berliner Post for taking these photographs

 

Fashion & Beauty

A LITTLE ZEN AT VABALI SPA BERLIN

March 9, 2016
Vabali Spa
Berlin’s complex history,  squat dwelling punks, tasty Currywurst, plentiful graffiti and 24/7 club scene are often what first spring to mind when you picture Berlin. But this is a city full of surprises.
vabali spa is one of those unexpected gems in this vast city. After arriving at Hauptbahnhof (Berlin’s biggest train station) and crossing a busy, beeping main road, navigating through schools and bustling apartments I wondered if we had taken a wrong turn, after all this is not a very tranquil area.
But from the moment you pass through the 80 metre teak wooden entrance lined with bamboo leaves and babbling fountains you begin to relax and forget that you are in a city centre.
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vabali is an expansive private resort over 20,000 square meters in size. It has an outdoor area, a dining terrace, carved wooden statues, poolside lounging areas, cosy four poster beds for relaxing in, a heated outdoor pool (which is steaming hot at winter),a freezing plunge pool (I couldn’t do it but Nick tells me it was refreshing) and a variety of  saunas. It is a real oasis and escape from the city.
My favourite things were the yoga classes and  of course the treatments. I had a deep tissue massage and Nick chose the sports massage. But my all time favourite thing, which I cannot stop thinking about, is the heated water beds. They are situated in the relaxation rooms, or napping areas as I liked to call them. I had sooo many full on naps that day!
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Here are a few tips if you decide to visit:
  • Take your own towel and dressing gown. They have them there, in fact they have hundreds of them – all completely identical. It’s really difficult to know which is yours when there are fifty hung up on a peg and I ended up with someone else’s which was soaking wet. Argh! Not what you want when you’ve just emerged naked from the heated pool into the cold fresh air.
  • Yes I said naked! vabali spa, like many German spas, is textile free. I must admit I was cringing on the way there imagining it. But once your there it feels totally natural.
  • Take water with you. It’s really important to stay hydrated when you are experiencing the extreme temperatures of the saunas and ice baths. You can pick up a bottle from the bar but it’s pricey.
  •   Go early to avoid crowds and maximise relaxation. We went at the weekend and I imagine it would be even more dreamy mid week when most are at work.
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As I write this I’m already planning my return! Let me know if you head over there.
Lucy xox
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