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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Pre-wedding Preparation Photos ♥

So I'm not sure if I've mentioned on here before, but next month, my big sister is getting married! I'm her bridesmaid, and the big day is coming around so quickly, so we've been very busy lately preparing everything! I thought I'd do a little insight of what we've been up to lately...

Wedding Decorations



My sister has bought loads of decorations and pretty things for the wedding, and these cute pieces are from one of my favourite websites, DotComGiftShop.  We're planning on hanging the 'bride and groom' wooden sign up on the top table, and the rose garland fairy lights will go on the cake table.

Accessories



These are the shoes I plan to wear, as my bridesmaid dress is a dusky pink colour so they match perfectly! I bought them for only £24.99 from New Look, and I love the suttle bit of bling on them. Hopefully as they're not too high, they'll stay on my feet the whole day! I also picked up these cute sparkly pearl hair slides from Primark.


I've not decided on what jewellery to wear just yet, but I do love this super sparkly bracelet I bought from Primark, but I think the slightly understated pearl one may be more suitable. It would also match my pearl box clutch bag too!

Hair and Beauty


I had a hair trial the other day to see what kind of style I would like for the day, and I think I quite like this messy up-do. I never usually wear my hair up, but I do like how it looks to the side slightly loose. I've also been experimenting with how I would like my nails, and I'm not sure whether to go for a classic French manicure, or something like this with a bit of glitter on a nude nail.


So this is a little peek of my dress (it needs steaming!) which has one shoulder and flows to the floor. I love it! I'm the only adult bridesmaid at the wedding, along with my little niece who will be wearing a similar dress. I'm hoping we can get lots of beautiful family photos taken on the day so that I can gift a ParrotPrintCanvas to my sister for her birthday as a reminder of her special day.

I've also been on the look out for long-lasting beauty products to try, and this brow kit from Christian Faye has been great so far. It lasts all day and is also water resistant (fingers crossed there won't be any rain showers on the day) and is perfect for creating defined eyebrows. I love the stencils that come with the kit, which make it really easy to ensure your brows are perfectly sleek.

Cake

My wedding gift to the bride and groom is to make their cakes. So on the run up to the day I will be busy preparing over 100 cupcakes as well as a top cake! I have taken a day off work to ensure I am able to get them all looking just right, and I ran a little trail recently to ensure my sister is happy with my ideas.

I topped the cupcakes with a rose swirl of buttercream and then decorated them with dusky pink and champagne coloured handmade icing decorations. I made butterflies, flowers, love birds and roses or various sizes, and then used some edible pearls to finish them off nicely. The cupcakes will be wrapped in pretty ivory laser cut lacy wraps, and I'll also be making some traditional fairy cakes with glace icing for the kids too! We have a very tall tiered cake stand to use to make a cupcake tower, and then at the top I will make a mini 6 inch Victoria sponge cake.

Hen Party


My sisters hen party was a couple of weekends ago, and we had a the best time in Brighton! There was four of us in total, and we stayed in an apartment on the main part of West Street, which was perfectly located.

I wore this cute coral polka dot dress from Apricot during the day, as we went for afternoon tea at the Hilton Hotel on the seafront, and luckily the sun was shining. I'd never been to Brighton before, but it is so beautiful! I was pretty stunned by the gorgeous golden beach and blue sea, and we had some fun playing in the arcades on the pier.


The first part of the hen party was the afternoon tea at the Hilton Brighton Metropole, which was such a lovely relaxing setting, and the staff couldn't have done enough for us. We enjoyed a few glasses of wine over our sandwiches, cream scones, and little cakes.

In the evening, we got ready back at the apartment and then we hit the town. My sister decided she wanted us all to dress up as air hostesses.. so these are our outfits! We booked a booth at the Revolution vodka bar, and then moved onto Pryzm nightclub. We had a great night out, and I can't wait until the big day! 



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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Competition Wins ♥

I've not done one of these competition win blog posts in a long time, but I have caught up with the competition craze again recently! After a little bit of a break from it, I've taken to Twitter again to really annoy all of my followers with my constant giveaway RT's! Sorry about that folks... but check out my latest prizes!

By coincidence I've actually now won two of these Vivofit fitness wristbands (RRP £70 each) from Twitter, and they're supposedly really great at tracking your calories and exercise!

I won a charm from Links of London months ago from Twitter. I chose this cute little bird card charm, RRP £65.

I won this lovely set of hair and beauty goodies on Twitter from Sally Beauty a while back, including the Disney Cinderalla nail polish set

As I'm a keen baker, I was chuffed to have won this set of flavoured extracts from Taylor and Colledge on Twitter! 


I was so pleased to have won this amazing smelling bath bomb goodie box from Bomb Cosmetics, RRP £13. I loved the cute packaging!

I won this sweet little silver and emerald costume ring from Clo Clo London jewellery on Twitter. 

This Pistonhead lager glass pint mason jar I won is a bit scary with a big skull on the front, but I have now prettied it up with some wild flowers and satin ribbon!

I won a £25 voucher to spend at Aspire Style, on Instagram through entering one of my photos into their competition! Love their stores.

I won this pretty floral scarf many months ago from a shop called Silver Sparrow on Twitter. I gave it to my Mum and she loves it!

I won a couple of Witch skincare bits; a blemish stick and face wash from Twitter. 

Just before Christmas (I know.. ages ago!) I won this Molton Brown Frankincense and Allspice fragranced handwash.

These cute little 'Thanks' note cards I won from Pea Green Boat on Twitter.

And finally, I won this £50 Ikea gift card from Facebook a little while ago too!

Happy comping! 




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Monday, 17 August 2015

Lifes Simple Pleasures ♥

Sometimes when you're feeling a little bit down, or the dread of winter leaves you feeling blue, you need a little pick me up. There are loads of little things that cheer me up instantly; a new lipstick, a cuddle with my cat, a catch up with a girlfriend, and I think it's important to make the most of these little things.

Lingerie

One of the big things that makes me a little bit chirpier in the mornings is the feeling of wearing something new. Whether it be a new dress or a new pair of shoes, wearing something fresh makes me feel good. This is especially true when it comes to underwear, as I love wearing pretty sets that secretly boost my confidence and make me feel good.

This stunning black lacy set is the Dentelle contour bra by Elle Macpherson, from Bras and Honey. I love the pretty delicate lace and the dainty satin bows, and the black and grey tones are sophisticated and also easy to wear. I just love the elegance of this set, and finding something pretty that fits nicely is a huge boost. P.S. if you want to win a new bra every month, fill out their Great British Bra survey!
 

Bath Time Pamper

Sometimes after a long day, all you want to do is just relax. I find the best way to do this is to run a nice hot bath, and then use some bathtime treats and spend a little while with my thoughts (and some music) in the tub.

The Soap and Glory range is my favourite, and I love using their bubble bath, exfoliator scrub, and shower cream in the bath. Once I've had a nice long soak, I then use various other S&G lotions and potions, such as their body butter to full on pamper myself, and then I relax for the evening in my fluffy dressing gown or some fresh PJ's. Bliss! 

Fresh Flowers

Receiving flowers is one of my favourite things ever! Although this is a rarity these days, so I often end up buying them for myself to brighten up my bedroom. You really can't beat a fresh bunch of flowers in the summer time. 

This summer rose bouquet was kindly sent to me by Debenhams a little while ago, and the flowers are absolutely stunning. An instant pick me up! It's pretty impressive that you can order flowers by post these days, so why not treat someone special?

Skincare Facial

Unlike a lot of beauty bloggers, I'm not a huge skincare fanatic. To be honest, I rarely even make any attempt to maintain my skin, as I simply use a Nivea face wipe to remove my make up every evening!

I'm lucky to have quite clear combination skin natually, but if I'm feeling in need of a bit of a skin boost, then these La Roche Posay and Vichy products are my favourites to use. I probably use these only about once a week, and I have to admit it does make my skin feel good after giving myself a little at home facial.

Wine

Strawberry-Lemon White Wine Sangria recipe lets you make the most out of the end of summer
I'm not an alcoholic or anything, but I certainly do enjoy a social tipple now and again. Making cocktails (or mocktails!) in summer is a great way to enjoy the sunshine (if it ever comes back) and have some fun.

There are some great recipes online, and I especially like the sound of this white wine berry sangria, or this version with strawberry and lemons! They sound so easy to make, and lovely and refreshing. You can easily pick up a dry white wine and some fruit from Tesco; simple, and a great shout for warm summer evenings! *



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Sunday, 16 August 2015

A Traditional Cornish Cream Tea ♥

I was recently contacted by Parkdean Holidays to ask if I would like to sample some traditional locally sourced goodies from Cornwall.. of course I said 'yes please'! As you all probably know by now, I'm quite the afternoon tea lover and I'm partial to a bit of cake and a scone now and again, so obviously I jumped at the chance. I'm also a massive fan of the beautiful Cornwall area, having visited a few years back and absolutely falling in love.

When me and my boyfriend at the time were at uni, we decided to have a little holiday to celebrate the end of our first year of university. We drove my little old Fiat Punto almost 300 miles all the way down to the far South West of England and pitched up a tent for a few nights. It was my first proper holiday in the UK, and my first trip to Cornwall. We didn't really have a clue where we were going, nor how to pitch a tent, but it was so much fun to have our very own care-free independent holiday.

I was stunned by just how beautiful the UK could be, and the golden beaches around a little village called Boswinger really took my breath away. We decided on the tiny village simply by looking at Google Maps satellite images and picking the clearest waters and the nicest beach! This seemed like an excellent idea, and it actually worked out really well for us. As we were 'skint students' at the time, we decided a holiday in the UK would be better value than a trip abroad, and we didn't regret it one bit! I've included a few of the photos from our holiday below.

As well as the local area, I also fell in love with the traditional British cream tea, the Cornish way (jam first, cream on top!). My wicker hamper of treats kindly sent to my by Parkdean included some delicious butter scones, clotted cream fudge, classic Cornish tea bags, Rodda's clotted cream, Sisley's strawberry jam, and Cornish fairings biscuits. Everything we needed for a delightful little afternoon tea at home! The scones were beautiful and I loved the fudge! I made some sandwiches and got out some of my vintage china for the occasion, and shared the goodies with my parents last weekend. Thank you Parkdean!

Plus.. don't forget to enter their competition to win a Parkdean holiday for you and your family!















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