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Things to think about before the big I DO

So just over a year ago I said I DO, and we did it our way.

Over the past decade or so I have been to so many weddings and watched so many people plan their big day and you know what I learned………nothing.

I’m not being flip, I mean I learned nothing. See I always knew what i wanted. Just me and ‘him’. That’s it, my wedding was going to be like my marriage, about us.

Now I know other people like to share with loved ones, family, friends etc, but We always knew it would be just us, that and abroad!

There are lots of fayres, venues, and people to tell you what you should do. But screw that. What do you want?

Now saying that I did do somethings traditionally, I went wedding dress shopping, tried a million shoes on, googled hair styles etc.

As some one who values my time I wanted to get as much done together a possible, for my dress I visited a specialist plus size supplier and had the best day trying on about a dozen dresses. Eventually I found the perfect one, I just knew!

As for shoes I googled wedding shoe suppliers for wide feet (I’m all about that comfort). One place that came up was Elegant Steps, down I went and there was so much choice. Heels (of all heights), flats, wide fits, every colour (gold, silver, cream, rainbow) and style you could think of.

I went away with a few ideas, sadly I injured my leg a week or so after therefore heels were out and comfort was in, I went with converse in the end. Perfect.

That became the theme of my day, comfort!

I am reminded of all this after being asked to contribute to Elegant Steps recent piece on how to make your wedding less stressful. I guess I was just lucky, I had the least stressful day ever, we went to Vegas and was in and out in 7.5 mins! What more could you want!

 

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Good luck if you’re planning your big day.

My main tip – remember what you want and do that!!

 

 *Although I was asked to contribute to the Elegant Steps piece all thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not paid as part of this piece 

 

 

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A Joanie Christmas 

Last week I attended an event at Sugar Junction (manchester) hosted by the lovely ladies from Joanie Clothing.

There were lots of treats Prosecco, mulled wine and luxury miniature hot chocolate, cakes and sandwiches.

Rails of beautiful clothes and accessories. The foxy scarf being a particular favourite of mine.

Knit wear come in sizes s-xxl

blouses and skirts and dresses  8-22 (up to 26 on selected items)

Fox scarf – purchase here

Star dress – purchase here

Sparkle skirt – purchase here

I also took up the opportunity to learn Calligraphy with Joyce from Artsynibs. Not bad if I say so myself


Following the event I treated myself to a few bits 

Lip print blouse-purchase here

Astrid bag – purchase here
Now knit jersey – purchase here

Now do I also buy the foxy scarf………
Although I was invited to the event I was not paid for this post, all items were purchased by myself and all opinions are my own

I spy with my……. Little Box

So I recently signed up to My Little Box after seeing an Instagram post put up by a friend. And so far I haven’t been disappointed. 

So the premise is every month you receive a ‘little box’ filled with goodies. I’ve tried Birchbox in the past and although I enjoyed some of the samples there were usually a lot that I didn’t end up using. 

In my first Little Box delivery I received, amongst other things a small batik bag and travel document holder which I used a lot on my  recent holiday (Previous blog here)

And this latest delivery didn’t disappoint 

  
  
  
First up was a scarf, oh wait 2 scarves, one blue one black along with cute guide on different ways to wear, perfect since Autumn has well and truly arrived with a brrrrrr
   
 
The beauty samples this month included a red lip gloss stick, my favourite colour, BB creme which I can’t wait to try and a handy handbag sized hairspray, perfect for work bag and evening clutch. 

  
And to get in you the mood for that night disco dancing there’s some nail decals, I’ve never tried them before but definitely going to give these a go and a bottle of Cointreau with handy drink guide!

So now I’m of to try my scarf tying skills and maybe a cheeky Cointreau cocktail

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*this post was not sponsored by any company and all opinions are my own

A stitch in time

another weekend another new thing to try. This time dress making. And yes this was another Groupon deal I bought. I’m sure in single handedly keeping  that site going!

There is a resurgence for all things vintage, and up cycled at the moment and making your own clothes fits right in there. 

So I heading of to Dolly’s haberdashery and sewing school to join in with the picnic dress making session. The school is based in the centre of Warrington and has easy parking options. 

I had already selected my fabric and submitted my dress size, all that was left to do was turn up and let the creativity flow. 

The place is amazing a real treasure trove of fabric and odds and ends

   
    
   
The teacher Linsey is so helpful and enthusiastic that you can’t help but have fun and the end result was……….. Well see for yourself 

   
    
 
So what can I make next?

Does anyone really know you?

So I’ve decided to put a bit more effort into some thing in my life, and this little blog is one of them.

I started blogging in Oct 2014 but then didn’t write another post till January this year.
Mainly I realised I probably didn’t have much to say…..
I still don’t but I say it anyway because,  well why the heck not

So im revisiting my WHY and WHO questions.

My why, why, why? To be honest I don’t know. I have a friend so I consider quite ‘down with it’ ( god that make me sound ancient) who blogs. So I started reading some and following a few others on social media platforms and thought where are all the people like me?! Then I realised that there is only one me and maybe the world would like to know a little more……
That’s not entirely true I thought it would be a place to write about the things I like and things I’m thinking about that I don’t always want to have to justify to others ( come on Facebook own up you judge Judy you)

So the who, that’s slightly easier…..
I’m a northern (UK), 30…… something lady type person who is only just finding out who i am and what i like.

Things i like

1- working out/ trying to be healthy/ losing weight, now before you move on i don’t mean in a whooping, Lycra clad way, calorie obsessed way. I mean in a challenging myself changing my life kind of way, future posts will explain more stay with me on this one.

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2 – i like clothes/ accessories, again stay with me on this one, I’ve spent 15 years dressing in black, baggy unflattering clothes and now i have colour and shape (not just round), as some of my OOTD pics on Instagram. And I love accessories,  mainly as I didn’t have any nice clothes for so long I learnt to love all the extras that go with

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3 – I love beauty and make up products but never get round to starting any kind of regime, maybe I should start soon! 

4 – i will take photos of absolutely anything, recently completed a photography course to learn how to take better ones, again expect plenty of pics popping up every now and then, apologies!

5 – reading and watching films are ny favourite ways to relax.

6 – i love to travel, don’t do enough, need to do more. Past 12 months have seen trips to Brugge, Mexico, Italy,  Dublin and an upcoming trip to the Dominican Republic.

7 – I have a pug, a relatively new addition to my life and he is the best ( not at all biased I assure you)

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8 – I love stationery, more a slight obsession

9 – I have a lot of different hobbies and a master of none.  But I will give anything a go

Hopefully I haven’t lost you and maybe some of you will hang around for more

Makers market make me happy

In an effort to try new things and go to new places and generally live my life a bit more I set of last weekend so sunny Knutsford.
A friend had noticed the event advertised on good old Facebook via another friend and mentioned going, and I was all in.
The event is held almost every weekend at 4 different Cheshire / Manchester locations ( for locations and dates click here ), we opted for Knutsford as it was most convenient.
Now I don’t know if the sunny weather was to blame but I had a wonderful time. The street was closed of and decorated with bunting and all of manner decorated stalls.

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There were pie stalls, brownies, crafts, antiques, drinks,  food etc

I made a few choice purchases

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And saw plenty of things I have my eye on for next time

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After a couple of hours we headed home, not before stopping at Tabley House for afternoon tea and a look round the chapel

All in I had a brilliant day and will definitely be returning in future

Treats for me…….

So there’s nothing I love more then being busy, ok there is but I can’t spend all day eating cupcakes in bed.
Anywho by being busy I mean planning what to do with my time. 
So last Sunday, after seeing a post on the old Facebook I decided to head to Hoghton Tower for a vintage craft fair.
Now I’d love to think I’m the kind of gal who can pull of vintage wear and still look cute, but as a slightly curvy girl I find its not always easy. Anyway I digress.
The weather wasn’t the best but my love of kitsch and cute won me over.
So after much looking, ooooooing and arrrrrring I settled on a scarf, head bands, greetings cards and a cute framed pic

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Now I have 4 days of work and need to get planning what to do with my time………….

New Year New…………

So the New year is well and truly under way and i seem to have spent the majority of it sat in my pyjamas feeling ill and watching movies. Not the worst start to a new year I’ve had but one of the least productive. I usually start of with a list of resolutions a mile long but so far this year i have been thoroughly demotivated to start any, and as such i am waiting until February to make and start mine.

All suggestions welcome!

I have however made some lovely dress purchases. A little new year sales treat to me here are my current favourites, The  first a little day dress from Lady V London, black with pink polka dots, planing to wear it in Italy and feel fabulous. the second is my very first wriggle dress, again from Lady V London, a little baggy as still not comfortable with tight clothes but as on sale thought I’d give it a go.

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Speaking of which i am planning for my upcoming week-long tour of Italy taking in Rome, Pompeii, Florence, Pisa and Venice with the help of some lovely presents from my Dad

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So I’ll leave you for now and hope to see you soon

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