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30 August 2017

Wedding Shoedown


Wedding Shoedown

One of the most exciting bits of wedding planning has to be choosing the outfits.

Since we got engaged, I've been browsing blogs and magazines for inspiration with hair, beauty, jewellery, dresses - and shoes!

I've gathered together some of my favourite styles which I've found so far - but my lips have to remain sealed as to what I'm going to choose... Teehee!

25 August 2017

The Weekend Edit 25/08 - For Wedding Guests




I really and truly love everything in this week's Weekend Edit! What with all our talk of weddings, plus the fact we're in prime wedding season, I thought I'd pick some pieces from the high street which would be perfect for completing your wedding guest look.

Aren't these satin court shoes absolutely beautiful?

http://www.asos.com/ted-baker/ted-baker-kawaap-sketchbook-satin-court-shoes/prd/7607893?affid=10607&transaction_id=1024df5783aab2f6a5a78f670d9373&pubref=1023

An offering from the gods of floral print, Ted Baker, of course. They're a piece of art which are guaranteed to transform any outfit.

21 August 2017

My Godmother

Maggie May - My Godmother

This weekend, Mr Maggie May and I paid a visit to my godmother. We guiltily realised it had actually been a couple of years since we'd seen her, so hastily arranged to call in for a cup of tea and catch up.

I was so glad we did.

My godmother is now 89 years old. She was born in Austria in 1928, and grew up in beautiful Tirol. She was 10 years old when the Nazis invaded her country, and as a result of this, saw things which no child should ever see.

As we sat down with steaming mugs of coffee and big slices of chocolate cake, she began to speak of her childhood - some of her anecdotes I had heard before, and others were new, but it struck me that these amazing stories may currently exist only in their verbal form. Once we have lost this incredible generation from our lives, who will tell us about the horrors which took place? Who will remind us of our history - history which our own relatives, our own flesh and blood, were part of?

That's why I decided to write some of her stories down.

18 August 2017

The Weekend Edit 18/08 - Summer Steals




Two blog posts for you this week - and a special summer-themed The Weekend Edit! Even though it hasn't been feeling too summery with the British weather recently, I've been casting my eye over what new additions could be making their way into our suitcases - from the beautiful Aspiga jute beach bag, to the fabulous Marseille swimsuit from swimwear goddesses Boden... {Available in both blue/white and pink/green, and now in the sale!}

Marseille Swimsuit

One of my favourite products has got to be the Nivea Tinted Moisturising Day Cream; with SPF 15, it's perfect for keeping skin plump and hydrated, whilst adding a bit of coverage and sun protection too. 

Don't forget, a lot of high street stores have kicked off their summer sales now - so be on the lookout! You can also stay up to date with my Instagram feed, where I'm sharing some of my favourite seasonal buys.

Happy weekend!

15 August 2017

How To Save Some Pennies

How To Save Some Pennies

I work all night, I work all day, to pay the bills I have to pay.

Ain't it sad.

{Sincerely hoping I'm not the only ABBA fan around here...}

Even if we try to pretend otherwise, money money money is often at the forefront of our minds. Whether we're rich or poor, working full-time or part-time, have dozens of mouths to feed or just our own, it can be a problem for all of us.

The unfortunate truth is there will always be stuff to pay for - sometimes it's necessary, like your rent or mortgage; sometimes it's lovely, like a fancy dress or new haircut; and sometimes it's downright rubbish - parking tickets definitely belong in this category. Eurgh.

Whilst I was a student for a good many years, I built up a reputation amongst my family as being fairly frugal {or miserly, as Mama Maggie May lovingly put it} and although these days I don't have to be as careful with my spending, I have proudly retained some of my money-saving skills. So for those of you wishing to be more economical with your bank balance, here are some of my tips for how to save the hard-earned pennies.

10 August 2017

The Wedding Diaries - The Start of Planning

Credit: Jose Villa

We've started wedding planning!

We have well and truly thrown ourselves into it, and are incredibly excited - although we'd both agree that I am perhaps a little too excited...

Although I don't want to give away very much {I'm hoping there will be lots of surprises left for the guests on the day!} I thought I'd share with you a few of our thoughts so far.

As some of you will know, I have been Pinning away to my heart's content since we got engaged, and all of the images in this post are from my English Wedding board. You can find snaps from lots of wonderful blogs, wedding websites and photographers on there, so please do take a look if you're in need of some inspiration!

So, where to start...
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