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A completely different post today, I am going to talk about a couple of tips to help you shift that bad mood during the day. This is real guy's trust me! 

I will admit that I am one of those girls who can sometimes suffer with waking up in a foul mood and I have no idea where it has come from. Unfortunately it is just one of those things.

It has taken me a hell of a long time to figure out ways of distracting myself from those nasty mood swings, and now that I am starting to find them out I thought it would be a great time to tell you about them especially as we are heading into the those dark nights and winter days. You may not find these to help but they are there to give a try if you want. I am trying my hardest to remember that it is just a bad mood sometimes and that is it and there is no need for me to carry that bad mood throughout the day, because if you think about it, there is nothing worse than letting someone else see you in that way as it could also effect their day too, so I'm learning to just smile and crack on with it.

But if you need a bit of help, then give these little tips a try!!

Talk to someone

This could be anyone; a friend, colleague, partner, parent or even somebody new in your path. When I am at work sometimes I find myself really irritated or frustrated and I just don't know why. I have a couple of people I can go and talk to at work that simply make me laugh and instantly take my mood away or even make me realise that whatever negative thoughts I am thinking, they are just not worth it. Why would I want to ruin a whole day being moody and negative when I can have a great day surrounded by friends and simply enjoying what is around me.

Take 5 and listen to music

Most people have a song that suits their mood, well I know I certainly do but just recently I have created a playlist on Spotify of songs that seem to help me relax and just zone out for a little bit and I honestly feel like this helps. I find that slow piano music helps me out or slow songs from movie soundtracks help. 
Just find a song that you feel your happiest to when listening to and keep that in mind if you feel a bit down in the dumps, it is sure to brighten your mood.

Write it out

This is also a new one for me, but my god has this helped me out. Have a notepad near you, weather that's at work, your bedside table, in the kitchen, in your handbag. Basically anywhere that you want. If your feeling down, angry, irritated whatever your feeling right at that moment write it down in a notepad, and keep it to yourself. You can always rip it up after or keep it that's up to you, but you need a way of releasing that negative energy and I have found this to be a great help to me.

Organise your favourite space in your home

This might sound like an unusual thing to do but again it's another way I find to cheer myself. I have a couple of favourite spaces in my home, those being my dressing room and my bedroom. When I'm feeling like the day isn't working in my favour or just feel pretty crap I find myself getting up and re-organising my dressing room around or having a bit of a declutter. I feel like it helps to clear my head and make a fresh start during the day, and getting rid of any negative energy in that particular space.

Treat yourself

It doesn't have to be expensive at all, but just treating yourself to something new can help lift your spirits a bit. Weather that be a new piece of make up, new item of clothing, something to do with your favourite hobby, something for your house, even your favourite food or drink. It could be anything. We all like to receive presents every now and then so why not go and pick something up for yourself. I love it when I can pick out some new make up or a new item of clothing, it boots my confidence and makes me feel a little happier. It is a simple little trick if you've got a spare bit of cash available.

Walk if off

You've probably heard a lot of people say this is a good way of calming yourself down or a great way of relaxing. I don't do this one very often but sometimes I have had to literally walk away from several things that put me in a foul mood. I have had times where I have slammed the front door and just walked out of the house not knowing where I was going to go, but I ended up just going for a short walk around my village. I have found that putting my headphones in walking to some music just helps clear my mind and calms me down and just take some time away from any issues I might be thinking about.

I could put in a few others but I'm still trying those tips out to see how they work for me, but for now I will leave you with these ideas that I find useful. I hope they help you in some way!!

Let me know if you have any tips too I would love to learn new ways to shift that bad mood!

Talk soon guy's

X


CHANGE YOUR WAYS | GETTING OVER A BAD MOOD

Saturday, 18 November 2017


A completely different post today, I am going to talk about a couple of tips to help you shift that bad mood during the day. This is real guy's trust me! 

I will admit that I am one of those girls who can sometimes suffer with waking up in a foul mood and I have no idea where it has come from. Unfortunately it is just one of those things.

It has taken me a hell of a long time to figure out ways of distracting myself from those nasty mood swings, and now that I am starting to find them out I thought it would be a great time to tell you about them especially as we are heading into the those dark nights and winter days. You may not find these to help but they are there to give a try if you want. I am trying my hardest to remember that it is just a bad mood sometimes and that is it and there is no need for me to carry that bad mood throughout the day, because if you think about it, there is nothing worse than letting someone else see you in that way as it could also effect their day too, so I'm learning to just smile and crack on with it.

But if you need a bit of help, then give these little tips a try!!

Talk to someone

This could be anyone; a friend, colleague, partner, parent or even somebody new in your path. When I am at work sometimes I find myself really irritated or frustrated and I just don't know why. I have a couple of people I can go and talk to at work that simply make me laugh and instantly take my mood away or even make me realise that whatever negative thoughts I am thinking, they are just not worth it. Why would I want to ruin a whole day being moody and negative when I can have a great day surrounded by friends and simply enjoying what is around me.

Take 5 and listen to music

Most people have a song that suits their mood, well I know I certainly do but just recently I have created a playlist on Spotify of songs that seem to help me relax and just zone out for a little bit and I honestly feel like this helps. I find that slow piano music helps me out or slow songs from movie soundtracks help. 
Just find a song that you feel your happiest to when listening to and keep that in mind if you feel a bit down in the dumps, it is sure to brighten your mood.

Write it out

This is also a new one for me, but my god has this helped me out. Have a notepad near you, weather that's at work, your bedside table, in the kitchen, in your handbag. Basically anywhere that you want. If your feeling down, angry, irritated whatever your feeling right at that moment write it down in a notepad, and keep it to yourself. You can always rip it up after or keep it that's up to you, but you need a way of releasing that negative energy and I have found this to be a great help to me.

Organise your favourite space in your home

This might sound like an unusual thing to do but again it's another way I find to cheer myself. I have a couple of favourite spaces in my home, those being my dressing room and my bedroom. When I'm feeling like the day isn't working in my favour or just feel pretty crap I find myself getting up and re-organising my dressing room around or having a bit of a declutter. I feel like it helps to clear my head and make a fresh start during the day, and getting rid of any negative energy in that particular space.

Treat yourself

It doesn't have to be expensive at all, but just treating yourself to something new can help lift your spirits a bit. Weather that be a new piece of make up, new item of clothing, something to do with your favourite hobby, something for your house, even your favourite food or drink. It could be anything. We all like to receive presents every now and then so why not go and pick something up for yourself. I love it when I can pick out some new make up or a new item of clothing, it boots my confidence and makes me feel a little happier. It is a simple little trick if you've got a spare bit of cash available.

Walk if off

You've probably heard a lot of people say this is a good way of calming yourself down or a great way of relaxing. I don't do this one very often but sometimes I have had to literally walk away from several things that put me in a foul mood. I have had times where I have slammed the front door and just walked out of the house not knowing where I was going to go, but I ended up just going for a short walk around my village. I have found that putting my headphones in walking to some music just helps clear my mind and calms me down and just take some time away from any issues I might be thinking about.

I could put in a few others but I'm still trying those tips out to see how they work for me, but for now I will leave you with these ideas that I find useful. I hope they help you in some way!!

Let me know if you have any tips too I would love to learn new ways to shift that bad mood!

Talk soon guy's

X



I love using my make up brushes to apply my makeup more than my hands or even a beauty blender, yes I am one of those people that isn't a huge fan of the beauty blender. I mean don't get me wrong its a fantastic beauty tool but I still love using my brushes.

There are so many branded and unbranded make up brushes & tools out there. Some are fantastic quality that you will find lasting for a long time, years!! Some are still great but might not last the length of time you expect or want but that's OK if your happy with it.

When I first starting playing around with make up, my brush collection was minimal, I'm talking about two brushes in total. That's crazy to think because now my collection is much larger. I think I started out with a powder brush and an eye shadow brush and was it. As I have grown fond of make up over the past 10 years I have found that brushes are the way forward for me and decided to slowly expand my collection to varied brush sizes and for different make up application.

I love the brand Real Techniques and I'm 100% sure most people will have heard of the brand and know exactly what the brush collections look like. Although I do have a couple of brushes from other brands too.


OK so above are my everyday favourite brushes. (excuse the fact they may be a little dirty). Now I do own more brushes than this but like I said I wanted to show you my everyday brushes and these are for the base of the face. So the eyeshadow & lip brushes are not included in this collection but I will share those with you another day.

So from left to right - First off I have the large powder brush by Real Techniques. This is an award wining brush which makes you question why you wouldn't want to pick this up. It is made up of synthetic hairs, they don't shed the hairs and it feels really soft on the skin. I don't use this for applying powder I actually use it for applying bronzer as it makes this process super quick especially if I'm getting ready for work in the morning, but it still leaves a flawless look. You can use this brush for many different uses. Powder, bronzer, blusher, whatever you want it works with everything.

Next up is the Blusher brush (again from Real techniques). These are all the same brand so I wont repeat my self with the next few brushes. So another award wining brush, I love this one, it has long synthetic hairs and is shaped beautifully to help contour and define your cheek bones. I use this with powder blushes and use circular motions on the apples of my cheeks and it spreads the product  evenly across my cheeks, although you can use this with cream products too and works just as well.

Right in the middle is the Setting brush - this is by far my favourite from this collection pictured above. It is perfect for helping set small areas of the face with a bit of powder. I use this mostly under my eye area. I pop the brush into a small amount of powder and pat this under my eyes and around the creases of my nose. The flexibility of the bristles allows me to create a flawless look without my skin appearing cakey. This also great for adding a bit of highlighter to the skin if you don't own a fan brush, this works just as well.

Another favourite of mine is the multi - task brush, I use this everyday to set my face with powder, I prefer a medium sized brush for this as it gets into all points of the skin, but still spreads the product evenly across all surfaces. Just like it says it is a multi task brush so if you want to use it for blush, bronzer, powder or highlighter you can do.

And finally it is the target blending brush, which weirdly enough I cant find anywhere now. I cant remember if I picked this up with a set or weather it was a single brush. It was a while ago so I am sorry, however this is perfect for blending concealer into the tough blemishes I can also work the product into the skin with the help from this brush, its short but compact and helps leave those tough red spots covered and concealed. This does also help to conceal around the nose and leave a smooth finish to the skin so I am so pleased that is still have this brush as it is fab.

All of these brushes are amazing, and like I said I have others too, but these are the ones I use in my everyday make  up application so they have a become to a staple to my routine. They are long lasting and they don't seem to wear, the handles are easy to wipe clean and have stayed in tact. The hairs themselves are really easy to wash and they dry very quickly, they go straight back to their original shape so there is no need to worry about them being misshapen after the cleaning process. These are all round fab brushes to have in your collection.

If you are more of a sponge kinda lover then don't worry as Real Techniques offer those too. I have the miracle complexion sponge and this is brilliant for foundation so you must give them a try too.

Let me know what your favourite brushes are from this brand? Or tell me about a brand you think is worth a try, I would love to know :)

Talk soon

X

MY GO TO MAKE UP BRUSHES | REAL TECHNIQUES

Monday, 23 October 2017


I love using my make up brushes to apply my makeup more than my hands or even a beauty blender, yes I am one of those people that isn't a huge fan of the beauty blender. I mean don't get me wrong its a fantastic beauty tool but I still love using my brushes.

There are so many branded and unbranded make up brushes & tools out there. Some are fantastic quality that you will find lasting for a long time, years!! Some are still great but might not last the length of time you expect or want but that's OK if your happy with it.

When I first starting playing around with make up, my brush collection was minimal, I'm talking about two brushes in total. That's crazy to think because now my collection is much larger. I think I started out with a powder brush and an eye shadow brush and was it. As I have grown fond of make up over the past 10 years I have found that brushes are the way forward for me and decided to slowly expand my collection to varied brush sizes and for different make up application.

I love the brand Real Techniques and I'm 100% sure most people will have heard of the brand and know exactly what the brush collections look like. Although I do have a couple of brushes from other brands too.


OK so above are my everyday favourite brushes. (excuse the fact they may be a little dirty). Now I do own more brushes than this but like I said I wanted to show you my everyday brushes and these are for the base of the face. So the eyeshadow & lip brushes are not included in this collection but I will share those with you another day.

So from left to right - First off I have the large powder brush by Real Techniques. This is an award wining brush which makes you question why you wouldn't want to pick this up. It is made up of synthetic hairs, they don't shed the hairs and it feels really soft on the skin. I don't use this for applying powder I actually use it for applying bronzer as it makes this process super quick especially if I'm getting ready for work in the morning, but it still leaves a flawless look. You can use this brush for many different uses. Powder, bronzer, blusher, whatever you want it works with everything.

Next up is the Blusher brush (again from Real techniques). These are all the same brand so I wont repeat my self with the next few brushes. So another award wining brush, I love this one, it has long synthetic hairs and is shaped beautifully to help contour and define your cheek bones. I use this with powder blushes and use circular motions on the apples of my cheeks and it spreads the product  evenly across my cheeks, although you can use this with cream products too and works just as well.

Right in the middle is the Setting brush - this is by far my favourite from this collection pictured above. It is perfect for helping set small areas of the face with a bit of powder. I use this mostly under my eye area. I pop the brush into a small amount of powder and pat this under my eyes and around the creases of my nose. The flexibility of the bristles allows me to create a flawless look without my skin appearing cakey. This also great for adding a bit of highlighter to the skin if you don't own a fan brush, this works just as well.

Another favourite of mine is the multi - task brush, I use this everyday to set my face with powder, I prefer a medium sized brush for this as it gets into all points of the skin, but still spreads the product evenly across all surfaces. Just like it says it is a multi task brush so if you want to use it for blush, bronzer, powder or highlighter you can do.

And finally it is the target blending brush, which weirdly enough I cant find anywhere now. I cant remember if I picked this up with a set or weather it was a single brush. It was a while ago so I am sorry, however this is perfect for blending concealer into the tough blemishes I can also work the product into the skin with the help from this brush, its short but compact and helps leave those tough red spots covered and concealed. This does also help to conceal around the nose and leave a smooth finish to the skin so I am so pleased that is still have this brush as it is fab.

All of these brushes are amazing, and like I said I have others too, but these are the ones I use in my everyday make  up application so they have a become to a staple to my routine. They are long lasting and they don't seem to wear, the handles are easy to wipe clean and have stayed in tact. The hairs themselves are really easy to wash and they dry very quickly, they go straight back to their original shape so there is no need to worry about them being misshapen after the cleaning process. These are all round fab brushes to have in your collection.

If you are more of a sponge kinda lover then don't worry as Real Techniques offer those too. I have the miracle complexion sponge and this is brilliant for foundation so you must give them a try too.

Let me know what your favourite brushes are from this brand? Or tell me about a brand you think is worth a try, I would love to know :)

Talk soon

X

I have decided just recently that I am going to share my new favourite beauty/skincare/haircare finds every time I feel like I found a gem of a product. 

So to start this off, I did a Tesco's food shop about a month back and realised that I needed  new moisturiser as I was pretty much out of anything else I had. As you do when you've got the almighty task of trailing around all the aisles in Tesco's, I hit the last aisle and just wanted to get home so I rushed about and picked up this moisturiser from the brand Nivea which I guessed would be an alright skincare product as it was reasonably priced.


This is the Nivea rich moisturising day cream for dry & sensitive skin. Now I will mention that I have combination skin but I had been suffering with a bit of dry skin around my forehead and the skin around my nose had been feeling quite sensitive so I decided I would give a cream that's suited for sensitive skin a try.

I actually use this cream morning and evening, I find it's especially great for using in my night time skin routine. It is such a rich hydrating cream that seems to last all the through the night until I get up the following morning. 

I've been using this as my main cream for day & night applications pretty much everyday. I sometimes forget but to be fair I've been much better at remembering to use it. Since using it so often, my skin feels incredibly soft and I feel like my make up application is much better. I feel foundation sits on my skin so much better than before, it glides on smoother and lasts much longer than normal, I am perfectly happy saying that I really feel that the moisturiser is the reason why.

This cream also has a SPF of 15 so as well as giving the skin intense hydration it also helps protect your skin in sunlight. Its main ingredient is Almond oil which we all know works wonders for really dry skin. I feel that it has given my skin that extra boost of hydration and I cant thank that product enough. As we are getting to those colder months now, this product will be a perfect staple to your skincare routine, and it will be in mine. :)

So far in my life of using moisturisers, this is the 2nd product that I have found that I can completely trust and say it has really helped improve the appearance of my skin. You will probably remember my other favourite which is the Bee Good plump and firm moisturiser that I absolutely love, however I have found another favourite that I will be keeping in my skincare collection for a long time which is this one.

You can pick this day moisturiser from most drugstores and supermarkets so you'll have no problems trying to get your hands on it, but if you are stuck I have left a link below for you guy's to click on to.

Nivea rich moisturising day cream

And that's today's post guy's, don't forget to leave a comment below.... let me know your go to moisturisers right now!!

Talk soon

X



SKINCARE FIND | NIVEA RICH MOISTURISING DAY CREAM

Saturday, 30 September 2017


I have decided just recently that I am going to share my new favourite beauty/skincare/haircare finds every time I feel like I found a gem of a product. 

So to start this off, I did a Tesco's food shop about a month back and realised that I needed  new moisturiser as I was pretty much out of anything else I had. As you do when you've got the almighty task of trailing around all the aisles in Tesco's, I hit the last aisle and just wanted to get home so I rushed about and picked up this moisturiser from the brand Nivea which I guessed would be an alright skincare product as it was reasonably priced.


This is the Nivea rich moisturising day cream for dry & sensitive skin. Now I will mention that I have combination skin but I had been suffering with a bit of dry skin around my forehead and the skin around my nose had been feeling quite sensitive so I decided I would give a cream that's suited for sensitive skin a try.

I actually use this cream morning and evening, I find it's especially great for using in my night time skin routine. It is such a rich hydrating cream that seems to last all the through the night until I get up the following morning. 

I've been using this as my main cream for day & night applications pretty much everyday. I sometimes forget but to be fair I've been much better at remembering to use it. Since using it so often, my skin feels incredibly soft and I feel like my make up application is much better. I feel foundation sits on my skin so much better than before, it glides on smoother and lasts much longer than normal, I am perfectly happy saying that I really feel that the moisturiser is the reason why.

This cream also has a SPF of 15 so as well as giving the skin intense hydration it also helps protect your skin in sunlight. Its main ingredient is Almond oil which we all know works wonders for really dry skin. I feel that it has given my skin that extra boost of hydration and I cant thank that product enough. As we are getting to those colder months now, this product will be a perfect staple to your skincare routine, and it will be in mine. :)

So far in my life of using moisturisers, this is the 2nd product that I have found that I can completely trust and say it has really helped improve the appearance of my skin. You will probably remember my other favourite which is the Bee Good plump and firm moisturiser that I absolutely love, however I have found another favourite that I will be keeping in my skincare collection for a long time which is this one.

You can pick this day moisturiser from most drugstores and supermarkets so you'll have no problems trying to get your hands on it, but if you are stuck I have left a link below for you guy's to click on to.

Nivea rich moisturising day cream

And that's today's post guy's, don't forget to leave a comment below.... let me know your go to moisturisers right now!!

Talk soon

X




Wow, I know before you say anything it has been a little while since a new post has been uploaded. As you can imagine things are starting to become real and a lot has been happening, not just wedding plans but just life in general so writing has taken a back sit for just a little while, but I am back and have a brand new post for you to read!

So yes it is all about finding that perfect wedding dress for your special day, after a couple of months of being engaged I started to ask friends and family when they thought would be the best time to start looking at wedding dresses, and to be honest the answer is whenever you feel ready, just don't leave it to late obviously. 

A couple of tips I will share with you

1. Browse through as many magazines as possible, cut out pictures stick them into a wedding planner, this will help you see the different styles you like.

2. Phone a few different bridal shops and get some advice from them as to when the best time to start shopping is, and what happens at a first appointment. These questions will definitely help you as this was exactly what I did myself.

I spent a good few weeks putting together a few different ideas into my planner, different neck lines, embellishment's etc. This helped my nerves before the day of my appointment because before I even started browsing through magazines thoughts that ran through my head were that I didn't think I would suit a wedding dress, I had no idea what style would be right for me. 

I had my first appointment at a bridal place just a few miles away from my village which have so many fantastic reviews and pictures from other brides on their wedding day which really put me at ease when deciding on a shop to go to. I decided to just take my mum to my first appointment, this was my decision but you may want to take more people with you, maybe your bridesmaids, mother of the groom etc. It is entirely your choice who you want to take, you can even go on your own. 

When we both walked into the bridal lounge we were greeted by a lovely lady called Rachel she made me feel at ease straight away, she led us into where all the lovely gowns were and explained how the appointment would work. We were left to browse for 10 mins while she went off to make us a drink so we got to have a good look at he dresses and put little heart cushions over the dresses I wanted to try, which turned out to be quite a few to my surprise. 

A couple of tips while your at your first bridal appointment

1.Try on as many dresses, try the styles that you don't think will suit you. I did and it surprised me as styles I thought I wouldn't like, actually suited me.

2.Ask any questions you may have, even if you think your being silly, your not.

Anyway what you really wanna know is did I find my dress??

The answer .... Yes I did!!

As soon as I tried it on I said to Rachel "I can imagine my nan saying its such a bonny dress" and I knew that mum would have the biggest smile on her face when I walked out from behind the curtain.
I was right too, as soon as I came out my mum looked at me and said it was gorgeous and it was my dress. It stood out from all the other dresses I tried. I LOVE MY WEDDING DRESS.

* Strangely a few days after my first appointment I was back in my wedding planner book sticking pictures of shoes & accessories when I noticed that I had actually stuck a picture of my chosen dress in it without even realising. This was done before my appointment, so now I feel like that dress is 100% for me. :)

I wont be sharing any pictures of my dress right now, I will share them after the wedding but I will let you know the designer :)

My dress is by Stella York - you should definitely take a look at their dress as they are simply stunning. 

That is today's wedding chats guy's, I hope you've enjoyed the read, I will be back  soon with another wedding diary. :)

Have any of you brides to be found your perfect dress yet?

Lets chat

๐Ÿ’’๐Ÿ’’๐Ÿ’’

X

WEDDING DIARY | FINDING YOUR PERFECT WEDDING DRESS

Tuesday, 19 September 2017


Wow, I know before you say anything it has been a little while since a new post has been uploaded. As you can imagine things are starting to become real and a lot has been happening, not just wedding plans but just life in general so writing has taken a back sit for just a little while, but I am back and have a brand new post for you to read!

So yes it is all about finding that perfect wedding dress for your special day, after a couple of months of being engaged I started to ask friends and family when they thought would be the best time to start looking at wedding dresses, and to be honest the answer is whenever you feel ready, just don't leave it to late obviously. 

A couple of tips I will share with you

1. Browse through as many magazines as possible, cut out pictures stick them into a wedding planner, this will help you see the different styles you like.

2. Phone a few different bridal shops and get some advice from them as to when the best time to start shopping is, and what happens at a first appointment. These questions will definitely help you as this was exactly what I did myself.

I spent a good few weeks putting together a few different ideas into my planner, different neck lines, embellishment's etc. This helped my nerves before the day of my appointment because before I even started browsing through magazines thoughts that ran through my head were that I didn't think I would suit a wedding dress, I had no idea what style would be right for me. 

I had my first appointment at a bridal place just a few miles away from my village which have so many fantastic reviews and pictures from other brides on their wedding day which really put me at ease when deciding on a shop to go to. I decided to just take my mum to my first appointment, this was my decision but you may want to take more people with you, maybe your bridesmaids, mother of the groom etc. It is entirely your choice who you want to take, you can even go on your own. 

When we both walked into the bridal lounge we were greeted by a lovely lady called Rachel she made me feel at ease straight away, she led us into where all the lovely gowns were and explained how the appointment would work. We were left to browse for 10 mins while she went off to make us a drink so we got to have a good look at he dresses and put little heart cushions over the dresses I wanted to try, which turned out to be quite a few to my surprise. 

A couple of tips while your at your first bridal appointment

1.Try on as many dresses, try the styles that you don't think will suit you. I did and it surprised me as styles I thought I wouldn't like, actually suited me.

2.Ask any questions you may have, even if you think your being silly, your not.

Anyway what you really wanna know is did I find my dress??

The answer .... Yes I did!!

As soon as I tried it on I said to Rachel "I can imagine my nan saying its such a bonny dress" and I knew that mum would have the biggest smile on her face when I walked out from behind the curtain.
I was right too, as soon as I came out my mum looked at me and said it was gorgeous and it was my dress. It stood out from all the other dresses I tried. I LOVE MY WEDDING DRESS.

* Strangely a few days after my first appointment I was back in my wedding planner book sticking pictures of shoes & accessories when I noticed that I had actually stuck a picture of my chosen dress in it without even realising. This was done before my appointment, so now I feel like that dress is 100% for me. :)

I wont be sharing any pictures of my dress right now, I will share them after the wedding but I will let you know the designer :)

My dress is by Stella York - you should definitely take a look at their dress as they are simply stunning. 

That is today's wedding chats guy's, I hope you've enjoyed the read, I will be back  soon with another wedding diary. :)

Have any of you brides to be found your perfect dress yet?

Lets chat

๐Ÿ’’๐Ÿ’’๐Ÿ’’

X


Time to start looking for the bridesmaid dresses. I have 4 amazing ladies that will be by my side on the day. We have found the right dresses for all of them but I wouldn't say the process has been an easy one when looking for them. Luckily I knew what sort of style would suit the girls and so did they.

If I could give you one tip - Get your bridesmaids together or include them in a group chat on what's app/Facebook chat. Get them to let you know what sort of style they would prefer to wear. I know its your day but getting an idea of what your girls would like/not like will make things easier for you to start with. For example all of my girls let me know that strapless dresses weren't their favourites. It made it a lot easier for me.

You can either take your bridesmaids dress shopping into high street stores or even bridal shops that design or sell bridesmaids dress. Or like me you can browse the Internet and purchase them of a site that sell dresses. For me this was a much easier option as it can be quite difficult when you all work/have kids or live further away. We all had a good browse on all the high street sites and bridal sites and sent pics into a group chat and got each others opinions.

It took us a little while to find the right colour & style but we got there. When I say it took a while I don't mean hours, I'm talking a good couple of weeks. I would say the colour is the hardest to get right. Our colour for the girls dresses needed to be a very pale nude/pink. You will be surprised how hard it is to find that perfect colour to match your theme.

I ordered the sizes for the girls and got them delivered to my address so I could have a look and make sure I was happy, and then from there the girls came and tried them. So far I'm happy with them and the girls are too. Sizes are pretty much spot on just a couple of small alterations but I think were almost there with them!!


We found the dresses off ASOS, if your after good quality and a wide selection of styles its defiantly worth checking out. The prices are great too, reasonable to a little more expensive if your happy to pay more.

Another tip for you - If your purchasing dresses online please check out the sites reviews on trust pilot. The last thing you want is stress from sites that are not genuine I have read sooo many bad reviews from sites I almost purchased from.

A couple of sites I almost bought from but didn't go ahead with after reading reviews and talking to other people are listed below. * (Not everyone has had bad experiences but for me the bad out way the good)

*www.stacees.co.uk
*www.jjshouse.co.uk
*www.shillas.co.uk


I think another question that a lot of brides will be wanting to know is should you pay for the dresses/ or should you ask your bridesmaids to chip in a little. I questioned this for a little while but in my eyes I have asked the girls to stand with me on the day so I felt like myself and my fiancรฉ should pay for them. However to keep costs down we stuck to a budget for each dress, and surprisingly we came well under budget.
It is completely your choice as to how you do it, remember it is your day & your plans.

So it is just the accessories and shoe's to go now, we probably keep those pieces quite simple, but for now they can wait as we still have quite a bit of time to go.

That's today's wedding chats!

How are your plans going? Have you chosen your bridesmaid dresses yet?

Lets chat!

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WEDDING DIARY | THE RIGHT BRIDESMAID DRESS

Saturday, 19 August 2017



Time to start looking for the bridesmaid dresses. I have 4 amazing ladies that will be by my side on the day. We have found the right dresses for all of them but I wouldn't say the process has been an easy one when looking for them. Luckily I knew what sort of style would suit the girls and so did they.

If I could give you one tip - Get your bridesmaids together or include them in a group chat on what's app/Facebook chat. Get them to let you know what sort of style they would prefer to wear. I know its your day but getting an idea of what your girls would like/not like will make things easier for you to start with. For example all of my girls let me know that strapless dresses weren't their favourites. It made it a lot easier for me.

You can either take your bridesmaids dress shopping into high street stores or even bridal shops that design or sell bridesmaids dress. Or like me you can browse the Internet and purchase them of a site that sell dresses. For me this was a much easier option as it can be quite difficult when you all work/have kids or live further away. We all had a good browse on all the high street sites and bridal sites and sent pics into a group chat and got each others opinions.

It took us a little while to find the right colour & style but we got there. When I say it took a while I don't mean hours, I'm talking a good couple of weeks. I would say the colour is the hardest to get right. Our colour for the girls dresses needed to be a very pale nude/pink. You will be surprised how hard it is to find that perfect colour to match your theme.

I ordered the sizes for the girls and got them delivered to my address so I could have a look and make sure I was happy, and then from there the girls came and tried them. So far I'm happy with them and the girls are too. Sizes are pretty much spot on just a couple of small alterations but I think were almost there with them!!


We found the dresses off ASOS, if your after good quality and a wide selection of styles its defiantly worth checking out. The prices are great too, reasonable to a little more expensive if your happy to pay more.

Another tip for you - If your purchasing dresses online please check out the sites reviews on trust pilot. The last thing you want is stress from sites that are not genuine I have read sooo many bad reviews from sites I almost purchased from.

A couple of sites I almost bought from but didn't go ahead with after reading reviews and talking to other people are listed below. * (Not everyone has had bad experiences but for me the bad out way the good)

*www.stacees.co.uk
*www.jjshouse.co.uk
*www.shillas.co.uk


I think another question that a lot of brides will be wanting to know is should you pay for the dresses/ or should you ask your bridesmaids to chip in a little. I questioned this for a little while but in my eyes I have asked the girls to stand with me on the day so I felt like myself and my fiancรฉ should pay for them. However to keep costs down we stuck to a budget for each dress, and surprisingly we came well under budget.
It is completely your choice as to how you do it, remember it is your day & your plans.

So it is just the accessories and shoe's to go now, we probably keep those pieces quite simple, but for now they can wait as we still have quite a bit of time to go.

That's today's wedding chats!

How are your plans going? Have you chosen your bridesmaid dresses yet?

Lets chat!

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Hi again, time for some more wedding chats today. We had a couple of weeks free from wedding planning which has actually been quite relaxing as of course we all know that it can get a little bit stressful at times.

Before we had some chill time from all the planning we did have to come to some decision about how we wanted our save the date cards to be designed. This has been the hardest thing for me to get my head around so far. I know what your thinking "You have so much more planning to go yet, its gonna get harder" I know!! HELP

So there are a couple of different ways you can go about your save the dates. To be honest you don't even have to do them if you feel like it is an unwanted extra. A lot of people I have spoken to said that they only gave out invites and not both. This is completely your choice, we decided that we would do both just because our wedding is still a year away (I say a year, it's actually about 10 months) so its a nice idea to let people know that they will want to pop that date in their diary's as a year is a long time and a lot of people can forget those important dates.

So we had decided that my mum would be the one to help us design and create our save the date's. We had a look at possibly getting them made up by a printing website but in the end we thought it would be a little more personal to have them hand made by my mum. She loves card and craft making so she was more than happy to get involved in that part. It can be a little more time consuming but because we have a good year we thought that it gives us enough time, so far all is going well, we are near to finishing them off and hopefully getting them all posted out by the end of the week! (Fingers Crossed).

I will admit deciding on the style of save the date ideas was a difficult one to choose, we obviously know the theme/style of our wedding so we knew that it had to tie in together. We also wanted them to match the day & evening invites when we get round to them. It took a couple of try's to find out exactly how I wanted the save dates, (when I say 'I') I mean my fiancรฉ was quite happy with whatever we went for, he didn't understand why I was getting so stressed over a save the date card. Finding the right size had to be right and what was to be written on the card to be the right information too.

I loved the idea of that vintage/rustic but simple look to our stationary, as you can see by the pic its not quite rustic but I feel like it has that simple vintage finish and I love them. Mum has done a fab job!!

These were made with plain white card and then embossed with the outside design! Printed with the typing we wanted on both sides. The other side has our names and basically making our guests aware that they will be invited to join us on our special day. The cards are then finished off with little flowers (stamped out from coloured card) and then finally a few little pearls stuck down with glue. Simple!!

My tip to you if you are choosing to have Save the Dates - Keep it simple as it is a little reminder for your guests to remember that upcoming date. The invites are where you can go a little more detailed on.

Like I keep saying Pinterest is 100% your friend when it comes to helping you find ideas to fit your wedding styles. Here is my account linked below if you ever want to get some ideas but there are plenty of wedding boards that you can follow, so be sure to search them all.

Pinterest - wedding inspiration - Sammyjayness

That's todays chats on Save the dates. Let me know your thoughts on them?

Are you having them for your wedding?

Do you prefer to do them yourself or use a company?

Lets chat!! :)

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WEDDING DIARY | DESIGNING SAVE THE DATES

Sunday, 13 August 2017


Hi again, time for some more wedding chats today. We had a couple of weeks free from wedding planning which has actually been quite relaxing as of course we all know that it can get a little bit stressful at times.

Before we had some chill time from all the planning we did have to come to some decision about how we wanted our save the date cards to be designed. This has been the hardest thing for me to get my head around so far. I know what your thinking "You have so much more planning to go yet, its gonna get harder" I know!! HELP

So there are a couple of different ways you can go about your save the dates. To be honest you don't even have to do them if you feel like it is an unwanted extra. A lot of people I have spoken to said that they only gave out invites and not both. This is completely your choice, we decided that we would do both just because our wedding is still a year away (I say a year, it's actually about 10 months) so its a nice idea to let people know that they will want to pop that date in their diary's as a year is a long time and a lot of people can forget those important dates.

So we had decided that my mum would be the one to help us design and create our save the date's. We had a look at possibly getting them made up by a printing website but in the end we thought it would be a little more personal to have them hand made by my mum. She loves card and craft making so she was more than happy to get involved in that part. It can be a little more time consuming but because we have a good year we thought that it gives us enough time, so far all is going well, we are near to finishing them off and hopefully getting them all posted out by the end of the week! (Fingers Crossed).

I will admit deciding on the style of save the date ideas was a difficult one to choose, we obviously know the theme/style of our wedding so we knew that it had to tie in together. We also wanted them to match the day & evening invites when we get round to them. It took a couple of try's to find out exactly how I wanted the save dates, (when I say 'I') I mean my fiancรฉ was quite happy with whatever we went for, he didn't understand why I was getting so stressed over a save the date card. Finding the right size had to be right and what was to be written on the card to be the right information too.

I loved the idea of that vintage/rustic but simple look to our stationary, as you can see by the pic its not quite rustic but I feel like it has that simple vintage finish and I love them. Mum has done a fab job!!

These were made with plain white card and then embossed with the outside design! Printed with the typing we wanted on both sides. The other side has our names and basically making our guests aware that they will be invited to join us on our special day. The cards are then finished off with little flowers (stamped out from coloured card) and then finally a few little pearls stuck down with glue. Simple!!

My tip to you if you are choosing to have Save the Dates - Keep it simple as it is a little reminder for your guests to remember that upcoming date. The invites are where you can go a little more detailed on.

Like I keep saying Pinterest is 100% your friend when it comes to helping you find ideas to fit your wedding styles. Here is my account linked below if you ever want to get some ideas but there are plenty of wedding boards that you can follow, so be sure to search them all.

Pinterest - wedding inspiration - Sammyjayness

That's todays chats on Save the dates. Let me know your thoughts on them?

Are you having them for your wedding?

Do you prefer to do them yourself or use a company?

Lets chat!! :)

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                      A favourite part of the wedding planning for sure in my thoughts. Why?

This is where you really get to find out about yourself and your style. (In my opinion you do anyway). You get to search the web for lots of decor ideas, bridesmaid colours, invites etc. I also think its what really brings your ideas together and starts put things in a real place.

It did take me a little while to discover what our theme would be and what suits us both. My thinking behind our theme is our guest's will look at the decor and realise that this is what my fiancรฉ and I are about.

Our theme and colour scheme started from trying to find a wedding planner that we would enjoy sticking ideas into and happy to show off. Our wedding planner has the colours that we have chosen apart from just one colour which it doesn't have included but that's fine!

I love pastel/shabby chic colours. Think Cath Kidston as well, the creams, pinks, pale green and blues & greys! yup that's me all over!! I dream to have that farmhouse, shabby chic home one day, that is my sort of style. My fiancรฉ loves anything Barbour related, really enjoys the old style films and TV shows, he was recently obsessed about the series Peaky Blinders.Our colours that we have chosen (well I made the final decision on this one) are duck egg blue, dusky pink, gold and a whitish cream. They may sound a little complicated but trust me on this one!!

Find  the colours that you associate yourselves with the most, i.e what colours you choose to wear a lot of the time, colours you use in your home. If your partner is very much involved in the planning as you are then use their favourite colours too. My partner is involved but not so much when it comes to having the perfect colours for the big day.

To be honest when we first spoke it all he wanted a colour that he described as a football club... He loved the idea of Anfield Red (his words). When we first decorated our bedroom it was that colour we chose, it didn't stay that way for long it was just too much!! So when it came to deciding on the colour for our wedding I just couldn't agree, so I got to choose the colours. :)

Another thing to consider is the season. If your getting married in the winter, red is a gorgeous colour to use, it's got that warm Christmas feeling!!

As we are getting married in the summer, we thought lighter pastel colours would work much better. (while I'm writing this I am actually hoping we have lovely weather for June next year, because right now its raining and its the 1st week in June).

Next up is deciding if your having a theme to your wedding, which is something not everybody will pick. You can just stick with the colours of your choice and keep everything a bit more simple, or you can go a little bit further with choice's and have a theme to your big day.

We hadn't even really discussed a theme to our wedding at all, we were just working on colours at the time. It wasn't until we went to a wedding fayre with my mum that we had realised that the ideas we were coming up with regarding groomsmen suits, flowers, table decor, invites etc. They all had a certain theme to them, it was my mum that actually said "I think you both have a theme starting to come together".

So yes we have now decided for sure what our theme is for our wedding and this suits both of our personality's. If you've seen my Pinterest board then you've probably already guessed what the theme is but for those of you who maybe haven't seen we have decided with a Vintage/shabby chic feel to the wedding.

After our experience so far unless you know for sure what your theme is, don't worry about it too much, because the more you browse around at different ideas for your decor, stationary etc that's when themes start to run through your mind and come to you naturally. That's what happened to us anyway!!

And remember you don't have to call it a theme at all, at the end of the day... Its you and you're fiance's day and its all about what you both want!!

I think if you take one thing from this... a little idea lets say...

Get yourself and your fiance either on your laptops and phones and both browse through wedding ideas and start saving ideas that your instantly drawn to and love the idea of. Say after a half hour or longer or even over a few days both sit down and show each what you've come up with, you then start to get excited about what you both love and see your perfect day start to come together, trust me this works. Think of it as a fun way of brainstorming together, try not to get worked up about the possibility that you both might have different ideas... you can include little things from both of your ideas!!

If you would rather not use phones or laptops then get the wedding magazines out and get cutting and making mood boards or use wedding planners. We have used both ideas, we have my Pinterest boards and we also have a wedding planner that we have cut ideas out of and stuck them in!! :)

Anyway guy's that's everything for this post, I hope you've enjoyed reading and either taken some tips again or just happy to follow our diary!!

Have any of you guy's got a theme? Did you find it easy to pick your wedding colours??
Comment below, lets have a chat!!

Talk soon

Byee

x

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WEDDING DIARY | CHOOSING A THEME & COLOUR SCHEME

Tuesday, 13 June 2017



                      A favourite part of the wedding planning for sure in my thoughts. Why?

This is where you really get to find out about yourself and your style. (In my opinion you do anyway). You get to search the web for lots of decor ideas, bridesmaid colours, invites etc. I also think its what really brings your ideas together and starts put things in a real place.

It did take me a little while to discover what our theme would be and what suits us both. My thinking behind our theme is our guest's will look at the decor and realise that this is what my fiancรฉ and I are about.

Our theme and colour scheme started from trying to find a wedding planner that we would enjoy sticking ideas into and happy to show off. Our wedding planner has the colours that we have chosen apart from just one colour which it doesn't have included but that's fine!

I love pastel/shabby chic colours. Think Cath Kidston as well, the creams, pinks, pale green and blues & greys! yup that's me all over!! I dream to have that farmhouse, shabby chic home one day, that is my sort of style. My fiancรฉ loves anything Barbour related, really enjoys the old style films and TV shows, he was recently obsessed about the series Peaky Blinders.Our colours that we have chosen (well I made the final decision on this one) are duck egg blue, dusky pink, gold and a whitish cream. They may sound a little complicated but trust me on this one!!

Find  the colours that you associate yourselves with the most, i.e what colours you choose to wear a lot of the time, colours you use in your home. If your partner is very much involved in the planning as you are then use their favourite colours too. My partner is involved but not so much when it comes to having the perfect colours for the big day.

To be honest when we first spoke it all he wanted a colour that he described as a football club... He loved the idea of Anfield Red (his words). When we first decorated our bedroom it was that colour we chose, it didn't stay that way for long it was just too much!! So when it came to deciding on the colour for our wedding I just couldn't agree, so I got to choose the colours. :)

Another thing to consider is the season. If your getting married in the winter, red is a gorgeous colour to use, it's got that warm Christmas feeling!!

As we are getting married in the summer, we thought lighter pastel colours would work much better. (while I'm writing this I am actually hoping we have lovely weather for June next year, because right now its raining and its the 1st week in June).

Next up is deciding if your having a theme to your wedding, which is something not everybody will pick. You can just stick with the colours of your choice and keep everything a bit more simple, or you can go a little bit further with choice's and have a theme to your big day.

We hadn't even really discussed a theme to our wedding at all, we were just working on colours at the time. It wasn't until we went to a wedding fayre with my mum that we had realised that the ideas we were coming up with regarding groomsmen suits, flowers, table decor, invites etc. They all had a certain theme to them, it was my mum that actually said "I think you both have a theme starting to come together".

So yes we have now decided for sure what our theme is for our wedding and this suits both of our personality's. If you've seen my Pinterest board then you've probably already guessed what the theme is but for those of you who maybe haven't seen we have decided with a Vintage/shabby chic feel to the wedding.

After our experience so far unless you know for sure what your theme is, don't worry about it too much, because the more you browse around at different ideas for your decor, stationary etc that's when themes start to run through your mind and come to you naturally. That's what happened to us anyway!!

And remember you don't have to call it a theme at all, at the end of the day... Its you and you're fiance's day and its all about what you both want!!

I think if you take one thing from this... a little idea lets say...

Get yourself and your fiance either on your laptops and phones and both browse through wedding ideas and start saving ideas that your instantly drawn to and love the idea of. Say after a half hour or longer or even over a few days both sit down and show each what you've come up with, you then start to get excited about what you both love and see your perfect day start to come together, trust me this works. Think of it as a fun way of brainstorming together, try not to get worked up about the possibility that you both might have different ideas... you can include little things from both of your ideas!!

If you would rather not use phones or laptops then get the wedding magazines out and get cutting and making mood boards or use wedding planners. We have used both ideas, we have my Pinterest boards and we also have a wedding planner that we have cut ideas out of and stuck them in!! :)

Anyway guy's that's everything for this post, I hope you've enjoyed reading and either taken some tips again or just happy to follow our diary!!

Have any of you guy's got a theme? Did you find it easy to pick your wedding colours??
Comment below, lets have a chat!!

Talk soon

Byee

x

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I thought that this part of the wedding planning would be the easiest part, turns out I was wrong. We have now finalised our guest list, although there is still that chance that one or two may be added on yet but its pretty much complete.

We kept going back and forth to this list for a while because it was just too hard to try and get done in one go, choosing who should be invited to the day and who to the evening part, especially if your trying to keep cost down as well, as any bride and groom to be will know this part is basically where your budget can go out the window if your not careful.

To make things easier for us to keep track of everybody invited we have made a excel spreadsheet. I know professional eh?? For me it is anyway, that was my fiancรฉ's idea! For now we have written the brides side and the grooms side so we can get and idea how many family members and friends we have on each side. Trust me this actually helped us decide who should be there for the day/evening.

Pinterest and wedding forums are definitely your friend when trying to get some advice on this part, I've spent hours looking for a bit of guidance as to keeping guests to the right amount without going to crazy.

A lot of people have said to us that you should share your ceremony with the people you are closest to, and mean a lot to you. This made a lot of sense as they are the most important people in our lives. Don't get me wrong if you have an unlimited budget invite everybody that you want, but if you are trying to keep that budget low then just stick to inviting the most treasured friends and family for the ceremony.(That might sound harsh, but trust me you'll understand what I mean!)

So by looking out our excel sheet we put a mark next to the guest we want to share the day with and who we want to share the evening with. We kept going back the list everyday to make sure we were happy with the decision. We then broke the list down to Groom Side, Day & Night and the same with bride side.

Obviously on the day we want our guest's to come together and get to know everybody so we will encourage everyone to sit on either sides of the aisle at the ceremony, but the list just enables us to see all of the guests on each side.

Oh and a little tip If you do try the excel way ... Next your guest, if they have a role in the wedding jot it down next to their name! I find this helps if you have you have family checking through your guest list to help you out they can get an idea of who is doing what!!

Something else which we found helpful when it came to deciding on some guests I will leave below, this was the biggest help, there was no umms and arrrs!! It was just simple....


I have this also saved to my wedding hints & tips Pinterest board here

That's pretty much my experience with deciding the guest list for our wedding, I hope bits from this post has helped you in some way or you have just enjoyed following our wedding diary so far. If there are any bride or grooms to be let me know how your getting on with your plans so far?

I have also linked my main wedding inspiration board on Pinterest here so you can take a look at some of my ideas for our big day!! :)

Talk soon

Byee


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WEDDING DIARY | THE GUEST LIST

Tuesday, 6 June 2017


I thought that this part of the wedding planning would be the easiest part, turns out I was wrong. We have now finalised our guest list, although there is still that chance that one or two may be added on yet but its pretty much complete.

We kept going back and forth to this list for a while because it was just too hard to try and get done in one go, choosing who should be invited to the day and who to the evening part, especially if your trying to keep cost down as well, as any bride and groom to be will know this part is basically where your budget can go out the window if your not careful.

To make things easier for us to keep track of everybody invited we have made a excel spreadsheet. I know professional eh?? For me it is anyway, that was my fiancรฉ's idea! For now we have written the brides side and the grooms side so we can get and idea how many family members and friends we have on each side. Trust me this actually helped us decide who should be there for the day/evening.

Pinterest and wedding forums are definitely your friend when trying to get some advice on this part, I've spent hours looking for a bit of guidance as to keeping guests to the right amount without going to crazy.

A lot of people have said to us that you should share your ceremony with the people you are closest to, and mean a lot to you. This made a lot of sense as they are the most important people in our lives. Don't get me wrong if you have an unlimited budget invite everybody that you want, but if you are trying to keep that budget low then just stick to inviting the most treasured friends and family for the ceremony.(That might sound harsh, but trust me you'll understand what I mean!)

So by looking out our excel sheet we put a mark next to the guest we want to share the day with and who we want to share the evening with. We kept going back the list everyday to make sure we were happy with the decision. We then broke the list down to Groom Side, Day & Night and the same with bride side.

Obviously on the day we want our guest's to come together and get to know everybody so we will encourage everyone to sit on either sides of the aisle at the ceremony, but the list just enables us to see all of the guests on each side.

Oh and a little tip If you do try the excel way ... Next your guest, if they have a role in the wedding jot it down next to their name! I find this helps if you have you have family checking through your guest list to help you out they can get an idea of who is doing what!!

Something else which we found helpful when it came to deciding on some guests I will leave below, this was the biggest help, there was no umms and arrrs!! It was just simple....


I have this also saved to my wedding hints & tips Pinterest board here

That's pretty much my experience with deciding the guest list for our wedding, I hope bits from this post has helped you in some way or you have just enjoyed following our wedding diary so far. If there are any bride or grooms to be let me know how your getting on with your plans so far?

I have also linked my main wedding inspiration board on Pinterest here so you can take a look at some of my ideas for our big day!! :)

Talk soon

Byee


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