Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Wedding Wednesday - Mother of the Bride Fashion Tips

Hello! My favourite guest blogger is back for another Wedding Wednesday installment. This time, Rox is talking us through styling tips for those glamorous mothers of the bride. What did your mum wear for your wedding?

It is believed that the only moments of our life that we truly and vividly remember are the first day of school, graduation, wedding and a birth of a baby. The Wedding ceremony of your daughter will surely be one of the most memorable moments of your life. It is known that wedding preparations can be rather frustrating because we all want that everything works perfectly on that special day. If you are a mother of a bride, choosing appropriate clothing can be long and sometimes exhausting process due to endless fashion choices. Nevertheless, as a mother, you’ll have an important role in many special moments of the wedding which will inevitably put you in the centre of attention. That’s why it’s essential to dazzle everybody with your perfect outfit and still not to overshadow your dear daughter.

Mother of the Bride

Choosing the right style

The first thing you need to consider is what your style is. There are various styles from traditional and classy to more modern and chic and a wide range of mother of the bride dresses to choose from. It's important for you to be flexible and consider many options before you choose the right one. It is perfectly acceptable to look festive without sacrificing your personal style. Don’t feel uncomfortable to show off your figure but pay attention not to go over the top. If you choose a more classical style then go for a formal gown, and if you want to be more trendy and stylish choose short dresses or skirt-and-jacket ensemble. Finally, your daughter's wedding is probably a once in a lifetime experience so choose the one that you will feel most comfortable in. The most important thing when choosing the style of your outfit is matching it with the venue. You can’t wear heavy garments to beach weddings, and it isn't advisable to wear high heels if your daughter is getting married in a barn.
Mother of the Bride
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According to convention, colours such as white, champagne, ivory and red are to be avoided on such occasions as weddings. However, gone are the days when these rules were obeyed and now we can see women looking a million dollars in one of those color combinations. You can choose an outfit that will match the color palette of the party, or if you are having doubts, it is always advisable to consult your daughter and avoid worrying about it. There is a wide array of beautiful shades of colors you can choose from such as metallic or jewel tones, cobalt blue or natural earthy colors. You won’t make a mistake if you choose any of these, but avoid wearing the same color as the bride’s dress because it’s your daughter’s time to shine.

Adding Appropriate Accessories

Adding accessories is an imperative if you want to add some glamour to your outfit. A small classy clutch, big enough to put a make- up and some small necessary things should be on your list. Do not buy statement jewelry as it is pretty outdated. If you want to accentuate your neck, wear a big necklace, but choose small classy earrings to complement the necklace. Naturally, this combination would perfectly go with a plain and simple outfit. Moreover, do not forget to bring spare shoes with you, either high heels or comfortable ballerinas as you will be on your feet all day. Finally, be careful not to over accessorize. According to many stylists, it is always advisable to stay simple and classy on such glamorous events like a wedding party.

Important logistics

For such important events as a wedding ceremony, there are many factors that need to be taken into consideration such as the venue, the time of the year, the season and the weather conditions for that particular day. This dictates your appropriate outfit. If the wedding is a classy, black-tie wedding you should opt for a classier style. If it is a bohemian affair wedding, you should wear something more casual but trendy. Also, it’s always a good idea to bring either a trench coat or a chic shawl in case the weather worsens, or if you need to attend a religious ceremony which requires a particular dress code.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Autumn Bucket List

It seems insane to be writing an Autumn Bucket List when the weather has been so nice until today, especially since we're off to Dubai next week, where I'm hoping we won't be experiencing any autumnal weather!! But, I always think it's nice to have a list of seasonal "To do's" and hopefully, our autumn will be slightly less hectic than our Summer. 

Autumn Bucket List Ideas

1. Start the coffee table refurb - I promise to blog full details and share pictures 
2. Try a pumpkin spice latte - seriously, I've never had one and I think it is time! 
3. Have a sunrise picnic with hot chocolate - Even if it's just in the shared gardens outside our flat, I think this would be so cuddly! 
4. Drink hot apple cider - Honestly, I'd happily do this every season - it brings back wonderful memories of our wedding
5. Go for a leaf crunching walk - crunchy leaves are my favourite! 
6. Visit the zoo - We have a membership and need to make more of it! I'm especially interested in The Enchantment of Chester Zoo. Who wants to come?

What have you got planned for Autumn?

I've created an Autumn Bucket Ideas Pinterest board full of ideas - Feel free to come and share your ideas with me. 

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Wedding Wednesday: Wedding Guest Style Guide

How many weddings have you been to this year? So far we've been to 6 - and we have one more reception in October. It's a lovely problem to have and has been wonderful to see so many of our friends get married and it's brought back lovely memories from our own big day. But it can be expensive being a guest, can't it? For us, only one has been local so it's the travel, accommodation, gift, drink and.. the outfit! 

I told myself I'd just buy one really nice dress, splash out a bit and wear that multiple times. All the wedding were different groups of friends and I'm really not worried about being photographed in the same outfit twice. But that didn't happen. Instead, I'd have a tearful, fraught search of my wardrobe, frantically complaining that nothing fit me until Andy suggested we go shopping. Seriously, this happened twice. 

I also put one dress on five minutes before we were due to get picked up to find the strap had broken. Thankfully, we'd been at a wedding the night before (yes, 2 in 24 hours) so I had a quick costume change and thanked God it had happened then and not as I was doing the reading! 

The other issue I have is I was finding (ok, this may be paranoia) that everyone was commenting on how smart Andy looked (he of the never-ending suit collection!) while I felt frumpy and underdressed! 

Basically, I wish I'd read this guide from The Black Tux sooner! It gives really helpful tips on what to wear, how to style your hair and make-up and how to accessorise. The perfect guide, not just for a wedding but any form or formal event. It's a definite "pin for later" and reminds me a little bit of a Princess Diaries guide to life I had when I was younger! 

The Black Tux

It got me thinking about my dream wedding guest outfit, and I so I thought I'd share some outfit inspiration in the hope that if you have any more weddings this year you won't be stumped too!

Vivien Of Holloway - Hawaii Dress

In my dream world, I can totally rock the 50s circle dress look! and also in my dream world all my dresses, including this one come from Vivien of Holloway (I'll settle for just one, honestly) and if I were to choose, I'd definitely pick this gorgeous Tropical Blue dress, it would bring summer sunshine even to the wettest of weddings (I've been lucky not to have had too many of those this summer!). An added petticoat layer underneath for added va-va-voom and I'll be hand-jiving on the dance floor all night (or doing my usual side shuffle, whichever!)

Team it with a wrap for the cooler nights and heels in well.. just about any colour would go with this dress but I'd probably stick with something neutral and I'd be the belle of the ball (apart from the bride, of course!!)

Now, who's getting married next?

This article was written in connection with Black Tux - Black Tie Done Right

Monday, 12 September 2016

Grey & Blush Living Room Inspiration

Hello!! We have officially been in our flat well over a year and it's time to really start thinking about decorating it to get rid of the bachelor feel. I.e. the red wall in our bedroom and the wallpaper with a hole cut out of it in the living room (don't ask!!). 

We've nearly decided that the bedroom will be grey with silvers and pale blues (more on that another time) and although I haven't discussed it with Andy yet, I've recently fallen in love with grey, blush pink & gold for the living room. So please indulge me as I share some inspiration below, I promise to share the finished room when it's done! 

For reference, this is our sofa - the Denver from (yes, it is so comfortable) but we have the three seater, foot stall and arm chair instead of the corner set up:
Denver Sofa Sofa Store
We've said all along that we will change the cushions to fit whatever theme we go with, which gives me a great reason to go fabric shopping and get my sewing machine out so I can make some new grey, blush and gold cushions like the ones in the living room below. 

Grey and Blush Living Room

Clockwise from top left: Living Room / Swatches / Paint / Vase 

Are you on Pinterest? You can check out more of my home inspiration here:

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Wedding Wednesday White Wedding : Lamorna View Minimoon

Oh my goodness, how long has it taken me to write this? 7 months!! I am a bad blogger! But there it is. 

So, in January we're going to Iceland for our official honeymoon but we did want to take a 'minimoon' away from the hustle and bustle and to relax after Christmas and all the wedding planning. After a lot of searching across all sorts of gorgeous cottages and holiday homes across the South West coast, we stumbled upon Kymaurah Cottages, overlooking Lamorna in Cornwall. We quickly booked a four-night break and then I spent the rest of the year checking the website and looking at the beautiful pictures of our cottage, Lamorna View

Lamorna View Kymaurah Cottages

We arrived late on 31st and were greeted with beautiful, personal touches: chocolates, champagne, and a lit log burner. Despite it being wet and cold, we jumped straight into the hot tub and watched the stars before exploring the rest of the cottage: huge comfortable bed, big copper bath, floor lit bathrooms - it was idyllic.

Lamorna View Kymaurah Cottages

Lamorna View  Kymaurah Cottages

The best bit? The cottage was at the very end of a dirt track, so once we were in and snuggled up away from the cold and rain, we didn't want to leave. Apart from popping out to get food on 1st we mostly stayed in and chilled: luxurious naps on a bed that was as comfortable as a marshmallow with a giant picture window overlooking the gorgeous Lamorna cove, watching films curled up in front of the log burner and sipping prosecco in the blissful hot tub - Can you believe I didn't really want to leave?

Lamorna View Kymaurah Cottages

We did take some time out of all the relaxing to get massages at a hotel in St Ives (about 8 miles away) and on the penultimate day, when the sun did make an appearance we went on the 20-minute walk to Lamorna cove and had a lovely Sunday lunch at the local pub. Perfect. 

I am desperate to go back, maybe in the summer so we could enjoy some more of the local area but there is definitely a lot to be said about visiting in the winter when you don't have to make an excuse for staying cuddled up and doing a whole lot of nothing!! 

Images courtesy of Kymaurah Cottages

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Review: Wahaca Garlic & Chipotle Marinade

I've said it before, I'll say it again: I LOVE Mexican food. So I was very excited to find out Mexican food chain, Wahaca had released new Wahaca at home kits complete with taco kits and yummy, spicy marinades.

Wahaca Garlic and Chipotle marinade

With Andy out, meaning I could have fish and spicy food for dinner, it seemed the perfect time to try one of the new marinades: garlic & chipotle. 

It's so simple:

Pick what you're having: meat, fish, veg and marinade for upwards of 15 minutes (whilst playing the game of "how much can I do in 15 minutes!) 

Wahaca Garlic and Chipotle marinade

Then heat a pan and griddle/fry until the fish, veg or meat is cooked to your liking. 

Wahaca recommends serving in tacos with beans and rice and a squeeze of lime. But, since I was cooking just for one,  I went with rice, corn on the cob and salad - with spare marinade used as a dressing.

Wahaca Garlic and Chipotle marinade

The marinade has a gorgeous spicy, smoky taste that I could eat again and again, hence adding it to everything. 

Now, who's for tacos? Whats your favourite Mexican dish?

#WahacaAtHome Taco Kits are available at over 900 Tesco stores. 

Monday, 8 August 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Spoiler Free Review

Anyone who has spoken to me for more than 5 minutes know that I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan. From running around Orlando to get my hands on the final book to hole punching old, battered copies to use as wedding confetti, I am obsessed. So, there was no question that we would be going to see the "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" play when it came to London. Thanks to my gorgeous twin sister we were able to get tickets for one of the first shows on Saturday. 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I received my copy of the script on Tuesday but insisted Andy hide it so that I wouldn't ruin any of the surprises and I'm so glad I did. Without ruining anything (#KeeptheSecrets) the twists and turns were absolutely amazing and so worth being kept in the dark for a bit longer. Yet again, JK Rowling (alongside Jack Thorne and John Tiffany)
 proved she can still write an amazing story and surprise fans right until the end.

We arrived at the beautiful Palace theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue on Saturday and whilst I knew it was just a happy coincidence I loved the synergy of the play and the seventh book where Harry, Ron and Hermione hide out on Shaftesbury Avenue when the ministry falls. The staff the Palace Theatre were all so, so friendly and I'm pretty sure they were all Harry Potter fans because we were able to talk about Hogwarts Houses and Hedwig! 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

and then the lights came down, phones were put on silent and we were transported to Platform 9 and 3/4s and I was hooked.

The staging was completely amazing, there were honestly some bits I still can't fathom, it was like genuine magic. Obviously, the famous three were present throughout the story but so was a whole new generation of fantastic characters, stories and dramas! 

The story allowed for a lot more humour than is present in the original books and films, in fact, I spent a lot of the show laughing out loud with the rest of the audience. Of course, there were times of tears and whilst there were some bits I figured out ahead of time (although from the reactions of the audience I was in the minority) for the most part I was shocked by the revelations which came out - after all this time (sorry), I can still be surprised by JK Rowling. 

Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildMy only complaints were that some (in my opinion), key characters were missed, I won't say who but it would have been lovely to see some more familiar faces and also, the new pronunciation of Voldemort, with a silent t, was used throughout, which just wound me up a bit!! - that's not a spoiler, right? Y'all knew he'd have to be mentioned somewhere. But these were minor things, for the most part, I was totally and utterly in love and couldn't wait to get home so I could read the script. Now I'm just desperate to go again (but I'll wait, because it'd be selfish not to let other people get tickets!) - and of course, I came away with a T-shirt. 

Are you going to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?
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