Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Wedding Wednesday- Making the Memories Last

 Happy Wedding Wednesday Y'all! I am actually attending the wedding of a good friend today (to be featured next week) but in the meantime Mary (who previously blogged about Hen Parties) is back! She's now married and looking at the best options for all those beautiful pictures. You can read all about her wedding here

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Making those Memories Last

Your wedding is one of the biggest and most exciting days of your life and one you will never want to forget. You need an album that represents your photos the way your wedding was represented. Although it can be a difficult task having to go through hundreds of wonderful photos to only be able to pick a few for your wedding album, there are now more than one way to make those memories last without feeling limited.

Pick your best photos

Your photographer may give you ‘proofs’ of your photos and from there you’re able to choose your favourites and put them aside. This task takes an average of six hours, so sit down with a cup of tea and take your time. You want your wedding album to tell the story of your wedding so once you have chosen your best photos apply them into chronological order, this way you’re able to relive each moment without flicking back and forth between parts of the day.

Another idea which you can use in your wedding album is actually adding pictures from before your wedding. For example pictures of your engagement, your favourite holidays together and other memorable events. Start from the very first picture from when you were together and lead up to your wedding. I love this idea as you’re able to view the most special events in one place.
Next is the fun part where you decide upon your album!

Techy Albums

A really new modern way of storing and holding your wedding photos is on a USB device.  By using a USB you’re able to have full control over all of your photos, and this may be a cheaper option too if you want to get some extra photos printed for friends and family.  You’re able to do it independently which could be considerably cheaper than photographer’s prices. You also have the option to upload them straight onto your computer, enabling you to share them much easier online. With USB sticks at such a cheap price now you could even create an album on the USB to send to distant relatives.

Traditional Fabric Albums

 A traditional album is usually made from material such as leather, faux leather and suede. With the traditional albums you’re able to fix in your photos individually and exactly how you want. You’re really able to personalise this albums and that last a long time too. If you’re looking to try something a bit more adventurous have a look at fabric style albums, you could even try to match the fabric to the materiel of your own dress; this will add a real personal touch.
Making it into a scrap book style album is also a touch that makes it feel like a true homage to the day, with the invitation added in and any other pieces that you’ve kept at memento’s.

Magazine Style Album

This is another new modern way of showing your wedding photos and as you’re probably able to tell by the name it is in the style of a magazine with glossy pages and your photos already printed on in the order in which you wish. There are many designs which you can decide upon for this album and you’re really able to play around with it and make it your like your own copy of Hello magazine. Have a search around on the internet for different companies that can do this for you and find the cheapest one, I’ve found many online such as muujee which have really beautiful designs. And these can be really gorgeous gifts to any special wedding attendees.  

A little idea which I think is lovely to add writing from your family and friends into your album. Ask them to write in a section under a photo that is relevant how they were feeling at that particular moment in time. This adds a huge personal touch to the album and helps to create a mirroring feeling of your special day.


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Edible Albums
Did you know you’re able to get your photos printed onto marshmallows? It might not be a practical idea to create a wedding album out of marshmallows but could be a great idea to give to bridesmaids as a thank you gift.

Canvas
A popular way to view your photos is to get them printed onto canvases or put into picture frames around your house so you’re able to view them at ease. Nothing makes your house feel like home than adding some of those most magical, loving memories to your home.

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Photoboards
If you don’t like the idea of canvas and prefer something a little more vintage looking, wooden photoboards make an everlasting memory which can also highlight the style of your wedding day.
From adding coloured ribbon with the theme of your wedding, to picking more unusual images that can provide an alternative view to the day.
With so many options now available take you time and have fun, these are your forever moments.   


Thank you so much for sharing, Mary. How cute are those photoboards? Definitely pinning that idea for our photos! What did you do with your wedding photos?

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Twentea Something Visits.. The Botanist



I'm bacckkkkk. We are settled, unpacked and we have internet. We've even managed an Ikea shop.. buttt more on that another time! I took some time out from the house moving chaos last Monday to join some other local bloggers at The Botanist in Chester to taste their new menu and cocktails. Sounds good right?*



As you know, I LOVE The Botanist and have already blogged about visiting twice (date night, & North West bloggers meet up) so was very excited to see their new menu, sip on a few cocktails and meet some more bloggers. 

I started the night with a cherry daiquiri. There was some confusion when it was bought up as to whether it was cherry or raspberry.. either way it was yummy! 



Then we got down to the serious task of perusing the menu. I was a little sad to see my favourite chicken and mushroom pie has been replaced by chicken and chorizo (pesky red meat!) but there are still plenty of vegetarian, fish and chicken options. We ordered a lot of different plates between us to try. You can check out the food menu here. 

To start:

Salt and Pepper Onion Petals- Like onion rings but better and with sour cream. Basically, a combination of some of my most favourite things. 



Baked Camembert- Confession time... I've never had camembert before I don't think. I'm not normally a cheese person. But this was yummy and with crusty bread, always a winner. Perfect for sharing. 



Sardines in a Tin- Do you like sardines? I LOVEEE them and these were no exception. Topped on top of hot toast with a drizzle of hot sauce. Beautifully presented and so tasty. 



Pork Crackling- I didn't eat the crackling, obviously. BUT I did have the accompanying spring onion/chilli salad which was incredibbblllleeeeee. It was so fresh. 



And then:

Fish and Chips - The Botanist is designed to have a pub feel and what better pub food then classic fish and chips? Served with mushy peas in a baby wheelbarrow (too cute) and plenty of the Botanist amazing super seasoned chips (seriously.. I dream of this chip seasoning)



Chicken and Chorizo Pie- As mentioned above, I didn't try this but it looked as tasty at the pies I've eaten here before. Perhaps I'll get Andy to try it next time we visit and get you some feedback!


Lamb Tagine- Beautifully presented, I tried some of the pearl couscous and accompanying yoghurt. I can't say I was a fan.. but I guess couscous and yoghurt on it's own isn't meant to be impressive! There was lots of appreciative noises around the table!





Pan friend sea bass- Ok, If you visit The Botanist (and you should) and only order one thing.. order this! I adore sea bass and this was no exception. Beautifully presented, perfect portion size and served with picco de gallo and spinach. So good!



Malaysian Chicken Curry- Beautiful, fragrant, creamy and flavoursome. A winner. plus super fluffy rice. 



Chicken Hanging Kebab- Ok, if you visit The Botanist and only order TWO things you should order the pan fried sea bass and a chicken hanging kebab. Since eating this again last week I've been craving this. Perfect combination of chicken & veg with a yummy sweet chilli, ginger and garlic butter and of course.. the famous chips! In-cred-ible. 



Washed down with: 

Sugar Snapple Sour- I've been addicted to sugar snap peas recently so what better opportunity to enjoy more than in an amazing sour, appley cocktail. I could drink a lot of these very quickly! 



The Botanist has a great atmosphere including friendly staff, live music and loads of room which is really rare for Chester. They also have locations across the UK so it's worth checking to find your local

I also got to spend the evening with my beautiful friend Sarah and meet fellow bloggers: Wendy Like Food and Fradgley's Food for Thought

What's your favourite cocktail?

*I will never review anything which I don't think is relevant to my blog and I will always be 100% honest.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Weddding Wednesday- What I've Learnt from Hen Party Planning

Happy Wedding Wednesday!! Hope your short week is flying by. Now the wedding might be the main event but every girl knows before that is the Hen party (or for some a whole weekend). Mary got in touch recently as she is currently planning a Hen Party and wanted to share what she'd learnt. I'm certainly looking for some tips as I'm planning Chloe's for August. So take it away, Mary!

As some people look at it, the last night of freedom! What can we do to make this fun I ask myself? For some ladies this involves drinking with all the girls at a bar or club, maybe even going for a weekend away somewhere hot. I want to share with you some of my ideas to create your brides perfect hen party.

To make things clear and easier you should create a list, writing down everything that you need to do and get prepared ready for the big event.

These things include:
What is the budget for the night?
The average cost of a hen do in the UK is now £157 per person, this is fairly pricey! We need to make sure we can bring this price per person down as much as possible so we can enjoy the night or the weekend and not feel ripped off with how much we are having to pay for it. Discuss within the group how much each of you are willing to spend and work around that.

What is the theme of the evening? Are you all dressing up?
Most ladies will like to pull out the tiaras with their veils and a big banner across their chest saying “bride to be” of course all in bright pink! I’ve decided to look on Pinterest for some inspiration of what to wear for a hen party, so if you’re stuck you know where to go. Your main priority should be what is the bride to be going to be wearing? As of course she needs to stand out. Is there certain items the Hen wants everybody to wear? Make sure this is discussed with her, unless she wants a complete surprise of course!

Where are you going to go?
A bar, a club? Or what are you going to do? A weekend away perhaps, riding across the shoreline, relaxing on the beach with a few cocktails? For less conventional, yet still extremely fun hen party’s you could use Oliver B magic who has even been able to amaze Simon Cowell, impressive! Sit around and watch his acts with a bottle of champagne. Other things include dance classes with companies such as seen on screen fitness who can provide different packages to suit you and your group best. If you enjoy the outdoors why not suggest a 2 day trail ride in the peak district with an overnight stay at a hotel close by. At £280 per person you really can’t go wrong; you’re bound to come back feeling relaxed and refreshed.

Make sure you get preferences from the Hen herself of what she would and wouldn’t like her hen night to include; don’t go ahead and hire a male stripper if she’s made clear she doesn’t want one! 

Throw ideas out there and see what everyone is most up for; but more importantly see what the bride to be really wants.

Thanks Mary, we look forward to hearing what you get up to! Have you ever planned a Hen Party? What are your top tips?

If you would like to guest post for Twentea Something feel free to get in touch



Sunday, 3 May 2015

#BEDM- Twentea Something visits Beatons, Chester

I feel like I've made it in the tea blogging world.. if that's a thing. To celebrate the launch of brand new tea shop Beatons in Chester I was invited to a blogger's high tea hosted by House Poet & Director of Engagement, for Beatons, Liz Darcy-Jones. Yes.. excuse me for name dropping but the lovely Liz is Britain's tea poet! How fab is that!







Beatons, named after the photographer and artist Cecil Beaton encompasses three tea rooms in Wiltshire, Blandford Forum and now it's first franchise on Bell Tower Walk in Chester. The lovely new tea room overlooks the cathedral and also includes a bookshop full of local authors and interesting reads. Sound idyllic right? 










I was invited to visit on the first Saturday they were open for a blogger's afternoon tea as part of the opening celebrations and got to meet lovely local blogger Tamsin Rebecca

We were treated to afternoon tea of sandwiches, cakes and scones complete with Chester's very own tea: "Dong Ding" as well as some tea poetry from Liz's book (psst. Liz is about to release a new book so if you want a copy of "Distinguished Leaves: Poem for Tea Lovers" i'd get in quick.. they'll be very rare soon!). The best bit about tea with Liz was her knowledge of tea... for the record, she believes milk should go in first (but we're allowed to disagree!)




Beatons also has a selection of Italian soda: cool soda mixed with natural fruit syrup. I tried the rose which was lovely and refreshing but I think I'll stick with the tea in future- or try a different flavour! 





As expected in opening week, the service was a bit slow as they found their feet- but we were kept entertained by poetry readings, answering our tea FAQs and happily chatting away and the lovely Liz emailed later to apologise for the delay- which was a lovely touch!





The whole look of Beatons is very girly and homely. It makes me want to spend time curled up with a pot of tea and good book for hours on end there. The staff were all welcoming and apart from a few teething problems the service was excellent. This definitely won't be my only visit especially as the breakfast menu looks amazing! 




Oh and I have to mention the toilets.. I didn't take any photos but check out my friend Adam & Sarah's Blog Four for the Road for an insight. I swear I'm going to start a segment of my blog based on the best toilets in Chester. 

How do you take your tea?

p.s. I visited again yesterday and although the boy serving us was obviously new and nervous and there was a kitchen related incident which slowed the service down it was some of the best scrambled eggs I've ever had! 



Saturday, 2 May 2015

#BEDM- May Goals

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It's been a while since I've done a goals post but I did share my April goals on my Instagram as part of a slimming world photo challenge. Here's what I was hoping for:


Slimming world


So how did I do?

1. I definitely didn't get my stone and a half award. In fact, with April starting with a trip to A&E and then Easter weekend I was off of group for 3 weeks and definitely didn't make all good choices in the meantime. So the most I lost over the month was 2lb and I'm yoyoing again. So last night I weighed in at:

2. Hmmm. I'm still not much good at this. I'm usually way up on syns! 

3. Yes, I did try one! But I didn't LOVEEEEE it! I think I love pasta, potato etc. too much for me to enjoy it! 

4. Yes, the weather has been so nice and with our visits to Bournemouth, I've been walking a lot, even using 15 mins of my lunch break to walk. I also swam with my dad on Saturday morning and I'm desperate to get back in to swimming regularly. 


So what are my goals for May?

1. Get my stone & 1/2 award- I realyyyyy wanted to be at target for our engagement shoot next weekend but that's not going to happen (unless I lose 10lb in a week which I don't think is healthy) so.. smaller goals!

2. Move house- this is obviously out of my hands. But I reallyyyyy hope that next week is the week.Can you keep everything crossed for us please?

3. Sort out a budget- This fits in with number 2 really, once we're settled and know more about our outgoings I want to be a bit stricter on budget because I went too into my overdraft in April.

4. Find a fitness class/start swimming- self explanatory. What is your favourite fitness class?


What are your goals for May? 

p.s. Have you voted for my Style Secrets entry yet? 

Friday, 1 May 2015

#BEDM- What I did in April

Ok.. I really wasn't going to ... and I can't promise I'll stick to it. But for the second year in a row I'm taking part in #BEDM (blog every day in May). 

But before May gets underway.. here's what I got up to in April:

Branksome beach

Bournemouth beach


 We spent Easter weekend visiting my family in Bournemouth. There was good food and lots of walking along the beach. Have you ever visited Bournemouth? I yearn for the beach! The artsy breakfast photo is thanks to Andy. 

Ferndown

Being back in Bournemouth also meant walks in the field behind my mum's house. The current residents include two beautiful Shetland ponies. This is Charlie and he has the BEST hair. If you would like to adopt him for us we'd be very grateful, thanks! (I'm kidding.. sort of!)

wedding trial

The thing with planning a wedding 250 miles away from where we live and work is needing to squeeze every wedding bit into whenever we're back. Some people advised that 9 months before our wedding was too early for a make up trail. But I've always known this is exactly how I wanted my make up. So Tadahhhh! What do you think? Thank you to Tori.

Jumpsuit

Andy's contiki tour friends came down for a reunion in the middle of April and it was wildddddd. I couldn't keep up. But I did make sure I looked fabulous in this Miss Selfridge jumpsuit. I intend to rock this at weddings, parties, Bahmitzvas (if anyone is having one) this year.

afternoon tea
We spent another weekend in Bournemouth last weekend to celebrate my Nan's 80th and also get some more wedding planning in. Including our food tasting. How yummy does it all look? This isn't the final menu but it was definitely good to eat some free food and get to know our chef a bit more! Bring on the "in season" tasting.

What did you get up to in April? 
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