Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Wedding Wednesday: Shoe Trends for Spring 2017 Brides

Hellooo! The gorgeous Roxana is joining us again today to share some of the hottest shoe trends for all you lovely Spring brides. Which are your favourites?

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Hello my lovely future bride. Your big day, just like spring, is right around the corner. Let’s check the list real quick. Let’s see: something old? Check. Something new? Check. Something borrowed? Yup. Something blue? Sure. But wait, something is missing... Wait, is it getting a little chilly down there? Oh, right, the shoes are missing! Don’t worry, you are at the right place – a shoe fashion report is here.

Something blue

Make your walk down the aisle a little bit more fun by adding controversial blue shoes to your wedding outfit. Not only this colour will be a huge hit, but also, it is a very practical thing to do since you will solve the “something blue” issue.
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Lacy shoes

Always trendy and always beautiful. If you want to add that boho – vintage touch to your ceremony, lace shoes are perfect for you, especially if you have some lace details on your wedding gown. However, if it is entirely made of lace, you should skip these.

Where are they?

Since nude shades have already become quite common on the fashion scene, it is nothing strange that this trend has spread on the bridal fashion as well. Depending on your dress, you can opt for either beige or ivory wedding shoes. One thing is certain, these will match every outfit for sure.
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Like a bird

Yes, I’m talking about shoes with feathers. As you know, Jimmy Choo decided to embrace the feather comeback movement in this year’s Bridal Collection for 2017. They are luxurious, extravagant and really have that Carrie Bradshaw vibe if you ask me. If I get married this year (fingers crossed) these are definitely going to be on my feet. Fashionista bride at its finest.

Victorians

These evergreen shoes will never go out of style. They just keep getting better and better every season. We love them because of their comfort and minimalistic look that suits almost every wedding dress. Now, they have been given a new life and some time to shine.

Pinned ones

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I’m sure that you’ve heard about the site called Pinterest. Of course you did. Well, if you ever surfed through this site, you have probably seen “shoes with million pins”. It looks like they came straight out of a fairytale with their zircons, stones and luxury heel details. They are probably the most favorite shoes among brides, and now they have officially become the trend. From floral ornaments, over angel wings to just plain beautiful embellishments, they are perfect for brides who want that unique style and amazed expressions on their guests’ faces.

Floral

Flowers are a huge deal in 2017, not just in shoe fashion, but in clothing fashion as well. Wedding shoes are now enriched with floral printed fabric, floral appliques or like I already said in the previous paragraph – floral embellished heels. Regardless to your style, you can never go wrong by adding some more flowers to your bridal look.

Bows

Who said that just a hubby can wear a bow? They are so cute and so fun, in other words – perfect bridal shoe accessories. Which husband wouldn’t want his wifey wrapped up like a super stylish present?
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Go bold

If you are not into traditionalism, I have great news for you. Brides can now choose coloured shoes which will match their overall wedding colour scheme. You can opt for pink, blue, purple, red, green etc. – any colour you want actually! One thing is certain – your outfit will turn heads (wink).

Laser cut

They entered the world of fashion quietly, and conquered our hearts completely. The entire shoe is made of a laser cut material which gave it the perfect and unique design – one of a kind. If you usually focus on details, this is a perfect pair of wedding shoes for you.
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Sparkly

Winter of 2016/2017 filled with sequins and tinsels really left a mark on our dear designers, because they aren’t letting this go in spring 2017 either. No one – and I really mean no one, can resist their Cinderella moment urge once they try these on, or see them sparkle from a shoe store window. It is like they say: with us you will fly on the cloud of happiness straight into a world of fairytales.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Little Red at the Action Transport Theatre


What was your favourite fairytale as a child? I remember being captivated by the story of Little Red Riding Hood. "My, what big teeth you have" "All the better to eat you with". Ohh spine-chilling! 

So I was really excited to receive an invite* to see Action Transport Theatre's Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf. Having received rave reviews for its performance at Liverpool's Unity Theatre: 

"An atmospheric show which children cannot help but be drawn into"
Liverpool Arts Scene ★★★★★ (More here)

Little Red and the Bad Wolf was set to run for 5 shows at Action Transport Theatre. So I made a visit on Saturday, accompanied by two other adults and their two children. 

Action Transport Theatre, described by The Stage as "small but perfectly formed" is found in Whitby Park in Ellesmere Port, a park which I'm sure is beautiful when it's not pouring with rain like Saturday. I was greeted warmly at the door, had my name ticked off the list and then set about the nerve-wracking task of saving enough seats (it wasn't that bad I just felt incredibly British about it!) Children were able to sit on benches at the front of the stage, which was great because I remember years of craning my neck at shows to get the best possible view. 

Seats filled and lights down the incredibly energetic and flawless four-part cast took to the stage for an hour and twenty minutes of catchy, sitting around the campfire like songs, witty prose and engaging scenes. Throughout it all, the children around me were captivated, engaged and entertained - proved by one particular child who laughed very loudly, very frequently.  

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Action Transport Theatre

The two children with me were even distracted by the popcorn I'd bought for them and those behind me stopped complaining that they were starving as soon as the enigmatic, big, bad wolf took to the stage.

Action Transport Theatre

Action Transport Theatre

I was quickly reminded this is not a 'pantomime' but a 'Christmas show' and while there was no boo hissing and 'oh yes it is' and 'he's behind you' there was plenty of audience participation and interaction. The size of Action Transport Theatre was perfect for ensuring any child who wanted to be involved in the wolf howling competition could be and the biscuits handed out at the end soon made their way into every sticky paw. 

Action Transport Theatre

Action Transport Theatre


Overall, Little Red and The Big Bad Wolf was the perfect antidote to a wet, windy Saturday evening. Light, warm and engaging throughout. Thank you to the amazing, energetic cast and to Action Transport Theatre. 

The fun doesn't stop there at Action Transport Theatre, although Little Red has now run its course, there are several shows lined up for 2017:

Weds 25th January - Beasty Baby
Sat 4th Feb - The Boy who Cried Wolf 
Sat 18th Feb - Monthly Family Film Club
Thu 30th March - The Writers Ball 

All I'm left wondering is, do I need a child to come along and isn't 2017 the year I finally get back to acting?

You can find out more about Action Transport Theatre on their website or their Facebook page

*I was given a complimentary ticket in exchange for an honest review  
**Photo credit: Brian Roberts

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Wedding Wednesday: Vintage Inspired Colour Combinations

Hello and Happy Wedding Wednesday! Today guest post is from the lovely, Wendy who's sharing ideas of the very best vintage inspired colour combinations. Which is your favourite?


Most weddings naturally include celebrations of heritage and tradition. As we join two lives together and create one family, it’s totally logical that we would look to the past for inspiration. Perhaps that connection with eras gone by is what makes vintage themed weddings so popular. Or maybe they appeal to us because the colour combinations are just so stunning!

Vintage and retro are two terms that are interchanged without much thought, but they actually have their own meanings. Antique experts define vintage as originating at least 20 – 50 years ago (in fact the term “new vintage” is used to refer to the time period that occurred roughly 20 years ago). Antique generally refers to art, crafted materials and other items popular at least 100 years ago.


Retro, on the other hand, is anything that looks out of style for the current time period.
Vintage weddings can be influenced by the Medieval period, Victorian Era, the Roaring 20s, the sugar sweet 50s, the peace and love 60s, the Disco Fever of the 1970s or even the wild punk 80s era. Any particularly remarkable and colourful era is fair game as a wedding theme. That’s a lot of opportunities to combine and include your favourite colours! Here are three of the most popular vintage themes and the colour palettes most commonly associated with them:

Victorian Times Romance was practically invented in the Victorian Era. A young queen chose the man she loved despite status or the tradition of the contract marriage. Their annual tokens of love became our anniversary gifts. Our white bridal gowns are descendants of hers. Perhaps no vintage theme is more appropriate to weddings than Victorian. Characteristic of an English garden, a Victorian colour palette often includes blush shades along with white and ivory. Sweetheart roses, hydrangea, ivy and freesia are perfect matches for the theme.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1920s The Roaring 20s were colourful in more ways than one. Fashion got more revealing and culture took on a far more defiant tone. Weddings influenced by this era often include jewel tones like emerald, sapphire and ruby, as well as the highly popular turquoise and plum palette of the peacock theme. Although bright and bold is the name of this game, some of the background designs found in room décor and home fashion in the 20s inspires more subtle combinations like grey bridesmaid dresses with pale yellow accents and touches of very simple ivory.


Poodle Skirts and Good Will – the 1950s
The early days of Rock n’ Roll inspired truly nostalgic and wedding-appropriate color combinations. It was a sweeter era in many ways, with an air of innocence still intact. Pastel palettes work well with 50’s themes – think pale pink poodle skirts and baby blue sweaters tied around shoulders (both of which are also excellent candidates to pair with grey bridesmaid dresses). The 50s had a wild side too; so vivid neon pink or turquoise with contrasting black is just as appropriate as pale pastels.

The Psychedelic 1960s
In contrast, the free-love 60s turned colour palettes in a totally different direction. Floral patterns were highly popular and the British Invasion brought us a very “Mod” collection of high contrast, yet slightly earthy tones. Olive greens, brick reds, gold and turquoise worked together to bring the decade to its Technicolor life.


There is a vintage theme to inspire almost any couple, and a colour palette within a theme to capture the spirit of most romances. As you plan your wedding, look to the past for elements to include in your design.


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Wendy Dessler
Super-Connector at OutreachMamaWendy is a super-connector with OutreachMama and Youth Noise NJ who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customised blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition. You can contact her on Twitter.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Dubai Day 3: Desert Safari

Helloo we're off to Iceland today so why not talk about our hot summer holiday?

When we booked Dubai, I stated that I did want to spend some time just chilling by the pool and not spend all our time out and about exploring. We made that mistake in Sorrento last year and although it was amazing we came back more tired than before we left. So the plan was one day by the pool, the next out and about and so on.


However, an evening desert safari felt like a good compromise. It meant we could spend most of the day by the pool until we got picked up around 3ish and then we could do some exploring. 

I found the trip, by chance, through Trip Advisor (I'm always a bit in awe of their marketing and personalisation, but that's another story!) and booked it straight away. 


Dubai desert safari


It was really easy to book and their communication throughout was really great. We were picked up and then it was quite a long drive out, with two other couples, to the desert. At the rest stop, we went to the toilet (not the nicest experience, I'll be honest) and were coerced into buying a traditional scarf for Andy!


Dubai desert safari

Dubai desert safari

Dubai desert safari


Then the tires were deflated a bit and we were off, hand break turning and hitting top speeds across the sand dunes as the sunset. Incredible. We stopped halfway and got to take photos. At this point, I wished I had some better shoes than my flip flops as they kept getting caught under the sand and falling off. But the view was absolutely spectacular. 


Dubai desert safari

Dubai desert safari

Dubai desert safari


We then got back on the jeep, and were a bit unclear as to what we were doing next! I'd read that our trip included a camel ride and dinner but I expected that to happen in the desert! Instead, we were taken to a traditional desert camp where we ate curry sat on cushions on the ground, watched a belly dancer and Tanoura Arabic dance (quite bizarre!) and I got to ride a camel for all of 1 minute! 


Dubai desert safari

Dubai desert safari


I think because I had no idea how the whole experience would go I didn't build it all up too much in my head and as a result, it was the most amazing experience that I will genuinely never forget. 

Monday, 2 January 2017

2017 - New Year's Resolutions


Happy New Year!


2017 resolutions


Do you make any New Year's resolutions? In May last year I stopped breaking them down into monthly goals and tried to focus only on my resolutions for the year which were:

New Year's resolutions 2016:

Get to target weight & reassess- I'm pretty much back to square one with this. 

Learn Italian - I started with this and did so well, managing over 20 days in a row of learning Italian using Duolingo but then got waylaid so going to take this up again. 

Save money - Yes! I did this! I was aiming for somewhere over £600 and to date I have around £2000 in my savings, that includes putting some towards Dubai. But I will also be using some of it for Iceland spends. 

Blog 2 times a week every week -  Ha woops! Nope!

Read more non-fiction books - I actually can't tell you if I achieved this or not. I think I read a few more biographies but I didn't finish Thrive! 

So, here's my resolutions for 2017:

1. Journal more - Under advice from author Hollie McNish (name dropping) I've been trying to write stuff down more. I was also given a beautiful Gratitude Journal (similar here) for Christmas which has space to write down 3 things a day that I'm grateful for, I am determined to fill it out every day and then read it back this time next year.


Kikki K Gratitude Journal


2. Write one blog post a week - I might not publish this many every week but just getting into the habit of writing once a week and having a bank to publish as and when. 

3. Lose weight - Of course, I have a target in mind but to begin with, between Iceland and my birthday (end of Feb) I'm aiming to focus as much as possible on calorie counting, eating well and not cheating at weekends. 

4. Record what I read - I started last year compiling a list on here and then stopped, I'm determined to use my Goodreads account to keep a check of what I've read throughout 2017.

5. Exercise more - I have a plan in my head of a weekly barre session, a couple of morning yoga sessions at home and more walks. I'm not renewing my gym membership because I'm not really using it and it's just wasted money. 

What are your resolutions for 2017?
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