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My Favourite Prom Dress!

Posted on July 28, 2014

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Hi Guys!

Today New Look have asked me to talk about prom dresses! I didn’t even hesitate when they asked me, I love prom dresses! The last prom (we called it a ‘Leaving Do’) I attended was when I left sixth form, many years ago. Ok it was 12 years ago, eek! I couldn’t find any photos (phew!) but I remember I wore a floor length strapless fitted gown made of shimmery peach coloured taffeta. It was amazing – at the time! Hey it was 2002, don’t judge me! 😀

There weren’t and still aren’t many options for posh frocks where I live, the basic idea was you were expected to wear a full length gown, so I went to my local frock shop and I remember hating everything. When I saw the peach dress I thought it was ok, then I had a seamstress fit it properly for me and I loved it!

My latest prom dress experience was at my wedding last year. I had an amazing Justin Alexander wedding dress but was concerned about ruining it by either dropping food down it or ripping the train at the evening reception with everyone drinking and things getting a bit lary! So I hunted for what seemed like forever to find the perfect vintage prom dress. I looked everywhere I could find online, ebay, etsy, you name it. I was even looking at US sites and considering importing one. Then I just happened to be wandering round my local town and strolled into a shop I’d never been in before, it had a small selection of vintage clothes at the back, and there it was – the dress! It was an original 1950’s turquoise blue calf length prom dress, with a fitted body, circle skirt and sequinned netting. It was perfect, and obviously meant to be! I bought it straight away wore this for the evening party with a pair of ASOS holographic shoes to jazz it up a bit 🙂 I loved wearing this dress so much, it’s perfect for dancing in!

To celebrate how prom dresses, styles and looks have evolved over the decades. New Look have put together a mini interactive graphic…

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

My Diet, Weight Loss and Wedding Update!

Posted on July 17, 2013

Hi Guys! I’ve done a lot of reviews lately so I thought it was about time I gave you all an update on what’s going on in my life at the moment!

As you will probably know, I’m getting married on 14th September – not long now!! I bought my wedding dress last September and have since somehow managed to put on two stones (sad face)

So, I’ve finally decided to do something about this and attempt a proper diet! I started the Doukan diet about a month ago. The Doukan diet is protein based and very strict. To explain it briefly, for the first week you may only eat protein, and lean protein at that. No pork or lamb allowed! So chicken, eggs, ham, fish etc are all allowed and you can also eat as much as you like of these foods. After a week of protein only you can introduce vegetables every other day. Still no carbs, no fats and no sugars though I’m afraid. Surprisingly after about day four, which was the hardest for me, your body gets used to it and I feel absolutely fine! You are advised to take vitamins whilst dieting as you are cutting out lots of foods, especially to start with. I’ve been taking these Hair, Skin and Nails vitamins from myvitamins.

My Vitamins

You must also drink lots of water and do light exercise for half and hour a day. I do stepping on my Wii Fit as it’s convenient – my other half pimped the Wii step so it’s higher and a I just do half an hour of stomping on that every evening whilst watching the tv!

There are further stages of the Doukan Diet to maintain your weight once you have reached your goal. You can check out the website here for more info, there is also a book available which has lots of recipe ideas. With such a strict range of foods to eat it can be difficult to know how to make them tasty and interesting every day!

So, the good news is I started the diet on 17/06/13 – one month ago today, and I’ve already lost 13lbs! I’m so happy!! My wedding dress is in sight at last! 😀 The dress is completely amazing and I woud be so gutted if I couldn’t wear it on the big day because it was too small!

Ahh, the Wedding Dress…

I won’t give too much away about my dress but it’s by Justin Alexander and as soon as I tried it on I knew it was the one! I originally saw the below dress online and thought it looked amazing, I tried it on and it just wasn’t quite right so I ended up with another one. All will be revealed in September!!

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On the subject of beauty reviews, I’ve also recently been testing out a new beauty treatment called the MTherapy Beauty Pod – with promises of an ‘immediate tightening effect, improved hydration, tightened pores and better overall skin radiance.’ How good does that sound! I’ve used it a few times so far and my skin does feel fabulous after each use! A full review will be on the blog shortly, in the mean time you can see more info here.

Right I must dash now! I’m going out for a rare dinner date with my other half! I will be eating a salad, with no dressing of course! 😉 xxx

Paper Themes Wedding Planner Review

Posted on July 4, 2013

The lovely guys at Bloggers Needed sent me this beautiful Wedding Planner book by Paper Themes Bespoke Stationary to review. Boy do I need a wedding planner! Ideally an actual person, a nice lady, to tell me what to do, what needs paying for, arrange things, book things, organise my wedding, organise my life, and then fetch me a large G&T at the end of the day.

Alas this is just a book, without beverage fetching capabilities, but it’s the next best thing to an actual person running around after me! I am so disorganised. (notice the ‘so’ is in italics there emphasising the fact that I really mean it?) I really am so disorganised, I’m getting married in September and I’ve only just sent the invites out, they should have been sent out months ago, oops!

Anyway back to the wedding planner! Firstly, it comes in a lovely glossy black gift box, it would make a lovely gift for a newly engaged friend.

Paper Themes Wedding Planner Box

The planner itself is a cream and taupe coloured hardback binder. It has a pretty heart design on the front, it has a quality, textured feel to the cover and fabric along the spine.

Paper Themes Wedding Planner Review

 

Wedding Planner

The planner is then separated into sections – Getting Started, Guests and Stationary, Wardrobe, Wedding Day, Gifts, Contacts and Notes.

Wedding planner Getting Started

Looking through the planner, and thinking of everything I have actually planned, and yet to do, I can’t see there’s anything missing! I like the fact that there are notes and prompts throughout to point you in the right direction, they’ve also included some plastic pockets to put bits and pieces in.

Wedding Organiser Review

I think this is a lovely, pretty and useful planner, I’m definitely going to make good use of it!

I hope you guys enjoyed my review! More wedding updates to come shortly!! xx

This post contains a sample provided for review

House of Halos Couture Accessories and My Wedding News!

Posted on May 30, 2013

Guess what… I’m getting married! In September! Eeeek!

I’ve been engaged for many (five) years but we are only now getting round to planning the actual wedding. Planning a wedding literally takes over your life. Those that have survived to tell the tale will understand where I’m coming from. So as this is such a big part of my life right now I thought I really should start blogging about the ins and outs of preparing for marital bliss!

I hope for this to be the first of many wedding themed posts. I imagine some will be nice, like this one, and in some you will find me ranting and stressing as I slowly evolve into bridezilla.

As you may know by now, I love anything that’s a little bit out there, a little bit different, and a little bit exciting. I’ve recently been looking for a bridal headband / headpiece / tiara for my wedding – I have the dress already so I’m now on the hunt for accessories. This is seeming to be quite a difficult task though as unfortunately they all appear to be rather similar, and not really to my taste.

Then I was introduced to the brand House of Halos. Arlene, the owner, designer and creative genius behind the brand makes the most gorgeous couture headpieces and accessories with her very own hands. You won’t find these in your bog standard high street bridal stores. Just take a look at some of these beauties…

House of Halos

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Arlene also made this awesome necklace for Emeli Sande!

House of Halos Emile Sande

For something more on the spectrum of traditional, this headdress is so pretty, especially with the way the hair is styled.

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What do you think of these pieces? I think they’re awesome. They’re so much more creative than anything I’ve seen so far. Sure some might be a bit ‘out there’ for a wedding, but they don’t have to be worn for a wedding! The point is they’re interesting, creative and different. I love them 🙂 Check out the House of Halos website for more gorgeous couture pieces and some amazing photography! xxx