Wedding Series #16

Tags

, , , , , , , , , ,

Another month, another update from this boho bride-to-be… It’s been an eventful month over here, one that’s tested and tried us but as we bid farewell to February, and say hello to March, I’m happy to report we are all good and we are smiling, which is all that matters right?!

The month took an unexpected turn at beginning when our lovely housemate told us he’d be moving out the following week as he’d found the perfect little studio flat. Obviously this was a bit of a shock, both personally and financially, but we understood why he was moving on and we needed to adjust and figure out what to do. We discussed our options as financially having a housemate was helping us out hugely with saving for the wedding but on the flip side, did we want to bring a stranger into our home and have them put up with all our wedding junk everywhere….? The answer was no… Bringing in someone for just the next 6months seemed pointless and honestly we were ready to just have our own home, so we did just that. We briefly looked into mortgages, but have decided for our sanity, that we would instead stay put for the next 6 months and the readdress the situation once we’re husband and wife.

So yeah… a bit weird and it’s been tough, but it’s also been wonderful….We’ve started being even more frugal with our spending and equally are trying to make even more money any way we can; be it through selling artwork / old clothes / working 24/7 to make up for the £2000 which we’ll be down come July. Obviously this also means that paying out for wedding things has become a bit more tricky but our parents have all been wonderful and are continuing to help us where possible. It really does make you realise how lucky are doesn’t it, when you’re in a tight spot, and people are there checking in and helping where they can.

Everyone knows weddings are expensive, but life in general is too, chatting to friends recently and it seems everyone can relate! It’s definitely one of those years where everyone is getting married and everyone has multiple weddings to attend! Fun yes, but expensive too!

We’re continuing to keep costs inline though by doing as much ourselves as possible. Also, I’m just going to put it out there, having our own home is amazing. I feel like I can truly relax 100% in my own home, which after renting with various people over the last 8 years, is an amazing feeling. We have for the first time got a home just us two and we’re loving it. And I’m excited for the next year or so where hopefully we can really start building our own home together!

16830943_10158275376310302_567643601647707645_n

In the mean time we have wisely transformed our spare room (how grown up does that sound) into ‘wedding HQ’ and as I write I’m sat in front of the window, light flooding in, surrounded by all our wedding treasures and creations! It’s pretty lovely!

So moving on. What else have we been up to? I mentioned last month that I’d created the biggest to-do list you’d ever seen, we’ll we’re still working through that. I also mentioned and promised to share with you some photos of our evening invites so here goes…

dscf8638 dscf8640 dscf8641 dscf8643 dscf8644 dscf8645

Sorry the pics aren’t as nice as my first lot, I just snapped them quickly for this blog post, but hopefully you can see kind of what we did, we created another roll fold to keep all the bits in the middle but put all the top tips in the inside. I’m really proud of them and think the whole invitation design thing was super fun!! Also feedback was lovely! Yay!

So… what else have been up to? I finished all the napkins finally (am so happy with them) they are also all folded, pressed and I have tied these up with place settings and favours…yay! Maxwell wants me to keep the end result a surprise for our guests, so for now I will just show you a sofa full of pressed napkins in all their prettiness!

dscf8460

We (amazing Mumma and I) have also been continuing work on my dress (whoo hoo) and those of the mini maids! For the last year (at least) I have been collecting a hoard of vintage lace and crochet trims, vintage and second hand garments. The mini’s, all 8 of them are all have mismatched cream/white/ivory dresses with a very vintage / boho look. Mumma and I got out all my treasures and matched things up coming up with a design for each little lady. Mumma has been amazing, washing everything and starting to compile all the dresses, we even did our first fitting on my niece the other day and if that’s anything to go by these little ladies are going to be melting everyones hearts!!!

I’ll wait till next month to give you a sneak peek of the dresses as I’ll also scan in my designs!

One more fun thing we did this month was have a tasting for our vegan friends. The wedding is pretty much all vegetarian but as we have quite a few vegans coming we wanted to make sure that no one felt left out when the food came out, especially in relation to the evening buffet which is basically cheese and crackers! haha! So with that in mind we reached out to our dear friends and raw food specialists Ginger and Peach. Tara, the amazing food guru prepared us 3 nut cheeses to sample and they were amazing…

dscf8338 dscf8339 dscf8340

Tara made us a herbed pine nut and cashew log, an aged macadamia nut cheeze and a cashew cheddar cream cheeze. These were amazing and I’m so excited to be able to offer our vegan friends something so unique! We have also decided to ask Tara to make us one of her stunning raw cakes to liven up our evening cake buffet! Yum! So exciting that things are all coming together and I’m loving that we’re involving one of our fave local business!

The last thing I want to tell you about is make up! I’ve been umming and ahhing for ages about what to do… do I DIY, do I have a professional lesson then still DIY or do I bring in someone who knows what they’re doing? Well a couple of weeks back I was staying with my bestie Becca and she had he make up trail when I was there and I was mega impressed… you know sometimes things just align and work out? Karma I like to think of it as, well I started chatting to a MUA friend who I’ve worked with previously and she mentioned she was coming down and with a rare monday off, our diaries clicked and we’re booking in a trial, which is exciting! With that in mind I’ve been pinning Make up ideas and I’m super excited!

I’ll share some pics next month! ekkkk!!

So, I think I’ve rambled on enough for one post (maybe it’s time to start doing 2 a month?!!)

Till next time… x

10 Most Wanted: A Valentines Special

Tags

, , , , , , , , ,

It’s that time of year again….

Another year, another Valentines with my love…. This will be my last one as a Miss…. How exciting! We’ve decided (like last year) to plan a special night in. We’ve both been really good saving and watching our weight in the run up to the big day so I think we both deserve a bit of indulgence!

I’ve been a bit sneaky and have got the boy a couple of little gifts (which I’ll share later) so the rest of the stuff we’ll be doing will be very DIY and purse friendly. Here are some hints and tips to get you and your lover in the mood!

valentines-2017one | treat yourself (or your lady) to a personalised trinket like this stunning necklace from stella and dot. two | slip into something a little sexy like this beautiful babydoll. three | treat yourself to a new addition to your record collection. four | paint your lips. five | and snuggle up in a luxurious fur throw. six | indulge in a few handmade chocolatey treats from your favourite local company. seven | invest in a 3-year joint relationship journal. eight | make sure you smell amazing. nine | light a beautiful candle to ensure the room smells amazing too. ten | and finally make sure you take a few snaps to treasure forever!

So there you have it… what ever you get up to…have fun lovers… xx

Eat #12

Tags

, , , , , , ,

Howdy folks…. I’m getting all romantic on you today and thought for todays ‘Eat’ post I’d share with you a three course valentines inspired menu! A starter, main and dessert, which if I had my way we’d be having. I may have to opt for a veggie main as Maxwell doesn’t east fish but it looked so delicious that I wanted to include it!

So without further ado… Here is what I’d suggest if you fancy making your lover a romantic meal for two.

For starter I suggest this vegan crostini with smoky white bean spread and roasted nectarine. I found this recipe on lazycatkitchen.com and I think we’re actually going to make this one as it sounds amazing!! You can find and have a go yourself here!

peach

For a main, if I had my way, I’d opt for fish (I love fish and it’s something I really miss!) So this monkfish dish really caught my eye! Roasted monkfish with cumin and coriander spice served with a baked aubergine purée. The recipe is from the good ol’ BBC food page and you find it here if you want to have a go?!

monkfish

And to round up this romantic meal for two… a Persian Love cake!!! Because, well it’s a Persian Love cake!! Twigg Studios shared this recipe a few years back and I think it’s time to actually make one.. what do you think?!

love-cakeSo there you have it, 3 romantic recipes which I’m sure will ensure you have a beautiful night in with your favourite!! xx

Wedding Series #15

Tags

, , , , , , , ,

Well, we’ve made it; officially the year that I marry my love! How very very exciting!!

Ask any 2017 bride-to-be and she’ll tell you that the moment you cheered ‘Happy New Year’ it suddenly feels like you’ve got soooooooo much to do…. Maybe it’s the fact you can now say “we’re getting married this year” that fuels this urge to get stuff done? But what ever the reason… There’s been a huge sense of urgency over the last month… and what a month it’s been!!

So…. What have we been up to…? Well for one, I created the worlds biggest to-do list (Oh… The joys of having a mainly DIY approach) and we’ve been efficiently working our way through it I’m proud to add!!

The boys suits are all sorted! Hurray!!! Not something I predicted would a bit of a headache but getting the perfect mis-matched look was more challenging then I imagined… I’m happy to report that they are all sorted though, all happy with their outfits and they all look blooming gorgeous! yay!

Maxwell has been super busy getting Kermit (our wedding car) looking gorgeous too. Our basement comically looks like a car garage as various car parts are being lovingly stripped back, primed and painted a beautiful forest green! I love that he’s putting so much effort into making sure our wedding ride is perfect… I know boys can sometimes feel a little left out in the whole wedding prep game, but I really think that Maxwell is really interested in playing his part and making sure his input is apparent and evident too! What a lovely man I’ve bagged myself!

We’ve also sorted our evening invites… I’ll share some pics next month so not to ruin the surprise to any guests that are yet to receive one. Like with our day guests we’ve kept the evening guest list small and intimate… I’m so happy we’ve done this as I know everyone there is a true part of our lives. I’m not sure how many will come (being that it’s in the middle of nowhere on a Thursday night) but these extra people have been a part of Maxwell and my lives and I want them to know that. They shall be heading into the postbox tomorrow morning! eekk!!

I’ve also made a start hemming our napkins (no small task trust me) For the last year I have been collecting a variety of vintage fabric to use. My thought was it would add a bit of individuality to the table but also that I would be able to keep them after to use at home and maybe hire out (more on that later) I’m currently half way through and I’m so happy with how they’re looking!

screen-shot-2017-01-30-at-22-08-57

We’ve also been busy sorting gifts for our nearest and dearest. I’m SO excited with my gift for Maxwell, obviously I won’t say what it is on here (on the off chance he pops by to check what I’ve been saying) but it’s PERFECT!!! The rest of the crew are getting a mix of handmade or vintage items! I also got super prepared as I gift wrapped all the mini maids pressies ready to go! How cute do they look??

dscf8090 dscf8094

Finally, the other big thing we’ve done is we made our wedding rings!!!! ekkkkk!!

I’ve been looking forward to doing this for ages and it didn’t disappoint! We spent the day with the awesome Sarah Macrae. I have known Sarah for about 10 years through my work and she’s an amazing designer jeweller. Sarah invited us to her home studio were we spent the most enjoyable day making each others wedding bands. I was a little unsure what I’d go for because of the size and shape of my engagement ring, but after chatting to my bestie and bride-to-be Miss Hayden she suggested why didn’t I go for another finger. So simple!! haha… It’s so easy to get caught up in what you ‘should’ do… it’s sometimes hard to see another simple option which is right in front of your face! So with this in mind I started thinking about what I wanted…. Maxwell had seen a ring (dirty rose-gold beat-up looking thing with grooves round the edges) which he’d kinda decided he wanted. I didn’t really mind which metal my ring was, as long as it matched Maxwell. So rose gold it was… Having said that I also wanted something that would also talk to my engagement ring, so I decided to buy a vintage marcasite eternity band (found on etsy) to sit alongside my wedding ring.

dscf8197

So, decisions made and gold brought it was time to start making. With my job I kinda know the process and have made rings before but for Max it was a first time experience! Sarah was brilliant, she talked us through each step then left us to get on with it which was super lovely too. We started by making sure the wire strips were the right length, Maxwell went for 6x2mm D shape, mine was 2mm square wire. Once we’d got the length right and ends were filed flat, it was time to start bending it round into a as much of a ring shape as possible… when it wouldn’t go any more we annealed the metal to make it more pliable. Ends now touching it was time to solder the join.

dscf8159 dscf8162 dscf8168 dscf8170 dscf8176

After a spot of lunch (with homemade bread I might add) it was time to get the rings to fit…. this was the most time consuming part, using a mandrel and a rawhide mallet we bashed and bashed until the rings were perfectly round and flat!

dscf8179 dscf8181 dscf8185 dscf8195 dscf8205

Then for Maxwell the time to polish had come… He did such a good job and my ring is seamless and so beautiful. It sits perfectly alongside the marcasite eternity ring, I’m pretty proud of my boy… he did good!

dscf8211 dscf8237

I didn’t have it quite so easy! After getting Maxwell’s ring perfect and smooth it was time to create the grooved effect. I did this by making 2 smaller rings with 1.2mm round wire, filing the edges flat and then soldering them all together.

dscf8210 dscf8225 dscf8219 dscf8226 dscf8231

I think the hardest part was ensuring the inside of Maxwell’s ring was as perfect as he’d made mine, luckily, maxwell didn’t mind it looking a little homemade in the middle so after a hell of a lot of polishing I too was done!

dscf8202

Hooray!!! It was quite emotional at times, Something I hadn’t have anticipated. Making something so special, for the person you love most in the world is a very beautiful thing, continually trying rings on all day is also pretty cute! ha ha

dscf8254

So there you have it, after about 5 hours, a delicious lunch and a wonderful day spent with Sarah in her beautiful home & workshop, we headed off… We’d intentionally booked in the ring making for the 27/1/17 which marked our 6month count down. We ditched the diet for the evening and treated ourselves to dinner at Fez, a beautiful little turkish restaurant down a little side road in Petersfield. We shared a selection of starters and enjoyed a non alcoholic drink each (oh hey Dry January)

dscf8260

dscf8266 dscf8271 dscf8274So there you have it… if you’re a bride to be, who’s not got their wedding bands yet I would 100% recommend making yours own, and if you’re looking for a jeweller then 100% go speak to Sarah, I can’t recommend her enough!!! We had such fun, and we’re both super proud of what we made. I want to wear mine all the time, but for now, it’s living in my engagement ring box with Maxwells where it’ll live for the next 6 months (only occasionally being taken out and tried on! ha ha)

so, till next time, this Bride-to-be is signing off! x

Eat #11

Tags

, , , , , ,

Anyone that know me, knows that I fell in love with a vegetarian. I’m not a vegetarian I should point out, but I don’t eat a lot of meat and I actually think we’d all be better off if we ate less meat, so with that in mind, here are three meat free offerings which won’t leave you feeling short changed!

First up is a roasted vegetable plate with red pepper spread from Sprouted Kitchen. This would be am amazing main for a roast dinner!! You can find the recipe here.

butternut-squash

Now for something that would make a fab lunch or brunch – Carrot Pancakes with salted yogurt! Yum!!! This recipe comes from Bon Appetit and if you’re feeling inspired you can get the recipe here.

carrot-pancakes-with-salted-yogurt

And my last vegetarian treat for you today is Cauliflower sformato with crispy kale and caramelised pine nuts!! Sounds good right?! For anyone not in the know a sformato is a bit like a dense soufflé or a crustless quiche! The recipe is from Olive Magazine and can be found online here.

cauliflowerThere you go…. Good huh!! I hope you enjoy…. If there’s any particular recipes you want me to seek out, just shout…. I’d be happy to help!

Eat #10

Tags

, , , , , , , ,

It’s cold outside, the evening are dark and we’re all still mourning the fact it’s no longer socially acceptable to be having chocolate for breakfast.

90% of people I know are on a new year health-kick but a salad just doesn’t cut it. This time of year calls for one thing… hearty, healthy comfort food and that’s just what I’m sharing today…

3 amazing recipes that will get your taste buds going crazy!!

First up is a firm favourite in our house but a vegan friendly version which is even better!

Vegan Mac & Cheese by vegetarian guru Jennifer of the brilliant  deliciouseveryday.com.  Any veggie follows must check out her blog for loads of scrumptious recipes and if you want to have a go at making this amazing pasta dish you can find the recipe here.

vegan-mac-and-cheese-recipe-1-2

My next offering is this amazing looking indian dish from one of my fave foody blogs – Half Baked Harvest. Creamy cashew, paneer and butter…. Urrmmm yum! You can see the original post and recipe here… (FYI… this one may not be quite so good for the dieters out there but anyone looking for a hug on a plate… it certainly delivers

tumblr_nke629a0mf1sohhn2o1_1280

Finally is an amazing Moroccan sweet-potato and lentil soup from littlespicejar.com. We’re big lovers of Moroccan cuisine in this household and this soup looks like it will certainly warm the cockles!! If you want a go you can find the recipe here.

soul-warming-moroccan-sweet-potato-lentil-soup-9Feeling hungry? I know I am!

A Belated New Years Post…

Tags

, , , , , ,

…Luckily ‘being on time’ wasn’t one of my N.Y.Resolutions!

Happy New Year friends! I hope you all saw in the New Year surrounded by loved ones and with a smile on your face! We sure did!

In the days between Christmas and New Year we chilled, saw friends and family and tried to relax as much as possible… On NYE after a big ol’ lego session with my cousin and his kids, we donned our glad-rags and hopped into the car and up to the big smoke we headed.

dscf7906 dscf7903 dscf7909

We were to see in the New Year with one of my best friends (and fellow bride-to-be) Becca and her handsome hubby-to-be Edward. We arrived and the shenanigans began… First up beer pong! Even though I HATE beer and throw like a girl (apologies to any female discus throwers out there) this was super fun and a great way to meet and befriend fellow guests!

dscf7914 dscf7912

After that it was time for some food. Edward is a bit of a whizz in the kitchen and whipped up a delish supper for us all which went down a treat!

dscf7907 dscf7908 dscf7919

The rest of the evening whizzed by in a blur of champagne, dancing and chatting and playing games. Before we knew it, it was 10 to midnight and we all ventured outside with a posh bottle of fizz in hand. Corks popped, shouted toasts of “we’re getting married this year”, and quite a bit of kissing and 2017 begun in the best possible of ways.

dscf7922 dscf7928

We then began the most amusing backyard firework display…. 8 tipsy adults and £70 of fireworks… what could possibly go wrong! haha Luckily we all escaped without injury and many ohs and ahhs (and ha has) were had!!

dscf7935 dscf7951 dscf7956 dscf7958

We stumbled into bed in the early hours of the morning and I kissed the man who I was to marry this year goodnight.

dscf7978

We woke late and joined our friends for a bit of post-party breakfast then began a very lazy start to the 2017 (sofa, snoozes, pjs, snacks and Harry Potter/disney) When afternoon came around we dragged ourselves off the sofa and Maxwell and I cleaned ourselves up then bid our friends goodbye. We treated ourselves to a drink and some dinner at The Powder Keg (a lovely little find) So there you have it… that’s how we all saw in the new year… how about you??

Now on to the new year…. and my resolutions for 2017:

I don’t know if I mentioned this last year but in 2016 (because of saving for the wedding and to just see if I could) I didn’t buy myself anything (clothes, shoes, accessories etc) bar wedding related items and a coat at the very end of the year, I did just what I set out to do. This proved to me a simple thing, that I didn’t need to buy anything new. Sure, I could probably do with some more tights and socks now but I really didn’t need or want for anything. This way of thinking, I think, will stick with me, and is something I want to continue into 2017. The world of disposable fashion is bigger then ever and if I can do my little bit and not buy into it then that’s got to be a good thing right?! It also means then when I do get something new I will really treasure and appreciate it!

I have also made a promise to be kind to myself and my body. The way I speak about it, think about it and what I feed and do to it! I began last year a slow and steady mini body overhaul/confidence mission and I continue with that in 2017. To be thankful for the gift that my body gives to me, wobbly bits and all. To be proud of it as it is, and if it does “improve” well that’s great too! I also want to continue with filling it with healthy and nourishing food and plenty of water, to not deny myself the things I want and the occasional treat, but equally to not over-indulge or do anything to the excess!! I’m going to also try and cut back on the alcohol and meat, because thats good for you too (plus I fell in love with a vegetarian with only one kidney so it kind of helps)

Next up is a simple one, and ties in nicely with the above. I’m going to try and stop feeling guilty about relaxing! I have a weird habit of chilling out, reading a book or something, and when someone comes in, I stop and try and make it look like I’m busy or something… I think ties in with being self employed and working from home. Whatever the reason I’m going to try and stop. To chill out with a book for an hour or two is ok. It’s my life and as long as I can pay the bills, on my days off, if I feel I need a bit of TLC and want to loose myself in a film or a book I’m going to do just that (and not feel guilty about it)

I also want to try and distance myself from my phone more. After watching this clip (which if you’ve not watched you should) I realised I’m guilty of using my phone too much and scrolling without even thinking about it. So I’ve made a little pact with myself to not be so attached to it; to not check it the moment I wake up, to sometimes just put it away and look out the window and generally just use it less!

Finally to keep working towards my goals and the things that mean most to me… the wedding, my business, our first real home, my relationship, my friendships. I believe you get out of life what you put into it so with this in mind I will approach all these things with passion, enthusiasm and zest!

So there you have it, my resolutions and ambitions for 2017. I know already, regardless of what happens it will always be a special year in my life, the one when I finally become a wife! How very exciting!!

Joyeux Noël

Tags

, , , , , ,

dscf7986 dscf7982

Well, another year and another Christmas with my love – done. Being home this year was lovely and especially special after being away last year. It also seemed a whole lot more poignant as it marked a whole year since Maxwell proposed which was pretty magical too!

dscf7275 dscf7413

I think as we were home this year I went all out with dressing the house and created (in my personal opinion) my most festive decor to date! In addition to the tree (which looked blooming gorgeous) I also went to town and decorated the sideboard, hallway, and 3 fireplaces (our bedroom, lounge and basement)

dscf7415 dscf7418 dscf7421 dscf7423 dscf7425 dscf7434 dscf7432 dscf7440

You can read a little more about my style and inspiration here, and I’ll share a few more pics!

dscf7811 dscf7426

Over the month of December we got up to quite a few festive festivities which was lovely but we made sure we made time to have some important one to one time too! We spent the majority of Christmas day together (doing a teeny Veggie Christmas Dinner for 2) and were joined in the afternoon by my lovely Mumma!

dscf7815 dscf7817

After a lazy start we showered, made some avocado toast and opened some stockings in bed. This is a tradition I love of ours… we (over) fill two stockings with a mix of cheap and cheerful gifts, many of which are from vintage/second hand shops… We also tend to use our stocking for all those middle type pressies saving only the biggest and best for under the tree. We also comically speedy fill our stockings whilst the other is out of the room… if we’re like this now, I can only imagine what we’ll be like when we have actual kids! haha

dscf7819 dscf7818 dscf7821

After stockings we headed into the lounge, turned the tree lights on and put on Christmas classic; Home Alone. We also spent quite a lot of time playing on Maxwell’s new fave pressie, an 80’s Tetris game which we managed to plug into the tv via his equally 80’s VCR player! haha

dscf7860

dscf7822

We called some family and replied to festive messages from loved ones and then cracked on with our Christmas meal. We’d been good and done some prep before hand so it wasn’t too much work, Maxwell was in charge of the Roast Pots and Gravy, I took care of everything else.

dscf7836 dscf7832 dscf7839

We started with some breaded brie and homemade cranberry sauce (which was delish) had about an hour break (time for pressies and a bit of ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’) then it was time for the the main… For our veggie main we made a layered vegetable crumble (stuffing, roasted butternut squash, wilted spinach & cashew nuts topped with a herby crumble and pine nut topping) roasted pots & parsnips, fig & balsamic red cabbage, roasted carrot mash, asparagus, green beans, yorkshire puds and a couple of cheeky pigs in blanket (I’m a meat eater so this is a small must of mine)

dscf7851 dscf7853

With a Christmas cheers to a years engagement and full bellies we headed back to the lounge and put our feet up. Gifting continues and I surprised Maxwell with his main present, (2 tickets for The Cursed Child – ekkk) and I received lots of lego, just what every girls wants!!

dscf7841 dscf7842 dscf7849 dscf7846 dscf7848

Later, joined my Mumma (who we rightly spoilt with champagne and a few pressies) out came the cheese and crackers and the official Christmas chill commenced. Maxwell also gave me my main present (which I can’t wait to use) He’d made me my own giant loom so I can make all our macrame and woven pieces for the wedding! Boy did good!!!

dscf7864 dscf7866 dscf7861 dscf7887 dscf7888

Our day finished how many others did I’m sure… A full house (our fab housemate Ed joined us), a great film on the tv (Lady in the Van for us), continued grazing on cheese and a game of cards against humanity!! We collapsed into bed content and full of love and happiness.

Boxing Day was spent in true British fashion: playing with new toys and a walk to a pub! Bubble and Squeak for Breakfast and Christmas Pud and left over cheese for dinner!

dscf7892 dscf7894 dscf7895

 

 
dscf7898 dscf7902 dscf7901

So there you have it, another spectacular Christmas (our 5th one together) I’m sat here after spending the day de-Christmassing the house and whilst I’m always sad when the decorations are gone, the house feels like it can breathe a deep breath again and we can all start getting excited for 2017 and all the good things it will involve!

Wedding Series #14

Tags

, , , ,

For once I’m actually drafting this post early, which is a rare rare thing. It’s Christmas Eve Eve and the boy and I are chilling, the Hobbit is on the TV, he’s playing with some lego and I’m sat, feet up on the sofa catching up on my blog.

It’s moments like these that make me realise how lucky I am. To find someone who you can totally be yourself with, is a beautiful thing. I could spend the rest of my life doing nothing with him and be utterly happy!

So, another 27th rolls around and this one, of all the dates we’ve celebrated seems so much more important and poignant! It was pretty much a year ago to the day that my love got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I still smile when I think about that moment and how utterly happy I was. I won’t repeat the whole tale but will direct you back to here if you want to see how he did it or just want to re-read our engagement story! (check out our gorgeous engagement bauble below – I love it!!)

dscf7419

We’ll be celebrating the 27th of December by spending the day with my future family-in-law and the eve with a date night out in Winchester. This monthly date night has really helped us mark the passing of time and ensured that however busy we are, or what ever is going on we always make time for one another. I think it will be a tradition we continue into our married life and something I will recommend to everyone. 12 dates a year doesn’t sound like much does it, but with all the other general shenanigans of life I think it’s important to make time for one another, and if you can do more, just the two of you great, if not, put everything into those monthly dates… Have no distractions, no one else there, just you two.

This month has been an odd one… I have always loved December and Christmas, even more so since Maxwell proposed on Christmas Day so I couldn’t wait for this month and all that it would bring. What I wasn’t expecting was the death of my dearly beloved Granddad. We all knew he was ill, he had been for a while and we all knew this day would come but still, when the time came, it still 100% knocked the wind from my sails and threw me off track. My Granddad always had this amazing positivity and sparkle in his eye and when that went away it felt like I lost some of my sparkle too. Rather then singing along to Christmas songs as I normally would, I found myself getting teary listening to the lyrics instead. I’ve been trying to keep it all together for the last 2 weeks, bottling up all this emotion that on Tuesday when we finally had his funeral I lost it quite a bit.  Doing a reading with my bro and cousin was the hardest part along with laying his buttonhole on the casket which I’d already made for him.

Through all this though Maxwell has been an utter rock. Holding my hand in the early hours of the morning as we sat round his hospice bed, not saying anything when I was snappy and miserable to him, wiping tears from my eyes after the service and making me smile when all I wanted to do was cry. It is these moments, more then anything that mean the most in a relationship. Don’t give me a man who buys expensive gifts, instead give me a man who will kiss my tears away and return a smile to my lips. Whilst I’m devastated that my Granddad won’t be with us on our special day in person, I am even more in love with the man I get to spend the rest of my life with and know Granddad will be there in spirit wishing us well!

img_0088

The last year of planning our wedding together has been so very fun and I can’t wait for 2017. It’s the year that I will finally be able to call this beautiful man my husband and hopefully we will find our first real home together and all of this feels me with hope and happiness.

I’m sorry if this post seems a little sad but I wanted to be truthful, life has it’s ups and it’s downs and that’s what life is all about. So often with social media we only share a half truth, we only tend to share to good but during times of sadness I thiknk you need to be honest.

On the flip side, and with a more positive look at things let me tell you how plans have been progressing… Obviously we’ve not had much of a chance to do a lot, with Christmas and everything else but we have now sorted all but 1 of the boys outfits and they all look great! (yay) and my beautiful Mumma and I have also started making marvellous progress on my dress. On our last day together we both got very excited as for the first time it really started to resemble a dress!!! ekkkkkk!!!!

Also I discovered these pics during a phone clear out that I had excitedly snapped whilst Maxwell and I were prepping our invite bundles and couldn’t not share them… As January rolls around we will be working on our evening invites, finalising food options and will start pulling together order of services and everything else. I can’t wait for it, and 2017!

Christmas Style #5

Tags

, , , , ,

Hello again, welcome back!

screen-shot-2016-12-25-at-00-00-03

So for my second and final inspirational Christmas Style post I’m sharing with you super stylish gorgeous mummy friend Chloe (aka the magpie mother) and her babe of a daughter Miss Iris

 

 

 

img_1790My Festive Style- I would describe it as simple and chic with a lot of different metallics and a mix of modern and vintage inspired decorations. I think I have discovered the perfect style for our home and tastes which is a reflection of our families’ overall style. It feels more grown up and edited with some fun quirkiness still thrown in for good measure. This is mine and the hubbys 10th Christmas together and our 9th Christmas tree. We have gone through the over excited buying of decorations in the first few years to now finding a style that we love and a collection that I am excited to add to each year.

Fave decoration and why?

This is hard as I am such a magpie and I love many of our decorations for various reasons.

Am going to cheat and share a few of my faves. This silver martini glass, the Swarovski Crystal bauble, and the Posh Poddle – img_1778 img_1777Chicness, Sparkle and Quirk.

img_1788

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you DIY?

Not so much this year. Christmas has caught us by surprise a little bit this year. It has snuck up on us. I do have these fab pussy willow branches that I brought last year and my mum told me not to put them in water so they last and a year on they still make a fab, simple-yet effective display.

img_1792

 

 

Who does the decoration?
It is a joint effort. Mr K is sent up the loft and does the heavy lifting. He normally does the lights then I go round after him and tweak them. I do most of the decorating and he does the lights outside. Iris has her own little tree in her bedroom so the girls decorate that together which they absolutely love to do.

 

 

 

 

 

img_1786

On a scale of 1-10 How much do you love Christmas?
Oh we are way over the scale. We are completely in love with all the magic of the season and since having children this has just exploded. Iris is a true believer and the way her face lights up when we talk about Father Christmas, I cannot wait to see her on Christmas morning. We have brought her a wooden playhouse in the garden that Mr K has been styling up. We have a ribbon with a key that starts in her room and trails through the house into the garden until they find the house. Eeeekkk cannot wait!!

 

 

Anything else you would like to share-

Miss Iris saw me taking photos of our tree and decorations and I told her what I was up to she wanted me to ask about her tree so here she goes…

img_1782
Describe your tree- it is pink and has a snowiness to it. The lights are pink which are very cool and I get to choose a decoration every year with Mummy. We just brought this doughnut and ice-cream one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My favourite decoration is my Elsa one and mummy likes this reindeer one. Matilda takes them off though and we have to put them back on.

img_1783 img_1784So there you go… I hope you’ve enjoyed this little series I know I have so I’d love to do it again next year (maybe a bit earlier next year too! haha)

Wishing you all a wonderful day and a HUGE thanks to all my gorgeous girls who shared their stunning festive styles with me! You’re all fab!