The Dress

Oh the dress. Personally I found the words of advise ‘you just know when its the One’ so very true.  I saw ‘my’ dress a year before I’d even tried it on at the Milton Keynes Wedding Fayre.

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It was from the wonderful ladies at The Ivory Wardrobe in Woburn Sands. I booked an appointment with them a year before the wedding. Tried on ‘the dress’ first followed by around 15 more but it was just a no for everything else. My heart was set on that first one.

It is, in my opinion, a modern princess style.

 

I got my shoes and veil with The Ivory Wardrobe also. A gorgeous, incredibly comfy pair from Pink. My ‘something blue’ gem stickers was simply from Amazon but I felt it added a nice touch.

 

I am unsure who my Veil is designed by but I will edit this post as soon as I do.

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I wish everyone the best of luck finding ‘their dress’ it really does create such a special memory.

K

Paper to Petals

From Paper 

I knew from the offset that I wanted a ‘unique’ bouquet for myself and my bridesmaids. I trailed the internet for absolutely ages before coming across Lily Belle Keepsakes on Etsy.

I instantly fell in love with several of her designs. I contacted her and we spoke about colours and themes before she made me and the bridesmaids a bespoke bouquet each.

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I chose a Cascade Tear Drop Waterfall for myself and a simpler version for my bridesmaids. These were brought two years before our wedding, kept under lock and key inside their boxes and out of direct sunlight. They looked just as beautiful two years on and its such a precious keepsake for me.

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I paid half the fee beforehand for materials, was sent photographs when finished incase there was something I wanted tweaking and once approved I paid the remainder. They came very securely not long after.

To Petals

For the venue, the toss bouquet and the presents for my mother and mother-in-law I wanted real flowers.

I found the lovely Sharons Flowers (you can find her on Facebook only) through my mum and she was a delight to work with.

Incredibly easy to talk to and bounce ideas off. Paid around a week before the wedding as she buys the flowers as fresh as possible. Nothing was too much trouble and she did a beautiful job.

We went mainly for the beautiful and completely inexpensive option of gypsophila and in the toss bouquet I had a ‘beefy’ white rose, which name escapes me.

I wanted something very bright and happy for the gift bouquets and Sharon suggested sunflowers. I thought it very fitting and was very pleased with how they turned out.

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We were very pleased with how all the flowers turned out and our guests really enjoyed the unique variety.

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Hen Do

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My sister and I arranged a lovely visit to the spa Whittlebury Hall for my Hen Do. We had a spa visit, treatments, booked a room and stayed for ‘Ladies Night’, which is as naughty as it sounds. 

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We arrived early in the am and enjoyed the spa experience. I had a facial, fully body message and a thousand petal scrub treatment. They were incredibly enjoyable and seriously helped me to relax after our busy moving period.

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The ladies night was so raunchy I’m afraid i wont post pictures as these gents let everything hang out, but i will tell you it was the most hilarious night I’ve had in a long time and i highly recommend anyone that’s local and wanting a fun night out to go see it when it’s on.

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Altogether it was a simple Hen Do with really good friends, a good laugh and a nice place to stay and chill out.

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We wont mention the copious amounts of junk food I absorbed the next day!

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K

My Perfect Cookie

Lately my life has been hectic, I’ve been feeling very stressed and unable to switch off. Lack of sleep until I’ve literally just heaped into an exhausted bundle that only my partner can wake me from.

So what do I do? To switch off? Unwind and ignore the world? I bake.

I’ve for years failed to bake a cookie. I normally get cake like consistency, they all melt into each other and/or they burn into a big tray bake. This has annoyed me for a long time but never deterred me!

So today as its sunday I normally like to watch re-runs of The Great British Bake Off and bake.

I had on my list today:

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES!

I was determined to crack them and crack them I did. The recipe I used:

150g salted butter, softened

80g light brown sugar

2 small- medium eggs

2 tsps vanilla extract

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

225g plain flour (I used self-raising and still turned out great!)

200g of mixed dark and plain chocolate chips

To make:

Preheat oven 190C/170F/Gas 5.

Cream the butter and sugar until very creamy. Beat in vanilla and eggs.

Sieve the flour and bicarbonate. Add the chocolate chips and stir well.

I personally used a stand mixed and just wacked it on until I had quite a stiff mixture.

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Using a teaspoon, I found this size best. Scoop a small mound onto a lined baking tray and cook for 10-12 minutes.

I ended up doing 4 to a large tray and 3 to my smaller one. I probably made about 7-8 batches. The trick I found to this, be patient.

You really want to wait until they’ve cooled totally before taking off the baking paper so that the centres don’t fall out where they stick.

Hands down the best recipe I’ve ever used and I’m really happy with how they turned out!

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Fleur DeForce – The Luxe Life

I am an avid follower of Fleur as you can probably tell from my previous posts.

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She has recently released her new book The Luxe Life. A more grown up sister to her first book The Glam Guide. One that’s very much to my tastes. As much as I love the first I feel that this new one is much more in joining with the stage of life that I’m at.

I adore that its more about entertaining people, having friends over, making meals and DIY related rather than just purely beauty related. While I do love beauty I feel that my life doesn’t centre around it, as much as I may want it too!

She’s got several amazing recipes in this new book, for food, drinks and snacks which is always a delight of mine as you may know I love to cook.

She’s got some lovely hairstyles, one of which I used at a friends BBQ and got a nice reaction to. I am currently still working my way through so I may give a more in-depth review later on.

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I was very lucky as I was able to order a pre-signed book from WHSmith, sadly she’s done her book tour and I’m not sure if there are any more available but I recommend if she releases another to go meet her as she’s just as lovely in person.

K

 

My Town

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We have a very large cineworld in our town centre. This has the options of 2D, 3D and 4DX. There’s also a popcorn, hotdog and nacho stand. A loose sweet section and a Starbucks. I love going here so much that my parent’s gifted my partner and I an ulimited card each for Christmas. This was also where I experience my first 4DX film, Age of Ultron, and I loved the experience.

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The shopping centre is very large and has pretty much everything that you need. It’s got high-end such as Micheal Kors down to things like H&M. Shops for everything that you could need so you really can go to just one place for everything, very convenient.

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The Milton Keynes Theatre is somewhere that I go several times a year, there is nothing quite like seeing a live performance and I for one love catching a show, from fun things such as CATS to more dramatic things like Dirty Dancing and the real laugh of the Full Monty. Great night out!

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We have a few different lakes in Milton Keynes, however my favorite is Willen Lake. This has a glorious large lake to wonder around, a pub/restaurant, a park, a climbing frame and is beautifully packed with extra’s in the summer months.

Do you have specific places in your own home towns/city’s that you love to do? Link me your favorite places!

K