A New Date

mrs and mrs wedding balloons pink and white

Following on from my blog a couple of weeks ago when the reality of having to postpone the wedding was just creeping into our minds, I wanted to update here that it has officially been pushed back until Saturday 3rd October 2020. 

Whilst we are gutted and heartbroken, especially as we were only in the final few weeks of our countdown, we agreed that this was definitely the best decision to keep everyone safe. It’s really important to us to have a celebration that everyone can enjoy with no concerns – and won’t it be all the sweeter when it happens?

Our suppliers have all been absolutely amazing. I’ve been really blown away by everyone we are working with, as they have all done so well to roll with the punches and ease our worries.

Of course, we still don’t really know what’s going to happen in the coming weeks and months, but we just need to focus on the fact that the wedding IS going to happen at some point, and the fact that it’s not happening on the day we originally chose doesn’t matter. We still have each other (couldn’t think of a better isolation buddy!) and the rest of our lives to make memories.

See our new date announcement video below, created by our fab wedding photographers, The Twigs.

Thanks for all the support! x

The Worst Time For A Wedding

pink gold and white balloons

I said I’d write posts about the lead-up to the wedding – I didn’t say they’d all be positive. The Coronavirus which appears to be taking over the world has now put the wedding in jeopardy. My hen party which was due to happen next weekend abroad is now cancelled / postponed, and whether we can go on our minimoon to NYC is also in question. I’m not ashamed to say that I called Trump a wanker, as he delivered the news about the travel ban in a ridiculous USA cap. Wanker.

The news about the virus appears to be getting worse, and it’s such a turbulent time, with the situation changing every day. I’ve already written a piece on what to do if you are suffering with Coronavirus Anxiety.

I’m feeling very conflicted. I am self-aware enough to know that there are bigger problems in the world – people are dying, losing loved ones, losing business and livelihoods. I would never dream to assume that my situation is worse than theirs.

However, I’m also aware that I am only living my life, my situation. I think I’m entitled to a bit of a moan and if you don’t like it, don’t tell me because I litch don’t want to hear it, and anyway you can’t tell me what to do because you’re not my real dad. 

Loss of control

2020 is the biggest, most special year of my life, and marrying the love of my life is supposed to be the most exciting thing I have ever done. Instead, I’m walking around with a ball of dread in my stomach, worrying about everything going to shite. It’s the not knowing that’s the worst – and not being able to control anything. 

My friends have been amazing – I need to keep reminding myself that the hen party that we’ve looked forward to for months is less cancelled, more postponed. They have come together to arrange something for the weekend anyway, so I still have something to look forward to, which is lovely. Our suppliers have also been supportive, making sure we know that we won’t lose money, and things can be postponed. But I don’t WANT a fucking postponement. I want to marry Will on 23rd May 2020 at 2pm, like we’ve had planned for over a year.

Forgive me if I sound like a self-centred child. I’m very angry, bitter, sad, hurting, grieving and all other manner of negative adjectives. Will, as usual, is being absolutely amazing, being supportive, loving, keeping his head and being his mellow self. I am the reactive one. I am the head-loser. It wouldn’t do to have two of us in the relationship.

Positive thinking

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m super anxious about the wedding as it is. The planning has been stressful for me and ironically, a few weeks ago, everything seemed to be on the up and we were looking forward to the final countdown. Now, I’m more terrified than before. 

The next few weeks are going to need to be a concentrated effort of self-care, self-soothing, practicality and making like Will to not lose my head (any further). I want to say sorry to people in advance if I’m flakey, ratty, or in tears. Yes, there are worse things in the world. But this is the worst thing that has happened to ME.

Fingers crossed, everyone. Here comes the bride. 

7 Signs You’ve Picked An Amazing Hotel

There’s much to love about travelling, but it’s not always going to go right to plan! There are plenty of variables that play a role in determining whether your trip is a success or failure, including where you stay. Choose the right hotel, and you’ll be on your way to having a comfortable, relaxing trip away from home. Choose the wrong hotel, and you’ll find that your enjoyment of your trip is compromised. But what are the signs that you’ve picked the right place? 

 

Man on hammock with cat beside him

 

A Good Website

One of the main problems with booking a hotel is that while it may once have been great, it has now fallen behind the times. So it’s recommended to look for signs that there’s still life in the hotel, that it is actively managed and looked after. If a hotel is taking the time to ensure that it’s social media pages and website is on point, then it’s likely they will have made an effort with the quality of their accommodations. It’s when a hotel has all but abandoned their pages that alarm bells should begin to ring; staying on top of these things is the first sign that they still care about their appearance and reputation. 

Great Reviews

I would never book a hotel without looking at reviews! If the hotel you’ve chosen has outstanding reviews, then you can be reasonably sure that you’ll have selected a great place. Of course, all hotels have bad reviews, but it’s important to remember that even they don’t have to suggest you’ve picked a dud. It’s always worthwhile looking beyond the rating, and reading why they’ve left a negative review. You might just find that they decided to give a 1 star review for ridiculous reasons that are out of sync with your own values. I once read a 1 star review for an amazing place that was put there because they were upset about the fish in the sea! Some peoeple…

No Surprise Charges

At their best, hotels function as a temporary home for travellers. When you’re at home, you want to feel safe, secure, and well taken care of. You don’t want to be on your guard or have doubts about the motivations and actions of the people around you. If you’ve booked a hotel at one rate, but then find that you’re receiving surprising additional charges after the fact, then it’d be reasonable to have second thoughts about the place you’ve selected. This will show that they’re trying to squeeze as much money as possible out of their guests, which could suggest that they’d be happy to save money on other areas of their hotel too. 

A Warm Welcome

You can tell a lot about how you’re greeted when you arrive somewhere. If it’s warm and happy, then you can be reasonably sure that the rest of the trip is going to go well. The best welcome we ever got was at Viking Beach Resort in Thailand. We arrived by long boat and all the staff had lined up to wait for us, taking our bags and presenting us with cold drinks – it was utterly delightly. If your welcome is cold or non-existent, then you would rightly raise eyebrows. However, that’s not to say that your stay would be less than enjoyable just because they didn’t roll out the red carpet and throw confetti as you arrive; but it would surely be a sign if they did!

Woman on swing at the beach in Thailand, Koh Phi Phi

Touches of Quality

Surface aesthetics are fine, but the real magic lies in those little touches of quality that can really enhance a stay. If your hotel has gone to the effort to ensure that the small details are noted, it can make such a difference. So what do these look like? It could be that they’ve added fresh flowers or bottles of water in the fridge, or perhaps they’ve taken the time to buy hotel quality tablecloths from Richard Haworth, which help to elevate the overall appearance of their dining room. For us, again in Thailand, we were given a little foot spa before entering our cabin, to ensure no sand got inside! Once you arrive, be on the lookout for these small details which give your hotel a luxury feel. 

Smooth Check In

A great hotel knows that guests don’t want to mess around when they arrive; they just want to get checked in and begin enjoying their trip. A hotel that understands this will ensure that the check-in process is as smooth as possible, with minimal complications. Of course, sometimes technical systems have problems but by and large, the process of arriving at your hotel and entering your room should be fluid. Some hotels even have self-check-in desks now, where you can get your key and all the necessary information without any queuing or waiting around whatsoever. 

Handling Issues and Problems

The test of a hotel – indeed, any business –  isn’t how they cope when everything’s going well. It’s what they do when there are problems that really count. A great hotel will go above and beyond to ensure that its guests are happy and satisfied during their stay. If you’ve got an issue and they’re blowing you off, then they’re not all that concerned with your happiness and comfort. 

Read more about my travel adventures and tips here. Where was the best place you’ve ever stayed? Let me know x

REVIEW: BABE NIGHT X MISSGUIDED

babe night perfume by missguided– this post contains gifted products –

You may remember a while ago I wrote blog posts about Missguided’s bangin’ fragrance Babe Power. I have eked it out and only use it for girls nights out, because it’s just that kind of smell. Missguided treated me even further by sending me a beautiful body mist – Vibe Enhancer. I absolutely DOUSE myself in it.

Imagine my happiness when they told me they were launching a NEW fragrance!?

Babe Night is the sexiest new scent, for “the new generation of confident, empowered women”. The intoxicating new fragrance has citrus notes of lemon, orange and green apple. It follows with the heady scent of jasmine, orange blossom and spicy pink pepper. Base notes (check me out!) are vanilla, cedar and patchouli.

Like Babe Power, Babe Night is pretty intense. I save it for glam nights out, but I have been told on many occasions that I smell “amazing”, so that speaks for itself. I don’t feel I go ‘nose blind’ with some of my softer fragrances, meaning I get small whiffs of the scent all evening, which is lovely.

It’s cruelty-free, vegan and award-winning, so where can you go wrong here? Available from the Missguided website, it retails at £28.00

Femme Luxe Haul #4

– this post is sponsored-

It’s another Femme Luxe haul, yay! You’ll remember I have been collaborating with Femme Luxe for a few months now, and I’ve been lucky enough to do so again!

Continuing in the vein of getting out of my comfort zone and choosing clothes which I wouldn’t normally go for has been really positive for my confidence. I’m noticing that I’m choosing things I’d never have even looked at before because I feel better about myself. Perhaps some of that is my consistent, healthy lifestyle I’ve written about here, but having more of a choice over different shapes and styles of clothing makes a difference.

Here’s what I chose:

Black Glitter Cut Out Cup Strappy Bodycon Mini Dress

“Sparkle and shine this season and make a serious statement in our Black Glitter Cut Out Strappy Bodycon Mini Dress. Featuring a glitter design with an on trend cut out detail cup, we’re obsessed with this bodycon mini dress.”

Black Glitter Cut Out Cup Strappy Bodycon Mini Dress

I love this bodycon dress! It was perfect for Christmas and New Year celebrations. I would size up if you have larger breasts because the cups only just fitted mine…I suppose there are worse problems.

Brown Leopard Print Ruched Bodycon Mini Dress

“Take a walk on the wild side and score some serious fashion points in the Brown Leopard Print Ruched Bodycon Mini Dress. Featuring a leopard print pattern will frill detailing, this gorj’ bodycon dress is amaze teamed with killer heels.”

Brown Leopard Print Ruched Bodycon Mini Dress

Okay, full disclosure – I’m saving this one for my hen! It’s gorge but I just haven’t found a suitable occasion for it yet – it’s banging but not one for me when I’m just going down the pub. It will have a debut soon!

Stone Ribbed Culotte Jumpsuit

“We know you need this Stone Ribbed Culotte Jumpsuit in your basket! In a relaxed ribbed material this culotte style jumpsuit is completed with a matching belt. Pair with chunky trainers to complete this look.”

Stone Ribbed Culotte Jumpsuit
Looord knows I love a jumpsuit! Especially one with a tie-waist. I’ve worn this one a few times with barely-there stilettos, but it will look great with trainers, for a more dressed down look.

Black Mesh Puff Sleeve Organza Crop Top

“Top up your ‘drobe this festival season and score some serious fashion points in the Black Mesh Puff Sleeve Square Neck Crop Top. Featuring a slinky material, square neck and mesh elasticated puff sleeves, you’ll wanna add this gorj’ top to your basket ASAP! Team with distressed denim shorts and extra glitter to channel those festival vibes.”

Black Mesh Puff Sleeve Organza Crop Top

Gonne be honest, it’s taken me a little while to get on board with the organza trend. I preferred to admire it from afar, on my lovely friends. I tried a few organza tops on though in Westfield and found I actually loved it! This one is a crop and is a little chilly for January, but will be amazing with my white jeans in the spring. 

Looking forward to see what comes next from Femme Luxe! You can visit the Femme Luxe website here.