We’re Engaged!

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to announce our amazing news on my blog!

I’m engaged. Like, actually engaged! It’s still taking a while to sink in; it’s still unreal! I’ve dreamt of this moment my whole life and I can’t believe it’s here. I’m getting married. I’m going to be a Mrs. And the cherry on top – it’s to an absolutely incredible man.

NGL, every wish I’ve made since I met Will has been for this.

Here’s the build-up, engagement story and the aftermath – written by yours truly (left hand currently weighed down with a MASSIVE rock. Seriously, Jonesy did the best job choosing the ring).

How did he do it?      

I’ve known that William is The One for a long time. He is the gentlest, thoughtful, kindest and funniest soul I have ever met, and there is not a day that goes by where he doesn’t put a smile on my face. We spoke about our futures fairly early on in our relationship and knew that we were both in it for the long-haul, so I simply waited until William knew it was the right moment to ask the question that would make me the happiest girl alive.

On New Year’s Eve, Will and I were due to go out for dinner at our favourite restaurant. I can’t explain it, but whilst I was getting ready, I was overcome with nerves and excitement that came out of nowhere – I was actually shaking! I pushed the weird feeling down and got on with our evening.

When we came back home at around 11pm after a lovely meal, we put on some records and had a dance around the living room. Just before midnight, we put on the TV to watch the countdown and fireworks. At the stroke of midnight, I turned to my right and William was on bended knee, holding the most perfect ring out to me.

Poor Will – I didn’t immediately say yes. I asked if he was joking, then burst into tears and collapsed into his arms. Once I’d calmed down slightly, he asked me again and I was able to say a very definite yes. I’ll remember it for the rest of my life.

There IS a video…but I spend most of it absolutely HOWLING so not sure it’s ever going to see the light of day.

We spent the rest of the evening ringing family to tell them our good news!

You can read the full story on How He Asked.

What has happened since we got engaged?

It’s been pretty overwhelming! The reaction we’ve received since sharing the news has been astoundingly positive. We’ve loved telling all our friends and family. Also, anyone who knows me knows I’m a fiend for a good greetings card, so I’m in heaven right now.

The first week or so was quite surreal. I kept forgetting to put my ring on in the morning and having to turn back towards home halfway down the road. I’m getting better now, but because I’m still being super careful with my ring, there are still a couple of occasions a week when I realise I’m not wearing it and nearly collapse with panic. Luckily, it’s usually in the ring box where I left it, and you can be damn sure I insured the FUCK out of it on day one.

We’re heavily into January now, and time is moving so fast. I’m actually super surprised at how much stuff we’ve got sorted or are in the process of getting sorted already. The engagement party and everything that goes with that is completely sorted – bring on March. We’re currently viewing venues, looking to secure a date for Spring / Summer 2020!

If my years in PR taught me anything, it’s how to be disgustingly organised. Yeah, I have the mother of all spreadsheets (colour-coded, hundreds of tabs …the lot).

It’s also been stressful. Like I said, I’ve dreamt about this forever, and the amount of writing I do for my lovely clients in the wedding industry, you’d think I’d have a strong basis for what I want. Nope – we’re doing so much research to make sure any decisions we make are the best for us and what we want.

Howeverrr…y’all know I am a people-pleaser – not to mention super-anxious – and I’ve been a bit upset (yeah – the first wedding-related tears have been shed) over trying to accommodate everyone’s wants and needs.

Everyone (EVERYONE) has a bloody opinion, and however (and most of them are) well-intentioned, each one has me doubting myself. I really need to learn to be more like Will. He will listen to an opinion kindly and thoughtfully, then diplomatically respond – before subtly ripping it up and placing it gently in the bin.

Will’s mum said I should stick a big sign on the fridge saying: ‘IT’S OUR DAY’, and I think I’m going to do it. The most important thing I need to focus on is that Will and I are getting married – the wedding is just a party at the end of the day.

Any brides or grooms, past or present, got any advice for me? Apart from CHILL THA FUCK OUT, WINSTON?

I’ve got a feeling I’m going to have a LOT to say about our impending nuptials, so I’ll make a new category on the blog menu and add anything wedding-related there.

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Review: Missguided – Body Mists

Missguided body mists– this post contains gifted products –

I wrote about the Missguided Babe Power fragrance a while back, and it’s been a staple for nights out ever since. I was over the moon when the brand released some new body mists to add to my collection.

I found it best to spray the mist into the air and walk through it, to get an even distribution. You can also layer the mists, to get your own bespoke scent.

My vibes? Consider them enhanced.

This is a perfect stocking filler for the lady in your life, or even as a gift to yourself! It’s Christmas – treat yo’ self.

Here’s a little bit more information about the scents.

Missguided Unicorn Dreams Body Mist

Slay dreams and enchant hearts with the Unicorn Dreams Body Mist. A scent filled with coconut, lily of the valley and rose. Base notes of dry amber, sandalwood and vanilla.

Missguided Boy Tears Body Mist

Let the boys know you’re the heartbreaker with this Boy Tears Body Mist, combining notes of bergamot, raspberry, peony and patchouli infused with amber.

Missguided Instant Feels Body Mist

Don’t panic, we caught instant feels too! The Instant Feels Body Mist is a light fruity fragrance that combines raspberry, bergamot, patchouli and sweet vanilla.

Missguided Vibe Enhancer Body Mist

Let’s keep it real, we’re only here for the good vibes. Vibe Enhancer is a hypnotic scent of fruity apple, combined with strawberry, warm caramel and vanilla.

Unicorn Dreams, Boy Tears, Instant Feels and Vibe Enhancer are available now, online and in store at Missguided, The Fragrance Shop, Superdrug, Boots, ASDA, and Amazon, priced at £10 each.

Review – Tonkotsu, Ealing

– this post contains gifted products –

I absolutely love living in Ealing. It’s leafy, full of parks, SO many dog-friendly pubs, but close enough to Central to be part of the action. It’s also full of amazing restaurants that I’m slowly but surely making my way around.

I’ve been particularly excited about the new Dickens Yard development taking form near Bond Street. There’s been an influx of new venues and joining the ranks alongside Charlotte’s W5 and Pasta Remoli is ramen bar Tonkotsu. I LOVE a bowl of ramen, I’d say it’s my food of the moment. Any day, any time. It’s also the best hangover cure to ever exist. I practically lived off the stuff in Thailand. It’s slightly different, but I’ve written about a visit to Phở here.

When I was invited to try out Tonkotsu’s newest offering in Ealing, I jumped at the chance.

The restaurant itself is set out over two floors, and – how cool is this – the bar is made from recycled chopsticks from their other venues! Eco-ol. In terms of seating, there are a tables for larger groups, but if you’re in a couple you may be sat side-by-side at the actual ramen bar in the window, which is fab for casual dining, but perhaps not if you’re looking for a romantic setting.

What did we order?

Pork, ginger & garlic gyoza

A favourite of ours. These were pan-fried to perfection, without that oily ‘stodge’ effect you can often get with dumplings. The fillings were rich and at five pieces per order, they were perfect to share.

Sweet potato korokke

Will loved these. Large balls made up of a crispy outer, with fluffy sweet potato within. Not really my thing, but I have to concede they were very well done.

Tonkotsu ramen

Pork broth & sea salt base, enriched with lardo. Thinner-cut homemade noodles topped with roast pork belly, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, spring onions, burnt garlic oil and seasoned egg

This was my choice. The entire bowl was heaven. At Tonkotsu, the noodles are cooked for exactly 32 seconds. Apparently, this the ample amount of time to get the perfect medium bite. I would tend to agree – no soggy noodles here! The pork was melt-in-the-mouth, with plenty of it to last the meal through. The broth was something else. A milky, creamy taste which left my lips luxuriously sticky. I think this must have something to do with the added lardo. It felt indulgent but enriching at the same time. The seasoned egg was done to perfection, flavourful and colourful.

Tonkotsu Ealing - Tonkotsu Ramen

Tokyo ramen

Chicken broth & soy sauce base. Classic homemade noodles topped with marinated & braised pork belly, pork scratchings, bamboo shoots, spring onions and seasoned egg.

William’s choice (the pork scratchings swayed it!). This broth was clear, with a fantastic piece of rippled pork belly laid on top. I had a taste; this bowl was a little lighter than mine, but I’d be hard pressed to choose between them if I ordered again.

Tonkotsu Ealing - Tonkotsu Ramen

The restaurant had Soho vibes, I almost forgot I was in W5. There are hanging plants everywhere and decent music, enough for an ambient beat but not so much as to cause distraction. The service was fab – very attentive and the staff aren’t afraid to chat and have a joke with the customers which is important.

Tonkotsu also has a lunch menu which includes a small ramen and side for only £9.95, which means I’ll definitely be going back when I need a quick writing break.

Where is it?

14 New Broadway, London W5 2XA

How do I book?

Have a nosey at the menu on the website and call 020 8810 1414!