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Monday Musings - Weddings

Weddings can be a stressful time for anyone, but does it really need to be like that? 
For Ian and I we are laid back about it all, for us it's not just about the day. We are excited for the marriage and to spend the rest of our lives together as husband and wife. 
We decided to have a wedding in May, only giving us 5 months to plan everything. Everyone started to freak out and worry when we told them. We have now been told repeatedly we've not got enough time and that we must be crazy.
That's not how we see it at all. We are both on the same page about everything, which has made decision making really straight forward. 
Within the space of three weeks I've ordered my dress, got my shoes, Ian has his suit, we've booked the ceremony and reception along with picking our florist. 
I think we've made a great start. We've started sending out our invites and we can't wait to sort the rest of the wedding out. 

All of this got me thinking about weddings and why people find them so stressful. Yes Ian and I have those relatives you worry about and a few other little worries, but not enough to make us stressed. We're finding the process really fun and we're thinking about  what we want instead of what people might want or prefer.
I think with weddings, worries of money and pleasing or impressing people is what causes stress. Weddings can cost a fortune and it can be hard to keep an eye on things. For Ian and I we know we want to spend as little as possible on our day, whilst still having the day we want. As for impressing or pleasing people it's not our concern. We want the day we want. We aren't about to start changing the theme and feel of our day to suit others, we do however hope everyone has a nice time. 
Everyone is different and I guess it depends on the type of wedding you're having, but I don't think it needs to be a stressful time. In fact it should be the best time of your life. 
So to those of you planning a wedding just focus on the fun and excitement and it'll all work out. 

A Little Update

A lot of things have been going on over here the last few months. Of course Ian and I have set a date for our wedding so it's all go on that front. 
Away from that though I have been a bit up and down in the last few jobs I've had.
My contract ended in July for the job I had been doing, which left me not knowing what I was going to do. I joined an agency, which has been good as I worked in a variety of schools. It's just that these schools haven't felt quite right, which has left me feeling a bit disheartened and lost.
I just want a job that is permanent, that uses my creative and that I enjoy. A bit of stability would be nice.
Things were looking up last week when I thought I'd gotten a great job, which I was excited to start. However, when starting on Monday they had decided to change what my role was, which was the opposite to what I'd applied for. So now it feels like I'm back to square one.
It has left me with having Christmas off, which is kind of nice. I'm choosing to look at it positively and as you'll know from previous posts I believe things happen for a reason. So for me I'm trying to see it as I'm meant to relax over Christmas and I'll get a job in the New Year.

It'll give me time to focus on blogging and spending time with my family. 
You may have noticed some wedding posts starting to appear on here, but don't think I'm not posting my normal posts. I thought it would be nice to share parts of planning, decisions and the journey itself. After all I post about fashion, beauty and lifestyle and it does incorporate all of those. 
I hope you enjoy reading and seeing my inspiration and decisions. 

Wish List Wednesday

Tigi Bed Head Party Girl Set

Looking through websites trying to find pieces I can mix and match with but that will also keep me warm.
These are just a few pieces that have caught my eye. Without noticing I've picked a few pieces with high necks which isn't something I usually get. When I saw them they made me think about being cozy and warm.
I'm in desperate need of a new pair of flat boots. These boots are perfect and could be worn with anything. 

Monday Musings

I can't believe that it is nearly Christmas. 
This year has oddly felt the least Christmasy this year. We put our tree up towards the end of November in order to try and get us in the Christmas mood. Sadly it failed but it's been great to look at and to remind us what time of year it is. It has got me thinking about how as kids Christmas is such a magical time of year and how we're full of excitement and joy. That's an amazing time and as adults we leave that behind. You have the rare few adults who still have the same feel about Christmas but for the rest is another day. 
For me I'm in the middle, but this year I think I feel less in the Christmas mood because Ian and I are thinking about our wedding. All our planning and buying has been for the wedding so I think it's natural that Christmas has been put to the back of our minds. 
So in order to try and get into the Christmas spirit we're going to watch Christmas films, eat Christmasy food and do Christmasy things. Before it's too late and we've missed it all. Until next year that is. 
I hope you're all enjoying the joys of Christmas. 

Wedding Shoe Choices

As Ian and I have set a date with not a lot of time to go. I've decided to start looking at shoes. It may seem an odd place to start, but I figure when picking my dress I should have the shoes I'm going to wear. As then I can see how they look together and how the height works with the dress length. For me I want shoes that feel special without looking like a typical wedding shoes. I wanted shoes I could wear again and again. 
These are some of the shoes I've been looking at. I know I want a bit of sparkle and these shoes from New look are by far my favourite. I don't know what it is about them but when I saw them I just new I wanted them so I have got them and I love them even more. 
The converse are purely an after thought as I can change into them for comfort. 

Sunday Summary - Wedding

A lot has been going on at the moment and some exciting decisions have been made. Ian and I got engaged last Christmas.  
When asked when and where we told everyone we wanted to get married abroad in 2016. Due to that it meant we couldn't make any concrete plans and when looking into we began to worry we wouldn't be able to afford it. 
We've been together nearly 5 years which is both a long and short amount of time. We feel like we've known each other forever and just know all we want is to be married. 
We are very much of the mind that a wedding doesn't need to cost that much. So we sat down and talked about what was important and that is family. This meant we were open to get married anywhere. 
Last weekend Ian and I went and looked at a place. Before we even got out the car we felt so excited and like we knew it was the place. On going in we fell in love with it and knew we wanted to get married their. 
We loved it so much we've set a date. We are getting married in May and we're both so excited. It does however mean we have less than 6 months to go and we have lots to do.
So here's where the fun really starts.

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Wish List Wednesday

I've not been feeling well so I've taken online browsing through the shops. Although Christmas isn't quite here yet you can't ignore that it's everywhere. For me it gets me thinking about adding hints of red, texture and a bit of sparkle. These pieces are all great and could be used throughout the year. 
I've wanted a Denim dress like this for a while and this file would be great. The Leather-look top is really great and would be an amazing addition to my wardrobe giving me a bit of an edge. My other favourite piece is the Kimono the texture and colour are great and again is another versatile piece. 

Monday Musings

I've been a little absent from my blog recently and their is no real reason for it. There's no excuses to be made or the possibility of stopping blogging, but sometimes things just happen.
I've had a interesting few months in terms of working out things in life. I've found myself being really busy, exhausted and filled with worry.
Now I am and always will be a worrier and I doubt that will ever stop, but I think there comes a time when you have to not let everything worry you so much. I've found myself changing my priorities and working out what I want and what is most important to me.
I don't want to find myself worrying so much that I miss all the good parts. I know the last 'Monday Musings' post I wrote was about positivity and how I believe things happen for a reason. I haven't really been trusting in that recently and I find myself being impatient. I want things to happen now and although I also believe you have to make things happen not everything is in our control. So you have to have a balance of making things happen and trusting that things will work out. 

Now I know I'm only 24, but I find myself panicking already that I've not done enough with my life or that I'm not where I should be. Ian reminds me constantly that I'm still incredibly young and that we have a lifetime to do all the things we want. Recently I've found myself thinking, but do I have a lifetime? I'm not being morbid, but we never know when our times up. I want to know that I've lived my life to the fullest with no regrets.

Thinking about all this has got me wondering about this idea that at certain ages you should have done certain things. Who decided this and why?
Everyone is different and everyone develops and does things at different ages and times in their lives.
When you are young you dream of a life where you can make all the decisions and choices and not have to live by your parents rules. It's almost a fantasy as you forget that with that comes grown up things like bills, jobs, life and responsibilities. In those moment of delusion you find yourself so excited of whats to come and so you should be, but when it comes you realise things might take longer than you think.

For instance my 14 year old self believed that by 20 I would be a cool, independent, confident and trendy person living in New York. I believe thats where everything happened and that it was the place to be no matter what. I've never been to New York and it's still a dream of mine to go. I also thought I'd have enough money to be travelling round the world and go on never ending shopping sprees.
I don't know why I thought this would all happen by the time I was 20. I clearly had no understanding of time and how things truly worked. I guess what I'm trying to say is people have these perceptions of what we should be like and be doing by a certain point in our lives, but maybe we add to them too. We shouldn't put more pressure on ourselves instead we should be proud of who we are and where we are in life and that even if it's not perfect (which nobodies life is) we know that things will happen and will go where we want in the end.

Things change and life changes and throws you in different directions and thats okay. It's life and that's how it should be. It's not easy and nor should it be. It is those difficult times that shape us and make us who we are and make us stronger for the future.
Sometimes I think we need reminding of this.
I know I do.

These quotes are a great reminder of that and are a great way to keep you focused on the positive. As that is what we should always be focused on.

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Wish List Wednesday

With it staying to get cold I've b been looking at some of the autumn winter pieces coming out. These clothes are all great piece's and could be worn in a variety of ways. I also found this cash kidston bag and instantly feel in love it's just so pretty. What girl doesn't love a beauty product these nails are cool and definitely eye catching. I love a natural make up look and these are two great items. After reading lots of reviews I really want to try out the Touche Eclat and this nude lipstick is fantastic for a day to day look. I'm excited to get my hands on the snow Fairy Shower Gel as it smells gorgeous. 

Sunday Shoe Shopping

I love shoes as I'm sure all girls do. I've been looking at my shoe collection and I realised I need to get a few more pairs. These are the shoes in loving at the moment. My favourites are the red vans and also the red shoes. I could see them going with lots. The other three pairs are aimed more at being for work. They are stylish and smart and would be great for work. 

Wish List Wednesday

I've been looking for smart casual clothing and these are the few bits I'm wanting at the moment. 
Jeans are a basic item everyone should have and I love these ones from Oasis. White Shirts are also a staple and I haven't owned one since being at school. I love the relaxed feel to this one from Topshop and it would be a piece that could be dressed up and down. I found this River Island top on ASOS and the colours really stood out. This Cardi is great and I'm a sucker for this colour at the moment. Ever outfit needs a great pair of shoes and these brogues caught my eye along with these black and white flats. I feel like most of these items are simple basics and I could use them to make different outfits along with pairing them with pieces I've already got. 

Manchester - Part 1 Shopping

About a month ago Ian and I went to Manchester. I've only just managed to start putting these posts together, but here is the start of our Manchester trip.

When going up to Manchester I was eager to visit some vintage shops. I was really excited to visit the different shops and find some bargains. I was a little disappointed, but a few of the shops where by far my favourites.

The first was a shop called Retro Rehab it had a great vibe. It felt unquie and homely and I only wish I lived closer. I got two beautiful dresses and I probably could've bought more.

I had such fun looking through the rails and there was so many beautiful pieces. If you're in the area go take a look. It's a great place with lots of treasures.

My other favourite shop was  We Are Cow. I didn't take a photo's, but go take a look at their website. 

Another shop that caught my eye though was Pop Boutique.

The feel of the shop was welcoming, it felt more like it was reworked pieces instead original vintages pieces. There were still some nice pieces, but I couldn't find anything in my size.

Along with the vintage shops there is an array of different shops. You have the Arndale and the boutique clothing shops. It's a great place for shopping and I much prefer it to London.

Wish List Wednesday

This is belated post for yesterday. I'm really loving vintage shopping and especially looking online. It's not the same as being in the shops, but there's not really any where I live.
As you probably know from my blog I love patterns. These are a few bits that have caught my eye. I love some of these classic colours and patterns. Each of these pieces is really striking to me and they'd all fit in great with what I've already got in my wardrobe. 

Blueberry Muffins

Small Punnet of Blueberries
260g Self Raising Flour
125ml Semi Skimmed Milk
120g Caster Sugar
150g Butter
2 Eggs

Start by creaming together the butter and sugar. 

Then combine the eggs

Then fold in the flour and then the milk. 

Finally adding in the blueberries making sure they are evenly distributed throughout the mix. 

Then pop them in the oven for about 20mins at 170

Now you can enjoy them. 

Wish List Wednesday

Cream Striped Button Detail Shirt
Gingham Print Tie Front Dress
Coral Butterfly Print Dress 
Rework Red Checked Aline Dress

Today's Wishlist Wednesday is all from We Are Cow a vintage shop. I went to Manchester and loved their shop. You can also purchase bits online. These four pieces are beautiful and I'd love them all.
What girl doesn't always need a new dress and I love the different prints on each of these. The skirt is classic with the fun red on it. I could look on the website all day there are so many pieces I'd love on there, but these are my favourites.

Monday Musings

There are many things that will be thrown at you in life and this brings you with a choice. Do you give up or will you keep on fighting. 
For me at times I've consideried giving up, but it's never an option to me.
I always find the strength and courage to continue fighting and for me it is choosing to be hopeful and positive. Deciding that it's meant to be and that something better will come along.
It has taken me a while to get to this stage and I think it is something you've got to learn.
It's not always easy and sometimes I find myself feeling disappointed and disheartened, but you have to find ways to pull yourself out of it. I usually give myself that day to feel like that, then the next day I jump back.
Ian is a great help in this and reminds me of the positives and why I'm doing what I'm doing. He really is my rock and knowing I have that support makes it easier.
Recently I've found myself feeling a lot like this. I applied for teacher training and unfortunately I didn't get in. I got some great feedback and was told what to work on ready to reapply. At the time I was so upset and felt like my dream was over a little dramatic I know but that's how it felt. I soon realised it wasn't a bad thing and that it meant I had the time to be more prepared and ready.
This has however brought me to worry about what I do now. I need a job as I have bills to pay just like everyone else. I'm applying for lots and I've had interviews, but I'm yet to get a job. It worries me and often makes me panic.
I believe things happen for a reason and that there is a reason for everything.
Which to me means that the right job will come along and I will get a job. I'm choosing to be positive. Of course I'm still going to need and want a job, but it's not something you can force. If it was it would be easy and everyone knows life is definitely not easy. It's there to test you and make you stronger.
I feel extremely blessed and appreciative of everything I have in life. I know I'm lucky and there are people with bigger problems out there, but that's not to say those of us with smaller problems are any less important. I just feel that maybe it's easy to see the problems sometimes and that it can overshadow the good things if we let it. This is why I've decided to start changing the way I think not a massive overhaul, but to think and focus my time on the positives and all the good times however small they are. They are the things that matter and when I let myself worry so much I sometimes feel like I miss those things.
I want to be more in the present and enjoy every moment to the fullest. In turn I hope it will attract more positivity into my life as I have no time for negativity. I already feel it changing me in a sense. I've found myself wanting to try new things and to be a bit more carefree. I just want to do what I love and enjoy it, no matter what anyone thinks and that is how it should be.

Wish List Wednesday

Pearl Massage Bar
Foo Fighters Wasting Light Vinyl

I saw this dress and fell in love instantly. I'm a sucker for a red dress and especially one with beautiful embroidery and a vintage feel. I love pretty underwear and although this may seem a bit simple and basic it's something I need to add to my collection. These two massage bars from lush are so pretty and they smell as good as they look. This bag is great both in color and size.
Lastly I've just got a vinyl player and I'm looking at vinyl I want to add to my collection. These two are at the top of my list. I can't wait to get collecting them.

Welcoming a New Member to the Family

Introducing Luna the newest member of our family. 

Ian and I decided a little while ago that we wanted to get a cat to add to our little family. So just over a month ago we visited the cat protection. We liked the idea of rehoming a cat and giving them a new home. We looked online and saw Luna (who was originally called Teddy) and thought we go see her. We fell in love with her straight away. 

We were told she likes things in her own terms, that she didn't really like attention and she was quite defensive. 
This didn't put her off and she seemed friendly when we met her. 
I can say very proudly that she's completely settled with us she loves attention, but when she wants and she seems really relaxed. I even get lap hugs. 

She is a true gem and really fits our family well. I definitely feel she picked us as much as we picked her. 

Showcase Cinema Bluewater

On Thursday Ian and I had a date night where we went to the cinema. I was offered two tickets to see a film of my choice with drinks and popcorn, so that I could experience the renovated Showcase cinema.  We took full advantage and went to see Inbetweeners 2, which I will be reviewing shortly.

The cinema is made up of 19 screens, which include the Studio screen and the IMAX screen. It has a range of films for you to see, whilst also offering shows and concerts too. They like many other cinema's are branching out and starting to show live concerts and theatre performances. It's a way to not only offer more to the regularly customers, but to expand their audience and get more people enjoying the Showcase experience.

When turning up I was pleasantly surprised, it has been while since I last went to the Showcase cinema and from what I remember it was a bit dark and dull. It was completely different with a open, modern and contemporary feel. I love the colours they've chosen to use as I feel it really gives it a fun element.

They have a mixture of refreshments and confectionary for you to choose from. There is something for everyone, whether you want the traditional popcorn and drink or you want something more like "Pick & Mix" or  Ben and Jerry's its there. You can't really go wrong.

All the staff where really friendly, smiley and polite, which I found really refreshing. As at my local cinema they all seem grumpy. 

The Showcase at Bluewater really has nailed the idea of relaxation and enjoyment. If you come early or want to relax before a film they have a choice of their Cafe Bar or the Lounge Bar. A place for you to enjoy sit back and relax before watching a film.

If you're looking for an even more luxurious experience at the cinema then I'd definitely recommend the Gallery. You go up to the top floor of the cinema, where you can enjoy this amazing bar and even have a cocktail if you want. Ian and I where lucky enough to get to experience it and it made us feel really special and relaxed, which I'm guessing is the idea.

In keeping with the rest of the cinema it's modern and contemporary, but it too is stylish and luxurious.
It is a great place to sit back and watch everyone going to their screens. When going to the gallery you get a few treats, which are included in the price of the gallery ticket. These are the little added extras that really do add to the experience. 

Along with getting to explore the cinema we were given the opportunity to sample the IMAX screen. I have to say it is like nothing I've ever experienced before. I've only ever been to an IMAX screen at the Science Museum, whilst on a school trip and that was a long time ago. It really blew me away and has definitely got me wanting to go back to see a film there. It's not a screen like at the BFI, but then again it's not going to be don't let that put you off though. It's really spacious and is amazing quality.

Before we knew it, it was time to see the Inbetweeners 2, so we made our way to our screen.  Where we sat back and enjoyed a film full of laughs. The seats  were really comfy and the overall experience was fantastic. I'm going to be going back. 

I would definitely reccommend this cinema to everyone. It really does have something for everyone of all ages and is not an experience to be missed. 

Wish List Wednesday

I've not done a "Wish List Wednesday" post in a while but I've stopped a few things and thought I'd share them with you. These two dresses are from Cath Kidston and are great for any occasion. I've been looking for dresses I can wear that look really smart but that I can wear casually too. I couldn't resist this bag with its pastel colour. These shoes are great and would go with either dress and with bits I've anyway got. 

Lessons in Life

After I read Lyzi's post a while ago called "26 things learned in 26 years" on Being Little it got me thinking about all the things I've learnt in my life. Which is why I thought, it would be a great idea to do this post. Not only to share what I've learnt, but to remind myself that I've learnt a lot in 24 years.

1. Not everyone is going to like you
2. School is meant to be hard
3. It's good to be yourself
4. Be open to change and new things
5. The little things are what matters
6. Balance in life is important
7. Don't let the negativity in
8. It's okay to let go of friendships that aren't good
9. Make time for yourself
10. Make time for family
11. Be comfortable with laughing at life and yourself
12. Food is great
13. Always be grateful and appreciative
14. Do what you love
15. Save money
16. Don't live with regret
17. Not everything is easy
18. It's okay to say No
19. Always have fun
20. Don't let people bring you down
21. Enjoy every experience
22. Don't rush into big decisions if you're not sure
23. Never give up on your dreams
24.  Everyone has bad days. What matters is you pick yourself back up

These are 24 things I've learnt in 24 years. It's good to remind yourself of what you've learnt in your life so far. It shows you that you've learnt and a lot and that we are always learning if life.

What are some of the lessons you've learnt?

Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW Foundation Review

As you may remember I've got sensitive skin, so when it comes to make up I have to be extra careful. I decided that I'd give Benefit's foundation a go as I'd read some great reviews.

The packaging is really simple and clean. It is easy to see how much you've got left, which means you know when you need to stock up.
It's a lovely creamy and moisturising formula, which works great when applying.
The foundation gives a nice even coverage and is easy to apply.
It's beautiful and light, which for me is really important. I hate a heavy foundation as it feels uncomfortable on my skin, but this is beautiful and almost makes you feel you've got nothing on.

If you're looking for a heavier or thicker coverage then I wouldn't suggest this. It is fantastic for those that want something lighter and it works great with my sensitive/dry skin. For me it's definitely a staple piece for my make up bag. I recommend that you give it a go if you're wanting to try something new. It would be a great choice for summer because of it's lightness.

At £26.50 it's not the cheapest foundation, but if you want great quality you have to spend a little extra. I'm not one to spend a fortune on make up, however I do believe that the base is the most important part. This foundation being as good as it is I believe it's worth every penny.

As I've already said I would definitely recommend giving it a try.

What's Next...

Yesterday marked the end of my time at the school I've been working at. Although I knew it was coming as I was only contracted until August, it doesn't make it feel any better. I've loved my time there and I've grown fond of the children and saying goodbye made me all too sad.
I got some gifts from the children, which I didn't expect along with something from the school.

However on my last day I had people saying good luck in whatever you do, but others said at least you live at home and don't have to worry. This upset me as I've been working there for sometime and, although I may be young it doesn't mean I live at home. In fact I don't and haven't for many years. So I too like them have responsibilities and bills to pay.
I don't understand why they'd jump to the conclusion I live at home especially when I've mentioned I live with Ian.
This made for a day where I was filled with emotions and not sure what to think.
Not only that, but it began to make me think about what is next for me.
I know that I want to go into teaching and as easy as it may sound to do so I can assure you it's not. I find myself coming across so many obstacles and at times it gets very frustrating and disheartening.  
I know that it's not only me that probably gets this feeling, but sometimes it can feel like it is.
I have been applying for jobs and I've just resubmitted my application for teacher training. Fingers crossed that I get something otherwise I'm stuck.
I try to stay positive but at times it can be hard. I am a firm believer that things happen for a reason, although it may not feel like it at times. I like to believe that it means something even better is coming. That everything will work out and I'll be where I want to be in the end. Even if it's hard on the way.
 Part of what keeps me going is Ian he is always there supporting me along the way. Telling me not to worry what everybody else says and to follow my dreams. I really couldn't do any of this without him. He gives me such strength and makes me want to keep going. Pushing myself when things get hard.
I find that it's important to have people around you who believe in you and who are there to always support you. That have your back and will remind you it's all worth it.

So here's to being positive and to the future and all the changes and challenges it may bring. Making us all stronger and teaching so much.

Wish List Wednesday

As you might have realised I love  a print. This week I've been looking at some of the new in bits. I have to say I've been a bit disappointed there's not really been anything that's caught my eye. Until I went into Zara and found these lovely dresses and shirt. The prints are just so interesting and pretty. There is a arty feel to them which is why I love them so much. Zara is one of my favourite shops at the moment I keep finding lots of good pieces and for a reasonable price too.
This jumpsuit from Miss Selfridge was a bit of  a surprise find as I really find something in Miss Self ridge. I love the colours and the cut I think it would be a great piece to add to my wardrobe. 

YSL Paris Limited Addition Perfume

This perfume is a glorious rose aroma. It's like wearing a bouquet of roses. This version of the perfume is a limited addition version of their much loved Paris perfume. It's described as being a dazzlingly contemporary version that re-declares is love for the city of Paris, Women and Life.
This is one of my everyday perfumes is so delicate and elegant with its light floral smell. I love that it is not heavy or overpowering.
If you want something light that you can wear everyday then I'd sisterly recommend this.
The price is even more reason to buy it as it only comes in 125ml and costs around £20.

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