Sunday, 16 July 2017

INEXPENSIVE DIY BRIDESMAID GIFT IDEA


Hi lovelies! With less than 4 weeks to go until we get married, I wanted to squeeze in as many wedding themed blog posts as I can before our big day arrives! Today, I thought I'd share something a little different as I know many people out there getting married right now have budgets to stick to. While some budgets are larger than others, finding little ways to save money here and there is never a bad thing!

On your Wedding day, it's tradition for the Bride to give her Wedding party a little gift on the morning of the Wedding to say thank you for being there with them and for all their help in planning the day. I didn't want to share the gifts I actually have for my girls (though if your interested, I will show these after we get married so that there'll be no snooping from my girls beforehand!) but I did want to share with you a little DIY I've done for them (and myself!) as I think this alone would make an incredible gift, especially if your budget is pretty tight.


I'd seen these personalised Champagne flutes a lot on Pinterest and when I searched for them online, they were pretty expensive! A lot of the nicer ones that I found were around £15 each, which when you have 5 Bridesmaids, a Maid of Honour and a Mother of the Bride to buy for, really adds up (especially if, like me, you want one for yourself as well!). At that price, I'd have been spending £120 on glasses alone, which even if I had the budget for, I absolutely would't do! So, I had the idea of making them myself and headed off to trusty old eBay for a hunt around.

I searched for wine glass decals and loads of options came up at seriously low prices. After a pretty quick browse, I found these ones, listed here, the listing is for 10 decals, which got me all 8 of these as I got 5 Bridesmaid ones, a Bride, a Maid of Honour and Mother of the Bride (MOH and MOTB count as two words, this is explained in the listing). All of these were just £4.75 with free shipping and you could choose your own wording and which colour you wanted. They arrived on clear transfer tape and were super easy to apply to the glasses, you simply cut around the wording, place it on the glass, ensuring all air bubbles are gone and then carefully peel back the tape, leaving your pretty wording behind! Now I haven't tried, but I'm going to go ahead and assume these aren't washing up bowl/ dishwasher safe, so while they can be used on the Wedding day and for photos, it may be best to give them a careful rinse and keep them as a keepsake after that.



As for the glasses themselves, as I almost always do with glasses (they get broken far too often in our house), I headed to Wilko's. These very pretty and super sturdy Champagne flutes were just 50p each! So I got all eight for £4. This brings our total for the lot to a mere £8.75. Not bad when you could've been spending £120!

When you've put your words on the glasses, you can then pop in some tissue paper in the colour to match your Wedding theme (I'll be switching this out as mine isn't pink, though I do think this looks super pretty!) and you're done! You could pair these in a gift bag with a miniature bottle of Champagne or Prosecco and you've got a super impressive and very inexpensive gift! If your budget stretches a little further, these would also make impressive wedding favours for all of your guests, as you can get 10 names for £4.75  and a glass for each guest for 50p, would work out to a litter under £1 for each guest, which is an absolute bargain and could double up as place settings for each guest - win win!

What do you think of this gift idea? Will you be doing something similar for your maids on your big day? If you've done any DIY for your Wedding, let me know as I'd love to hear about it!

Chloe x

Thursday, 13 July 2017

4 WEEKS TO GO, WHAT I'VE LEARNED WHILE PLANNING A WEDDING


Hi lovelies! I can't believe I'm writing this post, it feels so soon! It's been more than a year since my fiance Darren and I got engaged and in 4 weeks, we will officially be Husband and Wife! It's been a whirlwind of a year, we moved twice, both started new careers and all the while planned a Wedding! It's been a mixture of emotions, mostly all consuming excitement but despite being mostly pretty chilled about everything, Wedding planning has had its stressful moments for sure! So, I thought I'd share with you all a few of the things that I've learned, or have surprised me along the way. I'll throw in some tips here and there so if you're a Bride to be, this may or may not be helpful for you! And if you're a Wedding guest, Bridesmaid, MOH etc, listen up too as this may be useful for you!

I'm really bad at saying no.
Something rather frustrating that I've learnt throughout the entire process is that I'm just terrible at saying no to people and probably too worried about upsetting people. Example, I was at first, talked into having a style of wedding ring that I really didn't like and despite my own doubts, pushed into getting a smaller size by the pushy shop assistant, said ring turned up, too small and looking very old fashioned and 'blah' next to my engagement ring. After having a bit of a cry about it, Darren took me out, the granny ring was returned and we replaced it with a much more modern, much more me ring, which is exactly what I should've done in the first place. Do not be pushed into decisions you're not 100% sure on, even by the 'experts' (bitch was no expert). 

You need to remember who the day is about.
This massively follows on from my last point. By nature, I'm not much of a worrier. I'm more of an act now, think later type of person. Turns out when it comes to wedding planning, that's not true. I've worried about every friggin' detail. People have said and done things that I've massively disagreed with along the way and at first, I wouldn't say anything through fear of upsetting someone, however your day is just that your day. No one is more important than you and your partner, so when someone pushes their ideas and opinions that you don't like, it really isn't so bad having to remind them who's day it is. I've been so afraid of coming across like a Bridezilla, but actually, we're only planning on doing this day once and we're going to do it our way! Your guests should absolutely respect that too. For the most part, ours have done and while there have been wobbles along the way, we've always gotten through it by reminding ourselves what the day is ultimately about.


Planning the big stuff in advance really does make life easier.
We booked our Venue, Caterer, DJ, Photographer and Registrar fairly early, which meant we could plan the finer details around the bigger stuff. There were so many things along the way, such as the flowers, the shoes, the colour scheme, the style of invites etc, that were pretty dependant on the vibe of the venue we went for, so having that down from the offset made those decisions a fair bit easier. I'd definitely recommend booking the Venue before anything else personally. You don't want to buy a bunch of boho bridesmaids dresses only to fall in love with a super modern, grand hotel. Side note, I also wouldn't get too stuck on the idea of a certain theme (unless you're certain of course!), once you fall in love with a place, sometimes the rest will just fall into place around it.


It goes by so fast.
With all that's happened this year, our Wedding day has honestly come around so quickly. I'm grateful in a way, because we never really went through the 'bored of waiting, what do we do now?' phase that I've heard a lot of other people talk about. That said though, when we booked our venue a year ago, I had no idea just how quickly the day was going to come around, it felt like a lifetime away! Now, while pretty much everything is in place and we're both seriously excited for the big day, I feel like these last few weeks are slipping away so quickly and I almost don't want them to end! I'm certain that our Wedding day will be the best day of our lives, but with all its ups and downs, I'd say planning the Wedding has been one of the best times of our lives together and I really will be quite sad when it's all over!

That's all I have for now, I'll try to fit in a few more wedding themed posts between now and the big day. We've got a pre-wedding shoot this weekend, so perhaps I'll share that with you all in the very near future!

Let me know what you thought of this post and if you'd like to see more. Are you getting Married or attending a Wedding this summer? I'd love to know!

Chloe x


HOW TO MAKE IDEAL CURLS WITH A CONIC CURLING IRON: GUEST POST

How to Make Ideal Curls with Conic Curling Iron
Talking with the girls about hair, the phrase "how many times I tried to do my hair, like on Youtube and in Instagram-video, and failed, they just do not work!" sounds almost all the time.
In fact, it is not surprising that you cannot repeat this fairly simple hairstyle as quickly and dexterously as it seemed at the first sightin a minute video.
Undoubtedly, the girls on the video had trained at least 5-10 times before this video was recorded. Miracles, alas, do not happen whether it is makeup or hairstyle. It is rare when everything works out for the first time, so try to be patient, take your time and take a seat in front of the mirror with a glass of wine. You will do this hairstyle, you will look amazing and will be able to say to yourself, “I am gorgeous and I go date now!”
The process of perfect curls creating.
For this styling, you will need a conic curling ironBe ready that itis not so easy to use this device. You should adapt to it. At the firsttime, almost all the girls have the curls which are straight at the roots and finely wound at the ends. In order to avoid this, you should observe the following rules:
• A lock of hair should not be too thick because largely the shape of the future curl depends on it.
• In order to achieve a more beautiful curve, it is necessary to twist it into a slight band when winding a lock of hair on a curling iron. It is very important that the band is not too tightly twisted, it must remain airy and voluminous.
• Be sure to leave a straight tip! Unwound ends are an attribute of good and modern styling. It is a must when using a conic curling iron, otherwise, there is every chance of making old-fashioned instead of natural curls. And do not be afraid to leave long enough straight ends, especially if the length of the hair is below the shoulder blades. The curve of the curl, which gives the conic ironis very good combined with the straight ends.
• After you have wound all the hair and want to get some extra volume then choose 3-4 small locks (literally 10-15 hairs) from your natural hair parting on the right and left, and twisteach of them additionally. Due to this, extra volume will becreated on the top of your head.
• Next, proceed to styling. Do not forget about thermal protection before starting any styling, it can be a spray, gel or creamy product. The main advantage of these sprays is that they give the hair a texture. In other words, they help to divide your styling into separate locks due to which the hair does not lie flat and get an additional volume and easy fixing.In addition, depending on your desires, you can choose sprays that give shine or a matte texture.

In the first case, the hair becomes smoother, and in the second – harder, which helps prolong the life of the locks on soft, undyed hair. Spray the entire length of the hair, while breaking and properly shaking the curled locks so that all the locks open and mix with each other.

• In conclusion, for the volume, apply a dry shampoo. Shake well any dry shampoo before using it. Apply it only on the top of the head but not touching a hair parting. After that, massage it well, pulling the hair slightly at the roots upwards.
If you do not have a lot of practice in using a hair curling iron, do not rush to use this model, it's not so simple for a beginner. Try first to use some round curling iron without a clamp, 25 mm in diameter, following the same pattern as described.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

SHEIN HONEYMOON WISHLIST


Hi lovelies! As our wedding day draws near, (6 weeks to go!), honeymoon planning is finally underway! As of right now, we don't have anything booked - I'm pre-writing this post, so that may have changed by now, but who knows - (edit, we now have two honeymoons booked, but more on that later0, but for me, one of the most exciting things about going away is the new wardrobe that comes with it! I always buy new clothes for every holiday anyway, but I feel like a honeymoon in particular deserves a whole new wardrobe! On our first holiday as Mr and Mrs, I want to make sure I look and feel fab at all times, so that includes on the beach, out at night and even when I'm off to bed!

That being said, an entire new holiday wardrobe can be very pricey, so inexpensive websites like Shein are fab for those pretty, summery holiday outfits that you perhaps won't get much of a chance to wear twice. I just hate spending lots of money on clothes that I know I'm very unlikely to wear again (not including my wedding dress in that statement of course!), so prices like these are perfect.

The colour scheme I've gone down with this wishlist may give a little hint to where we're thinking of booking for our honeymoon, so watch this space! I just love blue and white on holiday and not just to match the flag of the country I'm visiting! I adore every single item in this wishlist but my absolute favourites are the printed swimsuit, white two piece and the gorgeous beach blanket. These shaped beach blankets seem to be a major thing right now and I am obsessed with them!
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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

WILKINSON SWORD INTUITION ULTRA MOISTURE RAZOR


Hi lovelies! As you will likely know if you've even glanced in the direction of my blog or social media before, I'm getting married, very soon actually, in just 6 weeks time. So of course, a huge part of my Bridal prep, is taking good care of my skin. This extends to my whole body and not just my face! As you may also know, for a good few years before I started at the job I'm in now, I worked as a beauty therapist. You may think this means that I preach waxing every inch of your body and shun razors, as any good beauty therapist should. You'd be wrong. I hate waxing, there is no denying that it's much better, the hairs eventually grow back less, the results last longer and... well that's pretty much it. The downside is that it's expensive if someone else does it for you, it's messy if you do it yourself, it hurts and you've got to grow your hairs out before getting rid of them. As someone who has a real issue with even the tiniest amount of body hair, I just can't wait it out.

Before this turns into a 'confessions of an ex-beauty therapist' post (idea logged, however), I'm going to get to my actual point. Basically, I hate waxing, hair removal creams friggin' stink and I'm certainly not about to fork our for laser removal, so shaving it is. That being said, as much I love shaving for the speed, convenience, low cost and the fact I don't have to stay hairy for a moment longer than necessary, it doesn't mean there are no downsides. No matter what I do, I have never mastered the fine art that is shaving your entire body without at least one or two (it's more than one or two) nicks and cuts along the way. So, when I saw the Wilkinson Sword Intuition Razor on sale in Tesco for just £4.33, I thought, yeah, why not?


A razor isn't typically something I'd review, whether I liked it or not but I have been sharing this with just about everyone I know and thought it may be useful to some of you too. This razor claims to lather, shave and moisturise all in one step. Seemed like a pretty hefty claim to me. I was always a firm believer that all razors were the same and that all I needed was a decent shaving foam and any old razor would do, including those little supermarket own brand two blade ones (sorry legs). I was wrong. Just the first time after using this I couldn't help but sit stroking my legs, telling my fiancé, friends and mum to stroke my legs and telling people how amazing my new razor was.

Let's face it, a razor is a pretty dull thing to bang on about, but I've been using this for a few weeks now and I honestly don't want to use anything else ever again. As it's summer and I've also been tanning in actual sunlight rather than from a bottle, it's even more important to me that I keep my skin soft smooth and moisturised so my tan lasts as long as possible for my wedding day, so this razor has helped massively. Typically, I tend to get little cuts and sometimes razor burn in the form of little red dots on my legs in particular, but this has been totally eliminated with this razor. My skintone and texture has never been so smooth and even! Another bonus, because the razor itself is surrounded by what looks and feels like a bar of soap, it doesn't even feel like you're shaving, it's the most bizarre feeling. The first time I used it, I honestly didn't feel like it was working as it just felt like I was running a bar of soap over my body. It does work though and gives a smooth, pain free shave with literally no cuts!


I won't harp on any more, as I know it's already getting weird how much I'm going on about this razor, but honestly, next time you're in Tesco, do yourself a favour and pick one of these up while they're still on offer and give it a go. You won't regret it!

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

BOOHOO BRIDAL WISHLIST


Hi lovelies! It is officially less than two months (7 weeks 6 days to be precise but who's counting?) until my Wedding, so right now, I am obsessed with all things Bridal! We got engaged in early July last year and the last year has just flown by, as we both got new jobs last year and moved house earlier this year, the Wedding felt as though it was on the back burner for a while, but now, with such a short amount of time today, I am back in full on Bride-To-Be mode again, Pinterest and I have had a magical reunion, my face turns into the heart eyes emoji at anything with 'Mrs' monogrammed onto it and listening to our first dance song makes me squeal. I am a Woman obsessed.

As I'm sure you'll be aware though, Weddings don't only take up a lot of your time but they also take up a bloody lot of your money! That's why brands like Boohoo coming out with gorgeous Bridal ranges makes my heart sing. With my Hen Party coming up, finding all these gorgeous pieces on Boohoo was seriously exciting. All these products are seriously affordable and actually tasteful, which is a big deal to me! I'm not an L-Plate and shot glass necklace kinda girl (no hate, do you), so these pretty rose gold sashes, bride headband and temporary tattoos are just the right balance of pretty and tacky for me.

I have to admit, I do actually already have the robe, my sister bought it for me a while back and I love it! It'll be the perfect thing for getting ready in o the morning of the Wedding. Our Wedding is in August, so it'll (hopefully) be pretty hot on the day, so a big fluffy dressing gown is not going to cut it. This one is lovely and light and amazing quality too, I can't wait for it to feature in mine and my girls getting ready pics! On the flipside, I have no idea when or where I'd wear the t-shirt, but being a huge rock/ punk music fan, this one seemed pretty appropriate. Perhaps something to wear to a pre-wedding concert.. something to think about?!

What do you think? If you're a bride/ bride to be/ bridesmaid etc, what shops did you find most useful for wedding/ hen party bits? I'd love to know!


*This post is not sponsored (though as if I'd say no!) I just really love Boohoo right now!
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Monday, 29 May 2017

MY THOUGHTS ON 'THAT ARTICLE'

So unless you've been living under a rock lately (and I must say, I envy you a little if you have!), you'll be aware of this article that Cosmo published, which is an interview with blogger, Sarah Ashcroft. Titled ' How Sarah Ashcroft turned her Instagram Account into a Money-Making Business', you'd be forgiven it's going to be packed full of tips and helpful advice on how you can potentially do the same should you so wish. This wasn't quite the case. It's linked if you want to read it, but if it's a little TLDR for you, I thought I'd pick out a few of what I think are some of the most wonderfully inspiring quotes and share my thoughts.

PSA: It's cringey to post outfit pictures at your own home wearing *shudder* High Street clothes. Good start here, I mean just last week I posted a photo on instagram page in a dress I got from Missguided for £6, I can't believe I didn't realise how cringey I was being. Thank you SO much Sarah for showing me the light.

In case you're thinking, 'I really do like this Primark dress and I feel great in it, I'm gonna share a blog post on it, because people might be interested in seeing this fab bargain I found', do consider that Sarah just has a knack of making something look expensive. There's a good chance you weren't born with that gene. It's scientific term is 'narcissism' and unfortunately, not all of us are blessed with it like Sarah is.

If you're on a budget right now, it's probably not a good idea to follow Sarah. because if she wears something, you will go and buy it, it's the weirdest thing, it's like an out of body experience. So, if you're saving for a house, a wedding, a holiday or you've got kids and you can't afford to waste any spare money, it's really dangerous to follow Sarah, please don't fall victim like so many already have.

Isn't it refreshed when someone is just so completely honest? This one actually goes for a lot of jobs, if you're an incredible singer and a natural at learning new instruments, it's probably best you still don't bother because there's not really any space for new music these days. It takes a really bold and real person to speak up and say 'Hey look, I've had all this success, but you know what? You probably can't do the same'. Hashtag real talk, hashtag just sayin.

Sarah Ashcroft, inventor of the bright white background, founder of sea views and light coloured furniture. If you use white bedding as a backdrop or like to take photos while you're on holiday, do be aware that you are completely copying Sarah and you're literally not gonna get anywhere.

Just as well, you conceited, self absorbed, sorry example of what the blogging community is all about.

Obviously, all points in this post (except the one above which I lovingly and whole-heartedly mean), are sarcastic. I honestly thought I was being punk'd reading this drivel. If you felt at all disheartened by Sarah's ridiculous Cosmo article, please remember that anyone can do anything, the blogging community is huge and diverse and that's what makes it great, whether you've got 10 followers or 10 thousand, if you enjoy doing what you're doing, then trash like this means absolutely nothing. Cosmo, you've f*cked it again.

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

HOW TO STAY CHILLED WHEN PLANNING A WEDDING



Hi lovelies! It feels like it's been forever! As those of you who follow me on  twitter or instagram will know, I've recently moved house so what with that and planning our wedding, my poor little blog has taken a bit of a back-seat lately! With that in mind though, I wanted to come back with a wedding themed blog post! Our big day is creeping up so fast and I wanted to get a few more posts

Make a plan as early as possible and get the big stuff done ASAP.
For me, the most important things were the venue, the dress, the bridesmaids, the photographer, the caterer, the flowers and the registrar. I got 6/7 of these done within the first 5 months of planning. We had the venue booked a year in advance, I chose the dress 11 months in advance, the bridesmaids were asked 13 months in advance and their dresses were bought 8 months in advance. The photographer was chosen around 10 months before and booked at the same time. The caterer, accommodation and DJ all came with the venue which was super easy and we made sure booking the registrar was the first thing we did after booking the venue. The flowers I left a little later but 6/7 ain't bad! We've now go around 2 and a half months to go and we're both really quite cam about how it's all going so far. Booking these bigger things before meant we had time to focus on the small details that will make our day truly ours.

Keep the Wedding Party simple.
By this I don't mean do an 'eeny, meeny, miny, mo' between your girlfriends to pick just the one Bridemaid, but instead, pick those who will help you keep things simple. Darren had two best men and I have six Bridemaids, so we weren't about keeping our numbers down in that sense, but instead, we picked people who we knew would be easy going and fun. To put it bluntly, if your old friend from school is a bit of a nightmare, don't pick her as Maid of Honour. While it can be difficult leaving people out, it is your day and you shouldn't feel pressured to have anybody in it that will take over or just be a general pain in the butt! My girls have been ridiculously helpful, but only when asked or required, no one's stepped on my toes or tried to make it about them and it's made my life so much easier!

Get the invites out and RSVPs back early.
We sent our invites back in January for our wedding this August and set the RSVP 'deadline' (loosely) for the end of March, along with menu selections, which meant we had a pretty much final list of everyone that was coming and what they were eating fairly early on. So now, with around two and half months to go, we're totally clear on who is and isn't coming and what to tell our caterer. Things like this are a big deal, so giving yourself plenty of time to sort this out and giving your guests plent of notice will save a lot of stress on the run up to your big day. Side note, it's also important to keep your invites as clear as possible, you definitely don't want dozens of 'so, where is your venue?' texts to respond to!

Have a budget and stick to it.
Cannot. Stress. Enough. This was probably one of the first things we though of when we started planning. It's a boring one and thinking about the money side of weddings is a bit daunting, but if you know where you stand with it in the beginning and keep to your budget. If you save on one aspect, you can perhaps spend more on another, but for me at least, keeping to our budget has been a big deal. Planning a wedding is a lot of fun and worrying about money would put a huge dampener on it for me. Whether your budget is very modest or super lavish, keeping to it will prevent any nasty surprises.

Don't be swayed by others opinions and don't get competitive.
It can be easy to compare your day to others, or get caught up in people telling you about this amazing thing at this incredible wedding they went to. It's important to remember that it's your day with the person you love and everything you do should be about the two of you and certainly not to compete with anyone else. Odds are,there'll be things at your amazing wedding that people will tell their friends about afterwards, so don't worry too much if your colleague's sister's best friend had an ice sculpture of her and her other half (not a genuine example might I add), your little touches are what makes your day your own, sometimes it's not the worst idea to step away from Pinterest and think about  you and your husband or wife to be and what suits the two of you.

Try not to let the Wedding take over your life!
It's so exciting planning a Wedding, but running up to ours, we've made sure not to make every day/ week/ month all about the wedding. Sure, we talk about it a lot, people regularly ask about it, but if I'd spent every second of this year leading up to the Wedding stressing about it, I feel as though the day will feel more like end game than the start of something even more exciting than the day itself! When it comes down to it, a Wedding is simply a celebration with all your favourite people of the beginning of the rest of your lives together, treating it like the last hurdle for me completely contradicts the meaning of the entire process. So, my best advice to Brides to be is to enjoy the planning, cherish every second, but don't lose sight of the reason you're getting married in the first place. The day itself is truly just the beginning and you'll have so much more to look forward to afterwards. Embrace it, enjoy it and have fun!

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Monday, 1 May 2017

MAIN RULES OF THE FIRST CALL FOR ONLINE DATING

Main Rules of the First Phone Call for Online Dating
Do you actively exchange e-mails with one of your candidates? Would you like to go further? How can you understand when the right moment for the first phone call comes? Who should call first? What should you look at during the first telephone conversation?
The received e-mails tell you that you have an interesting and fascinating companion and you would not mind getting to know her better. There comes a time when it becomes important for you to hear the voice of this person. You are curious to know whether you will be comfortable and interested in a telephone conversation, as in those e-mails.
The moment has come.
There are no strict rules about how long it takes betweenexchanging the first messages and the first telephone call. Different couples deal with this question in different ways: some exchange telephone numbers in a couple of days, and other people exchange them in a couple of weeks.
A golden rule is a sense of comfort in a relationship. If you do not feel the need to go beyond the usual correspondence, then continue exchanging messages. If you like your partner by correspondence and you do not mind going further, you can offerher to exchange the phone numbers.
Who should call first?
More recently, the options for answering this question were as follows: a) man, b) no one. The classical idea of ​​the proactive man and the woman in anticipation is gradually changing in the modern world. The lady is free to choose and start communicating with the anyone she likes.
The first step by the man, however, is considered a sign of good manner. If you are not sure whether the girl is ready for the first call, you can give her your phone number and ask her to call you. Use your chance to measure progress and development of the relationship.
Some rules of the first phone call.
Do you worry before the first call? Are you afraid of awkward pauses? These simple tips will help you make the conversation as comfortable and useful for you.
Do your palms sweat and the voice tremble at the first telephone conversation when you are very worried? This is more a sign that you have some feelings for your partner by correspondenceDo not be afraid that she will feel your emotions. She will be quite flattered.
If you want to calm down a strong excitement and avoid awkward pauses in the first phone conversation, you should prepare a list of topics or questions that you would like to discuss with the partner. At the same time, your letters can help you. Do not be surprised if, at the end of the conversation, you notice that you have not looked at this list at least once. It happens that you have the feeling that you are talking with a long-familiar person.
Do not delay the first phone call and pay attention to the fact that both of you should be involved in the conversation. Sometimespeople do not allow expressing themselves with excitement.
It does not matter what you are talking about, the main thing is that you have complete impression of each other. Have you imagined your Internet-friend like this? Have you learnt something new? Is she as cute as in letters?
The first phone call does not necessarily end with an appointment. Before you decide whether you want to meet this person or not,take a break and agree on the second call. Listen to yourself: with what feeling do you expect the second call?

The first and the last phone call.
After the first phone call, it may become clear that despite the interesting letters, a person does not suit you. Do not worry, because the first phone call is intended to help you understand if you want to continue communicating with each other. Thanks to our friends from Contactbrides.com for providing this article.

Friday, 14 April 2017

SUMMER SCENTS FROM YANKEE CANDLE


Hi lovelies! As seems to be the usual for Bank Holiday weekends in the UK, we're off to a pretty grey and gloomy start. So, to make my house feel at least a little more summery, I've been burning this gorgeous candle from Yankee Candle's new Summer Collection 'Viva Havana', a range of scents inspired by the capital of Cuba. I'm super into candles during the winter and am constantly burning warm cinnamon and sweet vanilla scents, but like puppies, candles are not just for Christmas! Fresh, fruity scents and pretty florals are just perfect to make your home smell like gorgeous sunny days, despite grey skies outside!

This particular scent 'Delicious Guava'* is pretty much the most perfect fruity scented candle I've ever come across. Sometimes fruity scents can be a bit overpowering and overly sweet, but this is just the right amount of sweet and sharp, making it a lovely fresh scent. It's described as 'A rush of sunny tropical guava with a hints of sea musk and malted sugar for an exotic and luscious sweet treat'. Like a perfume, I love when a candle has a few different 'notes' and makes for a slightly more complex scent.

As with all Yankee Candles, this has burned really well so far, burning right to the edges and evenly as it burns down. The scent it gives off is just strong enough and smells gorgeous as you walk into the room, but isn't overwhelming. This is only scent I've tried from the new range, but if this is anything to go by, I'd definitely recommend checking them out when they're released. As well as this scent, the range has three other scents; 'Viva Havana', which is a mixture of sandalwood and spices, 'Cuban Mojito', definitely next on my list, a mint and lime scent and 'Tobacco Flower' which is a blend of cedar wood, ginger, bamboo leaf and jasmine.

The Viva Havana range will be available on the Yankee Candle website from 1st May 2017.


*This product was gifted to me, however this is not a sponsored post. As always all opinions are my own.

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

BARGAIN SUMMER STAPLES FROM PRIMARK

Hi lovelies! Today, I wanted to share with you all a few bits and bobs that I've picked up in Primark lately. I think this summer has some of my favourite trends ever and while I love to invest in key pieces, I love bargain when it comes to more trendy fashion items that will not necessarily be on trend forever.
First of all, the embroidery trend. At first I wasn't sure but now I want ALL OF THE THINGS. I'm still hunting down the perfect pair of embroidered jeans but for now, this adorable little bag gives my outfits that cute 90s feel. This was just £7 and is also available in nude pink. Because this bag is black and a pretty decent size, I feel like I'm going to get a lot of use out of it. I also feel like I can really make the most out of the trend with this as I can use this bag over and over again, whereas I may not wear an embroidered dress or shirt many times before the trend fizzles out.
Another thing that seems to be everywhere at the moment is wire framed, mirrored sunglasses and for only £3, I couldn't leave these in the shop! As they're quite a fun shape, they're mirrored and they're rose gold, I wouldn't have wanted to spend too much on them, so finding some as inexpensive as this is just fab. Primark has a huge range of sunnies right now so I suggest you get down there asap if you're after a new pair for a bargain price!

Possibly my favourite trend of all time is Bardot style, off the shoulder tops. I wear them constantly in the summer so I love when they're all over the shops! They have this blue and white striped one at the moment for just £6 and it's available in several colours and prints. The material is nice a flowy and cool and the style is super flattering. I've already bought this is two colours and I'm hoping they'll bring out more of the same!

Finally, I'm not sure if it's a trend right now or not, but I'm loving high waisted everything and I just couldn't not mention these high waisted shorts. They're just £10 and I've got them in light blue denim and black as shown above. For reference, I'm wearing a size 6 and I'm about 5ft 5. What I love about these is that they actually cover my entire bum. They're nice and short and tight fitting, but there is NO butt-cheek on show. I am not into showing off my bum in public and it it stupidly hard to find shorts that keep you covered so these made me want to sing with joy when I put them on. They're a super soft, comfy denim too and don't feel tight or uncomfortable at all which is fab! I love the look of high waisted shorts with crop tops in the summer so I'm sure I'll get a ton of wear out of these! Side note, the top I have on in this pic is also Primark and was just £3! 

What do you think?

What's your fave summer trend? Have you picked up any bargains from Primark lately?

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Monday, 27 March 2017

DOGGIE DENTAL HYGIENE: PEDIGREE DENTASTIX

Hi lovelies! If you've followed my blog or social media accounts for any length of time, you'll know I'm a huge dog lover and my Chihuahua, Belle, is my absolute world! So, when the lovely people at Pedigree got in touch as asked if they could send Belle some Dentastix to try, I was super excited! These aren't just tasty treats for our favourite little fluffy babies to enjoy though, they actually help with a very important part of caring for our pets.

Dental hygiene is something we take very seriously ourselves but can often be overlooked when it comes to our dogs, however, without properly caring for their teeth and gums, dogs can can develop dental diseases. This is obviously bad enough on it's own as they'll suffer from soreness, rotting teeth and gums and bad breath, but the bacteria from these diseases can also enter the dogs bloodstream and damage their liver, heart or kidneys, which is super scary! Of course, brushing your dogs teeth is a very effective way of keeping them plaque free, however using Pedigree Dentastix daily has been proven to reduce tartar build up by up to 80%! As you can tell from these pictures, Belle absolutely loves them as she just treats it like any other treat! I notice as well that when she eats these, she really does use her whole mouth, this is down to the X-shape, meaning it gets right into her teeth and gums and helps to scrape off any nasties that are building up! I like that these take her a lot longer to eat than most other treats too, meaning she's unintentionally taking a good amount of time to really clean those pearly whites!

When it comes to cleaning your dogs teeth otherwise, it's best to start early, when Belle was a tiny puppy, we bought her some doggie toothpaste (never use regular toothpaste, it's poisonous to dogs!), and a toothbrush. We were told by the vets to use toothbrushes made for dogs or a very soft children's toothbrush. Letting the dog lick the toothpaste off your finger at first to get used to the taste (though usually they're meat flavoured and they love them anyway!), then slowly introduce them to the toothbrush. Gradually touching their mouths a little more day by day also helps them get used to your fingers being around their mouthes, meaning they won't feel the need to bite down when you try to put a toothbrush in there! Persistence and being gentle is key when it comes to this, perhaps giving your dog a little brush time, followed by lots of praise (and maybe a dentastix treat!) when they've done good will soon teach your dog that brush time is fun time!

Do you have any dental hygiene tips for dogs? Does your dog love dentastix as much as Belle? Let me know!

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Friday, 10 March 2017

HEALTHY HAIR MUST HAVES


Hi lovelies! As many of you will know, I'm getting married this year, so with my Wedding day approaching, I've been doing all I can to grow out my hair. Of course, growing your hair one thing, but growing longer and healthier is another story all together. So, today, I wanted to share with you all a few things that I've been doing and products I've been using that have been helping my hair to grow longer and stronger.

A Good Quality Hairdryer
High quality hair tools are essential, a hair dryer like the Panasonic hair dryer above is much better for your hair as it has a 'healthy mode', which drys your hair quickly to avoid excessive use of heat on the hair. Dryers that use special technology to reduce heat damage really are worth the investment in my opinion, as if you have a good quality hair dryer that dries your hair quickly and leaves it looking healthy and smooth, there's less need for extra heat from other appliances. This one in particular is on my wishlist at the moment and is definitely worth checking out if you're serious about upping your hair-care game!

Regular Trims
Possibly the most important step in trying to grow your hair longer and healthier is getting it trimmed regularly. It sound counterproductive, but until December last year, I was only getting my hair trimmed every 12 weeks or sometimes even longer and despite the not very regular cuts, it was taking a seriously long time to get any longer! This was because by the time I went to get it cut again, the ends were so split and broken that whatever new length I had had to be chopped off! Hair that is trimmed little and often appears to grow faster because the ends are kept looking healthier, split, straggly ends can actually make your hair appear shorter! My hairdresser only cuts off a bare minimum, but as I have it trimmed every 6-8 weeks now, it has time to grow an inch or so, so having half an inch cut off each time means that I am slowly but surely getting towards my goal of super long, swishy mermaid hair. I should also mention that it is important to get a hairdresser that will be honest with what you need, but also listens to what you want, a scissor happy hairdresser that lops off 3 inches every time you go will not help if you're trying to grow out your hair!

Softer Hairbands
I think this is one that is really quite overlooked as I know I definitely did before! I'm not really one for tying my hair up too often, so whenever I did, I'd grab whichever hairband I could find without too much thought about it. However, tight, harsh hairbands can do serious damage to your hair, they cause friction which can eventually snap and break your hair. Scrunchies like the one above can seriously help to reduce damage to your hair (and they look super cute and retro too!). Especially if you tie your hair up to go to bed, switching to a hairband that's softer and more gentle on your hair is much better and will dramatically reduce damage.

Hair Oil & Serum
I've found a new love for hair oil and serums recently and this has made a huge difference to my hair. I use Macadamia oil on my hair to keep dry, split ends at bay and just a little bit every time I wash and dry my hair has been making my hair feel a lot better, which in turn makes it look better. This along with a little serum makes my hair look and feel smoother and healthier, which I find means I use less heat. No product can actually repair damaged hair, however, when your hair looks and feels dry and frizzy, it's easy to use too much heat trying to style it, so products like this really help to keep your hair more manageable.

Sulphate Free Shampoo
I've also switched to sulphate free shampoos lately and I think that it's made the world of difference. My hairdresser told me that sulphates are also in washing up liquid and help to cut through the grease on dirty dishes, which sounds pretty harsh for your hair if you ask me! I've tried a couple of different ones and don't have a paricular favourite yet, but I'm certain my hair has actually been growing faster since using the sulphate free shampoo and conditioner. It's also softer and much less falls out in the shower. The actual growth could be a coincidence but I've definitely noticed a difference in the condition of my hair since I've thrown out the harsher products so I'd thoroughly recommend going sulphate free!

Less Frequent Washing
On the topic of washing our hair, this one does prove the most challenging for many of us, but washing your hair less frequently absolutely makes all the difference in the overall condition of your hair. Washing your hair too often strips your hair of its natural oils leaving it dry and prone to breakage. I tend to wash mine every other day or every three days if I can. I used to think I had to wash my hair every day, but in doing this I trained my hair to get oilier faster as it was trying to quickly restore the natural oils that I was constantly stripping out. Over time, my hair has almost got 'used to' being washed less often and I'm in the process of trying to stretch it out so I can go to every third day rather than every other day. In doing this, dry shampoo is an absolute life saver. I only really use Batiste as I find it feels the lightest on my hair. I know some people dislike dry shampoo, but I think if you use it sparingly, it's much better than over-washing!

So, that's it! Those are my tips for healthier hair, I don't claim to be a hair expert as I'm sure you can tell, but this is what I've been doing and what's worked for me!

What are your top tips for healthier hair? I'd love to know!

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

KAT VON D SHADE AND LIGHT EYESHADOW QUADS


Hi lovelies! I said in my last post that from now on, im only going to write about products that I truly want to write about, whether that be because I think they're really great or a bit shit. This time though we don't need to worry about the latter as I'm going to do a little review of some new love's from Kat Von D. In today's post I'll be showing you two of the Shade and Light Eyeshadow quads and let me warn you, you may not want to read on if you're trying to save your money!

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

GUEST POST: TIPS FOR CHOOSING AN OUTFIT FOE A FIRSTDATE

A successful first date depends on many factors. Although communication and building relationship is the most important thing, the very first impression is always made by our look. It tells everything about our taste and lifestyle, so dressing on a date is an art. Moreover, guys usually wish to see a perfect lady next to them, whether they invite you just to have a good time, or for building serious relationships.
So, here we have seven ultimate tips to create a perfect look on a first date, which were taken from one Russian woman for marriage. You know, such girls take care of their appearance attentively.
1. Choose the best clothes you have. No doubt, the first date is a special occasion in every girl’s life. However, nowadays it is rather easy and informal, so you may dress jeans with some stylish blouse or a t-shirt. The only condition is that they should be the best of their kind in your wardrobe and emphasize your best traits.
2. Embellish your look with accessories. If it seems too ordinary for you to wear something casual, complete your appearance with accessories. Stylish earrings or bracelet make you look more elegant and coquettish. Also, chose small purse so not to overbalance your image. Going on a date with massive purse will make your vis-à-vis think you’re impractical. Take only necessary things with you: keys, phone, and cosmetics. They will fit into a small purse.
3. Dress comfortably. It doesn’t matter whether you go on a walk or plan to sit the whole evening in a café. Your well-being at this stress-filled occasion is more important. Don’t wear clothes you can’t breathe, sit or walk easily. Your discomfort may be revealed at once and positive impressions will be darkened. To avoid some unpleasant surprise chose the outfit you wore before.
4. Be feminine. The best way of looking stunning and seductive is emphasizing your femininity. Skirt or dress is perfect choice for a first date; there is nothing hotter than a woman wearing a dress. However, if you feel awkward or don’t have anything appropriate for your situation, skinny jeans will also make you look sexy. Don’t be afraid to show a little skin, but do it modestly. Don’t wear something too short and your breast should not be exposed too much.
5. Match the occasion. There are tons of options where to go on a date. You can chat in a coffee house for a couple of hours, go for a walk in downtown, relax on a picnic in park, watch some nice comedy or even ride a bike around the city. According to this, clarify your type of date in advance so that you can work on a perfect image. It will be ridiculous when you go on a romantic picnic wearing high heels.
6. Look natural. A modern girl never leaves her home without make up. When it’s time for a first date, most of us mistakenly think the more make up the better. However, looking stunning is possible even with minimum cosmetics. Pay attention to your skin, use light foundation and powder to make it fresh and shiny. Don’t overdo with eyeshadow and lipstick, choose neutral colors. Your partner will be happy to see beautiful and neat girl, not a doll.
7. Take care about the details. Manicure, hairstyle, and scent complete your image for the first date. Spend a little bit more time in a shower and pay more attention to all the minutiae which can ruin your look.

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