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Instagram: June 2015 (Part 2)

July 1, 2015

Part 2 of the best month ever. More gorgeously pretty photos of the best time in my life, for you to enjoy. July has such a lot to live up to, and I just don’t think it’s going to cut it.

Instagram: June 2015 (Part Two)

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Instagram: June 2015 (Part 1)

June 30, 2015

June was a busy, busy month. Getting married and all that. So, there has been a lot of photos taken, a lot of photos of the very loveliest people and times. Far too many for just one blog post, and so this month’s round up will be split over two posts just to give you a better chance to see all photos properly. Do enjoy.

Instagram: June 2015 (Part One)

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My Magazine Shelf

June 26, 2015

Magazines

I have always loved magazines – my husband and family will tell you how many I shamefully have in my house, and how many online subscriptions I have. It’s rare for a weekend to go by without me downloading the latest issue of one or picking one up from the nearest newsagent that sells my favourites. I don’t just go out and buy anything (I can’t stand those cheap, gossipy ones with sensational front stories about horrifying personal tragedies), I choose the ones I like most carefully and then I’m loyal for life. Here’s my current favourites and why, just in case you’re looking for some new reading material.

Good Housekeeping (US) – This has a little bit of everything, which really keeps me interested. I want something that takes me a good hour to read and all the little bits of information in here does just that – the mix of fashion, celebrity, house tips, beauty, etc. is just about everything I need and that keeps me going back.

Brides (US and UK) – I’ve had a couple of wedding magazine subscriptions over the last couple of years since starting the planning process, and Brides is just my favourite. I picked up a bunch of useful tips, beauty regimes and colour palettes I loved whilst browsing through and I think I’m going to keep reading until my subscription runs out. I still adore weddings, even though mine is over and love pouring over the real weddings they feature.

People (US) – This is where I get my celebrity gossip. I’m a sucker for celeb news and pictures, so I can’t resist this or US Weekly when I pass by them in store. There’s nothing more to it than that really, other than that People also have some real life stories, which can be super inspiring.

Ideal Home (UK) – My favourite interiors magazine and I have lost count of the number of pages I’ve turned over at the corner to try and remember a piece of furniture or soft furnishing that I love. Really inspiring since becoming a home owner a couple of years ago, I just adore all the ideas and real homes they feature and I will no doubt keep taking tips and inspiration from this in all the homes I may own.

Martha Stewart Living (US) – My other choice lifestyle magazine, which features a little of everything. This is more high end than maybe Good Housekeeping, so is maybe a little less useful in terms of practical things I can use in my life, but it still makes a great read and as a big Martha Stewart fan, I can’t help but love this.

InStyle (US) – The issue featured here is the UK version, but I actually prefer the US version – it’s the one fashion mag I really enjoy reading, as it features a ton more than just fashion, and I usually like the cover celebrity they feature. Another good one to sit down and spend time reading, this one is usually more difficult for me to locate, but I love it when I get my hands on it, and I’m sure I’ll be a fan for years to come.

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Four for Friday: Food & Drink Edition

June 11, 2015

I hope you’ve had a lovely week and will have an even lovelier weekend. You all know what I’m up to so I won’t remind you, but have a good one, whatever you’re up to and I hope you start Monday feeling refreshed and ready for a new Summer week. This Four for Friday features some delicious recipes for you to try, I’ll certainly be giving them a go once we’re back from Berlin and I’m settling into married life! Enjoy.

Four for Friday: Food & Drink

Cotton Candy Champagne CocktailBACON AND CHEDDAR WAFFLES WITH HOMEMADE SYRUPSweet Peach Tea GranitaELVIS ICE CREAM SNACKWICHES

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Weekend Packing

June 9, 2015

Weekend Packing

I’m in the middle of packing for our wedding weekend (eek!) and am trying to go over in my head all the things I’ll need whilst I’m gone. I thought this would make a great opportunity to do a post on weekend packing, as I feel like I’m doing it so often (we quite often stay at my parents’ house on a weekend), especially when it’s for something particularly important like this one.

Weekend Packing 2

These are the kinds of things I usually pack for a Summer weekend away (3 days/2 nights). This amount of clothes gives you enough for 3 day outfits and 3 evening outfits, in case something gets marked or you change your mind.

Clothes

  • 3 dresses (1 smart, 2 casual)
  • 2 pairs of trousers (1 smart, 1 casual)
  • 1 skirt (smart)
  • 3 shirts (2 smart, 1 casual)
  • Pyjamas

Accessories

  • 2 pairs of neutral coloured shoes (1 flat, 1 heel)
  • 1 neutral coloured bag
  • Jewellery

Cosmetics

  • Cleanser, toner & moisturiser
  • Cotton wool
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Make-up
  • Hair grips & bands
  • Perfume

Weekend Packing 3

And a few extra tips on what I’ve found to be useful:

  • Borrow

Cut down on what you pack by trying to borrow things that other people might bring. This will obviously only work in a group scenario, but I have been known to borrow so many hair products and shoes whilst I’m away with my sisters and it means packing lighter as a group. Some things you can cut back on as long as one or two are packed: toothpaste, hair products (dry shampoo, hairspray, etc.), chargers). Don’t forget, if something small is forgotten, you are likely able to pick it up at a shop anyway.

  • Re-use accessories

Don’t overpack the types of things that can be re-used. I rarely pack more than two pairs of shoes (one flat, one heel) and one bag and I just ensure that they’re neutral enough to go with the outfits I’ve included.

  • Don’t overpack for weather changes

No, you can’t always predict the weather, but there’s also no need to pack a ton of different outfits, all for different weather scenarios. The key to this is layers and small essentials – a light rain jacket or small, portable umbrella is enough to tackle rain and a long-sleeved shirt or thicker cardigan is plenty for a chilly evening. It’s easy to panic if there’s something unexpected forecast, but it’s just about thinking ahead and being sensible.

  • Plan ahead

Don’t pack the night before your trip, throwing everything you like into your bag or case at the last minute. You will probably end up with plenty of nice outfit choices, but you won’t be able to wear it all and you’ve probably packed more of one thing than another, so you’ve probably wasted space. It may not be quite as fun to plan each outfit ahead of time, but it’ll save you time and space later on, so it’s worth doing. By all means, take a change of clothes in case of emergencies, but don’t overpack for the sake of it, your luggage carrying arms won’t thank you for it!

  • Downsize where you can

Do you really need to take every make-up item in your vast collection? Probably not. As long as you have enough for a daytime look and a nighttime look, then you’re good to go. I have two different bags for my make-up, one contains pretty much everything and the other is the one I use for occasions such as this. This kind of stuff takes up a surprising amount of space, so anywhere you can cut back is ideal.