Our Wedding : The Reality of Planning [Part 2]

So following on from my wedding goals post, I’ve decided to talk to you about my wedding planning I’ve been doing. After going to a few weddings in the past few years, all I wanted to be was a wedding planner. I’m in love with the idea of love, I love to see people in love and I think weddings are a beautiful symbol, not to mention have me in tears without fail. So when Ben proposed, I was more than ecstatic. I am so excited to marry the one man (and I say man because most of my ex’s have been ‘boys’) I’ve ever felt crazily in love with, I feel like a smitten young girl in his arms.

The reality of planning the wedding I’d always dreamed of is, to be quite frank, a pain in the arse. I have enjoyed some bits which I’ll get into, but in other areas I’ve wanted to pull my hair out. Don’t get my wrong, I’m still excited as hell but some parts of this planning process I could’ve done without.

I won’t get into too much detail with this one as Part 3 is going to be details of my actual wedding, the more exciting bits, so you guys can have an insight to what sort of wedding we’re going for!

First things first, being the organising nob I am I made a wedding spreadsheet.

Screenshot 2014-12-07 16.04.45Colour coded and everything! So firstly I made the above tab with basically every aspect we need to think about so we don’t forget anything…I originally forgot to budget in favours – I mean I didn’t even know what these bloody things were! Luckily Ben’s cousin is also getting married to one of the most awesome girls I’ve ever met who I’ve mentioned before in posts about sticking together with his fam…so yeh she’s been helping me with ideas too!

Another important tab I definitely think is our budgets tab! For example I didn’t even realise how expensive flowers were for a wedding, I budgeted £500 for these….you think we can find any in that region? Nu uh. I mean not everything we’ve gone over budget on, infact we’ve saved a lot of money in some areas but budgeting is a MUST before organising a wedding.

I would show you that page but I think it’s a bit controversial as some people will be like ‘HOW MUCH’ or the opposite and think we’re scrimpy tight wads!

DSC01382 DSC01380 DSC01393So after much advice, browsing on the internet and gifts like the wedding planning and notes book that I was given, the rest of the planning could commence. I think having everything organised, printed, saved, whatever your preference is a must.

The order we planned in went something like this:
– The amount of guests
– The venue
– The registrar
– The date
– My dress
– My hair and makeup (priorities girls!)
– DJ
– Photographer
– Bits for favours
– First attempt at Bridesmaid dresses
– Save The Dates
– Cake
– Flowers
– Chair covers (another thing I didn’t even think about)

Currently…
– still looking for bridesmaid dresses
– having our invites designed

What’s left to do…
– Pick our rings
– Plan a honeymoon
– Choose our wedding food
– Send out invites
– Create our favours
– Find my wedding shoes
– Get the men’s suits
– Think about thank you gifts
– Buy the page boys and flower girls outfits
– Sort out the table plan and theme (already got an idea for this one 😉 )
– Buy a wedding book/something to write in

So we’ve still got lots to do but we’ve got the worst bits out of the way. My most favourite was obviously picking the venue and finding our cake supplier – who doesn’t love cake tasting.

My most stressful parts were definitely finding my dress and (still trying) to find bridesmaid dresses. A little piece of advice to anyone getting married; do not say to your bridesmaids they can pick what they want/ decide if they don’t like your choices. With the amount of bridesmaids I’ve got, it is just not happening! I’ve already bought 2 sets of dresses and had to send them all back, so yeh, pick the dresses and they’ll have to like it or lump it!

I’ve also had a problem with one of my bridesmaids but that’s for another time or maybe not even on here! But yes, be careful all your brides-to-be.

So my part 3 is basically going to be details of our actual wedding so you can have a little insight in, but to go in with my planning, here are some of my other photos. [WARNING: Spoiler alert]

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My Mini Skincare Routine

As we all know I am so lazy with my skin. I won’t take makeup off at night, I won’t use the correct products for my skin type and I definitely don’t use face masks enough. But, I don’t have horrible skin. So y’know, I believe if you don’t dabble too much with products it can actually be better for your skin. I find the more I irritate it by using too many products, I get red and blotchy and my skin is a hell of a lot drier.

Most days I will use these face wipes every morning and evening along side the carmex for my lips. These two are my staples on a day-to-day basis and to be honest, I probably could get away with just these as my skin is pretty friendly to me *touches wood*. I will also always use the below moisturiser twice a day, every day. It’s in a really thin serum type format (great lingo there Tay), it’s light on my skin but moisturising enough to help my dry skin and not grease me up.

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DSC01411If I feel my face is in need of some TLC, i’ll use the seaweed collection from the body shop. Normally after a big girls night out I’ll need to do this, so I’ll firstly use a face wipe, followed by the cleanser, the facial scrub and then the toner. Both the cleanser and toner are my least used products. I will scrub my face probably once a week maybe, just to freshen it up. But other than the above products I don’t really use anything else: except……

DSC01413Everyone needs a lush product in their life! Of course I use a range of face masks quite often, not just from Lush, but I find theirs work a little better and they’re also friendlier on my skin! Some smell a bit suspect but most do the job they advertise! I’ve also added their lip scrub in because now it’s winter, my lips are an absolute joke. I don’t know if anyone else gets this problem but when I drink red wine in the winter, it gets in the cracks of my lips and makes me look like I’ve been chewing on a dead body all night!

So there we have it, my boring skincare routine. Really sorry it’s not full of amazing, expensive products but to be honest I just don’t need them. Just to add in, I was using the body shop Vitamin E eye cream, cause I have bags of hell, but I’ve asked for a Kiehl’s upgrade to this for Christmas so I didn’t want to replace it, I’ll just wait, patiently……!

November Favourites

I have never even thought of doing one of these posts as most bloggers and vloggers who do them are really into beauty and you may have worked out by now that I am not! So mine is a little bit of a mix I guess, I found so much I was loving this month but I decided to have a real think of what I really loved and used a lot this month. In no particular order….

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A very autumnal/winter smell. I love cinnamon, I eat it in my porridge most winter mornings and I add it into baking a lot so this is my perfect candle. As you can see I’ve burnt the top but for once it’s actually burnt evenly. I really love Yankee candles, I try and give all sorts of candles a try but nothing beats the quality of a Yankee. Their smell is so strong and I think they’re so worth the money. I’ve been burning this evey night I’ve been at home but I’m scared it’ll run out soon – splashing out on candles when you’re supposed to be paying for a wedding probably isn’t the best idea!

DSC01399Alongside Elf and The Grinch, this is my favourite Christmas film. It’s one of my favourite genres entwined with Christmas and has Jude Law….how can this not be a good film! It’s Ben’s guilty pleasure which I found out quite early on after I’d met him which always makes me chuckle even writing this, he acts like he’s a man’s man but his heart is softer than mine! If you want something to get you in the Christmasey mood, this film will do it.

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I’ve never liked tea or coffee but after doing a lot of research into healthy/clean eating, green tea was something that kept coming up as an incredible product. I can’t lie, the first time I tried green tea I gagged and spat it out and it’s taken me the whole of November to get into it, but I will actually reach for a sachet of this stuff now. It does help that this is a wintery flavour and it masks the green tea flavour. It’s got to the point where I have about 4 of these a day at work but for £2.40 something for 20 I should probably cut down! But if anyone isn’t into tea or wants to start out on green tea, this is the right way to go.

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When I saw this in Primark, I was trying to buy some winter clothes and I’d remembered in recent years lot of ladies wearing these and I thought what a genius idea! Not being the adventurous sort I opted for grey which has been THE BEST BUY EVER. It goes with everything and unfortunately for the snood, it has had wear most days since it was purchased. It is warm, cute and it doesn’t itch which is my pet hate for scalves. I’m pretty sure this was only £5 too, what an absolute bar-gain!

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Another clothing item which I didn’t think would make my favourites, but as I’ve worn it to my last couple on nights out/date nights I thought I best add it! This beaut was £14.99 for H&M, I was browsing my new local town for clothes and you know them days where you need to spend money but can’t find anything – I was having one of those…until I walked into H&M. I find that in H&M if you look hard enough you can find some absolute gems, by that I don’t necessarily mean some bargains but some awesome clothes that are hidden away because they have such a huge collection. It’s so difficult to show without putting on, which was a ‘no no’ tonight as my hair looks like I have dunked it in a chip fryer. But it is tight in the places I want it and comes out at the exact point to flatter my figure. I will add a picture of me in this soon for you guys in due time, just not tonight I’m afraid. So yes, a flattering but short enough dress to wear out with some black peeps toes and jazzy hair to make the style look less plain.

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(Please ignore my dirty desk) I know, I know, I know. This is a classic and something I will have in many favourites to follow but right now this has been my life saver. I put this on in the morning before my hour and whatever drive into work and it has worked wonders. I like that it tingles, who doesn’t love a tingle 😉 But seriously, this product is awesome!

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I flit between Garnier body moisturisers, they used to do a favourite of mine but when I bought this it wasn’t available. This has not let me down. If you use this enough, it has great results but unfortunately I get lazy in the winter when I don’t have to have my pins on show a lot and because of my lack of effort, I need a moisturiser that is ‘intense’. The bottle doesn’t lie! It does the job!

DSC01406Ben and I have moved into a bigger, semi-detached house, which compared to our terrace house, is fucking cold. We’ve really noticed the difference but we can’t moan. The pluses that this house has massively outweigh the fact it’s harder to heat. Because I’ve been comparing it to the North Pole with my Dad, I’ve had to whack these bad boys out. These were a present from Ben from Bedroom Athletics. I’ve just googled the company and a picture of these came up straight away so if you need an awesome pair of slippers which feel like a soft puppy between your toes – BUY THESE!

DSC01409Bargain! This is the one word I’d use to describe this set! I love the big versions of these bottles, I normally buy the pot on the left and when I saw this in Superdrug for £4 I had to buy it (even though they advertise this as a gift – oppsie)! The smells are amazing, granted you don’t come out of the bath smelling like a mango and a papaya but until anyone can find me a shower gel that smells gorgeous and leaves you smelling the same, I will continue using these bad boys! The variety of flavours/smells are incredible and there’s one to suit every nose! The one which is missing, strawberries and cream, is my current favourite, it’s light pink in colour and smells divine. Unfortunately he couldn’t make it into this post because he’s in my mumma’s shower!

I tried to add a picture of my last favourite, but it wasn’t happening! It’s an audio book by Giovanna Fletcher – you’re the one that I want. With my new commute, I wanted something to amuse me for 2+ hours a day and I thought this would work. It definitely didn’t disappoint, my only problem with audiobooks is the price! Why are they way more expensive than actual books? They’re not physical products unless you buy an audio CD and if you’re only buying it in an mp3/mp4 whatever format from iTunes, why are they roughly £10.00!? This has led me to want an audiable prescription, but for £7.99 a month for one, when I got through this in 6 days, I’m not sure if it’ll satisfy my cravings!

Please let me know your favourites of the month, especially if they’re candle/movie based. I am such a hermit in the winter and I love getting suggestions like these to keep me in!

THREE WEEKS AH! xx

Waxing Worries

This isn’t a subject most people will be interested in reading about so you’re welcome to press the little x right now, but when I was first looking into getting ripped to shreds I wanted to know everything I could, from the benefits to the horror stories. I find even the most famous beauty bloggers don’t touch on hair removal, perhaps maybe for their image but also because it’s quite personal, who knows?

Since the age of 13 (I think) I have shaved my under arms and legs (and actual arms once but that’s another story). Shortly after I decided I didn’t like hair in the other ‘arena’ so decided to use a hair removal cream called Veet, a brand I’m sure you’ve all heard of. As we all know, this stuff has the essence of a dead rat, so why I proceeded to use this as a hair removal treatment alongside shaving for a further 5 years I do not know! I even took Veet travelling with me, thinking this was the best hair removal product out there, let me tell you, lying in a bikini in 40 degree heat with my ‘rat’ smelling like a dead rat wasn’t cool.

Until I met two girls travelling, one of which is now an amazing best friend, who had a drunken chat with me once about hair removal ‘down there’. They both had been waxing for several years and ensured me to try it when I got home, as they’d both experienced one out in Thailand and said the brutality of it had the potential to put me off for life.

After two or so months after returning home, I took the plunge and booked a wax at a beauty place my friend had recommended. For £30.00 a hit, for the full whack, I personally thought this was outrageous but was secretly tempted to see what the fuss was about. Newly single, I had turned up to the Saturday morning appointment dreadfully hungover and started feeling pretty sick.  After being told to go into the room and strip naked from the waist down and lie on the paper towel covering the massage table (if only I was there for a massage) which I later proceeded to cover in back and bum sweet (nice) and tear from jolting around so much, I sat nervously awaiting my demise.

As it was my first ever hot wax (which by the way girls, is 100% less painful than warm wax with strips), they decided that getting me on all four’s straight off to wax my behind may have been a bit of a shock, so I was told to bend my knees at right angles and lie comfortably. I can tell you there is nothing comfortable about what happened next. I ended up kicking my poor beautician, who I’m now quite friendly with, after the first line of wax was pulled off and it didn’t get much better. It was a sweaty, bloody mess to tell you the truth.

Booking up a 2nd wax was probably the best thing I did. Everyone who has ever had a wax will tell you, the more you wax the easier it becomes – and they’re right! The 2nd one wasn’t as painful and the 3rd felt like a breeze. Granted, they are still painful but throughout the last 4 years I’ve been waxing I’ve learnt several tips.

  • Going in with a hangover makes it so much less painful. The fact you still have alcohol in your system means you relax more AND you’re mega chatty to the beautician so you forget what’s going on ‘down there’.
  • Take a paracetamol or ibuprofen half an hour before – granted, sometimes this doesn’t work as much as I’d like it, but there have been times when they’ve been a miracle I tell ya!
  • Steady your breathing – this is the hardest one I find as the more you try and think about your breathing, you start to count, count those seconds before she ruins your bits!
  • Get friendly with your beautician because if you do accidently boot them, it’s loads less awkward! Hahah, just kidding, if you have loads to catch up on, the time really does fly.
  • Do not and I repeat DO NOT go back to shaving/any other form of hair removal once you’ve switched to waxing. Firstly, you will eventually get annoyed at the speed of your hair growth with these alternatives and want to go back to waxing and when you do…..there’s hell to pay. Remember that first wax you ever had? Yeh, you can bet that it’ll be near if not just as bad as that experience.

I know this is an expensive luxury (if you could call it that) but there are places you can go where they’re cheaper. You can get student discounts and from experience if you live up north waxing is a lot less expensive. However, do not be fooled, you pay for what you get. I went for the cheaper option of a warm wax with strips…..let’s just say I have a little less skin in that arena following said wax. I had also been silly and not followed my own advice and went to a cheap salon where the prices were low (I’ll cut myself some slack, I have just moved house and I’m getting married – money is tight) and consequently the end result wasn’t what I was after. It’s safe to say I’ll be going back to my regular salon.

All in all, I am definitely pro wax! The results are so much better than any other hair removal I’ve tried and considering I have a very low pain threshold, anyone out there can get used to it! So my advice is to give it a go, just have a few wines the night before, or a few hours and you’ll be fine.

If any of you have any questions about hair removal, please don’t worry about asking as I’ve tried pretty much everything that’s on the market!

23 sleeps! XX

50 Facts About Me

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking recently, well, just doing a lot in general if I’m honest. I’ve been reading blogs and watching vlogs in my spare time and I’ve realised I haven’t been too kind to my own. It’s needed some planning and some brain storming but i’m hoping to keep it alive. For my first post back, I’m going for a 50 random facts about me post, as these are my favourite to not only read but to watch on YouTube! Also if I’m being honest, this is an easier post for my poor little hungover mind today so here goes!

[1] Ben and I had a puppy called Hans this time last year but we had to give him away (fortunately to someone we know so we can go and visit him) because he was too violent towards me, he was alpha and I had failed him and myself. He was unbelievably gorgeous and it was the first time I had my heart broken when we gave him to his new owner. Luckily he went to a family with another German Shepherd and they’re the best of friends, so at least he’s a happy pup.

This was him at around 12-13 weeks.

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[2] I have 3 older brothers, one of which has a different Dad but I never see him as any ‘half’ brother, if anything, I see him as my second Dad because of our 10.5 year age gap.

[3] I have a sugar addiction. All I ever crave is chocolate and sweets. My favourite is Cadbury’s Caramel mmmm.

[4] I used to have an eating disorder and I’m not proud of it. It led onto another illness and it was just a crazy time of my life.

[5] I will be a married woman as of 13:30 on Saturday 20th June 2015. And I’m marrying the most gorgeous, amazing man in the world.

[6] Green, well mint green in particular, is my favourite colour. I have never been a huge fan of ‘girl’ colours like pink and purple, I guess that was the tomboy in me.

[7] Thailand is the most incredible place on earth, I found myself there and I cannot wait to go back. Honeymoon Ben? 😉

[8] I have three tattoos and three piercings we may soon be four! I’ll keep you posted on that one.

[9] I share all of my thoughts with my closest friends and family, unfortunately for them they know everything about me even down to my bowel movements and waxing stories!

[10] I have angry thoughts when I’m driving, I have such a good blog post idea for this! There are sooooo many drivers who wind me up and now that I have an hour and fifteen minute commute to and from work 5 days a week they really grind my gears even more. I am also a van man now 😉

[11] I used to be obsessed with guys with germanic sounding accents – or well just german guys. There was an air of mystery to them and I always told my dad I’d marry a German or and Austrian guy. Yeeeeeh that one didn’t pan out, Ben is as English as they come.

[12] I think I have an eclectic taste in music, a lot of people say they do when really they probably just like to use the word eclectic. However I think I do! I’ll name 10 varied artists I love: George Michael, Taylor Swift, Beautiful South, Chris Brown, Death Cab for Cutie, Ryan Cabrera, Spice Girls, Blink 182, The Corrs and Brian McKnight. I tried naming the more famous ones there so you’d get an idea.

[13] I have played the recorder, glockenspiel, electric guitar and piano from the ages of 9-16 at various points but would not have the confidence to play any of them now!

[14] One of my worst traits is that I do not stick at anything especially when it gets tough. I think this is partly the Gemini in me, we get distracted and like variety. This means I am a bit of ‘jack of all trades’ and master of none.

[15] I fucking love pizza, I can’t decide whether Pizza Hut or Dominos is my favourite and I am devastated I now live in the arse end of nowhere which no pizza place will deliver to! My belly will probably thank me for that though.

[16] The Fault in Our Stars film is probably in my top 3 of saddest movies. I cry the whole way through that heart wrenching movie and after I watch it, I go away thinking (for all of about 24 hours) I should be doing everything with a ‘YOLO’ attitude and tell the one’s close to me how much I love them.

[17] If I could change one thing about my body it would be to have a flat, toned stomach.

[18] If I could change one thing about my personality…hmm this one is a little harder, either I’d change number 14 or I’d like to stop lying. I am an arsehole for white lies but in the last year or so I’ve been trying to change this. Little things like ‘oh I can’t come because I have uni work’, those kinda lies. Now I am just honest and say ‘naaa I don’t fancy it’.

[19] Ever since I was young, I have only really liked to have ‘1 best friend’. I am pretty selfish and don’t like to share and also, it’s a pain in the arse telling like 5 people every single detail of  your day, updating them with everything from dates to feelings and gossip. I much prefer to have a close bond with one person and have lots of acquaintances. I think part of this stems from not really trusting girls either, although that’s really changed since leaving 6th form as my boy mates decided our friendships were worth wasting by trying to get into my pants!

[20] Stress makes me cry! This one I’ve learnt very recently with everything I have going on at the moment.

[21] My Dad is the most amazing person I have ever met. If anyone says a bad word about him *punch to the face*.

[22] When I was younger I really wanted braces and glasses, now I have two half-fake front teeth and I do actually need glasses which are irritating.

[23] As above, I have two fake front teeth from about half way down. I did it racing my then 15-year-old boyfriend in a car park , tripping on a speed bump and not doing the natural thing by putting your hands in front of my face and smashing them on the tarmac. Yeh, the hill-billy jokes before my dentist sorted it out were fun!

[24] I have previously cheated on an ex. I’m not proud of it but I also don’t regret it, otherwise I wouldn’t have done it in the first place. Only regret the things you did not do.

[25] I’m the laziest girl, I never take my makeup off before bed, I often forget my night time tooth brush, I barely blow dry my hair and I don’t wear makeup daily.

[26] Out of all of the ‘arts’ I don’t appreciate going to the theatre and actual art. I don’t enjoy the former and I don’t understand the latter.

[27] If I had three wishes, I would 1) wish I could speak all languages fluently 2) have a sick body and 3) wish my family and friends a lifetime of good health and good times.

[28] I love ‘me’ time. I like my own company which has something I’ve only just come to realise. A few years back there’s nothing I would’ve hated more than being alone but now I love it. I think it’s the freedom of being able to do what I want, when I want with no obligations. I think I personally need to the head room too.

[29] I had a ‘slutty’ year. After I broke up with my ex of 3 years, I went a little cray cray, or ‘Ray Ray’ as my closest would call it/me and didn’t give two flying fucks about guys feelings. I was probably sick of people not caring about my own and I did want I wanted. I don’t regret it at all, it was fun! Being single is awesome, so all you single girls, embrace the free life haha!

[30] I have a potty mouth. I can’t even control it around people I really should, such as my in-laws and older people. I do try though 🙂

[31] One of my favourite feelings in the world is the accomplishment after a run.

[32] I wish I could go back to school/sixth form. Those were definitely some of my favourite years.

[33] My side of the bed is the left side (as you’re in the bed itself).

[34] My favourite position to sleep in when Ben is on shift is right in the middle with both sets of pillows turned at a 45 degree angle cocooning me into a warm slumber.

[35] The majority of my underwear is either white, black or red. BORING.

[36] I can gain and lose weight very fast, so I have to be quite careful. Note to my future self before our wedding, don’t eat too many cakes chubby!

[37] I really hate Indian food to the point I can’t be in the same room as anyone eating it, it makes me gag!

[38] I used to wear boosty bras even when I had bigger boobs than I do now, but I only own one now which rarely makes an appearance. I just know I haven’t ‘got it to flaunt it’ haha.

[39] My top half of my body is a clothes size smaller to my bottom half and I don’t even have a big bum to justify that with! 😦

[40] Cheese and Onion crisps are my favourite flavour!

[41] One of my many nicknames when I was younger was ‘Tee Towel’, cheers Rozza! (My bro!)

[42] I’ve been lucky enough to not have anyone close to me die, so I’ve never had to feel that pain most of you probably have. It scares me so much. Although, I did cry my eyes out when our old family dog Kaiser was put down! R.I.P you lad.

[43] I still don’t understand how printing money causes inflation and everything surrounding printing money. It confuses me and I wish I’d taken economics for that reason.

[44] I studied French, German, Psychology and Politics at A-Level and I’m currently studying German and French at university.

[45] Being ignored is probably one of my biggest hates. With the advances in technology and we can now all see when one another is on their phones there is NO excuse to ignore people, it’s damn right rude!

[46] I love living in the countryside, I could never live in a city!

[47] I sometimes get Ben to read my books to me before bed – I’m such a child haha. Because I love it so much, I decided to start buying audiobooks too for when he’s not here, like tonight!

[48] Thursday is my favourite day of the week, everyone starts to cheer up and I can see the weekend in sight! Plus I don’t really mind my current job so weekdays are as enjoyable as weekends sometimes.

[49] My mums roast cannot be beaten. FACT.

[50] I hate hair extensions, why girls wear them I do not understand, they look so fake. Well, each to their own, if you wear them, great, I just couldn’t stand them. Plus my hair is so skanky and thin, you’d notice straight away if I even attempted to slip some in!

So there we go 🙂 a little more insight into my life. If you like the post, stay tuned and I will be updating much more on here in the days/weeks to come. I also think I may do a Blogmas, which will kick start my blogging efforts. This will probably include a lot of fitness chat as I’m doing another Will of Iron over chrimbo and I’ve started to up my mileage!

Ciao for now all xx