8 December 2015

Tuesday Trend Watch: Tattooed Brides

When I was planning my first tattoo, I kept coming up against the same question; what are you going to do on your wedding day? People seemed obsessed with this idea that as long as I could cover up my tattoo, a part of me, on one of the most important days of my life then everything would be fine.

Well, I'm calling this out.

Tattoos can be the most personal thing you can do, they become a part of you, a decoration on your skin that could represent a time in your life, or could just represent a beatiful piece of artwork.

And why not celebrate that on your wedding day?

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4 December 2015

That Christmas Feeling!

It's the 4th of December everyone! I am sure you all know that, but I have to keep constantly reminding myself because I am pretty sure I am stuck somewhere in October. I am a Christmas person, a Christmas nerd, a Christmas obsessive. However, the older I get, the less it seems to feel like Christmas so I am going to drown myself in Christmas spirit until I Christmas day is here and I get slightly merry on mulled wine with the people I love most in the world.

Step 1 of Christmas Spirit, a Christmas playlist. 



These are just a few of the songs I love at Christmas, I realised writing this blog that if I don't stickt to five songs, I will be here all day.

What's your favourite Christmas song? x

3 December 2015

Hello December!


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Here we are, officially at the last month of 2015! December is my favourite month of the year, full of excitement, romance and the promise of something special. It's a time for love, family and making memories.

And whilst I am tragically single, that does not mean that I am looking forward to the festivities any less! My family are the absolute best thing in my life, with my friends following a close second. I have plenty of people in my life that I love, and I am incredibly thankful for that and never feel luckier than around Christmas time. However, if someone wants to meet me by the mistletoe, who am I to stop them?

One thing I am struggling with this year, however, is a present for my mum! She is the hardest person in the world to buy for so any suggestions of what you are bying for your mums would be more than welcome.

My December To-Do List: 

1. Ice Skating

A staple for any winter, get those skates on and have the best time falling over spectacularly.

2 December 2015

Can We Just Talk About: After You


I'll admit it, I was incredibly sceptical of a sequel to Me Before You. I did not see how Jojo Moyes could match the emotion that kept me up crying until 4am trying to finish the book.

I was wrong.

The book itself is beautifully written and I could not feel more connected to the protagonist Louisa as I moved on from Will at the same pace she did, and could completely understand her motives for the moves she made.

Whilst it doesn't have the emotional punch that the first one does, it really was a good read and felt like closure for both Louisa and myself as a reader, and I was incredibly satisfied both by the book and by knowing what happened in the next stage of Louisa's life.

Also, if you're looking for Christmas presents, I would strongly suggest either this for someone who has read Me Before You, or them both together to introduce someone to the beautoful story of Louisa and Will.

What did you think? x

25 November 2015

Belated Tuesday Trend Watch: Fairground Lighting

First of all, sorry for the delay! It's been a busy week this week, I went to Chatsworth Christmas Market (<3) and got a job! I am excited to tell you all about this over the next few weeks but for now it's all under wraps.

So onto Tuesday Trend. Lighting seems to be getting more and more important, and a giant trend within this is fairground lighting. It can really elevate your day, particularly your dance floor!

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17 November 2015

Tuesday Trend Watch: Naked Cakes

Let's talk about cake, baby!

Naked cakes are all over Pinterest and they're making appearances at almost every wedding fayre. They have been a bit hit in 2015, and are proving to be going no where for 2016! Naked cakes have a very rustic feel, meaning that the decoration tends to be of the fruit and real flower variety, as opposed to any sugar work, and the cakes tend to be a beige sponge and a flavoured filling. They compliment wooden or rustic decor beautifully.

Would you give your cake a serious make under?

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16 November 2015

Colshaw Hall Wedding Venue #CheshireVenues

Happy Monday!

Yesterday was Colshaw Hall's winter wedding fayre. I had never been to Colshaw Hall and I was really impressed! One thing to note though, if you do pick Colshaw Hall, the only caterers you can use are Barretts, who are great but there is no flexibility.

The small ceremony room was my favourite part of the venue, barn-like and very light and airy, you would get some great photos to keep forever.

Over in the main house is the reception area, which is also beautiful, but a bit darker and relies more heavily on lighting, so this depends on your taste.

The venue would suit a bride who is looking for a barn-feel, but something a bit more traditionally glamorous over the rustic feel.

11 November 2015

Perfect Strangers Project



Hey there stranger!

Oh Comely! magazine has started up a project which sees strangers from around the world send each other a package. Sounds cute right? Once the packages have been sent, participants are encouraged to share their presents on Instagram as well as becoming potential friends with whoever sent the package.

If you are struggling for what you would pack, here are some ideas:

A Travel Box 

You could fill the box with little gifts themed all around travel, encouraging your perfect stranger to go on all the journeys they have been putting off.

10 November 2015

Tuesday Trend Watch: Long Reception Tables

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Today's trend in long reception tables! I really, reeeeeeeeally like these. They lend themselves to family style cooking which is another one of my favourites, just put lots of food down the middle of the table and force people to interact and begin a conversation!

Admittedly, these are dependent on whether your venue can accommodate them, but if they can, they are a really fun modern way to seat all your guests. They can also be adapted a number of ways, for your venue and the number of guests; scroll down to the last photo to see a way to make it lovely for even the most intimate of weddings.

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9 November 2015

Bonfire Night 2015

I absolutely love Bonfire Night, it has to be one of my favourite nights of the year. Fireworks, hot chocolate and the feeling that Christmas is coming leaves me more excited that ever. This year, one of my best friends and myself went to Betley Bonfire. Although it was incredibly busy and, due to rain and mud, it took us an hour to get off the car park I had a really magical evening and love it as much as ever.




Monday Smiles

Week 10! Time really does go quickly doesn't it? We are now getting into November which means I am incredibly excited for all that Autumn has to offer! Here are the seven things that have made me smile this week.

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3 November 2015

Tuesday Trend Watch: Balloons

Flowers have always take centre stage at weddings, and with good reason. They look stunning, bring nature indoors and traditionally form wishes of love and well-being to everyone in attendance. However, for the more non traditional bride, a new trend that we are seeing more and more of is making a feature out of balloons and while it may not be for everyone, my engaged sister is petrified of them, they can look really beautiful and create a really fun atmosphere.

Bubblegum Balloons on Notonthehighstreet is one of my favourite places to get wedding balloons, the giant balloons look amazing, just pop you and your groom in front of them for a photo to keep in pride of place forever. Just keep any terrified guests away.


2 November 2015

Monday Smiles

Morning!

I've officially been back in the North for a week now, and after a week of relaxing and catching up, it's time for me to get productive, and what better way to begin that with my Monday Smiles. 

1. Waking up in my home.

2. Putting up some wallpaper.

3. Buying new bedding.

29 October 2015

Initial Inspiration



Beginning to plan your wedding can be an incredibly daunting task. You get on Pinterest and there are a million and one ideas that would look beautiful on your big day. I was having a trawl through my Pinterest looking for inspiration on a blog piece and I just though, why not pick one of your favourite items within your home as a place to start?

28 October 2015

Tuesday Trend Watch: Floral Dress

For Spring 2016, there is a definite shift to floral wedding dresses. If anyone managed to make it to the wedding exhibition at the V&A museum, you will know that originally wedding dresses were made in a floral pattern and worn more than once, it wasn't until Queen Victoria and the Victorian period that white, wear-once dresses became the fashion.

So if you really want to harp back to tradition, why not try a floral wedding dress? I know I will be trying one on as it is one of, if not my favourite look.

Kathryn Conovor Couture, Katie Slater Photography

Gemma Makin via Easy Weddings AU

8 October 2015

About Time

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He can go back and change his love life as much as he wants. It takes a lot of do-overs to get things just right.

There is no other way to describe my relationship with this film than love. I love it, I love everything about it. I have written about it on a previous blog of mine, which no longer exists, and I am so happy that I get to write about it again now that it has made it's move onto Netflix. I must admit though, I am not sure I necessarily agree with the Netflix description but hey-ho.

[Just quickly, I promise not every week will be a romantic film, I do branch out and will do all sorts of genres - next week will be the crime thriller A Walk Among The Tombstones starring Mr Liam Neeson.]

One of the main things I love about this film is the relationship between Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) and Mary (Rachel McAdams). It's with incredible credit to the writer that this love story develops with a realness, and without melodrama yet still being engrossing and engaging. There are no dramatic moments when you feel the two are going to break up, these two are going to get together and be in it for the long haul and it is really beautiful, and hope-inducing, to watch.

The film develops, and suddenly you are readjusted to be watching a film that is no longer a boy meets girl story. The film concentrates on all different family relationships, particularly that of a father and son, as well as a person's relationship with their home and where they live, as well as the decisions they make.

Time travel never feels out of place in the film and feels, paradoxically, shocking real. The perimeters of the time travel are set, and while this does lead to a twist (which I will not spoil), to be honest the time travel feels a part of real life as much as him taking the tube to work.

Here is where I will tell you to stop reading if you don't want WEDDING SPOILERS.

7 October 2015

A Floral Backdrop

Floral backdrops have been around for a little while now, but I think it's safe to say that they are not going anywhere for 2016.

If you are going for real flowers, these backdrops can be quite expensive but I do think it improves the overall look, and magical feel of the piece. I absolutely love these and I definitely think that when I get married, it will be one of my first priorities as it can really lift a photo, particularly if it is behind the top table. It also means that whatever venue you are looking at, you have more control about the makeup of the room and your photos.

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6 October 2015

Out Of My Fashion Depth & #LVSeries3

I like fashion as much as the next person. At least, I used to think this before I moved in with a wonderful flatmate who just so happens to work for Burberry. I now realise that what I am with people who LOVE fashion, I am out of my depth.

This weekend, she very kindly offered me her extra ticket to go and see the Louis Vuitton Series 3 exhibition next to Somerset House. I was apprehensive at first, not only do I not know a whole lot about high fashion, I do know that Louis Vuitton is not one of my favourite brands.

However, the exhibition was incredibly enjoyable!

The exhibition explores the work of Nicolas Ghesquiere's work since he joined the fashion house in 2013, and how he has drawn on the brands heritage to make a modern collection. The work is all about paradoxes and juxtapositions and I found myself genuinely interested. The exhibit itself is made to play with your senses and sense of perception and while at times, I did indeed feel like I couldn't quite figure out where the floor was, it worked incredibly well and intensified the futuristic vibe.

5 October 2015

Monday Smiles Week 6

Six weeks! That has gone incredibly fast, before I know it I will be out of London and blogging from back home in Manchester (ish). Here are the seven things that have made me smile this week.

1. Mini burgers.

2. An inspiring conversation.

3. Finishing a project.

30 September 2015

Alternative Engagement Rings

For me, an engagement ring is something incredibly personal, and I would never tell someone what they should have. However, if you are open to new ideas and feel that the traditional diamond ring isn't for you (which is how I feel), here are some examples of alternative engagement rings that are incredibly beautiful, yet a little bit less traditional.

My personal favourite: the rough-cut diamond.

Something about a diamond that isn't polished I find really appealing. To me, it becomes a symbol for life, that the most beautiful things are often the least perfect and individual and unique.

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29 September 2015

An Elephant Birthday Party

Woburn Safari Park reached a milestone last week. Tarli, their baby elephant, turned one! I had no idea of any of this before I arrived, but it was the best surprise ever. There was cake, footballs, hay, and a very happy little elephant.

It has also inspired me to work towards a month's trip to Cambodia to volunteer at an elephant conservation park. If anyone has done this, I would love some advice/tips on how best to be of help and make the most of my time there. So definitely stay tuned for my plans!


28 September 2015

Monday Smiles Week 5

It's been a busy one for me, how has your week been? This week has been a week of pretty huge changes and a very exciting weekend. My Monday smiles are:

1. Handing my notice in at work

2. Deciding to move home

3. Getting great reactions when telling people I have decided to move home

24 September 2015

The Help

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I am not completely confident that I can express how much I loved this film, but I am going to give it my best shot.

I originally wanted to hold off watching this until I have read the book, which is in my ever growing pile of unread books and I buy quicker than I can read, and when it came to picking my Netflix choice for this week, it just jumped out at me.

And I am so glad it did.

The story develop beautifully and I was thoroughly engrossed from start to finish. An emotional scene happens around half way through that comes at you completely unexpectedly; this is where my tears started and pretty much didn't stop until the end of the film. But by no means if the film heavy. It tackles an intense subject head on, but doesn't feel too intense to watch and I would happily sit through the film again without needed a glass of wine at the end.

Viola Davis is perfect, Octavia Spencer is perfect, Emma Stone is (obviously) perfect and the three women together are the tour de force of the film.

23 September 2015

Inspired By Autumn

Happy first day of autumn 2015 everyone!

Personally, autumn is one of my favourite seasons and I absolutely relish in getting my jumpers out of the cupboard, finding scarfs I had forgotten I had bought and drinking hot chocolate (particularly awaiting Costa's Black Forrest Hot Chocolate).

I also love an autumn wedding.

I know people may say that you are at the end of wedding season, that people are tired of travelling, tired of cake (I know, who are these people?!), but I just don't agree. Autumn weddings are some of my favourites, my parents got married in autumn and I am not saying it's the key to a happy marriage or anything, but I am saying that they are still together 37 years later.

Here are my favourite ideas for an autumn wedding

The colour palette is perhaps one of my favourite things about autumn. If you have seen any pictures of me recently, you will see I am rocking a very autumnal hair colour and love it. The earthy warm browns give a really warm feeling and if I am anywhere with outdoor warming, particularly a fire pit, then I am very happy. They also happen to look great with white so you will stand out beautifully as the bride.

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22 September 2015

Belated Monday Smiles - Week 4

Well first off, I would like to apologise for this post being a day late, however I have been quite ill over the last couple of days so please go easy on me. So with that in mind, here are my seven smiles.

1. Something exciting happening at work

2. Attending an album launch

3. Waiting to tell my family the exciting news in person

16 September 2015

Monsters University

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This is a really fun post for me to write. I am a huge fan of Pixar, have watched almost all of their films, as well as the shorts, but I just didn't make it to the cinema to see Monsters University.

Before we even start, let me just say Monsters Inc is big shoes to fill. One of my favourite, and most sentimental of the Pixar films and if I was forced to sum up Monsters University now, I must admit the film didn't quite fill them.

That's not to say I didn't enjoy it by any stretch, the story was interesting, hilarious, funny, tender, all the things you expect from Pixar, and I sincerely enjoyed learning the back story to Mike and Sully's friendship, as well as meeting the new monsters who were nothing short of adorable.

The end gave me real jeopardy and I really cared about the outcome of the film, which I obviously will not spoil for anyone who hasn't seen it yet.

Graphically, the film is absolutely stunning with many scenes in the films feeling as close to real as possible. The set designers have also done a great job, creating a university reminiscent of Harvard (or what I know of Harvard, being a Brit) that makes you jealous you will never get the opportunity to attend. Attention to detail is something that I always marvel at in Pixar films of which Monsters University does not disappoint.

What Monsters University did disappoint on for me; it didn't make me cry.

15 September 2015

Something Blue

Something old,
Something new,
Something borrowed,
Something blue, 
And a lucky sixpence in your shoe.

Whilst brides are getting seemingly more and more adventurous with what they do on their big day, it seems tradition may not be that far away after all. The rhyme above is still believed by a majority of brides to be important on their wedding day, however the way that the rhyme is implimented is what brides are having a lot of fun with.

I will be doing a blog post on each line of the rhyme, but I thought I would tentatively break tradition myself by doing it in the wrong order and start with the one that is, perhaps, the best know.

Please see below for my favourite ideas of exciting ways to incorporate blue into your big day!

Source: Unknown via Pinterest

14 September 2015

Monday Smiles - Week 3

So with a relatively quiet week, and a relatively quiet weekend, I feel like the last week has allowed me to get some much needed rest and relaxation. Here are the things that have made me happy this week.

1. New black jeans

2. Beginning to put a plan into action

3. A day of nice weather

10 September 2015

The Last Month

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A lot can happen in a month. It took me around four days to move to London around year ago. I had fallen out of love with my job and wondered if I could survive in the capital city. Turns out I can. It took me a lot longer to settle in than I had preempted. For anyone wanting to move to London, I would say give it a full year before you make any judgement on how settled you feel and be prepared for it to take that long.

The last month some things have changed for me, some realisations have hit me like a punch in the face.

After being in London for for around 15 months now, it is time for some reflection. I have had some of the best days of my life here, but one thing remains the same. My family aren't here. And I am currently unsure if I can be happy anywhere that my family aren't. I used to fight against this, that my family would always be there and I could travel and that would be enough, but it isn't. It isn't enough for me to have my family a 3 hour journey away. It isn't enough for me to go home and realise that they have new in-jokes that I don't understand. It isn't enough for me that my sister is getting married and I feel like I am missing out on the planning (and being as passionate about weddings as I am, this is a BIG deal).

But do you know what the most surprising thing I have found?

9 September 2015

Sense8

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Netflix is getting a, deserved, reputation for producing incredibly addictive content that is particularly suited to binge viewing. The first season of Orange is the New Black is possibly one of the greatest TV shows of our generation. Yes, I said it. Then there are stronger and weaker episodes but overall it is still incredible. Anyway enough about that, this post is to talk about the show splitting opinion, Sense8. 

Eight strangers from cities around the globe begin having experiences that defy expectation.

If ever a summary didn't sum up a show, this is it. Sense8 builds throughout the series a very intricate web of storylines explaining how these eight individuals are linked and can experience what the others experience. Not a great synopsis from me either. Basically what I am trying to say is to truly understand the show, you need to watch it.
Let's quickly talk about the first four episodes.

Sorry Netflix, I love you and I love Sense8, but the first four episodes are not good. They are confusing and immediately draw you into a far-fetched world for which it is hard to feel empathy.

Enough of that, let's talk about five onwards.

8 September 2015

White - Not Just for the Bride

Gone are the days when white is reserved only for the bride. However, even today white bridesmaids dresses seem to completely divide opinion. I definitely know which side I fall on! I think that, done in the right way, they can be absolutely beautiful and depending on the wedding dress I end up choosing, they will definitely be a consideration for my big day.

My tips for picking the perfect white bridesmaids dresses are as follows:

1. Have different textures.
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7 September 2015

Monday Smiles Week 2

So this week I got to do some pretty amazing things. One of my best friends came to visit me in London, I went to see Mr Cumberbatch in Hamlet, which was incredible, and a boozy brunch led to a hilarious x-rated conversation. Below are my seven smiles of the week!

1. The perfect cup of tea

2. Getting to Friday

3. Cookies

6 September 2015

Sunday Funday: Brunch at B&H Buildings



4 September 2015

#WhatBobbiTaughtMe

Image: Bobbi Brown

After my last post concerning my Bobbi Brown makeup lesson, I realised I mostly talked about the experience, so this post is going to share some tips and tricks that I have learnt.

Tightlining 

The process of lining your eye under the lashes. This is one of the things I found made the most difference to my face, it really shaped my eyes and gave me the look I wanted. It also was something that I knew I could do at home.

1 September 2015

Weddings

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As I plan my sister and best friend's blog (two separate weddings, although they would be great together), I am going to create a hub of ideas and tales of what it's like to plan a wedding for two of the most important people in your life.

Please send in ideas and comment! x

31 August 2015

Monday Smiles - Week 1

So, as I said in "You've Dropped Your Smile", each week I am going to do seven things (one per day) that make me happy, just to remind myself that little smiles are all that are really important.

1. Tea

2. Starting my new blog

3. Travelling home to my family

29 August 2015

In Defense of My Face

There are things about my face that I am really not keen on. I wouldn't say hate because I don't want to deal in that much negativity. But there are definitely things that I have had to grow to be comfortable with.

I have incredibly hooded lids so eyeliner prints, my mouth curls down at the corner giving me, yep you guessed it, bitchy resting face and my eyelashes are straight and stubborn little buggers against curling.

Now we've got my moaning out of the way, shall we get on to what this article is actually about?

I went for a free(!) Bobby Brown make-up lesson and was given a complete stranger's perspective of my face that has shaken all that I have known for the past twenty five years.




The make-up artist explained my eyelids give a good line to put eye shadow on and should be appreciated, she said that my eye shape was a beautiful almond and should be enhanced and that they were a green, the rarest colour, and so I should celebrate them!

28 August 2015

Getting Out of London


It's no secret that getting out of London is good for you. The fast pace, intense environment does get overwhelming pretty quickly. I was speaking to a friend the other day who said when she first came over, she was determined not to lose her LA cool. She lost it in a month.

I have been out of London recently (I promise I will write my Edinburgh round up soon!), but there's nothing quite like going home, back to mum and dad's house where I will be cooked for. Also SUNDAY DINNER.

26 August 2015

Love, Rosie

Image: Lionsgate
Netflix can be a minefield. When you don't know what you feel like watching, the constant scroll down different categories seems like it can lest forever, or until you get frustrated enough that you either turn the TV off or watch an old favourite. I am going to attempt to help. The Netflix section of my blog is going to be reviews of TV and films on Netflix in the hopes of giving you something good to watch.

First up: Love, Rosie.

As teens, these lifelong soulmates go their separate ways. But will time apart undo the ties that bind them together?

25 August 2015

"You've Dropped Your Smile"

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Yesterday I was crossing the road at a set of traffic lights, heading into Pret to get my boss a coffee, when a cyclists remarks "Excuse me, you've dropped... your smile." Being the cool human being I am, I looked around the floor before it properly sunk in what had been said. When it did sink it, I found myself not only cracking a smile, but letting out a small laugh.

And it got me thinking. I have dropped my smile.

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