Wedding Planning So Far

27 February 2018


So todays post is all about my wedding and where I'm up to so far! These months are flying by and at times I feel like I'm barely keeping my head above the water!

Mathieu, my partner, proposed to me at the beginning of December 2016. I thought I would love wedding planning as I love organising things, but oh my, was I in for a shock. We looked at our savings and thought £5,000 would be a perfect amount to spend on a wedding. As soon as I started looking at venues, oh my god I realised that £5,000 was not an okay amount as most places started at £4,500. Bloody hell Chester.



I am not religious so I also did not want to get married in a church as I thought it would be a bit weird/hypocritical and envisioned a gorgeous green, outdoor wedding. That's when I hit another snag. In the uk there are a lot of wedding rules. I wanted an outdoor wedding and pictured a rustic ceremony in a field but uk marriage laws mean that that outdoor place needs to be licensed. Also it needs to have a roof. So that was fun trying to find places with a roof. Just what is that UK marriage laws sort it out! So after being rejected from place after place and cowering from some prices I had a mini melt down and told mat I wanted to elope. We downsized our party and have now decided to elope with 30 family members to Scotland. 


Why Scotland you ask? I chose Scotland as I spent most of my childhood holidays in Edinburgh and on the islands. My wee granny is from the Isle of Lewis and after spending so much time there I knew Scotland would be a beautiful place to get married. The bonus? The marriage laws are different and I can get married outside anywhere! Queue party emojis. So this year we are getting married next to a Loch near Edinburgh and I'm so excited. 

I finally got permission off the local park rangers after a few months of emailing back and forth and the best part? As it's a local park it is completely free to use. So after looking at venues starting at £4500 hearing that it was free was music to my ears. 




I have now booked a celebrant which was pretty easy and we're going to Scotland to meet up with her and sort our ceremony details out. I can't wait. I have just put down the deposit on my restaurant and now everything seems to slowly be falling into place. After so many months stressing out as nothing was going to plan, this is a huge weight off my shoulders. I have also reserved my hotel to get ready in/stay in and it is gorgeous! My mum and I have made our wedding invites, and have sent them all out. We are now waiting on RSVPs.

We have now met our celebrant, done cake testing, and have sorted bridesmaids! Hooray!







Still on my list to do:


  1. Dress Fittings
I have finally found my dress! After thinking I was never going to find something I finally found the one. I wasn't the biggest fan of wedding dress shopping. It's so disappointing as it's one of the things I was most looking forward to (aside from marrying the love of my life haha). The experience was bittersweet and I definitely think the shop plays a part in the whole thing. I tried some beautiful boutiques and was shocked that some of the people in it couldn't be arsed with the whole thing. One lady kept sighing as I asked her what style she thought would suit me and made me feel like I was just wasting her time. But hey ho, I've got mine now and I adore it. It's exactly how I envisioned and now all I need to do is go to my dress fittings for her to spruce it up.


      2.  Find Mathieu a suit 

Oh  my god. He is worse than me. I have booked him in to try on some Ted Baker suits and I'm determined that he's not leaving the shop until he's bought one, or at least decided on a style.

      3.  Sort all Documents

We have got our papers ready to go, we need to send them off in March and collect our wedding license three days before the big day.

      4. Finalise details and payments

I now need to chase up a few RSVPs and contact the venues and such to let them know how many are attending. We have also paid deposits on most things but now need to start paying the full payment.

Are any of you planning a wedding? What are your thoughts on it?


x








Travel Beauty Must Haves

22 February 2018


Currently Mathieu and I are taking a mini city break to Edinburgh to catch up on some wedding planning. I love packing for a trip or weekend getaway. I know some people despise it and will leave it to the last minute but I am one of those people that pack ten days earlier than needed. Aside from organising my clothes and whatnot, I love to set out a wash bag and organise my make up and skincare. As Mathieu and I are saving for a wedding,  we have agreed on no holidays till it’s all over. But to keep our sanity, every couple of months we take a small trip somewhere overnight, keeping it cheap with AirBnB, just to get out of Chester for a day or two. 



By doing this I’ve gotten used to downsizing my skincare items and adding to it when needed, and also? Buying extra pots and bottles. Why do I get excited about that stuff, I’ll never know, I’m blaming it on cute minis. 

Chucked into the depths of my wash bag you can find a mini toothpaste, a fold up toothbrushes and an abundance of hair pins. I like to take along a mini deodorant8 and I usually opted for mini roll ons but that was until I discovered Native Company's Coconut & Vanilla powder deodorant. I got this in a Birchbox and wasn't too keen on the idea of scooping out and applying my deodorant until I gave it a whirl. I was pleasantly surprised by how I loved the product, it worked, felt comfortable and smelt amazing. I kept getting wafts of coconut whenever I moved, I can't complain about that. This is the sample size and you get it in stick form but for now this cute jar is my travel go to. 

Next up I religiously go everywhere with my mini vials of Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate and the Daily Reviving Concentrate. I adore these oils and they are a permanent staple in my skincare. Hopefully I'll get around to sharing my skincare routine up on here soon. Speaking of Kiehls I was given the minis and a wash bag for Christmas by a friend and I have loved trying out the products as I wouldn't have bought them for myself. I have loved the Ultra Facial Moisturiser mini and definitely think I may purchase the full size. I usually use the Ultra Facial Cream with SPF but I love how lightweight the moisturiser feels in the morning. I also enjoyed the mini Shampoo and Conditioner. I wouldn't really choose Kiehls for Haircare as they're my trusted skincare loves but I have definitely fallen for the Smooth Oil Infused Shampoo paired with Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Conditioner  even using the mini sizes I saw a huge difference in hair and was impressed straight away. My hair was left thick, shiny and smelling good. They ticked all the boxes for me. Next up comes the Kiehls Ultra Facial Cleanser, I keep this in my travel wash bag as I do love it and love that it does the job and really cleanses my skin. I don't keep it on my skincare rotation though as I find it a little drying after use. If I don't moisturise straight away, my face definitely feels a little stripped. 


So here are a few of my wash bag staples for when I travel also containing as many samples that I can cram into it.


Whats in your wash bag? x



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Valentines Date Night Make up

14 February 2018


I will be 100% honest here and say I am a complete novice when it comes to make up application. I'm good at doing my base, contour doesn't really scare me, and eyebrows are my game. But eyeshadow is a whole new ball game. I fail miserably at applying any kind of powder, it's as though my eyelids sense my fear (honestly) and as soon as a brush hits lid it instantly goes patchy and won't budge.


One thing that has slowly helped me achieve my fantasy of having okay eyelids on a day to day basis or night out is my main lady, CT. I purchased the Face palette and it has honestly instilled some sort of confidence in me with my (non-existent) eyeshadow game. The three steps are my mini "eyeshadow for Dummies" guide and I am not complaining.  I honestly get so many compliments on my eyes when wearing these three shades and even had a friend say she was "really feeling" my look when she saw me. I never thought I'd see the day.


This year I will be celebrating Valentines at my wedding venue! Très romantic. We will be in Edinburgh by the time this post goes up and that night we will be visiting the restaurant where we're having the wedding meal and will be checking out our hired room to get a look at what we're working with for decorations on the big day. I've got my little red dress already to go and hopefully my new CT Lipstick in Shanghai Nights will be the perfect match!



What are you up to tonight? 


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Lush Valentines Haul

12 February 2018


Give me any excuse to buy Lush Bath Bombs and I'm ya gal. I love to horde these babies and stash them in a box in the bathroom to hide them from Mathieu. In this case I actually gave him these as is also a LUSH fiend. This year saw the return of the Unicorn Horn which smells divine! Isn't it always the hardest part to pick out your favourite ones? I love that it gives your skin a silky touch after getting out of the bath and it smell like a pick and mix, bonus points!


I loved this newbie, the Whole Lotta Love Bubbleroon. How could I say no?  I'm a big advocate for cinnamon scented anything and this has a subtle scent of cinnamon and apples. Heaven. I love that this one is coated in the gold glitter giving a lovely golden shimmer and it gives of a swirl of bubbles when put in the water. Such a nice little gift for someone who's not a fan of string, heady scents!


And even though there were many more to choose from, I couldn't say no to this guy! An actual Love Boat? Sold. I am such a kid at heart and it definitely brought a smile to my face as it sat on top of the water. A little different from the others, this gives of a zesty citrus smell and makes the most photogenic bath! 

Next I want to pick up the bath oils and give more of them a try. Have you tried any of these? 


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Valentines Gift Guide

10 February 2018

I love Valentines day. I know not everyone shares this view as it's over commercialised but a day dedicated to telling your loved ones you love and care about them really makes me happy. In this world I think we could do with having more days in the year to celebrate it. I see no problem showering the people I love with goodies and treats to show them how much they mean to me, especially as most of my family and friends live a few hours away.

Here's my little Valentines Gift ideas to spoil the loves in your life




Tell me your thoughts, are you a Valentines lover or a hater?

N x

February Goals

08 February 2018



Get ready for Scotland

This month Mathieu & I are taking a small trip to Edinburgh to finalise a few wedding plans. This means I need to call up a few people and arrange some meetings with them all whilst squeezing in visits to my venue and restaurant, and also squeezing in a Valentines dinner at our evening due venue! I can’t wait for a little city break! Edinburgh is so beautiful!


Weightloss



Sooo the "eat healthy" NY resolution didn't stay around for long and I feel like i've got myself into a right rut. I feel so sluggish and feel like any last morsels of motivation are just evaporating out of me. I need to get my arse into gear and start meal planning and getting in those 30 minutes of exercises whenever I can. I have my first dress fitting in March and do not want to be reporting any gains to her!

Read a book

I love reading my blogs and scrolling through Instagram, it’s obviously so inspiring and motivating but I want to start taking time to read again. I’ve always been an avid reader & I don’t want to replace mindless scrolling when there are so many books I want to read.

Start swimming again


As I mentioned above I need to get my butt into gear (literally) with getting fit and watching my weight with my wedding on the horizon. Out of all the exercises life throws at me I prefer swimming. It’s the only form of exercise that doesn’t make me want to cry so that’s a bonus in my eyes. I haven’t been since November so I need to start ASAP.

Be more organised


I love using my Bullet Journal & will spend an evening setting it up for the month only to leave it on the side and forget to look at it! This month I have simplified it and hoot keep it on me at all times to ensure I’m using it and writing things down!!


What are your goals? 

Love N x

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