Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Tanya Burr, Glamour magazine, my wedding & the pressures of social media

I picked up Glamour magazine yesterday, partly I admit because I finally found one with the free Clinique red lipstick (it’s a total dream, BTW) but also because I’m a big fan of Tanya Burr and I really wanted to read her interview. I flicked straight to it on the tube, pretty much expecting it to be like her videos – frothy, sweet, girly, not very deep. I have to say, I really didn’t expect it to make me think.

Glamour Tanya Burr

In the article, Tanya clearly comes across as more adult – it’s a deliberate decision, I think, emphasised by the mature, seductive photography – and it’s apparent that she’s at a crossroads with her career. I can see how for a Youtuber with a young following it is quite difficult to know how to ‘grow up’ – presumably, Tanya doesn’t want – and can’t- spend the rest of her life baking cheerily in Christmas pyjamas, but that’s what her viewers crave. I thought that was really interesting, but what really got me thinking was her discussion around her decision to stop ‘vlogging’ so much – videoing her daily life and putting it on the internet – particularly in relation to her marriage.

Monday, 23 November 2015

10 tips for making yourself feel pretty and pampered when you’re broke!

When I’m feeling rubbish about myself, there’s one surefire solution – a splurge in Boots or, even better, at a high end make up counter. Some posh moisturiser here, a deep clay mask there, a shiny new lipstick in pretty packaging and a bubble bath that smells like everything good in the world, all topped off with booking a holiday to the Maldives (what? A girl can dream) and suddenly my dreary day feels shiny again. But what about when it’s the end of the month and your bank account is feeling more Primark than Prada? I’ve got a couple of top tips to get you feeling glamorous, pampered and above all, happy, all without breaking the bank. 


Friday, 20 November 2015

Another 10 Ways To Sneakily Celebrate Christmas Early

One of my most popular posts of all time is this one, 10 ways to sneakily celebrate Christmas now! It seems like it isn’t only me who starts feeling festive the second the Halloween pumpkins come down, or wants to deck the halls as soon as the fireworks have stopped ringing in my ears. Sadly, we’re still surrounded by Scrooges who moan about how it’s only November, stop singing Mariah, GET THAT TINSEL OFF YOUR HEAD.

As that post is now two years old, I’ve had a little bit longer to come up with EVEN MORE ways to sneak around these holiday Grinches and start feeling the Christmas spirit, like, now. So without further ado…hide this list from your partner/mum/friends, and start rocking around the imaginary Christmas tree!


Thursday, 19 November 2015

Debenhams Christmas Make Up - #FoundIt

Until last week, I would never have considered Debenhams as the place to go for high end make up. I’ve always wound up buying it online and paying shipping costs, or searching out tiny boutiques in London!  

Debenham's #foundit

Earlier this week, I attended a Debenham’s Christmas Party at Mahiki where Debenhams were promoting part of their #Foundit campaign, which aims to demonstrate the number of Christmas present crises that can be solved by a quick trip to Debenhams!


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Cosy Yorkshire Escape To The Country!

 This weekend was spent escaping the London rat race in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.

York Country Cottage Pear Tree Cottage York


Monday, 16 November 2015

10 things I’ve been loving this week

It’s been a good week! Firstly because I’ve only been at work for four days – I’m off to York today for a lovely cosy weekend with my husband and his family (still find it so foreign saying husband! When did I get so old?) and secondly because I’ve had lots of lovely things going on! Top ten little pieces of happiness this week:

My new blog layout! I’d been planning on updating my blog layout for ages, but was a bit worried about how to order one, where to get it from and so on. In the end, I went with pipdig – they had amazing reviews and all their templates looked stunning, so I felt like I was in good hands. They installed the whole thing for me within a day and I absolutely love it! I feel like it’s given my blog a new lease of life, it looks so shiny and pretty but still really simple – it’s exactly what I wanted!

2.       Going to a blogger event with Debenham’s on Tuesday night (post coming soon) and finding a Mary Lou Manizer highlighter compact in the goodie bag. Glowy skin dreams.

3.       A perfectly cold glass of white wine at Mahiki with my sister at the aforementioned event – if only every bar knew how to make wine taste so lovely!

4.       Winning a the November Birbox in collaboration with Skinny Dip via Jennie May’s gorgeous sailboat blog. I’ve followed Jennie for ages because I absolutely adore it – she takes the most beautiful photos and her articles are always really interesting and honest. I love Skinny Dip and so I’m so excited to receive this!

5.       Free Snow Ball Dough Balls at Pizza Express on a random Thursday lunchtime – what a treat. I want to go back and have a full on Christmas meal there because some of the pizza options and starters looked epic! (This photo is actually from a previous years' Snow Ball Dough Balls because I didn't take a photo this time - but that just proves how much I love them, doesn't it?)

6.       Fajitas with my sister and her fiancé, with another glass of wine (or three) OBVS.

7.       Ogling Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner in the early photos from the Victoria’s Secrets Fashion Show, and running a PB on the treadmill because I will look like that asap…

8.       ….then eating a spontaneous Nandos because YOLO and hey, I don’t have to parade about in my underwear anytime soon, thank god.

9.       Secretly listening to Christmas music on my iPod and smiling on the train because everyone around me is in commuter hell and I’m in a happy festive grotto amongst the elves (in my mind).

10.   All the Christmas drinks coming back – Costa Black Foresthot chocolate, get in my mouth. Well, that sounds dodgy. Anyway!

What have you been enjoying this week? What do you think of my new blog layout?  

Thursday, 12 November 2015

My Wedding Day – The Reception Party

You might have noticed I've been somewhat dragging out these posts. This is the final one, and I can't help feeling a kind of sadness as I post it that all the planning, the excitement and the magic of the day has come to an end. I've thoroughly enjoyed reliving my day through writing these posts and I really hope you've enjoyed reading them! Thank you so much to everyone who has left lovely comments, it means more to me than you could imagine. 

Without further ado, here's my post on the final part of my wedding day - I'd got ready, got married and had dinner. Formalities out of the way -  now it was time to celebrate!

T h e  C a k e

We left dinner and headed into the bar room, which I had decorated the day before with a LOT of help from my friends – in particular my cousin Edward, who had put up all our gorgeous bunting!

One thing I haven’t mentioned yet is our wedding cake. When we got engaged, I asked my sister and my best friend, Nikki, who are both amazing at baking, if they would make my wedding cake. They agreed, but they were both really nervous about how it would turn out, making me promise I wouldn’t mind if it looked a bit amateurish or plain.

I don’t think they had anything to worry about.

I honestly couldn’t believe how beautifully it turned out, even when I saw a photo of it without any decorations on. On the day, with the flowers, the cake toppers, and the little L O V E mugs (Nikki’s addition!) it was honestly the wedding cake of my dreams. Go at once to check out Nikki's instagram @cakesivebaked - she is incredible! And my little sister - I can't believe you're so talented!

I mean, just look at it! How did they make that?! I am so, so grateful to all the time and effort they put into it. It was the best wedding cake either of us have ever seen, it went perfectly with our venue and we just loved it. I couldn’t have been happier with it. I honestly didn’t even want to cut it – but cut it we did! 

T h e  F i r s t  D a n c e

Once the cake was cut, it was time for the dancing to commence! We hired an indie rock band to play all our favourites, and our first song was one they learned specially for our wedding – the theme of our day.

The Beatles, All You Need Is Love.

‘Nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be,
It's easy…’

At some point during the song we beckoned for everyone to come and join in. My sister and fiancé were first on the floor, and even our parents got involved! Soon everyone was on the dance floor, under the flickering fairy light canopy. 

P a r t y  T i m e

We’d hired a photo booth, which was so much fun – people dressed in props and then we got all the spares stuck in our guest book, with lovely messages written along side! 

Anyone who didn’t want to dance wandered between the bar and the gorgeous grounds in the summer night.

Tewinbury Farm brought out a huge buffet which was quickly devoured as our evening guests arrived. Everyone danced and chatted into the night. I even managed to Skype my cousin in Australia, which was a special moment.

It was such an incredible night, I didn’t want it to end. The band were incredible, flying out hits, and when they played The Beatles ‘Hey Jude’ as their penultimate song, absolutely everybody – even my Dad, who never dances – was on the floor.

Suddenly, I felt our friends hoist me up, and Ian and I were lifted into the air. I leaned over and kissed him, and I felt so incredibly alive, surrounded by all our friends and family, everybody singing along – it was one of those ‘pinch me’ moments. We just kept looking at each other and other smiling, as if to say I know, it’s brilliant, right?!

Not the most attractive photo of me maybe, but I think it captures how emotional I was. Oh, Ian, I love you. I feel as though I haven't said much about Ian in these posts really, and it's because there is nothing else to say except I love him, and I will love him every day for the rest of my life.

Ian and I were called again to the front, and, just as I thought the day couldn’t get any better, my parents presented me with a framed copy of the All You Need Is Love record, which was another incredibly thoughtful touch – they really are the absolute best parents I could have ever asked for. I hope I made them proud on the day, because I was and always will be so proud of them.

T h e  E n d

Like everyone says, time goes too fast, and before I could help it, the evening was coming to an end. Like sand running through your fingers, holding onto your wedding day is impossible – and there is a moment where I felt so, so emotional – sad that it was over, happy that it had been so perfect, overwhelmed by the amount of love I felt from everyone who was there for us on the day. After hugging everyone goodbye, and after a slight mishap where we couldn’t get into our own hotel room (!) that was it – we were Mr and Mrs Perrins!

I honestly could not have asked for a more perfect wedding day. I did all I could to enjoy every moment and take it all in and I still feel like, every time I look through our beautiful wedding photos, or watch our amazing video, I am transported back there. To the cool church in the dappled sunlight; to the muddy grass where I stood with Ian, laughing and ruining my shoes and drinking champagne; to the wooden dance floor under the twinkling lights and the noise of a hundred people dancing and laughing into the night. Looking at this man, this funny, silly, impossibly clever, always late, incredibly thoughtful, perfect man – with a ring on his finger, and feeling so overwhelmingly grateful to fate for letting us find each other, and for giving us the time and the space to fall in love. Sometimes - not very often - I feel as though the stars align. 

There is a lyric in the Goo Goo Dolls song ‘Come To Me’, which we used as the soundtrack for our wedding video:

Come to me my sweetest friend
This is where we start again

And that is where you leave us, starting our lives together as husband and wife.

And they all lived happily ever after

 T h e  E n d.

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