Guest Post| Katherine-Louise

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

I jumped at the chance to share a post with you whilst Steph is away - I love finding new blogs this way and it makes it so easy for everyone. I'm Kat, a make up artist and blogger over at Katherine-Louise. I've been blogging a lot of style posts lately - so I thought I would do just that for you today, to give you a taste of my blog. 

We all know summer is coming to an end - I spotted some seriously crunchy leaves on the road recently, and the air is getting cooler. Saying that, when I woke up a few Sunday's back to see a perfectly blue sky, I took the opportunity to crack out my legs one last time. I threw a stripey tee over my favourite denim dress (a steal in the Topshop sale back in May), and simply accessorized with a classic Zara mac to keep the breeze off. I was comfy and casual for a wander around town and an iced coffee (or two).

Tee - Primark
Dress - Topshop
Pumps - Matalan
Mac - Zara

Guest Post| Becky BedBug

Sunday, 19 October 2014

While Stephanie is away in Florida getting married (which I am not at all jealous of, by the way!), I'm writing this little guest post. Funnily enough, I just got married in Florida a couple of months ago so it makes sense to write about my own experience and, specifically, why I decided to get married without my family present.

Honestly, I always thought I wanted a big, fancy wedding. When Rich proposed, I had visions of marrying in a local stately home, with a big flouncy dress and a fancy band- it was all planned out in my mind. The only slight niggle I had was my parents: They went through an extremely turbulent divorce 15 years ago and can't stand the sight of each other. How could we have a calm, relaxing day knowing my parents would need to be kept apart at all times? Who would walk me down the aisle? Although it's traditionally the father, we don't really stay in contact and my mum was the one who brought me and my brother up. How could I tell him I wanted my mum to walk me down the aisle instead? It was a big knot of stress in the pit of my stomach.

Then one day, and I think it was actually Rich's suggestions, we decided that we wouldn't have the big, formal wedding. Instead, we would take our two close friends to Florida and marry there. No stress about aisle-walking, no awkward seating arrangements, no worries. Besides, it suited us better. We're both very casual, low-key people who don't exactly like being centre of attention. Perfect solution!

We did feel the need to compromise, however, and decided to host a small wedding reception for close family and friends on our return. Knowing both my parents would be there was something I panicked about a lot, not least when my mum rang up in advance to ask about seating arrangements as she didn't want to be anywhere near my dad. We actually didn't have seating arrangements and let everybody choose where they wanted to sit. That took the awkwardness out of it somewhat. My dad was surprisingly very respectful and made an effort to be kind to my mum, whereas she decided to just ignore him. Both reactions were fine by me, since they avoided any conflict.

These days, it seems most families have some sort of issue with members not getting along, so I have some advice for those in a similar situation:

1. Consider allowing people to seat themselves so you avoid the awkward feeling of relegating certain people to the back.

2. Our venue had indoor columns, which we used strategically to create a visual block between some tables. Perhaps you could position props carefully to section off areas: Pretty screens, balloons or sheer fabric are possibilities.

3. If possible, speak to any potentially difficult guests beforehand and remind them of the significance of your day. Most people will want to help you, and speaking to them directly usually means they can't refuse.

4. Ask a friend to act as a diversion if necessary. I'd prepped one of my best friends and she really went out of her way speaking to various members of my family to keep them away from each other or direct their attention away.

5. Ultimately, try not to panic! Despite my worry, my family were very respectful of us and stayed well clear of creating any drama. We were very proud of everybody in the end!

Although weddings can be ridiculously stressful events, preparing in advance can make a real difference. Just remember, if all else fails, you can just run away and get married without any family at all! It certainly made things easier for us. 

Frankenstein Family

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Costumes from Asda

With Halloween just around the corner I wanted to sow you some Halloween costumes from Asda. They kindly sent us some so we could get into the spooky spirit, as a whole family. 
Of course I think the dog outfits are the cutest thing, but they're all so good for the price. 

We may have looked a bit silly in the sunshine but give us some green paint, and a good Halloween party, we would have rocked it!! I'm excited for all the Halloween fun that we may see in Florida, this year, but I hope you all have fun and get down to Asda for any costume and decoration needs! 

Severus Turns ONE

Friday, 17 October 2014

Bed and Treats c/o Feedem

Today my little boy turns one year old! Oh my gosh, I can't believe how quickly this year has flown by ♥

We first met Sevvy when he was only 4 days old, and had the pleasure of picking him up to come home a few months later. He was Severus the day we met him, and so glad that name was our choice from the start, and although it gets some funny looks some times, I adore our little Snape.
He is a fine young gentleman, although he is still a bit of a monkey. He enjoys cuddles, loves getting under the duvet cover with us and still has an argument with the post every day it pops through the door. He is extremely loving but at the same time likes being his own dog, he can jump higher than my head and can swim as well as Rebecca Adlington.
I'm so glad we picked a spaniel, and I'm so glad it was him! He's been hard work, and still is challenging every day but he loves learning and he wants to keep us happy too. 

Happy Birthday my baby boy, we love you with all our heart and so glad our first child was a fluffy brown one that has given us so much joy and happiness.

Guest Post| It's Cohen

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Vintage leather jacket: £17.50. Lavish Alice dress. Clarks sandals. Cath Kidston tote bag. Rotary watch.

I've been reading Stephanie's blog for such a long time now that after months of reading about the planning and the organising it seems odd that her wedding bells are ringing after all this time - but boy am I glad they are! There's nothing like a day celebrating happiness to put a smile on your face, and I'm always looking for a reason to keep that a permanent fixture.

Obvious well wishing aside, I'm the next blogger in the exciting series of guest posts Stephanie's got lined up while she's away. I'm Rebecca and blog at It's Cohen about lifestyle and fashion with a few really bad jokes inbetween. I live in Essex (the nice bit) and work in London, and I can't help but get some typically touristy shots every time I stay the weekend in the big smoke. One sunny Saturday my friend and I went for a stroll around Canary Wharf and we managed to get a few snaps in which I don't look completely windswept. I'm wearing my new bargain leather jacket along with one of my favourite Lavish Alice dresses which I've been wearing non-stop since it arrived in the post - the perfect outfit for a relaxing day spent wandering the shops and heading out for drinks with friends.

But that's quite enough from me, all that's left is to wish you all a lovely day, and here's to Stephanie's dreams coming true (told you my jokes we bad).
It's Cohen

It's My Wedding Day

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Today at 2pm in Orlando, Florida I will be marrying my best friend and my true prince charming

As you read this, I'll probably still be in bed- as Orlando is 5 hours behind the UK. However in a few hours I'll be awake and excitedly hurrying around with hair and makeup, getting ready for the most important day of my life. We have planned this day for 17 months, and now it's finally here! The day I dreamt about, some times had nightmares about and have been counting down since our beautiful afternoon tea engagement

I have been with this boy for over 6 years and I truly can't wait for him to become my husband, to spend my days walking Sevvy with, and nights drinking fizz with. Dancing in the kitchen with, giggling about nothing with and holding his hand when I really need it. He's always been my forever, and now today it will come true. 

To Sam,
My vows will say it all but I can't wait to see you at the aisle. To put a ring on your finger and start our Happily Ever After. Thank you for always understanding, for being my best friend and always taking my blog photos! I hope everyone finds their someone special, that I have found in you.  


Guest Post| Frolics & Fashion

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Left to right: Collection Seduction // Barry M Dolly Pink // Mac Milan Mode // Mac Creme Cup // Barry M Pillar Box Red

Hello readers of Steph's blog! My name's Eloise and I blog at Frolics & Fashion, Steph has oh so kindly let me loose on her posts so I thought I'd go down the beauty route.

As you can see from my white and freckled arm up above I have pale skin, it's not that nice porcelaine skin a'la Zoeey Deschanel, it's just your typical freckly burnsinanysunlight skin. It's because of this that I've finally realised that beautiful corals and daring oranges will never grace my lips, they just clash with my redness and match my freckles.

Thankfully though I've found some shades that are perfect for us pale-ys and some of them are cheapies from the drugstore - wins!

Collection Gothic Glam in Seduction £2.99
This is a pretty new purchase but it was love at first site, it's my first Collection lipstick and I'm impressed with everything about it. The staying power is incredible, the finish is a gorgeous velvety matte, and the colour is a deep gothic red which is sort of 90s esque. Definitely recommend.

Barry M Lip Paints in Dolly Pink and Pillar Box Red £4.49
I say this all the time to anyone that'll listen, Barry M does not get enough credit. I think because they're known predominantly for nail polish and maybe "that brand with the dazzle dusts", their other products seem to get overlooked. They really shouldn't because their lip paints are such great quality! They're a creamy formular with loads of colour payoff and look even better with lip liner. Plus they've got loads of pinky shades which are great for pale skin!

Mac Creme Cup & Milan Mode £15.50
Obvs I couldn't do a lipstick post without a cheeky Mac mention. Creme Cup and Milan Mode have been my faves for yonks, whenever I'm at a mac counter I always find myself drawn to a super pretty pink shade only to realise it's one of these. Milan Mode is a lustre finish so it's really sheer and glossy, it's not got a long staying power but it's one of those that you can whip out without a mirror on the go.  Creme cup is a cremesheen finish so again it's not that bold in colour but it's perfect with a smoky eye and looks great for day and nightwear.

What lipsticks have you found suit your skintone best?
Frolics & Fashion

Blogger Photo Shoot

Being asked to get involved with a blogger photo shoot campaign is certainly one that makes me proud of Stephanie Dreams, and where I've come with this little blog of mine.
I don't deal with high fashion, I'm plus size and I spend the majority of my work in a green tunic!
Getting involved with the Sandwich clothing Autumn/Winter campaign was so much fun, and I got to wear amazing clothes all day after having my hair and makeup done too.

I fell in love with the beige boots, wanted to throw leaves at everyone and may have purchased a new hat! Gemini have some amazing clothes and wonderful brands, and the shop was a dream too. I can't Thank them enough for letting me style up some wonderful outfits. 

I love the Autumn, and although I will be in sunny Florida for most of October, I'm hoping to come back and share some lovely styling with you including an A/W Lookbook!

Guest Post: The Disney Bride

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

The giggle is usually followed up by… ‘you’re getting married where? Mickey Mouse walking you down the aisle then huh!’  I smile, shake my head and turn away.
Yes I’m a Disney Bride, and I’m proud of it!  My wedding day is my day to be a princess, and where better to be a princess than at Walt Disney World.
Our decision to marry in Florida wasn't solely based around Disney, when you are trying to bring together two families from different sides of the world, who travels?  Who has to foot the expense and the 24 hour flight?  In my book, we all do!  My family is travelling from Australia to meet us in Florida for our wedding while the rest of us are travelling from London. When we were looking for venue’s, we both went straight for Disney as it’s running through our veins, it’s our happy place, where we like to spend our time and where we truly bonded, we just adore it there.
We've spent the last three years planning and scheming and even took a special trip over to Florida in November last year to see our venues, meet our planning  teams, taste the food, and the cake… man do they know how to cook!  We have an amazing team on our side over there who are going to make me look amazeballs, marry us (the I Do guy as Paul calls him!) transport us, feed us, photograph us, video us, live stream us to the masses, and put on a fireworks show for us!

We are getting married at Disney’s Wedding Pavilion, a purpose built building next to the Grand Floridian Hotel which is all Victorian, beautiful and flowery, and smells amazing (they pump vanilla essence through the air conditioning system).  It has a special magnifying window behind the alter to make Cinderella’s castle appear closer than it actually is, and brings the castle into your ceremony.
After the I do’s our guests will be transported to our reception venue, whilst my new husband and I (eeek!) spend some one on one time with our photographers and videographers.  Our limo will be waiting to take us to join our guests at our reception venue, which is located inside the EPCOT theme park.
The venue has 5 massive windows that look into a 5 million gallon aquarium!  Called the Living Seas Salon, the private space runs the length of the aquarium giving us an our guests a front row seat to all happenings in the tank.  We will be serving hor’oderves during our pre reception, followed by steak, lobster and chicken for our wedding meal.

Assisting us with cutting of the cake are two quite famous ducks… but they won’t be allowed to eat any!

Following the conclusion of our reception we will be again transporting our guests to a private viewing area where we are serving yet more food, cheese and ice cream along with some very special slushie cocktails.  We will have an unobstructed view of the Illuminations fireworks show to finish off the night.

We are so excited and thankful to be able to have our dream wedding in the happiest place on earth!

Our Pre-Wedding Shoot

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Last Weekend we had our pre-wedding shoot on Studland beach. It was such a gorgeous day, the location was dreamy and our photographer was an utter babe.
I've known of Lindsay for some time, but working with her on this shoot was so wonderful and my gosh did she do us proud ♥

On Monday we travel to Orlando to start our wedding adventure. Spending a week out there before we say "I do". I wanted to capture some moments with a little shoot before we become husband and wife, our last while engaged. 

Studland is gorgeous and I really hope to visit again some day soon, it was so quiet and most the time I could only hear small chatter and the waves of the sea. The locations that Lindsay took us were perfection, from beach to grass to sea and even a phone box in between.