wedding chat

Our wedding album

I bought our wedding album from Paperchase months before our wedding. I knew that I wanted to print out all of the photographs and create a scrap book style album myself instead of getting one professionally done.

Our amazing photographer Josie Parr sent us our photographs on the day we got back from honeymoon which we thought was amazing. This meant that we could drag out the wedding celebrations for longer because what no one tells you about getting married is that after it is all over and the planning is done, you do feel a little empty inside.

After spending over an hour in Boots and £86 later on photograph prints I had time to put the album together, here are a few of the pages from the finished album…

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fashion

Debenhams fashion show

It was another amazing event held at Debenhams Leicester. The personal shoppers put together this fashion show in aid of Loros and Coping with cancer. The theme for the show was Beach wear, very fitting for this beautiful weather we are experiencing and this being holiday season.

I love photographing the fashion show and seeing the styles come to life on each model. Our Debenhams fashion shows are always a massive hit with a brilliant turn out, here are some images from this event…

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lifestyle

My week in images

Recently I have been trying to be more present on social media, this may be due to the fact that I treated myself to a new phone and unlike my old phone I can actually have various apps without the phone shouting at me for having 0 space available or constantly remind me that my phone needs an upgrade yet my device is too old for an upgrade, anyway, I digress.

One of the Apps I have been using a lot is Instagram. I love being able to document my day to day life, share images with friends & family and keep up to date with what everyone is up to.

Here is what I have been up to, told through my Instagram posts from this week…

IMG_04901. We have a bag full of our Honeymoon souvenirs and I finally got around to fixing this onto my keys this week. If you are a Simpsons fan, like me, you will know the story behind this Bort key ring. We bought this from Universal Studios Orlando in the Krustyland section.

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2. I weigh in at my local Slimming World group every Wednesday evening, this week I was rewarded another certificate and I felt incredibly proud of everything I have achieved while on my Slimming World journey.

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3. What I ate on Wednesday evening. The weather was hot, hot, hot at the start of this week so I decided to go for a jacket potato with lots of salad and speed food.

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4. My handsome date for the evening. Alex and I decided to have some “us” time and go for a meal at Cosy Club in Leicester city centre. This was Alex’s first time eating here and my second. I was really impressed the first time I came so wanted Alex to experience it.

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5. Chicken bang bang salad from Cosy Club, this meal was immense! So delicious and tasted really healthy too.

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6. Alex and I were the only ones in the whole restaurant, this sometimes puts me off eating somewhere if there is no one else around – I think sometimes it kills the atmosphere but because Cosy Club has so many interesting things to look at and a quirky feel to the place it made it more chilled for us.

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7. After our meal we headed to The Curve theatre. While I waited for Alex to have his costume fitting I spent some time relaxing in the foyer. While waiting I could hear parts of the production of TRAINSPOTTING, it sounded amazing!

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8. What I ate on Friday, Slow cooked beef curry and lots of speed food – absolutely delicious!

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9. Alex will be performing in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights Dream. This production is at The Curve Theatre in Leicester from 10th August – 20th August. I am so excited to go and have a magical evening at the theatre.

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10. What I ate on Saturday – Sweet potato with homemade coleslaw, two mini homemade burgers and salad – lots of speed and very tasty.

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11. This post was just a little appreciation to my Husband, the most amazing man I know. Alex is so driven, hard working and caring. Everything this man does makes me so proud.

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12. The BEST SYN free treat. I love peanut butter but I have to SYN it so having this Muller light taste just like peanut butter and be free?! how can you go wrong with that?

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13. Finally a little selfie with my curly hair on Saturday. I love this hairstyle but it does take me forever to do.

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fashion

The Capsule wardrobe

The Capsule Wardrobe method has been used heavily in the fashion world and includes a collection of essential pieces that can be mixed and matched throughout the seasons.

The term “Capsule Wardrobe” was created by the owner of: Wardrobe – A London boutique in the 70’s.

The pieces in the wardrobe have the versatility to take you from day to night. So wear your outfit to a work meeting, then add a statement necklace and some heels and you’re ready for cocktails with friends.

Creating a Capsule Wardrobe minimises those painful moments staring in to your clothing collection and wondering “will this skirt go with that top?” as every item in a Capsule Wardrobe is interchangeable.

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Layering

We have now entered into the Autumn / Winter season which means adding extra layers is crucial for this time of year. Layering is not just about keeping warm though, there is fun to be had when adding on an item of clothing to finish a look.

To layer an outfit you can use knitwear, jackets and accessories to bring a different texture / look to your outfit foundation which is typically a blouse, t-shirt or vest.

Long cardigans are great for layering as they keep the outfit flowing and can introduce a different block colour from your bottom half to make the top the focal point of any outfit.

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 Personal Shopper tips

Within my job at Phase-Eight I regularly work with the Debenhams Personal Shoppers to help customers find outfits for all sorts of occasions. The Personal Shoppers have amazing knowledge style and can answer any question / give advice when it comes to fashion.

At Debenhams Leicester, our Personal Shoppers use Capsule Wardrobe regularly in their “wardrobe update” appointments. I caught up with Hafsa, a personal shopper at our Leicester store who offered some tips to help anyone wanting to create their very own capsule wardrobe

1 – Use base colours such as black, blue and grey on your bottom half and team that with bold prints and accent colours. All base colours should be able to go with any print or colour to help maximise your choice of outfit.

2 — Creating a Capsule Wardrobe is all about maximising outfits with the amount of items you have. Have a look in your current wardrobe and ask yourself: if you need to de-clutter or add new pieces.

3 – You can use accessories to give you a stronger look. Belts are great for breaking up block colours and giving the illusion of a waist.

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What are your favourite fashion tips?

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Travel diaries

Disney World Photopass pictures

Honeymoon blues have well and truly hit! I think about Florida every single day and wish I was back there, head to toe in Disney magic, eating ALL the junk food and scaring the crap out of myself on thrill rides.

Alas, I am back in the UK and have been now for over a month. I have been looking through our Photo pass pictures and thought I would spread some magic by sharing them here…

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Just as a minor disclosure – I would LOVE to be able to do a review of the Photo pass service but ours came free with our tickets so I don’t know how much this usually costs and if the price people normally pay is worth it. For us it was great because we had someone to take photographs of both without doing that whole awkward thing of having to stop another guest to take our photo. We also loved the interaction with characters and the shots were set up beautifully. Saying that, I wouldn’t say they quality of the images is amazing but they are  still a lasting memory.

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wedding chat

Our wedding day

It’s surprising to think that our wedding was nearly two months ago – It feels like it was yesterday but it just shows that time does moves incredibly quickly. I can honestly say that our wedding day was the most special and happy day of my whole life but there were many things I wish that I had known before hand and things that I learnt along the way that I wanted to share with you.

Planning a wedding is fun, it’s also quite stressful, confusing, time consuming and expensive. I think planning is so important and a massive reason Alex and I had little to no stress on the days leading up to the wedding and wedding day itself. At the very start of wedding planning, Alex and I sat down with a notepad and pen and fleshed ideas out – what theme would we have? colour schemes? Who would be the Bridesmaids? Etc… And although most our plans worked I wish, with certain ideas, we spent more time thinking them through because not all ideas worked out the way we wanted them to.

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The same way that certain plans don’t work out is that certain people don’t work out – It was hard to come to terms with but some people just let us down when we genuinely thought that they would be there for us. While planning our wedding we began to see people’s true colours and when you think you know someone this can come as a shock. As well as this we were shocked with how many opinions people had about absolutely everything to do with the wedding, my biggest advice is to remember that it is yours and your partner’s day and the decisions are ultimately yours to decide together.
I shocked myself with just how calm I was throughout the day, I had weeks of worrying about me being a crying mess and not being able to get my words out but when it came to the day I was so calm and collected, I got emotional but wasn’t hysterical like I had thought. It’s easier said than done but I wish I would have relaxed more in the weeks running up to the wedding and not had panicked about me because I did great.

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Everyone said to me “Your wedding day will go so fast so enjoy it” they were right! The day literally flew by and before we knew it the music had stopped and it was time for everyone to leave. Savour absolutely every second of your day and don’t be sad if you forget little bits because the most fun part is hearing the day re told by various guest’s perspectives.

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I think a lot of people get so wrapped up in the wedding DAY that they forget about the marriage afterwards that is going to last forever. Both of our lives have changed already and the way we view one another and our relationship has changed too. When we both started back at work after we came back from our honeymoon we had a lot of “It’s all over now, back to reality” but to me I feel like yes, the wedding day may have gone but that was just the first step towards the life long marriage.

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The best thing about being married is how my feelings have changed for my husband (it’s so weird saying that). I look at Alex now and see a life together, a future of years and years and the start of our family.

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