16 November 2016

The One Where We Got Married.

What better way to come back to blogging than by sharing the most amazing day with you? Go big or go home, right? Well I'm going big with a gigantic post all about our big day. Our really bloody wonderful day. It's a whole load of photos with a few bits from me in between. I plan on doing a little wedding series where I go into more detail on each aspect but for now, I'm mostly going to let the pictures do the talking for you.

Awake at 7:00AM. There's nothing like a cup of tea and a chocolate brioche to wake you up on the morning of your wedding. The super-excited Maid of Honour lying in the bed to me also helped.
Who knew you could get six bridesmaids, two hair-dressers, one make-up gal, one photographer and two videogrophers into one kitchen?

While we were being made to look a million dollars, Liam and the groomsmen were busy working their magic at our venue, Shilstone House. There were a couple of little bits needing to be done before the venue staff took over - table plan being put into place, delivering the fresh flowers etc. All of us would be staying in the venue's beautiful accommodation - a converted barn style house - that night so the lads headed there to get ready before we arrived at 11:00.

A quick sneak up to the second floor of the house before the lads could see us while they were getting ready downstairs. A few people thought it was a little strange being in the same building as Liam but I really liked it. Knowing he was just downstairs getting ready while I was upstairs made it that little bit more exciting. Rushing past windows while he was outside in the sun so as not see him or him spot a glimpse of me.

 Liam and the Groomsmen occupied the guests as they arrived while the sun shone brightly. I ignored all weather updates during the week leading up to the wedding. I'd decided what will be will be. There was nothing we could do to change the weather so we'd just have to deal with the rain if it came. Well luck was well and truly on our side because I swear it was one of the hottest days of the year. We could not have asked for a better day.

Up until the moment before I walked down the aisle I was as cool as a cucumber. Leading up to the wedding people asked us both if we were nervous. The morning of the wedding everyone kept checking in with us both to see whether the nerves had kicked in yet. Each time they hadn't. Liam was never going to be nervous, he just doesn't get nerves. Me? I knew the second the music started playing and I had to walk down that aisle would be when my nerves kicked in and boy was I right. I knew that they were all waiting for us to arrive, for us to walk down the aisle and it made me want to vomit. I gripped on to my dad's arm so tightly and repeated whispered "dad!... dad?... dad!" until I got to Liam. Once the walk down the aisle was over I was back to being as cool as a cucumber. *insert sunglasses emoji here*

A couple of hours soaking up the sun was just what we wanted. The children were playing, the adults were laughing and everyone got on perfectly.

There were 5 speeches. I love a good speech at a wedding and I'm always so sad when they're over. Our wedding party certainly didn't disappoint. Laughter, memories and a little nod to those who couldn't be there was perfect.

 As the evening guests trickled in we headed out with our photographer, Dom. We genuinely could not be happier with the way he captured our day.
We then got our first dance over and done with. It was something we weren't looking forward to but we embraced it. I quickly made sure my niece was there with us to take away the limelight. Jimmy Eat World's 23 played while we awkwardly waddled on the spot for a while... for two people who didn't want to slow-dance in front of their guests we sure picked a great song to do it to! 

Once the awkward slow dance was out of the way we happily danced the night away to the completely awesome playlist we'd spent months putting together. Bobby Vee, Spice Girls, Paramore, Ne-yo, Panic! at the Disco, Hanson, My Chemical Romance and so many more played until sadly, it was time for the party to end.

It was honestly the most perfect day.

♥ L e o n a 

28 March 2016

Lush Tea Party :: Easter 2016

So Easter is nearly over. You've eaten all of your chocolate and you're probably wondering how you can carry on the fun after Easter is done and dusted. Well don't worry because you can still grab some goodies from the Lush Easter range, and believe me, they are wonderful.

love the smell of Bunch Of Carrots. It smells like spring and it really makes me excited for summer.  With ingredients like lemon, bergamot and grapefruit It's such a fresh and refreshing smell. It's also a reusable bubble bar and although they're a little more expensive than other bubble bars they really are worth the extra money. Depending on how many bubbles you like you usually get two or three uses out of them which is worth that little extra.  

I'll be honest, I've never been a huge fan of the insanely glittery bubble bars. They're just not my jam. I can appreciate how ridiculously beautiful they are though and Golden Egg Bath Melt is definitely beautiful. Just being in the same room as this badboy will cover you in glitter. You'll spend the rest of the week feeling like a princess! 

Snow Fairy fans, you'll love this. Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb reminds me of everyone's favourite Lush scent. I'm in the minority here, but Snow Fairy is not one of my favourite scents because it's just so sweet. I much prefer Fluffy Egg's scent because it's not too sickly. 

Ultraviolet Bubble Bar is seriously one of my favourites. The goth rainbow as the lovelies at Lush call it. Maybe it's because of my little emo heart that I'm drawn to the colours of this one or my love for the weirder lush smells. Whatever it is that draws me to this badboy, I just love it. It smells like Parma Violets and it makes the most beautiful coloured bath water. It's huge too! You can break it in half and that way you get more bang for your buck! 

Humpty Dumpty and Which Came First? Bath Bombs are so exciting! Not just because of the funky face and cute designs, or the pops of colours - I can't decide which colour combo is my favourite, but these babies hold a little surprise... Crack them open and you'll find another mini bath bomb inside! I won't spoil it for you, just buy them and crack 'em open!!
Bouncy Bunny Shower Jelly is weird. It smells fantastic and it looks seriously cute but it feels weird. Something about the texture doesn't sit right with me. You're probably someone who can ignore that  and just enjoy the wonderful jelly for what it is - a beatifully scented, moisturising shower jelly. I have always been fascinated with the shower jellies. They always look like so much fun! I'd feel quite bad using this little guy though, he'd pretty damn cute. 

What do you think about the Lush's easter range? Have you managed to treat yourself to any of these yet? If you haven't, get them now before they're gone! You should definitely treat yourself to Ultraviolet because it's a dream. A real life dream.

22 February 2016

Doggy Treats With Barkbeats*

 We never get tired of treating our dogs do we? I know I don't. I'm always looking for little toys here and there. My only trouble is that I'm really bad at making decisions. Would Rex prefer this rope toy or this funky chicken looking thing? The only thing that I'm ever sure of is if it has a squeaker, he'll love it. It'll drive us mad but he'll love it. 

Well if you're anything like me, never fear because Barkbeats* is here to help! Barkbeats is a monthly subscription box for your pooch. The boxes are full of toys, treats and grooming products that are all handpicked for your furry friend.
It's simple! Just select the size of your dog, select your monthly plan and then enter yours and your dog's information!  The boxes start at £19 for 1 month, £14 per month for 6 months or £13 per month for 12 months.  It just makes life that little easier.  I quite often feel bad if I forget to pick him up a toy every now and then and a subscription box would be perfect. At least one new toy every month and a bunch of treats for him to enjoy. A happy dog makes happy dog parents! 
Speaking of new toys. Look at this badboy. This thing squeaked like you would not believe. I have never heard a dog toy squeak as loudly and as high pitched as this one. Rex absolutely lost it. He patiently waited while I snapped this picture but once it was out of it's packaging he was in. He was occupied for about an hour. Don't get me wrong, it drove us mad, as squeaky toys do, but it's funny to watch him loving life. It took him a fair while to get into it too. He usually tears into a Kong toy in about 5 minutes but he was there for at least an hour before he started to really destroy it. 

His favourite thing from the box was clearly they toy but the treats went down very well too. The Stanford biscuits especially. They actually smelt really great... for dog treats, haha. The water bowl was a happy surprise. I've been looking for a new water bowl for him for a while now and it's pretty damn cute that it's in the shape of a heart. I don't think Rex really gives a damn about that but it does make me smile. 

If you fancy treating your furry friend to a monthly pressie you can do so with 50% off thanks to Barkbeats. Use code Leona50! Take a look in your pooch's eyes and tell me they don't deserve it.

♥ L e o n a 
*I was sent a product to review by BarkbeatsAll views are honest, and in the words of Bert, "indubitably!" my own.