I have never been a morning person, but if there is one thing that I do love, then it has to be good tasting food and that is something that The Ivy Castle View Guildford serves in abundance.

When I was asked if I would like to attend their Bloggers Breakfast earlier on this month, I knew I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to sample some of their culinary delights, especially since I had already heard so much about The Ivy Castle View from several friends. So, naturally curiosity got the better of me and I found myself being rudely awakened by my alarm come morning, as you can probably guess, it didn’t take much encouragement from Al for me to get out of the warm bed, as I was already so eager to see the stunning brassiere for myself.

I was not disappointed either, from the moment I walked across the threshold, I was immediately greeted with warm smiles and five-star service that really was second to none. After being welcomed, I was led upstairs to the looking-glass dining room where I was immediately blown away by the stunning vintage prints, colourful art-deco style interior and gorgeous pendant style lighting. Every detail has clearly been refined to create an ambience of glamour.

Shortly, after taking my seat and becoming acquainted with some of the lovely bloggers at my table, I was offered a selection of fresh juices, coffee and still water. This was promptly followed by miniature pastries, butter and preserves. Our host Daniel was both attentive, knowledgeable and professional, coupled with the picturesque views overlooking the River Wey and Guildford’s historical castle it really is the perfect spot to enjoy a bite to eat day or night.

 

What I had

  • Green Juice – Avocado, mint, celery, spinach, apple and parsley
  • Mini pastries with butter and preserves
  • Hot buttermilk pancakes – strawberries, raspberries, blackberries with greek yoghurt, lemon balm and warm strawberry sauce
  • Gluten-free organic granola – puffed rice, buckwheat, quinoa grains, apricot, coconut and toasted seeds with almond milk

 

 

 

Thank you to the general manager Daniel Murton, the talented chef Sean Burbidge and the staff at The Ivy Guildford for having us!! The food was incredible and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all of the other lovely Bloggers at the event. Make sure you also follow these lovely ladies and gents for more gorgeous snaps of this Insta-worthy brassiere? Surely, worth a visit for the decor alone? Not to mention the buttermilk pancakes which were my absolute favourite.

 

For more information on The Ivy Castle View in Guildford and their private dining room which seats up to 30, simply click on the links below:

 

Website: www.theivyguildford.com

Instagram and Twitter: @ivyguildford

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*I was invited to the event by The Ivy Castle View Guildford and Wickerwood PR. However, all views and opinions as always are my own.

 

 

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Saturday 3rd February saw me and Al traveling 227 miles up to Tatton Park in Cheshire, where Bride: The Wedding Show was being held in association with Cheshire Life. I have been eagerly waiting for this event to come around, as I was curious as to what exactly made this show the leading wedding event in the North West. From the moment we arrived, we were greeted by deer roaming around in the 1,000 acre park and despite the grey skies and drizzly weather we needn’t of worried about our spirits being dampened.

When we saw the huge white marquee, nothing could have prepared us for what was to come. It was everything a bride imagines at her first wedding show and more! I instantly fell in love with the magnificent 4 Weddings Gospel Choir and String Infusion, who sounded like angels singing. And despite the event attracting hundreds of couples from across the UK, we were greeted by a lovely gentleman who directed us to the VIP desk for our tickets to the Fashion Show – more on that later!

Confetti and Crumbs

After collecting our tickets, we proceeded through the main entrance where I was given my very own copy of the latest Cheshire Bride magazine and a showguide which outlined over 150 exhibitors that were showcasing as this year’s event. With the show in its 16th year, brides and grooms where spoilt for choice and really could plan their whole day under one roof.

Whilst, I was eager to meet all of the incredible exhibitors, Al was keen to grab a beer from the Prosecco Pot and locate the toilets – we had just travelled non-stop for over 4 hours. So we headed to the other end of the marquee, with me ohhh and ahhing as we went, poor Al. Once we had freshened up we took a moment to soak in the show, whilst listening to Six15 Events who totally changed my perspective of jazz music and made me reconsider my music choices. The prosecco went down a treat and got me in the mood for exploring, first we made a beeline for Church Mouse Cheeses who do the cutest cheese cakes and actually got Al excited. I swear you mention food, beer or cars and his ears go up!

Red Floral Architecture

Owen House Wedding Barn

The Prosecco Pot

Church Mouse Cheeses

The lovely John from  Church Mouse Cheeses was incredibly helpful and told us a bit more about what they offer and explained that delivering to the South East where we reside, wasn’t an issue at all. I might have been nibbling on some of the rather tasty cheddar, whilst digesting this information. John’s passion for the product left us both feeling excited about the prospect of a ploughman’s buffet for our wedding in the evening.

 

Everywhere we looked we were amazed by the incredible designs and floral arrangements from Springbank Flowers, Red Floral Architecture, Owen House Wedding Barn and Knutsford Bloom.

After a jam-packed morning full of inspiration, sensational performances and prosecco, it was time to make our way to the VIP area for the choreographed catwalk show which featured Cheshire Bridalwear, 7th Heaven Bridal, Maria Modes, J&J Designs, The Bridal Lounge, Knutsford Wedding Gallery, Nigel Rayment, Slater Menswear and Groom. All of the models were absolutely brilliant and made the show feel relaxed, fun and professional.

Sadly, like all good things, the event flew by in a haze of beautiful dresses, entertaining performances, delicious food and drink, friendly faces and breathtaking floral displays. Bride The Show really did live up to its reputation as the leading wedding event in the North West. Whilst, my bank balance is begging me not to go planning the renewal of my vows just yet, if you are lucky enough to be planning your wedding, then make sure you check out one of their shows, that are up and down the country, and definitely book VIP tickets for the fashion show – it’s not to be missed!

 

I would love to know how your planning is going. Leave a comment below.

 

Love Emma.

XxXx

 

I was invited to this event by Carousel PR, however all opinions and photos are my own.

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* Thank you Katie Kirk for kindly letting me use your images from the event.

Last Saturday was a very exciting day for me, in the morning I went and gave notice for our wedding later this year and in the evening I travelled down to Chichester, where the lovely Katie Kirk and the Jo Malone team had put on a stunning bloggers event, in the local House of Fraser store, as part of the launch for their new limited edition fragrance collection – English Fields.

Play. Combine. Create.

 

First, we were encouraged to mingle with the other lovely ladies whilst sipping on grapefruit prosecco, fresh grapefruit juice and delicious tiny morsels such as miniature scones with jam and cream, shortbread and biscuits that were all lovingly prepared and served to us by the incredibly talented Wild Mint Kitchen Café.

“Quintessentially British” 

After catching up with some familiar faces, Peter – the store manager – and the team at the local Chichester store spoke to us about the 5 new fragrances that had been created by Celine Roux and Mathilde Bijaoui as part of the new English Fields collection that had been inspired by fresh florals, cereals and grains from the English countryside.

We were each provided with an opportunity to take in the new scents which included Poppy and Barley, Green Wheat and meadow-sweet, Primrose and Rye, Honey and Crocus and Oat and cornflower.

I instantly fell in love with two of the new scents, first the striking freshness of rich red poppies which was softened with powdery notes of musk. The warmth, cheerfulness and happiness that this scent evoked, instantly made it perfect for a Spring day.

Next was Primrose and Rye which immediately had me drifting off to some exotic beach in the Indonesian ocean. This fragrance is warmed with gold corn, brightened with mimosa and softened with vanilla notes and rye. The best way to describe all of the new scents for me personally is “sunshine in a bottle”.

“Poppies Dancing In The Wind”

 

 

“Five Captivating Scents”

Peter was such a lovely host and made us ladies feel like VIPs for the evening, topping up our glasses of prosecco and offering us more delicious scones, whilst we all enjoyed a beauty pamper from Bobbi Brown as well as hand and arm massages from the lovely ladies at Jo Malone. What more could you wish for?

Having been a fan of the Wood Sage and Sea Salt cologne for quite some time now, I was eager to try out some new scents and when Lyn, the House of Fraser beauty manager, told me that the Jo Malone collection had been designed so that you can combine more than one fragrance, to help create a scent that reflects your mood and personality, I was excited to try it out for myself!

Despite, sadly losing all of my data on my iPhone (more on that in a separate post) I was left feeling rejuvenated, pampered and eager to get my hands on the new collection. Having met all of the team in Chichester, I will defiantly be travelling back down there for my complimentary bridal consultation and to purchase my very own personalised bridal fragrance – Peony and Blush Suede is already a firm favourite.

After an evening of pampering, delicious food and wonderful company, we were each given our very own gift box, complete with our own personal blog hashtag stickers and ceramic tags which had our initials embossed on. I will confess, I am absolutely terrible at gift wrapping, so it came as no surprise to me when I couldn’t nail the traditional Jo Malone bow. Luckily for me, the lovely team were on hand to help me out.

The new English Fields collection is expected to fly off the shelves fast within the next three weeks. So, if you want to experience the essence of the English landscape, make sure you get your hands on one of these beautiful and captivating scents from £47.00 for 30ml.

Make sure you check out these beautiful ladies who I had the pleasure of meeting at the event:

Katie

Lauren

Emily

Amelia

Georgia

Georgia K

Hannah

Beth

Eliza

Charlotte

 

Have you tried the new English Fields collection yet? What is your all-time favourite scent from Jo Malone? Leave a comment below.

 

Love Emma

XXXX

 

Thank you so much to the Jo Malone Team in Chichester for having me. It was a fantastic event and I can’t wait to see you all again soon.

 

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“Lace and Favour are a gorgeous online wedding emporium”

If you’re not already familiar with the brand, Lace and Favour are a gorgeous online wedding emporium who offer a wide range of stunning pieces. Their beautiful collections will ensure that they take the hassle of finding the perfect accessories for your big day away from you, so you can get back to focusing on that list of tasks that need doing before your wedding.

As a bride-to-be, discovering Lace and Favour has meant that I can now find the perfect gifts for my bridesmaids and shop for my own jewellery, shoes or venue decor in one place. This has undoubtedly helped to restore my previous relaxed deposition, whilst also ensuring that planning is exactly as it should be – fun!

When Lace and Favour asked me to review their stunning Belmont earrings and necklace, it naturally got me thinking about the bigger picture, namely how one could incorporate this season’s hottest trend – rose gold – into all of the individual aspects that help to make your day unique and a true reflection of you both as a couple. The versatility of rose gold means it can be paired with navy for a winter affair or blush pink tones for an alfresco summer wedding.

So, if you are seeking both a feminine and luxe ambience for your special event, then keep on reading as I will be sharing some of my favourite ideas from decor to bridesmaids, from cakes to invitations and last but not least my very own pieces from the Lace and Favour jewellery collections.

Colour Scheme

If you are considering colour schemes for your wedding, then Pinterest is the perfect place to start. This is especially true if you are thinking about incorporating rose gold as it is a colour that can be combined with several primary colours – creating an ambience that is unique to you as a couple and also for the season or location of your venue. Whether you are seeking to create a sophisticated, elegant or glamorous affair, this is a colour scheme that can easily be incorporated into your whole day. I personally love the traditional blush and rose gold combination, as it is incredibly pretty and adds a touch of sparkle.

 

Image from Pinterest

Invitations

Your wedding stationary is your guests’ first glimpse into your wedding day and also enables them to gain a better understanding of your style as a couple. Whether you decide to create your own or hire an expert, if you are having a rose gold colour scheme, then you are spoilt for choice when it comes to invitations. From a subtle hint on your guest book or table plan to glamorous glitter envelope folds. Another great thing about rose gold is that you can create a sophisticated feel to your special day and still keep to your budget.

 

Images from Pinterest

Bridesmaids

When it comes to those special ladies in your life, there are so many options out there from gold sequined dresses, blush dresses with rose gold embellishments or perhaps navy dresses with rose gold accessories and shoes.

 

Images from Pinterest

 

Cake

Images from Pinterest

 

If you have recently attended wedding fayres, or flicked through the latest bridal magazine, then you would have noticed that metallic copper and rose gold cakes have continued to grow in popularity amongst grooms and brides. The great thing about this cake trend is that it is an easy way to incorporate rose gold tones into your day in a subtle way.

If you want to have a traditional wedding cake you could decorate an ivory cake with rose gold details, blush ribbons or perhaps flowers from your bridal bouquet. Another option is to make your cake a key focal point by having a sweetie table with the cake placed in the centre and surrounded by rose gold or pale pink sweets such as candyfloss, strawberry bons bons or pink shrimps. The options really are endless when it comes to sweet treats, from pastel pink macaroons, iced cupcakes, or rose gold confetti scattered on the table.

“Your accessories should reflect your personality and amplify your natural beauty”

Just like your dress for the big day, your accessories should help to reflect your personality and amplify your natural beauty. Whilst you may think “how hard can this be?”, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration when purchasing jewellery for such a special occasion. You have probably spent months trawling through the various pages of BRIDE or browsing the likes of Stella York, Maggie Sottero, Mori Lee or Essence of Australia online to help you ascertain exactly what you are looking for when it come to your dress – only to walk into a local boutique and no doubt like me purchase something entirely different. Am I right?

But selecting the right accessories can help to ensure that your bridal look is pulled together nicely and looks polished. Things to consider include your dress and its neckline, your face shape, hair length, skin tone and even your chosen colour palette for the wedding itself.

Sweetheart Necklines: If you decide to wear a statement necklace then pair it with simple studs to ensure you don’t detract from your beautiful dress. Alternatively, a short simple necklace that finishes just above where your dress neckline starts is always a safe option.

Plunge Neckline: Necklaces with a pendant are ideal for setting off this neckline and will complement your dress beautifully.

If you are like me and have a long face then teardrop or long drop earrings are ideal for balancing out your face shape. As explained earlier, your hairstyle is also something that should be taken into consideration. As a relaxed boho hairstyle that is down will hide studs, so bigger earrings are better suited. If you have a shorter neck then you can still opt for longer earrings and then wearing your hair up in a chignon can help to elongate it.

“Radiant Rose Gold”

These stunning rose gold teardrop earrings from the Lace and Favour Belmont collection, are surrounded by twinkling pave set crystals, making them the perfect set to complement your bridal look. What’s more, the delicate design makes them ideal for presenting to your bridesmaids on your wedding morning as they also come packaged in a luxury Ivory and Co box.

 

 

Lace and Favour 

Belmont Earrings (Rose Gold) £35.00
Belmont Necklace (Rose Gold) £35.00

 

Are you considering a rose gold colour scheme for your wedding? I would love to know how your plans are going.

 

Love Emma

XxXx

 

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Lace and Favour. All opinions remain my own and I only ever feature products I genuinely love.

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Happy New Year!

 

Wow! Can you believe it is 2018? They say time flies when you are having fun and whilst 2017 certainly put a few challenges my way, looking back 2017 really was full of amazing events, people and opportunities. Last year saw me changing my career path, facing my health face on and pursuing my dreams. I hope 2018 brings you all lots of happiness and the courage to chase your wildest dreams. For now I will leave you with some of my favourite moments from 2017.

 

2017 Highlights

 

Maison de Choup SS17 Launch Party.

Amazing Opportunities!

 

Breathtaking views in Cornwall.

 

Wedding dress shopping.

Once in a Lifetime.

Lapasa collaboration.

National Trust days out.

Relaxing in Mallorca.

Delightful Destinations.

 

Collaboration with Wild Home.

 

Collaboration with Brakeburn.

Filming videos for my YouTube channel.

Sea views and cocktails.

Lush Christmas Blogging Event.

Christmas countdown in Brighton.

 

Memories that last a lifetime.

 

I would just like to take a moment to say thank you to all of my loyal readers who continue to support me. What is your favourite memory or moment from 2017?

Love Emma

xXxXx

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