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After reading several ‘Autumn Tags’ by all of you lovely people over on Twitter, I was inspired to write a list of my favourite things about Autumn, so here it goes:

Lush products and candlelit baths

• Snuggling by a cosy fire

•  The smell of Yankee candles

• Chai Lattes at my local coffee shop.

• Enjoying a glass or three of red at my local Pub and maybe some Camerbert cheese by an open fire

Primark PJ’s and fuzzy socks

• Watching the X Factor, Strictly, GBBO or Victoria.

• Enjoying a DVD marathon snuggled on the sofa in my PJ’s and enjoying a sweet treat

• Christmas shopping for my loved ones – Yes I have already started.

• Christmas and Halloween Lush products

• Discovering the latest trends for A/W16

Franchetti Bond’s latest collection of beanies, gloves, scarfs and all things Autumnal

• Lusting over Pininterest and the latest Autumn pics

• Walks in the countryside and the sound of crunching leaves

• Watching the leaves changing colour

• Wearing warm cosy jumpers and beanies.

• Taking Autumn inspired photographs

• Wearing one of my many tartan scarfs

• Getting my nails done in a gorgeous burgundy shade

• Carving Pumpkins

• Visting my local garden centre for some Halloween  Inspo

• Enjoying a slice of cake at Pinnocks  and strolling around Ripley.

• Taking part in Twitter chats and discussing all things Autumnal.

• Home cooked food on a cold evening.

• Enjoying a bar of Lindt hazelnut chocolate

Right I am off to watch the end of X-Factor. Who do you want this year’s winner to be? Talking of winners, don’t forget to enter my giveaway here!

Have a great evening.

 

Love Emma

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Initially, I decided to run a competition or giveaway on my blog, once my Instagram had reached 2,000 followers. However, I love buying presents for people and since Christmas is still a couple of months away, I decided to reward all of you lovely people with a pick n mix style giveaway. Thanks to the positive feedback that I have gained through Twitter I was able to ascertain exactly what you would all love to receive. If you want to discover exactly what is included in my giveaway then keep on reading.

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So for the main prize I thought I would giveaway a few of my favourite things, if you already follow me either over on YouTube or have been reading my blog for quite some time, then you will already know that I am obsessed with candles, so the first thing I am giving away is this gorgeous cinnamon stick candle from Yankee candles to help get you in that Autunmal mood. Next I am giving away these cute cosy socks from Accessorize with Donuts on as I am obsessed with Krispy Kreme donuts and love my socks.

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Whilst I was in Accessorize I couldn’t resist picking up this stunning rose gold necklace, I really struggled not to keep this for myself, as I love delicate looking jewellery and this cute compact mirror is perfect for touch ups on the go, plus its size means it will fit in your clutch for all of those upcoming parties. Of course, your going to want to update your wardrobe, which is why I am giving away a £10 Primark voucher, as you may already know, 99% of my wardrobe is Primark. I love styling high end pieces from Aspinal of London and Franchetti Bond with mainstream high street stores.

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Last but not least I am giving away this cute little notebook with a London inspired theme, I did originally seek Parisian style stationary due to my blog title. However, sadly this was not available, so I decided London being my favourite City in the UK would be rather appropriate. I also picked up this adorable stickers just because I couldn’t resist them. I think this notepad will be great for keeping tabs on what you intend to buy your loved ones for Christmas.

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Of course, I wanted to give my readers an extra chance of winning and so I decided to offer a runner up prize, which will be a £10 Lush voucher, so you can treat yourself to a couple of goodies either for Halloween or Christmas perhaps.

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If you fancy getting your hands on some of these goodies, then here is what you have to do.

  1. Follow at least Two of my social handles
  2. Twitter (Compulsory)
  3. YouTube
  4. Instagram
  5. For an additional entry Follow my Blog and sign up to my blog, so I know you are following.

Rules:

  1. The giveaway will close on the 31st October at 12pm.
  2. UK entrants only.
  3. One Winner will be chosen for the giveaway and one for the runner up prize.
  4. The winners will have 48 hours to reply. Otherwise I will pick another winner at random.

 

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Good luck to you all and thank you for following and supporting me.

Love, Emma

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Hello everyone,

I hope you are all enjoying the first few days of October. Who else is excited for Autumn, Christmas and 2017? I can’t wait to get into the wedding planning a bit more with Al. So today I am doing a little tag, thanks to the beautiful Laura who nominated me.

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So the purpose of this tag is to share 7 facts about me, so you can all get to know the person behind the blog a little better. After doing a previous post, I am struggling to come up with a few more facts, but here it goes:

  1. I got engaged in Venice under the rialto on a gondola on March 1st 2016. The whole trip was a huge surprise and you can read more here
  2. I started blogging as a way of relaxing and a hobby back in June 2016. You can read my first ever post here and I also started a YouTube channel called La Blonde Voyage Emma a month ago and I really love it.
  3. I met the Queen back in 2007 in my Art A-Level class.
  4. When I was younger I was obsessed with Polly Pocket, Barbie, ET and Barney the dinosaur. When I was five I got upset in Florida after going on the ET bike ride at Disney, as I thought ET was left on his own. This resulted in my parents purchasing an ET Toy and I thought it was the real ET, so I decided to adopt him.
  5. I have a Westie called Toby who is my little polar bear and ball of mischief.
  6. I Love afternoon tea, cake and anything with cake on it. I have just ordered a gorgeous new phone case with biscuits on. I guess you could say I have a sweet tooth.
  7. I have a 2:1 BA (HONS) in Business Studies.

 

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If you would like to take part in this fun tag, then here are the rules:

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share the link to their blog.
  3. Reveal 7 facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 10-15 other bloggers.

 

You wonderful people are up next:

Lauren from itslittlelauren

katie from kalanchoe

Katy from littlemisskaty

Bethany from polishedcouture

Jessica from intheshadeivory

Charlie from charliefriendofficial

Shayne from thefoodager

Charlie from themodishmale

kristy from misskristyanne

Hannah from hannahgale

Rihanna from Robowecop

Sherry from sherryscribbles

Sam from Samslifeadventures

Beth from bethnorton

 

I hope you have enjoyed finding out a little bit more about me. I can’t wait to read your tags and learn a bit more about all of you. Make sure you don’t miss my next post, as I will be doing a giveaway and a runner up prize from Lush.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Love, Emma

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A day out in my favourite seaside city.

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A classic carousel.

So judging by the weather on Monday, it looks like Summer has decided to make a swift departure, following our rather usual heat wave from last week. However, the prompt arrival of cooler climes were greeted by myself with much enthusiasm, as I have been eager to wear my gorgeous new slip-ons from Franchetti Bond for quite some time.

I decided that as I was due to take a long overdue trip to Brighton, it was the perfect opportunity for me to put these shoes to the test and see if they really were as comfortable as I imagined them to be. So, earlier this week we headed down to my favourite seaside city and enjoyed a fun afternoon looking around the lanes, drinking chai lattes, discovering the haunts of various artists and of course checking out the amusements on the pier. The day was concluded with some sugared donuts from the pier, because we all know you can’t visit Brighton without consuming something sweet as well as some fish and chips.
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Brighton Pier.

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The new Ciri slip-on is the perfect transitional piece for this season.

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Seaside strolls.

As for the stunning Ciri suede slip-ons, I noticed that they did attract quite a few admiring glances and as for comfort they were incredible. It was so nice to be able to wander the lanes of Brighton and explore the city without having to end the day on a sore note. Whilst recent trends seem to favour peep-toe boots, this isn’t really practical with the British weather as it means you will be needing to invest in some new footwear for the colder season.

However, these grey skater style shoes will tick all of the boxes when it comes to style, comfort and practicality, providing you with the perfect transitional piece that is guaranteed to take you from Summer to the end of the year. What’s more, the subtle diamante detailing adds a touch of glamour that is perfect for the daytime and great for taking you from office to after work drinks.
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Enjoying my Chai Latte.

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Exploring Brighton Lanes.

I decided to pair my new Ciri shoes with a simple navy top, some jeans and a classic leather jacket. I absolutely loved this look, as it had a relaxed casual feel to it and yet it also felt effortless in terms of the style stakes. I can’t wait to wear these throughout the rest of 2016 and I just know that they will be a staple piece in my wardrobe in months to come.

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If you want to step out in style, then make sure you visit their website as Franchetti Bond are kindly offering free postage and packaging worth £3.95 until the 3rd October 2016. If you also shop their weekly edit, then you can gain up to 20% off the entire look meaning you can save over £50. All you have to do is make sure you enter the Edit20 code at checkout.

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Get The Look

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Step out in style with Franchetti Bond.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and have a lovely weekend and have fun looking at all of Franchetti Bond’s gorgeous new collection for A/W16. You have been warned, you might just find yourself needing to stock up on a few colourful beanies, a couple of cosy fur gilets and oh I don’t know, maybe one or two scarfs to complete your Autumn look, I know I have.

Love Emma

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Relaxing in Brighton.

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So I guess you could say that last weekend had a bit of a wedding theme to it, you see after visiting Fraser Hart in Bluewater for my first ring inspection, both Al and I decided that whilst the weather was so glorious we would both make the most of it. Naturally this led to a spontaneous trip to Arundel for their local wedding show which was being held at the Town Hall.

Once we arrived at the venue, Al signed us in and I was given a great little information pack, which was full of lots of local suppliers as well as a cute little wedding planner. Then we were also informed about what was on and the timings for the fashion show, so we decided to make our way upstairs where we were immediately greeted with the beautiful tones of a local harpist.

After speaking to my older Sister who got married in 2006, I discovered Natalie who created my Sister’s stunning bridal bouquet and floral arrangements for her special day. Once I had paid a visit to Natalie’s incredible Facebook page  and had Corresponded   via email for a couple of months, it soon became clear to me that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to meet the lovely lady behind these gorgeous creations. So when I found out that Natalie would be exhibiting at this local event, I naturally thought this was the perfect opportunity for me and Al to discuss our ideas with her and find out exactly what was feasible. Now, generally speaking most men tend to favour the catering side of planning or as my better half likes to call it ‘food and beer’, so it was crucial that I won Al over with the flower side of things.

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Luckily for me Natalie was great to chat with and after explaining that I wanted Peonies in August she was able to offer me lots of alternatives that looked exactly the same and were a fraction of the price. She is clearly an expert in the florist sector and really knows her stuff. She also showed us some photographs of some previous work she had done at our venue, as well as a few examples of other floral displays that we inquired about. I was even surprised to discover that she had made Al fall in love with the idea of a floral arch – result!

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Next we decided to have a chat with the lovely Melanie from The Cake Artist and try a few cake samples like you do. What was particularly interesting was how she can incorporate the pattern from your wedding dress onto the overall design of your cake. The great thing about Melanie is she also offers a free consultation and can tailor your cake to your own specific requirements and taste. What really surprised us was when we spoke to Melanie we discovered that it is best to order your cake up to 12 months before the big day, it just goes to show it is never too early to start planning.

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As we were walking around the show, we couldn’t help but notice Tan from Tan’s Tasty Cakes who immediately greeted us with a lovely smile and offered some cake samples for us to try. I always think that when you are in the early stages of planning, it is always a good idea to talk to and compare different suppliers, as it helps you to refine your choices and perhaps consider an option that you weren’t aware off.

Whilst talking to Tan she told us all about some cakes that she had created that were tailored for both the Groom and Bride. Personally I have never been a fan of this option, but Tan makes such incredible cakes, I couldn’t help but secretly fall in love with her designs. We can have more than one cake right? I would defiently recommend considering both of these wonderful and talented ladies to help you wow your guests.

After admiring these gorgeous cakes I had a chat with a local wedding boutique who really shocked me when they said I should start the dress hunt now – we aren’t getting married until August 2018! However, I soon discovered that you need to allow time to order the dress in as well as alterations. The ladies were so lovely and immediately made me feel at ease. Sadly I missed the fashion show as I was too busy chatting away to all of the lovely suppliers, but I did bump into two of the models as I was leaving and their dresses were absolutely stunning. I really can’t wait to start my search for the one.

These are just a handful of some of the wonderful suppliers we got to meet. There were marquee companies, suppliers of chair covers and wedding decor props, suits for that special man in your life and his groomsmen, wedding rings, makeup artists and so much more. Even if you already have a few suppliers in mind, I would still recommend visiting a couple of shows and trying to meet your intended suppliers. That way you can ask them questions and get an idea of exactly what they can do for you. You may even discover a love for something new like a harpist, I know I did!

 

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Suppliers Mentioned:

Amberlilys Wedding Florist

The Cake Artist

Tan’s Tasty Cakes

 

I hope you have enjoyed this post and have been inspired to attend a show near you.

Love Emma

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