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  1. My name is Emma.
  2. I am 26 years old.
  3. At 18 months I lost some hearing due to reoccurring tonsillitis.
  4. I wear two hearing-aids.
  5. I have 2:1 Degree in Hospitality and Business Management .
  6. I absolutely love dogs! Especially my little Toby Bear.
  7. I have worked as Cabin Crew.
  8. I love Spicy Food – Indian Curry.
  9. I am Engaged to Al and we are getting married in 2018.
  10. I love shopping.
  11. My favourite television programme is ‘Home and Away’.
  12. My star sign is: Leo.
  13. I am right – handed.
  14. I am 5ft 10in without heels.
  15. I still haven’t passed my driving test yet.
  16. I am obsessed with Lush.
  17. When I was younger I wanted to be a Midwife or Doctor.
  18. I nearly decided to study Spanish at University.
  19. I originally wanted to live in Mallorca.
  20. I am Petrified of snakes.
  21. My favourite colour is Pink.
  22. My lucky number is 13.
  23. My dream job is to be a Wedding Planner.
  24. I really want to do a skydive.
  25. I want to travel to Australia and do Route 66 in America.
  26. I am terrible at sign language – I actually speak more Spanish.
  27. I love listening to Trance, Classical, Rock and Jazz music.
  28. I went to my first ever music concert earlier this year.
  29. I love cookie dough ice cream.
  30. Lucozade is my weakness.
  31. My dream car is a Porsche 911.
  32. I am currently having orthodontic treatment for my teeth (braces).
  33. I love to have fun and I am a big kid at heart.
  34. My favourite subjects at school were Art, Spanish, Science and Business.
  35. I am often told I’m too polite.
  36. I hate rude people, people who don’t indicate when driving and loud people.
  37. I am a fussy eater and yet I love Italian and Tapas.
  38. I hate Chicken.
  39. I met my Fiancé online.
  40. I love swimming in the sea.
  41. I am not a morning person.
  42. I want to have two children.
  43. I would love to live abroad when I am older.
  44. I still want to become fluent in Spanish.
  45. My family/friends call me Emz/Emmy/Emmsy.
  46. I suffer from migraines.
  47. My favourite bloggers are Fleurdeforce, Tanya Burr, Mimi Ikoon, Milk Bubble Tea, Pearls and Poodles, Hannah Gale and its little Lauren.
  48. I can eat with both my left and right hand.
  49. I love Liz Earle Skincare.
  50. I have one older Sister who is 10 years older than me.

I hope you have enjoyed this post. What do you guys like/dislike? Have a great week. I will be back on the blog on Friday.

Love Emma

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If you are anything like me, then chances are you have a whole closet full of clothes, shoes, bags and accessories. Yet you still find yourself muttering those famous words to yourself yet again – I have nothing to wear!

My Sister has always been amazing at Fashion. She always manages to find that gorgeous top in the sales and buy those fashion staples that instantly pull an outfit together. So what sets her apart from you and I? Well she always buys investment pieces and then builds her look around that – A capsule wardrobe of sorts.

So I thought I would share with you my fashion staples, those pieces I wear season after season. Those versatile pieces that transform a look from day to night and casual to business.

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Bold Ruffles

This gorgeous top instantly puts me in a summery mood and was an absolute steal from Primark at £8. I like to mix and match it with my black or demin jeans and for the evening I just need to add my leather jacket, a pair of earrings and some heels.

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Wedges

I have actually had these wedges for a few years now, but they ended up getting hidden at the back of my wardrobe and I have only just started to wear them out. Don’t you just love it when a trend comes round again. Proof that you should always have a few staples to fall back on.

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Floral Summer Dresses and Nude Courts

Don’t you just love the colours on this gorgeous dress? After spending months trawling around the shops with poor Al, I finally found this absolute babe for a Summer Wedding. I just need to find an excuse to wear it again this year. Perhaps a summer party? I think the cut out detail on the back is so cute and instantly gives this ladylike dress an edge. I like to pair it with my nude courts for a more classy style. But I am thinking of pairing it with my mint pumps this season for a more relaxed and playful look.

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Tribal Playsuit

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This Tribal Playsuit is not only incredibly comfortable, but you can pop it on and voila your good to go, all you need to complete the look is a pair of shades, a few beaded necklaces and some gladiator sandles. Now where is the festival at?

A Pair of Colourful Pumps

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Earlier this year I did actually pay an overdue visit to Primani (Primark to those of you who are not already devotees) and decided to invest in several pairs of ballett flats. They started at £3 a pair, yes you read that right £3! What are you waiting for, get down there now.

Tie Dye Kimono and Sparkly flats

This Kimono was a complete gamble as I had never owned a kimono before, but it has become one of my favourite pieces, the modest print means it goes great with jeans, shorts and just about anything. I like to pair it with my Promod vest, jeans and some sparkly flats for a relaxed vibe.

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Nautical Inspired Jacket

I actually picked this jacket up when I was out working in Lisbon last year and I stumbled across a shop called ‘Promod’ and couldn’t believe it was only £15, I ended up wearing it back on my return flight and love to wear it when I want a more sophiscated look. I like to pair this with a nice black tank top and my Aspinal of London bag when I am out shopping.

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Black Heels

These black flats are pratically the anwser to all of my prayers. Being a tall lady of 5ft 10in I often find it hard to find shoes that have a tiny heel and these are so comfy = winning!

Designer Handbag

I decided to purchase this bag as a little birthday treat to myself when I turned 26 and even to this day I am still in love with it. It has a beautiful pink linning and my initials on the outside. It is designed so that you can charge your Ipad and phone on the go. This was defiently an investment piece worth buying.

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Style Summery

Coral ruffle top – Primark

Skinny Jeans – Marks and Spencer (Similar Here)

Cream Wedges – River Island (Similar Here)

Floral Dress – Warehouse (Similar Here)

Nude Courts – Marks and Spencer (Similar Here)

Tribal Playsuit – Primark (Similar Here)

Mint Pumps – Primark (Similar Here)

Kimono – Primark (Similar Here)

Black Vest -Promod (Similar Here)

Sparkly Flats – Warehouse (Similar Here)

Natutical Jacket – Promod (Similar Here)

Black Courts – Marks and Spencer (Similar Here)

Designer Handbag – Aspinal of London (Similar Here)

I hope you have found this post useful. Would you like to see more lookbooks or OOTD’S? Let me know in the comments below. Have a great weekend!

Love Emma

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Searching for the perfect wedding venue is without a doubt one of the most important decisions that you will make throughout your entire engagement. Not only will it dictate the feel for the entire day, but it will also determine other factors such as guest numbers, ceremony type, timings, catering and ultimately your budget.

So, where do you start in your search for the perfect venue? I have decided to share a few suggestions to help you find the one.

  1. Budget – Before you do anything you need to first ascertain what you and your partner can afford.
  2. Basic Requirements – Decide what you both want. Do you want a traditional church wedding or do you want a more relaxed affair?
  3. Location, Location, Location – How far are you prepared to travel? Do you have family who will need to travel down to you? What time do you want your wedding to start? These are all things that will have an impact on where you decided to get married.
  4. Size? Discuss your potential guest list with your partner/Parents as this will determine what type of venue you should go for.
  5. Alcohol/ Entertainment – Do you have you heart set on fireworks? Do you want to serve alcohol at your wedding? Remember not all venues have an alcohol license or permit fireworks.
  6. Catering – what type of food and drink do you want to serve your guests? Do you want a formal sit down meal or perhaps a relaxed garden BBQ and Hog Roast. Are you planning on sourcing your own suppliers or alcohol? Some venues charge Corkage or an additional fee for this and other’s have very strict limitations in place that prevent you from even entertaining this idea all together.

 

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Now you should have a good idea of what both of your basic requirements are and what you can realistically afford. The next step is to start doing your research. This may be online or you may decide to attend a few wedding fairs. Don’t forget to consider talking to friends and family who may be able to recommend potential suppliers or venues.

When I was searching for our venue I made a note of mine and Al’s requirements and tried to match this up to venues that were within our budget.Here is an example of what your requirements may look like:

  • Budget £15,000 – £20,000
  • Capacity up to 100 guests
  • Within a 40 mile radius
  • Civil Ceremony License
  • Relaxing atmosphere
  • Don’t charge corkage
  • Allow external suppliers
  • Child friendly
  • Allow Fireworks/ Lanterns
  • Grounds for external Marquee

Unless you are very lucky, then the chances are your dream venue probably won’t have everything that you dreamt off. So you will almost certainly have to decided what factors you are prepared to compromise on.

Once you have a list of potential venues, you need to make a shortlist of three or four venues that you really love and book an appointment to go view them.

Have you found this post useful? I am thinking of doing more ‘how to’ guides, is this something you would like to see more of? Don’t forget to come back next week for more ‘wedding wednesday’.

Love Emma

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After the initial excitement of getting engaged back in March earlier this year, my next thought like most brides-to-be was now what? So I thought I would share with you some things that I have learnt so far since getting engaged and give you all some tips that have helped me so far on my journey from Miss to Mrs.

  1. Before you go updating that Facebook status of yours, make sure you phone your family and loved ones to share your happy news. I actually really enjoyed doing this as I can remember walking around St Mark’s square in Venice calling my parents and loved ones after Al had proposed to me on a gondola under the Rialto. It really was perfect!
  2. Get your ring insured/Sized – Dont forget to check out any home insurance that you have, as you may be able to add this on to an exisiting policy.
  3. Get a wedding planner book – I was actually very lucky as I received a fantastic planner from BusyB as an engagement gift from my parents.
  4. Sign up to Bridebook This website is great as it gives you a personalised check list based on your wedding date. I have been using this a lot as I am having a longer engagement (2years and 5months) and I struggled to find a checklist for anything over a year. It is very satisfying ticking off the tasks as you complete them and defiently helps to keep me motivated when it comes to the planning.
  5. Sign up to Pininterest and start pinning ideas. Warning this can become very addictive!
  6. Indulge yourself in bride magazines. I really love this one here.  I also really enjoy cutting out ideas and sticking it into my planner for inspiration. This will be great to look back on and see how your ideas have evolved throughout the planning process.
  7. Budget – What can you both realistically afford? You can either use Excel for this or Bridebook has a great tool that also calculates everything for you.
  8. Create a draft guest list – this helps when selecting a suitable venue. Again you can either use Bridebook or if you prefer something tangible then BusyB also have a great planner for this. I personally like to use both.
  9. Discuss potential dates – remember to be flexible, especially if you have a tighter budget. Me and Al always knew we wanted a Summer wedding and because we have a lot of teachers in our family as well as children, we decided to do it in the school holidays. We originally wanted to get married on the 4th August 2018 as we wanted a longer engagement to give us plenty of time to save. Despite viewing our venue less than a month after getting engaged, we were surprised to discover this date was booked! So we have gone for a date in August that is later on in the month.
  10. Decide on what type of wedding you both want as this will dictate your final venue selection.
  11. Research and shortlist potential venues. Again remember venues can vary a lot in price. We actually researched over 20 venues and found prices varied from £8,000 to £3,000.
  12. Take out wedding insurance.We actually discovered after putting the deposit down, that most companies won’t let you take out insurance more than 2 years in advance. If you are booking a venue then either pay on your credit card or wait until you have the insurance sorted.
  13. Book your venue. Now despite looking at several venues online and reading many posts stating we should look at least three venues before booking anything, we did actually book the very first venue we looked at.  Don’t be afraid to break the rules and follow your hearts.
  14. Have a date night – no wedding talk. It’s natural to feel excited but don’t forget what it is ultimately all about – sharing the rest of your lives together.
  15. Enjoy being engaged/Have a party to celebrate. It really does go by in a flash. I am now at the 2 year mark! Time sure does fly when you are having fun.
  16. Pick your wedding party and propose to them. Click here for my post on ‘how to propose to your bride tribe’.

 

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Exciting Times!

Exciting Times!

 

Remember every couple and engagement is different. Do what is right for you both. I hope this post has given you a few pointers and I hope you enjoy your own journey from Miss to Mrs. Until next time have a great week.

Love Emma

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After waking up to torrential downpours in the middle of June! I was left feeling some what deflated, that was of course until this landed on my door mat.

Every page was full of dreamy kaftans and a wide range of feminine and vintage inspired pieces. I was immediately transported to a place full of palm trees, salty air, ocean breezes, and an endless Summer. Oh and Pina Coladas.

Ok, so it may be back to reality for me. But seriously if you are off to somewhere exotic or good old Dorset like myself, then why not treat yourself to something extra special? After all you deserve it and for those of you who have never heard of this amazing swimwear retailer, where have you been?

Here is a list of my Top 10 Must Haves

  1. Spot on Indigo Playsuit £76
  2. Spot on chilli red swimsuit £88
  3. Jungle out there swimsuit £105
  4. Block Party nectarine bikini (Prices from £38)
  5. Tidal Wave nectarine bikini (Prices from £41)
  6. Cumin Sandles by Les Tropeziennes £65
  7. Aztec Kaftan £49
  8. Organic raffia hat by Scala £56
  9. Sun Valley Tote £64 by Seafolly
  10. Squaw headband by Hipanema £23

After first discovering this incredible brand a few years ago, I can honestly say I would never consider anywhere else to meet my beachwear needs. Their bikinis are all stunning and the quality is exceptional. I have worn all of my bikinis in the sea and in swimming pools and yet they still retain their colour – amazing!

2014 Seafolly Bikini Collection

2014 Seafolly Bikini Collection

2015 Collection

2015 Collection

In the past I would often buy my bikinis on the high street as I like most women prefer to try stuff on before I buy it, this is especially true when it comes to swimwear as I often wear different sizes on the top and bottom.

But the great thing about CocoBay is it is like having your very own personal stylist/shopper, both of the co – founders (Belinda and Anna) are great at identifying exactly what size you require based on your current size as well as helping you decide which pieces match your personality.

I hope you have enjoyed this post. If you want to see more gorgeous beachwear then just click here. I promise you once you have tried CocoBay you will wonder why you hadn’t sooner.

Love Emma

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P.S Make sure you request a brochure pronto for your 10% discount.

 

Fall in love with beachwear again

Fall in love with beachwear again

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