Tuesday, 22 May 2018

My dream wedding dress?

what to look for in a wedding dress

Having popped along to the Signature Weddings fair this past weekend in the historical Cunard Building on the Liverpool waterfront, it’s really got me thinking about my wedding dress for the big day! They put on an amazing catwalk show of some seriously beautiful, sweep me off my feet fairy tale wedding dresses - and only 24 hours after basking in all the glory that was the Royal Wedding, I’m riding high on confetti and bubbly right now! 

Let’s start off by saying at the time of publishing this post I have not tried on a single wedding dress - and have no upcoming plans to do so until we get a date (sorry Mum!). Don’t ask me why but I feel really weird about dress shopping before we get a date, like I’m jinxing something? Any brides or bride-to-be’s out there had this feeling? That being said, that has not stopped me drooling over wedding Pinterest posts and wedding dress store front windows. 

After seeing so many beautiful dresses this weekend at the wedding fair, here’s a run down of what I’m loving and loathing when it comes to dressing for my nuptials.

what to look for in a wedding dress

Wedding dresses with pockets!

I am a sucker for a regular dress with pockets, so to have them on my wedding dress would be a dream! I don’t plan on carrying around any sort of bag, but I will have a few bits and bobs I want to keep close to hand - mainly my phone. A phone free wedding sounds great but I know I am going to want to take pictures throughout the day. Yes, we’ll be having a photographer, but there’s something about those candid shots you take yourself that I just love. 

what to look for in a wedding dress

A train!

I doubt I can have anything anywhere near as extravagant as the Duchess of Sussex’s train but how much more of a fairytale dress does it become with a beautiful train? As long as it can be pinned up so I can dance the night away without taking half the dance floor with me, the train is happening. 

what to look for in a wedding dress

A-Line above anything else!

I’ve never been one for fitted dresses on the bottom. They just don’t suit my body shape at all and I’m convinced anything even resembling a mermaid tailed bottom would have me falling all over the place too. I want something I can really twirl in, and an a-line skirt is so flattering and pretty. It’s a must! Don't ask me why but there's something about seeing a bride hitch up her dress to walk about, her wedding shoes just peeping out that I actually really like the look of!

Lace detailing!

I’m thinking a scooped out back with beautiful lace detailing that continues up and over the shoulders and onto the chest. It just looks so intricate and fancy - especially if I have my hair up, that lace detailing will be a show-stopper in itself.

Bling be gone!

I am not one for bling and glitz on wedding dresses. Keep your sparkle and rhinestones away. I much prefer embroidery - and if I do have any sparkle, it’ll be coming from my accessories. One thing I loved about the Duchess of Sussex’s wedding dress was it’s simplicity, if anything it highlighted her own beauty and really put the focus on her tiara, bracelet and smile. 

I don’t know when I’ll start trying wedding dresses on but it’ll be interesting to see how what I think now about what I want will change when the time comes! So many brides have told me that their dream dress ended up being the complete opposite to what they originally thought they wanted - so watch this space!

What are you looking for in a dream wedding dress?

Until next time, 

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Memory keeping projects I would love to try

memory keeping project ideas

When was the last time you printed out a physical photograph and framed it or, and do you remember these, put it in an album? My parents have dozens upon dozens of photo albums from when we were kids, from first Christmases to holidays, days out, summer afternoons in the garden, those random candid moments when we fell on are arse and they just about caught it on camera. I love looking back on these photos, remembering the memories or hearing the stories behind them.

Since getting into blogging (more years ago than I care to admit!) one thing I’ve noticed when scrolling through the gallery on my phone is that most of my pictures are of things. The food I’ve ate, the wine glass I drank from, the funky table decorations or the contents of my skincare drawer. I have pictures from nights out where I’ve barely taken any of the people I was with, but plenty of the cooky ceiling or a boomerang of those shots we shouldn’t have had. Maybe it’s an age thing but right now, I find this really sad. Am I really going to want to look back in 30+ years time and share images of chicken wings and lamps with my family? There not really the photos stories are made of, are they?

One YouTube black hole I repeatedly fall down is that of memory keeping projects. A traditional photo album is great and all but sometimes it’s nice to have something a bit fancier don’t you think? If you’re looking for some album inspiration and fancy going back to a more traditional way of telling your family stories here’s a few ideas that have really stood out for me!

December Daily

Think of this as a month long diary of all the magical things you get up to over the festive period, with added pictures and story telling to go along with it. I absolutely love this idea, as someone who turns into a literal Mrs Claus as soon as that Christmas tree goes up, we always do so much more over Christmas than any other month - and wouldn’t it be a great tradition every Christmas to look over previous years albums? 


This is probably the one I’m going to start with first. I’ve collected all of my favourite pictures from 2017 and saved them in a folder. The plan is to get them printed in a photo book and journal the stories to go along with them - thankfully I keep a traditional ol’ dear diary so I can remember most of the stories! I had planned on doing this in the New Year when everything was still sort of fresh in my mind, but yeah….it’s May now….oops. 

Project Life

A culmination of scrapbooking, journalling and a photo album all rolled into one! What I like about this is it can be as creative or as simple as you like. It’s based off a pocket card system, so you simply slot the cards into the pockets to make your spread. Less glue and washi tape involved in the beginning which sounds ideal for someone like me who doesn’t necessarily have all the gear (or the funds!) starting out! These are supposed to be year long projects, so those will be some big, in-depth story telling binders!

Digital Spreads

If, like me, you have a half dried out glue stick rolling around the desk somewhere and not much else, the prospect of one of those super pretty die cut covered scrapbooking spreads is seriously daunting! I know this post is all about vamping up old school photo albums by stepping back from the digital age, but hey, I guess it saves the trees if you create the spreads digitally! There are some amazingly cute images and decor you can download online and create your own pretty album spreads without a glue stick in sight. I’m thinking you could technically pair this idea with the photo book idea giving you pretty, physical spreads to look back on - and you won’t be finding glitter in your carpet for months to come!

I think the problem these days is any of the above projects take time. It’s going to take you longer to put together one album page than it is to upload your pictures to Facebook or Instagram so why bother with the printing and the gluing and the effort? How do you pass down an Instagram account to your friends and loved ones? Remember Myspace? What happens when Facebook and all your Facebook albums go the same way? Where will your pictures go? Where will your stories go?

What do you do with all the photos you take?

Until next time, 

Header image by Vladimir Proskurovskiy

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Currently Reading #9

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Grab a brew, get yourself comfy and let’s talk about what I’ve been reading recently. If you’re in need of even more books for your ever growing to be read list, you can check out my previous reading round-ups here, filled with page turning little gems! 

Wool - Hugh Howey

The Mr got this one for Christmas and asked me to read the first couple of pages to see what I thought - that was a mistake on his part. He didn’t get the book back until I finished it! If you’re looking for some light science fiction, a page turning tale of ‘what on Earth is going on?’ and some extremely well developed characters, Wool is for you. The first in Howeys Silo trilogy, Wool opens on a future far from now, where humanity, or what’s left of it, lives in a silo-style structure. It’s a brilliant look at the tiers in society and no matter how far in the future we go, those barriers and attitudes still develop amongst our species. The up top of the silo, where all the important decisions are made, the below where men and women toil night and day to keep the lights on and the water warm with no thanks. The haves and the have-nots, some things really never change. They have one window into the outside world, to gaze upon the wasteland that keeps them inside, but every now and then someone needs to head out there and clean the lens to keep that fearful view in focus. Oh, and did I mention this is a one-way trip? 

The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman

I really want to read more Gaimen, so I picked up the first one with his name on I could find on the shelf. This actually turned out to be a really cute, light, fantastical little read. It follows the young life of Nobody Owens, aka Bod. After his entire family are murdered, he finds himself in a  graveyard, whose ghostly residents agree to raise and protect him. With (what I think is!) a vampire for a guardian and dead people as his teachers, all Bod wants is to go off into the world beyond the Graveyard gates. and live like a living boy. Ghouls, ghosts, grisley beings and more, life in the graveyard isn’t as rest in peace as you might imagine. I was totally taken by this book, Gaimen as always takes you on a fantasy adventure that still manages to pull at the heart strings and leave you fuzzy and satisfied by the end. 

Shift - Hugh Howey
After smashing through Wool I ordered Shift before I’d even made it to the last page - there was no way I was leaving it there and not knowing what happens next. Shift goes back, way back to the beginning, setting up the who, how and what came about in order for the dystopian future from Wool to become a reality. It also continues to follow one of the main characters from Wool (I’m trying not to spoil anything here!) who is trying to discover just what the hell is going on and why their lives are this way. I thought I was obsessed with Wool, but Shift kicked it up a whole new level. I just could’t put it down. I found the whole backstory fascinating and the character development was just spot on (and we know I am all about that), there was literally nothing for me to complain about. Howey has this brilliant way of telling someones entire life story just through their motives and actions, he shows you everything you need to know without a long winded telling. That’s a skill I seriously need to cultivate!

Babylons Ashes - James S A Corey
I am always so happy to come back to Corey’s Expanse series. I’ve seen a fair few negative reviews floating around the web and I just don’t get it. OK, it wasn’t my favourite of the series (But unless Corey brings one out that is purely just Amos on every page….) but it was still a good read! The main baddy is a bit wet and useless, but he is supposed to be. How an idiot like that does what he does is laughable, but it just goes to show it doesn’t take a genius to destroy the world. Earth is on it’s knees, pirates are pillaging the inner planets and everyones just a little bit uncertain about what future, if any, could rise out of these ashes. Nowhere near as action packed as the previous book (which I think is a big complaint for some people) but I actually appreciated the step back. In the wake of a huge disaster, most people need to stop for just a second, re-group and try and make sense of what’s just happened - which is what Babylons Ashes does. It’s a less intense read, but an integral part to the overall story.

Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty
A friend recommended the show to me, but when I found out there was a book, I figured I would give that a read first. How I’ve not read this before is beyond me because it’s right up my street! If you’re looking for a poolside read for your summer hols then this would be my top pick!  Playground drama, domestic abuse, murder, unreliable witnesses, sexual assault and friendship. Moriarty is a brilliant storyteller who creates characters that are so real, they mirror people in your own life. I found myself laughing and crying at the same time and feeling far too many emotions to handle. 

What have your been reading recently?

Until next time,