Having recently celebrated our first wedding anniversary I have been thinking about posting a ‘love’ themed post for a while. But love is something which is extremely personal and difficult to put into words, so until now I couldn’t put my finger on what I wanted to write about. A few weeks ago we had a magical and romantic ‘couple shoot’ in Hyde Park, shot by the amazingly talented Rebecca Carpenter, and the stunning photography that came out of it inspired me to create this post. The images she captured seem to encapsulate how happy we are and how, a year on, we are feeling stronger and more in love than ever. Being in love is the most wonderful thing, here is some of my best advice for maintaining a strong and healthy relationship.

Say I love you everyday. I know it sounds cliché, but even after four years we still make sure we say those three little words every single day. It becomes habit after a while, but a little text after you’ve left in the morning just to tell your partner how much you love them will really make them smile. Of course, it’s easy to say ‘I love you’. But the fact that you make a point of saying it every day means that you really feel it too, and they’ll know that.

Decide that you don’t argue, and then don’t. Let’s face it, most of us hate arguments right?! Especially with the one we love the most. It’s so upsetting and hurtful things can be said that are not easily forgotten. Paul and I don’t argue, and some of our friends can’t fathom this. When they ask me, ‘How can you possibly live together, be married and not have fights?’ I always answer the same. Because we have made a commitment not to. The very action of declaring that we don’t argue prevents us from doing so. Sure, there are occasions when we could easily have a flaming row; one of us is snappy or tired, disagreements over chores, all the usual, but whenever we find ourselves on the brink of an argument one of us says, ‘Hang on a minute, we don’t argue – let’s sort this out.’ The situation is diffused and the prospect of argument has disappeared. If you agree to commit to a no argument policy then you will sort issues quickly and have much more time in each others company for happiness and laughter!

Make real time for each other. Sometimes, with our busy lives and trying to squeeze social lives around work I think we can forget to pencil some time into the diary for our other halves. Occasionally I feel like I haven’t seen Paul for ages, sure – I see him every day, but I don’t really feel like a work night evening spent in front on Eastenders is really quality time together. By making sure we make time for proper date nights and time for each other in our weekends/days off we can keep our relationships strong and happy.

Be grateful. We can all get on each others nerves sometimes but, at the end of the day, if you’re lucky enough to have found your soulmate then you should be super grateful for every moment! It’s the little things that matter, and I cherish every day. Life always gets in the way sometimes, but just taking a step back and thinking ‘wow, I am so GRATEFUL to have this special person in my life’ can really help put things into perspective, and ultimately will increase happiness levels and sense of contentment.

 

Compromise. I know, this one is so annoying because sometimes we just don’t wanna compromise godammit! We want our own way! But learning to compromise is so key to a happy relationship. It’s easier to do when you imagine that your compromise is genuinely going to make the love in your life happy. If ordering a Chinese instead of the curry you want is going to fill them with joy then it’s worth it – right?!!

So there you go. I’m not by any means saying that my marriage is perfect, but it’s perfect for me.

Wishing you love and happiness in your current and future relationships.

 

Hey my lovelies!

I hope you are having a lovely start to autumn. At this cosy time of year I like nothing better than curling up with a great film on the tele-box (popcorn and hot chocolate of course compulsory!) I wanted to write about some of my favourite iconic female movie characters and what their roles mean to me. Why not snuggle down infront of a stunning Panasonic 4K TV this Autumn and enjoy some favourite classic movies?

Hermione Granger – Harry Potter

Of course, as a British gal who grew up surrounded by Harry Potter madness how could Hermione not be number 1 on my list? She is such an inspirational character for young girls (and young at heart girls!!) who love the Harry Potter world and everything about it. Although Harry is the main hero, Hermione is responsible for so many of their triumphs and her intelligence, bravery and strength really makes the stories what they are. I think it’s so important for young girls to have a character like her to look up to. Fictional or not, Hermione will always be someone who I look up to and aspire to be more like.

Moana

I must admit I was as pleased as the next person when this new Disney-Pixar delight graced our screens last year. Moana, as a movie, is just a joy and the animation, songs and characters make it a family classic already. However, the reason I love Moana as a character has nothing to do with her singing. I actually found myself quite moved by this movie, mainly because of her true grit and determination to follow her dreams and save those who she loves. She literally never gives up. Even when she does give up it’s for about 5 minutes and then she finds the strength within to carry on! She doesn’t need a prince, or even a love interest at all, to save her; she’s a strong, independent girl who shows everyone what she can do. Love it!

Elle Woods – Legally Blonde

An old favourite; I love Elle’s character in both the Legally Blonde movie and the West End musical! Yes, okay she starts off pretty shallow and flaky and she chases boy all the way to law school just to make him ‘love her again’ but come on that in itself takes a huge amount of resilience and determination! Then – once there she finds she can hold her own with the lawyer big boys and she ends up realising how clever and capable she is, and forgets about the boy all together! Go Elle!

Elastagirl – The Incredibles

I knew I had to have a super-hero in this list but perhaps not the most obvious choice. The reason I’ve picked Elastagirl over your standard Wonder Woman/ Cat Woman etc is because she is downright awesome! In the movie, she’s given up saving the world to raise her kids and faces the same family problems that we all go. Then, when her husband is in trouble, she re-discovers her super powers, kicks ass and goes to save him and, in the process, the world! With the help of her epic kids as well. Awesome.

Katherine Johnson – Hidden Figures

When I saw this movie I could not believe how long the secret that several black women had such a key role in the American space race had been kept. The character of Katherine Johnson, who of course is a real person, is super inspiring. Not only is incredibly smart and runs rings around the so called ‘experts’ at NASA but she also conducts herself with amazing integrity in the face of ill-treatment, disrespect and racism at work.  In the face of adversity she showed true courage and strength and deserves recognition as the legend that she is and what she contributed to history.

 

Let me know who your favourite TV and film characters are? I love a good chit-chat about favourite movies. Whatever you are watching I hope you have a cosy and wonderful start to Autumn.

 

**This post is a brand collaboration however the content and opinions are my own**

Has it been a while since you tried something new at home or have your interiors looked the same since you moved in? Life can get hectic, and sometimes, it can be difficult to find the time and summon up the motivation to try and break out of a style rut. The good news is that the arrival of autumn is a great excuse to try out some new styles and inject some energy and life into your home. If you’re keen to make your home more Instagram-worthy or you’re desperate for a revamp, here are some simple tricks to try. Autumn is the season of gorgeous colours and textures after all!

Experiment with colour
Changing the colour scheme in your home is one of the easiest and most effective ways to breathe new life into your interiors. With a pot of paint, a brush and some carefully selected accessories, you can create a completely different aesthetic without spending a fortune or giving up every bit of spare time you have. This autumn, natural and neutral shades, monochrome and bold tones like emerald green and teal are leading the way in the style stakes. Monochrome is really versatile, and it works for almost every room while jewel shades are ideal for bedrooms, living rooms and bathrooms. Teal is a great colour for bedrooms and kitchens. If you have small rooms, use colour to accessorise and keep the walls light to open up the space. If (like me) you don't own your own place then don't despair! Why not ask your landlord if he minds you painting or using wallpaper, as long as your return it to it's original state when you eventually leave?! The answer might just surprise you!


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Take inspiration from others
If you’re not creative or you’re struggling to come up with ideas for your makeover, take inspiration from others. Browse sites like Instagram and Pinterest and take a look at designers like sashadebretton.com.au. It’s also really useful to flick through some interior magazines and also to watch interior design programmes. You may come across trends or themes you like, or you might find specific accessories, prints or colourways you’d like to use. It’s useful to screenshot images or save pictures you like. This will enable you to put together a rough template that will work in your home and get an idea of how the different accents and touches you like will look together.

Introduce new textures
Autumn is a perfect time of year to play around with materials and introduce new textures. With temperatures falling, it’s time to swap linen and cotton for faux fur, satin, velvet and wool. Don’t be afraid to mix and match different textures and use soft furnishings to channel a theme or colourway. Lay out a rug, and pile woollen cushions and fur throws on your bed to create a cosy log-cabin style boudoir or use velvet curtains and a satin bedspread to channel an opulent luxury hotel vibe. If you’re new to accessorising, you should find pages like this https://www.pinterest.co.uk/explore/soft-furnishings/?lp=true really helpful.


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Is your home stuck in a style rut? Are you keen to reinvigorate and revive your interiors? If so, it is possible to achieve amazing results without breaking the bank or dedicating hours to the cause. Experiment with colour and texture and look around for ideas and inspiration. Wishing you a cosy autumn in your gorgeous new living room!

Ta ta for now!

**Please note this post is a brand collaboration, but all opinions are my own**

When it comes to gorgeous home decor, there are so many different styles that you could think of working within your home. Sometimes, it’s easy to find the styles that you want to decorate with, based on your own personal taste. But when you’ve got a range of different tastes, you may find it hard to find the perfect balance. This can especially be the case when you love all things vintage, but you have a modern home. But, it’s completely possible to be able to create a stunning vintage look in a modern property and add a luxury touch if you’d like. Check out this collab post for tips as to getting that beautiful vintage look in your home.

Choose A Vintage Color Scheme

The first thing that you’ll find to help you here will be working with the right color scheme. Sometimes, it’s nice to choose something neutral and let your furniture and styling add the vintage touches, but when you want to create a vintage look from the start, working with classic and retro color palettes can definitely help you here. So take a look at the options that you have available to you, and see if there are any colour combinations that you like.

Work With Antiques

Next, you should definitely think about the way that you can work antiques and vintage pieces into your decor. For a lot of people, this is the best way that they’re able to balance the two looks that they want. So to do this, you’re going to want to start shopping for antiques. You may even find that you can get old and broken pieces to fix up. Upcycling is huge right now! Then with clock repairs by a qualified clockmaker or an antique refurbisher, the pieces will be as good as new. And you can slot them into your overall decor.

Restore Your Furniture

You could also think about the furniture you need to create the right look, and how this is going to play into the design too. If you already have some old pieces, you should definitely think about how you can spruce these up to fit with the new decor. And when you’re looking to create a vintage-modern look, restored furniture works perfectly.

Work With Prints & Artwork

Then there’s also artwork to think about. Because when you’re looking to create a vintage vibe in your home, you should definitely think about the way in which vintage prints and artwork can play into that. With old photographs or retro colored prints, you can often bring an entire look together by how you place them in each room.

Choose Your Decorative Pieces Carefully

And finally, you’re going to want to finish off the space with the right decorative touches. And when you’re looking to create a stunning vintage look in a modern space, you need to make every piece count. Whether you’re looking to create something with a French vintage vibe, or a retro deco look, you should be looking for the right pieces that are going to add to the look. And to do this, you have to be selective and not overcrowd your space, or crate a mixed look.

I absolutely adore vintage decor and I think some of these tips are fantastic for getting the look you want at an achievable price. Hope you find them helpful!

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If you’re enthusiastic about being kind to the environment, the thought of planning a big wedding that’s eco-friendly may seem like an impossible mission. After all, big events aren’t exactly known for their environmentally friendly trends. However, planning a wedding while keeping the planet in mind doesn’t have to be as hard as it initially may seem. Take a look at how you can get it done.

Let’s Talk Dresses
All that money, all that material, and it’s often just for one day…or is it? Sustainable wedding dresses have never been more popular, and top wedding dress designers are starting to recognize the increase in the amount of environmentally friendly weddings. So, although you could be paying the same price, it is possible to get your hands on a sustainable dress. If not, why not go for a second hand vintage gown and dye it after the wedding so you can wear it again?

An Outdoor Wedding
When you have a wedding indoors, your party is contributing to energy usage, like lights, heat and the usage of electric to prepare a meal. Having an outdoor wedding lowers the amount of energy used. Even if you want twinkle lights wrapped around trees, you can use solar powered lights instead of electricity. It’s a beautiful natural setting, but one of the down sides is the risk of potential bad weather. However, if you get wedding insurance from wedinsure you won’t have to worry about postponing the wedding and losing money if the worst should happen.

Invites
Who says an invitation has to be on paper? If you’re looking for an alternative way to invite all your family and friends, why not send an email or add them to a group on social media? You could even create your very own wedding website, that tells your guests details about your wedding day and funny anecdotes about you and your partner. It saves spending a huge amount on fancy paper invites!

Transport
When it comes to weddings, there’s nothing that harms the environment more than classic wedding cars emissions. Consider staying at your venue the night before the wedding instead of being driven there on the day. Have a venue that’s central to all your guests so they don’t have to travel too far, or arrange combined transport so there aren’t as many vehicles on the road.

Decorations
There are lots of ways you can decorate your wedding without harming the environment. At Tradesy, you can find an array of recycled wedding decorations in excellent condition. When it comes to flowers, go for seasonal picks that are easy to find in this country. Alternatively, why not pick your own wild flowers and create your own bouquets and decorations? It’s eco-friendly and great way to get the wedding party to bond.

The Meal
You may not be able to avoid using electricity for your meal, but veggie options often take less energy to cook. Using recyclable utensils, cutlery and cups will also help your goal of saving the planet.
A wedding is meant to be a once in a lifetime experience for the bride and groom, but that doesn’t mean you should give up on your beliefs to achieve it.

For any eco-warrior brides out there I hope you find these tips helpful! Your wedding day is a very important day but trying to reduce it's impact on the environment can make it even more special.