♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Star Recommendation

One of my hero products of Summer 2016 – Bed Head’s Beach Bound hair protection spray. I have had quite an extended summer holiday this year, what with a week for the wedding and then Portugal for our holiday, so I was very lucky to spend a few weeks in sun, sea and sand.

I’m a low maintenance girl on holiday (no makeup, natural dried hair etc) so it’s not really the norm for me to stock up on ‘holiday products’ but this time I decided to invest in something to protect my hair from all the damage.

I bought the Beach Bound spray because I wanted something that would protect my hair from sun damage and salt water but also something that I could leave in all day and evening and it would give my hair a nice beachy, wavy look. This product delivered on all levels and it lived up to my expectations entirely. It’s also super convenient and portable for travelling due to it’s compact size and smells yummy. I haven’t much experience with leave-in sprays so I can’t really compare it, but for me, it worked amazingly. My hair maintained good condition and I really  liked the way it looked when I had the spray in. It really made my holiday a lot easier and saved my killing my hair by dragging a brush through it every night!

BED HEAD Beach Bound Spray on Feel Unique – £8.40.

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From my experience, and I would guess that this is the same for many beach brides, one of the most challenging elements of planning a wedding abroad is choosing a suitable outfit for the groom! If, like mine, he does not really have a fixed idea in his head what his wedding ‘suit’ will look like it can prove very difficult finding something which is smart, cooling, comfortable and in-keeping with the ‘beach’ theme all in equal measure. Throw in the fact that our wedding was in early summer and so we had the British Winter and Spring to search for an outfit – impossible.

We ended up leaving it until the last minute and choosing something in mid May so that we could find some summery things in the shops. Paul decided he didn’t want a jacket, which I was completely fine with; firstly because it would be very hot in Greece for our wedding and secondly because the whole wedding had a really casual feel. As an example – I suggested shorts and flip flops to all the male guests and the Best Man was wearing linen shorts and a shirt so Paul would have looked a bit odd in a three piece suit! It’s not his style anyway. With his long hair and tattoos a much more relaxed and toned down look suited him and the venue much better.

Looking back on the pictures I’m really pleased with what we chose. The trousers and shirt make it smart enough for a wedding, with the lack of jacket keeping it cool and dressed down and the pink bow tie (his idea!) and braces giving the outfit a bit of personality! He looked like himself and I was very pleased about that.  The only thing he would change would be the shoes! They were leather and quite uncomfortable on the day, I think he wished he went for flip flops! The pocket watch was a gift from me to open on the morning of the wedding and I was really chuffed that he decided to wear it on the day.

What he wore:

Shirt: Ted Baker

Trousers: John Lewis

Braces & Belt: H&M

Bow Tie: Mrs Bow Tie

Shoes: Bertie

Pocket Watch: notonthehighstreet.com

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Since I was a child, in fact as long as I can remember, my extended family have shared a small apartment in the Algarve and used it for our holidays. It has always been lovely to go back to the same, familiar village in Portugal where we know all the restaurants, best beach spots and walks like the back of our hands. I have been there with every family combination you can imagine; parents, brother, cousins, grandparents, so it was time to go with my new husband! We have actually been before. Last year we enjoyed a quick Easter break there and Paul fell in love with the resort instantly. In fact he still maintains it was on an evening in Luz watching the sun go down together that he made the decision to ask me to marry him later in the year! So it’s a special place.

I am biased of course as it is like a second home to me, so this cannot be taken as an honest and candid travel review, but I would recommend this resort to anyone. It has changed over the years I won’t lie, and is not longer the quiet and unspoilt village that it once was, but I still love it every time I go there. The main reason has got to be the beach. I am lucky enough to have been to many beaches in my life all over the world and it is difficult to find one as beautiful, safe and visually perfect as Praia da Luz. It is literally a picture postcard and great for families, safe swimming and more water sports than you can imagine! As far as European resorts go it’s the combination of the bright blue water, excellent weather, unusually white sand and attractive promenade lined with traditional white villas which makes it one of the best.

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Rockpooling.

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Arty.

So what makes Luz so special? Well, it’s neighbouring Lagos attracts thousands of Brits, so you can have all the excitement of the city from a safe distance somewhere a bit quieter with a much nicer outlook. Luz does have some very nice restaurants and one or two bars (an English pub of course, where can you escape it?!) but no real night life to speak of.  If you do visit Lagos I can’t speak highly enough of Bom Dia boat trips. The trips are great quality, good value and who can think of a better way to spend the day than relaxing on a beautiful sailing boat?

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Luz, although now being a fairly busy tourist resort, still manages to maintain some of it’s traditional charm. It has a gorgeous picture perfect church and some lovely traditional restaurant which serve Portuguese food. I would recommend Onda Luz (slightly out of town but great value), A Concha (beach front view) and the Fortelazia (restaurant set in a beautiful, old converted fort with a stunning garden) for traditional meals. The Fort actually does an amazing lunch on a Sunday with a live Jazz band which is a highlight.

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We had a lovely, relaxing ‘post-wedding’ break to escape the madness and try to ease the bridal blues a bit! Luz isn’t exactly an adventure for me any more having been their so many times but it’s wonderful to have a familiar place I can go back to time and time again and enjoy it each trip as much as the last.

 

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I absolutely love the New Forest. Ever since I first visited Paul’s folks down there I have been in love with the place. It is an area of the UK which is renown for it’s stunning, unspoiled beaches, rolling countryside, beauty, green space and they have frigging PONIES running free!! Seriously, how could you not love it.

The particular visit was even better than normal because the weather was actually good and we were blessed with sunshine and warmth both days of the weekend (which is like wining the lottery in England). When we went to the beach I felt like we could have been in the South of France.

Check out the pictures to see how beautiful this part of the country is.

Stunning views from the top.

We arrived in the beautiful island of Zakynthos (Zante) on 21st June to prepare and organise the final details of our wedding on the 25th.

Having not been to Zakynthos on holiday before (only in October last year for a whirlwind 2 days to look at venues) I wasn’t sure what to expect from it as a destination. It’s most famous as a party paradise for 16 year old Brits post GCSE but this is only a tiny section of the island. I can confirm that Zakynthos is absolutely STUNNING and if you get outside of the main tourist resorts by car or bike the vast majority of it is unspoilt, rugged and green. We didn’t get a chance to see too much scenery but many of our friends and family took drives up to the Keri lighthouse and the mountains beyond and raved about it.


We were staying in the stunning Artina Villa in Keri Lake, where the wedding reception was to be held. I literally can’t rave about this villa enough. It’s pure luxury. Everything from the interiors, the rain showers, the attentive owners who oudlnt do enough for us, the stocked fridge when we arrived and (of course) the infinity pool was perfect! We enjoyed an extremely relaxing 4 days prior to our big day by the pool, trying to avoid getting sunburnt of course!

We arrived on the Tuesday morning and we had groups of friends and family arriving every day leading up to the wedding. The village Keri is tiny too with not much of a tourist scene so with 50 guests staying in and around the village we bumped into people every day!  I can thoroughly recommend a wedding week as opposed to just a day! Our days in the lead up were packed with meeting up with our loved ones, hugs, meals out and general love and happiness had by all. What could be better than a giant holiday with everyone you love?! It was perfect.

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