On Sunday I celebrated my 25th birthday with a joint party for me and my cousin who was 25 in August. We have always been brought up like sisters and even used to be dressed the same as if we are twins! She’s my best friend so it was lovely to share our family party.

It was a small garden party at my parents and we were sooo lucky with the weather! Beautiful sunshine all day and a pretty warm day. Unusual for September but then you never know with England!

I always like to make a bit of an effort for parties – especially my own! So I ordered a dress from Asos for the occasion. The ‘Kate’ Lace Minidress (petite range) is baby pink with lace cap sleeves and a beautiful slightly pleated skirt. It was a perfect length for me as at 5ft4 I often find the regular Asos clothes too long for me. I teamed it with some chunky New Look cork wedges that I’ve had for a long time!

I got a few compliments on my outfit, as well as a few comments from my male cousins that I ‘looked like Barbie’!! But I’ll take that as a compliment. I’m sure it was meant to be…

You can see the Kate Lace Minidress here.


My wedding invitations! Aren’t they gorgeous?!


I am so pleased with how they turned out. I came across Norma & Dorothy stationary via a simple google search for ‘destination wedding invitations’. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted until I saw these invites! The map particularly stood out to me as something really different and perfect for a wedding abroad.

I also love the vintage lace look and they come with darling pearls on the band with our names on which just finished off the look when you send it as a whole.

The process was very painless. We purchased 50 (small wedding I know!) from their website which can be found here.  We decided to include an extra card for additional information and a RSVP return envelope already addressed.  Side note – we thought that by addressing the return envelopes in advance and making it sooo easy for our lovely guests that we would get all the replies in a matter of weeks, let alone by the deadline.  No such luck I’m afraid! People don’t get back to you, even for a wedding, just saying!

Anyway after the order I was contacted by someone from the company who was designing my invitations. We spoke briefly about any wording we wanted or any extras and then the proofs were sent a few days letter by email! I was extremely happy with the proofs, and there was a teeny spelling mistake on one which was quickly and painlessly rectified before sending to print.

They arrived on my doorstep less than two weeks later!

They are perfect and I love them. Having sent them out now we’ve had loads of compliments too. Thank you Norma & Dorothy for designing an invitation which captures the spirit of our wedding perfectly!

The Norma & Dorothy website