Alternative Advent Calendars – Countdown to Christmas 2014

My 2014 beauty advent calendar post seems to be very popular so I thought it would be nice (I hate that word but lets go with it for now) to look for alternative calendars. Non-beauty related.

Yankee candle advent calendar christmas 2014

Yankee Candle Advent Calendar 2014

Snowflake Cookie, Angel’s Wing’s and Cranberry Ice are all gorgeous scents included in this set. Open a window as you countdown to Christmas and enjoy a seasonal tea light from this super affordable calendar!

Available now from www.yankeecandle.co.uk.

Cost: £21.99

Nostalgic Vintage Style Advent Calendar Set of 25 Paper Boxes easy diy for chocolates sweets

Nostalgic Vintage Style Advent Calendar 

Start a new festive family tradition with these natural-coloured, reusable cardboard boxes. Each box features an authentic vintage design and would be lovely as an advent calendar filled with sweets, mini candy canes or chocolates. Stack them in a pyramid shape, a square or even line up along a fireplace mantle.

Buy now from Etsy seller Milch and Honig. 

Cost: £18.67

Advent Christmas Tea Gift Set herbal english breakfast alternative advent calendar

Advent Christmas Tea Gift Set

25 gorgeous teabags sourced from well-known British tea companies make up this delightful advent set. Each tea bag is packaged individually in paper envelopes, designed with sweet quotes for the Christmas season – from Christmas carols to nativity scriptures. You can select an assortment of mixed flavours including Peppermint and Berry infusion, or opt for the traditional English Breakfast.

Available to buy from notonthehighstreet.com

Cost: £19.50

Fortnum and Mason fireside traditional christmas wooden advent calendar heirloom

Fortnum and Mason Fireside Wooden Advent Calendar

Investing in an advent calendar is probably not something you have ever considered. Think again. This beautiful traditional, wooden calendar from Fortnum and Mason is sure to become a much-loved family heirloom. Fill up the empty spaces with treats, sweets or mini toys for your loved ones to enjoy; an absolutely wonderful calendar.

Buy from Fortnum and Mason.

Cost: £85.

 

personalised diy alternative advent calendar christmas chalk countdown blocks

Personalised ‘Sleeps ‘Till Santa Blocks 

It may not include a treat but this is a lovely way to share in the excitement of counting down to Christmas with children. Handcrafted wooden blocks are personalised with your choice of name(s), while the top block is painted with blackboard paint for you to chalk in the numbers on your countdown. Also, a fabulous tool to help children learn how to count!

By Bobby Loves Rosie from notonthehighstreet.com.

Cost: £25

Hotel Chocolate Advent Calendar to share for couples luxury 2014Hotel Chocolat Large Luxury Advent Calendar

Behind each door on this Hotel Chocolat calendar is not one but two luxury baby truffles – perfect for couples and newlyweds! A host of delicious flavours are included from gingerbread, almond and nutmeg to raspberry and mulled wine.

Available to buy from Hotel Chocolat.

Cost: £26

John Lewis pillar advent candle red 2014

 

Red Pillar Advent Candle

There is something romantic about the glow of pillar candles over the festive period. Light this red advent candle from John Lewis and know exactly how long it is until Father Christmas visits!

Buy from John Lewis.

Cost: £8

Peppa Pig Multivitamin Advent Calendar healthy christmas kid children

Peppa Pig Multivitamin Advent Calendar

If you don’t feel comfortable giving your children chocolate each morning in the run up to Christmas (for health reasons or simply a lifestyle choice), this chewable gummy multivitamin advent calendar is a fantastic concept!

Buy from Holland and Barrett

Cost: £5.99

 

Etsy Shop GlamorousBijoux – Vintage Inspired, Pearl Bridal Jewellery

When planning my wedding Etsy was one of my favourite places to look for inspiration – we even found my engagement ring designer on there!

GlamorousBijoux is the shop that I browsed the most; luxurious, romantic, vintage-inspired jewellery and accessories all handmade to order.

VILANA £50.04. Victorian swarovski pearls bridal hair comb.

VILANA £50.04, victorian swarovski pearls bridal hair comb.

ROSELLE £78.27, vintage-inspired double strange silver art deco pearl bridal statement necklace.

ROSELLE £78.27, vintage-inspired silver art deco pearl bridal statement necklace.

ELVINA £59.02. Freshwater pearl and rhinestone bridal headband

ELVINA £59.02. Freshwater pearl and rhinestone bridal headband

GRACE £43.62, vintage-inspired Swarovski pearl bridal earrings

GRACE £43.62, vintage-inspired Swarovski pearl bridal earrings

ROESIA £82.11, freshwater pearl cluste, art deco flower and leaf bridal headband.

ROESIA £82.11, freshwater pearl art deco flower and leaf bridal headband.

REGGI £91.10, vintage style Swarovski pearl and crystal wedding statement necklace

REGGI £91.10, vintage style Swarovski pearl and crystal wedding statement necklace

VERONICA £60.94, vintage style swarovski pearl bracelet cuff with an old hollywood filigree flower.

VERONICA £60.94, vintage style swarovski pearl bracelet cuff with an old hollywood filigree flower.

HERA £52.60, vintage style swarovski pearl and crystal, silver filigree chandelier bridal earrings

HERA £52.60, vintage style swarovski pearl and crystal, silver filigree chandelier bridal earrings

PHOEBE £41.70, art deco blooming flower vintage-inspired bridal hair comb with swarovski pearls.

PHOEBE £41.70, art deco blooming flower vintage-inspired bridal hair comb with swarovski pearls.

CHELSEA £60.30, 1920's vintage style wedding headband.

CHELSEA £60.30, 1920’s vintage style wedding headband.

CLODIA £67.36, 1920's tyle ivory silver ribbon bridal halo, headband.

CLODIA £67.36, 1920’s style ivory silver ribbon bridal halo headband.

Fun evening wedding reception ideas with a difference from sushi and s’mores bars to vintage style trucks!

The traditional idea of a sandwich buffet in the evening is disappearing and gourmet food trucks and stations are taking over; innovative, fun and different.

A lot of these ideas can be booked with a total package price, or price per head, but ultimately the cost is almost the same as  the traditional buffet. If your venue does not allow outside catering, talk to the chef to see if they are happy to create a bespoke menu.

It is also much easier to do this as it means the food is in one place and the supplier is responsible for the cleaning up!

crepes party wedding evening catering cambridge cambridgeshire crepe van

I will start with crepes as this is what we used for our reception in Cambridge. We hired a crepe van from Verrecchia Catering to serve a combination of sweet and savoury crepes to our guests for a period of 2 hours from the traditional crepe van. The package was a set price for unlimited crepes which went down very well with the younger guests!

Photo credit: themobilepizzeria.com

Photo credit: themobilepizzeria.com

Pizza, who doesn’t love pizza? Mobile, stone-baked pizzeria companies are the ideal evening food solution for weddings. After a formal sit-down meal, your guests want to dance the night away and grab a bite to eat. The whole set-up of stone-baked pizzas being freshly made in front of your guests is an attraction in itself and you can even tailor the menu with your own personalised pizza names! I originally planned to have stone-baked pizza at our reception – it is surprisingly quite affordable for large groups!

Summer weddings would not be complete without ice cream. Ice cream is a great alternative to canapés and vintage style ice cream trucks are perfect for rustic, shabby-chic weddings!

You could even hire the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Tricycle from Events Factor.

Alternatively, if budget is an issue, place ice buckets in traditional wooden buckets and fill them up with mini ice cream pots and ask your bridal party to distribute to your guests!

If your wedding is a chic, stylish affair then Japanese food, in particular a sushi stand, is a fabulous idea! Hire a sushi chef from as little as £40 per hour from Feng Sushi and set up a specialist sushi station for your evening reception. Again, if budget is an issue, you can purchase sushi platters from M&S and create a wonderful sushi display. Be sure to add food labels so your guests know what the items are!

S’mores bars are essentially toasted marshmallow bars, significantly popular in America but less so in England. These are absolutely amazing for Winter weddings or outdoor wedding receptions where you need food to warm your guests up. They are also interactive and fun and would work well with a hot chocolate (whipped cream, sprinkles etc) stand too! A few companies offer this service in the UK like Sweet Dream Events and Simply Smores.

Photo credit: yourpaella.co.uk

Photo credit: yourpaella.co.uk

Vegetarians are often left with last-minute stuffed vegetables or food that, well quite frankly, is far from appetising. Which is where paella dishes are your answer! Of course you can offer meat and fish paella but they are especially fantastic as the vegetarian option for wedding reception catering! Cooked onsite with fresh ingredients, it offers something a little different and is incredible affordable too.

Other ideas:

– Hog roasts. Been there, done that. Include a lamb or chicken spit roast option instead!
– Cheese and charcuterie board with grapes, crackers, olives etc.
– Donuts, candy floss and pop corn.
– Strawberries and cream for a Summer wedding.
– Smoothie bar for health fanatics!
– Mexican feast of mini crudités cups, salsa and nacho crisp pots and taco stations.
– Mini Indian style buffet canapés.
– Fish and chip vintage-style trucks.

Tips for planning a Destination Wedding Part 1

Planning a destination wedding may seem a daunting task but it is much easier than you first imagine. Having planned our wedding in France this year, I have acquired a little experience in this area.

Back to basics

Firstly, look at the type of wedding you wish to have as this will contribute to the location, venue, guest list etc.

Do you want an intimate ceremony or a large celebration?
Is your ideal wedding by the sea, in the countryside or a city?
How important is it for you to hold a religious ceremony?
Will you be providing accommodation for your guests?

A few of our own ideas of where we could have married were:

– A chic wedding in the city of love, Paris
– Rustic romance in Provence, France or Tuscany, Italy
– A weekend of glamour for a large wedding party in the South of France
– An intimate Greek affair in picturesque Santorini
– A laid back barefoot ceremony on a beautiful beach in Thailand or Mexico

Of course there are plenty of other places you can marry and if you are simply holding a blessing rather than the legal ceremony, the destination choice is endless. We went with a rustic wedding in a chateau in southwestern France.

The type of ceremony hugely influences the country. For example, in Greece as a British citizen you can legally marry. The same for Italy and Spain, I believe, although don’t hold me to this. You will need to explore this further before you decide on where you wish to marry.

If you wish to hold a religious ceremony, you will need to look at the primary denomination in that particular country.

A way around strict legal requirements, which a lot of couples are opting for, is to legally marry in their home country and hold the wedding blessing abroad.

Budget 

Work out what you can realistically afford and stick to the budget. A wedding is one day of your life, albeit the most amazing time, but it is essentially one day. Also, you most certainly don’t want to start married life in debt.

Once you have worked out your budget, create a spreadsheet with expected costs and actual costs. Update and check regularly. Always find quotes from at least 3 vendors so you can compare prices and negotiate. I negotiated an extra day and extra use of the facilities (which should have incurred an additional 1k) as part of our overall venue hire package. Negotiation doesn’t necessarily need to be on the price, it could include adding other items to the overall cost and changing the order to your personal requirements.

When planning a wedding abroad, it is likely that you will receive the contract in a different language. Always ask to see the English version. And sign this.

There is a fee for sending international bank transfers, therefore incorporate this into your budget.

Everything about weddings is expensive; expect to pay up to double the price of your initial estimates.

When making enquiries to suppliers if the item is not wedding specific, don’t mention that it is for a wedding. This will increase the price. For example, if you wish to order a cake from the bakery but it is not the traditional wedding cake, order it for a ‘party’.

*A little tip, we had a few family members make decisions about our wedding that made it over budget, when we were paying for it. Stand your ground and stick to your budget!

Guest List

So you have your budget in place and now you need to think about the guest list. Or maybe you don’t, perhaps you wish to have an intimate wedding.

Work out how many people who can afford from your budget and then write up your guest list from there. As you will be inviting your guests to a destination wedding, invite those who you know will genuinely appreciate this invitation. This is particularly important if you are hosting an intimate wedding as you need to be very selective. I probably didn’t think about this enough.

Have you included guest accommodation in your budget? This may influence your guest list decision as you will want your guests to socialise and enjoy each others company.

Are you inviting children? And partners? We didn’t invite partners of all our guests as we only invited 28 people, therefore it would have been unfair to invite someone we hardly knew in place of a family member. A wedding is your special time and those who deserve to be there, won’t question it.

Ensure you include your bridal party in the final head count too!

Venue

Finding a venue is very exciting. However, if you are not visiting the country beforehand (we didn’t and I strongly advise you do budget permitting), it can also be risky.

The internet is clearly your best friend here. You should by now have an idea on the type of venue you wish to marry in, whether it is a hotel on a beach, a castle in Italy, a chateau in France or even a winery in Santorini.

I searched homeaway.co.uk to hire a holiday home to hold ours. This meant our entire wedding party could stay at the chateau for 5 days and we could hold the ceremony and reception in the same place. Doing this is made it a ‘dry hire’ venue where we organised all logistics ourselves.

If you wish to hold your wedding in a hotel and are not paying for guest accommodation, you could negotiate a discount for wedding guests to stay there. Or if you hold the ceremony at another location, contact one or two hotels in the local area and see if they will offer a ‘large group’ discount.

If you are unable to view the venue beforehand, ask to see videos, testimonials and photos from previous weddings. Request room layout plans and ask to see a list of all costings.

Look at real weddings on blogs like Style Me Pretty under the ‘destination wedding’ section as you’ll be able to see venues used for real weddings. At the end of each wedding blog post, there is usually a section on vendors – look here for details on the venue and suppliers used.

When you book your wedding ceremony depends on where you will marry. For instance, Santorini books up very quickly, some over a year in advance! If you wish to hold a sunset wedding, ensure you are booking the ceremony for the correct time.

Think outside the box. If you are legally marrying in your home country, the possibilities are endless. However, if you do hold a legal ceremony, you will need to contact the local town hall/mayor or discuss with the the wedding coordinator of your venue.

You will also find independent wedding officiants online by doing an internet search.

Vendors

I won’t discuss wedding planners here as I planned our own but if you do go down this route, they will be able to suggest recommended suppliers.

Searching for suppliers in a different country can be quite difficult. If you are hiring a private property, as we did, you will need to search and book suppliers yourself. If you go through a wedding venue, ask for their recommended suppliers list as they may only allow approved vendors.

Request quotes from at least 3 suppliers to compare costs and ask for testimonials. The cheapest may not necessarily be the best option for you. This is your wedding after all and you will need to select specific items to splurge on. For example, your photos will last a lifetime, therefore invest in a good photographer.

Look for a photographer who has a style you can connect with. Ours was more of a ‘reportage’ style photographer who took natural photos rather than a lot of posed photos and this worked well for us. Things to think about when agreeing a photography package: the time that s/he will be there, the style of photography, a photo list of required shots, check to see if they require food, how and when they will provide the photos and travel costs.

When it comes to food if you need to book catering yourself you can be flexible with this. Finding a typical catering company is quite easy but often quite expensive. If you are holding an intimate ceremony for 75 guests or less, you could hire a restaurant – a lot of people do this in beach resorts.

Another alternative if you have a dry hire venue is to hire a chef, which is what we did. I struggled to find a chef to hire who spoke fluent English, so I took another route. I searched for cookery schools in the region and hired the owner of one of these, a typically French chef who cooked exquisite dishes.

Design a menu you are comfortable with and that fits with your theme. Don’t forget to ask your guests for allergies and/or specific dietary requirements and let your chef/caterer know well in advance. If you need to print menus yourself, these can be designed to complement your other wedding stationary. As you are marrying abroad you can be creative with the food you provide and complementing seasonal produce and delicacies is a great idea. You don’t necessarily need to stick to the tradition of a sit down meal or a buffet. A beachside BBQ would be perfect for an informal wedding. A charcuterie and cheese board would be lovely for a pre-wedding lunch in France too.

Also consider purchasing your own wine – particularly if you marry in France where you’ll find the best wines at affordable prices.

Flowers abroad can be tricky. We didn’t have the budget to hire a florist but if you love flowers, I highly recommend you search for a florist and book beforehand. Some wedding venue packages also include bouquets and table floral arrangements, so check your options here first.

If you do go down the DIY route, take all the items you will need with you and do them a day or two before, leaving them in a cool place.

Think about the flowers of that particular country, your specific type may not be available. They may also not be in season. As I desperately wanted peonies, I was forced to use silk artificial peonies and combine them with fresh gypsophila. It wasn’t ideal but getting married abroad means you need to compromise on certain items. At the same time, marrying abroad is incredibly special and you can tailor the whole event to your own personal taste.

Stay tuned for part 2.

 

For Him: Mens Novelty Christmas Jumpers and Festive Knits

Ho, ho ho, Christmas is coming NEXT MONTH.

Festive knits for him. It’s as simple as that.

River Island £28 - Red Pull My Cracker Print Jumper

River Island £28 – Red Pull My Cracker Print Jumper

Matalan £20 - Navy Ski Scene Christmas Jumper

Matalan £20 – Navy Ski Scene Christmas Jumper

ASOS - £40 Reclaimed Vintage Mens Christmas Jumper With Jesus Is The Reason

ASOS – £40 Reclaimed Vintage Mens Christmas Jumper With Jesus Is The Reason

River Island £35 - Polar Bear Christmas Jumper

River Island £35 – Polar Bear Christmas Jumper

ASOS £32 - Mens Christmas Jumper with Trees and Snowflakes in Metallic Yarn

ASOS £32 – Mens Christmas Jumper with Trees and Snowflakes in Metallic Yarn

M&S £25 - Mens Candy Cane Crew Merry Christmas Jumper

M&S £25 – Mens Candy Cane Crew Merry Christmas Jumper

F&F at Tesco £16 - Bah Humbug Navy Christmas Jumper

F&F at Tesco £16 – Bah Humbug Navy Christmas Jumper

River Island £18.75 - Red Elf Christmas Jumper

River Island £18.75 – Red Elf Christmas Jumper

Matalan £15 - Gingerbread Man Christmas Jumper

Matalan £15 – Gingerbread Man Christmas Jumper

 

ASOS £40 - Reclaimed Vintage Christmas Jumper With Merry F**king Christmas

ASOS £40 – Reclaimed Vintage Christmas Jumper With Merry F**king Christmas

NEXT £28 - Red Santa Suit Hoody

NEXT £28 – Red Santa Suit Hoody

ASOS £38 - Lambswool Reindeer Christmas Jumper

ASOS £38 – Lambswool Reindeer Christmas Jumper

Matalan £15 - Mens Santa Hohoho Christmas Jumper

Matalan £15 – Mens Santa Hohoho Christmas Jumper

Topman £28 - Merry Christmas Jumper

Topman £28 – Merry Christmas Jumper

Matalan £15 - Tickle My Baubles Slogan Christmas Jumper

Matalan £15 – Tickle My Baubles Slogan Christmas Jumper

Yellow Bulldog £29.99 - Sonic the Hedgehog Christmas jumper

Yellow Bulldog £29.99 – Sonic the Hedgehog Christmas jumper

Beyond Retro £25 - Vintage Soft Santa Toy Christmas Jumper

Beyond Retro £25 – Vintage Soft Santa Toy Christmas Jumper

 

F&F at Tesco £10 - Santa Christmas Sweatshirt

F&F at Tesco £10 – Santa Christmas Sweatshirt

Arsenal Football Club Christmas Jumper £40

Arsenal Football Club Christmas Jumper £40

For Her: Christmas 2014 Novelty Jumpers and Festive Knits – Sequins, Father Christmas, Penquins & #Elfie

What is your Christmas jumper style? I’ve spent probably far too much time searching for the perfect festive jumper and here are my favourites on the high street for Christmas 2014.

From sparkling sequins to traditional knits, Santa, snowmen and pugs; there is a Christmas jumper for everyone. Invest in a novelty sweater to see you through the festive season!

Lipsy #Elfie Sequin Christmas Jumper

Lipsy £20 – #Elfie Sequin Christmas Jumper

Do you, like a lot of us, overuse the Selfie hashtag? If so, then this black, gold sequinned #Elfie Christmas jumper from Lipsy is the perfect option for you!

New Look £24.99 -  Cream Sequin Panel Penguin Print Christmas Jumper

New Look £24.99 – Cream Sequin Panel Penguin Print Christmas Jumper

Oh my goodness, this is just the cutest! The sequin penguins on this New Look Christmas jumper are adorable. You could even wear this as day wear throughout December!

M&S £25 - Sequin Embellished Bow with Bell Jumper

M&S £25 – Sequin Embellished Bow with Bell Jumper

With the simple design this jumper could almost be quite chic everyday wear…. but it has fabulously fun jingle bells attached to each of the red sequin bows!

New Look £24.99 – Navy Christmas Party Polar Bear Jumper

New Look £24.99 – Navy Christmas Party Polar Bear Jumper

Polka dot/snow drop design + a cute white polar bear + a sequin gold crown = ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. I am in love with the sequin crown on this jumper. And the falling snow and white polar bear are so fairytale like.

New Look £24.99 - Pale Blue Sequin Santa Christmas Jumper

New Look £24.99 – Pale Blue Sequin Santa Christmas Jumper

There is something quite whimsical about this classic Christmas jumper from New Look. I love the pale blue and white hues combined with the sequin santa hat.

Yumi Pug Dog Christmas Jumper House of Fraser

Yumi Pug Dog Christmas Jumper House of Fraser

IT’S A PUG! If you love pugs then this is the jumper for you! The super cute pug is wearing a sequin collar and a jolly red and white onesie.

Matalan £18 - Fluffy Snow Christmas Jumper

Matalan £18 – Fluffy Snow Christmas Jumper

If you are looking for a cosy festive knit, this is perfect and it’s completely affordable too! I’m loving Matlan Christmas jumpers this year!

Louche at John Lewis £45 - Red Cat Knit Jumper

Louche at John Lewis £45 – Red Cat Knit Jumper

A feline festive delight – this Louche jumper includes a quirky cat in retro glasses and it is made from 100% cotton.

ASOS £35 - Christmas Jumper with Trainee Elf Slogan

ASOS £35 – Christmas Jumper with Trainee Elf Slogan

When I think of the traditional Christmas jumper I picture a navy or red jumper with patterns, prints and a seasonal slogan. And this jumper is just that.

Matalan £20 - Fairisle Brushed Jumper

Matalan £20 – Fairisle Brushed Jumper

With a traditional fairisle festive design, this jumper from Matalan is cute and cosy.

Boohoo £20 - Dixon Fluffy Snowflake Blue Jumper

Boohoo £20 – Dixon Fluffy Snowflake Blue Jumper

I love the turquoise blue colour of this Boohoo jumper and the snowflake, fluffy design makes it perfect for the cooler months!

Monsoon £59 - London Scene Christmas Jumper

Monsoon £59 – London Scene Christmas Jumper

While on the pricey side, I still love this Christmas jumper from Monsoon. The 3D London scene is adorned with faceted and silver beads and the grey and white hues are reminiscent of a romantic, wintery day.

Matalan £15 - Mistletoe Kiss Me Christmas Jumper

Matalan £15 – Mistletoe Kiss Me Christmas Jumper

Single and looking for a little festive romance? Wear this OUT OUT over the Christmas period. Kiss me, mistletoe and bells – so cute.

ASOS £38 -  Reclaimed Vintage Happy Birthday Jesus Christmas Jumper

ASOS £38 – Reclaimed Vintage Happy Birthday Jesus Christmas Jumper

It is the season for a reason after all, Happy Birthday Jesus!

 

Beyond Retro £22 - 90s Retro Christmas Jumper

Beyond Retro £22 – 90s Retro Christmas Jumper

Beyond Retro have a good selection of crazy, retro, traditional and ‘ugly’ vintage christmas jumpers. Check them out.

BHLDN Vintage-inspired, romantic wedding dresses

BHLDN, Anthropologie’s sister brand, offers understated, elegant, vintage-inspired wedding dresses at relatively affordable prices. Vintage glamour meets modern beauty.

They combine exquisite detailing, beautiful backless designs and feminine textures of silk and lace to create truly stunning gowns.

From timeless classic mermaid silhouettes and graceful whimsical lace to elegant beaded dresses and dramatic full ball-gowns, there is a style for all bridal tastes.

Wedding dresses fit for a romantic wedding, a 1920’s theme or a bride who simply wants something a little bit special. A little bit different.

BHLDN Laverne Gown

BHLDN Laverne Gown

BHLDN Dakota Gown

BHLDN Dakota Gown

BHLDN Lita Gown

BHLDN Lita Gown

BHLDN Mira Gown

BHLDN Mira Gown

BHLDN Avalon Gown

BHLDN Avalon Gown

BHLDN Avalon Gown

BHLDN Avalon Gown

BHLDN Carina Corset and Ahsan Skirt by Watters

BHLDN Carina Corset and Ahsan Skirt by Watters

BHLDN Elsa Tulle Skirt

BHLDN Elsa Tulle Skirt

BHLDN Wing Gown

BHLDN Wing Gown

BHLDN Snowflake Gown by Amanda Garrett

BHLDN Snowflake Gown by Amanda Garrett

Sunday is for Snuggling and Pyjama Loving

The clocks have been set back an hour which means Autumn/Winter is upon us. My favourite time of year to snuggle in pyjamas all day on a lazy Sunday.

Stylish stripes, classic festive check and pretty floral prints are my kind of gorgeousness. I love nothing more than a new pair of pyjamas to cosy up in on a Sunday with my husband, Downton Abbey and Ben & Jerry’s. Most girls get excited about a new dress, I get butterflies from cosy nightwear.

These are my favourite full length trouser pyjama sets currently on the market:

ASOS Mono Stripe Pyjama Bottoms £20 and Pyjama Top £18

ASOS Mono Stripe Pyjama Bottoms £20 and Pyjama Top £18

Monochrome striped pyjamas are so chic. Although these are made from polyester, it is a lightweight chiffon fabric with a relaxed fit. I am obsessed with these and need them in my life.

Victoria Secret Afterhours Satin Pyjamas

Victoria Secret Afterhours Satin Pyjamas

The satin pink and white striped pyjamas from Victoria Secret add a little glamour to nightwear; feminine and a little romantic.

 

Matalan Penguin Spot Pyjamas £10

Matalan Penguin Spot Pyjamas £10

These pyjamas are super cute and only a bargain £10! The bottoms are  fleecy and 100% cotton with an adorable polka dot design.

John Lewis Red Tartan Pyjama & Socks Gift Set £39

John Lewis Red Tartan Pyjama & Socks Gift Set £39

Classic tartan check print in red combined with 100% cosy cotton comfort; the perfect Christmas present for her. This set comes complete with toasty knitted socks, wrapped up in ribbon and a gift bag.

H&M Black Satin Pyjamas £24.99

H&M Black Satin Pyjamas £24.99

There is something about satin PJ’s that make me want to curl up with a glass of wine. The black satin set from H&M is  simple yet stylish.

The White Company Piped Silk Alabaster Pyjama Set £120

The White Company Piped Silk Alabaster Pyjama Set £120

The White Company is the epitome of luxurious nightwear and the wonderful piped silk alabaster pyjamas are classic and elegant. The perfect set for snuggling on the sofa with Jo Malone candles and a good book.

ASOS Pink Spot Floral Pyjama Trousers £25 and Cami Top £16

ASOS Pink Spot Floral Pyjama Trousers £25 and Cami Top £16

ASOS always have a good selection of pyjamas. I love the bright colours, polka dots and floral print on these, great to wear for a pamper evening!

The Intimate Collection By Britney Spears Draped Jersey Camisole Top £24 and Jersey Harem Lounge Pant £39

The Intimate Collection By Britney Spears Draped Jersey Camisole Top £24 and Jersey Harem Lounge Pant £39 from ASOS

I am quite surprised that the above set is from the Britney Spears collection as stereotypically, I would normally associate quite loud and girlie designs with Britney Spears. Nonetheless, the harem pants and cami top certainly look comfortable and the ideal loungewear solution.

Next Slogan Grey T-shirt and Floral Cuff Pyjamas £28

Next Slogan Grey T-shirt and Floral Cuff Pyjamas £28

Slogan pyjamas are fun and teamed with a fabulous bright floral print, they are the ultimate slumber party style!

Hush Vintage Rose Pyjamas £49.50

Hush Vintage Rose Pyjamas £49.50

I am kind of obsessed with this pair. Pink and white vintage floral print pyjamas made from 100% cotton and designed for comfort with a relaxed fit. What’s not to love?

Next Button Through Grey Check Pyjamas £22

Next Button Through Grey Check Pyjamas £22

Grey check print reminds me of a snowy, Winters day. Let’s face it isn’t likely to snow in England any time soon but the button through grey check pyjamas from Next will keep you warm and snug this season!

New Look White Butterfly PJ Set £19.99 from ASOS

New Look White Butterfly PJ Set £19.99 from ASOS

I love the charming butterfly print on this pair and it’s good to see trouser legs that aren’t so wide. Wide legs are comfy but sometimes make my quite small legs look non-existent!

Love, The PJ Geek x

OUR DIY FAIRYTALE CHATEAU WEDDING IN SOUTH WEST FRANCE – Wedding Portraits and Photos

The final wedding instalment…

After the religious ceremony, we ate and danced in the stone-brick reception hall and had our first dance to Andrea Bocelli in the courtyard.

The kids jumped in the pool, as did a few of the adults, and we had the most magical day with memories that will last a lifetime.

Wedding Bride Photography Mirror Black and White

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Bride Wedding Getting Ready Photo Black and White

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Bride Groom Groomsmen Bridesmaid Portrait Photo

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Groom Photos

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Bride Groom Photos Outdoor Wedding

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Bride Groom Photo Inspiration Outdoor Wedding

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Bride Groom Chateau Wedding Confetti Photo

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OUR DIY FAIRYTALE CHATEAU WEDDING IN SOUTH WEST FRANCE – The Ceremony

Following on from my previous post on our wedding…

I wore a custom-made strapless lace and silk tulle wedding gown while the groom and his groomsmen wore classic tuxedos. My bridesmaids wore blush pink, the flower girls were in white and the page boys dressed in typical French attire of braces and bow tie.

We held a religious blessing in the chateau courtyard with beautiful readings, hymns and prayers.

I walked down the aisle to Andrea Bocelli and we used Henry Mancini’s Moon River for the background music during the signing of the register. The ceremony was more than I ever hoped for. Very personal. Very us.

Page Boy Bridesmaids Chateau Wedding Attire Ideas

Our page boys in braces, shorts and bow ties. The flower girls in floral hair garlands and pretty white dresses. Image by Alexis Frespuech http://www.alexis-photos.fr

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ASOS Blush Pink Satin Bridesmaid Dresses with Hair Garlands. Image by Alexis Frespuech http://www.alexis-photos.fr

Page Boys Here Comes The Bride Sign Chateau Wedding Shabby Chic

Page Boys with the Here Comes The Bride Sign. Image by Alexis Frespuech http://www.alexis-photos.fr

chateau wedding france photos photography ideas inspiration

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Chateau Wedding in France Wedding Ceremony Ideas Floral Altar

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Signing of wedding certificate vintage lace table cloth

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Outdoor Chateau Wedding Ceremony Ideas Inspiration

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