Weddings: One way to save

I’m no closer to finding a venue than I was 5 months ago, which is slightly worrying. We still don’t even have a date in mind… terrible I know.

All other details seem to be coming together in my mind though. Last Sunday, I went wedding dress shopping with one of my best friends, I managed to find a dress that seemed pretty perfect! But that is another story – I feel it’s too early to get my dress when I haven’t even got a date set yet! I went to Unique Brides, which is a lovely barn shop located at Castle Rising, just on the outskirts of King’s Lynn. Its such a lovely location, and everybody there was so helpful and welcoming.

I was talking to another one of my friends about the cost of flowers, and what kind of flowers I wanted. She suggested using artificial flowers, which at first I thought might be a bit of a tacky idea, but later realised it was quite genius! Not only do they look just as nice, it’s something for me and the bridal party to keep as a memento.

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I’m holding fake flowers in this picture (you wouldn’t know it would you?!), which were really pretty. The image isn’t too detailed because this is actually the dress I wanted, so just incase the other half takes a look on my blog…

Note: I haven’t asked everyone who I want to be bridesmaids yet. Still working that part out!

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Reading List

A lot of blogs I follow always have a ‘reading list’, which briefly updates everyone on what they are currently reading. I don’t usually find that much time to read, but as of late have been MAKING time.

I really do enjoy reading, so I’ve set aside an hour before bed a few nights a week, and it really is a good way of getting out of my own head, forgetting work and relaxing.

My fiance is a massive Sci-Fi fan and as a result I’ve taken quite an interest in it too. I’ve been reading ‘Wool’ by Hugh Howey, the first of a three book series, for the last few weeks (seems to be taking me forever to finish!), which I’m really enjoying. I was looking through my other halves collection of sci-fi books (which is huge by the way), and I noticed that most of the covers look very similar and a little uninviting. This one however, really jumped out at me, as the cover is just beautiful.

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With lots of twists and turns this book will certainly entertain any sci-fi follower.

I’ll be reading plenty of other books soon, with a more academic theme…

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Big win!

So a couple of weeks ago I came home from the end of a pretty crappy week at work, to find an email saying that I had won a holiday.

Now usually when you get one of these emails, the first thing you do is laugh, go ‘yeah right’ and delete it, to which I nearly did! But then I vaguely remembered that I had actually entered a competition that sounded a lot like the one being explained in the email which I had won.

It seemed legit, with my name in the email, but I had to check. I’m a bit of a ‘comper’ as it happens (for those who don’t know, it just means you enter loads and loads of competitions), and I use the competitions forum on MSE to find all the competitions to win great prizes. This particular competition was with The Telegraph magazine, to which I had a record of entering. And as it happens, right there on the attachment was my home address and all of my other details – it was REAL! I’d never won anything to this scale before – I wont a 500GB hard drive a few years ago, thats about as big as it got for me.

The competition was to win a culinary tour of Vietnam for two people in October 2015 with Kuoni travel for 12 nights, flights and mixed board meals included. Our itinerary looks amazing – and of course I’m taking my fiance, sorry guys! – where we will be riding elephants, having an overnight cruise, a two hour cooking lesson, amongst other cultural and interesting activities. The history there alone is a good enough reason to go. By the looks of things we’ll never be in the same place for more than two nights, which is going to be a completely different experience to the kind of beach holidays I’m used to going on – but I cannot wait!

Tomorrow me and Adrian are off to the nearest Kuoni Travel agents which is in Cambridge to book it all – it will hopefully seem a lot more real once we’ve done that!

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I mean, just look at that, it just looks such a beautiful country, and one I never even dreamt I’d get to go too! Just shame we have nearly a whole year to wait!

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Losing Touch

I’d like everybody to meet Luna!

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She is our (now) 9 week old kitten, who is absolutely crazy. But we love her to bits! I never really counted myself as a cat person (and still don’t really, dogs all the way, sorry) but I have gotten used to having a creature around again, which is nice. She can be ever so sweet, but also such a pain in the bum.

On another note, I had a very strange moment earlier.

I was looking through and sorting out my portfolio, as I am in the process of a de-clutter in our house, and realised something rather sad. I miss designing. In my current job, I don’t really get to do a lot of ‘creative’ stuff. I design signs that, nine times out of ten, I am told what has to be put on, what colour it has to be etc. I’ve lost my mojo, its the only way I can put it. So naturally, because I’m not designing enough, I feel like I’m losing my skill.

Finding time to do my own creative work outside of my work hours proves difficult because of my Marketing qualification I am doing, and to be honest my home life too. Nevertheless, I think something is going to have to be done about it – maybe just making the time no matter what. It’s a rather difficult predicament I am in, but I do know that I’m unhappy with the way things are right now.

Day 200: Invisalign Update

It’s been a while since I wrote about my Invisalign progress!

I’ve already noticed the difference and I’m only 6 months in! I’m on my 14th set out of about 65 I think, so still a long way to go but it is still progress. After having my attachments put on, I was right, they put a lot more pressure on my teeth and made it even more difficult to get out, but practise makes perfect!

The attachments are just small clear blobs on my teeth, and I’ve read that these just help the teeth rotate or move up and down. It was certainly weird and took longer to get used too than having the trays in the first place. One of the reasons being that it makes the trays more visible (but I think that’s because I knew they were there, nobody else noticed!), especially with one of my attachments being on one of my front teeth. The other reason being that it feels really weird to have the stuff on your teeth when you have the trays out when you’re eating. I found myself running my tongue over them all of the time!

But seriously, take it from me, Invisalign has been one of the best decisions I’ve made! I change my retainer every other Friday morning (so every two weeks), and find that Sunday is always the worst day, which I found strange because you would think the first day would be worse?

Also I’ve found my teeth are so much whiter, something to do with brushing them 3+ times a day! I’ll include a photo next time.

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Graduation, One Year On (is that all?!)

… a little more than a year actually!

So I’ve gotten really bad at this whole blogging business. I’m going to try and be better, honest.

It has indeed now been more than a year since graduating from the University of Lincoln, where I achieved a degree in Graphic Design. Having got a job so quickly afterwards, which was surprising with the area I live in, things were looking pretty good, and I must say it has been a roller coaster of a year. Not long after getting my new job and kickstarting my career, I met a wonderful person who, only recently, I’ve gotten engaged to!

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In the last six months I’ve been studying a Introductory Certificate in Marketing, which I’m now coming to the end of writing my final assignment for.

Form & Function, unfortunately never made it to the crucial stages. Due to a loss in my family, I found it really hard in juggling my emotions with my new job, AND my own business. For me it has just been put on hold until I feel ready enough to give it another shot. My business partners found it hard to progress also, hence the end of the little business venture. All in all, its quite a shame, but feel it was a the right decision at the time.

But, back to my wonderful news! I have been with Adrian for over a year now, and the proposal came out of no where! Quite romantic actually, a nice walk along the beach and chat about our journey together before popping the question, even though it did rain a bit (it certainly didn’t dampen any spirits!). And now, of course, I have a wedding to plan, which I’m very excited about. The big day won’t be until late 2016, but it hasn’t stopped me gathering ideas!

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And of cause, I’ll be designing the invitations myself!