Sunday, 17 August 2014

Wedding Photography

So this little post is going to be a little different. As some of you may know my partner is a photographer. He is mainly based in the north west but also has huge connections to south wales and can photograph across the UK. My post today is to pretty much advertise the amazing offer he has going at the minute on wedding photography. I wish I was the one sat behind a computer looking through endless pinterest ideas on table designs, dress ideas, seating plans, and making endless lists of crazy things they have at weddings these days, but unfortunately I'm not (maybe one day ;) ). Instead, I want to help those that are. So instead of pulling your hair out just take a deep breath and sink your teeth into this little deal. 

Take a look at his website and feel free to make an enquiry via his contact page. He offers a fully professional and flexible service that can be altered to suite any miniature detail that you want included. If you want added extras he can add these too; second photographer, video, engagement shoot? You also have the choice to have your photos printed to a beautiful, timeless folio album, something you can treasure forever.


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

5 things I wish I'd have known when I was a fresher.

Today marks a big day for a lot of people across the UK, you actually find out which uni you will end up at for the next 3 years. SCARYYY, not really! It will be the best 3 years of your life. Your mind will be opened up to different ways of living and you will meet people from anywhere and everywhere. Going to uni comes with so many responsibilities, for the first time in your life you can leave your room as messy as you like, you can go out and come in at 6am, you can even leave your washing up for days on end if you really want too. Today I want to give all you freshers some insight in to what I wish I had known 4 long years ago.

Wheres wally? Oh dear.
I couldn't have met a nicer guy <3
My drunken self thought this hilarious.

1. Money, so it may seem cool that student finance are shelling out £4000 to see you through the year, it seems so much, believe me its not! While it may seem a lot it soon disappears and you cant even remember how you spent it. A little tip I'd give is budget. Work out how much you get every 3 installments, minus your bills and rent and divide it by the weeks your at uni. This gives a weekly budget. I also worked throughout holidays when I came home, it just gives you a bit extra, who doesn't love extra cash.

2. Friends, Do not worry. You will be in the car come September setting out on your newest adventure thinking 'oh god, what the hell are my flatmates going to be like'. Be open-minded, not everyone lives how you live or has the same views but it seems that everyone at uni knows how to have fun. I didn't click with my flatmates at first but now one of them is like my right arm, I don't know what I'd do without her.

3.Washing up, For some reason every flat will have an issue with this at some point, whether there is someone that seems to love collecting moldy bowls or someone that denies that any of their plates that they have clearly ate off are theirs. If this happens speak, speak with your flatmates, pent up anger over some silly washing up can never end good.

4. Relationships, Ok so some of you may be going to uni while in a long term relationship, I did. Don't be too harsh on yourself, enjoy being a fresher and having fun rather than feeling tied down. I tried to do both but eventually it just did not work. Not to fear I know of a few people that managed to stay together through uni and its safe to say they are just meant to be. Just remember to have fun, there is time for marriage when your 30 and have responsibilities. If your going to meet someone at uni (wait till second year) the partying has calmed down by then and you have more time.

5. Essays, Don't freak out about work, as long as you pass first year it doesn't actually count towards your final degree mark (mine didn't, but I would double check). This doesn't mean to mess around and literally scrape by. Give yourself this year to learn, learn the new writing style, give yourself a structure and get into a routine; otherwise you'll be kicking yourself in third year. Read your feedback, its easy enough to just look at your mark but actually read the comments it will help you gain extra marks next time; when there are 10 marks between a 2:1 and a 1st it is worth it. 

To anyone heading to uni this year as a fresher you don't have a single thing to worry about, don't be shy, jump in with both feet. You'll meet amazing people and who knows maybe you'll meet Mr. right, I did!


What's in my Suitcase?

So when your limited to a 15kg suitcase, packing can be the worst part of the holiday; should I take the wedges I so dearly love or is after sun more important? Personally I am the worst packer, I seem to take enough clothes to last me an eternity and seem to only wear 2kg worth. This summer I learnt my lesson as me and my other half had to share a 15kg suitcase so I HAD to limit my packing habits. When your packing with a man who has size 12 feet and insists on taking two pairs of shoes, believe me it was a struggle.
After seeing the competition from the Bloggers Lounge and I decided that I would share my packing essentials...

1. - Gadgets and gizmos; you can never take enough pictures, what better way is there to save a memory. Taking any form of ipod or Mp3 player is a lifesaver when your stuck travelling, its calming and helps ease the boredom. Please remember chargers!

2. - Accessories; colorful accessories brighten up any outfit, make the most of it on holiday, especially pastel colours, they look great with a tan. Lets face it, its definitely more acceptable to walk around on holiday with your hair filled with flowers, looking like a rose garden, than walking round Manchester.

3. - Products - On holiday these 3 were my go to products. Got2be salt spray, it saves doing your hair when you can get away with that beach look. Simple eye roll on, after 3 hours on a plane with unnecessary air conditioning my eyes felt like they had shriveled like prunes, this was a god send. It is also great for sunburn. Boots body spray, great for just having in your beach bag to cool you down and to keep you smelling fresh as a mango ;)

4. - who wears short shorts? I do love dresses but shorts are a must, especially if your walking a lot. I picked up the denim pair at Primark and the cotton pair at Tkmaxx (super bargains).

5. - Kimono - great for wearing over your bikini or to dress up a plain outfit. Also, super great if like me you tend to get sun burnt and feel chilly at night.

6.- Bikini - If your going abroad and its hot and there is sea or a pool then why not, this little number is from River Island! there is some gorgeous swimwear out at the minute. For those a little more body conscious Next have some gorgeously flattering one pieces in.

7. - Dress's & Sandals - Lets face it we have all been to Primark and spent £50 on numerous pairs of flip flops and gladiator sandals in numerous colours and styles when really all you need is an essential pair that go with everything. If your wanting to cut down on baggage weight try and find a neutral pair that match every outfit, these I picked up from Tkmaxx. Evening wear, some nights may just be spent BBQ'ing but others may need a little more sophistication, white is a super colour to wear with a tan so make sure you save your best outfit till last, you'll be glowing!!


Holiday hair.

I really haven't posted in a while but back too it. Pinky promise. I've been away on holiday to the gorgeous island of Majorca, I can happily say I didn't indulge in the delight of Magaluf (party central). Instead I took a gorgeous relaxing beach holiday to Cala D'or. I will be doing a few posts based on holidays so please do pop back.
 Today I want to blog about hair. While on holiday it is true that make-up is not an essential; once you've passed the crispy sun burnt sore stage you begin to glow with holiday sunshine. Therefore, the best accessory on holiday is your hair. I love the sun-kissed beach look so I thought I would share with you my two favorite hairstyles of the summer...

This is a a great look when you really just cant be bothered. I towel dried my hair and after using my tangle teaser to tease the knots I added the aussie volume boost spray through the roots. To the ends I used V05 salt spray and used my hand to scrunch. I blasted my hair with the hairdryer making sure I was scrunching as I did so, I also tipped my hair upside down to dry the underneath, this added volume.

Ok, so this second hairstyle is a little more fiddly... a milkmaid braid. This style is great for when you just want your hair to be up and out of the way. I dried my hair as normal then separated my hair in to bunches. You can plait or fishtail your bunches, fasten them with a bobble (preferably the tiny elastic ones). then take them over each side of your head and secure in place with bobby pins. Style your fringe how you wish.