Leopard Print obsession……

Leopard print is one of those things I find people either love or hate, I am obviously a person who loves it! Styled correctly I think it can really bring the most basic outfit to life, styled incorrectly or more importantly in the wrong fabric then of course you run the risk of looking like you’ve dug into the Bet Lynch wardrobe archives.

My favourite printed piece in my leopard collection includes an Asos cardigan, some Faith flats and an easy to wear Warehouse scarf, all of which worn individually add a bit something to a classic white tee, jamie jean combo; basically a lazy girl way to jazz up an outfit!

The newest item added to the rails in my wardrobe would be my Newlook brown leopard coat, priced at around £25 its a piece that can easily take you from a chilled shopping trip to evening cocktails with the girls, versatile and complements a variety of colour ways and welllll it just makes you feel extra fancy…

I have found myself reaching for this item more and more, it has only strengthened my love for this popular print!

Love Harriet x

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Planning your wedding…..Budgeting and Choosing your suppliers

This is the second post in my Wedding planning mini series..I’m going to cover 2 subjects here..budgeting and choosing the correct people to supply your BIG day; as with all my wedding posts I will be wearing my wedding planner hat and my ‘once been a bride’ hat.

Big factor obviously when planning a wedding is budget..Budget is the backbone and a major staring point of any planning. Budget can cast a bit of a shadow over your dreams and bring you down to reality with a bit of a bang, so lets eliminate that harsh thud and make sure you are well equipped from the get go!

Right before I even started looking at venues, dresses and other finer details, I created a spreadsheet listing all the items you would be paying for -wedding magazines and google are great places to get a substantial list! Don’t forget factoring in presents for your wedding party or honeymoon costs, there’s a lot of random things to remember! It doesn’t have to be a massive formulated technical mass of excel but a handy place to store all your info and if you are a dab hand at =sum**blah blah,then even better.

Once I had my list, I  prioritised what was important to us… I knew that a photographer was important to me by my experience of being a coordinator, an experienced photographer is priceless; they don’t interrupt your day shouting at your guests to huddle in a group shot, make you stage those -insert cringe emoji here – moments and generally take over or worse over run delaying food service ahhh can you tell I’ve witnessed these disasters?!

Flowers were another thing that I wanted to spend on and as I crafted a lot of my own decorations and favours saving money that way meant I could factor a higher cost of some beautiful blooms. On the flip side, I didn’t want a fancy car or need to add extras such as canapes, so I cut back on things like that in order to balance out the budget.

Another tip is to shop around, ask friends for recommendations and source multiple quotes then share your findings with other suppliers they may match that figure in order to secure the business! OoOhh don’t forget to check whether quotes are inclusive of VAT or if this is to be added on..that can sting!

Along with budget, another important part of planning is choosing suppliers, these people can really embellish your day or add elements of unwanted stress if not planned properly.

From an industry perspective, we at our venue have a list of our favourite suppliers, we’ve seen their work and are happy to point them in our clients direction…this is quite a big deal and I recommend you speak to your venue to see who they think know will enhance your day and perhaps have created a similar vision before. Asking the venue for recommendations also means it will save you a load of time trawling the internet and getting lost in all the companies plus the supplier will know the venue therefore, eliminating a bundle of questions, they will know what works well and offer experience and guidance.

When the venue recommends a trusted supplier, they have their contact details so they can chat on the day meaning the Bride and Groom wont be hassled also the venue can rest assured  that they will turn up and perform to the highest quality, sighhh of relief for the Wedding party!

One final tip, Wedding fairs..not only great places for free cake samples and leaving on a sugar high but a fab place to see the best suppliers local to the area, a casual place to chat and meet companies without feeling to formal. Suppliers also demonstrate their work and bring portfolios to look at sooo its a quick way of narrowing down your search without any awkward encounters.

I hope this helps a little but any questions then free to tweet, comment or email..

Love Harriet x

 

 

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Valentines day…Love it or Hate it?…

Valentines day; I feel like it divides people, some people love it, they go all out with scheduling a restaurant dinner, buying expensive gifts; the 14th February has been earmarked in their diary with plenty of hope for romance! You then have the haters, the people that spend the day glaring at their loved up colleagues, avoiding the over commercial supermarket aisle and use the phase ‘makes me sick’ whilst rolling their eyes for those cupid induced 24 hours.

Me…well I think I sit in the middle. I am a girl that loves an occasion, a birthday, anniversary, easter and my new fav mothers day. I like to have something to look forward to, getting people together, eating cake and celebrating something, so valentines for me is a nice day to note but not in an over the top way! I like to give and receive a card and of course some pretty flowers go down a treat but as regards to making a massive song and dance I’d rather get our favourite food in and watch a nice film. I don’t want to abandon it altogether but I certainly wont be going major gushy for one day as my husband would say in the cliché manly way…Its about everyday not just one…

Enjoy whatever you do

Love Harriet x

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Why I love Running….

Ever feel like your mind is a jumbled mess of thoughts, a maze of which job to tick off the to-do list first? If I ever feel like this and need some sort of clarity then grabbing my trainers and pounding the pavement always sorts me right out!

Running doesn’t come easy to most people and it takes a while until you actually feel like its enjoyable and not some sort of torture routine but once your hooked you are HOOKED!

For me its the sense of achievement, the strength of mind to push yourself that teeny bit further or complete that mile slightly  quicker- trust me I may hate every extra second but its a test to your own mental strength and once you’ve jogged that little extra you feel so amazing, proud and most importantly strong!

My essentials for each and every run no matter how far it is include;  a good pair of trainers and I am not talking the flashest (did I say flash..am I old??) Nike trainers, go to a proper running shop, try on a variety of ‘Running’ specific trainers, even test them out on an in store treadmill and make sure they are 100% comfortable and supportive; my particular favs are Brookes as I pronate slightly when I run.

Load your Iphone/ music device with your favourite songs, this is vital for me and I would even go to say I can’t run without this amazing distraction technique! My ultimate’s are loud, fast dance tunes which will make the time pass quickly ohhh and songs I can sing along too.

Lastly without the risk of sounding like a Granny, stretching really is worth doing before to warm you up, wake up those muscles and then after to really help with the next day and day after body aches plus it will set you up nicely for your next run. Push through the aches at first because its such a good stress buster and source of ‘me’ time amongst the obvious health benefits…

Love Harriet x

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