Lets face it we all love a good wedding story. If a cover of OK or Hello magazine has a wedding on the cover, it’s sure to catch my eye! And if I see a wedding story on a blog (as I’m trolling through) you can bet I’ll stop to have a quick read and get engrossed in the romance of the day. With this in mind, I thought I’d ‘share the love’ and tell you about my own special day.

wedding8

The first thing you need to know is that Dom and I had been together for 10 years before he proposed (yes, I know!). So as soon as I had that diamond ring on my finger, I was ready to walk down the aisle. Also, I’m not a very patient person, if I decide to do something I just get on with it – I think you get the picture. In short, I organised my wedding in 4 months, here are the full details…

wedding4

Dom and I got married on the 28th of November 2009 in Hurst House, Laugharne, West Wales. We had 90 guests in total, my dad is one of eight so the list was never going to be the ‘intimate 50’ I had in mind. My three best friends were my beautiful bridesmaids and I had three little flower girls with me to walk down the aisle.

The theme for the day was very much in-keeping with the venue’s own relaxed, luxury style. We had vintage tea lights and diamanté studs dotted around the venue to add to the glamour, echoing the diamanté studs in my dress, hair and flowers.

wedding2

I had a very definite style in mind when I went shopping with my mum for THE DRESS. I’d seen Giselle at the Oscars a few years before and was obsessed by the empire line gown she was wearing.

wedding7

The day went just as I’d imagined it. The guests all arrived at 3.30pm for a drinks reception before our candle lit ceremony at 4pm. I was (and this is a first for me) on time, in my Pronovias dress and silver Louboutin shoes. I felt amazing! My hair was down in big relaxed waves and my jewellery was limited to a diamond bracelet and my grandmother’s wedding ring (which was my something old and borrowed – my dress was new and I had a blue garter).

Dom and I really wanted the reception to be very relaxed and feel more like a party than a wedding. We had another drinks reception with nibbles after the ceremony and had old ‘rat-pack’ and Christmas tunes playing in the background. As soon as the dining room was ready, we all went in to enjoy the meal, which was, as my brother called it ‘a very posh buffet’. Everything was homemade, or home grown – it all looked sensational and tasted even better! Our wedding cake served as the dessert, as it was made up of individual cakes made of white chocolate cups, filled with a square of white chocolate brownie (or blondie), topped with a vanilla mousse and decorated with more chocolate and blueberries. They were delicious and a real show-stealer!

wedding3

As soon as the speeches were done (after the meal), the party really got going! Dom and I danced for most of the night and made sure we stayed close to one another all night. Many of my friends had told me that they hadn’t actually spent much of their wedding day with their other half, so we made a real effort to stay together as much as possible. The party went on until 5am the next morning and yes, the bar stayed open all that time… Amazing service from Hurst House!

wedding6

Our song is and always will be ‘She’. I walked up and down the aisle to it being played on the piano (by my very talented auntie) and our first dance was to the Elvis Costello version. Dom even used some of the lyrics in his speech.

wedding5

My advice for organising a wedding…

Don’t feel pressured to stick to traditions or rules. This is your special day, your (hopefully) one chance to create the wedding of your dreams. I organised our wedding in 4 months because I couldn’t wait any longer. It goes without saying that you have to be organised, a wedding folder is a really good idea and gives you a special keepsake after the event. I can’t wait to pass my folder down to my daughters one day.

Make lists and try not to worry too much. Enjoy the process because IT IS fun – keep in mind that you’re organising a celebration – a truly happy event.

Brilliant blog posts on HonestMum.com

Fancy sharing? Share on StumbleUponPin on PinterestShare on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedIn

As you may have already read, I’ve spent the past ten and a half years working in the Digital department at Clarins and in that time I’ve been lucky enough to try a lot, if not most of the products. However, when I realised I would be leaving, I had to really think about the products I’d miss and put in my last allocation order with some thought. This was not an easy task, as you can imagine, I’d grown fond of so many products but when it came to skin care (face and body) here’s what I finally settled on and why…

Clarins1

 

Note: My skin type is normal but can be slightly dehydrated.

1. Multi-Active Day Cream – This is my go-to day cream, the texture is light but comforting enough to keep dry skin and fine lines at bay. It’s a really lovely cream and a great way to start the day.

2. Blue Orchid Oil – At night time I love using this hydrating face oil. It smells gorgeous and leaves my skin soft and hydrated by morning. If you’ve never tried a face oil, I really recommend this one! I tend to apply it to damp skin for best results.

3. Cleansing Milk with Alpine Herb – This is what I use to wash/ cleanse my skin every day! I apply it to dry skin and wash off with water, sometimes I’ll use the Toning Lotion on top with a cotton pad – but not always. It literally removes all last trace of make-up and pollution – and really works with my skin type.

4. Liquid Bronze – This is a milky lotion that gives your skin a very natural, lightly tanned appearance. I tend to apply it before bed, after cleansing. It’s super easy to use, and gives you a lovely healthy glow in the morning. I call it my “weekend-away in a bottle”.

5. Beauty Flash Balm – It’s a classic for a reason! It does exactly what it says on the tube! I don’t use it everyday but when I need a skin ‘pick-me-up’ this is my go-to wonder product.

6. Renew Plus Body Serum – This has to be my very favourite Clarins product!! It’s basically a body lotion that has a very light, fluid texture, so it melts into your skin within seconds – it also smells amazing! I’ll miss this one the most.
7. Tonic Body Treatment Oil – Last but by no means least!! This little beauty has seen me safely through two pregnancies with NO stretchmark’s. I have a few from my teenage years on my legs, so I know I am susceptible to them but this oil kept them at bay while I was expecting both girls and for that I will be forever grateful and a true devotee.

Make-up was another subject, which I’ll share with you in my next post! Also, I wanted to give a quick mention to the fact that I no longer work for the brand, so am not getting paid for the above reviews – I just thought I’d give you my personal recommendations as someone who has used them a lot over the years!

Fancy sharing? Share on StumbleUponPin on PinterestShare on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedIn

girlsAs you may have noticed from my last post, I am a bit of a tv-aholic! It’s a problem my husband is only too happy to point out (on a regular basis) but honestly what can I do? Now although it is starting to get a little dated Sex and the City is my all-time favourite. If I’m flicking through the channels on my Virgin box and come across an old rerun, you can guarantee I’ll stop off and indulge in the glamorous antics of the fab four. I recently read a feature on the Marie Claire website on the top SATC quotes, which got me thinking of my own favourites. This is what I came up with…

‘After all, seasons change, so do cities; people come into your life and people go. But it’s comforting to know that the ones you love are always in your heart. And if you’re very lucky, a plane ride away.’ Carrie

‘Abso-fucking-lutely.’ Mr Big 

‘I like my money where I can see it – hanging in my closet.’ Carrie

‘Maybe we can be each other’s soul mates. And then we can let men be just these great, nice guys to have fun with.’ Charlotte

‘Oh my God! Do you know what these are? Manolo Blahnik Mary Janes! I thought these were an urban shoe myth!’ Carrie

‘I will never be the woman with the perfect hair, who can wear white and not spill on it.’ Carrie

‘They say nothing lasts forever; dreams change, trends come and go, but friendships never go out of style.’ Carrie

‘I’ve spent $40,000 on shoes and I have no place to live? I will literally be the old woman who lived in her shoes!’ Carrie

‘When men attempt bold gestures, generally it’s considered romantic. When women do it, it’s often considered desperate or psycho.’ Carrie

‘The most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone to love the you you love, well, that’s just fabulous.’ Carrie

Do you recognise any of these? What were you favourites?

 

 

Fancy sharing? Share on StumbleUponPin on PinterestShare on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedIn

TVboxsets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I start to write this post, I suddenly realise that I’m confessing a lot of my secret sins on this blog (please don’t judge me!), here’s another! My name is Heledd and I am a TV-aholic! I’d like to say that this has only happened in recent years, since I’ve had my children – and no longer have the opportunity to go out. However, this would be a lie, I’ve always been obsessed! The fact that I now stay home a lot more and have access to box sets and Netflix has just enhanced the… shall we say situation?!

With this confession out of the way, I feel like I can, with some authority create this list of must-see TV shows of the past few years. So if you’re looking for a new series to get into, give one of these a go…

My Top Ten Must See Box Sets – for Women

1. Sex and the City – I literally revisit these episodes on a regular basis and even though they are now getting a little dated, I don’t think I’ll every tier of them. There’s comfort in their familiarity and I just love the characters, storylines and of course the fashion!

2. Girls – The new SATC! And my new guilty pleasure. Although this is lot more ‘real’ and less polished/ glossy, this updated “girls in the city” drama/ comedy created by Lena Dunham is engrossing and very addictive.  There are some car crash episodes that will leave you cringing but that’s part of its quirkily charm.

3. Brothers & Sisters – I can’t tell you how upset I was when this series was cancelled 4 years ago. I literally loved it! Looked forward to watching it every week, sometimes even recording an episode to watch again. If you haven’t seen Brothers & Sisters and need a good box set, I really recommend this one. Also, I must give a quick mention to THE HOUSE that they live in – watch it and you’ll know what I’m talking about! The kitchen is literally my dream kitchen. If I’m honest, I think that the house was the main draw for me at the beginning.

4. Gossip Girl – Now I know I’m probably a little beyond the target audience for this program but I can’t lie, I really enjoyed it. As you can probably tell by now, I do love New York and any glossy program that really shows off this amazing city will always grab my attention. Plus the clothes and storylines were ridiculously over the top, which are also my typical calling cards.

5. The Good Wife – This series continues to get better and better! I’ve literally just finished watching series 5 and it was amazing! There is no other word I can think of to describe how good it was. If you like a glossy courtroom drama, with lots of twists and turns, this is the one for you. Even though this is a list focused on ‘girlie’ shows, Dom really enjoys this one too.

6. Scandal – This program is full of twits and passion and centres around the white house. Series three is just about to start on Sky Living this week and I for one, just can’t wait to see what happens next! This is also a show that Dom, will happily sit and watch with me – happy days!

7. Nashville – Another fab new series from the States. I recently finished watching series 2 and I’m totally hooked. Great acting, great signing and the storylines and character building is really good. Looking forward to series 3 already.

8. Lipstick Jungle – This is a bit of an oldie but a real goodie!! It got cancelled after the second series so there are not many episodes to catch up on but if you get the opportunity to watch this, you really won’t regret it. It’s essentially about three friends, one’s a magazine editor, one’s the head of a film company and the other’s a fashion designer, all living in NYC. Do I need to say more? Love!

9. Downton Abby  – Just a total classic! ITV at its best.

10. Mad Men – Okay, I must fess up, I’m just starting the Mad Men box set now (it’s been on my list for about 5 years) but I already love it. The styling is just stunning and the attention to detail in every way amazes me. I adore this area and I’m so glad I’m now able to enjoy every episode for the first time.

That’s my top ten, do you have any more to add? Just realised I didn’t give a shout out to Revenge and Grey’s Anatomy, or its sister show Private Practise (all worth a look).

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Mums' Days

– See more at: http://mumsdays.com/mums-list/#sthash.JsPPfxAW.dpuf

Fancy sharing? Share on StumbleUponPin on PinterestShare on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedIn

Okay, I have another confession to make, I love (to the point of it being a bit of an obsession) surfing for travel destinations and amazing hotels. I can lose hours on Mr & Mrs Smith or now Mr & Mrs Smith Family and Airbnb, dreaming and in some cases (but not always) planning our next holiday. I’m not big into large complex resorts or modern developments. Give me a little B&B or guest house any day! As a family we tend to stay off the beaten track a little, not too far from modern amenities though, I’m not crazy – I have a 4 year old and a one year old to think of.

mijas.cover

Last month we went to Mijas in the South of Spain, which was just beautiful. It’s a small village in the Malaga area that just oozes old Spanish charm. There are donkeys lined up, ready to take the kids on a wonder round the old streets, and horse drawn carriages ready to take the whole family on the same stunning journey. This old Andalusian village is so picturesque, full of narrow, little paved alleyways with white walled buildings. One alley leads off another and all house little independent shops that look like they’ve been there for hundreds of years, selling locally produced goods such as olive oil, lavender soap, cotton dresses, pottery and other beautifully crafted gifts.

poppyinmijas

town

mijasfront

Mijas is in the mountains that overlook the much bigger town of Fuengirola, which means that the views from the top of the village are simply breath-taking. You’ll definitely need to take a camera and be warned, you’ll literally find something new snap at every corner. At the top, you’ll also find a lovely play area for the kids, a bull ring to wander around and an amazing garden area with a big beautiful mosaic fountain.

domandlilimijas

mijas.fountain

bullring

The restaurants, of course are all family run and full of delicious Spanish food, including tapas, Paella and our favourite Churros and Chocolate (have I mentioned I’m a chocaholic?). We literally had the most amazing food every night without fail, each in the most stunning surroundings of trees in bloom and fairy lights in outdoor courtyards.

chocolate

I must give a quick mention to the Bioparc Zoo in Fuengirola, which is around 20 minutes (by car) away from Mijas. Normally I’m not one for zoos, I find them quite depressing but this one was recommended to us by a friend and the girls were getting fed up of relaxing around the pool, so we ventured out. And I’m so glad we did! This zoo was lovely, it had a vast array of animals, living in big enclosures that were made to look like their natural inhabitants. We spent the whole day there and could easily have gone back for a second day.

zoo.cover
We also made it down to the beach on a couple of days, which as always is great fun – but at the end of each day I looked forward to going back up the mountains to our quiet little old town, where I felt like I was in the ‘real Spain’.

beach2

beach

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

 

Fancy sharing? Share on StumbleUponPin on PinterestShare on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedIn