Sunday, 19 July 2015

Life Lately

It's been a while since my last rambling blog post, so I thought I'd post a little update whilst I'm curled up on the sofa doing lots of life admin.

Today marks one week until my eldest brother gets married and I am so excited. It's come around so quickly and I can't wait to see him and his gorgeous other half tie the knot - they are so perfect together! It really is a crazy year for our family this year and I'm so looking forward to spending the day with all of my favourite people.

I really wanted to make a dress to wear to their wedding, but with everything else going on time just kept slipping away from me. Luckily I found a gorgeous dress from People Tree which is a win win as I don't need to feel guilty about buying something new - they're one of my favourite ethical companies - and I get a super cute new dress without a meltdown over trying to make one!

As the dress was new though, it was only right to make myself an accessory for the occasion so I whipped the above clutch up a few days ago. I've never had a clutch bag before so we'll see how I get on! The top fabric is a Liberty piece by Jamie Oliver from a few years ago called Apple - I love it so much! I used everything I had for this so decided to two tone with some leather to make it bigger which I think works really well and the lining is a gorgeous neutral that Erin gave me as part of a yummy fabric bundle for my birthday this year.

Beauty Gems at The Body Shop & a sneak peek at their new collection Spa of the World launching on the 11th August.

Moving away from weddings (I really have become one of those people, argh!), a few weeks ago I was invited along to The Body Shop #summeredit evening at Brighton Marina. I felt slightly nervous at being asked along to a beauty event (even though I worked out I use over half a dozen TBS products every. single. day!) but it was a lot of fun and the lovely TBS ladies were super friendly and helpful. I had a skin consultation and discovered that I already use 3 of the 4 products recommended which is pretty good going, and nattered on to anyone who would listen about how great the Vitamin C range is. Seriously though, I've used the Skin Reviver ever since I was ill at uni and it's the only product that stopped people commenting on how tired I always looked.

Along with my favourite Brighton blogging ladies, we were introduced to some new products launching this summer and spent the evening sniffing every product in sight and discussing how few of us actually give ourselves "me time". We were also given lovely summery goodie bags to aid us in the quest for said me time, and I spent an hour in the bath a few evenings ago with a book, a mug of peppermint tea and their new Dead Sea Salt Scrub which is heavenly. They've also launched a new range of perfect summer perfumes and the Italian Summer Fig was also included in our goodie bags. I'm gonna be totally honest and say that that scent is not for me, but I could quite happily wear the Indian Night Jasmine one forever; even if Lauren did say it reminded her of air freshener! We all have different tastes eh :)

And a few more random things that are making me smile at the moment...

My mum bought me this cute little cacti/succulent garden a few weeks ago and it may have just taken the top spot for my favourite plant in the flat! I've been on a plant buying ban for a few months as I've genuinely run out of room for them, but this adorable guy is a very welcome addition.

Finally, one more wedding mention comes from these CD's which are part of a quickly accumulating pile in the lounge at the moment. J and I are putting tons of playlists together for the day and we've had to search high and low for some old school albums that we didn't have. This has been super fun and I really hope people will love our choices as much as we do :)

Thursday, 9 July 2015

We're Getting Married #6 - The Invitations

With just two months to go now until the wedding (eep!), I thought it would be nice to share our DIY invitations.
They went down well with our family and friends (although some people found them a little bizarre!) but hey ho, we had fun making them and I think they turned out pretty awesome.

The invites started life as a big book of antique postcards that I won on eBay. J and I spent an afternoon rifling through them and picking out our favourites - some were super creepy (portraits of babies with fake backdrops etc.) and some were beautiful; there was even an Isle of Wight one in there.

J designed the information we wanted to have on the front and back of the postcards, and then it was time to get them printed. I already posted about our screen printing experience HERE, but again I'll say that it was so much fun and I love how they all turned out. Some of the postcards were written on, some were blank, colour, black and white etc. so each one printed differently.

[Bonus snap of Pixel getting involved :)]

Once the postcards were finished, I set to making the envelopes for them. I made a template and used brown card that would hold the postcards and then fold up into a self contained envelope. These took a while to make but were also very satisfying to finish!
The longest part of this whole project was the calligraphy on the front of the envelopes. I still consider myself very much an amateur with calligraphy and writing out so many names was slightly daunting! I got into the swing of it though and they didn't turn out too badly. It was damn good practice!
The finishing touch was a little sticker to seal the envelopes with which was another little design from J with the wedding date on. These were so cheap to have printed and although not a necessity, definitely very cute.

As we are on a budget, making a website for the bulk of the information seemed like the most practical option, so we had a stamp made with the URL on and placed that on the card flap underneath the postcard. This turned out really well as we could embed a map into the site and list lots of helpful information that would have taken up lots of paper otherwise. Huge thanks to our friend Luke who built the website for us - you're a superstar :) Plus, having the RSVP's online also means that I can print out a nice geeky spreadsheet when everyone replies - ah the little things!