OFF THE RECORD: A MOST MAGICAL MONTH!

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Eek! Halloween is on our doorsteps and I am so god dam excited! I LOVE halloween! This year me and Em are heading to one of our favourite bars to end this month with plenty of cocktails! It certainly has been an epic October for us with the launch of BB Boutique, winning the award for Best DIY Wedding Blog & starting our pre crowd funding campaign so there’s PLENTY of reasons to celebrate! Here’s what else we’ve been loving this month…

JESS LOVES…

My sister coming home!! She’s been in the US for 5 months working and travelling and basically having the time of her life but I am SO happy to have her back! We surprised all of the family with her return and it was so amazing seeing their reactions! Needless to say there was lots of tears! 

Winning Best DIY wedding blog for the second year in a  row! EEEEEK! We are so so so thankful to everyone that voted for us, we work really hard on our tutorials and it’s so amazing to see the love return and know that you guys enjoy them as much as we do!

Catching up with our fellow wedding bloggers & industry faves at the awards! We had so much with Festival Brides, Mr & Mrs Unique, The Wedding Bazaar, Choccy Woccy Doodah, Binky Nixon, The Bijou Bride, the list goes on! It’s always so fun getting all dressed up and celebrating each others success! 

The launch of the boutique!! I couldn’t not include this could I?! After years of hard work it finally went live filled to the brim with amazing suppliers and we couldn’t be happier! There are more and more suppliers being added every week so be sure to keep your eye out!

Spending a few days in Wales with James, we went to Snowdon a couple of years ago and had such a lovely time that we thought it would be cute to head back to the same place! So we took the road trip down and stayed in a lovely little pub with a roaring fire! It was the perfect little autumn/winter getaway.

Watching Years and Years! We saw them at Birmingham and they were bloody brilliant! I am so obsessed with their album and it’s so good to see someone local to us doing so well in the music industry! 

EMILY LOVES…

Ahhhh!! There are so many things to talk about! Firstly we launched BB boutique and it has been epic!! The site had thousands of visits on its first day and the response was phenomenal! How can we ever thank you for your support? I can’t wait to see where this little venture of ours takes us next!

As if we hadn’t shouted about it enough! We won ‘Best Wedding DIY Blog’ at the Wedding Blog Awards. As Jess said, we absolutely love working on our tutorials and we are just so thrilled to hear you love them just as much!

♥ In other news we launched a pre-crowdfunding campaign! If you haven’t shown your support yet please click here, set up your account then click here to show your support! Thank you!!

Getting ready for Halloween! I have made giant spiders out of balloons and streamers and gone a little overboard with the fake cobweb stuff. Next up are the pumpkins!

Movie night with my little bro in his new house!

Pub Grub, wine and gossiping with old friends! We might not see each other as often as we would all like, but when we get together it’s just like old times! 

WHAT WE’VE BEEN LOVING AROUND THE WEB…

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Pun-Kins!! I am so obsessed with these! (Photos by Jeff Mindel via Studio DIY)

Gold Foil Wall Art & Printables

Seahorse Unicorn Piñata! (OH MY GOD!) 

Ice Cream Pumpkins

Graphic Print Memo Board

Printable Unicorn Gift Tags

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OFF THE RECORD: ETSY, ENGAGEMENTS & EXCITING NEW PROJECTS

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Anybody else feel like they blinked and August happened? Yep. Me too. This month has been an exciting one for us to say the least! Not only did Emily get engaged (yay!!) but we also launched BB crafty club AND are super super close to sharing the boutique with you guys! EEK! Watch this space it’s coming oh so very soon! For now though here’s what else we’ve been loving and getting up to this past month! 

JESS LOVES…

Going to the Etsy Wedding Breakfast! We headed up to London this week to attend the most gorgeous flower arranging workshop and got to really indulge in yummy food when we were there too!  We’ll be sharing more on this event soon so watch this space!

Rum bar! It’s becoming my new local on the weekend and I absolutely love it! The cocktails there are delicious and I adore the effort that goes in to making the cocktails look epic!

Bristol Balloon Fiesta! I hadn’t been since I was a little girl and it was brilliant to go again and see all of the balloons take off! We took a little picnic and got ourselves a prime seat for the big launch!

Having cocktails with the Costa Sisters! These babes are the absolute best and we always end up laughing our heads off when we’re together! We had such a yummy meal at Las Iguanas (and one too many mojitos!) then headed to Buffalo bar for the most amazing raspberry cream soda! 

OMBRE NAILS! I had mine done all different colours this week and I absolutely love them! They’re very my little pony! You can see them on our Instagram

All of the exciting projects that we’re working on right now! As you already know our brand new subscription boxes are available RIGHT NOW and the boutique will be with you gorgeous lot in a matter of weeks! EEK!!! 

Natural skincare products, i’ve been absolutely obsessed with putting coconut oil all over my face and now i’m so excited that someone local to us is launching an entire range of products! There’s a coconut & pumice exfoliator, an avocado & safflower day moisturiser and even a carrot & comfrey face mask, plus loads more! I can’t wait to try them and if you’re all for natural ingredients like I am then you can check it out here!

EMILY LOVES…

♥ Of course the highlight of my month has been announcing our engagement!! We have been so overwhelmed with so many messages of love and support! I am so excited to be able to share this journey on our blog! 

♥ Another particular highlight has been getting my engagement ring. When Mr T proposed he wanted us to design an engagement ring together! I’ll be writing more about that on the blog soon but all I will say for now is, I never thought I could love a piece of jewellery so much! It is so important to us and I will cherish it forever!

♥ Heading down to the Gower for a long weekend camping. We spent the day doing a coastal walk on the south Gower and ended watching the sun set over the cliffs. It was so beautiful although I really feel as though we waved goodbye to summer that night as the next day the heavens well and truly opened! 

♥ Due to bad weather we were pretty much forced inside for much of the weekend so we took ourselves off to the the cinema to watch ‘inside Out! It might be a kids film but it was so good! It certainly made me think about making memories and I have decided to take lots more photos from now on! I don’t want to forget anything! 

♥ I might have mentioned once or twice that this month has been a month of big announcements and launching our subscription boxes has been so exciting! We had so much fun curating the first box and I can’t wait for you guys to see what’s in them! 

♥ Last but certainly not least we have spent the last few weeks getting our first few suppliers signed up to our new boutique which is due to launch very soon! As we get closer to you guys seeing it for real, I am getting super excited/ nervous but I just know you are going to love it!

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Cookie Cutter Jewellery Trays (Above images by and via Aww Sam)

Pom Pom Party Hats

Snack Attack: Chocolate Dipped Bananas

Emoji Heart Balloons (OMG I’m In Love!!!!)

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A MONTH OF FESTIVAL

Glastonbury, Isle of Wight Festival and Latitude are well and truly over and we’re so gutted about it that we decided to pro-long the festi-goodness with a month of festival themed DIYs! YAY! We’re super excited about this one guys because we know how HUGE  and bloody beautiful festival weddings are! Trust us when we…

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OFF THE RECORD: BIRTHDAYS, BLOGGING EVENTS & BEING IN MEXICO!

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WOW, Seriously, where did June go?! I feel like this month has been kind of a whirlwind / roller coaster! We have been very busy little bees attending the Blogcademy, Blogtacular, The Hub & on top of that Emily has jetted off to gorgeous Mexico and I’m off to the Dominic in a couple of weeks so we’ve been working extra hard to ensure there’s lots of delicious content for you to devour when we’re away! It truly has been one AWESOME month! Here’s what we’ve been loving about June…

JESS LOVES…

Styling and attending the Blogcademy! We’re going to be sharing more on this soon but it was such an awesome experience to attend the class again and get a refresher! Me and Em came away so inspired again and can’t wait to get cracking on some new ideas we have!

Having BBQs! I went to two this past weekend and I just really bloody love being able to sit outside, eating yummy food and drinking fruity cider while being surrounded by friends! We all had so much fun and I can’t wait for many more in the summer!

Going to Blogtacular with Cricut, we got to show off the awesome machine to lots of craft bloggers and they were just as amazed as we were once we first discovered it! It was also super interesting to sit in on talks with Pinterest and Grace Bonney from Design Sponge! 

Talking at The Hub, this event was really inspiring to be a part of and we were so honoured when asked to speak there! The wedding industry really needed an event like this and I’m so glad it’s now been created! Not only was it filled with fantastic women talking about all aspects of business, blogging and the industry but the decor was also epic and the food was super yum! I mean who doesn’t love an event that has a scheduled tea and cake time?! 

Celebrating my birthday! Me and the girls headed to the rum bar in Chepstow and totally indulged in the cocktails! It was ace to spend the evening laughing and dancing! James also took me out to my favourite Italian restaurant (San Carlo in Bristol) and I had THE BEST pasta ever! It was called the trio of pasta and the chef randomly selects 3 different dishes for you try, needless to say they were all amaze!

Seeing my sister having the time of her life! She’s in America for around 6 months teaching kids rock climbing and zip lining at a summer camp and it looks so fun! I am so desperate to go out there and see her!

EMILY LOVES…

♥ Well it’s obvious that top of my love list this month has to be that I am currently on my hols in Mexico! We are having the most amazing time, the weather is just beautiful and I am feeling thoroughly relaxed! 

♥ Our hotel here is pretty damn awesome, it is set in the middle of a jungle and is surrounded by wildlife, which is pretty much my dream. We wake every day to an iguana at our patio window and then walk through a forest to breakfast where we have seen howler monkeys, deer and possum type things that I am yet to fully identify?

♥ Visiting my favourite theme/wildlife park in the whole world ‘Xcaret’! We have been here before but we couldn’t resist visiting a second time. It is such an amazing place, surrounded by all types of wildlife, jungle and underground rivers it was so much fun! My favourite part has to be watching the voladores de papantla or flying men. Five men start at the top of a 60ft pole playing music with sticks and whistles and then they perform all sorts of crazy moves like jumping on top of the poll on one foot and leaning of the edge whilst playing the whistles, all completely unaided, until eventually four of the men fall over the edge tied to ribbon and the spin and spin until the reach the ground. If you have no idea what I am talking about YouTube them, you will be amazed!

♥ Watching the end of night Mexican show! I loved learning all about he Mayan history and cultures in different parts of Mexico.

♥ Exploring Xelha, snorkelling in a massive lagoon, swimming in cenotes and the highlight was riding a zip bike over the jungle canopy!

♥ Swimming with Whale Sharks!! I have sooooo wanted to do this again after swimming with them in Maldives last year! This time we saw 2 and we were able to swim with them 3 times as they stuck to the same area feeding! It was epic!! if you have ever have the chance do it, they are the most amazing creatures and the sheer size of them is astounding!

WHAT WE’VE BEEN LOVING AROUND THE WEB…

DIYS

♥ When Life Gives You Lemons: DIY Lemon Photo Booth (Above photos by Jeff Mindel via Studio DIY)

Tulle Circle Skirt

Teacup Garland 

Mixed Metallic Succulent Table Runner

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OFF THE RECORD: FLOWERS, FILMS & FUN!

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Happy Friday you lovely lot! Me and Emily are currently in Cardigan after spending yesterday at the Snap Photography Festival! I love our little road trips we have, they always result in lots of laughs, good music, junk food and an awful lot of singing! (Speaking of which, you can see our road trip to Brighton here if you like!) We’ll be sharing more about the festival next week so keep your eyes peeled! For now though, here’s what else we’ve up to this week and loving in the blogosphere…

JESS LOVES…

Having a family board games night! I spent Saturday night playing Cluedo and Jenga with my sister and my parents! It was alot of fun, I forgot how much I bloody love a good old fashion board game!

Spending the day in Clevedon with Lyd! We explored, walked along the seaside and ate pub lunch outside in the sunshine! 

Watching the new Fast & Furious Film, I’ve been watching these films since I was about 13 so they always have some sort of nostalgia involved with me! Naturally I was all emotional at the end of this film though.

Reading outside with a cup of tea, it’s been sooooooo nice to be able to relax and get lost in a good book with the sun beaming down on my back! 

Using my Easter bath bomb, it was the golden egg and boy oh boy it did not disappoint!! My skin felt so smooth and buttery afterwards and the water was shimmering gold for the entire bath! 

Making plans for the summer! Glastonbury tickets go back on sale this Sunday and I’m praying I can get my hands on some! I’ll also hopefully be spending some time in France and the Dominican Republic later in the year so I’m getting super excited!! 

EMILY LOVES…

♥ Catching up with my cousin and her beautiful little boy Arlo! He is such a cutie, I could have played and snuggled with him all day!

Long walks in the sun with Mr T, then coming home to a delicious cooked dinner – simple things!

Spending the day with Jess making lots of beautiful DIY  floral pieces. I am so pleased with how they all turned out and everytime I look at them they make me smile. Is it just me or do flowers have that effect?

Having the first BBQ of the year! Ok so it was still slightly cold and the wind starting blowing a gale halfway through cooking but it was sunny and that was all that mattered!

Receiving cute invitations in the post for our friends baby shower! 

Watching Horrible Bosses 2! I loved the first one and just hadn’t gotten round to watching the second one yet, but it was definitely worth a watch, very funny and Jennifer Aniston had me in stitches!

WHAT WE’VE BEEN LOVING AROUND THE WEB…

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DIY Beach Ball Backdrop (Above photos by Jared Smith via Sugar and Cloth)

Painted Popsicles

Fresh Flower Sticks

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OFF THE RECORD: EASTER INDULGENCE

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Woohoo! It’s Good Friday and you know what that means…Easter is just around the corner…AKA a day filled with eating tons of chocolate! Yep. That’s how I’m going to be spending my weekend! How will you spending yours? Meanwhile it’s been a busy week for us, here’s what we’ve been getting up to and loving on our favourite blogs…Grab yourself an egg, a cuppa and indulge!

JESS LOVES…

Trying out new recipes, this week me & James have cooked this tortellini dish twice and it’s seriously SO GOOD! I love sun dried tomatoes so it’s right up my street! 

Going to a Pub Quiz on Saturday night and coming second! Woohoo! We won £20 haha and they had a Disney round so I was clearly in my element! 

Staring week 4 of the couch to 5K challenge, it seems to be getting harder yet somehow easier every week too?! Either way once I’ve completed that day’s challenge I always feel super good!

Receiving a lovely present from The Watch Hut in the form of a jaw droppingly beautiful mint green Armani watch! I haven’t taken it off since and don’t know how I ever lived without it! 

♥ Watching Big Hero 6!! It was so funny and so cute, I want to get myself a Baymax! 

Baking for Easter! Making a salted caramel and chocolate tart topped with mini eggs is all kinds of yum and perfect for the weekend! 

EMILY LOVES…

For date night, Mr T took me to a cinema trip to watch Insurgent! I absolutely loved it! I am such a sucker for these young adult pulp fiction type films. Anyway I highly recommend giving it watch if you haven’t already.

I was also treated to dinner at a Diner , which was actually quite naughty as I am meant to be staying well away from carbs and sugar, but hey ho’ you only live once! Honestly I thought I had died and gone to heaven when I tried the Banana & Peanut butter milkshake. Delicious!

♥ My favourite Liz Earle Essentials Kit arrived this week in time for my holiday. Well when I say in time, I’m not actually going until June but you can never be too organised, right?

♥ Spending the afternoon with my friend Jenny and her little boy, Lucas. I always so much fun with these two! We had lunch, played dress up, raced cars, watched Frozen and painted our nails. All in the day of a 4 year old!

Filming our latest YouTube video! Me and Jess wanted to do something a little different this week and it turned out to be a right laugh. I hope you enjoy it just as much as we did, keep an eye out for it next week!

♥ I have finally finished all 5 seasons of Pretty Little Liars on Netflix. It has been a real rollercoaster of ups and downs, I really dont know what I am going to do with myself now! 

WHAT WE’VE BEEN LOVING AROUND THE WEB…

DIYS:

Edible Flower Macarons (Photography by Lexi Ward via The Proper Blog)

Strawberry Easter Eggs

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55 PINTEREST ACCOUNTS TO ROCK YOUR WEDDING WORLD!

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If you’re looking for wedding inspiration then one of the BEST places you could ever spend your time is Pinterest, it’s a perfect paradise of ideas that you might have never thought of otherwise! To be fully immersed in the Pinterest experience though you’ll need to have your feed filled to the brim with delightful wedding accounts sharing pretty pictures and innovative ideas, so to help get you started we’re sharing 55 of our very favourite accounts, in no particular order…Let the captivating countdown commence!

FESTIVAL BRIDES

Festival Brides

“We celebrate weddings with a difference. Find more inspiration, our outdoor festival venues + a directory of suppliers to use for your wedding on the blog!”

ROCK N ROLL BRIDE

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“The blue haired weirdo who’s obsessed with weddings. Magazine editor & fanatical blogger. Headmistress at The Blogcademy. Sparkle monster, cat lover.”

THE PERFECT PALETTE

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“The Ultimate Wedding Color Blog”

A PRACTICAL WEDDING

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“Sane wedding planning. Feminist marriages.”

BESPOKE BRIDE

5 Bespoke Bride Wedding Pinterest Accounts to Follow

“A modern and fun wedding blog where colour and creativity are a match made in heaven” We had to include ourselves in the list didn’t we!

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