Merry Christmas!

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Hi Everyone!

Just a quick post today to say Merry Christmas! I hope you’re having a wonderful day and remember to make the most of spending any time with family and friends that you can, it’s not just about what you get!

See you on Wednesday for a New Years Eve Makeup Look and I’ll be using Kylie Jenner’s holiday collection that I showed you last week! Make sure you’re following me by signing up with your email address and my blog posts will come straight to you.

Much Love,

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Wedding Series – The Dress

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Hi Everyone,

I can’t believe it but this is the last in my Wedding Wednesday series and I thought it should end on a good one.. my dress!

Ever since I was a child I always wanted the dream princess wedding dress like in the Disney films, never giving much thought to the fact I would be in a wheelchair on my wedding day! So when my husband proposed, I got lots of anxiety about finding my dress and rather than looking forward to the search I was actually dreading it.

I began looking online to see some of the options out there and decided that I should probably go for a tea length dress as a full length dress would drown me and I wouldn’t be able to have a train etc anyway. I knew that I wanted to visit a particular wedding shop in Wellingborough and luckily they stocked the brand of dress I wanted to try which was Lou Lou Brides.img_8843-copyimg_8895-copywedding-sn-012-copy

I tried on about 6 different dresses before I found ‘the one’. I initially wanted a dress with a high waistband as I thought it would suit me better sitting down and I knew I definitely wanted a dress with sleeves. Lou Lou specialises in tea length dresses which you can have in around 3 different lengths, it actually turns out that their shortest length fitted me perfectly and looked like I was wearing a full length dress!

The trying on of the dresses was the most tricky part as you can imagine, with each dress having about 30 layers of tulle and netting! But with helpful bridesmaids and my mum, we got it down to a fine art!

The dress I chose was in a vintage style with elbow length sleeves, lace detailing, lots of tulle and a big bow on the waist band. It ended up having a lower waistband that I thought I would want too, so it just shows that what you think you want might not be what you should get!

Once I had decided on the dress, obviously it had to be ordered in and then the alteration process began. The seamstress I had was so helpful, she had some brilliant ideas on how to make it work the best for me. She ended up altering the dress to a ‘sit down’ dress which involved moving up the waist band slightly at the back and rather than a zip fastening as originally made, she altered the back into a corset. She also took away lots of the layers of tulle at the back of the dress so it was more comfortable to sit down in all day.

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Obviously as I’m in a wheelchair I wasn’t sure about wearing a long veil because it would be too much and I really wanted a birdcage veil as I loved the effect of it and it matched the style of my dress. But I did want to jazz up my wheelchair a bit and with the help of my parents spray painting and decorating it and adding a veil onto the back which I kept on all day, it looked really amazing!!

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One of the most important factors of any girls wedding day, other than the dress of course, is the shoes! I’ve documented many times on this blog how much I struggle to find shoes that will fit my wide feet but completely and utterly by chance, I happened to be in New Look near the kids section when my mum spotted the most incredible glittery shoes. And by some miracle they actually fit me! And were only £7!!wedding-sn-008-copy

I found some bows on ebay in the same glitter to add onto the front so I could cover up more of my feet and I absolutely loved them! They were so comfortable and I had so many compliments on them as they just peeked out the bottom of my dress.

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As much as I was dreading going wedding dress shopping; in the end it was so much fun, I found the dress of my dreams and I honestly didn’t want to take it off! So if you’re in a similar situation to me, then just enjoy it and embrace every minute because it’s all over so quickly.

I wish I could live it all again and to be honest writing these posts has brought it all back to life, so I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them!

My Dress was from Lou Lou – The Cynthia Dress
I purchased it from Brides of Wellingborough
Birdcage Veil – Once In a Lifetime, Milton Keynes
Shoes – New Look Kids
Wheelchair Veil – Ebay (similar here)

Much Love,

B & M Autumn / Winter Candle Haul

Hi Everyone,

So if you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know that I am completely obsessed with candles. I’d heard about the infamous B&M ‘Bath and Bodyworks’ candle dupes and I was desperate to get my hands on them. Unfortunately I can’t find any online to link for you but I went into store and they had a huge selection there.

I bought a whole range of candles with Autumn scents to Winter ones and they all smell soooo good! Also can we just talk about the packaging… I almost don’t want to burn them because they look so pretty! They were only £2.99 each for two wick candles so you literally can’t go wrong.

Now, we all know that describing scents is the hardest thing ever, so I’ll show you my haul below and then I’d definitely recommend you go and check them out in your local store.

Autumn Candles

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Radiant Red Maple

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Brown Sugar Allspice

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Black Cherry Merlot

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Marshmallow Fireside

Winter Candles

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Frosted Cranberry

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Iced Candy

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Vanilla Snowflake

Happy Shopping!

Much Love,

 

Homemade Halloween Treats Part 2

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Hi Everyone!

So here’s part 2 of my halloween treat series, I hope you enjoy these ideas as much as you did the last two!

Rice Krispie Pumpkins

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Ok so I have to admit, these are probably the most fiddly out of all of the treats I’m showing you! But if you’ve got a bit of patience and persistence, they will look and taste great!

  • Cheekily I used a rice krispie recipe off of the internet because it’s such a simple recipe! It basically involves rice krispies, butter and marshmallows
  • Add orange food colouring to make them as orange as you want them to be
  • Separate the mixture into several sandwich bags, you can make smaller and larger pumpkins, so add as much mixture into each bag for the size that you want
  • Mould the mixture in the bag into a round shape
  • Add a fudge sweet into the top for a stalk (you could also use black liquorice)
  • Tie up each food bag tightly and pop them in the fridge for a couple of hours so they set into a ball shape

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Bat Bites

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How cute are these! Are they too cute to eat though… Of course not 😉

  • Separate each half of 4 oreos and slice them into halves again. I did this by using a table knife in a slicing motion slowly so that they don’t crack! You should then end up with 16 ‘wings’
  • Melt two bars of milk chocolate in the microwave (roughly 30 seconds but do it 10 seconds at a time and stir until melted)
  • Fill small cupcake cases with the melted chocolate, this mixture made 8
  • Before the chocolate has set, push two wings into each cupcake case at the top and two small white marshmallows at the bottom
  • Add a dot of black piping icing onto the marshmallows for the eyes
  • Put them in the fridge for a couple of hours
  • Once the chocolate has set, remove the cupcake cases carefully so you don’t break the wings

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Let me know if you decide to make any of these ideas and tag me on instagram so I can see them!

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Much Love,

Homemade Halloween Treats Part 1

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Hi Everyone!

So halloween is round the corner and I thought I’d show you a few fun snacks I have created which you can make for a party or just for a treat! I’ve separated them into two posts, so there will be two ideas today and two more coming your way on Wednesday!

As you know, I’m disabled so I can guarantee that none of these ideas are majorly difficult and they’re easy to do, even with kids but they still look amazing!

Blood Splatter Chocolates

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I’ve started off with some really simple but effective ‘blood splatter’ chocolates. All you have to do is;

  • Melt however much white chocolate you want, I used one small bar and it made 7
  • Use small cupcake cases and pour a small amount into each one
  • Sprinkle red food colouring all over them in a random way to look like blood
  • Pop in the fridge for a couple of hours until they are set and then peel away the cases
  • So simple!!!

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Eye Balls

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Another really quick and simple idea and these are soooo yummy!

  • You will need white large marshmallows and smarties or an equivalent
  • Draw ‘veins’ on to the marshmallows, make the lines quite wiggly and not straight, using a cocktail stick and red food colouring
  • I melted a small amount of white chocolate to glue the marshmallows and smarties together
  • Add a spot of black piping icing in the middle of the smarties to create the complete eye ball effect

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Like I said, I’m not one for difficult bakes with lots of ingredients! I think these are quick and easy ideas that I hope will inspire you to make some of your own! Keep your eye out for two more ideas coming on Wednesday.

Much Love,