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Happy Monday everyone and welcome to another Weekly Love post! This week has absolutely flown by! I feel like I blink and the weekend is over, but I’m excited for a fresh new week.

I’ve had a bit of an anxious week, but I’m not sure what the trigger has been; I’m feeling a lot better after a fun-filled weekend with some of my favourite people.

Here is everything I was loving last week!

Morley’s Pizza

I was invited to try Morley’s Pizza in Hale on Tuesday night with some of the We Blog North girls and I was so excited because I’ve only heard really amazing things about it. I went for the Vegano pizza, which was lovely, but if you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I had a reaction to the cheese and didn’t feel good for the whole week, which was annoying because it was really tasty!

Routine

This was my second week working from home and I feel like I have finally found my footing with my routine. I’ve really enjoyed it so far, and it’s been nice to have a proper work life balance.

Pier 8

On Friday evening, Jordan and I had a date night at Pier 8 at the Lowry. The food was very much fine dining and it was absolutely incredible. We both tried things we usually wouldn’t go for and it really paid off – I’ll definitely be going back soon – I’ll be posting my full review in the next few weeks.

Dimitris

On Saturday, I had dinner at Dimitris in Manchester with some of the girls I used to work with for a catch-up meal. Dimitris is one of my favourite places for Greek food, and it didn’t disappoint this time either – and it was lovely to see them all too!

Bongo’s Bingo

After the meal, a few of us went on to Bongo’s Bingo at Albert Hall which was one of the most fun nights out I have ever been on. If you’ve been before, you’ll know that it’s absolutely mental, but it is also such a laugh, and we had a brilliant time – I can’t wait to go back again!

Sunday At Home

I was actually feeling ok on Sunday, but we decided to have a chilled day at home – plus the weather wasn’t playing ball! We watched box sets, napped and made a pad thai for dinner before getting a froyo takeaway and bringing it home to watch Love Island – definitely a good way to finish off the week!

My Other Half

As I mentioned, I was having quite an anxious week, but my other half, Jordan, has been absolutely amazing. He is my rock and I am looking forward to marrying him so much. He really is my best friend who always puts me first, and I’m eternally grateful for how kind he is – soppiness over!

What were you loving last week?

You may have heard of The Pen & Pencil in Manchester’s Northern Quarter because they were one of the first to make bottomless brunch the incredible thing it is in Manchester (including unlimited food – what more could you want) but it is also a quirky, Manhattan-inspired bar as well located just on the border of Picadilly Basin.

The name came from a mid-20th Century bar on East 45th Street in New York’s ‘steak row’ which was a popular haunt for the original mad men – journalists and ad men. As soon as you walk in, you can see the decor is inspired by this era of Manhattan-living and it brings a charm to the bar that you don’t get with other places in the Northern Quarter.

I brought my friend Hannah with me to sample the menu and neither of us had eaten there before so we didn’t know what to expect. Obviously, I had a little peruse of the menu before we went and had my eyes firmly set on the halloumi burger – grilled halloumi, spicy tomato chutney and rocket – but if I was to go again, I would definitely give the beetroot falafels or Moroccan lentil stew a try as they both sounded delicious.

My burger was really tasty, and they were heavy handed with the halloumi, which was a welcome surprise for me and the sweet potato fries were lovely and crispy. Hannah went for the Philadelphia Flat Steak, which she told me was one of the best steaks she has ever had – so that’s saying something!

To go with our food, Hannah had a glass of Sauvignon and I went for the ‘Hot Off The Press’ cocktail which was Manchester gin, Manzana Verde Liqueur, cherry bitters, lemon, gomme and egg white, and was a mix of sweet and sour, but very tasty.

One of the things I found quite strange about the restaurant was that they had no starter or dessert offering. I understand that this place is primarily a bar, but this girl usually wants something sweet at the end of the meal, so I was a bit disappointed to not even have the option.

If you need somewhere for a quick bite in the Northern Quarter or fancy a drink from their extensive beer and wine menu then give The Pen & Pencil a go. The staff are lovely and really knowledgeable if you’re stuck for choice and will make recommendations based on your likes and dislikes.

Have you been to the Pen & Pencil? What did you think?

Wedding season is here and in full swing! The time of year where sun-loving couples tie the knot and jet off in search of even more sunny weather on their honeymoons. With your wedding being one of the most important and exciting days of your life, you plan everything down to the last detail. The main factor for many brides is looking the part. Is your dress perfect? Will your hair and makeup last all day and evening? Will you feel comfortable all day long? It makes sense to consider these things and to look after yourself. After all, you’ll be the centre of attention for a whole day. 

When it comes to being on trend when walking down the aisle, there’s a lot to think about. You can’t have a perfect wedding dress without flawless hair and makeup, and you definitely need the right inspiration. Think about icons like Meghan Markle and Pippa Middleton; despite being naturally beautiful women, they’re always on trend, and even more so on their wedding days! But how do they do it? The trick is to know yourselves and your body, and what you can do to highlight all your best bits for maximum impact.  

Let’s start with the obvious. The showstopper – your wedding dress! 

This year’s trends seem to be all about the sparkle. Wedding dresses with a glittery feel are in, and when accompanied by those shimmering nails and eyelids, heads will be sure to turn. Two-piece wedding dresses have also made an appearance, ensuring the beautiful brides of the world can feel comfortable and glamorous all in one, and comfortable in their own skin. 

Now, each woman deserves to look and feel her best, but how can you ensure you keep to this year’s trends as well as bearing in mind your body shape? There is a solution! Having the right dress alterations for your dress or suit can keep you feeling comfortable and confident in your own skin, as well as being as fashionable as they come. It’s best to leave your amendments until as late as possible so you get the best possible fit, but make sure you give your chosen tailor enough time to alter your outfit before the big day. 

So, you’ve planned your outfit and any amendments to it well in advance. What else do you need to focus on? Surprisingly, wedding hairstyle trends for this Summer are in abundance and are simply beautiful. No matter your hair length or colour, you can find a simple style to complement your dress. 

A top trend this year is the ‘perfectly imperfect’ do. From loose, textured updos to chic, low buns, you can give your hair a natural yet luxurious impression. For brides with longer hair, a neat, natural look can be applied with big, plump ponytails, complete with a bit of sparkle or ribbon matched with your chosen bridal outfit.  

When planning your makeup options for your big day, some people prefer to go as natural as possible, whereas others want to make a striking impact. However, recent Royal Weddings have proved that bigger is not always better, and a natural style (freckles and all) can be just as beautiful. Highlighting facial features such as eyes and eyebrows can do all the work, so you don’t have to compromise on the quality of your makeup as the night goes on. 

A bride doesn’t just have to rely on her appearance to wow the crowd, and these days, it’s getting more and more popular to have a wedding theme. This summer’s trends range from the enchanted and magical forest wedding to the rustic and metallic theme. Creating a stunning environment is crucial to setting the scene and getting both you and your visitors in the wedding spirit. Matching your theme to your dress and overall look can be a beautiful touch. 

You’ve heard the saying ‘less is more’, and this seems to apply to beauty trends this year. With soft colours and natural hair and makeup styles, it makes us appreciate our inner beauties and force us to flaunt these confidently. 

It’s never too early to fill your brain with what’s hot in the world of weddings. If you’re planning to get married one day, or you’re recently engaged and looking for a little inspiration, it makes sense to get ahead and see what the upcoming trends are each year. Starting a Pinterest board or following your favourite wedding brands around the web and on social media can give you a plethora of ideas to play around with. Hopefully, you’ll be able to create the ultimate wedding experience for you and your significant other! 

Do you have any tips for summer brides?

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend and are ready for the new week ahead. I had a really interesting week last week, as it was the start of my new job and working from home, which is something I’ve wanted to do for a while.

Although it’s not been as warm this week, I’ve been trying to make the most of the sunshine and getting out on walks in the morning and at lunchtime – plus only having cats as colleagues makes you feel the need to leave every so often!

Here’s everything I was loving last week.

New Job

As I mentioned, I started a new job on Monday which I’m sure you’ll hear me talk about on social media and on here at some point. It’s very similar to what I was doing in my old role, but the company is much more suited to my beliefs and I’m really excited to be working on some big projects already – watch this space!

London

As I started a new job on Monday, I spent the next couple of days in London for introductions and some training. It was really lovely to get to know my wider team and put some faces to names (or email addresses at least…) I’ll be down in London every couple of weeks for big meetings, which I’m looking forward to as I love the big smoke!

Seeing Friends

When I was down in London, I met up with my friend Erin, who lives down there. We had a really lovely wander and drinks on one of the rooftop bars in Covent Garden, and then walked around Seven Dials, before heading for dinner at Wildwood and a walk to the Thames for the sunset. We also walked down the South Bank which has changed so much since the last time I was there about a year ago.

Ikea

After spending so much time in the week at home, I found a few cosmetic things that I wanted to change with the house, so Jordan and I went to Ikea on Friday evening to pick up a few bits. I’m going to start sharing more home bits on my blog and Instagram so make sure you keep an eye out for those!

Reilly Denholm

I was really lucky to be invited to have my cut and colour done at Reilly Denholm in Leigh. It’s been so long since I’ve had anything professional done to my hair, and I decided to refresh the colour with a bit of balayage and also had about 4 inches off it too! It was all done by Rachel, who was amazing and so patient with the whole process.

Blue Dot

After having my hair done, I went to Bluedot Festival at Jodrell Bank, which is a festival I’ve wanted to go for a couple of years. The location was amazing, and the festival itself wasn’t like anything I’ve even been to before. I’ll be writing a whole post on it soon.

Brunch

On Sunday morning, I went for brunch (the best meal of the whole week) at Gusto in Knutsford with a group of bloggers. My friend Missy was there with her boyfriend Chris, but I hadn’t met any of the others before and it was a great group of people. I went for the Nutella pancake and it was divine!

Family Sundays

It was also my cousin’s 8th birthday (and my uncle’s today) on Sunday so we headed to their house after brunch for a party. The sun came out just as we arrived and we got to meet their new Cavapoo puppy, Teddy, who was the sweetest thing ever and was very close to coming home with us! Sundays are definitely my favourite day for seeing family and chilling with everyone in the garden.

Wedding Update

Whilst I was at my uncle and aunties, I asked my twin cousins to be my flower girl and pageboy at the wedding next year. They both seemed really excited, and I think they are going to look adorable!

Leesa

This week we finally unboxed our Leesa mattress which has been taking refuge in the downstairs toilet for a few days now. We’ve only slept one night on it, but it is one of the comfiest mattresses I’ve ever slept up, and I’m already looking forward to going to bed tonight – I’ll be doing a full review with a discount code on it too!

What have you been loving this week?

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There are a lot of aspects of your wedding where it’s a good idea to follow people’s advice and do things in a traditional way. I won’t lie, trying to find my own personal wedding style has been tough, and this has impacted other decisions to do with the big day such as flowers, colours and decorations. I had some help from Goldsmiths as well and found that my style is a mixture of timeless and modern and when looking at the mood boards, all the decisions we have made so far do fit within this, including the colours we have gone for and the makeup and hair that I’ve been looking at.

If you really want a wedding that stands out and provides you and your guests with amazing memories that you’ll cherish forever, then you need to find a way to set it apart whilst still being true to yourself and your taste. This means that one of the first things that you need to start thinking about when planning a wedding is what kind of style you’re going for.

Never forget though that your wedding day is a really true statement of you and your partner’s love and your style will come out in everything you have decided for your wedding. With that in mind, here are some ways in which you can start figuring out exactly what kind of style your wedding needs.

What are your passions?

A wedding should be something that reflects the personalities of you and your partner, and there’s no better way to do that than by channelling the things that you’re passionate about. There are multiple levels that you could take this idea to from having subtle nods to a book that you both love to having the entire wedding themed after your favourite TV show to everything in between. The key is to think about what really expresses who you and your partner are and how you can incorporate that into the style of your wedding.

What aesthetics do you like?

Everyone has their own style and aesthetic preferences, and you’re never going to have a wedding that you really like if you’re building it all around something that you’re not that invested in. Think about the styles that you and your partner like, what kinds of influences you take in your own styles.

When choosing things like wedding fashion jewellery, your own personal style is crucial to helping you find something you really love. If you can fit your aesthetic into your wedding as much as possible, it’s going to look that much more beautiful and represent you.

What kind of budget are you working with?

Budget is a huge factor in weddings, and as soon as you use the ‘w’ word, the price shoots up. After all, solid crystal glasses and hanging chandeliers are always going to be more of a strain on your wallet than handmade centrepieces and a smaller, more intimate venue.

However, there are always things that you can do to work around a limited budget so don’t let discourage you from going after the wedding that you really want. There are plenty of ways to be thrifty and cut back on certain things in order to get the most out of your budget. We’re currently looking at making our own centrepieces by borrowing things from friends and picking things up here and there, and we saved money by sending a save the date out by email.

Pinterest will be your best friend if you are looking to be a bit crafty for the big day, and this is where I’ve f0und loads of inspiration that matches my personal style, and even though we’ve used bits from different themes throughout, I feel as though this represents our relationship more than sticking to just one.

Weddings are 100% personal to you and your partner and whatever you chose, it will be the best day of your life so don’t lose sight of that.

What would your personal wedding style be?