What better excuse to add to your stationery collection, than making plans? With the challenging first bit of the year over (yay), you can really begin to focus on the rest of your year, and spring is on the way, which is always a beautiful time for a fresh start. It’s a great chance to consider the various aspects of your life that make you the most happy, the areas that you feel need improving, and the things that you’d like to say goodbye to during 2019. Therefore, grab a pen and that new notebook you treated yourself to, and begin writing down your thoughts and making some lists.
Getting it all down on paper can be therapeutic, as you don’t have ideas whizzing around your head, making it a bit foggy. You’ll be able to ensure that changes feel more manageable, and ticking things off will become addictive. The following are some areas of your life that you might think need changing so that you can enjoy the adventure of your best year yet, and get excited about all those plans you've written down.
Feeling Your Finances
Whether you’re into making travel plans, lengthy brunches, or shopping trips galore; it’s a smart idea to keep track of your cash regarding your spending, and most importantly, your saving. Therefore, it’s worth checking out some money saving tips so that you can get the most out of life, whatever your budget might be. Get your list ready (physical or digital) and start thinking about all the little things that you spend your money on daily. Even things like replacing a takeaway latte and cafe sandwich with a nespresso and homemade sandwich, for your lunch, a few times a week, can be a great way to put money aside for a lovely weekend lunch with friends instead. It really is about smaller, manageable changes, so making note of things along the way will help you see where you can impact things.
Organising Your Environment
Whether you’ve binge watched the whole of the Marie Kondo series on Netflix, or not (you totally should); there’s no escaping that a messy environment can be overwhelming, making it difficult to make the most of the space. Therefore, it’s time to get tidying, deciding what to keep and what to sell or giveaway, and organise your interior environment better so that finding things, and living there becomes a dream. Wardrobe are always a great place to start; it might be worth listing the items that you know you can’t live without so that you can put them to one side. Then, set yourself some rules; perhaps if something hasn’t been worn for over a year, or, you forgot you had it, it’s time to say farewell. Selling the items that you no longer utilize, is another great way to top up those funds that were mentioned beforehand, so, surely it’s worth sorting out as soon as possible? Your lists will become your new BFFs, and those little changes will ensure that your 2019 is full of fun and happiness.
Attending the wedding of a loved one is a privilege. However, that doesn't mean that it’s always a pleasure. Although your wedding day should be about you and your partner, you’re going to want your guests to have a great time too. After all, if your nearest and dearest aren’t happy, it’s going to be tough for you to be. Plus, no couple wants to see their guests yawning and checking their watches every few minutes. Here are six ways to make sure that your wedding isn't boring.
Make Time For Introductions
A wedding means the coming together of two families and several sets of friends. While this has the potential to be quite fun, it won’t be if everyone stands around all night barely speaking to one another. To get the awkwardness out of the way, you should invite guests to a welcome party or rehearsal dinner before the big day. This will break the ice and allow you to make introductions.
Stick To Your Schedule
Although none of us want to admit it, there is a chance that something will go wrong on your wedding day. That being said, wherever possible, you should try to stick to your schedule. This way, you won’t have guests stood around with nothing to do. If you have activities that don’t involve all of your guests, like photographs, then plan something to occupy everyone else.
Plan The Seating Carefully
There’s nothing worse than being the only guest at the table that knows none of the others, especially when you can see your group of friends laughing it up only a few tables away. While it can be fun to mix up the groups a little, it can also backfire massively, leaving everyone uncomfortable. To be safe, make sure you seat your guests with people they like and get on with.
Keep The Toasts Short
It’s lovely to hear well wishes and words of encouragement on your wedding day, but you don’t need to sit through hours of them. Unless your friends and family are all stand-up comedians, toasts can quickly go from touching to excruciatingly boring. Because of this, you should limit the number of toasts you allow to only a few guests. You should also keep them quite short.
Offer Plenty Of Entertainment
Expectations for entertainment are always quite high for weddings, even those that are quite simple. Because of this, you’ll want to put some thought into planning activities that will truly wow your guests. From a magician to a photo booth, there are plenty of ideas for you to consider. You’ll also need music to dance to, so ensure you take your time hunting for the perfect band.
Get Guests Home Safely
One thing always guaranteed to liven up a party is alcohol. Unfortunately, if your guests have to make their own way home, they may not be able to have the drink or two that they want. With that in mind, you should arrange taxis, cars, or a shuttle service for your friends and family. You could even book hotel rooms at your venue. This way, guests needn’t worry about getting home.
No one wants a boring wedding, so make sure that yours is fun by following the tips above.
Today i'm showing you around the historical town of Ubrique. Its another super cute pueblo blanco (white town) in the Cadiz province set at the foot of the Serrania de Ronda Mountains. You may have heard of it before as its world-renowned for its leather industry.
Its quite the drive from our home in Sotogrande to this remote town, about 2 hours and up some majorly high and windy mountain roads. But its a beautiful drive past villages in towns and sunflower fields.
The view of the mountains over the tiny little white town is incredible. Photographs just don't do it justice.
For over a century, Ubrique has been world-renowned for its leather industry supplying the likes of Loewe, Louis Vuitton and Gucci but from what I could tell these are kept well hidden... either that or I just didn't know where to look. Its like its their little secret.
Bouganvilla filled pots and succulents decorate the streets, as is the southern Spain go to style. And something iv come to love.
Head into the Plaza d'Espana, Its easy to find, as it is the only large open space in the upper section of the city. Here you'll find the the best views of the town. The detailing on some the buildings is so beautifully intricate. From here, you'll also see the church of San Antonio and the main church in the square.
After a cafe con leche, go and get lost in the beautiful cobbled and somewhat steep streets that lead to even more beautiful details. A town that seems from another century, sleepy but beautiful.
As far as Spanish towns go, this one is very authentic. I actually didn't see one tourist the whole time we were there. Its very rustic and full of charm. Almost run down in some parts, but in the best possible way. Its easy to see why the town has been declared a historic site.
Don't forget to stop off and get THE panoramic view of the town, its truly breathtaking and worth the trip alone
I loved Ubrique, its definitely worth checking out if your visiting southern Spain
Picking a dress for your bridesmaids can be one of the hardest things that you have to handle for your wedding. This is normally because you might have a hard time looking for a dress that all of your bridesmaids will enjoy wearing. In addition, you might come across a dress that your bridesmaids love but you hate.
When you are looking for a bridesmaids’ dress, it is important for you to consider quite a few different things. For example, this might include the fact that each of your bridesmaids will have a different budget, a different body shape, and different body sizes. Unfortunately, it is hard for you to pick a single bridesmaid’s dress for everyone to wear. The dress might not look great on one of your bridesmaids. In addition, someone might not be able to afford it (if they’re paying for their own dress).
Picking out a Bridesmaid’s Dress
Before you begin searching for a dress, it is a good idea to do some browsing online for inspiration and colour scheme ideas. Most women decide to pick out their dresses a few months before the wedding. This gives the bridesmaids plenty of time to purchase their dresses and make any necessary changes.
Choosing the Colour and Style of the Dress
When you are choosing the colour of the dresses, you might want to think about the current season as well. For example, certain colours might not match a bridesmaid’s skin tone during the winter. You should also consider the season when you are choosing the length of each dress. For example, you might be interested in cocktail dresses for weddings if you are having an outside wedding. However, if you are getting married in a church, you might want to consider formal dresses that are longer.
Keeping Everyone Happy
It is normally a bad idea for you to pick dresses with features that might be considered a little exaggerated. For example, you should avoid picking out dresses that feature bold patterns or large sleeves. These types of dresses will draw all of the attention to the bridesmaids instead of the bride. In fact, many women choose beautiful evening dresses that can complement your bridesmaids without taking the attention on your special day.
Considering the Budget
One of the biggest things that you have to think about is the budget for the bridesmaids’ dresses. There is no doubt that being a bridesmaid can be quite expensive. The dress is not the only thing that has to be paid for. Other things might include a wedding gift, travel expenses, dyeable shoes, makeup, and hair. Are you going to pay for the dress? If so, you should inform the bridesmaids that they will need to pay for their own alterations, accessories, and shoes.
If you follow all of the tips that have been provided, I am sure you will be able to pick the perfect bridesmaid’s dresses. The most important thing to do is take your time. You can then search through all of the different styles of dresses and there will be time to make alterations if anything goes wrong. Oh and one last piece of advice… Enjoy it!
A Travel, beauty and lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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