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This month I am in love with headchains!

Headchains can be so simple but just add that extra something you need for your hair. What I love is that there are so many different styles of headchains.

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Jenny Packham Bridal Spring 2016

Jenny Packham has made a household name for herself and it’s because she consistently produces incredible bridal collections.

The 2016 collection is inspired by William Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and the inspiration is clear to see in the sparkling ethereal flow of almost every dress . Romantic appliquéd organza flowers (a growing trend in the 2016 collections generally), crystal foliage, intricate pearl embroideries and whimsical feathers all played a huge part in bringing her muse to life. There is a real beauty in the subtle colours that she used from soft blues, blush, pearl white and platinum grey.

True to her signature style the silhouettes were a mixture of light and airy voluminous skirts and cascading column dresses.

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The Holy Grail of every Girl, Woman or for that matter Bride–to-be is the Vanity area or as most of you may call it the dressing table. During the few weeks before and after your wedding there are non-stop lunches, dinners and socializing with friends and family from both sides. And trust me, no girl heads out before a five to thirty minute paint session at her vanity. I am sure most of you have the essentials in place like your make up organizers, trays, mirror, jars etc. but apart from that the space needs to be glamorized a bit. A girl needs to wake up to some glamour or feel ultra-chic and sassy as she gets ready for date night or a special event. An easy way to do this without breaking the bank is invest in some beautiful wall art.

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I loved Vietnam and would recommend a trip there in a heartbeat which is why I thought a post dedicated to our trip might be helpful.

On a tight itinerary, we booked everything in advance including all of our trips by train. There is an amazing site which details everything about the Vietnamese train-line called Seat 61 and it was a godsend. We booked tickets via Vietnam Impressive who dropped them off to our hotel a few days before we arrived and were brilliant to deal with over email.


Let me start off by saying that I loved Saigon. I had that ‘I could live here’ feeling which was totally unexpected and a wonderful surprise.

As we punctured our trip either end with Saigon we decided to try two hotels in different areas. The first was The Alcove Hotel which was about 10 minutes from the airport and close to District 1. Along a quiet road but a short walk to the hustle and bustle, this hotel proved to be perfect for anyone who is there to explore the city and just needs a place to put their head down at night. The rooms were clean, comfortable and best of all it was ‘happy dance’ cheap (my favourite kind of cheap). Evening meals were very happily spent at street side restaurants with copious amounts of delicious Vietnamese food and a local beer.

The second hotel at the end of the trip was Villa Song Hotel which is located on the river in the heart of the expat district and was a luxurious way to end the holiday. Exploring the city can be done easily by boat but we opted for a relaxing day at their gorgeous pool instead before flying home.

Some recommendations for the day:

– Au Parc, a lovely restaurant/cafe with quirky interiors, a veranda to watch the world go by and walking distance from the Notre-Dame Basilica and Post Office

– L’usine, an expat haven and concept cafe which sells clothing from Saigon’s up and coming designers and is full of unique gift ideas. Vibrant and modern, the menu is mainly western and as it was our first day in Vietnam we opted to find a more local lunch but the sheer number of people sat down to eat would indicate that it’s as yummy as it looks!

War Remnants Museum, stark and sometimes harrowing but hugely interesting

– Ben Thanh Market, vibrant and chaotic market which sells an array of food, jewellery, clothing and just about everything inbetween. My favourite part was the antique market which is located over the huge and rather scary to cross roundabout. Saigon is renowned for it’s crazy traffic, my advice, observe and follow the locals and all will be well….!

– The Deck, a chic restaurant right on the bank of the river. Arriving by boat will make you feel like a superstar. Cocktails, wine and a delicious array of contemporary pan-Asian fusion cuisine makes this place an absolute must visit.

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Packing for any holiday is always a challenge for us ladies, let alone for our honeymoon. We tend to pack absolutely everything just in case we might need that one item. After the wedding is over and you are finally free of planning, you don’t want to weigh yourself down with tonnes of luggage. When it comes to honeymoon beauty, the key is to pack travel size and multi purpose items along with your essentials. Here is a guide to putting together a simple but glam honeymoon beauty kit with your must have essentials and tips by destination.

{The Essentials}

  1. Real Techniques – mini brush set
  2. Sephora targeted eye remover swabs – pre prepared with eye makeup remover.
  3. Batiste travel sized dry shampoo
  4. Benefit – They’re Real Tease: Mascara & Mini Liner
  5. Clarisonic facial cleansing brush with body brush attachment.
  6. Clinique City Block Sunscreen – a must have for under your foundation.
  7. Sephora – Universal Atomiser to transfer your favourite fragrance into.
  8. Urban Decay – Naked Basics 2 with the perfect mix of neural eyeshadows.

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