Sunday, 17 June 2018

I got married!





I got married! And somehow it was nearly a month ago and I haven't blogged about it yet. There's just so much I'd like to say about it that I didn't know where to start, so every time I sat down to write something I'd get overwhelmed and go on ASOS instead. There's a sale on right now, did you know?

It was such an amazing day. The sun shone, the booze flowed and I felt loved and happy and wonderful all day. No, not everything went 100% to plan, but so much else completely surpassed our expectations. Our venue looked breathtaking. Our food was incredible. Our photographer was a bloody genius (you can see some more of our photos here). And nothing will top our epic last dance to Meatloaf.

There's so much more I could say, and I will. It was a huge thing to organise, and I learned a lot. It was so much fun though, and at some point I'll impart ALL MY KNOWLEDGE onto you.

But for now, I'll spam you with some pictures. Isn't my husband a dish?








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Saturday, 5 May 2018

REVIEW: Restaurant 23, Tring

Restaurant 23 review in Tring, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire places to eat nearby natural history fine dining fish restaurant
Restaurant 23 review in Tring, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire places to eat nearby natural history fine dining fish restaurant
Restaurant 23 review in Tring, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire places to eat nearby natural history fine dining fish restaurant

Going out for dinner feels like a rare treat these days. We've been saving so hard for so long - first for our house, then for the wedding - that going out to dinner 'just because' is something that doesn't happen much any more. And that's been especially hard to take since moving to Tring, because there are so many amazing restaurants here. So it's taking me a long time to make my way around them all - although being asked to do the occasional review is helping me tick them off.

Restaurant 23 was at the top of our list - it popped up last year in a beautiful building with a great-looking menu, and word of the street was that it was one of the best places to go for a really special meal. Which was totally right - this is fine dining nestled on our sleepy little high street.

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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

LIFE: I’m in the Weight Watchers magazine!

Blogger featuring in the April / May Weight Watchers UK magazine

Super excitingly, I was in the May edition of Weight Watchers magazine! They approached me via my WW Instagram account (always worth using hashtags, chaps) and asked me to attend a shoot to try out three different fashion looks for spring.

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

FASHION: My minimoon shopping list

Clothes and shoes wishlist for a May minimoon in Italy

I am, obviously, very much looking forward to my wedding. But what I'm almost looking forward to more is the holiday we're going on right afterwards. We're going to Rome for two days and then Napoli for the rest of the week, and I am incredibly excited to eat all the pizza and gelato and be in wonderful Italy.

I'm having to sort out my minimoon planning alongside wedding planning, which has meant ordering sundresses along with potential flat wedding shoes and adding 'buy Euros' to my wedding to do list so we don't forget! I still have a few bits left to buy, though, so here are a few items from my minimoon shopping list...

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

FOOD: The Greggs Balanced Choice breakfast and lunch challenge

Greggs balanced choice food review with comparisons including calories and Weight Watchers smart points for Costa, Caffe Nero, Marks & Spencer and Pret a Manger

So for the last year and a bit, I’ve been… er, healthy? As a lazy, junk-food loving girl it surprised me too when I stuck to it for so long, but it’s all about finding a routine that works for you. I still have junk-food, but a little less of it and a little more of the green stuff. And I actually exercise these days. Yeah, that part’s still weird.

Anyway, Greggs got in touch to ask if I’d like to take part in their Balanced Choice challenge to see how Greggs and their high street competitors fare when trying to eat healthily. Basically, they’ve partnered with Public Health England on their One You campaign, after studies revealed that on average people are eating an extra 200-300 calories a day. Things like that sugary soft drink, that large bag of crisps or that mayonnaise sandwich (or salad!) can all add up, and the new campaign is encouraging adults to follow a simple rule of thumb if they’d like to eat a bit healthily when on the go - 400 calories or under for breakfast, and 600 calories or under for lunch and 600 calories or under for dinner.

So! Armed with some giftcards and a rumbling tummy, I spent the last week eating breakfast and lunch at Caffe Nero, Costa, Pret A Manger, M&S and finally Greggs to see how they measured up. I'm including both calories and Weight Watchers Smart Points (SP) below. So let's see how everyone fared.

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Saturday, 14 April 2018

REVIEW: Olive Limes, Tring

Review of Olive Limes, Indian restaurant in Tring, Hertfordshire

A big reason why we loved Tring so much when we chose to buy a house here was because the little high street was packed with intriguing looking independent restaurants. We've managed to try several of them, but almost a year and a half on, there's still several we haven't made it to. One of them, until recently, was Olive Limes, an Indian restaurant on the very end of the high street, which is probably the closest restaurant in Tring to our house. Every time we've walked past, I've said to Matt, 'I want to go there!' but in between saving for a wedding and trying to lose weight, it just hasn't happened.

Luckily then, they took things into their own hands and invited us to an event there this weekend celebrating Bengali New Year. Sadly we couldn't make it as it clashed with my hen do, so instead they invited us in for a meal instead. And let me tell you, I'm now kicking myself for waiting this long. Best Indian meal ever? It's definitely up there.

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Sunday, 8 April 2018

EVENT: The Superfood Curry Company

Superfood curry company - Chilterns catering company for specialist dietary requirements including vegan, keto, paleo, gluten free, fodmap

One of the things I love about blogging on a local level is finding out about businesses that I might not have known about otherwise. And Tring and the surrounding areas have such a sense of community that it really feels like everyone gets behind independent businesses and wants them to succeed, which is lovely.

A few weeks ago, I was invited to the launch of the Superfood Curry Company, a catering company set up by Meena and Kim who previously ran the award winning Cinnamon Cafe. They took a break from catering due to family and health issues, and as part of their illnesses realised they couldn't eat their own food any more. And they started to think about all the other people who have really specific dietary needs, and how difficult catering events is for them so started to talk about how they could support them - and the Superfood Curry Company was born.

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