Monday 29 January 2018

WISHLIST: Wedding shoes!

So my wedding is less than four months away and suddenly it feels REALLY SOON. But now is kind of the exciting part after months and months of saving money - we get to spend it! Our honeymoon flights are booked, our catering options are chosen (slow cooked beef, get in my face) and my dress fittings are all booked in. So now, for possibly the first time ever, my to-do list contains the item 'Buy shoes and accessories'. I have permission to buy shoes, you guys! It's on a SPREADSHEET.

Anyway, I've already bought a few bits - I'm a terror for buying and returning all the things - but I keep eyeing new options so I thought I'd share some of my fave pairs of shoes. I know from Twitter that a few of you out there are wedding planning too, so maybe you'll spot something you like here.

I'm also debating headwear options - veils, sparkly hair things, flower crowns. So many options! It's fun, but I'm finding it really hard to choose just ONE.


Monday 15 January 2018

REVIEW: Banana Tree, Soho

Review of Banana Tree Indochinese restaurant in Soho by London, Hertfordshire, Tring, St Albans food blogger essbeevee
Review of Banana Tree Indochinese restaurant in Soho by London, Hertfordshire, Tring, St Albans food blogger essbeevee
Review of Banana Tree Indochinese restaurant in Soho by London, Hertfordshire, Tring, St Albans food blogger essbeevee

Isn't it weird that everything that happened more than a couple of weeks ago feels like forever? That little tick over from 2017 to 2018 makes such a difference in my brain, I don't know about you. It works the other way, too - for instance, my wedding in May feels so much closer now that we're in January than when we were in December (like, extremely close - eeep).

Initially I started this post saying that I'd taken these pictures ages and ages ago, but really, it was just a few weeks. The lovely people at Banana Tree invited me along to try out their menu in the Soho branch, and I jumped at the chance. There aren't any of their restaurants very near where I live, so I hadn't been for absolutely years and was interested to see what it was like.


Sunday 7 January 2018

Making time.

Towards the end of last year, I wasn't very good at making time for my blog. I find that I have to be in a specific headspace to blog, and I wasn't really. I was, though, really enjoying writing my newsletter every week and was surprised how different it felt. I think because it feels 100% for ME, whereas blogging is more for other people.

I like the other people part. I like the opportunities that brands give me to try something new or eat something amazing or visit a new place. But most of all, I like the feeling that I might know something useful that could help someone else. Whether it's a recipe, wedding tips, house chatter, some clothes I think you might like or something else entirely, that's always been what blogging has ultimately been about for me.

I'm not going to make commitments to blog all the time, because life gets in the way. There might be weeks when you don't hear from me on here. But I don't think I'll ever give this up completely. I think I'll always be here in some way, because I'll always have things to talk about.

I've not set resolutions for 2018, because somewhat accidentally I didn't last year, and had a great year instilling some better habits in myself. So that's the name of the game this year, just trying to be a bit... better.

Anyway, more blog posts are coming this month. I have restaurant visits to share with you, wedding planning to talk about (four and a bit months to go, eeek) and a few house updates, too. I just wanted to check in, and say happy new year to you lovely people. Happy new year. I hope 2018 is fabulous.
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