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What to wear at a wedding – Alternative wedding style and how to afford it!
I love getting all dressed up – spending hours primping and taking lots of time to look pretty is one of my favourite things to do. I also absolutely love parties, and so I simply adore going to weddings. Sure, it’s amazing to see two people that I genuinely care for dedicate their lives to each other – but the real reason I love weddings is because they give me an excuse to buy a new frock!
I love buying new dresses, and I do need a few new ones. I’ve been putting some money aside lately for a some investment pieces like a new handbag and a wool coat – I spoke with my dad’s financial planner and also checked my credit report to make sure that everything in my financial future is running smoothly. I’m good to go – and I can’t wait to buy some new frocks for upcoming weddings.
Back in my mum’s day she pretty much had only one stylistic choice as a wedding guest – formal and conservative. Now, I love a formal dress as much as anything, but in the twenty first century we have a lot of choices when it comes to theme, colour, style and general overall feel. Here are some dress ideas for any wedding you might get invited to over the next year.
· A Rock n Roll Wedding – The newest style blog making big waves in the bridal industry is Rock n Roll Bride – plenty of alternative young couples from punks to greasers are all turning to a wild, fun and irreverent style for their wedding. If you get invited to one of these rocker shin digs, head to Collectif for a rockabilly look that will have everyone in awe.
· A Pinterest Hipster Fairytale – You will know you are at a hipster-y wedding if you look around and see rough hewn wood, candles in mason jars and handmade crafts – Pinterest is huge right now for these brides and grooms. If you are heading to a DIY indie rock ceremony try looking online at Modcloth or stumbling through the shops in Camden for a perfect dress.
· Beachy Vibes – Beach themed weddings (and weddings that are actually held on the beach) can be deceptively difficult to dress for – how do you avoid looking too casual? Remember to wear simple flat sandals (easier to walk on the sand), and think soft muted colours that evoke the seaside and the chill vibes of the beach.
· Preppy for days – Not quite conservative but still just as posh, if you get invited to a preppy chic wedding you had better remember that fine balance of casual sportswear and upscale opulence. Forget the gown and think a neutral sheath from Reiss or Banana Republic.
· Cocktails anyone? – One of my favourite types of wedding is undoubtedly the cocktail reception – formal and chic and light on the ceremony. If you are invited to a cocktail reception you should think of wearing something simple and well constructed – think a little black dress paired with a blazer.
*What do you normally wear to a wedding? Do you like to buy a new outfit for weddings?
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I thought that I should tell you about this amazing competition that I have heard about, If you’re a chocolate lover like me then you need to enter! You will not be disappointed with the prize. The competition is very easy to enter, it won’t take you long and you’ll be in with the chance to win 1 years supply of chocolate!
The idea of the giveaway is to combat back to work holiday blues, becoming a work hero by wining a years supply of chocolate for everyone at work.
All you have to do is go online to Euro Office and follow the instructions on the website to enter, the instructions to enter are. You need to get all of your work office together come up with a cool and creative way to build a holiday inspired setting or famous landmark using stationery. Get creative and try and go for something different that no one else would have done for a better chance to win, the chocolate is 52 boxes of miniature Heroes.
You can help cheer up everyone in your office by wining chocolate for the team, if you unfortunately don’t win think of all the fun you would have had coming up with a quirky picture for the competition. Good luck to everyone entering! Let me know if you do enter, I will be keeping an eye on the hashtag to see some of the fun entries.
2: Snap a picture
3: Tweet the pictures to @eurooffice using the hashtag #PostHolidayHero
*Are you going to enter? Would you love to win a years supply of chocolate?
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I wanted to share with you all an exciting delivery Dylan had this week, the new Peppa Pig Once Upon A Time Play sets, as you can see from the photo’s he was a very excited little boy. Dylan was sent to review the Story Time Castle Playset, Pumpkin Carriage, Story Time Figure Pack and Story Time Tea Party Playset. Dylan is 2 nearly 3 and is Peppa pig mad! He hasn’t had any of the playsets before, but I know what will be on the Christmas list this year now.
The Once Upon A Time Pumpkin Carriage retails at £14.99, children can have fairy tale adventures with the footman George and his magical Pumkin Carriage, this push along vehicle features seats for all of George’s friends! Dylan loved pushing the carriage along with Peppa Pig inside. They also spin in their seats when pushed along the ground, a perfect carriage to the Once Upon A Time collection.
The Once Upon A Time Story time Figure pack retails at £9.99 inside the pack is Medieval Danny,Woodland Candy, Woodland Rebecca and a storybook included to help with the ideas! Includes the figures all dressed up in cute fairy tale outfits I think they all look great.
The Story Time Castle Playset retails at £19.99, makeup fairy tail stories with this jack and the beanstalk style castle playset, lower the drawbridge and raise the portcullis to let George in, Includes in the set articulated George Figure and a magic bean basket.
The Peppa Pig Story Time Tea Party Playset retails at £14.99 inside the set is Peppa Pig Bow Peep, Suzy Fairy, Kind Pedro with a sit down table a giant teapot and a yummy jelly! Dylan love’s sitting them down on the chairs and pouring them all cups of tea, he also keeps giving me tea using the teapot to drink from. He’s having loads of fun with this tea set.
Dylan has had hours of fun with the play sets creating different scenes and setting all the characters up, I like how you can add to the collection and use all the characters on the different sets. The Peppa Pig Once Upon A Time Playsets age from 3+ Dylan is 3 in 2 months so I didn’t have a problem with him playing with the sets. We both look forward to adding to the Peppa Pig collection now, there are so many different Playsets to choose from!
*What do you think of the Peppa Pig Once Upon A Time Playsets? Do you have Children that love Peppa Pig?
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Can you ever make your home run smoothly?
The cost of living is rising all the time. Many people are finding it difficult to keep up, especially if they’re young. Running a home can feel like a full-time job, especially if you’ve got young children.
The most pressing concern, of course, is paying your bills on time. If you have quarterly bills for services such as gas and electricity, these can seem huge when they arrive without warning. The thing is though, they’re not unexpected, and the best thing is to put aside a bit of money to pay for them every week so that you can be prepared.Organising a household budget is the best way to keep your home running smoothly. Work out how much you need to spend on essential groceries every week. Then work out your bills. Include gas, electricity, rent or mortgage payments, council tax, phone, water rates and anything else that’s fixed and unavoidable. Add up what you spend in a year and then divide it by 12 to see how much you need to put aside every month. Even better, divide by 52 to see how much you need to save a week. This lets you know how much of your wages you can spend on treats and luxuries. However, try to save some money for unexpected emergencies and the future.
Home sweet home
Many people can’t afford to buy their own home, but renting isn’t easy either. Lots of people who rent say that it just doesn’t feel like home because it isn’t theirs. Young people are often in this position because they haven’t yet saved up enough to get a mortgage on their first home. Getting a foot on the housing ladder is getting harder all the time and lots of young people feel like they’ll never be able to save enough to get a mortgage.Renting isn’t all bad though, and there’s a lot you can do to make your rented house or flat feel like your own. Redecorating to suit your own personality can make you feel much more like you belong. Put photos of your loved ones in prominent places as well as things that reflect your interests and things that you’ve done. Once you feel at home in a place, it’s easier to get things running smoothly as you feel it’s more worth making an effort and taking pride in your home, even if you don’t actually own it.
Dealing with emergencies
You can have everything seeming to run smoothly, paying your bills on time and sticking to a tight budget, when suddenly the unexpected happens and everything is thrown into chaos. These are the worst case scenarios, but it’s still possible to be prepared and cope when emergencies happen.
If your ceiling is leaking, try to find exactly where it’s coming from as quickly as possible, and put an appropriately sized container such as a bucket, a washing up bowl or an empty ice cream tub underneath to catch the water. Switch off all your plug sockets and move any electrical appliances out of the way. Then move anything else that might get damaged. If your furniture is too awkward or heavy to move, cover it with towels or plastic sheeting if you have any. If the leak seems to be coming from your own pipes, turn your water supply off at the mains while you wait for the plumber to arrive.
A blocked toilet is the worst, and you should get it fixed as soon as possible for obvious reasons. Always keep a good plunger in the bathroom as sometimes that’s all that’s needed to suck out the blockage. Otherwise, shoving an old mop into the bowl might dislodge the problem, but don’t be too forceful or you might cause further damage. Removing objects from your own toilet isn’t pleasant, but it’s a lot cheaper than plumbers’ fees.
If you’ve had a broken window, it’s important to get it repaired as soon as possible. Even just a simple crack should not be left unattended as it could be extremely dangerous. Imagine if the whole window suddenly fell in while your child was playing in the room! It doesn’t bear thinking about. All Emergency Services offers a 24-hour call out and re-glazing service the same or next day. They’ll also board up your window for safety until they’re able to return and make a full repair.
One of the most common emergencies is when your boiler breaks down. Typically, this happens in the dead of winter when you’re most in need of central heating and a warm bath or shower. You can reduce the risk of this happening by having your boiler checked and serviced regularly, preferably in the summer months. You can also keep your home running smoother by enrolling in a boiler protection scheme. These may seem expensive, but they pay for themselves as soon as you have a breakdown that you need to get fixed urgently. They often include servicing into the price and give you a much quicker call-out time than if you just searched online for an engineer. Also, you know they’re reliable and qualified and whatever work they need to do is already paid for.While you’re waiting for the engineer to arrive, block your doors and windows with draught excluders and close the curtains to keep heat in. Put an extra pair of socks on and curl up under a blanket with a mug of hot chocolate, a hot water bottle and a woolly hat, as they say that most body heat escapes through the top of your head.
Whether you’re renting or paying a mortgage, the key to running a smooth home is planning ahead. Try to set a household budget and stay within it. Then at least you know how much you’ve got to spare, and you don’t need to worry quite so much when the bills arrive. Emergencies will happen, but just try to stay calm and deal with them as quickly and efficiently as possible.
*Do you have any household tips on how to make your home run more smoothly?