Vintage filmography love.

A year ago, whilst clearing out my parents house I stole stumbled across an old Super 8 film camera.

Having seen footage of what this little camera can produce, we would definitely like to somehow incorporate it into our W-day. I don’t know how, I don’t even know how much film is or where to send it to process it but if I can find a way then this little badboy is coming out to play.

The grainy almost surreal effect of the film is so lovely and I love the fact that it’s silent so you could choose one of your favourite songs to play over the top. (I also hate my voice on record so win win for me.)

Here are a couple of my favourite wedding videos where it’s used beautifully.

Rose and Robin – film shot and produced by Mark W Brown

 

 

Camilla and Seth – film shot produced by Reel Sixty

 

Gorgeous right? I think it captures the mood perfectly and it’s a beautiful effect without it being too cheesy. LOVE IT!

Right I’m off to peruse Ebay to find me some Super 8 film.  Love love love xxx

Book me a flight to Tel Aviv NOW!

Have you ever had that moment where you see a dress and you’re just speechless because it’s so incredible?

Like if you were able to wear this one dress, the world would just stop.

Yes? Well prepare yourself.  In researching for wedding dress ideas, I came across two extremely talented designers whose dresses are jaw dropping BEAUTIFUL. They’re not traditional, err more to the slinky slim fit and the designs are stunning – just what I’m looking for. However it sucks to be me as they’re both based in Tel Aviv.

Please, prepare yourself to cast your eyes over these lovelies from Lihi Hod and Zahavit Tshuba.

The collaboration of silks, laces, tulle, pearl and sequin embellishments are just perfect, glamourous without it being too gaudy and showing just the right amount of skin.

Right – I’m off to check how much flights are to Tel Aviv. Catch you when I’m older. xxxx

PS – Photocredit to hatunotblog.com for the Lihi Hod images. Don’t forget to check this site out – some fab inspiration ideas galore here. xx

Clean Eating

Before you get all excited about this post, I’ve got to put my hands up  – I have no nutritional knowledge to back up what I’m about to say.  All I know is that I’ve made 6 small changes to what and how I eat and it’s working for me so I thought I’d share.

So as I write this, I’ve just demolished a chocolate and vanilla cheesecake slice. Hardly eating clean. And yes I might have had 2 or 3 glasses of wine at the weekend but when you work out hard and are careful about what you eat, surely a person is allowed treats right?  Because if I don’t get any treats I become a Sad Sally. The key here is moderation.

Now don’t get me wrong. I fricking love eating. I’m Filipino – all Filipinos love to eat. The first thing a Filipino will say to you when they meet you is “Have you eaten?” It’s like their universal version of Hello.

This isn’t a post about foods that will magically make you slim but more of a change of mindset. It’s about realising what you put into your body and knowing when’ve had enough. I’ve lost count of the  amount of times I’ve stuffed myself silly and then felt physically sick afterwards. Fatty fatty boom boom me.

But I’ve lost 8 inches all over since 1st Jan. (I always measure because when you’re training and your clothes fit better but the scales say you’ve hardly lost any weight, it might be that you’ve lost  fat but gained muscle. This article explains it better than I do.)  So alongside with exercise regime I’ve talked about here I’ve done the following:

  1. Portion Control– do you really need that extra portion of food on your plate? Really? Are you ravenous? Yes ok, well you can always come back for more. Why not try waiting 10 minutes,  let that first portion settle and then, if you’re still hungry, maybe a little more.
  2.  No white pasta, white rice, white bread – we all know wholemeal is better for you so just make this simple change. Wholemeal is high in fibre which takes longer to digest so keeps you fuller for longer.
  3. Cut down on sugar. I love chocolate but I try and ration myself.  How’s about trying to have half the chocolate bar and save the rest for later?  Or try a piece of fruit, drink a glass of water and even brushing your teeth helps. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes the urge is too great. There have been times  I just want open a jar of Nutella, pull globs of the good stuff with my bare hands and lick that jar clean.
  4. Cut down on salt – this stuff is not good for you. Again moderation is key. My fella has a dodgy ticker so even more of a reason to cut down. Plus is makes you bloated as it retains water. Not a good look.
  5. Reduce the amount of carbs eaten after 5pm – yes this UK weather has been shocking and all it’s made me want to do is eat pie and chips, mashed potatoes and creamy bowls of pasta. Carbs bloat me. Simple as. So now it’s all about stir frys, soups and high protein salads. Yes it is hard at first but you get used to it. And it’s nice going to bed without feeling you’re 6 months preggers.
  6. Drink more water – it’s good for your skin, it fills you up and your body needs it.  Simples.

Hope this helps! Check out my Fitness Pinterest board if you need any more info . xx

Nutella

A Vogue Wedding.

My lunchtime reading at work usually consist of browsing the likes of Vogue, Marie Claire, Glamour and Elle and I occasionally notice that an interesting wedding article will come up that is just fabulous.  Whether it’s 50 Bridesmaid Dresses under £50 or the Jenny Packham’s new season wedding gown showcases, these sources of inspiration are just brilliant for when planning a wedding. Especially if you’ve become (dare I say it?!) a little BORED by all the usual standard wedding magazines out there.

So I’ve rounded up my favourite online magazines wedding sections and listed them below – get them saved in your favourites now!

Vogue

Serious couture designer envy here, fab coverage of the fashion elite weddings, style advice and much much more. Click here to be whisked away to designer wedding heaven.

Have you seen Coco Rocha wedding dress – STUNNING!

http://www.vogue.co.uk/spy/celebrity-photos/2011/08/31/model-weddings/gallery/654314

Coco Rocha married James Conran in a dress designed by Zac Posen. Picture courtesy of Vogue.

They also have a brilliant Wedding guide to download too to cover all weddings – take a look here

Elle

This blog is written by Elle writer Patrica Campbell who is blogging her way to the alter and is full of helpful hair updos and beauty tips, runway dresses, more fashion weddings and helpful stylish advice. Check out the lovely vintage Coast collection she wrote about last month – OMG Gatsby.

Vintage inspired collection from Coast.

Vintage inspired collection from Coast.

Marie Claire – The Wedding Style Guide

Lots of great high street topics and inspiration, hair and beauty ideas and stylish real life bride stories to be read here. The below bridesmaid dress would be PERFECT for a beach wedding. Where did I find it?  In this very handy article from the Style guide – £50 from Warehouse. What a bargain!

Warehouse-embellished-shift-dress-50

The Stylist – The Unsentimental Wedding Blog

A blog featuring  wedding tips from Stylist bride and pretty pics of their weddings, what they wore, their style etc.  Also if you look towards the bottom of the page, there are plenty more wedding related articles to read.

The Huffington Post 

Epic website – click here. Lots of well written articles from past Brides, Brides to be, Photographers, suppliers etc. I could get lost in this site for days. For example – interesting article I’ve just read – 21 things I’ve learned from attending 21 weddings. Very useful to know.

Buzzfeed

Don’t forget Buzzfeed…never forget Buzzfeed.

Just type in Weddings into the search bar and all types of wacky wedding articles come up.  Yes some are crazy, some are stupid but some are downright imaginative like this:

42 wedding favours your guests will actually want

If you come across anything else – please feel free to share the love. Until next time xxxxx

Feathers and Boho. A match made in heaven.

So I am just LOVING feathers at the moment.  I had a feathers frenzy on Pinterest this week and saw so many gorgeous ways of incorporating beautiful  feathers into your perfect day. Ideally we’re looking to get married in Ibiza so what goes better with the whole boho look, feel and style then these beauties?!

This wedding from Green Shoes was STUNNING.

This wedding from Green Shoes was STUNNING.

Bridal Feathered hairpiece

Another feathered boho bridal look

Another feathered boho bridal look

My very lovely friend Olivia has this fab beauty service called Plumed which are natural feather hair extensions and look truly amazing. Unfortunately she’s based in Singapore (boohoo to me!) but take a look at the website here and definitely join the Plumed Facebook page which has lots of updates and more lovely photos. Wouldn’t they look gorgeous in the bridesmaids hair?!

These would look so pretty in my Bridesmaids hair.

So pretty!

Feathers and flowers bouquet

Feathers and flowers bouquet

These feather boutonnieres are just delightful – a possible DIY project?

Feather Boutonnières

Feather Boutonnières

Love love love xxx

Wedding fitness

I’ve just spent the last 5 days consuming all the chocolate in the world. No really. Plus endless amounts of cakes, crisps and toast. Ooops – I mustn’t forget the wine! Let’s just say there were a few glasses…or bottles.

So I really need to get back on the fitness bandwagon this week as it’s only 8 weeks until our Ibiza recce and 12 weeks until the Triathalon.  (Have I mentioned I’m doing a Triathalon? Yep crazy me signed up for the Sussex sprint triathalon in July – more info here.)

My fitness schedule has picked up since the New Year and I have lost 5 inches all over which is a great start. I hardly ever weigh myself as muscle weighs more than fat so I judge by measuring arms, thighs, waist hips etc. My clothes are fitting much better and my fitness stamina has definitely improved.  I’m aiming for this to be a lifetime change so that I know I’m as fit and as healthy as I can be on the W-day but have achieved my ideal weight sensibly. I can’t do crash dieting. I’m unhappy, snappy and just crave all the bad foods – did someone just say deep fat fried battered Marsbar?

Below is my exercise schedule and to prevent this being too text heavy, I’ll post another blog about my food intake – I refuse to type the word diet.

Getting that booty moving.

I’m picking up the Tri training in the lead up to July so a mix of my Boxercise classes and running, riding and swimming training. Boxercise has been seriously brilliant at getting my fitness levels up and they’re fun so it helps when you feel lazy. I’ve got a 3 month unlimited pass which allows me to do as many classes as I like which ultimately feel like I’m doing classes for free, it works out better economically and there is such a variety of classes to choose from. You can find out more about the costs, classes and schedule on the website.

My current schedule of exercise is as follows:

Monday – TRX class – 45 mins

Tuesday – Boxercise Pump and Core – 60 mins

Wednesday – TRX class – 45 mins

Thursday – Swimming training – I aim for 50 laps, a mix of front crawl and breast stroke.

Friday– Running training – I aim for 30 – 45 mins jog.

Saturday – Bike training – I aim for 60 mins ride.

Sunday – Rest day

I find that the classes help tone and strengthen and the cardio helps burn fat. In the next couple of months, I will really need to start upping my Tri training and  aim for longer distances.

It does sound quite a bit  but you won’t tone up magically if you don’t put the work in. I promise you, once you start and you get into the swing of it, you really do start to enjoy the burn and you feel odd if you miss a session.

I’ll keep you updated and let you know how the progress goes and if you ever need a little motivation, I find this picture helps. xx

Ryan Gosling