Smoothie me up.

It’s just under six weeks until my Triathalon and I’m not going to lie – I’m bricking it. Who’s stupid idea was it to do a Triathalon?! Oh yes – mine.

I have been training and I was seriously struggling with cycling training as it was taking me about 40 minutes to cycle 6 miles and I wasn’t getting any quicker.  That was until I swapped my tinpot excuse of a bike for the Boy’s racing bike and cut my time in half. BOOM! Lesson of the day – sometimes the motto “a bad workman always blames his tools” could actually be wrong. So if you know you’re getting fitter but not getting faster perhaps you need new running trainers or in my case a new bike.

But anywho – measured myself last week and I’ve lost another 2 inches making that 10 inches lost since January which is fantastico because I’ll be running around in a bikini in just over a weeks time!

Diet wise, I’ve been upping my intake of fruit and veg and the easiest way to get your 5 a day is a good ol’ smoothie. Good news for me is that a brand new smoothie bar called Boost has opened up in Brighton and they serve a wide range of tasty, healthy smoothies and juices – yum-o.

I love smoothies because they’re are packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which can give you an energy lift or aid weight loss as they’re basically a meal in a cup! I tried a yummy Gym Junkie Super Smoothie which had strawberries, banana, TD4 vanilla yoghurt and ice with super powers (a protein PLUS booster) just before a training session and it worked like a charm.

I was also just perusing Pinterest (as you do when you’re planning a wedding – I start to get the shakes if I haven’t logged in within 24 hours) and found this bright beauty of a smoothie from Tales of a Kitchen

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Pic credit: Tales of a Kitchen

It’s got lots of good stuff in it – cucumber, spinach, apple, ginger and therefore bursting with vitamins, fibre, magnesium, iron, calcium and potassium. Just what the Doctor ordered. Yummy recipe can be found here – I’ll definitely be making this on the weekend to hopefully combat my standard Bank Holiday Weekend hangover from hell. Will you be joining me? xxx

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One for the Boys

Fingers crossed we’ll be getting married in Ibiza next year.  We’re heading out in two weeks to view venues and hopefully be able to seal the deal whilst we’re over there.

So in my mind we’re gearing up for a hot, beach wedding. If this is the case, then I think I know what I want my dress to be (BACKLESS! It has to be backless!) and I think I know what the Bridesmaids will be wearing but what about the Boys?

Everyone’s so focused on what the Bride is going to wear that they forget that the  Groom has fashion dilemmas too. Not saying that my Boy is David Beckham or let alone David Gandy but he’s well aware of what fits him and looks good on him.  And he has to be conscious of what suits him, because putting it nicely, my future husband to be is one lanky Boy. He’s tall and slim and if he doesn’t get it right, suits look ridiculous on him.

So the Groom’s suit has to be slim fit, tailored, lightweight and in a colour that will fit in with a beach theme.  Some inspiration below:

I love the European style too – aka hot Italian laid back cool:

These suits are the perfect shade of blue for a beach wedding but what about the Groomsmen and Ushers?

I love the mismatched look but there needs to be one element to tie them together – perhaps some bow ties and braces?

As this has been a fairly masculine blog post, lets end on a girly note. Because you can never have enough well cut suits, bow ties and the Gos.  Xxx

The Gos

The Gos

Met Ball 2013 – dresses, dresses, dresses!

T’was the annual New York Met Ball on Monday night and I love a good old red carpet I do.

Theme this year was Punk so not a lot of wedding dress inspiration but there were a few.  Here are my favs:

Katie Holmes in Calvin Klein.

Katie Holmes in Calvin Klein. Beach wedding dress perhaps?

Sienna Miller in Burberry. The back was gorgeous but couldn't find a good pic of it!

Sienna Miller in Burberry. The back was gorgeous but couldn’t find a good pic of it – damn that glorious studded Burberry jacket!

Emmy Rossum in Donna Karen.
Emmy Rossum in Donna Karen.

Dylan Lauren in what I presume is a Ralph Lauren. Lovely drape.

Dylan Lauren in what I presume is a Ralph Lauren. Lovely drape.

Amber Heard looking hot in Emilio Pucci. Would make a gorgeous wedding dress me thinks.

Amber Heard looking hot in Emilio Pucci. Would make a gorgeous wedding dress me thinks.

And one for the Groom to be - Eddie Redmayne looking sharp in Dior Homme.

And one for the Groom to be – Eddie Redmayne looking sharp in Dior Homme.

One pic I didn’t put up here is Ms Kardashian’s floral ensemble – not something I would wear myself but definitely worth a Google! Thoughts on a postcard please.

xxxx

Everybody say Cheese!

Apologies for my lack of posts this last week, I’ve been thoroughly engrossed in a series of books that I just can’t put down and wedding planning has been pushed aside (Shock horror!)

Anywho, I’ve been meaning to write this post for ages as it’s about a passion of both mine and The Boy’s and ties in nicely with my Super 8 film  post from last week.

Confession – we’re both wannabe photographers. Photographers in the loose sense of the word as we try and take photos, they’re not very good but we like them anyway. And we seem to have amassed a number of cameras that we’ve picked up along the way.

I especially LOVE 35mm film cameras and the surprises you get when you develop the films.  The effects you can get with 35mm can be absolutely beautiful. There is a massive analogue movement called Lomography who are everything to do with bringing back film and they have some awesome cameras which take such gorgeous different pics.

Here are a few of my fav pics take on some of my Lomography cameras showing the effects you can achieve:

The Boy - double exposure taken by the Diana Mini

The Boy – double exposure taken by the Diana Mini

 

Brighton Pier, redscale film taken on a Diana Mini

Brighton Pier, redscale film taken on a Diana Mini

 

Bridesmaids and I taken on an Actionsampler with flash.

Bridesmaids and I taken on an Actionsampler with flash.

 

Brighton Beach taken on a n original Olympus Pen.

Brighton Beach taken on an original Olympus PEN.

I’ve always wanted to tie this hobby of mine into our big day whether it’s giving  our cameras to friends and family on the day to use, using our pics as decor or even hiring a photographer that specilizes in 35mm film photography. The effects that these cameras can produce on your special day can be spectacular. Check out these beauties:

Pic credit from Danjlander

Pic credit from Danjlander

Pic Credit: Eunicekam

Pic Credit: Eunicekam

Pic credit: Jo Brown

Pic credit: Jo Brow

Pic credit: Eunicekam

Pic credit: Eunicekam

Beautiful beautiful photos. The dreamy like effect adds a different vintage effect and I just feel that they look and feel different to the standard wedding photography package.

Should you be thinking about perhaps buying some plastic fantastic cameras for your tables, Lomography are even doing a camera package which should help the pennies. Score! Find more info here.

Right, I’m off to bury my nose back into my book. Happy Bank holiday y’all.

PS – If you’re wondering what book has me so enthralled, it’s the Sunday Times bestseller “The Discovery of Witches.” Get it, read it, devour it. xx