Wedding bells

Today is the day Eric and I have been planning for two years; our wedding day has arrived! Hopefully it's a beautiful sunny day in Mexico but even if it pours with rain I know it'll be perfect. 

There's 11 mad friends and family making the trip with us to help celebrate our day. They'll have been with us all week and I've no doubt it's been the craziest week ever, filled with laughter and drinks galore! I can just imagine the pictures I'll be bringing back home!!!

I know everyone says it but I really am marrying my best friend. We've been together since I was 17, it's been 13 years I've cherished. Ups and downs but always fun and looking back I've had a blast. We compliment each other perfectly and I can't imagine life's adventures without him. Yup I'm that cheesy! Haha x 

Just think the next time you all hear from I'll be a Mrs wahhhhh!!!!!! 


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Swimwear for Hourglass Figures 2015 | Joules Tankini

I've done a number of swimwear posts in the past, you can find them here and here. Surprisingly I really enjoy doing them and thought I might do another mini series this year; after all I have bought A LOT of swimwear for my honeymoon. 

Today I'm sharing this fabulous Joules tankini* I was sent a few weeks ago. It doesn't come in set bust sizes so instead you need to get something similar to your dress size. My top's in a 10 and  the bottoms are a 12. The bottoms fit really well and covered my entire bum which is a bit of a must for me. The top was a pretty decent fit too although I could have done with a little more space in the cup, I was a little more squeezed in than I usually like. Luckily it doesn't have any wires or I think I'd have been a lot more uncomfortable!

I can forgive the slightly squished boobs for the design and look. Aren't the colours just amazing? This is quite possibly one of the most colourful, fun patterns I've ever seen in swimwear. I feel so confident in it which  lets face it is half the battle with wearing swimwear!

Lets hope Eric likes it as much as me...

* PR sample sent for consideration of review

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Beauty Review | Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush

With the impending nuptials on the horizon you can imagine skincare has been a top priority for me in recent months. I've been using Clinique's 3 step programme for well over a year now and they were in my 2014 favourites so you all know how much I love them. At Christmas I stepped things up with their Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush.

You start with 30 seconds a day and gradually build up to 1 minute of use twice a day. I would definitely recommend following this advice. At first I didn't feel an effect and bumped up my time too quickly which left me with super sensitive skin for the rest of the day. So so painful!

For the price tag I was expecting miracles and I'll say now, you'll be disappointed if your hopes are too high. I dreamt of spot free skin with non visible pores and after 3 months of use it just hasn't happened. 

That's not to say this isn't a great product. I do have visibly tighter, smoother skin and my breakouts have reduced massively. The pores around my nose - which have always been mahussive - have also reduced in size to the point that foundation no longer pools in them. All huge plus points in my book. 

So would I recommend it? I'd have to say yes, particularly if you don't have regular facials or exfoliate. Basically if you're lazy with skincare like me and find cleansing, toning and moisturising a struggle this fills all of your skincare gaps without too much effort.

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Fashion | Travelling to become a mrs!

Blazer Oasis | Top Topshop | Trousers Dorothy Perkins | Necklace Joules* | Bracelet Links of London

It's finally here, the day Eric and I fly out to Mexico to get married! Argghhh I'm so excited I can't tell you all. It's literally going to be the best 3 weeks of my life and I get to share it with my best friend and our families.

I thought I would share my travel outfit for the 7 hour flight. I don't know about you all but comfort is an absolute must for me when I'm travelling. These trousers fit all of my criteria, loose, comfortable, light weight and an elastic waistband. That last one is essential, I've gone for the tight fitting trouser in the past and after a few hours it's awful. I've even had to open my trousers on flights in the past..... 

Another plus they're beautiful! I love the pattern of these and paired with my blue blazer it's a winning combination. Top wise this is just a simply vest top, again comfort is key here. I've finished the look with a statement blue necklace which adds that extra wow factor for me. All I need now is some big glasses and a glass of bubbly!

Wish me luck! x

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Fashion | Florals and shorts

Outfit post Joules top, oasis shorts
Top Joules* | Shorts Oasis | Shoes Miss KG

Well I think I'm in heaven. You know I love a good floral print and as soon as I saw this top I had to have it in my wardrobe. It's the perfect mint green shade for spring and has the most beautiful pink blossoms. I've worn it pretty much non-stop over the last week and it goes with absolutely everything; skirts, jeans and skinny trousers. With the sun finally making an appearance this bank holiday weekend I thought I'd let my legs out and pair it with some shorts. These are a new purchase and oh I may be in love with them too! I even like the way my legs look in them, talk about a breakthrough!

Safe to say this outfit will definitely be making the cut for Mexico. Did I mention it's only two days until we fly out? Wahhhh!!!!!
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Workwear | Joules Jersey Dress

Dress* Joules | Shoes* Clarks | Bag | Michael Kors | Bracelet Links of London

Everyone knows how much I struggle to find a well fitting work dress. In my correct size they're always too tight at the hips and going up a size leads to the ever unsexy baggy waist look! It seems I've finally broken the curse with this Jersey dress from Joules. It hugs in all the right places and the fabric twist at the centre pulls in at my waist creating a great silhouette. 

It's also oh so comfortable! I've had it on for a full work day and it never once twisted or felt too tight. It also didn't crease which is a massive bonus as I spend long portions of my day staring at a computer screen. Jersey dresses are definitely on my wish list now thanks to this little beauty. It also happens to work perfectly with my new Michael Kors bag *squeee*.

With the weekend nearly over, Eric and I are out and about finalising loads of wedding details today. Starting to get uber excited now. Can you believe we're only got two weeks to go....
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Crafting Fun with Books and Birds

A few weekends ago I was invited to let my inner craft goddess out - and out she came! You might be surprised to hear that, but back in the day I was a cross stitch fiend. Anyone else spend the 90's making cross stitch Christmas cards?

I got to spend a rather lovely Sunday afternoon with my fellow Scottish bloggers in the eclectic styled Butterfly and Pig tearooms on Bath Street. We got to eat some rather spectacular cakes - a huge treat for me as I've been giving it a miss lately - and take on a few crafty challenges. 

Hosted by Joe Blogs Network and some lovely ladies from The Crafty Hen we got to try two craft tutorials using fabrics supplies by Hillary's blinds. Project number one was to produce a fabric cover for a notebook, which completely took me back to my school days with textbooks and leftover wallpaper! Arghh I'm so old...

I went for a gorgeous green fabric and added a few button embellishments using every craft lovers favourite tool - a glue gun. Officially the most fun I've ever had from a gadget and I must need new addition to the Hourglass household. Why I've never tried one before I don't know!

Project two was a stuffed bird. I thought this was going to be an easy but oh how wrong I was. I started out stitching the wrong thing but once that little blip was out of the way, my needle, thread and I got into a little rhythm and before I knew it my stitching was all done! Stuffing the bird was a whole other story, it exposed a multitude of stiching sins and there was some major repair work required. 

In the end I think I ended up with a little beauty and may even attempt to make some more and turn them into a mobile for my new niece or nephew! All in all an awesome afternoon celebrating all things crafty and girly. Massive thanks to Joe Blogs Network, Hillary's blinds and The Crafty Hen, I'm feeling inspired!

With March being International Craft Month I think it's the perfect time to let your inner craft goddess out to say hello. Why not give it a go?

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My super duper hen weekend!!!

A long overdue post on my hen weekend...

Can I start by saying hands down I have the best friends and family in the world, they're a fabulous, crazy bunch of absolute beauts and oh how I love them all so! I was completely spoilt and just had the loveliest weekend.

They had rented us some apartments in Edinburgh which were decorated to the max with beautiful personalised decorations, some embarrassing photos from my younger days and a stunning white dress. We played games, drank A LOT and I was surprised with some amazing gifts which had a personal reference between me and each person from a toy black bull, to some test tubes and even a pineapple... Such a lovely thoughtful gesture which meant so much to me, I honestly felt so special.

We also had lots of things to do outside the apartments. First up was Escape, which if you haven't done you simply must, it's so much fun. I was put into the Da Vinci room and we had to solve clues, puzzles and find keys etc to escape. Next up was a cocktail master class which was such a giggle I don't think I've ever laughed so much on a night out before, or had so many drinks in such a short time frame....

Then we had a lovely dinner followed by dancing and partying the night away. The Sunday was a somewhat quiet affair with some guys not even making it out and alcohol a definite no no! We did a little shopping and then had afternoon tea at the Waldorf - which I must say was the best afternoon tea I've ever had, there was so much cake! A perfect way to round up the dream weekend.

Such a lucky lady to have so many wonderful people in my life. Especially my three sisters and mum who delivered a hen weekend which was beyond my wildest imagination! So much love for those guys xx

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Unique Mother's Day Gift Ideas

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I absolutely adore my mum. Even though I live 3 hours away she's one of my best friends and we're constantly on the phone or on Facetime catching up with our latest antics, shopping purchases and gossiping. Being far away means I don't get a chance to spoil her very often so Mother's Day is always a big deal to me.

I like to find quirky, unique gifts that let her know how special she is and thought it might be nice to share some of my favourite 2015 finds with you all. 

Number 1 | This poem perfectly sums up my relationship with my mum, it could have been written for us! I was the most horrendous teenager - as I'm sure many of you were - but she was always there for a hug and some good advice. I think this is a lovely way to say Thank You.

Number 2 | If pampering gifts are more your thing you really can't go wrong with Laura Mercier. This set contains my favourite product, the citron honey bath with the cutest little wooden honey spoon. It smells divine! Any mum would be delighted waking up to this on Mother's Day morning.

Number 3 | Claire Gent is a genius when it comes to jewellery and her cuffs are simply stunning. I love this summer hedgerow design it's so detailed! I own a few different designs and think they make perfect Mother's day gifts. Each one is hand dyed too, so no two are exactly alike.

Number 4 | Another jewellery option is this beautiful family tree necklace. You can personalise the text to make it extra special. Isn't that the loveliest idea? I would engrave it with my brother and sisters names on the front and have mum and dad's on the reverse.

Number 5 | This is actually my favourite 2015 gift! It's a personalised drawing of your family. You can pick shoes for each family member and their favourite colour. You can even add paw prints for a family pet! If Eric and I are ever lucky enough to have our own family this will definitely be making an appearance at my house.

Number 6 | Last but not least are these gorgeous handmade bath cupcakes. Aren't they stunning? If your mum is a bath lover I think these would go down a treat!

Whatever you decide to do on Mother's Day, make sure your mum knows how special she is x

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