Quiz Lost in Summer Party

As time goes on in my pregnancy, I’m having to be very strict about which events I attend. Days spent rushing around London to get to five press meetings in one day are now a thing of the past. But when this invite came through my door, I was definitely going! Celebrating the relaunch of their Westfield Stratford store, here is what happened at the Quiz Lost in Summer Party.

Quiz were amazing to send out pieces from their new collection inspired by all things summer to their guests so we could wear and share on the night of the party. The dress I’m wearing is the Stone Bardot Double Frill Bodycon (now on sale for just £14.99) and it fit bump and I perfectly!

I always love seeing a sexy shoe display! There are so many shoes I’m loving from Quiz this season.

My hand is always on my lower back these days! You can see the Braid Bar behind me doing their magic on the press and bloggers. The drinks bar sorted out a wonderful mocktail for me!

My eyes caught this cute suede clutch (above) on display at the Quiz Lost in Summer Party- imagine this with matching suede mules!!!

I spy my ‘Paularazzi!’ doing a great job as always.

Live models were on display throughout the night in the shop window. Looking super fresh in the new Lost in Summer collection!

We had the lovely Amber Turner from TOWIE cut the ribbon to the newly opened store. After the cheers subsided, we all piled back into the store for more fun, drinks and shopping!

Thank you so much to Quiz for a memorable summer night! Shop the whole Lost in Summer range here as well as Occasion Dresses.

Saharasplash x

Thanks for reading Quiz Lost in Summer Party, head over to my latest post on a brand new hotel opening in London for another party post!

Say hello, at the Moxy hotel London Excel

I’m not sure if you are aware, but when Paul and I moved to London in 2014, we moved to an area called Newham- Canning Town to be more specific. This is a stone’s throw away from the ExCel Centre and London City Airport- very handy! As we lived there we watched the area being built up around us. We were in one block of newly built flats, but the area continued to expand and this included around the Royal Victoria Docks too (which is where the Moxy Hotel comes in). The Moxy hotel, part of the Marriott Group, has just opened its doors and I was so excited to be one of the first to head down there to see it. After all, I had watched it come along week by week until this May- and it’s finally ready to say hello!

You can’t miss this modern place with bright pink logo on the front of the building. It has 164 brand new rooms ready and waiting. The Moxy Hotel is pet friendly and most importantly there’s free wifi! This, much like the rest of the Moxy hotels around the world, have a very unique concept about them. They want guests to feel so at home in their hotels that they operate on a ‘DIY’ basis. Help yourself to drinks and snacks on offer 24/7, how cool is that?!

It’s a really casual space with great little touches everywhere you go.

The press and bloggers had more than a night’s worth of entertainment. Weird but fabulous displays, an alien chick, plus nearly naked waiters to serve the food and drinks throughout the night too! If you didn’t see my Snapchat from the party then I’m sorry you missed that!

The rooms upstairs were also decked out for us. One room had been turned into a Karaoke bar, another had a tattoo artist on hand doing actual tattoos for the guests! I’ve never experienced anything quite like this before, and I hope you will check out where you can check into your nearest Moxy Hotel  for your next venture!

Dress: Forever 21

Jacket: M&S

Boots: Belong to my sister

 

Say hello, at the Moxy hotel London ExCel

Saharasplash x

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Baby Essentials, preparing for baby

Now that my pregnancy has been announced on social media and on my Dubai holiday vlog, I am finally ready to start a new chapter. This chapter, much like all others on my blog, will be a unique and special addition, but by no means will completely define it. I am absolutely thrilled to be having a baby, but I still want my blog to represent who I am and be appealing for all types of readers. Fashion, beauty, film, travel, gluten free living and now another piece of the puzzle- parenthood. So, time to share an exciting look into some of my baby essentials, preparing for baby.

Baby Groups

I’ve found a really good way to start getting prepared for the arrival is by joining some baby groups. They are super quick to sign up to and I love receiving updates in my inbox every week that provide expert information and support. I am a member of the C&G baby club, My Mothercare and BabyCentre.

For the Hospital

I’ve been getting ready for the hospital and first few weeks by watching many YouTube videos. These are super handy to watch what other mothers are packing so you get a really good idea of what will be needed. I had no idea it was so much! My top favourite video was this one by Emily Norris: https://youtu.be/CCW_9a__LKk

Sleep Essentials

This week I attended an expectant parent event at my local Mothercare. I picked up a swaddling blanket after learning about them, and think that it will be a great addition to my baby essentials bundle!

Skincare for Baby

It’s going to be so lovely welcoming the new arrival into our home and lives, and so I’m gathering some essential skincare items suitable for newborn skin and hair. Included in this is the top-to-toe baby bath* from Johnson’s. This baby bath is proven to be as mild as water on baby’s skin so a super duper essential for skincare!

Skincare for me

It can be really easy to forget about yourself when growing another human. There are times when the struggle is real-  I’ve been through the first trimester sickness, increased hay fever, severe back pain and there’s still a good way to go! So mum’s to be, please don’t forget about you and take the time to enjoy the moments in the day when you can get them. This stretch mark defence spray from Science of Skin* has been amazing. I had tried several oils on my skin but didn’t like the residue it left afterwards. This simple spray on oil completely absorbs into my skin so I can spray, rub and go!

No stretch marks in sight!

Sneak peek into the wardrobe

Although I know the sex of the baby (and only me) I have always wanted a neutral wardrobe for the most part. This is obviously essential so that my family and husband don’t find out the sex, but I really am excited by the tones in baby’s wardrobe already! I’ll be throwing in some red, orange, green and yellow too, just no pink, purple or blue!

Saharasplash x

I hope you liked my first baby inspired post! To see my Dubai holiday blog post click here

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Quick dash to Dubai

I know what you’re thinking, why do a quick dash to a place like Dubai? If you’ve seen my previous posts on Dubai (here) from last year, you will know that we have friends out there who we visit each year. The reason for our three day quick dash to Dubai is mainly down to Paul and the fact that he simply won’t take the time off work. I’m cool with having a mini break, and seeing as this was the first time travelling while pregnant (18 weeks at this point) I was glad to get home pretty quickly.

I think that also because we have done Dubai before, we have seen the sights and got the t shirt so to speak. So this visit was all about seeing our friends, having a great few days with some nice weather and putting our feet up.

The jetlag didn’t really bother us too much, we decided to go business class, primarily because I knew that being uncomfy while pregnant was not a good idea. We could relax and enjoy the flight a lot more this way. I did have a little travel sickness just before we landed, but I’m blaming the baby for that one as it’s never happened before!

I was super excited to take my new travel wallet * with me from Fabriano’s Boutique:

It stores all your important documents and I fell in love with this item as soon as I saw it in the Marylebone store.

Day One

The kids were so happy to see us when they finished school, of course Paul took the majority of the leaps and hugs!

I took my ritual trip to get a mani pedi on day one of our quick dash to Dubai and went for blue nails. We spent the rest of the day relaxing and soaking up the beautiful sunshine.

Dress: Christian Audigier

Bikini: Asos

A trip to the local pool was a must too. This bikini was the only one that would fit me from my previous collection, so I bought a blue one just before we left from the TU dept at Sainsburys (shown in day two).

Day Two

Day two we headed to the beach at JBR. This was really nostalgic as pretty much 12 months before we were here and getting engaged! It was great to be back now married.

We went for breakfast at the Cheesecake Factory, another ritual of ours, before heading out into the late morning for some photos. My pantsuit is again from TU by Sainsburys and the beach bag* (Positano) is from Fabriano Boutique. I just loved the bright colours and sizeable straps- the perfect beach bag!

Announcing my pregnancy with a beach shoot was a dream come true. At this point I had waited long enough to announce it on social media and it came as a nice surprise to my Twitter and Instagram followers.

Bikini by TU from Sainsbury’s (which I must note now at 23 weeks no longer fits!)

Paul is wearing a gorgeous palm print swimming short* from Jacamo. I have to say when I was approached to style Paul up for the Dubai trip in Jacamo I was so excited. All of Paul’s outfits were chosen by me and he was reluctant to rock the palm print at first…

We match so well! Couples do still do this right?! I think he truly loved them.

Day Three

Day three we decided to take it easy and go shopping- total relaxation for me! We picked up quite a few things for the baby which I’ll share with you in my Dubai vlog coming soon.

I have no idea where this dress is from I must tell you, it’s my cousins and she bought it years ago in Miami. It’s one of my favs, plus it still fits!

Paul and I were reluctant to leave Dubai, it’s fast becoming our home away from home.

Shirt*: Jacamo

Chinos*: Jacamo

I hope you all are having a great summer 2017 so far. Let me know where you’ve been or where you are planning to go next. As for me, I’m fully grounded as we patiently await for the new arrival!

Saharasplash x

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Enjoyed our quick dash to Dubai story? Why not see our wedding story! Part One and Part Two.

Blogger’s Office First Look!

Since moving out of London and to the Essex countryside, Paul and I have been working on renovating our annex into something really special. We will be living here for a while and so it is only fitting for us to have a lovely space, including a blogger’s office! We are very lucky to have such a wonderful space to work with and I am happy to say that the office corner is now complete! So here is our joint effort blogger’s office first look!

We both really liked the idea of having a clean, white desk to work from- bonus points for a blogger! This structure is actually a two-parter from different places believe it or not. The left hand square box shelves and the part that the PC screen sits on is from Argos, and the drawers to the right are from Ikea. This cost a total of £115 (£59.99+£55).

The desk space is colourfully decorated with a few pieces from Fabriano Boutique*. The cactus pen holder and watermelon sticky notes bring summer vibes to our blogger’s office.

Little touches like our wedding photo plus hanging flowers we used in our ceremony makes it feel really personal and a space for the two of us to use.

In the corner we have a Brackenheath iSpot Blade* desk lamp from Ormrod.com. Ormrod are a premier lighting wholesaler of lighting, both residential and commercial, in the West London area.

The lamp light is fully adjustable in brightness and the head fixture is flexible too. It’s neat, slimline and works so well in our blogger’s office.

Stylish affordability at under £40!

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s inside the drawers…

Blogger mail stationery and press material for days!

Across the room, just behind the desk is my own personal blogger area. I have two units (again from Ikea) to keep my blogger life organised and out of the way.

I’ve decorated the units with minimal but colourful flair. Of course my Kylie lipkits couldn’t go in the drawers, nor my nail polish collection!

The tallest unit on the right has a lift up top with a cute hidden mirror!

I’ve organised the drawers according to hair, body, fragrance, makeup etc.

I hope you like what we’ve done with the space- thanks so much for reading Blogger’s Office First Look!

Saharasplash x

If you haven’t caught up with my wedding posts, there are two parts to check out! Head to the home page to find them under May 2017.

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Wedding Part Two #OurForever2016

Ok so now you’ve read my wedding part one post, it’s onto part two! We all went to bed feeling pretty proud of the marquee setup, it was a vision in white and red. A huge thank you has to go out to Talking Tables for their stunning lanterns which gave the final touch. All photography in this post (unless stated otherwise) is courtesy of my fabulous wedding photographer Camera Hannah. Hannah we couldn’t have done the day without you! It was captured with the theme and vision in mind so I will love you forever for all your fantastic snaps.

The Marquee

My sister and maid of honour Evie designed the table plan for the guests, if you have an occasion and need a designer then let me know!

The Aisle

This wedding vision took a very long time to pull together. Weeks of making flowers and designing the garden arch, plus I had to walk down a grass aisle too. We transformed Paul’s parent’s living room into the rustic backdrop you see here for the big day.

The Cake

Again this was something quite specific and I had just the man in mind for the job- Mr Cake! After reading all about Chris in the paper about how he quit his job and turned his written resignation into a cake I knew he was the guy we needed! I had my very talented step dad (Bulldog Vintage) create the wooden structure out of real wood and let Mr Cake design the rest.

Apples scattered at the base as a signature Twilight symbol.

My Hair and Makeup Team

Again I knew exactly where to go! I had worked with both makeup artist Hana and hair stylist Georgia before on other projects and so these ladies were my first and only choice for the big day.

I chose a dark lip with silver eyes, quite a bit heavier for a bridal look but I think I pulled it off!

Photo by Saharasplash

My hair was dyed grey five days before by the talented Limoz Logli in Chelsea, and Georgia braided it into a crown with berries on the day. My earrings were crystal apples from Corbico Jewellery– I wore these on the Saturday too and have them safely kept as a momento of the wedding weekend.

The Ceremony and Dress

Violinists saw us in as they played a thousand years by Christina Perri.

This is the first time my guests saw the finished wedding dress after seeing my first episode of Say Yes to the Dress UK. I had the Christine Dando dress modified with custom made sleeves and neck detail, so it’s very different to the dress you see in my first episode! My next episode of the actual wedding is coming out tomorrow on TLC- the 26th May at 9pm so please tweet me if you’re watching!

The Bridal Party

My six bridesmaids did me so proud on the day. They wore fabulous multiway dresses from In One Clothing and the colour matched so well with the surrounding theme and decor. The girls wore their dresses to their own unique style and it worked a treat!

My bridal bouquets were made from paper by the talented Beauty is Eloquent. They each contained red and white roses along with book pages from Twilight too! I get to keep it forever, just like the beautiful memories from the day.

We were lucky to have a very mild November day and managed to take some lovely shots just outside the farm house too.

The Speeches

Our best man’s son Harry stepped in to fill the shoes of the best man speech for our wedding day. Sadly he couldn’t be there, but luckily the speech was a great success and Harry did a fantastic job as best man!

By the time the DJ started, I whisked myself away to get changed back into my jumpsuit which was a very good decision. I could dance freely without worrying about ruining my fabulous dress. I let my hair down metaphorically, but I didn’t want my hair touched until the night was over!

We would like to thank each and every person involved in the wedding part two #ourforever2016 and we couldn’t be happier with how the weekend went. Everyone we loved helped make it a perfect and special celebration, and of course none of it would have happened without the Twilight author herself Stephenie Meyer- thank you for bringing us together!

Saharasplash x

If you missed part one of the story, read it here!