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My love of stationery – National Stationery week

The 24th-31st of April 2017 is National Stationery Week and I wanted to get involved with all the fun. I love stationery simple as that.

Note books

National Stationery Week

My favourite being note books and pens. I have so many lovely notebooks. I keep one in my hand bag, just in case I have an amazing idea while out and about. There is one by the bed, because it was so annoying when I come up with fabulous blog posts in the middle of the night, but I have forgotten by the morning. I have one for Each Peach Pear Plum  and one for Champagne and Petals, plus numerous others. I love nothing more than popping into a shop and seeing a pretty note book that I just have to have.

Anyway, everyone knows I love note books, but I thought I would share with you my other stationery loves too.

Planner

National Stationery Week

My Kikki K planner, stylish, chic and fun, soft to touch leather and full of everything I could possibly need. Space for my business cards to sit, or other lovely cards I have picked up at various events. Space for my calendar, which is so important for planning everything, my whole life evolves around my calendar. There are contact pages, notes for meetings, extra information, a section for each of the blogs. Note paper and cute little zipped pockets for storing things in.

I love the Kikki K range. There are so many beautiful items that I just want to take home with me. I visited their shop in Covent Gardens a little while ago, I had to restrain my spending that day. One of the things I do like about the range is they do all sorts of extra items to go along with each planner they design. Notebooks (yes please), pens, stickers, accessory packs, journals, gift wrap and cards, so many extras to complete your collection. They even have matching cups and saucers.

I think my love of rose gold and copper colours came from spending hours on their website last summer.

National Stationery Week

I had seen so many videos of people personalising their planners, with stickers, paperclips that had ribbon and feathers attached, little gems, washi tape, keyrings, book marks and various other creative items. When it comes to putting your personal touch to a planner anything goes. I had decided that I wanted to add a large fluffy pom-pom and tassels to mine, sounds awful but I really love it. Searching eBay I found a lush pink one that only cost a couple of pounds. I have found similar for a lot more on the high street. I find myself playing with the fluffy pom-pom during my idea-storming sessions, it seems to act as a stress reliever.

Pens

I also have a little collection of pens from various different places. Often I will pick up a nice pen if we go out for the day. I buy the children a pencil each from the gifts shop of all the places we visit. It’s great for them do some drawing on the way home in the car, plus they see it as a treat. My only problem with pens is I keep loosing them! I’m not sure if it is just me being forgetful or the pens just run away from me and hide in places never to be seen again. My Hubby is so good with his pens, each day he takes 3 pens with him to work. He always returns with the same pens, I have no idea how he does it. Perhaps he doesn’t actually do any thing at work…

National Stationery Week

There are so many stationery items I use all of the time, glue dots (high five to the person who came up with those little gems!), washi tape, craft scissors, cute little shaped paper clips, rubbers, list pads. The list is endless. Not forgetting my cute little business cards.

What is your must have stationery items for this years National Stationery Week?

 

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Perfect dresses for a Spring wedding

perfect dresses for a spring wedding

Are you attending a wedding this Spring and looking for the perfect dress to wear? I always find that Spring weddings are quite difficult to dress for. You never quite know what the weather will be like. It could be a beautiful warm day, a chilly day or even raining. You just never know so dressing to accommodate all these possibilities isn’t easy.

I’ve put together my top pick of dresses for a Spring wedding, they are all available on the high street now.

From Coast
perfect dresses for a spring wedding
  1. Mildura Tabby dress – £129
  2. Minerva floral dress – £169
  3. Yaya Bardot maxi dress – £195
  4. Dee Dee lace dress – £129
From Phase Eight

perfect dresses for a spring wedding

  1. Darena lace dress – £150
  2. Jessica floral dress- £110
  3. Corabella dress – £130
  4. Hydrangea print dress – £110
From Karen Millen

perfect dresses for a spring wedding

  1. Floral Print Pencil dress – multicolour – £160
  2. Floral fit and flare dress – yellow floral – £145
  3. Floral print A-line dress – multicolour – £145
  4. Jacquard strapless dress – multicolour – £165

I think my choices of Spring 2017 dresses are all perfect for a wedding or even a day at the races. There is something here whatever your shape and style. All you need to do is add a beautiful pair of shoes, a lovely clutch bag and a fascinator for your hair, not forgetting a wrap or shawl to keep off the chill. Then you are all set for a wonderful day. But what if it rains? Well, any true gent would offer you his jacket or at the very least have an umbrella to hand.

What do you think to my top picks? I think my favourite is the Yaya Bardot. It’s a maxi dress, with a dipped hem. The shade of blush pink is very on trend for this season.

Saying that, I love them all.

Wedding hair styles for 2017

wedding hair styles

Just like finding the perfect wedding dress, choosing your hair style for the big day is important. You need a style that you love, something that suits you and shows off your stunning dress. Then you have to decide if you want to add a hair clip, tiara, fresh flowers, beads, ribbons, peals or go completely natural.

wedding hair styles

2016 saw the rise of the plait. Such a versatile style, beautiful with added beads, flowers or ribbons. Plaits continue will continue to be popular throughout 2017 and over the next few years.

wedding hair styles

Leaving long hair down creates an elegant wedding look. Curling your hair into loose waves, and arranging them off to one side enhances this style. Just add some delicate earrings to complete the look. Adding a floral crown would give that whimsical feel that it very on trend right now.

Up-Do’s

wedding hair styles

Of course having a simple elegant up-do for you wedding day is still very popular. Allowing people to see your full dress and any details on the back, which are often not seen with long hair that is left down. On a warm day is is great to have your hair up and out of the way. Having your hair up on your wedding day is a classic style that will be with us forever.

wedding hair styles

There are fewer brides than ever having a veil on their wedding day. They now seem to be to worn for Church weddings but less so for civil ceremonies. However, mini veils are being used an alternative. Often for those quirky brides who want a bit of tradition but also like to look different. They are also really popular for retro wedding themes.

Flowers

wedding hair trends for 2017

Flower crowns are not only seen on young flower girls, but on brides as well. This comes from an increase in outdoor, whimsical, woodland weddings. Which are becoming more popular. These stunning crowns are unique to each and every bride because they are freshly made to match your bridal bouquet. I can see these being increasingly popular over the next few seasons.

What style are you thinking about having for you wedding?

*Images from pinterest*