Beautiful occasion shoes from Lace and Favour

I love shoes, I have so many pairs. Honestly I have more shoes than I know what to do with, that, however does not stop me wanting more. I have found that over more recent years I wear flat shoes or boots. Gone are the days when I would go on a shopping trip wearing stiletto boots, oh how I loved those boots.

Now however I save my heeled shoes for evenings out with my Hubby or with friends. I might not been out every weekend like I once was, but it doesn’t stop me planning out my outfit when it comes to going out. I so often find I over dress for a meal out with the girls, well that or they just don’t make much effort…. haha!

Occasion shoes from Lace and Favour

Lace and Favour are one of my favourite online bridal boutiques, they have all the accessories you could possibly need for your wedding day, including a lovely collection of bridesmaid dresses. They got in touch recently to see if I would like a pair of their occasion shoes, why would I say no to this?

As my regular readers know, I am very indecisive, I probably spent 3 hours over a couple of nights looking at all of the beautiful shoes. I knew quite quickly I loved the Perfect Bridal Company Esme, velvet and t-bar shoes. Of course it wasn’t quite so simple as they come in a collection of different colours, 8 different options to choose from. Velvet or suede, one colour or two, glittery heal or not. For someone like me it wasn’t easy to choose between them all.

Beautiful occasion shoes

I opted in the end of the berry velvet and gold glitter t-bar shoes, something a bit different. The gold glittery heal and the berry velvet of the toe and base, such a lovely contrast. The t-bar and pattern is made of of a non glittery plain gold leather. The soul is a cushioned leather, as soon as you pop your feet into them, you can feel that they are well cushioned.

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I have not worn them out of the house yet, however they have been used in the house. I like to bed in all of my new shoes at home before taking them out, these are very comfy, I think they will be great for a whole day. Although they have a heel hight of 8.2cm they are easy to walk in.

One thing about Lace and Favour that I love is the way your items arrive packed to you. Ivory tissue paper is wrapped around box, with their own sticker and always a small note, which I love. It’s the little touches that really make a company stand out for me and the whole shopping experience with Lace and Favour really is wonderful. My Perfect Bridal Company shoes, arrived in a box, a beautiful boxed covered in pretty flowers, it’s a box I would happily keep to store other items in. I’m a packaging lover, which might seem odd to some but to me it makes all the difference.

As soon as I spotted these shoes, I know they would be a bit different. Not only would they make for lovely bridal or bridesmaid shoes, I knew I would be able to wear them to a ball or attending as wedding as a guest. I also think I would be happy to wear them with a trouser suit or possibly even a pair of jeans, heading out for dinner. My 5 year old daughter said ‘Oh Mummy they are so gorgeous’ she wasn’t wrong!

What do you think to my choice of shoes? Would you wear them?

 

*This is a collaborative post. I was sent these shoes in exchange for this blog post.*

 

Post Brexit Wedding plans?

A destination wedding is no longer a dream for some couples. After all what’s not to love? For most it’s the guaranteed sunshine or the setting of your dreams, often a lot cheaper than in the UK. Plus, you’ll be surrounded by only your closest friends and family and won’t have to worry about the guest list looking like Beyoncé is having a bash.

Still, there are tricky hurdles that can all but put the brakes on an overseas wedding, namely, the exchange rate.

Post Brexit Wedding

Even if you find a great wedding organiser, or you decide to do everything else you could be facing language issues and deposit concerns all while trying to work out exactly how much it will cost you. Not to mention those expensive transfer fees when we’re talking about large sums of money.

Wedding planner Illy Goodhall saw how her brides would look longingly on at the beach bridal wear, but then be put off by the additional fees and organising. And with the help of her sister and expert in money exchanges Zsofia Foster, she has set up her own online exchange company.

Their new exchange platform, Wedding Forex, allows couples not just to lock in an exchange rate for 12-months, but for suppliers to use their details on an invoice, cutting out the middleman on most transactions.

Plus, your guests can use it too! With the news that overseas guests can find themselves spending £700 each, those bad conversion rates can really add up. Not to mention suppliers like florists, photographers and venues, who often find themselves shelling out over a £1000 a year to change currencies.

How does the platform benefit a wedding party?

Post Brexit Wedding

On average couples will spend £7,000 with local suppliers when planning a wedding abroad, which will be broken down into smaller payments to each supplier, incurring a number of transfer fees and variable exchange rates by banks or other third parties.

One of the reasons couples choose to get married abroad is to save on the cost of their wedding, but often some of this saving is lost in large transfer fees or unpredictable currency fluctuations – a la Brexit.

WeddingForex allows its clients to lock in an exchange rate and benefit from reduced transfer fees which could ultimately save them upwards of £1,000 on the overall cost of their wedding, not to mention a honeymoon or any additional travel requirements later in life.

They can also offer use of the service to their guests, for booking travel or accommodation, with guests spending an average of £700 to attend a destination wedding, savings could be significant for them too.

First-hand knowledge

27-year old Illy has built up a successful wedding planning business over the past four years, she created the business with a team who have first-hand understanding of the wedding planning process, something a bank or other foreign exchange might not appreciate.

Illy said,

“I got the bug to plan weddings when I had my own, but before that I had been happy working in the Foreign Exchange industry. When I realised that overseas weddings were on the rise within my own clientele, I began to understand the pitfalls that they faced with regards to sending money abroad. They either worried whether it was safe or didn’t realise they could lose out on transfer fees, often leading to more money being sent later down the line. It just seemed to click, and before long we launched a bespoke service just for the wedding industry.

The amount of interest we have had since launching in September has been phenomenal. We have ambassadors already in France and the UK and plan on rolling out the scheme across Europe and beyond. It is hugely exciting.”

So, what do you think? Would you use a dedicated wedding forex to make things easier? I’d love to find out.

 

*This is a collaborative post.*

Discovering Luxury in Goa

I have recently watched a TV programme that spoke about Goa a lot, it really got thinking about it as a possible holiday destination. I have a friend who visited for 3 or 4 years in a row, and always said how wonderful the idea is. I remember on her last trip she got engaged there and her engagement ring was designed especially for her while they stayed on the island. Fabulous big diamonds set in white gold, she said they could not have afforded to buy that ring here in the UK due to the high gold and diamond prices. So maybe you could consider a trip to Goa for popping the question?

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If you are not looking to pop the question on a fabulous island, then what about Goa would make a fabulous location for the most wonderful honeymoon. It has everything you could want to both relax in luxury but also get out around the island and explore the hidden gems the island has to offer.

Goa is no longer the island filled with back packers and their bars. Think luxury all inclusive hotels, white sand beaches stretching for miles, jungles, waterfalls and Hindu temples. There is a superb range of hotels in Goa, large resorts, luxury spa hotels, modern and more tradition ones, whatever you are looking for you can find it in Goa. 

Goa is spilt on to North and South and although they are both beautiful places to visits, they also offer different things. You just have to decide which part of the island matches everything you want from a luxury trip to Goa.

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North Goa

North Goa offers a variety, large beaches, night life, historic sites and it’s world famous Saturday Night Market. North Goa is has the largest of white beaches, that are awash with beach bars, sun loungers and valley ball games. The water sports are also really popular in North Goa, with jet skiing and parasailing being a must do.

The towns of Calangute and Baga are very popular destinations, with plenty of shopping and nightlife. You can find everything from ornaments and clothes various textiles.

South Goa

South Goa for me is the more relaxing place to visit. Beautiful white beaches, fishing villages and a much easier going feel. Not forgetting South Goa is more to more traditional cultures. Whitewashed churches and temples are dotted around the area. With biggest church is Asia located here, the Se Cathedral of St Catherine. Not forgetting the old fortresses that are scattered along the Arabian Sea, well worth a visit.

South Goa does not have the party feel that North Goa does, it offers a more relaxed friendly feel. With lovely beach side bars and great little local restaurants to try the fresh catch of the day.

It’s safe to say that whatever you are looking for, Goa is the perfect for it.

 

*This is a collaborative post.*