Borrowed and Blue Design – Wedding Stationery Review

When planning your big day I think a wedding invitation is important. Unless you are sending out save the date cards it is the first snippet of your wedding theme that your guests get to see.  I feel like they set the scene for your wedding. There are so many wedding invitation suppliers out there that finding the perfect one isn’t always easy.

Having a recommendation is important, or even finding someone who will send out sample packs for you. Even if you have to pay a small fee, I would highly recommended doing this. Having the sample means you are able to see what the quality is like before placing a large order, and it not meeting your expectations.

I recently came across Borrowed and Blue Design over on twitter. An on-line wedding stationery shop. Designed and owned by Hayley, a professional graphic designer, who kindly offered to send me out a couple of her sample packs to have a look at.

Borrowed and Blue Design stock an ever growing range of house designs. The popular house designs are all personalised for you, with some changeable elements. There is also a bespoke service, designing wedding stationery that is completely customised for you. I was sent two different styles. Both quite different from the other.

Midsummer Bloom

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This beautifully floral design was the one that caught my attention on Twitter. It all arrived bound with twine. Pretty red, pink and peach shades of roses and peonies. The quality of these cards can be felt straight away. They are slightly textured, which gives a vintage vibe. Set as a square invitation and save the date cards. They arrive with vintage feel unbleached kraft envelopes. The pretty invite arrives with bound with lovely twine and a ‘you’re invited’ tag. In addition there are RSVP cards and matching envelopes, making sure your guests can easily reply.

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I really like this design, I can see it fitting in with almost any wedding that has floral vintage feel. Perfect for summer weddings. With prices starting from just £0.45, you are able to mix and match the different elements to suit your wedding style and budget.

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Chic Celebration

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Chic Celebration is a more chic, contemporary design and colour way. Peach shades with copper tints throughout and geometric patterns. It’s an eye catching glamorous style that really works well together. The quality is of Chic Celebration is beautiful, printed on to pearlescent card, with a smooth finish. All coming together with a pretty peach coloured ribbon. Chic Celebration comes with plain white envelopes which makes the invitations really stand out.

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I love that it gives a timeless feel to your wedding stationery. However, if the colours are not quite how you would like them, then it can be changed to match your wedding colours. With the prices starting from just £0.70 for the ‘you’re invited’ tags. Again, you are able to choose the elements that work for you and for your wedding.

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Bespoke Design

Hayley at Borrowed and Blue Design also offers a wonderful bespoke service allows you to create a design that is personal and unique to you. Hayley will work with you every step of the way to help design the perfect stationery that meets all of your requirements. Using the bespoke service means that you have a blank canvas to work from. The colours, the fonts, the design. All the way down to the finer details, like the ribbon or the envelope liners. You get everything possible with this wonderful service.

Borrowed and Blue Design are offering my lovely readers a discount of 10% off your order, just use the code Champagne10 at check out.

*Thank you Hayley for sending me these beautiful Wedding stationery samples, as always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Make your home more guest-friendly with these design tips

If you’re someone that regularly invites guests over, then you’ve probably already made some adjustments to your home that focus on making it feel more welcome. Perhaps it’s extra storage space and coat hangers for visitors, maybe you’ve spiced up the guest bathroom to make it more inviting or maybe you’ve gone as far as to include some hotel-like extras in your guest room. Either way, making your home more inviting can easily be done with the right help.

Fix up any cracks and chips in your home

Whether it’s repainting the living room walls or stitching up a hole in the upholstery of your sofa, make sure you repair all the little bits in your home that need a bit of updating. It’s important to try and keep the quality of your home consistent all throughout, and starting with simple repairs and fixes is a good way to put the focus on detail.

Change your sofas

You don’t have to throw out your existing sofa, but if you want to make your home more inviting to guests then you’re going to need a larger area for your them to lounge in. You can get more armchairs, you can get a larger sofa that comes with an additional ottoman or you could open up the living room area to make it feel more spacious. One of the important design tips here is to try and keep a consistent colour scheme and theme across all of your seating arrangements. This is because you don’t want armchairs or sofas to look different or stand out, you want everything to have a similar colour palette so your guests don’t feel like an armchair or section of your seating arrangement is reserved or personalised.

Make better use of an open-plan kitchen

If your kitchen and living room are in the same room, then make use of it as a social area. Get some leather bar stools to encourage your guests to sit at your breakfast table and interact with you while you fix up some drinks or cook food for them. You don’t want them to stand around and get in your way while you cook and you don’t want to force them to stand up either.

Get rid of clutter in your home

Guests want to feel like they’re not intruding too much, so if you place lots of personalised items on the tables or fill the sofas with little decorations and extras, then it’ll be hard for them to find a place to sit down or put their things. Open up your home a little more by decluttering it as much as you can. You’ll find that the clearer your home is, the more inviting your home will be to your guests. No one wants to walk into a messy room either, which is something that could put off guests from visiting again in the near future. Clean your home bit by bit and you’ll find it’s fairly easy to keep it clear of clutter.

 

Son of Steak – Join the Steak revolution

“Steak doesn’t have to be snazzy and expensive. It should be simple. It should be beautiful. And it should taste great, no matter what”

This is what new newly opened steak house in Nottingham believes. I was recently invited to an event at Son of Steak, a relaxed and casual dining style restaurant in the city centre. With an industrial feel, their relaxed style is perfect for my Hubby who loves a great steak but also likes not to feel the need to get overly dressed up to go out. Unfortunately he was unable to join me for the evening, so it was the perfect chance to take my bestie along with me.

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The Drinks

We arrived to be greeted with a Mojito, and a great Mojito it was too. Made with Bacardi and on tap. Son of Steak are proud to be the first place in the UK that sells a ‘Taptail’ so all they have to do is add ice, lime and mint. No waiting around for these tasty cocktails to be made. There is also a full menu of different drinks, wines, beers and spirits, something for everyone.

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For the non alcoholic drinker they have a daily hand-mixed soft drink as part of their unlimited drinks offer. We had a pink lemonade with basil. It was really refreshing and not too sweet. Of course there is a selection of other soft drinks, which are on the refill drinks offer. The lovely FireFly drinks are sold here, plus various hot drinks.

The Food

During the event we were treated to samples of the menu. Starting with with salads, a lovely raw salad with a ginger and pineapple dressing and a delicious avocado and caesar salad.

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Out came a large selection of side dishes. Flat mushrooms, crispy onion loaf, house ‘slaw all from the standard menu. At £2.25 each or on a 3 for 2 offer. On the Gourmet menu there was crushed sweet potato, creamy béchamel spinach, grilled halloumi, mac ‘n’ cheese and roasted veg sprinkled with zatar all £2.80 each.

The mac ‘n’ cheese was a massive hit, with everyone going back for more. I loved the sweet potato and the creamy béchamel spinach. They are something a bit different to the normal side dishes you can get in most restaurants.

My favourite items came out next the BAO Buns, which is fairness I had never seen or heard of before. However, they looked delicious and tasted even better. If you, like me have no idea what a BAO Bun is, well it is a Taiwanese street food. They come filled with crispy vegetables, cucumber, and a choice of chilli, soy and yakiniku sauces all sprinkled with sesame seeds. Not forgetting your choice of filling. We had steak in ours, because it was so thinly cut it was well cooked. I like my steak well done and this perfect for me. I can’t wait to go back with my hubby and enjoy a BAO bun all to myself, I think I would opt for the pulled chicken.

The Steaks

“Forget the the fuss… focus on the flavour”

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The Son of Steak’s iron steaks and chips, started off the selection of steaks we were treated to. The steak was all served medium rare. As I mentioned earlier I don’t eat steak unless it is well done. I know, I know, no chef wants someone like me ordering a great cut of steak and wanting it well done. Anyway, I was told that it was soft juicy and tasted amazing.

Followed by more steak. This time Lomito and Picanta steaks, both 8oz, both cooked in a charcoal oven served with a pinch of salt. Lomito is a cut from the tender part of the rump, while the Picanta comes from the top part of the rump. Again these were served to us medium rare and rare, so I didn’t try any. However the men around the table happily munched their way through a fair amount, so my guess it is it tasted great.

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There was also a selection of burgers and charcoal cooked chicken for us to try as well. The burgers arrived served on sesame buns with a burger sauce, lettuce and tomatoes. Really just a standard burger, they were the least enjoyable item of the night. When you have so many other fabulous things to try, they just didn’t meet the standard of the rest of the food. However, the chicken was succulent, tasty and I would quite happily have eaten more of it.

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The Puddings

Son of Steak have a limited dessert menu. A bottomless fat free frozen vanilla yogurt with various sauces. A chocolate chip cookie and a chocolate chip cookie with freshly pipped chocolate mouse, which we sampled. I have to say it seemed a little odd to me, quite a childish style dessert, however it tasted amazing. A light fluffy, chocolatey mouse, yum! That is all they have, 3 different dessert options. Maybe they could offer some other bits. I mean who doesn’t want a big slice of chocolate fudge cake?

Son of SteakI really enjoyed going to Son of Steak and trying samples of almost everything on the menu. It was a great setting with lovely relaxed feel to the venue. Next time I head into the city, I shall be taking my Hubby for a steak, cooked rare for him and a BOA Bun with pulled chicken for me, along we a couple of tasty mojitos.

*Thank you Son of Steak for inviting me to your event. All thoughts and options are my own*