Thursday, 20 November 2014

The Perfect Proposal? ❤

(Image from Pinterest - Edited by me)

"Will you marry me?" - Those four words that should mark an amazing moment in your life that you will cherish and remember forever and tell your children about etc... So naturally when you hear those words from your partners mouth, or if you are the one to pop the question you want everything to be just perfect!

I was recently asked, what is my idea of "The Perfect Proposal"? And I thought it would be fun to write about how I'd have liked this to happen if I was given the opportunity to choose exactly how everything happened! Just for the record, I got engaged in February this year, and you can catch up here on my wedding blog post series if you'd like?

First and most importantly, make sure this is something you have discussed and that it's something you both want for your future together! Personally I never have been and still aren't planning to ever get married. However, marriage is an important part of life for a lot of people, but you have to make sure it's something you both agree with and want.


The ring.
Whether you decide to go and pick out a ring together, or whether you're choosing a ring as a surprise - you need it to be good, really good! I think we would all love a massive Diamond ring on our finger for us to show off to our family and friends. But a diamond ring doesn't have to be ridiculously expensive. Chrisholm Hunter have an amazing range of Diamond Engagement Rings ranging from just £195 to a whopping £25,000 - so there's something for all budgets!! If I had the choice I would have chosen a simple 9ct Yellow Gold Solitaire Diamond Ring (for the record, my ring wasn't this... and it broke shortly after, so I don't even get to wear mine anymore).

Anyway... Material things ay? What really matters is the thought that goes into the actual proposal...

Public or Private?
Personally I've never liked my life to be public. I'm a very private person, so naturally I would want to be proposed to privately (which Ashley did - maybe a little too privately and casually though - won't go into details because he won't be very happy if he reads this!) I would have literally crumbled and died though if he'd asked me in front of a crowd of people in a restaurant or something.


The Location?

A lot of people say propose where you first met, but that would have been impossible considering it was on the car park at college, how romantic...Not! So... whisk them away on a romantic holiday - I would like just a countryside cottage holiday, here in the UK will be fine as long as the weather was nice! I would love to be proposed to in some Pinterest-worthy scenery, like the photo I featured at the top of this post that setup is so cute! - I should probably mention here that I would have liked some photos to be taken capturing the moment (so a photographer would come in handy) Maybe photographing you whilst the pair of you were out walking in the woods...holding hands... cuddling and kissing, and just being yourselves, you get the gist. And then a photograph of him getting down on one knee and popping the question and the surprised look on your face when he asks! I love photographs and this would be a great thing to have to look back on in years to come! (Just for the record, I don't have any photographs)

What would you be wearing? What would he be wearing?
As I would like to have photographs taken, maybe dress up a little wearing a cute dress, do your hair and makeup nicely, but still keep it as natural looking as possible. Not really bothered what he's wearing - whatever he feels comfortable in.

When would it be?
Popular times that people get engaged are public holidays and celebrations... i.e Christmas & Valentines Day. We actually got engaged on the day after Valentines Day. I hated this, because it takes away the fact that its YOUR special celebration. So ideally I would have liked it to have been on our dating anniversary... Which was only a couple of months ago on the 16th September we had been together 5 years... This would have been a much more unique and special time to propose... Anyway, yes, make it a memorable date for the two of you so that you can celebrate together in years to come, without other celebrations getting in the way!!

Hen Heaven took to the streets earlier this year and filmed a short video asking passers by what their idea of the perfect proposal would be. This made me laugh, so you might wanna check it out :)

So, there's my idea of my perfect proposal, what would yours be? 

Or, to put a twist on things... if you're engaged already - did your partner do well or what would you change? 

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Furniture Ideas To Maximise Use Of Space In A Small and Open Plan Home

Furniture Ideas To Maximise Use Of Space In A Small and Open Plan Home


Since moving into our first home one thing we've struggled with is finding furniture that will suit and fit the space we have. It is spacious but I feel that a lot of the space is wasted as it's all open plan. Anyway, I've found a few furniture items which I feel would help to maximise the use of small spaces and open plan homes and decided to put them together in a home wish list style post today...

I've been lusting after the Dunelm Toulouse White Dressing Table for absolutely ages! I really like the traditional detailing, and it is quite slimline - totally ideal for our small bedroom! Every girl should be able to get ready sat at a beautiful dressing table each morning!


For the living area, I'd really like a Sofa Bed! A sofa bed would be particularly handy for us because we only have one small bedroom, so if we had friends or family over we could convert the sofa into a bed for them. I do have my eye on both the Charcoal and the Brown colour - both could work with our living room decor, but you can see the full range here at Cookes Furniture.

Staying within the living area, we've already bought a coffee table and dining table from Ikea, in the Black-Brown shade which you can see some snaps of in My Home Tour Post. These Ikea Kallax Shelving Units (which can also be used as room dividers because they are finished all round) would be really handy to store DVD's, books, paperwork, folders, magazines etc! So a great storage idea! Not to mention you can buy some of the extras; drawer and door inserts, and Drona Canvas Storage Boxes to compliment the shelving.

I mentioned that we already have a dining table, but we do have a large empty floor space, which we could fill up with this cute circular Stowaway Dining Table! This would be handy for me to sit at to do my blogging, as I like to have a separate space, and also we can use the spare seats when we have guests round. This particular table is an unfinished oak, so I could always paint it to match the room. 

Also from Ikea I noticed these really cute Hemnes Shoe Cabinets - the doors pull down to reveal your shoes, not to mention they are really slim units so can easily be put in a hallway or something where you have a narrow space. It even has a small drawer at the top to put little bits and pieces in! I hate having shoes on show so this would be ideal for me.

Finally, our bathroom is pretty small, and storage for toiletries is very limited, and let me tell you...I have a tonne of toiletries! I've decided that the best way for us to maximise space in our bathroom is to fit a tall unit next to the bath/shower. I really like the style of this Manhattan Tall Boy Bathroom Unit from Argos. Its got a range of open shelves, and door unit, along with some wicker baskets to act as drawers. Perfect - and an absolute bargain! 

How do you use furniture to make the most of the space in your home?

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Debenhams Christmas Flower Bouquet Review + 40% off discount code!

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If theres one thing I will enjoy about the run up to Christmas this year, it will be making our new home feel more homely and Christmas-sy! Along with all the pretty lights, decorations and a beautiful christmas tree, you might also consider some Christmas Flowers

I recently received this stunning Designer Velvet Rose Christmas Flower Bouquet from Debenhams Flowers, and I couldn't wait to share it with you all! The bouquet is made up of a selection of pink deepwater roses, scented oriental lilies, red grandprix roses, along with berries and silver birch to give it a festive look!  I did wait just over a week for the Lilies to open up (our house is pretty cold so I think they were hiding away) for the photo's above. But as you can see, the flowers were still in excellent condition after this time - proving Debenhams seven day Flower Freshness guarantee!

The flowers arrived very well packaged and protected in a large, discreet black box, and the flower delivery is available on named day, 1 hour or pre-noon slots - so you're bound to find a date and time to suit you, or if you're ordering for someone as a gift, then this will be really handy to make sure they're at home to receive the delivery. There are also extra's to accompany the bouquets which include; a vase, chocolates, balloons, cake, teddy bears and bottles of wine - to make your gift extra special!

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