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What Starting To Exercise Has Taught Me About My Mental Health

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Denial and terror, what a joyful combination… but they’re things I’ve been dealing with for a very long time. Oh my goodness, what’s been going on? You might ask. Has something really bad and difficult happened? Are you trying to do something no-one else has done? Is it something completely revolutionary and new?

Well actually, no.

For the past 32 years I’ve been completely petrified of any form of exercise.

As a teenager I passionately resisted physical exercise as much as possible. I was always the girl in PE with a note from home, opting to do extra maths lessons (which I also hated!) instead. But ANYTHING would be better than having to run around a field or, horror of horror, do team sports. I’m not sure if it stemmed from being badly bullied or if I was just lazy, but ever since then I’ve had a complete mental block on breaking out in a sweat.

Over the past few years I’ve been in pretty bad shape. I was drinking way too regularly and for the most part, hardly leaving the house unless it was to go to the supermarket (working from home is awesome, but it does have a nasty habit of turning you into a hermit). I started to think that maybe, maaaaybe, I should start doing some exercise… but I was scared of EVERYTHING to do with it.

I was scared of trying, scared of failing, scared that people would judge me, scared that other people in the gym would think I looked stupid, scared that I wouldn’t know how to use the equipment, worried I’d look fat in workout gear… The list just went on and on.

People have been telling me for YEARS that exercise will make me feel better, but I kept pushing it away. “Yeah maybe it works for you”, I’d think, “But getting all sweaty and out of breath sounds like hell to me”. It was easier to self-medicate my moods with things like alcohol and shopping…

But then one day back in March something strange happened. I was feeling sluggish, depressed, and like I’d just spent too much time in front of my computer. Gareth was in the next room getting ready to go to the gym so I called through (I was too embarrassed to even look him in the eye) and I tentatively said, “Erm, hey, I think I might want to come to the gym with you today.” That’s the even sillier thing, Gareth has been a dedicated gym bunny for 5+ years. He loves it and he looks GREAT, yet still I was so anxious about even telling him I wanted to give it a try.

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Win A Pair of Retro Inspired Shoes (& Matching Bag!) from Ruby Shoo

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Finding shoes that are cute, comfortable, quirky and affordable seems like a never-ending quest. That was, of course, until I discovered Ruby Shoo.

Known for their retro styles at a fantastic price point, these are the perfect shoes for Rock n Roll brides, Rock n Roll bridesmaids, Rock n Roll mother’s of the bride, Rock n Roll ‘I’m just popping down the shops and need something pretty on my feet’… You catch my drift, right?

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To celebrate the launch of their gorgeous new Spring/ Summer collection, one lucky reader is going to win a pair of shoes of their choice, and the matching handbag!

To enter, all you have to do is comment on this blog post and let us know which pair of shoes and bag you’d like and where you’d wear them first. YEP, IT’S THAT EASY!

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How to Get the Perfect Fit for your Wedding Dress

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A few weeks ago I was invited by wedding dress designer Caroline Arthur to attend her Perfect Fit Event at the picturesque Gate Street Barn near Guildford. The day was put on, not just to promote the amazing suppliers involved, but to share information to help educate brides about how to get the right fit for their wedding dress. This is something Caroline is super passionate about so it was so inspiring to see her in action. We even made a short film about it. I learnt so much too!

The room was set up like an enchanted garden, with spectacular flowers from Hannah Martin.

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Caroline’s British-made CoutureKit dresses and fabrics were set up at one end, and at the other was gorgeous lingerie from Guilt Lingerie, who were on hand to give brides great advice about what to wear under their wedding dress.

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Planning European Adventures with RoutePerfect

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It can’t have escaped your view that I travel a LOT these days. Sometimes for work but also often for fun too. Visiting and exploring new places is one of my favourite things to do. Ever.

Yet it can be pretty daunting to work out routes and itineraries, especially if you’re going to visit multiple cities in one trip. So I was totally over the moon when I discovered RoutePerfect. They take the hassle out of all the laborious research and comparing of options that can happen if you’re left to your own devices.

It’s basically an online planning tool that helps you create custom trip itineraries based on your travel preferences, budget and personal style. Not only can you explore options and prices, but if you book things through them you can even save up to 20% on many packages. Plus, booking everything all at once is such a time saver!

RoutePerfect is, well, perfect for those of you looking for honeymoon ideas, especially if you want to be your own travel agent or if you’re on a budget. Having everything sorted in advance really takes the hassle out of travelling too and all the information you’re going to need is saved in the one place. No more logging into multiple website to find your flight times, hotel bookings and car hire info!

Gala, Shauna and I are planning a trip to Italy and Greece later in the summer, so I thought I’d do some forward planning to show you just how easy the site is to use. I started by putting in our preferred starting point (Almalfi, Italy) and our final stop (Santorini, Greece). I then selected ‘friends’ (you can also choose ‘romantic, ‘family’ or ‘solo’) that we wanted a 14 day trip and that we were on a moderate budget.

After getting your result you can continue to customise to suit your needs. I selected public transport as none of us really like to drive when we’re abroad, that we’d like four destinations and that we prefer bigger cities. I was also able to put in that our preferences were great food over historic sites and culture, and that beaches wins over active pursuits! This was our final result.

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Wedding Gift List Inspiration: Alice Through the Looking Glass

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With the release of the new movie, Alice in Wonderland is a huge trend in weddings right now. The ‘eat me’ labels, playing cards and white rabbits are enough to transport you to Wonderland. Add in a few flamingos and mad hats and I’m sold.

Online gift list specialists Prezola has over 300 brands and 30,000 items for couples to choose from when creating a wedding gift list so of course there’d be plenty of inspiration when it comes to the new film. It’s a great way to continue with the theme in your home if tweedle-dum and tweedle-dee features at your wedding, or even if you’re just a fan of the stories. Channel your inner Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, and prepare to get wonderfully weird.

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To recreate the infamous Mad Hatter’s tea party, the Butterfly Bloom collection from Wedgwood is perfect and much like a fairytale. Complete with platters, cups and saucers, teapots, cake stands and even a strainer, it’s a gorgeous collection to make your official wedding china. We also love this Accessorize Home Comptoir Teapot, it’s a fun and kooky shape for a fantasy party, and I can almost picture a sleepy mouse popping out the top.

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Accessorize Home Comptoir Teapot, £19.99

Avenida Home actually feature scenes and characters from Alice in Wonderland in some of their products like these coasters, trays and placemats. I love this tea towel featuring a snippet from the original story, a great addition to any kitchen at an affordable price that your guests will love too!

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Avenida Home Alice in Wonderland Tea Towel, £15

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Introducing: Fat Pom Poms… Plus Win a Multicoloured Rainbow Pom Pom Headband!

Today I wanted to do something I have’t done for many years, to introduce you to a quirky new wedding supplier, but in the form of an interview. It was really fun to revisit this format of blogging and to pretend like I was a legit interviewer for a moment there!

Be sure to read to the end of the article too to find out how you can win the headband featured above in your choice of colours.

We all know I am obsessed with headwear, the crazier and more colourful the better, so I think it’ll come as no surprise that today I’m chatting to someone who makes gorgeous things to wear! Introducing Jess of the fabulously named Fat Pom Poms…

Can you introduce yourself to the Rock n Roll Bride readers. Who are you and what do you do?

Hello! My name is Jess and I own an accessories and decoration business called Fat Pom Poms. As the name suggests, it centres around the amazing world of pom poms! We make headbands, garlands, necklaces, earrings, wreaths… the list keeps growing!

Tell us a little about the process of working with you? How does it work and do you take on specific briefs/ commissions?

I mostly sell through Etsy and love working with each customer to find exactly the style they want. I welcome anything that paints a picture in my head – whether that be pictures, weird and wonderful descriptions or a theme! I also list previously made items on there which can all be remade with the same colours or customised to specific requirements!

What’s your favourite thing about running your own businesses and what are the biggest challenges?

My favourite thing about running my own business is that I have 24 hours a day to be creative and choose when I work and how long I work for. If I was stuck to a 9-5 schedule I think I would only get about 3 hours of work done a day! I definitely work better after lunchtime when my mind has been cleared of the day’s tasks such as going to the post office and putting my washing in! However this can also be my downfall as come 5 ‘o clock most friends have finished work for the day. Luckily I’m quite happy sitting inside making pom poms!

I also find one of my biggest challenges is keeping up with the business side of things. All I’ve ever wanted to do is create things for people to enjoy, so the serious side is not really my forte! I’m getting there though…. I think!

What are you most proud of in relation to your business?

I am most proud of how much I have improved from the first couple of headbands I made! I look back now and cringe, but at the time I was very happy with what I had achieved and now two years later I am amazed that I have stuck to this and made a business by myself, self taught and mostly from my bedroom!

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