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Find The Perfect Wedding Band Without Ever Leaving Your Sofa

Picking a wedding band that you know you’re going to love can be tricky. While all the experts recommend you do as much research as possible and try to go see your potential band play before you book them, we all know that’s not always practical for a busy bride and/ or groom-to-be!

Which is why I love websites like Bands For Hire, who not only list hundreds of bands and performers, but have their rates, the regions they cover and style very clearly listed as well as MP3s and videos of performances all in one place. So instead of having to find the time to go gigs of bands that might not even be what you’re looking for, you can find out all you need to know from the comfort of your sofa.

To get you started, here are some of my favourites!

If you like: The Jackson 5
Then you should book: The Oliver Soul Band

If you like: Elvis Presley
Then you should bookThe Flip Top Floozies

If you like: The Police
Then you should book: Life in Stereo

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How to Create the Perfect Wedding Playlist

If there’s one thing that makes a wedding go off more than anything else, its the right music. Hiring a killer band or fantastic DJ is a great idea, but if the entertainment budget is tight then a DIY playlist is the definitely the way to go! I’m sure many of you reading this are already planning to do that in fact which is why I’m thrilled to introduce you to My Wedding Songs today. Their aim is to make the job of compiling your perfect wedding playlist much easier – and it’s totally free to use!

Putting together your own wedding playlist can be a mammoth task, for an evening reception you’re probably going to need upward of 100 songs to keep the party going, but My Wedding Songs will make the process so much easier and quicker with their huge library of playlists.

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Eternal Beauty from the Inside Out AKA How I Transformed my Bleach Damaged Hair

Around five years ago, after way too much abuse from DIY bleaching, my hair was in a bad place. It was dry and brittle and wouldn’t grow past my shoulders before breaking off. Naturally, my hairdresser wasn’t impressed and helped me to see the damage I was doing to it through over-bleaching. If you’re partial to a splash of unnatural colour in your hair the chances are you can totally relate to this problem.

Fast forward to now and the difference is night and day. My hair is longer, stronger and so much softer. And I know it’s not just me seeing the difference, people are always asking on my Instagram how I manage to keep the bright colour without causing damage. Among the shopping list of tips I always give them is Xtend-Life’s Omega 3.

It was actually a friend who recommended this fish oil supplement to me and I first wrote about it in 2014 as a satisfied customer. This stuff literally transformed my hair in about six months and I’ve been a convert ever since. Here’s a quick before and after comparison of my hair for you to judge:

So, having used their products for five years or so I was super-interested to find out more about their new Eternal Beauty Collection – six solutions which promise to rejuvenate, strengthen, protect, repair and otherwise pamper you… from within! I could very easily spend all my money on all the latest beauty products and be very happy indeed. However, there’s really no point slathering ourselves in creams if we’re not taking care of what’s going on inside our bodies first.

The Eternal Beauty Collection, made up of six of Xtend-Life’s most popular products, is a daily supplement program complimented with some of their most popular topical skincare items. It’s specially designed to help support the healthy growth of hair and nails as well as promoting radiant skin and a strong immune system. As a bride-to-be, I reckon this is the perfect pre-wedding pamper kit for glowing skin, hair and nails (collagen and omega supplements). It even comes in a branded wash bag and saves you a whopping $40 over buying them individually!

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The Life Changing Power of Amazing Eyebrows: Getting Microbladed by Sian Dellar

By now you’ve probably already heard of, or even considered, having your eyebrows microbladed. A few of my friends have had it done and always raved about it, but I’d honestly never really considered it for myself.

I’ve always been pretty proud of my brows. Thankfully, I managed to swerve the over-plucked trend of the late 90s (due mostly to laziness than anything else!) so I didn’t think I really need it done. However when I was invited by Sian Dellar to try it out, I thought it would be a really interesting experiment.

Here’s what my browns looked like before, photographed with no extra brow products or make up…

My right brow was a little off-centre compared to my left making them look slightly asymmetrical, and they were a little far apart, but neither of these things massively bothered me. After all, they’re only brows right? Wrong! Since having this treatment done I can tell you that ‘on fleek’* brows make all the difference!

*OMG did I really just say that?

Here they are before with my eyebrows filled in. If you’re curious I use either the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz or the NYX Tame and Frame Pomade, which one depends how much brow-effort I want to make (ha!)

I arrived at Sian Dellar’s clinic, located at 1 Harley Street, and was met by the lovely Carrina, who was doing my treatment. After a quick patch test (a little scratch behind the ear, left for 15 minutes to see if there was any reaction) and we were ready to go.

I told Carrina I didn’t want anything too extreme, “Insta-brows” were definitely not my goal. I just wanted to see what difference a more subtle treatment might make. She then did all kinds of measurements before drawing a template on so I could see the shape she was aiming for to make sure I was happy with it. She suggested bringing them inwards a little, raising my arch slightly and extending them just a touch at the ends.

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The Rock n Roll Art of Good Gift Giving

You only need to do a quick Google search to realise that personalised gifts are ‘the thing’ right now, and with good reason. When it comes finding those one-of-a-kind items for your loved ones, there really is nothing more special than creating something that shows that you’ve thought about them specifically and picked something that they’ll really love.

But it can be difficult to get it just right. Here’s my top tips for creating a memorable and special personalised gift.

Start shopping now!
With everything that there is to do with planning a wedding, buying thank you gifts will enviably be left to the last minute. However if you start thinking about who you need to buy for NOW you’ll have lots more time to find something perfect.

Listening
The best way to figure out what kind of gift will be right for someone is to listen to them all year round. Truly awesome gifts generally do not just fall in front of you when you’re Googling “gift ideas for dad” the day before his birthday. It’s the thing that he’s mentioned in passing several times or that item he’s always going to visit when he pops into town.

Get personal
Candles, bottles of Champagne and silver necklaces all make lovely bridesmaid gifts, but you know what’s better? A personalised candle, a bottle of champers that comes in a keepsake box with her name on it, or a necklace with a charm that says ‘Thank you Sarah for being my bridesmaid’ on it.

These are the kinds of thing that are going to make the recipient feel special, like you were really thinking about them specifically when you picked out their gift.

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Rock n Renovation: Out With the Old, In With the New

There’s something about moving into a new home that makes you want to finally replace those things you own that have really had their day. You might have made do with the slightly past it sofa in your old house, but there’s nothing like a brand new setting to make you realise how desperately it needs updating.

Since moving in we have updated no less than three major things: Our saucepans (which we’d got as a wedding present nearly 10 years ago – definitely time to go!), my chest of drawers (my old, secondhand one really didn’t suit my very exacting plan for my office – ha!) and most recently, our mattress.

I’m a little embarrassed to admit that Gareth and I have only ever owned one mattress and we got it when we first moved in together, oh over 12 years ago! So when Guru Mattress got in touch and asked if we wanted to try out one of their memory foam ones, we jumped at the chance!

Their revolutionary “bed in a box” arrived this week, and after unpacking it and letting it air out for a few hours, we excitedly put it into our bed, ready to test it out.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like sleeping in a cloud? Well that’s what this mattress is like! Funnily enough in my former life (pre-Rock n Roll Bride!) I was a producer for a shopping TV channel and we sold A LOT of memory foam mattresses so I could bore you to death about all the features and benefits… But let me just say this, YOU WILL HAVE THE BEST NIGHT’S SLEEP OF YOUR LIFE.

Sleeping in memory foam is like your bed giving you a cuddle. It supports every part of you, moulding to your shape, and you don’t get any of the lumpiness that you can with the pocket sprung variety. The only problem is it’s REALLY hard to get up in the morning!

Another nice touch is they have removable, washable covers. Now, I don’t know about you, but I always find it kinda gross that you can’t really wash a ‘normal’ mattress!

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