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Honeymoon Travel Guide: The Maldives Part 2 – Faarufushi

After our time at Kurumba I wasn’t sure how the next resort would be able to top it but MY GOODNESS were we in for the shock of our lives. Faarufushi is the newest five-star resort in the Maldives and is located in the less developed and wonderfully remote part of the Raa Atoll. To get there it was a 35-minute internal flight from Malé (to the smallest airport I’ve ever seen!) and then a 15-minute speedboat over to the small coral island of Faarufushi itself.

We arrived and were immediately speechless. I have stayed in some pretty nice places in my time but I don’t think anything comes close to what we were greeted with. From the service, the staff, the food and the surroundings, it was just beyond anything I ever thought I’d get to experience. As we stepped off the speedboat and onto the jetty, we literally gasped a what we saw. The island smells of beach gardenias and there’s also wild ginger, Ficus Benghalensis (locally know as ‘Nika’ which is the name of the Faarufushi spa!) and of course, an abundance of picture-perfect coconut palms.

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Rock n Renovation: Our Bathroom Reveal (Kinda) and Win £200 to Spend with Soak.com!

Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. I don’t think I truly understood the poignancy of this quote until we started our home renovations. EVERYTHING takes longer than you expect. EVERYTHING costs more, EVERYTHING is more complicated than you think it’ll be and every time you feel like you’re making significant progress life throws a curve ball or another challenge at you and oh look, the bathroom is still not finished!

Here you can see what the room looked like in October, before we started the work. Now, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve been able to share any updates because, quite frankly, there’s been nothing to show. Progress has been slower than a sloth at a spa day, but finally, FINALLY we’re very nearly there. Nearly there enough to show you some photos of how it’s looking anyway!

At first, I really wanted to hold out until it was actually finished/ perfect/ Insta-worthy but HONESTLY, I actually feel like it’ll be much more interesting for you guys to hear about the realities of doing a project like this completely DIY and when you have a business to run at the same time!

IT IS A LOT.

For those of you who don’t know, we’re attempting to renovate our house with as little outside help as possible. Unless we physically (or legally!) HAVE to hire tradesmen, we (read: Gareth) want to do it entirely by ourselves. This isn’t just because of the money we’ll save but for the satisfaction of doing it! Gareth in particular is super handy with DIY stuff, and a brilliant YouTube learner (seriously, he’s taught himself to plaster, plumb, replace joists and fit a kitchen just with Google and YouTube as his guides). I’m now a most excellent painter and decorator, although I’m yet to master wallpapering. Maybe next year!

Obviously, this has its downsides. Things take a long time and sometimes things have to get put on hold while life happens… but, for us anyway, we know it’s going to be totally worth it.

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Honeymoon Travel Guide: The Maldives Part 1- Kurumba

I’ve been sat, staring at a blank Word document for a good half hour or so wondering how I can put into words the experience of our recent adventure in the Maldives. Writer’s block is REAL when you have so much to say but you’re not quite sure how to adequately put such an incredible experience into words… The Maldives has been on my vision board for years so actually being able to go there… I mean wow, how did we get so damn lucky!? The whole trip was so magical, so perfect, and so relaxing that it almost feels like it was a goddamn wonderful dream.

Gareth and I were invited by Universal Resorts to experience two of their locations, Kurumba and Faarufushi. Completely different from each other but both equally amazing, Kurumba was actually the very first resort to open in the Maldives (47 years ago!) and Faarufushi opened just a month ago, so we really did get to have two very different experiences.

This holiday was a real once in a lifetime experience for us (although I really hope we get to experience something like it again!) The Maldives is the PERFECT place to escape to after you’ve had a busy or stressful time, making it the ideal honeymoon spot for those of you who just want to kick back and relax… in the most stunningly beautiful and luxurious surroundings!

Today I’m going to start by sharing Kurumba with you. Later, I’ll be covering Faarufushi and after that I’ll be doing a more general post about the Maldives to answer all the questions I’ve received during this trip – things such as transport and transfers, food, activities/things to do, and of course, the big one everyone wanted to know – the cost!

We arrived at Male airport after a long journey from the UK (seven hours to Dubai then four down to Male) and were greeted by a Kurumba team member at the airport. Other than being told “They’ll arrange everything for you” we really didn’t know exactly what the transfers between resorts would entail, but I’m pleased to report everything was smooth sailing! The great thing about Kurumba is that it’s just a ten-minute speed boat ride from Male airport, which is perfect if you’re exhausted from your long-haul journey. The idea of getting on yet another flight as soon as we arrived was not something I would have been too thrilled about! The location also makes it great for anyone travelling with kids. If, like us, you’d like to visit a couple of different resorts on your trip, Kurumba really is the ideal place to start due to its location and the fact that so much is included for you, so you really don’t have to think about or organise anything before you arrive (more on this below). We were greeted with coconut sorbet and cold flannels at check in, and after a short lounge by the pool while we waited for our room to be ready, we were golf-buggied to our villa.

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Revamp, Restyle, Reveal: Our Cosy, Dark Snug!

One of the most stressful, yet satisfying, house projects we’ve done so far is our kitchen which we did last summer in just a month (!) as part of an interior’s challenge called Revamp, Restyle, Reveal. For those of you who missed it, here’s the drill: A group of sucker-for-punishment bloggers + a selection of generous sponsors + a room of our choice + four weeks to make it over = a fuck load of unexpected stress, a ferociously active group chat and a whole heap of fun!

We swore afterwards we’d never put ourselves though something like that again… But then the Revamp, Restyle, Reveal babes only went and invited us back to take part in the 2019 edition and one of the sponsors was only bloody West Elm. I mean, we just couldn’t say no!

We decided to give ourselves a slightly less taxing room this time, and chose to do our snug (living room/ front room/ sitting room/ den for those of you less pretentious than us – haha!) The only BIG thing that really needed sorting was the joists under the floor. They were all rotten and needed replacing, but Gareth had already done this in our other reception room so we were pretty confident that it wouldn’t be too difficult. OH, HOW WRONG WE WERE (laughs/ cries in equal measure). There were also some cracks that needed to be filled and a fireplace to be stripped but other than that it was all basically just decorating… EASY… Right!?

Well my friends, I take it all back. It may have been Easy Street in theory but as we’ve come to learn these things are NEVER as straightforward as you think they’ll be. First of all, our bathroom project had run over, meaning Gareth was attempting to tackle both rooms at the same time. That lasted about a week until he finally admitted defeat and we decided we’d just have to do without our dream bathroom being finished until Revamp, Restyle, Reveal was over.

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Alternative Wedding Ring Idea: Wooden Rings!

Emma Case Photography

The rings can be a pretty costly part of the wedding planning process, but for many alternative couples, it’s not actually the price that holds them back from going down the diamond/ gold/ platinum route. If I know one thing more than anything else, it’s that Rock n Roll couples would rather wait to find something a bit more unique and something that feels much more ‘them’. After all, you gotta wear this thing for the rest of your life, it’s almost as much commitment as a tattoo, so you want to get it right!

Despite getting more and more popular, its still quite tricky to find really good quality wooden wedding rings, which is why I wanted to share some of my favourite finds from woodenrings.com with you today.

Rainbow layered Wooden Ring

Honduran Rosewood Turquoise Wooden Ring Bentwood

Rosewood and Birch Wood Ring Bentwood

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Rock n Roll Bride x Little Mistress: The Bridesmaid Collection!

This week was the grand reveal of the Rock n Roll Bride x Little Mistress bridal collection and WOW! Thank you for all your excitement and orders! We have been BLOWN away by the feedback. I cannot wait to see how you style the gowns for your wedding day! You may have noticed as you looked thorough the collection that there are also five bridesmaid dresses available too and today, I wanted to showcase these for you. After all, it’s all well and good you feeling like a fierce mama on your wedding day, but your best babes have to as well!

The thing I LOVE about this collection is just how wearable every single dress is. The dresses are flattering for lots of different body shapes and sizes and there’s a variety of styles and lengths to (hopefully!) keep even the pickiest ‘maid happy. Instead of restrictive zips and tight-fitting tops, we’ve opted for more floaty, comfortable styles, with many of the dresses having a stretchy smock back meaning there’s a lot more give in the size range. PLUS, it makes the dresses super, duper comfortable to wear.

Mix and match is the name of the game here, after all, it’s unlikely that everyone will have the same tastes, body shapes or colour preferences. We wanted to be able to offer a range of bridesmaid dresses, in a coordinating colour palette, that would all work together. We are launching with three colour options. Each dress comes in either jewel blue (which is a beautifully bright green/ blue colour), navy or fiery coral (a stunning orange-based red) and we will be adding more colours soon so do let me know if there’s any others you really want to see!

These dresses are lovingly and ethically created in India and each dress is available from a UK size 8-20!

Iris

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