A parenting & lifestyle blog written by Claire Chircop.

Lifestyle | I've Said Yes... Now What Do We Do.

Forget Christmas, in our house this really is the most wonderful time of the year!... We're wedding planning!

It's inevitable, once you get engaged, you're gonna get hit with a million and one questions. For example, when are you're going to get married, where you're going to get married, how many bridesmaids are you going to have, what's your theme going to be. Gahh! You name it.. I've been asked it... And truth be told, it's really fricken overwhelming! Especially for someone like me who hadn't necessarily given getting married a second thought.

I'm not one of those girls who dreams about getting married, my parents aren't married, and to me it's not the be all and end all. However when Dan presented me with a breathtaking diamond ring & said those four little words, 'will you marry me?' I couldn't contain my emotions. Through shock, tears and laughter I said yes! And here we are today, I've said yes... Now what the heck do we do.

We've only just gotten into the swing of things, starting our wedding planning & here's a few tips we've picked up along the way.

Seek advice from people who've been there.
We have a couple of married friends, so of course, it seemed only natural to gravitate towards them and seek the advice from people who'd been there, done that & bought the veil. It was interesting discovering how the brides prioritised, especially at the beginning when you don't really have a clue where to start. What was even more interesting however was finding out what they would have done differently! I've really enjoyed taking time out and discovering more about my friends special days, and have found their advice really has been priceless!

If you look at my Pinterest, you'll probably think I'm a complete bridezilla, but I'm not, I swear! What I am however, is a massively creative person. In fact we both are! And being able to visualise our perfect day through the powers of the internet has been amazing.

Invest in a Wedding Planning notebook.
Luckily my sister bought Dan & I a Wedding planning book when we got engaged & it's been our holy grail. The notebook sections every aspect of your wedding into manageable chunks, completely taking the stress away from the bride and groom to be. The book we have notes down literally everything... Even the things that you hadn't thought of!

Creating a guest list.
Possibly one of the most difficult tasks we've had to do! Basically, noting down who makes the cut and who doesn't. It's cut throat, but it's one of those jobs that needs to be done early on as it paves the way for the rest of the wedding... In particular when considering your Wedding budget (don't even get me started on that) and venue.

What's important to you.
You can look on Pinterest for as long as you like and discover the most amazing weddings, but at the end of the day if it's not you, then don't force it. This one should be an easy one, but discuss what makes you as a couple and how you can incorporate that into your wedding... And remember, it's your wedding so you can do whatever the hell you like!

We're actually going to a Wedding fayre at the weekend so I'm sure there'll be more Wedding based posts coming, so watch this space & I hope you enjoy my journey to becoming Mrs Chircop!

Any other hints or tips, by all means throw them my way!


Beauty | Current Autumn Beauty Favourites.

So I said it! Now we're in September, it's officially Autumn,and I for one absolutely love it! There's a couple of things I love about Autumn, mainly the copious amounts of Hot Chocolate it's now socially acceptable to drink, getting cosy in front of the fire with a blanket, Autumn fashion & of course Autumn beauty.

God knows we never really get a Summer in the UK do we, so I've been filtering a few of these products into my beauty routine for a little while now. There will of course be many more changes to come within my beauty routine however today I wanted to chat you through five of my current faves.

In recent weeks, I've been reintroducing the Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar blush palette back into my life, purely because it's the most versatile blush palette I own. Even though my skin tone is quite fair, I find myself being able to use all the shades across this palette as it contains both matte contour shades and shimmery highlights too. I particularly love using the white highlight under my brow bone & on the inner corners of my eyes.
On my lips I've been using the Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub, which is an absolute Autumn/Winter staple of mine. My lips get horribly dry as soon as the weather gets colder & this alongside the Body Shop Lip Scuff are my holy grail products. The only reason I've favoured the Lush version is beacuse the scent is so darn delicious.. If you're into sickly sweet scents like me, then this lip scrub is going to be right up your street.
Of course we all love a dark lip as soon as the seasons change, it's almost like an unwritten rule. A shade I've been reaching for is Revlons Rich Raison Frost which is a perfect transitional red berry toned lipstick. The formula of Revlon lipsticks are one of my favourites & it's always the first beauty counter I go to when I'm on the lookout for a new shade, and for me this one is perfect!
I've been upping my skincare routine recently too & one product I've recently discovered, and have fallen hook like and sinker for is the Rodial Dargon Blood Hyaluronic Tonic. A quick spritz of this on my fave on both a morning and a night has massively made a difference to my skin & one I'm not going to be letting up now it's getting colder.
Something I'm sure we all like to pack on to our bodies when the weather turns colder is a thick heavy moisturiser and my favourite by far is the Soap & Glory Righteous Butter. It's been a firm favourite of mine for such a long time now, I really haven't met a heavy duty moisturiser I've prefered! I still need to see what all the fuss is about with the Diamond Righteous Butter, but if it's predecessor is anything to go by I bet it's amazing,

Are you ready for Autumn? What are your favourite Autumn beauty products?