Life

Getting Closer!

Sorry for the absence of posts from me lately, things have been progressing with my visa application and it’s been taking up a lot of my time to get things organised. We finally have an interview date though! Yey! Unfortunately it’s not before our first anniversary, so that’s not so good :/ but we’ll still make the most of the day with synchronising a romantic meal with webcams and synchronising pressing play on a movie we will both rent to watch at the same time 🙂

Now that the interview date has been set, I have a little more time to be posting things on here because now we actually have a date to work towards. No more limbo! Not being able to plan ahead was horrible but now, I can plan 🙂 …and I’m sure it will sink in sometime later today just how much I need to get done lol!

So, posts coming soon. I have a great ice cream recipe I want to share with you all and a delicious soup, as well as a lovely pasta dish and some book reviews.

Life

Never Again!

Shopping for my Mom’s Mother-of-the-Bride outfit took more time and effort than looking for my wedding dress, I kid you not! lol!

Mom and I had been shopping together before but I don’t ever remember having this much trouble with it. To start with she wouldn’t try anything on. Not all clothes look great on a hanger and will look much better on an actual person, but trying to convince my mother of this was a really uphill struggle – even though she’s said to me before “You should try that on, things look better on a person and not a hanger!”

After several days (yes, DAYS!) of this I resorted to forcing her into changing rooms with armfuls of clothes, not all great clothes I have to say lol but it got to the point where I felt like she needed to get over this apparent fear of trying things on. We found some lovely clothes, but she still didn’t feel like she’d found the one, and I wasn’t going to force her to buy something she wasn’t 100% happy with. This was a one-off occasion after all 🙂

My best friend came with us on one of the trips and I turned to her and said “You take her, I’ve had enough!” lol but within 10 minutes she turned around and said “Take her back!”.

Eventually she did find a great outfit, and it was even in the sale which was a great find! It fitted her perfectly and she looked really pretty 🙂 It was a light blue (hinted towards turquoise) dress with a flare at the edge of the skirt, short sleeves with a floaty bit around the shoulders, and a long sleeved jacket. We teamed it with a mink/taupe coloured hat, bag and strappy shoes. She was really happy and I’m glad we kept at it to find her the perfect outfit. But… Never again! lol!

Life

Planning …& More Planning!

For anyone who doesn’t know, I had been planning my wedding since November last year (the wedding itself being on August 31st this year). So basically I had 9 months to sort it all out…only that isn’t really the case because everything BIG needs to be sorted out a loonnnngggggg way before the big day!

The venue was the first thing to be booked, and we settled on a lovely castle in Shrewsbury. Who wouldn’t want to get married in a castle, right? 🙂 We weren’t going to have a big wedding (although our first list of names came to around 100 people lol!) so it’s just a small castle, which sounds odd to say. So anyway, after flying back to England (from Italy) I went and viewed a LOT of venues. I wanted to make sure both my fiance and I had what we wanted for the wedding and with him not being in the country then I asked him beforehand if there was anything he really wanted. His reply was “Something outdoors”, which sounded good to me too. Simple, right? Wrong.

England has a crazy law where you can only get legally married in a permanent structure with a roof (that is licensed to perform weddings). So that quickly ruled out a lot of things – I had visions of being married in the woods or a forest somewhere, maybe even on a beach in Cornwall… I did my very best and even found somewhere that had purposefully built a glass-walled gazebo on a wooded island by a hotel, but they were very inflexible with the plans for the wedding day and it was clear that it would be very much their perfect wedding and not ours.

So I did a lot more hunting around, found some great places but nothing was totally perfect. By this point it was getting towards the end of November (we hadn’t decided on a date by this point, only that we wanted it Autumn-ish time in 2010) and I was so frazzled that I felt like booking it at the local Little Chef!

Long story short, I got it narrowed down to 2 places, showed my fiance and he immediately said the castle. So then I had to figure out a booking date that suited everyone! Who said weddings were easy to plan?! ..oh wait, noone. lol! We got lucky with the date because at first we weren’t offered any dates that worked well at all, but when I called again to say so the lady told me she had literally just put the phone down on a cancellation for August 31st! So I snapped it up 🙂

I made myself a list of things to do for the wedding and checked them off as quickly as possible (which wasn’t quick enough in some cases), but the one that kept nagging at me was that I didn’t have a wedding dress. I saw several that I liked, even went to my cousin’s house because she runs a bridal shop at home, but nothing screamed “That’s the one!” Well no, that’s a lie because very early in 2009, before we even got engaged, I had seen a gorgeous wedding dress displayed in a local shopping centre. I’d taken a photo of it at the time and spent AGES running around every wedding shop to find out what it was and where to get one. It turned out to be discontinued, so nowhere had one, and also a lot of money – I tracked one down on a site similar to ebay but it was several sizes too small and several 0’s too expensive!

In the end though that was all a blessing in disguise. I made a decision that my mind needed to be made up, and a dress paid for, by the end of The National Wedding Fair at the NEC in March this year. I got there the minute it opened and was there until the minute it closed. Mom and I looked at EVERY dress in there (no exaggeration) and my arms felt like I’d been in the gym for days on end – wedding dresses weigh a ton!! I had it narrowed down to 2 dresses and the store lady was kind enough to give me and my Mom free passes to come back in the next day so I could sleep on it and make my mind up without panicking and rushing. So we went back the next day, still not sure, and I did my best to try them on (one was 1 size smaller than me, the other was TINY!) and came to a unanimous decision on a Ronald Joyce dress (pics to follow in another post).

After that it felt almost like a blur, the months flew past and I was having stressful freak outs more often than I wanted :/ It’s a hell of a stressful time, planning a wedding, but it all got done in time for my fiance and his family flying over from America.

I’ll talk about the day itself in another post because I think this mini-novel is long enough hehe and I’m starting to get quite sleepy.

Life

Who Knew?!

Well, it’s been way too long since I’ve had time to sit down and actually write anything! The run up to the wedding has been more than hectic – who knew planning a wedding was so much work! 😉

There are quite a few things I want to talk about though and I want to do them in order, so I’ll try and do a bit of a mass-posting session this weekend and get things in order, ending with the wedding (yey!!!) and honeymoon, maybe some photos too – I got some great sunset shots!

Everything

A Woman’s Prerogative

I’ve had a bit of a re-think since my first post (yes, a long time ago now!) and want to do a bit more with this blog than I originally thought.

There are products, events and other things that will interest the modern woman and I am still going to write about those. But I find that some days I want to write about things that have happened to me that day, things that don’t really fit into any kind of review category but still something I think will be of interest.

So I’ve changed my mind from the initial thoughts for this blog, although not too drastically 🙂 I think having something more settled in my mind will help me to write here more too, also I have a second blog that I started at the beginning of this month to follow my plight of weight loss before my wedding in 6 months!

Everything

Welcome!

Welcome to the Modern Woman’s blogger! I’m going to be using this site to talk about different things that will interest all of us modern women who don’t always have the time to do a lot of research on new products, trends, technology, or to find something simple but elegant to cook for ourselves, friends and family.

At the moment, the blog categories will fall into one of the following 4: Beauty, Fashion, Technology, Food and Drink. I will make sure each post is labeled with one of those tags (as well as the name of whatever item/items I am talking about) so that it’s easy to find relevant information that you’re after – that is my main aim here, to make things simpler and quicker to find information and reviews on the items that interest a modern woman the most.

I am currently also planning my wedding, which will be happening late next year, so from time to time I will post about that too with some tips and tricks I discover along the way! To keep track of that progress just check for anything containing the tag: Wedding.

I hope you all enjoy the blog and find it as enjoyable to read as I know it will be for me to write!