I’ll start this post with a no make-up / iceberg selfie. Something you should know about me, I’m all or nothing when it comes to make-up … I either have a full face or go fully feral. When traveling, I’m 95% of the time no make-up … Ain’t nobody got time for that.
After sharing my Norway posts, I wanted to try and get my Iceland trips on my blog because my obsessive brain couldn’t handle posting my new Iceland photos and them all being in the wrong order. I’ve visited twice in Winter and stayed for New Year’s Eve, then came back in the Summer and drove 2000 miles around the perimeter of the island.
I mulled over this for a few weeks and concluded that blogging about each thing we had done across our three trips there would take about 16 posts and be super photo heavy … There was just no way. Instead I decided I would pick my all time favourite moments from all our time in Iceland and share them. In no time at all I’ll be on my way back there for the fourth time to get married; The amazing times we’ve spent in this stunning country are a big part of why it’s the perfect place for us to wed.
Since I’ve been wearing an engagement ring I’ve had a hard time accessorising as my other rings and bangles -which tended to be gold- didn’t look right with the white gold. I began wearing a little bit of rose gold on my other hand and loved it, but finding the right accessories has been difficult as there’s never a huge selection of rose gold in the shops.
Enter jewellerybox.co.uk who kindly put together a perfect set for me, featuring delicate rose gold pieces with cute symbols.
I’ve enjoyed sharing some photos from my trip to Norway in 2014, but decided to combine the last few days in one post. Norway was so beautiful, I took literally hundreds of photos and picking ones to share for these posts has been hard as there are so many moments I loved.
If you read my make-up posts, you’ll be familiar with my love for mattes. I find myself always complaining that palettes could use a few more, so decided to fill out my collection with some versatile neutral shades -along with one cheeky shimmer which managed to slip through- from Makeup Geek.
Having seen the Northern Lights appear over Tromsø town, I was more eager to see them properly than ever. We drove towards the Swedish border, into woodland and away from light pollution. On the way to our intended destination we saw a green tinge appear in the sky, a band which seemed to stretch from horizon to horizon, so we pulled over.
Whilst the scenery of Tromsø was jaw dropping, I had assumed -wrongly- that we could spend all our time there walking and exploring. For a start, the mountains were not easily hiked on and whilst there were hiking paths, the cold and limited day light meant it would be pretty dangerous to take off on a long walk as we weren’t prepared for it. When it got dark, it was pitch black so wondering around outside wasn’t advisable and our hotel had literally no facilities, not even a restaurant.
This left us with more darkness per day than light and a lot of time on our hands. Northern Lights optimal viewing time was in the night, so we spent the afternoon and evening exploring Tromsø town. We only had one meal out, an average curry which cost £90 due to it being so expensive in Norway. We had to find other things to fill our time, one of my favourites being Polaria, the world’s most Northerly aquarium.
Lots of brands have recycle schemes which offer a great way to be greener whilst picking up some free stuff along the way. Whilst Spring cleaning I realised that I have an alarming number of empties, so I took them back to MAC And Lush to recycle and will be explaining how you can do the same, in this post.
Hands down, the best bit of planning a wedding for us has been designing our cake. We knew instantly we wanted Choccywoccydoodah to do it and traveled up to London pretty quickly to meet with our bespoke consultant Beth.
Now obviously things have changed a little since then, our woodland themed UK wedding is no more and we’re flying to Iceland instead, which has meant we got to work on three cake designs with two of Choccywoccydoodah’s talented and imaginative team.
I’ve loved every second of it, it’s the only aspect of wedding planning I will miss and I am counting down the days until I get to go to Brighton and see our cakes.
It’s been a bit of an adventure, so I wanted to blog about it before sharing a few snaps of our beautiful cakes after the wedding. Eek, I’m so excited!
After exploring Ersfjord we continued our drive around the coast, stopping on the side of the road to watch a pod of wild Orca whale swim through the fjord. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing at first, but we watched them happily swim for as far as we could see, before driving to the next spot we could pull over at to see them again, until they disappeared from view.
Since this time last year, one particular bath bomb has been a favourite, Frozen. I love a super glittery bath bomb and this one seriously delivers. It’s got an almost minty fresh scent and colours the bath an amazingly vivid blue.