Wedding Guest

Being a wedding guest is actually so stressful! Especially when it’s in a different town. I mean not only have I got plan what to wear, how to do my hair and what shoes to wear; I have to also plan accommodation and transport. Thank goodness, I am not the bride .. I would be a major Bridezilla.

So I’m attending a wedding Mid August as my cousin is getting married. The church ceremony is in Reading and the reception is a half hour drive away in a fancy hotel.

The outfit

Okay, so being a female my first thought is what to I wear. Actually this thought also guided me to another thought, I probably should loose some weight? It’s defiantly helps having a goal, for weight loss. Now I’ve lost the initial weight, I was ready to order my dress 3 weeks before the wedding. I trolled through website after website, I looked in Next, Missguided and New look. Do I go extra, so I go sophisticated, do I go summery.. what if it rains. Eventually ( 2 weeks into looking) I found a light lilac, off the shoulder, sweat heart cut midi dress that I thought could be the one. I ordered it from Boohoo.com and had it delivered the next day. I loved the colour when I opened it, and I tried it on and it fit great! It was maybe even a little to big for me ( which is good because I always order the same dress size on boohoo.com)

The Nails

I had my nails done a few days before the Wedding. I had Almond shaped weddings, with purple Sheelac and Chrome over the top.

The Hair

So the day before the Wedding! I have visit Pretty Please in Hove ( where I get all my blow drys done) They have washed my hair, and pinned it up! I’m to sleep with the pins in, for my hair to bed ready for the BIG day ( My cousins Big day, I’m sound like its mine)

The Accommodation

This was complicated! So the wedding ceremony is in Wedding but the Reception is in a different town. So I have booked the Premier inn, in Reading by the oracle (£52 a night) for the Friday. Then on Saturday, I’ve book The Bird Hand Inn which is where the reception is! ( so I can get drunk and stumble back to me hotel) and finally I’ve booked the Premier Inn ( again) so that I’m back in Reading as my family live around the corner! NIGHTMARE! But I do think this is the easiest way to do it!

Pre Wedding Eve

It’s the day before the Wedding! Today so far I’ve worked until 1pm, had my hair done and it’s now 3pm. I’m almost finished packing but I’ve taken up 2/3 of the suitcase because I couldn’t decide what make up to bring, so I’ve brought all my pallets! ( not sure where my boyfriend stuff is going to go woooops) I’m waiting for Tony to finish work, so we can get on the road!

On Our Way

4:30pm and we are on our way! There is lots of of traffic, so we are taking the country roads! It takes us a while to get there and we arrive at 6:30pm at the Premier inn by the Oracle in Reading. Time to get ready for some dinner in the hotel, I’m looking a bit crazy with my pinned up hair.

Wedding Day

It’s the Big day ( For Sam and Ashley). We woke up at 8am, and got changed into some comfy clothes for breakfast in the hotel. The breakfast wasn’t that nice, as it was a little greasy for my liking. I enjoyed a Costa Cappuccino and a glass of fresh Orange juice.

Once our bellys were full, it was time for a hot shower and a hour and half to do my make up. For my make up I used my Huda Beauty Rose gold edition for my eye shadow, my Revolution baked bronzing Pallet and my usual make up. I actually did my eye shadow first, as I knew it was going to be quite heavy. Then cleansed my face , before doing the rest of my make up. Once, finished I unpinned my hair and I was ready to go.

My Dress is from Boohoo.com, and it’s a Sweet Heath cut, midi dress. I wore my black scrappy block heels from Primark and my Envelope clutch from New Look.

Once, I was ready ( and took a few selfies) we got in the car to pick up my Auntie Lizzy before driving to the church.

Church Ceremony

The wedding Ceremony started late ( which is typical for a wedding) The Church was beautiful with Tall stained Glass Windows. The church was were my nanny and Grandad for married many many years ago. The Ceremony was lovely and the priest made lots of jokes keeping us entertained throughout.

The Hotel

We checked into the bird in hand Hotel after the Ceremony and freshened up. My dad went in a separate car and managed to sneak KFC into our room! We were all greeted with Pimms and sat outside in the Sunshine. The Hotel was super cute!!!

The Food

Unlike most weddings, the sit down meal was a BBQ!! I Had a hot dog, a burger and lots of salad. I also discovered that the American mustard I had smothered my food in was actually spicy French mustard. The puddings were a miniature selection and were very delicious.

The Toast

I must of been tipsy at this stage because I kept joking that they were going to give us roast, rather then us doing a roast. I realised this wasn’t the case when we were all handed a glass of wine. Lucky my dad and Tony didn’t like there’s, so after I drank there’s too.

The Party

Our tummies were full, our livers were saturated with alcohol and we were ready to boogie. There was lots of R&B tunes for me to dance too.

Bars Closed

At 11pm it was last orders but we were not ready to go to sleep yet. We decided to have an after party. It was the Bride, The Groom, my cousin, their friend, Tony and myself that carried on through. The Hotel told us off for drinking downstairs, so we drank our champaign in the car park. ( classy but fun)

It was safe to say we were all pretty drunk at the wedding. I had consumed Gin, wine and champagne ( I won’t even tell you about my hangover) I thought it was a good idea, to tell everyone to go for a family breakfast at 9am the next day. When i woke up, it didn’t think it was such a good idea.

Overall

It was a great Wedding! So lovely to see my family old ( 13 years I haven’t seen some of them for) that had travelled from America. It was amazing to drink with my cousins, and I’ve actually invited them for a night out in Brighton.

Road Trip

I love exploring! Especially after exploring Thailand, I discovered how fun it is to try new places and new things. This weekend me and My partner decided to go on a Road trip!

Friday – Reading
Friday we headed down to Reading, we have been here many times and usually is a straight run that takes less then two hours. Today being the first Friday of the summer holidays it took 3 hours and 45 mins! Night mare, we eventually got to Reading around 2pm. We drove straight to my nan and grandads for a catch up and then to my aunties were we would be staying the night. We went for dinner with my Aunties to TGI Fridays and it was lovely food! The TGI in Reading was not as busy as the one in Brighton but was still fairly busy. We then went to Beach bar, which is soooo random. It's a bar with swings and fake sand, was all fun and games until it rained and we were standing outside with our cocktails! We soon retreated to Yates for a few more drinks and I met with one of my childhood friends for a drink. Which was amazing as we haven't seen each other in years and it felt like nothing had changed. Saturday morning my auntie made us all bacon sandwiches, which I think we all needed!

Saturday – Basingstoke
Saturday lunch time, we drove to Basingstoke for shopping and lunch. We of course went to Nando's for our lunch! Shopping was great we both got loads of hits we needed! I defiantly recommend festival place for food and shopping.The car park was a little confusing.. we defiantly lost out car for twenty mins haha!

Saturday night hotel disaster
Our original hotel was booked in Hook. They called us Thursday night to tell us they where going refurbishments to the hotel and some of the rooms were not ready. The rooms we booked happened to be the ones not ready. They said they would book us in to a hotel down the Road. On Saturday, 4pm we checked into the new hotel. We walked to our room to find it hadn't been cleaned from the people that slept there before, there was dirty sheets and dirty towels in the room. After complaining, they showed us to another room but even though this room had been cleaned, it was so small, black stained carpet and was to a poor standard for £70 I had paid. We managed to get a refund and decided to stay at the Hilton in Bracknell which was a 20 min drive

Hilton bracknell
What a lovely hotel! We checked in at 6:30pm. Our room was nice and tidy, had an amazing double jet shower. It was super busy but we managed to book a table for 8pm for dinner. I felt so refreshed after a shower and got ready with a glass of bubbly. Dinner was a 3 course buffet; I had patte on toast, curry and rice and sponge cake for desert. Me and my partner for the first time in our life shared a bottle of wine ( now I know he likes it.. we can drink wine every date night! YAASS) I had a good night sleep and had a great
breakfast in the morning!

Winchester – science centre
Sunday morning we drove to Winchester to play at the science centre! Great fun for all ages from testing how high you can jump, to learning about your organs to watching a film about the galaxy!
We spend around 3 hours here!

Portsmouth pier
After playing at the science centre, we were not ready for our adventure to end yet. We made a diversion on the way home to Portsmouth pier, we played in the Arcade, had a burger from Browns, went on rides and played mini golf! I really loved Portsmouth and want to play a weekend to come back!

Home
6pm, we arrived home tired from our day of fun! Just in time to change into pjs and watch Monana ( which is now on sky yay)

DL 💋

Traveling with your Partner

Since being back, I have been asked lots of time weather I found it difficult to travel with my boyfriend.

Before, I left for Thailand in January I must admit this was somthing that had crossed my mind. We do not argue a lot but we argue over the little things like couples do. 

Upon arriving in Thailand, we were tired from all the traveling and where grouchy because we were confused by the arrival card forms. I could sense that my boyfriend was getting annoyed and was asking me questions as if it was my fault. I thought oh no here we go. 

The truth is, that was about as much as we argued in Thailand. 

The everyday life of traveling around Thailand, takes away so many of the stresses back home. Speed of life, is not full on anymore it’s medium. You don’t have to rush home from work too cook dinner, before going to bed and starting again. There was nothing to argue about.
If anything traveling made our relationship stronger. I now like to allocate us time together, to just be us and spend time together.

For me I was worried about wearing no make up all the time. Within the first week, I was going out without make up on and this allowed me confidence to grow. The best thing was my boyfriend every other day, kept telling me how beautiful I look. He told me how he noticed more freckles surfacing and how lovely and refreshed I looked. This really helped with my confidence and helped me feel comfortable in my own skin. 

Sometimes, we found it harder to make friend as a couple, rather then a solo back packer. We found ourself  mainly making friend with already formed groups or other couples. I feel that solo backpacker do not want to feel third wheely. Which I understand as there are some cringey couples out there, but I think we are okay ha ha.

We had lots of drunken night out, long trecks and relaxing days. The trip  made me realise I wasn’t just traveling with my boyfriend, I was traveling with my best friend.

Now that we are home, I find myself receiving text messages saying ” I love you beautiful, you are my best friend”. Which I admit is cringey but it does make me realise how good our relationship is.

Cannot wait for our next adventure. 

Bucket list 

As many of you will know by now, I love a bucket list. I have managed to tick a few more things off in Thailand. Thailand also inspired me to add a few knew things. I’ve also added into the to do list countries I’ve been too; I’ve currently been to 12 countries and can’t wait to add more. 

Meet an elephant in the wild

Go to Disney land

Visit Lapland ✔️

Kayak ✔️ – Kayak on the sea in Koh Phanang 


Go on a ghost walk / hunt 

Spain ✔️

Complete a half marathon 

Egypt ✔️

Hug a panda bear 

Go on a ski holiday 

Morocco ✔️

Gibbrolata ✔️

Ride hot air balloon 

Grenada ✔️

Fly a kite ✔️

Hold a monkey ✔️


Stand under a waterfall ✔️

Write letter to my future self

France ✔️

Be sent flowers at work

Gran Caneria ✔️

Greece ✔️

Amsterdam ✔️

Volunteer at a soup kitchen 

Belgium ✔️

Bring food to the homeless 

Cyprus ✔️

Have a price of writting published 
Try acupuncture 

Have my palm read 

Go to a murder mystery night 

Go to a casino ✔️

Go to bingo✔️

Go to a fashion show

Have a make up lesson ✔️

Go wine tasting ✔️

Take a cookery class 

Fly in a helicopter 

Spin records like a dj ✔️

Be a member of a tv Audience 

Sleep in a castle 

Visit a Buddhist temple✔️

Visit the Pyramids 

Go to Octoberfest 

Go to Dublin 

Floating lanterns on a beach 

Sit on a jury 

Be taken to Paris 

Visit the Dead Sea 

Feed a exotic animal
Try a watersport ✔️

wall of China 

Go island hopping ✔️

Go on a moped ✔️

Go to a full moon party 

Achieve somthing for make a wish 

Drive a sega way 

Go to Pompey 

Go glamping 

Go on for dinner or the River Thames 
Amsterdam✔️
Hawaii 
Visit a factory✔️

Win something amazing 
Added to the list on 19/01/2017

Visit Australia 

Go snorkelling 

Visit America 

Travel around Asia 

Parasailing 

Go to a floating market 

Visit Fiji 

See a koala 

Watch football in a different country 

Go to a Christmas market

Go zip wiring 

Visit Singapore 

Visit Vietnam 

Go to Harry Potter world 

Stay in a group hostel 

Do a fun run for charity 

Save £10,000

 

Koh Phanang 

We spent another 3 days in Koh Samui, before getting the half hour ferry over to Koh phanang. The entire boat journey you could see Koh Samui and Koh Phanang. 
Once arrive in Koh Phanang it advised us that it was a 15 min walk, through the main road. I realised the pier was on the same beach as our hotel, we walked agog the beach for 5 mins and reached our hotel.
We stayed at Coral Bungalows, for 480 Baht we got a bungalow with Aircon and fans. The room has a double bed and a single bed. The bathroom was your typical wet room. The room was fairly dark and looked slightly like prison but it was super cheap and super basic. The great part about our hotel was that it was right on the beach and had a swimming pool overlooking the sea. Our room happened to be the last room, and overlooked the sea, we had some fun days sitting on the balcony playing cards and watching the sea.
We had a mixture of drinking night / hangover days, adventure days and relaxing days. 
My favourite adventure day, was when we hired a moped and drove around for 5/6 hours. We drove to a Chinese temple, where I lit a incense stick to purify surroundings. After this we drove to a waterfall, were we walked for 400 m UPHILL, to the top of the waterfall where we went for a swim. We then drove to sun set beach, for a spot of lunch at My friend restaurant.  

Another day, we went to the water park that was a little walk from coral Bungalows beach. The slip n slide, scared the living day life out of me but my boyfriend went on it at least 15 times. They also did inflatable challenge on the sea, bungee jumps and Zorbing. My favourite part was hiring Kayaks and kayaking out into the sea, was beautiful. 650 baht was a 4 day pass and included use of everything. 

We had a drunken night ( by accident) we had to large changes during happy hour and got talking to an American couple and guy from Hawai without realising we drunk 4/5 large beers and we’re feeling a little drunk. 
Another night was a pool party night and I had 4 buckets of Samsung and coke oops. The party was okay, but had more of a chilled vibe. We drunkly walk to 7/11 at 2am to get ourselves some cheese toasties. 

The rest of the days we spent, walking to the beach, looking at the shops, and swimming in the pool. Koh Phanang is beautiful and such a mixture of things to do. We went post full moon party and stayed here around black moon party. 

Oh, and the sunsets. Every night we watched the sunset and I feel every night it got more and more beautiful. 

Defiantly recommend. 

Krabi Ao Nang

We have spent 4 night back in Ao Nang in Krabi. It’s strange that it now seems so cheap compared to the island such as phi phi. 

We stayed two night in cosy house, and then moved next door to flora house for 2 nights. We have stayed in Flora house previously and would defiantly recommend it. 

As we are now trying to budget, we are spending most of our money in 7/11. We buy boxes of cereal, milk and plastic bowls.  Breakfast is costing around 20 Baht per morning. We have been having street food for either lunch or dinner and resteraunt food for the other. We went to a fabulous, all you can eat BBQ Buffet for 400 Baht per person, very over budget but very worth it. There is also a little area of seafood restaurants at the bottom of the road that leads up to the pier. We had amazing prawns in sweet and sour sauce there.

Apart from eating delicious food, we have adventured to the top of the road towards Krabi town an adventures to the road that runs parallel to our hotel road. We have walked a total of 12 miles in the last couple of days, just from wondering around. The height difference between the kerbs and the road is big. Too try keep up with a little fitness, we have been jumping of the high kerbs and squatting on our landing. 


Tony has been out of beer, as we have drunk toooooo much of it. We are usually drinking Samsung and coke. Samsung is a Thai rum, I hope to find it back in the U.K. 

I have also invented 29 Baht, into a charcoal tooth paste. It’s dosent taste great but it’s supposed to give you whiter teeth in 14 days, defiantly worth a try. My hair is become lighter everyday, and is frowning and seems healthy from lack of straightening and curling. 

We spent a day at the beach, literally from 11am until 4pm. Ao Nang beach, has been our favourite so far. It can get very busy though on a really hot day.

We have had two rainy days, But just a chance to eat Thai snacks and practice my card skills.


Tonight we are packing and having some street food for dinner. We are embarking for in a long journey tommorow. We are being picked up at 6:30am, and taken to krabi town. From Krabi town we have a 3 hour coach journey to the north of Krabi, to Donsak pier. From Donsak Pier, we have a hour and half ferry journey to Koh Samui. We have a hotel booked for 3 nights. 

I’m excited to be spending valentines with my best friend / boyfriend in another beautiful island. 

All part of traveling 

5 days ago, we got on a ferry that took us from Krabi to Koh Phi Phi. This beautiful small island is a natational park. There are no cars in the area, the only people that have motorbikes are the police. 


I have the feeling that less then a year ago this island was not so commercialised but I get the general  feeling that’s the case with a lot of Thailand. It seems there are not that many jobs a Thai person can have, and the only way for there economy to grow is the tourist industry. 

The water in phi phi is the clearest I have seen so far, if you walk into the sea and stand still, lots of see through looking fishes swim past you. There’s also a few miniature rock pools where you may see other sea life.

We also followed signs to island view point. It was about a half hour – fourty five minute treck up hill. At the top was beautiful view of the whole island and we went at the perfect time when the sun was setting. It was so pretty and peaceful. 

Unfortunately on day two of our stay at phi phi, we went out for dinner and it didn’t taste right. We had planned to go out for a few beers but I was feeling ill and needed to go home. After this I was sick for over 3 days, and my partner a few hours after me also became ill. On the second day of being ill, we stayed in bed all day and woke up covered in bites. When we went to the pharmacy she confirmed we had been bitten by bed bugs! We left the hotel immediately, who were shocked and gave us our money back for the remaining nights we had booked.


We are now in a cleaner hotel, and slowly starting to feel human again. Last night we even adventured out in the evening to watch a fire show and eat pizza on the beach. 

We have two days left on phi phi and I’m hoping to be well enough to experience it properly as it’s beautiful. 

First week in Thailand 

We set off on our adventure last Monday. Tony’s alarm went off at 5am. We were already awake and hardly slept that night. Mixed feeling of excitement, nervous and overthinking. 

We flew from Gatwick to Dubai and then Dubai to Bangkok in Thailand. My best friends mum works at a resteraunt in Gatwick and she gave us a free breakfast and Buck’s Fizz to start our journey. The flight with emirates was good, I only slept for half an hour but I watched lots of Disney films. 


We arrived at Bangkok 7am local time on Tuesday. We stayed at the D&D on Koasan road. If anyone has been to Thailand you will know this is the loadist road ever! It was so loud that my pillow was vibrating from the noise until 2am. Lucky for me I can sleep through anything and I slept all the way through. Tony on the other hand couldn’t sleep. 


Bangkok was an interesting place, full of sales men waiting for the load of tourist who have the airport clothes on. They annoyingly pretend to be your friend and then they trick you to buy stuff. This put us exploring Bangkok and so we spent most of our time by the pool and then adventured out at dinner time. 

We booked a flight from Bangkok to Krabi. Tony accidentally spelt is name as Tong. Luckily, they gave us a temporary boarding pass. The flight was a very small plane and was s bumpy flight. 

Once in Krabi we got a taxi to Ao Nang. We found a cheep hostel for the first night. Ao Nang is a lovely area with lots of resteraunts, bar and beaches. On day two in Ao Nang, we went on our first hike up many many many stairs. It was called the monkey trail but unfortunately due to the rain all the monkey where hiding.


We discovered our new favourite bar in Ao nang the reggae bar! It has love reggae music throughout the night and then live fire show at midnight. We have had two very drunken nights there, starting on the Chang beers and then braving for the sungsum buckets.


Yesterday we met our friend from Brighton, Stu is now in Krabi for a couple of days. We also partied with our hotel receptionist and her sister! 

The food is amazing here, pad Thai, red currys. Street food is great, lots of coconut ice cream! 

We have spent two days at the beach. It is usually very busy as it’s a touristy area. I’ve enjoyed eating corn on the cob on the beach. 


We have stayed in 4 different hotels so far. All of them have been different experiences some very good and some not so good.

We plan to stay in Ao Nang for a few more days and then we are getting a ferry to Phi Phi. 

Good bye England prep

I am totally aware of my lack of blogging recently and despite having time of work since Christmas I have been crazy busy! 

Before Christmas break, I finished at my job! My last day was very emotional as I received lovely cards, a big beautiful bunch of flowers and went out for cocktails after work. I will miss my team very much, they are my estate agent family and could not of asked for a better bunch of people to work with. 


I had a great Christmas and New Years spent with family. I also visited reading after New wars to see the rest of my family and spent two days there. 

I’ve had lots of preparation to do such as buying last little bits. Sun cream and bikini are very hard to find in January! I’ve ordered Thai money which is called Baht. The money difference is crazy I ordered £600 in English and works out to be around £24,000 in Baht. 
I’ve been going to the gym most days, although I’ve slacked this week as I’ve had so much to do. Tommorow I am gyming and swimming, Friday I will gym and Sunday morning I will gym. The sun beds at my gym are broken so I’m having to fake tan! 

My besties planned a surprise for me on Friday night. Which not only was a sleepover but we had Thai take away, cocktails, snacks DVDs and matching pjs.

The next day was our leaving drinks at the pub, which ended up going to a few bars in Hove but I had a lovely time and spent Sunday being super hungover ooops.

Mistys Bar, Hove

I am now 5 days to go. I’m currently sorting out all my laundry as I want everything clean and fresh for when I come home. I’m spending this afternoon with my niece making cakes and pizza. Tommorow taking Tony’s niece swimming. And family party at the weekend and monday we fly ahhh.

I will be blogging while I’m away, tell you all about my exciting adventure. 
Love 
Dom x