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 (ยฃ52 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.

What to do in Brighton?

I love Brighton, I fell in love with this magical place when I moved here 8 years ago. If you live in Brighton, it's still fun to do all the tourist things and if your about to visit Brighton let me tell you all the fun things to do! 

i360

As a local residence I wasn't sure what the i360 would offer me. I didn't think I would be wowed by the views as I thought I've probably seen it from some top floor flats in Hove. The i360 was about the entire experience. The tickets looks like boarding passes, you go through security like you do on a plane and are greeted at the entrance of the pod by someone in a British airways uniform wishing you a pleasant flight. The view took my breath away, you could see the sea, the city building and the South Downs. Makes you realise how many different areas their are in brighron and how diverse there are. 

Brighton Night out

Most people come to Brighton for the Nightlife. When I worked in an office by Brighton station the hen and stag dos would start walking past on Thursdays dressed as all sorts of funny ( and some rude)  characters. If your coming to Brighton I would reccomend a visit to walkabout. They have great shot Deals, big dance floor and big smoking area. They also have a separate area for shisha. No Brighton night out would be complete without a 3am binge on either Cheeky chicken  on West Street or Buddies along the seafront.

Shopping and lunch in Brighton 

If your making a weekend of it, a little shopping trip and some lunch would be on your agenda. You can of course visit Churchill square which will have your normal retail shops. If you want to experience Brighton properly, a visit to the laines and lanes is definitely in order and there's so many unique restrains there for a pit stop! I love shopping at snoopers paradise and have lunch at either Pompokos or Street Thai.

Lucky voice 

I go here once or twice a year, again this is in the laines. You get your own private booth with your friend and you can sing, dress up in props and dance to your hearts content. You pay to higher the booth and you ring a buzzer when your ready to order your next cocktail so that you don't need to leave the booth. Great fun.

Pottery making and painting 

There are a few places that you can do this! My fave is the one in North street, called the pottery Cafe I've been here with the girls and I've been here with my mum. I usually purchase a ready made cup or plate and spend hours painting it. I longest I spent in there was 4 hours, paint my cup with elephants on. I am no way artistic but with the help of stencils, I was able to outline and colour in. You do have to wait a few hours for it to be glossed so if yours down for the weekend, maybe do it on the first day and go back and collect it.

Cocktail making

Go to Revolution - I've done cocktail making in a few different places in Brighton but vodka revolution on west street is my fave. They have an amazing range of cocktails. You get one on arrival, make and drink around 3. Yummy nibbles a private table upstairs when your ready do boogie after. I went here in June for my birthday and going again in August for Hen do.

Under cliffs in Rottingdean  

If you are here for a walk or a bike ride I would defiantly recommend going here cliffs in Rottingdean. It's very beautiful and after a paddle on the sea. There's lots of big rocks on this beach, so if you like to cash sea wildlife you will find lots here!

Walk on the Downs 

again if your here for the walks there is lots of different walks. You can walk to the devils dyke or you could go just further out of brighton and go to the seven sisters

Zip wire coming soon

it's not here yet but I'm so excited for it to arrive. It's were the old brighton wheel used to be. It will defiantly be so fun! Watch this space! I will blog about it when I've been on it!

Festivals

Festivals Wildlife, Pride and Fright festival. There are lots of festivals that happen in Brighton. My favourite if Wildlife festival which is usually in June. I've been two years running and it's great fun. A two day festival and usually has an amazing line up. I upgraded to VIP this yeah which I would defiantly recommend because their was less queues for the toilets! If that doesn't sounds amazing enough reason to upgrade… I queued for 45 mins on the other side. Also Gay Pride in August is amazing! I love going to the two day street party on st james street. I went last year and will be going this year. If you check out http://www.whatsoninbrighton.com you can see what fun event are coming up

Brighton pier

Pier wrist bands… of course your in Brighton, so a trip to the famous Brighton pier is a MUST. It's even better if you purchase an unlimited ride wrist band. It's literally so much fun! Me and my boyfriend have done this a few times. You go on all the rides and then go on them all again. Last time we did this was last year and we spend around 4-5 hours there.

Hove lagoon
Hove lagoon water sports, I haven't been since it was all updated. I have done kayaking here which was fun and I didn't capsize yay! But if your seriously into water sports they have much more to offer including the paddle boarding.

Lastly, to recover from all this fun take a trip to Brighton beach. Take a picnic of hangover food, and watch the sea or the sun go down! If you are coming to BRIGHTON have an amazing time!

DL 💋

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Koh Samui, Chawang beachย 

We arrived in Koh Samui on February 13th. 

We have spent a total of 3 nights and four days here. 

The first day was spent traveling to the island, 3 hour coach journey and 2 hour ferry. Once we arrived on the island, we walked to the Big Buddha temple that’s close to the ferry port with our big rucksacks on. There was a few stairs to get to the top, but the golden Buddha and the views were certainly worth it. 


After, we got a taxi to our hotel. We have checked ourselves into a hotel called pleasure Harbour Bouqitue close to which is close the Chaweng beach. The hotel is decorated erotically, which is interesting for Valentine’s.

We have found our favourite bar and resteraunt called Backpackers. Amazing cheap food and I finally tried my first Thai green curry and it was amazing. I can’t wait to have another. We have gone here at least once a day, for a game of pool or connect four. 

The first night, we decided to have a few beers. There was a bar at the end of the strip called tastys, where the seats outside where swings and the toilet was a golden thrown hidden behind a book case, defiantly recommend trying here. We ended up finding a small club, which was full of Thai people only and dancing until 3am drinking vodka buckets for 99 Baht. We had a fabulous night, and defiantly recommend this area for partying. The only strange thing, is there is vissably a lot of prositutes around and with that comes a lot of seedy men. 


February 14th, Valentines we spent the day adventuring and found a arcades and cinema. The Arcades was a lot of fun, from old school street fighter games, to the new 4d shooting games. At the cinema we watched the new 50 shades of grey. If you go to watch this, make sure you stay to the end of the credits, as you get a sneaky preview of the next film. We ended Valentine’s with a drink at our hotel, where I finally had my first glass of red wine since we have been away. 

Yesterday was beach day. Chawang beach is surfers paradise, where the waves are constantly high. It’s very difficult to swim here and if you doggy paddle like me the waves will take you. I did however, have so much fun holding hands with my boyfriend and jumping against the waves with my goggles on. We then had massages on the beach, a Thai massage for one hour. It felt like heaven, I enjoyed mainly when she massages my back and my hands. After, our massages we had some food at the street market by the shopping centre. Potato cheese balls and chicken on a stick yum yum yum! 
We had an early night, as we where tired from jumping with the waves for hour and hours and felt super relaxed after a massage. I literally had one beer with food and was ready for my bed. 

Today, we are checking out of our hotel and heading to a different part of the island, where we have booked another hotel. 

Hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day. 

Koh Lanta

After phi phi, we got a a ferry to Koh Lanta. This ferry was smaller and defiantly a lot bumpier. Closing my eyes just made me feel more seasick. I spent the whole journey reading my book. 

Once we arrived in Koh Lanta we had booked a hotel at Hugs hotel and we got a taxi there. The taxis where actually a lady driver a moterbike with a crate on the side. Interestingly, our journey there was full of feeling unbalanced and her driving around pot holes so the moterbike didn’t tip over.
Our hotel was nice and simple and staff where lovely. We where a 10 min walk from the beautiful beach, which we went to almost every day.
We spent a total of 7 days in Koh Lanta. We got into a routine of going for breakfast, getting changed into beach stuff and going to the beach. At the beach we bought goggles, and for the first time in many many years i was convinced to hold my breath and put my head under the water. Which once I done it once, I had so much fun and took lots of underwater selfies with the go pro.


I’m the evening we would go out for dinner, we found lots of nice places for dinner including a resteraunt on the beach where we watched the sun go down and a pub called the Irish embassy that did good western food. 

We adventures out one night, first to a quite bar where we played Jenga, cards and pool. From there we went to the monkey bar, where there was live karaoke. The atmosphere was amazing, and even though I wasn’t completely drunk decided to sing a Jessie J song with my boyfriend. 

For two days, we adventures to Koh Lanta old town. This is a very cute small town. We walked along the old pier, and the vie was beautiful.


 We walked into the main town and went to all the shops. Unlike anywhere else they did rice engraving. So you bought a neck less and put a bit of rice inside and the rice you could have engraved a name on. We were also recommended by a friend to try a restaurant called family BBQ, it was a 15 min walk away from our hotel but was worth it. 


For our last night we headed to a hotel closer to the pier, it was slightly over budget but included breakfast. It was really nice as it has a swimming pool by the beach. Me and Tony played Volly ball until it was dark, went and showered and filled out hungry bellies with chicken satay. They also served flavoured soda water, blue Hawaiian was my favourite. The staff spoke very good English and were always joking around. 

The next day after breakfast, we took a ferry back to Ao Nang in Krabi. 


We plan to stay here for a few night before head to Koh Samui. It’s strange because we spent around 5 days here last time, I almost have a homely feeling when we got here.
Realising we need to stick to a budget now we decided to try hostels for around 800 baht a night. Being the great negotiator that I am, I managed to negotiate a hotel room down to this price for two night ( usually 1200 Baht) not bad. 
Dominique Lennon xo 

First week in Thailandย 

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. 

Important to have a time outย 

Do not get my wrong, I enjoy my job. At the moment we are short staffed, so my usual hard work is timesed by three. The problem is you come in your take a good run between 8:45-6 and then you start again. Eventually, our going to get tired from running and you will start jogging. In my industry they is heavy target driven, jogging is okay. 
I decided to take 4 days off work. 2 days being over the weekend and Monday and Tuesday. I made no plans until the days.

Saturday morning was not the best day, as I ended up in hospital after call 111. Luckily by lunch time, I was given the go ahead to go home. My boyfriend who had taken me to hospital took me for lunch at a place called roosters ( nom nom) and then we went shopping for Rucksacks for Thailand. I also bought a blue torch and blue water bottle. 


Saturday night, we went to town for my friends leaving do. I had some proseco at home before meeting them in town for cocktails. 


Sunday morning, lunch time and early afternoon I spent recovering. I was woken by my niece at 2pm, with her chanting lazy bum and bundling me. From there we took selfies, played charades and had dinner. 


Monday morning, it was time to hit the gym. I did a hour work out and then went for a swim, steam room and sauna. I went straight from the gym to Hove, slug and lettuce to meet mum for lunch. In the evening I met my friends Beth and Ariana for a cider and chicken gougons.


Yesterday, was my most relaxing day. I got up and slowly got ready, I had my fruit salad and pinapple juice in front of the TV. I got ready to meet my friends; Faye, Holly, josh and Nat for some Thai food in Brighton Laines. I had a lovely penut based curry with prawns. 


After lunch we drove to Rottingdean beach. I loved walking over the rocks to get into the sea. We saw crabs, shrimps and fish in the rock pool. We sat on a rock and paddled our feet in the water. We sat on the beach for a couple of hours, talking mainly about traveling. 


After the beach, I was craving a swim so I stopped at the gym on my way home and went for a half hour swim and then sauna and steam room. 

I had a relaxing evening at home, before retiring to bed around 10pm. 

Having time off, gave me lots of time to reflect and reenergised my life. I felt cleansed from stress from sitting on the beach the sun giving me vitamin D and a tan, and the water washing off my stresses. I was surrounded my friends and family and had more time to spend with them. I excersise And ate some healthy foods and some unhealthy foods. I had a dance in town and drunk some great cocktails. From my reflected time, I realised I have a great boyfriend, great friends and have lots to look forward too.