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It’s been a long time….

Sheesh. What happened there?

Glastonbury happened. And then sunshine. And then friends. And then family. Ooo and a bit of wedding planning. Anyway. I’m back from my hiatus. Can it be a hiatus when you didn’t plan it? Anyway. Glastonbury was brilliant. Bigger than I remember. And warmer. Far more tiring, though I suppose being 32 is a stark contrast to a 19 year old.

Here’s a few select shots; beware – we’re not the coolest of campers. No offence, pals.

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Busy Bee: What I’ve Been Up To Pt 2

June is my busy month. I’ve had things in the diary for June since last October – thanks Glastonbury,  but safe to say, it’s kind of put a hold on wedding planning for the time being, well til July! We have booked our photographer and make-up and hair  – priorities, right? And I’ll post about those ladies soon.

We travelled down to London on Friday, we don’t visit nearly often enough and when we do it’s usually for an event and this time was no exception, we were going to see Bruce Springsteen at Wembley on Saturday! We saw Bruce last year at Hyde Park, I say saw, in reality I mean that we were in the same space as him but neither of us can really remember anything about it. I blame the gin-in-a-tin. Friday night, we got to our hotel in Bloomsbury at 3ish, dropped our bags off and ventured into Holborn and then Soho to visit some choice pubs. I’d bought Chris this map for his birthday and coupled with a few recommendations from friends and a Time Out – we made our way round a few – for anyone wanting to replicate our movements, you can via 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9   . For anyone worrying about our alcohol consumption, we ate here ; bringing back memories of our holiday to Essaouira a couple of years ago – the food was delicious and reasonably priced plus the best mint tea I’ve had outside of Morocco.

Saturday, we shamefully didn’t do much; wandered around the Brunswick Centre, where I bought a pair of high-top Cons. I had an urge to wear them for the gig. You know when you get that kind of impulse. We headed over to Wembley at about 4pm. And had a pint in a Premier Inn car park. Best not to think too much about that one. And convened and met our friends in a bar nearer the stadium. I’ve never been to Wembley before and wasn’t quite prepared for the size of it. Though considering the size and reputation of the venue, my experience wasn’t all that positive. Generally the staff didn’t really seem to know what they were doing, pints spilling everywhere – and at a fiver pop, not something we were wanting! slow service, unsureness about what to do, not knowing where there were any cash points – just made me a bit unimpressed really BUT one girl who served us a couple of times was fantastic; cheery and helpful BUT we didn’t get her name; so girl on the 1996 bar on the 3rd till – you were lovely!

Bruce, however, was awesome. 3.5 hours of music. He’s 60-odd. Man, I’m in awe. The crowd was great, a real mix of people; everyone just wanting a good time. One time, I’m going to get down the front so he can choose me to get up and do a bit of Dancin’ in the Dark!

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Wedding Malarky: Episode 1: The Proposal (& Ring)

So, it’s exciting this getting married business before I start babblering on about colours, invites and dresses,  I suppose you’re all dying to hear about the proposal? Proposals are exciting aren’t they? Usually romantic, heartfelt and all that. I’ll give you a clue here, mine wasn’t, but in all honesty if it had been it wouldn’t have been Chris.

The biggest secret is that I had been proposed to, 6 weeks before we announced it; and I didn’t tell a soul. How I managed it I don’t know! We wanted a ring before telling people and we got mine handmade so opted to wait a bit. We were complete novices though and thought we’d get a ring the same day. How foolish we were. So anyway, the proposal….

It was Friday, Chris and I had been for a meal at Strada, it was threatening to snow and slushy and wet so we decided to go back home and have a few drinks there. We settled down on the sofa and Chris was sorting the G&Ts out. ( He makes a mean one if you’re interested and ever down our way!) And coming back to the lounge, he muttered the immortal words; ‘shall we get you a ring then?’. I, obviously, was a bit blase at this point and said ‘well, yes one day’. He looked suitably miffed at this stage, where were the tears? the quickly shouted ‘YES!’ So, I said ‘Do you mean it?’ and then he said ‘of course I do’. And then we got emotional. And then I started looking at engagement rings online.

I’d kind of decided that I didn’t want a traditional ring, I didn’t think I was fussed by diamonds, no solitaires, no clusters so when we went into the snowy streets the next day on Sheffield I had no expections. Well, apart from the one that the jewellers would be open, but nope, all the jewellers I wanted to look in were closed. And I will admit, I may have stamped my foot. I just wanted to try a ring on, dammit! We decided to steathly book a day off work the next week, I used the excuse of waiting in for a workman while Chris used me. I had a face on with him apparently. Nice work there Howarth.

We ventured to Chesterfield where we experienced less than perfect customer service. ( I may have stamped my foot again) But headed back to Sheffield, where we lunched and gained some perspective on the whole matter. We looked around and I got to try some diamonds on and boy did my feelings about them change! Yes, I wanted sparkles! I also thought I’d probably get white gold but after trying a few rings on I decided that yellow gold was the one for me. After at one point having about 5 rings on one finger, we begun to get an idea of what suited me. We did want the ring to be extra special so we went to Michael Spencer in Orchard Square to see if he could make me the design of ring that I wanted and of course he could, and 5 weeks later we collected the ring.

I like the idea of having something made for us, designed by us by someone working the city we live in, Sheffield plays such a huge part in our lives that we really want to keep the City Centre going and keep out of Meadowhall. We’re going back to Michael to get our wedding rings made and I’d really recommend him to anyone. He also has a selection of second hand and already-made jewellery so I will be checking it out for gifts in the future.

That’s it. The proposal. Now for all the exciting stuff……

Instagram Post: Outfits

I’m a bit of an instagram fan, I may have mentioned it. I think that instagram is my favourite of all social networks; I post clothes I’ve ordered online and am not sure about and get an instant response, I post my new haircut, what I’m eating for my tea and I mean, everyone looks good with an instagram filter, eh? I also love outfit posts but I still havent got the hang of my tripod and timer and look like a bit of a plank when I take posed selfies so a classic instagram mirror shot it is. Here’s a selection of my faves:

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And if you fancy following me my username over at instagram is @loulough80


Top Row L-R
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i) my current fave outfit, cardi: Asda, dress from Tesco, Tights from M&S
ii) Dress: Tesco, Cardi: Asda, Tights: Tesco
iii) Dress:Asda
Middle Row L-R:
i) Dress: Myleene Klass Range at Littlewoods
ii) Shirt: Simply Be, Jeans: Dorothy Perkins, Trainers: New Balance from Bank
iii) Dress: Asda, Necklace: Primark, Shoes: River Island
Bottom Row
i) Dress: Asos via Ebay, Leggings: M&S, Hat: New Look, Wellies: Decathlon
ii)Dress and Petticoat: Lindyhop via Amazon
iii)Dress: Collectif

 

Hmmm. So this peruse through my wardrobe has led me to think that I shop in supermarkets for clothes a lot! How’s about you? Do you slip something in next to the fruit and veg? Or do you prefer to make a more luxurious purchase?

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Snapshots of My Life: Flat Tour Part I

I love these on other people’s blogs, so I thought I’d let you lovely lot have a tour round my flat. Chris and I moved in in December 2011. And we’re still doing stuff to it now. It’s a new build flat, welll 2008 and is essentially a series of white boxes; which makes it sound rubbish but it’s great to have a blank canvas and really make it ours. I thought I would show you round our living room for starters; it houses our IKEA expedit shelves ( doesn’t everyone have of these?) which I think really sums up me and Chris.

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Now to the casual observer, these shelves may just look like a higgedly-piggedly mess but I think they’re a great representation of us and what we are like and what we enjoy. I mean, see that top left hand square; it houses some wool I made Christmasn decorations with and a gift from a friend, who’d been to Oz. The square below is home to my memory box and the fake ticket I made for Chris for the Bruce Springsteen gig, all shelves are interspersed with books and cds and stuff. I love it. What I don’t love is the fact I’d scoured charity shops for years and finally found Scrabble and now Chris refuses to play it with me. He’s just scared of losing.

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Now, here’s the beginning of our photo wall, again, this is something which reallly represents us; The ‘ Me, You and Everyone We Know’ poster from Claudia Varosio – the first film we ever saw together, the Liverpool Skyline from Becka Griffin and of course, the photos of friends, family and holidays.

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And I just had to show you this, our ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ poster – our favourite film. We’re a soppy pair really. Oh and see that black thing with a heart on; I made that! A case for my Nexus. Good, eh? There’ll be more crafty things appearing on this blog. I go through crafty phases you see.

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Next up and the final glimpse into our flat, is a bit of the dining table and the wine stash. Wine stashes are important I feel.Thank you, Naked Wines. Take a closer look at the seats, I backed them in that fabric; see I told you I was crafty sometimes. All I needed was some fabric. Obvz. And a heavy duty stapler. If I can do it anyone can. The image in the back was a present I bought for Chris a few years ago care of ATwoPipeProblem

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That’s that for now. I must say that this blog post has made me realise how much I use Etsy for quirky, individual prints for our flat. How about you? Do you like scouring Etsy for beautiful things?

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