Top Tips for Passing Your Driving Test

I recently passed my driving test and have bought my first car – hooray!!! It did take me a couple of attempts to pass but it was mainly down to anxiety and not knowing what to expect – so I have given you my top tips to make sure you are feeling well prepared and ready to get on the road!

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Make sure you are ready…

I’m 27 so I definitely left it a while to learn to drive but I certainly chose the right time for me. Everyone is different and you may not necessarily feel ready to get behind the wheel at 17 – that’s fine! Everyone learns in their own ways and at their own times so do not feel pressured into driving if you do not yet feel confident and comfortable to do so.

Learn Your Manouveres…

During your test you will be required to complete a couple of manouveres. These include reverse round a corner, turn in the road, parallel parking and bay parking. All of these need practice both with your instructor and privately but you’ll soon get them!

Revise Your Theory…

I passed my theory approximately a year before passing my practical but this meant that I could continue to use my theory more and more whilst I was out on the road. It’s great to keep up on everything that you have learnt in your theory, especially in regard to road markings, signs and the various hazards. Now that I’m driving everyday I’m certainly improving on my hazard perception and learning new things every time I am out on the road!

Keep Practicing…

I often had long gaps between my lessons but it is so much better to be driving on a regular basis when you are learning. This keeps things fresh in your mind in terms of what you are learning and ultimately aids you to becoming a better and safer driver. By building up confidence through regular lessons and practice in a parent/guardians car you are able to cover a full range of skills used in daily driving.

Revise the Show and Tell Questions…

These are so important and you will be asked two totally random questions. Make sure you know all the various buttons and where everything is located under the bonnet. Usually you will receive a book when you start learning to keep track of your lessons, and if you go with a company like the AA they will provide you with a book that contains these questions – make sure you take a read over them and jot down any notes to help you remember as these are great for revising on just before you take your test.

Keep Calm and Positive…

One of the main things that affected me in my driving test was panic and anxiety. This was particularly when I stalled and this was the reason I failed my first test. I made a common mistake of trying to set off in 3rd gear and thought it was in 1st! This panic and frustration is what caused me to fail. If you get in this situation, stop – making sure the car is secure, and think through your steps that you have been taught. Even now I still stall occasionally as I get used to driving regularly but it does start to get more natural! Remember – everyone was a learner once! If you’re like me and have learnt in London, you may well be used to those who are a little more impatient. The trick is not to panic and not to let them fluster you – in the end they are just making it more dangerous for themselves through rushing. Keep calm and have a positive mindset throughout!

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Didn’t pass this time – Don’t worry!

It took me a couple of attempts to pass but in turn this has made me a safer driver. I now feel much more confident when I’m out on the road and those extra few practices were worth everything to be able to drive now.

Your Driving Test is just the start!

It’s a daunting experience driving out and about on your own for the first time. I remember being so nervous and excited to get behind the wheel. You’re bound to face lots of challenges. With my new job I have to travel a lot and rely on maps and sat nav – I have lots of stories of ending up in residential car parks and down one way roads but all is excellent practice to make you a better driver.

Good Luck! – Send me a tweet to let me know how you get on @prettyandpetit

Becky at Pretty & Petit

 

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31. Mrs W Tutus

My featured business this week is…Mrs W Tutus!

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Mrs W Tutus was set up by Kate Winchurst, a Fashion Graduate with a passion for creating beautiful bespoke tutus. These stunning tutus enable anyone to look and feel like a fairy princess. The perfect addition to your special occasion, a wedding or birthday, or even just for feeling fabulous!

I absolutely love these gorgeous tutus. With a range of bright colours to choose from, Kate can create bespoke tutus to match your individual style and taste. There is no age limit on these, so anyone can feel like a fairy princess whether you’re 6 or 60!

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Are you unhappy with a petticoat you have recently bought online which doesn’t match up to your expectations? Pimp my Petticoat is Mrs W Tutus latest service. Mrs W Tutus offers a fabulous service where you can send your petticoat to her and she will add ribbon trim, custom made bias binding  (in things such as superhero print material etc), extra layers of net/Tulle etc until it’s exactly what you were hoping for! It’s an excellent service, enabling you to create something personal and unique.

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It is so important to take care of your tutu to keep it in tip top condition! They are very delicate in nature so need to be carefully looked after to make sure it keeps looking fabulous. Tutus should never go in the washing machine, and if possible a tutu should be hung up to ensure it keeps it fluffy shape! For more handy tips on looking after your brand new tutu take a look at Kate’s handy list for Tutu Care.

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For more of Kate’s stunning designs make sure you check out her fabulous gallery and gorgeous shop on her website, Mrs W Tutus! She is also on Facebook, Twitter @MrsWTutus  and Instagram @MrsWTutus

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images from the Mrs W Tutus website.

18. Esemee Fascinators

This week my featured business is… Esemee Fascinators!

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As the wedding season approaches it’s time to find the perfect fascinator to match your wedding outfit! Esemee Fascinators host a variety of beautiful, artistic fascinators and act as a the perfect accessory.

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Suzanne, the owner of Esemee Fascinators set up the business after requiring a fascinator and was unable to find a bespoke type that she was looking for. She has created a range of bespoke fascinators with stunning matching bags to complete any special occasion outfit.

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Created using materials such as soft feathers in an array of unusual designs there is something to match any colour combination. For childen there are pretty bespoke headbands with butterflies and flowers adorning them that are perfect for flower girls and bridesmaids.

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I have included some of my ultimate favourites below. Do you have a wedding coming up? I’d love to hear which are your favourites!

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I particularly love the range of fascinators to choose from on the website and in all different colours. The creativity of each fascinator is amazing, I love how artistic they look and what a statement they make.

Click here to visit the website and to view the full range of beautiful designs.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images were sent to me from Esemee Fascinators.

Pretty & Petit visits Bristol! – Feb 2015

Last weekend I paid a visit to the city of Bristol for the first time! My family is from Wales so it is somewhere that I have frequently passed the junction of on the M4 although had never visited before. The reason for our visit was a hen party for one of my close friends who is getting married in a few weeks which we had managed to keep a surprise until we reached Victoria coach station. Taking only 2hours 30min from London on the MegaBus the journey was quick and comfortable and we soon arrived at our fantastic accommodation in the city centre, a modern apartment overlooking the rooftops of the city.

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On a completely unrelated side note, I absolutely loved this canvas – a banana in an executive chair! I have to get this for my house! Please let me know if you know where to get these from!!!10888723_10153132714927733_7988890505939391821_nAfter a relaxing Saturday morning we spent the afternoon at an amazing vintage tea rooms – Cox and Baloney. It was beautifully decorated in vintage decor and had the largest selection of teas I have ever seen! I’m not one for a cup of tea usually and as it was a special occasion I opted for something a bit stronger, a teapot cocktail known as Lady Amy of Braganza which was made up of Vodka, peach and white apricot tea with lemon juice topped up with ginger beer. Our teapot’s accompanied the most delicious stand of finger sandwiches, cakes and scones all beautifully presented on vintage china.

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10428066_10153013716740700_141304300778334986_nSaturday evening was spent in Slug and Lettuce in the city centre. We had arranged a cocktail making lesson followed by a wonderful buffet. We learned how to make mojitos and cosmopolitans and were able to consume anything that we created!! The staff and our host were absolutely fantastic and we couldn’t fault them at all! Highly recommended for a fun, girls night out!

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One thing I never realised about Bristol is the amazing street art which seems to be EVERYWHERE! So if you ever get the opportunity, make sure you have a walk around and see what you can spot! It is the home to Banksy, a now world famous artist who started on the streets of Bristol as just another kid with a spray can. If you’re interested in learning more why not take a look at a Banksy tour whilst you’re there? Click here to read more!

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So if you’re looking for somewhere a little bit different for a hen party why not think about Bristol? It has lots of cultural activities as well as some great venues for evenings out! I would highly recommend it!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

2. Marriage of Mozart

This week our featured business of the week is..Marriage of Mozart!

Firstly, I want to send a wonderful, warm welcome to these two Northern sisters, Natasha and Natalie, who contacted me via my website this week. They have created a fabulous new business that they were so excited to share with me and I wanted to share with you all right away!

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Marriage of Mozart aims to send Classical Musicians of the highest calibre to play at weddings across the UK.

They offer you expert advice for which they are fully suited for. Natasha is an event planner and Natalie is a professional Opera singer so they are fully equipped to ensure you get the music that is personal to you and your wedding.Screen shot 2014-10-19 at 21.23.03

They offer a range of options from String Quartet, Piano, Violin to Soprano they will ensure you have the perfect musical backdrop to your special day.

To find out more about Marriage of Mozart click here or follow them on Twitter @marriagemozart

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images taken from Marriage of Mozart website.