Chosen Wedding Fair

On a very windy Saturday in early March I went along to the Chosen Wedding Fair at Islington Assembly Hall in London. I was welcomed by a fleet of white taxis with beautiful pink ribbons tied to them. Two friendly guys welcomed me to the event and provided me with a lovely goody bag with a bride to be sticker!

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The venue was full of a range of exhibitors for all aspects of creating the perfect wedding. There were a variety of wedding photographers, decorations, hair accessories, photobooths, entertainment and floral arrangements, each hosted beautiful displays promoting their products and services.

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Beautiful chocolates by Cocoa to Thrill

One of the first exhibitors I spoke to was The Handmade Favour who produce beautiful dried flowers in rose gold frames that can be provided as wedding favours for guests. Every frame is unique with a different flower and available in a range of colours. When I arrived home I took a look through their website and saw that they provide a range of options for wedding favours and also home décor. They also produce beautiful envelopes with gorgeous floral patterns.

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I love a photobooth so when I spotted a beautiful green backdrop with neon pink sign I had to pop by and say hello to the exhibitors! Prop Ltd provide ideal photobooths for events, enabling guests to have printouts or produce boomerang GIFs to share with friends and family. It seems like such a fun addition to any wedding or party and I loved the modern neon light look against the lush green backdrop.

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Parrot & Pineapple are wedding photographers. I met with Rowan, of Parrot & Pineapple, on the day who was incredibly friendly and welcome. I was drawn to their beautiful images that are bold and colourful with a relaxed, documentary feel to them. I looked through a couple of gorgeous photo albums of recent weddings and their website is certainly worth a look if you are looking for your wedding photographer!

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I have been on the lookout for a beautiful hairband or tiara as I would like to have my hair down on our wedding day which is my usual look. I spotted a few exhibitors at this particular wedding fair which included beautiful pearls that I would love to incorporate into my outfit. I find pearls so soothing as I always think of the sea when I look at them or wear them. I found a couple of wedding accessory suppliers at the Chosen Wedding Fair including Clare Lloyd Couture Bridal Accessories and Debbie Carlisle.

Loops and Letters provide a wonderful calligraphy service including envelope addressing, place cards and signage as well as custom orders such as wedding vows and menus. I absolutely love their place names written on pieces of driftwood and on gorgeous coloured stones. Definitely a unique idea which can be adapted to any wedding colours or themes.

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I really enjoyed attending the Chosen Wedding Fair. There were such a great range of exhibitors to speak to and so many products available to get some great ideas and inspiration from. Chosen Wedding Fairs take place all over the UK. For more information on upcoming Chosen Wedding Fair events visit: https://www.chosenwedding.com/

Becky at Pretty & Petit

The Perfect Beauty Guide

The Perfect Beauty Guide

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Guest Post – Skin Care Secrets from Around the World

So I’m very excited to bring you my first ever guest post! It has been written by a lovely lady, Amy Mia Goldsmith, a literature graduate from Melbourne who wanted to write something wonderful for my blog about skincare around the world. I found her article so interesting and I loved that there were a few tips in there that I didn’t know about including an unusual technique used for healing sunburn and how to get beautiful, shiny hair! I hope you love it as much as I do! Let me know what you think!

Skin Care Secrets from Around the World

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Have you ever wondered how girls in India manage to have such a shiny, thick and tamed hair, or how Korean women get that porcelain skin? Of course, genetics have an immense effect on how people in certain parts of the world look like, but women all over the globe have their beauty secrets that are passed down from one generation to another. Chinese girls have a habit of washing their faces with rice water, in Australia, they treat dandruff with tea tree oil, women in Costa Rica use orange juice to shrink the pores, etc. If you think about it, you can probably remember at least one skin care trick which is typical and unique for your country.

To steal some of the beauty secrets, keep reading.

1. Greece: Olive oil for healthy skin.

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Greek women have long ago recognized the benefits of olive oil for the skin and complexion. Olive oil is packed with antioxidants and vitamins, and it can be used to treat sunburns, irritations and redness. It is also an excellent moisturizer due to its hydration properties. Apply it directly to your skin or replace the butter and margarine in your diet for this miraculous oil. In Greece (and Italy), olive oil is on the menu every day. Greek women massage it into their skin to soften, nourish and hydrate it.

2. Brazil: Oatmeal to heal a sunburn.

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Oat has strong anti-inflammatory and healing properties that women in Brazil have put into good use. They use oatmeal flakes to ease the pain of sunburn, by tying some oats into a gauze and placing them in the bathtub so that the water running from the tap runs through the bag. This way, all the vitamins and minerals from the oats will be washed into the bathtub. Sit in the water for some time to soak up all the good stuff.

3. Bulgaria: Rose water as a facial cleanser.

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Bulgaria is famous for its Rose Valley, which produces a great share of the world’s rose water reserves, and Bulgarian women, who swear by the rose water. Rose water can be easily homemade if you make a tea out of rose petals. What is it good for? Well, everything from hydration, cleaning, revitalization, softening and soothing of skin. It is a natural antiseptic and is a great face cleanser for all skin types.

4. Asia: Crushed red grapes and flour for glowing skin.

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The secret of Asian women and their luminous complexion lies in red grapes. They regularly use face mask made from crushed red grapes and flour. Make your own mask by taking a handful of grapes, crushing, or grinding them, and mixing with a couple of tablespoons of flour. Mix it well together, apply to your face, leave it sit for ten minutes, and then rinse it. The mask will brighten your fatigued look instantly.

5. Morocco: Argan oil for just about everything.

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The popularity of argan oil around the world is constantly growing. This golden oil from Morocco can be used on its own as a body lotion or a leave-in hair conditioner, or as an ingredient in organic skin care products. It has great benefits for the hair. Increased shine, tamed frizz, and silky trusses, are but a few. Just a few drops of the oil massaged into your skin will make the skin soft and rehydrated. I personally use and recommend Capewest Argan Oil Body Lotion which I got from Peter’s of Kensington.

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Will you share some of your skin care secrets with us? Will you start applying any of the above tricks?

 

About the Author

Amy Mia Goldsmith is a literature graduate from Melbourne and an author at High Style Life. Her passion is beauty and fashion and she loves to spend her free time travelling and of course – shopping! You can contact Amy on her Facebook page and Twitter.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

#BigBloggerConference

Yesterday I attended the #BigBloggerConference! The event was organised by @LDNMeetUp and was held in Hotel Russell, a beautiful hotel in Russell Square, London. Chandeliers adorned the hallways with beautiful decorative mirrors and gorgeous hanging baskets lined the fence to the grand entrance of the hotel.

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Front of the Hotel Russell, London

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The beautiful chandeliers throughout the building.

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Desperate for one of these mirrors for the hallway!

We were provided with some cute gifts from Ohh Deer and Jelly Belly and started the day with a number of really insightful workshops, starting with ‘Pinterest 101’ in which Elizabeth Sellers, Pinterest UK Ambassador gave loads of fantastic tips on how to use Pinterest with blogging. This was great as I have been using my personal Pinterest account more and more lately. I love looking through the beautiful pictures, gaining inspiration and creating wishlists! It’s fantastic for my blog too as it features a lot of smaller businesses and Etsy shops which I have not come across yet. I’m always excited about what I may find on there. So make sure you keep an eye out for Pretty & Petit on Pinterest soon!

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Check out these cute gifts from Ohh Deer and Jelly Belly!

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The lovely Elizabeth navigating us through Pinterest.

Next up we had a workshop from Jasmin Charlotte, Lifestyle Blogger in SEO. I have to admit, whenever I hear ‘SEO’ I seem to cower a little. I absolutely love social media and marketing – I do it as my full time job! but when it comes to SEO something about it makes me want to run into a corner and hide. It’s just not an area that I have an interest in. Jasmin however changed that yesterday. Through providing fantastic tips and advice she informed us of the best ways in which to aid SEO through our blogs. She noted that content is key and provided useful stats about the optimum number of words to include in blog posts and so on. It was very insightful and it was a fun approach to looking at SEO from a bloggers perspective.

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The lovely Jasmin providing us with an insight into the world of SEO.

Finally we had a workshop with Sarah Moody of The Prosecco Diaries in how to monetize our blogs. It was so nice to hear a bloggers perspective on how to do this. It is rare to hear of how much a blogger may be earning but with the rise in blogger and vlogger ‘celebrities’ it just goes to show that if you can put the hard work in you will definitely reep the rewards. I’m excited to take on board some of her advice through consultancy and developing my blog brand. It’ll be exciting to see what the future holds for my little blog!

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The lovely Sarah sharing her top tips on monetizing our blogs!

We headed out to have some (really delicious) cake! before heading out for lunch in the park opposite the hotel. As you might recall it was a beautiful 29 degrees in London yesterday and it was so nice to see everyone enjoying the hot weather. I definitely recommend heading over to Russell Square if you are ever in London. It’s close to the British Museum and is such a lovely place to stop and have a picnic. They also have a cute little cafe there that sells sandwiches, cake, ice cream and even prosecco!

We headed back to the hotel for the second part of the day which incorporated an exhibition. This interactive exhibition provided us with the opportunity to meet with brands and see their products first hand! I handed out my lovely new business cards and collated information of the amazing brands that were exhibiting. Brands included:

  • Shoeaholics
  • Scoliosis UK
  • Made by Jade
  • The Gifting Lounge
  • Look Fantastic, Beauty Expert and HQ Hair
  • Designed by Henna
  • The Parlour
  • Comb
  • Beau Bronze
  • Suti Skincare
  • SASS
  • House of Fraser
  • Heaven
  • Jewellerybox.co.uk
  • My Protein
  • Bee Good

(Sorry if I have missed anyone!)

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The amazing Shoeaholics stand. I absolutely loved their cute cupcakes and check out the leopard shoes on the right! Stunning!

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Made By Jade stand. Loved the cute leather bracelets!

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The Gifting Lounge stand. So bright and colourful! Such a cute range.

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The Look Fantastic stand, full of beautiful boxes of beauty gifts.

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Beautiful packaging on the SASS stand.

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A sneak A/W preview from House of Fraser!

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JewelleryBox.co.uk has the cutest range of jewellery. So many dinosaurs!

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The Heaven skincare stand. Loved the packaging of their gorgeous products.

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Bee Good with their bee inspired products and cute sweet and savoury biscuits!

There were also ‘tweeting’ challenges throughout the afternoon in which we had to provide tips and our favourite products to the brands we had come across throughout the afternoon. Make sure you look out for some reviews of these fantastic brands in the coming weeks!

The Parlour were offering cute braiding on their stand and how could I resist? These cute braids literally lasted all day and I really didn’t want to take it out at the end of the day. Their salon isn’t too far from me so I’m so excited to go and try them out – especially after reading all the amazing reviews they have received!

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Beautiful braids from The Parlour

At the end of the day a raffle was held with proceeds going to the Scoliosis UK charity. I never say no to a raffle and was absolutely delighted when I didn’t only win one prize but two! The first was a lovely gift set from Paul Mitchell and the second was an amazing beauty bundle from W7. I couldn’t wait to get home and try everything out so be prepared for some upcoming reviews soon!

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My beauty bundle from W7

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Collection of goodies from Paul Mitchell

Overall it was a fantastic day and I wish I could do it all over again! Thank you so much to the organisers from @LDNmeetup, including  and . You put in so much hard work for us all and it truly paid off. I can’t wait until the next event!

Becky at Pretty & Petit