Saturday, 28 December 2013

Blog Recommendation #5 ~ The Blonde Ethos

Hello readers!

First off, I hope that everyone enjoyed their Christmas time with loved ones and I hope you go all that you wished for. Now, it's time to look forward to new years and celebrate 2013 with a BANG!

As for the new post, it has been a while since I have posted one of my "Blog Recommendations", so what better time than now. This particular blog is focussed on self-improvement when it comes, fitness, beauty and lifestyle - "The Blonde Ethos". 

 
"The Blonde Ethos is a lifestyle.
My ethos is to make the best of things & that includes yourself.
I believe that if something if worth doing, it’s worth doing to the best of your ability." 
 
That opening statement shows how motivated and how much Natalie believes in what she says and the way she lives her life helps. From the content that she has wrote about, it is inspiring and it honestly makes me want to start healthy eaing and start a fitness regime to make me feel better about myself inside and out. Her selection of recipes, look amazing and I've actually tried a couple of them.
 
Her blog provides alot of wise advise when it comes to fitness, beauty and advice that will help anyone create a healthier lifestyle to make someone feel better with their mind and body. So please check out her blog, it's a breath of fresh air, and with 2014 around the corner and if you're looking to make you feel better about yourself - Follow the Blonde Ethos. Maek the best of everything.
 
Hope you all enjoyed this edition fo my blog recommendations. In the new year I will be blogging more, so please watch out for more content.
 
Have a great day everyone.
 
x

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Three Lions On The Shirts!

Should we go young and inexperienced? Or older and experienced? That and loads of other questions that Roy Hodgeson and his management team must consider before announcing his World Cup squad for Brazil next year. "The Golden Era" has passed and for the first time in a while long time, England go into an international competition with no thoughts on winning the competition, just to get as far they can to please their fans. In my opinion, the entire country would be satisfied with getting out of the group stages, I personally would over the moon with a quarter final berth.

Please see below, the 23 man squad that I would choose to go to Brazil for the World Cup:

Goalkeepers
Joe Hart
Fraser Forster

Defenders
Leighton Baines
Keiran Gibbs
Phil Jagielka
Chris Smalling
Gary Cahill
Kyle Walker
Glen Johnson
Phil Jones

Midfielders
Theo Walcott
Frank Lampard
Steven Garrard
Ross Barkley
Andros Townsend
Jack Wilshire
Adam Lallana
James Milner

Forwards
Wayne Rooney
Daniel Sturridge
Jay Rodriguez
Jermaine Defoe
Ricky Lambert

Who would you put on the plane to Brazil next summer? Do you agree or disagree with some choices?
Please leave your comments below and I will reply in time.

Hope you enjoy reading this blog :)

Saturday, 14 December 2013

World Cup 2014 Draw

It's been over two weeks since the big World Cup draw in Brazil. Alot of pundits and bloggers have voiced their opinion on the draw and how it benefits teams and how it effects their own journeys to a potential grand final. In this blog, I will be looking at all 8 groups and the implications for the top two in each group leading into the knockout stages.
 
Group A
Teams: Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon
It's obvious that Brazil are the favourites for the tournament seeing as it's on home-turf and that they have a supremely strong squad, but it is a relatively difficult group in which they will have to fight for top spot. Mexico will rely on Javie Hernandez to score the goals, Croatia are an okay squad but will have to fight hard to get anywhere in this group and so will Cameroon.

Predicted table:
1. Brazil
2. Mexico
3. Croatia
4. Cameroon
 
Group B
 Teams: Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia
It is pretty obvious which two will be going through in this group, the main game to look out for is a repeat of the 2010 final: Spain vs Netherlands. Chile will look to their main star: Alexis Sanchez to help them claim some goals and hope for the best, Australia will look to avoid a "wooden spoon". Looking to the knockout stages, we see the potential of Brazil/ Spain or Brazil/ Netherlands (Both WC Final scenario games) in the 2nd round. Mouth-watering prospects.

Predicted table:
1. Spain
2. Netherlands
3. Chile
4. Australia
 
Group C
Teams: Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan
This group England will have one eye on if England progress to the knockout stages, they are all equal sides but in my opinion, Ivory Coast look to be Africa's only hope for a lengthy journey in this competition. Columbia will look to Falcao to create and punish the opposition, however with the rumours of him wanting to leave Monaco after only 5 months at the club, if he stays there until the summer, that may have an effect on this playing ability, and for a country that is up there with the likes of Spain and Germany in the FIFA rankings - they have to deliver on the big stage to prove that they belong there.

Predicted table:
1. Ivory Coast
2. Columbia
3. Japan
4. Greece
 
Group D
Teams: Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy
Obviously the whole England will be hoping for England to get out of the group stages, for the first time since I've started following Football, we go into an international competition with no thoughts on winning the competition,and in such a tough group - England will need to play at their very best to compete with the likes of Suarez & Urugary and with Balotelli & Italy. Costa Rica, no offense to them look to be their easiest tie so it will be a must win, and to progress, will have to defeat either Uruguay or Italy and at least draw with the other to progress into the knockout stages. Uruguay will probably not reach the heights of their 2010 run but will want to repeat that and a resurgent Italy will look to impress. In my opinion, looking at Group C any game will be difficult - I would be happy for England to reach the Quarter Finals.

Predicted table:
1. Italy
2. England
3. Uruguay
4. Costa Rica
 
Group E
Teams: Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras
This will be France's group to lose really - I don't see how France cannot finish top with the depth and quality in their squad. Switzerland looked might impressive in the qualifiers so I will tip them to br the runners up in this group with Ecuador and Honduras fighting for 3rd.

Predicted table:
1. France
2. Switzerland
3. Ecuador
4. Honduras
 
Group F
Teams: Argentina, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Iran, Nigeria
This will be an intriguing group for the first two teams you read as they are the obvious favourites to progress compared to the minnow teams of Iran and Nigeria. Argentina over the last few years have had a question mark as to why they haven't performed at the higher levels with the likes of Messi, Lavezzi, Higuain, Aguero, Tevez and Di Maria at their disposal. Messi has never stood out on the main stage - will 2014 provide Messi with the two trophies he is missing? WC trophy & WC Golden boot. Bosnia looked very good in the qualifiers with an unbeaten record in the qualifiers with Dzeko providing plenty of goals.

1. Argentina
2. Bosnia-Herzegovina
3. Nigeria
4. Iran
 
Group G
Teams: Germany, Portugal, Ghana, United States
This is yet another great group to watch for one particular reason: Germany v Portugal. One man to watch is Cristiano Ronaldo, he has by far been the best player to watch this year and with 30 goals so far this season is unheard of, if he doesn't win the Ballon D'or then Sepp Blatter has too much influence within FIFA supporting his money-maker - FIFA's logo: Lionel Messi. Ghana and USA are good sides and will put up fights against these teams but I don't see how Germany and Portugal won't progress to the knockout stages.

Predicted table:
1. Germany
2. Portugal
3. Ghana
4. United States
 
Group H
Teams: Belgium, Algeria, Russia, South Korea
This group I will be watching, everyone that I know of is loving the prospects of this young Belgium team with Premier League quality all over the pitch, they have the potential to be the surprise package in this competition and to have good run. I am obviously going to predict them to head in as winners of Group H with a tough choice between S. Korea and Russia to fight for runners up with a potential match up against Gerrmany or Portugal will be Belgiums first true test against the International elite.

Predicted table:
1. Belgium
2. South Korea
3. Russia
4. Algeria

Overall, this has the potential to be the most open and highly contested World Cup in recent history, I honestly cannot pick a winner but there will be alot of variables to consider nearer to June when it comes to injuries, who is included in each squad, form going into the competition. It will be one to watch, but here are my three top choices to win the competition.
 
My three winners choices
1. Brazil
2. Germany
3. Belgium

Who do you believe will claim the historic trophy in Brazil?

Share your thoughts below, next blog post will be who I think should be on the plane to the World Cup for England.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Oh You Didn't Know??

Afternoon readers!

This a new blog for you all to read that might interest you. For any of you that dpon't know me that well, I have decided to give you 25 facts about myself that not many people know about me.
 
Age: 24

Location: Newmarket

Graduate of Anglia Ruskin University - 2.2 Honours Degree in Business Management.

What I want to do: Marketing and Event Management.
 

25 Facts About Me
 
1. I was born blonde.

2. My full name is: Troy William Edward Pimbley.

3. I was named after a character on the puppet show "Stingray".

4. My favourite hobby is Scrapbooking.

5. I sang "Spirit in the sky" in a year 8 assembly and at my prom. (Cringe moment)

6. My first dream job was to be a teacher.

7. The first Football match I saw was Ipswich Town vs Port Vale for my friend Tom's birthday in 2000, Ipswich won 3-0.

8. My Nan's last request for me, was to go to University.

9. My biggest celebrity crush is Ashley Tisdale.

10. The first film I ever saw in the cinema was Harry Potter and the Philosophers stone.

11. My first ever gig was in 2007, HelloGoodbye at the Cambridge Corn Exchange with Sarah, Charley, Donna and Chris.

12. My favourite childhood TV show was Rosie & Jim.

13. I suffered with anger issues between 2010 and 2013.

14. My favourite all-time video game is Final Fantasy VII.

15. At the age of 4, I set my teddy bear on fire because it was cold.

16. At the age of 4, I locked my Nan out of the house in her nightie, so she had to walk down to KFC to collect the spare key from my Mum because she couldn't get in.

17. The only thing I've stolen in my life is Woolworths Pick 'n' Mix.

18. My favourite all-time movie is Rocky IV.

19. I set off the fire alarm in the pouring rain in Year 5 with a 50p coin because I was bored.

20. I've had 4 dogs and 5 cats in my lifetime.

21. I've owned 10 video consoles (Playstation 1, 2, 3, *4*, Super Nintendo, Sega Megadrive, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance, Nintendo 64, Nintendo Gamecube)

22. I have never watched ET all the way through.

23. The first horror movie I ever watched was Child's Play. I was 5 years old.

24. I have been dumped twice on Valentines day, through an ex's friend, by post-it note, on the phone and by text.

25. The longest (and only) relationship I've had lasted 20 months April '09-Jan '11.

Hope you enjoy this post. You got to know bit more about me, if you wish to know anymore, just ask me a question. Love to get to know more about my friends and make new friends.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Blog Recommendation #4 ~ Beauty & Lifestyle Diary

Good afternoon readers!
Hope you're all enjoying your weekend.
 
This is the second of my blog entries today, and this is the third installment of my "blog recommendations" series. This blog in particular, is for all the ladies when it comes to beauty, lifestyle and fashion.
 
My friend's fiance Katie is an English Language and Journalism student and has created this blog focussed on beauty and lifestyle providing information on her latest purchases, the items she uses for certain days and occasions and gives people ips and advice on clothing and skincare products.
 
Here is the link:
 
If this has intrigued you, I definitely recommend you follow her blog and give her entries a read.

Next Chapter In My Life Begins....

Good afternoon readers!
 
This is the first of two blog posts today as I was unable to post this one Saturday because I was busy on call at work. This new blog post is giving you an idea of how things are going in my life right now, I do apologise to any friends of mine that have previously asked to meet up and have had to decline, I hope this gives you an idea of how busy I've been these past few months - But I do want to start meeting up with some school/ college friends for catch ups and keep seeing my current friends because I do miss you all.
 
As it has been well documented, last month I graduated from Anglia Ruskin University - the proudest moment of my life celebrating acheiving my honours degree with the friends that have helped me get to this stage in time and making me a better person over the past three years.
Since then, I have felt kind of lost as I'm not used to lie-ins and some mornings I still feel like I need to attend classes. I do miss everyone now that they have all scattered back to their hometowns and have proceeded with their careers, I do hope to keep in touch with everyone and see them now and again, I miss education somewhat as it was always a consistant place to see friends and spending time in Cambridge most of the week was amazing!!

After nearly six and a half years at Iceland, I finally managed to find a full-time job. It has been a difficult start to this new career path, first of all because the change from weekly-to-monthly pay which has been a harsh lesson in learning to budget so quickly - and another is that it's in a field in which I've not got much knowledge of.
My position within the company is a Scheduling Co-ordinator which basically means, I schedule engineers for jobs around the UK and Ireland and sometimes, in parts of Europe for a variety of jobs for companies such as Tersco, Toshiba associated companies etc., on a daily basis it can be stressful and it has taken it's toll some days - but I am part of a very supportive team and have made some great friends that are happy to answer any questions I have. I do enjoy the job and I'm getting the hang of it, as I'm on the second weekend being on call by myself so they must have some faith in me.

Like I've said, this new demanding job I have has taken me time to adapt to the  the challenges and I'm starting to get used to it and other challenges along the way in my life. One in particular that I see right now is my main goal in 2014 is: to move out of the family home either by myself or with friends.
I do love my family to bits, but at my age (no jokes!) and not having that much privacy, it's time I make it happen - I have a few friends that are interested and will let me know at the end of the year if they are up for it so we can start planning. I have been buying bits here and there so it's slowly building up and slowly running out of space to put things. So I'm now saving up for a deposit in the future and so I can buy the essentials when I need it.

I am always looking to further my career, whether it's keeping an eye on job sites for starter Marketing jobs to gain experience in my desired field of expertise, and when it comes to comtemplating going back into education to induct into a post-graduate course . I have my three main options to which I would like to do a PG course in which are: Teaching, Marketing and Evnts management. It's just a matter of costs, and whether or not I can get back that kind of motivation for another year of education to acquire a Masters degree. Only time will tell..

I'm genuinely in uncharted territory by embarking on this new chapter in my life post-education - no doubt I will hit some bumps along the road, it's just a matter of how I deal with it and move on. I'm excited to get started with the opportunities that may come my way in the near future.

 
Okay, I hope you enjoyed this read, please follow and share my blog to your friends. A second blog entry will be addd later today. It will be another "Blog Recommendation" entry so be sure to check back in later this afternoon to have a look.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Blog Recommendation #3 - By Lauren J

Hello readers!
 
This is the third part of my 'Blog Recommendation' series of entries and this one is another different type of blog to feast your eyes on.

I never considered blogging to become a source to which to launch a career into journalism but my friend Lauren has and is fully uilising her opportunity with her blog
 
 
Lauren is currently a trainee journalist who has studied at UEA and is currently undergoing further studies in Harlow. She has an impressive resume with a wide variety of student journals at university, magazines and newspapers.
 
This blog that she does in her spare time covers a wide range range of topics from lifestyle to cooking to beauty and plenty of other topics in between.

It is a very enjoyable read, hence the recommendation - it's a good read.
 
 
 

Saturday, 2 November 2013

House inspiration

Good afternoon readers!
 
Is it just me or did October just fly by? Either way, I hope you all enjoyed Halloween and made of most of it with some awesome pumpkin designs that I've seen on Facebook and Twitter and fancy dress ideas. I haven't carved a pumpkin before, but starting next year I will be doing so and hopefully when I move out holding Halloween parties so plenty of creative fancy dress.
 
Anywhooo I digress, back on with my newest entry.. You may recall last week I posted an entry regarding me moving out and hoping to turn either my bedroom or a separate room for when I move out into an office. This week I have been looking designs for how I would like my first place to look like, I know that I'm not looking until next year now to move out to my own place or in with potentially two of my mates. But here are a few ideas for how I would like my house to look.
 
 
Kitchen
Black and Red is definitely a theme for the house I want to live in - not just because they are the colours of Manchester United, but they are my favourite mix of colours. This particular kitchen set-up caught my eye on Facebook from a business called 'Stil Haus Kitchens' and despite the price, it looks modern and a great mix of the two colours.

 
Living Room
Once again, I took to Pinterest for inspiration about an ideal living room plan. The first thing which is needed is plenty of space, when I move out I will want to have house parties and occasion parties so space will be precious so I can have more come over. I have prettymuch everything I need for a living room e.g. TV, Table, furniture - things I'm searching for in the new year will be storage units for my Books, CD's, DVD's and video games, a rug and an entertainment unit to fit the TV and cable/ Playstaton nearby.



Breakfast Bar
This is the first thing I will want to install if I have a big enough kitchen for a house - a breakfast bar. Obviously in black and red. Enough said with that. 


 
Photo wall
For anyone that knows me well, I do like to take pictures to capture memories with the friends and family I care about, I have 5 complete photo albums of memories with friends, family, university memories and work friends - I would like to have a wall decorated with pictures and canvas' of family and friends similar to the picture (forget the cat, I'm a dog fan)
 
I hope you enjoyed this blog entry, if you want to see more of these kinds of blogs, leave a comment.
Enjoy your weekend!
x

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Blog Recommendation #2 ~ An Apple A Day

Happy Sunday readers!! Hope you're all enjoying your weekend.
 
Today, I'm conducting a second blog recommendation for one of many blogs that I follow and enjoy reading. This one is completely different to the first and for all art & design enthusiasts, you will enjoy this particular blog:
 
 
This is my friend Chelsea's blog who is currently studying Design Crafts at the University of Brighton provides insight into a wide variety of art that she has conducted in her spare time and academic-wise. It is a very interesting read and I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in Arts & Design to look at different peoples work approach.
 
Hope you enjoy the read and there will be another blog recommendation at some point next weekend.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Office inspiration

 Good evening bloggers/ readers!
 
I have noticed recently on some of the blogs that I follow and read that they have been posting entries based on inspiration they have received on Pinterest for their house/ flat and office - so I thought, why not?
 
My first intention of 2014 is to move out into my own flat/house or to move in with friends. For my bedroom, if it's spacious, I would love to create an office-like environment with shelves, a professional desk, a whiteboard or corkboard to put lists of things to do for the day/week with photo frames of family and friends and other figures etc to surround the exterior.
 
After looking through Pinterest, here are a few "templates" of how I would like my office to be like.
 

This particular one is my favourite set up, it's perfectly spacious and have enough speace for a desk and shelving to store my books, photo frames and a whiteboard. The only thing I would change is the colour - red of course!!
 



This particular set up looks perfect for a businessman in a freelance role, in particular journalists as well. With sleeves to organise documentation and mail along with, ideal space on the desk to store stationary, a landline, a calendar along the wall & a computer. In my case, if I am to venture into my desired fields of Business - Events and Marketing - this would be great for me.
If I was unable to have an office desk in my bedroom, I would happily locate this in my living area to make it look professional.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Blog Recommendation #1 - The Fishy Way Of Gaming

Good evening bloggers and readers!
 
This is the first of many types of blog entries I will be doing over the next few weeks. I will be recommending blogs for all of my friends to read. Once a week I will be recommending a blog that I currently follow on Blogger. So enjoy this read -
 
Enjoy tabletop ganing? A fan of WarHammer 40k? Interested in taking up a new hobby?
Then take a look at my friend Luke's WarHammer blog -
 
http://fishypride.blogspot.co.uk/

It's a highly popular blog amongst UK WarHammer fanatics. Luke provides updates on matches/ competitions he participates in, he offers tutorials on patience of painting the figurines providing picture aids to show the 'before' and 'after' shots of the figures he has created from scratch.

He has managed to convince me to take part in WarHammer so I'm attempting something new, it's still touch and go whether I go through with it or not, but Luke does make an intriguing argument.Trust me, I won't be playing competitively, I will only play with friends and start a new hobby giving crafts a go with painting and creating 'armies' and 'dinghies' as I like to call them (Much to Luke's dislike!)

So if anyone is interested in taking up a new hobby or enjoy talking all things WarHammer then look no further than to read this blog.
 

 
 

Friday, 11 October 2013

Graduation 2013

Good morning bloggers and readers! For any of you that are friends with me on Facebook or following me on Twitter will know that last week I celebrated the end of my academic career and graduated from Anglia Ruskin University. I somehow managed to achieve a 2.2 overall honours degree in Business Management.
 
Ever since I got my last exam result, I have been waiting for this day to celebrate graduating with the friends that I have had the pleasure of meeting over the past three years. So here is the account of what happened throughout this momentous occasion.


After taking the early shift at work, I headed on my way to Cambridge to collect my gown - with a quick detour to The Bakers to meet up with the Wiggs/ Barnes clan for a touch of dutch courage before heading over to Kelsey Kerridge. It was good to catch up with the newlyweds soon after getting married and how everyone has been.
 
After that, we slowly made our way towards Kelsey Kerridge in the cold and rainy conditions, I was half expecting there to be a huge queue to get our gowns but surprisingly we were among the first ones there, so me and my friend Stacey got all gowned up, picture of me in my graduation gown is below:


The first time I looked at myself in the mirror with my graduation gown and hat on, my first thoughts were, "Oh my god! I look like a Hogwarts professor!" After I got my gown on, I went and got my official graduation picture taken, the pictures prices were stupidly expensiv - but what the hell, it will be the one time I get to do this so it was worth it. I also managed to bump into my friends Mark, Jeanine and James whilst there looking at merchandise. I decided to go on a spending spree and pay for a copy of the DVD ceremony, a personalised "class of 2013" hoodie and signed up for the alumni network.

 
After finally leaving the sports centre - Me, Mark and Stacey headed along Parkers Piece to take more pictures of us in all of our gear and got pictures in the usual graduation position, by the University Arms Hotel even if it was cloudy. My family didn't arrive in Cambridge until the graduation ceremony, so I spent all of the day with Stacey and her family, it was so nice to see her family there to celebrate her accomplishment.
 

 
We went for a pre-graduation dinner to help me and Stacey calm the nerves we had as the minutes ticked down. It was a very nice dinner as it always is at Nandos, but it didn't help calm my nerves as I kept looking my watch. Then....
... Mine and Stacey's friend Luke entered Nandos to congratulate us and warn us on what we are to expect (Unfortunately, Luke studied a different course to me & Stacey even though we stuck together the past three years and basically had the same modules we had different ceremony times which indeed sucked!) However, we did manage to get pictures of us three together for the first time in our entire time while at university which we have failed to do.
 
Me and Stacey eventually head on our way to the Cambridge Corn Exchange to take our seats for the ceremony. The head people of the university and some of our more important lecturers entered the hall and took a seat onstage, then the vice chancellor took a long-looooooooooooong time to sell to the guests of the ceremony that Anglia Ruskin was the place to be.
Eventually we got around to the moment we had all been waiting for - getting announced as graduates. The heart-beat started to race as my row was called up, seeing my friends go up before me I felt so proud of them - when my time came I was really worried that I would fall and embarrass myself in fornt of everyone but I didn't thankfully - I heard a nice "Woo!" from the crowd from my friends and family in the stands. Then.... a moment of drama!
A student decided to take it upon herself to whip out a "ARU sucks banner" out before being carried out by security. Everyone was shocked watching in awe of this - I was hoping that would be kept in the recording on the dvd ha! After everyone had gone up and shaked the vice-chancellor's hand - we were told to stand up and were congratulated on the achievements we had accomplished in the three years we had been at Anglia Ruskin.

 
After the emotion of graduating, mine and Stacey's families headed to Anglia Ruskin to get our celebratory drinks and more pictures! Unfortunately didn't see any other people at the university - so me and Stacey proceeded with the tradition that is the hat throwing! I managed to get pictures with my family which was a rare occasion to see them for me and congratulating me graduating.

 

 


 
After handing in my gown and saying my goodbyes to the Wigg/ Barnes clan, it finally sunk in - I have graduated! I got a tad emotional knowing the adventure that the last three years have been and realising I couldn't have got to this point without the friends I made along the way:

Livia Dixon
Kimberley Page
Stacey Wigg
Nicola Craft
Luke Townsend
Andrew Panteli
Bobby Kendall
Mark Dovey
Jeanine Delaney
 Poppy Smith
Henry Chan
Josh Parnell
 Stef Haisman
 Carly Gough
 Achintha Srenarath
 James Kelly
 James Teale
Ben Gadd
Leighton Ankin







 
You guys are so special to me and you have helped alot more than you may have thought - thanks to you all I have become a more confident person in myself and my abilities, I have learnt alot over the highs and lows of the past three years. I have become a much more supportive friend and I have grown up learning from my mistakes, without each and everyone of you - I couldn't achieved what I have done and got to this moment in my life without you.
My academic career for now is at an end, a chapter of my life that I put to a close - a new one begins.. I'm ready for the challenge ahead :)


Sunday, 6 October 2013

Stacey & Cassy's Wedding

Hello Readers!
 
I told you I would get a blog entry done eventually, it took a while to get the right words for this particular blog, so I hope you enjoy this read. Be sure to share this blog to spread the word :)
 
So, the 31st August of this year was an important day in the lives of one of my best friends Stacey Wigg and her girlfriend Cassy Barnes as they were getting married!!


I woke up at 7:30 that morning, it was the most perfect weather for a wedding, pure sunshine and lovely cool breeze to balance out the heat. Before me and the rest of the guests got on the travel bus to the venue, we had some pre-drinks and had a catch up with some of the people on Stacey's side of the family and her friends.
 
Upon arrival, I had never even heard of it so I honestly weren't sure what I was looking out for... until we saw a whole bunch of guests standing outside a gate. It was such a lovely venue with a refurbished barn and a nice setting for the reception included with a large area for everyone to sit and of course, a bar!

Got to see some old friends that I've met at Stacey's 21st as well as Stacey & Cassy's engagement party, and it's always nice to meet some new faces from Cassy's friends and family. Whilst waiting to be let into the ceremony hall, everyone was ducking and diving (in particular Leonie screaming) of all the wasps and bees that were floating around the area.

Bateman Barn, Harleston

After a while, we were eventually let in and were seated awaiting the arrival of the brides. The music played... this young talented singer started playing "It must be love, love, love.." a beautiful rendition of that song, as the flower girls and bridesmaids made their way down the aisle.
Then came Stacey. As I saw her walk down the aisle with her mum, I welled up - she looked amazing in her dress and I couldn't be happier for her that her happy day with Cassy had finally arrived. She was followed shortly by Cassy, who also looked incredible in her dress.
The ceremony was lovely with readings from their loved ones expressing love and how Stacey & Cassy personify love and happiness. With the readings pronounced and the rings placed ont heir fingers, they were finally announced life partners.


 
After the ceremony, everyone got a chance to take pictures of the new Mrs & Mrs Barnes before proceedings continued. Stacey & Cassy released trained white doves together. Soon after, they released two more white doves to commemorate Stacey's dad who unfortunately couldn't be there for Stacey on her special day.
 

 It was a beautiful presentation with group pictures and the throwing of the confetti to top it all off. It was time then, for the photographer to get pictures of the brides with their family members. While this happened, I socialised and managed to take some pictures of the guests.
Here's a few selected pictures:

Keiran & Imogen


Stacey & Cassy on the bouncy castle!


Jess, Aaron & Julian
 
After socialising for a while, we were called altogether again as Stacey and Cassy were about to cut the cake. It was an amazingly presented cake and it was another picture opportunity for them both as they made their first cut into the cake.
 

We were then led into the reception area for dinner, speeches and chit-chat. It was a lovely set up for the reception with flower centre-pieces and personalised sweets in everyone's champagne glasses. I was placed on Table 8 with mine & Stacey's uni friend Luke and his girlfriend Ana, Stacey's friends Jess, Aaron and Julian, and two of Cassy's friends.

 
On with the speeches, Stacey's aunt Julie gave a lovely tearful speech providing a couple of funny "Stacey moments", then Cassy's sister Amy provided a very entertaining toast with a twist - she presented a "Mrs & Mrs" game show into it, which was great to watch. We also got treated to seeing some pictures of young Cassy and her many fashion choices over the years, one particular favourite was Cassy rocking the spice girls top! Classic.

 

After Amy's entertaining speech, Stacey's mum Lisa gave a lovely toast leting everyone know how much of an amazing couple Stacey and Cassy are and how perfect they are for one another. Which then led onto Cassy's dad who gave a lovely speech about his daughter and how happy he was to be including a daughter-in-law into the Barnes family.



After a lovely dinner and more socialising into the early evening at Bateman Barns, it was time to get the party hats on for the wedding party to commence. Starting with the traditional first dance for Stacey & Cassy..

 
It was an amazing party with everyone getting involved in dancing and having a good time with everyone and around them celebrating Stacey and Cassy's special day. Here's a couple of pictures of the night's festivities:
 
 
(Luc, Leonie and Indy)

 
 

 
And finally, a personal message to Stacey and Cassy (if you're reading this) ...
 
I cannot think of two people more perfect for each other than you two ladies. You both looked simply beautiful in your dresses, such a perfect day with the sun shining and I was so honoured to be a part of your special day to celebrate your happiness. I'm honoured to have gotten to you know you two over the last three years, and I'm so happy that you two have found each other and had a lovely honeymoon away in Mauritius, you two deserve a lifetime of happiness :) x x

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Things to do before I'm 30

Hello bloggers and readers, I apologise for the lack of updates as of late, been reeeeally busy what with going to see one of my best friend's getting married, starting a new job and sorting out some problems this end, I haven't really had the time to do so. I will try now to get one blog entry done every week from now on.
Anywhooo... for this week's blog entry, I am taking an idea that I've seen on another blog by Lauren Cope for '101 things to do in 1500 days', I thought this was a cool idea to do so I started thinking of ideas of what I want to do by the time I turn 30 (Please no jokes to those of you who think I look 35!) So here is my list:

Personal

Graduate from University
In a relationship/ Get married
Have a kid
Move out of family home
Create a professional look for first home
Move to Cambridge
Spend new years in London
Pass driving test
Buy first car
Take up new hobbies and interests
Complete Nan's memory journal
Buy organiser/ year diary
Get first tattoo
Photoshoot with friends or girlfriend
Own a dog
Create scrapbooks of my friends
Start saving scheme
Purchase a new professional clothes selection

Career & Events

Find a full-time job in Marketing industry
Look into post-graduate education - Marketing/ Events
Create busines cards for TP Events
Set up website/ email address
Make TP Events an authentic Events company
Aim for 5 events completed
Start budgeting for company
Go to events exhibitions
Start paying off tuition fees

Random

Manchester United membership and see them play
Watch TV shows never watched: Walking Dead, CSI:NY & Game of Thrones.
Go to a Formula 1 race weekend
Make dinner for friends
Go to a recording for a TV show
Buy items for own place
Visit Great Yarmouth
Accomplish 'First's & 'Bucket' lists
Conquer my fear of heights - Charity skydive

Blogging

Blog alot more - Reviews (Restuarants, Movies, Events, Games)
Reach 10 followers
Guest Writing with friends
30-day blogging challenge
Set up joint Football blog
Attend blogging events

Health

Cut out fatty foods to absolute minimum
1 month vegetarian challenge
Buy a bicycle
Join a gym and stick to it
Take up a sport (6 a side football, badminton)
Learn how to cook
Run in a half-marathon
Learn how to swim
Learn to dance
Buy gym clothes

Travel

Go on a Lads/ Friends holiday
Go to centre parcs weekend break
Go to different music festivals (V-fest, Reading)
Go to Winter Wonderland
Visit Ana in Austria
Go to see sights I haven't seen in London (London Dungeons, London Eye)
Visit Alton Towers
See my family in Delaware
Go on annual holidays abroad
Go to Comic Con/ Wizard's world with Luke
Go to Los Angeles
Go to Las Vegas