Some news! Way Out Wedding is moving mainly to Instagram for a bit. Long story short, I’m a parent carer and as such my time to work on the blog is dictated by the needs of my lovely children. Just lately it’s been increasingly impossible to work at all. With blogging, you wear all the department hats of any small business: commissioning; writing; marketing; advertising; finance; etc. And when it’s just you on your own with minimal outsourcing, well that there is a full-time job and then some. People think it’s a lovely hobby, but it is a job like any other! And one that’s really difficult to balance with children, let alone if they have extra needs.
So, brains have been well and truly wracked here as to what to do… I don’t want to fold the blog completely. It’s growing all the time, organically and steadily, and I’ve really settled into my style after four years of doing this. I’ve made so many friends with inspirational creatives in the industry, many of whom I count as close friends now. And I’ve been nominated and highly commended in a fair few industry awards – well proud of that! It’s been a blast. So yes, not up for folding it!! But I do need to go with the flow and that flow is a tidal wave just at the moment rather than surf waves.
Going over to social media mainly for the time being will allow me to keep delivering what I know you love best and that’s modern and style-led wedding inspiration. As you know from my blog posts, I’m more a visual person than a writer – although I seem to be waffling a fair bit at the moment ha! – and these platforms will let me quickly and regularly bring you gorgeous and inspirational images, plus share via Facebook posts from other blogs I know you’ll love.
I’ll be finishing off some already scheduled posts, and from time to time I may feature quicky posts, if time permits. But for now, I leave you with an increase of Instagram and Pinterest images to delight you! I shall return…
As Marty McFly says…
All right guys, this is a blues riff in ‘B’, watch me for the changes, and try and keep up, okay?
I know it’s not spring now (but woah is it summer!!!), but this post began a while ago and got neglected oops! I’m leaving the title as it is because the colours and feel of the products are distinctly of that transitional time…
I’ve bought a few bits and bobs recently that I wanted to share with you because they’re all so gorgeous and have really cheered me up! Nothing too dear, just the odd treat here and there. Mostly make-up, but also a floral crown made by Claire Austin (who has rebranded from Rosey Posey Creations, and who you might have seen featured plenty on my blog because I think she makes the prettiest things!).
Monsoon Rose Gold Fragrance
I’m actually going to begin with this one as this was a gift from Monsoon’s PR company for review on the blog. I love perfumes and discovering new ones is always exciting. This one is called Rose Gold and is Monsoon’s first perfume. It was described in the accompanying press release like this:
The fragrance opens with juicy top notes of citrus, rich floral heart notes and decadent woods which combine to create a feminine and sensual scent – creating a beautiful, rich aroma. Sparking notes of lemon combine with a soft fruity accord and hints of fresh mandarin. At its heart, opulent velvety rose combines with heady tuberose, neroli and cyclamen. The fragrance combines rich vanilla, musk and amber notes which give the fragrance a truly unforgettable signature.
When I first applied it, I thought uh-oh this is too floral for me (I go for the darker, heavier perfumes), but then it settled into this sensational powdery, musky finish with a little drama that I find ties all my favourite scents together. I know I sound like a right pretentious so-and-so saying a perfume has drama, but I think some really do – Calvin Klein Obsession, Bvlgari Black, and my beloved JPG Fragile (pleeeease bring it back!!). I would buy this a hundred times over. It’s now in my canon of favourites!
On a rainy afternoon week before last, I got an exciting Tweet mention letting me know that I’m in the running for an award at the Wedding Magazine Blog Awards 2015. Oh, yes!!!
I went last year, too, where I was in the running for the best alternative wedding blog award. I didn’t get it, but I had a really great time meeting lots of people from the industry who I’d only ever spoken to online before. We had champagne and endless canapés, and a gossip over the £5,000 cocktail that was on sale in the bar. I couldn’t get my head around that!! A bit obscene, really, but a conversation point nonetheless.
This year, the blog is up for the best real-life weddings award. I like to feature real weddings where there’s a lot of love in the room, as well as being inspirational in terms of style. I’ve not featured that many, going instead for the editorial artistry of the styled shoot, but the ones I have shown have one thing in common: they made me smile and smile as I looked through the pictures when they were submitted. They caused an emotional reaction, rather than being solely about the decorations and style. They were all weddings that were so obviously true to the couple in their everyday life. They reflect a couple as they are, but on their best day.
How to vote
If you would like to vote for me, please follow this link. Or click any of the pics in this post. Or follow the very first link at the top. Basically, I’m being very helpful and selfless in helping you all I can to vote. Ahaha! And know that I thank you very, very much!! xxx
PS the closing date is tomorrow – I have left this very late, but I’m hoping this won’t affect things… Ever the optimist.