Hello dear blog! Need I share my latest excuses for dropping out of the blogosphere over the past few months? At the end of August, we packed up the past five and a bit years of our lives into boxes (and sent a large percentage of it to second hand stores and the local tip) and moved 500km across the state to our new home.
Growing up in a valley, I’ve always fondly referred to mountains as my security blanket; having them encompassing me on all sides is where I feel most at home. You can imagine, therefore, just how incredibly elated I was to arrive in the stunning Swiss Alps – the second stop on our 18-day Topdeck Tour.
After you’ve got that diamond ring on your finger one of the most exciting aspects about planning a wedding is finding the perfect wedding dress. I couldn’t wait to start trying them on and instantly began looking for ideas on Pinterest and in wedding magazines to find the kind of dress I thought I’d like. Key word there – thought. Nothing really prepares you for when you actually start trying dresses on, but before you rush out to the shops, here are my seven tips to help you find *the* dress!
Unlike our visit to Dubai, I had heard so many negative things about Paris that I didn’t have high hopes at all. Yet another example of how misleading expectations can be! People had told me it was smelly, full of pickpockets, and the people were rude, with some suggesting we just bypass Paris altogether. As I told them, at least they had the opportunity to make up their mind about Paris, and I intended on having that opportunity too – and I’m so thankful we did, because (cue the cliche) I absolutely fell in love with the city of love!
Dubai has always intrigued me. I mean, it’s got the tallest, biggest, highest and most expensive…everything, whilst also being in the middle of the desert. According to Instagram, it also seems to be the place expats live incredibly glamourous lives. Did somebody say ‘tax free’? So when we were planning our honeymoon and booked flights with Emirates, we decided to turn our airport stopover in Dubai into a three night/four day visit to see what all of the fuss is really about.
It’s finally done and dusted. We’ve tied the knot. Exchanged the rings, cut the cake and said ‘I do’. And now it’s time for the recap.
If there’s something I’d like to start doing more of, it’s making the most of where we live and spend my free time exploring.
In the last year or so, I’ve fallen into a habit of avoiding outings, trips and events with the excuse of being comfortable – prioritising being home on a Sunday evening to make sure the house is clean and my lunches are prepared for the following week, or deciding that a bit of extra sleep is a much better option than risking waking up tired on a Monday morning. Forget FOMO – I had a serious case of FOLH (Fear Of Leaving Home).
It’s already happening. We’re still just over two weeks away from our nuptials, but the references to myself as ‘Mrs Dowel’ have been coming fast and thick for months. I’ve been laughing it off and reminding people I’m not married yet, and to be honest – I’m a little protective of the very little time I have left as ‘Miss Short’.
If we were having coffee right now, this is what I’d tell you.
Anyone’s whose paid for their wedding will know there is some serious saving involved that starts at least a year in advance, so when mine and Wes’s five year anniversary rolled around on 10 December last year, we knew we couldn’t go crazy on the celebrations.