Christmas Night in Alone Essentials

Now, who else LOVES a cosy night in by themselves?! 🙋‍♀️ Ed’s away in Panto Land, and whilst he’s home most nights, it tends to be late, so I’ve had a few opportunities to engross myself in some much needed me time (it’s been a long term)! So, what are my night in alone essentials? Let me run them by you.

First off: PREP!

  1. TIDY.

    Get the washing up done, and make sure the house is nice and tidy. You’ll find it much easier to relax (and feel like you deserve it more too!) if your home is nice and clean and clutter free!

  2. Light a candle and get in the bath.

    I recently invested in an Apple and Cinnamon scented bubble bath, and this alongside some tealight candles makes for such a relaxing, festive bath!

  3. Moisturise.

    When you’re all scrubbed and nice and clean (don’t forget to exfoliate if you can), grab your favourite moisturiser and go to town on soothing that winter skin. You’ll feel clean as a whistle!

  4. Hair Mask.

    If you washed your hair, use a leave in conditioner. No one’s going to see you, so work it through your hair and stick it up in a nice top knot. I don’t spend enough time giving my hair TLC, so these nights are a fantastic time to do just that!

  5. Get Comfy.

    Get into your fluffiest Christmas PJs (or onesie!), get the fairylights and Christmas tree on if they’re not already, and either order a takeaway, or cook your favourite meal! My fave night in food is burger and chips 😊 But not Maccie’s, I mean a good stacked up burger, with bacon and cheese and fried onion and loads of other yummy additions 😍

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Now you’re clean, fed and watered, you need to set yourself up for the rest of the evening. Grab whatever you need from the bathroom/kitchen, because you want to move as little as possible for the next few hours! Pick a lovely festive film (my top pick would either be The Holiday or Love Actually for an evening like this!), and nestle down. Here’s the things that I think about prepping:

  • Pudding – THE BIGGEST priority, obviously…MINCE PIE ANYONE?! 🥧😉
  • Yummy drink – But what am I in the mood for? Red wine? Baileys? Hot chocolate? 🍷
  • Nail varnish – Do I want to take this opportunity of sitting and doing nothing, to paint my nails? 💅🏻
  • Candles – GET THEM LIT, it feels so much cosier! 🕯️
  • Face mask – Are you a smoothie mask kind of person or a peeler? I’m a peeler. 🧖🏻
  • Airplane Mode – Turn it on. You’ll be able to enjoy your evening so much more if you’re uninterrupted and not tempted to start scrolling through Insta. ✈️

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I can’t explain how much I love a cosy night in. And now that we’re in our gorgeous house for the first year too, these nights are so much yummier than ever before 😍 What are your night in alone essentials, can you recommend anything you think I’m missing out on? Share below in the comments!

Lynette x

 

I Said Yes To The Dress

This weekend is a double showcase weekend, so the stress is definitely real. Because of that, in my down time I’ve really tried to distract myself. And the way I’ve done that is to binge watch the LIFE out of ‘Say Yes To the Dress’. Which has thrown me back to the beauty and excitement of MY wedding dress experience ❤️

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So I got engaged in February, and I threw myself straight into Wedding Planning – which by the way is the MOST fun. We’ve cracked on and got the big things that need booking in advance, booked, which I will talk about at a later date. But one of the FIRST things I got…was my dress. It wasn’t intentional, it’s just the way it ended up working out! There’s so many suggestions out there for timelines for all parts of a wedding, and my Wedding Planning book suggests getting your dress 9 months ahead of your wedding day. Which I guess is part of the reason why I was so surprised to get it sorted so quickly – I ended up getting my dress 13 months early! But I suppose I wouldn’t be me if I hadn’t ticked it off my to-do list agessssss in advance! #OrganisationQueen

Mama P booked a day off work in the Easter Hols and we headed up to The Bridal Outlet in Northallerton. There’s no appointment necessary so we rocked up at about 11am and had no time to wait at all (though there was quite a queue forming when I’d finished so if you head up there, it definitely pays to go early).

The system there works in a simple way…

⁃ Have a look through the dresses
⁃ Pop a tag on 3 you want to try on
⁃ When it’s your turn they’ll take the dresses into the changing room and call you in.
(You do get to try on more than 3, but those are just the starting point, for you and your consultant to get an idea of what you do/don’t like).

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Browsing through all the dresses was probably the hardest part – they’re all in protective translucent bags, and although you can see the top part clearly, you can’t see the skirt, so it’s a struggle to imagine what it’ll be like actually on. But it was fun regardless!

I don’t want to give away any details about dresses I tried on (yet), but maybe in a year or so when I’m actually married! Main reason being, I don’t want anyone (particularly Ed) to have any inkling of what I’ll be wearing. So that’s where the description of the experience ends, soz!

But I can tell you, that the dress I bought was the FIRST DRESS I picked up off the rack. And I love that it ended up working like that, coz it was the same for my mum 😍 I didn’t go with the intention of buying my dress that day as I said, I went expecting to use it as a fact finding mission; to find out what I did/didn’t like, or what did/didn’t suit me…but I fell in love with my dress. And the second time it was on, I knew it was the one.

The feeling really is as incredible as people say. 
When you know, you know ❤️

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It was a very surreal experience, I couldn’t believe was stood in a wedding dress – it really is a pinch yourself moment. If I’m honest, I think I’m going to struggle to comprehend that I’m getting married right up until the big day itself, maybe even after! At the risk of sounding super cringey, our whole relationship has been fairytale-like and I still can’t believe how lucky I am (for those who know us, it was a LONG time coming) 😂So trying to get my head around the fact I’m going to be Mrs Leigh in less than a year is WEIRD.

It was a real whirlwind, I couldn’t believe that less than an hour after walking into the store, I was walking out of the store with my dress in tow…
…and it’s been hanging up in my old bedroom at Mum and Dad’s ever since! And yes, I have sneaked a peek at it virtually every time I’ve popped round there in the last 3 months!

At 5’4, it’ll need some altering, (I wasn’t blessed with long limbs), and although it won’t be for a while yet, I’m looking forward to the excuse of getting back into it! It makes me feel like a princess which is a nice change from the frizzy, sweaty, workout gear wearing dance teacher I usually am 😊

It was such a special day, and every part of it was perfect. I got to share the precious experience with my wonderful Mama P, and that was just incredible – honestly, I can’t put into words just HOW incredible it was, I’m so lucky to have such an amazing relationship with her. I’d never have had it any other way, but she deserves the shout out coz I love her so damn much.

The choice of dresses at The Bridal Factory was top notch, the customer service was impeccable and the help given by my consultant was amazing – honest, informative, helpful…Jamie was a star. I would highly recommend the Outlet to anyone in the North wanting a friendly, magical wedding dress experience.

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And until the next time I get my dress on, I get my fix being judgmental of all the dresses that come on my TV screen!

Lynette x

Images of The Bridal Factory Outlet taken from www.bridalfactoryoutlet.co.uk
Have you got a Wedding Dress story? Let me know below! 👇🏻