Wednesday, October 15, 2014

You Are Invited: Blogger Brunch

I have been wanting to plan a blogger get together for quite some time now, so I was quite excited when Bobbi with Today I Am Bobbi said she would co host with me. All of us bloggers spend so much time behind our computers and once and awhile it is so nice to meet up in person and share new ideas and chat. We hope that you can make it! 
Saturday, 25th of October, 2014. Blogger Brunch! 
Details below: 
I have met some great friends through blogging, I hope we can meet up on the 25th of October! Wedding bloggers, fashion blogger, DIY blogger, travel blogger, whatever you may be, we would love to meet you! 

See you there! xoxo - Becca

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Dress Hunt

It has been over three months since Mr. Beau and I walked down the aisle, I can not believe how time flies! I was working at a wedding this weekend and couldn't stop thinking about our big day,  I wanted to press rewind and do it all again. I was thinking of putting on my wedding dress and sitting on the couch tonight, that would be normal, right? I loved my dress so much, thank goodness. The amount of time that I spent finding one, fittings, travel, etc. all for my wedding dress was well worth it. I felt like a princess on my wedding day and truly was so happy at the choice I made in my dress. I've written this post a few times but thought I would dust press POST and share a little of my wedding dress shopping story and some tips I think are helpful along the way. Here goes….
Girls often dream of their wedding dress and have the exact image of what it will be like from the minute they get engaged. I know of some girls who went out wedding dress shopping and purchased their dress the month they got engaged, oh my! I chose a bit of a different route for my dress and spent a bit of time making sure it was "the one". Mr. Beau and I got engaged almost two years before our big day. We were moving to London and the thought of where we would be getting married, our budget, time of year, etc. had not even crossed my mind. For fun, I went to one boutique with my mom just before flying across the pond just so she could see me try on dresses and I could get an idea on style, however, I didn't actuality purchase my dress until seven months before my big day. Take your time, make sure it is the one you love! 

{during my trip to Brown's Bridal with my Mom and Mother in Law. I fell in LOVE with a dress here but had to back away twice, as I would have spent almost three times as much as I really did, not worth it.}

Friday, October 10, 2014

I Fancy Friday v. 34

Yay! Today is Blog Awards Day! I am so looking forward to dressing up and catching up with so many amazing wedding ladies tonight at the Savoy, what a perfect way to end the week, I fancy that! I know there has been a bit of radio silence around here, and to say I have been busy may be an understatement. I just returned back from the States where I attended a good friends weddig, visiting my new little nephew, oh right, planning a couples wedding tomorrow, planning so many events at my day job, planning a blogger get together and yep, starting a new little business
Phew. I do fancy that is Friday! See you next week!

1. Wow, so if we got married again, could I wear a pink sequin wedding dress with a bow…maybe! This dress collection on Wedding Sparrow is pretty amazing. 

2. The Mrs. Box - I know I am already married but hey, I am so in love with these Mrs. velvet box, WITH your monogram in it. What a beautiful idea, what a keepsake! 

3. How fun are these bangle bracelets. I'm loving the new fun bracelets from Ban.do

4. Berinmade's new print line is lovely. Her notepads, cards, everything needs to be placed on my desk! I couldn't think of something more perfect, then this LOVE Flamingo print, that we could hang up in our in progress decorated bedroom. 

5. Lauren Conrad's House Tour - So ya, I would like to jump right in, OK, move right into Lauren Conrad's house. Did you see the tour on Instyle?

6. Being an Auntie Rocks! I got to meet my nephew during our trip to the States, #babyninjamax216 and honestly, I'm so in love! The first baby on my side of the family, he is a sweet little man and anytime I'm in a  bad mood, thinking of his little smile and his cuddle time during our visit, makes me all the happier! {Oh my, my sister posted her birth story, it is beautiful!}


7. New Healthy Fall Recipes - OK, so I am trying to be SO good since we arrived back in London from our very indulgent trip to the States. This being said…I am still craving Fall sweets! I found this recipe for Pumpkin Spice Quinoa Breakfast Cookies & Paleo Salted Caramel Chocolate Bites and I think…I may be making one Sunday. HealthieRRRR right?

xoxo - Becca

*Fancy Friday is a series of items I have fancied throughout the week. If you like this one, you may enjoy: Fancy Friday for the Guys | Fancy Friday v.34 | Fancy Friday Guest Post Helen Millot



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Red Lip

I have talked a lot before about my love of lipstick. You may say I'm a lipstick addict, lip gloss junkie, call it whatever you may like! You are right, this lady loves a new lipstick. Can't afford a new fancy purse, buy a new lipstick, it will make you happy. One shade of lipstick I have never seem to find the perfect one of is, the red lip, well, until now! 
 I have recently received a lot of questions about what brand my new red lipstick is that you may see me wearing a lot on Instagram . A few months ago when my sister was visiting for our wedding, after day three of seeing her in this awesome red shade and it NEVER coming off, I blurted out and interrupted…what are you wearing! She spilled her secret of her favorite new thing and now I'm a convert. Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery
 Let me tell you ladies, this stuff goes a LONG way! It is RED red RED! Use a little brush instead of the applicator that comes with it and give yourself a minute to apply. This lipstick stays pretty much all day long, so when you apply it, make it perfect.
 The perfect red for all day, for a wedding or a night out on the town, Stila's Fiery is pretty much the best new thing in my makeup bag. Highly recommend that you indulge in a little £15 treat and go try it out. 
Have you had any new beauty finds? Do share! 

xoxo - Becca

If you like this post you may also like: Kissable Lip | Shades of Pink | Birchbox & Benefit

Monday, September 29, 2014

Birthday Resolutions

This New Year's I promised not to make big resolutions for 2014. With so much going on in life this past year, the thought of making resolutions for the year ahead made me itch. Well since last week was my birthday and I feel that I have a new year ahead of me, I have decided to share a few goals and resolutions of my own for my year ahead. Always mentioning my projects and over loaded to do lists, I thought I would share a bit more today about what I have on my agenda for my big 33rd year! 

1. Find Happiness Every Day - Yes, I just got married and have an amazing husband, an adorable dog, wonderful family and friends! We live in London and have exciting things going on in life, however I often struggle with the balance of not being fully happy with my job and personal life and stress out about it all. It sounds funny to write that out, but yes, I need to realize I have an extra happy life and just because every box is not ticked at the moment, I'm getting there. 

2. Self Employment - Yep ladies and gentleman, I just wrote that and am putting it out there to the world. In the next year I hope I can wake up at 34 {eeekk!} and know that I have to report to myself today and not head on the tube to the office. I do love working with a team of people, but being self employed, in charge of my life, is something I have been SO eager to do for a few years, I seriously could explode. I want to set up the life for me and Mr. Beau,  one that I can have a more flexible schedule. I know it is going to be such hard work, but I am ok with working hard, as long as its on my schedule. With a new business launching next month {see it here!} and my ultimate goal to be planning weddings on my own {contact me HERE!} I hope that next year at 34 I can finally call myself my own business. From now until then, wish me luck, as I know its going to be a busy year! 

3. Attend Workshops - I think there is so much to learn from other professionals in your industry! Creating things with like minded people is a huge push to me, a huge boost and really gets me excited. Workshops like Flourish & Prospers Styling Workshop & Joy Thigpen's Styling Workshop are on the top of my list. I truly believe that you can learn SO much from others personal stories compared to a book. 

4. De Stress - That world that I've been carrying around on my shoulders, shake it off. I have a gym routine that I frequent 4-5 times a week and I love it! However, I think it is time for me to really put some relaxation and stretching back into my life with yoga and running. I love the feeling of going outside in the fresh air for a run and going to a studio and stretching and breathing, I need to force myself to put this into my life again. Splurge on a massage, read a book, those little things are the things for the past year I have pushed away and instead been on my iPad on Pinterest or Instagram and that needs to stop. 

5. Have More Confidence - I wouldn't say I do not have any confidence, I do, however when it comes to a personal professional confidence, I need to sell myself and be confident! I have over 12 years of experience in event planning and sometimes I am aware I sell myself short, I have just as much experience if not more then a lot of people and must stop comparing and just do it! 

6. Be a Good Wife - A funny one to write but so true! With my juggling of my personal goals and projects all the time, poor Mr. Beau often has to hear me complain about everything, enough. Enough complaining and more doing will make me a better wife and friend every day. 

7. Keep to a Schedule - Ok, this sounds kind of boring, haha, but it is true. I write my to do lists and have my mental schedules going on, but then I spend 30 minutes browsing around online and do not finish half of the list of items I had to do. With my blog, business, personal life, to keep me happy in all ways, I need to get a good schedule going on and schedule in my mights, our dates etc. I often over schedule us and in the next year I want to learn how to be smarter at our time and schedule! 

8. Better Quality Posts - I have really had a hard time this past year feeling that Urban Flip Flops has had as much quality posts as I wish it could. A huge goal for me in the next year is to use my site to share my portfolio, my ideas and use it to really share things I see and posts I write down  I want to write but never get around to it. I do not want to write a post anymore that I am not proud to read myself. 

9. Breaks with Mr. Beau - We have been married for over three months, yippee! and have travelled to Italy, the States and Holland. While these trips are ALWAYS amazing, it is little weekend get aways that can often be such a sweet thing as well. I truly want to plan more breaks with just us two, take advantage of living in Europe!


So that is it ! I know it is a lot of things to get done, however I look at what I was thinking of at 32 last year, and since then SO much has happened. I wish nothing but a sparkly and fulfilling year ahead, lots of good change to come! Wish me luck! 

xoxo - Becca

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Happy Birthday to ME!

Today is my birthday, yippee! It is no secret that I am a huge birthday fan! Celebrating mid week ideally isn't the best, I will be honest. However, I woke up to mimosas in bed, breakfast made by my husband and at least a sunny day in London, so far not so bad. Looking at this picture of me as a little girl below makes me so happy. What was I wishing? Did I have any idea that at 33 my life would be what it was? 
Was I wishing for a barbie or for happiness and happy days ahead? 

Birthdays are full of so much celebration and I believe they should be! One day out of the year that you can celebrate the years behind you and the year ahead of you. What an amazing year I have had and I can't imagine what the year ahead brings for me. Tomorrow I am going to post my birthday resolutions {forget new years resolutions!} but for now, I am taking a little time today to think back on all of the wishes I made back then, and how lucky I have been to have been granted with so many wonderful things since then! Some days when I am in caught up in the daily grind, the emails, the timelines, the stress of lots of things, I forget about what an amazing life I do have. So today I wish myself a happy birthday! Happy birthday and cheers to it only getting better. 

xoxo - Becca 

Friday, September 19, 2014

I Fancy Friday v. 35 : For the Guys

Today is my husband's birthday {still funny calling Beau my husband} ! HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mr. Beau!!!! In honor of the handsome wonderful man in my life, I am dedicating this Friday's post to all things that I fancy for him. The week behind us is full of busy days and lots of work at night. This weekend ahead is for relaxing and a little birthday celebrating time. Happy Weekend! Happy Friday! 

1. Swingers Golf Club London - A golf bar is opening up in London! I don't golf, but this place sounds  super cool! Mr. Beau is going to LOVE this place. 

2. Breakfast Club - You can't beat a classic delicious breakfast more then pancakes with bacon and syrup at the delicious Breakfast Club. What guy doesn't fancy that? 

3. Bull Dog Sensitive Face Wash - Face Wash just for men, perfect. Mr. Beau loves to steal my eye cream so I think its time….he has his own guys line of grooming products;) The brand name is bull dog, that's cool. 

4. Scarfes Bar in the Rosewood London - This place is swanky and classy and serves a mean Manhattan, Mr. Beau {and my papa's} favorite! The room is decorated in a beautiful masculine library decor, the perfect spot for a pre dinner birthday drink. 

5. Headphones - I'm loving these stylish headphones with the stitched leather. On the gift list! 

6. Art of the Brick Exhibit - There is a new exhibit on Brick Lane all about ….LEGO'S! Yes, amazing sculptures full of Lego's. I was a Lego lover when I was little, as imagine a lot of you were, boys and girls. Fun lunch date during the weekend. 

7. Afternoon Tea at BRGR.CO - Last year I took Mr. Beau here for his birthday. Mini burgers and mini milkshakes. The place is small cozy, and it was delicious! 

8. Udderlicious Bourbon Carrot Cake Ice Cream - This is our favorite ice cream place near our flat. This months flavor would fit my birthday boys favorite thing list…bourbon, yum, with carrot cake! 

Happy Birthday Mr. Beau!!!!!!!! I can't wait to celebrate and fancy 101 more birthday with you! 

xoxo - Becca 


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