Sunday, 14 April 2013

Retro Revival

One of a bloggers worst nightmares happened in our household over the last couple of weeks... The internet went down! We're all back online again though so don't worry I've not deserted you again! So much has happened these last couple of weeks... Firstly, I got a new job! I just had time to update my bio on the side of my blog before my internet died so you may have noticed this already haha but if you're a reader of my blog you will have seen the post I did on Miss Patina a few weeks ago. I am now a concession manager for their concession in one of my local Topshops! I started around three weeks ago and I am loving it, everyone I work with is so lovely and all the clothes...! I need not say anymore, I have already made a few purchases thanks to my very loverly staff discount.

Secondly, my last post was an entry for Money Supermarkets money saving tips competition and... I WON!!! £450 worth of John Lewis gift vouchers are going to be an amazing help to our wedding! I really can't reiterate how worth it is entering competitions to help you along the way. What a lot of excitement!

Sam and I did a vintage fayre at the weekend, I don't have a full outfit photo but I thought I would share with you some snapshots...

Getting up so early takes it toll!
Excuse our silly faces, these are the only shots I have of our stall! One half my mum does, the other half Sam and I do. You can't really see our products but it is a treasure trove!

My sisters came to visit, a long with my dad and one of their boyfriends but I only managed to get a photo with my youngest sister, Ellie
Not brilliant photos but it gives you an idea of how everyone dresses up and the retro dancing that goes on is so entertaining!
Peppermint bark! My elder little sister makes this at Christmas.. It's milk, dark and white chocolate melted together, seasoned with peppermint essence and crush candy cane on top, it tastes as good as it sounds! 
Not the best photo of me but here's what we were wearing!

Leopard Print Dress&Red Belt - What Katie Did, I got this from the last retro fayre we went to, one of the stalls had it in their sale section for £10!
Vintage Leather Jacket - Sam got me this for my 20th birthday
Shoes - You can't see them but I wore red ballet pumps, we had to do a lot of carrying and lifting so had to choose practical footwear! If I wear this dress on a night out, I wear it with a sexy red pair of heels which are to die for!
Plaid Jacket: Vintage Christian Dior, I got this for Sam as one of his Christmas gifts last Christmas (Check out ASOS Marketplace!)
Shirt: H&M
Jeans: ASOS
Braces: You can't see them but he's wearing a black pair of braces which add to his retro look, £3 from eBay!

Well, that's all from me for now. Have you got any vintage fayre memories? I look forward to chatting with any other retro lovers! Georgia X

Thursday, 21 March 2013

My Money Saving Wedding Tips

I told you my brain is weddings, weddings, weddings at the moments. Today it's been wedding rings, not really a bad way to spend my day. So as promised here's a wedding post! MoneySupermarket are running a competition for bloggers getting married to share some money saving tips, you can find more details here. What a great excuse to enter a competition and write a wedding blog!

I find it quite sad when I read a wedding magazine and am told the average UK wedding costs over £30,000 I don't know anyone who has spent that much on a wedding and I don't know anyone who will. This is what we're told though from valuable sources such as Brides magazine and You&Your Wedding so why wouldn't it be true? When Sam and I first got engaged after going to the wedding fayres and reading the magazines we planned to have our wedding in 2014 even though we wanted it sooner because we thought we wouldn't be able to reach a 2013 target. After a lot research into venues&vendors we realised though that we could definitely have a 2013 wedding and make it the wedding of the year without spending a million bucks! So even though my wedding process isn't quite over yet (I'm secretly dreading the day that it is) I thought I'd share with you ways that we have saved money so far.

When we put our minds to it we have a massive talent pool right in our close circle of relationships. Not that we want to use our friends but asking for a favour or two is definitely worthwhile. This was our first milestone to saving money. Our cake is being made by my mother in law, flowers by my mum, engagement shoot by my sister, ceremony music by a friend in the same band as Sam, and the list goes on! I can guarantee you will have at least one friend with a skill they will be happy to share with you. It will save so much money and you will be much more included in the process. I am planning to help my mum make the bouquets!

This may seem a silly, unrealistic option but believe me it's worth it. You know those evenings when you're having a night in,there's nothing on TV and you just don't know what to do. Get on google and search for wedding competitions. It's a great way to find out about wedding vendors and you may actually be in with a chance of winning. I won my wedding photography and am still slightly ecstatic about how much money we've saved. So, in the words of the Hunger Games "May the odds be ever in your favour". (Yes, I told you I'm addicted)

Get your priorities straight, is it more important to you that everyone has a wedding favour or a dessert at the evening reception? Pick which is most important, purchase them and then if you have money left over you can treat them to the other too! To us we had to think would we rather have a 4 course meal at a breakfast with everyone we want there or not as many people so that we can provide a drinks reception too. We decided to go for the first option but if we have the cash left over we'll definitely be adding on the drinks.

You don't have to invite the world AND his brother. It's perfectly acceptable not to invite your guests other halves if you don't know them. This is what we've done and no ones grumbled so far!

As our honeymoon was one of the first things we booked (Definitely have our priorities right) we couldn't afford to pay for breakfast every day at the time so we only booked it for the first half of the holiday. We decided that it would be quite nice to find a local shop for the rest of the week and make our own breakfast, like true travellers!

For the bridesmaid dresses and grooms men we went high street. This instantly knocked hundreds of the prices. I tried to even sway from the usual high street stores people go to, such as Debenhams and Monsoon. My bridesmaid dresses have come from Very and we're looking at Asos for the grooms men! My flower girl's dress has come from Monsoon but there's no tax on children's clothes which makes it cheaper straight away.

I have found that going for an act slightly more unusual will help bring the price down. Artists known as 'wedding singers' or 'wedding bands' are more expensive than the band you heard at an open mic night. We actually found our entertainment through attending retro fayres. They always have artists performing who all have real talent and a passion for all things retro so when we found a band that we really liked we approached them. Believe me they were a fraction of the price of some wedding bands.

When it came to reception venues, it was like a proper mission! I spent days phoning practically every venue in an hour and a half radius from the church collecting information such as venue hire costs, food costs, rules on entertainment, if there would be a bar etc etc. This requires organisation and I ended up making a spreadsheet so that we could compare all the information easily. We narrowed this down to our 5 favourite venues and then again to our 3. We then arranged a day to visit all 3 venues one after another. We had one venue which was our ultimate favourite from the start but that was unfortunately quite a bit more expensive than every where else but we knew that even though the other 2 venues were lovely, we really wanted this one! So we were honest, we told our favourite venue exactly this and... They halved the venue hire for us! Don't be afraid to ask, each venue wants YOU and they're there to help so just be honest if you can't quite afford it.

As any budget bride to be will tell you, DIY is the way forward! I want to be stuck into as many aspects of the wedding as possible. From reception decorations to invitations to favours! As everyone had been asking us nicely (pestering) for the wedding date I wanted to be able to tell everyone in a slightly more glamorous way than just a facebook status so decided to go for Save the Dates (Or 'Pencil Us In's as we renamed them because Sam thought Save the Date was too cliche). I didn't want the extra cost this brought though so decided to get on photoshop and use the engagement photos my sister took to create them. I found a new pack of cream card I bought of eBay last year which has been sat in a cupboard and my mum kindly let me use her printer ink. So theoretically it cost me zilch to produce some rather lovely Pencil Us In's. Oh, I did have to pay £2 for envelopes from the Range but I can't really complain. Take a look at my handiwork just here and let me know what you think...
Here's our list of 10 things we couldn't live without at our wedding. I had to enrol Sam's help with this, it was so hard numbering them... How can one be more important than the other really? So generally these 10 things are our wedding must haves. Sam also wanted to add food as 11, he said that was more important that his suit - men! What would be or are your wedding must haves? Anything that I haven't added to my list?

1. Wedding dress - Every little girl has dreamt of this dress, let her relish it!
2. Honeymoon - Make the most of that newly married bliss before you have to go back to normal life
3. Photography - You want your memories to last well in beautiful photos
4. Venue - It's your time to hold the party of your lifetime, you have to make sure it's in a venue ready for such a party!
5. Rings - Your rings are the one part which are going to be with you always (as long as you don't lose them!)
6. Transport - Sam has a major love for classic cars so if it's important to him, it's important to me
7. Entertainment - You want everyone to have fun at the party of the century, right?
8. Wedding cake - It's traditional, make it yummy
9. Guests - Make sure all your special people are there to share the special day with you 
10. Ceremony - The pre-party venue has to be just as fabulous as the party venue!

I hope you enjoyed this and that for any other bride to be's it may be helpful. I would appreciate any of your helpful comments, advice from people who have been there and done that is so valuable! Like I said at the beginning, check out the MoneySupermarket competition here

Georgia x

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Woolly Mouse

Hat - Tesco
Tee - River Island
Cardigan - New Look
Trousers - H&M
Sneakers - Topshop

Good evening! What a wet, miserably cold day and I've spent the whole morning and afternoon stood outside in the midst of this delightful weather (Don't ask!) So I feel like I fully deserve this night in! Getting out of wet clothes has to be the best feeling ever haha. One of my sisters has gotten me addicted to The Hunger Games books, like seriously. I feel 15 again. I've never watched the film though so faithful Amazon dropped it off at my house yesterday ready for movie night with Sam, yesss.

Oh what do you think of my new glasses? I love them! Tommy Hilfiger and Specsavers have sorted me out yet again, like I'm wearing these more than my contacts at the moment. I've also realised that I need a fringe cut yet again. Beanies always push my fringe down and unless its only just been trimmed it looks like a hedge. Oh dear!

Enjoy your saturday evening,
Georgia x

Friday, 15 March 2013

And The Award Goes To...

Okay, okay I don't need telling that I have officially won the award for worst blogger ever. How can I apologise enough? I have been so caught up in wedding planning, job interviews and vintage fayres that I have neglected my poor Satiable Fashion.

I think 75% of my brain is constantly thinking wedding at the moment so look out for my wedding posts! Promise ;) I'd like to think I would make a pretty good wedding planner, everything is going so dreamily. So yes, that leaves me 25% of brain to get myself to job interviews and fayres on time. To add to the mayhem my diary went missing for weeks, mum found it yesterday so I'm back on track.

I don't have any pictures of my own to share with you as any recent ones are on Sam's mac, I think but today I found out about this gorgeous clothing label which then inspired me to write a blog about it. I love dressing vintage but for everyday it can seem a bit too much so I always try to add a vintage inspired twist to a modern outfit... I need not look any further with this range, Miss Patina; is all of that and more. Time for me to stop using words and start using photos so you can see for yourself....

It's all so pretty and feminine and patterned and and... All those collars! Before today I was pretty sure my collection of shirts and dresses was complete but now I realise how foolish I was, it will not be complete without a large proportion of Miss Patina added to it. There is just one tincy, little problem though... They don't sell shoes or handbags! So if you're like me and are literally drooling over those brown loafers and the two cute bags, it means looking else where for them. People of Miss Patina, please be kind and share the secret of those loafers. Where did they come from?

All these pretty clothes have put me in the mood for summer, as much as I love winter I'm getting to the point that I can't wait to ditch the tights and massive furry coat! I'll be sad to stop wearing jumpers though, I miss my woolley's so much that I generally still wear them every now and then cause I'm still always so cold in the summer but that always just results in people questioning my sanity. I don't care though - if I get cold, I will wear a jumper! What's the one thing you'll be sad about saying goodbye to come summer? I want to make sure I'm not the only crazy person out there who misses winter or at least aspects of it!

Thank you to any loyal and faithful readers who read this, I hope you haven't given up on me! I hope you're all itching to check out Miss Patina, if you are go and shop now: Miss Patina Yes, I said now!

Georgia X

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Summer Memories in the Peak District

When mornings mean getting up that extra five minutes earlier to leave time to de-ice your car before leaving for work in the morning and with the nights continuously getting darker, it's hard to remember those distant summer memories. I prefer winter over summer any day but I do miss being able to nip out not wearing a coat, eating bbqs and endless days from time to time. Sam and I have been lucky to have three getaways together so far this year, between the rest of our advenutures; a trip to Mexico and San Diego, a trip to York and at the end of the summer we found time to squeeze in a mini break to the Peak District. I thought I would share some of our snapshots from the Peak District because I haven't yet done that, I hope you like them!

We all love a bit of protecting animals!

Saturday, 10 November 2012

What I Wore This Week: My Vintage Leather Jacket

So it was my 20th birthday (Ahh, scary!) the other week and my lovely family&Sam spoilt me rotten. Sam is such a sweetie and I love when he buys me clothes and jewellery, I never want to take them off. He really did treat me too much... Taking me for meals, to the theatre, shopping, buying me lots of presents - We even played golf. He bought me a leather jacket and a pair of All Stars, two things my wardrobe have been missing and I didn't even realise! I am a lucky girl!

Today's outfit features the leather jacket, one of the gorgeous dresses my parents got me for my birthday and the statement necklace in my previous post.

Read on for the rest of the photos!

Sunday, 4 November 2012

The Statement Necklace

This season what will you find wrapped around every other ladies neck? No, not a scarf but a statement necklace. They add a shine to any outfit and really are the finishing touch. Even a woolly jumper benefits from an added sparkle! I wore a big jumper to work the other day and it looked fabulous matched with a necklace, even to the office!

So, here's a pick of my favourite...

Topshop, £12.50
I love how this one is so unique, it looks like a collar but then is a necklace in it's own right. It makes me think of something an Eygptian Pharoah's wife would have worn... Someone agree with me?!
H&M, £7.99
H&M have 25% off online orders at the moment with a voucher code, check it out!
Generally I'm not a fan of silver jewellery but if silver is your choice of bling then this definitely a great piece to go for. A great sharp piece for the office or a night out with the girls.

Forever 21, £8.40
I still can't believe how lucky I am to have a Forever21 down the road now!
I love the layering in this piece. Now that it's Winter there's nothing more that I love than to layer up and this necklace really echos that.
Forever 21, £7.40
I love a sparkle, how cute! When the winter sun catches the jewels on this it will be sure to catch someone's eye.
DazzleMePink at, £10.25
I've added a link for this so that you can find it!

How amazing! It really reminds me of an Aztec tribe or rays of sunshine. I love the added silver sparkle and who doesn't like a necklace that comes with matching earrings?!

River Island, £8
This necklace is different to the others but still makes a fun statement. I love character pieces like this, they really make outfits fun.

What do you think? Have you done any outfit posts featuring statement necklaces? I'd love to see how you're all wearing them. I have a couple of outfit posts coming up so here's a sneak peak of one featuring my latest addition to my necklace collection..

The necklace I'm wearing was a bargain that I picked up when I went shopping in Primark for this year's onsie. (Yes, I had to admit... I wear a onesie and I love it!) Amongst the sale racks was this amazing necklace for £2! Love a bargain so I couldn't resist. Look out for the outfit post coming soon!

Well, I hope that you're all well. It seems that every time I write it is just before I go to bed so here I am again going to sleep. Goodnight all! Georgia X

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