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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Why I haven't enjoyed planning my Wedding.

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Can we address the fact that I get married in three months time, how did that time fly by so quickly? How have I not sent out my invites? How have I not finalised my bridesmaid dresses? These are all serious questions that need answering but for now we are going to just talk about my experience up until this point. To be honest, and I'm going to keep it real with ya'll, planning this wedding hasn't really been the greatest experience of my life, in fact it has been stressful, time consuming, expensive and emotionally draining. When I started planning I had these ideas of grandeur, of all the fun things I would do towards the lead up, all the fun I would have planning and choosing invites and decorations, when in actual fact it has been nothing like I imagined. First off Dan and I are paying for our wedding by ourselves entirely which has put some financial pressure on us thankfully I have been very lucky to have collaborated with a number of people allowing for substantial savings but still it has been an added pressure. Secondly his year is perhaps the biggest in my personal career with blogging. In January I announced I was chosen as Marie Claire's Curve Columnist writing once a month in the print magazine. as well as signing with the management agency MiLk meaning I am now represented professionally. The start of the year I  flew off to NYC for my biggest campaign yet with Evans as well as a trip to Portugal with the brand Curvy Kate amongst working on a number of projects with brands. Balancing this with a full time 9-5 job has added a fair bit of stress on me, planning  became  much more difficult when I was trying to balance everything else in my life. The guilt I have experienced for being so behind with my planning has been overwhelming, I've cried a lot, and honestly at times regretted choosing to have it in the UK. As well as this, weddings most definitely highlight close personal relationships more than ever, in both a good and bad way. There is a hell of a lot of politics involved with planning a wedding and I for sure have seen the pressure it can cause and that part has not been fun at all.


The idea of planning a wedding is so romanticised that when you feel crap about the experience you feel like you are the only one. Pinterest displays 5 million photos of perfect weddings and it kinda makes you feel like crap sometimes. Yes I know the day is about Dan and I and yes it will be incredible I'm sure but I just wanted to write something to any fellow bride-to-be's out there to say, if you aren't enjoying it its perfectly fine, its okay to struggle, its okay to be stressed. It is so hard to plan a wedding, have a busy career, see friends, have holidays, and spend time with your partner. Life is busy for all of us so don't feel like you have failed if it isn't running smoothly. It will all work out and it will be the best day of your life. Nothing puts a smile on my face more knowing I get to marry my best friend soon so that is what I am focusing on right now and so should you too. Tell me in the comments below if you felt the same way as I would love to hear your view. Oh and see below some gorge Bridal related gifts for you and your squad to enjoy! 



BRIDE TO BE GIFTS



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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

I am me

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At the end of March I sat, alone on a flight out of London Heathrow and contemplated my life. Just a few weeks earlier I received an email asking me to be involved in a major campaign for Evans one that involved the celebration of 8 women (me being one of them) and it was being shot in New York! Sitting on the crowded plane, I had to pinch myself that I was being flown out to the other side of the world by a brand, that I was about to check into an amazing hotel, with a team of really great people and have my photo taken by a renowned photographer. Not only that but I would get to connect with seven other incredibly inspiring women for the I am Me Campaign 

As women we hold so much doubt about ourselves, about our abilities, about our experiences even about our success and its a damn shame. When my final image came back from the shoot with the title 'Inspiring' at first I was taken aback, to call yourself inspiring is a pretty bold statement, it almost felt a little vain. Then I realised that a huge part of my blog and my life is to help inspire my readers to be the best version of themselves, to be happy in their skin, to love their bodies and their minds. This is something I should be proud of. Just like everyone, I am flawed and it is those very flaws that makes me into the person I am today. I am so grateful for my life, my friends my fiance and right now I couldn't be prouder than to be exactly who I am.

 I am Callie. 
I am 27
I am a blogger 
I am a columnist for Marie Claire
I am passionate about helping women feel good about themselves.
I am a fiance to a wonderful man called Dan 
I am clumsy
I am loud
I am loved
I am me

WHO ARE YOU?


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Friday, 29 April 2016

Pimp up your Pool Party

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Guys I just got back from five days away in Portugal with my favorite lingerie brand Curvy Kate who were out shooting their Spring/Summer 17 campaign. My days were spent watching gorgeous babes model in the sunshine, eating Al Fresco, lazing by the pool and basking in the glorious heat. As we pimped up our pool side this year I thought I would share with you a few of my photos and my list of ultimate summer holiday/pool party essentials. All ready for when you and your squad (or you and your bae) start planning your summer. I mean who doesn't want to ride a giant flamingo, lay on an ice cream or sit on a giant pink doughnut?

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POOL PARTY MUST HAVES


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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

NYC BABY


A few weeks ago I spent a week in New York when I sent out there to shoot a campaign with Evans (more on that soon) and with my free time I made a conscious effort to see, do and eat everything! Even with shooting for three days I managed to squeeze in so much, and I thought it would be cool to share with you what I think are the must-do things in NYC. If you have any tips for places do leave me a comment below, as I would love to hear yours too!



TOP OF THE ROCK


For one of the best views of New York, Top of the Rock is a must visit. On a clear day you can see all of the New York skyline, and it really is a lovely photo keepsake. 

Price: Starts from  $26 per adult or for $47 you can see the Sun and Stars tour which is both the night and day included. 
Tip: To save money and get the best of both worlds with your views my advise would be to visit around sunset. That way when you arrive you still get a clear view of the Skyline but also when it turns to dusk and the skyline starts to light up.
Where to buy tickets: You can buy tickets directly from the Top Of The Rock website or alternatively if you buy a New York City Pass you can make a saving on price and see some of your other favorite attractions

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WILLIAMSBURG BROOKLYN



If you are looking for cooler, younger vibes then Brooklyn is a must, much like London high prices directly in the city have driven many artists and young professionals out where they have created their own local communities. Williamsburg is home to Smorgasburg an open air food and flea market, tons of vintage stores, cool coffee spots and really great restaurants. 

How to get there: The nearest subway station is Bedford Avenue on the L train it is pretty simple or if you don't fancy the subway you can always take an Uber as these also run in NYC.

What to see: Smorgasburg is a must, especially to see the amazing skyline that it looks on to, make sure to try the grilled corn which is covered in spicy cheesy crack. Artist and Fleas is a cool place to find lots of pretty hand made items, where prices are pretty reasonable! 

Where to Eat: We ate at a little Mexican place that I don't know the name of but so many recommended the following:

Colonie – American style food, fried chicken.
127 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Buttermilk Channel (American style brasserie)
524 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231



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CENTRAL PARK


You cannot come to NYC and not visit Central Park, you just can't! Even if you see just a small part like we did it really is worth it. The park itself is big so it would take a long time to get around it all but if you are up for the task then you can find all the details here  If you don't fancy walking, at most of the entrances you will find groups of tuktuk drivers who offer deals to take you around by bike, this can be pretty pricey but if you want to see more with limited time this could be an option for you.

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TAKE A YELLOW CAB

I mean this isn't an essential for a New York visit but it was something I always wanted to do, I guess having seen them in so many films and iconic TV programs it felt like a must do for me. Driving through Times Square was certainly an experience, that area is just wild! Although I would not recommend taking cabs everywhere, it can be pricey when on a meter stuck in traffic we found out the hard way a couple of times that some drivers will unfortunately rip you off by taking you longer routes. When you get in the car be sure to sound confident when giving your address, and have a rough idea of where you need to be before you go and you will be fine and dandy.


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VENTURE TO OTHER NEIGHBORHOODS

There is so much more to NYC than Manhattan and although most of the tourist led attractions are in that area don't be afraid to venture out to different parts. Harlem for example was so lovely to walk around on a sunny day after grabbing brunch at this super cute spot called The Kitchenette. The food here was home made American and it was so delish. I also heard that Slyvia's is also a famous place to try Chicken and Waffles and you can find that also in Harlem. We also ventured downtown near Soho and Chelsea where there are a bunch of incredible brunch spots such as Egg Shop (more on that later) and Bubbys Highline which is right near the iconic High Line sky garden (photographed below) Again, these places are easy to get to using City Mapper NYC or simply asking at a subway station.

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EAT ALL THE THINGS

Oh boy, I hope you are ready for all the amazing food places that are out there in New York because I tell you what the food there is an experience in itself. Want a doughnut bigger than your face well my friends, there is a place for that, in fact its called Dough. Salted Caramel, Toasted Coconut, Nutella and Dulce Leche these are just some of the options for you to try. For teeny tiny doughnuts then NYC also has you covered with its shop Doughnuttary serving up flavours like Peanut Butter and Jelly, Coffee, Banana and Coconut, and maple potatoes and bacon, thats right bacon and potato flavoured doughnuts. We actually tried the little doughnuts at Chelsea Market, a foodies dream spot in downtown Chelsea full of so many interesting food places. Japanese burritos? Yep you can find

You must, must, must try a NYC pizza slice, another bigger than your face food item but worth every last bite. Cheesy, chewy, delicious. We stumbled upon a place called Amadeus Pizza when we were drunk and it was a no frills joint that made really, really good pizza. We also tried sober, you know for comparison ;) We also were recommended trying Joe's Pizza  and Artichoke Basilles 

Egg Shop is also not to be missed, located in Down Town near Soho this place does the best eggs I have ever eaten. The clue in its specialty is in the name, Dan and opted for eggs on home made biscuit with bacon, garlic Aoli and chipotle ketchup. PHENOMENAL and to be honest, I still think about it often. New York really is your Oyster so if you go, go wild, try everything, go everywhere! It really is the city that never sleeps.
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If this little blog post wasn't enough then you can see what I go up to on my YouTube Channel and watch my NYC vlog! Any questions throw em my way! 


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