Lauren’s Parisian Hen Weekend – Part 2

We began the day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel, where the croissants were fresh from the patisserie next door! Yum!

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Then made our way to the banks of the River Seine, as we had booked an hour-long sightseeing cruise. It may have been freezing, but we kept ourselves warm with hot drinks and it was a great way of seeing all the sights when short on time.

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After the tour we made our way to The Eiffel Tower ready for our trip to the top. We had pre-booked our tickets with an allocated time slot, which I would highly recommend doing, otherwise you are stuck waiting in a very long queue!

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We went up by lift but you can walk it if you are feeling fit and brave! As you can see it was a bit breezy, but such a good way of taking in the whole city and the views were amazing. At the top they also have a few souvenir shops and a macaron shop, my favourite!

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We grabbed a late snack/lunch on our walk back to the hotel. Where we then had some time to leisurely get ready for the evening.

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We started the night with drinks at the hotel and then jumped into taxis to Le Sanglier Bleu restaurant where we had dinner reservations.

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We gave Lauren some presents and a memory book with photos and notes from all the hen’s and played a few games whilst enjoying a delicious dinner of sea bass and traditional tart tatin and Crème brûlée’s. Yum!

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Finally finishing off with some traditional drinks!

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We then had a short walk to the infamous Moulin Rouge, where we had tickets for the evening show, which we were all so excited for. The queue to get in was a bit crazy even though we had tickets but once inside it was pretty iconic and magical.

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We had a private table and were given so many bottles of champagne. Apparently it came included with the tickets!

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The show was a mixture of burlesque, circus acts, singing and dancing. Some acts were really good but unfortunately some were quite dated and not as slick as we all imagined it would be. I’m glad I can say I visited though as it had been on the bucket list for a long time but I wouldn’t rush to go back. Fun night out with the girls though!

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The next morning we couldn’t believe how quickly the trip had flown by and that it was our last day in the beautiful city. So we had yet another leisurely breakfast at the hotel, had a little look around the local shops and eventually got the train back to the airport.

Such a lovely girls weekend away and hopefully a trip Lauren will never forget!

Love, Chloe xx

Lauren’s Parisian Hen Weekend – Part 1

When Lauren asked me to be one of her bridesmaids I was so happy and excited. Even though we had a whole year to plan the wedding, the first thing that came into my mind was hen do!

Lauren had 2 other bridesmaids, her friend Lucie and her sister Cathy and they all live near each other in Southampton. But living a couple of hours away, I felt like I wasn’t a lot of help to begin with, when it came to the wedding. However when it came to the hen do, I knew distance wouldn’t matter and that I could put a lot of effort into the planning process.

Lauren is a pretty classy lady so we knew she wouldn’t want anything too full on or tacky, so after a bit of research we decided on a weekend in Paris at the beginning of December.

Paris offered a mixture of Christmas festivities, culture, good food and fun and we all managed to keep it a secret from Lauren, along with the rest of the hens.

Lucie made Lauren a beautiful goodie box filled with lots of Parisian/French themed items to help her work out where she was going. Shocked and excited after eventually working out where she was going 😉 Lauren couldn’t wait to celebrate with everyone.

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I flew out from Gatwick a few hours earlier than the rest of the group, who were flying from Bournemouth. But that gave me time to decorate Lauren’s hotel room! We tried to keep the theme Parisian Chic and tried to match colours as best as possible to Lauren’s wedding theme of golds, creams and neutral/wood tones. So pretty. I think she liked it.

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After settling into the hotel, we headed out into the local area for a spot of late lunch, finding a place big enough to fit us all in. I think almost all of us chose croque-monsieur’s and tea to help us warm up, Paris was pretty chilly!

It was nice to have no set plan for this first day. We just walked and talked, passing through the Louvre and eventually ending up at the main Christmas Market also known as Village de Noel des Champs Elysees. You can’t miss it, it is stunning!

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It was so pretty all lit up with the twinkly lights and had a bit of something for everyone. Little market stalls for browsing, mulled wine for drinking and crazy fun fair rides for riding.

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You can’t take us anywhere!

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A few of us ended up on the ice skating rink, whilst the others took great pleasure in watching us slowly making our way around and sometimes falling over! All while enjoying their hot drinks. I’m a terrible ice skater and ended up coming off within about 15 minutes!

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We decided to end the night by buying some wine and snacks on the walk back to the hotel and enjoyed a girls night in.

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Love, Chloe xx

Kathryn and Anthony’s Wedding!

Matt and I woke up early, so we had enough time to get ready, before beginning our drive to Froyle Park in Hampshire for Kat and Ant’s wedding day!

It was another bright day, filled with sunshine, the perfect day for a wedding.

We stopped at a pub along the way, to meet up with some of the other guests for a drink and a bite to eat, before carrying on our journey to the venue.

Driving along the long, gravel path, we saw Froyle Park for the first time and it looked beautiful.

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We gathered in the front room, which was light and airy with huge windows, overlooking the grounds and chatted with other friends and guests, before making our way into the ceremony room.

The ceremony room was at the back of the house and had been decorated with white roses and candles, it was very romantic. We watched an excited/nervous/emotional/happy Anthony, wait for his bride to walk down the stairs and down the aisle to meet him.

Kat looked stunning in her dress.

While waiting for the ceremony to begin, us girls had tried to guess what type of dress she would be wearing, as she had kept it a secret, and this was more beautiful then any of us could ever have imagined. (Please tell me we are not the only ones who try to guess the dress?!)

Both of them were filled with love and happy tears as they exchanged vows.

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Just look at that dress!!

After the ceremony we made our way outside into the lush gardens, for drinks and canapés, while the new Mr & Mrs had their photos taken.

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The stunning bride, Kat

 

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The Wedding Party

Our glasses were constantly being topped up with champagne and the canapés were delicious. Some people decided to join in with the lawn games, while others chatted in the sunshine.

We were then informed that a cocktail bar had been opened. Free flowing Mojito’s and Porn Star Martini’s on a sunny day…amazing!

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Annie, Me, Gemma and Emma enjoying a few of the cocktails!

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One of my favourite photos – Emma, Annie, Gemma, Jess and Me

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Matt, Conor and Rich

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Group Shot! Gemma, Conor, Emma, Will, Me, Matt, Annie, Rich, Jess & James

After quite a few cocktails, fun on the swings and posing for photos, we were called in for dinner.

A delicious 3 course meal, with even more alcohol, this time white wine. Finished with the speeches and a champagne toast, I must admit I was feeling a little bit tipsy by this point!

A quick turn around of the room, meant the evening celebrations were about to begin.

First up cutting of the cake…

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Taking the floor for their first dance as Husband and Wife…

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And then we were let loose! With a free bar, a dress up box, glow sticks and a live band. We danced, sang and toasted the night away.

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Jess, Kat and Gemma

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Me & Matt ❤ (I have no idea what’s going on in the background? haha)

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Gem and Matt

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Annie and I

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Emma, Annie, Conor and Me

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Me & Gem

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Me, Matt and Jess

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Will, Matt, Annie and Emma

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Jess and I

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Me & matt

An amazing day, spent with wonderful friends, filled with love, laughter and smiles  ❤

A Sunny Saturday in New York!

After a very disturbed sleep, I blame the fireballs entirely! 😉 We woke up on Saturday to sunshine and the excitement of Times Square below.

We had separate Boys and Girl’s Day’s planned. So while Matt rushed to get ready for his early start, I leisurely lazed in bed and watched my favourite guilty pleasure.. Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Matt left and I finally managed to get myself out of bed, oh how I wish I could have stayed there all day! I had a cereal bar (all I could stomach), a large glass of water, jumped in the shower and then got dressed ready for Soul Cycle.

I have never been to a Soul Cycle class before, however with all the hype surrounding it and all the celebrity followers I was very excited to try it out. Even if I did have a massive headache and slight hangover. So I grabbed the first taxi I could and headed to Union Square to meet the rest of the ladies.

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^^ Soul Cycle, Union Square, NYC

I must admit I am not a gym bunny. I have tried a couple of classes before including spin, so I knew what to expect but I was a bit worried that I would look out of place and wouldn’t be good enough. However I needn’t have worried, the people who worked there were very helpful and after filling out a form and being given proper shoes to wear (the type that clip into the bike, we don’t have those at spin!) I met up with my group of friends and we found our bikes ready for 45 minutes of intense workout!soulcycle021

Oh all while the boys were playing baseball and eating and drinking all day……

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Wow Soul Cycle is hardcore! I don’t think I have ever sweated so much in my life. But I felt so good afterwards and I think it even helped shift my hangover. The class was full, but everyone was super friendly and it almost felt like you were part of some sort of team. The room is quite dark but I liked that, no one could see my bright red face, muffin top squishing out of my leggings or the beads of sweat constantly dripping off me ha, how lovely. But I just kept thinking how good this was for me and I really enjoyed it and the time flew by. Our instructor was amazing and so motivating, if a little OTT at times and I loved all the club music and how you rode to the beat. Half way through the class you use hand weights while cycling which mixed things up a bit. I found the stretches at the end a bit difficult as she uses the bike to help you but I think I was too small/short as my legs couldn’t even reach the floor haha. But all in all I had a great time and would so recommend it and would love to try it out again over here.

After the class Erin had to leave to do some last minute party prep. So the rest of us went back to our hotel’s and had a much needed shower!! I decided to spend a couple of hours in the afternoon just leisurely looking around the shops including Macy’s, as we needed to buy Bruce and Erin a wedding gift. We got them some Kate Spade His and Her’s tumblers in the end. They didn’t ask for anything, already live together and have been on their honeymoon so I thought this was just a cute gift.

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I also popped into a gorgeous cupcake shop on my walk back, called Crumbs Bake Shop. I really couldn’t resist or decide what to have once I was in there, way too many good cakes and biscuits to chose from!

In the end I went for The Blackout for Matt as he loves anything chocolate and a raspberry flavoured one for myself, although I was so nearly tempted by The Grasshopper as I love mint choc chip!

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^^ Blackout – Chocolate cake filled with fudge mixed with vanilla custard, topped with chocolate cream cheese frosting and chocolate crumbs drizzled with chocolate. Yummy!

I slowly walked back to the hotel, soaking up the sunshine and taking in the atmosphere of Times Square. I just love standing in the middle of Times Square, it makes me feel like I’m in a movie or something. Just me? OK 😉

Once back at our room I completely crashed on our bed. My legs, bum and feet were really aching by now, what had that spin class done to me?! The next thing I knew I was being woken up by Matt coming back to the room and we both got ready for the evening.

As I have mentioned before Bruce and Erin had already eloped and got married in February, so this was basically the after party and a chance for us to all celebrate with them!

We got a taxi to STK Downtown in the Meatpacking District and I was excited for the night ahead. We arrived at the venue and were told to head all the way upstairs to the Rooftop (yay just what my legs needed more steps 😉 ) but once we got to the top it was so beautiful, lots of sleek grey and white sofas and umbrellas, good music and a small bar area exclusive to the wedding party.

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Matt got us a couple of drinks and we mingled with all the other guests and friends. Erin looked stunning in her white, floaty wedding dress, totally her 🙂 Below is a pic of the happy couple on their actual wedding day, doesn’t it look gorgeous?!

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After mingling and drinking for a while, we all headed inside to a private room which was pretty large, with 2 sections, one with a bar and dance floor, the other set up with tables for dinner. I loved the décor very goth glamour my favourite! We all sat for dinner, picked our food choices and then listened to all the speeches.

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^^ Matt and I enjoying our evening at STK. My dress is from ASOS.com

The food was really tasty. To start I had the kale salad, Matt had the Tuna Tartare. For mains I had the grilled half chicken and Matt had the steak and to finish I had the cheesecake and Matt had the brownie.

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^^ Our table, apologies it’s so dark but it was so dark in there!!

After dinner we spent the rest of the evening dancing the night away and chatting with friends new and old.

It was such a lovely evening and we were so happy to be a part of it for Bruce and Erin. Here’s to the newlyweds! ❤

Love, Chloe xx