Flirtatious Florals for summer weddings

Although the weather has been a little up and down recently, as it always is around this time of year, many of you will have received invites already to those wonderful events that commemorate a couple's love. Whether it's a relative or an outer circle friend, weddings are events that bring everybody together for a day filled with smiles, happiness and love. Some people dread getting invited to weddings, fearing that they will be the lone egg left at the pretty table while everybody else exchanges loving glances of awe at their partner's beauty, fingers intertwined in personal patterns of affection. If that's you, then I'm about to teach you how not to be stuck at the singles table at a wedding. Dress the right way and you might even find yourself meeting your husband or wife at one of these numerous summer events!

Dressing well isn't just about following trends, it's about wearing what you feel comfortable in and also looking good while you wear it. One of the best ways to look good is to wear your outfit with confidence, bearing in mind, what looks good is definitely subjective. For example, I will throw a leather jacket on over absolutely anything and I was even tempted to wear one with this dress! However, a leather jacket is not really summer wedding appropriate in my opinion. If you know me, you'll know that when I'm in one of my many, many leather jackets, I usually get a little strut going on because I feel like a bit of a badass. Judge me if you want, but we all want that one item that gives us the natural strut.

I take a lot of pride in my appearance, so one of the main things I look for in a guy is someone who is well dressed. Even if I'm just popping to the supermarket I will think about what I put on, so it is important for me that the person I'm with does so too. I love a man in a suit, so weddings and formal events are the perfect place for me to catch some fire eye candy. This post has been written in collaboration with Bonobos, an american based men's clothing company who offer some beautiful pieces for formal looks. They have a range of smart suits in wool, linen and chambray, in a variety of smart colours. But best known for the amazing fit of their men's trousers, they definitely have the smart, refined and gentlemanly look covered. There really is nothing worse than an ill-fitting suit!

I think that white trousers or any kind of lighter colour like grey or pale blue is the perfect way to wear a suit for a summer wedding. Paired with a subtle print tie, plain shirt and a beautifully coloured blazer, the look is absolutely nailed. It's very easy to get bogged down in dark, generic colours like a navy or black suit, but it's far more attractive and interesting to play with colours during the summer and do something a little different. Bearing in mind, if you're going for something quite light and statement-y on the bottom, then you want to make sure that the top doesn't detract from this!

For women, at summer weddings class is absolutely key. You want to wear a pale colour, something like the peach, printed floral dress I'm wearing in the photo above. It's pretty and feminine and it has enough detail to make a statement without stealing the attention away from the bride. If pretty dresses and floral patterns aren't really your thing, then playsuits will be your best friend. Something plain or with a simple print like stripes would be perfect. I picked a stripey playsuit up in the Bershka sale for just £6 a couple of weeks ago! With a pair of heels, some sunglasses and a pretty bag, you've managed to get a laid back but dressed up look and you haven't gone to too much effort to do it.

Overall, what's key to dressing for summer weddings in my opinion, is the subtlety of print and colour. You want to wear something different and exciting, but you don't want it to take over. As I said earlier on in my post, what looks good is definitely a matter of opinion. I personally like guys who wear a bit of colour and have a sort of preppy Chuck Bass-esque element to their look. I also like wearing pretty dresses or playsuits if I'm not feeling in the girliest of moods. If you have a partner that needs dressing for a summer wedding, then definitely check out the Bonobos website. The style of garments available are exactly the sorts of things I would be looking at if I were shopping for a partner.  If you're a girl looking for wedding inspiration, then check out ASOS (who wouldn't?) or have a rummage through the summer sales in some of the more casual shops like Bershka, as dressing up a casual piece allows you both versatility and the ability to create your own personal look!

Health Aroma Spa Day

I thought I would write a post today about my experience with Health Aroma Spas. Last Sunday, a friend and I booked in for a spa day at the Thistle City Hotel in Barbican. It's something I've been wanting to do for absolutely ages, but I haven't been able to organise or afford. Recently, I've been able to save up quite a bit of money and I decided that I wanted to do something nice for myself that wasn't just the usual buying clothes or make-up.

We found a voucher for the spa day on Treatwell that gave us 2 for 1 for spa access, a glass of champagne each and one 30 minute treatment for a total of £79. Split between two people I thought that was very reasonably priced! For an extra £25 you could also book in a massage, which of course we did because why not?!

I thought the quality of the spa and the treatments themselves were really good value for money. You got spa access all day, including a steam room and a sauna. I have to be honest, I have no idea why anybody would want to sit in a steam room or a sauna. We tried to go into both and we just did not see the point of sitting there sweating one out. I have no clue what either of them are supposed to do, but the sauna was not pleasant at all. And as for the steam room, I went in there for about 5 seconds, couldn't breathe and genuinely felt like I was going to be sick because there was no fresh air to inhale. I'm not sure if all saunas and steam rooms feel like that but they were both horrendous in my opinion. This has nothing to do with the spa facilities at the hotel itself, it's more to do with the type of spa facility. I just don't understand what the appeal is with those two.

In terms of the swimming pool and the jacuzzi, they were both pretty standard. The jets in the jacuzzi were really forceful and actually hurt my legs a little bit. The swimming pool was nice as it wasn't too deep or big so it was quite relaxing. FYI I can't swim, so if it had been any deeper I probably would have drowned. There were loungers along the side too which were nice to just lie on, be quiet and be left to your own thoughts while you waited for your treatments.

I will say that the appearance of the spa was beautiful. You can see in the picture above that the tiling and the pillars made it feel very exotic and it was easy to feel like you were on holiday even though we were just tucked away in a hotel in London.

In terms of the treatment, mine was done by Galia who was very welcoming and did an amazing job. I've never had a professional massage before but it was sooo relaxing and she really loosened the knots in my neck. You do have to be quite comfortable to go and get something like this done, as you are basically wearing next to nothing. For this massage, I didn't get to keep anything on but a pair of knickers. You also have to sort of disassociate from the fact that a random person is touching you for a very prolonged period of time. But once you do, you can appreciate how calming it is and how valuable it is in terms of relaxing any tensions in your muscles.

I also had a facial, which I have to say was the best skincare treatment I have ever had in my life. I am prone to getting blocked pores on my nose and after the facial, my pores had been cleared and my skin felt so soft. The products used were all from a German skincare company which unfortunately you cannot buy online. They are only stocked in Health Aroma spas. Time was really taken on my skin and there were at least six different steps, including a face mask. I love a good face mask and I am big on skincare anyway, so as soon as I saw the treatment options, I knew I would be picking this one. The other options included a scalp massage, a manicure or a pedicure.

After the massage and the facial, I felt so relaxed that I actually felt sleepy! We finished at about 3pm as we didn't choose to go back into the spa after our treatments. Overall, the experience was exactly what I expected. I really enjoyed it and I think that for the price, it's definitely something that you should try if you're looking for an affordable spa day in London. My only criticism is that it wasn't in a very nice area. The two closest stations are Old Street and Barbican and the general area looked a little bit run down. The hotel itself was very elegant looking, but it seemed a little bit like a gem tucked away amongst a pile of rubbish. Although what I will say is that this is something which is definitely reflected in the price.