I'm really not in the mood to post anything specific at the moment...just wanted to give a bit of an update/write a kind of random blog post on what's going on in my life right now. Enjoy!
Beauty: I filmed a tutorial with fancy schmancy editing which I am quite proud of if I do say so myself :) It took me ages to edit but I did it and I'm really happy with it. You can check it out on YouTube here. Here was the final look:
Albi: I woke up this morning to a wonderfully white blanket of snow outside my window...YAY! Finally...now I really feel like Christmas is coming :) Albi and I both bundled up in our winter coats and braved the outdoors for his morning walk...he had such a great time and there was hardly anyone around so I let him off the lead. My baby loves to run in the snow! We were then met by two old men, Albi got a fright (he hates strange men) started barking and one of them tried to KICK Albi!! I became almost paralyzed with shock, I didn't know what to do or how to react. Seriously, what is wrong with some people?? Why on earth would you want to kick a very small and cute 10lb dog? He's not even aggressive when he barks, just frightened.
Christmas: On to more pleasant things...we received our Christmas cards last Friday and I have already sent half of the bunch (most of my fiancé's family have incredibly complicated Irish names...which I'm still figuring out how to spell!) and I am so happy with the design. We ordered them from Vistaprint...I was really impressed with the website and delivery was very efficient. I won't post the Christmas card here until everybody has gotten theirs as I don't want to spoil the surprise :)
We hope to get our tree soon (I'm thinking on the 8th) and I am so excited to decorate! I will take pictures when I do.
Diet: I've started eating porridge for breakfast as it's the yummiest thing to have on cold mornings! I love mine with cinnamon and fresh blueberries. Healthy, low-fat and delicious! I'm also absolutely loving persimmons at the moment...OMG. I never tasted them before (except maybe when I was little) but they are incredible...if you haven't tasted one yet you really need to!!
Book: My book is nearly finished...I promised you guys it would be out in December, well I'm holding onto that promise! My illustrator Tarsila is FANTASTIC, she has done the most amazing job with the illustrations and I couldn't be happier with them. You can check out here work/blog here. I'm not showing you guys any illustrations yet though...I want it to be a complete surprise! All things going to plan, you will be able to buy my book online next month. Yay! (If you don't know what I'm talking about, I spent the last two years writing a book...The Style Diet, a positive body image book for teens. But really, it's for any age group :) I finished it in January of this year and promised myself by the end of the year it would be published...and now here we are!)
Wedding: I am working with two wedding planners at the moment, and I finally seem to be getting somewhere with the venue. Once that is finalised I will feel A LOT better about the whole thing. Jonathan and are also thinking about taking a road trip across Europe next year, the destination being our wedding in southern Italy. I would LOVE if it worked out as I've never been to France and have always wanted to see it. Jonathan's family on his father's side is originally French (hence the name, Joly) and it would be nice to go back to the region where they are from.
I've seen a few more dresses that I like on the Nordstrom website. I like that they're not so traditional and a little more modern. I've also made changes to my bridesmaids' dress code, they are now wearing dresses to the knee and all in different shades of neutrals. Beautiful! My colour scheme for the wedding is neutrals so this will fit perfectly.
Family: I love Christmas and this time of the year, I really do. But it's also a sad time, my dad's anniversary is coming up (Dec. 2nd), even the thought of it makes my throat feel stuck, my hands clammy and my heart race....I'm not sure why. :( Some days I'm convinced it doesn't get better, it only gets worse. And then other days I'm fine...it's weird. This was his funeral wreath.
On a lighter note, my mom got an amazing bunch of flowers from one of her friends to honour my dad's passing. How pretty are they?? I have never been much of a flowers person...but even I have to admit these are pretty cool!
Car: We are getting a new car on Thursday. I am so happy I could pee my pants!! (Okay not really, haha.) But it's pretty cool as we've never bought a car together before. Our first one was a hand-me-down from my mom and now that that's kaput we've been using my dad's old one until we find ours. I think we've finally found our match :) This also means that we will be going to Dublin this weekend for a family dinner at my future mother-in-law's house. Yay!
So that's everything that's on my mind right now. A little different than my usual posts...hope you enjoyed :)