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YA PROM WITH KATHERINE WEBBER | EVENT REVIEW

I have been on a come-down since Friday night, because Friday night was one of the best bookish nights I've ever had. It was the launch of Katherine Webber's new book, Only Love Can Break Your Heart, and the first ever YA Prom. 

As soon as Katie announced the event, I knew I had to go, and I have been excited for months. I will admit, I took my camera with me in the hope I would vlog and take hundreds of photos. In reality? I was having so much fun, the camera didn't even leave my bag.


My husband and I met with Liv (thatfictionlife) and Lucinda (theclichebookworm) at 6:30pm and we made our way to the gorgeous venue the event was being hosted at; Battersea Arts Centre. We got there a little early to take photos outside and inside the venue, because if there's one word that describes me and Liv, it's definitely extra.

We made our way up to the hall at just after 7pm. There was a stunning Only Love Can Break Your Heart backdrop which we all posed in front of and had some gorgeous photos. We bumped into Katie previously and oh my god, she just looked beautiful; definitely worthy of the Prom Queen crown (spoiler alert!).



We grabbed some drinks and made our way into the hall where Katie did a speech and thanked us all for coming (Katie, thank you for creating such a gorgeous event and such a fantastic way to celebrate your wonderful new book!). We cracked on with a Prom Movie/TV Show quiz where I was convinced Team Blogger (me, Hayden, Liv, Lucinda & Kate) did amazingly - turned out, we did not. I think if I had received an award that night, it would be for getting drunk the quickest - let's just say by 8pm, I was definitely not sober anymore...


After the quiz, there was a "Most Likely To..." awards ceremony for the authors which was great. I would show you photos, but I failed at being a blogger that night (sorry!). Then the pizza buffet started, which was delicious, and the night was in full swing. I missed out on the pizza buffet at my own prom, so I felt life had given me a second chance.

I met so many amazing people, and spent time with my faves. Meeting Rosie, Kate, Faye, Connie Glynn (I fangirled so hard!) and getting to catch up with Liv, Lucinda, Steph, Kelly, Amy, Janay, Jess, Jim and Will (there were definitely others but my brain is a sieve at the moment!) was definitely the highlight for me. To have so many incredible bookish people in one place was intimidating, but so exciting.

I have been a fan of Connie Glynn for years now, and it took me 3 wines and a lot of persuasion from Rosie to finally approach her. I'm always nervous of meeting people I have loved for a while, but I definitely had no reason too. She was the sweetest and loveliest person; in fact, it made me love her more! Very excited for the next book in The Rosewood Chronicles.You should definitelty read Connie's first book before the next one comes out in September.

I was going to say thank you to Hayden for being my prom date, but in reality, we all know it was really Liv (love you Hayden!). To everyone I met that night, thank you for making it one of the most fabulous bookish launches/evenings (and for putting up with drunk me!). It's made me extra excited for YALC now and I can't wait to spend time with everyone again. The bookish community is something I'm so grateful for, and so lucky to be a part of.





Me and the hubby/Janay and I





HEATHERS THE MUSICAL | REVIEW

Heathers the Musical
Rating: ★★★★★
Venue: The Other Palace, London

Welcome to Westerberg High, where Veronica Sawyer is just another of the nobodies dreaming of a better day. But when she's unexpectedly taken under the wings of the three beautiful and impossibly cruel Heathers, her dreams of popularity finally start to come true. Until JD turns up, the mysterious teen rebel who teaches her that it might kill to be a nobody, but it's murder being a somebody...

TIPS & TRICKS FOR YOUR WEDDING

I'm so excited to write today's post. I've been thinking about which content to put in this blog post for hours, because it's about something I absolutely love; particularly the planning side of it: weddings.

It's almost been two years since I married my gorgeous husband, and it was quite literally the best day of my life. I know the summer months are popular for weddings, so I thought I'd revisit mine and share some tips and tricks that might help you with yours.


  • SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP
    This is one I can't stress enough. Don't settle on the first thing you come across; in any areas. Even down to the tiny things like favours. I almost spent £50 on 100 Bride & Groom favour boxes - I ended up getting the same design for £10 on eBay! My dress was retailing over £1000 online, and my budget was significantly lower than that. I searched local stockists and managed to get it for £660! 

  • THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING
    Food was definitely not on the list of top priorities on my wedding day. Obviously, I wanted the guests fed and watered, but I really didn't want to break the bank on main meals, buffets or cake (wedding cakes can be so expensive!). If like me, food isn't something you want to be worrying about, find a venue that includes food in the package. We had finger bowls for guests (who could have up to 3) and a buffet in the evening - our entire wedding, with venue hire, food, dj etc for 60 people. was only £2000! As for the cake? We paid £60 for ours from Marks and Spencer. Got some fancy ribbon, edible glitter and a cake topper - and we had a beautiful wedding cake, for a very reasonable price.

  • LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION
    One piece of advice I always give to brides and grooms is: get a videographer. I know they're incredibly expensive (usually - I have a tip for that!), but it was the best decision I ever made in terms of our wedding budget. I managed to get our videographer for just £250. He was relatively new to wedding videography, and I thought for that price, it was a risk worth taking. I spent hours finding someone who seemed trustworthy, and good with a camera. This was our wedding highlights video: Zoe & Hayden. I couldn't have been happier with it.

  • TREASURE THE MEMORIES
    When the wedding's over, and you finally start to wind down - the photos will start pouring in on social media. You'll be trying to save them left, right and centre. Trying to remember who posted what on where. Setting up a hashtag on Instagram is a great idea - but not everyone has it...it becomes mayhem. Using a service like Wedding Photo Swap is the best thing you can do. Guests can upload your wedding photos in one place, and it's so much easier to access them all. The best thing is? It's free! You can upgrade for a small fee if you need extra storage space for photos, or you want your photos avaialble for longer.

  • HERE COMES THE BLOG
    One of the things I look back on the most, in particular during bad days and arguments (guys, they happen!), is our wedding blog. We made a website for our wedding where all the information about the ceremony, reception, gift list etc was listed, and one of the features was a blog. Me and my hubby did a separate blog every week, and reading it back, feeling the excitement as so many amazing things were happening - it's just magical. It was completely free and this is our website (and blog!) for anyone interested: Our Wedding Blog.

I could definitely go on about my wedding for hours - I thought I was a certified wedding planner by the end of it! Another tip I feel like everyone should know, but sometimes it gets lost on the way: this wedding is yours. The only people this wedding is for are you and your partner. People will moan. People will ask for what they want. But remember: this day is your day. You can be selfish. You don't want to invite John down the street, but your sister does? Don't invite them. You don't want buttonholes but your mother-in-law does? Don't get them. Don't lose what you want to please other people - and you'll have a great day.




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REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY | THE YEAR OF LIVING AWKWARDLY BLOG TOUR

The Year of Living Awkwardly
Rating: 4/5
Buy/Borrow: Buy
Source: Copy courtesy of Simon and Schuster (out now)

It's Chloe Snow's sophomore year of high school, and life has only grown more complicated.

Last year, Chloe was the star of the musical. This year, she's just a lowly member of the ensemble. Chloe’s best friend, Hannah, is no help: she’s been sucked into the orbit of Lex, evil Queen Bee of the class. Meanwhile, Chloe’s dad is busy falling in love with Miss Murphy, and her mother is MIA in Mexico with her much younger bullfighting boyfriend, Javi... 

If only Chloe could talk to Grady about it - he's easy to talk to. Or he was, until he declared his love for Chloe, she turned him down because despite all her rational brain cells she can't seem to get over Mac, and then Grady promptly started going out with Lex.

As the performance of the show approaches, Chloe must find a way to navigate all the messy elements of her life and make it through the end of the year.