Office Essentials

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OFFICE ESSENTIALS

 

I hope you had the most wonderful Christmas Day! Now for that perfect period between Christmas and New Year where you have the best excuse to do absolutely nothing… Blissful! I’ve used this time to collect together a few of my very own office essentials, some old and some new!

Working from home can be quite tricky, especially at this time of year when everyone else is officially off work and not doing much. I absolutely adore my office now (had a bit of a re-shuffle recently!) which makes all the difference when trying to motivate myself, but there are also a few handy items to help with organisation and general state of mind!

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Firstly, although not exactly a physical thing, my general workspace has to be neat, tidy, and organised, with everything I need for the day within reach. I find I get distracted and frustrated so easily when my surroundings are cluttered, so before I start any working day I always have a bit of a tidy-up to make sure my motivation stays strong. I also love to have photos and pictures in my office (and lots of them!). Especially as it’s a ‘home office’, I think it’s so important for the space to really feel like mine, and means it’s a space that I actually want to be in!

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COFFEE! I always start my day with a cup (sometimes two…) of coffee. It sets me up for the day and keeps me perky! Throughout the day I try to stay hydrated with water, but (I confess) it’s mostly with cups of peppermint tea… that counts as water intake, right? I have always got some form of notepad by my side as well. I have different notebooks for different tasks so I always know where to look if I’m trying to find something, and this one above is a new addition (an early Christmas present) which I have allocated to my gin-tasting notes!

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Organisation is key! Which is where my diary comes in very handy. I got two brand new diaries for 2018 and I love them both! It’s a good excuse to separate my work from my home life, so I’ve got one for each. I have to actively remember to write every appointment/meeting etc down but I always make sure I do so that they’re all in one place and can’t be forgotten. And what is an office without a trusty computer? In this century, not an office at all! It’s quite scary how much we depend on these machines, but it is safe to say I would get absolutely nowhere without my laptop.

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And lastly, reading material! I am never without a good selection of (tasteful!) magazines and informative books by my side. I love anything creative/passionate/wedding stuff/business advice etc to have a flick through whilst having a break for a cup of tea or lunch. I also use reading material as inspiration for my dress sketches in my down-time, so it’s important for me to have lots of material handy. This book is one I am particularly excited about. I’ve had a scan through it before, but I wanted a copy of my own which, thanks to my generous brother, I now have. I am so stupidly excited to read this, and work through it as my business grows. This is mostly definitely the newest addition to my absolute office essentials!

 

Goodbye Christmas

We’re now into those last few days where feeling festive is acceptable… So take a look at my festive blog posts here and here before it’s too late to be christmassy!

 

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Christmas Soirée Shenanigans

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MERRY CHRISTMAS! Christmas Soirée Shenanigans

TODAY IS THE DAY! Merry Christmas everyone! Without a doubt the happiest day of the year. Hopefully Father Christmas brought y’all everything you hoped for and your Christmas dinner is in plentiful supply. On this festive day, I thought I’d share a few photos from our Christmas party last week because, well, why not!

Christmas is the perfect excuse for a party with friends. I love having everyone together, getting a little bit (too) merry, and enjoying some festive cheer. It’s become a mini-tradition now that every year we host a Christmas soirée a week or so before Christmas, and it gives me and my girlfriends an excuse to exchange gifts and kick-start the Christmas spirit. This year we went all-out with our outfits (again, why not!) and dressed up in full festive glamour (so much mention of festive!!!). Euan even cracked out his fabulous(?) Christmas shirt and I just had to wear my stripy elf socks…

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A very Merry Christmas!

Festive Decorating at Lila Bailey HQ

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FESTIVE DECORATING AT LILA BAILEY HQ

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… (It really really is!). I absolutely love Christmas (just in case you hadn’t noticed). Not just Christmas Day either, I love the whole build up from late November right through to celebrating New Year and all the festivities in between. One of the first things I do to feel christmassy is stick a rocking Christmas playlist on and decorate! Last year was our very first Christmas in our own home which made it was super super special, but this year is even better because we’ve finally got our flat pretty much how we want it (more to come on that later…), so it feels even more like home.

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Festive decorating is an all-day event, starting with purchasing & decorating the Christmas tree (video below), followed by decorating the rest of the house! Because of our living room & kitchen colour schemes, I stick with a simple ‘red & white’ theme for the tree as it ties the whole room together as one.

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I don’t like to go OTT with Christmas decor as there is a fine line between beautifully festive and superbly tacky… I stick with a few go-to additions, including (a lot of) festive bunting, christmas blankets (as sofa accessories, naturally), jars of candy canes, handmade decorative stockings, ornamental hanging things (the technical term…), and lots (and lots) of candles. There is always a place for a small amount of tinsel (on the television, for example) but I don’t like too much as I do think it can really cheapen the look of a room.

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As I work from home, making sure my house is festively decorated is an essential part of my ability to focus during this period… (It is, honest!).

 

The Finishing Touch

To me, it’s just not Christmas without a wreath on the front door! Luckily, one of my very good friends happens to be a florist (handy) and runs Christmas wreath making workshops throughout early December. This year her & I had a one-to-one wreath making (and coffee drinking, gossiping) session and this was the result!

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It brightens up the hallway and brings a bit of festive cheer as soon as you walk through the door!

 

Links

Below is our Christmas tree expedition in video form, and also a link to Kat’s (florist friend) beautiful website…

 

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Wedding Suppliers Summary

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WEDDING SUPPLIERS SUMMARY

 

It’s a little late, I know, but there has been so much going on recently that I’m only just sitting down to really focus on a few blog posts! As you (probably) already know, I exhibited at a couple of wedding fayres in October & November (catchup with the blog posts about them here and here), and I met some super wonderful fellow wedding suppliers. Here are a couple I wanted to talk about, and (in case you missed it!) but video summary is at the end also!

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The Word Forest Organisation

The Word Forest Organisation is something that I have never come across before, but I seriously like the idea. There are a number of ways you can use their company, but essentially the end result being you have your very own ‘wedding forest’ planted. I mean, how fab is that?! Instead of asking for wedding gifts, you can ask your guests to buy you a tree on your selected plot of land in Kenya. 100 guests = 100 trees. AmAZing! Or you could gift the trees to your guests/bridesmaids/ushers etc as wedding favours, again, brilliant idea! And the Word Forest Organisation do it all for you (no travelling to Kenya required!). I honestly think this is such a fantastic company who are doing a wonderful thing, and they are also a registered charity which is just the icing on the cake really. Probably not everyone’s cup of tea, but a really unique idea if it’s your kind of thing.

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Wedding Magicians

I’m still undecided about wedding magicians… Are they the next big thing or are they suitable for only specific types of weddings? Not sure! I’d love to hear what you think though, especially if you’ve had/are having a magician at your wedding, or you’ve been to a wedding with one.

I did, however, come across a magician who I really liked and thought had a great act. He was called Dan Brazier and he performed a card trick on me which, I have to say, was pretty impressive. I thought he was dressed suitable and was well presented which is, of course, very important as any form of entertainer!

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The Illustrated Invitation

Lastly (I’m very excited about this one!) was a lady who was next to me at the Bath wedding fayre and her company was just to die for! Basically, they can sketch your wedding venue or church and then have the image printed on invitations/envelopes/save the dates, etc etc, and you can also purchase a framed illustration of your venue. I mean, wow! Not only do I love the idea, their style was gorgeous and simplistic which worked perfectly. The calligraphy is stunning across all their products and the drawings are in black and white which is all you need on stationary. I honestly love this company and I am 100% keeping them in mind for when I get married!

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Links

So there are my three favourite wedding suppliers from the two wedding fayres! Here are the links to their websites, and also the link to my video summarising them all.

The Word Forest Organisation

Ban Brazier

The Illustrated Invitation

 

Millennial pink; 2018 wedding trends

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MILLENNIAL PINK; 2018 WEDDING TRENDS

 

It’s that time of year when the 2018 wedding trend predictions are in full swing, and we are loving what is being talked about. I’m particularly loving the recent trend report from Coco weddings (which you can find here). Emma talks about the changes we can expect from drinks, flowers, and even a bit of influence from the land down under… But my fave is the pink influence gradually seeping back in.

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And we’re not just talking blush pinks here, there is a whole new pink known as ‘millennial pink’… What’s that? Well, that’s the tricky part. It’s sort of a grapefruit shade of apricotty salmon… Yum!(?) Millennial pink is not actually one specific colour, it’s a range of colours that fall in the pink category… Some suggest this millennial pink trend started with the first ‘rose gold’ iPhone, which – let’s face it – is hardly rose gold. But, wherever it came from it looks like it’s here to stay for 2018!

 

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I guess they’ve termed it millennial pink because all us ‘millennials’ are now the crucial influence on upcoming trends… even wedding trends which is super scary.

*The millennial generation is the generation of children born between 1982 and 2002*

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YOUR THOUGHTS

So, millennial pink… what are we thinking? Leave a comment below or send a message on facebook with your thoughts on this upcoming trend. And maybe you have some 2018 wedding trend predictions of your own?

 

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Fifty Eight gin; wedding ginspiration from the heart of the East End

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FIFTY EIGHT GIN; WEDDING GINSPIRATION

 

Let’s be-gin (classic pun)… I love when it’s time to try another gin (I mean, who doesn’t?!), especially when it’s one as nice as fifty eight! It’s amazing how much gin can vary from one to another, and the rise of creative gin making is most definitely on the up.

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THE GIN

Fifty eight, or 58, is single shot distilled in Hackney, London. * Single shot distillation; the head and tail parts are cut off leaving more of the heart. This removes any initial sharpness or unpleasant aftertaste and is replaced with a crisp taste and a soft finish. *

There are 9 botanicals used in 58 gin;

  • Juniper
  • Coriander seed
  • Orris root
  • Angelica
  • Cubeb pepper
  • Sicilian lemon
  • Pink grapefruit
  • Bergamot
  • Bourbon vanilla

58 Gin is produced in a traditional manner using beautiful alembic copper stills. The 58 experts claim it has a distinctive smooth and clean taste, but let’s see what we thought…

 

TASTING NOTES

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As usual, Euan tried the gin neat first of all (I’m still unwilling) and experienced a soft, clean, and crisp taste (as the experts said!), with a hint of citrus.

He then made the gin & tonics, using fever tree tonic and garnishing one glass with lemon (yuck!) and one glass with lime (yum!). In the craft gin club magazine, which comes with each monthly gin, they suggested using a grapefruit and rosemary tonic with this particular gin. Euan disagrees with this (has to be different), and thinks this particular gin doesn’t need flavoured tonic, but I’m always up for trying something new (and proving Euan wrong…)!

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I really enjoyed this gin. It was pleasant, smooth, and very drinkable. Out of all the gins I have tried so far through the craft gin club, it is probably coming out top (but very closely followed by the Kyro Napue gin). Interestingly, one of the first things I said was it reminded me of Plymouth gin, which is also a single shot distilled gin (I am officially an expert, just saying).

Euan said much the same; very pleasant, smooth, and enjoyable. We both tend to go for gins with a bit more of a ‘kick’, however sometimes something smooth and easy drinking is all you need.

We both agreed that there is an initial citrus taste to this gin, followed by after-tones that we couldn’t quite put our fingers on, but suspect it could be the vanilla.

Euan also said that this gin was (obviously) stronger neat, but the actual flavour was much the same. What he found with a couple of the previous gins were that they were very different neat than with tonic, hence being more in favour of flavoured tonics for those gins rather than this particular one.

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We tried the gin with the lemon and the lime and both concluded there wasn’t a lot of difference between the two. Euan said this was positive as a garnish isn’t designed to flavour a gin. I very rarely enjoy gin & tonics with lemon, and will always have lime (unless an alternative garnish is suggested), but with this gin I found the lemon to be equally as tasty as the lime (honestly, it’s a miracle!). I would most definitely choose this gin in a restaurant, and even to have in the house (Christmas present ideas…).

 

BRANDING

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We loved the shape of the bottle, the blue wax seal, and the lettering, however we weren’t so keen on the image in the middle. I assumed it had some relevance (I love to assume), but I couldn’t find much about the branding online. I don’t think the bottle/label stands out quite like some of the previous gins have done, but I do think it’s in-keeping with the smooth and almost calm feel to the gin.

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WEDDING COCKTAILS

Euan was very much adamant that he would make a simple Gin Martini with an olive to garnish. He thought the gin had a great flavour and doesn’t think there’s any need to cover it up with complicated cocktail ingredients (but colourful cocktails are fun!).

Euan’s Gin Martini

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  • 50ml of fifty eight gin
  • 15ml of dry vermouth
  • One olive to garnish

Pour the gin and vermouth into a shaker with lots of ice and stir (much to the dismay of James Bond). Strain into a martini glass and garnish.

 

The craft gin club magazine created a cocktail called the ‘Marmont Fizz’ which I very much like the sound of!

Marmont Fizz

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  • 6 mint leaves, plus one to garnish
  • 20ml of lemon juice
  • 15ml of elderflower cordial
  • 35ml of fifty eight gin
  • 15ml of apple juice
  • Champagne, chilled, to top

Add all the ingredients into a shaker over ice. Shake and strain. Top with champagne and a mint leaf to garnish.

 

VLOG TIME!

If reading is too much of a hassle, why not watch us try the gin instead?!