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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

DIY Rustic Wedding Blackboards






As I explained in my A Little Chat post, I was going to start introducing some wedding posts onto Annie Writes Beauty. They're going to be a bit of everything including the things I'll be making for the engagement party and eventually wedding because I apparently have a crafty side and I also want a place where I can look back on everything. The first instalment are the blackboards for the engagement party on Saturday. I'm trying to do as much as I can on the cheap and making it myself makes it more personal to us. 

I bought four blackboards from Poundland, some wood paint and a paint brush from Homebase plus a chalk pen from Hobbycraft to create what I wanted thanks to my old buddy Pinterest. Everything cost me under £10 and I'll be able to reuse the boards if we wanted to as well! After setting up a painting station in the kitchen I got to work with the blackboards. I could've kept the blackboards as they were but I wanted to spruce them up so I bought a sample paint pot in Farmhouse Cream to go with the Ivory Chalk Pen. A couple of coats of paint and the blackboards were how I wanted them which then meant it was time for the fun part, choosing the quotes to write on them. 

I've shared one with you in this post which is the Welcome to our happily ever after. I'd seen Welcome to our beginning on Pinterest but as we've been together four years it didn't make sense so we changed it. I'll share the others after the engagement party as they'll be dotted around the venue. Now for some little tips... 

  • Always cover the surface you're painting on, it makes clearing up easier.
  • Place tape on the areas you don't want paint on to save the blackboard.
  • Two or three coats are always better than one quick job.
  • Invest in a chalk pen! Best thing I've ever bought. 
  • Research the font you want to replicate as the pens are a pain to get off. 
  • Always wash your paintbrush. I forgot & kinda ruined mine. 


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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Lavender Fields



 





Kimono - H&M, Cami - Topshop, Jeans - Primark , Boots - Primark , Hat - Primark, Sunglasses - Ebay

I received a message from one of my best friends a few weeks back saying we were going to some place called the Lavender Fields because it would make awesome Instagram photos and I didn't have a choice. Fast forward to July 10th and the three of us piled into the car on a very early Sunday morning and made the drive to Alton, Hampshire for a day of fun, sun and of course coffee. 

We started the day at the Jane Austen House Museum followed by cream teas while we waited for the sun to finally break through after a pretty rainy morning. By the time we hit the Lavender Fields, the sky was blue, the sun was shining bright and it really heated up. We went straight to the fields to prance around, take silly selfies and get those oh so important Instagram shots. We had the sort of day you can only have with your besties, we ducked away from bees, ruined each others perfectly set up photos and laid in the sun before jumping on the tractor ride around the farm. We have lots more planned so expect some more fashion posts the next coming months! 

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Monday, 25 July 2016

Ladies Day Fashion & WIN Tickets to Newbury Races!



Ladies day at the races have increasingly become the most popular dates in the calendar, it's a chance to dress up in your fanciest outfits, strut in some gorgeous heels and wear a completely over the top hat. I'll be attending Ladies Day at Newbury Racecourse this August and I'm already outfit planning with my bestie. Topshop have been killing it on the fashion front this season and I've been browsing numerous dresses to find the right one for me. As you can see from the mood board I've gone with something dark as I'm a black clothing girl at heart and no amount of sunshine will change that. 

As a special thanks to you guys I also have a pair of tickets to the races and a £30 John Lewis voucher up for grabs and all you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. Please also read the terms and conditions as this is an 18+ competition and good luck! 



Competition provided by company. 

One winner will be picked at random using Rafflecopter and the giveaway will run for two weeks.
Open to UK residents aged 18+
Your email address will be used for promotional purposes by the Company in question but will never be used by external third parties.
The winner will be contacted by email if there is no response after 28 days then a new winner will be picked at random and contacted.
There is no cash alternative nor will the prize be swapped or refunded.
If you have any other questions send me an email on alicespake@gmail.com

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