Dreaming About That Ideal Wedding Venue... *

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It’s really weird because for a long time, I didn’t think I wanted to get married. For the last couple of years of my previous relationship, and for the 18 months of being single that followed, I decided that marriage just wasn’t for me. However, when I met my current boyfriend I decided that actually, maybe it was worth getting married after all...


Regardless of my stance on marriage though, I’ve always planned my dream wedding – and more recently, when I began working for a wedding photographer, the daydreams happened more and more frequently, as I spent a lot of my working hours lusting over images of wedding dresses, dream venues, wedding décor and so on from her portfolio, then on to wedding bloggers/bloggers who I knew were getting married (Gemma Spinks and Lydia Millen I’m looking at you!) as well as websites such as bijouweddingvenues.co.uk




I’ve decided my dream wedding venue is absolutely dreamy, if somewhat unrealistic. For the actual wedding itself, I’d like to elope. I want to get married on a gorgeous beach somewhere warm (Fiji, Santorini or similar), just Jonny and I, some immediate family and a couple of close friends. I want to get married under a pink and white floral arch, in a candyfloss pink dress (not like a big wedding dress, as I’ll be on a beach of course…) and then have a lovely, intimate meal all together afterwards!


Following this, I want to come back to the UK and have a big after party, where people we would have invited to a traditional wedding can come and celebrate with us, and we can do things such as have our first dance. I’d like the venue to be quite a glamorous one, with great lighting so we can get some beautiful wedding photos, and some beautiful surroundings so people can enjoy partying in the grounds of the venue as well as indoors (which, given the UK’s weather, will prepare us for anything!!). The décor would have to be the same shade of pink as my dress and flowers, and white, with touches of silver and rose gold running throughout! (I bet Jonny is reading this post, rolling his eyes and thinking of ways to tell me I’m never having this wedding haha…). I’d love to have a giant light up Mr and Mrs sign, fairylights and hanging flowers everywhere, and a personalised Instagram frame like I had for my 21st birthday, so the whole occasion is very aesthetically pleasing and perfect for photographing!







A girl can dream, hey?


I think when it comes to picking a wedding venue, it can cause some strife between the bride and groom to be – and that’s not ideal! Both the bride and the groom should make a list of what they want from a venue, and should then see which of their wants match up – do you both want somewhere traditional or somewhere modern? Do you both want a big dancefloor, a bar, space in the same venue for guests to stay? Work out what you both want so you can begin to look for venues that match both of your needs! This way, you should be able to keep any kind of conflict to a minimum – if it occurs at all!


What is your dream wedding venue? If you’re already married, tell me about your wedding venue, and if you’re planning a wedding, let me know what you’re looking for from a venue in the comments below!!

Love from,
Florence Grace

This post was sponsored by Bijou Wedding Venues but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Florence Grace's New Rules On Sex...

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Yesterday, a trending Twitter moment really caught my eye - "Amber Davies new rules on sex", in collaboration with BBC Radio 5 Live. And from Rule 1, I knew we were on a downwards slope. If you missed the moment, don't worry - here is a list of Amber's 'new rules' for sex:


  1. No sex on the first date. "If you don't know the person, don't have sex with the person. It's all about self respect".
  2. If there is alcohol involved, ask yourself if you're going to regret this in the morning. Because when you're under the influence of alcohol, you're a lot more vulnerable.
  3. Don't think sex is to impress. Amber thinks females and males would be a lot more impressed if you don't put out on the first date.
  4. We are absolutely binning the saying "no strings attached" or "friends with benefits". Amber says us females, we all know we get emotionally attached after sex so if you don't want to get hurt don't do it. 
  5. Don't follow the crowd. Just because sex has become so casual these days doesn't mean you have to do it, so stand up for yourself. 

I have one word in response to these rules:

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL.

Girl, please. What the hell?

First of all, this is coming from a young woman who had sex on live TV when she appeared on Love Island (or so I'm told, anyway - I don't watch that show, it's utter trash) so if she wants to tell people they don't have self respect... well, I won't comment because I for one don't judge people and their sex lives but girl, what you thinking? Secondly, who on earth is ANYONE to tell anyone else how they should be having sex? 

You might think I'm hypocritical, given the title of this post and the fact that I'm about to give you my own new rules on sex, but hear me out, because there's actually only one rule, and that's this:


Ignore Amber's rules and have sex with whoever you want, whenever you want, wherever you want and however you want as long as all parties are consenting. 


It's as simple as that!

If you want to have sex with someone you love, great. If you want to have sex with someone you just met, great. If you want to have sex whilst drunk, yolo! If you only want to have sex sober, you do you! Sex is a very personal choice and the only important thing at the end of the day is that both parties are consenting. You shouldn't let anybody dictate to you how you should be having sex. Casual sex, serious sex, one time sex, on and off sex - whatever works for you and the other person, whatever makes you and the other person happy, great. Don't let some low-list 'celeb' dictate rules for sex that are, quite frankly, shaming towards other people and shouldn't be listened to at all. 

I'd love to defend that some of her points are quite valid - don't have sex to impress (unless you want to, of course) and don't follow the crowd are both quite worthwhile points but the way she backed them up with reasoning that just shames people is not okay! Talking about self respect being lost if you have sex on the first date, about not putting out straight away to impress people... it's all just trash talk and it should just be ignored. 

Self respect has no correlation with your sexual status at all. Repeat that to yourself as often as you like, no one should treat you like less of a person because of your sexual choices - they just shouldn't, and if they do, the problem is with them and not with you! 

Do what you want when it comes to sex, as long as all parties are giving full and clear consent. Within the confines of that relationship, be it for one night or longer, a permanent one or a temporary one, create your own rules and have sex in a way that works for you and the person you're having sex with - that's literally the only rule you should stick to. 

Love from,
Florence Grace


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3 Things You Can Take Away From a Bad Date!*

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I’ve been talking about dating a lot recently. But that’s just because there is so much to say! Whether it’s about finding the best dating sites, how to get back into dating, staying safe while dating or even just some good old date ideas, there’s always something to talk about – better still, there’s always stories to share too!

I think the worst date I went on was with a guy that I had politely said yes to on a night out because I didn’t want to hurt his feelings (rooky error). He made me pay for the entire date and that was just a total ball ache because I wasn’t even into the guy! That was a harsh lesson that taught me to be more honest with myself (and dates) and learn to say no and mean it!

Whether you’re part of the Oxford dating scene, the Sussex dating scene, the London dating scene, the Manchester dating scene or the Norfolk dating scene, I think we all have stories we can tell about bad dates. If you’re a Leeds single, a Liverpool single, a Wiltshire singles or a Nottingham single, a single alien from outer space, I’m sure literally anyone can weigh in here! Bad dates happen to the best of us.

But what can we take away from them?

What we want!
Most importantly, bad dates teach us what we want. We might think we want someone who loves food as much as we do but when they steal the biggest slice of pizza or the cheesiest slice of garlic bread from our shared meal, we might be forced to think again! A bad date will highlight to us what we really don’t like in a partner, and remind us of what we really want.

An evening off
Yeah okay, so the date might have sucked but what would you have been doing otherwise? Working? Scrolling through Instagram in bed, bitterly liking cute celeb couples and wishing you had a bae to cuddle up to? Sat on the sofa binge watching Netflix and eating a microwave meal for one? A date is a date – it gets you out of the house for a night off, even if it didn’t go how you wanted it to!

A realisation that you’re not ready
Sometimes, a bad date is bad because of you. Yep, it’s true! The date might be perfect but you’ll still find fault in it because you’re not ready. If you’re jumping into a new relationship too soon, if you’re still in a relationship, if you’re overcoming a difficult period in your life… whatever the reason, if you’re not ready, it will impact your date!

See? A bad date can have its perks! Whether it’s an evening off from your usual routine or something deeper, like self-realisation about what you want or who you want, as long as your date ends with you getting home safely, there’s no bad date that’s so truly bad you can’t take even one thing from it.
In the worst instance, you might at least get a free drink, right?

What’s the worst date you’ve ever been on? Let me know in the comments below!

Love from,
Florence Grace

This post was sponsored by Digital Dudes Ltd but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Ask For Angela - Keep Safe While You Date*

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Whilst love, sex and relationships are spoken about across mainstream media platforms a lot, one topic that isn’t often brought up is safety in these situations. While safety is always paramount in any kind of relationship, it is particularly important at the beginning of a relationship, when you first start dating someone. You are essentially doing what your parents always warned you against doing – meeting up with a stranger (who you may or may not have met online) that you probably don’t know too much about, and this can sometimes be incredibly dangerous.

Of course you should use your common sense and do all the sensible things – tell several friends and family members all about your date. Tell them their name, age, where they work, where they’re from and most importantly of all, where you’re meeting and what time. Make sure you meet your date in a public place with lots of people, and if you can, try and meet your date somewhere that you’re familiar with.

But what if you do all of that? What if you follow all the normal rules but something about your date still isn’t quite right?

That’s where Ask for Angela comes into play. Lincolnshire County Council launched the campaign and it hasn’t taken long for it to spread across the UK (although sometimes with a name change). The idea of the campaign is simple. If your date is making you feel uncomfortable, vulnerable or unsafe in any way, go up to the bar and ask for ‘Angela’. This will alert the member of staff to your situation and they will help you to safely leave the building without causing a scene with your date. The campaign has proven to be very popular, and very successful, and has even had support from the free dating site, We Love Dates, who have created their own mini campaign on their website and Facebook page to support the movement.

While it is predominantly a UK campaign that started in Lincolnshire, it has reached the far corners of the UK and has even achieved recognition in the states, with Hollywood mega star Ashton Kutcher giving the campaign his nod of approval! In addition to this, posters are now popping up in bathrooms at clubs, pubs, bars and restaurants that encourage people to ask for ‘Angela’ if they need help, and also provides relevant contact details for crisis helplines. Now, even dating websites are getting involved, such as the free dating site We Love Dates. They have created a mini campaign on their Facebook page and have worked with a number of people to help raise awareness of Ask for Angela – which is absolutely fabulous, as we all know the risks that come with online dating!

It’s sad that we live in a world where campaigns like this are needed, but it’s so good to see the campaign being rolled out successfully on a national scale, and being acknowledged by dating sites, bars, clubs and so on. We need to protect ourselves and those around us, and if you could lend a helping hand by being ‘Angela’, why wouldn’t you?

Dating should be fun, and you should be able to go on as many dates as you like, whenever you like! But you should always remember to stay safe.

What do you think of the Ask for Angela campaign?

Love from,
Florence Grace

This post was sponsored by We Love Dates but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Studio Arntzen - Making Your Home Unique*

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I’ve always loved interior design – back when I shared a room with my sister, I would do her head in switching up the ‘scheme’ of our room after I had raided Primark’s homeware section!
Since moving out with my boyfriend into our own home back in January, I’ve really been able to experiment with  the design of my home more than ever before, coming up with colour schemes and theme’s for each room, buying matching furniture and experimenting with the layout of each room too. It’s a whole lot of fun (although my bank account might not agree with you…)!

I’m really not into traditional design, or ‘cosy’ looking homes – don’t get me wrong, I love a faux fur rug or a fluffy throw on the sofa, but when it comes to units, shelving and other significant pieces of furniture, I like them to be slick, modern and cool. With this in mind, I couldn’t believe it when I stumbled across the Studio Arntzen website – it’s a super cool design light shop.

There’s no denying when it comes to interior design that I always think about the small things – cushions, trinkets and various other decorative pieces that really bring a room together. One thing I often forget about is lighting – if it’s not a cute little string of fairy lights, I don’t even consider it! The lighting on the Studio Arntzen site really opened my eyes to how many incredible options there are when it comes to lighting for a room! There’s so many options, all made out of these incredible and unique shapes, quirky and oh so cool – so suitable for the Millennial generation who will probably be in the process of designing their own spaces right now! All the lights are designed by Dutch designer, Paula Arntzen, who is well known for her keen eye and her experimentation with materials and techniques, creating products unlike anything else on the market.








It’s not just lighting design that Paula Arntzen excels in though – her furniture is just as sophisticated, just as unique. For example, one of the first products you see on the Studio Arntzen website is a bench that is made of 100% recycled plastics that can only be folded by the shared energy of two people. This specification is so precise and might seem odd at first, but it makes you think – the concept is actually incredible, beneficial to the environment and different to any other furniture you’d pick up from a store such as Home Sense or Ikea. While she doesn't actually sell furniture yet, you can see a few of her designs on the site, which give you an idea of how exciting a furniture range from Studio Arntzen could be!





The excellent range of lighting and homeware/furniture means that you’re likely to be browsing for hours, lusting over everything – don’t say I didn’t warn you when you suddenly realise how broken your bank account is!

Where is your favourite place to shop for homeware? Have you shopped at Studio Arntzen before?

Love from,
Florence Grace


This post was sponsored by Studio Arntzen, with all images supplied by them via their website, however all thoughts and opinions are my own. 
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Dating - frustrating or fun?*

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Dating. When you’re single, you have such a love-hate relationship with it don’t you? Some days, it can be the best thing ever – you are inundated with dates, they’re all amazing and you have your pick of every fish in the pond. Other days, you can’t find a date you’re attracted to for love nor money, you feel hopelessly unattractive to the opposite sex and you don’t want to do anything other than sit on the sofa and mope, eating junk food and feeling more and more like you might be a real life Bridget Jones.

It’s a shame that dating has to go this way, isn’t it? Really, dating should be nothing but fun. Think of dating as a buffet, so to speak. You get to try different cuisines out and you don’t have to just settle for one kind of food – if you don’t like it, fine! You can try something new. There’s no commitments, no dedication if you don’t want there to be. You can just keep trying new things until you find something you love and really want to indulge in.

Dating allows you to try lots of different activities too – someone you’re going on a date with might know a really cool place to go for drinks that you’ve never heard of, or you might be able to take a date to somewhere they’ve never been! You can try things you’d never try normally – if you enjoy quieter dates, like the cinema, why not try something where you need to make a little more conversation, like Crazy Golf? Alternatively, if you don’t like sit down meals, why not go to a cocktail making session – you get to have drinks, have fun and there’s always something to talk about if you run out of conversation (e.g. the cocktails you’re making!).




If you’re struggling to find dates organically, a good thing to do – although slightly nerve wracking – is to join the world of online dating! It isn’t as daunting as it sounds and kind of gives you a ‘try before you buy’ mentality. You can get to know people online, which sometimes makes things more comfortable, before deciding if you want to go on a date or not – rather than getting to know each other face to face and finding you don’t like the other person, which some people find very hard and awkward to deal with.

It doesn’t matter where in the world you are, there’s bound to be a dating site that works for you! If you’re part of the Yorkshire singles, Buckinghamshire singles, Scottish singles, if you’re interested in the Shropshire dating scene, the Belfast dating scene, the London dating scene – there are sites tailor made for you. All you have to do is google where you are interested in meeting dates from – for example, “Shropshire dating” and you’ll find lists of the best dating sites that match your area!

Like I’ve said, dating should be fun. If you’re finding it stressful, you’re doing it wrong! Take some time to get comfortable in your own skin, learn what you want from a partner and then dive right on in to the wonderful world of dating!

Have you tried dating websites before? How have they worked for you?

Love from,
Florence Grace


This post was sponsored by Digital Dudes Ltd but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 
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Launching Your Own Fashion Line*

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When I was younger, I used to really love fashion - I used to enjoy watching Gok's Fashion Fix and then styling my younger sister using his ideas. I had a fashion designer pad, with stencils of women that I could draw my designs on to. I even had a Barbie fashion designer kit, which came with lots of different sample fabrics to create different outfits on a 3D Barbie template (sounds a little bizarre but was totally cool). As I've grown older I've worked with a number of fashion brands, sometimes even as a designer, and my love of clothes has never gone away

With social media being the key tool it is today, and with more websites accessible to us than ever before, it's now easier than ever to launch your own business - even your own fashion line! 

You can use programmes like Photoshop or Illustrator to design logos and patterns for clothes - or go even simpler and use premade, customisable templates on websites such as VistaPrint. But designing is the easiest part of the process - how do you go about getting into production? 

Well, handy websites such as Sewport have you covered from start to finish! Browsing through their website, everything is laid out clearly and is very easy to navigate around. Sewport help to "make the clothing manufacturing experience seamless", creating a space where anyone without connections in the industry can find the best matching manufacturing partners, opening doors for service providers and factories to get new customers and increasing visibility of new brands and emerging designers. 

Launching your own business can be so hard, but Sewport have done all they can to make the entire process from designing your line to manufacturing the final product as easy as can be. They've put all the communication and project management tools you could need for a successful manufacturing process in one place! With a range of intelligent tools available at just the click of a button, you can make use of filtered searches, ways to take notes, keep track of your parcels, make payments, share your project online with others, collaborate with other users and so much more. If you were hoping to launch a fashion line of your own, be that a one off collection or a long term business, why not make 2018 the year you make your dreams come true? I know that I'm definitely not writing off my career as a fashion designer any time soon now... 

Have you ever wanted to be a fashion designer, or have a career within the fashion industry? Tell me all about it in the comments below! 

Love from,
Florence Grace

This post was a paid collaboration with Sewport but all views and opinions are my own. 
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