Wave goodbye to Excessmas

It is the most wonderful time of year… or, at least, it is supposed to be.  Yet, for many, Christmas can equal excess expectations and extreme expense or indulgence.  Has it all become a bit too ‘extra’ for most of us?

Fortunately, 2019 looks set to be the year that ‘excessmas’ takes a back seat.  Research reveals a backlash against the Insta-perfect of prepping, cooking, gorging and one-upmanship shopping.

Christmas Tree

How to arrange a stress-free Hen Party

Us ladies have it tough when it comes to arranging a hen party.  If you are lucky enough to be given the responsibility, there can be a lot of pressure.  Has it been something that the bride-to-be has dreamt of since she was a little girl? And how do you accommodate different personal budgets, their time and worst of all, expectations?

I have been in the wedding industry for a long time and have heard all manner of adventures and incidents from brides and grooms.  I have also been to my fair share of hen parties – I am sure I have seen more willy-straws than you have had hot dinners.  I have put together my top tips on getting organised, keeping calm and pulling off a kick-ass event.

Hen party

Love yourself in a bikini

How do you find contentment on the beach? Deep down we know people are not really looking at you, and they are not judging us for our size and how many love handles we may or may not have, but we all have that ‘moment’ before we go away about being seen in a bikini.

I am not always comfortable in my body (currently a curvy size 20), but ultimately, I will be on my holiday trying to get an all-over tan, with as few white bits as possible. It really is mind over matter. Here are some of my tips on how you can love yourself in a bikini.

XelHa
Unsurprisingly, I could not find many pictures of me in my swimwear. This one is a rather pink me, I am ginger skinned after all, in my tankini at Xel-Ha in Mexico in September 2017.

Spice World – Is rum the new gin?

Spiced rums have gained popularity over the past few years with more variants being available on the high street and in bars and restaurants, but what is it about the spirit that appeals to consumers and how does it compare to other types of rum?

A quick history of spiced rum

The first distillation of rum took place on the sugarcane plantations of the Caribbean in the 17th Century.  Plantation slaves first discovered that molasses, a by-product of the sugar refining process, fermented into alcohol.  Soon blends, spices and fruits were added, using the best of the Caribbean flavours.

Rum and Fizz
Peaky Blinder Black Spiced Rum. Picture courtesy of Rum and Fizz in Cardiff