Asos big bow trouser and black bardot

Last weekend I was in London.

This weekend I was home in Glasgow.

Doesn’t have the same ring to it does it?

I spent one of the days I was there with the other half in central London searching for a suit for him to wear to our Walima (a second wedding reception hosted by the grooms family) and more importantly my WEDDING SHOES!!!! Don’t tell him I said that. Guess which shoes I got? Keep guessing for now while I talk outfit of the day!

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I kept my look for that day simple but with my own personal style coming through with that big bow on my trousers. I actually love them! The back bardot top was a nice contrast to the lovely lilac/metallic colour of the trousers. I originally thought about white but it just washed me out.

Top & Trousers – Asos
Shoes – Office Shoes
Bag – Fiorelli

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The boy did pretty well with these pictures don’t you think? Well I think he had no choice after I moaned about the angles, lighting and the fact that he had chopped my head off in some. The boy has a lot to learn. He is probably regretting marrying a blogger. Part of the package pal, it’s all part of the package.

We had the nicest day in London and I finally found my wedding shoes. One big tick off my to do list.

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My 'something rouge' 🙂

Red soles for a red wedding dress. It all feels so real now! I found my perfect sole with my soulmate. Okay, I need to get a life.

Soulmate’s response after every pair of shoes I tried on?

“They’re nice. I like these ones”.

I still have 58955959 things to do but said soulmate is currently away on holiday for ten days so I have plenty of time to carry on packing and also writing.

I was actually just clearing out some more things just there and ended up abandoning everything to come and write. I was sorting through a drawer of scarves to try and downsize the collection when at the bottom I found this.

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This knitted number in luminous colours was knitted for me by my mother when I was five years old. She spent weeks making it and at the time I absolutely loved it and stomped about the place with it wrapped around my neck thinking I was it and a bit.

A few years ago for some reason I hadn’t seen this scarf in years and completely had forgotten that this was made by my mum and thought what even is this thing? You know how when us girls grow up and all of a sudden become cows just because we think we have this thing called style? Well, I popped it into a charity bag along with other things and forgot all about it.

A few days later I came home and found the scarf lying on my bed. When I said to my mum, ‘why is that weird scarf back on my bed again I gave it to charity?’, she reminded me that she had made me it when I was younger. I don’t think I have ever felt so horrible in my entire life. I couldn’t even speak because I felt so rotten.

My mum’s exact words to me were:

“You might think it’s ugly now but one day when I’m not around you will look at this and remember your mum and think it’s the most beautiful thing in the world so hold on to it”

Hold on to it I did. Tonight, sifting through Topshop scarves and a tonne of vintage numbers from Camden market I found this at the bottom of the drawer. I started to cry at the memory because girls when you’re about to get married you become an emotional wreck and a bit of classic knitwear can do that to a girl. I wasn’t like full on sobbing ready to choke myself with the scarf, just crying quietly thinking how happy I am that my mum managed to scoop it out of the charity bag. On an aside, does anyone else’s mum go through things that you put together for charity and always take out at least three items each time and say ‘this is brand new, you’re not giving this away you’re wearing it’. No? Just mine then. In this case, thank heavens that she did.

Safe to say I have now packed it in with all my new things and will find a safe place to keep this in my new home so that I can take it out whenever I miss my mamma.

That’s the problem when you’re packing your life up. You will come across something that will make you nostalgic/teary and you will end up leaving your room looking like a bombsite because you don’t feel like clearing it anymore. So, here I am in bed typing this and in the morning of course I will regret it when I step on a shoe and fly across the room.

But for now, I’m feeling emotional and what better way to cheer myself up than to write on here.

You know what?

I feel better already.

Love,

@missmulberry

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TOP 10 TIPS FOR THE BIG MOVE

Wedding.

I am actually fed up of the ‘W’ word so much that I hate it even being brought up by anyone. That said, I myself can bring it up whenever I want and go on and on about it. That’s just the unwritten code for every bride to be and anyone who has a problem with it shouldn’t ever voice this unless they want a shoe making contact with their eye.

Weddings are difficult enough to organise but for most Asian girls this is usually the first time they will ever move from their parents house. I say usually because this is not the case for all girls anymore. Things are changing and lots of girls fly the parental nest before their wedding. However, I am speaking more for myself in this post and any others that are in the same boat as me. Lots of non Asian girls may relate to some parts of this post too so I don’t want to pigeon hole my writing for certain types of people. Again, I myself come from a Pakistani background so I will be writing from my own experiences which I hope some of you can relate to and find this helpful.

Recently, I received a long email from a lovely follower who is also getting married. She said that she was struggling to find any material online within the blogging/vlogging world which would advise girls about the transition from her parents home to her new home with her husband. She wondered if I would do a post on this and since I am the queen of organisation and have been working on this transition for the last few months – I thought I would share a few tips about how you can make this transition easier for yourself. Now, a lot of this may be pretty obvious but as this is a requested post by someone who said she doesn’t even know where to begin with, I’m taking it back to basics today.

Moving is hard for anyone but for me the transition involves around 400 miles as my husband lives in the south of England which definitely isn’t down the road for me. Popping round back to my mum’s to pick up my favourite shoes or top will unfortunately not be an option so it is imperative that I take all my important belongings.

Tip 1 – Make a list of the things you want to take which you already own.

Do this before you start making a list of the things that you still need to buy (more on this later!). The other day my husband was showing me his belongings and showed me one large wardrobe and said ‘all my life’s belongings are in here, this is it’. At this point visions of my 4 fitted wardrobes, six drawer chest, shoe cupboard and general things all over my entire house came to mind. Uh oh I thought. This may be an issue. I have so many things it is unbelievable. But when I started thinking about the move around 6 months ago I was very quick to realise that I can’t take it all with me. It is sad in a way but girls it’s the perfect time to have a massive clear out. I have been clearing out the things I don’t need for months. I have sold some of it, given some to charity and kept the most key things. In terms of shoes I have really downsized and kept the pairs I know I will definitely use. Clothes again, I am only taking the newest items because I have bought so much new stuff that realistically speaking I probably won’t use that dress that’s been lying there for 9 months at the back of my wardrobe when I will be buying so many new things.

Tip 2 – Buy a good set of suitcases.

My mother was most excited about our trip to Debenhams where we settled on Tripp luggage. It’s pricey but will last you for years. I bought 2 large, 2 medium and one cabin luggage trolley. It’s a good idea to allocate each suitcase for different things. For example, one of the medium suitcases was automatically allocated for the honeymoon so that one will be packed in advance for the Maldives and will only have holiday stuff in it. The small cabin luggage trolley will have all my things packed for the day of the wedding and this is what I will take with me to the hotel where I will be staying with my sister the night before the wedding and getting ready there. For example, my pyjamas, toiletries, wedding shoes etc will all be in there. This leaves me with three suitcases to pack all of my things. With Pakistani culture, as many of you will already know, a bride is expected to make a huge effort with her clothes and jewellery for at least a couple of weeks after the wedding. This is not something that is easy for me because I find it bizarre waking up and getting decked to the nines for no apparent reason. However, it keeps the elders happy and if it makes them smile then why not? I’m sure I can glam up a bit for a couple of weeks in Asian wear. My tip here is, organise all of these outfits before hand. I have packed around 12 different outfits (all ironed and popped into plastic packaging – thanks to my big cousin for doing all of this!) with matching jewellery in one of the suitcases. This means I will have everything in one place when I want to wear the outfits and won’t need to open suitcase after suitcase or drag out boxes.

Tip 3 – If possible send some of your things to your new home beforehand.

It means you will be organised but also means your mum won’t have to see her daughter leaving her and taking all her belongings with her as well all in the same day. It sounds silly, I know, but every time my mums seems me packing things into a suitcase or clearing out my wardrobes, she gets so emotional? I can only imagine what she would be like if she saw all of my things being removed from my room on the day of my wedding. Best to get that one organised beforehand is possible.

Tip 4 – Make lists.

I love a list. I have made so many over the last year I have lost count. Make a list of all the new things you will need to buy. For example, my sister and I share GHD straighteners as lots of sisters do. But moving to a different part of the country means we can no longer share them. So that’s something that might need to be on your list. A new hairdryer? Make a list of your toiletries. I have made a list of things such as shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser etc because realistically speaking you will not have the time after your wedding to go shopping for this stuff. Have it all organised beforehand, enough to last you a few weeks for sure.

Tip 5 – Take a day out to sort out important documents/papers.

I took out a day last month to make up a file of important papers that I definitely don’t want to misplace during the move and want them all in one place to take with me. I’m talking birth certificate, university degree, bills, phone contract papers, tax documents etc. Everything that is of importance – file it! This was also a good exercise because I ended up binning so many papers that I didn’t need at all and had been hoarding for years.

Tip 6 – Make up a box of all your sentimental things.

The last thing you want to do is leave all your wee things behind and they get lost never to be found again. For example, I have so many photos on my pin board, other little memories like plane tickets from trips around in the world. Make up a memory box of the most important things because if you’re like me you might have a truckload of them. As much as you might want to keep receipts from 15 years ago because of some significance, just remember – you will now be SHARING a room and that wardrobe isn’t all yours. Don’t know how I’m ever going to get used to this one. I have tried negotiating a 75%/25% ratio using my best sad face but it’s not worked so far so I won’t hold my breath.

Tip 7 – Buy new things wisely.

Weddings are expensive and money is tight at this time but there are some definite new items that I would recommend you all buy. For example, new towels. There is nothing like a new bale of towels so invest in a good set and pack them in! A good steam iron, hairdryer, new underwear, pyjamas etc. These are things you will all be doing anyway but I just thought I’d add this in because a lot of Asian mummies will want to buy their daughters new EVERYTHING. My mum is itching to buy me a dinner set with all the works. This just isn’t practical for us right now because we have nowhere to put said dinner set so I have talked her out of it. I would rather use up all my luggage space with my personal belongings like clothes and shoes, not a food processor I don’t need right now. Lots of mums will want to buy household appliances and if you have your own new place sorted beforehand then great take everything you can get but some of you may be moving in with in laws or even abroad after marriage so it might just not work. Make a list of essentials like I said previously and ask your mum to buy you them because she will just want to buy you something if she is anything like mamma Mulberry.

Tip 8 – Ask your husband to ensure there is empty wardrobe/drawer space for when you arrive.

The last thing you want to be doing is moving in and having to move his stuff around. If you have your own empty side of the wardrobe then it will be easier to just slot things in. Make sure you buy some decent hangers and pack them in with you! My plan is to unpack all my clothes and just hang them straight in because I can’t stand living out of a suitcase even for an hour.

Tip 9 – If you are packing things into boxes and moving them then write down what is in each box and keep a note of how many there are altogether.

The last thing you want is for some removals company to lose your collection of Vogue magazines! I genuinely don’t think I will be able to take mine and my heart breaks every time I think about this. Sighs.

Tip 10 – Organise a day about a week before the wedding where you rope in your nearest and dearest and have the biggest clear up of your life.

I’m talking clean out every wardrobe, pack everything that’s left, wash your carpets and have your room as tidy as possible. You want your last week in the home you have spent your entire life in to be pleasant and stress free. You want your space to be clear not filled with boxes and suitcases with things lying around everywhere. Have everything organised before hand and just enjoy your last week at home, in YOUR room before you have to start saying OUR room.

I hope this helped some of you bride to be’s out there. Just remember – everything will fall into place on the day!

Love,

@missmulberry

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Khaadi

Currently sitting on the a plane as I type this post. I’m thinking I may as well get some content written for the blog since I have nothing else to do and just post it up when I have wifi again?! We live in such a ON TO THE NEXT THING kind of world. I myself am so guilty of this. Why can’t I just sit and stare at the seat in front of me like normal people do on flights? Or stare out the window. The clouds were whizzing past so fast I got dizzy and had to shut the window down you see. So I’m opting for a bit of writing instead.

Thought I’d bring you something Pakistani today!

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Kurta (kaftan) – Khaadi
Trousers – Sewn by a wonderful tailor in Pakistan
Shoes – Office
Bag – Fiorelli

I picked this kurta up in Lahore when I was visiting in December and thought I’d wear it for the flight down to London because of how comfortable these things are. There were like a million Khaadi shops around Pakistan and I can see why. Their clothes are of really good quality and they do the best prints! Because they are quite subdued I thought I’d wear it today even though I normally only ever wear Pakistani clothes at events or when visiting family. REPPING DA STANIZ N DAT.  Why am I trying to be cool? Must be the altitude 37,000 feet up in the air.

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I paired this one with white straight cut trousers and nude shoes and bag. I was thinking I might pair it with red capris next time to accentuate the red in the border at the hem and the sleeves? But I thought I’d calm it today so the people of Glasgow airport don’t think AND WHO IS THIS RED LEGGED WOMAN?

Can’t really go wrong with a patent nude shoe eh? My toes are currently on fire.

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I have such a busy long weekend ahead filled with shopping and lots of catching up with my favourite people. I’m going to buy my wedding shoes during this trip and then some. EEEEEEEEEEEK.

Will keep you guys posted over the weekend. Hopefully London weather will cater for the very summery outfits I have packed.

I better go now my lovely readers. The moon is chasing the plane and I want to see who wins.

Love,

@missmulberry

  

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Printl Printing

I love Instagram. I think you all know this anyway. I love having an online diary with all my special moments captured in it. I’m a sucker for recording memories and creating scrapbooks but sadly I don’t get the time to do them anymore. Instead I blog because I’m a 21st century gal and I don’t have time for pretty pink diaries and glue sticks. Really, I wish it was still the 90s and I was collaging my life away with tacky feathers and old Vogue magazines. Now I just shoot it with a Canon 70D and upload it for you all to see. Funny how times change eh?

Even though I love having this online diary with all my best photos on it, there is still nothing quite like having a PRINTED photograph. I love printing my favourite photographs every so often and framing them, pinning them on my pin board or just sticking them in an album. I love having an album to flick through rather than swiping through my phone to look at pictures. My keenness for printing photos is the inspiration behind today’s post!

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Today I thought I would tell you about a new company I discovered a couple of months ago. I loved the idea behind this business so much I just had to share it with you all.

It’s pretty simple really.

Printl is a company that prints your 10 most popular Instagram photos every month, delivering them straight to your door. The best part about it is you don’t need to manually pick the photos and waste time, since your 10 most popular photos, the ones that gain the most likes from your friends, are the ones that will automatically be printed. At first, I was a bit apprehensive about the quality of photo that would come out since these are printed direct from Instagram. But, I was pleasantly surprised with the quality and clarity of photos. My prints came in excellent paper quality in a Polaroid size/style of print. They just look so darn cute?!

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Another thing that really appealed to me about Printl was the free shipping worldwide. The subscription process is very easy, allowing you to focus on your photos, rather than filling forms. All you need to do is buy a subscription, pay, add your details (name, address, etc.) and just like that, you’re ready to receive your prints next month! That way at the end of each month you will have an actual physical copy of your ten best photos from Instagram to keep forever in a scrapbook or just to stick on to your fridge!

Price.

Right come on ‘gal’ tell us how much this is going to cost I hear you say. Well, The subscription costs $9.99 for every month and it’s up to you to print as many pictures for as many months as you want. The price also includes the delivery.

However, just because you took the time out to read this blog I’m going to give you a wee 70% off discount code that you can use.

That’s right, for $3 you will be getting al your best Instagram photos each month to your door. UK readers that’s just under £2.

All you have to do is hit:

http://www.printl.net

Follow the simple instructions for subscription and pop in ‘PRINTL70’ when you reach the payment section. Et voila!

Use #printl to be within a chance of being featured on the Printl Instagram. Remember to tag me @missmulberry or use #missmulberry so I can see your beautiful prints.

Message me or comment on my profile if you use this service. I am super excited to receive my next wee envelope of happy memories.

For now, here are my top 10 photos from my Instagram from the month of March.

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Love,

@missmulberry

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Full floral skirt loving!

The other night I fell asleep at 9pm because I was so tired after the gym. I literally fell asleep out of the blue and next thing you know I woke up in a sauna. I felt as though I was in some sort of incubator? I had left the electric heater on and as I was roasting a slow death, I somehow woke up at 4am and realised I had wasted an entire night. This post also failed to upload during that night so here I am writing it again.

Things have been super busy. I’m talking to do list after to do list being ticked whilst more are written. It’s all very go baby go right now. Hence why I do things like leave electric heaters on to toast myself to death. Fatigue. It’s a rubbish thing. I’ve been going to the gym 4 times a week though. I’m literally in pain every single day but no pain no gain. I want the perfect summer body for my honeymoon! Laying off the carbs though – the struggle is real. Hello broccoli.

Anyway, outfit!

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I’m daft for a full skirt. I’ve been searching for one in this style in full length for the longest time but to no avail. I was delighted to find this though even though it was a midi!

Top – H&M
Skirt – Topshop
Shoes – Christian Louboutin
Necklace – Miss Selfridge
Clutch bag – Zara

I put this look together for a lovely dinner party I went to a few weeks ago. It was so nice to have dinner at someone’s house for once rather than dining out?!

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Many of you girls appreciated this skirt on my Instagram and there are quite a few full skirts on Asos right now. Just type in ‘prom skirt’ or ‘full skirt’ in the search bar and take your pick! Full skirts give a great shape to the body plus pair them with a crop top and you’re on to a winner.

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Here are some more shots with this outfit. I’m not a woman of many words tonight – my thighs are in insane amounts of pain you see.

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I had a good make up night that night. I’ve finally come to the life changing conclusion that I do not suit winged eyeliner. Can’t believe I’ve been trying to make it work for so long. Oh well, you live and learn.

Classic, Donald Trump side parting finished off this look!

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With the beautiful birthday girl!

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That’s all for tonight girls. Tag me in your looks if you try and recreate this one! I always love looking at them.

For now, I’m going to eat a handful of pine nuts and go to sleep. Electric heater has been plugged out safely.

Love,

@missmulberry

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Puking my inner pyaaz out

Hello.

I know, I know. I’ve been AWOL. I keep promising to be back and give time to my writing but it’s just not happening. Life is changing rapidly and I don’t even know what time of day it is most days? I can’t believe we are nearly in the middle of May 2015? Sometimes I have days where I think oh wow I am so productive, I have managed to tick 15 things off my wedding to do list. Then, there are days when I think what have I even achieved in life? What on earth have I even got to show for all the sleepless nights, the stress, the fatigue?

I feel as though the last year has changed me immensely. I’m not as patient as I used to be. I have much more of a temper than I ever did. I snap at the littlest thing and I think I’m a lot more selfish than I ever was. This for the person who has been named ‘Gandhi’ by her entire family for being too nice is just weird.

The other day I made the most dramatic statement:

“This wedding has changed me as a person”

Dramatic. But kind of true.

I am so looking forward to being the me again that doesn’t lose the plot of having the wrong material of chair covers at her wedding reception. In the grander scheme of things who even cares eh?

Okay it was CRUSHED VELVET so you can’t blame a girl for having a hairy canary, but still. I realise there have been points where I have turned into bridezilla and I hate it. I just want to be the me again that comes up with daft games such as singing Bollywood songs but substituting the word ‘pyaar’ with ‘pyaaz’. So, for example…

“Hum pyaar hain tumharey,  dildaar hain tumharey,  humsain mila karo,  oh humse mila karo”…

Would become…

“Hum PYAAZ hain tumharey,  dildaar hain tumharey” etc etc…you get the idea!

For those of you who don’t understand Hindi/Urdu.

Pyar = Love
Pyaaz= Onion

I guess it’s funnier when I am actually singing the songs. It’s been so long since I annoyed anyone in my family with a PYAAZ PARODY. I can’t even remember how I came up with the daft idea? But I just remember laughing my head off coming up with the best ones. I haven’t done that in ages.

I hate how life changes so much. But then again I’m so excited by how much life is changing. Why do us humans want adventure/change/excitement but at the same time don’t want anything to change? Humans are so complicated as it is and if you’re a female then double whammy, you’ve had it pal.

Currently watching a film called BITTOO BOSS.
So I’ve just basically puked all my inner thoughts on here today. Let’s focus on some fashion now eh?

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Top – Topshop
Trousers – Miss Selfridge
Shoes – Zara
Necklace – Boutique of Belle
Pearl earrings – Accessorize

I must admit, I bought these trousers and only realised they were cropped once I actually wore them. I think they make my legs look shorter so not a look I will be sporting again me thinks. Absolutely loved my Zara heels that I picked up at the bargain price of £29.99. I find Zara prices so funny sometimes. These shoes which looked quite pricey were actually under £30 but sometimes a cotton blouse will be like £89.99 and it’s like yeah that makes sense.

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To finish the look I went for simple make up and bold brows. My friend Shay (@thelondonite) calls a sky high pony a face lift pony and this definitely was a face lift pony – my face looked so defined compared to normal. I think Shay should trademark this term asap!!

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I guess that’s all for this one.

What do you guys think of this look?

I won’t say I’ll write soon because lately I’m just not myself, I’m just not a woman of my word these days.

In less than three months I will not have a wedding to plan any longer and maybe just maybe I will actually miss this time.

Or maybe I will be singing pyaaz songs to my husband whilst writing this very blog.

Only time will tell.

   

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