Wednesday, 14 August 2019

In London, you'll find me in..

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of spending the weekend in London for my oldest girlfriend's wedding. Whilst there, we had a few hours at our our disposal so we hopped on and off the tube to a couple of places we loved. As my wife and I sat, taking in our surroundings, it occurred to us that when we're in London we always head to the same boroughs first before exploring elsewhere so I thought I'd share them with you today. 

CAMDEN

We always head to Camden first, that weekend was no different. Though the streets are always bustling with people, tourist and locals alike, there's just something so comforting about it. There's an endless stream of market stalls, undiscovered food joints and countless independent shops. We always head straight towards the market, grab a seat in Dingwalls and listen to the live music over a few drinks. If it's a nice day, we'll sit outside and watch the locks open and close whilst taking in everything around us. It's without a doubt our favorite.

ISLINGTON

Hands down, a new favourite.  We stayed here over the weekend so had plenty of opportunity to stroll around and take it all in. There's endless bars and restaurants all on one convenient street along with hidden gems, alleyways full of antiques and old favourites, like Byron. 

NOTTING HILL

I fell in love with Notting Hill before I'd even visited. As I expected, the prestigious townhouses, communal gardens and street markets were just like the movies and little did I know then that snacking on a crepe from Portobello Road Market would soon become one of my favourite London memories. It's such a beautiful borough to walk around and clear your mind but also has so much to offer in terms of quaint shops, brunch spots and so much greenery. 
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There are, of course, so many incredible places to visit in London and these are just a few of the great places we've enjoyed over the years. Other favourites include Green Park, St James' Park & Covent Garden. What are your London favourites? 

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Sunday, 11 August 2019

How I'm Working My Way To The Laptop Lifestyle Through Travel

I'm a Travel Business Owner - ItsHollieAnn.com
After keeping quiet online for what feels like forever, I'm excited to announce that I've been building a business alongside ItsHollieAnn.com. 

As you know, I've spent so much time over the past few years planning travel for myself and my wife, giving out my best recommendations and being my friends and families go-go gal for all things travel, which I love. 

With this in mind, it was time to take the plunge and start turning what I do everyday for the people I love, into something that could benefit each and every one of you. 

I have now turned my love of travel into an income, freed up more time to do what I love and also help people like you do the same. It was something that made complete sense to me and will enable me to have the laptop lifestyle I've always dreamed of.

This really is the plunge I've been wanting to take for the longest time and I'm so happy to finally be on the path to the life I've always wanted to live. It really was a no brainer for me.
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Comments, emails and DMs are always open if you want to chat or ask any questions whatsoever. Thank you as always for being on this journey with me, I can't wait to see where it takes me. 


I'm a Travel Business Owner


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Sunday, 14 July 2019

Photographs from San Francisco

Photographs from San Francisco ItsHollieAnn

Photographs from San Francisco ItsHollieAnn


Photographs from San Francisco ItsHollieAnn


Photographs from San Francisco ItsHollieAnn

Photographs from San Francisco ItsHollieAnn

Photographs from San Francisco ItsHollieAnnPhotographs from San Francisco ItsHollieAnn


Photographs from San Francisco ItsHollieAnn

Photographs from San Francisco ItsHollieAnnPhotographs from San Francisco ItsHollieAnn


Photographs from San Francisco ItsHollieAnn


Photographs from San Francisco ItsHollieAnnPhotographs from San Francisco ItsHollieAnn




Photographs from San Francisco ItsHollieAnn

Photographs from San Francisco ItsHollieAnnPhotographs from San Francisco ItsHollieAnn

Photographs from San Francisco ItsHollieAnn

Photographs from San Francisco ItsHollieAnn


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Though it's been almost four weeks, I couldn't help but share some photos from our trip to San Francisco. We had such a great time and though we only had 48 hours, we managed to tick lots off our to-do list and got a great feel for what to eat, see and do. I can't wait to visit again someday. Have you visited San Fran?
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Monday, 1 July 2019

Our Las Vegas Wedding

Our Las Vegas Wedding ItsHollieAnn
We're married! 

On Thursday June 20th on a very windy dry lake just outside of Las Vegas, we both went from Miss to Mrs and we couldn't be happier. I don't want to tell-all about our day because we chose to keep it intimate but I did want to give a little insight as to what we did, how we did it and who helped us achieve it all just because it really was our dream come true. 

Six months ago when I first mentioned the idea of eloping to Las Vegas, I honestly didn't know whether we were going to be able to pull it off. Organising an overseas wedding wasn't easy at times but fortunately we found Angelica, the sweetest planner in LV, to co-ordinate everything beforehand and make sure our day ran as smooth as possible. 

Since it's summer in Las Vegas, our ceremony was organised for around 7pm so we had the whole day to relax, get ready and have a drink or two ahead of our big moment. We planned on heading out on a fancy brunch but after a very lazy morning it was quicker to stop by a fast food place and ordered tater tots - No regrets, they're my latest obsession. 

Afterwards, we headed upstairs to shower and get glam before we got the show on the road. Since I was adamant on being a low-maintenance bride, I did both of our hair and makeup. Angelia and our officiant, Judy had warned us it would be a little windy out on the lake bed so I went for subtle makeup in case of any eye-watering and a messy half up-do because I knew it wouldn't stay in place for long. 

Around 5.30pm our photographer, Jamie, arrived at our room. I'd fallen in love with her photos before we even got engaged so I was excited to meet her. She instantly made us feel comfortable and chatted us through a couple of photos before Angelica arrived with our flowers from Roots. Before we knew it, it was time to head out to the lake bed so like a convoy we drove the 30 minutes south of Vegas and were met with a sight so stunning it literally took my breath away. 

A vast, open dry lake with THAT cracked floor, surrounded by rugged mountains. It was just as incredible as we'd imagined and that's where, with just our photographer, planner and driver, we got married. Afterward we sprayed champagne, played with smoke bombs and watched the sun go down behind the peaks before heading back to the Strip. 

We couldn't stop talking about it our whole way home and within an hour, Jamie had already sent us a sneak preview of the photos meaning we could send them home to our families and friends who were just beginning to wake up. We toasted our marriage over a margarita and a beer and spent the rest of the evening absolutely beaming with happiness that everything had panned out just the way we'd hoped. 

We absolutely couldn't have done any of it without the team out in Vegas and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend any of them in a heartbeat. I want to put together a more in-depth post about planning a Las Vegas elopement and our suppliers because, as popular as it is, there were a few questions I struggled to find answers to.

Wedding planner & day-of coordinator: Angelica of Angelica Rose Events
Photographer: JamieY Photography
Officiant: Judy Irving
Transport: Lucky Limousine
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The new Mrs ItsHollieAnn.
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Wednesday, 26 June 2019

What To Eat, Drink & Do in San Francisco

What To Eat, Drink & Do in San Francisco ItsHollieAnn.com
What To Eat, Drink & Do in San Francisco ItsHollieAnn.com
Before every trip, I find myself researching and planning all of the restaurants, bars and attractions that I want to check out. San Francisco was a little different. We had just 48 hours to explore the city so I didn't want to make list upon list only to feel disappointed if we didn't manage to achieve everything - Instead, we decided to go with the flow. I've compiled this guide not only from our highlights but also recommendations from friends who've frequented the city. San Fran is a huge and so we didn't expect to be able to fully explore in just two days but we made the most of the time we had. 


FOR THE FOODIES

Pescatore, Fishermans Wharf For brunch. Pescatore happened to be right next to our hotel and after catching a glimpse of the decor as we strolled by on Sunday evening, I couldn't not book a table for brunch the next day. I opted for the Crab Cake Benedict with a side of Sourdough. 

Pier Market, Pier 39 For seafood. We stumbled upon Pier Market completely by chance and though we hadn't read reviews, the line for a table said it all. Straight away I booked for lunch the following day. We sampled a seafood platter and it didn't disappoint. Its easy to see why their clam chowder is award-winning - It was so delicious, I could have happily gone back for more. 

Food Trucks, Fishermans Wharf For favourites. A stroll along the waterfront will take you past a whole host of food trucks. Whether you're looking for corn dogs, churros, burritos or cotton candy, they're worth a stop for a snack if you're too busy to stop and sit down. 

Mr Holmes Bakehouse, Larkin Street For baked goods. You've only got to look online to see why you need to visit Mr Holmes'. Their sweet treats are an absolute dream and stopping by is an absolute must if you're in the area. 

Mamas, Washington Square For breakfast. We didn't get to eat at Mamas after I mistakenly thought it was open on Mondays but some friends of ours who visited the city not long ago said it's an absolute MUST. The lines can get pretty long so it's best to go early but word on the street is, it's absolutely worth the wait. 

Franciscan, Fishermans Wharf For seafood. We had a toss up whether to eat here or Pier Market. Though the menu looked to die for, Pier Market won us over but Franciscan came in a close second and was also recommended by our friends and our hotel. 


WHAT TO DRINK

Coffee Everyone drinks coffee in San Francisco and it's easy to see why. There are so many independent coffee shops dotted around that it's hard to resist checking them out. 

Wine I couldn't wait to sample the wine in California while we were in town and we did just that at the Wines of California wine bar on Pier 39 - Do a tasting and find your favourite. I found that other bars and restaurants also had a very extensive wine list - It can be a little overwhelming so if you're stuck, ask what they'd recommend. 

Beer I never realised how many craft and micro-breweries were around San Fran but Wipeour Bar and Grill had lots on offer and were happy to recommend ones they loved. Beer 39 also offers tastings and, as suggested by it's name, is located on Pier 39.


THINGS WORTH DOING

Golden Gate Bridge I massively underestimated the sheer size of the Golden Gate Bridge, so much so that when we got out of our car, my jaw dropped. It's absolutely stunning to see and the areas surrounding are absolutely worth the visit. I spent a lot of time researching the best places to see and photograph the bridge. Marshall's Beach was my number one but the tide was in rendering it completely inaccessible. In the end we opted to stay around the Golden Gate Overlook area and follow the trails up around the woods and down, under the bride, towards the information center. Crissy Field is a great spot to see the bridge from below and it's well worth taking a walk around the Presidio if you're over there to learn a little about the history of the area. Not to forget, you can also bike or walk the bridge too. For most of our trip, the bridge was completely under fog so it's worth taking a look at the weather before heading across from the city since it's about a 15 minute car journey. We were fortunate that our last afternoon brought clear skies so we took that opportunity to head over. Regardless, I think it's absolutely worth the visit. 

Lombard Street Though Lombard Street is absolutely iconic, I didn't expect the crowds of people at the intersections above and below or the line of cars waiting to drive down it. It was crazy but really cool to see. We took an Uber to the street below and walked up towards it but in hindsight, we should have got dropped above and walked down - Those hills are no joke. It's understandably a very busy spot but great to pop by. The Hyde Powell cable car runs on the street above and so you can snap a photo of it disappearing over the hill with Alcatraz in the background. 

Alcatraz An absolute must. Not only is it so interesting and informative but it's also a great day out and a change from strolling around the city. There's so much to see and learn and the self guided audio tour is perfect if, like me, you like to wander at your own pace. Once on Alcatraz, you can spend as much time as you'd like there and get any ferry back you wish - Because of this, we opted for an early tour with the hopes of it being a little less crowded. This was absolutely the case and so I'd well recommend it. Tickets need to be booked in advance as the chances of getting one on the day are very slim - We visited on Sunday and the next available tour was Wednesday, we booked our tickets about 6 weeks in advance. 

Pier 39 I love being by the water and so Pier 39 was the perfect place for us to spend lots of our time. It's filled with restaurants, shops and entertainment for children and is such a nice place to explore. If you head right to the end, you can catch a glimpse of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bride. If you head to the left, either up or through a passage, you can see the iconic sea lions lounging on the piers - You'll smell them before you see them. 

Cable Cars After seeing the Hyde Powell cable car whilst visiting Lombard Street, we decided to brave it and ride one. What we didn't realise is that everyone else visiting San Fran did too. I'd heard that the queues can be very long and very slow so if you want to ride, leave enough time and try to get a spot on the outside so you can see your surroundings as you go. 

Union Square Depending what you like to do, Union Square might be on your list. From what I'd read, it was more of a place to shop rather than a place to see and so we gave it a miss. If you opt to ride the cable cars however, there is one that goes to Union Square so you could always do the two in one. You might have already opted for a hotel closeby - We opted to stay in Fishermans Wharf as we knew it was better for us. 

Painted Ladies The Painted Ladies were high on my wishlist before our visit though after checking a map when we were near the Golden Gate Bride, they were actually pretty far away. I took a look at what was nearby and it seemed to be a spot people liked to take photos or relax on the park opposite. Because time wasn't really on our side, we decided to give them a miss. If you've got time to relax and stroll around I would absolutely say to go but if not, I don't think you'll be too sad to miss them off. 

Chinatown I regret wholeheartedly not leaving enough time to explore Chinatown but it felt like our days were so jam packed, we couldn't have fitted it in. There are so many places to eat including a fortune cookie factory and it's the oldest Chinatown in North America. It's 100% at the top of my list if we ever go back so make sure to but it on yours. 


THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

Weather Weather in San Francisco changes quickly no matter when you visit. The locals all joke about the need to dress in layers and it's absolutely true. It goes from dull and drizzly to beautiful sunshine in minutes which means it ranges from chilly to warm quite a lot. Dress in layers and take an umbrella. 

Fog A fog so popular it has it's own name and Twitter account. I read that fog was only a major issue from June to September but a lot of our friends told us to prepare for it anytime. We did find it was heavier in the mornings and evenings and though it tried to break during the day we only had one afternoon completely clear. 

Getting from the airport It takes time. Of course, depending whether you fly into San Francisco, San Jose or Oakland will determine exactly how long it takes but at certain types of day, any of these can be over half an our away. We flew into San Francisco and left the airport around 5.30pm. We reached Fishermans Wharf around 6.15pm and an Uber was around $40 which I expected. It may be quicker and cheaper to use BART but remember to look at where the stations are in proximity to where you're going. Shuttle buses are also an option but I found these to be more expensive, oddly.

Where to stay There are so many different and diverse neighborhoods within San Francisco so take the time to research and find the one that works for you. The city, though big, is very easy to get around so I wouldn't worry about staying close to the attractions you want to visit, more about the culture you'd like to experience. 

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There you have it, a short but sweet list of food, drink, tips and fun in San Francisco. If you have anything to add, be sure to leave it in the comments for everyone else to see!

What To Eat, Drink & Do in San Francisco ItsHollieAnn
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Monday, 10 June 2019

3 Places To Visit Outside of Downtown Charleston

3 Places To Visit Outside of Downtown Charleston ItsHollieAnn.com
Charleston is like nowhere I've ever visited - It's charming and cultured yet up to date and fun. I mean it when I say it has something for everyone and though the peninsula has so much going on, there's so many great places further afield that you don't want to miss - Here are my top three. 

SHEM CREEK

I can hands down say that two of my favourite days in Charleston were spent on Shem Creek. It's full of bars, restaurants, fishing boats and boardwalks and is only a 10 minute drive from Downtown. If you're there in the summer you can see dolphins swimming in the creek but, lucky for us, they made an appearance in December too. As I mentioned in my Charleston guide, Saltwater Cowboys is a phenomenal place to grab fish tacos and sit out on the deck all afternoon with cocktails. If brunch is more your thing, you'll find it almost anywhere in Charleston but Pages Okra Grill is so great and serves up delicious fried green tomatoes - The wait for tables at Pages is no joke so make sure you get there early. Tavern & Table also comes highly recommended by locals and Shem Creek Inn is first on my list of hotels if I ever head back to the city. 

FOLLY BEACH

I've spoken about Folly Beach since the moment my feet first touched the sand. It's a stunning beach town less than 20 minutes from Downtown and is home to incredible seafood restaurants, lively beach bars and lets not forget, the beach. I loved Folly Beach not only for the surfer vibes and endless beach houses but for how genuine it was - Not once did it feel like the shops and restaurants were a facade because we spoke to so many locals who agreed that the little town by the beach was simply amazing. Snapper Jacks got my vote for delicious calamari but Ritas also comes highly recommended along with, well, basically everywhere in town. 

SULLIVAN'S ISLAND & ISLE OF PALMS

Technically two towns but it's well worth a visit to both because they're so close together. In my experience they were two of the quieter suburbs areas but both equally lovely with long stretches of beach and great places to eat and drink. In Sullivan's Island, Mex 1 has a second cantina serving up delicious margaritas with live music a few nights a week. Poe's Tavern was filled with people soaking up the sun and The Obstinate Daughter was somewhere we wish we'd had more time to visit. Neighboring town Isle Of Palms is the perfect vacation spot with beachfront parks, picnic areas and the sweetest holiday village. As well as Charleston being known for The Notebook, if you're a fan of Dear John, Isle Of Palms served as the backdrop for a lot of the film. 
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I love remembering some of the amazing places I visited whilst in Charleston. Exploring further afield is something I always try to do and if you're feeling adventurous, you should too. Have you ever visited these places?

3 Places To Visit Outside Of Downtown Charleston

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Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Wedding Chat: Are We Changing Our Names?

Wedding Chat Are We Changing Our Names? ItsHollieAnn
Changing my name wasn't something I'd never given much thought to. I assumed you got engaged, started planning a wedding and decided on what you wanted your new name to be between the two of you, in your engagement bubble

Whilst that was certainly the path my fiancee and I took, it would seem there's a lot of discussion surrounding the topic of name changes with everyone giving their two cents on what's right and wrong. 

What I've come to learn, according to the internet, is that women choosing to take their partners name must then certainly be anti-feminist and must agree to be their partners possession for as long as they both shall live. Equally, or not as the case may be, women choosing not to take their partners name signifies that they aren't actually committed to the marriage and that said partner should reconsider their motives. Double-barreling is most certainly a cop out only to be used by those of the same sex or those who can't agree. Choosing a new name entirely is 'Ridiculous'. 

And this is why you don't believe everything the internet tells you.

Having the freedom to choose your own names is huge.Taking your partners name is not a crime and absolutely does not make you anti-feminist. Wishing to keep a name that you feel is part of your identity doesn't make you any less committed to your new spouse. It goes without saying that double-barreling isn't 'Just taking the easy option' and choosing a new name entirely is completely, and I mean completely, up to you. 

Of course, like anything, everyone's beliefs are different but between my fiancee and I, we didn't wish to keep our own names. This meant, if I had wanted to take hers or vise versa, one of us would have had to. And there you have it, we're double-barreling our names.

My fiancee and I knew what our new names would be as soon as we got engaged. We'd always jokingly referred to our house as 'The *-* Residence' and our cats have been registered under our married names unintentionally since long before marriage was even on the table. 
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I debated whether to address this on my blog but the more I searched the internet and spoke to friends, the more I realised there were so many misconceptions and assumptions that came with the topic of changing or not changing your name after marriage. 

I can't believe that in 2019 this is still something people are throwing shade on. As I mentioned, having the freedom to choose your own name is huge. Take advantage and be whoever you and your new spouse want to be.

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Monday, 20 May 2019

Why I Overhauled My Social Media

Why I Overhauled My Social Media
Never before has social media played such a significant role in our lives. For most of us, it's the first thing we look at when we wake up and the last thing we check up on before we go to sleep. It's how we remember our friends birthdays, keep up to date with distant relatives and on the rare occasion, see how many children acquaintances from your high school have birthed. I'm guilty for that myself. 

Of course, there's the flip-side. The millions of creators who now have a platform to share their work, it's an income for some and let's not forget the messages that can spread far and wide faster than you can upload an Instagram story. 

Regardless of which end of the spectrum you find yourself, one thing remains the same. With the amount of time we spend on social media increasing, so my Screen Time tells me, it's only fair that we consume and create content that has a positive effect on our minds. In the interest of making my social media outlets a better place, here's how I gave them an overhaul. 

REMOVING NEGATIVITY

I’ve spoken about this before in some capacity but removing the negativity from my social media was the first step in my process. I removed people and pages I follow based not only negative content, but content that made me feel irritated or uninspired. Of course, I’m not naive. I know that there will always be a news story that bothers me or a photo I’m not fond of but I’m talking about the accounts I was willing to follow though every time I saw a post, I’d think ‘Not this again’. I started with Twitter then Instagram, right through to my personal Facebook and Bloglovin’. Trust me, I feel better for it.

FORMING A STRUCTURE

I’ve never been one to have a structure with my social media, or my blog for that matter. I tried so hard to embrace the ‘Just post what you want’ mentality but I realised that for me, structure is what I need for my mind to work best. I started with Pinterest. I’ve always loved the idea of pinning what I love along with ideas and inspiration but it always felt like it was a bit of a mess drove me crazy whenever I opened the app. After spending what felt like hours taking inspiration from others and planning on paper, I finally knew how I wanted it to look. Dedicated boards, each split into sections. Multiple boards for one topic, some just for inspiration. I also finally wanted to be able to put my own content out there and have it fit within this new structure. 

PLANNING CONTENT

I use the term planning content loosely because, like forming a structure, it’s never been something I’ve taken to. In the world of ItsHollieAnn, planning content means ‘Having a vague idea of what you want to post’. I started with my blog and decided, roughly of course, what kind of order I’d share posts in. I didn’t want to be left with four travel posts, one beauty then two more travel posts and one wedding post. Whilst that would be completely fine, for me, it doesn’t work. I like an even spread. I’ve also started making conscious effort to plan for all posts to be sharable whether it’s on Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by my blog and online presence and it's easy from the outside for others to say it isn't a job so it doesn't need attention but that's for me to decide?
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I’m all too aware that this isn’t brand new information but I wanted to stress that if you’re feeling overwhelmed by social media, whether you're a creator or consumer, you can change it and make it whatever you want to be.
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Monday, 13 May 2019

What We're Planning To Do In San Francisco

What We're Planning To Do In San Francisco
Seven months ago we booked a weekend trip to San Francisco, a city we've always wanted to visit, as a short stop before heading to Las Vegas. Little did we know that in the seven months that followed I'd have two months in Charleston under my belt, we'd be five months into an engagement and getting married in five short weeks on said trip. It's been a whirlwind, I can tell you that. 

Though our minds have been elsewhere with wedding planning, now that our trip is getting closer we're starting to think about what we want to do with the 2.5 short days we have in the city and trust me, people have not been short on their recommendations. I thought I'd put together a list of what's definitely on our agenda so far and welcome any suggestions you might have, just like when I arrived in Charleston

First up, let's talk tourist. Of course we want to see the Golden Gate Bridge - Preferably from a view point but more so from a bike which I'm told you can rent from our hotel or from pretty much anywhere in the city. Lombard Street is a must because, hello, how could you not and I also quite fancy lying on the grass near the Painted Ladies in Alamo Square and taking it all in. 

We've already booked an early bird tour of Alcatraz through Alcatraz Cruises as tickets can sometimes sell out up to five weeks in advance and afterwards we were hoping to catch a baseball game at AT&T park but I don't think the schedule fits in well for us. 

In terms of eats, of course Cheesecake Factory at Macy's has been highly recommended for it's views along with Mamma's for brunch and pretty much anywhere on Fisherman's Wharf for seafood. Also, though a bit of an Instagram cliche, the treats on offer at Mr Holmes Bakehouse are said to be a dream. 

Being a gay couple, Castro comes highly recommended as somewhere to relax as well as somewhere to find great bars and clubs. I'm unsure if we'll make it up to Union Square or Croit Tower with us not having a whole lot of time, but I wouldn't rule them out. 

Other San Francisco musts include riding a cable car up Nob Hill and trying my best to capture the terrain and surrounding views. Ideally I'd like to get a really unique view of the Golden Gate Bridge, maybe from a beach or something, but again it all depends on how much time we have. 

Above all we really just want to explore in the way we like - Not cramming too much in but feeling like we've made a good dent in the city. SF already seems like it could be somewhere we return to but we'll see. 
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Any San Fran recommendations, send them my way. As I mentioned, we already have our Alcatraz tour scheduled along with out hotel but things to do, places to eat, bars, you name it. Send it my way! 
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Monday, 6 May 2019

Wedding Chat: Things Are Coming Together

Wedding Chat Things Are Coming Together
It's just over six weeks until our wedding day and I can't believe I'm saying this but everything is coming together, finally. 

When we first started planning we set big things in stone pretty quickly including our planner and photographer along with our outfits and cake. Luckily that meant that we could relax for a little while before getting down to finer details like choosing our wedding bands, printing our invitations and starting to think about songs for our DJ.

With not long to go, were now at a point where we're organising even finer details - It feels like I'm constantly adding things to my to-do list but I know that in the end, everything will come together just fine.

Since I last updated you my fiancee exchanged her wedding ring and I have my engagement ring back - Finally it fits perfectly. In terms of decor for our venue, we've sourced some wooden logs to go in the center of our tables and ordered a few decorations from Ginger Ray to tie the venue together. We're meeting with the event co-coordinator at our venue in a couple of weeks to go over final details for the night including food and drink choices along with the general timeline of the evening. 

We've taken care of our licence pre-application to make things quicker in Vegas and also arranged some non-wedding bits like our transport to the airport and my fiancee's ESTA and passport. 

I've yet to collect all our RSVPs but with only twelve outstanding, I think that's pretty good going. We still need to take our clothes to be tailored but I'm assured it'll only take a week so I'm leaving it for until almost last minute in a bid to shift a few pounds! Oh, I also forgot to mention that I managed to find THAT Aldo bag after months of searching what felt like the whole internet - I probably won't use it on our wedding day but as for the week leading up to it and potentially our hen party, it's a yes!

Speaking of which, our friends are organising our joint hen party so I'm just waiting to know where to be, when and what I should wear - I'm so happy that it's something that we don't have to worry about, we just need to turn up for a day of drinks and laughter. 

Lastly, I think all we're waiting on is our wedding timeline which our planner has assured me will be with us in just over a week. 
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I think that's about all I have to update you on at the moment though to me, it feels like far more. It's the small things I'm ticking off that are making me the most satisfied - Let me know if it's normal to breathe a sigh of relief to not have to think about straws ha!
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Monday, 29 April 2019

Photographs from Kos, Greece

Photographs from Kos ItsHollieAnn.com
Photographs from Kos ItsHollieAnn.com
Photographs from Kos ItsHollieAnn.com
Photographs from Kos ItsHollieAnn.com
Photographs from Kos ItsHollieAnn.com
Photographs from Kos ItsHollieAnn.com
Photographs from Kos ItsHollieAnn.com
Photographs from Kos ItsHollieAnn.com
Photographs from Kos ItsHollieAnn.com
Photographs from Kos ItsHollieAnn.com
Photographs from Kos ItsHollieAnn.com
Photographs from Kos ItsHollieAnn.com
Photographs from Kos ItsHollieAnn.com
Photographs from Kos ItsHollieAnn.com
Photographs from Kos ItsHollieAnn.com
Photographs from Kos ItsHollieAnn.com
Photographs from Kos ItsHollieAnn.com
Photographs from Kos ItsHollieAnn.com
It's been almost two years since we travelled to Kos but it was a place we fell in love with so dearly. We always knew we were going to return and our honeymoon felt like the perfect time. In light of the gorgeous weather we've had this weekend, I thought it would be the perfect time to showcase some fresh edits of our time in Kos ahead of our trip later in the year. 
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There's so many more Greek islands on my wishlist but I'd love to know yours.

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