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Hire or buy your wedding suit?

Your beautiful wife to be has found the dress, the shoes and even the jewellery to match, but you still haven’t even Googled wedding suits.

So where do you start?
It’s your day too so you want to look and feel as dapper as possible yet you are still unsure whether to hire or buy your wedding suit.

First things first,ask yourself these 3 questions below, and you’ll be on the path towards making a decision.
1. What’s my Budget? If you are on a limited budget then you’ll most likely need to opt for hiring a suit.
2. How much time do I have? Tailoring a made-to-measure suit takes time so make sure you ask all the necessary questions before deciding.
3. Do I want to keep the suit? Keeping your suit is not like keeping a wedding gown. You will no doubt find many instances in which you will be able to wear it again. If this appeals to you then having a suit made to measure may be an option.

By now you may have an idea but just encase, I’ve put together a handy list of the pros and cons of hiring or buying your wedding suit.

Hiring your wedding suit.
Pros:

  •  If you’re on a tight budget it’s a great way to get a smart suit that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Hiring your wedding suit is a popular option because you can wear designer brands without paying the hefty price tag.
  • If you’re getting married abroad and will have no use for a white linen suit when you get home it may be the sensible option.
  • If you are opting for a morning suit, it is unlikely you’ll have the chance to wear it again, so save your pennies and put it towards your honeymoon fund.
  • If you want to match your ushers, hiring all of your suits together can usually be done at a reduced cost.
  • If you lose or gain weight before the big day and your suit isn’t sitting right you can return it and get one that fits better with little to no fuss.
  • Dry cleaning fees are part of your hiring cost so you don’t have to spend extra money after the wedding getting it cleaned before you return it.

    Cons:

  • Your wife will keep her dress, but if you hire your suit, you will have no keepsake to look back on in 20 years.
  • If you are the sentimental type, you cannot pass down your suit to future generations.
  • You cannot guarantee that your grooms party will fit the select sizes in hiring suit shops.
  • Someone has to be in charge of returning all the suits after the big day, usually this is just a day or 2 after the wedding itself, you don’t want to be thinking of returning everything when you’re a hungover mess.
  • If the suit is damaged you will have to pay for it unless you have paid a damage waiver.

Buying a wedding suit
Pros:

  • You’ll get to own a fab smart suit you can wear time and again, at weddings, christenings and even funerals. Totally worth the money compared to your wife’s ornament. 😉
  • Having a suit made specially to fit is a total luxury, and if you can’t afford to splash out on your big day, when can you?
  • A tailored suit can be made to hide any areas you are self-conscious of such as wide shoulders or a large belly and can even make you look taller and slimmer.
  • You can try your suit on 10-15 years down the line and laugh at how married life has made you blissfully unaware of your expanding waistline! 😉
  • High street brands and online stores know that weddings are very expensive so they are now creating wedding wear that is both stylish and affordable.

Cons:

  •  It’s not a cheap option. A bespoke suit – made for you totally from scratch – can set you back at least £1000. A suit that has been tailored to fit can cost anything from £500 upwards.
  • 
It costs you time as well as money, there will be several fittings needed over the course of your suit being made.
  • Unless you buy the same suits for your best man and the ushers you may have to put up with not matching.
  • Accidents can happen and if your suit gets damaged in any way before the big day, you will need to fork out for it to be fixed and in extreme cases to be measured for a new suit.

Gary has decided that he wants a made to measure suit for our wedding. It’s an investment piece as well as a keep sake if nostalgia hits.

We were very lucky to be gifted this gorgeous suit from Dobell, Doesn’t it look sleek and sexy?

Front shot of Gary in the suit from shoulders down

Gary’s thoughts:

The suit fit comfortably the jacket wasn’t tight across the chest or back I felt I could move freely without it feeling too baggy. The style of the suit was excellent it could be used on multiple occasions, not just for a wedding. Possibly for a casual work suit or just a night out. The quality of the fabric and design of the suit makes this possible. The thing I like about suit trousers compared to a normal smart trouser is that they feel lighter and thinner making it easier for my legs to “breathe” and avoid getting too hot, these trousers were perfect for me as they felt super light on my legs and kept me from overheating. For me this was an excellent suit all round it was well made and fit me very well.
As Sassy stated before: I am looking to get a tailored made suit for the wedding but that’s only because I’ve never had one before and want to look my best on our big day and then I get to keep a nice well fitting suit. Depending on the style of suit you are having for an event will determine if you want to buy or rent, I would personally only buy a suit if I could use it more than once as they can be a lot of money.

Forward shot of Gary's suit jacket Full length side view of Gary in his suit

 

I hope this post has given you some useful information about hiring or buying your wedding suit.
Always remember to do your homework and shop around.There may be discounts or sales on, both online and in store, don’t just go for the first place you look at.
Happy hunting! 🙂

*This is a collaborative post with Dobell but all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Blind Girl Hacks: Top 10 Uses For Vaseline

Blind Girl Hacks; 10 Fab Uses of Vaseline.

There are some things in life which I believe every girl needs,; yes you’ve guessed it Vaseline! Not only is it cheap but vaseline is multi-purpose! here are just a few ideas that I’ve found Vaseline to be fantastic for! And as a blind girl, it’s a double positive!

Primer

This may not be an original thought for those of you who are into beauty and make up, but as an emergency Vaseline can be used as a primer! It gives your face the smooth and glossy look, while also moisturising your skin!

Fix Eyeliner

Whether you’r a pro at putting on eyeliner, or you are just starting out with experimenting Vaseline is a handy way of removing excess eyeliner. Simply uses a cotton bud with a small amount on the end and rub the thickest part of the eyeliner.It will remove it, without messing up the rest of your make up!

Teeth

Sounds a bit strange right? But applying a little amount on your top 6 teeth before applying lipstick will make sure that not only will your lips not stick to your teeth, but if you do have a lipstick stain it can be quickly removed!

 




Lipstick

Applying a thin layer of Vaseline on your lips a minute or so before applying lipstick will give your lipstick extra hold and extra shine.

Lipstick II

Not a big fan of lipstick, or just forgotten it?
Use a cotton bud or lipstick brush and add about a pea-sized amount of Vaseline to the tip.
Using your finger add some eyeshadow to the brush/bud, and gently mix the two. You can now apply your new lipstick shade to your lips.

Highlight/Shine

Add Vaseline to your brow line, cheekbone and cupids bow to give that highlighted/shimmer effect.

Makeup Remover

If your make up isn’t budging with soap and warm water, apply Vaseline to the area and gently wipe with a cotton pad. Be careful around your eye area!
Applying Vaseline to your eyelashes helps give a glossier shine as well as helps the lashes to grow!

Nails

Applying nail polish can be a pain, especially with limited or no vision. Make sure to put a healthy amount around each nail before painting them, it stops the nail polish from staining the finger, and makes the excess easy to remove with a cotton pad.

NailsII

Gently massaging Vaseline into your nails is a great way of keeping your cuticles soft and healthy! If you’re lucky enough to not get varnish on your fingers, use the excess to rub into your cuticles, instead of removing it!
Make sure your nails are dry first! 🙂

Perfume

Applying Vaseline on your sweet spots beforehand, such as wrists, inner elbow and collarbone, keeps the fragrance lasting longer throughout the day.
Don’t rub your perfume, dab it!

I really hope these tips were useful, they certainly make my life easier 🙂

Much love,
Sassy x




Bar Smith’s Farringdon: A Tiki Review

Bar Smith’s Farringdon: A Tiki review.

What is the Tiki culture?
The Tiki culture can be traced back to a man named DonThe Beach Comber. He was Texan born but knew that there was a world outside of the states so he went to explore.
His travels took him to the rum centred Caribbean and South Pacific. He loved the laid back lifestyle and on his return home opened a bar to recreate his adventures, the bar was like stepping onto a Caribbean island and he made the cocktails to match.

I was invited to attend Bar Smith’s in Farringdon to try the Tiki menu, to say I was excited would be an understatement. If you know me, you know I’m a lover of cocktails, so I was very much looking forward to having a taste.

Arriving at Farringdon, which is wheelchair accessible, we headed to St John’s Street, just a 2 minute walk from the station.

Upon entry to Bar Smith’s there was 3 steps leading into the bar, with no accessible ramp, but once inside it definitely felt like we were transported to a beach holiday.
The bar was a large open area with tall tables and high chairs, alongside lower table and chairs dotted around the space.
It was very rustic and dark which complimented the Caribbean relaxed vibe.

We were approached by a member of staff who asked if we wanted a table for two.We agreed. At this point he said that he would go and check with his manager to see if my dog was allowed inside
I politely explained that she was a working dog and she is allowed in, but he went off to ask anyway.
On his return he had 2 members of staff with him, one being the manager.
They said that the dog wasn’t allowed in. but we could stay. Again, I explained that Ida is a Guide Dog and legally she is allowed in.
I was told that the dog could stay if I ate outside.
Needless to say I was not a happy bunny, and I explained this, alongside stating that I was here for review purposes.
Their tune quickly changed.

We were then sat at a lower table, given menu’s and left to it for a few minutes, Ellie couldn’t see a Tiki menu so we asked for one.

cocktail menu at the tiki bar

Ellie and I both ordered pizza: I ordered the beef rib and Ellie ordered the Hawaiian .
As we were here to review the Tiki, we couldn’t not order a cocktail! Ellie opted for the Navy Grog which alongside the was out of ingredients, so we both went for the XOXO, very tasty indeed!

Our food arrived promptly and was plentiful. As Ellie and I are such little things we took our time eating the pizza’s, I managed to finish mine because i’m a fat pig, Ellie on the other hand did not…
It was a good 10 minutes after we had finished that Ellie caught the waiters eye and asked for some more drinks, the bar was very quiet, but staff didn’t seem to be around.

Beef Rib and tomato pizza

Ham and pineapple pizza

We ordered one more cocktail each, Ellie had a Pina Colada and I opted for the Tiki classic of A Zombie, they went down rather quickly…

Two Easter head style cups with ice and a straw poking out the top

We headed to the bathroom and I was disappointed to see that there was no disabled toilet.The toilet cubicles were small and the taps were quite high, this would not be accessible for a wheelchair user.

As we were in no rush to leave Ellie and I stayed for another 15 minutes or so, chilling and chatting.
The atmosphere was somewhat spoiled by a man climbing a ladder and fixing lights off to our right.
We left with our empty plates still on the table.

Although the food was very tasty and the cocktails were delightful, I don’t think i’ll be returning to Bar Smith’s Farringdon in the future.

Accessibility: 1/5
The tube station was the only accessible part of our experience.

Quality of service: 2/5
There were only 4 things on the Tiki menu, 3 of which being pizza, I originally asked for the salad but they had run out of ingredients.
Although the food was tasty and came quickly, the waiter failed to ask if we wanted more drinks, and did not take away our plates.

Hospitality: 1/5
I was made to feel very unwelcome because of Ida, even after I explained that she was a Guide Dog.
There was also a lot of confusion with regards to the bill, I explained that I was attending for review purposes…. I’m not too sure this information was passed onto the floor staff.

*I was invited by Bar Smith’s for review purposes but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Sensse hot and cool toner and massage bar

If you are a beauty lover, are into your skincare and enjoy learning about new gadgets or techniques that can improve your routine, then I think you’ll like this product! Welcome to the sensse hot and cool facial bar! 🙂

It is a light weight, handheld facial massager and toner. It is white, thin and sleek, it actually reminds me of a microphone! It has three settings; hot, cold and vibration mode. You can use the vibration mode for both hot and cold settings.

What Amazon says:

Hot Mode – Relax and Soften Your Skin

The 42°C temperature in hot mode is optimal for increasing blood circulation and relaxing facial muscles. The increase in blood circulation and muscle relaxation from hot mode smoothes out wrinkles, softens your skin and activates cell re-growth.

Hot Mode with Ultrasonic Massage – Increase Moisturizer Absorption

The gentle ultrasonic vibrations combined with the 42°C hot mode massage your favorite moisturizer into your skin. The hot temperature and ultrasonic vibrations increase absorption to help you get the most from your products.

Cool Mode – Soothes Sore Facial Muscles and Reduce Redness

Uses optimal 6°C temperature to soothe sore facial muscles and relieve skin fatigue. The cool temperature reduces redness and stiffness making your skin look bright and beautiful. Also closes your pores to enhance moisturizer absorption and prevent dirt and grime buildup.

Cool Mode with Ultrasonic Massage – The Relaxing Wrinkle Reducer

Optimal 6°C temperature combined with ultrasonic vibrations tones and firms your skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

What does the sensse hot and cold bar do?

* Stimulates Blood Circulation
* Aids in Lymphatic Drainage
* Increases Cell Metabolism
* Cleanses Away Toxins
* Enhances Skin Care Product Performance
* Tightens and Tones Neck and Facial Skin
* Diminishes Wrinkles and Fine Lines
* Reduces The Appearance of Congested, Puffy Eyes
* Refines Large Pores
* Improves Skin Texture and Tone
* Clarifies Acne and Blemishes
* Lightens Dark Under Eye
* Fades Scars, Freckles, Age Spots and Redness

sensse hot and cold facial bar in its white box

How do I use the sensse hot and cold facial bar?

After Reading the instructions I put the bar on charge for the recommended six hours. There is a light to indicate the bar is charging. Once it is fully charged both the stand and and bar will go the same colour.
Scrape hair back and wash face and hands with hot soapy water.
Towel dry your face and apply moisturiser.
Put a P sized amount of your moisturiser onto the round metal slate at the top of the bar.
There is only one button on the device, press and hold force three seconds, this will activate the hot mode.
Press the bar with the moisturiser on the metal plate to your face.
Gently run it around your entire face, and under your chin. Be careful and sensitive when applying it to your eyesockets, if you have sensitive eyes do not use.
You should only use for two minutes at a time.

Press the button once and this will activate the vibration mode. This opens up your paws and helps your moisturiser sink deep into your skin.
Press the button again to activate the cold mode. This will change very quickly.
Continue the motions all over your face, the cold will close your pours.
Press the button once more, this activates the vibration mode. This cools and tightens the facial muscles, and brings blood to the surface to reduce Red/puffy skin.
Hold the button for three seconds, this will turn off the device. If you forget, it will automatically turn off after two minutes.
Clean the metal plate with a damp clean cloth.

Pros:

I love the whole design and packaging of it, it’s very sleek and stylish which makes it look expensive! I am a massive fan of the white and rose gold combo and it looks great on display!
I’m really impressed with just how quickly it can heat up and cool down. Within a few seconds it’s ready and it’s also a really good temperature on both ends.
the hot is very relaxing and definitely helps release any tension in my face.
The cold Setting is really refreshing and helps close up your pores.
I like how there’s a vibration mode for each to really get deeper into your skin.

sensse in a white box next to a mac book

The charging stand is also really handy, it’s very easy to just pop the device on top and it begins charging away.
Being rechargeable is great as it means theres no added expense of batteries to buy.
Instead you simply plug the base unit in with the usb charging cable attached
It goes from hot to cold in 6 seconds.

It automatically shuts off after 2 minutes to save battery life.
You have a 60 day money back guarantee if you’re not happy with your purchase.

Cons:

the only thing i would say is that the pad where the gadget stands in is not very deep at all so it balances on it. This means it can get knocked off very easily, and it has to be on a flat stable service when charging.
This is the era of technology with most gadgets having a USB port/charger… However it would have been good if the company included a plug for the USB.

I really enjoy using my facial bar, it’s great for a good morning and night routine. A fab way to look after your skin and give yourself a little pampering too!
If you enjoy a good skin routine, this is a perfect added bonus. I would highly recommend. 🙂

Do you have a sense hot and cool facial bar? Would you consider buying one after this review? I would love to know in the comments 🙂

Access ability: 5/5
It’s lightweight and fits perfectly within the groove of your hand, no long set up process to endure, once it is fully charged you are good to go!
If you are visually in paired, with each mode change the button lights up on the bar.
I’ve used it for a few weeks now, and the charge still hasn’t died!

Quality of service: 5/5
It arrived quicker than the time I was initially given, it was packaged safely, and beautifully presented.

 

*I was gifted this product for review purposes, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Blind Girl Hacks: organising your Bedroom

Blind Girl Hacks: Bedroom Tips and Tricks.

I believe the bedroom should be a sanctuary, somewhere you can relax, wind down and move around with ease.
A messy bedroom = a messy mind.. If you can’t find where anything is within your room you are not setting yourself up for a smooth/positive day.

Gary and I share a double wardrobe and chest of drawers, so it is vital I can find my things amongst the chaos 😉 You will soon come to realise I have OCD, because everything has a place. Here are my tips and tricks about how I keep my bedroom organised.

 

Clothes

Everything is in seasonal order. I keep my jumpers and pyjamas together on a shelf in my wardrobe.

My clothing rail from left to right;
Gary’s shirts/suits, jumper dresses, cardigans, Summer shirts/ going out tops,, Summer dresses, going out dresses,
smart skirts and trousers.

I also try and keep these clothes in colour coordination from white to black, but living with a boy who doesn’t pay attention to such things, doesn’t always happen! 😉
Ideas.
There are things such as RNIB’s Talking Colour Detector that can help visually impaired people distinguish colours from one another.
It looks slightly like a torch and works by turning it on and holding the item against the end of the Colour Detector, it will then read out basic colours such as; light blue, dark red and white.

There are much cheaper and less bulky alternatives for example apps that you can get on your mobile phone. Again this works in the same way as the RNIB’s colour detector.

Chest of Drawers

We have a separate drawer for underwear, tops and trousers/ shorts. I keep my belongings on the lefthand side of the drawers, Gary’s belongings stay on the right .
Ideas.

You can get drawer dividers to make sure your things stay separate. You can buy these from places such as IKEA, or a cheaper alternative would be to use a cereal box(only one side) to partition your belongings, great if you are thrifty and enjoy DIY projects. 🙂

Labelling.

If you want something more concrete/ sturdy when determining your clothes a labelling system may be of good use to you.

You can buy things such as Tactile markers from the internet,. These are tactile shapes that you can glue to your clothes. for example use squares for any of your jumpers that have to be on a woollen/ 30 degree wash.

buttons can be sewn onto your white clothes for example. A good place to sew these buttons would be on the washing instruction label that you get on the inside of your clothes.

Iron patches are another labelling system you can use. As it suggests you use the iron to transfer the label. They are usually robust and do not come off in the washing machine.

 




Jewellery

I have lots of jewellery, ranging from bulky necklaces to delicate earrings and bracelets.

My delicate jewellery that also came as part of a set stay in their specific boxes in a drawer in my bedroom the others are kept in several different sized jewellery boxes.

I have a necklace stand where all different types of necklaces hang from, I tend to use one side for bulky necklaces and the other side for thinner ones. for I also keep my thinner necklaces on the cardboard hook that it came on. That way it keeps the thinner necklaces from tangling and makes it easy for me to differentiate which one is which.

I have a box full of bulky bracelets and earrings, the earrings also stay on the cardboard sleeve they came with. Again it makes it easier for me to know which pair of earrings i’m looking for, but it also helps to keep the box tidy.

I have another box full of smaller earrings, and I also keep them paired, that way i will never have odd earrings.

Ideas:

Buy a jewellery box that has lots of compartments/ partitions, that way you can keep necklaces separate from rings etc.
Another idea could be to have a deep box, it could be a jewellery one or just a pretty box you’ve DIY made. Setting up a layering system in the form of cardboard/tissue paper to keep each individual item or each collection of items separate from one another.
depending on how you layer the box you could attach braille/ tactile labels to each section so you can make finding your things a much smoother experience.
If you have the space have a separate jewellery box for each of your collections. That way you shouldn’t mix up your jewellery. 🙂

Accessories.

I have a specific storage box that i keep belts, scarfs and hats in. I fold each item and pile them on top of one another, I keep one side for scarves and the other for belts. I then place the hats on top.
I keep all my handbags together in one big bag (a very old school bag, i’m not fancy!).It sits on the shelf of my wardrobe on the left hand side.
Having all my bags together in a big bag is not only convenient for storage space but it is something completely separate from the rest of my accessories so if i’m directing someone else, they can find the bag straight away rather than guessing which one of my many boxes it could potentially be in. 🙂
Because all of my accessories are different in style, texture and shape I can differentiate easily between all my clothes and accessories.

 




Ideas:

If you don’t have the storage space for boxes, but would like to keep your accessories organised? Using plastic shower curtain ring hangers are a good idea, and a way of containing space. This can also be used for keeping jewellery from tangling, if you so wish.
Hanging baskets, or, plastic baskets under your bed is another great way to keep your specific accessories in one place, but allowing them to stay segregated from the others.

As you can tell i’m an organised person, I always have been, even before I had any sight issues, but being that way definitely made my life smoother after going blind. I had a system in place that was fool proof for me, and because of that it makes finding things easy.
Everything I own has a home.
Personally I do have a labelling system, when I first went blind my Mum sewed buttons onto my whites (as I didn’t have that many white items apart from underwear) and she sewed tiny ribbons onto my coloured clothes/ underwear. For the most part I don’t tactilely use the system because I know what all my clothes are, but it is a great way of allowing myself piece of mind that I won’t mix colours when doing my washing.

I suggest that if you are visually impaired and do not have a system in place, it could be a good idea to start 🙂 Find a system that works for you; labelling, separating smart/casual clothes, use compartment segregators, or even just making sure everything has a home.

I hope this post was useful for you, if you have questions for me or suggestions for posts please leave a comment below, or contact me via social media! 🙂

Much love,
Sassy x

 

 




Honest Grapes Wine Festival In SOHO

Wine tasting at the Honest Grapes wine festival.

Last week Gary and I were invited to attend the Honest Grapes wine festival in SOHO.Gary and I are only really just getting into wine tasting and discovering different brands that we like.
My Dad is a wine buff and has taught me lots over the years, often asking me to “try this and see what you think” most of the time I wasn’t interested, but as I got older my taste buds began to change, with Champagne becoming a firm family favourite; especially around Christmas and New Year!

Needless to say I was rather excited to attend the wine festival .Gary enjoys being my guide for certain blogging events, especially if it includes food and alcohol!
I knew I wouldn’t be able to attend this event without sighted assistance, so it was good to get Gary on board and make it into a fun date day:)

After getting delayed with thanks to broken signals on the railway, having to walk half way around St Pancras just to get to the underground, and then having to ask for assistance and walking the 100+ steps up the escalator we finally arrived in SOHO.
Thankfully it was only a 5 minute walk from the tube station, and handy Google Maps got us there with no issues.

As we entered the building we were greeted by a lovely Chinese lady who informed us that the lift would only be able to take us up, so we would have to walk back down the stairs upon exiting.
Ida and I are becoming well versed in stairs, so I wasn’t particularly bothered about this.

Arriving upstairs we walked into a large, open, bright and white room.
The kind gentleman checked us in and even got a tray for Ida to have a drink from.
We asked if it was OK to bench Ida while we went around, just so she didn’t get under anyones’ feet, and he was more than accommodating, even offering to look after her on his table.

And then the fun began…

The first table we visited was Exton Park, an English Brewery. situated in Hampshire where the grapes are Grown in a very chalky environment which adds a distinct flavour to the wines.

We tried the Exton Park Brute first, this was a white sparkling wine.

We both thought it tasted very nice but as with most brutes’ it was Dry

You can purchase a bottle for £27.90

The next wine we tried was the Exton Park Pino MeunierRose. This was a sparkling Rose Wine with a fruity burst of flavour.. Out of the 2 this was our favourite.

You can purchase a bottle for £39.00

The second table we visited was the Chene Bleu- Vineyards, this is situated in the la verriere region of France.

The first wine we tasted was the Chene Bleu Rosé 2016. – This was a Rose wine with a silky smooth finish.

You can purchase a bottle for £20.90

The second wine we tried was the Chene Blue w 2010. This was a Red Wine,, I found it too full bodied for my personal taste. I’m not a fan of red wine as a rule and the taste made it a bit sour and sharp for me.

The third table we visited was the Clemens Busch- German Wine maker

We tried the Clemens Busch Vom Grauen 2015. This was a dry sharp red wine.

You can purchase a case of 6 for £122

The second wine we tried was the Clemens Busch vom roten Scgiefer This was a fantastic red wine, which I felt was not too full bodied for my taste. I felt that the wine completed itself nicely, by this I mean the flavour didn’t linger on the tongue or leave it dry. You can purchase a case of 6 for £122.40

Clemens Busch Marienburg GG The third wine we tried on this table was the Falkenlay 2012. This was a smooth sharp white wine that didn’t stick to the pallet..

The fourth wine we tried was the Greatest hits.

Grace Bridge Pino Noir 2013. This was a light fruity red wine, and affordable at £18.40 a bottle.

Luke Lambert Australian wine maker standing in front of a big barrel of Wine

The next table we visited was the Team Picks table.

Brownstone Winery.

We first tried the Chardonnay 2015. – This was a light yet Crisp white wine.

You can purchase a bottle for £13.80

The second wine we tried was the Chateau Trebiac Rouge 2012-. This was an earthy flavour but was a light red colour.

You can purchase a bottle for £13.40

The next table we visited was the Spanish Tapas table.

We tried a selection of cheeses including; goats cheese, very creamy but not over powering.

A semi mature cheddar which was crumbley.

A mature cheddar which was strong and smokey, with a bit of crumble.

A blue cheese which was potent and creamy, not to my taste but Gary thoroughly enjoyed it.

We also tried some cooked ham cut straight from the hoof, this was sort of slimy in texture but tasted nice.

I also managed to taste the ham wrapped in breadstick, this was very tasty, it gave the ham a good crunch.

Our final tasting was the semi mature cheese with a sweet jelly, this was completely ccomplimentary to the cheese, and apparently very popular in Spain.

The next table we visited was Fine Wine.

The first wine Gary tasted was the Mastrojanni Brunello Montalcino 2012 This was a Medium bodied red which stayed on your tongue for a while, not to Gary’s taste.

You can purchase a bottle for £53.59

The last wine that Gary tasted was the mirafiore barolo lazzarito 2008 This was the last red wine Gary tasted, he thought it was very full bodied and clung to the pallet;not to his tastes

You can purchase a bottle for £66.50

The first wine I tasted was the Cal del Bosco Annamaria Clementi 2007 This was a white sparkling wine that was slightly dry, but refreshing.

You can purchase a bottle for £89.70

The second wine I tasted was the Frerejean Freres Blanc de Blancs This was a crisp white wine, it was tasty but not my favourite.

You can purchase a bottle for £61.40

The final table we visited was the Australia and New Zealand Wines

We met the co- founder of Honest Grapes,; Nathan, who had just come back from a 5 month trip to Australia and New Zealand meeting young people growing their own wines. He was very friendly and clearly very passionate about his job and the company.

Taras Ochota a wine maker Nathan met on his travels to Australia and New Zealand

The first wine we tried was the Jamsheed Ma Petite Francine Cabernet Franc 2016. – This was a very light and fruity Red Wine, both Gary and I enjoyed it.

Nathan explained that most people who declare they don’t like red wines, do in fact like these, because of their fruity flavours, he was definitely right.

You can purchase a bottle for £19.80

The final wine we tasted was the mirafiore barolo lazzarito Another very light and fruity red wine, it was not full bodied at all, and we both found it very easy and tasty to drink.
You can purchase a bottle for £66.50

Timo Mayer another wine maker Nathan met while on his trip to Australia and New Zealand

Gary and I had a lovely day learning, tasting and meeting so many passionate people who knew so much about their craft. It was so interesting meeting the people that grew the wine, finding out their back stories as well as gaining more knowledge about how the wines were produced.

The only down side to the day was the public not understanding that Ida was a working dog and needed to be left alone. Too many people went over to her and gave her fuss that she became very excited and wouldn’t settle, so we ended up taking her around the last few tables with us.
She settled down instantly, but I do wish people would not interfere with her.

Before we headed out we headed back to the exton park table and tried the rose and brute one more time. The rose was definitely a hit for both of us, and it is wine we will be purchasing in the future.

Thanks to honest Grapes for inviting us, we had a fab day! 🙂

Accessibility 3/5

Getting to SOHO as a disabled person was a challenge, many of the train stations lacked lifts and had too many stairs or just escalators. The venue the event was hosted at unfortunately had a broken lift which only went up, meaning you would have to come down many stairs on your return.
As a wheelchair user this event would not have been accessible to me.
All of these things are totally out of Honest Grapes control.

Hospitality 5/5
The people that worked there on the day were absolutely fantastic, showed real passion and enthusiasm for the job, and were also extremely accommodating with my blindness.

Are you a wine lover? Would you attend a festival like this?

*We were given tickets for review purposes but all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Celebrating National Parks Week With NRS Healthcare

Celebrating National Parks week with NRS Healthcare.

Summer is here and one of my favourite ways to spend it is putting on my walking boots and to go exploring around various nature trails with Gary.
This summer we are making a concerted effort to travel the UK to walk, picnic and even hike through some of the National Parks ,breathing in the fresh air and enjoying nature at it’s finest.

Having Arthritis as well as a visual impairment can make walking, and especially hiking pretty difficult and Gary and I have been looking at accessible trails online
Picture my happiness when I was contacted by the lovely folks at NRS Healthcare who informed me of their free and accessible guide to venturing the National Parks with a disability!

I got so excited reading through the guide, this was exactly what I had been looking for, a place where all the information is presented in one place.

The guide talks about empowering those with disabilities to go outdoors no matter what reservations you may have about restrictions to access.
Wheelchair user that fancies electric boating?on the Lake District?
Visually impaired and fancy hiking in Snowdonia?
It’s all possible if you know where to look, and now we do!

A visually impaired person being guided along a dirt path in the national park with a tree and moss covered boulder on the left.

It’s National Parks Week here in the UK, 24th-30thJuly and to celebrate the beauty and accessibility of our 15 National Parks, NRS Healthcare have written a free accessibility guide for people like you and me who love to be outdoors, but find it a chore researching where is and isn’t accessible!

An extra added bonus is the equipment and products listed in the guide you may consider taking when you are on your adventure, to make your experience more relaxing and enjoyable.

A wide richer with a stone arc bridge in the background. The river is flanked by green and browning trees

The best thing about the guide is that the activities listed are not just Summer activities, most of the excursions and trails are available year round, so if you fancy skiing in winter or surfing in Spring, it is all doable. 🙂

Are you an outdoorsy type?
Would you consider trekking the national parks with a disability?

*Information from a press release by NRS Healthcare, But all thoughts and opinions are my own




Disability In Fashion: Where Is It?

Disability in the fashion industry: where is it?

Back in 1998 Alexander McQueen was the first designer to introduce disability in the fashion industry, Amy Mullins a double amputee athlete wore a pair of hand carved prosthetic legs.
and strutted her stuff on the catwalk.
It was seen as a ground breaking moment, an industry renown for it’s lack of diversity and inclusivity were now changing the tide. Disabled people everywhere thought this could be the turning point for fashion and disability.

It’s been almost 20 years and yet here we are, a community of 13 million people with the spending power of £80 Billion still being left behind.

I’m happy to see that disabled people have been showcased as beautiful, bold and have a passion for fashion with more recent designers including disabled models in London, Italian and New York fashion week, adorning the catwalk, but we still have a long way to go.

Where are the models of diversity in our high streets?
Where are the designers creating comfortable yet stylish clothes for persons in a wheelchair?

Recently Nike released a new line of shoe designed to fit the feet of those with limited mobility in their joints, however this campaign only came about because a young boy with cerebral palsy wrote to them asking for a pair of shoes that he could wear and look good in.

Having a disability doesn’t automatically mean that style and sexiness goes out of the window.Every person has a right to look glamorous and feel physically comfortable doing so.

“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.” Miuccia Prada

Fashion has a significant influence in today’s society, magazines, social media, television and online, it’s everywhere you look.


“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” Oscar Wilde

Celebrities campaign for, and in some cases against fashion, in the case of Elton John and D&G.
Influence has power, and power directed in a positive way can have a profound and long lasting effect.
So why aren’t celebrities and designers coming together and campaigning for an inclusive world? It’s not like they don’t have the means or motivation, money and influence; two things that make the world what it is today.

Designers should be creating the clothes, models of disability should be showcasing the collection, and celebrities should be shouting from the rooftops about diversity and inclusion.

Clothes are designed for the tall upright able bodied person who walks to and from work. But what happens when that same gentleman sits down at his desk? His trousers rise above the ankle, and his shirt feels taut on his arms when he is typing at his desk.

Now imagine that same gentleman as a person who uses a wheelchair? His strength and mobility may be strained meaning that he cannot roll up his shirt sleeves , so he has to deal with the irritation of stretched material over his arms,


“Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment.” Alexander McQueen

There are many talented individuals who have created their own clothing line,wearable shoes and customisable accessories for aids, just to name a few.
However it shouldn’t be left to an individual to have little to no access to fashion that they need to design their own.
I want to see a world where a wheelchair user can go to a high street store, be able to navigate adequately, see a mannequin that represents them, and pick clothes off the rack that will make them look and feel great.
I want to see a world where disability is embraced the way race, religion and culture are.

I want to see a world where models of disability are seen as equal partners, and not a story of inspiration or pity.

I want to see a world where fashion and disability collide and make magic, standing united, coming together and create a long-lasting partnership

“Real fashion change comes from real changes in real life. Everything else is just decoration.” Tom Ford.

“This blog post is a part of Design Blogger Competition organized by CGTrader

Light Up Your Life With Cello And Village Candles

Light Up Your Life With Cello And Villiage Candles.

I’ve always loved candles, and scented candles have taken the world by storm over the last 7+ years.
There’s something so relaxing and yet perfectly pretty about watching a candle light dance about in it’s jar/ holder.

A scented candle can help create an atmosphere like no other; sea salt can create an atmosphere of tranquility and freshness, escorting you to your favourite beach in summer.
A mulled wine candle can create an atmosphere of warmth, comfort and cosiness. Transporting you to a winters evening curled up on the sofa eating cheese and crackers.

Your sense of smell is the most powerful of all the senses, evoking memories and moments in time. This is why scented candles have become so popular in the last decade.

Being a scented candle fan, I have always been curious to the lure of the wax melt candles.

I am very happy to report that i now have one of my very own with thanks to Village Candle UK! I have a white wax melt holder with a simple but contemporary oriental design with tactile markings.

Black wax melter with oriental design, with two books to the left and a love picture frame on the right. Creating a relaxed and contemporary vibe

When it arrived it came fully assembled, all I had to do was removed the protective seal, add the melt, and plug it in.

What’s different about wax melt candles is the design. The holder contains a bulb, that warms up and heats the dish to melt the wax candle, to give off your chosen scent.

From a blind person’s perspective I really love the design, one flick of your switch and the bulb does all the hard work for you.
I cannot tell you how many times I have burnt my finger/ hand trying to light a scented candle and having to put my hand into the jar, only to find out the flame wasn’t touching the wick, so my efforts were foiled and I had to repeat the process all over again!

Although i do have light perception, meaning I am able to see the light flickering from the candle, I feel safe knowing that I will not accidentally leave a lit candle burning through the night, potentially causing a house fire.

I chose 2 different scents for my wax melt; Fresh strawberry and Black bamboo. I tried Fresh Strawberries first, well it’s summer after all and who doesn’t love the scent of strawberries?

The wax melts came in a plastic box with individual cubes of the scented candle.
Again, from the perspective of a blind person, I thought this was very handy, I didn’t need to faff around trying to cut up the wax, because it was already done for me!

Turning on the wax melt I thought the scent was sweet and light, just like strawberries themselves.
After 20 minutes or so I was a little disappointed that the scent wasn’t potent,especially as the fragrance of the candle in it’s box was so strong. Everything I want in a scented candle.
That was until I realised I could add more than just one cube to the dish… After adding 2 cubes to the dish, I could really smell the scent of strawberries emanating around the room, which made me very happy indeed! 🙂

The Black Bamboo gave off a polar opposite scent in comparison to the Fresh Strawberries
It’s almost masculine in scent and heavy, without feeling like you r suffocating from it’s strength of fragrance.

Although I love both wax melts for their differences, I would say that in terms of creating an atmosphere, I would use Fresh Strawberries and curl up on the sofa reading a chick flick,, with Pimms in hand.

Whereas I would use the Black Bamboo after a long day to unwind and destress. I would soak in the bath listening to jazz.

Black wax Melter with oriental design on a table with black bamboo and fresh strawberries packs in front

Accessibility: 5/5
The website was easy and smooth to navigate with a screen reader, and each item had it’s own description so it gave me a visual representation of the product, and what to expect from the scent.

Quality of service: 5/5
Email and Twitter correspondence was very quick, friendly and efficient. I received my order just a few days after placing it.

Are you a scented candle fan? Have you got a wax melt candle? Would you try one?
I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments 🙂

Much Love,
Sassy x

*I was sent this beautiful wax melt holder. and the wax melt candles for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
*Photography courtesy of my Sister.




Booking Your Wedding Band With Headliner

Booking Your Wedding Band with Headliner.

At a wedding the most important part of the party is the music. Well in my opinion anyway! Whether you are planning a lavish 5 star glamour party or a boho garden party, the music is going to play a large part in calculating your wedding funds.
The music is what keeps your wedding going into the early hours, well after the food and alcohol have dried up.
So it’s important to pick music that can keep your guests boogying all night.

Wedding band playing a chello with guests sitting down eating food

Not only is music an integral part of your special day, but you have to make the decision on whether you are going to hire a live band or DJ.

Spending hours on the internet researching who you want playing during your day only to come across the price-tag and realising the band of your dreams is out of your budget can be stressful and disheartning to say the least.

This is where Headliner comes in handy. Not only do they do all the leg work for you, sourcing bands, and DJ’s to suit your locality and budget, but you can contact the acts themselves through the platform.
After finding a act you like the look of, you can click onto their profile to learn more about them, as well as listen to music they have uploaded to the website. Prices are shown on each act’s profile,so you know upfront if the act you want can accommodate your budget,
talking with the act directly and confirming that they are the right fit for you and your big day, you can feel safe in the knowledge that your payment will be safe and secure.

Bride and Groom getting ready for their first dance

Headliner are an online platform connecting acts and the public that want to book. There is a selection of acts to suit all genres of music as well as the type of event you would like to host.

Gary and I have only been engaged a few months, so we still haven’t gotten around to deciding on a band or DJ, but I think we certainly like the thought of a live band being involved in getting our guests to the dance floor as well as entertaining them at the same time.

Website accessibility 4/5
As a screen reader user it was quite tricky to navigate, however when I switched to desktop mode and added the reader feature this made navigation much smoother.

Are you planning your wedding? Have you booked your music?
I would highly suggest taking a look at Headliner if you and your significant other haven’t come to a decision yet. 🙂




This is a collaborative post.