As Jason and I are getting older, both the quantity and frequency of wedding invites that land on our doormat (and are delivered straight to our hands by Teddy, the ever-eager postman’s assistant), is without shadow of a doubt on a serious incline. It seems that every time we blink, another of our friends or family members are announcing engagements and setting wedding dates, and it’s such a thrill! And hey, we’re contributing to the trend ourselves!

Whilst my own outfit for that Big Day in July is pretty much set in stone (bar the endless last minute panics about hair styles and accessories I’ve been having…), I always think that the task of dressing for a wedding as a guest is a tricky one. You’ve got to contend with the ‘no white/cream’ rule, and the fear of accidentally showing up a dress that looks like you’ve come as a bonus bridesmaid. You need shoes that’ll carry you through the whole day blister-free, and that’ll stand up to at least 4 hours of shimmying on the dance floor. You’ve got to try to match the tone and feel of the day (will it be super formal, or a relaxed affair?) without looking like you’ve tried too hard. It’s a minefield!

And so, to help navigate this etiquette-laden minefield, this summer I’ve teamed up with Anthropologie to assemble not only the perfect summer wedding ensemble (or at least, I think it’s pretty perfect anyway!), but a charming and personal gift for the happy Mr & Mrs too!

Hold onto your fascinators friends, because we’re going Off Registry… ;)
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T H E   O U T F I T

If you ask me, the most failsafe choice for a summer wedding is a patterned maxi.

In opting for a patterned dress, your chances of committing the Oops I Look Like A Bridesmaid faux-pas (can you tell I have a mega paranoia about that?) are reduced to 0.01%- trust me, I’ve done the maths. And a full length gown will look glamorous and elegant and all those other wonderful things, *but*, it’s also comfortable and effortlessly bohemian AND you don’t have to wax/shave/tan your legs! A no brainer, right? This beautiful one is soft as can be (it’s made from jersey), and just begs to be danced in.

For the extras (shoes, accessories, you know the drill), I say go timeless and versatile.

A chunky heeled sandal is, as every woman knows, just about the comfiest high heeled shoe imaginable, and these ones are so heavenly I’m debating whether or not to do away with the inevitably painful ivory stilettos I’ve got lined up as my wedding day shoes, and to just wear these instead! ;) They’re the sort of shoe that’ll pair with any dress imaginable, and for those among you who, like me, obsess over a new pair of shoes and like to wear them as often as is humanly possible, they also work just as nicely with jeans as they do with dresses.

What I’m wearing ::
Dress - Nova maxi
Shoes - Talena heels
Bracelet- Gilded Paths cuff
Clutch - Rosie Raffia

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T H E   G I F T


I remember my Grandma telling me years and years ago about the old fashioned concept of a ‘bottom drawer’. It was, so I learnt, a little set of crockery and linens and all sorts of other homewares that a young couple would collect together and save, ready for when they could afford to move into their own house and set up home together. I thought that that concept, of a little collection of gathered pieces with which to furnish your first home, was such a charming and sweet one that it captured my heart and has stuck with me ever since.

This little wedding gift box is a nod to that sweet ‘bottom drawer’ tradition of gathering. Instead of the usual registry selection or vouchers, I propose picking out some lovely activity for the couple to do together, and putting together a gift box filled with items around the theme. Perhaps pizza making (think pizza stones for creating crispy bases, basil plants, and a wooden serving board) or a cocktail kit (shakers, martini glasses, muddlers, and a bottle of the couple’s favourite spirit)?

For this one, I’ve gathered up all you’d need for a beautiful and lazy weekend morning breakfast in bed- sweet blue-edged glasses to sip fresh juice from, cups as big as side plates to hold froth-topped coffees, beautiful handmade bowls (perfect for granola or oats or for catching the syrup running off a stack of pancakes) and even love-themed porcelain spoons to eat it all with. And, to round out the set, candy striped napkins (for colour and also to act as bed linen protectors…), and a sweetly scented something to brighten up the morning.

Charming, unusual, and oh so personal.

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Summer wedding season? We’re ready for you.

* This post was created in collaboration with Anthropologie. *


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Since we’ve had two Valentine’s Days already during the course of this little blog’s lifetime, you’ll have come to know by now that Jason and I don’t really go in for V-day in a big way. We’ve always tended to just buy each other a little card, and Jason usually picks me up some flowers (daffodils or hyacinths are my favourite at this time of year!), and we tend to treat ourselves to some wine and fancy (read: stinky) cheese and have a cosy evening in. Even though Valentine’s Day is totally made up and can be cliche and all that, there is something undeniably lovely about setting aside a random day in an otherwise pretty grey and uninteresting month (for us, at least!) and dedicating it to love and thoughtfulness. And since I’ve become a bit of a sucker for all things sentimental over the past year, we’re going in for the love-stuff a little more than usual this Valentine’s Day!

Instead of Jason treating me to a bunch or two of flowers that’ll last a week or two at best, this year, we thought it’d be fun to buy each other (or really, ourselves!), some beautiful new plants to put around the house and watch grow throughout the coming year. And since Jason’s taking full and complete ownership, they really will grow rather than shrivel and die like they would if I took charge of their care ;) We’ve got a new maidenhair fern to replace the one I neglected so badly last year, and a selection of beautiful succulents to adorn window ledges and shelves and side tables all over the house.

By far my favourite part of our Valentine’s gift giving for this year though, is the beautiful personalised wrapping paper pictured above. Wrap.me, the genius company behind the wrapping paper, launched in late 2014, and enables you to create a roll of totally personalised paper using a section of up to 30 of your favourite photos. They reached out to me recently to ask if I’d like to trial and review their service, and since photos are something of an obsession (maybe the biggest understatement ever?), I was all for the idea!

I had the best fun sifting back through the 1000s of photographs on my hard drive, and selecting the ones that I felt best encapsulated the year Jason and I have had together. And, not only does it make the sweetest wrapping paper you ever did see, but the photos can be cut up and framed in singles or blocks of prints! I think it’d make such a lovely idea for birthdays, Christmas gifts, and all those other ‘just because’ presents that’s always the most fun to give. I’ll most definitely be ordering more next time a birthday comes around!

What do you think- isn’t personalised wrapping paper such a lovely idea? And I’m intrigued to know- do you go all out for Valentine’s Day with gifts and hearts and flowers, or keep things simple? :) Do have a browse of the Pinterest board below, to see how a few other wonderful bloggers have put together their wrapping paper!

** This post was sponsored by Wrap.me, a company I’m really excited to recommend here on Cider with Rosie!

Follow wrap.me’s board A Valentine’s Day Story: Meet the Bloggers on Pinterest.

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If you ask me, there’s no better way of punctuating a day (whether a working day or otherwise) than by the ritualistic making of cups of tea. Boiling. Pouring. Brewing. Drinking. An hour or two of work or relaxation, and then the whole process begins again. It’s comforting and therapeutic, and reminds us that there are more important things in life than staring at lit-up screens for hours on end.

Taylors of Harrogate sent over a care parcel last week, containing their new range of herbal and fruit teas. They’ve teamed up with plant experts at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, to create the finest and most beautifully tasting infusions. Before we talk tea though, can we take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the packaging? (Scroll right down to the bottom of the post to see it in all its glory!) When the parcel came through, Jason and I spent a good ten minutes just ooohing over all the lush fonts and colours and illustrations. I’m in love!

The tea blends themselves are just beautiful- delicate and fresh tasting, with a little something for every taste going. Below is my day in tea…one delicious cup-full at a time.

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Sweet Rhubarb blend ::

The rhubarb blend is the most delicate of the range, and a perfect cup of tea to open the day with. The colour alone is enough to make me love it! I like to add a half-teaspoon of sugar to bring out the fruit flavours, and serve as part of the most feminine, pink-hued breakfast in bed I can put together. A weekend indulgence of course, but such a lovely indulgence to make.

P . M ::

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Lemongrass & ginger blend ::

I’ve found the lemongrass and ginger blend to be the very best way of beating the dreaded afternoon slump, during the past few days. It’s the most fragrant, invigorating hug-in-a-mug you could imagine, and tastes all the better out of a sweet tin mug. Make up a cup about an hour after lunchtime (right when your lunch  is settling heavy in your stomach and getting ready to make a nap seem like the most appealing thing in the world), and let the warming ginger and fresh lemongrass work their magic!

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Spiced Apple blend ::

Are you already dreaming of how perfectly festive this blend is? It’s like mulled wine meets tea, and is all kinds of delicious! I’m planning on picking up a bumper pack of cinnamon sticks next time I’m out shopping, because can you even imagine how amazing this would be served with a stick of cinnamon, as well as a strip of orange peel and a drizzle of honey, in each cup?


And now, fun stuff! Taylors are offering one Cider with Rosie reader a complete set of their range of fruit & herbal teas, as photographed above!

To enter the giveaway, just take the ‘Flavour Fairy’ quiz (I got ‘blackberry and elderflower fairy!), then head over to Twitter (and be sure you’re following along with Cider with Rosie!) then tweet using the hashtag #CwRgiveaway to let me know which ‘flavour fairy’ you are! I’ll pick a winner 2 weeks today (on the 5th of Jan) and the sweet folk at Taylors will send out a parcel of tea right away for you to start the New Year with!

Which flavour takes your fancy? I’m about to go for a cup of the blackberry & elderflower right now…

** Post created in partnership with Taylors of Harrogate.


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Is it just me, or has this October been an especially beautiful one? I feel as though it’s gone by in a heartbeat though. Jason and I went up to the woods on Sunday looking to photograph the acer trees in all their red and yellow glory, and found that we were at least a week or so too late! I’m loving every minute of this late autumn, early winter weather. The cool breezes are so perfect, I keep stopping whilst out walking with Teddy just so I can breathe and appreciate them before they turn too frosty to be enjoyable. Above is a little round up of what’s caught my imagination during October. More on my Pinterest boards…

1 :: an artfully messy grey-toned bed.
2 :: hiking in the highlands.
3 :: cinnamon sugar doughnuts.
4 :: a colourful twist on a neutral outfit.
5 :: low-cut black ankle boots.
6 :: the most perfect shade of green.
7 :: homemade eggnog {in the sweetest little glasses!}
8 :: the soggiest retriever.
9 :: freshly baked croissants {don’t they look so beautifully flaky?}
10 :: chipotle cheddar burgers with smoked corn fritters.
11 :: a sweetly minimalist dining table.
12 :: black + tan peep toe boots. {the most beautiful pair of boots you ever did see, right?}

Credits for each pin can by found by clicking on the linked numbers above. Follow along with Cider with Rosie on Pinterest for more!

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