Happy 1st Wedding Anniversary Mr.Harrison

On the 25th September my hubby and I will be celebrating our very first wedding anniversary. We married last year to mark our 10 years together, and it was the best day of our lives. We didn't want an extravagant wedding, just something small and personal.

The night before Rob stayed with his parents and brother, so I had a relaxing night just chilled out with Bobbie, our gorgeous Jack Russel. In the morning my bridesmaid and I took him to be looked after for the day by a kennel that I know and trust, and I remember balling my eyes out because I didn't want to leave him, whilst he skipped off happily with one of the ladies who worked there. Seriously! He didn't even look back!

My next job was to get to the hairdressers and get my up-do sorted. I've been going to Bex Hair Design for years, and the girls there did a fantastic job. With my hair done I headed back home to an empty house, sat and thought, what shall I do now?! The wedding wasn't until late afternoon (I didn't want a wedding that dragged on all day!) so I did what any normal woman with the house all to herself would do.... I cleaned up! I remember having the most beautiful hairdo whilst vaccing up and dusting. 

Adrian

After lunch my Maid of Honour arrived and we started to get ready, makeup and the rest. Her husband and my close friend Adrian (who gave me away) were downstairs having some bubbly, and when we were ready we took a few informal pics. Then my bridesmaid Lizzie from earlier arrived, then shortly after our beautiful wedding cars did too, and we were good to go! 

We got married at the local registry office, Leeds Town Hall, and as we pulled up to the building I could see everyone making their way in. The photographer was snapping away as I then followed into the building. This was the part of the day that I wanted over and done with, I wanted to get to the party! With all the formalities done we headed back outside, took more photos, then made our way to the next venue for the wedding breakfast.  

We had the meal and party at Calverley Golf Club, my bridesmaid Lizzie had done the most amazing job setting the venue space up, it was perfect! Not over the top at all, but pretty in pink, white, and silver. Everyone who came to the wedding was invited to the meal, and instead of having a top table with lots of other tables, I wanted one big setup where we could all sit together. The table was in a large conservatory overlooking the golf courses, and as the evening drew in, the twinkly lights above began to shine. It was beautiful. 

twinkly lights

With the speeches and food out of the way, it was time to party! The evening guests started to arrive and the photo booth was set up! It was great! Everyone looked like they were having a good time, which is what we really wanted. We cut the cake, which was lovingly made by one of our colleagues and friend Rachel, had our first dance to Kiss Me by Sixpence None the Richer,  and schmoozed with everyone, and because there wasn't hundreds of people there, it was so easy to work our way round everyone. The photo booth went down a treat too, we have some bloody amazing pics from in there haha!

At the end of the night everything was packed up, and we said our goodbyes. It really was the most perfect day. I'm so grateful to everyone who came and shared it with us, including my Auntie and Uncle who flew in all the way from Australia to be there! Which means the world to me and I still can't quite believe it! Everyone involved really made the day so very special, and we are really lucky to have such wonderful people around us. 

Everyone

So happy 1st Wedding Anniversary Rob, I love you more than ever and look forward to spending many more years together and creating even more wonderful memories with you.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed, there's a couple more snaps from the day below, if you fancy a scroll through!

Love, Leanne Xx 

Guest post by Crystal and Vanilla

 Fridays mean guest posts on my blog, and this week the lovely Jo behind Crystal and Vanilla has taken the time to kindly feature on here to tell us a little bit about her wonderful blog, and most recently, her beautiful handmade jewellery. You can find Jo's page HERE

Hi Everyone!

I was absolutely delighted when lovely Leanne asked if I’d write a guest post for Polished By Leanne.

So I thought I would tell you more about me and Crystal and Vanilla, my online Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Magazine.

After meeting Leanne through Instagram, envying her fabulous nail posts, Leanne has quickly become one of my most supportive customers!

But we’ll get on to that later!

I have always had a love for beauty and a passion for fashion for as long as I can remember.

I trained as a Beautician and hair technician many years ago, before Leanne was born probably! Crikey, that makes me feel old!

So I’ve been surrounded by lotions and potions every day since.

Whether it be my applying them or giving advice to customers, or me having treatments when I modelled back in the 80’s.

A couple of years ago I was asked to write for an online beauty magazine, after a couple of months submitting my work I thought I should really be writing for myself and pass on my hints and tips that I’ve picked up over the years to my own readers.

So Crystal and Vanilla was born!

Since then I’ve added Lifestyle to the mix including recipes that I test on everyone around me, whether they like spinach or not!

So, if you pop over to see what’s on my menu, I hope you enjoy making and eating some of my offerings!

I’ve been making jewellery for over ten years now, mostly to private customers, friends and family.

A mix of jewellery, but also bridal jewellery and tiaras etc.

When at Christmas 2015, I just decided to design and create a range of jewellery and open a Jewellery & Accessories Shop on Crystal and Vanilla!

So whilst you’re mulling over a moisturiser or recreating a recipe, you can also buy a bracelet amongst other things!

My creations aren’t your everyday norm, but then I’m not either!

I always want to be different, not to make the same designs as everybody else, and to stand out from the crowd!

So some items are a bit quirky! But I like to say individual!

If you love your beauty like I do, then I’m hoping you love the personalised lipstick and nail polish bag charms and key rings!

I know Leanne does because she has her own personalised nail polish bag charm!

Every one of my handbags has one of my charms on it now!

There are lots more fabulous pieces on the way! Badges, brooches, hair accessories to name just a few, I’m a very busy creator so watch this space!

Thank you Leanne for allowing me to talk to your audience, and for all your support.

As one of my many returning customers, you are quite clearly extremely supportive of small businesses and for that I am truly grateful.

Health and happiness everybody!

Jo


I have absolutely loved getting to know a bit more about Jo! Thank you for your kinds word too lovely! Be sure to check out Crystal and Vanilla on Instagram , its a wonderful page

Love, Leanne Xx

Guest post by Handmade by Holly

Happy Friyay everyone and welcome to another very special guest post! Last Friday we were joined by the lovely Chrissie of +10Kapow (tap here for the post) and this week we are joined by the equally lovely and talented Holly!

Every week I hope to have a guest post for you, mainly from people I've known for quite a while who I admire & love, and also people who have ventured into their own business just like Holly! These are people who I genuinely like, support and buy from...

So with enough wittering from me, here is Holly's wonderful post...


Hello everyone :) I was so made up when the lovely Leanne asked if I'd like to write a guest post today about my new little craft business Handmade by Holly. I met Leanne through Instagram and after admiring her beautiful nail polish posts (seriously wish I had her nail painting skills!) it's been so lovely to chat with her over the past couple of months and get to follow her gorgeous pup Bobbie's adventures too.

I started Handmade by Holly back in May; this year has been a bit tough for me as I suffer with two chronic illnesses (Fibromyalgia & Joint Hypermobility Syndrome) and I've unfortunately found my health deteriorating since the beginning of the year, so I wanted to do something positive that I could be really passionate about and throw myself into (whilst still being able to rest on my sofa of course hehe!) I'd been thinking for such a long time that I'd love to do something from home, but I had no idea where to begin and then one quiet Saturday afternoon I found myself browsing Pinterest for wedding inspiration, as you do, and I was thinking about what I could do for my wedding favours (I'm getting married next year eeee!) and the more I scrolled the more I started thinking about little hanging heart decorations and keyrings that could be personalised with our names and wedding date. Once I had that initial idea I just kept thinking of more things that I'd like to make and I've started a note on my phone now so I keep a list of my different ideas and things that inspire me  I made a trip to a local sewing shop the following Monday and stocked up on pretty Cath Kidston inspired fabrics, and after a couple of weeks of experimenting I created my Handmade by Holly account on Instagram and started sharing my designs. 

It was quite daunting to begin with as I was really worried that no one would like my little creations, but I've been completely overwhelmed by the support I've received through Instagram, and it's been so much fun working on different animal designs for people and tracking down different coloured fabrics/bows/sequins/ribbons...it's safe to say I've become a little bit addicted to buying craft supplies! Recently I've also started making customised shopper tote bags (I have lots of christmassy designs for these coming up soon which I'm SO excited about!!) and decoupaged decorative spoons and photo frames, all using Cath Kidston or Cath Kidston inspired napkins. I'm hoping to have a try at memory bears and cushions at some point too...I absolutely love the endless opportunities that being creative brings and it's given me a sense of purpose again, as well as making me so incredibly happy I feel like I could pop!  

I'm always happy to take custom orders from people and the Bobbie keyring I made for Leanne is still one of my favourite things I've made  

Thank you so much Leanne for letting me share this post today and for all of your support,

Lots of love,

Holly x


Please find Holly here on Instagram and be sure to give her a follow for more beautifully handcrafted gifts

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Love, Leanne Xx

Teddy Maximus

Those of you who follow me on other platforms will know that I have the most cheeky but adorable Jack Russel who is about 3 years old and is a little rescue. He is spoilt rotten and the apple of my eye. 

Teddy Maximus was introduced to me by my friend Elisabeth, who has also treat her adorable pooch to some products from this brand ( take a look here www.instagram.com/elleisabethh ). I started to follow them on Instagram and decided to make my first purchase. 

My favourite look has to be their Navy Signature Print, and the first piece I chose was the adorable bow tie. It came wrapped beautifully in tissue which made it feel more like a gift. I was so impressed by it that I decided to get it in the Sand Shetland Wool style too.

The most recent addition to Bobbie's collection is the Cocoon bed, again in the Navy. It is so padded, and so comfortable he absolutely loves lolling about in it! When it arrived I was worried it was going to be a touch small, but actually it is the perfect size for him. He can curl up or spread out haha. 

I currently have my eye on the matching collar and lead... but I shall wait patiently for payday! Teddy Maximus was kind enough to send me a brochure, not that I need any encouragement... 

This brand is quite luxurious, so the prices are a little on the expensive side, but you really do get what you pay for. The quality is fantastic, and I also think it's rather nice to have something a little more special for the furry critters in your life! I have to mention that both the bow ties and the bed wash lovely in the washing machine, no dramas, just throw them in and out they pop, good as new. 

Please find the link to their website here www.teddymaximus.com

...thanks for reading. 

Love, Leanne Xx