All Change

Not content with the pending change of name in just over 5 weeks – I seem to be embracing change in every sense of the word. This week sees a:

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Am missing the fab team at my previous company but enjoying getting to know my new colleagues and role. It’s all about adjusting… and I am enjoying the journey.

So where does the wedding planning fit in I hear you ask? Good question… I am wondering that too in a way! Part of me does envy the fact that Kate Middleton could just give up her role and concentrate on all things ‘princess’ and ‘wedding’.

However… my new and improved work life balance means that I too am set to be uber efficient if I channel my energies in the right direction.

5 weeks to go and counting? Bring it…

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The Princess and the Pea

This week, I discovered that I have something else in common with Kate Middleton. It’s uncanny. I am not looking for similarilities [from a very young age my parents did an awesome job of leaving me with no doubt as to the fact that I was my own person… and should be proud of my individuality] … however these similarities just pop up once in awhile.

So what is this similarity you ask? Wedding date? Well yes… we know about that one.

How about dress designer? Wedding budget? Hair and makeup look for the wedding? Music policy at the reception? Um… no. (Although – looking at this, I feel like I am doing pretty well in most of these categories – even coming up trumps in a couple of the above)…

Today’s similarity is the age-old bridal favourite… watching our weight. Really, show me a bride who doesn’t want to look their best on their wedding day and I’ll show you a fashion designer who’s not wishing Kate would chose them to design her dress!

Bringing a new dimension to the ‘princess and the pea’ – this week, Kate Middleton was impressive when it came to flipping pancakes on a recent official engagement however admitted that she would not be eating any as she was ‘watching her weight’ – as reported by Vanity Fair and many many other outlets.

She may flip em... but won't eat 'em

It seems the combination of flour, water and eggs – with delicious maple syrup / honey / lemon and sugar / nutella toppings are not currently on the agenda for our future queen. Perhaps this princess is more likely to be dining on peas than pancakes.

… and this is where I can relate. I am on day 12 of a South Beach Diet influenced detox (you may have noticed that I am not comfortable with the word ‘diet’) – and I too missed out on the pancake related joys of Shrove Tuesday!

I wish I could say I was quietly getting on with it – but I think I have been quite vocal in my desire for some of my favourite carb laden foods.

Resolve can be an incredible thing though and it was actually on Day 1 that I realised how determined I was not to let myself down with my detox. In an extraordinary occurence, on the first day of my healthier eating plan – the Chairman of the company I work for decided to bring us a treat… in the form of 3 boxes (i.e. 36) Krispy Kreme doughnuts! And where were these bad boys housed… yup – you guessed it. Either side of my desk. Literally… to my left and to my right – all day.

Detox challenges: Day 1

I am proud (and a little shocked if I’m honest) to say that I did not touch any. As Charlie Sheen would say: #winning!

Day 2? Uber generous Chairman at work decides to keep the treats coming… this time in the egg and rabbit shaped form of chocolate. Unbelievable. Yet, I managed to quash the chocoholic within and again resist.

From then… as much as I wanted pasta, pizza – wholemeal bread even (though I’ve never really had a craving for the latter!) – I knew that I could do it.

Now, on day 12/14 of this particular detox… my ‘cheat’ to date has been in the form of a muller (fruit) corner yoghurt – not too bad.

The important thing in all of this however – for me, and if I may be so bold as to make a suggestion to our future queen as well – is not to get too carried away. Both of our fiances fell in love with us how we were – and hopefully both Kate and I are fully aware of when we look and feel best. The media is suggesting however that Kate is at the stage where she is losing too much weight (with some columnists being presumptous enough to write open letters on the subject!)

That can only be Kate’s judgement (judgement which hopefully is not being influenced by the palace or any other sources) – but what I would say is that if and when you sense the curves are beyond being toned / streamlined but are in fact disappearing… it’s time to put down the peas and pick up a pancake. Quickly… if not sooner.

One is in need of a sick bag…

Designer Lydia Leith may be onto something with the Royal Wedding sick bags she designed…

With much fun memorabilia around, it is great to see an example of the great British sense of humour in full effect (see BBC video here)

My reason for writing about it today however? I need one! I have woken up with ear, throat and head pain… feeling like a fog has descended over me. I feel horrendous.

I’m not seeking sympathy (really) – however it did raise some stark differences between the plans for our big day on Friday 29th April… and that of Wills and Kate.

While of course hoping that she is in the best of health, I imagine that if she had an off day or two… or week even – the wedding plans would keep ticking along like clockwork. No worries about getting out those final invitations; the elusive search for turquoise shoes; writing the order of service; sourcing reception music etc… instead, there would be a team in place to ensure all continued to tick along.

Sigh… it’s not the status and royal riches I crave – I must admit slight envy at the prospect of someone being able to pick up the mantle when needed. With a fab groom to be, awesome bridesmaids and my mum due to arrive at the end of the month, I certainly am not lacking in support as such – but there are some things that only you can do yourself when you’ve planned a wedding this way. That said… delegation may have to become my new best friend.

Polo or Pirouette?

This morning Daybreak reported on an increase in popularity of the regal sport Polo – since the royal engagement at the end of 2010… which naturally led me to wonder what trends other couples would set if the world was watching them.

An increase in the popularity of singing? (though I think the X Factor / Idol programmes may have been responsible for that already) What about bird watching? Clay pigeon shooting? Trainspotting?… Beekeeping?

For this couple – our unending love for dance would mean those who know us would be piroutte-ing, palancing and popping – as opposed to playing polo.

What trends would you start?

PS – If you want to know what ‘Palance’ is – it’s absolutely worth clicking on the (somewhat random!) video below. Think Trinidad Carnival!