Why we aren't having a traditional wedding

I've known for a long time that I wouldn't want a traditional wedding and I knew that if Josh ever proposed he'd be on the same page. It's just not us. Well when Josh gave me the shock of my life and did actually propose after 11 years it became even clearer to us that we didn't want a traditional wedding.

Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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In May 1980, 15-year-old Óscar Drai suddenly vanishes from his boarding school in the old quarter of Barcelona. For seven days and nights no one knows his whereabouts...

His story begins in the heart of old Barcelona, when he meets Marina and her father German Blau, a portrait painter. Marina takes Óscar to a cemetery to watch a macabre ritual that occurs on the fourth Sunday of each month. At 10 a.m. precisely a coach pulled by black horses appears. From it descends a woman dressed in black, her face shrouded, wearing gloves, holding a single rose. She walks over to a gravestone that bears no name, only the mysterious emblem of a black butterfly with open wings.

When Óscar and Marina decide to follow her they begin a journey that will take them to the heights of a forgotten, post-war Barcelona, a world of aristocrats and actresses, inventors and tycoons; and a dark secret that lies waiting in the mysterious labyrinth beneath the city streets.

Why you don't need an expensive theme for your blog

If there's one thing I've learnt after the recent scandal surrounding a certain popular blog theme provider, who've actually gone mysteriously silent since, it's that you don't need to spend a lot of money to make your blog look good. I learnt this the hard way as I'm sure many others have who were also effected by the scandal so let me impart some of my (limited) knowledge onto you and lets have a look at why you don't need to spend a lot of money on your blog theme.

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The summer is a funny season. On the one hand, the warm weather means that we can all get outside and enjoy ourselves more but on the other, there is a sudden increase in pressure to look and be a certain way. For women, posters asking whether we are ‘beach body ready’ are really the tip of the iceberg. Summer might be carefree on the surface but plenty of us worry about taking our safe cardigans off!