Browsing Tag

Valentine’s Day


The Quiz Wishlist!

Valentines day is delightfully close and although we should be showing our loved ones just how much they are loved every day, Valentines day for me is a time when they can get spoiled that little bit extra. I really enjoy getting dolled up whether it’s a meal at my favourite restaurant or just a quiet one at home. Chances are you’ll need a great outfit too so I’ve popped together some of my favourite party dresses from Quiz.
Quiz Wishlist 2
1. First up is this gorgeous pink Strap Wrap Front Maxi Dress. It’s perfect for a valentines date as it’s pink, the colour of love.  The cut is stylish but not too much. Team this with silver or nude accessories and you’re other half won’t be able to take their eyes off you.
2. For every Valentines, a little bit of red is always needed and this Berry Lace cold shoulder midi dress is really pretty. I love the colour as it’s bold, the lace and the cold shoulder detailing are so on trend and super special for this time of year too. Team this with a black jacket and nude heels for a stunning look.
3. I love a neutral outfit and my next too are very similar but the differences are all in the details. The first is a gorgeous black frill Diamante Waist Midi Dress – I love the detailing at the neckline. The diamante waistband is a pretty touch that really shows off the area. Add some fun accessories like a lip shaped bag for some colour or go super chilled with black or silver accessories.
4. You can’t go wrong with a LBD or little black dress. This Black Pearl Detail Bodycon Dress is a lovely. I love the pearl detailing at the collar. This would go amazingly with sky high heels and earrings to top off the look.
5. I love textures in fabrics in the colder months and when I saw this gorgeous floral velvet wrap front  dress , I loved it straight away. The  wrap dress is currently bang on style and the tie around the middle really accentuates the waist.  The floral design is also super pretty and teamed with a black pair or heels and your favourite bag, you’re onto a winner.
Let me know which dresses you’ve been thinking about getting for this years valentines day over on twitter.
Happy Valentines week!
*in collaboration with the lovely people at Quiz


Emily Hearts Favourite Fictional Couples

Favourite Fictional Couples by guest writer Jane 

I’m Jane, and I blog at Is That You Darling. I met Emily at last year’s Essex Bloggers Christmas meet, and when she said that she was looking for guest bloggers, I thought it would be nice to share the Essex love! Last week, in honour of Valentine’s Day, I shared some of my favourite famous couples. Then I got to thinking that some of my favourite couples of all time are of the fictional kind. These days, it’s called ‘shipping’ a couple, which is a term I only use when I am not worried about sounding like an idiot. Today, I’m sharing my favourite fictional couples; be aware that there are spoilers here if you haven’t seen or read the films, series or books in question! Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet Lizzie and Darcy are just one of those couples, aren’t they? They are probably one of the most famous couples in literature, and with good reason. Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite books in the whole world, and one of the reasons that I love it so much is that the love between Darcy and Lizzie feels very real. He’s not that all that nice for most of the novel, and it’s only when Lizzie realises what he did for her sister that she begins to soften to him. For his part, he falls in love with Lizzie almost despite himself, and although he makes the ill-advised mistake of telling her that, it all turns out fine in the end. Carl and Ellie I think we can all agree that the opening montage of Up is one of the saddest in film history, right? Carl and Ellie are the ultimate couple; they met as children, she swept him off his feet, and they lived happily ever after. Except of course, it wasn’t entirely happily ever after. They were denied the happiness of children, and then Ellie died, leaving Carl alone. But they loved each other so very much, and that opening montage makes me cry for both happy and sad reasons. (In terms of Pixar supercouples, they only just pip WALL-E and Eve to first position.) Mr Rochester and Jane Eyre OK, so I know that it turns out that Mr Rochester has a mad wife in the attic. And I know that he is planning to marry Jane and just leave said wife in the attic. But I have a soft spot for him that never goes away (and it never will as long as people like Michael Fassbender play him on film). Mr Rochester does love Jane, he just goes about it all in the wrong way. But of course, it all turns out for the best in the end. True love always wins out in stories like this. Willow and Tara I’m no Buffy superfan (I’ve only ever watched the first six seasons, I need to finish up the seventh season someday!), but I love Willow and Tara. It never feels as though Willow is being made into a lesbian for the sensation of it; even though she dates Oz first (I love Oz), when she meets Tara, it’s like something clicks for her, and she realises that she has found her one true love. It’s so sweet and lovely, and then it all goes wrong. But while it’s good, it’s lovely. Josh and Donna Now I may not be a Buffy superfan, but The West Wing is my television one true love. And Josh and Donna are the will-they-won’t-they couple to beat them all. From almost the first episode it’s obvious that they are meant to be, but it’s a long time coming. A very, very, long time coming. They both have relationships with other people throughout the series (hello to Jason Isaacs), but when that kiss comes, it’s worth the wait. I could go on and on: Harry and Sally from When Harry Met Sally, Molly and Arthur Weasley from Harry Potter, Scott and Charlene from Neighbours. But I decided to limit myself to five, for the sake of brevity.

Who are your favourite fictional couples? Let us know in the comments below.