Thursday, June 25, 2015

Stopping to Smell the Roses : taking a break

After a long few months of running around,  early mornings, late nights, not enough me time, too many commitments, I have decided to take a little blogging holiday. This little spot of the Internet I love, my little blog. I love sharing new ideas, new places, party ideas, and so much more with my readers, however recently I have realized I need to sit down with a bit of a plan. I need to add some things in that are not at the top of my priorities right now. NO, I am not closing Urban Flip Flops, I'm just taking a month to put more of my heart and my time into my other big project . .
Recently I wake up and go to bed with a constant never ending to do list in my head. Sometimes that is OK, being busy and fulfilled and having hobbies and things to do is important. But recently I wake up with this sense of busy busy busy that never seems to end! Trying to be a good wife, a good friend, an auntie and sister and daughter from miles away, a business woman, a blogger, decorate our flat, exercise, cook, oh my...do it all and there isn't enough time. 

I'm looking to grow my business and take on more clients, to find the clients I ideally want to work with and who want to work with me. I need to take care of myself and exercise and maybe get some sleep and these past couple of weeks it is just not happening. So I'm heading on a little break for the next month and I promise I will be back here to share lots of London adventures and more! 

You can always follow along throughout Social Media as I won't be quiet over there: 


and don't forget to check out Glimmer & Threads as well! 

xoxo - Becca

{image taken from our weekend in Paris!}

Monday, June 22, 2015

Notes from the Weekend

This weekend was one of those weekends that you would like to last a little longer come Monday morning. It was such a fun but not stressful weekend full of walks in the park, an amazing brunch with good friends and a fun run on Sunday. I spent yesterday afternoon cooking up a storm of healthy things getting ready for the week ahead and would love to go back. Here is to a busy but happy week ahead. 
We have never gone to Hampstead Heath later in the evening but since the sun doesn't go down now until 9:30ish, we decided to head there after work on Friday with Sir Oliver. It was SUCH a beautiful evening, so peaceful and relaxing. There were tons of people with picnics and just enjoy the finally summer like weather here in London. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Happy Hour : Key Lime Grapefruit Martini on Style Me Pretty Living

Last month I styled up some cocktails & sweets with my friend April from Tea America. April creates mini American desserts however, in London! They are the perfect size sweets for a wedding, bridal shower or even afternoon tea. Today we are sharing Sips & Sweets, a delicious Key Lime Grapefruit Martini recipe paired with her Key Lime Tart over on Style Me Pretty Living. Check it out here
Cheers to the weekend! 

Images by: Maxeen Kim | Sweets by: Tea America | Cocktails & Styling by: Me! Urban Flip Flops

xoxo  Cheers! - Rebecca  

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Gift Ideas : One Year Wedding Anniversary, Paper


Monday was our first wedding anniversary and we decided to go classic and follow the American traditional anniversary gifts. While we did buy a ticket {yes, paper!} to Paris for the two of us last weekend, I wanted to get Mr. Beau a little extra to remember our first year of marriage. Paper can be such a mix of things; books, note pads, paper bag with a bottle of champagne in it, does that count? Incase you are celebrating your first wedding anniversary and need some thoughts, I have put together a list of ideas to help. 




1. Graphic Image Daily Journal - I know so many girls have one, but why not get your husband a nice monogrammed day planner for the year ahead, and you can write in all the important dates before! 

2. Concert Tickets - Is the artist who sang your first dance song playing locally nearby? Do you have "a song" and the band is playing soon? Concert tickets are paper! 

3. A Year of Dates - I made my husband a year of dates. I created an image and typed in the date on each one and sealed it an envelope that he is to open on the first day of each month. A gift for both of us to spend time together already scheduled in! 

4. Instagram Photos - I love Polagram! You can print images, posters, framed prints directly from your phone. Why not make a poster of your first year married full of images from your instagram account. 

5. Personalized Stationery - I know so many of us ladies have personalized stationery, but it is so nice to have some as a couple to write notes throughout the year or even get your husband his very first lovely note cards to send out! Personalized Stationery Smythson & Tinyprints Monogrammed Stationery


6. Train Ticket Print - I love the idea of planning a trip away, maybe a city nearby you have wanted to get to for a weekend trip or an excursion close by? I know we have a list of places to go in England! Personalized Train Ticket - Not On the High Street  

7. Personalized Prints - I am loving these prints Emma Block Wedding Illustration | Emma Block London Print I got Mr. Beau a custom print from our wedding to hang up in our flat as a gift for us. Its paper and such a fun and special gift to always have. 

8. Travel Books - Whether you are planning a trip, it is a local book with amazing ideas of things to do together or a beautiful coffee table of where you spent your honeymoon, a paper book is always a nice idea! Here are some of my favs: Alain Ducasse New York Book Where Chefs Eat ,Travel Guide the Amalfi Coast

Happy Anniversary! xoxo - Rebecca



Monday, June 15, 2015

Glimmer & Threads Events

In case you didn't know, not only do I blog, I also plan events. Weddings, birthdays, dinner parties, anniversaries, engagements, you name the celebration, I would love to work together! I know that I often share images over on Instagram of the event world I live in and earlier this year I introduced you to my new business, Glimmer & Threads but it hasn't been until these last few months where I have started to take on the planing opportunities full time and wanted to shout from the rooftops about working together! 
{Image by Abby Jiu Photography
 For the past thirteen years I have been working in the events industry planning events. I have found a love for the designing, styling and planning of a well executed event. Who doesn't love walking into a special occasion that is planned flawlessly with touches of a couple sprinkled creatively and tastefully around the night. I moved to London from the States almost three years ago after working in Washington DC and in Florida and am so grateful to have worked at some amazing venues and events along the way. In the past few years I have really grown to love the process of planning a wedding day in particularly,  the most magical day of a couples life. I love sharing in a couples love story and organizing it flawlessly and creatively to create a day for you to celebrate together that is unforgettable in every way.

Friday, June 12, 2015

I Fancy Friday….our wedding video

What I fancy this Friday, our wedding video. I have shared hundreds of photos our wedding day by now, but I had not shared a bit of our video. I figured since we are celebrating our first year of marriage, why not share our happiness with everyone. Video was something we had wanted but had not budgeted for. A friend of ours recommended Tim Richardson with There4Productions and seriously I couldn't recommend him enough. We decided to add it in and I couldn't be happier that we did. Not only did Tim show up wearing a shirt with palm trees on it {hello you know I love that!} but he wasn't in the way and I barely noticed him throughout the day, doing all of that an managing to capture four small videos that make me cry happy tears every time I watch them. 

I am posting a bit of our ceremony but you can find the other three videos at this link HERE

Still images are AMAZING and I absolutely can not preach enough about investing in an amazing photographer {oh yes Abby!} but there is something about being able to see your wedding day on screen, to be able to hear bits of the day and see everything that may have been a bit of a blur. 

To my amazing husband, seriously not to get sappy, but when I watch this video for the millionth time, I get a HUGE smile and get happy tears in my eyes. Thank you for allowing me to be your wife and continue to support me every day in all I am wanting to be. I know that there will be cloudy days and not every day will be filled with peony filled ballrooms and champagne towers but I also know there will be more filled with sunshine. I also know that even when we are 101 years old, I will see you as this handsome man I married in the white tuxedo and bow tie at the altar, that memory will always be with me. Thank you for always making me smile. Ik you van jou. 

xoxo - Rebecca

Wedding Week: The Best Memories

Off we go today, we are heading to Paris on the Eurostar for our one year wedding anniversary. I truly can not believe it has been a year! Mr. Beau and I have been together for almost ten years {for you new readers, his name is not Beau, its my nickname for him, so now, he's my Mr. Beau!} and our wedding day truly was the best day ever! I know I write about weddings often, I plan weddings and events for a living, I've been in friends weddings as a bridesmaids and attended a lot, however, the feeling of being the bride and getting married to your best friend and celebrating with everyone you love, well truly, it is a dream. I could go into lots of details but I will let the pictures do the talking for themselves. From getting ready with our friends, to seeing each other at the altar, dancing the night away, feeling like a princess, non stop smiling, oh the list goes on of just how amazing the day truly was! In our memory of the day, it was perfect and it will forever be the most beautiful memory to start our married life together. 
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