Used cars.  Furniture.  Clothes.  These are just a few of the things you might search for on Gumtree.

I myself was browsing the job listings when I stumbled upon something that caught my attention.

The advert on Gumtree

The advert posted by Scott, a multimedia designer from Bournemouth.

Needless to say I was more than intrigued.

I sent a screenshot to my friends who were all as amused and baffled as I was.  We speculated that it might be for a student film or some sort of game.  I was too curious to let it go though, so I did what anyone would do and emailed Scott, pretending to be a bald man.  OK, so probably not what most people would do, and definitely one of the weirder things I’ve done recently, but something told me there was an interesting story behind all this and I was determined to find out what it was.

Emails were exchanged back and forth and I found out the basic gist of what the bald men were needed for.  They were to stand in various locations and hand clues out to someone.  To whom, I didn’t know.  Why?  No idea.  Clues to what?  Couldn’t tell you.  What was this all for?!

I still had so many questions!

After further digging all was finally explained, and guys, I just wasn’t prepared for how bloody lovely it would be.

It turned out Scott was enlisting the help of bald men for… a MARRIAGE PROPOSAL!  I won’t lie, I definitely did not see that coming.

Scott and his partner Kate are big fans of the J.J. Abrams show Fringe and the plan was to have the bald men dress as Observers (a character from the show) and hand Kate clues as part of a treasure hunt.

Fringe GIF

The hunt was designed to take Kate to key places in the couple’s relationship – where they first met, their first date, first home etc.- and end up at their house, where Scott would be waiting on one knee in a gift wrapped box.   I mean, seriously.

Happy tears

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge soppy romantic.  I love nothing more than a good proposal story and I’ve secretly dreamed of being a proposal planner for years.  And the fact that it was a sci-fi themed treasure hunt making it both incredibly sweet and incredibly geeky…I just couldn’t believe how amazing and TOTALLY UP MY STREET this was!

I was so overwhelmed by how fate (and masquerading as a bald man, probably best not to forget that!) had led me to this lovely man who was planning something amazing for the woman he loved, that I knew I had to get involved.  Now unfortunately there was a rather large and obvious hurdle here, being that I’m not a bald man.  Oh, and the fact that I’d essentially been catfishing this poor guy, probably in one of the most bizarre ways possible.

It was time to come clean.

I apologised for wasting his time and explained that I was simply intrigued and wanted to find out more.  I told him that I was touched by his story and would love to still be involved.  Unfortunately I would be unable to help on the bald man front, but perhaps I could come along on the day to document the whole thing for my blog and buy them both a celebratory drink afterwards.  I didn’t have high hopes being that I could see how, objectively speaking, one might think I was a bit of a weirdo.

But somehow he was undeterred by my less than normal first impression and happily agreed that I could come along and write a post about them.  Now to cut a long story short, unfortunately his original proposal plans fell through as he was unable to find enough volunteers.  By this point I was too invested to give up on their story though, so I found out what he ended up doing instead.  And guess what?  It’s still pretty damn romantic.  Seriously people, y’all need to find yourself a Scott.  #BoyfriendGoals.

Scott proposed to Kate on their four year anniversary.  He printed out 16 photos of key moments in their relationship and laid them in a trail from the front door, up the stairs and towards a table with Kate’s favourite flowers on (four sunflowers, one for every year they’d been together).   Each photo had a sentence on the back that helped to tell a story, except for the final photo which simply said ‘turn around,’ where Scott was already waiting on one knee.

Kate said yes, of course, because, come on, how could she not?! Also, this would be a pretty terrible blog post if she hadn’t!

The happy couple hope to get married exactly a year from the day they got engaged.  They are both big fans of sci-fi and action and hope to incorporate their love of Fringe into their wedding by having Observers dotted around throughout the day.

EDIT: This was their plan at the time of writing (two years ago). I hope they ended up having the wedding they dreamed of, in all its geeky, sci-fi glory.

Scott and Kate – thank you both so much for sharing your story with me (sort of). It brought me so much joy.

Oh, and I think I really need to watch Fringe

 

I had great fun writing one of these at Christmas, so I thought I’d put together a cheeky little list of things I’m currently coveting.

Maria Tash earrings

Olympus Pen

Still lusting after one of these and looking forward to being able to up my photography game – and start vlogging too. Eek!

Pearl & Queenie ring

Pearl & Queenie is actually an independent brand, based in Hastings (where I’m from originally). I absolutely adore this fox ring.

Olivia Burton watch

Another tattoo

I already know what I want, so watch this space!

Electric piano (and lessons!)

Some of you may know that I already play the keyboard, and have done since I was 10. I fancy a slight change though, so I plan to sell my keyboard and get an actual piano. I already have a lot of the skills I’d need, but I’d love to take lessons and get really good.

Plus, I think a piano would look really nice in our dining room. I’m not set on any particular make or model, so if anyone has any recommendations, let me know!

Also, if you’re looking to buy a keyboard, mine’s a Yamaha PSR 1000, complete with adjustable stand, carry case, switch pedal and volume pedal.

I tried The Croft for the first time a few weeks ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. They have a lovely menu full of vibrant salads, wraps and the most incredible cakes.

They also make fantastic coffee and wonderful smoothies. As soon as Bournemouth was treated to its first rays of sunshine, I cooled off with a lovely watermelon, strawberry and apple smoothie.

Smoothie

My two favourites, the sweet potato and beetroot salads, are both bursting with colour and flavour (though of course I had to add a cheeky bit of halloumi to mine).

Sweet potato salad

Beetroot salad

If you’re feeling more in the mood for some carbs, their fries are absolutely divine! My absolute favourite thing from there though, has to be the chocolate orange gluten-free polenta cake. It’s moist, it’s sumptuous, it’s moreish – all those unsettling words that for some reason actually sound alright when you’re talking about cake.

Cake

Their menu is packed full of tasty, healthy options (and a couple of indulgent treats as well!) – I highly recommend. It’s probably a good thing I don’t work round the corner from them anymore, if only for the sake of my bank account!

Takeout box

 

I’ve never really enjoyed having any sort of facial treatment. Having always struggled with problem skin, facials have often felt clinical rather than luxurious. I’ve never looked in the mirror afterwards and thought my skin looked radiant, or felt like the facialist has taken the time to understand my skin and tailor the treatment to tackle my problem areas.

So when I was offered the chance to have a skin scan and bespoke facial at HI Therapies, I was definitely intrigued.

The reception area

Make up display

The salon, based on Charminster Road, was lovely and airy, and I felt instantly welcomed.

When I went into the treatment room I was greeted by Shelley, the Environ consultant, who asked me questions about my current skin care, as well as any concerns I had. Then it was scan time, and I had stick my face into this rather terrifying looking machine!

Skin scanning machine
It was obviously fine – I just had to close my eyes while it took a few snaps of my skin. I went through the results afterwards with Shelley, which I found really interesting.

The scan revealed areas of oil, bacteria and UV damage. Warning: super sexy photos below!

Using these results, Shelley talked me through the products she was going to use for my mini facial, and drew up a personalised skin care regimen. She was really knowledgeable and answered all my questions. She too struggled with acne when she was younger, so it was nice to swap stories and hear her experiences. Also, her skin looked incredible, so she was definitely a glowing advertisement for her products.

The facial itself was really relaxing, and left my skin feeling tingly and refreshed.

Facial

Shelley used sound waves to help the products penetrate deeper into the skin.

Verdict: The whole experience was really enjoyable and felt much more personalised than treatments I’ve had in the past. Afterwards my skin felt moisturised but not oily and, the following day, my blemishes were less angry looking. I would definitely consider having similar treatments in the future, and trying out some of the products Shelley recommended.

You can book a treatment at HI Therapies here.

Find out more about Environ here.

Apologies for the slightly clickbait-y title, but I honestly can’t oversell how amazing this product is (or the amount of joy it’s brought us).

I’m talking, of course, about catnip bubbles.

Now I’m known for buying ridiculous things for my cats – bandanas and Easter eggs, just to name a couple – so naturally, when I found these in the pet shop I couldn’t resist.

Plum isn’t too fussed about Catnip Bubble Time (as it’s come to be known in our house), but Marty? Well, it might just be his favourite time of day. Aside from 5am (yowling at the bedroom door o’clock) and anytime there’s food, that is.

He was a little wary at first…

Marty sniffing the bubbles

I cannot cope with his little face here!!

Sniffing a bubble

Marty reaching for bubble

Plum and Marty looking up at bubbles

Marty checking out the bubbles

But then…LOOK AT HIS FACE.

Marty inspecting a bubble

PURE JOY.

Close up of Marty

GO MARTY, GO!
Marty jumping for bubbles

Marty catching bubbles

Marty catching bubbles

MY HEART.

You can buy the key to pure, unadulterated cat joy here.