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Embracing Autumn

3 Sep

Hello wonderful readers. Are you in as much shock as me? It’s September already!! I will say in total cliché style that I don’t know where the year has gone. We’ve had a lovely summer and us English roses were very fortunate to have a heat wave in July.

Speaking of waves, it’s now time to start waving goodbye to our summer wardrobes, unless you’re jetting off in the next couple of months for a last ditch week of sunshine you lucky beggars! 

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This summer was all about embracing the new; pastels, prints, brights, and well colour… to my mono-boring clothing collection. I very happily adopted lots of new make-up, nail polishes, clothes, accessories and two kittens. Now it’s getting colder my mind is shifting to; snoods, boots, hot chocolate, coats and everything else in the quest for warmth.

However I still want to add some new so this is all about embracing Autumn.

I usually love wines, plums, warm greys and blacks and I picked a few items to mirror this in an outfit i’d wear back to college or university.

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My essentials clothing wise is the ability to layer clothes. Wearing some black ‘boyfriend jeans’, a short sleeved wine jumper with a ‘peter pan’ collar and warm grey ‘waterfall’ cardigan. I like to turn to warmer, richer colours and these reflect some items that would turn my head in a shop. The Jeans are multifunctional as is the cardigan.

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Teaming with some classic Doc Martin boots and a novelty bobble hat. I love my hats, I have a small knitted horde of them they’re cute, comfy and practical in the colder months which is perfect for me as I get ear ache very easily. The boots will be a great companion for my warm tootsies all I need is some fluffy thermal socks!

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Keeping all your supplies handy in a black leather crossover bag, lets face it us girls like to carry around a lot of crap. Double that if you’re going to college or university as you have books and supplies and all sorts! A big bag for me is a necessity and I really like this one as it plays on the school satchel style. As far as the ring goes, who doesn’t like a statement pieces of jewellery.

My make-up palette will consist of browns, coppers, plums, berry reds and blacks. Here is some of my wishlist items.

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I really want to pick up the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk, followed by the infamous Kate Moss Lipsticks in the shades 107 & 111, I will be purchasing the MUA Chocolate Box shadow trio and the Sugar Plum Kohl Liner by Sleek – look at the swatch! So pretty!

What are your autumn essentials this year?

Much Love x

 

The Sunshine Award

24 Aug

Hello Lovelies.

I am so blessed to have been nominated for a Sunshine Award. The Sunshine Award is given to bloggers who ‘brighten your day’ and ‘inspire’ you to grow your blog and blossom as a blogger.

To think that anyone thinks of me and my little blog in that way is truly touching and I have to give a lot of thanks to Kayleigh from Ruffles and Rabbits for sending me this nomination.

I really love Kayleigh’s blog. she has her own quirky style and posts regular ramblings about her day to day life and rabbit Karl. She’s a fellow geekette after my own heart and I love her tattoos! Please go pay her a visit for if you’re looking for something refreshing to read.

Onto the rules of The Sunshine Award

The rules do differ slightly, depending on who’s nominated you and what they’ve asked you to do so here is what has been handed down from Kayleigh –

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you 

2. Post the award logo on your blog

3. Nominate 5 blogs that you love

4. Share seven facts about yourself

Seven Facts About LittleRed

  1. The name behind the blogger is Elinor, not many people spell it correctly as it’s not the most common spelling of this name. Some members of my family don’t even know how to spell it and i’ve often got different variations on christmas and birthday card every year! People call me Ellie or El or even Eli.
  2. I was born into a mormon family and raised in the church till I was around 13/14 when I decided that I wanted to make my own decisions in life. I still am grateful for a lot of the morals, standards and ideals that the church taught me but I do like a glass of vino.
  3. I really love The Legend of Zelda. I played a lot of video games when I was younger (and still do!) and The Legend of Zelda was the first RPG (Role Playing Game) that I really got into and loved. The first title I played from this series was The Ocarina of Time and that is still probably my favourite with The Twilight Princess coming a close second. I still have not completed Skyward Sword (hate the controls :(!! – i’ll get around to it i’m sure!).
  4. I have one tattoo which I got in August 2012. This is symbolic to me in many ways, and is completely unique. Something along the lines of ” The one who had the key to my heart had to leave and get his wings, but the key isn’t completely out of reach for the right person”.
  5. I have a birth mark that is shaped like a fish. I call it ‘Sharky’.
  6. I really want to visit Egypt. I have always been fascinated by Ancient Egypt and all it’s history. If I had the brains and grades I would have probably gone into Egyptology. It was a childhood dream to discover Cleopatra’s tomb.
  7. I have an unhealthy obsession with books. I love all books that are art, literature, history & design I one day will have a library in my own house full of a sophisticated collection of books and a comfy chair I can curl up and read away a good few hours.

So there we have seven slightly random facts about your truly.

My Nominations

It’s incredibly hard to pick just five blogs that I feel deserve this award nomination. I’ve met so many wonderful people and stumbled across great blogs that this is a really hard decision. The blogs I find myself going back to time and time again are –

  1. Nora Lilly from Hello You Blog.  I find her fashion sense quirky and cute I love she shares her art and photography I find it incredibly inspiring and interesting. I visit her blog to enjoy her OOTD posts with her clever song titles. I often find myself scrolling through her archives to read her wistful way with words and see her wonderful pictures. She does amazing little caricatures of bloggers and I really secretly hope she’ll do more soon! I truly heart this young lady.
  2. Megan from Little Miss Average.  Megan is a really lovely lady! She’s so welcoming, open, warm and friendly that she’s definitely one of my rays of blogger sunshine. She blogs about all things beauty, fashion and lifestyle and I love that you read her blog posts and you feel instantly like a life long friend. She’s not been on the blogger’s scene all too long but she has blossomed so much in that time i’m sure i’m not the only one who really enjoys her blog.
  3. Hayley Russell from Water Painted Dreams. I love that she just blogs about her passions. She adores reading and books which definitely is a girl after my own heart! She takes lovely photos on her blog and I actually love watching her Youtube videos, girl crush on her accent! ❤
  4. Bethany Worrall from Bethany Worrall. Her personality pours through her posts, I really like her fashion sense and follow her OOTD posts. She also does quite a few haul posts which I totally love! All round she’s lovely and bubbly.
  5. Sophia from Tattooed Tealady. Sophia is very well established as a blogger but she’s incredibly down to earth and I love her style. She’s not afraid to say what she thinks and why and that kind of honesty is refreshing. She posts about some lovely things and I look up to her.

I urge you to check all of these blogs out if you’re unfamiliar with them or not. I love all these ladies.

Much Love x

Guest Post – Fashion On A Budget: Forever 21 Jewellery

24 Aug

Hello everyone. My name is Hayley and I normally blog at Water Painted Dreams but today I’m writing a little guest post to introduce you to my new love: Forever 21. I know that there isn’t a Forever 21 in every city but one opened quite recently in Glasgow and it’s my new love. Even if there isn’t one near you then they have a website where you can shop online! I was impressed by the sheer size of the Glasgow store, never mind the items. It’s 3 massive stories of just clothes, shoes, and jewellery.

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Now I’m more of a beauty blogger but I do try my hardest to put together nice outfits. But one thing that I really struggle with is jewellery. The trends in jewellery change more often than with clothes, and a necklace from Topshop can cost a small fortune. I also think that Primark jewellery isn’t worth the low prices because they break and often look quite tacky. Enter Forever 21.

Both of these items were £3.15 which I would say is a middle ground on the price. And yet they’re extremely well made. I really love the earrings because they look really classy and the white ones go with just about everything. This set also came in white, red and black which would be great for a/w. But my favourite piece has to be the joy necklace. I love the aqua colour of the lettering and it’s a great reminder to appreciate the smaller things in life(even if it does look like ‘you’ if you look at it in the mirror). The jewellery starts from about £1.50 for smaller pieces and granted more ‘statement’ pieces get a lot more expensive but I feel that they are very good quality for money. I’ll definitely be back.

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Bloggers Love Event

16 Aug

A few weeks ago I had an email drop in my into my inbox from Bloggers Love asking me to attend an event in London. I was literally so overwhelmed to be asked to my first event especially after only being a few months old as a blogger.

I was incredibly nervous about going and not knowing anyone, so I arranged to meet Lorilee from Lorilee’s London so we could attend together! She was so lovely and met me at Euston Train station as I wasn’t overly confident where I was going…seriously I could get lost in a dead end street. 

On a walk through London to Leicester Square I got to marvel at the sight of Tottenham Court Road & Oxford Street before we arrived at the venue. We met another lovely blogger Sophie from SOPHisticateXX and her friend Becky.

The event was to showcase two fabulous designers efforts, Angel Armogida & Nicola Crawford. Angel is an amazing evening wear designer take a look at her website here!  she had such a stunning little collection on show all of which were modelled by beautiful lads and ladies.

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Here is a shot of her collection and unique pieces on display, all of which you could tell had been handmade with the uttermost love and attention to detail. I especially loved the Aurora dress that was displayed, such a sparkly spin on the classic ‘LBD’ even worthy of the ‘Blingaphobe’s’ wardrobe!

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After swooning over the evening wear and wishing I was a tad skinnier! I wandered over to see the jewellery by Nicola Crawford. I had researched this lady prior to this event and when I saw her collections on her website it was love at first sight. No joke!

I encourage you to check out her website here!!. Her pieces are wonderfully hand crafted and so intricate I especially loved her leaf rings as I adore nature inspired pieces. Her entire collection just sung a whimsical story that captured a touch of magic.

Here is a shot of a few of the pieces on display. The detail as you can see is second to none.

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Being a keen jewellery maker myself I was so inspired by her work. Definitely a designer I will be keeping an eye on!

Aside from a fab fashion show and gorgeous jewellery Bloggers Love also provided some amazing cupcakes and free manicures. The view from the venue was snapshot perfect and I was totally in love with the whole evening.

Here are a few other snaps from my evening –

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Cupcakes & Table Centre Pieces.

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The lovely Lorilee enjoying her manicure! She was so lovely I felt very honoured to meet her.

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Gift Bags for all the attendees – each had the cutest little silver key charm inside which I have happily adopted.

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The view from The Penthouse – The London Eye & Big Ben! I was such a tourist, I have been to London several times but have never seen these two iconic London attractions – i’m such a saddo!

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A picture of my manicure which was done by http://www.fourfingersonethumb.co.uk/ such a lovely lady! My OPI Nails in Paprika were perfect!

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Here are the ladies at work on Sophie and Becky’s nails. Another two fab ladies that I met!

Would just like to thank Bloggers Love for inviting me and for the two designers for showing their talent.

Much Love x

 

 

The Week #4 – Cornwall

12 Aug

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A beautiful view from our hotel window! Lots of small fishing boats bobbing up and down in the early morning breeze. Falling asleep and being woken up to the sound of the rolling tide was heaven. I made my other half promise we could move to the coast one day.

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We spent a day in the idyllic harbour town of Looe, here I had my first lessons in crabbing and had the most amazing double chocolate fudge clotted cream icecream…heart attack on a cone but very tasty!

Picture 602Inside Polhawn Fort decorated for the wedding reception! A stunning seaside theme of blues and ivories, pearls and shells. Personalised rock wedding favours and pebble place names. 
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he bride being given away down the aisle, happy anticipating smiles. She looked absolutely radiant all day. A real example and inspiration that true love does exist for us all.  Picture 600The pre wedding hog roast feast. A lovely family & friends get together. A chance to meet new people in the gardens of the fort. Picture 593

Stunning views framed by Buddleia. I love the dreamy cornish coastline.
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More gorgeous views from Polhawn Fort in Cornwall. The gardens were really beautiful for photos. The ocean was really clear and clean.

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Parker insisting everyone play with him whilst we’re all getting pampered at our girly party. Bless him don’t think he fancied a manicure.

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The perils of being pasty pale! I was out for 3 hours, it was cloudy & breezy NOT sunny. Even so I ended up like a tomato.Picture 582

Round the corner from our hotel was another little shingle cove. Such pretty scenery.Picture 580

A rusty anchor that served it’s duty. Lots of bits like this decorated the streets and back lanes. Picture 581

Pink daisies so bright and pretty. All the flowers seemed to be much more colourful in Cornwall.Picture 579

The higgldi – piggldi streets full of multi coloured cottages, bunting and teenagers with attitude…Picture 577Another shot of our coast line out of our hotel window. The local ferry taking people to Plymouth & back.

I  hope you enjoyed these snaps of my week in Cornwall! Wish I was still there!! xx

The hunt is over – Makeup & wedding

3 Aug

I feel like i’ve been out of touch for years and i’ve only had a week away! However my lovelies if you’ve been following my post series titled ‘The Hunt is On’ you’ll know where i’ve been!

Some friends of ours were getting married in Cornwall and invited us along for a weeks worth of preparations and celebrations! I had the dress, shoes, hair and accessories all sorted. So was feeling pretty confident that nothing much could go wrong!

On the day of the wedding I started off by exfoliating and giving my face a deep cleanse and a moisturise. My hair i’d washed the day before so it was clean but already had loose waves in from sleeping on it damp. I started my hair off by curling it with large barrelled straighteners and setting with hair spray as I went. After that I braided a section of hair by my temples and started to sweep it to the side to pin in place for my boho up-do.

It took a lot more effort and patience this time! My hair was a lot smoother and cleaner then the previous attempt so it was a bit more rebellious!

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After the hair was completed, I went onto the makeup for the day! Here is what I ended up taking…

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Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in 100 Ivory// Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in Light Vanilla 51// Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Translucent// Benefit High Beam highlighter// GOSH Velvet Touch Foundation Primer// Bourjois Bronzing Powder in 51// Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks in Peach Melba// Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair 1.Picture 575

Sleek Divine Eyeshadow Palette in Au Natural 601// Benefit Instant Brow Pencil in Light to Medium// Natural Collection Clear Mascara// Benefit They’re Real Mascara in Black// Markwins Eyeshadow Palette in 00512// Mememe Cosmetics Dew Pot in Silk Dust 11// Topshop Engraved Magic Liner in Black.Picture 576

Makeup Bag Past Times// Revlon Super Lustrious Lipgloss in Kiss Me Coral// Fraulein Spoolie Brush// Revlon Shadow Contour Brush// Real Techniques Stippling Brush// QVS Stippling Brush// Dirty Works Eyeliner Brush// Dirty Works Smoky Eye Duo Brush. 

First step was to prime my skin, for this I used the GOSH Velvet Touch Foundation Primer. After applying that liberally to my face and neck and letting it settle I went straight in with my Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation. I wanted a semi matte/dewy finish and I think this lasts slightly better on my skin out of the two choices I took. I buffed that in to my skin with my new Real Techniques Stippling brush and after that just touched up any other imperfections with my Collection Lasting Perfection concealer.

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After creating a flawless canvas I started with the eyes. I applied a base using the Mememe Cosmetics Dew pot to give my eyeshadow staying power and longevity. I applied my all over lid colour and the crease colour as so… I then started to blend the crease colour using a windscreen wiper motion until all the harsh lines disappeared. Carrying on applying colour then blending to create the desired gradient and depth I groomed my brows and applied mascara.

Picture 628Time to sort out the cheeks! As i’d caught the sun quite considerably on the first day there I wanted to bring some warmth to my complexion. Using Bourjois Bronzing Powder I swept this lightly across my cheek and back into my hair line. This helped define my freckles and brought the desired bronze glow. I picked up a blusher from Natural Collection before I went away and used this to bring a flush of colour to the apples of the cheeks. Finally I highlighted my brow bone and the highpoint of my cheekbone using High Beam from Benefit.

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Finally the lips got love from my new favourite Lip Gloss from Revlon Kiss Me Coral!

Picture 627I hope you like how I did my makeup for the big event! I went for quite a neutral palette in the end to not take away from the amount of colour I was wearing! A snap of me and my fella from just after the ceremony! Please excuse my brolly in the shot but if you look at the weather behind us you’ll understand!

See how sunburnt we are! This is not actually a very flattering photo. Oh and just to give you a giggle, I was so taped into this dress that it took nearly an hour to get out of it!!!

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Finally a lovely shot of the happy couple! Didn’t they both look gorgeous!

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Much Love x

 

Date Night Collaboration – The Outfit

28 Jul

Ladies and Gents, I am here to proudly present a blog collaboration first. Hot date coming up? Sit back and relax because we’ve got it covered right here. Allow me to introduce my fellow blog collaborators and hot date gurus…

Get your complexion as bright as a button with Lilliwhiterose and her hot date skincare tips over on http://www.bloglovin.com/frame?post=1357611019&group=0&frame_type=b&blog=8272145&link=aHR0cDovL2xpdHRsZXJlZDI2LndvcmRwcmVzcy5jb20vMjAxMy8wNy8yOC9kYXRlLW5pZ2h0LWNvbGxhYm9yYXRpb24v&frame=1&click=0&user=0

Don’t have a meltdown over your manicure! Let Katie calm your nerves over on http://curledfantasies.wordpress.com/2013/07/28/first-date-collaboration-the-nails/comment-page-1/#comment-124

For a masterclass in hot date makeup let me direct you to Amy over on http://amysannex.blogspot.ie/2013/07/date-night-collaboration.html

Tame your tresses and style it up with Megan over on http://www.littlemissaverage.com/2013/07/late-night-date-night-collaboration.html

If you’re looking for inspiration for the perfect outfit, look no further. I have searched high and low for ideas to bring together, if the outfit is not completely to your taste I hope it will spark ideas on how to adapt it and style it your own way.

Lots of trends have been seen this year and I have been loving all things nautical and monochrome. These trends are incredibly versatile and I have personally several pieces in my wardrobe that I can dress up or down for the office or for the weekends. Slowly i’ve been trying to introduce bright colours into my black and white land so I hope you enjoy what i’ve put together for you.

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As you can see i’ve gone for a nautical monochrome mix with the dress. This particular one can be picked up from Missguided  at the  bargain price of £19.99. I personally love the versatility of this dress, great for casual days with cute sandals and a tote bag and of course the mandatory oversized sunnies or in this case, dressed up with heals and pretty accessories for the wowza impact on your hot date!

I have opted for a biker style gilet as I think it’s nice and edgy against the heals and dress! I always worry about taking something to wear for extra warmth, this could easily be tucked in your bag or worn open. This particular gilet is from Miss Selfridge and can be picked up here .

I  have paired this combo with some simple peep toe shoes. Not too high but enough to make your legs and butt an eye magnet! I have opted for a pop of colour to break up the black and white theme. You could swap these for any colour of your choice, pink, red even pastel shades would work great! These particular shoes are from the brand Bata and can be purchased here!

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To emphasis the colour I have opted for turquoise accessories! If you’ve read my other accessories post you’ll see that turquoise and me are very good friends!  The collar necklaces seem to be a good statement piece one that would sit lovely atop the dress above. I personally don’t like to overkill on jewellery! I think it’s nice to follow the whole less is more saying. I have just opted for a leather bracelet and collar necklace. If you’re interested in the collar necklace check out this link! The leather bracelet is simple but cute, check it out here. 

Last but not least! A girl can never have too many handbags, I have searched high and low for one that would match, da dudu da!

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Beautiful. After finding this I have purchased one myself as I love it! I found it here , dressy but practical it’s big enough for all your clobber but smart enough to sit under your arm. Your date will be bowled over, he won’t know what hit him. I hope you’ve enjoyed our collaboration!

From each of us, much love to you all x

The Hunt is on – Hair.

21 Jul

My mop. Destined to be unruly and rebellious since 1988. Even at 25 I have not yet mastered it, usually I let it do what it wants because most of the time I can work the bed head boho look, but sometimes, just sometimes to be able to style it would be beautiful.

Throughout this post series i’ve been scouring the corners of the internet and local ish shops to find the perfect wedding guest ensemble in just 6 weeks. So far we have the accessories narrowed down (help me pick here), we have the shoes!! and we have the dress (and what a beaut she is!) if you’re interested in how this madness began click here!

Anyway onto the taming of the tresses! Summer hair trends are beautiful aren’t they? I love the boho vibe, natural and sexy this is definitely the way I want to go hair wise for this wedding. I have been scouring Pinterest for inspiration and found so many gorgeous styles but the one thing i’d be longing to try was the ombre trend. I know,  I know it’s been done to death but I wanted to add a twist to mine that I hadn’t seen before! I wanted a redhead ombre!

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I had my hair ombred a few weeks ago and I am so so so pleased with the result! I really didn’t want bleach blonde at the tips as on some people it can look incredibly unflattering and unnatural. I had the bleach applied to backcombed hair so it gave a softer gradient effect. Then after this had done its work a toner and copper top colour put on. Five long hours later my tresses have never looked  better.

I have thought long and hard about how to style my hair for the actual day. Usually my hair style choices include; down, ponytail or a twist bun. Exciting right? So fed up of styling it in the same three ways. I desperately want to master a new hair style and keeping in the theme of things a boho updo would be wonderful, although ambitious.

Scouring Pinterest for inspiration I fell in love with these visuals.

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A really pretty updo with big side plat wrapped and pinned into a bun. I think this is really pretty and topped off with a hair band it would be wonderful to wear to a wedding however I really cannot french plat my hair to save my life. Something I really need to practice!

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This is similar to the one above except a looser messier version, I love it! The flowers add a nice touch with the odd curl and fly away section of hair. I will give this a go but again I will struggle with the braid. 362d17f9b03e424fb276d5495d304453All images sourced from Pinterest

I really love the messy beach / boho vibe I am a proper wild child at heart. I have really naturally thick hair so it’s going to be a struggle to not use all the bobby pins in Britain to contain my mane but I had a go! My attempt to recreate a version of all the above pictures in one. Naturally I won’t be able to replicate this exact hair on the day but I am much more confident in attempting a boho hairstyle.

Please excuse my lack of makeup in these pictures, makeup on Sundays is banned for me unless we have somewhere to go! I will of course attempt to conceal the bobby pins better on the day but you hopefully get the gist of what i’m after achieving. This took me around 20 minutes to do.

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Assuming you’re not cowering in terror behind the nearest cushion at my naked face then thank you kindly for bearing these pictures!

Hope you all like the hair, messy yes but i’m so chuffed I managed something that looks half way decent.

Much Love x

Beauty Blogger Tag

21 Jul

Very excited to be doing my first tag post! I have lots of love and thanks go give to Katie from http://beautyandthebakerblog.blogspot.co.uk/ if you don’t know this blog go on and take a peek now, i’ll wait for you………… are you back now? Ok brill!

Right then so onto this tag! Now this is my first time, i’m a little nervous so take it easy on me please 😉

1. Name a beauty routine you barely do.

I rarely groom my eyebrows. Purely because I have had the plucking life scared out of me (see what I did there, ha!) by seeing my older sisters over pluck to that trendy 90’s fine line. My eyebrow hairs are really fair rather pale and sickly looking (poor dears) and if I over trim or pluck I look like I barely have anything there! I try to keep them to a defined shape but my brows scare me!

2. Is washing your makeup brushes something you do regularly?

I am better at washing them then I used to be! My old trick was to wipe them on a baby wipe or similar and reuse them. I thought this was acceptable, *holds out wrist for a slapping*… NOT anymore however! although I should wash them more regularly, I definitely wash them correctly now. A serious step in the right direction!

3. How long will you last with chipped nail varnish?

On average around 5 seconds. After this I start chipping away at it as it’s the most satisfying feeling ever, terrible for your nails so don’t you guys do it!

4. How long do you put off buying/replacing a beauty or nail polish product even if you need it (i.e., top coat, foundation and so on)?

It depends what it is! I am terrible at replacing mascara even when it starts to dry up I will continue to use it way past the recommended shelf life! Some things i’m good with though and I will buy them just before the old runs out and dies so there is no gap in between… I wished I was this organised with all things in life…

5. What is your worst beauty habit?

Picking spots (eeeewwww) I just can’t help it though, I tell myself it will help it disappear quicker if I pick at it – sigh.

6. Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time.

Cleaning the oven. Hands up who likes cleaning the oven? I hate it… even Mr Muscle doesn’t make me want to get to it. It’s definitely one thing I will procrastinate on over and over and over again.

7. When going out somewhere, do you leave getting ready until the last minute or not?

I absolutely hate being rushed! However if I give myself too much time to think about what makeup to wear or how to style my hair I get in a fluster!! I like to take a hour all in all to get dressed, hair, makeup & nails. I think that’s acceptable? Right?…

8. Can you commit to spending bans?

Hmmm yes and no. I realise that sometimes money can be rather tight, bills, food and necessities need to be prioritised so when I have my sensible head on I can save and not spend. However I do get those days where I am just feeling a little deflated and a trip to the high street is just the remedy required. I think you have to treat yourself now and again; A) because you’re worth it and B) because it doesn’t hurt now and again.

9. How organised is your makeup and nail polish collections? 

My makeup is split up. I have a makeup bag with all my everyday essentials in and a larger bag with the rest of my collection. My nail polishes all live an an old Converse box – I really would like to organise them better.

10. What is the longest time you’ve gone without writing a blog post? 

I have tried to slow down between blog posts a little, purely because I don’t want to post for the sake of it and for the quality of what I write to become less. I try to post 2/3 times a week but lately this has been more like 1/2 times.

Right my lovelies thank you for reading my first tag post! I hope you enjoyed my rambles and now onto my blogs to tag!

http://www.nickisnicknackery.com/

http://www.littlemissaverage.com/

http://www.newbeautyrevolution.blogspot.co.uk/

http://amysannex.blogspot.co.uk/

http://whatmollyloves.blogspot.co.uk/

Love you all x

My first giveaway!

16 Jul

Hello Beauties,

So I have reached a few little milestones with my blog despite being so new I have achieved over 150 twitter followers, over 50 blog followers and over 25 Bloglovin followers which is a massive deal to me! I want to thank each and everyone of you so I decided to host a little giveaway.

I am going to be giving away a bespoke handmade necklace, made my by fair hands.

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It consists of upcycled & reclaimed beads and chains from old unloved jewellery. It has Rose Quartz beads and a cute antique key charm. I have made this all by hand and would love to give it away to one of my readers.

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I will ship internationally so please feel free to share my giveaway to your friends for them to enter! The giveaway will close at the end of this month – best of luck xx

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Liebster Awards

15 Jul

I cannot believe I am writing another Liebster Award post! I was so chuffed the first time I was nominated but since I have been completely overwhelmed because I have been nominated a further four times! Totally gobsmacked but I want to thank all of you who have nominated and everyone who stops by my little blog. Massive love xx

The lovely ladies who nominated me are –

Shona from http://www.shonaelizabeth.blogspot.co.uk/

Suz from http://bloosieslife.blogspot.co.uk/

Steph from http://stephaniemaverick.blogspot.co.uk/

Katie from http://curledfantasies.wordpress.com/

Before you read on I urge you to go and pay each of these beauts a visit as they all have fabulous blogs and I feel very lucky to have them in my little blogging world, they’ll rock yours promise! xx

As I have been asked similar questions by each lovely lady i’ll condense the ones that are the same or similar to make the post less of a bore 😉 x

Down to the questions –

Asked by Shona

1. Did you have an inspiration to start blogging? if yes, who? (Asked by Shona & Suz)
I didn’t really have any blogging inspiration, I had heard of some successful beauty bloggers but really mine started because I just wanted somewhere to release my ramblings. I didn’t have a particular subject I wanted to blog about just anything that interested me.
2. If you could travel to one place right now, where would you go?
I would say the beach. I love a nice sandy beach, one I can dig my toes in the sand take in the fresh air and beautiful scenery and just recharge my batteries!
3. Favourite flavour of ice cream?
Just one?! ooooh…. I really love mint choc chip – it’s a classic right?
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4. Favourite handbag item?
Aside from the obvious I always carry a notepad and or sketchbook. If inspiration strikes then I have the tools to capture it or scribble my mad idea down before I forget it! I love doodling and writing notes / lists so these are actually as essential as my purse and phone.
5. Sun or Snow?
Can a girl have both? I love the sunny weather but as i’m pale the sun can effect me a little too easily if i’m not careful but the snow is fun to muck around in and look at!
6. Favourite type of shoes?
I am a boots kind of girl, you can get casual ones or dressy ones, ankle, mid calf, knee high or thigh high boots. So many options, so little wardrobe space…
7. Bold eyes or bold lips?
I struggle to carry off bold lips so I would definitely go with eyes!
8. Favourite TV show?
I do love a bit of Come Dine With Me or Don’t Tell The Bride, these I have on series link so I always have a stash of episodes to watch!
9. Bath or shower?
Showers! They are so much more refreshing, I will relax in a bath if i’m having a bad time of the…ok i’ll stop there (you get the hint!)
10. Least favourite shop?
I hate…HATE the supermarket, especially on a weekend. People are rude, I always get my foot ran over and guaranteed I will get walked into..I am nearly 5ft 9″ am I really that hard to miss?!
11. Favourite colour nail polish?
This has got to be the hardest for me…I love (at the moment) pastel shades and I am currently wearing a lovely mint green from Rimmel.
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Asked by Suz

1. Bourbon cream or custard cream?
Bourbon Cream, no doubt about it!
2. Camping or luxury hotel?
I haven’t had any good experiences camping so for now I will have to say luxury hotel! However I would love to have a good camping experience!
 3. What’s your favourite word?
Serendipity! It means a “happy accident” or “pleasant surprise”; a fortunate mistake. Specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it.
 4. What smell do you like the most?
I love the smell of fresh clean washing, fresh cut grass, my vanilla cupcake Yankee candle and my boyfriend’s aftershave.
 5.What’s the worst Christmas present you have ever received?
Haha. The worst present was a computer mouse. Yes that’s right I tried my best to look grateful (I was grateful…it’s a useful present! but when it’s all you have under the tree to open from your boyfriend it’s a bit…oh thanks) I still feel bad about it now! Sorry Rob! x
 6. Which is your favourite season?
I like Autumn, it’s pretty, colourful and still can be rather warmish.
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 8. Laptop or desktop?
Desktop, I prefer being able to sit up straight when working at the computer!
 9. Bright colours or pastel colours? 
I am scared of a lot of bright colours so definitely pastels although these are new to me too!
10. What is your ideal day off? 
My ideal day off would be a good productive day, being somewhere I enjoy like the beach and feeling like i’d made a difference to someone that day.
11. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? 
Salad. I could eat the stuff till the cows come home. I swear I was a rabbit in a previous life! x

Asked by Steph

1. If you could be anywhere in the world right now where would it be? e.g. home, your bed, on vacation. 
I would definitely be on holiday! Somewhere sunny 🙂
2. What’s your favourite lipstick? 
My current favourite is Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle. Infact i’ve used it all up 😦
3. When it comes to eyeliner do you wing it, smoke it or not use it? 
I generally wing it when I wear it but it’s not often as it doesn’t last well on my oily lids!
4. Dragons or unicorns?
Dragons for sure!

“I am Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, the Unburnt, Mother of Dragons, khaleesi to Drogo’s riders, and queen of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.”

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5. If you could meet anyone in the world from any time period who would it be? e.g. Amelia Earhart, Tom Cruise.
 I would meet Cleopatra, get her to tell me where she is buried and then make the find of the century uncovering her tomb. Yes I love Egyptology.
6. Do you prefer your hair up or down?
I usually sling my hair up, I say sling that is quite an accurate description of what I do. Me and hair do not get on well.
7. On vacation of you wear dresses and skirts or jeans and shorts? 
Hmmm I haven’t been on a decent holiday for a few years now but I would say shorts for the daytime and dresses / skirts for the evening.
8. Sandals or flip-flops? 
 I love both and can’t possibly choose. Don’t make me 😦
9. What is your favourite feel-good summertime song right now? 
I love the new Will-I-Am Song ❤
11. What do you want to get out of blogging, where do you see yourself a year from now? 
I don’t want to get anything out of blogging really, I am happy whatever happens. It’s lovely that people are following me and enjoying my writings and if PR companies want to further work with me great but it’s still my ramblings,  nothing more. In a year I see myself applying to university and having just blogged about my year in college as a mature student and about my art.

Asked by Katie

1) What is your all-time favourite nail polish? Brand and colour! 

The common brand in my nail polish collection is Rimmel but I wouldn’t proclaim it the favourite.. I am loving the new Barry M Gelly Hi Shines! If I had to pick a colour it would be Prickly Pear!

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2) If I were to give you £100 what would you spend it on?

I would probably take my other half out for a decent anniversary meal and date. ❤

3) What is your favourite high street store?

Primark. That’s right…I said it.

4) How would you describe your personal style?

If I had to describe it in 3 words it would be – Mixed, Comfy, Classic.

5) Top beauty/styling tip?

I would say that hygiene is really important, clean those makeup brushes girl!

6) What’s your favourite film?

Insert geek moment – Scott Pilgrim VS The World… I heart that film, so so so much.

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7) If you could visit anywhere in the world where would that be?

Egypt. I love the history and if I had the grades i’d of gone into Egyptology and Archaeology. x

8) What is your favourite meal?

Caramelised onion, roast cherry tomato and steak salad. Yum x

9) Do you have any siblings?

3 half sisters and a half brother.

10) What is your guilty pleasure? (This can be ANYTHING – food, tv, film…)

I love video games! World of Warcraft, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario, Skyrim, Fable…geeeeeek!

11) Where do you live? I love to know where my fellow bloggers are!

I live in Warwickshire in the United Kingdom 🙂

 

Right! Time to nominate some more wonderful bloggers and share the Liebster love!

I would like to nominate –

Mari @ http://themarimaskscara.blogspot.co.uk/

Katy @ http://gigglesandmakeup.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

Steph @ http://scottishstefsnails.blogspot.co.uk/

Megan @ http://www.littlemissaverage.com/

Fifi @ http://fifimcgee.blogspot.co.uk/

Emma @ http://lifeispeachytales.blogspot.co.uk/

Jess @ http://coffeeandcosmetics.blogspot.co.uk/

Nora Lilly @ http://hello-you-blog.blogspot.co.uk/

Steph @ http://stephsinsidevoice.blogspot.co.uk/

Sazzle @ http://sazzle262.wordpress.com/

Not all of these ladies are beauty bloggers. They all have their own unique blogs which I love reading. Please check them out!

My questions to you all are –

Cat, Dog or Other Pet?

If you had to choose would you rather be blind or deaf?

What life motto do you live by?

Do you prefer reading fiction or non-fiction?

What’s your go to skin care routine?

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Describe your personality in 3 words?

What’s your chinese zodiac sign and does it describe you well?

Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate?

 

I hope you enjoyed my post and reading my answers to all the questions I was asked. I look forward to seeing my nominees answers Xx

 

The hunt is on – Accessories.

5 Jul

What girl doesn’t love to accessorise? The maker or breaker of an outfit, the icing on the cake…choosing the right accessories is no small feat. My indecisiveness is my Achilles’s Heal. I love too many of my beaded beauties, each uniquely different and each bringing their own element and edge to an outfit.

The only saving grace in this dilemma is the defined colour palette i’m dealing with, everything in my collection that isn’t Silver, Turquoise, Teal or Pearls is out of the question for actual day, but for the rest of the days either side of the wedding I am sure one or two more will slip into the suitcase…

So now I am officially on wedding countdown… I have until July 29th to get every little detail perfected, without further adieu here is my selection of accessories to choose from.

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Normally I like to stay rather minimal with jewellery. I will go with a necklace alone or an earring/bracelet combo. Even though the occasion calls for a casual edge I still want to look my best. I am very into my ‘ethnic and tribal style’ jewellery when it comes to the turquoise scene. Having said that I love the delicate and dainty too! I adore these pieces that I have purchased over the years, memories attached to each of them. My eye is always on the lookout for a bit of sparkle..must be the magpie in me (I blame my mum for that)…

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My little genuine Turquoise beads, bought from a boutique jewellers in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter on my twentieth birthday, I do not wear these as much as i’d like. This costume jewellery cuff with filigree detailing and teal enameling is right up my street and was a treasured discovery from a car boot sale. I am a sucker for second hand shops and car boot sales for bargins, the thrify side to me!

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A genuine Turquoise pendant on  a round silver wire I think is beautifully elegant and simplistic which I bought from Woolacome in Devon in a pasty shop believe it or not. The handmade spiral bead necklace is a casual piece I love, a little wooden button to clasp it and all for £1 at a local market.

Below are some potential accessory combinations, let me know what you prefer! Help me pick!

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Necklace & Drop Earrings

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Drop Earrings & Bracelet Cuff

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Silver Bangles & Necklace

 

If you have any combination suggestions, please do leave your thoughts in the comments below 🙂

Much Love x

The hunt is on – The shoes

28 Jun

With the hunt for the dress done and the first item clearly scratched off the itinerary we move onto the second item in question – shoes.

If you’ve followed my previous posts in this little blog series you’ll know that my dress is by the brand Minimum and is an unusual mint green/pastel blue shade titled ‘mink’…(?!)

th41368612500Minimum DAKSHA frnt oil blueMy dilemma for shoes is that the majority of the wedding celebrations will be outside so that means no stiletto heels as i’ll just sink in the grass and i’ll need something I won’t mind wearing on the beach…

I obviously want something to go with the colour of the dress and thought something turquoise would be rather nice!

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Turquoise Cross Strap Peeptoe Wedge Heels – Newlook £27.99

These are stunning and such a beautiful colour, but as i’m rather tall anyway wearing something this high would cause the maxi dress to not reach the floor and start to bash the ankles..(not so elegant!)..

Looking to something more on the flat side of things I found these lovely little things.

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Turquoise Stud Strap Sandal – Newlook £15.99

I definitely think something along these lines would be more appropriate to wear but I wanted something slightly more smart looking to wear.

This is when I found these beauties..

Picture 515Turquoise Leather Sandals – Primark £12.00

Not only the colour I wanted but also a bargin at £12.00! The padding on the sole of the sandal gives that extra comfort whilst wearing which is a bonus! Here is a closer photo at the intricate detailing.

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The layers of beads in turquoise, yellow and amber along with the wood give them a real ethnic tribal feel which I adore. Definitely smart enough for my summer wedding, along with the practicality of flats.

Definitely a happy girl! Things are starting to come together!

Next on the list… Accessories! more on the Silver & Turquoise scale I think!

What do you think? xx

The Week #3

25 Jun


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Left to  Right – Natural Nails obsessed…// A pile of new stuff with one nosy dog// Retail therapy! best cure for a week at work// Winged Eyeliner Practice with a new liner from Topshop// Wild Flowers on our dog walk route no filter photos// Morning Sunshine early bird// Lunchtime Lipstick Swatches a trip to Boots and a gander at Rimmel// Puppy cuddles at work best day of the week by far!!…

For anyone who’s interested the swatch photo is as follows (top to bottom) –

05 Kate Moss Matte Range

16 Kate Moss Matte Range

110 Vibrant Coral (Kate Moss Range)

101 Soft Pink Matte (Kate Moss Range)

600 Soft Coral

26 Kate Moss Matte Range

210 Coral in Gold

066 Heather Shimmer (on the side – can’t believe this still make this one!)

Feel free to share anything about your week..

Much Love x

Shopping haul #1

23 Jun

As the title says I went shopping! Hurrah!

Picture 501Behold the haul of goodies! My shopping trip included – Topshop, Bank, Pilot, Primark & Millie’s Cookies (naughty I know – guilty pleasure!). 

Here’s a picture of my nosy dog investigating my purchases, she always has to see if i’ve brought anything home for her!

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Anyway onto the actual haul! 

Picture 504Left to Right – Primark  dusky pink delicate knit cardigan// Bank coral peeptoe flats// Primark light grey cardigan// Topshop magic liner in black// Lips by Topshop Beatnik dirty pink nude//  Primark natural look false lashes//. 

If you want to see what I purchased from Pilot check out my The hunt is on – Summer wedding dress post.

Primark

I always pop into Primark when I go shopping simply because it’s great to see what bargins they have. The stock changes in there so quickly that nothing ever seems to be the same when I go. I wanted a light grey cardigan that was light, covered by bum but wasn’t a waterfall style. They had quite a selection and I opted for this one.

Picture 507Sums up pretty much everything I wanted! awesome. Also ended up leaving with this one as it’s beautiful and I love it!

Picture 508This photo does make it look more purple then pink but it’s a really soft vintage pink colour and it’s super comfy to wear! Both of these cardigans were £10.00 from Primark which lets face it, is an absolute steal!. I also picked up some false lashes to wear to the wedding i’m going to next month. I have used these before and for what they are you can’t go wrong for a £1.00! They do 3 different styles but the natural effect are the ones I prefer.

Topshop

I went in to check out their makeup range as I have been dying to see what the fuss is about. I have heard so much about their range I decided to pick up a couple of bits.

20E14CBLK_normalI have always been dubious about these ‘magic liners’ I have always struggled with a good liner flick but this wasn’t too far on the pricey scale, so I decided to give it a shot! – Not a bad first attempt eh?!

Picture 510I also purchased my second… Lips by Topshop in the colour Beatnik (also pictured above). I am all about dirty pink nudes and this is no exception to the love affair. Take a look at my Product picks for summer post for a more detailed review of this lippy.

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And a swatch..

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Bank

I don’t often get to go in this shop as it’s not in my local town but I couldn’t resist on this occasion! Which leads me to my next purchase.

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These are stunning and perfect for adding a pop of colour to your outfit this summer. I took it as an omen that these were the only pair left and they were in my size. I hardly needed anymore convincing then that. £10.00 in the sale ❤

Right that’s the lot apart from the Pilot purchase but you have to check out my Summer Wedding Dress post for that one!

Much Love x

The hunt is on – The dress

23 Jun

If you’ve seen my last post you know i’m in a tiz trying to find the perfect summer wedding outfit. This post is dedicated to the finding my ideal dress.

Once I knew I had to find something new to wear I had a firm idea in my head of what I wanted. I thought something along the Nautical style would compliment not only the scenery of the wedding but what the boyfriend has to wear also. Upon searching Google, I found that the only nautical dresses I could find were flimsy jersey material that unless you wear no pants and have a flat washboard tummy are highly unflattering (especially on me)…

284231809This black and white stripe maxi vest dress from Newlook comes in at £16.99 and although it’s nice for summer I wouldn’t wear it to a wedding. This kind of relaxed style dress seems to be mirrored in all the highstreet shops and go-to websites for women’s fashion as far as nautical is concerned.

I really wanted something with a bit more structure…

008555baThis gorgeous dress I spotted in Bank and although it wasn’t nautical it certainly was keeping with the blue/white theme I had pictured. The Little Mistress Alyssa Lace Panel Maxi Dress was on the hanger at £70.00 and although it looked beautiful it just wasn’t “me”.

08555bcI wanted to show you a closer look at the intricate beading and sequins along the lace panels, right up some people’s streets i’m sure but just not up mine. I have quite understated tastes and this was just a bit “much” for me.

My hunt continued…

By now I have kind of come to the conclusion that my initial idea of a beautiful structured stripy maxi dress was out the window. I was feeling a little deflated and overwhelmed….what would I look for now?! 

Over a vanilla latte to boost my spirits I started thinking about how I have been trying to push the boat out and expand my wardrobe colours, anyway sugar boost and pep talk done. Outside of the coffee shop was Pilot so I decided a quick look wouldn’t hurt.

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What do you think to this little beauty?! It’s gorgeous isnt it! I found this on a rail and it’s a brand i’m unfamiliar with. This dress by Minimum is only what I can describe as a grecian style maxi dress in a bluey mint colour. It’s a simple dress with an elasticated line just under the bust and hangs beautifully to the floor. I have to say despite being a bit on the booby side I really fell in love with this dress. £70.00 lighter and the first item can be crossed off my itinerary!

Picture 502Now I need to accessorise it accordingly – i’m thinking silvers and light grey and maybe a colour pop of turquoise?

What do you think? Xx

The hunt is on – The perfect summer wedding outfit.

23 Jun

Summer is a the season to get married, my boyfriend and I have friends who are doing just that this year. Our friends are having their lovely wedding in Cornwall at the end of July and we are very much looking forward to attending.

Only recently I found out that the theme of the wedding (dress code wise) was slightly more on the casual scale with the “Summer frocks and flip-flops” emblazoned on the invitation. Ok not so bad I thought, I have a few smart maxi dresses tucked away in my wardrobe and I had one particular in mind. A long elegant vintage dusky pink maxi dress with a halter neck tie and wooden bead detail on the straps. I thought that was me sorted….I was wrong.

My boyfriend has the role of an usher for the wedding and has been given a few bits of clothing to wear to match the others. He’ll be wearing a linen blazer, chino and boat shoe ensemble.

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So if you’re getting my drift my happy idea of a vintage pink number will clash the socks off what my other half  has to wear…oh dear. This now can only mean one thing, with just under 6 weeks to go to the wedding – my hunt for the perfect summer wedding outfit is on! 

Wedding Outfit Itinerary

1. Dress

2. Shoes

3. Accessories

4. Makeup

5. Hair

It’s going to be a challenging 6 weeks, let the hunt begin!

Much Love x