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Another weekend, another wedding

26 Aug 2015

I really am getting to that age where weddings are everywhere (cue people everywhere constantly asking, so when is it your turn... sigh). Anyway, this weekend we were down in Dover, at Crabble Mill for another wedding of Sam's school friend Chris to the stunning Martha. It was a festival-like party with lots of food, dancing and happiness.

First up, I wore the MISSGUIDED Peony Print Crop Top (£25) and cigarette trousers (£30) paired with the Gigi T bar skinny stilettos from Boohoo which are down to (£20). I teamed it with a Gin and Tonic obviously, and no jewellery.

Makeup wise, I kept it toned down with MAC Face and Body Foundation for its light, dewey look, MAC casual colour on my cheeks, and my favourite lippie of the summer- MAC Pink Pigeon. At the last wedding I was at, the makeup artist told me she didn't like MAC and preferred YSL for foundation, but I prefer my lighter coverage look! 

Sam did as he was told and wore a matching coloured shirt from ASOS and his suit trousers from Zara men

We met up with lots of Sam's close friends including Lloyd and Stacey with their gorgeous daughter. They're the couple who got married last year 

Sam and Chris the groom

And Sam's school best friends. Harry in the middle is getting married next to lovely Lara in June 2017

Harry and Lara!

We (and I mean I by that) loved the instagram frame for photo booth opportunities 

Another super-fun wedding! Can't wait for the next one. After spending so much time helping organise my friends' weddings, I'm not sure what to do with my weekends now... other than my thesis of course. Back to my desk and back to a lack of blogging probably! 

My BFF's Wedding!

24 Aug 2015

I can't believe it! Just over a week ago my best friend Becky got married and I got to be bridesmaid! I thought I'd again share some pictures with you.

Firstly, the most important person - the bride! Becky looked absolutely stunning in this lace dress which had buttons all up the back. It really showed her gorgeous figure and she looked very bridal.

Yasmin and I wore these lovely, flowy pink dresses which were the perfect shade of blush. We accessorised with pearl and diamond earrings from Accessorize and tiaras (from eBay!). We had our hair done at a salon which was such a treat, and a makeup artist gave us smokey eyes. 

After the ceremony, I traded my bouquet for this Clutch Bag I was sent from House of Fraser, and some prosecco!

The wedding was at Dodford Manor which was a beautiful barn. It was surrounded by stunning scenery and made for lovely photos.

And finally I guess we'll include the groom. Matt is the man lucky enough to get to live with Becky

It was a beautiful wedding, a dream of a day and I had the most fun. I was so happy to see my bestie have the wedding of her dreams and look so happy. I felt a little overwhelmed the day after (not hungover!) and cried numerous times. Especially when she changed her facebook name to her married name!

Lots of love Becky and Matt. Wishing you the happiest marriage and lots of happy years. Love you both. Also big shout out to the other bridesmaids - it's so lovely to have you as exciting new friends xxx

The first wedding of the Season - Hannah and Will

4 Aug 2015

This weekend I was a bridesmaid for one of my BFFs Hannah (and her new husband Will). After our lovely hen do in Bath (read my post here) we were ready for the main event! I agreed to do all the bridal party hair and makeup for the wedding (including my own and the Bride's) so I was really anxious. However with an awesome team of my closest friends around I managed to relax and have great fun with my favourite hobby - playing with hair and makeup!

Here are some of the photos that Sam and I took of the big day. The professional photos were taken by Lucylou Photography - check out her website, the photos are just stunning (don't tell my boyfriend but I have already saved her on Pinterest as my future wedding photographer!) I hope she will let me feature her photographs when they are all edited.

First up our bride Han in her gorgeous dress! She is just the most gorgeous bride ever. We decided to do all her hair up because of her lovely low-back dress. It had lots of volume and looked really natural, with a pearl headband over.

We went to the MAC counter for makeup, and got lots of helpful tips. Hannah is a minimal makeup kind of girl so we went with a lovely light face and body foundation, lots of golds and sparkle on her eyelids, bronze and blush because she's outdoorsy and a natural lippie combo of Creme in your Coffee and Creme Cup. 

Hannah had a team of unruly bridesmaids who were very loud and giggly! 

We were going to have a theme in our hair, but on the day we decided to go with how our hair looked best naturally. Emma (short hair) had hers done at a salon and has the most gorgeous shiny hair. To compliment her, we went with a navy blue smoky eye which she rocked and nude lips. Abi (red head) had this amazing volume following the blow dry and looked like a 50s rockabilly godess. We decided to stick with the vintage look and gave her a soft rolled hairstyle and a green smoky eye to compliment her colouring. I love big hair and I love my hair up in strapless dresses so I went with a french roll, lots of gold eyeshadow, a winged eyeliner and darker lippie. Hannah (blondie on the far right) has the most amazing, thick, naturally blonde hair which I want to chop off and keep! It holds a curl really well so we went with a waterfall rope braid and lots of natural loose curls, browny/taupe smokey eyes because she hates gold and a really light pink lipstick.

Hair close-ups. Abi started sticking things in her hair by this point! 

Here are some other photos I took and loved

Gavin and Luke being so cool

Emma and her partner Nick (Emma has a baby in her tummy! Our tiny bridesmaid pal!)

Hannah and her super-charming boyfriend Ben - he's French and very sweet

Me and my Sam, messing around as usual

Abi and her boyfriend Barry, who I almost had an interesting conversation about GM foods with, but he decided he didn't want the debate (he's an organic farmer/gardener)

I almost caught the bouquet, but didn't (much to Sam's relief)

We played with sparklers too! 

It was such a beautiful wedding, we had a really lovely time. Big congratulations to Hannah and Will who are probably sunning themselves on Honeymoon currently. Lots of love to you both.

Review: St Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion

23 Jul 2015

Being one of the palest people on Earth, I am always interested in a new fake tan invention. When I met with Roisin on the MAC counter in Southampton, she was talking about the new St Tropez in-shower fake tan, which I wasn't convinced about. However the golden colour she was, and her promises of no more smell and no more orange bed sheets had me convinced.

The idea is genius - you get yourself wet in the shower, shave your legs etc that you would normally do. Then you turn off the shower and rub this lotion in to your skin. Then all you do is stand there for 3 minutes (no more, maybe use your electric toothbrush to time this) and then rinse, dry and you're done.

The lotion
This fake tan has a really strange texture - it's almost a bit like vaseline in that it clings to your skin even though you're wet. There is no colour in this tan, which made me a bit anxious that I was applying it streakily, but the bottle says as long as you rub it in circular motions it will be fine.

The application
This was the strange part. When you are waiting, you can't shave your legs or stand in a towel, you have to just wait in the shower, dripping wet and shivering until the three minutes is up. I brushed my teeth and applied moisturiser to my face which took up time but otherwise it felt very strange.

However application is super easy and quick, and once I had rinsed it off, my skin was very soft and not covered in the dreaded indicator dye which turns my bed sheets orange. (we always joke it's like the outline of an orange murder victim in the bed!) I also didn't smell of biscuits which was a bonus - my guilty secret wasn't going to be given away.

The results
I was a little disappointed by the results. The resulting tan is incredibly pale. I'm a huge fan of before and after photos but after one application I was only slightly tanned and my camera didn't pick it up. I think I would need 3 applications before I built up a decent tan. Considering it's £14.50 a bottle currently, you would need numerous applications to get the effect of just one application of the regular gradual tanner (and millions for the effect of a full fake tan!). Therefore value for money it doesn't work out very well.  I don't think I would buy another bottle and would just settle for my favourite gradual tanner, Garnier Summer Body.

However, I found the application to be the easiest I've ever experienced and there was not a single streak. I think if you're a pale person who doesn't want too much colour, or if you're scared of fake tan, this is absolutely ideal. However for a sunless tanning pro like me, I'd like a deeper colour and I think the technology needs time to catch up.

I have heard reviews that say some people didn't rinse properly and were left with weird dark patches, so be careful.

My birthday

21 Jul 2015

It was my birthday on Saturday. I was completely spoilt by my friends and family and went away to Essex

It was Sam's Aunty's surprise 50th party on my birthday up in Essex. I asked Sam to get us a hotel in Essex for the night so we could have some special birthday time as well as sharing it with the family.

In the morning, I had my presents at home with Sam, and he gave me a beautiful necklace with a teardrop pearl and an uncut diamond. It's so beautiful, I love it! We then went to my Mum's house and had some bacon sandwiches and more present opening (2 Fiorelli Madison bags! I loved my brother's girlfriend's one and they were in the sale when I looked so I got one in blue and one in brown!) 

We then set out for the party which was in Point Clear, Essex. We stayed in the Wivenhoe House hotel which was near Colchester. It was a gorgeous old house on the University of Essex grounds which was staffed by undergraduates!  Sam had arranged for us to have a room in the old manor house

and had asked for pink wine and chocolate to be ready for us when we got there. This was a lovely treat and it was fun to drink pink wine while we got ready for our party. I've never been to such a posh hotel in my life - there were dressing gowns!

finally we were ready to go out. I wore the MAC makeup from my last post and got lots of compliments for my MAC Pink Pigeon lipstick. 

the next day we got the opportunity to explore the grounds. The weather was beautiful and we went for a lovely walk, looking at the gorgeous hotel and this amazing horse sculpture. 

We then went for lunch at The Brasserie which was delicious. I had fish and chips and Sam had a Sunday roast. I was totally jealous of his creme brulee, I wish I had ordered it! 

Overall, a lovely birthday weekend! I had a great time, felt like a princess (and a little overwhelmed when I saw where we were staying!)
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