21 August 2014

My Best Friend's Wedding | Part Two

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So following on from my last post - here's a sneaky peek at my dress, hair and makeup and some shenanigans that may have occurred at the reception aka the after party. There's nothing quite like a wedding for throwing dubious shapes on the dance floor to all time classics like Agadoo is there?

All of us bridesmaids got to choose our own dresses because Charlotte wanted us to be able to wear them again - so we all got given a little sheet of paint swatches to guide us with the colour scheme and then we were let off into the wild to make our purchases. My dress is from Warehouse and it is stunningly gorgeous but annoyingly it went into sale just before the wedding - isn't that always the way?! I don't mind too much though because its definitely one I'll wear again - although maybe not to such a special occasion!

None of us are what I would call a whizz at hair styling so we tried our hardest to find a style that looked elegant but was actually super easy. We went for a blogger and YouTuber favourite - the headband chignon. Backcomb your hair into a bit of a beehive, pop on the hairband and then twist your hair around the elastic and pin - job done!

Its so nice to look back at these photos now - it seems like the wedding was forever ago already - I'm sure you'll all join me in wishing Charlotte and Ben the best for the future and their married life! <3

18 August 2014

My Best Friend's Wedding | Part One

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A couple of weekends ago, one of my very best friends in the world got married. I was her Maid of Honour (a title I got slightly overexcited about - I was one step away from buying myself a personalised t-shirt...) The day was full of amazing moments, but I have to say one of my favourite parts were the few hours in the morning that all the bridesmaids and the mother of the bride spent getting ready in a little room across the courtyard from the chapel.

Apart from the bride's hair, we were all doing our own hair and makeup so we wandered around in our matching dressing gowns, jamming hair pins into each others rough chignons, borrowing eyeliner and singing along to Bruno Mars. Charlotte and Ben have been together since we were teenagers so there was lots of reminiscing to do and funny or sweet stories to recall.

Of course if there's any day where you are totally entitled to have a drink before midday your wedding day must surely be up there so I volunteered to bring along something we could all toast with as we looked forward to the ceremony. When I was offered a trial of the new Lambrini Strawberry I knew it was perfect - not only is the brand all about girls getting ready together but we all spent our teen years sipping the original stuff (not too early on I might add) and what other than a sugary pink drink could be more perfect for a bride whose first email address contained the words cute, pink and fairy?!

The sweet and fruity fizz went down well (particularly with the mother of the bride) and before long we were lacing Charlotte up in her beautiful wedding gown, slipping on bridesmaid dresses and grabbing our bouquets ready to head down the aisle. Its not often that a review of a product coincides with such a happy memory for me - so thanks Lambrini. Keep your eyes peeled for a special outfit post next with the wedding day part two!

1 August 2014

Palazzo Pants

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Hat: Matalan*
Top: Boohoo
Necklace: New Look
Trousers: New Look
Wrap Bracelet: Tory Burch via Harvey Nichols*
Watch: Olivia Burton
Bird Bracelet: Ginger Pickle*

I feel like palazzo pants are one of those things that no man in the world will ever understand. Okay true, even I can admit that they aren't the most flattering pair of trousers that I've ever worn but my gosh are they comfortable. I will never ever insult an outfit that essentially feels like you are wearing pyjamas to work. These floral beauties were on the New Look sale rack and are perfect for this muggy weather as they're super lightweight.

Trousers this in your face kind of need something neutral on the top half so I went for a simple fitted Boohoo vest top that went perfectly with the New Look necklace I found lurking in my room this morning. The floppy hat added the perfect 70's twist to the outfit- everyday should be a hat day in my opinion.

Lastly lets talk about my arm candy. The Olivia Burton watch should come as no surprise to you as I'm never without one of ever-growing collection, I'm obsessed! The delicate little gold bird bracelet is my new favourite accessory as it goes with everything and is so sweet - it's courtesy of Ginger Pickle which stocks some of the most amazing jewellery for bargain prices - I'm currently eyeing up this stunning bee necklace!

Taking pride of place on my other wrist is my gorgeous new Tory Burch leather studded wrap bracelet from Harvey Nichols. Yes its a little more expensive but you can feel the quality and it goes with everything. I can't wait to pack it in my suitcase ready to team it with my holiday outfits by the pool - as long as nobody pushes me in!
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