31 August 2014

Mad Men

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Dress: Hybrid*
Heels: New Look
Watch: Olivia Burton

I've had a beady eye on the stunning dresses made by fab brand Hybrid for a while now after coming across them on ASOS - they're the kind of dress that make me wish I was working in a 60's American advertising agency so that I could get the best use out of them. This particular one has thrown all of my preconceptions about a body con dress out of the window - its flattering for one thing, and it doesn't make me feel the need to fast for 24 hours before I wear it.

Now that I have one dress that fits as well as this one I feel like I need so many others - in fact I feel like I need enough to fill an entire wardrobe with. I've been browsing the Hybrid website endlessly recently - I think I've narrowed it down to one must have purchase but I can't quite choose between the colours available, do I go for classic black or stylish oxblood?

You might also have noticed that I seem to have yet another Olivia Burton watch to add to my collection. I seem to be going at a rate of buying about one per month at the minute, I just can't resist! This mini dial watch is much smaller and more dainty than my statement big dial options but it goes perfectly with a dress like this that would be overwhelmed by too many accessories.

Lastly can we please hold a mini vote - I'm umm-ing and ahh-ing over possibly chopping all my hair off again but I'm not quite one hundred percent sure. What do you think, stick with what I have now or go for a Taylor Swift-esque long bob? 

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!
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