HAT - H&M / SUNGLASSES - ZEROUV* / TOP - BLUE INC* / TROUSERS - BLUE INC* / SHOES - PRIMARK / BAG - ZARA / RINGS (from left to right) - NOWSEEN, NOWSEEN, ASOS, PRIMARK, NOWSEEN, NOWSEEN
Thursday, 30 July 2015
Tuesday, 28 July 2015
Earlier this month, I was maid of honour at my beautiful sister's wedding. It was the perfect day: the weather was ideal (if a tad too hot), the venue was stunning, and all the people we love were there to celebrate.
It was only the second time that I had been a participant in a wedding ceremony, and the first time I had ever been maid of honour - so there was a lot to learn! However, the day went as smoothly as a wedding day could possibly go, and all the stressing about tiny details paid off.
As it's still wedding season, I thought I'd channel my newly gained expertise into a list of 'Bridesmaid Essentials' to help out those bridesmaids and maid of honours to be. These are little things that helped me get ready on the morning of the wedding, as well as throughout the day. I also asked my fellow bridesmaids (there were five of us!) who are veterans in the bridesmaid sector - some of whom have recently tied the knot, and some who are on the way!
THE BRIDESMAID ESSENTIALS YOU DIDN'T THINK OF
Scissors, safety pins & mini sewing kit - for any loose threads on dresses, little rips or fitting issues
Tissues - great for happy tears and makeup mishaps
Hairspray - if it's hot or windy outside, you'll need this
Travel deodorant - and make sure to top up regularly, because people will be too nice to tell you that you smell..
Plasters - when your feet are blistered from those fresh out the box heels
Tampons - you never know..
Lipgloss - it'll rub off when you're sipping that champagne, so keep a tube in your purse
Rescue pastilles - because walking down that aisle can turn you into an anxious wreck
Sweets in case of low energy - it's tough being a bridesmaid
Nail file - you have NO idea how much this came in handy
Nail polish - bring a bottle of your selected shade in case of chipping and smears
Headache tablets - if it's hot, it won't just be the sweat you're worried about
Cotton buds & eye makeup remover - my eye makeup started melting once the ceremony finished. These guys are a lifesaver.
Flip flops or roll-up flats - dancing shoes!
Fold-up umbrella - because, not matter how much you plan, you can never control the weather
Hip flask - in case the bar's just a tad overpriced, or they don't have your favourite drink
Phone charger - taking THAT many photos will drain your battery
Hand cream - nobody likes chapped skin
Travel sunscreen - I reallyyyyy wish I'd thought of bringing this. DO NOT SKIMP.
Above, my Crown & Glory flower crown
Sunday, 26 July 2015
Skimping on blush makes me look like a person who's never seen the sunlight, or like a corpse, or sometimes even an alien. I just can't face leaving out a product so integral to making me look human, so I keep a good two or three favourite brands at hand to make sure that happens.
One new discovery is Bourjois' Aqua Blush, a new product by the French drugstore brand that blurs the boundaries between cream and gel blushes. This operates with a simple squeeze of a pump, and can be applied using a brush or your fingers - ideal for makeup on the go.
The texture is so smooth and light, blending in with ease (I have a dry skin type, and I often find that blushes cake on the drier, rougher areas of my skin). Because it's such a light product, it gives more of a glow rather than a rich, opaque colour, making it a perfect product for everyday wear.
This boasts 12 hour wear and, though I never wear makeup for that long anyway, the blush stayed on for the entirety of my working day without reapplication. I've found that powder blushes, especially, never offer this much staying power.
If you're thinking about adding one of Bourjois' Aqua Blushes to your makeup collection, you can find it at Boots for £8.99. Still making your mind up? Check out the video below for a quick demo and more info!
Thursday, 23 July 2015
I've been craving delicious, sickly sweet, cakey snacks lately - particularly pancakes; they make me nostalgic for sunny LA mornings at the Pancake House back when I actually had a metabolism that would let me eat a stack of five without gaining ten pounds instantaneously.
However, these blueberry pancakes have a healthy vegan twist to them in the form of a chopped banana substituting eggs, and almond milk instead of cow's milk. This makes them super fruity, reasonably healthy, and a great energy-packed meal to start your day!
Vegan Blueberry Pancakes
(makes 5 hand-sized pancakes)
1 cup of oats
1 cup of almond milk
1/2 cup of blueberries (plus a handful for the topping)
1. Blast the oats with a food processor to make oat flour.
2. Chop the banana and place into a mixer with the milk. Pour in the oat flour, then mix until you have the consistency of a batter (add more almond milk if it's too lumpy). Finally, mix in the blueberries.
3. Heat some coconut oil in a small pan. Scoop in the pancake batter to the desired shape and thickness. Flip over once the surface starts to bubble (about 60 seconds on medium to high heat), then cook for a further 40-60 seconds.
4. Serve with some maple syrup and a handful of blueberries on top.
Monday, 20 July 2015
The weather's heating up (finally), and the humidity is a little too much for some of us humble natives to bear; we're unsure of how to dress, vastly unprepared for the sporadic changes in weather - today alone I've experienced heavy rain, strong winds and blistering sun. Bizarre for tourists, commonplace for us. The key to keeping cool in the heat, and protecting yourself from unexpected precipitation? Layering. And a large, durable tote to chuck all your clothes into as you gradually peel off the layers during the day. Here are a few ideas:
Striped Playsuit by Genuine People - £16.66
Friday, 17 July 2015
A lot of people have been saying that I look slightly witchy/gothic now that I've dyed my hair purple - so I'm gonna run with that. 80% of my wardrobe is black or grey anyway (I don't help myself), and this outfit is the culmination of my recent clothing purchases - offset by a quirky white rucksack from Peacocks.
I always think that wearing a kimono gives my look an air of Stevie Nicks-ness, and the 70s wide-brimmed hat only adds to that impression - so the rucksack makes an offbeat yet practical addition.
* Item gifted for review
Wednesday, 15 July 2015
It's been around three years since I last bleached my hair. I got an ombré when it first became a trend, but because my hair has orange undertones, the bleached hair became brassy over time. This summer, I decided to refresh my look and go slightly lighter, whilst at the same time toning my hair to bring out the ashy hues.
The Manager and Colour Technician at Hair Artistry in Suffolk lifted my hair from a level three or four to an eight using a 20 volume peroxide developer and Synchrolift by Paul Mitchell. The time frame was really played by ear, as the stylists wanted to see how my hair developed, but after around 40 minutes the bleach was washed off and replaced with an ash-based toner. The toner was left on for 15 minutes and then washed off to reveal the finished result (above).
I really love this look - I've heard that the ombré is slightly off-trend according to certain hair snobs, but I adore how it looks on others, and I really like how it looks on my hair. Maybe in future I'll progress to a full colour change, but for now I'm happy with my current style.
It took two people to bleach my hair because it's so long! I do sometimes wonder if I scare hairdressers slightly when I ask for an appointment, but I couldn't imagine myself with any other haircut.
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