Archive | August, 2012

Get that Burberry look…

31 Aug

I am a massive Burberry fan. All of their designs have such an English flair. Every time I pass a concession, I find myself lingering over the bags(and the smell of leather)….ahhh! This is for those of you who want a Burberry but are waiting for that money to spare.

The other day I visited my local Zara store, and got a little happy.  I found this bag…

 Antik Leather Combined Bowling Bag £59.99 at Zara

that reminded me of the one below.

Medium Bridle Leather Belted Bowling Bag £895 at Burberry

I’m not one for duplications, ‘similar’ is a whole lot more elegant….and legal! Both bowling bags, different designs but still with the Burberry look. YAY!

Find me on Facebook and Twitter….It will make my day!

Glimpse

29 Aug

I had one of those months that was so busy I’m going to have to split this post into two! This past week has been so tiring and trying on my patience that looking back on these pictures made me smile. The above picture is from the inside of a beautiful vintage car….on the way to be my friends maid of honour. One of my life’s proudest moments so far…I still get the tingles 🙂

Confetti cones I designed for a friends musically themed wedding using hymns I knew would be sung!

Instead of the typical sugared almonds, they had sugar coated chocolates…like mini eggs, but so much hotter!

Great lighting in Nando’s.

A sneak peek at some of my birthday presents and cards….including the bookshelf!

Visiting Plymouth.

Esssie Nail polishes at Boots…all the pinks, oranges and reds. I became the cookie monster, but with nail polishes and a slightly better composed face.

I finally managed to pick one, ‘not just a pretty face’.

Lemon and poppy seed muffins, are just the greatest….really.

 Beautiful greeting cards I spotted in Paperchase.

Picking up some cool postcards in Paperchase…might frame them?

Sunday Best: A casual day….

25 Aug
Hey guys, so sorry this is super duper late….life has been a little hectic!…so here goes….
The thing is…I’m not really a ‘jeans’ kinda girl. In fact, I’m not a ‘trousers’ kind of girl either. I think it stems from me finding it hard to find a pair that actually fit! After having these skinny jeans for months, I finally got around to shortening them and it made a massive difference. This last Sunday, I resorted to my new go-to top that is just the prettiest thing ever. It’s made from silk which adds to the loving….and feels so great on my skin! ahh!
By the way….check out my massive tan! Cool huh?
If your wondering why I look so different, that’s because I wore a grand total of eyebrow pencil this past Sunday. I just wasn’t in the mood for make-up…
Top:French Connection(Hurry up it’s still on sale!)/Jeans: Mango/ Sandals: Office/ Earrings: Diamonds By The Yard by Tiffany & Co/ Short Necklace: Orelia / Long Necklace: Accessorize
Do you like my new love necklace? Tempted to start saving up to buy an actual gold version…it’s so cute!

Wedding Make-Up…easy as 1.2……3?

20 Aug

Photography by the legendary Rylee Hitchner via Style Me Pretty

Recently, I had a bad time with a very nice make-up artist (contrast I know). I can only sum up my experience in bullet points…because really….

1.She was using sub-standard products and thinking she could fool me into thinking they were top-quality(all of which my mum owned, by the exact same brand when I was little, though I let her chat away).

2. She was incredibly lucky that the group she was working with, was a bunch of naturally flawless girls.Otherwise she might have been in a spot of trouble. I not being quite as lucky(dark circles anyone?), had to  sneak off and adjust mine.

3. The products in my make-up bag were of a higher quality. Now that’s saying something as half the time I don’t know what I’m doing…

4. She didn’t have a clue about black make-up which I think is excusable in non-multicultural areas…but makes it hard for me to trust you a.k.a I won’t.

All of these things got me thinking. I can’t count the amount of wedding make-up horror stories I’ve heard. We all know a girl whose face looked like an orange, or the girl who looked pasty in every single picture. Then there is the worst, the girl who got the friend or friend of a friend to do it…and looked like she paid for nothing at all…..literally.

Make-up either enhances or masks the beautiful you from shining on your big day. Fortunately for my group of girls it all turned out fine, but what if it went wrong? What if I hadn’t brought my make-up bag and ASSUMED she would have a lipgloss that suited me, or even an eye-liner(she tried to use brown eye-liner on me…then wondered why it didn’t work….hmmmm).

Tips and Tricks

PS: I’m loving the Chanel lipstick design at the mo!…random…

Image via Aiveet

1. Ask to see a portfolio!….PICTURES, ANYTHING? Would you buy a piece of furniture without seeing it first? Didn’t think so.

2. Make sure you and your make-up artist are on the same page. If you are going for a natural look make sure your hired aid’s ambition is not to make every client look like barbies latest playmate. If you want a dramatic look, make sure their skills are top-notch…its the difference between art and a hot mess…

3. Recommendations/testimonials are important. If you can, make sure you see one! Someone with great character as well as ability. Having an argument with a make-up artist on your wedding day? Not cool…

4. Do a trial run. This is your opportunity to let him/her know what you like and what don’t. It also gives you the opportunity to create your dream look, without the time preasure. If you have acne, allergies or sensitive skin, you need to try out EVERY SINGLE product before your big day. The only tears shed on your special day should be one’s of happiness.

5. If you are having bridesmaids of different ethnicities…please do your homework…they will appreciate it, and so will their faces.

6. Cultural Wedding. For Asian Brides/African Brides having traditional ceremonies: You may be required/want to change outfits on your big day. You need a make-up artist who is willing to stick around. The kind of make-up that will suit the white dress, will rarely compliment your second or even third change. Experienced make-up artists who deal with women of colour will probably have had to do this at least once. Pay them accordingly and they won’t complain.

7. Pay attention to hygiene whilst doing your make-up on the day….you don’t want to wake up with unexpected cold-sores or conjunctivitis. Your newly wedded other half will be grateful.

7. Buy them some chocolates when they are done….it’s nice to be nice.

Beating the Blues…

18 Aug

This post is a little unusual….stay with me! The thing about being human is that at some point in time, our superwoman/man state of mind slips a wee bit. Recently, I’d been in the ‘blues’. Strangely, when I’m not myself I can still do all the things I normally do, laugh, smile, joke and dance. I am private by nature so very VERY few people can tell how I really am. I find it incredible how we can put off dealing with issues of the heart! I found myself feeling sad about all the ‘what-ifs’.I thought I’d share because maybe(just maybe) I might help someone reading this. Now I’m not a qualified clever-cloggs, but sharing is caring.

Disclaimer: This may start off spiritual…but I’m not me without God…and of course cake and a few shopping bags!

1. Spending time with God….a.k.a. praying. But not always on my knees like the stereotype, that hurts and gives you questionable looking knees!

2. Meditating on good things I already have. Loving my now…not hating the now and just enduring till the future gets here.

3. Eating Oreo Cookies and Cream ice-cream late at night.

4. Having friends a.k.a. people that know when your faltering and pick you up even when your miles away. And then do everything to be right next to you when you really need them.

5. Having a good cry….it’s necessary sometimes….grab a tissue!

I think this post deserves to end with a smiley face 🙂

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