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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Animal Print: The hottest A/W trend

Animal print is a huge trend this season, so much so that I featured this look in the November issue of my  Curve Column in Marie Claire. Usually when you think of faux leopard print people get visions of Bett Lynch circa 1966, well I'm here to tell you that our girl Bett had the right idea, believe me, with some fine tuning, you can make a animal print piece the coolest thing in your wardrobe this Autumn/Winter. Leopard print in particular works extremely well with denim, the contrast of the bright blue against the golden tones of the print perfectly compliment each other. The Evans faux fur coat I am wearing in this look works so well with my ASOS Denim Pinafore, and my bright red lip pulled the look together completely. If an animal print coat is a little too much for you then why not try just a touch of leopard print, maybe with a bag or perhaps with a pair of shoes like below. Remember fashion is for fun, so be bold, daring and don't be afraid to wear something that is gonna turn some heads.


Leopard Print Coat - Evans (similar Here)
Denim Pinafore - ASOS Curve
Tights - ASOS 
Shoes - New Look (old similar here)

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

How to find the perfect Bridesmaid dresses

What is a bride without her bridesmaids, they are the girls you turn to when you really need them during the madness of planning a wedding. They are your best friends, the people you choose to share the most special day of your life and your all time BFF's. So of course you want them to feel and look as fabulous as you. You always here horror stories from bridesmaids about being forced to wear the worst, bad fitting, ugly dresses, (have you not seen the film 27 dresses!) and that was something I didn't want to do to my Bridesbabes. That said, I will keep it real here, finding a dress for friends of all different shapes, sizes and heights isn't the easiest of tasks. My vision for my bridesmaids involved a more modern style with them all being in different dresses whilst keeping my theme of rose gold and blush (the design of my engagement ring) Thankfully my wonderful friends at ASOS offered to provide the bridesmaids dresses for my girls, making choosing a much easier process. So today I thought I would share some of my tips on how I found the perfect bridesmaid dresses for my babes.

1. Make a mood board 

Start firstly by jotting down on paper what colours, styles and direct inspiration you have. For example I drew most of my inspiration from my rose gold and morganite engagement ring. I loved the gentle blush of the center stone of my ring so that was how I started the process of my mood board. I created a board on Pinterest and began to pin styles I liked starting with blush colour as my base, then slowly, when I saw other styles I liked I began to form a mood board of not just colours but styles, lengths and shapes. From that point I began building a vision of what I wanted the girls in. I also made sure to include my friends in this process, sharing ideas and knowing what style dresses were a no-go. 

2. Use the right search terms

This may seem like a silly thing to advise, but trust me search terms mean everything when searching for a dress online. After deciding we wanted to search for dresses with a little sparkle I began to look for dresses that matched that aesthetic. Unfortunately sparkle is not an adequate search term, instead I searched for terms such as 'sequinned' and 'embellished' and I began to notice that most of those style dresses were showing as part of the 'Maya' collection on ASOS, so going forward I continually searched using that term.. Also take note of the search terms the website you are looking on uses and remember to re-use them, as you may come to realise items can go out of stock really quickly so checking back whenever you can is imperative. Using filters on colour and length also helps save time especially once you have finally decided what colour palette you are working with.

3. Talk with your girls 

Keep a constant line of communication with your pals, we chose to do this over whatsapp, that way we could send in photos and links of styles of dresses we liked and didn't like. I wanted my girls to wear what ever made them feel comfortable, so if they really hated it it was vetoed. We also organised a couple of bridesmaids nights, we ordered pizza and drank bottles of Prosseco and used this as an opportunity for the girls to try the dresses on that we had ordered, and have a good old catch up.

4. Don't get stressed

Planning a wedding is stressful and there are times when you will really feel the strain, but my advise is to try and not take it out on your friends. It took a surprisingly long time to settle on the dresses we went with and in total we tried three styles on before we found one that everyone loved. I'm sure that is pretty typical for a bridesmaid dress search, however the logistics of getting everyone to try things is the really tough part of the whole thing. There were times when arranging to meet was difficult to organise especially with everyone living at various ends of London and my sister being back in Wales. Even posting dresses out to everyone caused stress and I occasionally let that get the better of me. Snapping at your friends is not good and occasionally tone can be completely misread over text so do keep that in mind and don't read into things, trust me often things aren't meant the way you think they are. If something is bugging you, talk it out and move on, holding on to annoyances only makes things more stressful, thankfully my girls understood where I was coming from and within minutes of anything like that we had worked it out. Just remember that they want to make this day as special as possible, so make sure you treat your babes like the queens they are.

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Monday, 17 October 2016

Get daring with Denim

Denim does not have to always mean wearing jeans, and it most certainly doesn't have to be boring. If you have noticed I am a big fan of pinafores, dungarees, and jumpsuits, I like the way they provide a casual relaxed look, which is a style that I am most drawn to. This was another look I featured in the October issue of my Marie Claire Curve Column . The pinafore is the perfect transitional autumn piece, you can wear it on top of T-shirts when the weather is slightly warmer or with a roll neck like I have here on those colder days and it is so easy to just throw on and still look good. Personally I prefer to size up with this style, the baggier the better, but surprisingly this was a true to size dress. I chose to pair with my old glitter New Look boots to add a sparkle to the outfit. This ASOS Curve Denim Pinafore is in the sale for just £21 and is available in this blue denim and grey. See below to shop my look. 


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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Managing stress when planning a wedding.

Make no mistake, planning a wedding is up there with one of the most stressful things you will ever do in you life. Even if you buy all the organisation planners, all the schedulers, rope in all your friends to help, trust me you will still end up feeling some form of stress. Personally I struggled more than I expected, due to how much I had going on in my life during the planning stages. The year I set my wedding date turned out to be the busiest in my career, a sensible person would have put something on the back burner, but guess who's not sensible.  Instead I decided that 2016 was the year I wanted to get married so I battled through anyway, dealing with working a full time job, a newly signed contract with a management agency for my blog and writing a column for a major magazine. Keeping my life organised, finding a routine, hell, having a date night, went out of the window. It was only in the closer months to the wedding did I begin to notice the impact the stress was having on my body and my health. My skin began to break out in rashes, I was exhausted, my eye twitched one week for three days, non stop, I had restless sleep and my IBS was at it's absolute worst. I felt like calling it all a day and eloping. I knew I had to get my stress in check. I made it out of the wedding unscathed after applying some techniques to help me when I was feeling my most stressed and I thought I would share these with you today.

1. Cry it out.

A good cry is actually really therapeutic, whether it's to your friends or if you are like me you could
watch the entire 11 series of Grey's Anatomy. I don't know why but it can really help get pent up stress off your chest, sometimes a cry is cathartic to the soul. Just make sure you keep a stock of cucumber in the fridge it helps with those puffy eyes that are inevitable from a good cry.

2. Sex

 Okay, this might not seem like something I talk much about but I've decided we're all adults here, and theres nothing we should be shy about discussing. My next recommendation is Sex, nothing helps release pent up tension than a good orgasm. No seriously, It's proven through scientific research that orgasms help reduce depression, release endorphin's and boost the immune system. Some time spent with your partner experiencing intimacy or some time alone with yourself (if you know what I mean) can really do your body and stress levels wonders. Much to Dan's
delight I found this a great way to get that stress from a level 9 to a six.

3. Reflexology

A few weeks prior to the wedding I was invited to try and review a reflexology treatment at a center called Calm and Clear in Covent Garden. If you don't know, Reflexology is a form of massage focusing on the relex points around the body these can be in the hands, lower leg, ears, face or most commonly the feet. It's non intrusive and perhaps one of the best therapies I have ever experienced in my life. I had heard lots about the benefits of reflexology before trying it for myself and were surprised to read that these included increased energy, boosted circulation, toxin elimination, stimulation of the central nervous system, migraine prevention, improved sleep cycle and even improved fertility so I was more than thrilled to give it a go.

 The Association of Reflexologists kindly arranged the appointment for me and when I arrived I had to give a run down of any current illnesses I had or any specific issues I was experiencing, I put down that my IBS and stress levels were currently my biggest issue and my treatment consultant talked me through these things just before the treatment began. The treatment took place in a quiet room where I was asked to remove my shoes and socks and told to lie down on the bed ( I opted for foot reflexology) When the treatment began my mind was still running 5000 miles an hour and at first I was expecting a more firm foot massage, instead it was incredibly gentle, almost as if no pressure was being put on at all. Within five minutes I began to relax like I never have before, and I am not joking when I say this, I went into this weird relaxation state where I was kind of asleep but not.  I also experienced this incredible feeling at one point where it felt like something popped when Rima (the therapist who gave my treatment) focused on one area of my foot.

I was the most bizarre, but wonderful feeling. When the treatment was over my body felt incredibly light, and almost floaty it was wonderful and for the first time that night  I slept right through and woke up feeling the best I had in a long, long time. The cost of my treatment was around £65 and I can honestly say that I would 100% pay for it again, in fact I am planning on booking in another treatment for Christmas. In regards to stress management I would say this was one of the main things that helped me relax before my wedding and I only had one treatment. I would whole heartily recommend this for pre-wedding stress relief so do check out the AOR website linked above if you are interested in finding out more information.

4. Take one day a week off planning

This may feel like the absolute last thing you will want to do on the lead up to your wedding, but I urge you to take my advise. Overloading will only make getting things done harder, sometimes you need to switch off, and do something that is fun and not wedding related at all. If you don't feel comfortable with something not being done, rope in your bridesmaids to help, believe me people are more than happy to help. 

Are you currently planning a wedding if so let me know what you are finding most stressful in the comments below. 
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