Sunday, 13 December 2015

DIY: Create Your Own Christmas Sign



Hey Everyone,
With Christmas not long away I thought I would share a recent DIY project with you. This Noel Christmas sign is really easy to create and makes a huge impact.


What you will need:
1. You can pick up letters in most craft shops whether you want to mix it up and have an array of sizes or stick to one size.

2. Paint (Acrylic is a good choice for this type of project), the colour is up to you. Choose colours that will stand out or blend well together. I chose a matte and a metalic shade to have a contrast in textures.

3. A paint brush

Start by coating your letters in the first shade, it may need two coats depending on the shade.

Next with your second paint choice, work from the bottom up blending the paint upwards to get a graduated effect. Keep going until you get to your desired height and look.

Wait to dry and your finished. A quick and easy DIY project, anyone can do that will look beautiful in your house this Christmas!








Friday, 2 October 2015

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Top Five Storage Items For Your Engagement Ring!

Hey Everyone,
Today I've put together my 'Top Five' ways to store your engagement ring. Whether your looking for something pretty or practical there is something for everyone:

  
1. The Mrs Box:
Vintage French velvet in a selection of limited edition colours with the option of monogramming in gold, silver or rose gold where could you go wrong? They are a little on the pricey side however the luxury of this little box makes up for that. Make sure you measure your ring though as it suggests on their website! (The Mrs Box

    
2. Kate Spade - 'Odds and ends' dish:
More affordable and beautiful in its minimalist form, with black text and gold rim this little plate will allow you to place your jewellery wherever required. This one is definitely for the magpies amoung us who like their jewellery on display within eyesight! (Kate Spade)

    
3. Promise Pottery on Etsy:
A Simple heart shaped dish with a cute monogram. Similar to the Kate Spade dish this will have your jewellery on show and would look perfectly in keeping on anyone's bedside table! (Promise Pottery)

4. Kate Spade - Jewellery box:
This beautiful, clean, modern and stylish box with gold hardware is the most traditional jewellery storage of the 'Top 5'! (Jewellery box) 


5. Not On The Highstreet - Unicorn Ring Holder:
Last but not least is the wildcard, this statement out there animal holder. Store your rings on the unicorns horn or tail the choice is yours but it's definitely a cool option for anyone with a sense of humor and a bit if creativity! (Unicorn Ring Holder) 

How do you store your rings? Which of my 'Top 5' is your favourite? 

  

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Wedding Wednesday: My Experience Wedding Dress Shopping

Hi Everyone,
My first wedding dress shopping experience was back in April, to say I had mixed emotions about the experience would be a complete understatement. As a bit of an introvert the thought of firstly getting down to my underwear in front of a complete stranger is horrifying and secondly parading around a shop and standing in front of mirrors with multiple on lookers is definitely not my cup of tea. However as lover of all things fashion the idea of finally getting my hands on some amazing dresses and looking at all the different styles and fabrics made me feel like a kid in a candy shop.
   
Image source - Pinterest

My best friend was coming over for a visit so I booked a few appointments with bridal shops in town and mentally prepared myself for the experience ahead. I had seen a dress liked in a magazine but due to cost had ruled it out from the get go. One thing I obviously knew before starting to look for my dress but was not quite prepared for each time I asked, was just how much the dresses cost. Beautiful, yes; but serious money. 90% of the dresses I tried on cost more than my car... Yes, you heard me correctly! Before taking the plunge I Googled (this was the level of my anxiety before hitting the shops that I actually Googled) tips for wedding dress shopping, which led me to choose white underwear and obviously no tan was in sight before going off to my bridal appointments.

Each shop was different to the rest. The first told me to pick out the dresses I liked and hang them in the fitting room. The second I hadn't booked an appointment for but they let me try one dress that they carried to the fitting room. The third gave me tags to put on the dresses I liked and they then escorted me to the fitting rooms. I went in with an open mind, although I had an idea of the type of dress I wanted. All the shop assistants were very polite and told me I looked great in everything, when clearly I did not. Although I thought they were all very sweet, for someone as stressy as me this was more of hiderance than help! I needed a straight answer... The exception came when I tried on a 1950's short style; we all agreed that was not for me as I stared back at what looked like a sugar plum fairy version of myself.

I have to say dress shopping is not like film depictions, you get hot and bothered trying on dress after dress, you forget what the first one even looked like after the third, and you stress out as you realise there is no such thing as 'the one' because you can't decide between five. After a day of shopping and dragging my friend along after me, I was exhausted and disappointed that no dresses had lived up to the dream dress.
                
   Image Source - Pinterest 

After she left I thought I thought I'd just see if I could track down the dress from the magazine; maybe if I could try it on I could rule it out and it would stop clouding my judgement. After searching online I found it, so a couple of weeks later I took a road trip to the bridal shop where the magazine dress was stocked. Mr llandmakeup dutifully tagged a long to keep me company, and patiently (or not so patiently) waited in the car while I nervously went into the shop. While there I thought I would make the most of my time (I had travelled to get there) and tried on five dresses, leaving the magazine dress till last. There was one other I really liked but I knew it was too pricey. When it came to the magazine  dress I tried it on and... In all honesty I now can't remember what I thought, but I must have liked it because I threw caution to the wind and brought it! 

I've still got fittings to come, and I'm looking forward to them so that I can try on my dress again. Wedding dress shopping is more insane and fun then you could ever imagine! My advice; take one trusted friend and trust your own judgement. Pick something you love, and not what you think others expect you to wear; it's your day! Have fun and relax... I need to take my own advice on this one! 

If your married or getting married let me know your wedding dress experiences, I'd love to hear them!

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Friday Fashion: Relaxed look With Beautiful Scenery

          

          

          

          

          

          


Leather Jacket - Zara /Circle Necklace - Michael Kors /Jeans - H&M /Embellished Flats - New Look/ Monochrome Top - Topshop/ Black Vest - Penneys(Primark)/

Happy Friday Everyone!

 

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Mix and Match Bridesmaids Outfits

Hey Everyone,
In the last couple of years mix and match bridesmaids outfits have become increasingly popular not only because its a cool and funky new trend but because its easily adapted to all budgets and themes.


Bridesmaids everywhere can breathe a sign of relief as this trend is all about the individual women, meaning more are having a say in some aspect of what they are wearing on your big day!


Mix and match can be done in many different ways, but favorites include:
  • Different colour outfits (complementary, seasonal, theme)
  • Different shades of the same colour
  • Different styles of dress in the same colour or shades
  • The same dress with a different neckline
  • The same dress with different embellishments
  • Completely individual to the bridesmaid
  • Mixture of outfits ( Suits, Skirts and Tops, Dresses)
  • Mixture of lengths 

                  

It's easy to mix and match outfits and it gives you and your bridesmaids the option to shop around. Combinations can be found on the highstreet (in stores like Coast, Reiss, Debenhams and more), online (Asos, Dessy, Etsy and more) or in Bridal boutiques! 

What do you think of this fashionable trend?

 
 *Images sourced from Pinterest.com

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Pastel blue inspirations, mood boards, bridesmaid dresses and a DIY!



Hey Everyone, 
I've been planning this new feature (Wedding Wednesday) since becoming engaged back in January. Every Wednesday I will be posting a wedding related topic whether it be colour theme's, inspirations, supplier recommendations, favourites, clothing or DIY's!

Today is the first in this new series and it's all about pastel blue. Light or pastel blue can be a beautiful feature colour through the year especially spring and winter time! The colour can be brought through in many ways, as you can see from the mood boards I have created below:



                                                          Image Source: Pinterest 
Throughout the year it's easy to pick up accessories, shoes and even bridesmaid dresses in a variety of blue shades from the highstreet, with something to suit all budgets. Below I have listed some of my favourites currently available, click on the corresponding number below the images to shop these dresses. 

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

A easy DIY for those wanting to get more involved and even save some money is to paint glass for your center pieces and decorations. This quick and easy DIY means you can create unique decorations that suit your colour palette. Simply ask friends and family to collect jars for you or pick up cheap glass items in charity shops. Then buy some glass paint in your local hardware store or arts and crafts shop to create your own perfect pieces!

Image Source: Pinterest 


What do you think of a blue theme? Please also leave any requests in the comments below! 

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Engagement news and the future of Love, Life and Makeup!



Hey Everyone,
You may have noticed a lack of posts here in recent times well that is due to the fact that in January... I got engaged! *queue excited screams and random flapping about!


After the excitement of the day I decided I needed a bit of time away from blogging to spend some quality time with my family and of course to get to grips with planning! Hopefully, you'll be happy to hear I'm now back and looking forward to getting back to blogging.


Going forward you can expect my usual fashion, beauty and lifestyle posts however I'm going to be including some extra wedding posts. These may be anything from dresses, decor, inspirations or just helpful hints and tips that I pick up along the way! Let me know if there is anything in particular you would like to see and I will do my best. I'm do excited to be back and look forward to what's to come!



Friday, 3 April 2015

Friday Fashion: A Beautiful Michael Kors Handbag











Michael Kors Handbag - Harvey Nichols /Top - H&M /Black Vest - Penneys(Primark) /Black Jeans - Penneys(Primark) /Leather Trim Blazer - H&M /Boots - New Look/ Statement Necklace - H&M/ Black Cardigan - Penneys(Primark)/

Happy Friday Everyone!

*Gifted Item
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