Hands up if you’re a sucker for anything that sparkles and glitters?!

I’m like a magpie; I love my glitz and I can often be seen drooling over expensive jewellery in shop windows. However, for someone who loves it so much – I don’t actually own much jewellery. It’s not the sort of thing I’d ever buy for myself, so I only really get new pieces when I get them as gifts. In terms of my taste, I’ve always been one for more expensive pieces that I wear over and over, rather than constantly updating my costume jewellery collection. A nice watch, Pandora bracelet and my wedding and engagement rings and that’s pretty much me done. So, when I was given the opportunity to review GLITZBOX; a service which enables you to change up your jewellery style monthly with stylishly designed pieces I was absolutely thrilled! It sounded right up my street.

So, what is GLITZBOX?

GLITZBOX is a luxury jewellery rental subscription service. In a nutshell, customers pay a monthly subscription fee and receive a beautiful box with 3 items of jewellery per month to wear at their leisure. The idea is to connect women with new and exciting designers who are making gorgeous jewellery, and enabling them to change their glitz up every month! Once the month is up, you simply pop the pieces back in your box and send it back with the free-post label. OR if (like me) you fall in love with one or more of your jewellery pieces you can fill in a form inside the box and the price will be changed to your account minus your ‘glitz credit’ (more on that later). Easy peasy.

GLITZBOX offer 3 different subscription options depending on your style.

As you can see the Glitz Credit that you receive towards any purchases varies depending on your subscription. Additionally, you can get extra credit for referring friends. Once you have selected whether you want gold, silver or mixed you also fill out a ‘style quiz’ which helps the GLITZ team to choose pieces that you will love!

What was in my box?

I trailed a gold box and indicated in my style quiz that I prefer boho style jewellery. Here’s what I received:

Mei Li Rose – Delicate gold necklace

How beautiful?! I love the simple style of this necklace. I just adore the shape and how delicate it is. I really enjoyed wearing it.

Tea and Tequila – Boho chunky bracelet

So, I admit, I loved this bracelet so much I actually bought it! I just love the gemstones and how colourful it is. It’s absolutely gorgeous and just the sort of thing I would buy for myself.

Sharon Mills – Gem stone earrings

These earrings are gold with a stone set in them. Out of all the pieces this is probably the one I wouldn’t choose for myself as I don’t normally wear any more that tiny studs! But I really like how these looked on me and maybe it will persuade me to branch out in my earring style! (NOTE all jewellery is sterilised before it’s sent out).

What did I think?

I absolutely love the idea of GLITZBOX, for any lady who loves jewellery and experimenting with new styles then I think it’s an amazing service. It’s a fresh idea, something different that I’ve never come across before. Obviously, it’s a monthly payment which I would definitely consider as a ‘luxury item’ and it may not always be affordable – but the great thing is that you can cancel anytime. I love the element of the style quiz and I think this is something which is really unique for a subscription service, and it clearly works because the pieces I received were bang on in terms of my personal style! The whole process is also remarkably easy; the box is delivered without hassle, it contains a calendar letting you know when you need to return it buy, all the info and prices about your jewellery AND the returns are free. I think it’s fabulous.

You can check out GLITXBOX’s website here for more information.

*Please note: I was sent this box for reviewing purposes, however the opinions are my own and I truly believe in this brand and what it offers*

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My beautiful wedding dress was off the rack and I am by no means ashamed to admit it. I bought my wedding dress on my first day of looking and it was about the 8th I tried on and second shop I has been to. I didn’t really plan to buy off the rack, the first shop I went to was a boutique for example, but the second was a sample store and that’s where I ended up finding the dress I loved.

I have had mixed reactions. Most people thought it was great or didn’t really have an opinion either day, but a few friends wrinkled their noses a bit. They seemed fixated on the fact that other women would have tried it on before me… What like every other piece of clothing you have bought from a shop you mean?! These pre conceptions are plain silly. So, for any off the rack brides like me, here are some benefits of buying a sample dress as well as some tips for getting it right.

Saving money is obviously a big one. My dress was an Alfred Angelo last season which was reduced to half its original price. The full price of most wedding dresses makes me wince (you’ll only wear it once) but I do understand the price tags with all the material and detailing. So, to buy a sample and save some pennies seems like a great idea to me.

It might be one of a kind! When I found my dress before buying it I went home to think about it and searched the web high and low for the same Alfred Angelo design elsewhere. I would not find it for sale for love nor money anywhere in the world, it must have been a discontinued line. This meant that next to no brides would be wearing it for the 2016 wedding season! For someone who likes to be unique like me this is a big plus and I was keen on being a DIY friendly bride so buying a sample kind of fitted into that theme.

Flexible fittings. When you order your dress in you have the big decision of choosing a size. Yes, you can have it altered but it’s more difficult to take things out than in. I have heard of brides ordering a dress in a smaller size and then panic dieting to try and get into it when they haven’t lost the weight they wanted to. My dress was a size 14 so that was what I got. When I bought it, I was a 12 and by the time I went for my first fitting I was a 10 so I could have it taken in a fair bit. But equally could have had it taken in only a little. Flexibility makes for a calmer bride!

Tips for buying off the rack:

  1. Check the dress thoroughly, a few gems missing here or there is no biggie (my seamstress fixed some of those for me) but stains, foundation marks or major damage could prove difficult and cause you unnecessary stress.
  2. Get a good seamstress who you trust and can fit it properly and repair any small problems. Mine was amazing and transformed the dress. It fitted like a glove.
  3. Do not be ashamed! It does not mean your dress is used, second hand or in any way less ‘yours’. On the other hand you don’t have to tell people if you don’t want to. They’ll never know! And it’s none of their business anyway.
  4. Pick a dress you love and don’t be put off it’s off the rack. If, like me, you didn’t necessarily plan on buying a sample dress but you fall for one then get it! It might be your only chance! And if it’s the one, it’s the one.

Off the rack is fabulous. It doesn’t mean the dress is any less beautiful, stylish or special. I’m so glad I found mine and  wouldn’t change it for the world.

Happy shopping!

 

DIY wedding makeup. *Screams of horror*. I know, I know, my friends were horrified too. But I’ll let you into a secret..

Unless you want perfectly blended smokey eyes with Kardashian style contouring which needs a professional – you can do it!

And it will be fine!

I wanted a natural, glowy and summery makeup look for my wedding. I have little makeup experience and hardly wear any on a day to day basis. With a few makeup lessons with Bare Minerals and Laura Mercier, a few YouTube tutorials and some good quality makeup products; I did this:

 I am so happy with how it turned out. The best decision that I made was to invest a lot of effort (which means money) in preparing for my wedding day. I had mechanical facials every four weeks for 6 months prior to the big day. Manual facials are lovely but I feel having a mechanical or ‘electrical’ facial gives the skin an extra kick and can really help give you that ‘glow from within’. I alternated the microdermabrasion facials (removal of the dead skin cells for deep exfoliation) with the oxygen facials oxygen is pushed into the skin for a pumped up and refreshed look) and I found this to be a winning combination. The only important thing to remember is to have your last microderm no less than 4 weeks before the wedding as it can leave the skin slightly irritated and pink.

Teeth wise I didn’t bother with the expensive teeth whitening that many brides do. I used Oral B Luxe White (Glamorous) toothpaste and mouthwash for 4 weeks proceeding the wedding and it did the job! I didn’t have too much discoloration to begin with so didn’t need anything heavy duty but it certainly worked and I was surprised how white my teeth looked in the pictures!

I also invested in having an LVL Lash Lift. This was honestly the best thing I did regarding my bridal beauty and I would recommend it to any bride who doesn’t want the faff of falsies. I have long lashes but they are dead straight and the lash lift curls the lashes from the root and basically makes them curly, giving your eyes a much more open and doll eyed-look.  I’m really pleased with how they look in the pictures.  I’m not going to lie – the process is not a picnic. It takes about 40 minutes with your eyes shut and various liquids being put on your lashes but it’s well worth it.

Finally, I splashed out and got my brows threaded at Blink Brow Bar, London. They are on the pricey side as far as threading goes but they do an amaaaazing shape and, once done, my perfect brows lasted 3 weeks and didn’t need any filling in or makeup on the day.

The key to perfecting a DIY look is practice and planning. I went for makeup lessons at several counters; MAC (for eyes), Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Bare Minerals and Lancome. I was never 100% happy with any of the completed looks (which reinforced the fact I was right to do my own – I’m fussy!!) but I liked elements and took bits from all of them to come up with completed look. I didn’t scrimp on the products and bought a few a month until I had everything I wanted and then I practiced, practiced, practiced at home.

The makeup I used to achieve this look:

FACE

  • Bare Minerals Prime Time primer; Original.
  • Bare Minerals mineral foundation; Fairly Medium.
  • Benefit bronzer; Hoola.
  • Bare Minerals Bareskin concealer; Medium.
  • Bare Minerals Mineral Veil setting powder.
  • Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage face concealer.
  • Bare Minerals compact blusher; The One.
  • Bare Minerals compact highlight; READY Luminizor Duo.

EYES

  • Laura Mercier Eye Basic; Flax.
  • MAC Eye Shadow; Dazzlelight.
  • MAC Eye Shadow; A Natural Flirt.
  • MAC Eye Shadow; Corduroy.
  • Lancôme Hypnose Mascara  (waterproof!)

I used the 3 MAC eye-shadows with a MAC blending brush and blended them all out to create a dewy, soft pink look with a subtle shimmer.  I had been toying with wearing a chocolate brown eyeliner but with the lifted lashes I felt I didn’t really need it.

LIPS

  • MAC Lipstick; Angel.

I would encourage any bride thinking about DIY to go for it. You really don’t necessarily need a makeup artist, with the right products, practice and the ability to remain calm on the day (!!!) you can certainly do it yourself 🙂

Any other DIY brides out there?

xox


I’m so excited to finally share this news because I’ve been keeping it secret for ages just incase. I’m so happy to finally confirm that our wedding was selected for the Real Weddings section of national magazine Wedding Ideas Mag! We are in the December issue which is on supermarket shelves now!

I was delighted when they wanted to feature some of our photography and even more delighted when they asked me to write the article that accompanied the photos- seeing my words in print for the first time is truly special and has spurred me on even more to continue with my writing.

When we got the email confirming that our issue was released we rushed down to the supermarket right away and bought a few copies. I could barely contain my excitement as I ripped one open and saw our name on the contents page! Maybe it sounds vain but I was so excited to see us in a magazine. I hope that all the information and ideas that we provided will give some inspiration to other couples thinking of a relaxed beach wedding.

So – that’s my exciting news! Big thanks to Wedding Ideas Magazine for choosing us and here’s to much more writing in magazines in the future!!! Fingers crossed.

Would you ever send your wedding pictures to a magazine?

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So, those of you who follow me on Instagram will probably know that we have just received our professional wedding photography! I apologise for the overload of wedding pictures on all of my social media right now – but it’s pretty exciting. I’m so happy with how they turned out especially considering the less than perfect weather conditions!

I thought I’d do a little post about how we chose our photographs and share a few of our favourites. There were 700 photos taken on the day and we had to get it down to our favourite 70! It was so tough.

We had the photographer for a pre-bridal session with my bridal party and family, for the ceremony and an hour of the reception to catch the cake cutting and a few more key moments. A lot of couples choose to have the photographer stay on for the whole reception but I just wanted to let my hair down and relax! I thought I may find a photographer there all night distracting. We also arranged a photoshoot for the next day – a sort of ‘wreck the dress’ shoot where we went in the sea which was amazing!

When whittling down wedding photographs I would give the following advice:

  1. Get a photo from every ‘portion’ of the day. At least one from pre-bridal or ‘getting ready’, the groom and best man at the alter, walking down the aisle, the ceremony, the ‘I now pronounce you husband and wife’ etc etc. Then you will have a basic timeline of the day.
  2. Get at least one picture of every ‘important person’ and one group shot. Even if they’re not your favourite photos you need to make sure that both mums and dads, close family and siblings are represented when you look back.
  3. Choose a few which reflect different elements of the day. Although they may not have people in them when you look back in years to come it will be nice to remind yourself what your cake and table set up looked like. Especially since so much effort and planning goes into these bits.
  4. Get some that make you go, ‘Wow’. You’re the bride after all – get some of you and your hubby that you love! And any pictures that you will look back with fond memories.

  


 

 

 







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