Our Wedding Weekend in Brum

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Well hello there!

Wow, i haven't written a post for what seems like agggeees! So first of all, sorry! Life has taken over as usual and there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the evening for everything! So anyways, this weekend we went to a wedding up in Birmingham. Mark was Best Man and i did the Bridal Makeup. It's not often i get opportunities to do freelance makeup since i left the industry so of course i jumped when i heard our friends were getting married and i offered to do the makeup as a wedding present.

I got up early Saturday morning and had to be ready by 10am. It felt wrong getting myself all dolled up so early in the day but i had to get myself sorted before being picked up to go to the Bride's house to do the makeup. I had a couple of dilemmas, one being i'd forgotten my foundation. I mean, what a stupid thing to forget, who forgets their foundation when they go to a wedding lol! I guess i was so worried making sure i didnt forget the bride's makeup, that i forgot to bring all of mine! It was ok though, as i just improvised and used concealer where i needed it and all was ok :)

I got to the Bride's house ( her name is Liz) and was expecting everyone to be running around like headless chickens but actually everyone seemed quite calm. I quickly got down to doing Liz's makeup and making her up to be the beautiful bride she was. There's always a lot of pressure when it comes to Bridal Makeup as you want to make sure that A. the bride is happy and B. the makeup will last all day and look good in the pictures. Luckily Liz loved the makeup and it was still sat nicely on her face come 10pm and i only had to touch her up once during the whole day. I took a before and after photo for you guys to see. I am waiting for the photographer to get back to me as i have asked for a couple of portrait photos to post on here and then i can do a tutorial on how i did it and the products i used.



Here are a few more photos i took with my camera of the happy couple. 

Of course it goes without saying that i wanted some piccies taken of myself and Mark, especially as i never get to wear a dress these days unless there is a special occasion luming! I managed to purchase this little purple number from Asos a week before and i was so pleased at how well it fitted :) Yay! 

All in all, it was a lovely weekend! Very busy but fun at the same time! I cant wait to get hold of the professional photos so i can post my wedding makeup tutorial, so stay posted for that! You can however also view them on the photographer's blog now. Just visit  Sally Wood Photography

Byeee! xxx

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iHeart Instagram #2

What's up lovelies!

Sorry i haven't been about for a few days, needed a few evenings of rest away from my laptop and also i have been getting ready for our weekend away in Birmingham. We are off to Mark's best friend's wedding where he will be Best Man and i will be doing the gorgeous bride's bridal makeup! I'm soo excited, i love a good English wedding don't you! :)

So here is my week in piccies. It was meant to be posted on Monday but hey ho, life takes over as usual!

Enjoy! xx

1. Cake!!!! This was actually taken a couple of weeks back and i found it and couldn't resist putting it into my little collage! My office held a coffee morning to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. A few of the girls who organised it happen to be very keen bakers and brought an array of delicious treats in for us all.  Here i have a Red Velvet and a chocolate and banana cupcake. Yummy!

2.  I just love this little tea light holder, it's emits a beautiful glow and makes everything look so cosy. It was actually bought last Christmas when i went to Berlin with Mark for my 29th Birthday. I really wish i had picked up two now darn it :) I usually place it on our hearth as we have a little gas fire in our flat which is a godsend in the colder days/nights!

3. Man i was sooo poorly a week back. I thought i might escape the dreaded cold bug that was going around but nooooo. Not me. I was  ok then bam, i woke up on a Saturday full of cold and it left me really wiped out. As you can see my decongestant tablets, strepsils, tissues and tea kept me going :)

4 & 5. Pay day!! So off i went to Primarney and did a little haul which i was going to do a Haul Video on but my camera is so crap at taking movies that i gave up. I love Primark for it's bargains and i have come away with some really good things that have lasted me well! I bought these black ankle boots for work and i'm hoping they last as long as my other Primark boots which is about a year now. Not bad for a tenner!

6. I was in Waitrose, trying to decide on what dessert to buy. There was so much to choose from, i just couldn't seem to make my mind up haha! In the end i went for the Caramel Sundae and the Strawberry Sundae.

7. I'm lucky enough to live within walking distance of Westfield Shopping Centre (Stratford, London) and last week i popped in after work to get a few bits and then meet Mark to go to Pizza Express. I took a photo of Links of London. I have two more charms to get for my bracelet and sometimes i wander by and take a look at what they have so i can add them to my wish lists :)

8.  Ahhhh my godsend at work. My mini hot water bottle and my mug :) I have been suffering quite a lot lately with IBS and this little bottle helps soo much. My manager actually bought it for me along with one for herself and they were purchased from Amazon for about £6.00 each.

9. I took this on Sunday. It's not often i wear my hair extensions but as i got my hair cut on Sat with a Wahanda voucher, i decided to see what they looked like. I had some shorter layers cut in, which i love and i found my extensions blended in better with them. The extensions are the Foxylocks in 160grams. You can see a review of my Foxylocks here!

And that's about it! What did you lovely ladies get up to?

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The Lazy Sunday Pyjama Hop #1

Hello there!

Welcome to my first ever blog hop dedicated to Lifestyle Bloggers! I decided to set up this weekly hop to spread the lifestyle blog love and get lifestyle blogs out there a bit more. I have no idea if this blog hop will be successful or not and so it's kinda like my little project that i'm dabbling with.

If you have never heard of a hop and wondering what an earth it is, well it's basically a page where everybody submit's their blog links every week and people then visit and hop through each link until they find blogs they want to follow. The bigger the hop, the more chance of gaining new followers and the more blogs you will find to add to your reading list :)

Beauty and Fashion Bloggers who post lifestyle content are most welcome to join in on the hop too, afterall this is a PJ party and everyone is invited :)

 The Rules of the PJ Hop

  1. There are none! Well not really. All i ask is you follow at least one other blogger from the hop, let them know you found them through the Pyjama Hop and mention the hop on twitter or as a blog post. This will help to spread the word of the blog round other fellow lifestyle blogettes :) 
  2. Optional - Feel free to follow,  grab my button on the left sidebar if you fancy joining the hop again next week or leave a comment below, if you so wish!
That's it :) Nice and fuss free. Just want you want on a Lazy Sunday eh!

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NOTW - Candy Pink Nails

Evening Blogettes

Wow, 2 posts in one day! Blimey i must have time on my hands! As you know from one of my posts last week ( see HERE) that i have been taking folic acid supplements for the last few months and i noticed a huge improvement in my nails. And so because of this i have been fully taking advantage of painting my nails all sorts of colours and designs as much as i possibly can :)

This week i went for the 'barbie' look. I have so many pink nail varnishes, i'm sure i don't need all of them but i can never resist when i see one, it just says 'buy me pretty please..?' So i do..! What can i say? No self control!

The colour below is from the KIKO range. I love their polishes, they do so many colours and they last ages. They are gel polishes so are meant to last longer than normal polishes! I added two black stripes on the accent finger with an LA Colors Nail Art Brush and added some holographic glitter polish over the top.

What do you think? Do you have a weakness for pink polish like i do? xxx


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LOTD - Casual Saturdays


Hello Blogettes!
Today i bring to you a LOTD post which i have never done before i don't think and since i went on a little spree today and spent waaay too much money (oops!) i thought it only right to share it with you!

So everyone has been talking about how they cant wait to get into their baggy jumpers come Winter and i for one, am one of those people. There;'s nothing better  than snuggling up in a warm jumper in front of the fire ( if you have a fire) and TV on a cold winter's evening. I particularly like to wear long jumpers that i can wear with leggings and dare i say it, my leg warmers. Yes i have had an obsession with leg warmers since i moved to London 3 years ago. They make me who i am and i love that bit of quirkiness they give me. 
So anyway, today as i was wondering through Westfield on my way to buy some food shopping, i couldn't resist stopping off in H&M and finding some winter bits and pieces. I stumbled across this cream chunky knit cardy and i had to have it. I don't own anything like this, so i thought it would be nice to add it to my wardrobe. I love how thick it is and how i can wrap it round me. It's still warm enough to wear it with a vest top underneath which gives it that nice casual look. I also picked up some pink jeans which i have wanted to get since the Summer but couldn't find any and even though they're probably more a summery colour, i don't care coz i love them :) I think they will look so nice with my grey Ugg boots, once i get them that is! These jeans believe it or not are a size 16. Their jean sizes are reallly odd as I'm actually a 12-14 below. Do any of you find their sizings a bit strange or is it just me with a weird body shape? Haha! I also bought a lovely black tunic as well for work which i will do a separate post on, as that's more of an office outfit but i'm really pleased with it and can't wait to wear it next week with my leggings and black ankle boots!

Oh and also please ignore the dodgy hair extensions in the left photo, they look crap, i hadn't put them all in at this point. Bit of a school girl error but never mind eh!

Right, i'm off to make Thai Green curry for din dins.. maybe i'll share the recipe soon!

H&M Chunky Knit Cream Cardy - £19.99
H&M Baby Pink Skinny Jeans - £14.99
H&M Pink & White Vest Top ( last season) £4.99

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New Hop on the Block - Welcome to the Lazy Sunday Pyjama Hops!

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Good Afternoon Bloggettes ( yes it's my new word .. don't ask!)

You may or may not have noticed on Twitter that i am starting a brand new Blog Hop starting this Sunday for Lifestyle Bloggers or for bloggers who post lifestyle content and need some blog lovin' in their lives!

I got the idea when i was chatting to others on the #lbloggers chat last Sunday and it was all agreed that Lifestyle Blogs don't get as much limelight as perhaps the Beauty and Fashion Blog Posts do. Having migrated from a purely Beauty Blog, to Life and Beauty, i felt it would be great to give the LBloggers a bit of a promo amongst the blogosphere.

I have no idea if this blog hop will be successful, but i kinda thought it was worth a shot and something to get my pearly whites stuck into. I am little scared that i'll wake up Sunday and something technical has gone horribly wrong with the linky widget. I hope it all works ok eeek!

Anyways, stay posted guys, i have created a page tab above which will direct you to all the hops. I really hope this is something i can do every week, so it's just a question of getting it out there and recognised!

Wish me luck!!! :)

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Want Long and Strong Nails? Folic Acid Works for Me!

Boots Folic Acid RRP £4.49 for 180 tablets

Evening Blogettes!

I know what you are all thinking and no i'm not preggers. Well not yet anyway :) I have been taking the above product Folic Acid since August, every day without fail, just to get my body in tip top condition for when  it finally does happen.

However, something amazing happened, something that has never ever happened to me before. My nails started to grow and suddenly they were so strong. I mean they're not even flaking. I couldn't quite believe it. I have always used hand cream and have tried so many on the market, but none really ever worked. I then invested in the Lush Lemony Flutter and have been using this everyday on my nails for the last 4/5 months, so naturally i just assumed it was this making my nails so strong. But it was really since i started taking the Folic Acid that i noticed the difference in the strength of my nails.

My bare naked nails with no polish or product on them

It has been reported that Folic Acid is good for nail growth however no studies have ever confirmed this to be true. I can only speak from experience. I bought the Folic Acid for pre-pregnancy and have ended up with nails i have never had before. Yes i think the Lemony Flutter Butter from Lush probably does help as it moisturises my cuticles and also the fact i now drink over 2 litres of water a day, but i also believe the supplements have played a huge part in my new talons :)

I actually can't wait to paint my nails now, whereas before it was a chore and i was always too busy trying to get them to a length that looked good with polish on.

I would be interested to know if any of you lovely ladies have ever taken Folic Acid and noticed an improvement in your nails?

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iheart Instagram!! #1


Hey Peeps!

Lately i've been lovin Instagram. Who doesn't!? I don't own an Iphone but i do have an Ipod Touch which means i always have to take the photos on my Blackberry and then send them to my Ipod Touch so i can have a play  around with them on Picfx. I really wish i could just whip out my phone and take a photo and then instantly post to Instagram but sadly that's not to be, well not until i can upgrade my phone anyway :)

So, because i'm loving this little app so much, i have decided to jump on the bandwagon and start doing Instagram Diaries. I know everyone is doing them but i think it's a great idea and i love reading other people's picture posts, but only coz i'm so nosy, i like to see what other people have been up to. It's also nice to document your life here and there sometimes so it's as much a personal thing to me as it is a post to share with all you lovely ladies and fellas if any fellas read my blog that is!

So here we are my first little instagram diary post ever :) xxx

1. I love Pret A Manger, it's my new obsession, especially their bakewell tarts, can't get enough of 'em
2. Myself and a friend popped to our local gym round the corner from the office. They are currently doing a deal, £10.99 a month, all inclusive. Not bad for somebody limited with their pennies eh!
3. I was bored and waiting for my tube after finishin work. This is my journey back home in Stratford every day .. yawn!
4. It's now too chilly for flats but not cold enough for Uggs just yet, so i have dug out my little brown boots from their dusty home on the shoe rack :)
5. Yes, it's the return of the Red Duffle Coat. Again this is my Autumn coat. I love it, even if i do get called Little Red Riding Hood by random strangers on the tube!
6. Candles!!! I love candles,especially Yankee Candles. I shall be doing a post of them soon. Here i have a Bomb Cosmetics candle, a Yankee candle and a Glad candle...mmmmm!
7. My latest perfume acquisition - Lancome Tresor Midnight Rose. It's extremely sweet, it smells of a bowl of sweet berries and currants. I like :)
8. Myself and my bestie Sarah went shopping in Westfield Stratford this weekend. Whilst she toddled off to get us some tea and cake, i sneakily took this hehe! Lovely shop, i have never been in here, but they have some gorgeous underwear and the customer service was very good too! Sarah if u are reading this which u probably are, i would like a comment ;D
9. Myself and my partner Mark, went out last night for a  meal at The Mint Leaf in Picadilly Circus. It was such a lovely evening, i feel very lucky to have somebody like him in my life!

Luv Holly xxx
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