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Beauty Not Beast

I Wanna Be Adorned.


Not so long back I was lucky enough to be invited to a wonderful lunch hosted by the lovely folk at Etsy UK in order to celebrate the brand and talk to some of the talented suppliers who sell their products on the site.

For those of you not au fait with Etsy, I recommend that you get yourselves acquainted with this awesome site quick sharp. Essentially though it’s a site where you can buy (and sell) all things handmade and it is particularly handy for those of you planning a big event like say a wedding for example. That’ll be most of you lot reading this then….

From a personal perspective I could wax lyrical all day long about the delights of Etsy. I’ve bought everything there; from bespoke paper napkins (complete with an oak tree and both my own and the boy’s initials) for our engagement party, ironic and satirical prints which I’ve framed in their tens for the new house, cute cuddlies for newborns, cards for all manner of occasions, decor for hen dos, Christmas decs and even the odd fancy dress accessory.

In fact I love the whole Etsy buying process from start to finish – it’s simple to buy, easy to communicate with sellers and then doubly wonderful to receive deliciously wrapped items in the post from all over the world. And they are wrapped with such care and such love that opening the goodies themselves is just as much as a treat as the actual product inside is.… View the full post.


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DIY Bright And Bold Red Lips.


This afternoon’s post is the first of a bumper sized series that we can’t wait to share with you over the coming weeks. If you haven’t guessed from the header of this article already then you might be a little bit pleased to know that we’ll be sharing lots and lots of beauty and hair DIYs to take you through the next few months to Christmas and beyond.

It’s something that we’ve been meaning to do for a while now at RMW HQ given the popularity of our past beauty posts but we just hadn’t quite gotten round to doing it. It took a ruddy long planning meeting with all members of the RMW team to get our backsides into gear and produce what you see on your screen in front of you today.

And we’ll let you into a secret…we’re actually really proud of this beauty DIY series. It was imperative to all of us that the tutorials be super simple and easy to follow so that even the most cack-handed amongst us could pull off the looks with aplomb. Hopefully you’ll agree…

So let’s begin. Have any of you lovelies decided on what your pout might be doing for W-day? Perhaps you’re looking for a spot of beauty inspiration for when you’re off out to lunch with the girls?

Might we tempt you with something a little bit bright, a little bit BOLD?


Recommended – Alison Macleod Jewellery.


This lunchtime we’ve got a shiny, sparkly treat for you. Jeweller Alison Macleod designs and makes beautiful bespoke wedding rings.

Wedding rings are something which we are probably guilty of overlooking a bit – there are just so many things to think about when planning a wedding.

But as Alison rightly says, wedding rings may be the smallest part of your day but you will look at them every day for the rest of your life, so it’s important to get it right.

Alison’s jewellery is made to order, meaning that you can choose from nine or eighteen carat yellow, white and rose gold, platinum or palladium. Depending, of course, on the metal of your engagement ring. You can also chose whether to have a matte or polished finish.

With all orders, Alison will post you a set of ring sizers, so you can be sure that the bands will fit. Alison also provides a free engraving service and the rings can be packaged in vintage ring boxes – which Alison sources from antique fairs and flea markets.

These pieces are one of a kind – these lovely images from Love Lust List Member Caro Weiss really show that.

If you are looking for wedding rings that are special and different, then do get in touch with Alison – she will be very happy to hear from you.

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The Fashion Pack Asks What’s In Your Suitcase { Part One }.


As I write this, I’m looking out of my window at the torrential rain that Mother Nature has decided to gift us on this very grey Friday in April. Technically I know I/we should be grateful; the plants get a thirst-quenching drink and I’m sure that bluer skies will probably be on their way next week. I can’t help feeling a bit miffed however…I mean it’s the end of April and frankly I still feel that we’re in the depths of Winter at times.

Come on Summer!

With dreams of warmer climes and balmy nights on the brain, the RMW team turned their thoughts to summer holidays this week…more specifically honeymoons. In fact some of you lovelies might already be ‘mooning as we speak (which actually makes me a very jealous girl indeed) but then I know there’ll be a fair few of you planning and scheming about your romantic holiday to come and which essentials to pack for the journey.

If you’re anything like me then you’re a veritable hoarder, squirrelling away the equivalent of a year’s worth of provisions for a five day city break. Ridiculous. Yep, you can guarantee that I’ll be the only one out of my family that will check in luggage for the hold rather than taking a carry-on…much to their dismay, but this girl can’t help it. Are any of you guilty of ‘travelling heavy’?

With this packing dilemma in mind we turned to our delicious Fashion Pack designers for a little bit of their divine wisdom and a helping hand and asked them which items they simply couldn’t travel without…

This week we’ll be hearing from Belle & Bunty, Kate Halfpenny, Naomi Neoh and Johanna Hehir.… View the full post.


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RMTV Hair Tutorial: Chic & Simple Plaited Updo

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In front of camera: Emily from The Wedding Hair Company
Behind the camera: Simon from Simon Clarke Films

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Enamoured: The Beauty


Right then. Who’s in the mood for a super duper make-up tutorial then?

We guessed that you lovely lot would adore Tess’ beautiful smokey eye from our Enamoured editorial last month as much as we did so we’ve asked the super talented Melissa Greening who created the beauty for us on our latest editorial shoot to share her product recommendations and tips for creating the whole “Enamoured” look.

Let us know if you are going to give it a whirl lovelies.

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The Fall: The Hair.


If you stopped by the blog last Monday afternoon you’ll have seen our super easy but oh so covetable smokey eye and bold berry lip beauty tutorial. If so, then you’ll also be aware that we made a solemn promise to also share with you lovelies how to recreate the beautiful hairstyles from our most recent piece of editorial – The Fall.

And so, without further ado I’m going to pass you over to the talented Claire Salter who will walk you through the necessary steps to achieve tousled perfection and bohemian braids for your big day and beyond.

Honestly folks I just know that you’ll love the two looks so much that you’ll be trying to recreate them for yourselves faster than you can say ‘two pronged curling tongs’.


Tousled Perfection

Claire Salter: To create this sexy relaxed hair firstly you have to be relaxed yourself!

Don’t stress about waking up that extra hour or so on your big day to wash your hair. Hair that isn’t freshly washed styles much better so wash your locks the day before and then you can concentrate on your beauty sleep.

To create this look I used a Two Pronged Pearl Pro Styler by Remington; a handy tip is to use a heat protective glove this allows you to wrap the hair right around the barrel without burning your fingers.

Firstly section the hair around the base leaving about an inch section from ear to ear and then clip the rest out of the way.… View the full post.


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The Fall: The Beauty

How To Create The Perfect Berry Lip And Smokey Eye For Your Wedding Day

For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be a redhead complete with freckles – a kind of chic, upmarket Pippi Longstocking if you will. Unfortunately Mother Nature did not bless me with such a stellar aesthetic but this hasn’t deterred me from appreciating such a beautiful combination in other folks. This may also explain my teeny tiny obsession with Mr Eddie Redmayne.


Moving on.

It was perhaps obvious then that I would choose a titian beauty for the first piece of Rock My Wedding editorial that I would direct. I mean how could I not, especially for a season so resplendent with flaming colours. It was also really important to me to push the boundaries a little bit when it came to the beauty looks on this shoot…a little bit less bridal, a little bit more edgy.

It was a risk but you folks loved it…especially THAT berry lip.

We guessed that you lovely lot would adore Abigail’s beautiful smokey eye and stained berry lip as much as we did so we’ve asked the super talented Claire Salter who created the beauty for us on our latest editorial shoot to share her product recommendations and tips for creating the whole “The Fall” look.

Let us know if you are going to give it a whirl lovelies.

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Autumn Berry Lips

Claire Salter: This look was all about creating a dewy look for the skin combined with an Autumnal berry strong lip. Here are a few guiders and tips to recreate it for yourself:

The key to any long lasting look is a well applied base.… View the full post.


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Coping With Eczema & Reactive Skin On W-day.


Or any day for that matter.

Now before I begin I want to make it clear that I am not a doctor, or a dermatologist, or that I in any way regard myself as a skincare specialist. If you do suffer from a skin complaint that is affecting your confidence and/or well-being then you should at first consult your GP and if from the relevant recommendations and/or prescriptions you are still not happy with the results then request a referral to a dermatologist. It could be that you are suffering from an allergic reaction and patch tests might be an option.

What I am is a sufferer (some 30-odd years as it happens) so what I can share is what I use to manage the condition effectively and what I avoid to prevent future flare ups. This is obviously personal to my experience and my rather diva-ish epidermis, I invite anyone else who has any advice, queries or recommendations to drop a note in the comments box at the bottom of this post.

You may also have noticed that we are testing out a little bit of new functionality with this particular feature, the top image is in fact A SLIDER GALLERY, you can peruse (and pin) all of the beauty stuffs mentioned below, do let us know what you think!

Who Cares If It Rains?!

Nope. I didn’t give two hoots about the weather on the day I was going to say I do. I was just concerned I would end up with sore flaky red patches, puffy swollen eyelids and lips so dry they split at the sides and I resemble the joker from batman.… View the full post.


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RMTV Makeup Tutorial: Quick & Easy Smoky Eye

Hello Everyone… We hope you like our latest feature RMTV…

We’ll be bringing you loads more tutorials, how to features and other pieces of inspiration-in-motion really soon.

In front of camera: Emily from The Wedding Hair Company
Behind the camera: Simon from Simon Clarke Films

Adam x


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