I couldn’t quite tear myself away from reading all your comments in response to Naomi’s post yesterday. In fact, I found myself emphatically nodding my head in agreement with many of you about each of the issues that Naomi addressed.
I’m sure that Adam and Charlotte must have thought that I was nuts as they watched me from their desks.
But it was the age-old ‘wedding day hair’ quagmire that particularly struck a chord with me and the anxiety/qualms that nearly all of you are/were experiencing in the run up to your nuptials.
I too have succumbed to the ‘must grow my hair for the big day’ phenomenon except with me it’s not so much about the overall length of my barnet but about the ‘Fringe’. Yes folks I decided to grow out my fringe the day after the boy proposed so that I would have more ‘options’ on the day itself.
I’m still not convinced it’s the right idea. Will it actually give me more choice? Or will it mean that I don’t look so much like me? What will I think in five years time when I look back at the photos?
Despite this frantic pondering there was never a question about whether I’d have my hair done by a professional or not. I am not exactly blessed in the hair department.
Do you remember that ping-pong playing episode of Friends where Monica’s hair frizzes up? Yes? That is me without straighteners. It’s so not a good look. So you see folks, I NEED a professional to sort out my mane on my big day.
Ultimately this post is all about providing inspiration for you and your maids about how to wear your luscious locks, short or long, in the hope of soothing away some of your hirsute worries.
Let’s take a look shall we…
The Only Way Is Up
Sophisticated glamour at its very best, I adore any bride that sweeps her hair off her face in a modern chignon.
I’d like to really emphasise the word ‘modern’ here because I want to show you girls that you don’t have to fall into the ‘princess bride’ trap if you’re considering wearing your hair up.
Today’s up-dos are flawlessly stylish bestowing a subtle elegance upon the wearer. In fact, there is almost architectural treatment of the hair in the detailed pleating and threading in some of these images.
Perfect for disciplining unruly messes (like mine!), these are statement coiffures that don’t need any extra embellishments. They are truly beautiful in their own right and that’s the way it should be.
This trend is great for those of you with shorter hairstyles too. A couple of strategically placed kirby grips and a curl in the right place and bob’s your uncle you’ve got yourself a sleek up-do without the hassle of growing it for months.
Waves and Braids
I know that not all of you are fans of shimmering loose curls but I wanted to show you how rad they can look with a stylish braid woven through them.
This is a trend that can be interpreted in a myriad of ways and it’s just so darn easy to achieve too.
Want a fishtail plait on one side, or is a horizontal weave across the back of your head more to your liking? What about a braid, milkmaid style or even a double knit?
Ladies, it’s all going on here.
For those brides and bridesmaids who are in the midst of growing their hair out, choosing a intricate braid can draw attention away from ratty ends. In fact, it looks so much more effective if the hair isn’t in tip-top condition. Ultimately this type of do is so very forgiving – it’s about taming your tresses with finesse.
Perfect for the more relaxed bride and/or bridesmaids, this tousled look is sexy and just screams 70s siren to me and that can only be a good thing. If in doubt, team this look with an epic pair of sunglasses and you’re onto a winner.
Tied In Knots
This clutch of gorgeous beauties is aptly named given your responses yesterday. However, despite its moniker this is probably the least complex of all of the styles within this post.
We’re talking chic and messy topknots, side chignons and entangled coiffures.
I’m a little bit in love.
This look is the perfect solution for those of you who are taking the DIY approach on your big day and are fretting your cotton socks about it. This style is fuss-free and won’t consume precious time as you tease it into shape. Plus it suits everybody.
Beautifully relaxed and modern, I love how the loops and folds of hair in all of these images catch and play with the light. It doesn’t matter if a wisp of hair is out of place – this is the charm of such a relaxed style.
Whilst tousled topknots are the most popular, other knotted varieties are becoming more prevalent too. I’m currently infatuated with the idea of bridesmaids sporting nautical knots in their hair at a seaside wedding. Please can someone fulfill my fantasy, oh pretty please…anyone?
If you adore the ‘topknot’ but you’re still after something a little bit different why not try braiding sections of hair first or accessorising your barnet with fresh flowers.
Gild My Head With Gold
…..and flowers and feathers and brooches and ribbons.
When I was younger I used to drape my grandma’s dainty necklaces over my head like Moroccan crowns and pretend to be an exotic princess in a foreign land. Unfortunately my gran has passed away but part of me wants to resurrect my five year old self and thread gold chains through my locks in memory of her on my wedding day.
And this is only the start of the plethora of goodies that you girls can lace through your hair. Luxurious twine, antique haircombs, real blooms and silk flowers – the list is endless. I’ve deliberately steered away from veils in this bundle of inspiration and instead focused on some of the other options out there because lovelies there are SO many.
What’s so fantastic about this trend is that you can easily apply this to your maids’ bouffants too and it doesn’t have to cost the earth.
Don’t be afraid to look for inspiration in unusual places either. Have you got a favourite brooch that you want to incorporate into your wedding ensemble but it doesn’t quite work? Why not clasp it to your chignon for a unique twist. And secondly, it’s worth experimenting with where and how you wear your headpieces. They don’t just have to perch atop your crown but can encircle your forehead or sit jauntily to one side too.
Chic and Sleek
Of all the clutches of inspiration here, this is my favourite.
Who says that lustrous styling needs to be restricted to your wedding day – none of these barnets would look out of place on a night out or hell even down the supermarket aisles. What? Who said you couldn’t look this good doing your weekly shop?
This is big day hair without the fluff and nonsense. Clean, fashion-focused and modern, this concept is often accompanied by a strong beauty aesthetic – think powerful eyes and lips.
Oh I love a red lip.
You’ll notice that all of these ‘do’s’ are completely different to one another – short or long, curly or straight, pinned up or left loose. What unites them is an understated simplicity which works with the hair’s natural state rather than against it. And ultimately girls this is what we’re trying to achieve on our wedding day – something that still looks like us, right?
The key to ‘sleek and chic’ is glossy hair in good condition styled in harmony with your face. Don’t force the look, cultivate what you’ve already got and work it.
There’s so many different looks I adore here that I wish I had unlimited funds so that I could sport a different do for the evening as well as the day.
Umm.. I hear you say…aren’t you being a little bit greedy? Yes I am folks and I’m the first to admit it.
How many of you are seduced by more than one of the trends here?
Which of these styles takes your fancy?
Happiness is….totally rocking your barnet your way.
Love Lolly xxx
Given the appalling weather it’s perhaps appropriate that I share my reasoning behind writing this post… I have been inspired lately.
It’s been a few things… firstly the Dolly shoot reminded me how much I love colour on my face after months of dallying with neutral eyes.
Secondly, the changing weather made me realise it was time to put a bit more colour back into my face. Hello sexy shimmer…
Thirdly, my nails have been naked and boring for all of a few weeks now and I’m crying out for a change. A brightly coloured, juicy looking, shiny type of change.
And lastly, I realised how dreadfully neglected my body is looking after unwrapping it from the winter woollies. Shocking is not the word.
So here is what I’ve been doing about it!
Nailing a Trend
Colour blocking is a godsend for me, in fact I’m pretty much loving all the fashion trends right now, but particularly the colour and it spilling over into nail colours for Spring/Summer. Every year we get the official ‘colour of the season’ for nails from the beauty oracle that is Chanel, and this year is no exception. It’s all about Mimosa.
Not only a delicious drink, this is one gorgeous shade of yellow. I had my nails painted yellow on my hen do so I have a particularly soft spot for it and this is no exception. Mimosa launches tomorrow at Chanel counters nationwide. Get yourselves down there immediately for a sniff of the action!
Of course, it’s not all about yellow, tropical nails are all in and if you fancied a budget solution how about hitting Topshop? Their make-up range also includes nail varnishes and this very reasonably priced yellow shade for £5! Even better, purchase a copy of this month Instyle Mag and you get a free shade of Nails Inc varnish specially created for the magazine. I bought the orange one and it’s been brightening up the view of my keyboard all week. I couldn’t resist including this blue shade too, also from TopShop if you wanted to replicate Gemma’s ‘Something Blue’.
Make-Up was a big focus of our Dolly shoot and much as I loved them all (erm, who would have chosen yellow for an eye shade before clocking Dolly Daydream?) it reminded me of one of my all time favourite shadows… as demonstrated by Dolly Rock.
I have very pale greeny-blue eyes and MAC’s Parfait Amour makes them intensely green so Dolly Rock had me hot footing it back to MAC to replace mine. I also rooted out my favourite green MAC shadow, Steamy, which looks fab with a tan and some chunky gold jewellery on holiday, and might (*oops*) have also purchased some MAC pigment in Violette. I am so set for summer 🙂
(Please note the colours above are really dull in comparison to the actual shades, do go and check them out if you fancy a splash of colour!)
Switching for Summer
Coming into spring my skin was starting to get a little lack lustre. Although I often see highlighters used in magazines I never seem to get any effect from them under other products, so I decided to switch my usual Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser for her Illuminating tinted moisturiser. You could use it mixed with your usual one but I have been known to use it all over without looking like a pearlescent alien, it really brightens up your face like no other.
I’ve also found a new favouite mascara. In blackest Black, Cliniques new High Impact Mascara legthens, separates and thickens lashes. I’m currently using a sample Charlotte gave me when we were away together but I’ll definately be replacing it when it’s run out. Lastly, I’ve switched back to my favourite peachy-gold toned blusher for a more natural summery glow, Orgasm by Nars. Ooh la la!
The Body Beautiful
Really, my body is far from beautiful right now, but my biggest problem is those much talked about little bumps on the tops of your arms. I was horrified to find them lurking after months of no sun and exfoliating conveniently slipping to the bottom of the to-do list as many a blog post took over.
So now I’m on a mission. I’ve whipped out the usual suspects for buffing that backside (- read my favourites by clicking the link) and am full on preening myself back to smoothed out softness. My Mum has amazing skin and has always religiously exfoliated so I won’t be letting that habit go again in a hurry.
Blog Queen in Need
So now it’s your turn. If I’ve made you consider some of the above purchases do tell, but this blog queen is still in need of some serious beauty overhaul help. And where better to get it that by appealing to the RMW genius beauty community?
I Need to know…
What shade are you rocking on your nails today?
What’s your favourite bronzer?
After suffering an almightly hair fail at the hands of 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner, (lank and flat locks my punishment for laziness!) I’m thinking it’s time to treat them again… I used to love Kerastase shampoo but I fancy a change. Any smell-great but actually do the job choices from you lovelies?
And lastly. The biggest question. Can anyone help me make my hair beach wavy for summer?!
Yours (Wishing for shorter, cooler, mermaid waves) Truly,
It’s no big secret that I’m an advertisers dream.
Show me a glossy magazine full of the latest “life changing” potions and lotions and you can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll be plotting my next shopping spree, plastic at the ready, dreaming of a flawless poreless complexion/the shiniest barnet in the world/a sculpted orange-peel-free body that you can actually get from a very fancy bottle of cream………
Recently however I’ve become jaded. And it’s not just the lack of significant improvements I have personally experienced from these so called “wonder products” that has made me feel this way. It’s the extreme and completely unachievable “results” some cosmetics giants feel is acceptable to blind us with.
Now I’m not on about the (often extensive) air brushing techniques, or the use of a 19-year-old model to demonstrate the remarkable powers of an anti-wrinkle product, I’m talking about full on 100% FAKERY.
Cheryl Cole’s hair in the recent L’Oreal casting creme advert? It’s a wig apparently. Yes a wig. Why couldn’t they make her own ( and from what I’ve seen perfectly lovely) locks look catwalk-worthy by using their pillar box dye?
And what is all this business with mascaras? “photographed with lash inserts for an even lash line and digitally enhanced in post production” – erm what? I beg your ruddy pardon?
So basically what you are telling me Mr Maybelline is not only is the model not born with it, she’s probably not even wearing the stuff at all. And if this is the case, then what are we buying into exactly anyway?
Because if you can’t make the superiorly aesthetically pleasing Madam Cole look amazing enough with the help of flattering lighting, the best make-up artists, stylists and fashion photographers money can buy ( You still have to resort to a WIG!)…. then what hope do the rest of us have?
As I was saying before, completely unachievable. This to me isn’t advertising lovelies. It’s just a great big fat whopping FIB.
Now perhaps I’m just becoming older and wiser ( and yes some might say, distinctly more cynical ) and actually advertisments have always been 99.9% fiction, perhaps I just chose to believe the boll*cks because a combination of my own insecurities and desire to be shinier, prettier, younger looking distorted my ability to distinguish between fantasy and reality.
So on this particular Sunday folks I ask you this, are you drawn in by the marketing hype? does a digitally enhanced lash make you livid?
Ever purchased a little luxe something that made your heart go boom at the promise of a sexier you only to be relegated to the back of the bathroom cabinet as it didn’t perform as well as a jar of Nivea?
And how about the investments that did live up to their promise, what recommendations do you want to share?
We’d love to start the What-Makes-It-Worth-It debate.
Big I’m Worth More Than Having My Intelligence Insulted Love
P.S Have you seen Sharon Stone in the new Christian Dior “Capture” skin serum campaign? My, how very line free her forehead is for someone over fifty, I think I might ask for a sample….