S’up girls and boy (Adam), hope everyone is well and erm counting down to Christmas? No? Just me? Ok, I am sadder than sad, but I wish advent calendars started from Nov 1st rather than Dec because that is when I officially start counting down the days! It would prevent me from having to download geeky countdown apps…yes now I have a wedding and a crimble one (oh the shame)! This year Christmas day marks the two month countdown to our own special day so even more excited pants this year!
Anyway, I have quite a few areas I need some of your ever kind and helpful feedback on. As the wedding approaches, I find myself with a number of ‘things’ to think about. Things I didn’t really think I needed to worry too much about til a certain timeframe. That would be about now up to January.
Suits You Sir.
First things first, my delicious Mr M’s attire for said special day; this is obviously super important as he as much as me, wants to look the cat’s pyjamas on the day. Pretty early on, right about when we decided we wanted our day to be laid back, informal and just as we are day to day, we said there would be no suit hire/matching tail coats and canes/dinner jackets and the likes. It would be a nice time to buy Mr M a spiffy suit that he would wear for all the other special occasions we may be privy to in the future. We would go off for the day make it a good’un, and have a raucous time trying stuff on (in our world we try ridiculous things on as well as normal for pure comedy value…my sister, mum and I have hours of fun in changing rooms prancing about Britain’s next top model style!)
However, when you set out trying things on…well it opens up possibilities you had not imagined you would be going for. Initially we were thinking jacket, shirt, tie and trousers. But when you start playing about with waistcoats and colours and the sorts, you get a bit swept away with how dashing your beloved looks. Now I promised I wouldn’t share photo’s because well…I want his outfit to be a surprise too (here comes the sad sap again, sorry) and for him to feel just as special as me on the day. But I will give you a taste of what kind of thing we went for. I have to point out a bit of a difficulty in one particular shop where the lady didn’t really grasp why we were not hiring and having all matching suits for everyone? We didn’t hang about much in there. Mr M is going to look knee tremblingly gorgeous in his outfit that’s for sure!
Secondly there is that small matter of wedding undergarments, I know Madame O’shea did a post not long ago about underwear and so forgive me if I share garments previously shown. I hope I am not the only one in this boat where my dress actually requires no bra at all, ergo making it a completely separate matter. It is no longer “under” wear but rather just “wear” that I will be changing into post dress for that all important night (where I am sure I will be asleep before my head hits the pillow…but it’s the thought that counts right? And then there is the long awaited honeymoon.) It does however allow more freedom as clearly straps/ no straps/bra-pants/ Basque is entirely your choice rather than the dress dictating which garments to opt for.
So ranging from pretty reasonable “Myla” to the super extravagant, yes I am talking about you pesky Agent Provocateur with a bit of Victoria’s secret thrown in for good measure. And I have to throw in the piccie of the only garter I have yet to see that doesn’t make me feel itchy looking at it.
Now I have to point out the lack of bra/pants separates is due to my insecureness (new word?) with my tummy area…though the diet has been good to me, stretch marks have not ergo I prefer to cover it up in order to feel good. This is why the number of slips/ Basques displayed…they would be more my cup of tea, however I am loving the all blue set, the pants alone would be something blue sorted! Please feel free to tell me any lingerie/ bed clothing brands I may not yet be familiar with, I love a bit of online shopping!
Secret Surprise Present…Or Not So Secret.
Now I resent the word “Bridezilla” on so many levels, and can safely say that whatever it does mean I am pretty sure I am not it. I am very laid back regarding the wedding and really don’t talk of it often to friends/family at all as I am well aware of the fact that it is not as exciting to them as it is to Mr M and me. So I leave my thoughts to myself or Mr M most of the time and just politely answer any questions from people without banging on about it. Erm… apart from the girls at work who are also excited and very lovely and I feel I can share with and the other lovely real brides. In regards to Mr M, I have not harped on about wanting a particular thing, or doing things a certain way, overloading on details etc we have both just agreed on things as they have come up or have already both had the same idea. This is why I am hoping he may have unconsciously picked up on the one thing I actually am being a little bit materialistic about and a little bit obsessed with for the wedding day. This rather smashing little pair of Tiffany earrings, also known as my something new/blue. Yes I KNOW they are not in any way super bling or the dangly sorts that I would normally wear (they are for the night do petals) but y’know when you just neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed something?? I need these, on my day, in my room in a little cute box and a total look of surprise on my face. So here is hoping Mr M occasionally reads this here blog and takes the ever subtle hint. Failing that I am also a huge fan of the Bo Peep earrings on Liberty in Love as also voiced by Charlotte…sharesies pet?
Hair We Go.
Now, my hair is my other one great love. I would say at least ninety five per cent of the time it does what I want be it waves/ poker straight/ pouffy volume, any of it with a little bit of work. And it is shiny even by blonde hair standards, so I was always going to be excited about how it will look on wedding day. I have always been blonde…my perfect shade being when I was about 6 years old.
I have dabbled in dark blondes, light blondes, erm black…big rebellious mistake when I was 14 and took years to grow out as no hair dresser this side of the country would touch it. And I have always settled for a darky blonde in autumn winter months, and brighter blonde leading to summer. Now for the big day I am going to break with tradition and have it a light blonde, which also suits the more hippy hair do’s I have been coveting. I initially thought of going for an up-do with a huge beehive type affair on top, but I never wear it like that normally.
It is normally messy, tousled girly looking hair, which I thought I ought to honour on my most special day and look like me, as per Duchess Shinylocks advice. So my sister, who is a genius in plaiting hair, has been practicing on me and so far though it is early days, it turns out pretty good. I am thinking plaits and big bouncy waves, with some flowers in. I will share my hair inspiration photo’s and then a pic of the latest hair experiment my sis did on me.
I love make up. I have a few brands in particular that I always go to (MAC, Bobbi Brown, Chanel) but will try anything and everything in order to get what I want. I have yet to find however the perfect pinky lip and cheek. I was told last week by one counter that I would suit a more darker pink rose look rather than the bright pinks I was drooling over. She said you can wear bright pink if you want, but on you it won’t look as natural as a darker pinky/browny colour. She put me on a creamy blush and a powder blush and a bit on my lips, I loved the colour but still not THE colour I wanted. It did help me decide powder blush is defo better for me, not a fan of cream due to over shiny look. Since the skin has been improved it is nowhere near as dry and if anything I get a bit shiny from time to time now. So I have an app this week to have a full bridal lesson chez Bobbi Brown and will try different colours until I find one, it is free of cost and I have nothing to lose. I will just keep trying different counters til I find it. Any advice greatly taken though! Oh and…they have just opened an Illasmaqua counter!!!! I actually shrieked! I love their colours for eyes and they have some cracking nail varnish which is another dilemma…
I shall leave you now with as ever my faithful little brown girl, this was in her pimped up for Christmas basket last year…going to better it this year!
Lots of love, Alex xx