How To Get Everything You Want This Year

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new-yearYou try not to think about how many new starts you’ve made every new year and how somehow you lost your way somewhere around spring. You want to commit to yourself and the NEW YOU, but where do you begin and how do you make real lasting changes to achieve that dream lifestyle??


Make a start – choose your new diet, exercise, class, or whatever change you need to make to succeed at your  goal- start small and just start doing it – don’t psyche yourself out by thinking about it or rather thinking how hard it will be and your unlikeliness to succeed or sustain the change – JUST DO IT make a start and…

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How to have a Fabulously Festive Christmas wedding

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – for a wedding! If everyone comes together at this time of year, so why not make the most of it and celebrate your nuptials, too? We love a Christmas wedding  so here are some of our favourite theme ideas from  Wedding Ideas Mag, to get you in the festive spirit…


Seasonal colours

First off, let’s think about Christmas colours – if you want to avoid the traditional greens and reds associated with the season, then there are loads of modern winter options for you to consider. We love the look of berry shades such as deep reds and purples interspersed with winter whites. It’s a chic option for a Christmas wedding that feels luxurious and festive. Purple calla lilies are a sophisticated choice, and you won’t need many of them to create an impact. Talk to your florist about what will work for you. Pantone is a great place to start looking for colour inspiration – and you can buy a colour fan from Dessy which is an easy way to see which shades suit you. If you’re having a late afternoon wedding then it’s going to get dark early, so why not dress your bridesmaids in deep jewel tones that will look great in the evening? Plums and aubergines are a beautiful option in cozy, low

For bridesmaid gifts you could gift them a contrasting pashmina to snuggle into. Remember that shoes don’t have to be matchy matchy – in fact it’s better and more on trend if they offer a pop of colour. If you feel like being minimal, then just having white and silver for your colour scheme makes a perfect Christmas theme. You could dress your maids in winter white and accessorise with silver and diamante earrings, bracelets or belts. Take a look at our white winter wedding themes for more ideas!how-to-have-a-fabulously-festive-christmas-wedding-studiolux-co_-uk_lux1127-f

Christmas trees

We think a beautifully decorated Christmas tree is an absolute must at both your ceremony and your venue. Use the wedding colours you’ve chosen for your tree decorations. Whites, silvers, golds and berry shades are classic and chic, while bright jewel shades of turquoise, emerald, ruby and amethyst will also look wonderful.

For your table decorations just put a mini tree on every table. This is a great DIY idea, and you can buy mini trees for about £5 on Amazon. Or, to make things look extra festive, you can drape some organza around your wedding tables or tie onto chairbacks and table

Eat, drink and be merry

Christmas is the best time of year to splash out on great food and drink, so serve your guests a festive feast! You could offer your guests mulled wine and hot spiced apple juice as they arrive at your reception, with mini sausages to nibble on. A version of Christmas dinner is a natural choice for your main meal. Most people love a roast – and it doesn’t have to be turkey. If you’re having a buffet you could serve up the main course carvery style, so as well as the traditional turkey with all the trimmings, you could offer a large ham and a vegetarian option.

For dessert, the options are endless – Christmas pudding, mince pies, Yule log, trifle… our mouths are watering just thinking about it! And if your wedding budget is tight, instead of favours, just put a Christmas cracker at everyone’s place – you could even personalise them beforehand if you have time, so that it doubles as a place name.

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Entertaining children

Keeping little ones occupied at a wedding will make their parents eternally grateful to you and a Christmas theme gives you some ready-made ideas. First off, you could have Father Christmas for a visit (maybe before the wedding breakfast whilst the adults are enjoying drinks and canapés) and give the kids Christmas gifts to play with throughout the meal. Alternatively have a chill-out room and play Christmas-themed DVDs – we’re thinking Polar Express, The Snowman, and The Grinch. This will leave you and your grown-up guests free to enjoy your amazing wedding day!

A word of warning though before we go… If you have booked a wedding at this time of year, make sure you get those save the dates out super quick to avoid any clashes of commitments over the festive period.

via How to have a fabulously festive Christmas wedding

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How to Choose Your Wedding Hair Stylist


If you want help deciding which hairdresser will be the wedding hairstylist perfect for you and your big day- ask them these questions!

Answered by Gillian Roslan of Kreative Hairdressing

Q. How many people do you style at a wedding?

I style all your bridal party, if I have a large amount of people, I will bring an assistant along to help on the day.

Q. Are you happy to travel a long distance to style my hair for my wedding?

A. Yes, Absolutely! I style hair around Cheshire, Shropshire, all the North West Region, however, there will be a travel cost and the bridal party needs to be no less than 5 people.

Q. I am booking a wedding for a VIP client; do you have a privacy policy?

A. Yes, over the last 20 years I have styled hair for several VIP weddings and I offer total discretion and privacy.

Q. How far ahead of the wedding do I need to have a rehearsal?

 A rehearsal is generally 6-8 weeks before the wedding but this can be earlier or later to suit yourself

Q. Is it essential to have a rehearsal?

A. Yes, for both your and my peace of mind I insist on a rehearsal for every wedding booking.  A rehearsal allows me to assess your hair type and make sure it will work with the style that you want for your big day.

Q. Do I need to provide or do anything for a trial session?

What I suggest is that you have a good think about what sort of style you want. Bring along photos of styles that you like, photos of your dress and any accessories such as tiara and veil.

Q. What does a trial Run session involve?

 A rehearsal appointment is up to 2 hours. An informal appointment where we will discuss the theme of your wedding, look at images of your dress and hairstyles that you like then I will style and create your desired hairstyle for you. I will fix your headdress/tiara and veil, then take photographs and make notes so that we can replicate the style on your wedding  day.

Q. Where does a trial appointment take place?

 I offer a rehearsal  appointments at Kreative Hairdressing Salon Little Sutton CH66 1QS,  I will try and accommodate a trial at a weekend but in the wedding season it is very difficult as this is when I am actually styling hair for weddings.

Q. Can you use hair extensions for me on my wedding day?

Yes, I have full training in the application and styling of clip in hair extensions. They can be used to add volume or length to hair and are a great way to achieve a hairstyle that you thought might not be possible with your hair!

Q. Where can I get hair extensions from?

I colour match and supply clippin hair extensions. I will colour match your hair before your rehearsal so we have them on the day of your rehearsal. If you decide to change the colour of your hair once you have paid for the extension I am afraid I cannot give a refund.

Q. How much are clippin hair extensions?

I use 100% Remy Human Hair Extension, of a high quality. 15ӣ75.00 18ӣ85.00 20ӣ95.00 once you have purchased the extensions, they are yours to keep.

Q. Do I need to provide anything on the wedding morning for you?

You need to provide your ornamentation for yourself and your bridesmaids (tiara/veil/diamante clips etc.) and lots of cups of tea for me!! I bring everything else we need; all I ask for is that you prepare an area with a dining/kitchen type chair and maybe a work top or table near for me to place equipment on. I need everyone that I am styling hair for to be ready  for when I arrive, we will discuss this and timings at your rehearsal.

Q. Can you add someone to the list of people being styled?

 Sometimes I can if I know in advance of the big day. On the morning itself I will have worked out timings so it is unlikely that I will have spare time to add to the list of clients.

Q. Do you recommend a particular make-up artist?

 I work with lots of different make-up artists on real weddings, photo shoots and magazine features. If you require a makeup artist please let me know and i will arrange one for you.

Q. How do I book you for my wedding?

 Email me with full details of

  • The date of your wedding

  • The location you are getting ready on the morning of your wedding

  •  Time of your ceremony,

  • What time you would like to be ready, taking into consideration putting your dress on ect

  • How many people are in your bridal party?

Q. How do I pay my deposit?

If I am available, you can book me by paying a non-refundable £50 deposit. I will send you my bank details or you can pay via cheque

17 Steps to Flawless Bridal Beauty

Image Courtesy of Linda Hallberg via THE KNOT

Waterproof It

Choose a mascara that’s waterproof; it lasts longer and withstands tears. If you really don’t like the look or feel, use one coat of regular mascara, then follow up with a light coat of waterproof mascara.

On the Line

Charcoal, navy, or mahogany are your best options for eyeliner. Black or brown may look too severe, especially if your wedding will be held during the daytime and/or outdoors.

Lighten Up

Use a white shadow as a highlighter on your brow bone if you have light skin; a warmer light peach or vanilla shade will suit deeper complexions.

 Give Them Shape

Do contour your eyes, but avoid using color that’s too dense (it can detract from your eyes themselves).

Shade Your Brows

Define your brows with a pencil or shadow that matches your hair color.

Get the Red Out

Pop an eye drop if your eyes look red or tired, but stick with a brand you’ve used before to avoid unwelcome surprises (irritation or worse!).

Sweet Cheeks

Don’t forget your blush! A pop of color on your cheeks is like an instant facelift. For fairer skin, a pink tone will work; those with deeper skin tones can choose a rosier hue.

Zap a Zit

If you have a blemish or breakout just before your wedding day, keep your hands away from your face — the spot will heal more neatly if you leave it alone. In the case of a sudden monstrous pimple, see your dermatologist and ask for an cortisone injection that will shrink it instantly.

Blend, Blend, Blend

Blend well all over, especially at the corners of your eyes, since cameras pick up visible makeup lines.

Get a Good View

For your makeup application, natural light is best. If possible, set up an application table near a window. If there’s no natural light available, use a superbright lamp — halogens work best.

Sit Up

If you’re getting ready at a hotel, ask for a high bar stool so you can be at eye level withyour makeup artist . If you can’t get a stool, simply prop yourself up on pillows.

Even It Out

Use bronzing powder on your chest and neck if you need to even out your skin tone — it will make your skin more luminous and ensure that your face doesn’t look too different from your body.

Watch That Gown

Don’t, however, use foundation on your decolletage — it can stain your dress.

Carry Protection

Use a moisturiser that includes SPF 30 or higher, especially if you are getting married outdoors! You may be getting more sun than you think you are, and you will definitely look pinker in pictures.

Brighten Up

Choose a lip colour that’s a bit bright. Pale nude or brown lip hues can make you appear washed out in photos, particularly since you’ll be wearing white. If you normally wear a neutral hue, wear it as your base with a pink or rose colour on top. If you normally wear dark lipstick, use that as your base and apply a lighter sheer pink on top to give you a lift.

Keep It With You

Even if you mix various lip colors when applying your makeup, be sure to have one great lipstick to carry with you for touchups.

Greet ‘Em With a Grin

You can have the softest lips and the perfect lipstick, but if your teeth are yellow, you won’t want to flash a smile. There are lots of safe, reliable over-the-counter teeth-whitening systems, which all whiten teeth by a few shades.

find the full article at   The Knot

5 Steps To Perfect Wedding Hair

Bridal Beauty: Working With a Wedding Hairstylist

Taken from THE KNOT

A bad hair day on your wedding day is simply not an option, so seek professional help.

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You may be lucky enough to have a hairstylist who you trust completely, who knows your hair better than anyone else and can create your dream wedding hairstyle. If you don’t, well, you’ll simply need do some research. Ask other brides whose hairstyles you’ve admired. Check with your bridal salon. Once you’ve garnered a list of options, it’s time to set up consultations: the only way to determine if a hair stylist is right for you. Skip this step and your wedding look may be more hair-raising than head-turning.

 Come Prepared

When you’re meeting with your wedding hair stylist for the first time, keep in mind that since he or she doesn’t know your personal tastes, you’ll need to show as well as tell. The best way is to gather photos from magazines that feature hairstyles you like and search wedding hairstyles online. You can even bring pictures of yourself that show the way you want your locks to look, or photos from a friend’s wedding — anything that will give him a hint about what kind of style you’re seeking.

Another smart idea: Wear white to your consultation — even a white T-shirt — so that your hair color will be showcased atop the right hue. You should also choose a shirt with a neckline similar to your gown — different hairstyles lend themselves to particular necklines. Once your headpiece is in place, it will make your hairstyle look different, so it’s important to bring it along for the consultations. If it hasn’t arrived yet, ask your bridal salon to loan you a sample. Or bring along a photo, so at least the stylist knows what to expect.

Document It

Speaking of photos, you’ll want to bring a camera. Once the stylist starts manipulating your mane, ask her to photograph each finished look from four different angles — front, back, and both sides. That way, you’ll be able to see how you look from all views, and you’ll get an idea of how the stylist’s work translates to photographs. If there’s one particular style you like, ask her to write down exactly which products and techniques were used. Since a wedding consultation can take place months before your actual event, it’s important to keep notes and take pictures so you can both remember what worked.

Know How to Hire

Before you hire a stylist you need to decide a few things: Do you want her to come to you on your wedding day or would you rather go to the salon? Will she only do you hair or the bridal party’s as well? Do you want her to come and stay with you throughout the day to do touch-ups before the photo session and the ceremony? Discuss these options with your stylist. Of course, how long you hire a professional to stay with you depend on your budget and her time limitations.

Once you’ve made the decision to hire, hand over a deposit to save the date, and request a receipt. Another option is to have the stylist sign a formal contract, detailing everything you expect on the big day. It may seem overly obsessive, but this is not an ordinary hair appointment, so formalize the agreement — it’s totally reasonable to want to.

Clock It

Ensuring a great hair day on your wedding day will all come down to timing — which means you’ll need to schedule your hair appointment at precisely the right moment. Do it too early and your coif could start to look stale just as the festivities are getting started, but if you start hair styling too late you’ll feel rushed. During your hair trial run, time how long it takes to get your mane perfect, then allow that amount of time plus a half an hour of leeway, and schedule your hair appointment for as late as possible. For example, if photos are scheduled to begin at 4, and your hair takes an hour, schedule it for 2:30.

Do the Do

When the wedding day arrives, put your undergarments on under a button-front shirt so you’ll be ready to slip on your dress when your hair is done and your headpiece and veil are in place. If your stylist is coming to you, make a place for him next to a low table and sit in a chair with a low back so he will have easy access to your head. And make sure there are electrical outlets nearby for appliances like hair dryers, curling irons, and electric rollers. If necessary, have an extension cord handy.

If you begin to become alarmed about the way the stylist is handling your tresses, calmly and respectfully suggest an alternative. You need expert help — that is why you hired a professional — but that expert must be willing to help you achieve your objective. She should also give you tips for keeping those luscious locks in place throughout the reception. Also, if your veil needs to be removed after the ceremony, ask for a lesson on how to do it. After all, you want to show off that wonderful mane, don’t you?