Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Will you be my maid of honour?

French romantic, lace, pearls, flowers and dusky pink and lilac hues... 
Want to know where I got my latest nail art inspiration from? 

Well, this lovely box was given to me by my best friend at the weekend...

...and it incuded a bunch of lovely gifts, along with the question of 'Will you be my maid of honour?'.
Of course I said YES!

Being her maid of honour will include tasks such as keeping her from crying on her wedding day (I'm doomed already! Every bride cries, right?), helping her pick the wedding dress (This is when I'm gonna cry... into my champagne!), throwing her an amazing hen party, telling her off when she's sending out bridezilla vibes, and a very important task... holding her dress when she needs to pee!

She had placed lots of little cards of inspiration in the gift box, which respresents the colour theme of the wedding. These included bridesmaid dresses, the bridal bouquet, hair pieces and all sorts, and it's what got me inspired...

I dug around in my nail polish collection and found a number of them that matched the theme. Although, I had to mix the peach and green polishes slightly to get more dusky colours.

I didn't really know what style I was aiming for, so I started off with a couple of different base colours, and just experimented from there. I knew I wanted to include some green and lilac, as well as lace and pearls to match the overall theme of the wedding.

And this is the result! - a very romantic, old fashioned and dusky look. Everything is handpainted by myself with the help of a dotting tool, and the tiny pearls are attached with the help of clear nail polish. I've finished it all off with a matte top coat - something that's new to me, but I really like how it turned out.
I can't wait for my best friend's wedding, and in the year and a half (almost) leading up to it, I'm sure you'll see more wedding inspired posts here on Fashion Infatuation.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Confessions of a Beauty Blogger

The lovely Sarah from sarahxsarah.com tagged me in her post, and challenged me to answer a bunch of questions related to beauty and blogging.
So without further ado, here comes my Confessions of a Beauty Blogger

1. How many hours a week do you spend planning/writing/uploading posts?
It really varies from week to week, month to month, and season to season. Since I prefer to snap all my photos outdoors there’s not much time in the winter, but there’s a lot of opportunities to do so in the summer. I’d say that I probably spend an average of 4 hours a week planning and writing my blogposts - that’s about 2 posts per week.

2. Are you a spender or a saver?
Definitely a saver! I’m not bothered about fancy brands, and prefer to have 10 pieces of normal priced clothing rather than 1 expensive piece. It’s all about variety! ;)
However, when it comes to investment pieces like a pair of quality boots or a leather jacket I don’t mind splashing out – as long as it doesn’t happen too often.

3. When is it easiest for you to write your posts?
Sundays! My other half is really boring on Sundays and happily spends all day watching football (sorry hunny), so that’s the prime time for me to do some blogging.

4. What makes writing posts comfortable for you?
Comfy clothes, sofa, laptop, and lots of coffee!

5. What’s your worst make up/hair habit?
I wash my hair too often. My sister, who’s a hairdresser, told me off for it a couple of months ago, and ever since then I am really trying to only wash my hair every other day. It’s hard though… I love a proper shower in the morning to wake me up.

6. What’s one quote you wish the world would live by?
I don’t know about the world,  but I’ve got a quote tattooed on my ribs which I would like to try and live by;
‘Every second counts, cause there’s no second try’
Pretty much meaning to make the most of every day, but without saying 'Carpe Diem'.

7. How long do you spend getting ready every day?
Well… I like sleep-ins. Maybe a bit too much! Over the years I’ve really worked on my morning routines, and they’re now down to about 30-40 minutes without a minute spare. I make sure to take my time on a weekend though.

8. What’s your favourite post on your blog?
Oooh… tricky one! I’ve blogged for 4.5 years so there are a lot of posts to choose from!
But it’s always fun when my photos have been taken somewhere else rather than at home. I got quite a lot of weird looks when I was getting my photos done for my Bohemian inspired summer fashion post, as it was on the main shopping street in Leeds on a busy Saturday afternoon.

9. Who is a beauty blogger that you think deserves more subscribers that they have?
Probably Glitterbat – her posts are really witty and well planned, which I like.

10. What’s one thing you’re excited about in the coming year?
My very oldest friend getting married (we’ve been friends since we were 6 years old), and me singing at the wedding

11. What’s been your favourite blogging moment?
Without a doubt all the amazing blogger events I’ve been invited too! 
And maybe when I got my amazing DKNY handbag free to review ;)

12. How long does it take to prep for a post?
Usually a couple of hours, including persuading my other half to snap some photos of me, filtering them down on the computer, and writing the content.

13. Are you wearing jeans/skirt right now or are you wearing pyjama bottoms?
Jeans - ain't nothing better than a good pair of skin tight jeans! Comfortable and flattering ;)

14. What are you most proud of in your life?
Being brave enough to move countries, and setting up a life here in the UK. I made myself a career, and I feel good about myself for that.
I would like to hear other beauty/fashion bloggers' view on this, and therefore tag the following – which are some of my favourite bloggers;
Glitterbat
Mode of Style
Mode Lily

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Proving that yellow isn't ugly

Oh how I love my Saturdays out and about in town. Leeds is very busy on a Saturday, but I love the atmosphere and the hustle and bustle of shoppers.
If I want a quiet moment and a break from it all, I know exactly where to go for a break – there’s a lovely cafĂ© and a small picturesque park only a few minutes’ walk from the main shopping street. Perfect for lunch and coffee, as well as a blogging photo session.

I’ve grown up learning that yellow is ugly (simply because the words ‘yellow’ and ‘ugly’ rhymes in Swedish), but in recent years I’ve really come to like this colour. I wouldn’t go anywhere near bright yellow, but I love the mustard hue – it’s a lot more natural and earthy, which is just perfect for my complexion.

This mustard bodycon midi dress is from Boohoo. It’s of a really thin material and would probably be better for summer, but I defied the weather and wore it mid-February – it’s a good thing the English winters aren’t that cold!

I’ve paired it with a pair of brown tights and a leopard print blazer to give the dress even more of a down to earth look.
The blazer is of a soft jersey material, and is one of my favourite fashion pieces. I bought it from Next last year, and I adored it from first glance!

I recently coloured my hair a bit darker than my usual blonde – I’m now sporting a light brown ombre with blonde tips, which I think goes brilliantly with this neutral colour scheme.

As for the accessories I’ve opted for yellow to match the dress. A pair of crack detailed yellow ball earrings from Wallis works great as an accessory to mark the fact that I’m matching.

As well as this, I’m wearing a black metal lace necklace as a statement piece to break off the natural look. This too is from Wallis, and was an accidental find that I’m very happy about.
So, here’s the proof that yellow actually isn’t ugly. Agree or disagree?
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