Holy Moly. It’s getting close.
As I type this with my freshly manied red nails (did you see our trip to Blush & Blow on Snapchat?), I’m just three weeks out from our wedding, and as you can imagine, I’m feeling ALL the emotions.
So I figured for today’s Real Bride Diary, I’d keep it light with a little beauty chatter, and share a little more about my hair, make-up and accessory plans for the wedding.
I don’t expect to look quite like this, but I am going for a similar colour for my flower crown and flowy waves for my hair.
July 7th: Three Weeks To Go
– My current obsession: Trying to swap out nerves for excitement.
– Marko’s current obsession: He’s still blasting that wedding playlist!
– This week we’re mostly: Shopping for gifts for the people who’ve helped us along the way.
I don’t think we’ll look quite so cool, but we’re sure going to try!
So, I’m tying in my accessories with my hair and make-up post, because really for me (as with our wedding decor) my look is all about a vibe rather than having a certain lip colour or hair style.
And that vibe is a little glam and a lot boho, with relaxed waves, natural sunkissed make-up with dramatic eyes, and eclectic (unbridal) accessories.
As I said in my wedding dress shopping post, when I started planning my look I wanted it to be just a more put-together version of my everyday style.
While my inner bride is thoroughly channelled in the long white dress, when it comes to my shoes and jewellery, they’re the kind of things I’d wear any day of the week.
For my flower crown (which is something I have been known to wear to the pub of a Wednesday evening), I’m going with deep pink hues and lots of greenery. I want it to make a statement and not be too small, without looking too big or silly.
For my jewellery, I’m wearing my usual arsenal of assorted gold and rose gold rings, and I’ve bought the most gorgeous khaki green, beaded tassel earrings from J Crew (you can see them in the snap below).
My shoes are chunky suede lace-up sandals (fun fact: I’m breaking them in right now as I sit at my desk, but they’re actually pretty comfy!).
A Few Of My Favourite Things
My face has been one of by biggest sources of wedding worry over the last year. That sounds a tad dramatic, but anyone who’s struggled with acne will agree with me, having bad skin that can seriously get you down and wreak havoc on your confidence.
So while I wanted a natural, dewy, sun-kissed look for the wedding, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to pull it off when I needed so much coverage.
Luckily, after persisting with my GP, (trying about four different cocktails of creams and tablets), then visiting a dermatologist, and being incredibly strict with my skincare, I’m finally (mostly!) pimple free.
Now that could change when we fly home to get hitched, I only have to look at an airplane and I break out!
While I do have quite a bit of scarring left over, I’ve luckily found the amazing Cara at Brown Sugar in Dublin, where I’ll be getting my hair and make-up done on the morning of the wedding. (I way preferred the idea of going out to a salon rather than have the pros come to our hotel).
As a former sufferer of bad skin, she totally got my anguish and from my trial with her, I know she’s going to make me look and feel gorgeous on the day.
Below are some of the celebrities I’m hoping to channel with my make-up…
Celebrity Make-up Inspiration
Adele and Ellie Goulding are my wedding beauty spirit celebrities!
My wedding day hair will be pretty straight forward. Down, wavy, done!
I have pretty long and quite straight hair, so I’ve long-since lamented the idea that my curls will last all day, but I’m hoping I can start with glamorous waves and maybe go to bed with at least beachy ones.
A girl can dream!
Beauty treatments are never really something I’ve indulged in. I do my own nails, I’m terrified of facials (on account of said acne!), I only get my hair cut every eight months or so, and my dry heels tend to be left in sinfully bad condition.
All that has changed over the last few months, and I’m now entirely addicted to visiting beauty salons.
A few snaps from Blush & Blow in London
Just yesterday I got a gorgeous Shellac mani (it was at Blush & Blow in London, it’s such a nice salon, the staff are awesome and they have the coolest bathrooms!), next week I’m booked into the hairdressers, and the week after that, I’ve eyebrow threading (I’ve been dedicated to growing my brows with Brow Bar’s growth oil!).
Luxury pedicures are my new favourite thing to do on a Sunday morning.
While it does feel a little indulgent, it’s been really nice to have an excuse to take time out, splash a little cash and look after myself. And while I may not have as many mani-pedis after the wedding, I’ll certainly be keeping up my newfound penchant for pro treatments.
Brides and grooms, you need to milk this time and thoroughly treat yourselves. I give you permission to pamper!
This whole look is entirely my vibe!
Photo by Stone Fox Bride
Oh and if you’re wondering what I’ll be listening to as I get my hair and make-up done. This is it.
Catch up on the rest of my Real Bride Diaries.