The up and downs of wedding hair

I am now less than five months away from the wedding, and have suddenly realised that apart from buying the dress and hair comb, I have given really very little thought to how I want to look on the day. Nice would be a good start, and maybe even pretty… but that’s not really a good description to give to a hair and make-up artist is it?!

I have been researching lots of looks so that know vaguely what I am talking about when I eventually pick some poor soul to beautify me on my big day.

I have been trying to find . . . → Read More: The up and downs of wedding hair

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Diamonds (or all jewels really) are a girls best friend

Ladies if, like me, you are currently on the look out for bridal jewellery I would recommend you have a sneaky peak at American website Tejani. I should be in bed right now, but instead the gorgeous sparkles of the earrings, necklaces, brooches, bracelets etc etc etc have got me so excited that I just have to write a little note for you about it.

The brand is the brainchild of Urvi Prunier, a New York City designer and business woman, who called it after her maiden name Tejani which means brightness or sparkle in Hindi.

The jewellery is an eclectic mix of classic, statement, . . . → Read More: Diamonds (or all jewels really) are a girls best friend

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And the beat goes on…

I have a long list of wedding related tasks to work through, but every time I tick something off I remember three other points I need to add on. One step forward, three steps back, as they say.

Thankfully Mr CB and I marked another two biggies off our list. The first is the DJ, which we have booked through Prelude – one of Kew’s recommended entertainment suppliers. Actually, this was one of the responsibilities I gave Mr CB to sort out, along with booking with wedding transport, wedding night accommodation and booze.

He decided on a DJ called Steve who does events . . . → Read More: And the beat goes on…

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3 months of planning… in 5 points!

Happy New Year all! I can’t believe it’s been so long since I last wrote – I had a number of plans for blogs, and then life and wedding planning sort of took over… and now here I am, six months away from the wedding. My goodness, I feel a little faint!

Here’s a round-up of what’s been happening, and what I have discovered along the way.

1. The Dress: I ordered it at the end of September, and it is a beautiful, light gold Maggie Sottero number. It is not something I would have picked for myself initially, as I had imagined . . . → Read More: 3 months of planning… in 5 points!

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The Big Question: What’s the best red lipstick to suit Asian complexion?


It would be a miracle if you hadn’t noticed this season’s hot makeup trend, which is being sported by girls around Shoreditch as much as it is by the Hollywood Glitterati. What am I talking about? Red lipstick of course.

Blondes, brunettes, black and white – whatever their colouring, trendy girls are all rocking the red look.

I want to ditch my neutral shades, at least for a while, and get in on the action too (!). But have never, ever been able to find a shade of red that suited my Asian / Pakistani complexion . . . → Read More: The Big Question: What’s the best red lipstick to suit Asian complexion?

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The quest (for the dress) begins

Standing in front of the mirror this morning I inspected my lacklustre hair. I tried tying it up. I tried pinning it. I even tried one of Mr CB’s headbands (not as weird as it sounds – he has longish hair, and favours a slightly hippie-ish look when away from the corporate environment of The City). But, damn it, nothing would work.

And it was then, as I brushed my hair into a slightly different side-parting, that I spied a few gatecrashers between my black locks. No, not a pair of nits, but worse – some grey hair. There they were, as apparent . . . → Read More: The quest (for the dress) begins

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Shoes for brides with petite feet!

Anyone with tiny toes like me knows how hard it is to find grown-up, fashionable, well-fitting shoes… and how frustrating, and sometimes a little embarrassing, it is to be relegated to the children’s department of a shoe shop (particularly when you are a shoe lover).

BUT, the gods of shoe heaven have finally answered my prayers, and I am about to burst with excitement as I share this with you. I have just discovered (thanks to a very clever colleague, a veritable angel Gabriel) a lovely little website full of lovely little shoes dedicated to petite ladies with petite feet!

Kick off those . . . → Read More: Shoes for brides with petite feet!

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Vintage elegance for budget-conscious brides… from Topshop!

I love this beaded maxi-dress from Topshop’s new collection, and I think it could make an elegant, vintage inspired wedding dress – perfect for a more informal soiree. At just £225, the Snow Queen Maxi Dress is a steal for brides on a budget, and the loose column style should hide a multiple of sins! It’s probably not the best option for petite ladies like me, but if you are not vertically challenged then I’d suggest you check this out.

. . . → Read More: Vintage elegance for budget-conscious brides… from Topshop!

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Five summer wedding colour schemes

Last Sunday, Mr CB and I went to an open day at Cambridge Cottage, Kew, where representatives from Peyton Events (who provided the yummiest canapes), Prelude Entertainment and Pollen Nation florists were showcasing their products.

The venue was dressed for a wedding and looked even more lovely the when I saw it last – particularly the dining room, where each table was given a different colour scheme… proving that simple little touches can have quite a big impact.

Have a look below for some ideas:

Pretty in Pink

A simple look with flowers, including voluptuous peonies,  in fresh and summery pinks and peaches. I love the . . . → Read More: Five summer wedding colour schemes

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Halal make-up for Muslim brides

Muslim brides in the UK will now have access to Halal make-up, thanks to a business-woman from Birmingham.

Samina Akhter has launched the country’s first range of Halal cosmetics that are free of alcohol and animal products.

Her company Samina Pure Make-up imports the cosmetics from Australia, which are certified by the Halal Certification Authority Australia.

As reported in the BBC, she said: “I was shocked to find that some products contained alcohol and even pig placenta.

“Many Muslim women like me have been frustrated by wanting to look good and follow their faith.”

Since launching the company three months ago, Akhter has already attracted 500 . . . → Read More: Halal make-up for Muslim brides

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