Tag Archive: Bride

Dec 08 2014

My Wedding: A Priv Makeover

My wedding IHNY 12 My Wedding: A Priv Makeover %tagOne of the main stresses about getting married in New York, after figuring out how I was going to pack my amazing wedding dress into a tiny carry-on case, had to be who was going to do my hair and make-up. Unlike my search here in the UK, I didn’t have friends in New York who do hair and make-up, I didn’t have anyone to recommend wedding make-up artists, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to do a trial, so it would have to be do-or-die on my actual wedding day.

I was freaking about it until at least a week before I flew out until I got an invite to the launch of PRIV, an incredible beauty and wellness service at the top of an app, which was launching in London but was already huge in New York. PRIV literally offers everything from haircuts, blow drys, make-up, manicures, massages and even personal trainer sessions. Oh and did I mention it isn’t crazy expensive, we are talking £38 for a blow dry and style or a manicure with nail art, and their stylists will come to you. Super easy and I really don’t know what I would have done without them.

I was lucky, the PR pulled a few strings and got me the full monty nails, make-up and an up-do, basically a wedding makeover, and I was treated to the best that PRIV has to offer, and I was truly looked after – thank god they launched in London and came on my radar.

I had my nails done the night before, the lovely India came to my hotel suite, dealt with the moody Soho Grand lighting like a pro, and worked my vision of having blush, pink nails with a glittery silver tip with ease. I wanted something fun that would compliment my vintage wedding gown and its heavy beading, while still being girlie and romantic. I was so pleased with the result, the colour was perfect and the silver had just enough sparkle.

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I loved the contrast between the drama in the side braid, which worked perfectly with the pearl pins I picked up on eBay, and the modern-chic vibe of the ponytail. I just felt it was perfect for a fun, elopement in New York City. My worry when looking at wedding hair inspiration was that I would look old, stuffy and not myself, and I was so pleased that Michael worked his magic with my very untraditional bridal vision and produced a truly unique look.

What also made this look perfect was the fact it lasted all day, honestly there wasn’t a hair out of place when we got back after a great day, and it lasted through hours of shooting our wedding photos, most of which were outside and it lasted for champagne shenanigans and dinner. I was seriously impressed.

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I love that she came prepared with options, not that she needed them that she thought about adding individual lashes to work with my glasses, and that she prepped my skin to perfection so that my wedding look stayed put all-day long.

My transformation didn’t take long, the PRIV glamsquad are masters of their trade and I was super impressed with their skill, their personalities, we really did have a giggle, as well as everyone understanding what a big day it was for me, I felt like they went above and beyond what they needed to do and they certainly made me feel and look fantastic, as well as create looks that matched my vintage wedding gown.

PRIV has just launched in London, in selected areas for now but I am sure it will grow in the coming months, so why not download the app on Apple and Android, it is free, and treat yourself – why not just before a big date for a work event, or just because – trust me you will feel a million dollars afterwards.

I am really pleased with my wedding looks – do you think my vision worked with my New York wedding?

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Nov 26 2014

I’m Married: Returning As A MRS!!!

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For years I didn’t think marriage really meant that much, well not to us, we love each other, we have a house, we have a car, we have the pets, and I didn’t need a ring to signify how committed we were to each other, we’ve been together for 11 years, that is pretty committed. It has been strange over the past year, while planning our wedding, how important this ultimate commitment has become to me and I have to be honest I didn’t realise how much becoming a Mrs would change me, how I feel towards my now husband and just how happy it would make me, which if you haven’t guessed – very!!!

I was such a cynic, I loved going to weddings and see my friends say their vows, but a year ago I would have said I would be happy without, how wrong I was. When we said our vows to one another, in front of our lovely friends who made the trip to New York with us, I had never felt such joy before, here was the love of my life telling me I was the one, and it really did make me glow with love and happiness, truly one of the best days ever.

For some, a ceremony not performed in front of god doesn’t mean as much, and I have to totally disagree – no matter how or where you say your vows the commitment is between just the two of you. I am not saying a religious service isn’t a good idea or needed, I am just saying that it wasn’t for us. I only really bring it up as someone commented that it wasn’t as deep a connection. To those who feel that way I have to tell them no matter what the words are, I felt the love of my husband and even though it was only a couple of minutes, I took it seriously and enjoyed every second of it, and I even shed a few happy tears.

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Enough of the heavy stuff, back to the fun and romance of getting married in New York, which I have to tell you, is the best. I have never been to a city where they wholeheartedly embrace a bride and groom and it made us both feel so special and blessed. Everywhere we went people congratulated us, told me how pretty I looked, how much they loved my dress, including tennis champ Serena Williams, and even took our picture. It was so lovely, it has made me wonder whether we would have got the same response in London’s Hyde Park or Trafalgar Square.

The professional pictures aren’t quite ready but I didn’t want to wait to share some snapshots from our special day, you might have already seen some of these before as I have shared on Instagram, but I promise the real deal very soon.

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We basically took snaps in all of our favourite places in New York to have the most amazing wedding pictures, in front of the Brooklyn Bridge and New York skyline, in Grand Central Station and Central Park, and we even made a stop at the Sprinkles ATM for a slice, or should I say wedding cupcake, as you have to eat cake on your wedding day. Afterwards we headed to the Plaza for champagne to celebrate, before dining the night away at Tavern on the Green, which I promise to share all about in a separate post, as if you are planning to go to New York you need to eat here.

I will talk more about my amazing wedding dress and accessories in its own special blog, as let’s be honest this vintage beauty needs to be shared, and how cool is my Mr And Mrs clutch from Kate Spade, it was the perfect wedding day present from my wonderful husband. They will also be dedicated posts about my hair and make-up, huge thanks to Priv, my custom wedding band from Purely Diamonds, which I adore, and all those little things that just made it such a special day, plus if you are thinking of eloping in New York I will bring you all the top tips!!!

I really can’t express how amazing these past few weeks have been, and I hope that I don’t bore you to death with wedding pictures, because as well as our New York celebration we then had a party in the UK, so I have a totally different look to share with you guys as well.

So would you consider eloping in New York City or did you? I would love to hear all your lovely wedding day stories and plans, leave me a comment below.

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Oct 30 2014

Wedding Inspiration: Brides In Glasses

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I have loved every minute of planning my wedding, which if you care is now less than a week away and there are only two more sleeps until I jet off to New York, but the one thing that has come up a lot is the question of whether I would be wearing my glasses on my big day, which I hope you will be pleased to find out – yes I will be!!!

Whether it was at a wedding dress appointment, picking out lipstick colours, or even just looking at venues, the amount of times I was asked if I was would be wearing my glasses was a little frustrating. What was even more annoying was the sad, pity look I got each and every time I said “of course, why wouldn’t I?”.

Why is it so weird for brides to wear glasses, are we less attractive just because we have poor eyesight? I thought the whole point about your wedding day was to look the most beautiful version of yourself, and to me if you wear glasses, I don’t understand why you wouldn’t want to rock a cute pair of frames. With the amount of times I was asked, it even made me wonder if I should try out contact lenses but thankfully my wonderful future husband said he loved me in my glasses and encouraged me to look for the perfect frame.

I can totally understand why many brides choose to either opt for contact lenses or even go blind for the photographs as there is a bit of pressure to be a princess bride, even Princess Mia had her glasses snapped in half by her stylist in her ugly duckling to beauty stunner transformation. But I really wanted to let other brides-to-be out there who are considering ditching their trusty frames to consider that your glasses are part of your beauty.

Don’t get me wrong I still sometimes get self conscious about wearing glasses, I am a girl after all it and it wouldn’t be normal not to fret sometimes about my appearance, but I have come to the conclusion that I don’t really look myself without my glasses. Plus I saw my wedding as opportunity to add another great set of frames to my collection, glasses are like bags you can never have too many.

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So when it came to choosing my glasses I knew that I would need to not only love them but also love wearing them with my wedding gowns, so I turned to Glasses Direct and their fab seven-day trial.

I first thought I wanted something clear, I think it was because I had everyone telling me not to wear them that I was thinking clear frames would make them some how invisible, they don’t, they just made me look weird. Clear frames totally work well as sunglasses but as opticals it just didn’t work for me. So in the end I decided to go for ones to match my hair as I really didn’t want to wear black frames on my wedding day.

The best advice I can give is go for frame shapes that you wear regularly, are comfortable in, and what suits your face, rather than what you think will work with your style. As I am wearing a vintage wedding gown it made me think vintage-inspired winged specs would be a good idea, instead it was an instant no, which I was so gutted about as I had found the most amazing glitter Miu Miu pair.

I finally settled on brown, a great shade for glasses as there are so many options to choose from, which made adding just four sets into my Glasses Direct home trial very difficult. So I went for similar shaped frames ranging in size, from the oversized Jil Sander beauties like a pair I wear everyday to the smaller, delicate looking Jones New York style, which just felt so good on and having our wedding location in the name just made them a complete winner.

I then wore all four frames with my gowns to see which one I prefered, which one enhanced my beauty, and I have to say the delicate Jones New York pair won out, which totally surprised me as I don’t normally like such small frames but they really did work perfectly and I can’t wait to wear them next week and become a bride in glasses.

If you are a bride-to-be wrestling with the idea of wearing your glasses or not, why not go for a free seven-day trial and see if the frames you love go with your dress and wedding vision, I bet you will be surprised by how much more like yourself you look.

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For more inspiration, or to just gush at gorgeous brides in glasses check out my Pinterest board, aptly named ‘Brides In Glasses’, which I promise that I will keep on adding to after I am married as I would love to see more beautiful women feeling confident enough to rock their favourite frames.

Follow Fashionista Barbie Danielle Wightman-Stone’s board Brides In Glasses on Pinterest.

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Jan 23 2014

Wedding Inspiration: The Couture Bride

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I love checking out the couture collections from Paris, as I am always in awe at the craftsmanship that goes into each piece, and I adore that no gown is too big when it comes to couture. Normally for the spring shows I am pairing up beautiful gowns with gorgeous actresses and hoping that they will wear on the Oscars red carpet, this year however being surrounded with wedding magazines getting inspiration for my own gown I thought I would share some couture bride inspiration.

Top of my wishlist, if I won the lottery, would have to be getting a wedding dress designed by Elie Saab, this man is a genius and his spring 2014 collection was another stunning scene of decadent elegance, gown after gown was just beautiful and the bridal moments were stunning.

The final gown above literally took my breath away when I was watching the live-stream, everything from the off-white hue to the exquisite embroidered detailing and voluminous silhouette – simply stunning. Just imagine how magical it would be to wear a dress like this on your wedding day, you could rest assured that no-one would be stealing your spotlight!!!

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As well as Elie Saab, the ethereal musical Valentino gown really caught my eye, so it doesn’t scream traditional bridal gown but there is something about that I think would work for a wedding, especially if you have a love of music.

Other gorgeous dresses that I loved included Dior’s simple-yet-modern gown with its textured perforation dot design, the statement peplum gown from Alexis Mabille’s exquisite collection, and the delicate lace embroidered Valentino gown that will never go out of fashion. Also how divine is this heavily embellished white gown by Georges Hobeika – so swoon worthy!!!

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As well as the divine, couture weeks also showcases the flamboyant and more out-there of pieces, including some that could work for some very confident brides. How about the showgirl look from Jean Paul Gaultier or how about walking down the aisle in Stéphane Rolland’s white jumpsuit with wings?

If you won the lottery – which Couture bride would you be?

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Aug 11 2011

Barbie Lust: Grace Kelly The Bride Doll

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I have known for a while that Grace Kelly was to be immortalised as a Barbie doll, what I didn’t realise is how much I would want the Grace Kelly The Bride Doll. I have to admit I adore Grace Kelly, if ever there is a true style icon in my opinion it has to be her, she always dressed elegantly and had an air of sophistication about her, and I loved the V&A exhibition Grace Kelly: A Style Icon, and I would so love to add this beauty to my Barbie collection.

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Mattel are releasing three Grace Kelly Barbie’s this year all designed by Robert Best. The first is a replica of one her character’s most memorable looks, the Grace Kelly To Catch a Thief doll, $34.95, she wears a ruched one-shoulder blue chiffon gown, accessorised with a scarf and clutch, and the Barbie is finished with her blond hair, styled in an upswept chignon, I also love this Barbie!!

Second up is this Silkstone Grace Kelly Bride, $175; and then following in October is Grace Kelly The Romance Doll, $135, which features two of her best-known outfits, including the fabulous floral-print dress she wore in Cannes and met Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

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I didn’t get excited about this collection until I saw this gorgeous bride doll, I love the others, but I do love a Barbie bride and this one is exquisite. This dress has been recreated to capture every detail from her gorgeous gown that she wore to marry Prince Rainier of Monaco on April 19th, 1956. From the fitted torso adorned with a row of pearly buttons down the front, to the tight waist sash and billowing skirt, and the lengthy train with its lace detailing, it even has her long tulle veil trimmed in lace. The bride also carries a small ivory prayer book in one hand and a Lily of the Valley bouquet in the other.

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But you have to look at this doll closely as even her make-up and jewellery is perfection, her pearl earrings add a sophisticated final touch to a beautiful Barbie.

I know she is a lot of money at $175, and especially when you add up the cost of getting the collection, but seen as I missed out on purchasing the final Vera Wang Bride maybe I can treat myself. I just wish that Mattel would bring out these beauties closer to June *my birthday* or Christmas!!

If I wasn’t convinced before I saw the pictures, I am now I know that next February there is going to be  Rear Window Grace Kelly doll, that is only one of my favourite films.

Any other Barbie lovers considering buying this beauty?

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