So you're going wedding dress shopping...

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So you're going wedding dress shopping, 8 tips before you go wedding dress shopping for the first time
It's one of the biggest moments of your life. You've probably been looking forward to and planning this day since you were a little girl. You're going to take you mum, sisters and besties that have been through all the tragic boyfriends and heartbreaks over the years. You're going to all giggle and drink champagne and everyone's going to tell you how beautiful you are in a zillion different dresses. You're going to look like the most perfect, sun kissed goddess, sophisticated but sexy, elegant but charming, sensational but effortless, princess bride there ever was.You're going to know exactly when you've found 'the one' and everyone's going to tear up at the site of how drop dead gorgeous you are...  I hate to break it to you, but it's probably not going to go how you imagined. Finding your perfect wedding dress is one of the biggest and most hyped up moments of your life. The amount of pressure you can feel when shopping for THE dress can very easily spoil the moment (and don't get me started on finding the money to pay for said dress!). As a bride to be, I get it. You want everything to go perfect, but you have to know what you're getting yourself in for. I kind of put off dress shopping for a while due to the expectations of how perfect the experience should be. I've since braved the wedding boutiques and have been on my first outing to get that all important dress of a lifetime. I want to share with you some of my tips that should make shopping for your perfect wedding dress, that little bit easier!

So you're going wedding dress, 8 tips before you go wedding dress shopping for the first time
1. Take a shit ton of screenshots! You may not have a clue what kind of wedding dress you want, don't stress, that's totally normal (you've probably never had to wear a wedding dress before!). The wedding dress industry is soo overwhelming - the thousands of designers, style, fabrics, shapes, sizes... it goes on and on and don't even get me started on the accessories. Where do you even start!? I found the most useful thing to do to narrow down what 'I thought' I would like, was to spend hours searching dresses on instagram, pinterest, google any kind of platform I could find and taking a shit ton of screenshots. You need to do your research. Once you've got a bunch of photos of what you like, you can take this along with you to boutiques and wedding fairs.

2. Figure out where you're going and your budget. Once you have some kind of idea of the kind of dress you like, you can start planning your trip. If you have a budget - stick to it. There's no point going to try on Vera Wang gowns and finding 'the one' knowing you can't get it. Why torture yourself!? Who cares about the designer. No one is going to know the make of your dress, or really care how much it cost. Find a boutique or two within your budget that holds a few designers/styles you would like to try and go from there.

3. Don't bring the whole squad! Once you have your day planned, you need to figure out who's coming. I know, I know it's very tempting to bring your family, you childhood ride or die, your bridesmaids and your work bestie - but too many people, bring too many opinions! Even if you can manage to organise that many people to be available for your special shopping trip, it just isn't worth it. I don't know about you, but I just don't want any added stress when trying to find the dress I'm going to look and feel most breathtaking in. You just don't need all those opinions, it's hard enough trying to form your own. Yes, it's a lovely special moment to have your family or your best friends there, but limit the numbers. You've finally found a dress you kind of like, maybe you love the neckline and finally made some sort of decision - but one of your friends say they preferred the other one! No no no! - this is MY wedding dress, I don't want anyone to tell me that something else is better! Honestly, hearing someone say you look less than perfect in something you love is just not the one. Don't get me started on the opinionated sales assistants...
I adore my family and friends but I would highly recommend just bringing 1-2 people. As much as I value their opinions, I value my own more.  Make time to go by yourself! The next time I go wedding dress shopping, I think I'm going to do it alone. I can't wait to take my time, relax, soak up my own opinions and enjoy the experience - I may even find the one.

4. Create your bridal hair and makeup. If you're anything like myself and are more talented in buying all the makeup than actually applying it like a pro, then you'll probably be hiring your own makeup artist and hair stylist for your big day. Despite this, it's so helpful to get a feel for what you're actually going to look like walking down the isle. If you know you're going to have a hair down moment as you say 'I do', then let your locks down when trying dresses. If you want lashes for days, then get those falsies out before you go shopping. Create your bridal look, there's no point trying to find your dream dress with your hair scrunched up into a messy bun! It's so much easier to find the one if you wear your makeup and hair how you would like it on your wedding day.

5. Say bye bye to your strappy bra. You want to be able to try on different styles, so you're going to need to wear a strapless bra. This will allow you to get a real feel for each dress, without those dreaded strap marks. Be prepared to say goodbye to the bra all together! You may find a gorgeous strapless dress but your bra pokes out the top - that's probably not the look your were going for. Ask the assistant if you can go braless to get a real idea of what the dress will look like and if it does your boobies any justice! Don't worry, they will have seen all kinds of different sizes and shapes on a weekly basis - it's literally there job to fit you into the dresses and a lot of dresses are designed to make you look gorgeous without a bra in the way.

6. Take a ton of pics in different styles. I found it super helpful to get photos of myself in different dresses. It can be so overwhelming trying dresses on, you don't really know how you feel about a dress in the moment - actually it can be very underwhelming. You expect this big princess moment, but to be honest I didn't know how I felt about a lot of dresses. Having photos of you in every dress can be so helpful to look at later. It can be hard trying to make a decision about your dress of a lifetime and you don't have to make it there and then.

7. Try on the whole shebang. So you've found a dress you kind of like, but you can't quite say yes to the dress yet. Maybe it's missing something. I highly recommend trying on dresses with veils, shoes, belts etc. I didn't think I would be a belt kinda gal, but honestly when I had a particular dress on and the assistant added a dainty little belt and veil - I finally felt like a bride! Small little touches can really change the way you feel about a certain dress.

8. Chill the fuck out and have fun. Stop putting pressure on yourself! You don't have to find the dress a year in advance, you don't need to bring the whole squad and you don't need to find it right away - you don't even need to feel like it's 'the one' the second it's on your body. The more you chill out about it, the more enjoyable the experience will be. Stop trying to please everyone, it's your day and it's your dress. It only matters how you feel about your dress. Your partner loves you no matter what and they are going to think you look drop dead gorgeous in the dress you feel a million dollars in - not the dress your Aunt prefers. Go on as many or as little shopping trips as you like, take who you like and also go alone! You only get this experience once - so enjoy it.



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High End Treat or Sentimental High Street? | Wedding Fragrance

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There's so much to think about when planning a wedding, from your venue and your dress to the smaller things you probably hadn't even thought of before, like what type of button hole you're going to have or the style of place card. Today I need help choosing my fragrance for the day. I'm not sure wether to go with a high end treat or a sentimental high street staple?

For my 25th birthday Simon and I visited Brighton for a few days. I decided to treat myself to a fancy little Jo Malone fragrance. I pushed the boat slightly out and spent the £47 for a 45ml bottle. I chose Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede. It's described as charming and flirtatious thanks to its top note of juicy red apple and the lovely feminine touch of peony. This perfume is beautiful, elegant, seductive, fun and flirty - it's everything and more! As soon as I picked it, I was thinking this could be my wedding perfume! It's so feminine and classy - exactly how you would want to feel on your wedding day. I can't help but think how gorgeous this would be in the getting ready photos too. This could be the perfect wedding fragrance.

I've also been thinking that I should probably use a perfume that's more sentimental. When I first met Simon I used to wear Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy. It's very affordable at only £18 for a 100ml bottle (you can even find it cheaper than that sometimes!).  This has been my all time go to fragrance for years as it's so delicious and fruity but so affordable. Simon and I used to work together and he said he used to love smelling this, as he knew I would be around somewhere. He really likes the sweet fruity scent too. It's kind of turned in to a sentimental fragrance as I used to wear it when we were first seeing each other. This is a much more sexy but sweet scent rather than the sickly sweet original Britney Spears Fantasy perfume, it has always been a trusty staple for me.

I'm not sure which scent I prefer, I love them both. Do I go with a high end treat with the Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede or with my sentimental high street Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy?

What would be be your go to wedding perfume beauties?


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Hello 2019!

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2018 was a bit of a sucky year for me in terms of blogging and some personal aspects of my life. I really ran out of momentum and motivation and had a blogging break without meaning to. Once you slip into not being active of social media and not creating content, it can be sooo hard to get back into the swing of things. I love creating content for my blog and YouTube but I just find it so hard to stay motivated with a full time job. I've realised though, I definitely am happiest when I'm actively blogging, so I want to make much more of an effort this year to get back into the swing of things.

What better post to get back into blogging, than a little hello to 2019 and the things I have planned for this year...


Get married. Although there were things in my life that were pretty crap in 2018, it wasn't all bad - I did get engaged and started planning my dream wedding! (and we got 2 adorable kitties). This year in August I get to marry the love of my life and my best friend. We are so excited for this day and we've been spending our time recently (and all of our money - hence the lack of hauls on my blog/youtube!) planning our dream day. It truly is gong to be magical and we cannot wait to be Mr & Mrs Lake. I've been wondering wether to change all of my blog/social media to Corrie Lake, it could be a nice little revamp - what do you think?

Honeymoon. Not only do I get to marry my dream man, but we've also booked a bit of a boujee (for us anyway) trip to Mexico (if you can't go all out on your honeymoon, then when can you!?). Simon and I have been together 4 years and we've never actually gone on a Summer beach holiday, we've only really been to London, Centre Parcs, Disneyland etc together - so kind of exhausting! We can't wait to have 11 days in a tropical paradise in a 5 star adult only resort, soaking up the sun as a newlywed couple. I will probably vlog some of our honeymoon as I would love to have the memories!

Start the process of buying our first home. This ones a bit of a stretch, hence why I say start the process.  Once we have the wedding out of the way, we will have some spare money to put towards our house savings. Hopefully by the end of the year we can start getting some advise from mortgage advisors and be able to buy our own house the following year. We want to own a home so badly and I really feel like unfortunately we can't move on with our life/family until we move. We live in a small 2 bedroom maisonette at the moment that would be too small to start a family and it's too small for me really to get a lot of blogging/YouTube works done. Our second bedroom is full with my wardrobe, laundry, Simon's clothes and desk and our freezer! We would love to start our own family and I know everyone says there's no perfect time - but I'm a big believer in there certainly can be a better time. I want to enjoy raising our children, not be stressed we have no room to even have a push chair!

Be more active on social media including instagram. As I haven't been posting recently on my blog and Youtube, I haven't really been active on social media. I just end up scrolling and scrolling and scrolling and not interacting. I wonder why I feel so lost in this community at the moment - it would help if I actually interacted with people or created content! I especially want to get into Instagram this year. I've never planned content for my Instagram itself, I always just post my new blog posts and maybe a few spur of the moment snaps. Recently I've really loved using Instagram though and I want to make a conscious effort to plan content and have fun on Instagram!

Plan and enjoy creating content again. I really did have a blogging slump in 2018. I think a lot of this could be to do with planning our wedding, as I've mentioned we've been putting every penny into being able to afford to get married and save for a house, it's left zilch for personal treats. I love to blog about new makeup/skincare purchases etc and there just hasn't been a lot of that recently. I need to find a way to blog on a budget and not rely on new purchases as post ideas. I want to put more time in planning my content and enjoy doing so. I think I'm going to start by brainstorming ideas and planning my posts a month at a time. Knowing I have a ton of ideas for my blog, really helps with my motivation and lets me enjoy creating my content. If you have any tips on how you plan your content, I'd love some advise!

Open and Etsy shop. Since we've been planning our wedding, I've been going to Etsy for a lot of the decorations and stationery. I've found so many small shops with gorgeous designs it's inspired me to create my own shop. I would like to design and print foil printed stationery. I've already created a few designs for save the dates, will you be my bridesmaid cards, seating plans etc and I've really been enjoying it. I've also been finding it hard to get the exact table plan design for my own wedding, I would love a copper hanging hoop plan. I've decided I'm going to make it myself and if it goes well, I'd love to add that to my shop too. I'm not too sure what to call my shop yet as I don't want to be restricted to just wedding and prints. Any ideas hit me up beauties! I want to be as prepared and professional as possible before starting my own shop, I'm hoping I can open in the next few months.

I'm very lucky to have an exciting year ahead of me with my wedding and honeymoon and I honestly feel like anything blog/YouTube wise will be an improvement for me this year as apposed to my crappy 2018 effort! I'm excited for 2019 and I'm not going to put pressure on myself with unrealistic blog goals like every other year. I just want to be happy with the content I'm creating and not disappear for a couple of months this year!

I'd love to know what you have planned for 2019 beauties?



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