Talonted Lex

London beauty blogger.
Obsessed with make up, nail art & gin.

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Trevor Sorbie salon, Hampstead review.

I had been bored with my hair for a while: it was just long blonde hair and I didn’t feel like I ever did anything with it. It wasn’t even a hairstyle, it was just…hair growth.

I promised my mum I wouldn’t cut my hair until after the wedding and ever since then I’ve been toying with the idea of lopping it all off but needed a while to build up the courage. I haven’t had hair anywhere near my shoulders since about 2008. THAT’S A LONG TIME AGO.

I had never been to a Trevor Sorbie salon before but I looked for salons near me and the reputation of TS made me intrigued. I also assumed it would be crazily expensive but it was pretty reasonable (£58 for a cut and blow dry - better than other hairdressers who shout at you, tell you your hair is in awful condition, and wash your hair with freezing water *cough*Toniandguy*cough*).

My hairdresser was Sarah (pictured above) who was truly lovely. She was that perfect blend of hairdresser who chats to you and makes you feel comfortable but also doesn’t talk so much you can’t read your trashy magazine. These are like gold dust and now I’ve found her I’m keeping her (not in a creepy way…)

The hairdresser’s itself was beautiful: bright, clean and the staff were friendly and not at all standoffish. PLUS they allowed dogs in which proves they are good people. I was staring at a cocker spaniel for most of my appointment trying to work out how I could get him in my handbag.

I went for a messy lob (or long bob for those who aren’t familiar with the term). I wanted something I could still tie up but something that still felt like a dramatic change. I was a bit nervous but Sarah put me at ease by chatting everything through with me before we started. I am still getting used to it and have had a slight case of phantom-hair-syndrome when I go to play with it and it’s half gone. But overall I’m thrilled and think it looks so much healthier.

I am definitely going to go back to Trevor Sorbie and would really recommend it to anyone in that area. I’d recommend having a wander round Hampstead while you’re there as well: lovely restaurants and shops and the most enviable houses in London. We were walking around planning our lives after the inevitable lottery win ;)

Lex

OOTD: We’ll Always Have Paris (…in North London)

This is my first proper outfit post and I really want to start doing more. I had to rope Aaron into being my photographer and felt pretty stupid stood on the street but am really pleased with the pictures.

It’s getting chillier in London and I am actually really enjoying wearing clothes with a bit more coverage. I complain about the temperature but I’m definitely an autumn/winter girl!

Bonjour jumper - ASOS own brand

Waffle texture midi skirt - New Look HERE

Shoes - ASOS own brand HERE

Bag - Prada

Glasses - SpecsPost

Nail art using Revlon ‘Grey Suede’, ‘Gold Coin’ and Natural Collection ‘White’. Base coat - OPI Nail Envy. Top Coat - Seche Vite.

I hope you liked this post, let me know if you’d like more outfit posts from me :)

Lex

August Favourites

Hendricks teacup - My little sister got me a Hendricks gin set for a wedding present and it came with a bottle of Hendricks and this adorable cup and saucer. There’s a little slow loris on the front (which is amazing as I always say my husband looks like a slow loris!) and says “A dreamer is one who can only find his way home by moonlight” which is a great Oscar Wilde quote. I didn’t want to risk smashing this by using it for its intended purpose, so I decided to use it to put tea lights in. It looks so cute!

Klorane nettle shampoo - I had heard great things about Klorane hair products so when I saw this come up in the Escentual sale I knew I needed it. It is a non-foaming shampoo so you really need to work it into hair but it leaves my hair super clean and gets all my product build up out so I am a big fan. It also smells like green smoothies which I love, but if you prefer a prettier, floral scent maybe this isn’t the one for you!

Cos metal and wood bangle - Cos own my heart. Minimal, simple and stylish clothes and accessories galore. I got this bangle in the sale and I love it! It’s metal on the outside and dark wood on the inside.

Bourjois Poudre de Riz de Java - I absolutely love the packaging of this loose powder: it’s based on the original powder by Bourjois that was hugely popular in the late 1800s. It’s designed to set make up and illuminate the face. I have been using this to set my concealer under my eyes as the light-reflecting properties are very flattering. The tub has a plastic turning section inside, with small holes at one side, so you can shake out exactly how much you need so no wasted product. Love, love, love.

Maybelline Great Lash mascara* - I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to try this mascara. It has been a cult product for such a long time but for some reason it never caught my eye. What a fool I was. I have been so impressed - it gives me super long, defined eyelashes, doesn’t flake and is easy to to remove. It does slightly transfer to my under eyebrow area by the end of the day but I have oily eyelids so I’m not holding that against it.

Rimmel lip liner ‘Tiramisu’- I wanted some pinky toned lip liners and this Rimmel one is wonderful. It matches the colour of my lips perfectly, is soft, easy to apply and stays put.

Bill Bryson ‘Made In America’- I am a big fan of Bill Bryson anyway and have read a lot of his travel books. This book is about the development and growth of America: from language, to people, to food, to commercialisation… I’m only half way through but I don’t ever want it to end! If you like books where you learn something, but that are interesting and funny to read at the same time then I highly recommend this. The sections on etymology and changes over time are absolutely fascinating, I’ve been boring Aaron by reading the best passages out to him!

Michael Kors nail varnish ‘Envy’- My colleagues at my old work bought me some Michael Kors items as a leaving present and this nail varnish is a stunner. It’s a rich purple creme polish and is perfection in two coats. I wore this for over a week with no chips - love it.

I hope you enjoyed this month’s favourites. I am going to try to do these every month going forward as it’s quite fun to reflect on what I’ve been loving each month!

Lex

Birchbox Manithon in aid of Coppafeel
Want to get your nails painted while raising money for an amazing charity? Of course you do!
This Friday (29th of August) Birchbox are holding a Manithon in Soho Square. They will be taking over the central London location with 20 manicure stations, staffed by marvellous Models Own manicurists (alliteration – oh yeah!) offering express manicures for a minimum £5 donation, with all proceeds going directly to Coppafeel. Coppafeel are a fantastic charity who raise awareness of breast cancer: signs, symptoms and encouraging regular boob checks.
The event is on all day but I would recommend booking a space to make sure you can get your nails done: www.birchbox.co.uk/manithon. I’ll be there at 7pm so say hi if you see me! Don’t worry if you can’t attend, you can still donate by buying one of the amazing t-shirts designed especially for the event, only £12 here: www.birchbox.co.uk/shop.
All visitors will also receive a free Birchbox tote bag, with a choice of three luxury beauty samples from 10 best-selling brands, along with an exclusive Birchbox scarf and subscription offer.
This is such a great cause and you end up with freshly painted fingers – what could be better?
Lex

Birchbox Manithon in aid of Coppafeel

Want to get your nails painted while raising money for an amazing charity? Of course you do!

This Friday (29th of August) Birchbox are holding a Manithon in Soho Square. They will be taking over the central London location with 20 manicure stations, staffed by marvellous Models Own manicurists (alliteration – oh yeah!) offering express manicures for a minimum £5 donation, with all proceeds going directly to Coppafeel. Coppafeel are a fantastic charity who raise awareness of breast cancer: signs, symptoms and encouraging regular boob checks.

The event is on all day but I would recommend booking a space to make sure you can get your nails done: www.birchbox.co.uk/manithon. I’ll be there at 7pm so say hi if you see me! Don’t worry if you can’t attend, you can still donate by buying one of the amazing t-shirts designed especially for the event, only £12 here: www.birchbox.co.uk/shop.

All visitors will also receive a free Birchbox tote bag, with a choice of three luxury beauty samples from 10 best-selling brands, along with an exclusive Birchbox scarf and subscription offer.

This is such a great cause and you end up with freshly painted fingers – what could be better?

Lex

August’s ‘Away We Go’ Birchbox*

This month’s Birchbox is a summery special which feels a bit out of place with the bloody awful weather we’ve been having in London: it is so cold I’ve considered putting the heating on. IN AUGUST. However, this box is aimed at those lucky people who are heading away on their holidays. I’ve already been away this summer on my honeymoon, but who doesn’t love a mini beauty product?! No one, that’s who.

For those of you who don’t know, Birchbox is a beauty subscription service: every month they send you a box with 5 carefully chosen items around a set theme. They are usually sample size, with some really good brands and you can then go on their website and purchase the full size should you wish. Usually they come in little canvas bags but this one comes in a ziplock see through bag which can therefore double as your carry-on toiletry bag which is GENIUS. The box is £10 + £2.95 p&p for a recurring subscription and you can see what I got in some previous boxes HERE and HERE.

So let’s dive in shall we?

'Super Comb Prep & Protect' by Number 4 - I’d never heard of this brand but the packaging instantly stood out to me. I love slightly clinical and simple packaging, especially on beauty products. This is a leave-in conditioning spray which smells divine and even boasts UV protection. Perfect for treating chlorine-soaked and beachy hair.

Creme Eyeshadow in ‘Paradise’ by Wild About Beauty - *sigh* just look at this beauty. I am a sucker for an embossed pattern or picture on beauty products and this little bee is just too cute. The outer packaging is pretty standard, fairly flimsy plastic but it comes with a big mirror and doesn’t waste space with those silly sponge applicators that no one uses. The colour is a yellow-gold which may be too warm for my skin tone but I’ll give it a whirl.

'Resist Me' Eau de Parfum by Liaison De Parfum - I love perfume samples as I can chuck them in my handbag for those days when I’m halfway to work before I realise I’ve forgotten to put on perfume. There are 4 possible scents in the Birchbox this month and I got ‘Resist Me’ which contains “Top notes of bergamot, lemon, tangerine, lavender and immortal. The heart is made of cedar, patchouli, iris and geranium. The base comprises of sandalwood, leather and musk.”

Daily Correct SPF 35 CC Cream by ‘Supergoop’ - Supergoop are a company that set out to make products that had protection from the sun at their core, something I can definitely get on board with. I tested the CC cream this morning and loved how it felt on my skin but it was just too orange for me. This is the shade ‘Light to medium’ which is something CC/BB creams tend to do and it’s just not helpful: no one who would consider themselves to have ‘light skin’ would suit this colour in my opinion.

Miracle Skin Transformer Hydro-Active Microderm by Sarah McNamara - I love skincare so this caught my eye but as soon as I saw the words ‘microderm’ I was instantly disappointed. As I have rosacea, any that offers microdermabrasion is a terrible idea (I’ve learnt this through painful and upsetting experiences in the past). People with rosacea already have thinner skin that the regular person, so using something that actively removes layers of skin is never going to go well and they tend to make my skin very angry and trigger a huge flare up. This will be going to a friend which is a shame but these boxes can’t please everyone.

I still think the Birchbox subscriptions are a great idea, even though this one wasn’t the best one I’ve had. As I said in my last review, I think these are great for people who love trying new things or for people who want to get a tester of many different products.

Lex

Nail varnish blog sale

I recently had a nail varnish de-stash (if you haven’t seen the video you can find it HERE). I threw away about 40 that we so far beyond saving that I don’t know how they were still in my collection. I also sorted some to sell that I either have two bottles of, don’t wear or that don’t suit me.

I have listed all polishes below with prices and how full they are. Feel free to ask questions in the comments if you want more information. If you want a nail varnish, just leave a comment below using Disqus and it’ll be first come first serve. Leave your email ad in the comment and I will send you an email to confirm and give you my paypal details. Prices are not inclusive of P&P so please add £2.50 to overall cost. Only UK buyers I’m afraid due to the Royal Mail hating nail varnish. Remember I can only post 4 items per package due to RM.

Thanks!

Lex

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OPI:

Suzi Says Feng Shui (never used - £5)

It’s Totally Fort Worth It (swatched once -£5)

At First Sight (SOLD)

Do You Think I’m Texy? (swatched once - £5)

Be A Dahlia Won’t You? (never used - £6)

Pompeii Purple (SOLD)

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Revlon:

Ruby Ribbon matte suede (SOLD)

Emerald City matte suede (SOLD)

Gold Coin (worn twice - £3)

Steel-her Heart (never worn - £3)

Jaded (worn twice - £3)

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 Nails Inc (and LOOKbeauty):

Blair (swatched - £5)

Chester Square (half full - £3)

Elizabeth Street (worn once - £5)

High Society (SOLD)

Holly Walk (never worn - £5)

Lily (swatched - £5)

Sloane Mews (2/3 full - £4)

Sequin Effect - £3

Privileged - (SOLD)

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Models Own:

Pink Paradise (swatched - £3)

Absinthe (worn once - £3)

Purple Blue Beetlejuice (2/3 full - £2.50)

Hayley’s Comet (never worn - £3)

Hayley’s Comet (never worn - £3)

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Collection - £1 each of 4 for £3

Fruit Loop (never worn - £1)

Fruit Loop (never worn - £1)

Fruit Loop (never worn - £1)

Siren (SOLD)

Hip Hop (never worn - £1)

Hip Hop (never worn - £1)

Angel Wings (never worn - £1)

Angel Wings (never worn - £1)

Angel Wings (never worn - £1)

Show Off (never worn - £1)

Button Moon (never worn - £1)

Bongo Beat (never worn - £1)

All That Jazz (never worn - £1)

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La Femme Beauty - £1.50 each of 4 for £5

Ice Blue Cream (never worn £1.50)

Ultra Blue (never worn £1.50)

Grey Cream (never worn £1.50)

Ultra Yellow (never worn £1.50)

Ultra Raspberry (never worn £1.50)

Pink Cream (never worn £1.50)

Coral (never worn £1.50)

Iceland Pink (never worn £1.50)

Ultra Orange (never worn £1.50)

Mocha Pink (never worn £1.50)

Classic Silver Crackle (never worn £1.50)

Ultra Magenta (never worn £1.50)

Ultra Gold (never worn £1.50)

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La Femme Beauty - £1.50 each of 4 for £5

Venus (never worn £1.50)

Purple Glitter (never worn £1.50)

Gold Glitter (never worn £1.50)

Cosmos (never worn £1.50)

Disco (never worn £1.50)

Silver Glitter (never worn £1.50)

Jupiter (never worn £1.50)

Sapphire (never worn £1.50)

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Golden Goddess (SOLD)

Smoky Brown (SOLD)

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Aqua Ice Blue (SOLD)

Crystal Mallard (SOLD)

Star Emerald Green (SOLD)

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Taupe of the World (SOLD)

Blushing Beauty (SOLD)

Misty Haze (SOLD)

Glamour Girl (SOLD)

Smoky Brown (SOLD)

Dazzle Diva (SOLD)

Violet Velvet (SOLD)

Green Machine (SOLD)

Gold Star (SOLD)

Desert Haze (SOLD)

Chic Confetti (SOLD)

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Blue Moon (worn once - £1.50)

White Glitter (never worn - £1.50)

Spring Green (worn twice - £1.50)

Mushroom (SOLD)

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H&M - £1.50 each or all 3 for £3.50

Beauty Bandit (worn once - £1.50)

Wanna Pepperoni (worn once - £1.50)

Chica Boom Boom (worn once - £1.50)

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Jewel Tone (swatched - £1)

Atomic (swatched - £1)

Electra (SOLD)

Salt n Pepper (Swatched - £1.50)

Lava Flow (worn once - £1.50)

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1067 - pink with heart shaped glitter (SOLD)

34 - bronze with multicoloured glitter (SOLD)

03 - sheer pink with pink glitter (SOLD)

20 (black with multicoloured glitter (SOLD)

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311 (never worn - £1)

314 (never worn - £1)

Sweet As Sugar (worn once - £1.50)

Navy Glint (never worn - £1.50)

Mellow Yellow (never worn - £1.50)

Forever (worn once - £1.50)

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NFU 61 (swatched - £4)

Pearly Nude (never worn - £4)

430 (swatched - £3)

Maybelline Mudslide Tote (worn once - £2.50)

Essie Sexy Divide (SOLD)

Lac Attack Death Day Party (SOLD)

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345 (SOLD)

398 (never worn - £1)

Coral (2/3 full - £1)

Black Glitter (worn once - £1.50)

Tea At The Glitz (never worn - £1)

Beige Babe (never worn - £1.50)

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Sephora for OPI ‘Already Famous’ (worn once - £3)

340 (worn once - £1)

26 (worn once - £1)

Retro Red (never worn - £1)

Intergalactic (never worn - £1)

Rosy Sand (worn once - £3)

Silver Plum (SOLD)

Ruby Fruit (worn once - £3)

White (never worn - £1)

Rose (never worn - £1)

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Praline (SOLD)

Mulberry Pie (never worn - £1)

City (never worn - £1)

Gold Struck (never worn - £1)

Accessorize ‘Butterfly’ (worn once - £2)

M&S Blue (never worn - £1)

M&S Teal (never worn - £1)

Edinburgh Gate (SOLD)

Bruton Street (never worn - £1)

Leicester Square (never worn - £1)

Burlingtons Arcade (never worn - £1)

Phew!! That’s a lot of nail varnish!

Again, don’t forget that P&P will be £2.50 per package (small package prices due to nail varnish not fitting through the 2.5cm hole for a large letter, and RM rules say I can only send 4 polishes per package (have I mentioned I hate Royal Mail?). Comment to let me know if you have questions though!

Thanks,

Lex

The Big Nail Varnish Destash!

I thought it was time for me to go through my nail varnish collection and try to whittle it down. I have so many polishes that I never use (or have never used!) because they just get lost in the pile. So I’m sorting through them, picking out my favourites, throwing some away and putting some up for sale.

Hooray!

Lex

Make Up Revolution ‘Flawless’ eyeshadow palette

That thing you can see in the distance is a bandwagon and this is me chasing it to jump right on! Make Up Revolution appeared out of nowhere a few months ago and the blogging world has gone crazy for it. Affordable make-up with an amazingly wide range of products? GIMME.

I decided to try out their eyeshadows first as they looked so gorgeous and were so affordable. I got the ‘Flawless’ palette and ‘Girls On Film’ and have been using them every day since.

The photos above are of the Flawless palette and as you can see it’s a gorgeous mix of 32 shimmers and mattes in a range of neutral colours. They are seriously stunning. I would recommend wearing an eyeshadow primer with these as they have a tendency to crease by the end of day but apart from that I really can’t fault them. They come in a sturdy black case with a huge mirror.

This cost £8. Yep, you heard me. EIGHT. POUNDS. Such a bargain.

Have you tried this palette? What are your favourite shades?

Lex

July favourites

It’s that time! Time to tell you about the products and items I’ve been loving in the past month.

Alpha H Liquid Gold - I have been coveting this stuff for a long time. It’s a cult product that most beauty bloggers rave about and I was lucky enough to win it (along with lots of other Alpha H products) in a Twitter competition! I was a bit nervous about using it due to my rosacea but I am loving it! I’m going to do a full blog post on it soon as there’s too much to say here!

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum - this is my current favourite foundation, mixed together with the La Roche Posay* CC Rosaliac cream. I was sent the LRP CC cream by Escentual a few months ago and it was too dark for me but I loved its coverage. After the honeymoon I had a bit more colour to my face so the mixture of the two is perfect. The Bourjois feels light, covers all my redness and looks really natural. 

Sephora Formula X nail varnishes - When I was in Dubai, these were some of the only things I got in Sephora (don’t get me started!) I haven’t tried the third one yet, but these two are seriously stunning. The blue and black one is called ‘Turbulent’ and the multicoloured pastel glitter is ‘Demolition’.

Crazy Colors ‘Lavender’ - As you may have seen, my hair is currently purple. I have been trying to resist the urge to cut all my hair off and the only way I’m doing that at the moment is by dying it silly colours. I actually love this purple shade but it fades so quickly which is a shame. If anyone knows any bright hair dye that lasts longer, let me know!

Topshop lip crayon in ‘Wave Goodbye’ - I bought this in the John Lewis sale, I think it was about £3. It’s a lovely pretty pink nude colour and the finish is very creamy and moisturising.

L’Oreal Color Riche Mono eyeshadows - These are gorgeous little beasts. They have a range of mattes and shimmers and they are all glorious. I have been wearing these most days and cannot recommend them enough, I got ‘Breaking Nude’, ‘Cafe St Germain’ and ‘Little Beige Dress’.

Rimmel Scandaleyes eyeliners - I am always on the hunt for a simple black eyeliner and this one is pretty much perfect: it’s the Waterproof Kohl Liner and it’s soft enough to not be scratchy, hard enough to give you something to work with and it stays put! I have very watery eyes and this does last until the end of the day. The other liner is a Shadow Stick in ‘Bad Bronze’. This is chubby eyeshadow pencil and I use it to line my eyes before smudging out.

A signed print from Niki Pilkington - Eeeeee!! I’ve wanted something from Niki for ages and I am so happy with it. I decided to treat myself as a ‘you got an amazing new job yay!’ present. Her stuff is so beautiful and you can find it HERE.

Like the look of any of my favourites? Let me know in the comments!

Lex

Rimmel ‘704 Sweet As Sugar’ nail varnish review with swatches

Occasionally I find myself wandering the aisles in Boots or Superdrug and I knowing that I want something but I also knowing I won’t wear it very often. This is what happened with this nail varnish. I knew I wanted a baby blue polish but also knew that I’m not a huge fan of blue on me so wanted something good quality but cheap enough that it wouldn’t matter if I only wore it a handful of times. In those situations I usually go for Rimmel: their nail varnishes are great quality - long wearing, shiny, easy to apply, good brushes - plus they’re usually under a fiver. Perfect.

*sigh* I was really disappointed with this nail varnish. Rimmel formulas are usually so good, even their pastels are great. But this one needed so many coats to reach full opacity. The above photos are after 4 coats of nail varnish. FOUR. And you can still see bald spots. I also tried this over a white undercoat and you could still see the white through the bald patches which made it look really uneven. BAD. I have quite a few of their pastel polishes and none were anywhere near this bad so I was pretty miffed. It’s a good job I’m not a huge fan of the colour really, I will probably just use it as a base for nail art.

What are you favourite ‘I need something but a cheap something’ brands?

Lex

Birthdays should always mean McQueen…

These photos were taken months ago (on my birthday in April in fact!) and I forgot to publish them. I’ve not really done any fashion or outfit posts on my blog before as on a day to day basis I wear black jeans and grey/black tops. It doesn’t make for a terribly interesting read!

However, for my birthday this year Aaron’s parents presented me with the instantly recognisable silver bag with the huge embossed Q and my heart skipped a beat. His parents know I adore McQueen and went in a picked this out with absolutely no input from me or Aaron! They have a very good eye.

It’s such a bright and pretty t-shirt with the standard skull featured on the front and I love it!

Lex

Honeymoon beauty favourites

Yesterday I posted the first part of my wedding and honeymoon beauty favourites. Here is the second part, featuring nails, skincare and make up.

I hope you enjoy the video!

Lex

My wedding beauty favourites

I’ve just posted a video of my beauty favourites for the run up to the wedding and also the make up I used on my wedding day,

I hope you like it!

Lex

Our wedding: the venue and the speeches
This is the third instalment in the wedding blog series. You can see my Wedding Get Ready With Me HERE and the ceremony blog HERE. As with the others, this is pretty photo heavy so get a cup of tea and get comfy!
As with the other blogs, these photos are all by On Love And Photography who are INCREDIBLE. Let’s go!
Booze and hugs all round.


The wonderful Amy and Brad who performed amazingly beautiful songs while we got drunk in the glorious sunshine:

Can you sense the relief that we have the scary bit over and done with?

Table settings…

…including boozy party favours of course.

My dad’s speech swung wildly between saying lovely or humiliating things. I think this was the section on teen boyfriends…

Luckily the best man’s speech focused on embarrassing Aaron as much as possible so it all evened out.


There were a lot of heads in hands.





The cake was M&S with flowers from Fiona Hogg and twitter birds from Etsy as cake toppers.

The first dance was to ‘Hey Soul Sister’ by Train and included Aaron accidentally hitting me over the head with his elbow.

AWKWARD BUT ENTHUSIASTIC DANCING.


We made our own dressing up corner by buying tons of props and a cheap wooden picture frame for people to hold up. So much love for this idea!

Sorry for another ton of photos, I hope you’re still enjoying them. One more wedding blog to go and a honeymoon one and then I promise I will get back to beauty posts!
Lex

Our wedding: the venue and the speeches

This is the third instalment in the wedding blog series. You can see my Wedding Get Ready With Me HERE and the ceremony blog HERE. As with the others, this is pretty photo heavy so get a cup of tea and get comfy!

As with the other blogs, these photos are all by On Love And Photography who are INCREDIBLE. Let’s go!

Booze and hugs all round.

wedding bride and mother of the bride

Wedding party

The wonderful Amy and Brad who performed amazingly beautiful songs while we got drunk in the glorious sunshine:

Can you sense the relief that we have the scary bit over and done with?

Wedding bride and groom

Table settings…

wedding table settings

…including boozy party favours of course.

My dad’s speech swung wildly between saying lovely or humiliating things. I think this was the section on teen boyfriends…

wedding father of the bride speech

Luckily the best man’s speech focused on embarrassing Aaron as much as possible so it all evened out.

wedding best man speech

wedding best man speech

There were a lot of heads in hands.

wedding speeches

wedding speeches

wedding speeches

wedding speeches

wedding speeches

The cake was M&S with flowers from Fiona Hogg and twitter birds from Etsy as cake toppers.

wedding cake

The first dance was to ‘Hey Soul Sister’ by Train and included Aaron accidentally hitting me over the head with his elbow.

Wedding first dance bride and groom

AWKWARD BUT ENTHUSIASTIC DANCING.

wedding dancing

wedding dancing

We made our own dressing up corner by buying tons of props and a cheap wooden picture frame for people to hold up. So much love for this idea!

wedding bride and groom

Sorry for another ton of photos, I hope you’re still enjoying them. One more wedding blog to go and a honeymoon one and then I promise I will get back to beauty posts!

Lex

Our wedding: the ceremony
This is the second post in the blog series I’m doing on our wedding. Yesterday I did a Wedding Get Ready With Me which you can find HERE.
Today is all about the ceremony. A bit of background to the venue we chose first…
We picked the Royal York hotel as it was very convenient for guests to get to (being right next to the train station) while also being one of the most beautiful buildings I’ve ever seen. We had looked at a lot of venues and hadn’t felt the little shiver of excitement…until we saw The Royal York. I emailed my mum saying ‘This is THE venue, do you like it…also it rings a bell for me, was I christened here?’ to which she replied saying ‘No, that’s where your dad and I got married!’ FATE. I don’t care if you don’t believe in fate. IT WAS FATE. It was meant to be.
We aren’t particularly religious so decided to have a civil ceremony in the venue to save the faffing around with cars and shuttling people around. We only had a small wedding of about 60 people and decided to have them all at the ceremony as we love them all and wanted them there for the whole thing. We chose two readings from our best friends: Olivia and Jenny read 'I Like You' By Sandol Stoddard Warburg and Dan and Tom read 'Oh The Places You'll Go' By Dr Seuss.
I can practically hear you shouting from here: Enough with the back story, GIVE US PHOTOS!! You asked for it…

My dad kept telling me to stop shaking. Surprisingly, that didn’t work.


Have you ever seen anyone look more nervous. I was late so I can’t really blame him.

I walked down the aisle to ‘Here Comes The Sun’ by The Beatles. Hearing that song now makes my stomach flip over like I’m going to horf everywhere. But in a good way?

This was after we side-eyed the guests when the registrar asked if anyone had any reason why we shouldn’t get married!

Aaron was so stressed his hands swelled up which meant his ring would not go on!

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a Big Crier. And I mean BIG. I cry at everything. So it was a huge surprise to everyone that this was the first tear of the day, and it was only a little one. PROUDFACE.

OBLIGATORY SOPPY SHOTS.




And that’s it for the ceremony. I didn’t fall over or faint or weep loudly throughout the entire thing which was impressive I think!
On Saturday I will post the photos from the speeches which involve a lot of laughing, cringing and me with my head in my hands. I hope you’re enjoying these blog posts, it’s lovely for me to relive the day and I wanted to share as much of the day as I could with you all as so many of you have followed our relationship on Twitter and been very supportive over the past 3 years. So thank you!
Lex

Our wedding: the ceremony

This is the second post in the blog series I’m doing on our wedding. Yesterday I did a Wedding Get Ready With Me which you can find HERE.

Today is all about the ceremony. A bit of background to the venue we chose first…

We picked the Royal York hotel as it was very convenient for guests to get to (being right next to the train station) while also being one of the most beautiful buildings I’ve ever seen. We had looked at a lot of venues and hadn’t felt the little shiver of excitement…until we saw The Royal York. I emailed my mum saying ‘This is THE venue, do you like it…also it rings a bell for me, was I christened here?’ to which she replied saying ‘No, that’s where your dad and I got married!’ FATE. I don’t care if you don’t believe in fate. IT WAS FATE. It was meant to be.

We aren’t particularly religious so decided to have a civil ceremony in the venue to save the faffing around with cars and shuttling people around. We only had a small wedding of about 60 people and decided to have them all at the ceremony as we love them all and wanted them there for the whole thing. We chose two readings from our best friends: Olivia and Jenny read 'I Like You' By Sandol Stoddard Warburg and Dan and Tom read 'Oh The Places You'll Go' By Dr Seuss.

I can practically hear you shouting from here: Enough with the back story, GIVE US PHOTOS!! You asked for it…

My dad kept telling me to stop shaking. Surprisingly, that didn’t work.

Wedding bride and father of the bride

wedding bride and father of the bride

Have you ever seen anyone look more nervous. I was late so I can’t really blame him.

wedding groom

I walked down the aisle to ‘Here Comes The Sun’ by The Beatles. Hearing that song now makes my stomach flip over like I’m going to horf everywhere. But in a good way?

wedding walk down the aisle

This was after we side-eyed the guests when the registrar asked if anyone had any reason why we shouldn’t get married!

wedding bride and groom

Aaron was so stressed his hands swelled up which meant his ring would not go on!

wedding bride and groom

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a Big Crier. And I mean BIG. I cry at everything. So it was a huge surprise to everyone that this was the first tear of the day, and it was only a little one. PROUDFACE.

wedding bride and groom

OBLIGATORY SOPPY SHOTS.

wedding bride and groom kiss

wedding bride and groom

wedding bride and groom

wedding bride and groom

And that’s it for the ceremony. I didn’t fall over or faint or weep loudly throughout the entire thing which was impressive I think!

On Saturday I will post the photos from the speeches which involve a lot of laughing, cringing and me with my head in my hands. I hope you’re enjoying these blog posts, it’s lovely for me to relive the day and I wanted to share as much of the day as I could with you all as so many of you have followed our relationship on Twitter and been very supportive over the past 3 years. So thank you!

Lex

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