I’m Getting Married In 5 Weeks
If you follow me on Twitter (if not, why not?! Go now… @TalontedLex) then you may be aware that I am getting married in 5 weeks. That’s right. 5 weeks. Or 34 days if you really want to freak me out… *runs round living room screaming*
I have seen the #MarriedMay hashtag floating around on various social networks and thought I would have a go at it but combine a few days into single posts so my whole blog doesn’t become wedding focused.
One of the first questions I get from people when I talk about my wedding is “How on earth are you going to choose your nail varnish?” As a self confessed nail varnish addict and hoarder it was a tricky decision. I never have French manicured nails and I certainly wasn’t going to start on my wedding day. I believe that on your wedding day you should look like the best version of yourself: therefore I’m going for the above nails. Dark red half-moons and I’m keeping them fairly long. The wedding has a vague vintage theme and these nails are going to look amazing with my dress and bouquet.
I had absolutely no idea that Aaron was going to propose to me. Genuinely no clue. He found out my ring size in secret and arranged a jeweller in Dubai to make the ring from Aaron’s own drawings so that when we were in Dubai in September 2012 he could pick up the ring and surprise me with a proposal. The fact he designed this himself blows me away every time I think about it: the ring is stunning and something I could not have come up with myself. I love that it’s so unusual and striking. He did an amazing job.
My friend James is my Man of Honour. We have been friends for years and he is a freelance illustrator by trade so this was a no brainer decision for us. James designed the invitations with minimal input from us and we ADORE them. They sum us up perfectly which is just what we wanted. Go pay him to draw stuff for you, you won’t regret it. His website is HERE.
The invitation detail
We have guests coming from all over the country and wanted to give them as much as information as possible so we included an information sheet with the invites. This included details about the timings, dress code, ideas for things to do in York, hotel recommendations and covered the (always awkward) question of +1s! Again, we wanted these to reflect us and our personalities so kept it quite informal.
I feel quite strange putting all this up on my blog, it feels very personal. That might seem strange as I put my face on here and what’s more personal than that? But I think a wedding is such an intimate thing and I feel quite nervous putting it up for people to judge… is that just me?
I hope you enjoyed having a nosey into a part of my wedding planning. I’m going to do a few more of these in the coming weeks and then do another one after the wedding with my dress, venue and honeymoon etc.
Now excuse me while I vomit a little bit at the thought that I’m getting married in 5 weeks…
Custom nail decals by DIY Nails
You may remember a few months ago I posted about some amazing custom nail decals by DIY Nails that I ordered from the wonderful Tammy … I finally used them!
She makes nail decals with any design you want on them and, obviously, I chose gin bottles. JUST LOOK AT THEM. So amazing. And only £6! BARGAIN. If you haven’t looked at the DIY Nails website, I really recommend it. There are lots of really cute things on there so have a nosey!
So how do you use these bad boys? It’s super simple. You carefully cut each decal out, getting as close to the image as you can, soak it in water for 30 seconds by which point the backing will start to slide away and you can then delicately place the image on your nails. If you’ve ever used those temporary tattoos y0u used to get in bubble gum packs it’s a very similar method! Secure with topcoat and you’re done. They’re a bit fiddly but it gets easier as you go along. By the 4th finger I was pretty quick!
I am definitely going to get some more for my hen do. Eeeee!
What do you guys think? What would you get on your custom nail decals by DIY Nails? You can get your own here.
EXCITING EDIT: Tammy (the creator of DIY Nails) has also now opened a real life salon in Glasgow. You can see more info HERE. I haven’t visited it yet but cannot wait to go, it looks so cute and quirky from the photos I’ve seen. So proud to see all her hard work pay off. If you like the look of the decals on her website, but don’t have the steady hands to use them yourself, you can just go to NAF salon and have them done for you! Bonus.
I get asked a lot of questions on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook about nail care and the problems people have, so I thought I’d do a blog post on it that I can direct people to if they need it.
OPI Make Him Mine
This absolute beauty is from OPI’s holiday collection, the Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 range. And I am in love. I thought the red glitter polish (Underneath The Mistletoe) was pretty, but OPI Make Him Mine is a whole other kettle of glitter.
This is my first OPI Liquid Sand polish and I am not disappointed. The polish is surprisingly easy to apply, I was a bit worried as some glitters are thick, lumpy and difficult to apply. Add to that a matte finish and that’s sometimes a recipe for disaster. Not so with this polish. This needed 2 layers and there was no need for a particularly light hand or any placement of glitter. It dries completely matte and doesn’t take too long to dry (although I admit I did get bored waiting, I’ve been so spoilt by the speediness of Seche Vite!)
The colour is super pretty: A rose pink with hot pink, gold and silver glitters of various sizes.
Not only is this polish gorgeous to look at, I am obsessed with the texture. The rough, slightly gritty finish makes it oddly satisfying to run your fingers over.
I have so many nail varnishes in every colour under the sun, but it’s new and unusual things like this that stick in my mind. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but this has rocketed into one of my favourite polishes of all time.
Have you tried any of the OPI Liquid Sand polishes?
*Drum roll* Introducing OPI ‘Under The Mistletoe’. (possibly) One of the most Christmassy nail varnishes in the world. LOOK AT IT.