16 Sep 2018

Finding The Wedding Dress



The dress, hair and make up was very important to me as a bride and I just wanted everything to be perfect. I know how important these can be for other brides-to-be so I thought I'd share the details of where I got inspiration for my dress, went shopping and what look & style I was going for.

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I consider my style to be very simple and I wanted the exact same for my wedding dress. I looked at a few styles on Pinterest and Instagram and couldn't really decide on a particular style. I was always drawn to streamlined shapes but I thought I could perhaps go for something different - I was very open to ideas.



I visited a couple of places and tried on a fair few dresses but I didn't force myself to make a decision until I found the dress. I actually found my dress at Beautiful Brides in Nottingham.

When I arrived with my mum and sister, the ladies at the store escorted us to our own private room and asked me to fill out a questionnaire. The questions involved the obvious questions about the date and time but they also were curious to know the venue as they can try pick out styles that would match the theme and vibe of the venue.

Anyway, I let them know that I was open to every style and just wanted something simple and something I was comfortable in. I also wanted a sleeve on my dress and the flexibility of wearing it with a long veil.



I tried 20 or so dresses on and found that the beautiful big princess style dresses drowned me as I was on the petite side. I much preferred the simple straight or mermaid style dresses. I fell in love with two dresses and after an emotional reaction from my mum and sister, I settled on the dress. I said yes to the dress!

It was a stunning Pronovias dress which was all over lace, had a beautiful long trail and three-quarter length sleeves. The boat neck detailing and simplicity of the design was what drew me to the dress and I just found it light, comfortable and very me.



Accessories and shoes

The veil I settled on also had a long trail and was longer than my dress (very Kate Middleton inspired) and had beautiful scalloped beading detailing around the trim.

I knew I didn't want to spend an arm and a leg on my heels because a) I never really wear heels & wanted them to be worth my while and b) I've heard many stories about bridal shoes never being worn again or being really uncomfortable. I also have small feet (size 3's) so I often struggle with shoes and sizing and just wanted to go somewhere I know and feel comfortable with. My shoes were a simple pair of rose gold block heeled New Look shoes!

For accessories, I just wanted a pair of earrings as I knew I wanted my hair in an up do so I went for these lovely square style studs from, Pandora.

The entire outfit was the epitome of what I wanted: simplicity and elegance.

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9 Sep 2018

Planning A Wedding // Advice and Tips




Planning your wedding day can be really stressful but the whole process should still be enjoyable and memorable. I really enjoyed the planning process and know how daunting it can be so I thought I'd pop a little post together for bride-to-be's so you can be a little prepared before you get cracking.

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Have a vision

First things first, make sure you know what you want. I had a Pinterest board (which bride doesn't?!) and showed it to my aunt who was also my wedding planner. She knew exactly where to go and how to achieve the look I wanted for the big day.


Do your research

Everything you decide on needs to be researched beforehand. Whether it is the little things or the big things, read as many reviews, articles, websites before booking / confirming.


Don't rush into making any decisions

Although you might want to just tick as many things off on your list, don't rush into doing so. This day is a day you'll never forget and many others may never forget too. You don't want to make the wrong choice about something.



Consider a wedding planner

Luckily I have an auntie who also plans events and weddings so she helped me out a great deal when it came to all things wedding related. I'd really recommend getting one if you don't quite know where to start or if planning is not your forte.


Go to wedding fairs

Before our wedding, we made it our mission to go to as many wedding fairs our possible. It really helped with the planning of the venue, invitations, dress and decor. I found a few suppliers through the wedding fairs so be prepared to grab as many flyers and business cards. Also, you often get freebies! Who doesn't love a good freebie?


Take time to relax

Planning a wedding doesn't have to be entirely stressful! Make sure you take the time out of each week in the run up to the wedding to relax as much as possible. It is a nerve wracking day and I think brides, more than groom's, feel it. Book yourself in for a massage - I did this on my wedding week and it was the best thing ever in helping calm my nerves.


Remember that it is your day!

When planning our wedding I remember I'd keep thinking about what everyone else wanted until I realised that it isn't about anyone else but about us. I started making decisions based on what I wanted and obviously catered for everyone in the process.



Before you start planning

Before you start any planning, make a check list of every little thing you need to do. Being my organised self, I created a spreadsheet and noted every little detail down and it helped me keep on top of everything.

On the list make sure you prioritise what means most to you... to get an idea mine was something like the below:

1. Venue / Date
2. Invites
3. Food and Cake
4, Dress and outfits
5. Honeymoon



Preparations for the bride:

I got so caught up in planning all the other bits and bobs that I almost forgot about what I needed to prepare for myself as the bride. Make sure you don't forget to organise yourself...

Look to booking the below details for yourself as well as bridesmaids and close family and friends.


Checklist for the bride

  • Hairdressers
  • Hair stylist
  • Make up artist
  • Massage
  • Nails




On your wedding day

When the big day does arrive, make sure you surround yourself with whatever makes you comfortable. I was really excited on the morning of the wedding, I had all my family and friends around me for breakfast and then spent some alone time in our hotel room until my hair and make up stylists arrived. I think it is important to have some space because the day can be a little overwhelming so make sure you do whatever it is you need to do to feel as calm and comfortable as possible.

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Good luck with the wedding planning and treasure these moments! 

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2 Sep 2018

The Pre-Wedding Skincare Line Up // AM & PM



To kickstart Wedding Month on Fatima Writes I thought I would start by sharing one of the most important things that I wanted to nail before my wedding: My skincare routine. Over the past few years I've really been battling with eczema and dermatitis on my skin and in particular, my face. It has been quite the journey and even until now, there has been no end. I was very lucky to have a calm moment with my skin before the wedding and on the wedding day and I think it was down to my skincare routine that I stuck by religiously.

I had my wedding make up trial a month before my wedding and at that point, my skin was awful. My make up artist has worked in the industry for years and recommends a skincare plan based on what she sees. She recommended I try Liz Earle products because it is gentle yet effective for my dry, dehydrated and irritated skin. She also recommend I stop using physical exfoliators as this may have aggravated my skin further. I also think I had a down moment with my skin as I reacted badly to some Clinique products I was testing out earlier in the year.



Anyway, I nailed a skincare regime, one for the morning and one for the evening and I swore by it all month. My skin cleared up instantly and was glowing on my wedding day! I have very dry, sensitive and irritable skin so this obviously won't work for everyone but I thought I'd share in case you are looking to create a skincare routine and needed ideas for if you want to try more products and need some inspiration.



MORNING SKINCARE ROUTINE

Cleanser
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish
This cleanser is perfect for making my skin feel fresh both in the morning and night. Spend a good minute massaging the product into the skin and then use a warm muslin cloth (usually comes with this product) and remove the product from your skin. It feels so great afterwards!

Toner | Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic
Using a cotton pad, pop a little squirt of the toner on it and then swipe across your face. It is important to go in one direction and only once as this prevents any germs from spreading. I feel like this step is so refreshing!

Serum | The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid + B5
I have heard amazing things about hyaluronic acid, especially for dry skin like mine. Acid's sound scary but this one does not burn or smell funny or do anything that would put you off. I believe this is found in the skin naturally and by using it on top it attracts more moisture into the skin, hence using it pre-moisturiser and this will allow you to get the most of the product you pop on next in your skincare routine.

Moisturiser | Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser
For moisturiser I use the dry/sensitive formula from the Liz Earle range. It is quite heavy duty but I need it as my skin is really dehydrated, especially in the mornings. I apply a little pea sized amount of this as a little goes a very long way.



EVENING SKINCARE ROUTINE

Cleanser
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish
Like I mentioned earlier, I use this morning and night so this product makes another feature in my evening routine. I didn't use this to remove make up (mind you, I didn't really wear any make up in the run up to the wedding as I wanted my skin to breathe!) but instead as a step to remove all dirt and impurities that would have built up on my skin throughout the day.

TonerLiz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic
Again, also use this in the morning so I repeat this step in the exact same way for the evening.

SerumThe Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid + B5
Another repeat... I basically pop a few drops of this product on my hand a pat into the skin around my face, concentrating it on the areas that need it most (are most dry!)

Oil | The Ordinary 100% Plant Derived Squalane
This oil is meant to boost hydration in the skin and like the hyaluronic acid, can also be found naturally in our skin. I really liked how light this product was and wasn't very greasy like other oils. Above all, I felt like this actually worked and is very underrated amongst The Ordinary products.

Moisturiser | Simple Water Boost Skin Quench Sleeping Cream
This cream is lightweight, non greasy but very efficient. It really packed a punch in hydration and is almost like an overnight mask. I really recommend trying this if you are on the hunt for a inexpensive night cream.

Eye Cream | Simple Kind To Eyes Eye Balm
I've recently just finished up my tube of this eye cream but I was advised to always use eye cream and this one did the job. Cheap, cheerful and kept me from having dry skin around my eye area.



So there we have it... my pre-wedding skincare routines for AM and PM. Have you tried any of these?
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