Life | My Wedding Regrets

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If you're a follower of me on here or Instagram, then you'll have noticed that I got married last year and just last week was our first wedding anniversary! It was a perfect day from start to finish and we were so lucky that everything went smoothly. BUT over the last year whenever I've looked back at the wedding, there's always been little things in the back of my head thats said "Oh, I wish I did that differently!"

Now when I say regrets, I don't mean to Sean. I love him and that was a good decision (unless Henry Cavill is interested..) but what I do mean are all the little things that we maybe rushed or couldn't afford etc. 

1. Videographer

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One of the best pieces of advice I was given before the wedding was "to just enjoy it – the day goes by so quickly so just try and take it all in" and I always brushed it off but looking back, there are so many moments that I missed or just forgot because I was so busy and stressed. Looking through the pictures from our photographer was a great way to refresh my mind but I do always regret not forking out the extra cash to hire a videographer as well. There was definitely a few moments like our vows, the best man’s speech and our first dance that would have been amazing to capture. 

If you’re planning your wedding and deciding whether to hire a videographer or not, do it!

2. "Wore in" my wedding shoes

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I brought my wedding shoes months in advance and when I initially brought them they felt so comfy and because of that, I didn't feel the need to wear them in. Big mistake! I managed to walk down the aisle and back and then the flat shoes when straight on. It was a much comfier day but I was a little miffed that I'd spent all that money on nice shoes to just wear them for half an hour max!

3. Hair and Makeup Trial

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I did a hair trial months before the wedding and it went really well and we managed to get it done in record time so we thought that we'd be fine on the day. Fast forward to the wedding morning and it was super humid and my already stubborn hair did not want to stay in it's updo! After a lot of hair spray and grips, we did manage to get there but with 4 other bridesmaids to get ready with hair and make-up didn't exactly help the situation. If I could go back, I could definitely organise that morning a lot better.

4. Not to spend so much money on candy!

natalie and sean wedding

After a last night scrolling through Pinterest session, I was adamant that I wanted a candy bar at our wedding. I had even found a cheap "dollar store" DIY way of doing it but £100 later from a Makro visit, the cheap idea went straight out the window! We were kitted out with all kinds of gummies, candies and lollipops but there was so much left over that the whole family was still eating them months after the wedding.

5. The colour scheme

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The one thing I always had a problem making a decision on was our colour scheme. I very initially wanted burgundy with slight blush tones but after finding it impossible to find nice bridesmaid dresses, I ended up going with a more mulberry tone. Because this was a very late change, I'd already ordered some decorations and flower arrangements so there were a few things that didn't really match which even now, really annoys me.

6. Not worried so much!

natalie and sean wedding

Overall, the whole day went amazingly and I couldn’t have asked for anymore. I spent a lot of time on the run up to the wedding stressing about little things like “will it rain?”, “will everyone turn up?” “will I fall on my face on my face walking down the aisle?” and honestly it was all for nothing because no it didn’t, yes they did and no I didn’t. 

If you’re getting married this year or next (dependant on current events!), just enjoy it! Don’t worry about the weather or if everything will go right, the whole point of the day is to marry the love of your life and everything else doesn’t matter.

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Life | Glasses Direct Home Trial

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I've been wearing glasses since I was in high school and as much as you'd think I'd be used to what I can only describe as a palava of finding a new pair, I'm not. The eye test part is easy, you sit in a chair and say some letters but after is when the hard part comes. I actually hate the process of trying on all the different frames and it's only made worse when the sales assistant follows you around commenting on the frames you pick and which "suit you". As an introvert who is also very picky, this experience haunts me and often makes me feel pressured to pick any frame just so I can leave the shop!

To take the pressure off giving a decision there and then, the lovely people over at Glasses Direct have a handy "home trial" for all us shy/indecisive people. After browsing through all their frames, you simply enter your details and within a few days you get a lovely surprise posted through your door.

You have the whole week to pose in front of your mirror and take huge amount of selfies before needing to send back. And the best thing about the home trial is that if you're still not happy or want to try more frames, you can! 

If you're in the market for a new set of specs then I whole heartedly recommend Glasses Direct!
 
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Top left: Logan | Top Right: Albion
Bottom Left: Albany | Bottom Right: Lucas

P.S. I chose frame 1!
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Make-up | Seventeen Stay Pout Lipstick in Make An Entrance

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Even with all the drama going on recently with Coronavirus, I am determined to not let it get me down and to continue staying positive! One thing I did the weekend to try and put this into action was to spring clean my make-up collection. As well as throwing out a lot of old/empty products, I did manage to find a few hidden gems which I'm sure I will write about in the near future.

Before the discontinuation of one of my favourite brands (boo you Boots!), I managed to stock up on some Seventeen goodies before they disappeared for good. One of my purchases was their Stay Pout lipstick in the shade Make An Entrance and I thought I would give it a try.

Due to how bright Make An Entrance is, I feel like I'm a bit limited to when I can actually wear it. I'm usually a nude/light pink kinda girl and normally leave bolder/darker colours for more "special" occasions but out it came and I actually enjoyed the change. The shade is very much bright red but with an undertone of orange which surprisingly went well with my complexion. It had a nice smooth formula that lasted a good couple of hours before needing a top up.

Sadly like I said above, you can't pick up the 17 brand anymore which is a shame and kind of makes this review a little redundant but it felt like a shame to not show off this gorgeous shade. A similar shade can be found by E.L.F's Orange Dream!

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