Snow White’s Wedding

Last weekend I was approached by a rather curious proposal that came from a very unlikely source, Lover.ly. Lover.ly is a site that aims to make wedding planning simple – and fun. I have to say I know nothing of wedding planning, I’ve never had to do it and to be honest, I’m not much of a planner to begin with. I always want everything to happen as soon as I get the idea for them, so planning a wedding event for like a year or two in advance seems crazy to me, but I think I’m in the minority in this. From what I’ve heard and seen (mostly on US TV), wedding planning is often far from easy and simple – or fun. It’s often a very stressful time for everyone involved, so I’m glad that Lover.ly is working on making the whole process a bit less of a hassle.

I would say that the biggest wedding-related hassle for most brides-to-be must be picking the right dress. After all, you will be seen in that dress in front of everyone on a day that is mostly about you. Honestly, nobody seems to pay that much attention to the grooms at weddings, perhaps because their attire is always pretty similar! Wedding gowns however… they are the deal. When Lover.ly suggested I would combine a dress with a makeup look for a wedding, my first instinct was “Why me?! I know nothing of weddings, dresses or makeup?!”, though I guess I know a bit about makeup. However… after I sat on the thought for a brief moment (again with my instant action), I realized it could be quite fun to challenge myself with something like this.

When I headed over to Lover.ly to look at the dresses featured, I was overwhelmed again and wondered what did I get myself into. For a while, I had no idea what sort of a dress I could want for the look, until… it hit me! Snow White. When I got married, 7 years ago, I basically picked the first dress that was about the right fit without need for alterations or anything. I actually did not want a wedding dress at all, but at the time, in my little town, there was nothing beautiful and plus size that didn’t seem matronly. The dress I ended up with I did love, even though it did give me a slight cream-cake like appearance, in my opinion. When I wore the dress, people kept saying I looked like Snow White, even though my hair was red. Something about my dress reminded everyone of the Disney Princess! My own dress was off the shoulder, white with deep red detailing. The neckline was entirely adorned with small red and white roses, which were also scattered throughout the flowing part of my dress. It had a slight corset to it and it went along my own natural waist line. It was very beautiful! Not the dress I would choose now, but beautiful none the less. Now, I chose the dress I would actually wear, if I had the chance to do it all over again!

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(click the image to go to Lover.ly, where this dress is featured!)

This dress spoke to me. This Monique Lhuillier dress is described as being ivory silk organza illusion neckline gown with natural waist, long sleeves and embroidered lace overlay. It is a rather formal wedding dress, but at the same time, there’s a certain winter-y lightness to it, due to the see-through bits that I find it versatile enough for many types of wedding. I love the belt detail at the natural waist, something that I personally would like to highlight, since I do actually have a waist. I like the cut of the dress, I think it could be flattering for many body types. The sheerness gives it lightness, the lace gives it intrigue and the sleeves and high neckline add a bit of modesty and vintage charm. It’s a dress of many dimensions, just like a woman has. At least I do! I would actually use that veil too, it is quite lovely and simple.

Snow White's Wedding

(click on the image to view the products on Polyvore)

As far as the hair goes, I would, if there were enough length in the bride’s hair, style it on a low, but rather full bun, allowing for the dress and the bride’s happiness to shine through! I would also add red shoes to the look for a “secret” pop of color underneath the dress. I chose two styles, ballerinas and little t-strap heels that would be comfortable enough for a bit of dancing as well. For the sake of the theme I chose, I also included a Valentino purse, because it would be the perfect choice for Snow White’s perfect day. Personally, I would opt for fake leather where I can, but of course, that is entirely up to the bride!

And then the makeup! This was an easy one! I wanted to choose products that would be both available in several countries (if not physically, at least through ordering online) and cruelty free. NYX is a very affordable, cruelty free brand with a wide range of products, so I would go with it – after all, weddings can be an expensive affair already, why blow a thousand dollars on makeup too? This look I chose can be modified to suit various skin tones. You don’t have to be as pasty white as Snow White herself to pull this look off! If you have very dark skin, I would swap the blush color I chose for something closer to your natural skin tone and same goes for the eyeshadow. The main focus of the look is on the red pout, for which I chose NYX Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo, which is a lovely red shade, perhaps a hint cool. If you need or want to use a lip liner, don’t hesitate to use it!
I would apply the blush very lightly on the apples of your cheeks and skip the bronzer – the look is about slightly enhanced natural beauty with the lips taking the main stage. I picked a slightly pink neutral matte eyeshadow that will just nicely even out the color of the eyelid and offer a good platform for nice black gel eyeliner. I would line the upper lash line thinly from the inner corner of the eye, making the line thicker as you head for the outer corner. If you want, you could make it a modest wing. Use a good couple of coats of your favorite, trustworthy mascara and you’re good to go.

If you feel like it, you can of course add to the look what you want / need, such as highlighters, primers, foundations, powders, etc. If you want and dare to, combine your dress with some red jewelry, such as the Carmen -line from Finnish brand Kalevalakoru. I wore the Carmen pendant in my wedding! They do deliver abroad – I should know, my husband ordered my necklace all the way to USA when I was visiting him!

I do hope you enjoy this little look I created and perhaps even got an idea for an upcoming wedding of yours! For me, this was a fun challenge and a delightful break to my usual routines.

PS. For a scent, I could recommend the Victoria’s Secret “Enchanted Apple” – it would go with the theme…

Wardrobe Wednesday – Feeling the fall

Autumn is hereI’ve officially accepted that Winter Is Coming. I mean… that the fall is here! It’s the end of August and while it should still be fairly warm, it’s very wet outside and when I leave in the morning it’s often also quite chilly. Today, I put on my old, black Vagabond boots for the first time this fall/winter. I love wearing boots, but I feel like I might have been a bit early this year – but at the same time, I really want to wear fall/winter stuff already! I have worn a jacket all week and I have stashed away my summer dresses and dug out my jeans instead. I’m also loving the light weight (yet warm) knits I ordered online when it was still summer.

I’m also starting to adjust to my new hair and it feels it has already grown a bit, even though it has been a mere 1,5 weeks since my cut. I feel like it’s starting to do its thing again and just work, which is nice. I need to fuss with it less. Also, my bangs feel slightly less ridiculous!

As fall (or winter) is coming, I’m happily switching to darker, muted colors and thicker, chunkier pieces in jewelry and clothing. I feel like fall is my season and I’m at my best when I get to layer up a bit! One thing I’m also really loving is my dark, moody nail polish, which is an old O.P.I. shade “We’ll Always Have Paris”, which is a very dark wine/purple/brown kind of hue. Oxblood, perhaps? Gloriously glossy and brooding. One of my favorite necklaces, the chain with spikes gets to make a comeback again as it pairs well with knits and heavy fabrics.

When fall comes, I always get comfortable with blacks, greys and jewel tones and those are the colors I feel the most comfortable with anyway. I do also love white, which I tend to wear throughout the year. In terms of my nails, I go for the dark wine hues, deep blues and purples and I dig out my glitters again (and then curse when I try to remove them).

Are you swapping your wardrobe out for fall/winter already? Is it chilly where you are? What are your fall essentials?

My kimono

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I was recently reviewing my H&M order (after returning those pants – boo!) and swapped my t-shirts for some that were readily available. At the same time, this gorgeous kimono caught my eye and without much thought, I clicked it into my shopping bag! I have no idea how it’s going to look on me, but I’m hoping I’ll love it in real life as much as I loved it in the pictures. I would style it with some dark straight or skinny jeans, nude(ish) faux leather sandals, a bright faux leather purse (that nearly-neon yellow is just so appealing to me!), a simple black tank top, some eye-catching jewelry and bright orange lips and nails.

I should be getting my kimono in April and hopefully by then, the weather will be looking a bit more spring-like too!

How would you style a modern day kimono? Do you own one? If so, how do you wear it?

PS. You can get to my Polyvore page for this look to see all of the items used by clicking the image.

Experimental order from H&M Finland Online

Experimental order from H&M Finland Online
Sadly, I will have to wait for the t-shirts until the end of the month or so, they were out of stock at the moment. Curious to see how the fit is in their plus size range as I’ve never ordered anything from it.

Sudden Fashion Crisis

Why am I suddenly craving for skirts, dresses, colorful everything, bold prints, pants that aren’t jeans and generally all things that I do not have in my closet? Have I been following too many fashion and beauty blogs with beautiful and stylish authors that can put on anything and make it look extremely appealing? I think the only thing I can make look appealing is a pair of fuzzy slippers…

I would know how to dress, but my body as it is, is a challenging one to dress. I’m disporpotioned in the sense that my upper half is 2-3 sizes smaller than my bottom half and my badonkadonk is the size of Russia. This is probably why I’ve always been really excited about purses – they can be worn all year round and always come in the right size!

Current Cravings

Above – some things I selected from the vast collections of Polyvore. I’m basically wanting everything that I don’t already have and I’m not entirely sure as to why. I’ve also been hit with a certain “let’s get healthier!” -feeling now, probably due to being sick most of the year so far.

I need to try to find some pieces that would suit my body as it is, but give me a bit of a style update none the less. Definitely some nice pants would be a good choice, something comfortable enough for sitting down all day at the office, yet something stylish enough that it’s appropriate. Now there’s a challenge for someone who exclusively wears jeans to anything one can wear jeans to…

What sort of items are you looking to get into your closet?