29 Apr 2011

It's McQueen......


Finally the day is here, the wedding of Prince William of Wales and Catherine Middleton.

Many have been waiting with great anticipation, which designer will Kate wear? There has been many names banded about but with great joy it was Alexander McQueen!


Her dress is an ivory gown with lace applique floral detail designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen.

Kate is said to have chosen to apply her own make up, she emerged looking radiant and ever the blushing bride, choosing a natural soft look with a little darker emphasis around her eye lashes.

The lace design on the dress made at Hampton Court incorporates the rose, thistle, daffodil and the shamrock representing the four floral emblems of the United Kingdom.

The Queen lent Kate her diamond 1936 halo Cartier tiara for the special occasion in which Kate paired with an ivory veil made of soft, ivory silk tulle, trimmed with hand-embroidered flowers framed by her beautiful long dark hair gently curled, half put in a demi-chignon with the back section left cascading down her back.

9ft train

Newly Married 
Catherine chose a simple pose of flowers which included, Sweet Williams, Ivy, Myrtle, Hyacinth and Lily-of-the-Vally.

 
I thought that Kate's dress was truly stunning, the vintage feel of the gown is breath taking, showing off her slender figure yet keeping it chic and demure  which is expected of the Royals family. 
 
Her Sister Pippa Middleton wore a elegant simple, cow-neck dress also by Alexander Mcqueen.
 

...and here's what I wore. Seems my invitation got lost in the post, however we did have sandwichs, tea and cakes in celebration.

Dress from River Island, Shoes from NEXT and Tiara from my own wedding day




Congratulations to the Duke & Dutchess of Cambridge on their wedding day.
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26 Apr 2011

On The Want

I am always on the want, but at the moment there seems to be a lot of summer clothes and shoes that I have my eye on. This could be magnified by the fact that I have been on a rather reluctant shopping ban and I'm counting down the days to pay day.

Here's my most wanted items wish list -
 All items from Tarastarlet.com
Blitz Bodice £38
Lace Blazer £56

Love Label at very.co.uk
Peep Toe Platform Sandals
£38.00

Pink Pop Floral Print Knotback Dress
topshop.co.uk
£36.00


Cream Knitted Embroidered Crochet Tank Top By Boutique at Topshop.com
£60.00

ASOS Skater Dress with Floral Skirt
£40.00


As seen on the new advert with Kate Moss. I believe that the colour is DiorKiss
£22.00
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17 Apr 2011

Homemade Eye Makeup Remover

Want to make your own eye makeup remover? Here's how....
Things you will need -  
* A clean bottle
* Witch Hazel
* Olive Oil
* Funnel

Take a clean bottle, I have reused an old makeup remover bottle as it has the dispenser in the cap but you can use any travel bottles, like the small one shown above. They can be bought cheaply from Boots or most supermarkets in their travel section.


Dispense some of the Witch Hazel into the clean bottle, filling to just less than half. A funnel is really handy if using smaller travel size bottles.


Then take the Olive Oil and pour on top of the Witch Hazel, it will automatically separate.


Voilà, you’re done! All you need to do is shake it to get the two ingredients to mix together each time you use and add on to some cotton wool. This is strong enough to remove stay fast and waterproof eye makeup.

The Product's Benefits


Witch Hazel is a wonderful product to use on your skin, it can also be used a toner. It's really cheap to buy too. It's great for sensitive skin, restores the natural PH balance and most importantly it's an astringent, which means that it cleans your pores deep down and will help to reduce the size of large pores, improving the over all quality and appearance of your skin.

Olive Oil, again is a natural product, this will assist in softening the skin and remove makeup.My cute little assistance Cherry also helped write this post, so I should also credit her!
All mixed together

Today I had a little helping hand, or should I say paw!
 
Urban Butterfly's assistant

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15 Apr 2011

Let There Be Carbs Before Marbs

As per my previous post Project Feel Fabulous I have really been looking closely at what I eat to lose a small amount of weight and to give myself some much needed renewed energy. So far I have been doing quite well. I haven't started swimming yet but I am running.

I get so easily bored of lunches so when Vicky from Fun and Fit Exercise Classes suggested a Chicken, Chickpea and Watercress Salad with a Lime dressing, I thought it was a great way to add a bit more excitement to lunch.

Vicky tells me "This is low in bad fats; olive oil & Avocado's have good fats which help promote fat loss. You need to eat the right fats to lose fat. Low in sugars & simple carbohydrates. It's full of nutrients and has the right carbs for energy"

What you need -
Chicken
Avocado
Lime Juice
Chickpeas
1 Onion
Celery
Pepper (use colour of choice)
Olive Oil
2 cloves of garlic
Watercress
Ground pepper

This is so easy to prepare just chop everything up to a size that suits your taste and add some chicken or a meat substitute.

To make the Lime & Garlic Dressing
Put 3 table spoons of Olive Oil into a bowl, mince 2 cloves of Garlic and add to olive oil, then add 3 tablespoons of Lime Juice and a pinch of pepper.
Whisk all the ingredients together and serve over the salad.
"No Carbs Before Marbs" - The Only Way Is Essex 
We should let them know we don't have to avoid the carbs to be reem!

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13 Apr 2011

Saying Goodbye To The Cold

I just had to wear one of my favourite skirts today before I start to put away my winter clothes, say so long to the chilly weather and howdy to sun dresses and wedges.

It's a heavy woollen material, so not ideal for the forthcoming summer months. 

Skirt & Top from NEXT

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12 Apr 2011

Review - Maybelline New Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner

I do love a gel eyeliner, and have been using MAC's Fluidline for some years, so when I saw the beautiful Jameela Jamil (The new face of Maybelline) advertising this new gel liner I just had to try it.

After some days of hunting, I finally found it in stock at our local Sainsbury's.
I must be honest I thought that I would discard the brush that comes with it and choose to use my own MAC angled liner brush.

Well, I couldn't have been more wrong! The brush is only small so great if you want to pop in your handbag makeup bag and not bad quality at all.
In comparison to MAC's fluidline, it does feel more lightweight. It glides easily over the eyelid and is a strong, solid back.
The only issue that I have, is I find that throughout the day it does smudge up under my crease bone, which MAC Fluidline doesn't tend to do.

In all, for the price this is a good product and I would buy again to use as part of my everyday makeup. I have high hopes that they may now extend to some further colours as currently this is only available in black.
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10 Apr 2011

A little Sunday Find

I was rummaging through my drawers earlier and found this -


It's like having a new piece of clothing all over again! I bought this before summer last year from River Island with the intention of wearing to Glastonbury, but ended up never taking it. 




So now that I have rediscovered this, I am going to see what I have or can find to pair it with. Ideally I would love to take it to Twinwoods Festival in August, but will need to wear it with something 40's inspired.

What do you think?

Happy Sunny Sunday everyone

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7 Apr 2011

Wig-Wam Bam

My hair's been driving me wild after cutting it all off again last year, I'm now at the stage I really don't know what to do with it next and I'm not overly happy with it's current style.


I own a few fancy dress wigs, and kept threatening to buy some more realistic ones thinking if it's good enough for Gaga and Katy Perry, it's sure time for me to give it a go too.


I thought I would start off with something not too drastic and found this lovely brown bob at www.wonderlandwigs.co.uk


Ordering online was super easy, and I was amazed with its speedy arrival. The hair's very smooth and lifelike even though it's not real hair but made from 100% Kanekalon synthetic fibre.

The fringe is slightly too long for me but I have a really small head, I will get it trimmed next time I'm at the hairdressers. Earlier I pushed it to the side to look more like a side fringe and it sat really well. The fringe isn't cut too sharp either, so gives a softer feel.


I even had comments from people I know today thinking that I had grown my hair! All in all, I'm extremely pleased and can't wait to buy the others I have my eye on.

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5 Apr 2011

Project Feel Fabulous

I am far from fat, but with summer looming along with my big 
3-0 celebrations which includes a girly beach holiday, I want to tone up and loose a little bit of weight.

I have mentioned before that I'm a Coeliac and tend to struggle with lunches in particular, so junk food such as chips are easy to grab when I'm busy at work. So with a little bit of time management and planning I am going to attempt to change. Weight loss is not the sole reason for this change I am also hoping to boost my energy levels and feel healthy and generally better in myself.

Today is day two of 'Project Feel Fabulous'. I had salad yesterday but finished some rather gorgeous creamy potato salad and coleslaw so I was still a bit naughty but recorded everything I ate and drank and ended the day with 1820 calories.

Here's today's lunch

Gluten free pitta bread, chicken breast, tomatoes, sliced cucumber and some Tzatziki dip
My intentions are to make more home made lunches that I can cook in batches then reheat at work to stop me craving warm convenience food, drink more water, swim twice a week before work and run once a week with my friend for motivation. I also need to get more fresh fruit into my diet. I already eat quite well in the evening and consume a wide variety of veggies.

I'm not going to be crazed and obsessed, not eating a little treat here and there. I have a pack of Percy Pigs in the cupboard, there's no way I'm giving them up!

Wish my luck and willpower
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1 Apr 2011

The Hurly Burly Show




Last night I had the pleasure of joining my friends to see The Hurly Burly Show. I am a huge fan of Burlesque, adoring the likes of Dita Von Teese, so I jumped at the chance to catch Miss Polly Rae's show at London's Garrick Theatre, which opened it's doors on the 11th March 2011 and runs until 1st May 2011.

This was the first time I had seen live professional Burlesque, and I can happily say that it lived up to all my expectations. We had good seats right in the middle, only 5 rows from the front of the stage.



The wonderfully opulent bejewelled corsets, waspies and staggering high heels were ablaze of colour from the offset. Miss Polly Rae, head of the troupe of seven Hurly Burly Girls, took charge of the stage with her tumbling red locks, classic makeup and adorned some truly beautiful and glamourous costumes.


There was three costumes that really had me in ore. One was a floor length, sheer, feather trimmed black negligee that was worn to writhe around a padded velvet bed. It was that of classic Hollywood 50's glamour.
The second was a salmon bedazzled wriggle dress that had a stunning fish tail bottom and corseted top, finished off with a large feathered plume hat.


My ultimate outfit was from the Orient scene. The HB girls sported cheeky little cut of kimonos with parasols, complete with naughty giggles as the twirled them and bared their bottoms. Polly was also in a cute cut off purple and green kimono complete with a obi that they gracefully removed to reveal red stockings and peephole bras.





Many will say that this is just a strip show, but I whole heartily disagree. Not only does Miss Polly Rae dance, she sings live very well. The supporting ladies are skilled dancers, one even a fire eater! Also this show doesn't take it's self too seriously, there are many comical tongue in cheek moments that had us all giggling.

"It's not all about the boobs and bum"

I would recommend you grab some tickets for this show before it ends on 1st May 2011.


Tickets prices range from £24 - £45.50
Find out more -
http://www.hurlyburlyuk.com
www.misspollyrae.com
Follow on Twitter @TheMissPollyRae





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