Monday, 14 April 2014

Affordable Wedding Dresses - Gold

Gossip Girl Serena Wedding Dress: Affordable Wedding Dresses - Gold


I've only got a few more coloured affordable wedding dresses before I get back to good old fashioned white gowns. This week it's gold. Gold is only a quick step from white; it still allows you to keep a traditional look on your big day but also add something a little bit different.

Gold equates to glamour; if your after a golden gown then chances are you're going for an upmarket day and dress, like Serena's wedding dress in Gossip Girl. This doesn't necessarily mean that you have to spend a lot on your wedding dress; I've tracked down some golden lovelies that would make perfect wedding dresses. Plus, they're all under £250.


The Sounds of Soul Dress - ModCloth


ModCloth The Sounds of Soul Dress: Affordable Wedding Dresses - Gold


This beautiful golden gown would make a perfect wedding dress, especially if you are after a soulful twenties or thirties theme. It's got a simple and flattering cut that allows the gold and cream sequin detail to, literally, shine.

ModCloth The Sounds of Soul Dress: Affordable Wedding Dresses - Gold


You could style this a number of ways, but I suggest keeping accessories to a minimum and rocking some Hollywood waves in the hair.

Priced $277.99


1950s Floor Length Evening Dress - Etsy


1950s Mad Men Style Gold Dress: Affordable Wedding Dresses - Gold

This light gold fifties dress is perfect for a Mad Men style wedding. It's an original vintage dress so you'll know you're wearing a piece of the past.

1950s Mad Men Style Gold Dress: Affordable Wedding Dresses - Gold


It's made of cream satin and features delicate floral details. I particularly love the open V back, very Marilyn Monroe.

One great benefit is that it comes from a British Etsy shop, Vintage Sally Boutique, so you don't have to wait for months for it to ship from abroad.

Plus, it's only £90, amazing!

Priced £90


Needle & Thread Stencil Era Dress - ASOS


Gold ASOS Dress: Affordable Wedding Dresses - Gold

Good old ASOS, it's always reliable for dresses and has some great wedding options. I love this short gold Needle & Thread dress; it would make a lovely wedding dress if you want to go short. It features a twenties style pattern detailed in sequins.

Gold ASOS Dress: Affordable Wedding Dresses - Gold

It's ideal for a stylish wedding with lots of glitter.

Priced £200


Daphne Dress - Nude


Ghost Nude Dress: Affordable Wedding Dresses - Gold


Technically this dress is nude, but it has a light gold feel. The Ghost dress is simple yet stunning, with a fluid fit that drapes over the body.

Ghost Nude Dress: Affordable Wedding Dresses - Gold

It's crafted from satin and would make a lovely gold wedding dress, one that can be styled to your desire.

Priced £245


No. 1 Jenny Packham Gold Bead Embellished Maxi Dress - Debenhams


No. 1 Jenny Packham Dress: Affordable Wedding Dresses - Gold


Of course, Jenny Packham creates wedding dresses but you're looking at thousands, where as this No.1 Jenny Packham dress from Debenhams allows you to wear a designer dress on your wedding day for a fraction of the price.

The gown features delicate beading on a neutral background.

No. 1 Jenny Packham Dress: Affordable Wedding Dresses - Gold


It's got a timeless silhouette and would make a stunning gold wedding dress.

Priced £230


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Reblog - 42 Things All Noughties Teenagers Will Remember

I jut had to reblog this; it is scarily true.
Originally posted on Hannah Gale

1. Smirnoff Ice, WKD and Archers. Tiny bottles of sugary alcohol that made you talk to boys, throw up and get told off by your parents. Goody.
2. Spending an entire week waiting for the next episode of The O.C. Fancying Seth Cohen, wanting to be Summer Roberts, and feeling awkwardly not sad when Marisa died. Oh.
3. Stripy highlights. Big blonde chunky strips through your over-straightened hair that made you look like the fourth member of Atomic Kitten, the somewhat cooler version of Kerry Katona.
4. Denim everything. Denim jackets, the perfect denim mini skirt, denim pedal pushers, denim handbags. Firmly believing Bewitched were on to something.
5. Teaming said denim mini skirt with (faux) UGG boots, dolly shoes or bright pink Converse and feeling like you’d finally nailed looking cool on non-school uniform day. Well done you, high five. All the boys will fancy you now.
6. Finishing off said ensemble with a super slicked back ponytail that took at least ten minutes to perfect, as well as half a can of hairspray, three scoops of mousse, a comb and two brushes. Then, teasing two strands of hair out. Chav chic nailed to an absolute tee.
7. Begging your mum for a belly button piercing and then wearing crop tops that displayed your emerging alcopop gut forevermore. In a dreamy world you’d have the dangliest, sparkliest belly bar out of everyone in school.
8. Inflatable chairs. Inflatable chairs that you sat on once.
9. Spending months pining over JD’s new McKenzie and Nickelson pieces. Must. Have. New. Baby. Blue. Hoodie.
10. Pay As You Go mobiles. One good solid all-evening text convo with a boy totally rinsed your credit and you’d not be able to contact anyone for a week (apart from on the landline, obvs).
11. Texting said boy on your Nokia 3310. The same Nokia 3310 that had a week long battery life. Dreamy.
12. Going to McDonalds after school just to hang, and devouring a Chicken Premiere. The queen of all the Extra Value Meals, RIP.
13. MSN Messenger. All evening, every evening.
14. Spending days picking the perfect dramatic-yet subtle-song lyrics for your MSN name.
15. Spending a similar amount of time determining your top 12 MySpace friends, sorting out the HTML to your profile background and choosing a profile page song. I mean, yeah, you definitely spent the same amount of time on your homework, so there’s that.
16. Putting a boy’s name in hearts in your MSN name. That, ladies, was when you knew you were definitely in there. Nice work.
17. Having to end an MSN conversation because your mum needed to make a call on the landline. BUT NOW HOW WILL I FLIRT WITH MY SCHOOL CRUSH?!? Evening ruined. Huff.
18. School books. Could be carried in a drawstring JD bag. Could also be carrier in a teeny tiny bag that only had room for cigarettes, a chewed pen, gum and one rolled up book.
19. Buffalo trainers with FLAMES on the side. Enough said.
20. Collecting smelly gel pens. Although not being able to write in the banana or coconut scented ones because they was basically white. Good one, pen company people. Good one.
21. Wasting (totally not wasting) entire weeks of your life to The Sims. Making the perfect family, setting your house on fire, having your children taken away by social services and wanting Mortimer Goff to fuck the hell off.
22. Relying on Destiny’s Child, Ashanti, JoJo and The Sugababes for life advice. And though my heart can’t take no more, I keep on running back to you.
23. Reading Jacqueline Wilson’s Girls In Love, Girls Under Pressure and Girls Out Late. Then being thoroughly confused and upset by the TV version. WHAT ARE YOU?! Why is Ellie not fat? Why Is Magda black?
24. Being groomed on Habbo Hotel. Oh.
25. *SPOILER ALERT* That moment when Zoe Slater found out Kat Slater was her mum.
26. Knowing one friend that got so paralytic they had to get their stomach pumped. And being thoroughly glad it wasn’t you and you weren’t grounded.
27. Plucking your eyebrows so that they were one thin line, made up of approximately 7 hairs. Exquisite.
28. Your fave jeans were a pair you’d customised yourself with fabric triangles to change your straight-cut jeans into a very snazzy pair of flares. These were soon replaced by a pair of bootcuts with sexy written in diamant√© across your bum. Yep.
29. Bored on a Friday night? Nothing better than pranking people’s home phones. Teehee.
30. Your perfume cost approximately £5.95. Because So… Kiss Me was all you needed. Thanks for that, Superdrug, you life changer.
31, Exercise consisted of your brother’s Playstation teamed with your dance mat. It’s mind-boggling that you’re not a back-up dancer for One Direction right now. Seriously, do they not know that you can dance forward, backwards, left and right?!?
32. It’s summer. What do you wear? A halter neck top complete with a New Look push up bra of course, duh. Sexy and stylish.
33. Buying all your ‘grown up’ clothes from Jane Norman. Skin-tight dresses, big plastic buckles on your tops and flared jeans. Then using the shopping bag as a very stylish overnight bag. Go you.
34. Obvs teaming the above with your heels from Faith and Dolcis.
35. That time Bombhead’s mum died in Hollyoaks he kept her body in the house for weeks. Errrrr….
36. Wearing your French knickers and thongs higher than your jeans and school trousers. Because that’s how to make boys fancy you don’t you know.
37. Feminism was Frankee’s F.U.R.B. Fuck all the cryin’ it didn’t mean jack, well guess what yo, fuck you right back.
38. Wearing your GAP jumper with pretty much every outfit for about 7 months, and being ridiculously jealous of the girl you saw around school wearing the pink version.
39. Truly believing that hoop earrings made every outfit just that little bit better.
40. Reading consisted of the best, glossiest mags ever: Elle Girl, Mizz, Sugar and Shout. They helped you through every period/customising clothes drama. Babes.
41. That moment when you realised there was a Sabrina The Teenage Witch marathon on a Saturday. Best. Day. Ever.
42. Downloading 146329 songs from LimeWire and Napster and essentially being the sole reason why HMV and Woolworths both shut down.
2000-2009, thanks for being such a jolly good sport.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Affordable Wedding Dresses - Paint it Black

Shanae Grimes' Black Wedding Dress: Affordable Wedding Dresses - Paint it Black


Avril Lavigne's Black Wedding Dress: Affordable Wedding Dresses - Paint it Black


Black wedding dresses are really a way to say, to hell to tradition, I'll wear what I want to. Celebrities like Avril Lavigne and 90210's Shanae Grimes have rocked black wedding dresses in the last few years. Rock being the operative word; I hate the phrase Rock Chick but it does kind of apply here.

Shanae Grimes has worked it really well; she combined the black Vera Wang wedding dress with red flowers and other light shades so the wedding is stylish as opposed to dark.

You don't have to pay designer prices to get a black wedding dress; I've tracked down a few gorgeous gowns that would look amazing as wedding dresses, and they're all below £500.


Jim Hjelm Occasions Two-Tone Pleat Chiffon Gown - Nordstrom


Monochrome Nordstrom Dress: Affordable Wedding Dresses - Paint it Black

To ease you in to the black theme this dress just has a hint of the dark stuff. The monochrome dress has a classic strapless wedding dress style but the black panels add a modern touch. This gown is ideal if you want to have a black wedding dress but still hang on to a bit of tradition.

Priced £147.03


Ana's Limited Edition Dress - Free People


Free People Ana's Limited Edition Dress: Affordable Wedding Dresses - Paint it Black

No more easing in, this Free People black dress is the real deal. It's got a similar look to Shanae Grimes' wedding dress, with the fitted body and the large tulle skirt.

Free People Ana's Limited Edition Dress: Affordable Wedding Dresses - Paint it Black

It combines a Gothic feel with a Boho look that's typical of Free People. The crochet top is fun and the drop waist will elongate your torso.

Priced £450


Mila Maxi - Monsoon


Monsoon Mila Maxi: Affordable Wedding Dresses - Paint it Black

This is a very elegant option for a black wedding dress. The long-sleeved dress has a classic feel and a subtle sequin design. It's not too much though as the skirt part is plain. This is ideal for an evening wedding.

Priced £199


Pamela - Nude and Black Mesh Maxi Dress - Forever Unique


Forever Unique Black and Nude Dress: Affordable Wedding Dresses - Paint it Black

If you want a black wedding dress then chances are you're not the shy and retiring type; and this is definitely a dress for the confident. It's not really a traditional wedding dress, nowhere near actually, but I reckon this would make an amazing wedding gown for those confident enough to pull it off.

Forever Unique Black and Nude Dress: Affordable Wedding Dresses - Paint it Black

The nude and black mix is very striking and the floral pattern adds a pretty note to the dress.

Priced £330


Little Mistress One Shoulder Embroidered Detail Maxi Dress - Next


Little Mistress One Shouldered Maxi Dress: Affordable Wedding Dresses - Paint it Black

This one shouldered dress is ideal for a wedding; I've seen several white wedding dresses in this style, the only difference with this one is that it's black. It makes an edgy alternative to a traditional style. I particularly love the embroidered detail.

Priced £100

That's all for this week. Check back next Monday for more low-priced wedding dresses.


Monday, 31 March 2014

Affordable Wedding Dresses - Red



Nicole Kidman red dress in Moulin Rouge - Affordable Wedding Dresses - Red


Before I start the post I'd like to say congratulations to all the same sex couples who got married at the weekend and all those who are planning their upcoming nuptials. It's fantastic that same sex marriage is now legal in Britain; we're one step closer to true equality for all.

Also, on a less exciting note, I'll no longer be doing my If I Were A Rich (Wo)Man wishlists. I'll still post about fashion and home products but I want to focus more on books and films.

Right, on to this week's affordable wedding's post. I'm continuing with the coloured wedding dresses and this week's it's red. Red is a great colour for a wedding dress; it's the colour of love and passion, plus it's bold, dramatic and really puts paid to any queries as to whether the bride is a virgin!

I've collected together some beautiful red gowns, inspired by Nicole Kidman's ruby dress in Moulin Rouge. They are all fantastic and all affordable, at under £350.


Chelsea Full length Dress - Phase Eight


Phase Eight Chelsea Dress: Affordable Wedding Dresses - Red

This amazing scarlet dress definitely has a Moulin Rouge feel about it and would be ideal as a stunning wedding dress. It sculpts the body, giving a flattering figure and finishing in a mermaid skirt.


Phase Eight Chelsea Dress: Affordable Wedding Dresses - Red


It also has a gorgeous textured rose print.

Priced £295


Red Evening Glamorous Maxi Dress with Open Lace Back - Etsy


Etsy Open Back Dress: Affordable Wedding Dresses - Red

This lovely backless dress is handmade by Etsy Seller Michalfilmar. It's a simple cut but the lace top and open back give it interest and a boho feel.

Etsy Open Back Dress: Affordable Wedding Dresses - Red

I love the lace overlay and the slight capped sleeves which look flattering on the arms. This would make a standout wedding dress that you could also wear afterwards.

Etsy Open Back Dress: Affordable Wedding Dresses - Red

Priced £124.76


Silk Gown - Mango


Mango Silk Gown: Affordable Wedding Dresses - Red

This is another red dress with back detail. The simple but stunning gown from Mango is crafted from silk and features an open back with cross-over straps.

Mango Silk Gown: Affordable Wedding Dresses - Red

The back and the flowing silk material give this maxi dress a Grecian feel. It would swirl beautifully when you walk down the aisle.

Priced £129.99


Paige Tapework Full Length Dress - Phase Eight


Phase Eight Paige Tapework: Affordable Wedding Dresses - Red

Another Phase Eight red dress, they do pretty well in this category. A patterned red dress adds to the vamp factor for your wedding. The ruby coloured tapework on this one contrasts perfectly with subtle black lace underneath. This is a wedding dress that everyone will be talking about.

Priced £325


Red Lace Trumpet Bateau Neck Satin Skirt Full Length Dress - Etsy


Etsy Red Lace Trumpet Bateau Dress: Affordable Wedding Dresses - Red

This elegant dress is crafted by Qpid Show Girl and sold on Etsy. It's handmade in Britain and has a classic silhouette and a vintage feel.

Etsy Red Lace Trumpet Bateau Dress: Affordable Wedding Dresses - Red

I love the lace top and slight peplum before the satin skirt.

Priced £129.99


That's all for this week. Next week I'll provide you with a range of affordable black wedding dresses.




Sunday, 30 March 2014

Tattoo Trends - Flowers

Tattoo Trends - Flowers


My last Tattoo Trends post was about rose designs, while researching it I found a lot of other floral tattoos that I wanted to share with you.

Flowers and plants are one of the most popular tattoo themes and they have been featured in designs since the beginnings of body art.

Vintage tattooed woman: Tattoo Trends - Flowers
Source: Inked Magazine
They represent nature and getting back to your roots. Plus, different flowers have different meanings and are often picked to symbolise loved ones.

Nowadays, floral tattoos are most often seen on women, as they're considered more 'feminine,' but men have been getting floral art for decades too, usually as a way to represent a woman.

Man flower chest design: Tattoo Trends - Flowers
Source: Tattoo Pins

Flowers and bird men's tattoo: Tattoo Trends - Flowers
Source: elsecretocanario

Here are a few of my favourite floral designs, fitting for this lovely Spring weather and all the plants cropping up!

Floral colour arm design: Tattoo Trends - Flowers
Source: Dainty Little Things

Floral colour tattoo: Tattoo Trends - Flowers
Source: 4.bp

Flower and bird arm tattoo: Tattoo Trends - Flowers
Source: Pinterest

I particularly like the vintage style black and white floral tattoos that are cropping up at the moment, they look like ink drawings.

Black and white floral arm tattoo: Tattoo Trends - Flowers
Source: imgfave


Black and white floral side tattoo: Tattoo Trends - Flowers
Source: FBCDN

Black and white floral shoulder tattoo: Tattoo Trends - Flowers
Source: CandiMandi

Black and white floral leg tattoo: Tattoo Trends - Flowers
Source: Dan Dangerous Flikr

Also, water colour flower designs look great and make a change to the traditional style of tattoo.

Watercolour floral arm tattoo: Tattoo Trends - Flowers
Source: Tattoo Ideas

Watercolour poppy arm tattoo: Tattoo Trends - Flowers
Source: Indulgy

That's all folks.


Monday, 24 March 2014

Affordable Wedding Dresses: Think Pink


Affordable Pink Wedding Dresses - Celebrities


Last week it was affordable blue wedding dresses and this week it's pink. A lot of celebrities have been rocking pink wedding dresses recently. Gwen Stefani started the trend with her dip dyed pink wedding dress.

Gwen Stefani Wedding Dress - Affordable Pink Wedding Dresses - Celebrities


Portia De Rossi followed up with a subtle pink wedding dress in her wedding to Ellen Degeneres.


Portia De Rossi Wedding Dress - Affordable Pink Wedding Dresses - Celebrities


More recently Jessica Biel and Kaley Cuoco have worn pink gowns for their special day.


Jessica Biel Wedding Dress - Affordable Pink Wedding Dresses - Celebrities

Kaley Cuoco Wedding Dress - Affordable Pink Wedding Dresses - Celebrities

I've got to admit, the thought of pink wedding dresses used to make me cringe; they were a bit too Katie Price for me. But I've discovered some that are lovely and don't have that cupcake look about them. Plus, they're all affordable and below £200.

Candlelit Soiree Dress - ModCloth


Candlelit Soiree Dress Modcloth - Affordable Pink Wedding Dresses


This lovely lace dress from ModCloth has a very subtle pink blush to it; so you can have a touch of pink without going over the top. It has a classic cut with a vintage thirties feel.


Candlelit Soiree Dress Modcloth - Affordable Pink Wedding Dresses

I also love the subtle detailing. This is a very elegant dress that would be perfect for a wedding.

Priced $129.99


Forever Unique Sweetheart Maxi Dress with Off Shoulder - Asos


Forever Unique Pink Maxi Dress Asos - Affordable Pink Wedding Dresses

This pink Asos maxi dress packs more of a punch than the ModCloth one; it's ideal for real pink lovers. It combines a traditional, Grecian style with a modern bold colour. It's also super flattering; flowing over all your lumps and bumps.

Priced £185


Nude Blush Vintage-Inspired 1920s Wedding Dress - Etsy


Gatsby Wedding Dress Etsy - Affordable Pink Wedding Dresses

This beautiful blush maxi dress is handmade by Etsy seller GatsbyLady. As her name suggests she creates 1920s-style dresses that are ideal for weddings. This dress features a flattering cut with a floaty, polka-dot skirt and a fitted bodice.

Gatsby Wedding Dress Etsy - Affordable Pink Wedding Dresses


I particularly love the beaded detail.

Priced £45


Duchess Satin Bow Back Prom Dress - Topshop


Topshop Duchess Satin Bow Dress - Affordable Pink Wedding Dresses

This is for anyone looking for a short pink wedding dress. The Topshop dress is crafted from soft, baby pink duchess satin and has a fifties style.

Topshop Duchess Satin Bow Dress - Affordable Pink Wedding Dresses

The back is the best part with the three bows. It's feminine and cute but not in a way that would make you through up your wedding cake.

Priced £75


Jane & Hudson Embroidered Maxi Dress - Nordstrom


Nordstrom Pink Embroidered Maxi Dress - Affordable Pink Wedding Dresses

I think this embroidered dress is probably my favourite of all the pink wedding dresses. I love the prairie style of it, yet it's still very elegant. It could be dressed up or down and is perfect for a garden wedding.

Priced £56.54

That's all for this week. Next week it's red wedding dresses.