Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Halloween makeup for wedding

This evening I stumbled upon this video featuring Ruth Crilly from A Model Recommends. In the video Amy Conway, a makeup artist for Bobbi Brown, does Ruth's glam halloween makeup. I love Bobbi Brown, I love Ruth, so I expected a great video. But it turned out to be more than great!

I always knew I wanted to do my own makeup for my wedding. If you google wedding makeup, all you see is very natural, rosy, barely-there looks. And I wear makeup much brighter than that EVERY DAY. I knew I wanted something really amped up, not sure exactly what, but I was certain that only I could deliver the oomph I wanted.

Now I know exactly what makeup I want for my wedding. And it's exactly what Amy applied on Ruth in the video. I am extremely excited now, even though I do feel a bit weird that I want a halloween look for a wedding. But now that I think about it - my dress is gray! It will look amazing!

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Learning life skills, wedding planning, and the perils of exercising

Wedding planning - to tent or not to tent?

One thing I really enjoy is exercising. It is weird because one thing I really hate is exercising. I hate the  during but love the afterwards and the long-term effects of it: when I can't do any physical activity, it makes me feel very down and sluggish. However, I'm the biggest whinger when I exercise, I hate 'pushing myself'. Sometimes though I do get into the mood of 'let's try harder!'. Like I did on Monday. The outcome - I injured my back so much I struggle to walk. So the plan to grab my new life by the horns has been quite unsuccessful to say the least..

BUT despite the physical setback, I am moving closer to getting my driver's licence - I passed my theory part yesterday!! I couldn't be happier as I got maximum points for the multiple choice question part. When my fiancee took his theory test, he also got maximum points, and we do tend to compete a lot, so I am really glad we're even here. I already booked my practical test as well, so if all goes well, I will be able to drive by the time I turn 26. Which is very late I must admit, but better later than never!

Wedding planning hasn't been going that well. But hopefully we will book our venue in the next few weeks. I will share more wedding plans in future posts.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

A fresh start

Feeding ducks in Coworth Park a month ago

Today was a good day - I felt like a stone was lifted off my chest. I spent the whole last year agonising over the degree I was doing, every minute of it made a tiny piece of my soul die. It was that bad. And today it's all over! Today I'm starting my PhD and I feel extremely happy. Ready for anything that might come my way.

So to mark this glorious occasion, I decided to bite the bullet and start a blog. I was toying with the idea for years now, have actually started a few blogs and deleted them few weeks later. And I suppose  that happened because I was always trying to start a niche blog - first knitting, then science, then beauty, then science of beauty, and I could write a few posts but I could never keep it up. I know that bloggers are advised to keep their blogs focused and on the topic, but once I stopped fretting over what 'my topic' was, I suddenly felt that I could indeed blog.

A very clever person once advised me to keep a journal of everything that makes me feel happy, so that when I'm sad, I can always open it and be reminded about all the wonderful things that happen to me all the time. Sometimes I get so consumed by sadness that all I can see is darkness, and tend to forget the happy things. 

When I look back at the last year, I think such a journal would have helped me so much, so finally I feel ready to start documenting all the things that inspire me and make me excited every day. And it's not just beauty, fashion, science, or knitting - all of these and many other things mean so much to me that I can't just pick one. So I won't. I have no clue which direction this blog will go, but I'm willing to give it a try and see where it will take me.

So what will you find in this blog? I don't know. I'm leaving that as a huge question mark, even to myself. If anyone ever reads it, I hope you will enjoy this journey with me!