Wedding OOTD and Champagne-Fuelled Instagrams

This weekend I was invited to the wedding of some family friends who are finally getting married after a decade of being together. Naturally I was worried about what to wear, I've never done an OOTD post before and for good reason! I'm not great at putting outfits together, partly because I don't particularly like shopping mostly due to my lack of funds and my weight and therefore I have a very limited wardrobe. Since starting my weight-loss journey I haven't bought any new clothes as I am saving up for a big shopping spree when I hit my target, it seems pointless to buy clothes that will hopefully be too big for me before long. I left buying a dress far too late so I was a bit limited in my options as most shops are now switching over to Autumn-Winter stock and it's too early for Christmas party season. It didn't help that after browsing online I wasn't able to find any of the dresses I liked actually in the shops. In the end I ordered two dresses from Debenhams (in theory to give me two options but also so I could qualify for free delivery!). Thankfully I did order both dresses though as I decided to go for my second choice! This multicoloured floral box pleat dress is from Madam Rage and cost me £25. I wasn't sure about it to begin with because it has a very busy floral print, however it looks a lot prettier on than on the hanger. It has a zip fastening up the back which is easy to do up (I hate stiff zips!) and it also came with a tan coloured belt. The dress definitely needs to be worn with a belt to break up the pattern and create a waist although I switched out the tan belt for a cream one with a bow clasp (originally from Primark) which I think is a lot prettier. I paired the dress with black wedges I already owned (originally from Tesco!) because they are super comfy with sensitive soles and they are very easy to walk in. I also think they go nicely with the dress although I think nude courts would have worked well too (and elongated my stubby legs!). I went quite simple with the jewellery opting for my geek chic Time-Turner necklace and chunky gold and cream bracelets. I must apologise for the terrible lighting and dirty mirror in my 'trying-on-the-outfit' selfies!

On the day of the wedding Mum had booked us both to have our hair cut and styled so we wouldn't have to worry about it. I didn't want to go for anything too complicated, but I did want to add a bit of interest to my hair rather than just having it curled or straightened. After browsing Pinterest for ages I decided to go for a simple braided headband, see here for a tutorial! While I loved the braid, I did feel my newly straightened hair was a bit flat (probably due to having my normally very thick curly hair thinned out just before) so I wish I'd asked for a bit more volume or perhaps had it curled instead, but you live and learn! I wore my make-up as I usually do when I'm dolling myself up opting a base of stick concealer over my blemishes, The Body Shop Lightening Touch under my eyes, followed by Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in Ivory and Stay Matte Pressed Powder. I used The Body Shop black Liquid Eyeliner and Super Volume Mascara on my upper lashes followed by the Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil to fill in and shape my eyebrows. On my lips I used the Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lip Liner in Black Tulip and a coat of my favourite lipstick - The Body Shop's Colour Crush in Crazy Sexy Crimson. I love the 'pin-up' make up look and I like to think that it suits my pale skin tone so that is what I'm aiming for when I put on my make up! 

Here's a couple of selfies of Mum and I from the wedding, doesn't she look gorgeous? I really should find out where her dress was from as it was stunning with such vibrant colours and it suited her so well too! We both had a really good time and it was such a lovely day despite the rain. I joked that I would be wearing my dress again tomorrow and she asked "why, where are you going?" to which I replied "nowhere, but I might as well get some use out of it!" Joking aside I actually fell in love with the dress in the end, and I can totally see myself wearing it in winter teamed with tights and boots, in fact I can't wait to be able to do that! If I haven't mentioned it, Autumn/Winter is my favourite time of the year, and I love wearing dresses with tights, boots, and knitwear! 

Well, that concludes my first foray into an OOTD post, I don't think it will be happening again soon (unless I decided to post about how I've transformed this outfit into a cosy Autumn daytime look!) so let me know how I did! 



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