PROM CHALLENGE | Dresses, Hair & Make up

Happy prom season everyone! This will be the most stressful but exciting time of your life so far but it is all worth it for the big day! In honour of prom season, I’m meeting the challenge by The Black Tux (A not so traditional tuxedo rental company – Go check them out, their clothing is so so nice, and their Instagram is on point!)  to re-live my prom planning days and style a look that I would wear to prom if I was going this year. So here it goes!

Prom dress hunting is by far the most vital part of the whole experience. I planned my whole look around my dress! My prom was in 2012 and this was my final look:

I went for a floor length, royal blue dress with knot front and beaded back details. The dress was open back with simple crossover straps and I absolutely loved it! I styled it with black embellished heels and a matching clutch. I finished the look with silver jewellery and I was ready to roll. With hair and make up, I found the look I wanted to achieve on Pinterest and then went to a hairdresser before doing my make up myself. Prom was amazing and and we all had the best time! Right, time for 2016 Demi to prepare for prom!

Step One: The Perfect Dress

Over the last few years, my faith in online shopping has grown rapidly so I decided to head over to some online shops to start my hunt for the perfect dress. I looked on Asos mainly because they have such a wide range of brands and prices to suit everyone. Asos actually ended up being the place where I found my perfect dress:

This Jarlo Petite Keyhole Maxi dress with rushed detailing stole my heart! I thought this dress was absolutely beautiful and I instantly fell in love with it. Being on the shorter side means that I usually need to buy petite clothes, especially trousers and more importantly, dresses. This dress is actually from the petite section on Asos which is perfect for me! If you’ve also fallen in love with this dress, find it here! Now we have or dress, lets style it.

Step Two: Shoes & Clutch

With this dress, I want to keep the look quite minimal and simple so the accessories don’t take away from how beautiful the dress itself is. In terms of colour, I would want to look for white heels and a matching clutch. For this, I went over to missguided because I know they have a lot of beautiful heels. I found 3 different options that would all work with the dress, depending on your personal style. They range from super simple, to a beautiful lace up detail:

Click to find the Barely There Strappy Heels, Four Strap Barely There Heels and Lace Up Barely There Heels. Personally, I would go with the Lace up ones because I prefer that style.

To go with the heels you need a matching clutch! Now it doesn’t have to be a perfect match, but I like to keep everything matching with shoes and bags, especially for events like prom. For a clutch, I ended up back on Asos and I found the dreamiest bag:

This Asos Metal Trim Clutch Bag would look great with the heels and dress because its the same colour as the shoes and has the same minimalistic style that Im looking for. This clutch also has a gold metal trim detail which brings me swiftly onto jewellery accessories. I decided on gold jewellery for this look so the hint of gold on the clutch makes everything match perfectly.

Step Three: Jewellery

Seeing as the dress is backless and elegant, I wanted to mirror this with the jewellery I choose. Im leaning towards a slight bohemian feel with this dress so I looked at Urban Outfitters for the perfect minimalistic boho bling:

I found this dainty Fine Chain Disc Bracelet which would look so beautiful and simple.I then also found this Twig Cuff Bracelet which I would wear around my upper arm. I looked at rings but then decided that some white flash tattoos could look really nice and would be something different for prom! Something like this, but more simple, from Pinterest:

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I personally love the look of flash tattoos, especially in summer with a nice tan so I would love to try this with a prom look as something a bit different that not many people would think of doing.

Step Four: Make up

Pinterest is the number one place to find hair and make up inspiration without doubt. For make up, I created a board and then decided to trial a make up look myself. I filmed a brown smokey eye prom tutorial which you can find here. Here are a few images that I was inspired by:

Step Five: Hair

And last but not least, hair. I also made a board on Pinterest for hair inspiration and for this, I wanted to keep it quite natural looking. Here are a few ideas of how I would want it to look:

I think big natural waves would complete this look nicely. I think it really adds to the bohemian feel and is an easy style to create from home. Its also something that is manageable though the night and easy to fix up if it goes flat or too messy from grooving too hard!

So that is the final round up for my Prom 2016 Challenge! I hope this has helped some of you with your prom organising. Hopefully I’ve inspired some of you, whether thats finding the perfect dress, or learning how to organise your prom dress hunt, or how to accessorise your outfit! Also I hope the make up video was helpful to somebody too! Let me know what you thought of it in the comments and if you recreate the look, be sure to tag me on insta, that would be pretty damn cool!  Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post, I hope all of you have the time of your lives at prom this year!

Fighting Monday Blues | Lifestyle

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Mondays… Love them or hate them, they can be tough! You wake up, fluffy haired, delirious and hungry and then the Monday blues dawn on you. We’ve all been there, we feel you, but I’m here to rescue you!

Here are a few ways that I combat those dreaded Monday feels!

  1. Lots of sleep and an early start – Im an early bird and I absolutely love starting my day around 7am normally! I make sure I’m in bed at a good time so I can get at least 8 hours sleep every night. Sleep is so important to your health and wellbeing and as a student, I need to feel awake every day so I can get all my work done. Try getting up earlier than normal, having a refreshing shower and getting yourself dressed and ready for your day before you usually do. You’ll feel so much better for it I can assure you!
  2. My favourite thing: Caffeine – Without fail, I always start my morning with a coffee or tea. Alongside this, I will usually have a big glass of lemon or strawberry water to keep me hydrated and wake me upI know coffee isn’t for everyone but there are loads of foods and drinks with natural energy boosting properties in that are perfect for starting your morning with.
  3. Healthy meals & Snacks – Further on from my last point, eating healthier foods has honestly changed the way I live my everyday life. I never really watched what I ate because I didn’t feel like I needed to but I recently made the effort to fill my body with good, natural foods and I feel a millions times better for it. It used to take me ages to get going in the morning, but now Im up and ready for whatever the day throws at me by 8am! I tend to start my day with avocado on toast with a homemade smoothie which keeps me full until lunch and is full of goodness that keeps me feeling healthy and energised too. Changing my diet has also helped my skin too, which makes Monday morning’s make up less daunting! Having a good breakfast will fill you with energy for the day, and can also be really fun to get creative with and this can be incentive to get out of bed in the mornings.
  4. Exercising – I try to work out 2/3 times a week if my busy schedule allows me to! I find working out in the morning helps me clear my head and feel fresh for the week ahead. I prefer to wake up early, have a small breakfast and then go and work out so I can be home by 9am ready to start my day. Try heading to the gym for a quick work out, or going for an early morning run to start your day. If you don’t live close enough to a gym, why not try working out at home?! Not only will it wake you up but exercise is so good for you! Hand in hand with eating well, you’ll feel on top of your game and ready to tackle Monday.
  5. Stay Organised & Plan your day – I have so many notebooks full of to do lists and weekly plans and becoming a forward planner has probably been the best thing I’ve ever done to help me stay on top of life. On a Sunday night, I’ll sit with a hot drink and a notebook to plan the week ahead. I usually plan each day individually with main priorities and any appointments/meetings throughout the day that I need to work around. Before you know it, you’ll have your whole week planned from start to finish and if you spread out your tasks for the week well, you’ll reduce the amount of stress you have and you’ll get everything done easily. Planning your week is a good way to focus on small goals that you may have set yourself and also works towards bigger ones. For instance, This week I have set myself the small goal of making new 1 new video, 2 new blog posts and going to the gym 3 times. This will help towards two long term goals which are to build my blog/YouTube content and to get my beach body ready for July!
  6. Meditation/Creating positive vibes – Now, I know this isn’t everybody’s cup of tea but creative positive energy is one of the most simple yet effective ways to have a good Monday. I try to meditate whenever I can, usually at night before I go to bed. Its nice to just reflect on your day or week, let go of certain things and reset your energy field for the next week. If I don’t have time to meditate then I’ll put on some good music that lifts my spirits and helps me feel happy and motivated. Surrounding yourself with positivity is a vital ingredient to having a good Monday and starting your day on the right foot. Try and take a few minutes each morning to sit and listen to music you like, and think about something that inspires you or motivates you. I promise it helps!

I really hope that this post will help some of you learn to love Monday! I never used to be a morning person OR a Monday person but making a few lifestyle changes has completely turned that around for me and it was easier than I thought it would be. If you’re desperately wanting to become a Monday morning lover than try a few or all of these things and let me know how you get on! If anybody has any questions or anything that you do to combat Monday then find me on my social media and let me know! come and say hey! There will be a lot more posts coming soon so stay tuned!