Five Ways to make sure you look your best on your wedding day…


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So here it is, one of the biggest days of your life and you want to make sure that you look and feel like a million dollars when it arrives!

All of your favourite people in the world, along with your beau, will be there and you want to make sure that when people see you for that first moment when you walk down the aisle, that you look the prettiest and most radiant you that you can.

Here are five easy tips to ensure that you look like a showstopper on your wedding day… It’s all about looking after number one! In the final six weeks in the lead up to your wedding, really make an effort to look after yourself. This can be much easier said than done, but if you try and follow these tips in the last few weeks before the big day, the result will be well worth the effort:

♥ Get seven to eight hours sleep per night. This will help you deal with stress better, make you less likely to crave junk food the next day and will make sure you look well rested and minus dark circles when the big day arrives! Try to get into bed at least 15 minutes before you want to turn the lights out to read a book or magazine and just unwind (and no emails or Facebook checking on your phone!), this will help you fall asleep more quickly.


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♥ Eat well, no crash dieting allowed! Make sure that you eat three healthy well balanced meals each day. Include lean protein, whole grains, low fat dairy, legumes and fresh fruit and veg. Think more grilled chicken, vegetables and brown rice and less big mac and Chinese takeaway! Cut out toxins and unneeded calories by steering clear of sugary and fatty foods (yes donut – that means you!) You will have more energy, will sleep better and your tummy will feel less bloated come the day of the wedding.


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♥ Drink plenty of water and herbal teas. If you can cut back on fizzy drinks and alcohol, your skin will thank you for it. You will automatically be cutting out toxins and your body will be flushing out all of the nasties rather than keeping you topped up with them! Aim for around 8 cups a day to include a mixture of water and herbal teas.

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♥ Get some fresh air! You don’t have to spend two hours at the gym every day to get that gorgeous glow. Just make sure you get around half an hour of exercise each day which gets your heart pumping. So, go for a jog or a brisk walk, go and skip in the garden, or even turn on your iPod and have a crazy dancing session in your front room if the weather is too awful to face going outside! That half an hour of movement each day will get you a radiant glow in time for your wedding day and will also tone up your legs and your tummy to make sure that your wedding dress looks awesome on you!

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♥ Invest in a little pamper time. This can be a god send when you need to wind down from all of the day to day pressures of your life. Book a day in your diary close to the wedding day and rule out all appointments, meetings and wedmin. This is a day for you to unwind, relax and get rid of the tension! If you have any spare cash, book yourself in for a back neck and shoulder massage, or facial at your local beauty spa. If there is no cash left in the pot, then you will need to turn your home bathroom into a mini spa! Buy yourself a face mask, buy a hair treatment, get your slices of cucumber for your eyes and just have a blissful hour in the tub, soaking in some hot bubbly water and just relaxing. After your bath, do your own pedicure and pop one of your favourite films on. After taking out just a few hours, you will notice the positive effect in your wellbeing. Now you just need to hold onto that feeling of calm as the wedding day approaches…

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In this manic world that we live in, it can be really easy to put ourselves second. But this is your time to shine and your time to revel in your wonderful self, so in this precious run up time to the wedding, learn the art of saying no (nicely) and putting yourself first. By the time the wedding day arrives, you will be so glad you made the effort!


Laura xx

On taking time out and doing what makes you happy…

I remember that I used to be really good at recognising when I needed to take a day off and just do some of the stuff that makes me happy. I would book a random day off work (usually a Friday) and then I would set about making plans. These would usually entail booking myself in for  some form of beauty treatment and booking in a lunch date with my Mum, Sister or a friend. I would then decide on where I might head after my lunch – perhaps a café with a good book or magazine, perhaps visiting a museum or gallery that I had wanted to wander around for some time, or simply driving to a nearby town with good shops so I could just wander around and maybe buy a new top or piece of jewellery or something for the house.


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But it seems that recently, my Time Out prerogative has slipped out of view all together. There always seems to be another appointment or thing to do that takes priority over just having a good fun day off!


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Since becoming engaged have you found that your life has become a whirlwind of appointments, tasks and meetings – squeezing out that precious time for you to just enjoy yourself and take a breather? With the amount of wedding suppliers to book, venues to view and friends and relations to catch up with, it’s no wonder that the lead up to your wedding can sometimes be the very opposite of relaxing!


How would you feel about booking yourself a Time Out day to do with whatever you wish? Be it catching up with your best friend for a sleepover and some soppy rom-coms, or going out to the seaside with your other half – I would love to hear what you would plan!


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I am going to promise myself a Time Out day off before the end of March and here are some of the things that I plan to do…

♥ Book in an appointment for a facial at my local beauty therapists

♥ Go to my local garden centre and look at all of the plants that could fill my garden

♥ Dig out my favourite book and take it to my local café, sit in my favourite chair in the corner and read it for a good couple of hours – accompanied by multiple cups of cappuccino

♥ Bake an impressive chocolate cake (maybe this one )

♥ Purchase a lovely new dress from Oliver Bonas on line

♥ Change into my pyjamas early and have a posh Marks and Spencer’s Meal Deal (complete with bottle of red!) whilst watching Carlito’s Way from start to finish with my beau.


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How would you spend your perfect day off?

Laura xx