Get Ready With Me | My 18th Birthday


Your 18th birthday has to be one of the biggest celebrations of your life. It’s a time when you childhood comes to end and you start your journey into adulthood. You’re no long counted as child and have to be responsible for yourself, which means having to book your own doctors appointments and not getting your mum to do it for you.

When I go out, I enjoy the getting ready process just as much as the actual event, and as it was my 18th birthday on Saturday, I thought I would share my getting ready process. The dress, the shoes, the hair and makeup, and the actual nights itself. It will be a really nice memory for me to look back on, and you can also be a bit nosy at what I got upto on the night of my birthday.

The Outfit: This had to be one of my favourite elements of the getting ready process, because I love looking through my wardrobe and putting together a really gorgeous outfit, that suits the event I’m going to. However, my 18th birthday required a brand new wardrobe piece, in the form of this stunning black and gold number from Karen Millen. I really loved everything about this dress, from the way the A-Line style suited by body shape really well, how the black and gold went with my party’s colours scheme and how mature yet also feminine, the design of it was. Karen Millen are an expensive brand, however their fit is so good for my body shape and I know I will treasure this dress, in my wardrobe, for many years to come.

The shoes were a little unexpected buy and were actually from M&S. I originally wanted gold shoes, however it soon became clear that the style and size I needed, didn’t actually exist. So, after a bit of persuasion from my mum, I opted to go and have a look in M&S, in the hope I would find something to my taste. To my surprise they actually had quite a few pairs that would of been great with the dress, however I fell in love with the black satin ones, with a black bow on the front. They fit so well, are really comfortable and look gorgeous on. I will be able to wear them with so many other outfits and love them to death. The clutch bag was a great little Christmas sale buy, from Miss Selfridge, and provides the perfect clutch to go with so many going out outfits. However, it’s not really that practical, and I can only just fit my phone, purse and lipstick in there, if I’m lucky! I paired the whole outfit with gold/rose gold jewellery, that I had for my birthday or that were already favourites in my collection. This includes rings from Pandora, and a lovely necklace from Links Of London.

The Makeup & Hair: The makeup and hair, really pulls your whole look together and creates the basis for a great night out. With my makeup it was all about creating a glamourous, but also natural party look. So, I created a gorgeous neutral smokey eye, with nudes, browns and lots of gold glitter, and paired it all with a lovely pairs of lashes from Eyelire. They’re a key part of my look, when ever I go out properly, and really pull your eye look together. The skin was dewy with lots and lots of bronzer, and I tied it all together with a lovely rose/nude lip from Rosie Huntington Whiteley’s collection for M&S. I’ve already raved loads about this product, in a previous post, which you can go and have a read of HERE!

The hair I wanted to keep really simple and glamourous, with loads of curls and volume. So, I went for my key hair look, using my gold GHD’s, curling all of my hair away from my face and back combing the roots to add texture and volume. I sprayed on loads of hair spray and then I was good to go.

The Night: To celebrate my birthday I had a party in a really lovely venue in town. It was a bar/lounge, with a real  club vibe, that was underneath a restaurant and provided the most amazing party venue. I had all my friends, family’s and people from work, altogether, and threw a really good night. I created a playlist for the DJ, on his request, and he played amazing songs all night long. I’m sure I’ve never danced as much as that, in my whole entire life. I had such a great time and it was definitely the best birthday yet!

Rachel x


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  1. June
    16th October 2016 / 11:12 PM

    Follow your 18 life lessons, l am positive you are going to go far in life, l wish you every happiness & success,
    Always always ! stay close to your mother not just in body but in mind, she will always be your most trusted best friend, take care June x

    • rachelydia
      16th October 2016 / 11:32 PM

      Aww thank you so much June, I love my mum so much and we get closer and closer as I get older. This is such a lovely comment and I really appreciate it xxx