Get Ready With Me | My 19th Birthday

A birthday is always an excuse for me to get dressed up and enjoy being a bit more glamourous than I am everyday; and my 19th birthday was no exception. After such an amazing 18th year, I knew I had to go into my 19th with a bit of a bang, no way as big as last years, but a good celebration was in order. So, to make sure the night kicked off in the right way, I made sure I had an outfit on that I loved and felt really good in, as well as pulling it all together with hair and makeup that had a kind of everyday glam vibe. I was so happy the outfit as a whole I thought I would share it in a blog post with you all….

The Outfit

When it comes to going out, I’m a massive fan of having that one key item that you can put on and feel instantly put togther and ready for the evening. Whether that’s a dress playsuit or a jumpsuit, a love a good one hit wonder I suppose; except I love to wear them over and over again and they’re my trusty go-to pieces. So, when it came to choosing an outfit for my birthday drinks in my local city, it was a no brainer that I wanted to pick one of these items from my wardrobe. So, this red, lace dress from AX Paris ended up being the dress of choice for the evening, purely becaause I feel really good when I wear it, it looks good and I could also pair it with a good old red lip.

To finish the look off, I wanted to make the dress the main focus point and so I stuck to a more neutral colour palette. I went for a beautiful pair of patent nude high heels, with a good platform to add a bit of height to the evening. These are far from the most comfortable heels I own, but they look amazing on, and so that balanced out the pain they cause. Then I added my trusty rose gold Pandora rings, and my Armani exchange watch and a black and white clutch to tie it all together. To be honest the bag wasn’t my first choice, but I couldn’t find the bag I really wanted to use so I had to make so with this one.

Hair & Makeup

For my hair and makeup I went for a more everyday glam look, as I wanted to still look natural with a bit more of a dressed up version. So I created a gorgeous brown smoky eye to add a bit of depth to my makeup look and a bit of intensity to the eye, using the Morphe 35T palette. This is actually one of the loves of my life and would really recommend buying it because it`s so versatile, and it also helps that it looks beautiful as well. To complement the eye look I went for bronzed, dewy skin and a good old matte red lip. I wasn’t the most popular with my boyfriend, but it tied the whole look together. When it came to my hair, I went for my trusty loose curls but added lots of extra volume, to the roots, to add bit of extra glam to the whole look. This just brought it all together and made me love my hair for the whole night.

The Night

I headed to a few local bars in my local city for drinks and a cocktail or two, with my boyfriend and 6 of my best friends. I had an amazing night chatting, drinking and catching up with them all, especially as three of them are at uni away from home and I don’t get to see them that much. To be honest it was quite a messy night, as I made the mistake of mixing too many drink combinations. However, I was the birthday girl and so I had a good excuse to get drunk.

Rachel x

20 Affordable Prom Dresses

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Left to right, top to bottom: Gold Swing Dress| River Island £60, Bardot Floral Dress | Very.co.uk £48, Red Plunge Dress | AX Paris £40, Scuba Fishtail Dress | MissGuided £25, 2 in 1 Floral Dress | AX Paris £35, Lace Top Dress | Very.co.uk £70, Floral Midi Dress | AX Paris £35, Kimono Dress | Missguided £28, Embellished Maxi Dress | Boohoo.com £45

Prom has to be one of the most important events on the calendar, at this time of the year, for the majority of teenage girls around the country. It’s your one chance to be able to get completley dressed up and wear a beautiful dress/outfit, have gorgeous hair and stunning makeup; making sure that everyone at school/college knows that you do actually wear something else other than school uniform. However, trying to find that perfect dress is anything but easy or affordable. So, I thought I would share with you 20 amazingly prom appropriate dresses, without the ‘wedding dress’ price tag.

As there is now only 2 weeks left of the school year, prom must be right around the corner, and so there is not much time left to make sure you find that perfect dress. Whether you’re looking for glitz and glam, a bit of a floral number, or more simple, chic and sophisticated, I’ve got all of your desire’s covered, with these 20 dresses; all available on the high-street and costing under £70.

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Left to right, top to bottom: Embellished Dress | Boohoo.com £40, Stripe Midi Dress | Rare @ Topshop £58, Lace & Mesh Dress | AX Paris £40, Crochet Trim Dress | Lipsy £69, Blush Dress | Coast £59, Pleated Colour Block Dress | Boohoo.com £30, Sequin Maxi Dress | Boohoo.com £40, 3D Floral Shift Dress | Miss Selfridge £30, Floral Skater Dress | Lipsy £55

If you’re looking for a dress that oozes glitz, glamour and plenty of sparkle, then this black sequin dress from Boohoo.com would be the perfect choice. It’s only £40 and provides you with the perfect alternative prom dress, which will guarantee that you stand out from the crowd and really enhance all those womanly assets. Alternatively, if you’re looking for something slightly more dance floor appropriate, then this gold swing dress from River Island would look bang on trend and be exactly what you’re looking for. The cami style of this dress makes it super feminine and girly, however when paired with a mass of metallic accessories it transforms into a perfect party look. The gold sequins will glitter under the lights and you will also have a dress that you will be able to wear again and again for ,variations diferent events across the year; all for £60 out of your bank account.

However, if simple and chic is the look that you’re going for, then this gorgeous grey fishtail scuba dress, from MissGuided, is exactly what I would pick. The plunged sweet heart neckline adds a sense of maturity to your prom look, whilst also still staying young and feminine with it being floor length and a really on trend grey colour. This is one of the cheapest dresses, out of all the 20, however I think this one is the most traditionally prom appropriate and would look gorgeous with a bit of silver sparkle accessories. On the other hand, if you’re looking for something a little bit more sweet and girly, then this lace top detailed dress from Very.co.uk, would be the perfect choice. It’s a gorgeous shade of cream, mixed with a delicate lace topping; allowing you to show a little bit of skin but still keeping it super classy and chic. It is slightly more on the pricey side, at £70, however this is definitely a classic piece and would be able to worn for so many events and with a variety of different textures and coloured accessories.

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Lace Top Dress | Lipsy £68 , Lace Top Maxi Dress | AX Paris £50

Rachel x