Sunday, 11 October 2015

Dressing for a Winter Wedding | What to Consider

While it may be a bit nippy outside (to say the least!), the winter doesn’t stop some people from celebrating their love for each other by having a winter wedding. In fact, Christmas and Valentine’s Day, both in notoriously cold months, are incredibly popular times for lovebirds to tie the knot. The winter may bring with it a sense of romanticism, particularly if it snows, but the logistics of finding an outfit perfect for the occasion can be a little tricky. The bride may have the outfits for the bridal party all sorted and ready to go, but what do you wear as a guest? 

The main things that you need to consider aren’t just colour, style and theme when it comes to a winter wedding. Comfort and warmth also come into the equation. Hanging around at a church waiting for the blushing bride, before making your way to the reception venue, will mean that you’ll need to wrap up warm more than you would during the summer months, so what do you wear? 

While it’s often fairly simple to choose an evening dress from George that will be perfect for a wedding, you also have to consider accessories and warmth when you’re planning to attend a winter celebration. Invest in some nice shoes and bag, as well as a warm coat that is smart and stylish. Invest in a classic wool coat in a neutral colour that can be used again and again, or, if you’re feeling brave, bold and bright would be the way to go – be the one to brighten up the cold day, if you dare! Alternatively, you could opt to wear a fur coat (or faux fur) to ooze warmth, elegance and chic vibes. 

Keep your legs covered and warm at a winter wedding with opaque tights. Choose an evening dress or party outfit that would suit a pair of thick denier tights and you’ll look simply fabulous. As with all weddings, if you are going to be on your feet all day, consider taking two pairs of shoes with you – one pair of heels for the service and a pair of flats for when the dancing begins. There’s nothing worse than having sore feet and dealing with blisters, neither is it sensible to take your shoes off altogether because you don’t know what’s been spilt or smashed on the floor! Rollasoles are a great option, because they can be popped into your handbag with no problem at all. 

Pay attention to the theme of the wedding, if there is one, and if you’re given a hint of a dress code on your invitation, use it to your advantage so that you can style yourself to suit. Don’t feel bad about turning up in gloves and a hat if it’s particularly cold outside; take along a larger bag that you can store such things in once you’re at the reception, and store somewhere safe until you head home. 

As long as you don’t end up wearing the same colour as the bridesmaids – and of course you need to avoid winter white! - any style of outfit you choose will look fabulous. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t look chic and glamorous; the outfit will just require a little more planning, and another layer or two, that’s all!

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Friday, 9 October 2015

Monthly Favourites | September

Ahh it's so good to be back posting about my monthly favourites! For the past couple of months I haven't done one of these posts as I've been so busy and even trying to think about what I'd been loving and using over the past month, let alone writing about it seemed like hard work. However, I'm now a full time blogger (YAY!) so that means I have a lot more time on my hands and I can make sure these are a regular monthly feature again.

I've switched up my makeup routine recently and started experimenting a bit more with new colours and formulas and whilst doing this, I've found some total gems! Firstly, my go-to base for the past couple of months now has been the Rodial Skin Tint+* in the shade 'St.Barths'. It's a little bit darker than my natural skin tone but I actually really like that as it tans up my complexion without looking orange or too obvious. It's also the perfect match when I'm wearing fake tan. I'm also in love with the formula of this product - it's not often I find a base that I completely love but I really can't fault this one. It has a lovely dewy finish and the coverage is great without being too heavy. It just makes my skin look 10x more radiant than it does when I'm not wearing it and I also find it smooths out any imperfections and covers redness really nicely. It's a little bit pricey at £ but it's definitely worth it as I haven't felt the need to use any other products on my skin since I got this.

Another thing I've been embracing more recently is the 'my lips but better' look. I usually go for bold lipsticks but I've been trying to tone it down for a day to day look and have really been enjoying using my MAC Twig lipstick. It's a beautiful pinky brown shade which I find enhances my natural lip colour perfectly. I also love the Satin finish as it's really pigmented but still feels moisturising on the lips.

A couple more makeup bits I've been using on a daily basis for the past couple of months are the Bare Minerals Lash Domination mascara* and the Bourjois 'Gold Bronzing Powder'. These are both items I've had in my beauty collection for a while but I was using other products and they got a bit neglected. However, after switching things up, they made their way into my makeup bag and I'm so glad they did as I love them both. The mascara is amazing - the wand is twisted meaning it curves around all of the lashes and ensures they're all coated with the product. It really thickens and lengthens both my top and bottom lashes which is exactly what I want from a mascara.

Finally, Calvin Klein's new 'Eternity Now' perfume* has been my go-to scent for the past few weeks. I have so many different fragrances that I've collected over the years but I have to say, this one has already become one of my favourite scents ever. It's sweet and fruity with top notes of juicy nectarine, lychee and quince sorbet but it isn't sickly or overpowering. I'd describe it as fresh, vibrant and feminine. Well worth a sniff if you get the chance!!

So there we have it, the products I've been loving lately! What have you been loving recently?!

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Amazing Advertisers | September

Hi Everyone! I'm Leah and I'm the writer and owner behind Devoted To Pink - a beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog. I'm possibly one of the girliest girls you will meet with a passion for luxury makeup, high heels, Mulberry handbags and of course the colour pink! 

I mainly blog about my new beauty and fashion purchases, reviews and other ramblings about my take on life. Plus, as my full time job is in marketing you can expect to find some marketing related posts thrown in too. 

I love chatting to new people and am an Instagram addict so please come and say Hi on Twitter (@Devoted2Pink) and Instagram (@DevotedToPink).

Leah x

Monday, 5 October 2015

Binky X In the Style Collection

The gorgeous and ever so lovely Binky Felstead has launched a clothing collection with one of my fave brands, In The Style, and I couldn't be more excited. I'm a big fan of Binky's laid-back, relaxed and somewhat boho style and this collection sums that up perfectly. It features floaty fabrics, cute playsuits, shift shapes and pretty prints that will see you through the A/W season in style. I just love how easy this collection is so wear - it's definitely been designed with all shapes and sizes in mind and as someone who isn't keen on bodycon styles, this whole collection suits me to a tee.

I recently got the chance to meet Binky and shoot some of her new collection with fellow blogger Sarah Ashcroft so I thought I'd share some images from the day so you can see if anything catches your eye. This is only a small selection of Binky's amazing collection but I love everything I got the chance to wear but my favourite outfit was the little suede skirt and black roll neck top. The skirt is available in burgundy and I need them both in my wardrobe ASAP! I'm also obsessed with this trench coat and think it's such a staple for the Autumn season. It's available in three colours and again, I pretty much need them all. Basically, I love it all.

What's even better is that you can get an exclusive 10% off Binky's whole collection (or anything else from In The Style) when you enter my code KAYLEIGH10 at the checkout. I know the collection has been a huge success so far so if you want to get your hands on something, now's the time to buy. You can view the whole collection here and I'd love to know what your favourite piece is. Let me know in the comments below!


Friday, 2 October 2015

New Favourite Coat & Lunchin' At Pitcher & Piano

A few weeks ago, myself and Em travelled to Newcastle to shoot some blog content on the beautiful Quayside and also enjoy an evening on 'the toon'. If you didn't know, I went to university in Newcastle and lived there for five years in total so it's definitely got a special place in my heart. We arrived after nice girly chats on the train and decided to dump our bags and head for some lunch on the Quayside. We wanted somewhere 'instagrammable' (serious blogger problems) so headed to Pitcher & Piano which is a beautiful bar / restaurant right next to the millennium bridge. I'd only been in there for drinks before but given how nice they were, I knew the food would be good too!

After some serious oohing and ahhing at the menu (seriously, so much choice), we decided to share a veggie burrito, avocado and roasted tomato flatbread, sweet potato fries and some potato wedges. Yum! We were really impressed with how the food was presented - as you can see from the photos, everything looked really nice and was perfect for those Instagram shots ;) haha! We also enjoyed a non-alcoholic cocktail each which was delicious! If you're ever in Newcastle, it's a must visit place for a spot of lunch or cocktails!

After lunch, we decided to head down the Quayside and shoot some photos of the outfits we wore to lunch. I wore my new favourite coat EVER and I'm really excited to share it with you guys as I've had loads of comments about it over on my Instagram (@kayleighjcouture) and Twitter (@k_leexjx). I'm a big fan of trench coats and always think they look really chic and stylish when I see other girls wearing them but I'd never found the perfect one. This khaki number is the perfect shape, perfect length, perfect fabric, perfect colour - perfect everything really! I've been wearing it virtually every day and am just so so in love with it. Unfortunately I can't seem to find it online but I only bought it a few weeks ago so it's definitely worth checking in store if you like it.

I paired the coat with a skirt and top from In The Style and I think they make such a cute pair. I'm obsessed with anything striped at the moment so I love this little striped crop top - it's ideal for the A/W season because of the long sleeves and looks great worn with high waisted skirts or jeans. I decided to wear it with a little leather skirt and it's honestly the most comfortable leather skirt I've ever worn - it's obviously not real leather but the fabric is so soft. You can get an extra 10% off at In The Style too when you enter KAYLEIGH10 at the checkout.

To finish the look, I wore my Public Desire lace up khaki feels which I'm in love with. They go with so many things in my wardrobe and can be dressed up or down.

I hope you enjoyed this post - let me know if you'd like to see more outfits / lifestyle posts in the comments below.