LOVE…

It’s almost been a year since me and my love said ‘I do’ – but seeing it in print makes it feel like yesterday.  Thank you to Cosmo Bride for the gorgeous feature!

x A

Event planner & Stylist – Hayley from Hayley & Co.
Photography – Paul Tatterson
Flowers – Josie at Sweetpea Weddings

Cosmo Bride – Issue 48, on sale now

The David Jones Bridal Series…

As many of you already know, I’m currently taking LUXE / HEALTH abroad as I celebrate my wedding and honeymoon.  But as luck would have it, a little project I was lucky enough to be a part of in January was released the day after our wedding.  Since it will be a few weeks before we see any official wedding pics, this was a huge treat to wake up to on my first day as a MRS.  Visit the David Jones YouTube channel for more info and to check out the full David Jones Bridal Series…

x A

 

It’s all in the details…

Bridal Hair

Up or down?  That is the question on my lips at the moment and for many bride-to-be’s the debate about what to do with your hair on your big day can be all consuming.  In all the excitement of getting dressed up to look your best, it’s easy to be swept away by the thousands of different hairstyles you see scrolling through Instagram or Pinterest.

While I’m still torn as to what to do with my own ‘do’…my advice is to keep it simple.  You still want to feel like yourself on your wedding day so pick a style that not only suits your dress and style of wedding, but reflects you and your personal style as well.  At the end of the day, letting your hair down with the one you love will be the memory you cherish above all.

x A

(Pics via Instagram – and the bride wore, Hope X Page and Karen Willis Holmes)

 

Wedding series…part two

Wedding Series part 2

If you’re a bride-to-be, the next thought that will probably run through your mind after you’ve set the date is – how do I begin to get in the best shape of my life?  In all honesty, it’s never too early to start prepping and it’s about one word – consistency.  Crash diets and strenuous exercise regimes simply won’t work and instead, you’ll likely be left feeling frustrated and exhausted (less than ideal when you want to be glowing!)

The first step is to make sure your nutrition is clean and green.  No matter how much exercise you do, unless your diet is spot on, you’ll struggle to see results.  So, here are my top tips on how to get wedding ready in 12 months:

  • Put down the bottle -for many women, giving up alcohol completely might not be an attainable goal, but if you want to look great on your big day, then limiting alcohol in the lead up is absolutely vital.  Alcohol is incredibly dehydrating which will leave your skin looking grey and lacklustre.  But not only that, the sugar content of alcohol means that even if you’re noshing on lettuce, those liquid calories at wine time will cancel out your clean diet.  If you simply can’t give up altogether, try to limit alcohol to just one day a week and stick to clear spirits with soda water or organic wines.
  • Eat more fat – swap stodgy carbs like white bread and pasta, for good fats (like avocado, olive oil and coconut) and you’ll not only feel more satisfied, you’ll be less bloated and feel lighter as well.  Try to incorporate fat at every meal and instead of snacking on nutrient-devoid snacks like diet coke, crackers or chips…eat fat snacks like homemade avocado guacamole with vegetable sticks or raw unsalted nuts.  Yes, nuts are high in calories but they are also burnt more efficiently by the body than that zero calorie diet fizzy drink you’re sipping.
  • Aim for balance – most importantly, try to be balanced with your diet as cutting out an entire food group such as grains, gluten, sugar or dairy is just not sustainable.  If you’ve got an allergy or intolerance, then by all means, remove the offending food from your diet, but for everyone else, try to eat all your favourite foods in moderation.  When prepping a meal, ask yourself, have you included a good portion of protein, fats and carbohydrates?  Your salad might include chicken breast and spinach, but if you add a few slices of avocado and a half a cup of quinoa, you’ll have yourself a far more nutritionally balanced meal.

x A

(Pics courtesy of Jasmine Dowling, Alex Knight, Hanalei Reponty and Blacklist Studio)