Outfit Ideas for the Mother of the Bride

Every bride wants to look incredible on their wedding day, but they're not the only one hoping to look gorgeous on the big day. Others, from the bridesmaids to the ordinary guests, wouldn't mind looking pretty spiffy too. For the mother of the bride, it's a significant day too, because she's watching her daughter start her married life. She needs to look good too, even if she doesn't have to look quite as fancy as the bride. It's not always easy to choose a beautiful outfit as an older woman. You don't want to dress too young or too old or pick something that doesn't match the dress code for the day. If you're stuck for ideas, try using some of these.

Keep It Simple

If you look at a lot of formal dresses intended for older women, they can be very fussy. There are often lots of beads, feathers, folds and taffeta. Presumably, the intention is to flatter all the bits you might not be so confident about. But for a lot of women, these details draw a bit too much attention to them. You don't want everyone to be looking at you over the bride because your outfit stands out so much. For a different idea, you could try going for something more simple. Avoid any of the frills and fussy details, and instead, go for a something long and flowing. Go for simple but sophisticated, not dazzling and sparkly.

Dress Alternatives

Not every woman wants to wear a dress to all formal occasions. There are other options if you wish to consider something else. Some of the best mother of the bride plus size outfits can be more flattering if they're suits or two-piece outfits instead. You could wear a skirt and top, instead of a dress, which can feel more comfortable as well as be looking great. If you don't want to wear a dress at all, switch it out for some trousers instead. A smart suit can be an attractive option, although you don't have to wear a jacket. You could choose a cardigan to keep you warm instead, or a soft shawl.

Be Inspired by the Wedding

The wedding itself can give you inspiration for what to wear. For starters, you don't want to dress incredibly formally if it's a bit laid-back. The bride will probably give you some hints about what to wear and what the venue will be like. You can let these things inspire you to pick an appropriate outfit. For example, you might tie your outfit into the wedding colours or go along with the theme.

Stylish But Comfortable Shoes

Don't forget to pick some beautiful shoes to go along with your outfit. Of course, you don't want to be uncomfortable all day, though. Don't suffer through wearing six-inch heels just because they look good. Find a pair that goes with your outfit, look stylish and feel comfortable. That's easier said than done, but you should be able to find something you love.

Choosing a mother of the bride outfit can be a great chance to bond with your daughter. Go shopping with her or show her your choices to discuss it together.

How to Ensure You Look Gorgeous At Your Wedding

My wedding - 2004

Every bride wants to look an absolute knockout on her wedding day. There are going to be hundreds of pictures of the event and lots of people who will expect to see the happy couple looking their best. You can’t just wake up on the day and hope for the best, though. You have to start prepping in advance to make sure you look gorgeous. Let’s take a look at what you should do:

Start Eating Right

As far in advance as you can start eating right. Cut down on the junk you eat and begin to fill your diet with healthier options. Track what you eat if you find this easier! You want to make sure you’re getting a good balance of carbs, protein, and fats. Processed food should be limited as much as possible, but you can allow yourself very small treats here and there to keep yourself on track. Don’t just think about your body and how amazing you’ll look in your dress, but your health, energy levels and the condition of your skin/hair/nails too! 

Get Some Exercise

Yep, that dreaded word; exercise. If you want to look gorgeous on your wedding day, you should try to get some form of exercise at least 3 times a week. Just make sure you schedule some last-minute dress fittings just in case you lose more inches! You could even just do a little power walking if that’s what you like. Not only will you slim down, you’ll feel amazing. Your skin and everything can benefit from regular exercise. You’ll also feel especially amazing if you plan to wed on a beach in a hot country! 

Choose a Dress That Flatters You

Make sure you leave enough time to pick an amazing dress that flatters you and your figure. This is one of my main regrets because I had to find a second dress two weeks before our big day due to weight loss, and, the dress I chose in a rush was so far away from my style, was too big in the hips (too much beading to adjust it) and I hated it. My husband loved it though so it didn't stop the day from being amazing. Make sure you know your body shape and what is most flattering to it, as well as what your own personal style is. What looks good on others may not make you feel confident, especially if it's so different from your own typical style. Picking a dress that suits you and your personality while boosting your confidence will make a huge impact on you as well as all of your guests and especially your husband to be! 

Make Sure You Accessorise

Accessorising is the key to nailing your wedding look. You can choose from a variety of things; bracelets, rings, earrings, and necklaces. It all depends on how you plan to have your hair and the style of your dress, so make sure you balance out your look. You can find wedding hair accessories of all styles too, even if you don’t want a veil or tiara. There’s something perfect for everyone! 

Treat Yourself to a Pamper

This is your big day, so don’t be afraid to treat yourself to a little pamper. Have your nails and hair done. and what about having your teeth whitened and eyelashes tinted? Make sure you feel great about yourself! Just make sure you book well in advance and choose a salon you trust. You can’t risk anything going wrong this close to the big day! 

Practice Hair and Makeup Beforehand

If you intend on doing your own hair and makeup, you can’t get enough practice beforehand. You can play with different looks this way and know what you like best. 

Have a wonderful wedding day!

Christmas || 10 Advent Calendars For Adults

It's that time of the year - honestly I'm super excited for the festivities and of course, that means TREATS
There's nothing better than advent calendars especially now that so many brands are hoping on the advent trend. A few years back it was rare to see anything other than a chocolate filled advent but these days there's so many beauty ones, chocolate ones, candles, alcohol and everything in between. I know you guys love your beauty so this post is especially for you. 10 awesome branded advents with varying price tags and products. 

The only thing I would advise is to choose which you're going for (if any) and choose quickly because some are due to sell out and some have sold out but more stocks pending... 

Selfridges Cosmic Beauty Advent Calendar // £95

Launched: Now.
Includes: * YSL Black Opium EDP * YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer * YSL Forever Youth Liberator Serum * Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser * Kiehl's Midnight Recovery concentrate * Kiehl's Powerful Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate * Kiehl's Creme de Corps * Emporio Armani Diamonds Rose EDP * Georgio Armani Si * Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil * Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion * Lancome La Vie est Belle EDP * Lancome Rouge in Love * Lancome Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover * Lancome Renergie Multi-Lift Day Cream * Lancome Douceur Galateis Cleanser * Lancome Hypnose Mascara * Lancome Advanced Genefique Serum * Lancome Absolue BX Day Cream * Lancome Visionnaire Day Cream * Lancome Douceur Tonique. 

Ciate Mini Mani Advent // £49

Launched: Now. 
Includes: 23 mini polishes in total. Including 17 paint pots. 3 treatments, 2 glitter toppers and a full sized glitter with mini crystal nail file. 

The Body Shop Advent // £60 

Launched: Now. 
Includes: * Frosted plum heart soap * Frosted plum body lotion * Honeymania lip balm * Strawberry hand cream * Strawberry lip butter * Eyelash curler * Camomile eye & lip makeup remover * Italian Summer Fig EDT * Green mini bath lily * Fuji Green Tea body lotion * Fuji Green Tea shower gel * Vitamin E night cream * Vitamin E moisture cream * Wild Argan Oil shower gel * Eyeshadow brush * Shea heart soap * Shea heart soap * Shea shower cream * Almond hand cream * Mini nail file * Black eye definer * Colour Crush nail polish is Relish the Moment * Elderflower eye gel * Frosted cranberry shimmer lotion * Frosted cranberry heart soap. 

M&S Advent // £25 when you spend £25 in the beauty section. 

Launched: November. 
Includes: 24 treats which are worth over £200. Again there's no set run-down but it promises to include Rodial Stila, REN, Cowshed and Neal's Yard. 
Lookfantastic Advent Calendar // £70 

Launched: November 1st. You can pre-order this just now. 
Includes: This one seems to be more secretive than any other advent out there. It boasts that the products total over £250 but other than that there's no set product list. 

Lush Advent // £49.95

Launched: Now. Sold out currently but more coming soon. 
Includes: This is a 12 day advent which includes: * Snow Angel bath melts * Five Gold Rings bubble bar * The Comforter shower cream * Avobath bath bomb * Celebrate body lotion * Butterbear bath bomb * Yog Nog soap * Golden Wonder bath bomb * Holly Golightly bubble bar * Yuzu and Cocoa shower cream * Cinders bath bomb * Dashing Santa bath bomb. 

Diptyque Advent // £250 

Launched: Mid-November into Selfridges. 
Includes: Includes 1 x 70g candle, 15 x mini 35g candles, 7 x 10ml vials of perfumes, 1 x 15ml Rich Body Butter and 1 x 15ml Previous Oils. 
Liberty Advent // £149

Launched: October 29th.
Includes: Contents are worth over £400 so this is one of the best value wise although it's a bit of a splurge initially. You'll find inside: * 1 x 70g Diptyque candle * Dr Sebagh Repair Serum (full) *Margaret Dabbs Nail Serum (full) * Aromatherapy Associates Renewal Rose Body Cream * Aurelia Miracle Cleanser & Cloth * Byredo Handcream * Bigelow Rose Salve * Deborah Lippmann Magic Carpet Ride & Stronger (2 colours), * Davines Oi * Decleor Aroma Cleanse Essential Toning Lotion * Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant * ESPA Pro Cleanser * Eve Lom Cleanser & Cloth * Hourglass Mini Film Noir Mascara * Kai Body Lotion * Kiehl's Amino Acid Shampoo * Liberty Lavender Soap * Malin & Goetz Vitamin E Moisturiser * Nuit et Bali Dry Shampoo * Nars Mini Audacious Mascara * Omorovicza Refining Skin Polish * Trish McEvoy Instant Eye Lift Deluxe * REN Moroccan Rose Body Wash * Surratt Lipslique in Hevyn Rose * This Company Eccentric 03 cased  
Jo Malone Advent // £260
Launched: November nationwide or Harrods from mid-October. 
Includes: Mini perfumes and scented body creams. Perfumes include: * Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne * Red Roses Cologne * Pomegranate Noir Cologne * Dark Amber & Ginger Lily Cologne Intense * Velvet Rose & Oud Cologne Intense * English Pear & Freesia Cologne * Blackberry & Bay Cologne * Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne. Creams Include: * Orange Blossom Body Creme * Lime Basil & Mandarin Body Creme. 

L'Occitane Advent Calendar // £39

Launched: Now. More stock coming in 2 weeks. 
Includes: * Cherry Blossom Hand Cream * Conditioner for Dry & Damaged Hair * Delicious Hands * Dry Skin Hand Cream * Delightful Rose Hand Cream * Foot Cream for Dry Skin * Jasmine Soap * Milk Extra Gentle Soap * Moisturising Lip Balm * Pivoine Flora and Cream * Pivoine Flora EDT * Shower Oil * Shampoo for Dry & Damaged Hair * Ultra Rich Face Cream * Ultra Rich Body Lotion * Verbena Shower Gel * Verveine and Cream * 10 Stickers * 5 Gift Tags * Cookie Butter * Place Cards * Tree Decoration * Nail File * Sachet of Stars. 

Which is your favourite? 

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Celiac Approved Ilumi Snack Pots || Now Also Available in ASDA's.

Ilumi have pulled it out of the bag with their latest noodle launch guys and I mean that with full gusto. I've previously discussed my love with this brand, as a diagnosed celiac I get easily excited about celiac approved products that are a) homemade tasting b) nutritious c) fill me up d) affordable and the big one e) don't taste like cardboard. Ilumi in my opinion ticks every box. 

I've tried most of their meals since their inception and there have maybe only been two or three I wasn't hugely fussed over but on the same note there were ones that I would eat every day until the day I died - I'm looking at your Pea and Ham Soup and Kerala Chicken Curry. 

One of the problems I've had over the last year has been work. More so lunchtimes or any breaks. In my current role my colleagues usually have their breakfast, some have rolls on a Friday and of course, there's daily lunch. I like to be organised with my work meals because I suffered from daily nausea and there's no way I could forgo eating or I'd be spending my day hugging the China bowl. And, I also love eating so there's that also. Yes, there is celiac approved bread which I do use sparingly and when there's nothing else because it tends to be flimsy and fall apart easily - not very appetising is it? I used to wish there was something 'snackable' something I could make at work quickly and eat while I worked. I ashamedly did try eating something non-celiac and had to double dose on my prescription antihistamines - it wasn't worth it at all. Neither was it worth it snacking down on junk and sweet treats - ask my hips they'll tell you why. 

You can imagine my daily dilemma. That is until Ilumi announced their Rice Noodle Snack Pots. 

The pot contains a ball of dried noodles and a sachet of powder flavouring. You simply add the sachet of flavour to the noodles and fill the cup up to the line with boiling water very much in the same way as a Pot Noodle. The noodles become edible within minutes and unlike Pot Noodles they're lush. These noodles are silky and very much true to what a noodle should be like. They taste like homemade noodles!

The sauce and flavouring again tastes homemade rather than plastic-like. After eating these, I was left full and satisfied and there was no horrible after taste, side effects or nausea (like I get with many foods).

I've tried all of the available four flavours which are:

* Sweet Chilli Snack Pot // Classic sweet chilli sauce flavour with mild heat with spring onion and red pepper veggies.
* Tom Yum Snack Pot // Chili, coriander and ginger flavoured broth with red pepper, mushroom and leek veggies.
* Vietnamese Beef Pho Snack Pot // Delicate spicy beef stock with coriander, mushroom, leek and red pepper.
* Singapore Snack Pot // Singapore-style curry sauce with spring onion, carrot, red onion and peas.

You can eat these also until your hearts content because they're low in calories and fat. The calorie content for each is - 259 calories (sweet chilli), 247 calories (Tom-yum), 251 calories (Vietnamese Beef Pho), 249 calories (Singapore).  Awesome huh! These would make excellent additions to any healthy eating, weight loss or insulin resistant diets you may have going on and I do feel that these snacks and my new insulin resistance PCOS medication has been what's led me to lose ten pounds in little over a week.

And more good news.... They're available in ASDA's. The snack pots and the meals are available which makes my meal planning so much easier. Hubster came home last week grinning from ear-to-ear and wanting to show me what he'd bought me and you guessed it, he'd picked up some snack pots and some Kerala Chicken. He's a good egg that man. Onwards and upwards Ilumi! I'm hoping they're going to bring out some prawn flavours or some spaghetti bolognese flavour or some chicken stroganoff *drools*

Which flavour are you going to pick up first? The snack pots cost £1.99 on the website and £1.75 in ASDA's (online they're a larger pack weight hence the price difference). I can assure you that if you were to simply live off these (3 per day) you wouldn't go hungry.

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* Pr sample & I've since purchased many on my own - all words are my own *