Jewish weddings: have any of you been to one? Based on my experience last Sunday (so forgive the generalisation should it be inaccurate – I have but this one experience to draw from), they’re spectacularly good fun – the rabbi sings some of the vows to music, the dancing happens between every course and just when everyone’s getting to that achy foot time of night, it’s all over (call me sad but I love a timely end to an evening; there’s no guilt in leaving and you can throw your energy into the event without worrying about burning out).
As this was an old friend’s wedding held at Claridge’s, I thought I ought to put some effort into my get up but, rather annoyingly for the purposes of this post, I had such good evening that I forgot entirely to take an artful photo of me alone in my dress so have instead purloined the ones which here appear from my sister (she’s the blonde).
Now, here’s the breakdown //
HAIR / Colour by Jack Howard (stupidly expensive, but the king of subtle balyage and therefore justifiable if you a) have the cash to spare and b) are all about the beachy highlight). On the day I washed it with Kerastase’s new Resistance Therapiste Shampoo and Conditioner (mini review: I’m BLOWN AWAY – conditioner goes on first to provide a film over the hair shaft, shampoo follows to gently cleanse. Hair after is soft and a touch fluffy in a good sense). I then dried it with Babyliss Big Hair and sprayed liberally with Oribe Dry Texturising Spray.
MAKE-UP / I wanted this to be all about the eyes without looking overdone (nothing worse than feeling overly made up at a wedding I think), so opted for deep, chocolate browns in the form of By Terry’s Crayon Kohl Terribly in Brown Stellar, along my water line and Tom Ford’s Cocoa Mirage palette (full review here) all over my eyelids. I then applied shedloads of mascara (Chanel le Volume de Chanel). On my skin was Dior Diorskin AirFlash foundation (full review here) and Chanel’s Soleil Tan de Chanel buffed in with a kabuki brush. Lips were one of Kate Moss’s new nude lipsticks for Rimmel (The Nude Collection, £5.49 out on the 8th of July here). Nails are Chanel Les Vernis in Coquelicot.
BODY / While I actually had fairly little flesh on display, the deep neckline and propensity for a bit of a leg flash while dancing made me want to bronze my skin up a bit. CitySwish came over to spray me on the Friday prior to the wedding (read about it over on the Marie Claire website here) and then all I had to do was rub a little African Botanics Marula Shimmering Oil all over my body before the event to add a touch of iridescence and moisture in one.
DRESS / This is Diane Von Furstenberg’s finest (which I bought because I was so sick of spending middling amounts of money on middling dresses and wanted to invest in something I felt comfortable in and would wear again and again). I wore some old black wedges from Liberty London, a hot pink Alexander McQueen bag and hardly any jewellery as the print was pretty damn eye-catching.