It’s no secret that Rock n Roll brides love short, 1950s style prom wedding dresses. In fact I often think it is probably the style I’d wear if I was getting married again. Not only are they super duper flattering to nearly every body shape, but the short style gives some much needed sass to a wedding day ensemble!
When my friends at True Bride, who have just launched a fifties-inspired range, got in touch to ask if I’d like to give away one of the dresses from their brand new Brighton Belle collection, after sobbing a little that I couldn’t be the one to win it, I jumped at the chance!
That old cliché that beauty comes from within isn’t just referring to your sparkling personality. If you want to look great on the outside, then you really do have to focus on what’s going on inside your body too. You can’t expect to have amazing glowing skin, flowing healthy locks and a twinkle in your eye if you’re drinking booze like its going out of fashion and eating junk food all day. If only life wasn’t so cruel!
I’ve recently stopped drinking alcohol at home, only indulging in a couple of glasses of my beloved wine if I’m having dinner out with friends or family. It was getting to a point where I was was suffering for it. Not through monster hangovers but I was feeling sluggish and depressed (alcohol is a depressant after all!) and my skin was dehydrated and tired-looking too. Lovely.
So I decided to do something about it and that didn’t mean just cutting down on the vino, I also wanted to up my supplement intake and start taking better care of my insides.
I’ve been using Xtend Life products for years. Ever since a friend recommended their Omega 3 / DHA Fish Oil to sort out my bleach damaged hair I have been hooked! They literally transformed my locks in six months or so. I’m one of those people who’s pretty critical about the claims of supplements and the like, but after trying them for myself I can hand-on-my-heart say that they are complete magic! The purity of the oil in Xtend Life products is significantly better than a lot of other omega 3 items on the market and there’s no nasties like mercury in the water which the fish are bred in.
So, on my new health kick, I recently branched out on the Xtend Life products I was using. I decided to try the Kiwi-Klenz supplement to give my body, specifically my gut, a good old detox. It’s seriously good for your skin as most skin problems actually start in the gut apparently! To compliment this I also gave the Zupafood for Skin and the Age Defying Cleansing Mask a bash at the same time.
After taking everything for a few of months, coupled with my decreased alcohol intake, I have to say I feel FANTASTIC and my skin looks so much more radiant. My make up is going on better, my skin feels smooth and subtle and I’ve noticed I have more energy throughout the day.
WIN A PRIZE PACK FROM XTEND LIFE
Today, in partnership with Xtend Life, I want to give one of you the chance to try all these wonder products too! We’ve put together a prize pack worth over $150 (NZ) for one lucky babe to win. The prize pack includes:
So I knew y’all were cute, but when Sophie and I decided to put a call out for my readers to apply to model for our new veil collection, we had NO IDEA just how cute. Seriously! We had nearly 100 applications and picking only two winners was an impossible feat. Literally. It was so impossible that we’ve actually decided to have three winners instead!!
Let me introduce the gorgeous babes who will become the faces of our new veil collection. I can’t wait to meet them!
“Hi! I’m Hannah. I am a very colourful Disney, bunny loving person. I change my hair colour monthly (it’s currently grey/ purple!) I am a support worker and the old ladies love it. In my spare time I knit and sew and take my bunnies out for a walk. I would love to be a model for the lovely Crown and Glory because I’m bubbly, curvy and happy I will chat to any one (too much sometimes!)”
“Obviously as a massive fan of you both, I was thrilled to see that you were looking for real brides to model the next Rock n Roll Bride X Crown and Glory collaboration. I love the idea of using gals from all walks of life, who wouldn’t usually try this whole modelling rodeo and all in all it sounds like a super exciting project. As is such I thought I’d throw my hat in to the proverbial ring and hope for the best.
Also – glittery crystal rainbow veils? I’m dead.
Anyway, please find my not entirely comprehensive, but hopefully entirely convincing list of reasons why you should pick me to be one of the faces for Rock n Roll Bride x Crown and Glory.
1. I have been told I have a face for hats. It’s a cross that I willingly bear and can, on good authority say I will rock the hell out of any millinery you care to place on my barnett.
2. Special skills include moderate vegan cookery, enthusiastic karaoke and cat wrangling.
3. I love working with other bad ass business women. It’s my favourite part of my job and a weekend, hanging out and shooting with a bunch of amazing super talented girlies sounds like my idea of heaven.
4. I am all about independent designers and it’s one of the reasons I set up with Betty & Bee. Accessible fashion PR for small independent brands is my jam and working with cool, ambitious women in and out of office is legit the best thing ever.
5. I have an array of goofy faces readily at my disposal.
6. Animals love me. Nothing to do with weddings but a testament to character none the less right?
7. Interests include feminism, glitter, comic books, netflix, dogs (any but with a special interest in dachshunds), cats, pop culture trivia, early naughties emo and magical girls.
8. I get married on Friday the 13th of November (day we met yo) and what better way to get hyped for the big day than a big old party hanging out in wedding dresses.
9. I am a hoot at sleepovers. Challenge my to a game of chubby bunnies. I dare you.
10. All I want to do is hang out in rainbow, crystal veils.”
“I’m wildly known and the ‘crazy Disney girl with the princess sleeve’. I’m a little bit obsessive with anything sparkly and princess related which probably isn’t good for a grown woman!
I have my own style and play by my own fashion rules. I love the confidence I get from wearing sassy outfits and making my own accessories. It’s such a powerful tool in helping show people what you’re all about and I just love that!
You should pick me because:
1. As a fellow creative mind I would love to be a part of the process and see what goes into a product launch shoot.
2. I have (minimal, but enough that I wouldn’t be completely petrified) modelling experience.
3. I am super fun (like seriously, I have flamingo fairy lights in my living room).
4. I look good in headwear.
5. I am totally ready to pour blood, sweat, tears (and glitter) into this so you’ll get the awesome images that you need.
6. I make a mean cup of tea and would also bring cake (only slight bribery).”
If creative and arty wedding photography is your bag then look no further than today’s amazing competition. Kirsty MacKenzie has been shooting wedding for two years today wants to offer one very lucky couple completely free wedding photography!
“I’ve always been on the arty side of life, constantly with a paintbrush in hand”, Kirsty writes, “so it wasn’t that surprising to everyone when I picked up a camera too. I particularly love shooting people and so weddings seemed like a natural fit. I love documenting everyday emotions and experiences.”
“I absolutely adore photographing weddings, the quirkier and more free-spirited the better! I’m also a big believer of the smaller details. I love to capture those little things that my couples have put a lot of time and energy into.”
♥ First prize is 12 hours of free wedding photography! Winners will also get 500+ fully edited images on a USB.
♥ Second prize is for 50% off any wedding photography package.
Over the past few weeks Sophie and I have been beavering away behind the scenes coming up with new ideas and designs for our next collaboration (you can see our past ones here and here!) We quickly realised that while we’ve now pretty much got the colourful bridal headpiece market covered, there is still something very much missing in weddingland: Quirky yet affordable veils.
Sophie has been sketching and scheming away (with me helpfully saying things like “More rainbow gems!” “Can we do ombre!?” and “The sparklier the better!”) and the designs we’ve come up with are fun, colourful but totally wedding day appropriate. Tacky and cheap hen do headwear this is not!
Our next task is to organise the promotional shoot for the new products. “Hey, crazy idea”, I said to Soph over cocktails one night, “how about if we hosted a contest to find real brides to be our models?”
Yes, that’s right, we are looking for two gorgeous babes to be the face of this new collection! But this isn’t just going to be a day of work, we’ve put together what we hope will be an awesomely fun experience for our winners.
Our real bride models will get:
♥ To be a model for the new Rock n Roll Bride for Crown and Glory veil collection.
♥ To be photographed by the incredible Camera Hannah. You will also receive digital copies of your images afterwards.
♥ To have their hair and make up done by the amazing Elbie Van Eeden.
♥ To wear pretty designer wedding dresses and Irregular Choice shoes all day!
♥ To have dinner with the whole team afterwards courtesy of our stunning shoot location, Mamhead Estate.
♥ One night’s accommodation (inc breakfast) at Mamhead Estate. We’re all going to stay over, it’s going to be like the best sleepover ever!
♥ A bundle of Crown and Glory goodies for you to take away.
Now what could be more fun than THAT!?
Now just to be clear, we are not looking for professional models here. If you have modelling experience by all means put that on your application but what we really want is two gorgeous real beauties (curves and all!) to represent us.
The shoot will be taking place on November 9th at the stunning Mamhead Estate in Exeter. We can cover up to £100 travel costs for each winner and everything throughout the shoot (food, post-shoot cocktails, giggles!) will also be included.