Mermaid Tales // Exciting and Emotional Weekend

OMG!!! I am sooooo excited to be able to share this special weekend with you. It has been a very exiting and emotional weekend (to say the least) with my best friend Fenner and my fellow bridesmaids, Helen and Dani. I drove up to Northampton on Friday in preparation for an early start on Saturday. Along with Fenner’s mum, we were booked in to go and view the venue that they have booked recently, at Dodford Manor in Daventry. Set in the northamptonshire countryside, the modern and clean stone barn conversion, is exactly what I had pictured my best friend getting married in. The reception area has fantastic inside/outside windows with a gorgeous view and providing excellent light for photos (and toilet selfies!!)

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There was a wedding happening at the venue so it was a super quick look around and then on to the next location, the first wedding dress shop that we were booked in for Fenner to try on her first ever wedding dresses. She had done some research and read some really good reviews about Serendipity Brides which is just down the road from the venue. I didn’t really know what to expect from the experience, I have heard horror stories of brides having such a bad experience when wedding dress shopping. So when we stepped in the shop greeted by a calming atmosphere and smiling faces, we all instantly felt relaxed and at home. We were served up teas and coffees in cute little mugs and were left to have a browse, whilst Fenner told the lady who was looking after us what she thought she wanted. We all picked out a few suggestions, which were taken through to the fitting room. As we followed after the cloud of white lace and sparkles ahead of us, her mum picked up a dress in a completely different style than she thought she wanted. We had all said she should try on something unexpected just to rule it out if nothing else, so that one came through with us too.

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With our coffees, we sat there with our tissues at the ready, and cookies tempting us from the glasses tray on the table. We were all ready for the tears, seeing our girl all grown up in a wedding dress. She must have tried on about 7 or 8 dresses, all of which were nice, but only a couple really had the wow factor, and none of them felt like “the one” to any of us, let alone Fenner. The girls had sobbed a few tears during this process but I was beginning to feel like my working in the wedding industry had taken the speciality away from the day. They were all just looking like nice dresses, just like the ones I see all the time.

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There was one dress left as we swiftly made our way through the allocated time we had for our viewing, it was the one that her Mum had picked out on the way in, the one none of us had thought would be the style she would want. And then she stepped out the dressing room and we were all speechless. My best friend who I have seen grow up since we were eleven years old looked the MOST beautiful I have ever seen her look. She was a proper princess, no a queen. We all grinned with such pride, Fenner’s face said it all, we were all in tears. This was the one, this is the dress that dreams are made of.

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Who knew it could be so easy! We were all ready to visit three of four dress shops and try on twenty dresses before she found the one. The staff in the shop were so lovely, the shop was beautiful and the lady who was helping Fenner get in and out of the dresses and helping her make up her mind was so lovely and knew her stuff and really helped make the experience so perfect. Of course, the rest of the day was filled with lots champagne and celebrations and more talk of wedding planning. None of us can believe that we now how to wait over a year to see her in that dress again but it will all be worth the wait!


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DIY Tutorial // How To Do Unicorn Galaxy Nail Art

If you have been following me on instagram or on my you tube channel, you will know that one of my favourite things to do is go and get my nails done with Kaycie Kyle. I have been going to see Kaycie every four weeks (or more) since December 2012 when I first moved to Bristol. This was the first set I ever had done and I have never looked back. You will never see me with out my nails done, and they will more often than not be embellished with studs, designs and the latest nail trends. I have never had the same set twice becuase there is soooooo many design combinations to try out. In fact, each time I go I say “next time I think I will go for something simple” and it rarely happens, they seem to get more extravagant each time!

Back in April I had dark galaxy nails for the first time, and through all the nail inspiration research we did before trying out this new nail art, these turned out to be the best galaxy nails I could find, Kaycie did a fantastic job, and of all the nail art I have had, these have got to be in my top five designs…. Until last week! I wanted to revisit the galaxy nails because they look amazing and when you know how to do them, they really are quite easy to achieve. Not one to ever have the same nail art twice, I wanted to create a little twist on the original galaxy design by throwing some unicorn inspiration, and by that I just mean the colour scheme and vibe I was hoping for. You can watch the video to follow the process all the way through but here is a summary of how to do unicorn galaxy nail art.

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You will need:

A base colour – We used Models Own Purple Nail Polish and Models Own Hyper Gel Blue Glint Nail Polish

4 “Splodging” colours – We used some of the Essie range but Models Own Fruit Pastel Collection  would work perfectly.

A Shimmer – We used Models Own Beetlejuice Collection Indian Ocean Nail Polish

A large glitter – We used Models Own Nail Polish Blizzard

Nail art brush and Pen – Models Own Nail Art Pen White

A Sponge


How to do Unicorn Galaxy Nail Art

Paint your choice of base colour on in a random order with just one coat.

In any order, paint a splodge of you pastel colours on to your sponge, and dab on to each nail. Repeat with each colour building up your spoldges on each nail.

Paint your shimmer colour across some or all of the nail in no particular order (the more random the better)

Wait to dry.

Use the thin brush of the nail art pen, and draw stars sporadically on each nail (1-2 per nail)

Use the pen nib of the nail art pen and dot small dots near the larger stars in clusters on each nail.

Use the Blizard glitter to cover over the clusters.

Wait to dry. – There are a lot of layers you will need to dry so don’t touch anything for a while!


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Tuesday Treats // Monochrome and Gold Cheerleader

On Thursday last week, I had a package through the post which I got very excited about – Hairrings from Regal Rose. I had seen them in the last (EVER) copy of Company magazine (Boo sniff – Sad times!) and I instantly had to order them. I am alllll about the accessories, and fully believe more is less! As it was also the same day I had plans to head over the bridge to Wales to do lunch with Jess and Emily, and Helen, I thought I would try something a little different with my hair to be able to use the hairrings, putting a french plait down my hair line. The morning was also looking pretty overcast and autumnal so I dresses accordingly, get my monochrome and gold back on which hasn’t made it’s way out the closet since last winter (I did however somewhat regret the black leggings and leather jacket later in the day when the sun came out and the temperature shot up.

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I feel like I really need to refresh my autumn/winter wardrobe as I am not really loving anything from last year now. I think it needs a spruce up, I would like to find some more skirts and boots combo’s and some darker slogan tee’s (Sooooo basically my summer wardrobe – just in darker colours!)

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Featured in the Photos

Gold metal work detail 28 top from Primark last year ♥ Skirt originally from River Island but I picked it up at a carboot (still with the £22 tag on for £3!!) ♥ Leather Jacket from Primark this season ♥ Two middle rings from Cheap frills ♥ Boots River Island ♥ Nails by Kaycie Kyle ♥ Shell Necklace was my birthday present from Brad, by Cath Coffin

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Outfit Inspiration

If you like this look, here are some of the best Monochrome and Gold inspired outfit inspiration I could find online.

Bag ♥ Bracelet ♥ Crown ♥ Jacket ♥ Skirt Top ♥ Boots ♥ Necklace ♥

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Mermaid Tales // Make Sunday Special

Good Afternoon Beautiful! Cor, is it Monday already? I hope your having a good day so far! I have been down the gym for legs bums and tums to try and start the week as mean to go on. I don’t really even feel like I have had a weekend. I was working in wales on Friday night with the Photo Booth, and then in Swindon on Saturday night. And in between that, I spent the day sorting and updating all the prop boxes. I do love my “job” (It never feels like a real job!) but it really was non stop Friday and Saturday. So I made sure I was able to step away from work and at least have one day off on Sunday.

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It was the last day of Bristol’s Make Sunday Special, which is an event put on through the summer on the first Sunday of each month, where a few selected roads in Central Bristol are closed and lots of activities are put on in the streets instead, in a bid to reduce the traffic in the city centre. We have been meaning to go all summer and some how we have managed to get to the end of summer without going, so with the summer weather having a second wind, we thought it was a great day to spend the day mooching around with the pooches.

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There was a pink brass band playing to greet us as soon as we hit Corn Street where the road closures begin, a collection of sofas provided by Emmaus, surrounding a drawing station for the kids, and a giant chess board. The streets full of stalls, street food and artisans. There were mimes, hula hooping, a bike service station and so much more. We meandered the streets observing the colourful madness that had transcended on the town. Occasionally being stopped by passers by, to of course give Logan a ‘smooth’ as they say here in Bristol (a stroke to you and I!). We wondered down to the harbour and sat and had tea (and a pint for Brad) in No.1 Harbourside, and then on to a new restaurant opened up recently, Spitfire, for some food. We wandered on a little bit further before we caught the ferry back to the centre to head home. We were all pretty pooped after all that walking so spent the rest of the afternoon catching up with The X Factor repeats – So rock n roll!!


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DIY Tutorial // How To Dye Your Hair Pink

I have been dying my hair for many years now, in fact I haven’t seen my natural colour since I was about 13 (apart from those pesky roots that keep coming through!). Over the years I have learned the best way to do things and what not to do. Ie: don’t use five strong peroxides on your hair in one weekend when trying to dye your hair from black to blonde! Yup, I did that at about aged 14/15 and my hair turned in to a chewing gum esq state. BE WARNED! After not learning my lesson, it was at the age of 18 that my hair was in such a bad condition I had to have it cut to above my shoulders and go back to a colour not far off my natural colour for a few to years to repair my hair.

Whilst we were away last week, we got rained on quite a bit, that combined with swimming in the sea, all that salty water completely faded my hair out and went a kind of silvery blonde with hints of minty green, randomly. So when I got back, I decided it was a good time to bleach my roots and try something a bit different, I quite liked the silvery blonde that was more predominant framing my face, it just needed a bit of fixing up.

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How To Dye Your Hair Pink

The base in which you start with will will impact the end result, and if you want a really pastel pink, you will need to have as netural base as possible. To start with you will need to bleach your hair as instructed on the packet. It has taken me a long time to get my hair so white blonde to be able to take my pastel shade of blonde, and I have gradually lightened it, and the shade of pink, over time so please don’t try and achieve this if your a newbie, pastel hair is an investment you will need to give a lot of time to. If your a first time home bleacher, take it easy and go very carefully. I AM NOT A HAIRDRESSER OR A PROFESSIONAL! (I can’t be held responsible for any damages so make sure you read all the instructions!!!!!!!!)

You will need:

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I apply the bleach directly to my roots using the brush provided. I use the sectioning technique and section my hair in to fifths. Starting with my fringe (mostly because I knew I wanted to keep it blonde and it would need the longest development time). I then do the two front sections, from my crown to my ears. I then part the remaining back section and work from my crown to my neck. I had to use one and half packets just to do the first few inches from the root because I have a lot of hair (and because I am quite liberal with it). Please be aware if you also have a lot of hair or you are doing the full lengths you will need two packs. Please read the label to find out the recommended coverage.

When dying my roots, they ALWAYS go a little ginger because my natural colour is quite a dark mousey brown. Instead of leaving the mixture on to a damaging state, I use lots and lots of toner. The good thing about the bleach I have featured here, it already comes with a platinum toner, which is basically a lilac toned conditioner.

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As you can see it was preeeetty yellow at the roots, so I used a covering of toner all over and then used the touch of silver shampoo and conditioner which works the same, and knocks out any brassy tones and gives you a whiter/more silvery blonde. I gave my hair a double shampoo and condition to get it to this stage.

To mix up the colour, it very much depends how dark/light a shade you want to achieve. I used half the bottle of conditioner in a separate pot that I could close and keep if there was any left over. A good tip is also to use an old conditioner bottle, but make sure you can see through the plastic to see what the shade is when you mix. Make sure you use a white conditioner too so you can get an accurate gauge of the shade. I then added two parts pink to one part purple, after mixing, I then added more pink until I was happy with the shade. You want the colour of the mixture to be about twice the shade you will want the end result.

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It is always best to apply your chosen colour to dry hair as it’s more porous and will absorb the colour better. So I dried my hair off. My fringe (which I wanted to keep blonde) was still looking a bit brassy, so before I started applying the pink dye, I applied more platinum toner and left it on whilst I applied the pink to the back section. Be warned the toner does have purple tones in it and does essentially work like a dye if you leave it long enough, I was perfectly happy to have a slight lilac tinge to my front section but don’t leave it too long if you just want a white blonde.

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I then applied my three parts pink and one part purple mixture from the root two thirds of the way down the length of my hair. Along with my blonde fringe, I also wanted a bit of an ombre style with silvery blonde tips so after putting the colour mixture through the roots for about four inches, I pulled it through the rest by twirling my hair in sections and working the colour down.

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It’s best to leave the colour on for as long as you can to achieve a long lasting colour, I have heard some people even leave it over night, but I left mine for about an hour. Since it’s just a conditioner mix, it won’t harm your hair and actually does the opposite.

You can apply the colour in any creative way you see fit, the point of having a funky colour in your hair is to have fun with it. Why not tweet me your colour hair! Tweet: @mermaidgossip #hairporn #whatcolourisyours I love to be inspired by other shades, and I’d love to know any tips you have that I can share and try out!

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