5 TIPS ON SUMMER WEDDING GUEST STYLING: how to look your best without overshadowing ‘her’

Narurally, every bride wants to be the apple of everyone’s eyes on her wedding day, chances are she spent days if not months designing, trying on and dreaming of the day she walks down the isle all eyes on her, fair enough, she deserves to be the star.



As a Go Big Or Go Home type of party goer, I like my outfits to match my partiesque-personality, however after attending so many weddings last year, I’ve come to realise that the show you put on a wedding with your outfit, hair and make up has certain guidelines in order to maximise your guest show potential while being respectful of the main outfit of the party.





Summer weddings are an invite to patterns in gowns, summer weddings are an invite to flowers in gowns, summer weddings are an invite to colour, to have fun, and in this occasion for me, to experiment with new textures (tafetta) and colours (bright yellow gold).




Opting for something trendy is the way to go for me, when you’re a guest with no tittle in the wedding (the tittled ones being bridesmaids, mother of the bride, aunt of the bride, in which case I would suggest opting for a timeless silhouette) you are the one in charge of referencing the decade of the wedding, I mean not in charge of, but you get where I’m going.


And what says millennial and 2017/18 more than puffy big belled sleeves, off the shoulder dresses, and mini stiff silhouettes.





First off I like to start by the dress, once I know what I’ll be wearing, then I work around it for the hair.

In these photos occasion, I wore a stiff taffeta dress, having barely any movement to my outfit I wanted to add it on the hair, this way I’d have something in my outfit to accompany my moves on the dancefloor.



I’m a low high maintanance kindda gal, ok even I don’t believe that, what I mean is I have my high maintanance go to’s which become low maintanance once you’ve mastered them and can quickly pull them off, I hope this makes sense lol, I went for my natural voluminous waves, for which you can watch my step by step tutorial on how to achieve these HERE, I like to make mine last using the COLAB HAIR DRY SHAMPOO.



You can also go for an updo if your dress has a very deep back cleavage, a half pony with a princess cut dress, and even throw in some braids if you wanna add a romantic boho side to the whole look, I find braids very suiting for beach and country side summer weddings as well.


My rule of thumb for guests wedding hair is: HAIR APPLIQUÉS WITH PEARLS, DIAMONDS AND WHITE FLOWERS ARE A NO NO; leave that to ‘her’, and of course her mother, her aunts, her bridesmaids.



3 – THE ULTIMATE NO MAKE UP (i just used 25 products) MAKE UP LOOK



We all know summer weddings can get hot and sticky, this can make a full face of make up sound very unappealing, but fear not, I have a tutorial on my flawless base and lasting go to summer make up look HERE, which is what I used on this ocassion and switched the lippie from a nude one to a matte long lasting liquid lipstick in dark red which matched the flowers in my dress; I believe the make up in the wedding day should pull together all the outfit, and matching your lippie to a little detail in your gown is a great way to achieve this.


On this occasion I was headed to a night time wedding, and that is how I could get away with a bold make up look, however if your summer wedding takes place during the day, I would suggest switching the liquid liner for a soft eyeshadow, and adding some shimmer to the eyelook while keeping the lips softer in pink, coral or my fave go to: nude.






I like my bling to match my soul, black, joking; I like my bling to match the outfit’s ‘theme’ I may be going for, I can get quite theatrical when attending parties and very much into a theme; I guess it’s my way to cater for my multiple personalities.




Unfortunately I didn’t take any photos of it but I wore a big black fan which came in handy cus it was the hottest night this summer here in Punta del Este, it made me feel like a flamenco dancer; to that I added big rounded hoop earrings which matched the whole Spanish Babe look I was going for.


My Gucci black velvet marmont bag (affordable dupe here) added that extra gold BLING to go with the earrings.









Here I went for a Spanish Inspired Babe look.

In order to pick your theme I would suggest picking one Item and working the rest of your statement pieces around it.

I opted for overall bold statements I could get away with due to it being a night wedding, and normally try to keep them to under 6 items that somehow all go together in one theme;

  1. big puffy sleeves
  2. big black fan
  3. big gold hoop earrings
  4. logo mania trend
  5. funky heeled snakeskin shoes
  6. bold deep red lippy


Another reason I could get away with wearing all of them is because I wasn’t really wearing all of them at the same time.


If you think about it, you’re not gonna be carrying your purse through the party all night long, same goes for the fan I used, although I must admit it did accompany me to the dancefloor and made for an awesome dancing prop.





HAIR:The Southern Dutchess on YouTube Tutorial

MAKE UP: The Southern Dutchess on YouTube Tutorial



BAG: Gucci




Namasté babes!

HOLIDAY GIFTING: for the beauty gal in your life

It’s the last weekend before Christmas, and what better way to spend it than running a couple last minute errands. That’s what I thought, truth is, I shopped the below for myself (#shameless, so technically the tittle of this post should be “HAUL: a non related thread on long romantic walks through the drugstore’s make up alley” (ok, now I’m hesitating if that should be the tittle for this, right?! *stares into horizon while contemplating it, to change or not to change, that is the question*). I thought with the holiday season around the corner they’d make for nice ideas on what to gift the beauty lover in your circle, invisible friend gifts for her, stocking fillers et al.

We are all about that glow, ’bout that glow, no trouble













LAURA GELLER Highlighting Trio and Individual Highlighters & BENEFIT Dandelion Powder and Highlighting Stick



‘A woman needs ropes and ropes of Pearls’ Coco Chanel




So a little more on the affordable side than ropes and ropes of Pearls, but honestly just as beautiful, Physicians Formula  Powder Palette Mineral Glow Pearls, it’s my third time re-purchasing this, I love to dust it as highlight when it’s new and as the shimmer wears off (it does have an over layer of excess), as setting powder for an overall glowy and brozed complexion; plus the packaging is beautiful so it makes for a bougie looking present.



him: babe, send me nudes? 🙂





Maybelline Matte and Glossy Lipsticks



Age 18: Spends 2hs before leaving the house doing hair and make up

Age 25: Can I wear Dry Shampoo 4 days on a row?




Created by Ruth Crilly from AModelRecommends, this dry shampoo smells like a little piece of heaven, it claims to AND doesn’t leave a white cast in your hair, brunette babes you can thank me later




‘Is your muffin buttered?’

‘Ew, Jason why are you such a skeeze? You can go shave your back now’ 



Bath and Body Works cream and OM beauty serum, moisture moisture moisture, ho ho ho!



Let me guess, Rose Gold, right?





We all love Rosie Huntington Whiteley, her beauty collection is to die for, the packaging is bougieeee and her lipsticks creamy AF, her eyeshadow sticks super pigmented and long lasting. I included a nail polish I actually received recently as a gift because, despite wearing acrylic nails, I found the new concept from Sally Hansen to be quite cool, moroccan oil infused nail polish, I mean, if it’s good for body and hair…



All in one, easy peasy lemon squeezeeeeey





This Holiday palette by TanyaBurrCosmetics has become one of my absolute go to’s, the highlighters are gorgeous, so is the bronzer, and the eyeshadows super longwearing, also, can we appreciate the pre wrapped packaging, no wrapping you say? I’m in!






I hope this gifting guide will serve as a trigger for ideas on what to get ’em beauty obsessed ladies in your life; I think the packaging in all of these goodies is very pretty and girly and festive, *lustingggg.


Don’t forget the true gift of giving comes from the heart, and nothing will ever surpass a hug, a kiss and a smile.