Tips for happy bespectacled brides.. and a FREEBIE! – Trucchi per spose felici con gli occhiali.. e un REGALO!

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Da portatrice (non troppo) sana di occhiali che da una ventina d’anni si divide fra loro e le lenti a contatto (una volta le ho dimenticate per andare a dormire, e solo chi ha provato l’inferno può capire il mio risveglio) conosco bene la questione.

La prima cosa da fare, dopo aver scelto la data fatidica, è decidere: lenti oppure occhiali? Avete valutato ogni aspetto? In caso di forte sole o di pioggia gli occhiali potrebbero darvi qualche fastidio, inoltre con le lenti a contatto non rischiereste antiestetici riflessi che vadano a nascondervi il volto; se, però, non siete portatrici abituali di lenti a contatto, siete certe che ciò che desiderate per il vostro giorno sia stravolgere il vostro aspetto ed essere una versione più elegante di qualcun altro anziché di voi stesse, senza contare eventuali dolorosi pentimenti a metà giornata?
Naturalmente lo stesso discorso può valere anche per gli sposi, mi rivolgo soprattutto alle spose perché, oltre a dover superare un blocco che gli uomini non hanno (ahi, quanti film da adolescenti con la protagonista carina che trovava l’amore mentre l’amica con gli occhiali restava a guardare), devono valutare molti altri elementi, come il trucco e l’acconciatura – se c’è una cosa che ho imparato in tutti questi anni di Dr. Jekyll e Mr. Hyde è che trucco e parrucco variano se state portando gli occhiali o le lenti a contatto.
Per esempio, avendo io gli occhi grandi non chiedo effetti ottici al trucco; le mie importanti lenti da miope, però, tendono a rimpicciolirli, perciò quando porto gli occhiali il mio trucco servirà ad ingrandirli un po’.
Vi lascio perciò alcuni consigli altamente sperimentati nel corso degli anni:

As a bespectacled girl that has been divided for twenty years between glasses and contact lenses (I once forgot them and fell asleep, and only those who have tried hell can understand my awakening) I know the question.

The first thing you need to do, after you choose the fateful date, is to decide: lenses or glasses? Did you evaluate every aspect? In case of heavy rain or sun, glasses might give you some trouble, also with contact lenses you don’t risk unaesthetic reflections that will hide your face; if, however, you are not an habitual wearer of contact lenses, are you certain that what you want for your big day is distorting your appearance and be a more elegant version of someone else instead of yourself, not counting any painful regrets in the middle of the day?
Of course, the same can also apply to the spouses, I talk especially to brides because, besides having to overcome a block that men do not have (oh, how many movies with the cute teenager who found love while her friend with glasses was left to watch), must evaluate many other elements, such as makeup and hairstyle – if there’s one thing I’ve learned in all these years of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is that makeup and hair vary if you are wearing glasses or lenses.
For example, since I have big eyes I do not ask optical effects to makeup; my important myopic lenses, however, tend to shrink them when I wear glasses, so when I keep them my makeup will serve to enlarge my eyes a bit.
I therefore leave some highly experienced advice over the years:

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Le vostre lenti sono antiriflesso? Se non lo ricordate fate delle prove e, nel caso in cui il vostro fotografo non sia disponibile, cercate di ricreare abbastanza fedelmente la situazione in cui vi verrete a trovare, per verificare gli eventuali antiestetici riflessi di cui scrivevo poco fa.

Se avete deciso di tenere gli occhiali, portateli con voi quando farete le prove dell’acconciatura: un raccolto troppo severo potrebbe risultare esagerato con gli occhiali scuri e seriosi. Io stessa mi preferisco con i capelli raccolti, ma a volte quando porto gli occhiali non disdegno di scioglierli.

Lo stesso vale per lo shopping per la cerimonia: i vostri simpatici occhiali a righe gialle e rosse potrebbero fare a pugni con l’accessorio rosa antico di cui vi siete innamorate.

Nel caso possiate (o dobbiate) cambiarla, scegliete una montatura in sintonia con il tema scelto: forme vintage per una cerimonia da grande Gatsby, colori pastello per una cerimonia primaverile, ecc. L’occhiale si deve però fondere armoniosamente con il vostro stile, e non prevaricare l’amatissimo (e costosissimo) abito da sposa, a meno che non abbiate fatto la precisa scelta di puntare sulla montatura, quindi attente a non esagerare!

Are your lenses anti-reflection? If you do not remember test them and, if your photographer is not available, try recreating quite closely the situation in which you will be, to check that unsightly reflections I just wrote about.

If you have decided to keep your glasses, take them with you when you have your hairstyle rehearsal: a severe updo may be too much with dark and steady glasses. I myself prefer me with updos, but sometimes when I wear glasses I do not disdain to loose my hair.

The same holds true for shopping: your funny red and yellow striped glasses may do battle with the powder pink accessory you’re in love with.

In case you can (or have to) change them, choose frames that are in tune with the theme: vintage shapes for a Great Gatsby ceremony, pastel colors for a spring ceremony, etc. The glasses, however, must blend harmoniously with your style, not overtaking the beloved (and expensive) wedding dress, unless you have made the deliberate choice to focus on the frames, so be careful not to overdo it!

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Il trucco si dovrà adeguare sia ai lineamenti che alla montatura, e non è sempre facile che le due cose combacino, quindi non abbiate paura di sperimentare fino a trovare l’effetto desiderato.
Se vi truccate da sole, potete usare dei pennelli da viaggio, con il manico più corto, per potervi avvicinare allo specchio senza incidenti. Inoltre quel mascara allungante potrebbe non essere ottimale se le ciglia vanno a sbattere contro le lenti, sporcandole: meglio uno incurvante, magari dopo l’uso del piegaciglia.
Non sottovalutate il correttore: le occhiaie sono un amico noto ai portatori di occhiali, senza contare l’ombra della montatura che va ad accentuarle.

Curate in modo maniacale le sopracciglia. Possibilmente fatelo fare ad un professionista, per evitare drammatiche asimmetrie o strane espressioni che non vi appartengono.

Se, nonostante un’acconciatura morbida, il look vi appare ancora troppo severo, puntate su un accessorio frizzante tra i capelli o un paio di orecchini brillanti per vivacizzarlo.

Togliete qualcosa. Occhiali, grandi orecchini, capelli sciolti, magari pizzo sulle spalle, non vanno insieme. Guardatevi allo specchio e togliete. Sempre.

The makeup has to adapt both to your features and the frames, and it is not always easy for the two things to fit together, so do not be afraid to experiment until you find the desired effect.
If you do your makeup by yourself, you can use travel brushes, with shorter handles, in order to get closer to the mirror without incident. Also a lengthening mascara may not be optimal if the lashes are bumping into the lenses, making them dirty: better a curling one, perhaps after the use of the eyelash curler.
Do not underestimate the concealer: dark circles are a daily friend to those who wear glasses, not to mention the shadow of the frame that accentuates them.

Cure a lot your eyebrows. Have a professional’s help if you can, in order to avoid dramatic asymmetries or strange expressions that do not belong to you.

If, despite a soft hairstyle, your look will still appear too severe, try a fun accessory in your hair or a pair of diamond earrings to look more lively.

Take something away. Glasses, big earrings, loose hair, maybe lace on the shoulders, do not go together. Look yourself in the mirror and remove. Always.

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La cosa importante, alla fine di ogni consiglio, è: sentitevi a vostro agio. Le regole valgono come guida generale, non per soffocare la vostra personalità. Godetevi il vostro gran giorno senza farvi tormentare dall’ansia o dalla scomodità, quindi va bene lo stile, ma abbiate sempre in mente la soluzione che vi metterà più a vostro agio, per essere libere di divertirvi con le persone che amate di più e con quella che vi ama proprio così come siete.

The important thing, at the end of everything, is: be comfortable. The rules serve as a general guide, not to smother your personality. Enjoy your big day without being tormented by anxiety or discomfort, so ok with the style, but always focus on the solution that will put you at ease, be free to have fun with the people you love the most and the one who loves you just as you are.

Ed ora… un regalino! L’ultimo regalino è appena partito per gli USA, perciò se mi seguite qui e in facebook, per le prime tre spose occhialute che me li chiederanno invierò il file pronto per la stampa con questi teneri e occhialuti bigliettini di ringraziamento o per le bomboniere, lingua e testo da personalizzare.

And now… a little gift! My last freebie just landed for the USA, so if you follow me here and in facebook, for the first three bespectacled bride who’s gonna ask me I will send the printable file of these cute bespectacled thank-you card, with customized wording.

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Piece of Chic: Christmas Outfits for Every Style

Xmas Outfits

What are you going to wear this Christmas? Are you a trendsetter, like the girl in the title’s picture? There are other 15 outfits here, one for each style, and every one perfectly wearable!

Vintage girl

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Flawless Me

Hopelessly Dreamy

Moi, Lolita

Party girl

Ladylike

Playful style

Classy

Bold and Beautiful

Snowy style

It girl

College style

Fashionista

Day-to-night (you can ditch the statement necklace and wear black boots for the daytime)

And in case you stay home…

The Italian Guide For Travelling With Style

The Italian guide for travelling with style


Are you planning a little trip? Are you coming here? Are you trying to merge with italian people, not looking like a tourist?
This post will help you with your style, to be comfortable but fashionable: you don’t need to wear high heels but for God’s sake don’t you dare use flip-flops!

Some small tips can be really helpful. For example, if you are planning a shopping afternoon, don’t bring tons of plastic bags from all the little local shops: choose a big, quality paper bag and put all your ugly little bags in it! If you are going to take some photos, take it to the next level: skip your compact for a good camera; nothing like a compact screams “old tourist”, and remember that Italians never use the selfie stick (they are also forbidden in some museums)! Also, a scarf can be a good alley to enhance a minimal look, to protect you from evening breeze and to cover your shoulders when you visit a church. If you choose it in a basic colour you will wear it with every outfit.

Wear a little makeup because we don’t go out without makeup. Ever. We don’t go to the market, we don’t bring the trash outside. Really, don’t go out without it. But don’t wear too much of it: you don’t need glitter to visit the Sistine Chapel, and a lot of foundation under the Sicily sun will melt your face with a grotesque result.

While we wait for vacations, let’s look at some cute outfits for this spring and summer!

Floral Hair Bands for Kids {with Template}

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“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.”
Pablo Neruda

“Potranno tagliare tutti i fiori, ma non fermeranno mai la primavera.”
Pablo Neruda

Second post for my tiny roses template! I used the slightly bigger rose for lovely baby Alice and her first pigtails. The roses aren’t too big because she’s 18 months old and her hairs isn’t so long. I wanted something springy, so I picked fresh and cheerful colours.

Secondo post per il mio template per roselline di feltro! Ho usato quello leggermente più grande per la piccola Alice ed i suoi primi codini. Le roselline non sono molto grandi, perché ha 18 mesi e i suoi capelli non sono ancora lunghi. Volevo qualcosa di primaverile, perciò ho scelto colori freschi ed allegri.

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First of all, cut your template on heavy paper as I told you in the last post, use to cut out the flower on the felt and roll it starting from the outer part. Attach the flower to the internal circle, (the central part), letting it stick out a bit as the last petal. Add some leaves if you like a richer result: I only made one leaf because I added a green bow I made with a tiny ribbon.

Prima di tutto, ritagliate il template su cartoncino come vi ho spiegato nell’ultimo post, ed usatelo per ritagliare il fiore sul feltro; arrotolatelo quindi partendo dall’esterno. Incollate il fiore alla parte rotonda centrale, lasciando che sporga un po’ come ultimo petalo. Aggiungete delle foglie se volete un risultato più ricco: io ne ho fatta soltanto una perché ho aggiunto un fiocchetto verde fatto con un nastrino.

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Glue the bow to the back of the rose, then cut a circle of felt and use it to secure the hair band to the flower, attaching it on the bottom, as you can see in the picture. Et voilà! Do you like it?

Incollate il fiocchetto al retro della rosa, poi ritagliate un cerchio di feltro ed usatelo per fissare l’elastico al fiore, incollandolo al fondo come si vede nella foto. Et voilà! Vi piace?

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DIY Spring Earrings {Tiny Roses with Template}

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Do you remember the felt crafts I posted some days ago? These are the tiny roses earrings I was creating. They are so easy! You just need a little bit of attention during the process, since the roses are so small and they tend to slip.
This is the template I used: you can print it on heavy paper and cut one out to use it as a template for the felt. Really, all you need is felt, two clip-on earring backs (or two earring studs) and hot glue.
Cut the felt and roll it starting with the outer part, then glue the rose on the central circle (the last part), letting it stick out a bit as the last petal. Add some leaves if you like a richer result.

Vi ricordate le roselline ed i fiocchetti di feltro che ho postato poco tempo fa? Questi sono gli orecchini con le roselline che stavo creando. Sono così facili da realizzare! E’ sufficiente un po’ di attenzione durante il processo, perché le rose sono così piccole che tendono a scivolare.
Questo è il template che ho utilizzato: potete stamparlo su cartoncino e ritagliarne uno per usarlo come template sul feltro. Davvero, tutto ciò che vi serve è feltro, due orecchini per il fai da te (a perno o monachelle) e colla a caldo.
Ritagliate il feltro ed arrotolatelo partendo dall’esterno, poi incollate la rosa così ottenuta sul cerchio centrale (l’ultima parte), lasciando che sporga un po’ come ultimo petalo. Aggiungete le foglioline se volete arricchire l’effetto.

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The small flower is the one I used for my earrings. You can use the other one if you want something bigger, anyway keep it because next time I’m going to show you what I’ve created with the bigger one.
I can hardly wait to put them on!

Io ho usato il fiore più piccolo. Usate l’altro se lo preferite un po’ più grande, in ogni caso tenetelo, perché la prossima volta vi mostrerò cos’ho creato con il maggiore.
Ragazze, non vedo l’ora di portarli!

Piece of chic #2: something blue

“I never thought you wanted presents of hard stones.”
“I don’t […]. You are not that kind of soldier and I am not that sort of girl. But sometime give me something lasting, that I can wear and be happy each time I wear it.”
Ernest Hemingway, Across the river and into the trees

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I don’t really think an engagement ring is a necessary step in a relationship or, for what it’s worth, in someone’s life. If someone had asked me, “What do you want more, a ring or a library?” I would probably chose the latter. But, honestly, now that I have one, I love the way my sweet half surprised me, thought of me (yes, I do have something in the corner of my eye) and the way things have changed since then.

In fact, I developed feelings towards my ring a day at a time. At first I was maybe just too astonished, excited and maybe embarrassed to focus, plus there was no champagne: we aren’t going to marry anytime soon. No deadlines, no need to announce anything, to make a private joy become public.
That’s not the point. It is: commitment. I promise to love you, to make you very happy and sometimes amused, to be by your side when you’re sad, and I promise to say “please”, “thank you” and also (when I’m old and wise and weird) “I’m sorry”.

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Having your future on your hand is constantly reminding you to be a better person, because he believes in you so much he decided to give you a ring. Don’t get mad so easily. Learn to do something new. Cook, care, grow, find a good job. Try to understand. Have time. Don’t judge, primarily don’t judge. Do you want to be right or do you want to be married?, Roger Sterling would say. I feel our love growing in a more aware, cozy way.

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But how does this new awareness begins? Well, my answer is: everything begins with the style.
Are my clothes a good match for my new ring? Is there something I can get rid of without pain? You’ll be surprised at how it is suddenly easier. Pick your colors in order to learn to focus on your priorities.
No more cheap jewelry, no more confusion, less is more: you don’t really need average people just to be with someone. Choose your special ones, and let the others flow away.
I’ve always wanted a blue ring, even if I didn’t actually want a ring. A vintage, sapphire ring. Don’t be traditional on your engagement ring if you don’t feel traditional, or be traditional – if you are – even if trend says “emerald this year”. It’s going to be with you for a long time. So, who are you? Just be yourself, because this is the beginning of the life you’re going to build. I don’t mind if everyone want diamonds, I’m a sapphire.

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I’m aware it is a societal construct. But Christmas trees, fairs, vacations and presents are societal constructs, and I love them. You just have to pick what works for you, and let the other things go: it’s the two of you now.

Yes, and the cat.

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Piece of chic #1: vintage cameo

Fashion is about time, style is timeless. And talking about style, a few things say “chic” as much as a vintage cameo.

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Posh as a Grace Kelly movie and delicate as a novel by Henry James, even today a cameo is the emblem of sophistication: a pendant or a brooch with this incision are crafted jewelry that never lower their high value. More than jewelry, it is art, but you can also find some lovely affordable reproductions.

Not just for ladies: you can now wear it in every kind of situation: elegant, retro, rock, even for a wedding!

Where are you gonna put this romantic and fine accessory? On a blouse, as earrings, on a Jane Austen book?

I’m lucky: I’ve got two. I think I’m gonna wear the first one with a cream, flowy dress and vintage sunglasses.

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Maybe an outfit like this:

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The second cameo is a blue-grey one, so I could wear it with an outfit like this:

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Maybe with my red bag, a navy jacket and a silk scarf.

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I really, really love the polished look of a cameo on a foulard.