For any bride, they want to look stunning on their wedding day. And no matter what – you will. But, most brides like to spend time getting themselves ready and picture perfect for their big day. And, quite often, in the whirlwind of wedding planning, they forget to do the prep, and end up trying to fit everything in to the last few days including the wedding day, and have to abandon plans they had early on. There are many things you can do in advance of the bog day that will help you to look and feel amazing, and by planning in advance, you don’t run the risk of forgetting things, or having to cut out plans.
No matter what happens, your wedding will be perfect, and the person lucky enough to marry you will think you’re the most beautiful thing in the world regardless. But we all understand the want to look the best we can, and there is absolutely no shame in it.
A lot of beauty prep you can do has little to do with makeup and stylists, so make a plan that you can stick to, but don’t get stressed out about it. Plus, there are beauty prep routines that will help you to stop stressing! Which is perfect for any bride.
And we’re not talking about how you can lose five stone in three months – because that is just not going to happen. If you want to lose weight for your big day, then look at your diet and start cutting out the fats and sugars, make sure that you have the right portion sizes for you, and that you are eating all the right things. Get some advice if you’re unsure of the right diet for you. A balanced diet has so many more benefits than just losing weight – it will give you more energy, which is perfect for those long days trying on wedding dresses. It helps you sleep better, which counteracts those stressful nights. And it can also clear your skin. The biggest contributors to bad skin are greasy foods, dairy and sugar. Cut all these down or out, and combine it with a good skin care routine (which we’ll talk about later on) and you’ll see improvements in no time.
You knew it was coming! Again, if you want to lose weight, then exercise is an absolute must. Get yourself a workout plan designed to help you shift the weight and tone up, and stick with it. Just picture that perfect dress as motivation. Set yourself a realistic goal, and if you think you’ll struggle on your own, you can rope your bridesmaids into the workouts, or get yourself a personal trainer. Even if you don’t want to lose weight, exercise is great for you anyway. It gives you that boost in endorphins which helps to conquer stress and beat wedding blues, which is a real thing and effects a lot of brides. It will also help clear your skin, and can be a great way to relax. If high-impact isn’t for you then try yoga or swimming,
Prepping your hair for the big day goes beyond having it cut and styled just before the big day. Although, that is a big part of it. You can also help your hair to be as luscious and thick as those hair ads on TV. Use a deep cleansing conditioner once a month, and combine it with an argon oil and coconut oil wash. Use the right products for your hair type, and, if you have coloured hair then make sure you are using the right treatments for it; ie purple shampoo for fake blondes. You can also help your hair by drinking plenty of water, and applying a heat protector before applying any heat to your hair. Have dead and split ends trimmed regularly too.
We have already touched on diet and exercise to help clear you skin, but, if you’re really concerned about it, you might also want to consider seeing a dermatologist for stubborn acne or blackheads. Apart from that, your skin can only improve with a daily skin care routine – which starts with drinking plenty of water. When buying products, make sure that they are right for your skin type – the three main types are oily, dry and combination skin. Use a cleanser and a toner day and night, with a foam wash on the mornin and an exfoliating wash in the evening. Use a face moisturizer every morning and night – you can switch to an anti-aging cream if you want to. Sunscreen should be used every day and not just when it’s sunny outside, and your skin can be protected from getting clogged with makeup by using a primer and water-based foundation. Add in a mask or a pour strip once a month for extra care.
So many brides don’t think their teeth are up to scratch for their wedding photos. Everyone wants to have perfect photos on the big day, so if this is a problem area for you, then take this opportunity to fix it. Use a whitening toothpaste twice a day while also flossing to help improve the health or your teeth and gums. If you wish to make bigger changes to your smile, then go to a dentist for teeth whitening and any other procedures.
Too many brides get so stressed over every little detail of the wedding, which causes sleeplessness, weight loss or weight gain, irritability, and simple unenjoyment of the whole process – which is a time we’re sure you’ll want to remember. One of the simplest ways of relieving some of that stress comes with meditation. It can simply be some time spent on your own, relaxing and doing nothing. Put on some calming music, light your favourite candles, and lay down. Focus on your breathing and visualise those stresses leaving you with every exhale. It’s a simple yet effective practice that you can use for the rest of your life.
(forgive that I seem to have lost a few juice pics along the way!)
Six rather large bottles of juice or soup arrived in a little esky. So much there, I wasn’t going to starve!
Breakfast each day was a Schkinny Leap frog. It had kiwi, which I shouldn’t really have drunk, but hey, I’m still here despite tingling lips!
A little morning tea.
Tomato and lentil soup for lunch. Quite filling!
Fruit afternoon tea on the road.
Cage fighter biatch!
Some ‘claims’ #skepchic
Dinners to soothe to taste bugs. There were all YUM!
A night cap which I never drank more than a few sips of.
Teeny tub of nibbling seeds
Tea for the tummy.
The Best Bits
Not having to think about what to eat for three days.
Getting off coffee for a few days, but still being awake in the mornings!
The pumpkin soup was yum! Actually, all the dinner soups were :)
The not-so best bits
The evening drink. Couldn’t get into it. But then, I wasn’t that hungry so it didn’t bother me. I’ll use it on oats this week
All the plastic bottles! Yes, into the recycling, but still…
The same lunch 3 days in a row. Maybe I’m normally that boring anyway (tuna and rice cakes ftw!) It was yum though!
Going to the loo. Lots!
I know some people use those sorts of juice diets to lose weight, but I don’t think you really can if you have most of the juice! (I was back to my low weight for the year, same as Oct 25, at the end, but we’ll see if that motivates me to keep going!!) Not to worry, I’m sure my body is relieved to have a little change in routine, and a break from the sneaky mentos. The low fruit menu looks quite appealing.
At the price, I’m not sure it’s something I’d purchase myself, but I can see sooo many advantages. No way I could motivate myself to prepare that much fruit and veg in a day!
(yes, this was provided to me at no cost by the good folk at Schkinny Maninny. RRP $215 plus $19.95 delivery in Sydney)
In all my inspiration today, it looks like I’ve kicked off another Bloggest Loser challenge! What is that? Well, basically a bunch of internerds track our diet and exercise the way we know best – online – and the winner is the one who gets the closest to their goal over the challenge.
So, I’m aiming to get under 70kg. And will post about it every week, lest I get picked on by the others for not posting. Twitter will flood with crap about ‘workouts’ and measurement. And my reward? A dress from the Maiocchi summer collection. Or 2. Cos I’m likely to get one anyway!
Want to join in? Sign up for a Daily Burn account, and join the challenge group here with the code A7F6FA
Out of winter already, blossoms are blooming, days getting longer and a little warmer, freckles appearing on my arms. Spring is here and I’m bouncy and motivated.
Motivated to get to the gym each day. To walk in the fresh air to and from work. To eat more fruit. To work towards getting back under the 70kg mark (I hate talking numbers, but might as well put it out there) before summer. To drink lots of water and less coffee. To smile more. To work hard at uni.