Wednesday, August 18, 2010

DIY personalised lingerie - something blue

Tonight's project was to personalise my 'something blue' - my wedding day underwear :) I chose a pair of boyleg shorts so that i could paint onto the back with some fabric paint. I had decided some time ago to use the words 'Rob's missus' and recently to add the Southern Cross for an Australian touch, but my biggest problem was how to trace the design onto the dark fabric of the underwear.

At first i tried printing it and tracing round the edge of the letters with a Stanley knife, but it was too fiddly. Instead, i looked for the most sheer material i could find in my leftovers from making my dress, which was the tulle from my petticoat, taped it over my printout and traced round it with a felt tip pen, then laid it over my undies and traced over it again with chalk. The chalk went through the holds in the tulle and made a strong outline ready to be copied over again with the fabric paint.

And this is the finished result! Just need to wash it now when the paint is dry to get the chalk marks off.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Engagement ring back from jewellers

Rob and i went in to pick up my engagement ring from the jewellers, hoping that they'd resized it and shaved the bottom of the setting flush with the band. I was apprehensive after last time, but happily they'd got it right and finished it all perfectly :) I got to try it on with my old wedder, which fits flush against it. They look good together.



It still looks just as it did before from the top.

I'm having another wedder made for me, and when it comes back i hope that i get to try it on for size before they send it and Rob's to the engraver. I think i may need to ask for it to be sized half a size up, as it's wider than my engagement ring and i may be more comfortable with it a little looser.

IPL 'during' photos

Unfortunately i didn't think to get a 'before' photo, but i can use my 'after' photo from the Bihaku sessions in Jan this year.

Here's my 'during' photo - this is 16 hours after my first IPL session yesterday. You can see a lot of freckles have darkened, in particular on my cheekbones. I also noticed the difference between the right and left sides of my cheeks - the right being more heavily freckled due to the sun on that side of my face when driving.

Friday, August 13, 2010

First IPL session for freckles

Wow am i glad that's over, i was nervous all day and then when i was having it done it wasn't nearly as bad as i'd been worrying!

On Saturday, i booked an appointment at Skin Deep to have a consultation, and then to go ahead with a session of IPL if the therapist thought my skin would be suitable. I'm a Fitzpatrick skin type II so knew i'd be a good subject for IPL (lighter skins work better with IPL and can also handle stronger peels than dark skins, which have more risk of hyperpigmentation as a result of the treatment) and therefore would very likely be having the treatment today.

I've had IPL before for hair removal, and remembered that at the time i hadn't thought it a particularly comfortable procedure. They describe the feeling as similar to a rubber band snapping against the skin. It is like this, but if you can imagine feeling the snap just under your skin, you've got it. It's not overly painful, more uncomfortable. It's sharp for a second, then after that just feels like a sunburn for a few hours. My skin was bright pink immediately after, like i'd been exercising hard, but after about half an hour was back to normal colour with darker freckles. Three hours later and my skin just feels a bit tight.

My therapist reminded me that i'm not to exfoliate for a week, and that it will take about five days for the really dark freckles to go. Two weeks will show how much pigmentation this session got rid of. If i want another session, it can't be sooner than a month after this one.

Will take some photos of my skin tomorrow morning and then again in two weeks to show the result.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Update on my ring

I went in to the jewellers after work on Monday, but the girl i had spoken to on Sunday wasn't there. I was told i'd get a call when my ring arrived back.

Got a call today, and was told that my wedding ring was being made in the smaller size that i had asked for my engagement ring to be resized to, and if they needed to size it up a little it was easier than sizing it down. Ok, fine by me. She also said they'd send it off to be engraved so i explained that both Rob's and my wedders needed to be engraved both inside and outside, and we wanted the characters to go all the way around the rings. I hope they don't do this before i get to fit it.

I asked when my engagement ring would be ready and she said they wanted to hold onto it so the jeweller could make it flat on one side to fit flush against my wedder. No way, i told her (but more politely)! I explained that all they needed to do was shave the bottom of the fitting on my engagement ring to make it flat, and they didn't need my wedder to do that - and if only one ring was sent to the jeweller he was less likely to get 'confused'. They've made me a little paranoid now. She agreed to that and said in that case my engagement ring would be ready on the weekend and which day did i want to pick it up? :)

Fingers crossed that it's just as i want it when i pick it up...

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Stuff-up at the jewellers

Went to visit the jeweller today and it didn't go as well as i hoped. I asked the girl if we could get my engagement ring shaved flush, she took it downstairs to the jeweller and came back up saying yes he could do that. I also asked about getting it resized as it's a little too large, but no need to resize the wedder (which they're storing in their safe for me) as the engagement ring will stop it sliding off. She wrote it all down on an envelope with the description of my engagement ring and said it would be two hours.

Two hours later we come back to find the jeweller has polished my engagement ring, but cut a chunk out of and resized my wedder!!! :o My wedder is narrow, about 4mm wide, so it looked really quite strange with a 1mm chunk out of it.

Long story short, there was some miscommunication somewhere and the jeweller had said he couldn't shave the engagement ring as it would weaken the supports. I asked what if he put some gold on the inside to strengthen it, and she asked and reported that would be ok. So i left my engagement ring with them and they're going to shave and resize it and also remake my wedder. I'm a little worried now about what they're going to do, after that stuff-up. Fingers crossed i guess, i can't do much more than explain exactly what i want and that's what i did (twice) today!

In good news we did pay off the rest of Rob's ring :)

Friday, August 6, 2010

IPL to remove freckles?

I'm considering doing a session of IPL to remove most of my remaining freckles. They've come back a little after getting sunburnt in Vietnam, and although the Bihaku worked beautifully last time, it's quite expensive.

I've read a lot of reviews, mostly on Vogue, where girls seem to have had quite a good result from one or two sessions of IPL. Since the freckles are only now really across my cheeks and nose i think i could get away with a half face IPL session which would be around $200, depending on where i go. Arms are a lot more expensive at around $600, but still cheaper than the $1150 for the RP Revision (which is like Bihaku for the body). I have way more freckles on my shoulders and arms than i do on my face now.

There's a few salons in Perth i've been looking at, such as Skin Deep, Cosmedical Skin Solutions, and Beaubelle Beauty Clinic, to name a few, but i haven't decided yet on one.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Europe holiday packing list

My packing list - i tried to think of everything i would need, then went to to add in anything else i'd forgotten.

Carry on
Neck pillow
Medications in ziplock
Danné superbright, vit c serum, suncream
Johnson's holiday skin
Dental floss
Heat protector
Sebastian Potion 9
Shower gel/soap
Nail clippers
Make up pads
Icebreaker tees
Icebreaker long sleeve
Icebreaker jacket
Windstopper jacket
Icebreaker skirt
Undies and bras
Salomon shoes
Lonely Planet
Camera charger and extra cards
Video cam charger
Mp3 player charger
Sleep sheet
Padlock and security cables
Alarm clock/watch with alarm
Travel docs
FF cards
Youth hostel card
Check in and out times
Copy of travel docs
Drivers licence
Reservation docs
Contact numbers for photographer and wedding planner
Pen and paper
Bank emergency numbers
Emergency numbers
Flight confirmation numbers

Monday, August 2, 2010

Wedding day packing list

I had one of my very rare wedding nightmares last night. For some reason, i was heading to Europe a few days earlier than Rob, and found myself waiting for a bus to go to the airport (from a suburb i don't live in) when i realised i didn't have any bags with me. I had about 40 mins before the plane left to head home and pack a bag - but as it does in dreams, time went very quickly and i didn't manage to pack a single thing, but rather wrote a list for my parents to pick up my dress and accessories to bring with them and asked Rob to bring me some clothes.

As silly as that dream was, i don't want to be spending the night before we leaving running round madly trying to think of everything i've forgotten, so i've written a list :) So far i've got stuff required for the wedding day itself, not the rest of the trip, but that will come over the next couple of nights. The list is a lot longer than i first thought!

Wedding day
Eyeshadow – mac wedge, girlie, shroom, showstopper
Eyeliner – urban decay 24-7
Mascara – maybelline great lash
False eyelashes and glue – 1000 hour
Foundation – everyday minerals ivory
Concealer – everyday minerals
Blush – mac tenderling
Lipstick – clinique black honey
Finishing powder – everyday minerals
Brushes – foundation, blush, eyeshadow, concealer
Makeup remover in case of mistakes
Brush, comb
2 lackeys
Bobby and fringe pins
Jewelled fringe pins
Bun ring
Buffing board
Emery board
French manicure kit
Dark red polish
Chantelle’s gift box
Earrings, bracelet, lariat necklace
Wedding ring
Silver shoes
Party feet inserts and strips
White thongs
Strapless bra
The dress!
Something old
Something blue
2 veils
Chanel Allure
Video cam
Mp3 player
Clutch purse
Sewing kit - cream cotton, stitch ripper, spare hooks & eyes, needle
Floral tape