Updated: Nov 5, 2020

I am not much of a girly girl especially where make up and hair are concerned. I try my best but I just don't know what I'm doing and never really seem to get to grips with it.

Step in Jess! I met Jess through a couple of other wedding suppliers and we just clicked. She is so down to earth and puts you completely at ease. I absolutely love the looks she creates both for brides and commercially.

Jess's Makeup Top Tip:

Good make-up is only ever as good as the skin underneath so prep prep prep! Make sure skin is cleansed, toned, and then apply a moisturiser with SPF in it before applying foundation. I absolutely love the vegan skincare range Ark. They do a moisturiser and primer in one with SPF 30 so it saves you applying separate products. A couple of times a week you should exfoliate or use a mask to rid of any dead skin build-up, especially after the summer when tans fade. Ark Skincare does a “hydration injection mask” that’s amazing! Finally, I recommend using a fixing spray to finish the make-up too such as Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush fixing spray. Clients always say ooh what’s that?! I call it hairspray for the face! It really helps make-up last and refreshes the look.

My staple mascara is DreamWeave as it’s smudge and cry proof for brides and great on hot photoshoots too, without being cloggy.

Finally, if you are looking for lipgloss without the stickiness I love Lanolips lipglosses with SPF in them. They come in so many pretty colours and are easy to keep in your bag to top up.

Jess's Top Tip for Brides:

My top tip for brides which I always say as I am leaving, if you feel like you going to cry then put the tongue in the roof of your mouth! It will help stop any tears and actually nobody will know you are doing it!

2020 Weddings:

Every wedding is a favourite but I absolutely loved being part of the beautiful Jemma’s Covid wedding. Jemma unfortunately had to move her initial wedding date from April to October but that didn’t stop her from having the day of her dreams and making the most of the wedding morning complete with bridesmaids and mother of the bride. I loved Jemma’s determination and positive attitude towards her wedding plans and nothing was going to spoil her special day

Jess's Top Three:

1) Wandering Eve Maternity wear photoshoot published in “OK Celebrity” magazine

2) Rockay Running, online sustainable running wear shop (James Williams Photography)

3) A professional bridal photoshoot photo by (One Thousand Words Photography)

Discount Codes:

20% OFF Ark Skincare: Click here >

DreamWeave mascara £14 from Jess @ Model Makeovers - Quote: 'blog' for £2 off!

You can find out more by visiting: https://modelmakeovers.co.uk/

Updated: Nov 5, 2020

The Shake & Stir Festival is one of the UK's biggest celebrations of all things vintage, based just outside of Bournemouth. The festival normally takes place during the last weekend in June, spanning Southbourne's high street and Fishermans' Walk, leading down to the beautiful sandy beach. Featuring a wide collection of local artisan traders, caterers and entertainment, it attracts visitors from all over the country.

A couple of years ago I started working with Mandy and the events team behind the festival, on the branding and marketing materials for the festival. This has included items for the main festival as well as its side events Santa Baby & the Sponsor Evenings. From Posters and Leaflets to Tickets and Programs, each year a new design is created to represent a different era and style.

Words from Shake & Stir

Contrary to popular belief, a designer cannot read your mind. Without clear direction, designers are in the dark about your vision, and your final design will suffer. With Taryn at Live Laugh Create I actually do think that she can read my mind because her interpretation and delivery is almost always spot on to what I was trying to convey when it comes to brand imagery and marketing imagery.

To any busines owner this is a joy as we are not the experts in the design field, we merely have an idea, a feel of what we want but have difficulty conveying what we mean. As well as this it also takes time which is a valuable commodity for all of us whether we are the client or the business owner.

Just like going to a style consultant, where they look at the colours that suit your complexion and lifestyle, so Taryn does the same with your business and your projects. She takes the time to find out what you really need to deliver and convey the message, the look and the feel of the work for the project that you are trying to achieve.

I cannot recommend Live Laugh Create highly enough. As an event organiser I need the complete kit – the new brand imagery, the style, the font, the imagination that will give me the right look for my marketing tools of website, posters, banners, leaflets etc that will bring in sales and footfall. Taryn has delivered this for me time and time again.

Mandy Polkey, MD Stir Events


Updated: Nov 5, 2020

I don't know about you but I absolutely love wildflowers, so much so, that my daughter is called Poppy. There is nothing more natural than wildflowers and I think they work with any wedding style due to the variety of textures, sizes, and colours.

Here are some of my favourite images and ways to incorporate wildflowers into your wedding.


Bespoke Wedding Invitations : Live Laugh Create

Cake : Blossom Dream Cakes

Make-up : Timeless Beauty by Louise

Bridal Cape : Crown and Glory

Styling : Love by Design Weddings & Events

Flower Seed Favours : Erikas Whimsical Art

Flower Hair Accessory : Facaldo Flowers

Wild Flower Crown : Crown and Glory

Photography : Sofie Michelle Photography




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