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Celebrate Your Anniversary With Style

Celebrate Your Anniversary With Style

Whether it is the date of your first meeting, first kiss, or your wedding, anniversaries are an exciting and special time that deserves to be celebrated. But how can you ensure that you are truly celebrating your anniversary with all of the style and glamor that you know it deserves? Unfortunately, many people don’t really know how to do this, and it often results in a less than satisfying day for everyone involved. In this post, we are going to take a closer look at how to celebrate your anniversary – of any kind – with true style:

The Difficulty Of Gift Buying: It wouldn’t really be an anniversary without gifts, and it is likely to be one of the first things that you think of when your date is approaching. If you find that you always struggle to find your partner a decent present that you are truly happy with, then you are not alone. Everyone knows this feeling, and it is one that is hard to do away with. So how do you go about ensuring that you end up with the right present? It might actually be easier than you think.

One useful way to do it if you are married is to fall in line with the traditional present buying rules for the years that you have been married. If you don’t know already, it is traditionally paper for one year, wood for five years, tin or aluminum for ten years, crystal for fifteen years, china for twenty years, and so on all the way up to gold for fifty years. If you have reached that genuine milestone, then you will probably want to splash out a little. There are many gold chains for men variations for you to choose between here, and you might be surprised at how easily you can find a fantastic present of this kind.

Even if you don’t want to go by this old rule or you are not married, you might find that gift buying doesn’t have to be all that hard. The trick is in working out what you think they might benefit from but which they would not normally buy for themselves. It might take some time to find something that is absolutely ideal, but the longer you spend on the process, the more likely it is that you will be happy with the resulting gift that you eventually find.

Once you have chosen what seems to be the perfect gift, you will have the issue of trying to come up with when to present it to them. This could be a more difficult concern than you have imagined, and you might end up going for a special occasion which the two of you can have together in celebration of your anniversary itself. If you can find a good time to reveal your gift, you will probably find that it seems to have much more value for the both of you. With the gift buying looked after, you will have dealt with what is often the most difficult part of ensuring that your anniversary celebrations are done with style. But there is much more to consider beside the present, so let’s continue on:


  So sweet!

Writing A Letter: If you think that buying a gift is not enough, and you would like to express how you feel even more, then you might want to consider writing a letter to your other half expressing how you feel about them. For anyone who would enjoy receiving love letters in youth, this can be a lovely way to bring a little fresh life into the relationship, and at a good time as well. If you find that you often struggle with this kind of thing, then you might choose to take it as an opportunity to practice, as it is something that will always go down well in the future. Writing this kind of letter can be a great way to add a little genuine romance to your anniversary, and is the kind of thing that almost everyone will appreciate.

Depending on how you present it, you can also make this a great way to add some style to your anniversary celebrations. You could consider using old parchment style paper in order to give it an old world feel, for example. Or you might choose to have it delivered in an interesting and exciting way, which makes it more of an event. A letter is definitely worth putting the effort into if you want to make your anniversary as special as you want it to be – Even if you don’t have the best way with words!


 Letter writing is a lost art.

Mixtapes Are Still A Thing: If you thought that the days of making mixtapes were long gone, think again. While the cassette might be a thing of the past, there is no reason that you can’t create the same kind of effect in a different way. If you are a little creative about it, you might even be able to upgrade the old mixtape idea into something more inventive and enjoyable that your other half will love.

One of the best ways to do this is to get a flash drive and load it with your favorite songs that remind you of them, or which you have enjoyed together in the past. If you present the flash drive in a special way, you will find that it really helps to make it more of a gift, and it is a lovely modern throwback to the old mixtape idea, which really seems to land with people well. Alternatively, you could make a CD, and in this way get a little closer to the original idea.



Vacationing Is A Must: If you really want to make the most of your anniversary, then you might want to think about whisking your partner away to somewhere exotic for the weekend, or maybe even longer. For the truly romantic out there, you might even want to make it work so that this is the real surprise for them. If you can pull that off, you will find that it has a very strong effect, indeed. Nothing is better than a surprise holiday! Get this right, and it could be the most special anniversary you have had so far.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with a low key anniversary, because they are just as special. But if you’re looking to glam things up this year, then the steps above are a great place to start!

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Au Natural MOTD

Au Natural MOTD

Hi everyone and happy Sunday! Welcome to a shiny new guest blogging post from one of my favorites, Rehma, from Glamorous Etoiles. Her blog is absolutely fantastic so please be sure to check it out and give her some love! Rehma is the queen of all things beauty and makeup so I asked her to create an easy, fresh-faced look that’s perfect for an on the go summer day. Take a look at the Au Natural MOTD created by one of my dear friends, she did a bang up job!:

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Makeup Used:

  • Foundation: TV Paint Stick by Kryolan (FS45)
  • Concealer: Maybelline Eye Eraser (Nude)
  • Powder: Artistry Mineral Powder (Light)
  • Eye Shadows: Makeup Revolution Palette & Sleek Strom Palette
  • Mascara: Maybelline Sensation & Great Lash (Blackest Black)
  • Highlighting: Makeup Revolution Highlighter Palette
  • Contour: NYX Highlight & Contour Palette
  • Blusher: Makeup Revolution Contour Blush
  •  Lipstick: Gerard Cosmetic (Nude)
  • Liner: Maybelline Gel Eyeliner
  • Makeup Brushes: Morphe & Makeup Addiction
  • Setting Spray: Urban Decay Chill Cooling & Hydrating Spray

What I love about Rehma’s MOTD is how light it looks. I think that barely there makeup for summer time is so chic. This Au Natural look is perfect for a day of running around in the sun but can easily be transformed to a night time look with a bold lip. Rehma knows how to rock a winged liner like no other but for us gals who weren’t blessed with a steady hand, a good compromise could be a dusting of a bronze or gold eyeshadow instead! That’s what I plan on doing because god knows I would never be able to achieve a winged look to Rehma’s standard!

Thank you again so much to the always beautiful, Rehma, from Glamorous Etoiles for making this Au Natural MOTD post possible! You’re fabulous. How do you rock an easy, breezy summer look? What is your summer makeup staple? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Glamour Girl MOTD

Glamour Girl MOTD

Hi everyone and welcome to a very special guest blogging post here on lifewithlilred thanks to my friend, Rehma, over at glamorousetoiles. I adore Rehma’s blog so much and I’m sure that you guys will, too, so please check it out and give her page some love! While Rehma and I discussed what her post should be about, I suggested creating an MOTD and she happily agreed. I’m so glad, too, because Rehma is a makeup queen. And me? Not so much. So check out her Glamour Girl MOTD that she created special for my readers on lifewithlilred and then let’s discuss:

^^^ Beautiful!

Makeup Used:

  • Foundation: TV Paint Stick by Kryolan (FS45)
  • Concealer: NYX Orange Color Corrector & Maybelline Eye Eraser (Nude)
  • Powder: Artistry Mineral Powder (Light)
  • Eye Shadows: Makeup Revolution’s Flawless Palette
  • Waterline: Rimmel London Kohl Kajal (Nude 005)
  • Mascara: Maybelline Sensation and Great Lash (Blackest Black)
  • Highlighting: Colourpop Supershock Cheek and NYX Highlight & Contour Palette
  • Contour: NYX Highlight & Contour Palette
  • Blusher: Sleek Antique
  • Lipstick: Medora in Dark Coco
  • Liner: Makeup Revolution’s black liner
  • Makeup Brushes: Morphe & Makeup Addiction
  • Setting Spray: Urban Decay Chill Cooling & Hydrating Spray

What I love the most about Rehma’s MOTD is her deep berry lip! Nothing screams glamour to me more than a dark lip paired with a dramatic eye. Seriously, this look belongs on the red carpet of a movie premiere! I also like that, for the most part, Rehma created this look with products that you could buy from your local drugstore. I’m particularly obsessed with the fact that she used my personal favorite brand, NYX, to help create her MOTD. You look so gorgeous, Rehma! You go, girl.

I want to thank Rehma again so much for doing such an amazing job on this guest post. It was such a huge help and it turned out fabulous! Once again, please check out her blog at glamorousetoiles and give her page a follow and some love! What is your favorite drugstore makeup brand? What is your favorite makeup brand to splurge on? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Golden Globes 2015 Into It/Over It

Golden Globes 2015 Into It/Over It

The Hollywood award season is upon us again! The Golden Globes were on last night where we got to see some fabulous stars strut around in some gorgeous and…. not so great looks. I decided to do one of my Into It/Over It segments for the Golden Globes, so let’s discuss:

Sienna Miller – Miu Miu: I am so very INTO IT!!!!! I thought that Miss Sienna looked drop dead gorgeous!!! This Miu Miu stunner is one of my favorite looks of the night. The dress is so whimsical and fun but Sienna manages to look grown up and sexy at the same time. Miu Miu is one of my all time favorite designer brands, so naturally I turned green with envy when I saw this gown. I spotted it as a Miu Miu right away and began drooling immediately. Not only is the dress fab, but her hair and makeup looked divine as well. She honestly could have gone either way in the hair and makeup department with either the natural look she’s rocking or something a little more loud and crazy. The natural look is working so well though, she looked like a fairy princess from the land of glam. I’m sold.


Rosamund Pike – Vera Wang: Oh hell no. I am so completely and absolutely OVER IT. I usually adore Vera Wang’s designs, but not this one. Major thumbs down. I hate using this word…but the Gone Girl actress looked saggy. This dress offered her literally NO support in her breasts or back, causing a very unflattering over all shape. One of the most important fashion rules is to always define your waist, which was also not happening in this look. Quite frankly, I’m disappointed. I was expecting Pike to come out looking like a stunner, and this look didn’t do anything for me but make me cringe. The bland hair and makeup was doing nothing for her either as well. Whomp whomp.

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Patricia Arquette – Escada: Oh, Patricia my darling. First of all, congrats on your win for Boyhood. Bravo. Second of all, I’m OVER IT. This look just didn’t do it for me, and I wanted it to work so badly, but there was just so much going wrong. The gown was in desperate need of a good ironing, some expert tailoring, and for that damned shoulder piece to be removed immediately. The look would have been so much better without that shoulder detailing. Not perfect, but better. I’m quite disappointed in her hair and makeup. Her red lip looked sloppy and her hair was pulled back into a bun that was almost falling out. My main problem with this dress is how top heavy it made her look. All of the extra fabric and rouch-ing made the look very frumpy. Disappointed.


Emma Stone – Lanvin: Gorgeous! Stunning! I’m INTO IT! The Birdman actress absolutely soared. In my eyes, Miss Stone can do no wrong and this fabulous Lanvin jumpsuit is no exception. I love looks on the red carpet that I can see myself wearing and this is definitely one of them. Everything is just working SO WELL together, from the sparkling bodice, the ankle cut pants, and that gorgeous bow tie on the back. This is something that shouldn’t have worked and Emma proved us all wrong. I love that she didn’t do much to her hair, because the wavy laid back-ness of it truly counterbalanced the Hollywood glam of the look. Her alabaster skin looked absolutely perfect, and her red lip was flawless. Amazing. This is what a young twenty something actress should look like.


Kerry Washington – Mary Katrantzou: Ugh. OVER IT. When my family and I watch award shows together, my parents usually leave it up to me to give the fashion opinion. But when my dad verbalized his distaste for this look, I knew that it was really bad. The thing about Kerry Washington, is that you could put her in a potato sack and she’d still look gorgeous. This woman deserves to wear nothing but masterpieces so when she’s in something that’s not up to par, it’s just so gut wrenchingly noticeable and awful. I hate how this dress doesn’t go all the way to the floor – it’s literally three inches above the ground, just make it floor length, damnit. I also really hate the metallic pink and navy combination going on. If this dress were solely the navy color, I think she’d look quite stunning. I guess the reason that I dislike this look so much is because I know that Kerry can do so much better. Her hair and makeup look lovely though! Hopefully she’s wears a stunner at the next award show to make up for this lackluster look!


Taylor Schilling – Ralph Lauren: Do I even have to say it? I’m beyond INTO IT! Our Orange is the New Black star was absolutely radiant in red. She was GLOWING. Miss Schilling looked like the belle of the ball in this gorgeous Ralph Lauren gown. This dress fit her like a glove and her skin looked flawless. The way this dress moved on the red carpet was divine. This dress is pure Hollywood to me. Taylor Schilling is the epitome of glamor in this look and I’m blown away. Miss Taylor can ditch the orange jumpsuit and stick to the gowns because she looks like an absolute star. Well done, you.

Taylor Schilling

Kristin Wiig – Delphine Manivet: Ouch. I’m sure a lot of people, like myself are OVER IT. Kristin Wiig has such a lovely body, why hide it in this frumpy mess? This material looked like it came off of a couch from the seventies and the shape of the dress looked just as dated. I’m not sure who dressed miss girl, but this look was so inappropriate for such a star studded night. Not only did the dress lack in all departments but her hair and makeup were a hot mess as well. I’m going to say for Kristin Wiig what I’ll be mentioning for Jennifer Lopez later, the bronzer looked so cakey! I just wanted to take a tissue to both of them and wipe all of that gunk away. Her hair looked very dull as well. Extremely unimpressed. My advice? Fire your stylist immediately.


Jennifer Lopez – Zuhair Murad: Oh look, it’s Kristin Wiig’s bronzey twin! So of course I’m OVER IT. Miss girls golden globes looked like they were going to pop out of this dress any minute and I was so not impressed. The thing with Jennifer Lopez is that we know she’s sexy, hot, and has a whole lot of va va voom. She does not need this cheap looking dress to showcase that. If she were put in an actual gown last night of that same material, she would have looked stunning. Her awful excuse for a smokey eye and her cakey cake bronzer weren’t helping either. Jennifer Lopez ended up looking like a Las Vegas showgirl rather than red carpet royalty. Shameful.


Conchita Wurst: Yes. Hell yes. Miss girl better WERK! I’m INTO IT! I wish that I looked as good as this sensational drag queen in a gown. I also wish that I own this gown. It’s so fabulous I can’t even. This is the most unconventionally drop dead gorgeous look of the night. What more can I say?


Naomi Watts – Gucci: Wow. This was one of my other favorite looks of the night asides from the lovely Sienna Miller. I’m INTO IT! This canary yellow Gucci stunner was an A++++! The way that this dress complimented that pretty blonde hair with her creamy fair complexion was simply divine. Every time Miss Watts was shown on screen last night all I could say was “I want that necklace, I want that necklace, I WANT THAT NECKLACE!!!!” The bejeweled snake choker was such an edgy, unexpected accessory and I adored it. The hair and makeup were perfect and I adored the red lip, which looked way better than I thought it would with a yellow gown. This look was stunning. Bravo.


So there you have it, my Into it/Over it looks for the 2015 Golden Globes! What looks did you love? What looks could you have done without? What would you have done to make some of these not so hot styles look better? I’d love to hear from you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Happy Monday! -Sarah