It Was Mighty Fine

One Fine Day sure knows how to put on a show, even at night!

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At the launch of their One Fine Day Wedding Fair last Friday evening, a selection of over 50 handpicked wedding vendors filled Sydney’s Australian Technology Park with enough fairy lights, lace and white lisianthus to last a lifetime. The result? Pure magic!

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I stood by the entrance, mesmerised by the number of beautifully decorated stalls and gorgeous brides-to-be and immediately knew this is where I belonged. Karina Lowndes – Bridal Make-up Artist & Wedding Stylist (Coming soon…!)

According to their site, each year, One Fine Day invites Sydney’s most talented and innovative wedding professionals to showcase their services to hundreds of excited couples. It never specified that you had to be engaged though, so I took Joel, which was surprisingly a little awkward…

Her: “Are you looking for a celebrant?”

Me: No.

Her: “Oh, have you already booked one?”

Me: No.

Her: “Are you getting married in a church then?”

Me: No.

Her: “Oh okay, where are you getting married?”

Me: “I’m not getting married!” I finally confessed, unable to lie. “I just love weddings!” I thought to myself as I toddled off to go and introduce myself to Sophie – the brainchild behind Hello May Magazine and one of One Fine Day’s biggest sponsors.

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If you didn’t already know, Hello May is a new, unconventional wedding magazine, blog and online directory – an essential one stop shop for any kinda-quirky bride. It’s also where I’ll be interning for the next three months so make sure you check them out! For a full list of OFD wedding vendors, click here.

Wedding Day Make-up

Don’t want to have to hide your face?

Then brides, if you haven’t yet watched this make-up tutorial, you need to – especially if you’re planning to do your own make-up on the big day. Or if, like me, you just like make-up!

Here, Pixiewoo shares all her tips and tricks to leave you looking flawless.

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Make My Day – The Start of Endless Wedding Inspiration

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So here’s what’s happened…

I grew up thinking I was going to be on Getaway – the next Catriona Rowntree (only better!).

Then I decided I was going to be the next editor of Vogue. Then a travel writer. Then a florist.

Then nothing because it was all too hard. But now (finally!) after years of stress, self-torture and then all at once, self-discovery I’ve decided what I’d like to do with my life.

WEDDINGS! I would LOVE to be a bridal make-up artist and wedding stylist. So if you’re ever in need of some wedding inspiration or a place to look at pretty things, please come here.

Check out this amazing To The Sea photo shoot for One Fine Day’s Wedding Fair. I love everything about this shoot – the dress, the rustic furniture, the waterfront location, the beautifully wrapped bomboniere and last but not least, the flowers – like lollies for my eyes!

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There is Sunshine in My Soul Today

I’m sure you’re all wondering how this year has escaped so quickly, too.

I was at dinner with my boyfriend last night, reminiscing about the past few months and how wonderful they have been.

Days spent holding hands, a life-changing trip to East Africa and nights out on the town showcasing our talent on the dance floor.

What’s even more exciting is that the best is yet to come.

Sunshine, sangria and summer barbecues, my birthday and Christmas! After 12 weeks of intense training, Joel will be graduating as a fireman! My best friend Meighan is getting married to the man of her dreams and in November I’ll be meeting my new cousin Jack for the first time.

And…

I’ve finally signed up for a 6-week bridal make-up course which I’m really excited about. Since making my public pledge a few month’s ago I’ve joined an 8-week boot camp – my final ‘hurrah’ before the festive season takes off.

And last but not least…

I got an internship as a travel writer with an online company called Escape Lounge! Check them out here.

My life is so full of wonderful, delicious happiness!

Love Karina x

Welcome, Sasha Lowndes

Yesterday we got a dog! A gorgeous, seven month old black labrador named Sasha.

She is beautiful and kind and a pleasure to have around.

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Hooray! It’s Friday!

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Friday’s are my favourite day of the week. I feel like I can take on anything because by 5:00 I’m free.

I’ve had such an amazing day already. I went for another morning run, got ready for work (packed some wine!) and went to the Farmer’s Markets near my house to buy some freshly baked German bread, strawberries and  a box of delicious portuguese tarts to take to Joel’s place tonight.

The sun is shining and life is good.

And just as I wrote this post – a delivery arrived for me at work! An entire box filled with tea and chocolates from Joel! I told you he’s amazing!

Best day ever!

Karina x

Magic Pills

This morning I managed to surface before six and go for a run along Warriewood headland thanks to these new magic pills I discovered. They give you instant energy and the ability to shed excess weight in less than a day!

I’m kidding. I hope you didn’t get excited. Surely by now you know they don’t exist.

Like every other human I didn’t want to get out of bed. I felt like I had only just closed my eyes when my alarm went off and I had a million other reasons why I deserved to stay in bed.

But, I made a promise yesterday that I intend to keep. And I love this view…

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