The pressure of New Years Eve can become overwhelming. Deciding what to wear, who to spend it with, picking the right party, the build up to the countdown of New Year and choosing who you want to stand next too, who you want to kiss…

In my teenage years and early twenties I loved the thrill of New Year and everything from the wild house parties, drunken celebrations and getting dolled up, all with the idea of ending the previous year with a big bang. 

However, every January the first I would wake up hung-over, tired, and grumpy, feeling extremely unproductive. Call me boring, but now that I’m older, I have decided that although it might be a fun way to end the year before, it certainly isn’t an ideal way to start the year ahead. 

This year, James and I have decided to have more of a casual New Years Eve, and have opted for a few quite drinks. I want to feel feminine and dressed up, without being really glammed up. This straight fit, mid-length dress from Marks and Spencer’s is the perfect compromise. Its thick, striped fabric offers a casual element to the fitted style and frilled sleeves. 

I find that a more casual outfit allows for heavier, and fuller makeup in order to compliment and balance out the entire look. I like to keep my base fairly natural, yet apply darker eye shadow shades, winged liner and a bold lip. Having the same shade of lipstick as nail varnish, also helps to tie the outfit together, creating a more complete finish.

I hope you all have a lovely New Year and celebrate it in the best way possible. Thank you as ever for following and reading my blog, it means a great deal to me and I hope to see more growth in 2018.

Happy New Year! 


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