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Earlier this month, I spoke to Oxfordshire-based make-up artist, Rachael Parrey. Rachael is passionate about make-up and how to create a look that works for you - especially for your wedding. So here are some of her tips on how to achieve the perfect look for you for your special day - including those must-have items:


 
 
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Summer is the season for dressing up and special occasions - from a day at the races with friends to family weddings, there are lots of excuses to get glam!
 
Hats have been an accessory of the chic and sophisticated for decades but in recent years the likes of the Duchess of Cambridge, Zara Phillips Tindall, Katherine Jenkins, Dita Von Teese and even Lady Gaga have made hat-wearing current and fun.
 

A fabulous hat is the perfect way to give your look the WOW factor and there are a multitude of options to choose from, whether it's small and simple to fabulous and flamboyant - the question is, which to go for? 
 
This month we've collaborated with milliner Beth Hughes to offer you some expert advice on choosing the right headwear for your special occasion this Summer.


 
 
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I'm so excited about this month's My Style, as I've had the opportunity to find out all about amazing photographer Becky Rui. I first met Becky in 2012, and since then have worked with her on my business photography, a family shoot and also the Handbags for Hospices auction event which I organised in September 2013. Becky doesn't just take photos - she is talented at finding out exactly what you want from your shoot, be it wedding, personal or professional photography. I can't wait to work with Becky again in April where we will be updating images that reflect some of the new and exciting areas I have been working on plus developments in 2015 and beyond.

Read more about what inspires Becky's style...


 
 
If you have a wedding to look forward this summer or a glamorous event coming up, there is no doubt that special occasions require a special outfit so, Spring is a great time to start planning what to wear!  

Where to start? 
First and foremost, be sure to check out the dress code, which in itself can be a challenge. If the event is a formal one, the great news is 'long' is in this season. So if in doubt you may want to opt for a longer length (just make sure the hem stops at the narrower bit of your leg - often just above the ankle). 
I am sure many will have experienced shopping for a special outfit to find that the colour and/or size is sold out. When you are shopping for that perfect look, it is a good idea to go shopping as early on in the season as you can to avoid finding that the ideal ensemble is sold out in your size or colour. By May, the best pieces will have gone and by June you start getting into the sales - there is nothing wrong with the sales - I love them - but unless you have done your research early on and know what is available and where to find it, you could quickly find yourself disenchanted with the whole process. 

Styles to choose this season 
You can never go wrong with 'chic sophistication', which translates into simple shapes and neutral colours. You can either dress these up (fabulous killer heels, jewels, the lot) or down (a waterfall cardigan might do the trick and some more comfortable wedge sandals). Though simplicity is what you are opting for, make sure that the fabric makes it special - think silk and taffetas.   
  
Hats or fascinators? 
Fascinators are often easier and cheaper to manage - and no need to take them off when you hit the dance floor! As for hats, there are all sorts of rules to wearing them: black rims can throw a black shadow on your face so think about it; don't choose a hat with a rim that extends wider than your shoulders either, it will look too big. 

Colour Me Beautiful 
If it is colour you are after, there are plenty around. There is an abundance of red (a bit too much if you are the mother of the bride or groom maybe); there is every single blue you can dream but the colour which is stealing the show is green, in particular, Emerald Green. 
So don’t delay and you won’t despair – get ahead of the game and make it an occasion to remember!