Top Tips On How To Create A Beautiful Life!

Creating a beautiful life for ourselves is possible. And in order to do that we have to strive for balance and that means addressing all areas of life. I observed that last year I was very much only focused mostly on one area of my life and that was my businesses. I thought that I would use this blog to show you what I have been up to and also how I have got the balance back in my life.

Having just become a representative of Miessence selling certified organic personal care and house hold products meant I needed to pay careful attention to keeping my life balanced.  I have two other small businesses to contend with meant other parts of my life had become unbalanced so this year was about adopting a holistic approach to get that balance back.

I thought that I would write this blog for people who tend to focus only on one part of their life. I thought I would use use my own experience and show you how I have been getting the balance back in my own life to help you do the same. Plus I thought that it would give you an opportunity to see what The Earth Faeries have been up too.

Firstly I looked at my creative area. I realized that while I was making accessories for my customers I rarely had time to make anything else for myself or my loved ones. When mum expressed interest in what I was making I always said I would make her something but never got around to it. Time was always a factor so I read an article about creating more time and doing things that are important to us.

I devised an affirmation that has worked wonders in my life and has done just that. As they say we are living in a quantum field and thoughts become things. And so do the affirmations that we recite every day. The affirmation that I use is: I always have time for the activities, people and experiences that are important to me. And sure enough time has been created and I suddenly have more free time.

And so I got to work on my mums ornament that I have made her. I made it in her favorite colour which is buttermilk yellow. You can find my full range here. It comes with a little hand made scroll too with a personalized poem in it so I am just working on that at the moment. I just hope she likes it. Here is a sneaky preview of the rose I have made for my mum. Each rose is named after its owner and I called this one Barbara Frances after her.

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Secondly I decided to start focusing on doing more self development work on myself. I am a qualified and practicing life coach – specializing in spiritual coaching and well being coaching.  I knew working on myself would creating more energy and momentum in my life to facilitate change.

As part of my self development I do earthing while practicing mindfulness in my big garden, forests, and woodlands.  I practice earthing otherwise known as grounding about once a month but now have started to do it every day and am observing a massive difference in my energy levels. So how does it work?  The free electrons in the earth move through our feet and into our body and create well being in our mind body and soul.earthing.jpg

Many have lost their connection with the natural power of earth because Rubber and plastic soles on our shoes. They are not conductors so they prevent the free electrons from the earth moving through our body. So taking the shoes and socks off and walking on the mud, moss, forest floors, beaches, and grass is a great preventative measure. It is also a way to stay well and  increase our well being and energy levels which contributes towards having balanced and a beautiful life

My word this year has been contribution. Giving back! Giving feels so good so I thought I would like to do more of it. I am all for looking after our planet so I decided to volunteer at Garth organic fruit and vegetable garden in Wales. It was the most enjoyable day that I have had in ages and it was lovely to do something different and to help others out too. It is surprising what opportunities you get given when you get out of your comfort zone because I got asked to run a mindfulness work shop there so am making time now to devise my lesson plans and I am due to run them this August!

Earth Faeries doing voluntary work in Garth Organic gardens!
The earth Faeries love getting inspired in nature so I started some voluntary work in an organic gardens!

It was an eventful day. I learned how to grow baby onions. Although I have grown potatoes carrots and lettuces in my own garden I have never grown onions. A lesson learned from there was not to plant them upside down and I suppose metaphorically speaking the same applies to us – so always reach for the light to get you to the places you want to go.

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I also learned how to grow the food in rows and to measure the depth I was planting them in as well as how to space them correctly so they had room to grow. I did this by using rope tied around pieces of wood and put in the ground. The rope once stretched out helps you to plant the crops in a straight line.

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I also got to see some slow worms too which resemble beautiful snakes – as Jude the owner of the organic gardens prized back the soggy straw they sliver deeper down into the earthy layers. They slithered away before I could get my camera out.

I got to meet some other lovely volunteers too and it was nice to share a common goal with them which was looking after the planet that I love so much. Plus I got an abundance of organic vegetable and salad in return for helping out. There is something lovely about eating fresh salad and sprouting broccoli from a garden that you have picked yourself. It tastes so much nicer!

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I have just been asked to come canoeing in Llangollen canal with my daughter and while my mind says I have this to do and that to do I stopped, and said to myself I always have time for things, people and events that important to me so I said yes. My other friend has just invited me to London for the vegan and vegetarian food festival and I said yes! So one of the secrets to having a beautiful life I have learned is to say yes to more opportunities.

Getting balance in your life so you can have a beautiful life is not a destination. It is a journey. We are always striving for it as circumstances and goals change so we have to continuously address the balance. And what I have discovered is that with those changes we have to pause, reevaluate what is serving us and what is not so we can modify our goals and then get back in flow.

For me having a beautiful life is about keeping the balance in my own life on a consistent basis. For me keeping that balance means coming up to smell the roses regularly and not being hard on myself when I go off track slightly. It is also about being mindful too – living in the moment, being non judgemental if my mind strays elsewhere and jumping straight back on again.

What other techniques or practices are you using to keep your own life well balanced?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top tips for your wedding day!

In this blog I’m going to look at behind the scenes of a  wonderful wedding shoot that I was asked to be part of (I designed and hand made the pearl collection Jewellery.) I no longer make authentic pearl necklaces but instead design faux pearl due to ethical reasons. 

Photo-credits:  

Makeup & bridal consultancy service – Donna O’Conner

Jewellery design The Earth Faeries – Melanie Molloy

Dress by Petticoats-A-Plenty – Andrea Sef

Photography by Philip Antrobus

Venue by Bubble Beach Club

https://www.4g-events.com/

This exciting wedding shoot was held in an exclusive venue in Liverpool  This beautiful first of a kind water front beach club is located in the pier head with a two story luxury campaign lounge and is the choice of famous celebrities.

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I’ve interviewed the organizer Miss Donna O’connor proprietor of Liverpool bridal consultant, on how it all came together.  She kindly gave me some tips to help you create your own perfect wedding day.

The Earth Faeries: How did you pull something like this together?

Donna: After weeks of planning (lots of to-do lists)and putting a team together of wedding creative professionals the day finally arrived on Sunday 14th of August 2016. It is the most amazing experience to have a vision and to see it manifest and come alive right before your eyes during a photo-shoot.It’s like putting together pieces of a jigsaw, each professional involved in the photo shoot will have their own expertise and field that they work in.

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The Earth Faeries: What advice do you give for brides wanting to know what type of make up to wear for their big day?

Donna: For Bridal make up I always aim for a fresh flawless natural look, using brown or bronze coloured pigment on the eyes, with natural strip lashes.

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Peach or pink blush is used on cheekbones to give a healthy glow,and nudes, pinks or peach lipsticks are used on the lips. Peach looks great on red heads, pinks on pale skins and blond hair. Neutral is a versatile colour and can work on all complexions. A natural make up applied well is very effective.

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Brides tend to opt for natural make up applications on their wedding day because they don’t want to look too much different on their big day from what they usually do. A Bride will want to look and feel like the star of her event and feel amazing . The aisle will be her catwalk and all eyes will be on her.

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The Earth Faeries: Where does your inspiration come from?

Donna: My inspiration for this wedding photo shoot came from what I feel represented all of us as a team. We all have a similar vision of what our individual businesses are about and what message we wanted to send out there to prospective clients. We wanted a high end sophisticated look at affordable prices so that everyone can enjoy our services. So I would say it was sophistication we were aiming for, something feminine, timeless with an editorial modern feel to it.

The Earth Faeries: Do you have any tips for others who would like to walk in your footsteps?

Donna: My advice is build a team with people who have the same values and work ethics. This is good for team building. When everyone is on the same wavelength and working towards the same goal as a team it just flows and everyone helps each other to make it a success.

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This positive vibe flows within our team. Our team works like a family, we work smarter, we have fun and we bring the vision into reality. This is all captured on camera and it’s like magic taking place. It certainly shows on the images taken by the photographer. This means that everyone is comfortable with each other, the models are relaxed and its all natural. Working in this way brings out the best in each other.

The Earth Faeries: What does a typical day include?

Donna: There was an air of excitement on this shoot right from the start, we all met outside the venue and then we set up at the venue. The video cameras were set up and the make overs on the models began. There was lots of fun and laughter and a lot of banter took place.

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The wedding gown was hung up on another side of the room we were in on a large ornate mirror.

When the Makeovers were complete the models got dressed in their attire. The Bridal model Stacey Mellin was helped into the Bridal gown by Andrea Sef who supplied the wedding dress. Andrea’s business is called Petticoats a Plenty. The dress was called Isobella which was absolutely stunning. It takes her six months to design and make the dress and about three week to design and make the petticoat.

There was a gasp in the room when Stacey was dressed complete with bridal gown and the Bridal jewellery was placed on our model.

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The jewellery was delicate and oozed sophistication. It was designed with love by Melanie Jane Molloy proprietor of The Earth Faeries, who designs and hand makes bespoke jewellery. She is a very talented creative lady who I have known for many years now and has just recently started a new business venture making her own jewellery.

 

The completed look was breathtaking, complemented by hair and make up by myself Donna Maria O’connor. I am the owner of a new business venture Liverpool bridal consultant that provides a bespoke wedding design service from make up, hair design to planning for your big day.

Our model Stacey had a modern funky hairstyle, which I session styled on the day. I felt that her hairstyle gave a modern twist on the sophisticated look we were aiming for.

The Earth faeries: What did you think about the venue?

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Donna: It’s every brides dream. The venue I chose was amazing. Bubbles Beach bar is a new venue here in Liverpool. It has a roof top terrace, champagne bar, beach awnings,and four poster beds that you can relax on in the sun. It has a seating area with outside huts where you can order soft drinks and coffee.

 

In fact it looks like a venue you would find on a luxury holiday location abroad and yet its situated at the Pier Head waterfront here in Liverpool. The back drop is of the liver buildings which is a main landmark here in this wonderful city.

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I chose the venue because I felt it represented Liverpool weddings. I believe that this venue was perfect for the editorial look we wanted to portray and it represented the fashion aspect of Liverpool; as women here take a lot of pride in the way that they dress. It really is the capital of fashion in the north.

The Earth faeries: What were your highlights to the day?

Donna: The highlights to this wedding shoot were images taken of our models on the four poster beds, by the vintage car which was on the venue grounds and images taken on the roof top terrace.

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The Earth Faeries: Do you have anything else you’d like to add?

Donna: Yes, I would like to say a special thank-you to Rob and Maria Jones of 4G Events for videographing and capturing the essence of such a magical day. Photographer Philip Antrobus our very talented photographer who shared our vision and made it into reality. Andrea Sef who is very creative with her wedding gowns and beautiful petticoats.It takes her six months to make her hand made gowns and we were delighted with the results. And not forgetting my lovely friend Melanie Jane Molloy founder of the The Earth Faeries jewellery company for making the fabulous Bridal Jewellery.

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The Earth Faeries: Thank you Donna for the interview and thanks everyone for helping the day be a success. I enjoyed collaborating with you all.

Behind the Scenes Video Here