Well, as with all best laid plans, things get in the way and make me very very late with getting my content out for you. Although Gay Pride was celebrated over August Bank Holiday, there is absolutely no reason as to why I can’t share everything from that weekend to you now. After all, Gay Pride isn’t just a weekend thing, it’s an all year round thing and looking back over these pictures, I finally feel that I am in a position to do it all again. Hurrah! From what I wore, to what I drank, this is a little round up of one of the best weekends of my entire life. Are you ready?
On the run up to the weekend, I used my trusty L’Oreal Coloristas to colour not only my hair, but my sisters as well. Having had multicoloured hair for the past few months, I let the majority of it wash out before getting my roots done with Natasha at Barn It. She used the balayage technique to brighten my hair from the root, as well as giving me an all over pink toner. From there, I used shades Lilac, Pink, Peach and Mint green to colour random sections of my hair to give a mermaid/unicorn effect. I found that by taking individual strands, applying the colour and twisting them whilst they developed, that it picked up different tones for a 3D effect, and I was really pleased with the outcome. For my sisters hair, I separated the top section, and used the same colours to make a rainbow effect going from pink to peach, to lilac to mint green. My Sister loves to wear her hair up so I knew that this effect would be ideal as it showed all the colours and was very reminiscent of My Little Pony.
For the Saturday of Pride weekend, I used the Beauty Boulevard Stardust to add some sparkles and I’m really happy with the creations that I made.
For Gay Pride, I had to be comfortable. It’s two very long days of walking, standing around and getting trampled on as it’s so busy. My Saturday outfit was my favourite and although I originally had a different skirt and footwear planned, I changed because I didn’t feel as comfortable as I wanted. I wore my trusty denim skirt which is around 10 years old and has lasted so well. I teamed this with my Rock On Ruby Proud AF tshirt, a grey faux suede biker jacket and a pair of white Converse. For the ultimate in Gay Pride chic, I wore my amazing Barbie handbag from Prezzybox. I knew as soon as I saw this bag that I had to have it. It’s so me; kitsch and quirky and so over the top. My Converse were wrecked after the Saturday but it was so worth it.
Using my Marc Jacobs Re(Marc)able foundation for a long lasting, full coverage base, and my Clarins pressed powder, my makeup stayed in place all day. For my eyes, the Urban Decay Full Spectrum palette combined with the Stila Magnificent Metals in Rose Gold Retro gave a rainbow look, topped with Nouveau Lashes Volume 2 lashes for a statement eye. On my lips, Beauty Boulevard Glitter Lips in Cherub; a kiss proof, party proof, long lasting glitter lip that was perfect for the day.
Thanks to the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester, we had a prime position for the parade, right outside the hotel. We were treated to music from Gaydio Radio, easy access to the bar (and toilets!) and were able to watch the parade right up until the end. A perfect spot if you ask me, and I hope that we can stand there again next year to watch it.
Before we headed out to watch the parade, we got in the party spirit by drinking Smirnoff cocktails. In the Love Wins Gay Pride designs, this years Smirnoff bottles are definitely collectable. I made Blueberry and Mint cocktails using Vodka and Lambrini Hey Blueberry and they were absolutely delicious as well as being very refreshing for what turned out to be quite a warm day.
So, all in all, it was a pretty spectacular weekend and one that has taken me considerable time to get over. All these frivolities and staying out late is not good when you are as old as me. However, I can’t wait until next year and I’m wondering if I can make it three nights out in a row this time! Did you go to Gay Pride in Manchester? What did you think?
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