Monday, May 31, 2010

Rouge and Midnight

Like a rich chocolate fudge cake, Rouge and Midnight colour scheme, softened, romantiscised, and cutesied up a bit with bows and luxurious fabrics.
I hope you enjoy it. =]

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sunday Smile

I just love how fun this photo is!

photographer: Vero Suh, via style me pretty

I hope you had a fun weekend!
I've a few inspiration board ideas in my noggin, so stay tuned!
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Thursday, May 27, 2010



I don't know about you but online shopping has become a lifesaver for me when it comes to gift giving. Not only will you find treasures that you may never find by traipsing around the shops, but you get to browse while snuggled on the sofa in your slippers and fluffy robe, skipping the salespeople and the crowds.

This weeks feature site is Endemic world, a New Zealand online design store. You can find anything from jewelry to home wares to clothing to art. Here are my picks for cool and quirky gift ideas for weddings, birthdays, or just to say " you make my day.., everyday". Aww

(Prices valid at time of post)
eco light shade $140 / giddy up cowkid shirt $69
bubbles & polka dots room fragrance $65 / can of inspiration $15
ashley and co. handwash $27 / catherine david post box$270
acrylic kiwi $159 / stag tea towel $25

lady jane table lamp $450 / parker bin $337

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First of all, Sorry Laura, for dropping the blog on you this week. I feel stink for that, but you provided some wonderful eye candy!
I am back! Slightly better. Bit of a troublesome cough, though.
And I am keen to get back into this blogging malarkey!

As I said the other day, my parents returned from England, and along with the laryngitis and flu, I also received a much better, much prettier gift. It is kind of known within the family that my grandparents are not coming to the Wedding. Which is a shame. My Dad's parents have both passed, and my Mum's parents are at that age where a 28 hour flight will be too much. So my Grandmother sent my Mum back with a set of her Pearls - for my something old.
It is a gorgeous 3 string of pearls, in a champagne/peach colour. SO vintage and SO yummy. I am in love with it!
I hadn't even thought about jewelery until I received the pearls.
Not for myself, nor for my Bridal Party! So I have been browsing the inter-webs, and have found some delectable accessories to share with you!
I find myself once again, in awe of all these creative people on Etsy and Felt, making necklaces and headpieces and earrings, and you name it. Not to mention all the wonderful vintage items for sale. I mean, just look at the 1930's engagement ring.... Shame I've already got one.

1930's engagement ring, pearl cluster necklace, leaf and bird necklace, headband, leaf brooch, freshwater pearl bracelet, polka dot stud earrings.

hair pins, tangerine stud earrings,  braceletspoon ring, leaf chokercameo brooch.
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

White on white- inspiration board

1 Martha Stewart weddings 2 Eddie Ross 3 pearls unknown 4 Monique Lhuillier 5 cakegirls 6 unknown painting 7 Vera Wang 8 Eddie 9 Etsy

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Sunday Smile

I must apologise in advance for any quietness on my part. My parents recently returned from a trip back to the UK, and brought a present home with them - in the form or Flu & Laryngitis. So I am not feeling particularly flash right now, and feel I am going to be tucked in bed for the next few days to recover!

I remember seeing this photo a while back, and remembered "ahh"ing at the love they clearly share.
via we heart it
How sweet are they?!
I love the burst of sunlight. And her accessories are to die for.

I hope you had a better weekend than I did,. Sigh!
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Friday, May 21, 2010

Midnight and Rust colour board

Dresses- catherine deane, shoes and bride photo- Raya Carlisle, Bag- chanel, dress- catherine deane, shoes- marc jacobs, invitation suite- ruby and willow

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Flower Tips.


I'm pretty sure that the Flowers are the hardest, and most worrying part of any Wedding, and not just for the Bride - Florists have had many panic attacks too!

The biggest problem - from a Florist's point of view, is Brides who have no idea what they want. Florists are there to help and offer advice and ideas, but we can't do all of it for you. We like to have a jumping off point, so coming into the shop and saying "hmm, well.... I like roses." doesn't really give much help, since there are so many varieties and colours.
One of the worst nightmares is a Florist being given no help whatsoever in the theme department and creating a painstakingly time-consuming collection of arrangements, only to find the the occasion being twenty guests in a backyard.

Florists also tend to become the target for Bridezilla meltdowns, yet we, of all people know how important flowers are to a Wedding, and how they ultimately tie the theme together.
We are there to help create the flowers for one of the biggest days of your life. We want to help. But it is hard to when you are having a pre-wedding meltdown.
So here I have compiled a list of what to ask of / bring to a Florist;
Your colour theme.
One of the most important things. Saying "I want Pink" just doesn't cut it. We want to know if it is a dusty pink, a rich pink, a fuscia pink, a baby pink. The more specific you can be, the better.
Paint swatches from Bunnings are FANTASTIC. If you find them in the colours you are having, grab a set for your Florist, so they can match the flowers for you.
Even better, is if you have fabric swatches from bridesmaid dresses, grooms suits, your dress, even Mothers of the Bride and the Groom, if you are having corsages.
If you have a picture in a magazine you can spare {or even copy} of the Wedding or feel you are after, slip a copy in with the swatches. The florist will love you.
Florists need to know what feel you are going for, so that they can cater to your needs with the flowers.
Having a casual, intimate Wedding? You aren't going to need Church decorations, pew-ends and sprays.
Pictures of bouquets help give the florist an idea of what style you would like. Ideally, the florist should have some Wedding Portfolio's, and a collection of Bridal magazines for you to peruse with them. But if you have found a picture of that dream bouquet - bring it along to you consultation.
Do not demand a quote the first time you walk in to the florist. We need to know details, what arrangements you want, what sizes you want them before we can quote you. Every Wedding is different, and should be priced accordingly.
Not to mention if you have your wedding planned around Big Dates. i.e. Valentines, Mothers Day, Christmas... the week of, and the fortnight before the date, you sadly must anticipate prices to be much higher.
In addition, the Florist shouldn't really be giving you a figure on the first meeting, unless they have a selection of ready priced packages for you to choose from. A good florist will probably have at least two meetings with you.

Flower Freshness?
Flower markets are generally on a Monday, Wednesday, and a Friday. But some florists only go once a week. Ask your florist if they are going to get the flowers fresh for your Wedding.
For a Saturday wedding, A good florist will order ahead, and go on a Friday market to get the ordered flowers, and create the arrangements freshly the day before.
You are in charge.
Don't be afraid to ask for extra flowers. If you want to do some table decorations with loose flowers, plonked lovingly into an old jar, then do just that. Don't pay the florist for something you can do yourself, for free! Ask them for their expertise with the bouquets, but also to order some loose flowers for you to decorate with.


Be honest. Don't tell the florist their work is wonderful, when you are secretly dying inside from the hideousness of the bouquet. Ask them to change it. Tell them where you want it different. The florist is a person too, and accepting a bouquet you don't like and bitching about the florist at the wedding is going to give them a bad rep, when they probably could have done another one better, in no time, and no extra cost.

I hope these tips have helped with any flower woes you may have!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Wedding trends 2010/11

Here are my picks for the hottest trends this wedding season. The big focus is being kind to the earth we live on and there are so many ways we can do that while still having the wedding we want.

Backyard weddings
-a backyard wedding is a great way to create a relaxed vibe for your day. Hanging lanterns and fairy lights will transform the familiar space into a wonderland-

'Anything but white' wedding gowns
-the white dress is taking a back seat to subtle hues. Anything from soft blues and greens through to warm neutrals and pastels. This is an opportunity to really bring out your best features by using a shade that suits your skin tone-

Mismatched bridesmaids dresses
-this is a more laid back look for your ladies in waiting. use different tones of the same colour or stick with one and mix up the styles. This is great when you have bridesmaids of all shapes,sizes and colourings!-

Eco-friendly wedding favors
-give a gift to planet earth and use trees or plants as favors for your guests-

Garden flowers
-using garden flowers for bouquets is becoming increasingly popular. The trend is moving right away from the tight, uniform domes of roses, to loose bundles of homegrown blooms that look freshly picked from the meadow. So beautiful! This is a great cost saver too-

The bird cage veil
-these are so hot! If you like the idea of head wear but the thought of a full veil makes you feel old fashioned, try a bird cage veil. these work best with tea length or shorter dresses but you can make them work with most styles of gown-

Something really old
-as we know, vintage is still huge. Anything you can lay your hands on that is very very old, can be used somewhere in your decor. old typewriters, bottles and jars, vintage tables and chairs, old crockery, vintage fabrics and wallpapers...the list goes on and on-

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