Monday, June 28, 2010

Warming Ethnic Colours!

With the weather here being {for lack of a better word} crappy over the past couple months, I cant help but pull together a luxurious and warm inspiration board.
Despite my love for cool, stormy colours, I cant help but dream of a getaway to India and the bright, warm colours that go with it.

I don't know if anyone else has ever stumbled across An Indian Summer before, but I love it and the wonderful Ethnic design inspired finds! {and, funnily enough is where I got most of my inspiration!}


Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sunday Smile

Today's Sunday Smile[s]
From the very talented Johannes at Moda Fotografica.
Happy, Happy Bridal Party!
Wedding Photography in Ashburton
I love the cobalt blue. A fantastic splash of colour. [And I especially love the shade of red that the second bridesmaid has her hair. Yummm!]
Hope you had a delectable weekend!
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Americana- Nautical

So this is an American inspired boardbut it looks kinda nautical also. I guess my point is, you can do red white and blue without looking like a Independence day celebration. Yes it can be done.


Flowers, Furniture pic, long blue dress-aidan mattox blue dress short and little girl-escada , Flip flops- J Crew, couple on rug- british weddings mag, hydrangea table setting- country living, wedding dress-pronovias, Cake- martha stewart weddings, little boy-baby graziella, man in blue shirt- green wedding shoes, couple- green wedding shoes. Pie

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Shoes of prey

Design your own dream wedding shoes!

I'm as so very excited to share with you a website that any woman in her right mind - provided she likes shoes - will hyperventilate over! When I can breathe I will explain...

O.K. here goes...

Shoes of prey allows you to design your own shoes using basic templates. I mean, you can choose colours, fabrics, shapes, heels etc, etc, etc!! How awesome is that!!

Their bespoke shoes cost $250 for ballet flats; $325 for 1½ to 3½ inch heels, $390 for 4 to 4½ inch heels and $455 for ankle boots and they will ship to little old NZ... And they do Gift vouchers! (prices valid at time of post)
So if you just cannot find the perfect shoes for your wedding, give them a go. Nothing could be more fun.

Here are a couple of pairs I came up with while I as playing and some styles from the gallery...


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They Call Me Mellow Yellow.....

Quite rightly....

I have always been amazed at people who have had pretty yellow weddings. Not in a bad way, Just in an "Oh my word, how on earth did you pull off yellow so well" way.
It has always been a colour that scares me, mainly because I know I can never pull it off. Unless I had intended to look jaundice.

I have however put together a board for those of you brave enough to try yellow. How to do Mellow Yellow. Not Jaundice Yellow.

Try mixing a bright yellow with chocolate, olive and mustard for an earthy, fun palette.

Yellow and Charcoal fit well together for a modern Wedding.

How about yellow nail polish with your dress? Its super funky, yet understated if you don't want to go overboard with the yellow.

img credits; Couple through window, table, bouquet, couple walking, 'Darwin' by Ruby&Willow, cupcakes, yellow dress, tulips, yellow and brown wedding
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Sunday, June 20, 2010


Apart from cooking a gazillion mini fritatas, I have spent my last free Sunday catching up on the two weeks of wedding Yums I have missed out on. Here are some of my favourites;

Fabulously Yummo cake via Style Me Pretty

I am also head over heels in love with this Wedding Shoot. I want that bouquet!!!

And this one Paeonies, oh how I love thee!

And this DIVINE image from Kate MacPherson. I love the Idea of having candid photo's of you with your Maid Of Honour and Bridesmaids individually, since they are just as special as your New Hubby.
Lovely. =]
Wedding Photographed by Kate MacPherson in NZ, Golden Light, Beautiful Light

And another from Kate; What a gorgeous Bride!
Sarah and Dean, Weddings 2010, Erskine, Sarah BW face

Hope you had a fabulous weekend!

Sunday Smile

Today's image.... Isn't it cute!? From Haran.

I must apologise again, for my lack of posting. Laura who has been all on her own, blog-wise. {and doing a fantastic job!} Sorry!

I am a little upside down at the moment, starting a new job and have a LOT to take on board. {By brain is so full!} But hopefully this week I will be getting in to a routine once the shop is open, and will be able to blog!

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Natural Palette

Soft grey and green get me feeling close to nature.

grey dress/ bouquet-green wedding shoes, bouquet- etsy spoons-posh chicago. Sofa- sarah kaye photos, perfume pic anders gramer

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Wednesday Feature

"Relique - (Frenchified spelling of Relic) something that has survived the passage of time, cherished for its age or historic interest. An object kept for its association with the past; a momento."

Ok it's supposed to be Friday feature but this couldn't wait!

I am pleased to present to you the wonderful local jewellery designer of Relique Vintage Jewellery, Julia Banks.

Julia is the the arty, crafty, creator of Relique Vintage Jewellery. She gained her certificate in Visual Arts studying at Christchurch Polytechnic. Being a passionate advocate of continued learning, she thrives on developing different abilities and techniques, studying many facets of art. Working out of her villa home studio in Christchurch, New Zealand she also paints in oils/mixed media collage and draws inspiration from living in a vibrant, cultural city. The Art Deco & Art Nouveau movements are her main influences which encourage her to constantly evolve her designs.

The Designs-

Antique and vintage treasures transform into a beautiful range of vintage inspired & contemporary jewellery. Each piece is created with a passion for art and design, to re-invent & re-cycle. Handcrafted and truly unique, no two pieces are exactly the same. Stand out from the rest ~ be original and unique!

What wonderful wedding day pieces for the bride who wants to be unique and one of a kind. I know my husband would have been thrilled to wear cufflinks like these. The brooches are perfect bridesmaids gifts and the divine earrings should be a treat after all your wedding planning stress!

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1 &2 Cufflinks, 3 &4 Cleopatra Earrings & Dewdrops- silver, 5 & 6 Moulin rouge brooch Daisy chain brooch, 7 & 8 Illusion locket & The tempest 9 &109 Twilight teardrop earrings and pendant & Gift wrapping

Relique offers:

Artistic brooches- Funky, artistic styled button brooches using recycled vintage & antique buttons. Original and unique creations for a splash of difference.

wire-wrapped earrings- Contemporary and elegant wire-wrapped drops to dazzle your ears using Victorian & vintage glass buttons.

Lockets- Vintage inspired creations with distinct Art Deco/Art Nouveau influences. Each piece unique to the wearer and handcrafted to keep your special memories in.

Cufflinks- Cufflinks using recycled components and vintage bases to create fantastic conversation pieces.

Visit Relique...

On Facebook here

At her Blog here

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