Archive | November, 2012

Glimpse and Overthinking it….

26 Nov

On the way to work.

Love how this guy is casually rocking coral beads.

One giant yorkshire pudding with swede and carrot, mash, gravy and awesomeness.

Stopping by my local Carribean takeaway for a beef pattie and cocoa bread nommy!

Coffee and muffin with a friend 😉

Saw these flowers in a pub garden of all places. Just happened to be walking by, isn’t it incredible how much beauty is around us!? Weird huh?

I am one of those people who over think EVERYTHING. Situations, comments, tasks. When given the chance, my mind will run wild. I find dressing for events pretty difficult when I have tonnes of time to plan. Why? Because it gives me more time to freak out! I’m better off when I have 15 minutes to be washed and dressed.

Coco Chanel famously once said ‘always take of the last thing you put on’, I couldn’t agree more. I’m going to my friends wedding this week(yay!), so obviously I need a new outfit :-). I have FINALLY settled on a dress….

Zara Fitted Studio Dress £49.99 at Zara

Now I don’t know whether to go for funky shoes or classic. Earrings or necklace.  I will post pictures up of the finished outfit…when I finally make up my mind.

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Whole Flower Confetti?

22 Nov

Photography by Steve Watkins Photography

Happy thanksgiving to those across the pond!

I have seen all manners of confetti. I’ve seen coloured dots, whole petals, music notes. In the grand scheme of things confetti can seem like such a small part of a wedding. But let’s face it, no wedding photography is complete without the perfect confetti shot. It’s up there with the groom’s face as the bride walks down the aisle. Two people, happy and caught off guard…can’t go wrong really. Well…unless it goes up the brides nose ha!

Like so many aspects of weddings, it’s a great way to inject a couple’s stamp on the day. So new versions are always welcome.

Most of the time floral confetti is reduced to petals but LarkspurHill had a much better idea. Whole dried flowers…it’s a wonder few others have tried it. The story behind LarkspurHill is so cute.

A lady with 5 daughters and a great garden becomes very busy. After creating so many dried flowers for her daughter’s weddings, Cindy C thought she should share her produce. Good thinking Batman.

The results are incredible! On eof the best parts is that you can buy the months before the wedding and know that they will keep till the big day. We salute you Larkspur Hill.

Virgos Lounge Autumn/Winter

20 Nov

At the moment I’m having a wardrobe clear out. Getting rid of all those items I avoid wearing because they no longer fit right. Or only work with an item that no longer fits etc etc etc. It is true what they say, your taste changes as you get older. As time goes by I find myself wanting to take more risks, you only live once after all. And if it doesn’t work, there’s tommorow right 🙂

So, while in the process of ‘out with the old and in with the new’, I am refusing to compromise. What in the world does that mean? Well, the truth is I actually find shopping quite difficult.  I have big wide feet, a small waist but big hips, big butt(and I cannot lie), broad shoulders and a questionable chest. While we’re at it, WHY is every hem SOOOO short argh! In the past I haven’t always found things that fit quite right so I bought things that I wasn’t always in love with….sigh. This lead to a wardrobe that at the slightest body change no longer fit.

In the spirit of buying things I am in love with, I am enjoying the thrill of discovering new upcoming labels. To be fair Virgos Lounge are doing pretty well for themselves, worn by celebrities and featured in countless publications.In fact, it was Grazia magazine that lead me to them a while back.  I’m all about decadence. I love patterns and glitz. But most of all I love clothes that hold their own. Pieces I can throw on and just KNOW that the outfit is almost there. I love that they have so many great dresses, as dresses are easy fits.

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 Thier Autumn Winter collection has just launched with an awesome video too!

Their designs are quite frankly…..to die for. The prices…..completely affordable. If you are considering buying a party dress for the nearly here party season, check out Virgos Lounge.

Monique Lhuillier Engagement Rings/Buying an engagement ring online?

14 Nov

Smiles! Hope your on your way to having a good day, or buying a coffee ahaha. I’ve had this post in the pipeline for a while. One of the ideas that hadn’t  swam it’s way to the surface yet.I have always been a jewellry lover, when I was younger I was obsessed with costume jewellry. I would trawl Asian shops and markets for unusual finds. When I finally admitted to myself that I was allergic to those beauties, I got myself my first semi- fine jewellers job. Over the years the industry has opened it’s creative doors in new ways.

Monique Lhuillier is famous bridal designer  I think she is for the bride who wants more than a white dress, but without compromising on elegance.. But more on that later 😉

I happened to be passing through the Blue Nile website(lie I’m always looking at the recently bought diamond rings), and I could not believe my eyes when I saw the tag line ‘Monique Lhuillier Fine Jewellry’! Now for those of you reading this with a confused face, Blue Nile is arguably one of the most acclaimed online jewellers. If your anything like me, you are wary of buying luxury items online. So the idea of buying something as important as an engagement ring digitally is just a no no!

However, having seen Blue Nile rings in person and had many conversations, I am yet to hear a bad review. There are clear advantages. These include the ability to educate, select diamonds and settings according to your own requirements while you are in comfort of your own home. Let’s not forget that most engagement rings are bought by men. Online shopping cancels out a daunting shopping experience for them (bless their cotton socks.) Blue Nile offer a money-back guarantee on rings that don’t meet expectation. Despite the fact that there are plenty of images available of your ring.

There are also clear disadvantages. You (or in traditional scenarios your partner) loose out on the in-store experience.

Obviously, you pay for the ring before seeing it yourself. I could go on and on.

But none of these things mean anything if you get the design of your dreams. It’s like finding the perfect pair of shoes to fit a difficult outfit. But instead of wearing it till your shoes are worn in, you wear it for a lifetime.  I am not completely sold on online jewellry. But if anything was to convince me…these rings will. They are quite simply breathtaking. Reminiscent of the floral features in Monique Lhuillier’s wedding dresses. All those diamonds….ahhh.

The real question is…..would you do it? Check them out for yourself!

 

The Kardashian Collection for Dorothy Perkins is live!

10 Nov

Who isn’t familiar with the Kardashians? I will give them credit where credit is due. A mum with an eye for business, a dad who keeps them all in check and kids who make bad/good decisions and cry while still managing to look fabulous. People either love them or love to hate them, either way their formula is working. Enter their latest collaboration with Dorothy Perkins. I have to admit I wasn’t expecting it to be incredible, but I was expecting a few killer hot dresses from them. Having had a good look at the collection in store, I am impressed with the great quality of these pieces. It’s a shame that they haven’t put more into advertising it all! The Kardashian’s did not dissapoint and a few pieces have caught my eye. In the middle of wedding guest dress shopping at the moment. Might turn up Kardashian style!

 

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