Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Made In Heaven: Shane Rosanne


A couple of weeks before Christmas, I had the pleasure of meeting South African dress designer Shane Rosanne at Luella's Boudoir whilst I popped in for a visit with photographer Olivia Mann. Shane's collection of bridesmaids dresses are already a real hit at Luella's so I wanted to introduce you to her beautiful bridal collection which exhibited at the National Wedding Show this year...


Allegra from the Audrey Collection


Fern from the Jackie Collection


Georgia from the Grace Collection


Sophie from the Jackie Collection

What isn't there to love about Shane's style? There is a real 1950s flavour in her classical designs, with nipped in waists, wiggles dresses (see the shorter designs in the Jackie Collection) and impeccable attention to detail with vintage lace, covered buttons and pin tucked ribbon. Grace and Audrey would have been proud to wear one of those babies...as would I. Now...how can I get away with it?

Happy Holidays!!!



Just popping back for a quick catch up after the chaos of Christmas! Thanks to all who wished us a happy Christmas-it was our first as a married couple AND on our own (we normally go to my Mum's) so we had a relaxed morning with some champagne and Ella Fitzgerald's Christmas album while we opened our prezzies. Dinner was an absolute triumph-and actually, we had lamb, not turkey-so ner!!!

I'm currently sitting here with Eight Hour Cream all over my face, as a random allergic reaction caused my face to come out in a big itchy rash. So you can imagine, with New Years Eve fast approaching (we're at Ronnie Scott's jazz club this year!) and a rather gorgeous outfit all planned out, the last thing I want is a face of pimples. Pray for me, I beg you!

Wishing you all a very happy new year and hope you enjoy all the goodies this blog brings in 2009!!

Tiff 

xx

Image Credits:
**all images at Domino

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Taking Time Out...



Hi everyone! Sorry I've been away from things for a few days but all sorts have been happening here at HQ. I've got some exciting new developments under way (I WISH I could tell you more) and what with the Christmas holidays coming up I'm beginning to have less time to dedicate to the blog. We're currently rebranding our website which is due to launch sometime in the new year (got our next meeting with our designer next week) and there's going to be some brilliant collaborations too. 

So anyway, I hope to be back within the next week or so, but if not, please forgive me and watch this space!

Happy Christmas!

Tiffany xx

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Sunday, 7 December 2008

Crafty Bride #8: Whimsical Pinwheels




I've found another great idea over at Once Wed, who featured this retro pinwheel idea by Laurie-I love her Etsy shop too
The great thing about these pinwheels is they'll keep your guests occupied whatever their age, would make for brilliant photos in action and are versatile to suit a wedding in any season. You can custom make these to suit your colour scheme and mix and match the colours and textures for variety...



You Will Need:

Several sheets of 12" x 12" double sided scrapbook or decorative paper (a lightweight paper, not stiff, heavy card stock)
Round headed pins
12" wooden dowels
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
A push pin
Flower shaped craft punch
A pair of scissors
A ruler

Pinwheel Instructions:

1. Begin by measuring and cutting several 6" squares out of your paper.

2. Find the centre of one of your squares and mark it by poking a hole through it with your push pin. (see figure 1)

3. Lay your paper pattern side down and use your ruler to draw diagonal lines from each corner to make an 'X'. (see figure 1)

4. Cut along the diagonal lines, from all four corners, stopping once inch before you meet the hole in the centre of your paper. (see figure 2)

5. Use your push pin to make a hole in the right hand corner of each side of the square, just to the left of the line you've just cut. (see figure 3)

6. Use your craft punch to cut out a paper flower (alternatively you could do this by hand). Stick your round headed pin through the centre of the flower. (see figure 3)

7. One by one, bring each of the pin-holed corners to the centre and stick the flower and pin through each of the four holes. (see figure 4 and 5)

8. Next, put the pin through the hole in the centre of the square and set aside. 

9. Make a pilot hole using your push pin, 1/2 inch down from the end of the dowel.

10. Put a drop of glue on the hole and quickly insert the pin that runs through the pinwheel centre into the glue and dowel. (see figure 6 and 7) Be careful not to let the pinwheel paper touch the glue on the dowel while it's drying. If it sticks, it can't spin. 

11. Arrange your completed pinwheels in a vase or container like flower stems, or leave them on the seats for your guests to have when they arrive. 

To see directions for the ribbon wands attached to the pinwheels pictured, click here

Credits:
**concept by Laurie via Once Wed

Eye Candy #14: Vintage Bourjois


 

How GORGEOUSLY vintage are these little beauties?!! I discovered them whilst on the ASOS site yesterday hunting for Christmas gifts and they're exclusive to ASOS for a limited period only-they've already all sold out so I hope they'll get a new batch in soon. I could just see an Art Deco bride using the eyeshadows and blushers at her dressing table in her silk robe...


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Thursday, 4 December 2008

Made In Heaven: Ceci New York


GRAND VISION OF LAVISH VERSAILLES

Excuse me while I pick up jaw up off the ground. I've been doing some research for a new series I'm writing to help brides make an informed decision when choosing their stationery. With so many designers, styles and printing methods around these days, it's confusing at the best of times, so I hope that the series (starting in the next couple of weeks) will help to clarify it all.


THE NATURAL ALLURE OF ORGANIC GRACE

So anyway, there I was rooting around for some examples and I came across Ceci New York which, if you haven't guessed, is a New York based stationery company specialising in the most stunning letterpress stationery I have seen to date. I'm itching to run my fingers over those indentations! 


INDIA AND RUSSIA, CULTURALLY REFINED

I've selected some of the most impressive vintage collections for your delectation. The Russian Matryoshka Doll design, blended with rich Indian pattern and colour suggest a very cultural wedding...


GOLDEN OPULENCE FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

and this deep royal purple and gold is so opulent, a classic colour combination. See how the lace and calligraphy work so well together?


CHAMPAGNE ROMANCE AND OLD WORLD GLAMOUR

Put on the Ritz with this classy 40s style, perfect for a black tie reception. Your stationery should always reflect you and your life together so far-that's what I love about Ceci, they take the essence of each couple they work with and turn it into a beautifully personal collection. And although they're not the most cost effective option, they are more than worth the spend AND they even ship worldwide! I'm considering renewing our vows hehe! 

Image Credits:
**all images copyright of Ceci New York



Wednesday, 3 December 2008

All That Glitters:POSH Graffiti




As winter and Christmas weddings gain in popularity, it's nice to find other ways to introduce a hint of festivity into the room without turning it into Santa's grotto. 

As one option, you could use monogramming and lettering as a theme using these gorgeous wooden gilt letters at POSH Graffiti by Emily Readett Bayley and would look stunning leaned against a mantlepiece or laid around your cake table. 

I love to blend scent into the design of a room as much as I can, without being over powering and these clove hearts would smell incredible and really invoke the spirit of winter. By tying them around your napkins they can double up as favours, or if you're having a tree in your room, hang them on it. 
For  a more Nordic feel (and I just LOVE Nordic decor) then try these hand painted wooden hearts which include some of the traditional festive colours but aren't too cliched. To introduce other textures, look for felt decorations too. 

If you love deep rich shades of cinnamon and paprika, choose spicy decor such as this Bollywood heart-really warm and exotic yet still festive. 

Or for a twist on tradition, you can't go wrong with metallic stars. If there's a way of doing it, hang some of these babies from the ceiling and they'd look beautiful as they catch the light from your candles...



You can find all these at the POSH Graffiti online shop.

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Eye Candy #13: French Fancies



I love to use napkins with funky designs where I can, they really help to pull the table design together-after all, you spend all that time designing your menu and dressing your tables, why spoil it with boring napkins? These vintage style French napkins from Lavender and Sage would make the perfect finishing touch to a delicious dessert table, or perhaps with your cheese and biscuits? Yum. 



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Monday, 1 December 2008

Delicate Designs: Minna Stationery



Thank you to Minna Keum who got in touch with me earlier to share her new stationery company with me. As a recent bride and Fine Art graduate, she clearly has a passion for beautiful details which come across in her carefully designed collections. 


I've included a couple of my favourites here and the good news is, she's offering 20% off the design fee for any orders placed before December 31st. For invitations, saves the dates, table names, place cards, monograms-you name it, click here.


The Ultimate Party Accessory


I've been sooo stupidly busy this past week, I've barely had time to eat let alone blog! So, I'm taking a few days out to catch up with things-sorry it's taken so long!

I attended the first party of the season last night (yes, it was a Sunday night and no, I'm not dressed yet) and I found the perfect accessory to glitz up that party outfit from Accessorize. It looks like something Bonzie would create, a very special little touch and I just love mine! Initially I bought it to stitch to the neckline of a dress, but then I realized I wouldn't be able to wear it with anything else!

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Shelly necklace from Accessorize

Monday, 24 November 2008

Crafty Bride #7: Have that Hermes Bag!




Yes...it's true, you CAN have your own Hermes bag for free...if you download and print it anyway! Pop over to the Hermes website and select 'travel the world of Hermes' and find the printable bag in one of the thumbnail images. There's a gorgeous selection of prints to choose from and would make excellent gift bags to occupy the kids, or the bigger kids too. If you can, definitely print onto a thick card which scores with a Stanley knife but won't crease too much.




Enjoy!!!

Image Credits:
**all images from Hermes via Creature Comforts

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Eye Candy #12: Bonzie




I am SO excited to show you my latest find! Whilst having a little blog stalking session earlier, I came across Bonzie, an EVER so talented Ireland based fashion designer whose work reflects the regal style of Victoriana. Just look at those boleros. If I had a pound for every time I've been asked where to find the perfect one for a bride...(you finish the rest). At least now, I know exactly where to find one and what a choice there is too! She also creates beautiful bags, lace collars, dresses, corsets and jackets, using recycled materials as much as possible, from silks, tulle, velvet and satin.

Bonzie not only has a shop on Etsy but she also showcases some of her bespoke pieces for her clients (Imogen Heap amongst her faithful admirers) on her blog which you can find here

Image Credits:
**all images from Designs By Bonzie

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Crowning Glory

Another Etsy gem, I couldn't resist sharing this with you. Every now and then I come back to Which Goose and try and justify buying one of her beautiful creations-really looking forward to the next wedding so that I can! That said, she prefers not to post out of the U.S because her headpieces are rather delicate and won't necessarily survive the journey, but it's always worth the risk I say!





The perfect piece to turn heads, Emily takes inspiration from flora and fauna, with a real touch of magic-a cross between A Midsummer Night's Dream and...Narnia!



Each design looks like it belongs to a fair maiden who has woken in the clearing of a magical wood, wearing a crown made by fairies. Have I gone too far? Take a look for yourselves and you be the judge!

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Lobster and Swan Table Design

Oh my. I just stopped by Once Wed and nearly fell over myself when I found their latest entry by Jeska at Lobster and Swan, who has created a breath taking table setting. 
Not only does it oooooooze vintage charm with lace and button detailing, blues and silvers, but it would make THE perfect setting for a winter wedding or Christmas table.  



Beautiful posies of rosemary, tied with lace and buttons...


Vintage cutlery and votives...



Cool silver metallics warmed up with magical fairy lights and paper postcard bunting...



And finished off with a sweet treat. Beautiful.



Image Credits:
**all images from Lobster and Swan via Once Wed. Thank you ladies!

Made In Heaven: Elizabeth Arden Goes 1950s


As a faithful devotee of Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour cream, I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw these babies. This multi-purpose cream works wonders on dry and chapped skin and I often use it as a moisturizing lip gloss when I've been nibbling away a little too much on my smackers. The first in their 'Celebration of the Decades' series, they've brought out limited edition 1950s style packaging and would make a great edition to your make-up bag or as favours for your bridesmaids-wow. 

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Keeping Mum




When you're busy being swept away in all the excitement of planning your big day, it's easy to over look mum in the process. Some mothers can be really difficult and want to take over completely, whilst others can become withdrawn and remove themselves from it all, leaving their daughter wondering if they're at all interested. It's all about trying (and I mean trying) to find that happy medium. Mummy Grant never had a big dream wedding day as it were and believe it or not, weddings (until now) just weren't a big thing in our family. Hence why, when we got engaged, I wanted to make sure we made it a real family occasion, including everyone as much as we possibly good wherever possible. I wanted to make sure my Mum was a real part of it. 

During the final few months in the run up to the wedding, my Mum became Imelda Marcos incarnate. I had tentatively accompanied her on a shopping trip to find her outfit and I knew how much she'd been dreading it as she was worried she wouldn't look the part. After a surprisingly stress-free few hours, we found her a gorgeous dress. All she needed after that was the shoes. She bought one pair...thought they might not be dressy enough, so she bought another...and another...until five pairs later I persuaded her to wear the first. Typical! 

My Mum made the most amazing contribution towards our wedding-she poured her heart into sewing my wedding dress. Although we missed out on going shopping for the dress together, we had our teary moment in our studio the week before the day, standing in my nearly finished dress in my shoes and veil while she pinned the hem.  On the morning of my wedding day, she was there to help me get into it, zipping me up and tying the sash at the back. It was a real mother/daughter moment, however nervous or pushed for time we were. She came with me in the car on the journey to the ceremony, keeping me talking (I was a wreck!) and she was there throughout the day, tying up my bloody sash when it kept un-doing!! 


It was wonderful to see her having such a wonderful time, to see her so proud. When it came my turn to make my speech I made sure to tell everyone how special she was to me (I think she liked that) and she signed the register after the ceremony along with my new brother in-law...

So, listen to mum, talk to her, keep her in the loop and make her feel a real part of things. Sure, she might drive you crazy at times but you're her little girl getting married, let her get excited about it!

I'll stop with the cheese now. Thanks Mum!!!

xx