Starry eyed

Back in 2014 Mcqueen’s fall collection featured a now well known, and well pinned gown, which encapsulated something entirely magical and otherworldly. The divine combination of the moon, stars, and sun, with the lightweight ethereal fabric was sublime. 

It must have been something of a prophecy, fast forward a few years and numerous designers have since been conjuring up magical creations. Valentino’s Spring 2015 collection featured star emblazoned dresses, at Dior SS17 tulle dresses were adorned with tarot card symbols, and mostly recently Attico wowed with their decadent star encrusted gown.

Scroll through my selection of dresses and shoes below which will leave you feeling starry eyed. On a side note I love M'oda Operandi's bridal offering, they have some incredible dresses for all budgets at the moment. Also this star embroidered fabric from Etsy would make a beautiful veil.

Currently Coveting

With the turn of a new season comes the inevitable need for a few pieces to refresh and update your wardrobe, or in my case my tired Winter uniform of black, grey and navy worn on repeat. With an upcoming holiday and Spring wedding I am currently lusting after some easy dresses, statement earrings and yet another straw bag. I've had my eye on 'that' Cult Gaia bag for a while now and I think that he might be in my wardrobe soon....

Shop my edit below.

Intropia

I haven't shopped in Hoss Intropia (now known as Intropia) for a good few years now, but the other day Sheer Luxe featured some of their new season pieces, and after looking online I have discovered some potential bridesmaid or even wedding guest dresses.

Click on the images below to shop my favourite finds....

The Boutique styled shoot

I'm excited to share some images from the shoot I recently styled for the lovely Victoria and Tori from the recently launched 'The Boutique'. Based in Fulham, The Boutique is a unique space offering wedding services from an abundance of local and independent British suppliers. You can find out a bit more about The Boutique here and some more images from the shoot below. 

Credits:

Venue The Boutique. Photography Claire Graham. Tablewear Prezola and Not Another Bill. Linen Kate Cullen. Flowers Blue Sky Flowers. Stationary Jennifer's Paper

 

Statement earrings

Marchesa 2017 bridal collection. Image credit first view.

Marchesa 2017 bridal collection. Image credit first view.

I can't stop thinking about the latest Marchesa bridal collection, everything about it is perfection and those incredible statement earrings are the dream. If anyone is currently in the midst of thinking about what accessories to wear with their dress, then please, I beg of you, wear a statement earring. You might think they will look slightly over the top and fussy, but I actually think they can be easier to wear than a headpiece. Just make sure your makeup is soft and hair is worn off your face, a centre parting and low pony a la Marchesa is the perfect pairing.

If you are still unconvinced then perhaps think about wearing earrings later in the evening rather than at the reception....although surely these images will convince you statement earrings a must needed day time accessory.....

You don't have to spend a fortune and the high street has some beautiful options which look super expensive. I have searched around for a few of my favourites, make sure you check H&M out; I love their earrings!

What to wear to a Winter Wedding

I have a few Winter wedding's coming up and I'm starting to think about what to wear. My wardrobe seems to be lacking anything suitable and it's notoriously tricky to find wedding attire which will keep you warm and still stylish. 

VELVET

I have always harboured a deep love of velvet, there is something about a velvet dress which is so effortlessly sexy and classic at the same time, plus it is the perfect nod to the 90's. Luckily for me there is a huge amount of velvet around this season and I think it's the perfect solution for a Winter wedding outfit. 

 Attico Velvet Dress                                           

 La Mania velvet jumpsuit                                                                

 Zara velvet suit

 

SILK SLIP

Simple and sexy the silk slip is currently having a bit of a moment. Whether layered over a knit, on it's own, or under an over sized coat it looks amazing. For a wedding I would steer clear of anything which looks too much like lingerie or white. Navy, black or emerald tones would look best and always dress it down slightly - you don't want to out shine the bride. Reformation has some great options which aren't too expensive either. 

 Reformation Delaney dress                                                          

Raey deep v dress                                                                      

Ghost Mel dress

 

STATMENT SKIRT

Paired with a chunky knit or cashmere jumper, the statement skirt can be the perfect balance of comfort and style. I have a silver sequinned skirt I brought in the sale from Zadig & Voltaire a few seasons ago and I wear it every winter with a different jumper. Don't be afraid to wear slightly clashing colours or shoes, the more unexpected the better. 

Zara ruffle skirt                                          

H&M satin skirt                                             

Vince flared skirt                             

Etoile Isabel Marant skirt

Images taken from pinterest & collage vintage

Autumnal Wedding

I love Autumn, it's officially my favourite time of year. The nights start drawing in, the chunky knits come out and it's completely acceptable to hibernate away and cancel plans.

The idea of an Autumn wedding is equally as appealing to me. Hydrangeas, candle light and cosy Autumnal food sound like a pretty amazing wedding set up.

So, if you are thinking of or are in the midst of planning an Autumn wedding here are some ideas and images to get you inspired.

Images from Pinterest, Wolfclub chronicles, Gypsy Mess & Tattie Rose Flower.

Wild Wood London

I recently met the lovely Charlotte Wood, founder of Wild Wood London, in her beautiful Wandsworth studio to chat all things floral and find out a little bit more about her and her beautiful flowers. 

After years of designing for the likes of Burberry and All Saints, Charlotte set up Wild Wood London in 2014 after always knowing her heart lay in the world of flowers. Training at the world renowned McQueens in London, Charlotte developed and honed her skills, creating Wild Wood London’s signature style of natural and whimsical floral creations. 

I really love her signature style and wanted to find out a bit more about her inspirations and advice on wedding flowers....

What made you make the move from fashion to flowers? 

I have aways been interested in flowers and when I lived in Islington I would always walk to Colombia road on a Sunday to buy fresh flowers. It was a weekly treat and I always have fresh flowers in my homes, they instantly lift a room and make it homely.

What are you favourite flowers?

I adore lupins, they have such a unique look and are only in season for a couple of weeks. 

Where do you draw your inspiration and ideas from? 

I tend to look at artists for inspirations in particular Dutch masters. My background is in Womenswear design and fashion is also a strong influence in my work. 

Are there any new and exciting flower trends/ideas you think we will see lot’s more of at weddings? 

I don't tend to follow trends on the whole but I love the introduction of more foliage and plant based weddings. I have a wedding in a few weeks and the bride has selected a completely succulent bouquet with matching buttonholes and centrepieces. On our website I have a bouquet called Keats that is created from a variety of different foliages. 

Which flowers are currently in season and work really well for Autumn weddings?

Dahlias are beautiful and come in such a variety of colours. 

Where is your dream venue/location that you would love to adorn in flowers? 

I would love to dress Aynhoe Park which is a private family home that truly embodies British eccentricity and is available for private hire. 

What tips would you give brides who feel a little lost when picking flowers for their wedding?

Firstly I would look at which flowers are in season, which sounds simple but over half my enquiries are for bridal bouquets that are out of season. 

From there narrow down your favourites and also figure out where you would like to spend your budget for flowers. This will really help your chosen florist to tailor designs to your brief. 

For example, if the reception area is where you and your wedding party will spend the majority of your time then focus on that area. If you would like to have a dramatic entrance such as a floral arch or a flower wall as a background for all your photographs allocate your budget accordingly.

I am slightly in love with this flower wall Charlotte recently created for Maison Makarem, and as Charlotte mentions above something like this would look equally at home at a wedding as a feature photograph wall. 

For more information on Wild Wood and an abundance of amazing floral inspiration plus floral workshops visit www.wildwoodlondon.co.uk or email info@wildwoodlondon.co.uk. 

Images courtesy of www.wildwoodlondon.co.uk and Amandine Alessandra www.theinteriorphotographer.co.uk.

Wedding Gift Ideas

I have searched around for a few individual and interesting wedding gift ideas which will hopefully prevent those last minute panic purchases.

Not Another Bill

I'm a huge fan of Not-Another-Bill and their monthly gift subscriptions which deliver you surprise presents in the post each month. Founded by Ned Corbett-Winder, who back in 2011 realised that 'no one gets anything exciting in the post anymore apart from a few bills' he set about changing this and Not-Another-Bill was born. You can sign up for either a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription for anyone you like and they will start to receive beautifully wrapped gifts from different designers and brands through their letter box each month. Alternativelly you could purchase one of their beautifully curated hampers which start from £95. I've currently got my eye on the Splatterware hamper. 

Find out more at www.notanotherbill.com

 

Maison Labiche

I love Maison Labiche and their personalised tees and sweatshirts would make an amazing wedding present for both a bride and groom. Choose your tee or jumper style and add the personalised embroidery. Prices range from between 70 - 110 euros depending on the style you pick. 

www.maisonlabiche.com

Sir Plus Clothing

One of my bridesmaids brought my husband and I dressing gowns from Sir Plus Clothing, each made up in beautiful fabric and personalised with our initials on the inside pocket by Hand & Lock. Such a special and thoughtful gift and I love anything monogrammed. 

Sir Plus, founded by the very clever Henry Hales, makes British clothing using the finest quality surplus fabric which is leftover after an order has been made. He initially began making boxers using excess shirting fabric and then quickly expanded into waistcoats, trousers and everything else you can think of. So, if your man is currently looking for his wedding outfit make sure you take a look at their website.

www.sirplus.co.uk

Rae Feather

I brought myself a Rae Feather straw basket for my honeymoon last year and it has been in constant use ever since. You can probably tell by now that I have a slight penchant for anything monogrammed and Rae Feather is one of my favourites. Their monogrammed hammam towels or candles would make ideal wedding gifts.

www.raefeather.com

 

Freddie's Flowers

Freddie Garland, who's parents are both florists, set up Freddie's Flowers after working for Abel & Cole delivering fruit and veg and realising that he could do the same with flowers. You simply sign up for anyone you know (or yourself) and they will receive a bunch of fresh flowers each week. Genius! I know a few people who rare signed up and the flowers are always amazingly fresh and last for ages. 

Visit www.freddiesflowers.com to find out more. 

 

Images taken from Not-Another-Bill, Maison Labiche Instagram, Sir Plus Clothing Instagram, Rae Feather and Freddie's Flowers.

 

Hair Accessory Inspiration

Ribbons.

Adding a ribbon to your hair is such a simple and cheap idea but it looks beautiful. One of my favourite places to pick up ribbons and trims is VV Rouleaux in Marylebone, they have an amazing array of trims and fabrics which you can incorporate into different aspects such as your flower bouquet or order of service.

Crowns.

Not the tiara/princess kind, instead, think more along the lines of Valentino & Dolce and Gabbanna inspired styles. I have found a few similar options below. Hermione de Paula also makes amazing customised head pieces and crowns.

Flowers

Nothing beats a beautiful flower crown or circlet. I prefer something more delicate but really anything with flowers looks good to me. 

Image Credits: Rachel Hayton, Cabbages & Roses, Pinterest.

Ultimate Wedding Countdown with Sheerluxe

I recently collaborated with Sheer Luxe and shared my ultimate wedding countdown checklist. I know that planning a wedding can be overwhelming and a little stressful, regardless of how much time you have or the size of your event. Working to a timeline checklist can really help you stay organised, and on track, preventing any last minute panics. You check out the full article on sheerluxe now, just click on the below link.

 www.sheerluxe.com

Bridal Beauty

Pre Wedding beauty prep is apparently essential. I was slightly lazy before my Wedding and didn't really do anything differently because in between working full time and planning my Wedding I didn't have the time. In hindsight it would have been a good idea to have a weekly facial to make sure my skin was glowing rather than slightly oily and spotty. 

If you don't have the time or can't be bothered here are my top pre Wedding beauty tips...

1. Exfoiliate

Your face and body. It's one of those things which I never remember to do but I really notice the difference when I make the effort. Focus on the areas which will be on show in your dress and slap on the moisturiser afterwards. I use this Goldfaden MD scrub once a week on my face and I love it. It's slightly abrasive and your skin looks red afterwards but it leaves my dull and acne prone skin glowing. I know it's expensive but it's the only facial exfoliator I use and constantly re purchase. My legs always look scaly and dry so This Works Dry Leg Oil is a life saver. 

2. Fake Tan

I have never been a fan of fake tan until recently. I hate the smell, the tell tale marks on the ankles and wrists and I have never seen a natural looking one. A few of my friends were looking suspiciously bronzed recently and admitted it was down to St Tropez In Shower Golden Glow fake tan. I purchased the light colour way immediately and have to admit it is amazing. I use it twice a week in the shower for a subtle body tan. It's super easy to use and doesn't smell, leave streaks or feel sticky. I love it and would absolutely recommend using this in the run up to your wedding.

 

3. Brows

Whatever you do don't decide to tint your brows a few days before the Wedding. I almost fell into this trap and could have ended up with a dodgy scouse brow look going on. Instead, a few months before, start thinking about your brows and whether they might need growing out or reshaping. I love Blink Brow Bar in Westbourne Grove or Vaishaly in Marleybone for threading and eyelash tinting. This brow definer by Chantecaille is my favourite and looks completely natural and lasts for ages. 

4. Facial

If, like me, you can't afford and don't have the time to have regular facials, you will be excited to hear about Skin Laundry which is launching at Liberty this September. The treatment, which only takes 10 minutes, is a combination of YAG laser and IPL light which essentially deep cleans the skin and removes dead skin cells leaving it smooth and glowing. My kind of facial! Over time, with more frequent visits the treatment will visibly improve your skins tone, texture and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It is only £50 per treatment which compared to most facials is a bargain! 

5. Exercise

Not strictly beauty, but in my book exercise is key. I am a firm believer that exercise makes you feel so much better and really helps to release any stress or anxiety. In the run up to my wedding I religiously went to Barry's London twice a week which is my absolute favourite class and the hardest work out you can imagine but you really see results.  Find whatever works for you whether it's running, yoga or boxing but make sure you exercise and you will feel so much more calmer and relaxed. 

Hermione de Paula

I'm totally in love with these beautiful images of my dress which were shot by Kristin Vicari for Hermione de Paula.

Hermione's dresses are incredible and each design is a one off bespoke piece. If you are getting married and looking for a dress at the moment take a look at her website and you will fall in love! 

Bridesmaids

Choosing dresses for your bridesmaids is hard. In fact, it can end up being one of the hardest things about planning a wedding. I don't like matching bridesmaids (sorry, I just think putting grown women in matching dresses is weird) and therefore searching for multiple styles and colours of dresses for different body shapes can be really tricky. 

To make it easier, try to stick to a colour palette when searching, so that you know all of the outfits will sit together nicely. 

Shop on the high street. It is much cheaper than getting the dresses made or buying from a specific bridesmaid brand. Retailers are now realising that there is a real gap in the market for cool, inexpensive, bridesmaid dresses. ASOS is amazing, especially their ASOS Salon range. 

You don't necessarily need to put all of your bridesmaids in dresses. Mix them up, in skirts, dresses and even a jumpsuit. That way they won't look so uniformed. 

Shop with each bridesmaid individually. Trust me, it might take slightly longer, but it will be much less stressful and you can really focus on what works for them.

 

I am constantly inspired by Luisa Beccaria and their beautiful ethereal gowns which they describe as romantic, imaginative and feminine. Too pricey to actually order but their colour palettes and fabrics are dreamy. Think lot's of organza, lace and chiffon adorned in appliques and embroidery. I am desperate to make a trip to their store in Milan.

With all of this in mind I have searched around for the best bridesmaid options on the high-street. Click on an image to shop.

Dream Brides

Margherita Missoni

Probably my all time favourite bride and someone I could wax lyrical about all day long. Margherita wore a customised Giambattista Valli dress using Missoni silk & organza adorned with embellishment and embroidery. Every detail of Margherita's wedding was perfection. From the bridesmaids who wore Missoni, Margherita's art deco head piece and the heart shaped berry cake, she will forever be my favourite bride. 

Anna Mouglalis

French actress and Chanel muse Anna Mouglalis married in the South of France wearing a Chanel Haute Couture two piece. The dress alone is amazing, but the trousers worn underneath make it look so utterly chic and delicious. I am not sure if many other people could pull this look off and on paper it sounds crazy, but I am sure you will agree, the trouser under dress combo is a winner.

Caroline Sieber.

Stylist Caroline Sieber married in Vienna wearing a customised silk Chanel dress with the most beautiful ballon sleeves I have ever seen. I have a real weak spot for an off the shoulder dress and Caroline's Chanel creation is the epitome of elegance, and please, don't even get me started on that flower archway! 

Vanessa Traina.

I can't get enough of the embroidery on this customised Givenchy Riccado Tisci dress which was worn by Vanessa Traina for her San Fran wedding. It is so modern with the contrast zip detailing, yet still completely classic with the beautiful embroidery. Just look at the detailing on the back.

Margaux Hemmingway

Margaux Hemmingway's wedding dress from 1975 still looks as relevant as it did over 40 years ago, which if you ask me, is a sign of a true icon. The victorian pie collar crust combined with broderie anglaise is to die for.

Images taken from Pinterest. 

Give a girl shoes...

I have searched around for the best choice of wedding shoes out there. Whether you want a statement shoe, something classic or something blue there is something for every bride. It is worth remembering that you are hopefully going to wear your wedding shoes again so for me they are a worthy investment and the less bridal the better! 

'A woman with good shoes is never ugly.' Coco Chanel.

Something Blue.

I blame Carrie Bradshaw and Olivia Palermo who both wore the iconic Manolo satin blue courts and gave me a life long obsession with blue wedding shoes. 

Click on an image below to shop my edit. 

Statement shoes.

A blue shoe may be statement enough for most people but sometimes something a bit more special is required. 

Click on an image below to shop my edit.

Classic.

Sometimes classic is better especially if your dress has lot's of detail and embellishment. I'm really not a fan of white shoes and think metallics, pewters and blush tones tend to look much nicer and more expensive. I think Aquazzura probably has the best choice of wedding shoes which are classic but not too bridal. I am also totally in love with the idea of just wearing simple blush ballet pumps, the Ballet Beautiful pumps I have included in my edit below would be perfect.

Images from pinterest.

Have you been in Ghost lately?

Well I hadn't and I happened to drop in there today as I am currently on the hunt for a bridesmaid dress.  I hadn't really kept an eye on Ghost until I recently spied their Erin white embroidered shirt on numerous instagram posts and fell in love with it.

After visiting their Kings Road store earlier today I spotted some beautiful Bridesmaid dress options with everything from floral frocks to simple satin slips. I love the idea of bridesmaids wearing a few of their different styles together for a laid back ethereal look. Some of my favourites which I saw instore today...

To veil or not to veil

Personally I love a bride in a veil. I think there is something incredibly romantic about a veil which fully covers a brides face and I love the moment when the father of the bride lifts the veil and the bride and groom see each other for the first time. 

The symbolic reason and ancient ritual behind the veil isn't actually such a romantic tale....Traditionally the lifting of the veil symbolised the groom taking possession of his wife or the revelation of the bride by her parents to the groom for his approval. A veil covering the brides face also symbolised the virginity and purity of the bride. This might put some brides off wearing a veil but there are so many different lengths, fabrics and styles to choose from that you don't have to go for a full on virgin veil!

Hermione de Paula bespoke veil.  Image credit Kristin Vicari.

Hermione de Paula bespoke veil. Image credit Kristin Vicari.

The length, fabric and style of veil can be dependant on so many factors...the dress, the wedding venue, the headpiece and the brides height can all play a part in choosing what kind of veil to go for.

There are so many things to consider and I remember being slightly perplexed by it all and looking back I wish that I had done my hair trial with my veil and headpiece with me. On the morning of the wedding we were so rushed that fixing the veil in place with my headpiece was so stressful and it ended up not looking quite right which still bothers me when I look back at photos.

 

The positioning of the veil is also key and I personally hate veils which sit high up on the head but again this will be dependant on whether you are planning to wear a head piece and if your hair is up or down. My words of wisdom - make sure that you have a full trial with your hairdresser and you discuss exactly where you want your veil to sit and work out whether this will actually work with your hair style. Trust me it will save you a lot of stress on the day.

Whatever you decide to go for there is nothing quite like wearing a veil and I challenge anyone not to prance around the room the moment the veil is placed on your head declaring 'I feel like a real bride now'...it happens to all of us! 

Images taken from pinterest. 

The wedding guest edit

It doesn't matter that I always have months to plan what I am going to wear to a wedding, without fail I always end up panic buying something a few days before. I can usually be found in Zara running around making some questionable choices never to be seen again. 

My trail of thought usually goes like this....

Is it too white? Is it too short? Will I be cold? Do I need a bra? Will I be hot? Is it too casual? What shoes can I wear with it? Will I wear it again? Will anyone else be wearing it?

I don't know what it is about the 'what to wear to a wedding' panic but it seems to happen to every girl I know. So, with wedding season upon us I thought I would edit out some simple outfit ideas which might help stop those last minute panic buys. 

1. Leur Loggette black cotton skirt £510

2. Raey side split skirt £350

3. Temperley London Florrie wrap skirt £495

4. Dodo Bar Or cotton skirt £290

5. Raoul Francis peplum skirt £101

6. Topshop Floral split skirt £36

I am also completely in love with these pink cropped ruffled trousers by Isa Arfen from Net-A-Porter. Slightly pricey but dreaming about how I can get my hands on them...

The non-bride bride

The non-bride bride is my ideal bride. Not a diamante, meringue dress or tiara in site. Thank fully times are changing and brides no longer want to feel like a trussed up toilet roll holder and are looking for something much cooler, relaxed and more reasonably priced. The high street and designers have some beautiful options which I have weaseled out for you...

Temperley London Sahara pleat dress.

Currently available on the Outnet at a very reasonable £417 this Temperley London dress has a 70's Ossie Clarke vibe going on. My very stylish friend Polly actually found this dress on Vestaire Collective for her Wedding at Islington Town Hall last year and looked incredible and the ultimate Non-Bride Bride.

Polly rocking the Temperley dress.  

Polly rocking the Temperley dress.  

Asos Bridal.

Asos have really upped their game on the Wedding front recently and their most recent Asos Bridal range has some really affordable and cool dresses. I also love Asos for bridesmaids dresses too and I got one of my bridesmaids dresses from here.

Asos Bridal Delicate Lace and Pearl Maxi Dress £250.

Asos Bridal Delicate Lace and Pearl Maxi Dress £250.

Self Portrait.

No longer just the wedding guest fail-self attire, Mr Self Portrait continues to out do himself with some gorgeous and very reasonable wedding worthy gowns. I have felt that the recent wedding's I have been to have been saturated with guests wearing Self Portrait dresses, but hopefully you will be the only one wearing a long white gown at your own Wedding! 

Alessandra Rich.

I am obsessed by everything created by Alessandra Rich and dream of one day owning one of her dresses.  I also secretly like the idea of wearing a black wedding dress, slightly Morticia Addams and if it's good enough for SJP...

Jump into a suit. 

I love the idea of a bride wearing a jumpsuit or suit instead of a traditional dress, it all feels very Bianca Jagger and is perfect if your Wedding is in a registry office or is a bit more low key, alternatively perfect as your going away outfit.