30 May 2012

Peach and Turquoise Pastels...

Our posts have been few and far between recently as we have been very busy bees behind the scenes! We are back on track now though and have some fantastic inspirations to bring you over the next few weeks! We hope you enjoy!

Here we have a beautiful wedding inspiration board of peach & turquoise colours. Inspired by the to-die-for Vera Wang dress in the prettiest shade of delicate peach, we added complimentary turquoise pieces and a little hint of gold too - perfect for a summer wedding.

Single flower blooms displayed under a cloche, lanterns used as table numbers which can be lit in the evening, pink champagne and gold glittering wedding shoes...

23 May 2012

Cute Cloud Nursery Concept...

We post a lot about the weddings and events side of things but haven't yet posted anything about our baby side - so today here's a little bit of something different for you to feast your eyes on!

We create custom and bespoke prints for babies and nurseries and here's a cute cloud themed concept we came up with for a boys nursery. From soft hanging clouds in happy colours and patterns to 3d paper mobiles and hot air balloons!

You can go straight to the products with the links below:
1/ Rain Cloud Mobile £29.79 - Baby Jives Co
2/ Rain Cloud Mobile £34.23 - Lullaby Mobiles
3/ 3D Cloud Mobile £27.26 - Gosh and Golly
4/ Hand Sewn Goodnight Cushion £18.00 - The Fox in the Attic
5/ Hanging Clouds £28.53 - Tulles the Photo
6/ Blue & White Stripe Cloud Pillow £31.66 - Little Nest Box
7/ Hot Air Balloon Mobile £38.03 - Mietjie

Please note that all prices are correct at the time of posting as some are priced in dollars and converted.

C is for Cloud print and other custom alphabet prints to fit with your nursery theme are available from our Etsy shop.

10 May 2012

A Touch of Turquoise...

Today we have a fabulous follow up guest post by professional Make-up Artist Jo Leversuch of Make-up by Jo. 
Last time Jo gave us her expert advice about wedding day make-up for summer or abroad weddings.
Jo now expands on this with how to wear turquoise eyeshadow...

May is upon us and the start of spring blossom, blue skies, blooming flowers of various shades, white fluffy clouds, green fields... this can convert into what we wear in make-up for the Spring and leading to the Summer months.

Candy pinks, blue, poppy orange, yellow, mint green, purple, reds, aqua, white, pearls, silver - just some of the shades around at the moment.

I wanted to share with you some images of bridal make-up wearing a stronger eye colour of turquoise. The application of the face is a fresh, dewy, flawless finish. Using foundation, concealer & illuminator concealer to achieve this look.

The turquoise eyes were applied using eye shadow with a wet brush and turquoise eyeliner with lashings of mascara. Lips and cheeks were kept nude but with some warmth to give you the spring/summer hint of glow.

Images by GASP Photography

Make-up by Jo used:
Ariane Poole Mineral Tint Foundation
Ariane Poole Conceal & Contour Concealer and Illuminating Pen

Ariane Poole Trio Eyeshadow called 'Miami'
Lancome Le Crayon Knol Waterproof on 'Curacao Turquoise'
Lancome Hypnose Drama Waterproof Mascara

Ariane Poole Pink Gemstone Blusher
Jemma Kidd Hi Shine Glosstick in 'Turtle Bay'

For more information contact Make-up by Jo
You can also follow Jo on Twitter @JoLeversuch and Facebook

8 May 2012

Rustic Brown & Creams...

Here's an earthy, rustic, country feel inspiration board for fans of barn weddings and the outdoors. We love them. Using browns, creams and white, plenty of wood, burlap and terracotta and details such as mini cloche seating name cards, a retro typewriter for the guest book, vintage wooden pieces of furniture for displays and dessert tables and some warm candlelight too. Keeping the colour scheme simple compliments all of the little details involved. This keeps it balanced so that colours and quirky details aren't fighting for attention.

4 May 2012

Vera Wang Spring 2013...

Last year we saw Vera Wang launch a Bridal collection of witchcraft inspired gowns from nude & cream tones to smokey grey and black. This time around Vera has produced another daring collection of reds from juicy orange tones and vivid crimson to deeper darker burgundy. See our inspiration board of how this could be developed into a theme and colour palette for a Summer wedding...

Our favourites from Vera Wang's Spring 2013 Bridal Collection...

See more designs at verawang.com . Images by Dan Lecca

3 May 2012

Make-up by Jo

This week we introduce you to professional Make-up Artist Jo Leversuch of Make-up by Jo for expert advice on wedding day make-up. Seen as it's getting to that time of year we've looked at make-up for both summer and abroad. Here is a wonderful write up by Jo with plenty of essential tips and also her products recommendations...

Building the Foundations...

When you wake-up on the morning of your wedding, wash & cleanse your face with your chosen routine & use your favourite moisturiser for face and eyes. Don't apply any face masks or introduce any new skin care products on your wedding morning.

If you can, find a large & light area to apply your make-up. Make sure your hair is styled first before the application of make-up - you want to be able to see all the aspects of your face that will be seen by everyone else. But don't forget to wear a loose buttoned front top to make sure you can get un-dressed and into your wedding dress without smudging your make-up.

Make-up primers are used underneath the foundation and are especially esential in the heat; primers help the make-up to stay on with a flawless finish. One primer that I tend to use on a lot of my brides is Ariane Poole's Ultimate Anti-Shine Primer - you don't need to use much, just apply around the nose, forehead and chin area.

If you are using a foundation in hot weather, then it's best to keep a light & natural coverage. Estee Lauder Double Wear Light is fabulous foundation as you can layer up in the areas you need extra coverage, but it will still give you a light natural finish. Or if you think that a foundation will be too heavy, why not consider an oil free tinted moisturiser by Laura Mercier.

Apply the foundation or tinted moisturiser with a foundation brush starting from the nose & sweeping outwards/downwards towards the cheek area. Getting used to using a foundation brush can be a little tricky, so make sure you have plenty of practise before you go. If you have a full fringe, do not apply and foundation on this area of your forehead as the fringe will become greasy throughout the day.

If you feel you need to use a concealer to cover blemishes or dark circles apply a small amount with your fingertips or a concealer brush. Ariane Poole has a wonderful range of products, so why not try her Conceal and Colour Palette - consisting of 3 shades of concealer which can be blended to your individual skin tone, you can be sure you'll be able to cover the signs of jetlag.

Next Step... Eyes...

Don't be tempted to use concealer on the eyelids though. Instead you might want to apply an eyelid primer such as Elizabeth Arden's Advanced Eye Fix Prime. A primer for your eyelids will make sure that the eyeshadow stays in place all day - and can also give a much needed lift.

Start by defining your eyebrows with an eyebrow powder - try Jemma Kidd Eyebrow Kit. Or you can use an eyebrow pencil. Always apply in short strokes rather than one continuous line as this will allow the colour to blend better with your natural brow. When choosing an eye colour for your wedding, stick to something neutral that will enhance your eye colour and look beautiful on your wedding day. Ariane Poole Eye Shine Crystal Taupe is an excellent choice for a single colour which can be applied with a sponge.

Apply a khol eyeliner along the top of the eyelashes or use a liquid eyeliner such as Long Wear Gel Eyeliner by Bobbi Brown for a slightly more dramatic look. Bobbi Brown's Long Wear Cream Shadows come in a range of stunning colours, and can be applied with a brush or finger tips - ideal for the perfect beach wedding.

Mascara must be waterproof (everyone cries at weddings) or alternatively if you have a favourite non-waterproof mascara you can coat over the top with Clarins Double FIx Mascara. This is a waterproof seal for lashes.

And Finally, You May Now Kiss the 'Blushing' Bride...

Often forgotten, it's important to protect your lips from the sun, to make sure that they have not become chapped. For a beach scene look keep them fresh and use subtle colours ranging from pinky hues to bronzed colours. There is a wide range of lipsticks on the high street from lipglosses, lipstains, to matt lipsticks and tinted lip balms.

Depending on your preference, you can add a touch of colour to your cheeks with The Multiple from Nars Cosmetics, an excellent choice of colours and easy to apply for a glowing complexion. Alternatively use a bronzer high on the cheekbones, the bridge of the nose and the arch of the brows for that ultimate sun kissed beach look.

Finally, powder the T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin area) with Ariane Poole's Universal Powder. Use a large powder brush and always brush powder downwards. Tatcha Blotting Paper Sheets are excellent to carry with you to blot away any shine without disturbing the make-up.

Many thanks to Jo for her wonderful advice! For further details on Make-up by Jo please visit her lovely website here. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter @JoLeversuch

2 May 2012

Favour Packaging Finds...

Following on from our previous post Nice Package, we have some great finds to create some great gift wrap/packaging ideas. These are ideal for favours whether for weddings, showers of birthdays!

We looked at craft supplies you could purchase to recreate the more modern looks from our previous inspiration post. Going with neon pink, gold glitter twine and cute kraft pillow boxes, we thought there is still room for you to personalise these - perhaps try your hand at doing your own calligraphy or even use a custom made stamp for the labels - we design custom & bespoke monograms which would be ideal for this!

To purchase any of the above items or see more products available from these 
shops visit their Etsy stores here: Knot & Bow and The Wrappery

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