28 August 2012

Wedding Dogs - What To Wear...

Pet dogs taking part in their owners wedding has become more popular and it's lovely to see a special part of the family taking part! There are some fantastic wedding photos out there of pet dogs taking part in their owners wedding day, and we are sure that there will be some funny stories to accompany those photographs too!

We were also having a little look at what your dog could wear to the wedding. We are not too keen on dressing pets up as people but we found some creative and cute ways that you could add a bit of something without making your pet uncomfortable. So here are some fab wedding photos to inspire you if you are having your pet dog take part...

Wearing a simple tie & shirt collar around the dogs own collar . Photography by Braedon Photography

Love how the dogs have the seats! Photography by Lauren Ross Photography

A very dapper little dog with a black bow tie .  Photography by Kate Noelle Photography

Matching the wedding theme with a white & blue stripe bow tie . Photography by Elisa B Photography

This little Pug's bow tie is red to match the Bride's shoes . Image unknown via Pinterest

Wearing a wreath of Ivy . Photography by 1313 Photography

Colours Inspired by This Cute Wedding Pug...

We bring you some cuteness today as well as some colour inspiration with this beautiful photo of a couple's lovely little pet Pug complete with a pink bow tie for their wedding day! We love photos of dogs taking part in the wedding day - after all they are a part of the family!

Colour Inspiration: Pug Wearing Pink . Photography by Patterson maker

19 August 2012

A Pink Sky Inspired Garden Party...

Yesterday evening we saw such beautiful skies in wonderful pink colours whilst sitting outside in the garden eating al fresco. Many of our Twitter friends across the UK also commented on how beautiful and pink the sky was too! Inspired by this we created a moodboard of inspirations & ideas for a garden party to be held under the pretty pink sky at night. Of course you can't predict it happening but it would have been a lovely relaxed backdrop for a summer garden gathering...

A scattering of seats such as these from Ikea for plenty guests, surround a fire pit 
creating a warm glow and ideal for toasting marshmallows too! These homemade 
frozen yoghurt popsicles would also make a nice treat!  

17 August 2012

Shower Ideas with a Honey Bee Theme...

Today on the itty bitty & bijou blog we have a new mood board for baby showers or even bridal showers! It has a honey bee - sweet as honey theme and fresh creamy colours with dashes of warm honey tones and even lovely lemon!

Key ideas for this honey bee & sweet as honey theme include the following:
* Serve honeycomb at the desert table with ice cream
* Use honey stirrers as drink/cocktail stirrers
* Use burlap and twine to keep this natural colour palette - for table runners etc.
* Little jars of honey make great favours and you can easily make your own fabric covers to personalize or
  co-ordinate them. The honeycomb printed fabric would look lovely.
* These bee and honey comb pots would make great elements or even centerpieces!
* Keep floral pieces simple & fresh. Using glass jars wrapped with twine are effective.

1950's Inspired Wedding Makeup...

Today we have a guest feature by Makeup Artist Jo Leversuch of Makeup by Jo and she offers some excellent tips and advice on how to achieve the 1950's look which is so popular for weddings right now and a look we love! Over to Jo...

1950's makeup oozed sex appeal and today we associate words like glamour, style, class, fashion, beauty, romance, alluring, charm, and also movie stars from Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, & Elizabeth Taylor all with their unique styles of makeup.

Iconic 1950's looks - Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn & Elizabeth Taylor

If you are planning a vintage inspired wedding make sure you research into the look you would like to achieve with makeup. The dramatic looks of Elizabeth Taylor & Marilyn Monroe with the black extended flick eyeliner & red lips or perhaps the soft focus of natural makeup worn by Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn with a hint of eyeshadow and rose bud cheeks.

. Jo Leversuch's Top Tips for 1950's Inspired Makeup .

Skin - should be matte and contoured with a light application of rose blusher high on the cheekbone area with highlighter above the cheeks and hairline area.

Eyes - The eyes to be kept clean with a defined shimmer shadow, generally of a white hue & a neutral tone to the socket area to add shape to the eye area. Eyeliner in either black or brown applied finely from the inner corner and heavier to the outer corner with an extended flick at the edge.

Eyebrows - Eyebrows are drawn on softer with a curve on the arch directly above the pupil of the eye. To highlight the eyebrow further apply shimmer directly under the arch to lift the eyebrow.

Lips - Lips are drawn dramatically with a shape from the cupids bow. Apply a first layer of lipstick and blot with a tissue and apply a second coat with a lip brush to enable a precise finish.

With many thanks to Jo Leversuch for her expert advice. If you would like to get in touch with Jo for more information or to book your wedding makeup with her do pop on over to her website www.makeupbyjo.co.uk

13 August 2012

Home Decor Inspired by Designers Guild Wallpaper...

Today on the itty bitty & bijou blog we bring you some pretty home decor inspirations and ideas inspired by the Cecily Wallpaper by Designer's Guild. We chose this paper in Crocus and based the rest of the colour palette around this for a lounge or sitting room but the colours and concept could easily work for a dining room too...

This lovely pillow cushion from Diane Von Furstenberg with a slight leopard print to it in colour tones works really well with the darker shades of the crocus Cecily wallpaper. Add some pastel pink into the mix with these fantastic teaspoons by Lee Chi Wing - perhaps picking out a quirky teacup and teapot to go with these would be great for having guests around! These teaspoons also tie in great with the dipped furniture which is everywhere at the moment. 

A final splash of sugary pink was added with this large glass candle jar from the Voluspa Japonica range in a subtle sweet scent called Belle Sucre - just sweet and sugary enough for this pretty room! We picked out the citrus green which is hinted in the wallpaper for this fantastic lighting from Heals called the Natasha to make a striking contrast to the softer pastel shades.  

We love to mix in some odd eclectic details and this matt white decorative stags head from Dwell is fab - you could even hang a couple of gold Christmas decorations from the antlers when the season arrives. Our final piece is this lovely white tray with multiple candle holders again from Dwell. This would look great placed on a coffee table or ottoman with long tapered candles lit for a relaxing evening in. You could even take this idea and create your own DIY version with a tray and mismatched and different sized candle sticks which you can paint all one colour to bring them together. 

. Products .
1. Cecily wallaper in crocus by Designers Guild at Heals
2. Stags head wall decor from Dwell
3. Pillow by Diane Von Furstenberg at Amara
4. Teaspoons set by Lee Chi Wing at Heals
5. Natasha light in citrus from Heals
6. Multiple candle holders from Dwell
7. Voluspa Japonica large glass candle in Bell Sucre from Amara

5 August 2012

Olivia Palermo for Tatler Russia...

Today our colour palette inspiration came from the August 2012 issue of Tatler Russia featuring Olivia Palermo. This striking image of rich reds against cool greys is a dramatic combo and will be great for Fall - Winter weddings. Shades of red have been popular in both the wedding and fashion industry, with Vera Wang's collection of red wedding dresses being a fantastic example of this use of colour!

Colour Inspiration by Itty Bitty & Bijou . Photo via Tatler Russia .  Model Olivia Palermo

4 August 2012

Colours Inspired by Elizabeth Messina and Twigs and Honey...

Elizabeth Messina is one of our favorite wedding photographers and her latest work teamed with DIY pieces from Twigs and Honey is as beautiful as ever! Today we bring you some colour inspiration from one of Elizabeth's beautiful photographs which include these lovely DIY shoe clips by Twigs and Honey. It's a delicate palette of neutrals which have slight hints of lilac.

This would be great colour inspiration for wedding decor, Bridesmaid's dresses and even the Groom and his Groomsmen attire! We can definitely see dresses and suits in these colours with some touches of silver sparkle accessories and shoes added too!

Colour Inspiration Board by Itty Bitty & Bijou 
. Photography by Elizabeth Messina . DIY Shoe Clips by Twigs & Honey .

3 August 2012

A Splash of Gold Wedding Inspiration...

Here we have an itty bitty & bijou inspiration / mood board for spring and summer time weddings. With splashes of gold throughout the concept from the decor, reception, tablescapes and even right through to the Bride's shoes! We love these beautiful sparkly gold Jimmy Choo heels as Bridal shoes and thought that the Bride would just have to have some equally fab gold jewelry to compliment them!

Add some sparkly touches such as these fantastic gold glitter apples as seating / name cards and even the odd gold sequin table cover to carry the style or theme throughout the wedding. We also loved the idea of the Bride and Bridesmaids blowing gold glitter for a photograph too! There is plenty of fun to be had with this wedding concept!

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