October, 2013


18
Oct 13

Bridal hair trends for 2014

During New York’s Bridal Week we not only saw amazing wedding dresses, but we got a glimpse of the bridal hairstyles that will be big in 2014.

Some were simple and elegant, others a bit more over the top. Have a look at the different styles and pick your favourite.

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Tresemmé stylist Jeanie Syfu created a mystical, ethereal updo full of voluminous curls. The bridal look was inspired by the Belle Époque.

Big and voluminous by Jenny Packham

Big and voluminous by Jenny Packham

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17
Oct 13

Twobirds bridesmaids sample sale

Get you diary out and write down these dates: 6,7 and 8 of November. During these three days twobirds Bridesmaid, the go-to dress design company for stylish bridesmaids, will be hosting an exclusive three day sample sale at its Covent Garden showroom.

 

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With gowns starting from just £100, a range of styles and colours will be available with stock replenished on a daily basis. The sample sale is an ideal opportunity for future brides to get their dream bridesmaid dresses. Lady Gaga, Victoria Pendleton and Mollie King already own a dress, so do not miss out on this amazing opportunity! Continue reading →


16
Oct 13

Ten wedding dress trends for 2014

With New York’s Bridal Week over I have examined all the collections closely, and here are ten wedding dress trends that you will see a lot of in the coming year.

Think pink, heavy embellishment, halter necks and mullet wedding dresses!

 Pink

Judging by designers such as Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier or Jenny Lee, pink is the new white. Celebrity brides such as Jessica Biel and Anne Hathaway have already embraced this trend. Will you?

Pink wedding dresses

Pink wedding dresses

Halters

These sexy necklines will put all the focus on your shoulders and décolleté. Here are some of the best examples from Kenneth Poole, Johanna Johnson and Christos.

Halterneck dresses

Halterneck dresses

 Slits

Give a little peek of your legs with these stunning wedding dresses. The slit makes them both elegant and sexy. Here are some designs from Eve Of Milady, Johanna Johnson and Maggie Sottero.

Wedding dresses with a slit

Wedding dresses with a slit

Short dresses

If you want to ditch the traditional long gown and show more leg, then Ines Di Santo, Monique Lhuillier and Johanna Johnson have the perfect designs for you. You might also want them as a second dress to wear after the ceremony.

Short, romantic wedding dresses

Short, romantic wedding dresses

 Mullet wedding dresses

If you are divided between choosing a long or short dress, then look no further. Matthew Christopher Couture, Maggie Sottero and Ines Di Santo will help you make a statement at your wedding with these unique dresses.

Mullet wedding dresses

Mullet wedding dresses

Lace illusion knecklines

Strapless has been the go-to neckline for quite a while now, but these days, it seems that lace illusion necklines are making a play for the top spot. See the best examples from Anne Barge, Jenny Packham and Christos.

Lace necklines

Lace necklines

Gold detailing

Although silver is still the most popular accessory, gold seems to be featuring more every year. Romona Keveza RTW even included a gold wedding dress on her Fall collection, as seen below. Badgley Mischka and Jenny Packham kept it more subtle.

Gold detailing and wedding dress

Gold detailing and wedding dress

Feathered skirt

This trend is an ongoing one, and it looks like it is here to stay, for now! See the amazing designs by WTOO – Watters, Ines Di Santo and Monique Lhuillier.

Feathered skirts

Feathered skirts

Heavy embellishment

Wedding dresses with embellished bodices add extra sparkle, glamour, sophistication and will show off your unique style. It also keeps the attention on the narrowest part of your body and creates balance between the torso and skirt. See what Ines Di Santo, Kenneth Pool and Badgley Mischka have to offer.

Embellished bodice

Embellished bodice

Bows

Bows were everywhere, some are girly and others oversized, dramatic and exaggerated. These are designs by Jenny Packham, Vera Wang and Kenneth Pool.

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Bows

Which trend would you follow and which one just has to dissapear?

MB
xxx


15
Oct 13

Badgley Mischka’s embellished wedding dresses for 2014

Unlike other designers who have added a splash of colour to their 2014 wedding dresses, Badgley Mischka showcased beautiful white only gowns but adorned them with gold, silver and crystal details.

See the show stopping designs here:

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14
Oct 13

Monique Lhuillier’s enchanting designs

Lace, sweatheart necklines and even short romantic designs… Monique Lhuillier finally showcased her latest bridal collection and in the perfect setting, she turned her showroom into an enchanted secret garden!

“It’s opulence with a light touch,” said Monique. While some of the wedding dresses were shown in the requisite white and ivory tones, she added some light pink gowns to her new collection.

Have a look at her enchanting designs and pick your favourite!

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Oct 13

Jenny Packham’s sparkling wedding dresses for 2014

Jenny Packham showcased her new bridal collection on Friday and she did not dissapoint.

The sparkling gowns featured beautiful beading and elegant, floating feminine silhouettes. Jenny Packham’s gorgeous collection was also filled with beaded V-neck sheaths and fluttering cap-sleeve dresses. Have a look at some of her stunning designs.

Which one is your favourite?

 

Short dresses

Short dresses

 

Dresses with long sleeves

Dresses with long sleeves

 

Sparkling gowns with heavy embellishments

Sparkling gowns with heavy embellishments

 

V-neck wedding dresses

V-neck wedding dresses

 

Celebrities such as Halle Berry and Elizabeth Hurley have married in Jenny Packham dresses

Celebrities such as Halle Berry and Elizabeth Hurley have married in Jenny Packham dresses


12
Oct 13

Vera Wang’s Fall 2014 Bridal collection

Pink wedding dresses have been on the radar since Jessica Biel wore a pastel pink Giambattista Valli gown on her big day, but Vera Wang took it one step further this year, showcasing her new collection which featured four different shades of pink.

Vera Wang's latest collection

Vera Wang’s latest collection

And not just any pink, the collection featured vibrant hues of petal, rose, coral and peony - with large flower details to match.

Is pink the new white?  Have a look at Vera’s design and pick your favourite.

Lilac dresses with big skirts, 3D statement flowers, and draped layers

Lilac dresses with big skirts, 3D statement flowers, and draped layers

 

Coral wedding dresses

Coral wedding dresses

 

Soft blush pink designs

Soft blush pink designs


11
Oct 13

Discovering Cake Pops

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I am going to talk about cake pops! I am sure most of you know what they are, but for those who are not familiar, a cake pop is a form of cake styled as a lollipop.

 

A bride and groom eating cake pops

A bride and groom eating cake pops

Cake crumbs are mixed with icing or chocolate, and formed into small spheres or cubes in the same way as cake balls, before being given a coating of icing, chocolate or other decorations and attached to lollipop sticks.

I think they are very cute, and since I am 100% sure I want to have a Sweet Table at my wedding, I have decided to learn how to make these delicious creations, along with cupcakes, cookies etc… (but that is a different post!).

Cake pops

Cake pops

In order to learn, I have bought an amazing cake pop maker from Lakeland. Of course, cake pops can be made with pre-baked cake but if, like me, you prefer to make yours from scratch, this is the best way.

All you have to do is follow the recipe, spoon the mixture into the cake pop maker and, in around 4 minutes, you’ll have perfectly cooked spherical cakes, ready to be popped onto a lolly stick and decorated! Best thing about this very handy product is that it’s only £26.99 and it comes with six recipes.

Lakeland's 12 Hole Cake Pop Maker

Lakeland’s 12 Hole Cake Pop Maker

I will show you my finishing product and a step-by-step guide next week as I will be baking this weekend. I want my cake pops to look as amazing as the ones shown in this blog, if I am really good at it, I might even try to make this cake pop cake for my wedding:

A gorgeous cake pop cake

A gorgeous cake pop cake

Once you get the hang of it, you can start getting creative with the icing and decoration, look at these bride and groom cake pops:

A bride and groom cake pop

A bride and groom cake pop

And they don’t always have to be round, check out this wedding cake inspired cake pop:

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I am sure that if like me you get yourself a cake pop maker, you won’t stop using it! Cake pops are not just for weddings, you can use them for birthdays, Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day… there are so many ways to decorate them that you will end up using it ALL year round!

Cake pops are perfect for any occasion

Cake pops are perfect for any occasion

How do you feel about cake pops? Will you have a Sweet Table at your wedding or have you included it already?

MB

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10
Oct 13

A closer look at Hayden Panettiere’s engagement ring

Yesterday Hayden Panettiere confirmed she was engaged to boyfriend Wladimir Klitschko on the Live With Kelly & Michael show, and since then I cannot stop thinking about her huge engagement ring!

 

Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko

Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko

Although it is thought that they have been engaged since April, it was only yesterday that the actress flashed her big sparkler.

According to jeweller Chris Capri of Capri Jewelry Inc, who spoke to E! Online, the diamond is about 6 carats and it is worth approximately $500,000.

 

A closer look at the ring

A closer look at the ring

Chris also revealed details such as the cut and setting. “The diamond is an emerald cut, which automatically requires a very high clarity grade,” Chris explained. “The ring looks to be rose gold with a split-shank setting.”

Emerald cut diamonds are a favourite in the celeb world, Angelina Jolie, Kate Hudson, Kim Kardashian and Mariah Carey are just some of the stars that have opted for this style.

What do you think of the ring: do you think it is too big? Or diamonds are never too big?

MB

xxx


9
Oct 13

Bridal beauty kit: Ten must have products

A bride’s beauty kit must include all the products that she may need in case anything unexpected happens.

These ‘miracle products’ must be carefully chosen — what do you think you may need on your wedding day? Normally some crying is involved… And nailbiting for the more nervous brides!

Here are ten essential beauty products that you should have near you on your big day:

 

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1. Waterproof mascara. It will darken, thicken, lengthen, and define the eyelashes, and if waterproof as suggested, it will be resistant to any tears! Have it near you to touch up your eyelashes during the night, after the first dance and also during the photo shoot.

2. Lipstick in the same colours as the one used by your make-up artist. This is fundamental to keep your lips perfect after giving out thousands of kisses to the guests.

3. Bronzer and blusher to redo your make-up after you receive all those hundreds of kisses back and also to achieve a gorgeous, ‘just married’ glow.

4. Antiperspirant wipes and make-up remover: The antiperspirant wipes will help you stay fresh all day, especially if you have chosen a long-sleeved dress. The make-up remover will help you correct any imperfections in your make-up if tears take over!

5. Hairspray
and hairpins: Two essential hair products that you will need as the day goes on.

6. Blotting paper
, powder-free tissues that will absorb the excess oil and perspiration from skin.

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A small sample of your perfume, so that you can keep applying it throughout the day.

8. Nail file and clear nail polish. You might break a nail during the day, so it is advisable to include a nail file in your beauty kit. You might also want to put extra layer of clear nail polish to secure your nail colour or even to stop possible ladders in your wedding tights from getting any bigger.

9. Band-aids: If you will be wearing brand new shoes it is obvious why you will need these, but you might want to take some flats with you.

10. Mints or chewing gum to keep your breath fresh at all times.

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