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Dec 05 2014

My Wedding: A Closer Look At My Vintage Wedding Gown

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I don’t know any bride, who doesn’t want an incredible wedding gown, but it is hard to get something unique, dramatic-yet-still elegant, with an Old Hollywood feel that is within some reasonable budget. Add on top the rest of my very long wishlist, not too white, a wow skirt, beading or embroidery and with romantic floaty sleeves – I thought it was more fantasy than reality.

I wasn’t against a modern, boutique gown, I would have loved the money to treat myself to a designer number like Vera Wang or Elie Saab, but I was realistic with my finances and I just felt that a vintage beauty would be more fitting to our elopement wedding in New York, and would possible give me that couture, red carpet feeling without the price tag.

I know vintage doesn’t mean cheap, but I was willing to hunt around for the one. Thankfully I didn’t search long for my gorgeous gown, to be honest I didn’t search at all. My gown came to me by chance, we had only been engaged less than a month when our friends who were with us in New York came to stay and we took them to Bury St Edmonds, we kind of took a wrong turn exploring the town and we found vintage store, House Of Huxster. I thought it was a long shot, but as soon as I saw it I loved it, I didn’t think it would fit me, but I loved it and thank god for stretch!

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It needed a little work, it originally had spaghetti straps, which I felt didn’t really do the dress justice, and it didn’t have enough drama on the bottom, but I was introduced the incredible Irene, an amazing seamstress and she really did work her magic. She added floaty sleeves to add a touch of romance, more layers of pouf under the skirt, re-shaped the skirt, added a belt, and made more tulle ruffles that were so close to the original that you can’t even tell which ones are new. Irene basically brought my vision to life, held my hand through those wobbles of thinking I was too fat, the worry that it was too formal for what we were doing, and my last-minute panic that Paul wouldn’t like it, I should have known that he would love it.

The gown to me just felt like it was made for New York. I love everything about the gown and how it combined everything I wanted – the beading, the tulle, the sleeves and the unusual skirt, which is my favourite thing about the dress – it looks great in photos, but more than that it made me feel like I was floating when I walked. It was the most perfect gown and I am so pleased the professional pictures from I Heart New York have come out so well, the dress really shines.

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As the dress makes such a statement I didn’t want to go too crazy with my jewellery so I went for pieces that I felt complimented it. The highlight being my great grandmother’s pearls, they are so gorgeous, I love the off-white colour and the fact that they are 80 years old I just felt that they belong with my vintage number, and when else can you get away with wearing the most exquisite pearl necklace.

I then went for Tiffany infinity bow bracelet that was a present from Paul a couple of years ago, which looked great with my silver heart bracelet from my friend Sarah, I just loved that she made Paul give it to me on the plane over to New York as she received one before her wedding, and the final piece of arm candy was my pearl and silver cuff from the Jenny Packham for Debenhams collection that I found in my jewellery box just before we flew out, I love how it has similar beads to my dress. The final touch were my Kenneth Jay Lane sparkly earrings, something simple that catches the light.

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The last thing to mention about my New York wedding look are my shoes. My plan was to have navy blue, to match Paul’s tux jacket, the only problem was that my vintage gown didn’t have the height to take anything higher than 2 inch heels, which I am so pleased about now, and I just couldn’t find anything I liked. I wanted designer shoes without the price tag so I went on the sample sale hunt and that’s when I spotted these white Jimmy Choo with a tiny heel, they are super comfortable and I love the pointy toe on them.

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The surprise addition, which looks like it was made just for me, was my Mr And Mrs clutch from Kate Spade. Paul actually ordered this beauty and picked up on our wedding day, it was such a lovely surprise and it seems I am not the only one loving it as it has been a bit of a hit on Instagram. Well if you can’t find statement heels you have to do a clutch!

It feels like an end of chapter finally showing off my amazing wedding gown, especially as I kept it a secret not just from Paul but nearly everyone as I wanted it to make a statement, which I hope it did. I know everyone has an opinion on wedding gowns and I would love to hear what you think of my choice, as I really couldn’t be happier with it.

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Sep 07 2013

My Style: ASOS Floral Dip-Dye Dress

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Before the fashion craziness of September, my boyfriend and I always try to get away for a mini-break, so last week we headed to Wales for a spot of relaxation at a spa in Anglesey. More to come on the amazing hotel, the treatments and the island, but as I haven’t blogged an outfit post in nearly a month, so I thought I would share with you one of my favourite looks from my holibob.

This floral dip-dye smock dress is from ASOS and I bought it on a whim as it was in the sale, it still is and is only £18, I like the shape and the idea of wearing florals without being too girlie and bright. The thinking was I could wear during the summer with bright accessories and then come winter I could layer up with tights, boots and a chunky cardigan.

For dinner at the hotel one night I decided to wear this beauty paired with my bright orange heels from Marks & Spencer, I got them for a wedding last year and they are super comfortable and I love the pop of colour with the burn-out floral design of the dress. As I don’t have an orange belt, seriously the only colour I don’t own, I went with my trusty flower clasp beauty from Dorothy Perkins as this dress really needs to be nipped in a little otherwise it looks a little unflattering.

Finishing off my look I kept my jewellery simple, mainly because we were away to relax not get dressed up, so I wore my trusty Fossil watch that my mum got me for my birthday and my new favourite piece of arm candy – this cute bow bracelet from Kate Spade.

There is something about this dress that I love, and I think it works against the gorgeous backdrop of Anglesey, as it makes the pop of colours in the flowers and palm trees look even more vibrant.

Are you a fan of floral dresses and would you wear this beautiful dip-dye number?

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My Style: Floral smock dress, ASOS // Belt, Dorothy Perkins // Watch, Fossil // Glasses, Karen Millen at Specsavers (c/o) // Bow bracelet, Kate Spade (c/o) // Orange heels, Marks & Spencer (c/o) //

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Jul 20 2012

For iPhone Lovers: The Adorable Moschino Gennarino Bear

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You may have already seen Anna Dello Russo tweet a piccie of her new iPhone case from Moschino this week but I couldn’t resist sharing the beauty that is simply known as Gennarino, the Moschino mascot bear.

Coming to Moschino boutiques in September this adorable iPhone case will set you back around $75 but come on it is so worth it – I have to admit I am loving my new HTC One X but this beauty makes the iPhone very appealing!!!

I love the brown bear with a red bow – but I am also hearing that iPhone addicts will also be able to spoil their mobiles with either a yellow bear with a blue bow or a pink bear with a green bow – I have to be honest all three sound good to me.

Can’t wait until September to give your iPhone a make-over? Why not try one of these designer beauties:

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1. Karl, £35 from Netaporter.com

2. Kate Spade – Pardon My French, $40 from KateSpade.com

3. Marc by Marc Jacobs – Lips, £30 from Selfridges.com

4. Lanvin, £45 from Netaporter.com

Jun 18 2012

My Style: I Brightened Up My Weekend With Olivia Rubin For Dorothy Perkins

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This weekend I embraced the sun, granted for most of the weekend it was a little glum but when the sun did shine I was totally dressed for the occasion in my Olivia Rubin for Dorothy Perkins printed maxi dress and peplum top.

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On Saturday, the weather wasn’t amazing I am in slight denial I want it to be summer so I can wear all my pretty clothes, so I decided to do just that with this pink and white floral printed maxi dress, which is one of my favourite pieces from the Olivia Rubin for Dorothy Perkins collection.

My beautiful and uber-comfortable maxi was teamed with my adorable Kate Spade New York Armadillo, it’s first outing since I was gifted it at the Kate Spade event I went to a few weeks ago and I am totally in love with it. Finishing off my look is a Barbie pink cardigan from New Look and a stack full of bracelets from Thomas Sabo, Ernest Jones, as well as two I made and my white gold bangle that my Mum got me for my 21st birthday that I just re-discovered in my jewellery box.

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Yesterday, I went for a more casual vibe for hanging out with my friends in the garden, while trying to enjoy the rare glimpses of sun. This pink sleeveless bird print top is fast becoming one of my go-to tops, I love the shape, the vibrant print, as well as the exposed back zip, which I stupidly forgot to snap!!!

With the unpredictable weather this top is perfect teamed with jeans, the ones I am wearing here I have only had a few weeks but they are my new favs and they are from Warehouse, they are a little higher in the waist than other high-street jeans and so comfortable – they make me feel and look a little slimming, which is always a good thing.

Because my top is so bright I decided to go neon with my jewellery with my pink, orange and yellow bracelets, teamed with my Thomas Sabo pink bracelet but this time with my new dragonfly charm that I got for my birthday, and finishing up with my neon pink F*** Me I’m Famous Ice-Watch.

Finishing off my look are my Chanel sunglasses, I do love these beauties mainly for the cool chain-arm, but they are a little loose so I am afraid that I am going to damage them, and comfort rules with this outfit so only my bright pink Keds would do.

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Saturday’s Look: Olivia Rubin for Dorothy Perkins black printed maxi, now only £25Kate Spade New York Armadillo (c/o); pink cardigan from New Look; black Thomas Sabo bracelet with Barbie poodle charm; pink Thomas Sabo bracelet with butterfly charm; White gold bangle; shell bracelet; red beaded bracelet; and silver wrap bracelet from Ernest Jones (c/o); brown buckle flats from F&F at Tesco; and Versace sunglasses.

Sunday’s Look: Olivia Rubin for Dorothy Perkins sleeveless bird print peplum top, now only £17; Thomas Sabo dragonfly charm; Ice-Watch (c/o); Warehouse ultra skinny jeans; Chanel sunglasses (c/o); and pink Keds (c/o).

Which day do you prefer? Also do let me know if you have bought any of the Olivia Rubin for Dorothy Perkins collection, if not check it out online as a lot of the line seems to be in the sale.

Apr 11 2012

Beauty: Kate Spade New York Launches Nail Polish

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As well as falling in love with Kate Spade New York’s straw bags I was also drawn to the brand’s first nail polish collection inspired by Australian artist Florence Broadhurst. Once again the brand has created the varnishes alongside beauty expert Poppy King, who help with the label’s lipstick line, Supercalifraglipstick, and they work perfectly with the brand’s preppy style.

This limited edition travel set hits Kate Spade NY stores and online this month and comes in a gorgeous summer palette of yellow, blue, orange and pink. As you all know I am a lover of nail varnishes especially of the pink variety, and I love the ‘Watermelon Fingers’ shade, or to you and I that is the flirty watermelon pink shade in the set.

As well as great beachy bright shades perfect for summer, I love that each one is named after Florence Broadhurst’s iconic patterns, so the pale blue is ‘Sea Foam Swirls’, the hot orange is ‘Solar Orange’, and my second favourite the sunny yellow is called ‘Yellow Cockatoo’.

For miniatures they are a little pricey at £25 a set, but if like me you are hoarder of great shades and love a limited edition they these are the perfect addictions to your collection.

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Apr 09 2012

Bag Loving: No One Does Wicker Like Kate Spade

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Ever since I found Kate Spade Barbie on eBay I have been obsessed with the brand, in particularly its gorgeous wicker bags, which my Barbie is carrying, and last week I dropped by the Starworks press day and I fell in love with so many pieces.

What I love is the combination of the structured wicker with the colourful leather accents, I love the clutch version, but I really want the Little Nadine in white below, how adorable is this sweet satchel with its leather and chain strap. Now all I need now is a garden party to carry it to!!

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As well as the gorgeous bags being on display, select pieces from the autumn/winter 2012 collection were showcased, full of Pan-Am and Mad Men ladylike styling. I just love that large bow detailing on this red coat, and these gorgeous gold button shoes with a block and stiletto heel.

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Oct 04 2011

My Barbie: Lastest Addition – Kate Spade New York

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A few weeks, possible months *time really is getting away from me*, I picked up my biggest bargain on eBay when I bought this amazing Kate Spade New York Barbie. I am a regularly on eBay when it comes to hunting down fashionable Barbie’s but never do I win them at great prices, never do they arrive looking as immaculate as this, and never have I been so excited to receive one, I seriously love her.

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I think the reason I got so excited has to be because I love Kate Spade. I have obsessed a lot about her amazing bags, and after visiting the new London store I have to admit that I am saving up for one, I do quite like this gorgeous Night Owl bag or how about a quirky book clutch I love this Romeo & Juliet one.

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Kate Spade is a fun brand and her beautiful Barbie is just as playful and she completely reflects the brand’s signature style. I am loving the three-quarter length belted coat in a bold pink and green pattern, teamed with a gorgeous wicker basket bag, chic sunglasses, a beaded necklace and a perfect up-do!

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The best bit though has to be the cute white doggie, which is modelled on Kate’s own dog, that she is carry in her Kate Spade tote bag – love the green leather piping.

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As well as a Barbie doll the collectible item comes with a certificate and a cute booklet on Kate Spade, and the box comes adorned with a gorgeous illustration on the back. I just LOVE it.

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