Monthly Archives: May 2012

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Wedding styling inspiration: alternative guest book ideas

We didn’t have a guest book at our wedding. At the time I didn’t really see the point of a book with 100 messages all saying “Congratulations! Hope you’ll be very happy!” I’ve kept all our cards, containing words of that kind. I’d been at plenty of weddings where a book was thrust in front of me ...

The Kooples opens Leeds store

French brand The Kooples has some serious fashion pedigree behind it and looks sure to replicate the success it's experienced in its homeland as it opens new stores in Blighty. It has just opened in Leeds' Victoria Quarter {a pretty special place anyway}. The Kooples was founded in 2008 by three brothers ~ Alexander, Laurent and Raphael ...

Local focus: Jessica Hogarth Designs

Anyone who has visited the North Yorkshire coast ~ with its quaint, slightly higgledy-piggledy fishermen's cottages ~ will immediately spot the influence of Jessica Hogarth's Robin Hood's Bay home in many of her designs. Jess is a freelance illustrator and surface pattern designer, producing prints for a number of companies internationally. Her work can be seen on quilting ...

Campervan anniversary shoot: “what is greener grass without love?”

Sarah and Martin chose to celebrate their 14th wedding anniversary by having fun together, getting dressed up and being pampered ~ and this stunning shoot by photographer Jess Petrie is the result. As Sarah rightly points out, shoots in magazines and on blogs overwhelmingly feature young newlyweds, but it's heart-warming to see slightly older couples, with years ...

DIY tutorial: spray painted shoes

I've had these flats for years but never worn them out of the house. I bought them for the pretty laser-cut detailing and, if I remember rightly, they were in the sale. But every time I put them on they just seemed a bit ... 'bad Elvis'. You know in the portly, white rhinestone-encrusted jumpsuit ...

What we are wearing: satchels

This bright coral satchel from H&M is one of my favourite recent purchases. I'm wearing it a lot and at £14.99 it's an absolute bargain. {bag, H&M; skirt, Boohoo; bracelet, Forever 21; wedges, New Look; jacket, Primark; belt, Topshop} There are a lot of satchels around at the moment ~ they can be seen in virtually every ...

Wedding dress ball aids charity giving special days to seriously ill

All those married ladies out there will understand the joy but equal trauma of hunting out your dream wedding dress. It is quite possibly the biggest shopping task a girl can undertake. Hours are spent pouring over the right shape, should it be white or ivory, to veil or not veil? Then when you finally manage to tick ...

Local focus: The Makings of Mrs Bertimus

Artist Letitia Thompson's creations combine the kitsch and the cute ~ colourful vintage fabrics patchworked together and screen printed with her hand-drawn animals. In what must be one of the most interesting business names I've come across, she trades as 'The Makings of Mrs Bertimus.' {Letitia tells me it's after the nickname her neighbour gave their resident ...

Best of British: York jubilee bridal shoot

This bridal shoot in York was part of a mixed fashion event organised by Fashion City York to celebrate the Queen's visit to the city during her diamond jubilee year. The 'bride and groom' wore clothes from local suppliers, and photographers LMX Creative captured the couple amid the backdrop of this historic and characterful city, focusing on locations around ...

DIY tutorial: decorative vintage plates

It's a welcome change that in recent years more of us have begun to see the value in re-using and recycling. But I like to see the old and the new mixed up; to modify vintage pieces for our modern world. So in this DIY tutorial, I've added bold type letters to charity shop china ~ these ...

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