“Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion, it is not the desire to mate every second minute of the day, it is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every cranny of your body. No, don't blush, I am telling you some truths. That is just being "in love", which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.”
Friday, 30 May 2014
Wednesday, 21 May 2014
Sunday, 18 May 2014
This week I'm dreaming of travelling to Capri and below are my top picks of what to where when you're there…
1. Prism Swimsuit, Avenue 32
2. Isabel Marant Obira Dress Matches
3. OPI Juice Bar Hopping Nail Varnish, ASOS
4. Panama Hat, J.Crew
5. Illesteva sunglasses, Net-a-Porter
6. Ancient Greek Sandals Antigone Gladiator Sandals, My-wardrobe.com
7. Eve Lom Daily Protection SPF, EVE LOM
8. Isabel Marant Melvyn Lace Dress, Net-a-Porter
Where to stay
JK Place Capri
Tuesday, 13 May 2014
Liberty of London will, this weekend, be playing host to a wedding masterclass with French fragrance brand Diptyque and Wild at Heart flowers. Customers will be treated to a 30 minute consultation where experts will help you choose which scent and floral arrangements to use for your special day. You will be able to see how a candle scent will match a particular type of bouquet or discover how to layer fragrances to create a unique and personal fragrance for the day.
There is a £40 booking fee which is redeemable upon purchase at Diptique and Wild at Heart (£20 redeemable on each counter) and you can bring up to two friends along.
If you are interested in booking a masterclass, call Liberty on 02077341234 ext: 2483.
Hurry there are only a few spaces left!
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Wednesday, 7 May 2014
ELLE magazine is set to launch a bi-annual bridal magazine ELLE Wedding this September.
Expect everything from the best places to shop to the suppliers to know about - perfect font on wedding invites to the most modern shoe to complement your wedding dress. All produced by the same team as the award-winning title.
The magazine will hit the shelves in September, priced at £7, and complemented by a wedding channel at www.elleuk.com.
Monday, 5 May 2014
I recently came across this wonderful interiors brand at a local shop, Ruby & Norm, on Lee High Road in London. Blending antique inspired furniture with modern upstyling techniques, Alexandra Stylianidis Mathie the founder has a great eye for colour and design.
We asked Alexandra about wedding styling and how you can incorporate her beautiful pieces into your big day…
On Wedding Decorations…
No wedding should ever follow someone elses blueprint, so to make your special day totally individual, treat your guests to the same treatment you will yourself. The Simple Candy Cane chairs will brighten up your special venue and personalise your guests experience with simple individuality. Choose a palette that suits your theme and if you are feeling super generous, give them to your guests as the most amazing favours they have ever had!
For the classic and retrospective couple, the half moon tables will give their new home a sense of everlasting class, bringing with it a grounding history and plenty of good karma!
And of course, for the ultimate in bespoke and alternative wedding gifts, why not gift a consultation with UpStyl&Son to truly personalise their matrimonial haven, all using their existing wares and upstyling their family heirlooms; a true unity of two individual and dynamic lives.
Thank you Alexandra!
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Sunday, 4 May 2014
This blog makes no effort to hide my love of everything French. From destinations to interiors, style to language, I am a Francophile through and through, which is why I was so excited to come across this amazing French bridal designer Laure de Sagazan.
Stocked at The Mews Notting Hill, which I am soon to visit, Laure de Sagazan gives vintage-style French lace a contemporary update for the modern bride, with certain pieces that can be worn as separates later down the line.
Not to mention the atmospheric, inspiring imagery...
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Saturday, 3 May 2014
I have always had extremely dry skin, which is not something you want to worry about on your wedding day. For a long time now, I have been seeking a remedy for keratosis pilaris (red bumps on the top of your arms) and have tried a lot of different products.
Three great products I have recently tried include…
Kiehl's Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub (comes in Lavender and Grapefruit)
This exfoliating scrub has a great texture and really does get rid of dry skin, removing nasty bumps and smoothing the surface. With water, the scrub quickly forms a lather and you don't need to use much for a noticeable result. I am using the lavender scrub and it smells fresh and uplifting - perfect for a morning shower.
This is an intensely moisturising body butter that smells divine, from their new Vinosource range. I am a huge fan of Caudalie products and use their Divine Oil regularly (another great product to combat dry skin). This hydrates and smooths the skin and works best straight after showering to lock in the moisture.
This is an unusual choice of moisturiser and I decided to try it having read it as a suggested treatment for KP on a beauty blog. Available at Waitrose, this coconut oil is something I originally used in the kitchen but decided to try it one day as a moisturiser after showering. The results are instant and it smells delicious!
My search still continues for a remedy, but these products are certainly improving the condition of my skin.
Thursday, 1 May 2014
A new bespoke beauty service is launching at Chanel's Covent Garden and Bond Street stores this week.
For £90, brides-to-be can choose up to three bridal services from a choice of make up, fragrance or skincare consultations, led by Chanel's experts.
"Your wedding day is your time to be in the spotlight. Wedding make-up is about looking like yourself at your most beautiful. Every bride-to-be knows the key to a successful wedding is preparation. And that includes planning your skincare, make-up and fragrance ahead of time so that you can relax in the knowledge that you will look your absolute best on your special day" - Chanel.
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