27 October 2011

Halloween and Gothic Wedding Ideas

Trick or treat?

In September, I had a reader make a comment to one of my posts asking me what I would design for a couple having a Goth wedding and it got me thinking. So just in time for Halloween, I thought it would be fun to create some mood boards for a Halloween or Goth themed wedding.

When producing a design, I usually like to start by gathering inspiring images and put together a mood board. It helps to define the colours and mood of the event.

Below are four mood boards I created for Halloween or Goth themed weddings and each have a different look and feel.

I love the ghostly wedding dresses at the top! Why not use subtle pops of orange to tie in with the theme.

Vampire Diaries, Twilight and True Blood... Vampires are everywhere and more popular than ever.
What could be more romantic than pledging yourselves till death do you part?


Go full on Goth with black and more black, but why not add touches of purple or wine red 
for depth. More is definitely more!

Vintage Gothic
I love the softer, faded feel of this Vintage Gothic theme. Channel a bit of Victoriana
or the dark side of the Mad Hatter's Tea Party.

I think any theme can be as over the top or subtle as you like. It's important to reflect you as a couple and your tastes,  and why not have a bit of fun with it too!

For more ideas and to see the image sources, check out my Pinterest board called Halloween + Gothic.

21 October 2011

Best of the Blogs

I am fairly new to the world of reading blogs and writing my own one. Its only been the last year or so that I have been gradually building up my list of favourite blogs I like to browse. They range from style and fashion, paper and graphic design and of course wedding related.

I quite often come across posts that are really inspirational and I would like to share a few recent notable articles with you here...

I loved this post about Luci's real life wedding. Such beautiful pictures of her big day and interesting story. Very jealous!

I am a HUGE fan of Kendi's blog and have been taking notes on how she pairs items together to help me mix up my own wardrobe. She even wrote some tips on overhauling your wardrobe.

Beautiful wedding dresses to look at and an interesting interview with Alice Temperley. I loved reading about her inspirations and then checking out the ranges.

What I Wore is one of the blogs I have been reading the longest. I love that she looks so cheery and smiley in all her pictures. She also shows great ways to mix prints and colour blocking. Recently she did a series of fun Halloween fancy dress tutorials. Shame I am not going to any fancy dress parties this year.

Here is some DIY decor wedding inspiration. I love the unusual colour theme of yellow and teal and their use of minimalist room dressing.

This is a curvy girl with fantastic style and based in Oz. Its great to see someone look fantastic and a more realistic dress size. It can be a bit annoying looking at magazines and seeing all the stick thin models and thinking how will that outfit look good on me? And this blog is the perfect antidote.

Happy weekend!

17 October 2011

Seeing Red (sort of)

I have been dyeing or highlighting my hair for the last 15 years. I have been sunkissed, light blonde, yellow blonde, bright red (while at Uni and was shortlived), plum and various shades of brown. I guess I get bored of my hair colour.

For the last six months I have been obsessing about red hair. I blame it on all the pictures of Christina Hendricks, Amy Adams (naturally blonde) and more recently Emma Stone. Plenty of celebrities such as Cheryl Cole and Rihanna have also dabbled with the hue.

Christina HendricksAmy Adams and Emma Stone

So I decided to take the plunge and be a red head for a while. With mixed results...

I chose John Frieda's foam which I haven't used before, in light red brown.

I dyed my highlighted light brown hair to a light red brown as you can see below.

On the left is before using the dye and on the right is the results after.

I gave it a week or so to see how the colour settled down and washed out. I felt it wasn't red enough and looked more brown than red. I had to use a lot of conditioning and shine products for my hair as the John Frieda dye left it looking dry and dull.

After a couple of weeks of letting my hair recover I decided to try going a bit bolder/deeper with the red. I used Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Color in Fiery Red and this is how it came out...

Definitely red now!

What do you think? I quite like it but my husband is not so convinced. I think I will probably like it more after it washes out a bit. Now I need to see what clothes in my wardrobe works with the hair colour!  

03 October 2011

LFW Final Favourites: Part 2

I know London Fashion Week 2011 has been over for ages and the fashion pack has already moved onto Paris Fashion Week, but here are my favourite pictures of days 3, 4 and 5.

Amanda Wakeley

I love the interesting abstract and muted colour palette of the left dress. I could see it working throughout the year. I also like the simple Grecian inspired dress on the right with the strong neck strap.

Antonio Berardi

These dresses are beautiful. The one on the left could make a great wedding dress that would make a change from the popular strapless designs. I could see the red dress in the middle on Kate Middleton and looking fabulous.

Nicole Farhi (left),  Unique (middle) and Peter Jensen(right)

These three dresses caught my eye for their simple yet effective cuts. I have see that yellow has been a popular colour with many of the designers showing at London Fashion Week. The gold detailing on the black centre dress adds interest and a toughness to a simple silhouette. I like the red satin dress on the right but I don't think I could carry it off with the check shirt!

Holly Fulton

Tribal and African style prints were popular and these were some that I particularly liked.

Holly Fulton

Cocktails in a zebra-print dress anyone? Don't mind if I do...just need to go on safari! The blue dress is georgeous with it's subtle transition from saphire blue to aqua. It reminds me of an exotic tropical coastline.

J JS Lee

Anyone for tennis? In the 1940s.

Kinder Aggugini (left) and Michael van der Ham (right)

Gorgeous prints. The jacket looks like it has a blossom tree growing on it whereas the dress on the right reminds me of slices of rough crystal. The colours in the pattern looks great with the red hair. 

David Koma (left) and Erdem (right)

I love the unusual cut of the David Koma dress with a minimalist feel. The Erdem dress on the right is exactly what I could picture myself wearing at the Queen's garden party at Buckingham Palace. Just need to wait for an invite first.

Marios Schwab

See-through dresses anyone? Aside from the underwear issue, I do like these.

Mark Fast

I predict crochet detailing will appear again on the high street next summer. The fringing on the left dress looks fabulous and I am sure will be popular on the red carpets.

Mary Katrantzou

Time and time again, my eye is drawn to the bold and bright prints. They are just so exciting and the one on the left looks so swishy.

Matthew Williamson

I thought the outfit in the centre looked a bit Autumnal but could work all year round. Again, I just love the bright patterned prints.


I have a small big obsession with Mulberry handbags and wish I could own them all. In every colour. These pictures caught my eye for the reappearance of the popular colour yellow and I loved the coordinating hues in the styled outfits. 

Peter Pilotto

Peter Pilotto is never shy of outrageous and bold prints. These have quite a fishy/reptilian feel to them yet they shape and emphasise the body so well. The centre dress reminds me a little of a mermaid and I don't think that's a bad thing!

Pringle of Scotland

And finally... knitwear. Love the grey background to the graphic geometric pattern. It reminded me of this print that I saw recently. 

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