I don’t know about you but I’m rather fed up with this dreadful weather we’ve been having! We’ve lost a chestnut tree in the back garden which snapped about 4′ from the base in the wind one night – Lilguy Bingo is not impressed as it was his favourite tree to play in …..


Unfortunately the lovely willow tree by the pond at the front of the house has also become a casualty of all the rain – the waterlogged ground has proved too soft to hold the whole weight of the tree…

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You can see the ground bulging at the base of the tree where the roots are struggling to hold tight! We’ve now had the tree surgeon here and the tree has been pollarded – it should regenerate in the Spring but will be much much shorter and no danger to the house should it finally go. I have no idea how old it is but  it’s a beautiful tree and we really didn’t want to lose it. The upside of this is that we now have plenty of firewood for years to come once it’s seasoned and we’ve found somewhere to store it all!

Anyway, to cheer us all up I’ve got some lovely accessories to share with you today, a bit of bling to brighten things up!

Crystal Bridal Accessories is an innovative business offering elegant accessories for weddings, parties, balls, proms and special occasions. The online boutique offers the entire range of wedding shoes by Paradox London, Benjamin Adams, Rainbow Club, Harriet Wilde and Alisha Hill and quality wedding jewellery by Louis Mariette, Filippa Scott, Ivory and Co and other brands made with genuine Austrian or Swarovski crystals. Crystal Bridal Accessories also stock a range of wedding gloves, bridal sashes by Sash and Co and Lily Bella birdcage veils and are exclusive online stockists for bridal handbags made with Swarovski crystals. Crystal Bridal Accessories is for the bride, bridesmaids, mother-of-the bride and for anyone who loves shoes, jewellery and handbags.

Crystal Bridal Accessories is highly commended by Wedding Ideas Awards 2012 for contribution to Bridal Accessories and Nominee for Perfect Wedding Awards 2013 and Wedding Ideas Awards 2013. The company was also a finalist in the Wedding Industry Awards 2013.

The Nina Rai Couture collection of tiaras, feather headbands, sinamays and bridal combs is now available exclusively to online shoppers through the Crystal Bridal Accessories website. Until now, these 1920s period-inspired accessories had only been showcased at the Grays Antiques Centre in London.

Nina Rai Couture Sian Headband


The ‘Roaring Twenties’ is still one of the most popular themes for brides planning a wedding in the New Year and Nina Rai’s range of vintage headpieces speaks perfectly to this trend. Each come adorned with an eclectic mix of materials and stones such as luxury hand-dyed feathers, glass, crystals, amber and quartz, and are presented in an aged setting which gives each piece a real, antique feel.

Nina Rai Couture Tiera Headpiece


“Brides today are looking for something unique on their special day and the 1920s-style ‘Gatsby Glamour’ items have been a top seller this season,” says Amy Karim, owner of Crystal Bridal Accessories. “If you’re after a statement headpiece, Nina Rai is an excellent choice. With a background in fashion and makeup artistry, it’s not surprising that her show-stopping designs truly re-create the glitz and glamour of the era.”

Nina Rai Arna Gold Bridal Comb


Nina Rai Sefan Comb


The Dante tiara appeals to brides looking for an heirloom-style headpiece – a timeless accessory which brides will most certainly treasure for years to come. The Sian, Dali and Geigh headbands feature an array of feathers and stones and are the best option to complement a slinky, deco-inspired wedding or evening gown. The latest addition to the Nina Rai collection includes bold crystal bridal combs with distinct feather, peacock and leaf motifs. These versatile headpieces also take inspiration from period design and can enhance a variety of hairstyles. The combs are available in antique silver and a stunning, mid-gold finish for brides who want to accessorize a Christmas wedding or dress with Champagne or golden tones.

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Brides can shop the Nina Rai collection online on the Crystal Bridal Accessories website and each couture headpiece is presented in a luxury black presentation box.

Nina Rai Lefna Gold Bridal Comb



Nina Rai Empha Comb


For more of this collection as well as many more items from other designers please visit the Crystal Bridal Accessories website, you can also follow them on Facebook,  and Twitter.