In years gone by I used to make resolutions at New Year, the usual ones of wanting to lose weight, get fit, cut down on alcohol etc., it didn’t take me too long to realise however that these were doomed to fail at the first fence. You see, it’s my birthday on 3rd January, so cutting down on food and alcohol on the 1st just don’t work for me! Especially this coming birthday as I will be celebrating not just a milestone number but the fact that I’m still here to celebrate. As you may already know, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2012 so the first half of this year was spent undergoing and recovering from chemo and radiotherapy.
So, instead of New Year resolutions I tend to have hopes and plans for the coming year which are more realistic and tangible. I’ve already been working on my relaunched blog and that feels like an achievement after months of not having the energy mentally to tackle it. So I’m ahead of the game already 🙂 Can you help me out by letting me know what you’d like to see here? I’ve also been giving more attention to social media, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. I’m especially loving Pinterest and have spent lovely hours creating some wedding inspiration boards there. Are you on Pinterest? If not and you’d like to be then let me know and I’ll send you an invitation. It’s a great resource and tool for planning lots of different things from the look of a wedding to home decor, recipes and tutorials.
Mr Lilguys is home at the moment until after my birthday weekend which is lovely. He works away most weeks so we generally only get a few days a week together. It’s been lovely to spend some quality time together and to have a break from the norm, and having kind of lost my mojo earlier this month I can now feel the creativity coming back, which is something of a relief!
First on my To Do list is a revamp of my website to include a jewellery and gifts section. As well as handmade wedding stationery I also make sterling silver jewellery and other items such as letter openers. What sort of thing would you consider giving to someone getting married, or from you to your bridal party as gifts? I have a growing list if ideas but I’d love to hear yours!
Something quite rare is happening this New Year as we start off with a New Moon too, apparently the last time this happened was 19 years ago, so it feels like a very fresh start to the year. I’m feeling very positive that this will be a great year (lets’s face it, it could only really get better for me after 2013!) and I sincerely hope that it’s a brilliant year for you too.
As the year draws to a close I’m looking forward at the upcoming trends for weddings for the coming year. Christine Dyer of BridalTweet recently asked the experts what their predictions were and I’d like to share them with you:
Text Dominant Invitations
You don’t need to lose style and quality – have invitations printed on really thick card as they used to be in days gone by ready to be propped on the recipients mantlepiece!
Detailed Backs on Wedding Gowns
Hand Painted Wedding Cakes
Tea Length Dresses
Large Ruffled Skirts
Gold Table Decor
Brides Posing In Front Of Doors
Printed/Patterned Bridesmaid Dresses
Tutus for Flowergirls
What are you having for your wedding? Leave me a comment below!
Luxury occasion wear retailer Ipilya is sailing into the party season in style with a covetable collection of 12 stacking rings. The jewellery edit includes a mix of statement colours and minimalist styles, perfect to layer up for totally lux fingers day and night.
Re-launching with a vast array of couture-inspired dresses in cuts to flatter all women, Ipilya is a leading luxury fashion retailer specialising in dressing women on their most important occasions. From weddings to parties and from red carpet to black tie, Ipilya has the dress that will turn heads and capture eyes.
Designed by jeweller H. Azeem, who is known for her love of vibrant, exotic gems, the stacking rings are the embodiment of femininity, each delicate, timeless and unique. The versatile pieces can be worn alone or piled up in a tangle of beautiful colours and stones. Each ring is encrusted with gems in a range of designs with the bands available in sterling silver, dark sterling silver and both yellow and gold plated sterling silver.
Perfect for party season, the stacking rings instantly transform a look and because they can be worn in any combination, can themselves take on a whole new style effortlessly. Marking the designer’s passion for Brazil, the Silver Citrine stacking ring’s vibrant yellow gems are just the thing to add a pop of colour to party season. Others such as the ocean blue and ocean green designs compliment each other perfectly, offering a classic colour combination that promises to remain on-trend, chic and effortlessly elegant through the festive season and beyond.
Aurora Oriana founder of Ipilya says, “Our single stacking rings, styled and made by some of the best artisan craftsmen are perfect to reflect your own personal fashion statement. Beautiful and classy rings in plain, hammered and granulated silver, adorned with stones they will surely add sparkle to your life. Whether this is for personal use during a casual or formal event, or you intend to bestow as a gift, the metal stacking ring is very in!”
The rings are suitable for both formal and semi-formal events and, due to the range of band colours and gems, can be carefully stacked to accessorize any style of outfit. The eye catching green diopside is the perfect foil for a classic little black dress while the silver Brazilian pink quartz gem encrusted design is subtle and chic.
Ipilya also have a wide range of bridal accessories and gowns from Vintage wedding dresses to Flowergirl dresses, shoes and bags.
For me DC Bouquets means gorgeous and glamorous bouquets made using brooches, but that’s not all she designs and makes.
Welcome to The Adagio Collection – nine stunning new headpieces and 22 pairs of earrings – by bridal accessories designer Debbie Carlisle.
Debbie’s new designs are inspired by the grace and beauty of the ballet and feature pieces ranging from simple, elegant hair combs and headbands to statement headpieces and unusual hair jewels and circlets that can be worn in many different ways.
For the first time Debbie has added a selection of bridal earrings – ranging from simply elegant studs to striking statement designs worthy of the red carpet – to her collection of accessories.
Debbie’s pieces all have a vintage-inspired style mixed with a more contemporary approach which suits brides looking for a unique way to accessorise their wedding gown. And with prices ranging from £15 to £85 for earrings and from £30 to £165 for headpieces the collection offers something for brides of all budgets.
Debbie said: “The Adagio collection includes some of my most versatile headpieces yet. In particular, the Ophelia and Darcey circlet halos are real-multi-taskers which can be worn on the crown of the head with the encrusted diamante embellishments resting on the forehead or at the side of the head – or pinned into place as a double-strand forehead band or looped at the back of the head over loose bohemian curls or under a high top knot bun.
“Aurora is available either as an off-centre black satin headband with three flower and leaf elements which seem to float independently on the hair – or as separate combs which can be worn on their own or arranged in different groupings.
“The Titania forehead jewel is a delicate droplet design made up of Swarovski crystals and pearls dangling from a slim sparkling gold or silver-plated chain which can be pinned into place across the forehead or at
the back or side of the head and can be worn with matching Titania gold or silver droplet earrings.
“For my wedding earrings collection I’ve come up with a selection of pieces that I think complement my headpieces and vintage jewellery bouquets and will appeal to brides who like my style. Whether brides are
looking for vintage style clip-on earrings, classic bridal studs or a statement pair of bridal earrings worthy of the red carpet – I hope they’ll find something they love in the collection.
“There’s also a new take on my Lola garter design – a nude gathered tulle creation which features a gorgeous diamante and pearl droplet for the ultimate in luxury and decadence.
“While I’m always influenced by vintage styles and materials I wanted this collection to have quite a classic, contemporary and feminine feel and this led me to use the ballet as my inspiration. In ballet, Adagio refers to slow, fluid and graceful movement which I think really sums up the feel of the collection.”