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I’m not particularly vain, but I love mirrors. There seem to be so many gorgeous ones out there at the mo, so here’s my pick of the ones that have tickled my fancy. Note, some of these are waaaay out of my budget but they go into my ‘if I ever win the lottery’ compartment in my brain!

Anthropologie Riptide Mirror, £798 – more a piece of artwork than a functional mirror, but my, how tactile and pretty! The fish-scale look coupled with the clash of metals makes me very happy…sigh…

Riptide mirror

And another – Anthropologie Bird’s Nest Mirror, £498   this stunning wooden carved mirror comes in various shapes – all blooming marvelous!

Woodland nest mirror

Duck Feet Table Mirror, £29.95, Graham and Green  Tee hee, this would cheer you up of a morning!

Duck Feet Table Mirror

MiaFleur’s Brass Fish Mirror, £108 is pure fun!

Brass Fish Mirror Mia Fleur

Finally, not strictly a mirror, but a super-pretty mirrored table, I just love this. So delicate and quirky. You can get this Round Mirrored Bird Table for £129 from Primrose and Plum.

Round Mirror Bird Table Primrose and Plum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Verity 60s Shoot-20

I’ve been very busy with The Blusherettes lately, my vintage hair and makeup business which has been going from strength to strength since launching last year. My fellow Blusherette, Charlotte and I really wanted to showcase our signature style so we organised a 1960s-inspired shoot with some local suppliers and above are the results.

We wanted to capture the timeless romance and classical style of this iconic era, obviuosly this is helped by the hair and makeup but it’s the little details that we wanted to bring to it to show brides out there that you can be a modern girl and love vintage – it’s not fusty and dusty, it’s bright, chic and will never date!

We chose a dress that was reminiscent of something that would’ve been worn by the likes of Racquel Welch. Our model’s tiara also channels the period beautifully, and in the ‘after the wedding’ shots, she’s wearing items made from beautiful vintage fabrics that have been designed using 1950s and 60s style items as a template.

Of course the incidentals, like the beautiful bouquet in bright orange blooms, the gorgeous cake in fresh mint and white, and the quirky yet classic hand-stamped cultery also added to the vibe. Finally the invitations carry a retro colour palette that we felt helped create the right vibe for this fantastic era.

I hope you like it!

Models – Alisha GriffithsNeil Bennett & Natalie Pallatina

Suppliers

Hair & Make Up + Concept – The Blusherettes

Flowers – TMS Events / Wedding Dresses – Bridal Reloved Rowton

Wedding Stationary – Folded Pixel Design

Silverware – Say In Silver

Cake – Cut The Cake Kitchen

Jewellery & Hairpieces – Julieann Bird

Photography – Toby H

Location: The Old Vicarage, Welshampton, Shropshire


It may be grey and miserable out there, and the snow we were promised never materialised, but hey, let’s not feel blue! Instead, let’s embrace this wonderful colour in all its glorious hues! Bring the blue skies of spring into your home with some of my picks…

 


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I’ve finally been converted to copper. I’ve watched it with interest as it has crept into interiors since around 2013 and now it is everywhere. I’ve held off long enough but when you see these beauts, you’ll want to cop some copper!

 

 

 

  1. Copper Shelf, New Tendency
  2. Copper Desk Magazine File, £28, Anthropologie.com
  3. Cushion Cover with Sequins, Copper, EUR 12.95 from Houzz.com
  4. Copper framed mirrors, £33, Idyll Home, notonthehighstreet.com
  5. Black and Copper Table Lamp, Home Address, £250, notonthehighstreet.com
  6. Shoreditch Drinks Trolley, £125, Rockettstgeorge.co.uk

Fornasetti plate

Well this is my first post of 2016 and one of my NY resos was to make sure I post more this year. At the moment, I am rather partial to collecting things, and plates are a passion. There are so many interesting designs out there but here are a few of my picks…enjoy!

Nimerology - Serenissima Dinner Plate - Blue

1 Nimerology Seranissima dinner plate – blue – £78, amara.com

Lisa paris plate

2  Lisa Bengtsson’s Tiillsammans small plate, Pierre, £24, royaldesign.co.uk

Amara windmill plate

3 Sebra Pink Farm plate, £8, amara.com

Amara fungi plate

4 House of Rym, Bakadish Big Dish – Shroomville, £20, amara.com

nature table dessert place Anthropoloige £16

5 Nature Table Dessert Plate, £16 Anthropologie.com

Fornasetti plate

6 Fornasetti Tema e variazione plate, £112.50, selfridges.com

People Will Always Need Plates 1940's Dinner Plates - Set of 4 - Yolk

8 People Will Always Need Plates 1940’s Dinner Plates – Set of 4 – Yolk, £72, amara.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orla Kiely Serving platter Elephant

9. Orla Kiely Elephant Serving Platter, £18, amara.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

requently! As January yawns on, the only thing that really piques my interest is the interior design wish list that I have for the next year…one thing I really want to do is find a place for the collection of plates that I have been adding to over the last few years, but here are a couple of lovely new additions that I plan to snaffle…

Animals still feature massively in accessories so I love the collection by Lisa Bengtsson.

 

Studio Lisa Bengtsson – Small Plate – Pierre

GBP 25.00

Katie Spragg – Essex Lion – Dinner Plate

GBP 29.00 Amara.com

Sebra – Plate – Pink Farm

GBP 7.00 Amara.com

At Home with Ashley Thomas Trinket Tray (set of 2)

GBP 12.00

House of Rym – Bakadish Big Dish Dinner Plate – Shroomville £20 Amara.com

Fornasetti Tema e Variazioni Wall Plate – No. 286 £120

tps://www.amara.com/products/tema-e-variazioni-wall-plate-no-286


Gosh this is pretty don't you think?

I’m a terrible blogger, I’ve been so busy moving from the city to the countryside and writing lots of features and doing lots of lovely make-up and hair styling, that I’ve totally neglected my blog! I promise to make amends though, so I thought a pick of my latest swoonsome finds that encompass the three A/W2015 interior trends that I have my beady eye on. It might go some way to say sorry to my lovely readers….:-)

Here goes…

I found this awesome shop called Adairs which is Australian-based (aren’t ALL the beautiful things always from Aus?) and while I think they ship to the UK, it would be great if someone (hint, hint, Britain) might become a supplier?  Anyhoo, I’m coveting the cloud covers for my two little girls’ new bunk beds. I had to suffer brown gingham in the 1970s on my bed, so my girls are going to get something p-r-e-t-t-y! They cost around $AUD99 for a single which is like £45. Pricey but nicey! This is the colour pop trend in a nutshell – pretty bright splashes of rainbow hues against a fresh neutral palette. What’s not to love? Throw in some stripes, a bit of chevron, some polka dots and you’re laughing!

Gosh this is pretty don’t you think?

While we are still at Adairs, I’m totally bagging these gold spot stickers for my new home office – a little pop of gold in the morning is sure to dust away the cobwebs!

Soon to be appearing on the walls of my new SOHO

Soon to be appearing on the walls of my new SOHO

Now to some glamour – this is such a hot trend at the moment in interiors, and one I’m quite partial to – not the whole shebang, mind, just a sprinkling here and there…take this teeny gold geometric vase, for example, I love it! It’s EUR10 from Aprilandthebear.com.

a tiny glint of gold to brighten your day!

a tiny glint of gold to brighten your day!

Another trend that is creeping into the autumn is the decadent gothica styling which is evident in the latest high street offerings. I like elements of this, such as this Edith Cushion found at House Junkie (£72). Just the right amount of macabre fun to make it onto my sofa!

My face! What happened to my face?!

My face! What happened to my face?!

Still at HouseJunkie, check out this angle poise candelabra – I mean, come on! This one might be a tad pricey at £75 but it’s so original! I loves it.

Light the way in style!

Light the way in style!

So there we have my autumn edit. I promise I will add more soon! Enjoy x


Geometric styling at its best!

Geometric styling at its best!

I spotted this pretty striped dress over on Anthropologie and love it! It’s not cheap, but my, it’s lovely! £118