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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


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


I really love these love heart boxes by Claudine Hellmuth – perfect for stuffing full of chocs for a Valentine’s gift! Download from her Etsy shop for £4.05. They are fully customisable too. Neato!

So retro! Love a love heart...

So retro! Love a love heart…


It’s been aaaages! But I’m back. The kids are older, the nights marginally less sleepless and with so many beautiful things to coo over, I thought it was high time to blog. So dust me down, here are my top picks for March:

Pretty painted glass from Berry Red

Pretty painted glass from Berry Red

Add some spring style to the table with this rather sweet painted glass vase – perfect for tulips and daffs – it really cheers up the kitchen table! Only £7 from Berry Red.

Nostaliga and chocolate: How marvellous!

Nostaliga and chocolate: How marvellous!

Easter is a mere month away so my head is already being filled with eggy chocolatey goodness and ideas for the kiddlies’ egg hunt – aren’t these egg holders divine? These Beatrix Potter Easter Egg Paper Containers come in 2 sizes and 3 different designs. What’s not to love?

Pretty floral print straws from Pipii

 
Pretty floral print straws from Pipii

These flowery paper straws will add a vintage touch to your drinks and beat the boring old plastic versions hands-down! £4 for 25.

Pretty paper blooms on Etsy

Pretty paper blooms on Etsy

How’s about some handmade paper flowers? I spotted these over on Etsy. They just make me feel good. You get 8 in a pack. She does all kind of colours – just so pretty! Blossom Pink Handmade Spiral Paper Flowers by Crazy2becrazy, £2.27 .

Felt bunny pouch by Mer Mag

Felt bunny pouch by Mer Mag

Lastly, I really want to make one of these: felt bunny pouches created by MerMag – check out her oh-so-brilliant blog Mer Mag where you can download the template too.  What a simple but sweet idea for Eater gifts!