It was almost exactly this time two years ago that I had been looking at wedding invitations over at Minted. Back then we weren’t engaged, or even living together so shopping for wedding invitations wasn’t on my mind, but I still enjoyed stationery browsing and was gathering ideas for the future. Now that we’re thinking about our wedding stationery for real, the scope of inspiration out there almost feels overwhelming. There is so much to choose from and since I was looking a couple years ago there have been so many developments in types of designs, from different silhouette shapes to foil pressed details and it’s super exciting to look through and gather inspiration. Here are a few recents that have caught my eye.
From top left: Merriment / Rustic Charm / Alabaster Florals / A More Perfect Union Letterpress / Heart on Our Sleeves / Serendipity / Pink Primrose / Ever After
We all love taking a look at the fashion choices of our favourite stars the day after Oscar night. We’ve all got opinions on who did it right and who got it so wrong, so I thought I’d wade in with my own picks. Obviously, I wouldn’t say who I thought looked anything less than stunning, as I think it’s more fun to single out my favourite looks of the evening, so here are my 9 picks of who I personally think looked beautiful and whose gowns were perfection. There seemed to be a lot of neutral and cream shades going on, which means they could also make great wedding dress inspiration, if you’re currently shopping for your special gown.
Jennifer Lawrence; Jennifer Dewan-Tatum; Giuliana Rancic; Maria Menounos; Jessica Biel; Kerry Washington; Lupita Nyong’o; Cate Blanchett; Kate Hudson.
Photo Credit: EOnline
This little DIY takes no time at all, and is adaptable depending on what it is you want to store or display in your home. I bought this corkboard to store the pieces of jewellery that I wanted to leave out of a jewellery box in case they got tangled, but it can also be turned into a noticeboard or inspiration board to pin up photos, inspirational prints or little decorations. I decided to go for a neutral cream base and add gold polka dots, but you can really go with any pattern you’d prefer. I also decided to go with wooden push pins, but you can mix those up with a few colours if you can find some you like that’ll go with your decor.
First, paint your corkboard in one shade – I used a light cream colour – with either a paintbrush or a sponge brush. Leave to dry completely. If you want a more solid colour, paint another coat. I wanted a more sheer finish, so left it to one.
Pour some gold (or whatever colour you’d like) paint onto a plate and, using a cork, dab polka dots onto your corkboard, tapping off any excess paint onto the plate. Either you can place them randomly, like I did, or you can measure the space between the spots to make them even.
Leave to dry. That’s about it, really. Once you get to this point you can pop anything you want onto the board using push pins. I’ve ended up with a hybrid of both the bulletin board and the jewellery storage, as I have both necklaces, photos and decorations hung up on mine. I’m sure it’ll adapt over time, as I find different uses for it, but it’s working pretty well right now.
Tutorial & photos: Lucy
The day after our sister’s birthday we thought it would be fun to take a trip to the seaside. The weather wasn’t great, but we knew there would be plenty to do, so we packed up the nephew (with his bucket and spade) and headed a little way south til we hit some sand, some fish and chip shops and a pier. It was such a fun day to spend with my sisters, and we laughed a lot, a really great way to start the weekend. We got to ride the dodgems and a couple other attractions after some chips and milkshakes for lunch, and even went down onto the beach so that my nephew could build a sandcastle.
Wow, wow, wow. February is gone and we’re already into March. Spring is due super soon and before we know it a quarter of another year will be done. Over the years, time seems to run infinitely faster and I’m constantly surprised by how quickly Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter come around each time, it really does make me sit up and think about how I’m spending these precious times. But that’s a post for another time, so today I’m just bringing you a February recap from Instagram. It was a pretty good one, even in its hastiness, but I still can’t wait to get into March and April, hopefully greeting some warm and sunny weather along the way.
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When buying gifts for significant birthdays, it can sometimes be difficult to think of original ideas as you want to choose something that will really make the recipient feel special. Lucy and I faced that dilemma when picking out a 30th birthday present for our older sister Laura. After much deliberation, we finally decided on a Thomas Sabo charm bracelet, including a couple of charms to start off her collection, a silver skull and ‘L’ initial. We hope to be able to buy her a charm for many birthdays to come, and that each one will hold some sentimental value for her. They’ve got a huge collection on offer, with some great unique designs, and I’ve picked a few of my favourite out below.
All charms can be purchased here.