DIY Tutorial: Leather Bow and Skull Shoe Clips

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Alongside your new fancy feather ombre skirt you’re clearly going to need some killer shoes. However if you can’t stretch to buying your dream pair right now, how about updating some old faithfuls with these epic leather bow clips? The bows are made from leather offcuts which are cheapy available from eBay or workshops that use leather, so this is a really affordable idea too!

Over to the babe in the know, Jen of Head Full of Feathers

Supplies Needed

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♥ Leather scraps cut to 19 cm x 8 cm (x2) and 8 cm x 3 cm (x2
♥ Scissors
♥ Needle and thread
♥ Chalk pencil
♥ Glue
♥ Craft clips or clothes pegs
♥ Broderie Anglaise trim
♥ Skull Buttons
♥ Shoe clip backs (available at craft stores)

Method

Step One: Glue all along the long edges of your leather pieces. Fold in 1 cm from each side (1/2 a cm for the smaller pieces) to create a neat edge. Clip together to secure while they dry.

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Eyes Wide Shut Wedding Inspiration

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OK so it might seem like an odd place to find inspiration for your wedding, but Stanley Kubrick’s more than a little weird movie does have some killer style ideas. If you skip over the orgies and secret society-weirdness, the mask ball scenes were pretty darn beautiful.

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“Maureen and Patrick got married in Renvylle House in Ireland on 14th June this year”, wrote photographer Julia from Wonderfulife Productions. “They both share a love for video games and Stanley Kubrick films. When they got married they didn’t hire a professional photographer and so I was very excited to get involved afterwards as their style was so unique! Their wedding hinted an ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ movie theme, where all the guests were told to wear black and white and given black and white masks at the reception as a token. For our post-wedding shoot, we basically re-created the look from the wedding and went to the same location, but with the added benefit of less stress and time pressure.”

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Wes Anderson Inspired Brewery Wedding: Jessica & David

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The submission I received for Jessica and David’s wedding began “If Wes Anderson was a wedding planner…” so instantly my interest was sparked. The Philadelphia wedding was a quirky Southern BBQ with retro touches. “I never knew what to say when people asked what the theme was”, explained the bride. “I’d reply with ‘It’s a wedding… isn’t that the theme?’ I guess it was more about the color and the mood we wanted to create. I love retro fashion and I also love all those farm/ garden weddings all over wedding blogs. I also had our budget in mind and keeping in the budget helped make a lot of decisions about said theme… so maybe we can call it a budget retro summer garden party!”

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The couple didn’t want a big, fancy or over the top wedding. The bride took a lot of ideas and inspiration from wedding blogs but she knew she wanted to put her own spin on things. “I always liked Liberty Lands Park where we had our ceremony”, she continued. “The gardens are beautiful and the platform stage was perfect! A lot of my planning was starting with a grand idea and breaking it down to what was easy, local and on budget. We could not have amplified music at the park so I didn’t want to hire strangers to play. Instead I called on my music making friends. Same thing with the ceremony. We did a self-uniting marriage since we are not religious, so rather than hire a stranger to perform our ceremony, we called on a close friend.”

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Marriage Mantras: Time Apart

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I’ve been away from Gareth for three weeks today – the longest time we’ve had apart since I was at University. I’m not going to lie, it’s been really, really difficult. As a couple that spend 99% of our time together when we’re in the same country (!) I’ve missed him terribly. Although I’ve been busy working and having an awesome time with my girls, every night I’ve been going to bed wishing he was beside me.

9. Time Apart

For many couples, spending a lot of time away from each other is an unavoidable fact of life – it might be that one of you travels a lot or works away, or it could just be that you work very different shift patterns and have limited time together each week. So just how do you do it without the relationship suffering as a consequence?

I think the most important thing is that you still need to make quality time for each other. I’ve written about this before in this series but I feel that it’s even more vital when your schedules clash or you have a lot of other stuff going on.

So how do we personally make it work? Well it sounds simple but keeping that communication going is vital. While we can’t speak on the phone when I’m on the other side of the world, daily emails and scheduling in time for online chats has been really crucial (we used to do this for hours at a time while I was at Uni – on MSN Chat, remember that!?) Otherwise, it can be very easy to get into the habit of not thinking about them because they’re not there with you. Daily communication where we share what we’ve been up to, as we would if we were together in person, has made being physically apart a whole lot easier.

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Sneaker Themed Wedding in The Philippines: JQ & Barbie

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I’ve got a really fun and unique wedding for you today and I’m pretty sure you’re going to love it. In all my years of wedding blogging I’v certainly never seen a sneaker themed wedding!

“We wanted our wedding to really be a reflection of us and our favorite things”, wrote the bride. “Since we are both avid sneaker fans and collectors, it was only fitting that we wear sneakers, specifically Air Jordans, to our wedding. We joke that the theme that day was ‘Love Is In the Air (Jordans)’. Our wedding invitation also incorporated Nike’s tag line ‘Just Do It’ with the highlighted words ‘I Do’. The sneaker theme represents more than just our shared passion for shoes. It also serves as a reminder of our walk with God, first as individuals, and then as the ‘perfect pair’.”

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“I know a lot of brides that want to feel particularly poised and elegant on their wedding day, but we were more focused on making sure that we were comfortable and we were going to have fun”, she continued. “Having our entire bridal entourage wear basketball shoes to our wedding, plus our 200+ guests, was going to require a little convincing. Thankfully, everyone was in on the theme and we didn’t have a hard time telling them to wear kicks. It was awesome. We were basketball fans, but even then it still came as a huge surprise when he proposed to me during half time at a Lakers game in Los Angeles (he got down on one knee and asked me to be his ‘Barbie Q’ since his last name was Quizan. I seriously thought he wanted to go to a barbecue!”.

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Thursday Treats: Melbourne to Auckland to Wellington and Back Again!

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Photography: Jel Photography

Since we last spoke I’ve been in three different cities, two countries and taught over 90 people… Not what you would call a low-key week! After saying goodbye to our Melbourne digs at 5am last Friday we hopped on an early flight to Auckland. Our time in this city was short – only two and a half days, and with the majority of it spent teaching there wasn’t too much time to take in the sights.

Luckily, Gala used to live there and our apartment was in a really central location so she was able to quickly show us a few key highlights. Burger Fuel (yum!), Tanuki’s Cave (even more yum – the cabbage and Japanese mayo, although it sounds gross, was life changing) and Shaky Isles which had some of the most fun branding and décor I’ve ever seen.

Our Auckland workshop wrapped at 6pm on Sunday night and we rushed to the airport to catch our flight down to Wellington, where Gala grew up. We spent two blissful days in her childhood home being spoilt by her gorgeous parents. Having time with literally nothing on the agenda was just what we needed after two weeks of non-stop travel.

We’re now back in Melbourne and teaching our final class on this Antipodean adventure. It’s been an exhausting few weeks but completely amazing too. Of course, I’m really missing everyone back home now too, it feels like I’ve been away forever and I can’t wait to see everyone again next week.

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Photography: Jel Photography

Weddings & Weddingy Things

LA weddding at Marvimon
Gorgeous Ace Hotel wedding in Portland
Indie Spanish wedding
Woodsy Catskills wedding
♥ Vintage Adelaide wedding

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Photography: Kate Pardey Photography

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