It’s unavoidable. Christmas is well and truly around the corner. Soon enough we’ll be knee deep in baubles, festive jumpers and mistletoe and wine. And as the party invites start to come in, the usual panic starts to set in: “Oh my God, what am I gonna wear?”
If a brand new sparkly outfit is out of the question, how about adding some much needed shimmer with this easy as (mince) pie mirrorball necklace DIY. It’s so simple, even I could do it!
♥ Bag of small glass mirror tiles
♥ Chalk pencil
♥ Strong glue (I like E6000 multi purpose adhesive)
♥ Needle and thread
♥ Silver chain and fastenings
Step One: Decide how wide you want your mirrorball necklace pendant to be. I like my jewellery chunky so have gone for 10 cm across.
Draw a chalk line 10 cm across the felt. At the centre (5 cm) mark a line 1 cm down. Then connect those markings to form a shallow ‘V’ shape. Extend the centre line down approximately 10 cm.
Melanie and Josh’s October wedding was held at Maitland Civic Center in Orlando. Melanie’s dress was from David’s Bridal and she wore it with a red ModCloth sweater and a petticoat from Unique Vintage. Their wedding had a concert theme to reflect their mutual love of music.
“We wanted to do things our way”, began the bride. “We wanted to make sure everything was a reflection of us, our personalities and things we love. The cassette centerpieces were definitely a huge part of that and the Toki Doki cake toppers. I definitely didn’t wear the traditional long dress. I wanted to wear a tea-length dress so bad and was not going to compromise that at all. They’re just so cute!”
“Pretty much every piece of our wedding was DIY from the playlist to the centerpieces and the corsages our moms wore” she continued. “It was so much fun to make everything and have everyone really like all the different things we had. There were times I thought I’d never be done and times where I’d have to stop painting table number frames or making bouquets for a few days because my hands were hurting so bad. I wanted to just give up a couple times because it didn’t seem like it would be worth it or that it wasn’t good enough or that anyone would like anything I did. But in the end, it was definitely worth it. DIY-ing this wedding was the only way to go to things the way I envisioned it.”
Wedding photographer Morgan Wade had been dreaming of a bridal shoot in an overgrown forest for ages. Eventually she plucked up the courage to just go out and shoot it, and she brought an amazing team along with her. “My initial goal was to create a sort of anti-editorial; something that would appeal to a wilder kind of woman”, she wrote. “A bride who wanted to sidestep all the pretty stuff and just go for raw. I knew it wouldn’t be for everyone, and that’s okay. Somewhere out there are women who have to hold back the urge to howl at the moon; those are my brides.”
Alongside Claire of Poppystone Floral Couture, she sourced local props and décor items. “Claire had pulled together a beautiful scene and sourced everything locally”, she continued. “We purchased the gowns on eBay; beautiful vintage pieces that made us (and the models!) squeal and do happy dances. Our hair and make up artist, Jennifer Wriston, wove olive leaves, flowers, branches, feathers and pops of bright color into the models’ hair.”
When we launched our 2013 Blogcademy world tour last March, we were blown away by how quickly the tickets started to sell, but no city was as fast as Melbourne. Within only a few days the class had sold out and so we made the executive decision to extend our trip down under and add a second date to the mix – and I’m so glad we did, Melbourne was one of my favourite cities to teach in all year!
The classes were held at the beautiful Lightdrop Studios. Alex and Bernice who own it were a dream to work with and made our time with them stress-free, nothing was too much trouble. And when, a few days before the class, we were contacted by ABC News wanting to interview us (you can watch it online here!) Bernice, a trained make up artist, even offered to do our faces – what a babe!
“Everything you’ve ever read about The Blogcademy is true. It does change your life. You do walk away feeling overwhelmed with excitement and inspiration. It is totally fucking fabulous. Gala, Kat and Shauna are just as magical as you think they are. And they have the capability and drive to match the exceedingly gorgeous sparkle that seems to trail behind them wherever they go.” MJ Valentine
Gold sequin party dress by Ouma
Can you believe that it’s December on Sunday!? While I love Christmas day itself, I rarely get excited about it until a few hours before (and then I can’t sleep all night!) The circus that is gift buying, mince pie munching and carol slaughtering can sometimes just get a bit too much. Gareth, on the other hand, gets SUPER excited as soon as December 1st rolls around. I fully expect him to want to go tree shopping this weekend in fact!
This year I am determined to get into the spirit as early as possible. I even have grand plans of buying my gifts before Christmas Eve (hey, stranger things have happened!) As you well know, there is nothing worse than trawling around the shops in the freezing cold with every other Last Minute Larry desperately trying to find decent presents from the tat that’s left over.
Which is why, when Etsy got in touch with me asking if I’ll pull together some gift guides on their behalf I was thrilled to say yes, yes, yes!
Over the next four weeks we’ll be
procrastinating visiting Etsy on a Friday and swooning over some awesome gift ideas for your loved ones… and ahem… maybe you could bookmark a few things for yourself too!? First up, my most favourite of things – glitter!
1. Oui brooch in gold glitter 2. Faux resin deer head with glitter antlers 3. Silver oval druzy gold ring 4. Glitter envelope clutch 5. Gold sequin party dress 6. Gold glitter LOVE script cake topper 7. Glitter iPhone case 8. Ombre gold heart necklace 9. Gold bunny ears ring
Photography: Corey Sleap
One of the coolest shops I visited during my time in Australia was My Delirium in Melbourne. A visual onslaught in its OTT décor, it is a treasure trove of vintage sequins, fur and psychedelic prints laid across two sprawling floors. Although I left empty handed it was certainly worth a visit just to gawp alone. If you’re in Melbourne any time soon you definitely have to check it out!
This week has been completely uneventful and all about getting back to work. I’ve also spent a disproportionate amount of time in my unicorn onesie getting over that inevitable post-travel bug. It’s been a harsh bump back down to reality for sure.
Oh and Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends and readers!
Photography: Corey Sleap
Weddings & Weddingy Things
♥ Spanish multi colour wedding
♥ Vegas elopement in Polaroids
♥ Loved reading this snapshot of marriage, five years on
♥ Gorgeous real elopement
♥ INCREDIBLE warehouse wedding
Photography: Dan O’Day