As some of you will know, I spent time in Los Angeles in March, probably the most health-concious and cleanse-obsessed place on the planet. Its no secret that I’m a ‘grab what’s available’ kinda eater, that I have a penchant for wine (and gin!) and that I’m totally allergic to exercise. However while I was in the land of buffed bodies, I did surprise myself by becoming quite the green juice junkie (something I have kept up since returning home!) and I even started to think a little more about how I treat, and what I put into, my body.
I’m no model. I’m a comfortable(ish) UK size 12 with enormous boobs and wobbly bits but, overall, I’m pretty happy with how I look. Now it might be something to do with getting scarily close to 30 or spending more time with my much more health-conscious American BFFs, but over the past few months I have started to think more about what I eat and the effect it all has on the way I look and my mood. I’ve always figured that I ate pretty well. I don’t have a sweet tooth at all and I rarely snack, but my Achilles heel is without a doubt the regular love affair that I have with wine. Just thinking about how many calories and toxins are in the glasses I sink on a nightly basis is actually pretty terrifying.
Gala has been a committed convert to The Clean Program for a while, and although for a long time, I balked at her healthy lifestyle (“yeah, yeah, you look great but I could never do that…”) over the past few months I started to think about it a bit more seriously. I have been feeling a little more self-conscious about my appearance as well as feeling sluggish, tired and totally overworked of late, so I decided to hell with it and to finally give it a go.
Being a detox virgin I was really pleased to find out about their new Clean Refresh program, a seven day detox designed to boost energy and give those that might have fallen off the heath wagon a much needed jolt in the right direction. They advise that this isn’t a full-on cleanse (they have a 21-day program if that’s more of what you’re after) but for someone who’s never so much as tried to cut out chips, I decided that a gentle week long introduction would be the best way to start. Baby steps and all that.
Zalando, Europe’s largest online fashion and shoe retailer, is branching out and they’ve come over all glamorous and Grecian! They already stock over 1,500 luxury and high street brands from all over the world, but now they’re collaborating with über-trendy Berlin based designers, Kaviar Gauche, and launching a stunning and exclusive 20 piece collection of designer wedding and occasion wear… without the designer price tag.
Inspired by Aphrodite, the most glamorous of Greek goddesses, this is a collection that is not only totally wearable, but purse-pinchingly affordable. Price start from just £85 with their most expensive items, the wedding dresses, costing between £165 and £590. That’s pretty darn incredible.
The designs are also totally perfect for Rock n Roll brides. The collection features achingly cool dresses, fashion-forward tailored trousers, floaty skirts and accessories which are all adorned leather and chain embellishments - this sure is glamorous Grecian with a Rock n Roll edge!
Zalando offer free worldwide delivery and returns, although why you’d want to send back any of these babies back is beyond me.
Win a £200 spending spree!
OK so I’ve convinced you that you need to check this collection out now, right? Well let me incentivise you even further with today’s awesome competition. Those generous Zalando babes would like to offer one Rock n Roll Bride reader a whopping £200 spending spree! You can splash out on something from this gorgeous new range, or go wild and nab yourself anything else that takes your fancy from their extensive website.
It is my life mission to save couples from terrible wedding photography. But picking the right wedding photographer is a big decision and I know one that a lot of my readers struggle with. For some of you especially, this is even more stressful as it’s compounded with worries about the cost of it all. While I’m a firm believer that you should allocate a sizeable chunk of your wedding budget into the images that you’ll keep forever, I’m not totally blind to the fact that for some of you, any investment at all just isn’t possible.
Which is why I’m always thrilled to be able to share the work of photographers who also want to give away their services to one lucky couple. It’s even more exciting to me when their images are as utterly flippin’ breathtaking as Ania & Michal of Rutko Photographers.
Based in Europe, they split their time between living in the UK and Poland but willing to travel worldwide for a damn good wedding. Ania explains, “Over the past few years we shot many classic, glamorous, chic, posh and fancy weddings. As much as we loved our couples and every wedding that we shoot, our hearts still belong to more alternative style. We like quirky ideas and couples who think outside the box. Handmade, unique and DIY details make us very happy as do intimate ceremonies and people that love a mix of old and new. We adore all the offbeat projects and kick-ass weddings that are featured on Rock n Roll Bride. These are simply the ones that we would love to shoot the most.”
And so to do so, this generous couple would like to offer one completely free wedding package to one very lucky Rock n Roll Bride reader! This is a price package worth £1600 and includes unlimited coverage of your wedding day by two professional wedding photographers and a disc of 450+ high res (print quality) fully edited images, as well as low res versions for sharing online. The contest is open to all readers of Rock n Roll Bride but travel and accommodation must be covered if the wedding is taking place outside of the UK.
♥ Your names
♥ Your wedding date
♥ Your wedding location & venue
♥ Include a recent photograph of the two of you
♥ Tell them a little about your wedding (protip: go all out to impress!) Let them know all about your little details and quirks, and what it is that’s going to make your wedding totally unique and awesome! Feel free to include photos or an inspiration board to help to illustrate your ideas too.
In fact so difficult was it to pick just one final winner that I asked the IF Ladies very nicely if I could pick a top ten and award some runners up prizes too… and luckily they said yes! Each of the lovely ladies below will be emailed a secret promo code for an extra discount on an order of any size through the IF Ladies website (pro tip: check out the S/S 13 tank tops – love love love!) How killer is that?!
But first and foremost our ultimate winner, who will have her design made into actual real life foot candy for her to rock on her wedding day (seriously, can’t wait to see how these turn out) is:
Sabine’s broken mirror & unicorn creation!
I fell head over heels (see what I did there) for Sabine’s amazing shoe design. I mean what’s not to love when you’re presented with broken mirrors and unicorns!?! In fact I’d really love a pair of these myself please.
Wedding apps are a funny breed. We waited for years for someone to create a decent one, while small (and usually slightly buggy) ones hit the app stores in drips and drabs. But they all seemed to result in the same thing – system crashes and loud sighs of disappointment. Surely, having a space on your phone to plan your wedding, save your inspiration, keep tabs on your guest list and track your expenses couldn’t be that hard to create, right!? Oh and we’d like it to be intuitive to use and to be gorgeously designed too please.
Who would have thought it would take so long, but finally, finally, there’s one worth using – and as an Android user I am utterly thrilled that it’s available for both iPhone and Android devices. Introducing Appy Couple.
Appy Couple is more that just another wedding phone app. It’s a completely custom wedding planning tool, a guest concierge service and social network in one. But more than that, it’s one that you and your guests will actually want to use. Both you and your fiancé will have a login so you can both update it, and your guests can use it to learn about your wedding, be introduced to the wedding party and even to get to know other guests before the event!
Oh goodness have I got the best contest EVER for you today! The fashion giants that are IF Ladies (the ladies division of Iron Fist Clothing) would like to offer one very lucky Rock n Roll Bride-to-be the prize that might just make her wedding. How would you like to design your own pair of wedding shoes… and then win them to rock on your big day!?
I don’t think I really need to tell you who IF Ladies are. If you’re anything like me you’ve been lusting over their delightfully weird, wonderful and often ghoulish (the zombie stompers are still some of my faves) designs for years. But if for some crazy reason you haven’t yet been blessed with their wonder, have a gander at what they say about themselves…
“IF is fun, loud and never says ‘I’m sorry’. Colorful and out of control, our prints are known the world over for bold and badass artwork, unique designs and details that rock. Breakneck and bold as hell, IF is full of over-the-top statement pieces ranging from footwear to apparel and accessories. We’ve kicked our fashion forward, giving out style that’s effortless insolence in a mundane world. The IF customer wants to shout out to the non-believers who she is and what she wants to be. She’s the adventure hungry teen climbing over the fence, and the media savvy chick who’s a hit on YouTube. She knows that what she buys makes her own lifestyle awesome, and tells others to do the same. She is authentic and knows what’s not up to par with her lifestyle. She oozes fashion and uniqueness from her pores. She likes what she likes. And she doesn’t give a shit what you think.”