Over the past few weeks Sophie and I have been beavering away behind the scenes coming up with new ideas and designs for our next collaboration (you can see our past ones here and here!) We quickly realised that while we’ve now pretty much got the colourful bridal headpiece market covered, there is still something very much missing in weddingland: Quirky yet affordable veils.
Sophie has been sketching and scheming away (with me helpfully saying things like “More rainbow gems!” “Can we do ombre!?” and “The sparklier the better!”) and the designs we’ve come up with are fun, colourful but totally wedding day appropriate. Tacky and cheap hen do headwear this is not!
Our next task is to organise the promotional shoot for the new products. “Hey, crazy idea”, I said to Soph over cocktails one night, “how about if we hosted a contest to find real brides to be our models?”
Yes, that’s right, we are looking for two gorgeous babes to be the face of this new collection! But this isn’t just going to be a day of work, we’ve put together what we hope will be an awesomely fun experience for our winners.
Our real bride models will get:
♥ To be a model for the new Rock n Roll Bride for Crown and Glory veil collection.
♥ To be photographed by the incredible Camera Hannah. You will also receive digital copies of your images afterwards.
♥ To have their hair and make up done by the amazing Elbie Van Eeden.
♥ To wear pretty designer wedding dresses and Irregular Choice shoes all day!
♥ To have dinner with the whole team afterwards courtesy of our stunning shoot location, Mamhead Estate.
♥ One night’s accommodation (inc breakfast) at Mamhead Estate. We’re all going to stay over, it’s going to be like the best sleepover ever!
♥ A bundle of Crown and Glory goodies for you to take away.
Now what could be more fun than THAT!?
Now just to be clear, we are not looking for professional models here. If you have modelling experience by all means put that on your application but what we really want is two gorgeous real beauties (curves and all!) to represent us.
The shoot will be taking place on November 9th at the stunning Mamhead Estate in Exeter. We can cover up to £100 travel costs for each winner and everything throughout the shoot (food, post-shoot cocktails, giggles!) will also be included.
I’m pretty new to the wonders of Pixi, but when I was invited to their flagship on Carnaby Street a few weeks ago to sample some of their newest products, I signed up immediately! This make up junkie is always happy to fuel her addiction!
Since then I’ve been using all the samples I was sent away with (lucky me!) every day and I can hand on my heart say that I am a convert to the wonders of this brand! Pixi is the ultimate make up range for a creating a flawless look in a few, fuss-free minutes. It’s affordable, all natural and packaged beautifully.
I’ve heard people raving about their Glow Tonic, a toner that you use after cleansing, for a long time but I never took the plunge myself. What have I been doing? It is INCREDIBLE! From the very first use your skin is softer, silkier and more subtle. Make up goes on effortlessly afterwards and it smells amazing!
They formulated it themselves and still make it in small batches downstairs in their store. It has been developed using natural ingredients and it’s never tested on animals. It’s oil and alcohol free so it’s gentle on the skin AND its only £18 for 250ml! Believe the hype my friends, if you only end up trying one Pixi product it has to be this!
But the good news doesn’t end there, the wonderful Pixi peeps are offering an incredible prize pack for one lucky Rock n Roll Bride reader. Up for grabs is the following:
A bottle of their world famous Glow Tonic, a Cat Eye Liquid Liner, a Natural Contour Shape & Shadow Powder and an Endless Silky Eye Liner in Slate. In addition to all that you’ll also be able to chose an Endless Brow Gel Pen, a Mesmerizing Mineral eye-shadow Palette, a Mattelustre Lipstick and the Flawless Finishing Powder Foundation in your choice of colours!
What if I told you that your dream wedding shoes were just a click away? That finding the perfect pair is just a case of coming up with the idea? Well your dream is about to become a reality with Upper Street Shoes! The luxury brand allows you to become the designer of your own perfect pair of stilettos, boots, sandals or ballet flats, and believe me when I say that you’ll do it once and be hooked for life!
You can choose from hundreds of different styles, colours, materials and heels to create over 4 million unique designs using their online 3D design tool! The shoes are available in sizes 33-44 and cost from £195.
Attention DIY enthusiasts! From September 18th – 20th, Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair is taking place at the beautiful Hampton Court Palace and this is one event you are not going to want to miss.
Not only will you be able to buy craft supplies and handmade gifts in the shopping village, but there will be live demos and skills workshops with experts going on all weekend. Kirstie herself will of course be there too, demonstrating and speaking with top makers, designers and crafts people (including Mollie Makes Magazine, Will Taylor of Bright Bazaar, wedding planner Sarah Haywood, potter Emma Bridgewater and Etsy!) in the Super Theatre.
The skills workshops are the perfect way for you to develop your expertise or learn new techniques, and will be taking place on a wide range of topics including yarn and textiles, seasonal, fashion accessories, upcycling and papercraft.
There is even going to be a wedding tent hosted by Hobbycraft which will give you the perfect opportunity to learn some new skills for your upcoming wedding. You’ll have the chance to learn calligraphy, find out how to make your own marbled stationery, and even put together some beautiful floral arrangements!
Every ticket to The Handmade Fair includes one skills workshop*, and each session lasts between 30 minutes and an hour. Content in the wedding tent is the same each day.
Do you fall asleep dreaming of your perfect wedding shoes; individual, one-of-a-kind and perfectly matched to every detail of your wedding? Do you want what you wear on your feet to be more than just eye candy? Do you wish you could find a keepsake that will always remind you of your special day?
Enter Middo Shoes, who aim to make all your wedding shoe dreams come true! Founded by designer and artist Alex Dubis, Middo Shoes design and hand paint original shoes for brides just like you!
“I love helping my customers get their perfect pair of shoes that brings together their personality and style”, Alex told me. “They may include anything and everything they love in the designs. In the past I have done shoes with names, places, dates, their favourite colours or even their whole love story on them! I’ve drawn sugar skulls, flowers, butterflies, even portraits of the bride and groom themselves – the only limit is my customers imaginations!”
Attention bad ass brides to be! I’m super excited to let you know that I’ve been invited along to The National Wedding Show, the biggest wedding fair in the UK, to do a live Q&A session and meet and greet in September! I’ll be at the London Olympia event on Saturday 26th and I’d just LOVE to see some of your friendly faces there.
With over 250 exhibitors, catwalk shows and big day advice from wedding experts at the Wedding Theatre, The National Wedding Show is almost a rite of passage for the newly betrothed. Tickets to the shows are available to buy right now for £15 (£20 on the door) but if you use the discount code ROCKNROLL, you can snag yourself two tickets for £25!
Remember, if you want to come and hear me speak, book in for the London show and come along on September 26th! Access to the Q&A is included in your ticket price but seats will be first come first served. I’ll be speaking at 2pm and I’d recommend getting there early.
I will be answering your questions on anything and everything you can throw at me. Maybe you want to hear my thoughts on dealing with family dramas, who my favourite bridal brands are or you have a query about starting your own blog or business? Nothing is off limits, so scribble down some questions and I’ll see you there!
The meet and greet will take place straight after the Q&A and will be a much more intimate event for competition winners only.
Today I’m giving away ten pairs of tickets to all of the above — the show, the Q&A and the meet and greet! PLUS each of you will get a signed copy of issue 4 of the magazine (on sale September 3rd) to take away too.