Author Archives: Kat

A Mini Bedroom Makeover with Etsy!

Unless you’re some kind of cave person, you’ll know all about the wondrous joy that is Etsy. Not only is it the perfect website to get one-of-a-kind, handmade or vintage pieces for your wedding, there’s is quite franky an offensive number of things I’d like to own from there for our home.

I’ve been using Etsy to find beautiful things for years and years from clothing to jewellery, vintage treasures, gifts, art prints and of course, homewares. I love being able to support independent, often female run, businesses in such an easy and accessible way. I also love that there’s always a new creative idea on there that you won’t necessarily find on the high street yet.

So, when Etsy themselves got in touch to ask if I’d like to take part in their new #DiscoverEtsy campaign I was thrilled! It’s given me the chance to show you some of my favourite and most recent buys, as well and open the floor up to you to join in! Keep reading to the end to find out how.

This is our bedroom as it currently looks. Honestly, it’s pretty bland, but I’m not mad about it. Although we’re big fans of colour in this house, I actually really like having a neutral bedroom. I think it helps me sleep better or something to not have lots of clashing colours! Plus, there’s something so opulent and even a little sophisticated about layering nudes, greys and different shades and tones of white on top of each other.

Currently we have a couple of pieces from Oh Squirrel as permanent residents in this room. Katie actually gifted us the K and G prints when we first moved in to our home, and the Let’s Stay in Bed cushion is the perfect addition to the bed.

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Minimal Halloween Wedding with 90s Influences

Jessica and JR had a two-day wedding. Their legal courthouse ceremony was held on Halloween with their big reception party a couple of days later at Passalino’s, an events space in Downtown Louisville. They wanted their wedding to be like no other Halloween weddings, to them that meant keeping things minimal, elegant and modern – no themed props, pumpkins or skull decorations here!

The pair, who had known each other for a while, got engaged a week after their first date!! “After a decade of friendship, I agreed to go on a date with JR to dinner and a large fireworks display”, Jessica began. “We quickly realised we were in love. There were literally fireworks. Not wanting to waste any more time, he proposed over drinks at our favourite wine bar a week later and I said yes!”

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Autumnal City Wedding with Mexican & Halloween Touches

Although Gina and Mark’s autumn wedding included some seasonal details – skulls, pumpkins etc – most of all they wanted their day to reflect them. They included their love of Mexico (and Mexican food!) and DIYed a-plenty to make their day feel their own.

They decided to do a first look, followed by a first pint at the pub next to the registry office (where they also had their second date) before their ceremony. Doing things this way round also meant they could do all the photos before everything kicked off giving them the most time to celebrate with their loved ones.

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Wild at Heart: An Elopement on Safari in the Masai Mara

I can’t breathe. This may just be one of my favourite weddings we’ve EVER FEATURED. Yes, in all my 13 years of writing about weddings I’m not sure a wedding has stolen my heart quite like this one.

Aaliyah and Gabriel had exactly the wedding they wanted – on safari in the Masai Mara over the course of a four day trip. Aaliyah is from Burundi, Gabriel is Tunisian and they both grew up in France but met, fell in love and now live in London together. They wanted to have a wedding that focused on them and the incredible world around them, no fuss, guests or details. So, they decided to elope.

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Stress-Free & Sparkly Belgravia Pub Wedding

Ashlie and Steph wanted a stress and fuss-free pub wedding with minimal details and things to worry about! Although they made the table numbers, photo booth and favours themselves, they also didn’t stress over them. The most important thing was that they had a day that felt like them and that they were married by the end of it!

Their ceremony was held at Chelsea Old Town Hall followed by a reception at The Orange public house in Belgravia, where they actually had their very first date. “We wanted a wedding that had the focus on people and not details”, Ashlie began, “and i think we created that perfectly. Having vegan food and drink was also very important to me.”

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Vampy Glitter Moon Glam Make Up Tutorial

Halloween is right around the corner (erm who’s excited!?) and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share this super easy yet super effective glitter moon make up idea. If you’re more of a low key kinda gal, and the idea of a full face of themed Halloween make up isn’t your jam, then you’re going to love this!

It would also work GREAT for your wedding reception look too. Glitter bars aren’t going anywhere but if you’d rather go down the DIY route, this simple tutorial will help you add some much-needed sparkle to evening face.

Supplies needed:

🌙 A white eyeliner – we used a MAC eye kohl pencil in ‘White’
🌙 A selection of glitter and sequins suitable for use on the face – ours came from The Gypsy Shrine but you can also find LOADS of options very inexpensively on Amazon.
🌙 Glitter adhesive – we’ve used eyelash glue but you can also use Vaseline or a specialist product
🌙 A synthetic flat brush
🌙 Hairspray
🌙 Black eyeliner (both liquid and pencil)
🌙 False lashes
🌙 A dark liquid lipstick – wurs is ‘High Drama’ by MAC

Method:

Step one: Use the white eyeliner to plot out the shape of your glitter. We’ve gone for a simple moon shape but you could do whatever you like!

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