All will be properly revealed really soon, but needless to say I’m pretty darn excited about it. Could this be a Rock n Roll Bride Magazine? …And a FREE one at that?
If you want to find out exactly what’s been going on then you’ll need to come see me at the The Designer Vintage Bridal Show in Birmingham next weekend, where I’ll be handing out copies of this new little venture of mine for absolutely nadda. Tickets for the show can be purchased online here.
For more info on the show and what I’m going to be up to when I’m there, check out this post right here.
PS My designer Nubby deserves a flippin’ medal for all the work she’s put into this. She did actually say that this has turned into the biggest project she’s ever done and seriously baby, I couldn’t have done it without her.
On Saturday 15th October, Tania & Lisa, the lovely ladies behind vintage jewellery company Magpie Vintage will be flinging open their brand new studio doors (dubbed ‘The Magpie’s Nest’ don’t you just love that!) and inviting you for an exclusive appointment to see their newest collections. I’ll also be there all day long so if you fancy checking out some vintage bling as well as having a girly wedding gossip with yours truly, this is an event not to be missed!
They say, “You will be able to view our new collections of vintage jewellery, hair bands, accessories and even try on some of our gorgeous vintage clothing! This will be a great opportunity to meet the Rock n Roll Bride, Kat Williams, herself. As a special treat we are also offering 10% off all purchases on the day.”
The studio is based in Reading, Berkshire and viewings are strictly by appointment only (there are two sessions – morning and afternoon.) At the time of this blog post being published there are only 40 spaces available, so if you are interested in popping along to this ridiculously exclusive event drop the ladies an email to email@example.com, letting them know your time preference.
Just a quickie post today to remind you that I, alongside a number of other wedding bloggers, will be at the Designer Vintage Bridal Show in Birmingham (UK) on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October. I’ve got a few little treats planned and I’m even bringing Gareth & Roo along for this one. We’ll be like one big Rock n Roll Bride family!
In fact so immense that the show has had to be moved to a bigger and better venue to hold all these fabulous suppliers! The show will now be held at The Edgbaston County Cricket Ground, just a few minutes down the road from the original venue. Although this new venue looks contemporary from the outside, there is a whole team of amazing suppliers on board to dress up the rooms in a true vintage/Rock n Roll style. In fact I can’t wait to see what they do with it…I know it’s going to be super inspiring to see what can be done to a blank canvas type of space like this. Continue reading
After a well earned and strong coffee to settle our post-TV nerves, it was onto the next order of the day. A photo shoot! Told you I was busy didn’t I…?
The Photo Shoot
Megan had also arranged for me to do a photo shoot with local online magazine Esoteric Velvet (they also interviewed me which you can read here) to showcase her amazing dress. So after the TV slot we were whisked to Tru Salon & Spa where I was transformed into a cyber punk-esque goddess, complete with multi coloured dreadlock extensions, make up by a drag queen (I loved it – that dude knew how to do eye make up let me tell you!) and ripped up tights.
We then drove to what I can only describe as a deserted and slightly smelly field on the side of the freeway, complete with biting flies and a stagnant swamp. Oh the glamour huh!? I jest I jest.
The shoot was awesome and the team filled me with inspiration. I got to set fire to a guitar (well they did, I just posed and tried to concentrate on whether the heat I was feeling was coming from the blaring sun or the fire by my fingers) then release some pent up aggression and smash it up.
The shoot was super fun and the results are pretty damn wicked non? I’m in AMERICA baby!
After the whirlwind of walking the catwalk at Omaha Fashion Week you’d think I might deserve a rest no? Well erm…no apparently I didn’t. The following morning we were up bright and early for another busy day!
The TV Appearance
As most of you will have already seen, Megan & I were invited onto The Morning Blend breakfast show to talk about fashion week and blogging/Rock n Roll Bride. I sure will have woken up some sleepy Nebraskans with my pink ensamble huh!? Gareth took some behind the scenes type photos while we were there. And if you haven’t watched the segment yet (I seriously cringe every time I watch it back but hell, I was on American telly yo! Who cares if I fluffed up a few answers and misread the damn auto cue?!…) you can see it here!
So I’ve been home from my American Adventure™ for a couple of weeks and after finally catching up with my 800+ emails and writing the magazine articles that were due like, the day after we got back…oh plus helping to organise and attending the amazing Feather Love Photography workshop in London (phew) I can finally sit myself down and try to begin to process the experience I had on the other side of the pond.
Quite simply my mind is blown. I’m not sure any of my write-up posts are going to make a whole lot of sense actually. You know when you have such an incredible experience (like getting married I guess!) it’s sometimes really hard to turn everything whirring around your head into a conscious stream information when telling people the story?! Therefore I apologise for any future rambly blog posts on this subject!
So, the whole reason I was in The States was down to the incredible Megan Hunt AKA Princess Lasertron. She emailed me a few months back and asked if I’d like to come visit her in Omaha for their fashion week…but also if I’d like to walk the catwalk to model her latest party dress collection…oh and if I could wear a dress that she wanted to design specifically for me and the readers of this blog! No pressure then.
the models’ shoes. photo by me
I’ve loved Megan and her work ever since I first discovered her on a wedding forum we were both members of. We both got married around the same time and I definitely had/have a girl/wedding crush on her. As our plane was about to touch down in Omaha I turned to Gareth and squealed “Oh shit…what am I doing?! What if she doesn’t like meeeee?” I need not have worried though. We were greeted off the plane with a beautiful handmade (pink and glittery!) “Welcome Kat & Gareth!” sign plus a whole round of giant hugs, and my inner tension was immediately irradiated.
Our first evening in Omaha was spent eating sushi, drinking cocktails and watching that night’s fashion show. We were jet lagged and overwhelmed but it was amazing. People were coming up to us all night to say how excited they were that we were there, and even though I was bloody tired I didn’t want the night to end. We flopped into our amazingly comfortable bed at The Magnolia Hotel about midnight (erm…8am UK time!) and I realised I’d forgotten all about being nervous about what was in store over the next few days.
This was my second catwalk experience but was by no means less terrifying than the first. Not only was I in a country 3000 miles away from my own but I was there to represent the work of a designer that I’ve adored for like… forever. The usual notions of “OMG what if I fall‘ were of still there but this time they were joined by their buddies “What if all the ‘real’ models hate me,” “What if I’m a big fat disappointment to Megan who’s invited me all the way out here” and ” What if the dress doesn’t fit?!”
OK so luckily I didn’t have to worry. The models were all lovely and normal (well except the fact that I felt like a midget who should eat less pies next to them) Megan and I got on like an actual house on fire and the dress was perfect. No, more than perfect! I fell in love as soon as I saw it.
The day went past in a beautifully colourful blur. We spent the day getting pimped and preened, rehearsing and gossiping about American television. The Princess Lasertron show was the last of the night so we spent a long time stood behind the scenes, listening to the whoops and cheers of the audience in response to the other collections. Then, at about 9.30pm, it was finally our turn.
I was at the end of the line of models (the grand finale as Megan called me!) and as ‘Gucci Gucci’ blasted out into the audience I sauntered (…ish thank God Megan gave me comfortable wedges – which she’d spray painted in neon colours – to wear) down the runway to a roaring applause and approximately a million flash bulbs going off.
And here are a few photos of me doing my thang, taken by various photographers (there was a sea of them at the end of the catwalk!) throughout the night. Remember the blog post I wrote about ‘How to Pose’? well all the rules are being broken here…I was so nervous! Coupled with the fact that most photographers were shooting from a low angle, below the catwalk, and it’s ‘oh hello double chins and chubby thighs!’
This is just a little teaser of what’s to come next week…
I’ll be sharing my stories, photos and videos of my week in Omaha with Princess Lasertron. Nope, I can’t wait for you to see it all either. PLUS and this is a big plus, I’ve got a seriously amazing Lasertron deal for you all…want a free felt bouquet? Well you can all have one…yeah you heard me!
Be here on Monday at 3pm for the first hit of loveliness. Happy weekend!
♥ Cutting the negative crap out of my life and focusing on positive energy
♥ Confirming my love for my support network
♥ Actively thinking about inspiration, influence and what this means to me
♥ Cutting down on commitments that drain my time & energy and give me little or nothing in return
♥ Starting to write for the ‘art’ of the written word again. Remembering why I fell in love with writing in the first place
♥ Trying to feel less guilty
♥ Getting excited about new projects…for me, no one else, and not worrying if no one else cares
♥ Dancing to offensive hip hop on a regular basis
So I’ve landed back to rainy Blightly with a bang! I will keep looking at this photo of me on Venice Beach as the biting English wind chills my bones…Brrrrrrr. Damn you British weather.
Not being one to ‘rest’ (erm what’s that?!) I have another super packed week scheduled helping to organise and take part in the Feather Love Photography workshop in London! I’m jet-lagged and knackered but I can’t bloomin’ wait for it. Roo is modelling and it’s going to be all kinds of awesome. However I thought I’d pop by briefly to share some snaps of the fabulous people I got to hang out with while Stateside. My instax and I were certainly put through our paces.
Our trip was pretty much defined by all the amazing people below. I can’t believe I got to meet so many of my blogging/wedding/internet idols in such a short space of time.
I also need to give a special shout out of love to all my American readers who spotted my pink head and came and said hi during our trip. I definitely got recognised in America more than I do in the UK. I don’t know if it’s because I’m more ‘famous’ (eugh hate saying that – it makes me sound like a right knob!) in the US or becuase my British readers are just too shy to come say hello but it was so great to feel so welcomed!
Our reason for heading to America in the first place! Megan invited me to model in her show for Omaha Fashion Week. More on all the fun, the dresses, the parties and the shenanigans surrounding this part of our trip soon!
What can I say?!? When I heard that my blogging idol was going to be in LA at the same time as us there was no way we couldn’t meet up. Although Gala and I have chatted a lot online over the past few years I’m not afraid to admit that I was totally nervous to be ‘real life’ meeting her. I’m pleased to report that she’s just as beautiful, adorable and awesome as you might expect and her wardrobe was totes enviable.
As most of you will know, I’m currently on my first American tour (OK it’s not really a ‘tour’ per-say as I’m only going to two places but that sounds fancy right!?) This past week I’ve been in Omaha for their annual fashion week. I was invited by the way-too-cool Megan Hunt better known as Princess Lasertron to model a limited edition Rock n Roll Bride dress (that she would design and make especially for me and the readers of Rock n Roll Bride) in her runway show to debut her Fall 2011 collection. She quite frankly didn’t have to ask me twice. I grabbed Gareth and we hot-footed our way to the US of A.
(fyi the dress will be available to purchase soon – don’t worry I’ll be blogging all about her newest dress designs – all of which I adore – and how you can get your mitts on one of your very own when I return to the UK)
I love Omaha. When I told people I was coming here most of them said ‘Huh? Why are you going to Nebraska?!’… and similarly many people I’ve met here asked me the same question (!) but seriously I love it!
I love the crazy-wide roads, the cobbled streets of the Old Market, the vintage, thrift and antique stores and the tattoo shops that are open past midnight. Plus Omahanians have to be some of the friendliest and coolest people…and seriously, if it’s good enough for Gaga…
♥ tidy house, tidy mind ♥ making amends ♥ Mexican food, cocktails and giggles ♥ taxidermy dreams ♥ Living Jewels ♥ making lists ♥ ticking things off lists ♥ USA! USA! USA! (only 9 sleeps to go!) ♥ closest clean outs ♥ long phone gossips ♥ coffee mornings ♥ all you can eat sushi (!) ♥
Best of the Rest…
Eyelashes. If you’re anything like me there’s nothing like a big fat pair of fluttery falsies worn on a night out to make you feel a million dollars. I’m also one of those people who feels totally naked if I go out without several layers of my ‘false lash effect’ mascara on. Please tell me I’m not the only weirdo like this?
False lashes rock but I’m pretty rubbish at putting them on myself…plus at between £5-£15 a pop they’re a pretty expensive habit huh? So when I was invited by Beth of The London Dolls if I’d like to try out her semi-permanent eyelash extensions…well I pretty much jumped at the chance!
The process took just over an hour and didn’t hurt a bit! I wear contact lenses and have quite sensitive eyes but the whole thing was much less of an ordeal than I expected.
Beth attached the individial lashes to my own lashes, not the skin of the eyelid like you would with normal false eyelases so again, no pain or discomfort at all! The glue used is pretty strong stuff (similar to medical glue that hospitals use to glue wounds together) so it ain’t going to budge! You can wear as much eye make up with these babies as you wish and can remove it using water-based eye-make up remover. These lashes ain’t going anywhere…
At the beginning of July I was contacted by the lovely people at Upper Street Shoes. My interest was immediately sparked. “Wait? I get to design my own shoes?” I replied, “AMAZING!”
To say I became somewhat obsessed with their website for the remainer of the day would be a huge understatement (and no I didn’t get any more work done…) I probably designed about 20 pairs of shoes before the day was out! It was super easy and super duper fun. Jimmy Choo has nothing on me I tell ya!
“Ever dreamed of becoming your own designer and fashioning your very own pair of shoes?” they ask. “Or have that special outfit you just can’t find the shoes to go with? Or you simply crave a unique pair of heels that nobody else has? Upper Street allows you to design your own gorgeous pair of unique shoes and have them delivered direct to your door all within a few weeks. You’ll wonder how you ever lived without it!”
“Upper Street is a new online shopping experience that allows women to design their very own pair of unique hand-made designer shoes. With hundreds of different style combinations in an extensive range of beautiful and exclusive materials, colours and embellishments from sizes 2-10, there is a pair of heels to suit every woman’s passion for shoes.”
Upper Street are quite frankly the perfect company to be represented on Rock n Roll Bride. I dare you to not get obsessed with designing your own wedding shoes! Non-sucky bridal shoes a go-go!
If you follow me on twitter or facebook you will probably already be aware of Upper Street, because I couldn’t help but squeal about my excitement in discovering them. In fact after mentioning the genius idea on my various social media platforms I was inundated with replies from my similarly shoe-obsessed followers who were designing their own shoes too.
After all that ‘hard work’ playing shoe designer I couldn’t not go through with ordering a pair could I? I went for these babies – black suede peep toe platforms with a big shiny pink leather bow and leopard print trim. I called them ‘Sex Kitten.’ Oh I die!
And I have to say I’m pretty proud of my design skills, not bad huh?