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Rock n Roll Bride x Little Mistress: The Bridesmaid Collection!

This week was the grand reveal of the Rock n Roll Bride x Little Mistress bridal collection and WOW! Thank you for all your excitement and orders! We have been BLOWN away by the feedback. I cannot wait to see how you style the gowns for your wedding day! You may have noticed as you looked thorough the collection that there are also five bridesmaid dresses available too and today, I wanted to showcase these for you. After all, it’s all well and good you feeling like a fierce mama on your wedding day, but your best babes have to as well!

The thing I LOVE about this collection is just how wearable every single dress is. The dresses are flattering for lots of different body shapes and sizes and there’s a variety of styles and lengths to (hopefully!) keep even the pickiest ‘maid happy. Instead of restrictive zips and tight-fitting tops, we’ve opted for more floaty, comfortable styles, with many of the dresses having a stretchy smock back meaning there’s a lot more give in the size range. PLUS, it makes the dresses super, duper comfortable to wear.

Mix and match is the name of the game here, after all, it’s unlikely that everyone will have the same tastes, body shapes or colour preferences. We wanted to be able to offer a range of bridesmaid dresses, in a coordinating colour palette, that would all work together. We are launching with three colour options. Each dress comes in either jewel blue (which is a beautifully bright green/ blue colour), navy or fiery coral (a stunning orange-based red) and we will be adding more colours soon so do let me know if there’s any others you really want to see!

These dresses are lovingly and ethically created in India and each dress is available from a UK size 8-20!

Iris

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Affordable Alternative Wedding & Bridesmaid Dresses for Under £150: Rock n Roll Bride x Little Mistress is Here!

I’m going to cut right to the chase today because I KNOW you are just as excited as I am about this project! The Rock n Roll Bride wedding dress collection is now available at little-mistress.com – cue confetti cannons, popping champagne bottles and everyone screaming “Wooooooohooooooo!”

It’s funny, because when I was teasing you relentlessly about my book, so many of you guessed (and I suspect, hoped) that the project I was about to announce was a wedding dress collection. Obviously, I wasn’t allowed to say anything at the time and it was super hard for me not to say “NOT RIGHT NOW BUT SOON!!” to everyone that messaged me! I’m pretty terrible at keeping secrets after all.

So, let’s skip the formalities and crack the hell on shall we? I know you’re all just dying to see the dresses! This collection features five wedding gowns and five bridesmaid dresses (which I’ll be sharing here tomorrow but they are available to pre-order from today too!) Each dress is lovingly and ethically created in India and nothing is over £150!

I’ve been considering doing a wedding dress collection for SO LONG and, for me anyway, the stumbling block has always been price. There are so many phenomenal designers and boutiques selling the most amazingly crafted UK-produced gowns, offering a bespoke service or providing access to some of the very best high-end designers in the world. I’m not in anyway trying to compete with what they do, but what I did want to do with this collection is offer affordable, high street options for those of you that simply can’t, or don’t want to, drop a mortgage payment on your outfit.

Collaborating with a big brand like Little Mistress means we got access to their already in place buying power, meaning we could move quickly, design dresses that were really in-keeping with what Rock n Roll Bride is all about and keep the prices low.

Plus, every single piece is available from a UK size 8-20!! It was so very, very important to me that we could create these dresses in as wide a size range as possible. Although I hope we may be able to offer an even larger selection of sizes in future, I’m pretty darn thrilled that the Little Mistress team listened to me and extended their usual size range for this collection.

OK, OK enough from me, let’s get on with it shall we!?

Pandora

I’m probably not supposed to have favourites but, if I was to, the Pandora gown would be it. A super gorgeous and hella flattering fishtail dress with all over scattered sequins and keyhole back. Featuring long fitted sleeves, a round neckline and satin covered buttons with a concealed zip at the back.

Available in white or silver for £150.

Athena

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Issue 25 On Sale Today!

Photo: Epic Love Story

Run (don’t walk) to your nearest WhSmiths because Rock n Roll Bride magazine issue 25 is on general sale from today! Want a peek inside? Check out this blog post. Would prefer to stay inside and have your copy delivered to your door? Order one here (with free UK shipping!) or subscribe below instead.

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Issue 25 is Now Available for Pre-Order!

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£4.99 9.95

OK friends, we need to talk about this cover because it fills my heart with so much joy I CAN NOT contain myself! Shot as part of the Rock n Roll Bride x Little Mistress campaign (which launches on March 11th!) this may just be my favourite cover ever. I am just obsessed with the juxtaposition of the softness of the image but with our babing model Elisabetta looking fierce as hell. If you have a copy of my book we actually used her for the gothic bride images in that too, but I loved working with her so much I had to book her again!

Oh, and that bow? That was a random scrap of tulle that we tied around her head for the very last shot of the day. We’d shot everything we needed to and we we’re basically just dicking about. Apparently, playtime is when the real magic happens!

The full Rock n Roll Bride x Little Mistress campaign images are featured inside this brand-new issue and I’ll be sharing ALL the details and links to buy the dresses when they drop on 11th. Eeek, I can’t wait!

So what else will you find inside issue 25? We always try to show a really diverse collection of wedding styles so whatever kind of wedding you’re having I hope you’ll find something to inspire you. Here’s a few teases…

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Rainbows & Daydreams: The Brand-New Veil & Cape (!) Collection from Rock n Roll Bride x Crown and Glory

Attention brides-to-be with a flair for colour, drama and sparkle! The brand-new veil (and cape!) collection from Rock n Roll Bride and Crown and Glory is here and YOU. ARE. NOT. READY for what your eyeballs are about to witness.

My longest running brand collaboration, this is our SIXTH annual collection and I think it may just be our best one yet. Inspired by Sophie and my mutual appreciation for rainbows, pastels, and being just a little bit extra, we wanted to create a collection that would make other colour-loving, sparkle-obsessive, OTT life-living babes squeal with glee. And, you know what, I think we may have just achieved it.

Just like all of our past collections, each piece has been designed to be customised, meaning you can alter many of the colours and embellishments to suit your own, distinctive style as well. After all, being a Rock n Roll bride isn’t about being a bridal clone, it’s about having a wedding that suits YOU and rocking whatever makes you feel like your most bad ass self down the aisle.

Oh and BIG NEWS, this is our first collection that includes CAPES! They’re not just for superheroes anymore baby, bridal capes are the way of the future and I for one am here for it! So, even if you didn’t think you’d wear a veil, read on, maybe one them will persuade you otherwise.

Before we move on to swooning over each piece and giving them the love they deserve, here’s what went down on our look book shoot day, courtesy of the ever fabulous Lara Elliott.

Over the Rainbow

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So You Want to Write a Book..?

I got my book deal in April 2018. It was a big moment of celebration for me as it’s something I’d been thinking about wanting to do for over five years. I caution my use of words here – THINKING ABOUT – because that’s really all I’d been doing. I hadn’t actively been working towards getting a deal or writing a book at all. Because of this my experience of this whole process is probably quite different to that of someone ardently pursuing it. However, I hope sharing the things I’ve learnt throughout the process will still be interesting and useful to some of you.

Did you have a literary agent? How do you go about getting an agent? What does an agent do?

I started working with my manager, Sharon, in June 2017. She approached me (we already knew each other because of her background in PR) and I signed with her to have her manage my bigger brand projects and collaborations. As soon as we started working together, she mentioned how she’d love for me to write a book. I told her it’s something I’d been thinking about but I wasn’t sure how to go about it. We had a lot of other projects on the go back then so we put the idea on the back-burner for a while.

Although not solely a literary agent, Sharon acts as the middle (wo)man between me and whichever business or brand I’m working with. In other words, she does all the negotiations/ deals with the contracts etc and SHE IS A GODSEND. Of course, I check everything over myself too, but it is fantastic having someone who can speak on my behalf and who understands more about that stuff than I do. Also, let’s be honest, it’s much easier for someone else to sell you than for you to sell yourself and for them to ask for more money or a better percentage because you’re British and a creative and generally very awkward about that stuff.

So, when Ryland, Peters and Small approached me at the end of 2017, Sharon was involved in every step. She was in every email chain, at every meeting, and she was the one that checked and double checked the contract, renegotiating parts if necessary and making sure everything was in order.

What was your initial pitch/ meeting with the publishers like? Did you have to go in with sample chapters and all your ideas laid out?

Because my publisher approached me, our first meeting was quite casual. I went in with some copies of our magazine but they already had a pretty good idea of who I was and what they wanted the book to be about.

I’d jotted down a few sample chapter ideas to present them with and I mentioned some things I thought wouldn’t work and why. Luckily, we were completely on the same page and they loved all my ideas! After this, I started working with my editor, Alice, and we came up with the chapter outline, word count and flatplan.

How did you get from having an idea for a book to knowing where to start with writing it?

The flatplan was invaluable and is something we use for the magazine too. It’s basically a document that lays out every page and shows where each chapter will go and in what order (and in the case of the magazine, where the adverts will be). Once we had this decided we were able to work out how many words each chapter had to be based on how many pages it had been assigned and how many images we’d need to source or shoot to fill the allocated space.

Having this break down made the whole process much less scary. I was basically working chapter by chapter rather than trying to think of the book as a whole. Unlike fiction, each chapter was a self-contained entity, and from my point of view they were like writing individual blog posts or long magazine articles. The whole process then felt much less overwhelming because I’d basically be practising doing that for the past decade!

Publisher vs self-publishing – how did you decide?

As someone who self-publishes a magazine you might have been surprised to find out that I went with a publisher for my first book. I’ve also have friends who have self-published books with massive success, so I guess I always thought this might be the route I’d take one day too.

However, the thing that put me off and ultimately made me procrastinate on writing a book for so long was just how much extra STUFF I’d have to do (on top of actually writing it) in order to self-publish. Things such as hiring an editor, hiring my own designer to put it together, researching printers, working out what kind of print stock to use, paying for the books to be printed, figuring out how to get the book on Amazon as well as all the costs involved in producing the photo shoot!

In the end, it actually felt like a huge relief to be working with a publisher who not only took care of all of those things but already had the expertise. If I’ve learnt one thing throughout this process it’s that publishing a book is VERY different to publishing a magazine!

Also, let’s not forget, I got paid upfront too by way of my advance. If I was entirely self-publishing, I’d effectively had been working for nothing until the book was released. I’m so happy I decided to work with Ryland, Peters and Small on this book. They were fantastic from start to finish.

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