Category Archives: A Day in the Life…

Design Your Own Shoes with Upper Street

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?

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Happy Hen Weekend to Alice in Weddingland

Photography Credit: Lisa Jane Photography

I’m getting a little bit sad becuase Alice’s wedding is drawing ever closer…and that means she won’t be my blog intern any more (boohoooo!) However the tears will have to come later because today I’m off on her hen weekend! We’re heading to Thorpe Park for some childish, girlie silliness (the best kind) and afterwards for dinner, drinks (standard) and living it up in a hotel for the night. I can’t wait!

Happy hen weekend lovely Alice…and I promise not to bring any ‘L’ plates or willy straws…well… probably not…

Full report and embarrassing photographic evidence to follow…

Photography Credit: Assassynation

You can read all about Alice’s wedding planning in her ‘Alice in Weddingland’ posts on the blog here.

A Day in the Life…At The Wedding Magazine Cover Shoot

Ruth wearing Candy Anthony

So last week I was invited by Catherine Westwood, editor at Wedding Magazine, if I’d like to go hang out at a cover shoot with them. Ermmm… let me think about this for like two seconds…YES PLEASE! Before you go getting all excited, no I wasn’t asked to model! It will probably be a cold day in hell before any wedding mag can have a pink haired chick on the cover. These publications have to appeal to the mass market and I feel that a neon-headed, inked bride might alienate a rather large proportion of their readership!

I was up early last Thursday and on the train to London, excited and honoured to have been invited…even though a little (no, a lot) tired. I arrived at the shoot at 9.30 to be greeted by a familiar face in hairdresser Sev of The Hepburn Collection who had been invited to do the hair, and Julia Ford, art editor of the magazine. I also got to hang out with the rest of the team, many of whom I’d met briefly before at various wedding shows and events. Alison from Pollen Nation (who I worked with on The Big Fat Wedding Bloggers Photo Shoot) was even there to supply some of the gorgeous flowers.

Stylist Claire puts the finishing touches to Ruth’s first look

The models, Ruth (check out her beauty blog, A Model Recommends), Kirstie, Rose and Polly were all unsurprisingly stunning…and lovely. It was so fun to hang out with them and see them do their ‘thing’. Unlike some of those reality TV shows you see, their was no model-to-model bitchiness (yeeey) and they were all completely charming and adorable…and Polly even brought cakes. I liked her instantly.

Model Polly is getting married in June and making 200 of these for her guests. How cute?!

The magazine intern Billy and press agent for Butler & Wilson, Jo, showed me the dresses and accessories for the shoot. They’d brought what seemed like enough to fill a whole bridal shop as Julia, Catherine and stylist Claire were deciding on which looks and dresses to go for then and there. It was all very organic and a total team effort went into how each style and shot should look. There as certainly no ‘Devil Wears Prada’ feel about the day! I even got to give my input into which dresses and accessories I liked (for the record Ruth’s Candy Anthony number – pictured above – was my favourite.)

The beautiful and adorable Rose – it was her first time wearing a wedding dress!

Catherine told me that unlike wedding blogs, the styling and content of magazines has to be appropriate to appeal to the mass market, but that she was keen to push boundaries in whichever ways she could. For example one of the models, Rose, had a super short pixie crop hair style and they’d never had a bride with such short hair on the cover before. Also for one of the shots (each model had 2/3 outfits) Sev styled Kirstie’s hair with a plait going across her forehead – again, something that to you and I might not seem completely ground-breaking, but for a mainstream wedding magazine this was a style that again, had never been put on a cover before.

Kirstie was stunning (and really did look like Reese Witherspoon)

I’ll be honest, when people criticise the mainstream wedding mags for being to ‘boring’ or ‘traditional’ or ‘samey’ it really does upset me. This small team work tirelessly and to horrific deadlines to try and produce a magazine that will fly off the shelves (hell, blogs have it easy – we don’t have to obsess over how many copies we sell!) This is why I am so excited that I’ve been asked to work alongside the magazine. It just proves that opposites really can work together and give a fully-rounded (traditional and alternative) view on weddings. Everybody wins.

OK I’m off to clamber off my soap-box now, hang on…

I sneaked a look at how the final shots were looking…

Editorial photographer Seb Winter worked quickly with each girl. As with any shoot I’ve been on, it’s the hair, make up and styling that takes the most time. As you can imagine (especially for such a high profile shoot as this one!) they all need to be perfect. As I mentioned, each girl had 2/3 outfits. Catherine told me that they shoot nearly a year’s worth of magazine covers in just one day – a time and money saving exercise. Well, there would be no point in hiring the studio, getting the whole team out of the office and acquiring all the dresses, accessories etc to just to do one shot! It was funny, because Julia showed us all the cover for the next issue (out in June) which was shot this time last year and with one of the same models who was with us that day!

Polly. I wish I could hate her but she was too lovely for words!

The day was a long but awesome one. I had such fun hanging out with everyone and they really did make me feel like part of the family. I was honoured to have been asked by Catherine to attend, and I’m loving the fact that Wedding Magazine are realising the influence and power of wedding blogs and that they are keen to work closely with us. It’s a very exciting time in this industry of ours, and I’m over the flipping moon to be a part of it.

Intern Billy and I checking out the Twitter response after I posted a few pictures

And finally…I wanted to create my own Wedding Magazine cover…luckily for me the models (and the magazine editor!) all had a sense of humour.

Dresses pictures (top row)
Candy Anthony
Olivia Couture (supplied by Blackburn Bridal Couture)

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Behind the Scenes – Preparation for my Catwalk Debut at Luella’s Boudoir Wedding Fair

As many of you now know, on Monday I’ll be walking down the catwalk at The Luella’s Boudoir Wedding Fair. This week I was invited by Darren Fowler, Creative Director of the fabulous salon Clipso London to come meet him for a hair trial, and by the equally delightful Rachel Atwell, owner of Luella’s Boudoir, for a dress fitting (well actually for 5 dress fittings…I found out I’m wearing 5 different outfits, talk about throwing me in at the deep end…)

So on Wednesday, I got my little pink haired self on an early train to the city for a day of preening, pampering and for a little bit of freaking the hell out.

At Clipso I was greeted by smiling faces who were eager to talk to be about Rock n Roll Bride and ease me into this whole ‘catwalk modelling’ thing. Darren and his team have worked on London Fashion Week for the past decade and so are well versed in dealing with catwalk models…and now me! We went through some cool and pretty out-there ideas for my barnet and I’m very excited about the plans! The even invited me back the next day to get my roots done and my hair made even more electric pink in colour (always a good thing!)

I tweeted a picture of the final result…isn’t it an awesome colour?

After a few hours at the salon I headed to the Luella’s Boudoir store in Wimbledon. Rachel and her team have just moved to a new premises on Wimbledon Village High Street so it was really nice to be one of the first people to see the new shop! When I arrived I met Benedicte Lassartesse-Jones of The Real Princess Company who had made me some amazing pieces to wear in my hair. How cool is that bow and pouffy veil? I can’t wait to rock them!

I then spent some time with stylist Kate, who took me through a number of their dresses – some of which I’d seen before at The Big Fat Wedding Blogger’s Photo Shoot – but some of which were brand new. Remember I mentioned last week that I was going to wear a gown by Australian designer Johanna Johnson? Well wow is all I can say! Can I keep it please?

It was a long day…but a fun one none the less! Special thanks has to go to photographer Penny McKinley-Rodgers who came along for the ride and who took some photographs for me to blog. Fab aren’t they?

I’m even more nervous about Monday now actually…nervous but excited!

Tickets for The Luella’s Boudoir Wedding Fair are still available. If you’d like to come check out the exhibitors, have a few cheeky cocktails and see me sauntering down the catwalk (I’m only there on the Monday) then you can purchase tickets (just £12 or £18 for 2) by emailing info@luellasboudoir.co.uk or calling 020 8879 7744.

More photos after the ‘jump…’ check ’em out!

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A Day in the Life of…The Green Parlour + Lovely DIY Flower Ideas

Hello! New feature alert everybody!

Last week I was invited to visit The Green Parlour, located in Pangbourne, nr Reading, Berkshire. The flower shop is owned by a girl I actually went to school with, Emma Sampson. Having not seen her for 10 years (!) and having a bit of a penchant for pretty blooms, I jumped at the chance to go and have a play. The idea was to do some quick DIY tutorials to show you all how to make your own bouquets, buttonholes and finally a cute flower crown. However much gossip and laughter meant that the photographs I took weren’t the best to illustrate what we did! Whoops…

Emma has written up a very helpful step by step guide for the bouquet and the buttonhole though so I do hope you enjoy these despite my rubbish photos. Why not have a go yourself? (and send me your photos afterwards too please!)

I was also so in love with my flower crown. I’m very sad that it died. I might have to invest in a faux flower crown (WhichGoose on etsy have some amaaazing ones!) so I can feel like a festival hippy chick on a daily basis.

A rustic & vintage inspired bouquet

Flowers used for the bouquet
Pepita spray roses
Hypnose roses
Anemones
Thlaspi (also known as field penny cress or in our shop Mr. funky funky)
Populus eucalyptus (we used the leaves and the berries)
Muscari (aka grape hyacinths)

You will need
Scissors
Flowers
Ribbon, lace, material
Pin or a brooch

1. First things first, make sure all the roses are de-thorned otherwise you may end up with a few bouquet battle scars.

2. I always like to use a rose at the centre of my bouquet as it gives a really lovely focus point as you look at the bouquet from above. We chose to use Pepita spray roses as our first and central flower to give a lovely relaxed dome.

3. Hold the central rose in your non-writing hand about 10cm down from the flower head.

4. We wanted something garden inspired and surrounded the rose with Thlaspi (the green fluffy stuff) you don’t need the whole stem, break bits off and en-circle the central rose – it doesn’t have to be too neat, as long as its about the same height as your central flower.

5. I couldn’t resist the Muscari (the blue buds) for the next bit – they smell just like sweets – just in the same way that we put the Thlaspi around the rose you want to do the same with the muscari so that there is a little ring of the blue flowers poking out in all directions.

6. Now to really start to create a ‘dome’ take 3 Hypnose roses and place around the muscari at a slightly lower height – this will make a triangle around the bouquet and you can fill in the gaps with any type of foliage you like – we went for Populus eucalyptus for its amazing berries.

7.    Carry on the same steps as above, slightly lowering the level of your flowers and adding in anemones, more roses, anything you fancy, until they almost touch your hand.

8. Have someone on hand to help you tie your bouquet together – a standard garden twine is just perfect for this job!

9. Choose your ribbon – I especially love the lace look at the moment – and wrap around your bouquet attach bows, more ribbon, buttons, old brooches anything you like

10. Voila! Get someone else to hold the bouquet so you can see how lovely it looks – pop in a vase ready for your big day.

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