Friday, 2 November 2012

Cinderella Story

We all know the story of Cinderella and her glass Slipper – in my opinion, over the years this glass SLIPPER was romanticized into the fancy high heels we all have in our minds today…. But in actual fact, it was exactly that…. A SLIPPER!!!

Many brides today opt for a pretty heel for the ceremony and formal proceeding – and then swop the heels out for something a little more comfortable….. a ballerina or pump is usually the option. But remember that if you are thinking of doing this swop – stick to slightly lower heels as a drastic change in height from heels to pumps can result in your dress being dragged around the dance floor all evening.

Some brides even opt for the flat ballerinas from the word go – you get such nice shoes now days that a pretty pair of pumps still make stunning photos…

And if you just looking for a pair of pumps to pop into your clutch for THAT time of the evening when your feet just can’t take it any more – you cannot go wrong with Butterfly Twists … these “clever little soles” twist and fold into a small little bag easy enough to pop into any clutch. A must for any night out …. And they are perfect for travel on honeymoon as well

 Butterfly Twists are available in South Africa from MacarOOn Collection -

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Showered with Love **

Parasols have been around for thousands of years. In the Victorian period, most women had a different parasol to match every dress in their wardrobe. The parasol was not only thought of as practical, but also a fashion accessory that helped aid in the subtle art of flirtation. More commonly know  are the oriental parasols made from paper or Chinese silk.

The use of parasols for weddings has been around for a few years now, whether it be gifts for your guests or props for your photos. The trends has grown so that you can now get parasols in all sorts of amazing colours to match your wedding or even personalised for your wedding

But who ever said that the use of umbrellas should stop at parasols as wedding gifts or photo props. While watching the latest season of “how I met your mother” I couldn’t help but be intrigued by the season with all the yellow umbrellas in the streets of New York which lead to look the “UMBRELLA” thing a little more closely….. and I realised how umbrellas as a whole can be used to create some really interesting wedding décor features.

If your wedding is a beach type wedding or an outdoor affair, one can easily bring the theming in quite stylishly. But it need not be a sunny wedding to bring in the umbrellas – if you are to marry in a rainy city or a rainy season and you are guaranteed rain on your wedding day. Instead of hoping and praying that it doesn’t rain – embrace the rain and make it part of the wedding.

Your arrival / pre-reception drinks can also have a touch of an umbrella here and there. If you are having the drinks outside in the heat of the summer afternoon, a Caribbean umbrella here and there to provide your guests with some shade is not a bad idea….. and done correctly it can create an amazing atmosphere

As for the drinks – it need not be a Caribbean themed wedding to perk up your drink with umbrellas. Don’t use the typical pineapple cocktail type umbrella. Look for something different like little black umbrellas or make your own doily umbrellas to compliment your theme should it be appropriate.


Umbrellas can be used to create a feature in a room or area – you can use it as an actual part of the décor. My favourite is that of the umbrellas which hang from the roof. One of my favourite Thai restaurants have this as a feature in their dining room and I can’t help but stare at it a little every time I visit the place. Use different colours, or different styles – hand them at the same height or arrange them in an eclectic manner – it creates a feature like no other…..

Used with lighting and umbrellas can make the most beautiful features in the evening.

Umbrellas as part of the table décor is another idea that if done well can be amazing. Remember, it not just about sticking an umbrella into the arrangement but actually incorporating it and designing the entire table around it. Your décor stylist will be able to give you some good ideas here.

Don't be afraid to incorporate some theming in your stationery.

 And remember – you are not restricted to Chinese parasols. There are all sorts of different umbrellas which can complement your respective wedding and the décor. You can choose from lace umbrellas, Victorian umbrellas, dotty and spotty umbrellas, oriental umbrellas, frilly umbrellas, see-through umbrellas and much much more…….


Wednesday, 15 August 2012

^^ReTrO^^ - 50's Inspiration

We all know the vintage trends that has been around for the last few years….. well I had coffee with a friend the other day and we got to talking about “RETRO”…. And it fascinated me – in fact it got me all inspired to write this blog.
The Retro Style actually encompasses several decades of styles – specifically the 1950’s through to the 70’s. But don’t mistake it for the earlier decades  which have inspired the vintage style  wedding so popular over the last few years - however these two style can (and very often do) frequently cross over.

The biggest difference between the vintage look and the retro look is that with retro you have a free spirited, fun atmosphere with much more colour. Vintage wedding styles have lots of lace, with ivory and white accented by your pastel colours. Pearls often make an appearance in vintage wedding too. With RETRO weddings bright colours and designs with flair are the statement features… Think back to the  60’s and you can just imagine the pinks, oranges, reds and bright blues and yellows.

But this style is not for all brides. Retro weddings are for bride who have bold personalities – there is nothing casual about a retro wedding …. Only the contrary it is loud, busy and most definitely funky.

Short dresses are the look for the bride in any retro wedding – add a fascinator in the hair and some cute coloured court shoes and you are DONE!!

As for the bridesmaids, 50’s inspired dresses are a must – and don’t shy away from colour here either!!

The men on the other hand can have fun with their accessories too – hats, suspenders and sun glasses work for them. And if the bride doesn’t mind they can even rock a beard!!

A classic wedding car is then also a must – not a 1920’s Bentley but a Mustang or a Chevy…. And once again colour is a must.

And if a car is not your thing ... then an old school bycicle will do as well

One thing that is synonyms with the retro look is that of the roadhouse. Think milkshakes, think popcorn machines and candy floss, think fun candy stations …. These elements can all be used at your pre-reception area to create a bit of fun for your guests while you have your photo sessions. And here a photo both is the perfect activity!!!

When it comes to your stationery, décor and cakes have FUN. Be BOLD and do something different.
One of the easiest ways to go retro is to choose retro colours. Fortunately, that's not hard to do. Avocado green is the colour of choice followed then by combinations of black, white and red. BUT don’t forget your purples and hot pinks. Don't be afraid to have a little of everything – mix up your bright orange, green, indigo blue, and yellow!!!

Retro style decorating is about combining a variety of shapes, textures and colours to create a look that's as unique as the era that influenced it.  That white and black checkered floor is perfect for a retro wedding – combine it with some lime green and orange and you have it pegged. The important thing to remember when decorating in the retro style is to get rid of any inhibitions you have about mixing colours and shapes.

Most importantly, if you love the Retro look, be ready to go all the way.