Thursday Pins

Hope you all had a great bank holiday, it’s a beautiful morning here cool clean air and a bright sunny sky. Below is some mellow cool natural vibes for a chilled out wedding. I love dune-laden coastal beaches, tall soft grass, rocky cliffs and bubbling waves. The dresses were a tricky find, I wanted a soft, simple cut and something that would have a gentle flow to it. The first is by Christy Dawn, the second is a Lela Rose.

As always, track the pics from the Pintrest boards here.

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An Unusual Affair

So the theme today came about after I discovered the amazing venue Aynhoe Park, in Oxfordshire. It’s so packed full of eccentricity and quirks (and lush interiors by Matthew Williamson) that I got to thinking about the more decadent side of the Sixties. There are were some real timeless beauties like Brigitte Bardot and Jane Burkin whose effortless beauty seems as relevant today as they was when they first emerged and loads classic style mixed with young psychedelia I think made for a really fab time in decor and fashion. Below I’ve mixed together some directions that show different designers reinterpreting the vibe in recent years. This is all on the new Pinterest account I set up, so if you want to see the source, have a poke around and you should be able to trace it. I am also going to be championing a lot of Etsy sellers (and cousin sites) as I’m an avid delver into the depths of this online Arts Market and have some real gems I want to share. To get you started is one of my favourites, Purple Fish Bowl that has the butterfly collar featured below among their wares.

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Late Summer Wedding

I know when people think of Summer Weddings, thoughts usually turn to pretty pastels and fresh clean hues, hay bales, bunting, wildflowers and photographs in glowing cornfields. I love it too, but what about another direction? I’m thinking a lush romantic jewel-tone vibe; deep reds, rich purples, golden greens. I imagine that time of year when balmy Summers first ease into Autumn. Leafy forests with dappled light and a cool breeze, the sunshine glistening from the canopy above and the leaves starting to turn from green to gold. With a little moody lighting, colourful prints, comfy cushy seating, you could make a fab romantic magical vibe in the depths of a secluded forest.

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Cute Map Table Plans for your big day!

At Cute Maps, we do so many exciting bespoke Wedding Stationary products; Cute Map Wedding Invites, Save the Dates, magnets, place cards, menus… (and loads more!) but one of our personal  favorites   are our Table Plans.

We can create them in either A2 or A1 size, in foam board for a lovely durable professional finish, or on thick printed paper which are ideal for you lucky ones who are jetting off for your wedding. These can be rolled up and popped into your case, so you don’t have to struggle with foam board!

It is because our Table Plans are large which means that we can get quite a bit of detail on there. This really gives you the opportunity to go wild with your design ideas to create a show stopping one off piece!

We offer three types of Table Plan, each one an extremely stylish way to show your guests to their seats:

Cute Map Table Plans 
Name your tables after your favourite places, bars, attractions or anything you can think of! Where you met, where he proposed, your first date…ideas are endless. These Cute Maps are designed from scratch to depict any special map you have in mind. From £170 for A1 and A1 printed paper.

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Standard Table Plans
These simple but cute table plans include motifs of  your choice at the top of the design. You can  use either existing cute motifs taken from your Cute Map design, or we are happy to design a small venue motif for you. From £65 for A2 printed paper.

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Custom Designed Table Plans
If you’d like individual images for each table, we can create a custom design for you. We’ve created Gin  Bars, Tube Maps and all sorts of table plans for previous customers. We love to hear your  ideas, so if you have something in mind please get in touch  and we’ll send  you a quote.

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Why not check out our page here http://www.cutemaps.co.uk/product/table-plans/ and take a look through our gallery to give you some ideas on where to start and what your Cute Map Table Plan could look like, and hey, it always makes a lovely piece of keep sake art work for after the wedding too 🙂

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New Year Thoughts and a bit of Pantone

69_3087697_orig“This season there is a move toward the cooler and softer side of the color spectrum. An eclectic, ethereal mix of understated brights, pale pastels and nature-like neutrals take center stage as designers draw from daydreams of simpler times. Remembrances of retro delights, folkloric and floral art, and the magical worlds of tropical landscapes restore a sense of well-being as we head into warmer months.

Many feel compelled to be connected around the clock because we are afraid we’ll miss something important. There is a growing movement to step out and create ‘quiet zones’ to disconnect from technology and unwind, giving ourselves time to stop and be still. Color choices follow the same minimalistic, ‘en plein air’ theme, taking a cue from nature rather than being reinvented or mechanically manipulated. Soft, cool hues blend with subtle warm tones to create a soothing escape from the everyday hustle and bustle.”

Leatrice Eiseman Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®

I like this quote from Leatrice. I think especially after the hectic few days of Christmas – I cooked for nine family members for the first time, it went down rather well but was absolutely exhausting! – when the Christmas break actually kicked in, it was really nice to sit back and appreciate spare time and freeness. We’re so totally a part of this technological age of using our phone, and tablets, and social media for everything we do, whether we want to/like it or not, because yeah, I guess we are afraid of ‘missing out’. It’s a part of who we are now, how we communicate and how we promote our business, and everyone is doing it! So it’s no wonder really.

The Christmas holiday gave me a chance to catch up on those ‘real’ things that we tend to miss out on and forget about when we’re a part of the daily grind. Like reading an actual magazine, playing a tangible game with the family, have a real-time, face-to-face conversation with family and friends, going for walks and enjoying sleep.

I felt fresh, relaxed and focused by the time I returned to work in the New Year, and reading this review from Pantone made me think again about colour and trends for the New Year. I think this calm laid back, natural theme is a refreshing way to go. Not just in colour and trends but in personal ways and attitude. Simple, pared back and uncomplicated, minimal stress and appreciating the natural and real things around us, rather than virtual – this could be my New Year’s resolution.

I’ve found some images that I think represent this feeling, whether it’s inspiration for a wedding, general ideas or just something that makes you smile, I hope they add some calmness to your day!

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Local Business Alert! Get your print on with one69A

54_4370494Manchester Local business alert!

This week were talking about getting creative with one69A. Oh the fun to be had when printing your own tshirts.

This is a really unique and totally not cheesy hen and stag idea where you and your fellow hens or stags can print t-shirts for the whole group, which will be ready to wear by the end of the workshop. We love alternative ideas at Cute Maps and this one not only gives you the opportunity to print your own bespoke tees that you keep, for like ever! But also lets you get creative with your group of chosen people and learn a few new skills.

Each workshop is tailored to suit your requirements and desired themes and they can they work with any group size.

These guys are totally mobile so as well as providing a central Manchester venue, they can also come to your location.

Get your print on!

To find out more, visit www.one69a.com / @one69a or email the printing gurusally@one69a.com

All I want for Christmas! Our Top 20 Treats List

All I want for Christmas….! We’ve put together a bunch of delectable delights (mainly ‘for her’ of course!) of our top 20 needs and wants for Christmas this year, in no particular order. Any one of these would make a totally luxe gift for any special lady in your life, Chanel nail polish for your best friend, stylish Liberty stationary for your colleague, Charbonnel et Walker chocolates for your mum… there’s so many beautiful gifts to choose from but these are our highlights at Cute Maps this year, so if any of you are stuck for ideas – I put this list together (hint!)

 

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 Above: 1.Chanel Nail Polish £18

2. Chanel Noir Perfume £106 for 100ml

3.Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick £25

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Above: Liberty 2015 Navy Leather Diary £60 – Also available as a note book

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Above: Emma Bridgewater for Liberty Mug £24.95

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Above: 1. Liberty Fudge £7.95

2. Liberty Scarf £65

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Above: House of Hackney Velvet Cushions £145

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Above: House of Hackney Set of Three Notebooks £14

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Above: 1. Christian Lacroix A6 Notebook £12

2. Fortnum & Mason Biscuits £25

3. Fornasetti Candle £99

4. Diptyque Candle £45

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Above: The Jewel Box by Prestat £24.95

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Above: Charbonell et Walker Truffles £12.95

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Above: Pierre Hardy Pouch £135 (small) £160 (large)

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Purple Trim Phone Amazon £19.99

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Present Wrapping Ideas and Inspiration

26_7148075_origIt’s that time of year again… lots of money is spent, lots of things are bought, and we only hope that our loved ones are going to love and appreciate what we have spent so much time and effort on over the last few weeks. This year I’m concentrating on small but meaningful, less expensive but well thought out pressies for the family. And with the ever growing group of friends, Secret Santa is always great idea as it definitely saves a few pennies! I really do believe though that a well wrapped present, wrapped with effort and time, love and a hint of creativity really makes the difference to the look of a present, especially if you’re like me this year and ‘trying’ to pull back on overspending.

My family love their food and being half Sicilian we love our Italian delights! I’m planning on heading to the Manchester Christmas Food Markets and stocking up on Italian biscuits, cakes, and these huge round ‘cakes’ which are entirely made out of chocolate and cut into slices which look like crazy lush soaps! I like the idea of wrapping them in clear cellophane so you can see the colourful nutty beauties that sit within, sealed off with an abundance of colourful ribbon and name tagged with a funny photo of them – which is also a little extra pressie. Or, place them in a Kilner jar which would be great to keep them fresh, and write their name and a little message with a glass pen on the front. This could also double up as a great biscuit/coffee/tea container of the future!

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For more ideas on bespoke tags and custom Christmas cards and gifts made with love, why not head to the Cute Maps website: http://www.cutemaps.co.uk/cutechristmas.html to check out our first EVER Christmas Shop? There’s still plenty of time to order and just drop us an email with any weird and wonderful queries! See below for a little teaser!

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Here are some great ideas to give you some wrapping inspiration… and it really doesn’t have to cost much, just a little bit more time and effort maybe, but it is Christmas after all!

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Ombre Obsessed!

1_6894348_origOmbre refers to colour fading from dark to light, or vice versa. In French, the word “ombre” means shadow or shade, and we’ve gone pretty crazy for this trend, (the boss loves it!) However, as with all trends they can get totally overdone, and become way to incorporated into the mass market. But remember this idea was born from ‘dip dye’ which, if you’re a bit of a creative, you’ll have been doing it to everything from crop t-shirts to curtains to your dog (kidding) for years! So really, the original dip dye just had a new name and the world became obsessed with it. What I like about it though (apart from the idea of playing with colours) is that it’s totally DIY-able, easy, fun, and fairly cheap too.

Calling out to you colour fiends, this might be a great thing to incorporate into your wedding styling. There’s so many YouTube vids on how to do it that you really can’t go wrong, and if it does, then what a perfect job for your bridesmaids to get involved in! We’ve come across some great ideas including pretty table cloths in varying shades of purple, ombre flower bouquets, cakes going from deep navy blue to baby blue to white, beautiful watercolour stained stationary and menus, and if you want to be really bold – dip dye the dress! I’m thinking Gwen Stefani style of course.

I think if it was me, I like the idea of an ombre table cloth, going from fuchsia pink to white via slow gradients, then dressed with crisp black and white table wear, including some stripes, with gold cutlery and centrepieces, probably filled with ombre flowers going from black, to dark purple to white. That way it wouldn’t be too over done, not too much ombre going on but the largest piece i.e. the table cloth would be the real showstopper…one can dream 🙂

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Modes of Transport

Thinking about how you’re going to get from the ceremony to the venue? What mode of transport would best sum you both up? My best friends who got married 6 years ago in Manchester only needed to travel the short distance from The Place Hotel, where the ceremony took place, to the Midland Hotel for the reception. Their idea was via Manchester black cab! No, she didn’t hail one down last minute in her amazing Ian Stewart dress, it was all planned of course. The black cab was dressed with white ribbon, and five minutes later, the bride and groom had zoomed up Oxford Road to their destination.

This was a great idea in my opinion as the couple are lovers of the City of Manchester so black cab just seemed a perfect way to go. All us guests walked the short journey in our wedding gear! Which gave us the perfect opportunity to talk about the gorgeous ceremony and also the chance to meet fellow guests on route to the meal. The Manchester weather held out that afternoon, thank God! So we were at venue and dry! (totally different story at night though!)

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Over a decade ago when my sister got married, my dad had his burgundy Mercedes Benz at the time, and she decided to volunteer dad as chauffeur and again dressed the car with thick white ribbon and flowers. It was just spot on. It meant so much to my sister to use my dad’s pride and joy for the day, and my dad was truly honoured. The whole thing looked fab.

Modes of transport for me are yet another way on your wedding day to show some personality. Use something that really has meaning for you both as a couple and it will be a great thing for your guests to witness, a great memory, and a there’s probably some great pictures to come out of it too! Add colourful balloons, tin cans, banners, flowers, anything that you love and this will set it off even more.

I am neither getting married, nor have a mode of transport (well apart from the tram-get the violins out) but I can imagine turning up at the venue in a little Italian car, a classic Fiat 500 or Lancia, in either black, white or pale pink or pale blue, dressed with tonnes of contrasting balloons and oodles of ribbon. (I haven’t thought about this at all) I think this would best sum me up in a mode of transport 🙂

At Cute Maps, we’ve designed some brilliant requests for our clients, whether they are travelling via motorbike, traditional Rolls Royce, tandem, tractor (?!) it’s all been part of their amazing story and so well fitting to their day.

Here are some of our favourite images of quirky and meaningful modes of transport. Have love, will travel x

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