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Spring Style Inspiration

February is upon us and it is the time of year where I start pining for spring. Somehow I always forget that after Christmas it’s still cold, grey and miserable without any festivities to take the edge off. I am sick of wearing my winter coat, I am sick of having to plan every outfit around rain, I am sick of wearing boots and I am sick of being cold. But with the second month of the year, it almost feels like the end is neigh. The Spring collections have been launched and shops are slowly introducing some bright colours into the haze of monochrome. Now I’m not saying that it’s time to ditch the layers (remember the snow in March last year- hideous) and I don’t want to tempt fate by suggesting summer dresses can be brought out. But I do think a slight uplift in colours and fabrics is appropriate, a nod to warmer times giving us the hope we all need to get through to the next season. Let’s have a look at some of the trends from the 2014 catwalks:

  • Logos: you got something to say? Put it on a t-shirt! I’ve never been particularly comfortable wearing words, but with such pretty options available this trend is set to be big!
  • Indigenous prints were seen at Celine, Kenso and Chloe. Take on the global trail! An easy way to add a but of colour to your wardrobe. And might even make you believe you’re on holiday.
  • Cropped sweaters; we still need lots of layers and knitwear at this time of year, but why not try a change with a cropped sweater in a pretty pastel colour. This will liven up your outfit without sacrificing comfort!
  • Love worn denim; this season your jeans should look lived in, comfy and a bit worn with a high waist and straight legs. Channel your inner Thelma or Louise and enjoy these snug offerings.
  • The 90s are also having something of a revival this season with wet look hair, slip dresses and chokers all having a moment. Enjoy playing around with some of the new make-up trends; who knew metallic eye shadow would ever be in vogue!

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Wedding Trends for 2014

A new year, lots of newly engaged couples means lots of new wedding trends! Here is the low down of what to expect on the wedding forecast for 2014, whether you’re going be a guest, a bride or are helping plan someones wedding; here is all you need to ensure you are the coolest player in the bunch.

Wedding Dresses: arguably the most important detail of your day and this year there are a lot of exciting options to choose from. Although long white dresses are of course not going anywhere and there are some gorgeous options. If you’re feeling a little bit daring and feel long and white doesn’t exactly match your personality, why not try mixing it up a bit with one of these beauties. The main alternative wedding dress trends for 2014 are shades of pink; just have a look at the Vera Wang collection and you’ll be convinced! And shorter styles are also appearing; from above the knee dresses to ballerina skirts. I really love the relaxed, fun element this brings to the wedding and also perfect for dancing in. Have a look at some dress inspiration below.

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Ethical Weddings: This is a trend I definitely encourage! With so many great eco-friendly suppliers and options out there, having a green wedding is definitely not a compromise. So for all you bohemian, alternative types out there, here’s some ideas for your ethical wedding:
Glamping. Forget everything you know about camping, glamping is more like staying in a 5 star private wood with every amenity you can think of. Totally luxurious, natural and relaxed while giving you a lot more freedom than traditional wedding venues. Some of these glamping sites look incredible! Definitely a special treat for your wedding.
Handfasting ceremonies are also set to become even more popular in 2014. This ritual symbolises unity and oneness between the couple and could appeal either to couples wanting an alternative to a religious ceremony or added as an extra dimension to any traditional wedding.
All this feeds right back to the reception with barn venues, naturalistic details and a warm, rustic theme being the order of the day. Think bringing the outside in. So don’t be shocked if branches feature in the décor of any weddings you attend, this bride is on trend, it’s not a fire hazard.

Quirky Details: hand crafted, hand made, DIY details are all BIG this year. So grab your mason jars, get pinning and make your own perfect day. While thrifty details have (and hopefully will) always be popular for weddings, this year brings some new themes that will definitely excite:
Bunting is out tassels are IN
Marbling is also looking popular this year, with the marbelised style appearing everywhere from wedding cakes to balloons. A great way to work your color theme into the décor in a unique, captivating way.
Hand Painted Wedding cakes; these look incredible.
Feathers; in headpieces, in centerpieces and anywhere you can add them!

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Themed Weddings: forget geeky costumes and awkward entertainment, themed weddings have evolved into something chic and stylish; you can either go completely all out with a theme and have your guests totally involved with some costume ideas or simply keep one theme running through the smaller touches of your wedding. Whatever you decide, stay true to yourself and have fun!
Great Gatsby/20s style weddings with Art Deco touches have enjoyed a resurgence of popularity since the film was released last year. Anyone who saw it can see why! That party was perfection. The upcoming tribute to 19th century fashion icon Charles James and shows like NBC’s Dracula are sure to inspire some brides to have an ‘old feel opulence’ motif at their wedding. And for the bravest among you, a Pop Art theme. Have a look at the board below for some ideas on how to incorporate a theme into your day.

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