The Awards Season is upon us.

Oh how I love Awards Season. Gorgeous dresses galore. I’ve always wanted to gatecrash a glamourous awards do but I’d probably end up throwing myself at Ryan Gosling and getting rugby tackled to the floor. It would be totally worth it though.

Anyway I digress.  The Golden Globes were on Sunday and as per usual there were some lovely dresses on show.  Here are a few of my winners from the night:

Margot Robbie in Gucci with beading to waist and shoulder

Margot Robbie in Gucci with beading to waist and shoulder

Naomi Watts in Tom Ford

Naomi Watts in Tom Ford

Kate Beckinsale in Zuhair Murad Fishtail

Kate Beckinsale in Zuhair Murad Fishtail

Lupita Nyong'o in Ralph Lauren with cape detail

Lupita Nyong’o in Ralph Lauren with cape detail

Cate Blanchett in Valentino

Cate Blanchett in Valentino

Definitely some wedding dress inspiration here don’t you think?

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Jaw dropping dresses – Julie Vino

Earlier this year, I wrote this piece on two of my favourite wedding dress designers Lihi Hod and Zahavit Tshuba.  Now there must be something in the water in Tel Aviv because I’ve found yet another designer who makes the most stunning dresses and guess where she’s based?! Yep yep – Tel Aviv!

Please bow in wedding dress appreciation for Julie Vino. These glorious pics are from her 2014 collection and each one is a stunner.

These dresses are perfect for a boho beach casual wedding  or a dressed up black tie soiree. The lace on these dresses are divine and you know how I’m partial to beautiful backs. I’m in love. With every single one of them. Can I pretend that my wedding is like an awards show and change my dress at every ad break please?

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Trying to find “The One”

Ok so I mentioned weeks ago that I went to my first bridal shop weeks ago to try on lots of beautiful dresses to see if I can find “The One.” I tried on lots of different styles from dreamy backless dresses, to draped lace couture to short and sweet but unfortunately I didn’t find the one.

Now don’t get me wrong, I tried one stunning Alice Temperley number that could have potentially been “The One” but there were some elements of the dress that I didn’t quite like. It was also quadruple the amount that I wanted to spend on a dress.

Perhaps it’s because in my head I have a particular idea of what I want “The One”” to look like, and how I want it to fit. And because I’m getting married on a beach, I have to take into consideration the material (no sweaty pits please), the look (backless boho) and the fit (I like my shoulders but have double DDs!) and I want all of this for a reasonable price which I just don’t think is achievable.

Another pair of double DDs – Dilemma Dilemma.

But being the resourceful girl that I am, I was thinking of what my options could be.

a.      Keep on looking

b.     Buy second hand

c.      Check out the outlet stores

d.      Draw up my own design and get it made.

Now I know plenty of Brides who have gone with options B and C and it has worked out perfectly for them but I’ve got a secret weapon. The mother in law to be is an interior designer and upholsterer and is pretty nifty with the sewing machine. When I say pretty nifty I actually mean freaking incredible. She made her own wedding dress in the 60’s, made some amazing things for the home and sewn lots of clothes in the past so I know she  is more than skilful enough.

So dilemma solved, the mother in law to be is making my dress and I am so excited!  I’ve bought a couple of patterns from the world wide web that I like and a dressform from Amazon to help with seeing how the pattern fits.  I’ve drawn up some sketches of what I’d like the dress to look like and the next steps would be to  make the pattern and amend it to how I want it (make the back lower!)  and then cut it out of a cheap material like muslin and see how it fits and drapes.

We’re looking at Silk Georgette material and lace so we don’t want to be making the dress with expensive material straight off the bat as any mistakes made at that stage  will be very costly.

Totally accept that what we’re trying is bonkers because what Bride needs the added stress of designing and making her own dress?  But on the upside, I’m hoping that I’ll have my perfect dress by the end of it and for a fraction of the price.

Any other brides out there also undertook this crazy idea of designing and making their own dress?  Any advice will be greatly appreciated!

PS – I can never have a blog post without any pretty pictures so below are some lovely fashion sketches that provided some lovely dress sketches inspiration.

Pic cred – Bridal Sketches

 

2. Oscar de la Renta

Pic cred – The Board

 

Pic cred - Unknown

Pic cred – Unknown

 

Pic cred - Marchesa

Pic cred – Marchesa

Met Ball 2013 – dresses, dresses, dresses!

T’was the annual New York Met Ball on Monday night and I love a good old red carpet I do.

Theme this year was Punk so not a lot of wedding dress inspiration but there were a few.  Here are my favs:

Katie Holmes in Calvin Klein.

Katie Holmes in Calvin Klein. Beach wedding dress perhaps?

Sienna Miller in Burberry. The back was gorgeous but couldn't find a good pic of it!

Sienna Miller in Burberry. The back was gorgeous but couldn’t find a good pic of it – damn that glorious studded Burberry jacket!

Emmy Rossum in Donna Karen.
Emmy Rossum in Donna Karen.

Dylan Lauren in what I presume is a Ralph Lauren. Lovely drape.

Dylan Lauren in what I presume is a Ralph Lauren. Lovely drape.

Amber Heard looking hot in Emilio Pucci. Would make a gorgeous wedding dress me thinks.

Amber Heard looking hot in Emilio Pucci. Would make a gorgeous wedding dress me thinks.

And one for the Groom to be - Eddie Redmayne looking sharp in Dior Homme.

And one for the Groom to be – Eddie Redmayne looking sharp in Dior Homme.

One pic I didn’t put up here is Ms Kardashian’s floral ensemble – not something I would wear myself but definitely worth a Google! Thoughts on a postcard please.

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Book me a flight to Tel Aviv NOW!

Have you ever had that moment where you see a dress and you’re just speechless because it’s so incredible?

Like if you were able to wear this one dress, the world would just stop.

Yes? Well prepare yourself.  In researching for wedding dress ideas, I came across two extremely talented designers whose dresses are jaw dropping BEAUTIFUL. They’re not traditional, err more to the slinky slim fit and the designs are stunning – just what I’m looking for. However it sucks to be me as they’re both based in Tel Aviv.

Please, prepare yourself to cast your eyes over these lovelies from Lihi Hod and Zahavit Tshuba.

The collaboration of silks, laces, tulle, pearl and sequin embellishments are just perfect, glamourous without it being too gaudy and showing just the right amount of skin.

Right – I’m off to check how much flights are to Tel Aviv. Catch you when I’m older. xxxx

PS – Photocredit to hatunotblog.com for the Lihi Hod images. Don’t forget to check this site out – some fab inspiration ideas galore here. xx

Falling in Love

You have got to check out this ethereal beautiful video produced for The Lane – a must have source of inspiration for the stylish bride.

The dream like film is filled with stunning cinematography, flowing bridal gowns and a handsome man. Win, win and win. You are welcome.

Boho Wedding Love

Oh my. This has got to be the most beautiful boho wedding EVER.  Those bridesmaids dresses are stunning, amazingly accessorized and perfect for the natural setting.

And don’t get me started on the Bride’s dress.  I think it ticks every single box I have in my mind for my dress.

And yes I  might have watched this video 1 or 2…. hundred times.

You can find the dreamy like pictures from the wedding from the Spell & Gypsy Collective Blog here. Have a look around this blog after – it is pretty awesome.