Wedding Shoes – It’s All In The Detail.

Last week it was confetti this week it’s shoe clips. It seems I’m on a roll with the wedding related blog posts at the moment, it must have something to do with our one year anniversary coming up and that lovely feeling of nostalgia for the day.

So it was pretty easy finding the right shoes. I got them on the first shopping trip, they were of course the first pair that we saw, but being thorough, myself and my lovely friend Clare did a full search of probably all the shoe shops in London, with much loitering around the shoe section in Liberty. However, I knew that we had found the ones, so it was back to the first shop for a final try on. So with shoes in bag off we went to drink lots of fizz and eat fancy raddishes at Hix Bar Soho.

Looking at my new shoes, I knew I loved the shape, style, height and their sparkly gold colour, but they needed just a few little extra details. I had to make my amazing sparkly yet slightly plain peep toes just a little more colourful, plus this was also a way to incorporate something old and something blue into my outfit.

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING BLUE – I used beautiful bits broken of jewellery that I loved and that had memories attached to them. A turquoise ring that I had worn thin and that had once belonged to my good friend Laura, an earring, also turquoise and that was a present for my 30th birthday also off Laura, I’d sadly lost its partner. Another worn out ring from my first and life changing trip to India and a tiny little horse that was a gift from long ago and also my Chinese Astrology sign.

Turquoise ring that was passed onto me by my friend Laura and other bits from my jewellery tin.

Turquoise ring that was passed onto me by my friend Laura and other bits from my jewellery tin.

Turquoise earring, turquoise ring from India and my tiny horse

Turquoise earring, turquoise ring from India and my tiny horse

I had the best intentions of assembling these pieces myself, however with time running out and being busy drying out hundreds of rose petals! I looked for help and as fate would have it my Mum and good friend Marina of Pistachio Inc (and wedding props lady extraordinaire), both knew the lovely Kate Peterson who as luck would have it, not only does amazing hair and make up, but also makes wedding accessories. So help was at hand and my shoes clips were constructed perfectly. The clips and shoes teamed up with some beautiful turquoise nail varnish, made for some very happy wedding feet.

So it really is worth saving all those pretty bits of broken jewellery and making yourself something nice x

Shoes from Dune and nail varnish from Lancome.
Photography by AliPaul

Save All Your Petals For Me – Homemade Confetti

There’s nothing like a little light crafting and collecting to make me happy, one of my recent obsessions has been collecting and drying as many rose petals as I can get my hands on. Luckily for me my lovely local florist has been handing me all of her wilted blooms.

My obsession started last summer with the build up to our amazing wedding, which I still haven’t had the chance to blog about. So I suppose this is also my first wedding post!

Rose petal & lavender confetti for our quests.  Presented in easy to hand out in little paper cones.

Rose petal & lavender confetti for our quests. Presented in easy to hand out paper cones.

So I wanted to find an alternative to paper and even worse plastic confetti, these are both a problem for wildlife and places of beauty. Plus I love the smell of roses, just add some lavender and you have a pretty, beautifully scented and environmentally friendly confetti to fling.

All you have to do is –

1 – Gather as many petals as you can (befriend and keen gardener or florist).

2 – Place your petals on a warm sunny window sill, the lovely smell will fill the room and the faster they dry the better. You can also use a cooling down oven. Place on a clean baking tray and keep an eye on them, I’ve crisped a few batches.

3 – Place in a dry container and sprinkle in some dried lavender. This smells delicious and keeps any pests at bay.

4 – Voilà! You’re ready go.. Place in easy to carry paper sweetie bags, make little paper cones, or just throw them straight from the basket.

The confetti gauntlet - Lots of fun :)

The confetti gauntlet – Lots of fun 🙂

Rose petals and lavender are also wonderful for popping into your homemade soaps and for scenting your bath water.

Enjoy x

Photography by AliPaul