Saturday, August 28, 2010

Wedding Bells

First off congratulations to my beautiful friend Jude and her new hubby Simon,

they got hitched last Friday. It was a fabulous day despite the ever unpredictable British weather working against us, and I think I can safely say a good time was had by all.

Left- Jude and her gorgeous dress, Right my very stylish mum.

I spent a long time working in hospitality and over the years I've worked through many weddings. Whilst the wedding dresses can get a little boring after a while, one thing I do love is outfit watching with the other guests. The good... the bad..... and the scary.

I met Tamsin early in the day and I was drawn to her when I saw her shoes! They're amazing. and to be perfectly honest the whole ensemble was brill...

Unfortunately there are no full lenth pictures of Tamsin , her gorgeous shoes and dress together, but a picture of the shoes shall follow

As mentioned, Jude's dress was BEAUTIFUL!

And CAKE! Rather than a a traditional wedding cake we had lemon cupcakes with white chocolate icing and chocolate cupcakes with chocolate orange icing. It wasn't a bad way to finish the day!

I think I should finish with one last picture. Of my mum and I. It took us both a few weeks of search and deliberation to find something to wear, particularly as we've had everything from 30 degrees to floods here. But I don't think we scrub up too bad...

Anybody else been to a wedding of late? Any good or bad outdfits that stood out? Any kooky wedding dresses that of note?


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

More Jewellery

So I blogged about my beautiful new ring from Shaun Leane just a few short days ago, and after reading a post on my absolute favourite blog A Little Bird Told Me I felt the need to add to this.

First off a HUGE thank you must go to the people at Shaun Leane. I e-mailed them after I posted about my ring to tell them about the post, and they returned the favour by featuring my blog on their Facebook Page. I'm delirious that they like my post almost as much as I LOVE my ring and it's a great little bit of publicity for my humble blog.

But moving on. A Little Bird has brought to my attention the issue of integrity amongst bloggers and journalists alike, particularly when there is the exchange of money/goods involved. Not only was the post a balanced and insightful view on an issue that is fast becoming a sore spot across the land of blog, it's also a warning to us all: once you lose your own voice and your integrity, there's no going back.

I should probably add to the bottom of this- there was no exchange of money, goods or promises in the writing of the blog and no bloggers were harmed in the process.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Love at First Site

That’s right LOVE.

Ok so I recently turned 21, and lots of my family members opted to give money to the poor student Chloe fund but I really wanted something I could keep and that I could use. The obvious choice was jewellery. I asked for and was given jewellery for my 18th birthday and it was a great way to have something lovely that would last.

So... off I trot to the jewellers. I wanted a new watch, having been without one for over a year now, I was getting desperate. I’m just a touch picky with watches. Delicate has never been my thing, but I don’t really like round faced watches and I don’t like that to be so huge that it bashes against everything. These are just a couple of reasons I favour men’s watches. So... drum roll please introducing my new watch!

Isn’t it gorgeous! I love love love it. It’s chunkier than most women go for, and to give the sales assistant some credit she was the one who picked it out from their selection having heard what I was looking for, and unlike so many I’ve spoken to, didn’t looked shocked/appalled/disbelieving when I mentioned that I like men’s watches and often find them easier to wear.Thank you Ashley. So that has been the first find, I hope you love it as much as I do!

The second and even more exciting find is this.

Not only love, but love at first sight. Inseparable, drool worthy, heart wrenching love. Having found my watch I had some money left over and started to have a poke about in the rest of the shop. And whilst there were lots of reasonably pretty things around it wasn’t until I got round to the very last case that I found this heart stoppingly beautiful piece. As soon as I saw it I knew I’d be buying it, which is quite unusual for me. I would usually take a long time to decide, I often wander around a shop holding on to an item of clothing, deciding whether I really like it enough to buy.

So some more info, for those of you who are as taken as I am with my hand candy. The ring is part of a collection by a jeweller called Shaun Leane. You can see his website and shop the collections online here. He is well known in the Jewellery trade and has collaborated with designers such as Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen. His relationship with McQueen spanned 15 years, and it’s not hard to see why when you look at his collections.

To celebrate 20 years in the trade, he created a diamond collection and diamonds now appear in his other collections too. My ring comes from the most recent Cherry Blossom collection, and I love it. It’s pretty without being to girly, it has character and pearls- who doesn’t love pearls? It dresses up jeans and a top and it sits beautifully with a wedding outfit I have geared up for my friend’s wedding, in a couple of week’s time.

In short: perfection.

Anybody else got something they just have to shout about? Anybody found a jeweller they truly love lately? Any exciting purchases?

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Scabby Gadgets

Ok... a little off course but useful never the less. Gadgets.

If you're technically challenged and the thought of purchasing something like a laptop or a smart phone fills you with dread then this website is the one for you.

A friend of mine who is a techie of the best variety set this website up to help people choose new technology and make an informed decision without advice that sounds like algebra. Short, simple and to the point.

The other brilliant thing about this website is the ability to review. If you've tried some fab new software, got a great new phone or found a fab new camera you can submit your review to Scabby Gadgets to help other people.

Go forth, and get Scabby with your Gadgets.