Gypsy Rose Vintage Custom Flower Crown / Religion ‘Olsen’ Maxi Dress / Phoebe Jewellery Moonstone Moon Necklace * / Betty Jackson Black Bag *
As promised, I finally got around to re-shooting the outfit I wore to my little cousins wedding a few weeks ago. I had been aiming to get a few photos quickly at the church on the actual day, but as we were also the wedding photographers (hence my camera sized bag here & not a delicate clutch!) there was just no time spare, so I got plenty of weird looks and stares when I put this outfit back on and walked down to the park in it to get some photos yesterday afternoon!
Usually when I’m invited to a wedding I get asked ‘please don’t wear black!’, and of course if the Bride asks me not to I’ll go out and buy something more fitting for the day, but thankfully my cousin said she didn’t mind when I asked her. I’m trying to limit my spending, so I turned to my wardrobe to see what I could put together and found this maxi dress. It’s been hanging in there for months, it’s a bit too long to wear without towering heels, and a little too impractical and princess-ish to wear casually, so I’ve never really had a good occasion to pull it out until now.
I still wanted to make sure it looked at least a little like a wedding guest outfit, like I’d made an effort and not just turned up in my normal everyday wear, so I started hunting for a nice headpiece to finish it off, and that’s when I stumbled upon Gypsy Rose Vintage. I loved that her crowns were more wild looking and organic with the mixtures of flowers, leaves and sprigs of wild flowers, instead of just a row of oversized roses like you usually see. I fell hard for her ‘Bella Rose’ crown, but I’d had an image of a dark purple/pink one in my head that I just couldn’t shake. I emailed Rebecca to ask if it was possible to make a custom one in these colours, half expecting that she would say it was too short notice, but she couldn’t have been more helpful. She hunted down the most perfect selection of flowers in exactly the colours I’d been thinking of, emailed me throughout to get my input and when it arrived it was even more beautiful than I’d imagined! The flowers are such lovely quality, and as it’s a whole band it can be worn multiple different ways on the head. One things for sure, I’ll be taking the first excuse that comes along to wear this again!
ASOS Heels / Jennifer Behr ‘Eris’ Crown / French Connection Lace Trim Dress / Sophie Hulme Crossbody Bag / Vashi Ring /
Vivien Frank Tennis Bracelet / ASOS Gold Plated Shark Tooth Necklace
Summer means wedding season, and apparently you can’t wear black to a wedding, as I’m continuously told every time I get invited to one! In the past I’ve gone out & brought dresses in purples, blush & dove grey purely for this purpose to keep everyone happy, knowing I’ll never wear them again. It’s a huge waste of money, I usually just end up giving them away after as there’s no point them sitting in my wardrobe collecting dust, and honestly it’s kind of ridiculous – black is smart, classy & super polished, so what’s so bad about wearing it to a wedding?
I did actually wear black to my cousins wedding a few weeks ago, as you might have seen on Instagram and I’ve been meaning to get some proper outfit photos of it to prove that it can totally be wedding appropriate with the right styling. Sadly the weather has other ideas right now! I have two more weddings in the next few months too, and I fully intend on wearing black to both of them as well, so when Vashi got in touch to ask what my perfect wedding outfit would be I thought it’d be a good excuse for some wishlist outfit planning!
I think the key to making this work is keeping it simple with feminine silhouettes & fabrics, like this wonderful lace trimmed French Connection dress, and then picking a few pretty accessories to help you fit in amongst all the florals & pastels that everyone else will undoubtedly be wearing. This way you still have a nice dress that you’ll be happy to re-wear, instead of one brought just for this occasion and never to see the light of day again. Jennifer Behr‘s garland crown does this so effortlessly, and it’s subtle enough that you could wear it casually too, honestly I’m already dreaming up outfit possibilities and cost per wear to justify buying it!
Barrie Stephen / King Street, Leicester
A few weeks ago I paid a visit to Barrie Stephen‘s King Street salon to finally get my hair sorted out before my cousins wedding. I’m pretty low maintenance with my hair, but it hadn’t been cut for close to 6 months and it was starting to get a little scruffy and in serious need of a good trim. I’d left it a little late, but they were so good at getting me in at pretty short notice despite being busy.
I sat down with the lovely Olivia in the upstairs Colour Lounge (which is beautiful!) and she advised me that the length and colour really suited me so to stick with those, but maybe run some subtle highlights through it to give the impression of more body and movement. I haven’t had highlights or bleach on my hair for many years now, after it went like straw from too much (home!) bleaching as a teen I spent a long time growing it out and getting it back into a nice condition. We both agreed that it could easily handle a little bleach now, and I liked the idea of having something other than a flat dark brown for a change. I really appreciated that she listened and took into account the fact I admitted I can be quite lazy with my hair, so she kept the highlights subtle and my layers long so it’d be nice and low maintenance for me.
As I waited for my highlights to develop I had a little wander around, the interior of the salon is just perfect, it feels slick and modern, but with lots of little quirky touches. I loved the newly opened Barbers Lounge which is across from the Colour Lounge upstairs, it has such a great retro feel with the old school chairs and dark wood, even the guys working in there fit in with the whole look! The huge photo wall showing off their achievements, milestones and memories is such a nice feature too, I love all these little bits of personality that really come through when you look around. Barrie is also the ambassador for Woodside Animal Center and has been doing an incredible job over the past few years helping them to raise much needed funds and awareness. The Care4Paws appeal is still going on, and you can still donate to help them reach their target for the veterinary facility they desperately need.
It’s easy to see why they have won a whole host of awards over the past 10 years, the service was excellent and I was made to feel super welcome by all the friendly staff who made sure I was never without a fresh drink and something to read. I felt totally at ease with Olivia and happy with the suggestions she made about freshening my hair up, and that’s pretty rare for me when I visit a new hairdresser for the first time. I absolutely love my cut and the colour, it feels so fresh, bouncy and healthy again. I think you know it’s a good hair cut when people tell you that your hair looks nice but they’re not quite sure what’s different, like they assume you’re just having a really good hair day, and I’ve had that a lot these past few weeks!
Todd Lynn x Topshop Tux Jacket / New Look Shirt Dress * / Bloody Mary Metal Tribal Moon Necklace * /
Elemental Luxury Phantom Quartz & Tourmaline Rings / Bloody Mary Metal Lonely Bone Ring * / Next Leather Boots * / Mulberry Mabel Bag
I have too many shirt dresses to count, but I couldn’t resist adding this one from New Look to my wardrobe too. I love when you find really beautiful fabrics & cuts for this kind of price on the high street, it’s a super soft woven viscose in such an easy, casual fit. I sized up to give it a little extra slouch, as I think this makes it looks even more luxe.
This tux is such an old favourite, I always throw it on when I want to feel put together & it never fails me, it could make even the most casual outfit look smart & is the type of piece that would make a great addition to your work wardrobe because of this. Ever since I brought it I’ve been hunting for something similar that has that same magic, but I’m yet to find one as good as this. I wish Topshop still did collaborations like they used to, I brought almost every jacket from this collaboration & I still regularly search eBay for the few I’m missing because the ones I do own are some of my very favoruite pieces & such high quality for the prices.
These platform boots were my pick for the Next #ShoeboxJukebox party & I’ve barely taken them off since then. Despite the height, they are insanely comfortable & they pretty much go with everything, plus they are a wonderfully soft leather. I danced in them all night at the party & I’ve been shopping all day in them too! Well done Next!
I’m always getting asked why I’m always wearing tights, esepcially now it’s getting warmer, you can also faintly see why here – my legs are constantly covered in huge bruises because I’m the biggest klutz!