Style Diary, Wedding Inspiration

March Inspirations

March 1, 2015

March is here!  Which means that spring must be somewhere very close.  To celebrate the arrival of daffodils, Mothers Day and the relegation of the winter coat to the wardrobe, we thought we’d share some of the our March inspirations and how they have impacted on our Spring/ Summer 15 collection.

Snowdrops

Definitely one of the first signs that winter is coming to an end.  The delicate dropped head flower scattered amongst the grass or forest is one of the best sights in March.  Our freshwater pearl drop earrings reflect the classic and understated elegance of the snow drop; perfect for a wedding.  Pair with the Ginny clutch bag and mix with bold pinks and purples for a modern way to wear pearls.

Gold

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Gold is making a big appearance in SS15, especially in bridal fashion.  We love all types of gold whether it be blush, metallic or matte.  Try mixing different materials or textures of golds like our Art Deco shell bag to create a statement look.  If you are getting married and want to incorporate gold why not add fun touches such as these doughnuts…who else will have their food coordinating with the jewellery!

Blush

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Probably the biggest inspiration for our SS15 collection.  We just love the way blush and rose colours create an instantly soft and romantic look whilst still being modern and youthful.  Our new collection of sterling silver rings come with an 18ct rose gold option including the Erin and Mirabel rings pictured above.

 

 

Bridal Style, Wedding Cakes, Wedding Inspiration

Top 10 UK Wedding Cake Designers

February 18, 2015

Our picks of the UK’s top wedding cake designers

Back in olden times, instead of being eaten, wedding cake was thrown at the bride as it was believed to be a symbol of fertility…. You may want to pass on this ancient tradition. A cake made by one of these top UK cake designers is absolutely NOT to be thrown! You may not even want to cut it. Enjoy!

Olofson Bakery

Luxury London based cake company Olofsen design and create wedding cakes which will no doubt provide a wow factor. With truly unique designs, Ceri Olofsen’s creative flair will ensure your wedding cake will be like no other, with an incredible flavour menu as unique as the designs. And, you get your own watercolour painting of your chosen design! We’re a little lost for words to describe how beautiful these cakes are, take a little look for yourself…. Screenshot 2015-02-18 11.57.01 Screenshot 2015-02-18 11.57.23 Screenshot 2015-02-18 11.58.00 Screenshot 2015-02-18 11.58.26

Jen’s Cakery

We simply fell in love with Jen’s Cakery! Based in London, this boutique bakery creates a gorgeous range of cakes from pretty floral designs and naked cakes to something a little more unique (we’ll have the slate cake please!) With delivery available across the UK, talented Jen creates bespoke cakes which are truly special, and come in a range of tempting flavours – including battenberg! Just fab. Prices start at £150 Screenshot 2015-02-18 11.35.15 Screenshot 2015-02-18 11.35.57 Screenshot 2015-02-18 11.36.21 Screenshot 2015-02-18 11.36.44

Peggy Porschen

Peggy is a cake genius. A complete perfectionist, her cakes are flawless and undeniably beautiful. Featuring flourishes of meticulously hand-crafted sugar flowers, Peggy’s cakes are a statement by themselves. Peggy has designed and made cakes for the likes of Elton John, Kate Moss, Stella McCartney and Madonna. Go for a design meeting in the beautiful Belgravia ‘Pink’ Parlour and sample cupcake flavours over a glass of rosé champagne. Perfection. Screenshot 2015-02-12 17.57.24 Screenshot 2015-02-12 17.57.35

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Maisie Fantaisie

Founded by May Clee-Cadman, London-based wedding cake designer Maisie Fantaisie creates stunning wedding cakes that have been featured in top wedding magazines and recommended by some of London’s most prestigious hotels and venues. With a huge selection of gorgeous cake designs, they also offer a choice of sponge and filling flavours that can be combined as you wish (chocolate fudge cake with chocolate ganache and morello cherry preserve please!) Screenshot 2015-02-13 12.26.31 Screenshot 2015-02-13 12.27.06 Screenshot 2015-02-13 12.27.21

Little Venice Cake Company

With a list of celebrity and royal clients including David Beckham, Cheryl Cole and The Queen, The Little Venice Cake Company design and create beautiful, intricately-made wedding and occasion cakes including both iced and amazingly crafted chocolate cakes. Founder Mich Turner has been baking since the age of 15 and launched LVCC in 1999 so you know you’re in good hands! We particularly love her painted cake…. Screenshot 2015-02-18 11.20.26 Screenshot 2015-02-18 11.20.44 Screenshot 2015-02-18 11.21.09

Choccywoccydoodah

Brighton-based Choccywoccydoodah specialise in breathtaking bespoke wedding cakes made from chocolate. Step inside one of their Alice In Wonderland-esque shops and be inspired for your own bespoke cake, the perfect company for you if you’re looking for something a little bit quirky and a talking point of the big day. Believe us, these cakes are Amazing. Screenshot 2015-02-18 11.24.50 Screenshot 2015-02-18 11.25.32 Screenshot 2015-02-18 11.27.42

Rachelle’s

The uber pretty cakes at Rachelle’s Cakes go from quintessential English garden party inspired, to modern works of art. With both a food and design background, South-London based Rachelle will create a bespoke cake unique to you. The best part is, they will deliver these beautiful creations anywhere in the UK. Taste your way through the delicious cake samples while choosing your very own design. Check out the beyond-pretty mini cakes, too! Screenshot 2015-02-18 11.29.48 Screenshot 2015-02-18 11.30.16

Big Nights, Special Days, Style Diary

The Perfect Date Night Outfit

February 13, 2015

With less than 24hrs to go until Valentines Day, its easy to get distracted by the flowers and cards and forget about the annual wardrobe stress.  If you’re anything like us, your bedroom floor will look like a scene from Twister in the build up to leaving the house.

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Date Night Issues…

Lets face it, there is enough to think about before a big date (your date iteself, what to talk about, where to go); so let us help with some outfit ideas. Whether you’re planning a fun day out, a posh dinner date or just a chill out on the sofa…we have ideas for the lot!

The Daytime Date

This is a hard outfit to get right – it requires the perfect balance of understated romance, comfort and charm (whilst always trying to outwit the UK weather).  Try pairing a structured skirt (both midi and mini would work) with a relaxed tee or jumper.  We are loving pastel leather jackets for SS15 particularly in this cornflower blue.  Finish with a pair of pumps and a gorgeous clutch bag.  The Amber clutch is perfect for a day time date, adding a touch of glamour to the outfit.

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The Perfect Day Time Date Outfit – Skirt (River Island), Tee (Pieces), Jacket (Mint Velvet), Shoes (Michael Kors), Clutch (Vintage Styler)

The After Work Drinks

As our lives get busier, it’s inevitable that our outfits need to be able to take us from day-time to night-time whilst not comprising on  style.  Team your office shirt with a pair of high waisted or tailored trousers and a pair of killer heels to create a great silhouette.  Go for softer colours to create a more romantic style or if you want a real statement look try monochrome colours with a bold red lipstick.

Go from day to night - Shirt (Oui), Shoes (Guiseppe Zanotti), Bag (Vintage Styler), Earrings (Vintage Styler), Perfume (Vera Wang)

Go from day to night – Shirt (Oui), Bag (Vintage Styler), Shoes (Guiseppe Zanotti), Earrings (Vintage Styler), Perfume (Vera Wang)

The ‘Just Friends’ Date

Good food, good wine and great company – we would definitely opt for a date night with a friend. Go for a relaxed style with a hint of glamour with a pair of skinny jeans and a sequinned top.  Add a pop of colour with a statement clutch such as the Jemima Suede bag or through a pair of bold shoes.  We have gone for a stylish pair of flats but add heels for an instant way to smarten your look.

Dinner with friends - Jeans (Ted Baker), Top (Alice & Olivia), Shoes (Salvatore Feragamo), Bracelet (Vintage Styler), Clutch (Vintage Styler), Mascara (YSL)

Dinner date with friends – Jeans (Ted Baker), Top (Alice & Olivia), Bracelet (Vintage Styler), Shoes (Salvatore Feragamo), Clutch (Vintage Styler), Mascara (YSL)

The Dinner Date

Think candles, roses and a glass (or two) of bubbles.  The dinner date gives you a reason to go all out on your outfit and really dress up.  We are obsessing over metallics this season and love to combine different shades – particularly silvers and rose golds.  Go for a statement skirt with a delicate cami top and some gorgeous jewellery to create the perfect outfit.  For makeup we love bold eyes in smokey greys and silvers and if your feeling brave go for the lashes!

Mix Metallics for a dinner date - Skirt (Michael Kors), Top (River Island), Shoes (Casadei Barbarella), Jewellery (Vintage Styler), Bag (Vintage Styler)

Mix Metallics for a dinner date – Skirt (Michael Kors), Top (River Island), Shoes (Casadei Barbarella), Jewellery (Vintage Styler), Bag (Vintage Styler)

The Sofa Date 

We secretly think this could be our favourite type of date – a bottle of fizz, a good film, hair scrapped back and slippers on! Well, maybe not every weekend but the sofa date definately has a lot of positives.

The Sofa Date – Slippers (H&M), Pyjamas (H&M), Ring (Vintage Styler)

Special Days, Wedding Guest Inspiration

Can I Wear White to a Wedding?

February 10, 2015

As a wedding guest, wearing white for a friend or relative’s big day is traditionally a big no-no. Dresses in shades of white or cream are usually avoided to save upsetting or ‘upstaging’ the bride herself. With many brides these days now choosing to avoid white themselves in favour of pastel hues, grey tones or even bright coloured gowns, it is still important to make sure that nobody is upset by a guest turning up in white! Even if the bride herself is super chilled out, there are many (often older) other guests who may still frown upon anybody other than the bride wearing white. It’s best to avoid being the subject of gossip!

However, if white is your thing, we’ve put together a few hints that might help to avoid any unwanted drama on the big day!

1. Avoid bridal fabrics and textures

Steer well clear of lace, tulle, satins or heavy ‘bridal’ embellishments! Look for simple fabrics with a subtle print or thicker fabrics to provide demure structure rather than romantic textures to make sure you stand out for the right reasons.

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Dress: Choies High Waisted Dress | Shoes: Dolce and Gabbana Floral Courts | Ring: Vintage Styler Rose Gold Plated ‘Chloe’ Ring

2. Wear a white jumpsuit or trousers

Wearing white but not as a dress will ensure that your look is definitely not in competition with the bride! Compliment with monochrome accessories for a sleek look.

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Jumpsuit: Buxton cut-out jumpsuit at net-a-porter.com | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Clutch: Zac Posen | Bracelet: Vintage Styler Rose Gold Friendship Bracelet

3. Accessorise with non-bridal pieces

Go for bright or pastel coloured accessories to offset the white. Complimenting a white dress with beige or champagne can still look very bridal. Choose a statement hat in a contrasting colour, avoid heavy sparkle and keep away from flowers in your hair!

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Dress: Blumarine | Headpiece: William Chambers Millinery | Shoes: Michael Kors | Bag: Vintage Styler Jemima Fuchsia Suede Clutch

4. Avoid maxi length or overly bridal silhouettes

Choose a smart pencil shape and avoid floor sweeping dresses, flirty 50′s shapes or floaty midi’s. Wearing a shape which is traditionally non-bridal is the key.

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Dress: Priory  of Ten Open Back Dress | Shoes: Schutz Gilberta Pumps | Headpiece: Celine Robert | Clutch: Vintage Styler Amber Clutch | Ring: Vintage Styler Adele Loop Ring

Wearing what you are comfortable in the most important thing, but if you have any doubt that the look you have in mind may upset the bride, don’t wear it!

Would you wear white to a wedding? Is black as much of a no-no as white? Let us know what you plan to wear!

 

 

Featured Editors

Exclusive Interview with Loud as Love

December 10, 2014
Lauren Greevey
At Vintage Styler we have a lot of love for bloggers and vloggers. Being a blogger is a full time job, so we chatted with Lauren McGreevy, writer of lifestyle blog Loud as Love, to get the lowdown on what it is really like and some date advice.

How did you first get into blogging?

I started my first blog over five years ago. I found that it was the easiest way to share my photography with my boyfriend while he was away on holiday. It’s a little soppy,  isn’t it? I continued posting when he returned and it just went from there really!

How would you describe your blog?

A personal journal with a little bit of everything. I like to blog about fun days out, my future plans, emotional well-being, happy lists, my personal style, baking, my gorgeous moggies, beauty, etc. My blog reminds me of the scrapbooks that I used keep when I was in my teens. 

Do you have a full time job and how do you juggle both?

I do! I guess I never put any pressure on myself concerning my blog. Blogging started as a fun hobby and that’s how I’d like it to remain for the foreseeable future. It isn’t something that I ever want to feel obligated or pressured into doing because that would take the element of fun that I so dearly love away. It’s always nice to indulge in on my day off. I try not to take too much on and only agree to working with brands if I would find the process satisfying and exciting.

What is your favourite thing about blogging?

My readers, by a clear mile. When I’m having a bad day they are a reliable shoulder to cry on. They leave me the most thoughtful, kind comments and offer some great advice. My favourite thing about blogging is coming home after a long day at work and catching up with my comments and checking out their blogs. I feel very lucky to have them. 

What has been the biggest challenge so far?

Not being able to share some of the more personal things that have happened over the last year. I do feel as though there is a line that you shouldn’t cross if you want to retain some privacy, no matter how badly you want to lean on the community for support.

What do you see in the future for Loud as Love?

That’s a tough question! Hopefully my content will continue to improve. I’m constantly learning new tricks with the camera and researching post-processing techniques. The quality of the photography that I use on my blog is very important to me. I also have a couple of exciting ventures coming up that I can not wait to share in the near future!

How would you describe your own style?

I like to draw my influences from the 50′s and 60′s. I wear a lot of collars, shifts and bright colours! I love teaming midi skirts and patterned cropped trousers with shirts and pointed flats. Saying that, I tend to buy pieces based on how I feel about them as opposed to whether they would fit into any particular style. 

Do you have a piece of clothing or jewellery that is very special to you?

My mother handed me down a gorgeous, black lace dress that she used to wear over thirty years ago. I haven’t worn it but I absolutely will not part with it. My mum is my best friend and it means a lot that she saved it for me! 

You blog about going on day trips with your boyfriend, what date ideas would you recommend?

Jack and I usually keep it very simple. Old jazz music in the dining room over a candle lit dinner of pizza and cheap wine is always a winner! As is going to the cinemas to catch the latest blockbuster hit. Cheap dates aside, we do love to get dressed up and go out to eat for special occasions. During the Spring we like to go hiking in the Peak District or visit the seaside, those things count as dates too, right?

What do you think makes a good date?

Comfortable surroundings and flowing conversation. There’s nothing worse than feeling out of place and not knowing what to talk about. 

What would be your perfect date?

Wrapping up warm and heading to York, lunch in one of the many restaurants, hitting the shops and museum, perhaps a boat trip, a look around the Christmas market and a glass of Prosecco in a fancy bar to finish. Bliss!

What would be your perfect outfit for a date?

If we’re going out somewhere fancy, I’d probably stick to the trusty old uniform of the LBD, black tights, a pair of heeled booties, glamorous waves and a red lip. I love having an excuse to get dolled up! 

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Learn when to say no, because it’s impossible to please everyone at the same time and trying to stretch yourself in order to do that never ends well. 

What will you not leave the house without?

My watch! I feel completely lost without it and it bugs me all day if I forget to wear it. 

What tips would you give to anyone thinking of getting into blogging?

Enjoy it, don’t get caught up in numbers and statistics! Be thankful and attentive to your readers. Don’t expect everything to ‘click’ all at once, it takes time and effort to build something of substance. Make friends, get involved in blogger chats, spread the love and leave thoughtful comments on the blogs that you love reading. Blogging is fun and you will not regret getting into it. 
Thanks so much to Lauren for giving us some time in her hectic schedule, we loved chatting with her and definitely recommend checking out Loud as Love
Christmas, Offers

The VS 12 Gifts of Christmas

December 3, 2014

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! 

To kick off the festive season in style, (and to make your Christmas shopping that little bit easier!) we’re giving you 12 *amazing* surprise offers between now and Christmas day! Think of it as a little Christmas gift from us to you.

Sign up to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to be one of the first to find out each day’s offer and get shopping!

Merry Christmas! 

Love, Team VS xx28724

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Photo Styler – our week in pictures

December 3, 2014

Every week we will posting a few behind the scene snaps of what we have been up too! We can’t promise it will include much photographic skill, artistic flare or witty captions but we can promise it will be real and hopefully we will get some embarrassing snaps of the team!

Vintage Styler is expanding quickly and we’re really excited to be able to capture this and share our growth with you…so here are this weeks photos….

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Weekly meeting with our marketing agency Webtise’…could have picked a better picture but this one makes us laugh.  Chris, be warned, you’re next!

 

 

 

 

 

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Breakfast sorted! Nutritional value is questionable but it tasted good!

 

 

 

 

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We are obsessing over the new ‘Eden’ necklace that arrived at VS recently.  A wardrobe rota has now been established to prevent that embarrassing moment when you’re wearing the same thing as the whole office.

 

 

 

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The gorgeous Lydia Bright spotted filming for TOWIE last week.  She is wearing the ‘Felicity’ necklace from her range with VS.  Check out her full range here.

 

 

 

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Black Friday chaos hit Vintage Styler. Tip for next year - the relaxing way to grab a bargain…SHOP ONLINE!

 

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Friday we salute you! Thought we would include the laptop to make it look like we were working…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blogger Style, Bloggers We Love

VS Blogger of the Week

November 24, 2014

Welcome to the VS fashion blogger of the week! This is our chance to acknowledge the everyday girl and their style inspiration. The rise of the blogging community means that approachable fashion advice is at our fingertips. Every week we’ll share with you our pick of our favourite inspirational bloggers!

First up is… Megan Cawe

Follow Megan at: @megan_cawe

We’ve been following Megan from her early days and we still love her style! Just like us here at VS, Megan’s love of fashion began at an early age through a love of dressing up. Whether brunette or blonde her style remains immaculate. The queen of Topshop, Megan loves celebrity inspiration and designer fashion channeled through the high street!

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She’s also a fan of VS….

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For wearable high street fashion inspiration and style advice follow Megan @megan_cawe or head to her blog! 

 

Featured Editors

Exclusive Interview with Bridal Designer – Charlotte Balbier

November 17, 2014
Charlotte Balbier

Following the wonderful wedding dress advice that British designer, Charlotte Balbier, gave us for our wedding dress advice guide  We caught up with Charlotte to learn a little more about her, her new collection and her own personal style.

Charlott Balbier

Charlotte Balbier

 You come from a family of designers, with both your  grandparents and mother being designers, How do you think they have influenced your designs?

My grandparents were in the bridal industry and My Mum is award winning bridal designer Amanda Wyatt who is celebrating 20 years at the forefront of British bridal with her own brand Amanda Wyatt.  I was born into a bridal dynasty so to speak!  My grandparents had several bridal boutiques across the U.K and a manufacturing business that supplied independent boutiques both in the U.K and Internationally.  Bridal has been a family business and it still is, even my grandfather still works in the business.  I’d say that I’ve tried my best to have a different look from my mother and grandparents because I wanted to put my own stamp on things!  But what I have been influenced by is their tremendous dedication to their businesses and hard-work ethic.  We’re a family who work hard to achieve our goals.

Where do you start with a new design?

Every dress starts with an inspiration and I’ll explain further on this below!  I’ll always carry a notebook in my handbag to write down any ideas that come to me.  I will sit down and sketch dress ideas before a collection and source fabrics from trade shows.  I’ll then configure the best way to work with our crafted artisans to create our beautiful Charlotte Balbier gowns!

If you If you hadn’t become a bridal designer, what career do you think you would have liked?

I am an absolute dog lover.  My lovely dog Buster is a very loved and spoiled dog.  So it’s more than likely I’d have been involved with dogs somehow so perhaps a vet!

Who are your fashion heroes or inspirations?

I adore Elie Sabb, his Red carpet gowns are simply out of this world. Valentino is my all time favourite and I have huge respect and admiration for Jenny Packham and Vivien Westwood, very different designers but love them both.

How would you describe your own style?

I’m a smart dresser for sure and I love a bit of colour!  I like to invest in classic items and I’m a massive fan of Temperley and Jenny Packham.  I also love to add that little bit extra to an outfit so you’ll often find me wearing something sequin within an outfit or wearing a big statement piece of jewellery.

Do you have a favourite or special accessory?

I love my Chanel handbag I bought years ago.  It’s a classic leather padded black one.  It’s an absolute coveted item that lifts the aesthetic of any outfit your wearing!

What would be your perfect outgoing outfit?

I love a good pair of shoes.  If you follow the Balbier Brides Instagram you’ll often find me taking photographs of my footwear on a night out.  I love wearing smart jackets and tight jeans.  At the moment I am a big fan of everything in Ted Baker!  They’ve got some amazing things in at the moment!

You must attend a lot of weddings, do you have any advice for wedding guests to help make the day perfect?

After planning my last wedding.  My one piece of advice if you have the budget is to hire a wedding planner.  I hired Charley Beard from The London Bride who writes a big bridal blog!  She was super helpful and gave me a number of unheard tips to make it into a fabulous day!

What is the best aspect of a wedding for you?

It has to be the wedding vowels.  No matter how big, small or fancy your wedding is going to be!  It’s what you and your new husband to be have to say to each other that counts!  What myself and Teddy said to each other in front of the whole church was the most meaningful part of my wedding day!  I’m a true romantic!

What can you not leave the house without?

I’ve just treated myself to a lovely new Mercedes Black car.  So for the moment, I’d have to say I hate walking anywhere and leaving without it

A massive thanks to Charlotte for chatting with us and she has even shared some images of her lovely new collection with us:

 

Big Nights

Big nights: Best five bars for a couple’s night in London

November 12, 2014
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Whether it’s a hot first date, or an anniversary night with a loved one, a stylish bar in London is the perfect spot for clinking cocktail glasses, flirting, and enjoying sophisticated chatter. If you’re looking for a pre-dinner drink or a late nightcap, then you can’t beat these five chic London bars for ambience and style.

Kettner’s – Soho

With a decadent 1920s style, Kettner’s bar is bathed in the soft glow of Tiffany lamps and tall candlesticks at night, creating the perfect playful, flirty atmosphere. The cocktail menu is inspired by the bar’s scandalous past, with plenty of gin, and cocktails dedicated to its famous patrons.

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