Sunday, 17 July 2016

Here Comes The Bride - Wedding Dress Exhibition

Hello folks!

What a lovely weekend it's been, we've finally had some sunshine and so it finally felt a little bit like summer. I thought I was going to have a jam packed weekend but it actually ended up being pretty relaxing. I even managed to fit in something I never normally do. I went to church!

Now it may (but probably won't!) surprise you to know the Ginge and I, as well as the rest of my family are definitely not church goers. In fact, the only times I have been in a church in recent years has been for weddings, which is pretty apt considering this is the reason I ended up in church on a Saturday. Not for a wedding, but a wedding dress exhibition. A collection of wedding dresses from people in the local area were on display at the church so my Mum and I went in to have a look. 

There were roughly 12 dresses on display, the oldest dress dating from 1956 and the newest from 2013. I love seeing the changes in clothing shapes and trends in exhibitions like this. You can really see the evolution of style between one decade and the next. Especially the dresses from the 80s with tall the frills and puffy sleeves! I actually shared a video on 100 Years of Wedding Dresses last year which gives you a good insight into the ever changing bridal styles

Each dress was accompanied by a short paragraph explaining why the bride chose her dress as well as a small mood boards with photos of the inspiration behind the dress or the setting of the wedding.
I loved the 1956 wedding dress (the first photo) as it reminded me very much of the photos I've seen of my Nan's wedding dress. But I thought the medieval style dress with the Celtic design was an interesting choice. Definitely not in the vein of the type of dresses you normally see on the TV or in the movies. The amber tiara was also very pretty.  

I'm still collecting images onto my Pinterest board Wedding Dress History so have a look there if you want to check out other wedding dress styles from across the years.

Which dress is your favourite?

Em x

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Skinnydip London

As I mentioned before Ginge & I celebrated our anniversary in London last week. 
I ended up getting into London quite a while before Ginge did, so I did what everyone does when they have time to waste in London and went for a wander with no clear idea where I was going or what I would find. I ended up coming across a couple of vintage stores that I had a rummage through before heading over to Covent Garden. That's where I came across a new bags & accessories brand Skinnydip London

As I stepped through the doors, I was in complete handbag heaven! They have some brilliant quirky designs and seem to have everything from coin purses to clutch bags, satchels and huge bucket bags. Not to mention, makeup bags, phone covers, headphones and laptop cases. Their stuff is totally up my street - sparkles, unicorns, bright colours, pastel hues, what's not to love?!

They also had a sale on and I treated myself to this little petrol blue lovely!

It's a gorgeous cross bodybag and was reduced down in the sale to £20.  The colour is just beautiful and the main reason I picked it up in the first place. The fact that my old handbag currently has the strap tied on as the links broke from over use also meant it made complete sense to purchase a new one! It's a great size for me for a day bag, I find th bigger the bag the more likely I am to stuff it full of rubbish I don't need to be carrying around. The only downside for me is that there is no inside zip, just the flap that goes over the top of the bag. (Does that make any sense?!) But it's just my personal preference to have one. If you fancy it for yourself, you can still buy this bag online here but hurry because who knows how many are left!

I've had a look on the Skinnydip London website and here are the things that are now on my wishlist!

Black sparkly goodness! 

Because who doesn't need a flamingo coin purse?!

I just love the pastel colours of these, you could customize notebooks or a plain phone case with these.

Holographic accessories are just so cool. They always catch my eye.

Oh Wow! Rainbow sequins, black pompom. SOLD!

 This is just so cute and the colours are lovely

The silver & blue are a great combo and the nautical theme is subtle

This one is so fun! Cheeky and great for nights out

What's your favourite?

Check Skinnydip London out at the below links

Em x

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Geek Chic Goodies!

Wow, we're over a week into July already! How did that come by so fast?! It feels like this year is whizzing past so quickly, especially the weekends. Last week we had a weekend where we had nothing in particular planned but it ended up being a pretty busy one and I've come into some new items I think you might appreciate.

So, last Sunday we stopped into our local Comic Con fair. Now as you know, we recently went to the MCM London Comic Con so we weren't too fussed about making it too the local one but as we ended up being in the town centre anyway Ginge & I thought we'd pop in for a mooch around with one of our friends. Obviously our local fair was much much smaller than the MCM event but it was nice to see an event like this where local people can celebrate all things pop culture without having to spend a lot of money on tickets or travel.

As with MCM there was so much stuff I could have blown all my money on as well as a lot of stuff I hadn't got a clue what that show/reference/character was about! I did make one purchase though which was this awesome Grimhilde & Maleficent selfie tee! It's by SwanStar Designs and the lovely designer Kathryn was sporting the same tee herself on the day. As I'm sure I've mentioned before Maleficent is my favourite Disney villain so how could I not buy the t-shirt?!

I also have some purple lipstick that is a great match to the purple in the tee, not that you can particularly tell in these pics, but a win all round in my book!
Now for the obligatory selfies in my selfie t-shirt!

There were some great t-shirts, postcards and jewellery featuring lots of pop culture references, my favourite one's obviously being the Disney villains like Maleficent, Cruella DeVille and Ursula. Take a look at SwanStar Designs on RedBubbleEtsy and Instagram to get yourself some pop culture goodies!

Also at the fair was the amazing jewellery company Snikt & Bamf who I spoke about in my MCM this post here. I LOVE their jewellery designs and it took all my effort to not buy anything on the day. But! This week the Ginge & I also celebrated our anniversary and oh man did the boy do good!

We went to see Charlie & The Chocolate Factory theatre show and in the interval we swopped presents, I nearly cried with excitement when I unwrapped THIS!!

This is the Jaws necklace I had my eye on at both Comic Con fairs!

Turns out Ginge bought it at the Watford Comicon while our friend played the distraction!
I love it so much, I've been wearing it non stop ever since! It looks especially great with black top & jeans, my grey cardi, and a bright red lipstick

So 1000 boyfriend points to the Ginge for his necklace choice!

The past few weeks has also been great for my creativity, I have a new venture that I'm working on. It's quite a big project but I'm enjoying the journey so far and hopefully will have everything in place to share with you in September. If you follow me on Instagram you'll be seeing little sneak peeks of parts of the project I am working on - follow me @emmayouens if you want to have a look.

Until next time!

Em x