Friday, May 29, 2009

Teal Stealer...
Emilie, you're such a copycat – I'm sure you must have sneaked a peak at my Polyvore set! Mind you, I WAS totally in love with it until I realised the dress was actually from the J Crew Crewcuts children's selection. Never mind - I still love it! Visit Polyvore and see what incarnation in teal you can come up with!

Posted by Jane Cameron.
All Work and No Play…
One of the real weddings recently submitted to us included the most delightful stationery. It was designed by Naomi Murrell and we are all in love with it (sorry, I can't share it with you until it's printed in the magazine!).

Naomi and seven other designers/artists are holding an exhibition at Urban Cow Studio in Adelaide, opening on June 3rd at 6pm. If the examples on their blog are anything to go by, it promises to reveal some truly inspiring work.

One of the other artists, Elisa Mazzone was one of my students at Uni SA when I lectured there in Graphic Design. She was a very talented member of my class so I am looking forward to seeing what she has produced in recent times.

As an aside, and is always the way in Adelaide, everyone knows everyone and Elisa is actually part of Mazzone Jewellers - we featured one of their stunning rings in Issue 10 - it is breathtaking I'm sure you will agree.

Do try and make the exhibition opening if you can and support a group of fabulously talented women.

Posted by Jane Cameron
Rock Princess
I'm loving the new fragrance by the Queen of bridal, Vera Wang, called Rock Princess. It's a little bit more spunky than her fragrance Bouquet and well suited to those girls who like a little bit of edge! It'll be available from 1 June 2009 from Myer, David Jones or call 1800 812 663 alternate stockists. Priced at $90 for 50ml.

Posted by Emilie Harrison
Pallas Hearts Melbourne
Renowned for their exquisite dresses that sculpt, caress and flatter the body like no other, Pallas Bride and Fashion is expanding and opening a studio in Melbourne at the end of May to the delight of many brides. Inspired by the overwhelming success in their home-based Perth salon and their second home in Sydney’s Paddington, Pallas has been holding trunk shows in Melbourne for the past two and a half years. With an unprecedented and growing demand for their exquisite gowns by Victorian brides during this time (many even going so far as to fly to Sydney for further appointments) they have decided to open the new boutique. The new studio, located in the fashion hub of South Yarra is within the Lyall Residences in Murphy Street. This allows Pallas to offer their gowns and creative expertise to the most discerning Victorian brides - perfect for those wanting something truly breathtaking on their special day. Visit, 18 Murphy St, South Yarra VIC 3006 or call 03 9868 8203.

Posted by Emilie Harrison

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Terrific Teal
Teal is one of those colours that's either hit or miss. It's a hard colour to get right. So often it looks tacky and rather hideous. The trick with teal is to incorporate softer colours, such as white and gold, rather than having a sea of teal on its own. If you get it wrong you run the risk your wedding will look like a Port Power convention. Seriously, not even a Port supporter would want this! Take a leaf out of my book and pick a few key pieces you'd like in teal and then incorporate the softer colours. If done right the look will be sheer sophistication. I LOVE a gorgeous pair of gold heels with a teal dress. Just gorgeous! Also, if you're thinking of having a lolly bar why not incorporate teal custom made M&M's (for all those of you lucky enough to reside in the USA). Delicious! Click on the Polyvore to view the pieces in more detail.

Posted by Emilie Harrison

Monday, May 25, 2009

Vintage Rules
If you're like me a love finding a bargain in a vintage shop then you'll be thrilled to hear that one of the Queen's of Australian fashion, Leona Edmiston, is launching a new consignment program in her vintage boutiques. This neat concept offers customers the opportunity to turn unwanted past season frocks into Leona Edmiston vouchers and give their wardrobe a revamp without spending a cent! It sounds too good to be true! Simply drop in at any time to a Leona Edmiston Vintage Boutique (Sydney & Melbourne) and give them your pre-loved dresses. Once you have agreed on your set price tag for the item, Leona Edmiston display it on the shop floor and when it is sold, give you 50% of the profit in a Leona Edmiston Gift Voucher! What a great way to update your wardrobe for a fraction of the cost! Visit for more details or to find a store closest to you.

Posted by Emilie Harrison
Tea for Two
If you're anything like us and love tea then you'll adore these new teas from Bat Your Eyelashes. Filled with flower buds and petals Happiness Tea promotes sublimity and laughter. Sleepy Tea is for blissful dreaming and Sniffle Tea is perfect for banishing colds. Love Potion lovingly combines rose and liquorice root for love. They truly look as good as they taste. Priced at $14.95 they'll make great gifts for your maids or will be perfect for a tea party! Available from Fleur Wood stores nationally or at

Posted by Emilie Harrison

Friday, May 22, 2009

More birthday pics
I was looking at the photos from my party and realised I forgot to upload these pics of the stationery I used. They are from super cute poppies for grace who also have a really sweet wedding invitation range. I put some chocolate choc chip cookies (from Nigella) in the goodie bags for the guests to take home.

Posted by Emma Henderson

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Lets get personal
I admit it, I have this weird obsession with coasters! I am not sure why - the girls in the office always make fun of me as every shoot we do I am always trying to get them in. I don't usually succeed, I think they have only made their way in once (see Issue 3). Anyway, I noticed these gorgeous personalised ones from Prior Engagement where you can get matching water bottle labels as well! There are lots of colours and styles to choose from, its such a great way to add that extra bit of detail to your wedding.


Water bottle labels

Posted by Emma Henderson
Wedding Guest Books
We received an email from Beck at Beckoning Designs about some lovely made-to-order Wedding Guest Books that she is making. She hand binds them individually in a range of beautiful hand silk-screened chiyogami papers. They will surely make a cherished keepake of your day.

Posted by Emma Henderson
Super Sponge
Hitting the shelves in August 09 is the newest technology is self-tanning, the ModelCo SunSponge Custon Self-Tan ($49). If self-tanning is something you find a little bit tricky (admit it, we've all had our tanning blunders!) then this will be perfect for you. SunSponge's unique ergonomic design ensures a controlled application for those hard-to-reach areas, whilst the sponge buffs and evens your tan to perfection for a truly swanky result. Enriched with Fructiplex™, to nourish, soothe & protect your skin with the moisturising benefits of Wild Rose Hip, Apricot & Palm Tree Extract, helping your tan last even longer. The fast-drying and non-greasy formula is also hinted with an exotic Cocoa Butter fragrance, leaving no tell-tale scent of fake tanning. Now there's no excuse for winter white skin! Visit to find your nearest stockist.

Posted by Emilie Harrison

Friday, May 15, 2009

Cupcake Cute
Whilst getting my daily fix at Twig and Thistles blog I noticed some cute baby shower cupcake wrappers and toppers from Meri Meri. I had a look at their website and found these gorgeous bridal shower cupcake sets. They cost $11.95 USD and ship internationally.

Posted by Emma Henderson

Friday, May 8, 2009

The Land Down Under #2
Rosemont Australian Fashion Week Spring/Summer 09/10

Enjoy part 2 from RAFW. Wayne Cooper put on an amazingly colourful show (as usual!), while Nicola Finetti created sleek, sophisticated and highly sexy pieces. Note that bright orange is making a comeback for spring/summer. Sunny side up!

Wayne Cooper

Nicola Finetti

Michael Lo Sordo

Marnie Skillings

Manning Cartell

Konstantina Mittas


Kirrily Johnston

Photos courtesy of

Posted by Emilie Harrison
Family Jewels
Last week I was alerted to the beautiful works of Barbara Rabito, a jewellery designer, who makes spectacular use of bits and pieces from all over the place. Barbara can customise neckpieces for brides, and will also work with family heirloom pieces to create something truly personal for your special occasion. Most recently Barbara created a standout necklace for a client using odd bits of pearl jewellery the client had from her grandmother. What an amazing idea! Her neckpieces are assemblages of vintage, antique and found pieces sourced from all over the world, with particular use of Art Noveau and Art Deco items. The new collection is inspired by her travels in the wonderful Argentina. To find out more about her pieces or to get something special made for your big day visit

Posted by Emilie Harrison
Oh What A Lovely Night
Metropolitan Museum of Art Institute Gala 2009

There is no denying that on the fashion calender the Met Ball is one of THE most prominent events. It garners more attention than any other ball on the planet and from the astonishing guestlist it comes as no surprise. With top seats selling for a whopping $250,000 each it's the event to be seen at. The 2009 ball, hosted by Kate Moss and Marc Jacobs, ran with the theme The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion. Giving a deep insight into the life of a designer and their muses was cause for much celebration amongst the fashion pack. If you're going to draw any inspiration for your wedding from an event it's going to be the Met Ball. Personally, I thought the standouts were Agyness Deyn, Jessica Biel, Kate Bosworth & Kate Beckinsale. I was most envious of Gisele Bundchen's legs and amazingly handsome husband. Lucky lady!

L-R - Kate Hudson, Stella McCartney, Liv Tyler and Kate Bosworth all in Stella McCartney

L-R - Elizabeth Hurley in Elie Saab & Cindy Crawford in Versace

L-R - Helena Christensen in Zac Posen & Lisa Cant in Monique Lhuillier

L-R - Marion Cotillard in Dior & Eva Mendes in Calvin Klein

L-R - Agyness Deyn in Burberry Prorsum & Gisele Bundchen in Versace

L-R - Emmy Rossum in Carolina Herrera & Claire Danes in Armani Prive

L-R - Eva Longoria in Diane Von Furstenburg & Claudia Schiffer in Versace

L-R - Katy Perry in Tommy Hilfiger & Jessica Biel in Versace Atelier

L-R - Heidi Klum in J Mendel & Kate Beckinsale in Marchesa

L-R - Anna Wintour in Chanel Couture with her daughter Bee Shaffer & Blake Lively in Versace

L-R - Renee Zellweger in Carolina Herrera & Rachel Weisz in Vera Wang

Photos courtesy of

Posted by Emilie Harrison
30th Birthday Celebrations
Well it was with a lot of hesitation and denial but I decided to embrace my 30th by having some girlfriends over for a champagne high tea at my place. I was inspired by the amazing high tea I had with my mum in London at The Lanesborough earlier this year. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try and do something similar. I spent quite some time pouring over magazines and cookbooks trying to work out what to make. I realised that I definitely enjoy the 'planning' side of parties compared with the actual 'doing'. Luckily I had pretty much everything made and looking pretty with about 2 minutes to spare before the first guest arrived!

The spread! I used an offcut of Designers Guild wallpaper left over from a photo shoot as a table runner. I also polished up some of my silverware collected over the years and used my Grandmothers cake plates.

Me in pink with some old school friends

Strawberries & cream in little paper cups

Chicken, tarragon, almond and rocket sandwiches, and mini lemon meringue pies

Prawn, lime and watercress sandwiches (I orignially made these for our tea party shoot in Issue 1 of Wedding Style Guide)

Green olive and artichoke tarts (made using the recipe found in Issue 1 of Wedding Style Guide)

Mini cupcakes (I always use the Magnolia Bakery cupcake recipe - it's definitely the best recipe I have found!)

I picked up this silver stand from a church sale for $5!

My husband Matt had drink pouring duties for the afternoon!

I had such a wonderful time with all of my friends and am so thankful to everyone who came and made it a special day.

Posted by Emma Henderson