Yellow, red and other bold colours for spring and summer this year!
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Browns and yellows have always been a match made in Heaven, don`t you think? I would say that you can never go wrong with mixing these two tones together.
I like to pick my outfit depending on my mood, for example, today I am feeling happy and energized so yellow could be the perfect colour to tell the story about me. Earthy tones – yellow, brown – will make you look stunning during a job interview, meeting or a coffee pause at the local coffee shop.
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Yellow is extremely popular on catwalks for spring and summer 2018, while golden tints always were the choice of many brides. Soon a new collection, all in golden tones is to be released. For a sneaky peek sign for our newsletter .
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” Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in your shoe…” Proverb
Are you a bride who wants it all white or are you thrilled to show your “something blue” off?
Slowly but steadily new trends come into such a conservative area as bridal fashion. Just fifteen-twenty years ago, almost all brides who followed Western traditions knew the color of their dress-white. Maybe, shades like ivory or eggshell could also get some consideration, but that’s it. Very few rebel brides dared choose something else, like black or purple.
Things changed and now happiness comes in all the colors. In 2017 practically all big brands offer at least blush and some other pastels, many have floral dresses and some go really avant-garde with rich and bright colors.
It will be an exaggeration to state that this trend is mainstream, though it is definitely going to spread from catwalk designer dresses and celebrities’ weddings to everyday life. Women always like to express themselves, and many know that white is just not their best matching color.
White is also losing its positions as the symbol of innocence and virginity, which was of paramount importance for previous generations. Other colors are stepping in:
Among the brides, who decided to go for more color in their look, not everyone, however, would opt for a colored dress. It might be that she does not find her favorite model in any other color than white or her family really wants her to be traditional or she really likes a white wedding dress. In this case, color accessories is a perfect way out, shoes, bags and hair adornments add that perfect touch without being “too much”.
My new collection of bridal hair accessories Blue Wonderland was created for girls who do want a splash of color in their outfit. Blue is dominant, silver is complimentary and white is used for accents. According to many studies, blue is the favorite color of both genders, more than half of all men and 30 per cent of all women love it most of all.
Blue is associated with water and sky, it represents depth, stability and symbolizes trust, wisdom and confidence. When chosen for weddings, it conveys purity and fidelity, it is even a part of any traditional bride’s outfit, and her “something of color” shall be blue. So why not so show it off instead of hiding?
Blue Wonderlandcollection offers several headbands, pins, combs and hair vines. Every accessory has a handmade silk flower. For making them I use only natural silk and natural blends, high quality Japanese dies and non- toxic glues, nothing else. Each petal is cut by hand, then painted and shaped with special instruments, and finally assembled into a fabulous flower. This is a lengthy process, almost a meditation and it allows me to create exactly what I was imagining.
Alongside silk accessories, I introduced a very trendy item, namely, leather flower headband, for a bride who wants something edgy. Being seen everywhere in 2016 and continuing into 2017, leather accessories are modern additions to the bridal range of headwear.
This collection introduces a new category, wedding hats and fascinators for mothers of the bride and groom and even wedding guests. As a milliner, who both studied traditional techniques and is constantly learning new approaches, I aimed at creating smaller, contemporary alternatives to what is usually presented as a mother of the bride/groom hat. I have used light and strong thermoplastics material for the bases, then covered them with leather or stretching textiles and decorated with matching trimmings. These hats are more resistant to weather conditions that straw or sinamay, although they won’t tolerate much rain, of course. Their neutral design makes them wearable in different time of the year, not only spring or summer.
Their shape, so-called, percher hat, is very flattering for many faces and also very versatile, you can wear them tilted to one side or in the middle of the forehead. They also allow more choices for your hairstyle than big brimmed hats, and they are appropriate for morning, afternoon or evening receptions. You can wear at them many other occasions, as their silver shade and simple shape will match a lot of your outfits without looking too dressy.
Last but not the least, I took special precautions to make these accessories comfortable for the wearer. Many of the headband bases are handmade of strong flexible millinery wire, as these are easy to adjust directly by the wearer and help to avoid the unwanted pressure on the temples. For those models where I used a ready- made metal headband, there is an option of custom made base as well, please contact me before placing an order.
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Mother of the bride is a very important lady at the wedding. Traditionally it were the bride’s parents who paid for the most of the wedding and that made mother of the bride in charge of many details at the reception. Among them, the unwritten rules for wearing headgear.
My mother is a very trendy 60-year-old lady, but would still like to have traditional headwear for our church wedding. What type of design do you suggest for a classic yet contemporary style?
My answer was:
The mother- of- the bride has probably most freedom of all ladies at the wedding in her choice of headwear. Traditionally she sets the rules, be it the size of the hat or whether or not to take it off during the course of the day.
If your mother would like to follow traditions, there are several things to keep in mind. For a formal church ceremony it’is better to choose a classic and refined look leaving more romantic and boho- inspired pieces like a large sunhat for a more informal garden wedding.
The time of the wedding is another crucial factor. According to the wedding etiquette, in the first half of the day a hat with a larger brim is fine, while for the evening reception a cocktail hat or a smaller fascinator is more appropriate.
If your mother will be acting as a witness and then receive the guests, a hat with a down- turned brim will make it more difficult to proceed with kissing and greetings.
Having said all that, I think a sleek and elegant hairpiece, like a pillbox- style hat or a tasteful fascinator is a great option for a trendy mother- of- the- bride. My personal favourite for this occasion would be a percher hat. These 3D headpieces have been extremely popular for the several seasons now. They are amazing at adding height and style without overwhelming the bearer. It will bring contemporary twist and accentuate the sophistication and personality of your mother’s outfit while being highly appropriate for a formal church wedding.
If you are interested in purchasing this design or would like to order a bespoke hat, contact me for a quote.
Lily is a flower of paradoxes. It is a symbol of fertility and innocence, kings and criminals, eroticism and chastity, resurrection and death, purity and sin. It also is a very popular flower for weddings, both in a bridal bouquet and a as a gift to the newlyweds. So what makes it so controversial?
“Lily” is a Latin term “Lilium” and is derived from “leirion”, the Greek name for lily. It grows in many countries around the world and accounts for thousands of sorts in multiple colours.
Sex, fertility and virginity, does it go together?
You can hardly find another flower so charged with sexual appeal and connotations as lily and at the same time being a symbol of complete opposite, the virginity and chastity. Initially lilies were associated with fertility and female deities, who could give or take lives. Later it became more and more connected to male deities of skies and the sun. Lilies of warm shades, orange, red and yellow belong to this group while white lilies are associated with virginity (which eventually means no further line of descendants) and death. The pistil is connected to manly qualities and military force.
Ancient Egyptians loved lilies and attributed this flower to goddess of creation and fertility Ishtar (or Astarte), who also was a virgin.
Minoan civilization in Crete considered lily to be a sacred flower, a symbol of goddess of hunting Britomartis (aka Diktynna), who had her origin in Neolithic times. She had also been known as the “Mistress” or Potnia. Originally she was an aspect of Mother of Mountains and appeared with demonic attributes of Gorgons, double axes and snakes. This ancient image was somehow softened by giving her a name of Britomartis, or “good virgin”. After the final decline of Minoan civilization, she became the Greek goddess Artemis.
In ancient Greece lily was tightly connected with motherhood. According to one story, when the supreme god Zeus wanted to give immortality to Hercules, his son from an affair with a mortal queen, he tried to have him drink breastmilk of his wife, goddess Hera. It did not go very well and her milk got spilled, creating the Milky Way in the sky and white lilies on the earth.
At the same time Greeks looked upon this flower as a symbol of eroticism full of male appeal, due to its long pistil representing a phallus and pollen associated with fertility.
Women also tried to guess the sex of an unborn child by approaching a future mother with a rose in one hand and a lily on the other. If she picked the rose, it would be a girl, if she picked the lily, it would be a boy
Romans had a legend according to which the goddess of love Venus arose from the sea foam and saw a lily. She became jealous at its beauty and to spoil it she made a huge pistil grow in the lily’s center. It also was linked to Venus and Satyrs, who personified lust and passion.
Now let’s move to the Christianity and their beliefs. Christians dedicated lily to Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus.Archangel Gabriel while announcing the happy news to Mary handed her a white lily and this scene became a popular theme in medieval art. White lily became a symbol of virginity and chastity; many other Christian saints were portrayed with lilies.
In Middle Ages lilies acquired even more functions, especially in heraldic.
Fleur de Lis, the Royal French dynasties flower, might be actually an iris, but it is widely known as French lily. It has been widely used in heraldic emblems, like coat of arms and even today it is considered as one of the symbol of France, being printed on postal stamps, for example.
Probably this quite macabre usage influenced the European traditions of giving lilies during saddest occasions in life.
Lilies accompany death since ancient times; in Egypt they were often placed on the graves of young unmarried people, to mark their innocence.
In Germany lilies embodied life after death and even today you should not give this flowers as a gift, as it is only appropriate for the funerals, together with chrysanthemums.
In other European countries lilies are often given at funerals, especially white lilies, as expression of condolences.
At the same time, lily is a popular wedding flower, as a symbol of purity and a start of a new family.
In China lily is a traditional flower for weddings, as its name in Chinese sounds like the beginning of a phrase to wish the newlyweds a happy union for many years.
In Greek wedding ceremonies the priest places a crown of lilies and wheat, symbols of purity and abundance on the bride’s head.
Lilies are the flowers of the 30th anniversary of marriage, symbolizing devotion.
Lilies represent long lasting relationship and are a symbol of unions, thus making this flower an ideal choice for weddings.
Let’s see if you can understand the language of this contradictory flower.
Flower Language. Lilies
Stargazer lilies are one of the most popular varieties, developed as late as in the second half of the 20th century. Their impressive blooms and great fragrance quickly made them favourite with brides all over the world.
A bouquet of pink stargazer lilies will bring wealth and prosperity to the new couple.
Red lilies, on the hand, are a bit more difficult choice; they mean both wealth and pride, but sometimes convey disdain and hatred. If you get a bouquet of red lilies, it is hard to be sure whether to be glad or get on your guards.
Yellow lilies signal an attempt of a young man to make you notice him.
If you get a bouquet of orange lilies you may be sure that the man who gave it to you is really interested in you and is asking you if it is mutual.
The snow white lilies of this sort are extremely popular for weddings and are often make part of the bridal bouquet and wedding decorations. It is a classical choice for the bride’s bouquet, to underline the girl’s purity and beauty. Usually a bouquet of white lilies is given only to your beloved one.
This bright orange lily has a lot of dark spots on its petals, hence, association with the feline family. It is very bold and is not at all modest flower. It symbolizes wealth and female courage and if you would like to wish a career woman of the bride success in her life, you could hardly find any better way than give her a bouquet of tiger lilies.
Alstroemeria (Peruvian lily) resembles a miniature lily come in wide range of colours. They also do not have a stron g smell typical for other lilies and make a great alternative to brides with allergies. They mean friendship and devotion and are therefore a perfect choice for weddings.
So having made this trip through time and cultures, I hope every bride who sets her mind on this flower will find a perfect match for her ideas. It might be her bouquet, or why not an accessory with lilies, like in ancient times?
A small tasteful headband with orange lilies will be a joyful choice for a summer garden reception
while this golden leather lily headpiece oozes the charm of roaring 20th and Great Gatsby inspired wedding party.
So now all the mysteries are revealed, which one will YOU go for? Comment below, I would love to hear your thoughts!
Roses have always fascinated us, by their beauty and fragrance and people have always tried to find a way to make these flowers last longer. I am in love with them as well, and make mine from silk and leather. If you want to know how I do that, please follow me and I give you a glimpse of behind the scenes.
“She cast her fragrance and her radiance over me. I ought never to have run away from her… I ought to have guessed all the affection that lay behind her poor little stratagems. Flowers are so inconsistent! But I was too young to know how to love her…”― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
People love roses, even those who say they don’t; somewhere deep inside. Real roses take months to grow and then they fade away after just couple of days. To preserve their ethereal beauty artists have always tried to create their versions in paper, stone, metal and fabric. Sometimes they use more unusual materials. Like leather, for example.
I make my flowers in both fabric (silk, and rayon blends) and leather. Though there are many similarities between these two processes, they have their own charming specialties.
So, how are these beauties being born to make lovely accessories? I count in hours to give some time reference to the process.
Roses come in so many shapes and colours (see the major types here) that choosing which one you would like to make is a hard task. An adventurer in me would like to try something new, never done before, while a conservative perfectionist reminds me that I did want to develop that certain type a bit further. After some serious negotiations I finally set up on a completely new flower, and go to inspect my stock. This particular rose will be a present to a very special lady and I know that her favourite colour is turquoise. Not an easy colour choice for a rose. I do find a piece of gorgeous turquoise leather and to balance it I choose a piece of grey soft leather for the leaves.
First step in making a rose is to prepare the pattern and cut it. Patterns are usually a simplified version of a real flower, with 1-2 petals of different shape and size, although some roses may contain 4 or even more type of petals. So I cut around 40 petals for this rose, as well as ca 10 leaves. The process is a meditation, relaxing and exciting, the rose starts to emerge.
Now it is the time to give the petals some shades, for leather I use either acrylic or special leather colours. I think this turquoise will really benefit from some golden shimmer, so I add it to most of the petals and some leaves.
After letting them dry I need to treat them with a stiffening solution. There are many versions of it; personally I prefer one based on PVA glue, as it is a completely nontoxic and safe choice.
The next step is manipulating the petals, some petals need to be treated while still wet, some need to dry first.
So all the petals and leaves are dry and the next process is treating them with tools. I use electric tools that are heated evenly, on a low temperature not to burn the leather. This is one of the most spectacular processes, when a flat 2D shape suddenly transforms into a curved, 3D petal. Several tools are used to create desired effects; I usually use at least 3 tools per each petal, trying to enhance the shape. Leather is a pliable material but has different qualities than silk, and that requires special techniques to achieve seemingly similar results.
When the petals are shaped and cooled down, it is time to wire them. Not all of them need that, but those bigger outside ones definitely do. Wire allows to create interesting shapes of the roses, it supports the petals and allows the flower to keep its shape. In silk flowers you do not need to cover the wires, usually the petals are doubled, but in leather you do, for extra security and overall beauty. The wires must be coloured to match the petals, of course.
Yay! Everything is ready for the final step, assembly of the rose. That is when the magic happens, you rose slowly grows from a bud to a full open flower, and you feel the joy of creating something unique. Even when I make several roses at once, they still get a bit different, like in nature, for worse or better.
When the rose dries after the assembling, it is time to mount it into an accessory, which might be a brooch, or a headband, or anything you have in mind. Some final touches, and voila- a new rose is born!
This is how the process looks in general, smaller roses may go a bit faster to create, while big English roses with many dozens of petals will require more time. This is still much faster than in nature and your rose will stay with you many, many years. You do need to be gentle with it, though, remember not to wear under heavy coats, avoid rain and exposure to strong sun for a long time and it will stay as fresh as in the day of creation.
P.S. This particular rose is on its way to that wonderful lady, hope she will enjoy this birthday gift.
Flower crown and weddings is a match made in heaven. Fresh or artificial flower crown has been a favourite bridal adornment since ancient times. And it still is, triumphantly worn everywhere, from catwalks to country weddings, in many, many countries around the world.
What do we know about such important bridal hair accessory as a flower crown? Why do brides wear them?
In ancient Egypt flowers were the most affordable accessories and women lavishly decorated their hair with fresh blooms. Flower arrangements were widely used for religious ceremonies, mostly in the form of a bouquet.
In ancient Greece flower crowns were popular for both humans and gods. Olympic games’ winners as well as poets wore olive wreaths. Statues of gods were decorated with circlets of certain plants, like oak for Zeus, laurel for Apollo, grapevine for Dionysus and myrtle for Aphrodite.
Ancient Romans loved to give laurel wreaths in a shape of a horseshoe to its victorious generals and warriors; while governors and senators wore olive leaves wreaths.
In its early stages Christianity took considerable distance to tradition of wearing flower crown. It was looked upon as a part of pagan religions and only the crown of thorns of Jesus was allowed.
However during the Renaissance the attitude started to change and flower crown again made it appearance. The language of flowers emerged as a secret way to convey feelings. Ophelia in Hamlet seems to be very fluent in it: “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembering. Please remember, love. And there are pansies, they’re for thoughts,”
Later on in France Marie Antoinette’s bucolic style of life made the flower crown a romantic token of simple joys of country life.
SLAVONIC and GERMANIC traditions
Slavonic tribes believed that wreath was a solar symbol and its circular shape has special magic meaning. They believed it conveyed the idea of absolute perfection, eternal circle of life and also was a symbol of fertility.
Men and women, children and adults wore different types of flower crowns for many social occasions. Young girls wore special flower circlets as a symbol of their innocence and to lose or give them away was a serious disgrace. In Ukraine this type of wreath makes a part of folklore costume nowadays.
Another type of wreath was a must have for the celebration of summer solstice, known in many Slavonic countries as Ivan/Yan Kupala, in Baltic as Ligo and in northern European countries as midsommar/midsummer. It is an oversized flower crown made of green leaves and wild flowers. At the end of the celebration that night girls threw their wreaths into a river to see if they get married this year or not, depending if the wreath floated away or sank. In other areas these flower crowns were burned or left in the fields in order to protect the harvest.
Wedding flower crown was one of the most important details of the wedding rituals in Slavonic countries. Its circular shape (like those of the wedding ring and special wedding cake karavaj) was the symbol of marriage itself. Later on Christianity picked up this tradition and turned it into a part of the wedding ceremony in the Orthodox church. During the lengthy wedding service the witnesses hold two golden wreaths above the heads of the bride and the groom and at the end put them on them. This marriage ceremony that does not exist in Catholic and Protestant churches is even called after the wreath, and means “crowning with a wreath”.
In many countries with warmer climates the abundance of tropical flowers created strong traditions of wearing flower crowns, garlands and other stunning decorations. In Polynesia (think Hawaii) both men and women wear serious amounts of flowers and vines for many occasions. There the wreaths serve as both decorative elements and are given as gifts to show affection and respect.
One of the numerous traditions, namely, bridal wreaths made of orange blossom flowers greatly influenced modern Western wedding tradition. In China they were symbols of bride’s purity and innocence, while in Arabic countries they personified fertility, as it is one of the rare plants that have blooms and fruits at the same time.
Whether for these symbolic qualities or just for its beauty and fragrance, in 1840 Queen Victoria chose a wreath made of orange blossom (or fleur d’orange) as her hair accessory for her wedding with Prince Albert. Thus she set up a bridal fashion trend for many years to follow. In cold climate of England and other northern countries the real orange blossoms were a very expensive accessory, so they were successfully substituted by wax replicas. This tradition became so popular that created a new expression, “to gather orange blossoms” which meant “to look for a wife”. Quite charming, isn’t it?
HIPPIES, FLOWER CHILDREN
At the end of 1960s the Western countries were reshaped by youth movements, and a whole culture of Hippies, nature lovers, emerged. The flower crown became more than a cute fashion accessory; it was a symbol of this generation and represented peace and love, two major values of the hippie style.
During several past years the flower crown made its major come back both in catwalks and in the streets. So why do brides choose it today?
It has been a symbol of love and marriage for centuries and we women love deep meanings and traditions. It is very versatile, from a thing string of simple flowers to an full circle of oversized blooms in all colours and types of flowers, the flower crown matches any style just need to find yours.
A spring bride can wear a subtle thin circlet with smaller flowers.
A vintage inspired bride will appreciate a semi crown imitating the Victorian orange blossom wreath yet with a modern twist and in pure silk that will not melt or get deformed like a wax wreath would.
For a summer or destination wedding a bride might consider a lush flower crown with big blooms in bold colours which will be a focal accessory without looking over the edge.
Fall bride might enjoy more unusual wreaths, made of bright autumn leaves or rowan for example.
And a winter bride may go either for a rustic flower crown, with acorns and greenery or indulge into a fairytale wreaths of silvery and blue shades.
Another big advantage of the crowns is that they are extremely versatile, can be worn by themselves or with a veil. They do not require a complicated hairdo making the wedding day SO much easier for the bride.
Sustainable fashionor eco fashion is aiming at creating environmental friendly and socially responsible model of human consumption. You can already now contribute to it by taking small steady steps.
Being far from hardcore movement, I have not given much thought to sustainable fashion concept till couple of years ago. Now as an ordinary consumer I experience myself more and more that the way conventional fashion and consumption shape our world and our lives just can’t go on any longer. We suffocate in enormous quantity of unnecessary, unloved and ill-fitting garments, spending loads of hard earned money on that, severely underpay workers in the poorer countries, and damage the environment all at once.
At the same time I agree we can hardly return to many centuries ago and stop the industrial development forever and ever. I am also against going in rags or mending everything around nonstop. So what is the solution?
The way to more sustainable fashion probably lies somewhere in between, in moderation and balance. Before going and teaching others I decided to see what I am able to do to improve it personally. As they say, preach what you teach.
So how to reduce the number of items in your wardrobe all staying fashionable? Here are several lessons I learned during my travel towards more sustainable fashion style of life. Hope it inspires you or at least makes you think over some things.
Fashion obsession, teenager game’s over.
I love clothes, accessories, shoes, love to play with them, creating new variations depending on my mood that particular day. And for that I used to buy a lot of clothes, not caring how matching it is in reality, thought I can figure it out. It did work when I was a student and could dress any quirky way without eyebrows raised. However, after getting my first employment it suddenly got much harder. Joyful bunch of clothes from the latest sale in H&M was hanging in the wardrobe while I put on same set of items, day after day, washing them during the week end. And then started all over again.
Lesson 1. It’s ok to play but one day you need to grow up. Make sure your clothes do that, too.
Does it work? Slowly but steadily it does. All tight dresses and too short skirts are out and not coming back. I have three major colour palettes (purple, turquoise and blue) and three neutrals (grey, black and beige) to combine my clothes effortlessly.
Oh, who does not love them? Honestly? Who can resist grabbing 10 things at 50% discount, no matter they are slightly bigger/smaller, a bit broken, of strange colour or you already have 5 similar in your wardrobe? It took me several years to realize that giving barely worn (or completely unworn) things away after they hang for a year in your pretty full wardrobe does not make it easier to get more stylish.
Lesson 2. Make a list of maximum 2 things you need or want to buy during this sale season, stick to it and go only to more expensive shops than you are used to.
Does it work? Yes! Most of the time it does. Especially it helps to go to a higher end shops than I usually buy from. My aim right now is to be able to buy one thing from Hugo Boss a year rather than 10 things from Topshop.
Natural fabrics, comfortable cut and timeless design are the basics of a well selected wardrobe. However it is really difficult to stick to it, as lots of shops tempt you with very cute copies of runway models and you do want to follow the latest trend.
Lesson 3. Learn what makes you look best and is most comfortable, and pick the pieces that fit into your style. Spend a bit more for natural textiles like cotton, silk, wool or blends, they feel so much better against the skin.
Does it work? Personally I realized that polyester is not for me with the only exception of sports clothes. I always check the labels inside the clothes and if I do not see a good portion of the natural fibers, the item goes back to its rack. And yes, I do choose “cotton” over “cotton rich” and “silk” over “silky feel”, amazed by how marketing people trying hard to make us think it’s the same.
Vintage and second hand.
I shall be honest, I am not the biggest fan of second hand clothes, will never buy for example shoes or underwear there, purely of hygienic reasons. For accessories though or a nice piece of fabric to use for a project I am fine. I do buy also from ebay, as it feels somewhat less intimidating than a second hand shop.
Lesson 4. Do check online and brick and mortar second hand shops, as you might find exact thing you were looking for on the high street this season with no result.
Does is it work? My best catch was a Karen Millen cocktail dress for 12 pounds, looked absolutely new. I also found a dress by Odd Molly, my favourite brand, from 2 seasons ago, which I was searching high and low for everywhere. Just don’t get carried away! Moderation is the key.
Be a designer!
I believe that most women and probably many men, too, might benefit from at least basic skills in making clothes. It might stay at school textile course level or turn into a hobby or even a carrier, and it will teach one loads about the design and fashion. You will understand much better how to choose good material, and how to care for it. You will learn how long actually it takes to make a “simple” skirt, for example, and will value the labour and skills invested into the garments. You will be able to see if the item is well cut, if it is sewn impeccably or will fall apart within a couple of weeks. It will teach you a lot about the history of fashion and design and help you to find your style.
Lesson 5. Do try to make something! Accessory or a piece of clothes, does not matter. It will bring you so much more satisfaction and you will cherish it for much longer than any bought thing. Be creative!
Does it work! Oh, yes, 100% for me. I learned lots of crafts since I was a kid and each opens a new universe to explore.
Reaching for more sustainable fashion does not need to be hard and boring. It does not need to wear only brown or grey natural linen baggy clothes, as many may think. There are so many ways we may contribute without feeling of being deprived of anything and on the contrary, getting richer and better. Every little step counts, make it now and tell me in the comments what you think!
Peonies are wedding flowers par excellence. Here are 7 reasons why romantic brides are choosing them for their weddings.
Peonies are one of the most favourite flowers for weddings and it is in June that these flowers are in abundance. Delicate white or blush blooms are ideal accessory for the romantic bride. A bouquet made of peonies looks gorgeous and very stylish. They can also be mixed with either other pastel shades flowers like roses and lilies of the valley, simple and lush greenery or some brighter flowers like poppies.
Several facts you need to know about peonies:
Varieties: ca 40 species, where ca 30 species are herbs and ca 8 species are of tree type. In 1948 an intersectional (Itoh) peony was created in Japan.
Available: May-August (UK)
Origin: Asia, Europe, North America
Colours: White, Ivory, White with Pink accents, Coral, Deep Burgundy, Yellow
Symbol for: Wealth, honor, beauty, romance and prosperity. They promise good fortune and a happy marriage for the newlyweds.
Countries symbol: China and state of Indiana
Wedding: According to Flower Anniversary guide, peony is the flower to be given at the 12th wedding anniversary.
Legend: Paeon, in Greek mythology, the physician to the gods, was saved from the death and turned into the peony flower by Zeus.
The tip: Peonies love water, so to keep them fresh put them into water as mush as possible. If you would like to keep the buds closed keep them in cold water in a cool place the day before the wedding. In warm water they will open very quickly.
7 reasons why you should choose peony for your wedding:
Symbol of love, beauty and prosperity, this flower is a perfect choice for a bride who wants a happy marriage
Stunning beauty of its big blooms easily make a statement in a bouquet or a center piece with just a few flowers.
Its exquisite fragrance while very pleasant does not knock you off your feet and creates a charming fairy tale ambiance.
Great choice of colours will suit many wedding colour schemes. White for modesty and shyness, pink for romantic love and deep redfor wealth and prosperity being the most suitable for wedding.
Peony is an edible flower, its sugared petals will be a lovely decoration on your cake. In China the petals are sweetened and used as a tea –time delicacy. Another great idea is to add them to lemonades and punches for a wow effect.
Use soft peony petals instead of traditional rice toss, it’s very beautiful and romantic and also much more ecological friendly.
And last but not the least, peonies make perfect accessories, as a flower in bride’s hair or the groom’s boutonniere, or brooches for bridesmaids.
If you would like to keep calm and not worry that your beautiful wreath will suddenly wilt in the summer heat, you can opt for silk peony accessories. They will give you peace of mind and a perfect keepsake from your wedding for years to come.
Blue rose is hard to obtain.Twilight Blue collection of wedding headpieces and accessories is on the way to help you with this.
Blue rose, is it real? What is it for? Shall we look for it? Let’s listen to an old Chinese story and make our own conclusion.
Blue colour is loved by both men and women, it is the colour of the sky, the water, serenity, depth and infinity. It symbolizes trust, wisdom, loyalty and heaven.
Blue is a popular choice for weddings, and for a cause. Every British bride knows that she has to get “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in your shoe”. Blue represents here purity, fidelity and love. Brides who chose this colour are often patient, wise, reliable, with a relaxed attitude, feel contented and happy.
Nature loves the blue colour as well, there are numerous flowers in all its shades. Bluebells and forget-me-nots, hyacinths, hydrangeas, cornflowers, lobelias, irises, anemonies, nigella, orchids and many others. But I bet you have hardly seen a blue Rose. Until it is an artificially coloured white one, they simply do not exist. Due to that fact, blue roses symbolize mystery and longing for impossible. In some cultures they even believe that the person who finds a blue rose will have his or her wishes granted.
My new upcoming collection of blue roses is inspired by this old Chinese story.
Once there was a princess who did not want to marry any suitor. Her father worried that after his death there would be none to protect and cherish her and insisted that she chose someone. The princess asked to be allowed to come up with only one condition that a future husband should fulfill.
That night she went out to the garden to think about the most important quality she wanted from her husband. She thought that nothing alone was good enough for this task. If she picked beauty, he might be cruel, if she chose wealth, he might turn out to be stingy and so on.
In the garden she met the gardener’s son, who was her friend since childhood. He suggested that she makes into some kind of test, that is difficult, but not completely impossible to fulfill and ambiguous enough that only she could decide if the suitor succeeded.
The next morning she told her dad that she would marry a man who brings her a blue rose.
Many tried their luck. One merchant was eager to get the riches of the kingdom if he married the princess. So he paid the best florists a lot of money and they put a white rose into tinted water and it turned blue. However when the princess took the rose to smell several blue drops of water fell on her arm and she understood it was a trick. The suitor was disgraced.
Some time passed and a young warrior decided to take this challenge and win the hand of the beautiful princess. She would make such a great asset in his collection of treasures. He ordered to carve a blue rose out of a gorgeous sapphire. She got very angry when she saw a cold and hard stone instead of a soft and gentle flower she dreamed of. The warrior had to retreat.
Then one of the king’s advisors who was very smart and wanted to become the most powerful man in the kingdom decided to solve this problem. He asked a wizard to create a magic blue rose. And the wizard did, he gave the young man a glass box. When the princess opened it she saw a magnificent blue flower, but when she touched it, her fingers ran through the thin air. She was very disappointed that it was nothing more that smoke and mirrors and did not want to merry the liar.
That night she was upset and went again to the garden to think what she should do. She met the gardener’s son and told him what was bothering her. She said: “ Nobody managed to find a blue rose. I wish I could marry an honest and true man, like you. Not a merciless and cruel, but kind and patient, like you have been. Not the one who seeks power and wants to become king but who loves me for who I am, like you do”
The young man told her: “Princess, I will bring you the blue rose tomorrow. Wait for me in the blue ball room just before the sunset.”
The next day at sunset the princess, her father and her court were waiting in the blue ball room. The gardener’s son showed up with a single ordinary white rose. The courtiers were wondering what he was doing here with a common white rose and expected him to be sent away right then.
The young man came to the princess and knelt. At that very moment the sun was setting and its light lit up the petals of the rose through the blue glass of the window. The rose turned blue. The princess looked in his eyes, took his hand in hers and announced: “ My people, I finally found the man who is honest and true. The man who has been understanding and let me see in my heart what I really want. The man who does not seek the wealth, fame or power, but appreciates me for who I am. In his hand he got the gift of love, a blue rose. It is a blue rose because I see it so.”
The princess and the gardener’s son got married and lived happily ever after, because they found the secret of true love and happiness.
Nowadays we still need to look deep in our hearts and find what the love is for each of us. Hopefully we do not have to wait for many suitors to bring us the symbol of this search. New collection of Twilight Blue is on its way!