On the 3rd Day of Christmas FBrides Brought to You…

22 Dec

Kinfolk 1 Good afternoon beautiful people!

Well now! We are getting pretty dang close to Christmas and I’m seriously hoping that y’all are sorted present-wise and now kickin’ off with your family festivities and all-round general merriness…

Not quite? Yeah me neither, I’ve still got a gift to make. Yes, you heard me right, make (glutton for punishment, right here!) and the wrapping is still untouched… Not to mention the fact that there are still numerous puddings to be made before the big 2-5 hits us!

Today, we’re looking at one of my all-time favourite present ideas: the gift that keeps on giving, whether that’s on a monthly, quarterly or bi-annual basis, a magazine subscription (or buying a back catalogue of issues) is a seriously rad gift!

Here are our favourites!

Kinfolk 4 Oh, yes!

We LOVE Kinfolk. Describing themselves as a ‘slow lifestyle magazine’ this print is all about the good life: simplifying, building communities and spending our precious time with friends and family.

Kinfolk 2 Kinfolk 3 I’m really not sure I need say anymore, but this concept, it’s execution and sheer aestheticism is just everything.

Founded in 2011 and now the leading lifestyle magazine for young creative professionals, you need Kinfolk in your lives!

Kinfolk 5 Next up is a new discovery for us here at FBrides, but boy are we hooked.

Meet Boat

Boat logo Boat 3 An independent travel and culture magazine, Boat magazine shines a different kind of light on cities with a big story to tell.

Let’s hear it from them, shall we?

For each issue, we physically move to the focus city for a few weeks setting up our studio and working with locals to create the content. The locals get to decide what they want the world to know about their city, and we work day and night to uncover stories that don’t usually get told. This inside/outside approach to a city keeps the perspectives varied and balanced and the overall content raw and often surprising. Digging deep in each city, Boat Magazine presents gritty, honest, inspiring editorial through interviews, features, stunning photography, personal profiles, artwork and fiction.

Our aim is to act as a great big RESET button – changing and updating readers’ perceptions of what the city is actually like. Because we spend a good amount of time in each city, you won’t get the typical fly-by top 10 lists, tourist hotspots or new openings – you’ll actually get to meet the locals, learn some secrets, and be inspired by these cities that are full of life and passion.’

…Perfect for those driven by their wanderlust!

And as for the photography in this publication, I mean, seeeeriously!

Boat 6 Boat 4 Boat 5 Boat 1 Boat 2 Next up comes a dose of sheer Cali-cool…

Bare Magazine is the University of California’s premier fashion, lifestyle, and art publication.

Entirely student-run and produced, Bare embodies the diversity of looks, trends, and people at Cal and all over the Bay Area.

So if you’re California dreamin’ this magazine will totally take. You. There.

Bare 1 Bare logo Bare Bare 2 OC 4 This next subscription is one I’ve experienced first-hand and would whole-heartedly recommend!

Providing an astoundingly beautiful aesthetic and a true sense of escapism through its pages, allow me to introduce (and fully endorse) Oh Comely

Oh Come OC 3  In their own, oh-so-eloquent words:


It is a magazine that makes people smile, full of quiet moments and stories. Read it with a cup of tea or a toddy.

It inspires people to be creative, talk to their neighbours and explore new things. There are adventures that capture the feeling of being free, stories from people with tales to tell, recipes to warm your heart, and crafty things to make. All these things, wrapped up in beautiful words, illustration and photography.’

Oh Come 2 OC 2 Like I said, this is a fantastic gift for any gal pal / mum / super cool nana.

Full of quirky character, dreamy imagery and with a wonderfully clean, minimal feel, Oh Comely is a firm favourite with Festival Brides.

Hello May 1 This next magazine is perfect for any newly-engaged mates or family members you might be looking to buy for…

The ridiculously cool bridal magazine, Hello May

Hello May 2 Hello May 5 …Yup, you already guessed it, Hello May comes to you from the trend-setting, infallibly-cool down under!

I’ll let its creators, Emma and Sophie, tell you a little about their amazing mag:

The creation of Hello May came about for one very simple reason. There’s a hell of a lot of awesomely talented and insanely creative people out there working to make the quirks of your wedding day every bit as unique, fun, and inspiring as you imagine it to be – we wanted to connect all those wonderful wedding vendors with inspired brides and grooms-to-be.’ 

The most incredible inspiration from sunny Australia, right to your British front door!


Hello May 3 Hello May 6 Hello May 4 And last, but certainly not least, is the effortlessly cool Nordic journal, Oak.

Oak 1 Really though, that cover just says it all, no?!

Looking at the unfathomably cool depths of Nordic culture, food and design, Oak is a new bi-annual magazine.

With a focus on the lifestyle and the people involved in this seriously stylish magazine’s creation, Oak really is a must-have for any it-girl.

Think iconic style combined with amazingly understated photography and you’ve imagined this insanely rad publication.

Now, come on, who’s buying me this?!

Oak 2 Oak 3 So, whether you manage to grab a last minute subscription, wrap up a back-catalogue of these amazing publications or (if you’re running a little late) simply create a sweet homemade voucher, promising the subscription to come, these publications from around the globe are sure to make for an original and full-on inspiring gift this Christmas!

I’ll see you guys on Christmas Eve for a little trend post on the chicest way to embrace Christmas decor for your winter wedding, but be sure to tune in tomorrow for Laura’s 2nd day of Christmas goodies!

Peace + Love

Clare X

On the 4th Day of Christmas FBrides Brought to You…

21 Dec

26 Morning morning!

Here’s hoping you guys are having a seriously chill Sunday, I’m thinking: still in bed, maybe a little Christmas choonage in the background, sipping on a nice warm latte while perusing the web on your iPad…

You’re looking for something beautifully soft on the eyes, something so effortlessly chic and understated, but still with that essence of Christmas glam…

Look no further, girl.

Today’s gift ideas are ALL about that trend. You know, the one we’ve been cooing over since, like, August… No, really!

The always-elegant and feminine Copper trend is still at the top of our wishlist.

25 Whether your sister likes minimal cool or full on bohemian embellishment, copper jewellery swings both ways.

At each end of the scale, copper (or rose gold) is the only metal you need to be shopping this Christmas; warming, sophisticated and ridiculously versatile, this pinky tone is everywhere and damn it, we want it ALL!

11 10 7 5 23 24 For real, though: Free People have NAILED IT with their holiday jewellery line. I had such a hard time choosing just a few items to show y’all!

However, if you’re buying for some sorta alien female that just isn’t really into the jewellery thang (Pshhhhht! Who’s she tryna kid!? Ha!) there are a ker-zillion ways to wear copper this Winter, from androgynous flats…

12 …To a rosy, golden highlighting powder that we are totally lusting over….

13 14 …To this bargain copper eye pencil, by Kate Moss for Rimmel London. Which, FYI, is ridiculously easy to apply and kinda addictive!

A must-have for blue-eyed gals… Yes, I have known and loved this product most dearly! 6 Now, to the some of the more behind the scenes gadgetry you might be looking to shop for this season… Well, guess what? There’s a pretty good chance you’ll be able to purchase it in rose gold!

I’m telling you, it is THE colour of 2014!

8 9 …Prettiest straighteners ever? Errrr, I think so!

And as for these headphones, well they’re just a friggin’ masterpiece aren’t they?

Get your BFF to say goodbye to those old earbuds and have her don a pair of these babies for ultimate steeze!

4 3 22 Yup, seriously.

From USB’s to geometric bunny bottle openers (Oh, Anthro. How we love you!), it’ll be available in copper this Winter and that’s the only colour choice you should be considering!

2 And what about the new homeowner this Christmas? Or did your brother-from-another-mother finally bring his bedroom into the 21st century?

Whelp. You guessed it, we’ve thought of them too!

We are besotted with copper accents in the home, especially when paired with clean white walls and whether it’s a lampshade, a candle-holding centre piece or a 2015 luna calendar you’re looking to buy, they all look particularly RAD in this, at times industrial looking, rosy shade!

15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Seriously though, I’ll take one of each!

Finally, you’ve got that one person left on your list: she’s a total babe, we understand, but MAN. Just what the hell do you buy her?!

As with all difficult decisions in life, the answer is simple: GLITTER.

We love the sheer uselessness, yet unadulterated prettiness of this little bottle of glass glitter.

That’s right, it serves no purpose other than to appreciate it’s utter gorgeousness and we LOVE it!

1 So, that’s us all wrapped up for the 4th day of Christmas! (The puns get worse, don’t they?!)

So it’s with a big fat *MWAH* that I say ‘Farewell’ til tomorrow!

3 days left you guys! The countdown is well and truly ON!

Peace + Love

Clare X

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