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Me Old China: A Bohemian Delft Blue Mood Board

13 Feb

1 Morning hotties and hollaaaa, FRIYAY is finally here!

…And as if that wasn’t enough, Valentine’s day is upon us also! I hope y’all have something supremely naughty nice planned for tomorrow and you’re all ready to get seriously loved up with your other half, or just anyone you wanna tell you love! (FYI, I send my Mama a valentine’s card every year, this holiday isn’t just for lovers ya know! Take the opportunity to send some hearts out xx)

OK, now my little love-rant’s over, let talk about today. SO. You are gonna swoon. Like, for real! We’re talking Delft blue china.

Plates, essentially.

No I’m kidding, of course I’m not just gonna talk plates for the next 10 minutes (although I totally could babble for that long, let’s be honest here!) but we’re actually talking about that divine shade of inky blue, those intricate pieces of art, the patterns, the worn, ancient feel that gives so many Delft pieces that historical depth.

49 57 Left: Good Ideas For You  Right: Dust Jacket Attic

54 56 60 Left: theLane  Right: Little Blue Deer

Yeah. In case you hadn’t realised, we’re pretty enamoured by this mood board.

We love that the Delft look can take on a clean, fresh feel if kept simple, but add a smack of orange to your colour palette, or a few other antique pieces (those distressed pink velvet chairs in the first picture, COME ON) and suddenly you’ve got some seriously cool aged, bohemian vibes arising, which naturally press ALL our buttons.

So, let’s get the obvious (yet hella beaut) chinaware dealt with first, shall we?

2 8 9 51 53 Pair this Blue Willow china with whites and dark woods for that fresh, clean look. It’s kinda classic, but the reclaimed wood and textured whites give it a beautiful rustic summer feel. Keep it simple, letting the china sing against that just off-white linen napkin. Sheer eye-candy.

Or, mismatch your china, adding tarnished cutlery, pops of tangerine (hey, maybe even an actual tangerine?!), deep indigo coloured glass, hints of pale pink linen… Yes, it’s totally mixed up, but it’s insanely good. A bohemian picnic, it’s basically a case of throwing together all your fave boho dinner ware, and creating a low seating arrangement and letting your guests bask in the sunshine amidst all those wonderfully vibrant colours, a table of treasure.

42 46 48 45 58 Left: Art Value  Right: Once Wed

Now, if y’all already chose your crockery DON’T PANIC! Reality check: they’re plates, it ain’t worth hyperventilating over! (I know it feels like it is at this point, but that’ll pass, don’t worry!)

There are like, a million other ridiculously cool ways to work a hint of Delft blue china into your wedding and we’re gonna show you them all.

That’s another ace thing about this little decor trend, it doesn’t have to dominate, or even be that noticed really. Hints of this beautiful blue design will just add to that bohemian vibe without your guests even noticing. This pattern has such history it creates a sense of nostalgia in a heartbeat, without even really trying.

We LOVE.

And it comes in all shapes and sizes…

3 4 The skull, oh my goodness the skull!

Losing our minds over here!

5 7 Yes, the ring box is a must!

We love the Moroccan vibe this pattern’s got going on.

6 new 28 29 Left: Four Walls and a Roof  Right: Blog Ampersand 

10 52 That skull though. HOLLA!

So dang rock n’ roll. Somebody needs to buy us one! For real.

Are you guys convinced yet?! Blue china doesn’t have to be cutesy tea-party (that said, if tea party’s your thing, power to you!), but if an eclectic, bohemian treasure cave is more your jam, Blue Willow china is a must.

62 63 36 41 Left: Etsy  Right: Etsy

Of course, you know we’re not gonna stop there. Oh no!

Your paper goods are gonna need to get in of this inky blue action.

Escort cards adorned with Delft vase designs, menus folded into origami hearts, hand-scrawled place names in deep blue ink…

21 50 47 Just divine, right?! Whether you keep the designs crisp, and light, or go for a deeper blue and a hand-inked feel, this look is just everything.

And of course, suiting a blonde, brunette, red head and pretty much every skin tone, a blue china inspired bridesmaid dress is such a sound choice for your BFFs.

12 13 20 That t-shirt smock dress. I mean.

Juxtapose the blue with warm pops of tangerine, fuchsia or red in bouquets, flower headpieces or even accessories to really make that blue sing in an exotic, Moroccan kinda way.

Gah, it’s so gorgeous and it works so perfectly on almost any dress style or shape…

17 26 27 18 19 Like, I might’ve just blacked out they’re so priddy!

Already found your holy grail (aka, the perfect bridesmaid dress to suit and please all your gals) then consider these gorgeous inky blue temporary tattoos to add a little sass to your maid’s ensembles. Softer than a black transfer, these alternative accessories are still so hot for 2015 weddings and give any outfit a subtle seasoning of boho.

32 34 14 …Or of course you could save the Blue Willow theme as a surprise for later!

We’re SUCH fans of alternative bridal lingerie, and this little number? This is hitting the spot nicely.

Next up, let’s move into the concept of Delft blue as a backdrop. Whether that’s a handmade ceremony backdrop (I’m thinking awesome blue patterned tiles, backed by a large sheet of MDF, propped up against the rustic wooden walls of your barn ceremony venue), or a hand-painted table cloth adorned with petite flowers and multitudes of tiny leaves, this colour palette is just everything when it comes to a backdrop. The cool white and blue makes skin and hair colours glow with warmth comparatively and creates a wonderfully light space, perfect for those artistic candid shots you’ve dreamed of.

23 35 Left: Skonahem  Right: Eva Juliet

15 31 Left: 1001 Pallets  Right: Etsy

11 24 22 Left: Somewhat Vintage  Right: Mark D Sikes

30 Blank canvas style venue?

Assorted plates as a backdrop. That. Is. All.

33 Hexagonal tiles. Uh. They’re just SO pretty.

And, in case you haven’t been subject to our relentless pinning of the incredible painted cookies that are trending so hard for events this year…

Painted cookies. I know, right?!

So awesome, and no more so than when painted with blue ink.

38 39 59 Left: No Mura Maya  Right: sogoalzolghadri

40 I need all the cookies. Seriously, give them all to me!

And last but by no means least, table linen.

A super soft (quite literally) way to embrace this trend, be it a napkin folded delicately beneath your menu, table clothes laden with wood and gold pieces (such a beautiful colour scheme) or Delft blue inspired square bunting (Yes, we still heart square bunting very much! Read more on that trend right here), fabric is a wonderfully subtle way to work pattern into your beautiful day.

43 55 61 44 Dowsed in Romance, with hints of European history adding depth and artistry to your bohemian day, we hope to see hints (or a full blown chorus, you do you!) of Delft blue popping up all over the summer weddings of 2015.

Peace + Love

Clare X

Festival Brides meet asos: the Class of 2015 Occasion Wear Event

11 Feb

FESTIVAL BRIDES MEET ASOS Afternoon gorgeous gorgeous people!

Man, I hope y’all are ready for some serious fun today, because let me tell you, when Festival Brides met ASOS last week, boy did we have fun!

So, just to fill you in a little, I guess the good people at ASOS are totally aware that more and more, our beautifully alternative brides are looking to less conventional, more affordable and fun brands for their bridesmaid’s dresses. So, being the accommodating sort that they are, ASOS are about to release their 2015 occasion wear collection… We’re talking all the fun of their existing lines, the same gorgeous (and varied) fabrics and texture, a WHOLE load of luscious embellishment and next level gorgeousness.

So, whether you’re a bride-to-be desperately seeking something to please and flatter all of your bridesmaids (always tricky, we’ve all been there!) or if you’re a maid yourself, tasked with finding unusual, modern, but oh-so-pretty dresses to suggest to your bride…

You better prepare yourself, ’cause the #classof2015 event pushed all our buttons, and I’m so certain it’ll do the same for you!

Let’s go!

IMG_0786 IMG_0742 SO!

Let’s kick things off with the girls.

ASOS have gone for full on embellishment (like the dresses were heavy with it, you know, in a good way!) sheer mesh laden with sequins on beads on sequins. For real, no inch was left untouched.

Embellished collars, whole sleeves, hemlines… You name it, they’d made it sparkle and GOODNESS, the effect was sheer mermaid goddess.

Lau 1 IMG_0760 IMG_0771 IMG_0743 Right?! It’s insanely beautiful isn’t it.

We saw rails awash with beautifully muted pastels, like candy colours but more chill and ASOS had used unusual embellishments too, hitting up a whole load of pearlescent, holographic-like sequins, sitting slighted raised atop their pieces. These 3D, shimmering textures just oozed mermaid chic, way too pretty for words.

But they didn’t stop there, oh no!

ASOS threw in pops of neon coral, 70s inspired, big florals, and the shapes, OH the shapes!

Drop shoulders, ankle length almost culotte-like jumpsuits, crossed, delicate spaghetti straps, oversized keyholes (like, some of the dresses were pretty much backless), sweet crop top and skirt separates as well as the hippie-esq maxis, sweet tea-dress length pieces and a pale pink lightweight sleeveless cotton blazer and trouser suit that I completely fell for…

For. Real. #GIMMIE

bm1 IMG_0819 IMG_0774 bm3 IMG_0775 Lau 3 Lau 4 IMG_0836 bm4 Lau 2 And then, then there were the accessories!

Matchy-matchy is the new black girls! And bridesmaids, there’s no reason to let your accessories become an after thought, the ASOS pieces are killer!

3D was a major trend. Think embellished heels (I told you, it was all about the embellishment!), clutch purses dowsed in sequins, raised 3D flowers in bright hues, and um hi, there was a PHONE CASE to match every look! Because, you know you’re gonna have that phone out selfie-ing all day, so you better make sure it co-ordinates, honey!

IMG_0751 mont2 IMG_0784 IMG_0822 IMG_0737 It’s just too much, right?! *hearts for eyes!*

And now to the event itself! There was so much decor inspirations to be had, not to mention the hosting!

We were just head over heels for the styling and truly believe it work incredibly for any woodland, tipi or barn style festival wedding.

True party vibes came in the form of huge spherical balloons, decorated with short strips of assorted washi tape to give an easy confetti-filled style, the floor was littered with wide cut gold foil confetti strips, plain walls were adorned with removable polka dot wall transfers and the event hashtag, while coordinating wide satin ribbons were swagged in their masses down a central line in the entrance.

Seriously… I need all the ‘love’ emojis right now!

IMG_0739 IMG_0740 IMG_0748 IMG_0779 IMG_0747 Painted. Cacti.

Seriously though! It was all in the details: wall-mounted wire grids for you to peg your polaroids to (this was amazing, would be an ace photo booth alternative!), bathroom mirrors scrawled with playful chalk-ink designs, and more diamond shaped piñata-style hangings than a Mexican fiesta!

IMG_0769 And of course, the beauty inspo was BEYOND!

Like seriously, some of the new glitter/confetti polishes from Nails Inc and the sweet new Cheeky colours are just everything.

FYI Laura and I couldn’t resist Cheeky’s Moss-behaving and the honeys at The Illustrated Nail totally aced our manicures!

IMG_0793 IMG_0809 I went for a bit of negative space with the clear rainbow sparkle nail (bottom left) while Laura hit up some gold glitter atop her Cheeky polish (always a good idea!)

Ill Nail IMG_0811 IMG_0808 IMG_0815 SO FUN.

And did I mention I was sipping on champers and nibbling on a white chocolate dipped pretzel at this point?! (Yes, I went in hard, no regrets!)

As for the guys section…

Whelp. Put simply, SWOON.

IMG_0807 IMG_0767 There were some ridiculously suave pieces going down in mens wear.

The lovely Max Chater (yes, that guy that was on Sunday Brunch) was serving insanely gorgeous Sazeracs, in the midst of a industrial styled room (those lights, I die!), while the incredible Nomad Barber was giving out some seriously sharp cuts.

IMG_0759 As well as an inundation of turtle necks beneath blazers (we LOVE) ASOS were all about the details.

Textured and floral skinny ties, tiny pocket details (that T-rex, come on!), rose gold tie clips, zips on brogues… Quirky details were a major hit.

IMG_0798 IMG_0757 IMG_0801 IMG_0796 IMG_0799 So, cut a long story short: we had an ACE time meeting ASOS and their amazing guests and y’all need, like NEED, to keep your eyes peeled for the occasion wear collection landing at ASOS in mid-March, and their bridesmaid specific line, due to land April 2015.

We cannot WAIT to see you gals (and guys) rocking these looks for your big day.

Peace + Love

Clare X

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