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Badass Bride | Five Steps That’ll Take You Over to the Dark Side

8 Apr

14 Like, WOAH.

Prepare to have your pretty little mind blown this morning ladies. We’re talking bridal style and we’re taking it over the dark side!

Still keeping things strictly bohemian, you know us, we know what we like, but we’re adding a huge serving of sass, a handful of nonchalance and just a sprinkling of attitude to give you 5 looks that just have that edge, you know?

That ‘I’m-too-cool-for-a-traditional-bridal-look-and-I’m-gonna-let-y’all-know-it’ edge.

A bit badass, insanely cool and with all the sexiness you could imagine, today’s bridal styles are next level gorgeous, and taking just one of these five little steps could completely transform your look. If you bought the dress already, don’t worry, if your hair just isn’t long enough for a faux hawk, no problem, this a pick n’ mix scenario and one of the 5 styles is bound to be a goer!

So, if you’re looking for some not-so-prissy bridal inspo, you better walk this way, girl!

The Faux Hawk

Kickin’ things of with this hair style: if you have long-ish (um hey, extensions!) hair and you were considering a braided look for the occasion, then a is Faux Hawk is the one.

No really, EVERYONE’S talking about it for this Spring/Summer.

Exactly as it suggests, this style mimmicks the mohawk with no side shaving necessary (Phew! I mean we’re not quite that badass, yet!).

Arriving in a number of forms, from a hair-down style that simply sees volume created in the top centre area of the hair, pulling this hair back off the face, and then scraped-back sides to imitate the mohawk shape, to braided up dos consisting of smaller (sometimes cornrow style) braids on the sides of the head, and a larger, braid down the centre… This style rocks, however you execute it.

Case. In. Point.

17 16 12 15 Left: Style Me Pretty  Right: Off Beat Bride 

18 I mean! Somebody, braid my hair, this instant! Please!

It suits any hair colour, it’s super flattering to the face, and um hello?! It’s ridiculously cool.

Don’t be intimidated by this style either, more often than not the stylists use hair pieces/extensions in these shots (because really, who actually has that much hair?!) and some of the step-by-step tutorials available to create something akin to this look prove simpler than you’d imagine!

Just for the record: we heart, big time.

All Smoked Out

Yes! Yes! YES!

Ok so, another way to rock a large dose of sassiness on your wedding day?

Two words, gals: Smokey Eye.

Now just hold on a second there, don’t you go skipping out this section just ‘cos you’re like: ‘Nah, just can’t see it, Clare. Big black smokey eyes just won’t do for my wedding day’

…Who said anything about black?

We are ALL about the natural smoked out eye! Go for whatever compliments your colouring, dusty warm browns, or cooler bluey greys and then smoke it out!

We are totally obsessed (OBSESSED, I tell you!) with the Naked palettes for this job. Take Naked Basics for a warmer look, or their Basics 2 palette to create cooler tones.

31 33 27 32 Left: Things Which Inspire  Right: Kelly Reilly

28 30 24 25 Left: Burnetts Boards  Right: Huffington Post

29 See? Not a panda eye in sight!

A smokey eye can sound so intimidating and kinda overdone when it comes to bridal style, but with the right complimentary shades and a tonne of blending (like seriously, blend blend blend! There’s nothing worse that harsh lines in your shadow!) and the smokey eye is just pure sex appeal.

Your man will LOVE it.

…And ultimately he’s the one you’re dressing for!

The Fierce Fedora

Ultimate it-girl cool.

I really don’t need to say any more, (but you know I’m gonna) if y’all are still stumped on the veil/flower crown/head piece debate and just nothing feels quite ‘you’ enough then girl, you know it’s a hat you’re looking for!

The hats we know and love on the festival scene are beginning to emerge more and more in styled wedding shoots and we are just *dying* to see a few more boho brides nail this look.

Such nonchalance. We’re ALL over it!

23 21 19 20 36 40 35 Like really, though.

Is there a more badass statement?!


OMGSH. This is the holy grail of necessity for summer brides:


A tricky one to master, to be sure, a lot of brides attempt the sunglasses thing in their moment of squinty-need on that gloriously hot (perhaps unexpectedly so!) summer’s day…

All I’m gonna say to you gals is this: plan ahead.

The sunnies you rock on a daily basis might be the hottest thing on the high street right now, but that doesn’t mean they’re the right style to compliment the shape of your up do, or maybe they’re just not quite right with your dress.

Forethought is required, ladies, because when sunglasses and your LWD are paired correctly, oh my! THAT’S when the magic happens.

Ultra-feminine, easygoing cool is just one pair of sunnies away…

11 37 41 43 Left: We Heart It  Right: Shop Style

42 44 45 …And you know if you wanna take things super boho, a pair of Lennon style shades are the only way to go!

With that dress? And that fringe? SWOON.

Dare to Bare

Last, but by no means least, maybe this one’s kind of a given, but if y’all wanna do something a little bit sassy and rock a look with a bit of attitude, then you know daring to bare just an inch of extra skin is just pure gold.

Whether it’s merely the suggestion of skin in a sheer gown, a peep of midriff in a cheeky separate or if you wanna seriously sass it up and get your gorgeous pins out… A little extra skin is so (so so) scandalous, and utter heavenly badass!

Hearts for eyes.

1 2 38 MH_CARDS 8 13 Side note here: check out the model’s hair in the above shot by designer Rime Arodaky, we swooned SO hard over this.

Cornrow style braids on just one side of the head?

Utterly badass. Utterly feminine.


10 26 9 6 4 5 And, of course, still as badass as ever?

The backless dress, baby!

Work it with an incredible feature body chain like the babe above, your own tattoos (we LOVE when brides showcase their ink, ultimate statement of individuality, power to you!) or a super-low back with a funked up Mara Hoffman style design.

So rad and always sure to be a show stopper.

22 And that’s it! 5 little moves that’ll let your badass self shine on through!

Hoping this leaves you feeling empowered to be totally original and totally you on your wedding day! Tell us what you think in the comments below, mwah!

Peace + Love

Clare X

Desert Wanderer | Wedding inspiration from Faraway Sands

2 Apr

40 Oh heeeeyyyy!

I’m looking out the window this morning, and I’m not gonna lie to you, all I see is grey.

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore Spring in the UK, but April undeniably maintains more than its fair share of dull grey moments, no?

HOWEVER. It is Thursday, tomorrow is a bank holiday, and so we are calling today Little Friday and gettin’ those holiday weekend vibes a-rolling with this slice of sunshine: our Desert Wanderer moodboard.

So, kick back, relax and let me take you someplace the sun always shines, and inspire you to be anything but grey on your wedding day!

Let’s wander…

4 38 9 13 I’m dying already.

No, not from the scorching heat and lack of water, but from the sheer gorgeousness of this moodboard!

Incorporating a desert vibe into your wedding day can mean so many different things: for starters you’ll notice that as we walk through this barren landscape, we’re gonna also progress through a seriously beautiful range of colour.

Let’s begin with those crisp whites against the deep greens of tall cacti, enriched with hints of warm orange sands. Look to dark natural wood furniture, paired with sleek whites for your tableware and your cake, add depth with the luscious greens of succulents and warm through with warm terracotta pots.

This palette is all about the earthy tones of the desert, it spells warmth.

Plus, um hello? How amazing is this watercolour print by The Aestate? You definitely need to work that in to your styling…

2612 5 Oh, yes! This colour palette works oh-so beautifully for the bride too. A fresh, loose fitting gown against that deep, sun-kissed skin? Paired with tousled, windswept locks?!

Are you kiddin’ me? Perfect desert vibes.

And can we even MENTION that cactus light?! So. Dang. Cool.

Now – aahhh I love this bit – now I’m gonna take you to the Oasis. A haven in those dusty sands, the oasis is life-giving, restoring and hella beautiful.

We just love this love letter. She speaks of their entwinement, the sustaining nature of her loved one, their beautiful dependancy…

Major vow inspiration right here, guys and girls! Who wouldn’t wanna hear this?!

1 1032The Oasis: a refreshing blue mirage on the horizon of golden sands.

This colour palette works a contrast of shimming golden tones, against a crisp pop of blue.

It’s bright, it’s dreamy and it’s so freakin’ gorgeous you’re gonna wanna dive right on in.

And how do you bring the oasis to your British wedding?

OH lemme tell yah!

You take heavy, textured fabrics in the golden sandy tones: vintage velour arm chairs, antique Persian rugs, you add a glimmer of metallic gold to evoke the sparkling magic of water found in the desert: a dusting of glitter on your stationary, a series of metal rimmed glass planters as your centre piece and you finish with the brightest Kapow (yes, that’s a word) of Aegean blue: a painted caravan repurposed as a photobooth, a vintage decorator’s ladder to display your (vast) array of desserts upon… Whatever you feel needs a kick of colour, go for that Aegean blue.

And if you’re really lucky, the gods might bless you with a blue sky too…

18 3 14 33 39 17 21 23 29 8 7 It’s also totally worth mentioning that if you’re thinking of bringing those desert vibes to your wedding, your bridal look had better work it too!

Crocheted pieces are massive, worked with a hat (if you dare) and a collection of seriously boho jewels: bodychains, coined anklets, big turquoise rings… Yep, the lot!

Pair all this with windswept locks (not quite sandstorm locks, but you know the drill, a little mess is where’s its at!) bronzed skin, golden highlighting and a smudged out eye look for Desert Wanderer perfection.

22 11 16 Next up, we’re moving into the shadows of the evening light.

Desert vibes aren’t all richness and brights. Muted nudes, paired with a light dose of sparkle and softer, slightly warmer whites make for a beautiful presentation of the magical twilight of the desert.

Wash out the any blues (Chambray would work beautifully), employ a base colour of pale, greyed sand and add warmth with bridesmaid dresses in dusky mauves and muted heather…

You’ll find yourself transported to the cool, calm evening light of the dessert; evoking all the magic of that most beautiful sunset.

Uh. I don’t know about you, but I’m swooning over here.

Side note: can we talk about the look on that child’s face? She is simply divine.

35 15 19 20 28 24 26 37Oh my gosh, so if you haven’t already swooned enough this morning you totally (like really, you HAVE to do this) need to take a look at this Infinite Light editorial by the theLane.

Desert Goddess is like, an UNDERSTATEMENT.

And while we’re talking about further inspo, let me fill you in on a couple of my other favourite slices of desert-cool: this shoot and this shoot by our long-time-love, Spell and the Gypsy collective and THIS vow renewal video (omgsh, you’re gonna lose yourselves!)  by Central Studios

SO RADICULOUS. I can’t even!

25 27 34 30 31 36 Long story short? Desert vibes are rad.

Whether you go for colours of the rich sands, the blue oasis or that shimmering evening light…

Look to the desert for a truly stunning colour palette.

Have a beautiful Easter weekend full of family, love and (duh!) copious amounts of chocolate and we’ll catch you on the flip side.

Peace + Love

Clare X

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