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No Can Do, Up Do……………… Hair trends for the Anti-Bride

5 Nov

11 What up, dolls!

Before we kick off anythang else, can we just take a moment to appreciate the sheer INSANITY of that opening photo?

I MEAN:

Wide brimmed black wool hat, on a sweet little tilt-back angle? CHECK.

Totes gorgeous bell-sleeved boho goddess gown? Errrr CHECK!

Otherwise nude face with show-stopper cool white eyeliner? HOLY CRAP, YES.

Throw in a RADICULOUSLY luscious teased-out plait just for good measure? HELL YEAH SHE DID!

Ok, so now I’ve got over that (never, I’ll never get over that look!), on our agenda today? Hair styles for the anti-bride! Yes, you heard, every style you’d think wouldn’t be “wedding appropriate” (like, what does that phrase even mean?!) we’re giving you permission to consider TOTALLY appropriate.

So, open that beautiful mind of yours, let your free-spirited gut be your guide and rock one of these insanely good, off the cuff styles!

Hats off to her

Never seen a bride wear a wool hat before? Yah, me neither. But every time this happens to me, either I can’t find images for a concept I want to write about for y’all on Pinterest, or a little doubt creeps into my mind, like ‘there’s probably a reason why it hasn’t been done, Clare’, I have a mantra, courtesy of Lynn Dell, that goes a lil’ something like this:

Fashion says: “Me too”. Style says, “Only me”.

…If it hasn’t been done before, it’s a good thing and this little concept is on the very (and super stylish) edges of the bridal fashion world, a.k.a. Daughters of Simone. Their latest look book, The Mad Ones, will literally blow your mind. No seriously, don’t look if you can’t afford your entire day dreamin’ on it!

And, of course, it features one incredible little hat, which got me dreamin’…

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32 13  What an incredible way to flick two Vs to a perfectly neat, traditional up do. No can do, we’d much rather rock a hat!

Bold + Blunt

OK, so I’m a huge advocate of the blunt cut. I don one myself, have done for about 3 years and although my length may be ever-changing, I get it blunt cut errrrrry damn time!

What am I chatting on about? By blunt cut, I simply mean no layers, nada, nothing! All my hair is the same length and is cut straight across to give it a super thick ‘just-cut’ feel.

Par exemple…

19 Hot right?! (That’s not me, just FYI. I wish!)

So, take this to a whole new level, and why not go a little shorter and get a freshly cut ‘lob’ just before your wedding?

Nothing says ‘edgy’ like a fresh, crisp blunt cut at that super-flattering, ever-cool ‘lob’ length.

(Flower crown’s totally optional, we love the lob as a stand alone piece!)

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And if you really want to go there, and surprise all your guests with a totally new look, either add a slightly too long fringe or, and I’m SERIOUSLY tempting myself as I type this, you could always go platinum blonde…

This crisp, insanely rock n’ roll colour is a major hit this autumn, paired with a faux fur over-coat, and you will be the epitome of free-spirited bride and TOTALLY owning it!

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Minimal Effort Cool

So right about about now, I’d imagine your brain is being bombarded with thoughts.

First, there are the ‘Hell yeah, girl’ moments, where your free-spirited gut takes control and you’re all like ‘Eff yeah! I can be that effortlessly cool “I-just-rocked-up-like-this” bride’.

Then, yup here they are, then come the doubts, the ‘But I might regret it in 20 years time’ followed by a rather lengthy chorus of: ‘His great aunt Myrtle be all like “oh dear god, Dan’s marrying some dishevelled hippy!”…Maybe I should just go for a Plastics-esq loose curl, like all the other brides I’ve seen’.

…Well girl, I’m here to tell you you need to listen to that gut of yours! If you like it, if your man digs it, if you’re comfortable and you feel like a freakin’ rockstar, who CARES whether you’re gonna still like it in 20 years when you look back at the photographs! Do you love it now? Well then, you better live for now!

And right now, we LOVE a messy half up top-knot! Exposing your radiant, wait no, your GLORIOUS face, whilst still maintaining that super underdone look and hitting a whole new edgy note, it’s the ultimate statement look for a bride.

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Brush it out, Honey

OK, so toning it down a little, I’ve been a little out there today hey?! Ha, well y’all probably expect that by now! This is  a more subtly unusual look, but we’re so enamoured by it: brushed out waves.

I’d convinced myself that this look was a little too old school hollywood glamour for my boho tastes, but increasingly I’m convinced that this look can be totally ‘I-woke-up-like-this’ undone; worlds apart from the overly groomed image that pops up in my head when any one comes near me with a brush!

In fact, paired with a strong brow and dark dramatic eyes, it actually creates this beautiful wild woman quality that we’re totally obsessed with!

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The Dishevelled Pixie

Now, if you’ve been taking a read and found yourself nodding along enthusiastically (I like you, you can come again!) but have realised that your hair is never gonna be long enough to rock a hat or a lob in time for your wedding, have no fear!

May I introduce you to the grown-out, dishevelled pixie! With its boyish charm and its ‘devil-may-care’ attitude, this slightly longer crop pairs beautifully with a minimal dress a beautiful smile.

Don’t take my word for it though…

17 18 27 There’s something a bit French about it, non? I love how the style exposes the nape of the neck, undeniably one of a woman’s sexiest angles, working beautifully with a scooped back to lengthen the neck and back. Sheer elegance – we love!

And if non of the above tickle your fancy, we remain huge advocates of the fringe this autumn, as we mentioned here. It’s an easy way to add that quirky edge to your bridal look. So Bridget Bardot, right?

5 After all, who’d want to do something conventional on their wedding day?! COME ON, double dare ya!

Peace + Love

Clare X

Festival Brides Loves: Heart Aflutter

16 Oct

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Oh, heyyyy sweet brides!

To say we’ve got a treat for you this morning would be an understatement… This morning we’re gonna full on indulge you in the most fabulous of bridal creations for the gorgeous people from Heart Aflutter.

You’re gonna LOVE it.

You know that Daughters of Simone dress you’ve been lusting after for the last month but not dared to buy online? Yeah, that one (you and me both sister!) well, the geniuses over at Heart Aflutter are bringing you EXCLUSIVE designs in the UK… Yes, you heard right, on this very island!

Are you excited?! You should be! Let’s get to know the godsend that is Heart Aflutter, shall we?

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Tell us a little bit about yourself…

My name is Cecilia, I am on the wrong side of 30 and I am originally from Italy, from a town called Parma in the north of the country (yes, that’s where Parma ham is from! And Parmesan cheese!). I moved to the UK 5 years ago after meeting the man who’s now my husband! We dated long distance for about a year before deciding that we just wanted to be together all the time. I moved here, did my master’s degree at Imperial College and worked in a couple of different places before deciding to go solo and launch Heart Aflutter.

We got married in London by the way, at the beautiful Union Chapel in Islington. Most people don’t realise it’s a wedding venue as it’s mainly known as a music venue, but it actually is a proper church! We celebrated our 3rd anniversary a couple of weeks ago and can’t believe how quickly time has flown!

If you had the chance to go to any music festival which would it be and why?

I think Latitude would be my first choice, they always have amazing line-ups!

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What made you decide to start Heart Aflutter? (Thank goodness you did, we LOVE you for it!)

Ahaha thanks! Well, I got a bit hooked on anything wedding related while planning my own wedding. I was particularly frustrated by the lack of options for brides who didn’t want the usual, traditional wedding dress and spent months drooling over the websites of American designers, undecided on whether buying a dress online was a wise decision. In the end I didn’t take the plunge and purchased a vintage wedding dress here in London, however I continued following and admiring the work of some of those designers.

Then a couple of years ago I went through some tough times at work, first I was made redundant and then I ended up in a horrible job which really dragged me down. At that point, I decided I simply had to pursue this idea and do something I really loved and where I would be completely in control.

So I got in touch with those designers I so admired and brought this project to life. It’s been a long time in the making but I am so glad I did it!

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How would you best describe the Heart Aflutter Bridal collection?

It’s different, unusual, relaxed and easy to wear. I’ve tried to incorporate a lot of colour and of unusual silhouettes into the collection. Also I exclusively stock independent designers, with a great focus on craftsmanship and an even better price point.

Heart Aflutter brides are brides who know exactly what they want for their wedding: they want to feel at ease and comfortable, they want to be able to dance and party and they can do so in our wonderful frocks, without feeling less of a bride and without breaking the bank.

Do you have a favourite piece right now?

Oh! This is such a difficult question to answer, as I’ve personally handpicked every single dress in the collection and I feel like they’re all my babies! But if I really really really had to choose one, it would be one of Claire La Faye’s dresses. The silhouettes are simple and unfussy, the fabrics are to die for, and they are just the right mix of simplicity and interesting details.

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What can our brides expect from a visit to Heart Aflutter?

They can expect a selection of dresses they won’t find anywhere else, as we are exclusive stockists of most of our designers.

For the duration of their appointment they have the space entirely at their and their party’s disposal. The studio is cosy and intimate, and my aim is to provide them with a stress-free, relaxed experience.

We also carry a selection of accessories for that special finishing touch to each bridal outfit. And finally, we have partnered with a selection of really talented, like-minded wedding vendors – photographers, florists, cake-makers, you name it! – so we can make recommendations on each aspect of a bride’s big day.

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What’s you best piece of advice for brides shopping for their dress, especially those looking for something a little more unconventional?

Come with an open mind.

Loving a dress in a picture on Pinterest doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll love it as much once it’s on you! And be daring, try on something you would never pick in a million years.

You’d be surprised how often this actually proves to be the winning decision!  There are no rules – you make the rules!

Finally, what’s your life quote/mantra?

Do more of what you love. Life is too short to do something you don’t love so, for me, this is the key to happiness!

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…Just incredible! We absolutely love Heart Aflutter and the opportunity they’re giving all our boho brides-to-be here in the UK! I only wish they’d been open when I was choosing a wedding dress – those Daughters of Simone dresses are everything!

Happy shopping gorgeous brides!

Peace + Love

Clare X

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