We are back!!

Happy Tuesday lovely people, I hope I find you well.  It has been a LONG time, too long, since I last got the opportunity to blog but it has been an eventful time which has seen me move house, decorate said house, leave behind my career in finance and most importantly become a Mama to a beautiful, adventurous and fun little boy.

During the time away I also had the opportunity to work on a couple of events with the amazingly talented team at Pearl & Godiva and I’ve gone back to ‘school’ to pursue my dream of a more creative and fulfilling career so while I’ve been keeping busy caring for and getting to know my gorgeous little man, I’ve been gathering ideas and inspiration for crafting, creating and writing.  I can’t wait to get sharing with you! X

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Festival Fantastic

Last year I had the absolute pleasure of being a guest at a truly unique wedding; this was the kind of event where I felt a little like Alice in wonderland; falling down a rabbit hole to a secret magical place.  Today at 42nd and Style Street we are super excited to be sharing with you a little glimpse of that very special day as we feature our first real wedding post!!

Ellie and Graeme chose a yurt camp in a forest in the middle of the lovely Exmoor National park in Devon for their festival themed destination wedding…aka ‘Grelliefest’.  This pair are dedicated DIYers, making their own bunting,  guest book, invitations (festival tickets), paper flowers and seating plan to mention just a small selection of their creative outputs.

They executed the festival theme to perfection!  In true festival style, guests at Grelliefest camped (or rather Glamped) in yurts on site for the weekend.  Grelliefest fare over the weekend included traditional local Cornish pasties and cider as well as festival favourites like hog roast and even an old school ice cream cart.

In a creative nod to any festival goers wardrobe essential, wellies; Ellie and Graeme’s chose little coloured wellie boots filled with flowers as their table centrepieces which along with homemade bunting adorned the gorgeous tipi, making it the perfect setting for a festival feast.

Dancing was outdoors under strings of fairy lights to a festival band and at the end of the evening, a little tea light path led guests through the woods to another clearing where the celebrations continued long into the night with guests toasting marshmallows over the campfire, partaking in a little tightrope walking and dancing til the wee hours at a silent disco.

For those couples out there wanting to do something a little different, let Ellie and Graeme be your inspiration – not only was this a pretty unique and amazing wedding but also this was a really great boutique festival.   Congratulations to Ellie and Graeme and thank you for sharing with us. X

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Berry Warmth!

Mr 42nd & Style Street and I recently took a trip to New England for a spot of leaf peeping.  This little (BIG) trip was one which had been on my wish list for quite a long time so I had indulged in a lot of research in advance, mostly in the form of looking through gorgeous images of New England scenery on pinterest.  However even the prettiest pictures can’t compare to seeing the Fall colours for real.  Today’s inspiration board for a cranberry and golden colour palette comes from my favourite memories of the New England Fall landscape – beautiful red barns surrounded by golden fields and forests and of course the cranberry bogs of Cape Cod.

Cranberry is one of my all-time favorite colours – the perfect combination of pinky purple, without being too girly and red, without being too bold.  Combined with natural golden wheat, this makes for a beautiful luxurious combination.

Wheat!!! A little underwhelming you may cry but complemented with the warm hues of cranberry, wheat can add a stunning rustic elegance and texture to your scheme.  However choosing a few key elements to incorporate the wheat into your cranberry colour scheme is key to avoiding an over styled look.   Choose simple wheat bouquets for your bridesmaids in their cranberry dresses, a single stalk on your white napkins wrapped with a lush velvet cranberry ribbon or as accents to your floral arrangements on a cake or dessert table.  Scatter cranberries on your tables around your floral arrangements or candles and spoil your guests with cranberry cocktails and red velvet cake.

The lovely soft light of Autumn will make this colour scheme radiate cosiness and warmth for a harvest wedding or dinner party.  X

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Image Credits:

Cranberry Margarita http://www.pinterest.com/source/mylifeasamrs.com/; Ring in cranberries www.sweetvioletbride.com;  Love letters www.etsy.com; Wheat www.stylemepretty.com;  Cranberry dress & wheat bouquet www.colincowieweddings.com;  Table scape www.stylemepretty.com; Wooden beads www.etsy.com

The Naked Cake

I love cake; chocolate, carrot, lemon drizzle, shortbread, gateaux, sponge …I’m not fussy, I love them all!! But I’m not crazy on icing. I find the sweetness too much to bear and I can almost feel my teeth ache as I eat it.   So I am overjoyed at the current style trend in the cake world that is the Naked Wedding Cake (i.e. cakes of the un-iced variety).  

Far from being unfinished or plain, the Naked Cake is a most beautiful sight to behold!!!  Spilling with fresh whipped cream or buttercream frosting, dusted with icing sugar or dripping with jam and adorned with flowers and fruit to reflect your colour scheme or season… what’s not to love!

Not only are these cakes tasty and visually GORGEOUS, they can work out so much cheaper than iced cakes because the time involved for icing, smoothing, piping etc. is eliminated.  Also if you fancy a bit of DIY (or Do It Yourself with the help of family & friends) it’s so much easier with the naked cake and what could be more beautiful than serving your own homemade cake to your guests on your special day.

Here’s a roundup of our favourites.  X

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IMAGE CREDITS

Row 1 L to R: http://www.stylemepretty.com, http://www.onefabday.com, http://www.stylemepretty.com

Row 2 L to R: http://www.elizabethannedesigns.com, http://www.athomeinlove.com, Photo by White Wall Photography via http://www.thelane.com

Row 3 L to R: http://www.stylemepretty.com, http://www.weddingchicks.com, photo by www.s6photography.co.uk, http://www.ruffledblog.com

 

 

Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside….

The seaside is a magical place; the smell of the salty sea air, the sound of waves lapping against the shore or the call of seagulls and of course the views!   There cannot be any more perfect setting for a perfect wedding than the seaside.  So I’ll admit that I get more than a little excited when I stumble across beautiful seaside weddings or events; be that the classic, charming and laid back glamour of a preppy nautical affair or a breezy, light and bright beach wedding. The backdrop of the ocean really does make for the ultimate beauteous event.    

When planning your seaside wedding the shoreline is really your oyster!! So much of the décor that you need to transform a regular seaside venue into something truly spectacular can be found on romantic strolls by the sea with your partner – we’re thinking jars of sand, pretty seashells, driftwood and even sea shore pebbles and stones.   Add some lanterns to the mix and you are well equipped to create a gorgeous seaside look.  Fill glass vases with sand and add a single flower or candle or fill with your shell collection; scatter seashells, small pieces of driftwood and pretty pebbles amongst the flowers on your tables for a whimsical feel; write your guests names on seashells and use as escort cards or place settings.  

If you are getting married in Ireland, shades of pale pink, lavender and purple flowers work beautifully with a seaside theme as they reflect the natural colour scheme of the flowers that can be found amongst the rocks on our shoreline.  For a more tropical summer seaside feel, coral, aqua or sea foam greens are perfect and of course nothing says nautical quite like blue and navy.

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Image Credits:

Row 1 L to R:  www.weddingchicks.com;  www.potterybarn.com; http://pinterest.com/source/salad-eyes.tumblr.com/; http://www.oncewed.com

Row 2: all images http://www.stylemepretty.com; 

Row 3 L to R: http://www.stylemepretty.com; http://pinterest.com/source/iloveswmag.com/; http://www.stylemepretty.com; http://www.lovelylittledetails.com

Row 4 L to R: http://www.stylemepretty.com; http://pinterest.com/source/pin2fun4249.blogspot.com/; http://www.stylemepretty.com; http://www.colincowieweddings.com

 

 

A Little Something for your Valentine

If you’re saving for your wedding chances are you may be skipping expensive Valentine’s Day treats this year so we are here to lend a helping hand with our top 5 simple romantic ideas that won’t cost the earth.

1.  The simple Jammie Dodger and a hot chocolate/coffee with cream.  A tasty sugar rush with love. (p.s. serve the Jammie Dodgers on a plate and not in the packet!)

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2.  A jam jar full of love hearts; Wrap it with a ribbon, pop a love note on and you’re good to go.  Or for extra brownie points insert a jam jar inside a bigger vase; fill the vase with love hearts and the smaller jar with some gorgeous coloured tulips. Flowers and candy in one easy gift!

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3. Send your loved one off to work with a packed lunch – heart shaped sandwiches.  Ah the Romance!

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4.  The home made Valentine’s card – always a winner.

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5.  The ultimate romantic gesture for the price of a packet of post-its (preferably pink or red not the yellow ones you took from work!).  Make a post-it note heart and on each one write something you love about your partner.

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 Happy Valentines Day xx

Image Credits

1. asweetspothome.com

2. marthastewart.com

3. lisastorms.typepad.com

4. urbancomfort.typepad.comrealsimple.com

5. tabletonic.blogspot.com