Tuesday, 31 March 2009

loveliest lula

Have you ever discovered a magazine that you really just loved to death the very second you laid eyes on it? This is what Lula is to me. I devour magazines and have done since I was about 13 and my mother started my subscription to Vogue as a present for me (before that, from the age of 2, I used to avidly pour over any catalogue or brochure that came through the front door). So lets just say that l have read a great many publications during my time on the Earth so far and it is a very rare joy to find one that is so very wonderful and that speaks to me as this one does.

There are only two magazines I have found that I truly love (more on the other one another time), and I delight in Lula for so many reasons- the captivating, beautiful, romantic and whimsical images are breathtaking and I like the sense of nostalgia that seems imbued into so many of them. Here are some of my favourites.

You can see more of Lula here.

Saturday, 28 March 2009

my first mothers day...as a mother!

Had a lovely time on my first mothers day (which we in fact held a week early as Curt aka baby Daddy and main instigator of the days festivities was in Portugal on a surfing trip on the day itself). A highly anticipated lie in unfortunately didn't materialise...maybe next year! But I received a fabulous book on 'Fairy Art and Inspirations' and some Zen scented candles and incense..some 'Zen' is always appreciated with a 10 month old tiny tearaway in your life! We went for lunch with some friends and hung out on the common, making the most of the rare March sunshine. Here is Miss Lila herself learning to totter around, proudly wearing her new green coat (I love this and want it for myself. If only it was a little larger dammit).

Thursday, 26 March 2009

natural beauty

These pictures were taken when I was travelling through New Zealand a few years ago as part of my post University 'round the world' trip. I always come back to them whenever I'm looking for inspiration for any creative venture as the colours and the contrasts between them are so vibrant and beautiful. The piercing blue of the skies, the lush green grass and the orange sunsets are unbelieveably striking and will always stay with me. I hope to return there one day before too long. It's definitely one of the most stunning places on the planet.

Thursday, 19 March 2009

my etsy shop: welcome to the world!

So this post is a little late, as I listed my first hair decorations in my etsy shop over the weekend. Woohoo! It's very exciting to have finally done this as I feel like the preparation took forever and now I have finally reached this milestone. Now I just need to start selling some of them! The realisation has hit me that this will actually be the hard part. So wish me luck and hopefully that momentous occasion of my first ever sale will be in the not too distant future :)

Here's a few pics of some of my favourites:

Thursday, 12 March 2009

wedding bells: i heart moodboards

I absolutely love moodboards. I made my very first one when I was about 13 and I haven't looked back since. I create moodboards every chance I get. If there was a job out there that consisted of making moodboards, and I had said job, it would pretty much make me the happiest person in the world. So when I got engaged last February, the very first thing I did was...yep, you guessed it.. I made a moodboard. This is it...

The themes/buzz words I had in mind were: romantic, rural/countryside, vintage and pretty. As we're getting married during late summer in the grounds of my parents farm, these fit the setting well. The colour scheme is dusky pink, apple green, duck egg blue, and cream. I like this moodboard a lot, but as I've progressed a bit more with the planning, I decided to do another one to complement it (any excuse!) This one has a more muted colour palette and emphasises the vintage element.

I'm sure I'll end up creating another one before the big day arrives, and the final look of the wedding will probably be an amalgamation of ideas from each of them.

Sunday, 8 March 2009

the white stuff

So we returned from our snowboarding trip to France with all limbs still intact. Had a really great time and we were lucky enough to have some fresh powder on our last day, as it snowed overnight. It was however still snowing during the day so the visibility was a bit poor, but nevertheless loads of fun. Hadn't been on a snowboard for two years as I was pregnant last winter so I was a bit worried I would have forgotten everything and would be spending all my time on the baby slopes but thankfully it all came back to me in the first few minutes and I was soon whizzing down the blue runs! Wish we'd done a bit more exercise in preparation before we left the UK though, as at the end of 3 days, my whole body was so stiff I could barely move!

We stayed at the resort of Le Clusaz, which is only about an hours drive from Geneva. It's not as big as the more well known French resorts but very picturesque and there's lots of good runs for intermediate level snowboarders and skiers. Though as boarders we were definitely in the minority...the French definitely seem to favour the skis!

Sunday, 1 March 2009

wedding bells: photography and pretty pictures

Curt and I are getting married at the end of August so have been immersing myself in all things 'wedding' for the past few weeks, well actually months, but it's all got a bit more franctic lately as the realisation that it is not actually that far off anymore has hit me.

The very first thing I sorted was the wedding photographer as it is really high up on my priority list to have beautiful pictures. I wanted a photo-journalistic style as I love natural images that really capture the moment plus I hate posing for pictures! The photographer we've gone for is David Murray. I love his images and all the emotion and atmosphere in them. These are a few of my favourites pictures by David from weddings he has previously shot.

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