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Posted by : Zoe Lem on Sunday, June 23, 2013


Posted by : Zoe Lem on Wednesday, June 12, 2013

This week we talk to Marie - Louise from Lovely Designs. Lovely designs launched in 2008 and produces quality, original stationary designs that are perfect for weddings and occasions. Marie-Louise talks to us about the business and what inspires her.

How did you start your business?

I got married to Matthew in October 2008. Having planned my own big day, designing the invites and all my stationery, I got a bit addicted to looking at and making pretty things.

To feed my wedding habit, I set up Lovely Designs with my best pal, Philippa, from Uni. Since then have designed wedding items for some lovely friends and family, including the simply stunning Confetti range for Philippa's wedding to James in 2010. I have also been a bridesmaid three times so it's now well and truly in my system now!


What inspires you?

I am a huge fan of Pinterest and may be slightly addicted to it! I find it a great way to store and share inspirational images and articles for future reference. I read the free Stylist magazine which is so well designed and written. It doesn't always directly inspire me, but you never know what may spark an idea and it's a great way to keep up to date with trends. If all else fails walking about, travelling and taking a break helps to reset the brain cells...


Lovely Designs is a real passion of mine and love working with our clients to create gorgeous bespoke invitations and stationery that's personal to them. You never know what someone is going to ask for and that’s part of the fun of collaborating with them.


What are your favourite eras and why?

I think the Art Deco period is so glamorous and timeless, especially the architecture and jewellery.  I also love the organic floral elements of the Art Nouveau movement, in particular, Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s designs.


What is your key piece from your collection? 

My favourite Lovely Designs product has to be the Rose Heart design for Becci and Jon. They were so pleased with the outcome and I still feel proud when I look at their invitation.


Describe your individual style?

I think I have fairly varied tastes and like to mix things up. I love wearing and using colour in my designs. I am drawn to patterns and illustrations but also like clean lines and clear space. I also love things that have an unexpected twist or sprinkling of fun.


You can find Lovely Designs on FACEBOOK & TWITTER


Posted by : Zoe Lem on Sunday, June 02, 2013

The typical 1950's housewife and nuclear family was advertised as the perfect life in the 50's. Although the 1950's fashion, make-up and hair is timeless style.... but the typical day to day life of the 50's housewife is a far cry from todays woman....

The Good Wife’s Guide.

Extract from Housekeeping Monthly, 1955.

  • Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before to have a delicious meal ready, on time for his return. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospect of a good meal (especially his favourite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed.
  • Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you’ll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people.

  • Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first – remember his topics of conversation are more important that yours.

  • Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late or goes out to dinner, or other places of entertainment without you.  Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to be at home and relax.

  • Don’t complain if he’s late home for dinner or even if he stays out all night. count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through that day.

  • Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.

  • Don’t ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment or integrity. Remember he is the master of the house and as such will always excercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him.

  • A good wife always knows her place.

What do you think of the 50's housewife? Join in on TWITTER & FACEBOOK


Posted by : Zoe Lem on Friday, May 31, 2013


Posted by : Zoe Lem on Wednesday, May 29, 2013

This week we talk to the wonderful award winning florist Mary Jane Vaughan. Mary Jane Vaughan has impeccable taste in wedding flowers and creating bouquets and table decorations for events and weddings. This week we talk to Mary on how she started the business and what inspires her....

How did you start your business?

 You could say I’ve been in this industry one way or another from birth! I come from a flower growing family in Colombia and started working with my brother importing flowers. I became frustrated at not being able to handle the actual flowers so opened a shop on the Fulham Road in the 80's. In time the wedding and event side of the business became so successful that I shifted focus and now work exclusively on bespoke engagements from our studio in Battersea, a stones throw from New Covent Garden Market. It is spacious and light and we love the one to one we have with clients, working on their bespoke designs.

What inspires you? I simply love seasonal flowers. I get very excited with the first flowers of each season...the first peonies, parrot tulips and the scent of sweet peas and I just find this so inspiring. I would also say beautiful glass and silver too and how it twinkles in candlelight...just lovely.

What are your favourite eras and why? I love the glamour of the 1950’s. Vintage but with real style and sophistication.

Describe your individual style? Our style is all about understated elegance and simplicity using the best quality seasonal flowers, beautiful glass and silverware.

 You can find Mary on TWITTER and FACEBOOK.


Posted by : Zoe Lem on Friday, May 24, 2013
Each week we pick the must-have items from all of our amazing suppliers,  that would be the perfect accompaniment to any wedding. Below the top picks for this week to inspire an outdoors summer wedding.....

If your inspired by vintage styles this Province Lace Cap from Kelly Spence is the perfect cap to team with your vintage inspired gown and this can be worn on its own or with a single tier veil.

Kelly Spence Province Lace Cap, £143 with flower.

To complete the vintage look these Hettie shoes from Rachel Simpson would work perfectly day to night with your wedding gown and evening gown. The style is a classic mary-jane shoe, inspired by the 1920s and hand finished with pearls and diamonte trimmings.  

For an outdoors summer wedding the Violet dress from Sally Lacock is simply stunning, a french design with intricate detail and embroidery. The sheer sleeves are flattering on the arms and feminine. 

Sally Lacock Violet Dress, contact for appointment.

And finally to complete your look accessorise with a gorgeous silk flower headband from Charlotte Casadéjus


Posted by : Zoe Lem on Tuesday, May 21, 2013

This week we get to talk to the wonderful Abby Gadd founder of Cherished Vintage. 

Abby talks to us about her collections, how she started her business and what inspires her....


How did you start your business?

Cherished began gradually -  initially, it was simply an extension of my love of crafting combined with my passion for early twentieth fashion and jewellery. Then I remembered how difficult my search for bridal accessories to suit my gorgeous Jenny Packham 'Pandora' wedding dress had been. Some of my first designs for Cherished were a homage to this wonderful dress - a collection of accessories 'Pearly Queen' created from beautiful vintage buttons. Tiny vintage mother of pearl buttons still feature widely across the collection.

A good friend, and experienced bridal headwear designer, helped me take Cherished a step further and together we began creating and marketing the Cherished vintage range. My friend's pre-existing work commitments meant we needed to go our separate ways, and in early 2012, I launched Cherished as my own full-time business.

What inspires you?

My professional background is historical research - I am passionate about social and cultural history of the early and mid-twentieth century and love returning to visual and textural sources from the past when planning my collections and designs. One of my latest obsessions is the wedding adornments popular in early twentieth century northern European countries and Scandinavia - lots of soft, almost matte silverware, created into beautiful naturalistic forms. Elements of this can be seen in Cherished's new 2013 'Nature's Diadem' collection which draws inspiration from art nouveau and natural forms.


What are your favourite eras and why?

Ah! That's a difficult question for me to answer! I think the Edwardian and 1920s period deserves a mention. As a historian, this has long been my particular field of interest; and as a designer, I remain fascinated by the art nouveau movement and how it grew and influenced fashion and cultural expression. I also adore Art Deco design, and have been collecting art deco jewellery, and ceramics for over twenty years. With regard to fashion though, my personal taste is more akin to the late 1950s and early 1960s - the silhouettes suit me more.

What is your key piece from your collection?

Up to this point, Cherished designs have all been one-off designs - with shapes, textures and colours influenced by the individual vintage jewellery pieces themselves. However, we have created a very recognisable style - our pieces are renowned for their organic lines and sinuous shapes. I would chose this vintage piece as key to the Cherished look - as we say, 'delicate, whimsical and unashamedly pretty'.


Robert Lawler

We are also known for using colour in our pieces - be it bold, like the wonderful red, white and blue piece specially created for the Oxfam Weddings auction last year...

(Eliza Claire,

Describe your individual style?

In my clothes, I look for a quality cut and finish,  and tend to choose softly tailored pieces, though often with quirky details. My wardrobe tends to be rather dominated by day dresses (which doesn't always fit with my current lifestyle - think Sussex countryside and school playground pick ups) French navy is my absolute weakness.

With thanks to Abby Gadd from Cherished Vintage

You can also find Cherished on FACEBOOK and TWITTER



Posted by : Zoe Lem on Sunday, May 19, 2013