February 29, 2012

Wedding Wednesday - Thoughts about Make up!

Once we had the date and venue sorted one of the first things I did was book my make up artist. Kit Hall had been recommended on many blogs and I had seen some of her brides so I'm in no doubt I'm in safe hands! She is doing all the bridesmaids and mum too so although I think we're going to have to start at some ungodly hour I know she will do a lovely job and make everything look pretty and me suitably glamourous!

As with the rest of the outfit such as my shoes, and necklace I'm thinking about going for a glam look. A defined eye possibly with a eyeliner flick and a coral lip to go with the flowers! In my head I want to look a little bit like Bridget Bardot.  (Okay this may not be possible!!)

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In terms of products I've heard great things about Nars Orgasm blush and my sister in-law actually bought me the Super Orgasm  blush with gold flecks in for Christmas. I also want to test out the new Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant Perfect Shine lipstick in Coral Pink.

Clarins

Have you tried any of these products? Are there any that you would reccommend?

Happy Wednesday!

Rachie xo

February 28, 2012

Tuesday Tales from the Week!

Hi everyone!

Hope you all had great a great week - the weather has been unseasonably warm and it really feels like Spring is coming! YAY!  Here's what I have been up to this week...

As I mentioned in this post H2B and I went shopping to Reiss to peruse wedding suits. The service there was fantastic and Henry Taylor the head of personal tailoring there was such a delight. He was so knowledgeable and  we had a really great experience. We think we may have chosen too so stay tuned to Wedding Wednesdays!

A Chi Chi Affair

The other highlight of the week was dinner at my very good friend Will's house.  He has the best taste and it was so great to see his flat and how gorgeous it was decorated. The food was absolutely delicious and we had such a great time catching up. He even made these beautiful menus for the table (see picture below) - so stylish!  Here's H2B and I enjoying a welcome cocktail!

A Chi Chi Affair

A Chi Chi Affair

Have a lovely week!

Rachie xo

February 27, 2012

A very Stylish 1st Birthday!

Happy Monday everyone! This first birthday I'm posting which I found via Amy Atlas from the amazing  Honeycomb Events provides so much inspiration for birthdays of the men in your life both large and small! This is such a stylish party!

My favourite details are the lovely decorated biscuits - I love the bow ties and all the patterns. The dark brown colour palate keeps it masculine and there are some stylish details you can easily try at home such as those brown paper wrapped brownies. I also love the flag banner too!

If you fancy recreating this party then you can even download all the printables here!

http://honeycomb-events.blogspot.com/

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http://honeycomb-events.blogspot.com/

http://honeycomb-events.blogspot.com/

http://honeycomb-events.blogspot.com/

Happy Monday!

Rachie xo

February 24, 2012

Friday Home: Red Velvet Cupcakes

I've had a bit of a run of baking recently and I've wanted to bake these red velvet cupcakes from The Hummingbird Bakery for ages so when someone's birthday came up at work then I took the chance to try out this recipe.  And honestly... They turned out soooo well!!

Normally when making a cupcake base I don't often follow the recipe exactly - just tending to follow a fail safe sponge recipe but I'm so glad I did on this occasion because it was amazing - the sponge base was so light and fluffy!!  I did have a small disaster with the cream cheese frosting as the handheld mixer decided to break on me halfway through. I tried to carry on whisking with a wooden spoon but sadly it still didnt reach the required consistency. They still tasted delicious though!  They may be some of the nicest cakes I have ever made and I urge you to give them a go.

A Chi Chi Affair

A Chi Chi Affair

A Chi Chi Affair

Happy Weekend! Click here to get the recipe

Rachie xo

February 23, 2012

Free Printable Door Hangers!

So many of our friends are having babies recently that I couldn't resist posting these adorable door hangers from Cake Events blog which I think are ultra useful but would also make a really cute gift for a baby shower or as a baby welcome present. You can hang these on interior doors or even the front door so the postman knows not to knock and wake up the baby!

The best thing is they are free and you can download the printable here! Make sure you also check out all the lovely other ideas on Cake Events Blog too!

http://www.cakeeventsblog.com

http://www.cakeeventsblog.com

Do let me know if you use these! Happy Thursday!

Rachie xo

February 22, 2012

Wedding Wednesday - Talking Menswear

One of the big items still to tick off the list is Menswear. We have a best man, two ushers, two fathers and the groom to dress, so six suits needed in all! Not an easy feat!

We decided early on we wanted quite a contemporary look for the men so were going with lounge suits with waistcoats instead of the traditional morning suit. Excitedly H2B and I have an appointment this week at Reiss to peruse suits in the personal shopping suite and possibly to be measured for something bespoke.  Colour wise we are thinking a mid grey or maybe even navy.  

Reiss

For the groomsmen we are hoping to hire something and have heard good things about Austin Reed so we're hopefully going to take the best man to be measured up this weekend.. We're thinking possibly a striped tie to compliment the grey suit.


What do you think? If you are married did your groom go with the traditional morning suit?

Happy Wednesday!

Rachie xo

February 21, 2012

Tuesday Tales From The Week!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

My day job is manic at the moment so I have mostly been working late which isn't too fun! However a couple of things cheered me up this week and one of them was Valentines Day!

I was lucky enough to receive some gorgeous flowers from H2B from my Wedding Florist Hayford and Rhodes. Words cannot describe how beautiful they are so I'm posting two pictures!! They were full of gorgeous orange and pink roses, pink tulips, ranunculus and some gorgeous green berries (not sure what these are called) I love them and they still look stunning a week on!


A Chi Chi Affair

A Chi Chi Affair

I also indulged in a bit of online retail therapy purchasing not one but two pairs of new season shoes from Zara.  Okay I cant wear them for a good few months yet! (Hurry up Spring!) but thats a minor detail! :-)  Look how pretty they are!!


A Chi Chi Affair


Have a lovely week!

Rachie xo

February 20, 2012

Strawberry Shortcake Baby Shower!

Hi everyone! Happy Monday! I'm posting this really lovely DIY baby shower that I found via Onto Baby which I hope gives you inspiration to host your own parties!

There are some really simple details here which look really effective such as the use of those bold sunflowers in jars with brown paper and coloured string. The way they are clustered together really make a statement. The red and white place mats against the white tablecloths look really bold in the blank space.

On the food table the use of the red gingham ribbon and and the mini windmills keep the look fun! I love those spotty straws! Doesn't the food look delicious - especially those mini quiches. The use of the red on the dessert table also ties everything together - Look at those strawberry cake pops and the jam tarts!!

http://www.minhandcheryl.com/ via Wedding Chicks 

http://www.minhandcheryl.com/ via Wedding Chicks 

http://www.minhandcheryl.com/ via Wedding Chicks 

http://www.minhandcheryl.com/ via Wedding Chicks 

http://www.minhandcheryl.com/ via Wedding Chicks 

http://www.minhandcheryl.com/ via Wedding Chicks 

I hope this has given you some inspiration!

Rachie xo

February 17, 2012

Friday Home: A Bedroom Moodboard

We've been decorating the bedroom for a couple of months now and its been going rather slowly due to time constraints.  However we are almost in a place to finally put some colour on the walls so I thought I would put together a little mood board of how I want the bedroom to be...

I want the room to be a calming space so I'm fighting every inch of me which would also like it to be colourful! I love the idea of crisp white bed linen, grey walls, a comfy chair and wooden floors.  This is quite different to my normal style but I hoping it will feel like a sanctuary.


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Hopefully I can show you some updates soon!

Rachie xo

February 16, 2012

DIY Striped Tray

If you know me, or are a regular reader then you'll know how much I love a stripe.  I couldn't resist posting this DIY striped tray by Stacy from Hellocupcakellc found via the fabulous Glitter Guide.

Looking at the instructions this is actually surprisingly easy and just looks so effective! I love the vibrant turquoise colours used on here, it would really brighten up breakfast and would look great in my kitchen!  I cant wait to try this and  I'll be scouring TK Maxx from a tray this weekend! :-)

http://www.hellocupcakellc.com/ via theglitterguide.com/
http://www.hellocupcakellc.com/via theglitterguide.com

Click over here for the full tutorial!  Do let me know if you are going to be trying this!

Rachie xo

February 15, 2012

Wedding Wednesday - Statement necklace update

Remember this post back in October when I talked about wearing a statement necklace for our big day...? Well most of you liked the Kate Spade necklace the best and so did I but unfortunately it was from the Autumn/Winter range and was totally sold out everywhere!!

However I had been checking EBay obsessively almost every day and after a few failed attempts I managed to secure it!!!    I'm just waiting for it to arrive but its so perfect and I absolutely love it!

I need to  try it on when my dress comes in  as I'm not sure if I'm going to wear it all day or just for the reception but its such a wait off my mind to know I have something so perfect to wear!

katespade.com


Woop!

Happy Wednesday!

Rachie xo

February 14, 2012

Tuesday Tales From the Week!

Happy Valentines Day!!  Hope you are spending time with your loved one!  It's been so cold and frosty all week and we've been experiencing the lowest temperatures for a very long time. But I must say the snow does make everything look really beautiful. Check out this snow scene which I shot just down the road from my house.


A Chi Chi Affair


I also took a trip to the The Designer Wedding Show in Battersea. Here are a few of my snaps.



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This was the scene at the Not on the High Street stand. I adore that Champagne cork seat and the flowers are beautiful!


A Chi Chi Affair


And those flowers by By Appointment Only Design are beyond stunning! Loving those candlabras too! So elegant!


A Chi Chi Affair


Have a lovely week!

Rachie xo

February 13, 2012

Valentines Day Photoshoot

I couldn't resist posting this Valentines Day Photo shoot shot by Wren and Field Photography with styling by Glitter + Rye that I found via the gorgeous wedding blog Ruffled.  The colours and feel are very similar to what I am trying to achieve for my wedding with a loose theme of black and white, gold and pink.

My favourite features are those gold goblets, and the little heart stirrers made with black and white paper.  I also think the table setting with the black and white runner and the gold glitter letters are super sweet and look so stylish for valentines!  The circle banner is such a fun touch and the flowers are also some of my favourites. And the flowers are divine! Those beautiful pink ranuculas and the poppy pods sprayed gold are stunning!

Wren and Field Photography 

Wren and Field Photography 

Wren and Field Photography 

Wren and Field Photography 

Wren and Field Photography 

Wren and Field Photography 

Wren and Field Photography 

Wren and Field Photography 

What do you love about this shoot?

Happy Valentines!

Rachie xo

February 10, 2012

Friday Home: Feta Stuffed Butternut Squash

I saw this recipe in Stylist magazine on my commute last week and it looked so tasty that I decided to make it on the weekend. I actually hadn't had butternut squash that much until I met H2B five years ago but as its a firm South African favourite, we now have it quite often and its one of my favourite vegetables!

Click over to Stylist here for the recipe



And here is my version! It turned out really well and was super easy to make and the flavours were really lovely and blended so well together! H2B even remarked that for a vegetarian meal it was particularly tasty, and I also agreed that it was really substantial and filling so perfect for winter!

A Chi Chi Affair

If you decide to try this then do let me know what you think!

 Happy Weekend!

Rachie xo






February 09, 2012

Cute Valentines Day Printables!

There are so many great Valentines day printables around this year that I  just had to share the best ones I can find around the web with you all.

I love the simple heart graphic in these lovely ones from Hank + Hunt that I found via The Sweetest Occasion. This set features a cute card and cupcake toppers (that can also be used on straws) and some bunting! All of which are super cute!! Download them here.

Hank + Hunt via The Sweetest Occasion

Hank + Hunt via The Sweetest Occasion

If you are celebrating this weekend hope you have a very romantic time with your loved ones!

Rachie xo

February 08, 2012

Wedding Wednesday - Honeymoon Purchases

I know its a bit early (Five months to go!) but I'm already shopping for the honeymoon wardrobe! I couldn't resist of couple of bargain sale items in the last month which I cant wait to wear in Bali! So I thought I would share them with you.

First up this relaxed Matthew Williamson dress from the Escape range. I got this from The Outnet and its so easy to wear. I love the bright colours and the relaxed jersey fabric. I cant wait to wear this for breakfast in the sunshine overlooking the sea or having a little walk around the shops looking for bargains...


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I also treated myself to this DVF bikini in the sale from the brilliant Style Passport. I love the frill and the orange lining! I'm sticking to my healthy eating plan so that I look good in this!!

DVF + Style Passport 

Have you bought any sale bargains recently or are you dreaming of a hot holiday?

Rachie xo

February 07, 2012

Tuesday Tales from the Week!

Hi all!

The weeks are flying by - how did it get to February already?!! Here are my Tuesday Tales this week!

I love leisurely Sunday morning breakfasts at home and they don't get much better than American pancakes and berries.

A Chi Chi Affair 

I bought this lovely Begonia plant which is so pretty! I hope I can manage to keep it alive!!


A Chi Chi Affair

Its been along time since I received a proper postcard in the post so I was so excited when my good friend Will sent me one from beautiful Paris! It completely brightened my day!

A Chi Chi Affair

Happy Tuesday!

Rachie xo