Monthly Archives: November 2010

>Topsyturvydesign Designer Millinery

>When I first saw topsyturvydesign, or Kim Brown-Dye’s designer Millinery, on Etsy I had a genuine ‘gasp’ moment. Take one look inside her store and you will know why.

Her versatility and creativity is stunning with pillbox hats, feather and veil facinators, and gorgeous headpieces guaranteed to turn heads.

Feather and Veil – Bridal Fascinator – Headpiece – The Molly is a creative alternative to a traditional style veil.

Wow is all I can say about this amazing Pleated Victorian Bridal Hat – The Byrone

It is the perfect combination of something old and something new. This would go well with a Victorian Themed Wedding. It is a fashion statement in itself yet it won’t overwhelm the rest of your look.


What an amazing creation -Victorian Bridal Top Hat with Bird –The Dorcas

This is the be all, end all, of designer hats – the perfect topper for your wedding ensemble.

Instead of a traditional veil why not try a topsyturvydesign millinery creation instead?

If you’re looking for that perfect accessory to complete your Wedding look, now’s the time to visit topsyturvydesign!

>A Tim Burton inspired wedding

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Tim Burton is an inspiration to so many lovely quirky folks.  For a little spooky pizazz, think of adding items like these.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/58169100/nightmare-before-christmas-jack-and  by TNZsculputures
G h o s t. o f. A. R o s e. ...a very Tim Burton esque Rose Cameo Necklace - Holiday FREE SHIPPING Etsy Promo
http://www.etsy.com/listing/55381547/g-h-o-s-t-o-f-a-r-o-s-e-a-very-tim  by EternalAutumn
Beetle Juice Wedding Dress Black and White Silk with Dark Blue Accents-Custom to your size
http://www.etsy.com/listing/55866899/beetle-juice-wedding-dress-black-and  by KMKostumes

>Be Fearless, Gorgeous, And Completely You!

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So your wedding photos are done! Whew! Your face muscles are stiff and hurt but the pictures look just fabulous- they’re the pictures your mom, your grandmother, your aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins, third cousins twice removed by marriage all want on their mantles and on the shelves of their hutches (hey, and yours too!). But now it’s time to get the bridal pictures youreally want… now it’s your chance to get those photos that will show your personality, your shine, your uniqueness, your beauty.

A little deco glamour…

A Little Musical Poetry…


Show your fearless side!
I had the great fortune of meeting an amazing photographer, Erin Durband. She had bought one of my hair accessories (thank you Erin!) and I became curious about her photography. And I am so glad that I did! This talented woman shoots some of the most beautiful and original trash that dress photographs that I have ever come across. And trash that tuxedo photos as well! Just incredibly fluid and natural.

Don’t forget about the boys!
Prior to her current endeavors, she was taking wedding photographs, but wanted to go beyond the wedding, wanted to be able to have the bride and the groom be free in their expression. Well she found her outlet, and with beautifully artistic results as well!

Natural Seduction…



Check out her AMAZING portfolio for more incredible shots! I was definitely WOWED!!!!



>An Adventure of a Honeymoon

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It’s your honeymoon and the sky is lit pink with the rising sun. Outside, the first calls of the waking birds slowly transition into a choir of song. The smell of clear clean air is all around. You get up, open the door, and step outside your camper van into the gorgeous expanse that is New Zealand. 

Lately, I have been on a serious Lord of the Rings kick. Once again, I’ve watched the trilogy marathon style and my love for adventure and nature has kicked into high gear. So, I started looking up trips to New Zealand (who wouldn’t fall in love with those high peaks, the raging rivers, the ocean waters, and those wide expanses of land?)… And I came across camper adventure trips, and thought- Wow! This would be such an amazing honeymoon! Imagine, you and your brand new spouse (yay!) going on your honeymoon in the land of the kiwis, adventure style- you go where you want to, stay for how long you want to, explore unbelievable lands of beauty, all the while taking your room with you. Find yourself exploring the mountains, kayaking down rivers and on the waves of the South Pacific, having romantic picnics with gorgeous vistas, finding those secret spots for your “memorable moments” (hey, it’s your honeymoon- right?)…

Several different travel companies offer some really fun choose-your-own-adventure trips. The basic premise behind this is that they rent you a camper van, and off you go exploring your honeymoon, your way, your unique style. 

Here are some great options to get your trip started:

Make your honeymoon a unique memory to last a lifetime!
This post is courtesy of Glenda from Midnightboudoir on Etsy.

>Designer Invites and Programs

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QUINCY Mustache Wedding Invitation and RSVP Set
http://www.etsy.com/listing/49301629/quincy-mustache-wedding-invitation-and

DIY can be one of the most stressful elements in the wedding preparation process.  As fun as doing it yourself can be, it also requires a ton of time, patience and more money than you would expect.  If you are like most couples about to be married, these may be in short supply.  An alternative to the wholesale store looking printed invites, RSVP cards, programs and thank you cards, is using a designer that is willing to do custom work.  Grey Dog Designs loves custom work that is tailored to a couples personality and style.   This is professional work printed with a giclee printer.  No home printers are used.  They use super high quality paper products and inks to ensure an amazing product.  Samples are available at a very reasonable cost.
LENORE Wedding Invitation and Response Sample Set
http://www.etsy.com/listing/53778410/lenore-wedding-invitation-and-response

>10eisha- Hair Accessories for the Brave

>The first time I saw 10eisha’s creations I was struck by their elegant style, and unique use of color. Then something else crept into my head. A whispering of effortless chic, and sort of urban bohemianism. I found my mind wondering around antebellum mansions, skipping in New Orleans cemeteries, quietly reading in a San Francisco coffee house, and window-shopping through New York’s East Village. All these images rolled though my brain unable to pinpoint and exact description of the hair accessories she makes. Not one of them gave me a clear description, but joined they evoked a little of the spirit of her creations. She entitles her shop “Hair Accessories for the Brave.” I would say that is a perfect description for she is a fearless designer.

>Absolutely amazing head pieces

>I cannot say much about Kat Swank’s Liaison shop that could even come close to doing her work justice. She is an offbeat designer of the highest couture level.


Beautiful, stunning, artistic and phenomenal are just a few of the words that come to mind when looking through her shop.


If i could do it all over again I might base my entire bridal outfit on one of her head pieces…

>Beer cookies for a casual wedding

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Froo froo and fancy is not my style.  I prefer jeans and ponytails.  For couples that prefer a relaxed wedding reception I’ve got a very yummy cookie to be served along with a pint.
 Beer cookies:
1 cup salted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting hands
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped into very small pieces
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate morsels 
  • 24 Snyder’s pretzel snaps

  • -Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Line cookies sheets with parchment paper.
Using an electric mixercream the butter and sugar at low speed until it is smooth. Beat in the vanilla. At low speed gradually add the flour. Mix in the pecans and chocolate morsels with a spatula. With floured hands, take out about 1 tablespoon of dough and shape into a ball. Continue to dust hands with flour as you make more cookies. Place onto prepared cookie sheets. Press pretzel into the top of each ball flattening the ball a little. Bake for 40 minutes.  Cool on wire racks.

Parts of this receipe are compliments of the Food Network and Paula Dean,  I have doctored it into “beer cookies”
ENJOY!

>Staying Happy During Wedding Planning

>When I was in my early and mid twenties I thought I would never get married. Never have kids. Then I met Chris. He was the male version of me. He was all the good things about all the men I had ever loved and none of the bad. He was everything I had no idea I wanted. He made me want to get married, made me want to have kids.

A few years later we had an offbeat wedding; a non-white dress, Vegas, tattoos, mustaches, no sit down dinner, no cake, no first dances, no bridesmaids, no introductions. Just an killer open bar, 80 of our closest friends and family and a party that lasted until the sun came up.

Every time we look through our pictures of the wedding week we talk about how we wish we could get married all over again… From the planning to the day of experience – the whole thing. And I think that, right there, is the secret to wedding planning. Do it exactly how you want to do it. Do it so good that you want to do it again. Don’t get caught up in little things – in fact if that little thing has been bugging the two of you – get rid of it! Even if its something you THOUGHT was important to you.

If you are not having fun during your planning – rethink everything! Now I am not saying that a few late nights of annoying DIY projects are not worth it. They may be. There will be stress. But it should be the kind of stress that brings you together – not drives you apart.

With that said…good luck and congrats!

>EJPcreations – A Truly Unique Shop

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I was so inspired the first time I saw EJPcreations Etsy shop. I had never seen anything like her creations before and I found myself reading every word of her descriptions and dreaming of a collaboration between her shop and mine.

EJPcreations‘ pieces are the perfect way to add a hint of steampunk to an otherwise “mother approved” wedding. The Artist calls her work “distressed imperial elegance” and “apocalyptic chic” but it could also be described as feminine yet industrial…or just beautiful.

EJPcreations specializes in tiaras, chokers, earrings, necklaces, fascinators, and hair combs with a noir, and gothic flair.” – EJPcreations Profile