This sunday from 12 until 4pm I will be at Elgin Academy for the Moray Wedding Exhibition. Entry is free and there will be a fashion show so if you are in the area and planning your wedding why not pop by and say hi. I am packing up my photo booth for the event and will be taking picture on the day, there is a box full of dressing up stuff... and if your a wee bit shy and don't want to get all dressed up why not get your portrait taken with a pretty background.
Whilst looking for a pretty kimono for summer I found the brand She Vamps, the London based company sell the most beautiful velvet and beaded kimonos and they have a larger selection on Etsy. The beauty of a kimono is that they are versatile and timeless, you can wear them over a pair of skinny jeans or shorts for a casual day look then over your favourite dress paired with heels for a glamorous night look... they pretty much go with anything including swim wear. Here are a few of my favourites, they are quite unique so I will be investing in a few.
And if you are on a tight budget
Here are 5 of my favourite tinterweb finds for under £45.....
A few weeks ago I was away to a photo shoot but when I got there I found a wee fluffy crow laying on the driveway looking a bit roughed up. There were seagulls circling the poor guy and cats stalking about waiting for me to leave, so I called a few animal rescue places to see what I should do and was told given his situation he would die if I left him there.... so I, with the help of the driveway owner and one of her neighbours managed to place him into a box and I took him home. I got loads of advice from a local wildlife charity the New Arc and a local vet and he is now looking much healthier.... he was originally given the name Diablo, like the raven in Sleeping Beauty but he kept pecking my feet, so as he may have been trying to steal my soul and his name being Devil in Spanish (it makes sense).... we decided that he should be called Steve (my brother Davids suggestion) so Mr Steve Diablo is now his full name (I think it sounds a bit like an 80s TV cop) or Mr Pecky when he's being a wee pest.
He has very light feathers and some are pure white, I have been told this will hopefully sort itself out in time with the right nutrition (dog food and popcorn is his thing) but due to his feather issue when he flaps about his wings break so he isn't very good at long distance flying, he kinda falls with style. He has settled into the house and now bosses everyone about, including the dogs.
The next plan is to build a large aviary outside for him so that he can go out and play in the garden.
Things I have learnt from Steve
They are very intelligent birds, Steve kept stealing the dry food out of the dog dish but he couldn't eat them because they are too hard, then after a few minutes he realised that if he dipped it in the water dish it would get soggy and then he could.
I would like to add that if you come across a wild bird that you feel is in danger please don't just take it home, assess the situation fully. It could be a fledgling bird that is taking its first steps out of the nest and its parents are keeping an eye on him. If there is danger near by move the little guy to safety at most or watch from a distance and ward off cats etc. But if it is hurt or stands no chance seek advice from experts and if you do take them home do some research. Crows sound like cool pets but they are a huge responsibility and Steve is out of his enclosure more than he is in it, so he makes a lot of mess, breaks things and smells pretty funky at times.
Here are a couple of rubbish iPhone pics of Steve.
Ok so I'm back with my wee lists of things that I like, in the hope that I inspire or at least give someone a laugh. This week I finished watching American Horror Story series 3 Coven, I had heard loads of people rave on about this show but I am not much of a telly fan, if it's a series I always forget to watch the next episode so I usually only watch movies.... plus I can't be arsed fighting over the remote. I recently got an Apple Tv device and signed up for a free trial of Netflix and started watching American Horror Story series 1 and 2, by now I was hooked and had to go to iTunes to watch series 3. Although I wasn't as impressed with the third instalment I still enjoyed it.
Due to all the witchy black attire on screen I was inspired to go searching for some pretty new black summer clothing... you can never have too many black maxi dresses.
Here are the links to my witchy finds.....
Oversized Felt Fedora Hat
Skull Clutch bag
Faux Taxidermy Stag
Kitten Vinyl Decal
Back in february I attended my friends wedding as her bridesmaid, we were given pretty much free rein of the dresses as long as Laura checked them out before we placed the order and we had to "look like bridesmaids" rather than guests. I had seen Ouma dresses online and finally had an excuse to buy one, as Laura loves purple we ordered 3 floor length dresses with an ombre purple tulle and plum sequin boned bodice. Ouma creator Monique Sandoval helped us with our order and responded to my many questions, very reassuring when your order is for a wedding.... a wedding we had only been given 7 weeks notice of and the dresses were coming from the US.
When we opened the box we found each dress had its own hand stamped hanger with our names on our own dress, saving any confusion. They arrived just in time and the only thing I would have changed was that due to the stretchy nature of the bodice I would not have added any breathing room, I was worried that if they arrived too small I would not be able to let out the dress but they would have fit perfectly if I had not added the extra. Also because the dress came from the US and I'm in the UK it took a couple of weeks to arrive after dispatch, so remember to allow extra time for this (customs can be a labyrinth for parcels.... god only knows when or if your parcel shall ever leave). Ouma dresses are beautiful and very well made, they are also perfect for brides as well as bridesmaids.
The dresses looked awesome on the day and I currently have my eye on a few more Ouma creations. I also wore a pretty Crown and Glory turquoise flower headband, I now own quite a few Crown and Glory pieces from cat and bunny ears to pretty hippy flowers, they are well made and so pretty, plus I met the owner of crown and glory Sophie at the Blogcademy last year and she's lovely, so now crown and glory is the first place I go for hair accessories.
So if you are looking for unique, pretty bridesmaid (or brides) attire check out Ouma and Crown and Glory, they won't disappoint....
Recently I placed an order for some new rings as I had decided that I wanted some pretty shiny silver bling. I found a company called Bloody Mary Metal whilst looking through Instagram and loved their silver and gold creations. I ordered the Ambers Arrow ring and the Golden 5 ring, the delivery time was pretty quick and the rings are lovely. I will be placing another order in the future as I have a huge wish list to work my way through.
Then I decided that I would like some rings to wear above my knuckle so I got in touch with Lorraine Tait of Pebble in Aberdeen who also has an Etsy shop called Bosie Boutique full of silver stacking rings. Lorraine makes pretty silver jewellery so I asked her to make me a chevron ring and a cute crescent moon and when I went to pick them up I ended up buying another cute ring for above my knuckle.
Other awesome places to buy pretty jewellery
JillyJilly cute bottled necklaces, illustrated earrings and gifts.
Rachel Lucie Designs handmade silver jewellery, I love the pearl bracelets that I featured here
Every Bear Jewel cool bunny and cat rings that I really want to own all of but don't have enough fingers (or money for that matter)
Pamela Love Beautiful and unique jewellery, based in New York
Hope you like my finds and if you know of any jewellery designers or can suggest a good shop I should check out please comment below
On saturday I went to see the 'Coming home for summer' performance at the Macduff Marine Aquarium which was part of this years Coast Festival. My brother Stuart and his friend Jon made the masks for the performance along with Jenny Johnston (North East based maker of theatre masks, puppets and performance artist) who made her own mask and some of the props. They were helped by the pupils of Banff academy who put on a show.
Apart from my last post about my new photography site I have been away from my blog over the last few weeks, mostly because I have been so busy setting up my other site and gathering all my branded client goodies plus taking photos and editing but also because I have had to swap my car (it died), been looking into moving house and setting up a studio (in the not too distant future... hopefully).
I had also been neglecting my Instagram, twitter, Facebook and flickr whilst doing all of this. So I now plan to be more active on all of my accounts and will be posting more frequently.... feel free to say hi and like/follow.
I have so many posts in progress so expect to hear more from me, I have to show you guys the cutest bridesmaid dresses, some of my favourite internet finds that I am sure will inspire, my new branding, some of my recent photo shoots, some special offers, my wonderful new hair colour and how to get your hair pastel colours without killing it (I have tried and tested so you don't need to go through the pain... I'm that nice), some brutally honest reviews and a post about tattooed women (like me) that I have been wanting to write up.
Whilst I get my writing head on I will leave you with a special offer that I started on my other site on the 4th of May and ends on the 31st..... 25% off all photography packages in May!!! May the fourth be with you.... hehehe yes geeky I know.
Yesterday I launched my new site Fairytale Asylum Photography, it's still being worked on so over the next few weeks there will be little tweaks here and there. I will also be posting up special offers and some sneak peaks at my branding on the blog and through Facebook. I have pretty much branded everything, I bought a rubber stamp with my logo and even branded my friend Jenna. Once the photography site is complete I will start on a re-vamp of this site, with a new design and new features. Also since my last post regarding photography classes at Arcaro Arts, they have had to be cancelled and I will no longer be doing any classes at the gallery.
Anyone who normally follows my blog will notice that I have not posted my usual Things I Like Tuesday posts for a few weeks now.... these will return in the near future but I have just been so busy with my photography site that I have not had much time, that and catching every bug/virus/plague going for the last few weeks. It's always crazy busy in my house, with the Easter holidays over the last two weeks it has been even crazier.... I didn't think it was possible but it is. Thinking of the Easter holidays, I'm away to chill with the wee monsters and watch "Frozen"... again.
Normally I write a post every tuesday about the things that I like... whether it is online or on my travels. Well yesterday kinda didn't go as planned, so here is yesterdays post. Today I went in by Pebble in Aberdeen and bought some pretty things(above). Pebble sells all sorts of cool gifts, stationary, jewellery, amongst other stuff.... I could of bought half the shop but decided that some new fine liner cute pens, somewhere to store my keys and a cute owl for...... he will be used for something, would have to do for now.