Thursday, 10 December 2015

T H E S E R I E S : T H E I C E

So, we found quite a lot of love for Pinterest recently, which has resulted in...

 T H E  S E R I E S 

...a pinterest collection of all super cool things, wedding related. 

We have pulled together oh-so-dreamy, jaw-dropping dresses, the most beautifully designed and delicious cakes, the hippest, hottest suits for the fellas and a whole host of other aesthetic wonders to get you on your way to creating, well, basically the world's greatest party.

Each month on the blog, we will share a new board with you and from that, pick our top five faves.

Next up...

T H E  I C E

So, this month we chose the engagement and wedding rings that you would say yes to - regardless of who was asking.  

Basically, rings so cool they make you temporarily doolally.

Please see future blog post on how to extract yourself from an engagement you accidentally agreed to.  
(And how to keep the ring.)

1)  This rose gold number finished with a grey diamond from Ruth Tomlinson at Tomfoolery is the bizniz; big and chunky but super feminine and not too flashy.  

Also, check out Tomfoolery's shop in Muswell Hill. It's dreamy.

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2) Alex Monroe is queen of the simple but stunning slim band choice.

We'll have this one for main;

And this one for desert pleeeeese;

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3)  We love love love our wonderful pal Mia Chicco's bespoke designs.

These are high drama showstoppers.  

Now, that would be a wedding we'd want an invite to...

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4) For those who prefer a more sustainable or antique ring, spend a Saturday morning trawling the antique shops with your lover.

Floral inspired Art Deco vibes?  They are out there waiting to be found...

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5) Or for something a little more punchy to express your everlasting commitment... A good ole fashioned tattoo.  

Each other's initial on your ring finger.  YES.

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More like this on our Pinterest...

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Houseplant of the Month: December

Houseplants: like the perfect man... long lasting, great looking and low maintenance.  
What is not to love?  

Which is why the Flower Council of Holland have launched their Houseplant of the Month Campaign throughout 2015.  Each month they have chosen their favourite Houseplant and given a ton of information on the history and uses of the plant, how to choose a nice healthy one, and how to take proper good care of it.

We thought we'd do you all a favour and follow their lead, condensing the info in our own monthly feature.  
In the twelfth and final part of our year-long series...

December: Hyacinth

Hyacinths probably remind you of that scented soap in your nan's bathroom.  

Or Sunday afternoons watching Keeping Up Appearances while your family sleep off a roast around you.

But set aside these throwbacks to the days of old, and embrace the hyacinth!  

This is an excellent potted plant which looks as great before it flowers, with its sturdy bulb and green shoots, as it does once the pungent buds have emerged.

Last year, bored of overloading friends and acquaintances with sugar ladened treats and bottles of booze, we potted up hyacinths as Christmas gifts. 

It also makes a really inexpensive pressie. 

Not that that was a motivating factor...

Once potted with some multi-purpose compost in a pot that can drain, keep your hyacinth is a cool position and don't overwater.  If it starts to fall over - you've over-juiced!  

The Hyacinth is a symbol of peace and power.  

It comes from Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Palestine, Iraq and Iran.  

This year we will be planting hyacinths again for Christmas and, surrounded by warmth and family and love, we will think of those who have no peace and who have no power.