Archive: August, 2011

10 Aug

A Dress of a Different Color

Fashion No Comments by Nicole

Take a step outside of the box and add some beautiful color to your gown. What a great way to add something unexpected and different! Use any color you can think of or go with a shade of blue to act as your “something blue”. If you want to keep your gown white, consider this as a fun option for your bridesmaids. This could be a stunning option for a great neutral dress!

Photo Credit: Stephanie James Couture

If you don’t want to pay for a professional to create this look for you, there are two alternate options. Option A is is to buy dye available in stores. It comes at an affordable price and is easily available. Store-bought dye is also available in tons of colors so you will be able to pick the exact hue that you want.   Option B is to go the homemade route. These dyes are great because they are all-natural and non-toxic. The downside to this is that the exact color will vary. You have to be married to the idea that an exact shade is out of the question.

What’s Next?

Homemade- Brass Paper Clips suggests checking out Crafting a Greener World or  Pioneer Thinking for easy tutorials on how to make your own plant-based dye.

Store Bought– Brass Paper Clips also suggests Rit for great information on store-bought dye and dying techniques and a color formula generator to help you create exactly the right shade. After you have chosen your desired shade, read the directions on the box of dye and you are on your way to a beautiful and unique look!

Photo Credit: Brass Paper Clip

**** Please make sure you know your fabric and how it reacts to dye so it doesn’t ruin. As always follow directions exactly. They are there for a reason :)

For stories from real brides and extra tips check out That Bride and  A Backyard Wedding.

 Photo Credit: Sara Jayne Photography


09 Aug

Stars and Stripes

I’m really digging the feel that thick black and white stripes add to a bouquet. It’s just an easy way to punch up your wedding day flowers at a low cost. If you feel that your bouquet is lacking due to budget restrictions, go ribbon shopping ASAP! Check out these beautiful floral masterpieces for inspiration. The bow on this first one is spectacular!

Photo Credit: JMM Photography via Style Me Pretty

I love how the designer of this bouquet left several ribbon ends hanging. Imagine walking down the aisle holding this, the flow of the ribbon will gently fly around and make for a beautiful presentation!

Photo Credit: Desi Baytan Photography via Style Me Pretty

This bouquet is so simple but packs a punch, don’t you think? Large peonies will cut down on your budget because you will need less blooms. Tie on a short thick ribbon and volià!  (PS the trim on this ribbon makes it extra snazzy :) )

Photo Credit: Unknown via Pinterest

 This ribbon is different from the others because it is slightly see through. This makes for a less dramatic look if you want something a little more understated.

Photo Credit: Chloe of Mike Larson Inc via Style Unveiled


What’s that you say? You love the look of black and white stripes and you are looking for other ways to use them in your wedding? Fear not! There are many ways to incorporate them into your ceremony and reception! One of the best things about using adding black and white stripes to your decor is the way color pops against it. Check it out!

 Photo Credit: Martha Stewart Weddings

This lounge will invite every guest to feel right at home with a touch of added style and romance.

Photo Credit: Libby James Blog

I love envelope liners, to me it is a worthy expense! Then again, I am not what you would call “frugal”.

Photo Credit: Unknown via Pinterest

 I absolutely love this cake! It is perfect for the bride looking for simplicity but doesn’t want something boring, and it has just the slightest feminine touch with the bows…. amazing!

Photo Credit: Wedding Path

 This would be perfect for a winery themed wedding for something a bit different than the usual decor.

Photo Credit: The Merriment Blog


I love this look for a bridal shower or bachelorette party! I remember seeing this in the pages of Brides Magazine a few years ago. I just remember thinking, when I get married, I hope someone throws me a shower that looks like that (insert pouty face)!

 Photo Credit: Hostess Blog

Another take for my friends planning my future bridal shower. Sorry ladies, I know I’m rude, I can’t help it.

Photo Credit: Hostess Blog

Yes, please.

Photo Credit: OnceWed


This picture sums up exactly why you should use these stripes on your big day. Adorable. I wish this was my wedding. I would be super happy. (Check out the full wedding here.)

Photo Credit: Once Wed
08 Aug

Drink of the Week: Kiwi Fruit Collins

Drinks No Comments by Nicole

Hello ladies and gents! This week we have brought you a drink with a pop of green! MMmmm and who doesn’t love kiwi!

Photo Credit: BBC Good Food

Kiwi Fruit Collins


  • 5 ripe kiwi fruit,peeled and diced
  • gomme syrup
  • plenty of ice , crushed
  • 500ml vodka
  • 2l soda water or 7-UP
  • 30 kiwi fruit slices, for decoration


Muddle (mash up) the diced kiwi fruit in a 1 litre jug with the gomme syrup, then half-fill with ice. Add the vodka and lemon, stir and split between glasses. Top each glass with more ice, almost to the rim, then fill up with soda water or 7-UP, and decorate with 3 kiwi slices.

01 Aug

Drink of the Week: Grapefruit & Pomegranate Martini

Drinks No Comments by Nicole

Could you ask for a prettier drink than this? What a presentation! And such a unique combination of ingredients! This one is sure to wow your guests!!!

Photo Credit: Use Real Butter

Lychee Grapefruit & Pomegranate Martini


  • pomegranate seeds
  • lychee fruits
  • 2-3 oz gin
  • 2 oz lychee juice
  • 2 oz grapefruit juice, fresh or unsweetened
  • ice


Place one or two lychees and a few pomegranate seeds in a martini glass. Combine the gin, lychee juice, grapefruit juice, and ice in a vessel. Shake and strain the cocktail into the martini glass over the fruit.

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