Friday 22 March 2013

ISN'T IT THE BRIDES PREROGATIVE TO BE LATE...?? An apology and special edition of FRIDAY I'M IN LOVE

Making hanging around look stylish...
It's practically a rite of passage for a bride - and funnily enough, if you read our WE'RE EXPECTING post, first babies, too - to pitch up a little late. But that doesn't mean it's any the less rude to leave you hanging, lovely readers. We're really sorry that the superbeautiful new look blog isn't ready yet, but to use an often overused platitude, good things come to those who wait...

The new blog will land on Tuesday 26th March, just in time for the Easter Break (wohoo!) but until then, we thought why not offer you a glimpse into the world of @QBride with a collection of her wedding essentials and all the covetable things that make her world spin in a final FRIDAY I'M IN LOVE special.


1. The obvious one: my beardy man.
2. The flowers of the incredible Saipua in New York. For now, it is just the pictures and my wild imagination, but come this summer's US of A road trip, all this will change...
3. Le Labo Vetiver 46
4. Pinterest
5. Wit & Delight i.e how I'd like my life to look. Just imagine if the girl did weddings.
6. All things Paperless Post. Yes, the real thing (preferably scribed by Paul Antonio) is a thing of beauty, but for chic, playful stationery there is no better.
7. Pretty lingerie. My vice.
8. Fantastical and/or unexpected shoes peeping out from underneath a wedding dress skirt. I'm talking about the fancy footwear of Charlotte Olympia, Nicholas Kirkwood and these transparent perspex heels from Valentino (how very poolside Veronica Lake meets Lana Del Rey...). Plus, being born in a certain county, I admit of a weakness for white stilettos, currently having a moment - hurrah!
9. Smythson's wedding planners. Now comes in a extra-sumptuous larger size perfect for the wedding planner...or the very fastidious bride with a cut-out-and-keep habit.
10. My mad cat Jagger, whose slim hips and gangly legs (hence the name) and cheery disposition make me realise what is important in life - the things that make you smile. Which brings me neatly to weddings.
11.Weddings. To state the obvious.

The newly named Weddings Edit and I will see you next Tuesday - but until then, happy weekend!!


Thursday 21 February 2013

SECRETS TO SUPERMODEL SKIN: Karen Beadle shares her essential guide to flawless bridal beauty

Karen Beadle is a woman who certainly knows a thing or two when it comes to 'that glow'.

You know the one I mean: that gene-blessed, luminous and velvet-skinned picture-of-health sort of beauty that seems to be the preserve of supermodels. No longer. Recreating the polished beauty synonymous with the likes of Miranda Kerr, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Natalia Vodianova, Jourdan Dunn et al with a simple and easy to follow set of rules, I'm really excited to be able to share this,  make-up and beauty guru Karen's genius guide to achieving that covetable skin on your big day, whatever your age or skin type. Let us know how you get on, and any personal secrets...

"When it comes to getting married, looking after your skin in the lead up to your special wedding day is key. I usually speak to brides about a year before the weddings, as this offers a good lead time to create the optimum healthy skin through facials, treatments and the right skin care."

"Firstly, work out the type of skin you've inherited: whether its dry, oily or combination, including any skin problems you may need to address", Karen advises. Selfridges in London has Beauty Advisers who offer free, unbiased analysis and can direct you to the right skin perfecting product lines for you, and Karen offers consultations, of course. "You may need to see a doctor or dermatologist for any underlying problems and extra TLC. Otherwise it's just the occasional spot where Witch skin care range can help and dehydrated skin can be remedied by the all-rounder Neals Yard Wild Rose Beauty balm, or the supercharged BobbiBrown Extra Repair Moisturising Balm SPF 25. "

1.      Skin care is the most important part of a healthy skin and is all about continued maintenance.  These products I personally love (they are organic and naturally effective, too): Dr Hauschka, Caudalie, Avene, Melvita, and Helios in Covent Garden, where I have face creams made up in either cream or bees wax formulas.

2.     Facials help to maintain good skin tone. I recommend an Oxygenating Facial as it helps to clear the skin and create a very soft, supple, smooth, and youthful appearance. Karin Herzog facials are a favourite.

3.      Skin primers include Clarins Beauty Flash as it offers the foundation longevity and luminosity. RMK clear creamy matt primer is another great product for under make-up.

4.      Clinique, Shiseido, and M.A.C's face and body foundation are some of my favourites with its soft, translucent and long lasting effects.  A little goes a long way!

5.      Always use a foundation concealer when using a foundation base. Estee Lauder's Disappear concealer range and NARS offer a soft and natural cover. If you're looking for stronger  concealers, Keromask is perfect for covering blemishes and discolourations

6.      Suqqu's clear veil powder is an amazing product, and offers a silky smooth invisible finish and the latest NARS light reflective setting powder for a subtle sheen to reflect the light. 


      With an array of experience in beauty therapy, cosmetics, make-up artistry and skincare, Karen is a go-to for brides who are all about luminous big day beauty (no caked on foundation and false lashes borrowed from a spider, here!). Renowned for her work alongside hairdresser Joseph Koniak, after a thoughtful consultation with Karen in which she really gets to know both your skin and you - your habits both good and bad, the tricks you can easily segue into your daily routine and products to invest in that fit your budget - it's impossible not to notice a difference in your skin that will inevitably make big day beauty guaranteed. 

Friday 1 February 2013

WE'RE EXPECTING: A new blog, baby!

Had you going there, didn't I?
Announcing our news with a fanfare....Image courtesy Elizabeth Messina

Whilst we may not be expecting the pitter patter of sweet little feet any time soon here at Quintessentially Weddings towers, we have an announcement just as thrilling (we hope you'll think so, too) which we've been itching to tell you.

You might have been left wondering why things have remained so eerily quiet on the blog front over past weeks. It's not that we meant to neglect you - particularly all of those new sparkly ring wearers just starting out on their adventuring up the aisle, congrats to whom by the way! Other than things being indefatigably, madly busy what with the Sunday Times Style featuring our little weddings book and all - see below - we've been acting on our new year's resolution to polish up our act.

Which means a whole new, beautiful blog will be landing here in the next few days, fit to bursting with artful, individual, stylish and inspirational content, and chronicling all that is wonderful about the wonder-filled world of weddings. There's nothing like a good makeover, and we plan to come back yet more soignee and fresh as falling snow -  all in the hope it might help you in some small way, of course. Sharing is caring.

Do check in for our usual Friday I'm in Love a little later, and let me know if there's anything you're keen to see or read about on the new blog. It's all for you, dear readers, after all...

Happy Friday!

Sophie aka QBride