I hope you are all keeping well! I thought I would do a new blog on Mother of the Bride outfits, as we have been asked a lot recently of where we would recommend going. And by the time the bride has her dress picked, and colours decided it doesn’t leave a lot of time to go out looking for a mother of the bride/groom outfit.
I would definitely recommend going out to have a nosey now, as this is when the boutiques are getting all of their new stock and when you will have a great selection of sizes! To make it a little easier, we have done a little video of where we would recommend going. We will try and do a few more ‘recommendation’ blogs in the future, next up it’s going to be ‘hen party ideas’ but if you have any suggestions, please send us an e-mail, email@example.com
Take a nosey here:
Filled Under : Inspiration
It is 2017… How did that happen? I can’t believe we’ve been open for four years and what a four years it has been! I am so, SO excited for the year ahead.
So, 2017 is a little different for me, I now have two kids, two and a half years and under and it’s crazy. I love my balance at the moment though, and to be totally honest – it’s probably taken me until now to get the right balance. When Daisy was born I felt guilty that I wasn’t working and was back to work so soon. However, I’m so glad Jack came along as whenever I had him – I realised how important those early days are and I was able to take MUCH longer off plus I had the added bonus of a one year old to entertain me, and boy does she entertain me. She is such a girl, she loves clothes, shoes and doing my make up… I love them with all.my.heart.
So I have had to get my life in order, and be organised and I have a few hints and tips for you all, as I am sure you are all ranging from a little stressed to mega stressed depending on what stage of your wedding planning you’re at. So here’s what I have done.
Okay, so I know this is nothing new, but we’re so bad at buying food and then not eating it before it goes out of date and it’s such a waste – so we have started cooking meals out of Lean in 15, and we literally buy all the ingredients we need for that week, plus the essentials. Then I don’t have to think about what we’re cooking that night as we’ve already decided; of course I have a few chicken nuggets in the freezer just incase and the odd night where I’ve no clue what we’re making. Beans on toast anyone?
My Make up Organiser
I love this organiser I bought it off eBay… it holds all my make up that I need in the morning, and as long as Daisy hasn’t got her hands on it, it stays lovely and organized. Plus it only cost £10 on eBay. Here’s a link to one: http://bit.ly/2iMuDKC
It took me long enough, but I have moved my diary online… and I love Google Calendar, I can see how busy we are for the coming weeks. I can plan Designer Weekends, Sample Sales so easily and if a bride rings my mobile, I can let them know my availability easily. I highly recommend it. Oh and we are expanding Ivory & Pearl, so we now have the availability to offer extra appointments in the boutique, which are still private. boom.
Okay, so I don’t exercise, I really should. Does standing up all day long count? Yes, I think so. However, Chris has just joined Pure Gym and rang me yesterday to tell me the best news.. I said unless he’s telling me that’s he’s coming to take the kids and has booked me in for a massage, it’s not exciting. And, no, it wasn’t that.. however, Pure Gym is coming to Lisburn.. right on our door step!
Well here’s to a Great 2017.. We have new designers coming in this month, lots and lots of trunk shows.. which will be the next blog so keep an eye out!
Finishing Touches at Ivory & Pearl
All brides want to look and feel their absolute best on their wedding day, from hair & beauty to shoes and accessories it all comes together to create the final look. At Ivory & Pearl we have introduced new accessories into the boutique to help brides create this look after purchasing their dress. Accessories can give a bride the opportunity to add her own unique style and provide the finishing touches to her wedding look. We have an extensive range of earrings, bracelets, headpieces, hair vines and combs. No appointment is necessary; however, if you’d like to chat to a bridal consultant just let us know you’re dropping in on firstname.lastname@example.org
Earrings & Bracelets:
Dazzling earrings can bring timeless elegance to your wedding look and can easily be worn after your wedding day. In the boutique we have cluster style earrings, drop earrings and studs with a mixture of pearls and diamonds depending on what is best suited to you. We also have bracelets to match our earrings.
A headpiece or hair accessories are the perfect way to add a focal point to your wedding look; we have both embellished headpieces that are more suited to Anna Campbell or Karen Willis Holmes style dresses; or if your style of wedding has a vintage feel to it we have headpieces to suit our Claire Pettibone dresses. We have a selection of ribbon tied hair pieces, hair combs and hair bands for brides to choose from.
“I DO’s & I DON’Ts”
Getting Married? We thought we would come up with a few do’s and don’ts for the run up to your wedding and the morning of your wedding to help all you lovely brides stay as relaxed as possible.
Follow these key tips:
• Invest in a good cleanser and exfoliating routine prior to your wedding, to keep your skin glowing and looking its best. If there’s ever a time to get into a good face washing routine, now is the time!
• Ensure you leave you and your bridal party enough time during the morning of the wedding for hair and makeup. Around an hour for each member of your party. The last thing you want to do is be time watching and feeling anxious.
• Get ready in a room with natural light, as you want your make up to look as flawless and natural as possible.
• Make sure you have a place or person to carry essentials to freshen up such as lipstick, loose powder for touch ups during the day.
• Go for a tanning trial if you are planning to have a spray tan as there is nothing worse than a patchy orange tan (and a make up trial is a must!!)
• Make a brief schedule to stick by for the morning of your wedding so you aren’t running behind and so you don’t end up feeling stressed.
• Practice walking around in your shoes a few times before your wedding day. Try doing a few chores around the house in your wedding footwear (when your fiancé isn’t home) to ensure you’ll be able to dance the night away!
• Get a facial the week before your wedding as facials can bring up any spots lying below the skins surface – you don’t want these on the morning of your wedding and don’t pick at your skin (sometimes easier said than done!!)
• Try out a edgy new look for either yourself or your bridesmaid party, keep it safe and soft as you don’t want heavy makeup and crazy hairstyles in your wedding photographs.
• Let one bridesmaid have heavier make up than others as this will pick up in photos and look unbalanced.
• Stress. I know it’s easy to say but your wedding day is one of the most special days and everyone says it goes by so quickly so don’t spend time worrying about the little things just enjoy every single second.
• Forget to eat throughout the day and at your reception. It can be easy to neglect to nibble with all the excitement, but a few glasses of champagne can be dangerous on an empty stomach.
“Can I just skip the gym bit and go straight into looking hot in a bikini”
We all need a little bit of inspiration at this time of year – holiday season is just around the corner and slowly we are taking off the layers! I feel recently a little bit of Instagram Inspiration can really influence people on topics like diet, fitness and wardrobe must haves! For me personally it gives me that ‘want’ to change it up a bit whether that is trying out a new gym work out that I have seen online or trying out a new lipstick colour or foundation because It was used on a recent make up tutorial -It’s the perfect insight into many different worlds that we all live in so here’s how and more importantly, who to follow.
Alessandra Steinherr- Follow her @alexsteinherr for all things beauty!
Alex is the Beauty director of Glamour magazine living in London, yes she has a dream of a job and boy does she love it! Alex is involved in the styling of models for shoots, interviews celebrities and reports on the newest and hottest beauty products on the market. She is unbiased to beauty brands therefore gives a real insight into what products really do work, if you feel like I do sometimes walking into the high street and feeling a bit overwhelmed by the amount of products and are unsure what would suit your skin this is the account to follow to get a bit more of an insight into what brands to go for!
Emma Furey – Follow her @emfurey for all things fitness!
Fitness fanatic Emma Furey is a London based personal trainer who studied dance at University, her instagram is filled with inspiring shots, including enviable holiday snaps and great gym workouts alongside healthy eating ideas to make sure and keep up her energy after training 4/5 times a week she needs a good balanced diet. Her top tip is to make sure and mix up your workouts and keep a good balance between different styles of exercises! So if you are wanting some daily motivation to get yourself up and moving follow her!
Lauren Curtis – Follow her @lozcurtis for make up looks and beauty tips!
Lauren is an Australian beauty blogger who has the #1 beauty channel on YouTube, if you love inspiring make up looks Lauren will take you through step by step how she achieved certain looks, her cosmetic favourites, her morning and night routines to achieve glowing perfect skin and also gives her followers an insight into her regularly life routine.
Rosanna Davison – Follow her @rosanna_davison for healthy recipes!
This absolute beauty was a former Miss World and loves to promote a healthy and fit lifestyle. Rosanna includes posts on fitness, beauty and loves to post new and exciting healthy recipes from her own book. Over the years she has created her own brand ‘Rosanna Davision nutrition’ and she gives us an insight into her personal life.
Niomi Smart – Follow her @niomismart for all round lifestyle advice!
Niomi is a much loved Lifestyle blogger based in London having a staggering 1.6million followers on Instagram. This YouTube sensation posts mostly on her healthy lifestyle focusing on fitness she is currently training for the London Marathon, cooking she is on a plant based diet so she does regular youtube videos on what she eats in a day and includes lots of different recipes. She also has a passion for all things beauty; she promotes natural products and gives her followers an insight into what products she loves and uses on a daily basis.
Willow & Thread Follow @willowandthread for all things fashion!
For a Fashion fix look no further than our very own Fashion Boutique, the Sister boutique of Ivory and Pearl. At Willow & Thread, which is located on the 1st Floor of the Georgian House in Comber we use Instagram as a great way to show our followers the latest Collections that have arrived into the boutique, with lots of different styles and looks from occasion wear to more casual wear we do have something for everyone; we also stock Olivia Burton watches, MSC pom pom hats and lots of jewellery! Follow us & come along on our Fashion Journey!
Ivory & Pearl Follow @ivoryandpearl for all things bridal!
Look no further than our very own beautiful Ivory and Pearls Instagram if you are bride looking for a stunning gown we will certainly help you tie the knot in style. Our range of designers have been handpicked and carefully sourced from all around the world. Each of our wedding dresses have been chosen based on their approach to simple elegance, romantic detail, vintage touches! There are also lots of posts on wedding planning tips, tricks and ideas to give brides some wedding inspiration when planning their big day!
Lots of love,