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Wooing bridal veils, the essential guide from BHLDN

A veil was something I didn’t really give proper consideration to when I got married. I figured I was too old to do ‘demure’ and my Alberta Ferretti dress was a nude pink so it would have been difficult to match tulle. The ladies in the Via Condotti store where I’d bought my dress did try a heavy mantilla style and that was my first and last attempt at wearing a veil, I hated it! Oh how I now wish I’d worn one! We presume a veil can only represent modesty and purity but have you noticed the luminous effect it has on your skin or how coyly provocative it can be???? It’s actually just the littlest bit sexy and coquettish, which I love!

As we’re putting together our veil & headpiece collection for 2013 from Joyce Jackson and Rainbow Club,  I am reminded (confused by) how vast the permutations of lengths and tiers are, whether you invest in silk tulle or nylon, bouffant or blusher… the choices are endless! So we’re wooing over this incredibly beautiful guide to choosing your veil, curated by the super stylish team at BHLDN Chicago, we just had to share it with you.

The word ‘accessory’ just doesn’t seem to describe a veil properly. A veil, as far as we’ve seen, has transformative powers.

Picture a bride-to-be as she climbs onto a little step to get a sense for her dress. She fluffs it, turns around, and then tucks into her impromptu topknot a delicate swath of tulle. It’s this wisp-thin addition that begins to take her from bride-to-be to simply: a bride. While trends have come and gone and come back again over the years, there are a few styles we believe to be quite timeless in their own way, and when paired with the right dress are, well, heartbreakingly beautiful.

 

Tempted? For more beautiful veils and headpieces please have a look here

Thanks and credits to BHLDN Chicago.

 

 

 

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Woo Wedding Bags by Alphabet Bags, designed for the stylish bride

We’re wooing over these cooler than cool canvas totes from the Wedding Collection by alphabet bags. Lucas & Hayley the (also cooler than cool) husband and wife team behind alphabet bags, designed these bags to provide the bride and her maids a stylish way to carry around all your bridal bits and bobs. Made from high quality heavy cotton in a size generous enough to fit all your wedding mags or all your beauty essentials on the day. Beautifully printed with wedding themed words and phrases and what’s more, they are actually stitched and printed in the UK… hooray! Wear them on your hen night, fantastic alternative (and less embarrassing) to L plates or hen t shirts and the MOB’s & MOG’s get one too. Fill them with gifts and they make unique wedding day presents for your girlie attendants. We love the ‘Just Married‘ tote, wouldn’t it be perfect for your honeymoon? Priced from just £10.00 including free postage they are hugely affordable, so grab yourself an alphabet wedding bag here.

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Bridal totes by alphabet bags

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Bon Bon by Diane Hassall – Weekly Woo Shoe

This week we are wooing over Bon Bon by Diane Hassall. One of Diane’s favourites from the current collection, this shoe has an incredible silhouette, from the perfectly pitched 11.5cm heel to the exuberant velvet pom pom trims. It’s modern in it’s construction with an essential hidden platform but has a retro feel courtesy of an overlay of beautiful embroidered ivory silk organza and the barely there chiffon pleats give it a softer edge. All Hassall shoes are named after roses and like it’s namesake, the bonbon rose has spectacular pom pom flowers that sit atop strong stems, a must for adding height. Wear them with a structured cocktail length dress and nipped in waist for fifties film star glamour – Amsale have an amazing selection, and complete the look with a birdcage headpiece, ‘Kingston’ by Joyce Jackson would work perfectly. Comfort is ensured with ultra-luxurious soft natural kid leather linings and a high-grade leather sole. We love Bon Bon because it’s striking and bold and plays with texture. If this is truly the woo shoe for you buy it here.

Fabulous velvet pom poms

 

Beautiful silhouette

Barely there chiffon pleating

 

Photography by Craig Stephen

Woo the details!

Style: Bon Bon
Designer: Diane Hassall
Fabric: Silk satin & embroidered organza
Trim: Velvet & chiffon
Colour: Ivory
Sizes: 3-8 inc half sizes
Heel: 11.5 cm
Dyeable: No
Price: £ 225.00

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Designer Profile: Diane Hassall talks Vintage-Retro Glamour and the Hassall collection

This week wedding shoe designer Diane Hassall talks shoes, vintage glamour and bespoke designs. Here we explore her coveted handmade collection and her declared passion, Hassall.

Bon Bon wedding shoes by Diane Hassall

Bon Bon wedding shoes by Diane Hassall

We asked Diane to answer a few questions, just to get a feel for her, her style and her design philosophy.

Boldness or simplicity?
Simplicity

Coffee or tea?
Peppermint tea or hot water

Shoes or handbags?
Has to be shoes but I love both!

Moss or Middleton?
Moss

Colour or monochrome?
Colour 

Edgy or vintage?
Edgy-vintage?

Describe your everyday shoes?
Sheepskin Ugg loafers or Converse pumps mostly, not very glam!

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Woo the arabesque bridal shoe sale – last chance to buy

frou frou veil & flower power shoes

wedding dresses from bhldn

floral artwork dress & fondant tea dress by BHLDN

The ‘summer sale’ may be liable for character defamation given the complete absence of a summer but the sale bit is true to it’s word. Over at Arabesque there are still a few final bargains to be had, with amazing reductions on brands including Diane Hassall Archive, Belle, Harriet Wilde, Benjamin Adams & Benjamin Adams Evening. We’re wooing over this beautiful bun veil ‘Frou Frou’ by Rainbow Club – softest ivory italian tulle with a delicate silk organza blousy rose which attaches with a clear comb. Was £60.00 now £30.00 and only 1 left! We’ve styled it with a pair of Diane Hassall fantastically frivolous ‘Flower Power‘, this peep toe is cute and whimsical with it’s hand tied organza bow, blousy hand made rose and covered in spotted tulle. The perfect accessories for a flirty tea length dress like the ones shown here from BHLDN, doesn’t it just embody the dream summer bride? I’ve used that ‘s’ word again… August – you have a lot riding on you! Woo the final days of the sale here.

Image of shoes - craig-stephen.co.uk

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Harriet Wilde, Freya Rose, Rachel Simpson, Rainbow Club & Benjamin Adams

It’s days like this that we LOVE our Job! Studio shoot today, beautiful sunshine and shoes… I wonder what all these gorgeous pictures are for?

If you like any of these gorgeous shoes, take a look at www.arabesquedirect.co.uk and explore our world!

Keep watching…

Shoes, shoes, shoes

Image/shoot photographer – craig-stephen.co.uk

 

 

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Marc Jacobs Mary Jane vs Freya Rose Sonrissa

It’s your wedding day and you love shoes, so it’s only natural that you want a pair of shoes that are catwalk-inspired and bang-on-trend. Who said weddings have to be frumpy? Our latest addition to our new feature, showing brides that gorgeous and on-trend wedding shoes are available! So… if you LOVE the gorgeous Marc Jacobs Mary Jane shoes, you will WOO Freya Rose Sonrissa. Having shoes, especially on your wedding day, that you are not only in love with but are fashionable adds luxury to your day. We can’t all (unfortunately) quite reach the pennies required for those Marc Jacobs’ shoesies, coming in at £690! But who says the pair you woo over can’t be fabulous (and slightly more purse-friendly?) Sonrissa by Freya Rose, £294 – buy them here.

Marc Jacobs Mary Jane vs Freya Rose Sonrissa

Vintage appeal with a modern edge. Gorgeous.

 

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Gina Asha Pumps vs Benjamin Adams Evening Vienna

It’s your wedding day and you love shoes, so it’s only natural that you want a pair of shoes that are catwalk-inspired and bang-on-trend. Who said weddings have to be frumpy? Our latest addition to our new feature, showing brides that gorgeous and on-trend wedding shoes are available! So… if you LOVE the gorgeous Gina Asha shoes, you will WOO the Benjamin Adams evening Vienna. Having shoes, especially on your wedding day, that you are not only in love with but are fashionable adds luxury to our day; and we can’t all (unfortunately) quite reach the pennies required for those Gina’s, coming in at £735! But who says the pair you woo over can’t be fabulous? Benjamin Adams Evening Vienna, £249 buy them here.

Sparkles!

These gorgeous sparkly shoes look like they walked off the red carpet – feel that Hollywood glamour on your wedding day and I defy you not to wear them again!

 

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Fairytale by Diane Hassall – Weekly Woo Shoe

This week we are wooing over Fairytale by Diane Hassall. This beautiful peep-toe shoe is graceful and angelic, capturing the essence of a modern heirloom. All Hassall shoes are named after roses and the blousy ‘fairytale’ rose is a nostalgic, full and robust rose  epitomising romance, elegance and longevity. The shoes are finished with a delicate lace edging and are hand beaded with pearls and crystals making them gorgeously girly; sparkling and shimmering as you walk. The cutsie 6.25cm heels are perfect for all-day long wearing and, more importantly, dancing the night away! Comfort is ensured with ultra-luxurious soft natural kid leather linings and a high-grade leather sole. The uppers are a pure ivory silk satin with an overlay of tulle, embroidered with a flowery-lace pattern and intertwining sparkles. We love Fairytale because it encapsulates prettiness and romance. If this is truly the woo shoe for you buy it here.

Gorgeous Flowers

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Designer Profile: Sally-Ann Provan Millinery talks Royal Ascot, Hats & Bespoke Design

Welcome to the first of a series of accessory designer profiles – a brand new feature from Woo My Shoes. This week, Ascot milliner Sally-Ann Provan talks Royal Ascot, Hats and Bespoke Design. As a lady who enjoys cake and and a cup of earl-grey from a vintage tea-cup, it was a match made in heaven for me to uncover her favourite pieces from Royal Ascot, hints and tips on choosing the right hat as well as the benefits of a bespoke creation.

First of all, I asked Sally to answer a few questions, just to get a feel for her, her style and her design philosophy!

Boldness or Simplicity?
Both! Keep it fresh and elegant with simple clean lines balanced with detailing. I don’t like froth unless it’s on my coffee.

Coffee or Tea?
TEA – Earl Grey!

Shoes or Handbags?
HANDBAGS!  I do love a good bag, and I’ve recently started making handbags to complement and contrast my hats.

Moss or Middleton?
Both great style icons – Kate Moss is a chameleon, with an individual edgy style. Kate Middleton is a classic timeless English Rose.

I think I’m edging more towards Moss than Middleton…

Colour or Monchrome?
I love colour…

Edgy or Vintage?
I would go for edgy – edgy brings quirkiness and creativity and unexpected combinations of colour and shape. Too much vintage can feel like you are trying to capture a bygone age which simply doesn’t exist anymore.

Design Philosophy?
My design philosophy is all about elegance with wit.

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