Monday, 27 February 2012

Oscars Review

Good morning all,

Long time no speak!

Technology is a funny thing isn't it? I wonder sometimes how we ever lived without it. That may seem a tad dramatic I know, but over the past week or so of moving into a new house that has no cellphone reception, no broadband capability and as of yet no connected telephone line I feel the need to be a little dramatic. Hence the reason why I have not been actively blogging.

It's strange to be without the abovementioned technologies, and after having had them readily at my fingertips for as long as I can remember, you begin to realise just how much you rely on technology. It's part of every day life, and not having it? Well, it's just strange.

We are still not connected to any internet connection but I managed to borrow my in-laws internet, whilst hubby is at football (soccer) training, to let you all know that - Yes, I am still alive and still blogging!

Anyway, enough of the rambling, since it is the season of awards shows I thought I might recap Oscars night. I suddenly had a thought the other day, whilst I was daydreaming, that recapping the awards shows has nothing to do with weddings whatsover!

But, I thought to myself, who cares? Celebrities and fashion are a big part of what dictates what and who we wear and which I guess indirectly influences bridal trends. Also, if your a daring bride then some of these fashion trends could pass as gorgeous bridal gowns or even as fashion forward bridesmaid dresses!

So, if none of you object to drooling over all the gorgeous gowns on show at the Oscar awards than hear are my favourites! (None of my worst this time round)



Ah, the Penelope Cruz I know and love! Looking absolutely radiant in Giorgio Armani.



Cameron Diaz stunning in Gucci. Couldn't this make an amazing wedding dress?




Emma Stone wearing Giambattista Valli, the gown and the colour is exquisite, but then again, she always looks impeccable.




Wow! Jennifer Lopez looking amazing in Zuhair Murad! By far my favourite look of the night.




See what I mean? This is how Meryl Streep should always look! She's a stunner in Lanvin.



Gwyneth Paltrow = Perfection in Tom Ford




Bridesmaids star, Kristen Wiig in J Mendel. Beautiful in blush.




Milla Jovovich in Ellie Saab. Exquisite in sequins, love the red lips and vintage do!




Mya Rudolph looking glam in Johanna Johnson. Love the embellishments!




Another Bridesmaids star, Rose Byrne in Vivenne Westwood! My favourite trend of the moment - sequins!




I hate to admit it but I absolutely love Kimmy K! Flaunting those gorgeous curves in a stunning Azzedine Alaia gown. The hair, the makeup and accessories? Spot on!



So there you have it! A select few of my favourite looks for the Oscar awards, there were so many more amazing gowns the list was endless!

One of these days I am going to come up with another excuse to don a gorgeous gown and have a party, my wedding was a the last time I got to wear a gorgeous gown, not that I envy the celeb lifestyle but it would be nice to hang up my gumboots and overalls, every now and again, after a day of horses and farming to wear something a little more glamourous!

Enjoy!

Love,

T xx

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Wednesday Wedding Dress of the Week - Claire Pettibone

Hi all,

Once again, you may have noticed that I have been absent from blogging over the past few days. But, if you casts your minds back to my AWOL post, a full explanation has been given!

It's been a hectic week full of un-packing, moving etc etc and now to top it all off I have also been hit with the flu! Perfect timing or what?

So, today on one of my favourite blogging days I decided to make myself feel better by posting not one, but two of my favourite gowns from Claire Pettibone

Claire Pettibone's whole collection is filled with glorious, wedding gown goodness and it was incredibly hard to choose. Somehow though I managed to choose these two beauties!

Lumiere by Claire Pettibone
Lumiere by Claire Pettibone
Oohlala by Claire Pettibone
Oohlala by Claire Pettibone
Claire Pettibone's name seems to be the name on everyone's lips in the world of bridal and it's not surprising when you check out her collections. Every single piece featured is unique and individual, each with it's own personality and vintage flair.

So beautiful and delicate, I can't wait to see what else Claire Pettibone has in store for us!

Check out her website for more gorgeous gowns! www.clairepettibone.com

Enjoy!

Txx

Sunday, 19 February 2012

How to... make a gorgeous vintage teacup candle

Hello all,

I was doing a little bit of wedding blog gawking today when I stumbled across this DIY goodness over at Hey Gorgeous, the Blog.


I wish I had come across this pre-wedding, it would have been great as wedding favours, decoration or even as a gift.

I found this amongst the many other gorgeously, creative DIY ideas created by Rhiannon, of Hey Gorgeous, who by the way was so lovely and let me feature this tutorial here on That's Amour!

So, enjoy!


Supplies. You will need the following:
• vintage tea cups, any will do
• eco friendly candle wax flakes
• wooden kabob skewer sticks
• scotch tape and sharp scissors
• a stove, a double boiler and bowl
• oven mitts and a hot plate/trivet

{Step 1} You’ll want to make wooden wick supports to lay over top of the teacups. To do this you can tape together two wooden sticks at the end. Slide in a wax wick so it sits in between the two wooden sticks and then clamp shut the opposite ends and tape together. You should have two sticks taped together at both ends with a wax wick clamped into the middle. Position the wick into the center of the cup so the metal base around the wick is flush on the bottom of the cup. Repeat this step until all of your cups have a wooden wick support laying across the tops. Like so:

{Step 2} Fill a shallow pan or double boiler with water and put over medium to high stove heat. I used a glass Pampered Chef measuring bowl with a spout to melt my wax in. Place your bowl into the water and pour in your wax flakes. As the water and bowl begins to heat up your wax flakes will start to melt and become opaque/clear. I use two wooden skewers to stir the flakes especially after I added in my candle scent and colour. Candle dye is just as potent at food colouring; a little will go a long way.
{Step 3} Using oven mitts, use one hand to lift up the bowl out of the water (once the wax has completely melted) and the other hand to wipe off water on the outside of the bowl (don’t burn yourself!) Have a trivet ready beside your teacups and carefully pour the wax into your teacups, making sure to avoid the wooden skewers laying across the tops. You can always use one hand to hold the wood skewers in place. Fill the teacups up until about a quarter of an inch of cup is still showing. Immediately wash your bowl to avoid the wax drying or put back in your hot water bath if you will be melting more flakes.
{Step 4} Now you get to wait. So go grab some ice cream, hang out for a bit and let the wax completely dry. I’d say give it a few hours at least before you try to trim your wicks or light your candles. Once the wax looks cloudy, smooth and is hard to the touch (like an ordinary candle you’d light in your home) you’ll know the wax is dry. Using very sharp scissors, cut your wick directly at the wooden skewer clamp and gently pull the wooden skewers away from the wick. Then you can light your beautiful new Vintage Teacup Candles! This was by far the best part.

So, there you have it the finished product in four easy steps thanks to Rhiannon at Hey Gorgeous. I really can't wait to give this a go!

For more gorgeous DIY wedding ideas, head over to her blog and check it out!


Full credit and thanks to Rhiannon at http://www.heygorg.com/ and to the photographer, Jenna McKenzie.

Yay for me!


Good morning all,

Guess what? You will all be so proud of me! I have officially blogged 20 posts! I never would have thought that I would manage such a feat, like I mentioned in my first few posts I tend to have trouble sticking to things. This time, however, I have actually managed to follow through with one of my New Years resolutions and now it's onwards and upwards for me!

Every day, I am getting new twitter followers and I seem to be getting more page views. My favourite thing at the moment is to, every morning, check my email to see if I have any new followers, and honestly, it really does make my day! It makes me feel like this is really worth it and inspires me to carry on!

My next goal, is to either (a) get a comment or (b) receive an email from a reader (hint hint) so if any of you feel like dropping me a line, or even just introducing yourselves it would really make my day! Literally!


To show my appreciation, here is a tiny sneak peek of what's to come!


One of our wedding photo's captured by http://www.danmasonphotography.co.nz/


Saturday, 18 February 2012

Absent without leave

Hi Everyone!

Ok, so for the past couple of days I may have gone a bit AWOL and you also may have noticed that I didn't post my Friday Favourites, which totally guts me by the way.

I do have a good excuse, however, in that my hubby and I have just moved house again for the seventh time in our three years together! I must say I do really hate moving, the packing, the cleaning, the carrying of boxes and heavy items of furniture and not to forget the UNPACKING.

There has been a lot of changes for us over the past few weeks, my little sister (she's 18, so not so little, but still) upped sticks, flew the nest and moved all the way to Wellington to start University, hubby and I moved house, I've moved further away from my Mum and Dad (which is rather difficult, as I have never lived more than 10 minutes away), I have also quit my job as a legal secretary to help my brother-in-law on his dairy farm and I'm returning to my roots to ride horses for a living again!

So, for all the readers out there (if any) bear with me over the next week or so as we get our internet connected, my office set up and our lives back into some form of normality. I will be trying my hardest to post as regularly as possible!

Love,

Txx

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Bafta Awards 2012 Review

Good Morning all,

Ok, so I am at it again, spouting my mouth off about "fashion" this time about the outfits at the Bafta Awards 2012.

Luckily, I don't think there were quite as many fashion fails at the Baftas as there were at the Grammy Awards but once again correct me if I am wrong.


The Best




Michelle Williams looking gorgeous in a dress that isn't actually by a fashion label but by a high street retail store!




Jessica Chastain looks gorgeous in this grecian style Oscar de la Renta gown.




Black seems to be very popular at the moment and Christina Hendricks is no acception, the curvy actress is looking gorgeous in Vivenne Westwood. Did I mention I really want her hair?



Christina Ricci is stunning in this gorgeous, shimmery bronze creation by Riccardo Tisci, Givenchy.




Viola Davis looks amazing in this Valentino gown made from recycled bottles. Valentino's first ever eco-gown.





This is actually one of my favourite looks from the Bafta Awards, Fearne Cotton looking AMAZING in Moschino. I love the colour, the accessories, the black bow belt, the make up and the hair! Everything!




And my fave look of the night, Melissa George in a GORGEOUS, slinky, black gown by Victoria Beckham! To.die.for.


Unfortunately, that concludes my "best" looks at the Baftas and now to move onto...

The Worst



Ah...Tilda Swinton, I must say I admire her for her "I don't give a damn attitude". Although this is not the worst ensemble I have seen her in, to me she always looks so washed out, this colour just does nothing to flatter her.




I never would have thought I wouldn't like an outfit Penelope Cruz wore because she always looks so sexy and stylish. But this dress is a bit of a snooze fest, the colour and the dress are just plain boring. The bodice makes her boobs look funny too, don't ya think? 




I love Meryl Streep, she is amazing. But, I am not loving the poofy bolero thing, other than that though this dress looks amazing on her!




Laura Bailey, Ambassador for London Fashion Week, sporting an interestingly, multi-coloured, glittery, hankerchief mess. To put it bluntly.




Has anyone told Michelle Yeoh that she is about to fall out of her dress? Pull your top up!


The Nicki Minaj, little red riding hood debacle make the fashion fails at the Bafta's look pretty mild in comparison.

These are just a few of the best and worst looks in my opinion and I am sure you all probably have your own views.

Have a good day!

T xx

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Wednesday Wedding Dress of the Week - Collette Dinnigan

Good Morning lovely people,

I was at loss this morning as to what to blog about today, until I realised it was my favourite blog day of the week, Wednesday's Wedding Dress of the Week!

It's a great excuse for me to trawl the internet to find my weekly favourite wedding gown and oh what fun I have!

This week's fave is this gorgeous gown from Collette Dinnigan!

I must say I fell in love with this dress just a little bit, I love the pearl embellished bodice with the full organza skirt - very princess!


For more gorgeous gowns go to http://www.collettedinnigan.com/

Isn't it lovely?!

Have a good day all!

Txx

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day everyone!

I hope that you have all spoilt rotten by your special someone, and if you don't have a Valentine, well make sure that you go out and treat yourself!

My Hubby has definately spoilt me and I feel very blessed.

Love to you all!


Have a great day!

T xx