Romancing Monday

Every Monday I intend to share one of my favourite, most meaningful, wedding worthy songs with you, to kick off the week with happiness, gratitude and excitement.

Yeah yeah, I know its Tuesday! This blogging thing is new to me, it takes me hours to do a single post so you will have to bear with me.

Today, I welcome Nina Simone to the stage! This was the first dance at my sister’s wedding and has very warm memories for me. Nina is a legend.

The fact that this video clip is super cool is a bonus!

Random fact – this song was used on a Chanel No. 5 advertisement in 1987…

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Ethical wedding jewellery

I think movies such as Blood Diamond, Die Another Day and Lord of War as well as campaigns by humanitarian organisations such as Amnesty International, have really helped educate people about making informed and ethical purchasing decisions  when it comes to engagement and wedding rings. However it is still a major issue, and I know for sure that when I get married it will be very important to me to know that my ring has not been part of the cause of human rights abuse and environmental destruction. It would seem to weigh very heavily on the finger if I didn’t take that into consideration!

Check this awesome resource if you want to know some facts about the conflict diamond industry.

Luckily for those of us who want to wear ethical engagement/wedding rings, there are many artisans and jewellers who have risen to the challenge and are creating amazing, one of a kind, unique rings, as well as other forms of non-wedding jewellery! Buying vintage is another great way to be ethical about your ring shopping.

I have put together a few of my favourites below to give you an idea of how gorgeous ethical rings are. The art deco one from Keshett is incredible! I was amazed at how affordable some of these rings are as well – there are many options across a wide range of budget brackets.

Photo credits, horizontally from top left: 1 & 3 Ethical Jewellery Australia, 2, 5 & 8 Turtle Love Co, 4 & 9 Brilliant Earth, 6 Zoe Pook, 7 Keshett

There are plenty of ways to purchase ethical jewellery online, and even better, you can get customised jewellery created at some of these retailers too.

Yay for feel good rings!

Friday flights of fancy

Things that make Friday even better!

Amazing pic of Madonna and party crew by Dave LaChappelle

♥ I am wearing Kate Moss for Rimmel lipstick a lot at the moment. The colours are amazing and the formula is long lasting and smooth. My fave is shade no. 22, a hot pink, and I love the full on red no. 22 as well. I apply it with a lip brush and it stays on for hours. Of course, there is no doubt of the marketing pulling power Miss Moss has! Rimmel don’t test on animals either.

♥ These are my kind of chairs!

♥ Really into Lana Del Rey at the moment… Radio is my favourite song on the album, its on repeat.

♥ Louise Schwartzberg’s Ted Talk on Gratitude using time-lapse photography is really awesome. It is moving but not overly cheesy. Also, how funny is the wee girl picking her nose mid spiel!

♥ Hilarious yoga/acrobatic engagement shoot.

Have a fun and relaxing weekend doing the things you love most! I’m heading out to a friend’s birthday dinner tonight, followed by a gig. I plan to  plan to some time finessing this new blog baby of mine too.

Wedding day colour

I love the idea of a dash of colour on a wedding day, and think it adds personality and fun to the event. There are lots of different ways you can incorporate colour of course, and I have included some of my favourites below.

Colourful parasols

There is something very sweet about parasols, and they are a a great way for avoiding the burn on a sunny day as well.

How happy! Photo from Katie Day Photography.

If your wedding isn’t during the Summer months, and you want to add a bit of colour to your decor, you can hang them from the roof too. You can pick them up quite cheaply online, and they definitely deliver impact.

Shoes

One of the most common ways to add some colour to your outfit, and always a cool look, is to have a pair of sexy, colourful shoes which make an appearance to those lucky enough to notice. Of course, if you have a short dress you can show them off for the world to see!

Green, fuchsia and teal shoes

Headwear

I love unusual head wear in general, and it can also be a really nice alternative to a veil, should you want a less traditional look. Who can forget SJP’s plumage from the Sex and the City movie? Lets ignore the beating Big over the head with the bouquet bit though and focus on the Vivienne Westwood. Ha. The picture of the blue peacock headband is me at my friend Kate’s wedding, and it belongs to my sister. I love it, and have worn it as a bridesmaid twice!

If you want to go all out you could always die your hair a bright shade – but that takes some serious bravery!

Photo credits clockwise 1 & 2 

Sash

When my sister got married she had a gorgeous laced trimmed sage green sash on her 50s style wedding dress, and I love the duck egg blue on the dress below too. Side note – how cool are the pockets! That simple dress is doing it for me. A colourful sash pops against a white fabric, and adds a lot of visual intrigue to a wedding outfit.

Photo credit

For the guys

A bow-tie

Bow-ties can be a bit fun, especially if you don’t want to take things/yourself too seriously. More muted tones can looks so classy, and a bright pop of vivid colour is pretty striking.

If you want to embrace cutesie, you can always match your bow-tie or tie to the colours you are incorporating into your own outfit.

Pink, green

Socks

Oh yip I love this! So cheeky. Always a big fan of the nerdiness of Argyle print, and again you can match the colours to the lady outfit if you like the cheese factor.

Clockwise 1, 2, 3

Would you be brave enough to go the whole hog and have a colourful dress? You could go all out with a bright, block colour or have a peek sneaking through here and there. I love it!

This emerald green dress is a little reminiscent of ‘that Atonement dress’ which Keira Knightley wore…One of the most famous dresses of the decade so far I think!

Photo credits: Orange dress by Christine Pobke, via A Cup of Jo, Cream and red by Wai-Ching, Emerald Green dress photo by Susan Dean, via A Cup of Jo

The possibilities for injecting colour into your wedding are endless if you use your imagination! Balloons, ribbons around trees, a brightly iced cake, centre pieces, wedding vehicles and so on and so on. Colour is a lovely way to express your personality and leave a lasting memory imprinted on the minds of the people on the day. Also, your photos will be incredible!

Of course, don’t forget a colourful bouquet – beautiful!

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Making ideas into real things!

Photo by Neal

Welcome to A Cast of Two!

I have just read an article which I think will allow me to launch into starting my blog, after putting it off for far too long. The term ‘allow’ is probably a strange one to use in this context, as you would think that I am allowed to start a blog whenever I want, right?

The thing stopping me, is of course, fear. Isn’t that always the thing that stops us from doing something we want to do?

Skellie poses the question “have you ever spent so much time trying to do things like the experts do, to get everything right, that you found you ended up achieving nothing at all?”, and for me, the answer is yes – a resounding yes. I am constantly dreaming and planning, and am brimming with creativity and ideas, but I let my perfectionism and my fear get in the way.

So instead of spending hours upon hours researching and studying blogging technicals such as creating a super attractive blog, ways to generate traffic, monetising, and so on, I am going to challenge myself and jump right on in. I will figure out as I go!

Recently, it became clear to me that skills I have and take for granted, are helpful to others. I am super (almost freakishly) organised, love a good list, and can work with all the small details without losing sight of the bigger picture. I feel that this is a space where I can have an outlet for my passion for creative, quirky, unique and fun weddings. That will be the focus of A Cast of Two. Also, I love scouring the internet for beautiful imagery, gorgeous fashion, information on awesome, inspiring and intelligent people, and cool art and design. A mish mash of things that make me, and hopefully you, happy!

Thanks for joining me on this project!

I leave my first ever blog post (eek, exciting words!) with a message from one of my favourite lady entrepreneurs and general powerhouse Danielle LaPorte. She nails it. Here is to the excitement, hope, challenge, fun and rewards I hope blogging will bring!

The biggest threat to your creativity…
… is the fear that it’s already been done, said, created.
(So why bother?)
Say it, do it, make it anyway —
but tell YOUR story along the way.
The story of how you came to know what you know.
The story of what you want to know more of.
The story of why you do what you do.
The story of how you came to care.
And that’s how you create what’s never been created before.