Friday, 23 November 2012

A visit to a Rose haven - La Maison Des Roses

The Spirit of Christmas Fair + Spirit of Summer held at Kensington Olympia each year is a great delight and in my opinion one of the best. There is a multitude of 'top drawer' merchandise on offer and something for every member of the family. I have been attending the exhibition for a number of years but unfortunately I couldn't make the Christmas fair this year but  I did attend the Spirit of Summer fair in May and managed to bag a number of quality goods. The next event is being held at Olympia on 15-18 May 2013 one for the diary and you can now see Spirit on-line @

En route to Olympia I hopped off the train at Clapham Junction to pay a long awaited visit to the beautiful La Maison Des Roses, 48 Webbs Road SW11 - this rose haven is owned and run by Levine and Adrian and their maxim 'A flower shop like no other'  is true to form - I can vouch for that. It has to be one of the prettiest flower shops I have seen and the scent greets you, way before you reach the shop!

The flower boutique runs parallel to Northcote Road in Clapham. Here are some pictures from my visit.

If like me, you find this shop irresistible, you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter or pay them a visit and experience it yourself - its worth it!

See their website:

That's all from me just now, so cheerio x

Monday, 22 October 2012

Wedding hat and more

In June I featured an article about my milliner - Rae Oakley but because the article was pre-wedding I couldn't show you my gorgeous hat, so here it is today.

The sinamay and each individual organza petal was dyed and blended to correspond with the pinks and silver grey of my outfit. Stamens and crystals completed the look.

Rae studied art and design at Cumbria College - focusing on jewellery, textiles, large sculptured pieces, metalwork and weaving before gaining her qualification in design crafts.  After gaining her work experience with Jane Smith for one year, she owned her own studio shop, 'Rae Oakley Hats, for nine years in Kingston upon Thames.  She now works from her delightful cottage home in Chiddingfold.

One of the materials she uses, sinamay (made from banana leaf), starts off as a white roll - Rae does the colour matching, stiffening and dyeing by hand. The fabric is steamed and wired to shape, then machine- and hand-stitched - each headpiece being unique.

She made hats for the Mayoress of London for her year in office and has been featured in several media publications.

Rae supplies ladies fashion shops in Cobham, Petworth and Ascot and has many private clients.

Her home and place of work is enchanting and Rae treats her clients to individual bespoke designs. This is the second hat she has designed for me and I have been delighted with both.

Here are some more of her designs:

 If you would like to see more of her work her website is:

To finish here are a few more wedding pics courtesy of our official photographer Andrew Dobell

Flowers by Sawreyrose

Cake by

Hope you have enjoyed this blog post and until the next time x

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Family wedding Part II

A very early morning trip to New Covent Garden market to collect our wedding flowers supplied by John Hardcastle of Bloomfield of London - the most beautiful top quality blooms. He had them prepared and ready for collection at 5.45am so that after a very quick morning cuppa, we could be back on the road and home in time for breakfast!! 

Glorious bunches of roses conditioned and waiting to be assembled. Pure white hydrangeas, September flower, white freesia, beautiful white bourvardia for the the brides bouquet, spray roses, white stocks, white astilbi, larkspur and waxflower - all waiting patiently for the big day.

An abundance of gyp

So the wedding day finally dawned and final preparations were being carried out. A floral wreath for the front door, balloons and ribbons for the gate, a heart bunting to cordon off the lawn, direction arrows to show our guests the way. The 'posh loos' had arrived and what a fun element they proved to be. The marquee was ready for guests, the red carpet had been rolled out and bay trees be-ribboned. 

The delicious food was being assembled into the service marquee, wine chilled and tables at final preparation stage - Katie Brodie and her wonderful girls had the wheels in motion. Canapes, champagne, elderflower cordial and Pimms in preparation stages awaiting our guests arrival. The sun shone and a beautiful day lay ahead.

Gyp and zinc

Door wreath homespun but inspired by Cindy Kirkland at Creative Works

The table in preparation for the wedding cakes

A shabby chic ladder to show off more gyp and waxflower

A ball of gyp to decorate the chair

Even the bird bath had to be decorated

A bridal bouquet of Vendela roses from Columbia, bourvardia, gypsophilia, waxflower, crystals and a special addition of Myrtle for 'our' special bride.

Bridemaids bouquets of Dutch Vendela roses, waxflower and gysophilia. Flowergirls a bouquet and basket of gypsophilia.

Hope you have enjoyed - so cheerio for now x