Autumn Inspiration – Coming soon

Hi there folks, so I’ve been a busy bee. Mainly with the day job but behind the scenes I’ve been working with the lovely folk at @TotallyTipi to come up with a theme and styling for their Autumn Showcase. 

In the next week or so I’ll be updating my blog with pictures from the fab event at Yummy Yorkshire Farm and also with a number of other events I’ve completed but failed to post about! 

As always, if you want to comment or even talk styling or even coordination, please get in touch. It’s a passion, not a job! 

For now, here’s a sneak peak of the fab new feature of a Totally Tipi, it’s affectionately called the Woolly Mammoth, but most people simply say ‘Wow’. 

Inspired by ITV’s Victoria

One thing I love about catch up TV, the ability to save a load of period dramas and  binge watch whilst my husband is out. It indulges several loves of mine, particularly my love of history and fashion. 

The most recent episode featured Victoria in fancy dress for a Ball thrown for Leopold. In searching for the outfit, which I assume was meant to be Queen Elizabeth, I came across a wonderful design by Eugene Louis Lami for the Stuart’s ball. 


This gorgeous design Is the most glamorous of all Queen Victoria’s surviving clothes, and was inspired by the court of Charles II. The rich brocade of the underskirt was woven in Benares. The lace of the berthe is a copy of seventeenth-century Venetian raised-point needle lace, probably made in Ireland and perhaps acquired at the Great Exhibition. 


It’s this lace that completely won me over. A lace that I am sure the ladies at Kula Tsurdiu would find as inspiring.

I especially like how the pearl detailing sits beneath the lace creating a stunning layer that lifts the lace off the body adding depth. 

I always imagined Queen Victoria only in her mourning period. So many images only ever show her during this time that it is easy to assume she just had a very dull dress sense. Another reason why I love period dramas! The chance to see history brought to life so beautifully. 

Teepee Wedding Styling by The One

So folks, a few weeks back I teased that I would be putting up a post showcasing some of my wedding styling. This job came as a bit of a last minute favour to Jay and Laura who own TotallyTipi, a company you may remember I am a massive fan of. They had two Teepees up at the Great Yorkshire Show and wanted to showcase how they can be styled for Weddings/ Parties. Just something to inspire guests visiting the stand.

I therefore planned three themes and invited a florist Faye from The Flower Shop in Ossett to help me bring them to life.

The three themes were ‘All that glitters is gold’, ‘Pretty in Pink’ and ‘Bring the outside in’. Each designed to give a taste of how these incredible structures can be dressed with varying budgets and tastes. I used crockery rented from Whitehouse Crockery for both the Opulent and Simple table dressing, the Vintage crockery however was mine. Part of two tea sets from my family dating back over 100yrs. A lot of the props were sourced from high street chains that offer exceptional value for wedding/ event dressing, places like Wilkinsons, The Range and Hobbycraft are my favourites. The menu designs were a favour called in to my husband who is a designer. It has it’s perks in this line of work!

All of this was to try to showcase that you really can create beautiful styling on any budget.

Hope you enjoy the pictures, feel free to comment or indeed email me with any questions via ykitheone@gmail.com

“All that glitters is gold”

An opulent table setting dressed with a variety of props in rich gold colours. Rose gold charger plates resembling opened out leaves really set the tone here, this is then balanced with the lush dark green leaves and bright white flowers provided by Faye. Smoke coloured glass dressed down the table nicely as a finishing touch, ensuring that it didn’t go too far into the realms of glitter bomb! A perfect table design for a more glamorous wedding, winter event or even the Christmas table!

‘Bring the outside in’

A simple design utilising clear glass tableware to draw attention to the stunning floral designs. Showcasing the beautiful Sunflower as the key show piece, the rest of the design was created around making sure the tables felt warm, inviting and yet very understated in comparison with the other two designs. Something for a country wedding perhaps and would be gorgeous in an outdoor venue!

‘Pretty in pink’

A table setting with lots of feminine details and vintage pieces including 2 sets of 100 yr old crockery and crystal glassware. The star of this setting however is the custom made wooden swing hanging overhead. Beautifully styled with a floral arrangement by Faye including some of the most stunning peonies and pink roses I have seen. A beautiful piece of creative floral design that would be a memorable piece for any wedding.

Exciting times…

It’s officially giddy Thursday here at The One HQ. I’ve just spent my lunch break buying props for a fantastic styling opportunity at the Great Yorkshire Show and could not be more excited. I’ll post the process and final designs in a week or so but can’t contain my excitement enough not to tease you!

Now back to reality and some equally exciting brand work…. which I again can’t tell you about. If I did, I’d have to hunt you down and kill you. Or at least make you sign confidentiality agreements!

Totally Tipi – Where down to earth meets out of this world

One of the biggest decisions you will make when planning a wedding is the venue… after the dress of course. This decision is so important because not only does everything logistically start to fall in place after the venue is booked, but also it sets the tone for the experience of the entire event.

An option that is becoming increasingly popular is the Giant Teepee. Originating from Norway, these inspiring structures are a pop up event space that captured my heart the minute I stepped in one. So much so I chose them for my own Wedding in 2013.

To say it was love at first sight sounds a bit dramatic but there really is something so captivating about a Teepee. The way the canvas blends so beautifully into its surroundings, the impressive size of the structure itself and beautiful way the Nordic beams strut out of the roof or sides when the canvas is peeled back. It’s a structure that really lends itself to a wedding because unlike a marquee it requires literally no dressing in order to make the space look and feel inviting or to create that Wow factor.

When we looked for a company to provide our Teepees we did our research and visited a number of open days. One of which was at Thwaite Mills. (Which would eventually be the venue for our Wedding) A small working watermill, hidden in the industrial area of Stourton, Leeds. The event was hosted by Jay and Laura of Totally Tipi. A small, family run business with only 2 Tipis at the time. The rather corporate hustle and bustle we’d seen at other open days was replaced here by a beautifully serene, exquisitely dressed hideaway. The Teepees nestled into opening in the nature reserve, surrounded by wild flora and fauna, with the sounds and sights of the old watermill as a stunning backdrop. We were greeted by Laura. Jay was busy stoking the fires, chatting with guests as he went by, his broad, friendly Yorkshire accent unmissable in such a quiet setting. Laura talked us through the spaces they worked with, how they fell in love with the Teepees much as we did, we learned about their family, they learned about ours… it was more like we were catching up with old friends than making a potential wedding venue booking.

See, that’s what makes Totally Tipi special. If you have read any of my previous posts, you’ll know I am all about service. Get it right and you can win over even the harshest critic. Jay and Laura not only get it right, they do so effortlessly. They get to know you so they can hold your hand when they need to and leave you free to express yourself and take control wherever you want. They are accommodating to the last detail and you can really tell that these structures are an extension of their family. So much so they pick their suppliers and staff as carefully as you would your closest friends. We loved them so much we invited them to our Wedding!

3 yrs later and their 2 Tipi’s have grown to 7 allowing them to cater to more regular events and unique formations. But Laura is keen to ensure they don’t outgrow their roots and forget what makes them special. For her its about having flexibility to cater to all event requirements but staying true to only agreeing to supply their spaces if it means they can give it the personal service and time that it needs to be Totally Tipi.


If you are thinking of a unique space for your wedding or event, I really can’t recommend the guys at Totally Tipi highly enough. Check out their website for more information http://www.totallytipi.com or give Laura and Jay a call 0845 6805 209

 

 

Bibbity bobbity boo…

Everyone says they knew the minute they found ‘the one’. No, not their husband to be, for some that’s definitely not instantaneous, I’m talking about the perfect wedding dress. 

Many will admit to being so emotional they were brought to tears. To tears?! I am sure to many that seems a little OTT and perhaps even shallow. But finding the dress is about more than pattern and lace. 

Finding the right dress is about discovering a very special and sometimes totally secret version of you. The you, that little girl inside always dreamed you would become. The you that knocks your partner to be off their feet. The you that isn’t afraid to cry over a dress… 

You’ll try on many dresses, some will feel beautiful, some will entice you with their intricate lace work and jewels, some will make you feel very special indeed… But when the right dress and you appear together in the reflection something extraordinary happens. Suddenly the store around you disappears and is replaced by the adoring stares of your family and friends, your makeup and hair transforms before your eyes like your fairy godmother has just waved a magic wand and joyfully chimed ‘bibbity bobbity boo…’ You unknowingly stand on your tippy toes imagining they are adorned in the most spectacular glass slippers… For a moment the world stands still and you forget to breathe…

Yes finding the right dress is way more than shape or form, it’s more than a designer label or price tag, some say it’s the only outfit you will remember wearing your entire life…

Yes finding ‘the one’ is more than pattern or lace… It’s a little bit of magic. 

The future is full Eastern promise

There was a time, not so long ago, when I believed all of the innovation and trend setting in bridal haute couture was coming from Europe. In fact, I would have probably thought you mad if you were to suggest otherwise.

Then I started to create my pinterest boards of ‘Designers I like’ or ‘Fantasy collection’ and noticed a common theme… I appear to have a thing for Israeli designers!

In a country known as the start-up nation, the bridal industry has captured the world’s attention. There are super sexy designers such as Lihi Hod and Liz Martinez producing super stunning collections featuring both demure and daring cuts and styles, plus a unique sector of Haredi fashion designers. Serving the Ultra-Orthodox fashion world with designs specifically for secular women, designer Chana Marelus produces collections of modest designs that are no less spectacular! In fact they are pretty damn special!

The interesting take over of Israeli designers, including those in the Haredi sector is being attributed to several things. Firstly, times have changed. There is more acceptance of fashion and haute couture in Israeli culture nowadays. Religious fashionistas started opening their minds to international trends and incorporating them modestly to their style. More secular women have been inspired by the more recent return to modest trends on our catwalks and women in celebrity culture from Kate Moss to Michelle Obama.

This more modest trend can also be seen in the bridal gown field with closed cleavages and more demure silhouettes being seen on the runways of leading designers such as Ellie Saab, Oscar de la Renta, and Monique Lhuillier.

What I do find interesting, after researching the industry, is that Israeli women tend to rent their wedding dresses, often for considerably less than buying them. Which means they can afford a pricier haute couture gown for their big day.

This clearly affects the market giving the designers more permission to make design decisions that are not based on cost per unit. Does this mean the designers are often made of more expensive materials? More elaborate time intensive labour? I would assume so?

However in the rental space how does that affect the fit of the garment? Most brides here choose their dress and then spend the next 6 months trying to get it to fit just right. (Sometimes at the expense of a healthy diet!)

Whatever the reason, the one thing is for sure. There is a huge amount of talent coming from this nation and I definitely predict we will see more of these ladies collection’s appearing in our high-end boutiques over the next few years.

Kula and the Gang – Fall in love with more than a dress

“I consider lace to be one of the prettiest imitations ever made of the fantasy of nature; lace always evokes for me those incomparable designs which the branches and leaves of trees embroider across the sky, and I do not think that any invention of the human spirit could have a more graceful or precise origin.”
Coco Chanel, April 29, 1939

I came across Kula Tsurdiu’s boutique when researching dress designers for my sister in 2015. It was totally by chance… Or fate as I now like to see it. My sister and I live quite far apart, Nottingham was the mid ground. It was also where we both went to University so we both have a real affection for the city, including it’s history with lace.

Kula’s boutique was one of 3 we had planned to visit that day but I knew it had to be the first. In my mind it would be at the ‘haute couture’ end of the scale. The dresses may have been out of our price range, (I had no clue of her prices at this point) and in all honesty some of the designs may have been out of my sisters comfort zone but there was a feel about it, a tone, a romanticism about the whole place that I loved.

Kula and the team did not disappoint! We were lucky enough that day to not only spend time with the wonderful manager Laura and charming assistant Anna, who make you feel instantly at home and also both important and special, but also Kula herself. She was over at the boutique hand fitting a brides beautiful, bespoke dress. A service that truly shows you how much she cares about her brand. It’s way more than a business and product. These dresses, this store, is a passion.

I’ll write more about Kula and her craft in another blog. There is so much I could write about this team that I will need several posts for sure. This piece however is about the day we found ‘The One’ for my sister.

I have a belief… When it comes to helping a bride choose a wedding dress, you are doing more than giving her clothes to try on. You are creating a moment, giving her a vision of possibly the most important day in her life. You are a very special and honoured guest in that process. Do it well and you become the fairy godmother… do it badly and you may as well have been the evil stepmother reminding her that she has nothing good enough to wear to the ball.

From the moment you step into the Nottingham Boutique you are transformed. The whimsical decor and hand painted signs, the vintage styling and classical furniture, even the gorgeous tea service and treats that await you, all add to the perfect bridal experience.

You are never rushed, never made to feel second fiddle. The team ensure there is only one bride/ bridal party in the store at a time and give you their undivided attention. After chatting about your style, the wedding, your ideas and dreams, Laura helps to select and hand fit dresses from their current season. Each revealed to your guests only once perfectly styled.

The best thing about Laura, she will be honest with you. If the shape doesn’t quite work for you, she will politely say so and help you either reimagine it in a bespoke cut or select something else that works better. The integrity to be honest with a customer speaks volumes.

As it turns out, The One for my sister was the first dress she tried on. (One I selected no less!) A gorgeous, classic A line dress with little capped sleeves that would look perfectly at home on someone like Zoey Deschanel. Altered with a few tweaks to make it bespoke for Gina, styled with my Jenny Packham headdress (her something borrowed) and a matching thin jewelled sash (By Kula) the outfit is perfect for my big sis. In fact if I could have designed a dress from scratch with my sister in mind, this would be it.

We left that day, on cloud nine. We actually did stick to our second appointment at a more commercial dress boutique that day and I am glad we did. We were one of 5 bridal parties, in curtained off sections of a large impersonal room being helped by equally impersonal staff. The dresses were all very nice, but none had a feeling, none had that wow factor (except when you considered the price tag). All apparently looked ‘amazing’ too… even when they clearly did not! Sorry sis!

Maybe it was unfair of us to judge this second store? After all, It was useless, we had both fallen in love with a dress. And more than the dress itself, Kula and Laura too. So if you are on the hunt for ‘The One’. Don’t underestimate the value of an experience. Don’t settle. Do your homework and trust your gut. And if you can get to Nottingham, do visit Kula Tsurdiu! You will not be disappointed.

Check Kula Tsurdiu out:

http://www.kulatsurdiu.co.uk / hello@kulatsurdiu.co.uk / 0115 9586072 @kulatsurdiu

 

 

 

The One…

Two little words. Two words only uttered when the feeling is absolutely right. Two words that mean something so personal to the speaker and yet when you hear them, you know exactly what they mean.

Just two little words…

We go through our lives with various incarnations of ‘the one’.

The one teddy bear we couldn’t live without, our first pet and true best friend, the one we fall desperately in love with (OK so there may be a few ‘the ones’ here)….

We know in our hearts that these are truly personal ‘the one’ moments we will always cherish… personal moments we may choose not to share with others but are important all the same.

There is one place however that these two little words become universal language, an eager question, a definitive statement, a declaration of pure joy… That’s when we find the dress we want to get married in… That’s when we find ‘The One’.

Just two little words…