Talking Gloves

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I know winter is behind us, but I only just found these recently and I don’t wanna wait until it’s cold again to share them. πŸ˜›

Based in Istanbul, Talkingloves makes adorable knit clothing with a fun twist. When you put the gloves together, or sometimes position them just so, they contain a special adorable shape. The kitty ones above are my favorite, cause I love cats, but it’s the concept in general that I caught my attention. Perhaps it’s the romantic in me, but I’d be super cute to get 2 pairs of the heart one so that when you and your significant other hold hands it forms a little heart on the inside that only you know about. ^_^

A bit more on focus for those of us going into wedding season, they also make bridal gloves and accessories that are sheer and light instead. Including very delicate looking ring pillows that suit a variety of modern/traditional styles. If you like cute knit and sheer items definitely give their store a look thru as you won’t be disappointed. πŸ™‚


Button Bouquets

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I know November isn’t the traditional wedding season, but I saw these the other day and just thought the idea was fantastic.

This is an enamel button bridal bouquet! Designed by UK artist Natasha, these bouquets and boutonnieres offer a very unique (and longer lasting) take on the standard flower bouquet used in Bridal parties. Not only do they make a wonderful talking point on the wedding day, they also won’t wilt and die like traditional bouquets, meaning you can keep them as a wonderful keepsake/memento of the special day. πŸ™‚

Having worked as a professional florist for 17 years, Natasha uses those skills for all sorts of alternative bouquets (not just button ones) to fit any theme you may have. So if you’re looking for something different then the normal flower arrangement, why not give her shop, PumpkinandPye, a look. If you don’t see something just right, I’m sure she’d be more than happy to make a custom piece for you. πŸ˜‰


Tie One On

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It’s wedding season for our family and you know what that means…dressing up! (You may insert moans of sympathy here.) I, very luckily, happen to be in one of the wedding parties so I don’t have to worry about choosing attire. My husband, however, was not so lucky. He is really not one for wearing a suit and tie on a regular basis but since it’s family, he wanted to look spiffy for the occasion. One of the quests I was set upon was to find him a new tie. Not just any tie but a subtly geeky one. I have satisfied this quest goal! Behold! I give you Cyberoptix Tie Lab. All of their ties are hand printed on your choice of either microfiber or real silk and they are gorgeous!

Wow, that's a great t...is that a circuit board?!

Wow, that’s a great t…is that a circuit board?!

Their subtle yet sophisticated selection comes in a wide array of colors and styles. All inks are water based (better for the environment) and the cloth is sourced from responsible, sustainable vendors. The best part? These are made to order, so if you want toΒ create your own design for a wedding, graduation, bar mitzvah, or just because, they can do that for you!

Ooooh. Fancy bow ties for game night! Bow ties are still cool, right?

Ooooh. Fancy bow ties for game night! Bow ties are still cool, right?

I went with a beer themed tie complete with hops, wheat and barley but there are so many other styles. The designs were all created by their founder, Bethany, and these ties are doing so much more than making your neck look good. They are helping to revitalize the ailing city of Detroit. That’s right, they are also very much into their community by being part of the Grow Detroit’s Young Talent initiative which helps youth in the city to gain experience in the workforce. Before I leave you to browse these a bit more, ladies (or guys) if ties aren’t your thing, just wait…there’s more. They also hand print lovely pashmina style scarves.

Feeling brainy today? You will in this!

Feeling brainy today? You will in this!

So if you need to look smart for a grand occasion, I highly encourage you to check out their wares!

Cyberoptix Tie Lab can be found on Shopify, Facebook, and Etsy.

~Laura


Whovian Gowns

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A skill I’d like to learn to develop more (okay, let’s be honest one of MANY skills) is how to sew. I have a sister who works in the fashion industry and is more than willing to help me out from time to time, but there really is something to be said for being able to make your outfits. Especially when you get results like this:

TARDIS Wedding Gown

This is a custom Wedding Gown by DA artist Stahlrose and it’s just gorgeous. My husband and I went very traditional with our wedding, which is why I love to see the creativity that people will pour into their fandom themed weddings. The layering of the ruffles gives the piece some great movement, and I just adore how they used star fabric to incorporate the time/space travel element. ^_^

Human Dalek

Giusynumo went for a more cosplay interpretation with their piece, but the end result has a loose enough interpretation that I feel it could still be used for a fun dance or masquerade. While the finished design seems to have more Spanish influence, I can see how having the right hairstyle would help obtain the Victorian feel this artist was going for. Either way, it’s a stunning piece that is way beyond my skill level, lol.

~Nicole


DIY Wedding Ideas

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With one of my sisters having just gotten married this past weekend, I have been awash in designs and ideas on how to pull together a great looking wedding while still saving money. She chose a rustic/outdoors wedding theme, and it definitely lent it’s self to the crafty minded. One website that provided oodles of inspiration was Rustic Wedding Chic. They have a small (but growing!) collection of images from other do it yourself weddings, as well as tutorials and suggestions to help you plan your own. ^_^ My sister took lots of tips from their DIY wedding bar, as it also included a calculator that helped keep her from buying too much alcohol.

While the partner site to this one doesn’t feature the tutorials that Rustic Wedding Chic does, Preppy Wedding Style did provide me with several ideas that I used at my own wedding last year to create a simple elegant wedding on a DIY budget with it’s fantastic images and color pallet suggestions.

I could go on and on here, but I wanted to highlight two great resources to get any future brides started. I’ll save specific sections for another day. πŸ˜‰
~Nicole


I’m baaaack… so now I shall post!

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Hey there! You may not remember me but about a month ago I made an intro post on the blog. The reason you all haven’t seen me post much is due to the fact that from the time I made that intro post to Sunday May 18th, I was finishing the planning for my wedding. Well the wedding happened on the 18th on a most gorgeous day on the beach and I am now a happily married woman. So on that note I decided to mark my return with a wedding related post.

I was perusing Etsy and found this lovely little shop called 100original. The artist Hara Kang hails from New Zealand and makes the most adorable wedding cake toppers. Some of them may not be strictly geeky but she does have a handful featuring favorite characters from movies and video games. My wedding was fish themed and my Matron of Honor made my cake topper but had I planned a geeky wedding I certainly would have considered having her make a custom wedding topper for me.

Check out her Totoro topper:

Custom Wedding Cake Topper - Cute Totoro Couple

This Yoshi one is super adorable!

Custom Wedding Cake Topper - Running Yoshi Couple

I have never been able to mold anything out of clay that doesn’t look like a lump. So these cake toppers just fascinate me to see the adorableness that one can make out of clay. Check this artist out on her etsy site: https://www.etsy.com/shop/100original?ref=l2-shopheader-name

Thanks for stopping by,

Dana