Spring Outfit: Vintage Roses and Bronze Antlers

Spring is definitely in the air in London. As good an excuse as any to go shopping I thought!

I do love floral patterns against a black background, and floaty tea dresses are perfect when the weather warms up and the wind subsides. I found this dress in Urban Outfitters, and cinched it in with a plaited leather belt (shoes from Hobbs, sunglasses Ralph Lauren). It looks quite different depending on how you style it; boho-chic with oversized shades and loose curls, or dressed up with a ballerina bun and smart black jacket. Which do you prefer?

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© Jade Everingham(I lost the black jacket so you’d be able to see the dress properly, but it looked very nice I promise!)

The bronze-antler necklace was another spring purchase, this time from Spitalfields market (definitely my favourite market). It’s available online here, though they’re not advertising the bronze chain that came with mine – I’m sure you can request this though if you prefer it to the leather or gunmetal chain available.

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I’ve been stealthily filling our flat with spring bulbs as well, as a man appears regularly near our house with a big van full of them. This sounds a bit sinister… tempting young women in with pretty flowers… but he’s very nice!

© Jade EveringhamBlue hyacinths

© Jade EveringhamWhite hyacinths and narcissus

What purchases does spring inspire you to make?

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Handmade Wedding Invites

We’ve finally had the last of the wedding rsvps back, so I thought I’d do a quick post on the invites I designed. If anyone else out there is a fan of stationery, read on!

This was the first thing I did, over a year ago when we first set the date. I’m sure most brides go straight for The Dress, but I was definitely more interested in anything I could stick in an envelope and put a postage stamp on. I think I looked at every single wedding invitation on the Internet, to get an idea of the options and expectations.

Once I’d decided on a design, I spent hours trying to find the right patterned wrapping-paper online. This was less than fruitful. Why there isn’t a website collating all the wrapping paper for sale in the world I just don’t know – it seems to be one of those few things you still have to source in person. I toyed with using wallpaper as there are some beautiful floral patterns out there, but when I popped into John Lewis to have a closer look I realised that the patterns are all too big, and lack detail or definition close-up. By chance, I came across a gorgeous pattern in Liberty (not available online). Although I hadn’t intended to incorporate blue it was the prettiest I’d seen, so I couldn’t resist.

I then created a spreadsheet of all the guests we’d decided to invite, and asked Tom to fill in his half of the addresses… then spent the next twelve months trying to bully and cajole him into actually doing so. Boys, eh.

Anyway, a year later I got round to actually making the invites. The silk ribbon had to be exactly the right shade of spring green, that I’d found years ago on a market stall and set my heart on for the bridesmaid dresses. I sourced it from V V Rouleaux, along with a brown leather ribbon to frame the wording inside.  Silk ribbon is about five times the price of satin, but definitely worth it – it’s so much easier to work with, and has a gentle lustre rather than a cheap shine. I also purchased antique-gold charms from Beadworks in Covent Garden – they’re labelled as pansies, but look more like dog roses to me. The card and envelopes came from The London Graphics Centre, and are the colour of old parchment; they reminded me of the year  I spent studying Renaissance literature when I first met Tom. I also sourced the pearl detailing here, as they come pre-sticky, so are much easier to apply.

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© Jade Everingham

© Jade EveringhamThe magic ingredient? Double sided tape. I discovered this recently, and it was an absolute godsend for securing ribbon, paper, card and leather. I’ll never be without it again. Nearly fifty hours of measuring, cutting, folding, gluing, printing, taping, sewing and sealing later… and I was finished.

The invitations are the first glimpse of a wedding that guests see, so I wanted ours to say something about us, without being too fussy. I hope you like them!

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