Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Rianna X Style Diary - Sophia Webster 'Wifey for Lifey' butterfly heels

What to do on a rainy day in London . . . what to do on a sunny day in London . . . 
Go the the Sophia Webster store in Mayfair! 
I popped in for some Chiara butterfly heels which of course have the iconic 'Wifey for Lifey' phrase on the sole. From the moment we were engaged, I knew I needed these iconic bridal shoes to mark the occasion. The shopping experience was like no other. 

The champagne was flowing and the staff provided the most fabulous and hilarious help. Whilst in London we were buying thank you gifts for the Bride & Groom squads; the staff at Sophia Webster got completely involved with this task, googling 'best gifts' making suggestions and recalling on their personal experiences of the best and worst gifts they themselves had received.

Like normal, I was taking thousands of photos throughout the experience and the staff encouraged me to get the best Instagram photo by lying on the boutique floor with my butterfly heels in the air against their beautiful flower wall. My husband didn't even bat an eyelid at this . . . he's used to the lengths us grammers go through to capture the perfect pic. 

The decision was tricky but running along the theme of 'something blue', I went with the ice blue Chiara heels. 
Shop them here.

The Sophia Webster store sits down a little road off Mount street. True to British weather, it was throwing it down with rain when we wrapped up our shoe shopping experience. To shelter from the rain and also celebrate, the staff suggested to head across the road for a glass of fizz at Delfinos. Another fabulous suggestion and well worth a visit if you are in Mayfair.

Thanks to the Sophia Webster team for making the experience a memorable one. I will be back!

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Spring Colours || In the studio

Bright and vibrant colours are making their way into the studio as spring arrives.
Here are some of the latest orders just before they are wrapped up and sent off to customers.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Rianna X Style Diary - March

Well, it's still absolutely freezing! So on goes my fluffy pink coat from H&M. I look like a cross between a yeti and a marshmallow but as long as I'm warm, i'm happy. 
This was my outfit for a country pub Sunday roast . . . yum!

Faux fur coat | H&M (similar here
Jeans | Missguided
Shoes | Next 

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Recipe || Super cute Easter bunny cupcakes

The Easter bank holiday will be here before you know it and these super cute little cherry & coconut cupcakes with bunny tops are so easy to make. 
You'll need for the cake mix:

195g self raising flour

120g butter
80g desiccated coconut
3 eggs
100g roughly chopped glace cherries
50ml milk
130g caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder

A Pinch of salt

You'll need for the cake toppings:

White piping icing
Black small icing pen
pack of marshmallows
Fine pink cake sprinkles for pink bunny ears
Pink strawberry sprinkle drops or pink icing pen for nose
I love the colour and size of these cupcake cases, perfect for Easter!
Find them here 
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180c/gas 4
2. Line a muffin tin with 12 cupcake cases
3. Cream the butter and sugar together until it's pale and fluffy then add the eggs one at a time, the texture looks quite like porridge at this point . . . 

4. Add the coconut and sieve in the salt, baking powder and flour. Mix it up well and add the milk.

5. Fold in the chopped cherry pieces then divide the mix between the cases. I always lightly push a cherry into the top of each cupcake before I pop it into the oven. Finding a whole cherry in your cupcake is always a treat!

6. Bake for approximately 20 minutes until they are golden and leave to cool on a wire rack.
Whilst the cakes are cooling prepare the super cute bunny ears. 
Cut a large marshmallow in half and dip into light pink cupcake sprinkles. 

Once the cupcakes have cooled, pipe on the white icing. I used a pre-made one from Asda
Start from the outside and spiral the cupcake round in a circular motion until you've reached the centre. 
I used little strawberry flavoured cupcake sprinkle for a nose and then piped on the face with a small black icing pen, you can usually get the smaller icing pens in packs of 4 (similar here). 

Once they are finished, put the kettle on and enjoy with a cuppa . . . or a glass of prosecco over the bank holiday easter weekend!

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Rianna X Style Diary - Retail therapy at The Outnet

If you didn't know, I'm huge Alexander Wang fan. I have a pinterest board gathering all imagery related to the designer's off-duty model style clothing and accessories. My studio walls were dedicated to him during university and the moment his SS10 collection (the one that really roped me into the Wang world!) landed at The Outnet . . . I was hooked. I had nearly half the collection at a fraction of the cost. That was 8 years ago and my shopping habits have not altered!

So that's the beginning of my love affair with The Outnet. Owned by Net-A-Porter, it's my go to destination for luxe designer pieces that I've originally spotted on the catwalk. 

Everyone huddle round whilst I unwrap the beige pebbled leather goodness! 

Shop all things Alexander Wang at The Outnet here

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Make your own flower wall

Inspired by my recent trip to Elan cafe where I discovered their beautiful floral wall entirely covered in blooms! I felt it was time to use the silk foliage left over from my wedding decor to create a floral backdrop for my studio. It was really easy to do and didn't take very long at all. 

Ingredients needed:

1 large cork pin board - I painted mine white

Pack of dress makers pins

A selection of silk flowers - My absolute faves are from uk based ebay store Heavenly Homes and Gardens.

I also love this store and this store for great artificial draping wisteria.

These are my fave stores for artificial silk peonies here and here.

Starting from one corner, densely attach layers of silk flowers to the board using the dress makers pins to firmly attach each bloom. I snipped the plastic stems off most of the flowers using a little tool kit like this on here