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

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Wedding in the Woods || Self Portrait Wedding Dress of my Dreams

Possibly one of the most exciting outfit posts EVER! My wedding dress!
Purchased directly from the Self Portrait website, no fuss and there was no lengthy decision making. I loved it as soon as I saw it online and when I tried it on I didn't want to take it off.

Fashion is my LIFE and I wanted to wear something from a designer I had always aspired to own a piece from. What better excuse then on your wedding day?

Monday, 29 January 2018

Wedding in the woods || The Bridesmaid Boxes

Planning a wedding was the craziest, funnest most memorable experience EVER!
Every step of the way was researched, pinned to pinterest, refined, sourced, experienced and of course  . . . documented.

So here are a few pics of my bridesmaid boxes <3 
 The boxes themselves were from Paperchase and are still available to buy here. I loved the simplicity and the colour went perfectly with our 'Wedding in the Woods' theme.
Each box included a personalised bridesmaid clutch bag which I designed especially for the big day. It's now available in the wedding section of my e-boutique here. 

Since adding the personalised wedding zipper pouch bags to my store, I've started getting requests for titles beyond 'bridesmaid', so thought it best to supply the demand and offer 'mother of the bride', 'maid of honour', 'mother of the groom' and all sorts of other titles which may need to be gifted with this extra special brushed cotton clutch in the run up to the big day!

I carried one myself titled Bride :-)

I then also added the good old cliché robe with Bride Squad on the back, the exact one I purchased is available at BooHoo here and my Bride-to-be robe is also available here.

The beautiful custom cards were from Etsy store LightStarPhoto. The quality was gorgeous and they dotted the i with a teeny tiny diamante which looked lovely against the metallic foiled typography.

Each gift was sectioned off with white tissue and multiple layers of photographs of each bridesmaid.