It is 2017… How did that happen? I can’t believe we’ve been open for four years and what a four years it has been! I am so, SO excited for the year ahead.
So, 2017 is a little different for me, I now have two kids, two and a half years and under and it’s crazy. I love my balance at the moment though, and to be totally honest – it’s probably taken me until now to get the right balance. When Daisy was born I felt guilty that I wasn’t working and was back to work so soon. However, I’m so glad Jack came along as whenever I had him – I realised how important those early days are and I was able to take MUCH longer off plus I had the added bonus of a one year old to entertain me, and boy does she entertain me. She is such a girl, she loves clothes, shoes and doing my make up… I love them with all.my.heart.
So I have had to get my life in order, and be organised and I have a few hints and tips for you all, as I am sure you are all ranging from a little stressed to mega stressed depending on what stage of your wedding planning you’re at. So here’s what I have done.
Okay, so I know this is nothing new, but we’re so bad at buying food and then not eating it before it goes out of date and it’s such a waste – so we have started cooking meals out of Lean in 15, and we literally buy all the ingredients we need for that week, plus the essentials. Then I don’t have to think about what we’re cooking that night as we’ve already decided; of course I have a few chicken nuggets in the freezer just incase and the odd night where I’ve no clue what we’re making. Beans on toast anyone?
My Make up Organiser
I love this organiser I bought it off eBay… it holds all my make up that I need in the morning, and as long as Daisy hasn’t got her hands on it, it stays lovely and organized. Plus it only cost £10 on eBay. Here’s a link to one: http://bit.ly/2iMuDKC
It took me long enough, but I have moved my diary online… and I love Google Calendar, I can see how busy we are for the coming weeks. I can plan Designer Weekends, Sample Sales so easily and if a bride rings my mobile, I can let them know my availability easily. I highly recommend it. Oh and we are expanding Ivory & Pearl, so we now have the availability to offer extra appointments in the boutique, which are still private. boom.
Okay, so I don’t exercise, I really should. Does standing up all day long count? Yes, I think so. However, Chris has just joined Pure Gym and rang me yesterday to tell me the best news.. I said unless he’s telling me that’s he’s coming to take the kids and has booked me in for a massage, it’s not exciting. And, no, it wasn’t that.. however, Pure Gym is coming to Lisburn.. right on our door step!
Well here’s to a Great 2017.. We have new designers coming in this month, lots and lots of trunk shows.. which will be the next blog so keep an eye out!
Finishing Touches at Ivory & Pearl
All brides want to look and feel their absolute best on their wedding day, from hair & beauty to shoes and accessories it all comes together to create the final look. At Ivory & Pearl we have introduced new accessories into the boutique to help brides create this look after purchasing their dress. Accessories can give a bride the opportunity to add her own unique style and provide the finishing touches to her wedding look. We have an extensive range of earrings, bracelets, headpieces, hair vines and combs. No appointment is necessary; however, if you’d like to chat to a bridal consultant just let us know you’re dropping in on firstname.lastname@example.org
Earrings & Bracelets:
Dazzling earrings can bring timeless elegance to your wedding look and can easily be worn after your wedding day. In the boutique we have cluster style earrings, drop earrings and studs with a mixture of pearls and diamonds depending on what is best suited to you. We also have bracelets to match our earrings.
A headpiece or hair accessories are the perfect way to add a focal point to your wedding look; we have both embellished headpieces that are more suited to Anna Campbell or Karen Willis Holmes style dresses; or if your style of wedding has a vintage feel to it we have headpieces to suit our Claire Pettibone dresses. We have a selection of ribbon tied hair pieces, hair combs and hair bands for brides to choose from.
New Year Resolutions…
Have you made any? Broken any? Don’t worry there’s always next year, and if you haven’t made any.. there’s still time!
With the Christmas extravaganza officially over & the New Year well & truly brought in; many feel the January blues are upon them. Some are upset that Santa has been and gone and that the Christmas holidays are over for another year, some have put on a little extra bit of cushioning after indulging on too many Mince Pies and are feeling the effects. You are also probably counting down the days until pay day as Christmas has well & truly left a hole in your back pocket. So as the ‘New Year’ ‘New Me’ sayings begins so does the New Year Resolutions. For many, it often feels like a forced way to make a change. After all, if you really wanted to make a change, why wait until January. If you’re serious about making a change, it’s important that you put specific goals in place in order to achieve success. And the great thing about resolutions is they don’t have to just live in your personal life; they can be a powerful aid to help you grow your business, as well.
Last Year I took up the resolution of cutting out Chocolate & as I am a self proclaimed chocoholic who loves nothing more than a bar of diary milk there was little faith that I could do it however it’s amazing what determination and a little bit of stubbornness can do to a person. It taught me that once you set your mind to something there is very little that can stop you from achieving it. It is a great time to exercise your own individual will power.
This year I haven’t come up with one, so I thought I would look into a few ideas. I looked online & found a few resolutions I would opt for, the one that appealed to me most would be to “schedule “me” time, turning off my phone, computer and other electronic devices.” I would get told quite a lot that I couldn’t cope without my phone as I am always glued to it so I think an hour or two a day social media free perhaps in the evening when you’re sitting down with your family would be good to switch the phone off & interact more in conversation, I feel this would be a good way to start 2016!
Below are a few other ideas:
• Write one handwritten letter a month to someone special
• Take the stairs instead of elevators and escalators to get daily exercise
• Walk or ride your bike to places instead of driving
• Cook at home more often—you will learn new cooking skills and save money.
• Do something out of your comfort zone.
• Be more willing to talk to others and learn something about strangers.
• Sign up for a dance or art class.
• Start running a little further each time you run.
• Read one new book each month.
• Turn off the Internet and television and read a book before falling asleep.
Aiste’s Wedding in a Beautiful Anna Campbell Gown
Aiste recently got married in the Summer, in this stunning Anna Campbell gown. Aiste brought along her fiancé and her son to give their opinion, we are getting lots more men in the boutique recently and we love it!! Always nice to see their reaction, but to be honest, anything Aiste put on, she looked absolutely amazing in.
Sit back, and enjoy these photos!
Sarah Janks Photoshoot.. Simply Stunning!
Before Christmas, our beautiful Briana gown made a little trip to Slovakia, where these absolutely stunning images were taken! This is one photo shoot which will take your breath away! Sit back and enjoy!
Photography INSPIRED BY LOVE / Planning PERFECT DAY / Art Direction & Styling CIARA O’HALLORAN / Venue HOTEL CHATEAU BÉLA / Blush Dress SARAH JANKS from IVORY PEARL BOUTIQUE / White Dress JANA JUR?ENKO / Suit H&M / Florals BIELY ATELIÉR / Hair RICHARD JUSTIN HAIRSTYLE / Makeup JANA LOKŠÍKOVÁ / Accessories & Furniture PONK RENTALS / Calligraphy HELLO CALLIGRAPHY / Cake ERIKA KLIKOVÁ / Ribbons & Fabric SILK & WILLOW
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