“Can I just skip the gym bit and go straight into looking hot in a bikini”

I Wish!

We all need a little bit of inspiration at this time of year – holiday season is just around the corner and slowly we are taking off the layers! I feel recently a little bit of Instagram Inspiration can really influence people on topics like diet, fitness and wardrobe must haves! For me personally it gives me that ‘want’ to change it up a bit whether that is trying out a new gym work out that I have seen online or trying out a new lipstick colour or foundation because It was used on a recent make up tutorial -It’s the perfect insight into many different worlds that we all live in so here’s how and more importantly, who to follow.

Alessandra Steinherr- Follow her @alexsteinherr for all things beauty!

Alex is the Beauty director of Glamour magazine living in London, yes she has a dream of a job and boy does she love it! Alex is involved in the styling of models for shoots, interviews celebrities and reports on the newest and hottest beauty products on the market. She is unbiased to beauty brands therefore gives a real insight into what products really do work, if you feel like I do sometimes walking into the high street and feeling a bit overwhelmed by the amount of products and are unsure what would suit your skin this is the account to follow to get a bit more of an insight into what brands to go for!

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Emma Furey – Follow her @emfurey for all things fitness!

Fitness fanatic Emma Furey is a London based personal trainer who studied dance at University, her instagram is filled with inspiring shots, including enviable holiday snaps and great gym workouts alongside healthy eating ideas to make sure and keep up her energy after training 4/5 times a week she needs a good balanced diet. Her top tip is to make sure and mix up your workouts and keep a good balance between different styles of exercises! So if you are wanting some daily motivation to get yourself up and moving follow her!

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Lauren Curtis – Follow her @lozcurtis for make up looks and beauty tips!

Lauren is an Australian beauty blogger who has the #1 beauty channel on YouTube, if you love inspiring make up looks Lauren will take you through step by step how she achieved certain looks, her cosmetic favourites, her morning and night routines to achieve glowing perfect skin and also gives her followers an insight into her regularly life routine.

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Rosanna Davison – Follow her @rosanna_davison for healthy recipes!

This absolute beauty was a former Miss World and loves to promote a healthy and fit lifestyle. Rosanna includes posts on fitness, beauty and loves to post new and exciting healthy recipes from her own book. Over the years she has created her own brand ‘Rosanna Davision nutrition’ and she gives us an insight into her personal life.

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Niomi Smart – Follow her @niomismart for all round lifestyle advice!

Niomi is a much loved Lifestyle blogger based in London having a staggering 1.6million followers on Instagram. This YouTube sensation posts mostly on her healthy lifestyle focusing on fitness she is currently training for the London Marathon, cooking she is on a plant based diet so she does regular youtube videos on what she eats in a day and includes lots of different recipes. She also has a passion for all things beauty; she promotes natural products and gives her followers an insight into what products she loves and uses on a daily basis.

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Willow & Thread Follow @willowandthread for all things fashion!

For a Fashion fix look no further than our very own Fashion Boutique, the Sister boutique of Ivory and Pearl. At Willow & Thread, which is located on the 1st Floor of the Georgian House in Comber we use Instagram as a great way to show our followers the latest Collections that have arrived into the boutique, with lots of different styles and looks from occasion wear to more casual wear we do have something for everyone; we also stock Olivia Burton watches, MSC pom pom hats and lots of jewellery! Follow us & come along on our Fashion Journey!

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Ivory & Pearl Follow @ivoryandpearl for all things bridal!

Look no further than our very own beautiful Ivory and Pearls Instagram if you are bride looking for a stunning gown we will certainly help you tie the knot in style. Our range of designers have been handpicked and carefully sourced from all around the world. Each of our wedding dresses have been chosen based on their approach to simple elegance, romantic detail, vintage touches! There are also lots of posts on wedding planning tips, tricks and ideas to give brides some wedding inspiration when planning their big day!

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Lots of love,

Kathryn
Xoxo

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Hi everyone 🙂

Some of you may have already met me, and some may meet me in the future. I have been at Ivory & Pearl / Willow & Thread since the summer… But boy do I now know what “wedding season” actually means. Ivory & Pearl is so busy at the moment, not only do we have brides finding their gown for their weddings next year (and some last minute brides for this summer) but we also have all the alterations and bridal collections taking place. Plus Easter is this weekend… where has the time gone, it feels like it was Christmas just 2 minutes ago!


I am really enjoying seeing brides coming to see their actual wedding dresses for the first time before their big day – it’s all very exciting! They are excited but also a little nervous which is to be expected as many brides haven’t laid eyes on their dress for several months! I love seeing the emotion when brides put their dresses on, it then becomes all very real as this is THE dress, it’s not just one of our dresses but it is their dress now that they will be walking down the aisle in, in just few weeks time!


There’s so much more to weddings than I ever could have imagined! We’ve been flat out with Sample Sales and Designer Weekends. And this weekend we have our last Designer Weekend for now, Naomi Neoh. I adore these dresses, the fabric the structure, they are so romantic and elegant! So DATES… Friday 25th & Saturday 26th, Saturday is fully booked at the moment but we do have a few spaces left on Friday if you would like an appointment to view this collection please ring the boutique on 02891871135


So what am I doing over Easter – WELL my cousin is getting married this Saturday and I am so excited! It is the loveliest of occasions watching two people make a lasting promise to each other surrounded by all their loved ones. It really is the best day and I can’t wait to see how stunning she will look in her wedding dress. I am looking forward to spending my Easter weekend in the luxury of the Galgorm Hotel! I love this hotel, especially their spa! I have never been there for a wedding before but I have heard it’s fabulous and it will be a very special occasion.


What I am wearing – I got my own outfit from The Boudoir, it’s a beautiful off the shoulder Eden Row dress and I also hired a headpiece from there to match, I got my bag from Zara and my shoes are ted baker – so I can’t wait to get dressed up myself! I am getting my hair done by Hedonist Hair situated in Botanic Avenue and make up by the talented Jennifer Ireland so I really can’t wait to get pampered. I also just got my hair coloured for the first time in nearly a year by the lovely Emma Crawford, she is based just outside Comber at Pearhill tree and her studio is delightful with the added extra of a cup of tea and caramel square. I would definitely recommend paying her a visit.


It is then my birthday the following Wednesday so i have a lot to look forward to!


Whatever you are up to I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing Easter break and all the wedding preparations are coming along nicely!


Lots of love,
Kathryn xoxo

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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.

Love Kathryn
xxx

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WE WOULD LOVE YOU TO JOIN US . .

On Tuesday 27th Of October Ivory & Pearl are very excited to host an Open Evening ‘All Things Bridal.

Soooo. . who is attending? We have nine amazing exhibitioners who will offer their expertise and advice as well as try to answer any questions you may have on the night.

The White Letter Wedding Stationery

Kerry is very talented and creative in what she does; she creates gorgeous wedding invitations with a unique and quirky edge to them. I only hear glowing reports from Kerry’s brides, so if you want to meet her… come on Tuesday night!

Website: www.thewhiteletter.com

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The Little Cupcakery

Gillian, the creator of all these fabulous cakes will be attending on Tuesday and will bring with her cupcakes for our first 20 brides, she will also have samples to taste on the night which I’m sure will all be scrumptious! The Little Cupcakery offer a full range of wedding cupcakes plain or decorated, all beautifully displayed in a stunning acrylic cupcake tower.

Website: www.thelittlecupcakeryni.com

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Visionary Veils

Rebekah’s veils are featured in Ivory & Pearl, her work is so creative, delegate and beautiful, she does Skype calls with brides around the world and posts her veils off to countries as far away as New Zealand! For brides looking for a veil, you need to go to Rebekah’s studio in Belfast. One of my bride’s veils was as long as Rebekah’s studio, so whatever you have in mind, Rebekah can make it!

Website: www.visionaryveils.co.uk

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Blue Meadow

Sandra offers luxury handcrafted bridal adornments and veils, her passion for craft developed from a young age. We are very excited that Sandra will be attending on Tuesday and with each of her creations she adds a small loop of blue ribbon discreetly hidden in the design, so your bespoke adornment or veil will also be that ‘something blue’ for your special day.
Website: www.bluemeadowbridal.com
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Innocent Chaos

Innocent Chaos specialise in creating bespoke vintage inspired keepsakes that you can treasure forever. If you’ve been into Ivory & Pearl, the flower display above our units was created by Sharon. She makes brooch bouquets in any colour and any style, she can even use your own brooches or source one’s for you!

Check her out… www.innocentchaos.co.uk

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Eva Paris

Last year Tracey won “Winner of UK Great Taste Awards 2014″ and “Winner of “Best New Business” – North Down Awards 2014. It’s going to be a taste sensation on Tuesday night with these gorgeous treats!

Website: www.evaparis.co.uk

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Jennifer Ireland

Jennifer is an extremely talented makeup artist, who is highly experienced in creating beautiful looks. Being freelance Jennifer carries a range of different brands and will travel to your home or venue on the morning of your wedding. She recently worked with us on our Willow & Thread fashion photo shoot and the makeup was flawless.

Website: http://www.jenniferirelandmakeup.co.uk/

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Lynette Murray

The lovely Lynette is a freelance hairdresser who specialises in soft natural wedding hair. She has created hair for many campaigns and she also worked with us along side Jennifer on our photo shoot to create fabulous looks.

Website: http://lynettemurrayhair.tumblr.com/

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Andrea Racheal Design

Andrea Rachael is a fashion designer based in Lisburn. Andrea Rachael specialises in bridal and occasion wear. Kate has worked alongside Andrea since the opening of Ivory & Pearl and she has done all the alterations on Ivory & Pearl bridal dresses and Kate couldn’t recommend Andrea enough as she is hard working and so talented at what she does!

Check her out: https://www.facebook.com/andrearachaeldesign/timeline

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We hope it is a fun & enjoyable night and something that little bit different on a Tuesday evening. It begins at 6.30pm until 9pm and you will have the opportunity to browse at some of our stunning collections also.
Hope to see you on Tuesday!!

Kate & Kathryn

xxx

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South Africa Christmas 2014

There are a few things I love in life, apart from the obvious, which are travelling and nice food. I think the travelling came from working every summer from the age of 14, and good food probably because I can barely boil an egg. So this Christmas, as Daisy is under 2 and free to fly, I convinced my husband to go to South Africa. He pretends to put up a good fight, but he loves holidaying just as much as I do.

Chris has family in Joannesburg so we headed there first of all, did a spa day and a tour, taking in the Apartheid museums and Soweto. Someone described Joburg as a third world and first world country rolled into one, as you drive by a huge American style shopping mall and then a mile down the road there’s a huge squatter camp were thousands of people live. It also took me a little while to get used to the multitude of people, that’s probably just because I live in little old Northern Ireland.

We visited a huge African Market in Cameleon Village. This is a funny place, as it’s tens of stalls all selling the same thing and saying the same thing (free to look, what’s your name, sell you at a good price). Then when you ask the price of a pen they’ll say – £100, which is actually 1790 rand (I still can’t get used to the currency). And it’s only for a pen, so you have to barter them down to something realistic! We bought a few pressies – everyone loves a stone hippo and elephant, right? And a picture for our new house, no idea where it’s going.. But it’s going somewhere. We then headed to Pilanesburg for our safari, which was just amazing, the accommodation, the food and of course the animals. We saw lions eating a zebra then walking in front of our jeep, rhinos, hippos, cheetahs, elephants, a jane of giraffes (my new question at a pub quiz.. What do you call a group of giraffes… A jane!) It was unbelievable! We also went to Sun City, which is just like a big amusement park, with water parks, a maze etc. Here, we went to the crocodile park, which Chris had visited 14 years ago. I found it really interesting, they can live over a hundred years, males look after about 30 females, the temperature of the eggs when they’re born determine the sex. However, the best/worst part is, that at the end they asked if we’d like to hold a baby crocodile. There were girls kissing them (their mouths were taped shut), Chris held one and I’m usually not scared of anything like that but for some reason this time I was petrified. So held one quickly, Chris took a quick snap (get it!) and I handed him back but the tour guide obviously saw I was scared so decided to entice the crocodile and poked it. This is when the crocodile started whipping it’s tail, and snapping, so I did what every scared person would do… Threw the crocodile at him. I promise this was just a knee jerk reaction .. Everyone around looked at me in disbelief and all I could do was laugh with embarrassment and get out of there as quickly as possible!

We then flew to Port Elizabeth, stayed at Storms River, and did the largest zip line through the forest and went to Tsitsikamma National Park, which is just amazing!! So beautiful, we went expecting to do a quick 20 min walk and ended up staying for hours.

Next on the list was Kynsna, although if I was to stay again, I’d stay in Plettenburg Bay, which had a great vibe and right by the beach. We did a day trip to Oudshorn to Cango Caves and Cango Wildlife Centre. Here I tried Ostrich, yummy.

Up and off again to Hermanus, this was a quaint little place, with not a lot to do apart from beaches and the worlds best pizza (according to Chris) Debonairs. Most people go to Hermanus for whale watching, and shark cave diving.. we missed the whale watching season and I wasn’t brave enough to do the shark cage diving as only one of us could do it .. And what if they forgot you were down there?!

Penultimately we arrived at Stellenbosch, we had a fab hotel here, Spier Hotel and Stellenbosch itself is lovely – it’s a lovely university town. A few days by the pool and visiting the wine farms.

Finally, Cape Town, my o my, it was busy. As well as all the tourists, all of South Africa apparently come on holiday to Cape Town at Christmas. I can’t really portray how busy it was, 2-3 hour queues to do anything. So we decided not to fight it, just go with the flow, eat good food, shop and soak up the atmosphere! They had an amazing craft and retail market, the Water Shed and a Food Market. It was all so modern and really great! We did the hop on, hop off bus, Table Mountain. If I was to go back, I’d also do Cape of Good Hope and Simons Town.

Daisy was great, although most referred to her as a boy, despite her pink clothes, pink blanket and pink pram. So much so that when we went to the beach one day, Daisy in her pink wetsuit, sitting in her pink pram, one man helped us down the steps and asked his name. When we said Daisy, he said “Aw Dessy, I’m called Desmond and sometimes also get Dessy”. In the restaurants I’ve lost count the number of waitresses who asked to hold little Dessy and even picked her up and walked away with her!! Thankfully she’s still safely in our care!

That’s our hol in a nutshell, if anyone is thinking of holidaying there and would like anymore info just drop me an email! I still haven’t downloaded any pics from my camera, at the moment I definitely need more hours in the day, so here are just a few of us from my phone 🙂

Love Kate
xxx

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