UK Blog Awards 2015!

To my lovely readers,

Firstly, thank you so much for your kind words, likes and support over the last year. We have achieved quite a lot in a year and getting Highly Commended at The UK Blog awards 2014 was one of the highlights. The voting for UK Blog Awards 2015 is now open and we have entered in to the Lifestyle category this year and would love your support again!

Please click on the image below to cast your vote for Live Beautifully!

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Your votes and support is much appreciated and hope you all continue to support and enjoy reading Live Beautifully for many years to come!

Lots of love,
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Regal Blue & Gold Wedding Inspiration

This weeks inspiration board on my wedding planning site Ishari De Silva Weddings is this gorgeous Regal Blue & Gold Wedding Inspiration mood board. MY FAV SO FAR!!!!

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Glamorous, classy and elegant! Perfect for both summer and winter weddings and I absolutely adore this look!

To achieve this look go for tall beautiful full white blooms with candelabras and tea lights in gold holders to add warmth and create a romantic atmosphere. Go for regal gold cutlery coupled with gorgeous dinner plates as seen above with gold charger plates to tie the look together.

The invitation below is perfect to set the tone of your wedding and to give your guests taste of whats to come!
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Invite via etsy

Gold chivari chairs are ideal with pale blue seat pads and keep linens simple by opting for a dull champagne shade or off white with gold sprayed pears as place cards as seen above. The pale blue macaroons with gold leaf and the cake in this mood board is just stunning, simply blends in with the look yet makes a beautiful statement, unfortunately the name of the cake designer is unknown. The macaroons will be ideal as favours or better yet create a decadent sweet table with macaroons and mini cakes to match the wedding cake which is reminiscent of the regal Marie Antoinette, “let them eat cake!”

You can find Regal Blue & Gold Wedding Inspiration and more on our Pinterest and on our Wedding Planning & Design website Ishari De Silva Weddings.

Happy wedding planning!

xoxo

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Interior Inspiration – Ivy Cottage

Oh my! Is what I said when I got the images of Lucy Ledger from Lucy Ledger Designs  home for this post. I have seen many photos of Lucy’s home on Instagram and I have to say she is the queen of shabby chic and I could not wait to feature her beautiful home on the blog.

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Tell us about where you get your inspiration from..
I follow a lot of interior blogs and read magazines, it’s quite a passion of mine. I particularly love the New England region of the USA, I love the clapboard houses and either whitewashed beach houses or quaint country cottages, I also love the quintessential english country cottage which is why we bought ours – it’s wildly impractical, the walls are all uneven and the floorboards creak but we couldn’t love it more. I think my true personal style is an eclectic mix, I let myself be drawn to fabrics, furniture and objects that I find beautiful regardless of era or designer– I love a lot of white for a backdrop, I love pastels and I love a good distressed floral design so tend to be attracted to those things. My husband is amazing – he just seems to let me get on with it, I work hard to make it nice for all of us though and he is just as much of a neat freak as me! I have a very strong belief that your home should be all about ‘you’ and you should fill it with things that make you happy, so when you walk in after a long day at work it just feels like a wonderful sanctuary.

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Your favourite room?
I love them all – our cottage is tiny so in total we only have 5 rooms including the attic. I think at the moment though the living room is my favourite – we have just redecorated it and it’s where my boys and I spend so much happy time together.

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If you could move your home to anywhere in the world where would it be?
Cape Cod. For definite! It is my ultimate goal in life to have a holiday Cottage on Cape Cod – it’s breathtakingly beautiful and retains a lot of rustic charm.

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Where do you like to shop for your home?
I have a favourite local junk/shop emporium that is my happy place! I have bought and painted a lot of furniture from here – I got a wonderful dresser top which is now on the wall of our living room for only £30. I love a bit of Laura Ashley and tend to pick up a few things from there, I don’t really stick to one place though like I said I just pick things because I love them. We have a huge beautiful painting and it was from Ikea – so I definitely believe whatever your tastes you can find lovely things everywhere.

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Any advise for people that want to use your home as inspiration to create their own shabby chic heaven? 

Don’t feel you have to stick to the typical ‘shabby chic’ brands, you don’t have to stay in a certain theme or ‘look’ your house should reflect you as a person and everything you love – you don’t have to spend a lot of money, hit the junk shops to find pieces you can restore and let yourself be led by your emotions.

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Lots of love,
xoxo

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Healthy Sweet Treat – Orange & Almond Cake

Who said you can’t have sweet treats when you are trying to fit in to that all important wedding dress or when you are on a health kick?? This gorgeous and delicious cake hits just the right spot! I personally think diets and drastically changing your eating habits isn’t the best way to lose weight. Instead swap the unhealthy food in your day to day life to healthier options, work out at least 3 times a week and don’t deny yourself of treats, have a cheat day where you can have what ever you want!

Here is a delicious recipe by the lovely Maia Virdee from Maia’s Low Carb Kitchen, a treat that is both naughty and nice.

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Slices – 10 | Prep Time – 15 minutes | Cooking Time – 30 minutes

Sponge Ingredients:

* 2 cups of ground almonds

* 4 eggs

* 1/3 cup of Xylitol or agave honey

* 3/4 cup of melted coconut butter (a little extra for greasing)

* 1 small orange zest

* 1 teaspoon of baking powder

Topping Ingredients (Optional):

* 2 tablespoons of cacao powder

* 1/4 cup of coconut oil

* 1/4 Xylitol or agave honey

* Raspberries to decorate or fruit of choice

Instructions:

1) Pre-heat oven at 160′C.

2) Whisk the eggs and Xylitol together in a small bowl until smooth. The Xylitol will leave some texture.

3) In a separate bowl, add the ground almonds and the melted coconut butter. Mix well. Then thoroughly stir in the egg mixture and to finish it off throw in the baking powder with the orange zest.

4) Pour the mix into a greased baking tin (8″ inch diameter) and then pop into the oven. Leave it in for roughly 30 minutes. However, you may need to take it out and cover the top in foil if it browns too quickly! Remove from the oven when golden and the top feels springy. To check if the mixture is fully baked, poke a toothpick into the centre of the cake and if it comes out clean, it is ready to cool.

5) After the cake has cooled down, place an empty heatproof bowl into a pan with hot water. Melt the coconut oil and mix in the cacao powder with the Xylitol. When ready, pour over the top and decorate with raspberries.

Enjoy!

Lots of love,
xoxo

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M by Minihaha Bridal Jewellery

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M by Minihaha is a bridal jewellery line founded by Minihaha Garande. As a wedding and events planner, she found a demand for headpieces which weren’t readily available on the market. The line consists of beautiful Asian inspired headpieces, earrings and necklaces. Initially, launched with a small collection to introduce the brand to the bridal jewellery market. M by Minihaha’s collection is available to pre-order via their Online store and will soon be available to purchase directly from several stockists.

Plans are underway to create signature pieces by late next year and our lovely readers will be kept informed.

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We once featured an asian inspired “Maharaja” headpiece/necklace by Alexander McQueen in one of our Couture Bride posts, so check it out for styling inspiration. Personally, I believe a beautiful headpiece is the ideal way to update your bridal look and inject that wow factor to your bridal style.

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Lots of love,
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What’s in my handbag – Casual Weekend

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During the weekend I try not to carry a handbag and just carry my wallet, phone and keys.. but when I do, it is bare minimum, absolute essentials!

HANDBAG: Prada

SUNGLASSES: Prada

WALLET & iPHONE CASE: Kiki James

LEATHER WRAP NOTEBOOK: Kiki James

LIP BALM: EOS Bought at Selfridges beauty event during the summer.

HAND CREAM: L’Occitane

KEYRING: Aspinal of London

Yes its all pink…wasn’t planned I promise!

Lots of love,
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#TrainLikeAnAngel How do these VS Angels get in to shape?

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Ladies we have all wondered at some point or another how the Victoria’s Secret Angels get their incredible bodies! Well Victoria’s Secret has now created a hashtag #TrainLikeAnAngel for you to discover and follow the angels as they prepare for their all important upcoming runway show!!!! You can follow the workouts across all social media platforms and you tube.

Here is one of the #TrainLikeAnAngel you tube videos from one of my favourite angels…

**Tip for brides-to-be: Most of the VS Angels swear by Ballet Beautiful so go online and get their custom workout or find a gym that offers Ballet Barre classes for that extra little push!!

Lots of love,
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“Atumnal Affair” Wedding Inspiration

This weeks inspiration board on Ishari De Silva Weddings

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To create the mood of romantic allure at a decadent Autumnal wedding, use this dark and sultry palette of rich wine-stained hues like maroon, burgundy, mauve velvet and berry mixed with blush, cream and white. Also, taking inspiration from the 2013 couture shows use gold/rose gold accents, velvet and lace to add a glamorous touch to your “Autumnal Affair!”.

Also, instead of a sweet table have a decadent cake table as seen above or a warming pie station with gorgeous red wine parings and a cheese station with red berries and fruit compotes.  Tall Candelabras and small gold tea light holders scattered around the tables will give the wedding a warm glow and gorgeous ox blood, blush and white centrepieces with gold cutlery will certainly make the table look luxurious!

As for bridesmaids ox blood is colour that flatters most skin tones and ceases a stunning contrast in wedding photos with the bride in white! Not so conventional? why not wear one of the gorgeous embellished  Elie Saab designs as seen above and have your bridesmaids wear cream/white… Certainly would make your wedding a memorable one for the guests!

You can find Autumnal Wedding Inspiration and more on our Pinterest and on our Wedding Planning & Design website Ishari De Silva Weddings.

Happy wedding planning!

xoxo

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