Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Blue and White


If it's a classic colour theme that you are after for your wedding, rather than opting for the traditional theme of back and white, have you considered blue and white? Not a soft, sky blue, but rather a deep, inky navy blue. It's fresh and bright, but with just the right amount of formality!


Check out our beautiful Polyvore for some blue and white inspiration…
Blue and White

Matthew Williamson wedding ball gown
$2,350 - net-a-porter.com
Lela Rose pleated dress
$1,595 - net-a-porter.com
Theia bridal gown
£396 - houseoffraser.co.uk
Ankle booties
140 AUD - zushoe.com.au
Platform heels
$27 - kohls.com
Marc by Marc Jacobs mini clutch
£220 - harveynichols.com
Esprit tahitian pearl necklace
119 AUD - gifts.myer.com.au
Miss Selfridge silver chain bracelet
$13 - missselfridge.com
Wedding Cake Gift Card Box: $59.97
$60 - favorideas.com


 Visit Polyvore for more fabulous colour inspiration…

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Monday, January 30, 2012

Flowers + Ring = Pretty!


The flower and ring shot is such a pretty combination – here a couple of images that I love from Queensland photographer, First Glance Photography.






Be sure to visit First Glance Photography to see more of their gorgeous wedding photography…

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Future is Now: Karl-Mania

 

Love Karl Largerfeld? Then you will love the Karl Extravaganza in the Net-a-Porter magazine! Starring five supermodels and the man himself, there's a revealing interview with Karl where he talks fashion, fashion and more fashion, as well as the Karl-o-Pedia – jam-packed with everything you need to know about Karl… And the point of all this? To celebrate the arrival of Karl Largerfeld's new line, KARL, of course!

Be sure to visit Net-a-Porter to read the full article…

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

2012 Edition - The Bride's Diary Canberra



We are  delighted to announce the launch of the 2012 Canberra edition of The Bride’s Diary - ACT's premier wedding magazine!
 
You will love browsing the Real Life Weddings pages to see how brides, just like you, created some very special wedding day magic. 

This incredible edition of The Bride's Diary Canberra celebrates ACT's fabulous bridal couture, shoes and accessories, ensuring you find just the right inspiration for your dream wedding day fashion. 
Also, we are delighted to bring you our beautiful jewellery feature, The Art of Romance, where the superb photographs of a myriad of ring designs will simply take your breath away.

Other features include:
• A new and improved What’s New section – the latest fab products for your wedding, honeymoon and even your new home!
• 8 stunning Real Life Wedding profiles sure to inspire
• The Art of Romance – our superb jewellery feature
• Colour Your Wedding feature, including 4 divine colour themes
• Stunning reception venues
• Photographer’s favourite wedding image for 2012
• Australia’s ultimate wedding planner, also updated with new and even more comprehensive wedding planning information, tools and checklists
• Calendars, notes, checklists
• and so much more…

And, finally The Bride's Diary just loves to give its readers the opportunity to win a fabulous honeymoon, and this year we are delighted to offer the chance of traveling to the beautiful Sanctuary Rarotonga & Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa, Cook Islands. Valued at $7700.00, it's the chance to win the perfect escape – you simply must enter!

With over 300 inspirational pages, The Bride’s Diary is a ‘must-have’ publication for anyone planning a wedding in the ACT!

Don’t forget that you can order a copy from our Online Store! A prompt despatch is guaranteed. 

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

J Crew's Latest Releases


J.Crew's latest look book of bridesmaid fashion presents a collection of super-pretty gowns in a range of stunning colours. From floor-skimming maxis in a rainbow of vibrant hues to oh-so-pretty prints and lady-like silhouettes, you are going to love browsing the new collection… Here's a preview of my favourite looks, but be sure to visit J.Crew to view the entire range…

 
 
 

 Visit J.Crew

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Monday, January 23, 2012

A Beautiful Italian Wedding

 
I love coming in on a Monday morning and having a look through all the beautiful weddings that took place over the weekend. And when I saw Magnolia Rouge's post on a stunning Italian wedding, I simply had to share it! 

The scenery is absolutely breathtaking (look at the stunning mountains in the background!!), while the bride's super cute gown – complete with embroidered black and white flowers – and braided hair are a perfect match for her gorgeous t-bar shoes! And how about the chapel! What an amazing place to be married in! 

Have a look through the images below, and be sure to visit Magnolia Rouge for the full article and credit list.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Have a lovely day!… Anna

Friday, January 20, 2012

Goop


I just love reading the interesting posts on Goop! Goop is a weekly newsletter from Gwyneth Paltrow, delivered via email straight into your inbox that shares recipes, travel notes, shopping ideas, wellness tips, and so much more. From architecture to sight-seeing, and social issues to gift ideas for your nearest and dearest, you will love exploring the interesting content that Goop has to offer…

Be sure to sign up to for your weekly newsletter, and in the meantime, visit Goop to browse through past newsletters.

Visit Goop

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Gorgeous Cake…



I must admit, I just love a pretty cake – it can be such a focal point at your wedding – and when I came across this gorgeous creation from Deliciously Decadent Cake Design on Style Me Pretty, I simply had to share it with you…

Photographed by Karen Buckle Photography, the elegant two-tied design is perfectly accessorised with two super cute love birds and some pretty flowers… so simple, yet absolutely divine!!

Be sure to visit Style Me Pretty to view the full wedding – the decorations are just gorgeous, and the photography is lovely too!

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Cooking with Apples

Do you enjoy cooking with apples? Are you a partial to a warm apple crumble? Or does an apple tea cake take your fancy? What about apple pikelets? If you answered yes, then you will love these yummy apple recipes from soy.com.au

Apple & Walnut Crumble with Custard













Preparation: 25 minutes | Cooking: 35 minutes | Serves: 4  
Ingredients - CRUMBLE
• 2 ½ cups stewed apples (or 800g can pie apple)
• ¼ cup sultanas
• 1 cup rolled oats
• ½ cup wholemeal plain flour
• 2 tbsp brown sugar
• 2 tbsp dairy free margarine
• 2 tbsp honey
• 2 tbsp chopped walnuts
Ingredients - CUSTARD
• 2 tbsp custard powder (dairy free)
• 2 tbsp sugar
• 2 cups Vitasoy Calci-Plus
• 1 tsp vanilla essence

Instructions - CRUMBLE
Step 1
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Combine the apple with the sultanas and spread over the base of a medium sized ovenproof dish. Combine the oats, flour, and brown sugar in a bowl.

Step 2
In a small saucepan (or a bowl in the microwave) melt margarine and honey together, and then mix this through the oat mixture. Spread over fruit, sprinkle with walnuts and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve with custard.
 
Instructions - CUSTARD
Step 1
Mix custard powder or corn flour with a small amount of Vitasoy Calci-Plus to make a smooth paste. Combine remaining soymilk with sugar in a heavy based saucepan and cook, stirring, until nearly boiling.

Step 2
Add custard powder/corn flour mixture and bring to the boil, stirring constantly. Cook this for 1 minute. Add vanilla essence and remove from heat.

This recipe is: • Lactose free • Dairy Free • Vegetarian

 Apple Pikelets
 













Serves: 4  
Ingredients
 • 300ml Vitasoy Protein Enriched Ricemilk
• 2 1/2 cups (320g) gluten free self-raising flour
• 2 tsp gluten free baking powder
• 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
• 2 tsp lemon juice
• 1 tsp vanilla essence
• 2 large eggs
• 50g dairy free reduced fat spread, melted, cooled
• 1 large green apple, grated (remove excess juice)
• Cinnamon, to dust
 
Instructions
Step 1
Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl. Add the caster sugar. Stir well.

Step 2
Whisk together the Vitasoy Protein Enriched Ricemilk, lemon juice, vanilla, eggs and 1 tbsp of spread.

Step 3
Combine the ricemilk mixture, flour and apples until smooth. Stand for 5 minutes.

Step 4
Heat a frying pan on low. Lightly grease with the remaining spread. Pour 1/3 cup of batter and cook pikelets until lightly golden. Turn over and cover with a tight fitting lid.

Step 5
Cook for a further 2 minutes and remove. Repeat with remaining batter.

Serve sprinkled with cinnamon and drizzle with maple syrup.

Apple Tea Cake




 











Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: - 45 minutes | Serves 10

Ingredients
• 1 ¼ cups fine rice flour
½ cup soy flour
¼ cup tapioca flour
1 tsp bicarb soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp xanthan gum
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 ½ cups Vitasoy Soy Milky Vanilla
2 tsp vanilla essence
60g dairy free spread, melted
1 granny smith apple, peeled, quartered and cut into 3mm thick slices
1 Tbsp caster sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Note: xanthan gum can be purchased in health food stores or in the health food section of major supermarkets.

Instructions 

Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a 20cm springform tin. 
Sift flours, bicarb soda, baking powder, xanthan gum and sugar into a large mixing bowl. 
In a small bowl, combine eggs, Vitasoy Soy Milky Vanilla, vanilla essence and melted dairy free spread. Mix until well combined. 
Pour into sifted flours and mix well with a metal spoon until well combined and no lumps. Pour into prepared cake tin. 
Arrange slices of apple in a circular fashion over top of the cake. 
In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over top of cake until all used. 
Place in pre-heated oven and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until firm to touch and golden brown. Remove from oven, leave to cool on bench for 10 minutes then remove from tin and transfer to wire rack to allow to cool completely.

Visit soy.com.au for more delicious recipes…

Have a lovely day!… Anna 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Red Carpet Glamour

With Hollywood's finest turning out on the red carpet for the Annual Golden Globes Awards, all eyes were on were on the fashion choices of the silver screen's leading ladies. And the verdict? Sparkle and shine ruled the red carpet! See below for a few of my favourite gowns from this year's event…

Claire Danes wore a monochrome J. Mendel gown accentuated with sequin embellishments on the shoulders and waist. Source: Getty, WireImage
 
 Diane Lane shone is a sparkly gold Reem Acra gown covered in gilded sequins. Source: Getty, WireImage

 Jessica Alba was radiant in a strapless pink-tone Gucci gown complete with sparkly embellishments. Source: Getty, WireImage


Be sure to visit our Fashion & Beauty Blog for more red carpet fashion…

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Monday, January 16, 2012

Hello 2012!

Well, today is our official back-to-work day, and after a long and relaxing break over the Christmas/New Year period, we are all ready to get back into work mode! 2012 is going to be a very exciting (and busy) year for WP Publishing, with work commencing on the 2013 editions of The Bride's Diary, as well as a number of new and exciting projects, including our very own Bridal Fair in March 2012!

With the 2012 wedding season in full swing, be sure to grab your copy of The Bride's Diary – it is the wedding planner, with everything a style-savvy bride needs to plan her dream wedding. Featuring the latest bridal fashion, superb reception venues and fabulous honeymoon destinations, The Bride's Diary is the ultimate wedding publication that brides love to own, and keep, as a memento of their very special wedding day.

Our focus on fashion-forward photographic shoots and the latest theming ideas ensures that we keep our brides-to-be 'in the know' with the latest in wedding day styles and trends.

Visit our website for all the latest in wedding inspiration and ideas – become a My Wedding member for access to our comprehensive online planning tools (membership is FREE!). You will also have access to Bridal Buzz – our online forum where brides-to-be love to chat about their weddings, and even life after marriage! 

And, don't forget to regularly check The Bride's Diary Facebook and Twitter pages - be sure to 'like' our Facebook page so you can stay up-to-date with the latest wedding ideas, inspiration, and advice!

2012 is going to be a big year for WP Publishing - stay tuned for more details!!!

Have a lovely day!… Anna