Thursday, 1 March 2012

So today is the...

...I am finally....

   ....far from the wedding crowd.

                 I really hope you enjoy this.

                               Please come and join me here.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

a teeny tiny sneak peek

Well you did ask for a teeny tiny sneak peek.

Are you ready?


















It is teeny tiny but it is rather revealing!


Hmmm well it appears one of the F's might stand for far.

Speculate away my lovely readers!

T minus 2 and counting.

Oh ladies and gentlemen,

I am so excited. The site is looking pretty hot!

I cannot wait to unveil things now!

If you are bride reading this I want to hear from you. What do you want from a wedding blog? I have my own ideas but to make it work I need your feedback. Think style with substance and ask me anything!

If you are a supplier I would love to send you a media pack. You'll get a delicious sneak peek at the new name for the website!

Please just get in touch - annaandtheringlondon@gmail.com

You are important. So let's talk.


Monday, 27 February 2012

monday morning and it's time to go

Don't forget I am launching a new website this week! Eeek.

If you are interested in sponsoring the new site or a bride wanting to talk about important issues or with a question to ask. I want to hear from you. (If you happen to have a little prize to offer the readers I would really like to hear from you too!) Just email me at annaandtheringlondon@gmail.com 

So who stayed up to watch the Oscar's red carpet?

Oh yes that would have been me if I hadn't accidentally fallen asleep.

However if you are a bride right now you should be looking at the red carpet for your bridal inspiration. It's not all about boobs and legs. You can look delicious and demure.


Well you don't have to use the slit to expose all your thigh. I do love this velvet dress by Atelier Versace. It is beautiful. Could you work white or cream velvet? 


Or perhaps a huge bow for your ladies? How I would love to see this in white. Giambattista Valli knows how to work fuchsia.


 Perhaps my favourite look of the night. Tom Ford. Tom Ford with a cape. Hello lover. Please, please can a bride do something similar - this is an epic look.


Hello McQueen - you knew it was before anyone opened their mouth. If you have the budget to have this made in a cream or perhaps gold on gold I want to meet you!


You may already know Johanna Johnson but if not you need to look at her work now. Gloriously feminine gowns for all women.


Lanvin. This is call for all mothers in law. You can look glamorous at your child's wedding. Gorgeous.


Elie Saab. Sparkly but chic.


Just to show you don't have to be tiny to make sparkles work, Tadashi Shoji show how to make the ladies look good.

It may have slightly highlighted her very slight frame, there is still something very exciting about this Vivienne Westwood.


Marchesa had many gowns on the red carpet. This was by far my favourite. Can you imagine this all cream as a wedding dress. Yes I very much can!


This was slightly panned, by I love a high neck and long sleeves for me Valentino worked it!

Oh and the boys did well too. Did you see Christopher Plummer. How dashing!

All images courtesy of Getty Images.


Sunday, 26 February 2012

sunday fun

So it's Sunday. Perhaps your day of rest?

Not for me, I am beavering away trying to make the new site awesome. I am starting with a bang with some amazing competitions to get you a little excited but I am not underestimating how much I need you for this to be a success.

I need you. More than ever before.

I have some pretty exciting ideas. You know me for style (I think) and substance (I hope). There will be lots of style. Oh you will come to love Tuesdays - I have exciting fashion plans! Yet you know how I think you can love style and fashion and still be allowed to think. So I cannot wait for you to get involved with important discussions and be tantaslised by a little controversy. 

I want the new site to be somewhere you can feel safe and ask questions. I want to be a hub where one can cogitate on the married state, if you will!

So in light of that I want to hear from you. I want to know your troubles and questions. Whether they be about finding the perfect shoes (although perfection is a contentious subject around here!) or worries about whether you really should be getting married and everything inbetween. Talk to me, if I don't know the answer I will know someone who will.

Also the new site is not just for the ladies. Bean will be flying the banner for boys too. So please get your boys asking questions. Bean, the dandy, knows all about men's fashion and style and wants to help. He also has experienced a gamut of difficult wedding situations and wants to help you deal with those too, beancause you're worth it.

So don't delay - fill my inbox with queries and quandaries. Right now it's annaandtheringlondon@gmail.com - I really want to hear from you!

Oh and don't forget to tell any girl you know who might be interested in proposing to her one true love on February 29th to enter this competition right now!

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Marry Me Afternoon Giveaway - Ends on Monday!

I have an amazing little competition for those who may be lurking who aren't quite engaged just yet. It is a leap year and well are you looking to take the bull by the horns?!

A delightful tea with the Golden Afternoon Tea Company via Thomas Bowles

The yummy Golden Afternoon Tea Company and the lovely Rose Tinted Days want to offer one lucky lady the opportunity to propose to their one true love in style.

You will win a scrumptious afternoon tea, English Rose menu that includes sandwiches, scones and the nicest cakes possible, all beautifully laid out with vintage china in a setting of your choice; your home or a park- if this spring-like weather holds. They'll even provide a bottle of fizz to celebrate because, of course the answer will be YES!

Even better you will also win an sweet engagement shoot at a later date!

All you need to do is pop over the the Golden Afternoon Tea Company Facebook page here, like it and leave a little comment - feel free to be cryptic - we want this to be a surprise too! Then if drop goldenafternoontea_at_hotmail.co.uk a little email to tell them about you and your love!

For more details click here.

Please note they can only cover the London area for the Marry Me afternoon tea. Winner will be announced on Monday 27th. If you have any question please email goldenafternoontea_at_hotmail.co.uk

Friday, 24 February 2012

a brave new world

So fingers crossed this time next week things will be a little different.

There will be a new blog. Crikey!

So each day until then I shall be posting a few teasers here and about. 

Here is the first tease.

aka fun with glowsticks

I'm so excited that this is going to be a great new place for brides and grooms and everyone to come and think and be inspired.

I'm not your usual blogger so you should expect it to be a little different from the norm but with plenty of Anna!

So how can I get you excited? I want you to be involved. The whole premise of the new site is to be less about me and more about you.

Do you think you might want to join me?

I may even start liking a few people on twitter with the new name!

Would really really love to hear from you.

Anna x

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Charlotte Olympia

I have waxed lyrical about Charlotte Olympia shoes before.

I have swooned and lusted over her cat shoes and generally over the pretty but these are perhaps the most bridal of her collection so far.

These Forever heels are a delightful 6 inches of white and blue silk satin pretty but are rather fun too. No? Just look at the sweet puffed heart on the toe. Oh my these could be your wedding shoes. Perhaps the lady who yearns for a teeny tiny directional peep out of her staunchly traditional wedding? 


Sure they are £660 but you know, why not? Go on, pre-order today!

Oh gosh I am in a decadent mood. Perhaps it's because I haven't had champagne today? (It has been a rather delightful past week!)

Friday, 10 February 2012

Party Fun

So details people, details!

It is at the lovely NEW London Cocktail Club (it's a different venue location from last time)

224 Shaftesbury Avenue,
Covent Garden,
London,
WC2H 8EB

It's on the corner of Shafsbury Avenue and Grape Street. 
If you get lost (I don't think you will) just call for anna and the ring three times (in front of a mirror) and I will hear and find you or alternatively call the bar on 0207 580 1960.

Nearest tubes are Holborn and Tottenham Court Road (with Covent Garden just a little bit further)

I shall be there from 6pm - cannot wait to see you.


Thank you wonderful Golden Apple Designs you are a star!

I'm hoping there will be super smiles like this too (although I fear I won't be quite as sparkly)

Eeek!

Monday, 6 February 2012

And the winner is!!!!

So wow. 

I may have pimped this competition out a little bit but I am still super impressed by the number of entries.

Whoop de whoop!

So without further ado I guess I should name the winner right?

(My apologies for a lack of photograph of me picking the winner - seriously where is my camera?)

How about this instead?

(me and my favourite chesterfield)

Well, congratulations lovely and lucky Rowan January

(Bean thinks you are an member of the X-Men - we have yet to decide upon your superpower)

Also don't forget that this Saturday is party time. Would love to see you there.

Oh and watch out for another little Valentine competition tomorrow. I am feeling the love.

Monday, 30 January 2012

TK Maxx and anna and the ring have a competition for you!

Good morning lovelies.

I have a lovely little competition for you on this fine morn.

The lovely people of TK Maxx have just opened a great little wedding boutique. Even more excitingly they have offered me (and thus you!) the chance to win a £100 gift voucher. Huzzah!

I'm not going to lie. TK Maxx has been my shopping destination on more than one occasion. Indeed the Bean bought the ties for our delicious gentlemen ushers from the Charing Cross Road branch - he recommends it muchly! Yes my husband is always one for actual fashion at 60% off!

Just a quick browse of the wedding dress boutique has made me a little excited for the eventual winner of this prize. Little bit jealous I can't keep the gift card to myself!

From size 4 - 18 there will be something for nearly everyone.

Hello pretty dresses. 

I rather love this one shouldered number for £59.99

Or how about this Claire Pettibone-esque slinky number for £39.99. I'm almost tempted to buy myself one of these myself. The delicious colour and imagine how sexy you would feel with a delicious befeathered cape, dripping in diamonds. Perfection.
 Or perhaps you are set with your dress and are looking for something for your best ladies. So how about looking in the bridesmaid's section.

From the rather formal and traditional deep blue dress which looks perfect for a fabulous evening for just £39.99.

Or how about this exquisite Alberta Ferretti (actual Alberta Ferretti). Just how awesomely chic would your best lady look in number. Perfect for a summer city wedding or perhaps dressed up with crazy opaque tights. I'm thinking fuchsia - obviously. Hello lover!


Don't forget to check out the wedding shoe section and the extra special Mother of the Bride section. There is actual Lanvin gracing those pages. Seriously who knew some of the prettiest dresses came to TK Maxx!

So what do you need to do?

Well barely anything!

Just leave me a comment here and say you would like to win. (Yes that simple!)

If however you would like to increase your odds you can perhaps tweet the competition - "yes I would like to win the @TKMaxx_UK competition on @annaandthering. Whoop!"

Or perhaps like my facebook page here and leave a comment.

Or if you are feeling particularly verbose you can write me an email! The email as ever is annaandtheringlondon {at} gmail.com

Each extra way of entering will earn you another entry to the draw. Double Whoop!

The requisite T&Cs!
1. The winner must be happy for their name and address to be given to TKMaxx for the distribution of the prize.
2. You must be happy for me to publicly announce you as the winner.
3. If you have not emailed me 2 weeks after the announcement of the competition I will redraw and the prize will be offered to someone else (and so on until the prize is claimed).
4. The prize is not transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash.
5. The judges decision (ie. my decision) is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
6. The competition will run from right now until Sunday 5th February at midnight (GMT).
7. Please note apart from the winner your names will not be passed onto a third party.
8. Prize can only be redeemed in the UK.

GOOD LUCK my pretties. Remember the gift card can be used in-store or online on any item so everyone can benefit from this little competition!

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

30 rocks? Come have some fun with me.

And so I have moved! Wunderbar.

Huzzah - those that know me very well will know how much a relief this is. For those that don't (yet!) I can't begin to explain how I feel. Even being surrounded by boxes and chaos I am already the happiest I've been for a while. Anna is going all the way to the top! (Perhaps!)

And so here is my little present for you. I am turning 30 very soon and I will soon be (finally) revealing my new blog. Double huzzah.

So would you like to join me for an unstuffy and unpretentious evening of giggles with a side of deep conversation, perhaps a little dancing and perhaps a few more drinks, followed swiftly by some debauchery? I would love to see you and reveal what I've been wittering on about for the past few months!

Thank you Golden Apple Designs for your awesomeness!

Eeeeek!

Are you in?

Everyone is invited, all you need to do is bring me a fabulous present and you're in.

Ha - not really - although I certainly would not be so rude as to turn down a prettily wrapped trinket!

 So whether you be a bride, groom, old married (like me), newlywed, blogger, supplier, random onlooker or general blurker. I want to build a community and without you, it's just me! 

Here are the delicious details!

Date ~ 11th February
Venue ~ The (new) London Cocktail Club on Shaftsbury Avenue
Their cocktails are lethally delicious. I think those who came to the Ring Bash will agree!
Time ~ 6pm 'til late 
Dress ~ Dress for hugs
RSVP to annaandtheringlondon{at}gmail.com please.

So what are you waiting for? Don't be shy - I'm crazy nice and want to say hello.

Come, come, come and let's be awesome together!


Thank you wonderful Leah of Golden Apple Designs for my sweet invite. I love her work! So when I said something ribbony and got this back (with chevrons!) I was one happy lady! Oh yes 30 - I'm coming to get you!

Saturday, 21 January 2012

anna and Martha Stewart Weddings!

Just a quick note because despite having no internet I cannot stop thinking about the fun I had last week before all this week turned into mayhem! Please darling Bean, let your mobile hotspot work!

Last Friday I had the privilege of being invited by Niermerko weddings to the Dorchester to meet the wonderful Darcy Miller of the Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine! Excited does not cover it!

I wish I had actual internet so I could flood these pages with the amazing photographs from the afternoon of heaven. Alas I am moving house tomorrow and the router is nowhere to be found! So please follow this link to Martha Stewart Weddings to see for yourself!

Meeting Darcy Miller which was just sublime - she really knows weddings. There are no words to describe her. (Although if I could find them they would all be good!)

My personal highlight? Too many. Finally meeting people I have longed to meet for so long. The incredible talent in the Pavillion in the penthouse was palpable. Literally. These people ooze style and creativity. It was so inspiring to be talking to such stalwarts of the wedding industry. The most special dress designers - David Fielden (a fascinating chap to speak with after I stopped being quite so start struck!) and Ritva Westenius with the indefatigable Chenca - to name but two. I could go on but that would just make you insanely jealous and you may never want to speak to me again!

From epic photographers to calligraphers. I was in creative heaven discussing beautiful weddings but perhaps more importantly finding out that these amazing suppliers want to be part of the discourse of weddings. They are more than just creatives - they are in love with their brides and actually care. It was eye opening. The big names do care. Refreshing to hear that, no?

I cannot wait to show you some of the things we discussed - soon my pretties, soon. Let me get a new home and internet and I will be there!

Oh and to see the lovely blogging set - they make me smile muchly - who have a few more words to say too!


I can only hope there are a few more events like this in my future. Thank you so much for inviting me Mark. You certainly know how to throw a delicious afternoon tea with that little extra sparkle!

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