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Spring Fashion Week 2016 Inspiration – Beautiful Bridesmaids 1

by | Event Reviews, Fashion Wisdom, Wisdom


Ms Fleur De Lys


In the second of our features from Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (MSFW), if you haven’t yet chosen a colour palette for your wedding day, starting with your bridesmaids’ dresses may help. Mono-colour blocking is back as a 2017 trend. This season’s yellow is canary, red is siren-worthy and the pink du jour is demure and blushing. Meanwhile, anything goes when it comes to something blue.

We’re also all on board for switching it up a little and following the trend of having a “best lady” or “groomswoman” stand up as part of a wedding party. If she wants to wear a suit, she’ll look sharpest in one that is tailored to the female form. Click here to view the inspiration.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Love all the colours – from the softest pastels to “showstopping” brights!

Five Minutes With….Amy Chan Hair & Makeup Artistry

by | Five Minutes With.., Wisdom


Amy Chan Hair and Makeup Artistry
Find me on Ms Polka Dot's Directory |

Amy Chan Hair & Makeup Artistry

Image by Ivonne Veith

What is your favourite wedding theme?
A rustic garden wedding

Amy Chan & SRL-2

Image by Studio RL Photography

What inspires you?
Everyday people’s life stories and how I can learn from them. Everyday I’m inspired by different people and this is what keeps me aiming high.

What is special about weddings to you?
True emotions, I love how a wedding can bring a whole family together again; it’s precious.

What do you love about hair and makeup?
I love seeing how just simple hair and makeup can brighten someone’s face immediately.


Image by We Are Origami

What is your favourite image of all time?
Of my work? Then it will be this image by Lost In Love Photography.


What book are you reading at the moment?
‘Snow White’ – haha, I’ve been reading this with my little girl for the past week.

What is your Number 1 tip for brides and grooms?
RELAX! You’ve planned all the important things for the wedding already. On your wedding day you’re supposed to relax, enjoy and live the moment. There’s no point worrying about the weather and getting upset over the floral arrangements when everything else is going so well. And most importantly, you’re about to marry the man of your dreams!

What is the one tool of yours that you can’t live without?
Eyebrow pencil! It really frames your face!


Image by We Are Origami

What are you excited about right now?
I have a few ideas up my sleeve that I can’t reveal yet, but will definitely share them with everyone once they’re all ready!

What is a special personal talent you possess?
Not sure if it’s a talent or not, but according to my little girl it is! I can do tummy rolls (LOL) and she makes me do them everyday!

Where is your favourite place to escape to for downtime and why?
I’ll go to any day spa that is available at the time! I’m all for relaxing and unwinding the mind whenever possible!


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Oh, your new ideas sound very exciting – can’t wait to hear the latest update!

About Amy Chan Hair & Makeup Artistry: Whether it’s a wedding, party, formal or any other occasion, my mobile service can help you create the ultimate unforgettable experience in the comfort of your own home. My achievements range from mastering the techniques in Asian makeup artistry to creating the latest looks in fashion catalogues. I have worked with countless photographers, hair stylists, models and wardrobe stylists to create my own style.

6 Tips For Selecting Wine For Your Wedding

by | Food & Catering Wisdom, Wisdom


David Stevens-Castro


Image by Ed Sloane via Michelle & Eden’s Rustic Collingwood Children’s Farm Wedding

Next to the ceremony itself, the wedding meal is possibly the most important part of the overall wedding celebration, and there is nothing worse than finding that the synergy of your best-laid plans is ruined by vinegar masquerading as wine! To help you overcome potential disaster, I  have compiled a list of hot tips for making a successful beverage selection.

1. A selection of crowd-pleasing favourites will make for happy guests. Now is not the time for experimentation.
With a large group of people and a broad selection of tastes to satisfy, keep your selection safe and simple. Currently the most popular varieties for group occasions in Australia are sauvignon blanc in whites and shiraz in reds.

Select a sauvignon blanc that is light, fresh and crisp without being acidic and a shiraz that’s got a smooth unchallenging finish. New Zealand is famous for fantastic sauvignon blanc and Barossa in Australia for excellent shiraz.

Bubbles of course are a ‘must have’ wedding option and Tasmania can often be depended on for beautiful sparkling wine. Ideally have bubbles available throughout the celebrations, not just for the toast.

Modern Collingwood Childrens Farm Wedding | Polka Dot Bride

Image by Kitty Wursthorn via Jenny & Jared’s Modern Collingwood Childrens Farm Wedding

2. Choose a special range for the wedding table.
While the rest of the wedding party will be celebrating with your beverage package, you can treat yourself and your closest loved ones with a few very special bottles selected to remember the occasion by. For example, a genuine vintage champagne is always very highly regarded, and it’s hard to find a bad one.

Historic and iconic bottles of are plentiful and will add to the specialness of the day – for example, Penfold’s Grange 2008 or 2010, Henschke Hill of Grace 2006, or Tyrell’s Vat 1 Semillon 2005. Most venues can be persuaded to allow a select few BYO bottles once you’ve agreed to the overall budget, even if beverages are included in the overall package agreement.


Image by Adam Finch of Studio Impressions via Melissa and Marc’s Elegant Brisbane Wedding

3. Don’t assume the beverages suggested by the venue will be palatable.
When venues put together packages for large group occasions, they will generally choose ‘economy’ level wines. While there are lots of great wines available to choose from even in lower price brackets, not all venues have the expertise available to find these tasty bargains. Even wines presented as premium can still be disappointing. Request to taste the wines in advance, and if they aren’t up to scratch, negotiate some better options.

If you have organised to have a menu tasting, request to taste the wines alongside the food, because the wrong wine match can have a big effect on the taste of the meal also.

4. Make sure to consider other beverages outside of a wine selection.
The craft beer sector is booming worldwide at the moment and Australian breweries are producing some of the best. A couple of my personal favourites are the Pacific Ale from Stone & Wood, Byron Bay and the Duke Lager from Burleigh Brewing in Burleigh Heads.


Image by Little Wolf Photography via Lucy and Nathan’s Sweet Mornington Peninsula Wedding

5. Consider leaving spirits as an optional extra for guests to buy at the bar themselves.
Weddings are enormously expensive and adding spirits to your beverage package will often add a substantial hit to the budget. In general guests will find something they will enjoy drinking if you have carefully selected your wine and beers, so as long as spirits are on offer as an optional extra, there will be no complaints.


Image by The Love Jug via Hannah & Todd’s Intimate Tasmanian Garden Wedding

6. Finally, don’t forget those who aren’t drinking alcohol.
Those who are the “designated drivers”, pregnant guests and those taking medication – or even for those wanting to take it easy later in the night – should not be left out! A nice mocktail or refreshing soft drink like a fresh lemonade, or even a spritzer or sparkling water can add a special touch that can be greatly appreciated.


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Choosing special bottles for the bridal party is a wonderful idea – and a special way to remember the day!

About David Stevens-Castro: I am a wine expert and co-author of award winning cook book ‘PAIRED: Champagne & Sparkling Wines (The food & wine matching recipe book for everyone) which is available here. With my wife, food photographer/graphic designer Fran Flynn, we are on a mission to make food and wine pairing an activity that everyone can enjoy and share with friends and family. In our first recipe book, that deliciously imparts food-and-wine-pairing techniques, beautiful visual presentation makes the process of learning about wine-and-food matching a pleasure!

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