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Hair and Make-Up Master Class 2 – The Classic Chignon

by | Hair and Make-Up Master Class, Wisdom


Ms Chinoiserie


For our second Hair and Make-Up Master Class, we look at creating an elegant low bun – the classic chignon!

This style is an elegant and timeless bridal look and would suit a more formal wedding or a bride wanting to achieve a chic style. With images by Kate at Quince and Mulberry Studios, Beck from Step ‘N’ Out Hair and Body shows you how to create this look in a few easy steps.

1. Wash and dry hair.


2. Curl hair using any desired hair curling tool.


3. Clip hair in sections as shown. With bottom section, tie in loose ponytail and loop through itself.



4. Using foam insert, from ends to roots roll hair upwards into bun position.




5. Once bun is rolled, secure firmly with bobby pins.



6. With top section, tease at the base of the hair.


7. Smooth over the teasing and secure with bobby pins.



8. Remove clips from side sections. Wrap one at a time across the top of the bun and secure with bobby pins.



9. Use hair spray to secure style.



10. To attach a veil, push the clip into top/centre of bun.


11. Use a small amount of pressure to ensure the veil is firmly secure in hair.


12. Horizontally push bobby pins into the clip of the veil to firmly secure and support veil. Repeat on both sides.



13. The finished look.



Thanks Kate and Beck  – the classic elegance of a chignon never goes out of style!


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Vendor’s Favourites – Daniel Learmont Couture

by | Vendor's Favourite, Wisdom


Daniel Learmont Couture, Daniel Learmont Couture
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1. Lace. The wedding gown I created for my bride Madeleine is my favourite gown to date; it is made from the finest Italian blush silk duchess gazar from Switzerland and the most stunning pearl and silk flower beaded French Chantilly lace I have ever seen. Image via Petal Photography

2. Saigon Fabrics. This is literally an Aladdin’s cave of the most exquisite laces and fabrics sourced from Europe and all over the world. Image via Saigon Fabrics

3. Petal Photography. Rose’s pictures are always so natural and graceful, she has an innate ability to make all her clients feel at ease on their special day. Image by Petal Photography

4. Milton Park. Such a such a stunning venue! The grounds are so beautiful all year round – it’s the perfect place to celebrate your special day. Image via Milton Park

5. Pinterest. How did you ever plan a wedding without it? Such a great way to keep everything you need at hand no matter where you are!


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: LOVE the pearl and silk flower beaded lace  – just exquisite and so pretty for graceful gowns!

About Daniel Learmont Couture: One of the earliest influences in my life was my grandmother who was always busying herself with some kind of sewing or craft project. I have always been a fan of 50’s and 60’s Hollywood, the jet set life style. I love the kind of clean, dramatic glamour of the period with its strong silhouettes in luxurious fabrics like silk shantung, brocade, duchess satin and Chantilly lace.

white+white Field Days Wonderland

by | Event Reviews, Wedding Planning Wisdom, Wisdom


Ms Chevron

I was recently invited to attend a brand new wedding planning concept called white+white Field Days. Set over four days, the stunning wonderland was set up in the middle of Westfield Garden City, Brisbane. Intrigued shoppers and brides and grooms to-be could come and browse designed spaces, chat with industry vendors, and register to attend one of the weekend workshops.

I spoke with white+white wedding and events, the creator of Field Days, to get the lowdown on how this unique experience was received.

“Field Days was a huge success with hundreds of brides and grooms in attendance. We delivered on our promise to entertain them in an educational melting pot of the ultimate wedding planning wonderland.”

“The gorgeous white funfair certainly set the scene for the fun that we shared together, framed by the remarkable Field Days carousel.”

“Witnessing first hand, the trade secrets from wedding specialists such as We Are The Tsudons and their unique photography adventure shoots, Wil Valor’s hottest suit fashion tips for the modern groom and the inspiration behind the bridal gown designs of the endearing George Wu.”

Chink went the champagne glasses as we sat down for lunch along the sweeping contour table, and got to know each other a little better.

I personally had the pleasure of being seated at this table and loved how it was a variation from the traditional round or more recently popular long table format. I think this style of seating would be fabulous for an intimate wedding.

We went on a culinary journey with the gourmet food delights from Wine & Dine Em, a cocktail master class tipple at the ‘Gathering’ caravan courtyard and tantalizing sweet treats to die for from the charming Hansel & Gretel Cakes, just to name a few…

So Dotties, will we see another dazzling instalment of white+white Field Days again? Most definitely! Stay tuned for the whereabouts of the next personalised dream weaving wonderland that is Field Days!


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: What a luxurious wonderland – with advice from “wedding dream” experts and those tantalizing treats, I can’t wait for the next event!

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