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Wedding Beauty Regime With Paula’s Choice – The Final Weeks!

by | Hair and Beauty Wisdom, Wisdom


Camille Davies


Following on from Wedding Beauty Regime by Paula’s Choice, as we count down the weeks until the big day, Paula herself says: “Steer clear of facials from here on out.”

It can be tempting to splurge on an exotic facial treatment or chemical peel right before the big day, but that can unfortunately backfire in the form of a severe reaction! In fact, some treatments require weeks and weeks before the skin is completely healed, leaving you with reddened, flaking skin in the interim.

At this point of your wedding beauty regime, Paula’s Choice suggests that a safer bet is to use a gentle, at-home AHA or BHA exfoliant to reveal your radiant skin. AHAs are ideal for dry, sun-damaged, ageing skin, whereas BHAs are the optimal choice for oily or breakout prone skin (while also addressing the signs of ageing and dull skin). Continued, daily use produces noticeably clearer, smoother and softer skin that you’ll be inspired to maintain even after the honeymoon phase. And don’t forget the important “cleanse, tone and moisturize” routine too!

And why not pamper yourself with a stress-relieving massage while you’re at it? With the “wedding day clock” ticking away, you’ll need one to get through all the last minute details ahead!”

Paula makes a great point here – I know I’m definitely guilty of panic-experimenting with various new beauty products before a big event! I know I’m also a stress head, which is generally not great for my skin, so that massage will go a long way with well deserved chill out time and gaining some extra beauty points.

Make sure to also keep using that sun cream daily, as all that newly exfoliated skin is very vulnerable! Australian sunshine is heartless, even when hidden by clouds, so keep it Factor 50.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Thanks Paula; great advice from the “Cosmetics Cop” on achieving glowing and radiant wedding day skin!

The Who, What, Where, When and How to Finding Your Perfect Wedding Dress

by | Fashion Wisdom, Wisdom, Wise Words


Moira Hughes Couture
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Moira Hughes Couture ‘Pearl’ dress

Finding your perfect gown can be very time consuming and very emotional – is it the “right one”? Did I like the one I tried on yesterday better? Was it a better style for me? What about the colour? Moira Hughes Couture understands that the experience of finding your dream gown can be very overwhelming and we would like to give you some tips to make your choice an easy – and happy – one!

1. Who Should You Go To For Your Dream Wedding Dress?

Have a look at websites and the social media of the boutiques you have in mind. If you choose the three you feel most drawn to, you will ensure the best experience and avoid being overwhelmed

Ask for recommendations from recently married friends and read reviews. That way, you can make sure the service and experience match what you are looking for.

2. What Style Of Wedding Dress Is Best?

Be open minded when trying on dresses. You might be surprised by what suits your figure! Don’t worry about matching your dress to your venue or what your bridesmaids are wearing; just choose what you feel incredible in and this will shine through.

Be true to yourself. Sometimes others opinions can sway you but if you feel more comfortable in a dress with straps then stick to it!

If you have a very clear idea of what you want in terms of style, budget or details  let the designer know from the beginning so your experience is tailored to your needs.


Moira Hughes Couture custom ‘Indianna’ dress

3. Where To Go To Find Your Perfect Wedding Gown?

Ask for recommendations from your friends.

Read reviews – most of the time these can give you a feel for how the designer operates.

Travelling to a boutique? Make sure it is somewhere you are happy to visit; are you prepared to travel a long distance for multiple fittings?

Make appointments in advance with your chosen boutiques.


Moira Hughes Couture ‘Willow’ dress


Moira Hughes Couture ‘Pearl’ dress

4. When Do You Start Looking? 

Most brides book the venue and set a date before finding their dress. This gives you a good timeline on how long you have until the big day.

If you’re having a gown custom designed for you, most designers will recommend you start looking about a year to 8 months in advance.

Set a time limit. Allow yourself a few weeks to find your gown. Giving you enough time to try different gowns but not so many it becomes overwhelming.

5. How Do You Prepare For The Boutique Appointment?

Feel good about yourself when you visit. If you want to wear makeup, your favourite heels or seamless underwear, do so.

If you have some ideas for your hair preferences, have a rough version done to get a feel for the overall look.

Bring one or two trusted opinions, or feel free to go on your own. Most brides find it more enjoyable with fewer friends in the first consultation.

Moira-Hughes-couture-bridal-paddingtonImages via Moira Hughes Couture

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Some fabulous advice; particularly about what style of dress is best  – and how long it can take a dress to be designed!

About Moira Hughes: You can ask a woman of any age or nationality what her wedding dress looked like and 50 years later she will be able to tell you every detail. That’s why I love bridal, the whole experience. It is so special to be involved in making a woman feel more incredible than she ever thought possible.

Take Me to High Church!

by | Event Reviews, Industry News, Wisdom


Ms Chevron

It was coincidental that Hozier’s hit ‘Take Me to Church’ should be playing on the radio as I drove into Brisbane for the opening night of the Valley’s newest event space: High Church.

High Church is the result of a vision held by Nicolle Toohey in partnership with Emma and Andrew Golder. Nicolle has long worked in the Brisbane events industry and had a great vision to convert the old church into a space for corporate events, ceremonies and wedding receptions. Nicolle approached Emma and Andrew who own the building and run the beautiful art gallery downstairs . Together they formed a partnership to bring us this unique and enchanting space.

The gorgeous chapel features stained glass windows and crystal chandeliers, and opens out onto a rooftop terrace boasting sparkly city views. Guests can relax underneath market umbrellas, sip on champagne, and watch the sun go down as they wait your arrival. You can also make the most of the venue and host your ceremony here prior to the reception. With a great team, the space can be turned around for an all-in-one wedding destination.

High Church can host a cocktail affair for 250 or seat 120 in its beautiful white french crossed back chairs (included in the venue hire). Stylists have the perfect canvas to add to your wedding vision, as we saw at the opening night with a sophisticated setting by Main Event Weddings. Long tables were styled with white blooms, candles, and copper accents perched atop dark tablecloths and white runners – a fresh yet elegant look.

During the opening evening I was reminded again about the pizzazz from the Zen Catering team who warmed my heart with a cinnamon donut ball resting inside a mug of dark hot chocolate!  High Church have a strong team of trusted suppliers from stylists to celebrants, including a handful of caterers who are familiar with the workings of the venue. However if you have your heart set on a particular caterer then High Church are flexible enough to grant access for a minimal surcharge.

Guests were able to chat with the ever-so-friendly celebrant Josh Withers whilst listening to the musical talent of Rush Entertainment. All in all, it was a fantastic opportunity for couples to see the venue firsthand and discuss their wedding details with experienced vendors.

Images by Just For Love Photography

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: What a great new venue for Brisbane; the all white interior with the chandeliers looks amazing with the black floors! A really pretty, fresh space…

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