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5 Fall Dress Trends You’re About To See Everywhere

Every season, an inevitable slump hits. And this summer’s is hitting us hard. An end to this heatwave is long overdue, and while we’re nowhere near ready to strap on chunky winter boots, we do find ourselves daydreaming of cozy knits and re-embracing our denim. Sadly, though, not all wishes can come true. Since we’re expecting another six or so weeks of summer putting our fall uniforms on hold, we narrowed our cool weather clothing desires down to one transition piece that’s always appropriate: dresses.

During the soon-to-be “Is it summer or is it fall?” limbo, dresses are a wardrobe essential we can consistently count on. After all, almost any summer dress can make the switch to autumn with the quick help of a layer or two. So while you might need to hit the breaks on recalibrating your entire wardrobe for fall, we see no reason why you can’t get a head start in the dress department. Ahead, check out the five dress trends we’re betting big on this fall. Don’t let this time of seasonal purgatory stop you from building up one hell of a collection.

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Patterned Prairie Dresses

The summer of 2018 has been the summer of the white prairie dress. Naturally, we’re not ready to give up our favorite 18th century frock just because August is coming to a close. Available in dozens of new prints and styles, fall’s version of the prairie dress is just as good as summer’s, if not better.

Neon Satin Dresses

While we’re used to fall’s arrival delivering a slew of autumnal hues and heavy fabrics, this season’s unusually high temperatures have us holding onto refreshingly bright shades and lightweight textures. In case it cools down one of these days, you can always throw on a light jacket or a knit sweater to make these satin-y dresses more weather-ready.

Leopard Print Dresses

It all started with that Réalisation Par midi skirt. You know the one: It sold out numerous times, and scrolling through Instagram without spotting one became a rare feat. Since it made its way into the spotlight, our favorite animal print has taken all forms — and honestly, we can’t get enough.

Balloon-Sleeve Dresses

We’ve always loved a balloon-sleeve, but ever since Copenhagen Fashion Week, we simply can’t get enough of this bold silhouette. No matter the color, print, or cut, an exaggerated balloon-sleeve is guaranteed to make a statement. Take a cue from Ganni’s presentation and go with a mini dress and over-the-knee cowboy boots combo. Swoon.

Blazer Dresses

If there’s anything we look forward to most when it comes to autumn, it’s the fresh stock of blazers that arrives at the first sign of crisper weather. This year, however, blazers are taking on a new form in the blazer dress. Don’t worry, the classic styles aren’t going anywhere. But who are we to deny a new way to style our favorite piece of fall outerwear?

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Jess & Ste

Jess looks utterly gorgeous in her Giselle dress by Anna Campbell, found at one of our favourite boutiques, Jean Jackson Couture. It’s the perfect mix of sparkle and elegance, making it ideal for this relaxed wedding at Sefton Park Palm House.

Images come from the ever lovely Sarah Jane Ethan, whose positive, warm vibe never fails to bring out the very best in her couples. Enjoy team, it’s a very pretty wedding day…


The Bride

Jess the Bride: The designer of my gown was one of the first things I decided on after getting engaged. I have always loved all things vintage and particularly fashion from the turn of the century. When looking at Pinterest and googling Edwardian themed weddings, I came across the designer Anna Campbell and fell in love with her romantic, vintage inspired gowns. I had to have one! I found the nearest UK stockist to me at the wonderful Jean Jackson Couture, a beautiful family owned boutique in the trendy Northern Quarter in Manchester. I knew what I wanted and had a list of gowns which the lovely Felicity pulled for me, also sneaking into my dressing room her favourite dress, “Giselle”. Although I loved them all, Giselle was the one for me! I didn’t want a veil as the back of the dress is so detailed and beautiful so Felicity suggested a dainty headpiece from the Anna Campbell collection which finished the Edwardian look off. Felicity was wonderful, really gets to know her brides and knows exactly what you want before you do!

I kept my jewellery simple on the day wearing of course my engagement ring (and then wedding ring!) along with a bracelet my husband bought me as a gift on the morning of my wedding and finally a ring which belonged to my friend and bridesmaid who we sadly lost the year before the wedding.

The Groom

The suits were the last thing we decided on for the wedding. After scouring every suit shop in practically the whole of the Northwest we found a lovely shop called Groom hidden away inside the “Wedding House” in Liverpool. Ste had decided he wanted tweed quite early on and Groom had lots of option available. We also wanted him to stand out as it seems unfair that the bride always be the centre of attention! Because of this, we decided to dress the groomsmen slightly differently and mismatched all the suits. Ste wore a tweed jacket, waistcoat, navy trousers, matching spotty tie and spotty pocket square and brown brogues. The groomsmen wore the full navy suit with the tweed waistcoat, matching spotty tie and pocket square and brown brogues. We hired all the suits but bought the waistcoats as they originally came with a red silk back which I didn’t like and had theme replaced with navy in keeping with the theme. Ste wore a pocket watch on the day bought for him by myself as a wedding gift. I had the watch engraved with “See you at 3pm, don’t be late!”

The Venue

The venue is a beautiful grade 2 listed glass house built in 1896 and houses rare varieties of Palms, orchids and various other tropical plants and flowers. After buying our first house in South Liverpool, I fell in love with the area and particularly Sefton Park and its Palm House which is only a 10 minute walk from our front door. I’d sneaked a look at many weddings here on our walks and always dreamed of getting married here myself. When Ste proposed, I went straight to the wedding fayre there 2 weeks later and put our names down! I loved that we would getting married so close to where we had decided to set up home.

The Styling

I was quite set on not having a colour scheme as such as I didn’t want the wedding to look dated in years to come. I decided on grey for the bridesmaids as felt this was a classic yet modern colour that would stand the test of time (hopefully!). The décor I really struggled with at first. The Palm House is such a beautiful venue that I didn’t want to draw attention away from the flowers and Palms themselves with fussy décor. I settled on minimal festoon lighting across the wedding breakfast/dance floor area with some up-lighting placed in the Palms to really accentuate them in the evening and that was it!

The Flowers

My florist was recommended to me by a friend and I jumped at the chance to meet with her when I found out she had already done other weddings at The Palm House. Again, due to the beauty of the venue, I worried about the flowers and centrepieces that they would get lost amongst the botanicals already there. I met with Yvette (florist) and tried (poorly!) to explain the feel of the wedding. Relaxed, non-traditional and non-fussy. She knew exactly what I meant and excitedly showed me lots of Pinterest boards, magazines and images of ideas she had. As I didn’t have a colour theme, I decided on white flowers with lots of greenery. I wanted that “I’ve just gone to the nearest meadow and scooped these up” look!! Yvette was just fantastic and I needn’t have worried.

The centrepieces were all mismatched with jam jars, boxes, vases and various other bits filled with loose arrangements of mixed foliage and white flowers throughout. Each table had a tall vase with a loose arrangement of hydrangeas and delphiniums with a rustic box containing textured foliage to go with it followed with numerous smaller jam jars.

My bouquet was gathered and relaxed with lots of foliage including eucalyptus, berried eucalyptus, ivy, ruscus, stocks and senecio. White veronica and white thistle were added for texture and delphiniums, lisianthus, stocks and astilbe added for touches of white throughout finished and bound with twine for a more natural look. The bridesmaids carried smaller versions of my bouquet with smaller foliage and white lisianthus buds for buttonholes.

The Wedding Party

My bridesmaids wore grey. I wanted a neutral colour that fitted in with our relaxed feel. I let the girls pick their own dresses as I felt it was important that my best girls be comfortable and have the best day! We arranged appointments at 6 shops and my mum had a strict itinerary we had to stick to in order to get to all shops in one day. The first shop we went to was “One Fine Day Bridal”. The girls straight away picked two dresses they liked, tried them on and 15 minutes later had decided and I was paying! Claire at the store was shocked at how easy and quick we’d been (as was I!) The groomsmen as said in point 2 wore a variation of Ste’s suit.

The Ceremony

Our string quartet played all the music for our ceremony. I walked down the aisle to “Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. The Wizard of Oz is one of my favourite films and I heard the version by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole played during a luau on a family holiday to Hawaii and fell in love!

We signed the marriage register to Celine Dion’s “My heart will go on” (played by the string quartet). My favourite film of all time is Titanic and anyone who knows me knows how obsessed I am with it! After Ste vetoed having a full titanic themed wedding (in hindsight thank god he put his foot down) I knew I had to fit it in somewhere. It was quite nice to see the smiles on our guest’s faces when they heard the music playing!

Finally, we walked out to “We Found Love” by Rhianna, again played by the string quartet.
We had two readings during the ceremony. The first was an extract from Winnie the Pooh read by my oldest friend and bridesmaid and the second a quote by Albert Einstein read by one of Ste’s oldest friends and groomsman. We spent a lot of time choosing the readings as we wanted ones that would mean something to us and reflected us a couple. I chose the Winnie the Pooh extract as it’s one of my favourite books and loved that it focuses on friendship. Ste, as a lover of science, chose our second reading.

We decided to have a candle lighting ceremony as we liked the symbology of bringing to people and families together and it really completed our ceremony.


The Entertainment

The day entertainment was provided by The Wedding String Quartet. As mentioned above, they played whilst our guests arrived, during the ceremony, the reception drinks and throughout the wedding breakfast. They did a medley of songs ranging from Beyonce to Game of Thrones! They really made our day and we received so many compliments on just how good and different they were.

For the evening entertainment, we decided to have a DJ. With our invites, we asked all guests to choose their favourite song that would get them all dancing. Our DJ, Chris, was fantastic. He put all the requests together to create a really good playlist and the dance floor was full all night!

The Food

As really foodies, the food was one of the most important parts of our day. We met with a number of caterers who all provided set menus and were quite inflexible in changing that. Our final meeting was with Adam Franklin, owner and head chef of Adam Franklin Bespoke Catering. Adam was absolutely fantastic. We’d decided to go with our relaxed, Edwardian wedding that we wanted to have a picnic. This was looking less and less possible after meeting with other caterers but Adam’s face lit up when we told him. He was so excited to do something different and excitedly started running around finding picnic hampers he had and drawing various diagrams of what he envisioned! We knew straight away that he was the chef for us.

Adam created the most beautiful wedding breakfast which consisted of our guests each having an individual mini picnic hamper containing a homemade pork and apricot sausage roll, a pork and bramley apple pie and a black pudding scotch egg served with chilli jam. In the centre of the table on a lazy susan was a selection of terrines, platters, salads, tarts, cheeses and artisan breads to share. Adam had asked me during our meeting what our favourite deserts where. We both agreed that we couldn’t decide between Tiramisu and lemon cheesecake so Adam decided we didn’t have to and made mini versions of both for each of our guests!

Our canapes consisted of mini gruyere & pancetta palmiers and shallot and dolcelate tarte tatin’s. For our evening food, we chose mini halloumi burgers and mini beef burgers, to soak up the alcohol! For our cake, we chose a “half dressed” three tier cake. The bottom tier was lemon sponge filled with lemon buttercream and lemon curd. The middle tier was a vanilla sponge cake with raspberry preserve and vanilla buttercream and the top tier was coconut sponge cake filled with coconut buttercream and lime curd. The cake was decorated with foliage and flowers provided by our florist to match our bouquets and table centres.

The Photography

I found our wonderful photograph, Sarah-Jane Ethan, after trawling the internet for days and days. I was so adamant that I didn’t want formal wedding photos that at first we were planning on not having a photographer at all! Little did I know at that point that the amazing Sarah-Jane Ethan existed and thank god she did! I instantly fell in love with her work. Each image looked like a dream and at that point I knew I had to either have her or have no-one! I and Ste were a little apprehensive about having our photos taken at first but we needn’t have been. SJ made us feel at ease from the moment we met her. She fitted right into our day as if she were one of our guests. The images she created of us are so beautiful and I still can’t believe that’s us and our day! She captured all the moments we missed, beautiful images of our special guests celebrating with us and having a fantastic time. I’ll never get bored of looking at them!

DIY Projects & Other Bits

Wedding sign – I really wanted a wedding sign made and had showed my Dad over dinner one evening what I had been looking at. I got the usual response of “don’t waste your money, I’ll do that” and two days later there it was! A lovely handmade wooden sign with a base that was the trunk of a Birchwood tree and the sign post made from an old pallet he had found. I then hand painted “Welcome” “Jess & Ste” and the date “04/08/17”. It looked fantastic on the day and in keeping with our rustic, relaxed wedding.

Table plan – Another of my Dad’s “don’t waste your money” creations was our table plan. He used an old pallet to drill mini silver pails to which our florist then filled with our wedding flowers. I then made luggage tags and printed our tables and guests names to each one. So simple but looked so beautiful!

Bridesmaid’s gifts – I bought little boxes and made up gifts to give to my bridesmaids, mum and aunty on the morning of our wedding. Each box contained a dressing gown, champagne, a hangover kit and a bracelet, the proceeds of which went to the teenage cancer trust in memory of my bridesmaid who we had lost to cancer the year before.

Groomsman’s gifts – We bought each of our groomsmen a mini hip flask that we had engraved with the date and filled with whisky.

Favours – After losing my bridesmaid, it was really important to me that she be remembered and included in our day. Our favours was a donation in the name of each guest to the charity Steph’s Wishes who provide memory days for young people with terminal or recurring cancers. A charity close to my heart as they provided a day for my bridesmaid, Becky.

First dance – Our first dance was to Florence and the Machines – You got the love. We chose this song as we had met at Leeds Festival 9 years earlier and Florence played whilst we were there.

Advice

My one bit of advice to anyone getting married would be to take time for yourselves! Adam our caterer called our guests to dinner sneakily 15 minutes earlier than he needed to. He then whisked us off to a bench outside and placed a prosecco in our hands and left us. These 15 minutes spent quietly together were my favourite of the entire day. The time fly’s over and you’ll find yourself being passed from guest to guest but try to take time for yourselves and remember why you did it in the first place!!

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Faye & Eddie

If you’re after a barnstormer of a wedding, then Faye and Eddie’s big day is just the ticket. The pair transformed The Great Barn, Kent into the most dreamy bohemian space, including a macrame ceremony backdrop made by Faye herself. The florals are gorgeous, the bridesmaids look gorgeous, the boys look gorgeous and the bride? Well Faye looks flippin’ gorgeous too. It’s just a beautifully styled, full-of-fun wedding day that you’d be utterly thrilled to have pulled off if it was your own big day. I have a feeling you’re going to love this one. Big thanks to the lovely Kathryn Hopkins, as always, for capturing proceedings so perfectly.


Our Story

Faye the Bride: We met, ironically, on Valentines weekend in a nightclub at the O2 in London almost 8 years ago. My friend Emma (one of my bridesmaids) asked if I would go outside with her while she had a cigarette, so as a non smoker I found myself outside in the freezing cold in the smoking area hoping she would hurry up so we could go back in! As we walked outside Emma approached these two guys and asked one of them for a lighter, she began chatting away with him, which left me awkwardly standing with his hot friend, Eddie. Not being shy, Ed broke the silence and started chatting to me, the conversation was short but sweet and we exchanged numbers. He took me out on a date the following week and at that point we realised just how much we liked each other and that was that, we’ve been together almost 8 years ever since.

The Proposal

I have a slight obsession with British Kings and Queens, in particular I’m fascinated by the Tudors. I’d badgered Ed for ages to go to Hampton Court Palace so I could see a real life Tudor home. History is totally not his thing so he was reluctant to go, but finally for my Christmas present in 2015 he bought me tickets so we could go in the spring. What I didn’t know was that he booked tickets for April time knowing the gardens would be filled with fresh blooms (as he knew how much I loved flowers). After a long day following me around the palace where I listened to a cassette based tour in every room (which must have been incredibly painful for him) we walked out into the gardens and he proposed to me underneath a blossom tree. I was speechless but so ecstatic and happy. Thankfully it was discreet and we were alone so I didn’t feel too embarrassed. It was perfect!

The Bride

Like a lot of girls I’d already pictured the type of dress I’d like to get married in. I’ve always tried to steer away from the norm and tradition in everything I do as I find alternative ideas and visions exciting and refreshing. Staying true to myself, my pin board grew and grew with lots of relaxed, unusual dresses and beautiful lace veils. After some extensive research through social media and the web, I tracked down a 2 of my favorite designers. Full of excitement I tried on my first dress, only to feel completely underwhelmed and not how I wanted to feel in my wedding dress. Still, I listened to my head and persisted in finding the dress I’d envisioned but after trying on several more bohemian styles I realised they just didn’t make me feel like a bride. So following my heart and voice of my Nan and mother in law I decided to try on some more classic styles. I eventually found my dress in Isabella Grace Bridal where I had such a warm experience. As I walked out of the changing room in the last dress out of 10, I looked back at the double lace layered train, and realised all my lace dreams had come true. I ended up with a classic fit & flare number by Essence of Australia. Completely the opposite of what I had pictured for myself. Given my love for lace I opted for a cathedral length, lace edged veil from Isabella Grace. I loved it so much; it finished off my dress beautifully. My shoes were lace up, caged heels from Vince Camuto at House of Fraser, being high cut around the ankle made them the perfect wedding shoes for me. My F necklace was a replica of my Grandma Flo’s which I had unfortunately lost at a young age when it was passed down to me. I desperately tried to find something similar so I could wear it on my wedding day. Kaizen Antiqueshave the most unusual jewelry and it happened to be where Ed had bought my engagement and wedding rings. They were so helpful and managed to find the perfect glass locket for me, they also handmade the gold F initial to go inside. It was a wedding gift from Ed and I couldn’t wait to wear it on our big day.

The Groom

Given that we had a rustic, early Autumn setting for the wedding, we really liked the idea of herringbone jackets and chinos rather than a formal suit. Burgundy was the original plan, but Ed wanted to tie in with the rest of his groomsmen and having an unusually big sized groom’s party we really struggled to find herringbone burgundy jackets to fit all! Ed ended up going with blue herringbone from Slaters who have such a great size range we were able to cater for all. The groomsmen had matching waistcoats but Ed opted for a brown, tweed, check waistcoat from River Island which looked great as a contrast. We found the beige chinos in Burton which complemented the jacket and waistcoat. As the suits were plain, patterned ties were a must. The Tieroom have so many great designs and colours, we finally found the perfect floral ties on their website. Ed’s shoes were Jeffrey West, which he absolutely loved, they were sharp, smart and my favourite part to his outfit. He wore a beautiful engraved pocket watch that he got as a 30th birthday present from his parents earlier in the summer. It worked so nicely with his low cut tweed waistcoat.

The Venue

I’d always envisioned a rustic barn as our wedding venue. As a couple we’re quite ‘unpolished’ and we knew a barn would reflect us best. We wanted a dry hire venue that we could make our own. It would ideally be in Kent where we both grew up and within an hours drive from home. With all this in mind I managed to find 3 rustic barns in the heart of Kent for us to view. The Great Barn was the last that we visited and we knew as soon as we walked in it would be our venue. It was so beautiful and original. Knowing I was able to decorate how I wished was also a huge bonus for me and Ed knew that would make me very happy so it was a no brainer for both of us. It was the perfect choice and probably one of the easiest decisions we came across whilst planning the wedding.


The Styling

This was one of the most exciting parts for me, being creative at heart I was in my element! I had a good idea of the type of styling I wanted but this quickly evolved with the help of Pinterest. The colour scheme of nudes, blushes, burnt oranges and browns started to come through in my imagery which formed a vintage, 70’s boho vibe. Before I knew it I was buying books online and learning how to macramé. I’d seen so many gorgeous macramé back drops on social media; it wasn’t realistic for us to buy one as they were quite pricey, so if you can’t get it, make it! That was my thought process. I started on small pieces but over the course of 18 months I built up my confidence and 6 months before the wedding I tackled the big pieces and ended up with our double layered ceremony back drop. The dream catchers were made from pound shop hula hoops and old bed sheets from charity shops that I stripped into ribbons. Over the 2 years I collected lots of different lanterns, vintage bottles and doilies. Many of the doilies came from Crete, a place close to my family so this made them special in some way. I also collected jars, animal skulls and throws to add to the rustic, bohemian styling. The jars were decorated with the help of my lovely mother in law using cut offs from the old bed sheets and ribbons. We were fortunate enough to have such amazing caterers Home Gurrown, who really understood my vision and helped me bring it to life. They helped source everything from the lighting to the stag head. I couldn’t have done it without them. Sophie was brilliant; she really helped pull everything together on the day. The sweet cart was made with love by my very talented brother Sean, and the lights were added by Ed and his partner in crime Joe! The cart blew me away and it meant the world to us that my brother had made it for our wedding day.

The Flowers

Our flower arrangements were designed and created by the amazing and super talented Rebecca, at Rebecca Avery Flowers. I wanted wild, relaxed and foraged looking flower arrangements. I knew the best person for the job, her style was a perfect match for me and she totally nailed it on the day! Rebecca created a gorgeous statement bridal bouquet for me along with 6 bridesmaid bouquets. She finished the bouquets with beautiful hand dyed silks ribbons. All our lanterns were filled with gorgeous blooms and foliage for centre pieces. Rebecca created a focal arrangement for the macramé backdrop, a flower arch in the orchard and an abundance of buttonholes. The designs were filled with big beautiful blooms, Lady Proteas and Dahlias are just a few, along with endless amounts of foliage and trailing Amaranths. All the arrangements were gorgeous, I only had to show Rebecca a few images of flowers that I liked along with my colour pallet and she pretty much took it from there. The flowers completely exceeded our expectations on the day I couldn’t have been happier. 

The Wedding Party

My gorgeous bridesmaids were made up of my 3 best friends, my cousin, sister and niece. Our little flower girl, Blake is our youngest niece and she looked adorable in her pretty dress by Julian Macdonald at Mothercare. I wanted the girls to be comfortable and happy; I had a 13 year old bridesmaid and wanted her in the same as the adults so I had to be mindful of the style. ASOS have so much variety and are often much more affordable than Bridal shops. They offer a modern edge to bridesmaid dresses and I knew that would be a great first place to look. The bridesmaid shopping experience was really pleasant, the beauty of ASOS returns made it so much easier. I finally came across their gorgeous nude open back dresses; I loved the contrast panel down the back and knew it would be suitable for the 13 year old. They each looked incredible in the dress and they were comfortable and happy so it was a win, win! I couldn’t wait to see them all dressed up on the day, they really did me proud!

The Ceremony

This is one of my most memorable parts of the day. That time where you remind yourself to take in every minute as you’ll only do it once! I walked down the aisle to ‘Can’t help falling in love’ by Haley Reinhart, it’s one of my favourite songs of all time and her version is stunning. I couldn’t help but smile as I walked towards Ed and he was smiling back at me. We were both beaming, it was an unforgettable feeling. We had a lovely, warm registrar and service. My sister in laws Lisa and Eds sister Lois each did a reading. We chose ‘Carries Poem’ from Sex & the City and ‘I will be here’ by Steven Curtis Chapman. The words said it all, Lois broke into tears after the 1st sentence and that was it, she had the room sobbing. It was an emotional start to the wedding but it couldn’t have been nicer start the day.

The Food

Home Gurrown were amazing to work with, they don’t have set menus, they don’t charge corkage and as event planners they help plan and organize your wedding day with so much advice and help on styling. Having the freedom of picking our own menu, we wanted a real unusual mix of food. We opted for an antipasti of sushi, garlic king prawns, chicken gorgons and bococino mozzarella to start. For mains we had a ‘stack a burger’ option with lamb marinated burgers, chargrilled chicken, avocado and bacon, sweet potato fries and onion ring with a mix of side salads and homemade chutneys. For dessert we served the ‘bake off’ cakes, we had lots of lovely cakes made by our friends and family, it worked out so well as it got people up chatting and swapping the different cakes around tables. For the evening we had usherettes of hot dogs and cheesy nachos. The presentation was beautiful and in keeping with the rustic styling. Home Gurrown made the whole planning process so much easier and we’re great at putting my mind at ease. With The Great Barn being a dry hire venue we needed everything from kitchen equipment to tables, chairs and crockery. Nicci at Home Gurrown bought everything in for us which meant we didn’t have to deal with organizing lots of different suppliers. Sophie at home Gurrown was great at helping me with all the special details. She’s incredibly talented and managed to copy our stag head logo and transfer onto our signage boards for the day, she also made our superhero table plan. Our wedding wouldn’t have been the same without them. We had so many compliments throughout the day about the delicious food and friendly staff.

The Photography

Kathryn was a very easy choice for us. She has a soft, romantic style to her photography that I simply love. I think it’s easy to become part of a conveyer belt when it comes to suppliers and you can sometimes get lost in the ‘clientele’. I’m lucky enough to know Kathryn on a personal level where we used to work together some years ago. Her photography is true reflection of her personality. She’s incredibly kind and imaginative and puts her heart and passion into each couple and their wedding. Kathryn gave me endless amounts of advice and support when it came to styling and sourcing props. She goes that extra mile to make you and your wedding feel special which I think goes along way. Kathryn has an eye for detail and planned in plenty of time to capture all the special moments and décor. She made us feel relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera, and for someone like me that usually lacks confidence in photos, it made a big difference on the day. We were so thrilled with our photos and I can’t thank Kathryn enough for all her hard work and help over the last 2 years, she’s been amazing throughout the whole planning process, it was lovely to have her capture our big day.

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10 Summer Essentials That Will Help You Beat The Heat

Thigh chafing, sticky feet, sweaty pit stains; these are just some of the annoyances we have to endure in hot weather. Which is why when our eyes catch a glimpse of predicted 85+ temperatures, it’s impossible to even know what to wear. If you’re going to sweat in everything, it almost feels like it doesn’t even matter. But there are a few solutions to prevent summer from turning you into a human puddle.

First, there are the classic tips: wear light colors, stay away from heavy materials, try men’s deodorant for a change. But we’re providing some lesser known options, like investing in a Grade A multipurpose towel or taking a spin at side-snap jeans. You don’t have to forget your love of summer just because the July humidity has decided to wreak its annual havoc on the world. These smart dressing tips will keep you on your feet until you land in front of an open storefront blasting A/C.

There’s a lot of product out there, some would say too much. No doubt this has left you with an overwhelming set of questions about the latest must-haves. Luckily we’ve got answers. At Refinery29 we are here to help you navigate this epic world of stuff. All of our editorial market is independently selected and curated by the team. But if you buy something we link to on our site Refinery29 may earn commission.

Perforations are your best friend in a summer. A knit dress like this will take you from happy hour to vacation all without breaking much of a sweat.

Mango, $99.99, available at Mango

Bike shorts, who? While that trend has been the name of the game, we’re leaning more towards long athletic shorts that are both breezy and combat any dreaded heat-induced thigh chafing.

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Protect yourself from harmful rays and keep cool with this sporty, breathable cap.

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A good multipurpose beach towel goes a long way in the summer. You can use it as a cover-up, lounge on it by the pool, or make it an impromptu picnic blanket. Don’t skimp on investing in a quality option this year.

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These stretchy kick flares have the best secret: They’re made of 28% lycra and are highly resistant to heat and chlorine. Slip these on post-swim to combat the sun rays and the warm weather while still looking chic.

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Our little summer secret? Off-the-shoulder everything. It keeps sweaty armpit stains at bay that would otherwise be visible with tight-fitted arms.

Kitri, $182, available at Kitri

Speaking of towels, try your hand at the ultimate sweat wicking footwear: terrycloth sandals. Made up with an espadrille sole and a medium-density foam sole, you’ll never want to take these outdoor-friendly shoes off.

Mara & Mine, $250, available at Mara & Mine

These snap-buttons jeans let you customize how much leg to flaunt for optimal breathability.

3×1, $425, available at 3×1

Skip the back sweat that comes with lugging around a backpack or tote bag around all day. A cute mini bags helps to reenforce the idea of minimizing your life while maximizing your level of literal cool.

Pop & Suki, $235, available at Pop & Suki

White before Labor Day is an old school idea with good reason. The light hue helps reflect off light to keep you cool and collected in even the most intense heat.

Where Mountains Meet, $495, available at Where Mountains Meet

Leave the denim cut-offs at home. Instead, opt for a pair of cotton shorts that’ll keep you feeling light all day long.

Ganni, $125, available at Ganni

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10 Summer Pieces I’m Eyeing From The Men’s Section

Overall, my style tends to be pretty frilly — ruffles, sheer fabrics, long skirts, bows, and florals are all mainstays in my wardrobe. But as I’m getting older, I’m realizing: Why should we commit to just one aesthetic? Just because I love a good midi dress or puffy-sleeved top doesn’t mean I can’t also dabble in, say, normcore — even if that means wearing clothing that’s more “masculine” than what I usually go for. So, in an effort to expand my look, I’m giving that whole dad-on-vacation look a try.

It just so happens that the best place to get these staples is straight from the men’s section (yes, it’s that easy). While some womenswear labels have reworked pieces like the chunky sandal, the fanny pack, and the graphic tee, attempting to make these ironically-trendy pieces actually trendy, if you want the best version of the items ahead (and that cool, oversized fit), we suggest going straight to the source.

Since it’s 2018 and all clothing should be fair game regardless of whether it’s designated as ‘men’s’ or ‘women’s,’ here are 10 pieces I’m borrowing from the boys — just because I can.

The Long-Sleeved Skater TeeWith bike shorts or denim cut-offs, this will become a vital part of your weekend uniform.

Jaw x Jaw Shop, $130, available at Tictail

Baggy ShortsTrust us: These will look sweet with a plain white tank or crop top.

The North Face, $35, available at Urban Outfitters

The Bucket HatShield the sun in the most stylish summer staple.

Acne Studios, $130, available at Acne Studios

Crew SocksSometimes you just need a good, thick sock for your Nikes or Vans slip-ons (or, if you’re really feeling the aesthetic, with a pair of pool slides).

Kith x Stance, $18, available at Kith

The Rain JacketBecause those summer storms are inevitable, and I refuse to buy another deli umbrella.

Noah, $988, available at Noah

Swim TrunksSheer muumuus are cool and all, but I would much rather throw on some striped trunks as a cover-up. Over a one-piece, it’s a look that can take you from the water to the bar with ease.

Onia, $145, available at Onia

The Fanny PackIf you still haven’t hopped on board, what are you waiting for? These hands-free life-savers are key for summer adventures.

Nicce, $28, available at ASOS

The Graphic T-ShirtForget that white Gucci logo tee everyone has; this one stands out in the crowd.

Gucci, $480, available at Mr. Porter

The Crewneck SweatshirtFor chilly beach sunsets and Friday nights in.

Outdoor Voices, $60, available at Outdoor Voices

Statement JeansIf we’re talking menswear, we’re talking Raf Simons, and as a fan of the 1981 film Christiane F., these jeans are the perfect excuse to go a little punk this summer. (And, yes, black jeans are a year-round staple).

Raf Simons, $947, available at MatchesFashion.com

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Your July 2018 Horoscope: Let the Stars Guide You (Through This Never-Ending Summer)

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The stars are here to guide you through this (seemingly never-ending) summer break with our July horoscopes.

If your kids are permanently sticky with melted popsicles and you’ve heard the phrase “I’m bored” 324 million times, we’re right there with you. But rest assured, when the sun enters Leo on the 22nd, we’re all about find ourselves surrounded by positive energy, in one way or another.

July horoscopes for Cancer astrological sign, cartoon of woman putting flower in her hair.Image Source: ©Disney | Babble
Cancer

The New Moon in your sign on the 12th finds you frazzled to the point where going to the grocery store alone feels like a legit vacation.

You’re so committed to making sure everyone is properly looked after that you sometimes forget to look after yourself. Keep in mind that the way you manage your energy determines how much you’ll have left for the kiddos in the long run. Taking care of yourself is the best way to ensure your #MomGoals status continues well into the future.

When the sun enters Leo on the 22nd, you start getting some support in return. Let your partner or sitter pick up the slack at home while you hit the gym or meet up with your bestie for some laughs. People are more than happy to accommodate you. All you have to do is ask.

The Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius on the 27th has you feeling like doing something edgy and playful for a change. You could find yourself doing it before you’ve even had time to think, which is fun but also dangerous. (Maybe it’s fun because it’s dangerous?)

Yes, a pink ombré situation will liven up those split ends, and if you hate it, it’ll fade after a few washes. But going full bleach? Are you sure about that? It might be a good idea to check in with some basic common sense before you go threading your eyebrows clean off your face. 

Your mantra for the month of July is: Check yourself before you wreck yourself.

July horoscopes for Leo astrological sign. Cartoon woman with hand on hip.Image Source: ©Disney | Babble
Leo

Jupiter, the planet of luck and expansion, goes direct in Scorpio on the 10th like pow! Are you ready for one awesome lucky streak? Because that’s what’s in store for you once July gets rolling, and this will impact all areas of life, from the board room to the changing table.

Once the sun enters your sign on the 22nd, you will have reached the highpoint of the year, and not just because it’s your birthday season and birthdays are awesome.

This is your cosmically ordained time to shine. You are most in your element now: outgoing, big-hearted, and ready to show the rest of the world how the fun is done. You’ve got charisma to spare and a generosity of spirit that others find magnetic. Throw yourself a party or, better yet, a lake-side shindig to raise cash for your favorite charity. Why set up yet another boring Facebook fundraiser when you can press your relatives into handing it over with the help of some pizza and beer?

The window between the 22nd and just before Mercury stations retrograde on the 25th has your manifestation mojo in top form. This is your time to set some powerful intentions for the year ahead. You might even want to make a little ritual of it: light some candles, bust out your journal, and give that big dream in your heart some actual structure.

Once you can see it on the page, you’ll be that much closer to making it a reality. With a little bit of luck and fairy dust, you could alter the course of your future forever. One year you’re hauling a stroller, three bags of groceries, and a 30-pound toddler up the stairs to your third floor walk-up and the next you’re breaking ground in your own backyard for a swimming pool.

Your mantra for the month of July is: Lucky is as lucky does.

July horoscopes for Virgo astrological sign. Cartoon of mom holding notebook and pencil.Image Source: ©Disney | Babble
Virgo

With beauty-loving Venus moving into your sign on the 9th, you may find yourself craving a trip to the hot springs or even just a nice full-body stretch, anything to soften the lines of concentration on your face. Maybe you just need to take your yoga mat outside to feel closer to the earth?

Your inner hippie knows what’s up now, as you find yourself longing to spend as much time in nature as possible. If your work or daily routines keep you cooped up indoors most days, see what you can do to bring a little outdoors inside. A small, potted plant can work psychological wonders in a cramped office space. Plus, it’s pretty.

You normally have the patience of a saint, but that may be tested with the partial Solar Eclipse in Cancer on the 12th when tempers flare over the pettiest non-issues like, “Who ate the last of the peanut butter?” and “What is taking so long in the bathroom?” 

It’s nothing you can’t handle with some well-placed snark. Your passive-aggressive sense of humor doesn’t fly well with everyone. It rubs the hubs the wrong way especially, but who cares? It’s not for him. It’s for you to amuse yourself … because, life. Sometimes you just gotta laugh.

Mercury goes retrograde in Leo on the 25th, and you become the calm eye of the storm to everyone else’s minor emergencies. People don’t always appreciate your practical nature, but it comes in handy when they’re freaking out about that disaster of an email chain or lost computer files. Of course, you’re always prepared for such occasions and keep every receipt on file by date. It’s nice to get some credit for that once in a while and even nicer to know that — come hell or high water — you can always count on yourself.

Your mantra for the month of July is: Steady as I go.

July horoscope for Libra astrological sign. Cartoon of woman wearing eccentric jewelry. Image Source: ©Disney | Babble
Libra

Your ruling planet Venus enters Virgo on the 9th with an invitation to get extra creative with the self-care. You’re going to have to use your infamous charm on yourself this month if you want to achieve some semblance of the work-life balance you crave. Look for fun ways to seduce yourself into getting less desirable tasks done. Set up little rewards, like a square of fancy chocolate for plowing through that crazy stack of paperwork or schedule a post-laundry Beyoncé dance break.

Jupiter goes direct in Scorpio on the 10th and the good news is that you might finally be in a position to relax about money. Of course, you’ll want to treat yourself to something special after all the hard work you put into making that happen, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to celebrate. A pretty new lipstick or trip to the movies with your bestie will do nicely, and then you can focus on more empowering investments for the future.

The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse takes shape in Aquarius on the 27th and it seems like the whole world’s gone cranky pants. The hubs is muttering under his breath about midtown traffic (and something about a carburetor), your mother (and go-to sitter) has stopped taking your calls, and the kid is post-tantrum, literally wearing his dinner. Small, thoughtful gestures go a long way toward reminding the people you love that this too shall pass. Bust out the good ice cream and give yourself a break. This pressure won’t last. It’s just a temporary blip on the radar.

Your mantra for the month of July is: Treat yo’self!

July horoscopes for Scorpio astrological sign. Cartoon image of woman with pink hair and tattoos.Image Source: ©Disney | Babble
Scorpio 

Jupiter goes direct in Scorpio on the 10th like yay, money! Things are really starting to look up for you financially, which is both a relief and a thrill. (Hello, Bed Bath & Beyond.) Just be sure to keep the excitement in check so that you don’t blow through your newfound fortune faster than you make it. Do not ignore the sound of your inner B.S. detector should any too-good-to-be-true opportunities to “invest” cross your path in July.

The sun enters Leo on the 22th, and you’re still in such a great mood from all the positive cash flow that it’s starting to rub off on your love life. You are light years sexier when you’re not standing outside the bathroom door, rationing toilet paper on a case-by-case basis or driving 15 minutes out of your way to fill up your tank at the cash-only gas station. The poor spouse, too, has had enough of your insistence that he squeeze the Colgate from the bottom up to ensure you get every penny’s worth. You’re not wrong about the toothpaste — but we all deserve to brush in peace.

The Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius on the 27th brings a happy surprise. If you’re currently unattached, your upbeat attitude may compel an attractive stranger to make an introduction. They might not be the kind of person you’d normally go for, which could turn out to be a very good thing! They’re meeting you at your finest this month, and that will set the tone for your future (should there be any relationship potential there). The sooner you can run him past the hooligans, the sooner you’ll know.

Your mantra for the month of July is: Going with the flow is way flowier when the dollars flow first.

July horoscopes for Sagittarius. Cartoon woman in knit hat and shorts. Image Source: ©Disney | Babble
Sagittarius

Venus enters Virgo on the 9th with a focus on quality of life, as your new role seems to be keeper of the hearth flame. You’ll get your kicks now by taking especially good care of your home and the people who live in it. Go full KonMari on that sock drawer, surprise the kids with Sunday pancakes, or scrub the tub ‘til it gleams. If your bank account is in good shape, take this opportunity to spring for a gorgeous new couch. Even a fresh coat of paint can work wonders in terms of lifting morale. New stuff is nice for new stuff’s sake, but it’s more about how it makes you all feel.

The New Moon in Cancer on the 12th is also a partial Solar Eclipse, which could leave you feeling confined or held back in some way. Don’t let it frustrate you. You’ve finally mastered the art of text-trolling the hubs into doing more chores, you’re two jean sizes closer to your pre-baby weight, and the pantry is stocked to the ceiling from your last sweep through Costco. Count your blessings and you’ll find there are more than you think.

The Sun enters Leo on the 22nd and your inborn sense of wanderlust comes roaring back to life. Good thing travel is on the menu for July. A super chill vacation may be just the escape your gang needs to breathe new life back into what has become a ho-hum family dynamic. You know it’s time for a change of scenery when you all start shuffling through your days like a pack of screen-seeking zombies. Follow the sunshine, Mama, and fun for your lives!

Your mantra for the month of July is: #BeachLife is my therapy.

July horoscopes for Capricorn astrological sign. Cartoon of mom reading.Image Source: ©Disney | Babble
Capricorn

When Venus moves into Virgo on the 9th, you’ll want to get a little earthier with the self-care routine. You’re ready to revamp the medicine cabinet, swapping out some of the harsher chemical products for more natural options. And it’s time to bring the fitness routine outside, all the better if you can get the whole gang on board. Biking, swimming, or hiking feels like play and burns a heck of a lot more calories than refreshing your Facebook feed all afternoon.

The New Moon in Cancer on the 12th presents a rare opportunity for alone time with your main squeeze. By some miracle of spontaneous free babysitting (thank you, Nana!), there will be long, uninterrupted kisses and a much-needed break from the echoes of MomMomMom.

If you’re currently unattached, get to the nearest gathering of grown people. You know, the kind who cut their own steak and tie their own shoes? This could be your chance to make a new love match that lasts. Keep in mind that because you’ve gotten so set in your my-way-or-the-highway rules, the reverse is also true. Any incompatibilities will be revealed right up front and, truth be told, that suits you just fine.

Mercury goes retrograde in Leo on the 25th with a whole lotta womp womp. Good thing patience is one of your main virtues. It will serve you well in July, as Saturn, your ruling planet, is also in retrograde and things are really starting to feel like they’re moving forward, albeit at a snail’s pace. Any challenges you are faced with now will best be met in the spirit of surrender. Let it go or you’ll miss the hidden gift of the situation.

Hot tip: It’s got something to do with doing a whole lotta nothing. It’s called re-lax-ation. Have you forgotten what that is?

Your mantra for the month of July is: All work and no play makes mom a total bummer.

July horoscopes for Aquarius. Cartoon woman playing guitar.Image Source: ©Disney | Babble
Aquarius

Venus enters Virgo on the 9th, and you are so ready to bring it with the creativity. Hobby Lobby’s seriously got your number in July. Even so, this energy is best spent on intellectual pursuits like writing or a friendly debate. Have fun with it and let the ideas flow naturally, especially if you find yourself in a collaborative situation at work or at home with your partner. People tend to value your uncommon suggestions and they appreciate them even more when they’re coming from a nice, easy place.

The Sun enters Leo on the 22nd, shining a big, bright spotlight on what exactly it is that makes you so awesome. It’s your free-spirited nature that others find attractive, and it doesn’t hurt that your confidence is on the upswing now. Should you find yourself joining a new mom clique, be sure to highlight the fact that you speak fluent toddler and make a mean gluten-free lasagna. Lead with what makes you unique.

The Full Moon in your sign on the 27th also marks a Total Lunar Eclipse, revealing the more playful ways your originality presents itself. It’s not just how you style your hair or your unusual taste in music, it’s in that extra two seconds you take to press a cookie cutter into the bread because star-shaped PB&Js taste better. You don’t think like everyone else. Your kids get mohawks in the summer and your man is welcome to keep his socks in the fridge. If the socks are clean and it gives his tired tootsies a thrill, it’s no sweat off your nose.

Your mantra for the month of July is: I embrace my weirdness.

July horoscopes for Pisces astrological sign. Cartoon mom in apron.Image Source: ©Disney | Babble
Pisces

Jupiter goes direct in Scorpio on the 10th and things finally start to lighten up. The pressure may not be off entirely, but it’s getting there, especially on the home front. You’re beginning to feel like you can breathe again. The whole gang is starting to feel it. There’s more laughing, less snapping, and way more trips to the pool. With money in the bank and a clean bill of health, you’re on your way to enjoying one of the happiest summers ever.

The New Moon in Cancer on the 12th could find you volunteering at a local shelter or helping a friend move house after a nasty breakup, which gives you a much-needed sense of purpose. You live for this stuff. Just make sure your own family doesn’t feel neglected. Of course, they are so not. You bend over backwards for them. They might just need a little reassurance that you’re still Team Us.

The Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius on the 27th could lead you down a strange new woo woo path. Go with it. Reiki, yoni eggs, hot yoga for hot moms … consider yourself officially Goop-ified. You’re entering a new phase of spiritual development that will carry you into fall with extra zhuzh.

Your mantra for the month of July is: The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades.

July horoscopes for Aries astrological sign. Cartoon woman doing yoga.Image Source: ©Disney | Babble
Aries 

Jupiter goes direct in Scorpio on the 10th and hits you with the urge to expand your reach out into the world. You are naturally ambitious, which makes you a valuable asset for any team, but ambition is about so much more than money or career. It’s also about maintaining an upbeat vibe at home, healthy habits, and a love that lasts. It’s in these latter realms that your sudden drive to “Go, Do, Be” will best be put to use in July.

Remember, raising happy humans is no small feat. It may be hard to believe that the little dude smooshing mashed peas in your hair and eating his own boogers could legit be getting a job one day, but it will happen. And sooner than you think.

The New Moon in Cancer on the 12th might find you asking, “What’s in it for me?”, which is really not the question to be asking now. Not yet, anyway. Look for ways to serve the common good and any impatience you may be feeling will resolve in a renewed sense of purpose. Remember a happy home makes a happy mama and a happy mama makes a happy home. It’s all connected. The sooner you get them picking their own clothes up off the floor, the sooner you can stop doing it yourself.

The Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius on the 27th brings with it an unexpected opportunity to shake things up in your love life and finally … Mama gets hers!

It could be that your honey’s got something fun brewing for you two on the down low or, if you’re currently unattached, a new romantic interest could appear in the most unlikely of places. Never underestimate the frozen food section of your local grocery store. (Hello! That’s where they keep the pizza.) Expect the unexpected and circle that weekend in red. You’ve got a surprise to look forward to.

Your mantra for the month of July is: Everybody gets a turn, and my turn is coming!

July horoscopes for taurus astrological sign. Cartoon woman wearing sunglasses and jacket.Image Source: ©Disney | Babble
Taurus

Venus enters Virgo on the 9th, and you feel the call to spruce up your home with a few earthy touches like a pretty new crystal for the coffee table or a green, potted plant. It’s also a good time to get your hands in the dirt, maybe start a little herb garden on the windowsill or blow off some steam with a long nature hike. Bring the kids. The great outdoors sets the stage for their best behavior — and yours. No one’s going to be squabbling over LEGO when there’s literal mud to sling and lizards to catch.

Jupiter, the planet of luck and good fortune, goes direct in Scorpio on the 10th and you really do seem blessed with some kind of magical mojo. Money is likely coming in at a nice steady pace, even on vacation days. Any free time you get or an unexpected boost of cash can now be enjoyed guilt-free.

You’ve got no qualms about throwing down for that super chic duvet cover you’ve been lusting after on Pinterest or that new meal delivery service you’ve heard so many good things about, because you know in your heart you’ve earned it. You work hard, and you expect your efforts to pay off in concrete rewards.

Mercury goes retrograde in Leo on the 25th, and the smartest thing you can do for your health is to gently mind your emotions. Cultivating happiness is the best preventative care, which shouldn’t be hard in July. You’re feeling quite settled, and there’s a comfortable sense of well-being at home.

Your mantra for the month of July is: I spend like I mean it.

July horoscopes for Gemini astrological sign. Cartoon woman doing ballet and holding iPhone.Image Source: ©Disney | Babble
Gemini 

The New Moon in Cancer on the 12th also happens to be a partial Solar Eclipse and may catch you by surprise with some old, pent-up emotions that come flooding to the surface. This isn’t something you can use your quick wit to disarm. It’s an opportunity to actually feel your feelings so that you can finally let them go. Call up your bestie for one of your laugh-snorting marathon chats or tuck yourself into bed early with The Notebook and let the ugly cry commence.

When the Sun enters Leo on the 22nd, you’re up for pretty much anything that gets you out into the sunshine and the company of other grown folk, even if you’ve all got munchkins in tow. This is a fabulous time to plan a moms-only getaway, if you can swing it. One long afternoon together in a child-free home with some halfway decent wine, DIY face masks, and the latest celebrity gossip will do just fine.

Mercury goes retrograde in Leo on the 25th, and it may feel like your plans are being thwarted or stalled by some mysterious, outside force, which is frustrating because you’re chomping at the bit to get ahead. You thought your little dude was past the every-other-week bed wetting phase, and yet here you are, putting Pull-ups in the shopping cart. Or maybe you thought everything was all set for you to go back to school this fall, but now that’s looking like it might be put on hold … again. Don’t give up. Use the delay to make your strategy better.

Your mantra for the month of July is: And … back to the drawing board.

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