Saturday, November 22, 2014

Wedding ideas: Gatsby Style

Glitz, glamour and staggering excess; that’s the image that naturally pops into anyone’s head when thinking about the world of Gatsby, the roaring twenties being so recognizable that few could dispute such words being key to representations of the jazz age.

Despite F. Scott Fitzgerald’s magnum opus being around since 1925, the release of 2013’s hit adaptation, starring none other than heartthrob Leonardo Di Caprio, has truly propelled the title into the mainstream consciousness, and as with any piece of pop culture that oozes such style and poise, many wish to see aspects of the tale in their own glittering celebrations, weddings definitely being one of them!
Opulence is the word of the day when one goes about crafting a bespoke, old Hollywood style wedding, especially regarding the location. Think about hiring out a country house or manor, especially if it has a driveway leading up to the main entrance; arriving at the ceremony in a classic 1930s automobile up a gravel driveway simply radiates class!

The styling and design of the era should feature heavily in many aspects of the wedding. Invitations and dining room place cards could have gold and black or similarly contrasting white and black design, utilizing art deco fonts- any that look like they could have been used for a movie or theatre sign in the early 19th century- will work a charm. The all-important wedding cake should also be similarly styled using patterns and designs that are nowadays seen in art deco monuments such as the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Station or the Empire State.
For reception entertainment there’s plenty of things you can do to make you wedding fit for a character as lush as Daisy Buchanan. Instead of a DJ, think about hiring a swing band; let’s be honest, who really likes those old pop wedding hits anyway- you’ll be surprised how much guests will enjoy a change of tune! Gambling was also pretty endemic of the era, and a roulette or blackjack table will really ratchet up the hedonistic feeling- just make sure to tell your guests to spend a few minutes getting to grips with the rules online at a site such as; you don’t want your guests to lose all their money before they’ve bought you a drink first!
Wedding fashion is an aspect where you’ll really get to show off the sartorial aspects of the twenties. For the bridal and bridesmaids gowns think flapper girls, sequins, pearls and lace, finished off with jewelled headbands and dainty gold-laced head scarves. There are plenty of dressmakers out there who will be happy, if not relishing the chance to produce some bespoke replicas of the era, thus stopping the inevitable headache that comes with trying to find an authentic vintage number that actually fits!

Hopefully at least some of these ideas will help you craft your perfect glamorous wedding, though some advice should also be shared for the big day itself- go easy on the champagne!

Here is a playlist that would go perfectly with this theme! 
The Great Gatsby Playlist by Rachel on Grooveshark

Friday, November 21, 2014

Birthdays! right here.

Each year the 21st of November comes around I take a look back at the year and smile. Today is not my birthday, it is excitedly the day of birth for this blog exactly 3 years ago today. With any birthday, I think we often reflect on that year leading up to our next birthday. This blog has brought me so much joy! This blog has been with me through half of my little boy's life, a cross country move and so much more. It's a huge part of my life and I wouldn't change it for anything.

This next year, you will see some changes! Exciting ones as I have goals/dreams/aspirations for this space and it is things I'm passionate about. Passion and love are the fuel to the Swell and Stylish fire. Somethings I'm looking to add to this space are; less categories, it will be more user friendly and searching for past posts will be easy peasy, more man focused, you will see more beauty posts, more fashion, more adventure & travels and more happy! You may even see a shop page, whaaat!?

As I think about this space, I celebrate all that it is and all that you are. I thank all of you who come here to check in and who leave sweet comments and if you're reading this, I thank you too.

Cheers to you, cheers to another amazing year!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Decorate: Bohemian Bedroom

Many people decorate their bedrooms once and then forget about it for awhile. Our bedroom should be the sanctuary we love and a place that we can get the most rest. Here are some fun choices for a boho-chic bedroom.

A white canvas with pops of color make it easy to change things out when you feel the need. I love vibrant, fun colors! They help lighten any mood and bring much cheer.

Here are the bedroom details:

1. Waterfall ruffle duvet cover by Urban Outfitters

2. Large Dreamcatcher by Mara Hoffman

3. Magical thinking globe by Urban Outfitters

4. Sacred Geometry Flower by Art Fire

5. Wire Hangers by ferm LIVING

6. Down alternative comfortor by All modern

7. Throw by Wayfair

8. Nordic Stool by Mundda

9. Leaning floor mirror by Hayneedle

10. Corsica Pillow by Joss & Main

11. Katrina Pillow by Joss & Main

12. Maria Pillow by Joss & Main

13. Vintage overdyed rug by Rugs USA

Wishing you a wonderful Tuesday!

xox, rachel

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