Friday, 29 April 2011

Sealed With A Kiss

I'm sure I don't need to explain the nature of my post today as millions of people worldwide have been eagerly anticipating this day since the announcement of their proposal in November 2010.  And it was definitely worth the wait.

Prince William wore the uniform of colonel of the Irish Guards, as well as his Royal Air Force wings.

Catherine (more commonly known as Kate) Middleton looked every ounce the perfect bride.  Her dress was made by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen.

The lace on the bride's dress detailed a rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock, and was hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace.  The bridal train measured just 2m 70cm which according to some reporters was quite short considering it was a Royal Wedding.  Her delicate veil was held in place by a Cartier 'Halo' Tiara lent to Kate by The Queen and her earrings were a gift from her parents.

After their perfect ceremony at Westminister Abbey they left in a beautiful horse drawn carriage, reappeared upon the balcony of Buckingham Palace and kissed twice which was just what the crowds were waiting for.

They were seen once more as Prince Will drove his blushing bride to Clarence House in his father's convertible Aston Martin decorated with floating balloons, red, white and blue ribbon and a "Just Wed" sign.

I feel like this is the first time that I have been able to thoroughly enjoy a Royal Wedding as I was just four when Prince Charles and Princess Diana wed. 

Today is an absolutely fantastic day that will of course be remembered forever.  Everything about it was positively breathtaking and its something as grand as this that makes me proud to be British.

Pictures courtesy of BBC London and Vanity Fair

Monday, 11 April 2011

Orla Kiely for Tesco Greener Living

Gone are the days when we thought nothing of repeatedly using plastic bags to cart home our shop bought goods.  In recent years awareness regarding an environmentally beneficial lifestyle has been raised worldwide.  According to nonprofit organisation We Are What We Do, only one in every 200 bags is recycled and plastics can take up to 400 years to break down in a landfill.

Many retailers encourage customers to reuse bags in exchange for reward points or a small amount discounted from the total spend of the bill. 

Reusable bags are becoming part of popular culture, thanks to a handful of companies that have been churning out stylish varieties.  The choice of is immense.  Cotton, canvas, jute, woven, non woven, laminated, compostable, you name it they've got it covered.  Reusable bags are becoming part of popular culture, thanks to a handful of companies that have been churning out stylish varieties. 
 In fact popular designers have created their own style of reuseable bag as a way to reduce plastic bag usage.  We Are What We Do collaborated with Anya Hindmarch in 2007 to create an unbleached cotton bag with "I'm Not A Plastic Bag" printed across it.  It originally retailed at £5.00 and sold out within an hour of going on sale in Sainsbury's stores.

In February 2010 Swedish company H&M launched a collection by french designer Sonia Rykiel which included a black cloth shopper bag.  A small donation from the sale of each of these bags was made to UNICEF project "All For Children", which promised to protect and improve children's lives in areas of cotton cultivation in India.


This year Tesco joined forces with Irish Fashion Designer Orla Kiely to design an exclusive range of bags which retailed at £4.00 and for each bag sold, a contribution of 50p of the sale price was divided equally and paid to CLIC Sargent Cancer Care for Children and the Royal College of Art.  The Scribble Pear design is the first of a range, which will follow on next year.  These bags were only available at Tesco Extra Stores and having asked the store manager himself to hold one back for me as soon as they came in delivery, I was informed that only 20 Orla Kiely bags had been assigned to each store and although the range had officially been available since December 2010 he still had not received his batch.  Luckily 3 weeks later I would be the proud owner of my very own Orla Kiely Scribble Pear bag.  Sad as it may be I am anticipating the launch of the next reusable bag as I am an avid fan of Orla Kiely.

So the lesson for today is?  Stop using plastic bags and reduce your carbon footprint.  Get your hands on a reusable bag of your own and feel all warm and fuzzy inside knowing your doing your bit for the environment.