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get the look: miranda kerr

August 10th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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As peak wedding season continues more high-profile brides are making their way down the aisle providing some fabulous A-lister style inspiration for us all. This includes one of biggest girl crushes – Miranda Kerr, who we totally and utterly adore – not only for her looks, but her sweet personality too!

Though a huge name in the modelling world, the 34-year-old shunned a large, lavish affair in favour of an intimate ceremony, marrying her beau Evan in the backyard of their Californian home, with just 45 guests making the “invite” list.

Perhaps even more surprisingly, modest Miranda chose to cover-up that killer bod that gained her Victoria Secret’s Angel status, and wore a long-sleeved, high-neck Dior Haute Couture gown inspired by the wedding dress of 50s fashion icon, Grace Kelly.

So, for those of you that are looking to go more demure than daring on your big day, we’re taking a closer look at classy Kerr’s winning wedding day style in today’s celebrity spy post…

the dress


Understated glamour was definitely the key to Miranda’s luxurious wedding day attire. Her A-line satin gown with flowing train and delicate lily appliques is the very epitome of elegance. Though this is a one-of-a-kind creation, brides can look to reflect elements of Miss Kerr’s gown in their own dress choices.

Pared back, plainer gowns in simple fabrics have been making a comeback on recent bridal catwalks, meaning there is the option to mirror Miranda’s effortlessly chic appearance. Look to the likes of Pronovias, Jesus Peiro and Caroline Castigliano for these sleek yet structured silhouettes. Long-sleeves are also easy to find in designer’s collections, though often these are lace, which is perhaps good news for those wanting to add a little more detail to their look.

Though subtle, Miranda does make a style statement with the 3D florals scattered across her gown. Again, this has been a rising look on the runways with beautifully appliqued designs from the likes of Osacar de la Renta and Katya Katya Shehurina, catching our eye.

the hair


Totally effortless once again, Miranda’s super sleek bridal hair reportedly took just 15 minutes to style and is easy enough to recreate at home.

A simple centre parting sees Miranda’s locks swept clear of her gorgeous face and secured into a low ponytail that is then twisted into a neat chignon. This is a such a timeless look, and one that us Brides Up North girls love!

While Miranda chose to top her look with a rather incredible pearl-encrusted veil, we think a pair of statement earrings would be a fabulous finishing touch for brides opting to rock the centre parting.

the makeup


Perhaps saving the best bit until last, Miranda has actually shared her big day beauty regime online via a special step-by-step tutorial video for Vouge – see, we said she was sweet!

Keeping with her classic approach, the famous model opted for a fresh, glowy look. After creating a flawless base (on her already flawless skin), she applies a rose glow blush to her cheeks and a little gold shadow to her lids before enhancing her lashes with mascara and using a combination of lipsticks to achieve a perfect pink pout.

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get the look: pippa middleton

June 6th, 2017 | Rachel Parry


Though not technically royal family herself, Pippa Middleton’s recent wedding to her millionaire beau James Mathews caused media waves across the globe, with newsrooms worldwide on high alert ready for the first reveal of the blushing bride.

Dubbed the “society wedding of the year” many were intrigued to see which high profile individuals and celebs had, or even more so, hadn’t made the guest list. For us though the intrigue was all about the dress – questions that had been lingering for months would finally be answered; who designed the gown? Slinky or princess? Lace, satin or silk?

Contrary to what some people had predicted, Pippa covered up the curves that made her a household name at her sister Kate’s royal wedding back in 2011, instead opting for a stunning lace princess gown with beautiful A-line skirt for a demure look with a stylish twist.

We would certainly love to wear such a gorgeous gown for our nuptials – and if you too are crushing on Pippa’s big day look, we’re going to discuss how to mirror her impeccable style in today’s celebrity spy post. Prepare to take notes ladies!

the dress


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Giles Deacon was the designer who put Miss Middleton’s breath-takingly beautiful gown together – and we loved e-v-er-ything about it. However, if the rumours are anything to go by, such a gown would take a £40,000 chunk out of the wedding budget, placing it out of most bride’s reach.

Though all is not lost, for Pippa wore a classic shaped gown and some of the key detailing on her dress features in many other designers’ collections, meaning you can steal this style without blowing the entire wedding budget!

Though stunning, full lace gowns usually come with quite a hefty price tag and so savvy brides may prefer to look for gowns similar to Pippa’s but that just feature lace on just the top half of the dress. Then there’s the sleeves to consider – whether to go for a cute capped sleeve like Pippa or throw in some inspiration from sister Kate with full length lace sleeves instead.

The super elegant high-neck though not a hugely popular trend (yet!) could be spotted in some designs on the recent White Gallery catwalk and is a look worn by one of our other fav celebrity brides, Nicky Hilton.

Perhaps a little unexpected was the heart-shaped key-hole back to Pippa’s dress that revealed a hint of skin. For those wanting to follow in Pippa’s style steps, there are plenty of gowns with such detailing, from princess designs similar to Pippa’s as well as more fitted gowns. If feeling brave then you could go for more of a cut away design that would show off a larger proportion of skin.

the hair


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In classic bride style, Pippa chose to wear her hair up in a chignon inspired do with all locks pulled clear of her face to show-off that beautiful high-neck detail.
Pippa’s do was loose but still had an element of structure. Chignons come in all varieties, from sleek and polished to almost messy and undone, so ladies can pick a style to suit their overall bridal look.

Pippa finished off her look with just a touch of sparkle in the form of a delicate tiara and drop earrings.

the makeup


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Pretty Pippa chose to keep things real on the makeup front with a natural English rose look.

Her slightly tanned skin has a luminous glow though and there are no signs of heavy liquids, powders or contouring. Instead just a flush of pink blush is swept across the cheeks, eyes are delicately lined and brows defined. A coat of mascara and pretty pink lippy finishes off the look perfectly.

Royal, or not, this lady has certainly earned herself a spot in our celebrity bride hall of fame!

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her royal hotness. expert predictions on pippa middleton’s wedding dress

April 7th, 2017 | Rachel Parry


She almost managed to steal the limelight from sister, The Duchess of Cambridge, at the Royal Wedding back in April 2011, but soon Pippa Middleton will be firmly in the bridal spotlight as she prepares to marry her millionaire finance next month.

Pretty Pippa and beau James Matthews are due to take their vows on Saturday 20th May, and so speculation is rife as to what type of wedding they will be having, who will have made the guest list and which designer Pippa will have picked to provide her all-important gown.

Details we’re just dying to know ourselves! And so, to speculate further on what style of wedding dress Miss Middleton may have picked to show-off that famous figure of hers, we’ve called upon two of our Sponsors who are experts in the industry, mother and daughter British bridal designers, Amanda Wyatt and Charlotte Balbier.

charlotte says: I’m super excited for what is likely to be another major wedding day following Will and Kate, and I’m am sure the whole world is going to be watching.

Pippa has already worn plenty of amazing outfits and her style has to be praised as one to watch. She is quite adventurous in the fashion stakes compared to her sister Kate, who plays it safe.

I can picture the ambience of Pippa’s wedding day being fairy-tale like, with a mix of classic and romantic themes. Pippa will be united by Royal traditions and I believe she will choose a modern gown with a hint of regal flair.

So, join us ladies as we place our bets – will it be long, short; lace, silk; sleeveless, backless? Oh the suspense!!

Charlotte’s Pippa predictions from her Untamed Love Collection…


Milena – The Melina gown is a beautiful fishtail design to flatter Pippa’s figure. She loves lace sleeves and this gown features lovely vintage lace capped sleeves with beautiful lace back detail too.


Aphrodite – This is a beautiful chiffon gown with high-neck lace details. The perfect lightweight dress if the couple opt for an overseas wedding at her finance’s family hotel, Eden Rock in St Barths.


Paige – Pippa Middleton is well-known for her love of good accessories and shoes. The Paige gown is the perfect gown from the Untamed Love Collection to dress up and accessorize for a personal touch.


Rosalie – The Rosalie gown is an amazing silk empire line dress and has intricate beading silver details. This should be spot on for Pippa as we know she’s a fan of wearing gowns with a touch of that little bit extra.

Amanda’s Pippa predictions from her She Walks With Beauty Collection…


Eleanor – Pippa earned the title “her Royal hotness” following her wonderful bridesmaid performance at the Royal Wedding. The Eleanor gown is made of beautiful organza material that would perfectly complement Pippa’s shape. I think she will embrace plenty of detail in her gown to differentiate herself from the plain bridesmaid dress she wore on for Kate and Will’s day, making the Eleanor gown, which has so many lovely intricate details, a beautiful choice.

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celebrity spy: heidi range

November 9th, 2016 | Rachel Parry


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This afternoon we’re sweetening up the blog with a little celebrity wedding inspiration as we take a look at the beautiful big day style of recent bride and former Sugar Babe, Heidi Range.

Marrying her rather handsome beau Alex Partakis in a stunning Tuscan ceremony a little earlier this year, super-pretty Heidi looked every inch a princess in her floor-length, lace-sleeved wedding dress, created by none other than bridal designer to the stars, Suzanne Neville.

In addition to Heidi’s incredibly swoon-worthy gown, the singer had flawless hair and makeup to match, complete with a gorgeous sun-kissed tan.

Whether marrying in overseas sunshine or not, we think that we can all take a little something from Heidi’s fairy-tale look, and so today we’re giving tips and inspiration on how to mirror the star’s style for your own wedding day.

the dress


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Heidi’s gorgeous Suzanne Neville gown is the perfect choice for those who seek timeless elegance, with its traditional A-line shape and classic lace detailing.

The sweetheart bodice adds another element of romance to the design while the off-the-shoulder lace neckline gives it a slightly modern and flirty twist.

For those wanting to steal Heidi’s style there are plenty of similar stunning lace designs within designer’s current collections, including creations by Rosa Clara, Pronovias, Caroline Castigliano and, of course, Suzanne Neville.

If however the full-length princess gown is a little too traditional, brides can opt for identical sleeved-designs that are either shorter in length or slimmed-down in structure. Alternatively, brides could opt for a capped-sleeved dress or one with a lower neckline.

It’s also worth brides bearing in mind that the look can be created with a plain gown worn with a lace topper, so bridal separates from designers such as Charlotte Balbier, should not be ruled out. Such collections can also offer a bride two differing looks for her wedding day, as a topper could be removed for the evening reception and replaced with a sparkling belt accessory for a more glammed-up look.

the hair


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Again Heidi has gone down the classic root in terms of her hair, with her long golden locks swept into a super-neat, up do.

A sensible choice in the Italian heat, Heidi’s hair is pulled back away from her face and secured in a sophisticated chignon style, topped with a detailed hair accessory for just a touch of sparkle. The singer also opted for a cathedral-length veil, which sat at the top of her head and framed the dress beautifully.

Those who would prefer a slightly less-stayed style could go for a loose and more ‘messy’ up do and forgo the veil resulting in a less formal look.

the makeup


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Sporting a beautiful holiday tan, Heidi doesn’t require too much makeup to achieve her radiant appearance.

Keeping things simple and girly, Heidi’s glowing skin is topped with a little blush to the cheeks, a glossy natural pink lip, defined brows, brown eyeshadow and lashings of mascara. Just like the rest of Heidi’s look the result is highly effective and highly elegant!

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celebrity spy: eva longoria

August 23rd, 2016 | Julia Braime

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We thought it was high-time we got a little big day inspiration from an A-lister who has recently hotfooted it down the aisle, and so today we’re shining our celebrity spy spotlight on stunning Desperate Housewives star, Eva Longoria.

Tying the knot to her beau Jose ‘Pepe’ Antonio Baston during a romantic lakeside ceremony in Mexico back in May, the dress was one element of the wedding that pretty pint-size Eva need not worry too much about. As a lady with friends in high places, she called upon the services of her talented bestie and top fashion designer Victoria Beckham, to create her not one, but a whole trio of dream dresses for the lavish celebrations that spread across three days.

In this post we’ll be focusing our attention on the main silk crepe gown worn by Eva for the dreamy ceremony, whilst also providing inspiration for similar hair and makeup styles to those chosen by the gorgeous actress for her big day.

the dress


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Opting for a flawless yet fuss-free look, Eva’s stunning ceremony gown was revealed as a fitted slim-line design with elegant straps and sweetheart neckline.

Perhaps plainer than what a lot of people would expect from fashionable Eva, the delicate design clung to her incredible figure in all the right places, before flowing elegantly to the floor and also fitted in perfectly with the paradise-like overseas setting.

This season’s bridal catwalks have seen a real return to simplistic designs, free from beading, pearls and crystals, and so brides wanting to mirror Eva’s dress shouldn’t be short of choice.

For the less is more look there are ultra-uncomplicated designs that leave the talking to elegant silhouettes and luxurious fabrics. Meanwhile for those wanting a little more detailing to their dress, interest can easily be added with a sparking belt, decorative straps or feminine lace trim.

Given the clean appearance of the dress, it’s key that brides don’t detract from the main spectacle by overdoing it with their accessories. Eva hits the nail on the head with a delicate Calla Lily bouquet and dainty necklace to complete her look.

the hair


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Though she has many assets, Eva’s thick glossy hair has to be one that we envy most.

Again, keen not to withdraw attention from her gorgeous VB gown, Eva opted for effortless barrel type waves with her long, dark locks swept gracefully to one side. On the opposite side she added just a touch of detail with a small hair accessory, pinning the divine do in place.

A look best copied by brides with long trestles, the intensity of the waves will tend to drop slightly throughout the day resulting in a neater look for the ceremony and a more undone appearance for the evening celebrations.

the makeup


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Eva’s dark olive skin tone sets off her white dress off wonderfully, and we’re pretty sure that even without a scrap of makeup that her flawless complexion would be glowing on her wedding day.

Going for a popular bridal look of the moment, Eva’s makeup centred around a gorgeous dark smoky eye and pale pretty pink lip to frame that sublime Hollywood smile.

A touch of bronzer and sweep of highlighter later, and this hot wife is looking far from desperate.

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celebrity spy: met gala 2016: poppy delevingne

May 9th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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As one of our very favourite red carpet events of the year, we were thrilled to see celebs making a stylish return to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute last week for the annual Met Gala.

With opulent and outlandish outfits galore, garments are picked to wow, shock and stun, as stars vie for the paparazzi limelight. Their choice of threads do all have something in common though, as each year’s gala celebrates the theme of the current Costume Institute exhibition, making the dress code for 2016 – ‘Fashion in an Age of Technology’.

Cue a whole host of beautiful metallic maidens in shimmering and reflective garments with tech themed embellishment, artistic cut-outs and robotic style finishes.

As is always the case at such events there some sensational faux pars (errrrr, Madonna what were you thinking?!), but thankfully the fashion hits outweighed the skips with the likes of Sienna Miller, Kylie Jenner, Blake Lively and Jourdan Dunn setting our hearts racing.

There was one lady in particular though who caught our eye (alright, we literally couldn’t stop looking at her) and that was the fabulous Poppy Delevingne. Reminding us that there is more than one hot Delevingne on the celeb circuit, model Poppy rocked a striking sheer and beaded gown whilst dripping in lavish jewels.

While not an obvious bridal look, we feel that ladies soon to be making their way down the aisle can certainly take a style tip or two out of Poppy’s on-trend book, and so today we’re making her the subject of our celebrity spy post…

the dress


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Ok, so as we said, while perhaps not wholly suitable for a wedding there are certainly elements of Poppy’s stunning Marchesa dress that translate to current bridal trends. Embellishing: check, tassels: check, metallics: check, sheer panels: check. You get the idea!

So while you brides-to-be might not be able to steal Poppy’s look from top-to-toe, you can definitely give a nod to it on your big day.

For fabulous embellishment and beaded detail we would say to look to designers such as Jenny Packham, Anna Campbell, Ellie Saab and Eliza Jane Howell. Whether it’s a boho, vintage or a super glam look you are after, a creation from one of these talented designers is sure to tick the box.

The high street also have plenty of plush designs that would get Poppy’s approval, with stores including Monsoon, Phase Eight and Asos, encouraging brides to get their glam on!

The level of detail varies from one design to the next, giving brides the opportunity to follow in Poppy’s footsteps with full on razzle dazzle appearance, or pare things back a little with lighter scattering of beads and gems.

And while most brides might want to stick close to tradition with a white or ivory design, there are also metallic creations hitting the bridal runways, broadening the choices available to gold, bronze, silver and copper.

the hair & makeup


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Poppy kept her hair poker straight and vamped up her look with a dark lip colour, but although alternative, neither of these are out of bounds for a wedding.

Just as Poppy did, keeping hair sleek and simple is a good way to let the dress take centre stage and a wise move for brides opting for heavily detailed dresses. For a slightly different take on the look, brides could wear their hair to the side with a coordinating beaded hair comb to hold locks in place, or sweep the hair up into a sleek ponytail.

While Poppy’s choice of dark plum lipstick might be a shade too far for brides, a colourful lippy can be a fun and fashionable way of adding individual personality and style to a big day look. Similar to Poppy, those choosing to go down this route should keep other elements of the makeup simple – so neutral colours on the eyes, a slick of eyeliner and mascara and just a touch of blush or bronze.

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