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Love Hearts

Love me tender toes by beautiful moment art

“Love Is In The Air, Everywhere I Look Around….”  the heart print is definitely popular this season and looks set to last well into spring and summer… adorning beachwear, make up collections, playsuits, shorts, footwear, household items, nightwear, trousers, dresses, skirts, jumpers, tees, vests, hoodies, belts, gloves, scarves, iPhone accessories, bags, purses, tights, stockings, socks, underwear, jackets, jewellery and watches. The love heart theme certainly isn’t just confined to next week’s Valentines Day and weddings!  Nor is the heart theme confined to ladies wear – yes, I’ve found some menswear bits that are not cutesy hearts but hearts nevertheless! This year near enough every designer, high street shop, department store and trendy boutique features hearts somewhere in their 2013 collections – from ditsy all over prints to bold sequin heart shapes, from mesh hearts to neat cut outs, in all colours…. so, what do you heart??!!
1326 Contrast Hearts

I’m chuffed to welcome onto the blog this week the talented Claire from Beautiful Moments Art –  Hiya Claire, please introduce yourself:

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Hi! I’m Claire Jones, an Essex based artist and the face behind Beautiful Moment Wedding and Occasion Art,which specialises in bespoke artwork and unique personalised hand painted shoe.

Your artwork on shoes is exquisite – where do you get your inspiration from?

I see inspiration in everything around me. Sometimes just the way the light reflects off a surface can make me think that would make a great textural effect for my artwork, other times its as straight forward as hearing song lyrics and thinking they would look great on shoes!

Have you had any strange design requests?

No not really strange as yet! A lady wants her company name on a pair to advertise her brand in a memorable way and one of my brides is having a cute saying her and her fiance say to each other on her shoes which is fun. I’ve also had another inquiry for a Paris themed shoe incorporating feathers but I’m looking forward to someone asking for something really off the wall as it brings out the creativity from the artist’s point of view to visualise the idea.

To date, what has been the most popular artwork theme on a wedding shoe?detail of ivory on ivory with painted flower wedding shoe by beautiful moment

Flowers! And also for brides the ivory on ivory technique I do is popular as it retains the traditional look of a bridal shoe but can include lots of personal details or words still.

What’s your favourite artwork to create – flowers, portraits, etc? 
I love both and that was my starting point for Beautiful Moment, I wanted to do something that combined the two which I do with my portraits. I love making things pretty and have a slight obsession with hearts so painting shoes with romantic decoration such as lace hearts and flowers is a pleasure.Love me tender shoes by Beautiful Moment art

Personal now – what outfits and shoes would you normally be found wearing? 

A Polo neck and denim skirt with opaque tights and my timberland biker knee boots is probably my favourite outfit for winter. Im not a stereotypical Essex girl by any means when it comes to fashion. I do love girly things like pretty dresses and skirts in the summer but also like retro clothing, surf chic and anything lilac or purple!
Do you have any favourite shops or online sites?
I buy things from so many different places from Tesco to Karen Millen so I don’t really have a favourite. I seem to have quite a few pairs of shoes from Nine West so I would say that’s my favourite shoe retailer. The last item of clothing I bought was from the Monsoon sale.
What’s next on your shoe/clothes wishlist?
A shopping spree in New York would be lovely! I love Macys department store! greatest day shoes backs by beautiful moment art

Boots or Shoes? 

To look at, high heel shoes are beautiful and my all time favourite pair of shoes are some purple suede stilettos, but in reality I wear knee boots much more both flat and heeled.
Links you would like to share e.g. website/facebook etc
I love my social media so pop on over to my twitter and facebook page and say Hi!

Thank you Claire for sharing your exquisite work with us – absolutely beautiful!  Dear readers – go & spread the love!!Beautiful Moment art Wedding Shoes by David Turner

LINDA x

PHOTO CREDITS: Essexee Legs; Claire Jones; David Turner; Wendy Beckett

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Shades of Sauciness!

20120720-155001.jpgI don’t think there is a woman left in the UK who, if they haven’t read THE book, they’ve certainly heard about it ! Of course, I’m talking about Fifty Shades of Grey, the saucy novel by EL James.

Whilst opinions and reviews are divided, there is no doubt that the book has injected some “oomph” into the adult toy, lingerie, fashion,novelty and beauty markets and with a film being made, the future looks very bright indeed. So, whilst you are waiting for the film to be made and released, here are some fun FASHION (in a kind of fashion!) tips to help you create your own Mr Grey/ Anastasia Steele (or ‘Mrs Robinson’ !) scenario :

  • WAXING Mr Grey liked his ladies smooth and was very particular that they were waxed often. I must admit, I’ve tried home waxing kits ..what a disaster! Going to somebody who is properly qualified is the way to go to make the experience less messy and painful ! Or failing that, I highly recommend using Body Shop’s Africa Ximenia & Salt Scrub from the Spa Wisdom range as a “shaving cream/foam”, followed by your favourite body lotion and finished with an all over spraying of Body Shop’s Neroli Jasmin Body Mist. Mmmm….pure heaven.( www.thebodyshop.co.uk )
  • LINGERIE Stockings are a must …try Aristoc Sensuous 10 denier stockings or Leg Avenue’s Cuban Heel Stockings. Or if you fancy playing the part of “Mrs Robinson” instead…Leg Avenue’s 3 piece Halter Top, Flutter Skirt & G -string in Glamourous Red. All available at www.essexylegs.co.uk.
  • THE DRESS Nothing oozes classy sexiness than the Julieanne Dress from Agent Provocateur (www.agentprovocateur.com). In a silk and cotton cashmere mix material, this elegant dress has buttons from the neckline to just above the knee …so it’s up to you how much you reveal…
  • SHOES It has to be, without a doubt, Louboutins!!! www.christianlouboutin.com …well worth a window shop – the website itself just needs to be seen ! Also check out www.buyheels.co.uk – the heels are absolutely gorgeous! Or, really go to town, with the Pleaser Delight Lace-Up Platform Stilettoes, from www.lovehoney.co.uk ….. need I say more!
  • THE RED ROOM OF PAIN Totally optional, of course, BUT if you did want to redecorate your spare room, Homebase Home of Colour Matt/Silk Emulsion Paint in ” Show Stopper” would set the scene nicely for the walls,door & ceiling !! (www.homebase.co.uk). On the bed, go for the sensuous red satin bedding and pillows, from Agent Provocateur (www.agentprovocateur.com).
  • THE DRINK Pinot Grigio to start perhaps, and then progress to the champagne?? Sound good ?? Marks & Spencer are having a wine sale at the moment …. pick up a case of 6 bottles of the superb Louis Chaurey Champagne for £90 (www.marksandspencer.com).
  • THE TOYS Ann Summers reps (among others) are all helping ladies re-live the fantasies of Mr Grey and Anastasia Steele with amazing offers on bondage accessories,whips and other sensual products! (www.annsummers.com). You could also visit the “Grey Expectations Store” at www.tabooessentials.com …kits come with a grey satin sash ! Agent Provocateur (www.agentprovocateur.com) also offer a range of affordable eye masks as well as other such products, including a rather neat crystal whip …I’ll let you dwell on that!
  • DRESSING MR GREY Ladies, it’s no good preparing for this scenario without dressing your Mr Grey!!! Christian Grey sported ripped, button fly jeans for the encounters in the Red Room, so…check out the sexy Joe Brown’s Vintage Ripped Jeans (www.joebrowns.co.uk).
  • READY TO SLEEP There’s nothing that Christian Grey liked more than seeing Anastasia in a classic silk nightdress/chemise when out of the Red Room. Julianne’s “Samantha Chemise” – a classic silk chemise that’s carefully shaped to enhance and follow your curves. Available in black, cream or golden beige. (www.figleaves.com).
  • AND IF ALL THIS FAILS TO IMPRESS you could always bake some cakes and use the “50 Shades of Grey” edible cake toppers …a vast selection available on ebay (www.ebay.co.uk). As the saying goes, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach……

Laters,

Linda x

 

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