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Loving… Papillon Belle Wedding

I’ve featured Audrey’s beautiful butterfly jewellery here before, and I was so excited when I saw the pictures from her recent wedding.  Thank to Audrey for allowing me to share her gorgeous wedding here.  And I’m so jealous of her Jenni Packham dress!  This talented lady did all the graphic design herself, and incorporated items from her jewellery line as special gifts to the bridal party.

Here’s what Audrey had to say:

“It’s been a busy few months at Papillon Belle, so I took some time out to marry the love of my life this month! 🙂

The wedding took place in the homestead on Lockestone farm outside Stanford in the Western Cape.”

Service providers:

Photography: Bruce Boyd
Videographer:  Tyron Mountjoy
Bridesmaids and Mother of the Bride Jewellery: Papillon Belle
Graphic Design: Audrey Botha
Make up and Hair: Colleen van Rensburg

“My amazing dress is by British Designer Jenny Packham. I first spotted this dress in teal green when Kate Middleton wore it and knew I was going to get married in that dress one day :)”

“All the bridesmaids dresses were unique and the shoes from Errol Arendz all matched mine.”

“James wore a tie by Good Heavens and bought socks for all his groomsman from Feat.”

“My beautiful wedding ring was made from diamonds inherited from James’ grandmother. His ring was cast from the root of a fig tree by Nic Bladen. The crystal necklace was a gift from James on our first anniversary and is 100 years old.”

“It was the perfect opportunity to give my bridesmaids and Mother some Papillon Belle jewellery to celebrate this happy occasion. Each bridesmaid received a ring and charm pendant or earrings.”

“My beautiful Mother wearing her Papillon Belle pendant and earrings.”

“Each bridesmaid got a ring and charm pendant or earrings.”

“My amazing sister was my biggest support!”

“In keeping with the traditional ‘Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue’, I myself wore a blue butterfly wing ring as my lucky charm.”

“My generous, kind and proud dad :)”

“Exchanging rings, I was wearing my lucky charm…a blue butterfly wing ring.”

“My handsome husband :)”

“I did all the graphic design for the invites, thank you cards and table settings.”

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Loving…Camera Couture

I’ve been longing for a beautiful Camera Couture bag for a very long time (I even had one listed on my Christmas 2012 Pinterest board). I love my SLR, but I’m often reluctant to take it out and about with me simply because it’s quite bulky, and it means carrying around an extra camera bag.  The Camera Couture bags are perfect because they look like normal handbags, but they can also safely hold your SLR and any other accessories such as extra lenses and filters.  So, I really hope that I win this competition that they’re running, which challenges us to list “what’s in your camera bag”.  I thought I would break from a traditional list and create a collage, so here it is:

camera couture collage

Labello – because I feel naked without it

Tissues & Allergex – I have serious allergy problems, even in winter (is that TMI?)

iPhone , wallet, hair elastics – kind of self-explanatory

Energy bars – I have been known to get “hangry

Sunscreen & sunglasses – to complete my “pale and interesting” look

Camera, lenses and filters – yes, that’s how many lenses I have (I wish)

The kitchen sink – ‘cos it could probably fit.

Dear Camera Couture people, please pick me!

Image credits:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Here are the awesome prizes that I hope to win!  Head over to their website to check it out!


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I have a bit of a confession.  I have a thing for phone covers.

There, I said it.  It is by no means a serious addiction (I “only” have about five different ones), but if I see a new phone cover that I like, and it’s a reasonable price, I can’t really resist.

This is why I’m really excited about Wrappz. is a South African based website where you can design your own covers for your techy gadgets.  It works through a really simple online tool, and you have the option of choosing one of your own photos, or a photo  from their extensive online gallery.

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A screenshot of the easy-to-use online design tool.

As if that wasn’t enough, you can also add text and manipulate the colour, orientation etc as you wish.  One of the best parts is that they offer cases and skins for almost every gadget imaginable, including the following:

Phones (iPhone, Blackberry, HTC, Samsung)

iPod & iPod Touch

Laptop skins

Games consoles

iPad cases (full size and mini)

Kindles & other E-readers



Sony Docking stations

Prices range from R179 to R599, depending on the item, and your item will be delivered to you within 10 to 18 days.  All items are made from the best quality scratch-resistant polycarbonate.  I think these can make for a really customize-able and unique gift for family and friends.  You even have the option of purchasing a gift voucher for your loved one, so they can design their own (teenagers would go mad for this).

So what are you waiting for?  Head on over to Wrappz to get designing!

Below are some designs using my own photos, what do you think?

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