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Packing for a Summer Wedding 

Packing for a Summer Wedding can be tricky, especially because of the uncertainty of the Great British Summer.

If any part of the event is to be held outdoors at all think carefully about your choice of what you take and what you leave behind.

I’m going to a Summer Wedding in a Country House later in July.  Although its the height of summer I’ll be packing for all weather.

I’ve decided on a patterned maxi dress, with espadrille heels for the ceremony with either a small pill box hat or a flower in my hair and my multitasking clutch bag.

I’ll be packing flats for dancing and a belt to hitch up my maxi dress for a more laid back dropped waist look.

Maxi dresses are usually better rolled rather than folded in a case.  My case is the new Kipling Super Hybrid S in Grey, it’s lightweight and has four wheels so you can push in all directions.  Also, its cabin size so wherever your wedding you can pack light without the stresses of check-ins.

Not to forget a dinner jacket for the evening or inclement weather spells.  I’ll also pack my go to overnight travel kit all from Marks & Spencer which includes some of my current favorite beauty buys, like this Nuxe Cleansing Oil and Filorga Creme Universelle.

All easily packed and ready to go, now where’s the confetti?

Cabin Case|Kipling

Beauty Products|M&S

Dress|Modern Love


Clutch Bag|Boston&Boston

Love DSB x

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Boho Wedding Style

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This year that relaxed 1970’s vibe has hit the catwalk in a big way and is now set to influence this year’s summer brides.

Here are my top five tips on how to achieve the laidback luxe of Boho.


1/ Start with the Dress – For most self-respecting brides the dress is pretty high up on your to-do list.  You want to achieve relaxed, off-duty glamour, oozing cool confidence.  Think vintage gowns made of lace or silk, a dropped waist here, a bell sleeve there, halter neck, pleated train….the possibilities are endless.  I choose my dress from designer Sarah Arnett who is a master of that effortlessly cool look.  At the heart of the Boho vibe is Hope & Harlequin based in Brighton’s Laines district they stock Sarah Arnett Bride and make their own H&H collection of vintage and Boho inspired gowns.

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2/Venue – The venue is key to the Boho theme, but remember Boho is versatile, it’s a relaxed chilled out version of you, it could be a church or a luxury hotel, a country house, a marquee or barn or equally a beach or a forest glade.  Decorating the venue whatever you choose with handmade signs, bunting or jars for candles can put that unique stamp on things which only you and your partner share….this brings me to the next point, flowers.

3/Flowers – Boho flowers are effortlessly undone.  Formal or over-arranged can look over fussy, wild or country flowers give a softer feel to bouquets and posies.  Think summer meadows and fill the venue with less expensive flowers (Ranunculus rather than roses or peonies) and go for jars and pots of flowers, the good thing here is that you can talk to your florist about bulk buying one variety and popping them into jars, pot, boxes or cans, anything unique to you is even better.  Wildflowers can look amazing used in a headdress or corsage.


4/ Don’t forget the groom.  If a bride’s boho style is all about the dress then the groom’s style evolves through his subtle accessories.  Suits can be brought to life with an elegant tie slide and cufflinks, think mother-of-pearl or semi-precious materials.  Don’t go for the obvious bright tie, bright socks bling, subtle finer accessories can say so much more.  Try Boston&Boston for inspiration.

5/ Relax – Boho is all about unconventional, relaxed styling so remember to kick off those shoes, drink some champagne, eat your favourite food, dance until the small hours and laugh.  Your day will be boho bliss!

Diary of an honest woman Wedding

Love DSB X

This article was first published in Country House Wedding Venues – Summer Guide 2015 – Deborah Simpson Boston 2015



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Jo Malone – That Summer Fragrance

What could be more summery than a sweet floral fragrance?


I recently tried two beautiful summer scents from Jo Malone.  First Peony & Blush Suede Cologne, what could be more summery than pink peonies in full bloom?  hints of jasmine, rose, gillyflower and blush suede give you a luxurious, soft and seductive scent.


Next I tried Orange Blossom Cologne and loved it! It’s all fresh with clementine flower, orange blossom, water lily and vetiver, a pure delight to the senses.


This summer Jo Malone has introduced a new bespoke lace bottle, choose your signature scent and select a lace pattern to create you unique personal piece.  Perfect as a wedding day gift, did you know that the peony is the quintessential flower for a bride, thought to be good luck in marriage. Similarly, Orange Blossom symbolises good fortune and happiness together.


Take a look

Love DSB X 

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Hope&Harlequin – Sassy Vintage Style

Vintage dresses Hope&Harlequin Grey LogoIf you live in Brighton and you’ve been living in a cave for the past three years you may not have heard of the truly beautiful vintage shop in Brighton’s North Laine Hope & Harlequin

The rest of the population of Brighton & Hove know it well as do day trippers and ladies who love vintage the country over….

Well the new news is H&H have moved!  Well only one door up as it happens but to much bigger premises on Sydney Street.

More unique, designer vintage finds on the Ground floor, A bridal boutique on the first floor, and introducing A Vintage inspired new collection for Hope&Harlequin from store owner Louise Hill.

To celebrate all of this newness, excitement and because its Christmas Hope&Harlequin are hosting a party on Wednesday 3rd December.

If your a Brighton or London based blogger pop me an email if you’d like to attend.

Hope that you can join us to celebrate or pop in anytime to browse for that perfect Christmas dress

Love DSB X


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Oscar de la Renta Grand Master of the Gown

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You may have heard the sad news this morning of Oscar de la Renta’s passing, at 82 we have lost a grand master of the classic evening dress.

I don’t know a great deal about the man but boy do I know his dresses.  He was the grand master of the gown, that american, full skirted classic evening dress worn by so many Hollywood Actors, European Royals and First Lady’s.  Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, SJP, Penelope Cruz, Princess Diana, perhaps most notably Jackie Kennedy in the 1960’s.


Recently Amal Alamuddin walked down the aisle to George Clooney in Oscar de la Renta Wedding Dress and I guess this brings me to my only encounter of an Oscar de la Renta gown.

When I was looking for my wedding dress I did what every bride to be does, I bought every bridal magazine and visited every single boutique possible.  When work took me to New York I was lucky enough to make an appointment at Kleinfeld the biggest and best bridal experience in New York, this is more than a store set in a building more like a museum or art gallery thousands of dresses hoisted high above head height its a magical sort of place.


I tried a Vera Wang, a Vivienne Westwood and I tried Oscar de la Renta.  Oh what a dress! A floor length creation with silk pleated bust, nipped in waist and layers of tulle and duchess satin.

Of course I didn’t buy it I couldn’t afford it and I fell in love with my dress, but it was an amazing experience.

Thank you Mr de la Rentathe man

from lots of ladies for giving us that feeling.

Love DSB X  

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Warm Fire & Fragrant Flower Bliss

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I love the change in the seasons.  Autumn is my favorite and usually arrives around the end of September in time for our Wedding Anniversary and my Birthday.  I remember the day we got married.  I was relieved to see the sun shining for the church service, though when we tried to take photographs on the beach the wind whipped up and the sea came in so quick we were almost stranded in a cave…..Luckily we made a quick dash for Seaham Hall and a beautiful reception by candlelight.




We decided to mark our anniversary and my birthday with a new cast iron stove for the dining room.  Boy do I love this stove.  It’s a definite game changer.  When I come in from the studio the first thing I do is put on the stove, the fire lights the whole room and the seat by the fire has become mine and somehow the early nights don’t seem so dark and imposing, just rather warm and luxurious.



Talking of luxury I received a record five bunches of blooms last week for birthday and anniversary celebrations, I hadn’t realised a fourth wedding anniversary is marked with flowers… there you go the whole house smells of warm fire and fragrant flowers. I can smell the contentment.


It really doesn’t get better than that!

Love, DSB X 

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Personalised Pillow Perfection!

Over the past couple of months I’ve been looking at quirky and unusual homewares. This is partially inspired by the fact that Mr B and I are buying a house so all spare headspace is filled with cushion covers and paint testers! ….must clear head of all DIY thoughts!

We are also in the process of developing a Home Style page on the Boston&boston website. Here you will find beautifully crafted and useful items for your home, we hope to bring unique and quirky ideas to you to tempt or to inspire.

So while we work on getting the Home Style page up and running let me tell you of my recent find……Mr & Mrs pillowcases!

The brainchild of Suzi Warren, UK label Twisted Twee has an unusual and unique take on gifts for the home, with pillowcase covers ranging from the nuts Head Case collection to pairs of pillow cases that state ‘Just Married’ ‘Barely Married’ and ‘Still Married’……terribly naughty!

We stock all of the above but it was the personalised Mr & Mrs pillowcase covers that caught my eye. So here they are Mr & Mrs Boston personalised slips just incase we forget which side to sleep on. I absolutely LOVE them and with the recent trend in personalised and monogrammed goods they are just right for this seasons trends.




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Ventee Privee Party Florence

So while we were in Florence for men’s fashion week we were invited to the Ventee Privee party held in the most beautifully secluded walled garden on the edge of the city.

I wore full length modern love and Mr B wore his own label. We ate around 5 courses followed by cheese and wine and coffee liquors.

Ciao ciao Italy for now x




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Groom Style

For grooms the idea of of pulling together a very special wedding look can be quite daunting! First of all there’s the suit. Hired, bought or made? Traditional or modern?


It’s becoming increasingly popular to go down the bespoke suite route. With prices reducing you can now have a suit made entirely to your taste for less than a premium off the peg designer suit. Mr B says that it’s important to have a good relationship with your tailor and start planning early.


Mr B remained faithful to his tried and tested Brighton tailor Hugo Morris. A beautiful three piece suite in light grey wool with contrasting lapel. It goes without saying he looked thoroughly dashing on the day!

Recent years have also seen a trend for grooms accessories. Silk ties, and Cufflinks are a must as well as a good watch. Button hole and silk hank are optional but in my view finish the look. Mr B of course wore his own label denisonboston. Oh and topped off with your wedding ring of course! Gents don’t be tempted by necklaces or leather gords with some sort of horn,tooth or rock attached and please please leave the friendship band at home!


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Second Wedding Anniversary

Today is our second wedding anniversary. Can it really be two years? It’s a time for looking at photographs although we still don’t have an album we do have lots and lots of photographs and wonderful memories of the day.


Second wedding anniversary is cotton, so what to buy as a gift? Me and Mr B were a bit stumped. Clothes? T shirts? We decided on a combined house gift of new bed linen. So off we set for a yummy lunch and duvet shopping, except we made the mistake of eating lunch and quaffing a large glass of wine before shopping. Post lunch we fell into a carpet store and stumbled upon the most perfect grey wool rug.

Tah dah! Job done perfect day out and perfect second anniversary gift. Does that count as cotton…does it for me, the cosiest must luxurious present imaginable. Today I’m feeling very lucky next to my husband my new wool rug is a very close second!

Happy anniversary Mr B x

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First Wedding Anniversary

Happy anniversary Mr B! First wedding anniversary anniversary is paper. So we made cards which is easy and very heart warmingly special. However knowing that I’m something of a material girl Mr B surprised me with what I can only describe as a suite of Love crockery by Keith Brymer Jones.


Tall mugs, espresso coffee cups, jugs and our love mugs…..what a perfect anniversary gift…..


Thinking back to last year and wedding photographs….oh it does take me back to a very happy day!


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Our big day


They say your wedding will flash before your eyes and be over in an instant. Although I would have liked it to be longer I remember every minute! And what a day filled with joyous moments it was…..I think a good honest woman tip is relax….you shouldn’t be stressing over the flowers and chair covers at this point…..delegate and focus on the exciting part!

I said goodbye to Mr B in the penthouse at Seaham Hall and welcomed the girls. Breakfast, champagne,hair and make up all fun stuff….then the dress, designed by Sarah Arnett and made to measure by Leonie Claire, it looked perfect and fit like a glove!

Then a lovely moment alone with my Dad deep breath, hugs….then to the church (St Helens’s Church, Kelloe) appropriately late, of course. How proud we both were walking down the path to the church and down the isle….

The wedding was traditional, wonderful, giggly and with some naughty bits…reading ‘I wanna be loved by you’ Marilyn Monroe style by my friend Dan went down well!

Champagne reception back at Seaham Hall and photos on the beach with the dramatic North Sea and cliffs as a backdrop….we were almost swept away………..I was definitely swept off my feet….

The evening involved much eating, dancing, giggling having fun….

What an utterly blissful day!  Can I do it all again?

Love Mrs Boston x








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The Upgrade Dress

British designer Sarah Arnett opens for the summer in Brighton

I went on business to New York with Mr Boston.  The first time we have been back since the engagement.  For reasons only known to the UKTI they gave him a business class seat and I got stuck in cattle class! Well I thought, I’m not having that so I donned my best Sarah Arnett (ready to wear dress) and checked into the business class lounge.  I explained to the ground staff our situation and they took pity on us and upgraded me to World traveler plus which is sort of in between economy and business class, explaining that you can only upgrade one class and not two.

“Humph!” I thought.  So I walked into business class and chatted to Mr B, mouth down to my feet.  Two of the lovely airhostesses noticed the dress and started chatting to me about where it was from.  I told them about Sarah and about the wedding dress and eventually told them that we unfortunately could not sit together.  “Let us take care of that!” They said.  They promptly asked the purser if I could upgrade and he said yes.  I had a lovely flight, delicious food.  The dress is now known as the upgrade dress!

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back long dress pink backgroundFirst fitting today of something which is called the toile.  It’s the first time the dress has been made up so the toile is used to get the perfect fit and shape. Anne a very talented seamstress took time to pin and tuck here and there until Anne, Sarah Arnett and Leonie Claire were all happy with the fit.  Even thought it was just made in lining fabric it looked stunning.  Oh my goodness, nearly there.  I have the beginnings of something perfect…..the most beautiful dress in the world!

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Bespoke Bride!

Delphine FinalToday I returned to Leonie Claire Bridal in Brighton to meet with Sarah Arnett.  The shop smelled of perfumed candle and was full of beautiful gowns.  Leonie and her lovely team greeted me with a beaming smile and a much needed coffee.

Sarah was sitting on a sofa drawing, “I think I have just the dress for you” she said “Wow!” I said looking at her sketch! She talked me through the concept and talked of silk, georgette, crystal and sparkles!  Of course I can’t tell you exactly what the dress is like only to say that it’s the one. I tried on some similar shapes to give me a feel for it.

The thing is, although I’ve not seen the dress I utterly trust her designs.  I know that it will be amazing in every way yet quite me at the same time.  How clever to be able to do that?