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The best pink dresses in films

Deborah Mistry

The best pink dresses in films

The post I wrote about my favourite ever white dresses in films has been the most popular on my blog, so now I thought it was time for the pink version, since next to white, I do love a pink dress!   Alicia Vikander’s ball dress in Anna Karenina (2012) Costume Designer, Jaqueline Durran won an Oscar for this film, and whilst most of the publicity focused on Keira Knightley’s dramatic black and red outfits, it was Alicia Vikander’s character’s Kitty whose outfits appealed to me. Her youth and innocence is highlighted by the dreamiest, frothiest, pastel concoctions…including this amazing...


Why choose Sugar Sand for a beach wedding (whether you are the bride, bridesmaid or guest)

Deborah Mistry

Why choose Sugar Sand for a beach wedding (whether you are the bride, bridesmaid or guest)

I promise it wasn’t my original intention to write a blog post that is a shameless sales pitch. I know that customers are interested in Sugar Sand styles for beach weddings and indeed, I designed the pieces with that market in mind and so originally I wanted to share some tips and ideas for holding the perfect beach wedding. You know, ideas for things like DIY shell wedding favours, message in a bottle place names and also practical tips (don’t wear heels! Don’t choose a cake that melts easily!) However, it feels like there are lots of websites already sharing...


Beautiful pastel textiles from my travels

Deborah Mistry

Beautiful pastel textiles from my travels

Sugar Sand styles all incorporate beautiful Indian trims and Indian bridal style will always be a huge source of inspiration for the brand, but today I want to look back at some of the other textiles I have found on my travels… Kente  (Kumasi, 2001) A proud symbol of Ghanaian identity, Kente cloth is woven by hand in the Ashanti region and was originally only worn by the Akan Kings. It is made in narrow strips which are then sewn together to form larger clothes. The different patterns created often have symbolic meanings, hence some particular patterns and colour combinations have...


‘White Mischief’ by Tim Walker (Vogue UK, May 2011)

Deborah Mistry

‘White Mischief’ by Tim Walker (Vogue UK, May 2011)

This week I visited the amazing ‘Wonderful Things’ exhibition at The V&A (more of which some other time) and it inspired me to write about another favourite Tim Walker shoot ( see my post about the Indian one here). ‘White Mischief’ was shot in Klomanskop a ghost town in the Namibian dessert, a place that has literally been half submerged in sand. Walker was by no means the first, or only photographer to see the artistic potential of this surreal place, but, like Rajasthan, it seems ideally suited to his style, the perfect place for him to conjure up dream...


The best British made swimwear brands

Deborah Mistry

The best British made swimwear brands

  Did you know that there was so much beautiful swimwear being made here in the UK? Here are some of my favourite British made brands.       Zennor bikini Zennor Bikini was Inspired by the English folktale of The Mermaid of Zennor and doesn’t it make a wonderful brand name?! As a pastel lover I adore their fresh and quirky prints, especially the ‘Turtle Cove’. They also sell retro looking hair accessories to match. To Dive For It can be hard to find one piece swimming costumes that look as good on the beach on holiday as they...