I loooooove this dark, jewel-toned styling. Love it so much. I’m seriously tempted for my own wedding. It’s so sultry and has a subtle sexiness without being garish or unbecoming. It’s totally my cup of tea (He-man coloured, with soya milk, if you please).
Style tip: Table styling definitely requires some fresh pears, figs, black grapes and cherries. Cut a few in half and artfully place around centrepieces or on your wedding cake table. Make sure you have a richly coloured table cloth, which compliments too. Top everything off with some spire candles with gold holders and you have yourself some effortless jewel inspired wedding decor.
Along with my board of awesome #weddinginspo, I’ve of course been inspired enough to create some Invitations that would do this justice. Each one is entirely hand-painted. They feature real 22 carat gold, with 22 carat being guaranteed the minimal finess and watercolours which are pigmented with real crushed semi-precious stones. They are literally the crown jewel of wedding stationery at TS.
Without further ado, I would like to show you these things I put together to help style a Wedding, dripping in jewel tones, heavy velvet with flashes of gold and dark old wood.
Darkness & Gold
Real 22 carat gold and semi-precious stone paints. Opulent is the only way to describe this Wedding stationery.
It’s boss time. I know some of you are business owners already and love marketing so I hope this isn’t way off base for everyone. This post is business related, but has a deeper meaning, I think. Owning a small business is hard and can be lonesome, but the journey is e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. What you learn is incredible.
I’ve been thinking lately about how it’s never too soon or to late to start over. I’ve done it so many times and it’s worth it each time. No need to carry something on if it’s just not serving you, no matter the time you’ve invested in it, how much you spent on it or how much it once meant to you.
If it no longer gives you life, time to draw a line under it. Tomorrow is a new day. New you, new life. Cut your hair, put on a new outfit and go get it.
Change is the Only Constant
‘Change’ is something many people avoid. Especially if it’s your business or god forbid, personal comforts. Change is the only constant thing in this world. We not only need to depend on it happening, we need to actively take part in it. ‘Change’ is not a dirty word. ‘Fuck’ is though, if you were wondering.
As someone who owns their own business, I can see how it’s easy to just to keep selling what you’re selling, even when it takes a permanent nose-dive in sales. You can do a million things to try to keep going, with maximum effort, and your sales may still stay low. This could be true especially if it’s something niche or starting to go ‘out’ of fashion.
This is where change needs to be embraced (I’m embracing it as we speak – come here, change!!). Instead of flogging the dead horse move on to something new – entirely new if needs be – it’s time! Even if you still enjoy your work, don’t romanticise it. The very last thing you should be doing is falling in love with your work or products; you should be falling in love with your customers. Have they moved on? What is it they’re looking for instead? Is there something you can do to your product line to enhance them in some way to fit that need?
If you love love love what you do, by all means, keep doing it – but you don’t have to funnel so much energy into selling it. You can always sell something else. Or sell to someone else.
How has this affected me? Eco-friendly invitations. I wanted so much to create something for those who love the environment and want to make sure their wedding invitations aren’t covered in glitter, foil or wrapped in plastic and are made from awesome materials that are recycled, biodegradable, compostable and in some cases, plant-able.
I went to lengths to make everything as good for the planet as I could. Re-designed all my lines. Then, after teaming up with some amazing wedding planners who are eco-wedding centric, I’ve found that each and every couple will hands-down choose electronic wedding invitations over hard copy, no matter the price I presented.
That’s just the reality of it, it’s the most eco-friendly option and it wins for eco-couples. Most will want to create them themselves also, using an online builder. I can’t develop a platform to compete with that, so as much as my products will remain eco-friendly, I’m not going to push my energy into selling to a group that is not looking for what I have to offer.
Eco-couples who still want invitations will still be out there, and I’ll be right here waiting for them, but that’s not where I should be concentrating my sales focus. I had barely written this latest eco-iteration into my business plan and it’s time to move on already. There’s no need to hang on or push for it. I tried it, and it didn’t work.
Good – now I know what not to do. *Draws line*
My first action was to go back to the literal drawing board and fill myself with inspiration and head-space. Time to sketch, time to create. I went back to the business plan and make some changes soon after. While reading it, something else looked out of shape in there…
It occurred to me that if the business itself is viable, that’s not enough. The business I have would be better suited to a small team. Instead I needed to make things viable for just one person – me. Make it work for me, my schedule and long-term goals. Else, what am I doing here, doing 5 different jobs?
It’s not practical. *Cuts hair*
I don’t have to make one change at a time and nor do you – shake shit up and try everything out. Try not to get in a rut and let things slowly die a stagnant death.
If you’re feeling like this too, look at your plan again. Is it going the way you wanted? Can you see clearly why? What can you do to make it better for your customers? What can you do to make it better for yourself?
If you put enough critical thought into it, the formula will one day be perfect *slides on new outfit*.
What happens if you can’t get it right? And what happens if you’re just over it? Move on my friend. Oh it’s already been time to take action. There’s a load of new things out there waiting for you. And just know that you can always come back if you miss it. It’s not over forever if you need a break for a year or two. It’s all a normal part of the business process, it’s a life-long game. No need to get it right as soon as your feet hit the ground. Relish that you have the power to make the choice to move on.
Good luck to all small business owners and take care. If any of this resonated with you, let me know which bit, and how.
I have a funny little habit. Probably a bad habit.
Whenever I decide something for my business, like a name or a logo, I want it changed nearly instantly. Only takes a day, couple of days, for my mouth to start turning up at one side and my brain will say,
‘You could have done a better job with that logo.’
to which I will reply,
‘You’re so right, I’ll redesign it.’
Time will be waaaaaaasted away designing logos and picking names. For instants, my Instagram name has been changed probably 5 times in under a year. Not a good move really. But I figure, what the hell, Google changes their logo each day, I can do whatever I want with my brand.
The double edge to my bad habit sword is those who don’t (yet ;]) follow my Instagram feed will not have a working link for miles around. Yup, I’ve not even updated my website, which seems to be throwing little bugs at me every two seconds to fix amidst daily orders.
So here you go, let’s take an Insta-time-out:
Also, for those of you who have skipped the link I have a sneaky bit of big news which is fairly hush at the moment… if you’ve managed to read this far you will have noted that my website is very neglected. That’s because my brain went,
‘You could have done a better job with that website.’
I agreed so hard that I spec’ed out an entirely new one; an actual web-shop. ooOOOoo. I’ve been making it since and it’s not far off being done… pretty big news this end, of which I plan to make a big fuss soon
I want it done by the end of October ideally. I’m counting this lil note as the first baby step in a ramp-up to it’s launch day. Very excited! Hopefully I won’t want to change it instantly.