Stockings

Stockings, like most things, started out for men! They were also quite drab and when women started wearing them, it was purely for warmth. Luckily these days stockings are made from a variety of materials, in a variety of colours and with numerous patterns. I personally love all sorts of stockings and tights and wear them for a combination of fashion and warmth. Given that stockings are both practical and aesthetically pleasing they are definitely trending up. Possibly the only downside is it does somewhat limit your choice of shoes!

various stockings

Textured yellow tights from Jonathon Aston Tights, White lace stockings (cannot find source, if you know please comment), Harlequin costume from Leg Avenue, Under my wedding dress – photo by CJ Williams Photography, White tights from Online Live, Red latex tights found at Style High Club.

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Cake Smash

Most people love babies and most people love cake so it makes sense to combine these two in a cake smash photo shoot. Usually this is done around the time of the child’s first birthday and one major benefit that makes this trending up is that you then get some really nice photos of your child to commemorate this milestone.

You want a nice bright cake and an outfit that you don’t mind your child getting messy! Some choose just to wear a nappy, some go for the nice party dress, a cute one I recall was a nappy and tie. Get a few photos of the cake before the destruction and then let your little one go nuts helping themselves and getting as messy as possible! The type of cake and icing you choose can make a difference to how ‘messy’ the shoot ends up. Buttercream, for example, will probably create more mess than fondant.

I am creating a cake this week for a cake smash shoot that will be done by the lovely Carly from CJ Williams Photography of her gorgeous nephew. So I may have some more photo inspiration to add for this idea in a few weeks but for now here are what others have done.

cake smash photos

Clockwise from top left: Shelley Ellis Photography, Melissa Treen Photography, Kerry Sundah Photography, and Kwerk.

Keep Calm

Keep Calm and THINK OF SOMETHING NEW TO DESIGN! This one may should go without saying! These have been in existence since the Second World War! The British Government started producing the original Keep Calm and Carry On posters in 1939 for some morale boosting PR. Interestingly enough the Keep Calm and Carry On poster was the third and final in the series and was never actually used as they were intended to be displayed when Germany invaded Britain. Most were then destroyed at the end of the war and only a relative handful remain. Sure, it would be great to purchase one of the original war time posters but the recent influx since 2000 of various Keep Calm and… seems to have taken the shine off.

Yes, there are many funny ones going around and I admit some certainly give me a chuckle. But please stop brandishing iPad covers, coffee mugs and the like with some inane nonsense trying to cling to the dying last few dollars you can make off getting these products mass produced in China and sold to those living 5 years in the past. A quick google shows that many are paired with yesterday’s pop culture icons and therefore prove my point all over again. Keep Calm and find the next trend to saturate the market with. These posters are going down but here is a reminder of what we will be leaving behind.

keep calm posters

Miniature Food

Ok, things in miniature are just too cute and everyone loves food so this is definitely trending up.

Mini food

Clockwise from top left: 1. Mini hamburgers by me, 2. Mini hotdogs from Bridal Guide, 3. Desserts in shot glasses via Pinterest, 4. Mini coffee with mini doughnuts from Martha Stewart Weddings.

Miniature treats are great for parties. Having something that everyone can just eat on the go without getting their hands too messy is just plain practical. Now these are great for any party but I do love the emerging trend of serving these as ‘midnight snacks’ at a wedding. Just as the main meal is starting to digest from all the dancing and energy levels are waning – BAM – food to grab and it’s gone by the time you get back on the dance floor. If you’re thinking of starting a wedding related business in the near future consider specialising in midnight food. Trust me, this is the next lolly buffet.

Owls

Owls are everywhere! Owl jewellery, owl bookends, owl cushions, owl wall art, owl lamps, owl cups… well you get the idea! It is for this very reason that owls are going down. Owl overload, the market is saturated, it cannot take much more! I still believe birds in general may stay on trend but it’s time to mix it up, pick a new bird, or pick a variety of birds to try and slow down the demise of the next one. Sparrows have stood the test of time for a while now but seem to be reserved for those with an admiration for ink. How about crows for a change of pace perhaps? So long as nothing comes with audio I could get onboard with that.

owl

Image from pinterest.