Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Christian Dior Couture 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I simply had to post this image from Christian Dior's 2011 Couture collection...I tried just tweeting about it but it wasn't enough. I'm not so wild about the headpiece but I could definitely find somewhere to wear this dress.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

'Three things' 3

Saturday, January 22, 2011
The 'Three things' series is about things that inspire me to design. This is a visual diary of images I love... might be a colour, a form or simply something that triggers a happy emotion. Welcome to my world - I hope you enjoy leafing through my visual diary!

One of the things that inspires me most, (and is a favourite part of my job!) is looking at the selection of gorgeous gowns that clients have chosen for their weddings. Here are three dresses that I am currently designing accessories for - they each have distinctive features that inspire me to create...and drool over :-) As you can see - Lace is still popular in 2011 collections.

First up is a Cymbeline gown called Eleanor. It's from the 2011 collection. I love the neckline and the softly draped lace. This dress is so feminine and soft.

For this client, I am designing long delicate drop earrings and a fine pearl and rhinestone bracelet. As the hair will be worn up, the earrings will be the key decorative feature.

The second dress is called Satine by Johanna Johnson. Johanna is renowned for her Old Hollywood glamour styles and this sumptuous latte coloured gown features hand-beaded Parisian lace accents and plunging back.

For this client, I am designing a bespoke pale gold beaded comb. The beading will include topaz Swarovski crystal beading along with taupe and champagne pearls. The bride would like to wear the piece to the back of the head for the earlier part of the day and move it to the side for more of an evening look.

The final dress and commission that I am sharing is a Mon-Cheri dress called Emme. This sleeveless lace slim A-line gown features a hand-beaded lace bateau neckline and plunging V-back bodice with cowl draped chiffon straps. I love the back feature of this dress!

For this commission, I am making a delicate beaded hairwire with a vintage lace inspired side feature. The piece will combine both rhinestone and soft pearl detail, to pick up on the rhinestone belt detail.

Are you jealous of my job yet?! I love how varied these dresses and commissions are. I hope to share the finished designs when they are completed!

You can read more of my 'Three Things' inspiration posts or read about my latest Rangoli bridal commissions.

I'd love to design something for your wedding so please get in touch if you'd like to arrange an appointment to visit the Rangoli Showroom.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Confetti Magazine features Rangoli

Friday, January 21, 2011
Thanks to Confetti magazine for selecting Rangoli for their 'We Like' section. The feature is in the Spring 2011 issue of the Magazine. The photo is of Sonya and Graham's wedding which I featured previously on my blog.
See the full Rangoli collection online -

Photograph by Bernard Carolan at Mark Griffin Photo.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

19 hours in Madrid

Thursday, January 20, 2011
I've just been to Madrid for 24hrs...well it ended up being about 19hrs due to foggy conditions at Madrid airport. If you missed my previous post - this was a surprise birthday present for my friend Caroline, (co-owner of Dirty Fabulous). I've never met anyone who loves surprises more so it was fun watching her bounce off the ceiling in the days leading up to our departure :-)

Once we arrived we made our way to our hotel. Above, Caroline surveys the view from our room while I check out the orange couch in the foyer. Time to hit the streets for some 'culture' and shopping.

The towering architecture is amazing with decorative carvings and ornamental balconies everywhere. At street level there are lots of small quirky boutiques and cafes.

Some vintage shopping at Lotta Vintage for Caroline and some bridal research for me!

This parade of horse-men clad in 18th century costumes appeared out of nowhere and stopped to blare their trumpets. They were followed in procession by about twenty people walking miniature dogs. We have absolutely no idea what it was all about but it was hilarious to watch!

After a couple of stops for light alcoholic refreshment we tracked down Baco Y Beto. (Thanks to Caroline for her navigation skills).

Baco Y Beto is described by The Lonely Planet as a hidden gem - the best place for tapas in Madrid. This was one of the delights we sampled - it sounded so crazy, I had to order it...Mi-cuit fois gras with port wine sauce on top of carmalised banana ~unbelievable combination :-) The Galician style octopus in a sauce of piquillo red peppers and cava wine was also a winner.

So would we recommend Madrid? Absolutely...I'll definitely be going back. Caroline is already planning our next mini-vacation. She reckons we should have about four to six of these trips a year :-) I can't argue with that.

For more information on Madrid, visit The Lonely Planet Guide online.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A very special cup of tea!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I'm delighted to share this special wedding with you. Fiona and Colm were married a week ago. Fiona rang me a couple of days before the wedding as she was still looking for something special for her hair. I didn't get to meet her in person but she had seen my Silver Lace comb on my website and thought it would be perfect for her bespoke vintage style dress.

This wedding is so stylish, yet completely laid back. Fiona and Colm invited their guests to the Shelbourne Hotel for afternoon tea after their ceremony, instead of the more traditional evening meal. This truly personal celebration was photographed by Christina Brosnan, who captured the emotions beautifully. Fiona and Colm - I wish you every happiness together and many more pots of tea :-)

You can read more about the wedding on Cristina's blog - as well as seeing some of the other engagements and weddings that Christina has photographed.

Read about more of my recent commissions or keep up to date with Rangoli on Facebook and Twitter.

Photography by Christina Brosnan
Make-up by Aoife Callaghan
Hair styled by Susan Peggs

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Surprise birthday trip!

Sunday, January 16, 2011
This Monday I'm taking my friend Caroline on a 24hr European-city-mystery trip. It's her birthday present and the excitement of not knowing where she is going has almost killed her :-)

I'll be able to tell you more when I get back to work on Wednesday...can't reveal the destination in case she is peeking at this post. But it's somewhere where neither of us have been before and I CAN'T WAIT to just hang out with her, do cultural stuff, sip coffee, guzzle wine and generally soak up the atmosphere of some place completely new. I'll share a photo-montage in my next post...
if I come back.

Image via Luxe of Italy

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Sandra Crosbie - Freelance hairstylist

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Hi everyone - I promised I would share some dazzling wedding photos with you and here they are. I think you'll agree that the bride, Claire Durkin looks stunning. I think Claire is on honeymoon at the moment so I'm hoping that she will contribute to this article when she returns!

The bridal party were lucky to have Sandra Crosbie to style their locks. Here's the story, I first met Sandra in 2002 when she styled my hair for my own wedding and in the intervening years we've become great friends! Over the last eight years, I've had to opportunity to collaborate with her on various projects and I'm truly inspired by her skills...and humour! Sandra is an Ossie who's married to an Irish guy and she has thirty years experience in styling and colouring hair. When I hear feedback from clients after their weddings or hair trials, Sandra is always complemented on how she makes everyone 'feel' on the day - she's a true professional in every sense of the word.

Claire had a theme of old Hollywood glamour for her wedding and Sandra certainly worked her magic by creating stunning individual looks for Claire and her two bridesmaids, seen below. I think it's lovely for bridesmaids to have their own unique look.

Read my other feature on Sandra or visit her website for more information.

I hope you enjoyed this hairstyle feature. I'll be sharing some of my 2011 commissions with you soon!

Make-up was by Alibhe Lynch
Phototography by Kurt Vinion

Monday, January 10, 2011

2011 Bridal trends

Monday, January 10, 2011
Whoooh - back to work and delighted to be sitting at my desk, surrounded by beads and full of ideas for new designs which I'll be sharing with you shortly.

Part of my design research involves keeping up to date with the latest in bridal trends so today I am sharing an idea that is going to be huge in 2011 weddings! Succulents - I love them for their crazy forms and variety of colours. They are sculptural yet simple and can be used in lots of creative ways.

This first photo is the one that wowed me - how about a headpiece made from a succulent that has been sprayed gold? This piece was designed by Clarissa Jones, who is an event planner in California. Her business is called JLDesigns - check out the other succulent ideas from this shoot.

This is a bouquet that I have featured before and was found via Style Me Pretty. I love the colour mix of soft greys and greens with yellow.

And here's a striking cake made by Erica O'Brien. The flower decorations are made from fondant sugar paste. I love when things are not what they appear to be. Totally scrumptious!

In the coming weeks, I'll be sharing 2011 bridal trends for everything from dresses to hairstyles. In the meantime, I need to get back to my design desk!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Rangoli New Year Opening

Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Hi everyone and happy new year to you all! I hope your Christmas break was better than mine...I spent a good part of it in bed with the flu - the *real* flu :-( So I have had to extend my business re-opening date to Monday 10th January. The image above is a happy visualisation for me to cheer myself up!

I'm sorry if this inconveniences anyone. I am replying to all emails on a daily basis and can answer any queries you have about my designs or appointment requests. You can contact me at

Can't wait to get back to my lovely studio ~

Image by Randy Martin