Hi, I'm Laura, the owner of Rapunzel's Tower, welcome to my blog - a view from the tower.

I enjoy writing about all sorts of things including being in business, accessories and weddings so I have put my ramblings into the below blog.

 I love to interact with both my customers and other wedding suppliers so if you have an idea for a blog post and would like to feature on my blog please get in touch. I am happy to feature any products that fit the theme of the current blog I am witing. I would also love to feature the weddings of any of my customers so if you have bought a tiara / fascinator etc. from me and would like your wedding or event to be featured please contact me on enquires@rapunzelstower.co.uk

 I hope that you enjoy my posts.

Zombies, ghosts and vampire brides!!

October 21, 2013

I have very fond memories of celebrating Halloween as a child. My parents would never allow us to go trick or treating so we used to celebrate at home. We would make our own costumes using bin bags and glitter and would add a scary mask, a wig or a witches hat. My dad would hang scary decorations such as skeletons, bats and spiders from the ceiling and my mum would always cook us a special Halloween tea which would tend to consist of things like sausages, mash and beans plus a Halloween themed cake or other baked goodies in spooky shapes. Halloween can be fun, it doesn't have to be expensive and it doesn't have to involve being out in the cold and dark knocking on people's doors. My brothers and I used to have great fun at home. All it takes is a little imagination. I remember having a Halloween party one year when I was young. My friends all came around for a party tea complete with Halloween themed paper plates, cups and napkins. We all dressed up ( again in bin bags!! This was the 80's!! ). We played ducking apples and I seem to remember watching 'The worst witch' and 'The wizard of Oz' which is one of my all time favourite films. I don't have children yet but I see some fantastic costumes available in the shops these days although I do have to say that part of the fun was drawing stars, moons and cats in glitter on a bin bag and cutting holes for my head and arms. Even as an adult I do like to mark Halloween. Unfortunately my husband isn't a fan of this celebration and isn't keen on Halloween parties or dressing up so my efforts tend to be a little more subtle. I like to carve a pumpkin and use the flesh to create some sort of pumpkin recipe for tea. We won't mention my attempts at making pumpkin gnocchi though!! We then tend to watch a scary movie as we are both fans of them although they do quite often give me nightmares!!

 



This year we shall be attending Thorne market on the 26th of October so as this is just before Halloween I wanted to see if I could find some Halloween themed hair accessories to sell. Unfortunately I was unable to find any from my current suppliers, however it did make me get my creative hat on and I started to think about how our current products could be used to accessorise your Halloween costume. So here are my thoughts!!


Tiaras
Now when most people think of tiaras they think of brides, proms and balls but a tiara can become part of a scary Halloween costume. I'm thinking a corpse bride, a vampire bride, a ghost bride, a ghoulish prom date or a zombie prom date. Just think how creative you could be. Pop along to a charity shop and buy an old cheap wedding dress - rip it, splash it with fake blood, add pale make up and dark eyes, messy hair and pop on a tiara. Sorted!! You could even use an old white sheet to make the dress. I also bet that many of you have an old prom, ball or bridesmaids dress hanging about in the back of your wardrobe so why not utilise it for your Halloween costume. Now I appreciate that you probably wouldn't want to spend a fortune on a brand new tiara just for Halloween, however we have some ex display tiaras from £9.00 including postage and packaging that would be ideal for this. Please contact us for more details or pop along and see us at Thorne market.



Fascinators
Only wedding guests and ladies who attend the races wear fascinators right? Wrong!! For a fancy dress costume fascinators are ideal. If you are attending a murder mystery party and are dressing up as a 1920's lady we have some fabulous vintage style fascinators that would be ideal. Our pill box and quill fascinators in particular fit the bill. Our crown band fascinator would also be perfect for this or would suit a vintage style matron or nurse costume. Burlesque dancers always wear fantastic accessories in their hair and our feather dome headbands would be great for that. Or if none of those take your fancy you could dress up as a wedding guest who has been affected by a zombie apocalypse or how about a ghostly passenger from the Titanic.



Satchels
Our satchels would be ideal to use as a scary zombie / ghost school girl plus you then have a fabulous satchel to use after the party too.



So there are just a few ideas for you. Whatever you do this Halloween ensure that you stay safe and enjoy yourselves!!

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

 

I love pretty things

July 2, 2013

Now those of you who know me and to be fair those of you who don't, will probably have realised by now that I am a girly girl. Give me flowers, pink, heels, dresses and sparkle any day over trainers, sport, cars and trucks. I love pretty things!! In particular pretty shiny things. My husband says I am like a magpie and I will gravitate to anything that sparkles. I love pretty things that I don't need and that are generally pointless and don't have much of a purpose except to look pretty. I li...
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We all love a good handbag!!!

April 23, 2013

 


Most women I know love a good bag and I am no exception. Being a plus size lady I have always had a love for accessories – bags and shoes in particular but also scarves and jewellery. If you struggle to find fashion that suits you or are living on a budget a good accessory can be the key to making you feel special. I’m not sure that I can ever remember being smaller than a size 14 ( obviously I was at some point ) but all of my adult life I have always been about a size 16 – 18...

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Elegance by Carbonneau

April 2, 2013
We are delighted to announce that Rapunzel's Tower is now an official stockist of the 'Elegance by Carbonneau' range of bridal accessories. This is a luxury brand that we have sourced from America. We currently have a small range of products from this brand that we wanted to trial and see what all of our lovely customers and brides to be out there think of them.

Our aim at Rapunzel's Tower has always been to be able to offer beautiful products at reasonable prices so that everyone can look li...
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Elegance by Carbonneau

April 2, 2013
We are delighted to announce that Rapunzel's Tower is now an official stockist of the 'Elegance by Carbonneau' range of bridal accessories. This is a luxury brand that we have sourced from America. We currently have a small range of products from this brand that we wanted to trial and see what all of our lovely customers and brides to be out there think of them.

Our aim at Rapunzel's Tower has always been to be able to offer beautiful products at reasonable prices so that everyone can look li...
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Happy Valentine's Day

February 14, 2013

Christine and Graham’s story


In the spirit of Valentine’s day I thought that it would be a great idea to celebrate love, engagements and weddings by featuring a very special couple who are currently planning their wedding. Many people get engaged on Valentine’s day. I personally got engaged a few days before but we were away on a surprise Valentine’s break. February is the month of love and the ideal time to celebrate your love for someone else. If you are single you can still celebr...

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My Pinterest obsession

January 29, 2013
Now I think it is safe to say that you all know by now how much I love weddings. I love everything about them and I especially love wedding planning. I love researching and looking at all things weddingy.


I have recently been introduced to Pinterest and I have to say that I am totally addicted. I absolutely love it and not just for weddings. It is an amazing tool for you to be able to document and keep anything that you see on the Internet that you love...

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Remember, remember the 5th of November!!!

November 5, 2012

Today is bonfire night and everyone up and down the country will be celebrating the failed attempt of Guy Fawkes to blow up parliament in 1605 by lighting bonfires, burning guys and watching fireworks. I’ve always felt that bonfire or Guy Fawkes night is a strange occasion as it is an odd thing to celebrate really – the execution of a man. I guess it is more to celebrate the fact that the gunpowder plot failed and King James the first survived. I am however a fan of fireworks – I do t...


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Have yourself a spooktacular wedding day!!!

October 30, 2012

 

In the UK we don’t do Halloween like they do in America. Halloween or All Hallows’ Eve is the one night of the year when the souls of the dead roam the earth according to pagan traditions. The tradition of wearing masks at Halloween comes from Christian influences. It was believed that Halloween was the last night in which the souls of the dead could take their revenge and so people wore masks to disguise themselves. The tradition of Trick or Treating hails back to the middle ages ...

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Autumnal weddings

October 10, 2012

 

I love the Autumn. In fact I think it is my favourite time of the year other than Christmas. For me Autumn means my birthday, Halloween, bonfire night, cosy Saturday nights in watching Strictly and X Factor when it is cold and dark outside and of course the build up to Christmas – the shopping, the sparkle, the music and atmosphere. I love it!!. I love sunny Autumn days when the trees are turning. The rich, beautiful colours that you see out of the window and the low sunshine creates t...

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