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The Manolo Blahnik Bridal Collection.

My Wedding Shoes

When I first got engaged I had no idea where I wanted  to get my dress, but I was certain there was only one brand I wanted my shoes from.  Manolo Blahnik.  As you know I’m a huge fan of the brand. I wear them more than any other shoe brand. I was their ambassador when they opened their new store in Harrods Shoe Heaven. For me they are the ultimate luxury shoe brand. No other shoe brand makes me feel as feminine or special. It felt natural to want to wear them on my wedding day. So when the girls from Manolo Blahnik got in touch and said they were launching a Bridal Collection which they wanted me to shoot for them and they wanted to make me my wedding shoes – it literally felt like a dream come true. The shoot you see here is the product of this collaboration and includes my actual wedding shoes along with other styles from their Bridal Collection (although these aren’t my dresses, I’m afraid you will have to wait a bit longer to see the real ones).

I went to see the collection and we discussed my dresses and what would work best for each look. I had four bridal looks across two days; the church service and the rehearsal dinner on Friday, and then the wedding blessing, tea and the dinner on Saturday. I decided I wanted to wear the same pair of shoes for the church service and blessing, because that would make them all the more special, even though I planned on wearing different dresses. Manolo made me a pair of custom Okkato’s for this. They were made with my own wedding blessing dress fabric and with a 105mm stiletto heel – because that’s what I felt I looked the best in. Then for the rehearsal dinner we went with a custom pale blue satin pair of the Borlak with a 105mm heel. I’m so obsessed with the buckle, it made me feel so regal! Finally for the wedding dinner I chose the Nadira in white satin with a 70mm heel. My dinner dress was much more etherial and I felt that the Nadria was softer and more relaxed. I also chose the lower heel so I could dance the night away. They gave Matthew a pair of beautiful black oxfords to wear for the blessing too. Stupidly on my part, I never wore any of the shoes before the wedding (other than for my dress fittings) which I thought was going to be a disaster ( but before hand I was just too worried about marking them). However the fear was totally unfounded,  I didn’t get a single blister, sore sole or pinch. Another reason I love Manolo’s, they are so reliably comfortable. Bare in mind my blessing dress weighed over 9kg, and yet still my feet were fine! If you’re thinking about wedding shoes, I really can’t recommend them enough. I loved every moment in them and will treasure them forever.

The Shoes

Naturally I want to thank Manolo Blahnik for they generosity and support. You made my wedding dreams come true. Thank you so much. x

Fernusan Bride
Nadira Bride
Hangis Bride 70 Blue
Lala Bride Grey
Lala Bride White
Okkato Bride
Men’s 3511
Nadi Bride Clutch
Hangi Bride Clutch

All the shoes are available in multiple heel heights and various fabrics and colours.

See Manolo Blahnik for full stockists, you can shop some of them online below.

The dresses featured here are all from the Razan Alazzouni Bridal Collection.

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Fusion Maia Da Nang

An all-inclusive spa, private pool villas and breakfast anytime anywhere in the resort. Fusion Maia knows what you want on holiday.
Stay Fusion Maia Danang, Khuê Mỹ, Da Nang, Vietnam

Like it’s sister, Fusion Maia Da Nang offers a relaxing oasis. The concept behind these hotels is that the spa is all-inclusive. Meaning that every guest gets a spa treatment per day included in the cost of the their room. The spa is set in gardens with a very grown-up pool. The rooms at the Maia are lovely and spacious, and very private, each pool villa has a sitting room leading out onto your private courtyard and pool. Garden walls offer privacy and the low profile of the resort buildings means you can sunbathe without any fear of being over looked.

Another feature I love about this resort is the breakfast. They offer breakfast at anytime in any location within the resort. Meaning there is no mad rush to get up and make it to the buffet before it shuts. We enjoyed breakfast most on the beach with sand between our toes. To me there is nothing less luxurious than rushing, so it was perfect.

The resort itself was lovely. A main decorative pond leads down to the pool and then the sea creating quite the impression when you arrive. Although the beach is quite ruff it’s still lovely to spend the day walking it, and the food at the resort more than makes up for it. We loved the vietnamese dishes. It was also lovely to be so close to Hoi An, a hotel shuttle bus takes you there and collects you. All in all a great place to relax in the sun.

Thank you to TheLuxeNomad for arranging our stay. You can book your stay at the Fusion Maia with their amazing team.

Follow Gabrielle


In the search of the next big thing. Your prey totally unaware. You follow, watch, admire from a far… until it’s yours. Chanel’s Gabrielle Bag. A bag for every moment.

CHANEL's Gabrielle Bag

The latest in Chanel’s collection of can’t live without bags is the Gabrielle. The first permanent style from Chanel since before the Boy Bag. This is huge news from such a selective and discerning brand.

The Gabrielle is unisex and comes in a variety of options, from large to small, simple to decorated – as you see here. It can be worn 7 ways, making it the most versatile of all Chanel’s bags.

I collaborated with Chanel to create this series, to share the many versions of me and how the Hobo bag can work for all of them, from the Gym to work, and everyday, to about town. There is a Chanel Hobo in all of us. I normally think the smaller chanel bags suit me, but I loved the large Hobo, it would be perfect for travel, as a carry on bag. You can fit so much in but it still looks great and the hard base means it would be perfect to rest on top of a wheely bag.

I am wearing Chanel’s Gabrielle Bag in…

Small Hobo Metallic Aged Lambskin
Large Hobo Beige and Black Smooth Calfskin
Small Hobo Black Smooth Calfskin with Gold Metal
Large Hobo in Black Smooth Calfskin