Hello to my new look blog!

Thursday, 31 August, 2017

I am thrilled to launch my new look blog which has been a long time in the making!

 

As mentioned, recent personal transitions have meant it was time for a re-brand and new direction and so am excited to welcome you to The White Diaries –  a lifestyle blog with a mission statement inspired by the mantra coined by the incredible philosopher Joseph Campbell. 

Life is like a blank white page and I strongly believe we create our own experiences and we can only find true happiness by following our bliss.

The White Diaries is essentially a journal documenting the amazing places I am lucky to experience and the inspiring people I meet in my day to day life. For over twenty years I have worked in the city of London, predominantly as a finance (bond) lawyer. I also set up a luxury wedding accessory label with my now ex-husband. And I now spend my days marketing the skills of incredibly talented lawyers in a city law firm.

I hope The White Diaries provides inspiration and ideas of how to make each moment truly count, and that you find the Inspiring Individuals within the blog, who I will be featuring, as fascinating as I do, and that they motivate you to keep what you are passionate about at the core of what you do!  

If you would like to get in touch with me you can email me at hello@thewhitediaries.com

With love
Sangeeta x

Note:  I remember been inspired many years ago by Conde Nast Traveler’s Mission Statement that it does not accept  free or discounted trips and accommodations or even payment in exchange for editorial coverage. And so when I decided to launch my lifestyle blog I wanted to ensure that I brought the same ethic to the articles I wrote. The majority of the places I feature (hotels, restaurants etc.) have been paid for in the same way as you would without any special treatment or recognition. I hope this allows me report fairly on what I have experienced and provide inspiration and experiences that are affordable.

In some instances, I will write about places I have been invited to as part of a showcase or open evening, and where I do I will make full disclosure. The purpose of this blog is not to generate an income and so I won’t be  accepting sponsorships or paid adverts.

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Sweet Beginnings – Bridal Event at Bicester Village

Wednesday, 4 March, 2015

Fabulous chic shopping outlet Bicester Village is being transformed into a bridal paradise this March! With exclusive designer dress collections, cake designers, florists and much more, plus celebrity wedding planner Mark Niemierko, on hand hosting a series of talks throughout the event, there’ll be everything brides to be need to plan their dream day. And we at Olivier Laudus are thrilled to be showcasing our veils and wedding accessories at the event.

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The bridal extravaganza runs from 6th-29th March at Bicester Village, 50 Pingle Drive, Bicester, Oxon, OX26 6WD. Brides can pre-register to have access to the Bicester Village VIP lounge and other special privileges and private events.

For more information, see : Bicester Village Bridal Extravaganza

Happy Dream Day Planning!

Sangeeta x

 

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An evening at the Mandarin Oriental with Brides Magazine…

Saturday, 29 November, 2014

We were delighted to be asked by fabulous Brides magazine to participate in a designer catwalk show this summer at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental hotel in London’s Knightsbridge.

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Lucky Brides magazine readers were treated to divine Greygoose cocktails and yummy canapés  in the beautiful gardens before a fabulous catwalk show featuring some of the hottest designers including Suzanne Neville, Sanyukta and Naomi Neoh. As well as showcasing some of our pieces on the catwalk we had a table to display our hair accessories and wedding jewellery and really enjoyed meeting and chatting with Brides readers.

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Until next time,

Sangeeta x

Read more at http://www.bridesmagazine.co.uk/blog/2014/08/04/brides-designer-catwalk-mandarin-oriental-2014-pictures#jQKFPxkTss6GB6UU.99

Photography (excluding header image) Lucy Davenport

 

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Congrats to Guide To Be

Wednesday, 18 June, 2014

We are thrilled to be supporting a fabulous new initiative in the wedding industry – Guide To Be  – the UK’s first independent site dedicated to user reviews of wedding suppliers. Founded by Scots entrepreneur Eve Brill, and her sister Tessa, it fills a gap in the market for a trusted place for brides to get unbiased advice to help them plan their wedding.

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(Tessa and Eve)

Eve was  living in Australia when she was trying to organise her own wedding last year and found it frustrating that there wasn’t a site (like Trip Advisor) where you could get unbiased advice about suppliers and it occurred to her that there must be lots of couples needing that kind of information – which is where Guides To Be came in.

At Olivier Laudus, customer service and satisfaction is really important to us, so we are thrilled to be partnering with Guide To Be on the launch of their new Accessories category. And to celebrate we are offering these gorgeous Flora cubic zirconia earrings from the Olivier Laudus 2014 collection to one lucky winner. Visit Guide to Be for all the details on how to enter.Flora Wedding Earrings - £79.99 - www.olivierlaudus.com

We wish Eve and Tess all the best with their new venture! And good luck to to all the competition entrants.

Sangeeta x

 

 All the important info:

Website: https://www.guidetobe.co.uk/

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/guidetobe?ref=ts&fref=ts

Twitter : https://twitter.com/guidetobe

 

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Launch of our new Bridal Accessory Studio

Tuesday, 27 May, 2014

We are delighted to announce that the new Olivier Laudus wedding accessory boutique is now officially open; a haven of calm, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of London’s Oxford Street. Offering affordable luxury for the modern bride, from statement headbands, bridal jewellery and now also introducing wedding shoes and veils, we hope brides will be able to find everything they need to complete their perfect wedding day look under the expert and friendly guidance of Olivier, and with complimentary refreshments.

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The space has two distinct area – a glamorous minimalist space for the jewellery and shoes with grey faux lizard effects and mirrored furniture.

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While the veil section has dreamy duck egg blue Laura Ashley wallpaper and a vintage floor standing mirror.

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Olivier Laudus Veils

With soft lounge music playing in the background and the smell of gorgeous candles – we hope that our new boutique will provide a comfortable and appealing space for brides to relax and enjoy their bridal accessory shopping experience.

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Consultations are by appointment only, with evening and weekends available. To book your consultation call 020 8374 1239 or fill in the online booking form

For more information and directions on how to find us see: http://www.olivierlaudus.com/site/bridal_consultation.php

Sangeeta x

 

Credits

Thank you to Liz Inigo Jones for providing the gorgeous flowers for our launch party and the photoshoot.

Images (apart from last one) :Mark Osborne Photography

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Facebook Relaunch & Exquisite Earring Competition [competition closed]

Wednesday, 23 April, 2014

We have decided to re-launch our Olivier Laudus – Wedding Accessory Boutique Facebook page, and as of today brides-to-be wanting advice and inspiration on choosing their wedding accessories can speak directly to co-founder of the brand Olivier.

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To mark our re-launch we are giving away these gorgeous Serenity bridal earrings worth £39.99. Effortlessly chic, they feature a single faux pearl tear-drop suspended from a cluster of sparkling Cubic Zirconia stones.

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And they also featured in the 2014 Ellis Bridals Blossom collection which was absolutely breathtaking.

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To enter, all you have to do is like us on Facebook and leave a comment below telling us what your bridal style is going to be. Are you choosing a fairytale princess look? Or are you going for bohemian glam? We want to know!

Good luck! And don’t forget to say hello to Oliver and welcome him to the world of social media.

Sangeeta x

Terms and Conditions

  1. All entrants names will be placed into a hat and one winner will be picked at random.
  2. We will announce the winner on our blog and on Facebook.
  3. Please email us (sangeeta@olivierlaudus.com) to claim your prize within 2 weeks.
  4. The prize is not transferable and there is no cash alternative.
  5. The competition is open to UK residents – if you live outside of the UK, we will need to charge you postage.
  6. The competition ends midnight on Wednesday 30 April 2014.

[The competition is now closed – the winner was Kerry Anderson]

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On the cover of British MODE!

Monday, 14 April, 2014

It is always a thrill to be featured in the press. I still remember the first time we saw an Olivier Laudus piece in a magazine – it was such an exciting moment and I don’t think the feeling has dissipated over the years.

We are very lucky to get featured frequently in magazines and blogs, and a number of our pieces have been used for styled cover shoots, but it was a fantastic first to have one of our own images of the new Cecilia headband from our 2014 Great Glamour shoot on the cover of the Diamond Edition of the amazing fashion and bridal magazine British Mode.

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British MODE is a luxury publication as well as the UK’s first dedicatedly fashion and bridal magazine, launched in 2013 by Editor-in-Chief, Gabriella Enriocco. Features cover haute couture, menswear, bridal, beauty, cuisine and luxury travel. British MODE places a particular emphasis on featuring and supporting both established and up coming British brands and designers. Each month one charity is selected for an article by one of the publication’s Editor’s as part of the monthly philanthropy feature.

Columnists include  Dame Vivienne Westwood’s corsetiere Belinda Chorley, celebrity hair stylist Vicki Lord, TV personality, wedding planner and author George Watts aka The Wedding Fairy, celebrity stylist Suzanne Bernie and global image consultant, Kelly Millar.

Its a fantastic magazine with a talented team of writers and lots of gorgeous fashion and bridal features. We were absolutely delighted to be on the cover and to have a fabulous feature about our new collection campaign which was shot at the Corinthia Hotel in London and our business!

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Sangeeta x

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Celebrating 10 Fab Years

Monday, 17 March, 2014

As we celebrate a decade in the wedding industry, we thought we would share our journey and some of the highlights with you.

It all started with a cushion…

Our business idea originated with our own wedding in 2002, as is the case for so many start-ups,  you spot a gap in market and go from there. I wanted a ring cushion for our wedding but couldn’t find one that really had that wow factor so we had one made for us. The reaction of friends who saw it, made us think perhaps there was a need for these, so we decided to explore further.

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Olivier finishing off a cushion..

We created a small initial collection of cushions made from luxe fabrics and beautifully embellished by hand, which we then exhibited at the National Wedding Show in London. We were so thrilled with the positive feedback we received, we decided to launch our company Wedding Ring Cushions in 2004. Gradually we added other handmade items like guestbooks and dolly bags and we thrilled when we were asked to make a ring cushion for Katie Price’s wedding to Peter Andre which was featured in OK! Magazine.

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Olivier Laudus – the bridal accessory company 

It is so important to listen to what your customers want, and after being repeatedly asked if we offered other accessories, we decided to re brand and also offer jewellery, hair accessories and bridal bags curated from talented designers and companies – and all sold under the new Olivier Laudus label.

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Attending reader events and other shows, we realised that brides to be really appreciated the chance to touch and try on pieces, so we decided to take the leap from selling online only and in July 2011, we opened our accessory studio in Central London. The feedback from our customers has been great, telling us that it has really added to their shopping experience.

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 The last few years have been really special for us. We are are always delighted to be featured by the press and were so happy to see our Fleur crystal and feather fascinator in this stunning editorial in Vogue Gioiello.

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We were also thrilled to be short-listed and nominated for various wedding industry awards. Last year we picked up a Highly Commended Award for Wedding Jewellery at the 2013 Perfect Wedding Magazine Awards.

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And its always nice to be asked to share our knowledge at industry events.

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Danielle and Sangeeta talking 2013 trends at the NEC Autumn Fair

As the business has developed, it is clear that our brides are looking for affordable luxury yet at the same time have an appreciation for elegance and glamour, so it was important that our new collection shoot reflected this and our brand values, and were thrilled to shoot our 2014 campaign at the beautiful Corinthia London.

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One of the images from our new collection shoot at The Corinthia

2014 and beyond…

As we celebrate our 10th birthday, we are busy expanding the business and giving our studio a makeover – so watch this space for news of our new look boutique launch very soon!

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In the meantime, do check back for special offers and give-aways this month to mark our ten years in the business!

And finally, a big thank you to all the lovely brides and grooms whose special day we are privileged to have played a small part in and to all the wonderful people we have met in the industry.

Sangeeta x

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Exclusive Sneak Peek : Our 2014 Great Glamour Collection

Thursday, 2 January, 2014

We are delighted to announce that the 2014 Olivier Laudus bridal accessory collection will be available to purchase online and at our London studio from 8 January 2014. Shot at the iconic Corinthia Hotel in London, the new Great Glamour collection is all about evoking the glamour of Hollywood and the elegance of bygone eras.

Here is a sneak peek just for you! More about the full collection, the shoot and the great team behind it coming soon….

Sangeeta x

Sneak Peek Pic 2014 collection

 

Photography : Fiona Kelly

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A day at the awards…

Sunday, 27 October, 2013

We were thrilled at Olivier Laudus to be Highly Commended by Perfect Wedding magazine for our wedding jewellery in their 2013 awards.

The award ceremony was held at 116 Pall Mall which is home to the Institute of Directors. It is a  gorgeous Georgian building designed by the famous architect John Nash and is still owned by the Crown Estate. It boasts a magnificent central staircase and 15-foot original hand-made Regency chandelier; a truly spectacular setting for an award ceremony.

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Thanks to everyone who voted!

Sangeeta x

 

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