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Alternatives to a wedding veil

The bride walks down the aisle arm-in-arm with her father. At the end of that aisle, she meets her moments-away-from-being husband. Her father lifts the veil over her head, symbolizing her soon-to-change status as a married woman.

The above scenario paints a beautiful picture, and for many brides is what she dreams of the second she says “I will.” For others, however, a veil just isn’t their thing. Whether you prefer an edgier or more modern fashion option, or you simply don’t like the symbolism and history of the wedding veil, fret not! You have options.

On the day I found “the” dress, my mother and the bridal consultant urged me to try on the matching veil. It was a beautiful mantilla style veil and absolutely stunning. I could picture a million ways to display the veil or pass it down through generations — until they put it on me. I could feel my skin getting red and hot. And then they put the blusher (part that covers your face) on, and I lost it. I felt claustrophobic or like I was wrapped in a burial shroud. In that moment I knew I was not a veil person. If you aren’t a veil person, here are some other options you can consider.

Wear a birdcage blusher instead of a traditional veil. If you still want the hint of tradition without all the tulle, a birdcage blusher is a great option. In addition to being a modern spin on the traditional veil, it’s also a nod to vintage styles. Birdcage veils look great with just about every dress and can be both formal and elegant and fun and relaxing.

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For my own vintage-inspired semi-formal wedding, I chose a birdcage veil paired with a handmade feather and brooch fascinator. The look summed up the wedding perfectly: vintage, time-honored, sentimental, fun and semi-formal. Not to mention it didn’t cause any anxiety-induced hyperventilation episodes.

Find a family heirloom to wear as an embellishment. Are you the sentimental type? Is there a woman in your life you want to honor and inspire on your wedding day? If you have a family heirloom, such as a brooch, pendant, or charm, it’s pretty easy to convert it into a wonderful piece to wear in your hair. Using easy to find crafting materials (felt and an alligator clip or barrette), just about any small trinket can be converted into a barrette.

All you need to do to make the base is cut a circle or rectangle out of the felt (about the size of the heirloom or a bit smaller). Cut two small parallel slits in the center of the felt and put the alligator clip or barrette through the slits. To attach the trinket to the felt, you have a few options. For a more permanent adhesion, I suggest a hot glue gun. If you’re looking for something that can be taken apart, sew the piece on (you can cut the stitches after the wedding) or if you are using a brooch, pin it to the felt.

Don’t forget, it’s pretty easy to weave necklaces through your hairstyle. Pearls are very popular and add an air of traditionalism. Small pendants can also be hung across the front of a hairstyle, invoking a sense of royalty and lordship (think tear drop that falls high on the forehead or the recent trend of 1970s style head bands that come across the front of the forehead).

Fascinators make a great statement accessory for your hair. Much like statement necklaces, fascinators are essentially jewelry for your hair. As I mentioned earlier, I wore a fascinator for my wedding. Paired with a birdcage for the ceremony, my DIY fascinator was accented with peacock featherheads and my husband’s grandmother’s brooch.

Fascinators are easy to come by, but harder to find in traditional wedding shops. For more variety and personalization, I suggest making one yourself, shopping on sites like or checking out boutiques. Whether matched with a veil or standing alone, a fascinator can easily become a fashion statement.

Choose some fresh blooms to wear. While I have a “whatever makes you happy” attitude toward fresh flower centerpieces and bouquets (personally, I find them very expensive for one day), I have to say I love the look of fresh flowers in the bridal party’s (and bride’s) hair. You can opt for a simple and elegant look with one or two blooms, or you can go full flower child with a ring (or for the more eccentric, a crown) of blossoms.

For added sentimentality and personalization, look up the meanings of different flowers and choose one that symbolizes everything you want or feel for your partner and marriage.

Choose an intricate design or skip the hair piece altogether. Who needs a hair piece, anyway? Some wedding hair designs can be artful masterpieces in themselves, and adding anything to them would be a crime that takes away from the beauty your stylist created. Characters like Game of Thrones’ Daenarys Targaryen and Cersei (Lannister) Baratheon have been inspiring some very involved (and incredibly elegant) styles that work perfectly on their own.

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publié le lundi 06 juillet à 04:58, aucun commentaire.

Why do women continue to suffer for beauty

I'll go see Kinky Boots but you won't see me wearing them.

High heels are just one big ache, along with other self-inflicting torture gear including super-duper skinny jeans, painful push-up bras, life-sucking Spanx and sadistic corsets. And the thong just seems all wrong too.

We acquiesce to discomfort and pain for what gain? Supposedly to boost our appeal and self-esteem along with our boobs, butts, height, calf shape and more. So what that our organs are compressed, circulation is constricted and we can't breathe?

Just last week a woman from Australia visited the hospital because her skinny jeans were too tight, and caused her to collapse. Doctors had to cut her pants off. She was unable to walk for four days.

For centuries women have been taught to bear the bunions and to hold their breath, says psychotherapist Deborah Mecklinger. "From strapless bras that slide and dig to stockings that itch and tug, from creeping thongs to pointy high heels that hurt, women endure rashes, underwire wounds, bunions and blisters in the name of fashion!" adds Mecklinger, of

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Insanity rules: "Someone lays down the fashion gauntlet and other women mindlessly follow, no matter what!" adds Dr. Pepper Schwartz.

Fashion has ranged from discomfort to outright mutilation: "It's depressing to watch women hurt themselves in search of love, admiration and worthiness," says the leading sociologist and sexologist at drpepperschwartz. "Women are ruining their feet and constricting their blood flow to look good for men - and to outshine other women."

If it tingles, take it off - whether it's your pants, shoes or jewelry. "If there's numbness and tingling in the skin or extremities, you should get the garment off as soon as you can, but it doesn't mean you need to call 911 and get to the hospital in the middle of the night," says trauma surgeon Buck Parker, ofdrbuckparker.

About the attack of the skinnies above, Parker says her jeans were so tight that they squeezed on the peripheral nerves and cut off circulation. "The blood has nowhere to go and the muscle starts to swell."

According to Parker, tight garments accentuate or create things like a small waist, shapely legs or butt, and "humans are hard wired to propagate their genes. But the women who wear super-tight garments are just maybe trying a little too hard to do that."

So, just what is a woman to do if she wants to be feel good in her shoes and be able to walk in them too? "The mature woman needs to find a balance between style and safety, and between high fashion and her health," says Mecklinger, an executive coach and mediator.

"Somewhere between the blood-stopping skinny jean and saggy pant lies the perfect fit. If a woman wants to feel great from the inside out and the outside in, she needs to be able to breathe."

Be creative and design a style that you can actually live in, she suggests.

Shift away from shapewear! Kill the corset! Parker adds that "it's much better to educate yourself about nutrition, exercise and how to achieve a healthy body instead of using restrictive clothing... In the long run you'll be much happier with yourself."

Throw off the ties that bind!

"Even to step out of houses, our routines - makeup, hair, nail polish, eyelashes - constrict us," says Dr. Terri Orbuch, author of Finding Love Again: 6 Simple Steps to a New and Happy Relationship.

Expand your definitions of beauty. "Evaluate whether your definitions of beauty include people from all cultures, ages, and different levels of physical ability," says Orbuch.

Set realistic expectations. Don't forget that models and celebrities spend hours and mega money primping, working out, dieting, and having medical procedures to help them look the way they do, says the relationship expert and professor.

Build confidence and self-esteem. It's how you feel about yourself that is important, not your actual weight, height, or physical body mass, she says.

Practice self-affirmation. "Feeling good about your body must come from you."

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publié le mercredi 01 juillet à 04:35, aucun commentaire.

Church cancels wedding after couple splashes sh200m

Lovebirds Jane Naluyima and Fred Ssendago had woken up on the D-day, excited and looking forward to spending the rest of their lives together, as man and wife, only it would not be, for on arrival at church to say their vows, they were greeted by heavily padlocked doors!

They had looked forward to treating their guests to a lavish wedding reception after injecting up to sh200m; it would be the talk of town, and a day to remember.

Unknown to them however, one Meddie Musoke, a businessman in Masaka, had prior notified Masaka Diocese bishop, John Baptist Kaggwa, that the bride-to-be was legally wedded in a civil marriage in 2010.

Musoke had therewith attached a copy of the marriage certificate, warning that any man who wedded Naluyima would be an adulterer.

Meanwhile the previous month, Naluyima had introduced her 'beau' at a lavish kwanjula to her father, Gerald Ssemwogerere a former Masaka mayor.

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Ssemwogerere (left), father to the bride and his wife in an earlier photoConfusion

Last Saturday after final preparations at a saloon, the convoy of luxurious cars carrying the bride and her entourage snaked towards Kitovu parish for the matrimonial mass as onlookers gazed in admiration.

However to their shock they arrived at what was as silent as a graveyard; there were no wedding bells chiming, the church was padlocked, and the would-be presiding priest, Fr. Paul Mukasa nowhere in sight.

However astounded and speechless they were, the entourage embarked on a 45-minute photo shoot outside the locked church. They then made their way for another photo shoot at Tropic Inn in Masaka town.

The entourage, in their convoy, then drove around town, snaking in and out of different streets till they ended up at Sports Club, the reception venue.

Owing to the resources that had been committed to the special occasion, the venue had been magnificently bedecked in flashy decor.

Unfazed by the earlier turn of events, guests treated themselves to a sumptuous meal; they wined and dined as booze flowed in similar fashion to the biblical wedding in Cana. The couple even cut the wedding cake and speeches were made by different speakers of the day, including the 'newlyweds'.

The bride's father, Ssemwogerere, comforted the couple and assured them of unwavering support, pledging that their families were both supportive of them, and that his doors would always be open to them if they needed help.

Naluyima's siblings shed light on the confusion, arguing that their sister had separated with Musoke eight years ago and he moved on to even marry two other women. They were therefore shocked by the unforeseen development.

They claimed that Musoke had demanded sh35m from the couple to buy his silence so he wouldn't write to the Bishop!

Church clears air

The Kitovu parish spokesperson Fr. Joseph Kasangaki explained that the wedding had been cancelled after Musoke adduced evidence that Naluyima was a wedded woman.

He clarified that the couple had been informed but went to the church anyway.

Musoke speaks out

Musoke told these reporters that he had been with Naluyima for ten years even though they had no children together.

"Naluyima left our marital home in April this year saying she was visiting her parents, but I next heard that she had introduced another man," he explained.

He claimed that Naluyima had always spoken on phone with her lover but everytime he asked about it she retorted:

"People talk a lot; if you listen to those rumours you will not manage."

When he learnt of the impending wedding he wrote to the Bishop through his lawyers, Kabali - Ssebbowa Advocates on June 17, 2015. The lawyers informed the Bishop that the two wed on March 29, 2010 in a civil marriage which was certified by the CAO then, Badru Mayanja.

"The decision to have a civil marriage was because our parents failed to agree on religion change," Musoke said.

He said he tried to talk to Naluyima's parents after hearing of the wedding plans but they paiod a deaf ear. He also denied the blackmail allegations by Naluyima's siblings.

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publié le samedi 27 juin à 04:55, aucun commentaire.

This is how to perfect Swedish style according to Elin Kling

Her line, Totême, has created a capsule collection for Net-A-Porter.

It’s almost not enough to call Elin Kling just a blogger, at least not for now. Starting off as a fashion blogger, she has launched her own magazine, was the first blogger to design a collection for H&M and also participated in the Swedish version of Dancing With The Stars. Her latest focus is now Totême, a line of luxury classic pieces which has just launched a capsule collection in collaboration with Net-A-Porter. “In Net-A-Porter I have found a supporter that from day one has helped me build and communicate my vision of Totême,” she says. The collection is made up of best-selling styles from previous collections, redone in new shapes and fabrics.

What is your favourite piece from the collection?

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“I love our fine knitted oversized Belize dress with pearl buttons and the white crisp tunic paired with the rope sandals and our flared pinstriped shorts.”

What is your perfect outfit?

“A combination that gives me confidence for that day. I’m always looking for simplicity and confidence in what I wear. During my vacations I always wear Totême because we design the pieces that I felt were missing from my previous getaways. On the plane I love to wear Totême’s cashmere set – a pair of leggings combined with a perfectly fitted crewneck. In New York I mix it up with my everyday closet.”

What are your wardrobe staples?

“Jewellery, perfect fitted denims and a silk shirt.”

How do you balance your personal life with your work?

“I married my business partner!”

What are the building blocks one needs for a perfect wardrobe?

“Think of the pieces you often wear and make them yours. Spend some extra money to get that perfect blazer you always wanted. Don’t make your wardrobe too seasonal. Find your own style and work it. That creates a personality which I believe is so important for your look.”

Where do you look for inspiration?

“Movies, art, furniture but mostly women I meet in my everyday life. I love getting inspired by what women need and design collections based on how the modern woman wants to style her closet.”

Being pregnant, has it changed the way you dressed?

“I wouldn’t say change, but it definitely limited my way of dressing. I see it as a necessary break but I cannot wait to get back to my normal wardrobe!”

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publié le vendredi 12 juin à 04:29, aucun commentaire.

Wedding Trend Observations

Congratulations! I figure, if you are reading this article, you are getting married soon and need some ideas or you are looking for ideas for a friend or your own child. I think the best way to look at it is first, congratulations, and second, this can be one of the most exciting times in your life.

I have been catering weddings sine the 1990’s and there are many things that changed over the years and many things that stay traditional and are part of the celebrations. I have compiled my favorite 6 wedding trends that I have seen over the recent years and my opinion on all of them.

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1) Get Rid of theChampagne Toast

Ok that might be a bit harsh, but I have had many people who spend lots of money on champagne toast for a wedding when it could be put towards other things. The majority of champagne isn’t consumed and it’s one less glass you may need to rent if doing an offsite event.

2) Going Local

This trend has been a big part of offsite events for the better part of 10 years in the area. Asking for local ingredients to be utilized may sometimes come with a cost, but your menu stands out that way. There are local caterers who specialize in a more complete local produce and protein wedding, however a few items here and there added to the menu can be accommodated by almost any caterer

3) Shabby Chic

Mixed matched plates, repurposed old windows frames as seating charts, vintage napkins all ideas for creating an elegant event with the help of non elegant items. Location weddings have that same charm. There is a level of involvement that the hosts of the wedding need to commit to so they can create these experiences, however if you love that look and feel and want to add a uniqueness to your wedding this is a fun way to go. Think outside the box and maybe even look to family weddings from the past to help influence what look you want.

4) Themes: Always in style

This is your day and hopefully you have fun with it as well. What better way to stand out from other weddings and create a totally unique event than to theme it out. TV themes are always the rage and will be a great memory for your guests. It could be something as simple as creating an evening around apples and maple syrup (which we did) or trying to bring to life a Downton Abbey reality. You should only be limited to what you want to remember as your wedding day experience and your budget.

5) Keep it simple

Every year I get more and more people asking me to create a party and to forget a wedding is going on. They want to interact with the guests more, they want to feel comfortable all night. And most importantly they want everyone to have fun. There are certain traditions that seem like they filter into any wedding scenario. You might find yourself in those situations, where someone other than the two of you getting married, feel that you have to do this or should do that. But don’t worry about being simple. It is the biggest trend.

6) The Rehearsal


One of the major trends I see is with more effort put onto the rehearsal dinner and it being a highlight of the weekend. It used to be more overlooked and now it is the first event of the wedding festivities. The most important rule is to not make sure that the rehearsal dinner is a complete 180 degrees in style from the wedding that has been planned. If the wedding is shabby chic and off site, find a nice restaurant and do something indoors for the rehearsal dinner. If you have a fancy wedding, then a clambake or cookout is just what your guests will love.

After all that, trends come and go and everyone has ideas about what the right way to celebrate your wedding day is. In the end it comes down to finding a caterer you feel comfortable with and give them your vision. Throw out the craziest ideas and see what happens. Anything can happen with resources and imagination. You followed your heart to get to this point. Do the same with planning your wedding day. If you like individual desserts (I definitely do) then forgo the big wedding cake. If you love a fancy dress up day, make sure to theme the food and service accordingly. If you want simple or shabby chic, then just have fun with it! It will be a beautiful wedding because it is your day. Make it shine your way.
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publié le vendredi 05 juin à 05:04, aucun commentaire.

Inside Her Struggle to Conceive a Second Baby With Hubby Kanye West

Finally, some good news for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West!

As E! exclusively revealed tonight, the 34-year-old Keeping Up With the Kardashians star and the 37-year-old "Bound 2" rapper are expecting their second child. Daughter North West turns 2 on June 15.

As Keeping Up With the Kardashians viewers know, though, Kardashian's road to motherhood was full of speed bumps the second time around. "I grew up with siblings, so if I could just snap my fingers and have four, I would have four," she said on NBC's Today in August 2014. "But I do realize I'm going to have to go through the pregnancy again. Mine was a really difficult pregnancy. It's tough. Of course I want to have another child. We'll see. I'm going to have one more, and see what it's like."

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She echoed those sentiments in Elle U.K.'s January 2015 issue.

"I want a boy and another girl; I want it to start happening straight away. I loved being part of a huge family—and I want that for North. We'd do IVF if nothing happens, but we both want to keep trying naturally," she said. "A few years ago I was told I could never get pregnant. Three different doctors told me the same thing, which is why I wanted to have my eggs frozen. I was just about to do that when I found out I was pregnant with North."

Little did she know that it would be a long time before she had another bun in the oven. "I've been having sex 500 times a day," Kardashian told her siblings inSeason 10 of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. "You gotta get it in where you can get it in."

The couple continued on their quest to conceive, and Kardashian even saw a fertility specialist on multiple occasions. Eventually, she decided to try something different. "I have done everything so perfect to try and get pregnant. I eat differently—no sugar. You can't dye your hair. Literally, teenagers on, like, meth get pregnant in two seconds," she joked to E! News' Ken Baker in March. "I figured I'm going to do everything that I want to do, and that includes going platinum. Hopefully I will get pregnant doing all the wrong things! I'm totally changing my tactics." Asked if she was really having sex with West "500 times a day," she laughed and said no. "It's about 15. Too much! Actually, not too much—but whatever! It's always crazy. When you don't want to be pregnant, it happens. When you want it..."

"Actually, the doctor said he thinks I'm having sex too much. He said, 'One time is more powerful.' This is, like, way TMI! So, you know, we've tried everything. So now I'm kind of over it. I'm over trying. I'm over over-thinking it, hence why I dyed my hair blond," she explained. "I'm going to do everything—drinking coffee, eating chocolate. There's a list of things you shouldn't be doing and I was perfect for a good eight to 10 months, and now I'm like, 'I don't understand, so I'm going to do whatever I want and I'm going to dye my hair platinum.'"

She added, "Hopefully when I do all the wrong things, maybe it'll just happen."

In early May, Kardashian said she and West were trying "every single day" to get pregnant. "You can't try harder than we try! It's getting exhausting," the Selfishauthor told E! News' Catt Sadler. "He always said, 'Trying for Baby No. 2 isn't as fun as Baby No. 1.' I did go through a lot with the delivery, and so we faced a couple challenges, but we're literally trying everything that we can to make it happen."

Shortly after, Kardashian opened up to Today's Matt Lauer about her infertility struggles. "They say if you've been trying for a year, then you usually need a little bit of help. I had a tough delivery, so I understand what my challenges are," she said, recalling her daughter's early birth in 2013. "I mean, I'm seeing the best doctors and I'm trying to do everything that I can to make that happen."

Asked if she would ever consider using a surrogate or adopting, an optimistic Kardashian replied, "I would like to hold out a little bit longer, and still try. I still have hope, so I'm just going to keep on trying. Never say never."

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publié le mardi 02 juin à 05:23, aucun commentaire.

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