Finding Your Dream Dress: What’s Your Bridal Style?

February 27th, 2015

Planning a wedding can be one of the best experiences of a woman’s life. And, of course, finding the perfect dress is perhaps the most exciting part of planning your big day. Now, you may be the type of bride who knows exactly what she wants, and, if so, good for you! But, for the rest of us, all those options can be a bit overwhelming. With all the designers, styles, colors and details, how are we supposed to choose just one? Well, thankfully, narrowing down your choices doesn’t have to be so mind-boggling. Keep reading for tips on figuring out your bridal style, and choosing the dress that will suit you perfectly.

Classic

Is Audrey Hepburn your style icon? Does your everyday wardrobe include clean lines and understated chicness? If classic beauty is your thing, your bridal style could be best described as simple and elegant. A few great classic wedding looks include pretty A-line frocks, strapless column gowns and styles with full skirts and fitted bodices. Also, tea-length gowns are great for classic brides, as they definitely give off a traditional vibe, while still managing to look fresh and modern. And when it coms to hair and accessories, a classic bride can’t go wrong with a strand of pearls and a chic updo.

Romantic

Do you love romance novels, mushy movies and love songs? If so, a romantic bridal style may be perfect for you. For the best in romantic bridal style, go for flowing silhouettes, lace overlays, ruffles and other ultra-feminine details. For example, the Essense of Australia from Essence Designs collection features the intricate beadwork and stunning lace details that perfectly compliment a romance-inspired bridal style. When it comes to accessories, pair a romantic, ladylike gown with a flowered hairpiece (think flower crowns or headbands) and vintage-inspired jewelry.

High-Fashion

If you turn to the pages of Vogue for your style inspiration, you might just be confident enough to rock a high-fashion gown. Definitely not for everyone, couture dresses have a little more flair than your average bride can handle; but, if you’re not afraid to turn heads, you should look for a dress with lots of structure and dramatic lines. And, since couture dresses can be pretty dramatic, keep hair and makeup understated; a sleek bun and simple jewelry will do the trick.

Nontraditional

Do you play by your own fashion rules? Can your style be described as funky or eclectic? If so, you might be a nontraditional bride. And you know something? That’s okay. There’s no rule that every bride has to wear a traditional wedding gown. In fact, your wedding is the perfect opportunity to showcase your uniqueness, so don’t be afraid to drape yourself in a less-than-classic dress, a pantsuit or whatever you feel like wearing. Go all out. This is your day.

Vintage

If you love browsing the racks at your local thrift and consignment stores, a vintage bridal style might be your best bet. For a true vintage look, try off-white shades (cream, champagne and even pale yellow) with lace and beadwork. Top off your look with a wavy chignon, complete with jeweled hairpins and a short lace veil. Or, for a sizzling “Old Hollywood” vibe, opt for a curve-hugging satin gown and dramatic jewelry. And when it comes to hair, this look pairs perfectly with long, loose waves and a deep side part.

 

Now that you’ve figured out your bridal style, you’re one step closer to finding the dress of your dreams. Good luck!

Sending Flowers to Men: What You Need To Know

February 2nd, 2015

Flowers are a symbol of love and affection and all humans like to feel loved and cared for regardless of their sex. In recent studies, it has been shown that men love to receive flowers as much as women do. The attention indicated by getting flowers regardless of what the event is will definitely put a smile on that special person’s face. Whether it is your dad, brother, boyfriend, husband or friend, flowers are a great gift idea on several occasions. Valentine’s Day, Father’s day, Congratulations, Get-well-soon, Birthdays and Anniversaries are some of the best occasions to get a man flowers. But is giving a man flowers the same as giving a woman? What do you need to bear in mind when buying flowers for a man?

Sending a quality bouquet

Men differ from women in that they are visual beings and tend to judge the quality of things by what they see. The best flowers to get a man therefore are those with vivid colours like yellow, gold, red and orange. Keep away from purple and pink flowers as much as possible unless the man in question is into these colours. Even if so, mixing in with masculine colours would be ideal in ensuring that the flowers are well received. A good bouquet that would suit any occasion for a man is the red kisses available on Freshflowers.com.au, which come in a manly black pack enclosing a dozen brilliant red roses.

 

Don’t be super girly

A flower arrangement that would please a woman could be met with resistance by a man. When sending a man flowers, settle for exotic or contemporary arrangements. Natural styles are better accepted than fluffy and big designs. Choose flower arrangements that exclude ribbons, bows or any other additional fluff. Simple arrangements are just as beautiful but will appeal more to a man. A phalaenopsis orchid in a glass vessel would be an excellent idea as orchids have strong shapes and the design is simple enough with no fluffy additions that would otherwise deem the arrangement too feminine.

 

Consider a plant

A plant always hits the mark in impressing the recipient, male and female and is perhaps a safe bet for a man. It also lasts a while longer, and can be displayed at work or at home. These make great housewarming gifts too, so opting to have orchids, pines or Poinsettia delivered would certainly be received well by a man. From the boardroom to the home, they won’t look out of place and may be a safer choice for those you’re a little less sure of what flowers to send.

 

What kinds of flowers appeal to men?

Just like women, any type would do but it is best to stick to sturdy flowers that are full of personality to impress. Authuriums, orchids and birds of paradise are great flower choices for any man but that is not to say that other types will not work. The best way to decide is to consult a florist before making any purchase. State clearly that you are looking for flowers for a man and they will surely help you choose the best.

 

If you’re looking for cheap flower delivery in Brisbane then shop at freshflowers.com.au where the florists can prepare custom-made flowers for you depending on the types in season. With same day delivery on some options, and flowers for every occasion, you’re sure to be able to find something for the man in your life, whether its your brother, father, best friend or boyfriend, and they’ll be touched you made the effort to send them something special.

4 Apps Every Bride Needs

September 23rd, 2014

Congratulations – you’re engaged! Now the questions start and the wedding planning anxiety sets in. Luckily, in today’s tech-savvy world, your phone can be your portable planner. Search “wedding planning” in the app store and you’ll come up with numerous results. We’ve made it easy for you by listing the 4 apps every bride needs, which cover the 4 most important areas of wedding planning.

 

Checklist: Wedding Happy Wedding Planner

 

This free app will help you get organized right from the start by building a customized schedule based on your wedding date, with suggested tasks and due dates. You can assign items to specific vendors and sync your phone’s calendar, in addition to sending the schedule and vendor contact info to friends and family. The app is very simple to set up and has a convenient dashboard overview to give you a quick snapshot of today’s to-do list. With a 4.5 star rating from over 250 users, and ratings titles such as “literally the most perfect app”, “my hero”, and “OMG life saver”, how can you go wrong?

 

Budget: Wedding Budget Calculator

 

This app, created by Wedding Ideas Guide, comes with a standard list of over 50 expense items to track your wedding planning progress. You can compare budget numbers to actual amounts spent, and the totals automatically update. Add notes about specific expenses and add/remove budget items as needed. You can also email your wedding budget to friends and family, or send to your computer for printing. This app is $2.99 but well worth the few bucks! With the wedding budget being the number one priority for many couples, this app can keep you on track so you’ll know if you have leftover funds for an ice sculpture or, more practically, a longer honeymoon!

 

Website: AppyCouple

 

Once your checklist is organized and your budget is set, you can share all of the important information with your guests by creating a personalized wedding website. Keep everyone informed about the wedding day details and also share fun information like your engagement story. With AppyCouple, a free app with a 4-star rating, you can not only create a wedding website but also send messages to guests, collect RSVPs, check out guest photos, and coordinate your travel plans. There is a one-time website fee of $35, which is a significant savings compared to hosting your own site, plus this app is known for their great customer service.

 

Inspiration: Pinterest

 

Now that all of the practical items are done, the fun begins! Pinterest has been around for a few years, but this free app is still the best out there for getting inspired and organizing your ideas. In fact, as of August, there were 70 million users and over 80% were women. If you haven’t yet started pinning, this is a bandwagon worth jumping on! By creating a wedding board, you’ll have a visual of your colors, dresses, tuxes, flowers, décor, and more, all in one place. You can also add friends to your board, so your bridesmaids and other important people can contribute. Most pins will link to websites where you can purchase essential wedding items or get instructions on DIY decorations. This app is amazing for wedding planning, but you should proceed with caution – before you know it, you’ll spend hours searching through pins!

 

Of course, every bride is different so you may find another app that better fits your needs or style. The good news is that there are several to choose from, so your phone will make wedding planning a breeze. Stick to apps within the 4 above categories to keep those anxiety levels down and those happiness levels UP! You’ve already found a great man, and these apps will let you have a great wedding planning experience as well. Happy planning to you!

Pointers for the Perfect Pout

August 28th, 2014

Congratulations! You are getting married! Nothing says love like a kiss. To keep your pout perfect – here are some of the best tips! Enjoy!

 

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Whether you are a lipstick lover or a gloss girl – moisturized lips are always sexy.

*Best Tip

The night before, slough off any dry skin on your lips with an extra toothbrush. I always keep one in the bathroom just for lips after brushing my teeth. Apply a lip balm. Lips will feel like new by morning. Vaseline also works very well.

Nivea’s “A Kiss of Protection” features sunflower and jojoba oils as well as vitamin E and an SPF of 30 to keep your pout pristine.

http://www.nivea.com/pages/int-website-selection

Less is more

The more natural the colour and texture, the less fuss and worry about making sure your lips look perfect at all times especially after kisses, eating and drinking. I love M.A.C Lipglass in Prrr. The colour is gorgeous, natural and looks great on every skin tone.

www.maccosmetics.com

 

Line your lips

If you are going to be wearing a vibrant lip colour, lining lips first will keep the colour on for much longer. Lip liner is also great if you want to change the shape of your lips by making them symmetrical or bigger. Apply the same colour lip liner (the dark liner and light lipstick which I call “oreo mouth” days are long gone.) to your entire lip. Blot. Then apply lipstick. A lip brush creates pristine results. Blot again. Touch up as needed.

*Best Tip

Use a concealer brush with face powder to line around the outside of your lips to prevent lipstick from bleeding.

I love the Rimmel London Eggagerate Automatic Lipliner. It keeps lipstick from bleeding, comes in a great variety of shades and is very long lasting without drying out your lips.

http://ca-en.rimmellondon.com/

I love the Beautiful Colour Moisturizing lipsticks by Elizabeth Arden. These high pigment lipsticks come in such a beautiful array of shades last 12 hours while leaving lips soft and supple.

 

The only great stain – Lipstain!

Lip stain is great if you are looking for a sheer hint of colour that lasts for hours. I love the line by Benefit as it can be used for cheeks as well. Apply to the apples of the cheeks and lips with the little brush and blend in with fingers. May be layered for a more dramatic look too. Benetint (Berry), Cha Chatint (Peach/Coral), Lollitint and Posietint (Warm Pink) look great on all skin tones.

www.benefitcosmetics.com

Use straws

Use straws as much as possible when it comes to drinking. I like to keep a few of the covered ones you can get from Starbucks in my purse, just in case.

I hope you have enjoyed these tips. For my blog, work, YouTube and new e-book “I’m Not Making This Up” please go to www.colourchameleon.com

Happy Eternal Love!

 

By: Natalia Zurawska for YesBride

Makeup/Hair/SPFX

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