2018年01月22日

Foreign tourists

The West Bengal government is planning to promote theme-based packages for foreign tourists who wish to know about the culture and traditions of the people here. Besides jazzing up the Durga Puja celebrations — which happen to be a major crowd puller — the state tourism department is preparing a ‘bridal tourism’ package to showcase the rituals of Bengali marriages to foreigners and seek their participation in the event.


“The bridal tourism package will offer foreigners a chance to witness the colourful rituals of a Bengali marriage. They will find it interesting as they are not accustomed to anything like this three-day long gala at Bengali homes,” said West Bengal Tourism Minister Gautam Deb.


The nitty-gritty of the package, such as ways to connect the tourists to the households where marriages would be held, are being chalked out at the moment, Deb said. The guests will be able to witness from close quarters the ‘haldi’ or ‘gayey halud’ ceremony (turmeric smearing), exchange of garlands, and sindur daan (vermilion ritual). The tourists will also get a taste of the lavish Bengali spread at the wedding and the reception ceremony,” he said.


At a recent meet with travel operators from different parts of the globe, including the US, UK, Russia and Australia, the minister had promised a unique experiences for tourists. The state tourism department is currently working on a plan to offer a diverse portfolio of niche products — cruises, adventure, wellness, medical and education, besides homestays.


“We have decided to support theme-based tourism products, and encourage maximum private sector participation, while ensuring standard services by all tourism players in the state,” Deb said.


West Bengal ranks fifth among the Indian states in terms of foreign tourist arrivals, ahead of Rajasthan, Goa and Kerala, the minister noted. The tourism sector of the state has created around 5,00,000 jobs over the past few years, the minister said, adding that West Bengal is home to almost all major hotel and hospitality, health resorts, and restaurant chains.Read more at:plus size wedding dresses | short wedding dresses

  

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2018年01月17日

BIG LOVE UNDER THE BIG SKY

The sparkling new snow Big Sky received in recent weeks isn’t the only thing glistening around the region lately. With no lack of stunning vistas, Big Sky has long been known as the perfect place to pop the big question in a memorable way.


According to the online wedding planning resource Wedding Wire, nearly one in five engagements happen in December, more than in any other month. With many families gathering to spend their holidays together while enjoying the outdoor recreation opportunities Big Sky is best known for, it’s the perfect time for any couple to say “yes” to a lifetime together.


Perhaps you’ll choose to do so in the romantic candlelight glow of Lone Mountain Ranch’s sleigh ride dinner, or take the “top of the world” approach by taking the Big Sky Resort tram to the 11,166-foot summit of Lone Mountain. A word to the wise—just be sure the ring is zipped securely in the pocket of your ski jacket before heading out. Whatever backdrop you choose, a holiday engagement under the big sky is likely to light a fire in the heart of your loved one.


Afterward, pop some bubbly to celebrate and perhaps enjoy a Montana ribeye next to the fireplace at one of many area restaurants at the resort, Meadow or canyon. Or jump in the hot tub of your rental for a soothing soak.


Once the excitement of a Big Sky engagement has settled in, many couples from across the country choose to return to Big Sky for a summer wedding, where an array of venues range from mountaintops to riversides, all framed by iconic Lone Mountain.


Between Bozeman and Big Sky, southwest Montana has an abundance of wedding vendors that will work in tandem to fulfill your wedding needs. And as for your guests, what an opportunity to combine a visit to Yellowstone National Park with a celebration of love and commitment.


Experiencing true love is meaningful in any location, but we at Visit Big Sky believe the crisp, clean air and endless blue skies of Big Sky can come together to make it even more special. But don’t take our word for it, rather, visit with your sweetheart to test it out for yourselves.Read more at:beach wedding dresses | wedding dresses

  

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2018年01月09日

You Get Engaged

Getting engaged is a huge step in a relationship. You’re making a commitment publicly about your plans to spend your lives together. So, no matter how long you’ve been together or how ingrained your lives are with each other, an engagement is a definite shift. “Getting engaged is a definite change from when you’re just dating, because the relationship has now entered a new phase where both have made the decision to get married,” Dr. Dawn Michael, M.A. PhD ACS CSC, tells Brides. “Not only does it feel different personally, but there is a social aspect to it as well.”


The good news is that so many of the changes that come with an engagement are positive ones. Once the flurry of social media congrats fade and the photoshoots are done, you’re there—an engaged couple. And as Michael suggests, some of them are social—you’d be amazed at how differently society treats you when you’re engaged. But more than that, it’s the changes between the two of you. There’s more pressure once you’re engaged, but there’s also a lot more joy. Here’s what you need to know.


Disagreements Feel Heavier


When you’re engaged, every disagreement can feel more weighted. You’ve agreed to spend the rest of your lives together, so any friction that arises in a relationship can feel like a cause for panic. You want to make sure you’re “compatible not only with their personality, but finances, negotiation about decorating a house, and dealing with each others families,” Michaels says, so it’s normal to be feeling some pressure. Try to stay calm and remember that every relationship, even marriages, will have some disagreements and require compromise. You’re doing fine.


Society Treats You Differently


It may sound old-fashioned, but there is a definite shift in how society treats you once you get engaged. “Society does treat an engaged couple differently than girlfriend or boyfriend because the couple is showing the world that they intend to be permanent, so others will treat the relationship as more serious and may invest more time into the couple,” Michael says. People are more willing to accept obligations you have to your partner or their family and tend to assume you’re a more well-matched couple, just because you’ve gotten engaged.


And People Feel Like They Can Give Commentary


It can be nice to feel like your relationship is respected, but the other side of that coin is people suddenly have a lot to say. About your engagement, about your wedding, about how the two of you interact; once you make your relationship public with an engagement, you may find that you get a whole lot of commentary alongside it. Don’t take it to heart. Ultimately, your relationship is about what you and your partner want—no matter what everyone else has to say.


It Can Feel Like A Rehearsal


Some people find their engagement period a bit surreal—like it’s a waiting room for getting married. “I think that an engagement is the rehearsal to the big event (marriage) and an important step in making a more solid commitment to each other,” Michael says. There’s so much focus on this big event that is going to happen, but make sure that you’re enjoy the here and now.


It Can Be Downright Joyous


Finally, there’s the fact that it can just be one of the happiest times of your life. One of the best parts about being engaged is that it can be the ultimately honeymoon period. Even though it’s, you know, well before the actual honeymoon. You’ve got this amazing bubble where you’ve made a huge commitment to each other and our on cloud nine. If the wedding planning stress start to settle in, make sure you hold onto that joy. Remember that an engagement is just between you and your partner. Focus on yourselves as couple and don’t sweat the small stuff.


Getting engaged is a huge decision—so it’s no surprise that there’s a definite change in your relationship once you agree to tie the knot. You’ll feel a difference in your relationship, but also between your relationship and the rest of the world. The great part is that most of the changes are positive ones, ones that make you feel more intimate and connected. As for the other changes, like your great Aunt Nancy’s sudden urge to tell you when you should be married and ask you invasive question about plan for uterus, well, you can just ignore those. Engagement may be a big change, but it’s still all about you and your partner.Read more at:bridal dresses | wedding dresses perth

  

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2018年01月09日

You Get Engaged

Getting engaged is a huge step in a relationship. You’re making a commitment publicly about your plans to spend your lives together. So, no matter how long you’ve been together or how ingrained your lives are with each other, an engagement is a definite shift. “Getting engaged is a definite change from when you’re just dating, because the relationship has now entered a new phase where both have made the decision to get married,” Dr. Dawn Michael, M.A. PhD ACS CSC, tells Brides. “Not only does it feel different personally, but there is a social aspect to it as well.”


The good news is that so many of the changes that come with an engagement are positive ones. Once the flurry of social media congrats fade and the photoshoots are done, you’re there—an engaged couple. And as Michael suggests, some of them are social—you’d be amazed at how differently society treats you when you’re engaged. But more than that, it’s the changes between the two of you. There’s more pressure once you’re engaged, but there’s also a lot more joy. Here’s what you need to know.


Disagreements Feel Heavier


When you’re engaged, every disagreement can feel more weighted. You’ve agreed to spend the rest of your lives together, so any friction that arises in a relationship can feel like a cause for panic. You want to make sure you’re “compatible not only with their personality, but finances, negotiation about decorating a house, and dealing with each others families,” Michaels says, so it’s normal to be feeling some pressure. Try to stay calm and remember that every relationship, even marriages, will have some disagreements and require compromise. You’re doing fine.


Society Treats You Differently


It may sound old-fashioned, but there is a definite shift in how society treats you once you get engaged. “Society does treat an engaged couple differently than girlfriend or boyfriend because the couple is showing the world that they intend to be permanent, so others will treat the relationship as more serious and may invest more time into the couple,” Michael says. People are more willing to accept obligations you have to your partner or their family and tend to assume you’re a more well-matched couple, just because you’ve gotten engaged.


And People Feel Like They Can Give Commentary


It can be nice to feel like your relationship is respected, but the other side of that coin is people suddenly have a lot to say. About your engagement, about your wedding, about how the two of you interact; once you make your relationship public with an engagement, you may find that you get a whole lot of commentary alongside it. Don’t take it to heart. Ultimately, your relationship is about what you and your partner want—no matter what everyone else has to say.


It Can Feel Like A Rehearsal


Some people find their engagement period a bit surreal—like it’s a waiting room for getting married. “I think that an engagement is the rehearsal to the big event (marriage) and an important step in making a more solid commitment to each other,” Michael says. There’s so much focus on this big event that is going to happen, but make sure that you’re enjoy the here and now.


It Can Be Downright Joyous


Finally, there’s the fact that it can just be one of the happiest times of your life. One of the best parts about being engaged is that it can be the ultimately honeymoon period. Even though it’s, you know, well before the actual honeymoon. You’ve got this amazing bubble where you’ve made a huge commitment to each other and our on cloud nine. If the wedding planning stress start to settle in, make sure you hold onto that joy. Remember that an engagement is just between you and your partner. Focus on yourselves as couple and don’t sweat the small stuff.


Getting engaged is a huge decision—so it’s no surprise that there’s a definite change in your relationship once you agree to tie the knot. You’ll feel a difference in your relationship, but also between your relationship and the rest of the world. The great part is that most of the changes are positive ones, ones that make you feel more intimate and connected. As for the other changes, like your great Aunt Nancy’s sudden urge to tell you when you should be married and ask you invasive question about plan for uterus, well, you can just ignore those. Engagement may be a big change, but it’s still all about you and your partner.Read more at:bridal dresses | wedding dresses perth

  

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2018年01月03日

Rizman Ruzaini

The dynamic duo who make up Rizman Ruzaini has seen sweet success and shake-ups through the years, writes Amalina Kamal


ONE claims to be old-fashioned while the other is a playful experimenter.


Meet Rizman Nordin and Ruzaini Wan Jamil, two designers with contrasting personalities.


“Think Batman and Spiderman and you will instantly get an idea of how different our personalities are,” says Ruzaini.


This lack of similarity, however, makes them an unstoppable force when together.


For more than a decade, Rizman Ruzaini has been enthusiastically showcasing designs featuring its own identity.


The colourful and glamorous red-carpet theatrics by the brand regardless of whether they were hits or misses have had a huge impact on fashionable society.


From celebrities to socialites and anyone in vogue, all want to be seen in a Rizman Ruzaini piece at least once in their lifetime.


Intrigued by the world of Rizman Ruzaini, I asked the designers about what happens at the boutique as soon as employees clock in.


Work starts at 11am, but with good reason as Rizman usually goes for a workout before co-leading his team with Ruzaini.


The designers will prepare the necessary materials for fitting appointments and client consultations by 2pm and then take the rest of the day as it comes.


“We spend most of our working hours in the detailing section because that’s where magic happens,” says Rizman.


SHARED SENSIBILITIES


Once a designer has a concept, it’s time to start building the pieces. The unique journey of a Rizman Ruzaini piece lies in the duo’s creative synergy.


“It’s not that I don’t have my own designs, but most of our inspirations come from Ruzaini because his ideas are never-ending,” says Rizman, adding that their brainstorming sessions are very exciting.


“I will usually come in to fine-tune the ideas and ensure they are realistic by complementing it with my own design renditions. I think we work well with each other because we allow ourselves to be creative in our own way,” he says.


“In fashion, don’t limit yourself,” adds Ruzaini.


“When going about a particular inspiration, I don’t necessarily plough into the theme to its very core. I just take the essence of an idea and fuse it with another to offer something new. Some designers suffer a creative block because they narrow the parameters of a design they are working on,” he says.


The duo also take into account opinions from friends who attend showcases and observe fashion trends when expanding on their own design ideas.


“It’s about having people with great style insight as part of our design run-throughs to help guide us in the right direction. We are always open to thoughts and opinions to keep the brand alive,” says Rizman.


Ultimately, he adds, it’s about re-inventing. The trick is not to recreate the work of others; it’s better to take your inspirations from the past and make it fresh.


MAKING THE CUT


Despite having done showcases for so long, the duo still get butterflies at the thought of a runway show.


“The stakes are higher and the pressure is more intense. Every little flaw during a fashion show is highlighted in such a big way and that is scary. The fact that many people from fashion enthusiasts and critics to stylists and fellow designers will be looking to judge doesn’t help calm the nerves. But we still love doing it,” shares Rizman.


Ruzaini adds that getting the message behind their creations across to people is very important which is why they are very fussy about the finishing of their garments.


Even if a dress is completed and ready to be released, they have no qualms about starting from scratch again if it doesn’t meet their expectations.


IN HINDSIGHT


The designers find it hard to single out a favourite design. However, they also admit to having had some cringe-worthy fashion moments.


One “fail” incident was the look they did for Datuk Seri Siti Nurhaliza for her album release party a few years back.


“Of all people, it had to happen to the most influential singer of our time so you can imagine the publicity we got from that debacle,” says Rizman.


The duo had dressed Siti in an outfit inspired by Rihanna — high-wasted pants complete with a belt and puffs here and there. But it was a fashion faux pas because the material, colour and fit were wrong.


At that time, Ruzaini and I were still new at the fashion game. We were just too star-struck and went ahead with the idea without thinking twice,” he adds.


But that wasn’t the only experience which put Rizman Ruzaini in the hot seat. The futuristic silver jumpsuit featuring the Petronas Twin Towers for Miss Universe Malaysia 2016 Kiran Jassal also got the Internet buzzing with mixed reviews.


“People should give us some credit for this. The outfit was done specially for the national costume round of the pageant which is supposed to be fun and fearless. We based our references on past winners whose costumes had a distinctive originality and appeal. Who can forget Miss Universe Thailand and her tuk tuk outfit?” notes Rizman.


THREAD LIGHTLY


From humble beginnings to becoming one of the premiere fashion houses in the country, Rizman and Ruzaini have remained grounded despite their popularity.


Even negative comments or criticisms have had minimal impact on them.


“We take criticisms constructively. If we have to defend our designs, we use reasoning instead of anger which many players in this industry fail to do,” says Rizman. And will the brand eventually step out of its “design comfort zone” and start a new age in its approach to fashion? Rizman says stepping out requires them to alter the “ingredients” that make up the brand.


“Rizman Ruzaini is known for its timeless statement pieces; to lose that would mean losing our appeal entirely,” adds Rizman.


Ruzaini feels that as designers, they have evolved to become more polished with their looks.


“We have a better grasp of who we are and what kind of style aesthetics we value. This is greatly due to the fact that the world is much more connected and inspirations are easily sourced. Even if we were to change, we will make sure the brand’s DNA is intact.”


While the designers do not disregard the possibility of bringing a creative director into the team in future, they stress that they can manage the brand even without one.


“It will only happen when we really need the extra attention, but that would probably be 20 years from now.


The idea will not become a reality anytime soon,” shares Ruzaini.


FAST FACTS TAKE FIVE


FAVOURITE STYLE ICON?


Rizman: Charlize Theron because she has that classic elegance.


Ruzaini: I am more into rugged personalities like Shah Rukh Khan, Bradley Cooper, Jude Law and the like.


FAVOURITE FASHION CITY?


Rizman: Call me boring but it’s Paris because it’s the fashion capital!


Ruzaini: I love Paris, London and New York but I am also fascinated by Prague and Vienna. I’m desperately trying to persuade Rizman to visit these places and take in the rich inspirations.


HOW WOULD YOU STYLE JEANS OR LEATHER?


Rizman: Jeans with a black T-shirt and loafers.


Ruzaini: Leather and lace.


TIPS ON DRESSING FOR AN EVENING FUNCTION?


Rizman: Make sure the look is clean. Don’t go for anything that is too trendy.


Ruzaini: I would add a touch of colour but it would only be blue — a deep shade of it to give a little life to the look.


ADVICE TO DESIGNERS WHO ARE STUCK ON IDEAS?


Rizman: Take time off to recharge. Once you step away from that empty page, you will imagine ways of filling it. My ideas usually materialise when I’m onboard a plane. I once came up with 16 sketches in less than 20 minutes!


Ruzaini: Inspirations don’t necessarily come from flicking through fashion magazines. You can source for them by being more present in your surroundings.Read more at:simple wedding dresses | www.sheindressau.com

  

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2017年12月26日

Managing the balancing act

With women getting back on track with their careers soon after they give birth, we ask them and life coaches about how to juggle the demands of motherhood and careers at the same time.


Tennis star Serena Williams’ pregnancy has been much talked about, first when she won the Australian Open while still pregnant. Now, for the fact that the new mommy, who gave birth to a baby girl in September, is already gearing up to get back in the game.


She will be taking part in an exhibition match against French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, at the Mubada World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi. Sereena is not, however, the only new mother to return to work after a relatively short maternity leave.


Closer home, Kareena Kapoor Khan also juggled gym sessions, bonding time with baby Taimur Ali Khan, and the shoot for her upcoming film Veere Di Wedding, just a couple of months after she gave birth. Soha Ali Khan, too, is up and about and even promoting her new book, after a short period of rest after giving birth to Inaaya Naumi.


Soha says that it was a combination of yoga and a will to get back to work that motivated her. “I wanted to be physically active again and here, yoga helped me a lot. It’s all about achieving the right kind of balance. Some people like to get back to work as soon as they can, while others take longer breaks; it’s up to them. I decided to give it three months before taking up any strenuous work,” she said.


While maternity leave is definitely a must, it is up to the woman if she wants to get back to work after she is physically healed, says life coach Khyati Birla. “Healthcare is much more improved than it once was, so it takes much less time for women to heal from the birth and be fit enough to get back to work. It’s also against society’s perceived notions that a woman should rest for a longer time after giving birth. But with proper health advice, one can definitely get back on the job,” she explains.


Senior wellness consultant, Healthians, Dr. Snehal Singh,adds that getting back to work may actually help the woman stay active and happy. She does warn, however, that a mandatory period of rest is essential for everyone. “While most healing is expected by six to 12 weeks, women who feel good and healthy may resume their work by 12 weeks. It often helps to be active and working again, as long as the new mother is healthy, happy and is still able to devote some quality time for the baby. Resuming work once the new mother is comfortable can also help beat postpartum depression. However, it is best to avoid overdoing things to keep exhaustion at bay,” she says.


Wellness and lifestyle guru Ruchi Phool, on the other hand, is not very encouraging of the need to jump back into office. Time spent bonding with one’s baby, says Ruchi, is invaluable. “The world is obsessed with work. Work should not be given preference over nourishing, cherishing, loving, nurturing, respecting and reverence for new life and the life giver. A baby, although a tiny package, is as complete a life as ourselves. It’s as dependent upon us, as we are on it. The presence of a pure, new life impacts us just as much as our presence impacts it. It is not the future of the planet but our very present that depends on such factors. Let us celebrate life-ethics over work-ethics,” she asserts.


Khyati provides a possible solution to this conundrum. “If you look at actresses like Kareena, you’ll find that they can take their babies along with them to the sets, set up a homelike environment for them, and thereby manage to juggle both roles very well. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you look at tea pickers in the hills, you’ll often find them working with babies strapped to their backs. It’s all a matter of being able to balance your responsibilities,” she explains.


Television actress Mitaali Nag, who became a mother this year, says that ultimately the decision should just be left to the mother. “To each his own — some women believe in the 40 days confinement post delivery while some get back to work in full swing asap. I personally feel that a mother knows aptly when is she ready to start work after having her baby, so we should not pester a new mommy with our thoughts and beliefs about it and let her decide for herself. The cameo I did in Iss Pyar Ko Kya Naam Doon 3 was the perfect way to start work post having Rudranssh, as it was a cameo. I am now ready to take full time work!”Read more at:wedding dresses online | bridesmaid dresses

  

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2017年12月18日

Wedding Painter

Dirk Guidry is a full-time artist. But his paintings, large-scale abstracts and portraiture don’t always pay the bills.


Being a wedding painter allows him to remain one.


“I almost consider it my day job,” he says. “If I have one wedding a month, I can be in the studio the rest of the time.”


He joined this latest wedding trend of having a live artist capture the reception on canvas when a Tennessee friend sent him a picture.


“I looked at it and knew I could do it better,” says Guidry, who grew up in Galliano. “My cousin was getting married in Houma and asked me to paint her wedding. It was quite an experience the first time.”


And a lesson.


“I learned taking a blank canvas into the reception is not the way to go,” says the 30-year-old, who holds a fine arts bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.


Now after more than 30 weddings, Guidry doesn’t get nervous anymore and actually thrives under the pressure, competing against himself and time.


His process is complex. And done quickly.


“I’m trying to incorporate the night into one piece,” says Guidry, whose paint-covered suit is part of the show. “But you have to go early and paint the background first. People love seeing the process unfold, especially when I paint them in. Everyone’s timid at first, except the kids. They’re not bashful.”


Guidry sets up near the dance floor so the painting faces the room and his back is to the crowd. He has perfected his technique through trial and error, although his first few weddings were more trial by fire. He once misjudged the availability of an outlet for his lamp.


“It was so dark, I used the light from my phone,” he recalls with a laugh. “I made it happen and learned I need access to an outlet.”


While some guests stand relatively stationary in his paintings, others are more purposefully posed. Faces are blank ” except for the bride and groom, who are offered more detail later ” yet they are recognizable, both loose and detailed at the same time. Subjects can clearly find their cousin or their aunt. Guidry paints the room as full as possible while maintaining the classical components of composition and the elements of art ” color, line, shape, form and texture.


“The entertainment aspect is what I didn’t realize,” says Guidry. ”. I’ll joke and say, ‘Hold that dip.’ It’s the interaction. What would you like to be doing? One grandpa said, ‘Put me smoking a cigar.’”


Often there’s an air of whimsy in his paintings. For instance, the best man with the hole in his tuxedo who lost the ring. Guidry painted him on his hands and knees searching, his wife with arms akimbo looking on. Elsewhere, male guests are sliding down the banister.


He also wields the power of the brush, cutting some waistlines here, adding some hair there.


“As an art piece, I have the luxury of adjusting,” says Guidry. So, when a groomsman asked to be painted as a reclining nude a la Renoir, he got his pose, albeit clothed.


“It’s the fastest time lapse ever. Eight hours of continual painting that feels like 10 minutes,” he says. “It’s about four minutes per person, and it helps when groups or couples come in together rather than individually.”


And, while he can usually identify the wedding party due to the nature of the occasion, if some don’t make the painting, he will add them in afterward for a fee.


Price depends on the size of the painting because larger ones take more time. Guidry says his fees are comparable with those of the band and photographer.


He’s been flown as far away as Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, to capture a bride and groom’s happy moments, although most of his commissions are in the Acadiana area.


His paintings, the artist says, are the best advertising. One wedding leads to another, but he also does bridal expos and The Knot. A newlywed himself of nearly a year, Guidry’s retroactively painting his own wedding from photos.


Although some may not see wedding paintings as high art, Guidry has overcome that hurdle.


“I’ve painted my fair share of fleur-de-lis,” he adds with a laugh. “I still take the most pride in my abstracts, and I have patrons and shows. I’m also a business owner.”


Make that a business owner who was booked every weekend in October and is already booked for December except for Christmas, and every weekend in May. He’s recently had to decline wedding commissions due to deadline constraints.


“At first I was skeptical,” he said. “Do I really want to do these because of what’s at stake?


“It’s a wedding, a happy time,” Guidry explains. “I’m just glad I get to capture it.”Read more at:One Shoulder Bridesmaid Dresses | cheap bridesmaid dresses

  

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2017年11月24日

Who Match Their Clothes

The other day, en route to a date at Christie’s Auction House, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez stepped out in looks that lightly matched. Both were dressed in a kind of assassin's uniform — long coats and sunglasses — looking different enough but also in sync. The pairing felt totally unlike the cringeworthy matchy-matchy images of, say, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears in head-to-toe eveningwear denim at the 2001 American Music Awards. Or megastars Victoria and David Beckham in 1999 who took a more-is-more approach to matching when they celebrated their wedding reception by both donning the same striking hue of purple. Instead, Lopez and Rodriguez appeared as if their personal styles had gently rubbed off on each other, with only chic results.


Couples who subtly match have historically evoked an effortlessly cool attitude. Take Gwyneth Paltrow: In the late ‘90, she had a yin-yang aesthetic with then-fiancé Brad Pitt. Both of them favored leather blazers and slacker sweaters. (An ultimate testament to their allegiance to each other came with the debut of the same double-take, chin-length, blond hairdos at a movie premiere back in 1997.) Later on, in the 2000s, she dated Ben Affleck. One stellar airport photo shows Paltrow arm-in-arm with a hulking, goatee-sporting Affleck — both are wearing gray and black and casting long and linear silhouettes.


Other famous low-key twinners include Winona Ryder and her former fiancé Johnny Depp. In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, the two had a collection of tailored blazers that they louchely styled with tee shirts and a bevy of sleeveless tanks. After Ryder and Depp had split, he began dating model Kate Moss. Paparazzi-snapped photos show Depp and Moss sporting worn-in vintage leather jackets or in chunky sweaters.


Is matching such a bizarre phenomenon among those in love? Not necessarily. My mother often says that people are attracted to partners who resemble themselves. (The first time she met my former boyfriend, she looked him up and down and said, “You two look like brother and sister.” That day, I was wearing his leather jacket.) My mother’s theory isn’t totally unfounded: Scientifically, people are attracted to mirrors of themselves.. Freakily enough, this is also true with dogs—yes, there is the idea that people choose dogs that resemble themselves.


But significant others and their mimicking outfits may be a result not of science but of sharing a wardrobe. Vogue Culture Editor Alessandra Codinha weighs in on this point. “My boyfriend and I share, I think, a similar affinity for the classics: good blue jeans, cashmere sweaters in neutral tones, good t-shirts,” she writes. “I think that if we had never met, he wouldn't be dressing drastically differently (nor would I), but I do think we have probably 'rubbed off' on each other. We spend a lot of time together and are exposed to the same things.”


Vogue’s Fashion News and Emerging Platforms Editor Steff Yotka had an almost telepathic sharing experience recently when she showed up at a concert with her boyfriend to discover they were both wearing striped shirts. This kind of thing is not that unusual. “It happens about three times a week,” she says. There is, of course, a confounding factor in Yotka's case. “I buy most of his clothes.”


On the runway, lookalike wardrobes between couples have been a thing for awhile. While Undercover and Thom Browne have gone the literal doppelgänger route, which can be a bit freaky IRL, Opening Ceremony’s Spring 2018 lookbookshowed couples wearing looks that could have been charmingly plucked from the same closet. Meanwhile, Balenciaga's Spring 2018 Mens show took things a step further, presenting families all in similar styles.


As for those who put it into action? In South Korea, couples actually attend fashion week dressed up to complement one another. Maybe they're on to something. At the end of the day, an easy, breezy, and not-super-contrived matching outfit can be a way to say "we're together." And that's never a bad look.Read more at:vintage style wedding dresses | www.sheindressau.com

  

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2017年11月15日

Wedding Dresses Collection

Indian weddings are well-known for their traditional values and opulence. Mirraw has now come up with their amazing wedding collection that includes the complete range of wedding dresses, wedding jewelry and wedding gifts, all under one roof and available at cost-saving prices with a best discount offers


According to the spokesperson of the online store, they have stocked up an extensive range of wedding dresses and jewelry for the upcoming wedding season. “There is no need to wander from one store to another in search of your best wedding dresses. We have everything for you and you can grab them at the click of your mouse,” he states. Mirraw brings a large variety of wedding sarees. One can choose from a wide range of attractively designed, multi-color and embroidered saree collection that have been designed meticulously, just for a bride to wear on her wedding day.


Besides, a woman can select from different types of cotton sarees, suitable for wearing on a range of occasions, from a daily wear to a stylish party wear. The cotton fabric brings comfort, softness, style and also flexibility. The online store has a large cotton saree range, including different varieties with a number of color and design choices. One can choose a printed cotton saree, a plain cotton saree, a multi-color cotton saree, or a woven cotton saree. Each saree has been painstakingly designed to offer a lavish and delicate style for every woman who wears them.


Modern women, especially working women, prefer wearing chiffon sarees for their different style options and an easy way of wearing. Mirraw offers a number of choices for every woman to pick her the best chiffon saree available in a variety of colors and prints. They also have embroidered sarees of chiffon that can enable a woman to look extra stylish and attractive.


The online store has stocked up an incredible selection of wedding salwar suits for any girl and woman to become a show-stopper at a wedding event. With lively color combinations and heavy embroidery work, these suits can turn a woman into a real fashion icon. One can explore their various salwar suit styles to pick the right dress that can match her personal fashion choices.


In many Indian weddings, brides prefer wearing lehengas and Mirraw now brings a stunning range of beautiful and delicately designed bridal lehenga collection for a bride to look and feel very special on her wedding. All these lehengas feature a heavy embroidery work that adds to the beauty and elegance of the marrying girl. They also have some unusual color choices in the collection, such as orange color lehengas, dark maroon color lehengas and purple color lehengas that can allow a bride to don a unique look and win everyone’s appreciation.


The spokesperson of Mirraw reveals that besides traditional and ethnic dresses, they also have an impressive range of western dresses. Customers can check different dresses and apparels, such as tunics, tops, jeans, evening dresses, party wear gowns, pants, skirts and lots more. “We care for all types of customers and respect their diversity and the sense of dressing. You can choose from a perfect western wear from our collection at the best prices,” the spokesperson states.


About Mirraw


With over 1 lac listed products, 3 million and counting customers worldwide, Mirraw has the mission to bring the world's best ethnic designs to the customer’s doorstep. Based out of Fort Mumbai, it brings handpicked designs in ethnic jewelry, apparels, accessories, sarees and more. Founded by Shailesh Jain and Anup Nair in 2011, Mirraw offers products that can transform the look of customers. With a great fan following in India, US & Europe, Mirraw is extremely focused on ethnic wear and wants to dominate this space in the coming few years.Read more at:Yellow Bridesmaid Dresses | White Bridesmaid Dresses

  

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2017年11月09日

Southern Designer Showcase

Mia Carreras’ faith in her design contest entry was so strong that she made plans to go accept the prize months before getting word about her status.


“When I hit the submit button, I said, ‘Let me book this hotel and square this away,’ ” Carreras, a Virginia Beach native now living in Atlanta, said by phone.


She was confident she would be a finalist in Belk’s fifth annual Southern Designer Showcase and attend the event at the department store’s headquarters in Charlotte, N.C. That was in January. Come June, she got confirmation that her dream would be a reality. She was one of five winners out of dozens of applicants. Her Gigi Carreras brand, named after her 10-year-old daughter, will be sold in select Belk stores (including one in Atlanta) beginning in March 2018. It won’t be available at the Suffolk location, the only Belk in Hampton Roads, but the collection will be sold online.


The win comes with a cash prize and inclusion in a boot camp this fall that includes help with fine-tuning the collection; public relations and media training; and instruction on fabric selection, manufacturing and forming relationships with buyers. This type of assistance and exposure is a priceless leg up in the fashion industry. Any emerging or mass market designer can attest to the frustrations of the business side. Most budding designers are unable to get their collections into major department stores, primarily because of the high cost of production and insufficient market knowledge.


But for Carreras, developing a business model has not been what has tripped her up, she said. The training has most helped her in understanding fabric and manufacturing.


“I used to design something, then get the fabric. Now I’m learning about wearability, durability, washability,” Carreras said. “It’s not just what’s appealing to the eye; it’s also marketablilty.”


And she’s now fortunate to have secured a manufacturer just 20 minutes from her home. Plus, there’s the new experience of creating codes for tracking merchandise.


“This is a whole different world for me,” Carreras said.


Carreras took fashion merchandising classes at Kellam High School, and graduated in 1999. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and landed her first job with Sean Jean, the brand founded by media mogul Sean Combs. Her next job was with Akademiks, an urban contemporary brand known for its celebrity following and founded by fellow Kellam alums Donwan and Emmett Harrell.


But the New York life was “a little too much” for Carreras.


“I’m a country girl,” she said. When the opportunity arose, she moved back south and has been in Atlanta 10 years styling her own clients.


She describes the Gigi Carreras brand as having broad age appeal – a mother and daughter sharing a closet would feel comfortable interchanging her pieces, she said. Andy Izquierdo, the chain’s vice president of communications and community relations, said Carreras’ design aesthetic fits Belk’s signature of “Modern. Southern. Style.”


“Mia’s collection distinguishes itself by offering options to satisfy the taste of every woman, whether you are a mother, student or professional” he said in an email interview. “The Southern Designer Showcase allows us to help aspiring individuals accomplish their dreams, while also giving us access to the latest and greatest in southern fashion.”


On hand to help Carreras celebrate this realization will be her family from Hampton Roads, including parents Edward and Gloria Ridley. She said they all are taking a bus to Atlanta for the spring debut in the store there, and she couldn’t be more elated.


Said Carreras: “This is that moment. … You wait for that.”


Speaking of designers from Hampton Roads …


Kenya Freeman, who grew up in Chesapeake and also now lives in Atlanta, survived a near-elimination during last week’s episode of “Project Runway.” Judges were torn over the cohesiveness of her bold plaid coat paired with a streamlined blouse and classic high-waist pants. (Side note: The coat was fierce! I want it.) But they gave Freeman a pass, and she is among the final five, although only three designers will move on to present their collections at New York Fashion Week. Tune in at 9 tonight on Lifetime to see how that went this past September.Read more at:tea length wedding dresses | casual wedding dresses

  

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2017年11月06日

4 home remedies for winter

Winter is a pleasant time of the year for many of us. Unfortunately, the temperature dip can bring with it some major health woes that be difficult to deal with it. These include skin care problems like dry skin, flaky scalp, rough lips and cracked feet. Winter skin care, therefore, becomes especially important. You need to pamper your skin with moisturising creams, masks and treatments to restore the moisture that your skin loses during this time of the year. You’re not alone in your struggle. Winter skin care is tricky for everyone to handle. These super useful skin care tips by Shahnaz Husain will help your skin deal with winter better.


• Honey applied on the face daily for ten minutes and then washed off with water helps to relieve dryness and keep the skin soft. For dry skin, add an egg yolk or one teaspoon pure almond oil. For oily skin, add egg white and a little lemon juice.


• Take one peeled and cored apple and puree it in a blender. Add one tablespoon honey. Apply this on the face like a mask and keep it on for 15 minutes. Then, rinse off with cool water. This is a powerful skin toner for all skin types.


• Aloe vera is one of the richest natural moisturizers. Apply aloe vera gel daily on the face and wash off with plain water after 20 minutes. If you have aloe vera plants growing at home, apply the gel or juice directly on the skin. The gel obtained from the plant itself is the leaf pulp, found in the inner portion of the leaves. The aloe juice is found just beneath the outer skin of the leaves. However, while using it directly on the skin at home, one should wash the plant well. Try these DIY ubtan face scrubs.


• Mix half a teaspoon honey, one teaspoon rose water and one teaspoon dried milk powder. Mix into a paste and apply on the face. Wash after 20 minutes with water.Read more at:SheinDressAU | wedding dresses melbourne

  

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2017年10月30日

Karisma Kapoor

Just recently, the Bamla Foundation hosted an event for special kids, and gracing the event was none other than Karisma Kapoor. At the event, the actress threw the field open to questions from the media. But what caught out attention was Karisma’s revelation about her nephew Taimur Ali Khan’s first birthday plans.


When quizzed about the same, Karishma Kapoor said, “Yes Taimur’s birthday is arriving and it is a special moment for us. The family is really very excited and thrilled about the same.” When prodded further for details of what is being planned, Karisma went on, “We will have a family get together of sorts, and will not be having a big celebration.”


As of now, Taimur’s mother and Lolo’s sister Kareena Kapoor Khan is in Delhi shooting for the much talked about chick-flick Veere Di Wedding. The poster of the film was released recently and Karisma was asked about her reaction on the same.


Karisma Kapoor not only seemed pretty kicked about the film but was also all praises for the girl power in it. Sharing her thoughts on the same she added, “I loved the poster of Veere De Wedding. I think it has a great freshness to it and if I may say, it displays women power with all the ladies looking stunning in it. Besides the film also has a female producer, so full women power, which is fantastic.”


Veere Di Wedding features Kareena Kapoor Khan along with Sonam Kapoor and also Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania in pivotal roles. Directed by Shashanka Ghosh and produced by Ekta Kapoor, the film is slated to release on May 18, 2018.Read more at:mermaid wedding dresses | plus size wedding dresses

  

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2017年10月24日

Flaunt your lehenga

Ditch the mundane lehenga for the upcoming wedding season. Wear a georgette belt with a flowy drape, sport cigarette pants underneath embellished sheer lehenga of soft net, experts suggested.


Fashion Designers Anu PD and Mini Bindra have listed few ideas:


Wear a georgette belt with a flowy drape and embellishments with your wedding lehenga. You can choose any colour that compliments your lehenga skirt and opt for heavy embroidery on the drape or even make it pleated as you may like it.


Colour blocking can be done with a nice stitched plain cotton silk shirt with flared lehenga of the same fabric with embellished motifs at the bottom or the border with heavy statement jewellery.


Make a very traditional outfit like a lehenga choli look trendy by adding a brocade or embellished collar, incorporating the flary or large sleeves trend for a Medieval look. Cold shoulder blouses have emerged as a staple in bridal wear collection.


Add oodles of drama by sporting a sleeveless jacket over your cold-shoulder choli , embellish the cold-shoulder detail with multiple pearl strands to evoke a by-gone era.Read more at:wedding dresses australia | bridesmaid dresses online

  

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2017年10月18日

Bride Generously

A newly engaged woman is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a photographer to expand their portfolio by shooting a “dream wedding” for no charge.


Chloe Vandenberg of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada is in search of a photographer who wishes to seize a rare opportunity to create beautiful images that they can use in their portfolio for future marketing purposes. She has recently published advertisements on social media and in popular classified listings.


“We aren’t really interested in amateur photographers,” says Vandenberg, a 28-year old nurse. “We’re looking for someone with a good amount of experience, who would like to take advantage of a prime opportunity to create amazing photos that they can use to promote their wedding photography. It’s win-win: we’ll get beautiful wedding photos, and the photographer will be granted shared copyright ownership so that they can use our photos to generate more business.”


Vandenberg explained that she will be quite selective in choosing a photographer that fits her style, which she describes as vintage-modern portraits that are posed, but still candid.


She already has her entire wedding itinerary completely planned out. The ceremony will take place in a very dark church with stained glass windows and high ceilings, with the reception being held local community fire hall. She plans on applying her own makeup, to make sure she looks exactly the way she wants. She also indicated that her wedding photos are going to be the result of a group effort.


“We rented over a hundred tablet devices that guests will be able to pick up on the way into the ceremony. They can use them to take their own photos throughout the day. They’ll leave their tablets with us before they leave for the night. This way we’ll get to re-live our wedding day from the perspectives of each of our guests.”


To sweeten the deal, Vandenberg isn’t even requesting that all of the professional photos taken from the day be fully edited. “We only need a few hundred of the photos to actually be edited, and then unedited ones can just be given to us as raw files on a USB so that we can do with them what they please. My fiancé just started using Photoshop and he can do a lot of really creative things with filters.”


Vandenberg's offer to wedding professionals doesn't end with photographers. She is also on the hunt for a local caterer who can provide free meals for all of the guests by offering their finest seafood dishes, such as Atlantic lobster tails, beluga caviar, and bluefin tuna. "The free sample idea works great at places like Costco. The chefs will basically be getting free advertising for their services, and though I'm not paying them anything, I'm definitely going to tag them in a few of my Instagram posts. We're also looking for a hotel that wants to boost its ratings by offering free rooms to all our guests for the night."


Vandenberg published her ad six weeks ago and will be interviewing prospective photographers for the position beginning next month. When asked how many photographers had applied for the position thus far, she declined to comment.Read more at:wedding dresses perth | bridesmaid dresses

  

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2017年10月16日

It’s possible to look stylish

Autumn is officially upon us and while that means we can finally bid adieu to sticky commutes, it also brings an entire set of workwear conundrums to figure out.


A whole new battleground, the creeping chill means your wardrobe can begin to feel a little tired but rather than starting from scratch, just one or two carefully curated pieces can make a world of difference and help fight those autumnal blues.


A good place to start is with switching out your sheer blouses for knitted tops, which you can pair with tailored trousers for the office when the weather takes a turn for the worse. Alternatively, keep the shirts but look to layering to keep you warm by wearing a jumper or cardigan over the top.


Likewise, investing in a new-season suit in thicker fabric makes for a modern interpretation of the classic working-week two piece. Here, you can either go high fashion with an oversized boxy fit or opt for something more figure flattering, the choice is yours.


That being said, if a suit is a little too formal for your liking, swish about the office in a pair of super-wide-leg trousers, a silk tee and plain white trainers.


Don’t rule out a floral dress either, as a trophy midi will quickly become the cornerstone of your new season wardrobe. A piece that takes all the hassle out of getting dressed in the morning, pair yours with knee-high boots and a wool coat to ensure it’s suitable for the cold months ahead.


Another point to consider when it comes to falling in love with your work wardrobe again is colour. While grey, black and blue are undeniably key colours you can mix and match with everything, it’s important not to limit yourself.


Instead, add pops of mustard, burgundy and duck-egg blue here and there – not only will they flatter your sallow winter skin but they’re also far more interesting sartorially too.Read more at:SheinDressAU | bridesmaid dresses

  

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2017年10月13日

Celestial celebration

Dancers often are in a tight spot finding new themes and novel ways to present Natya Nadakams. Shangita Manoharan from Malaysia chose to present three popular divine weddings titled ‘Samyoga - Divine Union.’ Shangita and students of her company, Kalpana Dance Theatre, presented the work in Chennai recently, supported by ICCR.


Three wedding stories — Rama and Sita, Meenakshi and Sundareswarar, Valli and Murugan — were strung together and Shangita, who played the role of a Sutradhar, narrated the stories through dance.


Simple narrative


Beginning with the scene of Rama and Lakshmana accompanying Guru Viswamitra to the ashram, followed by Rama’s first glance of Sita in the garden playing with her friends to the breaking of Siva dhanush and the wedding sequence, the dance followed a simple narrative. The interest in the storyline slackened due to the lack of imaginative formations in the choreography. The sequences depicting Rama holding the Siva dhanush and a few theermanams at the swayamvaram looked out of place.


The presentation gained momentum with Meenakshi Kalyanam. The birth of Meenakshi, her training in various arts, her meeting with Siva, the blossoming of love and the thillana incorporated into the wedding scene unfolded one after the other in an aesthetic manner. Moving away from the classical mode, Valli Thirumanam with an interesting storyline, and music and dance movements based on folk style, was appealing.


The grand finale to celebrate the celestial weddings had a raas touch to it. At periodic intervals the lead pair of each story emerged from the group to bring about a visual link to the divine weddings. A little more attention to costume and styling would help in enhancing the production’s visual appeal.


The team with Shangita Manoharan (direction), P.T. Narendran (choreography), Va. Ve. Su (lyrics) and Hariprasad (music) needs to be lauded for its efforts.

  

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2017年09月21日

Francesco Scognamiglio

One recurring theme this season is of designers casting around for new ways to move. Tonight, Francesco Scognamiglio added himself to that roster. This Pompeiian designer has long specialized in volcanically va-va-voomish classicism of an especially Italian dimension, and he has a committed clientele at couture level. Here at RTW, his collections have long mirrored that aesthetic.


For Spring, Scognamiglio pivoted, inserting many elements that seemed alien to his backstory but which sometimes worked—and sometimes didn’t. The didn’ts included a lace sweatshirt lined with hot pink ribbing and featuring panels of palm tree print, the T-shirt that said exposed with more panels, and the fuchsia metallic bomber—surely this was a leap too far into Au Jour Le Jour territory. The lace-trimmed boxers dwelt somewhere between did and didn’t, depending on your appetite for lace-trimmed boxers. Yet when the designer combined his real understanding of dressmaking with the materials of this new unmastered post-Instagram argot, things began to click. His metallic-fuchsia-sprayed lace dress with its ribbing beltline was loud in a new-for-Scognamiglio way, but worked undeniably admirably as a dress. So too his bustier dresses in perforated silver and more fuchsia, triple-tiered at the hem. Backstage Scognamiglio gamely talked about a fantasy island full of happy women having a beautiful night in outfits of sunset hue, “where love has no sex”—but this was not a sexless collection. Here the designer was doing a job he knows well for a new set of potential clients to whom his usual school of fabrications would seem anachronistic. There’s no shame in adjusting your rigging to take advantage of prevailing winds, and if Scognamiglio has read the weather right, tonight’s adjustment might propel his ready-to-wear business forward. There can be no harm in trying.Read more at:wedding dresses online | bridesmaid dresses

  

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2017年09月15日

Sweet Indulgence

As a student still in school, how did you find yourself in the trade and when did you start Sweet Indulgence?


I started last year December. I have always been a very creative person. I will call myself an artist. Growing up I used to draw and paint a lot. But to me, art was not for me so I stopped. Later, I started getting so attracted to natural products. I always wanted to spend money on natural things with no reasons. Then all of a sudden, I found recipes online and I took it upon myself to try my hands on those recipes and see what I could make out of them. The first time I tried it, it was really bad, the bar soap I made was so bad! But with time it got better and in less than four months, the skill was perfected. But I needed some attraction to it, I needed to get customers and so I decided to be more artistic with the way I moulded my soaps. So what I did was to make cake-like soap bars. I got some cake moulds and poured the liquid into the moulds and so I got soaps that look like cakes with flowers on top, while I also made some that look like sweets and so on, something very attractive and that is worth indulging in. That was why I named my business Sweet Indulgence.


You started by drawing and painting as a child and then you stopped. What then did you do at that point?


Right from my primary school, Yabatech Primary School, I would buy things from shops and I will take them to class and sell. I had this class teacher then, Mrs. Raji, she wouldn’t scold nor even beat me for doing that, rather she told the class that nobody should go out again to buy anything, they should start patronising me and that was how I realised the fact that I always wanted to be involved in business. It continued like that in secondary school, I will make beads, I will string it, will bake, take them to school and my friends would always want to buy. My life has always been like that.


I started a hair business because I loved getting involved in business right from when I was very small, I don’t know why. The hair business I was involved with was actually profitable. I was buying and selling imported hair extensions but along the line I realised that I was being supplied fake hair extensions because I was not dealing with the manufacturers directly and so I just had to stop and then I came up with Sweet Indulgence. And this has been my obsession for about six months now.


What was your very first experiment in making skin care products like?


I started production last year December and my very first experiment was my black liquid soap. It wasn’t hard to make that and later I moved on into making flower-shaped bar soaps. The first time I tried it was really bad and it didn’t even foam but the next time I tried it, it was better. It has got better and better every day.


Do you make just soaps?


I make both liquid and bar soaps as well as body butter – as in the cream you use on your body. I also make body scrub, lip balm and facial oil.


So what did you study at school?


I am still a student of Mass Communication at Babcock University; I am graduating next year June.


How have you been able to improve your skills in soap and body cream making considering the fact that you are studying Mass Communication right now?


Up till today, I have learned everything I do online. I tried a couple of times to go and learn from people but it didn’t seem like they were so interested in teaching anybody their trade. So I just went online and taught myself and today I am doing it better than they do.


What inspired you into going into this kind of business in the first place?


What inspired me to go into the business fully was the fact that I always got so many compliments for a nice skin. Initially I was making use of Ajali skin care products, these are handmade natural products because I am very fair in complexion and I just wanted to maintain my skin colour naturally without having to use chemical that will damage my skin. So when I started experimenting with my own products, I was still getting good compliments. I said then why can’t I also market mine if people are complimenting me so much. It means it can also work for them since it has worked for me and that was how I started. I was using my friends for experiment for my black liquid soap and the feedback I was getting was so encouraging and right now I deliver my products as far as outside Lagos in the space of about six months. All my products are made with organic materials, there is no chemical added to them and these are what I use too. These products are good for all skin types.


How did you cope at the initial stage of starting up your business considering the fact that you are still a student?


After I was very sure I wanted to do this, I just took my mother to the market and was picking and picking all that I needed to start making my skin care products and she was just paying and paying. At a point she said she was not going to pay again. But I actually got enough to start with. So she was my financier initially. Right now I am independent because I have made a whole lot of money from my initial capital and I try as much as possible to sell my products at very affordable prices. Presently, there are no challenges but initially getting raw materials was tough until I discovered am online store where I order most materials for productions.


How would you describe your mother?


I think she has done great for herself and like the Proverbs 31 woman, she is a jack-of-all-trades. She is an exhibiting artist, author of many books, event planner, cake baker, a fashion designer and above all, a lecturer of great repute with the Industrial Design Department, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos. She has a PhD. She had just her first degree when our father died 14 years ago. After my father died, she was faced with so many challenges, which affected her health but she has been able to scale through all the challenges through God’s grace and mercy; today she is a pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God. She has been so industrious for 14 years as a widow and by God’s grace she was able to make provisions for the three of us. I am the last of three girls and the closest to my mum. I have been so aggressive to learn from my mother’s hard working and innovative nature. So it is obvious that my mother has influenced me to start out earlier with my business at an early age. When I was growing up, there were times in my house that everywhere was just filled with cakes and so many other stuffs like hamper. My mum was always busy and when people asked what does your mum do for a living and I would tell them she is a lecturer, she bakes, she is a fashion designer, she is into event management and so many things. So she being a businesswoman, I also wanted to be a businesswoman by all means and that is what I actually love; so she inspired me.


Did your father’s death when you still at a tender age affect you in any way?


No, it didn’t. Many people would ask if I remember my father and I would tell them I remember everything about my dad. He passed on when I was six and I can remember the little memory we shared but hid death didn’t affect me in anyway, it didn’t even make me feel bad. Let’s just say because I was small, I didn’t really know much about life then but now, it would have been nice if he were around to see what I’m actually doing now but unfortunately he’s gone but I know he is somewhere smiling and just clapping for me.


How well have your products done in the market?


Sweet Indulgence skincare products are doing so well that my products won me the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Award at Babcock University. The truth is that I haven’t really gone out to tell people to buy my products but somehow everybody knows that I am making skin care products and also the school authority got to know and so I was called for interview on a radio station owned by the school for three times. It got to a point that my VC had my photograph hang on the wall of his office because he feels I have made the school proud. The school took it a step further and did a biography on me and wanted to know how it all started, they couldn’t believe that somebody that is still in school will have the time to actually make all of these. After which a documentary was made on me on how it all started. So everything was in the documentary, how I moved from high school to secondary school and how I am doing something big like this, the skin care product, I am making it look different from the regular skin care products that we see. I think it is the creativity that makes me stand out because when people see my bar soaps, they ask, is this soap? Some people don’t use it, I know friends that just buy and keep them for decoration to look at how beautiful they look. So I think it is the creativity that attracted people to my brand because it is different. Ordinarily you would not walk into a supermarket and see a bar soap that is so creative like mine.


Is your soap meant for black or fair people complexion wise?


It is for all skin type; that is why it is natural, all organic; anybody can use it and that is what I use. Sometimes I even get calls that ‘please, can I get whitening cream’? And I would tell them ‘I don’t make bleaching cream, it is strictly organic;.


Who are your targets?


My targets are from 12 years and above as well as the aging woman who want to clear herself of wrinkles. I am coming up with a beard kit; now there is this new beard gang and I get calls that please do you have something for beard, something that could make it grow. So before the end of this month I am already coming up with something for that.


Apart from your mum, who do you look up to as a mentor?


There is this particular lady her name is Toyin Lawani, whenever I look at her Instagram page and watch her on TV, I wonder how she does do it because she has over 20 businesses in one building and a single parent. She is so encouraging, you can tell that she doesn’t even have time to go out and party or gossip with friends, she is just too focused, so she is my role model.


What is your vision for Sweet Indulgence?


I want to be a supplier to different countries, not just Nigeria, I actually got one order this year to supply in Denmark but they just have to get me registered and it is taking a lot of time. So that is just one down and four more to go, I actually have five countries in mind.


How do you juggle between school and work?


That part wasn’t easy but I had to always make a large batch before going back to school. We have a despatch company in my school so whenever anybody needs anything, I pick up from my hostel and take it to the despatch company and they deliver to them.


Does it distract your studies as well as your social life?


No, my business does not affect my studies because I pay someone to do the marketing; I don’t need to run around advertising, I get people coming to me instead so there is less stress. But it does certainly affect my social life. I cannot remember the last time I went out to see a movie or even go out to do anything so I’m always focused on this every day. People call me to say, ‘let’s do go out but I tell them there is no time’, this is the only thing I focus on. Every single day I try to come up with new ideas, something attractive every single time, so there is no time to have fun.


What advice do you have for young ones?


I think that everybody is gifted with something; you just have to discover it. I didn’t even think I would actually go into this in the first place but upcoming entrepreneurs just have to realise that you can’t look up to other people, I can’t look up to Toyin Lawani and want to be like her, I am aspiring to be better than her. You shouldn’t copy another person’s product. I would have copied something like Ajali, but I just have to make it look better and different. I just try as much as possible to be better so they just have to know they have to be better. When I started I didn’t even have stickers, I didn’t even have a bag like this, so you don’t have to have that expensive branding before you can know that you can sell your products; you just have to start from somewhere.Read more at:SheinDressAU | bridesmaid dresses

  

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2017年09月11日

Fashion designer Niamh O'Neill

The fashion designer and mother tells our reporter about the things that make her tick.


The person


There are two. Garrett is kind, loving, hard-working and smart. He has the most amazing sense of adventure, and I'm lucky to call him my husband. Our baby boy, Lugh, lights up the room and my life.


The memory


Living in Brooklyn and working in Manhattan, right after I graduated from NCAD. It was an eye-opening and unforgettable experience.


The moment of the day


During busy times, I love working late into the night. After midnight is my most creative time. I get a huge burst of energy, and the creativity flows. Don't try to wake me in the morning, though!


The song


Underwood by Ludovico Einaudi is my favourite song to work to in the studio.


The movie


My all time favourite movie is Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel.


The hero


My mother always taught me to dream big. She instilled in me, and in my five siblings, that we could achieve anything, and that nothing was beyond us. Belief is so important, and I thank her for it.


The book


The Circle by Dave Eggers is a good read. If I could recommend a book to anyone, this would be it.


The outfit


I'm lucky that my work gives me so many to choose from. My all-time favourite is a bright pink dress with a high neck and low back. It's so feminine, and feels beautiful to wear.


The accessory


A neck scarf. I have a few small square neck scarves, and I love to wear them with a white shirt and jeans.


The gadget


My MacBook Pro. It allows me to switch from designer to business person a million times throughout the day. I design all our prints with it, and also create orders and invoices. It's a necessity!


The pet hate


Being late. There are genuine reasons why people can be late, but if it's recurring, it can be annoying!


The beauty product


Wotnot Natural Self-Tan Lotion. I get it shipped from Australia. I'm not a huge tanning fan, but it's made with natural ingredients and gives a very soft glow to a pale Irish complexion!


The friend


Karen. We have been great friends since we met at secondary school in Dundalk.


Every time we meet, we turn into those giggling teenagers again.


The holiday


I work quite a lot in Milan, but I always love going to Italy for a break. So far, Lake Orta is my favourite Italian holiday.


The piece of advice


No is not always a definite answer. Make improvements, and try again.


The drink


A cool glass of pinot grigio.


The hotel


Ghan House in Carlingford, Co Louth. It's more of a guesthouse, but the food is excellent, and the location in Carlingford is stunning.


The bar


Muriel's in Belfast. It has a quirky, Parisian feel, and serves the most delicious, fresh, gin-based cocktails.


The hobby


Yoga. I've been doing it since I was a child. My 90-minute class on Wednesday evenings keep me sane!


The part of my body


My legs, for their length. At 5 feet 10 inches tall, I used to be self-conscious about my height, but now I love it.


The celebrity


I admire the actress Emma Watson. She has an Instagram page called The Press Tour, where she posts images of all the outfits she wears and how they were made sustainably and with integrity. It's interesting to read the story behind the garment.


The virtue


Loyalty. I'm very loyal to those I love.


The vice


I can be very grumpy if I haven't had enough sleep!


The smell


Diptyque Verveine candles


The taste


A hot vegetarian Thai curry. Saba is hard to beat!Read more at:wedding dresses 2017 | tea length wedding dresses

  

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2017年08月31日

The Fashion Police

The Fashion Police Take on Politics

In case you missed it, yes, Vogue has deemed Melania Trump out of touch for wearing a pair of stiletto heels on her walk on the tarmac to board the Texas-bound Air Force One.

But it wasn’t just the elitist, Manhattan-based fashion magazine that made a mountain out of a pair of Manolos. The first lady’s shoes, described by Vogue’s Lynn Yaeger as “better suited to a shopping afternoon on Madison Avenue or a girls’ luncheon at La Grenouille,” were met with breathless shock and condemnation from not just the usual outrage brigade led by Chelsea Handler and the like, but also by Politico, the Hollywood Reporter, and CNN. How, oh how could Melania make as egregious a faux pas as to walk in Washington, D.C., in shoes that have been an unofficial part of the first-lady uniform for the past half century?

Despite decades of feminists claiming that their movement will put an end to a culture in which women are judged based on their appearance, Minda Zetlin at Inc. angrily declared, “We live in a world of visual communication, and this is especially true of Melania Trump who has not been very vocal about much of anything during her time as a candidate’s wife and then first lady.” Slate’s Christina Cauterucci snidely added that Mrs. Trump’s shoe choice “found a way to make her visit [to Texas] about herself.” Well.

Most laughably, the New York Times fashion and style sections, which once told readers to “make Election Day a celebration of the style” of Michelle Obama, went positively apoplectic in analyzing the dire, civilization-threatening consequences of Melania’s minute on the tarmac.

The stilettos, “redolent of a certain clichéd kind of femininity,” writes the Times’ Vanessa Friedman, “are part of the identity the first lady brought to Washington — that her comfort level and ability to walk in exactly the kind of shoes that cause other women, wearing more solid shoes, to wince and crunch their toes in imaginary pain was part of her narrative and image from the start — does not obviate the fact that they have also come to represent her remove, for both good and ill.”

On its face, this line of criticism, promulgated by much of the media, reads almost like schoolyard jealousy of the first lady’s appearance, which seems to never falter. But assessed along with the ceaseless critiques that Kellyanne Conway is too “alt-blonde” and Ivanka Trump’s outfits are too “girly,” the motivations of the incessant image policing from the Left unravel and illuminate a powerful desire to strip society of any and all apolitical safe spaces.

Of course, prior to the politicization of almost everything, we didn’t need safe spaces. Women — and yes, men too — of all political, religious, and racial stripes could enjoy fashion for its aesthetic purposes, as we all could with art, music, sports, and food. Eating bánh mì opened us up to the intersection of Vietnamese and French cultures, once seen as a positive thing for cultural diversity. Now, at Oberlin, General Tso’s chicken in the cafeteria is lambasted as cultural appropriation.

With politics permeating every space that used to allow Americans of different backgrounds to empathize with each other, the culturally Marxist thought police, which is leading the charge to brand Melania’s likely 30-second shoe choice an act of “White Feminism” or toxic femininity, is also allowed to move the political-cultural goalposts at will.

Consider the contrast between the media’s treatment of Michelle Obama and Melania Trump. From an aesthetic perspective, Obama was rightly celebrated for her many bold fashion choices, especially in her husband’s second term. Given the largely visual aspect of the first lady’s job, this focus on appearances makes sense. But the fawning became cultish in nature — growing from simply noting the former first lady’s fashion choices to praising the level of wokeness or subversion they represented. It was pure narrative creation of the highest form, one that has degraded our political dialogue, i.e., “This is how we got Trump.” Leftists have forgotten that Donald Trump’s rise was fueled by the Right’s disgust with these tactics. As social-justice demands radiate from sheltered college campuses housing 22-year-olds in bunk beds to NFL sidelines and New York Fashion Week, the reactionary Right will prove just as effective in using the Left’s overreach to push back in the general culture war.

Sure, Colin Kaepernick can refuse to stand for the National Anthem. The Left wants to infuse politics into sports. But in return, the stodgy old Republicans bankrolling these operations can fight back. Case in point, look to the University of Southern California and its purportedly racist mascot, a — white! — horse named Traveler. USC’s Black Student Association has generated national attention for attempting to make Traveler their next target on the grounds that Robert E. Lee’s horse was also named Traveller (but with a different spelling).

In an act of proactive retaliation, legendary sports broadcaster Brent Musburger has threatened to vote against USC’s star quarterback Sam Darnold in the Heisman Trophy race if the school dispenses with Traveler in his current form and branding. The fact that these issues are fair game now may not be a positive good, but it is inevitable. As long as the Left continues to make it so that nothing is off limits, the Right’s reaction will sink further and further with them. The hysteria over Melania’s heels is just the beginning.

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