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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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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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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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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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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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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New Hip East London Venue

Burberry To Show ‘September ’17’ Collection in New Hip East London Venue

Burberry will mount a photography exhibit titled “Here We Are” during London Fashion Week next month at the brand’s new show venue in Clerkenwell. The label will stage a runway show on Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.

“When we started thinking about curating ‘Here We Are,’ I knew I wanted it to celebrate a certain strand of British photography that I have always loved,” said Christopher Bailey, president and chief creative officer at Burberry. “One which documents the many and varied tribes and clans and classes that make up this island of ours. It has been an extraordinary privilege to gather together this collection of photographs that have influenced me so much over the years. They provide a portrait of British life, in all its nuances — both exceptional and mundane, beautiful and harsh. It’s the spirit of those photographs — sometimes ironic, sometimes tender, always truthful — that has guided our September collection. Together they will form an exhibition in our new show space, celebrating a very British way of life and way of dressing.”

The exhibition will delve into “the British way of life and character,” showcase work from over 30 photographers and take over three floors of the Old Sessions House. An 18th-century Grade II listed building, the venue opened in 1782 and was used as the Middlesex Sessions House, operating as a courthouse at the time. The space will also host programs and events, such as a pop-up version of Thomas’s (Burberry’s café) and a Claire de Rouen bookshop.

The exhibit — which will feature over 200 photos — was curated by Bailey, writer, curator and director of Claire de Rouen, Lucy Kumara Moore, and photographer Alasdair McLellan. The display will be organized into different themes taking cues from British lifestyle, and will include works by Dafydd Jones, Janette Beckman, Bill Brandt, Brian Griffin, Shirley Baker, Jane Brown, Karen Knorr, Martin Parr, Charlie Phillips, Jo Spence, Ken Russell and Andy Sewell.

Highlights will include portraits of British businessmen by Griffin, photographs of Belgravia in 1979 by Knorr, images of Notting Hill’s community by Phillips and photos by Baker and Russell, as well as 70 images by McLellan. The brand will also be working with McLellan on a series of portraits, which will be released in due course on Burberry’s social media platforms.

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Throw on a Tracksuit

Throw on a Tracksuit Like Bella Hadid and Isabelle Daza

People in tracksuits seem to be taking over my Instagram feed lately. From bloggers to models, everyone is turning to these items for a loungey look. Just like other ’90s trends, people can’t get enough of this then staple piece. Isabelle Daza wore a white set while waiting for her flight at the airport. Bella Hadid went for a bright blue set made of corduroy material.

Sportswear brands like Adidas and Nike would be your go-to for these pieces but designer labels are releasing their own versions as well. They put their own spin on the activewear pieces by adding details like beads and embroidery. Whether you like the traditional look or want something different, here are some you can shop now.

Adidas Firebird Track Jacket and Pants

Adidas is known for their tracksuits, aside from their shoes of course. Now that these sets are becoming popular again, they have been releasing even more designs. Including this deep red one that has a more fitted pant and ribbed cuffs and hem. Available online.

Gucci Crystal Embroidered Jersey Sweatshirt and Technical Jersey Jogging Pant

Even designer brands like Gucci are following this trend with their new activewear line. This set in particular comes in a bright orange color and has a loose fit. It has blur crystals down the arms and legs as well as bold stripes. The jersey material is a throwback to retro tracksuits.

Off-White Embroidered Patch Tracksuit

This simple black tracksuit set from Off-White has some standout details. The pants have a slight flare at the bottom and zipper details too. The jacket, on the other hand, has an embroidered design featuring a bird and the word “WOMAN.”

Puma Classics Structured Archive T7 Track Jacket and Pants

This crisp white set from Puma has a more structured silhouette. It has a ribbed neckline, cuffs, and waistband. The jacket also features a bomber collar. The pants have an adjustable waistband an internal drawstring so you can adjust to your size.

Chinti and Parker Wool and Cashmere-Blend Hooded Sweater and Track Pants

If your style is more on the feminine side, this set from Chinti and Parker was made for you. It is a wool and cashmere bland that is predominantly a gray color. It has pops of pink and orange on the jacket and pant cuffs. The fit of the track pants is also more fitted, making it look more put together.

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Chinese Trademark Case

New Balance Handed $1.5 Million Landmark Win in Chinese Trademark Case

In what is being described as a landmark ruling coming out of China, a Suzhou court has ordered three Chinese shoemakers to pay more than 10 million yuan ($1.5 million) in damages to New Balance for infringing the U.S. sportswear company's slanted “NB” trademark. The amount of compensation, “though small by international standards, is, according to lawyers, one of the highest to be awarded to foreign companies in trademark disputes in China,” says Reuters.

The Boston-based footwear company’s win is maybe most striking, though, if we consider the outcome of at least one of its relatively recent efforts to fight fakes in China.

In April 2015, Guangzhou Municipal Intermediate People’s Court in China’s Guangdong Province fined a Chinese subsidiary of New Balance roughly $16 million. In that suit – which was initiated by New Balance after it discovered that Zhou Yuelun, a Chinese individual, was allegedly making use of its federally registered trademarks without its authorization – the court held that, actually, New Balance was the one in the wrong.

In addition to the $16 million damages award, the Court ordered the Chinese affiliate of New Balance to stop using the “Xin Bai Lun” trademark (“Bai Lan” is a phonetic version of “Balance") - which Mr. Yuelun had registered with the Chinese trademark office - to market its products in China and required New Balance to publicly apologize to Yuelun for infringing his trademark.

As for how that case came about, it is pretty straightforward. Mr. Yuelun filed to register the New Balance translation trademark in China – knowing its value/significance in the West – before New Balance did, seeking to either sell goods under that name and profit handsomely or to essentially hold the trademark ransom and demand an exorbitant fee from New Balance in order to recover it. This move - called trademark squatting - is a well-established business amongst native entities in China. (Just ask Phillip Lim, for instance, which was forced to rebrand in China because it was unable to use its name for this exact reason).

Given the way the Chinese trademark system works, that was not an entirely surprising case. China observes a first-to-file system for trademark registrations. As such, the first party to file an application for a trademark is given priority. This contrasts with the system in the U.S., where it is not registration, but actual use of trademark that creates rights and priority over others. (Do note: In theory, China’s “bad faith” trademark filing rules should have made this an easier case for New Balance to win, but alas).

While the $16 million damages amount that New Balance was ordered to pay was later reduced to $700,000, the case still presented a striking outcome, as it speaks to the Chinese attitude towards intellectual property, in general, and the complexity that comes with brands' fights against counterfeits, especially by non-native Chinese parties.

New Balance’s recent win sets a preferable stage not only for the company – which entered the Chinese market in 2003 and has more than 2,000 stores in the country – but for others seeking to police unauthorized uses of their valuable IP rights in China. "Although this sort of decision is still rare, it sends a strong and powerful message that should make it easier for foreign brands doing business here," Carol Wang, a lawyer at Lusheng Law Firm, which represented New Balance, said in a statement.

Similarly, Angela Shi, brand protection manager of New Balance, told Reuters, "The winning of this case has given us confidence to continue our proactive brand protection strategy in China.”

Still yet, New Balance’s senior counsel for intellectual property, Daniel McKinnon, told the New York Times that “if the China marketplace can be thought of as a schoolyard, New Balance wants to make it abundantly clear we are the wrong kid to pick on.”

The preferable ruling for New Balance comes – very conveniently – just ten days after U.S. President Donald Trump signed a presidential memorandum authorizing an investigation into China's alleged “theft” of American intellectual property. According to the memo, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is being tasked with determining whether or not to investigate any potential trade practices by China “that force U.S. companies operating in China to turn over intellectual property.”

While a spokesman for China's Ministry of Commerce told reporters in Beijing earlier this month that China puts a strong emphasis on intellectual property rights, China has repeatedly come under fire for its unwillingness to respect U.S. IP. China was, of course, singled out on the Office of the United States Trade Representative’s 2017 “Special 301” Report in May, and also in a report compiled by the European Union Intellectual Property Office and Europol, on the state of intellectual property infringements.

Chinese Ministry members have publicly decried such reports, saying that they are "lacking in objective standards and fairness" and are "irresponsible."

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Subtle Cream Wallpaper, Many More Flags

Things we can infer about Donald Trump's interior decorating preferences given his hotels and various properties? "Opulence" is likely a top search term on his Pinterest page. An easy solution for empty space? Just add a golf course! Gold is the best color, and if you like it, put your name on it!

When the Oval Office was redecorated earlier this month, none of these features — nor any of Trump's campaign tour MAGA hats — made their way into the updated space. Instead, a first glimpse at the President's new and improved work space reveals only a few minor changes, including an extra American flag (or two), additional military flags representative of each branch and new, subtly printed cream wallpaper to replace the vertical yellow and white striped pattern. The President will return to the office for a press conference about Afghanistan this evening, where the space will make its on-camera debut.

During most of the White House renovations, which have been taking place throughout this month and included the replacement of a 27-year-old heating and cooling system as well as the installation of new carpeting, Trump has been on a "working vacation." He was in Bedminster, New Jersey at his golf resort for most of the 17-day hiatus, however he also took a moment to visit his properties in New York as well.

A quick game of "can you spot the differences" between photos immediately following the 2010 renovation during Obama's presidency and the most recent photos of President Trump residing in the office show brighter fixtures now, including cream-colored jacquard couches replacing ones in caramel colored suede; gold-hued curtains instead of Obama's burnt sienna ones, as well as a warmer, orange-y rug with an ornate leafy pattern, which replaced the tan and navy rug bearing the president's seal and quotes from past presidents including John F. Kennedy and Franklin D. Roosevelt, as well as one from Martin Luther King Jr., along the border that Obama brought in.

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Late-Summer Fashion

Let Suri Cruise Inspire Your Late-Summer Fashion

Way back in late May or early June—when the warm weather was just finally returning and everyone was full of as much hope as one can have these days—you had some pretty cute summer outfits planned, didn’t you? Neatly cuffed trousers with crisp boat shoes. An airy frock that’s somehow both whimsical and a little sexy. Maybe a daring short-short that you were finally ready to wear in Provincetown, because if not then, when? Maybe you decided to, at long last, embrace the bare midriff, and as June temperatures rose you sashayed the city streets with a new and confident bounce in your step.

But then July happened, and it got hotter and stickier, and the world sank further into whatever hell it’s sinking into. And now it’s the middle of August—those famous, fetid dog days—and you just can’t be bothered, can you? Now it’s all ratty old gym shorts and a promotional T-shirt someone handed to you after a mildly successful Improv Everywhere seven years ago. It’s bad flip-flops from the bad Old Navy paired with what’s essentially a flour sack with a mango salsa stain on it from a Fourth of July party you can only dimly remember at this point. It’s almost the end of summer, and everything’s a mess. Who’s got the energy to look cute?

Suri Cruise, that’s who. The celebrity scion, now an impossible 11 years old, was spotted out and about with her mother, Katie Holmes, in New York City on Thursday, looking as light and cheery as a spring breeze. Always a fashionable child, Cruise is really growing into her own sense of style—shaped, no doubt, by her always chic mother. As the above picture illustrates, Cruise wore a spotted dress the color of New England corn, a bright-pink bow in her bob, and some fun shoes. It’s just a good little outfit! That’s all.

Maybe Suri’s look can help serve as inspiration for us, that we may scrape ourselves together one last time, for Labor Day, and stumble into some kind of put-together ensemble for whatever melancholy way we’re spending the last weekend of all of this. That’d be good, wouldn’t it? To—much like Vanessa Redgrave does in Deep Impact, just before she goes—make ourselves look nice just once more before the end. The end of summer, I mean! Please, let’s try to keep the doomsday doldrums out of this for now. Just the end of summer. That’s all that’s happening. September’s looming. So let’s try to look presentable for it, shall we? Let’s do it, if for nothing else, for Suri.

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the Perfect Pedicure

How to Nail the Perfect Pedicure

Parisian department store Printemps recently opened a three-story beauty emporium complete with a chic nail bar from Gloss’Up.

The salon’s founder, Olivia Keusters, has her flagship store in Paris’ Marais district and regularly works with brands such as Dior.

Here are her top tips for a failsafe at-home pedi — plus, how to nail your color like a true Parisian.

Buff up and push down your cuticles.

Hydrate your nails with oil.

Remove leftover oil with acetone or the polish won’t stay put.

Always use a base and a topcoat in addition to your color. Try CND’s Vinylux.

Ensure you cover the nail rim with all the coats. That’s the secret to the professional salon effect.

The most popular shades for haute Parisians are nude and “le vrai rouge” (a true red).

Don’t match your mani to your pedi; it looks old-fashioned and can be really aging. Clash or color-block instead — just as you would your clothes.

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Clear-Heeled Sandals

Chrissy Teigen Dressed Up Sweats With On-Trend Clear-Heeled Sandals

Chrissy Teigen is the star of an Intermix leisurewear campaign, but she knows how to put a cool spin on athleisurewear pieces with her footwear.

Teigen stepped out to an Aug. 11 Intermix event clad in a gray sweatshirt and black sweatpants from Intermix’s 16-piece A.L.C. On Duty capsule collection. But while her outfit was casual, the model dressed up her look with black sandals, complete with an on-trend see-through heel.

Teigen’s sandals featured a see-through heel, and other celebrities have opted for different takes on the clear-shoe trend. Brie Larson has worn black Christian Louboutin sandals with PVC detailing at a slew of red carpet appearances, while Kim Kardashian West loves to wear entirely see-through mules from husband Kanye West’s Yeezy collection, which add length to a shorter frame.

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Lush’s bath bomb subscription service is rumoured to be launching in the UK

Rumours are rife that Lush’s bath bomb subscription service, which has been a runaway success in the US, will be hitting British shores this year. The bathing essential has become a bestselling product for the cult brand and there are 26 different flavours and scents to choose from.

The subscription service, should it launch in the UK, will mean that you can order your favourite items, including the soap bars and body butters, at the click of a button. You can choose how frequently you want to receive your Lush offerings and if you have a change of heart, you can deactivate your service within 24 hours too.

While Lush is yet to confirm whether there is any truth to the speculation, what is absolutely for certain is that should it launch in the UK, it’ll shake up the beauty subscription industry.

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the Shoe Industry

Buzzy Sandal Designer Claudia Aragon Talks About Succeeding in the Shoe Industry


BASE: California

MADE IN: Southern Italy

YOUR SHOES IN THREE WORDS: “Whimsical, colorful, well-made.”

CREATIVE PROCESS: “My best ideas come to me 4-8 a.m. with coffee and a laptop. It’s very much a one-woman shoe show. Designing, selling, managing production, marketing, etc., all falls in my lap.”

SHOP TALK: Revolve, Shopbop, ShopBazaar, Madison Los Angeles.

BREAKTHROUGH MOMENT: “From 2014 to 2015, when I was able to increase wholesale by 600 percent. Having return customers from all over the world who reach out season after season to order more. When these women say, ‘I literally wear your sandals every day,’ they have no idea how happy that makes me.”

WISE WORDS: “The lessons never end. Once you overcome one obstacle, you are greeted by yet another and then another, and each is a harder test of your will than the previous.”

MENTORS: “My grandfather, who passed in 2009, was a one-of-a-kind man and entrepreneur. Imagining how amused and proud he would be of my sandal plight keeps me going in my darker hours.”

WHAT’S NEXT: “Businesswise? To expand Cornetti’s distribution to retailers all over the world. Personally? To own a boat. Just a smallish sailboat would do.”

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cheap smashed avocado

David Jones plans to lure customers into stores with cheap smashed avocado

David Jones' strategic muse is Fanny Fern.

While the American writer said; "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach", DJs has updated the outdated heteronormative mantra and gone one step further. Knowing these days the way to anyone's heart is through gourmet, Instagram-worthy produce, which is what its new Food Hall in Bondi Junction is bursting with.

The department store, which has also just added 30 new fashion labels to its racks, is also now stocking 6000 edible products. There are no vision-blocking aisles – so forget avoiding annoying neighbours, colleagues or former lovers – this multimillion dollar food hall that took five months to renovate has "worlds" of food, a juice bar and a porter service which will help carry your bags to the car.

The high-end retailer has also introduced something brand new, something that will make the customers from the days of yore clutch at their Paspaley baubles; trolleys and shopping baskets. The suburban supermarket staple - hand baskets - are now available in the revamped 2000-square metre food emporium that also boasts more leather, marble and granite than a Mehajer house.

David Jones food group director Pieter de Wet knows there is only so much Dom Perignon, dry-aged steak from Tasmania, Sonoma bread and Godiva chocolates one can carry without ruining your $90 bassike T-shirt.

"These will be a game changer," de Wet said, pointing to the hand baskets, just prior to the store opening this week.

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Wedding Beauty Routines

We're working our way through skincare regimens from all around the world. Among the likes of Parisian and Japanese beauty regimens comes a hard hitter in Korean skincare—and the more we learn, the more obsessed we get.

Korean beauty focuses on creating gorgeous skin from the inside out so that your natural beauty peeks through your makeup as a glowing base, rather than having it covered up. The average skincare routine is approximately—are you ready?—nine whomping steps. We repeat, NINE. We won't lie—it's a commitment, but one that'll pay off when it comes to looking as fresh-faced as possible for your wedding.

We chatted with Alicia Yoon, founder of Peach & Lily, to get the details of each recommended step.

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1) Double Cleanse

Oil is actually the best ingredient for removing impurities like makeup and sebum. Yoon says to wipe with an oil cleanser first, then follow with a mild water-based product. (Skip the oil-based cleanser in the a.m.) Try Kopari Coconut Cleansing Oil ($32; koparibeauty.com) and Simple Foaming Cleanser.

2) Exfoliate Sparingly

Coarse exfoliating beads can make skin susceptible to irritation, so Yoon recommends using gentle, natural exfoliants once a week (or twice, if your skin is oily). Try Province Apothecary Regenerating + Stimulating Exfoliator ($16; provinceapothecary .com), which contains soothing lavender and oatmeal.

3) Tone

“A toner balances your skin’s pH,” which is essential for a flake-free, oil-free complexion, Yoon says. For oily skin, find one with pore-refining witch hazel, like Sunday Riley Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner ($55; net-a-porter.com). For sensitive skin, she suggests using a cotton ball to pat on Be the Skin Power Nutrition Toner ($29; peachandlily.com).

4) Apply Essence

Essence might look like water, but Yoon says it’s considered the foundation of the Korean beauty regimen. This hydrating solution preps skin to allow serums and creams to absorb properly. “Hydrated skin expands, easily grabbing onto moisture,” she says. Try Erborian Eau Ginseng.

5) Brighten

The Korean regimen often uses neroli oil to fade spots and oxygen serums to boost radiance. “Oxygen speeds up cell renewal and makes skin glow,” Yoon says. Use Odacité Ma+N Elasticity Booster ($42; shen-beauty .com) and Omorovicza Oxygen Booster ($155; sephora.com), which is pricey but lasts a long time.

6) Try a Mask

Sheet masks are made from fabrics drenched with active ingredients. In Korea, a bride might wear one every night the month before her wedding. Use Dr. Jart+ Brightening Infusion Hydrogel Masks ($7.50; sephora.com) and Leaders Insolution Mediu Amino Pore-Tight Masks($3; peachandlily.com) to help prevent blemishes.

7) Moisturize

“We Korean women know it’s difficult to keep skin hydrated from the inside,” Yoon says, which is why she’s obsessed with lanolin, an oil derived from sheep’s wool. It’s similar to human sebum, so it absorbs easily into all skin types with no residue. Her favorite is Kicho Sheep Oil Cream ($58; peachandlily.com).

8) Add Eye Cream

To prevent dark circles, dab on an antioxidant- infused undereye product with your ring finger. (It’s the weakest finger, so it won’t tug on this delicate skin.) Go for Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream ($31; sephora.com); its main ingredient is ginseng, a Korean superfood with skin-brightening benefits.

9) Protect

Korean women never skimp on sunscreen, Yoon says, and she suggests using those with physical UV sunscreens, like zinc oxide, and chemical sunscreens, like octinoxate. (Physical ones deflect UV rays; chemical ones absorb the damaging rays.) Try Glytone Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 40 ($38; dermstore.com).

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Ah the delight that is the guest list - the gift that keeps on giving... headache, after headache. From those who casually ‘forgot’ to RSVP to the dreaded issue of who gets a plus one and who well, doesn’t. The opportunities to cause upset are endless, but if done correctly, there are ways to quash any potential drama.

As an attendee of a number of weddings myself, I have seen my fair share of ‘plus-one’ debacles plague the bride and groom. Here are some general rules I’ve learnt on how to approach the allocation process and, fingers crossed, keep everyone happy whilst staying true to yourselves.

Remember whose wedding it actually is

Funnily enough, this big old shindig you’re organising to celebrate your love as a couple is actually YOUR special day. But this can be easily forgotten when you have people sticking their oar in trying to convince you of who to invite. So my rule numero uno is to remember who and what this rather momentous day is about, and most importantly stick to your gut. The more people you ask for advice, the more confusing and frustrating it can become. Compile and edit the guest list as a couple and potentially ask someone like your maid of honour or your mum for a touch of insight. That’s it. No other views needed.

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Finally, if you really don’t want to invite someone then - within reason - you shouldn’t have to. I’m all for wedding etiquette as a general guideline but at the end of the day, nothing is gospel and if it’s going to upset you having that individual there, then don’t invite them.

Be consistent

I can’t emphasise how important this is, as inconsistency is when people can start to get annoyed. For example, if you’ve told one friend you’re not allowing plus-ones and then your mutual pal turns up with their other half, this will start irritating folk. So decide the rules for various friendship groups and stick to them. Don’t forget people talk and friends and their uninvited other halves will likely start to take things personal, especially if it’s one rule for one and one rule for another.

Consider the overall size of your wedding

This is a quick determiner of whether you’ll be able to offer plus ones or not. If you’re going for a small and intimate wedding, you’ll probably be wanting to limit it to purely people you know well. In this case treat each guest individually and if they happen to be great friends of yours and coupled too, then so be it. Similarly if you’re limited on budget, this may be another reason to restrict plus-ones - most people should be able to understand this, although you may be surprised.

Go all or nothing

It’s often a suggestion that if you can’t invite plus ones to the ceremony and wedding breakfast then invite them to the party, but I actually disagree with this approach. I think it should be all or nothing, as it can make other halves actually feel quite uncomfortable having to turn up separately after the main event. Plus it can have a tendency to scream “I’m a reluctant invite” a little bit, so think wisely before creating an evening-only list. It can also change the dynamic of the party.

Look at each case individually

There is no hard and fast rule for who should be allocated a plus-one, so treat each case individually. Obviously there will be groups such as work colleagues where you can decide one rule for all, but it’s likely you’ll have different situations that will crop up with their own minutiae. As individuals, we are lucky enough to collect various friends throughout the different stages of our lives, from primary school to work, so it’s highly possible you’ll have guests who will be attending alone and not as part of a group. In this case, you may consider giving them a plus one so you know they’ll feel at ease attending.

Consider the length of time they’ve been together

Although some guests don’t like to hear this, the couples who have been together for a long time, be that married, engaged or cohabiting should definitely be considered for a plus-one. The risk you run when allowing anyone and everyone to bring someone - especially if they’ve only been dating a few months - is that you end up with a bunch of people you don’t know at your wedding, and likely in your wedding photographs too. If you’re a more the merrier sort of person, then by all means go to town. But if you’re into the more intimate and carefully considered vibe, then treat your plus one allocation as a well considered process too.

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Hannah Elizabeth South of Hartselle and David Owen Kennum of Toney were married on April 1, 2017 at 2 p.m. at East Highland Baptist Church in Hartselle. The bride was given in marriage by her father, Don South.

The bride is the daughter of Don and Jackie South of Hartselle.

The groom is David Owen Keenum of Toney. He is the son of Tim and Lisa Keenum of Toney and the grandson of Betty and the late Jimmy Keenum of Danville and Tom and Jewel Owen of Speake.

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The wedding was April 1, 2017 at 2 p.m. at East Highland Baptist Church in Hartselle. The minister was the groom’s father, Tim Keenum.

Serving as maid of honor was sister-in-law of the bride, Erin South of Birmingham. The bridal attendants were Bonnie Pike Pearce, Alicia Gray and Rachel Stockman, all of Hartselle.

Serving as best man was brother of the groom, Jonathan Keenum of Trinity. The groomsmen were Matthew Smith, Caleb Cottles and Drew Stockman, all of Ardmore.

Music was provided by pianist, Wanda McAbee; soloists, Leah Sapp and Steve Owen and Wade Oliver, guitarist.

The reception was at the East Highland Baptist Church fellowship hall.

The wedding director was Monica Blythe. Floral Designer and Catering done by Cindi Whitaker and Angela Johnson of Lillie Belle Wedding and Event Planning assisted with the reception. The book attendants were Caroline Wilson and Bailey Vinning. The rehearsal party was hosted by the groom’s parents at J.W Steakhouse in Priceville on March 31. The bridal luncheon was at the home of Carol and Junior Hill and was hosted by Carol Hill, Melanie and Julianna Pike and Bonnie Pike Pearce.

The honeymoon was a trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn. and the couple will reside in Athens.

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wedding vows

Hannah Elizabeth South of Hartselle and David Owen Kennum of Toney were married on April 1, 2017 at 2 p.m. at East Highland Baptist Church in Hartselle. The bride was given in marriage by her father, Don South.

The bride is the daughter of Don and Jackie South of Hartselle.

The groom is David Owen Keenum of Toney. He is the son of Tim and Lisa Keenum of Toney and the grandson of Betty and the late Jimmy Keenum of Danville and Tom and Jewel Owen of Speake.

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The wedding was April 1, 2017 at 2 p.m. at East Highland Baptist Church in Hartselle. The minister was the groom’s father, Tim Keenum.

Serving as maid of honor was sister-in-law of the bride, Erin South of Birmingham. The bridal attendants were Bonnie Pike Pearce, Alicia Gray and Rachel Stockman, all of Hartselle.

Serving as best man was brother of the groom, Jonathan Keenum of Trinity. The groomsmen were Matthew Smith, Caleb Cottles and Drew Stockman, all of Ardmore.

Music was provided by pianist, Wanda McAbee; soloists, Leah Sapp and Steve Owen and Wade Oliver, guitarist.

The reception was at the East Highland Baptist Church fellowship hall.

The wedding director was Monica Blythe. Floral Designer and Catering done by Cindi Whitaker and Angela Johnson of Lillie Belle Wedding and Event Planning assisted with the reception. The book attendants were Caroline Wilson and Bailey Vinning. The rehearsal party was hosted by the groom’s parents at J.W Steakhouse in Priceville on March 31. The bridal luncheon was at the home of Carol and Junior Hill and was hosted by Carol Hill, Melanie and Julianna Pike and Bonnie Pike Pearce.

The honeymoon was a trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn. and the couple will reside in Athens.

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