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The Latest Bridal Trend: The Reception Dress

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Never settle for less on the biggest day of your life! All eyes are on you during your wedding day — except for when guests are looking at your dress.  Let’s face it: Everyone will be admiring your gorgeous gown, so make sure you pick the perfect one!

You probably spent hours looking for the right dress and eventually narrowed it down to two. That’s when your decision got harder. But now that Kate Middleton and Vanessa Minnillo have broken the mold, brides are free to wear two dresses at their wedding. Don’t give excuses about celebrities and royalty having more liberties! You’re a queen on your wedding day.  Freedom to wear two different dresses allows you to show your new husband and his family two sides of your personality. Look for wedding dresses on eBay for the most variety. After all, other local brides will be shopping at your local bridal shop, and you don’t want their cast-offs.

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Choose two different styles.

Now, a nice big Cinderella dress is practical for the wedding march. Then you can change into a slender dress for the reception. Other options are the sweet, retro wedding dress for the walk down the aisle and then a sultry, slinky dress for the reception. A sexy but tasteful reception gown will ensure that your new hubby is ready for the wedding night! Many women still want a conventional wedding ceremony. Bringing in some sass at the reception gets your guests in a celebratory mood.

Make a grand exit.

Select a third, less formal dress for the exit, but make it one with flare. You want to leave your wedding festivities giving the guests something to talk about. You want Aunt Sue to call Cousin Gina right away to discuss your big celebration. You want to be comfortable on a long drive or at the after-the-party party.

Nervous about wearing two wedding dresses? Here are some tips:

  • Keep the pictures in mind.  The wedding is the biggest event of your photographic life (which is yet another reason you should wear two dresses). Consider the photo session schedule when deciding when to change your dress, and make sure to plan accordingly ahead of time. Many brides take all formal ceremony pictures, including the dance shot, and then change. You may or may not want the toast and the cutting of the cake to be in the reception dress. Just decide ahead of time and plan accordingly. Consider taking a toast photo in both dresses.
  • Remember to make your reception dress a stand-out dress. You do not want to simply purchase a cocktail dress; this puts you at risk of having a dress just like one of your guests. Stay in your bridal dress and choose a less bulky style for sitting and dancing.

It’s your big day, so make a big impression on your guests! How would you incorporate all of those “to die for” dresses in your wedding?

Bridal Woes-How to Avoid Unexpected Disasters On the Big Day

Planning a wedding can be a very happy and stressful time. Although the bride and groom may try to plan the perfect wedding day, everything does not always go as well as planned. When planning your wedding, it would be wise to also plan for unexpected disasters. Here are some common wedding disasters and what you can do to avoid them as well.

Disaster #1: Members of the Wedding Party Get Sick

It is the day of your big wedding and you just received a call from one of the wedding party members saying he is very sick. You are not sure if he had too much to drink at the bachelor’s party or not but you are short one groomsmen.

Solution: When you select the wedding party members, you should select two alternate people to fill in just in case one of the bridesmaids or groomsmen can’t attend the wedding at the last minute. These people should attend the rehearsals just in case they are needed. If you end up short more than one person, then have the other bridesmaids and groomsmen double up to walk down the aisle.

Disaster #2: Your Cake Has an Accident

The day before your wedding, you get a call from the wedding cake maker stating that your cake was destroyed in freak bakery accident. You will be reimbursed for the cake but a new one will not be ready in time for your wedding tomorrow.

Solution: You need to have a backup wedding cake maker on reserve just in case you need a replacement cake. You may be required to pay more for a last minute cake but you will be able to enjoy eating your wedding cake on your wedding day. If you need extra money for last minute wedding expenses, you can apply for plaingreenloans online.

Disaster #3: The Photographer is MIA

Your wedding party and family are ready to take the professional wedding pictures before the wedding starts at noon. It is now 11:45 am and the photographer is nowhere to be found and he is not answering his cell phone.

Solution: If you have a friend or family member who is into photography, you should have him bring his camera as a backup just in case. You can also purchase disposable cameras for the wedding guests to use to take pictures before, during, and after the wedding. After the wedding is over, request that they leave the cameras for you to create a wedding scrapbook using the pictures they took.

These disasters along with the solutions should get you off to a good start on planning for unexpected wedding disasters. There may not be a great solution for each disaster, but you can still overcome it. Now what other wedding disasters will you plan for?

How Celebrities Influence Us

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Our society is largely influenced by celebrity and entertainment figures. These figures can be extremely powerful in influencing individuals. Celebrities can influence beliefs, behaviors and interests, and this influence can start at an early age. A lot of children and teens want to emulate and imitate their celebrity icons.

This obsession with the celebrity may have started in the early 1900s when the entertainment industry began to really take off. At this time, we saw a lot of Americans becoming infatuated with that era’s celebrities, with that infatuation continuing to the present day.

Interestingly the celebrity influence over fashion seems to extend back to the 17th century and Louis XIV and his interest in clothing. In modern day, celebrities are fashion trendsetters. The media covers who is wearing which designer on the red carpet, to the latest movies and more.

Celebrities in the entertainment industry — especially women — are pressured to look very thin. Unfortunately, since many people want to emulate celebrities, this pressure to be thin can have impacts on body image perceptions. Because so many of us want to look like celebrities, we may often try to maintain or obtain an unrealistic body type.

Interestingly, in the past few years, we have seen an increase of celebrities who have started to use their influence within the political arenas. For instance, we saw Oprah Winfrey endorse then-candidate Barack Obama in a presidential election. We have also seen many other celebrities backing or endorsing political candidates, as well as lending their names to political causes and movements.

Keeping up on Fashion Trends

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We would all love to be able to attend the Fashion Week shows in Milan or New York. The reality is that very few of us have that opportunity; however, that does not mean that we cannot follow the latest fashion trends. Here’s a look at how to keep up with fashion trends.

Watch style channels on televisions. These programs cover each season’s top designer looks. Additionally, style magazines are a great source of fashion news. Subscribe to your favorites that include regular articles about what is happening on the runway.

When looking at runway fashions, you should understand that these looks really don’t translate well to everyday life. Also, understand that you may not look your best in every outfit.

You can choose only the parts of these fashion statements that you feel will look good on you. For example, you may love the new pant styles, but hate the colors. It is possible to find a variation that will make you look and feel great.

The price tag of most clothes we see on the runways is probably far out of reach of most of our budgets. However, there are many ways we can still wear the same look. Many fashion outlets specialize in providing look-alike options at great prices.

Match styles to your own individual body type. Most of us are not rail-thin runway models; however, we can still wear high-end fashions. We just need to make sure we choose clothing that will be as flattering to our body type as possible.

Shopping on a Budget is Possible


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During our tough economic times, many women have had to cut back on a their shopping. While this is probably just a sign of the times, there are still ways that us women can indulge our shopping sweet tooth without actually spending the monthly budget.

Visit consignment or vintage shops. These types of shops can be chock full of great designer clothes — most of which has only been gently used. You can find wonderful pieces, including those with high-end design labels at highly discounted prices. You may even be able to find clothing that is brand new, with the labels still attached, at these types of stores.

Check out yard sales that are being held in more upscale neighborhoods. These sales generally offer items that are of higher quality, including clothing and jewelry. The great thing about yard sales is that the prices are often negotiable, so you can spend what you are comfortable with.

Some high-end retailers offer lines of less expensive clothing, in conjunction with their usual lines. For example, high-end retailer Forever 21 carries a line of pants for under $15, which is extremely attractive.

Don’t forget about your friends and relatives who may be a bit older than you. Go shopping in their closets. You could find some great treasures, and as you know, vintage pieces are always in fashion.

As you can see, with just a few tips and tricks, you can still take pleasure in doing some shopping to keep your individual style and look up-to-date.

Fashion trends

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When we think of fashion we most think of clothes.  What most don’t realize is that when using the term fashion trends that could be consider many different aspects.  From shoes, to clothes, to hairstyles to makeup.

Back in the year eighteen forty women who were getting married could buy a wedding dress of any color.  It wasn’t until after Queen Victoria was married that her dressed was made of lace, and the color white.  After her marriage most every woman began to correlate white dresses with weddings.

It was later on in the nineteenth century that if you chose a different clothing or it was new that you were classified as middle class.  Men or women who wore clothing that was black or grey were looked at as having respect and who were dominate.  Children had to wear a sailor outfit.  Women back then never exposed their skin.  They wore their hair in a bun or had curls.  Middle class girls wore princess looking attire, such as frilly dressed and bows in their hair.

As we have known color of ones atire can express emotions.  For example those who are in mourning of the loss of a loved one or friend are known to wear black.  It is also said that we wear black to a formal gathering.

Some historical people are known for their fashion trends.  Abraham Lincoln was known for his black suit as well as his stove piped hat.  When we hear of Elvis Presley we remember him as a man who had jeweled suits.


Shopping with coupons

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In this day and age with the economy the way it is we are all looking to save money here and there and cut costs here and there.  What many shoppers are taking advantage of today is clipping coupons.  Every coupon you clip will in the end save you money.  There are shoppers who look at the sale ad prior to visiting the store, sit down look at the deals and match them up with the coupons they might have, and if they don’t have the coupons they often search the internet looking for the coupons.

Then once they enter the store with the sales ad and coupons in hand they search for the products and check out with hundreds of dollars of groceries and end up paying little to nothing in the end.  For some this has become a habit, and for others just a way to save money.

The Learning Channel has premiered a television special called extreme couponing.  These people spend hours searching for deals, and some even consider it to be a part time job.  Some people on the show have become hoarders.

There are many experienced shoppers out there who will give you lessons on how to save money shopping at the grocery store or drug store.  For some it takes practice and for others it’s understood on the first lesson.

In 2009 more then more then three hundred and sixty seven billion coupons were disbursed, and out of that it is said that three point three billion people redeemed coupons.

Popular Maternity Clothing Retailers


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Trendy women make for trendy pregnant women. Shopping for maternity clothes is fun. The baby growing inside is becoming more evident every day. The woman is radiating with “baby glow” from head to toe. It has been said that all women look beautiful when they are pregnant.

Tracking the pregnancy week by week, there are those times in those nine expectant months that mom does not feel so beautiful. She is gaining weight and her feet are swollen. It is a little more difficult to get around, and she needs to make everything around her as comfortable as possible, while still trying to show her fashion sense.There are times when she would like to spend the entire nine months in pajamas and slippers, but the world does not stop, and maternity clothes are as diverse as the mommies wearing them.

While the fashion police are certainly not going to bash pregnant women, they will recognize the stylishly dressed. Maternity clothes can be found in many stores, and prices vary widely. From the bargain store to the boutique, there is something for everyone. Large chains, like Boscov’s and Macy’s, carry maternity clothes from Motherhood and A Pea in the Pod. This option offers the mother a chance to wear designer maternity fashions at some not-so-designer prices.

For such a beautiful, wonderful time in a woman’s life, she should dress to show just how happy she is. Just like she makes her every day wear her style, her baby bump can share the same style.


Keeping Your Baby Fashionable

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What parent does not like to dress up their baby? It is always great to have your baby dressed up, and it’s an adventure just getting to that point. So, why not make your baby fashionable while you are at it?

Being fashionable does not always mean copying what models wear on the red carpet. Sometimes being fashionable simply means taking an interest in what you, or your children, wear. So, you do not need to spend a small fortune on an outfit for a baby that will grow out of it in a matter of months to have people complimenting how adorable your baby’s outfit is.

Next time you are looking for new clothes for your baby, just spend a little more time finding clothes that are nice, even at a good price. This does not only apply to everyday clothing, either. Special occasion clothes, like an Easter dress or baby costumes, can make your baby look adorable and can be very comfortable for them to wear. Even on holidays like Halloween, your baby can look great.

Fashion is not an art only for people with millions of dollars. Anyone can look fashionable, and anyone can enjoy looking fashionable. Your baby is certain to love getting dressed up, and you will love dressing up your baby without having to take out another mortgage.

Celebrity Influence on Fashion

Back in the golden era of Hollywood glamour inthe 40′s and 50′s celebrities were an enigma.  They were glamorous, mysterious and untouchable. Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Lauren Bacall and James Dean to name a few. Nowadays its very different, with social networking we can receive tweets and Facebook messages from our favourite Hollywood movie stars and Pop icons.

We know what perfume they where and what make up is applied to their skin.  We crave to know every detail about them.  Some celebrities have changed the face of fashion almost overnight.  Below are 5 of the most influential celebrities in fashion.

  • “The Rachel”.  Jennifer Aniston transformed millions of girls from ugly to swans by
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    emulating the famous feathered bob worn by her as the much loved character Rachel from the hit series Friends.

  • Rhianna in more recent times sported pointy, sexy, severe shoulder pads and within days high street shops were selling copies
  • Whichever haircut David Beckham wears, millions of young men across the world follow
  • Angelina Jolie has inspired us to find the earth mother in all of us and show that you can have tattoos and still be extremely feminine and glamorous

Celebrities are under immense pressure to not only look fantastic in a movie or on stage.  Its a great way to emulate a celebrity you admire by taking just one or two elements of their looks and adding them to your own unique style.  The benefit of that being if your celebrity goes out of fashion, you will keep your style.





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