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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?

5 Most Extravagant Celebrity Cars

In the world of fame, money and celebrity, possessions speak louder than words. When it comes to celebrity cars, the more extravagant the better!

From four wheel one-of-a-kind masterpieces to Barbie-inspired Bentley creations, the world of celebrity cars is something most of us can only dream about.

Check out some of the most extravagant celebrity cars.

Jay-Z and his “This is Why I Top the Forbes List” Maybach Exelero

It may not be a pretty rainbow-inspired color or encrusted with gleaming diamonds, but Jay-Z’s Maybach Exelero has something better. An $8,000,000 price tag. You heard right. This car was originally built as a one of a kind, hence the extravagant price tag. It’s a wonder what his car insurance deductible would be.

Surely it would be in a category of its own.

David Beckham Kicks a Curve Ball With his Pimped out Rolls

What does the world’s most recognizable football (or depending on where you are from, soccer) player drive? Nothing less than a fully customized Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead with a cool price tag of $407,000. Beckham even has his number “23″ embroidered into the leather seats. Let’s hope his jersey number doesn’t change for any reason.

Jerry Seinfeld Splurges on an Un-drivable Extravagance

The comedy king loves his cars, especially Porsche, and reportedly has one of the largest collections in the world. His beloved centerpiece is a Porsche 959. The car is one of only 337 made and cost around $700,000. There is just one problem with this sleek masterpiece. It does not pass emissions tests in the United States; therefore cannot be driven! Well at least it’s something pretty Mr. Seinfeld can show off to his friends.

Kim Kardashian Flashes Her Booty Everywhere

Her car booty that is! The reality T.V. star has everyone wanting to keep up with her sleek Ferrari F430. The car may carry the more modest price tag of $186,925, but that doesn’t matter. Everywhere Kim goes in this extravagance on wheels all eyes are sure to be on her! It looks like the world of reality T.V. has led to some very real material investments for the young business woman!

Paris Hilton and Her Pepto-Bismol Bentley

It’s nothing but pink for this paparazzi princess. In 2008, Paris purchased a $200,000 custom built Bentley, complete with a custom designed, diamond-encrusted dashboard. Nearly every inch of this car is pink, making it one of the most extravagant and outrageous celebrity cars!

If you could own any kind of car in the world, what would it be? How extravagant would you go?

8 Misconceptions with Buying an Engagement Ring

Diamond rings have grown dramatically in popularity over the past 100 years, and they have become an engagement tradition in many parts of the world. If you want to learn a great marketing trick, do a search for the marketing campaign De Beers put forward in the early part of the 20th century. Diamonds are extremely popular, but a lot of the information you can get about them and their settings needs to come from a third party source, instead of a sales person.

Expertise is just one of the many misconceptions people often have about their engagement rings.


1. Shopping for Size not Quality

Size matters in some respects, but diamonds are about more than just being massive. While a diamond the size of a mango might be impressive, wearing it on a ring could qualify as an arm workout. The other three C’s of color, clarity and cut are also very important factors you need to consider.


2. Assuming the Sales Person is an Expert

There are a lot of areas in life where you need to find an expert. Your doctor and your plumber should be implied experts, naturally. But whereas your doctor and plumber took on a great deal of professional training to achieve these titles, an engagement ring salesperson might been delivering pizzas last week.

Your salesperson isn’t an expert, and they will all but inevitably lead you to the most expensive ring they think you’ll buy. So be sure to do your research before you walk into the store to make your purchasing decision.


3. Not Thinking About Her/What She Likes

While your soon-to-be wife might not become a princess by marrying you, she’s still a special lady. While you might expect that every woman just wants the most popular style, this isn’t true at all. No man has ever figured out “what women want,” so you have to be sure to know your woman’s preferences. She’s going to wear this ring the rest of her life, so it needs to be truly special.


4. Failing to ask About Warranties

The above is just one example of a warranty you might get. Naturally, you want to make sure an investment this large has protection. While most engagement rings have no moving parts, life still happens. If your stone falls out, a good jeweler will replace it. If some kind of damage occurs early in your ownership of the ring, your jeweler should be open to making repairs. If they aren’t, you can certainly find a jeweler who will offer you these otherwise expensive services.


5. No Research

This goes back to assuming your salesperson is an expert. If you go in there without any foreknowledge of rings, diamonds or what you want, you’ll be far more open to a slick sales pitch. If you have an eye for style and a flexible budget, you might be able to let this slide. But if you have something particular in mind, do your research first.


6. Last Minute Decisions

Again, waiting until you’re standing at the jewelry counter is the wrong time to decide what kind of ring you want. Before you even walk in the door, you need to know your budget, the cut of gem you want, and the material you want your ring to be made out of. From there, you can make a more informed decision. Don’t be afraid to make two or three trips before you commit. Treat your first visit like a first date.


7. Purchasing Non-certified Diamonds

There are a lot of reasons why a diamond can be less than what you paid for. For instance, diamonds can be mined in countries with numerous human rights issues. Additionally a conflict diamond can finance deplorable acts by warlords. As if that weren’t enough, a diamond that isn’t certified might not be a diamond at all. Zirconium and glass can look very similar to an authentic stone.


8. Assuming Most Expensive Always Means top Quality

There’s an old saying in real estate that applies equally well to jewelry: “It’s worth whatever you can get someone to pay for it.” Simply put, you can spend as much money as you want to on an engagement ring, but there’s no guarantee your ring is going to be any better than a similar one with a much lower price tag.

It’s very easy for a jeweler to make extra profit off of your ignorance. For instance, they can use inferior materials, falsify the materials used, as well as use a smaller stone or thinner setting in a ring. Also, they can charge whatever they like, and your only choice is whether or not to pay it.

As always, be informed and be empowered.


In Conclusion

There are a lot of things most men never think about before it comes time to buy Robbins Brothers engagement rings, or otherwise. But every one of these things can become extremely important when the time is right. Know a thing or two about rings, know what your lady loves, and know what you’re interested in before you ever go into the jewelry store. When you go in there prepared to deal properly, you will come out of there with a great ring at a great price. You’ll only get once chance to do this right.



Celebrity influence

1977 issue of Celebrity


Everyone knows that just about every celebrity has been on the news or in magazines at some point or another.  Sadly every thing these days focuses on celebrities.  There are many more celebrity magazines produced then any other magazines out there. Unfortunately any news that pertains to celebrities will more often then not be on the news first rather then that of some world event.

We put celebrities high up on a platform and look up to them.  When they make mistakes that are only human we look down upon them.   Celebrity influence goes back for many years.  In this world celebrities to most is like gods.  Most people become absorbed by the lives of celebrities.  Some people begin to feel a close connection to their celebrity of choice if they can relate to the celebrity from some aspect of their own life.  Then once they feel this connection they simply want to learn more about the celebrity as if they were making a new friend.

When we watch television we see the celebrities all dressed up and looking glamours.  They might drive a nice car, have a gorgeous house ect, but what most of don’t realize is that all of these costly things come with a price tag.

Sometimes we get so obsessed with the way the celebrities live their lives that more often then not a person may want to follow in ones footsteps, so in reality celebrities influence us.

Amongst people we all have a common denominator, and that is celebrities.

5 ways to make a fashion statement in 2011

Fashion is the most elusive of creatures — difficult to learn, hard to master. Every year provides a new style to chase, a new idea to capture.

2011 is no different.

Chic excess is now the desire of all designers: a collection of saturated colors, whimsical lines and relentless textures. And those wishing to brand themselves aware must hurry to gather all they can.

Bright Patterns

The days were once defined to sad expectations — the tedious gray, black and sepia tones. All colors were tamed; all designs were dull. It was a celebration of neutrality. 2011 is proving to be far brighter, however. Patterns are the answer to all style questions. Florals, animal prints, geometric shapes and more are injecting themselves within every runway show. It’s a Bohemian sensibility (without sacrificing modern silhouettes). Abandon the bland and choose patterns instead.

Layered Ease

Simple lines, tailored choices: the rules of fashion were once shaped to singularities. All outfits were composed of basic pieces and their basic rewards (separates cobbled together for looks that were as streamlined as they were unimaginative). 2011 offers an alternative, however — layering. The style-inclined must understand the value of dressing like a geisha. Wardrobes should be filled with jackets, cardigans, camisoles and leggings. The effect will be designs of depth. Texture, colors and more can finally be found.

Bold Jewelry

It was a cluster of delicate chains, the tiny gathers of gems. Jewelry was carved from a frugal philosophy: less was forever more, and more was forever gauche. 2011 is flinging such thoughts away, however. Experience new designs this year. Accessories are being offered in large proportions, with bracelets capturing entire wrists and pendants hanging from massive braids. Metal accents — especially copper and brushed nickel — allow pieces to be bold; and unique materials (such as ribbons or recycled wares) mark each item as unique.

Shoe Simplicity

The trends of 2011 favor all things striking. Styles are shaped to reckless splashes of color and shine. Simplicity can still be found, however — in shoes. Outfits may be wild but footwear is being defined instead to comfort. Ballet flats are the perfect accompaniments to any ensemble. These uncomplicated items allow individuals to counter their pattern-drenched blouses with easy lines and easier colors. They can transition from hour to hour and are appropriate for any occasion. A closet should boast several pairs.

Bands and Barrettes

It’s a familiar disgrace: tousled curls falling limp, layers of frazzled strands, tendrils stiff with gels and sprays. Hair too often becomes a victim of good intentions — with every end split and every style weak. 2011 provides relief, however. Accessories can now be offered to every curler-formed bang. Headbands, barrettes and bobby-pins provide aid to the follicly challenged: pining back flyaways and hinting colors.

Introduce elements of the fantastical this year. Let 2011 be a bold expression and a bolder joy. Are you ready to embrace it?

Making a Scene

Fashion is always about style, color, and influence. Many of today’s hottest brands, or oldest remaining fashions, have all been credited with fantastic marketing, innovative quality and style, as well as eye-catching appeal. This is also true of the new clothing line LRG or Lifted Research Group. Their creative designs make for some fashionable, shocking, and interesting designs that are taking the fashion industry by storm.

Celebrity Couture

Scene of the setup at a Montreal

Image via Wikipedia

Celebrities have a huge influence over the fashion world because they are in the public eye all the time. They are critiqued on everything from their workout clothes to what they wear to run an errand almost as muchas on their formal wear for events. To have a celebrity pick a designer to wear a clothing line is a great compliment for the designer, and also an amazing way to market the clothing.

LRG clothing is making its way into the hearts of celebs around the world. They are providing clothing that is very charismatic while staying in line with fashion trends and affordability scales. Some of the big trend setters for fashion today include Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, and even Selena Gomez.

While the fashion industry is not exclusively carved by celebrities, much of the popular trends are set into the mainstream markets through their influence. The fashion lines that are promoted from fledgling to all the rage can easily be done by a celebrity walking to the store for milk, or seen in a movie that features characters that are interesting and appeal to the masses.

Places to View Celebrity Style

Styles and fashion are constantly changing. It can be tough to try and keep up with what the celebrities are wearing if you don’t keep a close eye on things. You can’t spend all of your time watching television fashion shows to give you some idea of what you should be wearing when you walk out the door. Try to find ways to look through photos to find just the information that you need.

One of the easiest ways to get a clear idea of style is checking out magazines. You don’t have to read a high fashion magazine to see what everyone is wearing. Even in the gossip publications you can see what items are the “must-haves” for the upcoming season. As you look through the pages you may notice that the magazines also have tip sheets for hair, makeup and clothing to check out.

The Internet is constantly being updated with the latest photos of celebrities going out to dinner, shopping, and even filling their cars up with gas. You can easily pull up the latest photos and skim through them. If you see a common thread, like the several people all wearing the same style shoes, the same color purse, or even the same style of pants you know that this is a current trend and you want to get on board as quickly as possible.

Tips for Stepping Outside Your Fashion Comfort Zone

If you feel like you are just wearing the same old thing every day, it may be time to step outside of your comfort zone. It isn’t that you need an entire makeover and you don’t need to get rid of everything in your closet. Just start with something small and see where it leads. You may find that you are more creative than you realize when it comes to your own personal sense of side.

Start with an accessory. This is one of the smallest changes that you can make. Next time you go shopping look for a purse with a funky pattern or a pair of earrings that you would have never looked twice at in the past. Once you make the purchase, commit to using it at least once or twice in the upcoming week. If you like the change, move on to something new.

A new pair of shoes can make a huge difference in an outfit that you already own. But don’t just go for a safe choice. Pick up the leopard print heels that you may have been eying at the mall. Choose the sexy peep-toes instead of your traditional footwear of sandals or tennis shoes. Take a risk. The worst thing that can happen is that you don’t like the look. The next day, get up and try something else. Keep trying to find new ideas until you are once again satisfied with the items you wear.

Summer 2011 Fashion Trends: Glamour-Girl Bathing Suits

Although they rarely appear on the red carpet, swimsuits have a fashion season like all other clothes.  This year, summer’s swimsuit fashion trend includes looks from Hollywood’s heyday with suits from the 1940s and 1950s.  Inspired by pop culture trends such as the success of the television show Mad Men, trendy old-school bathing suits are new again.

One of the great benefits of retro-style swimsuits is that they flatter nearly every body type, especially those with curves.  Their forgiving cuts, combined with twenty-first-century slimming and support details, make it a joy to go shopping for the perfect suit for an imperfect body.

For example, the “malliot” style, which features a one-piece suit often with a ruched body, tends to flatter a wide range of body types by making the stomach appear flatter while highlighting the curves of a woman’s hips and breasts.  In addition, this style of suit comes in a wide range of colors, is available at nearly any price point, and often gives the wearer the option of adding a skirt to cover imperfect thighs.  Malliot-style suits are also often available with no straps, with a halter neck, or with standard bathing suit straps.  Some even offer alternating strap options, giving wearers the choice of changing the suit’s neckline.

For those who prefer a two-piece suit, fashion designers are increasingly turning to mix-and-match sets that allow shoppers to choose the combination of top and bottom they find most comfortable and attractive.  For a glamorous retro look, try pairing a strapless bandeau top with a pair of boy-short bottoms or a straight-skirted bottom.  A halter top with either of these bottoms also completes the Hollywood’s golden age look while providing additional support to wearers with larger chests.

For lounging at the beach or poolside, vintage-inspired accessories are a must.  These include large straw sun hats, sunglasses, and a sarong or wrap along with sunblock – the one “must-have” beauty product.

Looking Fashionable When Traveling

Packing for a vacation is a task that many people leave until the last minute. Deciding what and how much to pack can be challenging. Packing for travel can be even more difficult if you’re going to a far-off location or to a place you’ve never been to before. By doing a little bit of research and planning, you can make sure to be presentable and fashionable while on vacation.

Not All Cultures and Countries Dress Alike

If your travel plans will take you to a different country or culture, one that is new to you, get to know more about that location. With an easy internet search, you can find pictures of local crowds. Forum discussions are often prevalent as well about the climate of a particular region and how to dress so that you are comfortable and presentable. Travel forums are especially useful for requesting advice on clothing choices and local fashion trends.

Blending in or Standing Out

Fashion trends vary by region and by country. Bigger cities are usually quicker to adopt fashion trends than smaller towns and more remote regions. When packing for a far-flung travel destination, ask yourself how important it is to you to blend in. If you’re going to visit family or friends, have a conversation with them about the local attire.

For the more reserved, arriving in your travel destination wearing the latest fashion trends that only people in large cities know about might subject you to glares and stares. If this might bother you, conduct research on specific articles of clothing. Do the local women wear high-heeled shoes? Would wearing shorts and a tank top be inappropriate for women and subject you to scrutiny?

Of course, if your goal is to be comfortable and you’re not concerned with standing out, simply pack for the appropriate weather, and enjoy your trip!