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Preparing for your Name change, Miss. To Mrs.

According to tradition, after the wedding, the bride takes her husband’s name. But, as with other traditions, this has changed over time. Today, there are many cases in which the bride keeps her name or the groom takes the surname of his wife.

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When it comes to changing your name after the wedding, the first thing you have to consider is how much does your maiden name mean to you. If you’ve built a reputation or a business that thrives from using your name before marriage, then you probably don’t want to start over with a different name.

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Say you new name out loud a few times and listen carefully. Are you willing to be referred to as Mrs. Pond for the rest of your life? Will you be taken seriously if your name will be Jennifer Lemongrass?

Another factor you should keep in mind when it comes to changing your name after the wedding is how frequently people will mispronounce it. If the answer is “pretty often”, then you should think about how tolerant you can be about this.

Maybe Mr. Pond would be pleased to be called Mr. Smith. Talk to your partner about the name change, and also ask for input from your and his family.

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If you have no brothers or sisters you may want to carry the family name. The decision to give up your name can hurt your parents.

It’s also important to discuss which surname you’ll want for your children. Some couples choose to combine their family names and pass them on to their children. But, if you keep your name and your children will bare your husband’s name won’t you feel left out?

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You can also think about some broader social implications, in case, these are important for you. For example, do you think it’s important for everyone in a new family to have the same surname? Or you feel that giving up your name implies inequality or losing your identity?

There are a lot of factors to keep in mind when deciding if you want to change your name after the wedding, but in the end, it all depends on your personality and conceptions.

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Preparing your Wedding Vows

You thought it would be fun to write your own wedding vows, but now you have writer’s block and you’re afraid you’ll embarrass yourself? Are you failing in transposing your feelings into words? You’re not alone in this situation. Don’t worry, you’ll get the desired results. You just need to put down some words. Here’s what you have to do to have perfect wedding vows.

Step 1: Make sure you’re allowed

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Make sure the priest whose officiating your marriage allows the use of personalized wedding vows. For example, it the Catholic faith you can recite, in part or full, traditional vows although in most cases the decision is up to the priest.

Tip: even the most lenient priest will want to check your vows before the wedding.

Step 2: Make a Plan

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You should be on the same wavelength with your fiancée. Talk to him about writing your vows separately or together, and if you want to read them before the ceremony.

Tip: If you are shy, you can write the vows with your future husband and recite the same promises. If you have more to say, you can do it privately and write letters to hand out on your wedding day, or on the first day of your honeymoon.

An outline can help you create a structure for both vows. For example, you can start by describing each other’s qualities, then you can continue with the couple’s qualities and finish with the promises you want to make to each other.

Step 3: Reduce the Length

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Set a length and respect it. Focus on essentials, any speech longer than a minute will bore your guests no matter how wonderful it is.

Step 4: Prepare yourself for writing

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What will you write? To help you put your feelings on paper, answer the following questions. At the end, review your responses to select the most relevant sentences and incorporate them into your wedding vows.

What did you think of when you first saw your fiancée? Start with the beginning. Maybe you didn’t want to go out and your friends dragged you? Use a phrase like: “When we met at…I knew…

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When did you realize you’re in love? Try to be as concrete as possible to make the story as exciting as you can. Don’t underestimate the power of humor. Use at least one playful sentence. “I knew that I loved him when my puppy got sick and he took me to the vet

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Did he teach you to appreciate beauty differently? Did He teach you to develop a taste for home cooking? Use: “Before I knew you I was…now…

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In what way did he change your perspective? Certainly life has changed for the better since you decided to face it with him, share this with your guests. Use: “Because of you, I see the world differently

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What you miss the most when you are not together? Perhaps it’s something small, but powerful, like his smile in the morning, or the way he puts aside your lucky coffee cup. “You’re a part of me and when you’re gone I miss…

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How do you see yourself in 10, 20, 30 years? Be more specific than “happily married, in a big house“. What are your hopes and dreams and long-term goals? “I can’t wait to laugh and…while we…

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You have a favorite movie line, or maybe a poem, or a song that represents you? Borrowed things are very welcome, but they shouldn’t express a cliché like “you are my life“. You should turn to a familiar verse and personalize it like “I see you smiling at me and realize how wonderful the world is

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If you feel represented by some parts of the traditional vows you can use them since love and respect promises are always appropriate. Use a phrase like “I promise to respect you and honor you…“, but add an amusing reference “for life, especially when you fall asleep on the couch

Preparing your Wedding Vows

Do you remember any funny or heartwarming things that revealed an unknown side of your partner? He played with his niece or helped his grandma up the stairs? It helped you see under his macho mask and realize how much you love him? Use this in your wedding vows.

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Did you have a traumatic experience that tightened your bond? You can also use this in your wedding vows.

What are the dreams and hopes you share? Setting things you have in common can help you discover your literary talents. Whether you share your faith or simply enjoy drinking wine, these aspects will demonstrate the similarities that make you a perfect pair.

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What quality of your fiancée inspires you? What you respect more about your partner? Use: “You’ve shown me how to…

What promises can express your devotion? This is a chance to personalize your vows. Many couples promise eternal love, but how many partners promise to walk the dog, even if it snows? Use: “I promise to always…

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How will you change together? What are your goals? Think about the steps you need to take together to achieve them. Use: “I hope that we will succeed…

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What metaphor or comparison is representative of your love? Think of something that describes or defines your love. Is it hard as a rock? Fresh like mountain air?

Why did you decide to unite your lives through marriage? Think of a reason why your wedding is special. You’ll be surprised how the answer to this question can lead you to the perfect words. Use: “For me marriage means…I want to marry you because…

What can strengthen your connection? Which is the cornerstone of your relationship? What helps in maintaining the stability of the relationship? Are you resilient? Are you united by a well-developed sense of humor? Use: “Though we have always…

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What aspect of life are you two most excited about? The wedding is only the beginning. Use: “Can’t wait to…

What do you expect from your life in two? Define your expectation, they will help you in creating and keeping your promises. Think about your dreams and the vows that will help you achieve them. Use: “I know our marriage will be…and I promise…

What word would you associate with “love“? Make a list of romantic words to avoid overusing “love“. Use: devotion, adoration, passion etc.

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Packing Guide for Your Honeymoon

You’re done with wedding planning, even with the wedding day and the reception that you’ve been waiting for so long, and dreamed about since you were little. You’ve chosen to take two days to rest and then go on your honeymoon, which is all charted out, except one aspect: your luggage.

So, what to take and what to leave behind? Here is a packing guide for your honeymoon!

Don’t Take Unnecessary Luggage

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Many bulky and uncomfortable bags will inconvenience you both at the airport and the hotel room. Try to pack only necessary and important things. You will return with even more things because you will buy all kinds of souvenirs, for yourself, relatives and friends.

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Make a List of Your Essentials

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Don’t forget the necessary medication, it’s always better to be prepared than to be caught by surprise by unforeseen circumstances. Take your credit cards, a camera and necessary clothes to always have something to wear. Don’t take shoes you haven’t worn yet. You don’t want blisters on your feet on your honeymoon and be forced to wear slippers everywhere you go, or even worse, not go at all. A honeymoon should be relaxing so you need comfortable clothes and shoes.

Always Have a Bottle of Water at Hand

This is not for the actual honeymoon luggage but for everyday use, and it should be kept in your handbag. You must be hydrated at all times, throughout the holiday, to better enjoy the days spent with your new husband.

Don’t Waste Time on Social Networks

Packing Guide for Your Honeymoon

Maybe you want all your friends to know what you’re doing and where you’re walking. Maybe you’re accustomed to exposing your daily activities on social networks, but the honeymoon is about you. It’s about relaxation. It’s about spending time together and enjoy every moment.

Packing Guide for Your Honeymoon

Pack for Inside and Outside

Pack your inside clothes separately from your outside ones in the same bag, to be able to quickly find the perfect outfit for any time or location. Good management means time saved and more fun.

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Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute

Don’t start packing an hour before going to bed when you need to leave early in the morning. Start packing, at least, two weeks before your wedding day to make sure you don’t forget anything.

Make Copies of All Important Documents

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It often happens that documents are lost in such escapades. Whether we are talking about cards or tickets, it is best to make copies and put them in your luggage somewhere safe. It’s always a good idea to be cautious and prepared.

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3 Makeup Tricks Every Bride Should Know

Even if you’re not doing your bridal makeup yourself, there are some tips and tricks that you can talk over with your makeup artist or even use for touch ups during your wedding day.

In the beauty section you’ll find lots of practical makeup tricks, but when it comes to your wedding look, there are three things that are a must.

1. You simply have to play with a bit of pale shimmer eye shadow in the internal corner of the eye. Basically, you should draw a small V of light, even when you don’t use much makeup. It will highlight the eyes and lighten your entire face.

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2. Don’t apply mascara or individual false eyelashes in an equal amount everywhere. It is good to follow a strategy. If you want a doll like look with big, piercing eyes, emphasize the lashes in the central area of the eyelid using more mascara or longer false eyelashes. If you want a sexier look, a cat-like gaze, insist on the lashes from the external corner of the eyelid.

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3. Use a rosy highlighter. This is not one of those makeup products you have to use on a daily basis, but it deserves to be put to work on your wedding day. When you apply it on the surface of the cheekbone it will showcase your bone structure and sculpt your features.

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10 Things Not to Do Before Your Wedding

Before your wedding, as most brides, you’re concerned with your look, more precisely about how to look better on you big day. You do all kinds of exercises to be in shape, you try all kinds of masks to have perfect skin and so on.

But, it’s equally important to know what you shouldn’t do, to avoid compromising this very important day in your life. Let’s see…

1. A New Hair Color

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Stylists advise not to change your hair color a week before the wedding. No matter how skilled your hairstylist is, you never know what the result will be, or if the new color will suit you. If however, you’ve made this mistake and you’re not satisfied with the result, you can color it again immediately, as long as there wasn’t a lot of bleaching involved.

2. A New Haircut

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The closer the big day, the more stressed you are and the more decisions you make, all under pressure. Therefore, hairstyle decisions should be taken early, while you are still relaxed. It’s advisable that you test out the hairstyle three months before your wedding and you shouldn’t change it very much during this period. A new haircut will change the structure of your hair and it won’t sit as it should on your wedding day. But, you can shorten the tips a little, a month before your wedding and keep them hydrated to avoid needing another intervention.

3. Alcohol

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Alcoholic drinks have a high caloric intake, so it’s advisable to give them up more than a week before your wedding if you want to get in shape. The immediate effects of alcohol may cause bloating since they slow down your digestive system. You should also avoid alcohol during your wedding day, it dilates blood vessels, leading to redness. You don’t want to compromise your photos on the big day.

4. New Exercises

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It’s not the time to try new things when it comes to exercises, just hold on to the old routine. Stretched muscles require weeks to heal and I’m guessing you don’t want to sit out your wedding dance, because of pain. If you want to lose some weight to perfectly fit into your wedding dress it’s best if you start exercising before you buy the actual gown. If sport relaxes you and you think you need to do some exercises before the wedding, the best choice is to take a walk or slow jog through the park.

5. Different Makeup

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Often brides panic on their wedding day and feel that something needs to be changed in their makeup. To avoid a makeup style that doesn’t favor you on your big day, my advice is to ask your makeup artist to try as many types of makeup as possible in the trial period. Also, make sure that your makeup artist knows all about HD makeup so you’ll look good in any light conditions, but also in photos and videos.

Another tip for your makeup to be flawless is preparing your skin. As long as you strictly follow the three essential steps, cleansing, toning, and moisturizing, nothing can go wrong.

6. Unbalanced Diet

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You’ll need a lot of energy to solve all your wedding related problems and to overcome the stress that comes with them. Therefore, your main allies are calories. It’s the most inappropriate moment to neglect your food routine. In the week before your wedding, you should eat well and have a balanced diet, focusing on vegetables and fruits, and don’t forget to drink plenty of water.

7. Peels and Microdermabrasion

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Chemical peelings and microdermabrasion sessions promise a smooth and supple skin, on the long-term, but don’t test them out a week before your wedding. Since these processes are pretty tough, you never know how your skin will react. You can end up with irritation, redness or peeling of the skin, which will also harm your makeup. Even if your makeup artist will be able to mask these problems, the makeup will only worsen the problems and you can get serious skin problems afterward. It is best to limit yourself to a gentle scrub that will remove dead cells and smooth out your skin for a few days.

8. New Skincare Products

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Don’t change your skincare routine before the wedding. A new product can cause an allergic reaction, it can dry your skin or cause an excess of sebum and a number of other effects that require time to be addressed. However, if you intend to change your products at any price, the best would be to do it months before your wedding and to ask your dermatologist’s advice.

9. Lost Nights

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Depriving your body of sleep can have disastrous effects and you don’t want something like this before your wedding. From digestive system disorders that may predispose you to fatten, to immune system disorders that can make you vulnerable to viral infections. A good number of hours of sleep has many benefits that shouldn’t be ignored, like improving the appearance of the skin and wrinkles, getting rid of dark circles and making you happier and calmer.

10. Excess Caffeine

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Relying on beverages containing caffeine for energy is not the best idea. Caffeine is a stimulant and an irritant of the nervous system, therefore, stress levels will increase, and you really don’t need that at this time. Moreover, caffeine can have negative effects on your physical appearance, dehydrating you and causing dark circles. You don’t need to give up caffeine entirely, but be careful not to overdo it.

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6 Things to Consider when you’re Putting on your Wedding Dress

You’ve spent a lot of time among soft materials, precious veils and laced corsets until you’ve found the ones that suited you. Then you’ve waited a few weeks until everything was perfectly adjusted. Yes, I am talking about your wedding dress and what you should do if you want to look flawless on your wedding day.

Leave it at the Designer/Bridal Store

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I know, your wedding dress is finally ready and all you want to do is place it in your closet and spend hours looking at it. But, the less it lies in your hand, the less the chance of a major catastrophe happening. Imagine a cup of coffee accidentally spilled by an overly enthusiastic future bridesmaid, or the claws of your bellowed tomcat stuck in the veil. To avoid such mishaps, the best would be to bring it home just a few days before the event.

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Don’t Store it in a Confined Space

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As soon as you get your wedding dress from the designer/bridal store, remove it from the box and hang it in a room with less traffic (possibly a guest room). This way you will ensure that it won’t get wrinkled or acquire a strange smell.

Stains are Only for Professionals

Ok, I understand. You were too excited on one of the thousands of times you’ve tried your wedding dress on and you managed to leave a trace of your favorite lipstick on that pristine white gown. No need to panic, however, instead of fixing this disaster alone at home, find a dry cleaner and take it there. Professionals will immediately remedy the situation without ruining your wedding dress.

Wait for the Right Moment

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The first thing you’ll want to do on your big day (of course besides the emotional “I Do”) will be to put on your wedding dress. I know you’re really excited and you should be, but it’s better to leave this last minute because you can wrinkle it or smudge it you’re your makeup.

Be Careful with the Bouquet

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If not careful you can accidentally sprinkle your wedding dress with water if you’re too eager to take the bouquet as soon as it’s handed to you. Ask one of your bridesmaids or your mother to gently wipe the bouquet with a cloth to remove excess water.

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An Emergency Kit is a Must

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It wouldn’t hurt to take a small set of needles and threads with you on the big day, a safety pin and a lint brush to be prepared for any incident. Just in case!

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5 Wedding Details that Matter to Him

Although things differ from couple to couple, the most thorough details of planning your wedding can seem completely uninteresting to your fiancé. And most times, future brides come to translate this dose on non-involvement into a total lack of commitment. But it isn’t true!

No matter how much he would prefer watching TV while you choose the color of the tablecloths, there are a few details that matter to him too.

The Music

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I know that the music sets the tone for the party and that your fiancée is looking forward to dealing with it. But, don’t lose sight of this aspect entirely. It’s better to let him get involved, but if you’re aware that you’re not exactly soul mates in terms of music, you should remind him that 80’s music doesn’t need to be played till dawn.

The Honeymoon

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Even if he wanted you to choose the destination, it is likely that he has already prepared a dream vacation scenario. I think any man would like to surprise his future wife with romantic details about their getaway. If you don’t like surprises and always want to be in the foreseeable boundaries, then make a compromise and mutually agree on the destination. Of course, after you’ve researched the top honeymoon destinations.

The Getaway Car

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This is totally his field of play. So, you can let him surprise you because obviously he spent a lot of time thinking about whether you would like to make your appearance in a vintage car or a limousine. In addition, it doesn’t really matter, as long as the rear window is inscribed with “And they lived happily ever after”.

The First Kiss

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The first kiss as husband and wife. Even if this is an issue you can’t really plan, you’d be shocked to see how many men are getting excited when they think of their first kiss after declaring their eternal love. Will it be romantic or passionate, or maybe intense? Should he go for clichés from romantic movies that he saw because of you or should he go with his clumsy personality? Calm him down and ensure him that it will be just perfect, no matter what he does. After all, it’s the happiest day of your lives!

The Wedding Cake

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Most brides assume that their spouses don’t want to have anything to do with the wedding cake. I agree however that he will not understand you effort to choose between the mascarpone and the truffle filling, but clearly he would love to go with you on the tasting. So, take him to the appointment at the bakery. You’ll be surprised to see how much fun it will be for both of you!

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The Best Wedding Color for 2016

Every year Pantone sets the color trends, and in 2016, for weddings, you have no less than eight shades that will dictate your choices for a dream event. And, if you don’t know exactly how to incorporate them into your plans, scroll down and you’ll find a quick guide with suggestions that I hope will serve as inspiration.

Buttercup

Buttercup is a daring wedding color for brides who want their events remembered. If you like to stand out, especially on one of the most special days of your life then you’ll find that buttercup will fulfill this desire whether you choose it for your bridesmaid’s dresses or bouquet. Even your groom can choose a tie in this attention-grabbing shade!

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Green Flash

If your dream is to have an outdoor wedding, Green Flash is a shade that should prevail. From décor to bridesmaid’s dresses, this color brings balance and creates a relaxing atmosphere.

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Iced Coffee

Iced Coffee is the perfect wedding color for a glamorous bride. Everything in your event needs to shine and this shade will beautifully frame your wedding. You can add small details to your wedding dress, or choose a bouquet of painted roses. In both cases, the idea is to glow!

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Lilac Grey

When talking about Lilac Grey, women think of perfectionism. This color says that everything is subordinated to elegance. This shade gives a noble touch to any event and it’s reminiscent of aristocrats’ balls. From invitations to table arrangement, everything will speak sophistication.

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Peach Echo

If your wedding takes place in the middle of summer, no shade is more appropriate than Peach Echo. From cocktails with fresh juices, instead of the classic champagne, to bridesmaids dresses, perfectly coordinated with the specific summer tan. Peach Echo talks about pleasure and spontaneity.

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Rose Quartz

Romance and stories with princes and princesses are keywords when I think about Rose Quartz. If you choose this color you’ll create a fairytale wedding and you’ll be spot on trends. Just think about how perfectly the pink roses will match your groom’s navy suit!

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Serenity

As the name suggests, Serenity is all about harmony. If you want a serene vibe at your wedding and you want your guests to enter a world of peace then choose flowers in this shade, and maybe bridesmaid’s dresses and some decorative elements.

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Snorkel Blue

Snorkel Blue is synonymous with luxury. Choose this wedding color for various details, such as table decorations or wedding dress accessories, and you’ll feel sumptuous. I’m sure that your future husband will also love this shade!

Snorkel Blue

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Mini and Midi Wedding Dresses, How to Choose and Wear Them

We are already accustomed to the fact that fashion challenges us, urges us to experiment, juggle with new trends, but mostly wants us to let our personality be part of our looks. Well, the same thing happens with wedding dresses, which are generally easy to adapt to new trends and opened for all kinds of experiments.

So, if you want to be different you can opt for a mini or midi wedding dress. Here are some tips and tricks on how to pull off this look on your wedding day.

First, we can start talking about the advantages that you have when you choose such a dress. In a mini or midi wedding dress, it’s easier to have fun all day, without being forced to be careful not to trip on it, or that someone else could step on it. There will be no inconvenience when it comes to dancing.

Well, there are many women who don’t want to take the risk of a mini or midi wedding dress, but you have to recognize that in the fashion world, these type of dresses are not a novelty. They were worn by many women since the 70’s, and there were some famous women like Audrey Hepburn, Mia Farrow, Brigitte Bardot, Elizabeth Taylor and Sharon Tate.

Another advantage of mini and midi wedding dresses is the price. It’s also a perfect choice for a wedding theme that has vintage accents. Also, your fabulous shoes won’t be covered by layers and layers of tulle. So, the money you save can be invested in a pair of Louboutin’s.

Choose the right Shape

When you choose a mini or midi wedding dress it should perfectly fit your silhouette. Firstly, this type of dress is ideal for girls with a delicate figure, medium height, and perfect legs. Also, an energetic and active character is key for this look. Not to mention the retro accents offered by the design.

Types of Mini and Midi Wedding Dresses

If you think short wedding dresses aren’t as versatile as long ones, when it comes to shape and design, well, you should know that there are plenty of looks to choose from. But, the most important thing is to take some time to actually choose it. This way you will have the opportunity to make a distinction between styles and choose what makes you feel comfortable and reflects your personality.

Midi Wedding Dresses

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This type of dress is a vintage design and its length is at the boundary between short and long, bringing a very chic and glam touch to your look. Inspired by the 50’s, with vaporous layers, this dress is ideal for girls with wide hips who want to create an hourglass shape.

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If you have an apple-shaped silhouette you should avoid this type of dress. At the same time, a very important aspect in choosing this designs is the wedding theme and location. A mid length wedding dress works best with a glam retro style.

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Mini Wedding Dress

Well, we can talk for hours about the diversity and alternatives that you have when you opt for a mini wedding dress. And, although this design can be risky, many brides chose it with confidence. Of course, the retro accents are present so wear it with simple and classic jewels.

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If you want to add an interesting touch choose a sleeved mini wedding dress. It will give you a very refined and elegant look. The sleeves can be made of lace or sheer fabrics for a dramatic effect.

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Tall women can pull off this look seamlessly, but it’s also suitable for medium height brides. The most important aspect is that this type of dress can give the effect of thin and long legs without much effort.

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The most beautiful Wedding Dresses for Fall 2016

Once the ready-to-wear collections were shown and reviewed during Fashion Week, the time has come for an article dedicated to wedding dresses and Bridal Week.

Wedding dress designers have gathered to present their collections, from Oscar de la Renta to Vera Wang. Here are the most beautiful wedding dresses for fall 2016, straight from the runway. Find your inspiration below!

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5The most beautiful Wedding Dresses for Fall 2016

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7The most beautiful Wedding Dresses for Fall 2016

Lela Rose

9The most beautiful Wedding Dresses for Fall 2016

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Monique Lhuillier

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Oscar de la Renta

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Vera Wang

17The most beautiful Wedding Dresses for Fall 2016

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How to choose the perfect Wedding Bouquet

Red, white or multicolored? Roses, tulips or orchids? Round or flowing? When it comes to the perfect wedding bouquet there are many shapes, flower combinations, and colors to choose from, and the choice is limited only by your imagination.

Maybe you’re a determined bride, who knows exactly what she wants or maybe you haven’t decided yet, and you feel overwhelmed by the numerous available options.

Regardless of your situation, this article will break down all the information you need to consider when choosing your wedding bouquet and hopefully serve as a source of inspiration.

The first thing you need to consider when you think about your wedding bouquet is its shape. Known or less known, there are 20 types of bouquets that will satisfy even the most demanding tastes and brides. But, beyond personal preferences, you also need to consider your silhouette, height, dress, venue and wedding theme, season and range of colors used in the décor.

To help you make the best choice, I have prepared a detailed article full of tips and images to inspire and ease your decision.

Types of Wedding Bouquets

Round Wedding Bouquet

Round Bouquet

Neither too big, nor too small, with a compact design, the round wedding bouquet is perhaps the best-known shape and certainly the most popular choice among brides.

The most common flower composition for this type of bouquet is roses. However, its shape allows you to choose from a wide range of flowers such as tulips, lilies, chrysanthemums, gerberas, peonies, orchids, freesias and so on.

To add a personal touch to your wedding bouquet you can use a satin bow in your favorite color or choose the flowers in an interesting color combination. Also for the bottom of your bouquet, you can choose veil, lace or different types of nets and fabrics.

Pageant Wedding Bouquet

Pageant Wedding Bouquet

This bouquet is made starting from a round bouquet, but it features a few longer strands of flowers or beads that seem to be hanging from the edge of the arrangement. Thus, the wedding bouquet takes on a much more sophisticated aspect.

Classic Wedding Bouquet

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The classic bouquet is the simplest design in the bunch, but it’s just as beautiful since its unstructured grouping has a special charm and natural look.

The flowers used for this type of arrangement are garden flowers, which makes this bouquet a perfect choice for outdoor weddings.

Cascade/Shower Wedding Bouquet

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The cascading wedding bouquet, known for its elongated shape, it is very fashionable this year, putting on various styles, some more sophisticated than others.

Being large in size, this kind of bouquet is characterized by floral arrangements that are gracefully set in a line running down from the hands of the bride. To achieve this type of bouquet only certain types of flowers can be used. Thus, the most common ones are orchids, but a skilled florist can create a cascade wedding bouquet from roses, lilies, and tulips.

What you need to know before you opt for such a wedding bouquet it’s that, due to its size and the many flowers from its composition, it may weigh up to two kilos, making it quite heavy to wear.

Biedermeier Wedding Bouquet

Biedermeier Wedding Bouquet

The Biedermeier bouquet has a round shape but it’s not as compact as the round wedding bouquet. It can be created from one type of flower or by combining several varieties such as roses, tulips, callas, gerberas, sunflowers, hydrangeas and more. But what distinguishes it from the rest, and at the same time makes it special, is the concentric arrangement of the flowers. To highlight its unique design, my advice is to use at least two colors for the rings of your bouquet.

Posy Wedding Bouquet

Posy Wedding Bouquet

This bouquet is quite similar to the round bouquet, except that the group on the top is not as compact and it’s not perfectly round. In contrast, the bottom is the same, both designs feature stems cut at the same level and are closely tied with a ribbon.

This type of bouquet can be created from a wide range of flowers from roses, tulips, callas, freesias, poppies, peonies and gerberas to hydrangeas and amaryllis. You can choose a single type of flower or two, three or even more, to create a unique and special wedding bouquet that will reveal your personality.

Arm Wedding Bouquet

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This type of bouquet became popular among brides in the early 20th century, bringing a touch of elegance to all who bear it. But for such an effect, it is absolutely necessary to use only long stem flowers like roses, callas or delphiniums.

Also, I must warn you that this wedding bouquet is quite difficult to hold.

Teardrop Wedding Bouquet

Teardrop Wedding Bouquet

The teardrop bouquet is actually the modern version of the cascading bouquet. The difference between the two is that the teardrop variation has a significantly reduced size and therefore a more compact structure.

Unconventional Wedding Bouquet

Beyond these wedding bouquets which I might describe as classic, there is another category that falls into the unconventional side. I can’t exactly say how many of these are out there, but one thing is certain, they all stand out of the crowd either through an unusual shape or an extraordinary item.

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This wedding bouquet is a romantic and sophisticated floral arrangement, whose form resembles a globe or a ball. It’s mainly popular for bridesmaids, but it’s also suitable for brides since it’s easy to wear, it hangs on the wrist. It also has a unique, nonconformist design, and a multitude of flowers you can choose from to create it.

Handbag Wedding Bouquet

Handbag Wedding Bouquet

The handbag wedding bouquet has emerged as an alternative to the classic lace and satin handbag that brides generally wear on their wedding day. It’s constructed in a moist sponge and, generally features small flowers like chrysanthemums or mini roses, but if you want you can opt for roses or orchids.

Today, this type of wedding bouquet is very appreciated by women who want something out of the box, because it lets you play with forms. Also, depending on your preferences you can choose a “handbag” made entirely out of flowers, with a metal frame to support it or you can reinvent the envelope bag by adding flowers that represent you.

However, before you say “yes” you should think about the fact that the sponge is wet and it can be difficult to wear due to its weight.

Half-moon Wedding Bouquet

Half-moon Wedding Bouquet

The less known crescent or half-moon wedding bouquet is an extremely sophisticated choice. But if you want the flowers to arch enough to acquire the desired shape it is absolutely necessary to use long and resistant stem options.

Birds Nest Wedding Bouquet

Birds Nest Wedding Bouquet

This bouquet, as the name suggests, is very similar to a bird’s nest. This design uses very thin wires, ribbon, and twigs and the result is truly spectacular.

If you want to walk down to the aisle holding a birds nest wedding bouquet you should know that you can choose from a wide range of flowers which you can combine at will. However, don’t overdo the size of the bouquet, or you’ll risk a kitsch appearance.

Composite Wedding Bouquet

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The composite wedding bouquet has its origins in the early 20th century, being classified as a highly sophisticated design. It’s achieved by linking dozens or even hundreds of petals of the same type of flower to create the impression of a single flower.

The flowers that can be used for such a bouquet are roses, lilacs, and callas, but you can also opt for others, provided that they have large petals. Regarding the construction of the bouquet, it may be in a circular shape, round or elongated.

However, keep in mind that because of its complexity and the time necessary to create, the composite wedding bouquet can be quite expensive.

But who said that your wedding bouquet needs to be made of flowers? As I said earlier, for daring brides who want something different, there are unique variations and only their imaginations is the limit. Thus, brooches, fruits, sweets, shells, pieces of paper, Christmas decorations are just some of the items that you can use to create a very special wedding bouquet.

Special Wedding Bouquet

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Memorable Moments in Cannes History

Over time, the Croisette was the space where celebrities not only showed off their outfits, some of them difficult to understand, even by stylists but also nuanced their attitudes which have gone down in Cannes history. So, I decided to share the fun and the images! Check them out below!

Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1987

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Simone Silva and Robert Mitchum in 1954

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When Simone Silva posed topless in Cannes, in 1954, it generated a real stampede among photographers. One of them broke his hand and another one his foot trying to capture the moment. Later, Simone was asked to leave the festival.

Sharon Stone in 1995

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Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1977

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Before becoming a governor, Arnold flexed his muscles at Cannes. The ladies seemed rather confused.

Elizabeth Taylor and Mike Todd in 1957

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Robert Redford, Sydney Pollak, Aniela Mlynarska and Arthur Rubinstein in 1972

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Kirk Douglas and Brigitte Bardot in 1953

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Carlo Ponti and Sophia Loren in 1958

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2008

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Cate Blanchett in 2010

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Michael Caine in 1966

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To promote his movie “Alfie” in 1966, Michael Caine resorted to the help of some fashion models who wore pants embroidered on the buttocks with the name of the movie.

Kate Moss and Johnny Depp in 1997

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Diane Kruger in 2012

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Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson in 2012

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Grace Kelly in 1955

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Alec and Hilaria Baldwin in 2013

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Irina Shayk in 2014

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Cannes 2016: Beauty Looks on the Red Carpet

The Cannes 2016 Film Festival ended last Sunday, and it was the perfect opportunity for celebrities to shine on the red carpet and to display their carefully thought out looks.

The hairstyles and makeup looks were as always, impressive and, in the Mediterranean sunshine the Hollywood stars and international models managed to catch just the right frames and you don’t want to miss them. Check them out below!

Kirsten Dunst in rose toned shades…

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…and in loose curls, smokey eyes and nude lipstick…

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…and with thick lashes and beautiful waves…

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…and with indigo smokey eyes…

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…and with red lips.

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Victoria Beckham opted for a sleek eyeliner, a messy updo and nude lips.

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Bella Heathcote chose a metallic smokey eye makeup and a sleek hairdo…

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…which she later paired with an orange lipstick.

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Aymeline Valade looked ravishing in a heavy lined makeup and a messy up do.

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Charlize Theron opted for a dramatic look for Cannes 2016…

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…and for soft waves and berry lips.

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Alessandra Ambrosio and her classic red lips…

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…and her liquid eyeliner.

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Elle Fanning went retro with a stylish black eyeliner and pink lips.

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I loved Marion Cotillard’s glamor old Hollywood look.

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Lea Seydoux owns the matte red lipstick look.

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Helen Mirren paired her pink lipstick with a very sleek hairdo.

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Bella Hadid focused on pretty, natural looks at Cannes 2016.

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Kristen Stewart opted for a dramatic burgundy smokey eye makeup and curls…

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…and for a black eyeliner and matte red lips…

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…and for a messy updo, smokey eyes and nude lips…

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…and for red lipstick and many layers of mascara.

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Adriana Lima is just beautiful!

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Barbara Palvin looked very sweet with her long lashes and glowy skin.

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Mischa Barton was the epitome of romance at Cannes 2016.

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Kendall Jenner went for metallic smokey eyes and a wet-hair look.

…and her liquid eyeliner.

Blake Lively opted for several variations of soft palettes for Cannes 2016.

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Matte peach lipstick looks great on Lily-Rose Depp.

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Jessica Chastain went for vintage inspired looks for this year’s red carpet.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan opted for a classic red carpet beauty look.

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Julianne Moore looked ravishing with her smokey eye makeup.

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Naomi Watts chose pastel colors for her Cannes 2016 red carpet look.

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Lily Donaldson showed off some pretty bold lips.

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Image source: Vogue

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Family Matters: the Mother of the Bride & the Mother of the Groom on the Wedding Day

A wedding is very important, not only for the happy couple but also for the godparents and especially for the parents. And, as the mother of the bride and mother of the groom you get so excited that you tend to forget your responsibilities.

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So, I am here to help you by giving you a guide that includes all the motherly duties on the wedding day.

The Mother of the Bride, before and after the Wedding

Despite the emotional rollercoaster, you as the mother of the bride have to think about your responsibilities on this special day, to help your daughter pass with flying colors over the preparations that precede the most important moment of her life. And, you need to arm yourself with a lot of patience because your task is not an easy one.

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So, here are the responsibilities of the mother of the bride before and on the wedding day:

Once the engagement is announced you should become your daughter’s best friend, giving her advice and good thoughts. In this way, planning the wedding will be much easier.

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You should also get involved in setting the budget and other expenses. In this sense, you should contact the groom’s parents, as soon as possible, and discuss with them all the details.

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You can also help the couple choose the church in which the religious ceremony will take place and the venue for the reception.

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As the mother of the bride, you can advise your daughter in choosing the wedding dress. This is an important step and don’t forget that your choices and tastes may differ. You can also get involved in picking out the bridesmaids dresses.

You can also help finalize the guest list and seating chart, and make hotel reservations for out of town guests.

You can cooperate with the bridesmaids to organize the wedding shower.

As the mother of the bride, you need to defeat stress and support your daughter in every way possible.

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Of course, the duties of the mother of the bride can be different from situation to situation. You should be there, before the wedding, when the bride gets dressed and you should offer a symbolic blessing.

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Also, you need to welcome guests at the reception.

The Mother of the Groom on the Wedding Day

Most times, the mother of the groom tends to be more stressed than the mother of the bride. But still, try to keep calm. As the mother of the groom your duties include:

As soon as the engagement is announced talk to the bride’s parents and, as mentioned before, discuss the budget for the big event.

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The parents of the groom are the ones in charge of organizing the engagement party, so as the groom’s mother you should discuss with the happy couple the guest list and other details to keep in mind about the party.

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You should also help your son in establishing the wedding guest list, and make sure he doesn’t leave out any family friends or relatives.

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You can also contact the bride’s mother to go shopping together for wedding outfits. This way you will avoid having the same look on the big day.

Just like the mother of the bride, you should greet guests at the reception.

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Cannes 2016, the most beautiful Dresses on the Red Carpet

One of the most awaited events of this spring, the Cannes 2016 Film Festival has reached its end. Held from 11 to 22 May on the Croisette, the event brought together actors, actresses, directors and young talents of the moment.

Every day of the festival I watched gorgeous models and extraordinary actresses like Marion Cotillard, Kate Moss, Karlie Kloss, Naomi Watts, Lea Seydoux, Vanessa Paradis and Elle Fanning walking down the red carpet in the most incredible outfits.

I admired during the 12 days of the Cannes 2016 festival dozens of spectacular creations impeccably worn by all types of celebrities. From Zuhair Murad to Louis Vuitton, Armani Prive and Marchesa. Check them out below!

Kirsten Dunst

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Bella Heathcote

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Elle Fanning

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Alessandra Ambrosio

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Charlize Theron

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Milla Jovovich

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Sean and Dylan Penn

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Marion Cotillard

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

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Lara Stone

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Toni Garrn

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Alexandra Maria Lara

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Irina Shayk

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Toni Garrn

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Petra Nemcova

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Natasha Poly

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Paris Hilton

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Mischa Barton

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Cindy Bruna

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Adriana Lima

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Kendall Jenner & Kris Jenner

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Kirsten Dunst

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Bella Heathcote

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Charlize Theron

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Ways to involve your Groom in Planning your Wedding

A perfect wedding involves many months of meticulous planning. You can’t overlook any detail and nothing can be left to chance, what you see, what you hear or what you taste. By the way…did you know that there are some details of your wedding that you can leave in the trusty hands of your future husband?

The wedding plans are generally managed, coordinated and executed by a wedding planner under the close observation of the bride. In all that chaos that includes invitations, rings, flowers, candles, centerpieces, vows, your groom can feel disoriented and somehow…left out. However, there are a few things that your groom could do and would be interested in dealing with while organizing your wedding.

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Whether your wedding will be, financially speaking, a traditional one (the groom pays a part, the bride pays another, the parents contribute to something) or modern (only you two are responsible for the costs), your future husband can be involved in the budgeting aspect.

How? Firstly, he can establish a total of admissible expenses (total amount), and assign each aspect of your wedding a sum that can’t be exceeded without making “cuts”.

Secondly, he can request price offers for different services: from transport to menu, to venue, DJ or decorations, after you’ve chosen the theme and style of your wedding, dancers and comedians for entertainment and so on.

And last, but not least, your future husband can temper you when you’ll want different invitations than the ones you initially picked because they aren’t purple enough, or when you’ll want dancers and a string quartet.

Music and fun

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When it comes to music and other ways to maintain a fun, cheerful and pleasant atmosphere at your wedding, your future husband should be involved for several reasons.

First, everyone has different tastes when it comes to music, so a mixed playlist could come in handy. Secondly, he knows what kind music his mother likes and which part of the country his bellowed aunt Azalea is from.

Thirdly, it’s possible that he comprehends pyrotechnics better than you and he is able to establish the details of who will handle the fireworks. Regarding other types of entertainment, he knows what his family would like to see and his old friends.

And last, but not least, if he can’t participate in this aspect of your wedding then he can’t do pretty much else, so…

Transportation

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Transportation, for you and your wedding guests on your wedding day, can be excellently organized by your groom. This is one of those aspects of wedding planning in which your future husband will be happily involved. All you have to do is give him the actually confirmed wedding guest list. He will know, or find out how many guests will use their own cars, who will want to drink alcohol and will require transportation and so on.

Also, your groom can handle renting buses or minibusses for your guests and especially for you, depending on the wedding theme: limousine, vintage car, carriage etc. It will take some time to handle the logistics, but this is his domain.

Menu and Drinks

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Your groom will be more than happy to help you choose the menu for the wedding since it involves a lot of tasting. And, as men are generally good at choosing food and drinks, this can be a stress-free aspect for you. However, pay attention to you future husband’s culinary tastes. You don’t want to end up serving sausages and fries at your wedding unless you have a rustic theme. And, you should also remind him that you need to have other drinks, besides beer…

The Honeymoon

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Whether he wants to surprise you, or you choose a destination together, your future husband can handle every detail of planning your honeymoon. Given that most men boast of an excellent practical sense, he can keep watch for special offers and compare them, choosing the perfect quality/price ratio for the offered services and plan trips and extra activities. He can also reserve a tour guide, if the honeymoon is in another country, and make a selection of the most interesting sights to visit.

You wedding, as well as your marriage which begins on the day, are cherished life experiences, therefore, you should be both equally involved in planning your wedding.

Which aspects of wedding planning are you involving you groom into, or what other activities you think his skills would come in handy for? Let us know in the comments section!

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Cannes 2016: the most beautiful Looks, so far

The Cannes 2016 red carpet is invaded by fabulous designer outfits. Celebrities complied with the casual glamor of the French luxury resort and celebrated the official opening ceremony and every screening after.

Discover below the most beautiful looks from the Cannes 2016 red carpet, so far and enjoy the dose of French sophistication.

Day Looks at Cannes 2016

Before being photographed on the red carpet, celebrities carefully prepared outfits to descend in the popular French destination, successfully addressing current trends.

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Kirsten Dunst

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Victoria Beckham

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Vanessa Paradis

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Lily-Rose Depp

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Kendall Jenner

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Eva Longoria

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Evening Looks at Cannes 2016

The gowns worn at the screening of Woody Allen’s “Café Society” were the ones that got all the attention on the first day of Cannes 2016.

The main trends of the evening were nude irresistibly worn by Blake Lively and Bella Hadid, intense black chosen by model Lili Donaldson, with a dizzying cleavage, a black jumpsuit on Victoria Beckham, designed by herself, and immaculate white on Eva Longoria.

Blake Lively

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Lili Donaldson

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Victoria Beckham

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Kristen Stewart opted for Chanel, while Kirsten Dunst wore an actual floral symphony.

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Evening Looks at Cannes 2016

Showing us that beauty has no age. Julianne More wowed in a black and green sequined number.

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The celebrities who walked down the Cannes 2016 red carpet in the next days of the festival made headlines with their chosen outfits. Blake Lively and Kristen Stewart are the most inspiring from my point of view, but Julia Robert is not far behind.

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Jessica Chastain shined in Alexander McQueen, while Naomi Watts chose to wear a 90’s style slip-on dress.

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Bella Hadid, red hot!

Red hot. That’s all I can say about Bella Hadid’s dress. Hellen Mirren is a dame! Jourdan Dunn in Ralph and Russo Natasha Polly in Prada Kendall Jenner in Cavalli Couture Ana de Armas Misha Barton

Hellen Mirren is a dame!

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Jourdan Dunn

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Natasha Polly

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Kendall Jenner

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Misha Barton

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Li Yuchun

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Kristina Bazan

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3 Makeup Mistakes to avoid on your Wedding Day

On your wedding day, you want everything to be perfect. So, here are some makeup mistakes you should avoid, to get what you want. More precisely, here are some makeup products you should blacklist on your wedding day.

Translucent Powder

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Do you remember those photos with Angelina Jolie covered with white powder? Well, when I saw them I had two questions going through my mind: why didn’t anyone tell her, and what did she do to upset a baker? But, Angelina Jolie didn’t look like that when she left the house. The problem was a translucent powder that contained shine ingredients like titanium dioxide, which reflect the camera flashes just like a mirror.

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Since you’ll be heavily photographed on your wedding day, I recommend using a powder that doesn’t contain these type of ingredients. Apply it only on the areas that are prone to shine, like the sides of your nose and forehead. Carefully check your foundation too. If the name contains attributes like radiant or illuminator you might create a luster that camera flashes will certainly increase.

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Eyeliner

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Usually, an eyeliner can successfully cope with a full day, but when you’re looking forward to a marathon of dancing and crying sessions (of joy, of course), it’s good to choose a transfer resistant formula. The eyeliner will highlight your eyes in photos, so you don’t want it to disappear too quickly after you apply it.

Lip Gloss

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The gloss is not known for its resistance on the lips, and it doesn’t really inspire to kiss and it can easily migrate to your cheeks and chin. If you still want a lip gloss effect, apply a lips balm or gloss just on the center of the lips. This trick gives the illusion of fuller lips. Another solution is to find a lipstick with shiny particles.

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Beauty Looks from the Met Gala 2016

Ever since I’ve found out that the theme of this year’s Met Gala will be “Manus X Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology“, I was very curious to see how celebrities and their team of stylists and makeup artists will adapt this topic to their looks.

The star of the evening was undeniably dark red lipstick chosen by many celebrities, accompanied by metal accents perfectly in tune with the theme. In terms of styling, celebrities relied on buns, ponytails stylized or twisted.

Emma Stone

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Emma Stone gave up her red locks for a darker shade which she complemented with charcoal grey eyeliner, and she didn’t go unnoticed.

Kristen Stewart

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Kristen Stewart chose a metallic look for this year’s Met Gala and she nailed it.

Demi Lovato

Beauty Looks from the Met Gala 2016

Demi Lovato’s sun-kissed look was fabulous. A little bronzer, a little strobing and the look was complete.

Kate Bosworth

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Kate Bosworth made me think of Game of Thrones with her dress and tiara. For makeup, the actress relied on an orange eyeshadow and red lipstick.

Rita Ora

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Rita Ora went for a metallic, but delicate makeup. The look was completed by a hair tattoo.

Beyonce

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Beyonce chose a simple hairdo and smoky eyes in a dark shade.

Ciara

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Ciara wanted to be completely in tune with this year’s theme and she dyed her hair in a silver shade and complemented it with metallic makeup.

Kylie Jenner

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Known for her bold makeup and hair color choices, Kylie Jenner decided to go for minimalism this time, and I have to say she looks gorgeous.

Lupita Nyong’o

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Lupita Nyong’o choose a very bold hairdo for this year’s Met Gala.

Taylor Swift

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The vampy look is perfect for Taylor Swift. Blood red lips were chosen by many celebrities.

Katy Perry

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We are already accustomed with Katy Perry’s eccentric looks. This time, she chose a lavender hue for the eyes, a cobalt eyeliner, and black lipstick.

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Met Gala 2016: Celebrity Couples on the Red Carpet

The most beautiful couples in showbiz walked down the red carpet at the Met Gala. Celebrities met again at the ceremony, considered the Oscars of fashion. This year’s theme “Manus X Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” was the perfect reason for stars to show off their spectacular outfits.

Since we’ve already reviewed these fabulous looks it’s time to take a closer look at the couples we’ve seen on the red carpet and spread the love.

Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale

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Carmelo Anthony and La La Anthony

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Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor

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Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid

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FKA Twigs and Robert Pattinson

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Kim Kardashian and Kayne West

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Jamie Bell and Kate Mara

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Michael Polish and Kate Bosworth

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Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly

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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

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Miles Teller and Keleigh Sperry

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Stephen Colbert and Evelyn McGee-Colbert

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Kris Jenner and Corey Gamble

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Hugh Dancy and Claire Danes

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Marco Perego and Zoe Saldana

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Hannah Davis and Derek Jeter

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Jason Statham and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

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Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman

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The Weekend and Bella Hadid

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Met Gala 2016: the most spectacular Outfits on the Red Carpet

Every year, celebrities shine on the red carpet of the Met Gala, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Vogue.

Last night, the stars have competed to display their fabulous outfits and all eyes were locked on them.

This year’s theme was “Manus X Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology“, focusing on the difference between the manual method of making clothes and haute couture garments processed by automated machinery. Whether the celebrities have chosen the first or second method, their outfits didn’t disappoint.

Beyonce, Cindy Crawford, Blake Lively, Kendall Jenner were just some of the stars who have answered the call of American Vogue editor, Anna Wintour, and celebrated a new edition of the Met Gala. Here are my favorites:

Emma Stone in Prada

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Kristin Stewart in Chanel.

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Hannah Davis in Zuhair Murad.

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Jessica Chastain in Prada.

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Taylor Swift in Louis Vuitton.

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Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa.

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Vera Wang.

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Katie Holmes.

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Anna Wintour and her daughter Bee Shaffer.

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Nina Dobrev.

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Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein.

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Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace.

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Alessandra Ambrosio in Balmain.

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Cindy Crawford in Balmain.

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Kendall Jenner in Versace.

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Kylie Jenner in Balmain.

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Ciara in H&M.

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Margot Robbie in Calvin Klein.

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Zoe Saldana in Dolce & Gabbana.

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Kate Bosworth in Dolce & Gabbana.

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Uma Thurman in Tommy Hilfiger.

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Mia Wasikowska in Prada.

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Jourdan Dunn in Balmain.

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Chloe Grace Moretz in Coach 1941.

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Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik.

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Naomi Watts in Burberry.

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Kim Kardashian in Balmain.

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Blake Lively in Burberry.

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Lea Seydoux in Louis Vuitton.

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Naomi Campbell in Roberto Cavalli.

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Rita Ora in Vera Wang.

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Poppy Delevingne in Marchesa.

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Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen.

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Emma Watson in Calvin Klein.

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Beyonce in Givenchy.

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Zendaya in Michael Kors.

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Rachel McAdams in Valentino.

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5 Things you need to know about the 2016 Met Gala

The Met Gala is considered the most important event in the fashion world. Here are 5 things you need to know about the 2016 edition.

Firstly…

The Met Gala, or formally called the Costume Institute Gala is a major fundraising event for the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which takes place every year. The ball marks the launch of the major fashion exhibition of the year, which will remain open for several months.

The Met Gala is one of the most exclusive events in New York and gathers large sums of money that help finance the Costume Institute. Many famous people participate from the world of arts, fashion, film, music and high society.

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The outfits worn by the guest are highly photographed, criticized and imitated. It is said that the Met Gala is the main event of the fashion world, similar to the Oscars in the film world.

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Secondly…

The Met Gala has a tradition of over 60 years. The event is held at the Metropolitan Museum in New York since 1946. Each year, the Gala has a particular theme, and the evening includes cocktails and a formal dinner.

The chosen theme not only gives the tone of the exhibition but also defines the outfits of the guests, who try to dress as appropriately as possible. The themes vary over the years, reaching historical or artistic topics, but always combined with fashion and costumes.

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This Year’s Theme…

The theme of 2016 is “Manus X Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology“. The exhibition will address fashion from two perspectives: that of haute couture, of pieces made by hand, and parts manufactured using the latest technologies.

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The institute’s curator, Andrew Bolton, explained that the traditional distinction between haute couture and pret-a-porter was based on handmade and machine-made, but that “recently, this distinction has become increasingly vague because both disciplines have borrowed practices and techniques from each other“.

The 2016 Exhibition will include…

The exhibition will feature over 100 clothing items, both haute couture, and pret-a-porter. A number of haute couture clothing items, made using techniques such as embroidery, or containing details of lace or pleats, will be juxtaposed with designs made using innovative technologies such as laser cutting, 3D printing or circular knitting.

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Also, the exhibition will organize workshops for the public to showcase the exact technological manufacturing process. The exhibition will open May 5th and close August 4th, 2016.

When and Who…

The Met Gala will be held on the evening of May 2nd, 2016. The annual list of guests includes a total of 650 – 700 people. Various personalities from the world of fashion, but also movie stars and music celebrities and socialites will be present at the event.

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Editor of Vogue, Anna Wintour, occupies the highest position in the organization of the event since 1995. Each year there is a prized place occupied by an influential personality. In 2016, this spot will belong to Taylor Swift.

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PFW Fall 2016 Recap, Nina Ricci

It was clear from the beginning that Nina Ricci’s fall 2016 collection will be a big hit. From the fur coats to the glossy evening gowns, the designs followed an elegant line perfectly in tune with the femme amoureuse promoted by the fashion house. “At the end of the day, it’s not my story anymore. It’s about great clothes that hopefully people will want to wear“, the designer said.

PFW Fall 2016 Recap, Nina Ricci

The designer sent out on the runway dove gray trousers, red blouses, sequined skirts and a series of black suits, oversized blazers, and open neckline dresses. Guillaume Henry‘s creations had a literally classic-chic style that we could only enjoy.

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There were also midi skirts and slit dresses, with high waists and thin belts, highlighting the hourglass silhouette. Things were quite brilliant in this collection, including the black pieces, from classic midi dresses to coats. The cuts were slightly oversized, sometimes even going past the fingertips.

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PFW Fall 2016 Recap, Nina Ricci

Glittering miniskirts appeared while tulle was used on super bright tops. The color pallete varied from silver to deep green and techno blue, and the transparencies were found on everything from high collar blouses to black dresses, along with plenty of lace. It’s quite interesting to see something worn under these tops like the delicate triangle bras, making them street ready.

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From the 42 different outfits, I have to say that the midi pencil skirts are my favorites because they are the easiest to wear.

But, Guillaume Henry‘s contribution to the slip dress conversation can’t be overlooked, melding delicate lace and glossy silk. The body caressing designs came in velvet variations with dangerous slits.

PFW Fall 2016 Recap, Nina Ricci

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PFW Fall 2016 Recap, Ellie Saab

I have to mention the greatness of Lebanese mastery when it comes to fashion, and Ellie Saab promotes an ethereal appearance and has an impeccable eye for style, always leading us into the world of fairies or perfect red carpet events. But for fall 2016 the designer showed a darker style, with quite a witchy vibe.

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The crimson aspect is probably the best of all, beautifully shown in long sleeved dresses, flowing skirts with wrinkled edges, open shoulders and deep necklines, all complemented with black studded collar necklaces and waist belts. There were also platform heels that completed the seductive looks.

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When it came to color, black was predominant in lace mini and maxi dresses, followed by intense red, either as part of the overall black in abstract prints or on its own. There was also a bit of purple on a lace dress, some platform shoes and high heeled boots. There were also some purple scarves and accessories in dressed up mixes.

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There were also biker jackets encrusted and embroidered with pretty florals and a lace hoodie and jogging pants, but the emphasis was on the luxe-grunge eveningwear, the long and lacy variety perfect to rule the night in. The finely made, embellished dresses were hard to resist, especially in this darker theme. And there were plenty to choose from this season.

PFW Fall 2016 Recap, Ellie Saab

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15 Celebrities as Bridesmaids

Your sister, cousin, one of your best friends or even all of them, will surely play their role as bridesmaids on your wedding day. You know, even the most popular celebrities do it and I found a few examples to inspire you!

While celebrities are always in the spotlight, when it comes to being there for their loved ones in important moments, the situation changes. Pippa Middleton, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift gracefully stepped into the background and let their friends shine on their special day.

Beyoncé

One of the most popular bridesmaids was Beyoncé, who witnessed the wedding of her sister, Solange, to music video director Alan Ferguson. The two sisters have a very close relationship and the singer was, of course, accompanied by her husband Jay-Z.

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Queen Bee also assumed the bridesmaid role at Kelly Rowland’s wedding, looking very glam.

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Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift wore an embroidered Reem Acra dress at her best friend’s wedding Britany Maack in February 2016.

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Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst assumed the role of a bridesmaid at her friend Molly’s wedding in Santa Barbara.

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Kiera Knightley

Kiera Knightley was a bridesmaid at her brother’s wedding in 2011.

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Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne wore a Chanel Haute Couture bridesmaids dress for her sister’s wedding.

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Pippa Middleton

At her big sister’s wedding, Pippa Middleton was glowing on the red carpet in a beautiful Alexander McQueen creation.

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Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams assumed the role of maid of honor at her sister’s wedding ceremony in Canada.

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The Kardashian Sisters

The Kardashians sister had many opportunities over the years to wear bridesmaid’s dresses. The best looks are from Khloe’s wedding to Lamar Odom and the second from Kim’s wedding to Kanye West.

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Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara wore a buttercup yellow bridesmaid gown for her friend’s wedding.

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Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel wore a chocolate colored dress at Beverly Mitchell’s wedding in Italy.

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Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga wore a lilac colored dress for a wedding in New Orleans and a champagne variation in her role as maid of honor at her best friend’s wedding.

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Rihanna

Rihanna was one of the bridesmaids at her assistant’s beach wedding.

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Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria looks spectacular in any type of bridesmaid dress. Here are two examples.

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Kate Bosworth

Kate Bosworth was a bridesmaid in black in 2008 at her friend’s wedding.

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Emma Roberts

The actress accessorized her bridesmaid look with a matching bouquet.

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PFW Fall 2016 Recap, Saint Laurent

The Saint Laurent collection for fall 2016 is more than intriguing and even seductive and it seems like it returned to the couture roots of the fashion house, with a style inspired by “Pretty Woman”. Set in a dazzling 17th-century mansion the show was covered in glory. And the black ballroom chairs only added to its charm.

Al 42 looks were handmade in the YSL couture ateliers using recently restored techniques of the brand, making them impeccable. The high heels were combined with extremely straight hair, red lips and triangular earrings reminiscent of the 80’s.

PFW Fall 2016 Recap, Saint Laurent

There were skinny pants worn with thick belts, long and short sleeved mini dresses and coats with oversized shoulders in gorgeous reds offering sensuality while colors like silver, gold, white, fuchsia, darker pink, buttercup yellow and blue gave a bold vibe to the looks.

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The designer also sent out on the runway leather dresses, fur coats and extraordinary column dresses. There were also some flounced evening gowns and a gorgeous heart-shaped cape at the end.

PFW Fall 2016 Recap, Saint Laurent

But, I was truly mesmerized by the footwear, those fabulous heels available in every color. And I have to say investing in a pair of Saint Laurent shoes will provide a stunning look.

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Designer Spotlight, New York International Bridal Fashion Week: Rania Hatoum

Choosing a wedding dress is one of the hardest tasks to check off a bridal to-do list. And no, I’m not exaggerating when I say this – been there, done that. Especially if you already have an image in your mind, you want your wedding gown to be a developing tale.

So, as I was strolling through the collections at New York International Bridal Week, one designer caught my eye, Rania Hatoum, more specifically two dresses of the said designer, one wedding gown, and one bridesmaid dress.

Designer Spotlight, New York International Bridal Fashion Week: Rania Hatoum

The wedding dress design is called Eiffel and it’s inspired by the Eiffel tower at night. The way I see it, the bride who stands by this look is one who wants to be noticed for her diaphanous style, induced by the lightness of the fabrics and the femininity of the forms.

Designer Spotlight, New York International Bridal Fashion Week: Rania Hatoum

With an apparel industry background and working under a celebrity designer, Rania Hatoum is able to understand what a woman wants from the dress she wears. So, after years of developing her own personal style, she is able to create really impressive gowns, developed to perfection.

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And, the Eiffel wedding dress is the perfect example. With a sweetheart neckline, made from French lace, this mermaid style gown is adorned along the sweeping hemline with seed beads, pearls, and Swarovski crystals. The designer says she was inspired to encrust the hem with Swarovski crystals because it reminded her of the twinkling lights of the tower at night. And the best part? Rania Hatoum develops her own beadwork and embroidery designs, which means that you will not find the same beadwork or embroidery anywhere else.

What I’m sure of, is that if you choose a wedding dress from Rania Hatoum you will feel like a goddess wrapped in the finest fabrics turned into perfect designs.

The bridesmaid dress that impressed me is called the Multiway Wrap Dress and is part of the “Young and Beautiful” bridesmaid collection. It’s a very feminine design, with special details like fluid fabrics that emphasize the waist and delicate draping and folds.

Designer Spotlight, New York International Bridal Fashion Week: Rania Hatoum

The gown is perfect because it is very versatile, it can accommodate all sizes within a bridal party offering the possibility to style it in 20 ways. And, it’s available in 100 colors. This bridesmaid dress fits the most romantic bridal parties.

Designer Spotlight, New York International Bridal Fashion Week: Rania Hatoum

Digging deeper into the history of the brand and looking at past collections, I have to say that Rania Hatoum has a very modern and feminine vision for her designs. Corsets, transparencies, and fluid materials are the details that highlight her, but also the women who wear her creations.

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The Rania Hatoum bride will wear a white dress impeccably but she will have strong feminine elements that will give her that “wow” effect she’s looking for on her wedding day. I am talking about luxury creations in lace, tulle, and silk with precious crystals and pearls. Just take a look at her wedding gowns and you’ll be convinced!

Designer Spotlight, New York International Bridal Fashion Week: Rania Hatoum

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PFW Fall 2016 Recap, Christian Dior

Dior had to face one of its biggest challenges this season: the unexpected departure of Raf Simons, leaving it without a creative director and a collection. This problem was resolved by the brand’s studio team led by Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux.

The designers proposed a younger, less uptight collection for fall 2016 revolving around dresses and skirts, in dark colors and floral prints.

PFW Fall 2016 Recap, Christian Dior

For streetwear, they showed overcoats with flounces and surprising knits with V-shaped and high necklines and paisley patterns, black suits combined with tight buns and safety pins as earrings.

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For evening the designers showed lean, sensual silhouettes, alluring cocktail dresses, fluid printed variations. The prints were peeking out from under short, slit skirts, some with embroideries, the coats were draped at the neck and there were beautifully placed details like V-shaped ruffles and buttons.

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Although the collection was more like a placeholder than a creative vision the designers managed to create a bunch of pretty dresses and smart coats, high-waisted pencil skirts and soft jackets that are easily wearable.

Image source: Vogue

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How to Handle Uninvited Wedding Guests

Whether intentionally or not, from your fault or your guest’s, it’s possible to wake up on your big day with uninvited wedding guests. Maybe you’ve invited them but they didn’t RSVP or maybe they are people you don’t know, friends of guests. The thing is you’re faced with a situation and all kind of apologies from uninvited wedding guests…and you have to handle this. However, you shouldn’t let these unforeseen situations spoil your celebration. Be calm and keep smiling, there are a few solutions!

Types of Uninvited Wedding Guests

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Children, because “we couldn’t find someone to leave them with and we couldn’t leave them alone at home“.

Elderly people or good friends of guests, because “we weren’t sure if they would be able to come so we couldn’t confirm, but they really wanted to be here“.

Others, because “we wanted to surprise you“.

How to Avoid Having Uninvited Wedding Guests

If your guest list is properly made, the chances of having uninvited wedding guests are pretty low. The key is preparing it thoroughly. Use tables (if you know your way around Excel, that’s fabulous) and write down the name of each guest, dividing them into “People I Really Want at My Wedding“, “People I Might Invite to My Wedding” and “People I’m Still Thinking About Inviting to My Wedding“.

Send out the invitations in advance to give people time to think about their answer. The invitations should clearly specify the names of the people you expect to attend your wedding. Send “Thank You” letters to people who have accepted the invitation and confirmed.

What to do if Uninvited Wedding Guests Still Show Up?

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The problem with these people is basically the main menu. It might not be a problem if you have a big wedding and an extra buffet. You can easily tell these people that you didn’t expect them to come, but they are welcomed to taste the dishes at the buffet. As for dessert, it’s not such a big deal to serve a few extra pieces of cake or cookies.

The problem arises when you opted for a small wedding and you have 10 uninvited wedding guests. In some cases, you might even enjoy their presence, even if they didn’t let you know they were coming. You should talk to each of them. Usually, these people will offer to pay for their menu. Rarely, it can happen that people you don’t know show up, friends of friends and you’ll be forced to pay for some extra dishes.

Better Safe Than Sorry

Still, it’s better to take every precaution. The truth is it’s very hard to control these things and most often uninvited wedding guests aren’t malicious in nature. To avoid embarrassing situations just add a few extra meals to your order. Some venues even accept payment after the reception and only charge you for what you use, not what you order.

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PFW Fall 2016 Recap, Issey Miyake

Yoshiyuki Miyamae, the creative mind behind Issey Miyake, has an endless passion for experimenting with different colors and shapes, and for fall 2016 he presented a collection based on technology. His creations work for all types of people from casual-chic to dramatic styles. “My mission was to travel beyond, to pursue as yet unseen and unknown beauty created from A Piece of Cloth“, he said.

PFW Fall 2016 Recap, Issey Miyake

The designer put more emphasis on fabrics, carefully studying each yarn, shape, and color, leaving nothing to chance which suggests that a long creative process is still the prerogative of the fashion house.

PFW Fall 2016 Recap, Issey Miyake

But, for fall 2016, tradition was interconnected with technology. Yoshiyuki Miyamae combined dynamically block colors with motifs mainly focusing on patterns and optical illusions. He used the sharp lines of geometric forms to beautify less deconstructed designs, intertwined with optical prints and fluid 3D stripes.

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The first part of the collection showed oversized coats, fabulous trousers, delightful dresses, and pleated garments in must have color combinations, in a breathtaking kaleidoscopic effect.

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There was a black portion too that featured outerwear shirts and shorts. Then the spiral-pleated designs took over, culminating with a mighty red cape redefining the meaning of wearable technology. With this collection, Yoshiyuki Miyamae wanted to take the Issey Miyake woman where no woman has gone before.

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Image source: Vogue

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40 Iconic Wedding Dresses from Famous Movies

Claudia Cardinale in “Il Gattopardo”, Audrey Hepburn in “Funny Face”, Marilyn Monroe in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”, Kirsten Dunst in “Melancholia” and Sarah Jessica Parker in “Sex and the City”. There are plenty of actresses who wore, at least on the big screen, some of the most fabulous wedding dresses of all time.

When I started this article I remembered dozens of movies, but I only selected 40 stunning wedding dresses, from downright royal creations to spectacular minimalist designs, that can actually serve as inspiration for your own gorgeous wedding dress.

Discover them below and don’t forget to choose and share your favorite! I am curious which of these 40 bridal gowns gathers most of your votes.

Claudette Colbert in “It Happened One Night”, directed by Frank Capra, 1934.

40 Iconic Wedding Dresses from Famous Movies

Vivien Leigh in “Gone With the Wind”, directed by Victor Fleming, 1939.

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Elizabeth Taylor in “Father of the Bride”, directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1950.

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And Kimberly Williams in “The Father of the Bride”, directed by Charles Shyer, 1991.

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Marilyn Monroe in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”, directed by Howard Hawks, 1953.

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Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby in “High Society”, directed by Charles Waters, 1956.

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Audrey Hepburn in “Funny Face”, directed by Stanley Donen, 1957.

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Brigitte Bardot in “Voulez-vous Danser Avec Moi”, directed by Michel Boisrond, 1959.

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Catherine Deneuve and Charles Aznavour in “Le Vice et Le Vertu”, directed by Roger Vadim, 1963.

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Claudia Cardinale in “Il Gattopardo”, directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963.

40 Iconic Wedding Dresses from Famous Movies

Julie Andrews in “The Sound of Music”, directed by Robert Wise, 1965.

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Brigitte Bardot in “A Coeur Joie”, directed by Serge Bourguignon, 1967.

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Katharine Ross and Dustin Hoffman in “The Graduate”, directed by Mike Nichols, 1967.

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Jean-Paul Belmondo and Catherine Deneuve in “La Sirene du Mississipi”, directed by Francois Truffaut, 1969.

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The wedding of Constanzia Corleone and Carlo Rizzi in the “The Godfather”, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, 1972.

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Kate Winslet in “Sense and Sensibility”, directed by Ang Lee, 1985.

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Julia Ormond in “Legends of the Fall”, directed by Jim Harrison, 1994.

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Gwyneth Paltrow in “Emma”, directed by Douglas McGrath, 1996.

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Charlotte Gainsbourg in “Jane Eyre”, directed by Franco Zeffirelli, 1996.

40 Iconic Wedding Dresses from Famous Movies

And Mya Wasikowska in “Jane Eyre”, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, 2001.

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Julia Roberts in “Runaway Bride”, directed by Garry Marshall, 1999.

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Leonardo Dicaprio and Claire Danes in “Romeo + Juliet”, directed by Baz Luhrmann, 1996.

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Nicole Kidman in “Moulin Rouge”, directed by Baz Luhrmann, 2001.

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Natalie Portman in “Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones”, directed by George Lucas, 2002.

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Uma Thurman in “Kill Bill”, directed by Quentin Tarantino, 2004.

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Keira Knightley in “Love Actually”, directed by Richard Curtis, 2003.

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Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams in “Brokeback Mountain”, directed by Ang Lee, 2005.

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Kirsten Dunst in “Marie Antoinette”, directed by Sofia Coppola, 2006.

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Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie in “The Good Shepherd”, directed by Robert de Niro, 2007.

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Sarah Jessica Parker in “Sex and the City – The Movie”, directed by Michael Patrick King, 2008.

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Keira Knightley in “The Duchess”, directed by Saul Dibb, 2008.

40 Iconic Wedding Dresses from Famous Movies

Amanda Seyfried in “Mamma Mia”, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, 2008.

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Jennifer Aniston in “Marley and Me”, directed by David Frankel, 2008.

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Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson in “Bride Wars”, directed by Gary Winick, 2009.

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Emily Blunt in “Victoria”, directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, 2009.

40 Iconic Wedding Dresses from Famous Movies

Kirsten Dunst in “Melancholia”, directed by Lars Von Tries, 2011.

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Kristen Stewart in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1”, directed by Bill Condon, 2011.

40 Iconic Wedding Dresses from Famous Movies

Julia Roberts in “Mirror Mirror”, directed by Tarsem Singh, 2012.

40 Iconic Wedding Dresses from Famous Movies

Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum in “The Vow”, directed by Michael Sucsy, 2012.

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Jennifer Lawrence in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, directed by Francis Lawrence, 2013.

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Blake Lively in “The Age of Adelaide”, directed by Lee Toland Krieger, 2015.

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Tips & Tricks for Perfect Wedding Photos

Although there are professional photographers at a wedding, we’ve all seen those less successful wedding photos. To avoid having to look at these in your wedding album, I chatted up several wedding photographers to tell me what to keep in mind when you strike a pose at your wedding.

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Create a list of family photos and appoint a family member to ensure that all the other members will be in the pictures. Otherwise, you will realize that you don’t have wedding photos with your grandmother or other key family members.

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Find the right light. Watch out for places with too much sun, it’s uncomfortable and your wedding photos won’t look good. Instead, shaded spots are perfect for some great photos.

If you opted for an outdoor wedding, tell your photographer the timeline of the ceremony to make sure he captures the most important moments. The light just before the sunset is perfect for wedding photos.

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Tell your photographer to make sure that the group pictures don’t include the objects on the tables like car keys, phones or salt and pepper shakers. These things can spoil the scenery.

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Plan your photo poses. This might seem strange but you’ll save a lot of time. Look at previous pictures and discover which positions favor you.

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Don’t sit still. Movement gives life to your photographs. If you feel uncomfortable or embarrassed it will show in your wedding photos.

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Tell your photographer to stop the sound of the camera. You don’t want to be disturbed by the sound of the camera clicking while you say your vows.

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Tell your photographer to take pictures without using the flash. Everyone looks better in natural light. If your wedding takes place on the inside, tell your photographer to take the pictures near windows.

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20 Unforgettable Wedding Dresses and the Celebrities that wore Them

Vashi, a well-known British jeweler asked artist Pauline Bancourt to make some illustrations inspired by the wedding dresses worn by celebrities over the years. The result? No less than 100 spectacular sketches with just as many memorable wedding dresses worn by iconic names in fashion, cinema, and music.

I choose 20 breathtaking wedding dresses, whether worn in recent years, like the ones worn by Angelina Jolie and Solange Knowles, or a few decades ago, like the ones worn by Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn. Of course, not all brides had their hair in a bun, as they are shown in the illustrations, but the attention is on the wedding dresses anyway.

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Diana wore a David & Elizabeth Emanuel dress for her wedding to Prince Charles on July 29, 1981.

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20 Unforgettable Wedding Dresses and the Celebrities that wore Them

Camilla Parker Bowles wore an Anna Valentine dress for her wedding to Prince Charles, on April 9, 2005.

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20 Unforgettable Wedding Dresses and the Celebrities that wore Them

The royal wedding of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge was among the most publicized events of 2011, and the wedding dress designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen was splendid.

Kate Moss

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The second British wedding of 2011 was the one of Kate Moss. The supermodel married Jamie Hince a few months later in July, in a John Galliano dress inspired by “The Great Gatsby”.

Grace Kelly

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The wedding of Hollywood siren Grace Kelly to Prince Ranier III of Monaco seemed detached from a fairytale. The dress she wore was signed by Helen Rose from MGM.

Audrey Hepburn

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For her wedding to Andrea Dotti on January 18, 1969, Audrey Hepburn wore a pink dress designed by her good friend Hubert de Givenchy.

Ava Gardner

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Ava Gardner wore an unknown designer’s dress on November 7, 1951, when she wed Frank Sinatra.

Elizabeth Taylor

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On her wedding to Conrad Hilton, Liz Taylor wore a Helen Rose wedding dress. They got married on May 6, 1950.

Gwen Stefani

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The love story between Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale ended last year, but the wedding dress worn by the singer will remain forever in my memory! Nonconformist Gwen wore a pink silk John Galliano design on her wedding day on September 14, 2002.

Katie Holmes

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Katie Holmes married Tom Cruise in a beautiful Giorgio Armani gown on November 18, 2006.

Cindy Crawford

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Cindy Crawford chose a John Galliano dress for her wedding to Rande Gerber on May 29, 1998.

Angelina Jolie

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Angelina Jolie’s wedding dress was designed by Versace. She married Brad Pitt on August 23, 2014.

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Oscar de la Renta designed Amal Alamuddin’s dress for her wedding to George Clooney on September 27, 2014.

Olivia Palermo

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Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl, one of the most stylish couples of all time, wed on June 29, 2014. The wedding dress was designed by Carolina Herrera.

Hillary Duff

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In 2010, singer and actress Hillary Duff married hockey player Mike Comrie in a mermaid style wedding dress created by Vera Wang.

Kiera Knightley

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Kiera Knightley wore a short Chanel dress on her wedding day. She married rocker James Righton on May 4, 2013.

Lauren Conrad

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Lauren Conrad shined in a Mark Badgley and James Mischka wedding dress when she married William Tell on September 13, 2014.

Chrissy Teigen

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Chrissy Teigen wore a spectacular Vera Wang wedding dress when she wed John Legend on September 14, 2013.

Solange Knowles

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In 2014, Solange Knowles married Alan Ferguson in a simple Kenzo creation, with a long cape.

Dita von Teese

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Dita von Teese wore a spectacular purple dress designed by Vivienne Westwood on her wedding day. She married Marilyn Manson on November 28, 2005.

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PFW Fall 2016 Recap, Miu Miu

Miu Miu’s fall 2016 collection was flooded with eccentric prints and dramatic looks which transformed the catwalk into a canvas full of bright colors and artistic techniques. “Dressing is what’s left. Nobility and misery!” said the designer, “I wanted it to be fun. I was afraid not to excite people”.

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The focus was on denim, combined with every color, pattern and cut. Miuccia Prada seemed to have added denim accents to almost every look, proposing sophisticated, but at the same time conventional looks.

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The delightful collection was divided into three different sections, and denim played a different role in each one. The first part showed dresses, vest, jackets and shirts, using denim all over. The second showed denim on collars, in subtle prints and on wide belts, while the third skipped the versatile fabric and offered comfortable looks, warm and stylish. Besides denim, there were tweeds, velvets, and taffeta dresses.

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The designer played around a lot with lines and silhouettes, making every cut look extremely feminine, high-lows, masculine inspired garments worn with extravagant pieces, elegant utility pockets, bejeweled trims and dense tapestry florals. She showed romantic maxi skirts and 70’s jackets, taffeta nightclub dresses and silk velvet coats decorated with pearls.

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Do’s and Don’ts After You said “Yes”

He asked, under the moon, with a gorgeous ring, with a shiny stone? You said “Yes?” Now, what? Here’s what you should and shouldn’t do in the coming days, no matter how euphoric you feel.

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DO: Call your parents. Before you post photos of your engagement ring on Instagram and your mom finds out from your neighbor’s daughter. Tell your parents the news, share it with your close friends and family, and only then post and comment.

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DON’T: Start inviting everyone to the wedding and don’t ask all your friends to be your bridesmaids. Maybe your boyfriend wants only one best man. It would be weird for you to have 12 same dressed girls behind you.

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DO: Make sure the engagement ring on your finger looks good, you don’t want to lose it at the first dive in the pool. Even if it doesn’t sound very romantic, go to a jeweler to adjust the size. Or, if it has a precious stone or it’s a vintage ring, an old family heirloom, it couldn’t hurt to insure it.

DON’T: Rush off to buy your wedding dress the next day. I know you have a design in mind that you’ve dreamed about since you were a little girl, but the moment of buying your gown should be special. It’s not as impulsive as buying a necklace that you saw in a magazine. You should try on different dresses, you should have fun with your friends while shopping and you should have a nice memory of the moment when you chose the dress that will make you shine at your wedding.

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DO: Get a manicure. Immediately. Since your engagement ring requires a special showing. Your hand will look different and the ring will be highlighted by a stylish manicure.

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DON’T: Rush into planning your entire wedding the next second, checking venue availabilities and composing the menu. Relax, enjoy the moment and the euphoric smiles around you. And if someone is pressing for details about the wedding date just say this: “We decided to enjoy some time as an engaged couple. We’ll begin planning our wedding sometime next season“.

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Sunday Recap of PFW Fall 2016, Lanvin

I was wondering what route the fashion house will take after Alber Elbaz left its helm, and Lanvin Studio presented its first RTW collection at Paris Fashion Week. Although Elbaz’s opulent and elaborate creations were missing, the fall 2016 collection was pristine and elegant.

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On the streetwear side, there were oversized jackets, lacy blouses, high waists and collars, hems reaching the ankles along with laser-cut dresses and peplum corset tops bringing a futuristic vibe to the runway. “Slouchy” pants were also shown in this apparent modern and futuristic themed collection. Lanvin managed to incorporate different fabrics for each look to give them a fresh vibe, with an emphasis on jacquard.

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And, there was a lot of shine and sparkle. And, a fair amount on V-necklines, midi lengths in simple cuts generally used for comfortable looks.

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When it comes to eveningwear one shoulder numbers were among the favorites, along with satin dresses, translucent skirts and beautifully printed separates in jewelry metallic colors. Lanvin’s woman for fall 2016 was like a fairytale princess from a sci-fi story, with a more modern appearance.

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Friday Recap of PFW Fall 2016, Chloe

The bohemian collection of Clare Waight Keller, the creative director of Chloe, presented loose, layered dresses and transparent variations. But this lightness was beautifully counterbalanced by oversized sweaters with zippers, leather pants, and biker jackets.

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The British designer was inspired by the life of the fabulous French journalist Anne-France Dautheville who traveled across Europe and the Middle East on a motorcycle in the 1970’s. With this backstory, the designer transformed her podium into a motorcycle track that invited to travel. “She had this incredibly inspiring attitude, her sense of daring“, Waight Keller said, “She was chic and boyish at the same time. I found something really charismatic about her“.

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Channeling the festival girl and the free-spirited bicker chick Waight Keller dressed the models in voluminous ponchos and hippie tunics accessorized with flat boots and belts.

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There were also white silk blouses, black leather pants, and overalls, and hippie dresses in high-low vibes, in keeping with the streetwise sensibility of the brand.

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But the best part were the pretty, fluid dresses in airy fabrics and dreamy embroideries representing Chloe’s girl.

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Wednesday Recap of PFW Fall 2016, Valentino

The Valentino fall 2016 collection was dominated by transparencies, velvet, and ruffles that turned models in ballerinas, gracefully created by designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, who managed to maintain the fashion house on the heights of elegance.

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PFW Fall 2016, Valentino

We always think fashion is cultural, not just about delivering clothes“, said Chiuri, “we want this show to be about living your moment, feeling each moment uniquely. I really love fashion. This job we do is a good opportunity to describe the time we’re in“. The presentation was set on the keystrokes of pianist Vanessa Wagner, who played works of John Cage and Phillip Glass on a Yamaha positioned in the middle of the audience.

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The designers presented a collection of delicate pink tones, favoring silk and organza dresses decorated with stones and edged with ruffles, and tutus layered over sweaters. The nude colored evening dresses with high necklines and delicate transparencies, the fluid jersey dresses and silk, champagne colored variations were spot on, just next to the black and burgundy trench coats.

PFW Fall 2016, Valentino

PFW Fall 2016, Valentino

Dancing and the energy and motion of ballet costumes were the inspiration for Chiuri and Piccioli, who created fluid dresses with discreet prints. Even the accessories made reference to the ballet world, from silk stockings to flats that imitated stage dancing shoes.

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Olivia Palermo and actress Dakota Fanning were among the guests who attended the presentation held in the Place Vendome, the select quarter of upscale jewelry and fashion stores.

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Are You Ready for A Big Birthday Party? Blessed Events Celebrates 9 Years of Events!

Most Beautiful 9 Years

On Wednesday, April 27th, Blessed Events New York celebrates 9 years of elegant, romantic, glamour and eccentric events, a wonderful opportunity to spend time with company friends, who were with us in these 9 years. The stories of love relived in our offices by various couples who told their “How we met” stories have led to wonderful new beginnings and happily ever after moments. All between tears of joy and much laughter. In this 9 years we’ve grown so close to our clients that they ultimately became family.

This is why we want to share this Blessed Event with you. And, because such an event only happens once we want to celebrate in a special way, starting on April 15 and ending with a big blowout on April 27. During time this period, we will delight you with lots of surprises, so sign up to be up to date with all the online events, giveaways and all-around fun activities that are set to come.

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It’s a very special day because we want to celebrate our clients, partners, collaborators, in a word our friends. These past 9 years were full of successful projects, totaling thousands of hours of work. It is a day in which we are happy to say that perseverance and courage are rewarded. In the past 9 years, we consistently focused on developing events whose scope and complexity was intimidating for many. We assumed hard things without looking back. Today, we can say that our approach is synonymous with success. We are experts in organizing premium events, we pay an incredible attention to details, we use “wow” ingredients, we have an exceptional customer service, and we not only plan events but memorable experiences. Delivered on time, in the budget (on good days) all while smiling…We delivered fabulous events all created by design. share all this joy with you, our biggest treasures, our customers“, Adrianne Harris.

 

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Tuesday Recap of PFW Fall 2016, Chanel

A myriad of guests, including the famous Anna Wintour, gathered to see the collection inspired by the sophisticated urban universe of Karl Lagerfeld of the fashion house of Chanel.

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PFW Fall 2016, Chanel

The creative director recreated in the salons of the Grand Palais an atmosphere filled with history, with white carpeted floors and elegant ballroom golden chairs. In this classic setup, Karl Lagerfeld presented a 21st-century show, with all kinds of celebrities like Pharell Williams, Caroline of Monaco and Isabelle Huppert, with 2,500 invited guests who watched the parade on a 750 m long catwalk. He was interested in chic modernity.

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The famous Chanel suits, lean and to the knee, were accessorized with chest pockets for smartphones, and came in shades of pink and berries, and sometimes intertwined with denim.

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The trench coats were embroidered with oversized pearls, worn in piles and the hooded jackets created a luxury streetwear vibe, along with the metallic skirts. “The pearls are too modest“, said the designer.

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A vague equestrian theme was noticed in riding boots, dangling straps, boaters and khaki mackintoshes.

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Attending the presentation, Willow Smith, the daughter of actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, aged 15, was chosen by Karl Lagerfeld as Chanel’s new muse. Singer and actress, the Smith family star released her first hit when she was 10 years old.

This is not the first time Chanel chose a teenager whose parents are famous: at 16, Lily-Rose Depp, the daughter of Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp, is the image of Chanel sunglasses.

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Adult only Wedding (No Kids Allowed)

You want an adult only wedding to allow everybody to feel good without having to take care of children? Whether you give up your flower girl and ring bearer or accept their presence only during the ceremony, or exclude them altogether, you have to make yourself clear from the beginning, tell your guests and keep your position strong.

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For an adult only wedding you firstly need to impose some restrictions, so here are six rules to follow.

Strictly Establish the Minimum Age Limit

Spread the news that your wedding is adult only and even specify it on the official invitation. Use only the names of the adults that are going to attend the party, making sure that they understand the rules.

Use Your Family Members, Friends, and Prior Events to Spread the Word

Starting with the engagement party and ending with the bachelorette party use your friends and family to spread the word among invited guests that your wedding is strictly meant for adults.

Add the Adult Only Wedding Rule to Your Wedding Website

You don’t have to add the sentence exactly like that, but you can mention that the invitations are strictly addressed to people over 18. If you want, you can also mention several reasons that prompted you to take this decision. If you don’t have a wedding website you can turn to social networks to spread the news, sending private messages.

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If there are people who would like to come but don’t have babysitting options you can think about providing professional services for your wedding day.

Be Discreet About Exceptions

If one of the relatives can’t come to the wedding without their child, because he just got sick or is too young to be left alone with a babysitter for several hours, book a room near the wedding location where the child can stay with someone and be visited by the parents from time to time. Thus, guests will have no idea that there was a baby around and will not feel offended that their children weren’t allowed near the wedding.

Don’t Consider Your Request Insensitive

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Maybe you feel guilty about the decision to have an adult only wedding, but they should have age appropriate activities, especially at night. The party takes places at a later hour at which children should sleep. This should put the issue into a better perspective.

Stay Strong

If there are families with children who don’t understand the message, even though you specified it everywhere, try to explain the party rules directly, and tell them that this is a wedding where children are not allowed. You don’t need to explain your decision. As parents, they should understand that children loose their patience when they get bored and start to cry, they have a strict sleep schedule and they are likely to spoil the mood for other adults.

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Wedding Week: Bridal Beauty

The five days before your wedding are hectic, full of emotions and filled with tasks that need to be solved last minute. However, as a bride you shouldn’t be stressed and nervous, otherwise, you will see these signs on your face. On your wedding day, you have to look perfect and feel like a real princess.

As we all know, it is virtually impossible to avoid stressful situations and emotions before the wedding. So, you must invest some time and money in beauty treatments at a professional salon at least a week before the wedding.

Here are some practical tips and advice to organize yourself and prepare your body for that lovely bridal look.

Monday: Facial

If you never ever had a facial it’s not advisable to have your first one a week before the wedding, because chances are that you’re facing an adverse reaction to treatment or redness on your skin. But, if you know that’s not an issue you should have a facial treatment a few days before the big day. Treatments have a long lasting effect, especially those performed by a professional.

Wedding Week: Bridal Beauty

A facial treatment includes:

  • Steam to open pores,
  • Cleaning the pores,
  • Peeling, exfoliation to remove dead cells,
  • A beauty mask suited for your skin type,
  • Massage and UV-treatment to close pores.

Facial treatments have therapeutic effects on the skin and psyche of a woman. You’ll feel and look positively glowing.

Tip: Don’t forget to tell the person who applies your treatment that you have a week to your wedding day. This will warn her not to use abrasive products to avoid excessive redness on the skin.

Tuesday: Scaling and Professional Whitening Treatment

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You need a bright smile for your wedding day. Therefore, you should make an appointment with your dentist to have a whitening treatment and remove plaque from your teeth (especially if you’re a smoker or a hardcore coffee and tea consumer). Removing plaque can’t be done through daily brushing, it’s necessary to see a dentist. Scaling can be done by two methods: manual or ultrasound. During ultrasonic scaling, it is possible to experience a slight pain sensation caused by the exposure of dental roots. This sensitivity can persist for several days, up to a week and it can be triggered by cold or sweet foods.

Tip: If you choose to use a whitening treatment, although you have the option to buy an at-home kit, I advise you not to. These type of products take more than a week to become visible and very strong, troublesome reactions can occur. A professional whitening treatment made by a dentist is faster and more effective.

Wednesday: Waxing, Body Treatment and/or Massage

If you want a confident step towards the altar, you must make an appointment at the salon for hair removal. This has a beneficial effect on your psyche, giving you a state of freshness and optimism. Also, a smooth skin inspires confidence and sophistication. You definitely need a total hair removal treatment: arms, legs, armpits and bikini.

Tip: After your hair removal treatment indulge your skin with a soothing oil that provides a feeling of irresistible softness.

Thursday: Manicure and Pedicure

Bridal Manicure

Dear future bride, there will be many occasions when you’ll need to showcase your nails and hands during the ceremony and party. First, when your future husband will place the ring on your finger, then when your guests will be curious about the wedding bands you’ve chosen. And, don’t forget about the artistic photos with the focus on the hands. These are just some of the reasons why your hands need to be moisturized and show an impeccable manicure. Like your skin, your hands are one of the most exposed body parts to harmful factors (detergents, hard water, dust, cold, etc.). Therefore, hands need to be exfoliated and strongly hydrated.

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Tip: When it comes to designs you can choose a classic French tip bridal manicure or you can go for more complicated looks, like nail art.

Bridal Pedicure

Many brides chose to wear sandals or open toe shoes on their wedding day, so getting a pedicure becomes a priority. A relaxing and stress reducing priority. Usually, you should opt for the same design for your manicure and pedicure, but you can also go for complementary designs.

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Tip: When you go to the salon ask for a gentle peeling and a moisturizing treatment. And, invest in a relaxing foot massage. The foot has many nerve centers and a good massage will relieve stress.

Friday: Hair Care

You wedding outfit should be perfectly complemented by your bridal hairstyle. So, a bride must give a lot of importance to her hairstyle and color. Therefore, an appropriate treatment for your hair type is a must for every bride. Use a special treatment for colored hair that will help you get a velvety texture.

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Tip: When you go to a salon ask for a shiny hair treatment, besides the washing and conditioner options.

Now you’re ready for the photo shoot that will fill your wedding album with unforgettable memories!

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How to Prepare Your Skin for Your Wedding Day

Planning a wedding is not an easy task, any friend of yours who’s been there can tell you that. You need to set up an event, being sensitive to all the details, you have to run between dance classes and food samplings and wedding dress fittings, venues, invitations and, between all the organizational obligations draining you, you have to find time to take care of yourself and prepare your skin for your wedding day.

Even if it’s just about making a few appointments for cosmetic treatments, organic tanning and makeup sampling, at the end of the day you’ll feel actively involved in your tranquility.

Since the six months prior to your wedding will certainly be eventful and quite frustrating, make sure you establish a beauty schedule in advance. You need to be ready and radiant, and prepare your skin for your wedding day!

Dermatologist Appointment

In you experience skin problems, acne or signs of it, but you want a flawless complexion for your wedding, you should make an appointment with a dermatologist six month before the event. This way, the specialist will have time to create a plan for the specific needs of your skin and prescribe a treatment that will have time to work in a normal rhythm.

Invasive Treatments

Under no circumstances is this a requirement or part of one’s expectations, but if you thought of resorting to invasive treatments such as Botox, collagen injections or laser treatments to prepare your skin for your wedding day, doctors recommend that you make them six months before the big event. Thus, you have enough time to recover and you won’t have to worry about anything.

Noninvasive Facial Treatments

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Starting six months before the wedding, future brides are encouraged to have monthly noninvasive facial treatments. These cleansing and moisturizing treatments will culminate with a nice result on the great day and you won’t have to worry about imperfections, blackheads, spots or whiteheads. But, be careful, you shouldn’t have a treatment a week before the wedding since the swelling won’t completely disappear.

Eyebrow Shaping

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Eyebrows are very important for your entire image since they frame your face and complement your features, eye shape, facial volumes etc. If you want to bring your eyebrows “on the right track” for your wedding day visit an expert or a makeup artist six months before to give them enough time to grow.

Sample Makeup for Brides

 

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The bridal makeup is as important as the dress, which is why it’s essential to do a sample makeup before the wedding to ensure you are on the same wavelength as the makeup artist. Trials are crucial to your psyche and will help you discover what makeup style suits you best. Moreover, it is a good test if you want to test the resistance of your look.

Organic Tanning

Organic tanning is the most recent and promising method to get a chocolate skin quickly and safely. The airbrush solutions contain no alcohol, no toxic aerosols, but only herbal antioxidants, chamomile, aloe vera and essential oils. But you will definitely want to try organic tanning a few months before the wedding to make sure you like the final look.

Body Exfoliation

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If you plan to give up your spa treatments, follow a home care program to prepare your skin for your wedding day. Gently exfoliate your skin once or twice a week and then apply a moisturizer.

Cosmetic Products

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It’s important to avoid changing your care routine and cosmetic products shortly before your wedding as you can have allergic reactions to any ingredient or irritation. Use what you already know that works for your skin type and leave testing to a later time.

Surprise Imperfections

Imperfections tend to appear exactly at critical moments and they can strongly affect your mood. My advice is to relax and use overnight acne cream and to rely on the capacity of the makeup artist to cover any traces of redness.

Compliance with these stages and especially their chronological order is the best thing you can do to make sure you will not have unpleasant surprises on the verge of your wedding day. Leave your skin in the capable hands of professionals to ensure that you will look flawless in all your wedding photos.

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Bridesmaids, What You Can, and Can’t, Ask Them

Bridesmaids are an important part of your wedding. They are your friends or relatives, loved ones, or even people who will soon become part of your family. Although you are the princess and they are your ladies of company, there are certain things that you can ask them and others that do not fit in their wedding mission.

Planning a wedding is never easy, not for the couple, not for their friends and families. If you want a fairytale wedding, you’ve probably already asked a few friends or relatives to be your bridesmaids. But what exactly you can and can’t ask them? I am here to help so, check out my tips & tricks below!

How to Choose Your Bridesmaids?

Choosing bridesmaids can be a difficult task for any bride, but, unfortunately, nobody else can do this in your place.

What you can ask: Of course you can ask your close friends to be your bridesmaids, but not two weeks before the wedding. If you decide to have the wedding 18 months after he asked you should probably wait for a little before proposing someone to be your bridesmaid. In 18 months a lot can change in your relationship or in her life.

Also, you can ask someone to be your bridesmaid even if you are not very close but you want your relationship to grow. Regarding the selection of bridesmaids, you can ask the first nominees to make suggestions if you want to grow their number.

 

How to Choose Your Bridesmaids?

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What you can’t ask: No matter how close your relationship is with a friend or family member and how much you want her to be your bridesmaid, if that person feels embarrassed or uncomfortable in this role, you shouldn’t make her accept. Sentimental blackmail, endless pleas or threats to end your relationship are unacceptable.

Also, if her schedule can’t be changed, again, you can’t ask her to be your bridesmaid. And you can’t ask a bridesmaid you’ve already selected to give up her role just because someone who initially refused to do it changed her mind, or because another bridesmaid doesn’t like her.

In most movies, the bride is accompanied by a group of identically dressed bridesmaids, happy and proud of the role they have. In reality, the image you want to create can cause problems in your relationship with the bridesmaids.

What you can ask: If you feel tempted by the same dress bridesmaids trend and you want this image, you can discuss this with them and ask them to wear a certain color or even identical dresses. But, the mandatory condition you have to accomplish is that each bridesmaid is relatively happy with the final choice. This means giving them the opportunity to give their opinion or even to vote the preferred option in terms of color, length or pattern.

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What you can’t ask: If you decide that all bridesmaids should wear identical outfits please take into consideration of varying sizes and shapes of each bridesmaid. In any case, you can’t ask a curvy woman to wear a design that doesn’t flatter her, or compel another to wear dazzling heels if she cannot walk in them. Your desire to have those perfect photos shouldn’t take over your sanity. In the end, what matters is the relationship between you, not the peach toned pedicure.

Bridesmaids Duties

According to traditions, bridesmaids have some duties in terms of organizing the wedding and bachelorette party.

What you can ask: Bridesmaids duties are very well known, especially because of the many magazines and wedding-themed movies. Whether they know them or not you should gently tell them what you expect from them. Generally, bridesmaids may be present when choosing your wedding dress and your accessories for your bridal look, they can help you establish and even taste the wedding menu, they can give you advice and moral support when you feel like you have doubts and so on. On your wedding day, they can help you get dressed and, they can also help you welcome guests and show them to their seats.

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What you can’t ask: You can never ask them to miss work or other important events for them just to help you choose the cake or wedding colors. Also, if you want a bachelorette party you can’t expect them to pay for it if you invite more people, or if you want to do something very expensive. You can’t turn your bridesmaids into slaves that are at your disposal anytime, day or night. And, when you ask them for advice you shouldn’t counter-argue their opinions, insulting them and declare that their choices are not good for anything.

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Celebrity Inspired Wedding Hairstyle

Have you ever thought about having a celebrity inspired wedding hairstyle? Right from the red carpet? Here are some suggestions that I hope will inspire you to choose the best wedding hairstyle for you.

Old Hollywood Glamour

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Old Hollywood glamour is one of the most elegant styles, and a bride can look very refined with this hairdo that makes a reference to the unmistakable style of great actresses. Get some inspiration from Adele, January Jones or Penelope Cruz.

Diva Style

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This red carpet worthy look will add extra shine and elegance to your wedding outfit. It is a casual hairstyle that can be easily accessorized with shiny applications. Kerry Washington, Camila Alves and Jennifer Garner have some excellent pointers on this wedding hairstyle.

High Do

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This hairstyle creates height and gives the bride an impressive stature. Just take a look at Eva Longoria, Scarlett Johansson or Kate Beckinsale.

Classic Up-do

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This classic wedding hairstyle is very easy to create and wear. If you’re a bride who doesn’t want to leave the classic pattern this is the best option. Get some inspiration from Emily Blunt or Kristen Bell.

Messy Bun

Celebrity Inspired Wedding Hairstyle

A messy bun is always a good choice for a bride that doesn’t like overly stylized and arranged hairstyles. It will give you a natural vibe so it’s very suitable for a bohemian or outdoor wedding. Taylor Schilling, Kirsten Dunst and Emma Stone have some amazing options for you.

Oversized Bun

Celebrity Inspired Wedding Hairstyle

This is one of the most elegant hairstyles you can find when it comes to your bridal look. It inspires refinement and style, and you will surely make a memorable appearance. Just take a look at Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Winslet and Nicole Kidman.

Side Sweep

Celebrity Inspired Wedding Hairstyle

This type of hairstyle is ideal if you are a bride who has shorter hair and you want something natural, something that emphasizes the beautiful features of your face. Get some inspiration from Mila Jovovich, Emma Stone or Naomi Watts.

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How to Choose the Perfect Perfume for Your Wedding Day?

On your wedding day, everything needs to be perfect. From the smallest strand of hair, down to your last toe, to the fragrance that you wear. And speaking of which, are you wondering how to choose the perfect perfume for your wedding day?

It may seem simple to choose the perfect perfume for your wedding day, but it’s actually just as difficult as choosing the dress, shoes and accessories. Even though each of us has a favorite perfume, on your wedding day you will definitely want to wear something special, something that attracts, something to inspire and to surprise, even the guests.

Scents are found in different shapes, styles, bottles and containers more or less interesting, with extremely varied spices and aromas.

So, here are some tips on how to choose the perfect perfume for your wedding day.

Sweet Scents

Sweet scents are nor for everyone, but if you feel comfortable with these fragrances and you have a fairytale princess gown, a perfume that has a sweet note at the base and easily blends with a delicate scent may be just the perfect choice for you. Try Princess by Vera Wang or Flowerbomb by Victor & Rolf.

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Fruity Fragrances

Fruity scents are perfect for summer days when fruits are delicious. Choose a peachy scent or apricot aroma, intensely fragrant and delicate. Your summer wedding dress will go perfectly with such a particular perfume. Try Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture or Bright Crystal by Versace.

How to Choose the Perfect Perfume for Your Wedding Day?

Citric Scents

Citric perfumes are suited for the cooler season when citrus fruits are extremely juicy and tasty. Ignore the coldness with a fragrance inspired by the effervescence of citrus and you’ll feel invigorated all day. Try Neroli Portofino by Tom Ford or Jour pour Femme by Hugo Boss.

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Delicate Perfumes

A true princess is very delicate and she tries not to amaze or stand out and attract the eyes of others. If you’re a fan of these precious features choose a perfume with extremely delicate notes, which leaves an easily noticeable fragrance behind. Try Acqua di Gioia by Giorgio Armani.

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Strong Fragrances

Strong perfumes are suitable for more experienced women and those who appreciate this kind of aromas. They are very sophisticated and not everyone can appreciate a strong, but tasteful perfume. Try Shalimar from Guerlain.

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Floral Scents

Floral scents are particularly suitable for spring weddings when nature awakens and trees and flowers are blooming, increasingly more beautiful. Be in tune with nature and wear a delicate floral scent. Try Amarige by Ginvechy or Rush by Gucci.

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How to Avoid Having a Dysfunctional Bridal Party

As a bride, besides the typical wedding planning activities, you must also make sure that your wedding party is happy, that is if you don’t want to have a dysfunctional bridal party on your hands. Remember, the friendships and family ties should remain just as strong after your wedding day, as before.

Although it’s known that the bride, groom and their parents are stressed before the wedding day, it’s important to remember that other participants can be just as anxious. At a wedding, bridesmaids and groomsmen have many roles and obligations, and also many expenses.

You should keep in mind that the friends and relatives that attend your wedding sacrifice their time and finances to participate. So, here are a few tips to help you maintain close relationships during this hectic and moving period and avoid having a dysfunctional bridal party.

Before asking people to be part of your bridal party, remember your own experience. Were you uncomfortable being asked to help with the wedding invitations? You were left out when they bought the bridesmaid dresses? The memories of your experience can help you be more careful regarding the needs and preferences of your friends.

Tell people exactly what you want from them. You want people to help you choose the decorations for your venue? You want all of your bridesmaids to wear the same shoes? It is important to tell them, so there are no misunderstandings. You can make a list of various planning details to hand out to your bridal party.

Keep in Mind the Preferences and Opinions of Your Bridal Party

Advance planning goes hand in hand with communication. You can’t expect your bridal party to be available for events or be willing to help you if you don’t let them know beforehand. For example, if you want to plan a choreographed dance that includes them, you must tell them in advance to be able to attend lessons.

How to Avoid Having a Dysfunctional Bridal Party

When you ask people to sit next to you during the ceremony, it means that those people have an important role in your life. Honor this by seeking advice and opinions regarding details that directly affect them. Bridesmaids may not agree with a plunging neckline and groomsmen could recommend the best limousine rental company. Just because you ask them it doesn’t mean you have to follow through. However, your bridal party will appreciate the ability to be able to express their views honestly and openly.

Maintain Costs at a Low Level

Remember that, while costs for planning a wedding can be high, your bridal party’s costs can’t be neglected either. Typically, bridesmaids and groomsmen use their own finances to pay for these things. Bridal, showers, wedding attire (including shoes and other details your require), hairdressers, transport to the ceremony and reception, accommodation (in case you are in another city), gifts for the bachelorette/bachelor party and so on, all these costs add up and make up quite a large amount. If you want to avoid having a dysfunctional bridal party do your best to keep these costs low. If the wedding will be a luxurious event, you shouldn’t expect your wedding shower to be just as costly.

How to Avoid Having a Dysfunctional Bridal Party

Be Polite and Show Your Appreciation

One of the most important tips to avoid having a dysfunctional bridal party is to show your appreciation to the participants in your wedding. Good manners, such as the words “please” and “thank you” can make a big difference. Politeness is important for your bridal party, especially when you ask friends and relatives to do so much for you. Even if you give them gifts you should also tell them how much you appreciate them, either privately or in a speech at the reception.

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It can be easy to get caught up in the frenzy of wedding planning. Although it’s necessary to talk to friends and relatives about the details of your wedding, you must keep in mind that your wedding is not the only thing happening in the world. Be nice and ask them about their families, jobs and their lives in general. Schedule a few dates that have nothing to do with the wedding, to reconnect with your bridal party.

A great tip is not to lose your composure. Blunders and mishaps can occur in any event. Keep your calm at all times and try to resolve problems without losing your mind. This way your wedding will go smoothly and your friendships will survive.

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MFW Fall 2016, Emporio Armani

Emporio Armani closed Milan Fashion Week with his “New Pop” collection inspired by “high-tech heroines”, but cleverly combined with an 80’s influence. “The current revolution: classic style and digital designs”, the designer said backstage.

Fabrics with a discreet shine, elegant and precious, like satin, silk and velvet dominated Emporio Armani’s fall 2016 collection. The designer always favored velvet, being excited of its “discreet splendor”.

MFW Fall 2016, Emporio Armani

A celebrity favorite, he assured his reputation as one of the finest designers in Italian fashion sending out on the runway feminine garments, very chic silhouettes, in a dark pallete with digital prints in striking colors and asymmetrical styles.

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MFW Fall 2016, Emporio Armani

The prints were made of a circle, a triangle and a square in bright green, yellow, pink and blue, repeated in various scales on every type of item you can imagine offering a retro charm.

His suits, inspired by the male aesthetics were reinvented in sexy proposals: cropped trousers, boxy blazers and A-line jackets, retaining the thread of what he did in the 80’s but putting a modern spin on it.

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MFW Fall 2016, Emilio Pucci

Massimo Giorgetti, the creative director of Emilio Pucci in the last two seasons, is imposing himself increasingly stronger in the fashion industry. He continues to reinvent the Tuscan brand appealing to the sport register. Especially the mountains. The models wore colored and laced up boots referring climbing ropes.

MFW Fall 2016, Emilio Pucci

The designer asked himself if the lux vacationing jet-set still exists and focused his vision on long sweaters with V-shaped necklines, worn either as dresses or combined with pants or skirts.

MFW Fall 2016, Emilio Pucci

The leggings had edging giving them a sporty vibe. Optical prints in bright colors and stylized forms inspired by mountainous landscapes, decorated pencil skirts, silk midi dresses, jacket and suits.

MFW Fall 2016, Emilio Pucci

However the most obvious feature of his collection was certainly the ease offered by the oversized cuts in bright and fun colors, which made the line-up mostly wearable.

MFW Fall 2016, Emilio Pucci

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MFW Fall 2016, Moschino

With the onset of American designer Jeremy Scott at the top of the creative team of the fashion house Moschino in October 2013, the Italian luxury brand’s creations have gained, in addition to the opulence that characterizes them, extremely bold tones.

The designer staged at Milan, a genuine spectacle through his clothes. The “star” of the collection was definitely the candelabra decorated black dress, but the other creations were just as surprising.

MFW Fall 2016, Moschino

Inspired by “the Bonfire of Vanities” Jeremy Scott showed a combination of fancy evening gowns, white tanks, biker leather jackets, distressed denim and pouf dresses.

MFW Fall 2016, Moschino

Oversized satin bows, in shades of purple, yellow and pink, fastened with semi-precious stone brooches were unexpectedly combined with skirts and pants made of leather or denim, with zippers. “I was thinking about cigarettes and people’s addiction to fashion. I don’t ever really dissect and wonder why I’m doing it. I just do it and put it out there“, the designer said backstage.

MFW Fall 2016, Moschino

Other striking details in his collection were the long leather gloves, the black berets decorated with chains or big golden letters spelling the brand’s name, and the massive metal or leather belts, shaped as corsets, worn over mini dresses.

MFW Fall 2016, Moschino

The fact is that this time, the “eternal rebel” Jeremy Scott made a splash on the podium that he turned into a theater stage with the help of Oriental rugs, Baroque chairs, and gilded mirrors.

MFW Fall 2016, Moschino

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