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I am a firm feminist and I believe that women should be able to dress and act however they choose. Women should not be discriminated against based on how they look or their conformity to a certain image.

So I was truly disappointed in myself when I arrived at Duke and singled out some of my classmates with the assumption that they were less intelligent because of their appearances. Somehow, the insidious belief that prettier women are intellectually deficient had wormed its way into my mind.

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Girls who are more social, wear more revealing clothing and are more physically attractive are often deemed to be stupid. Even at Duke, where we tout our high test scores and low acceptance rate, the stereotypical pretty girl is looked down upon. But while this type of girl is discriminated against in academic settings, she is praised outside of the classroom. At parties or Shooters or social events, pretty and scantily clad girls receive the most attention and admiration. A dichotomy has arisen in which women are supposed to fit two roles simultaneously: a serious student and an appealing “object.” Women are forced to straddle these expectations, and they impede female success in a manner than males do not experience.

Attractiveness is evaluated very differently based on gender. Women who smile more are rated as better looking, while men who smile less are viewed as more attractive. Fat women are less likely to succeed in elections than overweight men. Beautiful women are also seen as having an advantage in professional or academic settings. Attractive women are more likely to be hired than less physically appealing female candidates. Despite this, a double standard exists—the intelligence of attractive men is never questioned based on their appearance. However, the “dumb blonde” stereotype still plagues our classrooms and workplaces.

Women are presented with a choice to either receive validation based on their adherence to a beauty standard or on their projection of a serious appearance that supposedly signals competence. As a society, we like “smart” women to resemble the serious men we respect or be attractive enough that we forgive their perceived deficiencies in intelligence.

Even beyond that, we are often unable to forgive a woman who dares to focus on her career over her appearance. Politics aside, Hillary Clinton’s cankles and pantsuits played much more of a role in criticism of her campaign than did any male politician’s appearance for his respective campaign. A study from the 2012 election found that when a female candidate’s appearance was complimented, she was actually less likely to win. Sarah Palin’s outward appearance was used to cast her as ineffective, even though she was praised as being better looking than Clinton.

One study shows that beauty is only an advantage to women applying to non-managerial jobs, while men face no such discrimination. Researchers use the term “beauty is beastly” to describe the disadvantage that beauty created for women applying to managerial jobs. Women often recount being discriminated against based on their appearance in the workplace or in academics. Women have to prove their intelligence before they are viewed as valid contributors.

Another study found that people can more accurately rate men’s intelligence based on their attractiveness than they can women’s in a setting meant to evaluate academic performance. These studies show that our society loves pretty women, but will not allow them to reach the same level of success as their male counterparts. We refuse to accept that a woman can be both attractive and competent, especially if her interests err towards fashion, makeup, or socializing. At Duke, we know everyone is intellectually gifted, but we systematically devalue female students who cater to a certain image regardless. Beauty is shown to have its perks, but for women, only to a point.

How can we expect women to be employed at the same rate as men as CEO’s and politicians when we cannot even look beyond their outer images? Little girls grow up being told both to succeed academically, but also, and seemingly more importantly, to be beautiful. How can we pressure them to pursue these goals when we are unable to respect a woman who achieves both?

Girls should not have to spend extra time proving their worth in the classroom simply because they choose to present themselves in a certain way. A lot of people, often women, disregard this issue because they resent the admiration pretty women receive. This issue is part of a larger, trickle-down effect where all women are judged solely based on appearance. When we marginalize women because of their beauty–or lack thereof–we lose valuable perspectives. We should not discount any woman based on her physical attributes and instead focus on the skills and opinions she offers.Read more at:QueenieAu | bridesmaid dresses online

Hyderabad is no Mumbai in its fashion sense, but big designers are saying hello to the city of pearls these days. While the Hyderabadis have their own unique sense of attire, often mixing the traditional with the chic, a big number of international brands and renowned Indian designers are now changing the game here. On the other hand, city-based designers are going places, and, as a result, the Hyderabadis today have a whole lot to pick from.

In the recent times, big designers like Shantanu & Nikhil, Anju Modi, Ritu Kumar, AM:PM, Falguni and Shane Peacock have opened their retail stores in the city adding to the list of ever-increasing designer brands like Sabyasachi, and Raghavendra Rathore. Having been in the fashion industry for decades, they finally chose Hyderabad as one of their destinations.

Internationally acclaimed fashion designer Sashi Vangapalli, who debuted at Lakme Fashion Week 2017, says that it is good that these designers are coming into the market as that will give a chance for people to know and understand fashion better. She says that it is always good to welcome others.

“This way, we will also get to know the trends and it will help us to take fashion to the next level,” she adds. Sashi says that there is competition, and these new interenational-level brands coming up in the city is only beneficial for all. She feels that being on par with the big players is a big thing and she has successfully achieved it. “It always feels great to be on the top, yet there is so much more to do and learn.”

While this is what Sashi feels, another internationally-acclaimed city-based designer Ganesh Nallari says that every designer has his/her own style of working, and a particular clientele.

“While it is good that the market is opening up, it has its own advantages and disadvantages,” he adds. Ganesh specialises in customisation, and he feels custom-made clothes are here to stay. “Usually, when it comes to clients, there are some people who spend about 3-4 months to get a single outfit, because they want something that reflects their personality,” he says.

Ganesh adds that he does not mean to say that readymade outfits do not have any special touch. “And even if we have competition, it can only be a healthy one,” he adds. The designer says that the biggest problem for any designer now is to handle the issue of unique designs getting copied by commercial establishments. Designers, both local or global, should come together to fight this problem, he says.

With designs and designers growing bigger, the fashion trends in the city are expanding. And with more options to pick from, the customers will surely put in some thought before they lay their hands of these beautiful creations.

Popular fashion designer Architha Narayanam says that every business has ups and downs. “In fact, without that healthy competition, there is no motivation and willpower to do better,” she adds. Architha says that their presence should not make much of a difference as the Hyderabadi designers have their own strengths and skills. “These stores can only offer readymade clothes, while we designers give customers something customised,” she adds. She says that the pricing factor also plays a prominent role. “Even if the customers buy one or two outfits from them, they will always come back to us,” she concludes.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses online | www.queenieau.com

What words usually come to mind when you flip through an issue of “Vogue” or “Harper’s Bazaar?” They are likely related to “objectified” or “elitist.” Meanwhile, “accepted,” “empowered” and “excited” are all popular choices when people leaf through Alexandra Hehlen’s brainchild, “Coulture Magazine.” Hehlen is a senior at the University of North Carolina, majoring in journalism with a minor in business. While she originally came to UNC to pursue a degree in international relations, she was unable to ignore her passion for the fashion industry.

Hehlen recalls how she got her start in her hometown of Los Alamos, New Mexico, a town much better known for its cutting-edge research facilities than interest in couture. “To give you some background, there’s a big science laboratory and people walk around in socks and sandals,” she says. “I remember approaching my local newspaper and asking them if I could write a column about fashion and they were like, ‘Uh, but what will you write about?’ And I had so many ideas ready, but they just had no clue.”

Her persistence paid off, and Hehlen created a successful fashion column that saw local people cluttering her email with questions about clothing and style. She recalls how this helped her realize her passion for the subject: “It was then that I discovered the joy of sharing fashion with other people and seeing the way that fashion can empower them. I would have neighbors knocking on my door, saying, ‘Oh my god, I’m wearing mom jeans!’ or I would get an email from someone saying they bought red pants and had no idea what the hell to wear them with.”

When Hehlen decided to go to UNC for its strong journalism and business programs, as well as her acceptance as a Robertson Scholar, a prestigious joint program between UNC and Duke University that awards participants with a full ride and immersive summer experiences, she thought fashion would stay a hobby. “I came to college and I thought that fashion would just be limited to my wardrobe,” Hehlen says. “I wanted to go into international relations and become an international correspondent. Then, I quickly realized that I missed fashion too much to just let it go like that.” Hehlen realized she wanted to work for a fashion publication on campus. The only issue? None existed at the time. This proved to be no obstacle for Hehlen, who got together with her best friend and decided to create a fashion magazine of their very own.

The new magazine would be called “Coulture,” and would stand as a rallying cry for those who love fashion but hate its narrow ideas of beauty. “We wanted something that wasn’t just like any other fashion magazine,” says Hehlen, “We wanted it to have a social aspect as well. We challenge beauty standards, and we accept models of all shapes, sizes and races. UNC has a diverse student body and we wanted to make sure that this magazine represented that.” “Coulture” not only differentiates itself with its fiercely body-positive and inclusive message, working to counteract the popular ideas, like what a “perfect” body looks like, that bombard young people in social media and magazines, but also because it’s entirely student run. The models, the writers, the photographers are all students and involved for no other reason than because fashion is what they love.

“Coulture Magazine” releases its print editions twice a year, and a veritable mountain of work goes into each lovingly crafted issue. Hehlen, as the editor-in-chief, no longer does much of the writing, but now oversees and guides the magazine’s overall aesthetic and artistic overtones. She remembers the fight to get “Coulture” off the ground her freshman year, though, when they had to scrape together money to print the first issues. “We didn’t have any university funding to do this,” she says. “We set our Kickstarter goal at $1500 and ended up raising $3000. The kickstarter really got us going. For the second issue, we ran into the money problem again. That’s when we met someone at the university who was about to start organizing a donation to create a fashion program within the journalism school. It was a serendipitous encounter that ended up working out in everyone’s favor. A part of the University’s extra-curricular component of those fashion courses is being with ‘Coulture’, so really, it was the perfect marriage.” Hehlen started with a staff of thirty and now oversees more than one-hundred-ninety people. “Coulture” now boasts its own office space and photo studio for students to work in.

The first and foremost goal of “Coulture” is to promote a wider idea of beauty. Hehlen says the staff pride themselves on featuring models of all sizes, shapes and races. They also put an equal focus on international and domestic aspects, moving away from a purely Western worldview. When asked about why their dedication to body positivity and diversity is so important, Hehlen responds, “If you’re featuring only a specific subset of models, you’re communicating fashion through a very, very narrow lens. And that’s very unrealistic. When you incorporate more models and more people and more perspectives, that’s when you start getting closer to the true nature of fashion, which is that it is widespread. Unfortunately, we have this standard that everything has to be perfect because, historically, that’s what has made people money.”

When asked about how her magazine promotes its value of accessible fashion, Hehlen first asserts that fashion is everywhere. The trends started by couture trickle down to the masses, meaning a blue sweater seen on a Prada runway can translate to the colors seen in the clothes you buy at Zara, to paraphrase from “A Devil Wears Prada.” “But from our angle,” she says, “In our photoshoots, we usually don’t feature extremely expensive items, or if we do, they’re often ethically and sustainably created. We try to make sure that everything is affordable. We want people to say, ‘Oh I could do that with my wardrobe.’”

As the magazine champions diversity, Hehlen must also be careful of an all-too-common pitfall in the fashion world—cultural appropriation. She explains how “Coulture” works to give traditional clothing the context and respect that it deserves. “We risk cultural appropriation when we start including items of clothing, specifically traditional items of clothing from different cultures, in our shoots. It’s harder to do a purely fashion-focused shoot with just those traditional pieces because you’re taking a bunch of pieces from different backgrounds and mushing them into one shoot with one theme. By doing that, you’re sort of imposing your own ideas onto them. And that can easily turn into appropriation. What we do instead is choose to feature people in conjunction with the clothes.” “Coulture” aims to do photoshoots that feature, for example, a person from Nigeria wearing what makes them feel at home. They craft personalized stories about why certain articles of clothing mean something, as opposed to the common practice of just dropping traditional pieces into stories with no context.

Hehlen, and many of those holding leadership positions at “Coulture,” are seniors. A big challenge in the upcoming year will be preparing the organization to pass onto a new group of people. While it is certainly nerve-wracking to see something so dear to your heart move to different hands, Hehlen is hopeful for the future. “Next semester, we’re really letting the new people take over and run the show while we’re there to help them,” she says, “When we leave, I hope that ‘Coulture’ is just going to keep growing. I think that at the end of the day, people find it very valuable. People are always asking for us to make more content. I think we’re really making some people feel empowered. And all I can hope for is that we keep doing that.”Read more at:red bridesmaid dresses | green bridesmaid dresses

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While a cheaper pair of sunnies can look just as good as an expensive pair, it’s rather their quality we should be concerned with.

Lenses that are simply dark, but not polarised (protecting against UVA and UVB light) do more harm than good – by shading our eyes and causing the pupils to dilate, they in fact allow in more harmful UV rays.

Spending a little more on a quality polarised pair that blocks out 99 to 100% of UV rays is an investment in your health. Here the experts from Maui Jim tell us why good sunglasses are more than a fashion accessory.

1. Skin cancer prevention

Where’s the one place we don’t apply sunscreen? Around our eyes! This leaves the thin, delicate skin around them, as well as the eyes themselves, unprotected. In fact, 5 to 10% of all skin cancer occurs around the eyes.

Look for the Skin Cancer Foundation seal the next time you shop for sunglasses, and select a high-quality brand of polarised shades. Wrap around styles are even better, as they offer even more coverage and protection.

2. Keeping your eyes younger for longer

Sunlight contains blue light, also known as high energy visible (HEV) light. We need a certain amount of exposure to help regulate our sleep and wake cycles. It also helps boost alertness, heightens reaction times and elevates mood. But cumulative exposure has been associated with age-related macular degeneration, so wearing polarised outdoor lenses that absorb HEV is important to maintain long-term eye health.

3. Helping you see and drive better in the dark

Normally our eyes fully adapt to darkness within 30 minutes. But being in bright sunlight without adequate protection for two hours or more significantly lengthens the time it take our eyes to adjust to indoor and night-time light levels.

By protecting our eyes with polarised lenses, we keep this adaptation period short, which improves our vision and makes it safer for us to drive at night.

4. Reducing the risk of accidents

The sun’s glare interferes with our ability to see and react to other vehicles and hazards on the road – especially after a storm when water is involved, as it reflects up to 100% of UV light. So choosing a pair of polarised sunglasses that completely block out both UVA and UVB rays will solve this problem.Read more at:formal dresses melbourne

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The SKN Foundation’s Annual HOPE Gala will honor special-needs children and their families with a designer fashion show for adults and a special program with the children. The gala will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at The Marigold, 315 Churchill Ave.

The event will benefit the Special Needs Community Outreach Program for Empowerment (SCOPE).

"Special-needs children and their families are, historically, more isolated, and through the SCOPE program, we hope to create an accessible support system for South Asian families,” said Dr. Naveen Mehrotra, founder of the SKN Foundation.

The Shri Krishna Nidhi (SKN) Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission of promoting the “wellness of the person and community through education.”

The guest of honor will be Indian actress, humanitarian and former Miss India Juhi Chawla. She will model fashions and walk the runway, as the “show stopper" for international fashion designer Joy Mitra. In turn, Mitra will debut a special collection he created just for the cause.

Special-needs children will also walk the runway in their individual styles, created by Mitra.

“What an amazing opportunity for my son," said Radha Lath, mother of Aditya Lath, one of the children in the fashion show. "I am so proud of him every day, and walking the ramp, dressed up so fabulously, allows him to know that we love him just as he is.”

Indian television host, actress and model Mini Mathur will be the celebrity host for the evening.

"Parents of special-needs children have an unbelievable level of grit and determination as they face daily life issues, and I am honored to be shedding light on some of their challenges at the SKN Foundation Gala," Mathur said.

Chawla is known for her philanthropic work in India, as well.

“Helping people brings more happiness than any material thing," Chawla said. "Sharing is the true path to spiritual growth and happiness.”

This is the second year that Sonalika Ahhuja, president of Beyond Media, will be the event organizer.

“After last year’s resounding success, we find that this year, our focus is very near and dear to all parents’ hearts,” she said. “The outpouring of love and support we are receiving fills me with such gratitude.”

The annual fundraiser supports one of three things important to South Asian families — cancer support and awareness, special-needs support, or diabetes awareness and support, Ahhuja said.

“We rotate themes every year. This year’s gala benefiting special-needs kids will help provide special-needs children and their families education, support and socialization,” she said. “Last year, our event was sold out, and we hope to sell out this year, too. Ticket sales have been good, but we are still taking sponsors.”

Tickets start at $175. There will be a red carpet, cocktail hour, dinner, an opening dance by special-needs kids, the fashion show with Mitra and a mini question-and-answer panel with special-needs kids’ parents, several speeches and more.Read more at:formal dresses online australia

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When Yamilca Rodriguez gets her way, Louisville will add fashion design to the city's list of notable achievements alongside bourbon, horse racing and basketball.

Her vision? A shared workspace studio that will encourage others in the Louisville area to explore and collaborate in the fashion industry.

The fashion designer plans to open the co-working space, Louisville Bespoke, in mid-September in Germantown.

"Louisville Bespoke is meant to be used by anyone who touches fashion," Rodriguez said. "From clothing to shoe designers, milliners to wearables, photographers, bloggers and entrepreneurs in the fashion field. Our city is full of people doing great work."

And a shared workspace, Rodriguez said, is "the way to collaborate," and save money for people starting out in their trade.

Rodriguez is the latest entrepreneur to jump on the co-working trend, which was relatively unheard of about a decade ago.

In 2007, there were only 14 co-working spaces across the United States, according to Forbes. Today, there are over 11,000, and the trend is growing — by 2020, it's expected there will be more than 26,000 spaces hosting 3.8 million people.

Each new space is "another step forward in growing Louisville’s startup scene and thus the regional economy," said Lisa Bajorinas, vice president of entrepreneurship and talent for Greater Louisville Inc., the city's chamber of commerce.

GLI doesn't track the exact number of people using co-working spaces in the city, but the number of facilities is on the rise.

The power of shared space

Sharing space helps cut down on dozens of costs including rent, heating and cooling, the purchase of equipment, tools, and job-specific machines.

“For startup founders in the early stages of building their companies, a co-working space can be a great option for a host of reasons," said Brittain Skinner, commercialization director for EnterpriseCorp, the entrepreneurial arm of GLI. "It provides a defined workspace, shared basic resources and, in co-working spaces that provide meeting rooms, a more professional space in which to meet early customers or clients."

Louisville Bespoke joins a growing number of Louisville co-working environments that cater to inventors, video designers, chefs, artists and a host of self-employed individuals.

Chef Space, 1812 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., is a shared commercial kitchen in western Louisville for food entrepreneurs to cook and create in a space that's better equipt than their home kitchen. It's home to a wide range of entrepreneurs, from V-Grits vegan food to saucy and delicious chicken wings from Daddy Rich's.

FirstBuild, 333 E. Brandeis, is a micro-factory and think tank on the University of Louisville campus backed by GE Appliances. This innovative lab is open to anyone over the age of 18 (or accompanied by a guardian if between the ages of 13-18) for access to tools, including Makerbots, Electronics Benches and Universal Laser Printer.

FirstBuild was the factory behind a $9,990 pizza oven where temperatures soar between 800 and 1300 degrees to bake a perfect pie in two minutes or less.

If you're more into tech or are a video game designer, there's a shared work space for you, too. Warp Zone Louisville, 607 W. Main St., is another shared space in downtown Louisville where members have 24-hour access to the workspace to create video games and host events such as meet-ups and game launches.

Community for creative minds

Milliner Sarah Havens started her hat-making business 22 years ago from her home.

"But there came a point when I realized I felt isolated and I wanted to be able to leave the distractions of my home and have a separate place to go to do my work," she said.

Today, Havens' workspace is a glistening white, 550-square-foot studio in the former Hope Worsted Mill building, 1000 Swan St. in Germantown. The old textile factory has high ceilings and large windows offering lots of natural light.

Rodriguez will join Havens in this space when she opens Louisville Bespoke.

Last year, Rodriguez raised $10,000 through a Kickstarter campaign that allowed her to purchase two high-end sewing machines.

Havens' millinery equipment, plus large tables for cutting fabric, industrial irons, and a section of the room set up for fashion photography complete the co-working space.

When Louisville Bespoke opens, a final and essential ingredient will be added: people.

"Having other creative minds around helps to increase my own creativity," Havens said. "It's a healthy type of competition."

Typically, individuals pay an hourly or monthly fee to use space and equipment in a shared workspace, with the bonus option to brainstorm and network with others in their field. Louisville Bespoke charges between $75 and $550 depending on what you use the space for and how often.

Louisville Bespoke will also offer classes to help artists better use social media and YouTube to market their product and a variety of sewing classes, leather making and more.

Francis Lewis, owner and executive designer of Ann DeEvelyn Clothing Company, said she would have appreciated Louisville Bespoke when she first started designing and sewing a decade ago.

"I had to buy a very expensive type of sewing machine, which I really only need to use once or twice a month," she said. "It was very hard to afford when I was first starting out. What Yamilca is doing will be extremely helpful. It will help remove some of the financial stumbling blocks."

As more self-employed workers ditch the traditional office environment – or their kitchen table – for a more economical, social and inspiring environment, expect to find a growing number of co-working businesses around town.

"By sharing a workspace, equipment and ideas, I believe Louisville's fashion scene will grow in ways we can't even image," Rodriguez said. "Louisville Bespoke is something I have dreamed of creating for a very long time and I am so happy that dream is about to come true."Read more at:simple formal dresses | online formal dresses

Mrs Gabon, Gwen Madiba was named first runner-up in Saturday night’s Mrs Universe pageant in Durban, South Africa.

Gwen is a TV host, global entrepreneur and a human and women’s rights activist is one of 84 women that took to the stage for the Mrs Universe 2017 title.

The theme of Empowering Women, Creating Change featured prominently in every activity leading up to the Mrs Universe World Final.

For the first time in its history, the Mrs Universe contest took place on African soil. The glitzy event was staged in the coastal city of Durban.

Guests were treated to a feast of fashion, design and colour as contestants lit up the stage with their incredible traditional ethnic wear.

Costumes ranged from awe-inspiring to awesome, dazzling to daring, expansive and exhilarating to bold and barely-there, and dazzling to daring.

Mrs Gabon, Gwen Madiba was named first runner-up in Saturday night’s Mrs Universe pageant in Durban, South Africa. Picture: Abhi Indrarajan

Guests were entertained by proudly Kwa-Zulu Natal performers including the C-Live dancers, the Champions Pantsula Dancers, performers from the Kumari Shiksha Dance Institute, Indlondlo Zulu Traditional Dancers and Dangerous Curves dancers. Vocalists, Samantha Landers, Bongekile Mabaso and Nokulunga Ntuli had feet tapping and heads bobbing.

The Mrs Universe pageant celebrates married women between the ages of 25 and 45 who are doing phenomenal work to uplift and enhance their local communities through CSI initiatives, business development and global trade opportunities.

43-year old Mrs Vietnam, Tram Hoang Luu, burst into tears when she received the coveted Mrs Universe crown. Mrs Gabon, Gwen Madiba was named first runner-up and Mrs Pakistan, Taiba Noorulian Sheheryar was second runner-up. Mrs France, Anastasia Gorshkova and Mrs India, Shaveta Athwal, rounded off the top five.

South Africa was represented by Durban wife and mum, Trisha Poona, who was placed in the top 25.

Mrs South Africa, Trisha Poona, showing off her traditional ethnic wear at the Mrs Universe contest. Picture: Abhi Indrarajan

"Let tonight be the night that Africa celebrates its women and women empowerment,” says Tracey-Anne Aggett, the woman who was responsible for bringing Mrs Universe to Africa for the first time.

As Mrs Universe Hosting Director: Africa, Aggett had campaigned tirelessly to bring the activist-themed event to South Africa and to use it as a platform to draw attention to the global scourge of violence against women and children.

“We are extremely humbled by the support we’ve received to stage this event on African soil for the first time. Each of the contestants here tonight is a winner – for overcoming incredible odds to succeed and for making meaningful contributions to their respective communities to bring about positive change.”Read more at:queenieau.com | beautiful formal dresses

Sarah Kagunya, is the CEO of Ellah Creations, a company that specialises in cards, jewellery and cake. She talks to us about what drives her passion

MY BACKGROUND

I earned a degree in Food Science from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology between 2004-2008. I later studied for a diploma in Graphic Design at Academy Of Graphics Technologies between 2011 – 2013. I have worked as a nutrition consultant and as a creative and graphic designer.

THE IDEA

Just before graduating, I got a job as a nutrition consultant and because I knew the contract was only for a year and two months, I began applying for jobs in advance but I never got one. It dawned on me early on that I needed an alternative source of income. I have always loved fashion; I am creative and good with my hands. I began making jewellery and selling it. I love giving personal gifts to friends and family and I realised there were no cards in the market that I liked so I started making cards. My first designs infused a lot of kitenges and bold designs and slowly by slowly I began to grow my client base and that was what inspired me to go back to school and study graphic design.

I kept on applying for jobs but I would get ones that did not pay well or nothing at all. I eventually got a job as a graphic designer, and the experience helped me grow my art. However, I had my son in 2012, and doing a 9 to 5 job and a business on the side became overwhelming. I would find myself working throughout the weekend; I would lock myself in a room to work and go out to meet clients instead of spending time with my son. Then weekdays became hectic. At one point I was waking up at 3am to work on new orders before heading to work. It became too much not just for me, but my son was suffering.

WHAT HAPPENED NEXT

In 2015, I finally put my money where my mouth was and officially began Ellah Creations, and left employment.

RUNNING A START-UP

Lack of office space was one of the biggest hurdles when I was starting up. I would be at Café Deli in town usually from 8-12 to meet clients, it was a hustle but you have to make it work. Another challenge is in picking people to work with. As a person who makes cards you have to deal with printers and I learnt the hard way that you cannot work with just anyone. Some people who you meet in the industry are all about short cuts and that will end up giving your brand a bad name. Now I have a team of five who understand my need for excellence.

WHERE I AM NOW

The business has grown; now I am also doing cakes. I specialise in soft cream cakes for bridal showers, baby showers and birthdays. Making cakes grew out of my love for hosting people at my home, and from what I studied in campus.

Additionally, my clientele has grown, now we even have international clients. I recently had a client, a Kenyan who lives in America. He found us on social media and after seeing pictures of my work, called me and sent money, and after we worked on his wedding cards we shipped them to him. When we started our clientele was 80 per cent from referral and 20 per cent from our social media platforms, but now we have 60 per cent from referrals, and 40 percent from our social media platform which means we have a growing social media following.

MY TIP

Be persistent, and work with what you have, if you do not have an office, find somewhere you can meet clients like a coffee house. Advertise on social media. Also do not get offended when you get rejected, not every person you approach or who approaches you for business will be a client, rejection is part and parcel of running a business. All you can do is give your best, and clients will come. Lastly, surround yourself with people who believe in your dream.Read more at:red formal dresses | white formal dresses

Contestants for the title Miss India Worldwide Kenya with event choreographer Bhargav Joshi. PHOTO | COURTESY

The Miss India Worldwide Kenya (MIWK) pageant was launched in 2000. But after that, there was a 15-year hiatus that only got broken two years back.

This international beauty-and-brains pageant was revived in 2015 and Saturday night, the final competition for the 2017 MIWK will be held at the new Diamond Plaza 2 in Parklands.

It took the 24 year old 2015 MIWK award winner Aliza Rajah to confirm the continuity of this unique beauty competition. She organised both the 2016 contest and is working on the current MIWK.

The Kenyan winner will head to New York City to the Miss India Worldwide headquarters where the pageant will feature among finalists from 40 countries.

The 40 are countries where sizeable Indian communities reside and contribute to their respective economies. Among the countries to be represented at the finals are Australia, Canada, Spain, South Africa, UK and USA.

Aliza didn’t win in New York in 2015. But that didn’t dampen her appreciation for the competition. On the contrary, at last Saturday night’s press conference at the new Concord Hotel, she explained how she’d received so much in the process of going to the finals that she wanted to keep the competition alive for young Kenyan women.

“I felt like ‘a winner’ irrespective of whether I’d won or lost the contest,” she said. “Just being part of the event was an eye-opening experience,” added Aliza who now runs the MIWK contest through her company, Eventique. She also has a fashion line and a website. She also runs the Shesha Lounge in the Concord Hotel.

Finali Galaiya, 22 won the 2016 edition. She also did not win in New York. She’s been inspired ever since by a question at the MIW finals: “What would you do to bridge the gap between Asian and African Kenyans?”

She was challenged to the extent she now works with a number of charities, including one foundation led by Sarah Obama, the grandmother of the former US President Barack Obama.

Both Aliza and Finali say one of the most important things they gained from the pageant was self-confidence. It’s a quality that the MIWK choreographer and coach Bhargav Joshi, 25, hoped he’s instilled in the 10 contestants during the rigorous three-week training he just went through with them.

Aged between 17 and 26 years, the young women have been coached in everything from verbal skills, poise and presentation to walking the runway. On Saturday night, they’ll be wearing both Indian and Indo-Western fashions provided by Suvidha of India and Shenu Gadu of Nairobi respectively.

Joshi also taught them to perform together for the Saturday event, which is open to the public. Yesterday they displayed skills at the MIWK Talent Night at Concord Hotel.

A number of contestants last Saturday night appeared confident and calm. Most of them were students, like Hiral Gohil, 20, who is studying Business at the United States International University and is also a freelance artist.

Shivani Shah, 20, is a student of International Relations at Nottingham University who spends half her year in school; the other half she spends in Kenya working with charities like Freedom from Hunger and the Helping Hands Trust.

Shivani is also a former NTV children’s show presenter. She ‘anchored’ the G3 show from aged nine up until she was 18.

Judges who’ll be participating in both the Talent Night and tomorrow’s final pageant are a well-kept secret. Aliza would only disclose that they include members of the media, the arts and the business community.

The main sponsor of the Miss India Worldwide Kenya is Crown Paint.

Tickets to the MIWK pageant can be obtained tomorrow night at Diamond Plaza 2 or before the event either from the Concord Hotel or Shenu Fashions on General Mathenge Drive.Read more at:formal dresses | pink formal dresses

Roshini Kumar and Tanmayi Reddy

After open mic nights in people’s living rooms, the latest in thing within the city are charity pop ups. For the ones not familiar with the term, these are all about showcasing and promoting local talent, with the motive to uphold a cause. Known as The Open House, they allow city-based people to indulge in music, comedy and art, to find entertainment while benefitting the underprivileged too.

“Having been from the creative field myself, I have a firsthand experience of the challenges one has to face. Hence the initiative to just pave the way a little for local talent,” shares Tanmayi Reddy, who is one of the main organisers of the initiative. “One of the biggest issues with artists and performers is definitely networking and networking with the right people. Our main aim is to provide these artists a space and exposure to elements that can be used by them for professional purposes in the future,” adds the city-based fashion designer who has always been passionate about arts and causes.

Started by Tanmayi and her friend Roshini Kumar, their sartorial venture was a “for artistes, by artistes” initiative. “Giving artistes the scope for a dialogue between them and the audience is what makes these pop-ups so much more intimate,” believes Roshini who is also a full time photographer when not creating platforms for local artistes. “It means a lot when the base for an interaction is created and the audience is actually interested in knowing about the efforts and inspirations behind an artist’s work – about what they do and how they do,” she adds.

The concept is simple. Held on a designated Saturday, artistes from both Bengaluru and around the country perform their art. It could be music, painting, illustrations, designs and even food stalls and entrepreneurial pep talks. From comedy to craftsmanship and workshops – they collect revenues that are used exclusively to contribute to a chosen charity for every session. “Our artistes are kind enough to also contribute generously from the profit they make at the event,” shares Yamini Gowda, one of the organisers. “This time we are working with the Solidarity Foundation who provide support to sex workers and sexual minorities. They work closely with the LGBTQ community and offer grants to sexual minorities, enabling them to have a better lifestyle.”Read more at:formal dresses perth | formal dresses canberra

Since its debut, it has become a regular favourite of the fashion crowd. As the brand takes its next steps into the mainstream, opening its first pop-up store at 35 Thayer Street in London’s Marylebone this week, Drapers speaks to founder Haeni Kim to find out how the business has rapidly blossomed into a cult fashion favourite.

How did Kitri come about?

Kitri was born from a frustration of not being able to find well-made, distinctive designs that don’t break the bank. There are plenty of options on the high street for cheap fast fashion and lots of beautiful, but mostly inaccessible, designer brands (price-wise and design-wise) so I felt that there wasn’t really a brand my friends and I could go to regularly. With Kitri, I wanted to create our dream brand, somewhere we can find classic sophisticated styles with playful and fashionable details that you won’t find millions of other people wearing, at an accessible price point but with great fit and quality.

What was your background before launching the brand?

I came to England from South Korea when I was very young to pursue my dream of being a ballerina, but eventually gave in to my love for fashion. Once I knew I wanted to start my own fashion brand, I worked in various roles across different sectors of the industry, from high-end designers to mass market, value-driven retailers, to get as much experience as possible. I worked in sales, marketing and finance, as well as production in the Far East to get a 360-degree view before launching the brand.

What’s the ethos of the brand?

Premium product, premium service at not-so-premium prices. Producing a brand that people are proud to be a part of.

What would you say were some of the core principles of the brand?

As a team, we always focus on building a brand that we will be proud to be a part of in 10 or 20 years’ time, and have fun while doing it. I hope this comes across.

You describe yourself as a small team of creatives. How does this work in practice?

It certainly isn’t easy; we are a small team with big ambitions so we are incredibly busy at all times. I believe having a small team makes us more agile and communicative. We all sit in the same studio and can come together to work on ideas as a team very quickly and we learn from our mistakes and successes.

How are you showcasing the brand in the new pop-up?

This is our first chance to meet our customers in real life so we are very excited to share our world with them and learn from them. Our customers are discerning fashion lovers so we wanted to showcase not only our current collection but our past and even upcoming collections, to give people a real sense of who we are. We have different sections of the store where she can try on samples and tell us which styles are her favourites. We also have scheduled programme of talks and shopping events in store so we hope to get to know our customers well.

Why did you decide now was the right time to trial a store?

We only launched six months ago so it may seem a little early to open a pop-up store. We are first and foremost an online fashion brand but the offline experience is also very important to us. We are a direct-to-consumer business so it made sense to open a temporary store. There is so much noise in the digital market and I think it’s the best way to differentiate us, so that the customers get to know us and we can understand them and hopefully serve them better.

What are your plans from here – do you think you’d ever open a permanent store?

I would love to have a permanent store in the near future. Opening a physical space comes with a lot of different challenges to launching a website but I have really enjoyed the creative process and seeing it unfold and come to life. I don’t think it would be right for us to have a traditional concept of a store on every high street, but it would be amazing to have a flagship in every city.

What would you say is your favourite piece in the current Kitri collection?

My current favourite is the Myrtha Midi Shirt Dress. I have always loved shirting and it’s something our customers seem to love as well. This shirt dress is a modern take on the traditional silhouette, with a long zipper running through the front. The gathering around the bodice and the sleeves adds a feminine touch to what can be considered as a very masculine style.Read more at:formal dresses canberra | black formal dresses

A proponent of artisanal crafts and clothing, Rashmi Varma has adopted the cloth and given it context, character and identity. She uses natural and handwoven fibres to construct garments and give them a fluid idea of feminity, geometry and abstraction. Her love for reinvention being an integral part of her aesthetic, she uses the past to make way for the future, especially for Indian clothing, which is steeped in history and culture.

The ‘Sari Dress’ is one of Varma’s most prominent creations. The garment has been around for ages, in various forms and materials, but over time its lack of convenience has surpassed its beauty. This is where the sari-dress bridges the gap between the past and the present. Enraptured by its pleats and drapes, Varma combined the sensibilities of the West’s simple sheath and India’s regal drape for this amalgamation. What’s striking is its simplicity is that it can effortlessly be worn anytime you want to play dress up and possesses a sense of groundedness which doesn’t take away from its novelty as a functional design. In a way, Varma has preserved our heritage and tradition without having stuck to the textbook, making the design her own instead.

Garb talk

“I was around four when we were travelling from Montreal on an aeroplane and I insisted on wearing this little navy blue skirt and blazer suit because it felt so official and sharp. Even then, I knew it would attract a certain level of attention. I had been coming to India all my life to visit family and explore the country, but I moved here permanently to start my label five years ago. India is definitely challenging on many levels and even after five years, I still feel like I am “adjusting” at times. Running a business all on my own and navigating through city life gets frustrating sometimes, yet creatively, it has been very liberating. I’ve learned to take each day as it comes.“

Growing along the way

“Costume designing was a serendipitous development as it was not something I had set out to do originally. After working in architecture/interior design, I decided to pursue my love for clothing and worked in fashion as a freelancer. As long as I was doing something related to fabric, I was content. This paved the path for some stray styling and costuming projects for small theatre performances and short films. Through hard work and connecting with influential people, better work started to come my way and I spent several years working in film before moving to India in 2012 to start my label.”

Reinventing tradition

“There are many Indian garments that I am inspired by, therefore, the aim is not to “contemporise” them, but merge certain elements with other garments to create something different. I try not to think too much about traditional versus modern; everything has to have a relevant context to my work. The sari dress is a good example of melding two styles and creating a fresh one that functions differently from a sari but has the essence of it. The sari dress is not a replacement of the sari or a contemporary version of it. It is about giving women the incentive to wear it more regularly. Employing the original term as part of our name helps us maintain ties with our source of inspiration.”

The aesthetic

“Rashmi Varma is a womenswear label with respect for artisanal craft culture. Our silhouettes often combine tailoring with drape giving rise to unique sculptural garments. Richly textured and tactile; geometry, abstraction and a restrained use of colour emerge with the use of natural fibres, hand woven cottons and silks, and embroideries. Present in each collection is a love for light and shadow, geometry and a hint of the absurd.

My studio-office is sequestered in Shahpur Jat in New Delhi and is surrounded by the constant buzz of of activity but I never get bothered by it. 95% of the work is done inhouse right from designing, embroidering and cutting to sewing and finishing. We work with weavers from around the country and the rest of it is completed at the studio so that we maintain a high standard within a comfortable workspace. “Read more at:one shoulder formal dresses | yellow formal dresses

If you asked Erika Wolf and Alex Orbison how they met, they'd have different stories. Alex would say they met in 2003, outside Point Dume Chinese, when Alex's yorkie tried to bite Erika and he shot out the line, "Maybe she's a great judge of character." (To which, Erika had a memorable retort.) But if you ask Erika, she would say they met on February 14, 2004, when Alex asked her to be his Valentine while she was pumping gas. (She said no, and he wrote his number in the dust on back of her car.) Following this encounter, the Malibu natives had several run-ins over the years before ultimately reconnecting in New York City 10 years later. In July 2013, Erika won Alex over for good with a Louis CK joke, and in September 2016, Alex proposed at Headlands of Point Dume in Malibu, their favorite spot on earth. "Its beauty is overwhelming and there's no place I could better imagine beginning our new chapter together," Erika says.

After their Malibu engagement, Erika and Alex, the son of Roy Orbison, considered a California wedding—but their friends begged them to do it in Nashville, where they now live. "They were curious about this new hub they heard about and were tired of familiar Malibu weddings," Erika explains. So on May 13, 2017, the California natives said "I do" at Bloomsbury Farm, a working organic farm just outside Nashville. "There's a certain magic about it there," says the bride. And since their guests wanted to get to know the Southern city, Erika and Alex gave them a weekend's tour—from welcome drinks on lower Broadway to the day-after brunch at their home. Keep reading to see the couple's Nashville wedding (with Old Hollywood vibes!), as photographed by Sarah Falugo and planned by Jessica Sloane—and the design-oriented bride of course!

The bride hand-selected each piece of her bridal ensemble, just as she did with every other bit of the wedding. She wore a cape by Alexandra Grecco, a top from Leanne Marshall, and a skirt by Nashville-based designer Olia Zavozina. "I looked exactly how I wanted to feel," she explains. "I was so particular about the shape, style, and vibe, and I just knew when I saw it—I felt transported to another time!"

Erika wore an engagement ring and wedding band from her two grandmothers, as well as an 18th-century gold locket (her first gift from Alex) and a gold bracelet from her friend's jewelry line, Jen Meyer Jewelry. "Jewelry was my main accessory," Erika says. The final touch was an art deco gold brooch, a day-of gift from the groom that she added to her birdcage veil.

The bridal bouquet (of roses, peonies, and viburnum) perfectly coordinated with the bride's look and the venue's natural setting.

Before Erika walked through the meadow to meet Alex at the altar, she took a minute to spin around in her amazing cape!

The bride created custom invitations—starting with the wedding's crest, which was inspired by the "O" in Oribison and featured all the things the couple loves (their Studebaker Lark, yorkie Gracie, poodle C'est La Vie, a bass drum, Roy's guitar, and more).

Erika entered the ceremony site on her own, but walked the last 20 paces with her mother and father. The couple included readings by Khalil Gibran, Roy's late father's favorite poet, in the Ketubah and exchanged vows they'd written themselves. And, of course, they personalized with the music. "We had the rare and serendipitous opportunity to be planning our wedding while the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Roy Orbison were making a record," Erika explains. They selected five tracks from the upcoming record, which will be released on November 3, 2017, and included them throughout the ceremony. "Our guests didn't know they were getting a sneak peek," she says.

The groom always envisioned himself in a baby blue tuxedo like the one in Dumb and Dumber—yes, really! "This was quite the task," explains Erika, laughing. Thankfully, Erika and Alex discovered a custom suit tailor in Los Angeles that was able to recreate the look in a chic way. "He made our greatest tuxedo dreams come true," Erika says.

The couple's 1961 Studebaker Lark (an engagement gift) was front-and-center on the big day, as the couple posed with it for portraits and the bride took it to the ceremony.

When brainstorming ideas of unique escort cards, the bride had an idea: Chandelier crystals! The execution was more difficult than she imagined, but Erika took the DIY project on wholeheartedly—sourcing the crystals, buying the hooks, stringing them together, and adding each chain. "It was one of my favorite parts of the day," she says.

"Our reception was its own little town—from the cocktail hour pavilion to the dancing area, we rang string lights from the trees to connect the spaces and make a cohesive little universe," says the bride. On the tables inside the tent, Erika worked with planner Jessica Sloane to create tables lined with gold and brass bud vases (all sourced by Erika at antique malls!), gold flatware, and gold china. Each was also topped with a black table cards (featuring the couple's crest) and black taper candles. "I was very hands on," Erika says. "I put my twist on everything."

The newlyweds posted up at a sweetheart table as their friends toasted them with their signature cocktails—the "Barbara" and "Roy," named for the groom's parents.

The couple cut into a strawberry sour cream pound cake, which was decorated with flowers and, of course, strawberries.

For their first dance, the music lovers selected "Maybe I'm Amazed" by Paul McCartney but also snuck in a dance at cocktail hour, when their favorite Western swing band, John England & The Western Swingers, was playing. "They played the best old country you could ever think of—Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Pasty Cline, and more."

The real dance party got started with the Horah. "When it came time for the Horah, Alex looked at me confused," Erika remembers. "I told him to sit down and enjoy the ride and it was quite simply the best five minutes of my entire life."

For the late-night dancing, the bride slipped into a vintage jacket that she found at Lily of Happy Isles Salon. Erika adds, "I later found out, according to the designer, that the jacket was originally designed for Princess Diana but gifts weren't allowed at the time!" The statement piece now sits in the couple's living room, along with their matching silver sequin shoes from the rehearsal dinner.

And, of course, a night this epic deserves an epic exit, which Erika and Alex planned in the form of a sparkler tunnel. As for what the bride learned from her five months of planning, she has this to say: "Take your time, take your time! My girlfriend gave me this advice and I didn't listen—but I sure learned the error of my ways."Read more at:backless formal dresses | purple formal dresses

Cindy Crawford has collaborated with Redone, proving the perfect pair of jeans are definitely out there — at least now they are. The queen of '90s denim, Crawford’s collaboration makes total sense, and the best part, the partnership came about via Instagram. “I remember when I was obsessed with my red-tag 501s, and Levi’s were all we wore. So when I started following Re/Done on Instagram, I posted a picture of me in old Levi’s from back in the ‘90s with a caption like, ‘I was doing Re/Done before Re/Done.,’” Crawford tells Vogue US. Founders Sean Barron and Jamie Mazur saw the post and approached Crawford for the collaboration. So far, the Cindy/Redone capsule collection is waitlist-only, but hurry, because supermodel-approved jeans don’t stick around for long.

Australian eyewear brand Epokhe has released a pair of sunglasses in tribute to the late professional skateboarder Dylan Rieder. The Dylan Zero shades are named after Rieder who died at the age of 28 from leukemia. Reider designed the sunglass frames with his friend and founder of Epokhe, Dion Agius. All profits from these limited-edition shades will go toward the Dylan Rieder Foundation, which supports individuals battling leukemia.

Goop has responded to claims by a US health watchdog that its products are deceptive and mislead customers. TINA (Truth in Advertising), a nonprofit health watchdog, has filed a complaint against Gwyneth Paltrow's brand Goopfollowing an investigation of the brand. They say Goop claims its products "treat, cure, prevent, alleviate the symptoms of, or reduce the risk of developing a number of ailments" and argues Goop "does not possess the competent and reliable scientific evidence required by law to make such claims." A Goop spokesperson has issued the following statement in response: "We responded promptly and in good faith to the initial outreach from representatives of TINA and hoped to engage with them to address their concerns. While we believe that TINA's description of our interactions is misleading and their claims unsubstantiated and unfounded, we will continue to evaluate our products and our content and make those improvements that we believe are reasonable and necessary in the interests of our community of users."Read more at:formal dresses sydney | formal dresses brisbane

The 25-year-old model has joined forces with the fashion house, which are known for their sportswear garments, footwear and accessories, to create a 10-piece capsule collection inspired by music, art and travel.

According to WWD, the blonde-haired beauty has been desperate to partner with the label to design products she thinks are essential for when she is jetting off across the globe, and the catwalk icon has been very hands on throughout the creative process.

The brand's womenswear global design director, Kelly Summer, said: "She is honest and focused on what she wants. Plus, she is with us every step of the way through the design process. With a common influence from London and California, we are aligned on our inspiration for Volcom and Stone Row, so it's been a great partnership. From initial concept, right through to the photo shoot, we have plenty of touch points with Georgia to make sure this collaboration is something she is proud of."

And the company are honoured to have Georgia on board the project because she is their ideal muse as she shares a "love" for all the activities Volcom target with their merchandise.

Kelly continued: "Georgia is the Volcom muse. She represents our girl from her love of the ocean to skateboarding, music and art and, of course, fashion. By working with her for multiple years, we are able to build an organic relationship and focus on storytelling. Georgia has mass appeal and gets Volcom and Stone Row in front of a broader audience."

The Stone Row x Georgia May Jagger capsule features a feminine slip dress, as well as a metallic raincoat and track jacket, which is available to buy online and in store now.Read more at:formal dresses online | bridesmaid dresses online

The Spring Fling is preparing to showcase floral frocks, shiny shoes and eye-catching accessories on the catwalk.

The show at Nelson College for Girls is in its sixth year of entertaining and will feature new season fashion from local and New Zealand outlets to fundraise for the school.

Last year the event raised $11,000 from ticket sales, sponsorships and raffles going towards upgrades for the school.

Spring Fling co-ordinator Jo Wiffen said she hoped this year they could equal that to help enhance areas around the school including sun shades, drinking fountains and seating options.

Funds would also be used to purchase equipment for teachers and students.

She said the evening was "very fun" with a great atmosphere.

"It's sort of not like your typical fashion show you'd see overseas. It's done in a very fun way, and we encourage the models to have a bit of fun on the catwalk."

Wiffen said the show had grown in popularity.

"Word of mouth spreads how good it is."

Local personalities including Green Party candidate Matt Lawrey and jeweller Glen James will be strutting their stuff on the runway along with teachers, models and students. Former student Lucy Fitzgerald will be showing her new label, Lucy Georgina.

Fitzgerald finished at Nelson College for Girls in 2007 before studying for a diploma in fashion design at the Southern Institute of Technology.

In 2014 she launched her first label and in September 2015 created her label Lucy Georgina.

Fitzgerald said she was looking forward to the event.

"When I was at school that was my favourite subject, sewing. It's quite cool to be able to be a part of it." Read more at:queenieau.com | bridesmaid dresses australia

How does one review a resort/festive line? Should one look at wearability or new elements of surprise? In a season when everything looks beaded and sequinned and appliqué embroideries have become almost every label's signature element, it's refreshing to see a designer wreaking a jolt of some off-kilter creativity.

On day one of Lakme Fashion Week, designer Masaba Gupta turned her gimlet-eyed focus to the Sakalava tribe face paintings, rich flora, fauna and imagery of Madagascar. The Print pioneer who has in the past focused on cars, cameras, lipstick, toffee, mirchi and Husain paintings, this time toyed with paintings, figure murals, linear grass prints, abstract foliage and birds. However, the difference this time was that her prints were streamlined and stunningly realised adding a polished edge to the outing.

Mrs Mantena's show started with whites and peaches and moved towards festive pinks and greens with her signature metallic gold and silver accents. From the opening balloon-sleeved maxi with a key hole on the bust to the white tulle capes to figure-flattering cholis with pants, the line had enough cool separates like draped kurtas and polo necks teamed with drop-crotch pants.

The shine on silks sprinkled with sequins and gold thread work set the festive mood.

The highpoint was definitely the corseted belted saris teamed with off-shoulder blouses with ruffled sleeves. The Masaba bride is feisty, fun and fearless, she likes to the style her look the way she wants to. One can't bracket her into a boho category or give her a hipster tag. She's her own person. Masaba, who often derives inspirations from her travels had an image of a soft Gothic vision of a bride, who's strong and not a conformist dresser. Easily one of her strongest outings in recent times. Complementing the eclectic ensembles were cutting-edge jewellery pieces by Misho Designs. The tribal music added vim and verve to this high-voltage outing.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses australia | australian formal dresses

She’s been a Victoria’s Secret ‘angel’, walked for a zillion designers around the world, appeared on countless magazine covers and will marry fiance, DJ Ruckus (aka Greg Andrews) next year.

“It’s always special and exciting to come home as I don’t get here very often and being away from home is really hard for me. I aspired to be like Megan Gale or Miranda Kerr, always.”

But there is one thing the Melbourne-born, globally renowned model can’t live without: it’s her portable gym.

“The most important thing I travel with is my gym,’’ says Shanina.

“It goes wherever I go. I have ankle weights and normal weights and resistance bands and I pack them all up in my little suitcase and I take it all with me.

“You can do all of these workout routines on your hotel room with a minimum of fuss.”

“It is part of my job to be fit and ready and have energy because I do travel so much.

“If there is a swimsuit shoot or a summer shoot coming up I know I have to work consistently so I work with my trainer. I just Skype and Facetime with him from wherever I am, so it’s not difficult once you get into a routine.”

As far as eating is concerned, and contrary to being one of ‘those’ models who can eat what they like, Shanina is very conscious about what she puts into her body.

“I just like to eat healthily and I notice it in my energy and in my skin and I want to look great as well,’’ she says.

“I eat pretty much vegan right now but I am pescetarian too as I am still eating fish and eggs.

“I recently went to a nutritionist as I am certainly not perfect and with so much travel it really grabs a hold of my energy and not feeling well at times. So vitamins are really important to me.”

Shanina’s one weak spot when it comes to food is her sweet tooth.

“It’s really bad,” she says. “I am such a dessert person but I really have to watch myself that I don’t go over the top when it comes to all things sweet.

“I eat in moderation and exercise in moderation, but I don’t deprive myself. It isn’t so much a diet that I am I, but a lifestyle decision.

“Being healthy is 80 per cent of what you eat and the rest is about the gym and exercise.”

Shanina’s fiance, DJ Ruckus, with whom she recently shared runway with at the David Jones fashion launch is as equally into ‘health’ as she is.

“He has one of those bodies where he can eat what he wants,’’ she adds.

“He has like a natural six pack which is infuriating but he is very good with his eating,’’ she laughs.

“He’s eating quite vegan although he does love his carbs.”

Shanina says everyone wants to live a healthy and happy life and says it’s great to see so many millennials seriously interested in staying healthy.

With wedding bells in the air for the toned-up duo, major details are still under wraps but one thing is for sure: the nuptials won’t be happening in Australia.

“Maybe my fiancee is making it bigger than I maybe want it to be,” she laughs.

“But it will be one fantastic huge celebration, that is for sure, and we’re still not quite sure when or where.”

While Los Angeles is currently Shanina’s favourite ‘other’ home, “I’ve done what I’ve needed to do in New York,” she adds. “I can imagine settling down and having children in Los Angeles.”

So when it comes to life-lists, is Shanina a big planner?

“I am a big dreamer and I write down all the things I do and don’t like but I’ve realised it is so important to live in the moment,” she says.

“Social media is obviously a big and important part of my working life but I find it hard and sometimes difficult to keep up with it,’’ she says.

“Having a dinner with my fiancee or friends is a no-go zone when it comes to social media.

“I recently went to Bali where they have this one religious day where ALL social media and electronic is turned off and it was the best thing ever. It was just good to be ‘in the moment’.

“It’s a business at the end of the day as social media can show your personality, sure, like I’ve been booked by photographers through my Instagram feed.

“But being in charge and taking charge of your social media is so important but not let it rule your life.”Read more at:queenieau.com | bridesmaid dresses australia

Last seen in Raabta, Kriti Sanon is now gearing up for the release of her upcoming film Bareilly Ki Barfi. While she is on a promotional spree along with co-stars Aayushmann Khurrana and Rajkumar Rao, she has also managed to serve us up some fashion inspiration on the side. Going by her recent appearances, the 27-year-old actress seems to have opted to go quirky and boho-chic and, boy, are we impressed! From gypsy princess to nature warrior, Sanon is embracing unconventional prints and how!

The actor looked absolutely beautiful in a printed crop top with cut bell-sleeves and a pair of navy blue palazzo pants from the house of Pallavi Jaipur. Styled by Sukriti Grover, Sanon kept her hair mid-parted and poker straight and completed her look with minimal accessories and strappy flats. Did she give off a gypsy princess vibe? Yes, she did.

She had also opted for a printed Egyptian Khadi dress from Nautanky by Nilesh Parashar. With splashes of teal, purple, yellow and red on the dress, she looked like a nature warrior in the beautiful green number. Styled by Grover, she kept her make-up fresh and minimal, but the beautiful statement neck-piece from Minerali Store was lost among the colours of her outfit. Sanon opted for juttis from Needledust to go with her outfit.

Keeping her boho-game going, Sanon chose to go for a look comprising of a regal pink dhoti and crop top combo, that she paired with a floral jacket — all put together by Anoli Shah. Styled by Grover, she chose to wear wine-red juttis from Fizzy Goblet and a stunning pair of earrings from Purab Paschim. It is kind of a let down that while she could experiment with her hair, she is choosing to keep it poker straight — safe and humdrum. The golden and silver thread-work on her top adds just the right amount of bling to her outfit.

Sanon also experimented with layered fashion choices, as part of the promotions. Sanon chose a navy blue number followed by layers of yellow and then teal towards the end. With a tassel-ended scarf around her neck, she paired the number over orange separates, thus giving off a free-spirited vibe in her layered look. Styled by Grover, she tied her hair into a high-raised bun and wore colourful Sangeeta Boochra earrings. While the look overall seemed a little dishevelled, it sure gave her an unconventional vibe.Read more at:formal dresses online | long formal dresses australia

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From the embroidery work that goes on the wedding dress to the crockery used to serve the guests, the D-day invites perfection in even the most little things. The pearl white smile of the blushing bride and groom is one such detail that needs to be perfect and experts suggests how.

Priyanka Goyat from Rejove Clinique and Somvir Singh from Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, share tips on how one can make the day even more special with perfect teeth.

Avoid staining elements

Cut back the consumption of deeply pigmented beverages like soda, coffee and tea and some foods like blueberries, cherries, and soy sauce as these are the ones along with alcohol and cigarettes responsible for enamel thinning, and making the teeth more susceptible to stains. If you can’t completely avoid staining beverages from your diet, either try having them with straw or get your teeth clinically cleaned every three months.

Go well with the water intake

Increasing water intake at least one month prior to the wedding will not only make your face glow but will also let your teeth sparkle to their fullest on D-day. Even on D-day, staying well hydrated will keep your lips and mouth all moistened up, easing it out for you to smile.

Take good care of dental regimen

Whether or not you opt to go with the teeth whitening treatments to enhance your smile, it’s important to keep up with proper care of the teeth. This includes daily routine like brushing at least twice a day with proper rinsing, and flossing.Read more at:bridesmaid gowns

The September issue of W magazine is all about the future.

The Condé-owned fashion title teamed with the creative technology studio The Mill and photographer Steven Klein to create what is being billed as a “special collector’s issue” that fuses print and digital through augmented reality. Readers are encouraged to download an app, made especially for this project, that scans the printed page to activate video extras and interactive special effects.

“The issue is part of our larger strategy of making every issue of the magazine a unique experience — something collectible, something that is not disposable,” said editor in chief Stefano Tonchi. “I think that this is a great space now that so many of our readers, really I would call them users at this point, experience the magazine on their phones. So why not do it in a more W way?”

For example, scan the cover and watch Katy Perry recite Camus, while standing on a dark, surreal version of a Parisian street. “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion,” Perry dramatically enunciates in the video.

“It’s about rebellion, it’s a call to act, which we love. It’s not one side or the other, it’s about action. It’s a very political moment in that sense. We like that young people are taking action and have opinions,” Tonci explained, of the Camus quote, which, he said, involved a lengthy back-and-forth with Perry and her team.

A second cover was made by creating 3-D scans of Perry’s head. By pressing different facial features after scanning it with the app, users find various extras, such as videos of Perry singing, or Perry dramatically driving. The shoot, which was one of creative and fashion director Edward Enninful’s last projects before leaving W to helm British Vogue, is, in keeping with Klein’s aesthetic, decidedly dark and moody — something that proved a challenge for the technology.

“That [darkness] is difficult in our world,” explained Sallyann Houghton, an executive producer at The Mill. “We like shiny, bright objects!”

The AR technology extends beyond the Katy Perry cover story. In a high-concept collaboration with artist Alex Israel, one of the last chimpanzee actors in Hollywood is photographed among the eerily empty concrete rooms designed by architect Tadao Ando, posing with Bill and Maria Bell’s impressive modern art collection. (Enlisting Israel, Tonchi said, helped convince the Bells to let W use their house and art collection). The arresting photographs illustrates a science fiction story by Jamie Brisick that imagines a world where humanity has left Earth, and art, behind — in keeping with the “Planet of the Apes” meets MoMA vibe. Scan those pages with the app, and watch a video installation. Other stories have similarly multilayered, and multimedia, features.

“More than ever, we want to take advantage of W being the oversized luxury leader, especially in print. We are never going to have the largest rate base because our focus is doing something special and a little more unique,” said Chris Mitchell, W and Vanity Fair’s chief business officer. “We want each one of these issues to feel like a special artistic event. We want to make W ‘printier.’”

“We have to rethink print for sure,” Tonchi added. “And this is just one of the ways we are doing it.”Read more at:bridesmaid dresses australia | formal dresses online australia

Though we are always in awe of models as they parade down the catwalk in exquisite designer wear, let’s face it, not all those sartorial pieces can be worn at typical brunch invitations, the boss’ parties or even when you’re trying to beat your girlfriends as best dressed. The fashion runway is pretty different from street style. So we’ve narrowed down on some summer fashion trends that definitely made headlines at major fashion shows round the world, but look just as glamorously wearable off the ramp too. Couple them with your own style or follow in the footsteps of your favourite designer; our 7 trending style elements will ensure you have something new to show off every day of the week. Apart from your gorgeous self, of course!

Bodysuits

As outrageous (but we’d like to call it cleverly innovative) as these new entries may look hanging out on their own, bodysuits can complement pretty much any of your bottoms – a pair of high-waisted trousers, a flowing skirt, and even denim shorts. The design allows for a rumple-free, smooth and seamless fit without making your waist look bulky. Comfortable, casual and stylish, all you need to do is pick your favourite fabric, colour and style and let this piece work its way to a perfect fit.

Puffed Sleeves

You know, the ones that look like you’ve breathed a gallon of air into. Though you might want to take it easy on the ‘gallon of air’, the runways didn’t shy away from some pretty voluminous puffed sleeves. Volume around the arms and shoulders draw attention to the torso, enabling you to ditch worrying too much about the bottoms. A trend that has easily found its way into a myriad of styles, cuts and designs, the puffed sleeve fashion exhibits itself in off-shoulder tops, closed-neck dresses and even jackets.

Florals

It’s summer, so we obviously couldn’t let this pass by could we? In fact, florals have manifested itself in some form or the other through the years. Flow-y, long, breeze-kissed gowns or short, summery dresses, the print is everywhere. Taking these blooms to a whole new level, designers went all out in dresses that wear floral from collar to toes (or should we say shoes). This year we also saw a lot of florals that took on a darker turn (and on some occasions, even a little Gothic). Set against blacks, maroons and even deep browns, these flowery prints have gone from just flirty to sensual.

Stripes

From bright, bold, colour-blocking stripes to the classic pinstripes, we saw most high street fashion brands showcasing an array of their favourite variant of stripes. Whether a pinstriped jumpsuit or one with a dash of vibrant stripes across the middle, they are all the rage. The versatility of this pattern makes them incredibly fashionable — whether as pinstriped formals or radically coloured beach wear. Remember, horizontal stripes make you broader and verticals give the illusion of a longer silhouette; so pair wisely.

Pink

Is the new black. And we don’t mean just Barbie-pinks and pastel peaches; we’re talking fuchsias, amaranths and anything that shouts a brilliant hue of pink. International designers have showcased the most stunning collections of pinks in shades we’re probably still looking up the dictionary for. What’s our advice to stay in trend with the colour? Find a shade that matches your complexion and just flaunt that pink. And if you can still not make up your mind, try a pale dogwood or a millennial; that’s once you’ve figured out what that is (wink).

Flatforms

Though sky-high flatforms have accounted for some major mishaps, in moderate inches, these shoes have been delightfully welcomed and have our feet screaming with joy. Probably a more comfortable way to add height without killing our feet, flatforms (not to be confused with platforms) made their big appearance as models strutted this style on catwalks. Now shoe-makers are incorporating them in colours, fabrics and designs that make them stylish and different from their boxy former version. Aren’t we glad not everything fashionable is painful!

Long chains and big pendants

Those chunky, oversized pieces that reach all the way to your bellybutton are the new statement pieces in town. There’s nothing minimalistic about these eye-catching, navel-grazing neckpieces. Charms and beads, a single massive stone or even a set of keys - as long as it is bold, big and boisterous, you’re following the trend perfectly well. These accessories don’t just accentuate your dress, they become the main element.Read more at:online bridesmaid dresses | formal dresses online australia

When it comes to sending a strong message through fashion, Anushka Sharma is one of the Bollywood beauties who have constantly made headlines. At a time when the ‘who is a feminist?’ debate is on in full swing, Sharma went ahead and wore a “We should all be feminists” tee for a cover shoot. Cut to now, the Jab Harry Met Sejal star seems to have embraced androgynous fashion and has created a perfect balance of chic and savage, posing for Elle India’s August edition.

Striking quite a pose in a beige pantsuit by Michael Kors over a white top, Sharma seemed absolutely in control on the cover. She chose to keep her make-up minimal and fresh and accessorised with a brooch from Chanel and a pair of boots from 3.1 Phillip Lim. She styled her side-parted hair into a sleek, tight bun and looked like the ‘ fierce bawse’ you should all be wary of.

The actor was earlier seen baring her toned back in a risqué Fendi dress with floral applique details in Fimfare’s July edition. At the time too, she chose to keep her make-up minimal, hair styled straight and centre-parted. She accessorised her dress with a ring from Louis Vuitton and velvet heels from Loubotin.

On work front, Sharma’s latest film Jab Harry Met Sejal co-starring Shah Rukh Khan and directed by Imtiaz Ali hit the theatres on August 4. Throughout the promotions too, Sharma maintained an impressive record of sartorial choices — from a velvet black slip dress to going the desi way by donning beautiful saris and kurtas — she experimented and experimented well.Read more at:sydney formal dress shops | australian formal dresses

Catinca Tabacaru
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Catinca Tabacaru didn’t take the predictable path toward becoming a New York City gallery owner. Born in Romania, she began her career as a human rights lawyer, working with the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. During that time, she founded the nonprofit Women’s Voices Now, which aims to empower women living in Muslim-majority countries.

She has since pivoted to a career in the arts. In 2014, Tabacaru opened her namesake gallery in Manhattan’s Lower East Side , where she has committed to supporting emerging and young artists, and on Aug. 20 she’ll open a second gallery space in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. She’s been working in the Southern African nation’s arts scene for several years through the artist residency CTG Collective, which she founded along with Rachel Monosov and Justin Orvis Steimer. The residency pairs international and local artists to create works in collaboration and conversation.

“The world, I think, doesn’t really need another big New York gallery right now, but the world does need a really cool gallery in Zimbabwe that has an external-internal program,” she says. The Zimbabwean gallery is to foster an international artists’ residency, and exhibit the resulting works.

“I think there’s a crisis globally around supporting arts,” she says. “My hope is that it bounces back, that there’s conservation about it, and that people realize that art is vital, art is the expression of what’s happening in the world right now in a way that can generally be understood by people.”

WWD: How do you dress for work now versus five years ago?

Catinca Tabacaru: Five years ago I was a lawyer, so I dressed in suits that were fairly boring. I’m way cooler now. I’m much more interested in unique looks and some element that is funky or cool; something that matches the aesthetic focus of the art world as well. It’s literally the difference between the desire to be normal and the desire to be abnormal. As a lawyer, you kind of want to blend it for so many reasons; in the art world you want to stand out for so many reasons.

WWD: What would you say is the biggest influence on how you dress for work?

C.T.: How I feel in the morning. I’ve been known to show up at work in high heels and a superprofessional suit, I’ve been known to show up in a flight suit. It really depends on my mood. Sometimes it’s influenced by the show itself.

WWD: How do you shop for work clothes? Is it pleasurable for you?

C.T.: No. [Pause] That’s not fair. I’m a bit of a creature of habit when it comes to these things. I kind of like pick a shop and that keeps me alive for a year and then switch. My current obsession is Tictail, which is four doors down. I made this decision awhile ago that I support young artists, and I encourage people to support young artists and buy young artists, so I want to reflect that in my fashion. I tend to buy clothes from emerging designers. I really like nice shoes though. I like good quality and I like young designers.

WWD: Is there much overlap between work and off-duty clothes for you?

C.T.: Yes. My entire life is overlapped — it’s definitely in my fashion, it’s in my friends, it’s in my time and energy. I don’t have a lot of separation between work and “nonwork.” At this point I have very few relationships or activities that are not somehow connected. In general, it’s kind of all intermingled, so the same thing with fashion. I’m obviously a little sloppier off work, and purposefully so. To some extent, when you come to work, you think more about how people see you and react to you, versus, “I don’t care what my friends think.”

Having an art gallery, in the end, no matter how you swing it, it’s still a sales position. While I don’t work my life that way or my community doesn’t necessarily feel that way, money is the blood of what keeps the gallery alive, and what keeps the whole system alive. So someone’s more likely to buy art from me if I’m looking put together. And I’m more likely to sell art if I’m looking put together. It’s a different mind-set. I dress the person that I am that day.

WWD: Do you have any favorite shops or designers?

C.T.: When it comes to shoes, I’m really big on Chanel and Prada. It’s the only time I’d drop those kind of labels. In shoes, they’re just really important, they’re masters of their craft. In terms of clothes, I’m varied. And it’s typical, I’m wearing two young designers and Prada shoes.

WWD: Would you say you follow fashion trends? Do you prefer to stay true to your style?

C.T.: No, I don’t follow fashion trends, although I don’t think any of us are immune to them. I definitely feel when something is out of fashion and no longer feels good to wear it. I’m not wearing bell-bottom jeans anymore. I kept one pair from the Sixties just in case. The trendy clothes that I have, usually my mom sends me. I have a mother and sister — my sister is in fashion, she works for Emilia Wickstead, and my mother’s really into shopping and fashion, so that helps my wardrobe, as well.

WWD: What’s your favorite purchase for the last few months and why?

C.T.: The shoes I just got from Tictail are awesome. Very comfortable, very cool, very trendy, pointy flats. I bought some winter shoes from [the same designer] as well. The other thing is my mother’s gotten super into costume jewelry, especially Oscar de la Renta, so I have all of these necklaces in all sorts of enormous shapes.

WWD: If you were given a choice, would you dress more formally or casually?

C.T.: I prefer an elegant casual. Especially when I can fix funk with elegance, I really like that. I really like a softness, and flowiness, a funkiness. I’m not big on what you should wear, and I’m not big on constraining pieces, I want to be able to move.Read more at:cheap formal dresses online

When it comes to fashion and beauty, women are always spoilt for choices. They always have a lot of options to chose from. And having more choices mean that the wardrobe is always filled with stuff. Clothes, accessories, jewelry, footwear and so much more. We have always given you some suggestions on the must haves for women in terms of fashion. This time we will tell you the basic essentials that every working woman must have in her wardrobe. For every working woman on the go, just follow stock up these things and you will always look stylish.

A white Tee or shirt

A white tee or a shirt is a must have in every working woman’s wardrobe. You cab team it up with anything and also opt for a mix and match. A white tee/shirt worn with a formal jacket and pants will make you look the true corporate fashionista.

A Tote bag

One big tote bag is all you need to keep all your daily stuff. You can opt for block colors which is perfect for a corporate look. It is handy and also comfortable for women who take commute in public transport.

A stylish Watch

Be it casual or formal, we believe that any look is complete only when you put on a stylish watch. It adds a touch of class and glamour to your overall look. Just go online and you will find a variety of options for watches.

A good pair of heels

A stilettos is another must have essential. It flatters your feet and your corporate looks classy AF! You could also opt for pumps or peep toes. Heel might hurt your feet after a point of time, so you could go for heels during meetings or conferences. Else keep a comfy pair of shoe handy. But just make sure you do have a sexy pair of heels.

A pencil skirt

Another wardrobe essential for working women is the pencil skirt. There are various designs to choose from. You can go for a printed skirt, stripes or a plain one. Wear a pencil skirt with a sexy shirt and heels and your corporate look is complete.

These are the 5 most important stuff that every working woman must have in her wardrobe. You will never fall short on different looks, because all these essentials can be mixed and matched based on your personal style sense.Read more at:year 10 formal dresses | bridesmaid dress

A wedding is a magical and special day for couples and hiring the right photographer will ensure the memories from the day will last.

These days most wedding photographers have websites with plenty of images from past weddings they have photographed. Elkin photographer Jennifer Kleinheksel of Jennifer K Photography suggests couples begin by perusing photographers’ websites to find what they like best. The decision also should be a personal one, Kleinheksel said.

“After you have looked through a ton of images online and have whittled down your possible photography choices, the most important thing, I think when selecting a wedding photographer, is that you meet with them in person,” she said. “This will give you a good sense right off the bat if they are the right one for you.

“This is one of the biggest days of your life, and your photographer will be with you every step of the way so make sure that your personalities match and don’t clash. They are a huge part of your wedding experience and day, so make sure that you like them as a person.”

There are many questions couples will likely want to ask of a potential wedding photographer. Here are the top five questions Kleinheksel suggests couples ask when booking a wedding photographer.

1. Does the photographer have a backup?

“By this, I mean do they have both a backup camera in case something were to happen to theirs while shooting your wedding, as well as if they have a backup person that can shoot for them if something were to happen to them and they can’t make it to your wedding day,” said Kleinheksel.

2. How many images will you receive from your event and how long after the event will the images, proofs, albums, etc. be ready?

“Each wedding photography studio varies in the time it takes to produce and deliver wedding images. Studios that do not do any post-production or color correction may try to entice you by saying your photos will be ready within the week, or even the next day. However, most professional studios that develop and produce their images will take anywhere from two weeks to six months,” Kleinheksel explained.

3. Does the photographer have insurance?

“Insurance protects not only the photographers’ equipment from theft, but it also provides liability protection in case a light falls over on Uncle Ned while he is cutting some awesome moves on the dance floor, as well as Aunt Janet if she were to trip over a photographers’ bag or light stand and break her leg,” said Kleinheksel. “If a wedding photographer does not have insurance, chances are they are new to the industry and have not shot a lot of weddings or they are not taking their business seriously.”

4. How are the photos processed and are the images color-corrected?

“Color correction is the most basic post-production, and should be done on every single image. If not done on every single image, or only on a select few, you may have a lot of pictures where skin tones are orange, yellow, red or even blue,” Kleinheksel said. “At my studio I color-correct every single image from the wedding day to make sure each and every image is a professional quality product.”

5. How many weddings has the photographer shot and have they photographed at the location where the event is being held?

“Weddings are very hard to shoot and a lot can go wrong, so it is important that your photographer have a lot of experience and be able to handle all of the small or big problems that can get thrown at them during a wedding day,” Kleinheksel said. “It can also be nice, although not necessary, for your photographer to have worked at a venue before. If they have shot at a venue before, they will know where they can or can’t go to photograph, as well as if there are any restrictions for use of the property. They will also already have ideas for where to get some great shots. That being said, if your photographer has not been there, they may be willing to go to the facility beforehand to get a general lay of the land, which will aid them in photographing your day.”Read more at:online formal dresses | bridesmaid dresses australia

The wife of the former PM opened the doors to her £1.5 million Cotswolds cottage to Harper’s Bazaar, giving a rare tell-all interview to the publication about Cefinn - her fledgling label - and her lifelong interest in fashion.

“I wanted to be an artist or a designer from an early age,” she told the publication. “In fact, my earliest memory is having the most terrible tantrum aged three when I insisted on wearing a beach dress to nursery school in the middle of winter, when it was snowing outside.”

It wasn’t until 2010, when she was pregnant with Florence, that Mrs. Cameron decided to pursue fashion designing full-time - resigning from her role as creative director of upmarket stationers Smythson.

With more time on her hands, she revealed to the publication that she began to take weekly pattern-cutting lessons in the Downing Street dining-room.

“I bought a basic sewing machine and then an overlocker (which joins seams) and a dressmaker’s dummy, and over a couple of years I shouted and screamed at the sewing machine and spent my time trying to hone those skills.”

A friend recalls: “She used to spend all her spare time in that room, listening to 6Music and experimenting with ideas.

“She would make up her dresses in plain cotton and try them out on her friends - and also wear them herself at private gatherings, always canvassing for opinions and making tweaks here and there.

“She really is just very good with her hands, a natural artisan. So her clothes are genuinely designed by her.”

Proving that she’s her own best advert, Mrs. Cameron appears in the September issue of the magazine dressed head-to-toe in Cefinn, which is named after the initials of her children.

The former PM's wife is pictured drinking tea in her country garden wearing a £210 blouse from the Spring/Summer 2017 collection.

She previously told Vogue that she launched the fashion label to offer something new to British shoppers.

“I felt that there was a lot of American and French brands out there that fit that bracket of designer contemporary with the right price point and the right styling, but there aren’t that many British brands which fill that space,” she said.

Mrs. Cameron also revealed to Harper’s Bazaar that when it comes to modern day fashion icons, First Lady Michelle Obama is her ultimate inspiration.

“Michelle is brilliant because she’s so confident and she’s got such dignity and intelligence but she embraces fashion and isn’t scared of her femininity,” she said.Read more at:year 10 formal dresses | formal wear sydney

“Will you marry me?” may have been music to her ears, but if we are to be really honest, the four words that every bride-in-the-making really wants to hear is, “Let’s go trousseau shopping?”

For the uninitiated, a trousseau (derived from the French word ‘trousse’ meaning bundle or case) refers to the paraphernalia of clothing, linen, and other essentials collected by a bride ahead of her marriage, which was traditionally packed in hope chests. Wealthy Victorians even practised the tradition of displaying trunks loaded with linens, china and clothes as part of the wedding festivities, in an event that was monikered ‘trousseau tea’.

Since times immemorial, curating an enviable trousseau has been the first order of business for most brides-to-be; one where she ideally does not want to spare any expense. For instance, when Italian noblewoman Catherine de’ Medici married into the French royal family in 1547, the Pope (also her uncle), had to utilise funds originally meant for the fortification of Florence to pay for chests of lace, silks, bed linen, and jewels. American-socialite-turned-Duchess-of-Windsor, Wallis Simpson’s trousseau boasted 66 trunks of clothes and accessories by Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli. Closer home, Maharani Gayatri Devi’s wedding trousseau was bursting with sheets from Czechoslovakia, Ferragamo shoes and bags from their factory in Florence, and mousseline de soie nightgowns from Paris.

For the modern bride, it is also about balancing this extravagance with a sense of practicality. Yes, the process does start out as all fun and games. But once the rose-tinted glasses come off and the novelty wears off, the realisation dawns that trousseau shopping, is in fact, a bride-to-be’s dream come true and biggest nightmare rolled into one.

Sure, it’s an excuse to go all Blair Waldorf or Cher Horowitz (take your pick) on your credit card, but nothing can quite prepare you for the overwhelming wave that is waiting to wash over you once you enter this sea of infinite options at your disposal. “I thought this was supposed to be fun—shopping has never been such a daunting and dreaded task for me before,” an exasperated soon-to-wed friend recently confided in me. So our guide is the ideal starting point for a bride-in-distress. Ditch the haphazard approach and tread one step at a time to keep any bouts of PTSD (post trousseau shopping disorder) at bay.

Draw up a list

Physical lists are highly underrated. Just take our word for it, and go old school with this one. Get yourself a personalised wedding planner if it helps. Dedicate separate lists to every area of your trousseau—think clothing, handbags, footwear, jewellery, make-up, bed linen, crockery, and other miscellaneous must-haves. Then move on to meticulously breaking down each list. Your clothing list should be further divided into Indian wear, everyday western wear, occasion wear, honeymoon clothes, swimwear, and so on. Assign a quantity to every last item on your list, but always value quality above all else. Since the list will set the tone for the shopping to follow, practicality should reign supreme. Don’t waste check boxes on whimsical items.

Take stock of what you already have

If your mum is of the quintessential Indian variety, chances are that she started curating your trousseau long before Mr Right even entered the picture—an exquisite Pashmina shawl from her last trip to Gulmarg, an elaborate silver dinner set from Bhattar that she has been adding to for years, a Jim Thompson toiletry set acquired in Bangkok, Murano showpieces from when your favourite aunt went to Italy, and on the list goes. Tick these off (phew!) your list already.

Set a budget

This is perhaps the most arduous part of the process. No one despises number crunching more than a bride, but it has got to be done. “I’ll get married only once,” will seem like a good enough reason for everything from buying an exorbitant exotic skin designer bag to wiping out Harrods’ beauty department. The urge to splurge will be stronger than usual; so tap into your very last reserve of self-restraint. We aren’t asking you to cut corners, but to exercise sensibility when allocating funds to various aspects of your trousseau. More pragmatic, less pompous is the dictum to swear by.

Do your research

‘Being spoilt for choice’ does not even begin to describe the sheer volume of options that will be thrown your way. Put on your Sherlock hat and do some serious digging around. Get recommendations from recently married or fashion-savvy friends, use the Internet and social media to compare collections and prices, and conduct a preliminary recce of what stores and bridal exhibitions are offering. This will ensure that you don’t end up with impulse purchases you regret later.

Create a game plan

Now that you’re armed with adequate ammo, you can confidently march onto the battlefield. Every item on your checklist should be assigned a deadline, but be strategic when doing so. For instance, sale season is an opportune time to shop for clothes, especially traditional occasion wear. Anything that is made-to-order should be a priority on your timeline. Delivery delays are bound to crop up, so factor that in. Use a trip abroad to stock up on lingerie and international brands (one can’t be thankful enough for VAT refunds). If you aren’t travelling yourself, identify friends or family members who you can ship certain items to. Aim at wrapping up all your shopping at least a month before the wedding. That way, you still have a buffer period if end up running behind schedule.

Now would also be a good time to add finishing touches to your trousseau. Order blouses for all those chiffon and Benarasi saris your grandmother passed on to you, order plastic covers to store your Indian wear in, and have the jeweller polish all your bridal sets.

Be open-minded

While it helps to have a clear idea of what you want, being rigid will only be counter-productive. Leave room for sweet surprises—be open to brands, styles, silhouettes, and designs you probably never considered before.

And while you may fall in love with a certain brand or trend, don’t go crazy just yet. There is something to be said about variety, after all. The end game is to create a trousseau that is as versatile and classic as it is up-to-the-minute. Balance is more than a buzzword in this case.Read more at:online formal dresses | bridesmaid gowns

The 22-year-old model has admitted she used to be "super girly" but after being signed to Models 1 at the age of 14 she has started to tone down her everyday style and "not care" about the outfits she wears.

Speaking to The Debrief about her wardrobe choices, the brunette beauty said: "Before I was modelling I was that girl that was super girly, I wouldn't leave the house without make-up and I would wear heels just to go shopping. And I feel having this job has forced me to not care, which is weird because people would think because you are a model you would care so much about what people think.

"I feel like comfort is my main priority because when I am on set I'm always in sometimes the craziest clothes because after a long day of working and after when I get back into my clothes I want to feel my best."

And the fashion muse follows the same rule with her hair and make-up, and she will take a break from wearing cosmetic products when she is not working.

She explained: "When I'm not working most times I'm so exhausted I just wasn't to give my hair a break, my skin a break and I just want to blend in."

However, the star has revealed when she has dressed down for a spot of retail therapy she has noticed the sales team have treated her differently.

Neelam explained: " Sometimes, I'll just be dressed in a tracksuit and trainers when I'm not working, and I can go into a high-end, they give me a bit of attitude and I think that 'Oh she can't afford to buy anything'. Whereas I've been in other times really dressed up and the sales people are really attentive, so you definitely see a change."

And the catwalk icon feels she has become a "character" when she goes on set of a photoshoot and is completely transformed after being styled by hair and beauty experts.

She said: "I go into work really understated and then I have hair and make-up and styling, clothes can really transform you. I almost become a character, because some fo the clothes are so strong and structure. I don't really get shy."Read more at:formal dresses online australia | bridesmaid dress

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We all know the old saying about the cobbler’s children having no shoes, but what about the woman who spends all day surrounded by the latest styles and has only to find her size in order to have one of each? Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but what styles do those in the know plan to put in their own closets this fall? We spent some time recently with one of the most-loved experts in town, and here is what Musette Stern, owner of Muse Shoe Studio, had to say.

What is the must-have shoe for fall?

I don’t exactly need to reiterate my love for ankle boots. This no-nonsense, comfortable footwear can be easily worn with everything from jeans to dresses, from day to night. Pair them with skinny jeans, long tunics or sweaters. I’ll be adding fun accents to my personal collection this fall, like zippers, metal hardware, embroidery, stacked heels, fur trims, and velvet.

If we can only buy three new pairs of shoes/boots what would they be?

While simple and minimal style ankle boots are must-have staples, there are some new styles that add interest and an edge to any look. Try the short boot that is hugging the ankle a bit more closely and comes up a bit higher — it gives a more modern and contemporary look. Pull it off by styling with cuffed straight-leg jeans.

The slide has gained cult status. An important new look on the scene is this simple slip on silhouette. Here is a trend we can love – low-key plus fashion forward. I’d say try a mule slide on a block heel or a flat backless loafer.

Again with the resurgence of flat comfortable shoes, the sneaker is a major trend that is here to stay. The sneaker pairs well with everything from dresses to jeans and has been a staple within the fashion crowd for a while.

What never goes out of style?

The chic kitten heel pump is a timeless classic look. And I am happy to say it is making a strong come-back on the fashion scene. To make it more current, take your full-on old-school kitten heel and look for bold hues, architectural details and metallic touches. Dress them down and wear everyday with jeans and cropped ankle pants.

What shoe goes into your closet every time?

Personally, I love pointy-toe flats. I often wear a dressier version with jeans. The perfect pointy-toe flat can make your everyday look turn sophisticated. I like mine in a multitude of styles – patterned, mixed medium, lace up, ankle-strap, d’orsay or slide. In every way, they are a mainstay in my closet!

What is one shoe you will never wear again?

I have put away my Tevas, Danskos and all my stilettos.Read more at:australian formal dresses | best formal dresses

Blac Chyna's 15k gig
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Blac Chyna was paid $15,000 for a club appearance over the weekend.

The 29-year-old reality TV star - who recently splashed out $334,000 on a 2017 Ferrari 488 Spider - hosted a party at Project Club Los Angeles but was paid the lump sum in cash before she began working, TMZ reports.

Chyna and her new boyfriend Mechie spent one hour at the club before leaving.

Meanwhile, Chyna - who has daughter Dream Renée, eight months, with former fiancé Rob Kardashian and son King Cairo, four, from her previous romance with Tyga - recently insisted she is financially independent.

She said: "I make my own money. I've been making my own money for a very, very long time. My first job was at McDonald's when I was 15.

"Years later, right after I had King, I wanted to do something that expressed myself, so I started Lashed Cosmetics. The lipsticks, the full skincare line, the beauty bar and 88Fin clothing trickled down from that. Nobody supports me at all. If anything, I've gotten other people more money ... I'll leave it at that."

She also insisted that she gave Rob back several gifts after they split up.

She said: "I gave back Rob's jewels because I feel as though I can't be bought. I'm not going to let [him] hang something over my head anymore. I also read that he said that he took the cars back. No, he did not. Those cars were leased, and I was going to have to give them back anyway.

"But the day he posted all that stuff, I had two of my assistants drive the cars over to his house along with the jewels, along with my engagement ring. You know what? I didn't even ask Robert for anything back. I'd actually bought him a Range Rover."Read more at:semi formal dress code

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Held last week in SM Aura’s atrium, graduating students from the Fashion Design and Merchandising program of CSB showed off their designs which made over a period of six months, according to Christine Benet, program coordinator for Fashion Design and Merchandising.

While the fashion show in SM Aura’s Samsung Hall veered more towards elaborate couture creations, the exhibit downstairs leaned more towards more casual designs, while styling as a skill was also shown in one part of the exhibit.

“Not everyone wants to do haute couture,” said Ms. Benet, noting that some students would really rather go into the business side of fashion, so most of the collections shown at the exhibit were placed under brands, which the students would one day establish.

“Casual” is relative here: young designer Ju Young Kim showed a series of white outfits including a white shift dress running with red and blue threads (a motif repeated throughout the collection), while styling student Emiko Muraoka showed off a collection featuring dark and glamorous looks inspired by the Tokyo fashion scene.

Meanwhile, a brand called Always Sandy showed off bridal wear in translucent fabrics elaborately stitched with fabric petals, and another called Sela showed a collection of nautical-inspired pieces. A brand called Marga was unabashedly feminine, showing puffy, flowing dresses in various shades of pink, perfect for a girly-girl who will never quite grow old. A brand called Bulsa showed shift dresses with patchwork pockets in leather, and finally, a brand that caught BusinessWorld’s eye was a designer named Joanna Paola Miculob, who showed a collection of menswear embroidered with equations, that according to her, show unlimited possibilities, as inspired by the 2011 movie Source Code.

Throughout the exhibit, one saw that students worked with materials such as discarded luggage and umbrella ribs, as well as items from thrift stores, which were then remade and deconstructed.

“We alloted a lot of effort for them to do fabric manipulation,” said Ms. Benet. CSB encourages students to really explore the world of textiles, even down to its chemical instruction, with instructors who had learned techniques from around the world (Ms. Benet, for example, was educated in the science in Milan) and the Philippines through the Philippine Textile Research Institute. “We want them to really start from scratch, start from nothing,” Ms. Benet said.

The importance of teaching students to explore fabric, as well as the possibly of creating their own textiles, addresses a gap in the manufacturing industry. “There’s not much fabric available in the Philippines,” said Ms. Benet.

As such, Filipinos, as they are wont to do, fall back on talent to bridge the gap between what could be, and what is readily available.

“Their design process is from a creative talent, not from inspiration out there.”Read more at:www.queenieau.com

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In the celeb kingdom, if any two people turned up at the same event, wearing similar (let alone same) outfit, it didn’t just end with a fired stylist or a reprimanded designer. The onlookers would snigger, the media said ‘same pinch’ and the blogs would debate ‘Who wore it better’ and only then it was the end of the matter. Till of course, long time pals Shea Marie and Caroline Vreeland went about town launching the twinning trend with the matching ‘best friends’ leather jacket. Tommy Hilfiger followed it up at New York Fashion Week last September by sending pairs and pairs of models dressed in the same outfit. Earlier this year in Paris, all inspired by the collection, Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik were sported twinning in preppy Tommy Hilfiger sweat shirts. Even the brand’s official instagram handle read ‘Twinning, the Tommy Hilfiger way.’

Turn awkward into awesome

At the same fashion week held last year (NYFW), two twin models paraded the runway in matching off shoulder dresses while showcasing for label Monse; popular designer Rebecca Minkoff further re-inforced the seasonal preference for two. The finale saw the designer herself walk with the showstopper, while wearing matching black leather jacket with inscriptions at the back. That was it. Identical wardrobe is no more the awkward it used to be. It’s the ‘it thing’. It’s on. Givenchy’s duplicate space cadets were yet another big twinning moment on the streets during the fashion week.

Comparison, new form of flattery

Similarly dressed celebrities only invite spotlight. While at it, some more attention on their individuality? “It’s a trend which somewhere borrows from the need of the hour also. Handful of big designers come up with signature collections and in each outfit that is a part of one collection, the designers use matching elements, similar hues, same print or something like that,” opines Neha Bhalla, fashion designer, having passed-out from INIFD Chandigarh, who also loves to read the ‘Who Wore It Better’ blog. “When any two celebrities end up wearing similar outfits, it’s absolute fun to compare. It’s a lesson in stylizing. I’d love to wear one matching element with my best pals while stepping out if it’s not a very important family occasion,” she adds.

Twinning & Bollywood

Karisma Kapoor made it a point to share with all her Instagram followers when her bestie and sister Kareena Kapoor and she sported matching white sneakers. twinning??whitesneakers??sistersquadgoals#girlsdayout, she’d captioned the picture. Much earlier, Alia Bhatt, while similarly dressed at the airport with her sister, had instagrammed, ‘And on a separate note twinning with the sister wearing two major emotions that dominate our lives!’

Pretend to befriend the other woman, slink out of the nearest door or happily get instagrammed with a caption twinning with a stranger. Either which ways, there is yet another option, make it work!Read more at:formal dresses brisbane

They first met at Marlborough Girls' College and now good friends Katie Foley-Taylor, left, and Jordan Peipi, right, are ...
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They became friends at school and now two former Marlborough Girls' College students are making their mark in the world together.

Jordan Peipi and Katie Foley-Taylor became firm friends after meeting at the Blenheim school.

While they expected to always stay in touch, the pair was delighted when they ended up working together and have just finished helping organise their first big charity event.

Both young women found their niche working for children's life skills and development initiative Kiwi Can in Marlborough.

They have been helping put the finishing touches to the charity's Chefs Night Out and Fashion Show fundraiser, which takes place on August 5 at Wither Hills.

Katie, a keen dancer, says working for the group has been amazing.

"It's so cool to be a 'best friend' to 400 mini-people. I love that I get to be a kid again. At lunch times I even get to play in the playground. It's great that Jordan and I ended up working for the same company," she says.

Kiwi Can provides pupils from year 1 to 8 with the chance to build self-confidence and learn valuable life skills through a special developmental programme.

Founded in the late 1990's and run in primary and intermediate schools across New Zealand, the programme has the biggest uptake in Marlborough.

A national rep in both volleyball and touch rugby, Jordan says being a Kiwi Can leader is a "perfect job."

"It mixes my passion for sports and working with children. I have fun at work every single day, " she says.

The Chef's Night Out and Fashion Show will feature models strutting their stuff on a catwalk in the barrell hall at Wither Hills. Staff at the winery are in the process of moving hundreds of barrels to make room.

The fashion show is sponsored by Thomas's Department Store and Bidfoods are providing the ingredients which will be used by top Marlborough chefs, including Ross Harrison from Wither Hills and Jason Brown from The Marlborough Lodge.Read more at:cheap formal dresses

Webwarenhuis Fonq heeft de fashion merken DKNY, Ted Baker, Guess en Ray-Ban aan het assortiment toegevoegd met als doel het aanbod modeaccessoires op de site fors uit te breiden. Daarmee beweegt het online warenhuis zich richting het terrein van de modebranche, hoewel Fonq zich voorlopig alleen op accessoires en niet op kleding richt. Wel sokken, slippers en sieraden dus, maar geen schoenen en T-shirts.

Percentage lifestyleproducten mag omhoog bij Fonq

Momenteel bestaat het lifestyleassortiment van Fonq uit zo'n 10.000 producten. Dat is ongeveer 15 procent van het totaalaanbod van de site. Dat percentage kan omhoog, zegt CEO Joost Wels in het persbericht. "Eind vorig jaar hebben we onze doelgroep geherdefinieerd en geconstateerd dat we onze hoofddoelgroep nog beter kunnen bedienen door uitbreiding in lifestyle accessoires. We bedienden de Fonq-klant met mooie producten voor in en om het huis, maar voor een tas, horloge of zonnebril moest hij naar een andere winkel. Toen we met lifestyle accessoires startten, was er geen andere aanbieder in het midden- en hoog segment waar je tegelijk een mooie barbecue, nieuwe stoelen en een trendy horloge kon kopen”, aldus Wels.

Uitbreiding van het lifestyle assortiment past in de strategie van Fonq dat de retailformule verder wil uitrollen. Het bedrijf richt zich op de verkoop van A-merken, opkomende merken en premium merken voor koken, wonen en lifestyle. Ten einde het productaanbod in de categorie lifestyle te verbeteren is Fonq dit jaar gestart met de verkoop van tassen, reisbagage, horloges, sieraden en zonnebrillen. Wels: “In het begin hebben we ons vooral gericht op het toevoegen van mooie lokale en Scandinavische merken. Het is belangrijk om eerst een sterkumfeld te creëren. Nu dat staat, ligt de focus op global brands."

Wels zegt ook dat het productaanbod van Fonq later dit jaar of begin 2018 verder zal worden uitgebreid. Met welke productcategorieën precies en of daar ook kleding bij komt, houdt het bedrijf nog onder de pet.

Fonq werd vorig jaar overgenomen door investeringsfonds AJS Holdings van Ad Scheephouwer. Tot 2016 maakte het webwarenhuis deel uit van RFS Holland dat ook egenaar is van Wehkamp. Het bedrijf rapporteerde over 2015 een jaaromzet van 66 miljoen euro. Sinds de overname worden geen omzetcijfers meer gecommuniceerd.Read more at:queenieau.com | cheap formal dresses

This is when you know it’s time to break-up with your facialist
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Often it’s hard to know when the time is right to say goodbye to the men and women who help with your skin and hair care needs for new, greener pastures. Yes, sometimes treatments can stop working, don’t push you or just get a little boring and that’s when it’s think: break-up

But how does one actually say goodbye to their beauty therapist after years of faithful service? Well, we quizzed Trump Spa manager Dianah Todoro on a break-up of this nature and she threw in some winter skincare tips for good measure.

So take notes:

What are the biggest mistakes you see people make with their skin in winter?

“Lack of hydration, especially the body. During winter most clients are experiencing the same skin concern, they feel it’s dull and dehydrated during winter time. When the season changes so should your skincare.”

What are the biggest mistakes you see people make with their hair in winter?

“Not keeping up with intense hair treatments. Once a week a deep conditioning treatment is recommended to rehydrate and moisturise the hair as cold winds and heat from inside can affect the moisture level of your hair.”

What advice do you have for looking after your skin in winter?

“Hydrate! Products containing hylaronic acid to plump skin and keep skin locked with hydration is essential for winter time. Having a thorough consultation with your therapist to discuss your skin needs. Face masks are great to do weekly to boost hydration and soften the skin. AHA skin peels to resurface and brighten skin during the winter months when we feel our skin is dull and lacking radiance. Keeping the body exfoliated to slough of dead skin using a relaxing sugar scrub with jasmine and green tea extracts followed by a nourishing rich body cream with quinoa extracts which melts into the skin.”

When do you know it's time to break-up with your facialist?

“Most people think it's time to break up when you have achieved your desired results and you have been given the correct home care to continue these results at home however, we believe that it is so important to continue and maintain these great results by having in salon treatments with your facialist. We do think it's time to break up if you’re not getting any results or seeing changes of improvement in your skin."

What advice do you have for breaking-up with your facialist?

“Communication is key. Make sure you are following up with any issues you are having at home with your skin or your home care routine. If you’re not seeing any changes or getting the right service then it's time to try someone new.”

How often should someone see their beauty therapist?

“This depending on the individually needs, for example, if there is a specific skin concern where intense treatments are required then a weekly tailored program may be implemented. For skin maintenance, every four weeks is ideal.”Read more at:formal wear melbourne

Okay, yes, sure, you love your family, your friends, and who doesn’t like a party? But at this point, isn’t enough very nearly enough? All around you, everyone you know—gay and straight, rich or poor, young or not so—is taking their vows, planning ceremonies on beaches, mountaintops, gold-plated banquet halls, picturesque shanties. And you, their dear friend, are in the pews, in the sand, in the weeds, guaranteed to weep as you always do at the first chords of the organ, or the first reedy notes from the lone guitarist—the bride’s cousin!—strumming the wedding march.

Don’t let those tears make a return appearance when you get this month’s credit card bill. You want these wonderful weddings to be occasions of pure joy, not the gateway to personal bankruptcy. Then again, you do want to wear something festive, something gorgeous to these myriad affairs. Plus, all your friends know one another; you don’t want to show up in the same flimsy ensemble, again and again.

Which is why, as our special midsummer gift to you, we have prepared this guide to wedding dressing on a budget: everything from charming dotted frocks to emerald satin slippers to gossamer feather earrings to sparkle-clasped clutches you will want to have and to hold from this day forth and forever.Read more at:australian formal dresses | formal wear sydney

Similar to the change in your wardrobe during monsoon, your hair and make-up also needs an alteration during this season. Make-up professional Nishi Mulchandani says, "To make your make-up stay on for long during the rains, you need to change some products and routine to suit the climate."

Ditch that black kohl

While smudged eyes do look great, you don't want to end up looking as if you've cried the entire day! Opt for a gel eyeliner instead. Not only will it stay on for long, but will also give you the same colour depth and intensity.

Keep the liquid foundation off the shelf

If you have a habit of applying liquid foundation when stepping out during the evening, you can alternate that with a compact powder or a BB cream. Beauty professional Meghna Butani says, "The longevity of liquid foundation as opposed to a compact powder is less. Humidity in the air is high during the monsoon, so there is a chance of the liquid foundation melting off your face."

Stay clear off non-waterproof make-up products

Make sure that you give your non-waterproof make-up a break during this time and instead go in for the ones which will protect you from the rains. Butani says, "These days you have all kinds of products which are water-proof - whether it is a kohl, mascara, foundation or even a lip shade."

Say no to creamy concealer

The moisture in the air during this season is often paired with sweat-inducing effect of the humid weather. So, unless you want the imperfections on your skin to show, stay away from creamy concealers which have the tendency to melt off your face during this time. You can choose from a wide range of crayon concealers which are a great alternative to their creamy counterparts.

Give your lip gloss a break

It's not just the skin, your lips also tend to get dry during the rains and thus it isn't a great idea to go in for a lip gloss. Mulchandani says, "Instead choose lip shades which have extra moisture in them so that they last for a long time."

Don't straighten/rebond your hair

It isn't restricted to make-up alone. Humidity also has the power to make your hair greasy and frizzy, giving you bad hair days. Beautician Sunaina Singh Verma says, "This is not the right time to go in for hair treatments like straightening or rebonding. Initially, your hair may look good, but after a couple of washes, it can get messy. Instead, hair smoothening or spa treatments may make your mane look sleek and shiny".Read more at:http://www.queenieau.com | sydney formal dress shops

The stereotypical image of a ‘bridezilla’ has been brought back to public attention over the matter of glasses, thanks to the quandary of a bridesmaid who says her future sister-in-law has banned her from wearing them to her brother’s wedding.

People have flocked to the Reddit thread commenting with sympathy, outrage and criticism.

The future bridesmaid described her dilemma of being asked by the future bride to go without glasses for the entirety of the occasion, despite not being able to wear contact-lenses, because candid photographs would also be taken.

“I don't know why she thinks this is a good idea, my glasses are fashionable and I've been told by multiple people that I look better with them on,” she wrote.

“My vision is terrible, so I'd have to be led around everywhere, I'd never be able to find anyone if I needed them for anything,” she added.

The bridesmaid explained that her future sister-in-law has continued insisting that she cannot wear the glasses despite her attempting a compromise by not wearing them for only the ceremony. She also added that her brother: “shrugged his shoulders and asked me to try to do it, because it meant a lot to her.”

Asking for advice and suggestions in the Reddit thread, the future bridesmaid said she didn’t know whether the wedding was making her sister-in-law “crazy and obsessed with things that don’t matter.”

One person replied: “Your compromise totally sounds sane. The fact she wants you not to have your eyes on (basically, I'm blind too! lol) for the rest of the evening is bridezilla insane.”

“It doesn't matter if you have the most sparkly, white, crystal, idc glasses - you cannot force someone to not wear pair of glasses for sake of ‘feel’,” they added.

Another person agreed with their sentiment, commenting: “I actually think the compromise is going too far! Asking a person to not wear their glasses is totally unreasonable.”

One woman said that she too had shared the experience and that it had led to the end of her friendship with the bride. The bride said the woman’s glasses would “ruin" her photos.

“This was right after I spent a thousand dollars on the bridesmaid dress she picked out, cross-country flight to her hometown, and hotel she chose.”

“I decided right then that we weren't friends anymore,” she added.Read more at:formal wear brisbane | semi formal dress code

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The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad has finalised the 2017-19 batch and has noted that it has acquired a very diverse batch with regard to gender, work experience and educational background. Some of these students have already achieved awards and recognition in various professions including film-making, sports and fashion.

“These are interesting times. The increasing diversity is a testament to the increasing relevance and acceptability of Management education and to the vision of the Director and Leadership of the Institute. It is extraordinary and enriching to witness a Rocket Scientist and a Miss India Elite engage in an argument in the same class,” said IIMA Students’ Affairs Council general secretary Mohammed Raafi.

Here are some interesting professionals who are now part of the 2017-2019 Batch.

1. Miss India Elite Akanksha Choudhary:

Winner of national peagent Miss India Elite, Akanksha Choudhary is a graduate of Shri Ram College Of Commerce with a bachelor’s degree in Economic Honours. She will also represent the country in the international pageant Miss Face of Beauty International in September 2017. She has joined IIMA to improve her skills and become an expert consultant who would “not survive but thrive”.

2. International tennis player Rashmi Teltumbde:

Rashmi Teltumbde finished her undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University in the US as BBA in Economics and Management in 2014 and has won 14 academic awards there. She has also represented the country in 3 junior Grand Slams (two Australian Open and US Open) and also captained the junior Indian Fed Cup team. She believes a degree from IIMA would equip and ensure her goals would be reached quickly.

3. UrbanThela founder and entrepreneur Anchal Taatya:

Anchal Taatya’s current start-up, Urban Thela – Superfood Company won the first prize in BYST (Tata Trust and IFCI organisation) B-plan competition. He was also awarded the Best All-Round student award at NITK Surathkal.

“I am doing MBA, because till now, I was running business intuitively, but I realized this is what I want to do for the rest of my life and it makes sense to have a strong technical foundation in business management,” says Anchal.

4. Award winning Cinematographer and Moviemaker CS Prakhyat

A self-taught Internationally acclaimed filmmaker with a diverse portfolio of documentaries, short films, music videos, advertisements and promo videos, CS Prakhyat has made 9 award-winning short films which have fetched him 17 International Film Festival selections, spanning the USA, UK, Canada, Slovenia and India. He decided to pursue MBA to learn how to manage a film crew better and to develop a marketing acumen to increase the outreach of his films.

5. Fashion designer Aditi Agarwal

Aditi Agarwal is a fashion design graduate from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) and has worked with Chikankari, a native hand-embroidery firm in Lucknow under the brand of “Go Lucknow”.

“To pursue my passion, I decided to go for design, but I soon realized that formal management training was the needed for me to take my family business forward which is my ambition in future,” says she.Read more at:formal wear sydney

Thobile Khoza turned heads with her revealing outfit.

Rural horse racing, leisure fashion and good times were the order of the day at the Dundee July 2017 held on Saturday.

Despite the extremely windy conditions, everyone who attended the event seemed determined to make the most of it. Now in its 13th year, this rural horse racing spectacle has grown in leaps and bounds.

Among the mix of attendees was the MEC for Arts and Culture, Bongi Sithole-Moloi, who said she was focused on ensuring that this year’s event showed improvement from the last.

“We focused on identifying our weaknesses which included security, traffic control and infrastructure upgrade.

“This year we also extended the rural horse-riding programme to all districts, including Nkandla, Pietermaritzburg, Ladysmith, Nquthu, eDumbe, Harry Gwala and Amajuba,” said Sithole-Moloi.

“We are confident that the event has moved to the next level and will grow even bigger in years to come,” she said.

The crowd, who were mostly locals, came out in their numbers to support their favourite jockeys and get a glimpse of some serious fashion. The KZN Fashion Council this year mentored a few designers who showcased some spectacular low-cost designs.

The term “low cost” shouldn’t detract from the hard work involved in the process of designing, sewing and showcasing their brands.

This year, the theme for the fashion aspect was Afro leisure, and the designers attacked the task with enthusiasm.

The combination of elements of Africa and leisure were showcased in an eye-catching array of garments.

In the categories for Best Dressed Male and Best Ensemble, Utrecht designer Jabulile Tshabalala emerged victorious. The Best Dressed Female award went to Zandile Masando for her flamboyant outfit.

In keeping with expanding the event, more designers were added to the showcase list as compared to last year’s event.Read more at:formal dresses adelaide | formal dresses

There’s no denying it: French women always manage to look effortlessly beautiful no matter where they are or what they’re doing.

From ridiculously gorgeous top models like Lily Rose Depp to insanely talented actress’s Marion Cotillard and Léa Seydoux – they’re not only killing it at their careers but they’re exuding that classic French gal style.

Be spoke with celebrity make-up artists Sonia Allen and Anthony Adams for some quick and easy steps you can follow to get that classic Paris girl look just in time for Bastille Day.

Rock ared lip

“One thing French women love is their red lips. There are many shades and hues out there, though trust me, there is one for everybody,” Anthony said.

“The beauty of a red lip is not only does it look downright amazing when done well, but it also makes your teeth look whiter.”

If you’re looking for a subtle red lip, Sonia recommends the Touch in Sol Technicolor Lip & Cheek Tints from Priceline or The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Stains.

Tips

Use lip liner after applying your lipstick to make your lines look perfect.

To sharpen the edges and give it that flawless look, put some concealer on a small brush and erase any mistakes.

Blot your lipstick with a tissue and applying again for longevity and depth of colour.

Scrap thesmokey eye

“To keep the look French, avoid going over-the-top with eye makeup,” Sonia said.

“Just apply some lash-lengthening mascara like the Smith & Cult Lash Dance Mascara.”

To get that smoldering eye look without going overboard, Sonia says to apply eyeliner to the upper inner eye to prevent it appearing too heavy.

She recommends the iT Cosmetics No Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner and Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon.

Likewise Anthony says “simplicity is key” when it comes to rocking a chic and minimal eye.

“Using subtle natural shades or a beautiful sharp winged liner with minimal shadow will give the ‘look’,” he said.

Tips

Use gel eyeliner so you have more control over how much product you’re applying.

Always apply with your eyes open looking down at a mirror. A good guideline is to extend the line on the top lid following the edge and natural curve of the bottom lash line. Going any higher or lower will change the look of your eye and also the wing.

Use a small piece of Sellotape and follow your bottom lash line placing it out to the edge you want to create. Then apply your liner going from your sharp tip edge, back onto the lash line.

For that cat eye look, start your wing at the middle of your top lash line. By going all the way into the inner corner, it changes the shape that does not suit every eye.

Clean clear skin is the only way

Flawless skin is what French gals are known for and Sonia says you want it to look like you've spent a summer month on the French Riviera - clear, healthy and glowing.

“Invest in great skincare like a balancing cleanser, moisturiser, SPF, exfoliator and oils for night,” she said.

She recommends Jurlique Herbal Recovery Antioxidant Face Oil and the Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops - Radiance.

To get a dewy glow, stick with a light reflecting and illuminating foundation to give you that sunkissed look.

Try iT Cosmetics Illuminating CC Cream or the Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser, which are great for all skin types.

Tips

Experiment with tinted moisturisers. They can give you coverage, sun protection and dewiness all-in-one.

Leave your powder at home; this look is all about the highlighted skin look.Read more at:year 10 formal dresses | bridesmaid gowns

The ultimate bridal beauty countdown: Week of wedding
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Time has nearly run out beautiful brides-to-be, but some beauty prep really does need to be left to the last minute. After a wonderful six-month skincare regime and those last minute tweaks in the weeks leading up to your big day, in the days before you say I do you should be concentrating on your tan and nails.

Not all brides will want a tan, and others of you will be lucky enough to get a natural glow either by jetting off before your nuptials or holding your wedding somewhere hot and sunny.

For those of you not able to catch some rays (while wearing SPF obviously), a spray tan is your best friend.

"A sunless tan has become one of the key essentials in looking and feeling radiant on a bride's special day, and getting the perfect wedding day glow needn't be stressful," St. Tropez tanning and skin finishing expert Emma Kotch told Cover Media.

"For me, a spray tan is essential. With so many options and finishes, finding one that complements you and your dress can be a minefield. Just like you would with a hair of make-up appointment, make sure you've trialled your tan so there are no surprises on the day, It also gives the opportunity to bond with your tanner so you both understand the colour you'd like."

Emma suggests having a trial tan at least two weeks before the wedding to ensure the colour works on you, and advises opting for a lighter tan if you're dress is white and a medium shade if you've gone for an ivory gown.

Once your happy, get your final tan two days before you walk down the aisle.

"That way you're guaranteed that there will be no transfer onto your dress," Emma explained.

"I generally feel that a spray tan's best colour is on day two anyway, so if you're getting married on a Saturday, have your tan on the Thursday. Then the tan has time to develop, set and calm for a flawless photo finish."

However if you're pushed for time and can't get to a tanning expert until the day before, fear not. Emma's advice in this situation is to shower the evening of the tan and then again in the morning to make sure there are no transferable traces of the faux glow left on your skin.

And lastly if you prefer to tan yourself at home, Emma suggests using St. Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mist.

Other at home favourites are Bondi Sands Tanning Foam and Mist, MADAME LA LA's lightweight mousse and Vita Liberata Phenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse.Read more at:australian formal dresses

British retailer Fenwick has long been a proponent of new ideas. In the late 1800s, John James Fenwick became an early adopter of what was, at the time, a decidedly French concept: the department store. He travelled to Paris and was inspired by goings-on at Le Bon Marché, widely regarded as the world’s first-ever department store. He promptly brought the business model back to England.

Fenwick’s outward-looking spirit is being reiterated today, with the launch of a unique in-store pop-up in the brand’s Bond Street store, presenting the work of 10 UAE-based creatives. The initiative is being spearheaded by the Sharjah-headquartered Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council, which is part of the NAMA Women Advancement Establishment, and was launched specifically to raise awareness of designers and artisans in the UAE.

The organisation’s mission is to develop an “internationally recognised presence and sustainable future for those practising both modern and traditional crafts”; there could hardly be a better platform than a 126-year-old department store in one of the swankiest pockets of London.

“Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council aims to empower women by developing new market opportunities and sectors for crafts, and reviving the skills and cultural heritage of the UAE,” Reem BinKaram, director of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment, explains. “The council works to help its members create a fresh, contemporary narrative.”

For the pop-up, fashion, jewellery and home accessories by 10 designers are on sale for a two-month period.Dedicated displays and product placements in the store’s windows will also go a long way in promoting the UAE’s creative know-how to Mayfair’s well-heeled shoppers.

“London is one of the global fashion capitals and, as such, is an important market to build recognition and the credibility of UAE-based designers, enabling our talent to showcase their skills on an international stage, and reach a new audience,” says BinKaram.

The pop-up is the latest in a long line of tie-ups that Irthi has entered into with British entities. One of the first was a collection of handbags created in partnership with leather goods specialist Asprey London, called One Stitch at a Time, which featured traditional Emirati talli embroidery.

Additionally, Irthi has an ongoing collaboration with the UK Crafts Council to deliver a series of workshops in Sharjah; and has teamed up with the London College of Fashion for its Azyame Fashion Entrepreneurs Programme, which offers Emirati fashion designers a one-year mentorship programme.

Items on offer as part of the pop-up include jewellery by Alia bin Omair, who has a predilection for 18K gold, presenting it almost unworked, as if has been taken back to its most basic form – an idea that is reinforced by the names of her pieces: Nuggets, Resin, and Flakes.

There is clothing by Align, a womenswear brand helmed by Emirati designers Sara Al Mahmoud and Asma Khoory, and by Palestinian designer Faissal El-Malak, who grew up between the GCC and Canada, and returned to Dubai in 2014. His autumn/winter 2017 collection, Morphology, plays with the idea of “non-gendered forms”, offering menswear that is unashamedly colourful and dotted with embellishment, while women are adorned in overtly tailored pieces characterised by exaggerated lines and unexpected volume. The designer has incorporated handwoven fabrics from Yemen, and cotton and linen from Egypt, into the collection.

There is also jewellery by Emirati designer Amal Haliq, who creates earrings spotted with topaz, tourmalines and rose quartz, as well as chunky, colourful, vintage-looking rings and necklaces.

Also on show are more established names and fashion labels such as Madiyah Al Sharqi, Latifa Al Gurg’s Twisted Roots and Zayan Ghandour of Zayan the Label and S*uce fame. Sheikha Hind bint Majed Al Qasimi, of Designed by Hind, will present her unique, UAE-inspired porcelain tableware creations.

The brands are united in the fact that they do not have stockists in the UK. “This requirement was made so that the council would be opening up a new market for them in the truest sense,” says BinKaram.

To select the featured designers, Irthi initially looked to the Azyame Fashion Entrepreneurs Programme and chose five designers who displayed particular potential. For the remaining five slots, the organisation put out an open call. Successful applicants were then invited to showcase their products in an exhibition at the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which allowed the Irthi team to review their work.

Finally, a delegation from Fenwick of Bond Street visited Sharjah in March, with a team of buyers. “The final decisions were based on merit and the designers’ long-term potential – they needed to have the capacity to produce orders to the highest standard and have a strong commitment to grow their business internationally,” says BinKaram.

“Fenwick is one of the most renowned luxury department stores in the UK, with an international outlook and commitment to supporting emerging talent,” she adds. “We were impressed with the way that the store viewed this as not just a short-term partnership, but one that would see UAE labels become regularly displayed collections at the store.”Read more at:bridesmaid gowns | online formal dresses

Van Tran models the wedding dress she created using toilet paper, glue, tape and a needle and thread. Photo courtesy of Cheap Chic Weddings/Quilted Northern
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Wedding gowns are usually made of lace, tulle, satin, or other traditionally feminine materials. But a wedding gown constructed from toilet paper? That’s the tricky task the 10 finalists in the 13th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest will have to find a way fulfill.

A Bushwick woman, Van Tran, is one of the finalists in the contest that is sponsored by Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com and presented by Quilted Northern Bath Tissue.

Tran is also the defending champion in the quirky competition, having won the top prize in the 12th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest last year.

Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com is an online company specializing in offering tips to brides on how to have a dream wedding that is also fiscally sound.

Thousands of contestants from all across the U.S. entered the toilet tissue creativity competition.

The grand prize is $10,000 in cash. And the winning toilet paper wedding gown will go on display at Ripley’s Believe it or Not.

The second-place winner will receive $5,000, while $2,500 will be awarded to the third-place finisher.

The finals, which will also include a fashion show, will take place July 20 at Loft 29 in Manhattan.

This year’s entries are impressive, according to Brian Rice, senior director of Design and Packaging Innovation for Georgia-Pacific, the Atlanta-based company that makes Quilted Northern Bath Tissue.

“We were amazed to see how the finalists worked with our meticulously designed Quilted Northern Bath Tissue to create runway-ready, couture craftsmanship. While our first foray into fashion may be unexpected, we are excited to put our experience in crafting for comfort in the bathroom to use in this new world,” Rice said.

Susan Bain, co-founder of Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com, praised the 10 finalists for their imaginative designs. “This year’s crop of designs continues to impress and exceed our expectations of what truly is possible when toilet paper is crafted for greatness,” she said.

At the July 20 fashion show, each wedding dress design will be evaluated by an expert panel of judges including Kleinfeld Bridal Owner Mara Urshel, celebrity party planner Mikie Russo and representatives of Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com, Quilted Northern and Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

Ripley’s is also sponsoring a Fan Favorite prize.

The contest challenges creative minds to make a wearable wedding dress and headpiece using toilet paper, glue, tape and needle and thread.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses australia

I was sitting in Cortina d’Ampezzo, a friend whooped it up in Klosters, and not so far away there was Val d’Isère. Except that none of us were really in those jet set–y ski destinations, which always sound like the kind of places where Roger Moore–era 007 (may he rest in peace) would have dispatched a cat-stroking nemesis. Rather more prosaically, we were in seating sections named after those resorts in the ever-so-slightly stifling heat of Jean Paul Gaultier’s Rue Saint-Martin studio, awaiting his Couture show to start.

Never let it be said that Gaultier doesn’t love a theme. Some of his most monumental collections of the past were worked to very specific ones, indeed—be it tribal tattooing and fetish piercing, or the clothing worn for religious observance by Orthodox Jews. This time it was ski culture, focusing on the glamazon on the chairlift, and the bejeweled and bedazzled snow bunny. Even before the show started, it was plainly evident, what with Gaultier’s program displaying his old-school penchant for naming each look with a suitably saucy wink: Gstaad the Way It Is, L’Avalanche, What You Looping At, et cetera.

Jokes, as we all know, can be a potent vehicle for something deeper, and so they were here: Humor in the service of heightening the sincere commitment of Gaultier to his couture—I Look Like I Don’t Take It Seriously But Really I Do! For all of the campy excess on his runway, glance to the balcony above and you can see his atelier gathered together to view their (oftentimes very impressive) handiwork. And for every RuPaul’s Drag Race quip (one look was dubbed “Sasha Velours”) there were some exquisite pieces that riffed on Gaultier’s iconic moments, but look just as good now: the slouchy cardigan jacket embellished with blue and white Fair Isle patterns created out of pearls, say, or the fairly abbreviated Aran sweater dress crafted from mousseline ribbons. Tailoring, as usual, took center stage. There was the off-kilter bias cutting of his le smoking, or a camel coat deconstructed to slip-slide with a swoosh across an ivory knit body, both looks being pretty darn chic. That’s a phrase one usually wants to avoid like a skier hitting glassy ice when discussing a runway show, but in this case, it’s entirely appropriate.Read more at:online formal dresses | bridesmaid dress

Rymario Armstrong arrived at Old Point Park in Beaufort on the afternoon of July 4, blindfolded. He was ready for his retirement party after spending 17 years in the military. Instead, he got married.

His fiancée — now wife — Nakita Brown had been planning a surprise wedding for months.

The couple had actually been engaged for three years, but they simply hadn’t made any concrete plans.

Finally, on a sizzling hot Independence Day, with Brown in her beaded black gown and Armstrong in his Marine Corps uniform, the couple tied the knot.

Armstrong said he suspected something was going on — especially after Brown asked him to write his vows. But he wasn’t entirely sure when it was going to happen, and when he removed his blindfold in Old Point Park to see about 40 people dressed in their Sunday best, he stood in stunned silence.

Brown’s father Joseph Brown walked her down the red brick pathway that served as an aisle.

“Roses are red, violets are blue, I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you. The end,” Armstrong said during the ceremony — before clarifying it was a joke and sharing his real vows.

And then, the couple said “I do” under South Carolina palm trees.

Brown, 30 and a Beaufort native, and Armstrong, 36 and from Mississippi, met in 2011.

Brown was working in a barbershop in Beaufort, and Armstrong had just been assigned to Beaufort’s Marine Corps base. Brown had a boyfriend in Alabama, and she was entirely uninterested in dating. But Armstrong was undeterred.

“When I first met you at that barbershop ... at that moment, I thought, ‘I gotta take this girl on a date,’ ” Armstrong said to Brown during his vows.

Armstrong started coming to the barbershop more and more frequently, sometimes twice a week, Brown recalled. And he always asked for her to cut his hair.

Soon enough, they became friends.

“He’d say, ‘I’m coming over at 7 o clock tonight,’ ” Brown said. “And I said, ‘no you’re not.’ But 7 o’clock on the dot, he’d come knocking on the door. I would say I didn’t want him to come over, but I actually did want him to come over.”

But Brown still resisted dating him. He became her best friend, she said, but he just wasn’t her type.

And then, “one day, it just happened,” Brown said. “I woke up and it happened.”

That was four years ago, and Brown and Armstrong have been together ever since. They have one child together, Camren, 2, in addition to seven other children from previous marriages.

When Armstrong first asked Brown to marry him, in keeping with tradition, she turned him down.

“I walked into the bedroom, and he just asked ‘Yes or no?’ ” Brown said. “And I said, ‘Yes or no, what are you talking about?’ ”

Brown wasn’t having it. Armstrong tried his luck again a month later, at the Jazz Corner on Hilton Head Island. This time around, Brown agreed.

The couple had casually discussed a cruise wedding, but they decided it was too expensive.

So Brown took matters into her own hands — and as it turns out, Brown beat her new husband to the chase. Armstrong had considered planning a surprise wedding for August, said Brown’s mother, Louise Brown.

The couple plans on heading to the courthouse to receive their marriage license later in the week.Read more at:QueenieAu | cheap formal dresses online

Sounds anomalous? That’s what it is meant to be. A staid title line probably wouldn’t have attracted your attention as much. Now if I say “people, do this”, you would probably not be interested and say “too much”. But pause for a while and think. When you buy any goods or services, you pay money and get them at that point of time. It could be something physical like a shirt, car or phone, or a service like a haircut or transport. When you invest in a financial product, you get nothing. You get a promise (like in debt) or an expectation (like in equity) of getting the money back in future, and getting back more to compensate for your current sacrifice.

What you should look for is how strong is the promise or expectation of getting your money back, how long can you spare the money (investment horizon) or if you suddenly require your money one day, how much do you expect to get back (liquidity). If you ask other things to your financial adviser, like what all products are there with her, you are expecting her to put on display a fashion parade of products.

An investment decision is different from buying a garment—this too is a matter of choice, but more a matter of suitability to your conditions. Expecting a ‘garment’ kind of sales effort from your adviser makes it easier for her to missell, because you would buy something you fall for, but it may not be suitable for you. While misselling is a problem and it does happen, if you ask the wrong questions, you are opening the door for it. This can also be termed as mis-buying.

This is where investors go wrong. The foremost FAQ is about return expectation, “kitna dega(what is the return)?”; whereas this should come later. You may ask: returns is what I am investing for, why should that question come later? Let me give an analogy. Let’s say, higher returns while investing is the same as lesser expenses while spending. You want transport and you don’t have your car. You have a choice all the way from an auto-rickshaw at the lower end to a radio taxi service's at the higher end. The factors you would look for are:

Comfort: a sedan is more comfortable, while an auto-rickshaw is jerky and dusty;

Travelling time: Which one will take you faster;

Availability: Is the app faster than going to the road looking for an auto-rickshaw or a cab?;

Other comfort factors: Wi-Fi and all in radio taxis;

Safety: Especially for women;

Charges: What you pay upfront.

The point here is that even for a small one-time transport service, you consider so many factors apart from your expenses. If cost were the only factor, you would travel by public bus.

When it comes to investing your hard-earned money, it should be more about suitability, followed by return expectations. In a fashion show, a colour or design may attract you; in a suite of financial products, a particular feature may appeal to you, for example, equity market being in a bull run, low inflation prompting the Reserve Bank of India to reduce interest rates, a portfolio management service provider who has given returns higher than peers in the industry in small-cap funds, and a structured debenture is giving a higher coupon if the equity market moves in a particular range.

Let’s see what is buying right and what are the questions you should ask your financial adviser:

Suitability: Any product, be it equity or debt or hybrid, for the allocation recommended in your portfolio, has a rationale. Ask your financial adviser for a brief, non-jargonized reason why this product is suitable for you.

Volatility: Technically, volatility may be both on the upside (returns higher than expected for a while) and the downside (returns lower than expected for a while). Naturally, nobody has a problem with upside volatility. Ask your adviser, what is the expected maximum downside in an extreme adverse market event. This downside, technically called drawdown, should be acceptable to you.

Risk profiling: Your adviser does you risk appetite profiling. Understand from her how she is classifying you—aggressive, moderate, conservative—and the basis thereof.

Horizon: There is a recommended or optimum horizon for any investment. You should understand that, and not negotiate. High net worth individuals (HNIs) have a tendency to ‘negotiate’ this with the adviser but the investments are in the market, not in a term deposit of the adviser.

Liquidity: You may be comfortable with the horizon, but in case you require the money earlier, the perspective should be clear from the beginning.

Any typical or particular risk: For instance, a credit-oriented fund will have relatively higher credit risk, which should be clarified.

Some of the queries to be avoided are whether the product is ‘exclusive’ and who else has invested in it, because the market is for all and all individuals are unique.Read more at:www.queenieau.com | bridesmaid dresses australia

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Elle Fanning once again proved her style credentials at the Miu Miu cruise collection show on Sunday .

The blonde beauty channelled high fashion ballet chic as she attended the label's exclusive dinner party after its Paris Couture Week presentation, wearing a pretty pink sequin dress.

Her gown was given added edge thanks to a plunging, jewelled neckline, and Elle finished the outfit off with strappy heels, a sparkly headband and a fake tattoo of the fashion house's logo on her neck.

As for the 19-year-old's make-up, she opted for a fresh-faced look with natural cosmetics, which emphasised her youthful glow.

Elle was just one of a long list of stylish celebrities that turned out to take in Miu Miu's latest offerings.

Milla Jovovich also showed off feminine fashion at the event, wearing a frilled blue chiffon dress, with splashes of red over the chest. A pink clutch bag and stacked pink platform shoes added even more colour to the finished look.

Model Doutzen Kroes went for more understated glamour and looked stylish in a calf-length pink dress and black shoes which featured a sparkly silver heel.

British star Alexa Chung, who recently launched her own eponymous label, opted for biker glam, adding a studded leather jacket to a silver sequin dress. She also showed off her flair for fashion with a pair of pointed tartan flats.

And Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie donned a cream dress with long sleeves, and bravely went for a no mascara look when it came to her make-up.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses australia

The quest for the perfect pair of jeans is an idiosyncratic and unending mission for most of us. But there is a new denim innovation on the scene this summer which just might put a stop to your search- at least for a while.

London-based label M.i.h jeans has built up a reputation for bringing us the denim we never knew we needed (their slouchy turn-up Phoebe jeans are the stuff of legend) catering to everything from cool skinny jeans to new spins on the flares usually seen in bohemian 70s imagery.

This season, they have introduced the new 'Cult jean'. "The style is special because it’s deceptively simple," says Jessica Lawrence, M.i.h's Head of Design and Brand. "It’s a straight leg cut with a 10 inch rise, the perfect rise for most people," she adds, pointing out- in true denim geek mode- the details which give the Cult its distinctive but relaxed look- "twin stitched leg seams, 4-pocket styling and a cropped, slightly stepped hem."

After several seasons in which flares- from kick to exaggerated to cropped- have reigned supreme in denim trends, Lawrence says that it was important to introduce a straight leg style: "it’s the perfect fit at the moment, easy and cool at the same time."

But the part which will feel truly revolutionary to denim aficionados is the 'straight stretch' technology which the jeans incorporate. "‘Straight stretch’ denim has the stretch fibres running vertically through the cotton – the warp- while other denims have the stretch fibres running horizontally through the weft, and therefore around the body," says Lawrence.

"We knew we wanted to get the feel of a 100% cotton denim jean, the great feeling of shape and hold it gives on your bum, but in straight leg fits it can be uncomfortable to wear all day if you’re sitting, standing and moving around. The wearer’s experience of ‘straight stretch’ denim is like wearing rigid/non-stretch denim when pulling the jean on; it gives the hold that you only get from non-stretch denim. The stretch comes into play when you bend or sit; the Cult Jean stays with you as you move, keeping its shape without bagging out."

In practice, the Cult jean has a similar laid back, effortless feel to that which you get with skinny jeans or 'Mum' jeans but feels more modern and relaxed. Lawrence says she'll be pairing hers with floral shirts or blouses and Converse or clogs, while the above shot of model Anna Brewster wearing the style with a skinny knit shows a more dressed up take. You could imagine a young Jane Birkin pairing hers with a white tee, knotted insouciantly at the waist.

While the Cult is a definite contender in the perfect new jean category, Lawrence has plenty of useful pointers for anyone seeking something new for their denim repertoire.

"Now is a great time to try on different fits, as there is a such a diverse range available after years of skinny jeans," she says. "Think about what you want from the jean – are you looking for a new shape to expand your wardrobe? Are you looking for a staple pair? Are you looking to replace your old favourite pair? Also pay attention to the stretchiness and shade of the denim; this is as important as the silhouette in finding a jean you’ll love to wear."

Her final nugget of advice may seem like anathema to anyone clutching to seven pairs in one old favourite style, but it's an experiment which will almost certainly pay off. "I don’t think there are rules about what jeans suit which people, and often trying a new pair far out of your comfort zone will get you a new favourite."Read more at:princess formal dresses | year 10 formal dresses


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