Author: coleen

Spring 2017 Lookbook

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It’s a new season! My favourite time of year (and it happens 4 times!) I love the change of weather and each and every season I feel a fresh start approaching. It’s as if each and every season is a chance for me to refresh and review. Especially when it comes to my wardrobe. Lately, with trying to save for a wedding and a new house, I’ve taken to really diving into racks and bargain hunting. I’ve had some great luck updating my wardrobe already this season with Winners and Marshall’s! Amazing name brands at perfectly discounted prices! I love it! I could care less about brands though. Just depends on how you dress yourself and how you feel! And I’m feeling fab!

Here are some examples of the looks I’m going for this season and into this summer. Casual, comfortable, but fashionable (Or so I like to think). What have you been looking for this season? Whats your favourite place to shop at reasonable prices?

How to Plan the Best Birthday Bash!

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Birthday parties can sometimes be a bit of a conundrum. Of course you want your loved one to have the best time ever – but how exactly do you go about that? Here are some tips to help you…

Pick A Theme

A themed party often makes it a whole lot easier when it comes to picking out decor. If you’re in a party store then you might be overwhelmed by just how much there is, so it’s a good idea to make sure that you don’t get too messy by picking out a certain theme. It doesn’t have to be anything overly specific – your guests might not want to dress up as sea creatures or Disney princes, after all – but going for a couple of colours or something that your loved one enjoys like football, rock music or the beach will help you decide how to decorate your venue.

Go For Easy Food

Of course the food you choose should depend on what sort of party it is, but unless there are plenty of chairs and tables and places to sit down then it’s always a good idea to focus on finger food like pizza slices, miniature hot dogs, sliders and sandwiches – or hors d’oeuvres if you’re feeling a little more fancy than that! If you aren’t a great cook then it’s a good idea to hire catering specialists to make the whole day a little easier on yourself. But remember that you can always pick out the cake yourself!

Consider Your Loved One’s Preferences

Even if you’re the sort of person who absolutely loves to be the centre of attention it’s important to remember that not everyone feels the same – in fact, considering the preferences of the person whose birthday it is are absolutely key to making it a good night for everyone. If they don’t like to be looked at by a lot of people then they probably won’t enjoy having to open all their gifts in front of everyone, but if they love to be the centre of everyone’s focus then you could get them to prepare a little speech to thank all their guests for coming. Focusing on what your loved one wants is the best way to having a perfect party.

Go For A Playlist

A lot of people think that they need to hire a DJ to have a party worth remembering but that isn’t actually true at all. In fact, a lot of the time DJs play music that you might not really love – no one wants to hear five hours of thumping techno or sappy pop music that no one there actually likes. If you make your own playlist then you get to control the music yourself – and you also get to skip or add songs depending on what the general mood of the room is. It means that you can add your loved one’s favourite songs by their favourite musicians, songs from your high school or college days or whenever you met, and skip any of the current stuff that you just aren’t into. Creating your own playlist is the perfect way to dance the night away.

Planning the Perfect Honeymoon

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Whoever came up with the idea of going on holiday after your wedding should get more recognition. Since you’ve just organized an entire party in your own honor, a holiday may seem rather indulgent. However, those people do not understand just how stressful wedding planning can be. Firstly, it costs a lot of money and for most people, that means saving over the course of their engagement. Secondly, you then have to organize everything from the church and the legal side of the wedding itself, to the venue, caterers, musicians and of course a bartender (or two). Incidentally, the term ‘honeymoon’ refers to a honey-based alcoholic mead that newlyweds would drink in the first ‘moon’ or month of their marriage. The tradition of drinking at weddings goes back a long way. There is also all of the personal things like what you’re going to wear. In short, a honeymoon is nothing less that what a newlywed couple deserve. Deciding exactly how you’re going to start your new life can be tougher than you may think though. It is the first major decision that you and your beloved have to make together, and that may mean that you have to compromise. However, there is no reason that you cannot do it style. Here are a few tips for the perfect honeymoon:

One of the difficult things about any holiday is that the flight can be extremely stressful. This is especially true if you go during the summer. You could find yourself spending a long time trudging through security to then be hemmed in with lots of other tired, fractious people. The better alternative is private jet rentals. It may sound expensive, but if you hire a small plane, the expense is more modest. Besides, you are only going to get married once (hopefully) so why not indulge yourself?

As for the destination, there are lots of places that are specifically marketed towards newlyweds but they are probably not going to be that interesting for exactly that reason. As the American poet Gregory Corso said: ‘Niagara Falls! Hordes of us! Husbands! Wives! Flowers! Chocolates!/ All streaming into cozy hotels’. Your honeymoon is supposed to be unique and having the same experiences and photos as lots of other couples is rather dull. Why not go somewhere that may not seem like it’s a typical honeymoon destination like Eastern Europe? It is rich in history and culture and relative to a lot of other places, not nearly as expensive. Alternatively, why not make your honeymoon a cause for a celebration that others can join in; there are many opportunities to do charity work around the world, and you can guarantee that your experience will be like no other that your friends can boast.

Wherever you go, there are some things that you must take. A camera is an obvious one since you will want to show all your photos to your family and friends when you get back, but why not take a scrapbook or a journal too? Memories can fade and photos only show a single static moment in an experience. If you record your thoughts and impressions too, you can keep a more personal, beautiful record of the start of the rest of your life.