What To Do When You Are A Bridesmaid

Your best friend has text you saying she has an important announcement. She wants to meet with you at a fancy cafe in town. Now you’re starting to worry. What on earth could have happened that would justify an enormous coffee bill and breaking your diet on that fabulous cake they serve? She’s getting married, and you’re one of the bridesmaids!

When your friend shows you the wedding invites she is so excited she looks like she’ll explode. But when you hear that you get to be a bridesmaid, you’re the one bursting with excitement! Us girls only get to do this once or twice in life, but we love it when it happens. Getting our hair and make-up done and dressing up in fabulous dresses is a real treat.

Usually, the bride will have ‘employed’ more than one bridesmaid. Some have two; others have six or more.

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The more you have, the more likely you will need a chief bridesmaid. This bridesmaid is sometimes called the maid of honour, but this title is usually reserved for a bridesmaid who is married. It is a huge responsibility and usually involves doing everything in your power to keep all the women at the wedding looking fabulous for photos.

You may want to start making a checklist of all the things you will need to have with you on the day. The most important thing to carry is the bride’s bag, as she will have her hands full. She will need full make-up set for touch-ups as it is going to be a long day. She will want her phone nearby for last minutes messages, and to take a few photos. She may also need a second outfit for the reception if she is dancing.

When you are considering your footwear, remember you are going to be on your feet and moving around even more than the bride. If you totter off your heels every time you stoop down to pick up the bride’s train, you could be injured. Think sensible but elegant. You will also need to keep an eye on the other bridesmaids. Nothing is less attractive at a wedding than a bridesmaid who has drunk too much and turned into a sobbing wreck. Diplomacy and tact are key skills in this job!

The mother of the bride is the second most important woman in the room. Do your best to make her feel as stunning and attractive as her daughter. If she has something in her teeth find a sensitive way to tell her before the photos are ruined. Help her with her hat when she takes it off for a dance. Make sure she gets some time with her daughter before the end of the evening.

In your wedding emergency kit, make sure you have dry tissues and wet/baby wipes. Pack emergency finger puppets suitable for all young children and a couple of snack bars. Also have bottles of water near the bride, groom and best man to help with dry-mouth during vows and speeches.

The Hottest London Venues For Marriage Proposals

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If you are living in London and looking to propose you will be pleased to hear there is no shortage of hot venues to choose from. Below we have a look at some of the most popular.

If desert beaches and mountain tops are beyond your reach, there are plenty of unusual places that will provide the perfect backdrop for the big question. The following suggestions are all based in London, but you can adapt the ideas to somewhere near you.

The London Eye

A capsule on the London Eye is fast becoming one of the most popular places to propose. With stunning views over the city and thirty minutes to complete the journey, it’s the perfect place to start your celebrations. The London Eye has special offers for Valentine’s Day itself, which include champagne, roses, chocolates and a private capsule, but if you want to propose at a different time, call the company to see if you can make special arrangements.

The Serpentine – Hyde Park

In a recent survey, hotel concierges said that a rowing boat on the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park is currently a fashionable place to propose. Check out the weather, hire a rowing boat or pedalo, bring the ring, the champagne and prepare for a truly romantic proposal.

Hampton Court Maze

Possibly the most famous maze in the world, Hampton Court Maze is a great place for a romantic proposal. Set in the beautiful gardens of Hampton Court Palace alongside the River Thames, the yew hedges are a perfect backdrop for the occasion. Get deliberately lost and then drink champagne when you get to the middle!

A Boutique Hotel

London has many famous hotels, but a new type of hotel is coming of age in the city – the Boutique Hotel. These are small, individually decorated and quirky hotels that pride themselves on personal service. They are also, compared with many London hotels, good value for money. Take a room or visit the restaurant for a proposal to remember.

Some prospective grooms might want to propose to their girlfriends in a private, intimate setting. But as a women, I would love to be asked before thousands in the middle of a Culture Club concert. They are my favorite group. I’ve loved these guys since I was 13.

I bought myself 2 Culture Club Tickets and I’m looking forward to seeing them at The O2 on Tuesday 9 December 2014.  This will be their first live performance together for over 15 years and an evening not to be missed.

 

10 Things You Need to Do Regularly for Your Health

Do you realise how important your health is? We only get one life, so staying healthy should be the number one priority of most people. Yet, people still stuff their faces with takeaways each day and avoid exercise like the plague. The following 10 things should all be done regularly if you want to stay healthy:

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Eat Fruit and Vegetables

Fruit and veg are full of nutrients, antioxidants, and pure goodness. You should eat as many vegetables as you can cram into your mouth each day. Limit your fruit because of the sugar, but eat a few pieces every day to enjoy the benefits. Don’t try to cheat by drinking shop bought juices – they just aren’t the same, and often contain added ingredients!

Drink Water

Water flushes out toxins, which is good news for our bodies, as they contain a lot of them. It also helps to flush fat, which is perfect if you’re trying to slim down. Try to make water your go-to drink.

Avoid Smoking and Binge Drinking

Smoking and binge drinking are two things that our bodies can do without. Avoid even the odd social cigarette, and your health will thank you. I understand there will probably be a time where you drink too much alcohol, but try not to make a habit of it. A small amount every so often is better than binge drinking!

Health Checks

Regular health checks will keep you informed on what’s going on in your body. A private health check should be beneficial to you, if you want to know exactly what’s going on in great deal. You should get a lot of advice on your current lifestyle too.

Get Lots of Sleep

Getting enough rest is essential to health. Around 8 hours a night is a great number to aim for. Just bear in mind that too much sleep can be detrimental!

Exercise

Exercise doesn’t have to be sweaty and hard if you don’t want it to. You could start off with swimming a few times per week, or even just walking. You could then adjust your regime as you got fitter, if you wanted to.

Get Outside

Go outside and get some fresh air! Don’t let yourself spend too long indoors. Even when the weather is cold, go outside and enjoy nature. We naturally burn more calories outside too, so why not go for a run or a long walk?

Wear Sun Screen

Sun screen protects the skin from the sun’s harmful rays. You probably think you only need to do this in summer, but that isn’t the case. Sun screen should be worn all year round!

Laugh

Laughing might give you crows feet, but it’s a lot of fun. Your endorphins will increase and you’ll feel on top of the world.

Be Social

Don’t be shy or scared, get social. Humans are social creatures, so see your friends as often as you can. Go to classes and make new friends. It’s good for you!

Do these 10 things regularly, and you’ll be the best version of yourself!

Review Foundation Christian Dior – Diorskin Forever

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When thinking of whether or not to purchase this product you can become very confused! There are a lot of other amazing foundations e.g Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk. This particular foundation is one of Dior’s best sellers!

The product comes in a frosted glass bottle and a blue plastic lid with the CD logo in top. There are silver linings separating the lid from the bottle and this have DIORSKIN engraved in to them. The foundation also has a handy pump which makes handling the liquid much easier! In short the packaging is luxurious and handy!

Upon application the foundation is very soft and glides very easily across the face providing a full coverage almost instantly! The product also allows you to build up as necessary to get a more full effect. The one thing I noticed with this foundation is that it is best applied with the fingers to start, should you with to build this up then a second layer with a blending sponge is ideal. I tried to use a foundation brush but the product is very very quick to set and this then leaves an uneven coverage.

As you can expect from Dior the product has an amazing scent to it kind of like a sweet and floral scent that is not overpowering however it is noticeable. I am a fragrance driven person and fall for anything with a good scent however for you people who do not like scent or are sensitive to fragrances then I recommend you do not buy this straight away, go to the counter for a sample or even use the tester available to get a up close and personal use before splurging your hard earned cash!

Another great thing about this foundation is that it provides SPF25! Which is always a good thing!

The product retails for around £33 in the UK and is available in all majors department stores that have a Dior counter.

Overall, an amazing foundation that lives up to its expectations however the application is slightly hindered due to the quick setting of the product.

Trend Alert Fall 2014: Army Green

This season I am extremely inspired by the military trend, it’s super versatile and you can wear army green while still remaining feminine and sexy. I’ve already got two army green pieces at Zara but I’m still looking for a military coat, isn’t this color perfect for fall? What do you guys think of this trend?
Yay or nay?

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Find Big Christmas Presents for Little Money

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 Unfortunately, Christmas brings with it certain expectations no matter what the financial climate is like at the time. This Christmas you may want to tighten your belt but still get the gifts that your family deserve. The internet has a wealth of opportunities to allow you to save money while still putting smiles on your family’s faces. Here are a few tips on where to shop and what to get to deliver the big gestures without having to break the bank.

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Clearance Sales

You can seek out real bargains on online electronics suppliers such as Hispek who stock a wide range of clearance televisions. Most online clothing stores also have clearance sections where you can find great garments for a fraction of their original price.

Black Friday

Look out for this special date during your Christmas shopping. Friday 28th November will see the biggest and best online shops slash prices to give unparalleled discounts on all sorts of products. Amazon have traditionally been the biggest advocate of Black Friday since it moved over to the UK from America where shops use the Friday after Thanksgiving as one of the biggest sales days of the year. Shops like Argos, Debenhams and John Lewis have since followed suit knocking large fractions off electronic items, toys and interior décor pieces.

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 Auction Sites

Sites like Ebay are great for bagging a bargain but you have to be clever when bidding. The automatic system tool allows you to set a ceiling amount and outbids any competitor so you don’t have to do it manually each time a new bid comes in. Using this system may prevent you from getting carried away and blowing your budget before anyone has even challenged your bid. A top tip here is to bid an odd amount such as £20.07 which may pip you over your rival bidder. There is also ‘sniping’ software available which places your bid at the very last minute although this involved sharing your bank details with a third party which is generally not advisable.

Make Your Own

An alternative to shopping for that perfect gift that says everything you want to say is to make your own. Nothing will carry a stronger message than a present you have created as one-off especially for a particular person. You could create unique gifts such as calendars, mugs and wall art using your own photographs by going to websites such as Snapfish.

Bargain Breaks

An unusual and thoughtful gift for your other half and family would be a short break for all of you. Skip the post-Christmas blues by getting away from the winter cold and warming your bones in foreign climes. Websites such as Lastminute.com as well as the majority of travel agents have cheap deals for a variety of destinations and packages.

 

Review: Etude House Princess Etoinette All Over Powder

 


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Needless to say it’s a very pretty piece of makeup and if you’re anything like me a lovely piece for your collection of “pretty highlighters” as I like to call them! Etude House created the All Over Powder so you can use it on your face, cheeks, neck, arms, eyes, even your lips if you want for a little hint of sparkle and shimmer! I like adding a touch on my eyes with black eyeliner for a little sparkle without over doing things and allowing the liner to shine through.

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The Princess Etoinette Collection is probably one of Etude’s most nicely packaged collections – think Marie Antoinette and Ladurée! So being the kawaii-holic that I am, I just had to have this prettily packaged powder.The loose powder inside is covered by a removable separator, and a cute laced and ribboned puff is also included.

The powder itself is a pale champagne tone – if you look closely you can spot silvery-pink glitters within the powder. It’s also softly fragranced, and smells of roses.
The sponge is not great for precision application of the powder – it’s mostly decorative I think! A soft brush would be much more suitable.
This Princess Etoinette All Over Powder is a must have! It’s a beautiful piece of makeup and well worth a purchase.

 

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