New wedding trends

The Shanghai Winter Wedding Expo at the Shanghai World Expo pavilion last weekend showcased new features and trends.

"The China Wedding Expo is the world's largest one-stop wedding shopping platform," says Lin Yan, representative of the 2017 Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International, whose winners walked the ramp at the expo.

The expo provided couples with choices for wedding photography, honeymoon, wedding dresses, banquets, jewelry and other requirements.

Since the wedding expo concept took off in China in 2005, 42 such expos have been held in Beijing, 36 in Shanghai, 24 in Guangzhou, nine in Wuhan and Tianjin, respectively, and one in Hangzhou.

The platform introduces brand shops, designers and celebrities from over 30 countries with an annual turnover exceeding 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion).

This year's expo in Shanghai invited the winners of Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International to present high-end customized wedding dresses from international bridal brands such as Lanyu, Tarik Ediz, and Grace Kelly and jewelry from Platinum.

"We will consider business links at different levels to introduce Chinese couples to more honeymoon tourism resources, and also provide more tourism opportunities for merchants," says Lin.

As for hotel choices for wedding banquets, more 5-star hotels entered the market.

For instance, the W Hotel on the Bund, Amanyangyun, Four Seasons Hotel, and the Ritz-Carlton are all participating in the expo.

Also, custom-made ring brand Blove brought the jewelry design team of former US first lady Michelle Obama to the event.

According to Lin, the generation born in the 1990s is gradually becoming the major clientele at wedding expos. And compared with the generation born in the decade before, 90 percent of whose weddings are arranged by their parents, the '90s generation is more willing to participate in wedding preparations and choosing wedding supplies. Now, around 80 percent of them arrange their own weddings.Read more at:backless wedding dresses | mermaid wedding dresses


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Beauty is More Than Hair Deep

A hairstory written & performed by Ella Turenne

Every woman has a hairstory. It’s a common bond. I have short, very tight kinky curls. So when I was little I would find the longest scarf in the house and tie it around my head so I could pretend to have long hair. I wanted my mom to straighten my hair. For a long time she wouldn’t. Then when I was 13 she let me get this new thing called Wave Neauveau which made my hair wavy. If I blow dried my hair with Wave Neauveau in it, it would become straight. So I did that for months. I finally had straight long hair! I fit in with the other Black girls in school for the first time. But…then I woke up one day and had bald patches all over my head. I had to cut all my hair off. It was devastating.

It was then I decided: no more chemicals in my hair. But...I still wanted it straight. So my mom used the hot comb. Ah the hot comb. It’s metal. You put it on the stove. Once it’s hot, you comb your hair with it. It would sizzle when it touched my hair. I would sometimes get my ears burnt if I moved at the wrong moment. But it was so worth it. We did that all through high school. Then in college I ditched the comb. I was becoming more political. My hair was a statement about my Blackness. Then after college I decided I wanted locs. Not dreadlocs, but locs. Because when Africans came to the US as slaves and loced their hair, colonizers would call them dreadful…thus dreadlocs. I thought locs were beautiful. And to me they were unapologetically Black. I obsessed over getting them but was afraid because it wasn’t really an acceptable thing to do. I worried about what my parents would say. I worried if they would stop me from getting a job. I worried if I would look terrible with them. Some people think that if you have locs you’re dirty. Or too political. Or ugly. But to me, they were gorgeous. For 2 years I chewed my best friends ear off with all these questions. Then he had enough. He said to me, “Either get the dreadlocks or stop talking about it.”

So I went to a hairstylist to get it done. The way she did it - she sectioned my hair and rolled each section with her palm. I had these little coils all over my head. She knotted each at the roots my hair wouldn’t slip out. She warned me, When I do this, there is no going back. Only way to undo this is to chop everything off again.” But I was ready. And I loved them. I watched them grow. I took care of them. I knew each loc…they had their own personality. Some of them were really frizzy. Some of them were tight. Some had knots. Some had curly strands. And sure, there were haters. One time I was at the airport going through security. A TSA agent pulls me over and tells me she has to inspect my locs – which are down my back by this time – because I have too much hair. I won’t let her touch my hair so she has to pass a wand around my head to make sure nothing is in it. That was the bad side. The good side was that having locs though was like being in a secret society. Every time I encountered someone with locs, there was eye contact, a smile, a head nod. My locs were not just my hair…they were more like extensions of my body. Some people believe locs have a direct connection to the cosmos and therefore they capture energy. Like when things happen to you - a breakup, death, trauma, it all gets caught in your hair. So after 8 or so years of having locs, I definitely began to feel the weight of this energy. Cause it just accumulates. Like - I broke up with this guy I had been seeing and had been madly in love with. He wasn’t madly in love with me. And I had a crazy job – toxic environment and terrible boss. My dad was diagnosed with cancer. Nearly died. And my hair held all of it. So after all that, I started thinking…maybe it was time to cut my locs. Which scared me. If I cut them all off, who would I be?

In South Africa people were abducting folks and cutting their locs to sell them on the black market for people who wanted instant locs. I had this dream. I'm in this club. This guy comes up to me and says, “I really like your locs. You’re beautiful.” And me, all flustered, am like, “ Oh thanks.” And then he says,” Why don’t we get out of here.” And I say, “Ok.” I don’t know why I say this. Normally I wouldn't just walk out of a club with a stranger. He grabs my hand we go out the back door. Before I know it, I'm knocked out. When I come to, my friends are saying “Your hair, your hair!” I touch the top of my head. All my locs are gone. I scream.

That dream was like a sign. Something inside said, you have to cut them off. This is too much. This dream is a manifestation of all the crap that’s up in there! I thought I’d start slow. So I'm standing in my bathroom with the scissors in one hand and the mirror in the other looking at the back of my head through the mirror on the wall. I take a section of locs, measure where I want to cut with my fingers and then…deep breath….cut right through. About 10 locs fall right into the sink. I’m looking at them there. And then I look in the mirror at my shorter locs. And here’s the thing. I don’t feel anything. Nothing. So I kept cutting. Cutting and cutting until the whole sink fills up with my locs. Still no feeling. And that’s when I know. That’s when I know I am going to cut them all off.

I went to the salon. The stylist cut them off. I remember looking in the mirror after she cut the last one off and thinking to myself - “Who is that person?” But then, I saw me. And it was ok. In fact, I loved who I saw in that mirror. I felt kind of giddy. I felt like I had been set free. Letting go of my locs gave me space to receive other things – my creativity. My love for myself. My fearlessness. I wasn’t thinking anymore about what other people thought of what I looked like. That was life changing. These days, I still get loc envy – when I see someone with a beautiful head of locs, I remember what it was like. And I think one day, I’ll do it again. But for now, I’m really loving the hair I’m in.Read more at:wedding dresses adelaide | wedding dresses australia


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As good as it may sound, sometimes these non-stop purchases require us to hop around the entire city looking for the perfect piece. With excess traffic on the roads and unavailability of a well-rounded collection, we do tend to get frustrated often.

Here's where Aarong, the renowned fashion store of Bangladesh, comes in with their exclusive wedding collection to simplify our lives.

Yes! Aarong has it all and that too for everybody. A strict patron of deshi fabrics and produce, Aarong has been a renowned name in the fashion market of Bangladesh for quite a long time. Every year during special occasions customers flock this particular brand store in search for something different but close to their hearts and motherland. Foreigners also love visiting the Aarong stores, in search of little treasures that define 'Beautiful Bangladesh'.

The Exclusive Jamdani Collection for Wedding 2017

An addition to Aarong's accolades is the latest wedding collection in Jamdani. Speaking to the creative minds behind the exclusive collection, Star Lifestyle was able to get much insightful information.

Jamdani has always been a part of our heritage wear, so most might wonder regarding the exclusivity behind Aarong's latest collection.

“It is simply different, the weave count is high. The material is very soft and the zardozi work is simply amazing,” reveals one designer.

Upon inspection we discovered that the Jamdani collection included truly exquisite pieces; with matching blouses and dupattas, they looked unique and were poles apart from what is regularly available.

What particularly caught the eye were the unique motifs and the intelligent symmetry and placement of the patterns. Speaking to one designer, we were able to gather that the traditional motifs used over the exclusive Jamdani collection were hand-picked from Aarong's archive of rare ethnic motifs and took a minimum of 2 months to weave by the artisan weavers. The materials were super fine, soft and luxurious zari had been used – signifying an authentic look that brides are usually looking for.

The marketing team at Aarong believes that people don't want to buy common wedding wear anymore, the all-too-familiar look that overpowers the bride and her personality. With, this exclusive collection, they believe the deshi bride's personality would be enhanced, making her stand out amongst the crowd.

Other Wedding Collections at Aarong

While the wedding collection has been developed in fiery combinations of maroon, red and orange; the reception collection sports a playful experimentation with magenta. The suggested jewellery for the elite collections are also unique; apparently entirely in silver. The principle idea behind the unique suggestion is to encourage consumers towards silver ornaments as a trendy alternative to traditional gold – providing them with a whole new different outlook.

Aarong also has an exclusive gold collection and gold plated collection to match with the fashionable saris.

The Holud Collection

The holud collection showcases amazing colours like orange, magenta, parrot green etc to signify the colourfulness of the occasion. Matching dupatta and blouse are available for the brides; they can also opt for contrast blouses if they want a different look altogether. Suggested jewellery to go with the designs are pearls, gold-plated jewellery in unique craftsmanship.

Wedding Collection for the guests

Well! Not everybody is getting married themselves, there are a lot more who are worried about what to wear at their close-ones' ceremony and Aarong comes forward in solving their problems as well; offering classic Jamdanis in regal tones like pastels and off-white.

An entire collection has been developed in blue-purple theme in muslin and silk to meet the styling needs of the guests; that too in a mighty affordable range. That's not all, being a conclusive outlet; Aarong provides everything from matching bags, shoes and sandals – their metallic Kolapuri designs being an eye-catcher.

Men's Wedding Collection

The Men's sherwani have been developed to meet with the styling statement of their lady love; colours have been kept in mild tones, in contrast to the ladies; for e.g. if the bride picks a magenta Jamdani for her reception, the groom can easily opt for a teal sherwani and fashionable nagra to re-create the picture-perfect look.

Special kotis in natural silk are available for occasions like holud. Both light and detailed embroidery are available on the sherwani's based on the preference of the groom; uniformity has been maintained in the quality of the fabric used, which is comfortable and relaxed.

So, that's just a bird's eye view of the special wedding collection at Aarong. We are sure most of you would want to visit the stores once to look through the exclusive collection.

If everything gorgeous is available at once place – then why not?

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Anushka was always by my side

Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli’s love story first began when they met on the sets of a commercial they had been shooting together. Soon after that, rumors of the special bond between the Bollywood beauty and the Indian cricket champion began doing the rounds.

Now, a couple of years down the line, both Anushka and Virat still remain mostly tight-lipped about their relationship. In fact, the "Sultan" actor actually makes it a point to evade all Virat-related questions thrown her way.

But this time, in a first, the cricketer has opened about his lady love and how much she has helped him in life.

During a recent episode of "Breakfast With Champions" hosted by Gaurav Kapur, the cricketer dished out on how his famous girlfriend has made him become a better person.

”I’ve got to thank my lady luck. You’ve known me since before; you know I did not have any sense then. Ever since ‘a lady’ has come into my life, she has taught me a lot of things,” said Virat. I’ve learnt a lot in the past four years. I have become more sensible. She has taught me how to be patient. Also, how to utilise potential to the fullest at whatever point you are in your life. The flip in my attitude has been because of her.”

She has not only stood by her beau but also reached new heights in her own career at the same time. If the recent commerical where Virat and Anushka are seen exchanging new-age wedding vows is anything to go by, fans hope the couple gets to do something similar soon, off-screen too!Read more at:wedding dresses perth | wedding dresses australia


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Pixie Lott's wedding

Speaking to New! magazine, she said: "It's next September and we've been really busy so we need to get round to sorting it out. I'm also really unorganised and currently looking for a house. I'd like to have a big wedding in England, so I can invite all my friends and family, celebrate and have lots of fun."

And it's not just the wedding the 'All About Tonight' hitmaker is busy organising as she's also trying to find a new house so that she's closer to her family in Essex.

She explained: "We live together now, but in a really small flat I've had since I was 18. It's time to get some more space for all my junk!

"My family live in the Essex countryside so I'm looking there."

And a bigger house will come in handy when the couple decide to have a family of their own - although Pixie doesn't want to start trying for a baby until after they've got hitched.

She said: "I've got a really close family so I'd love to have children one day, but at the moment we haven't got round to planning the wedding! We've got to get that done first."

Meanwhile, Pixie is hoping to persuade Danny Jones to sing at her wedding after they hit it off while shooting 'The Voice Kids', in which they were both judges, this year.

She said recently: "I'm hoping he does it, he has said it a couple of times. I was hoping he wasn't just saying that in interviews and won't actually deliver. Make sure you print it. I would love him as the wedding entertainment."Read more at:wedding dresses melbourne | vintage wedding dresses


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Congo Fashion Week

Despite the ongoing political standoff between the government and the opposition, hundreds of Congolese people spared some time to attend the sixth edition of Congo Fashion Week held at Pullman Grand Hotel in the DR Congo’s capital Kinshasa last week.

The event, which took place from 11 to 14 October, is a platform designed to celebrate Congolese fashion designers by showcasing their creative talent to both local and international audiences.

Last week’s four-day event brought together fifteen Congolese fashion designers,including the popular fashion creator Zoe Eleng’Art, who got a rare opportunity to sell their fashion ideas and items to the rest of the world.

From renowned designers to upcoming stylists, the event was a perfect rendezvous for Congolese fashion artists.

The event featured an array of electrifying activities, including runway shows and exhibitions by local stylists.

Taking Congolese Fashion Global

Through the different catwalk shows, exhibitions and fashion talks, the annual event offers an ideal opportunity for the public, the media and retailers to discover the amazing fashion designs and trends in Congo and the African industry in general.

CFW event, which was founded by a Congolese Media consultant Marie-France Idikayi in 2011, helps to promote the unique Congolese fashion while giving the emerging and already established designers access to both local and international markets.

It’s a fairly new concept in the Democratic Republic of Congo born out of the desire to expose the country’s fashion to the world. As the fashion industry continues to grow, Idikayi hopes to use the annual fashion event to put Congo on the map.

She says the event is intended to not just showcase fashion items on the runway, but to also enable Congo achieve its dream of becoming a regional fashion hub.

CFW also plans to begin hosting fashion events with international stylists, media and buyers. These shows will include show room expos, allowing designers to display their work beside the traditional catwalk shows.

This, they hope, will offer an opportunity for professional exchanges between local and internationally-acclaimed fashionistas while creating a direct link between designers and buyers.Read more at:tea length wedding dresses | casual wedding dresses


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Tying the Knot, Island Style

Tying the knot with a seaside theme is a popular option for many couples. Galveston offers many venues for such a dream wedding – island style. Why not get married barefoot on the sand in a beach park, or surrounded by grapevines within a vineyard? Or you can repeat marriage vows on the front lawn of the seaside Hotel Galvez, in the Tremont House Ballroom or even amidst train cars in the Railroad Museum. Galveston has both classic and unique island spots to say, “I do.”Tremont House Hotel

Located within The Strand District, this swank and upscale hotel has eight venues with over 15,700 square feet of space that can fit up to 800 guests. The hotel is conveniently located near many restaurants, galleries and shops. Nighttime views of Galveston from the hotel’s Rooftop Bar are like no other. Hotel Galvez and Spa

Tie the knot with sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico in the hotel’s Oleander Garden and Centennial Green. The imposing façade of this century-old hotel surrounded by palm trees and leafy gardens offers a romantic backdrop. Take the party indoors to the wide-windowed Veranda setting and Terrace Ballroom. Moody Gardens Hotel

Get married with a grand view of the Gulf at Moody Gardens’ Rooftop Terrace, Palm Beach or the Botanical Gardens with views of the Gulf. Inside reception facilities range from suites to a grand ballroom. Galveston Railroad Museum

The museum’s train depot exhibit, locomotives and passenger cars serve as backdrops for weddings and other events. Dining cars that once chugged along tracks nationwide are still used for events and galas serving up to 64 guests.Galveston Beach Parks

Talk about a seaside wedding. While small ceremonies without chairs or other setups can be held on public beaches, larger events must be prearranged. Two areas designated by the Galveston Park Board for weddings and private parties can be rented – one at Stewart Beach and the other at East Beach. Permits are required for music; no problem, however, with the beachside views.The Lasker Inn

A bed and breakfast with porches on two levels, this central island inn has intimate inside reception rooms and a rooftop viewing platform. Ideal for smaller events. Sea Star Base

With maritime sailing, educational and leadership programs, this waterside venue also has space for events and weddings. Facilities include an outdoor waterfront chapel/amphitheater, suites, and a dining and banquet hall. Haak Winery

Just across the Causeway in Santa Fe, this is the ideal spot to tie the knot surrounded by grapevines. Five acres of vineyards grow within a 12-acre estate with an outdoor chapel and reception pavilion that’s just perfect for the occasion.Read more at:tea length wedding dresses | SheinDressAU


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What Is It How to Host One

Your rehearsal dinner marks a few important wedding milestones all at once: a successful wedding rehearsal, the coming together of two families, and the first opportunity for your bridal party and your closest family members to start celebrating your impending marriage in the same space. This can be a tricky event, though: out-of-town guests might be arriving on late flights and need to time to freshen up, and others might have had a long day of travel and need to retire early.

A traditional rehearsal dinner held in a single venue for a standard amount of time doesn't take into account the individual challenges of meeting up with everyone the night before the nuptials. So, let us introduce the progressive rehearsal dinner: a flexible, moving event where each section (cocktails, dinner, dessert) happens at a different location, letting friends and family decide which parts they can attend.

When Gail Johnson's namesake wedding and events company was tasked with planning a progressive rehearsal dinner, she was excited to find a new way for families to come together. "Some people haven’t even met before the rehearsal," she says. "A progressive dinner gives people a chance to meet both sides of the family. It’s always kind of nice for everybody to be familiar with each other and have already met before walking down the aisle."

One of Johnson's most important suggestions is that couples hire a planner or coordinator if they opt for a progressive rehearsal dinner. Between food, drink, and venue negotiating, it's best to have one person focused on the details while everyone else focuses on enjoying the night. "You have to be really focused to do this," she says. "You need some help to pull it all together."

If you can't think of where to host an event like this, remember that a nontraditional layout calls for nontraditional venues, too. "Have fun with it," Johnson suggests. "If you have a favorite dessert place, this is the time to incorporate all the things that you love that you may not be able to include in the wedding."

For couples having the wedding in their hometown or where family lives, ask parents or other close family to host part of the event. For example, attendees can stop by the bride's parents'house for cocktails—an informal start to the evening will make it truly optional for those who need to check-in at their hotels or settle in after a long flight. Then, move the party to a restaurant for the dinner. Stress on your invitations that this will be the main portion of the evening in order to maximize your chances for everyone to attend. Round out the night with dessert or after-dinner drinks at a local favorite. Or head to the host hotel on the last stop, so your guests can filter in and out as needed.

Johnson cautions, though, that a progressive rehearsal dinner is "not for everybody, so it would have to be thought out. It’s not a one size fits all." Before you make this decision, think about your budget and expectations for the night before your wedding.

If you choose to do a progressive dinner, all of the necessary wrangling and coordinating will be worth it in the end. Breaking the big event into smaller sections makes it more accessible to more of the VIPs you want to share your night with. And if you, your spouse-to-be, and the in-laws have been struggling with who will host the dinner and where, you can please more people if you create more opportunities for input. Most importantly, everyone in attendance will get a chance to see more of the place where you've chosen to tie the knot, and you'll have lots of fun, food, and conversation along the way!Read more at:wedding dresses adelaide | wedding dresses australia


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Glamour with a message

Students of Lakhotia Institute of Design (LID) organised a show addressing societal problems facing the people presently. The Fresher’s Day for the new academic batch was themed ‘Message’ and conducted to great levels in the Banjara Hills campus recently.

It was a good spectacle to see energetic boys and girls go about their awareness campaign, which was given further glamour in the form of dazzling ramp shows, and presentation of skits, displaying interestingly conceptualised placards that bore messages Respect Elders’, ‘Say No To Drugs’, ‘Phone Addiction is deadly’, Respect Every Women’, and other such human traits that one must cultivate and carry forward by living up to the expectations.

There was an overwhelming participation by students of specialisations like Fashion Design, Interior Design, Photography and Modelling. If the smartly dressed fashion show was a big hit and the skits won approval from the audience, an equally encouraging applause came when students rendered dance numbers, specially chosen for the occasion.

The event began with the ramp walk by modelling and fashion students. Fashion students presented skits that highlighted the need to spread awareness about the vices and how life can be more beautiful if one led a simple and healthy lifestyle for enjoying domestic and peer bliss. The students vowed to never fall prey or get into alcohol and drug addictions.

It was a day when every student-participant was a winner for the sheer enthusiasm with which they performed and showcased their creative outpourings. The best of creations and their mentors were duly rewarded on the occasion.Read more at:A-line wedding dresses | black bridesmaid dresses


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Rules for Dating His Daughters

Even nowadays, you hear the phrase "shotgun wedding" and your mind gets invaded with images of a scruffy, scary father thrusting a firearm in the face of a bad-news boyfriend who thought he could just "hit it and quit it," as the kids probably don't say anymore. While there's nothing wrong with a loving parent dedicated to looking out for trouble (I know my own dad would take on the whole of the UFC if they did me wrong), we have to be careful about dispersing a disturbing notion that men should treat women well only out of fear of our fathers' wrath.

This is why writer J. Warren Welch isn't threatening anyone in his now-viral Facebook and Instagram post that summarizes the "rules" for dating any one of his five daughters. Welch and his wife, Natasha, are raising two 16-year-old daughters, Ashton and Jade, in addition to 13-year-old Darcy, 12-year-old Carmen, and 7-year-old Laney, from previous relationships, according to Today. Instead, he's leaving the law-laying to his girls.

"You'll have to ask them what their rules are," Welch writes. "I'm not raising my little girls to be the kind of women who need their daddy to act like a creepy possessive badass in order for them to be treated with respect."

Welch expanded on his parenting philosophy to Today Parents, saying, "I understand the urge to protect your daughters. But the kind of posturing by fathers of daughters I was specifically responding to had nothing to do with that 'protective instinct' and everything to do with asserting their dominance over women and reinforcing a belief that women need men to take care of them."

Even if dads are well-meaning, there is a worrisome likening of young women to "property" that Welch is actively calling attention to and trying to combat here. Instead of viewing his children more like heirlooms than humans, Welch says, "These girls are my heroes. I was a feminist long before I had daughters, but it wasn't until I was blessed with the task of raising young women that I realized why: These girls are amazing, and I can take no credit for that other than the fact that I at least knew that the best thing I could do for them is not try to 'mold' them."

Welch told Today the response to his post has been "overwhelmingly positive," and he hopes this indicates "a change in attitudes towards women in our culture."

We hope so too, and based on the above, we can't wait to hear the laudable father-of-the-bride speeches Welch will undoubtedly deliver in a decade or so.Read more at:sheindressau.com | wedding dress brisbane


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Art Museum Wedding

HOW WE MET Connor and I met for the first time in preschool at the age of four. We even stood next to each other at preschool graduation! We became friends in high school through mutual friends and mutual classes. Connor started helping me with my advanced algebra homework and we started dating our sophomore year of high school at the age 15.

THE PROPOSAL Connor proposed the day after we attended the wedding of a friend where I also happened to catch the bouquet at the reception! I had to move into my new apartment and Connor helped me move all day and after our parents left, he offered to help me unpack. He sat on my brand new couch with a pillow in his lap and did not, in fact, help me unpack. He eventually asked me to come sit by him on the couch, where he revealed a letter he had written me so he could include everything he wanted to say. When I was done reading it he got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes!

AN ARTFUL DAY When you get married at a beautiful venue like the Joslyn Art Museum, the rooms speak for themselves. I knew when we decided to have our ceremony and reception there that we wouldn’t need to go over the top with decorations as the rooms are already beautiful and filled with magnificent pieces such as the Chihuly sculptures. I wouldn’t say we had a certain style or theme but we definitely visualized elegance. We wanted to accent the beautiful Storz Fountain Court with flowers around the fountain and up at the altar. We filled the room with the beautiful music of the Mahr String Quartet. For the cocktail hour, guests were able to peruse the Modern and Contemporary Permanent Collection at the Joslyn whilst enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, as well as the musical stylings of the Mahr Quartet on the Strauss Bridge.

DAD'S TOAST My father told a couple stories of our interactions before we started dating in high school. He had all of the guests laughing with his impression of 15 year old Connor trying to get my attention!

FIRST DANCE The sweetest moment at our wedding was probably our first dance. We danced to “Annie’s Song” by John Denver and the song combined with the emotions of our wedding day made me very teary. It was so memorable to have that moment alone dancing to one of our favorite songs and we will never forget it!

LIGHT IT UP Our centerpieces consisted of wine bottles that we filled with copper LED lights and then covered with a monogrammed label. It was very cost effective and served as another way to light up the room.

GUEST BOOK We got our “guest book” from Peachwik, who sell customized canvasses for guests to sign. They come in a variety of colors and styles, but we loved the way ours turned out. It is a nice way to put your guest book on display instead of putting it away and rarely looking at it. Ours is on our wall and we see it every day!

WHAT HE SAYS ABOUT HER Liz is my best friend. She is kind, supportive, and there is never a dull moment. One of her best qualities is that she is never afraid to be herself, which anyone who knows her would attest to. She is silly, sweet, caring, and effortlessly makes anyone around her smile.

WHAT SHE SAYS ABOUT HIM Connor is one of the only people who can make me laugh no matter the circumstances. He is also the kindest person I have ever met. He is genuinely interested in the people he meets and he makes a lot of friends by being that way. He knows me better than I know myself and I feel so lucky that I get to call him my husband.

BEST ADVICE Pick a venue that doesn’t require a lot of decorating. When you pick a venue that is already beautiful, you don’t need to worry about all kinds of decorations. These venues tend to cost more, but you will likely save money on decorations and have to deal with a lot less setting up.

SKIP THE FIRST LOOK When we first started planning, I thought about doing a “first look” before the ceremony as that seems to be the trend currently. Connor really wanted the first time we saw each other to be when I walked down the aisle. We ended up not doing the first look and I’m so happy we chose to have that special moment walking down the aisle.

BEFORE MARRIAGE, I NEVER KNEW ... that Connor could make mundane activities so much fun! Things like going to the grocery store, cooking dinner, and walking our dog are so much more enjoyable when we are together.

...that Liz would be so good at cooking. Neither of us had much experience in the kitchen, but she’s not scared to try new things, and hasn’t had any major mishaps yet! I try to show my appreciation by helping with the dishes when we’re done eating each night.

FAVORITE GIFT My grandmother gave us beautiful new silverware from Pottery Barn. It is the nicest silverware I have ever owned and I am confident it will last many, many years. We will always think of her when we use it. We also had a friend give us a fire extinguisher, which we loved because it is hilarious but also very practical!Read more at:princess wedding dresses | www.sheindressau.com


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Fashion Week Show

Gore designer wowed by Fashion Week Show

Gore fashion designer Luke Dawson is looking forward to returning home to start creating more clothing after a whirlwind few days showing his label at New Zealand Fashion Week.

"I'm pretty bloody knackered but it's been awesome. I've been like a lost fly in a big city.

"I dropped the girlfriend off at the airport yesterday to come back to Gore and to be honest I could have got on the plane with her."

Luke Dawson's collection, called The Boy From Goreville, was on the runway at the New Generation show on the catwalk at the Viaduct Basin in Auckland on Tuesday.

The line features a comic strip drawn by him after he merged his interest in fashion design with his skills in 3D animation.

"It was pretty intimidating putting it out there to start with to be honest but the models looked awesome and it went really well.

"I've had some awesome feedback and made some cool connections. The boys from Federation have been looking after me."

Dawson was spending Thursday at a trade show where he hoped to make more fashion industry connections and meet retailers.

"I've had some people say they're keen to stock my stuff in their stores so that's pretty awesome."

Showing his collection at Fashion Week had been a steep learning curve.

"It's been a really big step up.

"It's made me realise that if I want to get on with it I just have to get stuck in and I'm pretty keen to do that now."

He's keen to return next year to hold his own show

He won't be giving up his day job just yet though - Dawson works on the slaughterboard at Silver Fern Farm's Waitane plant.

"In saying that I'll be back at work next week to get a bit of ribbing from the boys at work."

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white T-shirt

My quest for the perfect plain white T-shirt

I enjoy, as a genre, any interview that accompanies the launch of a new clothing line – it is an admirable world of aggrandised nonsense. Take super-stylist Karla Welch, who has just collaborated on a collection with Justin Bieber.

This new range? Seven plain white T-shirts. In fact, supermarket-bought T-shirts “reimagined” (cut up and put back together) to best suit the star’s taste. And pray, what’s wrong with a normal white T-shirt? According to Bieber, the T-shirt he wanted “literally didn’t exist in the marketplace”.

Now I love a tee more than the next person, and arguably more than Bieber. My favourite is from Cos. Soft, firm, it hangs beautifully, and unlike thinner tees, your man boobs and beer belly don’t poke through. In fact through some dark magic they somehow make you look skinnier. And at £12 a pop, you can’t go too wrong. But the idea that a T-shirt could, to paraphrase Bieber, “push boundaries”? Maybe my commitment to Cos was stopping me from charting new territory.

This might all sound a little overblown, but this item is fairly fundamental to a man’s wardrobe: “I guess because it’s versatile, anyone can wear a white T-shirt and not be judged,” says Elgar Johnson, the fashion director at GQ Style.

There is no such thing as a plain white T-shirt. Tiny, almost imperceptible differences between them can be life-changing. It’s also the last of the great men’s staples. So many of the sacred cows of trendy menswear have been slaughtered in recent years: skinny jeans, beanie hats, bright macs, bomber jackets, hi-top trainers – all unavoidable a few years ago, now tacky and uncool. Yet the white T-shirt prevails.

They work because while white is a statement colour – if you went to a party wearing a bright white outfit, you are basically saying: “Look at me, I have arrived and I am very good at not spilling drinks on myself.” – a plain T-shirt is a deeply innocuous piece of clothing. So it lets you be both nonchalant and exceptional: the perfect crime.

To realise its power, simply think of its sworn enemy, the navy T-shirt. Imagine a man in a navy T-shirt and navy jeans: his favourite band is Kings of Leon; he hasn’t told his wife he loves her in six months; he has given up on life. You try to know more about him but you cannot, because he is already fading from view, disappearing into his own stock photo existence.

By contrast, the white T-shirt is essential not just for the summer hipster, but suits the tattooed punk, the dad that dates, the stylish hip-hop head: it is the very pinnacle of versatility, available on every high street. It is also democratic. “They look good on men and women, pop stars, royalty and builders – whoever,” says Elgar Johnson.

With that versatility and flexibility in mind, I went in search of the perfect white tee, trying a different one each day of the week.

I start my week with a Sunspel short-sleeved crew neck in white. Sunspel is an upmarket brand with a heritage, the sort of place people go to treat themselves to a pair of expensive boxers when they get a promotion. A few friends tell me their T-shirts are the best out there. At £65 a go, they really should be. The top is unbelievably soft and I feel richer as soon as I put it on. It definitely would be perfect with an overshirt or suit jacket, but it feels too much like a posh undershirt to wear on its own.

The quality of the Sunspel is all the more noticeable when I try the offering from Arket, a kind of upmarket knicknacks and basics store from the people behind H&M, which has just launched in London. Their tee is thin and scratchy, and see-through, so every hair on my chest is visible. It is so uncomfortable I have to take it off after five minutes and go back to a Cos classic.

On Wednesday, I go by the maxim that anyone who only sells one thing must be bloody good at it, and opt for online specialists The White T-shirt Company. In Bieberesque fashion, it claims to have “started with a simple goal – to design and make the perfect white T-shirt. A wardrobe classic made without compromise to quality, style or ethics.” It’s a soft, thick shirt that hangs nicely, but the look is a bit too basic, like a 1970s gym kit.

I give David Gandy’s M&S white tee a go next. It is the least flattering of the bunch, a sort of half-hearted V-neck, with a hospital-gown fit. But its softness almost makes me cry. This is the perfect bed shirt, as long no one can see you.

There is not an outfit that doesn’t work with a white tee: suits, jackets, pyjamas ... But the classic is just on its own, with blue or black jeans, harking back to the man that made them so popular: James Dean. His simple, untailored white T-shirt worn in Rebel Without a Cause led to soaring sales in the US, particularly at JC Penney, where it was rumoured Dean’s T-shirt came from.

The winner in my test comes at the end of the week from Swedish basics online store Asket. Unlike the other tees, they have offerings in five sizes and three lengths. I opt for the large-long tee and it’s perfect: thicker than the others but still quite soft, with that right James Dean-y look that means you can wear it on its own.

Supermarket and discount T-shirts still remain some of the best available; the Bieber shirts are going to be XL Hanes T-shirts taken apart and stitched back together to make them longer – you can buy a seven-pack of them for about a tenner. I have a bunch of the Hanes ones at home and I can see the appeal: the cotton feels workmanlike, almost industrial. But it is a good thing they are cheap, as you get through them quicker than dishcloths – it takes just a drip of moussaka or a wash warmer than a baby’s bath water and they’re ruined for ever. Stains expand as they reach them, like oil on water.

If you are rolling your eyes at this point, I know, they are just bloody plain T-shirts. But let me just say that at the end of the week, I did a blind feel test with five new tees, a Cos classic and my long-suffering girlfriend. She correctly recognised every one straight away. When she got to the Arket one, she said “eugh!” and threw it across the room.

Besides, there is still a level above that I haven’t reached – the designer white tee. Kanye West made a white tee with APC that cost $120 (about £90); Rick Owens, the US furniture and clothes designer, has one out this season for £179. Really though, those shirts already fail, because a white T-shirt cannot be kept for life: imagine shelling $430 for a Gucci washed cotton tee (a real thing), only to dribble down juice from a lamb shish, ruining it for ever. That’s the thing about a white T-shirt, they are transient. If you’re as dribbly as me, you have to buy one a month, so you might as well get it right.

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a Re/Done Denim Collaboration

Cindy Crawford’s #TBT Inspired a Re/Done Denim Collaboration

It’s widely understood that Kaia Gerber, the gorgeous offspring of Cindy Crawford, is following in her mother’s picture perfect footsteps. See, for example, her gig as the face of the Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume.

But now, it looks as if Crawford is drawing inspiration from her daughter. Let us explain.

Gerber, who happens to be a cool teen on the scene in L.A., is often photographed wearing reworked Levi’s jeans from denim brand of the moment, Re/Done. There was the cropped and flared pair she wore to the Tommy Hilfiger show on the West Coast this past February, and again, just a few days later in New York. The brand’s cut-off shorts have become part of her summer uniform, particularly a cuffed true blue pair she’s been wearing around Malibu.

So it seems Crawford was inspired by her progeny, as she is partnering up with Re/Done on a capsule of jeans. Aptly titled The Crawford, the three-piece range includes a re-worked pair of Levi’s 501 Original jeans in a throwback faded blue hue, a t-shirt with a nod to her famous mole and a black sweatshirt with her airbrushed portrait on the back. The jeans, which are mid-rise and slightly skinny, were inspired by a pair that Crawford wore in the ’90s and loved so much she never gave them away. The fit of the pants has been modernized for 2017, so these jeans are guaranteed to be both flattering and vintage.

But how did this range really come to be? Well, it all started with Crawford’s Instagram post (as most things do these days), which was a throwback of the model in a pair of Levis. In the caption, she wrote “Workin’ that @shopredone look before @shopredone was even born!” Touché!

The brand’s co-founder, Sean Barron, did give the model credit, admitting: “She popularized the look that is the core of the brand.” So turns out that Gerber, yet again, is simply taking style notes from her mother.

To celebrate the launch of these new Re/Done designs, Crawford has taken over the brand’s Instagram Stories. The denim line is taking the Instagram focus one step further, by offering 20 limited pieces from the collection, which can only be shopped by swiping through Stories. In addition to Instagram, the collection, which deserves the title of the sexiest mom jeans on the market, can also be scooped up at Barneys, Colette, Ron Herman Japan and on Re/Done’s website.

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$2000 'Holocaust' dress

Miu Miu removes $2000 'Holocaust' dress from sale

In fashion, there are certain rules designers ought to follow, such as do not print slogans that condone drug use or the sexualisation of children.

And do not, under any circumstances, place a yellow star anywhere near the chest of any garment.

While designers sometimes plead that such stars evoke the Wild West or varsity culture (stars are cute! stars denote achievement!), the Nazis made sure that from the 1930s until forever that they will be associated with the murderous pursuit of Jews in the Holocaust.

And yet, Italian fashion giant Miu Miu got it so hopelessly wrong by producing a dress in its latest range with a yellow star patch on the chest.

Although the star is five pointed, and not the six points of the Star of David, and says "John", it didn't matter.

The outrage was swift, with Canadian shoppers at the Holt Renfrew department store among the first to alert a US-based blogger, who goes only by the name "Jewish Chick".

"I was shocked and saddened that a brand such as Miu Miu [sister brand of Prada] would bring such a design to production and a store such as [Holt Renfrew] would then sell it without question," Jewish Chick, who did not wish to give her real name, told Fairfax Media.

"While the star has five points versus six, it clearly brings back horrific images of the stars Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust and is a direct spit in the face to the six million Jews who were massacred by the Nazis, as well as those who survived."

On Monday US time, Holt Renfrew removed the "offensive" clothing from sale and issued an apology, Jewish Chick said.

Subsequently, Preia Narendra, senior vice-president of marketing and communications at Miu Miu, sent Jewish Chick this email: "It was not Miu Miu's intent in any way to make any political or religious statement, and we apologise for any offence that may have been taken. Kindly note that effective immediately these items will be removed from the collection."

While Fairfax Media was unable to find any of the "yellow star" dresses, which would have cost more than $2000 based on similar items, online on Wednesday, e-boutique SSense was still selling a blue shirt with a red star from the collection.

In 2014, Spanish fast-fashion giant Zara pulled a children's top from sale that was striped and had a yellow star on the chest. While the star said "sherriff" and was five pointed, the striped background only added to comparisons to a concentration camp uniform.

And in 2007, Zara also had to withdraw a handbag that featured a green swastika embroidered inside a red sun.

As the grandchild of Holocaust survivors, I find myself asking how this keeps happening.

No-one is suggesting Miu Miu (or Zara before it) intended to draw Holocaust comparisons to its latest range but the use of a yellow star anywhere on a garment, especially on the chest, is considered tone deaf at best and deeply offensive at worst.

Perhaps it's time designers just ditch the yellow star as a fashion motif altogether. It's just not worth the price.

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A Fashion Star In The Making

Suhana Khan's Heavy Metal Leather Boots Will Convince You That She Is A Fashion Star In The Making

Second born of the world's second richest entertainer, Shah Rukh Khan, Suhana Khan has access to designers that most people struggle pronouncing. Yet, the 17-year-old isn't your regular millennial. For one, she refrains from sharing her exotic life experiences on social media. So, nope, she won't play the token #RichKidOfInstagram because the world expects her to. That's not to say that the teenager doesn't have access to the fab life. In the past, we have seen her push major looks in Herve Leger (her lovely mum, Gauri Khan is known to have a special place for the brand in her queen-size wardrobe) and establish herself as a dedicated consumer of high fashion.

Yesterday, the little one pulled out another one of her heavy-duty looks from her arsenal that is possibly overflowing with many such gems. For this round, Suhana took after her mom for the outfit and chose a black halter top to pair with skinny jeans. She was accompanied by besties Ananya Pandey, Ahaan Pandet and Shanaya Kapoor. The faces of tomorrow were headed to the Superdry party at the ongoing Lakmé Fashion Week.

But it was those Saint Laurent leather boots that we were most excited to see for their day out. You are looking at about Rs. 82, 000 of heavy metal, should you have found a match in this chain-wrapped pair. Jimmy Choo's signature acrylic neon sling accompanied her on this designer outing. Raise your hand if you think Suhana is finally ready to embrace her ingrained superstar status.

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Marathon Training

Kevin Hart Debuts Never-Before-Seen Nike Shoes During Marathon Training

Hollywood funnyman Kevin Hart is gearing up for another marathon, and he’s doing it in a Nike running sneaker you’ve never seen before.

Hart took to Instagram yesterday to give fans a look at his training regimen in a hurdle jumping pose. Unsurprisingly, the comedian was dressed head-to-toe in Nike, which Hart has represented as an ambassador since 2015.

While the motivational image and caption are share-worthy enough on their own, it was Hart’s kicks that caught our attention. He’s laced up in a bright crimson red colorway of the Nike Zoom VaporFly 4%, the brand’s $250 runner inspired by its Breaking2 campaign, an attempt to break the two-hour marathon barrier.

Nike released the Zoom VaporFly 4% to the public in July; however, it’s already sold out from the brand’s e-commerce site. A takedown version, known as the Zoom Fly, is available now from nike.com for $150.

There’s currently no confirmation on whether the crimson Zoom VaporFly 4% worn by Hart will be released to the public.

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These $24 Shoes

Cara Delevingne Celebrated Her 25th Birthday With These $24 Shoes

As we’ve seen from her latest “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” press tour, Cara Delevingne is always a knockout on the red carpet. The model-turned-actress has wowed the world with everything from her pink hair and pearl dress to her gorgeous crystal-embellished black pant suit.

This week, the star turned 25 — and she decided to celebrate the occasion by bringing all of her friends together for a fun Mexican getaway. Not surprisingly, Delevingne didn’t disappoint with her off-duty birthday style. Her squad kicked off the trip with matching all-red looks, followed by a sea of colorful swimsuits as they continued the supermodel’s special day on a boat.

Birthday girl Delevingne stood out in an all-white suit and a vibrant striped Issey Miyake coat, which she used as a beach coverup. But what really caught our eye was the matching flip-flops she wore. Delevingne took to Instagram to give her seal of approval on the yellow Havaianas, which you can purchase now for only $24 online. It’s no secret that the brand’s sandals are a summer staple, but now Delevingne gives us even more reason to stock up.

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fashion makeover

Android Wear hopes you care after fashion makeover

Earlier this month, I was sitting in a conventional conference room in Google's New York office, complete with the standard movable whiteboard, an oblong gray table, a conference phone and an intercom system.

This, however, was not the standard product briefing.

Roughly two dozen smartwatches sat on the table, bearing the names of trendy brands such as Tag Heuer and Movado. Yes, Google's head of Android Wear was in the room, but so were six sharply dressed representatives from the fashion world. The watches came in different materials, bands and, most importantly, sizes.

Consider this a second act for Android Wear, which has struggled since it came out of the gate three years ago at the Google I/O developer conference. Though people are starting to warm up to smartwatches, the ones they're buying are the Apple Watch or Samsung's Tizen-powered Gear S watches. Android Wear is missing out. Its most successful partner, Motorola, stopped making watches.

As result, the usual Android partners like Samsung and LG were nowhere to be found at the briefing. In their place were brands you're likely to see at a Macy's, from Emporio Armani to Michael Kors.

For David Singleton, who leads the Android Wear team for Google, the plethora of watches on the table were part of Android's philosophy to create different products that fit your unique tastes.

"It's really cool to be sitting here ... and really see that diversity we were aiming for really come to life," he said in an interview.

Fashion forward

It's no coincidence Google is opting for a more couture makeover. Its partnership with the Fossil Group, which makes watches for Michael Kors, Emporio Armani and Diesel, is one of its rare bright spots.

Fossil was the largest seller of Android Wear watches in the first quarter, according to IDC. Still, it made up only 5.7 percent of the global market, with Garmin and Samsung, which both use their own operating systems, ahead of it. Leading the pack was Apple, which makes up more than half the sale of smartwatches.

Still, Hannah Liu, director of wearables at Fossil, said she was seeing "hockey stick" level growth in smartwatches (which is admittedly easy when you're starting from zero).

And boy, are its customers obsessed with their watch faces. Liu said that over a 30-day period, Michael Kors smartwatch owners changed the face more than a million times.

That's why the array of watches on the table not only had a wide variety of different looks, they all had some custom aspect to the watch face as well. One Michael Kors watch had a unique face that pulled up photos from your Facebook or Instagram feed. A Fossil watch let you tweak the colors and look of the face, and share it with friends through a special code so other Fossil wearers could share in the look.

"If you've ever been in a 'bride tribe,' you know that would be useful," Liu said.

Addressing an early issue with bulky smartwatches, Liu added that the new collection includes smaller sizes to better accommodate female shoppers and consumers in the Asia-Pacific region.

The fashion brands may be eager to get into the game because Apple Watch is starting to eat their lunch, according to Avi Greengart, an analyst at Global Data. The Apple Watch is priced between $270 and $1,300, and many of these brands sit smack in the middle of that range.

"This is a conscious decision by the fashion brands," said Greengart.

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Bridget Malcolm

Bridget Malcolm: I follow my gut, not trends I don't feel comfortable with

When Bridget Malcolm was spotted by a modelling agency scout on the street at age 14, she put aside her classical music and ballet training for a hugely successful modelling career.

Now 25, she has been the face of Seafolly and Polo Ralph Lauren and walked in Victoria's Secret shows. She lives between LA and New York with her American musician husband, Nathaniel Hoho, and recently returned home to shoot David Jones' spring/summer campaign.

You play the oboe, piano and clarinet and considered being a professional musician. Is this still on the cards?

I don't think so, at least not in an orchestral sense. It takes a huge amount of work and discipline to be a successful classical musician. I enjoy jamming in a more relaxed setting. I'm working on a bachelor's degree in nutrition and would like to expand my business in health and wellness once that's completed.

Do you still play much music?

I do. I love the oboe very much and I'm a big fan of music in general. I have a soft spot for all '80s music – I saw New Order at [California music festival] Coachella recently, but I also love classical music. Seeing the New York Philharmonic is always such a treat.

You're vegan. What prompted that?

I'd always had vegetarian leanings, then one day I started watching documentaries on the PETA website, and that was it for me. I went full-time vegan in 2015 after years of on-again, off-again – and I feel great for it.

Describe your personal style.

Magpie meets street kid? Just kidding, but I do have a penchant for shiny objects! I love to wear good-quality basics – Levi's with a good vintage shirt, paired with a great bag and shoes.

Favourite item in your wardrobe?

A vintage Fleetwood Mac shirt I bought in Joshua Tree [in southern California]. That trip was unforgettable, and that shirt is so old I almost want to frame it.

What's your best fashion advice?

Just go with your gut and don't follow trends you're not comfortable with.

How do you and Nathaniel like to spend your leisure time?

We are so busy and spend so much time travelling that downtime is precious to us. It's usually spent outdoors – hiking, surfing and chilling in our backyard.

Any plans for a family?

We have had many discussions about this and are very excited about starting a family, but we have decided to wait a few more years. At the moment we are focused on each other and our careers but when the time comes, we are very ready for it.

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