2017年08月18日

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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2017年08月16日

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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2017年08月14日

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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2017年08月11日

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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2017年08月09日

a Name in Shoes

Meet the Up-and-Coming Insider Label That’s Making a Name in Shoes

LAUNCHED: 2015

BASE: “Paris. It was obvious at the time because of the excellence in fashion you have here, the tradition and the new energy.”

MADE IN: Italy

BACKSTORY: “The shoes were conceived in France in collaboration with the famous shoemaker Massaro, and with Swarovski rocks.”

YOUR SHOES IN THREE WORDS: “Chic, contemporary and comfortable.”

CREATIVE PROCESS: “I create with intuitions first, not concepts. I drape, I try many times until I find the right shape or idea. In the end, I have to really want to wear the shoes. And I do.”

COMPETITIVE EDGE: “What I try to achieve is to mix something highly sophisticated with some youth culture energy and art influences to create a unique product you’ll find nowhere

else.”

SHOP TALK: Barneys New York and Tokyo, Le Bon Marché, Selfridges, Matches, Babylon.

BREAKTHROUGH MOMENT: “My first show. I had only one collection, and we made it with friends. There was a lot of energy and support in the middle of a busy crowded shopping mall. And already, big buyers and journalists were there. It was a blast.”

WISE WORDS: “Stay true to your vision, always.”

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: “Koché is not 3 years old, and we have 60 selling points in more than 10 countries. I’m very proud for my studio and my team.”

MENTORS: “A lot of people were and still are important: Howard Tanguy at Central St. Martins, Virginie Viard at Chanel, Michele Lamy, Dries Van Noten.”

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2017年08月07日

Gold Coast Fashion Spotlight

At just 27-years-old, Karina Irby has reached the type of success some can only dream of. She's already amassed a huge following from her swimwear label, Moana Bikini and continues to expand her offering (including a sister business - Bikini Body Burn). Her vivid prints and cheeky cut bikini bottoms have become a staple for the brand, so much so that girls all over the world are flaunting and LOVING her designs.

Being based on the GC means Moana Bikini is the perfect subject for our Gold Coast Fashion Spotlight series! I had a chat to Karina to get to know about her journey to success, life as an entrepreneur and her favourite GC spots (of course!):

Was choosing to design bikinis always locked in for you? Had you considered designing any other type of clothing?

Oh gosh, designing bikinis… even designing other products or clothing… was never really a locked in plan for me… it just, kind of, happened! First and foremost, I just love bikinis. I have always lived, travelled to and wanted to be, at the beach. Bikinis are my favourite item of clothing.

Armed with an $800 loan from Dad, I entered the swimwear industry with 20 pairs of bikinis I sourced from overseas in a wholesaling arrangement. That agreement didn’t last long as I wanted to create my own designs and leave my own mark on the swimwear world. And now, seven years on, I guess it wasn’t a one-off thing! Dad has only just let me pay him back three months ago.

While it was a combination of weird and random occurrences that led to me starting Moana, looking back it all seems like it was meant to be.

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2017年08月02日

Utterly Casual Yacht Wedding

Nothing could be more fun than an utterly casual yacht wedding, although I can't say whatever gender restrooms are fun for all, doctor-patient confidentiality and what to do about a no-show guest, were questions to Didi Lorillard at NewportManners this week.


No-Shows


Q. At a seated dinner recently the man whose name was on the place card next to me didn't show up. It was a table of ten seated boy-girl, boy-girl, etc. His date didn't show up either, so there were two empty seats at our table of ten. A gate crasher took one of the vacant seats. He was the bride's hairdresser and was an entertaining fill-in. Someone suggested I move over a spot. I did but at a big table like that it is hard to equally talk to the person on your left and the person on your right when there is an empty space between you. I was impressed that the host came over right after we sat down to say he was sorry that the missing couple had to leave because of an emergency, and asked if it was alright if he sent over a gate crasher.


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The hard part for me was that the only actual person I sat next to was stuck with me and I with him. What would you have done, Didi? AV, Newport, RI


A. At some point before the entree was cleared, you could have suggested that the one person seated next to you switch seats with a person across the table. You could say, "Let's shake up the table a bit and switch you with George when the wedding cake is served." It takes social skills to make such a switch, but if you take the lead you can make it happen gracefully, if not humorously.


Doctor Patient confidentiality


Q. My husband and I are currently without health insurance and he's been taking an over-the-counter anti-depressent called SAM-e, which makes him irritable and at times either whiny or overly-anxious -- or both. His primary physician doesn't know he is taking SAMe. But I feel I should tell him. My husband insists it is as good, if not better, than any of the expensive prescription antidepressants he took when we had health insurance, pre Obamacare. Should I just be happy that he is no longer depressed and grin and bear the whining and anxiety. Long-Suffering Wife, West Bath, ME


A. The US Food and Drug Administration doesn't sufficiently regulate over-the-counter herbs supplements, so the jury is still out on whether antidepressants such as SAM-e are totally safe. What you can do is to persuade your husband to talk to his primary care physician about SAM-e to see if any medication he is also taking works with the SAM-e, or against it. For instance SAM-e could possibly affect bleeding risk if your husband is also taking any drug that affects bleeding, such as aspirin or blood thinners. Or if he takes a drug to control his blood pressure.


What you can say to your primary care doctor is this: I'm concerned that SAM-e may not be working well for Jack. Can you please talk to him about what he's taking, how much he's taking and how often, so that he can get a reality check on his mood swings.


His doctor may not know he's taking SAM-e, so you want to assume for the safety of your husband that his doctor knows about the SAM-e.


Utterly Casual Yacht Wedding


Q. My boyfriend and I are invited to a wedding taking place at sea on a yacht. What do we wear? What should we know about a yacht wedding? The dress code is Utterly Casual. Since there are 150 guests we don't want to be underdressed or overdressed. We're not sure what Utterly Casual means for a wedding on a boat! PH, Manhattan


A. You can assume that the bride and groom will be dressed casually, but more formally than their guests. They want everyone to relax and have a good time.


Most important is footwear. Shoes should be broken in so they won't slip or slide on slippery high polished flooring. Don't wear spiked heels that could damage any wooden floors.


Your boyfriend would wear a navy blue blazer or any lightweight linen jacket, a collared open shirt and dress khakis, colored or white trousers with possibly a rubber sole shoe. A tie would be optional.


As the bride will be dressed super casually, you wouldn't want to wear anything that might be dressier than what she's wearing. A jumpsuit would be terrific or any dress that moves well in the wind and on the dance floor that's not puffy with fabric or tacky with sequins.


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2017年07月17日

Wedding Cake

A WOOLWORTHS mud cake has saved a Townsville couple’s wedding from disaster.


And now the story has gone viral around the world after being posted on social media.


Jade Neil spent two years preparing for her big day and thought everything was perfect. But when she arrived at the reception on October 7 last year and found there was no cake she was mortified.


She quickly rang the cake company and was told they had no record of her cake.


Quick thinking and a trip to Woolworths to buy three mud cakes saved the wedding celebratiions of Jade and Rohan Neil.

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Mrs Neil produced evidence showing she had in fact booked but the company responded it could not provide a cake in time for the reception.


She admitted she turned into “bridezilla” while on the phone with the company. “I was angry but there was nothing they could do,” she said.


Resigned to the fact she would have no wedding cake, Mrs Neil went ahead with the reception. But her sister-in-law Candice West and friend May Chew had other plans.


They had ducked off to Woolies with a cunning scheme – to quickly produce a decorative wedding cake using three mud cakes, Betty Crocker icing and fresh flowers.


Mrs Neil said she later discovered they had charged through the Townsville CBD Woolworths yelling, “Everyone get out of the way, we have a wedding cake to make.”


Mrs Neil said she was shocked when they produced the professional-looking cake.


“I was blown away when they brought it in,” she said.


“And there was barely any left at the end.”


Only last week she was shown behind-the-scenes photos of how they made the cake.


She shared her story on the Woolworths Facebook page on Friday where it went viral, receiving tens of thousands of likes and comments.


Mrs Neil said she was shocked by the reaction.


“I have a friend that messaged me from Canada who said the story had made it to the United States,” she said.


“I was like, holy moly, what, will I end on Ellen DeGeneres next?”


She said people likely related to the story because of the positive outcome.


“There’s so much doom and gloom these days, people often don’t get to the chance to talk about good stories,” she said.


She has been inundated with messages from people saying they loved the story and it had made their day.


“The best things are the posts showing what other people have done with mud cakes. Things I would have never dreamed of like a unicorn cake,” Mrs Neil said.


She had planned to freeze her wedding cake and eat a slice with her husband Rohan Neil on their anniversary.


“On the plus side now we can go to Woolies and get a Woolies mud cake at any time of the year,” she said.


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2017年07月07日

Destination Weddings

APEX Insight: Air Transat, Delta and WestJet are encouraging destination weddings with offers ranging from discounts to reserved wedding dress compartments.


According to TripSavvy, 24% of marriages are destination weddings with 90% of couples highlighting weather as a key factor when selecting their destination. Unsurprisingly, Las Vegas is the number one destination for weddings away from home, with over 100,000 ceremonies performed per year. Outside of the United States, top destinations include the Caribbean, Mexico and Hawaii, all offering ceremony backdrops of sun, sand and surf.


Airlines play an important role in destination weddings and some are taking steps to make the journey as seamless as possible. WestJet offers wedding packages, helping couples choose their destination, in addition to resort and hotel options curated by WestJet’s experts. When booking wedding packages through Delta Air Lines, couples receive a rebate per booked guest.


“The market for destination weddings is constantly growing.” – Transat Tours Canada


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Building on its wedding and honeymoon offering, Air Transat partnered with Weddingbells and Mariage Québec, two Canadian wedding publications, earlier this year to offer couples, who are en route to their wedding, perks including an upgrade to Option Plus and a compartment reserved for the wedding gown. “The market for destination weddings is constantly growing, and our expertise has helped thousands of couples plan their dream wedding, perfectly tailored to them,” said Geneviève LeBrun, vice-president of Marketing at Transat Tours Canada.


However, airlines’ rules vary when it comes to transporting wedding gowns. One New York Times writer advises brides to be sure their dress fits in the overhead bin and understand that it may account for their carry-on allowance.


Engaging an airline or wedding travel program will ensure guests are well looked after and have all the details they need to make the wedding day, as well as their vacation, a success. Popular wedding website, theknot.com, offers 50 top destinations as well as tips to ensure the destination, timing and travel is seamless and that the bride and groom can relax and enjoy the festivities.


APEX Insight: Air Transat, Delta and WestJet are encouraging destination weddings with offers ranging from discounts to reserved wedding dress compartments. According to TripSavvy, 24% of marriages are destination weddings with 90% of couples highlighting weather as a key factor when selecting their destination. Unsurprisingly, Las Vegas is the number one destination for weddings away from home, with over 100,000 ceremonies performed per year. Outside of the United States, top destinations include the Caribbean, Mexico and Hawaii, all offering ceremony backdrops of sun, sand and surf. Airlines play an important role in destination weddings and some are taking steps to make the journey as seamless as possible. WestJet offers wedding packages, helping couples choose their destination, in addition to resort and hotel options curated by WestJet’s experts. When booking wedding packages through Delta Air Lines, couples receive a rebate per booked guest. “The market for destination weddings is constantly growing.” – Transat Tours Canada Building on its wedding and honeymoon offering, Air Transat partnered with Weddingbells and Mariage Québec, two Canadian wedding publications, earlier this year to offer couples, who are en route to their wedding, perks including an upgrade to Option Plus and a compartment reserved for the wedding gown. “The market for destination weddings is constantly growing, and our expertise has helped thousands of couples plan their dream wedding, perfectly tailored to them,” said Geneviève LeBrun, vice-president of Marketing at Transat Tours Canada. However, airlines’ rules vary when it comes to transporting wedding gowns. One New York Times writer advises brides to be sure their dress fits in the overhead bin and understand that it may account for their carry-on allowance. Engaging an airline or wedding travel program will ensure guests are well looked after and have all the details they need to make the wedding day, as well as their vacation, a success. Popular wedding website, theknot.com, offers 50 top destinations as well as tips to ensure the destination, timing and travel is seamless and that the bride and groom can relax and enjoy the festivities.


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2017年06月28日

Ivanka Trump

The 35-year-old daughter of US President Trump smiled for the cameras as she was photographed walking down the steps from her home and heading to work.


She swapped the strong black and red military look she wore yesterday for a pale blue number.


The dress today showed off Ivanka’s curves, as it was fitted at the top and cinched in at the waist, but its floaty skirt gave the First Daughter some free movement to combat the summer heat.


Small pearls were sewn around the sleeves of the dress, and she accessorised with pearl earrings, a light grey handbag and nude-coloured stilettos.


Ivanka Trump

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Ivanka completed the look by wearing her hair down in waves, a smoky eye and plenty of bronzer.


Her look was much different to the one she wore yesterday, when she was again pictured leaving her Washington home.


Ivanka glammed up her make-up routine, ditching her usual nude-coloured lip for a luscious red shade.


She wore a sleeveless military-inspired dress by Altuzarra, a pair of black heeled sandals which laced up to her calves, and a $395 handbag from her eponymous collection.


Ivanka completed the seductive look with some pillar box red lipstick and a pin of the American flag on one of the lapels on her dress.


The mother-of-three wore her blonde hair straight and down and accessorised the outfit with a simple gold bracelet on her left wrist.


Ivanka spent time with friends and family this weekend as she had some time off from her White House duties.


On Saturday, she was pictured with husband Jared Kushner, 36, on a romantic walk through Washington.


The pair held hands as they strolled along the pavement, laughing and joking with one another.


Ivanka tenderly put her hand on Jared's chest as she laughed while waiting for the lights to change so she could cross the road.


It's believed the pair were heading to Steven Mnunchin's wedding. The United States Secretary of the Treasury is worth $300m and married Louise Linton in a lavish affair on Saturday.


Ivanka was pictured on the street in a casual white vest top and a stunning yellow skirt.


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2017年06月24日

Indian brides

Among all the things that stress a woman out on her wedding day, it is the thought of spending the night in another bed situated in another house. Every Indian bride has to go through the first night ritual at her husband’s place and the pressure can be daunting. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be this stressful. Brides, the night may not even pan out the way you imagined it to. Here’s why:


Your wedding day will tire you out


All the ceremonies of the day will leave you exhausted and it is important to deal with this truth. You may not have the physical energy to do anything on your first night.


You don’t need to look shy if you don’t feel it


We have movies to blame for this. If you’re not a shy bride and if you’re feeling very confident, then be yourself. Your husband will love you for being you.


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You will feel awkward


You will experience this feeling if you’re sharing an intimate space with your partner for the first time. However, there are a number of things that can break the ice.


You won’t get any privacy


In typical Indian fashion, you will have to deal with a gang of cousins, aunts and uncles who will take up your time.


Prepare to be embarrassed


The bridegroom’s family, which is responsible for welcoming a bride to their house, always goes the extra mile while decorating the room where you’re about to spend your first night. Part of this problem is they might hide something embarrassing so survey the room first.


You might not even spend the night together


Some Indian traditions require the groom and the bride to sleep in separate bedrooms on their first night.


It may not turn out like a Bollywood movie


Be realistic and embrace your husband for who he is. Not everything has to be perfect about this night


Make sure you both talk


No matter how the night transpires, you and your newly wedded husband must spend some time together talking about the day you had. After all, it’s the first day of the rest of your life together.


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2017年06月22日

Traditional wedding

Are you planning your wedding? Here you will find everything there is to know about the Yoruba traditional wedding ceremony in Nigeria. It only takes four minutes of your time and you will know all even the tiniest twists and turns of an ideal ceremony!


Yoruba culture The Western Nigerian culture, Yoruba is full of culture, folklore, and colour. Its people are very cultured, contemporary, easy-going, and friendly. They always invent amazing ways to mix old traditions with modern trends. The Yoruba traditional wedding ceremony (which is actually a very big deal) is full of fun, graceful colours, rich contemporary Nigerian music, and luxurious foods. Wedding for them is an opportunity to showcase their best jewelry, handbags, outfits, and even dancing styles.


Yoruba Traditions

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Traditions rules the bigger part of the whole ceremony. Before the wedding ceremony, the groom usually visits the bride’s family along with his father and some other members of his family. It is an unofficial introduction that happens in a conducive atmosphere to get know better each other. This unofficial introduction does not demand a lot of effort, except for offering a few bottles of wine and some tubers of yam and so on. The bride’s family usually welcomes the visitors with a some soft drinks and a simple meal. Both families would then discuss and decide on the wedding date. Engagement card


When the date is chosen, the groom and bride prepare an engagement card that is addressed to both families. This special card usually includes the name of bride and groom, the date of the wedding, RSVP information, the venue or venues, and the wedding’s colour code. For example, the bride’s family can choose a different colour code from the groom’s family and friends. This way, each family will be represented by a different color. As for the venue, it can be chosen by the couple or the bride’s family. Usually, the choice of a venue must be a compromise between both families. Also, the cuisine of the wedding should be agreed upon by both families. Sometimes the richer family makes a bigger input, still, traditional wedding parties require the united effort of the bride’s and groom’s families. Traditional wedding decorations As for the venue, it could be an open canopy, an event center, a large hall, or just an open area. An event planner usually combines selected colours and creates gorgeous decorations. The list of the guests may be up to 250 people or even more. That is why it is very important to pay attention to the cutlery, seating arrangements, and decorations.


Usually, the decorations are made from coloured balloons, floral arrangements, white tablecloths, tapestries of both color schemes, and chairs covered in lace and the wedding colors. An event planner also decorates the high table for dignitaries, and of course, two eminent chairs are placed in front of the crowd. These are for the bride and groom.


Yoruba traditional wedding cuisine A festive table and wedding menu are the main aspects of the wedding. By the way, both families can take part in this wedding area. It should be professionally contracted to caterers as they will be able to make assorted meals including such traditional dishes as moin moin (beans that have been washed, grounded, and steamed) and jollof rice.


As for the meals, it could be fried or roasted chicken. Also, there can be fresh fish, fried meat, and catfish as well as small chops like meat pies and sausages. By the way, the main attraction is the wedding cake. But other treats like chin chin, small cakes, and other small traditional delicacies can be served. When it comes to the drinks, it’s usually the caterers' responsibility. They should refrigerate drinks and serve the guests.


The drinks could be of different types, for example, punch, alcohol, brandy, juice, fine wines, bottled water and mineral water. By the way, the ceremony would be incomplete without young elegant girls (usually referred to as ushers), to lead invited guests to their seats. Yoruba traditional wedding attire As for the bride's attire, it is often a variation for the female guests’ outfits. The bride usually chooses lace, damask, Nigerian wax fabric, or any other material that suits her. Her attire usually consists of the Buba (a loose-fitting top), Gele (the head tie), and an Iro, which is a large, ankle-length piece of fabric knotted around her waist.


When it comes to the Yoruba traditional wedding colours, they could be coral, white, or gold. these days, it has become very popular to mix colours, for example, white-blue-gold, yellow-violet-gold, white-coral-green, etc. The Yoruba bride usually goes with the one that reflects the colour theme her family has chosen, but it should also blend perfectly with the groom's outfit and look gorgeous.


Also, a bride can wear different accessories such as beads, gold chains, gold earrings and bangles. A Yoruba bride always has the perfect makeup, that finishes off her gorgeous look.


As for the groom, he could wear an Agbada, which is always a two-layered chunk of fabric such as the aso oke. His attire could be made from cotton and damask, or he can wear lace and wax fabric (Ankara). His attire could be of the colour his family has chosen and also, it should blend with the bride's outfit.


Yoruba traditional wedding entertainment and cake When it comes to the entertainment, there is usually a master of the ceremony, which could be a member of the family or a professional. This master of the wedding ceremony usually coordinates the entertainment by representing the DJ or live band and follows the pre-planned programme. All that is left is to feast, dance, and be merry.


According to the Yoruba wedding traditions, the bride should choose the cake. Usually, she finds the right one that blends with the wedding theme. Actually, it can be made of chocolate or a multi-leveled butter with regular icing-sugar. Also, Yoruba traditional wedding cake could have little statuettes of the couple or a simple inscription. One of the main traditions of the wedding is cutting the cake.


Also, an integral part of the wedding is the presentation of gifts. Usually, among the common gifts are golden wrist watches, gold earrings, wax fabric, alligator pepper, bitter kola, kolanut, a bag of rice, a bag of salt, and a even a cow ( nowadays this gift can be substituted with the money equivalent).


Well, as you can see, Yoruba traditional wedding ceremony in Nigeria is very amazing and gorgeous. Among all the varieties of Nigerian weddings it seemed to be the most exciting and colourful. It has so many traditions, which will bring joy and make every participant happy. What do you think?


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2017年06月16日

marriage proposal

No bridezilla here. A Canadian woman helped orchestrate the perfect surprise marriage proposal for her best friend — on her very own wedding day.


Jess Nakrayko has known Jessica Kieley since elementary school, and they have seen each other through many of life’s ups and downs, according to People. So when Nakrayko began planning her destination wedding to her now-husband, James, Kieley stepped in to help with the heavy lifting.


“All of the work, time, effort that she put into my wedding planning leading up to the wedding was huge,” Nakrayko told People. “She really poured herself into the wedding, and she did so much for me without even expecting a thank you.”


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Kieley and her longtime boyfriend, Adam Brake, had talked about getting married, but the bridesmaid extraordinaire told Nakrayko she wasn’t counting on anything moving forward until after the craziness of the wedding died down, according to the Huffington Post.


That’s when Nakrayko got an idea. What if Brake were to propose during their Jamaican wedding weekend? When she approached him about it, Brake was hesitant — worried about the potential of stealing Nakraykos’ thunder, according to Today.


“I would never ruin your wedding like that,” Brake told her.


But Nakrayko was committed, and while planning certain reception details with her sister — who is also a close friend of Kieley’s — the pair hatched the perfect setup.


“My sister said, ‘what if you didn’t throw the bouquet, but you passed it to Jessica, and Adam was waiting behind, down on one knee?” Nakrayko told the Huffington Post. “And we just lost it.”


After repeatedly assuring Brake that a proposal at her wedding was really what she wanted, Nakrayko succeeded in convincing him to get on board.


“When he thought about it, he knew she would be so shocked and so happy beyond words,” she told People.


The day of the April wedding finally arrived, and the ceremony and reception went off without a hitch. When it came time for the bouquet toss, the new bride was almost as excited as she was before saying, “I do.”


The only people who knew what was about to happen were Brake, Nakrayko and the wedding photographer — who was standing at the ready to capture the moment, according to the Huffington Post.


“So then we had the song change from ‘Man I Feel Like A Woman’ to Bruno Mars’ ‘Marry Me,’” Nakrayko told the Post. “I starting walking to Jessica, and there was a moment where we locked eyes, and as I went to pass her the bouquet, she started hysterically sobbing, saying ‘no, are you serious?’”


Kieley turned around to find Brake on one knee, ready to pop the question.


Photographer Ross Dance photographed the surprise and ensuing proposal, and posted about the experience on Instagram.


“One of the most beautiful and unselfish things I’ve ever witnessed shooting weddings,” he wrote.


The June 6 post, which includes an image of the second before Kieley turned around for the proposal, quickly went viral. As of Thursday morning, it had garnered more than 5,100 likes.


Nakrayko said she has no regrets, and that she couldn’t imagine a more perfect ending to her big day.


“My best friend was starting her love story — I didn’t even think about that being me giving up my day. I have love and I want people close to me to have that love too,” Nakrayko told the Huffington Post. “I don’t think that people need to be greedy about love.”


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2017年06月13日

wedding day trend

It won't be for everyone!


We imagine that the morning of your wedding must be a very exciting time but of course, nerves can kick in too.


It seems Miranda Kerr had the perfect antidote to any last-minute stress in the hours before she married her new husband, Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel.


Chatting to Gwyneth Paltrow at a panel discussion for Goop, Gwyneth's lifestyle brand, the model explained how she decided to do some yoga the morning of her wedding.


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Mindfulness or madness? You decide.


According to People, Miranda said:


“Our wedding was just so joyful. We started the day, did yoga, then our families came over and we literally had this celebration in our backyard. It was incredible. It was so magical".


The mother of one also spoke about the type of yoga she's currently trying, Kundalini yoga, also known as Laya yoga.


Kundalini, 'the yoga of awareness' involves breath, exercise, chanting and meditation to help relax and heal your body, mind and spirit.


Miranda's a big advocate of this specific type of yoga too, saying:


"It energetically invigorates me. Without that, I don’t know that I’d be able to do everything that I do".


It sounds like it definitely worked for Miranda but we're not sure this is an activity everyone would want to practice the morning of their nuptials...


You can read more about the May 27th "small intimate wedding" here which included a rustic chic theme.


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2017年06月10日

Joy Anna Duggar

The wedding of Joy-Anna Duggar to her husband, Austin Forsyth, will be featured on the Duggar family's reality TV series, "Counting On," in a special on TLC Monday.


"I don't even know all of how it feels to be husband and wife — so far it's incredible," Joy-Anna told TLC after the wedding. "Saying our vows and saying 'I do' and committing our lives to each other is so incredible. I'm so blessed to be married to him."


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The young couple shared their nuptials in a private ceremony on May 26 in Arkansas. "I'm just looking forward to getting to share my life — it's good times and its challenges — with my best friend," Forsyth said about Joy-Anna.


The bride's parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, also shared their excitement for the newlyweds.


"As parents, we could not be more grateful for the godly woman Joy has become, and the loving husband she married!" Jim Bob and Michelle wrote in a blog post on the family's website.


Forsyth was a longtime family friend of the Duggar's before he proposed to Joy-Anna in March. He took the Duggar sister horseback riding and then got down on one knee to pop the question. According to In Touch magazine, the two originally set their wedding date for Oct. 28 but they couldn't wait to tie the knot.


Their May wedding date surfaced after Duggar Family News revealed they were planning to move the wedding date up by five months.


The Forsyths are now talking about adding to the Duggar clan by starting a family of their own.


"We love kids and we're excited to have a family. We're just going to see what the Lord does. We want as many as the Lord thinks we can handle and we are putting it into his hands," the couple told People magazine.


The wedding special will air at 9 p.m. ET June 12 on the TLC network. Click here to see the wedding photos.


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2017年06月05日

Wedding Tips

WITH ALL the stress that comes with a wedding, it can be easy to put your beauty regime in the lead --up to the big day at the bottom of the list.


However, even with tensions running high, getting to grips with your beauty regime should be a priority as soon as the planning begins. Whether it’s taming your skin or perfecting your make-up, every part counts.



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So, with the wedding season now in full swing, Chantelle Kimberley has all the tips you need to create the perfect blushing bride look.


1. Sometimes, sticking to what you know is best


The first rule that applies is to not drift too far from the norm. It is best to go with what you know, to avoid anything too drastic that you may come to regret when looking back at your wedding album.


2. Stay in control


If you would consider yourself a bit of a pro when it comes to applying your own make-up, then appointing yourself chief make-up artist will be easy to do. However, if you don’t know where to start, make sure you visit plenty of bridal shows and consult plenty of social media, such as Instagram, for make-up inspiration and trials to help steer you in the right direction. This will give you a good idea of what you want well ahead of the wedding.


3. Don’t forget about your hair


Just like make-up, it’s best to do a few trials first to see what styles suit your face best, and what works best with your dress.


4. Look after your skin


Find a brand of skincare that agrees with your skin in the run up to your wedding, if you don’t have one already. Cleansing, toning and moisturising are the basic steps to picture-perfect skin. Doing this twice daily will keep acne at bay. Introducing monthly facials will also improve skins tone and texture – however, avoid having one for the first time too close to the wedding, as facials can bring out the skin’s impurities before you notice an improvement. Exfoliating and using a mask once a week will also get rid of any dead skin cells to give you an all-over glow.


5. Detox


Detoxing not only improves the outside appearance, but works within, getting rid of the body’s impurities. Things such as green tea are good for flushing the system of waste products, while ginger tea and baobab are is also excellent for boosting the immune system and will ensure you’re in tip-top shape for the big day.


6. Hands and feet


Perfectly manicured nails are a must! Most brides opt for neutral colours – something subtle as not to distract from the wedding gown or the rock on her finger. A simple French manicure is a good option, both on hands and feet, after a soothing manicure or pedicure (or both!) to get rid of any hard skin or unsightly overgrown cuticles. Gel is also an option which is getting ever-more popular as it does not chip, so it can be one less thing to worry about.


7. Nail your smile


You will be taking endless pictures on the day, so it’s important you work on your smile. Every girl wants to look amazing on her big day, so pearly whites are a must-have. You don’t have to spend a lot of money – some home kits work just as well.


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2017年05月27日

Wedding Dresses

Move over, heavy layers of ruffle, tulle, and organza—we're loving ethereal wedding dresses right now. As a ball gown favorite, you may have held the crown for quite a while now, but this season, designers have been working with a lighter hand.


From Theia to Marchesa, their craftwork creates a more subtle effect, but one that is equally as striking. Soft layers, airy movement, and cascading tiers produce a delicate touch that promises to glide down the aisle with a dreamy grace. Such artfully designed gossamer fabrics create an ethereal feel made of a bride's wildest dreams; but now, they're a reality.


Light fabrics are no longer just for the sexy dress—take a look at these beauties below.


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Simplicity takes over in this loose A-line, Style BL18109 in Monique Lhuillier's Bliss collection. A sheer bodice with nude underlining and a deep V bring a dash of sexiness to the fairy-tale feel of the skirt. We love this one for a woodland wedding.


The cascading chiffon overlay in Ines Di Santo's Maci ripples like water down the aisle. A natural waist and angular ruffles accentuate the fluidity of the skirt, while gentle floral embroidery gracing its center mirrors the lace of the V-neck bodice.


The feminine touch of Sabrina Dahan is unmistakable in her Liliane gown. Floral adornments, one of the season's hottest trends, trail down wispy clouds of tulle while a gauzy wrap overlay across the bodice channels the magical vibe of the skirt.


Move over, heavy layers of ruffle, tulle, and organza—we're loving ethereal wedding dresses right now. As a ball gown favorite, you may have held the crown for quite a while now, but this season, designers have been working with a lighter hand.


From Theia to Marchesa, their craftwork creates a more subtle effect, but one that is equally as striking. Soft layers, airy movement, and cascading tiers produce a delicate touch that promises to glide down the aisle with a dreamy grace. Such artfully designed gossamer fabrics create an ethereal feel made of a bride's wildest dreams; but now, they're a reality.


Light fabrics are no longer just for the sexy dress—take a look at these beauties below.


Simplicity takes over in this loose A-line, Style BL18109 in Monique Lhuillier's Bliss collection. A sheer bodice with nude underlining and a deep V bring a dash of sexiness to the fairy-tale feel of the skirt. We love this one for a woodland wedding.


The cascading chiffon overlay in Ines Di Santo's Maci ripples like water down the aisle. A natural waist and angular ruffles accentuate the fluidity of the skirt, while gentle floral embroidery gracing its center mirrors the lace of the V-neck bodice.


The feminine touch of Sabrina Dahan is unmistakable in her Liliane gown. Floral adornments, one of the season's hottest trends, trail down wispy clouds of tulle while a gauzy wrap overlay across the bodice channels the magical vibe of the skirt.


Francesca Miranda's Juliette A-line takes romance for a bohemian spin with a lace bodice, silk organza skirt featuring hand-embroidered floral appliqués and tiered stitching, and matching long sleeves.


A bodice and three-quarter sleeves of illusion lace in Anne Barge's Ava yields a tender touch to a godet skirt full of movement. Dreamy and waiflike, this effortless number is rich in the decadence of minimalism.


A modest lace bodice and ribbon detailing makes Theia's Soley gown more than sweet. Stacked layers of floaty tulle in different lengths bring a subtly playful, modern feel while keeping the look lighter than it already is.


With lace trim, cold shoulders, flared sleeves, pleats, and asymmetrical lace design, this Marchesa Notte confection is all about saccharine details. Its breezy silhouette and delicate design takes on old-world romance.


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2017年05月24日

Wedding Shoot

A D.C. woman took the definition of newlywed photos to a whole new level (or perhaps sea level is more fitting) and the photos are absolutely stunning.


Nicole Hardesty, 30, has only been married a week and some change, but the newlywed couldn't wait to get her feet wet -- literally.


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"I've been a competitive swimmer all my life. I love being in the water. Every chance I get, I do underwater photo shoots," Hardesty explained with a smile.


In the photos, Hardesty can be seen gracefully posing in a beautiful, white gown at the bottom of the pool bearing resemblance to a mermaid.


"I wanted the photos to have a serene look... look like a mermaid," she elaborated.


Truth be told, the newlywed imagined the photo shoot being a little bluer.


"This was really my compromise. I wanted to originally do it in my blue wedding dress," Hardesty clarified.


However, her grandmother and mother "were not having it." Which makes complete sense considering the fact that her 90-year-old grandmother spent four weeks making the dress for her special day.


So instead she used her reception gown for the special occasion. Hardesty's brother, who also just so happens to be a strong swimmer, snapped the pictures while she ever so elegantly posed in the water.


Hardesty said it was a lot harder than she imagined, but what's a 45-second to one minute struggle under water to a mermaid at heart.


As for her prince charming, he was not physically in the picture but he stayed alongside the pool throughout the shoot for moral support.


"It would've been cute if he could've done it, but he's not as strong in the water," Hardesty said.


Either way the memories will swim on forever.


She plans to have it cleaned professionally and donated to Forever Angels of Virginia, an organization that creates infant gowns for babies who pass away from a miscarriage, stillbirth or death.


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2017年05月19日

Wedding Cost

Despite the rise of high-street bridal collections and the fact that more than half of married Brits regret spending so much on their wedding, it seems that couples in the UK are still willing to splurge when it comes to saying “I do.”


But, with the national average cost of a wedding hitting an all time high at £27,000 – and more than £38,000 in London – it might come as no surprise that more and more young couples are applying for wedding loans.


From venue hire and food, to the bride’s dress and a lavish afterparty, nowadays it’s seemingly normal to blow your budget on one day.


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But, we’re not talking about a few thousand pounds here because according to price comparison website MoneySuperMarket, of the 50,000 Brits that have applied for a wedding loan so far this year, one in ten have requested to borrow more than £20,000.


The data, which analysed requests on loans between January and March this and last year, reveals that Brits have collectively asked for £460 million to fund their big day.


While the average amount requested sat at £8,497 – just short of the funds for a deposit on the average home – a small number of couples set their sights on an extravagant day.


Shockingly, the data revealed a 53 per cent increase in £30,000 plus wedding loan applications compared to last year.


Wedding planner and event organiser Katrina Otter says that the trend for this type of extreme bridal borrowing is likely to be fuelled by celebrity weddings.


“As details of the much-anticipated Middleton-Spencer wedding start to emerge, I’ve seen a real surge in interest from my brides.


“I even have one bride who has a florist on hold as she suspects the florist has some involvement in the Middleton-Spencer wedding.”


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2017年05月16日

bridezilla stories

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of being included in a family or friend’s wedding party then you’ll know that hings can get intense very fast.


One minute you’re all sitting around with champagne toasting the extravagant engagement and the next minute you’re trying to convince a hysterical bride that the ribbon on every wedding favour is the same shade of rose red.


And it turns out you’re not alone as people from all over the internet have come together to reveal their worst bridezilla stories ever.


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In a Reddit thread posted by an anonymous user, the woman said a close friend was getting married and had become “extremely irritating”.


“I am the victim of her wrath,” the post read, before asking other commenters if they’d ever had run-ins with brides-to-be.


One woman said things got so nasty that the bride actually slapped her in the mouth during the reception.


“ She had this massive, billowing explosion of organza as a skirt,” the woman started.


“It was beautiful but utterly impractically designed: it took at least three of us to hold up her skirt so she could pee.


“She had been drinking on an empty stomach and on the second trip to the rest room with all of us holding this dress up while she hovered drunkenly over a toilet she couldn't see, she ordered me to wipe her.”


The woman of course declined and then out of nowhere the bride slapped her while screaming that their friendship was over if she didn’t do this for her.


“She tried to apologize years later, but seemed surprised when I was not interested in rekindling our friendship,” she said.


Another bride, who very religious, had an extremely strict rule when it came to her guest list.


“She told my friend last week that she doesn't want anyone at her wedding who was born out of wedlock. Which includes my friend, who is the daughter of a teen mom,” the commenter said.


Another woman said her sister-in-law told her bridesmaids to gain 5-10kg to make “her look better in comparison”.


“I just can't understand that,” she wrote.


Another person said she was asked to be in her childhood friend’s wedding party and she decided to accept because she was “really laud back and fun” – but oh how wrong she was.


“The bridal party was twenty people- ten bridesmaids, ten groomsmen,” she started.


“We were basically the unpaid wedding staff; although over half of the bridesmaids and groomsmen sat around flirting instead of working.


“The remaining eight of us set up, and completely decorated the venue for a 200 guest wedding.


“The bride and her super controlling mother followed us around, correcting absolutely everything we did.”


It turns out the bride didn’t want to pay the venue staff to decorate the place and instead spent the money of six wedding dresses for the day.


“Yes, throughout the course of the very long wedding ceremony/reception, the bride changed into all six,” she said.


“No, it wasn't a cultural thing. They were six, nearly identical, very expensive white satin dresses. I guarantee you, most people hardly noticed that she changed six times.”


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