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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