Posts Tagged ‘wedding’

Hollywood glamor inspired wedding gown

May 25th, 2009

Need ideas for your wedding gown? Let these celebrities’ red carpet dresses inspire you.

BAR RAFAELI

BAR RAFAELI

Bar looks absolutely stunning as she shows off her tanned, toned arms in this gorgeous tube dress. If you’re more of a pear shape, then this dress is great for you as it diverts attention  away from the hip area by placing the spotlight on the shoulders and arms.

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Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz

Look like a fairy tale princess in this extravagant gown! The big skirt and long train immediately transform the look to dreamy and romantic. If you’ve got a less than flat stomach, this big dress is also great  to divert attention away from your abdomen area.

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Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman

Ever so elegant, Nicole Kidman stops traffic in her stunning dress. The high neck, flowing gown accentuates slim, boyish figure at all the right places, creating illusions of feminine curves.

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Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz

This tight-fitting dress certainly flatters Cameron’s slim silhouette. This is just perfect for those who are slim but have less than toned arms. The dress flatters the figure while the shoulder wraparound conceals the arms. Brides-to-be with firm torsos and perky buttocks, show off your assets in this tight-fitting dress.

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Cate Blanchett

For brides who are worried that a tube may give way in the hustle and bustle of the day, a toga gown would be ideal to show some skin without any worries! Also a great design for brides with sculpted shoulders and toned arms like Ms. Blanchett.

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Vera Wang

Wedding bliss: Pearls

May 25th, 2009

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All the glitters is not gold. Discover a different kind of shine with diamonds, pearls and gemstones.

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Pearls are the epitome of elegance and sophistication. As bridal jewellery, they are classy, feminine and versatile, matching easily with most bridal and evening gowns.

Types of pearls

Tahitian

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The Black Tahitian derives its name from the Black Lipped oyster found in the waters of French Polynesia. In spite of its name, the pearls are rarely just black. They can be silver, peacock, gray, yellow bronze or green with a multitude of iridescent hues ranging from black rose to green gold. These pearls can be very large because the Black Lipped oysters are quite sizeable.

South sea

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Cultivated in Australia, Myanmar, Indonesia and the islands of The South Pacific, these pearls tend to be the largest and rarest of all pearls. They are taken from white-lipped oysters, which are the largest of pearl oysters. Common colors are white, silver and gold.

Akoya

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Akoya pearls are cultivated from a species of oysters of the same name, the most widespread pearl oyster species. Almost all pearls cultivated in Japan come from Akoya pearl oysters. The pearls are usually white or cream with yellow, pink or blue hues, and have incredible lustre. They are not very big in size though as the mother oysters are usually palm-sized.

Freshwater

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These are actually taken from freshwater mussels, not oysters, but the formation process is the same. The Japanese were the first to cultivate freshwater pearls in Lake Biwa. The all-nacre pearls produced colors unseen in the saltwater variety and had immense lustre and luminescence.

Choosing pearls

Pearls are classified by origin and graded by size, shape, nacre, thickness, color, lustre, surface clarity and matching. Certain factors are weighted to determine the final grade. Pearls are compared withing the same type rather than against another type.

Color Typical colors are white, beige, yellow, pink, silver or black but they can also have hints of another color. Pearls can also be artificially colored; colors are artificially infused by a treatment known as dying or by subjecting the pearls to irradiation.

The choice of color is really a matter of personal preference. Pick a color that complements your hair color and complexion. Pinkish color suit a pale complexion while cream or gold toned pearls look better on darker complexions.

Lustre This refers to the shine or glow of the pearl. Larger pearls will have more nacre ( the crystalline substance coating the pearl ) and therefore appear more lustrous. This is perhaps the most important factor in evaluating the quality of the pearl.

Surface When pearls are created, spots and bubbles can appear as the nacre forms. These natural blemishes will affect the quality of the pearl – the fewer the natural markings and the smoother the surface, the more expensive the pearl. Very few pearls are blemish free, so these can be overlooked but several flaws like cracks, overgrowths on the skin and deep holes should be avoided.

Shape Common shapes include round, semi-round, off-round, oval, drop and baroque. The more spherical and symmetrical the pearl, the more valuable it is but some irregular shapes can also be attractive to certain buyers.

Size Generally, the larger the pearl, the more expensive it is but size shouldn’t be considered at the exclusion of all the other factors. As with diamonds, quality should be given preference to quantity even when selecting pearls. Compromise on the color and size if need to be but never the quality.

Matching The more uniform a group of pearls – in color, lustre, graduation and shape, the more expensive it will  be as it means a lot of time was spent in selecting this combination. Bear in mind a lot of factors that determine the quality of a pearl happen without human influence and hence trying to find pieces that match is no easy feat!

Caring for pearls

Since pearls are organic gemstone, they are particularly soft and delicate. They are also easily get scratched, cracked and damaged. In addition, they are also sensitive to chemicals like perfume, lotions, hairsprays, cleaning detergents and so on.

The best way to care for pearls is to wear them frequently because the body’s natural oils keep them lustrous but reomve them before applying perfume and other cosmetic products. After wearing, wipe them with a soft, damp, lint-free cloth to remove traces of perspiration, dirt and chemicals to prevent build-up that may dull the lustre of the pearl. Every six months, get a professional jeweller to check that the string and setting are still secure, and still secure and get your pearls restrung every once a year.

Because of their delicacy, pearls should be stored separately, away from hard jewellery items to prevent scratches or other damage. If possible, store them wrapped in soft cloth or in a soft-lined container, pouch or jewellery box.

If you're on honeymoon in Japan, get yourself Mikimoto Pearls!

If you're on honeymoon in Japan, get yourself Mikimoto Pearls!

Are you ready to tie the knot?

March 25th, 2009

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Do you hear wedding bells and think about walking down the aisle? Well, before you say “ I do”, it’s best to find out if you are truly ready for marriage. Getting married is a beautiful thing but it does take a certain maturity in a relationship to handle the concerns that come with that amazing diamond ring. It really does take two to tango so it’s best to find out if you and your partner are truly ready to commit.

Be brutally honest and evaluate the reasons behind your engagement. I f you need to, write list of pros and cons about your partner and your relationship. If you find yourself having to rationalize that you are doing the “right “ thing by marrying your partner , then you should re-evaluate your relationship. And if you have to talk to your fiancé into marriage then it’s not a good sign either. Ask yourself why are you taking the big step – is it out of convenience? Or you simply think it’s time since most of your friends are either married or about to? Make sure you are getting married for the right reasons and if you look forward to spending the rest of your life with your partner, then you guys are all set! But, if that thought makes you feel slightly nauseous or anxious, it’s time to take a closer look at your relationship.

Sometimes bygones are not bygones. History plays a large role in forming future behaviours and expectations so if you are walking down the aisle promising to spend “sickness and in health for as long as you both shall live” , it’s essential for you to find out about his relevant past relationships. The best predictor of future behavior is relevant past behavior so learn from it.

Take note on how your partner handles disagreements or issues during past relationships and you will have an idea on how he will be with you in the future. But, you ought to realize all this before getting engaged as you two should have spent a large amount of time getting to know each other. It’s also a good idea to find out what your partner has learnt about marriage from his or her parents. Dating and getting married are two different stages in a relationships, and that change can shape expectations so it’s best not to assume anything. A good idea is to look closely at your partner ‘s parent – children learn what they live. Even mundane things like sharing housework could be a great source of distress if expectations are not correctly dealt with!

Do you want a wedding or a marriage?

It’s so easy to get carried away with the whole beautiful ceremony and wedding preparation. Cake, flowers, and fine china are all exciting, but there’s more at stake than that one day. It’s all too easy to get caught on choosing the perfect gown, doing your hair and having that lovely outdoor wedding you have always dreamed of. However, it pays to take a step back to realize that your wedding is a day but your marriage is a lifetime. You don’t just want to be married, you want to be happily married.  Think about the next 50 years. Put at least the same amount of time and effort that you are using to plan your wedding  into planning your marriage. There are lots going on after the “big day ” . Have a sit down with your partner and develop an emotional prenuptial agrrement outlining how you’ll handle children, discipline, money, housework, religion, careers, in-lows, geography, and other less romantic but necessary areas of your life. If you don’t plan for and discuss these topics you won’t be able to successfully merge two lives together. Remember, you two are literally going to be sharing lives, and it’s no easy feat having to combine two individual’s lifestyles into one.

Weighing your relationship

Look at what your relationship will cost you, and we are not talking about your financial cost here. We are talking about what your marriage will cost you in terms of your life overall. If you have to give up your friends, career or family, fro example, the cost is too high. If it all falls apart, are you going to be emotionally bankrupt? It is better to be healthyy to give up all jparts of your life for one person. If your partner truly loves youhe wouldn’t want you to do that either. However, there are always expectations and there are always exceptions and there are no rights and wrongs to this equation but it’s safe to say that if your beloved wants you to give up everything that makes who you are as individual, you are in for a rough ride. It’s time to re-evaluate the relationship if that happens because marriage and relationship are a lot abour compromise when it comes to giving….

Know thyself

You have to know what you want because you can’t determine if somebody is good for you. If you don’t know your own needs. So, be clear about your wants and expectations and remember it’s not selfish to have goal s within a relationships. Express your needs and expectations now… not when you are already in the marriage. You and your partner should communicate honestly about each other’s wants and expectations. For example, what are your absolute deal breakers? You will be amazed how talking about your needs and expectations can help you both put relationship and future marriage in perspective.

Are you ready to get married?

Take out quick quiz and find out!

  • Are you both independant financially and emotionally?
  • Are you getting married for the right reasons?
  • Do you look forward to your life together?
  • Do you believe whole-heartedly he or she is the one?
  • Do you two communicate well?

If you answer ” yes” to three out of that five questions, then start planning that wedding! But if you answer ” no” to more than three of the questions, you might want to ask yourself if you really want to get married at all.