Planning The Perfect Bachelorette Party!

You’ve been chosen to be your best friend’s maid of honor and it truly is an honor, but now you have the daunting task of planning a killer bachelorette party. But don’t stress because we’ve got your back. No matter what kind of bride your friend is, conservative or wild, keeping in mind a few simple things will help you plan a great party that both you and the bride will be able to enjoy.

Brainstorm with the bride

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While you don’t want her to do the legwork, you might want to get her input as to what she’d like. It is her party after all. So get her thoughts on the guest list, what she might like to do and of course what date works best for her. She’s got enough to worry about with the actual wedding, so the rest should be up to you.

Activities

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Whether you’re staying in or going out, a scavenger hunt can be a fun activity for everyone. Divide your guests into teams and give them a list of things they must find or take photos of. You can use Polaroid cameras, ask a couple of people to bring their digital cameras or use cell phones and have the teams take pictures while singing karaoke at a bar, standing in front of a local landmark or kissing a bartender. Arrange to meet back at home or at a bar and share what you’ve all taken photos of. Of course you should create a scoring system and name a winner, but the real fun will be in the taking of and looking at the photos afterward. If none of this is to your bride’s liking, a simple dinner out with friends can be just as memorable. Choose a nice restaurant that your friend doesn’t often frequent and make an event of it. Engage in drinks, appetizers, dinner and dessert and just enjoy everyone’s company.

Food and beverages

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Whether staying in or going out, take into consideration everyone’s palette. Not everyone eats sushi, for example, so if going out, choose a restaurant that offers meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes. If staying in, make sure there are plenty of hors d’oeuvres that everyone can snack on and offer both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Get everyone home safely

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You’ll want to end your fantastic party on a positive note, so if your guests will be drinking, make sure you have designated drivers for everyone. Take cabs, hire a limo or be the DD yourself.

Paying the bill

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You may be planning the party, but that doesn’t mean you have to pay for it all. As best you can, figure out what the costs will be, including cover charges to bars, the limo, dinner, etc. Inform your guests what they will have to chip in. Getting the money up front on certain things will save you from having to dole out a bunch of unexpected cash throughout the evening. Letting your invited guests know what they are expected to pay will also help them decide what they can and cannot participate in.

It’s all about the bride

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There are many things you can do for a bachelorette party, and you can’t always please everyone. But as long as the bride is happy, you can consider your party a success. There are countless games to play and places to go, so use your imagination and send your friend into married life with a bang!

Are you in charge of planning your BFF’s bachelorette party? What are some of your planning tips?

Must Haves For Your Next Beach Visit!

With the summer days ahead of us, we can’t wait to get out to the beach! The sun, the sand and the relaxation are everything we could want! If you live close by a beach or will be soon visiting a beach this blog is just for you! Today we are discussing some ways to make sure you and yours have fun in the sun ocean-side!

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Keep dry with your favorite beach towel: Beach towels are much more than just a colorful fashion statement. Towels that have quick-dry properties aren’t as heavy to carry or as likely to get musty. Others feature easy roll-up with built-in ties or elastic loops that quickly secure them into a compact bundle when it’s time to go. Oversized towels offer versatility, by offering extra coverage and drying area. Sarongs provide a lightweight cover-up or an ad hoc dressing room for an on-the-beach quick change, and can be used to replace a towel in a pinch.

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Take a load off with a fold-up beach chair: Have all the comfort of home with a beach chair that offers great back support, easy-carry shoulder straps, integrated cup holders, adjustable neck rests, zippered storage pocket, and even umbrellas or canopies to block strong rays. Get some comfy snoozing in with a reclining model. Taller models work well for the less mobile of us, whereas the shorter legged versions don’t block the view of the people behind you. If you want to be one with the beach, sit-on-the-ground picnic seats like the Picnic Time Ventura Portable Backpack Seat are super compact and offer great back support.

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Umbrellas — great in the sun too: Even the most avid sun lover can need a break from the heat when the rays are unrelenting. Beach umbrellas can offer up to 100 UPF/SPF protection from the sun. An umbrella can also provide a visual beacon to help you find your way back to your beach base camp if you go wandering. As the day progresses, move your base camp around the umbrella to catch the shade as the sun moves across the sky.

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Clothes make a difference on the beach: Slip-on shoes, such as flip-flops, will keep the shock of hot sand from your soles and are easy to get on and off. Aqua shoes or athletic sandals can be great on the beach and in the water, especially if there’s a rocky sand bank. Wet wipes can provide a quick refresh when your skin starts to feel the sting of salt. In addition to your swimsuit and cover-up, bring a full change of clothing, including underwear, so you are not stuck in a wet or uncomfortable swimsuit for the ride home.

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Make like a classic movie star — use a hat and sunglasses: In addition to building some beachside mystique, you can help ward off squinting and sun damage by shading your eyes with sunglasses and a hat or visor with a 3-inch-plus brim. Sunglasses should block at least 99 percent of UVB and UVA rays and provide UV 400 protection. Straw hats or hats with ventilation help keep you cool on the beach by letting heat escape from your head while keeping your face and neck shaded.

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Tips on successful noshing seaside: If you want to eat healthfully at the beach, you will likely want to bring your own food. A clever way to keep food cool and stay hydrated is to freeze water bottles the night before and tuck them into your cooler. As the bottles melt, they provide chilled fresh drinking water. If sand castles are on your beach activity list, you may want to bring your food in different size containers. Just be sure to recycle the containers when you’re leaving, so you “leave no trace” in nature.

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Eventually, you’ll want to get moving: When you tire of swimming, reading, and napping, fight off sun malaise with activity. Take a walk. Build sand castles. Play games such as volleyball, Frisbee, and beach paddle, or with younger kids, water pail relay, beach bowling, or shell hunts. (Note: Remember to practice good environmentalism by enjoying the shells at the beach only, not at home.) If all your gear starts to add up, investing in a handy beach caddy can help make moving it to and from home easier.

How To Pick The Perfect Bouquet!

Your bridal bouquet is a once in a lifetime accessory. When else do you get to carry a beautiful bunch of flowers designed especially for you, all day long?! Whole weddings can be planned around that very special ‘bunch of flowers’. However, if you’re a bride with little to no experience of bouquets, or flowers in general, then there are lots of questions to consider. Don’t worry! Today we will give you the ins and outs how to choose your perfect bouquet!

Try to choose your wedding dress before your flowers

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When you meet your florist for a consultation, remember to bring a picture of your dress. The design of your bouquet is completely dependent on the style, shape and detail of your dress. I think the key to bouquet design is that it doesn’t drown you, hide the silhouette of the dress or unbalance the line.

Consider the shape and size of your bouquet carefully

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Do not opt for a trailing bouquet if the feature detail of your dress is on the skirt, but if you have a long train or bustle at the back of your dress you might want to balance the look with a more dramatic bouquet. Do not hide your waist as this is likely to be your narrowest part, so make sure the bouquet is much narrower than your waist.

Find out what flowers are in season on your wedding day

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Some flowers just aren’t available at certain times of the year (or are very expensive) so make sure you take this into consideration when choosing which flowers to incorporate into your bouquet.

Consider the exact color of your wedding dress

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Color is key, particularly with whites, ivories and creams. There are so many different shades, your florists can recommend the right type of bloom to work well with the exact colour of your dress, and to compliment your bridesmaid’s dresses. Remember to take swatches if you have them. If you are having your dress made or altered, ask the dressmaker if you can have any spare material that your florist can use to wrap around the stems of your bouquet, you then have the perfect match

Make it personal

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Try to incorporate flowers that might have a personal meaning to either you or another family member. If you have a family heirloom such as an antique brooch, a lace hanky or something else to work into your something old, new, borrowed and blue, ask your florist to add it into the top of the stems.

Make it picture perfect

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Pictures of your bouquet are lovely to have so make sure you ask your photographer to do some close ups. Bouquets photograph particularly well in baths, propped up in pretty chairs or if you can bear to put your bouquet down when you are ready to go into your wedding breakfast, placing it to the side of your wedding cake makes a beautiful picture.

What flowers do you plan on using in your bouquet? Tell us in the comment section below!

How To Snag The Perfect Summer Job!

Why get a summer job?

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Summer break is a great time to earn money for college. But a summer job or internship can provide you with much more, such as an opportunity to get work experience and gain new skills. You may even discover your future career. To find a summer job that suits you, try these tips.

Think about your goals

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Do you need to earn some money? Want to develop a specific skill? Hope to explore a career you have an interest in? Figuring out what you want to get out of your summer work experience will help focus your job search.

Tap into your personal connections

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To start your search, talk with those around you. Tell family, friends and teachers that you want to work and explain what you’re looking for. They can give you advice and may be able to put you in touch with people who can help you find a job.

Look for resources at school

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Meet with your high school counselor or principal to talk about your work goals. They may have suggestions for how to tackle your search and where to look. Your school may even have a job and internship board with listings for student employment.

Find local resources

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You can often find local employers online or by asking around your neighborhood. Stores and restaurants often hire younger workers. And places like amusement parks often need help for the summer. Want to learn something specific, like what lawyers do all day? Give local law firms a call and ask if they need help.

Create an internship

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Getting a foot in the door sometimes means offering your services for free. If you find an employer who would like to hire you but can’t afford to, consider offering to work as an unpaid intern. An internship is a great way to learn skills, explore a career and make professional contacts. It may even lead to a paid position in the future.

Expand your current job

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If you already have a job you like, consider taking on more duties there. Ask for more responsibility, not more hours (unless you want them). Use the summer to gain more experience and expand your knowledge. Sticking with one organization also shows colleges and future employers that you’re reliable and committed.

Volunteer your skills

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Volunteering for a local charity or community group is a great way to learn about yourself and others. Whatever your interest, there’s probably an organization that fits. If you love plants, help out in a community garden. If you’re a good writer, volunteer for a tutoring program for kids who need help.

Become an entrepreneur

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Start your own business using your skills and experience. If you’re good with animals, you could offer a dog-walking service. If you’re a math whiz, you could tutor younger kids. Talk to relatives, neighbors and friends and see if you can find a few clients before summer starts. Remember, though, being your own boss is a lot of work.

Will you be taking a summer job this summer? Let us know in the comment section below!

Cake Choosing Tips Every Couple Needs To Know!

If you have a sweet tooth and an appreciation for creative confectionery, choosing your wedding cake is likely to be one of your favorite parts of wedding planning. Esp when it comes to the cake taste samples! However, it can be a deceptively tricky task. There’s a whole host of things to consider, including the design, the flavor(s), portion size and, of course, your wedding budget.

GET CREATIVE!

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If you already have a design that you’ve had in your head for years, chances are someone has already got there first. Sorry, but it’s actually a good thing! We highly recommend to try and search for creative ideas on Pinterest and Google for your cake inspiration and see if you can find a vision. To make your cake even more one-of-a-kind get your cake designer to mix it up and create something original!

STAY IN YOUR BUDGET

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It really is important that you trust your cake designer enough that you tell them your real budget. There are lots of ways to translate blush pink and lace into a wedding cake, and letting your designer know means they can work on ideas that are actually realistic. And they won’t try to wring you for every penny. If you’re on a tight budget, think about having an over sized statement sugar flower or blocks of color, rather than piped lace or a floral cascade.

HOW BIG? HOW SMALL?

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The number of people you need to serve is more important than the number of tiers you think your cake should have. If your number is on the low side you can make it up with dummy tiers, but bear in mind that they aren’t free, and a 5 tier cake at a wedding with 40 people will probably result in a few awkward stares.

MAKE SURE YOU LIKE THEIR STYLE

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Cake designers have styles too! If you are looking for an ombre cake with an extended/double barrel tier, chances are you shouldn’t go looking for someone who still uses pillars and stairways. The same goes for buttercream vs fondant, some designers are happy to work with both, but you’re much better off finding someone who works with the medium you want for your cake.

GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR

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This is every soon-to-be-married couples worst cake nightmare! If you want to save money, try to be flexible with your designs. But hey, if you’re really keen on being featured on cakewrecks, and you don’t mind being embarrassed by a badly made cake, you can find some hilarious prices online. Please do your research and DO NOT end up with the cake pictured above! :O

Do you have your dream cake already planned? Tell us how you want your dream wedding cake in the comment section below!

How To Wear: Matching Sets!

Before 2015, to wear a matching set meant that you were wearing a uniform, your mother dressed you, or you were really conservative. Now, as long as you wear clean lines and the patterns aren’t too loud, wearing a matching outfit is the epitome of chic. You can see a lot of celebrities wearing matching sets, matching crop tops to high-waisted shorts or skirts. Or, it can be done more conservatively by wearing a long sleeve crop top with a maxi skirt or pants. By showing just a bit of skin, you can rock a very edgy yet classy look. Here are some of our favorite ways to rock this trend.

Rock The Kim K Matching Set!

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We all know that Kim can rock any trend, but my favorite is when she wears a monochromatic pencil skirt with a matching crop top. This is classy, sexy, sleek and a more grown-up take on “matchy matchy”. Pro tip: If you don’t want to buy a matching set, find pieces in a common color, such as black or royal blue, and you can create your own matching set!

The Boho Chic Look

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Effortless boho chic can be achieved with a tribal print or neon set. Off-the-shoulder blouses with matching high-waisted shorts, or a racerback tank with a long maxi skirt are perfect for a summer night or vacation in paradise. If your heading out to any summer music festivals this year, let these types of set’s be your go to choice!

A Night Out

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Tired of wearing your LBD when you go out with your girls? This is an amazing alternative that will make you look fashion forward and feel great to have fun all night long! You don’t have to wear this in black, but who says you can’t have it in every color, right? These sets are sure to be turning heads wherever you go with your girls!

Business Casual

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Feeling confident and looking sophisticated for work is a tall order, but in a crop top and palazzo pants you can rule any business meeting. This is a more modest portrayal of the crop top and matching pants trend so it’s appropriate for a creative work environment, but can also easily transition for drinks with coworkers in the evening.

What do you think about these trendy matching sets? We love them! Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below!

Flawless Faux Tanning For Your Big Day!

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Sexy, sun-kissed skin is always in style (and it looks fabulous against a white gown) — unfortunately, we all know that getting it the old-fashioned way is a serious health hazard! Luckily, achieving a totally natural-looking faux glow has never been easier. There are however some tips you will want to follow before stepping into a tanning salon. Read today’s blog to make sure you achieve your perfect faux glow!

At Home Tanning

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One of the benefits to at home tanning is that it’s very inexpensive! Choose a tanner that’s a little lighter than you want to turn out and reapply every few days. Slightly building your color gradually keeps you in control and prevents any disastrous surprises! We only know this from previous experience. (YIKES!) And don’t be afraid to have your fiance or a BFF give you a once-over before you declare yourself done or even have them help you with hard-to-reach spots. If this sounds like an option you might seriously consider, we suggest to start building your tan about two weeks before your wedding date. You’ll need the extra time to fine-tune your technique and find the right hue for you!

Spray Tanning

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I personally LOVE spray tanning! It is so quick and easy! You simply strip down, apply some lotion, step into a booth, and voila! One or two minutes later, you’re done. Now, there are a couple different color spray variations that you can choose. If you choose a spray with bronzer, you should be glowing already. If you picked the regular spray, in 4 to 12 hours you’ll look like you’re just back from a beach getaway. We personally advise if you’ve never gone before, get to the salon at least 10 minutes before your appointment time so you can ask the technicians any questions you might have about what to do. The only problem when it comes to spray tanning is that it can be costly when it comes to maintaining your glow. This can be about $30 per visit! So when should you start getting your spary glow on? I would say to start about a month before your wedding. You’ll need multiple visits to get the color you want, but you’ll want to wait a while between each one to see how well you like it and decide whether to go darker. The last thing you want is to be an orange bride!

Airbrush Tanning

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A salon or spa technician sprays you with a fine mist of UV-free tanning solution. The color is custom-calibrated, so the technician can fine-tune your hue and even contour your muscles to give you a more defined look. This is also the best method for concealing stretch marks, scars, and cellulite. Getting an airbrush tan usually takes about 30 minutes and lasts 5 to 10 days.
As wonderful as the airbrush tan is, we must say it is not for the super-self-conscious. The technician has to get up close and personal, and you’ll have to strike several poses to make sure you’re covered. It’s also the most expensive method. While at-home airbrush tanners have started to hit the market, if you truly want a seamless glow you should still go to a pro. Book your appointment for a few days before your wedding. Since you’re paying big bucks for flawless application, you want to get it done when you can flaunt it.

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Have you ever faux tanned before? What are some of your tips for achieving a flawless tan?

Your Summer Road Trip Tips!

Whether you hope to rediscover the back roads of your home state or retrace Route 66 all the way from Illinois to California, a successful road trip requires a mix of advance planning and flexibility while traveling. On today’s blog we are going to list the most important steps to putting together the perfect summer road trip!

The Right Tunes

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Mix things up. Everyone will soon get tired of listening to the radio or the same playlist. Allow everyone on-board to have their own tastes represented by creating their own CDs or playlists. Get together in advance on collaborating a mix CD or a playlist. When music gets a bit much, bring a story tape for a book that everyone will enjoy. This is actually a fantastic way to pass time!

Treats For The Road

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There’s nothing better than enjoying some tasty treats in the car! Put together a hamper of goodies. Some our road trip favorites are chewy granola bars,cut up fruit, and trail mix. As far as beverages, ditch the soda and energy drinks. Nothing is better than pure H20! That way everyone can stay hydrated throughout the journey.

Optimum Comfort

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Blankets…pillows…anything that will ease up the aches that come with spending large amounts of time in a car. You can head out to your local Target or Walmart and find plenty of road trip special pillows. Perfect for preventing the sore neck from sleeping while sitting up. Our advise is to sleep through the driving spells as much as you can (as long as you aren’t the driver!).

Stop Frequently!

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You may think that binging the transition from one area to the next is the most time-efficient way to travel, but you really won’t be enjoying yourself that much as a result. Plan out frequent stops in interesting areas. Walk around, get some fresh air. Staying cooped up in the car for long periods of time isn’t why you signed on for this holiday. Sometimes you can make the best memories at the little, unexpected villages that you cruise through.

Choose A Safe Car!

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Don’t bring an old car that can barely make it down the street without breaking down. The last thing you want is a mid-vacation break-down. There are two main options to choose from: practicality or style and speed. If you want to effectively take your home with you on this journey, but get nowhere fast, a campervan is the choice for you. However, if you want to shoot around the country in the best of style, and minimal baggage, a supermini sports car will be just the ticket.

Will you be traveling this summer? If so, where to?

Tips for a Great Summer Wedding

Oh Summer. It can be such a love hate relationship! And if your planning on a Summer Wedding this season, don’t let mother nature steal your summer wedding perfection! On today’s blog we have the top tips for preventing the dangers of the summertime heat and humidity for your guests’ comfort, your food’s survival, and your wedding-day bliss. Here’s how to plan a cool (literally) Summer wedding!

Keep Your Guests Cool

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If you haven’t already booked your site, look for a beautiful reception site that offers both outdoor and indoor party areas! One with a fabulous ballroom and a lovely outdoor terrace overlooking gardens, a golf course, or the ocean. Guests can decide if they want to be in the outdoor elements, or comfortable inside in the air conditioned building. Especially if you have older or pregnant guests, it’s essential to provide a cooler environment option for all.

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Rent A/C units. If your wedding will be in a tent, or out in the open air, be sure to rent high-quality, portable fans that you test out in the rental store to judge their strength and relative silence. Great party fans now run at a lower volume level so that everyone can hear the toasts and the music. Invest well in plenty of these fans for everyone’s comfort, and place them around the seating area, the bar, anywhere guests will gather.

What kind of dress Will Keep You Coolest?

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Choose a summer wedding gown made of lighter fabric, appropriate for a hot-weather summer wedding. When choosing your perfect summer wedding dress, it is key to choose a fabric that allows you to breathe, such as cotton organdy, chiffon, crepe, or voile over silk. You don’t want horrible sweat stains under your breasts, at the base of your spine and at your armpits. We featured some of our most summer friendly styles pictured above! You can find them all here!

Hair Up? Hair down?

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Prepare for summer hair. Long curls and large teased up-do’s often don’t fare well in hot or humid weather. We advise to go for a trial-run with a hairstylist professional to help consider you options. We say to opt for low maintenance up-do’s and low ponytails. This will keep hair off your neck and help to keep you cool through out the entire day and night!

Keeping Flowers Fresh

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On a hot day, beware of your summer wedding flowers wilting quickly. Sometimes, they’re droopy when they reach you, having suffered during shipment from the floral store to your location. So ask your floral designer to transport your flowers with extra attention paid to their water sources, such as setting all the bouquets upright in a container with a few inches of water for the stems to drink from.

Protect Your Food!

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The heat can do terrible things to some of your menu items, including making guests sick. So be sure that all seafood, cheeses and meats are stored in super-cooled serving dishes, perhaps on platters made of ice, and that the caterer keeps replacing sun-warmed salad dressings with cooler, fresher supplies every so often. Specifically ask for this cool-food service, as a safety measure.

Are you planning on a Summer Wedding? What tips will you use most to help keep your wedding cool and comfortable?

How To Find Your Perfect Summer Sandal!

June is finally here and we are already planning out our summer wardrobe! One of the most important key items to any Summer wardrobe is all the latest and greatest sandal styles! But, before you go out and splurge on the latest styles and hottest trends, there are a few things to consider. While being fashionable is always key, it’s also important to choose those that not only make a statement, but also provide you with comfort!

Understand your needs.

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Are you looking for a professional and chic pair that you can wear from the office straight to happy hour, or are you more in need of a comfortable pair for low-maintenance, extended wear for your favorite outdoor activities? Know these answers before you shop to help eliminate impractical styles from the list.

Put comfort first.

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All sandals are not created equal, so go with what feels best on your feet. If you have a less-than-desirable arch, for instance, wearing flat shoes for long periods of time could cause unnecessary back and leg pain. Another option for a casual-yet-comfortable look is to go with a pair of stylish wedges, instead. This season’s selections come in many trendy styles and materials – from canvas to leather – and their slight elevation could make a world of difference in terms of comfort.

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Another comfort consideration is fit. Make sure that whichever pair you choose has a wide enough base to prevent unattractive toe or heel over-hang. Also consider whether you’ll be most comfortable in slides or with adjustable straps for a more perfect fit. Never choose a pair of sandals that make you feel like you’re sliding around in them with each step, no matter how cute they are. Remember that if you feel uncomfortable in them, you’ll look uncomfortable, too.

How high is too high?

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Just as flat sandals are considered more casual, wearing higher heels creates a more formal, polished look. Whether you’re pairing them with a sleek business suit by day or stepping out for a fun night on the town, choose a height that works best for you. For very formal occasions, choose a pair with thinner heels. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes.

Know your personal style.

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Whether your personal style is trendy, classic or somewhere in-between, there are many options for choosing the perfect sandals for you. While that pair of gladiator-style sandals might look fabulous on your favorite starlet, for example, or your BFF’s new leopard-print pair are to die for, be sure to consider your own personal style when choosing a pair for yourself. Like every other item in your wardrobe, your sandals should be a reflection of who you are if you want to feel at your best while wearing them. Just remember to be patient, shop around and you’re sure to find the perfect comfort, style and statement you’re looking for.

What summer sandal style do you love most?