In Europe your Honeymoon awaits.

After the searching, the planning and the endless decision making is over…It’s time to worry about where to wine and dine in these fabulous European cities.  Leave all your worries behind and enjoy the beautiful culture and great hospitality these cities have to offer.  We’ve picked our top four…and we hope you enjoy it as much as we have.

Paris

The most romantic city in the world!  Full of art and culture, and delicious gastronomy.  Make sure to visit Versailles Castle…only a forty minute train ride from Paris.

Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower 
Champs Elysees
Champs Elysees
Sacre Coeur
Sacre Coeur
Versailles Gardens
Versailles Gardens

Venice

The city of canals, romantic gondola rides, ancient buildings and bridges.  You will fall in love all over again!  Make sure you bring comfortable shoes since you’ll be walking and crossing plenty of bridges…trust me you”ll loose count.

Venitian Masks
Venitian Masks
Grand Canal
Grand Canal
Gondolas near St. Marco square

Gondolas near St. Marco square

Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco

Edinburgh 

Scottish bag pipes, ancient castles, great entertainment and stunning scenery.  You’ll enjoy their hospitality and their accent! There’s always something to do and the shopping is excellent…but always have an umbrella!

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Princess Street Gardens

Princess Street Gardens

Street Shops

Street Shops

Prague

In the heart of Europe and known as one of the most romantic cities in the world.  Prague has old world charm with it’s cobbled streets, castles, and known as the city of one hundred spires…103 to be precise!

 

 

 

 

 

Bridges

Bridges over Vltava river

Street

A walk on the bridge

Castle

Prague Castle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Letter to MOB ( Mother of the bride)

Congratulations! Your little girl is getting married. But being the mother of the bride (or MOB) is not an easy role – not only is it a big job, but a job that has changed significantly over the years. 

Once upon a time mothers of the bride did most of the wedding planning (sometimes they still do), and thus got to have their own dreams realized. These days, your daughter will probably have her own vision – which may differ drastically with yours. Here’s how to play your role with pizaaz! As someone who was recently married I have some tips to share to make your daughters day as smooth as possible, and some cute outfit ideas as well.

  • Choose your mother-of-the-bride dress as soon as possible, then let the groom’s mother know what you have picked. If possible, send her a swatch of the fabric and/or pictures so that she can look for a gown that will compliment yours.
  • Discuss the wedding budget with your daughter and her fiancé, including what you are willing to pay for, and the ideal total number of guests
  • Quickly draw up the guest list for your side of the family, and later, close to the date of the wedding, call any of your guests who are late in RSVPing. I cannot stress how important this detail is…
  • Help spread the word about where the couple are registered. Unless you want your daughter to get the same sheet set 5 times…
  • Act as hostess at the wedding and reception, making sure guests are comfortable. This also includes standing in the receiving line, sitting at the parents table, and making sure the bride has greeted all her guests.
  • Help your daughter with any other details she asks you to!
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    Now for the fun part… Here are some cute ideas for you!

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    A Cake to Remember!

    It’s always an exciting task when it has something to do with the Wedding Cake.  Much like the wedding dress…everyone awaits to see the brave choice you made on this fabulous display.  Your choice should be cohesive with the style of the wedding, but don’t limit yourself to traditional style!  Check out what’s hot and different in the Cake industry!


    Choosing a mini cake for your centerpiece…Tempting to touch!

     

    Have mini cakes set up on the cake table….It’s a new trend!

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    Cupcakes…Everyone loves them!

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    To save money have packaged mini cakes/cupcakes on the cake table…your guests can them home as favors!

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    Last but not least…The Traditional Wedding Cake

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    This is the best part of planning a wedding so remember to have fun with the selection of styles, sizes, colours and flavors…Don’t be shy to customize!


     


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    MAKE-UP!

    Now that spring is here and summer’s around the corner, it’s time to update our make-up bags.  It won’t be hard this season since make-up is taking a back seat with the Natural Look…But who’s complaining when you can complete your look in 5 minutes or less!

     

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    Ladies don’t put your metallics away just yet!  Yes, Bronze, Silver, Gold and keep the Mauves too (try smokey eyes with these colours rather than black)

    Favorites: Bobbi Brown 2009 eye & lip palette. 

    For Blush & Powder try Mineralize Skin Finish from Mac (Brides…this will give you a beautiful glow in pictures)


     

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    For a healthy natural glow, stick to tinted moisturizers for minimal coverage.  This will give you a radiant glow!

     Favorites: Bobbi Brown (it’s rich, luxurious and silky with SPF25)

    Luscious nude lips with a hint of Peach.  Flattering on every complexion!

    Favorites:  DiorKiss (Mango Soda) 

     

     

    Bobbi Brown Eye & Lip Palette in Metallics

    Bobbi Brown Eye & Lip Palette in Metallics

    Bobbi Brown 'Extra' SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm

    Bobbi Brown 'Extra' SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm

    Mac Mineralize Skin Finish

    Mac Mineralize Skin Finish

    Dior Kiss-Mango Soda

    Dior Kiss-Mango Soda

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    Accessorize!

    This year the trend is all about bright colours, texture, crystals and pearls…nothing subtle about this!    Large jewellery with movement is in so make a sexy statement with chunky pieces, rhinestones, coloured gems and pearls to give it that old-world charm.  For the daring fashionistas…a full splash of colour for you shoes will give you heels that pop!  Keep an eye on tropical schemes (turquoise and bright yellow shades) Reds and Greens are also in but if ever in doubt  stick to something simple and timeless.

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    Wedding Gowns…the hottest trends for 2009!

    One of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is to choose the right dress that highlights your best assets.  We’ve picked out some of the best dresses for 2009 by some of the best designers!  But there’s no need to break the piggy bank for a designer label…You can find similar styles for much less.

     Colour…Who said white is the only colour for a Wedding Dress?

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    Vera Wang & Reem Acra

     Floral Embellishments…With eye catching rosettes simply fabulous.

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    Carolina Herrera & Vera Wang

     The Mini…Nothing wrong with showing some great legs!

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    Reem Acra & Melissa Sweet

     One Shoulder…A step up from the strapless but still very sexy.

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    Vera Wang & Melissa Sweet

     Ruffles & Layers…Never out of style nationally or internationally!

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    Badgley Mischka & Monique Lhuillier

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    Fashion at the Oscars

    oscarsWhat is Fashion and why are we so obsessed with it?  We know it’s the very thing that defines and expresses us, a non verbal statement telling everyone who we are and how we want the world to perceive us.  Some even say they are unreceptive to fashion but they are still making a fashion statement socially, culturally and even psychologically.  Fashion has been around for centuries and as long as humans are able express themselves it’s not going anywhere.  One thing is for certain…Fashion is change. 

    So what dictates Fashion?  Apart from the runways of Paris, Milan, London and New York, we would have to point to cultural icons, musicians, actors, royalty, political figures, the girl who buys lattes at your local coffee shop 😉 and the list goes on.  I would say that’s quiet a big responsibility, setting the trend for nations! 

    But how would you dress under that pressure while maintaining your glam and poise yet making a statement?  Would you dress sensibly, or would you fall victim to fashion!

    Sunday we will tune in to watch the most prestigious of film awards…the Oscars.  All eyes are on the stars of the evening as they walk down the red carpet.  We are anticipating the best dressed for the evening and the sensible choices the rest will make.  But for some it will be their irrational choices that will have us question their sanity…what were they thinking?

    Stay tuned to vote for the best and worst dressed!

    And the award goes to….

     

    Anne Hathaway in a silver and cream strapless Armani prive dress

    Anne Hathaway in a silver and cream strapless Armani prive dress

    Worst dressed….

    Jessica Biel

    Jessica Biel in a white Prada duchesse satin gown.

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