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Choosing Your Bridal Accessories

There is hardly anything quite as heartwarming and full with a flutter of hope as the beginning of a new life joined together with your loved one. As women we know all too well the importance of what our wedding day should be – not only a moment of happiness but also of beauty, serenity and harmony. We are often too worried about the way we look and let me tell you no matter who you are if you are wearing the dress you will want to be perfect for that perfect little moment when you say “I do!”. So how do you choose the right accessories as a bride then you might ask? Well I will do my best to help you with that based at least on my own personal experience and from talking to wedding planners and new brides. If you want to look fabulous and dazzling so you can provoke that dreamy look in the eyes of your future husband you will need to prepare. I will begin with:

The Wedding Dress
Now since this is the number one you will need to choose a dress which complements your taste, personality and temperament. For the most part choosing something way too fantastic might sound like a good idea but at the end of the day you will need to be yourself. The dress itself needs to underscore who you are rather than hide it – keep that in mind as you make your choice and if you’re having second thoughts or you wonder what the right choice might be ask a bridal consultant and they will give you an expert answer. And remember the groom is not supposed to see it until the fateful moment!

Haircut
I believe that the natural look reinforces your personality and who you are but I understand the desire to be different. From what I’ve seen you should create an enhanced image of yourself without going too far. There is no point in preparing an outlandish haircut that makes you look kitschy – you are beautiful the way you are with perhaps only small alterations to show the important significance of the big day.

Tiaras
They are a wonderful way to show your splendor, the inner goddess that lives inside us. Thanks to the recent Royal wedding tiaras are becoming once again more popular and with the variety out there you’ll have a chance to pick from a good number of them. The tiara might have flowers or feathers depending on your taste and choices so feel free to find the combination that feels most natural to what you love and cherish.

Inspiration
You can easily find it in a variety of mediums such as movies, books and art. Will you be the equivalent of Kahlan from the Sword of Truth series with her simplistic, elegant white dress or one of the classic stars of Hollywood history? Whatever your choices remember to use your imagination and to have fun since this is your day, a once in a lifetime experience that will be one of the most special moments many dream to experience.

Have a wonderful, happy marriage ahead of you and lots of joy in the coming years!

About Author: This guest post has been written by Angela Harpert on behalf of Brompton Moving

Praising the Cathedral Setting

When you hear the words ‘cathedral setting,’ you’d think about something used by a priest and not something that’s used to perfectly symbolize a romantic relationship. But it is one of the loveliest settings for an engagement ring. It’s a classic, and it’s one of the favorites for couples who’ve gotten engaged over the years.

But how is it different from the prong and other classic settings for engagement rings? Why would you choose it among other types of elegant ring designs?

What Makes It a Cathedral?

The setting got its name from the arches that frame the ceilings, windows, alcoves and other parts of a cathedral, which is the venue for many romantic weddings in various parts of the world. The ring setting has the same arches that grace the main mounting of the centre stone.

The arches in this ring setting seem to lift the centre stone in a smooth and gentle manner, offering the ring more beauty and regal appeal.

The Fundamentals of a Cathedral Setting

The cathedral setting is often compared to the classic prong setting, especially when it comes to diamond rings, since it also allows a great amount of light into the centre stone. But it does subtly add a more graceful character to the ring with the arches.

A cathedral setting usually uses prongs to hold the centre stone, but the band splits as it reaches the centre stone. In a classic prong setting, the band meets at the base of the prongs.

Another distinctive feature of this setting is having the thinner part of the band encircling the finger, while the thicker part points to the featured stone.

The ‘Architectural Variations’ of a Cathedral Setting

Perhaps, jewellery designers did take more inspirational ideas for cathedral ring settings from the different types of cathedral architecture in different countries. You’ll find that there are different versions of this setting today. These variations are, indeed, convenient, especially as you think of the ring design that will fit your fiancée perfectly.

  • Varying degrees of arches, which give you designs ranging from slight arches to really dramatic curves to further accentuate the centre stone
  • Varying widths of arches, usually according to the width of the band and the size of the stone
  • Edges can be tapered, rounded or square, depending on which would best match the stone cut and the overall design

Why Build a Ring with a Cathedral Setting?

As mentioned earlier, you might find that the cathedral setting is very much similar to the classic prong setting. This is why one major advantage of a cathedral engagement ring is similar to that of a classic prong: mounting the stone using as little metal as possible and raising it from the band show much of its fire and brilliance.

But the arches of the cathedral setting provide a little extra for the ring:

  • Better protection and stability for the centre stone
  • More romantic and regal character without having to add any side stones or other details
  • The illusion of more height to the whole ring
  • The illusion of having a centre stone that’s larger than it really is

If you’re looking for an engagement ring that’s not elaborate, but is distinctively elegant, see the rings with cathedral setting in jewellery shops. You won’t even need to add accents or side stones to make it look regal and heavenly to fit your queen-to-be.

About the author: Sofia Angeli is a PR & communications consultant for companies in various industries. In particular, she brings her writing skills and passion for travel, culture, arts and lifestyle, including wedding planning and engagement rings, to the online world.

How To Create Your Own-Tie Dye Dress

Forget hippy t-shirts, tie-dye has become a popular way to add interest to even the most sophisticated garments. When we discovered the elegant AX Paris Black and Cream Tie Dye Mini Dress it made us realise that tie dye doesn’t have to feature garish colours, but can be used to create an elegant yet edgy finish. If you fancy creating your own tie-dye mini dress, choose a simple plain coloured bodycon garment and follow this step-by-step guide:

An Introduction to Tie-Dye:

Tie-dyeing is a way of folding and then dying a garment to create bursts of colour. Tie-dye fabrics first became popular in the 1960 in America, when fashion designers really embraced the process. Now tie-dye has a more retro feel, but with vintage-inspired clothing being so on-trend, creating your own tie-dye dresses and tees is a great idea!

What you’ll need:

  1. A white or light coloured mini dress, with no existing prints
  2. A ball of string
  3. Clothes dye, in a colour of your choice
  4. Large saucepan or bowl
  5. Clean stick or metal serving spoon for stirring
  6. Folding and wrapping

Take your plain mini dress and rinse it under the tap until it is thoroughly wet. Wring out the excess water. Now folder the dress, or twist the fabric, to create a series of fabric shapes which you will then tie string around to hold the fabric bunches in place. Make sure to cut any excess string off after tying securely.

Preparing the dye:

Think about the number of colours you’d like to use in your print. If you’re going for a similar look to the AX Paris number, you can use just the one colour. Cover your work surface with a washable or disposable kitchen table cloth. Next, follow the dye instructions, dissolving the dye into a large pan, bowl or bucket of hot water. Throughout the dying process you’ll want to wear rubber gloves, to stop skin irritation and relieve you from the embarrassment of coloured hands for days!

Dying the fabric:

Next dip the dress into the bowl of dye, if you are opting for several colours, dip the dress into the lightest shade of dye first. You should stir the pan occasional with the stick or metal serving spoon. Leave the dress submerged in the dye for a few minutes (the dye instructions should give you a more accurate guide on this). Then remove from the dye. If you are going for a range of colours, repeat the process in another colour dye.

Rinse the dress:

Now you should rinse your dress under cool water until any excess dye has been rinsed out of the material. The water should run clear at this point. You are now ready to carefully cut open the string knots and unfurl the dress completely. Pop it into the washing machine on a cool wash, or hand wash. You should then hang it out to dry, or if using a tumble dryer, pick a very low-heat. When dried, the tie-dye dress is now complete!

New Look are a retailer of value fashion apparel, the second largest womenswear retailer in the UK, with over 1,000 stores worldwide. New Look stock a brilliant range of AX Paris dresses.

Author bio: Susie is a writer who writes about the fashion trendz and also follow all things happening in the fashion world. In this post she has written on evaluating of AX Paris Dresses.