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3 Tips to Dressing Up Appropriately for A Daytime Event

Tips to Dressing Up Appropriately for A Daytime EventThroughout your lifetime, you will be invited to a series of daytime events such as business parties, weddings, networking events, interviews, barbeques, and more. As you can see (and probably know already), each of these has a different degree of formality and requires different styles.

While the casual ones are easier to appreciate and prepare for, the formal ones can be a bit confusing and make choosing an appropriate outfit a bit difficult. Things get even a bit more challenging if we take into consideration all the factors like the venue, the location, or the weather.

Still, you can use a few sartorial standards as general guide lines. Read on for some of the most common ones.

A Black-Tie Event

Whether it’s a charity gala or a fancy wedding, this event asks for glam and elegance! Therefore, shimmery fabrics, imposing gowns, tuxedos, and ornate details will be everywhere you look.

For women, it is best to select a column or A-line dress that fits the requirements. Of course, you can also choose a less shimmery dress, but then accessories must compensate for the lack of glamour.

Now, for many of us, it can be difficult to justify the cost of buying an ultra-elegant dress that will only be useful for one event – but there is a solution for this. For example, if you are invited to participate at a black-tie event in Australia, you might consider dress hire in Sydney, which can be a lower-cost and easy method to get a fantastic gown without getting saddled with it for good.

Cocktail Parties, Engagements and Weddings

In this situation, you have to ask for details about the event, in order to know the dress code. After all, each of these events (especially as daytime events) can range from a small gathering between friends and family to an all-out event.

In short, if it’s a fancier party, you won’t go wrong with “cocktail attire” (a little black dress will go amazingly well). On the other hand, if it’s a more casual event, you will be fine with an elegant top with tailored pants or an classic skirt. The outfit can be paired with heels or fancy flats, depending on your degree of comfort.

As long as you stay away from fabrics considered casual like denim, jersey, or chino, you should be fine.

A Bridal or Baby Shower

These are happy events where people gather to celebrate and feel good. In addition, this means you can be more casual with your choice of clothes (as long as you opt for something with an elegant touch).

These events go well with cute, feminine dresses, large prints, or flowey materials. Of course, you can also wear pants (the more elegant ones) and dust off your cute footwear (heels or flat). Still, keep in mind that, if it’s a bridal shower, white is a big no-no for guests. Of course, it’s best to avoid an all-black outfit as well, since it may send the wrong message.

Wrap Up

Overall, finding the right outfit for an event is all about paying attention to the type of event and the people who will attend. As long as you follow the guidelines and select an outfit that fits your body type, you will fit right in!

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Born into a family of tailors and seamstresses, Geraldina started making her own designs as a teenager, and even designed her own wedding dress. By age 18, she managed a full staff at her uncle’s fabric business in Albania. But the Albanian civil war in the late 1990’s forced Geraldina and her family to flee to Greece, and later to move to the United States.

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Our Favorite Valentinos for Spring Weddings in 2021

Favorite Valentinos for Spring Weddings in 2021Whether you’re the bride, the maid of honor, or participating as a guest, you’ll need to make sure you have appropriate footwear. And, given that this aspect can make or break your wedding experience, you also need to choose something comfortable, that will help you dance your way through the night.

Therefore, we think a pair of Valentino shoes may be the best option for such an important and joyous occasion. They are well-designed, gorgeous, and will treat your feet with love and care. Moreover, the range is so wide that anyone can find the right pair of shoes for their needs. But since we’re talking about weddings, let’s have a look at some of the best designs that will work amazingly at events organized this year.

Shoes for the Bride

As the bride, you will be on your feet all night long, dancing, chatting with guests, and making sure everyone is having a good time. Therefore, your shoes must be accommodating and comfortable.

Of course, they must also fit the dress and look good, since you’ll be the center of attention. Still, you have options besides the classic high-heeled stiletto in white. For instance, Valentino has some beautiful ballerina flats that work nicely with floor-length dresses and may become your friends once the party starts (and the official pictures are over). However, if your dress is tea-length or shorter, you may want a pair of elegant heels that fit the dress and help elongate the legs. Luckily, this year’s offerings include a wide range of stilettos in different lengths and designs, so you can have your pick.

Shoes for the Maid of Honor

Since your job is to help the bride navigate the day smoothly, you may have an even tougher time. Not only will you have to look stunning, but you’ll also have to put out fires and run from place to place in order to make sure everything is going well.

So, while you prepare your wedding emergency kit, you may also want to prepare a second pair of shoes for when things calm down. Or, it may be enough to get a pair of block-heeled shoes from Valentino! These shoes are comfortable, easy to accessorize with an elegant dress, and quite in style nowadays.

If block heels are not your style or they don’t fit your dress, the new collection also has a beautiful strap heel design with covered stiletto heel with rubber injection (for extra comfort). They look great on your feet and the straps can accommodate even wide feet.

Shoes for Guests

Since you won’t be on your feet that much and you can always take a rest after a dancing session, your options are wider. Therefore, if you want to look fabulous, you can indulge for one night and wear a pair of high-heeled Valentinos with a pointed toe. They look amazing with both short and tea-length dresses and can easily be the star of your outfit.

If you’re going for something more comfortable but still elegant, we recommend their slingback heels. These shoes have an air of refined style that goes well with a beautiful dress that charms the world through its simplicity. In addition, as the heel is smaller, it will be less problematic to keep them on all night long.

Wrap Up

At the end of the day, all that matters is that you feel good in your outfit and role at the wedding. Luckily, there are plenty of cute shoes in a variety of designs, colors, and heel heights in the new Valentino collection so anyone can have their pick. So, don’t be hasty, especially if you’re buying for your big day!

Wedding Day Ready: 10 Items for Your Bridesmaid Emergency Kit

Wedding Day Ready: 10 Items for Your Bridesmaid Emergency Kit
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Your dearest friend or relative has asked you to be a bridesmaid. And now, you’re in the midst of helping to coordinate a tediously scheduled event, complete with matching bridesmaids’ ensembles, planned bridal showers and a bachelorette party. However, more importantly, a bridesmaid is there to keep the bride calm and collected on her big day. A wedding day stirs up lots of emotions, which can trigger accidents and send the bride into a worry or even a bridezilla-like frenzy.

Luckily, there are many ways to solve unexpected problems that arise while also supporting her and the other bridesmaids as well. And one of these helpful ways is packing a bridesmaid emergency kit. Think of it as a survival kit, but with dress-saving and cosmetic-preserving items that are as handy as a multi-tool Swiss Army knife. Ready to impress the bride and fellow maids as a first-time bridesmaid? While there are many convenient everyday items you pack in a purse that come to mind, there are probably some things you haven’t even considered. Here are 10 items you need to pack in your bridesmaid emergency kit.

1. Teeth Whitening Pen

Before you help the bride on her big day, invest in an at-home teeth whitening kit to get sparkling teeth that will look good in group photos. However, once you set off for a destination wedding or to the local chapel, you’ll need a more compact option. A better on-the-go alternative is a teeth whitening pen, designed to fit directly in a small handbag or even in a pocket. Apply the whitening serum before photos and keep wine and coffee from staining during rehearsal dinner and beyond! Small stain eraser tins are also the perfect size to fit into small clutches.

2. Band-Aids

Wedding Day Ready: 10 Items for Your Bridesmaid Emergency Kit
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Brides ask a lot of their bridesmaids. From wearing coordinated dresses to taking on wedding day tasks, we want to support our best friend or family member so their day goes without a hitch. And heels are just one of these requests and ways to show support (even if the shoe doesn’t).

While they make your outfit look cute, heels can be a real pain, especially after a day of trailing the bride and a night of dancing. So do yourself and other bridesmaids a favor and carry some band-aids and blister protection spray to keep the party going. No bridesmaid wishes to wind up with a blister and hop around or lay low the rest of the wedding.

3. Spray-On Deodorant

Unlike the roll-on or stick variety, spray-on deodorant prevents smudges on dresses. It may also prevent smudges on guests’ dresses as you give a big hug. But aside from visible oopsie-daisies, spray-on deodorant is also a more sanitary option when you need to pass it around. In summer or winter weddings, you’re going to break a sweat, so be sure to pack your bridesmaid emergency kit with spray-on deodorant.

4. Baby Powder

Baby powder is another essential to carry in your bridesmaid emergency kit. Baby powder has many uses, but when it comes to wedding days in particular, it can be a lifesaver. It can keep your armpits and feet feeling dry and fresh. It can also remove grease stains and make your hair appear less oily.

5. Snacks

On the wedding day, your goal is to accompany the bride. And trust us when we say, you’ll be so busy that you may forget to eat! Instead of getting hungry or starting a post-nuptial cocktail hour on an empty stomach, be sure to pack snacks to give you and other bridesmaids the energy boost you need. Stick with protein bars and some nuts to hold yourself over until the hors d’oeuvres are passed around.

6. Vitamin C Boost

Since stress weakens the immune system, add a pack or two of Vitamin C-packed boosters you can sprinkle in a glass of water. It will make you feel 100 percent better tomorrow and the next day, even after a long night of celebrations.

7. Safety Pins and Fashion Tape

Safety pins and fashion tape take up so little room in a bridesmaid emergency kit that you’d be a fool not to bring them! Unexpected rips or tears in garments – from bras to gowns – can ruin an ensemble. Instead of being caught empty-handed, you can use these to make small alterations. Double-sided fashion tape can even help support the girls, avoiding a wardrobe malfunction.

8. Stain Remover Stick

As convenient as a teeth whitening pen, a stain remover stick is excellent for touching up clothes. If you drop something on a dress, simply apply the stain remover and you’ll be good as new.

9. Straws

Wedding Day Ready: 10 Items for Your Bridesmaid Emergency Kit
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Professional makeup will have the entire bride tribe looking their best. But when it comes to lipstick, you can keep it protected and on your lips longer with a straw. Pack a reusable straw that you can use all day and night to ensure your carefully applied lipstick doesn’t smear on cups or glasses as you stay hydrated throughout the day.

10. Phone Chargers

Phone chargers are one of those necessary items you might need in your bridesmaid emergency kit. Between helping the bride coordinate with vendors to snapping selfies for memories, your phone’s battery is sure to fade. And when it does, you’ll need to recharge so you can continue the celebrations.

A Handy Bridesmaid Emergency Kit

Think beyond the list above and you’ll come up with many other items. A comb and bobby pins are always useful. Lotion can keep your skin looking silky smooth. More than likely, you’ll have some of the basics already, but start accumulating items for your bridesmaid emergency kit early on and adding to it as you think of new things. Whether you choose to store these items in a fanny pack or tote bag is entirely up to you, so long as it’s glued to your side the entire wedding day.

That way, you’ll be the most prepared bridesmaid, ready to handle the unexpected and save the bride’s big day.

How to Prepare for Your Dream Wedding

There’s nothing more special to a man and woman’s life than their wedding day. It should be something that couples work hard for, plan for, and of course, strive for.  In this day and age where standards have never been higher, it might be tough trying to achieve that dream wedding. There are just so many things to think about now.

How To Prepare For Your Dream Wedding

A lot of couples end up getting in petty fights during the pre-wedding planning. It’s a stressful part of their relationship, so it’s not surprising that things can get heated. If your wedding day is coming up, you’ll need to begin preparing as well. That special day only comes once in a lifetime, so it must be as perfect as possible. How does one plan the perfect wedding anyway?

Set A Budget

Weddings can get expensive if you don’t carefully plan them. According to Forbes, weddings are getting more expensive than ever. Just in 2016, the average price for a wedding was up at a high of over $35,000. Within the succeeding years, weddings became more and more expensive due to the increasing costs of services and goods needed.

Even if you have money to spend, you should be wise about how you spend it at your wedding. Work with your significant other to create the budget you need for the special day. Although going all out is enticing for a wedding, keep in mind that you guys still have a future and a family to build ahead of you.

Some of the expenses include wedding rings, dresses, food, and much more. This makes budgeting more essential.

At this part of the wedding planning, you should begin creating a guest list as well. Invite all of your close friends and family to the wedding. By creating a guest list, you can check early on just how much you need for the wedding. If you have some guests flying in from other parts of the world, then you might need to help them get accommodations as well.

Great weddings can be achieved even if you are on a budget. As such, you really need to plan things out first if you are hoping to have a wedding that won’t cost an arm and a leg.

Handle The Wedding Dress Early On

The wedding dress is one of the highlights of a wedding ceremony. The bride only walks down the aisle once, so it is a must to have her wearing the best wedding dress possible. Wedding dresses are delicate and hard to create. As such, it should be one of the things you should account for first.

Wedding dresses take a long time to make, so it should already be in the works months before the wedding. Of course, you should also consider that the bride might want to make some alterations as the months go on, so it is really important to get work on it started right away.

It’s not just the wedding dress you have to worry about. You’ll also have to account for the dresses of the bridesmaids attending the event. Usually, these are made alongside the wedding dress, so they complement the bride well. To make sure that things run smoothly, it’s best to have all of the bridesmaids attend the fitting for the dress.

The wedding dress industry is a $40 billion market. Make sure to take your pick as there’s a lot of stiff competition.

Pick The Date And Location

One of the things you have to contend with is the date and location of your wedding. Keep in mind that you guys aren’t the only couple tying the knot. It’s imperative that you head to the wedding location right away to check their schedule within the coming months. Wedding dates tend to get fully booked fast.

The last thing you’d want is to have your wedding postponed again and again because of scheduling problems. One way you can avoid such matters is by simply scheduling months or even a year before the special day finally arrives.

Of course, the wedding and date of the event are very important which is why scheduling the date ahead is essential for any successful wedding ceremony.

How To Prepare For Your Dream Wedding

Ready Up The Reception

The reception is where the fun begins at the wedding. It’s basically the party that occurs after you say your I dos. This is one part of the wedding that most couples have a hard time planning because there are a lot of things involved in organizing this fun part of the ceremony. It first begins with the location of the reception.

The reception should not be far from the location of the wedding. In most cases, the wedding and the reception venues are one and the same. You’ll be tasked with picking the design, food, and program for the reception. Ideally, you’d want to hire an organizer for this part of the planning as they could have a better handle on things here.

One aspect of the wedding that you should be hands-on with is the selection of food. You have to take note of preferences, allergies, and whether or not some of your guests are vegan. It’s imperative that you ask for these to ensure that everyone gets to have their tummies filled by the end of the day.

Consider Getting Help

You and your significant other don’t have to be alone when planning a wedding. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your friends or family. If you have the budget for it, hire a professional wedding planner! You don’t have to worry about things not going your way as wedding planners will organize the wedding based solely on your preference.

Wedding planners will also ensure that your wedding stays within your preferred budget. It’s often the better choice to hire a wedding planner because they already have a ton of contacts to help you out.

At the end of the day, you need to remind yourself and your significant other that the wedding is more than about amazing dresses, delicious food, and extravagant designs. It’s also the special day when you are both bonded in holy matrimony and that is perhaps the most important part. Enjoy the planning process as it’s only the beginning of a fruitful relationship.