Monday, January 14, 2019

5 Out-Of-The-Box Wedding Venue Ideas

Personally, when it comes to weddings and anything really I am a traditionalist. I love the tradition of things and a light and airy feel to everything; pinks, blues, and whites, please! Needless to say that my wedding will probably be predictable, but hey, you gotta go with what you like, after all, isn’t that why they make chocolate and vanilla ice cream?

For every few traditionalist out there, there are at lest at couple non-traditionalist out there who want a completely off the wall wedding, something that they haven’t seen before, or maybe something just a little wacky that fits their personalities perfectly. For today’s guest post Peter Minkoff is sharing five out-of-the-box wedding venue ideas! 
Not every couple wants the beach wedding or the extravagant ballroom event with six hundred people and a string quartet. Luckily for the quirky, unorthodox, and the curious, there are many options that include none of the abovementioned scenarios and that may actually resonate with your extraordinary taste. 
Whether you’re a nature lover, a party animal, or a wine connoisseur, you can find a splendid wedding spot on just about every continent, so that you can choose the setting of your special day and recreate your lifelong wedding dreams!

1.     A Beauty and the Beast-worthy venue

No, this time, we’re not referring to the Palace of Versailles-kind of venue, the enormous fountains, or the decorative greenery as far as the eye can see. This time, we’re focusing on the library Bell fell in love with! Yes, it’s quite possible to source out libraries where you can get married to your loved one and commemorate your special day surrounded by your passion for reading. 
Baltimore may not seem like the most exotic of destinations for such an occasion, but the John Hopkins University’s own library does make for a truly historic spot for a wedding. George Peabody Library is a beautiful gem, and the impressive 300,000-volume collection is more than enough to turn your wedding into a truly solemn occasion.

2.     A craft brewery for beer lovers

A refined palate deserves an equally refined place for this beautiful ceremony, and there’s no match for the likes of Australia’s finest craft regions such as Margaret River. This is where you’ll come across the most exquisite, locally-produced wines, liquor, and beer, which will only add to the authentic feel of your wedding menu.
For example, some of the finest craft beer in Margaret Rivercan be found in the Caves Road Collective venue, which is even more enchanting due to their lake and lovely gardens, thus a favorite among couples looking for a perfect tie-the-knot setting. Rest assured, their food is as delicious as their beer, so your guests will be as pleased as yourself!

3.     Animal lovers front and center

There are a few different ways you can celebrate your love for animals of all kinds, but Cameron and Carolyn represent a unique example– they united their love for one another with the desire to raise awareness for animals in need, so they got married in a pet shelter!
Then again, you can also pick a zoo or an aquarium, where the animal caretakers and the zoo managers can help you determine the best spot for the ceremony. Wedding photos with your favorite animal in the background and sipping on wine with exotic parrots chirping surely make for a memorable way to get hitched.  

4.     Making new memories amidst historic artefacts 

In addition to libraries, many museums and galleries also offer the same stunning atmosphere of elegance and creativity to your wedding plan. In case you’ve had your first date in one, or you share a love for fine art, you can definitely celebrate your love in a cultural institution such as Museum van Loon in Amsterdam– a crown jewel of many timeless venues you can choose from.
If you get married during the warmer months of the year, you can even take your party outdoors into the gardens which are as mesmerizing as the entire 17th-century building. 

5.     Recreating The Little Mermaid vibes

While we’re on the subject of taking a plunge, you can quite literally do just that to commemorate your once-in-a-lifetime event! There are numerous venues that provide perfect underwater wedding ceremonies, together with your diving equipment and a setting of exotic marine creatures casually attending your event.
This takes the beach wedding idea to a whole new level, allowing you to turn it into an adventure that will not just take place on the coast, but offshore as well. You can also choose to continue your celebration on a cruise as opposed to a classic beach-side restaurant, but the ceremony itself will get its special venue to start the new chapter of your life with a splash.
The world is far too bewildering and beautiful to stick to the classic and the clichés of wedding ideas. Take your time to plan this special day, and make sure to find the venue that reflects your future marriage and your relationship the best!


Thursday, January 10, 2019

5 Celebrity Cosmetic Treatments On Trend Right Now

What is it about celebrities that is so intriguing? We all hate to admit it, but we all are always curious about which celebrities have had a little ‘work’ done, who’s dating who, what the mystery babies gender is, and so on. Today on the blog Tilly is guest posting and is sharing the top five cosmetic celebrity treatments on trend right now.  
Starting this article could never be possible without asking yourself the question ‘’Who even cares about what cosmetic treatment which celebrity chose to have’’ but then again it would be quite selfish and unfair to say that we don’t actually care about that. After all, celebrities are not there only to provide good songs and great movies, but to also give us something to talk about and thus make our lives just a tiny bit more interesting. Now, celebrities and cosmetic treatments have quite a rich history, so trying to decide which 5 cosmetic treatments are the most popular and on trend right now is quite a challenging task, but here we are – these are the trendiest cosmetic treatments that celebrities underwent, so if you really want to look like your fave celeb these are the procedures to have in mind:

Breast augmentation
Breast augmentation is a cosmetic treatment that has been quite popular for at least two decades now, the only difference being that it’s not a taboo topic anymore. It’s not only the bad girls of the industry such as Pamela Anderson or Tara Reid who underwent this procedure, as there are plenty of “girls next doorwho chose to enlarge their breasts, such as Kate Hudson, Taylor Swift or even Angelina Jolie. Breast augmentation is everywhere around us, making it definitely the most popular cosmetic treatment both among celebrities and unknown women.

Microblading
The previous two years were definitely the years of the brows as the brow game really reached new heights (Cara Delevingne, are you the culprit?). Thousands and thousands of women all around the world are opting for this procedure, including celebrities such as Victoria Beckham or Mila Kunis. Now, if you want to undergo this procedure which is totally safe, make sure to find the best artist. Try to find someone who completed the top-quality Phi Brows training in Dalas or of any other major USA city – they are very experienced and know what they’re doing. This is definitely a procedure you want to keep your eye open for as it’s becoming more and more popular.

Botox

Times have certainly changed – it seems that in the past it was enough for a woman to enter a certain age in order to opt for Botox, but according to Dr Jason Emer, nowadays there are more and more guys and young people who are doing their lips and getting botox as prevention. Make sure that you choose a great plastic surgeon if you opt for this step as you don’t want to be a guest on “Botched” – you can always try to find the contact of Julia Roberts’ or Julianne Moore’s plastic surgeon. Those guys really did a great job.

Lip fillers
There are many celebrities who never admitted they had plastic surgery but only lip injections – one of them being the almighty Kylie Jenner (but it seems that the whole Kardashian/Jenner family opted for this procedure). This means that introducing lip fillers into your life is not a taboo topic – and why would it be? If you are not satisfied with the way your lips look, you can always find the right person to change them. Good lip fillers will be able to change the entirety of your face, so it’s your job to find the perfect shape of lips for your face type. 
Buttocks Sculpting
Finally, let’s talk about buttocks. The booty is one of the most important parts of the body in this very moment (Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Lopez even have a song called “Booty”), and the bigger your booty is, the better. There’s a catch, though – no celebrity will admit that they underwent the buttocks sculpting procedure. However, there are those celebrities who are rumored to have enlarged their booties, such as Cardi B, Heidi Montag or Blac Chyna. Bottom line – if you are not satisfied with your behind, go ahead and choose buttocks sculpting as your next cosmetic procedure, but if you want to be modern make sure you deny such accusations!

As you can see, celebrities are regular people who undergo certain cosmetic procedures, so is it really important? Be as it may, they make cosmetic procedures a bit less taboo, so we can finally choose whichever we want without feeling guilty!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Pretty Girls Can't Be Successful???

Every now and then I like to zone out and watch a mindless guilty pleasure show; I mean who doesn’t? FreeForm is the main source of a lot of my past and present guilty pleasure shows: Pretty Little Liars {why did it have to end?!}, Young & Hungry, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, The Fosters, Switched at Birth – you’re probably starting to get the idea now… Tonight I was watching one of FreeForm’s new series, Good Trouble, a spin off of The Fosters. 

In the first episode Callie starts her job as a law clerk and Mariana starts her new job at a tech company. Now, if you have seen The Fosters, you know that Marina is a bit on the superficial side. Anyhow, so Marina seeks out another woman who works at the tech company and basically asks her what does it take to be successful? And one of the advice points was to dress differently so she would be taken seriously… 
Now, I get that there are different levels of professionalism and different fields call for different sorts of dress. But the comment that was made on a show whose key audience is probably between 13 and 20 just rubbed me the wrong way. Seriously, what kind of message is ‘you need to be dress plain and dull yourself down a bit’ to send out to impressionable girls and young woman in that age range? Lately it seems that the media in general has been putting an emphasis on a woman’s appearance even to the point of a movement that has developed over the years to do a way with Disney Princesses…

Now, I am all for women’s rights, but the thing that gets on my nerve with women’s movement is that somewhere along the line it can turn into too much about a girl/woman’s appearance. Isn’t shaming a girl for being put together just as bad as shaming a girl for being too plain?

When building girls up, the message that seems to get lost in translation is who you are on the inside is projected on the outside. In my experience and in any situation the people who are nice, thoughtful, caring, funny, smart etc. are the ones that seem to become more attractive over time. It’s someone’s personality and view of the world and how they carry themselves that matters, and it’s what on a person’s heart that is eventually projected outward. It’s not in a shade of lipstick or if you are a dress or pants type of a girl that really matters. 

At the end of the day in order to be happy, people need to stay true to their authentic selves whether that means taking the time in the morning to do your makeup because it makes you feel good or just having a 3 minute morning routine because you are a no fuse person. Once you start going down a path of trying to fit into a mold that’s not you, that’s when you start losing a sense of happiness, and what is life without happiness? And what is better in life than being confident in the person you are?

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Links I'm Loving

Last year I was settling into this post series, but somewhere around the summer time I completely let this post fall to the wayside. Which is completely crazy because I actually love putting together these post and sharing my favorite links of the week with you all. 

I feel like there has just been a lot of drama going on since May – my sister is getting married and I have been helping her plan her wedding {I’m pretty sure she is the only bride out there that tries to down play her excitement about getting married} Then there is always something going on with my grandmother. In short there is always drama going on at my house, if you ever feel like your life is boring, please feel free to come spend time with my family – there is always something going on.  Needles to say, I am glad to see 2019 hit the road and welcome 2019 with open arms. For 2019 I am going with the very cliché quote – ‘clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose’> But enough of that, on to a few weeks I am loving this week.
I was such a 90s kid and was beyond excited the first year I received my first American Girl Doll, Samantha, for Christmas. I could never get enough of the outfits, accessories, doll size furniture, and even the matching clothes. I completely love how American Girls has started coming out with a ‘doll of the year’ – I think it sends such a great message to girls, and maybe even helps them spark an interest in something they may be interested in, but haven’t had an opportunity/thought to explore before. 

This years Girl Of The Year is Blair Wilson, who strongly resembles Ree Drummond {aka The Pioneer Woman} not only in appearance but also interest. I haven’t seen any pictures of Ree Drummond when she was younger, but I’m guessing she just might have looked a little something like Blair Wilson. Blair is a blogger who lives on a farm, love to cook, decorate, and take pictures – sound like someone else we know…

Two// YOU
I just started watching a new Netflix series last night called ‘YOU’ and it is creepily intriguing. Question: why does Joe Goldberg always play the guy who is obsessed with the blonde, pretty girl, and why does he always play the stalker, and why does he always play bot so well? Sorry, not sorry, Goldberg’s character in Gossip Girl was a bit less dark, but he turned out to be Gossip Girl in the end, which equates to a stalker for me. In all seriousness ‘You’ is the next best TV thriller; it’s very addicting to watch. 

If I could hangout with Jennifer Garner and Ina Garten for a day my life would basically be complete. They both see like such genially nice, relatable people. A few days ago Jennifer Garner posted her mint ice cream recipe on her Facebook page and it looks divine and just the ticket to beat those wintertime blues. 

I used to love the Lizze McGuire show so much, but it also equally annoyed me. When I used to watch the show and she made a misstep sometimes I would be like “hold the phones, I totally did the same thing today!” and I would get annoyed and embarrassed seeing it played out in a Disney sitcom. But now that I’m older I have learned to laugh at the missteps and embrace the, so I definitely have my fingers crossed that Disney does a revival of the Lizzie McGuire show!

I have always been such a bow person; up until about the age of 12, in my world no outfit was complete without the right bow/ribbon. Obviously, I am 100% on board with the bow trend going on right now and am made even more excited by the fact that Kate Middleton is fully embracing this trend as well. 

Friday, January 4, 2019

Happy Hour Time

Well, well, well, look who finally decided to show up…it’s so nice to see you, first Friday of 2019! I hope everyone is having a great start to the 2019 year, may it be even better than 2018! I am still working on my New Year’s Goals/Resolutions, but would love to hear some of yours. Here’s to a New Year filled with merriment, great memories, laughter, and much happiness. Cheers!

“This is your year to sparkle”

Drink Special! 
Queen Bee
¾ounce honey
¾ounce lemon juice
¾ounce pineapple juice
½ounces vodka
¾ounce St. Germain elderflower liquor
Ice cubes
Splash of prosecco
Whisk honey with the lemon juice and pineapple juice until it is dissolved. Shake with vodka, St. Germain, and ice cubes and strain into a cocktail glass

Around Town!
Nashville, TN: Marshmallow Hikes at Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, Friday, January 4, 10:00am
Memphis, TN: Elvis’ Birthday Celebration at Graceland, Saturday, January 5, 9:00am
Charlottesville, VA: Cavaliers v. Seminoles at John Paul Jones Arena, Saturday, January 5, 3:00pm
Louisville, KY: New Year, New Beginning Celebration at Mellwood Art and Entertainment Center, Saturday, January 5, 6:00pm
Atlanta, GA: January First Friday at High Museum of Art, Friday, January 4, 6:00pm

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Guest Post :: 5 Essential Home Decor Items Every Home Needs In 2019

New Year, New Feels, New Décor? With the holidays coming to an end and a new year ahead of us it is the perfect time to shake things up a do a little redecorating! Today Peter Minkoff is sharing five great everyday home décor essentials that you just must have!
One of the best ways to start a New Year is to make a few changes to your environment. It will ensure you start fresh, leave all the bad things behind and welcome the year in style. So, if you love to stay up-to-date with current interior design trends, here’s what every home will need in 2019. 

Splash of glamour 

A touch of glamour will be an absolute must in 2019, even if you prefer minimalist and unfussy interiors. You can introduce a bit of spark into your home with bold color schemes if you’re willing to go all out. For instance, jewel and gem tones are very popular and leave a huge impact. You can also add some glamour to your space with a few metallic accents. A gilded side table or a chrome finish on your cabinets will make your home look expensive and luxurious. If that’s too much for you, you can ditch your boring lighting for something more attractive like a crystal chandelier or a group of oversized silver pendants! 

Warm touch of wood 

No matter if you’re a concrete-lover or one of those people who think you can never have too much timber in your home, wood simply an essential material that will breathe some new life into every space. But, don’t think you can only use wood in your cabinets and floors! For instance, you can introduce a timeless Eames walnut lounge chair to your contemporary home without disturbing your aesthetics. Or, you can spice things up with a simple wood side table that will break the monotony in a subtle way. 

Silver sophistication

For a polished look, you must invest in a few polished décor items. For instance, you can add a touch of style to your dinners with lux silverware. Even if you’re not a chef par excellence, an outstanding set of eating utensils will simply make your guests forget all about your dry roast. Plus, you don’t even have to splurge a lot of money on something attractive and durable. There are lux yet affordable Stanley Rogers Albany cutlery sets with a minimalist vibe for the ultimate polished look. Make sure to get a box set with entrée and dessert cutlery for the best impression. Match your eating utensils with quality wine glasses and champagne flutes and you’ll achieve a look of complete sophistication. Another thing that can make even your microwave dinners special is cloth napkins. Many people never get around to buying these even though they are a simple luxury everyone can afford. 

Originality of art 

If you want to improve the look of your home, but also invest money into something timeless, make 2019 all about art. Every home should have some art displayed, it truly shouldn’t be optional. Luckily, there are so many ways you can incorporate art into your home from vintage photographs to ultra-abstract paintings. And, most of the pieces add a flare of sophistication to your home, especially if they are monochrome. Plus, a beautiful canvas can stay with you forever or you can sell it for a substantial sum. That’s the thing about original art, you never know if you’ll end up with a jackpot! But, as long as you love it, it can be worthless to the world, but priceless to you.

Freshness of greenery

Even if you have a notoriously black thumb, greenery should be an essential part of your home in 2019. Those of you who don’t know much about botany, it’s best to opt for a plant that’s a bit taller and more substantial (think potted palms, Norfolk island pines or fiddle leaf figs) so that it can serve as a focal point of your space. Plants always add a touch of nature and freshness to your space, but their benefits are not only aesthetic. Greenery can improve your indoor air quality, boost your focus and improve your mood. Plus, if you opt for low-maintenance plants, all you’ll have to do to keep them alive is water them regularly and provide them with some sunlight. 
Make 2019 a year of style by giving your home a little makeover. If you introduce these must-have design elements into your home, you’ll achieve a look of complete comfort and sophistication without splurging too much money.