Thursday, September 12, 2019

Guest Post :: 7 Creative Ways To Add Something Blue To Your Big Day

Over the past few years fall has seem to become one of the more popular wedding seasons. I have always been such a fan or tradition when it comes to pretty much anything, but especially when it comes to weddings and other life changing events. Everyone knows that on your wedding day you must have something new, something old, something borrowed, and something blue. Today Brenda is guest posting on the blog and sharing five creative ways to incorporate a little something blue into your big day!
The tradition of incorporating the color blue into weddings has been around for centuries, thanks to the Old English tradition of the bride having “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue” on her big day. Having these items as she walks down the aisle is believed to bring good luck and, with a wedding being such a stressful and momentous occasion, the tradition has withstood the test of time. 
It is believed that wearing or carrying something blue wards off the Evil Eye. The color also symbolizes love, fidelity, and purity—three things that are commonly associated with a strong marriage. Traditionally, the bride wore a blue garter under her wedding dress. Modern brides, however, have come up with all sorts of unique ways to incorporate the color into their wedding days. Whether you want to keep it hidden away—much like a garter—or you want to make it the star of the show, here are a few creative ways to add something blue to your big day. 
In Your Bouquet
Adding blue to your bouquet is an easy and beautiful way of making it a part of your day. For a springtime wedding, a bouquet of baby-blue hydrangeas checks that “something blue” box in a sweet and subtle way. You could also add forget-me-nots. Other blue blooms include nigella, muscari, and delphinium. Talk to your florist and let her know about your dreams of carrying a blue bouquet down the aisle. She’ll help pick out some seasonal blooms. 
If blue flowers aren’t quite the look you are going for, consider wrapping your bouquet in blue satin ribbon. Stitching a few blue beads onto a ribbon of a different color works well, too. 
Your Dress
While white is still the traditional color for wedding gowns, many brides are opting to wear a variety of different colors instead. If you want to show off your “something blue” in a big way, a light blue dress is certainly an option. If wearing white is important to you, you could have blue gemstone beads or freshwater pearls added to your gown by a seamstress. A sweet blue sash would work, well, too. Plus, adding a sash to your gown is a great way to highlight your waist! 
Bridesmaid Dresses
Have your best friends help you honor the “something blue” tradition by wearing blue dresses. Blue is a universally flattering color, and it is one that most people like, so you aren’t likely to hear any complaints. If having them don blue from head to toe isn’t quite the look you are going for, consider blue accessories or shoes. 
Your Jewelry
Regardless of what your wedding colors may be, incorporating blue into your jewelry is easy. When you want to show off your blue, a beautiful gemstone like sapphire or lapis lazuli works well. If you want to go with a more subtle approach, aquamarine, blue lace agate, and natural blue chalcedony stones are all suitable options
While your wedding band will be your hand’s most important adornment of the day, consider wearing a sapphire cocktail ring on your right hand. If your birthday happens to fall in one of the months with a blue birthstone, a delicate ring featuring the stone for your month is a dainty and personal way of adding something blue to your big day. 
You could also wear a necklace, earrings, bracelet, or even a tiara that features blue stones. For blue jewelry that won’t show with your outfit, an ankle bracelet is an excellent option. If you have a navel piercing, you could even go with a belly button ring with a blue gemstone! When it comes to blue jewelry, the options are virtually limitless. Choose a piece that you love. 
Your Shoes
Go big with a pair of royal blue shoes or take a subtler approach by wearing white or off-white shoes with blue accents. You could even get creative and add a thin strip of blue ribbon to the back of your shoes or paint the soles or heels blue. 
Your Nails
When you head to the salon to get a manicure and pedicure for the big day, consider opting for blue polish. A soft baby blue on your fingers and/or toes is an excellent, subtle way to embrace tradition in a new way. If you don’t want to go all blue, you could have your nail technician affix a tiny blue gemstone to one of your nails. This option is very subtle and won’t detract from the rest of your look for the day in any way, so it’s a great option if you want to embrace tradition when blue isn’t your favorite color. 
Lingerie
What you wear under your wedding dress doesn’t have to be white, black, or beige. When you want to wear something blue but don’t want to show it off to all of your wedding guests, consider blue lingerie. Light blue won’t show through most dresses and wearing it as lingerie is a good way to keep the symbolic color close to your body throughout your day. 
Conclusion
Marriage is a celebration that is steeped in tradition. If you plan on making the “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” tradition a part of your big day, there are all sorts of ways to wear or carry the last part of the rhyme. Whether you want to show off your “something blue” or keep it hidden, the options listed above should give you the inspiration you need to find the perfect way to incorporate it into your wedding.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Best Dressed Out-Of-Costume Superheros

By night, they’re superheroes sporting colourful latex outfits and sharp icons of their superpowered selves. If you’re fighting crime and saving the world, you want to look good doing it. But which superheroes stay stylish even outside of their exciting second life? Let’s take a look at the top picks for style-savvy superheroes. 

5.    Daredevil

Daredevil, or Matthew Murdock as he’s known in his day-to-day life, doesn’t have the same wardrobe budget as Iron Man, but he still maintains a rugged air of style. Similar to superhero style icons Batman and Iron Man, he’s a fan of a three-piece suit when he’s not out fighting the bad guys. Although he is partial to a smart suit, he likes to keep it simple when it comes to colour and prints. Costume designer Stephanie Maslansky explained that this is because since he cannot see his clothes, he needs to know that whatever he pulls out of the wardrobe will pair well together. She also revealed that the majority of his suits came from designer Paul Smith, as these had the best fit for Daredevil. 
Murdock has a number of different men’s dress shirts to choose from though. He sports textured Oxford cloth button down shirts, which gives him a more ruffled look compared to those billionaire superheroes such as Tony Stark. His oval sunglasses finish off every look with a touch of style too. 

4.    Batman

With more than enough money to spare, Gotham’s richest man Bruce Wayne ensures his place as one of comic book’s best-dressed characters. He adopts more of a reserved style and he isn’t one for flashy suits or garish outfits. But there’s no denying that he knows how to dress. He lets his rich playboy persona show when he dons a Giorgio Armani suit in the 2008 film, The Dark Knight. The suit designer reveals that by wearing a made-to-measure suit like this, Wayne can demonstrate his status as a “discriminating and sophisticated connoisseur of fine fashion, while also showing he has individual taste.”
With charcoal greys and midnight blues, Wayne’s wardrobe is more than a subtle nod to his Batsuit. These keep him looking suave and stylish when he’s off-duty. Similar to Murdock, Wayne is partial to a pair of mysterious sunglasses. He opts for wayfarer sunglasses instead, which match well with his conservative image. 

3.    Black Widow

Natasha Romanoff, known in the superhero world as the Black Widows, definitely has elegance on and off-duty. When she’s not head-to-toe in low-cut latex, she’s channelling 1950s vibes with feminine frills and sweetheart necklines. Her off-duty look can be described as stylish office chic, and it’s why she’s made the list. In 2014’s Captain America sequel, Romanoff opts for a sleek leather blazer to run her off-duty errands. Paired with black pants and knee-high boots she still brings a powerful demeanour even without carrying out any of her complex manoeuvres.  
Romanoff also brings her fashion game strong when wearing more feminine attire. In other scenes she’s been spotted in pencil skirts, tall stiletto pumps and buttoned blouses, all of which are well-fitted and match her style. She knows how to colour co-ordinate too. Take her meeting with Captain American and Pepper Potts in Monaco in Iron Man 2. Romanoff shows up wearing a fitted red dress and red lips — both of which complement her glossy red hair. 

2.    Iron Man

Tony Stark’s enviable wardrobe is built on a vast wealth. Similar to Bruce Wayne, Tony Stark likes to wear the colour of his costume — red. He’s been spotted creating a bold contrast with dark suit jackets and red dress shirt, showing that he’s confident in what he wears and conveying power with the bold tone. 
Stark has gadgets and accessories to spare too. From expensive watches and smart inventions to loud sunglasses he likes to spend his cash on items other than clothing. His sunglasses of choice seem to be low tinted aviators, and he’s been seen wearing red, brown, and violet coloured lenses — not your traditional wayfarer styles! 
His well-groomed beard certainly helps, alongside those suits. Take his grey pinstripe suit that he wears before a Senate hearing in Iron Man 2 for example. Of course, Stark pairs it with a chunky yellow tie — he’s not one to be plain! If he’s not rocking a suit though, he’s kicking back in a vintage tee — of course, he still looks the part! 

1.      Black Panther 

The Black Panther, T’Challa, blend a contemporary feel into traditional clothing that makes him truly stand out from the rest of his superhero brethren. All of the outfits were designed by Ruth E. Carter. She said that she based T’Challa’s look on 18th century designs, complete with embroidered panels which resemble a Nigerian style. 
T’Challa’s numerous outfits throughout Black Panther are fit for a king. Take the first time he is spotted on the throne for example, his black and grey embroidered jacket stands out from the rest of his look and sets the tone for his fashion sense throughout the rest of the film. In another scene, he wears a white embroidered tunic, crafted with patterns that represent cultures from around the world — something truly unique! But then again, just because he’s a style king doesn’t mean that his look pleases everyone. Even his sister Shuri mocks his sandals in the film, but in reality, they were modified Alexander McQueen shoes! 
The king later wears a black-on-black fitted suit with a silk scarf. This scarf was designed by Wale Oyéjidé who named the piece ‘From Wakanda, With Love’. 

Which superhero’s wardrobe would you like to take some fashion inspiration from?  

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Happy Hour Time

Ahhhh… the weekend has finally arrived! Mornings spent relaxing in bed, late nights, football, brunches, and mimosas – yes, please! Here’s to a wonderful weekend spent cheering on your favorite team, sipping apple cider, and making lasting memories wit friends and family. Cheers!
   
“So take too many pictures, laugh too much, and love like you’ve never been hurt because every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you’ll never get back. Don’t be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin.”

Drink Special! 
Sayonara
½ounces gin
1 ounce sake
½ounce triple sec
Ice cubes
Garnish with orange twist
Shake liquid ingredients with ice and strain into cocktail glass

Around Town!
Nashville, TN: Nashville Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Sunday, September 8, 11:00am
Louisville, KY: Big Four Arts Festival at Big Four Lawn, Sunday September 8, 10:00am
Oxford, MS: Ole Miss v. Arkansas at Ole Miss, Saturday, September 7, 6:30pm
Charlotte, NC: Carolina Panthers v. Los Angeles Rams at Bank of America Stadium, Sunday, September 8
Little Rock, AR: Arkansas Comic Con 2019 at Statehouse Convention Center, Saturday, September 7 – Sunday, September 8

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

10 Common Household Problems And How To Fix Them

You will find that when you are a homeowner, there is always some kind of work to be done on the property. Home maintenance is a constant job, and often this is work which you can do yourself (although sometimes it is best to call out a professional). There are many common problems around the house that can be solved with basic tools, and the internet is one of the best and most accessible resources when you need to find easy-to-follow instructions. Below, you will find five common problems that homeowners typically run into and how you can quickly solve them so that you are well prepared.

Power Outage
A power outage is one of the most common household problems and something that you are likely to encounter at some point out of the blue. A power outage can occasionally actually be an enjoyable experience, but they can also cause a lot of disruption, so it is essential that you know how to react.

First, you need to make sure that everyone in the house is safe and get them in the same room. You should then look outside to see if it is a neighborhood problem or just your house. If it is just your house, then you will need to go to the circuit breaker and switch off each breaker. You then reset your main breaker before switching them all back on one by one.

Leaking/Burst Pipe
A burst pipe can cause significant damage, as can a leaking pipe, so it is understandable that people panic in this situation. Fortunately, you should be able to minimize the damage if you know how to react quickly and get the pipe fixed.

The first step is to locate the burst or leaking pipe. You then need to go to the stopcock, which is usually in the kitchen or bathroom and switch off the water. Doing so will stop any more water from escaping so the emergency side is over, but you will still need to get the pipe fixed by a plumber. Search for the best local plumbers online to find someone who will be able to help.

Running Toilets/Leaky Faucets
There are few things more frustrating than a running toilet or a leaky faucet. They are also a serious household problem because they can lead to water damage and mold, not to mention the noise and cost. 

A running toilet can often be fixed by replacing the floating mechanism, cleaning or replacing the stopper and valve seat, or replacing the flush valve. To fix a leaky faucet, turn off the water and try replacing the washer inside the valve seat (make sure that it is the right fit). If you still have issues after these fixes, then call out a plumber who will be able to fix the problem.

Roof Damage
The roof protects your entire home from the elements so any damage can be a major issue and one which will require immediate attention. It is essential to check the condition of the roof regularly and always before winter sets in as the harsh conditions can make damage much worse.

It is possible to complete minor repairs yourself, such as replacing a shingle, but roof damage is usually best left to the professionals. It is crucial to find a good roofer in your area and to have their contact details at the ready so that you can quickly get them out to help as soon as you notice a problem. You can also minimize damage by collecting water in buckets from any leaks and removing any electrical items in the area.

Gas Leak
A gas leak is scary and one of the most severe household problems that people encounter. Any small spark could lead to a fire or even an explosion, so you need to be careful in this situation and know what to do.

Obviously, you need to stop anyone from making a spark or using fire and turn off the gas at the meter. You then need to open all the windows in the home so that you can air the house out.  Call out a gas fitter who will be able to fix the problem and follow their advice about when it is safe to return to normal.

Hopefully, the information in this post will help you to quickly and confidently solve any of the above issues in your home. Knowledge is key to success and should always help you to keep running a happy household.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Guest Post :: Stylish Baby Shoer Gift Ideas

A few years ago it seems that I have entered into the age group where people are either looking to get engaged, engaged, married, or having a baby, so, needlessly to say I am always on the look out for a gift of some sorts. No one in my family has had a baby yet so it is always a bit of a challenge when it comes to getting a baby shower gift, luckily most people seem to have a register, but when there isn’t one I’m always worried about picking out a gift that might be the recipients taste or being in the deep end of trying to figure out what is a good ‘it’ baby gadget. Today Peter Minkoff has put together a couple fabulous baby shower gifts incase you are ever in the need for a little baby gift inspiration.
Moms-to-be are often put in the center of attention by the people around them. As they should, because when the baby comes, they will not only be deprived of the attention, but of sleep, nerves, and the will to do anything at the end of the day. A baby shower is like one last big party for the mom before she begins the new chapter, and her friends are there to show support. And while all the gifts are usually focused on the baby, you also want to take into consideration what the mom would like and for a classy, stylish mom, these would be the perfect gifts:

Jewelry

In a lot of countries, it’s a tradition to pierce the baby’s ears pretty soon after they’re born, especially if it’s a girl. But there are other pieces of jewelry that you can get them. There are a few rules you should follow: get a bigger size, because if you’re buying a necklace for a baby, they won’t put it on them before they’re a bit older and it doesn’t represent a hazard, so you want it to fit. Make sure it doesn’t have any sharp edges so that the baby can’t hurt itself wearing it and make sure it’s appropriate: nothing too big and blingy, but something subtle and gentle. If you really want to go the extra mile, get a mother and child set, so that they have matching pieces.

Clothing

Babies go through a lot of clothes, fast. They grow at a crazy rate and if the parents are buying all of the clothes, they will spend a whole lot of money. Find a kids clothes sale and buy things that are a few sizes bigger, like a size for a one-year-old, because if the baby is close to being born, you can bet that they already have closets overflowing with newborn clothes. Choose something that is both stylish and practical. Something for every day that is comfortable and won’t annoy the kid while they’re wearing it, but that looks great, like any stylish parent would want for their kid.

Something Big

The parents are eventually going to need a stroller, a feeding chair, a rocking bassinet, and so many other things, but this can be quite expensive for one person to get. However, if you get multiple friends to all pitch in and get one big gift instead of ten diaper cakes, you will be helping the parents-to-be a ton and they will certainly be grateful for such a gift. Before deciding to buy something like that, you want to check with the receivers and see what they need, because what a waste it would be to get them something they already have or have ordered and is being delivered. When choosing the piece, make sure it matches the aesthetic of their home because the last thing they want is an eye sore.

Tech-savvy

There are now so many technological pieces that help parents be parents. From slip-on socks that monitor the baby’s heart rate with the app connected to your phone, to monitors and even cameras. Electric rocking chairs that play soothing sounds to the baby to help them fall asleep, mini-blenders for their tiny portions of food, bottle warmers and washers, and so many other things. 
These are all considered non-essentials and the parents probably won’t buy it themselves with all the other expenses coming their way, so it really makes a perfect gift.
No matter what you get, remember that the baby isn’t going to be aware of the gift at all and that what you are getting is really going to the parents, so shop with them in mind. Their life is about to get a lot happier but a lot harder and you want to make it as easy as you can for them.