The Truth about Beauty

It’s important for all women to know that beauty is not just about outward appearances and applying cosmetics, but also about who you are inside. What makes a person beautiful is the struggles and challenges they face in life, and the hard work it takes to triumph over them.

So when a woman turns 40, her youth may start to fade from her face and she might feel sad that she is not quite so youthful anymore. But she must realise that wrinkles cannot alter her spirits unless she lets them.

With age comes a grace and beauty that transcends the physical form. So a message to all those women out there is to live your life to the max. Revel in your personality and be proud of your courage and determination that is so often reflected in your conversations and decisions.

Age has nothing to do with wisdom. Confidence and influence comes from honest intentions and actions, and these shape real women’s beauty – inside and out. It’s so important for your self-esteem that you accept your age and love yourself the way you are.

So never ask why the backs of your arms ae so jiggly, or why your skin is so loose? Don’t panic if you catch your hair turning white? Remember, there are two ways you can live your life: through peals of laughter or buckets of tears. Make happiness your biggest cosmetic tool – after all, tears make your eyes look all puffy, so its much better to choose laughter instead.

Try to embrace each passing year and enjoy each and every day. Beautiful people do not let age alone identify them. They know it’s their soul and their experience that offer the most pleasing recognition.

Also remember that, no matter how expensive your cosmetics are, they may make you look nice for a bit, but they will not be able to turn the clock back 20 years. Instead of reaching for a paper bag to put over your head, tell yourself that you have come a long way and and are still growng in wisdom and grace every single year.

The wisdom, empathy, tolerance you now possess was just not there 20 years ago. So ignore what the magazine and billboards tell you about the fountain of youth and learn to love yourself the way you are .

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Resounding Praise for Amal Alamuddin’s Designer Wedding Style

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Human rights lawyer, Amal Alamuddin looked stunning in a series of designer wedding outfits when she tied the knot earlier this month. Her look came courtesy of several top designers, including Oscar de la Renta, Stella McCartney Giambattista Valli and Dolce & Gabbana.

Amal Alamuddin, 36, married actor George Clooney in a romantic ceremony in Venice. She received huge plaudits from everyone thanks to her incredible Hollywood-inspired style.

Amal wore several outfits during her wedding celebrations. Fashion magazine, Vogue, published many pictures of her look, including her main off-the-shoulder wedding gown, covered in flowing layers of beautiful net material and designed by Oscar de la Renta.

“George and I wanted a wedding that was romantic and elegant, and I can’t imagine anyone more able than Oscar to capture this mood in a dress,” the British-Lebanese bride told Vogue. The editor of the magazine, Anna Wintour, attended the wedding and noted “she stands resplendent in her dress.”

De La Renta, who designs dreamy, feminine dresses, created Alamddin’s post wedding outfit too, which Vogue described as a “festive, Gatsby-style party frock’’. George Clooney looked dapper too, in a wedding suit designed by Giorgio Armani.

The couple’s wedding has been compared with the royal wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William in April 2011.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, is now a style icon for many, as her dresses represent the very best of high fashion. She features regularly in Vanity Fair’s annual best dressed lists.

Amal and George’s wedding was attended by several celebrities, including Matt Damon, Bill Murray and Cindy Crawford and was captured by photographers following the couple throughout the weekend as they celebrated their wedding at a series of events.

Amal changed her look for her civil wedding ceremony, swapping her bridal dress for a chic white trouser and top, offset with black trim, which was created by British designer, Stella McCartney. The outfit drew on effortless coastal fashion; a theme already embraced by Amal as she arrived in Venice in a black and white Dolce & Gabbana maxi dress.

The new Mrs. Clooney left Venice by speedboat, dressed in an embroidered bell skirted dress by Italian designer, Giambattista Valli.

The Art of wearing Printed Trousers

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You should not fear wearing printed trousers. Follow the tips below and have fun wearing them.

The appropriate fit

The first thing to get right in a printed pair of trousers is fitting and size. Make sure your selected trousers have the right cut to suit your body shape. Petite figures should go for a cropped, slim-fitted shape, like Olivia Palermo, whereas a bootleg style will suit a pear shape better. If you wear a high waist, it will the impression of give longer legs, regardless of your shape and size.

The right balance

The biggest drawback of wearing printed trousers is choosing the wrong top for the trousers’ pattern. One can look like a clown without the right balance. If you are going to wear colourful bottoms, make sure you chose a plain shade on top to achieve the right match. Your look must be cohesive and designer patterns must not look unbalanced.

The right trend

Choose the right trend. The best way to do this is to seewhat’s hot right now and pay tribute to it, for example by choosing a fashionable motif and a black base. Go for super-slimming printed patterns with a dark background. Wear a lighter colour on top , with smooth sandals. For a perfect weekend look, see Emma Stone in the picture below.

Be wise with colours

Choose your colours wisely for printed trousers. Decide if you want to go for one standout colour and keep others in a lower key. Match colours wisely and make sure it compliments your skin texture and tone.

Keep it simple

Use a more relaxed vibe and go with a simple plain t-shirt over more fancy trousers. Wear smart shoes in the same colour as the top for an effortlessly elegant style.

Spots (and stripes) together

Mixing spots and stripes together can result in an effective, nautical look.

Animal prints

If you like the head-to-toe leopard look, go for it and rock yourself completely with this trend. The patterned two-piece look will look more than awesome.

What Duties should the Mother of the Bride Perform?

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Mothers normally fuss over their daughters and do their best to help and inspire them. Mothers also have all kinds of different personalities when it comes to organising a wedding. Some love to make lists and get involved in each and every part of the preparations, while others panic about being in the limelight on the big day.

Your mother’s involvement in your wedding will depend greatly on your relationship with her, as well as the age at which you are getting married. To much pressure from you to involve her if she is reluctant might lead her to feel uneasy amongst your guests, or allowing her to become too excited about everything may end up ina disaster if things get out of hand.

Here are few ideas about mother of the bride duties so that she can not only help you arrange the event but also enjoys it on the day.

Specific tasks

Make sure your mother performs tasks that she finds easy to do. Plan things in a way that distracts her from interfering in other arrangements that you would rather look after yourself. If you are sensitive about your flowers or wedding cake design, for example, make sure you handle them yourself rather than letting your mother do it, as it will just cause confusion and unnecessary discussion otherwise.

Guest list

Mothers normally feel that they should have a say in who should be invited. Ask both families to make a guest list of the people they would like to invite and then discuss it with your mother. Make the final list under her supervision. Start with guests who have to be be invited and compromise on the others.

Her advice

Your nmother’s advice will be of great value to you. Chat with her about everything aspect of your wedding to find out her opinions. Ask for her advice and help when planning the event and keep updating her about how the preparations are progressing to keep her feeling involved and happy.

Budget analysis

Parents often have a more expert opinion than thier offspring about budget allocation. If your family is paying for the event, then obviously their suggestions and involvement matter the most. Document all the financial details and share them with your mother.

Traditionally, parents bear the expenses for all or part of their children’s weddings. If this is the case in your family, then let your parents know about every bit of money you spend. Make a budget early on and let them know if you are purchasing expensive items or are threatening to go over budget in any area.

Outfit selection

While your mother will normally like to choose her outfit by herself, help make things easy for her by sharing your colour themes and ideas with her and going shopping with her over a weekend. Spend a whole day helping her choose the right outfit and accessories to make her feel special on the big day.

Your mother wish to wear a totally different dress or design from the mother of the groom and bridesmaids, so make sure you provide her with all the information she needs about what everyone else will be wearing.

Say thank you

After your mother has performed her duties; make sure to present her with a unique gift, either at rehearsal dinner or during the wedding breakfast speeches. Flowers or a piece of jewellery would be appropriate choices.

Even if your mother does not play a large part in the wedding arrangements; still say a public thank you to her for all her contributions in your life to date.