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Colognes to Buy for Your Fiance

Let’s face it, a cologne is that special touch that can make the difference between desirable and undesirable. A woman will always be attracted to a man that smells great, different and classy. Men have been using different types of cologne for hundreds of years so they can have a better smell and a better chance of attracting the opposite sex. 

The wide variety of scents that are specially designed to fit each body type and each natural body smell. This is why, if a woman know how to choose the perfect perfume, it can become a perfect gift for her fiancé. Specialists say that choosing the perfect perfume doesn’t mean just knowing the other person’s personal taste but also knowing how to choose the quality. Here are some of the most well known and requested brands of cologne that men would love to receive as a gift from their fiancé.

1.    Eros by Versace

Versace created this cologne to intensify desire and the love that the one who wears the cologne is capable of. With a combination of Italian lemon, mint oil and green apples, this cologne manages to offer a  refreshing and woody scent.

2.    Bleu De Chanel

Offering a fresh sensation with a citrus scent, Bleu De Chanel is probably one of the most requested cologne that are created by the famous perfumer Jacques Polge from the house of Chanel. The wide variety of fragrances include sandalwood, cedar, ginger and grapefruit and knowing how to choose the right one, will definitely add bonus points with your fiancé.

3.    Polo Red by Ralph Lauren

Even the design of the bottle manages to catch attention in an instant. Ralph Lauren specially designed and created this cologne to symbolize masculinity and strength by offering a fresh and constant aroma of cranberry, coffee, red wood and red sage. What is even better is that this cologne can be worn both during the day and on special occasions.

4.    The One by Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana decided to create a perfume that can offer an oriental scent by using coriander, tobacco and basil, all combined into a masculine product. With a touch of fresh aroma, given by the touch of ginger and cedar, this cologne is a point of reference in any man’s kit.

Despite the fact that there is a wide variety of cologne available on the market, finding the perfect one can become a great gift for your fiancé, that he will be able to use throughout the year. Even if he is one of those people that are fans of a single brand, by trying other types, or products he will soon realize that new scents come with advantages.

Vendor Spotlight: Alyne Bridal

 The era of reasonable bridal fashion

With the all inevitable busy wedding season ahead of us, fashionistas are all about the bridal collections: What’s new? Who will wear what? Will it break the bank?

The last question being the most important for many of us. That’s why the rise of reasonable bridal dresses are on the up; designers and high street stores are realizing they are missing out on a very big market. Swedish high street store, H&M, have just launched their new £59.99 wedding dress that has shocked but delighted the nation. The question is - will it last? Hopefully the bride won’t have a shock when she’s walking down the aisle… Topshop did it in 2012, but that collection was anything but traditional. The designer who did it best was Rami Kashou, who launched a bridal collection for store Bebe.

He has dressed the likes of Paris Hilton, Penelope Cruz and Jennifer Lopez, and jumped on the bridal bandwagon - to give us, yes us the general public, a chance to wear one of his creations on our very special day. His collaboration with Bebe was very unexpected as they are polar opposites when it comes to style, but the designs spoke for themselves - chic, traditional, glamorous and classy - there was something for everyone and every style of wedding.

There was the sculpted dress with a ‘wave-like’ skirt, which was inspired by architecture; the elegant hourglass silhouette that fits the upper body with a strapless bodice - great for a wedding in the countryside; the glamorous halter-neck dress with detailed jeweling on the front and back - made for a wedding in the City; the princess gown for a more traditional style wedding, clearly inspired by the Alexander McQueen dress that Kate Middleton wore, with the delicately laced arms and a flowing train; and the more unusual, off-the-arm ruffled dress, which would certainly make a statement for any bride.
The gowns were priced at $950-$2500 - a real bargain, which is why this exquisite collection really opened up the options for a bride that may not have normally even considered a designer dress.

So there we have it, an amazing collection of bridal dress created by well-known designer, Rami Kashou. Is this the end of highly-priced designer wedding dresses, or is this just the start of a new era, where you can walk down your local high street, pop into your favorite store and pick up a dress for under $500. Is it gone of the days when you have to make an appointment with the snooty woman at the desk of that popular bridal shop that potentially holds the dress of your dreams, and also the prospect of re-mortgaging your house. I don’t think so. However what it is, is a chance to bring together the masses and allow a girl to truly create the day of her dreams without breaking the budget - we salute you Rami.

High Heel Wedding Shoes

One the most important day in any woman’s life, the wedding day, everything has and must be perfect. Starting with the wedding cake, arrangements, wedding dress and shoes, a bride must demonstrate that she is perfect and she knows what she wants. If most aspects of the wedding may be coordinated by a professional, the dress and shoes are the brides own choice and, in the end, they will reflect her personality and style.

Professional stylists recommend that a wedding dress must be chosen after the bride has bought her wedding shoes, as they, believe it or not, give the tone to the entire outfit. The reality is that, choosing the right pair of shoes will only add glamour and elegance to your wedding dress but it will also elongate your legs by adding a few inches in height.

Here are a few tips that will help any bride wear her high heel bridal shoes with elegance and style:

1.    Don’t overdo with the height of the heels

If you are one of those women that are not that comfortable with wearing high heels it is important to be realistic about the height of the heels and stop fantasizing about a pair of six inch stilettos. You have to be comfortable throughout the entire day and night.

2.    Take your shoes to any fitting

By always taking your wedding shoes to every fitting, you will be sure that the length of the wedding dress is perfect and it complements the shoes. In case you haven’t bought them, take a pair that has the same heels with the ones that you will wear on that day. This advice if made for the brides to prevent any embarrassing scenes where they accidentally get the heels caught in the dress.

3.    Think about where the wedding is taking place

This is extremely important, because in case your wedding will be outdoors, it is possible you will get stuck in the lawn if you are wearing stilettos. The same goes for a perfect wooden dance floor where you may leave heel signs. The best compromise is to have heels that are a bit wider.

4.    Get ready to wear your wedding shoes

It is important to know that a pair of high heels requires the strength of different muscles and a different walking style. This is why it is important to prepare for the big day and there are 2 methods for doing this. The first one is to buy another pair with the same high heels that you can go to the office or at a party, and the second one is to wear your wedding shoes a few times around the house.

5.    Always check his height

It is a general rule that a bride shouldn’t be taller than the groom in the wedding photos. You may be surprised to see how much a pair of high heels can add to your height.

6.    Let’s dance

Dancing while wearing high heels is very different that dancing with a normal pair of shoes. This is why it is extremely recommended that you practice with your future husband while you both are wearing the shoes bought for that special day.

 Photo Credits: c32 and npiggy2 at sxc.hu


DIY Wedding Invitations

What to consider when making your own wedding invitations

Considering the rise of stationery prices and the popularity of interior design, shabby chic and up-cycling, it’s easy to see why the invitations would be the obvious area to DIY and save money.
Since there are so many options out there, we have decided to break it down to make it easier when it comes to making decisions on style, materials, and the all-important wording inside.
With this guide to DIY invitations, you will have no need to even hire your own designer - I mean, why would you? And since the invites are the first glimpse your guests will see of your wedding, you will want to get it right.

First things first - planning:

Before you begin making your invite, you will need to consider:

  • How many guests you are having
  • The date of your wedding
  • Your ceremony location
  • The location of your reception and after-party
  • Whether you will have any extras in your invites, such as a map & menu

Color scheme

The next and most important aspect is: have you decided on a color scheme? You may want to consider that your invites reflect the color scheme of your wedding. For example, matching up the color of the bridesmaid’s dresses to the color of your invite material, is very popular.

Picture or just plain words?

Another popular wedding invite design is to have a picture of the bride and groom on the front - a great way of making your invites personal. Consider: the cost of color printing. Or would you prefer to have an illustration of something linked to your wedding - for example, a french-inspired wedding could lead to having a simple illustration of macarons on the front. Consider: who will draw it - you, a friend, or will you pay an illustrator? You could also have plain and simple wording, which can be very classy and make a big statement to your guests. Consider: what fonts you will use.


Now you have all your ideas and the correct information together, you will need to decide what material you will use for the invites:

  • Strong paper or card (Glossy or matte?)
  • Envelopes - what color? The common thing to do is to choose dark if your invites are light, and light if your invites are dark
  • (And the obvious glue & scissors)

Other options for embellishments:

  • Lace
  • Ribbon (You could make a bow out of the ribbon for a nice finish)
  • Stamps (Perhaps to show the date?)
  • Shapes cut from paper, such as hearts and butterflies
  • Colored tape
  • Feathers
  • Dried petals
  • Crepe paper
  • String bows, for a rustic look


Before you get excited and send out your new invites, handmade by you, make sure you have spelt everything correctly, that all the information is correct (such as the date and locations!) and that you have written one for each of your guests. One last tip: before printing all of them, if you are doing an illustration on the computer, print one first to inspect the colors. Happy DIY-ing!

Honeymoon destination - Amankila Resort Bali

Named by Lonely Planet as one of Bali’s best resorts, Amankila will not disappoint the most picky of couples. This luxury coastal hotel resort near Manggis in Eastern Bali is a popular destination for honeymooners. The resort is situated amongst the luscious hills, which is where the name Amankila comes from, meaning ‘peaceful hill’.

If you are looking for somewhere luxurious, surrounded by greenery and frangipani trees, with plenty of activities to do when you’re not lounging by the pool with a cocktail in hand, Amankila is a great choice. The climate is tropical all year around, as it is located 8 degrees south of the equator. It is recommended to visit from June to September when it is a little cooler.

The appeal of the Amankila Resort is that you will find plenty to do there. 5 minutes from the resort is the Beach Club, set in a tropical paradise of coconut palms and frangipani trees. The Beach Club is a popular spot for residents of the resort to relax, especially in the resort’s largest swimming pool. If you’re a fan of sports, you’ll find the option of windsurfing, boogie-boarding, kayaking and a ride on a Hobie Cat, the reason to visit Amankila - these are all available at the Beach Club. If your other half isn’t sport orientated, there’s the option of having a lesson, or even a sailing partner if you need one. After your trip you can enjoy a peaceful cocktail or light meal with your loved-one, whilst perched on one of the private lounging bales hidden among the foliage.

A spa day is mandatory for every honeymoon, and after your day of sports, you may need one. At Amankila you can experience a traditional Balinese massage in the comfort of your own honeymoon suite; tres romantique. Massages are also available in the massage pavilion or at the Beach Club. You can then take a dip in the signature three-tiered pool, or in one of the three pools situated on the cliff, facing out to the tranquil blue ocean. There are also yoga classes available, if you and your hubby want to get in touch with your inner self.

Why not also treat yourself in the resort boutique, which sells traditional arts and crafts, and also antiques that may serve themselves as a brilliant souvenir for your new mother-in-law.
The dining options at the Amankila restaurant are a mix of Western and Indonesian cuisine. You can opt for eating at the restaurant, or perhaps have a private and romantic dinner on the beach, whilst being waited on and cooked for by a private chef - you can also have a very similar dinner, candlelit by the poolside. Very popular with guests is the Satay evening, where you and your part-ner can enjoy a walk through the peanut plantation onwards to enjoy a traditional Balinese feast.

The Terrace, near the three-tiered pool is an excellent place for breakfast and lunch, however one of the most memorable dining experiences you will enjoy is a traditional afternoon tea in the library, where you will be served by local balinese women dressed in Kabayas. A traditional afternoon tea, not being the English kind, but in a Balinese style of ginger tea, Bali coffee and local cakes. There is also a private dining option in your suite available.
As you can see, Amankila Resort has so much to offer to a honeymooner, that it is no surprise that it is one of the best.

Photocredits: wikitravel.org