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November 2, 2018

Typically a bachelor party, also commonly known as a stag do is a male-only affair. Not because men wouldn’t value the company of their allegedly fairer sex (after all the groom is being married to a lady) but because it’s traditionally meant to be celebrated by the groom and his male friends shortly before he enters marriage.

However, recent analysis shows that there is an increase in the number of women attending a stag do weekends. This is attributed to the rising number of men and women having close friends of the opposite sex. Such stags are nicknamed sten do, or hag do.

Anecdotal evidence also suggests that there are a significant number of incidences where stags and hen parties have been combined in recent years. Some say that it’s more fun throwing an exciting stag do holiday in Valencia, Prague, Madrid, or Hamburg with a few female friends to maintain a positive vibe.

But is it allowed to combine hen parties and stags? Can women be part of a stag do weekend? Well, there is no rule of thumb as to who can and cannot be allowed to attend a stag night. Mostly it is up to the groom to decide, and it also depends on the group dynamics. However, changing the traditions does not work for everyone. Some men feel uncomfortable having female friends around during stags. Same way it would feel if men were to show up for a hen’s party.

Maybe the tradition that stags are just men-only affairs and hens are ladies-only affairs is just a very old-fashioned idea that could use few changes or perhaps at times it’s better to separate the ladies and the gents. Either way, it boils down to what you are comfortable with or the dynamics of your group.

But some of the questions you should ask yourself are, will my bride be comfortable with me spending my special event with females? Would I be ok if my bride suggests having male friends at her hen’s party? Would it feel different than her spending the night with her female friends?

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What if my best man is female?

Some men have very close female best friends that they either grew up with or met ages ago. Unfortunately, it gets a bit confusing when the guy is ready for marriage. This brings the question: can a lady be his best man? And if yes can she attend the stag do?

A survey conducted on recently married couples shows that 6% of the men interviewed preferred having their sister as the best woman at their wedding and this number seems to increase every year. Therefore it’s not odd to have the best woman for your wedding. And yes if you want her to be present at your stag, then, by all means, you can have her around.

Conclusion

Jealousy can play a huge role when it comes to accommodating your female friends in your stag do, but your bride is bound to feel less threatened if you endorse her as your best woman. Besides, if your bride knows you well enough and also knows that you are the best of friends with a lady, then she won’t be surprised to hear that she attended your stag do holiday. In fact, she just might feel calmer because of it.

 

November 2, 2018

Wedding favors are a great way to express your thanks to friends and family who are by your side on an important occasion of your life. A thoughtful parting gift makes your guests feel welcome and lets them know that you actually spent time and energy looking for the perfect wedding favor.

If your wedding is round the corner or you’ve been entrusted the task of arranging the perfect favors for a friend’s upcoming wedding, here are eight gifting ideas that will help you pick something your guests will actually use.

Personalized throws

If you’re getting married in winter, a throw or a small fleece blanket with a fun pattern, personalized with a cute little motif or a message from the newlyweds, can be a wonderful parting gift for your wedding guests. Choose colors that go with your wedding theme and pick a fabric that’s lush, soft and lint-proof, so that each time a loved one snuggles up, they will think of you with love.

Mini towels with a personal message or quote

If DYing, purchase high-quality tea or face towels and wrap them up in beautiful paper. If personalization is your thing, have a wedding gift company personalize the towels with a quotation or personal message for your guests. Better still, add a touch of artistry to your favors by getting a professional artist to paint or embroider the towels with a beautiful motif or quote.

Decorative towels make for a wonderful wedding favor that your guests would not want to stash away or pass on to someone else.

Seeds or miniature plants

Go green on your wedding and pass on the message to your invitees with a bag full of different kinds of garden seeds or a pretty little potted succulent that will remind them of you and your special day and make them think of you with love.

This idea is especially great for couples that love green living and want to share the message with people close to them. If having an outdoor wedding at a farm or garden, send your guests home with beautifully packed seasonal seeds or a lovely indoor plant that’s easy to grow and care for.

Miniature Champagne, Wine or Whiskey

These bottles make for cute little wedding favors your attendees will love to take home and use. A mini champagne or wine bottle will be easy on your budget while single malt will make for a perfect luxury gift. Use a personalized designer label or tag for a personal touch.

Artisanal Soaps

Yet another great wedding favor idea far better than the usual, run-of-the-mill sweet almonds or chocolate boxes. Handmade designer soaps are a beautiful gift for any occasion, more so for an outdoor or summer wedding.

Rather than going for a big brand, contact a local home-based or small business that makes personal care products using natural ingredients and no chemicals.

Cocktail Cupcakes

If you love cupcakes, it most certainly would have crossed your mind to somehow include them in your wedding. While you may treat your guests to a big designer wedding cake, you can still indulge your love for cupcakes by giving them as parting gifts.

With so many flavors to choose from, finding the right cupcake for a special occasion such as a wedding can be hard work. If you don’t want the usual stuff, go for margarita or whiskey cupcakes, or have your bakery design one around your favorite cocktails.

Alcohol-infused cupcakes in elegant liners make for a great wedding favor.  Check out more wedding cupcake ideas at https://sunflourbakingcompany.com/wedding-cupcakes/.

A local handicraft

This wedding favor will keep your guests talking about your wedding long after they’ve gone home and you’ve left for your honeymoon. Delight your attendees with a local handmade artistic decorative or personal-use gift.

For instance, if you’re getting married on a tropical island, research the local handicrafts and look for an artisan or entrepreneur who can make a batch in your budget. If getting married on another continent altogether, source a locally made nonperishable specially product and gift it your guests as a souvenir.

Mini cocktail boxes

A couple that enjoys parting might want to pass on the same vibe to their guests. Cocktail kits placed in lovely little baskets or cardboard boxes with a ribbon on top serve as a fun and memorable parting gift that your friends and family will be compelled to use.

Personalize the favor by picking spirits and flavors that are popular locally or are your own personal favorites.

October 23, 2018

Buying or selling a property can be stressful for one and all. The biggest challenge is in determining a list price for the home that is as per the prevailing market rates. If you price the home very high, you will scare off the buyers and if you price it too low, you will leave a lot of money on the table. You need to understand the factors which influence the value of the home.

 

  1. Neighborhood area – When you begin to evaluate the price of the home, you need to start by looking at the prices of the homes in your area. It is helpful to consider the prices of recently sold properties so that you can ascertain the market value prevailing in your area. When you sell your home, the market valuer will compare the prices to prepare a report for the buyer. This report will help the financier of the buyer determine a loan amount. Hence, you need to keep the prices prevailing in the neighborhood area in your mind to fetch the right amount for the home you intend to sell.

 

  1. Location – The location of the property plays a crucial role when determining the sales price. Buyers like to consider different location indicators like proximity to their office and the quality of local schools within the area. Some buyers also seek proximity to shopping, recreational centers and entertainment. This is one reason why some neighborhoods have a higher resale value as compared to many others.

 

  1. Size – When you determine the market value of the home, you need to consider the size. A bigger home will impact the valuation in a positive manner. The value of the home is estimated in price per square foot, hence the larger the size of the home, higher its value. In addition to the square footage of the home, the usable space also makes a difference. An attic and garage will not be counted in the usable space. Living space, bedrooms and bathrooms are highly valued.

 

  1. Condition – The home which has been recently constructed will get a higher value as compared to an old home which might require upkeep and maintenance. Buyers wish to invest in a well maintained home which is in good condition and they are ready to pay for the same. You can sell your home through HomesInMeridian.com and ensure that you get the best rates for the same.

 

  1. Upgrades – Any update or upgrade on the property will boost its value. However, not every renovation is equal. This means if you replace the entry door, it will get you more on the property but if you incur expenses on the backyard, you might not really notice a surge in the selling cost. Upgraded kitchens and bathrooms can fetch you a higher market value.

You do not need to incur heavy expenses to increase the resale value. You can incur small and effective expenses on your property and increase the selling cost of the home.

 

October 17, 2018

In 2016, the Office for National Statistics revealed that 3.7 million workers travelled for two hours or more every weekday as part of their commute. This may involve walking, driving, cycling, taking public transport, or a combination of a few. On top of this, many men choose to wear a formal suit to the office to look smart — not ideal attire for a lengthy travel time! Read on as we look at some smart solutions to avoid damage to your tailoring.

A suit made for the commute

The suit that you wear to work shouldn’t be the same one that you wear to a wedding. Look out for the signs of a suit that are suitable for your commute:

How to protect your suit

Your journey to work can cause damage to your threads in a few ways, depending on how you travel.

From creasing

If you cycle or walk to the office, it’s likely that you’ll work up quite a sweat. Not only can this be damaging to the material of your shirt and jacket, it’s also likely to smell later in the day. Getting caught in the rain can also have negative effects on your suit as often it doesn’t have a chance to dry out fully throughout the day. Instead, consider commuting in workout clothes and freshening up when you get to work.

A great investment to make would be buying a suit that is crease-resistant — this way you can fold it up in a backpack and it will be good to wear when you arrive at the office. CT Shirts offer a range of ‘performance suits’ that are made with merino wool (a material with natural crease recovery). Their suits also have 2% added elastane which results in a crease-resistant cloth. This suit would also be suitable for public transport commuters. Sitting in the same position on a bus, tube, or in a car can cause your suit to become creased — not a great look for meetings throughout the day!

From the weather  

Harsh weather conditions can be harmful to your ensemble. During the winter seasons, road salt can be damaging to your shoes and the slush and snow can have long lasting effects if your shoes aren’t dried out properly.

There are some preventative measures that you can take. Purchase a shoe spray which can ‘prevent and seal’ the material and decrease weather damage. One way to do this is with beeswax — this creates a thin protective layer over the material of the footwear.

For suede shoes, invest in some hydrophobic suede protector. If you find a good spray, this can cover your shoes with a waterproof layer as the spray repels water.

From dirt

You might find that spending time on public transport can cause dirt from seats to cling to your clothing. You should brush your suit jacket down every day to prevent this dirt from becoming embedded in the suit and harder to remove in the future.

Avoid dry cleaning your suit too often. Instead, for stains that are hard to remove, send your suit for a spot clean.

Sources

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38026625

http://ecosalon.com/7-ways-to-guarantee-stress-sweat-wont-ruin-your-clothes/

https://www.mrporter.com/daily/how-to-look-after-your-suit/1882

October 12, 2018

A lot of attention tends to be paid to exotic destinations when considering possible honeymoon destinations, and with good reason. Nothing quite beats an otherworldly getaway for a couple fresh off the wedding process! Sometimes an exotic destination can be just the thing for the actual wedding as well though. That could mean any number of places all around the globe, but for now we’re focusing in on the Caribbean and a few spots that can be particularly lovely and fun for a destination wedding.

Jumby Bay, Antigua

This is a very high-end, exclusive resort, accessible only by boat and consisting of 40 villas. Thus, it’s not the easiest place to book for a wedding. However if you have a more modestly sized crowd for your wedding and you really want to splurge on an exotic destination, you can’t do much better. Antigua is already one of the purer Caribbean islands in a sense, and Jumby Bay exists off the coast of it, such that it really does occupy its own space in the sea. The resort does offer its own spa, pool area, and tennis courts for recreation, but really this is about the beach, the sea, and the rooms, all built for a relaxing time away.

Strawberry Hill, Jamaica

Jamaica is a lot of people’s picture of the standard, flawless Caribbean island. However, the Strawberry Hill resort is quite a bit different than what you might expect. While the majority of destination hotels in this region are on the beach, or at least near ocean level, Strawberry Hill is up in the Blue Mountains overlooking Kingston, coupling a lush, elevated, inland feel with incredible views of the island. The main amenity is perhaps the glassy infinity pool, but this is another resort that’s primarily about remote relaxation. It’s ideally equipped for weddings, with enough rooms for a decent-sized crowd and various facilities (including a lawn, on a nice day) for a wedding and reception.

Jade Mountain, St. Lucia

It just wouldn’t be right to make this list without mention of Jade Mountain, which has perhaps the best argument of all for being the best resort in the Caribbean. Located in the hills overlooking the lengthy beach of its sister property, Jade Mountain is known for luxury, service, unparalleled views, and rooms with direct access to outdoor jacuzzis and an infinity pool. There’s a variety of wedding packages involved, and while Jade Mountain certainly isn’t cheap, it may not be quite as exorbitant as you’d expect. Incidentally, there’s also more for your guests to do here than at many other options, with the resort facilitating easy access to hiking trails, watersports, scuba diving, and more. So, if anyone wants to make a vacation of it and stay for a few extra days, they won’t be disappointed.

Hard Rock, Dominican Republic

Hard Rock Punta Cana is almost unique in the Caribbean in that it’s a major casino resort that still draws a crowd. Much of the world has forsaken in-person casinos in favor of online gaming, particularly now that there are free gaming options at even the most professional sites. However, Hard Rock and Atlantis in the Bahamas still know how to make a live casino thrilling. And Hard Rock, more than its Bahamian counterpart, also happens to be a gorgeous, inviting, and relaxing resort rather than just a gaming hub. This place has actually become known for its wedding packages, including one that allows you to get married on a floating gazebo. And, both because of the in-house casino and the generally thriving surrounding area of Punta Cana, there’s more activity here than at any other option on the list for your guests.

Oil Nut Bay, Virgin Gorda

Virgin Gorda may be the most striking destination on this list before we consider specific resorts, which is of course saying quite a lot. It defines Caribbean beauty with its white sand beaches and translucent waters, and it’s known for its “baths,” which are essentially little coves and natural pools in shallow water between boulders along the shoreline. It’s all like a little slice of Heaven, and Oil Nut Bay is a stunning 300-acre resort taking advantage of all of it. It’s actually advertised for permanent residence as much as vacations, but regardless the resort can make even a visiting crowd feel as if it’s come into ownership of a private paradise.

October 2, 2018

There was a time when online dating was not considered a norm but things have changed today. In a world that is about digital presences as much as real-life priorities, finding partners on the internet seems like a logical and inevitable development. Online dating has also been a boon for those who had to deal with social awkwardness and shyness, allowing people to be more expressive.

Maintaining Safety in an Online Relationship

Participants on dating websites need to be alert, for, with the opportunities and excitement, there is a lot of unpredictability. Many unscrupulous agents and individuals do create fake profiles on dating sites to scam unsuspecting participants. There are also dangerous and delinquent individuals who are on dating sites looking for a victim.

Do not hide your online interactions from everybody. It is always good to confide with a close friend – maybe you will get some perspectives you have not thought of yourself. Articles like http://teenswannaknow.com/how-to-stay-safe-in-a-long-distance-relationship/ will shed a lot of light on the perils that may exist in the online dating world and how to avoid them.

Why Online Dating is Great

Online dating and the long distance relationships that can bloom from these interactions are not all scams. Some of the most meaningful relationships have been formed through heart-to-heart online interactions. People, young and old, are enjoying the many perks of online dating.

Real life is not like the romantic comedies we see on screen. We don’t have the smart quips ready and there are no moments with a background score that would be a cue to what happens next. For many of us, a date can be a petrifying affair – one where we are too preoccupied trying to maintain a good first impression. In an interaction on an online dating website, these pressures are lessened. You could be sipping coffee and sitting next to your cat while checking out the latest profiles in the neighborhood. Interactions come more naturally to those who prefer an online introduction.

A distance, online relationship is great for those who get nervous easily. It eases people into a comfort zone where they can get to know each other without the pressure of impressing all the time. As the communication is relaxed, you can also figure out faster if the person you are chatting with is compatible. These are some of the many reasons why online dating is so popular.

Quick and Plenty of Choices

Why invest all your time on a person when you can instantly start talking to many people and narrow down the list? Rejection is softened in an online chat atmosphere – compared to a physical world scenario. It does not take much time to set up an online dating profile too, so it is an efficient process made for the modern schedule.

Getting to know someone through your phone or computer is also quite cost-effective. You don’t have to spend on expensive drinks or overpriced popcorn – yet. The online relationship adds more significance to the first date. If you are planning to finally meet the person you have been chatting with, you will be prepared and you already share a comfortable vibe with him or her.

Basic Online Dating Rules

Maintaining an online relationship has its unique scenarios. It requires constant interactions and staying updated with each other’s important life events, amongst many other things. Before you get to this stage though, there are some fundamental rules of the online dating game that should not be broken.

Don’t start sharing too many details about your life too soon. It can be overwhelming for the person on the other end. You may also divulge confidential information along the way that can be used against your interests. This includes your phone number – give it only when you are sure you would like to continue communication away from the dating platform.

Stay Smart and Be Respectful

Eventually, if all goes fine, an online interaction will become a real-world interaction. Keep the conversations going and propose a meeting in a nice public place in an area you are familiar with. For all the advantages of an online persona, you will only know the truth when you connect in 3D. If you are going to meet someone in person, let someone know and stay in touch on the phone consistently. Sometimes what you experienced online will be different in real life. Maybe he is showing contradicting personality traits. Maybe she lied about an interest. This is real information and you should not let the online avatar cloud your judgment. The best thing would be to cut it off at the first meeting, politely and gracefully.

With these basics of online distance relationships, you can explore a wonderful world full of interesting people. Stay safe, be respectful, know what you want, and enjoy the interactions that you will have.

 

October 2, 2018

Any outfit that looks plain and simple can be brought to life by pairing it with the right accessories. You can do it differently each time you wear the same outfit to get a distinct look. However, as we grow older it’s not easy to go around looking stunning in any kind of scarves, handbags or wearing any piece of jewelry. You need to carefully plan on what accessories to wear with a specific outfit to get that gorgeous yet graceful look.

When it comes to clothes you get plenty of advice regarding the color, fabric, and style that suits each body type. But, it’s not that easy when it comes to accessories. You need to combine the right pieces of jewelry with the right shoes, scarf, and handbag. Here are a few simple tips to for women over 50’s to accessorize like a pro.

Necklaces and earrings

When it comes to necklaces opt for something that reaches your collarbone or even longer. Of course, chokers looked great on you during your 20’s and 30’s but wearing them now could attract eyes to your jawline. To avoid this unwanted attention opt for a necklace that is longer and that could make you look lean and long. You can also layer necklaces in different lengths but of the same shade of metal.

Pearls and diamonds are always a good choice when it comes to earrings as it works with almost all outfits. You can get a pearl stud surrounded by diamonds and it doesn’t matter if they are real or fake. Earrings that are large and the ones that come with a bling tend to draw people’s attention towards your ear. Avoid wearing drop earrings. Wearing long earrings could make your chin look droopier. For those of you who don’t have pierced ears, you can opt for clip-on earrings that are big and shiny.

Bangles, watches, and bracelets

Bangles and bracelets come in different colors, sizes, and designs. Wearing those is one of the simplest ways to create a youthful look. Bangles work perfectly with a casual as well as a formal outfit. You can wear it along with your watch. Wearing several bangles at the same time is also a way to attain a gorgeous youthful look.

It’s good if you can invest in different kinds of watches as they are now a symbol of fashion. Make sure you have a collection in different styles, colors, shapes, and sizes so that use the appropriate one each time you choose accessories for your outfits.  Watches that are oversized happens to be in trend now.

Handbags and shoes

Gone are the days when you had to match your handbags and shoes. The latest trend is to mix and match shoes with your handbags. While wearing stylish beaded shoes it’s best to keep the remaining accessories to a minimum.

The handbag is one of the most important of all accessories and you need to choose the right one depending on your outfit or the occasion. An oversized bag in a bold color can add volume to your basic outfit. For a formal or semi-formal gathering, an elegant clutch or one with a touch of bling would work perfectly. Never carry an oversized bag for such occasions.

Brooches

The ones that are studded with precious or semi-precious stones or pearls or a vintage paste brooch do have the ability to transform a plain outfit into a fashion statement. It’s a wonder why women worry about aging when you have so many options to be elegant and stylish.

Scarves that are colorful, elegant and stylish

Make sure that your wardrobe has a collection of scarves. You can wear them in different ways and transform the entire look no matter how old you are. Wearing a colorful scarf with your simple outfit can add a touch of style and color to your plain look. When you do it correctly it not only hides your wrinkled neck but adds a touch of elegance to your appearance. Wearing a cashmere or silk scarf can make your plain shirt or coat look expensive. Make sure you have the right colors. A scarf can even add style to a plain t-shirt and jeans.

Accessories do have the power to bring to life even those basic outfits that you wouldn’t prefer to call your favorite. Choosing the right accessories is the best way to enhance your style. You can go around with confidence no matter what you wear and your age would be just a number.

 

September 27, 2018

There’s part of our lives that our skin doesn’t work the way we wanted. Other might have breakouts every month right before their period or so and might other guys out there who would suffer with their severe acne due to their exposure with sun in due time as they engaged themselves more to their chosen sports and such. But no worries, as today we can reach hand these products that would help us to correct our own skin imperfection. And the shop who can help us a lot through this journey, in getting back the healthier skin you have before, was this shop called https://beautymnl.com.

Actually, this shop is pretty reliable and reputable of their each products selling. Because a lot of people tried them already and these people attested on how authentic their products were. And not just that, as for the pricing wise. This shop has really the most competitive pricing ranges in comparison to the other online shops out there who caters the same brands as they do in beautymnl. So, if you are keen to buy off your makeups and skin care products. I really suggesting you out to check this shop first before anything else as they gave out products on their regular prices and sometimes they did held an sale events where you could get your fave items below there regular prices. So what are you waiting for? go check them out today and avail all the items you needed.

In addition, this shop is fond in selling some Korean skin care products which I knew most of you folks were excited about. And as I’ve checked them, I seen some COSRX items in full sizes that I know most of you folks, men and women, are pretty much keen to get for yourself as this brand has a lot of great reviews from your favorite bloggers and vloggers.

 

September 15, 2018

I know most of you folks are too keen to scored any good deals whether in online or in any physical stores nears you. Because these sales items really could help us all to save a little more for our next buys or other necessities needed on our daily needs either to the home. Hence, as much as possible we have to look further for these items to avail than getting yourself some finds that has regular price tags on them, which I think doesn’t practical to do these days.

Today, let me share with you this one online site here that caters almost all the shops online which only offers an discounted items through coupon codes. These codes are too exclusive only this site called Hasoffer.com and for its readers. So basically, you should have to check the site yourself and simply copy all the brands or stores codes which you think you’ll be needing. No worries, this site doesn’t require you to signup or to pay to any, all you have to do is to simply check the codes you wanted and copy it which you may use up to your favorite online stores to pick up on your desires items. Yes! that’s how simple this site is.

These days, I am into sports and fitness which made me wanna get some nicely made clothing for this hobby of mine. Good thing that hasoffer has this nike coupon online deals and adidas discount code that I truly appreciated with. Because these brands are one leading for the fitness and sports clothing hence you will be expecting that their both items are quite expensive than to the other regular fitness clothing out there. But not anymore on my end, as I could use all the discounted codes that hasoffer had shared with me thru their site today.

In addition, you could also get the zaful discount code which I know most of you folks are excited to know about, as zaful clothing is making their way throughout the fashion industry thru their set of clothing to offer. So, you should take advantage with this discounted code that hasoffer has to offer now.

September 10, 2018

I know everyone is pretty excited on the new collaborative items that these 2 giants has to offer for us soon in the market. Because we all know that Gucci, one of the luxurious and one of the leading brands today, is one most talked about when it comes to fashion industry today as we are seeing a lot of well known personans such models, youtubers and even celebrities who keeps in wearing their own Gucci finds which on my opinion are too good and fancy.

Today, let me give you some glimpse on what these 2 brands NY Yankees and Gucci are cooking for us this coming new season collections. But I do heard that they came up with the apparel, which is usual, and some backpacks that are too quirky and so fine. Below you can see some of the finds that we could expect from both brands soon. But bear in mind that I don’t know yet when these fancy finds gonna be out in the market as these 2 brands hasn’t release any update yet through their media channels. But sure do, this collaborative collections will be gone out this year for you to enjoy and avail.

To be honest, these bags are too fine and when it comes to design wise, they are both unique and has already an statement to show. I know both men and women are too keen to have any of these as these bags are kinda limited edition and surely an collective items that you should pick up on.

In addition, these 2 brands came up with some good selections of winter jackets which I know most of you fashion forward people were excited about. Because look, these 2 pieces are too nice to have.

For more details and updates regarding this collection, you may now check either of the 2 mentioned brands as they’ll go update us all for their latest made finds.