Forget basic polish jobs. Manicures are more creative than ever right now and experimenting with nail art is almost de rigeur. The best part? You don’t need to hit the nail salon to get an enviable manicure. Try these DIY nail art ideas test-driven by the editors at FASHION. They’re guaranteed to draw attention to your newly-adorned ring finger.
If you’re inspired by romantic pastels, consider incorporating a range of soft hues throughout your celebration. Choose an off-white, lilac or pink wedding gown and match your jewellery and makeup to create a natural ethereal look. Select bridesmaid dresses in a range of light airy shades and match your bouquet and decor to the colours of your girls’ dresses. For dessert treat your guests to an array of pastel-coloured candy (think rockets and candy necklaces) and opt for soft buttercream ruffles instead of sleek fondant on your cake.
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Bridesmaids’ dresses, image courtesy Lane Dittoe Photography.
Bouquet, image courtesy Just Judy Photography.
Ring, image courtesy Polyvore.
Dr. Lisa Kellet, owner of Toronto’s DLK on Avenue, is quite simply the best when it comes to skincare. She’s my go-to-guru for perfect skin—she always prescribes just the right treatment and product to my put skin in fighting form. Two days before my wedding, I had an Oxygen Facial at DLK (Madonna is said to be a huge fan of them) and I can tell you my skin never looked better as I walked down the aisle. I recently nabbed a few minutes with Dr. Kellet to chat pre-wedding skin issues—here’s her sage and savvy advice.
1.What is the number one skin concern you hear from brides? “Acne! Adult acne in women is quite common in general and especially with the stress of an upcoming wedding many brides do suffer from acne.”
2. Solution(s) to adult acne? “There are many treatments available to treat acne depending on the severity, patient characteristics and time line. One of the most important first steps is to use proper daily home care. This means starting with a gentle, non-foaming exfoliating cleanser once to twice a day. A benzoyl peroxide in a gel moisturizer is a solid mainstay for acne treatment as it delivers an effective drug in a base that is ideal for adult skin and is not too drying. A gel moisturizer is ideal for acne prone skin as it delivers moisture but won’t cause the breakouts that lotions and creams can.
Everyone should be using sun protection and acne patients are no exception. An SPF 30 or higher in a clear spray formulation is best.
Additionally, there are multiple prescription medications and in-dermatology-clinic treatments including diamond peels and photodynamic therapy that are used in the management of acne.”
3. Good skin care should be practiced everyday, but in the months leading up to a wedding day, how should that routine be enhanced? “The first step is to make a list of your skincare concerns and goals and meet with a dermatologist to discuss both. Cosmetic consultation is a collaborative process between a patient and her dermatologist. It is best to start a skin treatment program 12 months before the wedding to ensure there is enough time to address skin concerns. Treatments often include diamond peels, epidermal or silk peels, Lumenis One treatments and ProFractional treatments for scarring.”
4.What’s your number one secret to great skin? “That’s a tough one, because I believe a proper skin care routine involves a multifaceted approach. I exfoliate twice a day and use a gel-based anti-aging moisturizer every night. Most importantly, to prevent UV damage (Cancer) and brown spots, I apply sunscreen every morning year ‘round. I always remember to apply sun block to my chest and neck which would be a great thing for brides as well. I also make sure to apply topical vitamins in the form of vitamin A (1% retinol) at night and vitamin C (35%) in the morning. I use concentrated serums that are mixed right into my moisturizer. As far as treatments I do Lumenis One laser treatments every two to four weeks to treat brown spots, spider veins, pore size and overall skin tone and texture. I know it sounds like a lot, but the result is clearer, younger, healthier looking skin.”
To toss or not to toss, that is the question. Have you ever wondered what the garter belt means and why it gets tossed in the first place? We asked Jaime Lawson, the designer from Bleu Garters, to give us all the details concerning common garter toss practices and burgeoning garter belt trends.
1. What does the tossing of the garter belt mean?
The garter toss is an old French tradition that dates back to the medieval times. Tradition states that the single man that catches the garter will be the next to marry. As the male counterpart to the much anticipated bouquet toss, it is often a comedic and exciting activity done before the dancing begins and can be played up as the more scandalous portion of a formal affair.
2. Have the garters always been very distinct and original to the bride’s personality? Or have they typically revolved around a traditional design and structure?
Our garters have always been tailored to the bride’s style and taste; however, one common theme is that they want to incorporate their “something blue” in the garter! In terms of design and structure, the garters chosen by brides have a wide range from tie style to fabric to ribbon to lace.
3. Why is the “something blue” so important?
Blue is the colour of purity, fidelity, good luck and loyalty, and it has been worn by brides for centuries to bring good luck on their wedding day.
4. Traditionally, brides wear a single garter on the right leg. More recently they have taken to wearing two so that one can be kept as a keepsake. Do brides often purchase a pair of garters or would you design a set for them with this practice in mind?
All bridal garters on our website have the option of being sold with a “Toss Garter.” The “Toss Garter” is a simple elasticized ribbon garter created in colours that complement the original garter. The elasticized ribbon makes the “Toss Garter” do exactly what it is supposed to do: toss easily so the groom can fling it to the single men!
5. Lace garters have always been the most common choice among brides but have you noticed any trends regarding the material?
Occasionally we have brides request a garter in silk taffeta or silk charmeuse. The result is a very luxurious and sophisticated garter with beautiful colour dimension. Also, some brides prefer ribbon garters. The ribbon garters are more simple and carefree than lace or fabric, but twice as cute!
6. What is the most unique request you have had for a custom design?
We made a gorgeous garter using lace from the bust of a bride’s grandmother’s wedding dress. She sent us the top, and we cut out small pieces of lace and attached them to a beaded garter the bride had chosen earlier. We then embroidered her initials and her wedding date on the ribbon of the garter. It turned out so sentimental and special, not to mention beautiful!
7. If you had one message to our readers concerning the garter toss or the garter itself what would it be?
There is a garter out there to suit everyone’s style. You don’t have to participate in a garter toss in order to purchase a garter. Garters are beautiful keepsakes that can be kept private, under your dress, and saved to pass on to future generations. They are much easier to fetch out of your lingerie drawer than a large, packaged bridal dress when wanting to reminisce about your wedding day!
Mandy and Nishan, December 31, 2010, Singapore.
Photography courtesy Mo and Nancy of Mango Studios, (mangostudios.com).
Ceremony and reception location: The Straits Room at The Fullerton Hotel
Dress: Pronovias from The Bridal House
Hair and makeup: Lauriane Rutberg
Groom’s tux: Custom Tuxedo made by Kingsmen Tailors
Planner: Caroline Yakop-Lim and Marylin Tan from The Wedding Entourage
Bridal party attire: Jasmine Bridal
Cake: Herve Potus from the Shangri-la Hotel, Singapore
Favours: A package with one white chocolate heart and one brown chocolate heart by Win-Sin
Flowers: Harijanto Setiawan of Boenga
Music: Harpist, Magdalene Wong
Stationery: Vera Wang stationery from Fine Stationery