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Cool Themes For Baby Showers

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In the Victorian Era, a woman would keep her pregnancy a secret as long as possible. There could only be the merest hint that a woman might be expecting, and the “tea parties” were held only after the baby was born. In the 21st century, baby shower participants can attempt to identify baby parts on an ultrasound as a game. Times may have changed, but the baby shower is still a celebration of the imminent arrival of a baby and a time of joy and festivity that should be spent with the nearest and dearest. If you are fortunate enough to have a little one on the way this fall, here are some ways that some celebrities spent their baby showers, some over the top, others more down to earth. Perhaps you will find inspiration in some of the following.

The Tupperware Party (Tori Spelling)
Although not many of us will have the opportunity to have our baby showers filmed as part of a reality show, there may be other elements of Tori’s party that you may want to borrow.The party colors were turquoise and brown, as was Tori’s outfit. There were grilled cheeses sandwiches, tuna melts, mini corn dogs, and pigs in a blanket, on the baby themed menu. Blue cotton candy and blueberry popsicles were among the all blue desserts served to match the color scheme. The “fake cake” was a centerpiece made by stacking layers of Tupperware to resemble a wedding cake. Talk about having your cake, and having your cake.

The Eco-Friendly Party (Sheryl Crow)
Leave it to the ever environmentally aware Sheryl Crow to throw an eco themed baby shower. A clothesline of baby clothes strung at the front door signaled the party’s location, with an organic onesie doubling for a sign-in book. The table was laid with environmentally friendly real silverware, as opposed to disposables, and decorated with napkins folded into ships embroidered with baby Wyatt’s name. Settings were adorned with a display of organic wheatgrass, and planter paper decorations were party favors for the guests to take home, to plant, in a fittingly symbolic gesture of birth. All food, flowers, and wine were organic, and the gifts were wrapped in blankets rather than paper, in keeping with the environmental theme.

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Moroccan Theme (Britney Spears)
Britney went for a Moroccan theme at her Malibu home when she welcomed her first baby in August 2005. The guests were told to arrive at the extravagantly decorated bamboo tent where the festivities were held, “barefoot and beautiful.” Once there, they walked over the thousands of rose petals to a candle lit tent in which the Moroccan feast of brisket and salad Tangiers took place. Britney looked stunning in her black dress and cowboy boots, which she took off to have henna tattoos imprinted on her toes, and the main centerpiece was a cake in the shape of a large Moroccan pot with a baby on top. Guests got to play “Baby Item Name Game,” “Word Unscramble,” and “Guess How Big Britney’s Belly Is,” and all went home with a $545 gift bag filled with jewelry, clothes, and Britney’s “Curious” perfume.

Wizard of Oz Theme (Nicole Richie)
Beautiful as the decorations were, perhaps the most beautiful part of Nicole Richie’s baby shower was the fact that the couple asked that all gifts be donated to a children’s foundation for underprivileged mothers. Guests arrived with strollers, teddy bears, and car seats to help the cause.

A yellow brick road led to the party room where blue gingham topped tables held picnic baskets filled with stuffed Toto tools surrounded by roses, Miniature hot air balloons were placed throughout. The main centerpiece was a huge cake with ruby slippers bearing the words, “There’s no place like having a baby at home,” and a “Munchkinland” candy buffet rounded out the scene. Gifts were donated to the foundation, and Joel and Nicole threw an additional shower for 100 ladies at the Los Angeles Free Clinic shortly afterward.

Let us know if any of these inspired you, or let us know your own ideas. We love to hear it!

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A Look Ahead To Summer 2018

vine vera banner presents A Look Ahead To Summer 2018It is often said that women have to work twice as hard to earn the respect that men get. Women are constantly having to prove themselves in male dominated industries in order to achieve a modicum of what comes instantly to a man. However, there may be one industry in which women have the home field advantage, and that is the fashion industry. If there’s anything fashion is geared toward, it’s the feminine form, and if boys want to play, they need to know who’s boss. Paris Fashion Week gave the boys a chance to strut their stuff. Let’s see how they stacked up. Here is a look at what was on offer at Paris Fashion Week 2018.

Shorts
What do you think of shorts for men? Tom Ford said no man should ever wear shorts in the city, but it seems there are some designers who disagree. This year tartan print tailored shorts were all the rage, with Dior Homme showing a version off, and Dries Van Noten, offering a two piece shorts and blazer set in a similar print, while Louis Vuitton stuck too long bike shorts with a preppy sweater.

Long Hems
Another big look for Paris Fashion Week was the long hem look. Trousers are getting looser and hems are less structured. Dior Homme showed off jeans that came well past the ankle and Ann Demeulemeester showed off fitted velvet trousers hanging quite a bit over stylish patent leather dress shoes.

Black
Black is never out of fashion in Paris, and, apparently, well suited for any style. Balmain offered a preppy take with a collegiate shirt topped by a nautically themed cardigan, while Ann Demeulemeester went for a gothic drama, with her shirtless model sporting a super side belt, weathered trousers and matching knee length coat. Alexander McQueen took his black in an entirely different direction with a hip length blazer and tailored pants.

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Mixed Patterns
From black to mixed patterns, the designers had some pretty bold ideas about improbable pairings. Kenzo paired a super modern technicolored racing top with red, white, gray​ and blue striped trousers. Haider Ackerman topped plastic black and white polka dot pants with a casual athletic gold striped tank, and perhaps most daring of all was Commes des Garcons who matched his gold iridescent shorts with a bright floral print top and white blazer trimmed in red fur.

Oversized Blazers
Here’s an eighties throwback. Thom Browne did his own take on leaving the house without putting pants on by coordinating his ELE-gray work oversized blazer with striped athletic socks, dress shoes, and not much else. Kenzo also chose to go maximum on top and minimum on the bottom, with a two piece purple oversized blazer and short set. Balenciaga kept it a little more practical by teaming his drapey blazer with classic blue jeans.

Dresses and Tunics
Cutting edge or cutting room floor? Alexander McQueen topped his wool gray​ suit with a doily skirt and finished the look with open sandals, while Thom Brown put a blue pleated skirt under a short silk jacket and tie combination. Balmain made paired his skin tight punk rock striped jeans and with a long blue tunic to make his ambiguous fashion statement.

So how do you think the boys weighed in this year? Did they get it right? Let us know what you think!

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Cher Has Turned Back Time

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Before Madonna lost her virginity, before Kim Kardashian hit puberty, before Lady Gaga could say, “Gaga, ” there was Cher, and Cher was fabulous. Ever since she emerged, bellbottoms, bangs, long legs, and cheekbones beside Sonny, to warble out “I Got You Babe,” and “Bono Spelled Backwards Is Onob,” the world would never quite be the same. Uniting over three generations, Cher has become an icon for baby boomers, generation X-ers and millennials alike remaining openly opinionated, fearlessly fashionable, ultimately unapologetic, and inimitably herself. Now as the legend celebrates her 70th birthday, let’s take a moment to turn back time with the woman who’s turned back the clock.

The Life Of Cher
To say Cher is a survivor would be an understatement. Cher has survived multiple marriages to multiple men, the coming out of her lesbian daughter, disco, the 1960’s, the 1970’s and everything beyond. Her marriage to Sonny would leave her a single mom to their daughter Chastity, and her marriage to Greg Allman would end in a booze and heroin fueled divorce. But did the original Armenian superstar let this get her down? Heck, no! She just did what every hard up determined red blooded superstar would do! She got a role in a movie.

Cher the Movie Star
Never one to do things by halves, Cher struck gold when she was cast opposite Meryl Streep in the movie “Silkwood,” a movie which garnered such critical acclaim that she was cast in three more movies in the following year, including “The Witches of Eastwick” “Suspect,” and Moonstruck,” the last of which would earn her an Oscar.

Cher the Pop Star
Now Cher, at 41, had enough accomplishments in her belt to satisfy most people, but of course Cher is not most people. It seemed that while Cher had been acting, the times had given birth to a new phenomenon; the disco diva, and this presented Cher with a new challenge. She launched her career as a pop star in the 1980’s and eventually hit gold when her album,”Believe” hit the American Top 40. At 53, Cher became the oldest female to hit number one and hold it for a consecutive three weeks.

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Cher Does Vegas
Fast forward through the tragic death of Sonny, a somewhat regrettable response to Chastity’s big reveal, a few plastic surgery procedures, and a few more albums, to Cher does Vegas. Her new show, Cher at the Colosseum debuted in 2008 at Caesar’s Palace, complete with eighteen dancers, four aerialists, and multiple costumes provided by Bob Mackie and is running still. She is also currently working on a studio album and two major motion pictures.

Cher’s Birthday
And now, on May 20th, Cher will be celebrating her 70th birthday. What can you say that Cher hasn’t already said? Happy 70th Cher, and many happy returns.

Do you have a Cher memory? Something you’d like to share about Cher? Let us know your thoughts on the original icon.

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Ask your mother what she wants for Mother’s Day this year, and she’ll most likely try and talk you out of getting her anything. You’re bound to hear, “Oh, you know I don’t like you spending all your money on me,” or, “You’re the best gift anyone could ever give me.” Anyone with a mother knows better than to take either of these responses seriously. Of course you have to get your mother something on Mother’s Day. That’s what the day is all about! So, since your Mom’s not likely to come clean about what she really wants, here are a few ideas you may want to consider.

Mini Library Shelf
If Mom’s a reader, get her a little library shelf to make her reading nook a little cozier. Think along the lines of something with a cedar wood shelving system to keep her favorite goods in arm’s reach with titles on display.

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Happiness Planner
Here’s a gift with a bit of sentiment. Since Mom spends so much of her time making sure everyone else is happy, why not give her something to let her know she’s appreciated? Give her a notebook with some daily and weekly goal setting exercises, and little bits of advice to help her focus on the positive while planning her weekly activities. Rose gold pen included.

Wine Bottle Chiller / Ice Mold
Here’s a fun idea for the Mom who likes to party. You can fill the milk with citrus slices, water and flowers or herbs to create a personalized beautiful chiller for frozen beverages. House guests will make a fuss.

Faux Leather Tote
You know Mom always needs an extra bag to bring over all the tchotchkes she picks up for you. Give her something ultra feminine in a neutral color as an alternative to her black standby.

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Sundae Best Taster
Did you grow up eating a lot of Mom’s ice cream creations? If so, this may be right up her alley. She’ll get hot fudge sauce, caramel sauce, peanut butter squares, drunken monkey banana rum jam, espresso cookies and cocktail cherries. Just make sure you don’t eat it before you can get it to her.

Hamilton: The Revolution, by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy Carter
Your Mom always talks about how good looking that Lin-Manuel Miranda is; why not give her his book? She’ll pore over every one of the 300 pages, complete with photos from the production, footnotes by Miranda himself, and exclusive email and notes from the cast.

Personal Embosser
Your Mom will find endless uses for this tool. A great addition to a classy workplace, a customizable embosser will allow mom to put her seal of approval on recipe cards, gift tags, stationary, and more.

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Breakfast Tray
What better than a new tray to serve that Mother’s Day breakfast in bed? Think about an artful yellow acrylic piece with a built-in flower vase, so you can add a little bloom to the setting!

Let us know what you’re getting your Mom this Mother’s Day! And, if you’re a Mom, give us a hint!

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What To Wear For Easter

Where will this Easter find you? Will it be a parade with a stop at the cathedral for midday services? Or, maybe a sunrise service followed by champagne brunch aboard a cruise ship with the setting sun as a backdrop? Or maybe it’s a family day Eggstravaganza featuring face painting, egg hunts, and bouncy castles. Wherever Easter finds you, two things are for sure: there’s going to be elaborate headwear, and there will be incredibly well-dressed pets.

If you’re wondering where exactly you will fit in fashion wise this Easter, here are a number of  stylish ideas.

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The Church Suit
If you want to look elegant and dazzling this Easter, the Church suit is ideal, and guaranteed, when you see how great you look in it, you’re going to want to wear this to hit quite a few destinations, besides church. Here are some great options for worship and beyond.

The Caped Crusader
You’ll feel an absolute princess in your turquoise blue silk church dress decorated with silver studs and rhinestone buttons with the attached cape. Be sure to crown with a matching embellished bonnet and some rhinestone drop earrings and shiny necklace.

The Color Block
Be the talk of the church in a color blocking knit two-piece with gold trim and rhinestone buttons. Keep your hat high and you earrings sparkling.

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The Maxi Dress
Of course, the maxi dress! What a perfect choice this Easter. You’ll look lovely in an earthy floral or an ethereal lavender with a colorful clutch and studded sandals.

The Trophy
You’ll be a vision in gold with a three-piece satin designer Sunday suit with lace detail on the skirt. Top off with gold turban or fascinator and prepare to steal the show.

The Lacy Dress
Easter and lace are always a no brainer. Try a little pastel dress with lacy cutouts, in a springy turquoise or traditional, summery white. Accessorize with pearls for a vintage look or leather bracelets for an earthy take.

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Blouse and Skirt
You can go a number of ways with this combination. You can try a bright mint tee with a hot pink floral skirt, or maybe it’s a tulle skirt. Polka dot blouses cam be very Easter chic with brightly colored skirt in a primary color, like yellow, or red.

Slacks
Easter can be the perfect opportunity to show off your spring slacks. Pastel skinny jeans with a patterned tee can make a great Easter look with a showy necklace, sandals and a clutch. The jumpsuit is also an option, or try some high-waisted loose legs with a fitted top.

What are you doing this Easter, and more importantly, what will you be wearing while you do it? Let us know and Happy Easter!

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Choosing Perfect Bridesmaids Gifts

Let’s hear it for the bridesmaids. They’re your besties. They’ve been with you through thick and thin. They’ve seen your bad hair days and your bad hair years. They know how your first boyfriend looked and they knew you before the nose job. That’s why you need to treat them well. Make sure they have sexy dresses, throw the bouquet in their general direction, and get them some really nice gifts to show how much you appreciate all they’ve done for you.

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Here are some ideas for choosing the perfect gifts for bridesmaids.

Play on Their Tastes
Are your girls total fitness buffs? How about some workout gear or a session with a personal trainer (make sure he’s cute)? Send them to an introductory ballroom or hip-hop dance class to show off their strong calf muscles. If they cook, get them the latest cookbook or a first edition classic by Julia Child. Include a subscription to a cooking magazine, or, if  they’re into horticulture, offer them a blossoming flower plant or a couple of useful gardening tools.

Entertain Them
Show them a good time! You can buy them tickets to a musical, film, dinner theater, or movie venue for a little night on the town.

Girls' night out

If they’re more the stay-at-home type, give them a movie-themed gift basket or a set of movies themed around their favorite actors. If reading is their thing, consider a magazine subscription or an e-reader. Include a bottle of bubbly and they’ll be set for the evening.

Make Them Something
If you’re the artsy-craftsy type and have the time to invest, a homemade gift can be more precious than anything you can buy at a store. Make a necklace with their favorite gems, or knit a scarf in their favorite colors. Brighten their homes with a platter or vase, and accompany that with a scented candle. Let them explore their earthy side with all natural soaps or holistic beauty treatments or brighten their kitchen with some homemade jams and scones.

Pamper Them
Give your bridesmaids a taste of the good life. Dress them in silk pajamas or a Morrocan-inspired robe.

Spa friends

Give them the monogrammed set of bath towels they’ve always wanted for some upscale lavatory luxury. Treat them to designer wallets so they have somewhere to put their gift certificates for hair and makeover sessions at a salon. Offer them a luxury boudoir photo session.

Food and Drink
You can’t go wrong by giving your bridesmaids chocolate! Give them a decadent assortment or gift basket. Of course, they will need to complement that with some good wine or gourmet coffee. You can also leave the choosing to them by giving them gift certificates to a gourmet grocer. Help them set the table with some luxe table linens, napkin rings, and card holders and buy them some caviar to help break them in.

If you’re getting married, congratulations! Don’t forget to let us know what you’re doing to celebrate your bridesmaids!

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2017 Prom Styles Teens Will Love

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Anyone who has ever been to prom night knows that it is not about what you do at the prom, it’s about what goes on after. In fact, from the way proms are portrayed in American culture, it might be disappointing if your prom night turned out anything less than a version of “American Graffiti,” complete with cruising, drinking, crashing, and fumbling around in the backseat. Of course, we all know that, however we end up spending this right of passage, it will end up memorialized in selfies and Instagrams, so what you wear will be just as important as what you do while you are wearing it. Here are some 2017 prom styles that will ensure your dress, as well as your night, will go down in history.

The High Halter Neck Line
If you want to steal the show at the prom this year, try a high halter neckline, low cut down the bustline to the navel. Not for the faint of heart, try a long Jovani fitted ensemble in a creamy white or midnight blue with strategically placed see-through lace and glittering beads.

Short and Flirty
Just because its formal doesn’t mean it can’t be short. Why not be bold in a short taffeta dress? Try a Sherri Hill with high halter neck and beaded bodice flaring into a pleated skater skirt.

Woman in short dress

Two-Piece
If you want to be very on trend this year, go for a two-piece gown with midriff exposing top and fitted skirt. You can pull off a Primavera Couture dress with a bead embellished crop showcasing a high neckline and hip hugging jersey skirt with a matching belt or an A- line skirt for a classic silhouette.

Mermaid dress with tulle skirt
For something sexy and classy, don a dreamy Morilee strapless mermaid dress. Complete with a floral embroidered dotted bodice, this figure hugger flares daintily into a tulle skirt above the knee.

Long and slinky
You can never of wrong with something long, slinky, and shiny. A classic version by Sherri Hill features a v-neckline and thin straps with a long train to make a stunning entrance. The iridescent sequins in alternating linear patterns will guarantee a glittering evening.

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Ball Gown
Of course, there is no girl who has not wanted to dress up like a princess at one point in her life, and why not use prom night to take advantage? Go ultra feminine in a jewel embellished bodice with a multi- tiered organza full-length skirt. Try a pretty pastel for a true Cinderella look.

A line
Channel your inner Scarlet O’Hara with a traditional Tiffany prom dress with a plunging v- neckline. Dainty straps complement a lavishly embroidered bodice and the satin A- line even features side pockets for quick cell phone access.

How was your prom night? Or, more importantly, what did you wear? Let us know1

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