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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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Tips For Hosting A Valentine’s Day Party

Ok, so Valentine’s Day is usually one on one – just you and your significant other, some food, romantic candlelight, you know the rest. But if you think about it, Valentine’s Day could do just as well with a big blow-out party! Okay, a smaller one, if that’s more your thing – the kind of party where you get to invite your friends. Who knows? Your single friends might even get a chance to mingle and meet their special person!

So why not do something a little more inclusive on Valentine’s Day? If you feel like playing host or hostess this February 14th, Vine Vera brings you a few fun ideas.

Guest List
For this party, try to keep it down to family and a few close friends and don’t leave your single friends out. Make it clear that they are welcome to bring dates, or use the opportunity to play matchmaker. However, you may want to give them a little heads up to make sure they’re comfortable with the arrangement to avoid a whole lot of awkward.

Valentine's day dinner party

Theme
You always want to keep it classy, but it is a day for love, so don’t be afraid to get a little sensual when it comes to theme. Light a few unscented candles; a few elegant floral arrangements might be just the thing to help set the mood. Set up some intimate sitting areas in the entertaining room and consider place settings and name cards in the dining room. Place sachets, or some miniature bottles of bubble bath on each place for some bonus attraction.

Food
Here’s where the real fun comes in. Emphasize eating as an erotic experience. Include finger food to encourage couples to feed one another. Serve fondue: cheese for the appetizer, chocolate with fruit for dessert. Make some heart shaped cupcakes or brownies. Throw in legendary aphrodisiacs like oysters, caviar, figs, and truffle mushroom. Don’t forget the cocktails. Mix up some Sex on the Beach and serve champagne and wine with dinner and dessert.

Dancing

Activities
Keep your entertainment as sexy as your party. You can create a makeshift dance floor in space allows and crank the music after dessert. Have a couple’s dance contest or play a TV game like Newlywed Game, DVD edition. Try some “Truth or Dare.” or couples karaoke, with a sexy prize for the winning couple. And remember, if you can’t bear the thought of sharing your most intimate day with anyone other than your number one, you can always host your party a few days before or after.

Sounds like fun, huh? If you decide to have a party this Valentine’s Day, let us know how it went!

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Planning An Outdoor Wedding

So, you came downstairs on Christmas morning and there he was holding the box with the cutest little smile on his face. You rip off the wrapping and open the little velvet case and there it is! 2 karat emerald cut. You’re ecstatic. After you post pics on every form of social media you can think of, you realize that this means you have a wedding to start planning for. And not just a wedding, this wedding is going to make William and Kate’s look like Vegas. You know you want the traditional outdoor setting, sometime in May or June…..

Beach wedding
Location
The Beach. Beaches are beautiful and symbolic places for a wedding. If you want to have it on a public beach, be sure to look into the required paperwork for a beach wedding ceremony. There is also the option of choosing a restaurant near the beach that will accommodate your guests. A Backyard. If you know someone with a big backyard and you’re prepared to procure a large tent for the occasion, this can be a lovely option.

Winery or Vineyard. Marriage receptions at wineries can be extremely romantic. Wineries usually have a canopy tent, gazebo or an indoor dining room in the case of inclement weather.

The Decor
Of course, one of the great advantages of an outdoor wedding is natural landscape. Visit the site a week before to make sure it is in good order. Some decorating ideas to help you capitalize on the outdoor theme include string lights, white paper lanterns hung from the ceiling of a tent, floating candles in a clear vase or pond or a chandelier hung from a tree. Consider using a trellis as a focal point covered with flowers and foliage.

Blankets for wedding guests
Keeping Guest Comfortable
Water. While spirits are usually flowing at a wedding, don’t forget to keep guests hydrated. A bowl of punch is a classic outdoor entertainment feature or you can greet your guests with a drink dispenser full of iced tea or lemonade when they arrive. Water bottles personalized with the names of the bride and groom are also likely to be a big hit. Cooldowns. Another great idea is to offer guests parasols and fans. They are useful, decorative and can add a thematic element to the festivities.

Sunscreen. Your guests might also appreciate it if you make sunscreen available. Let them know you are concerned about their skin health and comfort by providing bottles of sunscreen at the tables or throwing a few in a basket for your guests to have at their disposal. Warmups. If the night turns chilly, have some blankets on hand to add a little coziness to the atmosphere.

The Cake
You definitely don’t want anything to happen to the cake. Keep the outdoor temperature and placement of the cake in mind, or you may find that your butter cream icing puddling at the tiers of your newly exposed cake. If you intend to display your cake in the sun, fondant will hold up longer than butter cream and the shelter of a shady tree is sure to come in handy.

Woman in wedding dress
The Dress

You may want to go light on your wedding gown, but if a multi-layer crinoline is all that will do, at least make sure your bridesmaids are comfortable.

Other Things to Consider

  • Weather. Remember the hottest part of the day is between 1 and 3 in the afternoon. Try to schedule your ceremony for some time after that time frame.
  • Insects. Make sure to protect food stations with proper cover. You may want to place some citronella candles throughout the area.
  • Rentals. If your space is not equipped with restrooms, you will probably want to rent portable bathrooms. Also consider renting heating lamps and tents for late night cooldowns.
  • Rain. Always have a backup plan or alternate location if Mother Nature is not acting in accordance to your wishes.

The most beautiful part of your wedding is you, so we want to make sure your day is perfect and has everything you could wish for. Let us know what you’re planning. We love to hear from you!

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