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Planning An Intimate Wedding

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Remember when Katy Perry married Russell Brand in 2010? Do you remember how Katy, resplendent in an Elie Saab Haute couture down and $7,000 Casadei heels, and husband to be, Russell, rode in to the ceremony at Rajastahan, India’s Aman-i-Khas resort on the backs of elephants, then celebrated her 26th birthday on route to their Maldives honeymoon? Ever think big weddings are overrated?

Now, calm down. Romance is a beautiful thing, and a couple is entitled to spend their wedding day however they want, and big weddings can be absolutely breathtaking, but, just in case, you don’t have the funds, or you just don’t have the energy, here are some ideas for a more intimate wedding that can be a little more expressive, if a little less impressive.

Destination Weddings
A destination wedding is a good idea if you want to keep the number of guests down, as few will be able to make the journey. The Caribbean Islands could be the setting for the wedding of your dreams. Invite family and friends to come out a few days early, to make an extended vacation out of it.

City Hall and Brunch
A City Hall wedding always has an element of the off beat to it, plus it saves a lot of stress and cash. Bring your own photographer to get a snap of the wedding kiss and wear a casual white dress to suit the occasion.

Backyard Wedding
Set up the grill and play a few rounds of badminton. Go DIY with fabrics and flowers to make your outdoor setting into own version of shabby chic.

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Food Truck Wedding
Food trucks are great ways of keeping it funky while taking care of the menu. Choose your local favorite and see if you can work with the owner of the food truck to dream up a wedding day menu.

A Potluck Meal
Why not? If your wedding is super small, get the whole family involved. Grandma can handle the desserts and your aunt can take care of the pigs in a blanket.

Consider a Low Key Venue
If people can get married at Taco Bell, you can certainly get married at the local brewery. You might even get some free karaoke in. You don’t need tons of space, so just make up for it in atmosphere. Give you and your guests a night to remember without going over the top.

Go Camping
Most campsites have park shelters that can be rented out for events, and weddings certainly qualify as events. As long as your guests don’t mind roughing it, you can have a singalong around the fire at night, and spend the next day at the beach. (You might want to make sure there’s a hotel nearby for Grandma).

Elope
Talk about intimate- why invite anyone? All you need is the two of you and someone to make it official. If running away to Vegas isn’t your idea of romance, consider Paris. Just think, with the money you save on the wedding, you’ll have plenty to spend on some great designer clothes.

Are you keeping your wedding on the down low? Let us know what your doing to make it your own. We love to hear it!

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21 Days To A Fab Summer Bod

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Losing weight too rapidly can be ineffective as well as dangerous. Electrolyte imbalances can result from a lack of nutrients and it is likely that most of the weight loss will be in water and lean muscle rather than fat. One pound is equivalent to 3,500 calories, which means that you need to lower your caloric intake by 500 to 1,000 calories per day in order to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week. This can be done by swapping out high calorie foods for lower calorie ones that still satisfy your appetite.

Eating

  • Load Up On Breakfast
    When you skip the first meal of the day, your hunger will build up and you’re more likely to over-eat later.
  • Eat Eggs
    Eggs are full of protein, which is key to feeling full. Reports from “Good Housekeeping” show that in a study of 30 overweight women, those who consumed two scrambled eggs with two slices of toast of breakfast, ate less food for as much as a day and a half later, than those who ate a bagel breakfast with a similar calorie count.
  • High Fibre
    To keep the calories down and the stomach full, eat high fibre foods, which are likely to fill you up longer. Aim to incorporate beans and salads into your meals, and choose pears for snacks.

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Drinking

  • Drink Water
    Water is a calorie-free way of flushing waste and fat from your body to help you lose weight.
    Ditch Sugary Drinks. Fruit drinks, juices, and sodas all contain a high calorie content. The average soda has 200 calories, which means giving up a soda a day translates into a 21 day total of 4,200 calories that you didn’t put in your body.
  • Skip the Treats
    Beware of drinks with bubble shaped lids. Those frothy blended coffee drinks are basically glorified milkshakes with an untold amount of calories. Try to avoid alcoholic beverages, which can also be well disguised diet killers.

Switch Out

  • Low Fat
    Try replacing some of your regular food options with healthier ones that are lower in fat and calories. For example, try to select skinless chicken breast when choosing poultry, as this is the leanest part of the chicken.
  • Lean Meats
    When choosing meats, look for the words “select” or “choice” on the label, which tend to be a less fattening option than “prime cuts.” In addition, tenderloin, sirloin, chuck and round are all examples of the leaner cuts of meat and are a better option for dieting than others.
  • Bake Your Food
    Baking food rather than frying it eliminates the fatty oils that add calories.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
    Use calorie free apple cider vinegar as an alternative to salad dressing.Exercise
  • Boost Your Routine
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend 150 minutes of exercise a week, which means 30 minutes a day, five days a week. If you’re pressed for time, you can split the routine into 3 ten-minute intervals.
  • Increase Your Intensity
    Increasing the intensity level of exercise will help to drop weight faster.

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How are you preparing for beach weather? Let us know how your dropping weight and feeling great!

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Enjoy a Makeup Free Beach Day

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A day at the beach should be relaxing and fun. If you’re spending the whole time worrying about whether or not your mascara is running or if you have enough bronzer in the right places, you won’t be having much fun. Your bare face is beautiful and the following tips will help you feel good about going makeup-free at the beach.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
It may be the most important aspect of any skincare routine; make sure your body is properly hydrated so your skin glows from the inside out. The general guideline, drinking 8 glasses of water a day, is helpful but make sure to drink more if you’re losing a lot of water through sweat or other factors such as breastfeeding. Also, be sure to avoid drinks that dehydrate your body (and skin), such as coffee, alcohol, and sodas.

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Exfoliate
When skin cells die, which they frequently do, they leave the skin looking dull. Exfoliating at least twice a week removes the dead skin cells to reveal vibrant, healthy skin. You can purchase a number of scrubs, enzymes, and acids to slough away dead skin. If you’re looking for a DIY option, try combining just enough fresh-squeezed lemon juice with baking soda to form a paste. Using your fingertips, apply the scrub to your skin and in a circular motion, gently massage it around your face, and then rinse clean.

Use a Toner
After cleansing your skin, a toner can help close your pores and remove any remaining residue from your skin. Some toners can contain alcohol so be weary of those as they can be drying. Toners with soothing ingredients such as aloe vera or essential oils can be wonderful for the skin and provide a pampering experience.

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Moisturize
Skin needs moisture to look its best. Dry skin can keep skin cells from turning over as frequently and allows fine lines and wrinkles to settle in. Morning and night, apply a moisturizer that’s suited to your skin type. If you find that after five minutes of application, your skin is greasy try a lighter (maybe even oil-free) formula. If your skin is still dry after applying moisturizer, look for a richer formula.

Use SPF
You already know sunburn isn’t pretty. It’s painful and causes irreversible skin damage, along with premature aging. Some moisturizers contain SPF but it’s important when you’re in the sun to use an SPF of at least 30 and to reapply it every 2 hours.

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Get Your Beauty Sleep
While you’re sleeping, your body performs all sorts of necessary functions but it’s also when skin cells turnover and rejuvenate. A lack of sleep can also contribute to higher stress levels in the body which often leads to lackluster skin and breakouts. Help yourself fall asleep faster at night by unplugging at least 30 minutes before bed, sipping some herbal tea, and maybe diffusing some sleep-promoting essential oils in your bedroom.

Your Best Accessory
Remember, you’re at the beach to have fun, so relax and smile! When you’re confident in your skin, it shows and you’ll radiate beauty from within.

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