Warby Parker: SunCollective

We need to protect our eyes from the harsh sun rays and we can do that in a fashionable way.  Warby Parker released its first sunwear collection for the year with a bunch of familiar frames but with some stylish spin into the design.  Warby Parker retained its classic silhouette but with a new lens shape. You have to see the designs to appreciate its beauty.

This is the Laurel 16 Bellini.

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This is the Downing 16 Lemon.

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Classic mainstays- Haskell, Barkley, Piper-have been updated in new custom color combos, plus fashioned with crystal embeds along their bottom rims.

Vanessa is wearing the Haskell Pearl Horn.

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The Barkley Striped Beach looks good on Armando.

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Vanessa looks gorgeous wearing the Piper Digital Horn.

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Co-founder and co-CEO, Neil Blumenthal says,

“These six frames are some of our bestsellers for a reason—their fit and shape look great on so many people. With this collection, we wanted to inject some freshness into them without compromising their original appeal. Our design team experimented with a handful of new constructions, updating the lens shapes with a few frames and embedding a sliver of crystal in custom acetate with three others.The result is a group of glasses that look as playful and modern as they do classic.”

Sun Collective frames are crafted from premium acetate and start at $95.As always, for every pair sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need. Check out warbyparker.com/sun-collective to view their complete collection.

Make Your Own Mehndi Dye

Mehandi design is a popular form of body art that has deep cultural significance going back for centuries. There is some dispute as to its origins; In Egypt, mummies with Mehndi-like henna designs on the hands and fingernails have been discovered, and in ancient Vedic texts, it’s described as turmeric-based dye that’s used as part of wedding and other religious ceremonies and festivals.

There are kits that contain pre-filled Mehndi cones, but brushes or the type of plastic bottles used for fabric paint are common also. If you want to do it the organic way, here’s a simple recipe for home made Mehndi dye that will give you the basis for a lasting, vibrant design.

INGREDIENTS

To make a home made henna dye, you’ll need:

Henna powder, available online or an an Indian grocery
Lemon juice
Sugar
Essential oil; most use teat tree, lavender or eucalyptus oil (it helps make the stain darker)
Small mixing bowl and spoon, non-metallic for both
Plastic wrap

THE PROCESS

Sift about 1/4 cup of henna powder into a bowl, and then add 1/4 of lemon juice. Make sure to stir it as you add the lemon juice to remove all the lumps and get a nice, smooth paste. Add 1/2 teaspoon each of sugar and essential oil; this should give you a nice, silky paste. The last step is to cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the mixture ‘mature’ for 24 hours. Temperature can affect the quality of the dye, so place it someplace that’s not too hot or cold.

When you purchase henna powder, make sure that it’s a nice, even shade of greenish-brown; if it’s too far on the brown side, that means that it’s old and won’t stain well, and too green = ‘doctored to look fresher’ or it’s from a less mature plant; extra powder can be stored in a zip-lock bag in the freezer.

Henna dye can be applied to almost any body part, but it’s traditionally used on the hands, feet and fingernails in the cultures where it originates. There are also a variety of simple mehendi designs that are used in Mehndi, each with its own special meaning.. You can find more information about this tradition, as well as templates for designs and what each one means, online in places like Craftsvilla, YouTube and on cultural websites.

Cocomelody: Open Back Wedding Dresses

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I received some good news recently. A good friend who has been single for some time now has a new love.  It might be too soon to think about weddings and marriage but since I have a blog and I do not want to preempt anything, allow me to just write this post without naming names. Hey, I am a single woman and I usually try to live vicariously through friends’ love lives so I get to do this albeit anonymously. I  am also dreamer so let me choose a nice wedding dress for that hypothetical dream wedding for my friend. If the relationship gets stronger, I think they are headed for marriage anyway.

My friend is pretty straightforward. I think she would prefer simple dresses that would accentuate her physique. Besides, if she is going to get married, I  think it is going to be a fun wedding where there would be a lot of singing and dancing so a dress she can wear comfortably while dancing would work best for her.   This Cocomelody ivory dress v-neck dress would be perfect for her.

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The open back design would show off her toned back. Backless wedding dresses are flattering.

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There is also another design I saw that my friend may want as an option. My friend has a romantic bone even if she denies it. She is one of the sweetest friends I have so I have picked this sweet and princess-like cap-sleeved dress with appliques.  It has a simple silhouette with a romantic flair.

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I can imagine her dancing in this open back wedding dress. The details at the back would look divine on her.

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Cocomelody has a collection of beautiful wedding dresses for that special day. Take advantage of their promotional offer below.

Wedding Dresses

Landybridal Lace Wedding Dresses

I recently learned how to draw lace.  Drawing lace looks difficult but once to you learn how to do it, you can get satisfaction from the output. I thank Lindsey for her blog post on this.

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It occurred to me  that lace adds sophistication on any object.  One of the best uses of lace can be seen in lace wedding dresses.  Even with a simple silhouette like this dress, the lace bodice becomes the main attraction of the dress. Lace can add that touch of class to any simple gown. It  also draws the attention to the face.  After all, the main draw to any wedding is the bride.

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But if you want to be trendy especially for wedding dresses 2016, you might want to pick lace and champagne tulle combination. While white may be the usual color choice for wedding gowns, champagne may be an alternative color choice. With white lace embellishments, the bride would surely stand out on her wedding day. This dreamy lace dress is perfect for those spring and summer weddings.  It is an unexpected color choice but it still shows sophistication. Look at how the lace made the dress extra special!

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If you a still looking for the perfect wedding dress, check out Landybridal. With their selection of wedding dresses, you are sure to find something that will be perfect for you and your wedding party.

Cocomelody Beach Wedding Dresses

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I recently came from an engagement shoot and it was quite a learning experience. We shot in two different outdoor locations. We relied on natural lighting.  The benefit of natural made the shoot a lot more interesting. The couple brought in three outfits so there would be variations in the shoot. It made me think about those who opt for destination weddings especially the ones on the beach. It must be an idyllic yet very laid back kind of setup.  The choice of wedding dresses might be limited.  Well, you can have different choices with Cocomelody. If you are too busy to think about those choice, let me pick two dresses for you.

In beach wedding, one must consider the elements. There is the sand, sea, sunshine and breeze.  Beach wedding dresses that drape down from the waistline are comfortable. The bride can dance on the sand or run  on the shoreline if she wants.  This dress has a little touch of formality yet simple enough for a beach wedding. The wedding dress should not be the object that competes for attention towards the bride. Rather, it should be something that directs the attention to the bride.

 

They say that simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication. For destination wedding dresses, less is more.  This wedding dress is an example how you can have the sophisticated wedding dress that is perfect even for a beach wedding.

Bring an open mind when browsing for dresses. There may be dresses that may not even think you would want to wear but actually would turn out great for you. Ultimately, it is your choice. Wherever may be the location of your wedding, check out Cocomelody. The selection are aplenty. You will find the perfect dress for you.

Oh, your perfect dress might be on sale! Check this out.

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