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Hire a boat for your wedding

Having travelled on most of the boats on Lake Windermere from being a young girl, as an adult I was completely unaware that you could hire them out for personal use. I am assuming that other people are in the dark about this also, which is why I am writing this article.

When it came to booking our wedding at Langdale Chase, it seemed extravagant at first to arrange a boat ride from their private jetty for our wedding guests. However, the more we looked into it- it seemed like the natural choice.

My husband proposed to me in a rowing boat and we were getting married beside the biggest lake in the district, so it felt like the decision had already been made for us.

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It turned out to be one of the best things we did over our wedding weekend. We decided that with a full wedding day, we would invite guests staying the night before on the lake with us as a precursor to our evening meal. A ride on a boat after all is the perfect way to work up an appetite, and that it did!

Everyone commented afterwards on how it helped to break the ice between our guests from both sides of the family and brought them together as one.

Windermere Lake Cruises allows you to take food and drink on the boat as long as you tidy up afterwards. Between 25 of us, we managed to drink 18 bottles of bubbly and an assortment of food including nuts, cakes, strawberries and crisps, which certainly helped to cement some new friendships!

The two hour trip also allowed us, as the bride and groom to be, to get around everyone to thank them for coming and have a well needed catch up.

The boats are rented out by the hour; however for an additional £100, for every extra hour you have, you can extend it for as long as you like. Two hours seemed like a lifetime when we were booking it, however, the time passed quickly and upon reflection I think an hour would have not warranted enough time to speak to all of our guests.

I would suggest if you are thinking of doing this for your wedding that you book early as the boats are needed for tourists if you are getting married at peak times.

When we arranged the boat we met with Sandra Tonge who was extremely friendly and helpful when were going through the booking process. Of all of our wedding arrangements this was the least stressful and had no complications along the way.

We hired out Princess of the Lake, which is one of their traditional wooden launches, as we felt it was in-keeping with the hotel decor and period. This seats 50 people, with 25 under cover and 25 exposed to the elements. We were worried about the weather and it did rain a little, however everyone came prepared in their waterproofs, as it can not only get wet but chilly on the lake. But anyone who has visited the Lakes before knows that you need a back-up plan! There are other boating options if your wedding party is larger, that have a bigger capacity an on board bar and toilets.

The boats can be decorated by your stylist with ribbons if you want to tie it in with your colour scheme for the big day too, so you can customise them to match your wedding décor.

Overall, I would not hesitate to arrange a boat again for a big occasion, as it was the best way to introduce everyone while enjoying the beautiful scenery around Lake Windermere. It is obviously a great photo opportunity too, with the backdrop of the mountains in all of your pictures!

My Mum made us an album of all the best pictures from the boat, so we now have a keepsake from the eve of our wedding. I would urge you to do the same; even though our wedding is just over a month ago now, I am already forgetting minor details of the weekend- so if you hire a boat for your big day make sure you capture plenty of moments on camera!

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Can we all make sure size triple zero doesn’t become a thing please?

So, back in the mid-noughties, size zero and then size double zero (which would be the equivalent of a size two in the UK) were bandied around as the latest must-have body shape/fashion horror story, depending on your point of view.

There was Victoria Beckham with her skinny legs and thigh gap at the 2006 World Cup and stars like Nicole Ritchie looking scarily skinny on the beach.

But, thankfully, we moved on from that. Didn’t we?!

Let's make sure size triple zero doesn't become a thing

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Well, we thought we had.

According to Grazia, Hollywood’s A-list are once again becoming obsessed with being super-skinny. And it has inspired a shocking new phenomenon: the size triple zero, which is EIGHT times smaller than a UK 16, our average national dress size.

Yes, American shoppers are now able to buy size triple zero clothes, with very small 23-inch waists, the same size waistband in fact as 6-8 year-old girls would typically wear.

An LA source reportedly told Grazia: ‘Right now it is in to be thin in Hollywood. It’s no secret that stars can make headlines out of being scarily skinny. It’s not about size zero anymore.

‘These days, double-zero sizes don’t cut it either. Size triple zero is the number-one goal here.’

Horrified doesn’t even begin to describe our reaction.

Though UK sizes don’t currently go lower than a size four (an American size zero), officially at least, US brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch are available here and do stock these smaller sizes.

A-list trainer James Duigan explains: ‘The selfie craze in particular has intensified this, and celebrities know that if they post a picture of themselves looking skinny, with ribs on show, they’ll get attention.

‘But it isn’t always real – sometimes they’re breathing in and sometimes the angle makes them look thinner than they really are.’

Adding to confusion is so-called ‘vanity sizing’ with shops inflating the supposedly standard sizes over time to help boost shoppers’ self-esteem. This means a size 10 can vary wildly between different high street retailers, sometimes by up to two inches or more on the hip.

On top of that, there’s a lack of standardisation across Europe generally.

As Grazia’s editor-in-chief Jane Bruton explains: ‘A 38 is a British size 10 in France but a size six in Italy’.

The result is complete chaos and the introduction of these new, sub-zero sizes for the naturally very slim shoppers, which others then unrealistically aspire to.

We’ve got an idea though. How about we get real, realise that it’s not actually desirable for all women to have the same super-slim body shape and quash this new ‘trend’ before it even reaches us? Just a suggestion.



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Cindy Crawford: How I Look 20 Years Younger Than My Age

Cindy Crawford has defied aging as her skin remains amazingly flawless despite the passage of twenty years since the start of her modeling days. We chatted with Cindy EXCLUSIVELY on June 18 to learn about her must-have beauty secrets — and she’s spilling them below!

Cindy Crawford, 48, is one of America’s most well-known beauties. She has graced the cover of countless magazines since her early 20s, but even as she nears her 50s, her skin and natural beauty are as radiant as ever. Her Meaningful Beautyskin care products, created from her collaborative work with anti-aging specialist Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh, contain the secret to Cindy’s stunning, youthful glow.

Cindy Crawford Beauty Secrets

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Cindy Crawford’s Beauty Secrets – The Key To Looking Young & Her Healthy Skin

When our Beauty Director Dory Larrabee Zayas asked Cindy about her daily beauty routines, Cindy surprisingly responded, “I always say the secrets are there are no secrets.”

“Obviously I use Meaningful Beauty, but it’s really about doing it every day,” said Cindy. “It’s cumulative and it’s about avoiding the sun and it’s about not smoking and it’s about drinking a lot of water and getting enough sleep. It starts with what you put in your body, and exercise. All of those things that we all know, you have to do it.”

Cindy’s healthy lifestyle is key to looking and feeling good all the time, but her Meaningful Beauty Skin Softening Cleanser is designed to be a helpful accessory for smooth and plump skin even as it ages.

Meaningful Beauty Skin Softening Cleanser — One Of Our Must-Haves

The major focus of this cleanser is to hydrate the skin while keeping the face’s natural oils still intact. The skin stays nourished which helps maintain a smooth look.

The Meaningful Beauty products help keep Cindy looking just as amazing as she did years ago, but she’s aware that no one is immune to aging. “You know, I’m still getting older,” Cindy told us EXCLUSIVELY. “I don’t look like I did when I was 28, but it’s about looking and feeling good at every age.”


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