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29/10/2015

Harbhajan Singh’s wedding–Tips to have a rocking mehendi ceremony like Geeta Basra

Cricketer Harbhajan Singh and actress Geeta Basra are all set to tie the knot on 29th October 2015 in a big fat Punjabi wedding and the couple is now busy with their pre- wedding ceremonies. Their mehendi and sangeet ceremony were held on Tuesday on a grand scale. nd the bride-to-be looked beautiful in a pink ensemble for her mehendi whereas the groom kept it simple. For the Sangeet ceremony, however, Bhajji decided to go all grand in a pink waistcoat with kurta and a pink turban and Geeta wore a dark green lehenga with gold border.

The couple just shared the pictures on various social media sites and the pictures of the mehendi and the sangeet ceremony are going viral.

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Decoding the mehendi

The mehendi ceremony is one of the most important ceremonies of an Indian wedding and the design itself is very significant with each type of design symbolising different aspects of life. Flowers and buds, butterflies and birds, bride and groom designs, paisley are the most common designs used in a bridal mehendi. The design is usually applied on the palm, back of the hand, the forearm and also the feet. It is believed that designs on the palm invoke offering, the design on the back of the palm acts as a shield and acts as protection. Flowers are a symbol of joy and happiness and the bud signifies new beginnings. Flowers like the lotus mean grace, sensuality, purity, feminity and purity. Vines and leaves which are a must have in a bridal mehendi symbolise devotion, entwined lives and vitality. Sun, moon and stars too are a symbol of lasting love between the partners.

Health benefits!

Apart from the significance of designs, applying mehendi just before the wedding has various health benefits too. Mehendi is a medicinal herb and helps relieve pre-wedding stress and anxiety. Application of Mehendi has a cooling effect on the body and it also calms the nerves and helps the bride and groom relax. Mehendi is also useful to boost over all health of the couple and protects them from any viral and bacterial infections just before the wedding. Also, the powerful smell of the mehendi acts as an aphrodisiac and helps boost the romance in the couple in the initial days.

The colour of the mehendi is often enhanced by adding clove and eucalyptus oil and few drops of lemon while making the paste. Here are some more tips to make your mehendi last for a long time. Traditional mehendi made from just the herb is very healthy and has no side effects as such except for some allergic reactions in some sensitive individuals. But nowadays chemicals are added to the mehendi paste for the mehendi to appear dark brown or black. A common allergen called PPD is usually added for this. This chemical is known trigger contact dermatitis which has symptoms like wheezing, itching, burning and redness of the skin. Here are some more side effects of mehendi.

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26/10/2015

6 Trends That Changed The Fashion World For The Better — PHOTOS

The sartorial world is about more than just looking pretty. Fashion trends can be used as social dialogue and can sometimes help change the world for the better. While that good pair of boots or the dress with twirling potential can make some of our hearts somersault in our chests, it's fashion in and of itself that can be more than just what sits in your closet. It can serve as a social commentary tool.

Trends can evolve to show the changing climate of a particular decade and can pinpoint the moment a generation started to shift its ideals and change the world for the better. Women ditched corsets in the early 1900s as the suffrage movement gained steam; girls raised the hems of their skirts in the '60s as the second wave of feminism rolled through the States; and the youth of the '90s chose "non-fashion" grunge as a "no thank ya" nod to the sellout ideals of "the man." They weren't going to follow the business-card-slinging ways of American Psycho, and their thrift-store plaids proved it.

Below are six trends that not only changed the dialogue of an era, but helped the youth of that generation find its identity and use fashion as a tool to change the social conversation of their time.

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1. The Flappers Of The 1920s

Gatsby! Capone! Speakeasies! Automobiles! The 1920s was a transformative decade of flash and glitter, as its youth was all too eager to leave oppressive Victorian ideals behind. It was the decade women won the right to vote, the year gin was taken out of cupboards, and it signaled the moment when theHarlem Renaissance took over the nation. Not to mention it was the age of swing dance and flappers.

Just a decade prior, women were still widely perceived as obedient, plain-living, pious creatures. The '20s girl wanted to go against every single one of those traits.

So she applied lipstick in public, smoked cigarettes, kissed boys, and bared her ankles and shoulders, much to the shock of her mother. Flappers were arguably the first youth rebellion in America, and their style reflected it.

What fueled this change? The success of the suffrage movement and women's newfound voice had something to do with it, but 1920s fashion was also a direct rejection of stuffy Victorian gender roles and the idea of the Gibson Girl, a pen-and-ink version of the ideal woman created by illustrator Charles Gibson, who combined the "fragile lady" and the "voluptuous woman" into one male-fantasy super hybrid.

She was the personification of what a "true woman" should be, and the youth of the '20s was done with her and her boring chignons. Whereas in the Victorian era woman often tried to look older than their age, the flappers aimed to be androgynous and almost pre-pubescent, hiding their curves and traditional femininity in baggy drop-waist dresses, but still giving off a casually sexual vibe.

Joshua Zeitz, social historian and author of Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern, quoted Dorothy Dunbar Bromley, a noted liberal writer at the time: "Rather they were 'feminists — New Style — and truly modern Americans who admit that a full life calls for marriage and children but at the same time ... are moved by an inescapable inner compulsion to be individuals in their own right.'"

2. The Miniskirts Of The 1960s

The 1960s took the cooling-pie-on-the-windowsill years of the '50s and flipped it on its head. The new decade was all about change and revolution.Beatlemania was taking over, the Civil Rights Act changed the fabric of society, brothers and boyfriends were being sent to Vietnam, birth control pills hit 6.5 million American women by 1965, and some women began burning their bras. As all this was happening, the young generation reflected the wild change by keeping the momentum going and taking scissors to their skirts.

Before the 1960s, young women were expected to dress like their mothers, in full skirts and ankle-skimming dresses — every inch of a businessman's respectable wife. According to Valerie Steele, fashion historian and author of50 Years of Fashion: New Look to Now, "Looking back on the late 1950s, the English designer Sally Tuffin recalled that, 'There weren’t any clothes for young people at all. One just looked like their mother.'"

As the social climate changed, however, so did the style. Many feminists saw the mini as a symbol of their right to show off their bodies however they wanted, and it no longer felt like the "right thing" for the daughters of Suburbia USA to dress to please their future husbands. They wanted to dress to please themselves and whoever wanted to look. Because of that, a new feminine ideal was created: The Single Girl.

She was young, made her own money, and didn't occupy her mind or time with men — not that she was disinterested; she just had more important things to worry about. According to Hilary Radner, history professor and author of Swinging Single: Representing Sexuality in the 1960s, "The Single Girl does not consider the possibility of a world without men; she has more concrete things on her mind, like paying rent."

Think of characters like the refreshingly selfish Polly Golightly, or successful Swinging London models like Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton. Women no longerhad to be housewives: They could be educated, could bring in their own paychecks, and didn't necessarily need to rely on the support of a man as in decades past. The teeny mini represented that new and excitingly radical idea.

3. London's Punk Scene In The 1970s

Ripped clothes, safety pins holding tattered shirts together, mile-high mohawks: London's '70s punk movement was everything furious, fast, and chaotic. These kids were social revolutionaries decked out in tartan and Dr. Martens, brewing a flashpoint of working class unrest.

According to The Telegraph, the debt crisis of 1976 left 2 million people unemployed in Britain. Much of the youth was broke and without work. The new scene that started to unfurl in London's underground was a direct and angry middle finger to the British ruling class. According to Jeffrey Banks, author of Tartan: Romancing the Plaid, "In the late 1970s punk music was a way for youth in the British Isles to voice their discontent with the ruling class."

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21/10/2015

Two Weddings

With much deserved recent public attention on legalizing gay marriage across the land this summer, my private matrimonial focus was to preside at two traditional weddings in September. First, two former students of mine, David Parker, in history, and Jess Andreola, in beekeeping, surprised me with their request. Then, a month later our elder son, Tim, called from Bangkok to say that he and his Thai fiancée, Natt, wanted to get married in Vermont this fall. Would I officiate?

Since 2008, Vermont law has permitted individuals who register with the secretary of state and pay a fee of $100, to become a temporary, one-day officiant for the purpose of performing a specific marriage ceremony. I registered, paid the fee – a bargain, I thought - and in the span of eight days, performed two weddings - first at Burlington's Intervale and a week later, on a hilltop in St. Johnsbury.

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This was as close to the priesthood as I’ll ever get, so I took my role seriously - even though both couples wanted secular weddings and I was only a bit player.

I talked to friends with enduring marriages. And a justice of the peace I know who’s done scores of weddings gave me a great check list that ended with a note to remember "It's not about you."

It reminded me of advice I’d received from a wise Waterbury farmer upon my first speech as a Legislator: "Stand up and be recognized; speak up and be heard; sit down and be appreciated."

Undeterred, I decided to reflect briefly on the institution and practice of marriage.

What makes a lasting marriage, I asked rhetorically. Surely love, but perhaps even more, respect. The bonds of matrimony should not be chains, but many silken threads woven together. A good marriage consists of the parabolas of two individual lives that depart on their own arcs and then return to continue their joint journey. And a good marriage requires the surrender of some of your selves for the greater good of the union.

The vows were appropriately the couples’ own, and the rings were conventional, except that in our son's case, Augie the border collie was ring bearer.

And finally, both locations had special meaning. The Intervale wedding was not far from the hives of bees where I’d taught Jess. The wedding in St. Johnsbury was at the precise spot where my wife and I were married 44 years ago.

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