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30/06/2015

How To Dress Like Hermione Granger To Channel Your Favorite Teen Witch In Everyday Muggle Life

One of my all time favorite heroines of fiction has got to be Hermione Granger from theHarry Potter series. She had the courage, the brains, and the outer and inner beauty — not to mention her iconic Hermione Granger style. Miss Granger is up there along with my other favorite, fictional femmes, such as Katniss Everdeen, Daenerys Targaryen, andSookie Stackhouse.

 

I love how Hermione metamorphosed through the series from a slightly self–righteous know–it–all with barely any friends, to a quick–thinking collaborator adored by many. Instead of using her intelligence as a tool against her classmates in order to make her stick out, she began to use it as a weapon against their common enemies once she learned the value of friendship. Miss Granger’s style made a transformation too; from her school uniform to knitted jumpers and corduroy trousers to epic ball gowns. Her evolving style reflects not only her change from child to adolescent, but her evolution from teacher’s pet to a heroine of Hogwarts.

 

Since the finale of the series, I have always wondered what Hermione would be doing now as a fully–fledged witch, what she’d look like, and what she might wear to a Quidditch match. Therefore, I have taken inspiration from her previous style choices, sprinkled a little maturity into the cauldron, and given a flick of my wand to give you style inspiration from Hermione that is suitable for adult witches or for Muggles who, growing up, always saw a bit of themselves in Hermione, too.

 

 

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The Shirt & Sweater Combo

 

Hermione often appeared to be wise beyond her years and occasionally, she would dress accordingly. In her mid–teens she is seen here wearing a white shirt underneath a thin, striped sweater. I love this look; for me it summons feelings of university, study groups, and libraries while balancing neatly on the fine line between smart and casual. It’s a great look for when you’re unsure as to what an occasion requires you to wear or if you want to appear a tad more formal and preppy than is needed for everyday life.

 

Add a sophisticated edge to the classic white blouse with one that has an intricate, feminine trim such as this eyelash trim shirt. The trim will peek out of the bottom of the jumper and add an elegant edge to your overall look.

 

Modernize the classic stripy jumper with adorable, heart–shaped elbow patches that will add a pop of color to your outfit. Finish off you look with a pair of black skinnies and a red lip to look super chic.

 

The Relaxed Checked Shirt

 

As the series progresses and Hermione comes to realize there are more important things than looking and acting prim and proper all of the time, she relaxes her style a little. InHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1, Hermione finds herself in the wilderness with her friends on their mission to locate the Horcruxes. Miss Granger lets her hair down a little and has a dance with Harry to break down their feelings of desperation and add a little light–heartedness to their day, so they don’t succumb to depression. She wears a loose fitting, checkered shirt that is fit for adventuring.

 

Go for a simple style like Hermione with this black and white pattern. The checked shirt is so versatile and perfect for summer. It can be worn as pictured above — on its own with a pair of denim shorts — or it can be used to layer in a ’90s grunge style over your favorite retro t-shirt, or tied around your waist as an accessory.

 

The Elegant, Floaty Dress

 

At the Yule Ball in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Hermione is seen in a stunning, ethereal gown. This is the fourth film in the series, which would make Hermione about 15 or 16 years old. It is one of the first times we see Hermione in formal attire, and we realize she is metamorphosing into a beautiful, young woman. This gorgeous, floaty dress has strong vibes of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and would be a perfect style to wear this summer.

 

Get your vintage vixen on in this stunning 1970s ball gown. Similar in color and style to Hermione’s frock, this beautiful dress is sure to be a hit at any special occasion this summer.

 

The Prim, Pink Cardigan

 

As previously mentioned, Hermione is quite the goody two shoes, and her wardrobe reflects this. Seen here teaching Ron how to play the piano, she is wearing a simple yet sweet cardigan.

 

Inject a bit of decadence into a plain, pink cardigan with intricately embroidered details. IMO as Hermione entered adulthood, I think she would have left “playing it safe” with fashion to the girl of her past, and I predict she would experiment with fashion a lot more. Thus, this embroidered cardigan would be a fabulous fusion of the new and the old Miss Granger.

 

The Levitation Charm Dress

 

Hermione was always a whizz when it came to casting spells, proving from the beginning that she had a natural knack for magic, especially the Levitation Charm.

 

I could totally imagine a grown up Hermione wearing this feminine, floaty, feather–print dress. Pay homage to Hermione’s past but embrace her future in this lovely, lace trim dress.

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15/06/2015

From parties on a budget to helicopter arrivals: Britain's school proms boom

“Helicopters? It’s absolutely ridiculous! What’s that about?” says Gary Chinery, head of year 11 at Blackburn central high school.

 

Chinery is supervising arrangements for the school prom. There will be no helicopters. Tickets are £10 and everyone is welcome.

 

Extravagant US-style proms have become a multimillion-pound business in the UK, with some parents spending hundreds of pounds on a dress or suit, hair, makeup and luxury vehicle hire for their 16-year-old, and even more on the pre- and post-prom parties.

 

Chinery, however, has done it on a tight budget – calling on friends, contacts and local businesses for donations – with the aim of making the post-GCSE party available to all. The PE teacher and his friends have loaned dresses, the local Co-op has laid on the limousines and the evening promises to be a brilliant success.

 

BCHS serves a community that includes areas of deprivation. “It’s a fantastic family school,” says Chinery, who has been with the same group of youngsters since they started aged 11. “I’ve got really attached to these students. I wanted everybody to come and celebrate at the end of the year if possible.”

 

Left to right: headteacher Diane Atkinson and pupils Moaaz Sidat, Chloe Ritchie, Aneesah Hussain and Damian Mariner, with Gary Chinery before Blackburn central high school’s prom on a budget.

 

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On Tuesday night, 120 16-year-olds will dress up in their finest for a three-course dinner at a local hotel. There will be 150 cupcakes with the school logo, one photographer, two limousines and goodie bags. Looking on will be 60 proud members of staff – none more so than Chinery.

 

Sarah Burns runs Prom Fayres UK, which stages events to bring together the burgeoning number of businesses providing prom services and school prom organisers. She claims the industry – from the venue and car hire to the designer dresses, chocolate fountains, fun casinos and spray tan – is worth £80m.

 

“Some of the mothers look at it as a mini-wedding,” she says. “They get really giddy, the mums. The girls love it because it’s their first red carpet event – they’re watching what goes on in America, they’re into the Kardashians.”

 

There are, however, prom refuseniks. One UK headteacher estimated that 30% of his year-11s would not turn up for one reason or another. (In the US, high school students boycott official proms and organise “morps” – prom backwards – as an alternative.)

 

Orsett Hall in Essex is a veteran venue in the school prom business. It has been hosting them for the last 15 years, and this season it has 35 bookings over the next few weeks – even squeezing two in on one night to fit them all in.

 

For £39.95 – the most expensive package – you get a three-course meal, limitless soft drinks, a DJ, one bouncer and the services of a prom coordinator. Extras include a photo booth (£350 for three hours and 200 prints), thrones for the prom king and queen (£30), a red carpet (£25) and the hire of the bridal suite to get ready for the evening (£150).

 

Hair and makeup packages include two “hair ups” for £50; a spray tan, gelish nails with “hair up” for £70, or full makeup plus “hair up” for £80.

 

“The hairdresser who did my daughter’s hair for prom said it’s a much bigger business than weddings now,” said one mother.

 

Orsett Hall has seen teenagers arrive in helicopters (£800+VAT), fire engines, Hummer limos and US-style big-rig trucks. Elsewhere, they’ve turned up for proms on mobility scooters, in a horse and carriage and a US police car.

 

“I’ve seen them for 15 years, so I’ve seen it all,” says Scott Carey, of the hotel’s events team. “We’ve had quite a few come back years later when they get married or to have their engagement parties, or birthday parties.”

 

Patsy Kane, executive headteacher of two girls’ schools in Manchester, has students whose families originate from many different parts of the world and the prom has become a celebration of diversity, reflected in the dresses and jewellery.

 

Tickets this year cost £27, but a student organising committee has been working for months on raising money through tombolas and cake sales to keep costs down. There are prizes for the best hair and the best dress, as well as the overall prom queen.

 

“The girls really go to town – they wear beautiful outfits. The hair’s beautiful, the makeup is beautiful, and they really enjoy making an effort. There aren’t any boys because we’re schools for girls, and every year someone says: ‘Can we invite boys?’

 

“And we don’t, because it’s a wonderful celebration of friendship. It’s very special. It goes beyond the commercial. I don’t think it’s a big thing how much your dress cost – that’s not something that gets asked.

 

“It’s just a wonderful, wonderful atmosphere. They’ve been together for five years. It’s hard for them to realise they are not going to see each other every day any more. They all say they’re going to keep in touch, but they won’t be able to. It’s the end of an era.”

 

Things have changed a bit since Chinery left school and joined the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment. “There was no prom back in the day,” he says.

 

“We had it in the staff room – we had some biscuits, some crisps and some bottles of pop, and we sat round talking to the teachers. And that was it.”

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11/06/2015

3 Unbelievable Stories of Mothers of the Groom Behaving Badly

Owner of Weddings in Vieques, a destination-wedding planning company off the coast of Puerto Rico, Sandy Malone has helped countless couples plan their big day since 2007. Here, she dishes on the craziest mother-in-law stories.

 

It's hard to be the mother of the groom. Rarely do you get the credit for planning anything other than the rehearsal dinner and you definitely have to be prepared to play a backseat role to the mother of the bride. And if you're not terribly close to your future daughter in law, you might not have had much input on the wedding plans in general.

 

Here's the thing, it's great if the groom's mother can play an active role in the wedding planning if the bride wants her help. But if the bride has politely declined assistance, or you're just not that close to each other, sometimes it's better to look pretty, keep your opinions to yourself, and just be a well-behaved VIP at the wedding and reception. Even if you feel left out, don't take it out on the bride.

 

Crazy Mother In Law

 

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I've met some horrible, awful, really bad mothers of the groom at weddings over the years. Here are three of my favorite examples:

 

The MOG Who Taunted the Bride

 

At one wedding, we had a rain delay. So we had to execute a "Plan B" and move things under cover. While we were moving everything, the groom's mother was running in and out of the bridal suite playing "Chicken Little" and telling the bride the sky was falling and everything was a mess. She just wanted to upset the bride. Everything was fine. The bridesmaids eventually tossed her out.

 

The MOG Who Wouldn't Take No for an Answer

 

Sometimes the bride and groom do not want to follow the cultural traditions of their families, and so they opt to leave them out of their wedding plans. I recently had a mother of the groom who was determined to include the traditional capias (little lacy doilies the bride and groom pin on each guest in Puerto Rico) even though the wedding couple didn't want to do them. The bride acquiesced and agreed to have them displayed in a basket with a note at the reception, but the minute the couple was away taking formal pictures, themother of the groom and her sisters ran around and pinned doilies on every guests. Not exactly what the bride and groom wanted to see in their wedding photos.

 

The MOG Who Was Completely Insensitive

 

The bride's family wasn't in attendance at the wedding — I mean not one single family member. It was lovely to see how her fiancé's family truly embraced her. Except for the hurtful, sneaky little stunts the mother of the groom kept trying to pull. The worst was when she requested the song "We Are Family" from the DJ. He played it, not knowing any better. Til we told him what was going on and took all family-related music off the table for future requests.

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