Creator of SMB, Mother of Kittens, Make-up Magician and all round Goddess.
Creator of SMB, Mother of Kittens, Make-up Magician and all round Goddess.
Seeing how the fall has started, if you have a wedding lined up in the near future, chances are that you are already deep in the planning process. Your engagement ring has been purchased at a store like this one https://www.leohamel.com/engagement/ring/store/elcajon, you already had your engagement party, picked the venue for your fall wedding, and now you are ready to tie the knot.
However, there are still some things that you may customize that close to the actual event without it being too disruptive or damaging to your plans.
Let’s start with the basics – the invitations. Even though you may consider them just paper notifications, they can actually be much more. You can use them to convey the spirit of your wedding. If you are having an outdoor wedding, you can include a yellow or red leaf with each invitation, to add a bit of color and personal charm.
Alternatively, you can simply opt for the colors of the season, yellows and reds of the leaves, or the orange of pumpkins. If you feel like that’s too campy for your special occasion, there are numerous graphic design solutions which allude to the fall without going overboard.
Most brides decide about flowers at their weddings early on, so you may already have chosen the centerpieces and other flower arrangements, but you can still adorn your wedding venue with some fall details. Things like lavender pinned to your guests’ name cards or wreaths of dried flowers can really bring the season to the center stage.
On the other hand, if you haven’t decided on the flowers yet, there are numerous flowers which bloom during the fall. These flowers tend to be fiery reds and dull oranges which go great together.
The food you will be serving at the wedding is going to leave a big impression on most people. That’s why you should probably stick to your original plan and not mess around with it. However, small treats like cookies or other similar foods can and should absolutely be offered in traditional fall flavors, like s’mores, cinnamon, and pumpkins.
When it comes to drinks, apple cider is always a nice thing that reminds us of the fall, so if you have a bowl of it somewhere, it can really capture the spirit of the season.
If your wedding is nearing, it means that you have probably chosen your wedding venue a long time ago. However, being so long ago, you couldn’t predict the weather on your wedding day. If you planned an outdoor wedding you will need to think about the cold. It may make your outdoor wedding dream difficult. However, if you really want to have an outdoor wedding, there is a way to do it. Heat lamps can be brought in and heat the venue.
Your other problem may be the rain. You should make sure that the venue has an indoor alternative, just in case it rains.
There are plenty of fall-related photos that you can take during your wedding ceremony and the reception. Umbrellas are a nice way to add some bright colors to a typically serious attire. Fallen leaves give you plenty of material to play with as well if you want to keep with the theme of autumn.
Discuss your photo strategy with your photographer, because they will probably have some more great ideas about how to use the season to make truly memorable photos.
Ultimately, you may end up simply ignoring the season and creating the wedding you want. And that is the most important thing after all, that you are happy with your wedding and the life that awaits you after it.
You can contact Leo Hamel Fine Jewelry & Engagement Ring Store at
1851 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110, USA
Your home is your castle and it is important to craft a living space that sends a powerful message to your guests as well as being designed to tailor your needs. This is usually achieved by designing an interior that is decorated and designed to complement your personality.
A really tasteful and seriously fun feature to include in your home is a home bar. This gives you the tools you need to entertain guests, enjoy yourself, and drink a refreshing beverage to unwind, all from the comforts of your own home.
When crafting your home bar, there are a few things you should consider before designing the interior. Whether you want to replicate the experience of having a night out or create an intimate and relaxing space to fully chill-out, these design tips can help you on your way to the perfect home feature.
It’s important to decide on the best location for your home bar within your house. How much space do you need? Do you plan on hosting for a large group of friends or just you and your partner? You could opt for a single wall wet bar if you’re aiming to just keep the space for you and one other. If you plan to entertain groups of people, then you may want to go for a seated bar with lots of space and stalls.
It is also important to situate your bar in an area of the house that has appropriate plumbing for usage. It’s a really nice touch to locate the bar in a basement to make it feel like a private place of retreat. It’s just as effective to design the bar to fit into a commonly used room if space allows for it, creating a more commonly used space.
The theme you decide for your home bar should be consistent to create a sophisticated look. It’s great to match the theme to your personality to send a message to your guests about the type of person you are.
If you loud and eccentric, you could go for bright colours and designs to compliment this. Bold patterns look effective behind edgy and slim materials. If you are more laid-back and quiet, calming colours like greys and blues are a great option. Combine with some vintage oak wood and antique decoration for a really traditional look.
A movie buff could add in black wood topped with a silver marble counter, black leather chairs and spot lighting to express his personality. A football fanatic could use stylish greens and decorate with a TV for watching all the games. Choose elements that fit in with your personality.
It’s important to find the right elements to use in your home bar to complement the overall interior design, everything from glasses to stalls. Begin by deciding upon your choice of alcohol, if you’re a Whiskey lover, opt for an alcohol collection that includes many different whiskies, but also be sure to stock other types of beverages for guests.
Then make sure you choose glassware with a bespoke design. LSA glassware provides a range of different high quality and stylish designs for every type of drink lover. Take time when choosing and kit out your home bar with style, you’ll be sure to impress every time you pour a drink.
Creating a home bar is one of the ultimate indulgences for a homeowner and designing that dream is not as difficult as you may think.
Whether your home bar will be used to entertain the ‘lads’ while cracking open a cold beer and watching the football, or relaxing with a bottle of wine after a long day at work with a relaxing vibe to help you unwind, you can create the perfect space to fulfil all your needs. So get crafting, creating and designing for a space where you’re always guaranteed a seat.
Amanda Kay Elliott, at least it will be once I get my maiden name back!
27! I’m not one who particularly loathes birthdays, but I do miss being 23 just so I could sing along to Blink 182’s ‘What’s My Age Again?” and pretend it was about me!
Where do you live?
I was born in Kansas City and matured in Edinburgh, Scotland. I’ve gone from jazz and BBQ to bagpipes and haggis, haha! I visited Edinburgh several consecutive summers to perform with a band in the Fringe Festival, and I absolutely fell in love with the city.
What do you do for a living?
I’ve just started the fourth year of my events management degree, so I’m a full time student for at least one more year while I complete my honours dissertation. I pay the bills by working as a sales associate in a plus clothing size store. Helping customers select clothing that suits their personality and style brings me such joy! I love being able to help a customer see how beautiful they truly are.
What made you start blogging?
When I was growing up I had NO idea that a girl could be both fat and confident. In my early twenties I discovered the world of plus size blogging, and my eyes were opened to a whole new realm of possibilities! These women were living and dressing how they wanted, and I was so inspired that I created a blog of my own. I created AmandaApparel.co.uk in 2015 to inspire confidence, fat acceptance, and radical self love.
Who do you admire in the blogging world?
Every single contributor at SMB, duh! I’m obsessed with my girls Kitty of Kitty Rambles A Lot and Steph of Nerd About Town! My Scottish babes Zoë of IKIWN and Sarah of Velveteen Femme are absolutely amazing. One of my fave fat positive allies is Tara of Cattitude & Co who is a literal angel. I could go on all day!
What’s your favourite post on your blog?
My writing style has SEVERELY changed over the last few months, and I’m posting much more about fat activist topics. My post responding to Lush’s fat-phobic marketing is my most read blog post of all time (http://www.amandaapparel.co.uk/single-post/2017/04/29/Regarding-Dr-Lush-Using-Fatphobia-in-Marketing) but I think I’m most proud of my post about unflattering silhouettes and taking up space (http://www.amandaapparel.co.uk/single-post/2017/05/03/The-2017-Met-Gala-Unflattering-Silhouettes-and-Taking-Up-Space)
Show us a favourite outfit?
I am OBSESSED with all of the outfits I shoot with Lianne Mackay Photography (www.lmackayphotography.com) but this one is my absolute favourite! This look was a key inspiration behind my blog’s recent rebrand thanks to the genius of Katrin Lange Design (katrin-lange.de)
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Oh gosh, I can’t remember wanting any specific careers as a child. I was a very early developer and as soon as my hormones kicked in I was 100% boy crazy. Ever since I was tiny I just wanted to be in love! I remember my walls being completely covered in *NSYNC posters, especially ones of JT! I guess I wanted to be Mrs. Amanda Timberlake, but I guess Jessica Biel beat me to the punch.
Do you have any pets?
I wish! I get to see my little princess Cheri whenever I FaceTime with my folks back home. She’s a Yorkshire Terrier with an attitude that she got from me. A local business down the street from me has two dogs that I refer to as Blondie and Tiny. I like to pretend that they’re mine, haha!
Where are your favourite places to shop plus fashion?
I love all the usual stores for fat babes, but if they branch out into the plus size world I would LOVE to shop at Oliver Bonas, All Saints, and Zara. And if I had the budget, I’d want every single garment from Christian Siriano’s AW17 collection. The pinks and reds together were just divine.
What does She Might Be mean to you?
For me, SMB is a shining light in a somewhat dark industry. Blogging can be lonely, but SMB is a place where people with similar interests can come together. I love how SMB posts daily featuring different bloggers with varying opinions and writing styles!
What’s your favourite post on SMB?
SMB Spotlight: Punkypins x Mel Stringer | Body Positive Pins. I love this post because I love Mel Stringer! I purchased the ‘love your body’ pin from this collaboration and wear it on my work lanyard. I use it as a tool to start conversations about fat positivity!
Anything exciting coming up we should look out for from you?
More semi-academic writing! I love sharing outfits, but doing research and putting together pieces on fat activism brings me such joy these days. I feel like I’m really finding my niche and I can’t wait to show you more!
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Halloween is such an exciting time of year for so many reasons, but the adorable Halloween ranges that brands are bringing out right now are absolutely the icing on the cake. It wasn’t too long ago that cute and quirky ‘every day’ Halloween clothes – rather than costumes – seemed to only be available in straight sizes. In the last couple of years this has changed rapidly, and now there are a decent selection of brands offering really cute spooky clothing in majoritively inclusive sizing. Here are four of my favourite Halloween ranges right now!
Topsy Curvy are Queens of the swing dress this season, offering a variety of prints that are both colourful and creepy. I also love the neckline on the ‘trick or treat’ tee, which is totally on trend this season.
You guys, how cute are these bat boobs?! I love t-shirts with really cool graphics, and any of these could be perfectly paired with a black tulle skirt and make an awesome outfit for a Halloween party.
This is definitely my favourite of all of the Halloween ranges that are out from plus size brands right now. Skeletons and bones seem to have been excluded from plus size clothing trends over and over again, so its really cool that Boohoo are providing spooky looks that match those of our straight sized friends.
ASOS doing what ASOS do best here – bringing us what we want while staying right on trend. That mesh t-shirt dress is so different to anything I would normally wear, yet somehow I can’t get enough of it. And I feel like cats on every pair of tights should be a legal requirement.
What was your favourite piece?
The Curve Fashion Festival was the biggest plus size event this year – and in actual fact, the only event! Here’s what 5 members of SMB Magazine thought of it…
The Curve Fashion Festival was yet another amazing date in the Plus Size calendar. The highlight of this year’s event for me was catching up and finally meeting some of my favourite bloggers. The festival allows you to walk around and engage with them so easily as opposed to feeling detached and separate. I ran into many babes including BodiPosiPanda (who was an utter delight). I particularly loved the Yours Clothing stand as I was working it with 3 other bloggers offering styling tips and advice to anyone who wanted it. As one of the larger exhibitors it wasn’t too crowded and allowed for feeling the clothes properly as well as trying them on. If, like me, you’re a big fan girl in the plus size community, you should visit next year to ensure you can meet and chat with your favourite bloggers/influencers!
The catwalks were wonderful this year and really were the highlight for me, especially the lingerie! It always fills me with joy seeing fat women owning a catwalk, especially sashaying down the runway in beautiful underwear celebrating all of their wobbles and bumps.
Curve Fashion Festival 2017 was my first time attending the event. I’ve not had a huge presence online as a blogger, but have been floating around social media as a plus size commentator for some time. I recognised a LOT of faces! Meeting Hayley Hasselhoff was absolutely amazing! After going to CFF it was wonderful to know I belonged to something so full of a positive self-worth message.
My favourite stands were In The Style Curve and WYC. WYC had beautiful clothes that I loved and I honestly wanted to buy it all!
I think that people should go next year because it’s one the opportunities to reconnect with the plus sized community and the fact that we can talk to the brands and have our opinions heard is unmissable.
Liked: Feedack has been listened to. Lots of space, seating and variety of stalls. Loved seeing everyone and getting the chance to catch up.
Loved: New Look, Topsy Curvy, Apple’s and Pears for having options up to a size 32. I also paid a couple of visits to the alcoholic slushy stall 😍
I would attend because you get to shop and try on clothes in a comfortable environment. Discover new brands, make new friends and watch some amazing catwalks
I’d love to see more stalls with clothes above a size 28.
Our incredible editor, Daisy, even took a She Might Be board and asked all of you to write something on it, here’s some of our favourite responses….
We had an amazing time and we can’t wait for next year!
It was always going to be called She Might Be, but what it was actually going to be wasn’t quite developed until I had the help of Sophie and Daisy. They have really been there from the very first conversation about it over 2 years ago and have cheered me on ever since. I didn’t know when I would finally launch it, but one day I woke up and knew I wanted to launch it. She Might Be Magazine was live a couple weeks later! I can’t say it was tough, as I had so much fun designing and creating the website, inviting writers, brainstorming ideas and since then it’s been just as much fun! in the last two years we’ve been joined by so many amazing bloggers and writers, even if it was only a brief time they definitely left their mark. Our editors team grew with the addition of the incredible Zoe and then Kitty later on.
We’ve welcomed a huge number of over 50 writers from both the UK and US (and the lovely Katy is from Aus!), male and female, from different abilities and backgrounds. We’ve posted 347 times and have had nearly 110,000 views! Some of our writers have been here from the very start, like our two top writers (top in the sense that they’ve wrote the most posts and several are in our top read!), Sophie and Kitty.
Here are our most popular posts:
We have covered a variety of topics, everything from hair and make-up tutorials, to articles on politics, disabilities, domestic abuse and mental illness. We have a plethora of fashion posts, advice on sex and relationships and if you love a bargain, we have a whole range of exclusive discount codes for some awesome brands.
From the very start, Georgina’s vision was for an online magazine that would be a 100% safe space. One that didn’t lure you in with positivity, then jump you in the alley with a post about exercise or dieting dressed up as healthy eating or faux concern.
We are real. We are honest. We are you. Yes – you! One of the defining things about She Might Be, for me anyway, is that we are a platform and a voice to so many different people.
If you follow us on Twitter, you will regularly see us asking for submissions. Engaging with our readers – when they tell us they love a particular article, or that they are happy to see us covering a specific subject, we always ask if there is anything they would like to add. If they would like to share their views.
We want to be something for everyone in the plus size community and beyond and I think in our first year we have set our stall out to that effect.
We listen, we learn, we grow and we want you alongside us on our journey.
So what does the future hold for She Might be and our readers? Our latest project is not really a change of direction, but something that will help us do more of the same and hopefully reach new people and give to our existing readers.
We have started a patreon, offering some exciting and exclusive rewards in exchange for a regular donation. The ultimate aim is to be able to pay the She Might Be writers for their content, and to be able to offer content that is above and beyond the already brilliant articles we have to offer now. Reward levels start from as little as $1 per month – so why not think about signing up? It’s like a subscription box, right into your inbox, with fab treats just for you!
We are all ridiculously proud of She Might Be and all that it has achieved in one short year. Whether you are a reader, a writer, a patron, a follower – whoever you are, thank you so much for your support. Here’s to another great year for She Might Be!
It isn’t just an opinion that wine and cheese taste great together, it is a science. Wine and cheese bring out different flavours in each other that complement one another, meaning that any night that features a bottle of wine should also feature a wine tasting. This is mostly because of texture. Drinks like wine and green tea balance the mouth when you pair them with fatty foods like cheese or meats.
Of course, there are many other foods you can pair with wine as well. For those interested in becoming a true connoisseur of wine, wine pairing, and everything else to do with wine, you should consider a career in the wine industry. Not sure how to get into the wine business? Not to worry – taking the comprehensive course at Le Cordon Bleu will give you all the knowledge, know-how, and experience you need to get your career started.
For the rest of you, who merely want to seem like they know something about wine pairing to impress their date, or who perhaps just want to try some wine pairing at home, here’s a quick introduction to the art:
You don’t want your wine or your cheese to overpower the other. Match the intensity of both to have a harmonious tasting event. For instance, match blue cheese, which is pungent and salty (from the mould in the cheese) with the sweetness of a port. You can get very specific with the best cheeses for wines, however, for a beginner, the best way to remember is to match experiences. If something is exceptionally sweet, something equally flavourful for cheese will pair well. Milder tastes require milder wines.
Temperature plays a crucial role when it comes to serving wine and cheese. Serve cheese as you begin the pairing (you don’t want sweaty cheese) and make sure your wine is served at their ideal temperature. White wine should be chilled at 7°C and red wine at around 15°C. Of course, there is also the argument for decanting. Great red wines only truly open and become their best selves after decanting. Decanting means pouring the red wine into a specifically designed glass container, or decanter, so that the air can “open up” the wine.
To truly have a great wine and cheese pairing, you need to know how to serve the wine! Wine is art for the senses.
When you are hosting a wine and cheese party, you want variety. If you only want a small variety (either due to cost or because of how many people are attending) you will want to go with wines that pair well with several different kinds of cheese. The best go-to wine that will pair with many different cheeses is a good Pinot Noir or Gamay.
To truly have the best wine and cheese pairing party at home, go out first. Professionals have dedicated their lives to pairing wines and cheeses together, and you can take that dedication home. Go to a wine and cheese event and take note of what you like. After that, recreating the event is as easy as picking up the right ingredients and serving them at their ideal temperatures.
Everyone wishes to have a beautiful, clear, and healthy skin. A bright looking skin, free from pimples, blackheads or blemish is everyone’s dream.
Most of the times when there is a pimple or dark circles around the eye, most people stick to concealing these imperfections with makeup or resort to buying expensive cosmetic products that claim to help.
Here are some skin care hacks that should work;
Deal with dark circles
All you need is a potato. There are 2 ways to deal with the dark circles and tired eyes.
This has been one of those old wives’ tales for centuries but if you’ve done some further reading into dark circles, then it’s actually fruit and water which are the biggest helps!
Burst the blackheads
Blackheads are very annoying, and it is not really easy to just get rid of them.
You will definitely get good results after the very first wash, most of the blackheads would have been scrubbed away leaving you with soft skin
Get your glow back
You had a rough day, making you look tired and dull. This face pack will bring back the glow and brightness on your skin.
Mix one teaspoon of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon honey and 1 teaspoon turmeric and apply this pack on your face with a cotton ball.
Rinse after 20 minutes. Your skin will feel refreshed and supple.
So, go ahead and try these skin care hacks which will save you a buck or two, and work wonders on your impromptu skin imperfections.
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