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Deciding what to wear to a wedding can be much more difficult than you may think when the invitation first lands on your doormat. You need to think about the season, the theme of the wedding and whether a dress code is specified. You also need to find the right balance between looking stylish and fashionable, and overdoing it completely with hats, headpieces and matching accessories. Above all, you are never to upstage the bride—she will never forgive you. To help you prepare for an upcoming wedding, bear these tips and ideas in mind:
Avoid Hats if You’re Under 30
Traditionally, all female guests wore hats to a wedding, but this tradition has faded away in recent years. Nowadays, you’ll only really see the mother of the bride (and the mother of the groom) and older female guests wearing hats. On those under 30, they can look too formal and a bit ageing. Stick to a discreet hair band or even better, a fascinator. If you do want to wear a hat, keep it cute, stylish and discreet.
Someone Else’s Special Day is not the Place to Make a Fashion Statement
This means that you leave all your most adventurous necklines and hemlines at home, along with any garish colors. In the wedding photos, the happy couple will want to be the focus of each shot, not you in your outrageous, ‘hot off the catwalk’ outfit.
Don’t Wear White, Unless it’s Offset with Another Color
A dress in black and white or any other color and white will be fine. Just don’t wear top to toe white as you may raise a few eyebrows, or get angry looks from the bride.
Use Black Sparingly
A wedding guest clad in top-to-toe black may look more like they are going to a funeral, which doesn’t quite suit the joyful occasion of two people getting married. You can wear some black, but team it with another color.
Stick to the Dress Code
If a dress code is specified on the invitation, make sure you stick to it. Don’t be tempted to deviate, as it’s quite disrespectful to the bride and groom and you’ll stick out like a sore thumb on the day.
Ask Friends What They’re Wearing and Match Your Outfit to the Type of Wedding
If you know anyone else going to the same wedding, why not ask them what they plan to wear? This should give you a few ideas. If it’s a daytime wedding, choose a shorter dress in pretty pastels. For a glamorous evening event, break out a sophisticated cocktail dress or a full-length gown.
If in Doubt, Keep it Simple
Sometimes, the simplest option is the best, especially for weddings. Take a look at shift and skater dress options with a simple print or pattern or in a plain, pretty color. Pair with neutral heels and a matching clutch, and maybe throw on your favorite necklace and earrings.
I've recently developed the habit of keeping an eye out for jewelry stores when I travel. On a side trip to Santa Cruz, I discovered two wonderful places to find gorgeous jewelry and I just have to share them with you. Both can be found in the lovely central shopping district. It's the perfect spot to browse around when you're taking a break from the beach and the boardwalk.
Jewelry for Classier Souvenirs
Nautical Treasures Boutique has been around for quite some time, but they have newly relocated to 111 Cooper Street across from the Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz. Walking in the door, I knew right away that it was a jewelry enthusiast's dream. rack upon rack of stunning earrings drew my attention right away. No matter your style, Diane Robinson has something to please you.
Diane is sweet and engaging. She perused the earrings with me and offered her honest opinion. While I didn't find any California Benitoite that suited me, I did find a pair of butterfly and quartz earrings that I have gotten tons of compliments on, as well as a pair of smoky quartz droplet earrings.
Nautical Treasures Boutique has every type of jewelry that you can think of, as well as other accessories. When you go, plan on staying for quite a spell. There is so much to look at and appreciate. It's definitely a great spot to pick up some souvenirs from your jaunt to Santa Cruz that you will actually want to show off. And with such reasonable prices, you'll find your jewelry box full in no time.
While wandering around, I stumbled into another jewelry store that more than caught my eye. Both of my grandmothers and my mother have always had such beautiful, unique old jewelry. So an appreciation for vintage jewelry pieces was cultivated in me at an early age. Judi Wyant Jewelry was right up my alley.
Judi Wyant travels extensively and picks up pieces from estate sales and auctions, then arranges it all beautifully in her store on Pacific Avenue. I spent a very happy hour browsing, and I am sure there were still things that I missed. If you are in the market for something eye catching to express your personal taste, Judi Wyant Jewelry is a shop that you absolutely must check out.
I was particularly struck by the collection of cameo jewelry. She has everything from earrings to brooches with the stunning silohuettes with many different background colors besides the classic light pink. Keep in mind that true vintage jewelry does come with a slightly higher price tag, but if you want something truly unique, it is well worth it.
Judi Wyant Jewelry also has a basket full of really beautiful buttons and small pieces of jewelry that won't break the bank. So if you're on a budget, but still want a vintage memento, make sure that you look through it.
If you are a jewelry lover, take some time out to wander around the art and small shopping districts when you travel. There's a good chance that you will stumble upon rare treasures and end up with some gorgeous souvenirs from your trip besides a T-Shirt that you'll never wear again.
In early April I once again headed out with the intent to mix business with pleasure. This time I took a full 2 weeks in California: the first half was marked for vacation and the second half for work. But how on earth does one go about packing for that? I'm here to share tips and tricks from my own experience.
Unlike my trip to Florida back in March (which was only for one week), I decided to check a bag as well as take a carry-on and a personal item. Just like my previous trip, I decided to select my luggage options in advance to save money.
I hit a bit of a problem, as the suitcases that I already had were 1. practically beaten to death and 2. too large for current size constraints. Since I didn't want to pay extra in shipping by ordering online, I decided to hit Target. That turned out to be a great choice.
I found a wonderful 4-piece luggage set for about $50. It came complete with a large rolling suitcase, a rolling duffel, laptop bag and a toiletry bag. I was also fortunate enough to find a set that both stood out (making it easy to spot on the carousel) and fit my personal style as well.
I discovered that many luggage companies nowadays are conscious of airline requirements when it comes to size and weight, and mark their products accordingly. This is something to look for when making your next suitcase purchase. However, you should still always check your airline's website to make sure that you stay within their specific size limitations.
I found out the hard way that if you leave some beauty products in plastic travel bottles, they can corrode the plastic over time. So take a tip from me and make sure that you wash out your bottles after your trip if you want them to last.
Since I hadn't done that, I was in the market for some new ones that wouldn't leak into my suitcase. Once again, Target to the rescue.
The TSA regulations for liquids have become such a common concern for travelers of late, so it isn't too difficult to find 3 oz. containers in many stores. Even though I knew I was checking a bag—which means that you are not limited in ounces of liquids—I know that I'll be traveling again with only a carry-on... and it never hurts to save space.
[caption id="attachment_457" align="aligncenter" width="600"] If you're checking a bag, seal all liquids in plastic bags just in case. Put toiletries and personal hygiene items in your suitcase at the top.[/caption]
Being a very color-oriented person, I chose 5 bright containers with snap lids. Always check the lids to make sure that what you're putting in them will come out properly. Also, you may want to get 6 instead: 1 each for shampoo, conditioner, face wash, body wash, face lotion and body lotion. You may be able to find travel bottles that are already labeled, but to save some money, I just labeled mine with a permanent marker.
Don't forget to pick up seal-able plastic bags to put your bottles in. It's required for carry-on luggage, but a good idea even if you're putting all your liquids in your checked bag. Better safe than a sorry suitcase of ruined clothes.
Whether you're staying in a hotel or staying with family and friends, packing well is the key to making life easier when traveling. And if you know where everything is, of course it's easier to find later.
Before I pack, I always lay everything out in piles next to my suitcase. This expedites the process and also allows me to clearly see everything that I want to take. Then I can edit out what isn't necessary before it all goes into the bag. It's much easier to add a few things if you find you have extra space than dig things out and do it all over again.
I make piles based on tops and bottoms, types of clothing (i.e. sleeveless versus t-shirts), and outer- versus underwear. Once I have assessed everything, the rolling begins.
Before anything else, I put any pairs of shoes that I am taking with me into the very bottom. I like to put them on the outside of the extendable handle bars. It tends to add stability to the bag. It also prevents my shoes from getting my clothes dirty. As a space saver, I stuff my pairs of socks inside of my shoes.
Next, I start filling in the middle of the bars with the heaviest clothing items like jeans, jackets and skirts. After that, I pay attention to color and add darker items towards the bottom. This keeps any residual dye in newer clothes from rubbing off on lighter colored clothing. I put older and medium darker clothes towards the middle and whites near the top.
I lay any items that aren't suitable for rolling on the top. Then I roll and put underwear, bras and stockings in the zippered pouch on the inside of the suitcase lid.
After the clothes are all in, I add any other items that I am taking that the TSA doesn't allow in carry-on bags. I like to make DIY jewelry which requires pliers, snips and scissors—typically not items that security would smile at you for having on a plane. I keep things like this in a plastic box with a lid...and it fits perfectly in the top of my suitcase.
I now know to wait to put my liquids and dop kit in at the very top. If you have liquids in your checked bag, it may give them cause to search it. If your liquids are buried in your clothes, you're going to end up with a complete mess when you reach your destination.
Packing your carry-on bag is just as important as your checked suitcase... as is packing your "personal item." This is especially true if you are taking a laptop or tablet. You must remove both from any bag for the security check.
Thankfully, I remembered this while luggage shopping and the 4-piece set that I bought had a bag for my laptop with an outside zippable pocket. I used that to carry the most necessary personal items that I would need while in transit. Because both a purse and a laptop bag are considered "personal items," and you are only allowed 1, I stowed my actual purse in my carry-on bag.
Remember that in current conditions, you are asked to remove any liquids from your bags when going through the security check point. Make this easy on yourself, and be prepared. I like to take hand sanitizer with me when I travel, so I make sure that I get 3 oz. or smaller containers and put them in a sealed plastic bag in an outside pocket. If you aren't checking a bag, be extra mindful of the amount of liquid that you are carrying on the flight.
"Carry-On" can be a misleading term. Yes, you carry the bag onto the plane with you, but that doesn't mean that you will have easy access to it during the flight. This is where you really have to use some forethought and edit. I reserve my carry-on for items like my camera bag, extra clothing items and, as I mentioned, my purse (minus what I need quick and easy access to like my ID and ticket).
I also make sure that any jewelry I am taking is safely tucked into my Traveler jewelry box. While I love wearing jewelry to express my personal style, I don't love the time and trouble it takes to get everything off and back on when going through security.
I love that the Traveler jewelry box has pouches and snapping loops to hold my necklaces, bracelets and rings in addition to my earrings. I know that all of my jewelry will be safe and organized when I get to where I am going.
During this last trip, I learned a few more tricks that made a huge difference for me.
I have always had trouble with extreme ear pain from flights. Sometimes it is so bad that I cannot hear properly for days afterwards. Not to mention that it just plain hurts! I discovered that there are earplugs specifically designed to help prevent this problem. You can find them at just about any drug store, often near the eye drops.
Make sure that you put them in before take off and then put them back in an hour before landing. The earplugs say that they are only good for a round-trip. So if you're making a connection flight, make sure that you spring for a couple of pairs.
Knowing now that most airlines no longer offer complimentary meals—and having discovered that the food they offer for purchase is not to my taste—I make sure that I have snacks on hand. I like to take things like dried fruit and a Lunchable. Filling and easy to carry.
I place the food that I am taking at the very top of my carry on bag. After I get through security to my gate, it's easy to get to. I like to keep it all in a plastic shopping bag. Most airlines will let you take something like that on in addition to your bags as long as it will all fit under your seat.
Even if you're not generally an avid reader, take a book just in case. Unless you're in First Class, there isn't a way to charge your laptop or tablet during the flight. And the fact of the matter is, the batteries in more portable devices lose staying power over time. I know that the battery life of my 3 year-old laptop is far from what it once was.
During this trip, I also encountered something completely new to me. On the way from my connecting flight in Chicago to LAX, there were screens on the back of every seat. You could slide your credit card and watch TV and movies the whole flight on your own personal screen. I quite liked it.
However, keep the following in mind... For the first 15 minutes or so, it is free to watch. Take that time to scroll through the program guide to find out if there are shows or movies that you actually want to watch the whole way. Otherwise, you might pay the fee only to find that there isn't anything you're in the mood to see.
Many airports have adopted designated lines for security screening based on how familiar a traveler is with the process and how long it might take them to get through. If you follow these packing tips, you will be able to get in the "Expert" line with complete confidence.
What tips and tricks do you have for plane travel with ease? Leave them in the comments below!