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Guest Contribution : How to choose the right metal jewellery for your big day

 

This bride has a mixed skin tone with chocolate coloured eyes yet creamy, pinkish skin you can see on the collarbone. Silver with a warm-coloured stone flatters both tones and the slightly off-white dress.

This bride has a mixed skin tone with chocolate coloured eyes yet creamy, pinkish skin you can see on the collarbone. Silver with a warm-coloured stone flatters both tones and the slightly off-white dress.

As with any outfit, making sure your accessories, clothing and shoes match is a vital part of the dressing up process. This is even more important on your wedding day. Every bride wants to look their best and a co-ordinated outfit will definitely give you that flawless, beautiful look. When it comes to accessories one of the easiest ways to make sure you’re outfit is well matched is to choose the most flattering metal jewellery.

The most vital aspect to look at is your skin tone. But how to you figure out what yours is? Here are a few tips. I’ve omitted hair colour is it’s often irrelevant as dying hair is so common.

Cool tones:

  •          Have pink undertones if skin colour is light or little undertone or a hint of sallowness if dark (Azealia Banks is a great example of dark cool skin). Skin looks a crisp and almost cool to the touch.
  •          Eye colour is blue, grey or almost black.
  •          Looking at your veins in direct sunlight they appear blue.
  •          You have been told you flatter the colours blue, jewel green, pink, blue-based red, pure black and pure white etc.

Warm tones:

  •          The skin colour is often in the mid-range; if dark or pale the undertones are yellow and make the skin look warm.
  •          Eyes are usually warm tones of brown, green and hazel.
  •          In sunlight your veins look green.
  •          You’ve been told you look good in off-white or cream, brown, orangy reds, wine coloured purples and natural greens. If you look good in khaki you’re probably warm.

Once you’ve got a rough idea what metal you should suit take a look at your dress. There is more than one tone of white! Crisp white dresses with hard lines, simple sleekness or lots of diamante will often look better combined with silver jewellery. If you’re dress is one of the colours listed in the cool section silver is definitely the best choice. If the dress has an invitingly warm hint it’s likely to be an off-white colour, which is far better with gold pieces. Often dresses with ruffles and dresses with a lot of volume look better with gold jewellery as gold can be worn more simply while still looking luxurious. As above, if the dress is cream or any of the listed warm colours gold is definitely the way to go.

The big issue is that most of us are a mix of skin tones. You could look great in a champagne coloured dress but not look good in gold. If this is the case stick to the metal you know looks good on you. To bring colours from the opposite end of the spectrum look for details in the dress’s colour spectrum. If you have a cream dress but are cool choose silver jewellery, look for some with off-white pearls or stones in a warm colour such as amber or ruby. As a cool toned woman myself I’ve used similar silver jewellery with amber to warm up my daily outfits too! This is both a great way to make your jewellery stand out as well as harmonise the wedding outfit colours. To cool down gold diamonds are always a good choice, or look for pure white pearl and stones in jewel colours such as sapphire and emerald.

One last area to consider is the style of your wedding. If you’re wearing a dark blue silky dress you’d think silver jewellery is the answer, but if you’re getting married on a sunny beach gold and its association with the summer holidays would suit the wedding far more (your skin should be getting a nice warm glow from all the sunshine anyway!). A more formal, traditional wedding might mean that silver jewellery flatters you best, while a wedding out in nature might require you to stock up on natural materials like pearl and stones and experiment with both metals for the best affect.

I hope this gives any bride-to -be some ideas for choosing the best metal jewellery for their big day. Having a rough idea of the colours that fit together takes a huge chunk of stress out of matching your dress and your jewellery together. 

 

Bio: Adina is a part-time sci-fi geek and loves to blog through guest posting as a great way to meet people from all over the globe.

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Guest Contribution : Picking the Perfect Pearls for your Dress

Whilst weddings are a momentous and joyous occasion, one that you have probably envisaged since you were a little girl, the run-up can be stressful, time-consuming, even all-consuming!  Whilst there is enormous amounts of preparations, organisation, guest politics, who to invite, who’s vegetarian? coeliac? gluten-free? – you get the point! – Relieve some of the pressure with these stunning jewels which are guaranteed to pull your wedding attire together and ensure your day goes smoothly (well in the looks department at least!)

Yes it is a given that the wedding dress plays a huge factor in the bride’s overall look but coming in a close second is her choice of jewellery as this can either make or break a look.  Whilst there is a whole treasure trove of choice, one of the most popular of all jewels are still pearls.

Pearls have retained their status as the go-to wedding jewel as they have a perennial elegance that never looks dated.  Pearls can be worn with modern dresses or more traditional designs.  These lustrous, highly versatile beauties are one of the few gemstones which appeal to all generations.

Most brides are interested in achieving a highly sophisticated look which oozes understated glamour and this is easily achievable with pearl jewellery.

TraditionalTraditional

If you are opting for a traditional dress with a fitted and bodice with a flowing, ball gown-esque skirt then a classic pearl necklace is the perfect option to create harmony throughout your look and pull everything together.  Choose a bridal pearl necklace from Winterson made with the finest cultured saltwater Akoya pearls for a look that exudes luxury, glamour and ultimately sophistication.  These pearls, traditionally cultured in Japan, should be round, with a sharp lustre and pinky white colour. Sitting just below the collarbone, the length of this necklace will bring the focus to your face whilst creating a demure and ethereal aura around you.

 

 ModernModern

If you have decided on a more modern, slinky and ‘bodycon’ dress, then I would suggest a simple pearl pendant.  A luxurious white South Sea pearl and diamond pendant necklace will perfectly balance out your wedding look but will not detract from the dress.  With a silky lustre which radiates beauty, there is little wonder why pearls are the wedding jewel of choice.  This exquisite piece (featured below) also features a dazzling diamond set above the pearl to add to the luxury of this pendant.  This piece will not only see through your wedding day in style, but will also become a firm favourite in your jewellery wardrobe.

 

BohemianBohemian

For the romantic, slightly quirky, bohemian bride, choose freshwater coin pearls.  These type of pearls have a distinctive, slightly irregular and jaunty, baroque shape.  Each pearl is unique thus creating a carefree, laidback look rather than a more traditional, polished style.  If this is the look you are trying to pull off then this White Freshwater Coin Pearl Bracelet would look stunning on the wrist of any lace-clad, billowy-sleeved bride.

Author Bio: Rebecca is a lover of the finer things in life and frequently writes about her musings and findings.  All images are courtesy of Winterson.

 

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FALLING IN LOVE WITH : MISSTAKEN

Hiya Poutlings

With crazy schedules, we don’t always have enough time in order to do enough retail therapy in order to make your soul feel soothed. In times like these, this is when the internet prevails. Whether its window shopping you’re looking at or actual shopping, you can pretty much find what you’re looking for…

www.misstaken.co.za

The problem is that, a lot of the time shipping is expensive as a lot of the stores are based overseas, and I’m so happy that ever so slowly, our local online data base of stores is growing… the gem of a store I found recently is MISSTAKEN a new(ish) online boutique which totally swoon worthy. They offer party dresses, evening gowns and gorgeous lingerie.

Here are some of my “window”/screen shopping favourites!

ONE SHOULDER EVENING DRESS : R1,550

ONE SHOULDER EVENING DRESS : R1,550

SHORT PARTY DRESS : R950

SHORT PARTY DRESS : R950

Draped Bra Chiffon Set : R370

Draped Bra Chiffon Set : R370

LONG EVENING DRESS : R1,650

LONG EVENING DRESS : R1,650

STRAPLESS ANIMAL PRINT DRESS : R1,150

STRAPLESS ANIMAL PRINT DRESS : R1,150

SHORT COCKTAIL DRESS : R850

SHORT COCKTAIL DRESS : R850

SHORT TUBE DRESS : R1,250

SHORT TUBE DRESS : R1,250

WHITE RIBBON DETAIL CORSET : R550

WHITE RIBBON DETAIL CORSET : R550

SHORT COCKTAIL DRESS : R1,250

SHORT COCKTAIL DRESS : R1,250

LONG EVENING DRESS R2,250

LONG EVENING DRESS R2,250

LEOPARD PRINT DRESS : R1,250

LEOPARD PRINT DRESS : R1,250

SHORT CHIFFON EVENING DRESS : R895

EMPIRE FLORAL PRINT DRESS : R995

EMPIRE FLORAL PRINT DRESS : R995

STRAPLESS BALLGOWN : R5,850

STRAPLESS BALLGOWN : R5,850

What are you waiting for? Stop by misstaken.co.za and let us know about your favourites – they have loads of choice, and obviously I can’t feature all of them on this post 🙂

Happy Shopping, ladies!

x missfitz

PS. If you order any of their gorgeous goodies in the month of May you can receive a 25% discount!

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with this store/brand or have been paid to post this review.

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Guest Contribution : Top Trends in Wedding Dresses for 2013

Your wedding gown is the centerpiece of your wedding. All eyes will be on you and the gown, and your choice will influence the colors and style of the bridal party attire, the types of flowers you choose, your wedding cake and your other decor. Of course, it will also be immortalized in your photos forever, so it’s important to make the right choice.

This season, there are many trends in wedding dresses that can make you a beautiful bride with an unforgettable wedding. Here are some of the top trends in wedding dresses for 2013 for you to consider:

Bare Backs

barebackwedding1Wedding gowns are getting away from the prim, covered-up looks of the past. Today’s wedding gowns are a little bit sexy, and they’re not afraid to show off your figure. One of this season’s top trends is the bare back — either from a plunging backline or from a cut out. The result is a sexy view of the bride as she walks down the aisle.

asymmetricalAsymmetric Necklines

The strapless gown is starting to fade into the background as the strap rises again. This season’s hottest gowns have sexy asymmetric necklines with an off-the-shoulder strap. Once reserved for evening gowns, asymmetric necklines are giving a whole new look to wedding gowns.

ivoryweddingdress short hemlineShort Hemlines

This season’s gowns are getting lower in the back and higher in the front. The hemlines are getting shorter, resulting in gowns that have tea-length or even mini-skirts. It makes for a much easier dress to dance in during the reception!

sculptedruffleSculpted Ruffles

Ruffled hemlines may seem like something that went out of favor in the 80s, but this season’s wedding gowns update that look to create something sophisticated and gorgeous. Sculpted ruffles advance far beyond the hemline and can take up the entire body of the skirt, creating dramatic and abundant swirls.

sheersleevesSheer Sleeves

Long sheer sleeves are hot right now, and they add a touch of old-world elegance to a gown. Lacy, sheer sleeves look romantic and feminine, and they are great for a formal wedding or one with a garden theme.

Of course, any dress you choose should reflect your personal style. Choose one of these trends and you’ll get a dress that’s memorable and a great reflection of who you are.

What are your favorite trends for wedding gowns this season? What do you think about the latest looks? Share your thoughts in the comments!

About the Author:

Bridget Sandorford is a freelance food and culinary writer, where recently she’s been researching culinary schools in Oklahoma City. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, painting and working on her first cookbook.

 

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Guest Contribution : Why is a Wedding Band so Important?

Although not necessary for the legalities of a wedding, the wedding band, and the swapping of them during a ceremony, is still one of the most symbolic things that many of us will do during our lives.

There are many reasons that a quality wedding band is so important for both the bride and her groom. Here, we turn our focus to the male half of the partnership, and explore the importance of a wedding band both in general, as well as any sex-specific reasons why a quality ring is so important.

Place of Work

Wherever we work, our hands and face are the most exposed parts of our body. Some workplaces, such as building sites and certain factories, are more male dominated and the nature of these locations and lend themselves to a wedding band getting damaged.

Therefore, a stronger metal such as tungsten is a better option for many men than say, gold, which is not as strong and more likely to get damaged. Tungsten also requires less on-going ‘maintenance,’ it’ll never lose its shine, for example.

Man Hands

Whether you believe it is down to God or evolution, the fact is that men have bigger, coarser hands than women do. A wedding ring that is small or feeble looking just seems out of place on a man’s hand. While women a probably better suited to a thin band, on a man it just appears plain silly.

A nice, bold, prominent ring is what is needed for a guy, especially when he will want to show off the fact that he is married to a wonderful woman, and proud to be so.

Only Jewellery

Men tend to wear less jewellery than women do, for whatever reason. It is only natural then, that if a wedding band is going to be a man’s only piece of jewellery, that it should be something of a ‘show stealer.’

Of course, we’re not saying women shouldn’t have a great looking band just because they may wear more jewellery, but you understand where we’re coming from.

The Symbolism

Into the more general reasons now, and we touched on the symbolism that comes with wedding bands earlier.

What exactly does a wedding band symbolise?

In its most basic sense, it is a sign that one is married, but taking it deeper it is a symbol of your love for someone based around the wedding vows related to ‘with this ring,’ for example. If a couple has matching wedding bands, or perhaps they are engraved or customised in some other way, this further adds to the importance.

Everyone Asks

We were not able to talk about quality wedding bands without getting this in! When you are ‘circulating’ at your wedding reception or party later on, everyone asks for a look at the rings, even that of the groom.

Why have the token ‘oh isn’t it wonderful’ when you can have a top quality wedding band and give people a real ‘wow’ factor. You shouldn’t worry too much about what people think, obviously, but if you have a stunning wedding band, why not show it off?

This post was written by Mens Tungsten Online who specialise in fantastic mens tungsten wedding bands.

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