Shoes for the bride in ‘you’

Beatrice Harkey

Finally it’s your turn to tie the knot. You’ve met the man of your dreams, passed the in-law bonding session and planned your wedding day. Now it’s about you, finally. Time to shop for the perfect dress and shoes. When it comes to shoes, it’s important that you will be happy and comfortable in them for the whole wedding day. Let’s explore some options and tricks to make it as pleasant as possible.

Beach wedding flats

If you have decided to tie the knot with the waves crashing nearby or with sand between your toes, then heels are out of the question. It would be impractical to wear stilettoes and dig your way through the sand looking ever so clumsy. Opt for a lovely pair for flat sandals, diamante in silver to match your wedding dress or gold to blend in with the sand. Choose something flattering that will look good with your dress. If you are concerned about being vertically challenged, have a pair of heels you can switch into for photos later.

Dancing number

Peep toes are a classic way to show off your pedicure without compromising on comfort. A great option that can give you the right amount of grip around your feet, yet allowing you room to feel stylish and feminine. Make a wise choice when it comes to the heel height. Although you may manage to last longer in a plat-form version, it is important you break into your shoes well ahead of time. You could add heel guards and foot cushions to make it more comfortable and dance the night away.

Strappy and high

Extremely high heels and supper thin straps look very beautiful, but be warned they are the most painful. If you have no intention of dancing till you drop, go ahead, or have a pair of flats to switch into when your feet hurt.  Another option would be to take regular breaks off your feet. Making the most of your lovely shoe is what every bride wants. Look to ease the straps by stretching them out a bit. This will definitely help and keep your feet from nasty cuts.

Sneaker for the comfort seeker

Some value comfort over style, but it doesn’t necessarily mean there is a lack of style in wearing funky sneakers. Lots of dances and sports fanatics’ get married in sneakers. You can choose to bring it up or keep it down right simple. Regardless of what kind you wish to dash away in, you will be looking chic and comfortable.

Hosting your first fashion show

Beatrice Harkey

Organizing your first show is exciting. Now that you have finally come to the end of your gruelling work load, it’s time to put the research, mind mapping, design approval, fabric hunting and production into actual display. To be gazed upon, judged, criticised and celebrated. But as you might have guessed it’s no easy feat. So let us give you a few tips, to help propel the parade smoothly along.

Design and perfect

This is your first foot in the lime light. The media, the real critiques and future clients will be present. So putting together a grand collection that will represent your style well is key. By now you would have the designs and fabrications all ready. Now, the workmanship is going to count. A well-made garment will speak for itself. If construction is poor it won’t matter how fabulous your designs can be. Originality matters, imitations will be quickly identified and brushed off with disapproving sweeps. Make sure it all comes together in breath-taking splendour.

Fitting the form

Finding the right individual to fit your garments is important. Find someone who will be comfortable to wear your design. Someone who understands and can bring the right attitude to the show. Wrong person is as good as parading your garment on a hanger. Look for committed models. Reaching out to an agent is one option, but if you do not have the budget for it steer clear. Student models will do. You may approach them with a mutual benefit scheme. They get the exposure, while you get your show. Fit the selected model and make necessary adjustments to the outfits. Well fit garments sit well on the individual, looks smart and feels good for the wearer.

 Music and the runway

Choose music to suit your collection and theme. Rehearsals is important. It will give you, the models and the sound engineer the right sense of time. Each ramp is different to the other. Make sure you have timed the music and cued correctly for a perfect show. Lighting and the flooring should be checked. Select wisely the kind of lighting to make the best of your event.

The oops moments

Prepare for slippery ramps well ahead to avoid accidents. Make sure the shoes to be worn are well broken into. Do not wear brand new shoes on the day of the show. Let the ladies take some time practicing in them and adding gel cushions if need be to make them more comfortable. Adhere traction tape to the soles of the shoes, this will help prevent unwanted slips and injuries. Have some emergency double tape, needle and thread for any unexpected rips and tears.

The grand entrance

Finally it’s your turn to take a bow. Walk in with your Avant-garde piece and make a statement. As the height of your creativity for the night walks in with you, enjoy the applause, breath slowly and smile.

Want to change your lifestyle – Fix your own healthy snacks

Beatrice Harkey

Adopting a healthy lifestyle in this era of fast food and fizzy drinks can be hard. Especially when time is not on our side. Running in a rat race leaves most of us uninspired and unenergetic. But breaking out of the routine to make way for some health changes is a good place to start. Although plenty of healthy snack options exist, it still has plenty preservatives hidden salts and sugars that are no good. Prepare your own. Invite a few friends to make it fun. Make enough to last a week or two and enjoy.

Basically nuts

Especially when it comes to mixed nuts there are so many options to choose from. But, they are a bit on the pricey side as opposed to preparing some at home. It is also true that most of the prepacked option are salted and preservatives added to increase shelf life. Taking a clear steer for a health change should mean clean ingredients. Free from unwanted additives. A mix of peanuts, almonds, pistachios, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and even some dried raisins can be tossed together. Place in tall jar and add salt to taste.  Grab a handful on the go. It’s a filling snack packed with a lot of nutrients.

Sweet on potato

Thinly slices sweet potatoes, baked until crispy. These yummy options are filled with vitamins, complex carbohydrates and proteins. They keep you feeling full and satisfied for long, thus can even replace a meal. Great source of energy. Consume during the day.

Roll out the mangoes

Although they contain lots of sugar, it is still considered a healthy snack. Full of vitamin A and helps boost metabolism. It’s so yummy even kids will love it. A healthier option to candies and artificially sweetened fruit juices. Slice mangoes into thin strips and bake. Flip sides occasionally to avoid over cooking on one side. Cool and store in air tight containers.

Fruity freeze

A cool treat that is both refreshing and yummy. Great during the summer. Mix unsweetened yoghurt with honey and fruit bits of your choosing. Sprinkle some heart healthy dark chocolate and pour into individual mini moulds. Freeze and enjoy. Full of all sorts of goodness. Un-guilty pleasure indeed.

Bananas over oatmeal

Great soft chewy cookies with no flour. Very healthy option that’s filling. Wisk bananas, oatmeal, egg, milk, peanut butter and honey and bake. A great breakfast replacement that’s completely satisfying. Bake and share with friends and family.  And as you enjoy these great snacks, you might just forget that they are the ‘healthy options’.