Wedding dress shopping during the pandemic

For brides who were scheduled to wed between March and June 2020, it’s likely that your wedding has been rescheduled, and that’s okay. If you’ve already begun bridal fittings, it may be that those have also been put on pause, and that’s for the best. Fittings should take place and be completed as close to your wedding date as possible. And what’s intended to fit you now might need to be altered in a few months or in a year from today.

Brides of 2021 are, left with the time to research all that currently exists in the market and can hold out for the new styles that brands hope to release by summertime. What was once known as wedding season (the months of June through September being the ideal time to wed) will this year be more of a shopping season, with the 2020’s first weddings taking place at the end of August and into September–November.

The strategy for all 2021 brides appears to hurry up … and wait. It’s fair to want to use your time at home to plan, strategize, and get ahead of a standard timeline, but that’s where all your online research, work with a planner, consults with a stylist, and exchanges with your other creative partners will come in. With that in mind, you have the luxury of time right now. Brands are most focused on getting current orders out to 2020 brides waiting in the wings for their gowns and fittings, and are currently in holding patterns when it comes to producing their latest collections for spring 2021, which were slated to release in mid-April. New collections will certainly be delayed from late-May to mid-June at the earliest, should the world be able to return to work slowly but surely in the coming months. And when they do, expect a slow trickle of new options as brands recoup and reorganize, bring employees back to the office, and navigate how to produce, photograph, and promote their latest pieces in the mid- to post-pandemic climate.

My 5 Favorite books

While coming up with a list of top reads many books crossed my mind. If you are an avid reader choosing your top five will not be an easy task, and ranking them in order is even tougher. I have read plenty of great books over the years, but only a select few continue to make an impact. The ones I am listing below are sources of rich insight.

  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert -By embarking on her journey with specific purposes – one country for pleasure of the senses, another for spiritual enlightenment and the third to restore balance in her life.
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel -Rich and dynamic text full of discussion of morality, faith, and the ambivalence of what constitutes truth.
  • The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho- A philosophical book which tells us never to lose hope. It teaches us that when a person really desires something, the whole Universe will conspire to help that person realize his dream.
  • The power of habit by Charles Duhigg- Explores how we can change our lives by changing our habits.
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama- An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.

Forget Toilet Paper: Hair Dye Will Be The Next Impossible To Get Item In The Pandemic

It’s not super surprising that after stocking up on paper towels, toilet paper, and frozen pizza, the next thing everyone is running to buy during quarantine is box hair color.

After the run on toilet paper, people are buying up hair dye to cover their roots at home.

Then people stocked up on toilet paper(perhaps you’ve heard about that?) and then baking and cooking products. Now, we’re on to doing the best we can at home, with home hair color sales spiking 23% over last year, according to Nielsen data. Obviously, the necessity of staying at home is proving more challenging than anyone could expect, but keeping some normalcy through beauty routines can be helpful for people feeling upended by all of the changes in the world right now.

While. “It’s best to leave big color changes to the professionals,” Lee, also Garnier celebrity hair colorist, told Refinery29’s Aimee Simeon.”You don’t want to try new colors and techniques at home just because you’re bored.”

Source:refinery29.com

How to calm anxiety amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

Anxiety to those who don’t suffer from it can be difficult to define and comprehend by those who do not suffer from it. Often people who don’t suffer from anxiety get irritated, frustrated and angry with anxious people as if the anxious person is an attention seeker and ‘putting it on’. Often anxious people get told that their problem is trivial and can be remedied by simply ‘pulling oneself together’. This is unhelpful behavior that can exacerbate anxiety and further isolate an anxious person, who is already feeling lost, lonely and scared.

Make sure you’re practicing positive self care

It is recommended that if you find yourself being overwhelmed by the constant stream of COVID-19 news, “choose to take a break from social media, scrolling through all your news feeds.”

You should speak with a mental health professional if you are struggling with anxiety, you’re feeling overwhelmed, you feel you are not handling all the physical distancing calls or you’re really feeling isolated right now.

Stay safe all xx

Chanel Spring 2020

As Act 1 brought us more of the Gabrielle bags featuring the logo strap which is now available on both small and medium calf skin styles

Chanel spring 2020 Act 2 featured new matte hardware bags where the grained calfskin and the hardware have the same shades, which makes the woven chain leather also single-colored, and I personally think is just utterly yummy! Also bright, vibrant spring colors and denim were seen on the runway.

The collection is all about classic bags with a subtle elegant accent touch such as pearl handles, and gold interwind twee logo buckles. No doubt that Chanel lovers will appreciate seeing their beloved classics revamped.

How to cure cabin fever

There’s a lot of overlap between cabin fever and an anxious, racing brain. Find soothing ways to peace out:

Take up meditation: Mindfulness and meditation practices can reduce stress and anxiety and even improve your attention span — a definite plus when your mind keeps wandering to the daily news reports.

Get some alone time: If you’re at home with other people, the constant togetherness might be making you extra antsy. “Take a solo walk, or set your alarm to wake up before the rest of the household for some much-needed quiet time.

More generally, 20 minutes of exercise a day can also help lift your mood via the release of endorphins, as well as reducing feelings of tension. So it may be time to dust off that exercise DVD or download a new exercise app.

Make plans: Start dreaming up the things you’ll do with friends and family, and the amazing places you’ll go once things start returning to normalcy. You probably won’t be going on vacation next month, but someday this will end — and eventually, this cabin fever will become a distant memory.

Just like that..

Suddenly, we slept in one world and woke up in another. Disney has no more magic and Paris is no longer romantic.

Suddenly, in New York everyone sleeps. And the Great Wall of China is no longer a fortress.
Suddenly, hugs and kisses become weapons. Holding hands and walking the parks become outlawed.
Suddenly, not visiting aging parents and grandparents becomes an “act of love”.
Suddenly, our bombs and machine guns, our tanks and artilleries begin to gather dust.

Suddenly, we realised, that money has no value when it can’t even buy you toilet paper.

Suddenly, we have been put back in our place by the hands of the universe.

And we’ve been made aware how vulnerably “human” we truly are, when faced with a microbe so powerfully inhumane.

(Author Unknown)
Stay safe all xx

Hermès Beauty

https://www.holtrenfrew.com/en/stories/brand-spotlight-hermes

Rouge Hermès is a complete collection dedicated to the beauty of the lips. Objects designed by Pierre Hardy that are at once poetic, functional and refillable. A durable object in lacquered, polished and brushed metal, Rouge Hermès is protected by a canvas pouch and slipped inside its little orange box!

Each lipstick shade was specifically chosen from the brand’s impressive archive of over 900 leather shades and 75,000 silk swatches, meaning every one relates to a part of Hermès’ impressive heritage.

It’s also why, among the traditional reds and pinks inspired by some of the brand’s most popular bags and scarves, there are more statement colours including purple and orange tones – the latter of which is the same as the signature Hermès packaging boxes.

For now, there is only lipstick, for $67, with refills for $42. It comes in 24 colors (plus three additional options every season, for $72 each) and two different textures, a matte inspired by Hermès’s fine-grained suede and a satin meant to imitate the glow of box calf leather, of the Kelly bag

The tri-coloured cases, designed by the creative director of Hermès jewellery and shoes Pierre Hardy, will not only make a chic statement on your dressing table – with the satisfying luxury ‘click’ when they close – but they are designed to be environmentally-friendly. In fact, they contain no plastic and are also refillable.

Turn your bathroom into a spa-like experience

It may be fairly clear but creating a calming atmosphere is the first step in building your at home spa which is greatly needed right now since the line between your home and office has become blurry and watching the news makes us constantly distressed.

Try to go all out, take into account the light, the music, the scent, everything.

light a lot of candles.

play a spa play list or white noise.

light incense or use a diffuser.

put a vitamin rich face mask, and cooled tea bags or cucumbers on your eyes.

Take deep breathes through your nose and exhale through your mouth.

Massage your skin care and serums. use a jade roller for deeper drainage.

use epsom salts or your favorite bath bombs and soak for as long as you can .

Do a full body exfoliation and massage a body oil all over the areas you just exfoliated.

Louis Vuitton Escale collection available online now

Absolutely not the best time for this but here goes.. feast your eyes

Many brands are trying to figure out how to remain open during this unprecedented world wide pandemic that is affecting all of us. They ‘Luxury Brands ‘ continue doing what they know to do best ie: produce more luxury.

In tough times this tie-dye like collection reminds us of a different, happier life. A time we all look forward to, when we leave our houses feeling the warm sun and summer breeze while on vacation or a terrace.

Collection is available for sale online immediately, since all stores are currently closed.