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Honeymoon Lovin’ – How to Pack Light?

Frankly, with all the ordeal that comes with the wedding shenanigans, some newlyweds might find it kind of relaxing once the big day is over. After all, weddings are not the easiest of events to prepare for; you have the engagement party, the pre-wedding and well, the wedding itself – and that’s because we still haven’t mentioned the hoard of tasks you have to complete in order to get it all right.

So the idea of life after the wedding doesn’t sound so bad now, does it? In fact, the post-wedding phase is still in the newlyweds’ side of the “married life” spectrum, as there still is the ever-so famous honeymoon! Couples usually choose a tropical destination to relax after all the hectic events, but others might choose metropolitan cities that they have yet to discover. Today, we’re going to focus all our efforts on making your honeymoon packing a whole lot easier and that much lighter – you don’t want to come back with a herniated disk, do you now?

So ladies, read below as we take you through the fine art of travelling light (even if you’re dying to pack your entire closet with you).

  1. The best-case scenario here is to prepare everything in advance, before the wedding even happens. Because let’s face it, after the big day, you’ll be too tired to think about your food, let alone life itself. So yeah, the sooner you prepare yourself, the better.
  2. Second, you can never go wrong with a list of the things you need to pack. And no, we’re not talking about that dress you haven’t worn since your last day of high school. Also, consulting with your partner is never a bad idea, as you can ultimately optimize your packing options.
  3. Next, get your destination in check; finalize your travel plans and you’ll be able to set a list of your must-pack essentials accordingly. For instance, if you’re going to a beach destination, then it goes without saying that you’ll need to pack some swimsuits, some sundresses, sunglasses and sandals – amongst other stuff. If you’re going to a big city, you’ll probably be needing a pair of jeans, some sneakers and a bunch of savvy outfits for a fancy night out.
  4. But before you go all out with the packing shenanigans, check the weather first. Who knows, there might be rainy days and maybe even colder ones.
  5. Always divide your outfits between daywear and nightwear, that way, you won’t have it all confused in your head.
  6. Now the shoes; we women can never have enough of these beauties, but remember you only have two feet. So just pack the essentials and forget about these pair of funky shoes you bought on a whim 15 years ago.
  7. Pack less bottoms and more tops, that’s our motto.
  8. As for your bags, pick one for your daytime activities and another one for the night. And that’s us being generous.

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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Escape the Heat of August in These 5 Destinations

August is fast approaching and needless to remind you that temperatures are about to reach unprecedented highs. With this in mind, a getaway that gives you the chance to escape the heat and unwind is well deserved.

Whether you’re travelling alone, with friends or with your family, many destinations have their special place on the list and to make the task of choosing your favorite easier, we’ve gathered a list of 5 places that you will really enjoy! 

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CHANEL Partners Up with the Deauville American Film Festival

In the world of fashion, some partnerships just seem right and that’s the case that brought together CHANEL and the Deauville American Film Festival. The historical French fashion house joins forces with the biggest European festival dedicated to American cinema held between September 6th and 15th.

Established in 1975, this festival welcomes each year a selection of A-list actors and directors while highlighting new talents in the world of cinema, the field with which the house’s founder Gabrielle Chanel always had a connection. With this in mind, expect to witness a Deauville Film Festival à la CHANEL this year, with a lot of stars such as director Sofia Coppola and actresses Keira Knightley, Kristen Stewart, Vanessa Paradis, Penelope Cruz, Margot Robbie and Lily-Rose Depp all dressed in the house’s fabulous creations while making their stunning appearance on the red carpet.

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Books We Love – La Colombe d’Or

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“Provence has a treasure; it’s a Colombe d’Or. It has the precious scent of thyme and nostalgia and the golden color of olive oil and happy days. The Colombe is a part of my life. For me, it’s a place that’s as full of promise as of magnificent memories. The Colombe is indefinable, inimitable. I’m happy that today a book brings back the atmosphere of this place which is like no other in the world,” said French artist César in his preface for this release. Indeed, somewhere in the South of France, world-renowned La Colombe d’Or hotel and restaurant brings together Provençal art de vivre and a stunning private collection of modern art. It all started in 1920, when the place was first opened as Chez Robinson café. It didn’t take too long for this charming place and its astonishing open-air terrace to become very popular and expand into what it is today.

Thanks to owner Paul Roux’s passion for arts, the walls quickly became a display of paintings that were often exchanged for a stay or a few meals. This actually comes as no surprise, taking into consideration that Matisse, Braque, César, Calder, Léger and many other artists were regular visitors leaving magnificent works in this wonderful place. With such an impressive history, this book truly reflects the charm of this treasure in the South of France, in which this unique art collection continues to grow until today with the next generation of the Roux family taking care of the legendary Colombe d’Or.

 

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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A Home with a Captivating Fragrance

With summer comes heat and soon, you will notice that your home is lacking that breezy freshness that you have always loved about it in the cooler months, just before the temperatures started to rise. This season, it’s time to find a solution and experience much-needed freshness in the hottest of days. So why not go for candles to get that freshness?

Yes, these wonders are not only made to enhance your spa experience and make it more relaxing, they are also your way to add fragrance to your house and add a one-of-a-kind refreshing feel to it while giving you the privilege of choosing the scent that you like the most. Quite a deal, don’t you agree?

With this in mind, we have gathered a list of the best scented candles out there. From Guerlain to Dolce & Gabbana, Dyptique and Acqua Di Parma, the universe is offering you freshness on a silver platter and all you have to do is appreciate its wonder. Now, join us to take a look at our picks!

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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Things to do the Night Before your Wedding Day

Getting married is probably one of the most – if not the most – memorable event in a woman’s life. And planning for the big day? Well it might just be one of the most stress-inducing, nerve-wracking, tiring processes in the world of events. But the fact is, it never stopped anyone from doing it properly and it probably never will.

A bride only wants three things: one, for everyone to have fun at her wedding, two, for the groom not to run awa, and three, for every single thing to go as planned. And while these requests might seem extremely small to any other human being, a bride can never contain the level of stress when it comes to her one and only wedding – hopefully. With that in mind, can you imagine how nervous a bride must be the night before the big day?

So bride-to-be, if you’re having wedding jitters and can’t help shake off the horrible thoughts, then we’ve got just the thing for you. We’ve compiled a list of must-do things before you get hitched. You’ll thank us later.

  1. There’s nothing quite like peace of mind. But in order to achieve that, you’re going to want to align everything so that it all goes smoothly. Last-minute arrangements can range from packing flats for the party, to making sure the rings are in good hands and so on. Make a checklist and make sure you follow through every point.
  2. Pack a bag of personal items – items that you might be needing come the big day. Don’t over-pack though!
  3. Eat well. We can’t stress this enough. We don’t want you to end up not fitting in your wedding gown but we also don’t want you to faint as you walk down the aisle. Eat lots of fruits and veggies and make sure you load upon Vitamin C before the big day.
  4. Touch base with your wedding planner. Odds are she knows what she/he’s doing more than you do, so delegate your last-minute tasks and give yourself some time to rest.
  5. Drink a lot of water to help reduce your anxiety level. Enough said.
  6. Sleep well. Don’t stay up until 3 am and complain the next day about how tired you are. The more you relax, the better you’ll wake up in the morning.
  7. Spend your last night with your friends and keep your worries tucked away, deep in a little drawer!

 

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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Protect Your Kids from the Sun with These Indoor Activities

It’s July, which means the weather is pretty hot and the sun is sizzling. Therefore, the best thing to do is to keep your kids indoors, especially between 12 noon and 4 in the afternoon. However, it’s always hard to convince a child to stay indoors when all they want to do is go out and play, so you better find them a fun alternative and that’s what we’re here for!

  • Your little ones just want to have some fun and by scheduling play dates once a week, you will get your kids to look forward to meeting their friends.
  • Does your kid like camping? Well luckily for you, children’s toy stores are full of easily buildable indoor tents that can also be considered a décor item in their room. Help them build it and let it be the realm that will be the house of their puppets and dolls.
  • No matter the weather or the circumstances, your children spend at least one hour on YouTube a day, so why don’t you use this app to teach them some handcrafts and spend hours trying to do them together?
  • Legos, puzzles and crafts are a few activities that can help your kid’s imagination and creativity grow, so let them tell you which one is their favorite and make it a hobby. Book them some time with a teacher who can help them learn how to play an instrument or teach them how to dance, if this is what they like.
  • Summer is the perfect time to eat ice cream and sorbets, so instead of buying them from the supermarket, why don’t you put your aprons on together and prepare them in the comfort of your own kitchen – the healthy way of course!

These are just a few ideas that will encourage your kid to spend some time indoors, and we’re sure that we’ve provided you with some inspiration to come up with other creative ones yourself.

 

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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