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May 21st

Step Out In Style Wearing a Polka Dot Tie

By Carlise (Carla) Shepperd

It’s a fact! Women love seeing a man in a tie. For such a small piece of garment, it makes a stunning statement. There is something very evoking about it. It adds a sense of luxury while creating the finishing look for a dress shirt or suit.

A man’s tie gives a peek into his personality and at his style. The more conservative men, choose to wear solid color ties for a classic look. However, if you are the type that dare to be different, Polka Dot Ties may be just what you need. At DQT.com, there is a  handsome selection of Polka Dot Ties waiting for you. You can choose from the silver ones which feature white dots and look great against a black suit. If you find that suit you have to wear a bit boring, a blue or red Polka Dot Tie will spice it up. Against a crisp, white shirt, it will show off your personality.

Polka Dot Ties are perfect for the less conservative types. They are for the outgoing types that know with the proper attire, the right tie makes a bold, fashion statement . For example, a Polka Dot Tie says, “I am fashion savvy…I am a trendsetter, I have style!” They are definitely not for those who shy away from attention because it would be hard to keep admiring eyes off you.

Of course, there are rules to wearing any tie to make sure you look your best when stepping out. For example, your tie should hang about two inches above your belt-line. For a more modern look, a tie that is about two and a half inches should be your pick. Most importantly, keep your ties neat and clean.

On your wedding day, if you want to look sharp but add a bit of fun to your Big Day attire, a Polka Dot Tie will be a great choice.

To find Polka Dot Ties and many more to complete your wardrobe, visit www.DQT.co.uk/Polka-Dot-Ties.html!

Apr 10th

Wedding Game Idea: Mad Libs for Weddings

By Carlise (Carla) Shepperd

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Have you heard about Mad Libs? Mad Lips are basically stories in which certain words are left out and each player has to fill in the blanks using a word from a list of selected words. If you love the game, here's a funway you can use the game in your wedding.

photo source: emmalinebride.com

Jan 27th

Antipasto Kabobs Recipe

By Carlise (Carla) Shepperd
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Want something easy and delicious for your next party that you don't have to keep warm? These Antipasto Kabobs are perfect for just that and this recipe makes 60 so it is great for the cocktail hour at a wedding.

You will need:
  • 1  - 9 oz package of Three Cheese Tortellini 
  • 1 can Medium or Large pitted Black Olives
  • 1 - 5.75 oz jar Green Olives
  • 2 12 oz containers of marinated mozzarella balls(usually found near the speciality cheeses)
  • 30 slices of Salami, cut in half
  • 60 Pieces of pepperoni
  • 1 Cup Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
  • 60 Skewers  (cut in half)

Assembly should be easy but check out the recipe here at The Hungry Housewife.

Jan 27th

Football Deviled Eggs Recipe

By Carlise (Carla) Shepperd
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Okay. Just because you are watching a game with a bunch of guys being rough doesn't mean your food can't be elegant, fun yet delicious. That is why I had to share this recipe with you for Deviled Eggs with a football twist!

You will need:
  • 6 hard boiled eggs
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • green onions

To learn how to make them, please head on over here to My Super Mommy Style.

Jan 21st

Recipe: Salted Caramel Oreo Cake

By Carlise (Carla) Shepperd
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How yummy does this cake look? If you love Oreos then I know you will love this cake.

To make it, you will need:
  • 1 - 8 Ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 Cup Caramel ice cream topping
  • 1/2 Teaspoon coarse ground sea salt
  • 32 Oreo Cookies
  • 6 Ounces strong brewed Coffee, cooled
  • 4 Cups Cool Whip, divided
  • Caramel and Chocolate syrups
  • Sea Salt

You can find the full recipe here Inside Bru Crew Life.  

 

Jan 19th

The Octopus Convertible Bridesmaids Wrap Dress Starts At Just $79.99

By Carlise (Carla) Shepperd
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Have you heard of the bridesmaid dress that can be converted and adjusted into 15 different styles? Well, if you watch My Fair Wedding on WeTV you may have seen it featured on the show a few times and that dress is sold at Two Birds Bridesmaid starting at $270. Are you disappointed? Don't worry because I've found a more affordable option for you at Coralie Beatrix's Etsy shop!

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With this dress there is no more worrying about choosing a style that will flatter all your bridesmaids. You just pick the color you want, the length you want and all your bridesmaids can adjust the dress into a style that both of you love. So one can have a strapless look while the another can cover her shoulders.

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Please note that some of the dresses are made from Nylon Spandex which is very breathable but does not shine, while the Poly Spandex dresses do not wrinkle and have a beautiful sheen. I am not sure if the fabric used at Two Birds Bridesmaid is a better quality but from the hundreds of positive feedback at Coralie Beatrix's shop...this is a dress that all her customers loved.

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The Coralie Beatrix Convertible Wrap Dress is adjustable up to a size 12, so if you need a larger or petite size then you will have to place a custom order but Carolie will take care of you.

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Most of the short dresses are only $79.99 compared to $270 elsewhere and the long dresses are only $98.99, which is less than $211 cheaper than at the other site.

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So, if you've been frustratingly trying to find the perfect dress for all your bridesmaids then please go here right now to www.CarolieBeatrix.Etsy.com too see all the colors that are available for you!

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Jan 19th

Yummy Slow Cooker Barbeque Chicken Wings Recipe

By Carlise (Carla) Shepperd
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The unofficial start of summer is just two days away and that means backyard entertaining is about to begin. If you are having people over during the summer months and don't want to light the grill, how about trying these Slow Cooker BBQ Wings. You can make them ahead of time and keep them warm in the cooker after they are done.

What you will need to make this recipe:
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 pounds chicken wings and drummettes, or chicken drumsticks, trimmed
  • 1½ cups barbecue sauce, divided
  • Vegetable oil spray
Find the full recipe here at Good Dinner Mom.
Jan 17th

Nine Great Winter Wedding Ideas

By Carlise (Carla) Shepperd

Winter is a wonderful time for a wedding. We love the snow... The snow lends a romantic, fairytale edge to your wedding pictures and provides a great reason for you and your guests to stay a few days and have some fun on the slope.  

Crazy hat rehearsal dinner

Think about your guests when you are deciding on themes around your wedding. If you met snowboarding, your guests might have some cool costumes; they are probably awesome people. So why not integrate their loves into a rehearsal dinner. You could encourage a coolest hat theme”, for example. Any winter fashion theme will work. Anyone for a cool balaclava? 

Literary themes 

Lots of our favourite books have winter themes. Draw some inspiration from “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and have warm furry coats over the bridal party clothes to get snuggly, and some lovely bridal themed snow boots! (You can always scour thrift stores for vintage coats to keep your budget down). 

Accessories for warmth  

Co-ordinated gloves are also a great option to keep your bridesmaids snuggly and comfortable in the outdoor shots, and the groomsmen might like some pocket warmers. Having some colour coordinated warm hats & scarfs might be appreciated, for the wait between photos; and will make the scene setting photos special too. Special garments for the weeding also mean that everyone has something to take away and remember the day by. 

Pops of Colour 

Against the stark white backdrop, traditional bridal colours of white and silver can blend nicely. Consider dressing your bridal party in some darker colours, like navy blues, purples, deep greens or reds. Tartan is a wonderful choice to stand out in the snow as well. 

Kids love “Frozen 

If you have some kids in your bridal party consider dressing them in Frozen costumes. Kids are crazy for the Frozen movie and will have a much better time in cool costumes than a boring old flower girl (or ring bearer) outfit. They might already have a costume at home, but if it’s got to be bought for the wedding you can be sure that they will get more use from the costume in the future 

Bonbonnieres in a wintery theme 

Keep your bonbonnieres in theme with some nice engraved flasks with warm mulled wine or some embroidered blankets with the date of you wedding and your initials. Invite your guests to snuggle in and get cozy.  

Winter Bouquets 

It can be harder to find your favourite flowers in winter. Rather than flying in some tropical flowers, try winter roses, with berries and deep green winter foliage. They can look and smell just as wonderful as a more traditional wedding bouquet.  

Wedding dresses 

Luckily for winter brides Kate Middleton’s wedding dress has bought some longer sleeved options into stores, but the strapless princess cut still dominates. If you can’t find a winter appropriate dress at your local wedding dress boutique try hunting down a vintage or second-hand dress on Gumtree, or on a wedding classifieds site Many of the older styles had sleeves, as church weddings traditionally called for a more covered-up look. 

Food choices 

Aim for hearty food choices like roasted vegetables and meat, soups and warmed bread rolls. Winter is a great time to have some really decadent deserts as well, so beyond the wedding cake have a selection of warmed puddings and hot pies to get into the spirit of the season.  

Jan 14th

Yummy Cherry Hot Chocolate Shooters

By Carlise (Carla) Shepperd
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Here we are all about creating that platinum look on a budget and I think if you are entertaining this winter, these hot chocolate shooters would be a hit!!

For this recipe you will need:
  • ¼ cup marschino cherry juice (from an 8- to 10-oz jar)
  • 6 maraschino cherries, without pits or stems
  • ½ cup cream
  • 1½ cups milk
  • Pinch salt
  • 3 oz dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 oz milk chocolate, finely chopped
  • Whipped cream and additional cherries, to garnish

Find the recipe for this delish drink here at Sugar Hero.

 

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