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Wealth & Money 803 views May 03, 2015
Skincare regime for a beautiful skin
Skincare regime for a beautiful skin(Photo:white cocktail dresses)

Rains could be synonymous with romance and reason to rejoice for some. But for others, it could be the harbinger of maladies, diseases, bad-hair days and dull skin.

Try these skincare tips this monsoon for healthy and beautiful skin.

Happy feet An important area to look after during monsoons is the feet, say specialists.

"Especially in between the toes - it is susceptible to fungal as well as bacterial infection because of direct contact with contaminated rain water," says dermatologist Dr Jamuna Pai. One should try and keep the feet dry at all times.

Aesthetician Ritu Tanwar says, "The best way to properly clean your feet is by immersing them in lukewarm water with a few drops of antiseptic for 10 minutes.

Then, scrub lightly with an anti-bacterial soap and thoroughly dry your feet and apply a moisturising cream."

Happy hands Tisha Khurana, a beauty consultant, says, "Like any other body part, hands should also be kept clean during monsoons.

Soak your hands in warm water for 15 minutes. The water should contain few drops of a liquid hand- wash and some fresh lemon juice.

Complete this routine by applying a nail cream. Avoid pushing the cuticles, as nail fungal infections are very common in monsoons.

Cuticle oil must be applied as cuticles become very dry."

Care for your hair Dr Sandeep Sattur, hair restorative surgeon, says, "Wash your scalp frequently with PH-balanced mild shampoos." The idea is to cleanse the scalp gently without causing damage.

Use sunscreen always Dermatologists say our faces can get fairly oily because of humidity and we should use cleansers effective for this condition. Dr Desai cautions, "Always use a sunscreen as UV rays penetrate even through clouds."

QUICK TIPS

-Wash your face two to three times a day with a mixture of green gram powder and channa powder (equal proportion) made into a paste with water.

-Make a paste of papaya, honey and milk. Apply it on your face, leave for 15 minutes and then wash off.

-A paste of neem leaves mixed with honey can be used as a face pack. Remove the pack before it dries up on your skin.

-Use a mixture of honey and curd for body massage before shower.Read more here:red evening dresses


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  • 13 Aug 2015
    Once again, Missouri Style Week will take St. Louis by storm — this year at Westport Plaza. And co-founders Kristy Lee and Cillah Hall, have taken the event a step further with opening day taking place in Columbia, Mo. “We wanted to open up the event and give more people, more models, more designers the opportunity to showcase themselves, their designs, and experience the re-emerging fashion industry that exists in St. Louis and throughout the state and Midwestern region,” said Hall, who is executive producer and also the publisher and editor-in-chief of Gazelle STL and Gazelle West magazines and founder of Xanadu Public Relations. photo:white formal dresses Lee, a fashion designer and St. Louis Art Institute fashion merchandising professor, joined forces with Hall to form Missouri Style Week as a way to reach the masses. “Missouri Style Week is very strong in community and culture and offers everyone in the community an opportunity to experience the magic that a collaborative effort of nearly 100 participants from different ethnicities and backgrounds can produce,” Hall said. This year’s event will begin Wednesday, Aug. 26, at the Plaza Event Center at Parkade in Columbia, then continue Friday, Aug. 28 and Saturday, Aug. 29, at Westport in St. Louis when designers, models, celebrities, fashion mogels, vendors and fashionistas converge for a total of three exciting days of fashion in all its forms – “bringing a little of New York to the area,” Hall said. Celebrity guests include Emmy Award-nominated costume designer Rita McGhee, who “dresses” the cast on the new hit series “Empire,” and will be the emcee Saturday evening, and international designer Jaer Caban, who has styled a number of celebrities like Nelly Furtado for various award ceremonies. Additional designers and brands participating in Missouri Style Week include Richard Cotto of St. Louis; Rachel Frank (Rachel Frank Designs) of Madison, Wisc.; Tiffany Rae of St. Robert, Mo.; Eddie Guerrero of Venezuela and Puerto Rico; Abaya Dake of Chicago; RFD by Rachel Frank — Milwaukee, Wisc.; Felia Davenport — St. Louis; Emily Horner and Kara Henry, both of Columbia, Mo.; Nasheli Juliana, Alexis Cook, Kristen Kempton and Shermonda Green, all from St. Louis; Aaron Conway and Dillan Watson, both of Springfield, Mo.; Barbara Bultman of St. Louis; Kechena Richardson of Kansas City, Mo.; and, Muse Clothing and Swank Boutique — both of Columbia, Mo. “At the core of Missouri Style Week, we are here to support Missouri designers,” Hall said. “We have many international and celebrity designers as well, who are great motivators for local designers who work alongside them. It’s exciting for everyone.” Missouri Style Week also serves as a platform for creative designers to explore fashion not only as a commodity, but as an art form. It brings together people from the fashion and arts communities and offers an affordable alternative to expensive events like New York Fashion Week, which also requires long-distance travel. From contemporary fashion to street wear, to experimental ideas and avant-garde collections, Missouri Style Week features shows by emerging and established designers. Each evening offers a separate experience with a different designer list. This year, for the first time, Missouri Style Week is presenting its first annual Designer Challenge, sponsored by Bates & Associates Architects. The challenge offers designers across the region an opportunity to share their vision and creativity by creating a look using fabric or non-fabric material that will be worn by a runway model at the design challenge showcase on Saturday night. The look must be inspired by a local, regional, national or global landmark of the designer’s choice. From 6 to 7:45 p.m. all three nights feature a bustling “Style Marketplace” with shopping, red carpet, music and entertainment, and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. At least 20 marketplace vendors will offer a range of stylish designs, featuring clothing, handbags, jewelry and other accessories. From 8 to 9 p.m. every night is the performing arts opening and runway show with several seasoned designers, as well as a number of emerging designers from university partners like St. Louis area’s Lindenwood University, Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., Missouri State University in Springfield, and University of Missouri – St. Louis. Missouri Style Week is produced by the Gazelle STL and Gazelle West magazines team. Visit www.marieaustralia.com for more information. Tickets for Missouri Style Week cost $50 for VIP front row seating; $37.50 for VIP second row seating. General admission is free. Tickets are limited. For tickets, schedule lineup and more information, visit www.marieaustralia.com. read more:evening wear
    302 Posted by nace smith
  • Once again, Missouri Style Week will take St. Louis by storm — this year at Westport Plaza. And co-founders Kristy Lee and Cillah Hall, have taken the event a step further with opening day taking place in Columbia, Mo. “We wanted to open up the event and give more people, more models, more designers the opportunity to showcase themselves, their designs, and experience the re-emerging fashion industry that exists in St. Louis and throughout the state and Midwestern region,” said Hall, who is executive producer and also the publisher and editor-in-chief of Gazelle STL and Gazelle West magazines and founder of Xanadu Public Relations. photo:white formal dresses Lee, a fashion designer and St. Louis Art Institute fashion merchandising professor, joined forces with Hall to form Missouri Style Week as a way to reach the masses. “Missouri Style Week is very strong in community and culture and offers everyone in the community an opportunity to experience the magic that a collaborative effort of nearly 100 participants from different ethnicities and backgrounds can produce,” Hall said. This year’s event will begin Wednesday, Aug. 26, at the Plaza Event Center at Parkade in Columbia, then continue Friday, Aug. 28 and Saturday, Aug. 29, at Westport in St. Louis when designers, models, celebrities, fashion mogels, vendors and fashionistas converge for a total of three exciting days of fashion in all its forms – “bringing a little of New York to the area,” Hall said. Celebrity guests include Emmy Award-nominated costume designer Rita McGhee, who “dresses” the cast on the new hit series “Empire,” and will be the emcee Saturday evening, and international designer Jaer Caban, who has styled a number of celebrities like Nelly Furtado for various award ceremonies. Additional designers and brands participating in Missouri Style Week include Richard Cotto of St. Louis; Rachel Frank (Rachel Frank Designs) of Madison, Wisc.; Tiffany Rae of St. Robert, Mo.; Eddie Guerrero of Venezuela and Puerto Rico; Abaya Dake of Chicago; RFD by Rachel Frank — Milwaukee, Wisc.; Felia Davenport — St. Louis; Emily Horner and Kara Henry, both of Columbia, Mo.; Nasheli Juliana, Alexis Cook, Kristen Kempton and Shermonda Green, all from St. Louis; Aaron Conway and Dillan Watson, both of Springfield, Mo.; Barbara Bultman of St. Louis; Kechena Richardson of Kansas City, Mo.; and, Muse Clothing and Swank Boutique — both of Columbia, Mo. “At the core of Missouri Style Week, we are here to support Missouri designers,” Hall said. “We have many international and celebrity designers as well, who are great motivators for local designers who work alongside them. It’s exciting for everyone.” Missouri Style Week also serves as a platform for creative designers to explore fashion not only as a commodity, but as an art form. It brings together people from the fashion and arts communities and offers an affordable alternative to expensive events like New York Fashion Week, which also requires long-distance travel. From contemporary fashion to street wear, to experimental ideas and avant-garde collections, Missouri Style Week features shows by emerging and established designers. Each evening offers a separate experience with a different designer list. This year, for the first time, Missouri Style Week is presenting its first annual Designer Challenge, sponsored by Bates & Associates Architects. The challenge offers designers across the region an opportunity to share their vision and creativity by creating a look using fabric or non-fabric material that will be worn by a runway model at the design challenge showcase on Saturday night. The look must be inspired by a local, regional, national or global landmark of the designer’s choice. From 6 to 7:45 p.m. all three nights feature a bustling “Style Marketplace” with shopping, red carpet, music and entertainment, and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. At least 20 marketplace vendors will offer a range of stylish designs, featuring clothing, handbags, jewelry and other accessories. From 8 to 9 p.m. every night is the performing arts opening and runway show with several seasoned designers, as well as a number of emerging designers from university partners like St. Louis area’s Lindenwood University, Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., Missouri State University in Springfield, and University of Missouri – St. Louis. Missouri Style Week is produced by the Gazelle STL and Gazelle West magazines team. Visit www.marieaustralia.com for more information. Tickets for Missouri Style Week cost $50 for VIP front row seating; $37.50 for VIP second row seating. General admission is free. Tickets are limited. For tickets, schedule lineup and more information, visit www.marieaustralia.com. read more:evening wear
    Aug 13, 2015 302
  • 11 Aug 2015
    How do you get a bunch of pint-size models to halt and turn at the end of a fashion runway? With a tiny stop sign, of course. Polo Ralph Lauren planted a staff person with the helpful placard mounted on a stick at the end of its walk Wednesday night at the Central Park Zoo for a children’s show featuring 11-year-old Levi Miller, the star of the upcoming film “Pan.” photo:elegant evening dresses He was joined by more than two dozen other kid models, including some too young to read but clearly old enough to get the whole stop sign thing. And there were plenty of tiny fashionistas on the front row as well. The fashion crowd was invited to bring along little ones, who feasted on bites of food served by guys in pirate hats before taking their seats. After, Miller fed the zoo’s sea lions as Polo turned their tank area into a Neverland-like playscape complete with flowering stilt walkers. Polo hosted the show to promote children’s literacy but also to promote the October film, which is Peter Pan’s origin story. It takes J.M. Barrie’s beloved characters back to their beginnings in an original story, as Peter goes about the business of battling ruthless Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) with the help of Tiger Lily, played by Rooney Mara. Miller said in a post-show interview that he did some of his own stunts as the mischievous Peter, who one magical night is whisked off to Neverland from the bleak London orphanage where he lived. The cherubic Miller, a blue-eyed Australian, said he read the Barrie book when he was 10 and “loved it.” Of his movie’s Peter, he said: “He’s heroic and brave, but there are some things I don’t like about him. He’s selfish and quite ignorant, too.” Out of the mouths of cherubs. Or, as the voice in a “Pan” promo put it as it mimicked Barrie’s book and blasted from loud speakers: “You can’t stay a kid forever. Even in Neverland.” read more:formal dress
    320 Posted by nace smith
  • How do you get a bunch of pint-size models to halt and turn at the end of a fashion runway? With a tiny stop sign, of course. Polo Ralph Lauren planted a staff person with the helpful placard mounted on a stick at the end of its walk Wednesday night at the Central Park Zoo for a children’s show featuring 11-year-old Levi Miller, the star of the upcoming film “Pan.” photo:elegant evening dresses He was joined by more than two dozen other kid models, including some too young to read but clearly old enough to get the whole stop sign thing. And there were plenty of tiny fashionistas on the front row as well. The fashion crowd was invited to bring along little ones, who feasted on bites of food served by guys in pirate hats before taking their seats. After, Miller fed the zoo’s sea lions as Polo turned their tank area into a Neverland-like playscape complete with flowering stilt walkers. Polo hosted the show to promote children’s literacy but also to promote the October film, which is Peter Pan’s origin story. It takes J.M. Barrie’s beloved characters back to their beginnings in an original story, as Peter goes about the business of battling ruthless Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) with the help of Tiger Lily, played by Rooney Mara. Miller said in a post-show interview that he did some of his own stunts as the mischievous Peter, who one magical night is whisked off to Neverland from the bleak London orphanage where he lived. The cherubic Miller, a blue-eyed Australian, said he read the Barrie book when he was 10 and “loved it.” Of his movie’s Peter, he said: “He’s heroic and brave, but there are some things I don’t like about him. He’s selfish and quite ignorant, too.” Out of the mouths of cherubs. Or, as the voice in a “Pan” promo put it as it mimicked Barrie’s book and blasted from loud speakers: “You can’t stay a kid forever. Even in Neverland.” read more:formal dress
    Aug 11, 2015 320
  • 08 Aug 2015
    THIS year's Derby Telegraph Win a Wedding couple are finalising the last of their preparations, before they walk down the aisle on Sunday. Gemma Brown and Joshua Manning won the £15,000 competition at the Cathedral Quarter Hotel, in Derby, at the end of last year. Most recently the couple have been organising the final details with the wedding competition suppliers to make sure that their big day is perfect. Gemma, 25, and Joshua, 24, met up with professional filmmaking company Light Films, which will be filming the arrival of guests, the wedding ceremony and other special moments throughout the day. They sat down with Tom Wadlow, from Light Films, to discuss what they want captured on Sunday and expressed how excited they were to have their important day made available to them on DVD. Also, Joshua and best man Steven Robins met Brigden's Paddy Riley on Tuesday for their final suit fittings. Since the start of this year, it has been all systems go with the planning of their summer wedding. In February, Gemma ordered her wedding dress from Stately Brides, in King Street, Belper. A month later the pair from Alvaston went to pick out their wedding car from the luxurious range of cars on offer at Wedding Cars of Derby. Gemma and Joshua had the choice of world-famous named cars, including Rolls-Royce and Bentley but were undecided whether or not to go for a white Bentley or a vintage-style four-door Beauford Tourer. The soon-to-be newlyweds wanted to get closer to their wedding date before making the final decision on the car. Whether or not they choose to go ahead with the Beauford Tourer all depended on the predicted weather forecast for their special day as Gemma was hoping to have the roof down on the car. photo:bridesmaid dresses australia In April, Gemma, who is a paediatric nurse at the Royal Derby Hospital, visited Jo Moore at Jo Beth Floral Design in Chellaston to choose their floral arrangements. The florist has even made a tiny buttonhole for the couple's son and guest of honour, George, who will reach eight months old just days after they marry. The soon-to-be husband and wife almost didn't make the final of the Derby Telegraph Win a Wedding contest – as George was born five days late, just 48 hours before to the final. Gemma and Joshua persevered and battled against four other couples in the final to win their wedding and this weekend they will finally see their grand prize blossom into their magical day. Gemma will be walking down the aisle at St Peter's Church in Chellaston along with her two bridesmaids – best friend from school Laura Davy , and friend from work Jo Pearce. The reception will be held at the Cathedral Quarter Hotel in Derby. read more:http://www.marieaustralia.com
    326 Posted by nace smith
  • THIS year's Derby Telegraph Win a Wedding couple are finalising the last of their preparations, before they walk down the aisle on Sunday. Gemma Brown and Joshua Manning won the £15,000 competition at the Cathedral Quarter Hotel, in Derby, at the end of last year. Most recently the couple have been organising the final details with the wedding competition suppliers to make sure that their big day is perfect. Gemma, 25, and Joshua, 24, met up with professional filmmaking company Light Films, which will be filming the arrival of guests, the wedding ceremony and other special moments throughout the day. They sat down with Tom Wadlow, from Light Films, to discuss what they want captured on Sunday and expressed how excited they were to have their important day made available to them on DVD. Also, Joshua and best man Steven Robins met Brigden's Paddy Riley on Tuesday for their final suit fittings. Since the start of this year, it has been all systems go with the planning of their summer wedding. In February, Gemma ordered her wedding dress from Stately Brides, in King Street, Belper. A month later the pair from Alvaston went to pick out their wedding car from the luxurious range of cars on offer at Wedding Cars of Derby. Gemma and Joshua had the choice of world-famous named cars, including Rolls-Royce and Bentley but were undecided whether or not to go for a white Bentley or a vintage-style four-door Beauford Tourer. The soon-to-be newlyweds wanted to get closer to their wedding date before making the final decision on the car. Whether or not they choose to go ahead with the Beauford Tourer all depended on the predicted weather forecast for their special day as Gemma was hoping to have the roof down on the car. photo:bridesmaid dresses australia In April, Gemma, who is a paediatric nurse at the Royal Derby Hospital, visited Jo Moore at Jo Beth Floral Design in Chellaston to choose their floral arrangements. The florist has even made a tiny buttonhole for the couple's son and guest of honour, George, who will reach eight months old just days after they marry. The soon-to-be husband and wife almost didn't make the final of the Derby Telegraph Win a Wedding contest – as George was born five days late, just 48 hours before to the final. Gemma and Joshua persevered and battled against four other couples in the final to win their wedding and this weekend they will finally see their grand prize blossom into their magical day. Gemma will be walking down the aisle at St Peter's Church in Chellaston along with her two bridesmaids – best friend from school Laura Davy , and friend from work Jo Pearce. The reception will be held at the Cathedral Quarter Hotel in Derby. read more:http://www.marieaustralia.com
    Aug 08, 2015 326
  • 05 Aug 2015
    Designers Danielle Margaux, Habits and Lazuli led the colour revolution at a fashion event held in the city at the weekend. Their designs came in crop-tops, jumpsuits, kimono-style dresses and boho gypsy skirts. Another trend, as seen on the international runways, is wearing sneakers with dresses, skirts and suits, and presentations by local designers Adriaan Kuiters, Jody Paulsen and Leigh Schubert showed us how to get the trend just right. Kuiters and Paulsen’s collection, inspired by the artistic patterns of David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein and Sol Lewitt, presented an impressive sports-luxe collection of soft, neutral and bold prints paired with sneakers. Schubert paired romantic floral dresses with palladium sneakers. Industry experts and fashionistas converged on the V&A Waterfront’s Watershed and North Wharf for the annual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town (MBFWCT). Twenty-four of the country’s top designers unveiled their spring and summer 2016 collections with multiple shows over the three-day period. The collections included a range of ready-to-wear pieces, sports wear and swimwear, as well as wedding couture. Other noticeable trends included shoulder-baring silhouettes, and prints and patterns such as stripes, lace, floral and African prints on everything from dresses to jumpsuits. Highlights included the David Tlale showcase held on Saturday morning at the Gallery MOMO in Buitengracht Street. The fashion guru launched his bridal collection, combining sheer and see-through silhouettes in powder blue, yellow, multi-coloured animal print and metallic emerald-green for the adventurous bride. “We are breaking all the rules of the traditional bride, but we are still keeping it chic and bold. People have been brainwashed to wear white dresses with your typical lace adorned with Swarovski crystals to look like Cinderella,” says Tlale. “Launching bridal-wear was a natural progression as a brand. We are known for high-end couture and beautiful ready-to-wear pieces and it’s time we started embracing our brides because we have had big business on bridal wear that we never launched,” he adds. Designer duo Malcolm Kluk and Christiaan Gabriel du Toit of Klûk CGDT opted out of the traditional runway show, instead staging an exhibition at CAAM Collective Gallery at the De Waterkant Fringe. photo:white formal dresses The exhibition, KLuKCGD Tartisan, held in collaboration with Levi’s, includes photographic prints by 10 of South Africa’s leading fashion photographers, among them: Trevor Stuurman, Sivan Miller, Neil Roberts and Simon Deiner. It runs until Saturday. “This is a huge denim season and although it is something we toy with often, we have never really experimented with the options. “We also wanted to show our clothes in a different way, something more lasting that allows the client to get a longer impression of the garments,” says Kluk. “We chose the creatives based on our experience with them. “They are energetic and passionate about what they do, they have been proactive in their careers and this excited us. “We also love the diversity in their work and personalities and it was important to let them shine,” he says. Regarding the trends for the summer, Du Toit says that these are so diverse that they always take a southern hemisphere perspective on what is happening internationally. “We take trends as a guide, not a bible. We know our customers and their lifestyle and their likes and dislikes and tailor the trends to suit them. “We love fabric and sometimes that dictates what we make.” read more:cheap formal dresses
    302 Posted by nace smith
  • Designers Danielle Margaux, Habits and Lazuli led the colour revolution at a fashion event held in the city at the weekend. Their designs came in crop-tops, jumpsuits, kimono-style dresses and boho gypsy skirts. Another trend, as seen on the international runways, is wearing sneakers with dresses, skirts and suits, and presentations by local designers Adriaan Kuiters, Jody Paulsen and Leigh Schubert showed us how to get the trend just right. Kuiters and Paulsen’s collection, inspired by the artistic patterns of David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein and Sol Lewitt, presented an impressive sports-luxe collection of soft, neutral and bold prints paired with sneakers. Schubert paired romantic floral dresses with palladium sneakers. Industry experts and fashionistas converged on the V&A Waterfront’s Watershed and North Wharf for the annual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town (MBFWCT). Twenty-four of the country’s top designers unveiled their spring and summer 2016 collections with multiple shows over the three-day period. The collections included a range of ready-to-wear pieces, sports wear and swimwear, as well as wedding couture. Other noticeable trends included shoulder-baring silhouettes, and prints and patterns such as stripes, lace, floral and African prints on everything from dresses to jumpsuits. Highlights included the David Tlale showcase held on Saturday morning at the Gallery MOMO in Buitengracht Street. The fashion guru launched his bridal collection, combining sheer and see-through silhouettes in powder blue, yellow, multi-coloured animal print and metallic emerald-green for the adventurous bride. “We are breaking all the rules of the traditional bride, but we are still keeping it chic and bold. People have been brainwashed to wear white dresses with your typical lace adorned with Swarovski crystals to look like Cinderella,” says Tlale. “Launching bridal-wear was a natural progression as a brand. We are known for high-end couture and beautiful ready-to-wear pieces and it’s time we started embracing our brides because we have had big business on bridal wear that we never launched,” he adds. Designer duo Malcolm Kluk and Christiaan Gabriel du Toit of Klûk CGDT opted out of the traditional runway show, instead staging an exhibition at CAAM Collective Gallery at the De Waterkant Fringe. photo:white formal dresses The exhibition, KLuKCGD Tartisan, held in collaboration with Levi’s, includes photographic prints by 10 of South Africa’s leading fashion photographers, among them: Trevor Stuurman, Sivan Miller, Neil Roberts and Simon Deiner. It runs until Saturday. “This is a huge denim season and although it is something we toy with often, we have never really experimented with the options. “We also wanted to show our clothes in a different way, something more lasting that allows the client to get a longer impression of the garments,” says Kluk. “We chose the creatives based on our experience with them. “They are energetic and passionate about what they do, they have been proactive in their careers and this excited us. “We also love the diversity in their work and personalities and it was important to let them shine,” he says. Regarding the trends for the summer, Du Toit says that these are so diverse that they always take a southern hemisphere perspective on what is happening internationally. “We take trends as a guide, not a bible. We know our customers and their lifestyle and their likes and dislikes and tailor the trends to suit them. “We love fabric and sometimes that dictates what we make.” read more:cheap formal dresses
    Aug 05, 2015 302
  • 03 Aug 2015
    Allison McGevna, 31, is our resident curvy-girl style blogger, and she contributes her thoughts on finding the perfect outfit to the site each week. This week, she dishes on how to put together easy, comfortable, summery looks—that won’t leave you sweating. (And if her items are sold out, we’ve linked to similar styles below — happy shopping!) Like everyone else, I tend to wear a ton of light, flowy pieces during the summer. This blue look was an attempt for me to try out those culotte pants that everyone’s been wearing, which I’ve been eyeing for a while now (they look so airy and comfortable!). Trying out culottes was taking a bit of a risk, because I thought they wouldn’t work on me since I’m a bit hippy. I definitely thought it was going to be a problem, but I found this really great pair at Charlotte Russe — they’re doing really great stuff with their plus sized line. I actually bought them a size up, but that was just because I wanted them to be a bit of a looser fit, and I didn’t want them to be too tight in the hip. That’s something I always suggest for plus sized shoppers: Don’t get too bogged down by sizes! I always hear women say, “I don’t want to go above a size 14, or 16” (or whatever your size is). A lot of women get fixated on sizing and don’t really understand that depending on the fit (or how you want it to fit), you can play around with sizes. photo:unique formal dresses Anyway, this wasn’t an outfit I was trying to look slimmer in; I think it was more about taking a fashion risk and having fun and playing with trends. Even if you think you can’t wear them, it never hurts to experiment. You might be pleasantly surprised! I paired these culottes with this jeweled halter top (similar style here!), which is also from Charlotte Russe. I didn’t want to go heavy on the accessories because the silhouettes were really bold and the colors were a rich jewel tone, plus the halter has a built-in necklace. It was a really great summery outfit; it was one of those outfits that I wore to dinner and felt super comfortable all night. I would definitely encourage plus-size shoppers to try out the culottes and play around with the sizing until you get the right fit. These are great because they have pleats in the front, so they don’t call too much attention to your midsection if that’s what you’re self conscious about; pleats are a great way to disguise that. I paired the look with these rose gold pumps (similar style here!). Those have a mixed media feel because obviously the halter neck is silver, but I don’t really worry about wearing silver and gold together—that’s one of those fashion rules that everyone still seems to abide by, but I think you can mix and match, especially for summer if you’ve got a little tan. The white dress I’m wearing is also from Charlotte Russe; I obviously walked out of there with a great haul. This is a really fun, easy summer dress. It’s one of those dresses you can put on and not really have to think about anything else. It has the little metallic bar on the top that you see a lot in belts, but this was an interesting detail I thought to have it on the neckline. It’s a really simple breezy silhouette. When I’m wearing white I don’t usually go for bodycon, because white is one of those colors that really calls attention to whatever little lumps and bumps you have on your body. I do wear white a lot, but I tend to wear it in things like jackets or A-line skirts. Or, like this one, which has that breezy, flowy feeling. It’s great for a summer night out and would make a great party dress. You can wear it with flat sandals or dress it up with heels and big earrings (similar style here!) as I chose to do. I wore it with my Nicholas Kirkwood pumps (similar style here!) — again, one of my favorite ways of mixing highs and lows. These pumps have a little bit of white on the toe so it brought the outfit together, and the rose gold strap on the shoes paired well with my earrings. When I was in my teens I used to love wearing huge earrings, and now that I have a 9-to-5 job I don’t get to do that as much, so it’s really fun when you’re going out and get to put on a really bold earring. I feel like by adding the earrings to this look, it dressed it up a bit and gave it a fun feel. I loved putting together both of these looks and I think they’re just perfect for summer. Both were flowy and light enough to keep the heat from getting to me, and the colors I chose look great with a tan. Until next time, fellow shopaholics! read more:navy blue formal dress
    457 Posted by nace smith
  • Allison McGevna, 31, is our resident curvy-girl style blogger, and she contributes her thoughts on finding the perfect outfit to the site each week. This week, she dishes on how to put together easy, comfortable, summery looks—that won’t leave you sweating. (And if her items are sold out, we’ve linked to similar styles below — happy shopping!) Like everyone else, I tend to wear a ton of light, flowy pieces during the summer. This blue look was an attempt for me to try out those culotte pants that everyone’s been wearing, which I’ve been eyeing for a while now (they look so airy and comfortable!). Trying out culottes was taking a bit of a risk, because I thought they wouldn’t work on me since I’m a bit hippy. I definitely thought it was going to be a problem, but I found this really great pair at Charlotte Russe — they’re doing really great stuff with their plus sized line. I actually bought them a size up, but that was just because I wanted them to be a bit of a looser fit, and I didn’t want them to be too tight in the hip. That’s something I always suggest for plus sized shoppers: Don’t get too bogged down by sizes! I always hear women say, “I don’t want to go above a size 14, or 16” (or whatever your size is). A lot of women get fixated on sizing and don’t really understand that depending on the fit (or how you want it to fit), you can play around with sizes. photo:unique formal dresses Anyway, this wasn’t an outfit I was trying to look slimmer in; I think it was more about taking a fashion risk and having fun and playing with trends. Even if you think you can’t wear them, it never hurts to experiment. You might be pleasantly surprised! I paired these culottes with this jeweled halter top (similar style here!), which is also from Charlotte Russe. I didn’t want to go heavy on the accessories because the silhouettes were really bold and the colors were a rich jewel tone, plus the halter has a built-in necklace. It was a really great summery outfit; it was one of those outfits that I wore to dinner and felt super comfortable all night. I would definitely encourage plus-size shoppers to try out the culottes and play around with the sizing until you get the right fit. These are great because they have pleats in the front, so they don’t call too much attention to your midsection if that’s what you’re self conscious about; pleats are a great way to disguise that. I paired the look with these rose gold pumps (similar style here!). Those have a mixed media feel because obviously the halter neck is silver, but I don’t really worry about wearing silver and gold together—that’s one of those fashion rules that everyone still seems to abide by, but I think you can mix and match, especially for summer if you’ve got a little tan. The white dress I’m wearing is also from Charlotte Russe; I obviously walked out of there with a great haul. This is a really fun, easy summer dress. It’s one of those dresses you can put on and not really have to think about anything else. It has the little metallic bar on the top that you see a lot in belts, but this was an interesting detail I thought to have it on the neckline. It’s a really simple breezy silhouette. When I’m wearing white I don’t usually go for bodycon, because white is one of those colors that really calls attention to whatever little lumps and bumps you have on your body. I do wear white a lot, but I tend to wear it in things like jackets or A-line skirts. Or, like this one, which has that breezy, flowy feeling. It’s great for a summer night out and would make a great party dress. You can wear it with flat sandals or dress it up with heels and big earrings (similar style here!) as I chose to do. I wore it with my Nicholas Kirkwood pumps (similar style here!) — again, one of my favorite ways of mixing highs and lows. These pumps have a little bit of white on the toe so it brought the outfit together, and the rose gold strap on the shoes paired well with my earrings. When I was in my teens I used to love wearing huge earrings, and now that I have a 9-to-5 job I don’t get to do that as much, so it’s really fun when you’re going out and get to put on a really bold earring. I feel like by adding the earrings to this look, it dressed it up a bit and gave it a fun feel. I loved putting together both of these looks and I think they’re just perfect for summer. Both were flowy and light enough to keep the heat from getting to me, and the colors I chose look great with a tan. Until next time, fellow shopaholics! read more:navy blue formal dress
    Aug 03, 2015 457
  • 30 Jul 2015
    The perfect dress for prom, as any high school junior and her mom will tell you, is very hard to find. But an American Fork teen and her date went to the prom in style with their attire madeentirely of duct tape, as previously covered by KSL.com. Now that the contest has been completed, Mecham has not only a great story to tell, but a little extra money in the bank for school. Rebekah Mecham has many great memories of her junior prom, especially after learning her dress won second place in a national contest. "I heard about it my sophomore year and I was like, no way. I am not that person," she said. photo:formal dresses canberra But with pressure growing to earn scholarship money, she kept thinking about the "Stuck at Prom" contest, intended for those brave enough to make and wear duct tape attire to prom. "I thought it would just be another form of art," Mecham said. "And maybe I could get money for it." She talked her friend Wyatt Burns into the project and together they spent 175 hours creating a very unique dress and tux that didn't cost a fortune. "It was definitely under $75. We thought it would be a lot more, but we ended up using under 15 rolls of duct tape," she said. "It was cheaper than most prom dresses." There was a big difference between making the dress and actually wearing it on prom night. "I had to have my friends help me in the bathroom and get into it," Mecham said. "It is very sweaty and stiff and uncomfortable." Burns and Mecham were among the top 10 finalists in the contest and finished second, earning a $5,000 college scholarship for each of them. "It was a really good experience for me to see what hard work can get you and creativity can get you," Mecham said. Proving that with a little effort and a smile, even duct tape can be fashionable. read more:vintage formal dresses
    659 Posted by nace smith
  • The perfect dress for prom, as any high school junior and her mom will tell you, is very hard to find. But an American Fork teen and her date went to the prom in style with their attire madeentirely of duct tape, as previously covered by KSL.com. Now that the contest has been completed, Mecham has not only a great story to tell, but a little extra money in the bank for school. Rebekah Mecham has many great memories of her junior prom, especially after learning her dress won second place in a national contest. "I heard about it my sophomore year and I was like, no way. I am not that person," she said. photo:formal dresses canberra But with pressure growing to earn scholarship money, she kept thinking about the "Stuck at Prom" contest, intended for those brave enough to make and wear duct tape attire to prom. "I thought it would just be another form of art," Mecham said. "And maybe I could get money for it." She talked her friend Wyatt Burns into the project and together they spent 175 hours creating a very unique dress and tux that didn't cost a fortune. "It was definitely under $75. We thought it would be a lot more, but we ended up using under 15 rolls of duct tape," she said. "It was cheaper than most prom dresses." There was a big difference between making the dress and actually wearing it on prom night. "I had to have my friends help me in the bathroom and get into it," Mecham said. "It is very sweaty and stiff and uncomfortable." Burns and Mecham were among the top 10 finalists in the contest and finished second, earning a $5,000 college scholarship for each of them. "It was a really good experience for me to see what hard work can get you and creativity can get you," Mecham said. Proving that with a little effort and a smile, even duct tape can be fashionable. read more:vintage formal dresses
    Jul 30, 2015 659
  • 28 Jul 2015
    Fashion designer Sophie Umanzi is causing ripples in the local fashion industry. She and Bridgette Gitah are the talents behind House of Tahzi, which has been nominated for Jumia’s Fashion Awards, writes Kyoumukama Faith Black is my all-time favourite colour. I incorporate it in most of my everyday looks. I could wear it all day everyday. When I was young, I loved baggy combat printed shorts. I was a tomboy. I would rock baggy pants and shorts with male vests. Then when I went to study in South Africa in 2010, I began softening up and wearing more fitting clothes. I loved brightly coloured skinny jeans with checkered shirts and loafers. Eventually, I fell in love with black. The brightest item in my day-to-day wear is grey. I am a fitness addict. I am always in the gym, so I really invest a lot of my money in gym wear. photo:mermaid formal dresses My grooming routine begins by cleaning my face with yogurt because it is natural and still has the same results. Then I hit shower, brush my teeth and dress up. I rarely use any make up unless I am going for an event. My favourite splurge clothing brand would be Reebok. I love their workout gear. Locally, House of Tahzi, of course. I wear my own designs shamelessly but I also support other local designers and purchase clothes from them from time to time. I can’t get enough of shoes. I love my many pairs of heels. I have the hardest time dressing for a glammed up event that requires a gown. We all experience wardrobe malfunctions. I have this maxi skirt that became big and I tried to safety pin it because I did not want to give it out but the safety pin misbehaved and opened up in the middle of downtown Nairobi. Let’s say very many men went home smiling that day. My ideal stylish man is one in a well fitting suit. I think any male celebrity who still wears baggy pants and baggy tees with excessive bling needs a wardrobe fix. I mean, What era are we in? The worst girl trend was dirty green denims. They were hideous. If I could trade characters with anyone else on TV for their fashion alone, it would be Rihanna. I’d kill to get my hands on her outfits. Scent is everything. At the moment, I am using vanilla and strawberry by Bath and Body Works. It’s not a perfume but a body mist. I guess it can substitute. Must-have items in my bag are my phone, a tape measure, a pencil, a rubber, a sharpener and a wallet. read more:celebrity dresses
    503 Posted by nace smith
  • Fashion designer Sophie Umanzi is causing ripples in the local fashion industry. She and Bridgette Gitah are the talents behind House of Tahzi, which has been nominated for Jumia’s Fashion Awards, writes Kyoumukama Faith Black is my all-time favourite colour. I incorporate it in most of my everyday looks. I could wear it all day everyday. When I was young, I loved baggy combat printed shorts. I was a tomboy. I would rock baggy pants and shorts with male vests. Then when I went to study in South Africa in 2010, I began softening up and wearing more fitting clothes. I loved brightly coloured skinny jeans with checkered shirts and loafers. Eventually, I fell in love with black. The brightest item in my day-to-day wear is grey. I am a fitness addict. I am always in the gym, so I really invest a lot of my money in gym wear. photo:mermaid formal dresses My grooming routine begins by cleaning my face with yogurt because it is natural and still has the same results. Then I hit shower, brush my teeth and dress up. I rarely use any make up unless I am going for an event. My favourite splurge clothing brand would be Reebok. I love their workout gear. Locally, House of Tahzi, of course. I wear my own designs shamelessly but I also support other local designers and purchase clothes from them from time to time. I can’t get enough of shoes. I love my many pairs of heels. I have the hardest time dressing for a glammed up event that requires a gown. We all experience wardrobe malfunctions. I have this maxi skirt that became big and I tried to safety pin it because I did not want to give it out but the safety pin misbehaved and opened up in the middle of downtown Nairobi. Let’s say very many men went home smiling that day. My ideal stylish man is one in a well fitting suit. I think any male celebrity who still wears baggy pants and baggy tees with excessive bling needs a wardrobe fix. I mean, What era are we in? The worst girl trend was dirty green denims. They were hideous. If I could trade characters with anyone else on TV for their fashion alone, it would be Rihanna. I’d kill to get my hands on her outfits. Scent is everything. At the moment, I am using vanilla and strawberry by Bath and Body Works. It’s not a perfume but a body mist. I guess it can substitute. Must-have items in my bag are my phone, a tape measure, a pencil, a rubber, a sharpener and a wallet. read more:celebrity dresses
    Jul 28, 2015 503
  • 27 Jul 2015
    Myleene Klass, 37, sizzles all year round, but as new host of BBQ Champ, things are about to get hotter. And if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the, er, garden. Some might know Myleene as an ex member of Hear’Say, some might know her as a classical pianist, some as a Heart radio host, some as the ultimate bikini babe in her 2006 stint in the jungle (and now her bikini body is off-the-scale enviable), or some may know her as a TV host. Or a fashion designer. Or a charity campaigner. Our point is, we all know Myleene. And you’re about to see a whole lot more of her now she’s hosting sizzling summer show BBQ Champ, alongside Man vs Food American cutie Adam Richman, and yes, we so want the two of them to get married. It’s the hottest day of the year, and Myleene arrives at the studio in a skimpy shorts playsuit (so we get a good look at that award-winning figure) and starts dishing out the hugs. Albeit sticky, slightly sweaty hugs. Everyone is referred to as ‘babes’, and in between photos she chats to the work experience lad about the ‘wonderful opportunity’ he has, and asks about our home lives rather than making diva demands. Despite being up since 4am, the only thing she needs is "a selection of chocolate bars" to tackle the afternoon. And in case you’re wondering, she got through most of them. Since her partner of 10 years and then-new husband Graham Quinn walked out on her and her two daughters (Ava, seven, and Hero, four) three years ago on her 34th birthday, citing the reason as simply "he didn’t want to be married any more", Myleene is a no-nonsense woman. She’s recently split from the mysterious Scandinavian megahunk she dated for almost a year, hit out at some mums from school who wanted everyone to club together for pricy birthday gifts ("I don’t regret that, it was so ridiculous!"), and famously kicked off over Ed Miliband’s proposed Mansion Tax. Because she’d just bought herself a nice eight-bed property. But, boy, if anyone deserves a treat, it’s Ms Klass. Dedicated to raising her ‘two young ladies’, working her backside off and looking stupidly good at the same time? Yep, we love the new feisty Myleene. She’s not going anywhere. The classy Klass lass talks dirty food, dresses and dating… So, you’re single again. Will you ever tell us who that gorgeous man was? No! I did such a good job of keeping it quite private, didn’t I? But honestly, it was a lovely relationship that gave me faith in people again. Are you dating at the moment? [Squeals] Yes, and I’ve been having a great time. I’m really enjoying my life. All of it. But f**k, did I get raked over the coals to get myself here. So it’s lovely. Are you actively looking for someone? I’m just having fun. Which annoys my friends, as they think I should be looking. Do you find it harder to date being famous? Yes. I have been on some awful dates, it’s crazy out there. But very entertaining. However, I just don’t feel I need someone else to make me feel whole again. My clock isn’t ticking. Someone will have to love me and my girls. They’ll have to be amazing. So when Ryan Gosling comes along… I know I’ll have a good thing when I see it. What’s on your man checklist? Major family values, and independence of their own, so they don’t look to you, they join you. I wouldn’t rule out being someone with kids or not. Do you miss the person you were when you were with your ex-husband? No. None of it at all. I was holding the baby, working, doing everything and I wasn’t happy. It was horrible. But I’ve broken my pattern. My dad used to say I’d find a gold-digger in any three-mile radius. But now I don’t feel I have to save anybody. I can actually find someone who wants to just mooch through life like me, and be nice. Honestly, that’s enough for me. Before, were you attracted to an extreme bad boy? Look, I’m grateful for such a sheltered childhood, because I never ever thought it was possible for what happened to me to actually happen, so I wasn’t equipped. And I had to learn. I never imagined I’d be fighting for my home. I don’t approve of cheating, I don’t approve of people taking from others, and I don’t approve of people walking out on families. But I didn’t know that then. I had to toughen up and I’m 100% a different person now. In what way? In that I know more. I just wish I had listened to my dad, my friends and everyone in the papers. Everyone could hear the alarm bells except me. I should have just opened my eyes. I mean I married a convicted drug dealer and didn’t sign a pre-nup. What was I thinking? When I say that sentence aloud, I realise how stupid it was. It seems you know exactly what you want now… I’ve started to settle down in my life now, because I know what I can do and what I’m capable of. I don’t care what people think of me, and I genuinely don’t care if people like me or not. I know that I am single-handedly going to work, I’m the breadwinner for my children, I take them to school and I’m teachingthem to be ladies. You have a lot on your plate, do you ever manage to relax? photo:marieaustralia.com If I do ever have a day to myself, I like sitting in the garden or the kitchen. I’m a home bird. It doesn’t help that people keep setting me up on dates and I think, "Oh, I don’t want to go out." I’m out all the time with work, which is wonderful. But it’s lovely to be home. Is it nice running the house alone? You can make your own choices… I wouldn’t prefer any of what happened. But I love how I’ve got here. People must think I’m a giant pain in the arse. Perfect hair, lovely dress, just perfect on the outside. But I’m not. Have you taken on all the roles a man would perhaps do in the home? Yep. I have a cut on my head right now from using a carpet upholstering tool. My dad bought me a tool kit for Christmas. I love it. And he bought me lawn mower. I do it all. It’s very empowering, but it also makes me wary. It has to be a pretty amazing guy to walk in and feel confident enough to find his place in my life. Because you have everything under control? I have it all running. Any single mum will tell you the same – you have to have it under control. Me and my girls built a shelf for the bathroom together the other day. They need to know how. I don’t want them to ever feel helpless. What do you hope your two girls learn from you? That what they contribute with their hands, brains and their hearts is what is important. Books before looks, like Matilda says. I could be doing this wrong, but I think if they grow up to be kind and happy, that can’t be a bad thing. Everyone loves a BBQ. This must be a fun job? Oh my God, yes! And working with Adam Richman is so much fun. He’s so intelligent, and is so generous, always spoiling me with gifts. He would listen to things I said I liked, then he’d come on set the next day with them. He is single, you know… Everyone is trying to set me up with Adam. Don’t you start! But you’d eat like a queen for the rest of your life… I’d eat like a caveman, more like. It’s nice to meet someone I click with. He’s coming over in a few weeks. He has to try to get Hero to eat something that doesn’t contain macaroni cheese. She only likes pasta with cheese sprinkled on top. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve eaten? I said to Adam, forget Man vs Food, it’s Man Vs Myleene. I’m Filipina. I’ve eaten way more random things than he has. Go on… I don’t believe in eating people’s pets or anything like that. But remember that weird cheese fruit they had on I’m A Celeb called ‘vomit fruit’ that was making everyone heave? I loved it. It’s fruit, cheese-flavoured! What’s not to like? How do you stay slim then? I don’t stop. I had one day off in June. My usual wake-up call is 4am. But I want no negative connotations to go along with me saying that. I’m not a workaholic, I’ve just had fantastic opportunities. Do you feel pressure to stay slim? I never ever obsess about food in front of my girls. We live in a time now where if you look a certain way, you don’t hone in on other skills. That’s an absolute joke. It’s never enough to just look nice. Being dull as f**k is not enough. read more:blue formal dresses
    528 Posted by nace smith
  • Myleene Klass, 37, sizzles all year round, but as new host of BBQ Champ, things are about to get hotter. And if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the, er, garden. Some might know Myleene as an ex member of Hear’Say, some might know her as a classical pianist, some as a Heart radio host, some as the ultimate bikini babe in her 2006 stint in the jungle (and now her bikini body is off-the-scale enviable), or some may know her as a TV host. Or a fashion designer. Or a charity campaigner. Our point is, we all know Myleene. And you’re about to see a whole lot more of her now she’s hosting sizzling summer show BBQ Champ, alongside Man vs Food American cutie Adam Richman, and yes, we so want the two of them to get married. It’s the hottest day of the year, and Myleene arrives at the studio in a skimpy shorts playsuit (so we get a good look at that award-winning figure) and starts dishing out the hugs. Albeit sticky, slightly sweaty hugs. Everyone is referred to as ‘babes’, and in between photos she chats to the work experience lad about the ‘wonderful opportunity’ he has, and asks about our home lives rather than making diva demands. Despite being up since 4am, the only thing she needs is "a selection of chocolate bars" to tackle the afternoon. And in case you’re wondering, she got through most of them. Since her partner of 10 years and then-new husband Graham Quinn walked out on her and her two daughters (Ava, seven, and Hero, four) three years ago on her 34th birthday, citing the reason as simply "he didn’t want to be married any more", Myleene is a no-nonsense woman. She’s recently split from the mysterious Scandinavian megahunk she dated for almost a year, hit out at some mums from school who wanted everyone to club together for pricy birthday gifts ("I don’t regret that, it was so ridiculous!"), and famously kicked off over Ed Miliband’s proposed Mansion Tax. Because she’d just bought herself a nice eight-bed property. But, boy, if anyone deserves a treat, it’s Ms Klass. Dedicated to raising her ‘two young ladies’, working her backside off and looking stupidly good at the same time? Yep, we love the new feisty Myleene. She’s not going anywhere. The classy Klass lass talks dirty food, dresses and dating… So, you’re single again. Will you ever tell us who that gorgeous man was? No! I did such a good job of keeping it quite private, didn’t I? But honestly, it was a lovely relationship that gave me faith in people again. Are you dating at the moment? [Squeals] Yes, and I’ve been having a great time. I’m really enjoying my life. All of it. But f**k, did I get raked over the coals to get myself here. So it’s lovely. Are you actively looking for someone? I’m just having fun. Which annoys my friends, as they think I should be looking. Do you find it harder to date being famous? Yes. I have been on some awful dates, it’s crazy out there. But very entertaining. However, I just don’t feel I need someone else to make me feel whole again. My clock isn’t ticking. Someone will have to love me and my girls. They’ll have to be amazing. So when Ryan Gosling comes along… I know I’ll have a good thing when I see it. What’s on your man checklist? Major family values, and independence of their own, so they don’t look to you, they join you. I wouldn’t rule out being someone with kids or not. Do you miss the person you were when you were with your ex-husband? No. None of it at all. I was holding the baby, working, doing everything and I wasn’t happy. It was horrible. But I’ve broken my pattern. My dad used to say I’d find a gold-digger in any three-mile radius. But now I don’t feel I have to save anybody. I can actually find someone who wants to just mooch through life like me, and be nice. Honestly, that’s enough for me. Before, were you attracted to an extreme bad boy? Look, I’m grateful for such a sheltered childhood, because I never ever thought it was possible for what happened to me to actually happen, so I wasn’t equipped. And I had to learn. I never imagined I’d be fighting for my home. I don’t approve of cheating, I don’t approve of people taking from others, and I don’t approve of people walking out on families. But I didn’t know that then. I had to toughen up and I’m 100% a different person now. In what way? In that I know more. I just wish I had listened to my dad, my friends and everyone in the papers. Everyone could hear the alarm bells except me. I should have just opened my eyes. I mean I married a convicted drug dealer and didn’t sign a pre-nup. What was I thinking? When I say that sentence aloud, I realise how stupid it was. It seems you know exactly what you want now… I’ve started to settle down in my life now, because I know what I can do and what I’m capable of. I don’t care what people think of me, and I genuinely don’t care if people like me or not. I know that I am single-handedly going to work, I’m the breadwinner for my children, I take them to school and I’m teachingthem to be ladies. You have a lot on your plate, do you ever manage to relax? photo:marieaustralia.com If I do ever have a day to myself, I like sitting in the garden or the kitchen. I’m a home bird. It doesn’t help that people keep setting me up on dates and I think, "Oh, I don’t want to go out." I’m out all the time with work, which is wonderful. But it’s lovely to be home. Is it nice running the house alone? You can make your own choices… I wouldn’t prefer any of what happened. But I love how I’ve got here. People must think I’m a giant pain in the arse. Perfect hair, lovely dress, just perfect on the outside. But I’m not. Have you taken on all the roles a man would perhaps do in the home? Yep. I have a cut on my head right now from using a carpet upholstering tool. My dad bought me a tool kit for Christmas. I love it. And he bought me lawn mower. I do it all. It’s very empowering, but it also makes me wary. It has to be a pretty amazing guy to walk in and feel confident enough to find his place in my life. Because you have everything under control? I have it all running. Any single mum will tell you the same – you have to have it under control. Me and my girls built a shelf for the bathroom together the other day. They need to know how. I don’t want them to ever feel helpless. What do you hope your two girls learn from you? That what they contribute with their hands, brains and their hearts is what is important. Books before looks, like Matilda says. I could be doing this wrong, but I think if they grow up to be kind and happy, that can’t be a bad thing. Everyone loves a BBQ. This must be a fun job? Oh my God, yes! And working with Adam Richman is so much fun. He’s so intelligent, and is so generous, always spoiling me with gifts. He would listen to things I said I liked, then he’d come on set the next day with them. He is single, you know… Everyone is trying to set me up with Adam. Don’t you start! But you’d eat like a queen for the rest of your life… I’d eat like a caveman, more like. It’s nice to meet someone I click with. He’s coming over in a few weeks. He has to try to get Hero to eat something that doesn’t contain macaroni cheese. She only likes pasta with cheese sprinkled on top. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve eaten? I said to Adam, forget Man vs Food, it’s Man Vs Myleene. I’m Filipina. I’ve eaten way more random things than he has. Go on… I don’t believe in eating people’s pets or anything like that. But remember that weird cheese fruit they had on I’m A Celeb called ‘vomit fruit’ that was making everyone heave? I loved it. It’s fruit, cheese-flavoured! What’s not to like? How do you stay slim then? I don’t stop. I had one day off in June. My usual wake-up call is 4am. But I want no negative connotations to go along with me saying that. I’m not a workaholic, I’ve just had fantastic opportunities. Do you feel pressure to stay slim? I never ever obsess about food in front of my girls. We live in a time now where if you look a certain way, you don’t hone in on other skills. That’s an absolute joke. It’s never enough to just look nice. Being dull as f**k is not enough. read more:blue formal dresses
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  • 24 Jul 2015
    School supplies will be on everyone’s back-to-school list, but shopping for clothes that suit your style and the current trends can be more of a challenge, especially with trends changing rapidly each season. We asked local teens and fashion experts, and scouted some internet trends to find out what you’ll see in stores, in the hallways at school and around town this year, and to discover the best places to shop. Some of the answers may be surprising (overalls are back? Say it isn’t so). While others won’t leave you in shock (graphic tees are still a thing). photo:cheap formal dresses Fort Mill resident Jen McAliley co-owns Katyloo Boutique, an online boutique, with neighbor Kim Hedrick. McAliley said some fall trends include the bohemian look with a feminine color palette of pale pinks, peaches, mauves and dusty rose. “Skinny jeans are on the way out,” McAliley adds. “Wide leg flares are making a comeback.” Other trends McAliley says we’ll be seeing soon include the 90’s grunge inspired look, with plaids and denims. The 70’s look hasn’t faded either, with flared pants and boho silhouettes, tweeds and fair isle sweaters continuing in popularity. The 1980s won’t be left out. The electric shades of the 80’s will be paired frequently with colors like gray and navy, McAliley said. Style websites also note the return of Dr. Martens footwear to popularity. Graphic tees continue to be trendy among the elementary school set, both boys and girls, and statement tees are popular among older youth. Nation Ford High School student Emma Childs said boutique shopping is popular among her friends, including boutiques such as Page 6 in Fort Mill, but they also hit mainstream shops like Old Navy. For bridging the gap from summer to fall, Chacos sandals are comfortable and cute, she said, and accessories from Kate Spade and Fossil are popular among girls. Childs’ personal style is vintage inspired, she said. She loves heels to dress up any outfit and offers practical advice for choosing clothing while shopping. “When I’m shopping, I imagine it in my closet and think how much I would really wear it,” Childs said. read more: sexy formal dresses
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  • School supplies will be on everyone’s back-to-school list, but shopping for clothes that suit your style and the current trends can be more of a challenge, especially with trends changing rapidly each season. We asked local teens and fashion experts, and scouted some internet trends to find out what you’ll see in stores, in the hallways at school and around town this year, and to discover the best places to shop. Some of the answers may be surprising (overalls are back? Say it isn’t so). While others won’t leave you in shock (graphic tees are still a thing). photo:cheap formal dresses Fort Mill resident Jen McAliley co-owns Katyloo Boutique, an online boutique, with neighbor Kim Hedrick. McAliley said some fall trends include the bohemian look with a feminine color palette of pale pinks, peaches, mauves and dusty rose. “Skinny jeans are on the way out,” McAliley adds. “Wide leg flares are making a comeback.” Other trends McAliley says we’ll be seeing soon include the 90’s grunge inspired look, with plaids and denims. The 70’s look hasn’t faded either, with flared pants and boho silhouettes, tweeds and fair isle sweaters continuing in popularity. The 1980s won’t be left out. The electric shades of the 80’s will be paired frequently with colors like gray and navy, McAliley said. Style websites also note the return of Dr. Martens footwear to popularity. Graphic tees continue to be trendy among the elementary school set, both boys and girls, and statement tees are popular among older youth. Nation Ford High School student Emma Childs said boutique shopping is popular among her friends, including boutiques such as Page 6 in Fort Mill, but they also hit mainstream shops like Old Navy. For bridging the gap from summer to fall, Chacos sandals are comfortable and cute, she said, and accessories from Kate Spade and Fossil are popular among girls. Childs’ personal style is vintage inspired, she said. She loves heels to dress up any outfit and offers practical advice for choosing clothing while shopping. “When I’m shopping, I imagine it in my closet and think how much I would really wear it,” Childs said. read more: sexy formal dresses
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  • 20 Jul 2015
    The sound of her heels says 'yes she has arrived', maybe you enjoy the natural swaying of her hips as she draws closer. Her stature commands attention, her smile lights up every room, stimulating conversation, talent never ceases to amaze, heart of gold melts those around her, or maybe it is her engaging eloquence that leaves a room captivated. Whatever the case may be, it is safe to say that you can't help but admire a woman who exudes confidence. But have you ever stopped to wonder: what is the secret of these women? What motivates them? Outlook linked up with a few of these confident Jamaican women as we talk beauty and confidence. 1. At first, it used to be my tough mentality which was instilled with me due to my childhood experiences. According to my parents, I was born that way, but now, I would have to say it is my religious belief that makes me even more confident. Hillary Evelyn, 28, Sales and Distribution Manager 2. I'd say my strength literally comes from self as well as divine belief. Since reading the book 'The Purpose Driven Life', it has brought an entirely new perspective to who I am as a person and the purpose for which I was created. It also reminded me that even with roadblocks and curve balls, once you truly believe that you were created for a purpose, it helps you to think and act accordingly. I believe my purpose is to be confident, creative, and to execute accordingly, so I live my life as such. Shanoy Coombs, 30, Public Relations Practitioner. 3. What makes me confident is being completely conscious of my self worth. Just knowing I was placed on this earth to add value to it by bringing to life whatever my mind conceives, gives me the boost I need each day. I matter! And a great outfit with the right amount of makeup doesn't hurt either. Shanique Palmer, 27, Communications Consultant for Bespoke Communications. 4. The secret to my confidence is knowing that I'm comfortable with who I am. I'm not trying to be anyone else and I'm not competing with anyone but the person I was yesterday. What gives me my confidence, too, is knowing that I have conquered many things in every facet of my life including inner doubts. Having a successful track record helps to build your confidence. I rarely put myself in a position where I'm in over my head. This is also where self-deprecating humour comes in handy - nothing better than to laugh at yourself. If there is something I'm scheduled to do (presentation or speech) I always over prepare, and that helps- being well versed in any topic helps to ward off any nervousness. The motto I go by is this: I'm not for everyone - but for those who get me and love me. I can say all these things gives me confidence internally. But nothing beats my city colour lipstick in matte red! Instant confidence booster! photo:cheap formal dresses Natalie Outar, 38, Stylist and Fashion Blogger. 5. The secret to my confidences is self understanding. Once you understand yourself you can conquer anything. Danisha Scott, 24, Model. 6. The foundation of my confidence was established by my mother. From as early as I can remember, and to this day, she always makes me feel like I could do absolutely anything I imagined. That I had the power and capacity to do all things through Christ, and she gave me the freedom to fail and fall, get up and recover, learn and move forward. My dad had a different approach, he put that confidence to use by ensuring that I never for a minute got complacent. Now, as a woman, wife, mother, entrepreneur, speaker, friend, and counsellor, my confidence is bolstered by faith in God and an incredibly supportive husband who always has calm, strong words of reinforcement when the inevitable moments of self-doubt arise. My kids, too - they see me as almost their entire world and when I see how confident they are, I figure that God is with me and I must be doing a good job. Nicole Campbell, Director, AIM Educational Services. 7. Confidence is important if one is to excel. If you don't have it then you can't inspire confidence in others. For me, the foundation of confidence is competence, trying to maintain positive thoughts, understanding that failure is acceptable and temporary, knowing that life is constant learning, so I must build my competencies to prepare me for my life's journey. Self-confidence is not innate. It is built over time. Novlet Deans, CEO Environmental Health Foundation (EHF) Group of Companies. 8. I think confidence lies within my talents - martial arts and dance. I always feel unstoppable because I get a natural high doing the things I love the most. It helps that I am good at what I love so that boosts my confidence. Also, having a strong mind set makes me confident. When you have a strong mind set, you don't get easily intimidated by people since you already have certain beliefs and principles. Danielle Chang, 23, Singer, Dancer and Martial Artist 9. My belief in God and my strong support unit - my family and closest friends. Over the years, my unit has seen me through the worst and has offered words of wisdom to keep me grounded. Also, what gives me confidence is seeing the progress and growth I have made in terms of my education and career, just knowing where I started on this journey and where I am now. read more:plus size evening wear
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  • The sound of her heels says 'yes she has arrived', maybe you enjoy the natural swaying of her hips as she draws closer. Her stature commands attention, her smile lights up every room, stimulating conversation, talent never ceases to amaze, heart of gold melts those around her, or maybe it is her engaging eloquence that leaves a room captivated. Whatever the case may be, it is safe to say that you can't help but admire a woman who exudes confidence. But have you ever stopped to wonder: what is the secret of these women? What motivates them? Outlook linked up with a few of these confident Jamaican women as we talk beauty and confidence. 1. At first, it used to be my tough mentality which was instilled with me due to my childhood experiences. According to my parents, I was born that way, but now, I would have to say it is my religious belief that makes me even more confident. Hillary Evelyn, 28, Sales and Distribution Manager 2. I'd say my strength literally comes from self as well as divine belief. Since reading the book 'The Purpose Driven Life', it has brought an entirely new perspective to who I am as a person and the purpose for which I was created. It also reminded me that even with roadblocks and curve balls, once you truly believe that you were created for a purpose, it helps you to think and act accordingly. I believe my purpose is to be confident, creative, and to execute accordingly, so I live my life as such. Shanoy Coombs, 30, Public Relations Practitioner. 3. What makes me confident is being completely conscious of my self worth. Just knowing I was placed on this earth to add value to it by bringing to life whatever my mind conceives, gives me the boost I need each day. I matter! And a great outfit with the right amount of makeup doesn't hurt either. Shanique Palmer, 27, Communications Consultant for Bespoke Communications. 4. The secret to my confidence is knowing that I'm comfortable with who I am. I'm not trying to be anyone else and I'm not competing with anyone but the person I was yesterday. What gives me my confidence, too, is knowing that I have conquered many things in every facet of my life including inner doubts. Having a successful track record helps to build your confidence. I rarely put myself in a position where I'm in over my head. This is also where self-deprecating humour comes in handy - nothing better than to laugh at yourself. If there is something I'm scheduled to do (presentation or speech) I always over prepare, and that helps- being well versed in any topic helps to ward off any nervousness. The motto I go by is this: I'm not for everyone - but for those who get me and love me. I can say all these things gives me confidence internally. But nothing beats my city colour lipstick in matte red! Instant confidence booster! photo:cheap formal dresses Natalie Outar, 38, Stylist and Fashion Blogger. 5. The secret to my confidences is self understanding. Once you understand yourself you can conquer anything. Danisha Scott, 24, Model. 6. The foundation of my confidence was established by my mother. From as early as I can remember, and to this day, she always makes me feel like I could do absolutely anything I imagined. That I had the power and capacity to do all things through Christ, and she gave me the freedom to fail and fall, get up and recover, learn and move forward. My dad had a different approach, he put that confidence to use by ensuring that I never for a minute got complacent. Now, as a woman, wife, mother, entrepreneur, speaker, friend, and counsellor, my confidence is bolstered by faith in God and an incredibly supportive husband who always has calm, strong words of reinforcement when the inevitable moments of self-doubt arise. My kids, too - they see me as almost their entire world and when I see how confident they are, I figure that God is with me and I must be doing a good job. Nicole Campbell, Director, AIM Educational Services. 7. Confidence is important if one is to excel. If you don't have it then you can't inspire confidence in others. For me, the foundation of confidence is competence, trying to maintain positive thoughts, understanding that failure is acceptable and temporary, knowing that life is constant learning, so I must build my competencies to prepare me for my life's journey. Self-confidence is not innate. It is built over time. Novlet Deans, CEO Environmental Health Foundation (EHF) Group of Companies. 8. I think confidence lies within my talents - martial arts and dance. I always feel unstoppable because I get a natural high doing the things I love the most. It helps that I am good at what I love so that boosts my confidence. Also, having a strong mind set makes me confident. When you have a strong mind set, you don't get easily intimidated by people since you already have certain beliefs and principles. Danielle Chang, 23, Singer, Dancer and Martial Artist 9. My belief in God and my strong support unit - my family and closest friends. Over the years, my unit has seen me through the worst and has offered words of wisdom to keep me grounded. Also, what gives me confidence is seeing the progress and growth I have made in terms of my education and career, just knowing where I started on this journey and where I am now. read more:plus size evening wear
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  • 12 May 2015
    (Photo:red carpet dresses) There was some financial risk involved, but it wasn't money that motivated Kim Hill to smile at Quentin Markland in the drive-through of McElroy Bank in Fayetteville the summer of 1991. She was between her junior and senior years at the University of Arkansas and was working as a bank teller at the university branch of McElroy. "It was mandatory that we had to smile at our customers and call them by name and be friendly, or else. We had a little bag of money sitting on our teller windows and they could call us on it and we would have to give them $5," Kim says. "So I was always calling him by name, and I can remember thinking how cute this boy was who was coming through the drive-through." She didn't know Quentin, of course, and she was dating someone else so she didn't spend all that much time thinking about him. "I would go home and tell my girlfriends, though, 'Y'all, the cutest guy comes through the drive-through all the time to get money from his account. His name is Quentin. There can't be that many Quentins in Fayetteville. One of y'all needs to meet him,'" she says. The second or third time she mentioned him, one of her friends said her boyfriend's new roommate was a Quentin. She wondered if it was the same one. When Kim went with her friends to a comedy club and discovered Quentin was part of their group, the mystery was solved. "It was him," she says. "I walked up and said, 'Oh my gosh, you're the guy from the bank! And he said, you're the girl from the bank!' And we just started talking." Quentin was happy to see her outside her booth at the bank. "She caught my attention," he says. "You don't hit on girls at the drive-through, I don't guess. But she always caught my eye." After the comedy act, the gang went back to the guys' house to swim. "We spent quite a bit of time together that night but nothing happened and it was probably a couple of more weeks before we saw each other again," she says. They didn't need to make a concerted effort to be in touch, however. "My roommates were dating her roommates so we ended up spending quite a bit of time together that way," Quentin says. A few weeks later, after Kim and her boyfriend had broken up, she and Quentin started dating, too. The first time they went out was to see Point Break with Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. "I was sitting in the movie and I was thinking, 'I know somebody who looks like Keanu Reeves. Who is it that I know who looks like him?' And then I realized it was him, and I turned to him, and I said, 'You look like Keanu Reeves!'" Kim graduated in December 1992 and moved home to Prescott to live with her parents for a few months before she went to work as a bank examiner with the Arkansas State Bank Department in Jonesboro. She spent a year there while Quentin was finishing college in Fayetteville and starting his first job, with Youth Home in Little Rock, his hometown. In spring 1994, she grabbed an opportunity to transfer to the State Bank Department in Little Rock. Quentin proposed that fall over a candlelit dinner he had prepared for her in her apartment while she was at work. They were married on tax day, April 15, 1995, in Central Baptist Church of Prescott. With 250-300 guests, their wedding was quite an event in the town of about 3,800. Quentin had reserved the Governor's Suite at the Excelsior Hotel in Little Rock for their wedding night, but when the bellhop took the newlyweds upstairs, still in their wedding attire, he discovered that the room was far from ready. "It was trashed. There were beer bottles all over and it was just a mess," he says. Hotel management was waiting for the police to arrive to document the damage so they could prosecute the people who left it that way, and to compensate for the inconvenience they put the newlyweds up in the Presidential Suite instead -- a 2,200-square-foot, two-story unit, with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a conference room. "That was a big deal to us back then," he says. "It was three times the size of our apartment. We were very impressed." They went on to Destin, Fla., for a week after that, and then settled into life in Little Rock. The Marklands have two daughters, Anna, 15, and Laura, 11. Times have changed and so have the Marklands. Kim still works in banking, but Quentin has found success in transportation. Neither of them spends much time in the drive-through at the bank anymore. "Most of my banking work is done behind the scenes now," Kim says, "but Q will always be my favorite customer."Read more here:cheap formal dresses australia
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  • 20 Jul 2015
    The sound of her heels says 'yes she has arrived', maybe you enjoy the natural swaying of her hips as she draws closer. Her stature commands attention, her smile lights up every room, stimulating conversation, talent never ceases to amaze, heart of gold melts those around her, or maybe it is her engaging eloquence that leaves a room captivated. Whatever the case may be, it is safe to say that you can't help but admire a woman who exudes confidence. But have you ever stopped to wonder: what is the secret of these women? What motivates them? Outlook linked up with a few of these confident Jamaican women as we talk beauty and confidence. 1. At first, it used to be my tough mentality which was instilled with me due to my childhood experiences. According to my parents, I was born that way, but now, I would have to say it is my religious belief that makes me even more confident. Hillary Evelyn, 28, Sales and Distribution Manager 2. I'd say my strength literally comes from self as well as divine belief. Since reading the book 'The Purpose Driven Life', it has brought an entirely new perspective to who I am as a person and the purpose for which I was created. It also reminded me that even with roadblocks and curve balls, once you truly believe that you were created for a purpose, it helps you to think and act accordingly. I believe my purpose is to be confident, creative, and to execute accordingly, so I live my life as such. Shanoy Coombs, 30, Public Relations Practitioner. 3. What makes me confident is being completely conscious of my self worth. Just knowing I was placed on this earth to add value to it by bringing to life whatever my mind conceives, gives me the boost I need each day. I matter! And a great outfit with the right amount of makeup doesn't hurt either. Shanique Palmer, 27, Communications Consultant for Bespoke Communications. 4. The secret to my confidence is knowing that I'm comfortable with who I am. I'm not trying to be anyone else and I'm not competing with anyone but the person I was yesterday. What gives me my confidence, too, is knowing that I have conquered many things in every facet of my life including inner doubts. Having a successful track record helps to build your confidence. I rarely put myself in a position where I'm in over my head. This is also where self-deprecating humour comes in handy - nothing better than to laugh at yourself. If there is something I'm scheduled to do (presentation or speech) I always over prepare, and that helps- being well versed in any topic helps to ward off any nervousness. The motto I go by is this: I'm not for everyone - but for those who get me and love me. I can say all these things gives me confidence internally. But nothing beats my city colour lipstick in matte red! Instant confidence booster! photo:cheap formal dresses Natalie Outar, 38, Stylist and Fashion Blogger. 5. The secret to my confidences is self understanding. Once you understand yourself you can conquer anything. Danisha Scott, 24, Model. 6. The foundation of my confidence was established by my mother. From as early as I can remember, and to this day, she always makes me feel like I could do absolutely anything I imagined. That I had the power and capacity to do all things through Christ, and she gave me the freedom to fail and fall, get up and recover, learn and move forward. My dad had a different approach, he put that confidence to use by ensuring that I never for a minute got complacent. Now, as a woman, wife, mother, entrepreneur, speaker, friend, and counsellor, my confidence is bolstered by faith in God and an incredibly supportive husband who always has calm, strong words of reinforcement when the inevitable moments of self-doubt arise. My kids, too - they see me as almost their entire world and when I see how confident they are, I figure that God is with me and I must be doing a good job. Nicole Campbell, Director, AIM Educational Services. 7. Confidence is important if one is to excel. If you don't have it then you can't inspire confidence in others. For me, the foundation of confidence is competence, trying to maintain positive thoughts, understanding that failure is acceptable and temporary, knowing that life is constant learning, so I must build my competencies to prepare me for my life's journey. Self-confidence is not innate. It is built over time. Novlet Deans, CEO Environmental Health Foundation (EHF) Group of Companies. 8. I think confidence lies within my talents - martial arts and dance. I always feel unstoppable because I get a natural high doing the things I love the most. It helps that I am good at what I love so that boosts my confidence. Also, having a strong mind set makes me confident. When you have a strong mind set, you don't get easily intimidated by people since you already have certain beliefs and principles. Danielle Chang, 23, Singer, Dancer and Martial Artist 9. My belief in God and my strong support unit - my family and closest friends. Over the years, my unit has seen me through the worst and has offered words of wisdom to keep me grounded. Also, what gives me confidence is seeing the progress and growth I have made in terms of my education and career, just knowing where I started on this journey and where I am now. read more:plus size evening wear
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  • 30 Jul 2015
    The perfect dress for prom, as any high school junior and her mom will tell you, is very hard to find. But an American Fork teen and her date went to the prom in style with their attire madeentirely of duct tape, as previously covered by KSL.com. Now that the contest has been completed, Mecham has not only a great story to tell, but a little extra money in the bank for school. Rebekah Mecham has many great memories of her junior prom, especially after learning her dress won second place in a national contest. "I heard about it my sophomore year and I was like, no way. I am not that person," she said. photo:formal dresses canberra But with pressure growing to earn scholarship money, she kept thinking about the "Stuck at Prom" contest, intended for those brave enough to make and wear duct tape attire to prom. "I thought it would just be another form of art," Mecham said. "And maybe I could get money for it." She talked her friend Wyatt Burns into the project and together they spent 175 hours creating a very unique dress and tux that didn't cost a fortune. "It was definitely under $75. We thought it would be a lot more, but we ended up using under 15 rolls of duct tape," she said. "It was cheaper than most prom dresses." There was a big difference between making the dress and actually wearing it on prom night. "I had to have my friends help me in the bathroom and get into it," Mecham said. "It is very sweaty and stiff and uncomfortable." Burns and Mecham were among the top 10 finalists in the contest and finished second, earning a $5,000 college scholarship for each of them. "It was a really good experience for me to see what hard work can get you and creativity can get you," Mecham said. Proving that with a little effort and a smile, even duct tape can be fashionable. read more:vintage formal dresses
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  • 27 Jul 2015
    Myleene Klass, 37, sizzles all year round, but as new host of BBQ Champ, things are about to get hotter. And if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the, er, garden. Some might know Myleene as an ex member of Hear’Say, some might know her as a classical pianist, some as a Heart radio host, some as the ultimate bikini babe in her 2006 stint in the jungle (and now her bikini body is off-the-scale enviable), or some may know her as a TV host. Or a fashion designer. Or a charity campaigner. Our point is, we all know Myleene. And you’re about to see a whole lot more of her now she’s hosting sizzling summer show BBQ Champ, alongside Man vs Food American cutie Adam Richman, and yes, we so want the two of them to get married. It’s the hottest day of the year, and Myleene arrives at the studio in a skimpy shorts playsuit (so we get a good look at that award-winning figure) and starts dishing out the hugs. Albeit sticky, slightly sweaty hugs. Everyone is referred to as ‘babes’, and in between photos she chats to the work experience lad about the ‘wonderful opportunity’ he has, and asks about our home lives rather than making diva demands. Despite being up since 4am, the only thing she needs is "a selection of chocolate bars" to tackle the afternoon. And in case you’re wondering, she got through most of them. Since her partner of 10 years and then-new husband Graham Quinn walked out on her and her two daughters (Ava, seven, and Hero, four) three years ago on her 34th birthday, citing the reason as simply "he didn’t want to be married any more", Myleene is a no-nonsense woman. She’s recently split from the mysterious Scandinavian megahunk she dated for almost a year, hit out at some mums from school who wanted everyone to club together for pricy birthday gifts ("I don’t regret that, it was so ridiculous!"), and famously kicked off over Ed Miliband’s proposed Mansion Tax. Because she’d just bought herself a nice eight-bed property. But, boy, if anyone deserves a treat, it’s Ms Klass. Dedicated to raising her ‘two young ladies’, working her backside off and looking stupidly good at the same time? Yep, we love the new feisty Myleene. She’s not going anywhere. The classy Klass lass talks dirty food, dresses and dating… So, you’re single again. Will you ever tell us who that gorgeous man was? No! I did such a good job of keeping it quite private, didn’t I? But honestly, it was a lovely relationship that gave me faith in people again. Are you dating at the moment? [Squeals] Yes, and I’ve been having a great time. I’m really enjoying my life. All of it. But f**k, did I get raked over the coals to get myself here. So it’s lovely. Are you actively looking for someone? I’m just having fun. Which annoys my friends, as they think I should be looking. Do you find it harder to date being famous? Yes. I have been on some awful dates, it’s crazy out there. But very entertaining. However, I just don’t feel I need someone else to make me feel whole again. My clock isn’t ticking. Someone will have to love me and my girls. They’ll have to be amazing. So when Ryan Gosling comes along… I know I’ll have a good thing when I see it. What’s on your man checklist? Major family values, and independence of their own, so they don’t look to you, they join you. I wouldn’t rule out being someone with kids or not. Do you miss the person you were when you were with your ex-husband? No. None of it at all. I was holding the baby, working, doing everything and I wasn’t happy. It was horrible. But I’ve broken my pattern. My dad used to say I’d find a gold-digger in any three-mile radius. But now I don’t feel I have to save anybody. I can actually find someone who wants to just mooch through life like me, and be nice. Honestly, that’s enough for me. Before, were you attracted to an extreme bad boy? Look, I’m grateful for such a sheltered childhood, because I never ever thought it was possible for what happened to me to actually happen, so I wasn’t equipped. And I had to learn. I never imagined I’d be fighting for my home. I don’t approve of cheating, I don’t approve of people taking from others, and I don’t approve of people walking out on families. But I didn’t know that then. I had to toughen up and I’m 100% a different person now. In what way? In that I know more. I just wish I had listened to my dad, my friends and everyone in the papers. Everyone could hear the alarm bells except me. I should have just opened my eyes. I mean I married a convicted drug dealer and didn’t sign a pre-nup. What was I thinking? When I say that sentence aloud, I realise how stupid it was. It seems you know exactly what you want now… I’ve started to settle down in my life now, because I know what I can do and what I’m capable of. I don’t care what people think of me, and I genuinely don’t care if people like me or not. I know that I am single-handedly going to work, I’m the breadwinner for my children, I take them to school and I’m teachingthem to be ladies. You have a lot on your plate, do you ever manage to relax? photo:marieaustralia.com If I do ever have a day to myself, I like sitting in the garden or the kitchen. I’m a home bird. It doesn’t help that people keep setting me up on dates and I think, "Oh, I don’t want to go out." I’m out all the time with work, which is wonderful. But it’s lovely to be home. Is it nice running the house alone? You can make your own choices… I wouldn’t prefer any of what happened. But I love how I’ve got here. People must think I’m a giant pain in the arse. Perfect hair, lovely dress, just perfect on the outside. But I’m not. Have you taken on all the roles a man would perhaps do in the home? Yep. I have a cut on my head right now from using a carpet upholstering tool. My dad bought me a tool kit for Christmas. I love it. And he bought me lawn mower. I do it all. It’s very empowering, but it also makes me wary. It has to be a pretty amazing guy to walk in and feel confident enough to find his place in my life. Because you have everything under control? I have it all running. Any single mum will tell you the same – you have to have it under control. Me and my girls built a shelf for the bathroom together the other day. They need to know how. I don’t want them to ever feel helpless. What do you hope your two girls learn from you? That what they contribute with their hands, brains and their hearts is what is important. Books before looks, like Matilda says. I could be doing this wrong, but I think if they grow up to be kind and happy, that can’t be a bad thing. Everyone loves a BBQ. This must be a fun job? Oh my God, yes! And working with Adam Richman is so much fun. He’s so intelligent, and is so generous, always spoiling me with gifts. He would listen to things I said I liked, then he’d come on set the next day with them. He is single, you know… Everyone is trying to set me up with Adam. Don’t you start! But you’d eat like a queen for the rest of your life… I’d eat like a caveman, more like. It’s nice to meet someone I click with. He’s coming over in a few weeks. He has to try to get Hero to eat something that doesn’t contain macaroni cheese. She only likes pasta with cheese sprinkled on top. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve eaten? I said to Adam, forget Man vs Food, it’s Man Vs Myleene. I’m Filipina. I’ve eaten way more random things than he has. Go on… I don’t believe in eating people’s pets or anything like that. But remember that weird cheese fruit they had on I’m A Celeb called ‘vomit fruit’ that was making everyone heave? I loved it. It’s fruit, cheese-flavoured! What’s not to like? How do you stay slim then? I don’t stop. I had one day off in June. My usual wake-up call is 4am. But I want no negative connotations to go along with me saying that. I’m not a workaholic, I’ve just had fantastic opportunities. Do you feel pressure to stay slim? I never ever obsess about food in front of my girls. We live in a time now where if you look a certain way, you don’t hone in on other skills. That’s an absolute joke. It’s never enough to just look nice. Being dull as f**k is not enough. read more:blue formal dresses
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