Top Tips on Matching Your Suit with a Shirt and a Tie

While a suit makes a man, his tie, unfortunately, can be his undoing. The suit-tie combination of a gent tells so much about him, his aspirations, priorities, and of course his style quotient.

It is imperative to find a perfect combination not just to project your personality and lifestyle but also to make sure that you avoid the formal wear faux pas many men commit. The good news is that you only need to understand the principles of matching and master some basic steps to play with colors, patterns and fabrics.

Principles of Matching

The Necktie

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4 Things You Should Know Before You Choose Your Flower Girl

Having a flower girl is the best way to make that little one in your family feel special on your big day. They are the first ones to appear on your wedding aisle and announce your arrival. In fact the flower girl and the ring bearer are going to be the cutest members in your wedding party. Traditionally, all the flower girls were meant to wear white and replicate the bride, but not anymore. You can make them look cute and adorable in classic ivory tutus, satins and silks, with a big bow sash that matches your wedding theme.

Here are a few things to consider before you go out to choose your favorite flower girl.

Her Age

Flower girls are generally 3 to 8 years old. Consider her age before you choose a flowing gown for her. Also a young flower girl will always add to the charm and create some awe amongst the guests. Make sure she is old enough to understand your instructions and perform her duties well. Her age will define what she can do, whether its petal toss or banners or something more.

If you can't resist having a young flower girl who is less than five years old, make sure you have an adult supervising them all the time. You may have great ideas to deck them up in beautiful tutus or flowing gowns but will they be comfortable in such clothes, is the question.

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The Beauty and the Bride

Healthy habits go a long way in maintaining the skin, hair and weight. If you are a health conscious chick, you probably are quite prepared for your upcoming wedding already. However these few homemade skincare tips can really celebrate and enhance your beauty even more. While for my more relaxed and not-so-health conscious brides to be, these are your miracle tools to achieve that flawless skin on the wedding day.

Our kitchen contains such magical ingredients that can whip up effective and efficient potions for skincare and bodycare much better and cheaper than most cosmetic products available in the market. Incorporate a few of these in your pre-bridal routine and watch the results for yourself.

  • Have you heard it enough already? Well maybe you should really start following it now. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. It will flush out all your toxins and hydrate your skin and giving you a natural dewy skin that will make any make-up glow on your luminescent skin.

  • The cleanse, tone and moisturize cannot be emphasized on enough. However another skincare ritual that must be incorporated in your skin care regime is scrubbing once in three days at least. A great homemade scrub is your oatmeal. Boil and mash some oats, mix it with a teaspoon of lemon juice and apply evenly on the face and neck. Let it dry for 20 minutes and then run your fingers in a circular motion on the mask before washing it off. Regularly doing this for a month will give you a more even and glowing skin.

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Taking Care of Your Bed Sheets and Linens

 
Buying the most expensive set of sheets is the first step, but knowing how to take care of them is incredibly important. If you don't know how to care for your quality certified organic sheets, your Egyptian cotton pillowcases, or your Neiman Marcus linens, you'll basically be throwing your money away. Without taking proper care of the sheets and linens, you'll wear them out far before their time!
 
Sheet Care 
 
If you're going to take care of your sheets, here's what you need to know:
 
Storing Sheets
 
When storing your quality sheets, keep them nicely folded in a drawer that is cool and dry. Line the interior of the drawer with acid-free tissue paper, as that will stop the sheets from turning yellow as they age. Never store the sheets in a plastic container of any sort, as it will collect moisture - which can lead to mildew growth.
 
Washing and Drying
 
You can wash your sheets as often as you want, but it's recommended to wash them no more than once a week. Make sure the wash water is warm - never hot (hot water shrinks the fibers of the sheets)- and make sure to turn any colored or printed sheets and pillowcases inside out to prevent the color from running. Use a special oxygenated bleach on light colors and white sheets, and stay away from chlorine bleach.
 
When drying your sheets, the tumble dry setting in your dryer will help to dry them properly, but pull them out of the dryer before they're completely dry. This will prevent wrinkles from forming. Always let them dry completely before putting them away, though, as that will keep mildew away.
 
Other Important Information
 
A thread count of 200 to 400 is more than enough - any more is unnecessary. Find the best quality cotton for the sheets, as that will make a finer thread that makes your sheets more comfortable. Replace old sheets as necessary.
 
Linen Care
 
Not sure how to care for your linens?
 
Follow Instructions -- On each sheet, pillowcase, or linen blanket, there will be instructions on linen care. Follow these instructions precisely, as that will ensure that you keep the linens in good shape.
Dry Cool -- It's fine to run your linens through the dryer, but use the cool dry setting to do so. Make sure to pull the linens out before they're completely dry, and hang them on a line to finish the drying process.
 
Iron Damp -- It may not be necessary to iron your linens, but you can do so if you want. Make sure to iron them while they are still damp, as that will be the best time to smooth out wrinkles. Use a steam iron, and set it on a medium or hot setting. Iron white linens on both sides, but iron dark linens only on the wrong side.
 
Store Properly -- Keep your linens in a dry, cool drawer, and never use a plastic bag, box, or container to store them.
 
The truth is that caring for your sheets and linens isn't too hard, but it's important to do so. Without the proper care, your bedding will be worn out long before their time.
 
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