A 34-year-old Kazakh-born tailor is bringing fashion trends to the streets of Auckland. Asya Sadyrova has made clothing for beauty

Born and raised in Ust-Kamenogorsk (East Kazakhstan region), Sadyrova has had a propensity for varied handcrafts since she was young, even making doll furniture.

”I was studying at a regular school and attending a music school at the same time. I was also taking cutting and sewing classes and began sewing when I was 14 years old,” she said in an interview with The Astana Times.

Sadyrova subsequently became a member of the fashion design faculty at an institute in her home city. She ended up in New Zealand by chance, moving to the country in September 2013.

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I sure enough did not want to leave my undertaking and began working from home bit by bit. After a while, I decided to move forward and opened my own atelier [fashion design studio], where I provide a wide range of services for tailoring,” she said, adding she also does custom-made tailoring.

Living in New Zealand, Sadyrova embraced the countrys unique fashion style and integrated it into her own design aesthetic, according to her website, atelier-sandringham.co.nz. Her vision is to make women feel feminine, beautiful and powerful for any occasion.”

Her atelier, in the Auckland suburb of Sandringham, offers tailoring, alterations and original dressmaking. Evening wear such as cocktail cocktail dressesand ball gowns, wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and other items are some of the tailor-made services offered on the website.

Her work has also been seen at the Miss World New Zealand contest. Sadyrova sews for a local online brand which was asked by event organisers in 2016 to become a sponsor.

As a side note, the same thing will probably take place again this year. Some of the participants of various contests are my steady customers,” she said.

Sadyrova looks forward to bringing her label ASYA” to the New Zealand market, which embodies both class and sophistication, according to the website.

The designer noted the differences in clothing choices between women in Kazakhstan and New Zealand.

Girls in Kazakhstan and the entire post-Soviet area are quite obsessed with their looks, like to cocktail dresses ukup all the time and have the perfect fit for their body and shape. Meanwhile, locals in New Zealand seem relaxed, prefer comfortable and occasionally very casual clothing,” she said, according to news reports.


Perfect fit: Luella Bartley joins Calvin Klein

Just when you thought the new Raf Simons-led Calvin Klein couldnt get any cooler. Two weeks after a standout debut show at New York fashion week, the house announced the hire of beloved British fashion scene stalwart Luella Bartley as head of global design for Calvin Klein Jeans, the accessibly priced and denim-led part of the brand.

Luella Bartley: hired by Raf Simons at Calvin Klein.

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Bartley, along with Katie Hillier, is half of the cult Hillier Bartley label. But both Bartley and Hillier have a formidable track record bringing their London cool to more commercial brands: while Hillier has collaborated on accessories with everyone from Marc Jacobs and Joseph to Victoria Beckham to Asprey, Bartley is credited with the Gisele bag, which was a smash hit for Mulberry, and at Marc for Marc Jacobs designed an influential motocross-themed collection.

There is synergy between Bartley and Simons. They have the same esoteric field of reference, from David Bowie and street art to Lucian Freud and skate culture, and the same avant-garde approach to gender. (Simons pioneered gender-fluid collections; Hillier Bartley makes womenswear with an aesthetic drawn from menswear.) Calvin Klein Jeans is a brand that sells in malls all over America, so the hire of a British designer who has a track record of doing her own thing – for four years when her children were young, Bartley lived in Cornwall and almost opted out of fashion – is another sign that Calvin Klein will be very different under Raf Simons.

In a statement welcoming the globally acclaimed fashion designer”, Calvin Klein set out its mission as a global lifestyle brand that exemplifies bold, progressive ideals and a seductive, and often minimal aesthetic. We seek to thrill and inspire our audience while using provocative imagery and striking designs to ignite the senses.”

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Beel -- Woodfin

Danielle Clara Beel and Ronald Dale Woodfin III, both of Marble Hill, Missouri, were married Oct. 29, 2016, at St. John's Catholic Church in Leopold, Missouri. The Rev. David Coon performed the ceremony. Vocalists were Clay Hurst and Lisa Reitzel. Organists were Jenny Vandeven, cousin of the bride; Alissa Vandeven and Danny Seiler.

The bride is the daughter of Stan and Amber Beel of Marble Hill. The groom is the grandson of Rodney and Sandy Woodfin of Marble Hill.

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The maid of honor was Mackenzie Beel of Marble Hill, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Stephanie King of Marble Hill, friend of the bride; Amy Beel of Oxford, Mississippi, friend of the bride; Crystal Beel of Leopold, friend of the bride; Kathleena Woodfin of Marble Hill, sister of the groom; and Chelsey Gragg of Jackson, friend of the bride.

Miniature bridesmaid was Ansley Bandermann of Jackson, cousin of the bride. Miniature groom was Peyton King of Marble Hill.

The flower girls were Charli Bandermann of Jackson and Juliet Booth of Leopold, both cousins of the bride.

The ringbearers were Bryce King of Marble Hill and Jansen Booth of Leopold, cousin of the bride.

Candlelighters were Cassidy Sawyer and Shelby Sawyer, both of Marble Hill and cousins of the bride.

The best men were Tanner Keith and Jordan King, both of Marble Hill and friends of the groom. Groomsmen were David Peters of Marble Hill, friend of the groom; Stacy Peters of Leopold, friend of the groom; Zach Beel of Marble Hill, brother of the bride; and Aaron Manche of Perryville, Missouri, friend of the groom.

Ushers were Eric Seiler of Leopold, friend of the groom and Corey Yount of Leopold, friend of the groom.

The wedding reception was held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Leopold.

The bride's parents hosted the rehearsal dinner on Oct. 28 at The Mayfield Cultural Center in Marble Hill.

The bride is a 2009 graduate of Leopold High School and a 2011 graduate of Trend Setters School of Cosmetology. She is a hairstylist at Total Results Salon in Marble Hill and a customer service representative at The Bank of Missouri in Marble Hill.

The groom is a 2010 graduate of Woodland High School. He is head mechanic at B&B Timber Company in Marble Hill and works on the Woodfin Family Farm.

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Dresses that tell a story: Princess Diana's life in fashion

The dresses tell the story of a life cut short: first the frilly debutante frocks Princess Diana wore before she married Prince Charles, then the elaborate gowns that stunned the world, and finally the power suits she favored shortly before her death.

It's been 20 years since Diana died in a Paris car crash at the age of 36, but the public's fascination with her life - and her clothes - lives on. A new exhibition that opens Friday at Kensington Palace, her home for many years, will give the public a chance to see extraordinary fashion pieces up close for the first time.

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The workmanship is refined, some of the designs are simple in concept and execution, while others clearly took careful thought and meticulous preparation.

One room features designers' sketches for Diana cheap prom dresses uk, offering insight into the vision behind many of her choices.

Deirdre Murphy, senior curator at the Historic Royal Palaces, said Diana was unique in the way she used clothes to communicate - and also a risk-taker willing to challenge the unwritten conventions of royal dress. She said Diana captured the "mystique" of being a princess even as she occasionally dressed down in jeans and a baseball hat.

"Somehow women all over the world saw a piece of themselves in the princess," the curator said. "She got her image across and her ideas across using clothing in a really sophisticated, really smart, really thoughtful way."

The display opens with a lacy party dress Diana wore to a ball at her family home, Althorp, in 1979 and includes many of her most famous outfits. Here are some of the most illustrious:

Diana was married to Prince Charles, and a guest of President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy, but that didn't stop her from tearing up the dance floor with John Travolta at a White House state dinner in 1985.

Photographers of Diana and the dashing young Travolta dominated newspapers throughout the world, showcasing the midnight blue silk velvet evening dress designed by Victor Edelstein. It remains one of her most famous outfits.

Catherine Walker, who died in 2010, became one of Diana's favorite designers. To prepare for an official visit to Hong Kong in 1989, she designed a strapless white silk crepe and jacket embroidered with sequins and pearls. Its sparkly look, and high collar, reminded fashion writers of the jump suits favored by Elvis Presley late in his career.

She looked resplendent in the outfit, topping it with a jeweled tiara.

Diana turned to Emanuel, designer of her wedding gown, for a 1985 official royal visit to Italy. A coat and skirt in green, blue and black was cut in the boxy shape in favor at the time.

The tartan wool day suit was not well received by critics who didn't find it flattering.

For her honeymoon photos with Charles taken in the lovely Scottish countryside, Diana turned to designer Bill Pashley for a casual, comfortable brown tweed woolen day-suit.

She had two versions made - and chose to wear the larger one on her honeymoon because the extra room allowed her to participate in outdoor activities more easily. Its tweed motif pays tribute to the countryside traditions.

Diana relied heavily on Walker at various times in her life, and she turned to Walker again in the years just before her death to help her refine a "working princess" style in line with her plan to devote more time to charitable activities.

She wore a red day suit by Walker to launch an AIDS charity appeal in 1996. Walker called the outfits she was working on at this phase a "royal uniform" for Diana, who was outspoken in her support of AIDS victims.

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These Wedding Cakes Are What Cheese-Lovers Dreams Are Made of

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Hudson-based Talbott & Arding Cheese and Provisions has been handcrafting cheese-wheel cakes since they opening in 2014. Each cake is custom designed to the taste of the couple and the number of guests,” says owner Kate Arding. We like to set up a tasting with the clients, so they can try the cheeses and we can discuss their needs,” says Arding, who also pairs your favorite cheeses with offerings like homemade crackers, preserves or membrillo paste

In Larchmont, cheese shop Auray Gourmet handcrafts a variety of options. People requesting this type of cake are extreme foodies that love artisanal cheese, says owner Carolynn Dilworth. One thing you wont have to say I Do to: limited choices. The store offers more nearly 100 types of cheese, including wheels of aged goat, French triple crme, and the ever-popular Stilton (perfect with an after-dinner glass of Port).

Dobbs & Bishop Fine Cheese in Bronxville collaborates with a local florist, to make their cheesy cakes look wedding-worthy. They are a great alternative to the traditional dessert cake,” says store manager Brenda Cabrera, who notes that soft cheeses are particular popular to serve after dinner. A tower can be large enough for a plate of cheese to be served to each guest or [just to serve] a small plate for the entire table.”

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Girls get ready for prom at Kings Home

Girls at the Kings Home recently received help from the community while preparing for prom. Girls who are planning to attend their high schools prom or the Kings Home Hear the Hope Banquet in March were able to choose from a wide array of donated cocktail evening dresses, shoes and accessories.

For the past few weeks, the Kings Home and Rachel Ivey worked to take up prom dress donations from residents in Shelby County and the surrounding areas. They hosted Prom Dress Donation Day on Friday, Feb. 10 for locals to drop off their donations. Kings Home also received several dresses from the Upsidaisy Boutique in Sylacauga.

Girls Counselor Julie Mealins sorts through the many dresses that were donated by members of the community. (Reporter photo/Amalia Kortright)

When they found out about this, they were excited. They were going from rack to rack,” Girls Counselor Julie Mealins said. They got to pick whatever they liked, as long as it fit them. They got to pick between short or long dresses and their favorite colors. They got to pick based on their own personal style and size.”

Seniors with the best grades and best behavior got to have the first pick.

This was to reward them, especially for academics. Its hard to make good grades when youre in foster care,” Mealins said. We think its important to reward the girls who work hard.”

Mealins thanked everyone who donated, and said they helped make many girls dreams come true.

Shelby County is a great community. People here are very giving and often help out with things like this. Its a very generous community,” Mealins said. We want them to have the most normal experiences that they can have. Some of the girls wouldnt be able to go to prom.”

One of the girls, a junior at the Shelby County College and Career Center, said she was taken by surprise when she was told that she was going shopping” for a prom dress.

My house mom came home and told me what was going on. I saw all these dresses, and I found a dress that fit me perfectly,” she said. I love this dress. Its blue, has little rhinestones and is strapless. It was made for my body, and the color brought out my complexion.”

A Chelsea High School senior said she is extremely excited to wear the dress she chose to her first dance.

This dress is really pretty on me, and it fits my skin tone really well. Ive never been to a dance before. I wanted to go to my junior prom, and I couldnt. Im so happy right now,” she said. Wearing this dress made me feel like a princess.”

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Woman killed in celebratory firing at wedding

A 28-year-old married woman was today killed allegedly in a celebratory firing during a wedding at Rampara village of Gadhada tehsil in Botad district , police said.

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Nita Gohil, died shortly after she was referred at a government hospital in Gadhada town this afternoon, said Gadhada police sub-inspector R B Karmatiya.

Gohil, a resident of Devdhari village, was part of the groom's procession which arrived at Rampara village, he said.

"As the groom's procession arrived, someone fired one round from his gun to celebrate the moment. Eye witnesses claimed that a person in the crowd first loaded his gun and tried to fire in the air. However, the gun went off much earlier. As a result, one bullet pierced into Gohil's back," the officer added.

Though she was rushed to a nearby government hospital in Gadhada, she eventually died of fatal injury, the official said.

"We have lodged an FIR under section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of IPC against the unidentified person for causing death of the woman through negligent act," added Karmatiya.

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Are men better at packing luggage than women?

Last week I was staying with a friend who had to head off to the airport early in the morning for a flight to the US. It wasn't any kind of usual holiday – he was meeting his partner there to get married.

Ninety minutes before the taxi was due, he still hadn't packed! He was perfectly calm but I was a bundle of nerves. What about a suit for the wedding? Why was he still folding his washing? Did he have all his chargers? I couldn't help it – his casual approach made me feel like a mother sending her child off to camp for the first time.

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I wonder if this is a male-female thing. Certainly my husband is way more relaxed than I am when it comes to getting ready for a trip. I might prepare weeks ahead, but for him, it's hours.

But perhaps female packing is a more complicated thing than male packing? Just putting it out there. Consider the choice of footwear. I normally have three times as many options as my husband. Will these flats work for day as well as night? Should I bring heels for this cocktail evening dresses? Do I really need five pairs?

Anyway, the shoe issue is one of the reasons I pack early. Shoes weigh a lot and I have to be ruthless. I need time to work out the pants and dresses I'm taking before matching them with shoes. And then I need time to make sure everything I want to take has been cleaned and repaired. I need time to get my toiletry kit in order, to refill the travel-sized bottles and check if I'm getting low on something.

And then there is my travelling iron and the devices and batteries that have to be charged and the usual mad hunt for the electrical adaptors that I've misplaced since the last time that I went to that particular country.

I need time to select the right book for the plane and refill prescriptions for the sleeping pills and probiotics I always carry with me. Not to mention making sure passports and visas are correct and the departure card is filled before I leave home.

But still I panic that I won't be ready, that the taxi/car will be at the door before I've found everything I need. I'm afraid I will sleep in the day of the flight, even if it's in the afternoon.

I keep a checklist in a top drawer, in case of any last-minute emergency, which will render me temporarily senseless and unable to tell a skirt from a scarf.

Sound familiar?I believe the world is divided into premature packers and procrastinating packers with few practical packers in between.

My behaviour might be nutty, but I'm not alone. But I've heard of people who go so far as to keep packing spreadsheets on their computer, divided into lists for the type of trip – resort, ski, cold weather, summer, etc.

Why start packing weeks ahead? Many people say they do this because it enhances the excitement around the trip. Having an open suitcase in a spare room is a reminder that the holiday will be here soon. Slowly filling it prolongs the pleasure. It's a bit like those people who love Christmas and start shopping for the next one on Boxing Day.

I find that a 20-kilogram limit focuses the mind. If it were the old days and we could travel with trunks of clothes and have porters to carry them everywhere, it would be a different matter. But I quake at the thought of those excess baggage fees, lost luggage and dragging a heavy suitcase around. Usually five pairs of shoes are out of the question. And I'm careful not to pack my very best stuff or anything of sentimental value.

You see – it has to be a military strategy. Few armies go to war without weeks of preparation.

On the other hand, packing too far ahead is possibly even crazier. Clothes develop creases that can't be easily smoothed out. Worse still, if you change your mind about something, or find the weather will be warmer than you thought, adding something or taking something out creates havoc. And in that havoc there is the possibility that you'll remove something you really do need to take.

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Why Is It So Hard for Fashion People to Dress for the Weather?

Theres a lot to make fun of when it comes to New York Fashion Week, and I say that as someone who still genuinely enjoys the hubbub. The craziest thing to me is that street style is still a thing, and that photographers continue to stop traffic to get a shot of someone elses outfit. This doesnt happen any other time in New York — not at parties, not at restaurants, not on sidewalks, not in stores. Its part of what makes this eight-day stretch so much of a circus.

And these so-called street style stars? They never seem satisfied to wear the clothing and accessories appropriate for the season it actually is.

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Last season, there was a surprise September heatwave, but that didnt stop editors and bloggers and influencers” from wearing leather jackets — LEATHER JACKETS — and boots in the 95-degree heat. This season, there was a snowstorm, and on the coldest day, I saw women with their jackets draped over their shoulders. Theres still snow on the ground, but Ive spotted several pairs of sandals outside.

My gut reaction to this has always been: These are fashion people — fashion experts, if you will. If they cant figure out how to put together a cute, seasonably-appropriate outfit, what hope is there for the rest of us?

Then a coworker challenged me to think about this a little differently. Sure, wearing sandals in February is stupid; we can all agree on that. But maybe the over-the-top enthusiasm for next seasons clothes are actually more relatable than I initially thought. Dont we all kind of do this, to a lesser degree?

This weekend, I stopped by COS, a brand I love that just so happens to have a store located directly on my route home. All of the fall and winter stuff was on sale, but spring! Spring is what was taunting me. Linen pants! Sleeveless shirts! Short-sleeved cocktail evening dresses

! I usually only buy in season, but my warm-weather switch was ON. I had zero interest in buying any of the cheap sweaters Id most likely wear for the next three months. Instead, I bought a white button-down shirt specifically because I was picturing how it would look with shorts.

The thing is, when I went to the shows today, I still had my puffer coat on. And boots. And a hat. Its cold out there! Im excited for my new shorts-and-shirt outfit, but I know Ill have to wait a bit. Accumulating a few things Im really pumped to wear and brainstorming new looks is part of the fun, too.


New kids on the bloc: spotlight on Kiev Fashion Days A/W 2017

In freezing temperatures of -8C to -14C, the A/W 2017 fashion weeks got underway with Mercedes-Benz Kiev Fashion Days. With fashion currently enthralled with 1980s and 90s post-Soviet style, the gaze is on a generation of designers who are building businesses and brands in Russia and in the former USSR states, including Ukraine and Georgia.

Only a few days before the event, the persistent conflict between Russian and Ukrainian forces in eastern Ukraine flared up again. And while Kiev's creative community is tense, it's determined to show off its best work.

The conflict is happening. But fashion is a business that contributes to the economy and we cannot and do not want to stop. Designers are paying salaries. This is an industry about beautiful girls and beautiful clothes. When the war was at its peak in 2014, we did cancel fashion week but not now – we need to show the good part of Ukraine. Its a question of raising the economy of the region, says Daria Shapovalova, the founder of the event (established in 2009) and who via the Parisian sales and PR platform More Dash has helped put Ukrainian designers on the fashion map. The pioneering 29-year-old recently featured in the arts category o Forbes' 30 under 30 Europe.

What is remarkable about these designers is their relative youth, talent, determination and clear vision. Former model-turned-designer Anna Karenina is 21 and runs her own Anna K label, that speaks to a young generation of savvy, feminist woman who love her witty t-shirts (a hit at Colette) and techno/girly cheap prom dresses. Staging her collection at the newly opened TsUM department store, she sent out smock-detailed pink taffeta dresses, pretty flock velvet outsize tunics and walked the catwalk herself wearing a t-shirt reading Dont Love Me Do.

Anna October started out aged 20. The collection titled No Knowledge, No Fear reflects the ethos of the 26-year-old designer, who trained in pattern cutting and fine arts. Her forte is pretty, feminine clothes, in subtle colourways with beautiful detailing including smocking and braiding. I want to make something useful that women feel happy in, says October. In the atmospheric surroundings of a disused Soviet-era department store, models paraded cold shoulder silk dresses, lumberjack check blouses and mom jeans infused with a joie de vivre and sense of cool.

The light elegant touch is also to be found at FLOW The Label, founded by Viktoriia Balaniuk and Veronika Vez, who showed retro-tinged, strong shouldered glen-check jackets and wispy high-necked silk crepe dresses influenced by 70s French films.

One to watch is Chakshyn, headed by the 22-year-old designers Dima Chayun and Anton Yakshyn. They looked at robotics and the botanical world in their patchwork knit dresses and charming cherry blossom print puffa jackets.

The standout of the week was Litkovskaya. Its thirtysomething designer, Lilia Litkovskaya, took over the atmospheric basketball hall of a Soviet-era physical education university, the walls lined with portraits of Ukrainian Olympiads. She has a strong, empowered vision of woman and is a wizard at cutting. There were sculpted reversible puffa bomber jackets with couture embroideries, leather shirts inspired by historical fencing clothing worn by medieval knights and swishing shirt dresses boasting fluttering embroidered silk chiffon skirts. Both the athletic beauties that modelled and the rave anthem soundtrack were powerful reminders of the confidence and beauty great design can give you, wherever you are in the world.

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How to Network at Weddings Like a Total

When you really think about it, going to a wedding is basically a networking event in better outfits: There are cocktails, passed hors d'oeuvres, and lots of small talk with total strangers. It's a great opportunity to meet new people, and what could be better than picking up a potential business connection while killing time in the buffet line?

Because a wedding is a social event (and is meant to celebrate the couple, not to help you find a job), there are certain rules that apply when it comes to professional networking during the reception. "Networking isn't necessarily a bad word, as long as you do it cleverly, respectfully, and not obviously," says etiquette expert Diane Gottsman. "The truth is, there's always someone we could potentially meet who could be a good fit for us and vice versa, because that's how life is, but we don't want to come across as opportunistic, especially at a wedding."

The last thing you would ever want to do is offend the couple or their families in pursuit of making a connection at the event at which they're hosting you, but that's not to say you shouldn't do it, as long as you do it the right way. Here are the expert-approved do's and don'ts of networking at a wedding—but just remember that whatever you do, never, ever change your seating assignment to get closer to someone you want to talk to. The couple will know, and they will not be pleased.

DO Bond Over Things Other Than Business

There is so much to talk about at a wedding (the cocktail dresses! The flowers! The music! … as long as it's positive) that conversation icebreakers are pretty much built in. Connect with other guests by introducing yourself and finding genuine common-ground things to talk about besides your business interests. "Engage with them thoughtfully and authentically and they are going to remember you," says Gottsman. "If you're just there to close a deal or capitalize on an opportunity, it's going to be obvious." If you're able to connect on a personal level, the business conversations will come later.

DON'T Pass Out Business Cards

Leaving your business card on every plate at the reception is all kinds of tacky, but according to Gottsman, it happens. "Don't hand out business cards, even if it feels like you're the perfect business connection," she says. "If they ask for a business card, give it, but be discreet and don't hand it out to everyone in the group because it looks like you're pandering, out looking for business, and using the situation to your advantage." A better option is to (again, discreetly!) take the other person's information and agree to follow up.

DO Follow Up the Right Way

Once you've gotten someone's contact info, the ball is completely in your court. Follow up the next business day, reintroducing yourself and saying something along the lines of "I'm so-and-so, we met at so-and-so's wedding, and I would love to learn more about your company. Do you have five to ten minutes to talk on the phone?" Don't ask for a job flat out, and be respectful of the other person's time by not suggesting a lengthy in-person meeting.

DON'T Network With the Couple's Family

Even if the father of the bride is the CEO of your dream company and you are the perfect candidate for an open position, leave the poor guy alone! "Don't try networking with the bride and groom themselves or their immediate family members," says etiquette expert Elaine Swann. "Leave them alone and let them enjoy the day." Feel free to introduce yourself and share pleasantries, but anything more than that would be inappropriate.

DO Leave the Shop Talk Until Later

Let's be honest: Nobody wants to go to a wedding to talk about work. "If you exchange info and leave the shop talk until later, you're really showing reverence for the event," says Swann. "Number one, you'll really be able to be more open with the person, and, number two, you'll be able to avoid offending anyone who's there, whether it's the bride and groom or their family members." If you save the nitty-gritty business stuff for later, you'll both be more focused on the discussion than you would be in the conga line anyway.

DON'T Leave the Person as Soon as You've Gotten His or Her Info

The most important part of making a connection at a wedding is tact—and abruptly ending a conversation after exchanging contact info is anything but tactful. "Don't ditch the person once you've got his or her details," says Swann. "Keep the conversation going and enjoy your time together." The longer you talk to someone, the more memorable you'll be, so sandwich the card exchange somewhere in the middle of the chat.

DO Find the Right Time of the Night

Maybe don't try hawking your business idea right before the bride is about to walk down the aisle. "Pick a time when you have the same feeling of being in a networking environment, like during cocktail hour or once all of the formalities have taken place," says Swann. Just make sure you do it before everyone (read: you) gets too drunk to have a meaningful conversation.

DON'T Ignore Body Language

If someone doesn't want to talk to you, let it go. "Pay attention to the body language of the person you're talking to and follow those cues. If the body language is saying 'I don't want to have this conversation right now,' you'll just have to try again another way later," says Swann. If it doesn't work out the first time, it's okay to give it another go later on, but don't force yourself on anyone; it's pretty much a guaranteed way to not get what you want.

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Fashion Pakistan Week Spring/Summer 2017 gets shorter

Pakistani fashion may still subject us to far too many fashion weeks a year but the events have certainly gotten more streamlined. There have been conscious – though not often successful – efforts to start and end the events on time and councils endeavour to stick to the calendar that they announce several months before their seasonal events. FPC didnt manage to do so this time around.

Merely a few days ago, updates were mailed out by FPWs digital team, urging print and electronic media to mark calendars for the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of February for the biggest Fashion Pakistan Week yet.

The three-day event will now be a two-day show; what does this say about the Fashion Pakistan Council?

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Media may now readjust their calendars and aim for the 22nd and 23rd of February.

Quality over quantity?

Why did the council have this change of heart just 12 days before FPW? Budgetary cuts? Lack of organisation? According to the FPC, its neither of the two.

We didnt want to create a mish-mash by just taking anyone and everyone on board. Wed rather focus on quality content,” explains FPC CEO Nida Azwer. "We have some very good designers as part of the FPW lineup while weve opted to let the newer ones take part in our Millennial show, which is tentatively scheduled for August this year."

It is our plan to offer deserving young labels free slots. An external jury will be enlisted to watch the show and shortlist designers who will then be afforded scholarships by the council,” she continues. Perhaps, then, some of them can fine-tune their work and show at the next FPW.”

It all sounds very altruistic and certainly, the future of Pakistani fashion can only be paved by guiding and supporting new talent. One is also aware that FPW has hitherto acted as a springboard for myriad fledgling labels, like Feeha Jamshed, Zaheer Abbas, Adnan Pardesy and Nida Azwer.

Still, couldnt the FPC have decided upon dates earlier? A last-minute change hints at disorganisation within the council and one remembers, all too clearly, the last time FPW got reduced to two days, back in 2013. 25 designers were implausibly squeezed into two days, leading to an endless exhausting monologue and utter fashion ennui.

Fortunately, it is expected that the fashion week schedule will not be quite as grueling this time. Touted as highlights for the show is a Fashion DNA segment as well as a show dedicated to sustainable craft. There is also going to be a combined showcase by some of the countrys most illustrious designers, honouring the councils decade-long run in the business. Leading designers like Bunto Kazmi, Shehla Chatoor, Umar Sayeed, Sana Safinaz and Shamaeel Ansari have been enlisted to showcase capsule lines.

In addition, designers Deepak Perwani, Maheen Khan, Amir Adnan, Tena Durrani, Arsalan Iqbal, Nauman Arfeen and Nida Azwer, among others, will be featured in individual shows.

What's unique this year?

The Fashion DNA segment is a venture by the British Council which is now in its second year. Promising ateliers are handpicked by the British Council, trained and mentored extensively and then given the chance to showcase in London at the Fashion Scouts segment of London Fashion Week. On returning to Pakistan, this years Fashion DNA entourage - The Pink Tree Company, Gulabo, Sonya Battla, Munib Nawaz, Jeem by Hamza Bokhari and Zuria Dor – will proceed to showcase their collections on local grounds at FPW.

The designer lineup for the sustainable craft segment, meanwhile, is quite small. Apparently, Yousuf Bashir Qureshi was originally supposed to be part of the segment. The designer ended up backing out when due to some hitches, he was unable to procure the fabric required for his collection. Similarly, Noorjehan Bilgrami of Koel would have been a feather in FPWs cap. The designer, however, had travel plans and was unable to participate.

I think a show dedicated to sustainable craft is a very good idea and I do hope to be a part of it next time,” says Noorjehan. Unfortunately, Nida came up with the concept very late. By then, I had made other plans and besides, I didnt have a collection ready. As a designer who rarely takes part in a show, I need to put my best foot forward whenever I put my designs in the spotlight. I cant take something off my clothing racks and rustle something together.”

One collection that may just highlight sustainable craft in the best possible light could be by Inaaya. The ethically responsible brand with its painstaking handcraft and multi-tiered statement jewelry has been away from the limelight for far too long and it will be interesting to see what it puts forward on the catwalk.

Its very important to highlight sustainable craft. Indigenous handwork is trending around the world but aside from being very marketable, we also need to nurture it so that it does not die out altogether,” points out Nida, who will also be featured in the segment. Unfortunately, a lot of people still dont understand what a segment like this entails which is why right now, its going to form a very small part of FPW.”

Theres no denying that a shorter fashion week which is high on fashion content is a far better option than a long one with abysmal fashion. One hopes, then, that the shorter FPW manages to make some strong fashion statements. Capsule collections by illustrious ateliers may be pleasing but standout individual lines are particularly what ones looks forward to at a fashion week. It would have certainly been more interesting had FPW featured more of the latter.

Nevertheless, ones hopes that the fashion week delivers. The FPC is celebrating a decade now and it has been instrumental in building the business of fashion in the country. It is a serious business now. 10 years down the line, one expects the FPC to be truly serious about it.

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Fashion startup Lyst has lost at least 4 senior staff in 3 months

Fashion startup Lyst has just lost three senior staff members,shortly after CMO Christian Woolfenden stepped down in November.

The most recent departures include lead data scientist Eddie Bell, head of organic acquisition Simon Dance, and lead backend engineer Alex Stapleton.

Dance will join Amazon's SEO team in Europe, while Bell is jumping ship to fintech startup Ravelin.

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The departures were voluntary and not redundancies, a Lyst spokeswoman said.

"The business is doing phenomenally well and we're continuing to grow the team – there are many different roles open across the company right now," she added.

Business Insider has learned that there were more departures at the end of last year, and there may be more to come.

LinkedIn profiles show that senior product designer Daniela Cadore, search engine marketing manager Oli Simpson, senior product manager for mobile David Giusti, senior fashion editor Kelly Agnew, technical product manager Jonathan Agnew, and head of business intelligence and strategy Sasha Astafyeva all left between October and February.

That totals at least 10 departures over four months. There are around 120 people employed at Lyst.

Lyst acts as an aggregator for high-end fashion brands, letting consumers browse products from designers such as Burberry and Alexander Wang in one place. It also uses machine learning to recommend products to users. The company is headquartered in London and has an office in New York.

In its most recent financial filings for the year to March 31 2016, Lyst's losses more than doubled to 12 million, from 5.8 million the prior year. That was on revenue of 6.1 million, up from 3.95 million in 2015. In the filings, Lyst said it was in a "strong position" with a cash balance of 13.8 million.

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Basking Ridge girl to walk fashion runway in New York

Alexandra Rooney, a second grader at Liberty Corner School in Basking Ridge, had her first opportunity to be on stage in a dance recital at the age of 3.

As soon as the show was over she asked her parents, When can I get back up there again?”

Since then Alexandra has worked hard training in singing, dancing and acting. She has pursued her passion for the stage performing in local theater, New York City cabaret, and dance shows. She trains at Performers Theatre Workshop in Maplewood and Maximum Performance Dance in Stirling and is represented by Goldstar Talent Management in New York.

Runway Star

This week she heads to New York to a different kind of stage; a runway. She will be walking for the famed childrens designer, Wanda Beauchamp, in New York Fashion Week. She is honored to represent Beauchamps beautiful designs for the second time at the event.

Beauchamp is a Puerto Rican child fashion designer of haute couture celebrity dressesfor girls. Her show is being held Sunday, Feb. 12. She said she is thrilled to present again at New York Fashion Week, this time in the Angel Orensanz Center, a 19th Century Gothic revival synagogue located in lower Manhattan where famous designers like Alexander McQueen, Givenchy and Versace have presented.

I am very proud and would like to thank the families of my 27 models that will travel to New York from all different places including Puerto Rico, England, France and Australia,” Beauchamp said.

Her PRISTINE collection is a tribute to majestic touches, made with fine fabrics, tulle embroidery, silk brocades and accessories in different colors highlighting snow white and black. I love and enjoy the excitement and happiness that the models feel as they dress up for this important fashion event,” said Beauchamp.

Alexandra first tried runway modeling at age 6 when the Crayola Experience held an open casting call for models for a fashion show. The runway was a stage and she felt at home there.

She cried on the way home from the show because she said she didnt want it to be over.”

She has done several other local shows and then entered a casting for New York Fashion week last year and was invited. She is grateful for the opportunity to enjoy the fashion and to meet models friends from all over the world.

She will also walk in the Society Fashion show in New York on Friday, Feb. 10. She is honored to represent two designers in that show, With Love From Sabrina and Little Royals by MLong.

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Style Scene: Bridal, prom events set in February and March

FuZed Enterprises and Southern Gentlemen Barbecue and Catering are holding Prom and Bridal Showcase 2017 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 5 S. Boston Ave. Doors open at 10 a.m.

Admission is free and there will be door prizes, a prom package giveaway that includes a prom graduation gownsby Unique Boutique (valued at $500) and hair and makeup on site by BEbyTina (valued at $150). A duplicate package will be donated to a high school senior in Oklahoma DHS foster care. There will be vendor samples and information booths.

For brides, the main giveaway will be a FuZed duo (an ensemble from Tulsas popular cover band FuZed) for one hour during cocktails and a butlered appetizer by Southern Gentlemen Barbecue and Catering, both valued at $500.

Additional giveaways throughout the day will be $25 prom dresses along with makeup tutorials for brides and prom goers by BEbyTina, photography showcase from Cinemental Filmworks, cake samplings by Zoes Cake Unlimited, food samples from SGBCs menu and DJ gift certificates from Pure Sound Entertainment. Unique Boutique and Bridal will also have a pop-up shop on site with prom and wedding dresses, some priced as low as $25. Live smooth jazz will be provided at the event by FuZed Enterprises.

Reserved tickets online for Perfect Wedding show

The Perfect Wedding Show will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. March 5 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, 777 W. Cherokee St. in Catoosa. Reserve tickets online for $5 per ticket and pay at the door. If not reserved, admission is $10 per person at the door. Tickets are available at perfectweddingguide.com. For more information, go online to perfectweddingshowtulsa.com. Register early and receive buy-one get-one tickets.

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Here's How to Handle All of the Questions About Your Wedding

As soon as that ring slips on your finger, the questions begin: Whens the wedding? Have you picked a venue yet? How many guests are you having? Whos going to be the officiant? How big is your bridal party? Have you found your prom dresses manchesteryet?

People ask these things only out of excitement and happiness for you, but it doesnt always feel that way. In fact, all of this interest in what is a deeply personal decision-making process can feel like a lot of pressure. It makes you feel pushed to know what kind of wedding you want before youre even used to wearing the rock on your left hand. You feel pestered to make major, complicated and very expensive decisions quickly, just to have answers to your family and friends' enthusiastic queries. Before long, youre snippy and defensive: We dont know yet!”

Our advice? Stay in the we dont know yet” stage for a while — but without the snippiness and defensiveness. We want to help you linger in the sweetness of being newly engaged. Before you get bogged down in the budgets and guest lists and your two families' different expectations, tastes and financial situations, just be here; be present in this new and important stage of your life.

Sounds great, but how do you stop the questions from coming? Deflect. Deflect. Deflect.

When the questions start, say something like, Yes, were so excited and so happy to be engaged! Were just enjoying this stage as we start to figure things out.” Simple.

When they push for specifics, respond with, Were looking at lots of options, and we want the families to meet before we get specific.” Simple yet vague.

If they still dont get the hint that you have no concrete plans and are not wanting to share your vision, its time to deflect, deflect, deflect. Say something like, I love that we dont have to make any decisions right away. Tell me, Nosy Noserson, what did you love at your wedding? What have you seen that you thought was really cool? Id love to hear your thoughts.”

People love, love, love to talk about themselves and their ideas, and pulling this move is an easy way to get them off of the topic of your wedding. You can even take notes on your phone. (Whether you look at them ever again is totally up to you.) At the very least, youve bought yourself space and time from all of the inquiries to simply enjoy being engaged.

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Berlin Fashion Week - a colourful collection of inspired craziness

It was time to show off in Berlin as the city celebrated its fashion week. It is an inspirational time, a platform for the creative with the focus on the young.

Austrian designer Lena Hoschek went back to the 80s and 90s with her new collection which she called Dolls House.

The inspiration did not only come from my own childhood and dolls but also from sexy girls, showgirls, Hollywood, America, from the good times,” she explained.

Colour, crazy and loud – thats what the Graz-based designer was aiming for. And the core inspiration was an old t-shirt which her mum used to wear back in the 80s.

It was turquoise, light blue, pinkish – typical candy colours, and very much of the time, loosely cut with Mickey Mouse on it. A souvenir of the 80s.

Many of the wide-swinging long evening dressesand skirts made from cotton, jersey and lam, with names such as Confetti Dress” or Candy Dress”, also exuded charm with polka dots, little hearts and specially made lipstick prints.

The 35-year-old said that for her the 80s and the 90s with the grunge music were strongly connected to girl power. She was, she said a loud girl, into punk and grunge in a big way in her teenage years.

And thats really what her new collection is all about.

The Marc Cain Label

Berlins Imperial Telegraph Office was the location for German label Marc Cain. Among the stars was American actress and model Kate Bosworth, who made her name in the Robert Redford directed movie the Horse Whisperer.

Alexandra Maria Lara best known for her role in Downfall which tells of final days of Hitler joined the celebrities as well.

The Autumn/Winter Collection will be sporty mixed with couture. We have a lot of wonderful materials. Satin, lurex, tulle, chiffon,” explained the label creative director Karin Veit.

The theme for the show was Ballet Magnifique with sophisticated textiles and feminine forms. There were skirts with blazers and long formal dressessignaling the return of knitted. The Marc Cain company specializes in knitted material which is 100% made in Germany

There were strong colours with bold reds and oranges with mixed prints blossoms, leopard print, all colourfully mixed together.

Marc Cain is an international company which was founded in 1973 and is based in a small community in the South West of Germany. The company has almost 1000 employs in Germany alone and it sells their clothes in 58 countries.

Dorothee Schumacher

Fashion designer Dorothee Schumacher is also one of Germanys most successful labels with shops in around 45 countries.

The Dsseldorf-born designers creations are suited perfectly to the Berlin scene with its mix of patterns and emphasis on the feminine and the wearable.

Berlins fashion week is renowned for being less conventional than its European counterparts, less high fashion and more high street, and Schumachers creations are very Berlin.

Mariana Hoermanseder

French-Austrian Mariana Hoermanseder lives and works in Berlin

Its the first time I have worked with the colour black, I used to say I would never do that because I thought it might look too much fetishist. But now I dont just want to please people I also want to surprise. I hope there will be some Ahhhhhhhs in the audience,” she said.

There were surprises – daring and a lot of leather, exaggerated silhouettes, strong and provocative colours.

Marina Hoermanseder is one of Berlins emerging fashion designer. She was born to a French mother and an Austrian father and studied at Londons Central Saint Martins College of Art and at the ESMOD fashion school in Berlin.

She created her own label in 2013.

Her extravagant and fancy clothes have had the seal of approval from international stars like Lady Gaga, Rihanna and British electro musician, dancer and model FKA Twigs. All have worn her clothes on video shoots.


Saara Aalto to invite Sharon Osbourne to wedding

The 'X Factor' runner-up and her girlfriend Meri Sopanen have been forced to push back their wedding while the Finnish beauty focuses on her music career but she's already decided that she'd like her show mentor to watch them get hitched.

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She explained: "Our date will hopefully be in 2018 and I'd like to get married somewhere warm. In Finland and the UK you can't predict the weather. We want it to be sunny. Something small and intimate because my work is so public. That would be good for me, but my partner wants to have a big wedding."

Asked if she will invite Sharon, Saara said: "Yes, I hope she'd come! She texted me asking how my life is going since 'X Factor' and I texted her back a few days ago."

As well as planning her big day, the 29-year-old singer is also hoping to collaborate with Matt Terry - who beat her to the winner's crown last year - some time this year.

She said: "Me and Matt Terry would love to record music together, maybe something on YouTube to our fans. And a Finnish TV company will be following my life for the next eight months for a documentary. It will be a nice memory to watch when I'm old."

But her career isn't just limited to Finland as Saara is also planning to do some presenting - something she's always dreamed of doing - in the UK.

She added to star magazine: "I want to have a go at presenting. As a child I was always filming my own TV shows with my sister, so it feels natural to me."

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I like photographing people moving and cultures shifting

Gary Monroe was born in 1951 and raised in the changing environment of Miami Beach. He attended the University of South Florida for his undergraduate degree and received a masters degree in fine arts from the University of Colorado in 1977. Returning to Miami Beach, he began photographing the life of South Beach, and in particular, the disappearing Jewish culture. For ten years he documented the changes occurring in the area and has left an astonishing visual record of the period.

In 1980 Monroe became interested in the Haitian refugees who were sailing to South Floridas shores and received unprecedented access to photograph the areas Krome Resettlement Camp. He would continue to document Haitians acculturation in South Florida and the Haitian Diaspora in general, eventually travelling to Haiti twenty-four times under the aid of a Fulbright fellowship in order to document life in the nation.

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Moving to Central Florida in 1987, Monroe would become intrigued with tourist attractions and in particular, commercialized Disney World presenting documentary realism under the auspices of the Florida State University Museum and grants from the Florida Humanities Council. Many of his images have been concerned with foreign cultures since 1990 with Monroe traveling to such locations as India, Egypt, Israel, and Brazil documenting the socio-political realities of the nations and mounting exhibitions concerning his various photographic series. Since the mid-1980s, Monroe has worked to write and educate the public about different groups of artists. Monroe was appointed to the Florida Humanities in 1998 and he has authored several books particularly on various Floridian artists. He has lectured nationwide, and assists collectors and museums in education about photography, international cultures, and of course Florida and the artists that have called the state home.

Sara Tasini: You and I have at least one thing in common: we are both Florida natives! Tell me what you found so interesting about Florida when you first decided it would make a good subject for photography.

Gary Monroe: We are natives to different Floridas. The changes, especially to South Florida since the millennia, have been stunning; its the same location but another place. I never imagined myself as making historical photographs but now I see, and even appreciate, this fact. Still I hope its secondary to my real intentions–a consequence of my aims that were and still are aesthetic and essentially purposeless. I never consciously saw the state as a subject. I was drawn to return home to South Beach (when South Beach was South Beach) after graduate school in 1977, to spend a decade living among and photographing the old world culture that then distinguished the community. As you may know, South Beach was the last resort for elderly Jewish people who made it a sort of shtetl, and it was amazing. The process of what or even how to photograph is never conscious–it unfolds.

Could you tell me a bit about the rites of passage” to Disney World pictures? I find that idea quite amusing.

A Disney World vacation is not your everyday vacation; its hardly fun, at least it didnt look like children and families were enjoying themselves. It is a sanitized version of a prescribed cartoonish reality. It seemed that families were on a sort of rite of passage, as if to be sanctified along the long, arduous trip… and an expensive journey when the credit card bills arrive. But they could say they did it.

What first drew you to photography and what keeps you there?

During my freshman year at USF I was in a friends dorm room and he had some thirty 8x10s tacked to his wall. Something got to me, not the images but how the camera mediated the look and feel of reality and something about the authority that the images possessed. I soon changed majors from psychology to fine arts, and never looked back. Nor did I ever work commercially or journalistically. It is still that transformation from reality to picture that keeps me as engaged as ever, though the nature of the engagement is, of course, different from when I was younger. Im still intrigued, amazed by the world and as curious as ever to see how my intuitions find form as images.

Do you, or have you ever, looked to other photographers or artists for inspiration or education? Your street style photography has a certain resemblance to the pictures of Winogrand, Cartier-Bresson, and Frank.

You named the holy trinity, and yes, the works of Bresson, Frank, and Winogrand set me off in the direction I followed, never doubted, and explored. They understood that no contrivance could match what happens all the time, every day and everywhere, and how pregnant with possibility and meaning and nearly impossible it is to realize on film. And I still use film and an old Leica camera. I understood early on to strip bare artifice and deal with essential form.

How do you select which photographs to print when you take so many shots?

I thought I knew the answer to this, until recently. My archive is rather large and organized, but I put it in hyper mode a year ago; one of the things I did was remove duplicate prints from my categorized boxes of 11”x14” prints. While going through 2,000-plus South Beach prints I had a sinking feeling that there was more to it. I mean, this was my birdsong. So I pulled the first decade of contacts sheets (1977-1986) and went through them, noting any images that interested me that I didnt previously catch. I was young and, I guess, easily distracted. Besides, my interest was never in the darkroom. The total was 6,000 images. I went though the contact sheets two more times, culling until arriving at 800 images. I recently finished printing these, and these photographs do fill that void, very satisfyingly.

For me, its a formal problem, how to shape content. But the last thing I want to happen is to make tried and true compositions. The form I am referring to is realized by a deep breath and a prayer, and one must relinquish knowledge and expectations. Few come together freshly as images, and these need to be as fresh as the experience, and be even more surprising. Otherwise, without that risk, one is illustrating the obvious.

What is more interesting to photograph, people or nature?

Landscape photography never interested me. The Hudson River School artists did a fine job of painting it, and there was not much more to say after Ansel Adams. I like photographing people moving and cultures shifting. It has to do with the act of photographing in that instant and realizing an image that is more than was bargained for. It is nearly impossible, and yet it seems so easy.

About a decade ago I did something I never imagined doing: I bought a medium format camera to photograph Floridas changing topography, my idea of the landscape. I made many photographs of big box stores, fast food restaurants, and strip malls. It was all new then (pre-recession), freshly painted and predictably manicured. Everything was beginning to look alike.

Traveling to countries like Haiti and India, was it hard to adjust to the very different nature of subjects you were photographing compared to those in the U.S.?

I have never had a hard time adjusting. I never felt more alive than when I was in Haiti; I went there 24 times between 1984 and 2001. I feel elated wherever Im photographing, but especially in third world countries, invincible, but still vulnerable. I was exposed–you let go.

What is your favorite place youve traveled to and why?

Haiti, by far. It was life altering, wonderful and magical, unlike any other place on Earth. Like South Beach, its changed radically.

What is the story behind your picture, Spiritual Reading?”

All my photographs are untitled, so Im not certain which one from that body of work–Cassadaga–youre referring to. Nevertheless, Cassadaga is a Spiritualist community in central Florida and Spiritualism is a religion based in the belief that ones spirit does not die with the body but moves on to the spirit plane and that trained mediums can communicate with the spirits. I was fortunate to be permitted to photograph there with trust and without restriction for more than a year. The photograph, I think, you asked about is of a medium conducting a reading during an evening service, in their beautiful sanctuary.

Do you have certain pictures that youd call your favorites,” or ones that are very meaningful to you?

Yes and no. There are some on my website and at the gallery that sum up my beliefs about camera work and photographic imagery, and there are a lot more. Saying that, I can edit my many prints down to relatively few, maybe 300, yet thats more than anyone could ask for. Ive been fortunate, but then again, I work hard.

You have published several books about Floridian folk artists who were largely unknown prior to your exposure. What inspired you to champion the work of these artists?

Mid-life/ mid-career, a wrong turn off I-95, a moment of weakness…. Many of the teachers, mentors, and photographers Id long admired burned-out or, worse, made lackluster, watered-down versions of their once fine work in the latter years of their careers. I understood it; there seems to be a shelf life to unfettered creativity, to establishing ones aesthetic. But I was determined to come through it relatively unscathed. I planned a year during which Id get caught up in my darkroom, which was unimaginable, and think through the issues that confront us when we realize that our vitality wanes.

I couldnt not be photographing so I thought I would do something fairly easy: photograph Outsider artists, whose raw, impulsive energy always intrigued me. The portraits begged for narrative and, coming from a generation of arts students taught not to talk or, god forbid, write about ones work, I was reticent and unprepared. But I always liked contradictions and challenges so I took on writing a couple paragraphs about each artist. Then I stumbled onto the Highwaymen, a group of African-American landscape painters, and my publisher, University Press of Florida, suggested a book about them–no photos. I embarked on an ancillary career then for almost a decade. It was rewarding and Im glad I did it, but glad its behind me; I much prefer to be photographing.

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Preparing to prom

Brittanys Fashions is preparing for its 27th annual Prom Style Review at 2 p.m., Sunday at the Ariel Theatre, with models from area high schools participating in the event.

There will be 100 female teen models and 15 male teen models in the show from Gallia Academy, River Valley and South Gallia high schools in Gallia County, as well as from Point Pleasant Pleasant High School in Mason County, Eastern, Southern, and Meigs high schools in Meigs County and Jackson High School.

Kate Hardway and her husband, Marc, of Cheshire, own Brittanys Fashions. Kate is a common face in Brittanys and is a recognizable member of the community. Brittanys Fashions started in 1986; the store was named Brittany after Hardways daughter.

According to Kate: The style show started to help promote the Ariel Theatres efforts, as well as a way to showcase vintage evening dressesfor local teenagers who may wish to attend prom.”

All proceeds from the event benefit the continuing restoration of the historic Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre.

We love watching our community get together for our fashion show,” Kate said. Its a day that teenagers can gain some confidence and have fun.”

Kate also revealed she has an eye for formal wear.”

I have an intuition for the types of dresses that would look best on a girl and I love to see a girls face light up when you find the dress for them,” she said. That wow moment is something that makes me excited every year. A gown is a personal choice and one of our aims is to assist the teens or women that come in. I help them find the perfect gown, and I promise there is the perfect gown that will look beautiful for any size, shape, and personality.”

Some of the featured prom designs include, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Alyce Designs, and Jovani.

Some of the the top trends of 2017 include: two piece vintage prom dress, prints, bell sleeves, and high-low dresses. Some trends for tuxes are grey, navy, slim fit, and the 2017s new ultra slim fit tux.

Admission for the style review is $10 and $15 and can be purchased on the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater website or the day of the show.


How to style a sweater and skirt in the winter

Lately, I can't get enough of a dramatic sleeve. Statement sleeves have been SO major the past season and I, for one, am totally on board. Gimme all the sweaters, tops, and plus size prom dresses ukwith a ruffle or bell sleeve. I MEAN... you know that I'm a sucker for a ruffle just IN GENERAL. Ruffles are all the yes to me.

So when I spotted this blush sweater, it clearly had to be mine. (Available in 4 other colors, btw.) Seriously considering wearing all blush, all the time. I just love the color and I especially love pairing it with leopard. When I got this sweater, I had a VISION of the outfit I wanted to make it into. (Does that only happen to me?? LOL!) I knew I wanted a jean skirt, my leopard Clare V. clutch and these amazing Chanel slingback dupes that are only $33.90. If you've been drooling over the classic Chanel slingbacks but don't want to drop the $$ for them... they are a PERFECT affordable alternative and I can't recommend them enough! They're very comfortable. I am kind of loving this move towards a more comfortable shoe, aren't you?? I can actually WALK PLACES IN MY SHOES it is a miracle. I checked and it seems sizes are limited, but they are constantly restocking them, so I will keep you posted on when they restock. (Stay tuned to Instagram!)

But back to the skirt. I literally had this outfit in my mind for, like, 3 weeks while I tried to track down the perfect skirt. Ummm jean skirts are sort of tough to find by the way. Like, a good one I mean.This jean skirt was on sale and I had sort of been eyeing it, so decided that for $31, I had to take the plunge. I like that it has a higher waist and I feel SUPER skinny in it. As always, don't forget to size up in Topshop. (I am wearing an 8, but don't tell anyone.) I can already tell it's going to be on major repeat. It's just such a good skirt! I'm into a skirt all the sudden. Bring back the jean skirt, I say.

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Huckleberries: Wedding couple chills by Lake CdA

London Olympics bronze medal-winning wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt got married to Sheetal Sharma in Delhi on Monday night. Sheetal is daughter of Haryana Congress leader Jaibhagwan Sharma.

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The function was attended by prominent sportsmen like India fast bowler Ishant Sharma and boxers Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar.

The wedding, held at Singhola, was an elaborate affair with fireworks and bhangra dancers entertaining guests.

Yogeshwar Dutt had also gone live on Facebook with a video of his friends celebrating on the night before his wedding.

A two-time Asian Games medallist, Yogeshwar Dutt chose to take only a token Re 1 from his brides family ahead of his marriage.

I saw my family struggle to collect dowry for the girls of the family,” Yogeshwar had said. As a result, I decided on two things while growing up -- I will excel in wrestling and I will not accept dowry.”

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The return of the leather jacket

Over the decades, fashion trends have changed and some have been reborn. Most notably, the leather jacket has made a reappearance in the world of fashion. The leather jacket was an iconic attribute to outfits in the 40s, the 50s and the 70s. However, they faded into the background until the past couple of years when they made a comeback.

Leather jackets are now a part of everyday wear. Wearing a jacket with jeans, skirts, mermaid prom dressesor even shorts, the leather jacket can make any outfit stand out. Not to mention the leather jacket is also being utilized on shows like Once Upon a Time” where the main character, Emma Swan, is known for her leather jackets or Fonzie from the hit 70s/80s show Happy Days.”

Leather jackets can be paired up with any outfits you choose to wear. Depending on your preference of a leather jacket, they can range from $40 to close to $1,000. Most likely, as college students, we are not willing to spend that much money on a piece of clothing, so settling for a faux leather jacket might be best. Though, they look as real as the real leather ones.

A good way to wear a leather jacket is to pair it with jeans or leggings. Add a cute tee underneath and a scarf to tie the outfit together, and you have an outfit ready to wear for a day on campus or even a night out with friends.

Perhaps you want to dress up a leather jacket. In which case, you could wear it with a skirt and tights. Pair it with a short skirt or even a longer skirt. It goes with any style, color or length. Add a pair of booties and this outfit is perfect for a dinner in Chicago.

Stressing out about not having the right cardigan for a dress when its a bit too cold to go strapless? Not-to-worry– a leather jacket makes the perfect substitute for a cardigan over a dress whether it be strapless or otherwise. It makes the outfit much bolder. If you want a simple look, wearing a dress with a leather jacket is your go-to outfit.

Leather jackets can be worn with almost anything without it being considered too much.” They can make an outfit edgy or sophisticated, depending how theyre backless prom dressesup. Whether it is a date or dinner with friends, a leather jacket can never be the wrong choice. After all, theyve been around for decades and seem to be picking up speed again in the fashion world.


How to Break Up With a Bad Bridesmaid

A bad bridesmaid can wreck — or at least take some of the enjoyment away from — an otherwise wonderful wedding planning process.

A bad bridesmaid can waste time the bride doesnt have, and is likely to upset other members of the wedding party,” explains Irene S. Levine, Ph.D., friendship expert and founder of The Friendship Blog. Responsibilities you were counting on her to fulfill will need to be delegated to someone else, perhaps even at the last minute. And no one wants to have to walk on tiptoes out of fear that theyll set someone off.”

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Those are just a few of the reasons you might have to give the boot to a bridesmaid whos shown a consistent pattern of behaving badly.

It's certainly is understandable that your bridesmaid may be busy with her career, relationships and hobbies,” allows Aviva Samuels, owner of Kiss the Planner in Palm Beach, Florida. After all, she's entitled to a life of her own. But if a bridesmaid shows little-to-no interest and has nothing but negative things to say about her role in the wedding, then perhaps it's a good idea to relieve her of her duties.”

Heres how to do just that.

Dont make a rash decision.

Giving your bridesmaid the boot has the potential to end your friendship, Levine warns. Think through the reasons youve come to this conclusion, bounce it off someone else you trust, and figure out the best way to handle it to avoid further backlash and to allow the other person to save face, to the extent that it is possible,” she suggests. If you feel its your best and only option, then should you move forward with caution.

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Be respectful and empathetic when letting your bridesmaid go.

Weve all faced some kind of rejection in our lives, so we know it isnt easy. If you consider yourself friends — and you must if you invited her to be your bridesmaid — then be kind and gentle when you let her go,” says Samuels. You may never understand why she behaved badly, but no matter what, as your friend, she deserves the benefit of the doubt,” Samuels says.

Clearly give your reasons.

While you dont want to be cruel, you do want to give the real reasons youre letting her go. Be concrete in offering concise examples of the problems she has caused or the responsibilities she hasn't fulfilled,” says Levine. Explain to her that you thought about this decision long and hard before you took action. Be firm and unwavering in your decision.” And, to the best of your ability, avoid having a lengthy conversation that could lead to an argument.

Be prepared for the worst.

Your friend may become upset and angry. (As we said above, rejection isnt fun.) She's going to feel publicly humiliated and may have little insight into the burdens she's created for you,” says Levine. For this reason, it might be best to break up in a public place that allows both parties an escape route.” And choose a spot with few wandering eyes — think: a large park, rather than an intimate restaurant or coffee shop.

Consider creating a new role for her.

Because you love your friend, you might want to consider working her into the wedding in another way. Broach the idea of other taking on other tasks and see how she feels about it,” says Samuels. If she still shows signs of negativity, or you see that she looks uncomfortable with those suggestions, let her know that it is completely up to her to consider or reject.” And of course, you can always ask her to attend the wedding as a guest. But beware: If you feel you would have to worry about her embarrassing you on your special day, you may have to tell her that you dont want the conflict youve had to spoil your wedding and would rather reconnect with her afterwards,” says Levine.

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Meet Dulce Candy, the Army veteran who's changing the beauty industry

Among all the bloggers, influencers and beauty experts out there, it's hard to find someone who's genuine and brings something completely different to the table.Meet Dulce Candy, the Army veteran and beauty blogger who's paving the way for young girls to achieve their dreams. AOL spoke with the influencer about the trends we expect to see in 2017, what it was like to moderate a town hall for Hillary Clinton, and the launch of her Beautycon Winter Box collaboration.Dulce dished on how her Beautycon Winter Box collaboration -- which includes over $100 in beauty and lifestyle goodies from brands like Kate Somerville, Luxie, ColourPop, Too Faced and L'Oreal -- all came together."I wrote down a list of some of my favorite brands that I knew that I wanted to include," Dulce said. "I then collaborated with Beautycon to really narrow the products."But her favorite products from the box? The Artist Couture Illuminati highlight and the Luxie Rose Gold Tapered Highlighting Brush to apply it.

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And while the glow trend made its way into every beauty-obsessed gal's makeup drawer in 2016, Dulce revealed what she would want to see most in 2017."Honestly, the trend, and I hope it's not just a trend ... but it becomes a way of life, is embracing natural beauty," the beauty vlogger said.While we saw (and were obsessed with) highlighting and contouring last year, it was used to really drastically change the appearance of someone, Dulce said.

"I didn't realize that God made everybody different and that's what makes everybody beautiful," Dulce said. "It's just not one particular, you know, straight-haired, blue eyes, blonde girl -- that's a beautiful woman as well but it's also women who have curly hair, or is petite, or has distinct features in her face."

With an incredible career spanning from Army veteran to being one of the biggest influencers in the beauty and lifestyle industry, The Sweet Life author said her proudest and most surreal moment was moderating a Town Hall, put on by Beautycon Media, of other creators with 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

"I never thought that I would have the courage to even accept an offer of that nature -- but the fact that I said yes and even though I was scared -- I did it," said the proud Clinton supporter. "Just the fact that she took some time to speak to creators because we have platforms that influence other people -- that was really important."Achieving your dreams and inspiring young women is Dulce's life goal.

"When you believe in yourself you're able to really make any dream or goal a reality because you have the confidence in yourself to actually do it," Dulce said.

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