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Battling The Princess Myth: Why You Don’t Need Rescuing

Few words have uglier connotations to me than “princess”; for life ain’t no fairytale and if you are desperately waiting and hoping for a white knight to rescue you, you’re just setting yourself up for misery and disappointment, sister.

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Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo – I call bullshit. Personal power comes from a healthy self-esteem whereby you take responsibility for your life and make positive, empowering life decisions. You and you alone are responsible for your own self-care and happiness. Repeat after me: I am no one’s prize; I am nobody’s princess!

However, the princess myth and Cinderella-worship is so powerful and pervasive in modern-day culture, it’s everywhere we look: it’s rife in movies, women’s magazines, clothes, books and little girl’s fashion accessories, for starters.

And witness the public’s endless fascination with the real-life fairytale of modern-day princesses such as that of Mary Donaldson and her Danish prince and Kate Middleton (pictured at right), aka Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and wife of Prince William, with the couple recently welcoming their second child, Charlotte, into the world.

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I felt a cold stab of fear in my feminist-heart recently when my Cinderella-loving three-year-old daughter announced that she too wanted to “grow up to be a princess.” I allowed myself a small lecture to her about being in charge of her own destiny, before happily handing her her mock diamante tiara from the dress-up drawer and letting her indulge in the age-appropriate fantasy.

So, why is the princess myth so damaging to adult relationships? I turned to Brisbane psychologist Kobie Allison, 31, for her interesting insight into the issue. The psychologist/director of a private practice – which specialises in children, teens and families and acute and complex trauma – says the wish of wanting to be taken care of or “rescued” by another can stem from co-dependency.

“Co-dependency is a learned behaviour which can be detrimental to relationships as it affects an individual’s capacity to have a healthy, balanced mutually satisfying relationship,” Kobie says.

“One symptom of co-dependency is that one partner is generally the caretaker, fixer, rescuer, controller or safeguard. Thus, the partnership is built on “caretaking” instead of a love sharing. A healthy relationship helps each individual grow their self-esteem, self-confidence, sense of self-worth and self-reliance, which are all part of developing a healthy sense of self-love.”

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To ensure both you and/or your daughters don’t fall prey to the princess myth, here are the psychologist’s top tips for healthy relationship behaviours.

Top five signs of an co-dependent and/or addictive relationship

  • A feeling of not being able to live without the partner.
  • Loss of self-control and low self-esteem: looking to partner for validation and affirmation of self-worth.
  • Making fewer decisions or plans: waiting for the partner to tell you what to do.
  • Rushing things, like sex or marriage, so as not to lose the partner.
  • Using drugs or alcohol as coping mechanisms.

Top five signs of mature love

  • Develops gradually through learning about each other.
  • Sexual attraction is present, but warm affection/friendship is central.
  • Characterised by calm, peacefulness, empathy, support, trust, confidence and tolerance of each other – there are no feelings of being threatened.
  • Is based on reality not a princess fantasy of being “rescued.”
  • Partners have high self-esteem and can make strong, independent decisions; each has a sense of self-worth with or without the partner and feels complete even without the relationship.

Top five important qualities to look for in a prospective partner

  • Is not involved in other love relationships and is open to being in a relationship with you.
  • Is well over heartaches and has not just recently broken up with someone else.
  • Has time to devote to the relationship and is close to you geographically: in your city or state.
  • Has high self-esteem; treats himself and others well, even if they are strangers.
  • Is compatible with you in terms of social values and beliefs.

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May 29, 2015

Kate Middleton And Prince William Name Their Princess

No more guessing, no more speculating and certainly no more betting, because the Royal baby has officially – and finally – been named. Drum roll please… Introducing Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana born Saturday, May 2 and weighing a healthy 8 pounds, 3 ounces.

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While Alice was a firm favourite among bookies, the Duke and Duchess opted to honour their immediate family and instead went with a feminine version of the baby’s grandfather, Charles, and also the middle name of Kate Middleton’s sister, Pippa. The name Charlotte is also of great significance to the Royal family with both a Queen and a Princess sharing the name, too. No Beyoncé or Sheryl here, sorry social media.

The new princess’ middle name – or one of – Elizabeth, is obviously a nod to her great-grandmother and the current Queen, however it’s also the middle name of her grandmother on Kate’s side, Carole Middleton. And last but certainly not least, Diana is a tribute to William’s late mother.

As for little Charlotte’s god parents, princesses Beatrice and Eugenie look to be favourites, while a report by the Telegraph suggests that David Beckham is in with a shot for god father after he attended the Royal wedding in 2011. According to the article the betting odds are 25-1 as an outsider. Who’d have thought?

Regardless, we’ve had enough speculating for one baby and think Kate and Will did great with naming their new bundle of joy. Welcome to the world Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana!

What do you think of the royal baby’s name?

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May 5, 2015

Bets Are On: What Will The Royal Baby Will Be Named?

After weeks of speculation, Kate Middleton has finally given birth to a baby girl! Now all bets are on as to what the duke and duchess of Cambridge will name their little princess – literally.

According to gaming website Ladbrokes, Victoria and Elizabeth were rather popular over the weekend, however Alice and Charlotte have surfaced as the firm favourites among punters. In case you’re wondering where the names come from, Alice was the name of one of Queen Victoria’s daughters and also the mother of the baby’s great-grandfather, while Charlotte is said to be a feminine form of Charles, which would be an ode to Prince Charles – the child’s grandfather. So many generations of names to consider!

Of course, Diana is the sentimental favourite, however some people are royally opposed to naming the new princess after her late grandmother. “Should her name be bestowed as a first name upon the baby, it would be perceived as a slap in the face to the monarchy,” wrote Victoria Arbiter – the Royal commentator for CNN. On that note, we call Diana for the middle name – seems only fitting, right?

It’s not just the name that everyone is speculating over, either, with some betting agencies even going as far as to offer odds on the colour of her hair. Just in case you were wondering, William Hill is offering 6:4 brown, 2:1 blonde, 5:2 black, and 8:1 ginger.

In the meantime, as we all eagerly anticipate and await what the name of the first princess born into the British monarchy in 25 years will be, mother and daughter are happy and healthy. “Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well,” said Kensington Palace in a statement.

The Royal family are now home spending time together.

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May 4, 2015

Duchess Kate Middleton’s Maternity Style

The whole world is anticipating the birth of a new royal as the Duchess of Cambridge is now only days away from the speculated due date of April 25. The son or daughter of William and Kate will be fourth in line to become king or queen, after Prince Charles, Prince William, and of course little Prince George.

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After going through some tough first few weeks of her pregnancy due to severe morning sickness, Kate has been glowing and looking stunning as ever. We love to see her at public appearances and for some reason, are fascinated by her style. Clothes that Kate has worn in the past have been sell-outs within hours, that’s how much of a style inspiration the Duchess has become to women everywhere. So, let’s take a look at Kate’s maternity style over the past 9 months:

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Even though there was no baby bump in sight in this outfit, Kate was glowing in this red dress – like only a pregnant woman can  during an appearance in late November last year. The fine jewellery and casual up-do give this outfit a modern twist.

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In January, Kate proved that she can rock head-to-toe brown while visiting the Fostering Network in London.

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This baby-blue coat Kate wore a few days later sent journalists into a frenzy, who saw it as a sign that she is pregnant with a boy  even though Kate and William had said that they chose not to know the sex of the baby.

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At 7 months pregnant, Kate still managed not to show too much of a bump in this short navy dress. The length probably would have been inappropriate without the black tights, but with those legs, we can’t blame the Duchess!

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Looking oh-so-pretty in a black and white dress in March, Kate reminded us of the timelessness of polka dot dresses. The Duchess also opted for the same print when she stepped out of St. Mary’s hospital after giving birth to Prince George.

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Pretty in Pink! For her last public appearance before going on maternity leave, Kate chose this bold, hot pink coat by Mulberry. A sign that it might be a girl after all?!

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April 16, 2015

Tabloids Claim Kate Middleton Has Given Birth

Reports have surfaced that our precious Kate has already given birth to a baby girl!

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However, Royal spokespersons have assured no release has come from the family about the birth, or even the gender for that matter. In fact, it’s been speculated that Kate is still pregnant and being seen out and about.

Along with the questionable announcement, further claims have surfaced surrounding family dilemmas at the birthing.  In a front page exclusive for Life & Style, it was reported that Kate had undergone an emergency c-section and one of the family members had been banned from the hospital after a “blow up.”

OK! Magazine ran a similar story stating that the family member in question was Kate’s mother, Carole Goldsmith. They claimed she went “crazy in the waiting room.”

Victoria Murphy, the Daily Mirror’s Royal correspondent, dismissed claims as “absolutely hilarious” and told the paper: “Kate clearly hasn’t had her baby. We saw her out and about twice earlier this week and she is scheduled to do another engagement next Friday before she goes on her maternity leave.”

“Take it from me, she’s definitely still pregnant. And trust me, when this baby is born there won’t be any missing the news – it will be everywhere,” she continued.

So while rumours are rife, it seems the world will need to wait a little while longer for another Royal baby.

Kate is due in April, as everybody eagerly anticipating would know.

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March 24, 2015

Morning Sickness Hell For Kate… Again

You’ve probably already heard that everyone’s favorite royal, the Duchess of Cambridge, is expecting her second child. The Duchess revealed the happy news yesterday, after she pulled out of an event at Oxford University due to her acute morning sickness.

If you followed Kate’s first pregnancy, you may know she is no stranger to morning sickness. You may not know that this “morning sickness” is actually a rare but severe condition called hyperemesis gravidarum (HG).

HG is thought to be a genetic illness, suffered by approximately three per cent of pregnant women. It causes constant vomiting during pregnancy and leads to dehydration, weight loss and a build up toxins in the blood and urine. Understandably, what is supposed to be one of the happiest experiences of motherhood, turns into months of physical torture.

Aussie mum of two and HG sufferer, Kirsty, will testify to that:

“It’s like a time warp, a parallel universe – time is going so slow. For me, it was weeks of permanent gastro. I vomited continuously – I couldn’t keep anything down,” she explains of her experience.

Kirsty describes the condition as a nightmare. While she forced herself to eat, keeping down liquids was near impossible. (Some women with HG struggle to swallow their own saliva without vomiting!) The constant loss of fluids and nutrients, meant Kirsty visited the hospital every week, often staying overnight or for up to three days.

However, despite not being able to drive a car or leave the house, Kirsty counts herself lucky. Unlike other sufferers of HG – whose symptoms can last for the entire pregnancy – Kirsty only endured 15 weeks of severe vomiting and gastro during each of her pregnancies.

Sadly, treatments for HG are few. Most medications aren’t recommended for pregnant women, therefore a healthy diet, vitamin supplements, and a good support system are often the best you can do. Some people suggest acupuncture or hypnosis, although neither of these techniques have proven results.

Like Kate, Kirsty went through hyperemesis through two pregnancies. Fortunately, both her children – like Prince George – were healthy, happy babies.

“There is light at the end of the tunnel. (Hyperemesis gravidarum) didn’t stop me from having a second child – and it obviously hasn’t stopped the Duchess either! It’s all worth it in the end,” says Kirsty.

Kate is allegedly eight weeks into her pregnancy. Our best wishes are with her and the baby.

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September 10, 2014

Kate Middleton’s Iconic Style

It’s no wonder that Kate Middleton is always near the top of best dressed lists – she’s stylish, elegant and knows exactly what to wear for every occasion. There is no doubt that she is a popular style icon, rubbing shoulders with some of the best in Hollywood. So, in honour of her exquisite taste in fashion, here are some of her best dresses.

On the Royal Tour of Australia and New Zealand, Kate wore this stunning L.K Bennett Lasa Poppy print dress with poise and class.  She teamed it with an indigo Oroton Odeion clutch.

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The Duchess of Cambridge stunned the crowds when she stepped out to a gala event in London in this shimmering floor length, beaded, organza dress by Jenny Packham in 2011.

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This military style blue coat by Alexander McQueen was the fitting choice for her trip to the aviation museum in New Zealand, whilst on the Royal Tour in 2014.

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Kate Middleton is renowned for wearing outfits more than once and this periwinkle Roksanda Ilincic dress is no exception.  She first wore it in Los Angeles in 2011 and then again in the United Kingdom in 2012.

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When Kate stepped off the plane in New Zealand to greet the crowds she was wearing a stunning red double-breasted Catherine Walker coat-dress.  She accessorised perfectly with a Gina Foster hat and a diamond and platinum silver fern brooch which the Queen had loaned to her.

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In 2012, Kate attended St Paul’s Cathedral as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in this beige lace dress designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.  Teamed with a Jane Taylor hat and blush shoes, her look was pure elegance.

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Kate wowed the crowds with this teal coloured dress by Jenny Packham in 2012.  This elegant floor length dress featured a beaded belt with netted back and shoulders which she teamed with a matching teal clutch.

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In September 2012, Kate Middleton attended a dinner hosted by the President of Singapore and she aptly wore this gorgeous bold purple and ivory print long sleeved dress from Singaporean born and New York based designer Prabal Gurung.

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Kate stepped out to the Royal Easter Show in this Australian Zimmermann Roamer day dress looking elegant, modern and youthful.

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Of course the most elegant dress of all time would have to be Kate’s magnificent lace overlay wedding dress, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.  The lace embroidered dress featured an ivory silk veil and a nine-foot long pleated skirt made from English and French Chantilly lace.

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August 3, 2014

Bridal Fashion, Celebrity Style

Looking for wedding fashion inspiration? From Ivanka Trump’s elegant bridal gown, to Nicole Richie’s fashion-forward  accessories, there’s plenty of celebrity style to inspire your wedding. Plus we show you where to get the look from some of our favourite Australian bridal designers.

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In an age of strapless wedding dresses, Ivanka Trump started a huge bridal trend with her lace-sleeved Vera Wang dress when she tied the knot with Jared Kushner in 2009. Delicate lace covers the sleeves and décolletage, with a classic sweetheart neckline and full skirt, an elegant design that is both sophisticated and feminine.
Get the look: Australian bridal designer Anne Campbell’s Indiana dress.

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Jewelled belt
Kate Middleton’s reception dress featured a jewelled belt, which is a great way to accentuate your waist. She accessorised her Sarah Burton silk satin gown with a cropped angora cardigan, while the sparkly belt gave the look a thoroughly modern edge.
Get the look: Sophia Tolli’s wedding dress belt.

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1920’s veil
Anne Hathaway’s 2012 wedding to Adam Shulman was unforgettable with its nostalgic nod to the 1920’s. If you’re thinking of a romantic wedding theme, Anne’s nuptials provide plenty of celebrity style inspiration. Anne’s Valentino gown was accented by a large lace headband connected to a floor-length veil, the epitome of old-world elegance.
Get the look: Lisa Gowing’s lace veils.

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Lace bolero jacket
Nicole Richie’s 2010 wedding to Joel Madden was an affair to remember as the style icon chose a high fashion look that was unique and dramatic. Her Marchesa wedding gown featured an excess of tulle, topped with a lace bolero jacket fastened at the neck.
Get the look: Australian designer Karen Willis’ Daphne couture gown.

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Jewelled headpiece
Alicia Keys donned a jewelled headpiece when she wed Kasseem Dean in Corsica in 2010. The pregnant bride wore a one-shoulder Vera Wang gown that proudly showed off her belly. Her only piece of jewellery was an elegant crystal headpiece from Jacob & Co., which worked as the focal point of her Grecian goddess-inspired look. The headpiece quickly became a
Get the look: Helena Couture Designs hair accessories.

Which celebrity bride has the best style? Tell us in the comments!

January 24, 2014

Kate & Kim Baby Weight Loss Watch: Too Much Pressure?

It was the tale of two ridiculously famous pregnancies – the most-watched Mum Tums in recent times. Reality superstar Kim Kardashian, 32 and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, 31, gave birth to their much anticipated offspring a little over a month apart.

First came little North West on June 15, 2013, Kim’s daughter with rap star Kanye West, 36 and then came His Royal Highness, Prince George [Alexander Louis] of Cambridge on July 22, 2013, Kate’s son with Prince William, 31.

Then came the flurry of excitement to clock eyes on Kim and Kate’s offspring.

Whilst Kim and baby North went uncharacteristically ‘underground’, Kate, Wills and baby George made their very public appearance on the steps outside the Lindo Wing at London’s St. Mary’s Hopsital, one day after giving birth.

Kim and Kate’s pregnancies came under very different scrutiny.

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Kate, who was lauded with having the perfect baby ‘bump’ and only looking pregnant ‘from the front’, apparently achieved this by hitting the gym, running, swimming and Pilates whilst pregnant.

Meanwhile Kim was ridiculed for piling on the pounds, which could really just be attributed to dubious fashion choices, shocking shoe choice and more than one unflattering angle.

Kim hid for two months, working hard to silence her body-critics whilst Kate had no qualms about showing her still round, post-baby bump to the world.

According to Vanity Fair, Kate’s hairdresser Amanda Cook Tucker was responsible for bringing the pale blue spotted Jenny Packham dress to the hospital, one of a selection of dresses for the Duchess. There was no point trying to hide her bump, so Kate chose a flattering dress that worked with her curves.

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Kim unveiled her post-baby body when she took newborn North to a LA Medical Centre clad in a loose shirt. Hints that her body was getting back to its old self appeared when Kim attended the funeral of Kanye West’s grandfather and more recently when she stepped out with her newly blonde locks and skinny jeans on September 4.

Kim is thought to have dropped 20 kgs with healthy eating and a strict exercise regime. She reportedly has another 5-7 kgs to go to hit her goal weight.

Kim works out six days a week – three days in the gym with trainer Gunnar Peterson and the other three days with fitness guru Tracy Anderson, working on cardio and Pilates.

Anderson, who has also trained celebrity mums Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow, has weighed into the debate over public obsession with celebs ditching baby weight.

“It’s insane,” Anderson told Newsday.com on Tuesday night at US Weekly’s Most Stylish New Yorkers event at Harlow in Manhattan. “I don’t think the public is even fascinated with it. I think they know it’s not real. It’s the most evil trick that women play on women.”

“There’s something really wrong with us trying to manipulate people into thinking celebrities have some secret that other women don’t have,” Anderson added. “Or there’s some superhuman unnatrual force that they were given that they just bounce back.”

Anderson revealed her goal with Kim was to make her ‘healthy and as in proportions as she should naturally be.’

“Kim is taking as much time as she wants to just be with the baby,” Anderson said. “She’s not even concerned with working out. Kim is amazing as a mom, she’s so connected. I knew when I was training her she would be a great mom. She was concerned with all the right things.”

Kate Middleton was back into her pre-pregnancy skinny jeans just six weeks after giving birth. Kate appeared unexpectedly alongside Prince William at the Ring O’Fire Ultra Marathon in Anglesey.

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Last week, Kate returned to the red carpet in sparkling fashion at the Tusk Conservation Awards in London. Wearing a silver, sequinned floor-length gown by Jenny Packham and silver Jimmy Choo stilettos, there was little evidence of giving birth to a prince a mere seven weeks before.

Singer-turned-designer Jessica Simpson can sympathise with Kim Kardashian and Kate Middleton over the relentless attention dropping celebrity baby weight.

Jessica, 33, was ridiculed for her weight gain with first child Maxwell, 15 months and has worked hard since having her second boy, Ace Knute on June 30.

“I am definitely one of those pregnant women who just gains a lot of weight,” Simpson told Us Weekly. “I have really big boobs, I have my curves and I just gain weight. I can’t help it.”

“It’s been six weeks since I’ve had my baby now and I feel great,” she added. “It’s OK to gain weight and it will always come off.”

Jessica also weighed in on both Kim and Kate’s post-baby bodies.

“I felt for Kim – I knew exactly what she was going through,” said Simpson. “I send a lot of love her way, and I know she’ll come back with a bang.”

“Kate Middleton was glowing throughout her pregnancy,” she added. “A lot of pregnant mums were looking at her like, ‘How do you do that?’”

Indeed!

What do you think about the pressure for celebrity mums to lose the baby weight?

September 16, 2013

3 Ideas For Wedding Hairstyles

On your big day, you want to look amazing, so you’ll want to spend some time choosing between wedding hairstyles. This is not the time to experiment with a radical new look, but you do want to glam up the style you already have. Here are a few tips for picking the perfect hairstyle for your wedding.

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Up or down?

To wear your hair up or down is the number one question when it comes to wedding hairstyles. The common wisdom held that the updo was the most elegant way to go until recently, when Kate Middleton wore her silky brunette locks cascading down her back for the Royal Wedding. If you love the way your hair looks flowing over your shoulders, and wearing it that way makes you feel beautiful, go for it!

On the other hand, there are definitely pros for the updo, since it gets your hair up and off your face, letting you show off your beauty—and your earrings—to best advantage. For a true princess look, add jewelled combs or barrettes, or weave a tiara into your headpiece. If you can’t make up your mind, wear it half up, half down!

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Take a cue from your dress

You want your wedding ‘do to coordinate with your gown, so go with a similar theme. If you’ve chosen a boho-style dress, opt for a style that’s not too fussy, such as beachy waves. Add headbands, flowers or even feathers to carry out the look.

If you’ll be wearing a glamorous gown, go for the movie star look, with tons of volume. Try a fabulous updo and top it off with a glittery tiara.

For a dress that’s simple and elegant, you can go all out with lavish curls or softly straightened hair – just avoid anything too stylised. Your hair can be up or down, as long as it flatters your overall look.

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Wedding hairstyles for short hair

Just because you usually wear your hair short doesn’t mean you should make a drastic change for the wedding. Give your bob a bit of glitz with a jewelled headband, or use volumising mousse to pouf up your pixie cut. When Anne Hathaway wed soon after cutting her hair ultra-short for her role in the film Les Miserables, this fashion conscious celebrity covered her crop with a super-glamorous headpiece designed specially to work with her ‘do.

Whatever ‘do you choose, make it yours. This is your day, so pick a style that suits you and makes you feel like the most beautiful bride in the world!

What are your favourite wedding hairstyles?

August 20, 2013

Kate And William Name Their Baby!

Prince William and Kate Middleton have named their baby boy!

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son George Alexander Louis,” read a statement from Kensington Palace.

“The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.”It’s been a busy week for the new parents.

After giving birth on Monday, Kate and William left St. Mary’s hospital yesterday and spent a night at Kensington Palace, where Queen Elizabeth met her great-grandson. Today, they took Prince George to Bucklebury, an hour west of London to the home of Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton.

“It’s very emotional,” Kate, 31, said of becoming a mother. “It’s a moment that any parent having just given birth will know what this feeling feels like.”

“It’s very special,” added William, also 31.

What do you think of the name?

July 24, 2013

First Look At The Prince Of Cambridge

The world has had its first peek at Kate and William’s day-old baby boy!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped outside of St. Mary’s Hospital in London holding their little Prince – who according to his beaming dad, is not so little!

“He’s got a good pair of lungs that’s for sure, he’s a big boy, quite heavy,” he told media outside the hospital.

He also lovingly joked that their son has his mother’s good looks.

“He’s got her looks thankfully” to which the Kate laughed, “No, no, no I’m not sure about that.”

And it seems we’ll have a wait a little longer on the name of the future king.

“We’re still working on a name,” William revealed.

Kate left the hospital wearing a simple blue polka dot summer dress, with her personal hairstylist Alice Cook Tucker allowed into the hospital earlier this morning to style her hair before their first photo op.

The young royals thanked staff at the hospital before heading home to Kensington Palace: “Their Royal Highnesses would like to reiterate their thanks to the hospital for the care and treatment they have all received.”

What do you think Kate and William will call the baby?

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July 23, 2013

Kate Middleton Gives Birth To Baby Boy!

The Great Kate Wait it over! The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, has given birth to a baby boy!

The Palace has confirmed that Kate, 31, gave birth to the little prince weighing 8 lbs., 6 oz. at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, also 31, was by her side.

Kate and the baby “are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight,” reads the official statement. And the proud father Prince William said “we could not be happier.”

Kate went into labour just before 6am Monday London time (3pm Monday EST), and was taken from Kensington Palace where she lives with William, to St. Mary’s Hospital, a short drive away. Kate was in labour for just over 10 hours.

St. Mary’s is the same hospital where William and his brother Prince Harry, 28, were born.

The new arrival is third in line to the throne, following granddad Prince Charles, 64, and father William.

Congratulations to Kate and William! 

July 22, 2013