Shape up that paunch!

Your fiance might like you “the way you are”, but on your big day, you might want to surprise her with hard washboard abs. (Okay, maybe that’s quite ridiculous, but hey, no harm trying!) At least you can try to lose the paunch and look good on your honeymoon on that Maldives beach. Here are a few tips to shape up.

Put Your Fat to the Fire

Always using time as an excuse for not exercising? Well you can’t whine about that anymore. With just 10 minutes you can take some simple steps to get the heart pumping.

  • Instead of looking for a close parking spot for 20 minutes, choose one that is further so you can walk briskly to your office.
  • Skip the elevator and take the stairs, unless you are on the 80th floor.
  • Above all, have more sex. 20 minutes of sex for a 200-pound man can burn about 150 calories. And it’s a lot more fun than Pilates.

Cut Back on the Weights

If you are trying to lose the kilos, cut back on the weights.

  • One set of high-intensity training is just as effective as three sets, says the study out of the University of Florida’s Center for Exercise Science.
  • Spend that extra time on the treadmill, exercise bike or abs machine.
  • The minimum strength workout can be done in just two 20-minute sessions per week.

Film Psychology 101

Watch the movie Supersize Me, which is out on DVD. There’s nothing better for a diet than being scared stiff. With a sarcastic edge, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock interviews experts throughout the U.S, chronicling the legal, financial and physical costs of America’s ever-expanding waistline.

Get Some Zzzs

Those who sleep fewer than 6 hours don’t live as long and The National Commission on Sleep Disorders estimates that sleep deprivation costs $150 billion a year on workplace productivity and higher stress. Stress is something you definitely have to contend with on your wedding day so get those much-needed sleep now!

How much is too much bling

 

The thing one needs to bear in mind about jewellery is that less is more. Many people tend to go overboard with jewellery, not realising that there is something called ‘overkill’. Weddings are often filled with fashion disasters. I am sure you would have spotted someone decked from head-to-toe in garish baubles that make them look more like a walking Christmas tree that a human being. We teach you how to avoid this by learning just about how much, is too much.

Do

1. Wear a necklace to accessorise a plunging neckline.

2. Combine matching studs or tiny hoop earrings with a simple necklace to accessorise your outfit (think simple pearl or diamond studs or tiny hoops).

3. Wear bangles or a bracelet to give a sleeveless gown some oomph and accentuate your hands and arms.

4. Wear a choker with a low cut top only if you have a long neck, or it may make your neck look even shorter than it is.

5. Wear long strands of beads or pearls, they are flattering and add a touch of class.

6. Wear rings to add a sense of drama to an otherwise simple outfit. Try not to combine large dramatic rings if you are already wearing a ton of jewellery. Do avoid thick rings if you have short stubby fingers as they would make your fingers look even shorter. Instead, opt for thin delicate designs that are both feminine and flattering.

Jewellery is important as its helps to give some character. It is also a brilliant way to draw attention to yourself (the idea is to make this positive attention and not stares of horror).

Don’t (Ever Under Any Circumstance)

1. Wear the matching bracelet, ring, necklace and earrings all at the same time. I know you spent loads on the set, I’m sure it’s really cute, but wearing an entire set at one go is definite overkill.

2. Wear a chunky necklace with a high neck top. This will only make you look messy and cluttered.

3. Mix yellow gold and silver/white gold jewellery. Although Cartier is synonymous for their triple gold ring, yellow gold jewellery mixed together with white gold or silver just looks tasteless.

The objective here is not to blind people with your bling. No one cares if you spent $40,000 on that diamond encrusted necklace, they just know you’re trying to blind them with its brilliance. Lay off piling on the bling and your look will be more pulled together and classy without looking trashy.

There is a thin line between being fashionably accessorised and looking like you hit a thrift store, so go easy on the baubles and avoid the shiny, plastic monstrosities that are currently masquerading as jewellery. Instead choose classic pieces to create a more elegant and pulled together look.

Basic Tips About Blings On The Day

First, recognise that everyone has different opinions about jewellery. However, as with everything, there are some basic rules you should be aware of.

1. Take note of proportion. If you are wearing gloves, don’t put on bracelets as well. Fine jewellery designs should not be worn with a gown that has detailed work done on it. Choose one to highlight, not both. In short, match simplicity with detail and vice versa.

2. Show off the gracefulness of your neck. An unadorned neck looks great; just remember to go for neck treatment beforehand. Otherwise, remember that necklaces draw attention to your neck. Chokers go better with long slender necks and oval faces.

3. Chunky necklaces are in and look great, especially if they are in white gold or silver. Faux jewel earrings also set off the gown well.

4. Don’t ever ever wear a watch! It’s not a day to rush!

5. If you intend to wear coloured gems, do a quick check as to which colours suit you best. And remember to match the colours with your day gown, your night gown and shoes.

All that Glitters…The Low Down On Gold

How do you choose which type of gold to use for your wedding ring? With so many choices, we, as consumers are often faced with this dilemma, resulting in stress and in some cases, post-purchase dissonance over the decision we made. In order to avoid this, we have compiled some useful information that will help you make an informed decision. As gold is the most popular choice for wedding and engagement rings and other jewellery, it is important to know more about this precious metal. We take you through the two most important points to consider when choosing gold — the carat and the colour.

Which carat

The carat is quite simply, the gold content of the metal and this determines how much of pure gold is mixed with another metal alloy to make up the final piece. The gold carats normally used in wedding rings are 9kt, 14kt and 18kt. The higher the concentration of gold used in the final mix, the more valuable and expensive the piece will be. To illustrate this point further,

  • 9kt gold contains 37.5% pure gold
  • 14kt gold contains 58.5% pure gold.
  • 18kt gold contains 75% pure gold.

The remainder of the metals is usually made up by a combination of different metals that can help to give the finished product its unique appearance and colour.

Which Colour

The next step is to ask yourself the colour of gold you prefer, especially since gold is available in several colours. The most popular choice is yellow, followed by white and rose. Other less popular colours include bronze, red and lime gold.

Jewellery can also be made using a combination of different gold colours. These jewellery items are sometimes called two-tone, three-tone or multi-coloured gold. A good example is Cartier’s triple gold band. The difference in colour between yellow, white and rose is determined by the metals used in the mix. As the colour difference is due to the metals used in the alloy mix, the colour of yellow gold and rose gold will not chip, fade or wear off with age.

Yellow gold is made by mixing pure gold with metals like copper and zinc, while rose gold is made by mixing pure gold with alloys like copper. In fact, it is the copper that provides the rose hue. On the other hand, white gold is an alloy of gold and some white metals such as silver and palladium. When white gold rings are new they can be coated with another white metal called rhodium, which is very similar to platinum and shares many of its properties.

Rhodium is used to make the white gold look even whiter, especially since the natural colour of white gold is actually a light grey hue. In addition, rhodium is also very hard and therefore, durable. To keep a white gold ring looking its best it should be plated with rhodium approximately once every 12 to 18 months.

On the practical side, 18kt usually wears better than 9kt and also tends to look better as it ages. This is one of the reasons why 18kt is normally preferred for engagement rings. On the other hand 9kt, 14kt and 18kt are suitable for use in earrings, pendants, bracelets and necklaces due to their lower price.

Armed with all this information, you will now be better equipped when choosing your wedding rings and jewellery pieces!

You don’t need glass shoes to transform into a princess

Ever had the situation when you saw the most irresistible pair of shoes but they just look odd on you? Tips from Issac Wong of Leapin’ Lizard will help you out.

If You Have Broad and Fleshy Feet…

Don’t go for strappy shoes. They draw attention to broad and fleshy feet. A well-covered square or round toe cap provides good cover-up and even better comfort. Straps will tend to create bulges that are unsightly.

If You Have Long and Boney Feet…

Check out shoes with tapped or pointed toe caps. They give long and boney feet an elegant look.

If You Are Getting Tailored Shoes…

Make sure your heels are not too tall for your groom. Allocate more time for the process as shoes may take more than a month to complete.

If It’s Your First Time in Heels…

If you are not used to wearing heels, but still want to look taller and more elegant on your big day, consider platform heels as they ease out elevation and offers better support and balance. If not, do plenty of walking around beforehand to get accustomed.

If You Have A Really Long Gown…

If your gown covers your feet entirely, don’t spend too much on your shoes unless you intend to wear them again.

Comfort Wins Hands Down…

Never ever sacrifice comfort for the sake of beauty. Wearing comfortable shoes will allow you to enjoy yourself during the day and you could even go dancing after the dinner! Make it a point to wear shoes you can walk and stand the whole day in