December 30, 2016 · Jewellery · (No comments)

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By Wendy Legendre

So, it’s your turn to host the monthly ‘Girls Night’, and you have no clue what to do? You don’t want to invest a lot of time or money, but you do want everyone to enjoy themselves. Well, take a deep breath and relax. Several girls were asked for their favorite suggestions, and here are the five ideas that topped the list.

1. Watching Movies

Who doesn’t like a good movie? And since this is a girls’ night, ‘chick flicks’ are a definite must (you know – the kind with laughter, tears, and of course, romance). It doesn’t have to be expensive either. Movie rental costs are very reasonable, so you can pick up several and allow your friends to choose. And, chances are, one of the girls already owns a great video that everyone ‘just has to watch’. Of course, most girls will talk about the movie (or, most likely the movie’s lead actor) for hours afterwards, making this a low stress, easy- to- plan option. So pop some popcorn, dump some chips in a bowl, kick back, and enjoy.

2. Shopping

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No girls’ night guide would be complete without including a trip to the mall. Girls are the queens of shopping – and whose wardrobe doesn’t need to be updated, especially after flipping through those fashion magazines to learn the latest styles and trends. The mall is the perfect ‘girls’ night’ destination since it is complete with everything necessary to enjoy a great evening, and a variety of stores to suit everyone’s individual tastes. You can purchase that amazing pair of shoes, expand your music and movie collection, or buy your favorite niece a birthday gift. You can even stop for dinner or a snack at the food court. And the bonus? If you don’t have any money, you can simply have fun modeling all those glamorous outfits and giggling with the girls. So pack up the crew, pool the gas money, and head for a mall near you!

3. Bowling

If you want to do something entertaining and active, bowling is the perfect choice. It is one of those activities that you don’t really have to be good at to enjoy, and it also allows for a lot of socializing in a relaxed environment. Since most girls are there for the fun – and likely won’t take the scores or the competition seriously – you’ll soon find that everyone is laughing, talking, and probably acting just a little bit silly. Bowling is also quite inexpensive, so a couple of games, even with shoe rentals and snacks, still makes this an affordable girls’ night choice.

4. Make-Overs

I know what you are thinking, ‘Doesn’t that get a little old?’ Never! Make-up, hair and nail fashions change as quickly as clothing styles, and there are always new things to try. If you are feeling especially daring, you can add a few little twists and make a game of it. For example, one girl can volunteer to be the ‘model’ and bravely allow her blindfolded friends to apply her makeup. For extra fun, after the make-over is complete, dare her to walk down the street, or go to the store. Girls’ night make-overs are also a good opportunity to get that manicure, pedicure, or facial that you’ve been wanting without paying spa prices. And this is a safe, friendly environment; so be creative and experiment with new colours and styles. You just might discover a brand new you!

5. Talking

There is no way around it, it is a universal truth – girls like to talk. You can be sure that no matter what activity you choose for the evening, it will be filled with conversation, so don’t over plan. There are also several games that involve girls’ favorite past time of secret sharing and juicy details. Try a friendly game of Truth. Call out the name of one of the girls and ask her a question. She has no choice but to answer. Once she has answered, she can challenge someone else. The game continues like this for as long as you like. There are some rules, though. Remember that this is a friendly game, so be considerate and don’t ask questions that will cause embarrassment or hurt, or require derogatory comments about others. And of course, all secrets are confidential and must remain in the group. Some of the most memorable girls’ nights can simply be crawling into your pj’s and talking until you fall asleep mid-sentence. And the best part is that it won’t cost you a cent.

So, whether you are having your friends over, or going somewhere as a group, planning a girls’ night doesn’t have to be expensive or stressful. Just choose your favourite activity, and enjoy a fun evening of laughter, conversation, and good friends.

About the Author: The author has hosted hundreds of events, showers, and parties over the last 25 years. If you are planning a girls night visit

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July 11, 2015 · Jewellery · (No comments)

By Bridget Mora

In a perfect world, you would breeze through planning your wedding without a hitch. In the real world, however, problems tend to crop up, some of which are caused entirely by other people! The wedding attire can be a particularly sore spot in some weddings, from the bridesmaids who refuse to wear anything but black to the mother-in-law who wants to upstage the bride with her outfit. These are some of the most common sticky wedding attire situations, along with suggestions about how to resolve them.

Problem No. One: Your wedding colors are pale pink and lilac and your bridesmaids are demanding black cocktail dresses. While it is always lovely when the bride is considerate of what her attendants would like to wear, the reality is that they need to fit with her vision of the wedding. If you are having a romantic garden wedding, black cocktail dresses will look completely out of place! The best you can do is choose a color that your bridesmaids can stand (perhaps a neutral like champagne if they are not pink and lilac kind of girls). Perhaps the bride could also mollify her bridesmaids by giving them a lot of say in the style of the dress, if not the color. Ultimately, though, being a bridesmaid means wearing the dress of the bride’s choosing, so the bridesmaids need to grit their teeth and politely wear what the bride wants!

Problem No. Two: Your flamboyant mother-in-law always has to be the center of attention, even on your wedding day. She never got the memo that the mothers of the bride and groom should look pretty without upstaging the bride, and has decided to wear a fire engine red dress with a neckline cut down to her navel and about fifty pounds of wedding jewelry. This is a really tough situation for a bride, because she really cannot tell her mother-in-law what to wear (although if it were her own mother dressing inappropriately, it would be acceptable for the bride to speak up). The groom needs to be involved in this. He has to convince his mom to tone it down. If the groom cannot or will not get his mom to wear something less flashy, there is nothing much to be done about it. Yes, it will drive you crazy that she sticks out like a sore thumb in the group wedding photos, but in the end, it will do nothing to detract from the joy of your wedding or marriage.

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Problem No. Three: The bride and her mother cannot agree on a wedding gown…and mom is paying for it. This problem is incredibly common, and also incredibly frustrating. There is something so sad about watching a bride fall in love with a wedding gown, only to have her mom shoot it down. Sometimes another person, like a sister or aunt, can help to convince mom that the bridal gown which she thinks is all wrong is really perfect (especially if her concerns are that it is not traditional enough). The bride can also show a willingness to compromise by offering to let her mom pick out her veil and wedding jewelry. If none of that works, you either have to go back to the drawing board and look for a new gown or buy the one you really want with your own money.

Problem No. Four: You are having a formal wedding and your dad ‘doesn’t do formal’. Really, the bride should have a reasonable expectation that her father will dress appropriately for her wedding, but some men are really stubborn about dressing up. If your dad will wear a suit but not a tuxedo, have a black tie optional wedding instead of black tie. If he balks at even a suit, maybe you can talk him into wearing at least a dress shirt with nice pants and a tie. You could even buy the tie if he refuses! If all that fails, you will have point out to him how much more awkward he will feel as the only man in shorts and a t-shirt at a formal wedding than he would if he would just wear the appropriate outfit. You might even mention that some venues have dress codes requiring that men wear jackets. Hopefully, with a little coaxing, you can at least get your dad to wear something respectable, if not exactly what you had in mind!

People tend to feel very strongly about their clothing, even more so when it comes to formal attire. This is why so many sticky situations can crop up when planning a wedding. Hopefully, you now have the tools to manage any wedding attire dilemmas that come your way!

About the Author: Bridget Mora writes for Silverland Jewelry about wedding planning, style, and etiquette. For a beautiful selection of

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