Life & Reflections

Life & Reflections
Life and Reflections





Beginner’s guide to creating your first flower crown

A floral crown is the perfect accessory this summer – or for weddings, outdoor parties, festivals, events, you name it! And it’s not even too hard (or expensive) to make one.
With a bit of imagination, tools, lovely flowers, and this guide, I’ll show you how easy it is to create your very own flower crown!
What you’ll need:
·      Scissors and garden shears
·      A 30- to 35- inch grapevine strand
·      4-6 feet of florist wire
·      Your most important consideration, of course, are the flowers you’ll use. You can either use cheap faux flowers from outlets or better yet, try fresh flowers. Not only does it smell lovely, no faux flower can replicate the natural beauty of living flowers. The real thing is better anyway, don’t you think? *wink* *wink*. If you have no garden or way to get them garden-fresh, then have it delivered straight at your door step by ordering flowers online. Sites like make flower deliveries in Brisbane and other cities.
·      Imagination. These steps serve as your down-to-earth guide to creating your very own, personalized flower crown, but do remember to have fun and improvise as you go. There’s no better reward than seeing the end result of your own work. Have fun!

Step 1

Gather 2-3 small sprigs of fresh greenery, cut excess leaves and stem till they are no longer than 4-5 inches. Using the grapevine, press the band together with your thumb and index finger. Start molding your crown by wrapping the florist wire through the band to secure.

 Step 2
Add the flower to the base of the greenery, carefully covering the wrapped wire with the petal and enfolding it into the strand. I used white flowers because I’m tasked by the bride to create one. 99 more crowns to go after this one.

Step 3
Pinch the band together and start securing the flower to the bundle using florist wire. Wrap them together in a downward spiral motion, three to four times around the stem will do. Be careful not to overly squish the stem as this could cause the flower to lose moisture quickly.

Step 4
Add more greenery and bunch it together by wrapping the stem to the strand using florist wire. Add sparingly so that you don’t overwhelm the flowers. Continue adding flowers one by one and wrapping them to the band in your desired pattern.

Step 5
Once you’re finished creating a chain that is about 28-30 inches long, pull the end of the strand to form a circlet. Secure the end about halfway through the chain by wrapping the two together using a piece of florist wire, carefully covering the wire with greenery.

And you’re done! Once you have connected the whole circle, the crown should look like this! You now have a beautiful piece of hair accessory for your next event.

Remember to use real flowers over fake ones because not only will it look a heck of a lot better, but using the real thing ensures a more authentic vibe that will match your outfit.

Do tell us how your spree went!

The Right Look for Homecoming Queen Hopefuls

The big homecoming night is coming up and you’ve undoubtedly been busy getting ready for it. If you’re looking to outshine the other girls at the dance and be homecoming queen, you’ll have to do something absolutely special, unique, and stylish with your dress. Luckily there are plenty of options out there for you. You’ll need to scour them carefully to get an outfit that suits you perfectly and outshines all the others at the ball. If you don’t absolutely glean your choices, then you’re not going to find anything unique enough to stand out. So if you’re not the type to make the dressed down look work, here is a range of styles you can explore which will help give you the edge you’ll need to compete with the other homecoming hopefuls.

The two piece looks
The two piece look is undeniably all the rage for 2016 because it is such a wonderfully customizable outfit. This makes it perfect for those of you who would rather opt for a unique homecoming dresses this year. They come in long and short silhouettes and will compliment you whether you are looking for something sexy, sophisticated, or both. Explore options of crop tops that are embroidered, beaded, printed, plain, or a combination of these in matching or contrasting colors which will really make your style and flair pop.

High-low homecoming dresses
These are perfect for those who want to show off a bit of leg, or at the very least, those who want to show off their shoes. High-low homecoming dresses come in a range of styles and colors. They offer comfort for ladies who need room to walk and are perfect for medium height girls.  For those of you who are slightly taller, but just know you would look great in this type of dress, you may need to make some slight alterations to the dress’ length once you’ve bought it to avoid any embarrassing viewpoints or discomfort.

Plus sized homecoming dresses
You don’t need to be sickly and tiny to look amazing in a homecoming dress. Celebrate your natural and beautiful curves by investing in a plus size homecoming dress instead of putting yourself under the pressure of unrealistic and unnecessary weight goals. If you’re worried that your body type doesn’t allow you to take full advantage of your style at homecoming, it’s time to stop thinking so small. There is a wide range of plus sized dresses available on the market, designed by world class leaders in fashion, in many different styles, colors, and patterns.

Short homecoming dresses
True, they might not be for everyone, and your parents may not agree, but short homecoming dresses are sexy, stylish, sophisticated, and all the rage this season. Let your best features show themselves off in designs from Sherri Hill and Tiffany. Their gowns are designed to hug your body and keep heads turning. With the right sense of style and accessory combination, this look can create an aura of feminine majesty around you. If there is one time in your life where it is acceptable to tastefully show your features, it would be homecoming night.

This is a good starting point to making your individuality shine through in your sense of style.

Each type of gown available for you to choose from comes in an array of styles, designs, colors, and fits. They can be strapless, A-line, V-neck, beaded, printed; the options are limitless which is great when you consider the amount of room this gives you to tweak your outfit and give it a unique quality that really expresses who you are. Being homecoming queen is not just about who has the prettiest or most expensive dress on. The hallmark of great style is the ability to choose an outfit that compliments you as a person and displays both your physical beauty and your personality.

UK Engagement Rings: How Important is it to ‘Put a Ring on it?’

If you’re ready to propose, you must know your partner well and understand what’s important to her. If you’re commitment-ready, you’re thinking of two big things which will have starring roles in the memory scrapbook: the engagement ring and the proposal. An engagement does not have the legal binding of a marriage certificate, but holds an immeasurable emotional and symbolic impact for many couples.

Hidden Camera

Let’s start with the statement proposal. Consider the “Hidden Camera” option. It’s potentially low-key. Ask a very good (and very discrete) friend to assist you. Once you’ve perused UK engagement rings and chosen one for your (hopeful) betrothed, choose a place or location to propose. Position your friend/camera-person/video-person at a great viewing advantage, but out of sight. You make your private proposal, and the camera person emerge only at the “yes” and continue to film.

Shared Passion

If you share a particular passion, it can be a conduit to the proposal. This can be as “obvious” as a football game (but, for all that is good-and-holy, do not make any public announcements, ask to appear on the stadium’s giant screen, or run onto the field at half-time) or at a concert, or, as simple as taking the dog(s) on a play date. Whatever you choose, make it about the two of you. Grab a quiet minute amongst the fray and ask.

Grand Gesture

A grand gesture proposal is designed for a very specific type of couple, and a very specific type of (potential) fiancé. You better not be proposing at all if you don’t know that she will absolutely love this proposal.  Grand gestures can be made under the guise of celebrating something: a birthday, an anniversary, a promotion, a graduation. Some possible ideas: a hot-air balloon or a helicopter ride, getting a reservation at a famous restaurant, a special country picnic or rooftop wine tasting.

Flyaway Holiday

If you have the funds, you have the world at your feet. Look for the most romantic locations you can think of, whether it be the tropical climes of Hawaii or Fiji or Tahiti, or European sensibilities, like Paris in the spring time or North America, like Los Angeles on a summer night. If you’re adventurous, you can parasail, scuba, or ride horses on a scenic trail. You can go to rock n’ roll camp or drive race-cars on a closed circuit. Look at it this way: if she says “yes,” you’ll have quite a story to share. If she says “no,” then you at least had a lot of fun getting to that point.

For the proposal, there are things to keep in mind.

New Please

This doesn’t mean don’t buy a vintage ring, it means: do not offer her a ring you used to propose to an ex. Period. She may say she doesn’t mind, but she might, later. Just wait. You can use a family heirloom, but if its dated in a way that it’s not cool (some rings of the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s and early 1990s really “scream” out the era they were designed), you can discuss, with your jeweller, alternatives, and ways to use the family piece, but create a new and meaningful piece of jewellery.

Reverse Psychology

If you want to propose, and can do so after careful thought (and research, and shopping), then by all means, do propose. Do not wait for her to propose. As they say, man up.

Catch My Breath

Do not expect an immediate answer, and if she doesn’t say “yes” right away, let her catch her breath. You may have known about this for weeks, but she has not. She should be appropriately pleased, but if she hesitates, don’t stomp off and assume it is a resounding “no.” She may just need time for the proverbial “mulling it over.” You want your girlfriend to fiancé to wife to be thoughtful when decision making, right? So give her a flippin’ moment.

So Social

Propose in person. It can’t be said more simply. Don’t propose over the phone, in an email or text message, or in a video or on your favourite social media. Just to reiterate: propose in person.