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Your Wedding Dress Needs All The Right Accessories

Your Wedding Dress Needs All The Right Accessories

You’ve got the perfect wedding dress, comfortable shoes, and even picked out the right hairstyle for your big day… but something’s missing? If you’re going to turn heads as you walk down that aisle, you’re going to need to make sure that you accessorize. Sure the wedding dress is the main attraction, but when you have the right accessories complimenting the style of the gown and your natural beauty, your husband-to-be won’t be able to take his eyes off you.

Consider the Dress

Selecting the right wedding accessories can be a bit confusing. You don’t want things to stand out too much and overpower the dress, but you also don’t want to purchase things that are too subtle and therefore a waste of money. The trick is to keep your dress in mind at all times.

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For example, if you happen to be wearing a dress with lots of intricate details like Stella York wedding dresses from Essense Designs then you would go for accessories that are more subtle so the dress can stand out. However, if you’re wearing a dress that is more simplistic in style, you can go for accessories that are a bit more vibrant so that it accents the dress. Taking a picture of the dress or bringing a swatch of fabric along with you as you shop for accessories is a great way to make sure they go well together.

Not quite sure what accessories to get? Here’s a suggested list below:

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Tiara or Headpiece

Headpieces are common bridal accessories. They help to bring attention to your hairstyle and can also accent certain features on the dress. You can choose something more traditional like a studded tiara or headband. However, you can also consider headpieces like flowers, beads, jewels, or even hats.

Statement Neckless

Unless your dress has a high neck you should most certainly get a statement neckless. It will help to compliment the neckline. A string of pearls, nice diamond necklace, or even a simplistic gold or silver chain with an elegant charm would suffice.

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Purse or Clutch

Though you probably won’t carry a purse down the aisle or pose with it in pictures, you will need a small purse or clutch to keep your personal belongings in. To bring a little color to your “all white” ensemble, you could get a purse that matches the bridal party. Of course, no accessory is complete without a little bling, so even finding a clutch with gemstones on it would be nice.

Undergarments

What’s on the outside of the dress is just as important as what is underneath. You’ll need the right undergarments to make everything “sit in its place.” This not only includes things like a matching bra and panty set, but it also means practical things like an underskirt that makes it easier for you to use the restroom.

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Covering

Depending on the style of dress you have and the time of year it is, you may want to consider some type of covering. A shall, shrug, or cape can serve a dual purpose – keep you warm and make you look great. You can try to go with basic colors like white, ivory, silver, or gold, or you can opt to go with another color in your wedding theme.

Earrings & Bracelet

Jewelry shopping is always fun, and while you don’t want your other jewelry to outshine that gorgeous wedding ring, you can add a few statement pieces. A nice pair of earrings and a bracelet are great choices.

Shopping for wedding accessories should be all about the glitz and glam. You’re in the homestretch of your wedding planning, and all that’s left is a few finishing details. Dress…check. Hair…check.  Accessories…check. Now all that’s left to do is turn on that magic, walk down that aisle, and claim your man.

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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