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Look and feel your best as you walk down the aisle with a bit of forward planning, strategic thinking and dogged determination In the lead up to your wedding — an exciting, frenzied whirlwind — there’s so much positive energy floating around and the air is filled with possibilities. With most weddings taking a year at minimum to plan, there’s plenty of time to make some big changes, inside and out, at a slow and steady pace. And when walking down the aisle is the light at the end of the tunnel, motivation is unlikely to dissipate. Before you embark on this...

Take the stress out of — And bring the fun back into — Deciding what to wear to your best girl's wedding with this season's key themes, classic cuts and current trends. Wedding invitations make wonderful and welcome mail— they signify an exciting change in the lives of loved ones, a change in which they want you to take part. The task of deciding, or deciphering, what to wear needn’t be daunting as while each wedding is unique to the bride and groom, there are a few well-loved and often revisited themes. By observing the dress code, adhering to a few simple rules and...

Five  minutes with fashion designer and celebrity stylist, Lena Kasparian TELL US A BIT ABOUT HOW YOU GOT INTO THE BRIDAL INDUSTRY AND WHAT MOTIVATED YOU. What inspired me was my love for fashion, and working in the family business was my gateway to start my own label. Dressing women for an event or wedding became the norm and, of course, there were the brides… WHAT SERVICES DO YOU OFFER AND WHERE? We provide private consultations for brides at the Lena Kasparian boutique located in Parramatta. Private viewings are also available for bridal parties. WHAT SHOULD BRIDES EXPECT AT THE LENA KASPARIAN BOUTIQUE? Expect an experience...

Ensure your beau looks his best with these fine-looking items Superdry tailored slim-fit shirt in optic white- $99.95 Police sunglasses- $195 Trenery dark navy linen jacket- $449 Trenery dark navy pants- $199 Fossil defender bag in green- $299 Evo chad neck brush- $36 Dr Roebuck's Polish two-in-one mask and exfoliator- $39.95 Julius Marlow grand shoes in black- $149.95 Stitch & Hide casper brown wallet- $69.95 Evo Uberwurst shaving creme- $24.95 Giorgio Armani Armani code- $145 Thomas Sabo sterling silver feather ring- $329 Skagen Hoist slim leather watch- $245 Stitch & Hide Webbing belt in black- $69.95 ...

We catch up with Samantha Sargent, leading skincare expert and Australian distributor of AEOS, to learn how to achieve that elusive natural wedding glow How did you get into the beauty and skincare industry and what motivated you? My love for holistic health, natural beauty and wellbeing led me to my current profession. Ever since I left school, I have been enrolling in courses related to health and beauty - makeup artistry, skincare and image training; aromatherapy; physical education (fitness); aura-soma colour therapy - as well as being active in yoga, meditation and anything else that helps bring about holistic happiness. What’s the...

Ignite your passion with this rich, sultry shade in lush metallic and muted tones   The Daily Edited The Daily Edited Smooth pouch in burgundy, $89.95. thedailyedited.com Missguided Missguided choker bodycon dress, $45.95. missguidedau.com MAC MAC Casual Colour cream for lips and cheeks in Blind Score, $41. maccosmetics.com.au Ray-Ban Chromance Ray-Ban Chromance purple mirror sunglasses, $395. ray-ban.com/australia   Freezeframe Boost serum Freezeframe Boost serum, $59. freeze-frame.com.au   Michael Kors  Michael Kors Lauryn watch, $399. 02 8977 8086   MAC MAC Work it Out In Extreme Dimension mascara in Well-Toned, $42. maccosmetics.com.au   Ayu  Ayu scented oil, $90. theayu.com.au   Sly Pony Sly Pony Stacker bangle in plum and silver, $49. slypony.com   MAC MAC Metallic lipstick in Metal Head, $36. maccosmetics.com.au   Pleasure State Pleasure State Violeta Vergara Mezza Luna padded bra, $139.95, and thong $74.95. pleasurestate.com.au     Tony Bianco  Tony Bianco Karvan suede...

What’s new and hot in the bridal industry? Here, we share some of our favourite pickings   Deseo Shoes Bigger and better After huge success, Déseo Bridal & Evening Shoes is expanding with the company opening its second store in Melbourne’s bridal hotspot, Armadale. Over the last six months, the shoe boutique has introduced Bella Belle to its ever-expanding range, with more exciting brands to be released with the opening of the Melbourne store this spring. Teaming up with one of Melbourne’s famous couture dress designers, Déseo aims to create a bridal and evening hub where customers will have all their designer and customising...

Matthew Ely creates fine handcrafted jewellery to reflect your unique love story   How did you get into the bridal industry and what motivated you? I have a strong family history in the jewellery industry. My parents owned a well-established jewellery business in Western Sydney where I grew up surrounded by precious stones and exquisite designs. My childhood interest transformed into a professional passion that I pursued both at home and abroad, learning and refining my craft alongside some of the most experienced jewellery makers in the world. Marking a significant turning point in my career, I channelled my passion for design and...

Whether it’s man-made or a natural phenomenon, these countries’ landscapes are visual feasts that satisfy a hunger for the spectacular When it comes to vibrant encounters, the world plays host to many colour parades, from vivid carnivals in Spain to the intoxicating red hue of Marrakech. Avoid feeling blue and inject some colour into your honeymoon with these top destinations. After all, a honeymoon should be a special holiday and why not turn to the colour wheel to help determine where to go? A honeymoon encapsulates that feeling of je ne sais quoi - magic in the air, moments of romance,...

We unravel Sydney’s most magical hidden gems   Luna Park Luna Park While Luna Park has been in operation for more than 14 years, the attraction has been a destination for blossoming romances since the 1930s, when it first opened. The unique harbourside setting provides a vintage vibe with hints of modern sophistication. It also offers exclusive photographic opportunities called Brides on Rides for couples seeking something special and extraordinary on their wedding day. Award-winning chef Mark Taylor and his team create exceptional menus and offer seasonal selections, which include local and high-quality produce. Luna Park’s wedding and celebrations manager also works alongside the...