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Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

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Luxe Engagement Party Gifts

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Nothing goes hand in hand more than weddings and tradition. However, staunch though the wedding industry is, it hasn’t escaped millennial cultural shifts unscathed. Everything from vows and dresses to etiquette has been undergoing a slow modernization and the engagement party is one example of long-standing formality that is barely hanging on by a thread.

Many couples are ditching the engagement party altogether, making it ultimately more confusing for guests on the rare change they do get invited to one. As engagement parties have become less common, the etiquette around them has become muddled: what’s an appropriate gift, is a gift appropriate at all and should I sip on my champagne or is this a buck wild-style party? Unfortunately, Emily Post will not be able to help you out with this one. That’s ok, POSHGLAM is here to clear up your gift-giving, party-going qualms.

Historically, engagement parties were an opportunity to formally announce a couple’s engagement and introduce wedding guests to each other — basically a couple’s personal debutant ball. The reality today is Facebook is now the go-to social announcement platform for every major life event and bridal showers, bachelor/ette parties and stag & does now offer up plenty of opportunities for pre-nuptial mingling. Unfortunately, your traditional engagement party kind of misses the point when your social circle is already buzzing about your special news.

Don’t fret if you get invited to an engagement party, we’ve got a gift-giving guide to ease your struggle so you can focus your energy on picking the perfect dress instead. If you get the chance to attend an engagement party, don’t let it pass you by; it’s an opportunity to step back in time into an era of bygone luxury and formality that has almost evaporated from mainstream life. Engagement parties are a peek into the long-gone world of the gentry: extravagant floral arrangements, classical music, stunning gowns, courtship and ornate glam — and it’s exotic and enticing to exist in such a world, if only for an evening.

Remember, an engagement party has never been formally decreed as a gift-giving affair, so don’t be surprised if your fellow guests show up without an engagement party gift in tow. For those who want to show express their joy with a gift, try to think luxe and sophisticated, but financially understated; your engagement gift shouldn’t outdo your wedding gift. By the way, if the couple is on the ball they might have already begun building up their registry in anticipation of their engagement party, so Snapchat the happy bride-to-be to find out where she’s registered.

Luxe & Sophisticated Gift Ideas

1. Puzzle Piece Keychain

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Lovers click together like pieces of a puzzle, and this custom engraved Couple’s Keychain set is a sleek yet adorable gift for the two love birds in your life bent on matrimony. The set is hand stamped with the couples’ names and an infinity sign to symbolize everlasting love.

2. Cashmere Matching Monogrammed Robes

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A set of luxurious and comfortable cashmere personalized his and hers bathrobes from Mark And Graham is the unparalleled ultimate in loungewear. Even subscribers to the capsule wardrobe ideology will tell you amazing lougewear is a must-have for the home and the more the better.

3. Elegant Wedding Cake Servers

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Help the couple prep for the big day by gifting them an elegant personalized Fifth Avenue cake serving set , available at Things Remembered. Intricate scrollworking and breathtaking crystal accents on the handles accompany stainless steel blades.

4. Champagne Toasting Flutes

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A must-have for the wedding ceremony are unique his and hers champagne flutes, and what could be a greater engagement gift than a stylishly modern and monogrammed stemless set from Nordstrom.

5. Wedding Cake Forks

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These I Do, Me Too Forks from Etsy seller Milk and Honey Luxuries are a unique hand stamped gift the couple is unlikely to get from anyone else. Set yourself apart from the crowd with this simple gift.

6. Leather-bound Inspirational Book

Inspire the to-be-wed couple with romantic passages from this Leather “Love” Book by Mark and Graham. The collection of quotes, passages and phrases, edited by B.C. Aronson, will help even the most writer-blocked couple draft their own personal vows.

7. Ipod Tripod

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Taking DSLR quality photos on the honeymoon has never been easier than with a compact Iphone Zoom Lens + Tripod and travel bag. Paired with a camera self timer app the happy couple will be selfie happy, without having to count on unsuspecting strangers to capture their honeymoon moments.

8. Arrow To The Heart Wine Bottle Stopper

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Like an arrow to the heart, this ceramic bottle stopper hits the gift sweet spot from Wedding gurus BHLDN. What a great way to say you’ve been struck by Cupid to the newly engaged.

9. XOXO Brass Tic-Tac-Toe

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From Jonathan Adler, this XOXO brass tic-tac-toe game set is a great addition to the new home the engaged couple will be creating. Bonus: it’s versatile as a functional two-person game and a décor centrepiece.

Image Credit: telachhe/Flickr

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

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Cribsheet for Online Dating @PlentyOfFish

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So, you want to try online dating eh (POF.com)? We should preface this article buy saying that our tips probably aren’t for you if you’re looking for a quickie shag with a relative stranger. It may be a good time, but we’ll keep our dirty nocturnal secrets to ourselves; that’s for another time and another post our friends!

For most people, finding love online is kind of like shopping at ASOS: you pretty much put every size and style in your basket and hope for the best. You may bag the most magnificent jumpsuit known to mankind which makes your ass looks amazing, or be stuck with a bunch of s**t you just don’t need in your closet (i.e. your life). Online dating has compressed the world of men into a tiny pill that can be hard to swallow (did someone say swallow?). Having dabbled in some online dating ourselves, we are here to dispense some (hopefully) helpful insight to finding true love (or at the very least, one good date) online. Behold! The WAGs guide to online dating:

Be yourself:

We don’t mean this in the generic way your grandma used to tell you when she caught you stuffing your bra age ten. We do mean be your most authentic self: whether this means not photoshopping your profile pictures to oblivion (Beyoncé’s thigh gap?), writing your profile according to what you think people want (those two packs of cigarettes in your bag doesn’t make you a light smoker) or showing up on your first date with a fabricated alter ego you think will be super awesome (when did your job as a primary school teacher become a fashion model strutting the cat walks of Milan!?). Be you! You can only live life as ‘pretend you’ for so long before the cracks will start to appear. Plus, wouldn’t it be nice (and so much easier) to be honest with a potential partner from day 1? No one likes a liar, fool!

It’s a numbers game:

Now, this may sound cynical – but the WAGs aren’t here coddle you like Julie Andrews from the Sound of Music. Now there are some lucky few out there who happen to find Mr. Right on their first date – if only the rest of us could be that lucky! Fact of the the matter is, you may think you’re a real catch and that your s**t don’t stink, but nothing good will ever happen from putting all your eggs in one basket from Date #1. Don’t be discouraged: it may take 4, 11 or 20 dates to find someone you really click with and that’s perfectly normal. Have a little faith, take that pre-date vodka shot, get that little black dress on and get your ass out there.

Don’t be nitpick:

Jason is perfect – gorgeous eyes, gorgeous bod and a killer profile. But alas…he’s a dog man and you’re considering adopting your third cat. Before you even think about tossing this guy into your e-trash, remember that you too are not perfect and might also not be every single thing someone is dreaming of. Have an open mind and remember that, like in real life, relationships are a give and take and rely on compromise. He may surprise you and be the ying to your yang or the milk to your Coco Puffs or….no more, you get the drift.

One last thing:

If, after giving it a good go, you’re just not feeling one with this whole online dating thing, don’t be afraid to admit it to yourself. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, and it takes courage to admit that too. Some people just prefer meeting their one and only the good ol’ fashioned way: intoxicated, sweaty and doing the robot at the office party.
May the gods of the world wide web be with you!

Contributed by the WAGs, Sophie and Aleks – Singaporean and American, two good friends with a penchant for making fools of themselves in public. Together they navigate living abroad, regularly hand out unsolicited advice on lifestyle, beauty and fashion and what it truly means to be a fabulous WAG. Check out their website, Like them on Facebook, follow them on Instagram and Twitter and watch them on YouTube

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Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

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Chris Collins Exclusive: The Categories Men Put Women In, and How You Can Move Between

Model Chris Collins

There is a notion that when a man meets a woman, he can immediately put her in a category where he sees that woman playing a role in is life. And I’m here to tell you it’s true….to a certain extent. Now this may seem a bit harsh, but as a man I don’t think we purposely do this. Wait, let me take that back, we completely know that we’re doing when we do this. I just think this is the only way men can make sense out of their relationships with the very intricate and complex, yet magnificent and precious treasure that a woman is. Now that I’ve buttered you up, here’s how it goes.

There are four main categories that men place women in upon meeting them. There is the Girlfriend, the Sex Partner, the Best Friend, and last but not least the once in lifetime, love at first site, myth I’ve only read about in books or seen in movies but I think is completely probable…..the Wife. Now I’m sure there are thousands of sub-categories within the four I’ve mentioned, but to keep this as simple as possible we’ll just stick with these. Oh and there’s another point I need to make.  I’m assuming that the men I’m speaking about are single. If a man is married or in a relationship, well let’s just say that that’s a whole other fish to fry. This as you know can get extremely complicated.

Men are very animalistic in nature. Think of them as animals in the wild. If they see something that attracts them, they either want to kill it and eat it, or love it. Let’s just call this natural selection. Now unless this guy is a cannibal or a nut case, he will in most cases want to love it.  This brings me to my first category, the Sex Partner. Man and woman were created for each other for a sole purpose, and that is to mate and reproduce. And trust me when a man sees a woman from across the room or at a bar and says to himself, wow she’s hot, his headmost instinct is to grab her, rip her clothes off and mate. It could be her beauty, her smile, her style, etc. But whatever it is, that initial allure has sex written all over it. So even before you meet, before you say single word to each other, you have already been categorized as a sex partner.

Now at some point he will muster up the courage to come and talk to you about his plan to have sex with you until you both pass out from exhaustion. And at this point, here is where the real game begins. Within moments he will know if you will stay in that category of you being his sex partner for a little while. Or will there be something that happens during your interaction that suddenly moves you into another? That depends. It will be the difference between him saying, “So do you want to come to my place for a drink tonight” or, “can I have your number so I can take you to lunch tomorrow”. Her are the different scenarios that can ensue.

So now you meet, and he sees that you are just like him, maybe too much like him and maybe he wasn’t as into you as much as he thought he would be. He realizes you both love sports, cats, watching documentaries about veganism or whatever. You laugh and joke all night wondering how the time passed. And all of a sudden he forgets about how bad he wanted to jump your bones, and realizes how cool you are. All he wants to do is hang out with you, grab a beer or do something together that you both have in common. You my dear have now been put in the category of a Best Friend. But hold on, before we go any further. I have a theory about men and women being “best friends”. If one or both of the participants in this friendship is attractive, this friendship will never work. Especially since you two met initially through that attraction. It will always end up one day with one of you crying and confessing how you always loved the other person for years and couldn’t hold it in anymore. Or after a fun night of drinking a laugh turns into a kiss and you both wake up the next morning in bed wondering what the hell just happened. In that case either the friendship ends or you slip effortlessly into the category of either the sex partner, the girlfriend and maybe even one day his wife!! That’ll be a funny story for a wedding speech.

Ok, back the point. Let’s rewind a bit and talk about that initial interaction again. So now when you meet, you blow him away with your wit and your charm. He realizes you are smart and funny with good values, great career, etc. Every box on his continuously changing punch list is checked. This makes you even more beautiful than he thought. He sees, that at least from your initial meeting that you are the girl that he’s been waiting to meet in is unsuccessful quest for companionship. You are now in the category of Girl Friend.  Your goin home to momma!!

And last but not least, the category of Wife. As legend has it, there are some encounters that are Godly and upon meeting a woman you know in that second that she is your wife. I’ve never experienced this yet, but I’m assuming that this is what it would feel like. “When I meet you everything in the room disappears. There is a glow around you, and my heart feels like it’s going to beat out of my chest. Every word you say, sounds like a symphony of Mozart. I look into your eyes and I see your soul. I feel you. You ask, “why are you staring at me like that”, and I’m thinking because all I can do is imagine you playing with our children in our yard. I’m already checking the ring of  your first name with my last. I completely lose time. I’ve known you all my life. You are my Wife”. Wow, what an image!

One very important thing to keep in mind, is that it is very easy to slip in and out and back and forth between these categories. What you imagined in the beginning may not be. Life is funny in the way things turn out sometime. The woman you believed to be your wife may end up being the girlfriend you let get away. Or the sex partner you imagined became the best friend because the your sexual connection was terrible. But trust me, they do exist. You just never know which one you will start or where you will ultimately end up.

Chris Collins a model for Ralph Lauren for 16 years is not your average model. Beyond his looks, and his charm, he’s smart. With degrees in Biology and psychology, planning to be a Doctor later in life, he will soon be using his intelligence and influence on his own platform, as a journalist.  This piece is a sampling of his work and his creation of the long awaited….Chris Collins Report!

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Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

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First Date No-no’s: Check Please or Back to Mine Please?

First Date

Ahhh, first dates. Sweaty arm pits, too many cocktails and the promise of eternal love, marriage and a truck load of babies. Sound familiar? First dates can be exhilarating and let’s face it, who doesn’t like buying new heels you can’t afford and walking into a restaurant to your own personal theme song playing in your head…Baby Got Back? I think so!

But let’s not forget, for all those first date butterflies, you also have an equal chance of meeting American Psycho or Glenn the Medieval Re-enactment Society chairman who lives with his mother. Before you pull the plug and signal your best friend to make that “emergency call” so you can make a hasty beeline for the exit, read the WAGs’ (hopefully helpful) guidelines for knowing whether your date is Mr. I’ll-see-you-again or Mr. One-date-was-enough-FOREVER.

1) The first fifteen minutes were going great. That is, until Cindy – your very blonde and very buxom waitress – brings over the water for the table. Suddenly your date’s eyes are no longer on your baby blues but are glued to Cindy’s damn jugs. And no, he’s not parched from running a marathon. The jury is split on this one; whilst we do think men tend to be visual creatures, the first date is pretty early to be checking out other talent. Though it could be a harmless habit (maybe he’s a nervous character or maybe he’s wanted by the cops!?), it can also be a sign of possible obstacles to come. If it becomes clear that he just can’t help but look at anything that’s breathing, has breasts and wearing a short skirt – it’s time to grab yourself a cab. Alone.

2) Dan is charming, well dressed and devilishly handsome…and he also happened to dissect and debate every last cent on your dinner bill when it finally comes. Was that extra scoop of ice cream his or yours? Did they really charge for water? And what do they mean the breadsticks are included in the service charge!? Oh Dan – you were doing so well. We’re clear on this one: no one likes a cheap skate on the first date – or going forward. Whilst we don’t consider ourselves gold-diggers, a calculating and stingy attitude can be a real turn off….and we doubt it will get any better by date No. 2.

3) When he checked his phone the first time, you didn’t take notice. The second, you asked if everything was okay at home. By the tenth, you were convinced he would rather be anywhere else but here. Frankly, if he can’t make you a priority on the first date, he’s probably never going to get the Lifelong Partnership Award. Unless his house is on fire, he has a critically ill aunt or Scruffy-the-dog is suicidal when left alone for more than an hour, you may not want to arrange that second date unless you’re prepared for another three-way with him and his Blackberry.

4) It’s an hour into your date and you know all about his life story, his family’s history of Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (WHAT!?) and his Uncle Herbert’s penchant for paisley ties and well done steak. Oddly enough, you haven’t got past your name and the fact you work in HR. Hmmm – he might just be a tiny bit self-involved. Whilst confidence is key and a good talker is entertaining, there should be room for breathing and acknowledging the fact that this is a date and not a one way monologue. Ditch now or forever hold your peace.

5) Unless this guy is Michael Fassbender from Jane Eyre (in which case, tie us up and call us Jane!), sexual deviants are a big no-no. I’m eating lasagna for f**ks sake; I don’t want to hear how you want to bend me over a table the second you get a chance. This reminds us of a date one of us had…and no, it didn’t end well. While some sexual tension à la Christian Grey is very exciting, it sounds to us like this could fizzle very quickly if we can’t make it five seconds into the date without sexual innuendo.

So there you go, the WAGs guide to that all important first date. Hopefully our insight has been somewhat helpful in navigating this sometimes scary territory. Most importantly, let loose, be yourself and trust your instincts. May the odds forever be in your favour!

Contributed by the WAGs, Sophie and Aleks – Singaporean and American, two good friends with a penchant for making fools of themselves in public. Together they navigate living abroad, regularly hand out unsolicited advice on lifestyle, beauty and fashion and what it truly means to be a fabulous WAG. Check out their website, Like them on Facebook, follow them on Instagram and Twitter and watch them on YouTube…

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Thursday, November 27th, 2014

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Fun after the Sun: Winter Dating Ideas — Taken From A Man

Harry Met SallyThe weather outside is frightful, but your lady is so delightful. You want to show her a good time in the cold – where to go, where to go, where to go?

As the winter gods commence their takeover faster than Ariana Grande’s climb up the pop charts, showing that special lady a good time while battling the elements, can be a challenge. However, freezing temperatures should not freeze the dating fun – Netflix and hot coco will not survive the entire “cuffing season.”

The cold weather presents the opportunity for fun and creative evenings with the boo. Here are a few winter dating ideas to keep the fun alive.

Coffee and Carol Writing

Did you know that Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” is the best-selling single of all time? In fact, due to their yearly rotation, holiday songs are generally big business. Thus, why don’t you and her grab a pen and notepad and write a Christmas Carol at a coffee shop together! Perhaps you two and Mr. Crosby will never compare royalty checks, but the memory of writing a song together will forever ring silver bells of harmony.

Build-a-Boo Workshop

Here is how it works: (1) start with a plain teddy bear, reindeer, elf, or other stuffed animal, (2) decorate it with clothes and accessories, and (3) exchange little boos with one another. You may have too much pride to nestle with a stuffed animal, but she will appreciate a fluffy friend to hold at night when you are away.

Ugly Sweater Photo Shoot

Remember those ugly Christmas sweaters your mother took pictures of you in to send to grandma? Well, now is your chance to redeem yourself, except this time, you will have a beautiful lady with you to counteract the tacky sweater. However, no cutting corners! Cell phone pictures are not allowed. Instead, set up an actual photography appointment or find a now-historic photo booth to take pictures in.

His & Hers Ornaments

Anyone can buy candy canes and put a star atop a tree. However, it takes real ingenuity to make an ornament, even just one. Embrace the challenge together. Head to your local arts and crafts store and make your own angels, stars, or stocking to fill with candy. Santa will be proud.

Pinterest Night In

Nights in are enjoyably inevitable. However, break the monotony with a simple collaborative cuisine challenge. Find something to make together a la Pinterest, trek to the grocery store, and see just how well you two follow directions in creating a five star meal.

Bowling . . . With a Little Winter Wager

Bowling is old faithful. You actually have to try to mess this one up! However, add a friendly wager to add some flavor. The first person to throw three consecutive strikes or spares gets treated to a movie of their choice. Perhaps sir must outscore madam by 50 pins for a new scarf, or vice versa. The higher the stakes, the higher the fun.

The Light Stroll

Most cities display vivid, decorative winter lights somewhere. Find them and take a stroll in the cold, holding hands while you two enjoy the warmth of the luminescence. Who says romanticism doesn’t exist?

Hot Yoga

When it’s cold outside, what better way to stay warm and fit than hot yoga? Winter is the perfect time to warrior pose you all’s way to health and energy while the elements do their best to keep you two indoors indulging on Thanksgiving leftovers.

Sex[es] Therapy

You would think that after co-existing on Earth for millions of years that men and women would understand one another. Wrong! Make it a fun night with food, drinks, and a group of friends. Separately place guys and gals on opposing sides, pick a moderator, and debate gender-specific topics of you all’s choice on hand-written cards. For example, “Describe the ideal date froma man’s/woman’s perspective”; “What is the big deal about guys and Madden”; “How do men really feel about hair and makeup”; “Discuss the best way to approach women.”

Game Night

Before the days of PlayStation and apps were cardboard platforms and little plastic pieces. Take a journey back in time and roll the dice with a game of monopoly, or perhaps stretch your imagine with taboo. You would be surprised how much fun there is to be had when you trade in Words With Friends for an old-fashioned Scrabble match. Double the fun and make it a double date.

Written by C. Charles Carson – C. Charles Carson is a third year law student at the University of Miami School of law. He also completed his Master’s in Multimedia Writing and Production in 2013. He recently contributed “Why Men Cheat” and aspires to be a US Congressman and media personality.

 

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