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What Should You DIY When It Comes To Your Wedding?

12 May 2017


Weddings can be expensive, that's just a fact of life. Many weddings can end up costing people tens of thousands of dollars, if not more! Because of that, many people have started looking for ways to save money on their special day. There are plenty of ways to do this, but one of the most popular is to take something of a DIY attitude towards a wedding. This can be absolutely fantastic since it not only saves you a lot of money, but it makes your wedding far more personal and unique that it could ever be otherwise. But can you do it with every part of your wedding? Here are some of the most important parts of any wedding that you may, or may not, be able to do yourself.

Decorations


Decorations are probably the most common element of a wedding that people tend to take a DIY approach to. There are plenty of things online that teach you how to create all kinds of different decorations that can fit any number of wedding themes. With the help of your partner and some friends, you can quite easily create a wonderful atmosphere with little more than some creativity and a few simple household items. Not only will you save money but it means that your wedding will look unlike anyone else's.

Photography


Unless you happen to have a friend who is an incredibly skilled photographer, it's probably a good idea to hire a professional to handle it. These are the memories that you're going to cherish forever, and the last thing you want is for them to be blurry, out of focus, and badly composed. If you want you can have disposable or Polaroid cameras on the tables so that guests can take photos themselves as well. That way you get the best of both worlds!

Catering


This is something that will depend on the kind of wedding that you're planning. If it's a large scale affair where you're planning on providing a three-course meal for a lot of guests, then you'll probably want to hire a catering company. But if it's less formal and with a smaller guest list then you might be able to serve food yourself more easily. Cooking up things like pies and finger foods for your guests in advance can be a great way to save a lot of money, but it's important to remember that this means you'll probably have to take a lot of time out yourself to prepare and cook all of the food.

Music


The main choice you need to make is this: band or DJ. Generally speaking, a DJ is cheaper, but there's something great about having a live band perform at your wedding. Most wedding bands have different rates depending on what you want. Of course, if you know anyone who plays in a band that would be suitable for your wedding then there's always a chance that they'll be able to give you a decent discount.

Remember that sometimes there are just going to be things that you need help from the professionals with. There's nothing wrong with that; it just means that the money that you save in other areas can go towards getting the best people for the job.

Life's A Beach With These Dreamy Wedding Ideas

10 May 2017

For many people, a beach wedding is the epitome of marital luxuriousness. There isn't much else that looks more picturesque - and on the best day of your life, having a beautiful backdrop can only make your memories of your wedding even more special. It's all pretty romantic - the sound of the surf in the background, the warm sand under your feet and the miles of sky and ocean behind you. Here are a few ways you can make sure that your seaside wedding runs smoothly, and it's a memory you'll look back on with happiness forever.


Get the timing right


If you are traveling abroad for your wedding, or if you are lucky enough to live somewhere hot, the rain probably isn't anything you're particularly worried about on your big day. But still, you will need to get the timing right for a few different reasons. Firstly, the vast majority of people tend to book their weddings during the summer months. So, make sure you get your ceremony and reception organized way in advance, otherwise, your perfect date could be easily snatched up. On another note, it could also be a good idea to be mindful of just how hot it could be during your outdoor ceremony. Beaches are not exactly places where the tends to be an abundance of shade, and elderly guests, in particular, could end up struggling in the early afternoon heat. Not to mention you don't want to end up sweating through your expensive gown! As far as your reception venue goes, check and double check that there is air conditioning there and that it works.

Look the part


Beach wedding attire is famously casual in comparison to other types of ceremony, which is ideal if glittery, lacy numbers are not your thing. Opt for a thin white material to keep you cool and encourage guests to dress in all white too. You can add a splash of color and a nod to Hawaiian tradition by adding leis to your outfit - flower garlands typically presented at events like weddings and graduations. You can find ones that will stay fresh right up to the big day from companies such as With Our Aloha. Traditionally, the bride and groom exchange leis or they are given them by their parents - but you can bestow them in any way you see fit.


Offer suitable food


With a summer beach wedding, you are going to want food that mirrors the relaxed vibe of the day. Avoid anything too heavy or stodgy, as many people struggle to eat food that is very dense during hot weather. That doesn't mean to say that you can't serve up warm food though - jerk chicken is a popular choice for seaside weddings, and of course, it wouldn't be a beach wedding without copious amounts of seafood! Bulk out the meals with plenty of salad, and keep anything that is likely to spoil in the heat in sealed, airtight containers.

Why New Experiences Are So Important

5 May 2017


Time is a funny thing. A lot of people make the argument that time flies when you’re having fun, and that it really drags when you’re bored. And that’s certainly true in the short-term. But the problem with this line of thinking is that it really doesn’t apply all that well to the long-term.

If you’re living a life filled with fun, new experiences, then your brain will be more active, taking in more memories and detail. When you look back on your life, all that time will actually appear quite long - it will “stretch out”, in a way. If you don’t do anything new, then all the days just sort of blur together. You’ll have trouble remembering one day from another, or even one week or month from another. When that happens, life will appear to have flown by you at tremendous speed.

This is why it’s so important that people try out new experiences. This is one of the reasons why travel is so important to a lot of people. We’re going to take a look at the other benefits that a life full of new experiences gives you.

It broadens your horizons

Trying new experiences is great, but a lot of people keep it to things they think they’d be familiar or comfortable with. The problem with this is that you never really broaden your horizons if you don’t take a chance with things you originally felt were outside your comfort zone.

This sort of thinking can encompass many experiences, from the extreme to the more down-to-earth. Jumping out of a plane might be outside your comfort zone - but doing it might help you defeat fears. You might not think seeing a psychic would do you any good, but how do you know if you never check a psychics directory?

It can help you land a job

When you’ve experienced a lot of things, it makes you look very interesting - and employers want to hire interesting people. The more things you try, the more skills you acquire. In fact, this willingness to experience new things may even by what prompts you to find a better job in the first place.


If you’ve been working the same job for a long time and you’re feeling a little bored and underused, then going out there and finding something within your skillset but outside of your usual job searches could be the key to a more exciting professional life.

It helps you connect with others

Communication skills rely a lot on your ability to find common interests with people, as well as your ability to impart new and fascinating information. The more things you’ve experienced, the easier it is to bring both of those things to the table when you’re conversing with new people.


New experiences help you expand you "bank" of interesting conversation subjects. You must have met at least one person in your life who was fascinating because they seemed to have had so many experiences in their life. Not only that, but trying out new things is generally what introduces you to new people in the first place!

Nail Comfort And Style With Effortless Summer Fashion

Dressing appropriately for summer can sometimes prove tricky for some of us. It can often seem like it is hard to find a balance between being comfortable - something that is VERY underrated in fashion these days - and still being stylish. Of course, every girl wants to feel confident in whatever she wears, in whatever weather. If you are spending your summer on vacation or traveling, the last thing you want to be worrying about is the way you look - not when you are hanging out with new friends or visiting some amazing ancient landmarks. So, just how can you achieve that 'summer cool' look for an effortless and comfortable closet? Here are the key items you'll need.

Rompers


It's official: rompers are back in fashion, and a lot of us are pretty glad about it! A perfect hybrid between a dress and shorts, rompers come in many designs and are manufactured by a lot of different online clothing boutiques. If you feel self-conscious in dresses and skirts (after all, who HASN'T be caught unaware by a gust of the wind before?) they are a great and practical option for staying cool and looking hot. Another great thing about rompers is that you can easily dress them up or down, so pack a few for whatever trip you are heading off on.



Maxi skirts


Even though many of us enjoy wearing fewer layers during the summer and getting that all important tan, there are just those occasions where you want to be a little more covered up. However, we all know the perils of jeans and tights during hot weather. A maxi skirt, in that case, can be the ideal option for where you don't fancy getting your legs out but don't want to feel restricted. You can go for something simple in a bold color, or adopt boho-chic with printed material. Pair with some gladiator sandals and an off-the-shoulder top for effortless summer style.

Sundress


If you are looking for an outfit that requires little to no planning, it doesn't get easier than your basic daytime dress. These are rife in stores before the summer season, which means you can pick up a selection at a relatively low cost. The cut is entirely up to you - you could opt for something loose like a swing dress, or something a little more figure-hugging like a classic tea dress. Another popular style that has recently emerged is the 'cold shoulder' dress, where the tops of the sleeves are cut out from the rest of the design. Just remember to stock up on plenty of sunscreen if you go for this look!


Loose shorts


When we think of summer shorts, many of us naturally consider denim shorts as the number one option. However, while they are a summer staple, they are not always entirely comfortable. If you want to feel less restricted, choose shorts in a thinner, fabric-based material like cotton. Loose, culotte-style shorts have also been in fashion recently, and are perfect if you want to mimic the look of a skirt without actually committing to one.

Vista Residences Hill Series in Baguio City

30 April 2017

Popularly known as "The Summer Capital of the Philippines", "City of Pines" or whatever it is, Baguio City will always be my favorite city here in the Philippines. Baguio City is my home. I was born here and I grew up here and it will still be forever in my heart.


Well, what's not to love about the City of Pines? Everybody can enjoy the lush pine forest and the year-round cool climate of Baguio. Ha, you can definitely wear a jacket without being judge as "paporma lang kahit naiinitan" in this tropical country. It has the best thrift shopping places. When I say thrift, you can buy a branded and authentic clothing for as low as PhP 5.00 only. No, I am not kidding here. If you are lucky enough, you can even buy an original Louis Vuitton bag or Louboutin shoes for PhP 50.00. With its numerous food hubs, it is definitely a food trip paradise to all foodies out there. Yes, you can get your tummy filled with just PhP 25.00 for an ulam and kanin.

It has the best schools and universities too. The city has grown to be one big community of learning. Thus, it was dubbed as the educational hub of the North. Although my school days are over and I have already earned my bachelor's degree and master's degree in the city, I can say that I got the best education here. Paying only a quarter of the tuition rate of most schools in the metropolis, enrolling in any Baguio school will also give you an advantage — most of the universities and colleges are accredited, thus, they are at par with more popular schools in the big Manila cities (at a cheaper cost). Education here is indeed of quality.

Oh Baguio, you are quite a charmer!



I know you want to study and perhaps live here too; maybe you have considered buying a home in this cool city.

Ladies and gentleman, introducing the Vista Residences "Hill Series" in Baguio City. If you are still unconvinced, here is why you should consider Vista Residences "Hill Series".

The Location


Vista Brenthill is a 3,000 sqm located in an exclusive enclave on Yangco road and it is easily accessed by both public and private transportation. The location, while quieter and greener, is very near Session and Leonard Wood Roads, and across the expansive Brent International School campus. The soon to be launched Vista Pinehill will come up on close to 4,000 sqm along Outlook Drive surrounding the lush pine forest.

Both Vista Brenthill and the Vista Pinehill is strategically and conveniently located close to the Summer Capital's main landmarks and tourist attractions. Vista Brenthill is a short ride from Baguio Cathedral, Burnham Park, Teacher’s Camp and the Pink Sisters while Camp John Hay and the Baguio Country Club are an easy ten-minute drive from Vista Pinehill – which is even closer to the Botanical Gardens and Mines View Park. The location make them wonderful and convenient vacation homes.


A Condo Living that Suites Your Needs


The Vista Hill Series homes are designed to be both a home to escape to and a vacation house to relax in. Both are carefully styled to mimic the "vintage Baguio architecture". Whilst it is known to many that the Americans had a huge impact in the development of Baguio and it is very evident by the yet graceful log cabins loved by so many American architects.

Vista Brenthill is a 10 storey mid-rise tower and will house three lower ground floors where the main lobby, an inner garden atrium, and a function hall will be the venues for residents to meet, greet, and gather. The top floor will be given over to a roof deck with gardens and hidden nooks where residents can enjoy the beautiful weather, the panorama and pine-scented air. Both towers will offer sauna – spa, gym for the health buffs and multi-purpose function rooms for hosting social events. There will be basement parking with elevator access to all the upper floors, a guarded reception area, CCTV in all the common areas, as well as fire, smoke alarms and prevention systems.

The Vista Hill Series towers will be a collection of studio apartments and go beyond being magnificent condos in ideal locations. They are investments that will appreciate over time. Beyond this, Vista Residences offers a broad selection of leasing services designed as proactive solutions for unit owners looking to lease out their units.

Bear in mind that you are in control of what home you'll buy. Don't settle for second best when you can have the perfect one by simply being very discerning about your decisions.


The Developer


We're talking about serious investments here. And when it comes to investment, time is our single most valuable resource. Aside from delivering on time, the quality of work the developer deliver. Of course, nobody wants condo units with leaking sewage pipes from the floors above, within a few years from turnover. And you wouldn't want to see cracks everywhere on your walls soon after you get your unit, right?

At Vista Residences, every space is designed with creative and practical space planning. Function, design and the building of dwellings that families can truly call a "home" is central to the company’s philosophy. The company carries with it Vista Land’s over 40 years of experience in developing vertical residences and master planned communities – integrating into every project expertise in space planning, and flair for finding the most attractive locations. It is committed to assuming a chief role in the condominium sector, creating greater awareness of their capabilities, as well as enhancing efficiency in their resource distribution.

Learn more about Vista Residences Hill Series towers. Call 650 0753; 0999 887 1705; or visit www.vistaresidences.com.ph. For news and announcements, follow vistaresidencesofficial on Facebook and @vistaresidencesinc on Instagram.

Buying on a Budget

29 April 2017

Unfortunately, going on holiday isn’t just buying the plane ticket. You need to think about other things as well. What will you wear? Where will you stay? What will you eat? To really get the most out of a holiday, you need to plan ahead so you can relax while you’re there. However, if you’re on a budget, it can be easier said than done. Sometimes, buying all the things you’ll need on holiday can be just as expensive as the holiday itself. So, how do you prepare for a holiday on a budget?

Plan What You Need

It’s exactly the same as when we go shopping at any other time. If you go into a shop with a clear idea of what you want, find it and leave, you’re not going to over spend. If you go into a shop and just browse everything, you’re likely to leave with things you don’t need. Make a list of the clothes you need to take. For example, do you need sandals, a hat or sunglasses? Only take the things you know you won’t be able to get when you’re there. Things like toiletries are usually easy to come by in local stores. If not, your hotel should be able to provide you with some.


Can You Get Money Off?

If you’re on a budget, it’s important to watch what you’re spending. There are times when you may find a bargain by going through the sales racks. You can also try websites such as Ebay or Amazon where people sell their unwanted holiday items. You may find items that other people bought and never got around to wearing, so they’re virtually new at half the price. If you’ve spotted something you really like but it isn’t on sale, you might want to try and find eastbay discount codes to help lower the price.

How Will You Eat?

If you’ve booked an all-inclusive holiday, that’s not something you need to worry about. However, if you’re going self-catering, you’ll need to do some research. What do you have available in your kitchen? Is it cheaper to eat out at restaurants or buy your own groceries to cook? It’s worth contacting your hotel to find these details out in advance. They’ll also be able to tell you how far away the nearest grocery store is. Here are some tips on cooking safely, wherever you are.

Start Saving

When you go away on holiday, you want to treat yourself and your family. Perhaps that’s a meal out or a few cocktails. Maybe you want to take some souvenirs home for family or buy yourself a handbag. Whatever you’ve set your sights on, it’s important to start saving as soon as possible. You don’t want to be on holiday and having to count the pennies at every turn.


Following these tips means the weight will be lifted off your shoulders when holiday time comes around. No matter how long your holiday lasts, you should be prepared enough to enjoy it!

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