Love your Mum…

As we all get older and journey through our adult lives, we might find that our contact with our family dwindles. Sometimes, building our own family, balancing a life and career as well as keep on top form regarding our own personal romances or duties can make us simply forget those we love. This isn’t due to any form of incompetency, or even maliciousness, it’s simply what happens when we have so much to think about in one day that there aren’t enough hours to fit it all in. You might find that your relationship to one of your parents might have fallen off in recent years. It’s up to you as a child to rekindle it.

Remember, we all owe our parents much. They taught us the framework for how we operate in the world now, and they kept us safe and fed as children. As such, it’s only right that we make use of our own personal ability to maintain our relationship. This guide will focus on the mother’s of our lives. Mothers bring us into the world, shower us with maternal affection and love, and think about us often. These tips will help you keep them as a prominent force in your life, and help them feel loved, cherished and desired, which they of course always are.

Spend time together

Your most valuable resource in any field of life is your time, and so choosing to spend it with your mother will no doubt help her feel desired and loved. You don’t need to plan anything significant around it, or even leave your or her home. Sometimes, grabbing a cup of tea and cakes from the local cafe is enough.

Sometimes, inviting them to a simple walk around the shops is enough. Spending the time is key, no matter if you simply sit on the sofa and watch a bad television movie together. It will never escape her that you are making the effort, and she will love you for it, especially when ageing. If you can, make sure that you organise any siblings you have around meeting your mother as well, because she will desire more than anything to see you all in the same place and doing well by one another.

Treat her

Sometimes the only way we can truly show our appreciation is by purchasing our parent gifts that show how much we truly care. It doesn’t matter what form of gift you buy, but purchasing it from a classy retailer such as cuckooland can help you find the most suitable items within a certain theme, and can help you provide that ‘wow factor’ with unique items that might not be found in your local shopping mall. It shows you have gone the extra mile to source something quirky that you believe she will enjoy.

Listen to her

Your mother is your mother, and she always will be. As such, she will probably either voice advice often or at least want to. This might seem annoying or unwarranted sometimes, but it’s most likely never done out of maliciousness. It’s simply the maternal urge that she will never lose, and you will no doubt relate to this if you have children of your own. In this case, listening to her will at least help her feel like you take her words with significance, even if you don’t act on them.

Keeping on top of these tips will help you nurture the relationship to your mother throughout all of your adulthood, and it will stay strong as you both age.

How to pick the perfect engagement ring…

Congratulations, you’re engaged! Although your mind is probably running with all of the different things that you’ve got to plan, there’s one thing that you may want to sort out before you start on your wedding planning checklist. And that’s to pick out your perfect engagement ring. Sometimes, your now fiancé will have chosen something for you, but when he wants you to choose something for yourself, you’ve got a lot of decisions to make. Not only are you going to want to find something that you love, but you’re also going to want to choose a ring that will last you a lifetime.

Do some research…

First of all, to get you off on the right foot, you’re going to want to make sure that you do some research. So head to a range of informative sites such as Your Diamond Guru that can help you out. When you first think about choosing your ring, you can feel a bit overwhelmed. There are so many different rings that you could think about getting, that it’s possible you’re not entirely sure which will be the one for you. But by doing some research, you’ll be able to narrow things down.

Choose the metal band…

With your mind a little more clued up on all of your options, it’s time to start making some firmer choices. The first of which is going to be your choice of metal. Whether you go for silver, gold, or platinum, you may also want to think about the colour – especially when it comes to gold. With gold, you could go for white gold, yellow gold, or even rose gold. So, you’re going to want to choose a colour that suits your style and taste the most.

Choose the cut of the diamond…

Now that you’ve got the color and metal chosen, you’re also going to want to think about the shape of the diamond itself, known as the cut. There are lots of diamond cuts that you could consider, based on your own preferences. Whether you like the classic square shape or a more modern pear, you’re going to want to figure out what shapes you like the most to help narrow down your search.

Maybe even the colour of the stone…

You may also want to think about the colour of the diamond too. A lot of the time, you’ll see a lot of clear diamonds used within engagement rings. But they are not your own choice. Coloured diamonds can look just as stunning too. You may even decide that you want to go with an emerald or a sapphire, rather than a diamond itself.

Think about your budget…

By narrowing down your preferences on the metal, diamond cut, and color, you’re getting a lot closer to finding your perfect engagement ring. But now, the rest you should choose based on your budget. To some, the clarity and carat size of the diamond will matter, but not to everyone. So make sure you stick to your budget when you’re making these final choices on your diamond engagement ring.

 

London hen party fun

When most people think of hen parties, they tend to think of ladies getting a little messy on a wild weekend away. However, some people prefer to keep things classier and more sophisticated. Whether you’re a bridesmaid accommodating a bride with more refined tastes or you’re the bride-to-be taking control, London is one of the best places for a hen party that’s a little bit better in just about every way.

London Hen Party

Bridesmaid duties…

We don’t choose bridesmaids just because they’re some of the people closest in the world to us. They’re supposed to help us and in organising the hen party they can be of a lot of help. London’s a big city and it can get confusing, so make sure bridesmaids are each playing a role in coordination with each other. One can be in charge of finding accommodation closest to the things the bride wants to do, for instance, while another organises the use of the city’s extensive public transport system, making it easier by buying Oyster cards.

Let’s go shopping…

Beyond an entertainment and nightlife mecca, London is one of the fashion capitals of the UK. Everyone getting themselves a little extra to take home with them is going to ensure that they’re getting more than they might have expected from the trip. You don’t have to urge anyone to spend, of course. You can make it a little easier if you’re taking some of the London shopping tours that stop by some of the smaller boutiques or even thrift shops instead of just the high-street famous brands. In London, so long as you’re in the right area, you’ll be able to find good additions for just about any price.

Just the girls

The nightlife is not something to be underestimated in the city, either. There’s a whole range of classy, sophisticated bars and lively clubs to be found. If you want to make it truly special, however, skip mingling with the locals. Think about more exclusive nightlife options like getting on the Cuckoo club guest list in advance. You don’t want your time together spoiled by people hitting on the bridesmaids or losing some of the party in amongst the crowd. Instead, treat yourself to a little pampering and special treatment from the staff. The high-end clubs can make you feel like a star, even if it is for a night.

Day time fun

The city is best experienced for more than just a night. If you can organise it, make sure you have plenty of time to explore it in the day, as well. Not just for the shopping but the sheer amount of entertainment, often free, that’s available on the streets. If you want to keep the high-flying air of sophistication up, for instance, stopping by the Globe Theatre or having a day at the May Fair Spa is always recommended.

London gives you the chance to experience a hen party like nowhere else in the UK. Whether it’s enjoying the pleasures of an exclusive club with just your favourite ladies for company or exploring the wealth of daytime activities the city has to offer.

 

Summer 2017 Mother of the Bride Styles

For any mother, her daughter’s wedding day is incredibly special. Usually, she plays an important role. Naturally, front of house and she’ll want to look her best. Luckily, there are plenty of beautiful mother of the bride dresses out there at the moment, with styles and fits to suit all.

Beautiful Lace

For a special occasion, lace is a wonderful option. This beautiful fabric has a luxurious and very opulent feel. This year, many designers are using it in a variety of interesting ways. and it looks especially good paired with shiny fabrics such as silk.

Many of the most stunning looking mother of the bride dresses are made of two layers of fabric. Layering lace with satin produces a beautiful rich garment that does not crease easily. It’s a great option for a wedding, looking good throughout the entire day.

Not only that, these dresses are easy to accessorize too. Two fabrics gives you twice as many options when it comes to matching items like shoes, bags and jackets.

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Print Dresses

Print dresses are perfect for a summer wedding. Paired with a plain jacket made from a luxury fabric will really make a mother stand out from the crowd. Most print dresses are cotton and wearing this natural fabric will help you to stay cool and comfortable no matter what the weather brings. With this style of dress, there is more chance that you can wear it after the wedding for a special meal out or a party.

Beaded and Embellished Dresses

Beads and other embellishments are becoming ever so popular and always look special. You can choose a dress that simply edged with a few beads or opt for a more richly embellished version depending on the look you are trying to achieve.

Sheath Dresses

Sheath dresses are gorgeous and flatter every type of figure. A great dress for the mother of the bride, they look lovely whether worn with a jacket, a nice shawl or just on their own. Not forgetting the mother of the groom.

Full-Length Dresses

For the first time in many years, gowns are back in vogue. One made from a lightweight, but high/quality fabric can easily work for the mother of the bride. There are also some beautiful maxi dresses available and you’ll see them at many of the hottest weddings of the year.

Alternative Outfits

If you are not keen on wearing a dress do not worry because you’ll never fail to find a lovely trouser suit. A nice variation on this is a tunic dress paired with a nice pair of slacks. It is a look that is surprisingly flattering.

Suits also look nice. You just need to be careful to make sure they do not look too formal, or like something that could be worn in the office. The type of fabric will perhaps make all the difference here.

It is best to opt for one made out of a luxury fabric. There are some lovely pencil skirt style suits available in the shops this year. They are stylish, yet glamorous too, especially when worn with a silk blouse and some statement jewellery.

Choosing The Right Cut

Regardless of the style of dress you choose, getting the fit right is extremely important. This article will help you to identify issues, and even fix some of them yourself.

 

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