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As the leaves turn golden brown, my mind is starting to wander to more thoughtful subjects, wedding season in Australia is drawing to a close and the colder months, while still full of weddings are more of a time of reflection, of planning, of thoughts.
As a chocolate orange cake bakes in the oven and I am taken to places where chocolate cake and cozy experiences exist – today has again reminded me of embracing these experiences as a part of your wedding.
Coziness for me is welcoming, an embrace and warmth. Nothing quite replaces that feeling when you get home from a long day of work and your other half has baked your favorite meal – the scents as it wafts past you. The sight of a pot of tea and a soft rug when you show up at a friend’s house for an afternoon chat.
Last week, I wrote up a wedding where a bride felt so wonderful she felt “right at home”. Little touches can enhance your guests’ experience at your wedding and help them feel like they’ve come home. Think of:
- Hot drinks pre-ceremony
- Soft rugs in a woven basket for guests during winter
- A pre-wedding event for your guests to mingle & get to know each other
- Hand written notes at place cards to those who have helped you greatly
- An attendee welcoming & directing guests as they arrive to your event
- Lots of signage for guests who are too shy to ask for help
- Soft pillows for guests to lean again in lounge areas
- Quiet corners filled with candlelight & plates of nibbles
- A sweet serenade from your band’s musician to a couple you know & love
- Sweet smelling flowers for guests to wear in their hair
- Provide your favorite soap & a few soft towels in the bathrooms
- Light your reception with candlelight & lamps
- Serve family favorites like your mum’s pumpkin soup, beef stews & home baked bread
Coziness doesn’t take much – it takes a little thought and a little love, but it can change the experience of your guests from a memorable event to one that warms the soul.
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It’s holiday time and many of you are no doubt traveling quite some distance to see friends and family. Whether you like flying or not (and I happen to love it), there are a few simple, easy, but effective measures I encourage to assist you on your way, making it just that bit more comfortable, and also ensuring you don’t arrive looking wrinkled, dirty and exhausted.
I have flown back and forth to the UK in the last few years more times than I have fingers and toes, and the few details I work in to my plan always ensure I have a relaxing and enjoyable flight.
1. Blag it
Some call it gift of the gab, I call it being proactive. This has worked for me in getting an upgrade a few times, so it’s worth a try. Enroll in the frequent flier program before you fly, and at check-in – try to speak to a real person, not a machine – tell them you are a bad, nervous or sick flier. (It’s not lying in my case, it’s a minor extension of the truth.) No airline wants a sick passenger, so the least you should get is your window or aisle preference, and you might just be fortunate enough for an upgrade.
While it may sound obvious, I cannot stress this enough. Jet-lag, dirty hands, airports, airplanes and the overall number of people you are likely to come into contact with en-route, does not make for a happy immune system. Fire it up with Airborne, Emergen-C, or Berocca, (all contain large doses of vitamin C). The trick is to take it consistently, not just once or twice. Drink one three times a day, or every four hours the day before you travel, the day of travel, and the day you land. It might sound like a lot, but in my experience it’s foolproof.
3. Lip balm
The air conditioning on the plane can make your lips dry and crack, so make sure you have ample amounts of this. I carry a small tin of Vaseline or Rosebud Salve from Sephora. Both of these work well for lips, the inside of your nose, your elbows, hands… helpful all-round.
4. Hand Sanitizer
Airports are a germ-breeding ground so this will come in handy if you can’t get to a bathroom easily to wash your hands in the airport or on the plane.
I don’t want to get too personal here, but do not underestimate the benefits of having a spare pair of underwear and socks. Enough said.
6. Make up and Face Wipes
Your skin can suffer terribly when traveling, so it’s vital you keep your face clean. A small Ziploc bag of face wipes will help to clean and moisturize your face, and are easy to carry. If the entire contents of your make-up bag are too much for the small plastic bag, just go with the necessities. Sample-size products from Clinique or Lancome gift-time are great, the mascaras are perfect, and Bare Escentuals foundation won’t clog your pores. Put on make-up right before you land and keep it simple. Heavy make-up on a tired or blotchy face never looks good. Foundation, a little blush, mascara, your trusty lip balm and you’re good to go. Clean, fresh and natural.
I swear by this tea and always drink it when I’m flying. Sleeping pills are fine as long as you know you can actually sleep. But if for some reason you can’t, you could end up at your destination feeling drowsy and disorientated. This relaxing tea is all herbal, it will make you feel relaxed and a little sleepy, without any drowsy side-effects. I get mine from my local Asian market where they have a wide variety of teas.
8. Eye mask
Of course it will block out light, but a silk eye mask will also help to avoid redness and puffiness around the eye, and it feels fabulous next to your skin. They have some nice inexpensive ones at Target.
9. Sweatpants, and a Blanket or Hoodie
While you may not want to carry much, I would suggest a warm sweater or blanket, and some light sweatpants. If the air conditioning is low on the plane it can get cold and if you’re not flying international you are not guaranteed a blanket. I have a $20 pair of sweatpants from Old Navy that I only use when I’m traveling, I change into them just before I get on the plane. Sitting in jeans can get uncomfortable after a while, and everything else just gets horribly creased.
Pricey, but very comfortable and great at blocking out airplane noises. Well worth the investment. Or at least putting on your Christmas list….
Bon Voyage, and Happy Holidays!
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