August 2014 archive
One of the most enjoyable parties I ever attended was my friend Samantha’s casino party. We had a blast playing games, gambling with fake chips, and spending the night laughing and eating delicious food. Casino parties can be so much fun if done right, especially those that go all out to create the right atmosphere. With that in mind, here are a few guidelines to plan a chic casino party that your friends will never forget!
1) Casino-inspired invitations
First things first – send out gorgeous casino-inspired invitations for your guests. Make sure that they aren’t boring and blab – a white page with text just won’t do. Your guests should be excited about the party and it’s the invitation that will get them there. There are gorgeous casino and poker party invitations available on sites like Etsy. You can also make them yourself, of course, if you feel up to the challenge.
2) Learn the rules and set up the games
Nothing worse for a hostess than to set-up a wonderful casino party, only to have no idea how to play any of the games. It’s your responsibility to ensure that everyone is up to speed with how casino games are played and how the evening’s gambling will work. Whether you are setting up tables for poker, putting up fun online slots games on screens, or even if you have an actual roulette table to play with, if you and your friends don’t know how to play, it won’t be fun. Inform yourself! You can go to wwwOnlineCasino.ca to read about the rules and develop your gambling style in preparation for the party.
3) Décor & ambience
One of the most important aspects to your party will be the decoration and ambience you create. When your guests come over, they should be leaving the mundane routine behind them and entering a room that has been transformed into a fun casino party. To do that, you can use the classic colors of red, black and white (for the chips) to decorate around the room. If you feel like doing some DIY, you can create posters shaped and decorated like cards, poker chips, dice, and even Vegas show signs.
4) Casino themed food
If you love to bake and cook, this is a particularly fun way to add some interesting elements to your party. You can bake cookies in the shape of cards or casino chips, make a beautiful cake decorated with casino elements, serve shrimp aligned on a cocktail cup, or any interesting ideas you can think of. You can even make ice cubes in the shape of spades, hearts, diamonds, and clubs! Pinterest is the place to go to find the best casino-themed food items… but beware – you will be submerged into a world of amazing recipes and ideas and you may want to make them all.
5) Dress up
Your invitation should tell everyone to dress appropriately for your casino night. What constitutes appropriate attire wear for a casino party? Well, really it’s up to you and what you envision for your casino night. You could have all the gentlemen and ladies dress very formal, you could ask them to dress as if they were heading out for a fun night in Vegas, or maybe you would like a 1920s inspired casino party. Either way, dressing up will bring the party to a whole new level. Watch how all your guests will feel submerged into the fantasy of being into a casino – it’s a lot of fun!
Big, bouncy locks are what life is all about! Having thick looking, bouncy hair like Cheryl Cole is every girl’s dream. But just how can you achieve it? There are lots of ways! However, the way that works best for you will depend on your hair type. I have fine hair, so I need to use lots of product in mine to get it to last all day. Here are some ideas you can use to get that bouncy ‘fro:
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Use a Big Barrel Wand
A big barrel curling wand is my fave hair tool that I own. This is because it creates a gorgeous, bouncy wave, without being too tight or too loose. Just like Cheryl Cole! Make sure you curl away from your face when you’re doing the pieces closest to your face, and curl in opposite directions all over your head. Section your hair off before curling to make sure you curl as much as possible. Hair spray each curl as you go along.
Use a Hair Straightener
I’m no good with a hair straightener. Well, for straightening I’m OK. But for curling? Forget about it. You on the other hand, might take to this trick like a duck to water. The curls do look amazing when you can get them right. Hair Styling Girl recommends watching tutorials online to see if you can get the hang of it.
Use a Waving Iron
Waving irons are so easy to use, and they leave you with that boho-beachy-wave look. You literally could have just stepped out of the sea and onto a festival field with this look. So Vanessa Hudgens!
Some people have naturally wavy hair. In this case, all you need to do is give it a good scrunch! You could use plain water, a mousse, or a salt spray to get the desired effect. Simply get a good amount of product in your hand and scrunch pieces of hair to get the desired look.
Plait your hair all over, and then leave in overnight. Plaits are big news at the moment, so this shouldn’t be a problem for you. The next step is to shake out those plaits and reveal bouncy waves! It’s so easy, a monkey could do it.
For the bouncy part, you might want to backcomb your hair at the crown of your head to get some height. This works really well on girls with round faces, who want to give their face a more ‘oval look’. I use this trick all the time.
Blow Dry It
If you’re skilled with a blow drying brush, you can blow dry your hair on a high heat, skillfully using the brush as you go to get that fresh out of the salon look. The great thing about this method is that the hair is always silky and shiny when finished.
Put in Some Rollers
Applying rollers like a true diva is another great way to get bounce and curls. This might be all you need to get that bouncy do!
Have you tried any of these methods? Leave a comment!
Your health is the most important thing ever. Keeping yourself in great health should not be taken for granted! Many people decide to take supplements to help keep them healthy, in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise. The great thing about some of these supplements is that they also have weight loss benefits, meaning that you can slim down and stay healthy at the same time. Here are 7 of the best supplements for health and weight loss:
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Garcinia Cambogia is big news in the health and fitness world these days. This is because it doesn’t let liver enzymes metabolize energy into fat, so you don’t put on weight. It can also suppress and control your appetite, so it’s perfect for emotional eaters who want to lose weight. QuickForty know all about Garcinia Cambogia and its benefits. It can even improve your mood and well being!
This supplement helps to speed up the rate at which your body processes energy, and reduces fat tissue in the liver.
Protein powder can be a fantastic supplement to take after exercise, as it helps protein and other essential nutrients get to the muscles quicker. This helps you to build lean muscle, getting the desired look you want. You can also use it as a replacement for other forms of protein. Some protein powder ingredients even help to burn fat quicker.
BCAA’s are branch chain amino acids, which are bodies do not produce naturally. This means we need to get them from our diet. They help the body to cope with the stress of exercise better, which means you won’t experience severe muscle aches and pains after a heavy gym session. You will also keep your muscle in tip top condition while burning fat if you take them before and after your session.
Yohimbine comes from the bark of a tree, which sounds gross, but it has been proven to help users lose more weight than those who don’t use it. On average, people who took yohimbine lost an extra 3 pounds than people who didn’t take it, even though they were eating the same diet. It can also lower blood pressure.
If you struggle to get your vitamins in each day, or simply want to make sure that you’re hitting your goals, then a multivitamin is a great way to do this. You’ll feel more energised, able to perform exercises better, and have a better recovery. You may want to take cod liver oil alongside your multivitamin to keep your joints in good condition.
Green Tea Extract
Green tea extract is perfect for those who dislike drinking green tea. Simply take a capsule, and you’ll reap the benefits! Green tea is said to have metabolism speeding properties, as well as the ability to fight off disease.
With these supplements, you’ll keep your health in check and your weight on top form. All you need to do is try the supplements that sound right for you and try them for a week or two to see how you feel. You might find something you can’t live without!
Dental work is an essential part of life. For those that covet clean, bright pearly whites, you will know all too well the importance of having excellent teeth. Regular dental checkups are a must as is brushing and flossing. Sometimes, however, it can be difficult to obtain that much craved Hollywood smile. For those that need a little help with their teeth, there are a wide range of treatments that you can seek out.
For those that have seen the Friends episode where Ross whitens his teeth, you will remember the horror of how bright they were. This can be avoided by not bleaching teeth using home treatments. You can seek teeth whitening from your dentist. They may offer this as an additional service, and this will not be included within your standard check up. If your teeth already look picture perfect, but just need sprucing up, then this is an ideal option for you.
Braces are perfect for those who need some help tidying up their teeth. What is more, invisible braces can be sought of, for those who feel somewhat conscious about their metal wear. If you crave perfect, straight teeth then braces can be sought easily. Depending on what brace you opt for will depend on the cost.
If, of course, whitening and braces are not quite enough to sort of your dental disasters, you can opt for dental implants. This procedure is where the implant is used to replace a tooth. If a few of your teeth have been subject to intense wear and tear, or tooth decay, an implant will help. The tooth is screwed into the gum to ensure that it is firmly affixed. This is the ultimate dental solution for those who only have a few problematic teeth and do not want dentures.
Crowns and Caps
For those that already have straight, pearly whites but have damaged or cracked teeth the solution can lie in a cap or crown. If you are alarmed by chipped teeth, you will undoubtedly be keen to repair any damage in the main. Crowns and caps are fitted to the tooth, as an extension. These are usually made from porcelain, but cheaper alternatives may be sought from your dentist.
If you have a gap in your teeth, much like Madonna, you may feel that your teeth in always in vogue. However, you may feel self-conscious about the gap. Whatever your feelings are towards the issue, you can have a gap filled with white fillings. White fillings are not as sturdy as other fillings that are why they are only used in small gaps. White fillings are excellent for filling in tiny gaps within your teeth. This will ensure that you have a killer smile, all of the time. The great news is, is that white fillings are relatively painless. Some cosmetic dentistry can be painful. This, however, is the ideal solution to your dental nightmares.
Having a Hollywood smile does not come cheap, but it sure is worth it.
Grafting has proven to be one of the most effective ways to treat scarring problems. Women who have had surgery due to a Caesarian or breast cancer may be good candidates for the procedure. Individuals who have had trouble with acne and scarring, and have previously been unsuccessful in resolving the condition, may benefit from the fat grafting technique. This approach is commonly used in treating acne scarring and has been proven to be quite effective in the toughest of cases involving facial scars.
How is the process completed?
Fat is removed using liposuction. Fat can be taken from any portion of the body, including the hips and the abdomen. Once the fat is removed, it is reinjected just underneath the skin’s surface. The injection is usually made just under the skin where the scarring prevalent. The fat can be distributed at multiple angles, creating a puzzle-like effect to stimulate growth where the damaged skin is located.
What are the benefits of treating facial scars via fat grafting techniques?
The method is very effective in that it is better received than other forms of treatment in some patients. Patients who have responded poorly in the past to previous medications and treatment can see benefits in using this approach. Individuals who are beginning to show signs of aging in the skin can get a rejuvenated appearance. Some individuals have experienced severe skin problems like radiation damage or chronic ulcers in the past have seen an improvement in symptoms using this approach to treatment. Patients who have had breast reconstruction surgery have seen benefits using this fat grafting procedure, which helps accelerate the healing and recovery process. The fat being transferred comes from the body, so there is less of a chance for an allergic reaction.
Is the process safe?
Many patients from all backgrounds have had this procedure with no complications. Most patients report a favorable experience in having this procedure. The procedure has been used for years and has improved greatly in recent years, quickly becoming one of the safest ways to treat acne scarring. Most people experience no allergic reactions during the sculpting and transfer process.
How long does the recovery process take?
Most people who have completed the process are able to resume their regular activities in a week’s time. Most people are able to return to work with no complications. The recovery process is partially affected by the person’s health and medical history. After several days, a person can begin to experience less swelling.
This procedure has become increasingly popular due to its ability to help the skin repair itself. Although often classified as cosmetic plastic surgery, the procedure is also being regarded as a form of regenerative medicine. The technique used is versatile in that it can be very helpful to a person recovering from breast reconstruction surgery as well as the patient with persistent acne problems. As a form of regenerative medicine, it can be used to effectively restore a person’s youthful appearance, removing common signs of aging like lines, creasing and sunken facial areas. To learn whether or not you are a good candidate for such a procedure, consider discussing the surgery with your cosmetic surgeon. More information about these treatments can be found at Empire Centre for Regenerative Medicine.