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Romantic beach wedding for stars of 800 Words

Le 24 novembre 2017, 09:24 dans Humeurs 0

Woody (Rick Donald) and Tracey (Emma Leonard) on their wedding day in 800 Words.

Emma Leonard knows just what it feels like to be engaged to the man of your dreams.

The Australian actress who plays Tracey, 800 Words' school principal, became engaged to her director/producer partner of six years in May.

While Leonard's big day has yet to happen, she's had a good practice run with her character tying the knot with Woody .

On the face if it, Woody and Tracey have little in common.

Tracey is a high school teacher who ditched her penchant for nude sunbathing when she was promoted to school principal. Woody is an easy-going local builder who doesn't take life too seriously.

"It's definitely that thing of opposites attract," says Leonard, who also played a teacher on Home And Away.

"Tracey is quite a thinker and quite cerebral in many ways. Woody is just a free spirit and a surfer, and he's very go-with-the-flow, but I think Woody calms her down in many ways.

"Tracey kind of gets Woody to get in line a little bit. She influences him in a good way. I think they really complement each other because they both bring such different energy. And that makes for a lot of comedy as well – the fact that they're so different. Sometimes she just rolls her eyes."

However, Tracey didn't roll her eyes when she discovered Woody had lied about his trip to Australia. He told Tracey he was attending a solar energy conference but the purpose of the trip was to obtain a divorce from his wife, Mary.

While in Australia, Woody was shocked to discover he had a teenage daughter Poppy (Jessica Redmayne) from that marriage.

When Tracey found out about the divorce and the daughter, she kicked Woody out of the house.

"The whole thing of him being married and having a daughter that he didn't even know about threw a huge spanner in the works for Tracey," says Leonard.

"It could have been an absolute deal breaker. It was a huge lie and a big betrayal for her. But it just goes to show how strong their bond is.

"It was a big dramatic storyline for him, and a real test of their relationship, which I think makes the wedding so much more satisfying because they've come through such tough times."

In true Weld style, Tracey and Woody say their 'I dos' in a simple but romantic beach wedding.

"It's a very Weld wedding," says Leonard. "It's on the beach, the setting's beautiful. It's very low key because, you know, they're not fancy people."

Brenda (Renee Lyons), who runs the local store, is the marriage celebrant and plenty of locals are on hand to witness the special ceremony.

"It was a beautiful day," says Leonard. "The sun was shining. There were ukuleles. Everyone was in a great mood. We were still working but it definitely felt like it had a really cheerful vibe and those scenes, whenever all of the cast is there, they are big, crazy, frantic days but we have so much fun."

Playing a bride gave Leonard a taste of what not to do for her own wedding.

"Wearing heels on the beach is not a great idea," she says. "They do sink into the sand."

Outside of 800 Words, Leonard, who lives in Sydney, makes short films and does sketch comedy.

She has also been busy starring in a yet-to-be-released horror flick.

"It's called Living Space and is a sort of psychological thriller set in Germany. My character is like a World War II ghost," says Leonard.

Two years ago Leonard appeared in a comedy music video called Activewear. It has had more than five million views on YouTube.

"My friends, who are in a sketch trio called Skit Box, called me up one day and said, 'Can you be in a comedy video?' and I said, 'Yeah sure whatever'. So we just ran around Bondi on a Sunday in our activewear, dancing on the streets, getting odd looks from people and then before we knew it, it went viral," she says.

"It makes me laugh because I feel like that will go down as the biggest thing I've ever done. It's hilarious. Everybody knows it and loves it. And that was a couple of years ago. It's pretty amazing that it's still going strong."Read more at:wedding dresses perth | wedding dresses adelaide

Five Reasons NOT to Surround Yourself

Le 15 novembre 2017, 10:50 dans Humeurs 0

She’s the friend that tells you that your glitter nail polish should be reserved for a seven year old little girl. She’s the friend that sides with your sig other when you’re whining about an argument you had last night because he was actually right. She’s the friend that tells you that you don’t need the waffle when you can get the fried chicken by itself. This friend, bridey? This friend, is your real friend who tells you the truth even when it isn’t exactly what you want to hear, and she’s absolutely who you need around while planning your wedding. Contrary to what you might think, you don’t need a gaggle of girls (and boys too) “yessing” you to death and agreeing with all of the shit you say as you plan your wedding because it can drastically slow you down and prolong your decisions instead of helping you come to the right one. But, the top five reasons why you shouldn’t surround yourself with “yessers” while planning your wedding?

1. Because a yesser is so worried about upsetting the contrived facade of a happy bride planning her incredible wedding that she is afraid to tell you that you’re being ridiculous when you are in fact being ridiculous. It’s important to have your friends tell you that surpassing your budget by three thousand dollars on your wedding dress is stupid. Or that nobody can really tell the difference between chartreuse and lime green linens so make a decision and move on. This friend doesn’t concern herself with worrying about your precious bridal feelings (I mean, she’s not an asshole either), but instead, focuses on being a true friend and helping you make tough choices.

2. Because a yesser is phoning it in, and sometimes it’s by accident. Ever “yes” somebody just so they’ll shut the fuck up? Seriously, if you answered “no” to this question, then you’re totally lying. I’m ashamed to admit it, but I have definitely “yessed” somebody simply to end a brutal conversation or avoid a disagreement that I didn’t feel like engaging (no pun) in. And you know what, bridey? This brand of yesser? She’s not necessarily mean spirited, just not interested. Perhaps you’ve included her in your bridal party and she’s not into it, but felt badly declining. So rather than immerse herself in lengthy conversations she doesn’t care about, she says “yes” just to shut you up. If you feel like you got yourself one of these, then cut the cord. Trust me, you’d be doing both of you a favor!

3. Because some of these yessers? They’re not really your friends. They’re followers. They are only there because everybody else is doing it. And, unlike the followers you have on instagram, twitter, facebook, etc., this yesser is a follower because they don’t have a mind of their own so they need to do what everybody else is doing. I mean they might not even like you or care that you’re getting married! They’re superfluous; they’re redundant; they’re a stupid waste of a bar stool and cocktail. Okay, that definitely came out a lot meaner than I had anticipated, but still all true. If you’re smart bridey, you’ll steer clear of this follower.

4. Because a yesser feeds you when she should be encouraging you. It’s like an intertwining of bullshit, and frankly, it gets confusing. Bridey, your friends should be helping you be decisive and true to yourself during the wedding planning process, not simply yessing you because that’s what they think you want to hear. It’s counterintuitive. A real friend will help you focus on what’s important, has your best interests in mind, but will tell you the truth too.

5. Because some yessers? Well, they like to be “yessed”, so they will yes you to death if you allow it only because that’s what they think you want. If you suspect that this is happening, then it’s your turn to be honest and let then know that you value their opinion and truly need it so please stop the bullshit.

Bridey, we are all intuitive. And, trust me when I tell you that you know who these people are, and by having them “yes” your every move you will only make your wedding planning more difficult. So don’t. Consider this a cheat sheet, and if you even think that one of your friends falls into any of these categories either confront it immediately or purposefully leave them out of your inner circle. Got it? Good! Stay bitchless!Read more at:bridesmaid dresses melbourne | bridesmaid dresses sydney

Fashion designer creates robes for breast cancer patients

Le 9 novembre 2017, 08:03 dans Humeurs 0

Throughout Galen Magee's 17-year career in the fashion industry, he's always wanted to help women to feel beautiful.

So when his mother — the woman who was his first style icon — learned she had breast cancer in 2002, Magee, who now lives in Fort Myers, sent her a colorful kimono to wear during her treatment.

"I wanted something that made me feel good about myself, that made me feel like a woman and not just a number," said Jayne Magee, who is now cancer-free and lives in Pennsylvania.

Now Galen hopes to make other breast cancer patients feel the same.

Magee's dream of moving to New York City and being a glamorous fashion designer started at an early age. He grew up in the 1980s in a small Pennsylvania town. He admired his mother's large print dresses, and thought she was the most beautiful person in the world.

In kindergarten, he was held back because he wouldn't finish his assignments.

"He flipped them over and on the back it was either the teacher or me in a full dress he had designed for us with full jewelry," Jayne Magee recalled, laughing.

In high school, Galen was assigned to job shadow somebody in the career he might want to pursue. While his classmates hoped to be veterinarians or doctors, he wanted to create new fashion trends. But in small-town Pennsylvania, there were no fashion designers.

So his teachers encouraged him to put on his own fashion show in the school auditorium. Magee designed and sewed the dresses and recruited friends to model his designs. It was a hit.

"He always had a clear vision of what he wanted to do," his mother said.

Magee went on to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. He's worked with Ralph Lauren, Chico's, Donna Karan and other big name companies and designers.

"I think what drew me to it the most was the ability to make women feel good," Galen Magee said. "There’s a certain power in clothing and I think it’s always been exciting for me to make people feel beautiful."

Galen had only been in New York City a couple years when his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was Jayne's idea, initially, to have some kind of robe to wear to her treatments, but Galen didn't have the time to design one from scratch, so he sent a Japanese kimono, instead.

It was practical, and it was beautiful.

"When she wore the kimono she loved it and everyone at the hospital loved it, and they said this is beautiful, you can retain your dignity, you’re covered up, you’re not like walking down the hallway trying to hold (a hospital gown) shut," Galen Magee said.

So when his cousin, Melissa Aul, was diagnosed with breast cancer last December, Galen decided to design his own robe. It showed up on Aul's doorstep where she lives in Pennsylvania.

"It was was this blue and purple kind of kimono-style robe but the fabric reminded me of a sari," Aul remembered. "It had gold threading."

Aul had a lumpectomy in February, and instead of radiation, went right into months of chemotherapy. She finished her final treatment last week. It will be another three to five years before she finds out if she's cancer-free.

During her treatments, she said the robe made her feel more confident.

"It made me feel like a warrior — that it was something like talisman, like a protector against all this bad stuff that was happening," Aul said of the robe. "It gives you that feeling it’s not only Galen in my corner but all of the other women who are wearing it maybe at the same time I was. That solidarity that helped me."

And so began Jayne's Robe.

With Aul's suggestions, Magee continued to refine the robe's style and fabric. He added pockets on the outside so patients can carry the key to their lockers, and on the inside to carry the drains.

He added a belt around the waist and Velcro along the edges so it can be fastened shut, helping the women to feel more secure.

The sari fabric proved too stiff, and silk couldn't be washed easily, so now Galen uses a soft blend material.

The robes come in colorful patterns, like tropical florals, cheetah print and blue paisley. Magee recently designed a pattern incorporating signatures of Southwest Florida breast cancer survivors.

"It’s like I’m wrapping them in love," Magee said. "It’s saying we’re here for you on this journey. You’re not alone."

Hoping to distribute his robes to more breast cancer patients, Magee partnered with Susan G. Komen of Southwest Florida. The organization already puts together Project Hope tote bags, which include educational materials, handmade shawls and pillows and now a Jayne's Robe, which given to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients at Lee Health, NCH and other medical facilities in Southwest Florida.

Georgia Hitzke, executive director of Susan G. Komen of Southwest Florida, estimates 30 to 35 are delivered each month.

So for every robe sold online at jaynesrobe.com, one is donated to Project Hope.

"When people are newly diagnosed with breast cancer it’s really, really shocking," Hitzke said. "We know how important it is for people to feel that somebody cares about them. The robe will be just one more thing that we can give them."

With Jayne's Robe, Magee said he as a new purpose in life.

"I’ve created many beautiful things and seen them on women and see them get excited, I've had shows and seen shows and been a part of them for years, but once the purpose came into it, I really felt totally different," he said. "It’s something else. It’s designing and it’s beauty, but it’s beauty for a purpose, which is where I need to be."Read more at:wedding dresses brisbane | wedding dresses perth

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