Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Royal Wedding Bridesmaids and Page Boys

While all the world gazes at Kate Middleton and Prince William's attire at their April 29, 2011 wedding, we kept a close eye on the littlest members of the royal wedding party - the bridesmaides and page boys.

What little girl does not dream of growing up to oneday become a princess?  Millions of little girls across the world watched the amazing day Kate Middleton's four bridesmaids and two page boys had.  The bridesmaid dresses and page boys's suits were beautiful.  Each bridesmaids dresses were made by Nicki Macfarlane.  The white dresses were all handmade with English Cluny lace and featured dark cream sashes, tied at the back with a large bow.

Their hair flower arrangements were made by Kate's florist Shane Connolly.
Satin Mary Jane pumps studded with Swarovski crystal on the buckles that were made by Devon-based Rainbow Club completed the bridesmaids' look.

The pageboys were dressed in red tunics of a Foot Guards officer, similar to Prince William's formal Irish Guards attire of a red jacket with gold braiding.
The uniforms, including William's were designed by Kashket and Partners.

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Royal Bridesmaids were:

Lady Louise Windsor, 7, Prince William's first cousin on his father's side. She is the daughter of his uncle, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

The Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones, 8, Prince William's second cousin. The daughter of Viscount and Viscountess Linley first came into the public spotlight in 2006, when Prince William swung the delighted 4-year-old into the air as they were walking to church for Christmas Day service.

Eliza Lopes, 3, granddaughter of Prince Charles' wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. Eliza's mother, Laura, is Camilla's only daughter from her previous marriage to Andrew Parker Bowles. When Laura Lopes got married in 2006, her stepbrother, Prince William and Kate Middleton attended the wedding.

Grace van Cutsem, 3, godchild of Prince William. The royal family and the van Cutsems are reputedly very close and Prince William often stayed with the van Cutsems as a child.

Royal Page Boys

William (Billy) Lowther-Pinkerton, 10, son of Prince William and Prince Harry's private secretary since 2005, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton.

Tom Pettifer, 8, is another one of Prince William's godchildren and the son of William's former nanny, Tiggy Legge-Bourke.


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Business Travel vs. Mommy Guilt

Can the whole family win?

When the time comes for you to depart your homestead to travel on business your heart will beat to the family buzz of guilt while your mind will remind you of the importance of your career.  Here are a few tips to help you and your family cope with the anxiety of being apart.


1.              TECHNOLOGY - Make the most of it, use mobile internet, text messaging,  e-mail or skype to keep connected.
2.               RELATIVES - Ask grandparents to come by and visit and lend a helping hand to your partner while giving kids some added excitement.  There is nothing like a good night hug from Grandma when mom’s away.
3.                COMMUNICATION - Write a letter for each day you will be away to your children, include cards, gifts or any special trinkets of delight.  Don’t forget your partner, leave a love note under his/her pillow.  These acts will serve as I love you reminders.
4.                POSTAL SERVICE – Mail, this old time technique still works.  Mail postcards from your trip.  Kids love checking the mail box and receiving mail especially from Mom.
5.                MEALTIME -  Food is where the heart is.  Prepare in advance several of your family’s favorite meals.  This makes for an easy mealtime preparation for your spouse while enticing kids to eat their dinner.

Planning and organizing your household prior to departing on your trip ensures that things run smoothly while you are away and gives you an added sense of confidence and less guilt.

Share with fellow working mothers some of the things you do to help ease your guilt when traveling?


Sunday, June 5, 2011

A Little Beauty Tip - Bloom and Blossom, A Luxury Skincare for Moms and Babies

I want to share this great find with you.  A premium skincare brand for new mothers, mothers-to-be and babies which uses a minimum number of ingredients for maximum results.  Ingredients are of the highest quality.  You won't find any parabens, SLS, phthalates, artificial colorents, synthetic fragrance or petrochemicals. You will find aloe vera, camomile flower oil, cocoa butter, hemp seed oil, lime oil and many more natural and healthy ingredients. 

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