By Lexi Dwyer, BRIDES magazine
New York dermatologist Macrene Alexiades explains how to determine your skin type-once and for all-so you know how to get the right products for your face.
DRY Your face feels dry to the touch, and when you blot, no oil comes off on the paper. Other indicators: Your skin becomes parched after washing, and you observe tiny flakes if you skip moisturizing.
Product for you: Try SK-II Skin Signature Melting Rich cream. It contains pitera, a pricey softening ingredient derived from sake yeast; http://www.sk-ii.com/
OILY If your skin is moist after washing, feels supple even without moisturizer, and gets shinier as the day progresses, chances are it's oily. When you blot with paper, you may even see the oil.
Product for you: Mario Badescu's Special Mask for Oily Skin ($18). It has calamine, which acts as an astringent; http://www.mariobadescu.com/
COMBINATION The outer parts of your face are dry, but throughout the day the T-zone-your forehead, nose, and
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We called a local art college and asked the staff to recommend a photography student for our wedding. The guy we chose had won awards, was eager to please, and charged thousands less than many of the professionals we considered.
-KIRI W., 44, ORLANDO, FL
We got married in a villa in the Dominican Republic. The villa chef prepared the meal-a resort would have charged far more. And since it was a destination bash, the guest list filtered itself. Brilliant!
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Some use a theme, a polished look, or a time period as a starting point, then work in props and clothes that best convey their personalities. Others go for action shots-at the dog run, on roaring rapids, or atop the Ferris wheel at the state fairground. And some nod to their personal history, like the couple who posed with laptops in homage to their e-mail love notes.
While power couple Prince William and fiancee Kate Middleton didn't pose with ice cream cones or pooches-at least not that we know of-they did take a more relaxed photo (by royal standards) that was released to the world in addition to their formal one. Surely if even they can have a bit of (Buckingham Palace-approved) fun, you
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This season, some of the most memorable bridal designs channel Swan Lake, with dresses featuring corset tops, big tulle skirts, and feather accents. Designers such as Randi Rahm-who named one dress "Odette" after the white swan in Tchaikovsky's famous ballet-and Vera Wang-whose dresses showcase enormous, flowy, light-as-air skirts and tight bodices-allow a bride to live out her ballerina fantasy.
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1. Dinnerware A casual set of plates and bowls will definitely get more use than fancy china, so pick a style you love and wouldn't mind seeing every day, whether for informal dinners with friends or just the two of you.
Tip: Choose a neutral color or pattern that won't clash with changing tastes and can be accented with fun colors.
2. Glassware A set of standard glasses is a staple of day-to-day dining, so register for ones that are sturdy but also won't break your heart should they meet their demise.
Tip: Break a glass? It's okay to mix and match.
3. Flatware No table setting is complete without the eating utensils. (Duh.)
Tip: Make it easy on yourself-register for something dishwasher-safe. Silver will tarnish if not used on a regular
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Jessica's: A five-carat ruby stone accompanied by two three-carat diamonds, $150,000.
Vanessa's: A four-carat Asscher-cut diamond surrounded by two diamonds and a diamond-encrusted band on a platinum setting, $100,000.
So whose ring would you rather wear-Jessica's uniquely colored Neil Lane statement piece, or Vanessa's sparkling Bader & Garrin classic?
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DON'T: Be the event planner at your wedding.
DO: Focus on having a great time, not keeping the seating chart straight. Spring for a day-of wedding coordinator, or appoint someone responsible (Mom?) to be the go-to person should any problems pop up.
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