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Tasty Trends in Wedding Cakes


When it comes to cake flavors, a standard white cake with buttercream frosting might do the trick for some, while others crave more creative confections. Thankfully, whether your preference is adventurous or traditional, Columbus bakeries offer the full spectrum of flavors to please you and your guests.

While classic cake flavors such as almond and chocolate top the request list, Jan Kish of Jan Kish-La Petite Fleur finds that flavorful icings or fillings paired with traditional cake flavors are also big sellers. “The chocolate with a mocha buttercream seems to be very popular,” she says, adding that many people seem to enjoy “velvet spice with a salty caramel in the fall or something like a lemon buttercream for the summer.”

Sue Baisden, owner of Capital City Cakes, says that in addition to the usual suspects, her bakery’s “swirl flavors” find popularity among the wedding crowd. “They are basic white cakes, but we add raspberry or lemon [puree] into it,” she explains. “It is a nice, subtle alternative to a layer of filling.”

If you can’t decide on just one flavor, or like the idea of offering options for your guests, a multi-tiered cake might be a good solution. When choosing flavors, Laura Molter, wedding consultant at Our CupCakery, suggests a three-pronged approach: “Something seasonal or fruity, something with chocolate, and something simple for the wedding cake purists,” she says. “I think three flavors is the best bet to please the couple and an assortment of guests, without the confusion of too many options.”

But don’t be afraid to get creative, says Baisden.

“We call ourselves ‘the Baskin Robbins of flavors,’ because we have 30 to 40 different flavors,” she says. ”[Clients] come up with some creative things: a chocolate layer with an orange or coconut [filling], a pineapple with coconut buttercream.”

Other unique offerings include Kish’s Persian Love Cake, which incorporates rose water, cardamom and cinnamon flavors with a pistachio buttercream or marzipan.

For the adventurous, Molter suggests Our CupCakery’s pink champagne cake, which is light and baked with wine and strawberry, or the Irish cream buttercream and chocolate Guinness cake.

Family recipes can be great inspirations for wedding cake flavors, too. “Maybe you were brought up on a recipe you liked all your life. That can be a lot of fun if you want to incorporate your nationality and heritage into the cake,” Kish says.

Molter recounts a family-inspired cake request that involved boxed chocolate cake mix and a jar of cherry pie filling. “It was pretty good!” she says.

Still can’t decide? There’s always the local classic. “Here in Columbus, buckeye cakes are very popular,” says Baisden.Read more at:wedding dresses australia | wedding dresses melbourne


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8 Ways to Make Your Bridesmaids


Being a bridesmaid is a tradition that’s strongly rooted in history, and one that, for so many women, is an honor. But let’s face it: It’s not the most exciting job one could ask a friend to perform. If we’re being honest, there’s a lot of time, effort, and cash involved in the task.

Historically, bridesmaids were there to assist the bride with her gown, each one bedecked in the same white attire to confuse evil spirits who may wish the newlyweds harm. Today, customs have somewhat evolved. Amy Shey Jacobs, founder and creative director of Chandelier Events, says that while the tradition of bridesmaids and bridal parties still holds strong around the world, the complexity has changed: “There are men of honor, best maids, and bridal parties can be anyone from one best friend or sibling up at the altar to a myriad of friends on each side; my largest bridal party to date has been 26!”

Whether it’s your sorority sister or closest mister, a bridal party often plays host to a laundry list of responsibilities. From favor-making to in-law fielding to bustling the gown, it’s a big ask that requires a gracious manner. And that doesn’t even count that whole bridesmaid-dress situation. Here, a guide to making your bridesmaids love you forever.

Pay for their dress (or part of it)

Bridesmaid dresses are often expensive and never worn again—no matter how you try to spin it. (“Tina, this will later be perfect for a jungle-themed charity event!” Nope.) If the bride has her heart set on a particularly fanciful satin gown, or an order-at-the-bridal-store lemon yellow number, it’s only kind that she pony up the money to pay.

Or let them choose their own frock

Even better, let the bridesmaids choose their own dress—something that looks flattering on their body and suits their style. Shey Jacobs says, “While many brides still have their bridesmaids wear matching gowns, it’s now more for the fashion statement than the superstition—and the matchiness has given way to more eclectic bridesmaids fashion selections as well.” Such is the case with the wedding of luxury watch designer Cassie Coane, whose bridesmaids wore a smattering of floral gowns; her besties Mary-Kate and Ashley chose a dazzling vintage variety. The photos? Simply stunning.

And there’s certainly no need for matching shoes

It’s possible that not one wedding guest in the history of time has looked closely at the bridesmaids’ footwear—unless it was a claret red pump, ghastly dyed to match the dress. Shey Jacobs says that she’s seen much less focus on having each bridesmaid wear the same pair of shoes in modern wedding planning. More commonly, her brides will make a gentle suggestion for, say, a strappy heel in a metallic or simple black. “Almost always, my brides would prefer their bridesmaids to be walking gracefully down the aisle and dancing comfortably all night long over emphasizing too much control over their shoe choice.” She does say that it’s common for a bridesmaid to be responsible for purchasing the shoe, but there’s always an exception. “I recently had a bride who gifted her maid of honor a pair of Jimmy Choo stunners as her bridesmaid gift.”

Choose an agreeable bachelorette destination

When did it become perfectly acceptable for a bride to insist her entire entourage jet to St. Tropez for a pre-wedding party? Of course, a tropical location or Vegas weekend of debauchery is a blast, but make sure your best pals can afford the fete. And for those strapped on cash, a themed, at-home dinner and night on the town is certainly acceptable.

Get her a gift she’ll cherish forever

This is a bride’s chance to say thank you—for helping with her wedding website to attending the shower in the suburbs of New Jersey. While an engraved jewelry box is well meaning, a gift that’s useful and personal is tops. And again, no matching required. Put thought into each present: If one bestie loves to cook, treat her to a cooking class. Perhaps another appreciates fine wine—so splurge on a very spendy bottle. And if all is lost: A gift card to a spa is always a win.

Also, give her a plus-one

There’s nothing more maddening to a single guest than being denied a plus-one. Ever been placed at a table with strange canoodling couples or drunk Uncle Larry? It’s the worst. Of course, you can add them to the wedding-party table (which is certainly ideal) or toss them to a single bunch of eligible bachelors, but know this: A plus-one on the invite is often worth the extra plate expense.

Treat them to a special getting-ready morning

After the emotional support, favor-making, and gift-giving, the wedding day is not just about the bride. Shey Jacobs advises to construct an organized hair and makeup schedule ahead of time to keep the party stress free and to create a beautiful getting-ready environment for the bridal party. “Often, we’ll invite the bridesmaids for a wedding-day breakfast in the suite where they are greeted with beautiful robes or monogrammed button-downs and slippers.”

And don’t forget transportation, please

And just how are your besties getting from the salon to the ceremony to the reception and then that post–wedding day brunch—especially if they’ve been tipping back bubbly with the bride? Shey Jacobs says, “I think it is lovely when the bridesmaids are treated to transportation that’s arranged for them—especially if traveling from a hotel to a venue or from the ceremony to the reception.” Bottom line: Don’t make your best pals unexpectedly call an Uber on your wedding day.Read more at:beach wedding dresses | cheap wedding dresses


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Sick of Your Same Old Highlights


You know that hair color that looks so gorgeous, so flawless, it's easy to forget that it was created at the hands of a colorist and not God himself? That's color melting. Different from balayage and ombré, the color cascades flawlessly down the hair shaft from roots to ends, creating the perfect range of color without any signs of demarcation. It's technically a form of highlighting, but instead the shades are placed in order to blend together instead of pop.

Celebrity colorist and Olaplex ambassador Chad Kenyon, who has colored hair for the likes of Ashley Tisdale and Abigail Spencer, suggested this look for cozy weather. "Most, if not all, of my clients go brighter during the Summer months, and many of them don't want to do balayage right away," he said. "They want to tame the regrowth but keep a softer look. A color melt is what I prescribe in these cases."

Colorist Brooke Benton elaborated: "Color melting is the fluid and seamless blending of any color combination imaginable, unlike traditional ombré techniques."

Color melting works on a variety of shades, from rich brunettes, baby blonds, and dimensional reds to rainbow hues. It really depends on the color you're looking to achieve.

The process is similar to balayage in that it's usually a demipermanent color process done on top of balayage. "What I'll usually do is a balayage of the whole head, and then I'll go in and choose a tone between the root color and the balayage to marry the two," said Kenyon. "It doesn't look as stark. It also adds depth and makes you look fresher, younger."

Keep reading to get inspiration for your next Fall hair color.Read more at:bridal gowns | bridesmaid dresses online


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Westfield Century City


First-Ever Uber Lounge Coming to Westfield Century City

Westfield is making it easier for shoppers to get to and from its shopping centers with its latest partnership.

The company announced Thursday that it's teaming up with Uber on designated drop-off and pick-up stations for the ride-sharing app's vehicles at all its malls in the United States.

The deal also includes the first-ever Uber Lounge at Westfield Century City, which is currently going through a $1 billion redevelopment. The lounge will feature "ultra-modern design, sleek seating, and unexpected customer amenities" as customers wait for their Uber ride, according to a release.

"Westfield's shopping centers already have an incredible combination of fashion, food, services and amenities — all in one place with digital enhancements such as product search, directional and frictionless parking," said William Hecht, Westfield's chief operating officer in the U.S., in a statement. "Now, we are thrilled to be able to partner with Uber to leverage modern technology in a way that makes it more convenient than ever to travel to and from any Westfield destination."

Westfield's partnership with Uber is just the latest in a string of improvements to the Century City location. As THR reported last week, the mall will launch a centralized studio services suite to cater to L.A.'s music, TV and film industries. There's also a space dedicated to stylists and costume designers with a VIP room designed for fittings.

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