Reykjavik, Iceland – Honeymoon Experience Of a Lifetime

Close your eyes, imagine a place as green as Ireland, with the most dramatic water falls like Iguazu or Niagara.  Think of the most beautiful sheep of England, simple beaches and a volcanic landscape like no other, with peaks and valleys.  Open your eyes and you will be in Iceland.

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There are so many interesting and a vast variety of things that make Iceland such a wonderful experience that I don’t know where to begin, but I shall try.  This past June while visiting the breathtaking country, the sun apparently did set but it never became dark.  One glorious evening, we were casually strolling, exploring the hot spots of the region, and we stopped at one of the local restaurant and ran into a bar at 12:00am; we couldn’t conceive that it was still daylight outside nor that it could possibly be that late.

Two of the most alluring things about Iceland are Reykjavik (pronounced rey-ka-vik) as a city and the beauty of nature all around you in Iceland. Reykjavik is the capital and a harbour city which boasts the most spectacular views, but although being a city, it provides you the comfort of a small town. Reykjavik is a city of 32,000 inhabitants. Everything from fine dining to fish skewers to Thai food is available. While we had consistently good dining experiences, the main surprise was the cost. While their main exports are wool and lamb,  almost everything else is imported, hence the incredible cost of everything there. Be forewarned, prepare yourself for an expensive but worthwhile trip!

The natural environment will blow your mind. It is an active volcanic island comprised of sand, lava fields, mountains and glaciers. The most alluring part of Iceland has to be the landscape. The natural beauty is astounding from the terrain of volcanic moss to the hot and cold thermal waters that are hard to describe but beats any jacuzzi you’ve ever sat in.

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The famous Geysers, which derive from the Icelandic verb to gush, eruptions can happen infrequently depending on the geyser but will often gush boiling water metres high in the air.

One of the strangest experience is walking on the moss-like greenery that has grown over the volcanic rock and feels like stepping on broccoli but with a sinking effect. The juxtaposed views of green landscapes and ice capped mountains is exhilarating.

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The country has made a significant recovery since its meltdown in 2008 – no pun intended. There is evidence of this when you see the number of tourists, fine dining restaurants and a booming clubbing and bar scene that was fraught with people queuing to get into the various venues.

Reykjavik has just hosted the world’s most unique music festival, Summer Solstice which reigned over Reykjavik, for the first time from June 20-22, 2014. What made it different? The sun did not set over the three days and there was straight sunlight for 72 hours. The festival attracted over 10,000 people to their Icelandic shores to listen to the likes of Massive Attack, Banks, School Boy Q, Disclosure, Múm and close to 150 other artists.

The Reykjavik fashion scene is cool, trendy and stylish all wrapped up in one. Along the main road Laugavegur there is plenty of shopping for those of us who cannot resist.

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One of my favourite stores, Kiosk, is also located on the main street, Laugavegur in the heart of Reykjavik. This store is a co-op collective with creations of 9 Icelandic designers, all who take turns to work the counter and sell their designs.  Their gorgeous clothes and accessories range from silk to organza to quirky prints. Pop in, you are bound to meet one! Kiosk, Laugavegur 65, www.kioskreykjavik.com. There are many fabulous designers, too many to name but one that made a distinct impression is Eggert, http://www.furrier.is/photo-anders-engstrom/, a furrier with edgy designs, colours and stunning outerwear.

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Fine dining exists here just as it does in most major cities.
Mar Restaurant, http://www.marrestaurant.is/, is located not far from the waterfront and serves a great seafood soup, delicious fish and good lamb.

Nauthóll, http://nautholl.is/, has the most idyllic view of the beach, cool but relaxing décor and the best gin and tonics I’ve had in sometime with a little pepper added for garnish! The food is straight from the farm to the table. Healthy but sophisticated. Be sure to order any of the salads and the fish is pretty amazing too. It’s a little outside of the city centre but well worth the ride.

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Thursdays are American vintage car day where you will see bikers dressed like hells angels and cars from “back in the days” that will peak your interest. Let’s not forget their piece de resistance, the largest church in Reykjavik, the Lutheran church, Hallgrímskirkja. The design, is said to have been built to resemble lava.

Grill Markt, http://www.grillmarkadurinn.is/, presents a décor that is both cozy and welcoming, a beautiful bar downstairs along with cozy booths around the back and nice size tables for groups. You could have mistaken the ambiance for any trendy New York restaurant even playing some rap songs from the 90s. But the menu was the most adventurous with Whale, Reindeer and Lobster mini burgers. Puffin is eaten here as well but it seemed to be out of season therefore not on the menu. The grilled red fish was firm and yet full of flavour.

If you are non-European and more specifically non-Scandinavian, you will be inclined to find the costs of everything outrageous. That being said, this is an experience you are unlikely to experience anywhere else and worth every penny or in this case every króna.

Photos courtesy of Aimee Sealfon and Michelle Lowe

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DIY: A Brides hair guide

A step by step guide with professional tips on how to perfect a beautiful wedding day hairstyle yourself.

 

CLASSIC LOW SIDE BUN

Who’s it for: Medium to long hair

What are we working with:

Hair brush

Hair elastic

Hairspray (try TRESemme Tres Two Extra Hold spray )

Bobby pins

Let’s get started:

Step 1: Brush hair down, back and to one side into a ponytail and secure with a hair elastic.

Step 2: Lightly Mist hair with hairspray.

Step 3: Wrap hair into a loosely structured or unstructured bun and add bobby pins to secure it.  Set this look with hairspray.

Pro tip: If you have shorter hair or just want a thicker looking bun add clip in hair extensions. Apply it right after step 1. and continue.

TRENDY FRENCH BRAID UPDO

Who’s it for: Shoulder length to long hair

What are we working with:

Hair elastic

Bobby pins

Hot rollers (try Conair Instant Heat Hot Rollers $30.00)

Hair spray (try Oribe Superfine Hair Spray $29.00)

Let’s get started:

Step 1: If you have straight or fine hair, set hair in hot rollers to add volume and texture. Make sure the rollers are fully cool before removing.

Step 2: Separate one equal portion of hair to the side and secure with a hair elastic.

Step 3: Begin French braiding the other side that’s loose starting from the crown of the head towards the nape area. *To do this, divide a top, middle section of hair into three sections and braid, adding hair alternately from each side of the head into the middle section as you go.

Step 4: Once braid is complete, secure the bottom of hair with a hair elastic and mist the braid with hair spray.

Step 5: Repeat Step 3 and 4 to the opposite side.

Step 6: Began to gently loosen the braid by pulling on sections.

Step 7: Take one braid and cross it over to the other braid securing it with bobby pins.  Repeat the same step with the other braid.

Pro tip: If you have naturally wavy or curly hair skip Step 1. To spruce up this do try adding fresh flowers or hair ornaments.

 

GLAMOUR WAVES 

Who’s it for: Medium to long hair

What you’ll need:

1-1.25 inch curling iron. (try T3 Single Pass Twirl 1.25 curling iron)

Hairspray (try LOreal Elnett Satin Hairspray, Strong Hold $12.99) 

Shine Serum (try LOreal Ever Style smooth & shine serum)

Paddle Brush (try Aveda wooden paddle brush $20.00)

Double prong hair clips

Tail comb

Let’s get started:

Step 1: Create an exaggerated part on your most wearable side.

Step 2: Mist each section of hair with thermal spray. Set hair with curling iron all over and secure the curl with hair clips.

Step 3: When you’re  done, remove the clips starting with the very first curl to the last.

Step 4: Apply a dime size amount of serum to the palm of your hands and emulsify. Finger comb hair to loosen the curls.

Step 5: Gently brush through the curls starting from the ends up.

Step 6: Finish with hairspray.

Pro tip: To create more volume apply a volumizing agent to wet hair, blow dry straight and then began Step 1. 

By: Sonia Castleberry

Source: Getty

Nail Art- Modernizing Your Wedding Details

Your wedding look no longer has to be bland.  You can incorporate some of your creative expressions in a small but effective way, your nail art.

The idea of nail art can be viewed as gaudy or juvenile.  The trend has become enormously popular among women of all ages and can be a great way to express your personality.  Whether you wear your nails neatly manicured wear tip extensions or UV gel there is a design every woman can enjoy.

All forms of nail art doesn’t  have to be elaborate . Below you will find nail collage.  You can show a picture to your to nail tech or piggy back from one of these ideas.  Feel free to to be inspired by one of these great works of art.

After all it’s the little things that count.

For great popping colors we recommend some of our go to brands: Chanel, Dior, YSL, Tom Ford and Nars.

For great nudes can’t go wrong with: Essie, Spa Ritual, OPI, Orly, and Revlon.

For art tricks and tools: Color Club, Kiss Products are the way to go.

 

Welcome the Silver Branch Collection

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The new spring collection for Shaune Leane has arrived and  delivers the most exquisite gold vermeil pieces one can imagine.

The new collection is one of 5  Shaune Leanes silver collections. What makes this collection remarkable is how it encapsulates nature.  The line uses white moonstones and pearls along with gold vermeil to create a organic structure.  The pearl necklace and Gold vermeil branch attract rays from light, which reflects the warmth from the gold and the pearls. The gold adds statement while maintaining the classic timeless look of the pearls.

Another asset to the booming collection is the highly polished Gold Branch Ring.  A beautiful Pearl sits in the center of the ring while being protected by two branches. The arrangement encompasses peace and stillness upon the wearer. To accompany the necklace comes a  branch style Earring .  The branches dance around a pear shaped stud in the center. This piece embodies the modern minimal approach of the line.

These pieces are also available in silver.

Gold Vermeil Silver Branch Multi Bracelet Gold Vermeil Silver Branch Moonstone Earrings Size 2

Gold Vermeil Silver Bracelet            Gold Vermeil Silver Bracelet 2

Silver Branch Single BraceletSilver Branch and Pearl Drop Earrings

Silver Branch Single Bracelet      Silver Branch and Pearl Drop Earing

Visit shaunleane.com for details.

World Bride Magazine in London

World Bride Magazine are launching into Europe and its all exciting as we approach the amazing event taking place at The May Fair Hotel in May Fair London on Saturday 12th December starting at 5pm.

World Bride Magazine’s event is hosted by Betsie Dsane Britain’s Super Model featured in the latest Project Catwalk and H & M by Madonna – Check out Look Book Factory

We have some amazing designers who are flying in from around the world to be part of show. Yes the designers will be at the event to meet with you whilst their designs are showcasted.

  • Jane Wilson Marquis from New York, comes home to London as she has made some fantastic designs especially for this event.
  • Isabel Zapardiez from Spain, wow what can i say she is awesome and the designs speak for themselves.
  • Jasper Garvida from Project Catwalk is extremely talented and the designs will be showcasted for the modern and quirky brides.

Plus we have some great sponsors such as :

Mizani L’oreal, John Lewis Gifting, Kim Rix (Wedding Planner), m2m damorejon nail collection, Celebrity Session Stylist Eugene Davis designs a Bridal Wig Collection for Shuly Wigs plus more.

 This is just to name a few of the exciting people and companies that are involved. This will be an event based on experience which should not be missed.

Win a Free Nights stay the May Fair Hotel*on the night

Win a Wedding Coordinator for your most important day by the amazing Kim Rix. Book sometime with the planner via bookings@freelancetheworkspace.com

Tickets are now on sale so book quickly as to avoid disappointment. BOOK NOW

Brides we are looking for you as we want 7 amazing brides to be featured in our next issue.

Everyone is welcome to come as this is not your traditional bridal show as we would like to meet with you all.

Look forward to seeing you there.

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The New BridesMaid’s Dress: Naana B.

Here at World Bride we celebrate the diversity in brides across the world and we know every bride-to-be and her maids are NOT wearing the same dresses. We were intrigued by this culturally influenced line by a young lady with origins in Ghana who wanted to celebrate the beauty in great fabric and even greater prints.

 

Here are a few of our favorite pieces from the latest collection:

 

 

 

We absolutely loved the fact that each piece is hand-stitched by a group of six women in Ghana and that proceeds from all sales go to the Rural Communities Empowerment Centre in Ghana.

We’ll be doing an in-depth interview on the designer herself, until then you can find our favorite picks and more at NaanaB.com

World Bride loves World Barbie: Vogue Italia

Just about every bride planned out her wedding with her favorite doll and now that favorite doll takes her place on the cover of Vogue, say hello to World Barbie…

 

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Editor-In-Chief Frank Sozzani says:

“Barbie has been an icon for whole generations which is why I really wanted to give a strong sign in step with the times, and dedicate the anniversary issue to Black Barbie.”


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