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Sarah Tressa and David Grega wedding


(Photo:long evening dresses)Sarah Tressa and David Grega were united in marriage on Saturday, June 13, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Swoyersville, by Father Joseph Pisaneschi, followed by a cocktail hour and reception at The Westmoreland Club, Wilkes-Barre.

The bride is the daughter of Michael and Michele Tressa, Forty Fort. She is the granddaughter of Michael and Bonnie Dailey, Watertown, South Dakota, and the late Raymond and Sophie Tressa, Swoyersville.

The groom is the son of David and Diane Grega, Kingston. He is the grandson of Frank and the late Delores Walkowiak, Edwardsville and Helen and the late Vincent Grega, Dunmore.

The bride was given in marriage by her father and chose her sister Kathryn Tressa, Forty Fort, as her maid of honor. Bridesmaids were sister of the groom, Danielle Grega, Kingston; Katelyn Pitcavage, Dallas; Nicole Maffei, Pringle; Chelsea Wilson, Kingston, and Kate Bowen, State College, friends of the bride.

The groom chose brother of the bride Andrew Tressa, Forty Fort as his best man; Groomsmen were brother of the bride Michael Tressa, Chicago; Richard Pitcavage, Dallas; Thomas Benesky, Kingston; Gennero Zangardi, Pittston, and Joseph Graziano, Pittston, friends of the groom.

Mrs. Grega is a 2008 graduate of Wyoming Valley West High School and a 2014 graduate of Wilkes University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood/elementary education with a concentration in special education and a minor in reading. She is currently employed as a teacher at Wyoming Valley Children’s Association, Forty Fort.

Mr. Grega is a 2004 graduate of Wyoming Valley West High School and a 2008 graduate of Wilkes University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He is currently employed as an audit manager at McGrail, Merkel, Quinn and Associates, P.C., Scranton.

The Bride was honored at a bridal shower hosted by her mother and bridesmaids at the Gallery at Pierce Plaza, Kingston, in April.

The couple honeymooned in Hawaii and reside in Kingston with their dogs, Duke and Landry.Read more at:formal dresses 2015

In a class of their own

Avinash S. Chetia 

(Photo:formal dress shops brisbane)“They call us the three flowers of Kerala,” says make-up artiste Renju Renjimar, referring to herself and fellow make-up artistes Jaanmoni Das and Avinash Shankar Chetia. The trio are not your garden variety make-up artistes, though, and that’s not least because they’ve each made the choice to identify themselves as women.

Renju, a native of Kollam, and Jaanmoni and Avinash, both from Assam, have been changing the face of the make-up scene in the state with their deft hands and eye for style. In just a few years, these trendsetting transgenders, who each work independently, have risen to the top of the profession. They have become the favourites of celebrities, not to mention brides from all over Kerala and beyond. They are also the go-to make-up artistes for films, ad and fashion shoots.

In fact, it’s celeb endorsement that’s really helped them go places, say the trio. Amala Paul, for instance. Jaanmoni’s known Amala since well before the svelte actress made her debut in tinsel town and Avinash credits both Amala and Jaanmoni for helping her make her entry into Mollywood. “I’d been working as a make-up artiste in Assamese and Bengali cinema, when they both invited me to Kerala in 2011,” says Avinash, a diploma holder in make-up from Delhi University. She debuted in Mollywood by glossing up Amala for Run Baby Run and came into the spotlight when she did actor Nazriya Nazim’s bridal make-up.

“Malayalam and the rest of South Indian cinema has since welcomed me with open arms,” adds Avinash. Meanwhile, the likes of actor Priyamani, singer Rimi Tomy, and more recently Aarathi Pillai, businessman Ravi Pillai’s daughter, have done the same for Renju.

“Amala, Rajini Haridas, Manju Warrier, Poornima Indrajith, Swetha Menon, Geetu Mohandas, Rimi…they are real humans; true friends, who understand, laugh and cry with us. They each have been supporting us through thick and thin, often going out of their way to give us opportunities to showcase our talent,” says Jaanmoni.

Avinash has been winning applause for sculpting Manju’s looks for her comeback movie, How Old Are You (HOAY), for Amala’s fresh-from-abroad looks in Oru Indian Pranayakatha and the likes. “When I do the make-up for a film, I’m always conscious about the character as has been envisioned by the actor and the director. For example, for HOAY, director Rosshan Andrewss wanted something very Malayali girl-next-door for Manju, one that made her look slightly older than her years. So, we stuck to simple highlights on the face, thin khol and a very traditional hairstyle – long, oiled hair, with a parting in the middle,” says Avinash, who has worked on some 50 films.

She is presently handling Asha Sharreth’s make-up in King Liar. “Asha plays a high-flying fashion designer in the film – a look that’s vastly different from the motherly roles she’s done so far. It was a very challenging makeover,” she adds.

Renju’s career too is on an upswing ever since Aarathi’s wedding and her speciality is eye make-up.

“For long, eye-make-up in films, for brides and fashion shoots, was restricted to applying khol. The eyes are the highlights of the face and eye make-up, if done properly, can enhance your face like nothing else, especially if you are going under the arclights. When I do a makeover, once we identify a foundation that matches the skin tone, it only takes five minutes or so for me to do up the face. I spend as much time as possible on the eyes. One has to be careful with eye make-up, because if the shading on one is even slightly different from the other, it’ll be obvious,” explains Renju.

The trio, who say they are each other’s best friends (“we keep buying each other make-up and sharing make-up tips”), insist that there’s nothing special about them. “We don’t think we are special. It’s society that sees us as different. We’re normal human beings. Actresses and directors call us for work not because we are transgenders but because this particular human being is good at her work,” says Avinash.

“We are successful because we are like any other successful professional – dedicated, hardworking and truthful; we have a positive outlook and refuse to let our personal choices and its resultant pain intrude into our professional lives,” adds Jaanmoni.

Haute looks

Along with Amala, Jaanmoni is credited with bringing ‘chilli red’ lipstick into vogue in Mollywood and smoky eye-makeup too. “For some reason, red lipstick was a big no in Malayalam cinema, where make-up was once all about subtle shades, highlighting so-called natural looks. Amala and I enjoy wearing make-up in bright colours and we wanted to show that they can look good on screen too,” explains Jaanmoni.Read more at:plus size formal dresses

This could be Adelaide’s most glamorous donation: Bridal shop donates dresses to Minda


(Photo:plus size formal dresses)AN Adelaide bridal store has donated dozens of last-season wedding gowns to help a South Australian charity raise much needed funds.

Minda, the state’s largest non-Government disability support organisation giving help to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, hopes the Caleche’s donation of 50 wedding dresses will raise money vital for services, and to promote its op shop.

Caleche has donated the gowns, along with 20 mother-of-the-bride dresses, for Minda to sell at its op shop restyle Sanctuary in Brighton.

The restyle Sanctuary shop will host a private event in March to showcase and sell the gowns.

They will be up for grabs for between $300-1000.

Sarah Poppy is looking forward to helping out at the event.

AN Adelaide bridal store has donated dozens of last-season wedding gowns to help a South Australian charity raise much needed funds.

Minda, the state’s largest non-Government disability support organisation giving help to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, hopes the Caleche’s donation of 50 wedding dresses will raise money vital for services, and to promote its op shop.

Caleche has donated the gowns, along with 20 mother-of-the-bride dresses, for Minda to sell at its op shop restyle Sanctuary in Brighton.

The restyle Sanctuary shop will host a private event in March to showcase and sell the gowns.

They will be up for grabs for between $300-1000.

Sarah Poppy is looking forward to helping out at the event.Read more at:cheap formal dresses

See Lady Gaga In The Marc Jacobs Gothic Beauty Wonderland

The Marc Jacobs show was always going to be an interesting one. Remember last season? All the smudgy blue lids and dishevelled mouths and piled up textured hair? The security at this show is strict too, since the backstage area is crammed full of creative celebrities in their own right. Marc Jacobs aside, superstylist Guido created the hair concept and is there to oversee each girl getting their hour in the hair chair. That lengthy intricacy alone explains the 5 hours backstage allocation, rather than the usual 2 or so. Then there is Francois Nars (Mr. Nars to you and me) talking through the six different beauty looks. (“Do not take his picture, do not crowd him, do not look him in the eye” – I made that last one up, but the other two, we were told on the door). Oh, and add Lady Gaga into the mix and the Marc Jacobs show just knocked everything else out of the park. (She also happened to look amazing in the gothic look created by Guido and Francois Nars, scrtoll to the bottom)

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Francois Nars; ‘The inspiration was black. Really like black black. The whole show is black, all the clothes are black. ‘

So the mood was dark, with Mr. Nars creating different characters in line with Marc Jacobs’ vision. They had a chat beforehand. ‘He always has a strong theme in his head, so Guido and I know what ot translate. The inspiration was like Alice Cooper. A touch of punk, the New York underground scene. Six differen’t looks was enough to really tell a story about the girl Marc had in mind.

Every girl had bleached brows ‘to create a blank canvas really so we could repaint everything any way we wanted.’ with a variation on a black there. Be that dark lip, a dramatic smudged eye, a painterly black eye, and all with the same intricately gelled finger wave hair.

Mr Nars decided who should wear what by printing out a picture of every girl, then painting over the top of them to work out what would look best on who.

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The hairHairstylist Guido created a perfect fingerwave, close to the head to deliver the dark side, with softer textured ends. The whole look is slightly raw to give the effect that the girls could have done it htmeselves. After an awful lot of practice, granted, but there was nothing too perfect about the hair or makeup.

Guido said ‘Finger waving is very old fashioned technique from the 20’s, even earlier, Victorian days. We modernised it by leaving the ends out so you get these two textures, the natural ends give it a kind of gothic mood which feels a little strange. We used Redken Hardwear Gel (best UK alternative is Velvet Gelatine) which we finger waved into the hair and strong hold hairspray to set it in. She’s a darker character this season but still done whimsically. The whole silhouette is very extreme.’ He used

The end result was a beautiful piece of theatre, perfect for the vast show space and pretty arresing guest appearance in the form of Lady Gaga. Black beauty is going to be big.

Carr-Alfermann Wedding Vows Read

Carr-AlfermannMolly Erin Alfermann and Christopher Shea Carr, both of St. Louis, were united in marriage Sept. 4, 2015, at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church, St. Louis. Father Christopher Seiler officiated at the 4 p.m. ceremony.

Bride’s parents are Gary and Christina Alfermann. Groom’s parents are Daniel and Theresa Carr.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents.

Serving as maids of honor were Abby Alfermann and Betsy Alfermann, both of Washington. Bridesmaids were Mckenzie Carr, Sydney Carr, both of Washington, and Susan Mueller, Millstadt, Ill.

Best man was Daniel Bryar, Chicago, Ill. Groomsmen were Eric Ruzicka, Ryan Summers, Mickey Masucci, all of St. Louis, and Andrew Alfermann, Washington.

Flower girls were Ivie Herman and Macie Herman, and ring bearer was Bryce Herman, all of Durham, N.C.

Music for the ceremony was provided by Joseph Eckelkamp.

Ushers were John Bischoff, St. Louis, Kael Elbert, Brendan Elbert and Ian Carr, all of Washington.

A reception was held at NEO on Locust. Music/entertainment was provided by Dirty Muggs.

The bride earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Rockhurst University. She is employed by SSM Physical Therapy. The groom graduated from Truman State University and is employed as an account manager at TEK Systems.

After a wedding trip to Jamaica, the couple reside in St. Louis.Read more at:green formal dresses | red formal dresses

Woman hits back after being catcalled in a parka and boots

Hardly a revealing outfit, but this is what Christine Brandt was wearing when she was harassed in New York City. 

(Photo:evening gowns)Here’s one that won’t surprise most women even a tiny bit, but might be an eye-opener for some men.

Christen Brandt, of New York City, was at a subway station when a passing man said “Damn, you have some great legs.”

She ignored him, but he followed her and kept talking, she wrote on in an Instragram post, which she also shared to Facebook.

“Did you hear me, honey? I said you have nice legs. Damn! Thank you,” he said. Charming.

Brandt wasn’t surprised, but his harassment was particularly galling considering she was wrapped up in winter clothes. While he complimented her legs, only her knees were actually on display between her coat and her boots.

“It was the “thank you” that got me. As if my 5 inches of legging-covered skin were there for him,” she wrote.

Of course, women should be able to wear whatever we want without being harassed, but that’s exactly Brandt’s point. She was very covered up, and still got catcalled.

“Next time you wonder whether your skirt is too short, next time you ask your teen daughter to change her clothes, or the next time you hear about school dress codes in the news, remember this photo,” she wrote.

“I am in a f***ing parka and boots. And it. doesn’t. matter.”

Brandt’s post, which she made on Thursday, has been liked over 98,000 times and shared over 53,000 times. The comments are full of stories from women who have had similar experiences.

“I was wearing jeans, my black hooded parka, and most of my face was covered up by a heavy scarf. Three men blocked the sidewalk … then proceeded to tell me how beautiful my face was and began pushing their bodies in to me,” wrote one woman.

“I wish I could say I was shocked or surprised, but the truth is this happens ALL the time and has certainly happened to me,” wrote another.

Brandt finished her post by saying “I, for one, am sick of dealing with it,” and we’re on exactly the same page.

Good on her for speaking up.Read more at:formal dress shops brisbane