Wedding Gift Dos and Don'tsWritten by Sher Matsen
When it comes to weddings, both bride & groom, and guests worry about wedding gift etiquette. These do’s and don’ts will keep you on right gift giving track!
I bet your wondering where idea of wedding gifts originated? You’ll have to travel back to time when men no longer bartered for their wives. With tradition of choosing your bride, also came tradition of friends and family bearing gifts. In those days articles were functional and useful additions to couple’s house, making their lives easier.
The Grecians were into presenting lush and lavish gifts. It was a big competition to see who could present most lavish gift. Brides and grooms were presented with precious jewelry, gold vases, magnificent clothing or furniture.
These days’ things have really changed. Wedding gift etiquette of past, simply does not work today. For couples who have been married before they already have all household toys, so what is one to buy? Even if a couple has not been married before, most have run their own households so they still have everything they need. Many couples request no gifts. Some will ask for cash gifts, so they can put funds towards a vacation, a house, or bigger ticket item. Is this okay? How big of wedding gift should one buy? It seems no matter what a person buys, they feel they’ve not spent enough, or bought wrong type of gift. Relax!! And go with modern day flow!
The best thing bride and groom can do for their guests, it to let them know what you are looking for. Funny, brides and grooms feel bad playing “what they need” card, and guests are too uncomfortable to broche subject for fear of offending bride and groom.
Versace - Well Recognized For Quality Fashions!Written by Sher Matsen
Gianni Versace was born in 1946 in Reggio, Calabria, in Southern Italy. Versace received his love of fashion and first lessons on dress-making from his mother. Initially Versace trained as an architect, but soon he followed his mother into fashion business. Versace worked for a number of top Italian fashion houses, but in 1978 with help of his brother Santo he launched his own label. Versace was a great fashion pioneer who combined worlds of high style and pop culture. He was a charismatic and accomplished designer of clothing and theater costumes. Versace appreciated a range of historic attire which he incorporated into his designs and he was greatly influenced by Andy Warhol and modern abstract art.
Wowzer! Best describes fashions designed by Gianni Versace. He was notorious for designing garments that would shock and startle our senses. Versace saw his designing as an art form. He initiated clothing that was visually excessive and provocative- fashions that confronted accepted codes of taste, beauty and sexuality. Fashion became entertainment, to be watched and admired - not simply worn. For Versace nothing was too extravagant too crazy or too risque. Yet no matter how extravagant or provocative Versace's clothes were always strikingly well designed garments designed to flatter body.
Versace was designer of choice for many of rich and famous: pop stars such as Elton John, and Madonna; film stars such as Will Smith, and Elizabeth Hurley and even royalty - Princess Diana. The wealthy were drawn to his clothes like magnets, and that enhanced his reputation. However, Vercasse did not design simply for wealthy his clothes were very much available to average person. In 1985 he launched Istante label in 1985; and after years as Gianni's muse, his sister Donatella became his co-designer and launched Versace diffusion range, Versus, in 1989. These labels featured clothes within budgets of many consumers; not only were they priced lower than custom-made clothes, but they were also aimed at younger markets.