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Blackhair UK Magazine: Bridal Edition

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Hello there brides, grooms and undecided! Blackhair Magazine UK’s April-May 2015 edition is a bridal special to help with the upcoming spring and summer wedding season.

Inside you will find all sorts of wonderful advice for natural hair, relaxed hair and everything in between, as well as beauty and accessories tips for your big day. If it’s not “your” day and you are part of the wedding “party” or a guest, there is lots in the special edition for you too, to ensure you look your slickest and sharpest. There is plenty of celebrity inspiration, product suggestion and beauty regime guides. Also the magazine is available all over Europe so you have no excuse to miss out!

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Go out and get your copy today pr sign up for your subscription here.

Happy planning! ❤

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Bridal Natural Hair Inspiration on International Women’s Day

via buzzfeed.com
via buzzfeed.com

It’s been a really long time, but as we’re in the final hours of International Women’s Week 2015, I just thought I’d share these beautiful shots of brides of colour, flaunting their gorgeous natural tresses. The original post (available here) is courtesy of buzzfeed.com and should give all you fly sisters out there, preparing for your big days later this year, some much needed inspiration. Don’t forget to share with your fellow brides to be!

Enjoy ❤

 

Reading Bridal Magazines from a Critical Discursive Perspective

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A friend of mine from my old media literacy reading group passed this on to me the other day. When I saw what it was, it was one of the moments when you make a discovery and feel like “I should have done that” however I’ll promote it anyway.

A slightly more academic take on the wedding industry’s constructions of beauty, gender, sexuality and kinship – Bridal Magazines from a Critical Discursive Perspective by Ewa Glapka is really hot off the press from Palgrave Macmillan. From their website:

“Offering a critique of contemporary wedding discourse, this book marries together analyses of media texts and their reception to propose a new approach to media discourse. The analysis richly illustrates how women are invited to embrace not only the stereotypical idea of bridal femininity but also a consumptive way of experiencing it.”

So if you’ve enjoyed reading this blog as well as other critiques of the mainstream wedding industry, this could be a really nice addition to your book shelf. Also available as an eBook for those of you conscious about the environment. Enjoy!

Black Hair UK Magazine April – May 2014: Bridal Edition

Ladies! The April / May 2014 edition of Black Hair UK Magazine is a bridal special! In short – go out and get it while it’s still in stores!!!

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There are all kinds of hot hair tips for brides-of-colour to be throughout the edition, but some of the highlights are arguably the ideas offered for ladies who may wish to go natural on their big day (see pages 49 and 68-71), as well as fashion advice if you are going for something a little different than the usual princess look (see pages 120-123). As always, there is also plenty of make-up and beauty hints for those of us with darker skin hues (see pages 103-105), which is a much needed departure from the standard fashion and beauty magazine advice column, which tends to only acknowledge olive skinned, Latin beauties as their dark-skinned audience, thus not offering any guidance to a black readership. In any case, this it is wonderful to see this long-standing magazine reaching out to brides to be with a variety of pointers for how to achieve the classic / conventional bridal look, in addition to numerous alternative and yet gorgeous styles.

My personal favourite segment of this edition of Black Hair has to be the “Fairytale bride” – which turns Disney’s interpretations of beauty on its head once and for all, along with all notions of what a “real” bride should look like (see pages 110-113).

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Of course, it’s a bit girly, girly – but in my opinion, as long as we have numerous, balanced versions of what being “girly” means, it’s all good.

Go out and get your copy NOW before it’s too late. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

The 14 Stunning Photographs of Couples in Love!

Truly inspirational, beautiful and one of the many reasons I believe(d) a blog like this needed to be created. Photographer Braden Summers describes (in the clip below) his quest to compile a series of portraits of same-gender loving couples from across the globe.

 

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His quest is complete now, so you can already see these remarkable and moving images celebrating all kinds of love!

Enjoy and happy wedding planning, whoever it is you’re marrying 😉