25 August 2016

How to Prepare if You Are Asked to Speak at a Funeral Service

Being asked to speak at the funeral service of a loved one can certainly be an honour, but it can also be quite daunting. You may be very nervous about what you should say, what the right things to say really are, and how you can write something that will truly showcase the best aspects of the person who has passed away. Continue reading for a few helpful tips that will assist you in preparing for giving a speech at a funeral service.

Reflect on What You Want to Say

In the same way that your loved one’s family is busy planning a funeral that will suit the deceased’s wishes, you should think about writing a speech that the person would’ve loved to hear. This requires some time to reflect, so before you start writing anything down, it’s a good idea to just take a break and reflect upon what you’d want to say. You can go for a walk to think things over, or even ask the deceased’s family about any specific funeral plans that were made in advance in order to gain some extra insight into who they really were and what they really wanted as their send off. 

Consider a Theme for the Speech

When it comes to funeral speeches, there are a few themes that you can choose from. By following a theme, you can begin to generate ideas more easily. For example, you can go with a life history, or a short summary of the deceased’s life. This type of speech should reveal something about the deceased that many people in attendance may not have known about them. Or you can instead stick with a tribute speech that will showcase some of the deceased’s best achievements and the highlights of their life. And yet another option could be a shared memories theme during which you share your own insights into the life of the person who passed, and the memories that you created together.

Keep It Short

Rest assured that your eulogy doesn’t have to be long at all. In fact, funeral speeches are best when they’re kept short. You can practice saying your speech aloud and time yourself so you can be certain that it runs only about 3 to 4 minutes in length. Oftentimes, less is more, and just a few minutes should be all that you need to say what you need to say to honour the deceased in a positive and impactful way.

Feel Free to Write It Down

You certainly don’t need to memorise the speech and present it to your audience. Instead, feel free to write it down and read it. Glance up at your audience every now and then in order to make a connection with them and establish eye contact with them, but don’t feel obligated to have lines memorised.

Writing and presenting a speech at a funeral service can be a great way to honour a loved one who has passed. If you end up feeling overwhelmed at the event, however, you can ask a family member or friend to read the speech for you.

16 August 2016

Day To Night Dressing Tips in Las Vegas On A Budget

One of the most frequented places in the US is Las Vegas. It is famous for the many grand hotels, restaurants, and casinos lining up the main road called The Strip. If there are grand hotels, casinos and restaurants, then that means, there are people who has to dress up to the nines!

Visiting Las Vegas anytime of the year is a nice way to strut your fashionable clothes and wares because you can dress up if you wish due to the many events to attend to and shows to watch, not to mention the fine dining experience. While there is no specific rule to come in full dazzling swing, it is nice to be able to transition yourself into a casual Jane to a glamorous diva when the situation calls for it without having to spend a fortune. You don't want to look like a sticking sore thumb amidst glittery party goers in one of Las Vegas luxurious hotels, right?

I honestly do not spend so much on my clothes, shoes and accessories as long as they are appropriate to the occasion and venue. Las Vegas is a place where you can get carried away spending money so if your interested in planning a trip check out some of the Las Vegas deals​. Below are my tips on how to transition your day wear to night wear on a budget when you are in Las Vegas.

The Classic Little Black Dress

The Little Black Dress or LBD must be a staple in your wardrobe. And mind you, it does not have to be that high-end designer brand too. During the day, you can strut your little black dress as it is with few accessories and a flat ballerina shoes for that long walking you will do around The Strip. You can carry a soft and light cardigan during the day if it feels a bit cold while you can change that into a jacket or coat with sequins or bead works.

Any little black dress when coupled with a fancy bolero or fine suit can ultimately pass another level of sophistication during the night like the one in the photo below.

(Photo credit: howtobetrendy.com)

The Black and White Combo

Black and White are perfect for each other. They can be worn during the day or night. A great example of this ensemble is a white poplin shirt, black trousers, a nice looking shoes and some accessories which you can glam up during the night with just few modifications.

(Photo credit: harpersbazaar.com)

Add a dark coloured blazer, wear some fancy bling and you are now strutting your day shirt to a posh event.

(Photo credit: harpersbazaar.com)

Pencil Skirt

I am not a big skirt fan but  I can't deny the fact that the pencil skirt is a clothing staple too that we should have in our closet. It is a perfect chameleon in the closet because you can wear it seriously or playfully during the day with matching high-heels or sneakers and be totally glitzy at night with the right accessories and glittery top.


(Photo credit: pinterest.com)


(Photo credit: pinterest/popsugar.com)

Dark-coloured trousers

Black is really great to transition from day to night. It is a classic hue and you can pair your black trousers with anything to compliment it. However, I will suggest to have not only black but also another dark-coloured trouser in your closet. You can wear your dark trousers during the day while you are out and about in Las Vegas, probably roaming in the nearby outlet malls and come evening, change your blouse into something formal.



(both photos: pinerest)

These are just few tips you can try to transition from day to night wear in Las Vegas without having to blow your savings buying over-the-top clothes and accessories. Your article of clothing need not be designer. There are plenty of affordable wear that you can buy and mix and match with another garment in your closet.

Plan your outfit well according to the events you will attend to and shows to watch. Note the requirement to dress appropriately in some areas too.  Enjoy dressing up in Viva Las Vegas!

14 August 2016

Cricut's August Mystery Box

Christmas may be far but in arts and craft, nothing is farther when you have your supplies and endless creativity with you.

Making Christmas crafts is not only the one that we should look forward to. There is the coming of fall, some people's birthdays and special occasions here and there of people we love. We can also make projects to enhance our creativity and be more artistic. One doesn't have to limit the many things a crafter can do so enjoy the August Mystery box of Cricut and start creating!

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13 August 2016

My Art Stash

While other ladies go gaga over make-up, I go loco over arts and crafts supplies (and bags! LOL!) I just love arts and crafts. I always tell myself I am seriously in the wrong profession. I should be in Graphic Design, Art Museum as a curator, an Interior Decorator, an Architect or an Arts teacher or have my own fashion line where I am the designer. In short, anything related to creative pursuits is my forte.

I have been buying arts and crafts supplies lately. I stopped for a while when I got so busy with my online studies. Since, I decided to give my online studies a break, I always end up to where I started - arts and crafts.

Funny thing, I wasn't even going to buy any craft supplies. I was actually looking on some beauty products when I suddenly decided to check another site I have always visited in the past. And guess what, I emptied my beauty products cart and decided to buy arts and craft supplies. I am happier with my decision and choice!

I get my stuff from Michael's Arts in the US but when I am back in Dubai, I only shop at Blitsy. It's my favourite go-to arts and craft supplies online shop. They have regular sales and deals that are so hard to resist. In a span on 1 month, I have ordered thrice already! That's not wise for my budget but because they have deals that I cannot resist, I end up buying more in separate dates. I will be wiser in my next purchase to save on the shipping cost. I will just do the shopping in one go.

Here are my stash and I am waiting for 1 package to be delivered next week. Oh, I can't wait to get my hands on those stuff!!!

If you want to get your own lovely stash like these, you can visit Blitsy!

Be creative! Keep creating!

07 August 2016

Booties For Summer

Summer may be hot and many will be sweating because of the temperature and humidity. Clothes are lighter and the same goes to what shoes to wear for summer.

Summer will be the right time to wear those strappy sandals, flip flops and peep toes. However, did you know that even your booties can be worn during the hot summer months? And why not? There are some booties that have openings on the side, perforations that allow air to circulate, and even peep toe style to let your feet breath. Those types of booties will be a perfect hit even on the hottest summer months!

So, take out those cute booties you have in the closet and wear them. Make them ready to transition to the coming fall!

Below booties are just few of the styles you can wear even on summer. So, don't limit your booties during winter and fall and wear them well with your favourite casual get up, and even those summery dresses. You look fab!

(Photo credit: credit to the owners of these photos)