How to Cater for a Wedding in France

 

 

The selection and preparation of the food and drink that is to be served at your wedding reception is undoubtedly one of the most exciting aspects of the planning process for what should rightfully be the most special and important day of your life.

In particular, many couples love the idea of having a French-style wedding that also draws upon the country’s reputation for the most stellar and tasteful cuisine.

You may even go as far as holding your wedding in France itself for added authenticity – so if this is the case for you, what do you have to think about as far as the catering side of your nuptials is concerned?

First of all, make sure you have the right venue

When so many of us who wish to get married contemplate where we wish to formalise our union with that special someone, the image that often comes to mind is an exceedingly romantic and idyllic one… the impressive backdrop, perhaps, of a historic and noble stone-built property set in large grounds of spectacular manicured French gardens.

Inside the property, meanwhile, you may picture the finest interior decor, crystal chandeliers and all of the trappings of the kind of refined elegance that speaks to your sophistication as a couple.

In short, you’re probably imagining somewhere like our very own highly exclusive and spacious property over four floors, the truly resplendent Château Bouffémont. Admittedly, we are biased as this is our own property, but it is also difficult to imagine a more extraordinary or luxurious option for chateau rental in France.

That impression is only maximised by the sheer practicality of our private venue from a catering perspective. Not only do we have a private chef on our staff who can answer to your most specific requests with regard to the catering for your French wedding, but if you would like to take even more control over the food and drink served, we can give you 24-hour access to an entire equipped guest kitchen.

There are so many ways to make your catering truly French

If you are to hold your wedding in France, you may consider that it would be a waste of one of the most admired gastronomic cultures in the world to fail to imbue your wedding menu with a truly French character.

This is why so many people looking to tie the knot in France are keen to serve food incorporating the highly festive ingredients typical of French weddings. Perhaps you would like to serve the likes of foie gras, scallops or lobster as your starter options, followed by a main meat dish of duck breast or beef fillet, or a main fish dish that could be John Dory, monkfish, salmon or red mullet?

This may be rounded off with a dessert presenting your diners with a choice of exquisite macarons, crème brulée or any of an assortment of French pastries such as tart, éclair or millefeuille. You may also be interested in having your food served in a distinctly French manner involving the tableside preparation of dishes, as is explained in greater detail by home website The Spruce.

Make the remarkable Château Bouffémont your luxury wedding venue, and you will be able to look forward to making the most of our extensive and refined halls, suites and facilities, together with the wider cultural resources of a country that embodies the highest standards of cuisine.

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New Clothing Boutique Offers Stylish Dresses for Little Girls

A new clothing boutique, specialising in stylish and glamourous party dresses for young girls, is making waves in the children’s fashion industry in Brazil. Ana Giovana, named after the company founder, focuses not just on style, but also on comfort, with one eye also on eco-friendly elements that make this range a very impressive and exciting one.

Ana Giovana founded her company as she discovered that not only were dresses for young girls often drab and uninspiring, but that the materials they used were not in any way eco-friendly. Furthermore, she recognised that many instances of allergies were down to the materials used in this clothing, so vowed to provide a range that was not only free from material that caused allergies, but was also made from materials from renewable sources.

Research and Launch

A comprehensive period of research, in which Ana surveyed many parents, asking them what they wanted to see in dresses for girls – especially in party outfits – preceded the launch of the Ana Giovana range, and the results were interesting. Parents were in favour of materials that were not treated with allergy-inducing chemicals, and also wanted a sense of style and glamour in their choice of dresses.

Parents also wanted clothing that was comfortable for the child to wear, that would last a long time and that was easy to wash, plus – quite naturally – they wanted an affordable range with a good choice of styles, colours and sizes. Convinced the demand was there, the Ana Giovana was carefully devised to meet the needs that parents had requested, and is now a much talked-about name in the children’s fashion world.

Cotton and Chemical-Free

Ana Giovana opted to use chemical-free materials and chose cotton, a natural and very comfortable material, as the main constituent of her beautiful dresses, or vestidos infantis – children’s dresses in her native Spanish. The result is a fantastic range of very beautiful, supremely comfortable and easy to wash and care for clothes that every little girl will love.

The elegance of the designs is inspired by Ana’s own vision of what little girls like to wear at parties, and is clearly one that has hit the mark with both children and parents. With a fast-growing customer base, and a range that is being added to all the time, the future looks very bright for Ana Giovana, and plans for the future are in full swing.

A ground-breaking dedication to using chemical-free, eco-friendly and allergy-resistant materials and manufacturing methods is what makes the Ana Giovana brand stand out from the crowd, and the sheer beauty of these children’s dresses is inspiring and innovative.

For more information on Ana Giovana and the range of beautiful dresses, have a look at the website now.

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The Best Types of Insurance for a Small Business

 

There are approximately 4.2 million small businesses in the UK and as one of them you should know how important it is to protect yourself, your employees and your customers against any potential risks.

Choosing the right insurance depends a lot on the type of business that you run but as a starting point, here are a few of the vital policies that you will need to get your business off the ground.

  1. Public liability insurance

This insurance covers you if a member of the public suffers an injury on your premises or if any of their property is damaged because of a fault with your business. Having this type of insurance in place will make sure all legal costs are covered as well as any compensation claims if it is indeed your business that is at fault. Public liability insurance covers:

  • Compensation claims

If there have been any injuries to a third party or any damage to their property has been caused, you will be covered for compensation claims. This includes if the incident was in your business premises, at a customer’s home or somewhere else.

  • Legal expenses

If a claim is made against you, this cover will provide you with the cost of any subsequent legal proceedings.

  • Cost of repairs

It will cover the cost of any damage you have made to a customer’s property.

  • Medical fees

In the worst case that a customer has suffered an injury where they need to be hospitalised, insurance will cover the cost of any treatment they require.

  1. Professional indemnity insurance

In the case that a customer claims your business has failed to provide adequate services or advice professional indemnity insurance will provide cover for the legal costs that you need to defend such a claim. It will also cover the cost of any compensation that may be payable to a customer to rectify the situation.

Many businesses require this type of insurance including accountancy, engineering and surveying firms as well as those who are working on a contract basis. Even if you own a business where you are not legally obliged to have professional indemnity insurance in place, it’s a good idea so that you can avoid paying thousands of pounds in compensation and legal fees. It can cover you for a wide range of unwanted scenarios including:

  • Professional negligence
  • Loss of data or documents
  • Unintentional breach of copyright or confidentiality
  • Defamation and libel
  • Loss of goods or money
  1. Employer’s liability insurance

Employer’s liability insurance will cover you against any cost of compensation claims that arise from illness or injury to your employees that have been caused as a result of work undertaken for you. This type of insurance is a legal requirement if you have a business that employees one or more people each day and at minimum businesses should have £5 million in cover and there is a fine of £2,500 for every day that you are uninsured.

Remember that if any members of your family work for you they do not need to be added to employer’s liability insurance, but all part-time workers and temporary employees do.

  1. Business vehicle insurance

If you run a business that requires vehicles, you will need to arrange the appropriate protection. This type of insurance is a legal requirement in the UK if your car or van is used for business-related purposes. For example, if you are a tradesman that uses their van every day for work. Be aware that standard vehicle policies will not give you a high enough level of protection as they only cover you for commuting and social use.

With this insurance, you will be protected even if you travel to a number of different locations for work or if you drive with employees or colleagues. If your vehicle is damaged, stolen or vandalised, this insurance will cover the cost to fix any issues so that you can get back on the road. At the end of the day, you don’t want to be forking out thousands of pounds of your own money if you’re temporarily out of business.

There are much fewer small business insurance options out there than there are for something more common such as car insurance so when looking for the best quote, you shouldn’t expect to find as many. Always read through the terms and conditions of the policy and review your quotes in detail, paying particular attention to any exclusions. Sites such as Call Wiser allow you to compare quotes from some of the leading insurance companies in the UK so you can get the best deal for your budget and, more importantly, your business.

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Signs To Look For In An Online Jeweller

Making high-value purchases online is becoming increasingly popular, so it is also important that you make sure any potential jewellery company that you are going to purchase from is reliable and also has a good reputation. You can find some of the best online jewellery retailers listed on reputable websites, but there are also ways that you can tell if you are dealing with a professional company that values their customers.

Look At Their Online Reputation

Whether they are a brick and mortar store, or purely an online business, you will be able to find out a lot of information about specific companies by searching online. There are many independent review websites and forums where people document their dealings with businesses and rate the service that they received. You can get a lot of useful information which will help you to decide if a company is reputable or not when you do a bit of digging online.

They Listen To Your Needs

The Diamond Jewellery Studio is among the reputable jewellers in Brisbane, and they have built their reputation up by listening to their customers and providing what they want. A reputable company will work within your budget and show you all of the options available, rather than spend their time trying to increase your budget and get you to spend more. A good jeweller will also offer their expert guidance and explain all options carefully to their clients.

They Are Fully Accredited

You will also want to ensure that any potential jeweller you will do business with is fully accredited by the Jewellers Association of Australia, as well as other associations. When you make sure that you are dealing with accredited jewellers you can feel safe in the knowledge that you are using a company that maintains set standards and levels of service. If these levels are not kept, then the jewellers may be liable to lose their accreditation. You will also want to make sure that any diamonds you purchase will also come with certification to prove they are legitimate and do not originate from a conflict area of the world.

They Answer All Of Your Questions

Another sign that the jewellery company you are talking to are a reliable one is that they openly answer any questions that you may have. A good jeweller will tell you that you can often save money by getting a diamond which has a slightly lower grade of colour and clarity; and once set into a ring, the average person cannot tell the difference. Whether you have questions about the cut, clarity, or any other facets of jewellery, excellent jewellers will be happy to answer any questions that you may have, as well as explain all of the options that are available to you. Ultimately, a jewellery shop is a business and is there to make a profit, but they are also there to provide their customers with excellent value products and the highest level of service that they can offer. So when you find a jewellery store like this, you should know that you are dealing with a reliable and reputable company that is going to take care of a valued customer such as yourself.

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Autumn/Winter 2017 Accessories That Will Help You Be Fashion Forward

 

 

The seasons are changing, and soon it’ll be time to overhaul your winter wardrobe. Accessories are a great way to update your wardrobe, giving trusted outfits a whole new look, with the addition of a few new elements. Here’s how to go about it:

All in the detail

A well-chosen detail will up your ranking in the fashion pack this coming Autumn/Winter season, so pay attention and don’t let them slip. A well-placed detail, like contrasting stitching and or an injection of strong colour, will show you’re a man of style.

Hats have it

Caps and berets featured strongly in recent cat walk shows, so be fashion forward this year by sporting the right headgear. Choose a cap with a traditional or flat cap style or look for head gear with a hint of the navy about it, as the seafaring influence made its presence felt on the cat walk. If you’re going for a beanie style, keep it chunky and textured looking.

Belt up

Belt up to be fashion forward this autumn, as these accessories finish an outfit to perfection. Look for modish examples wrought from leather or rock urban industrial chic, with a belt manufactured from a webbed material with a sleek, bold fastening. It’s a look you’ll see on the cat walk and the high street, so don’t miss out on this key trend.

Bags – the bolder, the better

Eye catching bags in bold colours made their presence felt on the catwalk. A statement bag is a key ingredient for the fashion forward this winter and a great way to add an element of strong colour into an otherwise staid wardrobe.

Red rules the roost

Talking of bold colours; red burst on to the fashion scene in a big way at the recent fashion shows. Numerous examples of accessories, knitwear and leisure wear sporting a striking scarlet shade are evident in upcoming menswear collections.

Normcore knows best

Unpretentious clothes and accessories that were pared down, practical and normal looking were another noticeable trend on the catwalk. So channel the “normcore” aesthetic by choosing pieces that are understated and functional. It’s an anti-style, style inspired by science fiction writer William Gibson and it’s here to stay.

Tech wear triumphs

Another key trend to emerge on the cat walk was for practical ‘tech’ wear. Whether relating to accessories like bags and wallets, or all-weather jackets, items made by technical fabrics that are breathable, waterproof and lightweight appeared in many a fashion house collection. So practical and stylish tech wear will put you right at the top of the fashion pack.

Texture tactic  

Use accessories to channel another material trend, that for textured fabrics. Tweed and chunky knits were just some of the textured fabrics in evidence in the couture collections. Bags, hats and gloves, provide the perfect opportunity to introduce some arresting texture into your outfit.

So there you have a few tips on how to be fashion forward this Autumn/Winter. Choose accessories of style and quality to up your credentials this coming season, and you’ll be fashion forward.

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Choosing the right Eyelash Extensions Beauty Salon in Sherman Oaks

 

 

 

Taking the Leap to Luxurious Lashes in Sherman Oaks

A Beauty Revolution

Women have been yearning for long, voluminous lashes for centuries. Mascara, eyelash curlers, and false eyelashes have been assisting women to make this desire become their reality throughout the 19th century. In recent years, a new service has revolutionized the pursuit for luxurious lashes. It is more permanent and requires less maintenance. The eyelash extension beauty salons in Sherman Oaks are proud to take part in the beauty revolution of eyelash extensions.

What Should I Look for in an Eyelash Extensions Service?

Before you take an excursion to an eyelash extension beauty salon in Sherman Oaks, you want to be confident that you will walk out of the salon with a supreme service. You want to be able to keep gawking at your new-eyelash-self in the mirror for days. This is accomplished by finding the right salon.

Comfort is key. You want to be able to feel as luxurious as you will look when the procedure is over. Melodious music should be playing in the salon to set a comfortable aura. A complimentary massage should be offered while you are lying on table. The process should be painless. The only sensation you should feel is the technician putting light feathers onto your lashes.

You should be able to customize your lashes to be as unique as yourself. Salons should carry selectable lengths between 9-15 millimeters. A desirable length for most people is 10-12 millimeters. After your length is selected, you should be able to select a “J” or a “C” curl. A “J” appears more natural. A “C” appears more dramatic. You can even choose both for different parts of your eye to further distinguish your look. You should have the choice in material: Faux Mink, Faux Fox, Silk, Real Mink, or Real Human Hair. They will be your lashes, so every aspect of the process should be your prerogative.

What is a Service Done Well?

Now to the fun part…

The most significant part of the eyelash extension service is the final result. Your eyelashes should NOT look like a permanent strip of false eyelashes attached to your lid. Quality eyelash extensions are done precisely. The eyelashes should not be clumped together; they should be well-blended with your natural lashes. They should possess a voluminous, lengthy-look (after all, that is the goal of eyelash extensions). They should last 6-8 weeks. However, a touch-up should be done around 3-4 weeks.

Selection of Eyelash Extension Beauty Salons in Sherman Oaks

Here is a list of some of the five-star eyelash extension beauty salons in Sherman Oaks:

  • Envy Lashes
  • The DollHouse Beauty
  • Valentina Lash Studio
  • Blinkbar
  • Lele Eyelash Extensions

Before booking an appointment, you should visit a salon of your interest to see which one gives you the best vibe. You and your eyelashes are unique, so your preference in a salon will be an individual choice. However, each of you readers that are hunting for an eyelash extension beauty salon in Sherman Oaks should have the same expectation: a superior service. Do not expect less than the best when taking the leap for luxurious lashes at an eyelash extension beauty salon in Sherman Oaks.

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Ingredients to Avoid If You Have Oily Skin

 

If your skin is naturally oily, then you’ll know just how difficult it can be to keep your face oil- and shine-free. The chances are that you spend a lot of your day looking in the mirror, applying makeup and washing your face to keep oil away.

But it doesn’t have to be like that. Nowadays, pharmacists and cosmetics companies are putting more emphasis on producing quality products that work for people with oily skin – but there are still some products that you should avoid. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the most common skincare ingredients that you should avoid if you have oily skin.

Petrolatum

Petrolatum is commonly found in skincare products, but it should be avoided at all costs if you want to keep oil at bay. Petrolatum can clog your pores and increase your chances of oily skin. What’s more, America’s The Environmental Working Group has said petrolatum increases the “risk of contamination from polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), cancer-causing chemicals found in crude oil and its by-products,” so petrolatum is something that you should avoid if you want to maintain your overall health and reduce your chances of diseases such as cancer.

Mineral oil

Another ingredient that’s currently included in skincare products, mineral oil can clog your pores and increase oil production in your skin. There are other reasons why you should avoid mineral oil, too. It may be contaminated with toxins, and it doesn’t offer your skin anything beneficial, despite some cosmetic companies claiming “magical” benefits.

Instead, you should consider the natural skin care products offered by companies such as Tropic Skincare. Whether you’re looking for serums and sun creams or moisturisers and shaving creams, relying on cosmetic companies that offer organic products that are free from mineral oil works best – so shop around and see what alternatives you can find.

Sodium lauryl sulphate

Often found in cleansing gels, sodium lauryl sulphate can be incredibly drying to your skin, causing you to produce more oil to compensate. Dehydration is not the only drawback of this common skin care ingredient, though. According to some reports, products sold with sodium lauryl sulphate risk being contaminated with dioxane, a carcinogenic ingredient can last a long time in your body. This information is particularly scary because your liver cannot metabolise dioxane effectively, which could lead to long-term health conditions and cancer.

We’ve rounded up three of the most common skincare ingredients that cause irritation and drying in patients with oily skin, but we’ve only just scratched the surface. Remember that, as with everything in skincare and healthcare, you should take it upon yourself to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, stay well hydrated and wash on a regular basis.

If a particular skincare product is causing irritation or cause for concern, stop using it immediately and consult with your dermatologist. Your doctor or skin care expert will be able to provide you with more information and, in some cases, prescribe lotions and cleansers that reduce the amount of oil in your skin. Good luck.

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How To Start A New Business While Having A Business

 

 

As a business owner, you have a ton of great ideas. In some cases, though, you may be interested in exploring some of them after ensuring the success of your first company. After all, you were able to make it work the first time, so why not strike while the iron is hot? With that in mind, let’s go over some tips on adding a new business while you are currently managing one so that you don’t get overwhelmed and wind up ruining both enterprises.

Keep Entities Separate

When filing for a business, you know that you have to figure out which entity type is right for you. Perhaps you want to start as a corporation, an LLC, or a partnership. Each one has its ups and downs, so it’s imperative that you understand how they work and what they can do for your company.

So, when adding a new business, it’s crucial that you maintain strict divisions between your two entities (unless one is a subsidiary of the other) so that things don’t get tangled up with each other. Even though you are the head of both, you don’t want them to mix since this could become a tricky legal situation.

Come Up With a Transition Plan

During the idea and planning phase of your new business, you can still manage most of the operations of your current enterprise without any problems. However, as things move forward with the new company, you will invariably have to spend less time on your current business, meaning that you have to spread responsibilities and ensure that things won’t collapse without your constant presence.

Overall, the best thing to do is to come up with a timeline and a checklist of items from now until your new company is ready to go. One of the most important things will be to train and assist your manager(s) with operational knowledge so that you don’t have to handle everything yourself. The more comprehensive your plan is, the better the transition will be. Also, allow plenty of time, as setbacks can happen.

In the end, whether starting an LLC or a new corporation, the key thing is to be organized and not let your two enterprises conflict with each other.

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Setting A Budget For Your Wedding Ring

If you look online, you can find lots of information on different websites on how much to spend on an engagement ring, as well as how to get the most for your money. However, there is not a lot of information on how much you should spend on a wedding ring, so here is some advice to help you decide on how much you should spend on your wedding rings.

Consider Your Lifestyle

You will want to take into account your lifestyle when deciding on the rings that you will wear, as this will dictate on how much wear and tear your rings will receive. If you are always active and have lots of things to do, you may wish to consider a type of metal for your ring that is strong and durable and will not scratch or dent easily. Platinum is an excellent choice for this, and you can find platinum wedding rings for her and him relatively easily, but they are at the more expensive end of the scale. A great alternative is Palladium, which is just as robust and durable as Platinum, but lighter and also much cheaper.

Sometimes Less Is More

For many people, the engagement ring is where the budget is spent, as this is often more ornate and fancy than the wedding ring. Because of this, you will not want to detract away any attention from the engagement ring so choosing an understated and simple ring to complement it is usually a good alternative. Rather than spending more money on a flashy wedding ring, find your perfect engagement ring and then choose a complementary wedding ring that is going to be hard wearing and last you a lifetime.

More Money For Your Engagement Ring

When you choose a cheaper style of wedding ring, it also allows you to dedicate more of your budget to your engagement ring. You will often find that a quality jewellery company will usually even have sets of engagement rings and wedding rings which match perfectly to each other, without detracting from one another. When you purchase a set of rings like this, you can often get good deals on the set, so it is often a good way to make your budget stretch just a little bit further.

What You Can Afford

There are wedding rings that suit all types of budgets and tastes, so no matter how much money you have to spend there is a suitable alternative available for you if you look hard enough. However, your wedding day is something that will hopefully only come around once, so it is worth the extra effort to make sure that you buy the perfect wedding rings for each other. If you have to spend less on drinks and food to get the rings of your dreams, then maybe that is a sacrifice that you should be willing to make. It is, after all, your special day, so make sure that you get the perfect wedding ring to top off the perfect wedding day.

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Keeping Afloat During A Personal Financial Crisis

With troubled economic times, also comes rising personal debt, and if you feel like you are in a personal financial crisis, you are not alone. Australians have overtaken the citizens of Switzerland with household debts reaching astronomic figures. If you can feel your debt is starting to take control of your life, there are things that you can do to take matters into your own hands.

Learn To Balance Your Books

If you do not already, try starting a financial diary of all of your expenditures throughout the month. Make sure that you include everything that you pay out for, including your rent, food shopping, and car loans, right down to the pack of beers you bought to watch the game with at the weekend. It may just surprise you as to where a lot of your money goes, and it may also open your eyes as to where you could make some significant savings each month. The main reason that people get into debt is that they spend more each month than they earn, which is a lifestyle which is not sustainable. You will need to find areas of your finances that you can save money on, such as shopping at a cheaper grocery store, spend less on entertainment, or walk to the local shops for milk instead of taking the car. When you have reduced your outgoings, you will then need to learn how to manage your debts.

Getting Debt Advice

To be able to pay off all of your creditors it is going to require debt management on your part, and it is a good idea to speak to an expert for free, impartial advice on choosing how you will deal with your debt. You can contact the National Debt Helpline to get this information which can help you to make an informed decision on how to tackle your debt. One option that may be open to your is a consolidation loan.

Consolidating Your Debts

You may have the option to be able to consolidate all of your debts into one, which can save you money on interest payments in the long run. You will take out a loan which is enough to pay off all of your creditors, which will leave you with just one monthly payment to make. It can be suitable for a lot of people that are struggling with debt, but it is important that if you take out this type of loan that you make changes to your lifestyle to reflect the amount of money that you earn. Make sure that you always have something left over at the end of the month once all of your bills are paid, and put this into a savings account.

If you do not change your spending habits, then it will not be long until you are back in the same boat again, only this time you may have to look at different options such as bankruptcy! If you want to get rid of your debts that are hanging over your head, it can be done with a little tightening of the belt; you just need a little hard work and determination.

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