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About Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

5 Vinkkiä nopeaan juhliin valmistautumiseen

Juhliin valmistautuminen kiireessä on stressaavaa. Vaatekriisi iskee yleensä viime minuutilla, meikki ei onnistu ilman kunnollista keskittymistä ja asusteet ovat yllättäen kadonneet. Usein juhliin valmistautumisessa aika tuntuu loppuvan kesken tai kutsu bileisiin tulee viime hetkellä eikä aikaa valmistautumiseen ole tarpeeksi. Näiden kauhuskenaarioiden välttämiseksi olemme koonneet 5 vinkin listan asioista, joilla juhliin valmistautuminen onnistuu alle puolessa tunnissa. 

  • Muuta päivämeikki iltameikiksi lisäämällä silmiin hieman tummempaa väriä ja punaamalla huulet. Laadukkailla tuotteilla tehty päivämeikki muuttuu iltaan sopivaksi juhlameikiksi, kun luomiin lisää hieman tummempaa luomiväriä tai näyttävämmät rajaukset ja huulipunan vaihtaa arkisesta vaaleasta väristä räväkämpään punaiseen. Päivän aikana iholle kerääntyneen öljyn saa helposti poistettua puuteripaperilla ja pigmenttisellä peitevärillä meikkipohjan pienet virheet saa korjattua muutamassa minuutissa. Jos aikaa on tarpeeksi meikin tekemiseen kokonaan alusta asti, aikaa säästää meikin tekemisessä jos käyttää monitoimituotteita. 
  • Vaihda arkivaatteet kauniiseen pikkumustaan. Klassinen pikkumusta pelastaa kaikilta asukriiseiltä ja näyttää hyvältä kaikissa tilaisuuksissa. Arkivaateet saa muutamassa minuutissa vaihdettua pikkumustaan ja ohuisiin sukkahousuihin ja asu on valmis! Klassiset juhlamekot pelastavat hetkinä, jolloin kutsu bileisiin on saapunut aivan viime hetkellä eikä sopivan asukokonaisuuden suunnittelemiseen yksinkertaisesti ole aikaa. Kun asun vielä viimeistelee trendikkäällä olkalaukulla ja isoilla korvakoruilla, on trendikäs juhlatyyli valmis. 
  • Tiukka ponnari pelastaa hiukset juhlakuntoon. Kiireessä hiusten laittamiseen ei ole aikaa, joten kihartimet, suoristimet ja föönit kannattaa unohtaa. Jos hiukset eivät työpäivän jäljiltä ole priimakunnossa, saa niistä pesemättä kuitenkin juhlakuntoiset, kun ne nostaa korkealle ponnarille ja päälliosan siloittaa kiiltoa lisäävällä hiuslakalla. Moderni juhlakampaus syntyy siis käden käänteessä ja vain muutamaa tuotetta käyttämällä. Käsilaukkuun kannattaa sujauttaa pinnejä ja pieni hiuslakka, jolla kampauksen korjailu onnistuu kesken juhlien. Sottaisen ja liian arkisen lookin välttämiseksi pienet irtohiukset siloitetaan sen sijaan, että niiden annetaan liehua kasvojen ympärillä valtoimenaan kuten arkena. 
  • Lisää rintakehään ja hartioille aurinkopuuteria. Kiireessä itseruskettavan laittaminen ei onnistu. Nopeasti iholle levitetty itseruskettava näyttää aina hassulta ja suttuiselta, joten jos iholle haluaa juuri ennen juhlia tuoda väriä, kannattaa itseruskettavan sijaan iholla levittää pieni kerros pigmenttistä aurinkopuuteria. Sitä ei tarvitse levittää koko kropalle, vaan sipaus rintakehälle ja olkapäille levitettyä aurinkopuuteria riittää tuomaan seksikästä hehkua iholle. Aurinkopuutereissa on nykyään mistä valita, sillä perinteisen puuterisen version rinnalla myynnissä on myös nestemäisiä ja voidemaisia aurinkopuutereita. Puikkomallista aurinkopuuteria on erityisen helppo käyttää. 
  • Ohut silkkinen slip on mekko käy iltapuvusta virallisimmissa juhlissa. Jos töistä joutuu suoraan menemään virallisempiin juhliin, kannattaa töihin pukeutua pitkään slip on mekkoon ja villapaitaan. Kun työpäivä loppuu, villapaidan voi panna sivuun ja työkengät vaihtaa korkeisiin stilettikorkoihin. Trendikäs silkkinen slip on mekko toimii iltapuvun sijasta hyvin virallisissa juhlissa, sillä mekko on elegantti. Kaunis silkkinen iltapuku toimii vuoden ympäri ja tuo rentoa eleganssia juhliin. 

Nopea juhlatyyli syntyy, kun käytössä on oikeat välineet ja päälle pukee mekon, jonka tietää toimivan juhlassa kuin juhlassa. Koska monesti juhlat kutsuvat heti työpäivän jälkeen, kannattaa jo töihin valmistautuessa miettiä miten työasusta saa juhlakelpoisen ja mitä työpaikalle tarvitsee pakata mukaan, jotta arkityylin saa helposti muutettua juhliin sopivaksi. Pelkästään asusteita ja kenkiä vaihtamalla monen toimistopukeutuminen taipuu juhliin ilman vaatteiden vaihtoa. Tavallisinkin arkinen farkkuasu tai housupuku sopii juhliin, jos siihen lisää kauniit korkokengät, suuret korvakorut ja kasvoille tuo väriä kirkkaalla huulipunalla. 

Plus size bryllupsmote for 2019

Enhver brud fortjener å finne en brudekjole som passer perfekt til nettopp seg og sin kropp, og dette har også klesindustrien og bryllupsdesignere begynt å få øynene opp for. Designere lager ikke lenger bare brudekjoler i mindre størrelser, men et stadig større utvalg av kjoler kan i dag fås kjøpt i plus size størrelser. Når man skal finne seg en kjole i plus size er det også enkelte ting man kan bruke til sin fordel, som det er for alle andre kroppsstørrelser og fasonger. Her får man noen tips til hvilke ting man kan tenke på og hvilke moter som gjelder for 2019.

Fremhev formene

Former er en av de store trendene i 2019 generelt og å vise formene og være stolt av kroppen sin har aldri vært mer trendy enn nå. Det finnes også flere rollemodeller som fronter større størrelser, samt plus size brudekjoler og modeller har fått langt mer fokus enn tidligere. I 2019 skal man derfor bruke formene man har til sin fordel og man bør velge en kjole som viser frem de fordelene man har på en flatterende måte. Her kan man gjerne velge en brudekjole som er tettsittende over hoftene eller en kjole med litt utringning som likevel er smakfull. Et godt valg når det kommer til silhuett kan her være å gå for havfrue silhuetten.

For å finne ut hvilke snitt og silhuetter som passer sin kroppsfasong aller best kan det være lurt å besøke en brudesalong for å prøve noen forskjellige typer av kjoler. På denne måten er det enklere å finne frem til den stilen man synes er finest. Man kan derimot fint kjøpe kjolen andre steder, og blant annet nettbutikken JJ’s House har et stort utvalg av brudekjoler som spesialsys til kundens mål.

Rysjer 

En annen trend i år er brudekjoler med rysjer og volum. Dersom man velger en brudekjole med for eksempel rysjer over midjen vil dette ha en slankende effekt, hvor stoffet vil legge seg på en flatterende måte. Man kan derfor bruke type stoff på mange måter for å få forskjellige effekter, og man bør tenke over hvordan stoffet vil komme til å se ut på, ettersom de ulike typene stoff oppfører seg annerledes. Å bruke volum andre steder, som å for eksempel velge et større skjørt, kan også ta litt av fokuset bort fra områder man ikke ønsker å fremheve. 

Fremhev midjen

Selv om man skal velge en plus size kjole kan det være flatterende å fremheve midjen. Mange brudekjoler har midje med elastisk strikk som vil kunne fremheve midjen uten at kjolen vil føles ubehagelig trang. Ved å fremheve midjen vil man også fremheve formene, men man bør passe på at midjen går inn på riktig sted av overkroppen avhengig av hvor høy man er og proporsjonene. Andre detaljer som er svært populære i år er bare skuldre og brudekjoler som viser armene. Her kan man også finne et stort utvalg av varianter som vil passe enhver.

Spider-Man

Spider-Man Is Saved: But When Is The Next Movie?

If you missed the news that came out over the summer about Spider-Man, consider yourself lucky. For a few weeks, a breakdown in negotiations between Disney, Marvel, and Sony seemed to threaten the future of the franchise. With different entities owning different parts of the copyrights that pertain to the web-slinging superhero, it was a complicated situation that threatened to derail all plans for any further Spider-Man films in the immediate future. 

Fortunately, that situation has now been resolved. Tom Holland may or may not have had to make a tearful phone call to Disney in order to break the deadlock, but all three parties have agreed to get back together to make one more film before the rights have to be looked at again. Holland got his wish, too, because it is understood that he will be back in the spider-suit for a third sequel to ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ which came out in 2017. 

Squabbling Studios

It is hard to say exactly what caused the problems in the first place. Although Marvel, Disney, and Sony appear to be three separate entities, in reality, they are only two. Marvel has been a Walt Disney Property since 2009, but thanks to deals done in the past, Sony still owns a portion of the movie rights to the character. Sony wants to start releasing their own Spider-Man movies independently of Disney and Marvel. Disney and Marvel, understandably, want to keep one of their most valuable and recognizable characters under their own banner. 

In the court of public opinion, Sony caught most of the blame for the breakdown in communications. They were accused of wanting too large a split of the profits from the next film. That might not be accurate. Disney has been engaging in a series of protectionist moves when it comes to their licensed property recently. Once upon a time, they had a series of slots casino that were based on Marvel characters. There was even a mobile slots game based on Spider-Man himself. Two years ago, Disney abruptly ordered that all the Marvel-themed mobile slots be taken down from the internet. It seemed they were unhappy that other people were profiting from their property. The same may have been true of their view of Sony. 

Regardless of the true reasoning, which we will likely never know for sure, the relationship between the companies has been mended well enough to allow them to work together again, and there is a brand new Spider-Man movie on its way to us. All fans of the series will therefore have the same question: when can we expect to see it? 

Spider-Man 3

At this point, it is not even clear that a new script has been completed or even begun. Despite that, some outlets are reporting that Spider-Man will be back with us in July 2021. The timing would make some sense; it would be two years to the month after the release of ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home,’ which came two years after the 2017 film. It fits the pattern, but thus far, we don’t have any confirmation. We don’t even know the title. 

Spider-Man

Tom Holland does seem to know a little about what to expect, though. In a recent interview, he said that the plot for the third movie would be ‘different’ and ‘cooler,’ which is not a great deal of information to go off. It is possible that he is been aware of how the tale is supposed to end for some time; the story of the films was always intended as a trilogy, and the 2019 film ended on a cliffhanger, which will require a resolution. In the continuity of the movies (look away now if you still have not seen ‘Far From Home’) the world now knows that Peter Parker is Spider-Man. That alone would be a problem, but he is also been framed for a murder that he did not commit. The film will have a lot to wrap up in its running time. 

It is also likely, but not confirmed, that Jon Watts will return as both writer and director for the film. Watts has directed both of the previous films and has also shared the writing credits. Given that the story was planned to be told across three parts, it is not outside the realms of possibility that the third script was actually written some time ago, and everybody involved has just been waiting for the green light to press ahead and start making it. That would make a 2021 release feel more plausible — major Marvel pictures take huge amounts of time to make, and even if a script was commissioned immediately, it is doubtful that it could be started, completed, filmed, and edited in time for a blockbuster release in summer 2021. 

What About The Sony Side? 

Although, they will not object to making money from a third Marvel universe Spider-Man film, the confirmation that there will be another Disney-led Spider-Man movie before they can get their hands on the character will likely be frustrating for Sony, who have been planning for Spider-Man’s arrival under their umbrella for some time. 

They clearly have big plans for the character and have slowly been introducing some of his classic foes in other movies. Venom is one, who was played by Tom Hardy in 2018, and he will be coming back for a sequel in 2020. We also know that Jared Leto will be playing Morbius in a film that comes out next year, too. Both are strong characters in their own right, but comic book fans will be keen to see them face off against Spider-Man sooner rather than later. 

How do you feel about this? Are you relieved that we are going to get a conclusion to the story that was set up at the end of ‘Far From Home,’ or were you more interested in seeing Spider-Man cross over and do battle with Venom and Morbius instead? Would you like to see Tom Holland continue in the part when Sony takes the reigns from Marvel or do you think it is time for yet another new incarnation of the superhero? As always, let us know your thoughts down in the comments!  

Dog in Fall

Fun Activities To Enjoy With Your Dog This Fall

Looking for exciting fall activities to share with your dog this season? This article rounds up the perfect dogtastic ideas to make great bonding moments with your beloved pooch!

One of the best things about changing seasons is knowing there is always something new you can do to pass the time. The cool days of fall and the beautiful colors that come with it all offer the perfect backdrop for precious moments indoors and outdoors.

From being the coolest duo in your neighborhood’s Halloween costume party to raiding a pumpkin patch, there is something that you and your pooch will surely enjoy.

Visit an Orchard or a Pumpkin Patch

The new season brings in new smells that a curious dog will surely take time investigating. The outdoors provide plenty of stimulation for your dog, so taking him or her to a pumpkin patch or an orchard can be great exercise.

You can even share your day’s harvest. Thankfully, pumpkins and apples are some of the healthiest fall fruits for dogs. Just remove the apple’s core and toxic seeds, as they can be choking hazards and generally harmful to your dog’s gut.

Pumpkin yards and apple yards often have rules for dogs, so be sure to check these before you head out. 

Go Trick-or-Treating

If you have kids, having a canine trick-or-treater may just be what they need to snag the candies (and hearts!) of the whole neighborhood.

Halloween is the best time to dress up your pup with something sinister, funny, or adorable. As long as they are cool with it, they could steal the show!

Just make sure you are equally ready for the gang as well. Stock up on yummy treats for the next paw that knocks on the door.

Go Camping

Take advantage of the season while it lasts. The dropping temperatures and the picture-perfect foliage provide breathtaking memories with nature. Your pooch can relish the change of environment, and you can both have fun exploring the site.

Just see to it that you are properly equipped. Because the temperatures outside already start to get a little cold, it pays to dress up right — mittens, jackets, and beanies galore. Make sure your dog has adequate protection as well.

If your dog’s not used to being out in the wild, use the leash. It is a safety net for preventing him or her from getting lost and for unexpected encounters with other animals.

Play in the Park

If buying new equipment, packing, and driving for miles all seem too arduous for you, why not just head out to the park? You and your pooch can still satisfy your need for bonding and exercise, all without the hassle of planning for days.

You can invite friends and family to enjoy the weather for a picnic with their own pets. This way, you will have time to catch up with your loved ones, and your pooch will have fellow furry companions to play under the afternoon sun.

Go Hiking

Fall is definitely the season of the year to enjoy the outdoors, not too hot for picnics and not too sweaty for a hike. This means the best fall afternoons offer the perfect opportunity for you to explore the trails. The physical stimulation is perfect for your pooch, even when they cannot enjoy the full range of fall colors that grace the trails this time of the year.

If you do not want to hit the trail on your own, there are group trail-hiking activities that many local shelters and rescue organizations offer.

Final Word

Fall is usually a busy season for most as people start to prepare for the holidays and many homeowners get their homes ready for the winter. That means it is the perfect time for you to plan a trip out of town or go on a vacation with your beloved pooch in tow.

Kitchen Cabinets

Five Ways To Save On Kitchen Cabinets

If only money were plucked from trees, many would not hesitate to lavish a lot of it on their homes and kitchens, especially their kitchen cabinets. 

However, did you know that you can save a lot of money on kitchen cabinets, while still having top-notch kitchen cabinets designs that suit your taste and budget?

Here are five ways to save on your kitchen cabinet without compromise to quality and function:

1. Select Affordable Wood Species

One of the major things that determine the price of a cabinet is the specie of wood it is made from. This is what most manufacturers consider before fixing a price on their products. 

However, if you are serious about sticking to your budget, so you can save more money, you should select a less expensive wood specie.

Cherry wood specie is trendy in many homes, but it is about the most expensive. Oak is a very affordable wood specie; Hickory, too, is quite affordable and is a little better than Oak. 

Maple is also an expensive specie too. Nevertheless, talking to your local cabinet dealer such as RTA Cabinet Supply will help you select the best, cheapest and functional cabinet.

2. Explore Different Door Styles

You probably have a particular door style on your mind, but if you are working with a budget, it will make a lot of sense for you to compare other similar, yet more affordable doors. 

It looks insignificant, but the door style helps to cut down on costs a whole lot, so you will be able to save more money on your kitchen cabinets.

Inset door styles and ‘Raised Panel’ door styles are probably the most expensive right now, but there are other door styles which are less expensive, without a significant reduction in quality.

For cheaper door style options, you can consider shaker-style doors. Also, you can consider slab door fronts, which are very affordable and fit for modern-day kitchens. 

3. Try Alternatives to Plywood

You do not have to use plywood all over your wood cabinet. There are other durable, budget-friendly alternatives to plywood that can serve the same functions as plywood. 

Thermofoil is one good alternative. It is a plastic-like finish that can be applied to the core of engineered wood. It is more affordable than wood, easy to clean, and easy to maintain.

Another alternative you can consider is Laminate, which is also more affordable than wood. Though it is less durable than wood, it can help achieve your desired cabinet design with little money spent.

4. Use More Doors and Less Drawers

Generally, people like to have drawers in their cabinets, which is a beautiful thing. However, when it comes to meeting your target budget, drawers can be reduced. 

Drawers cost a lot more than doors do, so it is to your advantage if you use more doors than drawers on your cabinets. Moreover, it simplified things and can make your kitchen smarter.

If you must use drawers, you can avoid soft-close drawers, because they are expensive and superfluous. They do not necessarily increase the functionality of the cabinets. 

Rather than use soft-close drawers, try out door pulls. They are more affordable and serve the same functions as drawers.

5. Use Open Shelves in Place of Wall Cabinets

This does not look like it will give you your dream kitchen. But you are wrong, and that is because there are many attractive, functional open shelves that can add some beauty to your kitchen.

The greater benefit of using open shelves over wall cabinets is that you will save thousands of dollars on your budget. Is that not something you will like to achieve. 

Moreover, you would not even be bothered about pull outs, doors, and full extension slides. To be a little sentimental, I would say you can easily locate and access items in the kitchen too. 

Final Words 

If you are thinking more about the future, savings, and investments, it will not be a bad idea to try out these items. 

For some, it may come through as a ‘falling below standards’ with respect to your dream kitchen, but it is not.

On the contrary, it is being smart with your money so you can enjoy greater benefits in the future.

These five ways to cut down costs on your cabinet designs have been inculcated by many families, and they are happy with it.