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Non-floral boutonnieres and corsages: reinventing tradition

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Traditionally at weddings, women wear corsages while the groom and other men sport floral boutonnieres. The people wearing them often include the groomsmen, the couple’s parents and grandparents and any other family members that the bride and groom want to honor. If you’re not excited about pinning a flower to your lapel or wearing one on your wrist, here are some ways to put a fresh spin on the tradition.

• Herbs and fruit: berries and herbs look elegant while still being fresh and green.

• Colorful buttons: you can make unique boutonnieres and corsages with an assortment of buttons.

• Wooden tees: if the bride and groom are avid golfers, tie a few colorful tees together with a bow.

• Feathers: they can be as colorful as flowers but are unexpected and whimsical.

• Ornaments made of twigs: a shooting star, a heart or a simple wreath made of dried twigs would be eye-catching.

The best part about most of these options is that, unlike fresh flowers, they can be kept as souvenirs of your big day.

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Destination weddings: are they legally recognized at home?

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The beautiful ocean in front of you, the sand beneath your feet and your friends and family gathered to help you celebrate your love for each other. You’ve always dreamed about getting married on the beach and now that you’re engaged, your destination wedding is within reach. But there’s a little voice in the back of your head telling you to slow down and think about it. What if your dream wedding isn’t valid at home?

Fortunately, if you’re legally able to get married at home, and if your wedding is legal in the country you choose, the marriage should be valid in the United States. Make sure, however, that you confirm with the embassy or consulate of the destination country to find out what their marriage requirements are. You should also check with the attorney general in your state of residence to see if you need to register your wedding once you’re home.

If you’re still not sure about it, there’s nothing stopping you from having a small civil ceremony at home before having a symbolic wedding wherever you choose.

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Fast facts about farms and farming

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The agriculture industry provides the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the products we use on a daily basis. Plus, it’s responsible for producing essential U.S. exports and represents one of the most vital sectors of the American economy. Here are a few key facts about the farming industry in America.

• There are 2.1 million farms on U.S. soil. Most of them (99 percent) are operated by families — individual families, family partnerships and family corporations.

• Agriculture and its related industries account for 11 percent of U.S. employment. In 2017, 21.6 million full- and part-time jobs were related to the agricultural and food sectors.

• In 2016, $135.5 billion worth of American agricultural products were exported. The U.S. exports more food and fiber to the rest of the world than it imports.

• One U.S. farm feeds an average of 165 people each year. This number has increased by 25 people since the 1960s.

• Farmers only receive 15 cents out of every dollar we spend on food. The rest goes to the cost of things like production materials, food processing, wages, marketing, transportation and distribution. In 1980, this number was 31 cents for every dollar spent.

• Cattle, corn and dairy products are America’s top agricultural products. Other significant crops include soybeans, wheat, rice and cotton.

• The amount of corn produced in the U.S. has increased by 360 percent since 1950.

• The amount of feed a dairy cow needs to eat to produce 100 pounds of milk has decreased by more than 40 percent in the last 40 years.

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Spring fashion trends for women

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Wondering what you should be wearing this spring? Here are the trends you’ll see everywhere this season.

Prints
Not for the faint of heart, tropical and animal prints, polka dots and tie-dye dominate this season. Mix them all together for a bold look, or wear a single pattern from head to toe to make an impact.

Color
If prints aren’t your thing, go for a bold splash of color. Canary yellow is huge this season as are other festive and warm shades like red, orange and coral. Vibrant neon hues are also up and coming.

Oversized
Bigger is better when it comes to basically everything this spring. Opt for big shoulders and wide-legged pants for work, and choose ruffles, bows and ample sleeves for party dresses.

Bohemian
You’ll want to live in flowing caftans in all colors and sizes this season. Pair them with crochet garments for an eclectic 70s vibe.

Sheer
Sheer skirts, pants and dresses in all shapes, colours and prints are trending this spring. Wear these items over hot pants, bike shorts or, if you’re feeling cheeky, undergarments.

Bike shorts
Not just for working out or as a foundation under sheer layers anymore, this season’s bike shorts take center stage. Try them in classic black or a playful print.

This spring, turn heads by borrowing inspiration from these hot and happening fashion trends.

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Men’s spring fashion: what to wear this season

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Looking to upgrade your wardrobe this spring? Here are the key pieces to look for.

Shorts for all occasions
Shorts are more stylish than ever this season. Choose practical shorts with lots of pockets or dare to show more of your legs in short shorts. Don’t hesitate to dress them up and wear them with a blazer for special events and parties.

Utility pockets
You won’t struggle to carry your wallet, keys and phone anymore. Pockets are popping up everywhere, from the cargo pants that are back in style to safari type vests adorned with pockets aplenty.

Supersize your wardrobe
Looser styles are trending this season from button down shirts to pants and double-breasted jackets. Just make sure they fit around the waist and in your shoulders for a casual look that suits you well.

Go green
If you’re going to wear one color this spring, make it green. Sage is a perfect mix of noticeable and neutral and khaki goes with everything.

Trench coats
A classic for a reason, trench coats are perfect for keeping you warm, dry and stylish. Choose basic beige or opt for something that has a unique print.

If you’re looking to update your look this season, choose runway items that are suited to the modern man including shorts, loose fitting clothes and anything that’s green or has pockets.

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What to know before committing to hair extensions

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If you have fine, delicate hair that never seems to grow past a certain length, you may be tempted to give it a boost. Many women use semi-permanent hair extensions to get the long, thick hair they want.

However, hair extensions can lead to less than desirable results such as hair breakage, traction alopecia (hair that falls out due to the weight and pressure of the extensions on hair follicles) or even a scalp infection if your hair gets pulled out or you get scratched by a needle.

Here’s what you need to know to avoid a hair extension disaster.

• There are many different types of extensions: be sure to choose the variety that’s best for your hair and lifestyle.

• Not all training is equal: many hairstylists have some extension training, but working with an extension specialist will ensure the best possible outcome.

• Be prepared for upkeep: extensions are high maintenance and styling them will probably take longer than styling your natural hair. You may also need to buy new products to make the extensions last.

Hair extensions can be a great way to enhance your look. Just be sure to do your research to avoid a hairy situation.

Type Description Lifespan*
Clip-in Temporary extensions that add length and volume for one night. 1 year
Tape-in Thin, one-inch long strips of hair that are “taped” to the natural hair by a professional. 8 weeks (can be reused up to 3 times)
Sew-in/weave Hair is tightly braided into cornrows and strips of extensions are sewn on. 4 to 6 weeks
Fusion/pre-bonded Small, individual bundles of hair are bonded to similar size sections of natural hair, usually by applying heat. 12 weeks
Microlink Similar to pre-bonded extensions, except the natural hair is pulled through a tiny metal loop, which is then clamped closed 3 to 6 months

*Lifespans apply if hair extensions are made of high-quality human hair and are properly cared for.

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Game-raising gadgets and golf balls for 2019

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One of the great things about golf is the perennial unveiling of exciting new technologies, allowing golfers to continually raise their game and knock a couple of strokes off their scorecards. This year is no exception. Here are some of the new gadgets and equipment you’re likely to encounter on the links this season.

New golf balls
Golf balls may look simple but, in reality, the little white spheres are technological marvels. Take the new Chrome Soft balls from Callaway, which use Nobel Prize technology to improve driver distance and short-game spin. These balls feature graphene nanoparticles in the outer core. (Graphene was discovered only in 2004 and is the thinnest and strongest compound known to man.)

Then there’s the forthcoming Genius Ball, made by OnCore (launching this Father’s Day). This is a golf ball equipped with a tiny microchip that pairs with the users mobile phone and provides them with a bunch of useful data in real time, including distance, ball velocity, spin rate and amount of draw or fade. It also has GPS, allowing you to instantly locate your ball, whether it’s been hooked, sliced or flat-out ripped into the bush.

New rangefinders
It used to be only PGA tour players who could get precise yardages to the flag while out on the course. Now, with rangefinders, the average golfer can enjoy this same advantage. There are two types of rangefinders: laser and GPS.

Laser rangefinders measure distances with laser beams users manually aim at targets while looking through a view port, whereas GPS rangefinders come pre-programmed with all the yardages golfers need (yards to the pin, to bunkers, to water), provided that the course they’re playing has been mapped.

The latest big stride in rangefinder technology came with the Bushnell Hybrid, launched last year. This is the first rangefinder that integrates both laser and GPS into one LCD screen. The Hybrid provides extremely precise yardages and comes pre-loaded with 36,000 courses spanning 30 countries.

If you’re looking to get a leg up on your golf buddies this season, there are a number of other advancements in golf equipment worthy of attention (check out, for instance, the formidable Taylormade M3 driver or the “spikeless” golf shoes models from Footjoy, Callaway and Adidas). Drop into your pro shop or local golf shop to check it all out.

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