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Cover: Christos Costarellos 2020 Bridal Collection

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F E AT U R E 10 5 Tips to Enjoying Your Wedding Day

Advice for brides to ease wedding day jitters


12 How Not

16 Which Catering Style Should You Choose?

Ways to avoid becoming the dreaded 'b' word

Rid your catering anxiety with this pros and cons list

18 Yummy Looks with Sweet Talk Swim

Unique designs for fearless beach goers

26 Fashion Designer Adeline Ziliox

Ziliox reveal's her new streetwear collection "Crystal Skin"

34 Style Finds for a Highclass Wardrobe

Spruce up your seasonal style with these fabulous finds

36 Top 5 Easy DIY Hairstyles

The best DIY hairstyles to try on your big day

Best Looks from New York Fashion Show

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H E R H E A LT H 38 Get Fit for Your

44 Designer Christos

Advice for brides to get mentally and physically fit for their wedding

Bridal looks inspired by Ancient Greece fashion



H E R P L AY 42 Travel Options That'll Spoil You Rotten

Here's an assortment of travel selections that'll pamper you


HER WORK 40 Don't Break the Bank During Your Summer Vacaation

Follow these tips to stay inside your budget this year

54 Eco-friendly Travel

Check out some eco-friendly resorts and hotels around the world

87 2019's Favorite Wedding Songs

Some of these have stood the test of time while others will surely become classics

88 Latest on Married & Engaged Celebs

Find inspiration from these highprofile celebs for your wedding


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Editor’s Letter Getting married is something some women start dreaming about as little girls, and one of the key aspects of any wedding – other than one’s spouse – is the dress. With that in mind, we have highlighted the gowns of fashion designer Christos Costarellos. His Grecian -inspired gowns capture the essence of bridal season with classic features that include modern enhancements. Beyond choosing the “perfect gown,” other wedding planning-related challenges can transform a normally calm individual into a notorious “bridezilla.” We offer timely tips to prevent that, however, in an article titled “How Not to Become a Bridezilla.” In addition, we followed that up with advice on enjoying your wedding day. What’s a wedding without memorable music? In fact, certain songs have become almost exclusively associated with weddings, but which ones have lingered as modern favorites and what new songs have emerged? Check out our list of the most popular wedding songs for 2019. You may be surprised or maybe not.

As summer fashion goes, we have included talented upand-coming designers, featuring swimsuits by Sweet Talk Swim and high-end couture by Adeline Ziliox. Each designer’s latest styles are spread over several pages that allow you to see the variety, as well as the flair. Eco-friendly options punctuated our summertime travel feature, which includes stunning images from the Serengeti to Saint Lucia. Meanwhile, travel options that’ll spoil you rotten are presented as alternatives that suggest luxury is as much a necessity for some travelers as saving the planet. Ultimately, this issue is all about her heart and her play, and as always, we ask that you read and share the issue or the articles. This is a free special edition, so we have made it that much easier. All the best, Annette Johnson

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n many cases, brides are so concentrated on the preparations and details of the wedding that they forget to take it all in and actually enjoy the day. Weddings are huge ordeals with many moving parts, so it’s a very stressful time for the bride.

David Anthony, author of “Don’t Let Your Wedding Be the Death of You,” weighs in on his best tips to calm even the most anxious brides.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff There is so much planning that goes into coordinating a beautiful wedding. For example, brides have to pick the venue, come up with the guest list, select a photographer, and much more. However, when all is said and done and 10  HERS Mag azi n e   |  Feature S tor y

the wedding day has come, Anthony advises the bride to not sweat the small stuff. “The one thing I want to make sure happens is that when the day of your wedding comes, no matter how big of a control freak you’ve been during the process, no matter how much Mom has gotten involved, no matter what things have happened through the whole process that have made you angry, or happy or sad, just enjoy the day of the wedding,” Anthony said. He also mentions that whatever is going to happen the day of the wedding is going to happen, so just have fun with it and enjoy. If the 3-year-old ring bearer stops in the middle of walking down the aisle and cries, just go with it. The child’s parent will quickly grab the little ring bearer, and then the show goes on. Just think, these will just be funny memories to share in the future.

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Prepare a Well-Organized Plan The best way to ensure a wedding with the least amount of issues is to ensure all the pre-planning is well organized and communicated to all parties involved. In his book, Anthony cautions brides about the various hazards associated with the planning process that can ruin a bride’s day. One of his tips is to make sure the timeline is accurate and that all parties, such as the photographer, DJ, caterers and people giving speeches know what is going on before the big day. The best way to deal with this is to hire a wedding planner or pick a venue that has someone in charge throughout the wedding reception. However, if finances are tight, delegating the coordination of tasks to a friend or family member could work as well.

Come Up with a Mantra Studies have shown that focusing on a mental device, such as mantras, can reduce stress. The trick is to come up with a word or a phrase that can be repeated over and over again to help ease the building anxiety. Share it with all the bridesmaids so they can participate as well. The whole bridal party will probably get a good laugh from it, which is also a good stress reliever. Here are few examples of mantras: “I chose peace.” “I am fortunate.” “I am calm”

Be in the Moment When asked about the wedding, many brides say that their wedding night was a blur. With all the time and effort it took planning the wedding, it would be a shame to not remember the wonderful memories created that night. Be in the moment when talking to guests — don’t worry about getting to every person, they will understand.

Keep Loved Ones Close Anthony suggests enlisting the help of the bride’s closest friends and family. Always keep in mind no one ever gets through a wedding with zero issues. Something always happens, and that is when friends and family step in. For example, if a bridal party were ready to walk down the aisle, but the zipper of one of the bridesmaid’s dresses broke, this would be best to keep from the bride. The bride can depend on the other bridesmaids to quickly take care of the situation. Devoted friends and family are everything in life, so if anything happens, brides should be able to have peace of mind with the support of loved ones behind them.

Be in the moment during the father-daughter dance since this is the moment the father of the bride has been waiting for. Being the moment for this special event will help make it memorable for both the bride and father. And remember to be in the moment when spending time as bride and groom. This is the first day of a new life together — make it a memory that will last forever. Experience your wedding as it happens, caught up in the present. Enjoy each second of your special day, and revel in every bit of it. Be in the moment and make the memory of your wedding a cherished one.   Jun e 2 0 1 9   |   H ERS M ag az i ne   11

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edding planning is hard work, so it’s difficult to stay focused on what’s most important — having a day dedicated to celebrating yourself and your future spouse. Oftentimes, unmet expectations, the mess of clashing families and tedious choices can push a bride over the edge, causing brides to be referred to as the most unholy of terms: a “bridezilla.” There’s no foolproof way to avoid the drama that seems to go hand-in-hand with wedding ceremonies, and there’s no certainty that there won’t be a meltdown, but there are some steps you can take to prevent anger and unrest from putting a damper on your big day. Below are some tips for staying in the right mindset and enjoying your wedding without ruining it for anyone else and being called the “b” word. 12  HERS Mag azi n e   |  H ER H ear t

It’s your day, but remember other people will be there, too.

You’ll have friends, family and loved ones there to see you enter a new chapter of your life. Although this is your wedding day, you don’t want to make your guests miserable with ridiculous demands or a bad attitude. Make all of your own choices but keep your guests’ considerations in mind. Order whatever flavor cake you want, make your own crazy signature drinks, bring your cat down the aisle with you. Just don’t have an overly expensive dress code or wait until the last minute to make major decisions that may greatly impact your guests. You want your guests to have a good time at your wedding. Show them your best side by putting on a great party and staying positive. The wedding is important, but it isn’t the most important — the people you celebrate your life with are.


Have clear communication with guests, planners, caterers and all those involved. Be kind but direct about your expectations for your wedding day by putting everything in writing. Double (or triple) check with your guests that they have received the proper information and understand the protocol. If you don’t want anyone to wear white, let them know. If you want cash instead of gifts, find a tasteful way to put that information on the invitation. If you have a registry with items you’ve been pining after for years, use a service that has priority settings. Effective communication will prevent any confusion, and hence, any disasters. If you don’t want your phone strapped to you your entire wedding, have someone manning it for you at all times. Let your maid of honor or wedding planner be the point of contact for all things under the “Wedding Day Emergency” category. You want to live in the moment, but you also want things to run smoothly. emember to communicate with your partner about your feelings. If you need a moment to collect yourself, do that. If you need to be one-on-one with your spouse-to-be before you head to the reception,

do that. Show your love for them on your special day, and don’t be afraid to be honest about anxiety, irritation or sadness. Getting married is a big deal, and we are allowed to feel all those feelings that come along with making big life decisions. Another important tip about communication would be to have those hard conversations with problematic family members before the wedding, which leads us to our next tip.

Keep family ties in mind. Do Uncle Mark and Aunt Jenny not get along? Make a note of that in your planning, but also let them know that it is important that they set aside their differences for a few hours to celebrate your nuptials. Be strategic with your seating chart so that Mark and Jenny won’t know that the other person is there. Another great idea is to have plenty of decorations to look at such as photo albums and videos. Attractions such as cornhole, drinking games, couple-themed matching games and speeches, will keep everyone entertained so no one is bored enough to start another family feud.   Jun e 2 0 1 9   |   H ERS M ag az i ne   13

Remember who you are marrying.

Don’t be afraid to say “no,” and “yes!”

You are not marrying your future spouse’s parents and their crazy emotional baggage, but you are also marrying your spouse and whatever their baggage is too. If they have a kid from a previous relationship, you must fully accept their presence at the ceremony. If they have a brother you hate but they love, you must put your differences aside for one day and just be a family. After all, that is the end goal of the ceremony — to unite two people, two families to become one. If there are any grievances between you and your spouse, then air them before the wedding. Know who you are marrying and accept them without expecting them to magically change who they are into who you want them to be. When you put a ring on it, you’re promising forever, through thick and thin, through midlife crises and all chapters of life.

At the heart of it all, it’s your day. If something makes you uncomfortable, then you don’t have to do it, and if you’re dying to make your wedding Harry Potter themed, well, go for it. Live your life. Presumably, this is your first and only marriage (and if it’s not, that’s okay — even more of a reason to really chase your bliss if the first time around didn’t fulfill your wildest dreams), so make it count. Remember, you want to be kind, courteous and do what you can to enjoy your big day. But it’s okay to be a little bossy too, as long as you’re tactful and have respect for those around you.

Do not over-invite and underdeliver. This one seems simple. Don’t invite over one hundred guests if you aren’t prepared to feed, entertain and greet all of them at least once. Cutting corners to save money may seem convenient at the time, but when your 150 guests go home hangry and disappointed, you’ll regret inviting out of your financial comfort zone. 14  HERS Mag azi n e   |  H ER H ear t

Make sure to eat! No one likes a hangry bride. Stay hydrated, fed and remember to wear a bib!

If anything goes wrong, remember that it will be a funny story you’ll tell your kids one day. Remember, even if things go wrong, your wedding can still be great. Don’t sweat the small stuff and remember that every detail of your wedding day is going to give you and your partner a unique story, and bring the two of you closer than ever before.


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It’s bridal season and it’s time to make one of the most important decisions for your wedding—the food. Deciding which catering style can be difficult. You’re serving hundreds of guests and you need to decide which style—buffet or plated—best suits your reception and your bank account. But don’t stress! Here is a list of pros and cons for each catering style so you can easily decide which form of catering is best for you.

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BUFFET-STYLE CATERING: Buffets are a type of catering style in which serving dishes are set upon long tables where guests serve themselves in a singlefile line. Alternatively, there may be servers giving out food from behind the table to control the serving sizes.

Pros: This catering style is the most cost-effective catering

method. Instead of hiring hundreds of servers for a plated dinner, buffets require little to no waiters, which means lower costs. Additionally, this catering method provides a variety of food options for your guests to choose from.

Cons: Since each guest has to wait in line to receive their food, long lines may start to form. Moreover, since guests have to serve themselves and carry their own plates, accidents are prone to happen. While buffets are cheaper than plated dinners, having more food options and self-service requires larger quantities, adding to your costs.

PLATED DINNER: Plated dinner is the traditional option for a wedding reception. Guests sit down in a formal setting and are served three courses: appetizer, entrée and dessert. Traditionally, guests have two to three options to choose from for their entrée.

Pros: Plated dinners are less

chaotic. Since each guest sits and waits for their food to be served, everyone receives their meals at the same time. Also, while waiting for your entrees, you can squeeze in toasts or dances to keep your guests entertained.

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adding to your costs. Since there are only two to three options to choose from, variety is extremely limited, which can disappoint some of your guests. Also, it can be difficult for servers to navigate which table ordered which entrée.


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Where the clothing conceals the body of the woman, with its "Crystal Skin" Collection, Adeline Ziliox decides to reveal it. Transparency assumed, body unveiled and femininity affirmed, here is the DNA of the Collection. The technical materials, which are often found in the work of the designer, like neoprene, 3D mesh fabrics reinforce this line ultra-feminine, elegant and with streetwear inspirations. The PVC masterpieces confirm the contemporary and avant-garde look of this spring summer 2019 collection.



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As summertime rolls back around, so too does the opportunity for fresh beginnings as days stretch and the weather warms. With the season spurring sentiments of rejuvenation and reassurance, now is a great time to spearhead a renewed effort to feel and look your best. To achieve this worthy goal, you’ll want to spruce up your seasonal style—whether that means your clothes, accessories, beauty regime ... or all of the above! Toward this end, here are a few fab finds that can give you more panache this summer. Find U Rings Online Jewelry Store ( To help amp up your fashion accessory game—especially on BYengagement M E R I L E Eand K Ewedding RN the ring front—is FindURings. com, an online jewelry store allowing consumers to benefit from its deep industry knowledge about the modernday ring marketplace. They have their own processing 34  HERS Mag azi n e   |  H ER Beauty

plants and offer tailor-made services to ensure whichever wedding, engagement or fashion ring design you select meets your distinct needs and desires. Plus, all of their rings are made at their own factory with no outside agent, so prices will be more favorable to a budget-conscious shopper. Whether you’re seeking unique tungsten wedding bands; titanium, sterling silver, stainless steel or ceramic rings, has fashionable styles for both men and women, alike. They are also one of the few brands that offers free engravings of meaningful words, phrases and even fingerprints, adding even more meaning to your personalized design. One of my favorite rings on the site is the “Sterling Silver Cris Cross Ring,” which is billed as an “Eternity Engagement Band” although I like wearing this blingy bauble daily as a fashion ring. This standard, silver, horizontal ring is made from 925 sterling silver and shiny white cut AAA cubic zirconia. The cross loop is reportedly one of their most popular rings of the year. If you are buying this design for romantic reasons, its exquisite sheen and simple, stylish "X" design are stunning and a symbol of eternal love. For men, I really dig the “Flat Deer Antler Titanium Wedding Band”—a wide flat titanium deer antler-adorned ring. At 8mm wide and 2.0-2.5mm thick, the inside of the ring is made of high-quality titanium and the outside is made of authentic deer antlers. So, each ring is truly unique. Plus, all of their rings are offered with free shipping and a lifetime warranty, with no minimum spend required. Each one has a lifetime guarantee for size exchange and any damage. NOVICA Artisan Fair-Trade Marketplace ( If you crave distinctive style, worldly sophistication and enjoy shopping for a cause, then NOVICA—the largest online fair-trade marketplace featuring beautiful handcrafted products from all over the globe—is for you. Their curated cache of artisans is hand-selected, with many having overcome amazing odds by selling their goods. For example, the Blue Jasmine Batik Silk Scarf, designed by Java artisan Yuni Kristina, has expanded business into a global marketplace thanks to the help of NOVICA’s team. Originating in Indonesia, batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth, or cloth made using this technique. Kristina hand-stamps the blue patterns on the ivory textile and adds red and black designs in batik. Also noteworthy are glass-blowing artists Javier Gutiérrez and Efrén Canteras, who have worked together to preserve Mexico's blown glass artistry. They work with lead-free, untempered and recycled glass, which is melted at very high


temperatures and formed into beautiful wares. NOVICA features many other authentic crafts from around the globe and the company has sent more than $89.9 million back to their artisans to date. Lebody Face & Body Enhancing Devices ( Spring is a great time to amp up that self-care regime and here’s an innovative tech-driven way to do exactly that. With Lebody you can get spa-level results in the comfort of your own home, enhancing both your face and your body. This leading Korean beauty-technology company just launched in the United States this past December, offering two devices that bring professional-level advances directly to the consumer. The ‘Lebody Face’ is a compact, travelfriendly beauty device that uses electrical ionization and micro-currents to stimulate elastin in the skin for an instant lifting effect, while absorbing active ingredients, rearranging collagen and improving skin elasticity. The ‘Lebody Form’ uses EMS mid-frequency to strengthen muscles and increase energy consumption to burn fat components around the body by directly stimulating and activating the muscles for a slimming effect. Use its Slim or Gym modes at up to six varying strength levels to build or trim your abdomen, legs, glutes, chest, back, shoulders and arms without having to drive to the fitness center. Indeed, Lebody products allow consumers to use advanced, cutting-edge technology right at home. Skin Actives’ ‘Double Action Hair Serum’ ( For those unhappy with their thinning or grey hair, the Double Action Hair Serum from Skin Actives may just be the answer. This serum is specifically formulated to help replenish thinning and grey hair to give it more youthful flare. The product’s key ingredients, Keratinocyte Growth Factor (KGF), Methionine Sulfoxide Reductase (MSR) and nourishing actives work together to create hair that looks thicker, stronger and healthier while also maintaining its natural color. For this and all of its products, Skin Actives constantly reviews scientific and industry literature to stay forefront of effective ingredients and innovative approaches. Their formulators use techniques developed over decades of research to manufacture specialty proteins. For the most optimal results with the Double Action Hair Serum, specifically, Skin Actives recommends using the product nightly by dampening the scalp area and applying the serum directly to it using the product’s pointed applicator. From there you just have to gently massage it into the area and then rinse or cleanse it out in the morning. It’s as simple as that. Skin Actives says that users begin to see results in just two to six months. Now that’ll put a spring in your step! Jun e 2 0 1 9   |   H ERS M ag az i ne   35



Contrary to popular opinion, you don’t need to hire a fancy hairstylist to style your wedding hair. Twists, braids, or buns can make your hair look just as perfect as your dress. And, they’re easy too! Here is a list of five do-it-yourself wedding hairstyles.

The Braided Updo This simple hairstyle is the perfect DIY hairstyle. A simple twist and a few bobby pins is all it takes. Pull your hair into a low ponytail. Wrap the hair around the pony to form a bun and pin it with clips.

A Braided Crown Another easy DIY braided hairstyle is a braided crown. Start from the right (or whichever side you prefer) and braid from one side to the other to form a crown. To achieve this messy crown, pull the braided crown apart to make it loose. Lastly, comb out a few tendrils to frame your face and you have mastered this look for your wedding. 36  HERS Mag azi n e   |  H ER H air

The Braided Top Knot Pair this last hairstyle with a bold makeup look. Brush your hair into a ponytail. Once your hair is secured, take a strand of hair and braid it. Put your remaining hair into a bun and secure it with bobby pins. Wrap the plait around your bun and pin it. Lastly, spray hairspray to secure the fly-aways and you have perfect updo for your wedding.

A Fishtail Braid. If you want to be a real princess, this DIY hairstyle is for you. Fishtails can be pretty tricky but with practice comes perfection. Simply, part your hair, grab two pieces from each side of your part and weave them together until the fishtail starts to form. A few more tries, and you’ll become the perfect Rapunzel for your wedding.

Beach Waves No heat required! To achieve this look, plait your hair in a few braids before the wedding. The next day, take them out, spray on some hairspray, and you have another stunning look.

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Your wedding is “supposed” to be one of the best days of your life, right? But, the planning process can be extremely exhausting. With so many things to consider, your to-do list may seem to never end. Typically, one of the most daunting tasks is getting in shape. The pressure of finding and fitting into the perfect wedding dress can heighten your desire to stay fit for your special day. Try these five tips to help lessen your stress and stay in shape for your wedding. Remember, it is about feeling happy and healthy.

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Nutrition A healthy lifestyle starts in the kitchen. The old saying that eighty percent of health is what you eat is true; the first step to improving your health is making smart decisions about your food. Drink lots of water, incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet, try to stay away from processed foods and research healthy recipes for your desired diet. Sweat Daily exercise has a wealth of benefits. From cutting calories to increasing energy, integrating exercise into your daily routine has the potential to alleviate the stress of planning your wedding. You can maintain your physique, tone your muscles or even shed a pound or two. It is all dependent on your personal goals. Here are a few at home exercises to get you started: • Push-up variations are a quick and effective way to build strength. • Lunges give you better balance and core stability. • Squats burn fat and provide better circulation. • Cardio improves sleep and helps reduce your risk of a heart attack. Consistency Create a list of what you want to accomplish and plan how you are going to do it. The hardest part is getting started. Once you begin to see results, you will be more motivated to continue, but you must actually begin a routine to notice a difference. Confidence is Key Your significant other already proposed and you won the dating game. As you are doing those workouts and eating healthier foods all while planning the ceremony and trying on dresses, be confident in yourself. Be confident in your decision to feel amazing at your wedding in more ways than one. You get to marry the love of your life who loves every part of you and that is a real confidence booster.

Be Realistic Here is the deal: you are engaged, you have to set a date and the countdown to the wedding is ticking. Be realistic about where you and your body are. No good can come from choosing a dress that is too small for you. Find a dress that fits you; don’t try to fit yourself into a dress. Why put additional pressure on yourself in the midst of everything else that goes into a wedding? Your dress is supposed to make you feel beautiful on one of the happiest days of your life. However, that may not happen if you push yourself too hard or make choices that realistically won’t work for your body.

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Summer is quickly approaching, which means warmer weather and longer days. This is one of the most popular seasons for vacations, but that does not always mean it is the cheapest. Traveling has its fair share of expenses which can add up quickly. Often times, cheaper alternatives are available — you just have to know how to find them. Avoid some of the excessive costs of traveling and make the most of your experience. Whether you are visiting another city, state or country, use these 10 tips to save money on your trip.

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Travel During the Weekdays Typically, weekends are more popular days for traveling, so plane tickets are usually more expensive on these days. Be flexible with your schedule and plan your trip according to the best days to fly. Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s often have the most affordable ticket prices. Bring Your Own Snacks & Water This includes to the airport as well as to the activities during the trip. Airport food can be expensive, and not many options are available. Packing your own snacks will ensure you save money and satisfy your hunger, all without spending a dime on the actual trip. It is also important to be prepared with snacks and water on trip outings because the next meal is not always planned. When traveling, you may be moving around more than usual, so water will keep you hydrated. Research Free & Discounted Activity Options Many places have specific discount days and times or rates dependent on your age. For example, ask if there is a student, senior or military discount. There may even be a day of the week where admission is free. Other places may only require a donation in exchange for admission. Do your research ahead of time and plan your outings accordingly.

Eat Where the Locals Eat One big mistake many travelers make on vacation is overspending on food. While trying new foods can be one of the most exhilarating parts of traveling, it can quickly become the most expensive. Visit the local markets and grocery stores for breakfast or snacks. Try the ‘six block rule:’ never eat within six blocks of a major tourist site because prices are usually marked up in these locations. Also, plan your meals as much as you can. If you wait until you are hungry, then you may end up spending more money. Apartments/Home Rentals vs. Hotels Consider apartments or home rentals for your lodging. Often times, they are equally as accommodating. Like restaurants, hotels often increase their prices on specific days that may be popular for traveling. Additionally, do not purchase the “nicest” room. Typically, you will spend less time in your room and more time out exploring anyway. Is it Cheaper to Drive or Fly? Weigh the pros and cons of flying versus driving. Be sure to factor in location, times, dates, and even things like weather, to help you decide the best method of transportation for your trip. Transportation to and from the airport, gas prices and traffic are all things to think about as well.

Use Public Transportation Utilizing public transportation allows you to navigate as a local. This is a great alternative to private taxis or car services. Often times, it is more cost effective and will provide you with a more up-close and personal experience with the city you are visiting. Walk, When You Can Similar to public transportation, walking to your day-today activities will give you a glimpse of what the area is actually like. You will have the opportunity to fully immerse yourself into the culture — for free!

Pack Light When flying, pack lightly to help you avoid the cost of checking a bag. This will give you room for new items you may purchase. Also, consider staying somewhere with access to a washing and drying machine. Create a Budget & Stick to it The first thing you should do after booking your trip is create a budget of the money you plan to spend. One way to do this is to create a separate bank account specifically for the money for your trip. Unexpected expenses will come up, but this way you are prepared.   Jun e 2 0 1 9   |   H ERS M ag az i ne   41


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Spoil You Superbly Here’s an apt assortment of travel purveyors that’ll pamper you with a purpose. BY M E R I L E E K E R N

Hawaiian Airlines

Speaking of Hawaiian vacations, I do want to make a quick mention about Hawaiian Airlines because they’re really going above and beyond with incredible guest services, making them my favorite way to fly to Hawai’i. Beyond the engaging and warm hospitality they are known for at each touchpoint, once on board a Hawaiian Airlines aircraft, their signature in-flight hospitality engages throughout experience with a friendly celebration of the culture, people and Aloha Spirit of the Hawaiian Islands. On a recent flight I was nary in my seat for a few minutes when I was offered a delicious guava mimosa from an extremely affable flight attendant. 42  HERS Mag azi n e   |  H ER Play

In striving for excellence, this airline shares the tastes of Hawai’i as the only domestic carrier to serve complimentary meals to guests in all cabins on transpacific flights that are designed exclusively by Chef Lee Anne Wong. Definitely a unique and tasty benefit there! In the first class cabin, a representative, amply-portioned brunch menu includes the infamous pre-departure signature Mai Tai cocktail; beverage service with Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts; a first course of seasonal fresh fruits and warm croissant with butter and jam; a main course of Shiitake mushroom, sundried tomato and cheese quiche; and a dessert course of chocolate hazelnut cheesecake offered with coffee, tea and liqueurs. Speaking or first class, Hawaiian Airlines’ unique “Bid-Up” program allows


guests to bid at their discretion for first class upgrades, starting around $245—a bid I successfully “won” at that low starting rate for what was a highly enjoyable voyage. Photo Ownership/Copyright: Hawaiian Airlines

Couturista Travel Fashion-Focused Shopping Excursions For stylish travel from Miami to Italy and beyond, if you like to shop luxe fashion brands while seeing amazing sights, this is the perfect option for you. Founded by fashion aficionados and travel experts, Couturista Travel is a tour operator offering a series of luxury-curated vacation experiences that focus on fashion and shopping in hotspots around the world like Tuscany, Miami and Mexico. Upcoming tours like their “Tuscany Couture” trip include stays in luxury fashion-inspired hotels, such as the Ferragamo-owned Gallery Art Hotel, exclusive vineyard tours and VIP access and discounts at the world’s leading fashion retailers. Tuscany Couture gives its guests once-in-a-lifetime, exclusively curated access to coveted shops, including Prada, Gucci, Armani as well as hidden workshops of local artisans. Couturista Travelers also visit fashion museums and enjoy gourmet restaurants. In fact, for the Tuscany Couture adventure specifically, the program includes nine day/eight night hotel accommodations, deluxe private transportation, English-speaking guides, daily buffet breakfast, gourmet meals with wine, shopping tours and fashion museum entrances, winery visits, Aperol spritzes on the river and of course ... shopping! In addition to Tuscany, other upcoming Couturista fashion-inspired vacations include Mexico's San Miguel de Allende, one of the world's top locations for refined travel and shopping, as well as Miami in sunny South Florida.

Blacklane On-Demand Chauffer & Airport Concierge Service No matter what region you plan to visit, if you desire reliable and luxurious ground transportation for a flight or any other “around town” jaunts, Blacklane is a true gem. The service alleviates the stress of getting to and from the airport or other destinations while vacationing. This high-quality chauffeur and airport concierge service spans more than 500 airports, 300 cities and 60 countries with fair, fixed and all-inclusive

rates. All of their commercially licensed and insured chauffeurs worldwide speak English, track flights and will automatically adjust the pickup schedule if flight arrival changes. They’ll provide up to one hour of free chauffeur waiting time for airport pickups. The driver’s contact information is provided an hour before pickup and, upon guest arrival, they provide a warm welcome with meet-and-greet service complete with luggage assistance. I also love that the company is environmentally conscious, as their rides are carbon-neutral. Fully 30 cities offer Tesla rides, and Blacklane offsets ride emissions in its other vehicles. Book, change and cancel rides up to months or even just one hour ahead at or through the free Blacklane app.

‘What Should We Do’ Pocket Concierge App Visitors to New York, Chicago and Los Angeles will be thrilled to learn that Arielle Tepper, a longtime New Yorker and 45-time TONY award-winning theater and film producer, is moving on from showbiz to help locals and visitors to these regions answer the age-old question: “What Should We Do?” She’s launched an elevated, app-based concierge service that answers one of the most pervasive questions among tourists. With this app developed by expert tastemakers, users enjoy a custom experience from start to finish, including planning, booking, logistics and around-the-clock support. What Should We Do leverages an innovative AI technology approach to learn and tailor users experiences based on their demonstrated preferences. It uses this key learning and adaptation to create comprehensive plans from start to finish, resulting in a handy pocket concierge service.

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Christos Costarellos is a Greek designer known for designing beautiful and feminine dresses inspired by Ancient Greek fashion. He opened his fashion house in 1998 and soon claimed his stake in the Greek fashion scene. His bridal collection radiates both Ancient Greece femininity and modernity with the couture tailoring, decadent European laces, and luxe embroidery. The Costarello bridal brand is designed for the ‘high-fashion romantics’ where each piece is carefully crafted with the ethereal, bohemian woman in mind.   Jun e 2 0 1 9   |   H ERS M ag az i ne   45

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lastic pollution has been a major topic over the past few years because plastic is extremely slow to degrade and has created major problems for our oceans, lakes, rivers and beaches. Given its long-range damage to the environment, plastic is among the main pollutants that some in the travel industry are trying to curb in order to build a more sustainable future.

These are some of the eco-friendly hotels and resorts around the word:

Rome’s Bettoja Hotels Collection Plastic pollution has been a major topic over the past few years, and for good reason. Plastic is extremely slow to degrade and has created huge problems for our oceans, lakes, rivers and beaches. Rome’s Bettoja Hotels Collection eliminates plastic bottles.  One of Italy’s most renowned family-owned hospitality groups, Bettoja Hotels Collection will remove of all plastic bottles beginning on Earth Day 2019. Spanning five generations, there are 495 rooms among the three hotels, and the Bettoja family has renewed their commitment to their guests and the hospitality industry by beginning a 20 million-Euro renovation that began in the summer of 2018 across all hotels. This sustainability initiative marks the first achievement in the brand’s commitment to environment. In celebration of Earth Day, Bettoja Hotels Collection will eliminate all plastic bottles in the mini-bars and the restaurants located in their 3 hotels in Rome: Hotel Mediterraneo, Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio and Hotel Atlantico. This year, Bettoja Hotels Collection invites its guests to honor this commitment to the environment and turned off the lights for one minute in the halls of all three hotels at 6:00 p.m. on April 22nd. Ristorante Massimo D’Azeglio dined by candlelight and soft lights on Earth Day.

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Saint Lucia’s Calabash Cove Resort and Spas Calabash Cove Resort and Spas embrace being plastic free. A popular all-inclusive, adults-only boutique hotel in Saint Lucia, Calabash Cove Resort and Spa is a Caribbean gem offering seclusion, beauty and mesmerizing views at every turn. Along with being completely plastic-free, here are some other notable green features the intimate 26-room property offers: solar power to heat water, energy saving LEDs in all light fixtures, operate own on-site water treatment plant and recycle the water for irrigation, timers for all pool pumps, collect rainwater, no disposable food containers or disposable

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cups and glasses, lunch boxes made from recycled material, straws made from degradable paper, no disposable plastics like cutlery or plates, all produce sourced from local farmers whenever possible, collect used kitchen oil and send to a commercial laundry and Saint Lucia Distillers on island - it is used as fuel to heat laundry water or fire a distillation still, extremely seldom fog grounds for mosquitos to allow birdlife to flourish, grass cuttings are mulched back into the ground, kitchen waste is collected and given to a pig farmer and more.

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Les Ilets de la Plage Coral Reef Restoration:  Coral reefs are found in more than 100 countries across the globe, covering close to 110,000 square miles worldwide. 25% of coral reefs worldwide are already considered damaged beyond repair, and close to 65% of coral reefs are under serious threat.

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Les Ilets de la Plage involved in coral regeneration in St Jean Bay The owners of the understated boutique 12 villa resort, Les Ilets de la Plage in Saint Barths, are involved with Reef of Life, a grassroots organization designed to regenerate coral reefs in St Jean Bay. Reef of Life has set up coral nurseries in the bay of St Jean using the Biorock technology. Their mission is to develop projects on corals and the preservation of eroding reefs. Reef of Life assumes a scientific orientation and it is in this context that Dr. Thomas Goreau, inventor of the Biorock process was invited to ask the first plate Biorock in October 2014.  The aim is to revive the declining coral reefs by developing original and innovative approaches. Guests staying at Les Ilets de la Plage can visit the Biorock by diving in the area which is very close to resort. 

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Chaka Camps Global Reforestation:  Our planet is currently losing over 15 billion trees each year. Planting trees benefit local communities, increase habitat for species, and combat climate change. Trees provide food, energy and income to help communities achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability. Trees also filter the air and help reverse the impacts of climate change.

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Chaka Camps plants over 2000 indigenous trees in the past two years. Located in Tanzania’s best wildlife destinations, Chaka Camps is a collection of boutique tented lodges offering the ultimate safari experience in comfort and style. Each property, unique in its style and design, is perfectly situated to deliver extraordinary wildlife experiences. Chaka Camps is committed to creating a unique and special experience for guests which is matched only by their concern for preserving the natural ecology of the parks and the local economies of Tanzania. The tented lodges use solar energy, recycled refuse and all of their fabrics and furnishings are handcrafted by artisans in nearby Arusha. In addition, Chaka Camps offsets their fuel consumption with Carbon Tanzania, a locally-based NGO protected virgin forest in Tanzania. Furthermore, the management team is actively involved in efforts to offset the camp’s carbon footprint by planting indigenous trees – just over 2000 in the past two years.

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Celebrity Weddings & Engagements BY CASS I DY G I L B E RT Millions of people get married and engaged each year including some of your favorite celebrities! Check out which of your favorite celebs are tying the knot. Zoe Kravitz & Karl Glusman revealed that they were legally married on May 22, but still plan to have a traditional wedding ceremony in France in June. Miranda Lambert & Brendan McLoughlin, an NYPD officer, married in a secret ceremony. Lambert announced their marriage on social media on February 16. Joe Jonas & Sophie Turner married on May 1st after the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas by an Elvis impersonator at Chapel L’Amour. Nick and Kevin Jonas were groomsmen. Lea Michele & Zandy Reich got married on March 9th in Napa, California. Wedding guests included some of Michele’s former Glee costars, close family and friends. Miley Cyrus & Liam Hemsworth married on December 23, 2018, in Tennessee. The couple first got engaged in 2012, and then again in 2016. The wedding was secret and intimate and was documented on Instagram following the nuptials. Meghan Trainor & Daryl Sabara got married on Trainor’s 25th birthday, December 22. The two were engaged one year before the wedding on Trainor’s 24th birthday. They were wed in the backyard of their home in L.A. and Sabara surprised his new wife with a choreographed dance routine at the wedding.

Priyanka Chopra & Nick Jonas had a 2-day wedding ceremo-

ny on December 1 & 2 in Jodhpur, India. The first ceremony was a traditional Christian wedding and the second was a traditional Hindu ceremony. Katherine Schwarzenegger & Chris Pratt married on June 8 in Montecito, California at the San Ysidro Ranch. The couple had an intimate ceremony with family and close friends. Some celebrity guests included Rob Lowe and James Gunn.


Jennifer Lopez & Alex Rodriguez’s engagement was an-

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“All of Me” by John Legend

Released in 2013, “All of Me” from his fourth album “Love in the Future” is a heartfelt song about exactly what the title says — giving your all to your partner. Legend is a winner of various awards including, two Billboard awards, one Grammy, a Soul Train Music Award and a NAACP Image Award. With his effortless vocals, accompanied by the stripped down piano, makes this song perfect for the newlywed’s first dance.

“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran

Recorded for his second studio album titled “X,” released in 2014, this two-time Grammy award winning song has become a favorite to play at weddings. Not surprising since this record enkindles a spirit of unconditional love and long-lasting commitment.

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“Shallow” by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga

Try out this stunning duet from the 2018 remake of “A Star is Born” for your wedding. With the incredible vocals from Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, emotion can be felt behind every word.


"I Get to Love You" by RUELLE

Another folk artist made this list with her song “I Get to Love You,” released in 2016. This song might be just what you’re looking for to make that special moment more memorable as you walk down the aisle.

"I’ll Be Waiting (When You Come Home)" by Dan Rodriguez

Released on his 2015 album “Come on Home,” this folk artist creates a lovely song for your wedding party to make their entry.

"Beautiful" by Bazzi

This Pop song is a great song to play at the reception, it has that “Happily Ever After” feel to it. Bazzi’s smooth vocals, accompanied by the chill electronic instrumental beats, pairs well for any wedding.

“Adorn” by Miguel

In this Grammy award winning song from Miguel’s second studio album “Kaleidoscope Dream,” he vows to always adorn his beloved with this funky, upbeat tone.

“Spend My Life with You” by Eric Benét featuring Tamia

This 1999 song is a perfect example of the sheer devotion it takes for two people to make the decision to become man and wife. From Eric Benét’s album “A Day in the Life,” this Grammy-nominated duet will be a great addition to that special day.

“ILYSB (Stripped)” by LANY

From his self-titled album “LANY,” this song is definitely different from your typical wedding love ballad, but it still gives off those #relationshipgoals vibes.

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