Archive for January, 2014

January 31, 2014 10:33 am

Basic Wood Furniture Repair Tips

Wood is one of the most beautiful materials to use in furniture. The shine, texture, and color variety in wood makes it versatile in terms of both look and functionality. Unfortunately, wood is easily susceptible to damage, and most people do not adequately protect their furniture.

wood furniture repair

Luckily, there is no reason to dispose of “damaged” wood furniture. Most light wood damage can be repaired. Here are some basic wood furniture repair tips.

Fixing water stains

Water stains are one of the most common forms of damage to wood furniture. Thankfully, they are also very easy to repair as long as the damage has not penetrated the wood beneath the finish.

A white water stain on your wood furniture indicates that the damage has just penetrated the finish. To fix this, take a cloth lightly dampened with denatured alcohol, something you can find at most home improvement stores, and rub gently in a circular pattern until the stain is removed.

The alcohol can take the shine off the finish, but you can easily restore a crisp satin sheen by polishing the furniture with extra-fine steel wool and wax paste. You can also restore a glossy sheen by applying automobile polish with a rag. Keep in mind that if the water stain is black, the damage has gone to the wood. In this case, you will have to refinish the furniture if you want to remove the damage.

Repairing Gouges

If your wood furniture has a large gouge, you may be able to repair the worst of the damage quite simply.

The first step is to take 600-grit sandpaper and sand the surface of the gouge so that it is flat. In many cases, gouges create a raised surface surrounding the gouge. Make sure to sand lightly so that you do not damage the table further.

Next, get a wax stick that matches the color of the furniture finish and rub it into the gouge until the area is overfilled with wax. If you cannot find a single color that matches, combine two colors to approximate the color.

Lastly, remove the excess wax with a credit card and apply wax paste on the area so that it has a sheen similar to the surrounding area.

Removing Gum and Wax Spots

While it may be easy to pull wax and gum off your wood furniture, it can oftentimes be difficult to remove these things without damaging the finish. To prevent the finish from being damaged, you need to make the wax or gum brittle.

Get some ice, wrap it in a paper towel, and press against the gum or wax. Once it is brittle, gently pull it off with your finger. Make sure not to scrape against the furniture because the friction can damage the surface.

After the material is removed, take fine steel wool, moisten it with mineral spirits, and buff very gently against the area. Polish the entire piece of furniture when you are done.

jason1Jason Kane has wooden furniture and children, so he knows a thing or two about DIY furniture repairs. He recommends Superior Table Pad for all table protection needs. 




Meet Candice Coppola, QC Event School tutorLast summer, I had the pleasure of stepping into Candice Coppola’s incredible studio in Cheshire, Connecticut. I was absolutely blown away by her beautiful space – from the vibrant purple walls to the sparkling chandeliers. It was all about the details, and I could only imagine how beautiful her weddings must be.

As I interviewed Candice on camera for our brand new Event Décor course, all I could think was – This girl knows her stuff! Before the day was done, she had planned my dream wedding from start to finish. I watched her put together a gorgeous place setting in a matter of minutes. Candice lives and breathes weddings and events, and she approaches them all with passion and, most importantly, style.

We’re so pleased to welcome Candice to the QC community as a tutor for our event décor course. Below, we interviewed Candice on her business, her brand, and her trend predictions. Read on to learn all about Candice!



How would you describe your brand? How did you go about creating a strong, unique brand?

Jubilee Events is all about creating fun, innovative, and beautiful parties! We believe that the experience that you have while planning your party should be just as fun and exciting as the party itself! Our brand definitely has a feminine edge and we are known for producing events in a variety of eclectic styles. My personal style is very feminine infused with a little punch, and so that tends to translate itself into our event design. The best way to create a strong and unique brand is to stay true to your own vision and style—like minded clients will connect with you because they identify it with their own style. To me, that produces the best relationship.

How did you come up with the name Jubilee Events?

Interestingly enough, I spent a few days during the beginning of building my business plan jotting down names. I wanted something that was exciting and felt ‘right’ with my personality and the brand I was building. Jubilee means “a season or an occasion of joyful celebration,” and those are the kinds of events we produce!

Your business has grown so much since you opened in 2007. What have been some of the most exciting changes you’ve seen so far?

The evolution of our brand has been really exciting! We are launching a new website shortly and a refreshed logo. I have to say, the launch of our book, The White Dress in Color — Inspirations for the Modern Bride has also been a huge success for our business. In 2007 I could have never envisioned that the company and body of work would be where it is today!

Many of our students have the goal of opening their own event planning businesses. What’s the best advice you can give an aspiring event and wedding planner?

Take your time. Do your research. Build a solid business plan. Most of all, take your time. Don’t rush. Rome wasn’t built in a day and your business won’t be, either.

Your new book, The White Dress in Color, is absolutely stunning! Why did you decide to write a book, and how has it impacted your business?

I wrote the book alongside my two co-authors Beth Champan (our fashion stylist for the book) and Carla Ten Eyck (the photographer for the book). The three of us had been collaborating on inspirational photoshoots for many years, which were featured in various publications both online and in print. We really loved getting together and creating environments— there is a magic that happens between the three of us— and it occurred to us that these shoots are only seen for a short period of time. We loved the images so much— and the inspiration within them was still current and relevant— so we decided that we were going to venture into the process of writing a coffee table book. It was a long, fun, and interesting road in putting together a pitch for a publisher, finding the right publisher, and then producing the content, but we are so proud of the results!

What wedding trends do you predict we’ll see more of in 2014?

There are so many trends “trending” right now with event design but one thing remains— personalization. I’m talking more than just a monogram on cocktail napkins and a wedding cake inspired by your gown. We get excited about infusing into a wedding or event the personal touches that define a couple or client— their favorite food but in miniature form, their favorite cocktails scaled down and paired with passed hors d’oeuvres, dinner served on a china pattern that is significant to the bride’s family, a wedding inspired by a couple’s trip to France… the list really goes on. Pantone always has influence in color when it comes to weddings, so I envision Radiant Orchid being a popular color for 2014 and 2015. Couples are also choosing to get married at home rather than in a hotel or wedding venue— and that kind of personalization has become very important to our clients!

What does the future hold for Candice Coppola and Jubilee Events?

Our business is still continuing to grow as we work on our second coffee table book and launch a destination event planning and design brand— bringing “A Jubilee Event” to anywhere in the world, mainly focused on the Caribbean Islands!

Make sure to check out Candice online, too!

Visit her website / Subscribe to her blog / Follow her on Instagram / Twitter / Pinterest / Like her on Facebook

Tennessee BBQ Rehearsal Dinner

Photography by Carla Ten Eyck Photography

A gorgeous rehearsal dinner venue, by Candice CoppolaPlace setting with sunflowers, by Candice Coppola of Jubilee EventsGreat Gatsby-Inspired Wedding

Photography by Carla Ten Eyck Photography

A Great Gatsby inspired wedding, by Candice Coppola of Jubilee EventsPurple and gold at this Gatsby-inspired weddingA Great Gatsby-inspired wedding, by Candice Coppola

Launch Party for The White Dress in Color

Photography by Allan Zepeda Photography

Book launch for the White Dress in ColorBook launch for the White Dress in ColorBook launch for The White Dress in Color

Candice brings her expertise to the QC Event Decor course. For more information on the course, click here!


Writing, just like any other art, is learned. But remember, as Ernest Hemingway once said, “It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way!”

Let’s take a look this step by step guide to great writing and essential tips for mastering the art of great writing.

Writing tipsAlways have a pen and a paper

This may seem obvious, but you never know when creativity will strike. If you always keep a pen and paper handy you will be able to capture every one of those creative ideas, each and every time!

Set deadlines and targets

If you set a target and a deadline you are more likely to motivate yourself to get writing and keep writing. Set a target of something like 10 pages per day, or sitting down to write for four hours a day with one 30 minute break.


Think about what you want to write. Then write as many short points from the ideas you have generated. This is called pre-writing. If you do this before you start writing then you do not have to have breaks to think of ideas during the writing process.

Write rough drafts

A necessary evil of writing is creating a rough draft and going back over your work. To write a rough draft, take the points you generated out of brainstorming session and join them together.

Edit your work

Edit your work. Not only will you catch grammatical errors, but you’ll also be able to filter what’s important to your work from what’s not, and delete any unnecessary words, sentences, and paragraphs.


Proofreading has become easier than ever. You could use a proofreading software or just an individual proofreader with a good understanding of language. If you can’t afford to pay someone to proofread then try asking your friends or family. It is best to get someone other than yourself to proofread your work because you have seen it before and can miss a lot of the mistakes.

Get an expert’s view

Let an expert in your field of study read it after editing. This could be your tutor or someone else you know, like a classmate.

Audience-test your work

You don’t always need an expert to read your work. Let people you know – friends, relatives, or the public – give you some constructive criticism. Listen to what they have to say about your work and decide if their points are valid. Remember, you don’t have to accept all criticism. You decide. After all, it is your work!

Student help and writing guides brought to you by Jacob Jennings.



There are a number of things that will happen throughout your big day that your guests will remember. One of the biggest is the food.

Of course the dress, the speeches, and the venue are all memorable as well, but the food is always something that can make or break a wedding.

To make sure you and your guests aren’t left with a bitter taste in your mouth (quite literally), here are our top 9 tips to help you choose the perfect wedding caterer.

How to choose the perfect caterer


If you have a small wedding and expect fewer than 20 people to be there, this might be a feasible option. If you plan to have more though, we suggest hiring a professional wedding caterer. If you are constantly involved with making the food yourself, you won’t be able to fully enjoy your day.

If you do decide to do-it-yourself, the dirty dishes afterward could be a nightmare in themselves.


When choosing a wedding caterer, you need to consider how much it will cost. Although we’re sure you would love to spoil your guests with fine dining, you also need to remember that money doesn’t grow on trees. Getting good value for your money is essential but so is the quality, so negotiate on the price. If you have a budget in mind, see which caterers fall into that category and then see what they offer and whether you can make it cheaper.

Get Your Own Caterer

When you choose a venue, many will offer a catering service as part of the package, but this might not be the best option for your wedding or your budget. Package deals like this will often only cover the basics when it comes to the menu, so look around and find a catering company that’s menu is a bit more adventurous so your guests can dine in style.  A wide and varied menu is much more desirable, especially if you have fussy guests.

What’s on the Menu?

This leads to the menu itself. Like we said, if you are inviting a lot of people it is going to be difficult to please everyone. By opting for a wedding catering company that offers a wide variety on their menu, you have a greater chance of everyone enjoying and remembering their meals.

The Cutlery

From eating your meals to cutting the cake, there is a surprising amount of cutlery and utensils involved in a wedding and you should try to see if the wedding caterers will factor this into their pricing. When finding the perfect company, you might also want to consider whether you would prefer staff to cater to each table as well, or whether you’d prefer your guests to get their own food. You could also have waiters and waitresses to supply your guests with drinks throughout the evening.

The Cake

The cake is one of the most important things to consider. Do you want to get your cake made by a third party or would it be more convenient and affordable to be done by the wedding caterer? Check with your potential caterer to see if they provide a cake service or know of a cake supplier that is credible and affordable.


When considering a wedding caterer, you need to think about their location. Are they local? Will they work at your wedding or will they deliver the food to the venue? If the company is going to deliver the food, you need to consider the quality that it will reach you in. It might be worth opting for one that can operate at your wedding.

Think About References

References and reviews will allow you to sieve through the companies that are worth your while from those that just shouldn’t be given the responsibility of your wedding. Of course, some people can be incredibly fussy, so not all you read or hear is entirely true. If you have a close friend that you trust and they have had a wedding fully catered before, it might be useful to listen to their experience.

A Drink to the Happy Couple

Drinks are another key part of your wedding. You need to decide whether you will be supplying drinks for your guests at their tables or you will be opting for a venue with a bar, or even if your caterers will be supplying this too. This is something you should look into before investing in a venue or a company, as the two will have to work hand-in-hand. The biggest decision is whether you’re going to foot the bill for their alcohol or whether your guests will have to fend for themselves. Once this is decided, you can move forward.


This post was written by Thomas – blogger for Dine with Style


January 28, 2014 10:00 am

Spring & Summer 2014 Makeup Trends

If you want to become a successful make-up artist, it is important to stay on top of the latest fashion trends in the field. Every year in the world’s most fashionable cities, designers put out their new collections on the runway which signal the latest make-up, hairstyle, and clothing trends for the season ahead. 2014 is poised to be the year of glam, with make-up looks reflecting bold features and understated enchantment in the forefront. Here are the Spring and Summer 2014 makeup trends your clients will be dying to imitate.

Iridescent Eyes
White, pale pinks, and shimmering pastels are the go to eye colors of the year. Paired with white eyeliner, this trend creates an ethereal, otherworldly look which radiates pure elegance.

Berry Beautiful Lips
Berry lips were huge in 2013, and it looks like they are around to stay. Instead of matching the darker hue with heavy eyes, try sticking with nude and natural colors on the rest of the face for the ultimate pop of color.

Big and Bold Eyebrows
If there is one must-have accessory for 2014, it is a big and dark eyebrow. Supermodels such as Cara Delevingne have brought eyebrows the attention they deserve, and as any make-up artist knows, a good eyebrow can make or break the style. Shop around for the latest brow definers and powders, and give your clients that HD look.

Dramatic Lines
Everyone loves a good cat eye, and this year the craze meets day-time. Don’t be afraid to throw on liquid eyeliner for lunch, or change it up using bright blues and oranges instead of the traditional black.

Gilded Goddess
Bring out the gilded goodies. Gold, bronze, and silver are this year’s big winners. Paint those lids like they are precious metal, and don’t skimp on the bronzer. This year, expect to see all your favorite A-list celebrities walking the red carpet, glimmering and golden from head to toe.

To refresh, simple and clean looks are a must this Spring and Summer season but can be accentuated with berry hued lips. Grow out the eyebrows, wearing them natural but defined. For a night on the town, bring out the glitz and don’t be afraid to paint on dramatic cat eyes before the sun sets.

Jessica Galbraith is a full-time writer and author of the travel blog The Fly Away American. She spends her free-time working on her online reputation through social media and networking.


Interviews are the pinnacle of the job application process. They offer you the opportunity to sell your qualifications, experience, and skills to potential employers. This means that you need to ensure that you pitch yourself as the right person for the position. Therefore, an impressive resume is not enough. It is important to spend some time preparing for the interview. So how do you prepare for an interview so that you are selected for the job? Here are a few tips to learn how to ace any interview with flying colors:

How to ace your job interview


Do a little research about the company and the industry before the interview.

This involves browsing through the company’s website to be well informed about the various aspects of the company. This will definitely gain you extra points, as your potential employer will be impressed if you have a good understanding of the industry and company. Moreover, having information about the company helps you know how your skills can fit into the organization.

Do a run-through

Rehearse how to respond to specific questions.

There are questions that you’re sure to be asked in any given interview, such as, “tell me about yourself.” It is therefore important to prepare well in advance so that you are not ambushed by the interviewer.

Be punctual

It is advisable that you arrive for your interview about 15 minutes before the scheduled time. This helps you to be relaxed and focused. Moreover, being late makes it seem like you don’t really care about the position.

Dress the part

First impressions matter and you only have one opportunity to impress your potential employer. Thus, it is always advisable to go for clothing that will make you look like a professional. Avoid clothes that are too uncomfortable or too revealing.

Give the interviewer a firm handshake and remember to thank them for the opportunity at the end of the interview. Also, remember to look confident and relaxed by wearing a smile!

Make eye-contact

Be sure to look the interviewer in the eye without staring. When you maintain eye contact with your interviewer, it creates an impression that you are confident and certain about what you are saying. You can also use gestures as a way of emphasizing certain points. In cases where you are not sure what to say, consider using transitional phrases instead of umms and ahs.

Don’t stress

Remain calm during the interview. No matter how much you may have panicked beforehand or feel agitated by the questions being fielded to you, it is important to remain calm.

Be certain

Always seek clarification whenever necessary as opposed to going ahead to respond to a question you are not clear about. Remember this may be the make or break question.

Most of the time, many people are afraid to ask questions. However, it is advisable to ask questions because it shows that you are interested in the job and the organization.

Interviews can be a hurdle if you are not well prepared. However, you can be sure to ace your interviews with the tips discussed above.


Written by Vicky Olubi

Vicky Olubi is the founder of TheTutoress, a London-based education company that specializes in 11+ intensive courses and tuition classes. Vicky enjoys sharing tutoring and education advice on her blog and regularly writes for various online magazines and blogs. Stay connected by following Vicky on Google+.


Meet Lisa Collicutt, published author and Winghill graduateMeet Lisa Collicutt!

I’m a wife and mother and never imagined I could or would write an entire novel one day. My first published novel is a standalone paranormal romance, The Gathering Darkness, which I wrote while taking the Winghill Novel Writing course. Since then, I’ve written and published The Devil’s Flower, the first book in The Eternal Beings Series, and the first and second books in the Serendipitous Curse Reborn and Reviled series. I’m now working on two more novels, the next in both series.

By day, I work for a real estate company, so I’m quite busy. In my spare time I like to tour my homeland of Nova Scotia with my husband on our motorbike. I think up great scenes while riding on back—of course, I don’t remember all of them when I get home!


Name: Lisa Collicutt

Location: Nova Scotia, Canada



Good Reads:


Did you always know you wanted to be an author?

In all honesty, I always liked the idea of being an author. But I thought the possibility of writing a book was as realistic as becoming a rocket scientist, so I never tried. (What a waste of imagination all those years!) Then, in 2009, I read Twilight. At the time, I was used to reading much more sophisticated fantasy and historical romance novels, so this simply written teen novel struck more than one cord in me. Besides loving the story, I thought: I can do this. So the moment I finished reading Twilight, I went to my computer and wrote my fist novel. (No vampires included). Of course it wasn’t good enough to be published, but my writing improved with each book I wrote, and eventually, I got published. It was that same year, 2009, after starting my third novel that I decided to get serious and take the Winghill Novel Writing Course.

What did you enjoy most about your Novel Writing course?

I actually learned things, I felt important, and the lessons were fast and fun. I loved that I could do it all online at my own convenience. But I was motivated to finish my book, so once I had done all the course lessons, I took an extension on the course until I finished writing The Gathering Darkness. The whole thing, all the lessons plus the extension, took about 7 or 8 months. So the lessons went by pretty fast. I also liked the idea of having a tutor with me along the way to check each chapter as I wrote them. I took every critical comment seriously and worked toward making this book the best that I could—and it got published.

On your blog, you call yourself a “paranormal romance author”. How did you find the genre that works for you?

I didn’t think about genres at first. I just knew I wanted to write about witches and magic. I did loads of research, and that’s how I realized I was actually writing paranormal. Romance also plays a big part in my stories. I have to have both. I describe my stories as being dark and twisted. Lately I’ve been writing a lot about angels and demons, and even Hoodoo.

Where did the inspiration for The Gathering Darkness come from?

The Gathering Darkness, a novel by Lisa CollicuttI knew I wanted to write a spooky teen novel about witches. Then one day inspiration struck. I walked into the real estate office where I work, and a book of old photos of the town of Chester were opened to a picture of The Hackmatack Inn. This inn no longer stands, but it was large, dark, and menacing enough to draw me into the picture. Immediately my mind started whirling, and the premise of The Gathering Darkness was conceived.

I originally set the story in Chester, Nova Scotia, and used the Inn’s original name. Then, with advice from my tutor, I changed the setting entirely to the fictional town of Deadwich, Massachusetts. That way I could do whatever I wanted with the town and not offend anyone. Also, since I was writing about witches, I wanted the story to be closer to Salem.

I thought up a lot of the story in my head on my daily walks through the village to the post office. The main character, Brooke, was fashioned a little after me. We are both city girls who moved to the country as teens, and neither of us wanted to leave our city life behind. Like Brooke, I too was afraid of the dark growing up, and the country was terrifyingly dark compared to the city. So I put a lot of me in Brooke, for sure.

How do you stay organized and motivated to finish a novel?

I’ve never set deadlines except for the new series I’m co-writing with best-selling Author Aiden James. Because others are involved in this project, I try to give myself a deadline to follow. Motivation comes from my love of my stories. I guess you do have to love your own work to want to write it. Not to sound boastful, but I do love what I write. I’m a loose plotter, which means I rarely plot at all. Therefore, I have no idea what will happen on the next page until I get to that point and start typing—although sometimes I know what will happen 2 or 3 chapters down the road. This method has always worked for me. However, I do know some writers who get a white board and map out their entire story before they begin to type it.

Can you describe your experience with the publishing process?

The day I received the first letter of acceptance and contract was the most exciting moment of my life. I wish there was a more exciting word for exciting. For me it was so unbelievable, that I was more overwhelmed than anything else. But signing publishing contracts comes with a load of responsibility that wasn’t there before. My publisher, Curiosity Quills Press, is good at giving me the acquired time I need. But still, there’s pressure to complete when there wasn’t before. Publishing also comes with doing lots of interviews and self promoting. But I love it all, and wouldn’t go back.

Have you ever received a rejection letter? How have you dealt with this?

I’ve received many rejection emails. Each submission I sent lifted me up, and each rejection brought me down, but never to the point of quitting. I just kept writing, finishing one novel and beginning another, and all the while I researched the business. Living in my created worlds kept me happy as I sent out more submissions. And during that time I learned that rejections aren’t always a frown upon your work. Some publishers and agents reject you because they’ve filled their quota of paranormal for the year. So I kept sending until I found the right publisher who loved my story. I queried for about two years before I got accepted.

What does the future hold for Lisa Collicutt?

I hope I can write forever, however long that may be for me. I have so many more stories to tell, some already started. I even want to write children’s picture books one day and have some ideas for them put away. Right now, I’m in the middle of two new adult paranormal romance series, one about angels and demons, and the other about ghosts, reincarnation, and Hoodoo. I hope to wrap up both by the end of this year. I’ve met so many other writers, people in the business, and fans through social media. They’re who keep the spark glowing inside me.

I’d like to thank Winghill and the late Michael Crawley. I thoroughly enjoyed my Winghill experience.

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January 23, 2014 12:00 am

Essential Kitchen Lighting Tips

Merge practicality and style with these essential kitchen lighting tips and give the heart of your home the attention it deserves. Taking into account the shape and size of your kitchen will allow you to select the most appropriate lighting for your home. Read on for top tips that will breathe new life into your kitchen and bring fresh ideas into your home.

kitchen lighting

Put the Spotlight on Preparation Areas

Safety and cleanliness are two of the most important elements to consider in any kitchen so ensure you have adaptable lighting that can illuminate anywhere you may be chopping, dicing and splicing food. Opt for moveable spotlights so you can direct them where appropriate when necessary. Another attractive option is a fixed light above cookers or surfaces, which will minimise the risk of any accidents often associated activities in the kitchen.

Hidden Hazards

Don’t forget those lesser used areas that can accumulate dust and may therefore pose a health risk. Make use of individual spot lights to ensure you don’t miss any spot whilst cleaning and turn the neglected area into a feature with a particularly nifty small appliance or art work.

Lighten up!

If your kitchen has minimal or no natural light you will need a variety of styles. An overhead light will not be sufficient and may only add ambient lighting to your kitchen. Place spotlights below cupboards that hang above surfaces and install wall lights to brighten all dimensions of an otherwise dark kitchen. The ultimate solution for a basement kitchen is recessed downlighting. Space-saving and available in an assortment of styles, downlights can be placed along ceilings to create much-needed illumination.

Functional Can Be Funky

Don’t be afraid to inject your own sense of style into your kitchen. Whether you prefer monochromatic minimalism or pop art cool, let your design ideas flourish with sensational fixed and temporary lighting solutions. You don’t need to live in a stately home to enjoy the beauty of a kitchen chandelier, so if you want a kitchen fit for royalty, select a contemporary, colourful or classic chandelier. One of the most recent innovations in kitchen design is the sensational, illuminated glass shelf. Taking practicality to an entire different level, these translucent shelves are delightfully different and most can even be used in the bathroom.

Lighting Multifunctional Kitchens

If your kitchen is also a dining area, separate the areas using clever lighting ideas. Pendant lights over a table accentuate the area and will bring tasteful illumination to any dinner party. Pendant lights are also ideal for kitchens with high ceilings and are certain to be a talking point with any dinner guest.

About the Author

This article was written on behalf of Litecraft. Litecraft have been at the forefront of the lighting industry for over 60 years including designing, manufacturing and distributing decorative lighting across the UK.


wedding disasters

The key to a perfect wedding day lies in the planning – it turns out that wedding planning is all about proper delegation! Proper planning and attention to a few commonly overlooked details can help prevent the following wedding disasters:

Simple Details Go Wrong at the Reception

The trash at the reception is overflowing? The air conditioning isn’t working? The bathrooms are gross?  All these reception disasters can be hard to foresee, but could also end up being the one thing your guest remember from your special day if they make the experience unpleasant.  Assign a someone specific to be the venue mediator. Whether it is your maid of honor, groomsmen, or college roommate, it is important to have someone specific to field any issues. Make sure the mediator knows who the maitre’d is, where the kitchen is and what the schedule of the day is.

You can also make plans beforehand to preemptively address these kinds of issues.  For example, you could work with a group like Southern Scavenger Service to arrange for roll off waste containers in Indianapolis to address waste issues.  You can also ensure that your venue mediator walks through the area the day before your wedding to address any issues with broken equipment, poor cleanliness, etc. before the last second.

Your Big Day is Running Late

Lost track of time at the hair salon? Don’t forget the ever important itinerary during the planning stages! Running behind schedule is one of the major things that can dampen a wedding for guests and will certainly add extra stress for you. It may seem bridezilla-like, but having the day planned out hour-by-hour helps ensure that everything is on schedule. Know your itinerary. Give copies out to the VIPs, the bridal party and vendors. Have someone with a watch keep track of and enforce what time everything should be done.

Your Hair and Make-up Turn Out Awful and You Can’t Speak Up

Be sure to plan a trial run well before the big day. Be very specific! Although your trial run may turn out perfectly, prepare yourself for if it doesn’t on the big day. Make sure someone accompanies you to the salon and advocates for you! Be clear with them about what you want and have a signal so if it doesn’t turn out perfect, they can speak up.  A second opinion will also help you feel more confident in your own thoughts.

The Officiant Cancels Last Minute

Surprising as it may seem, this can and has happened! Someone key in your day could get sick or have other issues pop up the day of your wedding.  Be sure to ask your photographer, DJ, and officiant what will happen if they have to cancel. If they don’t have a contingency plan in place, ask for recommendations. Give their recommendations a call a 1-2 weeks before the wedding to check availability. By doing this, you’ll prepare yourself with a “plan b.”

It’s Raining and Your Entire Day Depends on Sunshine

If you’re planning outside events, it’s crucial to ask your venue if they have a back-up location (that you approve of) in case of rain. Many venues will have rooms or tents available for inclement weather. Make all guests aware of the rain location in advance. If your venue doesn’t provide a back-up location, check the availability of local halls that can house your event.

Planning and attention to detail are what make a wedding day perfect. While you can’t address every potential disaster, planning carefully can help you avoid problems like those listed above and help ensure your special day is everything you dreamed!

Samantha Stainsburry is a freelance blogger from Charlottesville, VA.  She’s a major history buff, and loves living in Thomas Jefferson’s hometown.  In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, and finding new music among other things.  Her personal ambition is beat to Ken Jennings’ Jeopardy record with her vast trivia knowledge. Connect with Samantha on Twitter and Facebook!


January 21, 2014 12:00 am

Student Feature – Lindsay Rosso

Student Feature

Meet Lindsay Rosso!

Location: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada





My name is Lindsay Rosso. I am a small town girl with big dreams (cliché, I know). I’m 20 years old from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada and I know what I want – To be a stylist in the fashion industry. Fashion has been a part of me for as long as I can remember. As a little girl, I would draw books and books of clothing designs. When choosing a career path, it was an easy decision for me. I knew my future was in the fashion industry. Fashion is something that always keeps my interest and ambition high. That is exactly what I need to pursue a successful career and more than that be happy to walk into my workplace everyday.

After high school I moved to London, Ontario to begin my fashion education at Fanshawe College where I studied Fashion Merchandising for 2 years. This program exposed me to every aspect of fashion. My time spent at Fanshawe inspired me to continue my education in fashion and learn more from the professionals in the industry. At this point in my career I’ve been exposed to several different ranges of retail, from high end menswear at Art Gabriel’s, to prom at Elizabeth Noel, to the Gap! Today I am an assistant manager at a local boutique called “Pink Chandelier” back home in Sault Ste. Marie. I have been fortunate enough to score a job I love right out of graduation. This year I also decided to work towards my certificate in styling through QC Style Academy and am loving it. I hope to continue my fashion education and keep working hard toward my goal of being a successful businesswoman and stylist.

Did you always see yourself becoming a stylist?

No. Going into college my aspirations were set out to be a buyer. By the time I graduated I got a better feel for what different kinds of jobs are out there in the fashion industry. I realized quickly that my strength is my creative side. I particularly loved my photo styling class and did exceptionally well too. My ideal job would to be an editorial stylist. If I was flipping through Vogue and saw an advertisement I styled myself, I think I’d pass out.

What are you enjoying most about your Fashion Styling course with QC?

I love my course with QC! It’s really nice to be able to continue my fashion education while working full time. This way I’m expanding both my work experience and education this year. I find QC to be very organized. The readings and assignments are very easy to follow, informative and fun! I’ve already filled the notebook that you sent with my course full of notes and I plan to use them as reference in the future.

We can’t stop looking at your Instagram photos! Did you have a strategy for growing your following when you first started out, or did it happen organically?

I have to be honest there is no strategy behind my Instagram photos. I got the app a couple years ago now and I absolutely love it. I definitely post a lot of fashion related photos, and never thought there would be an outcome of it but just because that is my everyday life! I love fashion and I love to be noticed for it. On a professional note I believe it’s important for a prospective client to be able to see my work and personality through social media. What better way to do that than through photos? I want my future clients to be able to see how I can put together a look, what inspires me. I want to demonstrate the passion I have for this business. Instagram can be an excellent creative outlet and also a great way to keep in touch with your family and friends!

We’re also loving your logo! Can you talk a bit about the process of building your personal brand, and how you ended up at that design?



My logo was designed for my portfolio in one of my brand development classes while studying Fashion Merchandising at Fanshawe College. I drew the logo myself in Adobe Illustrator. The girl is a cartoon influenced by my features and Marilyn Monroe’s. This way the viewer can identify Marilyn, who is a huge fashion icon, and relate that to my name and career. I’ve also used red, black and white continuously throughout my portfolio and social media because my last name “Rosso” is the color red in Italian.


Can you tell us about some highlights of your styling career so far? (What are some of your favorite aspects and what are some things you find tedious or trying?)

Currently I am enjoying where I am in my career. I can take my knowledge and skills of styling and apply them to my current role as an assistant manager at Pink Chandelier. I love to help customers feel and look good. Assisting a customer in finding what they are looking for is always a successful day in my eyes. My job is far from dull or boring at all thanks to my boss and co-workers. We have a blast working together and make the retail environment fun for any customer walking in. I strongly believe I have a natural ability for styling. I can easily identify what a customer is looking for, what will look best on their body type and target what their personal style is. Upon finishing my course with QC Style Academy I intend to open my styling services to the public. That being said, my biggest challenge will be finding clients while residing in Sault Ste. Marie. I will most likely have very few or no clients before moving to a larger city.

Favorite item of clothing in your closet right now?

Favorite item of clothingMy favorite item of clothing I have in my closet right now is a dress I bought on my high school Europe trip in Rome back in 2010. It is a deep purple, in a light chiffon fabric, has a high neckline with light purple sleeve and gathers at the bottom with hints of turquoise. It’s been my favourite dress for years (and that means a lot coming from someone who searches through hundreds of dresses everyday). It is very unique and feminine and still to this day I have seen nothing like it. I bought it at a shop called “Fornarina”. It was definitely a splurge but I love it and only wear it for special occasions.

What would you like to see trending in 2014?

In 2014 I’d love to see more high-waisted denim and color moving into spring and summer. I got a pair of high-waist Mavi jeans a few weeks back and I am in love. The high waist look is so flattering and is making a huge comeback in fashion. We carry Mavi denim at Pink Chandelier (which is by far my biggest obsession this year), and have ordered in the high waist jeans to carry in store.

Another trend I’d like to see is more color moving into spring/summer 14. One of the biggest trends for 2013 was black and white, which is particularly unusual for summer. I missed the pastels in the spring and the vibrant colors in the summer. For me, that’s what makes spring and summer my favorite seasons is the vibrant and fun fashion pieces.

Tell us! What does the future hold for Lindsay Rosso?

I have a few options for the near future. I have been looking into school in Europe for over a year now. I’d love to study in France because I fell in love with Paris the first time I visited and could benefit greatly from an experience like that. However, I’ve recently made an amazing contact in the fashion industry who has encouraged me to pursue an internship in New York, which again would be a great experience for me. Currently I’m focusing on getting my applications sent in with the right documents, a killer portfolio, and hoping that everything falls into place! Farther down the road I’d love to pursue editorial styling but something else I’ve always thought of pursuing is being a creative director for a luxury brand. Wish me good luck!

A look at Lindsay’s work to date…

“Under the Sea” Fashion Show – Recycled garment designed and sewn by Lindsay Rosso, Francesca Scandale and Megan Welsh.

'Under the Sea' fashion show- Recycled garment (designed and sewn by Francesca Scandale, Megan Welsh and myself)









“Rossolette Grand Opening” Campaign Poster – completed in Adobe Photoshop by Lindsay Rosso

Adobe Photoshop 'Rossolette Grand Opening' Campaign Poster











Photo styling “Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick” Advertisement – Photograph, styling and editing by Lindsay Rosso

Photo Styling 'Estee Lauder Pure Colour Lipstick' Advertisement - Photograph,styling and editing by Lindsay Rosso








Photo styling “Nasty Gal Spring 2013 Collection” Advertisement – Photograph, styling and editing by Lindsay Rosso

Photo styling 'Nasty Gal Spring 2013 Collection' Photograph, styling and editing by Lindsay Rosso








“Fashion Rocks Hair of the Dog” show – Merchandising Comittee Co-coordinator (Fundraiser for Paws United). Photo credit: Christian Varsava

'Fashion Rocks Hair of the Dog' show, November 2012- Merchandising Committee Co-coordinator (Fundraiser for 'Paws United')











“CONNECT 2013” Fashion Merchandising students set up booths to demonstrate portfolios. Lindsay gave out customized mugs with her logo and business info along with mug cakes.

'CONNECT 2013' Fashion Merchandising set up booths to demonstrate portfolio's. I gave out customized mugs with my logo and business info along with mug cakes









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