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Panic at the dress shop: 4 secrets to wedding dress shopping when you have a panic disorder

Although there are almost as many panic triggers as there are people living with the disorder, some of the more common triggers include being in an enclosed space or feeling unable to leave, getting too hot, and feeling scrutinised. This can make wedding dress shopping a scary prospect for a bride who gets panic attacks. Here are some tips to make wedding dress shopping with your panic attacks in tow a little easier…

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On the very important importance of underwear

I cannot stress enough the importance of proper foundational garments. They absolutely do make or break a dress. This bra cost $120, but I'll be able to wear it more than once, and it still cost less than getting my dress altered that dramatically.

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Tiny back, big rack: How to find wedding undergarments when you're small with huge boobs

Let's talk about boobs! I'm a 32DD, which means I am a petite chick with a mighty big rack. Wedding dress shopping was all about the boobs for me. I had to find a dress that either supported the big gals comfortably and flatteringly on its own, OR I had to find a dress that could work with some major undergarment action. Yup, I've learned a lot of tricks shopping for the rare and elusive "big rack, small back" support systems in my time. Let's talk about our options…

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The lost art of millinery: 6 things you should know about wedding headpieces

Are you the type who bubbles over with personality? Choosing hair accessories with pops of color or bold textures for you and your wedding party is an easy way to add personal style to your wedding. Local fashion trends over the past several decades have distanced the Americans from the millinery arts. So, as we return to the glory of headpiece options allow me to share with you my insider knowledge as a milliner, and bridal accessory designer…

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There is no THE DRESS: getting over the fantasy, and accepting the awesome reality

After five days passed and I still hadn't tried on the dress, it became evident that I was afraid to try on the dress again. I was afraid that I would put on the dress and would see it in the harsh light of reality, proving that I had made a massive mistake. It wasn't so much the fact that the dress cost nearly quadruple the price of the other dresses I'd looked at that made the possibility of the mistake so scary. It was the idea that I had let myself be manipulated into making that mistake by the Wedding Industrial Complex.

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Better bare-faced: Why I'm not wearing makeup at the wedding

As I grew up, I experimented with makeup. I'll be the first to admit that I'm a sucker for those cute little tubes and bottles. I probably own more makeup than I will ever need. I loooooove makeup. But there were two major factors that led me to the decision that tinted lip balm and maybe a coat of mascara would be the only makeup-related prep points on my to-do list…

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Add colored buttons to your white dress

I've been having regrets about getting a white (well, ivory) dress. Even if it's beautiful and vintage-y and I love it. It was just feeling too traditional-ish. So I've changed out the gazillion white buttons in the back for custom hot-pink ones that I found on Etsy!