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begins months before the actual event and the dresses Chiffon Bridesmaid Dresses are sold at a minimum price of Rs15,000.If bought from a designer the minimum price is Rs200,000 and top designers charge up to Rs1,000,000.For most Pakistanis, bridal dresses are difficult to afford.But appearances must be kept and so people try their best to find the best dress at the most affordable price.For many residents of Islamabad, a city known for being Pakistan’s most expensive, it is a norm to head to bazaars of neighbouring Rawalpindi for more affordable prices.Mona Khan, a resident of Islamabad who recently helped her niece with her wedding preparations, said for months they went back and forth between the twin cities to find more affordable couture.For those who live in Rawalpindi, the search for a perfect bridal dress involves traversing the narrow streets of the numerous bazaars of the old city.Mohammad Saleem, a resident of Rawalpindi whose daughter was recently married, said the prices at shops in Moti Bazaar are far more affordable than Saddar.But for those who cannot afford these prices or find the expense superfluous, there is the option of renting a dress.In some areas of Rawalpindi, such as Raja Bazaar, Saddar, Tench Bazaar and Chouhr Bazaar, dresses for brides and grooms are available at a daily rent.The minimum rent for these dresses is Rs500 and goes up, according to style and quality of beadwork.Dresses can be rented for up to 10 days.According to Noreen Hossain, who works as a housemaid, these shops are a blessing for many like her.My daughter wanted to look nice at her wedding but I could not afford to buy her a dress with beadwork on it.At a nominal price, Noreen managed to rent dresses for both herself and her daughter and happily returned these dresses to the shop after a week.These shops also arrange jewellery rentals to complete the bridal look.The rent for the pieces varies according to the quality of the ornaments but most pieces are usually imitation gold and silver.According to the shopkeepers, the clientele is made up of people from different economic classes.Mohammad Fayyaz Cheap Bridesmaid Dresses Raja, a local journalist, said people often rent dresses from these shops to wear to the weddings of relatives and friends.Published in Dawn, August 16th, 2015On a mobile phone?Gaga, who features on the cover of the magazine’s seventh issue, spoke candidly with the publication about turning 30.She said: As a 29-year-old girl, at this stage in my pop career everybody goes ‘Oh she’s getting old’ and everybody’s so worried about having a perfect body, a perfect face, and perfect hair.When, you know, actually, legacy and longevity is about having some sort of story and footprint to leave in the world when you die, chasing your talent until you’re dead.And that, as an artist, you love your art ’til death.She says she will continue to live her normal life at home – only now she will not be able to get married to anyone else or to have sex for the rest of her life.Hayes when I come back to school next week, and no, I’m still Ms,’ she said.But I am married to Jesus.As a consecrated virgin, Hayes may not have ‘knowing and deliberately’ engaged in sexual relations in the past.I think that in some sense, we’re all called to be married.It’s just a matter of discerning how.So, my marriage is to Christ and someone else’s marriage is to their spouse,’ she told WANE.WHAT ARE CONSECRATED VIRGINS?Consecrated virgins are Catholic women who choose to remain celibate for their entire lives.They are different to nuns in that they live out their religious calling outside of a convent.Unlike nuns, they do not have to take vows of poverty and obedience during their ‘wedding’ ceremony to God.They do, however, wear white and receive a ring and veil to represent their marriage to Christ.They are not obliged to take on any particular work but they usually volunteer their time to their local diocese or Church associations.The practice – which died out in the Middle Ages – was revived by Pope Paul VI in 1970.There are currently 3,500 consecrated virgins worldwide, with around 230 Lace Wedding Dresses Vintage in the US.To become a consecrated virgin, you must be a mature woman who has never had sex – although no physical examinations are carried out to prove if this is the case.In other words, widows or women who have lived with a sexual partner (ie, in a ‘highly visible’ state of unchastity) cannot become consecrated virgins.But women who have been victims of sexual abuse may still be consecrated, since victimhood is not considered to be a violation of chastity or a sin.Other consecrated virgins in the United States include Julie Pasteur, 66, a lawyer and Former US Army captain from Racine, Wisconsin, and coffee-shop owner Eileen Belongea from Waukesha, Wisconsin.Bishop Rhoades places a wedding ring on Jessica’s finger to symbolize she is married to Christ The Bishop said: ‘It seems most appropriate that Jessica gives herself totally to Jesus, is consecrated to a life of virginity’Saturday’s ceremony was conducted by Bishop Kevin C.Rhoades at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.He said: ‘It seems most appropriate that Jessica gives herself totally to Jesus, is consecrated to a life of virginity.Hundreds of people attended the service – most of whom were strangers to the bride.She said most turned up because they were ‘interested’ – and she was pleased with the turnout.Now that I’ve made a public commitment, that’s really an encouragement to me to live up to that because people know that this is who I am and my life needs to be lived in conformity with that,’ she explained.So, it’s one more step in that direction that others expect this way of life from me and I need to live consistently in my words and actions that love for Jesus.I’m so happy to have had so many witnesses (at the wedding) because there may be others that the Lord is calling in this way that have now heard of this life and can consider it in their prayer.Hundreds of people attended the Indiana wedding – and Je

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segment of the community is aflutter with calligraphers and florists.To ball gowns cheap avoid stiff competition for limos, canny brides booked their conveyances moments after agreeing to proposals.After all, the Class of ’12 has had dibs on designated driver-mobiles since the previous September.Wedding reality shows such as Platinum Weddings, Bridezillas, and Say Yes to the Dress have raised the stakes within what was once an earnest exchange of vows.Whereas young ladies of yore showed their domestic skills through stitching samplers, the execution of a kick-ass wedding is now the hallmark of feminine virtuosity.contemporary weddings often have more in common with Olympic opening ceremonies than the start of life together as husband and wife.Wedding planning remains, largely, the domain of the female half of the equation.Young women and their mothers devote the equivalent of the operating budget of a third world country in preparing for the event.The time that it would take to qualify as a notary public is committed to attention to nuptial details.Yes, a wedding is like a final exam for every social convention in the modern world and many people take these matters very seriously.I was married in the backyard with my sister Nancy as my only attendant, so my perspective on these things is entirely academic.Weddings and marriages, in my view, are distinct from one another.If big weddings were any indicator of enduring marital bliss, Charles and Diana would be having their 31st anniversary this July, and the Kardashian-Humphries union would have made it past day 72.But when the question arises, females are encouraged to tackle the occasion with all their blue ball gown resources.Flowers, rings, party favours: there is slavish attention to all.Quartets, DJs, first dances, beef, chicken, or dove, as in the release thereof.So very much to think about.This increasingly popular dove release thing is something I puzzle over.Considering that the wing’ed symbol of your love may end up in a downtown alley, pecking at the remains of a Happy Meal, it seems like this is a metaphor that could stand further examination.That it’s the bride’s day is an uncontestable truth, although the Mother of the Bride is often the final arbiter in the proceedings.It seems odd that as fewer couples actually marry, weddings themselves have grown to epic proportions.There’s been a fair bit of tinkering with the vows, but the overall event hasn’t been streamlined; it’s been force-fed a Big Gulp of commercialization.This is one of the few chances in life to say what’s in your heart, to pontificate on life, to write your own Desiderata, as it were.Despite that, this one area of the Big Day seems to be the least thought out.You can expect that at some point in the proceedings the parents of the bride will be commended for having produced such a fine feminine specimen.The bridesmaids will be thanked for allowing themselves to be photographed in lavender organza.The best man will cover off a variety of praises, hosannas and emails.If you’re lucky, the speeches will be heartfelt and moving.In many people’s estimation, a memorable wedding rides on the delivery of at least one good speech.Done well, the tissue-less cheap ball gowns should be dabbing their eyes with the edges of the rented tablecloths.And to the woman who raised such a noble young man, would you all please join me in raising a glass to the Mother of the Groom!Within the traditional structure of the speeches, the groom’s parents are often silent place holders.Historically, they got off scot-free in the financial responsibility for the affair, so it could be argued that they hadn’t earned the right to hold forth.These days, however, both sets of parents often share in the expense, or the couple themselves host the event.It would seem fair to offer a nod to the woman who taught the groom how to floss, who insisted he put the toilet seat back down, who demonstrated the hinge mechanism of the dishwasher door.If the MOG has done her job well, the chances of the marriage achieving altitude improve considerably.This might be a nice opportunity for the bride to express her appreciation for the civilizing influence contributed by his mom.I’ll take it from here, but thanks for all your hard work, thus far.You can bet the Mother of the Groom has a few thoughts to share.I was at a wedding a few weeks ago.It was a lovely affair with games, photo booth, and all the now usual bells and whistles.What made it memorable to me, however, was that the groom’s mom spoke.What she said would warm the heart of any bride.The freshly minted Mr.had been living in the Far North where they both had their christmas party dress first real jobs; she was teaching and he was working as a pilot.In the months leading up to the wedding, the groom had been first to arrive on the scene after a crash of a Twin Otter.One pilot was already dead.Her son, who had extensive first aid training, had spent a half hour doing his best to keep the surviving pilot alive until medical help arrived.Sadly, that pilot died also.The young man was grief stricken.When his parents got word of what had happened, friends asked if they would be heading up to be with their son after this distressing episode.The mother of the groom recounted her response: No.The only person he needs right now is already with him.Of all the weddings I’ve attended, and of all the speeches I’ve heard, this will be my favourite.but I think effort is better spent on a few well chosen words and placing a box of tissue on every table.Last spring, the first collection of Sudbury-born designer Dennis Merotto made its debut and a year later, is thriving in stores, carried by Holt Renfrew and by a slew of womens boutiques coast to coast.If it’s fared far better than most Canadian labels maiden voyages, that may be because Merotto is an atypical new Canadian designer: he’s been quietly, you might say invisibly, designing for other people’s labels for more than 25 years.When we met in his Toronto showroom one morning this winter,

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forceful women’s rights movement.M’barek, reached by phone this week at cheap bridesmaid dresses the Tunisian assembly.I don’t think you can beat that.It’s an incredible statement It’s still a draft, but pretty much everyone agrees.The assembly created a new women’s caucus this fall.have agreed to work across party lines to champion women’s rights and make life easier for mothers in politics.Although the assembly has recently reined in its late-night sessions so parents can go home to their children, for example, men laughed when a female official suggested the assembly open a daycare centre.M’barek, a 32-year-old mother of two who was pregnant with her daughter when she ran for election last year.We’re building something for generations to come It’s a long fight.An ice-cream parlour owner dubbed the ice lady for the calculated way in which she killed her ex-husband and lover was sentenced to life in a secure mental institution on Thursday.Estibaliz Carranza, 34, had confessed to shooting the two men at close range in the back of the head, cutting up their bodies with a chainsaw, freezing them in a deep freeze and later interring them in concrete under the cellar of her store.Judge Susanne Lehr told a Vienna court her confession and her state of considerable psychological damage were mitigating factors, but her junior bridesmaid dresses careful planning and her behaviour after the murders counted against her.Related‘Ice Lady’ confesses to dismembering her two lovers with a chain saw and freezing their bodiesCarranza, wearing the same grey dress she had worn throughout the four-day trial and donning a pair of glasses, did not react to the unanimous jury verdict and nodded to confirm she had understood the sentence.immediately said he would appeal to have the verdict overturned.The photogenic Mexican-Spanish immigrant, whose case has attracted extensive interest from Austrian media, shot dead her German ex-husband Holger Holz with a .calibre Beretta pistol in 2008 as he sat as his computer.Carranza said he had completely changed after their wedding, turning verbally abusive, lazy and joining a Hare Krishna sect.She complained that he had refused to move out when she had a new lover, even after their divorce.The new lover, ice-cream machine salesman Manfred Hinterberger, suffered the same fate two years later, receiving four shots in the back of the head as he lay in bed snoring after she had tried to start a discussion about his infidelity.Carranza had taken courses in shooting and concrete-mixing before the killings, the court heard this week, and joked with a friend about her junior bridesmaid dresses cheap murder fantasies.On Thursday, Carranza wept as she told the judge: All I can say is that I m sorry I took the lives of Holger and Manfred.Earlier, prosecutor Petra Freh told the court Carranza was a manipulative liar prepared to do anything for her own advantage, according to the Austria Press Agency.Psychiatrist Heidi Kastner, who spent more than 30 hours with Carranza before the trial, said the murderer had a grave, comprehensive, multi-faceted personality disorder and was at considerable risk of killing again if she did not have therapy.Kastner was also the expert psychiatric prosecution witness in the 2009 Fritzl case, spending four months with him before the trial that ended in his conviction for rape, incest, kidnapping and enslavement of his daughter over 24 years.The remains of Carranza s victims were found by chance last year when maintenance work was being done in the building where she had buried them.A former ice cream parlour owner confessed in court on Monday to shooting, sawing up and freezing both her ex-husband and her lover, and burying them under the cellar of her store in Vienna.her; her ex-husband by yelling at her and making fun of her poor German, her lover by best bridesmaid dresses being unfaithful.In both cases, she said she had shot her victim with a .calibre Beretta pistol, chopped up the body with a chain saw, put it in a freezer at the parlour, and eventually buried it downstairs in the cellar, the Austria Press Agency reported.Freh said, warning that Carranza could kill again.Carranza told the court the nature of her husband, Holger Holz, had completely changed after their wedding, and that matters had got worse when they were evicted from their apartment and moved into the ice cream shop, and Holz joined the Hare Krishna movement.He slept until 10 o’clock and came at 11 o’clock.We had no ice cream.Even after she started a relationship with ice cream machine salesman Manfred Hinterberger and divorced Holz, he refused to move out, she told the court on Monday.The defence is determined that the jury do not accept the picture that been has given of her as ice-cold, unfeeling, unscrupulous, capable of anything, but rather that they recognise what is behind this facadeOne Sunday, after an argument about the issue, she said she had shot Holz twice in the back of the head and once in the temple as he sat at his computer.with proper plus size bridesmaid dresses treatment.He warned the jury not to be influenced by negative portrayals in the Austrian media, which have had a field day with the story of the Hispanic immigrant and her many lovers.he told journalists.Fritzl was sentenced to life imprisonment for incarcerating his daughter in the basement of his family home for 24 years, during which he physically assaulted and raped her, fathering seven children.Hinterberger left Carranza shortly after her divorce but turned up on the doorstep of the salon with a suitcase a year and a half later after being thrown out by his girlfriend.She said she had taken him back, but then found sex messages on his phone and his profile on a dating site.On the way home from an evening out with friends, where he had flirted with another woman, she had wanted to talk about it but he had simply shouted at her and then gone to bed, she said.He turned to the wall and began snoring.He just turned around and that was the end of the matter for him.She then described how she had reached under the mattress for the same pist

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forceful women’s rights movement.M’barek, reached by phone this week at cheap bridesmaid dresses the Tunisian assembly.I don’t think you can beat that.It’s an incredible statement It’s still a draft, but pretty much everyone agrees.The assembly created a new women’s caucus this fall.have agreed to work across party lines to champion women’s rights and make life easier for mothers in politics.Although the assembly has recently reined in its late-night sessions so parents can go home to their children, for example, men laughed when a female official suggested the assembly open a daycare centre.M’barek, a 32-year-old mother of two who was pregnant with her daughter when she ran for election last year.We’re building something for generations to come It’s a long fight.An ice-cream parlour owner dubbed the ice lady for the calculated way in which she killed her ex-husband and lover was sentenced to life in a secure mental institution on Thursday.Estibaliz Carranza, 34, had confessed to shooting the two men at close range in the back of the head, cutting up their bodies with a chainsaw, freezing them in a deep freeze and later interring them in concrete under the cellar of her store.Judge Susanne Lehr told a Vienna court her confession and her state of considerable psychological damage were mitigating factors, but her junior bridesmaid dresses careful planning and her behaviour after the murders counted against her.Related‘Ice Lady’ confesses to dismembering her two lovers with a chain saw and freezing their bodiesCarranza, wearing the same grey dress she had worn throughout the four-day trial and donning a pair of glasses, did not react to the unanimous jury verdict and nodded to confirm she had understood the sentence.immediately said he would appeal to have the verdict overturned.The photogenic Mexican-Spanish immigrant, whose case has attracted extensive interest from Austrian media, shot dead her German ex-husband Holger Holz with a .calibre Beretta pistol in 2008 as he sat as his computer.Carranza said he had completely changed after their wedding, turning verbally abusive, lazy and joining a Hare Krishna sect.She complained that he had refused to move out when she had a new lover, even after their divorce.The new lover, ice-cream machine salesman Manfred Hinterberger, suffered the same fate two years later, receiving four shots in the back of the head as he lay in bed snoring after she had tried to start a discussion about his infidelity.Carranza had taken courses in shooting and concrete-mixing before the killings, the court heard this week, and joked with a friend about her junior bridesmaid dresses cheap murder fantasies.On Thursday, Carranza wept as she told the judge: All I can say is that I m sorry I took the lives of Holger and Manfred.Earlier, prosecutor Petra Freh told the court Carranza was a manipulative liar prepared to do anything for her own advantage, according to the Austria Press Agency.Psychiatrist Heidi Kastner, who spent more than 30 hours with Carranza before the trial, said the murderer had a grave, comprehensive, multi-faceted personality disorder and was at considerable risk of killing again if she did not have therapy.Kastner was also the expert psychiatric prosecution witness in the 2009 Fritzl case, spending four months with him before the trial that ended in his conviction for rape, incest, kidnapping and enslavement of his daughter over 24 years.The remains of Carranza s victims were found by chance last year when maintenance work was being done in the building where she had buried them.A former ice cream parlour owner confessed in court on Monday to shooting, sawing up and freezing both her ex-husband and her lover, and burying them under the cellar of her store in Vienna.her; her ex-husband by yelling at her and making fun of her poor German, her lover by best bridesmaid dresses being unfaithful.In both cases, she said she had shot her victim with a .calibre Beretta pistol, chopped up the body with a chain saw, put it in a freezer at the parlour, and eventually buried it downstairs in the cellar, the Austria Press Agency reported.Freh said, warning that Carranza could kill again.Carranza told the court the nature of her husband, Holger Holz, had completely changed after their wedding, and that matters had got worse when they were evicted from their apartment and moved into the ice cream shop, and Holz joined the Hare Krishna movement.He slept until 10 o’clock and came at 11 o’clock.We had no ice cream.Even after she started a relationship with ice cream machine salesman Manfred Hinterberger and divorced Holz, he refused to move out, she told the court on Monday.The defence is determined that the jury do not accept the picture that been has given of her as ice-cold, unfeeling, unscrupulous, capable of anything, but rather that they recognise what is behind this facadeOne Sunday, after an argument about the issue, she said she had shot Holz twice in the back of the head and once in the temple as he sat at his computer.with proper plus size bridesmaid dresses treatment.He warned the jury not to be influenced by negative portrayals in the Austrian media, which have had a field day with the story of the Hispanic immigrant and her many lovers.he told journalists.Fritzl was sentenced to life imprisonment for incarcerating his daughter in the basement of his family home for 24 years, during which he physically assaulted and raped her, fathering seven children.Hinterberger left Carranza shortly after her divorce but turned up on the doorstep of the salon with a suitcase a year and a half later after being thrown out by his girlfriend.She said she had taken him back, but then found sex messages on his phone and his profile on a dating site.On the way home from an evening out with friends, where he had flirted with another woman, she had wanted to talk about it but he had simply shouted at her and then gone to bed, she said.He turned to the wall and began snoring.He just turned around and that was the end of the matter for him.She then described how she had reached under the mattress for the same pist

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olourful (and often clashing) prints.She was a one-woman, three-ring circus Wedding Veils of style.RelatedTwo new biographies look at fashion eccentric Isabella Blow’s life and legacyYoung starlets have a retinue of stylists and yay-sayers who ensure they appear tasteful and on-trend, and nothing could be more banal than either (or both) of those fates.The rest of us may cluck, but even we fearfully wait for a sanctioned holiday like Halloween, when such exuberant flights of fancy become downright mainstream, or for the permissible occasion of a thematic fancy-dress party.I prefer the eccentrics, even if I don t dress like one.They put together their toilette, often with wild abandon, to please none but themselves.These peacocks are sometimes ridiculous, often memorable, always inspiring.With age comes a certain fashion fearlessness.Style writer Ari Seth Cohen eschews the typical gamine twentysomethings that populate most street-style blogs and instead respects his sartorial elders in Advanced Style.Like Piaggi, his new blog-turned-book favours women who have the childlike sense of play that we lose when we grow up.sedate is not in their vocabulary.for the past 20, a wavy Smurf-blue tinted quiff emerged from one of her hundreds of Stephen Jones hats and snaked over a quizzically cocked eyebrow.Generally, she clutched a brightly hued walking stick.These items, and her theatrical makeup punctuated by a crimson moue, clashed artfully with zebra trousers, harlequin dresses, spats, oxfords, trilby hats and berets.You d naturally expect such a dresser to be a creative thinker, and she was, as a veteran editor and fashion writer since the 1970s, chiefly for Vogue Italia, where she had a lavish double-page column spread called D.Doppie Pagine di Anna Piaggi.teenage Rookie magazine founder Tavi Gevinson is an eccentric-in-waiting who infuses her look with whimsy, for example.Or take my Grade 10 biology teacher.Give the classroom context of her outfits, Ms.but only just (I blame the threat of Bunsen burners as potential hazard to hats and feather boas).In my northern mining hometown, pop.she stood out as an an inveterate and inventive thrift and wedding accessory superstore fashion shopper, and I spent the entire semester chronicling her meticulously co-ordinated outfits, marvelling at how she never wore the same outfit twice.Her approach to dressing captured my imagination more than the internal workings of any dissected frog ever would.I attended my high school reunion this past weekend and was relieved to find that my nostalgia had not conjured Ms.Jenkin and her parade of outfits out of thin air.Presiding over a retrospective fashion show, she paid special care to her outfit, just as she had daily 20 years ago: an ornate black vintage dress and large matching New Look-era saucer hat with coq feathers that quivered with every tilt of her head.Her style captured my imagination all those years ago, and I m still grateful for it.The mythology of Route 66John Steinbeck had a talent for seeing the poetry in the commonplace, so naturally he was the American bard who founded the legend of Route 66 as the great American highway, a legend that has outlived not only Steinbeck but even Route 66 itself.arriving in Los Angeles.It was replaced by bigger highways decades ago and decommissioned in the 1980s, but nostalgists insist it never died and never should.For many it symbolizes the spirit of American history.Their enthusiasm breathes life into an affectionate but not uncritical tribute, A Route 66 Companion (University of Texas Press), edited by David King Dunaway of the University of New Mexico.That novel became the chief literary ornament of the Depression and John Ford’s 1940 film version, with Henry Fonda as Tom Joad, carved the sorrows of the wretched Okies even deeper into the public imagination.Steinbeck eulogized Route 66 as the mother road, the route of a people in flight.RelatedRobert Fulford: Gore Vidal: The no.anti-American AmericanRobert Fulford: A Habsburg Empire state of mindAmericans have always had an enviable way of wrapping place names in glamour.In 1885 Walt Whitman grew lyrical about towns called Fairplay, Tombstone, Whiskey Flat bridal gloves and Squitch Gulch.t, in a poem called American Names celebrated Harrisburg, Spartanburg, Painted Post, Nantucket Light and of course Wounded Knee (he also gave a friendly nod to our own dear Medicine Hat).If Steinbeck created the Route 66 myth, Bobby Troup, a pianist, actor and sometime songwriter, greatly enlarged it.In 1946, Troup wrote a piece that’s listed in the catalogues as (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66 though it often appears as just Route 66.A kind of musical travelogue, it’s lasted six decades.At first Nat Cole seemed to own it, having made it a hit, but over the years Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Diana Krall and many others have recorded it.I heard it at a tender age, 14, and fell in love with it and its subject.Get your kicks on Route 66.It listed places totally unknown to me but endowed them with magic.Somehow, Route 66 became the highway of my dreams.I could recite Kingman, Barstow and the rest.I never did travel the route, but decades later, when I finally visited that region, the place names welcomed me like old friends.Flying toward the Grand Canyon in a small plane, I asked the pilot to point out Kingman.Today Kingman, Ariz.and has a Route 66 Museum located in an old powerhouse on Andy Devine Avenue, named for the raspy-voiced Kingman boy who ended up acting in 400 movies, several directed by John Ford.Troup’s song made the road so famous that Route 66 became a television series and lasted from 1960 to 1964.rootless loner from the wrong side of town.itself now a cherished, carefully preserved cultural treasure.Over the years artists have done their best to enhance the cultural status of Route 66.in 1974, Stanley Marsh 3, heir to an oil fortune, hired a San Francisco collective, the Art Farm, to build an 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traditional expectations that girls shouldn’t go to school, by offering mother of the bride dresses long universal primary education.The religious landscape has also changed dramatically, with Pentacostalism eclipsing Anglicanism as the country’s primary faith, though there is far more diversity now.said Moses Mukasa, 30, who was born in Uganda and now lives in Victoria, B.and works for Watoto, an NGO that focuses on helping children.Despite the many steps forward, there remain challenges in almost every area.The Uganda AIDS Indicator Survey released this spring suggests Uganda is one of only two African countries the other being Chad that are seeing a rise in AIDS rates.the average number of children per woman is around 6.the fourth highest rate in the world.The longer lifespan coinciding with still-high fertility rates has put pressure on healthcare system.representative bodies, says Derek Peterson, professor of history and director of the African Studies Center at the University of Michigan.stability has come also at a cost, he said.There are representative bodies that are increasingly now restive in relation to the ruling party, but the full expression of democratic politics hasn’t come to Uganda in a way one might’ve hoped.There are concerns about an anti-gay law the government is trying to pass, which would make homosexuality illegal.Watoto has also been working to help rehabilitate child soldiers captured and trained by the Lord’s Resistance Army, said Mr.Mukasa, who still has four of five sisters in Uganda as well as his mother.They also help babies orphaned by their mothers, many of whom die from mother of the groom tea length dresses complications during childbirth.Despite the rocky path, Ugandans are proud to be independent, taking successes like the country’s gold medal win in men’s marathon at the London Olympics this summer as a symbol of successful autonomy.We see this is good, this is something that happens as a result of what we went through.Viewers in England have fallen into swoons over Parade’s End, a new five-part television adaptation by Tom Stoppard set in the decade of 1908 through to the end of the Great War.That Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the tortured Tory husband of Ford Madox Ford’s novels doesn’t hurt, but beyond the day dresses and military costumes, it’s the central themes of sex, suffragettes and duty that have been of interest to viewers, and writers such as Julian Barnes, who recently praised Ford’s modern novel in an essay for the Guardian.In the absence of a new season of Downton Abbey or access to Parade’s End, my recent costume melodramas have instead included The Forsyte Saga, available on Netflix Canada.it stars Rupert Graves, Ioan Griffudd, Damian Lewis (who just won an Emmy for Homeland), Gina McKee and a whole lot of crushed velvet.In lieu of a Pemberley or Downton’s Downton there is Robin Hill, their classic Arts and Crafts pile, and an exploration of the moral codes of the Edwardian, then early modern era.Some of its original popularity surely had to do with the fact that it aired Knee length Dresses during the last frenzy of property obsession and materialism before the economic downtown, which are also Galsworthy’s themes in the books.Glossing over the Boer War and the death of Queen Victoria, The Forsyte Saga seems an uncanny parallel of the Manolos and martini obsession of Sex and the City-era Manhattan.But Downton Abbey’s new season recently began airing in the U.and in an exclusive Grazia magazine interview this week costumer Caroline McCall (spoiler ahead!more than any other single costume in the series so far.Judging by the retweeted links to the article alone, fans can’t get enough of this sort of tidbit, thanks to the current craze for lavish period dramas that fetishize the past (and lately, the Edwardian and early Jazz Age in particular).Rebecca Sullivan, a professor in the University of Calgary’s faculty of communications who specializes in feminist film, media and cultural studies.poque, and then cycles of Edwardian culture.Sullivan cracks sarcastically.Oh man, wouldn’t it be great if I could be sexually harassed at work while I wear a girdle and a bullet bra!In these serial aesthetic entertainments, the viewer stand-in is generally a plucky heroine who bristles at the societal restrictions of the era.Sullivan explains of not only historical television but film and novels.One that is prettier, easier and one without consequences.It imprints contemporary values onto an imagined past to suggest that problems are easily solved.usually from a bourgeois, if not elite, privileged perspective.That escapism treats unique mother of the bride dresses the past as uncomplicated.it ain’t gonna happen.a disconnected otherworldliness that allows you not to feel grounded in social, political, economic conflicts and inequalities.Another theory is that as we inch into the teens, the late Edwardian era is long enough ago to be exotic, but still near enough so as to be recognizably modern.speaks to another era of technology and communication that’s unfolding now.There are parallels to concerns of identity, not unlike the spate of American Westerns set in the late 1800s, which were enormously popular in the 1950s and capitalized on righteous patriotic sentiment.And in the wake of the fairytale Charles and Diana wedding, Britain was primed to be swept up in the fictional aristocratic life between the wars of Brideshead Revisited, which aired in 1981.So it’s zeitgeist, then?For every argument of cultural relevance, you could argue budgetary considerations: Those Westerns were cheap and easy to make (just head to the middle of nowhere with a bagful of 10-gallon hats, some chaps and a few horses).all those footmen and parlour maids!Although the latter is admittedly still cheaper to costume than Elizabeth I’s Tudor England milieu.When I spoke with Downton-loving designer Anna Sui last fall, we digressed into a conversation about why that period, along with Sui’s beloved 1930s, continues to have such appeal.she said of the high-society screwball comedies and backstage musicals

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lp of Michael’s family trust.One mother, whose child was in evening dresses the same house as Kate at Marlborough College, said: There was always something slightly galling about having your child at school with the Middletons.Every pristine item of their clothing would have a beautifully sewn-in name-tape, for instance.It was unthinkable that they would resort to marker pen on labels.Kate and Pippa had the smartest tennis racquets and huge picnics at sports day.It made other families feel rather hopeless, recalled the mother.The Middletons lived comfortably, though not lavishly, sending their three children to private schools with the help of Michael’s family trustOthers might detect overcompensation: a state-school-educated woman from a working-class home who is encountering the intimidating public-school culture for the first time, and doesn’t want to let her children down.As Carole must have surmised, only aristocrats can get away with scruffy clothes and stale sandwiches.Those who were raised on Mother’s Pride need steady nerves, tenacity and, if possible, a mother’s pride to stay the course.If you’re not to the manor (or the manner) born, you have to try that much harder.So here’s a curious thought.Carole, who as a small girl was taken to cheer the Queen by her ardent monarchist mother, would like her descendants to be rather more Windsor; whereas William, who is in search of a socially well-adjusted royal child fit for a scaled-down, 21st-century monarchy, would like his to be more Middleton.The boy born with a silver spoon in his mouth now aspires to emulate the woman raised party dresses with cutlery from Woolworths.Truly, the British class system is a wondrous thing.When Charles married Diana, Prince Philip said: At least she will breed some height into the line.Both William and Harry tower over their father.The DNA of this new royal boy carries even more interesting traits from his maternal side: a superb head of hair (farewell, Windsor male-pattern baldness!good looks, elegance, social dexterity, poise at altitude and the most ferocious drive.All that, plus the devoted attentions of a working-class girl made very good indeed.Lucky Granny Carole.Lucky little George.was announced on Monday afternoon, I was at home, unceremoniously painting a room in my house.I had the windows open and strained to hear anything in the distance, some faint cheering on the wind, in the manner of mid-afternoons in Euro and World Cup summers.Initially, I thought I heard fanfare, possibly a flourish of cornets but no, that was just the squealing whine of a band saw at a renovation in progress down the street.Waity Katie exacted her revenge with a tide of British baby mania that reached frenzied fever pitch last week then over the weekend, limped and sagged into deflation, impatience and fatigue, like the ache for sleep of a candy floss sugar crash.not the baby, but the date, the hospital.Maybe a Funny or Die video made in advance of a dozen babies being delivered to a bewildered medic, as though the Duchess had a clown car in utero.I’m not quite http://www.cheappartydressuk.com done yet!But the Windsors aren’t that sort.Earnest to a fault (except Harry), boring and predictable (except Harry).It was announced that Kate would be on maternity leave (leave from what, we wondered).If any such Duchess delivery suite video exists, it has an open market value only just below that of a sex tape but it’s likely we will be spared either viewing.Instead, more headlines grasping.culminating in a static video feed of the hospital door.Waiting for the Toronto mayor to arrive in his chambers via live feed and watching paint dry are two more interesting pursuits, by a mile.Answer: Pretty much like any other maternity ward).As it the custom, an aide walked the terse announcement over to be posted in the public square.it read once affixed to the gates at Bucks House, for the record, although social media in the assembled press spread the word well before the letterhead decree.When I say spread the word, that is literal.Oh that the bouncing 8 lbs 6 ounces had been a daughter!That writ with but a single word’s difference might have been the constitutional and successional equivalent of Martin Luther posting on the church door.That writ with but a single word’s difference might have been the constitutional and successional equivalent of Martin Luther posting on the church doorBut the couple continue to play their courtship/engagement/wedding/marriage straight down the middle, here in Canada we are bathing Toronto’s CN Tower blue because it’s a boy.As usual, the short prom dresses British royals are so pitifully behind the trend they don’t know that yellow and green are the done thing now!or at least, she loved royal offspring.Anne, Charles, booties, blankets: you name it, she clicked her way through skeins to make it.The stamped thank-you letters dispatched in return from the various ladies-in-waiting were just as proudly framed, displayed in pride of place in her lounge around the hearth.For her favourite surrogates William and Harry, she knit and sent sweaters on their birthdays every year until they were out of short pants.Celebrity swag rules have changed since then.That protocol is now that nothing unsolicited is accepted anywhere near the Cambridge camp without forewarning and express permission, although there is still a mechanism in place for receiving unwanted things like booties and passing them along to charity.Perhaps an opportunity to harness all the child-having mania and steer it into a discussion of international issues and challenges to maternal health (Kate: call Christy Turlington-Burns, she knows all about it).Instead, as is now the custom, we will see product spreads pegged to Baby Windsor but really just trying to sell the rest of us stuff with a timely news hook of Baby!and Kate favourite dress label Issa London (remember that sapphire blue engagement photo wrap dress?has a collaboration with Banana Republic arriving in stores in just a couple weeks.The worst is yet to come.figur

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s or there’s some amazingevent.It’s a magical place.When we started, weddings there was nothing reallyhappening as far as the music scene there.But there were still very creativepeople and we made our own fun.That was the whole point.Ifeel really at home in Atlanta.We spent a lot of time there.But Athens islike home to me.Mister Sister last winterin honor of the LGBT community.Send congrats to the happy couple on our Facebook page.the Centennial Belles are set to present another fabulous historical fashion show; Symphony in White.More than 35 featured wedding dresses will be presented for the first time ever.This exquisite fashion show will feature designs from the late 1800s to present.Proceeds from this fashion show will help benefit the Rollin Art Centre’s many programs that have just recently been cut by the government.The show begins under the canopy of trees on the Rollin terrace at 2 p.Special musical guests include Sandy Bouleau.and include refreshments.Tickets are on sale now at the Rollin Art Centre.Music is our special-teaThe Rollin Art Centre’s summer teas on the terrace are winding down and only have two teas left; our last scheduled tea is already full.If you are looking for the perfect place to listen to wonderful music, nibbling on delicious delectable, by Harvest Thyme Fine Foods, and catching up with friends, our summer Tea on the Terrace series is the place to be.When you purchase your tickets you are also helping to raise funds for the Rollin Art Centre.for children under 12.The last two summertime entertainers are:Aug.Marilyn Smith-original, guitar and vocals.We’re in search of wedding dresses tea itemsThe Rollin Art Centre is currently looking for a few items to help better serve our popular teas: tea towels, serving plates, small juice glasses, teaspoons and tea cups.Anyone wishing to donate any of these items may drop them off at the Rollin Art centre any time.Melissa Martin is the Arts Administrator for the Community Arts Council.Local brides are in limbo after the shop where they bought everything from bridal gowns to bridesmaids dresses appears to have suddenly shut down.On Friday, the doors of La Belle Mariee, at the corner of Glenwood Avenue and Millbrook Road in Raleigh, were locked when bride Joanne Wroblewski arrived.So, my dress, that I was supposed to pick up today is literally right there, and all I want to do is just go through this windowright now and get it,” Wroblewski said.Rachel Stewart had a fitting scheduled, and she wanted to pick up dresses for her flower girls.Tiffany Palmer was hoping to get a refund after she never got the dress she paid for and ended up wearing a sample gown on her wedding day.Up to 500 brides could be in limbo after doing business at La Belle Mariee, store manager Tiffany Ragston said.It is a bit of deja vu, because the vice president of the shop, Kathy Purser, has been the subject of a similar story.In 2013, Purser owned Victorian Rose Bridals in Raleigh’s Cameron Village shopping center, which was the subject of complaints about dresses that arrived late, flower girl dresses in the wrong color, size or otherwise not as ordered.Purser relocated last fall with a new name.Ragston said she last talked with Purser on Thursday, when Purser changed the locks, saying former employees hadn’t returned keys.Ragston said Purser never showed up on Friday to open the store, but brides lined up outside.laptops, financial records, all the brides’ records, name it.Anything that’s paper is gone, except for her credit card statements.She changed her phone number and blocked everybody off her Facebook,” Ragston said.Five On Your Side tried to reach Purser via her mobile phone, which is now disconnected, through an email to the store and in a visit to her home, which is listed for sale.There was no answer.There was no answer and a for sale sign at the home of Purser’s mother, Beverly Cray, who is the company president.Rachel Stewart said it came as a complete surprise.Kathy actually texted me two days ago and promised us that our flower girl dresses would be here,” she said.She was able to get her bridal gown from the seamstress.Ragston gave Wroblewski and 15 other brides their dresses over the weekend, and she said she’s working to get more than 70 dresses that were in the store to the brides who paid for them.com, and she’ll help if she can.According to Ragston, many brides may lose their money because the designers were never paid, so dresses weren’t shipped.Ragston says some dresses were never even ordered.Back when the pair first got mother of the bride dresses engaged, we predicted that Aniston might wear a slim-fitting Valentino confection an embellished bodice (wouldn’t have even surprised us if she wore that oversized blazer paired with the look on the runway).We still think that Jennifer probably went with Valentino or her other red carpet favorites, Saint Laurent and Versace but there are some other strong dress contenders in terms of style, silhouette and, well, overall Aniston vibes.And while we might never know exactly what she wore (she’s a very private person after all), we imagine it might be something like these.Exhibit perfection: An expertly draped Jenny Packham confection featuring a plunging neckline and floor-sweeping skirt.And being the cool girl Jennifer is, we wouldn’t be surprised if a pantsuit was in the mix (Carolina’s slim-fitting version on the spring 2016 bridal runway would be highly fitting).A delicate cream-lace Badgley Mischka confection with flattering tiers might be the key, although we all had to pause when we laid eyes on J.Mendel’s off-the-shoulder ivory dress with subtle ruching on the bodice.Just writing that makes me feel like Amal Clooney for a split second.Some of my favorite pieces haven’t necessarily been the ones with the ultra-high retail prices, though.Both Kate Spade dresses were perfectly made, as well as the Ali Ro, the Tracy Reese and the Jill by Jill Stuart numbers.I did feel pretty special wearing the Cushnie et Ochs Supernova dress (it fit beautifully), a

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h press.Nonetheless, a website specializing in such matters claimed to short black prom dresses have discovered evidence of a facelift, brow lift, rhinoplasties, lip injections, fat injections in her face and multiple injections of Botox.She overdid it, obviously, a family friend was quoted as saying.billion); her landholdings were said to be so vast she could cross Spain from north to south without setting foot on anyone else s property.According to the Guinness Book of Records, she had more titles than anyone else on the planet, being a duchess seven times over, a countess 22 times and a marquesa 24 times.Yet the Duchess always insisted she was not rich: I have a lot of artworks, but I can t eat them, can I?Apart from thousands of paintings by Goya, Velazquez, Titian and others lining the walls of her numerous palaces, her collection included a first edition of Don Quixote and Christopher Columbus s first map of America.As head of the five centuries-old House of Alba, the Duchess s privileges included not having to kneel before the Pope and the right to ride a horse into Seville cathedral.But she made little use of these historic perks, preferring the delights of a high-rolling lifestyle that began in England where her father, the 17th Duke of Alba, was Spanish ambassador during the Second World War.Maria del Rosario Cayetana Paloma Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Fernanda Teresa Francisca de Paula Lourdes Antonia Josefa Fausta Rita Castor Dorotea Santa Esperanza Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva Falco y Gurtubay was born in her family s neo-classical Palacio de Liria in Madrid on March 28 1926, the only child of Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart y Falco, 17th Duke of Alba, and Maria del Rosario de Silva y Gurtubay, Ninth Marquesa of San Vicente del Barco.Her godmother was Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain.On her father s side, Cayetana was descended from James II of England through his illegitimate son James Fitz-James, Duke of Berwick, born of a relationship with Arabella Churchill, only sister of the Duke of Marlborough.This made her a distant sexy little black dress relative of Sir Winston Churchill and Diana, Princess of Wales.Cayetana did not have a happy childhood.Her mother died when she was eight and three years later her father.a fervent monarchist, took her to London, where he had been appointed ambassador for the Spanish Nationalist government.He was still ambassador in 1940 when the British government recognized Francisco Franco s regime, and the pair remained in London during the Second World War.In 1945, however, the Duke resigned his post, declaring the Franco regime was harmful to the best interests of Spain.During the Spanish Civil War, the Albas Liria Palace had been occupied by the communists, and for that reason it was almost completely destroyed by German bombers in 1936.The Duke had taken the precaution of storing its priceless collection of paintings in the basements of the Prado and the Bank of Spain, but about half the palace s literary collection was destroyed and many other items were looted.On his return to Spain he set about rebuilding the palace according to the original plans, work carried on after his death by Cayetana.It was largely thanks to her persistence the palace remained a private residence.Cayetana was considered a beauty in her youth and was reputed to have had a lively love life.million in today s terms and was described at the time as the most expensive wedding in the world.The ceremony was so grand there was concern it would overshadow the nuptials of Britain s future Queen, held a month later in austerity Britain.After the ceremony, the couple travelled through cheering crowds to the Albas palace, Las Duenas, in a carriage pulled by mules.Cayetana succeeded as Duchess of Alba on her father s death in 1953, and she and her first husband had five sons and a daughter.However, the father of her fourth son, Fernando, was widely rumoured to have been the Sevillian flamenco dancer Antonio el Bailarin, who acknowledged his parentage in posthumously published memoirs.Her first husband died in bridesmaid dresses under 100 1972.Six years later, the Duchess shocked Spanish society by marrying Jesus Aguirre y Ortiz de Zarate, an unfrocked Jesuit priest and freethinking intellectual 11 years her junior who had been her confessor.It was not so much his dubious religious credentials that were considered scandalous, however, as the fact he was illegitimate.Yet their marriage was happy.Aguirre s death, in 2001, it was generally assumed that the Duchess, now in her mid-70s, would live her twilight years alone.But a few years later she was reported to be dating Alfonso Diez Carabantes, a minor civil servant in Spain s department of social security and a man 24 years her junior.On several occasions, the Duchess s children, apparently fearful of being separated from some of their inheritance by a man portrayed by detractors as a gold-digger, were said to have blocked the couple s plans to tie the knot.The Duchess was resentful of their interference, noting, pointedly, they had all been divorced so they had no right to give her moral lectures.and her groom renounced any possible claim to her wealth.After the wedding in Seville, the bride entertained onlookers by kicking off her shoes and hiking up her dress to perform a flamenco dance outside her palace.Franck Gervais, 32, of Cantley, Que.north of Gatineau with impersonating a public officer, misleading use of a badge or uniform, and two other charges in connection with Gervais’s activities at the War Memorial on Remembrance Day.arrested, charged and released on an undertaking to appear in court on Dec.He also faces two lesser charges.The investigation continues, police said.Gervais, who had been laying low since a firestorm erupted over his activities earlier this week, contacted the police to say he would appear at the Elgin Street headquarters before 4 p.Gervais, who was interviewed wearing a bogus uniform of a Royal Canadian 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l!a very old matador sleeve, cut up and used like sweetheart neckline prom dress a collage on her.takes a village of costume specialists called ager-dyers, also known as breakdown artists.At one point the department’s chief breakdown artist John Cowell led a team of 15 people whose full-time job was authentically aging every piece of wardrobe.They did amazing things, like sand down every single costume.Put grease on it, paint on top of it, put dirt, used blowtorches.Gavroche’s faded jacket is a good example.You try to reproduce what happens in real life.Because of sunlight over time you get less colour on the shoulder, wear in the elbows and much more black on the bottom.They also put the costumes through chemical processes like bleaching, others that make them look wrinkled.You try to reproduce what would happen to your costumes if you wore them for years and years in a week.Holiday shopping: Do it till you stopMy brother Jonathan lives in Toronto, and because of this, seems to visit a craft fair every weekend.Toronto loves craft.like you are supporting the arts.Or, at least, supporting the ironic hipster crafts.is something I can get with, especially now, where I find myself doing anything I can to keep from needing to go downtown to do Christmas gifts.I have had the thought: Can I just get everything at the magazine store on the corner?to be frivolousIt’s strange to even be writing this, because I used to be a champion shopper.Really, I would find any excuse.and I could drop everything in order to get myself into some dense and cacophonous warren of shops.There, the deadlines I was shirking, the bills I was ignoring, the fights I was in and pretty much every other unpleasantness on roster would spin away.You push the revolving door at Holt Renfrew, and you are energized by your new, simplified identity: a customer, in the right.you can’t have depths without surfaces.Can I do a digression on Linda Grant for one moment?I don’t know why she, the author of the 2008 Booker-shortlisted The Clothes on their Backs, isn’t better read on this side of the Atlantic.I sometimes get an almost crazy feeling of consensus when reading her.Like I dresses for prom could not possibly agree more.Like Grant, I have always thought that the best way to see a foreign place while on a trip is to go to the markets and stores, even plain ones, because then you are truly mingling with the sights and the sounds and the tastes of the people who live there.You will never see a Greek person just whiling away a day at the Acropolis unless they work there.But in the shoe choices of the average Osakan, you can see all of Japan.So how did I fall out of love with hardcore shopping?as some kind of reality TV substitution for true style or glamour; or maybe one too many nights awake spent doing labyrinthine math involving rent and paycheques and thousand-dollar Gucci trousers bought on a whim.I can pinpoint the actual day the real change happened.It was the week before my wedding, in 2007.My best friend took me to Holt’s to get some of the finishing touches for my outfit: underwear, nail polish.My wedding was special in its own way because I had been ill in the years preceding it.And while illness did absolutely nothing to strip me of my desire to be stylish, it did cut into ability for a while.Nobody wants to go to Holt Renfrew with two giant, pneumatic jogging sneakers on the foot rests of a wheelchair.So I had not been to Holt Renfrew in a while.I have always thought that the best way to see a foreign place while on a trip is to go to the markets and stores, even plain onesBut in the years I’d been gone, the place had changed.Or maybe I had changed.tipping point had been reached.Suddenly stores needed to be very exciting, full of spectacle, like being inside a nightclub, or a video game.To me, it felt over-pressurizing.Holt’s now felt fashionista, but not like a place to put together a beautiful or smart outfit.It didn’t feel beautiful or smart.And while of course I am still a person who buys things, I never really recovered the feeling of wanting to make a day of it, Sweetheart Prom Dresses going from store to store to store.I am a bad match for so many of today’s shops: I do not have the constitution for H M, which feels like walking into the end of the universe to me, or any of the Apple stores, with all that reflective, headachey white.that of makeup and cosmetics.I have figured out ways to shop more minimally and serenely.I have my favourite things made by this Italian seamstress who is almost part of my family at this point.Once every couple of months, I walk to a store down the street from my house, owned by a woman named Sharyn, that sells what is these days known as designer resale.Sharyn’s lair feels to me a magical place, a kind of museum with many curators, and many stories.Why did that person buy that gauze-like Dior dress and clearly never wear it?s riding britches ever know a horse?nine times out of ten, my hand extends towards her things.I have her McQueen skirt, her Lanvin dress.I don’t know who she is, but in the funniest way I feel like I do.And by the cut of her clothes, I know I like her.RelatedGift Guide: What to get her this holiday seasonHappy Hour: Drinkable gifts, Vol.Happy Hour: Drinkable gifts, Vol.Barbara Mutch is the author of the recently-released novel The Housemaid s Daughter.Born and raised in South Africa, she currently lives near London.She will be guest editing The Afterword all this week.Can you imagine being engaged for five years and separated by at least five thousand miles all that time?That is what happened to my grandparents in the early 1900s.She remained behind in Ireland while he travelled to Cradock, a remote town in rural South Africa, to work and save for their joint future abroad.Eventually, once the engagement had been suitably observed, and a house bought and furnished in Cradock, my grandmother took a Union Castle liner to South Africa to join him.Presumably it wasn t considered wise to allow a young woman the chance to change her mind on