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F.A.Q’s for your onsite wedding

1. Help! My wedding is in the hot humid summer and my hair is frizz prone. What should I do??
Keratin is a frizzy girl’s best friend! A Keratin Express Blowout one week prior to your wedding will protect and seal in the shine for a totally frizz-free day.
2. My fine, limp hair needs to shine on my wedding day. Any suggestions?
The week before the wedding, a highlight will give your hair the illusion of being fuller and the color will be fresh and bright for your big day.
3. I am not sure what style will look best for my wedding. Can you help? What about accessories?
A trial prior to the wedding will allow you to see how your hair will look and ensure that you have the peace of mind that your style will be exactly as you want it and will last all day! During your trial and consultation, we will discuss all your options and address your wish list. If volume is needed, Jackie is a certified hair extension specialist. Jackie will place the veil and hair accessories on location to make sure there is “Not a hair out of place!”
4. I need my make-up to last all day. What can I do?
Airbrush make-up application. This application is a flawless light weight make-up that doesn’t sweat off, wear off or rub off onto other people. For a traditional make-up application using a setting spray like Urban Decays Out all night will help make-up last.
Jackie’s Design
704-968-1314 •

5 reasons seafood is a great choice for a relaxing date night

(BPT) – “Date night” is an activity people typically look forward to with great anticipation. The good news is, your plans don’t have to be elaborate for evenings together to turn out romantic and fun. Sometimes the most-satisfying date nights are the relaxing evenings spent at home with the one you love, while enjoying a simple meal you’ve prepared with each other. For planning your next dinner rendezvous, here are five great reasons to put seafood on the menu.

* Seafood is a healthier dinner option. Seafood and other lean meats both average about 45 calories per ounce, but seafood usually contains more “good fats” that have been shown to lower cholesterol and your risk of heart disease. Many types of seafood, such as salmon, also are rich in vitamin B-12, which supports your metabolism and neurological functioning.

* Seafood offers plenty of flavor possibilities. Far beyond what beef or chicken might have to offer, seafood provides an ocean of flavor choices. Start your date night with shrimp – America’s favorite seafood – and then move on to crab cakes or lobster if you’re looking to really impress. Or, if fish is more to your liking, salmon, flounder, or tuna can all be prepared in a variety of ways.

* A dish to match your evening. Date night is what you make of it. You could go casual with shrimp cocktail or pasta, or you can make it a more-formal affair, accompanied by a fine wine. Whatever type of evening you plan, there’s a seafood dish to match.

* Seafood’s a cinch to prepare. No need to spend an entire evening preparing something complicated. A quick visit to the frozen food aisle will help you get cooking with brands like SeaPak offering effortless meal solutions to help make date night a breeze. For more recipe inspiration and ideas, head to

* You can get creative. To prepare a tasty seafood dish, the only limit is your imagination. Once you decide what you’re in the mood for, you can find a seafood option to match. For example, this Shrimp Diavolo recipe is sure to seduce your taste buds.

Whatever path you choose, the food should match the mood when it comes to your date night menu. For an unforgettable, relaxing evening together, don’t forget to add seafood to the mix.

Simple tips for recreating red carpet looks for your wedding

(BPT) – Whether you’re looking to enhance your daily beauty routine or for tips to add glam to your style for an upcoming special occasion, Hollywood’s red carpet is the best source for trends and inspiration.

Fortunately, many of today’s hottest looks are easy to create at home. Celebrity makeup artist Matin Maulawizada has tips to help you recreate your favorite red carpet looks in less time than you’d think.

1. Get glowing with toner

Celebrities always seem to have a special “glow” on the red carpet with dewy, fresh skin. This effect is intentional and it all starts with proper hydration.

To achieve luminous skin, Matin starts by spraying the face with a toner or rose water to balance the skin. He likes to pair this glowing look with dramatic eyes and a soft pink lip.

2. Apply foundation

Get flawless skin thanks to perfectly blended foundation. For better application, Matin’s quick tip is to always warm the foundation first.

“To get a sheer wash of foundation, I warm the foundation up in my hands before evenly distributing it on the brush and then I wipe the excess off the back of my hand,” he says. “This helps it blend seamlessly into the skin.”

3. Prime the lips

Whether you’re going for a nude lip or a bold hue, oftentimes, all eyes are on the perfect pout. Before applying any product to the lips, it’s important to ensure they are prepped and smooth. Matin starts with ChapStick Total Hydration Conditioning Lip Scrub to gently exfoliate the lips and remove any dead skin cells.

“I love this scrub because it is made from naturally sourced ingredients, including sugar crystals, maracuja and coconut oils, shea butter and vitamin E,” he says. “It leaves the lips soft and smooth and turns them into a perfect canvas for any other products I will apply.”

4. Swap lip liner for concealer

Matin recommends shaping the lip line with concealer rather than a lip liner to add definition. Contouring around the lip creates a natural-looking full pout. The bonus is that it prevents any color from bleeding, just as a liner would.

5. Bring out your natural beauty

Tinted lip balms are great for a beautiful, subtle lip. Matin’s go-to is ChapStick Total Hydration Moisture + Tint because it adds a hint of color to enhance the lips’ natural color, while providing moisturizing benefits the lips need. It’s currently available in three shades – Rose Petal, Merlot and Coral Blush – so there is a tint for any occasion.

“Tinted lip balms are perfect for creating a naturally beautiful lip look,” says Matin. “Not only do they provide alluring color to the lips, but it is also easy to maintain throughout the night.”

6. Use soft shades for a dramatic eye

One of Matin’s favorite trends seen on this year’s red carpets is the pairing of a sheer lip and strong eye. This classic look is ideal for any age because it lets your true beauty shine while drawing the focus to the eyes. Matin recommends using a lighter pencil to get started and then smudging with a brush. You can use a powder shadow to fill in space and add definition.

“For a dramatic eye, start with softer shades until you get the hang of it,” he says. “Use beige, taupe or grey to get a smoky effect that adds depth and drama.”

With these simple tips, anyone can recreate popular trends and add some glam to their daily look. You may not be walking down a red carpet, but you’re sure to get noticed and feel beautiful. For more information on Matin’s favorite lip products, visit

Help with Your Hair for Your Special Day

Marshal Hartman of Atelier Aveda Salonspa + Barber
answers your questions about hair for your special day

Atelier Aveda Salonspa + Barber
1551 Postal Road, Chester  •  410-643-4180  •
Visit web site for more information and to easily schedule an appointment online.

At Atelier, we live by a very simple mission: Beauty Without Compromise. We provide stellar, award winning services and results. We invite you to join us for one of our services, or simply stop in to enjoy a cup of Aveda’s comforting tea or our own Atelier tea blend and learn what beauty without compromise truly means. Aveda Services:  Salon – cut & style, Aveda color & treatments, makeup & spray tan, extensions; Spa – waxing, Aveda skincare, Aveda massage, Aveda bodycare; Barber; Nails; Bridal

Should a bride do a trial run? When? What questions should she ask during trial run?
Absolutely a bride should do a trial to make sure her vision matches reality. We recommend that brides book their trial no more than 6-8 weeks before the wedding to make sure major changes don’t happen to their hair (color or cut) or their ideas don’t change between the trial and the day of. There aren’t many questions a bride should ask but the bride should come ready to openly communicate. If you’re not liking a direction, say so! There’s nothing worse than getting all the way through the trial before voicing your opinion that you don’t love it after you’ve realized that early on. Don’t be afraid to speak up, this is a trial run to figure out what works for you!

What should the bride bring to the appointment?
I always suggest brides bring in at least 2 if not 3 ideas for what they’d like their hair and what they’d like their makeup to look like to their trial. Sometimes what looks amazing in a photo doesn’t end up looking amazing on every person’s face shape or hair texture so having 1 or 2 backups helps the process. Aside from that be sure to wear a button up shirt that can easily be taken off. If there is a specific lipstick that you are set on wearing on your wedding bring that to your trial AND the day of and bring your favorite tube of waterproof mascara.

Should the bride bring her accessories?
ALWAYS bring hair accessories… even the veil if available. We have to test the accessories in the hair. Sometimes the most beautiful antique comb has to be scratched because the bride’s hair texture might be too fine to support it and if that’s your something old you need time to make a plan B!

How should the bride prepare for the trial and wedding day appointment?
For both just make sure to come with an open mind, clean and air-dryed hair and a clean face.

What styles tend to hold the best for the longest period of time?
Anything that is styled fully up and that is classic in style. Downstyles tend to lose their shape thanks to gravity as the night goes on. Classic styles always tend to hold up well whether it’s a French twist or a chignon. There’s a reason they’re classics!

What styles are trending now?
The past 5 or so years have been DOMINATED by loose curls, texture, braids and rustic styles. We’re really starting to see a turn for more clean, polished looks. Classic and well done is always a good look, and many brides are going for a casual but still sleek and sophisticated style.

Do different hair types lend themselves to certain styles?
If your hair is curly then you hit the jackpot! Curly hair tends to hold styles much better because of the way the hair is structured.

I can’t decide how I want to wear my hair… suggestions?
Pinterest! Pinterest is our best friend. You can see THOUSANDS of photos. Make a board for wedding hair and pin every wedding hair that you like. Then go through it and start looking for common themes and trends. You’ll easily figure out what you like and what you don’t like that way.

What suggestions do you have for the groom?
We LOVE groomsmen parties. For the longest time the ladies have gotten all of the fun. We have a full service men’s barber lounge that’s perfect for hosting a groomsmen party for beard trims, straight razor shaves and haircuts but can also do all of that on location. Nothing ruins a wedding photo more than a groom’s best friend from college with a full neck beard situation going on.

A lot of brides forget to eat the day of their wedding. Whatever you do, eat a full breakfast before coming in. You’re already stressed, probably two cups of coffee deep;  being hungry can make everything 500X more intense.

In the Know for Your First Home

What you should know about rising interest rates

(BPT) – Homeowners planning to refinance and buyers searching for a home may have an idea of what’s in store for them with regards to interest rates, but they never really know until they lock in a rate. This is in part because rates can change direction fast, and when they rise—as they have been recently—it can cost borrowers a great deal of money and time.

The effect of rising interest rates on your home purchase

Today, the median existing home price in the United States is around $235,000, and the average mortgage interest rate is near 4 percent. If you were to buy a home at that price, an interest rate increase of half a percent would cost you an additional $70 per month on your loan payment. And that assumes you’ll put the standard 20 percent down in advance. A more dramatic rate increase—say from 4 percent to 6 percent, even over time, would increase your monthly payment by almost $300.

Home price gains

For homebuyers, it’s not just rising interest rates that can increase your payment, but so can home price appreciation. In fact, in most markets, housing prices have increased past highs previously set before the financial crisis in 2007/2008. For example, in citing this recovery, the Federal Housing Finance Agency recently increased the maximum loan amount for mortgages that meet Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guidelines for the first time in more than a decade.

The new conforming loan limits increased only slightly, to $424,100 in most parts of the country. This will enable home buyers in higher-cost areas to access larger home loan amounts and more affordable loan products, in line with local housing prices.

The home buying season may start early this year

Spring/summer is traditionally the busiest home buying time of the year as many sellers wait to list their homes after the cold winter weather is over and to coincide with the summer school break. However, with both home prices and interest rates on the rise, more buyers are expected to enter the home buying market earlier this year, making for a more competitive home buying season. Potential buyers will need to be aggressive to find the home they want at a rate they can afford.

Starting your loan search today

If you’re in the market but haven’t found the home of your dreams yet, there are tools available to guard against increasing mortgage rates. Lenders like loanDepot help customers save by giving them the opportunity to lock a quoted rate and hold (lock in) that rate for 45 to 60 days, protecting them from potential fluctuations in the market. And with rates rising, now is a great time to lock your loan at a more favorable interest rate.

If you do choose to lock your loan, you’ll need to provide an appraisal deposit which can range from $450 to $750. This is not a fee, and is returned when working with loanDepot if there is no appraisal performed on a home.

Navigating your options can seem confusing at first, but a loanDepot licensed lending officer can help. You can learn more by visiting or by calling (888) 983-3240 today for more information.

You Asked! Maria’s Love Point Answered

“Do I need a timeline?”
Yes, your timeline will provide the organization you need for a successful event.  Timelines are a “guideline”, its rare that everything hits every minute its suppose to.  First invite time on your invitation is not start time. Some guest will arrive early, so be prepared, and a few will arrive ten minutes late.  Plan your start time fifteen minutes after invite time.  Here are some important items to consider for your timeline:  Hair & Makeup, Vendors arrive for setup, Wedding Party & Family Photos, Invite time, Start time, Ceremony start time, Cocktail hour, Guest to seats, Parents & Wedding Party Introductions, Buffet/Dinner service, Toasts, First dance, Cake/Desserts, Last dance, Guest depart and finally Breakdown and clean up. You should review you timeline with all your vendors and remember it’s a “Guideline”.
Maria’s Love Point Bed & Breakfast

How technology can save your love life

(BPT) – It’s a common refrain: technology is killing our relationships. Couples have swapped date night for Netflix binging. They Candy Crush their way through an intimate conversation. They’ve replaced long walks on the beach with an all-out Facebook investigation into their friend’s cute new puppy.

We can blame a lot of our relationship woes on today’s tech — it’s true – but when technology’s power is harnessed the right way, it can become the very thing that saves us from love’s most common pitfalls.

So before powering down your electronics, consider the following three scenarios where technology might be the only thing that can help you save an untimely end to your relationship:

1. Your loved one is having a tech meltdown.

Admit it: there is no greater frustration known to mankind than when you’ve been working on a document for hours and the program crashes. Or when the printer isn’t printing. Or when you can’t access the baby pictures that you’re trying to show to your grandma.

The urge to pick up the computer/phone/tablet and throw it against the wall becomes a dark force within you. Your tech-savvy partner is out for the whole day and now the dog is even starting to judge you.

By adding a “remote control” application into the mix you can now virtually (and safely) access a computer and solve any problems from anywhere with an internet connection.

TeamViewer offers a free version for personal use and their latest version offers mobile-to-mobile remote control so you can even help your loved one with their phone faux pas.

2. You’ve left the tickets to the big show at home.

It has happened to all of us. You’re finally at the check-in for the sold-out concert.You reach into your pockets, and your heart drops as the realization sets in: the tickets have been left at home.

Remote control software lets you log in to your home computer, even when it’s unattended, from your phone, your partner’s phone or that tablet in your carry-on.

For more bonus points, use your smartphone’s built-in personal assistant and ask her to remind you to bring the tickets before you ever leave the house.

3. That special getaway you’ve planned is about to be ruined by work

One of the quickest buzzkills to any vacation is the unexpected work assignment from the boss or client who doesn’t care that this is the first time you and your partner are getting away together — without the kids/dogs/cats/ferrets — in over a year.

Enter virtual meeting applications.

They let you present documents, share files and even speak to your attendees all through the app with no need to long distance dial-in. You can tell your boss you’ll handle the presentation and still plan that special vacation without worrying that a big project might flare up.

You Asked! Price & Gannon Ace Hardware Answered

“What size tent do I need?” In order to get the correct tent sizing, you need to take a few things into consideration. What kind of seating will you have? Will you be having a band or a DJ? What about a dance floor or a bar? Once we know what you need to put under your tent, it is much easier to figure out what size you need. We generally recommend a minimum of 15 sq. ft. per person if you are using 60” round tables, 4 sq. ft. per person for a dance floor, 100 sq. ft. for a bar or a buffet table, and around 50 sq. ft for a DJ, or 15 sq. ft. per band member. So the number of guests times the number of sq. ft needed per person, plus the space needed for additional event accessories, will give you the total square footage needed for the event and will show you what size tent you require.
Price & Gannon Ace Hardware
Centreville, MD
Chestertown, MD

Before you cruise, embark on a fun-finding mission in your port city

(BPT) – When booking a sea cruise vacation, it may seem like a good idea to schedule your flight to the port of departure for the same morning your ship sets sail.

A same-day flight might appear to save you time and money, but travel experts warn this could turn into an expensive mistake. Should airline delays keep you from getting to the port on time, you could end up shelling out hundreds more dollars to book another flight, just so you can catch up to your ship at the next port of call.

In addition, the panic and worry that set in from even the smallest hiccup in your tight travel schedule can defeat the idea of a vacation. To start your relaxing ocean getaway in the right frame of mind, give yourself and your family an extra pre-cruise day in your cruise line’s port city. If everything goes as planned and you arrive the day before your ship casts off, your vacation can start early, too. Use the extra time to explore and kick back. You’ll find the home ports for these cruise ships are set up to accommodate and welcome cruise travelers.

For example, if your ship happens to launch from Florida’s Port Canaveral, the world’s second-busiest cruise port, you’ll discover many area hotels have cruise package deals that include free parking, special nightly rates and even free shuttle transportation to and from the port and to and from the airport.

You’ll also find plenty to see and do locally. Cape Canaveral, near the Kennedy Space Center, is part of the east-central section of Florida popularly known as the Space Coast. Here, there are numerous attractions and other entertaining diversions that can help create the perfect countdown to your cruise to paradise.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

For visitors, the eye-opening facility that has propelled countless rockets and scores of shuttles out of our atmosphere also provides a full day’s worth of exhibits and hands-on learning about space exploration. Eyeball a 3-D image produced by one of NASA’s powerful space telescopes, inspect the Space Shuttle Atlantis up close, and “experience” life on Mars through an interactive display. Of course, there are plenty of space memorabilia to examine and fascinating astronaut stories to absorb, all of which will round out your appreciation of what NASA has accomplished so far – and what is yet to come.

Rocket watching

While planning your overnight along the Space Coast, be sure to check for schedules of rocket launches, public viewing sites, and special hotel packages. If you’re lucky, you might have an opportunity to witness the sights, sounds and ground-shaking vibrations of a rocket launch. Cape Canaveral and the greater Space Coast area have numerous parks and observation points that make it easy to sit back and watch these rockets streak into the sky.

Shopping, arts and entertainment

The Space Coast features many historic shopping districts to help you leisurely pass the time morning, afternoon and evening. You can dine al fresco at one of the trendy independent restaurants or pick out a catchy new cruise outfit at a local boutique. The area also has a lively arts scene to help inspire you for your trip. Take in a pre-cruise musical performance or theater production at the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse, or wander the assorted art galleries that dot the Eau Gallie Arts District.

Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier

A historic landmark along a beautiful stretch of beachfront, the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier was established in 1962. Its festival-like setting is the perfect backdrop for any traveler’s early escape from reality: beachside restaurants and bars with live entertainment, an 800-foot fishing pier, spectacular views of the majestic cruise ships coming and going, rolling waves breaking and beautiful bodies surfing, the sparkling beach and the glorious sunshine. What could be better?

Coastal escapades

You also can elude the crowds and pilot your own escapade along the area’s beautiful waterways. It’s easy to rent a boat and navigate the rivers and canals. You can look for dolphins and manatees or drop anchor at an island for a family barbecue and swim. Cast your line into the Banana River, pull into Sebastian Inlet State Park for snorkeling and scuba diving, or simply enjoy the journey and tie up at a waterside restaurant when hunger sets in.

For planning some Space Coast fun and relaxation before you set off to sea on your cruise ship, you can peruse an extensive collection of local tourism ideas and resources at

A Wedding Planner Can Relieve the Preparation Stress

Planning a wedding can be an intense and stressful undertaking. It is one of the biggest days of your life, and there are so many things to consider. There are certain decisions that only the bride and groom (with some from their immediate families) can make. When, where, who to invite, selection of bridesmaids and groomsmen and, of course…the dress!!
After these questions have been resolved, there is the huge task of putting it all together into a day that everyone will remember. You will need invitations, caterers, a band or DJ if there is to be dancing, equipment rental, florists and the list goes on.
Inspired Events, LLC can help relieve the stress of wedding planning and help you and your family to truly enjoy this remarkable day. They are a full service event planning company managed by Becky Groff, Ashlee Kastendike and Sharon Finecey. Between the three of them, they have years of experience and can help you from start to finish, walking you through every step and making sure everything is covered. They also can recommend local vendors with whom they have worked. If you are more of a do-it-yourself type, or for smaller events, they offer day-of-the-event coordination, ensuring the vendors arrive on time, everything is set up properly and the schedule is followed.
Becky Groff began Inspired Events in 2007. Before Inspired Events she helped plan non-profit events to help raise money for local schools and community groups. She has over 15 years experience planning weddings, wine festivals, fundraising and promotional events and is a talented graphic designer. Ashlee and Sharon are both Certified Event and Wedding Planning Coordinators and combined have 30 years experience in wedding and event planning.
Inspired Events, LLC has the experience to handle everything from a casual small wedding to a large black tie affair. They offer free consultations and estimates and post weekly tips on their Facebook page. For more information on Inspired Events, LLC, visit their website at, call them at 410-739-6943 or like them on Facebook. (photo by Natalie Frank Photograpy)

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