The importance of micronutrients

There’s so much talk about maintaining an optimal diet with macronutrient ratios but here, we take a look into the importance of micronutrients, when to take them and how they complement your regime.

Magnesium (Mg)

An essential mineral involved in over 300 metabolic reactions including energy production and excreted through sweat, magnesium is widely used as a supplement among athletes. It’s integral to muscle movement and nerve conduction, says head of Evelyn Faye Nutrition, former pharmacist Ian Collins.

CARE FACTOR: As we age and muscles start to cramp, magnesium becomes more important for both movement and heart health. Other symptoms of deficiency include cold extremities, chronic fatigue, cramps, insomnia, PMS and even anxiety.

ON THE DAILY: 310 to 420 mg/day

ON A PLATE: Add ½ cup of oat bran to your morning muesli or smoothie for an extra 96 mg magnesium. It is also present in almonds, barley, molasses, wholegrain cereals, kelp, eggs and seeds.

SABOTEURS: Similar to zinc, high levels of calcium or iron may compete with magnesium. If you’re knocking back lattes or schooners, the consumption of caffeine and alcohol may impede magnesium absorption.

Winter Sign

Muscular cramps


Nasty PMS


Vitamin B1, B6, C, D, potassium, boron and calcium




After breakfast and one to two hours clear of coffee or tea


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Coconut chia pudding recipe

Kickstart your day with a delicious bowl of coconut chia pudding or dessert, perhaps?


½ cup (25 g) flaked coconut

½ cup (5 g) chia seeds

1 cup (250 ml) coconut milk

1 cup (250 ml) coconut water

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

¼ cup (85 g) pure maple syrup, plus extra for drizzling

¼ tsp sea salt

½ cup (70 g) macadamias, lightly toasted and crushed

Seasonal fruit, such as mixed berries, pomegranate seeds, figs, grapes, and sliced strawberriesMicro-herbs and edible flowers (optional), to serve.


Place the coconut, chia seeds, coconut milk, coconut water, vanilla, maple syrup and salt in a bowl and mix until very well combined. Soak in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

This is an edited extract from The Healthy Model published by Lantern.

Recipe first published in nourish magazine.

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Fuelling your body for exercise

So many of us underestimate the importance of correctly refuelling our bodies before and after exercise. Considering our food intake is a crucial factor in getting the best results, it’s about time we gave this topic the attention it deserved.

It all starts with eating the right amounts of the right foods. So what’s right? With the endless list of fad-diets, supplements and claims of overnight weight loss, it’s confusing knowing where to begin. Whether you’re an active person or not, fad diets and quick fix remedies are not the answer. Consider what you want. What are your fitness goals? Do you want to lose weight, build muscle or run a marathon? Of course the food requirements for these are different, but they all begin with a strong base.

1. Make carbs your friend

Sports dietitian Alison Walsh says, “Carbohydrates are an essential part of any active person’s diet, as they are the basic fuel for activity.” Walsh recommends exercisers determine their individual needs in terms of grams of carbohydrates per kilogram of body weight. A female training five to seven times per week for an hour, requires about five grams per kilo of body weight each day. Requirements for endurance training such as marathons reach ten grams per kilo. Calculate your needs to see how you measure up.

To replenish glycogen – the body’s store of carbohydrate, which is used as a fuel in all forms of exercise – and keep energy levels high, carbs are important both before and after exercise. Walsh advises, “all meals (even snacks) should contain carbs.” Choosing when and what to eat before hitting the gym can be challenging. What you get out of your workout will depend on your energy levels. Exercising on an empty stomach is not advised, as it may decrease performance – hindering your progress. Bananas, low-fat cereal bars, cereal with low-fat milk or rice cakes with jam or honey are all good pre-workout snacks. These options are carb loaded and absorbed immediately. Try to have them one to two hours before you train. Avoid foods high in fat, fibre and salt as they can upset the stomach or promote dehydration.

The best way to kick-start recovery is to eat a nutritious snack in the 30 minutes post-workout. Both protein and carbohydrates should feature in this meal. Low-fat smoothies made with fruit and yoghurt, cereal and milk, low-fat muesli bars and peanut butter or cottage cheese on rice cakes are all good choices. This snack will provide your body with nutrients, as well as preventing unhealthy snacking or pigging-out at your next meal. Walsh recommends wholegrain bread, cereal, pasta, rice, fruit, vegetables and reduced fat dairy as the key carbs in your training diet.

2. Protein power

Protein is important for muscle recovery and repair, as well as keeping your hunger at bay. Active females should aim for one gram of protein per kilogram of body weight per day. Athletes who wish to put on weight need more – up to two grams per kilo body per day – teamed with hard training of course! Meeting your protein needs should be easy. We consume about double the protein we need daily, without even trying. Nearly all foods (except oils and pure sugar) contain protein. Walsh suggests that a balanced diet, even a vegetarian one, can provide you with all the protein you need, but says protein supplements can be useful “if you tolerate liquid meals better than solids immediately after a workout, provided they also contain carbs, vitamins and minerals.” She adds that smoothies with low fat yoghurt can also be used and are generally less expensive. Good protein sources should include lean meat, fish, chicken breast, low-fat dairy, eggs, legumes and soy products. Walsh suggests that protein should feature in all main meals and some snacks to “help women reach their requirements, as well as help to keep them satiated.”

3. Don’t forget your fluids

It’s a fact: exercising when you’re dehydrated, or not re-hydrating between bouts of exercise, will affect you performance. Walsh warns, “it’s almost impossible, and not practical to catch up once you have begun a workout dehydrated.” Start with always carrying a water bottle when you train, if this is not possible, make sure you compensate after the session. Walsh recommends that exercising women need between half to one litre of water per hour, dependent on temperature, intensity and personal perspiration rates. Sports dietitians recommend exercisers consume 150-400 millilitres of water for every 20 minutes of exercise – so a graduated bottle can be handy. After exercise, you need to replace 150 per cent of your losses, so Walsh suggests, if practical, “weigh yourself before and after exercise, as what you lose immediately is not fat, it’s water.” A one-kilogram weight drop is equal to one litre of water. Eating foods that contain water can help with your post-exercise water needs. Pasta, rice, vegetables, fruit, fish, chicken and eggs all contain 50 per cent or more water – so fuel up on these after exercise. Additional benefits of keeping the fluids up is that they have the advantage of filling us up throughout the day, “an advantage to those wanting to lose weight or keep trim,” advises Walsh.

4. Supplements, bars and other fancy things

The sports world is laden with fancy bars, pills, powders and specialised foods that all pledge fitness or performance enhancements. They are particularly popular in the athletic, as well as recreational sporting domain. Walsh suggests that supplements “are as they are named, and should be supplementary to the diet, not replacements of other vital foods”. Supplements such as nutrient-loaded snacks, and iron and multivitamins are warranted in cases where people are deficient, or not eating enough energy to obtain them from their diet. Walsh suggests, “recreational exercisers should not need any supplements besides those prescribed by a doctor or dietitian and should focus on a good diet. Money is better spent seeing a sports dietitian for diet advice, or having a personal trainer design them an exercise program.”

If you fuel your body properly, you will be able to train hard and get the results you deserve. Eat well, drink plenty of water, and you’ll be well on your way to achieving your fitness goals.

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Pros and Cons to Wearing Invisalign Braces

Orthodontists across the country know that traditional metal braces may not suit everyone’s lifestyle, which is why other options are now available. No longer must you endure the metal taste, the pain associated with tightening, or the broken brackets—orthodontia has evolved!

One very popular method of straightening your teeth that doesn’t require metal brackets is Invisalign. Instead of brackets and wires, Invisalgin features removable, plastic trays made from SmartTrack material that are molded to your mouth. Want to eat a caramel apple? With traditional braces, certain foods are completely restricted until the braces are removed. With Invisalign, you just remove your plastic tray and take a bite! Additionally, Invisalign braces are practically invisible since they are made of clear plastic. Adults and teens who don’t want to wear noticeable traditional braces can straighten their smiles and no one has to know! While Invisalign is more expensive than traditional braces, the time commitment is about the same, and for some, the freedom of removable almost invisible braces is worth the extra cost!

While OKC Invisalign is noted for its transparency, it also comes with features that are highly beneficial. Simple removal for eating is a huge plus, but the ability to remove the plastic trays also makes brushing and flossing a breeze. While flossing with traditional braces can be a challenge, the easily removable trays leave teeth surfaces available for proper care. And while teens love Invisalign braces because they are a more attractive option than metal braces, parents might be apprehensive to purchase these types of braces since they can be removed so easily. There are, however, blue indicator dots inside the trays that measure the length of wear, so parents can easily gauge whether their child is actually wearing the invisible braces!

Another plus of wearing Invisalign braces—they are safer than traditional braces when playing contact sports. For anyone who has taken a baseball, soccer ball, or football to the mouth while wearing metal braces, he or she can attest that it can be quite painful. The beauty of Invisalign is that the trays can also work to protect the teeth, much like a mouth guard.

There are some drawbacks to Invisalign braces, of course. In addition to the expense, the trays must be replaced with new ones every two to four weeks. The urge to not wear the braces for 22 hours a day will be strong, so the wearer must be self-disciplined to keep the trays in. Invisalign OKC braces may not be the best course of action to fix your orthodontic issue; some misalignments are better served by metal braces. It is recommended, too, that wearers only drink cold water when wearing their plastic braces because trays can be damaged or stained by hot or colored beverages. Big fan of black coffee or red wine? Your Invisalign trays are not! Consider your lifestyle and commitment level before selecting Invisalign as your orthodontic option. Our Oklahoma city Orthodontist can help you determine the treatment that is right for you!

Pilates Can Help Balance Your Mind

We know that exercise can be ‘therapy,’ but there is something powerful when you connect your mind and body and exercise from a place of control and stillness, where you are truly present in the movements.

After 16 years in the fitness industry, it’s this year in particular that has stood out with women wanting to use exercise as a form of therapy to reduce stress, in conjunction with wanting to tone up and gain strength. Life is busy, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.

Keeping up with not only your daily life involving work, family, activities, home duties (the list goes on)  but social media life and platforms can be overwhelming and taxing on the mind and body.

In Australia, 1 in 3 women will experience some kind of anxiety in their life. (There are excellent resources out there to help with this, so do contact Beyond Blue if you are needing this support.) In addition to this, more and more women are feeling lethargic and tired most of the time.

I hit ‘burn out’ in my late twenties working in gyms and running my personal training business where it took a huge toll on my wellbeing. I was always getting sick and was so tired to the point of extreme exhaustion wanting to sleep in the day for hours even after a good night’s rest.

The effect of this was lowered emotional wellbeing, hormones going out of whack because of increased cortisol in my body and literally questioning everything I had learnt in fitness. I needed to completely revamp my lifestyle. In having to stop teaching classes I was so passionate about and cut back on most activities I had done for years, anxiety crept in with the fear of not knowing if I could stay in this industry.

As fate would have it, I thought I would give Pilates a go because it seemed less intensive but still able to give me some of that ‘workout’ feeling I was used to. Have you ever experienced trying to exercise and then your mind wanders during the workout? What’s for dinner, what do you need to do later, so many thoughts can enter your mind. Well that was me for quite a while.

The great thing I noticed though was doing a Pilates session helped me become more present because of the coordination required for breathing and slower, controlled movement focusing on muscles I had not really worked before.

My mindset and confidence started to rebuild, knowing I could still exercise and keep my body strong and toned without having to exhaust it, especially in the midst of healing adrenal fatigue.

Fast forward a few years and I’d studied it through many courses and was now on a mission to help more people discover this unique exercise method and fell into a great opportunity helping mental health clients with exercise and meditation as part of their weekly treatment program.

In this project I worked with a team of social workers who explained the difference of this method of exercise in helping their mental health clientel, compared to walking on a treadmill for instance.

One senior social worker said, ‘in needing to coordinate your mind to focus on particular muscles, breathing and matching up movements, it brings people into a state of complete presence where they cannot be anxious or depressed in that moment.’

The other interesting point he noted was ‘in building the body’s coordination and strength in using body weight exercise like Pilates, there is self-efficacy (self confidence) building, which in turn helps the person build confidence over time in other areas of life, knowing they have succeeded at physical strength improvements.’

I interviewed several of these clients who participated and the consensus was it made them feel ‘better from within’ and over time we noticed their moods and confidence lift, and ability to stay present within the classes, accomplishing advanced strength body weight movements from being complete novices in exercise and having severe mental health conditions to contend with.

In seeing results like this and experiencing myself first hand the ups and downs that an imbalanced mind and burn out can bring about, its important to take care of yourself no matter how busy life gets.

Small lifestyle habits like 10 minutes of meditation and 30 to 60 minutes of light exercise a day can really help. The important thing is be present when you do the exercise to really get your mind to switch off from everything else.

During October to support Mental Health Month we are offering $5 Mindfulness PIlates classes at our studio in Kingsgrove, Sydney. Please contact for enquiries or to get in touch about exercising to heal adrenal fatigue and stress.

Vanessa Bartlett

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4 body benefits of yoga

4 body benefits of yoga
Discover how yoga can help improve your body’s movement.

4 body benefits of yoga – Women’s Health and Fitness Magazine

Yoga enhances circulation of the blood and lymphatic systems and improves muscular elasticity and strength. It makes the spine suppler and releases muscular tension. Studies also show that regularly striking poses like warrior, cobra and half-moon helps people enjoy an impressive roll-call of health benefits. They include:

Reduced inflammation: Many people say that when they leave a yoga session they feel so relaxed it’s like floating on air. That relaxation response helps yoga reduce cytokines, chemicals that cause inflammation and have been linked to health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and autoimmune diseases. Research at the University of California also shows that just 12 minutes of yogic meditation (particularly if it includes chanting) reduces biological stress responses that trigger inflammation in the body and brain. So the meditation time in yoga may help you live longer and in better health.

Fewer bladder bothers: Regularly engaging in yoga postures helps strengthen the pelvic floor so that women have fewer problems with leakage or having to rush to the loo to wee, particularly after having children or menopause.

Heart benefits: Practising yoga flows regularly may help reduce the risk of heart disease as much as cycling and brisk walking, shows research from the European Society of Cardiology. Heart-rate variability, which is the sign of a healthy heart, is also higher in yoga devotees. Another bonus is that yoga also helps lower blood pressure according to the American Society of Hypertension. That then reduces the risk of stroke.

Pain reduction: Sore back or neck? Forget begging your partner for a massage. Yoga will help iron out the kinks and reduce pain, shows research from the Group Health Research Institute in the US and the Charité-University Berlin. It can also provide relief from chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia and arthritis, show numerous studies.

Thinking about trying yoga? Learn how to choose the right yoga style for you.

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How to build strength and tone

How to build strength and tone
We turn the experts on the best ways to build strength and tone. Discover how to transform your current workout program and get the best results.

How to build strength and tone – Women’s Health and Fitness Magazin

Building lean muscle is all about stressing and fatiguing the musculature to the point that it needs to adapt, improving the image of the muscle beneath the skin. That said, the range of techniques currently available in the market and the difference between each individual’s training and nutrition history, lifestyle and body type means finding what works best for you is paramount.

“If we work with the individual to ascertain exactly how their body will best respond, then ideally we aim to create a process where they are training smarter, not harder,” says head trainer and owner of Oasis Health Club Alicia Gowans.

Gowans suggests a mix of hypertrophy (endurance) and strength training be included in any given plan for best results. Hypertrophy protocols aim to fatigue the muscle to the point where a growth stimulus is triggered and the muscle swells. Repetitions should range between eight and 12 with short rests of 30 to 60 seconds.

“Overload techniques like super sets and working to fatigue are extremely effective. By keeping the rest periods relatively short you increase the metabolic stress on the muscle, which is a further stimulus for growth,” says Gowans.

“For the purpose of lean muscle growth, compound movements that recruit larger muscle groups should be the focal point of a program. Think deadlifts, squats, bench presses and rowing movements.”

Strength-based sessions will recruit larger, more fibrous muscles. Reps should be kept between six and eight, and rests up to two minutes to aid recovery and to replenish ATP (energy) needed to move the heavier load.

“The heavier the weight, the more force required to move the weight in the first instance. Lighter loads in comparison recruit ‘slower to fatigue’ and fewer muscle fibres because of the lesser initial effort to move the weight,” explains Gowans.

“That said, you can recruit and overload more muscle fibres by lifting a lighter resistance at a higher number of reps and still achieve equally as effective strength gains and muscular hypertrophy – provided you train to the muscle to fatigue.”

The take-home message? If lifting heavy is causing you to sacrifice form or controlled movement, then go lighter – just change up the rep range. A mix of both strength and hypertrophy weight training will see you push boundaries results-wise.

Understanding your body

Having load and levels of training down pat is only part of the lean muscle equation – a deeper understanding of the way your body moves is often the remainder.

“I always consider my client’s physiology, musculoskeletal structure and movement patterns. I am not just referring to joint stability and range of motion, but also to the fundamentals of how a client engages and activates individual muscle groups to perform a movement,” says Gowans.

“Developing a lean mass building plan without addressing muscular engagement issues, imbalances or neural deficiencies can not only lead to injury but also result in imbalances in symmetry and muscularity.”

Given that lean muscle growth involves muscles being fatigued and broken down before being rebuilt into stronger versions of themselves, recovery is obviously also important – namely sleep and nutrition.

“I recommend my clients always take a zinc and magnesium supplement pre bed to enhance sleep quality, as well as an omega 3 oil supplement to add to the body’s natural inflammation-fighting capabilities,” says Gowans.

“Soft tissue precipices such as stretching, foam rolling and self-trigger pointing are also essential to avoid cumulative muscle tightening and potential injury and should form part of any recovery regime.”

How to fuel your workouts

If you are finding it hard to tone and tighten, it may be because you are dieting too hard without the required protein levels. Current evidence suggests you need to be consuming 475 calories above what you are burning to gain muscle mass effectively according to accredited dietitian Paula Norris.

“If the body is in energy deficit then it is unlikely that the body will have the energy available required to lay down increased muscle mass,” she says.

Protein provides the building blocks of muscle tissue to aid both the creation of new lean muscle and to aid recovery of what is already there. Amino acids at its centre stimulate the enzymes involved in protein synthesis, meaning it is especially important post-workout.

“Within 30 minutes following a workout, a snack rich in carbohydrate and containing 15 grams of protein will reduce protein breakdown and provide the amino acids required for muscle synthesis,” says Norris.

“Whey protein has been shown to be more efficient in getting the required nutrients to the muscle as it moves through the gut faster than casein protein.”

But be warned, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Norris suggests sticking to between 1.2 to two grams of protein per kilogram of body weight – any more and you risk excess protein not used for energy being stored as fat.

Read the full article by Katelyn Swallow in the August edition of Women’s Health and Fitness Magazine.

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Tips To Get The Perfect Brows

Believe it or not, good eyebrows can totally change the way your face looks. It can make or break your entire makeup look, therefore, it is an important aspect to take care of when applying your makeup. It doesn’t matter whether you are born with beautiful brows or not. What matters is how well you groom them and how you apply your makeup to match your face type. Here are a few tips to get the perfect brows that will change the entire structure of your face.

Avoid Over Plucking

Do your brows a favor and stop plucking them! It cannot be stressed enough what a terrible mistake it is to over pluck the brows. Thin eyebrows can totally change the dimensions of your face and make you look completely different and possibly less attractive too. Make sure you hire a professional beautician to pluck your brows the right way instead of doing it yourself at home. Moreover, ensure that you try to go to the same person every time as different beauticians use different techniques to pluck eyebrows. So go to the same person each time if you wish to avoid being disappointed when hiring someone new.

Opt For Cosmetic Surgery

Long gone are the days when women who had terrible eyebrows were stuck with it for the rest of their lives while using brow pencils as an escape from their ugly brows. Nowadays, there are several cosmetic procedures that can provide long-term solutions to get thick, beautifully shaped eyebrows. There are several options such as eyebrow tattoos, micro blading and various techniques depending on your budget and requirements.  Search online for various options and the salons that are in your vicinity. For example, if you type “learn more about feather touch brows Brisbane”, you will find a number of places that offer this service in that area.

Invest In Good Brow Products

If long-term solutions such as cosmetic procedures are out of your budget or if you happen to be afraid to try such procedures that have long-lasting effects that are possibly irreversible, then you can use makeup products as an alternative. There are numerous makeup brands that have been launching excellent products to help achieve beautiful eyebrows. These brow products are categorized based on the budget and purpose so that each person dealing with a brow dilemma can choose a specific product based on their requirements. Keep in mind that these products are meant to help you not to do the entire job for you. Therefore, you have to master the art to create the right brow shape using these products and ensure that you choose the right color in order to avoid looking weird and too artificial.

Gorgeous eyebrows are always in trend regardless of the makeup trends that are going around. If you have been gifted with beautiful natural eyebrows then consider yourself lucky. However, if you haven’t got the eyebrows that you’ve always wished for, don’t stress, because there are several eyebrow products, growth serums and cosmetic procedures that can sort out this issue.

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The Art of Losing Weight

So it’s probably that time of the year where you feel that you have put on a few pounds, maybe some of your family friends keep nagging you about your weight, you get onto the scale and you see that you have put on a few pounds and now you have decided to go on a diet and lose weight. If this seems to be your life story, keep reading below to learn the 5 steps on how to lose weight properly and avoid putting on the weight again.

1. Take It Slow With Your Eating Habits

For this, it is highly recommended to go to an expert, who will teach you about different types of foods and how they react to your body needs. For instance quite often you would see that people tend to make drastic changes in their regular meals so much where they end up only following the meal plan for a short-term and then relapse on the only binge eat .That’s why by just cutting out small foods slowly will prevent that. For example maybe trade in your chocolate snack for an apple, this is something a weight loss dietician might tell you to do.

2.  Start Exercising but Don’t Overdo It

You need to start hitting the gym to speed up your weight loss process. However, make sure you start slow in order to avoid any kind of injury. If you go to an expert like weight loss dietitian he or she might guide on what kind of workouts you should be doing in order to lose weight. The best thing to do would be to start off light with a proper weight lifting and cardio routine and as you lose weight and continue to get stronger only then you should increase the intensity

3.  Water, Water And More Water

Around 70-80 percent of our body is made up of water and it’s very important to be hydrated, especially with the above routine plan that you are planning to start. Not only does it improve your skin and prevents you from getting pimples but it will keep you active through the day. Furthermore, most of the time you get hungry because you are dehydrated that make you keep on snacking which once again adds to your weight.  So drinking water will stop you from munching on those unhealthy snacks.

4. Watch the Mirror Not the Scale

Most of the people tend to gauge their progress by the numbers that they see on the scale. This is not a very good assessment as your body weight tends to fluctuate a lot when you lose weight. Also there might be days where you might hold more water weight in which case your scale might not show accurate reading and that will make you feel distressed so if people start commenting on your weight loss you would know that your diet is working!

5. Cheat and Have Fun As Well

Yes, this is important to binge on your diet occasionally. Always either pick a day in the week where you would just eat what you feel like and enjoy it. You might think that it might hinder your journey to lose weight but in fact it potentiates. The excess calories will help to boost your metabolism which will prevent you from reaching a plateau.

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The Most Iconic Wedding Dresses Ever Worn

Over the years there have been some pretty memorable wedding dresses that have captured the interest of many people for many years and even decades even after they were worn. The most iconic dresses in history have come in every shape, size, trim, fabric and style, which have created pretty iconic moments in wedding dress history. So let us take a look at just a few of the gowns that sparked just enough passion from audiences around to world, so that they would mimic the style, cut and design of the dresses they loved for years to come:


Diana, Princess Of Wales

The late Princess Diana’s ball-gown wedding dress with its dramatic 25-foot-long train will remain one of the most talked about dresses in history. Her wedding (at the time) seemed like a much-needed fairy tale that just captured the whole world’s attention. And also led to a whole decade of dresses that were made in the same style as Diana’s dress. The iconic ivory silk taffeta gown with its puffy sleeves that swept the 80’s off its feet was made by designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel. Although the dress may long since be out of style you can still find contemporary replicas of it at various places.


Actress, Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly when she married the man that made her the princess of Monaco wore a truly gorgeous dress. She captured a sense of elegance in her wedding dress that has arguably remained unmatched to this day. This beautiful and timelessly elegant gown was designed by a woman named Helen Rose who was at the time an MGM costume maker. Grace Kelly’s satin and lace dress with seed pearl accents, antique rose point lace, fitted long sleeves and embroidered veil are now one of the most iconic wedding outfits in history. If you are ever interested in getting a similar style gown just check out what is on offer at the Sydney Bridal Fashion Hub.


Duchess, Kate Middleton

The dress worn by the now Duchess of Cambridge when she wed Diana’s son, Prince William, was certainly one of the most highly anticipated wedding dresses ever. It was designed by Alexander McQueen and has since inspired many copies. The gorgeous satin, lace and organza dress was pulled in at the waist with a long flowy skirt that moved gently when the breeze hit it. The dress was kept carefully hidden until it was unveiled at the actual wedding ceremony. It was minimalist yet glamourous. Although the Duchesses dress may since have been upstaged by her newlywed sister-in-law, actress Meghan Markel, it was still a gown to remember. And it shall go down as one of the most iconic wedding gowns ever worn.

Most often than not these brides were always A-list Hollywood celebrities or royalty (or both), that is how their gowns gained so much popularity across the globe. And although these may not all be the prettiest, they were still without a shred of doubt the most iconic.

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