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Working in Clark County: Lisa Bagley: owner, Sincerely the Bride
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Any given day at Sincerely the Bride, a sparkling boutique in downtown Vancouver, Lisa Bagley and her five bridal consultants field phone calls from future brides, schedule appointments for fittings, help select accessories, process stock, manage accounts and vendors, and simultaneously make preparations for an upcoming bridal show. It’s a bustling shop where Bagley and company take pride in helping brides experience that special “I found the gown” moment.


“A bride can find a dress within any store,” said Bagley, “but it’s the whole experience that makes the difference — professionalism, one-on-one intimacy with her friends and family, and taking the time to listen to what they want. We are now starting our fourth year in business and couldn’t be more proud and humble. It’s been a monumental amount of work and stress but is certainly worth it.”

Education/professional background: Growing up in the small town of Clatskanie, Ore., my interests were always art and horses. I have always been creative and my parents supported my talents in every way they could, including private art classes as a teenager and buying my first horse at age 8. My love for horses kept me busy in 4-H where I learned how to be a leader, public speaker and responsibility, earning many awards, including a national title. I graduated from high school with both a 4-H and art scholarship. I graduated from The Art Institute of Seattle with a degree in visual communications and graphic design. I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit so I started my first design business in Longview in the mid-1990s while also raising my two children. In the span of 15 years, I worked in the graphic design/marketing field and ran a horse-training facility, learning all aspects of business.

How and when you got started in your business: In 2008, when the economy suffered, I was laid off and decided it was time for a change. I wanted to utilize my creativity in another way so I started an event/wedding planning business which I called Birds Of A Feather Events, which I ran for several years.

I soon realized that it wasn’t going to sustain full-time work. Not everyone could afford to have a wedding planner, but I loved working in the wedding industry. So I figured it was time to go back to college to gain another skill set that would complement what I already had. I chose fashion design with a focus on bridal. Having been involved in fashion and runway fashion designers— my daughter was in modeling— it all paired really well with my love of wedding planning.

However, so much of what I was being taught, I already knew from my other design degree and business experience. Many of my instructors suggested that unless I wanted to be the one actually sewing the dresses, to just go out and start a business. It was 2013 and my daughter was working at a local fashion boutique, so between the two of us, the idea of opening a bridal shop began. With the help of both my parents and a small business adviser from Washington State University, we decided what our bridal shop was going to offer and how we were going to stand out: The experience and amazing customer service.

We are now starting our fourth year in business and couldn’t be more proud and humble. It’s been a monumental amount of work and stress but it is certainly worth it. I have an amazing team dedicated to providing the experience every bride wants and we have hundreds of five-star reviews. Brides travel from all over including Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, Alaska, and more to experience our bridal boutique.

Personal/business philosophy: My parents have taught me that hard work pays off and family always comes first. We don’t live to work, we work to live. So I try to be a great leader for my team and give them the tools that they need to do their job so that they can live outside of work too.

Most rewarding part of job: There are so many, but the No. 1 is definitely seeing the bride and her family and friends crying in happy tears when they experience that special “I found the gown” moment. I love it when the bride’s mom hugs me, thanking me for giving her and her daughter the experience they deserve.

Most challenging part of job: Balancing work and home. Starting a new business is so demanding. I eat, sleep and think about my business all the time so it’s hard to shut my brain off.

Something surprising about your work: Most people don’t know that the wedding gown process can take up to a year so brides need to shop as soon as they can. It literally takes at least four to six months for the manufacturer to make the dress, unless it is in stock. If the bride waits too long, it may force her to buy “off the rack” which limits her choices. Then she needs to plan for two or three months for alterations.

Best feature of my Clark County community: The people. Clark County offers some amazing bridal vendors. We work as a team to provide the most beautiful and special weddings in the area.

About being downtown: I love it! Initially, when we decided on a boutique atmosphere, I knew I didn’t want to be in a big box or a strip mall. We looked for a special spot. I saw an advertisement for this space, so at 10 p.m. at night I peeked through the windows and it was absolutely what we wanted — beautiful hardwood floors and big front windows.

What would make your community a better place: Helping to solve the homeless situation. So many families and individuals are suffering on the streets. We need to provide better services to help solve the problem.

Your favorite travel destination and type: I love traveling to Los Angeles with my daughter. It’s nice to enjoy the sun and we shop for special accessories for the store. It’s like a treasure hunt for the special pieces you wouldn’t find elsewhere. We try to always go somewhere new but also have our little rituals, like eating out at Bottega Louie at the end of the trip.

Favorite restaurant/pub/coffee shop/store: Beaches. I admit I always eat the same thing; the crab and artichoke melt is my favorite.

Hobbies: Being a grandma to my new grandbaby. I still love horses. I am in the search for my next show horse. I have three dogs (two Chihuahuas and a German shepherd) so they keep me busy trying to get them to the dog park as much as possible.

Most enjoyable book/play/movie/arts event in the past 12 months: I’m a total sucker for love stories and a hopeless romantic so anything by Nicholas Sparks. I own all his books and movies that were made from his novels.

Something you’d like to do this year/within five years: Take a really good tropical vacation this year and every year thereafter. I also want to start traveling more overseas and seeing more of the world.

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Honey G And Chic Cow Girls: This Is Your Daily London Fashion Week Report
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London Fashion Week is in full swing, here's your cheat sheet for all the latest trends, shows and celebrity sightings...


Showing in Kensington Olympia, Donatella Versace turned her show into an East London-esque rave. The music was pumping, the likes of Rocco Richie and Jourdan Dunn were gathered and, given the brand's links to Zayn Malik, it was no surprise to see Gigi Hadid open the show and her sister, Bella, close it. The Versus girl uniform? Unapologetic attire with the Versus label appearing across the necks of racy evening grey prom dresses, puffed up puffa jackets and industrial block-heeled sandals.

Emila Wickstead's New Dress Code

The designer, well known for her eveningwear, drove her dresses into a slightly different lane by introducing denim. It might not sound ground breaking to you, but for Wickstead, who's signature is modern twists on bygone eveningwear, showing high-waisted dreamy denim was a change of pace. But it was the bright red backless jumpsuit that had our sirens ringing. Divine, as per.

J.W. Anderson's Ace Accessories

What J.W. Anderson doesn't know about creating a coveted accessory just isn't worth knowing. The designer's accessories have become money-makers for his own brand and Loewe, under his creative direction. This time the trademark shapes had added frivolity by way of fringing and ribbons. Our advice? Get on the waiting list right now.

Gareth Pugh Diversified

In an underground bunker set, Pugh showed a selection of billowing black bin bag capes, officer hats and razor sharp-shouldered jackets for superhero power dressing at its most menacing. 'Build that wall' chanting made for an alarming soundtrack and was sliced between Queen, Nirvana and Madonna. All that, plus diverse casting, got us thinking about the bigger picture.

Henry Holland Went Political

Nothing is more on trend now than making a political statement. But, given Henry Holland's penchant for signature slogan tees, you would have expected a more direct statement from the quiff master's show. Instead, he took the high road all the way to mid-west America for, as he put it backstage, "a love letter to America." Stripped shirt dresses with added fringing, bright and beautiful shearing coats and checked mini skirts were topped off with cowboy hats.

Eudon Choi Introduced Hungover Chic

It's hungover/still drunk styling at its best. Take one jumper, put your arm correctly in one armhole and throw the other one over your shoulder in a zero f**ks given fashion. That wasn't the only twist on a style staple at Eudon Choi, the Korean designer rehashed the shirt - be it with gathered waists, off-centre buttons or asymmetric neck ties. The designer also introduced bags that double up as jewellery, with clutches accessoried with attached bracelets. It's safe to say Eudon Choi is like a fine wine, his work is getting even better with age.

When You Say Honey, Ashley Williams Says G!

Ashley Williams loves a bit of pop culture and you'd be forgiven for thinking that her tracksuit ensembles, accessorised with futuristic sunglasses, could have been inspired by the greatest rapper to come out of "North Weezy."

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Curbing the trend of rising bride price
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Bride price, which refers to the money the groom or his family gives to the parents of the bride before marriage, is an age-old tradition in China, especially in rural areas. With the rapid growth of the Chinese economy in recent years, bride prices in some rural areas have reached absurdly high levels and thus increased the economic burden of grooms and their families.

Media reports say that to curb this unhealthy trend, some local authorities, such as those in Liangshan prefecture of Southwest China's Sichuan province and Taiqian county of Central China's Henan province, have set 60,000 yuan ($8,736) as the limit for bride price, sparking heated public discussions.

Some people have welcomed the move, claiming it could effectively curb the rising bride price. But others say the administration should not intervene in such matters as they concern people's private affairs.


Since the Legislation Law says only governments of provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities can pass enforceable rules, the bride price limit set by county-level governments can only be considered a local policy which the administration cannot impose on the local people. The Legislation Law also stipulates that local governments should not issue rules that undermine the rights or increase the obligations of citizens, legal persons or organizations.

This means county-level authorities are actually exceeding their authority and undermining people's interests by issuing rules such as suspending the government subsidies for the people who violate the bride price limit. Such rules are contradictory to legal compulsory regulations.

The reason the Liangshan prefecture government in Sichuan issued such a rule is that the trend of continuously rising bride prices not only distorts tradition but also increases poverty. For example, it increases the economic burden of families, especially in rural areas, and creates new social problems.

When family matters become serious social problems that involve public interest, administrative intervention becomes reasonable. The authorities, however, should take measures to prevent any abuse of power by officials in the process.

It is reasonable to require the members of the Communist Party of China to abide by laws and rules, especially if the rules are in accordance with the Party's regulation prohibiting Party members from making money by using weddings or funerals as a ploy.

In this sense, the accountability measure issued by Liangshan prefecture government and local Party discipline authority strengthens supervision on local civil servants and increases the punishments for violators, which is a laudatory move that should be emulated by other regions. For ordinary people, however, the rule is persuasive, rather than a mandatory, by nature.

By curbing the trend of continuously rising bride prices and extravagant weddings in rural areas, the government can, in fact, better promote self-governance among villagers. For instance, the 60,000 yuan bride price limit fixed by the local authorities could prompt villagers to organize informal wedding and funeral councils to check the trend of increasing bride price by setting a limit of their own. Besides, such councils can make efforts to supervise villagers and admonish those that violate the fixed limit.

The government can also play an important role in helping change ordinary people's mindset by, say, giving awards to brides and families that do not take a bride price and promoting good examples through the mass media. Such awards, which usually come with social recognition, by local governments or women's organizations can inspire local residents to not take any bride price or settle for a relatively reasonable amount, which will gradually help create a healthy social climate.

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