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Island Wedding Trends 2017

Pina colada in hand, coconut grove overhead; the island life isn’t half bad. And when it comes to the perfect wedding location? You can bet your bottom dollar that a dreamy island setup tops the list. If you’re lucky enough to have been invited to a far flung tropical location, you’re going to want to make the most of it.  Sun soaked for days and not a cloud in sight (fingers crossed), the beach is the arguably the best of the bridal options out there.

With all of that weather to deal with, though, just what can you do? Sure, you want to soak in all the sun but when you’re stuck out in the midday heat, you might begin to regret that floral cape and heavy flower crown.  Fear not; fashion is here. Island accessorizing is seriously hotting up its game and this year, it’s practically impossible to get it wrong. Ready to hit the beach? Your island is waiting!

 

Bring a little bling

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Who said that too much is too much? When it comes to island bling, it pays to pile it high. Want to show off your tropical glow? Do it in gold. Accessorizing your look with a pair of vintage-inspired hoops is a simple yet effective way to get your style on point. Put these beauties on, tousle your hair a little and watch as the wedding guests flock to you. There’s a lot to be said about a little sparkle!

 

Windswept waves

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Let’s face it; there’s no such thing as tamed tresses in the tropics. Letting your hair run wild can be the best way to embrace the island life, so don’t be afraid to really go for it with the texture. Your windswept waves will set you head and shoulders above the rest. And when it comes to the wedding photography? Nothing stands out from the crowd like a great head of hair.

 

Go in for the gold

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We’re not saying that gold is the only way to go, but when you want to show off your tan, is there really any other choice? Chances are that you’re going sleeveless for your island jaunt and if that’s the case, you’re going to want to layer on those accessories. Building your bangles is the perfect way to accessorize your look without going overboard. Not sure where to start? This delicate bracelet will put you off to a flying start and for the rest, the sky’s the limit!

 

Pared back and pretty

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If you’re heading to an island wedding any time soon, you need to start thinking about the whole sand situation. We love a heel as much as the next girl, but when you’re dealing with beach life, there’s no telling what might happen. This year, it’s all about the flat. While the thought of sporting a flat to your next wedding might seem all wrong, the laid-back style is totally in keeping with island life. Opt for a pretty, accessorized version and you won’t even notice the difference. Outfit: Sorted.

 

Braid it back

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With all of that tropical weather to deal with, there’s no telling what your hair situation will be like once the ceremony is over. It’s best not to risk a hair disaster. Opting for a messy braid will keep you well in track with this year’s island trends while protecting your tresses from any sudden weather events. These undone plaits are the ultimate in island chic, giving you an updo that’s about as laid back as a pina colada on the beach.

 

Island life is all about kicking back and letting yourself go natural, but there’s nothing wrong with helping mother nature on her way. Boost your look, keep it basic and let yourself glow. What else is a tropical destination for, after all?

The Bling and The Bling-less

Taking a look at the Good and Ugly World of Celebrity Engagement Rings.

 

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Just because they spend the dollars, doesn’t mean that it’s on point. The engagement ring game is a competitive one in Hollywood as the gentlemen all want to out-bling their Hollywood counterparts.  We look at the best and worst rings sported on the most glamorous A list ladies in the biz.

 

Thumbs up: Simplicity works

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Keep it simple, right? Not in Hollywood, but in the case of Julia Stiles, we stand corrected. This is why the simplicity of Julia Stiles’ ring makes it a big thumbs-up. The “Ten Things I Hate About You” starlet, hasn’t been able to take her eyes off of her cameraman beau, Preston Cook. The two announced their engagement early in 2016; Cook proposed on Christmas Eve and presented Stiles with a stunning and modest sign of his love.

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The couple went sweet and simple with a diamond on a rose gold band with a bezel setting. Elegant. No fuss. And what’s really important, is that Stiles loved it. “Best Christmas Ever” she captioned the shot of the ring on her Instagram.

 

Thumbs up: Perfection is possible

Rosie Huntington-Whitley

Who can say no to Jason Statham, the smooth-talking action movie star? He sealed the deal with his long-time girlfriend, Rosie Huntington-Whitley, former Victoria Secret Model this past summer 2016.

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The ring features a round, early 20th century flawless diamond. It’s classic and elegant and the stone is out of a fairy tale. According to PEOPLE, Jason wanted something perfect and flawless and he kept coming back to this one. He knew it was the one.

 

Thumbs up: Big, bold and beautiful

Ciara Wilson

This songstress flaunted her show-stopping rock after her beau, Russell Wilson proposed during a romantic tropical vacation. "She said Yes!!! Since Day 1 knew you were the one. No Greater feeling… #TrueLove," Wilson, 27, wrote on his Instagram video.  

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The ring is a vision of beauty, featuring a 16-carat diamond and surrounding stones. In Ciara’s case, bigger is better.

 

Fail: Bad romance… and ring

Lady Gaga

They might be a girl’s best friend, but even diamonds can overstay their welcome. Just like those creepy Instagrammers who keep liking your photos, some forms of flattery just need to go! Gaga’s heart shaped diamond is one of those must-ditch things. It has cheese written all over it, reminding us of those embarrassing days of kiddy makeup kits and jelly sandals… basically, this ring falls under the category of things better left in the past. 

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On the flip side, Gaga got rid of the ring and the guy. She since split from Taylor Kinney and is now rumored to be dating Goodfella, Ray Liotta.

 

Fail: The little rock in the sea

Alyson Hannigan

In the real world, this ring’s not too shabby, but according to Hollywood standards, Alyson’s ring is teeny weeny. The two neighboring diamonds along the band compete in size with the main rock, making it a small tale to tell.

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It’s a story that says the couple’s romance and their obvious devotion to each other is much more important to them than some sparkly jewelry, clearly. And while that’s wonderfully adorable, it makes us press the snooze button on our buzzfeed of coolest celebrity couples.

 

100 Carat Flawless Emerald Cut Diamond Sold in New York

A 100 Carat Flawless Emerald Cut Diamond was sold by Sotheby's on Tuesday for a mere $22 million dollars.  Would you wear this diamond ring?

 

 

Love this diamond? Bring home its little brother!