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Fancy Nails and Engagement Ring Combos from Instagram

So you’ve just updated your Facebook status to “engaged.” Awesome. And now it’s time to show off that sparkly bauble on your finger, right? But, wait! Is your betrothed hand Instagram-selfie ready?  Does your manicure carry enough punch to really rock that rock and leave all of your followers gasping in wonder (and envy)?


Fancy nails can sure be an eyeball magnet, drawing everyone’s attention to a woman’s fingers and whatever bling she’s got on them. Nail art has literally gone through the roof in the last few years with all kinds of designs, colors, and shapes. Pinterest is positively abuzz with all the possible combinations and variations of fancy nails. Here are a few examples of how these avant-garde manicures work best with your engagement bling.


A little goes a long way

What better hue to complement and enhance a diamond ring than glittery white? The metallic stripes on this quite classic manicure give the nails an extra oomph and jazz up the whole look. This nail design is especially stunning when you’re sporting a sparkling diamond-encrusted band-- can you say wowzers? Then all you need to worry about is choosing the perfect filter! #mrsfabulous!



Just a bit of accent will do the trick

For something easy and simple but still attention-grabbing, try a two-tone manicure, with the ring finger nail in accent paint.  This combo rocks with colored gems with halo settings.  Pick a nail color that complements the hue of your rock, but then set the ring a-gleam with glitter accent on the ring finger.  


For something a bit more edgy, dress up that nail with a caviar manicure – it’s super-hot today!  


A French mani with a fancy twist  

If you’re a bonafide French manicure aficionado, give it an eye-catching twist with silver tipping — it goes so well with a diamond and a white gold band.  A girly pinky hue on the nail is so right for a wedding, and the splash of silver showcases the ring to a T!



Give it dimension

For a slightly bigger splash, go for a 3D manicure!  Adorn your nails with a few glittery rhinestones, studs or pikes to complement a double halo sparkler.  


If you want to push the envelope a bit further, combine the 3-D design with stiletto nails and tip art.  But to make it all work together, match the gem color with the hue of the nail art, and don’t go crazy on the rhinestone studs!



Go big or go home!

If you’re brash, bold chick and your ring is the size of Ohio, go all out like Nicki Minaj. Her nails are uber fancy!  Still, because her ring is humongous, they don’t overshadow it too much.  Nicki has thrown everything at her nails, including the kitchen sink: stiletto shape, 3D, different color for each nail, and tip design.  They don’t call her diva for nothing!



You have so many options to beautify your nails!  From funky designs and glittery embellishments to unusual shapes that under certain circumstances, could render your fingers lethal weapons!  But when it comes to choosing a fancy manicure to set off your engagement ring, keep in mind the scale, glare and impact of the design. Your nails should highlight your love sparkler, not compete with it.  Too much razzmatazz on your fingers and your gorgeous ready-to-be-shown-off engagement ring runs the risk of becoming a “Where’s Waldo?” story!

Wedding Inspiration: Vintage Bridal Accessories

After you’ve picked a vintage inspired ring by Gottlieb & Sons, keep the theme going for all your bridal accessories. You’ll probably agree that when it comes to playing up that vintage feel in your wedding ensemble; accessories may just be more useful than – dare I say it – the gown.  Really! Unless you’re thoroughly versed in the fashion of each decade before the turn of the 20th century, it’s actually sometimes pretty hard to tell the difference between a contemporary bridal gown and one that’s specifically from, let’s say, the Art Deco era



It’s largely the accessories that tell the story. And you’re in luck – there is a plethora of bridal accessories on the market that rock the vintage look.  Here are just a few gems that could have easily adorned the wedding ensemble of your favorite Jane Austen character or Downton Abbey’s Lady Mary, or Gatsby’s object of passion, Daisy.



Veil it vintage

Ahh, the romance and passion of Jane Austen’s world!  What woman would not like to be part of that era— at least for a few hours of perfect manners and Georgian society, before making a hasty retreat to her own 21st century thriving career and bustling life? This flowy, ethereal veil could have easily been draped over Austen’s Emma as she glided gracefully down the aisle to wed her beloved Knightley.  



Crown me royal

No ties to royalty?  No problem.   Even if your blood is not even close to a blue hue, your wedding is a perfect occasion for you to don a crown or a tiara in public —without any snickers and curious looks.  Be a princess or an aristocratic lady (hello, Lady Mary) from years gone by at your nuptials with these most royal of marquees.  



Head for the headband

Want to evoke the Flapper/Gatsby era with your bridal outfit?  Try a feathered or lace headband that will plant you squarely in the 1920s.   


But, if it’s that classic old Hollywood glamour that sets your heart a-patter, a jeweled band will make you look like one of those icon goddesses from the golden era of motion pictures.



Twist in a vine or a comb

For a look that whispers rather than shouts “vintage,” hair vines and combs are the way to go.  Slide a comb atop a bridal up-do or twist a flowery hair vine into a braided bun— it’s an understated yet elegant touch that delivers a vintage vibe without stealing the limelight from your gown.


Fascinate with a fascinator

But to really rock that vintage look, go for a fascinator.  It’s dramatic and bold and sexy.  There is probably not a single film from the 1930s in which the female star did not wear a fascinator.  And with this accessory, you’re not evoking just the 1930s — fascinators in one shape or another have been worn for centuries, so they are quintessentially vintage.


So, which era speaks to you?  Whichever it is, you’ve got plenty of choices in accessories to embody it as you sashay down the aisle.  But, remember, when the clock strikes 12 Midnight, you’ll have to put away these gorgeous time travel pieces, and return – gladly or regretfully — to the 21st century!

Top 6 Engagement Ring Trends of 2016

So you think he’s going to pop that question?  How exciting!  Is it too soon to start dreaming of that round, sparkly bauble that will come out of his pocket as he asks it?  Maybe, but let’s do it anyways.  And as you let your fancy roam free, keep in mind these 6 top trends for that symbol of love and commitment.


Trend #1:  Not your cookie-cut diamond cuts

Although round and princess style diamonds are still adorning many a betrothed hand, oval and marquise shapes are making a strong comeback. These lovely designs are also in the traditional and classic mode, but with a twist that makes the ring stand out from that madding crowd of solitaire princesses. And the extra bonus?  These gem shapes make a woman’s fingers look slimmer and longer.  Your hand will positively ooze slender gracefulness!



Trend #2:  Color me dazzling!

Colored stones have definitely been on trend.  Maybe it was Kate Middleton, Penelope Cruz and Carey Mulligan who started it with their blue sapphire engagement stunners. Maybe it was Kelly Clarkson’s choice of yellow for her diamond.  Or maybe our favorite fashionista Sarah Jessica Parker/Carrie Bradshaw’s black diamond engagement ring opened the door wide to other options, color-wise. Who knows?  The fact is that these days colored stones are being chosen by brides-to-be en masse!


Trend #3:  One halo, two halos… 

A big diamond surrounded by a circle of diamonds?  Count me in!  This iconic setting is back in demand.  Exuding luxe elegance, no wonder it’s back in style.  Want to take this design to the next level?  Go for two halos—double the pleasure, double the fun. Perfect for giving you that blingy diva look with a dash of spoiled princess.


Trend #4:  Getting vintage-inspired

So maybe your man’s great-grandmother did not leave him an heirloom ring he can now proudly offer to you on his knee.  But, you can still get that vintage feel with a brand new ring styled with the aesthetics of the Victorian or art deco era.  Harken back to those romantic times with a design that’s rich in intricate detail.  It’s so true what they say—what’s old is new again.


Trend #5:  Coming up roses

Just one quick look at Pinterest will tell you that the rose gold engagement ring is the cat’s meow for today’s brides-to-be. It’s is a perfect blend of vintage and modern.  This combination of gold and copper first became popular in the early 19th century, but went off the grid for a few decades.  


Some have called out reality show and fashionista Lauren Conrad for re-introducing this pink-hued precious metal to modern styles.  And there just might be an ulterior motive for choosing rose gold. That feminine rosy shade works wonders to enhance a woman’s skin tone.


Trend #6:  Make it personal!

But among all these fabulous trends in engagement rings, the one that is probably the coolest is personalization.  It’s so about women being confident in their sense of style.  Anything goes, ladies, the sky is the limit!  Get creative— make the ring a reflection of your taste, and grab that chance to say to the world what you want to say about you and your guy with a ring that’s truly your own.



These are exciting trends; don’t you think?  Good time to be a bride-to-be—especially if you’re into the out-of-the-box kind of thinking.  No need to follow just that simple solitaire diamond engagement ring mode.  There are many options out there to make your getting-hitched sparkler a one-of-a-kind dazzler. Now, the only snag is…has he popped that question yet?

Miranda Kerr's Second Diamond: The New Vs. Old

Here’s the dilemma.  Choosing between two stunning diamond rings is like being torn between two lovers.  Which one should we pick as the better one?  Ring #1 given by actor Orlando Bloom to Miranda Kerr in 2010, or ring #2 Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel recently slid on her finger? Both are quite stunning!  Still, on closer inspection, we believe that the caption “new and improved” belongs on the snap of the Spiegel ring. And here’s why.

The Bloom Ring

What We Love

Well, for starters, this ring is 4 carats of round diamonds! That kind of wattage gives off brilliance and dazzle to blind.  The floral design is also pretty and feminine.  This may be reaching, but was this arrangement intended as a special reference?  You know…bloom…flower.  We choose to think it was, and for that special meaning, we give it a couple of extra marks.  

Kerr 1

What We Don’t Love

The tab for this showy bauble was almost half a million dollars!  Now, the price tag is probably in line with a rock of this size, but that kind of exorbitance does not quite square with the Buddhist philosophy both Miranda and Orlando espoused at the time.  And it’s so stereotypically Hollywood!  Is this to judgy?  Maybe.  But that’s our job.


A bigger bee in our bonnet, however, is that the ring has a definite vintage feel. Nothing against a vintage-inspired design, but Miranda is so young and fresh, and known for being a super fashionista!  The flowery arrangement set in a gold band harkens back to the Victorian era and does not really reflect who she is.  


The Spiegel Ring

What We Love

Actually, pretty much everything.  The round center stone with tapered diamond baguettes set in a white gold design is sleek and modern.  And it so makes sense! The bride-to-be is very much a today’s girl, and the expectant groom is a co-founder of one of our most cutting-edge social media platforms.  This ring is definitely an apt reflection of who they are.


And extra credit is due for the restraint in the dollar outlay for this bauble.  Being a mogul, Spiegel could have matched or surpassed the Kim Kardashian engagement boulder price tag by far.  But by all accounts, he didn’t even bother coming close.  The center diamond is 2.5 carats and is just the right size with the reported cost being $75,000.  Granted, this price sticker is at least one digit too many for most common folks, but not for the CEO of Snapchat, right?  

 kerr 2


What We Don’t Love

Sorry, there is nothing we don’t love about the Spiegel ring.  Well, actually, maybe one thing.  The fact that it’s not been slipped on one of our fingers!  



Are we right about our choice?  We think so!  And perhaps the fact that the Bloom-Kerr marriage lasted only three years proves us right?  It’s possible that maybe—just maybe—this mismatch between the engagement ring and her personal style was a sign of things to come in the Bloom-Kerr relationship.  We’re just speculating, of course!  But assuming there’s some truth to that, we’re betting that the Spiegel-Kerr union will turn out to be much more lasting.

Chunky Wedding Rings: Is Bigger Better?

The short —but rather inconclusive— answer to this is question is:  not necessarily.  You want the symbol of your love and commitment to have some oomph and presence on your finger, right?  But if you’re dreaming of a celebrity-sized diamond rock – it just may be best to re-think that!


Ring trends from the La La land—should we follow?

If you’re a celebrity Instagram follower, you’ve probably been gob-smacked eyeing the diamonds on recently betrothed Hollywood stars.   Not too long ago, the winner of this battle of celebrity engagement bling was Kim Kardashian.  Her 15-carat-$8 million was a stunner. But then came Mariah Carey who trumped her with her 35-carat-$10 million engagement rock.  (Mariah was likely relieved that it was an anonymous buyer who spent $22 million at Sotheby’s New York sale last April for a 100-carat flawless diamond boulder. At least among Hollywood brides-to-be, she still reigns supreme, diamond-size-wise.)


But stars, divas and high-profile celebrities need to shine in the limelight all the time, and huge, expensive diamond rings stir that media frenzy that feeds their brands and careers. So, unless you have a similar status and needs, let Mariah hold the winning title (at least for now) in that battle of celebrity engagement bling!


Why bigger is not always better…


For all it’s worth, jewelers agree that the “wow” effect of a diamond ring has very little to do with its size. What’s more important is a diamond’s color, clarity and design.  So there you are.


And just think about it.  That huge rock on your hand will snag your cashmere sweater.  It will get entangled in your other bling.  It will make running your hands through your man’s hair a painful rather than a romantic experience.  And it will probably cause snickers and whispers at the office.  Although your friends and co-workers will  “ooo” and “ahh” while ogling your chunky ring in front of you, it might be a different story behind your back.  The words “pretentious” and “ostentatious” might be bandied about.


Still, not all good things come in small packages…


Yes, of course, it’s a no brainer that it’s not the size of the engagement ring, it’s the love you have for one another that matters.  But, let’s face it — aesthetically speaking— a .25 carat diamond in a solitaire setting tends to look like a lonely pinhead on your finger.  


So, if affordability is a factor (and there is absolutely no shame in that), don’t obsess with having a diamond engagement ring.  Go for other more wallet-friendly gemstones.  An opal or a sapphire in a beautiful setting will deliver just as much of a wow factor as a diamond ring.  



Listen (or not) to what an engagement ring study says…

And the survey says:  a big, expensive engagement ring just might lead to your worst nightmare.


A 2014 study from Emory University drew a correlation between the price (generally dictated by the size) of the engagement ring and the probability of divorce.  The study found that the higher the price, the more likely the couple divorced.  Still, the study also found that men who cheaped out on a ring (spent less than $500), also had high divorce rates.


So, it looks like science is saying that somewhere in the middle between the very big and the very small is the sweet spot for the engagement ring size.  You can take heed…or not.


If diamonds have been your BFF, and your man can afford a bigger ring, go for it!  You have to love your engagement ring.  To each her own.


But a bigger engagement ring does not necessarily mean it is better.  It does not mean your love and commitment is deeper.  If you’re not into showstopper bling and the price point is a consideration, go smaller — without any misgivings.  


Michele Obama’s engagement ring was a modest 1-carat diamond and she and her hubby are still going as strong as ever after more than 20 years!  


Best Beach Wedding Hairstyles from Pinterest

Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I want to take ya…Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama…


The Beach Boys had it so right!  Who does not love a sandy-sunny beach with that vast expanse of shimmering, blue water?  As a wedding venue it truly is romance personified.  But this nuptials setting does come with some concerns.  Elemental ones, mainly:  the possibility of wind, sandy gusts, and Poseidon forbid—high waves!


A bride’s hairstyle for the beach must of course be fashion forward, but it should also anticipate possible Mother Nature temper tantrums.  No point in having intricate, tight curls pinned up high bouffant style – that balmy, breezy air has a tendency to play havoc with any over-contrived hair do.  Plus, one strong wind wallop, and that carefully arranged coiffure shifts into an awkward configuration!  Ooops!  Cancel the photo ops!  


So what’s a fashion-conscious beach bride to do?  


Twisting and Braiding Against The Wind


Well, she can consult Pinterest about the latest bridal hair designs for a start.  And Pinterest says: it’s all about braids, twists, half up-dos and buns this year.  And that’s just fab, because these styles are so beach-appropriate—soft, and natural. And the best thing of all? The braiding acts a perfect shield for your tresses against any wind surprises.  Bring it on, Zephyrus! Huff and puff away!


If your locks are on the shorter side, not to worry. A good stylist savvy about extensions, can do wonders with any hair lengths and types to create all kinds of braided marvels.


And the variations and permutations are endless:  from the standard three-strand style to the nostalgic milkmaid or retro fishtail to the more sophisticated French or Dutch braiding.

Pair it with a low bun to get that more polished sheen, a half up do for a more relaxed vibe, or a half-down for that young bride feel.  Whatever mix-and-match you choose, the braided-bride look will rock on the beach.


And if you’re a Game of Thrones-obsessed (and who isn’t?), this option has an added attraction.  Is there a maiden in that iconic show that does not have a woven and twisted mane? Not likely.  So, live out your own little Thrones fantasy at your dream beach wedding, at least hair-wise!


Loosen It Up

What’s the beach all about? The sun and kicking back.  And a looser hair style will make you appear more in tune with this setting.  Think your quintessential California girl.  That slightly messy, sexy, tousled type of up do is so on trend.  The wisps blowing in the breeze may make your first kiss as man and wife slightly shaggy, but so what?   Just laugh it off.  The style is so charming and custom-made for seaside nuptials


Ride The Waves

But for that hands-down beachy look, go for waves.  So in sync with the ocean!  Oh, and practical!  Have you ever tried to maintain straight, sleek hair with the mist spraying off the water and humidity?  Impossible.  But the wavy texture will stand up to the climate.  And with flowers or marine-themed trinkets woven into the wreath on top of your wavy locks flowing and shimmering in the sun, you’ll look like a beach goddess or a mermaid (sans the tail, of course).  How divine!



Absolutely—a seashore wedding can be super romantic and so boho.  But, the wind, humidity, sandy gusts, and rain, are the stuff of many nuptials-on-the-beach nightmare stories. So prepare your tresses for any tough punches Mother Nature may throw.  And with the help of these Pinterest ideas, do it without giving up your fashion flair.   


One more word to the wise, though: skip the veil. Chasing it down the shore in the middle of “I dos”, or having it fetched back to the bridal party by a man wearing only tight speedos, is probably a memory you can do without!

7 Most Glamorous Designer Bridal Heels of 2016

Are you about to take that heart-pounding walk down the aisle?  Are you ready to be watched intently by all your friends and family as you take your steps to join your one to say “I do”?   Start with the right heels. Turn your big moment into a bridal catwalk down the runway like a diva. Here are some of the most glamorous designer bridal heels of 2016 that we hope will be inspirational for you!



How much more dazzling could you get than wearing Cinderella shoes to your dream wedding?  The “Cinderella Slipper” is a remake of the iconic glass slipper worn by Cinderella – you know, the girl who lives out her epic rags to riches tale and weds her Prince Charming, living happily ever after.  How fitting!  


And get this, the shoe has 7,000 Swarovski crystals of various sizes, and 46 embroidered stones.  Nobody can deny such glitz and romance!  Cinderella would definitely approve!




Sparkle like a diamond, and flash that envy-inspiring red sole!  

This Christian Louboutin open-toe pump is not called “Very Rich” for nothing.  Covered top to bottom with hand-placed crystals, it almost blinds us with shimmer and glitter.  


Yet, these super high stiletto can feel intimidating, especially with the possibility of tripping and tumbling down the aisle (#bridefail) -- yikes !  But don’t worry; the positive feedback from those lucky enough to own a pair is quite reassuring.  These heels are surprisingly comfy and steady!  

 And that is one of many reasons why Louboutins have been the shoe of choice at all the ritzy Hollywood red carpet affairs.   




Flats for a wedding?  Oh, yes, please!


For that perfect glam-to-comfort ratio check out Manolo Blahnik’s Sicaria Crystal-Embellished d’Orsay Flat. The heel is unmistakably Blahnik (Carrie Bradshaw would instantly fall in love!), and the large crystals all over the ankle strap take this flat into the glamo-sphere of Sex in the City and maybe even the Kardashianland.  




Sculptural heels were a runway hit this year.  And Tory Burch’s “Firenza” sandal is a perfect marriage of this fashion trend and glitz galore.   


With shiny gold leather all over a sleek sandal top, the Firenza mesmerizes with an ornate, eye-popping heel.  The design evokes a bit of the Arabian nights with a romantic Renaissance Italy vibe.  These globetrotting knockouts will have you strutting down the aisle like a true fashionista!




Few designers bring to mind old Hollywood and new Hollywood glam like Oscar de la Renta – the master of romance and sophistication with a twist of trendy.    


Their peep-toe sandal is a prime example.  The intricate Ambria beaded-embroidered appliqués say “something old”, but the metallic heel, the peep toe, and the back zip say “something new.”  All that’s left is to snag something borrowed and you’re all set!




Say, “mine, mine” to this Miu Miu Studded Block Heel Platform Sandal!  


Block heels were all the rage this year, adored for their flirtatiously chunky look. This sleek and curvy sandal with a tower-like, crystal-encrusted heel is a total showstopper.  We get the latest style and comfort at that most important moment in our lives – what else can we ask for?




The “mule” shoe design and the sexy ankle ties are definitely a 2016 look.  Here, the two looks are combined in one uber luxurious bridal version envisioned by Gianvito Rossi.   


 The many crystal embellishments sprinkled in an abstract design on the etoile mesh and the stiletto heel (also very crystally and sparkly) are absolutely spell-binding. Love!




Now the only problem is, which is the one for you?  It’s times like this, we wish we were centipedes -- those lucky creatures have 100 legs!  But frankly, any of these works of glam art will do the trick to stun your guests with the glitter, glitz and glamour of your bridal shoes.

Wedding inspiration: Kardashian Bridal Accessories

Ok, so maybe your wedding will not draw hundreds of Hollywood stars, legions of paparazzi, and millions of television viewers like Kim Kardashian’s weddings number one and two, but you can still get the look of these celebrated, stylish nuptials — minus all that media hoopla.  It can be as simple as getting Kardashian-inspired bridal accessories.

Kardashian Bridal Accessories (Wedding #1)

That Iconic Headpiece

For her wedding #1 in 2011 to Kris Humphries, Kim wore a sparkling diamond drop headpiece around the crown of her head.  She really rocked that princess/gypsy look that brunettes with a high forehead carry off so well.  


This awesome headpiece reportedly cost a cool $2.5 million.  But, if that price tag has a few zeros too many for you, and you’re into that exotic and regal look, you can find plenty of rhinestones replicas of this headpiece online. Just google Kardashian-inspired bridal headpiece.


The Veil

Kim’s veil was a dramatic, flowing, white cathedral-length silk number that rivalled and perhaps exceeded the dimensions of the veil donned by Diana (you know… the Princess of Wales).  Great copies of this design can also be found online, for a fraction of the cost of the original one.


The Earrings

Since the diamond headpiece was the pièce de résistance jewellery-wise, Kim’s earrings were simple tear drop diamonds.   Well, simple by Kardashian standards, and in design only.  These “simple” diamond baubles were 28 carats and cost $5 million.  If this type of “simplicity” is not compatible with your budget, you can opt for this stunning pair by Gottlieb & Sons that will say Kardashian without breaking the bank.


Kardashian Bridal Accessories (Wedding #2)

Fast forward just a few years.  Kim’s wedding #2 to rapper Kanye West in 2014 was a slightly less commercialized -- but just as lavish and publicized -- Italian affair.  


For obvious reasons, Kim wanted a completely different bridal look than the one she made iconic getting hitched to Kris Humphreys…after all she did dump him only 72 days later amid much scandal and public humiliation!


This Time, Fewer Accessories

Kim’s bridal look in 2011 was traditional princess; her 2014 ensemble was much more understated and chic, with just a few accessories.  No glitzy headband dripping with diamonds, just her hair down, simply parted in the middle.  


The Silk Train

Still there was that cathedral-length silk train, exquisitely trimmed with lace.  This design has been copied by many since the wedding, and is available to any bride looking for that Kardashian touch.  

silk train

The Earrings

Those elegant diamond studs -- the only jewellery adorning her ensemble apart from the gargantuan diamond rings (engagement and wedding band) – make a luxurious statement.  If you have champagne taste on a beer budget, you can get them from merchants offering Kardashian style jewellery for a very small fraction of what Kanye dished out for the originals. Check out the Gottlieb & Sons magic collection diamond cluster stud earrings for a gorgeous Kim-infused touch.


The Shoes


That simple but elegant vibe of Kim’s bridal look certainly extended to her shoes.  The Italian designer Giuseppe Zanotti chosen by Kim to customize her shoes for her nuptials, created a flawless, ivory satin four-inch heel that completed her look.


In a way, most of Kim’s accessorizing for her 2nd walk to the altar came all ready with her fabulous gown – an intricately laced, couture number designed by Givenchy.  Those sheer sleeves with many details, sheer cut-outs at her waist, and an entirely sheer back provided a more stunning visual interest than most accessories would.  

But the best accessory of all?  Hands down, that adorable baby in her arms!  Unfortunately, this best “Kardashian accessory” is not available for purchase anywhere!

6 Rules for Accessorizing Your Wedding Dress

Like Chanel and Cara Delevingne, some things are meant to be together. Wedding accessories are one of these bonds, a beautiful duo, standing as the second most important part of your bridal look—so yes, it’s very important. Yet, there are classic rules to play in the game of great accessorizing, ensuring that you don’t go overboard with glitz, while also not being too plain jane. To guide your accessory quest, follow these 6 rules for accessorizing your wedding dress.


“Fashion is architecture, it’s a matter of proportions.” ­ Coco Chanel

 1.) Balance:

‚ÄčYour accessories should not be the centerpiece, but rather the décor. Essentially, the pieces you choose should complement the flow and style of your dress without creating too much weight. For instance, if your dress is intensely dramatic and bedazzled, you should stick with delicate pieces, but if your dress is slim and understated, you can wear chunky statement jewelry. 


“Elegance is not about being noticed, it’s about being remembered.” Giorgio Armani

 2.) A Photogenic Look:

Unless you’re a full-time supermodel, your wedding day is the time you’ll be photographed more than you have in your entire life.  To complement the camera, you’ll need to choose accessories that work well in the photos. Certain colors and textures may clash more in photos than to the naked eye, so do a test run of your entire look in the wedding hall, considering lighting, as well as every angle.



Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory,” ­Coco Chanel


3.) Comfort:

As much as you’d love to shine bright all night, you also need to consider your comfort level—at least to a practical degree. Think about how you’ll be on your feet, in heels, all day, and throughout the reception. So if you’re going to pull out all the bridezilla stops, including painful shoes, a push up bra, double spanx, hair extensions and bulky accessories—the accessories may be more glamorous in your head than in real life. If you want to truly enjoy the night with ease, treat comfort with importance.


“Fashion is over quickly, style is forever”­ Ralph Lauren

4.) Keep it Classy:

Although you should certainly consider modern trends, it's best not to go overboard with new bridal gimmicks. Styles like the vine headband or feather earrings may seem like a good idea to a fashionista in the moment, but you may not feel the same when looking back. It’s that same feeling you get when observing your old high school photos, questioning your tacky self-tanner and belly ring. To avoid such disappointing memories, choose accessories that are timeless and less trendy.


“Playing dress up begins at age 5 and never truly ends” ­ Kate Spade


5.) Prepare in Advance:

It goes without saying that your bridal look is not something to leave to the last minute. Arrange your makeup and hair stylists in advance, allowing you to choose your matching accessories and bring the entire look together. Many brides treat their hair, makeup and accessories as separate concerns, which can interrupt the harmony of your ensemble. Prepare every detail in advance, even if you are a hopeless procrastinator.


“Fashion is about something that comes from within you”­ Ralph Lauren


6.) Have The Final Say:

You’ve had parents, future in­laws, pushy bridesmaids and even nosey strangers give you advice on everything from the cake, to the decor of your wedding, to whom to include on the guestlist. While it's great (sometimes) to be offered input from those trying to help, the final say on your bridal look should adhere to your personal style not your mother in laws, or anyone else. Because it truly is your day, don’t second guess your ideas.

The Bling and The Bling-less

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




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

Julia Stiles

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.

Julia Stiles

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.

Rosie Huntington-Whitley 

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.  

 Ciara Wilson

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. 

 Lady Gaga

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.

Alyson Hannigan

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.