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Wedding Dress Trends of Spring 2017

Wedding Dress Trends of Spring 2017

Oh, my!  We’re not sure our grandmothers (or even our mothers) would approve of many of the wedding dress trends awaiting the brides of 2017!  Our fashion-conscious blushing brides who want to be fashion-forward at their nuptials may just have more reasons to blush next year.

The word is out – many designers have hopped on the “sexy” wagon, keen on revealing as much skin as possible in places traditionally covered by all that satin, while others are taking the opposite approach by covering places traditionally kept uncovered.  The bridal fashion world seems to be strutting in their own version of the yin and yang.


The “Bare” Essentials Trends

Plunging necklines and bare shoulders

While the traditional sweetheart neckline can certainly be cleavage revealing, next year’s designs are certainly pushing the envelope in that area – or “plunging” it, you might say.  The deep V-necks in some designs are at risk of becoming known by the next letter in the alphabet, X.  Talk about your neckline meeting your navel!  Time to dust off that Chest Workout Plan, ladies!

The off-the-shoulder bridal silhouette is not necessarily a newsflash, but it does seem like the cold shoulder trend will be heating up for 2017.  



Ah, the peek-a-boo design!  Strategically placed cut-outs is another trend gaining momentum.  It is certainly a way for a bride to flaunt her best assets!  If you’re proud of your waist you worked so hard to get in shape since that ring went on your finger, cut outs just above the hips will show it off!  This almost structural design does have a certain edgy, modern vibe and depending on the dimensions of the bare spaces, can be eye-catching without becoming cold-catching.  

High-Low Gowns

And the skin-revealing trend continues from the top of the gown to the bottom with the high-low design.  While the thinner fabric on ready-to-wear dresses makes this popular design rather more soft-focus, the rich bridal materials on a wedding gown hikes up the theatricality of that look exponentially. But, if it’s your legs you want to show off to the world at your wedding, this is your pick. Hello, Victorian can-can girl!


The “Cover-Up” Trend

Was it a reaction against all that skin exposure or just a trickle-down effect from ready-to-wear fashion?  Whatever it was, capes of all shapes and sizes will be flowing down the aisle in 2017.  Think capelets, bomber jackets, boleros, ponchos and cloak-trains!  This trend is for the brides with a Supergirl fixation!

Menswear Elements

With “princess for a day” life-long visions occupying most brides’ fantasies, chances are that bridal pant suits are not going to be the hottest trend of 2017.  Still, women have worn trousers for many centuries now, so why not to the altar?  

Long Sleeves

Think long sleeves will say “matronly” and “conservative” as you glide down that aisle? Maybe it’s time to re-think that. Designs for 2017 have made ample use of illusion lace, 3-D floral embellishments and pops of peek-a-boo skin to turn the long sleeve into a sexy but sophisticated adornment.  And for that extra wow, you can always add an open back and a low neckline, right?  



Now the question is, to cover or to uncover? For that you have to think hard about what your best assets are and what you want to say with your bridal ensemble.  But you know what?  You can adapt all these trends to suit your own taste and style — it’s just a matter of how far you’re willing to go to push that envelope, right?  But “sexy” is definitely in for next spring’s brides!  Even with the “cover” approach, designers have ingeniously devised ways to still bare as much skin as possible!

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.

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.

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.


Top 5 Wedding Accessories from The Bachelor

When searching for the perfect bridal accessories, what better source of inspiration than the dramatic, attention-hungry brides of “The Bachelor”? With millions of eyes on them, you know they’ll be wearing the best of the best. From glitzy barrettes to romantic tiaras, these TV brides rival with Pinterest when it comes to epic wedding fashion. Anxious for ideas? Check out these top 5 wedding accessories from “The Bachelor”.


     1.Trista’s Statement Necklace

 A statement necklace is a show-stopping way to give that extra sparkle to your bridal look. Trista nails this trend with her chunky diamond necklace, adding dimension to her elegant yet simple wedding dress. It also makes a tasteful centerpiece for her décolleté! So, when in doubt, blind them with diamonds, keeping all the attention on you.

Just make sure your dress is strapless if you’re going to wear heavier jewelry to keep the outfit balanced. It’s perfectly befitting if you’re the type of bride who demands, “all eyes on me!”—truly, a statement necklace is what you’re after. Clearly, Trista knows what’s up.

Trista’s Statement Necklace


     2. Catherine’s Earrings

Whoever said less is more was definitely not a bride. Catherine slammed this saying shut when she wowed us with a stunning pair of drop pearl earrings. Combining classic taste and sensuality, she truly epitomizes the fun of being a bride.

If you’d like to rock these type of earrings, you’ll need to make sure your dress style is the right shape. These earrings typically go with simpler dresses like a mermaid cut or swan

Catherine’s Earrings


     3. Molly’s matching bracelets and barrettes


For brides who love glitter, sparkle and the whole shebang, take some cues from Molly. Her silver bracelet compliments her barrettes in a beautiful updo, teaching us that it’s never faux pas to be matchy matchy with your accessories.

Ultimately, it’s your day, so you get a free pass to do whatever you want— without dipping into wacko bride territory… okay, maybe just a bit.

Molly’s matching bracelets


     4. Ashley’s veil

The veil is one of the most underrated bridal accessories, yet still among the most important. Ashley shows us the allure of going for a shorter design, accentuating her dress, which pours dramatically over the ground. The trim on the veil is jazzed up with some sparkle, preventing the look from being too plain.

The shorter veil design works well particularly for petite women. It gives you the illusion of height without having to clunk on sky-high heels (even though you’re probably dying to wear a pair of bridal Christian Louboutins)—now pause to fantasize…

Ashley’s veil


     5. Becca’s headpiece

With a touch of hippie flair, Becca pays tribute to the flower-weaved halo. It brilliantly adds a pop of color to her dress, while capturing Becca’s lively personality. Ultimately, her innovative choice shows that accessorizing should play up your personality, celebrating the true you both inside and out.

Becca coordinates her headpiece with her bouquet, unifying the entire look together. It makes the ideal picturesque outfit for a summertime wedding.

Becca’s headpiece



All these memorable bridal moments offer so many must-have ideas. What are your favorite accessories from the Bachelor?

Let us know ladies.

Ring Styles for your Personality

So, your significant other listened to Beyoncé, and wants to put a ring on it?  Congrats!  But, are you now a little overwhelmed by the mission to find just THE perfect engagement ring?  Does it seem like Mission Impossible with so many options out there?  Well, the best strategy is just to relax and let your instincts (and maybe also your budget?) guide you.  Because ultimately, choosing the right engagement ring is pretty much an instinctive thing – you will likely be naturally drawn to designs that reflect your personality and taste, and you will know which ring should adorn your finger the minute you spot it.  It will be one of those Oprah’s “Aha” moments!




If you’re someone who chooses function over fashion, consider a solitaire set. With its classic simplicity, this setting evokes a subtle beauty—perfect for ladies who prefer taking a quieter approach to being fabulous. And best of all, it can easily match with your other jewelry pieces, making the art of coordination a delightful no-brainer.

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If you’re a diva who likes to stand out from the crowd, there are plenty of contemporary designs available. Halo settings, where your stone is encased by a heavenly pillow of small diamonds, is hugely popular. You could also explore the different shapes of stones available, from circular to marquise.

If you’re still not sure, you can add some oomph with a mixed metal band, or a pop of color such as rose gold. Who says engagement rings can’t make a statement?

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Maybe you’re the traditional type? In that case, you’ll adore all things antique. Get the classic look with a gorgeous vintage inspired engagement ring, featuring rose and white gold. Elegantly complimenting your freshly polished manicure and designer clutch, you’ll be thinking, “I’m so fancy. You already know!” while sipping on your low-fat latte and reapplying your rouge lipstick.

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For the foot-stomping bridezilla, glitz is the way to go! Jam-packed with high-quality diamonds, sapphires and a fat rock, you’ll join the exclusive club of A-list engagement rings.  While inexpensive (and totally brag-worthy), you can treat your finger like royalty, giving her a crown fit for Kate Middleton herself.

You can wear it alone as a stunning statement piece or go wild by matching it with other jewelry. Go bling or go home!

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If you’re a bohemian or a romantic soul, you’re best to simply follow your heart. Ignore the trends, the hype and the pressure to be fashionable and choose a ring that genuinely speaks to you. It could be unique, quirky or vintage— walk your own line when it comes to finding the perfect design. This way, whatever you choose will make a natural accompaniment to your carefree style, whether you’re a guitar player, hemp wearer or completely addicted to sriracha.

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There are, of course, a few other styles betwixt and between those mentioned here.  But the point is, to think about and settle on a handful of descriptors that feel true to your personality and style before you embark on your engagement ring quest.  And once you’ve armed yourself with this critical criteria, it shouldn’t be too long before you’ll be waving your left hand in front of your friends to the tune of their sincere “Ahhs” and “Wows”!