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We love these sweet little trinkets!
Blue Bijoux gold and crystal bow bracelet, $14 at Max & Chloe.
Dapper bottle stopper, $10 at BHLDN.
Glitter bow shoe clips, $20 at Ban.do.
Miss Dior Eau de Toilette, $75 at Sephora.
Dogeared Little Bow Earrings, $40 at Bloomingdale's.
Kate Spade Bow Terrace Cindy wallet, $229 at Piperlime.
Vickers Bracelet in Scarlett O'Hara, $58 at Kiel James Patrick.
Pink Couture iPhone 4 Case, $23.99 at Shop Ruche.
Pave bow necklace, $58 at Juicy Couture.
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Wedding dress designs are more elaborate than ever these days, often leaving little room for extra accessories. But what about the bride that can't live without her jewelry? Here's five fashion-forward dress neckline and jewelry pairings that definitely don't feel like they're trying too hard.
1. Tee Shirt Neckline + Statement Necklace
The beauty of being a bit more covered up on top is that you can go overboard on neck baubles. If your wedding dress fits more like a T-shirt, a major statement necklace will glam things up without sacrificing sweetness. Perfect Pairing: J. Crew's Dauphine gown and the Delight in What is Present necklace by Elva Fields ($238).
2. Sleek and Strapless + Long Earrings
Don't cover up those gorgeous collar bones with a big necklace! If your gown is sleek and strapless, show off glowing skin instead with delicate, dangling earrings. Sick and tired of chandeliers? Try a pair of drop down pendants instead. Perfect Pairing: Kenneth Pool Spring 2014 and Club Monaco's Long and Lean earring ($49.50).
3. Portrait Neckline + Monogram Necklace
For the romantic bride who's always looking for sentimental touches, we love the idea of accenting the curves of a lace portrait neckline with a delicate gold charm—especially if it's the first initial of her new last name. Perfect Pairing: Legends by Romona Keveza Spring 2014 and Peggy Li's Cursive Initial Necklace ($44).
4. Dramatic Collar + Demure Studs
An embellished halter makes a statement all on its own, but, if you really can't resist the extra flourish, find small stud earrings with the same finish as your collar. They'll add to the ornate effect without making you look like a medieval princess. Perfect Pairing: Lazaro Spring 2014 and the Teardrop Cluster Stud Earring by Sorrelli ($62.50).
5. Skinny Spaghetti Straps + Jeweled Headpiece
A jeweled headpiece is beautiful option for the Boho bride who wants to look a little funkier on her wedding day. Wear with dainty spaghetti straps for a carefree, beachy look. Perfect Pairing: Jim Hjelm Spring 2014 and Jennifer Behr's Delphinius Diadem Swarovski crystal headpiece ($425 at Net-a-Porter).
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Delicate and modern, mint is a beautiful accent color choice for the fashion-aware bride that still wants to look feminine. And what better way to dress up your bridal look than with a pair of statement earrings? Here are eight pairs we're loving right now, with five coming in under $30!
1. Mint marquise drops, $25 at JewelIQ.
2. Pim + Larkin Mint Leaves stud earrings, $28 at Piperlime.
3. Kate Spade New York Fragment Cluster seaglass multi-colored stud earrings, $68 at Amazon.
4. Elizabeth Cole 'Fern' earring, $243 at Elizabeth Cole.
5. Blu Bijoux gold and mint rectangle earrings, $10 at Max & Cloe.
6. Heirloom Finds three oval drop gold tone and mint Cabochon dangle earrings, $12.99 at Amazon.
7. 'Merry-Go-Round' Earrings, $9.99 at ModCloth.
8. Loren Hope Petra earrings, $68 at Loren Hope.
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Give your bridesmaids a little extra sparkle on your big day with some fun pieces of jewelry. We’ve rounded up our favorite bridesmaid jewelry looks for your inspiration! Bright Statement Necklaces You can’t go wrong with a fun, fresh pop of color! Photos by (from left): Jillian Mitchell, Jackie Cooper Photo Cluster Earrings These flatter all face shapes and look especially sophisticated and chic against a pulled-back ‘do. Photo by: Anne Robert Photography Cuff Bracelets We love the way these pretty cuffs complement the bridesmaids’ bouquets. Photo by: Geoff White Photography Costume Pearls Glam up those necklines with dramatic clusters of oh-so-lovely pearls. Photos by (from left): Ann Taylor, One Love Photography Cocktail Rings Your maids will be “cheers”-ing in style with these bold baubles! Photos by: Stephanie Williams1
Check out our jewelry picks for every bridal style! Bohemian Go for leafy gold earrings or a necklace of loosely braided beads for a relaxed, boho-chic look. Photos by (from left): Natalie Neal Photography, Anjuli Paschall Glamorous Sparkle and drama are a must for a glam bride. Get the look with a glitzy bib necklace or diamond chandelier earrings. Photos by (from left): Sarah Seven, Jessica Lorren Organic Photography Classic Go with something understated and elegant, like a single strand of pearls or delicate diamond drops, for a timeless look. Photos by (from left): Jen + Ashley Photography, Abby Grace Photography Vintage An antique locket, a classic symbol of love and romance, is the perfect choice for a bride going for vintage style. Photos by (from left): Oh Darling! Photography, Luna Photo Preppy Go for pretty and polished with oversized rose-pink pearls or simple halo studs. Photos by (from left): Erin Hearts Court, Paper Antler Trendy We love a chunky, geometric neckalce or a stack of shiny silver bangles for a contemporary, experimental bride. Photos by (from left): Jagger Photography, Shoot in Love Whimsical Playful, daydreamy pieces like this light dew-drop cuff or trickling quartz earrings are lovely choices for a whimsical look. Photos by (from left): Mikan Designs, Jose Villa1
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1. Decorative Dish
This pretty plate is the perfect spot to place jewelry before slipping into bed. Monogram glass plate, $12 at C. Wonder.
2. Rose Gold Necklace
Olive Yew's simple script letters are sweetly elegant. Rose gold initial necklace, $47 at Olive Yew.
3. iPhone Case
Comes in multiple preppy designs and colors. Emily Ley monogram iPhone case, $48 at Design Darling.
4. Signet Ring
If she doesn't already have one, a personalized signet ring is an accessory she'll keep forever. Lucky for you, this one rings up under $75! Monogram signet ring, $62 at BaubleBar.
5. Running Shorts
For the athletic bridesmaid. Coastal Link running shorts, $32 at Dixieland Monogram.
6. Asymmetrical Necklace
The off-center look is totally trending right now. Asymmetrical necklace, $220 at Maya Brenner.
7. Personalized Stationery
Put her name on a stack of notecards! Minted has hundreds of cute options—we like this simple script. $35 for 15 at Minted.
8. Canvas Travel Bags
Perfect for packing shoes, accessories, and dirty laundry when she travels. $88 for a set of three at Iomoi.2
Whether you choose to wear a veil or headpiece (or none at all), make sure it enhances your overall wedding day look. Tip: Pick your wedding dress first and hairstyle second. Choose your veil or headpiece last. Here are 8 headpieces we love to inspire you:
1. Feather Fascinator
Photo by Jessica Lorren Photography
2. Pearl Brooch
Photo by Nancy Aidee Photography
3. Chignon Clip
Photo by Abby Grace Photography
4. Three-Tiered Silk Headband
Photo by Untamed Petals
5. Sparkling Diamond Crown
Photo by Michelle Warren Photography
6. Gold Emblem Headpiece
Photo by Jen Huang Photography
7. Floral-Shaped Crystal Brooch
Photo by Jason and Anna Photography
8. Beaded Bobby Pins
Photo by Jessica Lorren Photography
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Photo by Nami Dadlani Photography
Dare to channel your inner royal with a sapphire engagement ring. Colored diamonds have been making a comeback ever since Kate Middleton became engaged to Prince William in 2010. Sapphires, in particular, are known to symbolize an everlasting marriage. Why not walk down the aisle with this superstition already promised if you had a “something blue” engagement ring on your finger? Check out engagement ring photos in our boards for even more trending eye candy.1
Photo by Blueberry Photography
Congratulations on finding the woman of your dreams--now it’s time to start thinking about popping the question along with the bling! Here’s how to buy the perfect rock:
What is the budget?
The standard rule is up to three months’ salary, but that’s a myth. It’s better to figure out how much you’re willing to spend upfront, so she can look (or hint) accordingly.
What are the 4 C’s?
Cut, clarity, color and carat -- are the 4 C’s to choosing an engagement ring. Clarity are those letters and numbers that represent the internal flaws of a diamond which include: FL - flawless, IF - internally flawless, VS-1 and 2 - very slightly included 1 and 2, VVS-1 and 2 - very, very slightly included 1 and 2 and SI-1 and 2 - slightly included 1 and 2. Remember, clarity tends to stand out more in the light. Color is those alphabetical letters from D to Z that represent how close a diamond reaches colorlessness. Carat represents the weight of a diamond, and cut represents the shape or style of the diamond.
What style ring do she want?
It’s imperative that you know which type of setting, shape and metal she prefers. After all, the engagement ring will be on her finger for FOREVER! Shapes include: emerald, asscher, round, marquise, oval, pear, princess, cushion, radiant and heart. Settings include: halo, solitaire, prong, tension, channel, bezel and gypsy. Metals include: platinum, gold, rose or white gold or titanium.
Where is the best place to purchase?
It’s financially intelligent to purchase an engagement ring online. You will have much less overhead as well as lower prices at an online retailer whereas you will have much more overhead as well as higher prices at a store retailer. However, purchasing at a store retailer allows you to see the overall look and feel of the engagement ring in-person whereas an at online retailer, what you see in the pictures is what you get.
What is the jewelry company’s return policy?
Whether you’re purchasing online or in-store, the diamond should come with product documentation that specifies characteristics from the Gemological Institute of America. Most online and store retailers have a 30-day money back guarantee for returns as long as the engagement ring is in the same condition it was purchased in. Keep all product documentation and receipts!0
Photo by Jose Villa Photography
Despite De Beers’ “A Diamond is Forever” 1947 clever marketing campaign advocating that the average cost of an engagement ring is worth up to three months’ salary, the average salary is much higher today than it was almost 30 years ago. (The U.S. national average man’s salary is $43,000.)
Let’s face it--engagement rings are pricey, depending on its “Four C’s”, which are cut, clarity, color and cut, but that doesn’t mean your soon-to-be husband has to spend a fortune. Make clear what your expectations are because the average cost of an engagement ring starts at $3,500. And surprisingly, that’s only worth about one months’ salary.
Do you think this a myth or fact? Let us know in the comments below!0