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Kelly Clarkson sports yellow canary diamond engagement ring – and here’s how to copy the style

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on December 17th, 2012

Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

We’ve previously written about the rise in popularity of coloured precious stones for engagement rings, and now US singer Kelly Clarkson has become the latest to join the brides-to-be sporting a different style on her ring finger.

Kelly (30) announced her engagement to 35-year-old talent manager Brandon Blackstock at the weekend, sharing her joy on Twitter writing: “I’m engaged!!!! I wanted y’all to know!! Happiest night of my life last night! I am so luck and am with the greatest man ever.”

And as all ecstatic newly engaged ladies, Kelly also tweeted a photo of her canary yellow diamond rock:

Image: Kelly Clarkson / WhoSay

If you’re interested in a canary yellow diamond, both Taylor & Co and Seventy Seven Diamonds can help you out with a bespoke ring. Or head to QVC for a similar style – at a fraction of the cost!


1920s Themed Wedding, Feature, Get the Look, Wedding Planning, Wedding Themes

How to plan your own Downton Abbey wedding

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on September 19th, 2012

We have finally managed to catch up on the latest episode of Downton Abbey, the hit TV series that follows the Crawley family and their servants as they go through romance, ambition, desire, shocks and heartbreak.

As those who follow the show knew, the third series would start with the planning of the wedding of Lady Mary Crawley and Matthew Crawley (apparently they’re related way down the line), who after an on-off romance in the previous seasons would finally get their fairytale wedding.

As viewers finally got to see Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) walk down the aisle to meet her husband-to-be, played by Dan Stevens, all we could think of: how could you have a Downton Abbey wedding yourself?

The venue

If you’re after a true Downton Abbey wedding this is your first port of call. The home of the Crawley’s is actually the sumptuous Highclere Castle, which is within easy reach of London, Bristol and Southampton. The Castle is licenced to hold civil ceremonies and will provide a out-of-this-world backdrop to your wedding photographs.

Whether you’re after an intimate wedding or a celebration extravaganza, the wedding co-ordinators are on hand to help you plan your perfect day, right through from ceremony to reception.

The only thing that could cast at shadow over your 1920’s style wedding location is the cost.. The venue fee ranges from £12,000 to £15,000 (+VAT) depending on season. But that’s worth it for the ultimate Downton wedding, right?!

 The wedding dress

Lady Mary looked every part the 1920’s bride as she came down the stairs, revealing her wedding gown to her father – and the world. As was the norm in this era, she wore a simple ivory column dress, with a satin sash drawing in below the waist and sheer, long sleeves. The look was completed with a jewelled headband and a cathedral length veil. Gorgeous!

There are a lot of wedding designers who specialise in this style of gowns, but we’d recommend taking a look at The Vintage Wedding Dress Company or Jenny Packham.

The hair and make-up

While Mary sported a rather demure look, for roaring twenties hairstyles think waves and Hollywood Glamour- and a feather or two – or a shiny bejewelled headband. When it comes to make-up it is all about bold lips and dramatic eyes . Take your time to research hair and make-up artists in your area to ensure you find the right person for the job. And look to celebsville for inspiration. More than one beauty has graced the red carpet in a 20’s style.

The groom’s attire

Your husband-to-be needs a morning suit with a matching waistcoat, no doubt about that. Add a top hat to the look for the ultimate 1920’s groom.

The guests

Now this is where it gets tricky. For the perfect replica of the Downton Abbey wedding, you’d need an eccentric American grandmother, a quirky and traditional English grandmother, a sister who married the chauffeur and lots – and we mean LOTS – of servants. Oh and a healthy dose of drama just before the ceremony…

The best solution: simply invite everyone dear to you and your future husband, and it will be a blast!

There you have it, the basic elements of planning your very own Downton Abbey wedding.

Celebrity Weddings, Get the Look, Rings & Jewellery

Blooming Blake Lively shows off her deco inspired engagement ring – here’s how to get one of your own

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on September 18th, 2012

Very few details, let alone pictures, have emerged about Blake Lively and Ryan Reynold’s secret wedding a few days ago, but the Gossip Girl star have been spotted wearing her HUGE diamond engagement ring and wedding band. See it here.

Blake debuted her new bling when spotted giving her new husband a kiss on the day following their nuptials. The art deco inspired sparkler is said to have cost Ryan a staggering $2 million!

If you love Blake’s ring, you can get pick up a lookalike piece for a fraction of the price over at QVC.

£52 from QVC

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Twilight wedding ideas gallery

By Andrea Petrou on May 2nd, 2012

Yesterday we gave you the lowdown on how to get that perfect Twilight wedding theme, from the location to the dress.

And today we thought it only right we followed up with some pictures to give you some better ideas of exactly what you should be showing your hairdresser, wedding planner and of course other half.

Take a look at the gallery below for all your Twilight inspiration and be sure to look around for replicas.

We’re off to find our Edward now.

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How to have a Twilight style wedding

By Andrea Petrou on May 1st, 2012

If you’re a fan of Twilight and watched the wedding scene thinking how stunning it was, then why not be daring and pick this theme for your special day.

Now we’re not talking about getting your guests to don the pale masks, we’re thinking more of the serene woodland theme, with a few Twilight touches to give a nod to the book.

The wedding scene in the film was itself is beautiful, with a foliage-heavy wedding arch complete with white wisteria in a wooded paradise. Thankfully there are a number of places that could be used for the ceremony across England.

Check out the National Heritage site to get a better idea of suitable gardens and woodland in your area. Add the arch as well as large potted plants at each pew to really get the look.

We know the most important part of any brides day, aside from the groom, is of course the dress.

And if you’re having a Twilight theme wedding then this will be even more important. As you’ll already know, Bella’s crepe satin dress with a French Chantilly lace-embellished back, was made by esteemed designer Carolina Herrera.

Although this is available in the designer’s spring collection, it is rumoured to set you back more than a couple of thousand.

Thankfully Alfred Angelo has come to the rescue buying the rights for the design and turning it into something much more affordable.

Twilight Bridal by Alfred Angelo, is available in a number of sizes, from 6-34W, and has over 100 covered buttons down the back and is made of lace and satin and retails at £549.

Other Twilight-inspired touches can include the blue and white crystal heirloom-style hairpiece Bella wears in her hair- a replica can be bought at Amazon, as well as a long cathedral style veil.

When it comes to shoes, you may however want to find a cheaper alternative to Bella’s Manolo Blahnik’s which were custom made and embellished with a sparkly crystal vine applique.

The pleasure of owning such a pair will set you back around $1295.

Check back tomorrow for a gallery of all the Twilight must haves.

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Bridal beauty: three modern cat eye looks

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 16th, 2012

Many brides usually opt for demure make-up for their wedding day, but if you fancy just adding a touch of je ne sais quoi, yet keeping it classy, the modern cat eye look is for you. I am a big fan of the ‘cat eye’ look when it comes to eye make-up, try to ensure my eyes had a flirty flick as often as possible.

Hot from the SS12 catwalks, Dolce & Gabbana, Armani and Badgley Mischka all embraced the Rock ‘n Roll look which is great for the day as well as the wedding reception. Just make sure you keep your lips neutral to avoid the scary clown look. It’s all about balancing, and why not make the focus on your eyes as well as your wedding dress!

My favourite is the sexy, vintage inspired flick by D&G.


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Red carpet wedding dress inspiration: Jessica Biel and Lea Michele in Valentino

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on December 9th, 2011

When looking to find inspiration for your wedding dress, the red carpet and film premieres is always a good place to start. The Hollywood starlets usually come up trumps when it comes to style and since walking down the aisle is almost like the red carpet there is usually a thing or two to learn from the leading ladies of film.

At the recent ‘New Year’s Eve’ premiere, actresses Lea Michele and Jessica Biel both dazzled the crowds in a champagne coloured shimmery Valentino dress – Jessica’s a bit more demure than Lea’s mind. Both rocked the old Hollywood glamour and we simply can’t make up our minds of who wore Valentino best…

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Photo Credit: Press Association


1920s Themed Wedding, Feature, Gallery, Get the Look

How to be a Downton Abbey 1920’s bride

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on October 12th, 2011

Kate Moss famously opted for a vintage look for her summer wedding to rocker Jamie Hince – and looked stunning in the process. Vintage and the 1920’s is a popular era for brides to draw inspiration from for their wedding and with period drama Downton Abbey causing a stir we’ll be seeing this wedding trend in a long time to come.

Image: Press Association

How can you be a Downton Abbey 1920’s bride then? Think feathers, Art Deco shapes, long slinky gowns, a bit of fur and velvet! Check out the gallery below for some ideas on how to dress and what accessories to have for your 20’s wedding.

Feather headband - £32.00

Picture 1 of 5

Be on trend with this white feather headpiece finished with a reworked vintage rhinestone brooch from Rock n Rose .


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Copy Pippa’s royal wedding look with Debenhams

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on August 5th, 2011

The original (Photo: PA Wire/Press Association)

Before Kate married Prince William no-one really knew who the other Middleton sister was. But when Pippa stepped into the spotlight on 29 April 2011 to fulfil her duties as maid of honour and carry Kate’s train at the royal wedding she – and that now famous derriere – was catapulted into the limelight.

Pippa’s extremely flattering £20,000 bespoke ivory Alexander McQueen gown has since become such a requested design among brides in the UK that department store Debenhams has decided to release its own collection that pays homage to the royal wedding.

At £170 the limited edition ‘Pippa’ gown is available for only a fraction of the price of the original – but brides-to-be wanting to get their hands on one have to be quick as there’s a waiting list!

For anyone wanting to copy Pippa’s green Alice Temperley dress fear not. It is also part of the collection and can be yours for only £99.

Photo: Debenhams

Celebrity Weddings, Gallery, Get the Look, Gowns

Kim Kardashian sets wedding date, and here’s what she might look like!

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on July 14th, 2011

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian have set a date for her upcoming nuptials. The 30-year old socialite will tie the knot with fiancé Kris Humphries on 20th August after having enjoyed separate bachelor and bachelorette parties in Las Vegas nightclubs Tao and Lavo later this month according to the New York newspaper.

As expected planning is well underway for the big day, with the mother of the bride Kris Jenner apparently doing most of the work.

Kim’s sister Khloe said: “I have no idea what’s going on. But I’ve seen how much my mom has been doing, and I don’t know how my mom does it! Kim should be kissing the ground that she walks on. It’s amazing.”

According to reports the bride is planning a big wedding, having already invited over 1,000 guests despite not having secured a venue yet. That’s what we call interesting planning.

With Kim’s wedding drawing closer we’re wondering what the bride who is known for her curves might look like on her wedding day. So we’ve found some images of Kim dressed to impress that might give some indication to what is to come.

Looking lovely in white (Photo: AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Or perhaps a lacy number? Not black though! (Photo: Ian West/PA Wire)

Perhaps not the most flattering cut for Kim (Photo: AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

We quite like the Grecian inspired Marchesa dress (Photo: AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)

A tad too short perhaps? (Photo: AP Photo/Vince Bucci)

Showing off the curves in white (Photo: AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

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Harry Potter’s Emma Watson wears Oscar de la Renta to world premiere of Deathly Hallows: Part Two – we look at similar wedding dresses

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on July 8th, 2011

Emma Watson looked beautiful as walked down the red carpet last night at the world premiere of the final Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part Two, in London’s Trafalgar Square.

The actress, who plays Hermione Granger in the wizard series, wore an Oscar de la Renta dress with grey bodice and a tiered tulle skirt – very much resembling a wedding dress if you ask us…

With this in mind we found some bridal gowns that look very similar to that one Emma wore, there’s even an Oscar de la Renta in there if you want to get as close to the real thing!

Emma Watson at the Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 world premiere in Oscar de la Renta (Photo: AP Photo/Jonathan Short)

The real deal: Oscar de la Renta Fall 2011 collection (Photo: Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta)

Champagne gown, Monique Lhuillier Spring 2012 collection Photo: Courtesy of Monique Lhuillier

Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Stuart

Photo: Courtesy of Vera Wagn

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Celebrity bridal hair style inspiration [photos]

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on July 7th, 2011

Dianna Agron

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A classic style with lots of movement due to the loose curls.
NBC Photo by: Evan Agostini/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via AP Images

Deciding which hair style to go with on your wedding day can be a difficult decision. Depending on the length of the hair and the dress design, do you go with an all down, a bun, a chingon or an up-down do?

Unfortunately us ‘normal’ people don’t get to go to glitzy events and film premiers too often so we’re not lucky enough to have a hair stylist on speed dial who can give us a new look each time. So usually we find a style that works and stick to it.

When it comes to bridal hair, a good source of inspiration is to look at those who do have stylists at their beck and call: the celebrities. We’ve done a little gallery of some of the leading ladies, including the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate – do let us know which one is your favourite by leaving a comment below!

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Bridalwave Loves: Phase Eight Firenze wedding dress

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on July 6th, 2011

It’s not exactly the Galliano dress Kate Moss wore when she tied the knot to Jamie Hince, but we think the Firenze wedding dress by Phase Eight is a pretty good substitute to Mrs Hince’s dress if you haven’t got John Galliano on speed dial. And it is a fraction of the price as well we’re guessing!

The ivory wedding dress with golden embellishment certainly has a vintage twist and for only £375.00 it’s not badly priced either.

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Do a Pippa and wear Aruna Seth bridal shoes

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on June 20th, 2011

All eyes may have been on older sister Kate for the royal wedding, but Pippa Middleton got her fair share of the attention. Media – and men – first took note of the Maid of Honour in her ivory Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen dress, and later when Pippa wore a green Temperley gown for the reception. But did you see her shoes?

Pippa wore  a pair of Aruna Seth bridal shoes, more presicely the Lynn heels in silver and Swarovski crystals. Due to popular demand – like her sister Pippa is turning into a style-queen – the Lynn design is now also available in gold and ivory, and can be yours for £525.00

Photo: Aruna Seth

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Get Kim Kardashian’s engagement ring at a fraction of the price

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on June 6th, 2011

While reality TV star Kim Kardashian has revealed that she can’t decide on which wedding dress style she wants, her £1.2 million 20.5-carat engagement ring is probably already being coveted by women all over the world.

If you are among those wanting  to have The Kim in your jewellery selection, you can now get it via QVC for less than £30!

Photo: AP Photo/Antonio Calanni

Diamonique 3.8 ct tw Emerald Cut 3 Stone Ring Sterling Silver - £27.51 via QVC

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