Acclaimed actor Clint Eastwood can now proudly add the title of father in law to his resume. Alison Eastwood wed longtime boyfriend Stacy Poitras before an intimate gathering of the couple’s closest friends and family. The couple who had been dating for the last five years went public with the announcement of their engagement last year.
In keeping with tradition, the groom to be even asked Eastwood for permission to wed his daughter. In true Eastwood fashion, he told Poitras that was a topic he would have to take up with his daughter. It took the groom to be several moments to regroup and ask if that was a yes.
The couple who wishes to keep the majority of the details of the proposal private did happily flaunt her emerald engagement ring surrounded by two diamonds. The couple also kept good on their word to include their tree dogs in the ceremony. The proud pooches served as ring bearers in place of bridesmaids.
The wedding was a small gathering of the couples family and friends. In attendance on the bride’s side were Clint and his wife Dina as well as Alison’s mother Maggie, and brothers Scott and Kyle as well as her sister Kathryn. Representing the grooms side of the family were his three brothers Mark, Matt, and Bobby. People did however comment on the noticeable tension between Clint and his current wife which is rumored to surround her reality television series.
The bride wore a vintage inspired gown that was reminiscent of the fashion trends of the 1930’s. The gown was a gorgeous work of art that was heavily beaded and designed by Les Habitudes. At the end of the ceremony the couple exchanged rings by legendary jewelry designer Philip Press.
Avril Lavigne has plenty to celebrate this year including her upcoming nuptials to Chad Kroeger and an amazing engagement ring that would be the envy of any woman. The two first met in the studio where the worked together on the collaboration of a set of stellar songs. During the writing sessions, the two became close friends and eventually forged a relationship from the friendship. He cites those singing and writing sessions as part of the reason that he fell in love with the “Complicated” singer. For him those sessions evolved into a wonderful thing. During their many love song duets he began to feel a change within himself that he eventually realized was the beginning of a great love story. The feelings that began during those sessions drove him to taking the plunge and begin a serious relationship with Lavigne. Not long after their relationship began, Kroeger realized that this was the one which led him to get down on one knee and ask for her hand in marriage after only a month of dating.
The proposal went down in the studio much like the sight of the beginning of their relationship. Lavigne, who was making a scrapbook of her time in the studio, walked in to find Chad adding a picture of his own into the album. The picture was of him holding a ring box with a sticker that said, “will you marry me?” What a ring it was indeed. Lavigne’s ring is a 14 carat diamond valued at an estimated 350,000. The ring is a pear-shaped diamond set in platinum and is a nod to vintage and individuality which is the perfect statement for the rocker. The ring also has half-moon diamonds that had to be specially cut to fit on either side of the center of the diamond. There is currently no date yet for the nuptials although they have revealed that they are in the planning stages and that the big day will be a themed wedding.
The dawn of each new season means the time has come to reevaluate what’s hot and what is not. Springtime is now different, so we will be exploring the latest trends in engagement rings for the spring. If you are ready to take the plunge, we have all the information that you need in order to stay ahead of the fashion curve. Before you choose the ring that is right for you or your significant other, you must first examine their personal style. Whether your style is simple and understated or a one of a kind style that makes jaws everywhere drop there is a ring and a trend for you.
One of the hottest trends in engagement rings this year revolves around the vintage movement and paying homage to brides of yesteryear. These rings evoke timeless elegance and evoke memories of romances that long ago have passed. If you want to stay true to the vintage movement then look for rings that are cast in rose gold or yellow gold. There is however also a trend within a trend when it comes to vintage style. Some brides to be opt for using the vintage elements while selecting modern metals like brushed white gold and platinum.
Many brides are also opting to stand out with their choice by selecting colored stones rather than the traditional clear diamonds. You can choose to pay tribute to her birthday by choosing her birthstone or select her favorite stone for her ring.
Two toned rings are another great trend for spring. You can choose elements when you are using two tone metals that create an enormous amount of interest and intrigue in your ring. This is a great option for those who want to stand out, but do not care for the colored stone trend.
This season take a risk when you choose your engagement ring. Find a trend that works for you and rock it to the fullest.
For those of us you can not necessarily afford the million dollar wedding of our dreams, we look to our fave celebrities as a way to vicariously live out our dreams. This season there are quite a few ways to fulfill those dreams as we wait with baited breath for some of the biggest couples in Hollywood to tie the knot.
When it comes to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, people have been on wedding watch for what seems like an eternity. The wait however may be coming to a close as it has now been confirmed that the couple has officially receive their marriage license. The couple is rumored to be planning a wedding in France after the Cannes Film Festival. The couple plans to get matching wedding tattoos and marry in the chapel on their villa in France. We can not wait to see how Brad tops his $500,000 emerald cut diamond engagement ring that he worked an entire year with the designer to create.
Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson will wed this summer after the arrival of baby number two. The couple has sparked a trend when it comes to engagement rings, by selecting a ring with a ruby stone and two pear shaped diamonds. Their wedding will take place in the $13 million dollar mansion they are currently purchasing in Hidden Hills, California.
Kate Bosworth and Michael will also wed this year, and while the planning stages have not begun we feel certain that she will definitely incorporate some of her Boho style into the wedding design and we can not wait. Her simple square cut solitaire diamond ring was the talk of the twitter world when she first flaunted it and now we are all anxiously awaiting the ring that will accompany it on her big day.
For those of you who have a loved one who will be celebrating their birthday in the month of May, you may want to help them celebrate their birth with a beautiful piece of jewelry. The emerald is the official birthstone for all of those May babies and is derived from the Greek word smaragdus which translated means green in English. The emerald has long been known as the symbol of rebirth and is believed to grant the owner foresight, good fortune and youth. Early emeralds were mined in Egypt as early as 330 B.C. and today are mined in Colombia, Brazil, Afghanistan and Zambia.
The emerald is one of the most popular gem stones due to its unparalleled intensity in the gem world. The vibrant green color is caused by small amounts of chromium and then enhanced by traces of iron. The emerald also stands out in the gem world for another reason. The emerald usually contains inclusions and other flaws, but unlike other stones these flaws are not looked upon as negative aspects for the gem. The emerald is unique in the fact that these flaws are considered a vital part of the character of the stone and are a tell tale sign that the buyer is purchasing a natural stone.
That is not to say that just because the stone has flaws mean that the stone has undergone no treatment at all. Nearly all emeralds have been treated in order to improve clarity by immersing the stone in oil. In some processes the oil that is used to treat the stone is tinted green in order to intensify the green color. Over the years however the property that is influenced by the oil can begin to fade and reveal flaws that were masked at purchase time. However, if you have the stone treated with the oil again, the flaws will disappear once again.
What goes around comes around, which means that if you wait long enough the fashion of old will become new again. That fact means that it is important to understand what the trends where from each decade.
The 1960’s saw an emergence of a new material which made jewelry an affordable option for the masses. Enter the plastic bead. Most of the 1960’s was filled with color and shapes. One of the first stackable collections began in the 1960’s.
The 1970’s saw the introduction of the minimalist movement and is characterized by materials like hemp and twine. Darker colors were all the rage making the pairing of leathers and dark metals a perfect option for your jewelry collection.
The 1980’s saw the emergence of the punk rock movement and the reintroduction of bold colors in jewelry. During the 1980’s the motto was the bigger the better and everyone was vying for that next big piece to complete their collection.
White gold dominated the 1990’s and the beginning of the body piercing movement can be traced to the 1990’s as people began to truly embrace jewelry as a form of self-expression.
As each decade passes, it leaves behind a trend and a pattern that will forever more be linked to a period of time. As an essential part of out style journey, we must first know where we came from. Once you have mastered those traits and characteristics, then you are ready to embrace the future in full force.
After tonight, there was another awards show and another red carpet in the books. The music elite gathered together to celebrate one another and pay tribute to those that they lost during the year. Before the ceremony though, all eyes were on the stars as they arrived in the best that fashion had to offer.
Katie Perry Grammy’s 2013
Katy Perry made her presence known in a mint green gown that pushed the envelope in terms of the guidelines provided by the Grammy Awards powers that be. The embellished neckline made the need for a necklace nonexistent, so instead she opted for several gemstone statement rings.
Giuliana Rancic arrived for her E Red Carpet special in a tone downed camel colored gown. She did however provide interest to her ensemble by joining the likes of Rihanna in paying tribute to the Year of the Snake with her accessories. What Giuliana’s dress may have lacked in terms of interest her serpent rings more than made up for in terms of style.
Kelly kept it simple this year and let the dress speak for itself. Her black floor length gown skirted the Grammy guidelines with the cutouts around the waistline. Kelly was one of the few celebrities that opted for gold accents this year. She chose 18k gold earrings, bracelets and rings to finish her look.
Beyonce Grammy’s 2013
Beyonce chose to rock two of the biggest fashion statements of the season at the Grammy Awards this year. She hit the red carpet in a black and white (trend 1) pants suit (trend 2). She accented that fashion statement with two large, matching cuffs on her wrists and simple earrings in her ears.
Adele was all about the floral at the Grammy Awards. Her black and red floral pattern was a force to be reckoned with and included her shoes of the evening. Her jewelry options followed suit and were a floral pattern that also matched the dress.
So after the rundown, there is only one question that remains. Who got it right and who will spend all their days until the next event trying to right their fashion wrong?
Debra Messing Golden Globes
Choosing the perfect jewelry combination is about having an outlet for self-expression. Your choices are a reflection of your style and personality persona, and that is never truer than when you create a great stackable bracelet combination. Debra Messing rocked a great example of this hot trend at the Golden Globes when she sported a great stackable combination complete with mixed metals and all. The key to a great stacked combination is to find a sense of balance and cohesion.
Creating a Sense of Balance
The first important characteristic of a great stackable combination is to strike a balance with the piece. Look for a combination of small and large pieces that will coordinate with one another. Choose two large pieces that will serve as the anchor for your stackable combination. These pieces will be the beginning and the end of the bracelet and need to make a large statement.
Creating a Sense of Cohesion
The next characteristic of a great stackable combination is that the piece needs to have a sense of cohesion and appear as if all the separate parts were meant to be worn together. It is not enough to place separate pieces together, they must also look as if they are meant to be going to the same event. If you are creating a stackable statement with gem stones, then look for pieces that have a similar color scheme. They will automatically look as if they belong together. If you are choosing to mix metals, then choose pieces that have a similar size and scale in order to create a sense of cohesion.
Create your own Golden Globe worthy moment by designing a stackable jewelry piece that will be a reflection of your style persona and personality. Find your own sense of balance and cohesion along the way as a part of your overall process. Then, strut your stuff with confidence, knowing that you were the master of your own design destiny.
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend and pearls have always been a symbol of classic style. Now one of the newest trends to grace the red carpet is the mixture of the timeless jewel of the diamond and the classic pearl look.
Jennifer Hudson pulled the look off with flawless ease during her touching tribute to Whitney Houston at the 2012 Grammy ceremony. The diamond and pearl statement ring was the perfect accent to her black and silver Alexander McQueen gown. So, that begs the question how did she manage to make such an effective style statement on the red carpet and at the ceremony? One of the tricks of the trade that made her piece such a style win was that the piece was made like that. What do you do though if you want to rock the trend and are unable to find a ready made piece? How do you pair the two styles together to create a look that seems to be made for one another?
First, look for style cues that indicate that the two pieces were meant to be worn to the same event. You do not want to make the mistake of putting together a piece that was meant to be worn to a formal occasion with one that was designed for the casual setting. Then, look at the clasps and accents. Pay special attention to the colors and details of the two pieces. If they look like they could be worn to the same event and they share the same color for their clasps and accents then you may have found the perfect marriage.
The final test is whether the two pieces are proportionally the same size. Do not pair a large statement cuff with a small single pearl. The two need to look like they were cut from the same mold. Mixing jewels and metals is all about finding pieces that may not necessarily have been made for each other, but with careful placement hide that fact. As long as you style it with flair, you can always find a way to rock a good trend.
If last year was any indication of what is to come this year, the Grammy’s may give the Golden Globes a run for their money this year. There were so many amazing pieces from last year that its hard to choose who wore it best, so instead we will give you the rundown of some of our favorites.
Adele rocked an amazing pair of diamond earrings and a fabulous ring. She dubbed the earrings the doughnuts because of their unique shape. The diamonds were
Comprised of 460 individual diamonds and were one of the best displays of pairing diamonds of the entire evening.
Katy Perry made of the biggest splashes of the night when she arrived rocking a high updo to show off the dangling 20 carat three stone earrings. They were Asscher-cut diamonds set in pave’ diamonds and were valued at almost $2 million.
Jennifer Hudson paid a touching tribute to the late Whitney Houston at the 2012 Grammy’s. She wore a large diamond and pearl ring that was the perfect accent for her black and silver Alexander McQueen dress. She finished off the look with three Art Deco bracelets and stunning chandelier earrings.
Gwyneth chose to channel her inner rock diva with an open heart ring surrounded by daggers dripping with red rubies. The minimalist look that she chose for the evening made the piece stand out even more. Gwyneth paired her rocker style find with a chic black dress and a gold accent belt.
Last years Grammy Awards Ceremony set the bar high when it comes to choosing jewels that will have the world talking the next day. All eyes will turn to the red carpet on February 10th where the showdown will be decided once and for all. Pick your year and then cast your vote. Then tune in to see if your choice is the ultimate winner.