Category Archives: Celebrities

Being a celebrity means that you are giving off an aura of a role model. What you wear, eat and the jewelry you have on can make millions of people change their look instantaneously. We love being on celebrity watch because then we can show you ways to get that look!

Web Roundup: Engagement Ring Etiquette, Etsy & Easter

This week’s post brought to you by indignance. I would say “irateness” but a. I’m not sure if that’s a word and b. these are strangers. I need to reserve my spiciness for personal affronts. Nonetheless, I’m kicking off web roundup with the bad news first (so the good news can cheer you up!) That’s how I’ve always done it. The good news/bad news thing, not web roundup. Web Roundup is usually a place for butterflies and bunny rabbits which we’ll get to, because it’s Easter weekend. But first: the wrath of D&D.

W. T. Actual. F. Etsy Vendor! You shall remain nameless (until this click through.) However, you get a slap on each wrist for allowing Tech Crunch to write the sensationalist headline “Buying an Engagement Ring Online Spoiled the Surprise.” There’s got to be a better way (perhaps numerical?) to designate reserved listings. Or just mark them as sold and note who the customer is, you know, offline. That being said, the cardinal rule of #hinting is to not follow up. The laws of engagement ring wish listing are simple and finite: do not check to see if your dream ring was sold. I didn’t even go on the side of the showroom with the bridal cases for the last three months before I got engaged. I certainly didn’t check the online listing (hard, because it’s part of my job). If I can avoid that kind of temptation, so must you, hopeful brides. And if it really needs to be said: no, buying an engagement ring online won’t ruin the surprise. If you don’t inadvertently ruin it your own self.

This guy. Ohhhoooo this guy. He’s an interminable d-baguette, no doubt, but I always relish an opportunity for the civilized debate of broken engagement etiquette. The only correct answer is: consult your state law or an attorney. It varies across the US, and there’s no hard and fast rule based on decency i.e. “Thou who called off the wedding shalt not keep the rock.” Typically, An engagement ring is largely considered a “conditional gift” given in good faith that the engagement will result in a marriage. If the marriage never happens, the conditional gift legally should be returned. However, some states contend that if groomy broke off the wedding, he doesn’t get the bauble back. Although some brides have been known to turn profit and sell the engagement ring, they might be forced to pay back the cash value if things get nasty/litigious. I tend to think that no matter who called it off, the ring should be given back to the giver. Especially if it was a family heirloom. Either way, I’d feel weird juju about keeping it. This girl though? Take the money and RUN honey, especially since you’re well within your legal rights. Use it for a celebratory trip to thank the LAWD you didn’t marry that schmuck.

Ok, now onto the fluffy stuff. but no Peeps. I hate Peeps. Give me a Reese’s Egg any day.

If this doesn’t scream easter IDK what does.

Yes, I’m aware I linked to a Lilly Pulitzer dress last week also. What of it? I might have a Lilly problem. And that problem is that there’s no Lilly store in Chicago (how did I get here?!) Picking up something in this foxy pattern, in honor of Ruby the foxy puppy, next time in in Boca.

Finally, This should come in handy this weekend. And every weekend.

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Nina Dobrev Jewelry Line for Charity

Nina Dobrev has risen to stardom through her role on The Vampire Diaries. With her rise to fame, she has increasingly showed her desire to give back to not only her local community, but to regions around the world. This has made her one of the great up and coming philanthropists in Hollywood as well. This shines true with her latest project, as she has designed to team up with Gorjana, a jewelry company, in order to create a collection with all proceeds dedicated to go towards individuals suffering with EB (epidermolysis bullosa).

Nina Dobrev Designs Jewelry Line

via MoviePilot

This is a potentially lethal skin condition where an individual suffering from EB becomes fragile due to connective problems that occur between the epidermis and the dermis. This skin condition plagues children across the globe. These children are often refereed to as “butterfly children” because their skin is so incredibly fragile, it can simply flake off like the dust on a butterfly’s wings.

The collection is currently on sale right now and is going to continue to sell until the 14th of May. The designs are all rather simple, yet elegant. The majority of the pieces are designed out of yellow gold and feature partially black elements, in order to add a greater emphasis on the gold touch. Additionally, there are some pieces that feature diamonds sparkled throughout the piece. The designs are also suppose to coincide with Mother’s Day, as the collection’s sale period ends right on Mother’s Day. It is both Nina Dobrev and Gorjana’s desire to increase sales off of the Mother’s Day holiday coming up.

Currently, the jewelry can be purchased directly through the Gorjana website. There are several different options to choose from for individuals who are looking. While there are some crafted from yellow gold, a large number of these designs are also crafted out of a stainless steel with a yellow gold coating, in order to make the designs more affordable for just about anyone. Several of the designs also feature a butterfly in order to coincide with the “Butterfly Children” name Most of the designs are either for necklaces or bracelets, although there are a few different earring studs and rings. For the most part though, these designs are rather simple, so chances are, individuals who are looking for a gift for their mother or just want to expand their current jewelry collection and also want to support a good cause, is going to find something in this current collection.

The cause itself is known as Nina 4 EBMRF. Short for Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation, EBMRF is supported by celebrities from all over the world who donate their time and money in order to help with the cause. Celebrities such as Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Zach Galifanakis, Brad Pit and many others have all turned to help this cause and to bring in more money for research in order to determine how to both correct the disease but to also prevent it as well. And for those individuals who wonder, 100 percent of the proceeds from the jewelry purchased goes towards the research foundation in order to help individuals suffering from the disease.

Web Roundup: What Women Want

What is UP? Aside from oodles and oodles of interesting auction news, this week was remarkably hot in jewelry news. We had The Duchess declaring her love for a NZ jeweler. Cartier snapped up an insanely gorgeous jadeite necklace of its own design – very eager to get it back into the archives, I assume. Would love to see this puppy on an oscar’s red carpet in the coming years! I made these as my afternoon snack (thought I’d eat the whole cooking sheet, but couldn’t fit more than 5 in my stomach. So rich, so delicious.) And speaking of rich and delicious: I have this meal on my Chicago restaurant checklist. Ridiculous? Yes, but worth it just to say I had it.

NOT A POOL - it's an actual river in Turkey.

How bad do you want this pool? Plot twist! It’s not a pool.

LIES.

Despite my work uniform being yoga pants and the least stained tank top I can find, this is my new favorite blog.

And, in other visions of what I’d like to wear, I relay relay relay would like this dress. Please.

I, along with the rest of the world it seems, fell totally in love with Prince George this week.

Totally swooned for these spring-perfect boutonnieres.

Interesting article, with a  lot of sweet sentiment. We’ve seen a huge spike in couples shopping exclusively for vintage & antique diamonds, for those who don’t have Nana’s.

And on the topic of what the ladies want in an engagement ring

What women want in an engagement ring

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Web Roundup: Winter is Coming

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My house. My Sigil. My words.

Happy April ya’ll! Besides my distaste for April Fool’s pranks, I was pretty into this week. The promise of spring is on the horizon, there are plenty of yellow diamonds in the showroom, and we picked up this amazing pair of vintage Van Cleef & Arpels earrings today. I got to share some of my favorite wedding tidbits, while simultaneously learning about the Pink Panther-style ring of European diamond thieves that are at large (hide yo diamonds!) Here’s what else I got up to…

Time to get nitpicky. A) This is not Duchess Catherine’s jewelry collection. The first slide was famously borrowed from THE QUEEN. B) A slideshow of her jewelry & not one designer is mentioned. Who wrote this, Ryan Seacrest? C) Droolworthy isn’t the most accurate adjective here people. Princess Kate is all strategy and pragmatism. She purposely wears understated, every-girl-could-own-it jewelry. You wanna talk drool-worthy jewel collections? Let me direct you here.

I don’t think this is an engagement ring.

How he should have Met The Mother. (I want my 9 years back.)

But when one show sh*ttily ends, another excellently begins. WINTER IS COMING.

Maybe it’s the promise of sandal season far, far in my future, but my designer shoe fetish is rearing its expensive, 3.5″ heel head. Look. Look. Look.

And clearly, designer shoes require a designer evening bag.

“It’s really just about dopeness at the end of the day.”

Shared my favorite wedding budget infographics.

I’m making these this weekend (in between the 900 billion showings our broker has scheduled for our apartment.)

Speaking of which, anyone in Chicago know a good place to hang out with your puppy for oh, 4 hours or so? Not the beach. It’s cold. Not the dog park. She’s vicious.

Web Roundup: My Brain Has Too Many Tabs Open

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TGIF ya’ll! Welcome to your weekend, I hope you squeeze in all the Farmer’s Marketing/Game Night/Home Depoting/Bottle Popping/Sleeping In you desire. I’ll be doing some spring cleaning (way better than it sounds, I’m a Virgo & it’s like a day at the spa for me). I’ll also be embracing Mars’ retrograde by continuing my 2014 habit of re-reading old book favorites. I’m also hoping to vacuum seal all of our winter coats into storage but it’s probably too premature for that :( But, a nice productive/relaxing weekend is calling my name after last weekend’s St. Paddy’s festivities! And this week was a busy one in my sparkly little slice of the web. I…

Realized my bad habit of having 60 tabs open at once might not just be an internet issue.

Coveted the Cartier Ballon Bird.

Asked Lee to sneak a picture of the famous guy sitting behind him on his flight to LA so I could determine who it was. He eventually asked another passenger, and the guy was JOHN LEGEND. Yes, I asked if my spirit animal Chrissy Teigen was with him, no, she wasn’t, and no, Lee would not agree to ask him for pics/offer him free jewelry in exchange for me meeting her.

Swooned over this VCA catalog on Flipboard. I forgot I even had Flipboard!

Don’t know how to skateboard but I’d learn if I had THIS.

Said: “Oooooooh snap.” The gauntlet has been THROWN. #DRAma

Took Ruby on an extra long walk because it was gorgeous out. We window shopped all her favorite stores on Oak Street, namely Hermes, Graff, Harry Winston and Trabert & Hoeffer. She did try to run into Armani but I ruined her fun.

Laughed, fist pumped and amen-ed Becky’s Pinterest Board.

Became obsessed with the Bridesmaid Ask. I’m so happy it’s becoming A Thing, and think it’s even better than a bridal luncheon closer to the actual wedding.