Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Bring Romance Back to Miami After Engagement

Justin Bieber, Hailey Baldwin, Diamond Watches, RingJustin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin have brought their romance back to Miami, this time as an engaged couple.
A month ago, the two sparked rumors of a rekindled romance after they were…

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Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber Make Their Engagement Instagram Official

As is generally the case with all things Justin Bieber- and/or Instagirl-related, the internet was abuzz on Sunday and Monday with rumors that 24-year-old Bieber and his on-again, off-again girlfriend of several years — that’s 21-year-old Hailey Baldwin — got engaged on a whirlwind romantic getaway …

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin confirmed their engagement in a series of emotional social media posts

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin confirmed their engagement in a series of emotional social media posts


Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin confirmed their engagement in a series of emotional social media posts

On Sunday, July 8th, 2018, news broke that Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin had gotten engaged while on vacation in the Bahamas. TMZ broke the news and then Hailey’s dad Stephen and Bieber’s father Jeremy seemingly confirmed the engagement in their own social media posts. Justin and Hailey played coy at first, but earlier today the couple confirmed their engagement with his-and-hers social media statements.

Justin opened his emotional Instagram post with a tribute to his future wife.

“Hailey I am soooo in love with everything about you!” Justin wrote in the Instagram post. “So committed to spending my life getting to know every single part of you loving you patiently and kindLY. I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make. My heart is COMPLETELY and FULLY YOURS and I will ALWAYS put you first!”

Justin called their union “literally perfect” and mentioned that they got engaged “on the seventh day of the seventh month,” and that “the number seven is the number of spiritual perfection.”

Hailey tweeted just seconds after Justin’s massive Instagram post, and wrote:

“Not sure what I did in life to deserve such happiness but I am so utterly grateful to God for giving me such an incredible person to share my life with! No words could ever express my gratitude.”

TMZ originally broke the news and reported that Justin proposed on Saturday, July 7th while on vacation. According to an eye-witness, the couple were salsa dancing in a crowd when Justin’s security team asked all nearby guests to put their phones away while he popped the question.

Justin and Hailey have been dating for a few weeks — though they reportedly met in 2009 and dated on and off in early 2016.

Read Justin’s full statement on their engagement, below:

“Was gonna wait a while to say anything but word travels fast, listen plain and simple Hailey I am soooo in love with everything about you! So committed to spending my life getting to know every single part of you loving you patiently and kindLY. I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make. My heart is COMPLETELY and FULLY YOURS and I will ALWAYS put you first! You are the love of my life Hailey Baldwin and I wouldn’t want to spend it with anybody else. You make me so much better and we compliment eachother so well!! Can’t wait for the best season of life yet!. It’s funny because now with you everything seems to make sense! The thing I am most excited for is that my little brother and sister get to see another healthy stable marriage and look for the same!!! Gods timing really is literally perfect, we got engaged on the seventh day of the seventh month, the number seven is the number of spiritual perfection, it’s true GOOGLE IT! Isn’t that nuts? By the way I didn’t plan that, anyways My goodness does feel good to have our future secured! WERE GONNA VE BETTER AT 70 BABY HERE WE GO! “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains FAVOR from the Lord!” This is the year of favor!!!!”

Congrats to the happy couple.

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Ariana Grande Defends Her Quick Engagement and Justin Bieber’s

Love is the answer. Ariana Grande took to Twitter on Sunday, July 8, to respond to a fan who joked about her quick engagement to Pete Davidson and Justin Bieber‘s speedy proposal to Hailey Baldwin.

“First ariana get engaged to pete Davidson now Justin bieber to hailey Bladwin the devil works hard but Scooter Braun works harder,” a fan joked about the entertainment executive, who manages both the “Love Yourself” singer and Grande, after news broke on Sunday about Bieber and Baldwin’s engagement.

“You do realize we are human beings who love and have lives …… right …. ? and that scooter is a wonderful human being too who cares first n foremost ab our health and happiness ?” the “No Tears Left to Cry” singer, 25, replied in a since-deleted tweet. “Love is lit. s—t happens. I hope to god it happens to you too. U deserve it.”

As reported earlier on Sunday, Bieber, 24, proposed to Baldwin, 21, in the Bahamas on Saturday, July 7, less than a month after Us Weekly broke the news that the pair — who previously dated from 2015 to 2016 — were hooking up again. A source close to the model confirmed the happy news, telling Us that Baldwin “is obsessed with Justin and always has been.”

TMZ reports that the “Where Are U Now” crooner popped the question in front of a crowd at a Bahamian resort after his security guards told everyone to put away their phones “because something special was about to happen.”

Grande and Saturday Night Live star Davidson, 24, got engaged in June, just weeks after Us confirmed that the pair were an item.

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Meghan Markle Chooses Givenchy Again for First Solo Royal Engagement

SECOND TIME AROUND: For her first official engagement in Cheshire with the Queen, Meghan Markle opted for another design by Givenchy — the same designer she chose for her wedding dress. Four weeks ago, Meghan married in an unembellished Givenchy haute couture wedding dress in Windsor.
The simple cream-colored cape-style dress was as fuss-free as her wedding gown. She paired this with a thin black belt and black pointed-toe pumps.
Markle and the Queen marked the opening of the Mersey Gateway Bridge, a new six-lane toll bridge that connects the towns of Runcorn and Widnes. The unveiling of the 1.86 billion pound project was followed by a performance from local school children. This is Markle’s first solo royal engagement.

Meghan Duchess of Sussex opens the new Mersey Gateway Bridge. 
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Markle is said to have broken yet another royal protocol when she arrived at Runcorn station without wearing a hat or a headpiece. Last week, the duchess did so again when she attended the Trooping the Colour parade in an off-the shoulder dress.
Today also marks the anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire, which claimed the lives of 72 people, and Markle and the Queen took part in the minute’s silence to remember and pay respects to

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Ariana Grande, Pete Davidson Head to Disney After Engagement News

Where do you go after getting engaged? The Happiest Place on Earth, of course! Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson headed to the amusement park in Anaheim, California, hours after Us Weekly exclusively confirmed that they are set to tie the knot.

The “No Tears Left to Cry” singer, 24, shared some grainy video footage from their late-night outing via Instagram Story on Monday, June 11. “Another take,” she captioned a clip of her husband-to-be in a ride with her. “I really like this one.”

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Grande and Davidson, 24, have decided to take the next step in their relationship after just a few weeks of dating. However, they plan on having a long engagement.

“They are a perfect it. They are not rushing to get married.  Their friends are really excited and supportive,” one source told Us. “They are both constantly making each other laugh. Their moms have met. They’ve been very public with their relationship on social media and they are in very in love.”

A second insider adds that the couple told partygoers at Robert Pattinson’s birthday bash over the weekend that they are engaged.

Grande hosted and performed on SNL in March 2016. She recently split with Mac Miller after two years of dating. Davidson, meanwhile, was last linked to Larry David’s daughter Cazzie David.

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It’s true…Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande are engaged! While replying to fan comments on June 11, the singer confirmed that her man knows what he’s getting into by marrying her, which was her first public acknowledgment of their future together. Check it out!

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This couple did a chicken nugget-themed engagement shoot, because foodie love is the best love

This couple did a chicken nugget-themed engagement shoot, because foodie love is the best love


This couple did a chicken nugget-themed engagement shoot, because foodie love is the best love

A couple had a chicken nugget-themed engagement shoot. Full stop. We’ve seen a variety of *interesting* engagement photoshoots over the years. There’s the empowering kind (like the couple who did a body-positive boudoir shoot), the dreamy kind (the pair who took inspiration from Beauty and the Beast), and the plain bizarre (the T-Rex engagement shoot comes to mind). But what about the engagement photo shoots that leave you super hungry? Steph and Brett from Ontario, Canada posed for a McNuggets-themed photo shoot, and McDonald’s owes these two lovebirds a check (or at least a catered wedding reception).

According to the photographer Katie Marie, the couple literally asked her how they could “include chicken nuggets in [their] engagement shoot.” Katie shared the fast-food inspired photo shoot on her Instagram on June 1st, and we can’t stop lol’ing.

These photos are so goofy and sweet — and really, they used a four-pack of nuggets as a ring box. We wonder if Brett proposed like that? Down on one knee, holding a greasy to-go box, uttering the words, “Steph? Will you eat these chicken nuggets with marry me?”

Several things are clear from these photos. 1) We’re hungry. 2) Steph and Brett seem like a cool couple. 3) Katie is the kind-of wedding photographer we need more of in this world*.

*No offense to engagement photos of a couple standing in the woods gazing longingly at each other, but hiding an engagement ring inside a box of chicken nuggets is some A+ art direction.

Click through to see all the photos from this very silly chicken nugget engagement.

We love this one of the couple gazing longingly at a box of nuggets.

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Congratulations to these two McDonald’s enthusiasts on their engagement! Brb, we need to Postmate some nugs now.

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Royal Wedding Throwback! See the Sweet Footage from Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip’s 1947 Engagement Celebration

Then-Princess Elizabeth & Lieutenant Mountbatten announced their engagement in July 1947, just four months before they wed.

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‘Vampire Diaries’ Alum Steven McQueen and Alexandra Silva Call Off Their Engagement

It’s over. Steven McQueen exclusively revealed to Us Weekly that he has called off his engagement to Alexandra Silva.

The Vampire Diaries alum attended the Voices In Displacement Gala hosted by The Syrian American Medical Society on Friday, May 4, and opened up to Us about canceling his plans to marry the model.

When asked about how the wedding planning was going, the actor, 29, exclusively revealed to Us: “You know what? Actually, we called it off.”

“We did,” he continued. “But yeah, it’s just the way it was. It happened.”

As far as dating goes, he’s focusing on himself, for now, telling Us he’s “enjoying me time,” and staying active. “If I’m stressed I like anything from hiking with my dogs to boxing,” he added. “Whatever comes up.”

In the future, McQueen just wants one thing from the woman in his life: “You know, just love. That’s all.”

The Chicago Fire guest star announced the news that he had proposed to the model via Instagram in January. “She said yes,” the actor captioned a black and white photo of them kissing at dinner.

Silva shared the same photo on her account, writing: “My best friend, love of my life…YES, yes yes a million times over @steven_r_mcqueen.” Both photos have since been deleted from their pages.

McQueen made their relationship Instagram official in December 2016 with a photo of them together from a skiing trip.

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Could Diamond Finger Piercings Replace Engagement Rings? (PHOTOS)

There always seems to be a new trend that gets the masses excited, with diamond dermal piercing being the latest craze to take over for those preparing to say, “I Do.”

Instead of purchasing a ring for thousands of dollars to represent their future together, many young couples are opting to receive dermal piercings instead. They usually include one or two studs. According to Standard Media, “a micro dermal anchor is put under your skin and the piece of jewelry inserted into the finger.”


The process also includes the removal of a small piece of flesh from the finger in which the dermal anchor is inserted.

If you’re looking for a new way to show your commitment, check out these diamond piercings below.

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Toni Braxton Confirms Engagement in New Trailer for ‘Braxton Family Values’

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R&B singer Toni Braxton has confirmed that she is engaged, according to the latest trailer of Braxton Family Values. 

The promo for the hit We tv series shows Braxton showing off her giant engagement ring while her family reacts with excitement.

It’s rumored that Braxton is engaged to Birdman.

“I have an announcement to make — I’m engaged,” the singer can be heard saying in the newly released trailer.

Reps for Braxton did not respond to requests for comments.

The trailer also shows the end of Tamar Braxton and Vince Herbert’s marriage. 

The new season of Braxton Family Values airs in March.

 

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This Stunning Diamond Alternative Can Save You 90% on an Engagement Ring

Love and marriage, love and marriage. They can come with a price you can’t quite manage.

We’re in the month of love, when couples start thinking about, you know, marriage. As cliche as it sounds, Valentine’s Day is still one of the most popular days for proposals –– it’s second only to Christmas Day, according to WeddingWire.

So, if getting engaged is in your plans this Valentine’s Day — but you and your sweetheart don’t have thousands of dollars sitting in your savings accounts with nothing to do — here’s a brilliant alternative to a diamond ring: a moissanite engagement ring.

Wait, moissa-what? Yeah, that’s what I said, too.

What Is a Moissanite Engagement Ring?

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It was a beautiful morning here at The Penny Hoarder headquarters. The sunlight was filtering in through the kitchen windows, casting rays that beautifully reflected off that seriously sparkly thing on senior product manager Brooke Harris’ finger!

As a few of us gathered around Harris to get a closer look, she shared a secret:

“This isn’t a diamond,” she told us. She went on to explain the history behind the gem, the cost compared with a diamond ring and just how happy she is that her husband-to-be picked it out for her.

Her smile sparkled as brightly as her ring, and we knew we had to tell our fellow Penny Hoarders.

The History of Moissanite

About 50,000 years ago, a meteorite crashed into Earth near present-day Winslow, Arizona, leaving a crater more than 2 miles wide and 550 feet deep. That’s where French chemist Dr. Henri Moissan discovered crystals resembling diamonds in 1893. He later determined the crystals were made of silicon carbide. The naturally occurring form of silicon carbide was later named moissanite, in his honor.

Because natural moissanite is extremely rare, there were several attempts to re-create it –– none of which were successful until about a century after its discovery.

By 1995, the gem finally made its way into the jewelry world when Charles & Colvard saw potential for a new diamond alternative. Charles & Colvard remained the exclusive manufacturer of the gem until its patent expired in 2016, opening the door for other manufacturers to enter the market.  

Now, moissanite engagement rings continue to gain popularity and are sold in jewelry stores around the globe.

Moissanite vs. Diamond: How Do They Compare?

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Diamonds are among the hardest natural substances on the planet, measuring a 10 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. Moissanite measures a 9.25, not too far from diamonds.

Moissanite engagement ring prices can be as little as 10% of what a diamond engagement ring costs. I compared diamond vs. moissanite engagement ring prices on Overstock.com. This diamond engagement ring is normally priced at $ 3,344, while this similar moissanite engagement ring is normally priced at $ 879.99. That’s $ 2,464.01 (don’t forget the penny) you could save and put toward your wedding or another goal.

When it comes to brilliance, the refractive index of moissanite, which measures how light bends when it passes through the gem, is much greater than a diamond. This is because it contains more fire, which is how light breaks into different colors when refracted from the gem. (Brilliance and fire also depend on how a gem is cut.)

So just how obvious is the difference between the two to the human eye? While some people can spot the difference, others got it completely wrong when The Today Show compared of the two.

Why Choose Moissanite Over Diamond?

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The biggest advantage of moissanite engagement rings over diamond engagement rings is obviously the price. Couples can put those hundreds or thousands of dollars they save toward something else, like planning the wedding. We all know weddings can be expensive enough.

The average cost of a wedding is more than $ 30,000 –– a Disney wedding costs more than $ 75,000 –– and that doesn’t even include the engagement ring or the honeymoon. Some couples even opt for wedding loans to tackle these costs. Even wedding guests can end up spending a pretty penny just to be there for the special day.

So if you’re already thinking about how to stick to your wedding budget, why not start with the engagement ring? Sure, some may scoff at the idea of buying a lab-produced gem for an engagement ring or feel the need to buy a diamond because of social pressures.

But others may find moissanite appealing not just because of the price. Moissanite is created in a lab, so you don’t have to worry about buying a gem that was mined in a conflict zone. That also means moissanite is environmentally friendly.

Harris isn’t the only Penny Hoarder in love with her moissanite engagement ring:

Tina Russell, a photographer at The Penny Hoarder, is also happy with her and her fiance’s choice of a moissanite engagement ring. She said, “We didn’t want to start off our engagement in debt,” she said, “and I didn’t want to own anything that wasn’t ethically sourced.”

Alexa Vincent, photo coordinator, also loves her moissanite ring. “Five years later and it’s still holding up beautifully,” she said.

And don’t forget about the romantic appeal of moissanite. Known as the gem from the stars, moissanite has earned nicknames like “Space Diamond” and “Stardust.” Harris’ future husband has a background in astronomy, so he wanted to give the gem of the stars to the woman he loves. If that isn’t romantic, I don’t know what is!

Jessica Gray is an editorial assistant at The Penny Hoarder. She’s in love with the idea of wearing a gem from the stars.

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Darren Criss Says Engagement ‘Was a Long Time Coming’ — and Reveals He ‘Waited’ to Announce It

Darren Criss is opening up about proposing to longtime girlfriend Mia Swier, saying it “was a long time coming” after the two dated for over seven years.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story actor, 31, told Esquire.com in an interview published Wednesday that he and Swier “waited a while before we announced it.”

“I had a whole thing written, like, ‘Usually I don’t like talking about my private life…’ which I really don’t — I was really allergic to it for a while,” he said.

“Eventually, I got over myself and realized that it’s just the best way to let people know.”

Criss shared a photo of the two on Instagram and Twitter in January, writing, “Mia and I have had seven and a half years of fun, wacky, wonderful, CRAZY adventures together.”

“And I’m happy to announce that we’re kicking those adventures up a notch. We’re goin for it. To boldly go where neither of us have gone before. Engage,” the former Glee star added.

While it is unclear when the proposal took place, Criss and Swier last attended the Los Angeles premiere of the FX series in Hollywood together on Jan. 8. At the time, the writer was seen without an engagement ring.

In a 2013 interview, Criss briefly talked about their relationship, saying, “Oh yeah, we’ve been together a long time. I didn’t know I was going to be on TV when we started dating.”

Swier attended New York University’s Steinhardt School of Media Studies and Television Production and has worked for networks such as Fox and Showtime.

Criss is currently starring in the FX show Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story as Andrew Cunanan, the man who murdered famed fashion designer, Gianni Versace.


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Engagement Rings: Have You Ever Upgraded, Downgraded, or Swapped It Out?

engagement ring upgradeSo here’s something that I know people do but never really hear people talk about: upgrading engagement rings. If you’re married, engaged, or just fond of thinking about rings: when, if ever, can one “upgrade” an engagement or wedding ring to get a larger diamond, adding more stones like baguettes or upgrading the setting to something like a Halo? When, if ever, can one replace a wedding ring for fashion/style reasons? (Obviously, the easy answer is “whenever the heck you want,” but there’s an etiquette issue here with your partner, as well as budgetary issues, fashion/lifestyle issues, and more.) We’ve talked about whether you have to take a diamond ring off to interview — but we’ve never talked about an engagement ring upgrade or anything else from this angle.upgrading an engagement ring etiquette

A few questions, to focus discussion: is buying “too much of a ring” ever a problem? For example, if your partner were to propose with an engagement ring — but still be in the midst of paying it off when you get hitched — how do you feel about that? Would you prefer zero debt in your union and a smaller ring — or did you have a mindset of “hey, you only get one engagement ring so let’s make it huuuuge!”, but then be OK with a monthly loan payment to which you contribute (or where your partner pays for it alone but then has less resources to contribute to family discretionary spending)? (After all, there are lots of different married money management methods!) Irrespective of engagement ring size, I know of several women who found that ultimately they preferred to just wear their wedding bands, and leave their engagement rings in the drawer (or safe, as the case may be)…

But, while buying too much can be a problem, buying too little can be another — so at what point is it acceptable to upgrade? (“I buy my own diamonds…” … riiight?) Has anyone had that conversation with your partner — and regardless of “whose money” paid for the new ring, how did that conversation go? (Did you have it right when he or she proposed? Wait until an anniversary?)

Still other women wear multiple engagement/wedding rings.  There are two ways I’ve seen this play out. One girlfriend of mine inherited both her mother’s and grandmother’s rings, so in addition to her own wedding rings she wore six rings on a regular basis. (It was extra in the best way!) The OTHER way I’ve seen it (well, read about it) is featured in this old post from You Look Fab where Angie describes swapping out her wedding rings like fashion accessories. (On a much smaller level, I suppose I’ve also seen this with women who have “traveling” rings, usually a very simple band they wear in place of their $ $ $ diamonds when they travel, particularly to foreign countries.) When I first read the You Look Fab post years ago, it really appealed to me — and I could see myself doing it, if I found the right rings — but I’ve been married for almost nine years now and a) I never take my rings off, and b) I never shop for diamond rings because, well, why would I? Still, it’s an intriguing idea to me.

So let’s dish, ladies — is your ring your partner proposed with your “forever” ring? If it wasn’t, have you upgraded or downgraded it? Did you ever felt like you “outgrew” your diamond ring in terms of fashion/style, lifestyle, or with physical changes (e.g., arthritis, weight change, etc?) Would you ever consider swapping out an engagement ring for fashion reasons? 

Psst: We’ve also talked about how to deal when your boss makes rude comments about your engagement ring, wearing engagement rings at work (and how much jewelry to wear to work), and fine jewelry vs. fashion jewelry at the office.

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An engagement ring upgrade: would you do it? We're asking our readers about the many different ways this can look, from upgrading your ring immediately or upgrading it as part of an anniversary—as well as upgrading PART of your ring (like adding stones or otherwise changing the setting) or wearing multiple wedding rings for style/lifestyle purposes.

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Meghan Markle’s deleted Instagram posts show her incredible life before the engagement

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In today’s day and age, social media reigns supreme. Nowadays, we communicate through selfies, we slide into DM’s, and we even throw a dog filter on top of our whole lives – and the world doesn’t bat an eyelid. With the likes of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram filling up our time, it’s easy to believe that we’re all connected in one way or another. After all, how else are we supposed to keep track of our favorite celebrities and see how the other half live? By scrolling through our Instagram feeds, we can keep up with the Kardashians, we can be like the Beckhams, we can view the Vergaras (Sofia is of course our favorite), and apparently we can even watch the Windsors! Well, a soon-to-be Windsor. Of course, we’re talking about Meghan Markle, who will this year get hitched to the royal bachelor, Prince Harry. With a new family to impress, we bet the Queen won’t be happy with these deleted Instagram posts of Meghan Markle’s life before her engagement…


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Thanks to social media, us ordinary folk can watch as our favorite celebrities go about their daily lives. We can check out their epic (and expensive) car collection, we can see them at work, we can get a sneak peek into their Hollywood mansions, we can witness their girl gangs in action, and we can even get the scoop on a new celeb couple. The opportunities for social media are endless, and luckily, many of the most famous celebrities are more than happy to update their fans on their activities. With a race to get the most followers – can anyone beat Selena Gomez’s 132 million Instagram followers?! – celebrities post photo after photo and video after video, and we lap it up. Naturally, there are some celebrities who are more popular than others, but right now, we’re totally crushing on Meghan Markle.

In July 2016, the rest of the world went about their business, while the Suits actress, Meghan Markle, was introduced to Prince Harry by a mutual friend. After all, what else does a beautiful actress have to do on a Tuesday morning? After their initial meeting, the pair hit it off (we’d expect nothing less) and started secretly dating away from the public eye. In October that year, rumors began to circulate that the previously eligible bachelor was off the market, and a month later Royal Kensington Palace released an official statement that the duo was a couple. As if that wasn’t enough to make the whole of England and America swoon with excitement, their relationship was taken to the next level when they announced their engagement on November 27, 2017 – and now we eagerly await the royal wedding, and our invitation, which must have been lost in the mail…

However, with a new royal life ahead of her, we bet Meghan is probably regretting these deleted Instagram posts of her life before her engagement.

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The real Meghan Markle

Ever since her first appearance in Suits in 2011, Meghan Markle has been the source of much affection – and it’s not hard to see why. From her impeccable acting talent to her beautiful appearance and her celebrity status, the soon-to-be royal has amassed a whopping 3 million followers on Instagram. In the past, she has shared snippets of her life before her engagement to Prince Harry. Yet, sometimes she’s shared a little bit too much, and we can’t imagine ol’ Queen Liz will be too happy about this…

Staying hydrated

Like most celebrities, Meghan Markle spends most of her free time traveling the world and exploring new and exotic places – not that we’re jealous or anything. However, Meghan has always had an excuse. As the creator of her own blog, The Tig, Meghan used her travel opportunities to update her blog and her followers. During a visit to Greece, Meghan took this hydrating photograph of herself with the ocean in the background. We can’t imagine Meghan will be drinking any more of this stuff when she gets hitched. Tea and crumpets for you, Meg.

Slick selfies

One of the best things we love about celebrities is that we have all have something in common. After all, who DOESN’T love to take a selfie? Just a month before her fairytale meeting with Prince Harry, Meghan posted this slick selfie on her Instagram page, which resulted in a hefty liking spree from her followers. Unfortunately, we won’t be seeing any more of these anytime soon, as it’s against the royal rules to take selfies. Apparently, the Queen thinks they’re ‘strange.’ You and us both, Liz.

Sleep tight

During her highest reign of popularity on Suits, Meghan was also reigning supreme on her blog and posted weekly updates on her life, her health, wellbeing, and even fashion and style. It’s no secret that Meghan is a woman of natural style and beauty, but we can’t imagine this look would go down well in Buckingham Palace. In fact, members of the royal family are never seen in casual clothing, as they are expected to be well presented at all times. Even Prince George has to wear tailored trousers around the house!

Tequila time

Thanks to her impressive net worth (allegedly around $ 5 million), Meghan Markle has been able to enjoy the finer things in life and has often taken herself and her friends on beautiful summer holidays to the likes of Ibiza. In August 2016, the Duchess-to-be did just that and spent the evenings on the White Isle drinking Tequila sodas with her best pals and watching the sunset in front of them. However, we reckon Meghan might have to change her tipple of choice, unless the Queen loves a good Tequila Slammer, of course…

A cheeky package

We love nothing more than getting home after a long day, getting into our pajamas, and sitting down to watch a good movie, and it seems Meghan Markle is no different. Nevertheless, it seems our pajamas of choice are a little different. While we get ours from the local Walmart or Target, Meghan seems to get cheeky packages from expensive brands. Somehow, we just can’t imagine this parcel turning up on the doorstep of their newlywed home in Nottingham Cottage.

Sleep Sweet

In an Instagram post in June 2016, Meghan Markle proved that she was not shy in front of the camera. Uploading a beautiful full-face selfie, Meghan showed off her natural glow and her glistening smile – but it seems Meghan will have to learn how to be more reserved as she enters into her new life with Prince Harry. As a rule, the Royal Family have to lead a relatively quiet life, which means she won’t be able to post selfies like this one, or even sign autographs for her fans.

A deleted photo

Although Meghan still has kept most of her Instagram photographs on her account, she did get in hot water when one of her co-stars posted a saucy picture of her…and quickly deleted it. In August 2017, Patrick J. Adams decided to post a throwback photograph of himself with his Suits co-star, Meghan Markle, on his Instagram page. According to the actor, he posted the old photograph of the pair of them on set, before placing his phone on silent and going to bed. However, he did not expect the backlash that ensued…

A quick peck

The photograph in question featured a selfie of both Patrick and Meghan and saw Meghan kissing her co-star on the cheek. On his social media page, Patrick captioned the photograph with the innocent ‘Ross and Rachel – the next generation.’ Unfortunately, fans of Meghan and the Royal Family were not impressed with his choice of photo, or his choice of words. Before too long, online trolls bombarded his post with negative comments and insults, and his post was taken entirely out of context.

An intimate relationship

Fans of Suits will know the intimate relationship Meghan Markle has with her co-star, but they’ll also know that it’s all for the cameras. On the show, Meghan’s character Rachel Zane has a heated relationship with Patrick’s character, Mike Ross – but in reality, they are just friends. As soon as Patrick posted the throwback photo, trolls were quick to believe that Patrick was in competition for her attention. To avoid all of the negative press and to avoid speculation around himself and Meghan, he deleted the photograph.

On vacation

Like the rest of the world, Meghan loves nothing more than unwinding from work, and chilling out with her friends and family – or even embarking on a solo trip to truly take her mind away from the hustle and bustle of set life. In this photo she uploaded to her Instagram page, Meghan made no secret of the fact that she was getting pretty into the vacation way of life. After all, a balanced diet is a glass in each hand! However, it seems these fun trips may be coming to an end as her Duchess duties take over.

Chilling out

Although The Tig is no longer up and running, Meghan Markle used her platform to check out new and exciting places around the world. In her blog, she wrote about travel and other topics and made sure she knew firsthand what she was talking about. For research purposes, of course. In one of the many travel-related posts on her social media pages, Meghan posted this chilled out snapshot of one of her trips. Could this be a honeymoon destination, perhaps?

A dog’s life

If you’ve been following Meghan Markle on Instagram for a while now, you’ll know that she’s a huge dog lover. For many years, Meghan has been the proud owner of two dogs – a Beagle named Guy and a Labrador-Shepherd mix, Bogart – and has posted numerous photos of herself cuddled up on the couch with them in the past. This love of dogs will come in handy when she visits the Corgis at Buckingham Palace! Let’s hope they like her.

Tucking in

As well as updating her fans on her vacation pictures, Meghan also likes to post about food – because really, who doesn’t? Although this looks like a yummy dish, it’s probably not what she’ll be eating for the rest of her life. With weird and wacky culinary rules to abide by, members of the Royal Family are under strict instructions at the dinner table. Noodles and pasta are off the Buckingham Palace menu, and it’s believed that once the Queen has stopped eating, EVERYBODY stops eating. Even if they’re mid crumpet.

Fruity fingers

Throughout her career, Meghan Markle has been known for her sense of humor, and her entertaining personality – and she has loved to show this through her social media pages. In this hilarious post a few years ago, Meghan topped her fingers off with berries and posed for a photograph. Although this was a way to get a few laughs, she might want to adopt this look in the future, if she ever wears dark nail varnish in front of the Queen…because dark varnish is a big no-no in the Windsor household apparently.

Sandy toes

After posting this snapshot of her vacation on Instagram, many people were wondering where she was, and where she was planning to go next. Although she was probably going back to her swanky hotel to get ready for a night of fun and laughter with her friends, there could always be the chance that she was going to have a quick power nap before the night began. Unfortunately, it was probably one of the last naps she had, as going to bed before the Queen is thought to be strictly forbidden…

Vacation envy

Over the course of her Instagram streak, Meghan Markle has made millions of us jealous thanks to her perfect vacation snaps. From the impressive backdrop to the crystal clear water in the background, the drinks on the table, to her outfit, it all looks absolutely magnificent. In the past, Meghan has taken trips by herself, but it seems she won’t be able to continue this after her wedding day, as women are not allowed to travel by themselves. What a shame!

Bedtime antics

Like most of us on social media, we often take photographs of random moments that make us happy. For the most part, we love to share these snapshots with our nearest and dearest, to give them a little insight into our lives, and spread a little joy. It’s believed that Meghan wanted to do the same when she shared this candid photograph on her Instagram page, while she sat in bed in a silky negligee. Unfortunately, we can’t imagine she’ll be posting any more of these photos anytime soon.

The royal treatment

Although many of us dream of marrying into a royal family and becoming a real-life princess, there is so much more to it than simply wearing a tiara and ball gown 24/7, and bossing people around! There are numerous aspects of the royal life that takes a lot of getting used to – but it seems that Meghan Markle is already getting into the spirit of things. In this quirky Instagram post, Meghan showed the world that she is ready to sit in her bedchambers and rule the world!

All black everything

It’s no secret that black is a hugely flattering color, and Meghan is no stranger to wearing black and taking suggestive photographs such as this one. With the high slit and the skimpy shoes, we bet this is the last time Meghan will wear such a dress – but she will definitely wear this color again. In fact, it is a royal requirement for every member of the Royal Family to have a ready-to-wear funeral outfit with them during every trip to prepare them for any sudden deaths. How lovely…

Snapchat filters

Like most people in today’s day and age, Meghan Markle is no stranger to Snapchat. In fact, she has often publicized her Snapchat name on her social media channels and wowed her adoring fans with beautiful filters – including the hugely popular dog filter. Meghan posted this dog selfie a couple of years ago, but we can imagine the Queen has since suggested that she delete the app from her phone. Unless she wants Meghan to snap pictures of her and her Corgis, which we would totally appreciate.

A sultry selfie

If you’ve been on Meghan Markle’s Instagram page recently, you would have noticed this photograph as her profile picture. Compete with a sultry pose, ruffled hair and some pretty white sheets; we can’t imagine that this selfie was not taken in the presence of Prince Harry, the Queen, or any other royal. This photograph has amassed nearly 50,000 likes – but we might not be seeing another photo like this in the future. In fact, we might not even see her Instagram page in the future…

The mirror selfie

Although it’s gone out of fashion slightly, the mirror selfie is still a firm favorite for those who love to take a good selfie, and Meghan has taken a fair few in her lifetime. With a pouty look, some fluffy slippers and a cool-looking apartment in the background, Meghan took the world by storm when she posted this selfie. However, with her wedding date looming ever closer, her time on Instagram may soon be coming to an end.

Always the bridesmaid

We all know the phrase, ‘always the bridesmaid, never the bride’ but it seems Meghan’s bridesmaid days are behind her. Instead of donning a dress similar to this one, we can only imagine Meghan will be wearing a one-of-a-kind gown fit for a Princess for her big day. Although she will adopt a new name and lifestyle, Royal rules may mean that Meghan will lose her social media status forever. Yep, as soon as she marries into the Royal Family, Meghan will divorce her online presence.

Saying goodbye

We may still be graced with her Instagram page (although that isn’t confirmed), Megham will not have control over her own social media pages when she gets hitched. Instead, it will be run by a royal social media manager who will control every post and comment! According to sources close to the family, Meghan will join the likes of Prince Harry and William on the Kensington Royal social media channels. It seems this change is already in action, as Meghan hasn’t posted anything on Instagram since this photograph in April…

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Meghan Markle’s Half-Brother Blames Royal Engagement for Drunken Fight

Meghan Markle‘s half-brother, Thomas Markle Jr., is speaking out about a drunken New Year’s brawl with his fiancée and blames the royal engagement for contributing to the fight.

As previously reported, Thomas Markle’s fiancée, Darlene Blount, landed in jail and was charged with fourth-degree assault on New Year’s Day after an altercation with Thomas in Oregon.

In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, Thomas, 51, initially said that Blount hit him in the face before insisting that his injuries were self-inflicted. He bailed his fiancée out of jail, paying her $ 1,000 bond.

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Thomas told the newspaper that he and Blount are both planning to attend alcohol and relationship counseling, but said that the stress of suddenly being in the public eye, in the wake of the Suits star’s engagement to Prince Harry, contributed to their issues.

“It hasn’t been easy. Meghan’s relationship with Prince Harry has shone a spotlight on our family. It doesn’t help when you have issues and your sister is engaged to royalty. It adds a whole new level of scrutiny,” he told the paper. “We’ve been under a lot of stress because of all the attention. At some point you find yourself drinking too much to escape the pressure.”

Thomas, who has the same father as Meghan, 36, spoke with the Daily Mail last month about the royal wedding, saying he didn’t know if he’d be attending the nuptials at Windsor Castle in May.

“I don’t know if [Meghan] gets to invite who she wants,” he told the paper. “But she’ll reach out if she wants me there. She’ll call me. She knows where to find me. But that’s up to her, there’s no pressure. I wouldn’t mind seeing my little sister have the biggest wedding in the world. That would be incredible.”

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Meghan Markle Wore 3 Trends in Her Official Engagement Photos With Harry

In the latest Prince Harry and Meghan Markle news, Kensington Palace has released the pair’s official engagement portraits. The shots were taken by Alex Lubomirski and they are stunning, to say the least. The happy couple’s photos were taken earlier this week at Frogmore House in Windsor (the town that they’ll marry in on May 19), and while we only see a glimpse of a cream sweater that Markle is wearing in one of the photos, the other two are clear indicators that Markle is very into the tastefully-sheer trend.

Just yesterday, for the Queen’s annual pre-Christmas lunch, Markle donned a black Self-Portrait dress with a sheer-lace bodice. In the portraits, Markle also chose a sheer-topped dress. The gown, by London-based designers Ralph & Russo, features metallic embellishments and a playful fringed skirt, which are two other trends (metallics and fringe) that are currently going strong. The glamorous yet tasteful look pretty much solidifies that the sheer trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, given Markle’s newfound sartorial influence.

See the gorgeous photos below!

Next up, see the boot trend that Markle recently endorsed.

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Prince Harry’s ex apparently just reacted to his engagement news

Did Cressida Bonas mean to speak out on the royal engagement or was she just going about her normal social media business?

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Following the news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged, we didn’t think it would take very long for the ‘ex’ chat to start.

Whilst we’re over here revelling in just how cute the royal couple’s first interview together really was, others seem to have been keeping a pretty close eye on one of Prince Harry’s former flame’s Instagram accounts.

The 33-year-old is said to have started dating actress Cressida Bonas back in 2012. According to reports, they were seeing one another for two years, before calling time on their romance in 2014. Yup. Three years ago.

As with anything that involves one of the princes, there was A LOT of interest around the couple at the time. And it seems as though this has resurfaced, as a number of internet users have spotted a ‘cryptic’ post on Cressida’s page.

Posted not-too-long after Heghan made their big announcement, she shared the words: ‘No matter how educated, talented, rich or cool you believe you are, how you treat people ultimately tells it all’.

Nope, we’re not too sure how this could be related to the happy news either. But that didn’t stop many people from drawing conclusions.

Others, however, jumped into the comment box to defend Cressida and the inspirational post (which, you know, is quite a standard thing to post to social media).

‘People are saying this is about someone in particular… but what do people know…’ one wrote.

Another added: ‘It’s very stupid of someone to think that Cressida means Harry with this quote..’

‘Leave her be. If you even took the time to look at her Instagram posts, you’d see she posts quotes a lot. I doubt this has anything to do with recent events…’ said another.

Cressida clearly wasn’t promoting negativity, so we don’t see any reason for anyone else to.

And in the spirit of keeping things happy, we’re going to start getting excited about Harry and Meghan’s first royal outing as a couple.

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5 reasons moms are all kinds of obsessed with the royal engagement

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Unless you’ve been living under a breast pump, which, let’s face it, some of us are, you probably know that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have become engaged.

And if you’re like me, you stopped what you were doing the second you found out via a CNN push notification on your phone, and freaked out. Because. This. Is. Awesome. News.

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Forget about analyzing why you care so much about a royal engagement that couldn’t have less to do with your own life. Here are 5 reasons every mom from New Jersey to London is basically obsessed with the upcoming wedding between Harry and Meghan:

  1. At 36, Meghan Markle is about our age, moms! So, is it totally out of the question that maybe we could still meet a prince and become royalty? Especially since she’s American. I don’t think so! Except we’re already married. But whatever.
  2. The royal engagement equals something to obsess over other than whether our kids pooped today. As more details about how Harry proposed, and how they met, and their wedding plans emerge, we moms are offered an escape from the sometimes humdrum aspects of our day. Indeed, the design of Meghan’s engagement ring is the perfect subject to contemplate during nap time.
  3. If you’re pregnant, the couple’s May wedding could coincide with your due date. Which would be amazing. And almost as memorable as having a baby the same day Kate Middleton gives birth to her third child.
  4. The royal engagement is a good reminder for our husbands to be more romantic. Yes guys, we want cozy nights with roast chicken, too. Palace optional. But don’t forget the jewelry.
  5. Meghan’s engagement ring photos are a good reminder to get that manicure. I mean, look at the state of my nails. Horrendous.

 

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I don’t know; maybe it’s just me who can’t get enough about all things Harry and Meghan. But don’t worry, because I think I’m obsessed enough for all of us!

Are you obsessed with the royal engagement, or not so much?

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Prince Harry Used Diana’s Diamonds in Meghan Markle’s Engagement Ring

In a garden press call at Kensington Palace on Monday afternoon in London, a beaming Meghan Markel showed off her engagement ring, which it was revealed Prince Harry designed with two diamonds from the personal collection of his late mother, Princess Diana, The Sun reported. The couple announced their engagement earlier in the day and the palace said they plan to marry next spring. Prince Harry, who is fifth in line to the British throne, has been dating the American actress since summer 2016. He said he knew Markle was the one “the very first moment I met her.”

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Thanks to my son’s 1st birthday party I learned my engagement ring was fake

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I never intended to throw my son an outlandish 1st birthday party. And I didn’t.

At least I don’t think it got to the point of extravagant. But my budget did fall by the wayside somewhere between the make-your-own-gift-bag station and the caterer.

I’m not sorry. It was more than a first birthday party. We moved during my pregnancy and our baby shower had to be cancelled. I had extreme postpartum depression after my son’s birth and we lost a lot of his first year. This may have been just a birthday party in the technical sense, but the reality was so much more.

We never veered into territory we couldn’t afford, but let’s be honest…who enjoys spending money if they don’t have to? As our guest list and budget continued to grow, I had an idea to help offset the costs.

“I’m going to sell my engagement ring,” I told my husband.

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I wasn’t talking about the ring he gave me, the one I proudly wear on my left hand and never take off. I meant the engagement ring from my ex-husband. A ring I forgot I even had until my mom stumbled across it the week prior when she was cleaning out a closet.

My first marriage wasn’t good for either of us. I don’t have much left from that period of my life; I donated my wedding dress years ago. The ring remained because I never knew what to do with it, then I honestly forgot about it. I’d stashed it at my parents’ house and moved on.

My ex-husband never wanted it back and there wasn’t much use for it. Selling it, taking this last piece of my old life to move forward with my new existence, felt cathartic. And symbolic.

The manner in which my ex-husband once spoke about the ring led me to believe we’d be able to sell it. We didn’t think we’d get rich from it, or even pay for the party in its entirety. But thought it may help. We decided to donate the bulk and keep a little to cover the excess of our party budget.

Since it was already at my parents’ house my mom offered to take the ring to an appraiser. It seemed easy enough, and off I went to investigate mobile petting zoos.

A few days later she called me, frazzled and making no sense. I had completely forgotten about the ring, and suffer from extreme anxiety. I, of course, just assumed someone died. After she calmed me down I realized her hysterics were due to shock, not sadness.

“Are you sitting down for this? You better sit down,” she counseled me. “The ring is fake.”

I was speechless. My mind flashed back to the day my ex-husband got down on one knee in front of me, presenting me a ring that had a fairly sizable diamond. I’m not talking Liz Taylor-big, but much bigger than I ever wanted or expected.

Or the day his mom suddenly pulled a jeweler’s magnifying glass out of her kitchen cabinet (why she had that I’ll never know, and I learned it’s called an “eye loupe” — in case you were wondering) and peered at my ring. “It’s a very good stone, just one small flaw,” she said with an authority she didn’t really have. Okay, great, I thought. It didn’t matter to me, I was just happy to be engaged to the man I loved.

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Back in present time I was stunned. I wasn’t angry. I wasn’t upset with him for buying a fake diamond, I wanted to know why he didn’t tell me. The truth is that I’d have been happy with a cigar band.

I knew it wasn’t a financial reason. Did that then mean he’d never loved me? Was he planning to tell me one day? Maybe he wanted to wait and see if the marriage lasted a few years, then swap it out one night while I was sleeping.

My worst fear was that he never had any faith in me or the marriage from the start. The questions and assumptions raced through my mind.

It wasn’t the ring, it wasn’t the stone. It was the deceit. The big charade. He asked me to be his partner in everything, for the rest of our lives, while starting that life off with deception. What did that say about the rest of our marriage?

I suppose that’s another reason why it ended.

I resumed party planning. We paid for it all ourselves and still made that donation. I did have a few days where I felt like I’d been the butt of some big joke, one everyone was in on but me. And then I looked at my son.

I knew that I was where I was supposed to me, with the man I was meant to end up with. A man who has also promised me to be forthcoming if he ever gifts me with fake diamonds in the future.

For more of my mom shenanigans follow me on Instagram at Witty Otter.

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Joe Jonas’ Friends & Family ‘Thrilled’ About Engagement to Sophie Turner: ‘She Was Just the One’

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Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner are engaged, and the singer’s family couldn’t be more welcoming to their new addition. “Everybody’s very, very happy for them and their family and friends are all thrilled. Everyone loves them together,” a source tells PEOPLE of the exciting news.

Adds the insider, “She’s young but is beyond her years and is crazy, crazy mature. He’s never been like this with a girl.”

“He was such a dater before her but their relationship was much different from the start. She was just the one for him.”

The couple shared the happy news with corresponding Instagram posts on Sunday. They each posted an image of the Game of Thrones star with her hand on top of the singer’s, showing off the stunning engagement ring against their black clothes.

“I said yes,” Turner, 21, captioned the photo. Meanwhile, the 28-year-old singer wrote, “She said yes.”

The DNCE frontman’s brothers, Nick and Kevin Jonas, were among the first to congratulate the couple.

“YES!!!” Nick wrote, while Kevin similarly chimed in with, “Yeah!!!!!!!”

Nick, 25, then shared the photo of the ring on his own Twitter page to further congratulate the couple. “Ahh! Congratulations to my brother… and sister in law to be on your engagement,” he said. “I love you both so much.”

Jonas and Turner have been dating since last November, after they were spotted acting cozy at a concert in the Netherlands — although the duo didn’t become Instagram official until January.

Since then, the couple has been going steady — they even share an adorable Siberian Husky puppy together named Porky Basquiat — and were recently snapped sharing some sweet PDA while out and about in Los Angeles.

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As PEOPLE exclusively reported in June, a source close to the musician said that Sophie is “different from the other girls has dated.”

The couple have kept fairly tight-lipped about their romance. “I’m in a relationship, but it’s a very private relationship,” Turner told the U.K.’s Sunday Times in July.

“I very much isolated myself for a while and forgot what was fun. Going out with friends, going out to eat, not really having a care,” she told the publication. “And people I’ve met recently in my life have drawn me out of that.”

She continued, “It really helps you own those insecurities. The things I tortured myself about before, I can forget about.”

According to the British starlet, she’s in a much more positive place in life than she was before. “I’m happier than I’ve been in a very long time,” she said.

Turner also opened up to InStyle this past spring about her high-profile relationship. “I found it easier to date someone who understands the industry or is in that world,” she said.


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How to Deal When Your Boss Makes Rude Comments About Your Engagement Ring

Ooh, here’s a great reader Q today: how to deal when your boss makes rude comments about your engagement ring. Here’s Reader C’s question:

I am recently engaged, and am having difficulty handling my boss’s reaction. Specifically, he makes “joking” comments about when I will be quitting now that I am engaged. He gave me a hard time for eating my sack lunch saying I “can obviously afford a $ 10 lunch given that ring.” He also asked me how much my ring was worth (it is a nice ring, but nothing extravagant, ~1.5 carats). I work at a Big 4 firm for reference and am a highly rated employee. Help! How should I handle this??

Wow… I have multiple angry emojis for your boss. We haven’t talked about diamond rings at work in a while, and I can’t wait to see what the readers say. (This has shades of some of our other discussions on sexism at work, including the offensive client who commented on how expensive a bag was, as well as our discussion on how to deal when you work with sexist pigs.)

For my $ .02, I think that you need to take your boss aside and say something directly, because this goes beyond “razzing you like one of the boys in the office” or whatever it is HE thinks he’s doing. This is calling up stereotypes of women who quit as soon as they get married — the type who go to grad school for an “MRS.” SUPER fun stereotype, but it can be really harmful to the work environment as well as to your own career. Keep in mind, this is what he’s saying to your face — who knows what he’s saying behind your back? You might want to find another woman in your group to talk this out before approaching him, because she will hopefully know the different personalities at play.

Readers, what would your script with the boss look like? How would you handle it if your boss made rude comments about your engagement ring at work?

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In this day and age, you can pretty much purchase anything on the internet from services to jewelry to products.

But it isn’t too often that folks take to the web to order an engagement ring.

After all, purchasing an item of such significance is serious business, but thanks to a new company, those who wish to grab one from the comfort of their laptop or smartphone can, InStyle reports.

Founded in 2017, Diamond Hedge is an online platform that “aims to bring transparency, education and convenience to the engagement ring buying process for both him and her.”

Through its virtual shopping feature, consumers can try on every version of a ring and there’s even a price comparison for the truly thrifty shopper.

So what say you? To shop or not to shop online for an engagement ring? Sound off in the comments.

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Image via WENN I really spend too much time on social media. And while I could certain afford to cut back, being on the internet all of the time, you start to discover quite a few things about human behavior. There are distinct patterns that usually mean something. And one of those patterns is women […]

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16 Rose Gold Engagement Rings So Pretty, They’ll Make You Blush

When it comes to your engagement bling, think pink!

Below, we’ve collected 16 dazzling rose gold rings in all shapes and styles for you to feast your eyes on. 

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These 25 Photos Take Engagement Photography To Another Level

These images are not your average engagement pics. 

On Monday, Junebug Weddings revealed the winners of their annual “Best of the Best” engagement photo contest, and boy, are they stunning. 

“The 2017 collection is compelling, breathtaking, and undeniably sexy,” Junebug editor-in-chief Carrie Crooks said in a press release. “People are going to love these photos and the stories that they tell.” 

Below, we’ve featured 25 of our favorite images. To see the collection in full, head over to Junebug Weddings

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This Woman Wore Her Engagement Ring For A Year Without Even Knowing It

One unsuspecting woman was wearing her engagement ring for over a year without even realizing it. 

How exactly is this possible, you might ask? It all started when an Australian man named Terry made his girlfriend Anna a necklace out of Huon pine ― a wood native to Tasmania  ― for their one-year anniversary in 2015. Unbeknownst to Anna, Terry had hidden an engagement ring inside the necklace.

For a year and a half, Anna wore that necklace almost every day without knowing there was anything, let alone an engagement ring, inside.  

During a trip to Smoo Cave in northern Scotland in November 2016, Terry was finally ready to pop the question and to reveal the big surprise. 

“I picked Smoo Cave because it was a place we had talked about visiting since we first met, and ‘smoo’ comes from an old Norse word for ‘hiding place,’ so I think I get extra points for that one,” Terry told HuffPost. 

Just before the proposal, Terry asked Anna for the necklace, telling her he was going to take a nice photo of it propped up on some rocks. 

That’s when he grabbed a knife to secretly break a seal he had placed on the piece of jewelry. 

He told Anna, “Oh, I forgot to give you your necklace back,” pulled the jewelry from his pocket, got down on one knee and cracked it open while asking her to marry him.

“She stood there with this completely confused and dumbfounded look on her face, and when she finally worked out what had just happened, she yelled, ‘Yes!’ and pounced on me,” he told HuffPost. 

“It actually took her a couple of moments to understand that the ring had been in the necklace the entire time since I gave it to her,” he continued. “She flipped out ― ‘Wait, it’s been in there the entire time?! I could have lost it, you f**king idiot!’, which was a hilarious mix of happy and angry.”

The couple is saving up to buy a home and hopes that they will someday be able to host their wedding at the house. 

“We are hoping to buy a house with land so we can have the wedding at home with our friends and family, in a very relaxed fashion that we think matches us ― rather than having a gigantic, glamorous wedding, which isn’t like us at all,” Terry said. 

We can’t wait to see what fun wedding surprises Terry has up his sleeve. 

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Woman Takes Engagement Photos With Her One True Love: Popeyes Chicken

When it comes to being engaged, Elyse Chelsea Clark is throwing caution to the wind, er, wing.

The New Orleans bartender is such a fan of Popeyes Chicken that she decided to do a series of engagement photos with her favorite fast food.

Then she posted the poultry-centered pics on Facebook with this note: “I’m finally engaged!” 

The Popeyes engagement pics taken by photographer Whitney Tucker show Clark looking romantically at chicken boxes…

Strolling through the park with the object of her affection …

And smooching that box with the same passion that is typically reserved for love’s kiss.

Oh, and she likes the biscuits too.

The photos might be funny, but Clark’s passion for Popeyes is real and true.

“I have a really big love for Popeyes,” she told the New Orleans Times-Picayne. “I eat it all the time.”

The chain responded to Clark’s engagement spread with this tweet.

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Of Course Aidy Bryant Has An ‘SNL’-Worthy Engagement Story

There’s no question that Aidy Bryant is one of the funniest players on the current “Saturday Night Live” roster, blessing the world with characters like Adele and that drunk girl dressed as mouse who thinks Halloween is going to be super fun this year. 

So it only makes sense that Bryant’s sense of humor would bleed into her personal life, considering she’s been dating “SNL” writer Conner O’Malley for nearly a decade. The two recently got engaged, so when Bryant stopped by “Late Night with Seth Meyers” on Thursday, she made sure to tell us all exactly how it went down. 

One night after work on the late-night sketch show with Lin Manuel Miranda, she returned home to find a strange sight: her dog wearing a bowtie. 

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“I was like, ‘My dog doesn’t wear a bow tie! Where is he going tonight?’” she joked. “Basically, the second I shut the door, a man — who I discovered was Conner — frantically came around the corner and was just like, ‘Will you marry me?!’”

“No box, no ‘I love you,’” she added. “Just a man in full terror standing very far from a dog in a bowtie, just holding a loose ring.”

The comedian was understandably taken aback and and thought the proposal was some elaborate joke, until she realized he was serious. Bryant, of course, said yes and the two have been happily engaged ever since. 

We guess this means the “international nasty girl” is officially out of commission. 

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19 Pink Engagement Rings So Pretty, They’ll Make You Blush

A white diamond ring is classic, but there’s something so perfectly pretty about a pink stone ― be it a peach sapphire, morganite or a pink diamond. 

For those who’ve been eyeing a rose-colored ring, we’ve gathered 19 sparklers that are all but guaranteed to tickle you pink. 

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This Couple Embraced Every Bit Of Awkwardness For Their Engagement Pics

If you’re looking for another set of sleek, Pinterest-worthy engagement photos, you’ve come to the wrong page.

The engagement pics below are awkward as heck ― and that’s exactly what Caitlyn Campbell and Andrew Tucker of Chattanooga, Tennessee wanted.

Inspired by the 2016 Zach Galifianakis comedy “Masterminds,” the couple donned high-waisted jeans, dad sneakers and vests and just went for it with the help of photographer Zoee Davis.

Gotta love those jorts. 

Campell told The Huffington Post that she and her fiancé wanted photos that would capture their personalities and crack up their family and friends.

Plus, they both freaking love “Masterminds.” 

“When we first watched it together, we knew we had to remake the engagement shoot in it,” she said. “Kate McKinnon and Zach Galifianakis are two of our favorite people on the planet.”

The couple, who met on a blind date nine months ago, are due to get married this August. To follow their journey to wedded bliss ― and see how awkward their wedding photos turn out ― check out their Facebook page

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This Couple Loves Cheesecake Factory So Much They Took Engagement Pics There

At the beginning of their relationship, couple Nikki-Lee Flowerree and Tommy Redding spent many a date night at one of their favorite restaurants: The Cheesecake Factory

“I’m 99 percent sure it’s where we had our first date,” Nikki-Lee told The Huffington Post.

So when it came time to take their engagement photos on March 19 they headed over to their local Cheesecake Factory in San Diego’s Seaport District for a shoot with photog Jessica McGehee of Reflecting Grace Photography

The Cheesecake Factory is known for its extensive menu offerings, but Nikki-Lee said she and Tommy usually end up ordering the same things. 

“The buffalo blasts are amazing! For the main dish, I usually get stuffed chicken tortillas,” she told HuffPost. “I try to get something new each time, but always end up with that. Tommy usually gets fettuccine Alfredo or a burger.”

And for dessert, they are all about the Oreo Dream Extreme Cheesecake, which even made an appearance in their engagement pics. 

“There’s so many [cheesecakes] I want to try but we both love this one!” Nikki-Lee added. 

The couple’s wedding is set for August 26 in Coronado, California. According to the bride-to-be, the occasion will (regrettably) not be Cheesecake Factory-themed. 

“Although it would be pretty amazing to have an Oreo Dream Cheesecake wedding cake!” she said. 

We couldn’t agree more. Below, photos from the rest of the couple’s San Diego Seaport Village shoot. 

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Two Pups Took Engagement Pics And The Cuteness Is Off The Charts

Spring is here and puppy love is in the air for this canine couple.

In March, Luna, a Pomeranian, and Sebastian, a French bulldog, of the Instagram account @SebastianLovesLuna, posed for some paws-itively precious engagement pics around Washington D.C.

Sebastian and Luna’s owner, Emily Abril, who used to be a portrait photographer, got behind the lens for the shoot. 

“I’ve always described them as an old married couple,” Abril told The Huffington Post. “One minute they are licking each other’s faces, the next minute they are barking and chasing after each other and then they’re napping.”

But it wasn’t love at first sight for the pup pair. 

“Luna came a month prior and ruled the house,” Abril said. “Now, they balance each other out. They are playful and loving.”

Sebastian “pupped” the question at the Lincoln Memorial in June 2016. Now the wedding is set for either this fall or next spring. Abril hopes to set up a wedding registry for the couple that will raise money for an animal welfare organization. 

For more on Sebastian and Luna’s adventures, head over to Instagram.   

 

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Jessa and Ben Seewald Congratulate Joy-Anna Duggar on Her Engagement — and Show Us How Big Henry Is Already Getting!

Big sister Jessa (Duggar) Seewald couldn’t be more excited for younger sister Joy-Anna Duggar‘s recent engagement!

PEOPLE confirmed on Friday that Joy-Anna, 19, got engaged to her beau, Austin Forsyth, after almost four months of courting.

To congratulate the soon-to-be married couple, Jessa and her husband Ben, and their two little boys — Spurgeon, 1  and 1-month-old Henry — sent their warm wishes via video to the newly engaged pair.

“Hey Joy and Austin, congratulations!” Ben says in a video shared on the Seewald family website.

“We’re super excited for y’all, getting engaged and we are looking forward to the big day — your wedding day,” says Jessa.

She adds: “The little boys say congratulations too. There’s Henry and Spurgey saying, ‘Yay, we’re happy to have another uncle.’ We love y’all.”

Jill (Duggar) Dillard and her husband Derick also wished Joy-Anna a sweet congratulations after the announcement was made.

“Hey Joy and Austin, congratulations! We just heard the good news on the engagement,” Derick says in a video.

“Yeah, we’re so excited for you all!” Jill adds, who has a little help from their son, Israel, saying, “I love you.”

“We love you guys,” Derick closes. “Congratulations.”

Joy-Anna and Forsyth, 23, also announced their engagement on Friday in a video on the Duggar family website.

“Austin made this day really, really special,” Joy-Anna says, “and then he asked me to marry him, and I said yes.”

Adds Forsyth, “I knew we were ready for this next step because everything fell into place. … Everything was just perfect.”

“We get to hold hands now,” says Joy-Anna, clutching her fiancés palm — “so that’s really special.”

Adds Forsyth, “I feel like engagement is more special because we’re committed to each other now, and we’re just moving forward to the day that we get married, and it’s exciting.”

A new season of Counting On, which will chronicle wedding planning and even show Joy-Anna’s older sister Jessa in labor before welcoming her second child, returns later this year.


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The Designer Behind Princess Kate’s Engagement Dress Says the ‘Kate Effect’ Killed Her Label

When Prince William and his then-fiancé, Kate Middleton, stepped out to announce their engagement in November 2010, all eyes were on Kate’s 12-carat sapphire ring — and the dress that perfectly matched.

The now-famous dress, a royal blue wrapped creation from the fashion label Issa, then helmed by designer Daniella Helayel, set phones ringing.

But in a new interview with You magazine, Helayel says that the “Kate Effect’s” boost to her brand left her underwater and, eventually, contributed to its demise in 2015.

Helayel says that despite success on the celebrity front — with stars like Madonna, Kylie Minogue and Elizabeth Hurley wearing her designs — the brand was in financial trouble in 2008 and 2009.

“Only the previous year the label was on the verge of financial crisis; it wasn’t all rose-tinted glasses,” Helayel told You. “Issa was a niche brand, we had a loyal following but in 2008 and 2009 we were in serious financial trouble. When Kate wore that dress everything changed.”

But it wasn’t all change for the better. Issa faced incredible demand after Kate debuted the now-iconic look on the day of her engagement. The style sold out in five minutes — and was reordered thousands of times after that. Helayel and her team had no idea that Kate would be wearing the dress that day, and thus had no time to prepare their inventory for the onslaught of interest. It was nothing compared to what they had seen before, even though Kate had been wearing her designs for years prior.

“That morning I’d gone to yoga as usual, and then I got a call from a friend telling me about the royal engagement,” she said. “It was all very exciting. We didn’t have a TV at the studio and this was pre-Instagram, but we soon knew Kate was wearing Issa because at four o’clock the phones began ringing and didn’t stop. It was bonkers.”

And the interest hadn’t subside weeks after the engagement was announced. After the royal engagement, Issa’s sales doubled, but the business (and capital) she had in place wasn’t ready for that sort of rapid growth.

“I didn’t have the money to finance production on that scale,” she said. “The bank refused to give me credit and the factory was screaming for me to pay its bills. I needed an investor.”

She found one: Camilla Al-Fayed, half-sister to the late Dodi Al-Fayed, who died in a car crash with Princess Diana in 1997. Al-Fayed bought a 51 percent stake in the company in July 2011. But Al-Fayed’s family — in particular, her father, Mohamed Al-Fayed — had been extremely critical of the royal family since the tragic crash. And although Kate continued to wear Issa designs at the start of her marriage, after the merger, she appeared in them less and less.

Ultimately, the business move led to the collapse of the brand: A new CEO came on — whom Helayel clashed with — and she ended up leaving the brand in 2013 before it shuttered completely two years later.

“I left because I couldn’t take any more,” she said. “I felt so stressed that my hair went white and started falling out. I was broken by the end of it. I had a great business, which I’d built up on my own over a decade. To watch it evaporate was heartbreaking.”

Helayel took a break from design, traveling and spending time with family. But now she’s back with a new brand, Dhela. The first collection, which she says retains “hints of Issa” with jersey fabrics and similar styles, is available this month. (And includes plenty of Princess Kate-ready styles!)

“Designing is what I do, it’s what I love, and I’m just so happy to be back,” Helayel added.


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15 Perfectly Delicate Engagement Rings For The Low-Key Bride

For some brides, less really is more when it comes to their engagement ring style.

While some ladies want to wear a big ol’ rock, others have their heart set on something far less flashy. Below, we’ve compiled 15 understated beauties that prove low-key can be totally lovely. 

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15 Eye-Catching Engagement Rings That Will Have You Green With Envy

The grass is always greener when you’re wearing one of these drop-dead gorgeous engagement rings!

A white diamond is a classic choice, but we’re all for brides who opt for a unique stone in just about any color of the rainbow. Below, 15 gorgeous green engagement rings that will have you feeling like the heart-eyes emoji. 

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These T. Rex Engagement Photos Are The Pick-Me-Up We Need Right Now

Love is not extinct, folks.

A pair of lovey-dovey dinosaurs took their engagement photos in Mirabeau Park in Spokane Valley, Washington on Sunday with photographers (and couple) Greg Basel and Maria Adams behind the lens. 

Sadly, the T. Rexes are not an item in real life; Maria’s cousin, Stephanie Mills, and her friend Marian put on the dino suits for the just-for-fun photo shoot. 

And they did a stellar job. I mean, check out these romantic pics: 

Greg told The Huffington Post that this is one of four T. Rex photo shoots they have planned. In part two, the dinos will be making a return as bride and groom for a spring wedding shoot. 

Below, more photos to sink your razor-sharp dinosaur teeth into: 

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Robbie Rogers Announces Engagement To Greg Berlanti

Robbie Rogers and Greg Berlanti are engaged!

The LA Galaxy soccer star announced the big news on his Instagram account on New Year’s Day:

“I feel extremely lucky and blessed to end 2016 engaged to the love of my life,” Rogers wrote about Berlanti, who is the creative mind behind television hits like “Dawson’s Creek” and “Arrow.”

The couple, who have been dating for several years, welcomed a baby boy via surrogate in February.

Congratulations, gentlemen!

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Kacey Musgraves Follows Her Arrow To A Christmas Eve Engagement

Normally we’d mind our own biscuits, but we just heard country singer Kacey Musgraves is engaged to musician Ruston Kelly.

The “Follow Your Arrow” singer showed off her new ring on Christmas Day in an Instagram post, enthusiastically writing, “I didn’t say yes … I said HELL YESSSS!!” Apparently, Kelly proposed in Musgraves’ childhood home in Texas the night before.

The 28-year-old singer shared a video explaining how it all went down. “We had just been at my parent’s house randomly having a night of watching bittersweet old home tapes of all these beautiful family memories that were made in this little, old country house I grew up in that I now have,” she wrote in the caption. Then, Musgraves wrote, Kelly had Musgraves’ sister and brother-in-law sneak off to decorate her childhood bedroom “in the most nostalgic and perfect Christmas decorations.”

Henry Mancini’s “Two for the Road” was playing in the background, she explained, making it the perfect time for Kelly to get down on one knee.

In her original post, Musgraves called Kelly “the best man I’ve ever met.” The songstress was previously linked to her guitarist Misa Arriaga, but it seems things heated up between Kelly and Musgraves this fall. She shared a photo of herself with the Nashville-based artist several months ago, and the two walked the red carpet at the CMA Awards this November.

For his part, Kelly also seems pretty psyched.

Check out more photos of Musgraves’ very special Christmas below.

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Why This Wife Is Proud Of Her ‘Pathetic’ $130 Engagement Ring

One Tennessee wife is here to remind us that money can’t buy you love.

On Thursday, the Facebook page Love What Matters shared a post penned by Ariel Desiree McRae in defense of her $ 130 engagement ring set.

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The Tennessee woman writes that she and her husband Quinn were tight on money ― “scraping to pay bills and put food in our bellies” ― but didn’t want to wait any longer to get married. 

She told her husband that she didn’t need a ring, but he insisted on getting her one anyway. The couple visited jewelry store Pandora and bought a sterling silver and cubic zirconia engagement ring set for the occasion. 

They aren't big and they aren't expensive, but they are the most precious and the most beautiful things in the world to me

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While there, an unknowing sales associate made a snide remark about the simple rings the couple was purchasing. 

“Y’all can you believe that some men get these as engagement rings? How pathetic,” the sales associate said, not realizing the couple was doing just that.

The encounter left Quinn understandably deflated and upset.

“He already felt like a failure, asking me again and again, ‘Are you sure you’ll be happy with these? Are you sure this is okay?’” Ariel wrote. “He was so upset at the idea of not making me happy enough and of me not wanting to marry him because my rings didn’t cost enough money or weren’t flashy enough.”

But none of that mattered to Ariel. 

“Y’all I would have gotten married to this man if it had been a 25-cent gum ball machine ring,” she wrote. 

The couple eloped at a courthouse in a no-frills ceremony that was just right for them. 

“I’ve never been this happy in my life and I couldn’t imagine spending it with anyone else ever,” she said. “Here I am, courthouse married, $ 130 ring set, the love of my life by my side and happier than I could ever imagine.” 

You can read the post in full above. 

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Halo Moissanite Engagement Ring Diamond Accents 14K Yellow Gold 1.50ct

Halo Moissanite Engagement Ring Diamond Accents 14K Yellow Gold 1.50ct

This preset moissanite and diamond engagement ring features a halo of diamonds encircling a stunning moissanite center stone. Approximately one and a half carats of dazzle make this the proposal ring of her dreams, created with 38 ideal cut diamond accents emphasizing a very bright round moissanite center. Crafted of 14K yellow gold, this halo moissanite and diamond engagement ring is sure to please.

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13 Black Engagement Rings For Brides With A Dark Side

If your wardrobe consists of black, black and more black, a white, yellow or blush stone might not adhere to your personal ~aesthetic~.

That’s why we’ve rounded up 13 intriguingly beautiful black engagement rings that will appeal to the less conventional bride.

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23 Snowy Engagement Photos To Warm The Iciest Of Hearts

And as long as you love me so, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Cold weather may not be your cup of tea, but there’s no denying the romance of a snowy engagement session. Grab a blanket, get cozy and check out the 23 wonderfully wintry photos below.  

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How My Engagement Embodies Feminism

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Feminism is simply equality for women and for men. For me, as a feminist, my romantic relationship is one place where I never have to worry about fighting for equality and respect. My fiancé and I talked a lot about feminism after we became engaged, as these conversations have and will keep paving the way for continued equality in our marriage. Ever since we started dating, Jacob and I have prioritized equality and have learned more about feminism together. Based on the results of our experiences, these are some ways we respect each other and maintain equality during our engagement:

We make it a priority to invest in each other. Sometimes life can be rough and if I am going through a hard time and he experiences that with me, I make sure to build him back up if the hardship wears him down. On the other hand, one of the things I love the most about Jacob is that he will randomly bring me home a biography of a powerful woman that he thinks I can relate to, as his way of showing me that he believes in me. We build each other up, not tear each other down. This also means we fight fair and quickly forgive.

Living together for us is like having a sleepover with your best friend every night but in a much more comfortable and trusting environment. It is a lot of fun and we make sure we don’t take ourselves to seriously. We purposefully do not get in a stereotypical pre-marriage routine of the nagging wife and the uninterested husband. We keep the atmosphere fun by joking around and having honest conversations whenever we hit a snag. Even more importantly, we split chores 50-50. We always say that we both do half the chores because both of us live here. It’s as simple as that.

We just moved across the country together, which has been a huge part of our engagement and the most sink-or-swim experience. We love exploring New York City together and since we have each other, we were able to avoid being lonely from not knowing anyone here. In fact, we have been making friends together! During this transition phase, I helped Jacob prep for interviews and now I cheer him on with his new job. In the same way, he always verbally and emotionally supports my writing projects.

We want the same things out of life and we compliment each other’s differences. Before we met, we both knew we wanted to adopt and continue with higher education, for example. And while Jacob loves economics, statistics and math, I love international law and policy. He is also extraverted while I’m introverted, so he gets me out of the apartment and I help him get some R&R. We balance each other out.

We have our priorities in order, especially with finances and wedding planning. We think before we act. To us, it seems crazy to put all of our money into the big day so we came up with a wedding budget and a plan to see it through. I made a “Budget Binder” and he digitalized it on Excel. We use these tools in twice- monthly financial meetings held on our couch with lots of snacks (and alcohol) where we make all financial decisions together.

Jacob and I plan our wedding together. It is not my job or his job to wedding plan. It is our big day and we treat it as such. We started out by making individual lists ranking things we want and things we don’t want in a wedding. After that, we compared lists and compromised. Then we divvied up the tasks and went to work! Now if only we can figure out where to go on our honeymoon…

Finally, we are building a life together from scratch and we are really proud of that. We are building our careers, our home, and our minds together. It is fantastic! We are serious about our relationship so we are focused on keeping us in a happy, healthy place both as individuals and as a couple.

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5 Times You Really Should Take Your Engagement Ring Off

by Elizabeth Mitchell, BRIDES

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He liked it so he put a ring on it, and now you don’t want to take said ring off? We completely understand. However, if you want your bling to continue shining bright like a diamond for a really long time (and we know you do!), it’s important to not wear it while you’re busy doing these five things.

1. Working Out
Before you break a sweat, it’s a good idea to take that pretty little ring off. “The materials used in diamond jewelry, platinum and gold, are to a certain degree, soft,” explains Mr. David Watling, De Beers Head of Diamond Centre. So if you rock your ring while participating in certain activities that put pressure on these metals, you risk changing their shape. “And if the shape of a ring is bent enough, you then risk bending the claws that hold the diamond and your diamond falling out.” Same goes for sports; if you play soccer, basketball, tennis or participate in any other physical activity, do yourself a solid and keep your ring in a safe place, preferably at home, so you won’t accidently damage it during competition.

2. Moisturizing
Lotions and moisturizers may be great for your skin, not so much for your ring though, as excess build up can diminish the brilliance and dull your stone over time. To protect your rock and ensure a cloudy layer of film doesn’t form on it, wait until your hands have completely dried before slipping your bling back on.

3. Primping
Did you know that cosmetics, hair sprays, perfumes and other substances and chemicals commonly used by women could cause build-up of grime, weakening the natural sheen of your ring? According to Nadine Tacorian Arzerounian, president of operations and design for Tacori, it’s true! “I take off my rings the moment I walk into my house so I can seamlessly move through my nightly routine, whether that be cleaning, cooking or showering, without concern of taking my rings on and off,” she says. Want to get rid of the grease on your diamonds? Watling recommends gently rinsing them with hot water and dishwashing liquid. “When doing this, don’t forget to first secure the sink or use a bowl,” he warns. “Then dry your jewelry with a cotton or linen towel before using a polishing cloth for a sparkling finish.”

4. Swimming
Never, ever, ever wear your expensive jewelry in the ocean or in the pool! For one, cold water “shrinks” your fingers, making it that much easier for an already loose engagement ring to disappear during a swim. Chlorine, on the other hand, can damage and discolor the mounting of your ring and your platinum, gold or white gold wedding band.

5. Cleaning
Not only can you easily bang up your engagement ring on tough surfaces (think bathroom counters, kitchen floors, etc.) cleaning the house, but you can also do serious damage to the stone and setting. You can even potentially alter the color, thanks to harsh chemicals like bleach and ammonia found in many common household cleaners.

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