December 20, 2012

Much ado about engagement rings


Like any other girl I can appreciate the beauty of a nice engagement ring although they are not really my style, which is why by popular request I started the rings & rocks series to shed some light on the process of choosing a ring. However I'll start by saying I personally do not wear an engagement ring.  That's right. I love all things wedding related except engagement rings.  I guess you could call me the scrooge of engagement rings?
 I'll tell you why. 
Firstly aside from my wedding band, I don't wear any jewelry; no ear rings, bracelets, necklaces or rings.  I've never been that girly girl that has to desire to be sparkly at all times so engagement rings never appealed to me in that sense.  Secondly engagement rings seem a tad outdated to me and  if I must be 100% percent honest I don't really understand the point of them. 

-From my understanding, engagement rings symbolize the fact that you are betrothed; promised in marriage to another, so then why do we continue to wear them once the wedding is over and we are officially married.  If they symbolize engagement then maybe we should only wear them during the engagement period?
- I do understand that they hold sentimental value and that's why people wear them for a lifetime in combination with their wedding band,  but why are they more expensive, more valuable and more of a big deal than the wedding band? To the extent that people actually spend all their savings or go into debt for the perfect engagement ring, but spend only a fraction of that amount on the wedding band. Is the promise to marry, more important than the marriage vow itself?
-In my traditional West African culture, both rings are really only meant be worn after they have been presented to the bride on the day of the traditional marriage ceremony, at which point since you are already married, what is the purpose of the engagement ring?

All in all I like a nice classy ring, but I'm not convinced that engagement rings are worth all the time, money and worry that goes into them...

And while we are on the topic of engagement rings, I can't help but comment on the newest celebrity engagement ring: Kelly Clarkson. I love her voice and style of singing and even had one of her songs in my wedding, but I have no words for her engagement ring!  She managed to combine all the features I like the least.  I guess she wanted to be original with the colored stone but the combination of the halo, size, color cut and band, is just way too much going on.  Sorry Kelly but my eyes are offended.. Congrats all the same :)
 
 
 
 






 

December 3, 2012

Lace bridesmaid dresses...

 
 
 
Lace is definitely the fabric of choice for 2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
 








 


 



 

 

 
 
 

November 2, 2012

Pnina Tornai Fall 2013

As usual Pnina Tornai's new collection contained many "shock factor" gowns that a lot of brides wouldn't understand. Pnina's bridal collections always have a few gowns that are sexier than your average wedding dress, usually featuring a sheer bodice that is very reminiscent of lingerie. In fact the sheer bodice, combined with lace up corsets and super size ball gowns have become her signature style. This season she used less corsets on her gowns and instead many of them featured daring open backs with crystal embellishments. I guess you could say Pnina has made it her mission to infuse as much 'sexy' into the bridal world as possible. I love the first gown, that's my absolute favorite in the collection, its sexy and stylish with out being ridiculous. I would totally wear this for a beach wedding or a vow renewal..
 
 






 





 





 


 
 














xoxo



October 24, 2012

Bold veils and headpieces from the 2013 collections

I love it when fashion takes a break from the ordinary expected things and give me something more interesting to look at. Some of the headpieces and veils shown at in Fall 2013 fashion week were a refreshing break from the normal veils we see in the bridal salons. Some were a bit too vintage looking for my taste but I do really like the crinkle pleated fabric used in the veils by Reem Acra shown below; so chic and stylish without being over done
 
 
Marchesa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reem Acra
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Claire pettibone