We love statement jewelry and currently have a thing for big, bold finger bling. While your left hand dazzles with your engagement ring and new wedding band, don’t forget about the right one by dressing it up with a fabulous, over-the-top cocktail ring. Here are eight we are swooning over.
When it comes to your wedding do you have a motif already in mind? Or, are you stuck between glam, vintage, rustic, garden and every other theme in between? Fear not, BHLDN released six ultra-gorgeous decor ideas, all varying in style, design and colour. From a whimsical yet chic mad hatter tea party to a minimalist French oiseau (aka bird) design there’s plenty of creative table ideas for you and your groom to get inspired by.
Engaged to a Leo? Or a Libra? You already know what makes him tick, but here are a few secrets from Vancouver-based astrologer Barb Hindley on how to bring out the very best in your fiancé based on his sun sign.
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
This is your quintessential action man. He’s brave, bold, independent, dynamic and very direct. Aries was the Roman god of war, and your Arian man feels the most alive when in hot pursuit of his next goal. Be enthusiastic about his ideas, don’t be afraid to be spontaneous once in a while, and support him when he heads out for a weekend of adventure. Better yet, go with him! Actively doing things together is a really big turn on for him, and it helps him to stay connected to you.
What not to do: Point out how impractical his ideas are; try to slow him down.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
He’s stable, reliable, practical and as sexy as they come! Taurus men have a natural talent with finances, and they almost always end up doing very well for themselves. He’s not Mr. Spontaneous though, so respect his need to thoroughly think things through before making a decision. Don’t try to push your Bull into doing anything, or you’ll soon see where the term ‘bull-headed’ originally came from! He’s very responsive to physical sensation, so backrubs (giving and receiving!) soft bed-sheets and comfort food ensure he’ll be putty in your hands.
What not to do: Rush him; deprive him of his creature comforts.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Social, witty and intelligent, Gemini men love to talk. They orient themselves to the world through thoughts and ideas, and yours will feel the most connected to you when he feels you and he have a meeting of the minds. Talk to him, tell him about your day and don’t leave out any of the details. He loves the details! He’ll love it if you’re up to date on current events too so you can discuss them together. He’s a bit restless and likes variety, so change things up on him once in a while just to keep it interesting.
What not to do: Make him focus on one thing for too long; give him the silent treatment.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Devoted, loyal and caring, this is your classic family man. A happy home life is of utmost importance to your Cancer, and he’ll love to spend time with you on the weekends fixing up the house, gardening or taking the kids to soccer practice. Although he’s no slouch in the kitchen himself, he absolutely loves it when you cook for him! Yes, his heart really can be found through his stomach, and it’s those little nurturing things you do that make him feel the most loved.
What not to do: Push him out of his comfort zone; criticize his mother.
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
Leos love to be in love, and there is no one more generous, big-hearted, loyal and affectionate when he feels he’s being appreciated, with emphasis on the word ‘appreciation’! Of course everyone needs it, but Leos do most of all. It doesn’t take much either. A word of thanks or an acknowledgement of his effort goes a long way with him. Generous at heart, he loves to surprise you with little (or not so little!) romantic gifts. All you really need to do is sit back, receive and be appreciative (sign us up!).
What not to do: Ignore his efforts; take him for granted.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
Virgo men have extremely high standards (well, he did pick you didn’t he?). He’s organized and practical too, and you can always count on him to come through on his promises. He loves (needs!) to be of service in small ways, and he’s most content when he feels useful and doing something to make you happy. All you really need to do is tell him exactly what it is that you want (he needs specifics!). Sometimes his attention to detail can come off as criticism (like when he points out that microscopic little chip in your new manicure), but it’s really just his way of being helpful.
What not to do: Rearrange his stuff; tell him to ‘just wing it.’
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
Charming, social and attractive, this man loves to be in love. Relationships are the key to happiness for Librans, and yours will want to be with you as much as he possibly can. He truly appreciates beauty and absolutely loves it when you dress up! Excellent shoes and fabulous clothes are always a hit with him. He can have a hard time making decisions though, mostly because he can see every side of every situation. Make it easy on yourself and don’t overwhelm him with options. Nothing will ever get done if you do!
What not to do: Leave him alone a lot; question his excellent taste.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
Charismatic and attractive, Scorpio men are loaded with sex appeal. He’s intelligent too, and an expert strategist. He’s passionate about a lot of things (including you!), and he wants you to support him in all of his ardent pursuits/hobbies. Better yet, pursue a few with him! He bonds to you when you share intense experiences together. Be open about your feelings, especially your feelings about him! Yes, he’s strong, but he still needs reassurance once in a while.
What not to do: Keep secrets; flirt with other men.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 20)
Independent and adventurous, this man is a student of life. Whether he travels by plane or by armchair, he’s on a perpetual quest for truth. Philosophical discussions (debates!) turn him on; so don’t hesitate to share your opinions. The more knowledgeable and outspoken you are, the happier he’ll be. He hates being locked into a boring routine, so plan on frequent weekend getaways to keep him (and yourself) happy and relaxed. Don’t expect candlelight and flowery poetry from this man. Doing something active and fun with you is his idea of romance.
What not to do: Be too clingy; stifle his spontaneity.
Capricorn (December 21 – January 20)
Practical and ambitious, Capricorn men strive for professional success. He’s the classic workaholic, and he needs you to not just understand that, but to appreciate all his hard work. Offer to entertain his important clients, and try to be supportive of his many late nights at the office. His taste runs more to the conservative side, and he loves to see you in clean and classic styles, or buttoned-up-to-here blouses (think Ralph Lauren). Good luck getting him to take a vacation! If you can find a way for him to combine business with pleasure though, you should have better luck.
What not to do: Tell him to relax; be pushy.
Aquarius (January 21 – February 18)
Highly intelligent and extremely social, the Aquarian man is your best friend. He’s got a huge and various assortment of friends from all different walks of life, but only a very few trusted close pals. He lives in the world of rational intellect, and big emotional displays make him very uneasy. If you want to be heard, be as calm and reasonable in your approach as possible. He loves scintillating conversation and the fact that you can challenge him intellectually is a big turn on for him.
What not to do: Curtail his freedom; be overly emotional.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
Compassionate and creative, the Pisces man is the sweetheart of the zodiac. He’s very tuned in emotionally, and he trusts you to honour this sensitivity and to be a patient listener. Criticism can be crushing to a Pisces, so your positive support is imperative to his well-being. He’s a born romantic and loves lots of candlelit dinners and romantic weekend getaways. Tape little love notes to the bathroom mirror or send him a poetic card. It’s your kindness, honesty and appreciation of him that he really responds to.
What not to do: Be impatient; intrude on his alone time.