Well, it seems that there's no denying that Khloe Kardashian's new bling
is from her NBA star sweetheart, Tristan Thompson! We first became
suspicious that the youngest Kardashian sister is planning to tie the
knot with Thompson when she first stepped out with a glittering diamond
ring on that oh-so-special finger. Cue our excited screams about another over-the-top televised wedding spectacular!
(Oh please, don't act like you're above it...) And today, the reality
star offered up an up-close and personal look at her blinged-out left
hand — and it's obvious that the latest addition to her collection of
ice is courtesy of Thompson!
In case you haven't been Keeping Up with the Kardashians lately, "Khloe and Tristan have been seeing each other for a little bit," a source previously shared with People.
"He's a really nice, good guy and she seems very happy with him."
Between Snapchat smooches and PDA around Tinsel Town, the two have been
showing off their love and we've been loving every second of it. But
now, Kardashian is showing off something else that's got us talking...
Is this the engagement ring — or rings — selfie that we've been waiting for? (Really, you didn't expect a Kardashian to only have — gasp! — one engagement ring, did you?!) The KUWTK
star was first spotted with a suspicious stack of diamond eternity
bands on her left ring finger late last month. But now she's added
another piece of bling to the mix that says her heart definitely belongs to Thompson. In a recent social media snapshot Kardashian shared, that trio of dazzling diamond rings are
seen shining bright — but with a Cleveland Cavaliers band right
alongside 'em. That's right, Kardashian is wearing a ring that shows
support for her beau's NBA team in her latest Instagram share. And even
better? She's resting her hand atop of Thompson's, who is also sporting
matching Cavaliers bling.
Before we get too excited, a source shared with E! News
that Thompson has yet to pop the question, so sadly, it seems that
those glittering diamonds are not of the "I do" kind... But we have a
feeling that Kardashian's Cavaliers ring won't be the only bling she'll
be receiving from the basketball pro! "There is a lot of chemistry
between the two of them and they are happy together," another insider
shared with the gossip site. "She's even gotten close with a few of his friends and they all hang out sometimes. Khloe hasn't had this much fun with someone in a while."
That certainly sounds promising, no? Consider us still on engagement ring lookout...
No one wants disaster to strike on their wedding day. But if it does, you might want these planners by your side: They've solved everything from missing wedding rings to a wedding dress that caught fire — during the ceremony. Read on to find out how they saved the wedding day.
Forgotten Wedding Rings
"The best man forgot the rings at the hotel in the French Quarter —
during Mardi Gras. He didn't realize until I asked him about 10 minutes
before the ceremony. If you've ever been to Mardi Gras, you know that
all of the streets are blocked off and the crowd is insane. My assistant
left to try and get it, but we had little hope she would make it back
in time. I scanned the crowd for a man about the size of the groom and
asked him to borrow his wedding ring for the ceremony. The groom knew
but the bride didn't until she was about to walk down the aisle.
I told her not to panic and that the other ring was on the way.
Meanwhile, my assistant ran about a mile to the hotel and was able to
get them and get back to the church by the end of the mass. We had the
priest bless the rings again following the ceremony with the correct
rings." — Emily Sullivan, owner of Get Polished Events
No Wedding Cake
"The biggest day-of disaster I ever encountered was when the mother of the bride
forgot to pick up the cake. In all of the discussions with the bride,
her mom was to pick up the cake from the bakery on her way to reception
and give it to the caterer. Prior to the wedding I confirmed this was
the plan. But the mother walked in with no cake. When I kindly asked
her, 'Is the cake in your car then? Do you want me to bring it in?' her
response was, 'What cake?! I never ordered any cake!' Cue panic in the
mother of the bride. We were without a cake, or any dessert for that
matter, and the ceremony was starting. I immediately called the catering
company, who was scheduled to arrive during the cocktail hour. With
that, I knew we had a bit of time before they left the kitchen and
explained to them what happened. I pleaded with them to add some dessert
bites to their truck. Thankfully, they did. Phew. No one even knew the
difference! I'm sure some people wanted cake or a bit more of the sweet
bites, but all in all the magic happened and the wedding went on without
a hitch!" — Taylor Curley, lead wedding planner for The Simply Elegant Group
Screwed Up Seating
"As the venue coordinator, I was given 250 seating cards by the groom,
who was in charge of that duty. I quickly realized the seating cards had
the name of the guest but no table number. I discreetly asked the bride
for her list of guests. I did not want to worry the bride nor get the
groom in trouble. Thank goodness she happened to have her table
arrangements on hand. Then, I enlisted a staff member to help me go
through every name, find the table number and write it on the escort
card. There were also guests who had escort cards but no assigned seat,
so I and the caterer added seats or found empty spaces to fit the
guests. No one was the wiser and the groom was very grateful for fixing
his mistake." — Jane Kernen, owner of Austin Busy Brides
A Bridesmaid Caught on Fire
"We had a bridesmaid's long dress catch on fire when she unknowingly
backed up into a candle during the ceremony. As a wedding planner, you
are always on high alert during a wedding. When I smelled smoke from the
back of the ceremony site,
and looked up at the front, I could see that the candle was smoldering a
hole right through her dress. I don't know how many guests saw this
happening, but we had to do something immediately before she went up in
flames! We quickly sent one of our girls with a cup of water up behind
the bridesmaid and splashed the fire before she even noticed she was on
fire — the water scared her more than anything because she didn't
realize what was happening. She let out a little gasp, but the ceremony
continued. After the ceremony, I first thought we might be able to
stitch the hole but quickly realized it was a bit of a bigger problem.
We ended up making it a tea length dress — I just cut the bottom right
off. Each of the bridesmaids dresses were different so it didn't make a
huge impact, and most of the bridesmaids photos had already been taken."
— Krystel Tien Stacey, founder and owner of Couture Events
The Bride's Transportation Broke Down
"Picture it: You are waiting with the bride's family and groom at the
beach for the arrival of the bride. Waiting, waiting, waiting — and here
she finally comes, not on a regular resort golf cart but a maintenance
golf cart, wearing a beautiful sequined wedding dress. The clean golf
cart she started her journey on died, and the maintenance cart was all
that was available. The bride still looked beautiful and she thankfully
did not get dirty. But she was stomping her feet and screaming. I did
the only thing I could think to do — and that was channel my inner J.
Lo. I crossed the stone wall and took her by the shoulders, and I told
her, 'You are beautiful, and you are so lucky to have won the love of
the man standing there waiting for you. Not everyone gets a chance like
this.' And with that, all was calm and the sunset wedding began." —
Paula Coffaro, concierge at Weddings by Funjet
A Torrential Downpour
"While this tale has a happy ending for the brides, their outdoor spring
wedding included a torrential downpour. Rain had been in the forecast,
but no one expected one of the worst storms of the year to hit that day —
horrible. In the face of numerous challenges presented by the weather
and a tight budget, we fought back with reconfigured plans, creative
solutions on the fly, and the help of loving family members. The
original plan was to have the wedding ceremony and cocktails outdoors in
a field, with the reception in a tent. As the wedding approached, we
arranged for a secondary tent for the ceremony and cocktails. When the
tents were put up, there was a gap in between and a waterfall of rain
came gushing down. To keep everyone dry as they moved from the ceremony
to the reception, we obtained a tarp, and the father of one of the
brides used a forklift and helped place it over the gap. To keep the
budget down, there had been no plan for a floor to be installed for the
reception. To keep the tables from sinking into the soggy grass, we
propped tables and chairs on wooden blocks. Oh, did I mention the wind
was so bad that one of the generators we brought in lost power in our
tent? We stopped using ours so there could be power in the other tent.
Fortunately, we always bring camping lights with us, and were able to
operate open flame." — Olivia Colt, owner of Salt & Honey Catering and Events
Fall trend alert! Slinky slip dresses were all over the Fall 2016 runways at New York Fashion Week. This on-trend silhouette is a staple for wedding guest attier. Sleek, minimalist and super versatile, it will take you from semi-formal to black tie with just a few accessory updates.
Fall's frock du jour combines sartorial elegance with the
fluidity of second skin fabrics (think silk and satin) and luxe velvet.
Whether you opt for a classic black or feminine florals, nothing
compares to a sexy slip. Here, see six options that are guaranteed to
get you through all your fall weddings in style.
This striking gold satin midi dress is sure to turn more than a few heads (above). Pair with barely-there heels for a wedding-ready look that's equal parts glam and sultry. ("Two Strap Satin Midi" dress, $115, Topshop)
Photo: Courtesy of Revolve
A subtle, totally wearable take on the season's must-have silhouette.
The knee-grazing length and midnight blue color keep it classic, while
the delicate ruffle trimmed neckline adds a romantic feel. ("Deep V" slip dress, $140, House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve available at Revolve)
Photo: Courtesy of Alice + Olivia
With a low open back
and deep v-neck, this sultry staple doesn't skimp on showing some skin.
Pair with a stack heel pump, embroidered clutch and statement earrings
for a stylish, seasonal ensemble. ("Kera" slip dress, $295, Alice + Olivia)
Photo: Courtesy of Rebecca Taylor
Exude vintage glamour with this gently flared silhouette—elevated with a
floral print, lace trimmed neckline and scalloped lace hem. Finish the
look with a minaudiere clutch. ("Bellflower Print" slip dress, $299, Rebecca Taylor)
Photo: Courtesy of Shopbop
This figure-skimming, lingerie-inspired design is detailed with a deep v
neck, eyelash lace trim and illusion hem. Complete the look with a
classic pump or bootie—when the occasion calls for less formal attire. ("Margarit" dress, $368, Diane von Furstenberg available at Shopbop)
Photo: Wookie Photography While bridesmaids have a whole list of responsibilities, being a groomsmen sounds, er, pretty easy. Rent a suit,
get dressed on time, and escort a bridesmaid down the aisle. Pretty
basic, right? The job description may be simple, but that doesn't mean
there aren't a few things the groomsmen should keep in mind before they
head down the aisle. Our experts have put together a list of things
groomsmen can't forget to do — before the ceremony begins.
Check the Boutonnieres
Take a gander around the group. All boutonnieres should be on the left
lapel, and should be pinned in the same orientation. For floral
boutonnieres, this means the flowers pointing up, angled
ever-so-slightly toward the left shoulder (running parallel to the inner
edge of the lapel, where the jacket meets the shirt).
Spit Out Your Gum
You might be surprised to see the planner or venue coordinator holding
out their hand for groomsmen to spit out their gum before they walk down
the aisle, but it happens pretty frequently! Save the embarrassment and
dispose of your gum in advance. You don't want to be that guy with a wad of gum in his mouth in his buddy's wedding video!
Put Down Your Phone
Not in your coat pocket, not in your back pocket. Take your phone out of
your pocket and put it away — we'd recommend alongside the bridesmaids'
purses so it doesn't get misplaced. Even the thinnest of phones will
stick out in your pocket, especially in a lighter-colored suit. Empty
pockets means smoother pants and jackets, which means better photos!
Perfect the Details
Make the rounds and ensure everyone's tie is tied correctly and is
straight and flat. Button your jacket, make sure it's laying flat over
your shirt, and brush off your shoulders and lapels. Then stand up
straight, offer your arm to a bridesmaid, and smile!
One of the oh-so-wonderful perks about the wedding planning
process is getting to spend some quality time with your besties —
beginning at the bridal shower. One of the best ways to celebrate your
impending nuptials is with decadent food — and by documenting all the
special memories with lots of pictures! Luckily for Los Angeles brides-to-be,
the city boasts many restaurants that are not only delicious but
extremely photogenic to boot! Check out our favorites for a dreamy,
Instagram-worthy wedding shower.
With its exposed brick walls, utterly chic black-and-white patterned
bar, and lush greenery throughout, you and your besties will be
seriously smitten with the décor of this vegan, all-organic Mexican
restaurant in West Hollywood. Indulge in enchiladas, coconut ceviche
tostadas, tacos, and lots of chips and guacamole. For dessert, the
restaurant serves yummy Mexican wedding cookies, which seem very fitting
for a bridal fete. Then toast the occasion with margaritas.
Photo: Courtesy of Nobu Malibu
This beachfront Malibu restaurant abounds with Instagram-worthy ocean
views. There's no prettier backdrop for a bridal shower than the
sparkling Pacific Ocean. Even the food is picture-perfect — think
yellowtail sashimi, black cod miso, mango dulce de leche torte for
Photo: Courtesy of Commissary
Flooded with natural lighting and awash with verdant foliage, this
Koreatown restaurant is unlike any other spot in the city. Located at
The Line Hotel, the unique space is set in a glorious all-glass
greenhouse and serves Pan-Asian fare with a strong focus on vegetables.
This hidden Downtown Los Angeles gem in the sky serves French cuisine
and offers a few different spaces to host a bridal soiree including the
15th floor restaurant lounge outfitted in antique-looking furniture, and
the 16th floor rooftop offering picturesque views of the city skyline.
Photo: Courtesy of Huntley Hotel
Perched on the 18th floor rooftop of the Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica,
The Penthouse is bathed in bright whites and neutral hues and evokes a
laid-back yet glamorous beachy ambiance that's perfect for a fancy
bridal shower. You and your BFFs can look forward to digging into smoked
salmon benedict, halibut, pastas, steaks, and chocolate soufflés for
dessert. Read real brides' reviews here!
Your bathing suit is packed away and your summer vacation is
long gone, but the passion that comes with summer love doesn't have to
end. Whether you're headed out for a first date, or have been married for years, these fall date ideas are the perfect way to celebrate the seasonal weather and get that lovin' feeling. That's because each one of these date ideas is supported by science! (We're nerds, we know.)
As a couples therapist and dating coach, I help couples
increase their relationship satisfaction by implementing a more
strategic dating life. Capitalizing on love research to get the most out
of your date night is a surefire way to have a hot and thriving love
life. So, if you need more romance in your relationship and are stumped on finding new activities, try one of these seasonal date ideas.
Ogle the bright red, yellow, and orange leaves as you stroll hand in
hand through a local park, or better yet, go on a hike that gets you out
of the city and into nature. Exercise and exploring the unknown
activates the pleasure system in your brain and releases dopamine, the
chemical that gives makes you feel good and exhilarated.
Pick a sunshiny beautiful day to frolic in the orchards together,
canoodle behind a tree, and help each other reach the highest bunches.
Plus, sunlight makes you happy, so soak it up before you go into winter hibernation mode.
You may be too old to go trick or treating, but you're never too old to
carve a pumpkin! Enjoy a little flirtatious competition: whoever creates
the best pumpkin masterpiece wins something (wink wink)! Plus, being
creative allows you to relax, and activates parts of the brain
associated with emotional responses and the release of dopamine.
This is the perfect opportunity for teamwork! Does your partner listen
to your ideas, get angry when you wind up in a dead end, or praise you
for your great sense of direction? Negative communication patterns, such as criticism or defensiveness have been shown to lead to breakups and divorce, so make sure you support each other.
Bust out the basket and plaid blanket! Just make sure to touch or
snuggle up as you enjoy your wine and cheese. Physical touch is not only
a popular love language, but it's also a way we communicate our emotions, such as love, gratitude and happiness.
Halloween Costume Shopping
Head to a costume shop or thrift store and laugh together as you try on some whacky outfits. Laughing and smiling cause the brain to release dopamine, making you feel happy. Plus, eHamony
found that a sense of humor is the most desirable quality in a partner,
so let lose and reconnect. You may just feel the same spark that
initially attracted you to each other.
Ultimately, boredom is the silent relationship killer.
Prioritize your partner, date your mate and take advantage of all of the
fun activities the fall season has to offer. There are so many creative
ways to boost connection, intimacy and happiness in your relationship.
Just remember you have to mix things up to (pumpkin) spice things up!
Centerpieces set the tone for an entire event, so why not “wow”
your guests with a unique arrangement? An eye-catching centerpiece can
make your event totally Instagram worthy. Better yet, a memorable
centerpiece doesn’t have to break the bank! From simple and understated
to dramatic and over-the-top, we’re sharing 10 of the most creative and
head-turning centerpieces to incorporate into your wedding.
1. Ethereal Fairy Lights
Delicate fairy lights placed inside of
bell jars or terrariums bring a touch of whimsy to any table setting.
Your event will feel absolutely magical with the addition of these
twinkling lights. Photo by Colin Miller; Event by Colin Cowie Celebrations Photo by Angel He Photography
Until you're a bride in the throes of planning a wedding
you can never understand the unique blend of anticipation, anxiety and,
more than anything, stress. Will it all go as planned? What's the
worst-case scenario? What if I don't fit into the dress? There might be
nightmares and waking daydreams. Consistent exercise is one way to combat the butterflies, and yoga
is a wonderful practice to help soothe and calm the mind and nerves,
while improving one's posture for that strapless gown. In addition to
those more run-of-the-mill coping mechanisms are some alternative, in
some cases New Age-y, practices worth considering — like meditation.
Meditation might already be in the wheelhouse of more
tapped-in brides, and it's a good idea for everybody. There's nothing
better for your wellbeing than quieting the mind and clearing away all
the clutter. There are countless apps that guide the user through quick
or longer meditations, and many major cities now have chic studios aimed
at doing the same—check out the wide-ranging classes at MNDFL in New York's Greenwich Village, or Unplug in Brentwood (LA). Unplug is also where you can find Scott Schwenk,
a healer and breath work guru whose sessions in the latter practice can
be game-changing. The breathing exercises done in his classes, lying on
a cushion in a dark room, are quite rigorous, but worth the work. You
may feel a tingling, vibrating sensation take over your body (and
sometimes tears), and a release like you've never known. Increased
energy is also a side effect—a benefit for worn-down brides!
A spa day with a massage is always a treat leading up to the big day, but the effects often feel too short-lived. Yamuna Body Rolling
is a holistic method employing rubber balls in varying sizes that has
practitioners across the country. It's like a light workout and massage
in one—the balls stimulates and create space around the joints and
specific muscles. Not only does it feel amazing (and only occasionally
uncomfortable, where there's lots of tension) but it's known to elongate
the body, increase muscle tone, improve alignment (again with the
posture!) and for some has decreased the appearance of cellulite.
Another technique that can assist in smoothing cellulite—and what bride-to-be doesn't want that?!—is consistent use of a cryosauna,
a chamber that is cooled with liquid nitrogen to negative 250 degrees
fahrenheit, with a completely nude person inside (except for socks and
gloves). The frigid yet quick (2-3 minutes) experience can reduce
inflammation, anxiety and headaches, and boost energy and improve sleep.
Instead of freezing, one can also float to deeply relax, relieve stress
and pain, and increase endorphins.
Sensory deprivation float tanks (like those at Pause
in Venice, CA) give you an hour of complete quiet while you float nude
in a darkened pod filled with super salty water, an environment that
causes the brain to give out alpha waves that promote relaxation and
meditation. Finally, there's simple female camaraderie. In Venice, doula
Paula Mallis hosts
new moon and full moon circles on a regular basis. At them, chic,
conscious women sit in a circle and discuss the coming stage of the moon
and talk intention-setting and manifestation. There could be
revelations, tears or laughter along with the good old-fashioned girl talk, and that's practically guaranteed to relieve a little stress.
Life gets busy, people get tired and sometimes sex just isn’t high on the priority list for married couples ― especially those who have been together a long time.
Though there’s no “normal”
when it comes to how often spouses get it on, some couples make their
time between the sheets a regular part of their relationship. Oh, and
they enjoy the hell out of it too. Below, 14 people on the secret-sharing app Whisper open up about the saucier side of sex after marriage.