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Gregory Smith From “Everwood” Is Married!

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Everwood star Gregory Smith is married! The actor tied the knot with model and actress Taylor McKay over the weekend.

The two chose Lookout Cabin in Park City, Utah for their venue, which ended up being a beautiful backdrop for their wedding photos. Smith posted a stunning photo to Instagram of him and his bride mountainside with the caption, “8.18.18, my beautiful bride, my darling.”

McKay posted more photos of their wedding weekend to her Instagram, first showcasing their rehearsal dinner. “Heart is bursting and it’s just the Rehearsal,” she captioned a series of photos. The bride-to-be wore a floral white maxi dress with flutter sleeves while Smith rocked a simple white shirt and brown pants. The two were surrounded by family and friends.

The couple got a bit fancier for their wedding day. Smith wore a navy blue suit, and McKay wore a simple, yet elegant, lace wedding dress with a long train, low back and slit at the front. The bride posted a series of photos of her dramatic veil blowing in the mountain air.

Smith proposed to McKay last July in his hometown of Toronto. The Rookie Blue actor posted a photo of McKay going in for a kiss with the caption, “Thank you @taylorjmckay for agreeing to spend our lives together. You make me so happy. I love you.”

McKay posted the same photo along with a few more shots and pictures showcasing her stunning engagement ring. Smith popped the question with a flawless round solitaire diamond set in a rose gold band.

“On Friday night this man made me speechless…LOVE of my LIFE!” she wrote on Instagram.

Here’s to a lifetime of romantic speechless moments for this happy couple.

See more: The Biggest Celebrity Wedding The Year You Were Born

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Went on a Double Date With George and Amal Clooney

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Between all the jet-setting to amazing places around the globe, waving at adoring admirers, and living in literal castles, being a royal is hard work. Therefore, it only makes sense that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry would need to get away from it all and spend their weekends relaxing in other gorgeous locales outside the Commonwealth like, for example, George and Amal Clooney‘s Lake Como home. According to Us Weekly, that’s exactly what happened this past weekend.

“The Clooneys had personally invited Meghan and Harry to their home at the beginning of the summer with an open invitation,” an unnamed source told Us Weekly, explaining that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex flew to Italy on Thursday, August 16, and stayed with the Clooneys for three nights. “George and Amal were so happy to host Meghan and Harry. Harry and George have a special bond and friendship.”

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The source added that the weekend getaway marked the first time Meghan and Harry had met the Clooneys’ 14-month-old twins, Alexander and Ella. “They spent the entire weekend at their home and enjoyed the privacy and security the Clooneys had for them there,” the insider said of Harry and Meghan, who have previously been “spending most of their summer in their Oxfordshire home,” according to the source.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been friends with the Clooneys for a while now. Not only did the latter receive invites to the royal wedding in May, but Amal was also reported to have taken Meghan under her wing upon the Suits star-turned-duchess’s arrival in London. “Meghan and Amal have known each other for a while [and share] many interests,” a source told People in May. “Amal has been helping Meghan settle into London life,” they added. “It was a very natural friendship from day one.”

See more: Where to See Meghan Markle’s Wedding Dress in Person

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A Men's Grooming Guide for One Month Before His Wedding

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Whether you’ve been on a regimented grooming kick in preparation for your wedding, or are just getting around to thinking about hair and beard options for the big day, all grooms-to-be definitely have some, well grooming, left to do before the big day. Previously, we’ve compiled an essential grooming checklist for the groom-to-be. Now, we’re breaking it all down month-by-month—and you’re in the home stretch!

This men’s grooming guide is perfect for the dude who has four to five weeks left until his wedding day and needs to maximize his beauty routine, so to speak. If you’ve been taking care of your grooming regimen for the past five or six months, then this can also serve as the fine-tuning your routine needs. Either way, the tips below will ensure you look your best, just in time for your wedding day.

1. Skincare

Perfecting their complexion is on everyone’s pre-wedding to-do list, and no matter how far along or not-so-far-along you are with your routine, the few weeks leading up to the big day are enough time for you to see an improvement. The key lies in splurging on a laser treatment according to Joshua Zeichner, MD and Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research at Mount Sinai. “One month before the wedding, you can think about a light laser treatment like Clear and Brilliant,” he says. “It works by punching microscopic holes in the skin, allowing the skin to heal itself back up in a more cosmetically acceptable manner. It can be used to even skin tone, improve skin texture, and even minimize the appearance of pores.” While it might sound intimidating to try a laser treatment, Dr. Zeichner assures that with this specific laser, there is virtually no downtime. You can expect a bit of redness for a few hours after the 15-minute procedure and a bit of a grainy feeling to the skin for a few days after—but you’ll have incredible skin within a week, and with a daily dose of sunscreen and moisturizer, you’ll maintain those benefits up until the wedding.

2. Teeth Whitening

Chances are, you’ll be grinning from ear to ear on your wedding day. And with all eyes on you, you’ll want your smile to be as bright as can be. “I think we can all agree that the smile is one of the most important elements of the big day, and is captured in pictures that will be looked at and treasured for years to come,” says Dr. Jonathan B. Levine, DMD PC. “Grooms are so busy in the weeks leading up to the wedding, which is why scheduling an in-office whitening one month prior is close enough to the big day to let them flash a truly brilliant, glowing smile at all of their wedding events.” Treatments for in-office whitening can range from a few hundred dollars to up to $1000, but the results are well worth it. “For best results, I recommend following an in-office whitening treatment with a monthly at-home whitening maintenance regimen,” says Dr. Levine. He recommends using his GLO Brilliant Teeth Whitening Device ($199, available at Dermstore) once a day for 30 days to amp up that new megawatt smile.

3. Hair

“If you only go to one pre-wedding [hair] appointment, this is the one you should not miss!” says NYC-based men’s hairstylist Martial Vivot. He says to book a hair appointment a month before the wedding to trim up your signature style and decide how you want to wear your hair on the big day. “At this visit, never do anything drastic,” he maintains. Vivot says to use the appointment to discuss any questions you may have with your stylist on how to style your hair and get product recommendations. “Ask your stylist specific questions at this appointment, like how to achieve the look at home and a step-by-step tutorial on the products to use, including how much to use.” Think of this appointment as your personalized hair guide, so that on your big day, you can DIY your ‘do with your arsenal of hair and beard products.

4. Gym

If you’re maintaining your gym schedule, step things up at the one-month mark and focus mostly on higher intensity workouts, says Julie Wandzilak, Tier X Coach at Equinox in NYC. “This means shorter rest periods, longer circuits, and approaching full-body workouts and higher heart rate throughout the whole workout.” She says that the next four weeks are where you will see the most improvement and progress in your pre-wedding gym routine (translation: book those HIIT classes, stat). “The cardiac output, duration, and heart rate will be key components to making sure your body is staying within the fat-burning metabolism zone within this time frame,” she explains.

See More: A 3-Month Grooming Guide for the Groom-to-Be

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Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson Make Red Carpet Debut at the 2018 MTV VMAs

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In Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson’s whirlwind three-month relationship, they’ve already gotten engaged (with a stunning almost $100,000 ring), moved into a $16 million New York apartment together, started wedding planning—and even discussed details like hyphenating last names. But one thing the young-and-in-love duo hadn’t done yet? Hit a red carpet together.

They saved that for the 2018 MTV VMAs, and (just like every other moment in their rapid courtship) their red-carpet debut was nothing short of heart-melting. Grande and Davidson were adorable from every angle: giggling, grinning, gazing into each other’s eyes, giving each other kisses. Hearts (and tweets) basically exploded everywhere—and if there were any doubts about the reality or intensity of their love, this red-carpet walk successfully eliminated them.

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Since the duo barely even separated from one another’s arms during their arrival, it was difficult to get a full-frontal view of their looks. But the general consensus? Grande showed up looking like a silver Tinker Bell, wearing a metallic dress with a flutter skirt, thigh-high sparkly boots, and her gigantic engagement ring, of course. Davidson, on the other hand, kept things simple with a white long-sleeved tee, black pants, and sneakers—but he also wore one special accessory that doubled as a shout-out to his fiancée.

The Saturday Night Live star sported a beaded bracelet that featured the letters “AGD,” which will be Grande’s initials after they tie the knot. Does it get any cuter than that?

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Later in the night, Grande will hit the stage to perform her latest hit from her album Sweetener, “God Is a Woman.” And no doubt Davidson will be the ultimate hype man/fanboy/adoring husband-to-be in the audience.

See more: Ariana Grande Says She Knew She’d Marry Pete Davidson Before They Even Started Dating

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7 Idyllic Lakeside Hotels in the U.S.

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While we love salty sea breezes and crashing waves, there’s something so alluring about a lakeside vacation. Log cabin-esque lodgings with crackling hearths and private porches are tailor-made to inspire romance. Bonfires and lawn games exude nostalgic charm. Postcard-worthy views plus outdoor recreation and pampering amenities seal the deal.

Whether you want to get back to nature or simply relax, these lakeside properties are perfect for your next getaway.

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The Sagamore | Bolton Landing, New York

The Sagamore is an institution—dating back to 1883. Perched on the southern end of Green Island, it offers majestic vistas of the Adirondacks and Lake George. Speaking of, guests can drop a line right off the dock or hop aboard The Morgan, a 72-foot replica of a 19th-century touring vessel. The aquatic fun doesn’t end there. Parasailing, water skiing, and wakeboarding are also available. Back on land, you’ll find an 18-hole golf course and tennis courts.

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Lake Austin Spa Resort | Austin, Texas

From aqua fitness and stand up paddleboarding to sunset cruises and forest bathing, Lake Austin Spa Resort is all about the water. Ideal for a relaxing couples weekend or laid-back girls getaway, this holistic haven enchants with its scenic surroundings, tranquil atmosphere, and wellness programming. The award-winning spa boasts an extensive menu of more than 100 treatments, including custom therapies and signature services like Manuka Tapping. Hungry? Savor “conscientious cuisine” made with fresh herbs and vegetables grown on-site.

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Lake Placid Lodge | Lake Placid, New York

Situated on the shores of Lake Placid, in the heart of the Adirondacks, this exclusive Relais & Châteaux respite is an irresistible blend of luxury, romance, and comfort. The ambiance is warm and woodsy. All 13 guest rooms and 17 cabins are individually appointed with hand-built beds, deep soaking tubs, and stone fireplaces. And with a slew of amenities and location attractions, you certainly won’t have a problem filling your days or nights.

The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee | Greensboro, Georgia

This Ritz-Carlton is known for its posh properties. And this outpost (75 miles east of Atlanta) is no exception. If its upscale milieu and prime position along the western coast of Lake Oconee aren’t enough to sell you, the myriad activities certainly will. With championship golf and kayaking plus plenty of nostalgia-inducing pursuits such as evening s’mores-making sessions, you can make your trip as peaceful and quiet or action packed as you want.

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Big Cedar Lodge | Ridgedale, Missouri

Tucked away in the breathtaking beauty of Ridgedale, overlooking Table Rock Lake and the Ozark Mountains, Big Cedar Lodge is a playground for nature lovers. The design is decidedly rustic with a dose of grandeur, evoking images of 1900s wilderness retreats. Accommodations include cottages, cabins, and intimate rooms. On top of that, the property promises an array of recreational opportunities such as boating, horseback riding, hiking, and some of the best bass fishing in the country.

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Mission Point | Mackinac Island, Michigan

Longing for simpler times? Poised on Mackinac Island, Mission Point treats guests to old-school fun (kite flying, croquet, bocce, and more), Midwestern hospitality, and captivating views. Nab an Adirondack chair on the great lawn and watch the boats float by or opt for a horse-drawn carriage ride. When the temperature falls, cozy up with a glass of red in front of the crackling fire. There’s also a full-service salon and spa with a couples treatment sanctuary.

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Shore Lodge | McCall, Idaho

Two hours north of Boise in the mountain town of McCall lies Shore Lodge, a 77-key idyl facing the glacier-fed Payette Lake. Of course, the bucolic setting is a major draw. But that’s just the beginning. For adrenaline junkies, there’s cliff jumping and water trampolining. Foodies can feast on Snake River Farms wagyu from Eastern Idaho at The Narrows Steakhouse, which also boasts a 2,000-bottle wine cellar. Need to unwind? Burgdorf Hot Springs is nearby.

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A Minimal Winter Wedding in the Mountains

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“He was charming, she was sassy,” or so Paige Larson says of her instant connection with Zachary Larson. In January 2008, the two met at a party at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks and spent the rest of the semester getting to know each other before Paige embarked on a summer Microsoft internship. “When I moved back for the start of my sophomore year that August, we fell right back in step,” says Paige. “We’ve been together ever since.”

Coming full circle, Zachary proposed in 2016 in Telluride, Colorado—the same spot the couple shared their first travel adventure as part of their university’s Ski and Snowboarding Club. In fact, this college trip sparked Zachary’s incredibly romantic proposal idea after seeing a poster for the Telluride Balloon Festival. Fast forward eight years, when the couple had ventured back to their special spot and Zachary nonchalantly suggested taking a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the San Juan Mountains. Paige was all in, and halfway through the early morning ride, her “Mister Charming” turned to her and said, “I’ve always wanted to propose to you in a hot air balloon over these mountains.” After landing, the couple enjoyed a champagne toast and made their way to the rental home, where both their families were waiting to celebrate. “I absolutely melted,” says the bride.

Since the duo considered Telluride one of their “favorite places on Earth,” it only made sense they would ultimately choose this destination to say “I do.” And, further adding to the sentiment, Paige and Zachary decided to tie the knot on the tenth anniversary of their first encounter—January 19, 2018. Knowing they wanted to keep the wedding small and intimate, they turned to Alpino Vino, the highest elevation fine dining restaurant in North America with a panoramic deck and seating for up to 28. “It had everything we could ask for: stunning views of the Wilson Range, amazing food, and a unique experience for our guests,” says the bride. “Where else can you ride up a mountain in a heated red snowcoach?”

You have to see this glamorous, snow-filled winter wedding, featuring classic rustic elegance and a color palette inspired by an Anthropologie jacket!

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Photo by Danielle DeFiore

Paige wanted to channel clean and classic Audrey Hepburn vibes for her wedding day look, and her Ivory Bellagio crepe gown by Martina Liana did just the trick. “I’ve always been a sucker for fabric-covered buttons,” she says of the midi dress.

Because Zachary blew her engagement ring design out of the water, Paige decided against a wedding band and simply accessorized with a David Yurman bracelet and pearl earrings (a gift from her groom years ago!). She also changed footwear based on the terrain, opting for silver metallic Zara boots to conquer the snow (and reflect against it beautifully) and Oscar de la Renta pumps for an extra dash of glitz.

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Photo by Danielle DeFiore

Zachary donned a navy three-piece suit with a white shirt, black tie, and brown Johnston & Murphy shoes. Other than having a maid of honor and best man, Paige and Zachary decided against a traditional bridal party. Paige’s MOH, her best friend, sported an Aritzia dress, a lariat necklace, a vintage fur-trimmed jacket, and velvet booties. Zachary’s brother wore dress pants to match the groom, paired with a wine-colored shirt underneath a merino wool sweater for a casual, coordinated look.

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Photo by Danielle DeFiore

Photo by Danielle DeFiore

Behold: the jacket that inspired it all. “With a deep navy lining and rich wine embroidery, it became the color inspiration for our wedding,” the bride says of her Anthropologie outerwear. “The subtle silver metallic threading throughout was a happy surprise that complemented the winter theme and our mixed metal accents.”

The navy and wine hues, paired with ivory and champagne metallic accents, adorned the couple’s wedding invitations, itineraries, and name cards, all of which were custom handmade by Paige and her mother. “My mom is a very talented crafter and, over the years, she and I have done several other weddings and events,” says the bride. “It was only natural that we’d design and make mine, as well.”

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Since the venue’s view spoke for itself at 11,966 feet, ceremony decor felt completely unnecessary (the bride even decided against any bouquets). “We wanted Telluride to sing, and to accent with just a few meaningful touches,” says Paige. Guests were given embroidered, silver-foiled ivory blankets to stay warm, but the January weather proved pleasantly balmy.

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Paige’s father escorted her down the aisle as her maid of honor’s boyfriend played an acoustic version of “Cover Me Up” by Jason Isbell, one of the couple’s favorite artists.

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Photo by Danielle DeFiore

Photo by Danielle DeFiore

Photo by Danielle DeFiore

Paige and Zachary said “I do” in front of 25 friends and family. The bride’s brother officiated the wedding, which Paige says “gave us one of the most sincere, heartfelt, and personal ceremonies we could have asked for.” The couple handwrote their own vows as a gift to each other to re-read throughout their marriage.

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Following the ceremony, guests celebrated the newlyweds with a sparkler sendoff.

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Photo by Danielle DeFiore

The couple kept indoor decorations to a minimum, lining the restaurant’s mahogany steel tables with textured ivory runners and white linen napkins running over the edge. Paige also sourced an assortment of mercury glass votives and tea light holders for soft, romantic lighting. Bleached pinecones holding place settings added a rustic vibe to offset the mixed metal accents.

As for dinner, Alpino Vino provided a five-course menu of European and Italian-inspired cuisine (with wine, of course). Wedding attendants dined to the couple’s Spotify playlist—a mix of blues, indie alternative, and new-age jazz.

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The festivities didn’t end there—the couple’s actual “reception” involved bar-hopping through Telluride’s historic Main Street with their guests! The newlyweds descended the mountain after dinner in a red heated snowcoach for continued celebrations downtown.

Although Paige says their remote, winter destination wasn’t always the most popular choice, she wouldn’t change a thing about the wedding. “Keep true to who you are as a couple, and don’t feel you ‘need to’ anything,” she says.

Venue: Alpino Vino || Wedding Coordinator: Telluride Ski & Golf Resort || Bride’s Dress: Martina Liana || Bride’s Jewelry: David Yurman || Bride’s Shoes: Oscar de la Renta, Zara || Bride’s Jacket: Anthropologie || Hair: Megan Keever Hair || Makeup: Erin Cain || Bridesmaid’s Dress: Aritzia || Mother of the Bride Dress: Adrianna Papell || Groom’s Attire: Halberstadt’s || Engagement Ring: Brilliant Earth || Wedding Bands: Larson Jewelers || Accommodations: New Sheridan Hotel || Photographer: Danielle DeFiore

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Claire Holt Married Andrew Joblon This Weekend, and Even Their Dog Got Dressed Up for the Occasion

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Congratulations, newlyweds! Claire Holt, of The Originals and Vampire Diaries fame, tied the knot this weekend with her love, Andrew Joblon. The epic event looked to be so special that even the couple’s dog got dressed up for the occasion. Because what’s a wedding without a pup in a tux, amiright?

On Saturday, August 18 Holt and Joblon, a real estate executive according to E! News, said their I dos in a California ceremony featuring lush florals, a gorgeous wedding dress, and the cutest four-legged wedding guest. “8.18.18,” Holt captioned her and her new husband’s wedding portrait, taken by photographer Kelley Raye, on Instagram. In it, the newlyweds pose under a romantic arch of multi-colored blooms, with Holt looking stunning in a strapless lace wedding dress with a deep sweetheart neckline. And at their feet sits their dog, Teddy, who wore a spiffy tuxedo collar for the occasion. Teddy even showed off his wedding attire on his own Instagram account. “Ready for mom and dad to get married,” read the photo caption. The groom also took to social media to share a wedding photo, posting a sweet snap of himself and his now-wife kissing at the ceremony.

The Australian actress first revealed her engagement to Joblon in December 2017, posting a photo of herself kissing her fiancé and showing off her stunning new engagement ring to Instagram. “My heart is so full,” she captioned the snap.

Previously, Holt was married to television producer Matthew Kaplan. The pair tied the knot in April 2016, but filed for divorce just one day before their first wedding anniversary.

Holt and Joblon later went public with their relationship in July of last year when the actress shared photos of a couples vacation in Italy. She posted multiple photos with her beau from the gorgeous getaway, including one of them kissing alongside another couple, captioned, “Finally homeward bound after the best month of my life. Thanks for the memories!”

We wonder if the newlyweds will be jetting back to Italy for their honeymoon!

See more: 12 Ways to Dress Up Your Dog for Your Wedding

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Winona Ryder Thinks She May Have Accidentally Married Keanu Reeves on the Set of Dracula

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Are Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves legally married? Well, let’s not clickbait around, the answer is no. But they might be married in the religious sense, and fast approaching their 27th anniversary. While promoting their upcoming romantic comedy, Destination Wedding, the nineties icons reflected on their previous onscreen pairing, in Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula. “We actually got married in Dracula. No, I swear to God, I think we’re married in real life,” joked Ryder. In the 1992 film, Reeves and Ryder’s characters get married, and while they may have been acting, the man marrying them wasn’t, exactly.

“In that scene, Francis [Ford Coppola] used a real Romanian priest,” Ryder told Entertainment Weekly. “We shot the master, and he did the whole thing. So I think we’re married.” Reeves didn’t quite remember the moment so well (perhaps he was just too caught up in the emotional performance?) and asked Ryder if they’d said yes. She reminded him that they did, and it happened on Valentine’s Day. Ugh, can you imagine if your secret husband of 25 years didn’t remember your anniversary, and that anniversary was Valentine’s Day?

“Oh, my gosh, we’re married,” Reeves finally admitted. Maybe now that they’ve been married in a movie, they’ll have to get divorced in a movie too.

Destination Wedding premieres August 31, but if you’d rather not wait till then to see the two of them together, Bram Stoker’s Dracula is available to rent on Amazon. That film is also screening tonight and tomorrow (August 19 and 20) at New York City’s Quad Cinema as part of its “Utterly Winona” Winona Ryder retrospective.

Related: Beetlejuice at 30: The Long Afterlife of Tim Burton’s Classic as One of the Great Fashion Movies

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What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Love Life This Week: August 20, 2018

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Are you ready for a cosmic break? Well, this week we get one! Nearly every aspect in the sky is one of harmony, grace, compassion, creativity and imagination, with just a touch of practicality to bring dreams into reality.

We start with a lovely fire trine between Sun in Leo and Moon in Sagittarius on Monday. This can spark some incredible emotional breakthroughs or fill us with the inspiration we need. When the Sun moves into Virgo (Happy Birthday, Virgo!), hooking up with Uranus and Taurus (all in earth signs), it’s a great time for kicking into gear and launching all those Virgo-like projects: clearing clutter (mentally and physically), paying more attention to your health, and volunteering. Projects should just seem a bit easier to tackle now.

The week ends with an ethereal Full Moon in Pisces, joining in the hyper-sensitive energy of the grand trine. Forgiveness, compassion, and romantic fantasies rule our thoughts, so make plenty of time to spend with your partner…no phones allowed.

How will all this play out for your sign? Read on below for this week’s horoscopes, courtesy of astrologer Suzie Kerr Wright.

Aries (March 21-April 20)

After a couple of false starts—perhaps a bit of jealousy and a bit of catch-up sleep—you’ll be back on track with big plans for you and your love. A surprise night out on the town will bring serendipitous events you won’t stop talking about for a long, long time. Use your imagination and think big.

Taurus (April 21-May 20)

Everything about this week can be amazing if you are willing to see things completely differently than you have in the past. Family stress over money or possessions can make you feel like you have to be the peacemaker. The trick to making this week spectacular is to know that there is nothing, nada, you can do to change someone else’s mind. Once you internalize that, freedom is yours.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

You’re out on a limb—in a good way—when you come up with a way to make work/home life intertwine. Sparks may fly over what seems to be a crazy idea your partner may not agree on, however, you’ll win them over by the end of the week. It could be a new business venture, or a new way to do the usual. Either way, be patient while others catch up.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

It’s a busy week! Just when you think you’ve checked off all your to-dos, more pop up. As much as you’d like to get it all done, put the brakes on if you start to feel overwhelmed. Your partner wants your time and attention for all the right reasons, so make sure you’re not neglecting a chance for a super snuggly time. The list can wait.

Leo (July 23-August 22)

As the Sun prepares to leave your sign, it fires up your charisma and gives you a chance to really shine as you win supporters in the office. Your love life sizzles with passion as you invest in the next step in your relationship. A ring and a date, finally? Could happen!

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

A soul-to-soul conversation with your partner brings you to a new level of understanding. A misunderstanding from a long time ago is finally put to rest and you can move forward with the relationship into a more respectful and compassionate place. You’ve been after the same goal, just going about it differently.

Libra (September 23-October 22)

The Full Moon brings a reality check around an issue at work. You may have been allowing yourself to take the blame or responsibility for something that wasn’t yours to do. Gather up your confidence and move forward with your own work or ideas. Make sure you are taking care of yourself first.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

Your reliability and networking skills are strong now. With your sweetheart you’ll want to be careful to not cross the line into manipulation. Use your charm for the good of all involved. Remember, they’re really on your side. Write them a beautiful love letter or pour your heart into creative expression of your love.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

The fiery trine between Sun and Moon in your sign brings a new level of passion and confidence. You’re ready to take on the world, if only the world was ready for you. A few bumps in the road early in the week shouldn’t slow you down. Focus on asking for what you need from loved ones. They’re more than willing to help.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

You’ll have vacation syndrome. (You know how you always get so much done at work when you’re going on vacation?) Keep your eye on the prize—which, literally, may be an upcoming vacay—and tie up all those loose ends. Even if you don’t have a specific trip planned, if you get in the flow of this energy, the freedom you feel by the weekend is worth it.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18)

You’re on fire with a new system that keeps your budget in line and a huge windfall is possible now. As things begin to click financially, your self-esteem kicks up a notch. Your relationship feels more grounded, too, as you are able to get your point across more clearly.

Pisces (February 19-March 20)

Stepping back from the crowd helps you maintain your equilibrium. You’re like an antenna, picking up signals from everyone. Practice grounding, carry grounding crystals, or do visualizations to keep your energy in check and watch your personal boundaries. The upside to this energy is your creativity is soaring, and so is your connection to your partner. It’s intense!

See more: The Pros and Cons of Marrying Each Zodiac Sign

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Meghan Markle's Givenchy Wedding Dress May Go on Display at Windsor Castle Later This Year

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Sadly, after spending lots (and lots) of money on a wedding dress, wearing it for a few hours, and taking as many photos in it as possible, most brides typically pack up their gowns and never see them again. Meghan Markle, however, isn’t most brides. According to The Daily Express, the Duchess of Sussex’s custom Givenchy gown from her May wedding to Prince Harry could go on display at Windsor Castle sometime before the end of this year, and rightfully so.

Royals sources told The Daily Express that palace officials are reportedly in talks to make Meghan’s wedding dress the focal point of an exhibition that would be open to the public at Windsor Castle, the site of Meghan and Harry’s nuptials. A spokesperson for the Royal Collection Trust, which oversees the many royal residences, told The Daily Express that, if the exhibition is indeed finalized, an official announcement will be made before the end of 2018.

To refresh your memory: Meghan’s gown was custom designed by Givenchy creative director Clare Waight Keller and featured a bateau neckline, three-quarter-length sleeves, and a long, trailing train, all done in triple silk organza. She completed the look with Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara, loaned to her by Queen Elizabeth II, and a dreamy, floaty veil that was hand-embroidered with flowers from across the Commonwealth and measured 16 feet long.

Shortly after the wedding, Waight Keller spoke to Good Morning America about how the gown had been received by Meghan’s new husband. “[Prince Harry] came straight up to me and he said, ‘Oh my God, thank you! She looks absolutely stunning,'” Waight Keller said. “Well, I think everybody saw on television—he was absolutely in awe, I think. She looked just incredible and it showed.” The designer added, “So, I think for the both of them, they were just radiant at that time.”

See more: 19 Wedding Dresses to Get Meghan Markle’s Wedding Dress Look

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Rihanna Was a Bridesmaid in Her Best Friend's Wedding—and Dodged the Bouquet

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Rihanna may be a multihyphenate mogul, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have time for her friends—especially on their wedding days.

Over the weekend, the “Wild Thoughts” singer served as a bridesmaid at longtime pal Sonita Alexander’s wedding in Barbados, E! reports. As seen on Instagram, she donned a bright blue silk dress (the next time you want to complain about wearing a bridesmaid dress, remember that even Rihanna does it) and matching makeup.

She posted a shot to her Instagram Story of herself and Alexander getting ready for the big day, showing off a pouty, high-gloss lip and bright blue eyeliner under her eyes. She also showed off her and Alexander’s matching silk “bride” and “bridesmaids” robes, which prove that stars and their friends really are just like the rest of us.

And even though Rihanna is an international superstar, pictures from the wedding prove that she went out of her way to ensure that her BFF was the one who was front and center on her big day. In most of the shots, RiRi is hanging out in the background, and the spotlight is very clearly on the bride. She also wore the same dress, hair, and makeup as the rest of the bridal party, which is pretty shocking to see from someone who tends to make the biggest fashion and beauty statement at every event she attends.

Of course, Rihanna has practice at being a bridesmaid for one of her besties. In 2015, she took on the role at her friend Jennifer Rosales’s wedding in Hawaii.

See More: 25 Bridesmaids Who Killed the Fashion Game

As for when Rihanna’s own wedding might occur, if her behavior around the bouquet is any indication, it won’t be for quite some time. When Alexander tossed her bouquet into the crowd, per tradition, Rihanna ducked to avoid it. Someone caught the whole thing on video, and it was expectedly amazing.

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Ariana Grande Will Hyphenate Her Last Name When She Marries Pete Davidson

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Following in the footsteps of Kim Kardashian West and Jada Pinkett-Smith, pop singer Ariana Grande says she will hyphenate her name when she marries Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson.

The soon-to-be Ariana Grande-Davidson revealed her plans to Ebro Darden of Apple Music’s Beats 1, according to the Daily Mail, adding that, eventually, she hopes to go by only her first moniker as she progresses in her career. “I feel like I’d eventually just be Ariana: Isn’t that sick?” she said. “I feel like it’s got a ring to it.”

Grande has a lot of other wedding planning and marriage decisions to make, but she said that they are all on hold as she has a tour to finish and a recently released album, Sweetener, to promote. Even though she and Davidson got engaged after only a few weeks of dating, Grande said the actual nuptials could happen anytime between five months and five years from now, and that she eventually wants three kids with the SNL comedian.

Despite this leisurely wedding timeline, the couple has really taken the “when you know, you know” mantra to heart. Grande admits to knowing Davidson was the one the first time they met on the set of SNL back in 2016. “’I’m marrying him. 100 percent. I’m literally marrying him,'” she recalled telling her tour manager during an episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Davidson clearly felt the sparks as well. The comedian revealed to GQ how he felt about his bride-to-be when they first met. “The day I met her, I was like, ‘Hey, I’ll marry you tomorrow.'”

Grande and Davidson were clearly made for each other.

See more: Pete Davidson Knew He Would Marry Ariana Grande From Day One

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Lauren Burnham Just Celebrated Her Bridal Shower

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We’re officially one step closer to another Bachelor Nation wedding! Lauren Burnham, who is set to marry last season’sThe Bachelor star Arie Luyendyk Jr. on January 12 (excuse us, JanuLARIE 12), celebrated the ultimate pre-wedding rite of passage this past weekend—her bridal shower.

Both Burnham and her reality TV fiancé documented the festivities through their Instagram stories. Hosted in the future bride’s hometown, Virginia Beach, Virginia, the bridal shower took on a tropical Maui theme in honor of their wedding venue.

Luyendyk Jr., who showcased the event’s decorations before getting “kicked out” with the rest of the men, revealed a floral-infused archway welcoming guests and a gorgeous outdoor tropical table setup. “They went all out for my love,” he wrote.

Burnham, who stunned in two separate white dresses for the occasion, posted a cute video surrounded by her girlfriends (and potential bridesmaids?). “We’re getting maui’d,” she wrote. The former Bachelor contestant also posed for a picture embracing her mother, Pamela.

The bridal shower naturally had no shortage of JanuLARIE-themed desserts, as well. One indoor table featured quite the spread, including personalized cookies decorated with the betrothed pair’s name and wedding date. “Getting in the spirit,” Burnham wrote of the party treats.

And, about their wedding hashtag—Luyendyk Jr. recently called on Twitter fans to help generate some inspo. The majority of the results weren’t exactly something you would want to share with your wedding guests, but the couple may have chosen one suggestion. Luyendyk Jr.’s Instagram story showed a young boy, presumably a family member of Burnham’s, sporting a t-shirt with “#sArieNOTsArie” emblazoned on the back. How…cute?

See more: Chris Harrison Wants to Give Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham a Trash Can for Their Wedding

Lauren Burnham and Arie Luyendyk Jr. haven’t exactly had the most traditional romance, to put it lightly. But, from their engagement photos to the recent bridal shower, the couple seems to be taking full advantage of every pre-wedding formality. Next up on deck? Corresponding bachelor and bachelorette parties in honor of the eponymous ABC franchise that started it all.

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Kanye West Wore Socks With Sandals to 2 Chainz's Wedding and the Internet Can't Handle It

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Summer weddings can be tricky to dress for. If it’s indoors, you have to bring along an extra layer so you don’t freeze from the A/C, but if the party’s outside, you have to find an outfit that won’t leave you covered in sweat stains. Over the weekend, Kanye West addressed this dilemma head-on, attending fellow rapper 2 Chainz‘s wedding in an outfit that was both breezy enough in the suffocating Miami heat and comfortable enough for a long night of dancing inside the Villa Casa Casuarina hotel—all while being a bizarre enough ensemble to leave the Internet collectively scratching their heads.

For his pal’s wedding, West donned a pale-green linen Louis Vuitton suit and matching pants, opting to wear nothing under the blazer but a few gold chains. On his feet, inexplicably, he wore a gray pair of puffy Yeezy slides (that looked to be a bit too small?) over plain white socks. Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian West coordinated with her husband’s suit in a skintight ankle-length dress in neon green with a wide slit up her left leg, but shoe-wise, chose a more traditionally wedding-appropriate pair of strappy gold heels.

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And here’s a shot of those Yeezy slides that West posted earlier this month:

Almost immediately upon seeing photos from the Wests’ wedding outing, people took to social media to express their confusion over the musician’s choice of footwear. While some firmly stated their belief that socks and sandals should be reserved only for quick runs out to the car or mailbox, others simply had to ask: “What are THOOOOOSE?!”

That said, Kimye’s creative ensembles weren’t exactly out of place at the wedding. During the ceremony, 2 Chainz sported a shiny gold blazer and black pants, while longtime partner Kesha Ward wore a vibrant red gown; for the reception, the newlyweds changed into an ornately detailed white suit and bedazzled gown, respectively. Though nobody else appears to have worn Yeezy slides—let alone socks with sandals—to the wedding, West was undoubtedly happy with his footwear choice after a few rounds on the dance floor.

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48 Wedding Hairstyles Perfect for Your Bridesmaids

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Sure, you’ve probably had dozens of different wedding hairstyles saved to your Pinterest board for months now or, if you already had your hair trial, have your style planned down to the very last curl and bobby pin. But what about your bridesmaids’ hairstyles? Much like you’ve helped your girls choose bridesmaid dresses for the big event, you might want to help them choose a wedding hairstyle, too, something that’ll complement their coordinating frocks and the overall look and feel of your wedding. Oh, and a look that won’t clash with your own bridal hairstyle. Now, that’s a tall order.

We know, we know: Just another to-do to add to your endless checklist. But before you being to fret, know that we’ve already done all the work for you. We’ve scoured the internet and our Real Weddings archives to find the best bridesmaid hairstyles for your squad. Whether you want your ‘maids to match perfectly or wear a complementing mix of styles, you’ve come to the right place. Below, are romantic hairstyles featuring loose, tousled curls, elegant updos, and relaxed down ‘dos—all perfect for your bridesmaids. Just like you, your girls are going to look gorgeous!

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The Worst Things People Have Said to Engaged Couples, Newlyweds, and Those Married for Years

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The people in your life are the ones you rely on to shower you with love and support. But your friends and family members are human, and sometimes, they can’t stop themselves from saying things that make your eyes bulge with disbelief. You might be focused on seeing your future spouse at the end of the aisle, basking in the honeymoon phase, or even working through the ups and downs of marriage, when—bam!—someone in your life tosses you a snide remark or has totally clueless comment. These brides-to-be, newlyweds, and married women share the one thing that made them stop in their tracks. Here’s hoping you can avoid them!

“‘I can’t believe you’re okay with having a baby bump on your wedding day!’ I was pregnant at our wedding and couldn’t believe how many people had something to say about it as our wedding day approached. Clearly there was nothing I could do about it, and putting the wedding off was not an option.” —Erika

“My ring was a little too big, so I took it to the jeweler to have it resized. He told me it was obnoxious!” —Danielle

“My dad told me I’d been disrespectful for not inviting my preteen stepsister to my adults-only bridal shower—you know, the one that I hadn’t planned; I was just the guest of honor!—because my friend brought her (infant and nursing) baby with her when she flew in from out of town to attend.” —Stephanie

“We were together for years before getting engaged. The worst were people’s ‘well-meaning’ offhanded comments, like ‘Wow, finally! I was worried this would never happen!’ Um, I’m sorry my life didn’t line up with your expected timeline of how I should live. (NOT SORRY!)” —Maria

“The night of our wedding, my uncle stopped me to congratulate us…and then asked when we were having our first baby. He proceeded to invite himself to the baby shower, even after I told him we weren’t planning on having kids for a few years.” —Susan

“When we were taking family photos, my photographer missed a few shots on the list I’d given her, so my dad had to ask for photos of my husband and me with him, his mother, and his siblings. He accused me of leaving those pictures out on purpose and only caring about my mom’s extended family!” — Jackie

“The most shocking comment I got was from none other than the groom’s father—the morning after our wedding! He looked at me and said, ‘You were really willing to date a man who was divorced and who already has kids?’ He was more clueless than anything else and couldn’t understand why a single girl would want that baggage.” — Allison

“Six years after I got married, I ran into an old friend from college who said to me, ‘I can’t believe you’re not divorced yet.’ I had to explain to her that just because I wasn’t a relationship gal in college doesn’t mean that many years later I haven’t changed.” — Sharon

“My husband and I were having some issues with communication and trust. I confided in a few friends about the tough time we were having and one of them said, ‘I can’t wait to plan wedding number two for you!’ It wasn’t the love advice I wanted when I was venting to her.” — Debbie

“I ran into my old high-school sweetheart at the supermarket when I was engaged. I hadn’t seen him in 16 years! He looked at my ring and said, ‘Clearly you settled.’ He was a big-time finance guy and the guy I was marrying was a construction worker. That didn’t bother me. It clearly bothered him.” — Izzy

“My maid-of-honor got really drunk like 12 years after my wedding and told me that she hated the dress I made her buy and wear. She hated it so much she cut it up into a bunch of pieces before throwing it out, thought about mailing those pieces of fabric to me.” — Renatta

“The meanest thing anyone has ever said to me came from my mother-in-law. Before I went to walk down the aisle, she looked me in the eyes and said, ‘I wish this day wasn’t happening. But it is. But it is.’ Then she turned, walked down the aisle, and put on a fake smile. Life has been awkward around her ever since.” — Josie

“My husband and I went to couple’s therapy to work some stuff out and after the first session, the therapist said, ‘I think you shouldn’t have gotten married when you did. You should have dated for another few years because you two are a rough match.’ It was a major shock!” — Michelle

“I told my coworker that I had something very important to tell her. Then I showed her my pregnant belly and she said, ‘Pregnant? I thought you were going to tell me you were getting a divorce!’ She knew that my husband and I were arguing lately but like it was still a big conclusion to jump to that we were going to call it quits.” — Ashley

“The person didn’t say it to my face, but I overheard a friend of mine tell another friend that she should literally do the opposite of everything I did for my wedding. She told the other person that my wedding was extra tacky.” — Cheyanne

“A friend of a friend took a look at my engagement ring, right after I got it, and said she saw the same one at a discount store and swore the diamonds on mine were fake. I was offended and went to a jeweler to confirm the diamonds were real and they were.” — Gaby

“I posted on Facebook after I got engaged and someone I barely knew from high-school wrote: LOL that’s funny. Thought you’d be single forever.” — Ruth

“I married a man 18 years younger than me. People say the darndest things to me all the time. Once, my husband introduced me to a friend of his and the friend blurted out, ‘That’s your wife? I thought it was your mother!’ — Laura

“My hubby and I have been married for 23 years. One time, at a restaurant, a stranger came up to us and said that we looked like we were having a miserable time together at dinner. We replied, ‘Nope! That’s just called marriage!’ — Colleen

“After I got married, a distant relative told me he wasn’t giving us a wedding gift because he questioned if we’d make it a year.” — Beth

“One of my closest friends once told me she was in love with my husband and confessed that she almost tried to break us up before we got married. I was totally freaked out and upset. I stopped talking to her and I never told my husband about it.” — Quinn

“My boss told me that he was happy I was engaged but that If I was planning on having kids soon I should think twice because it would compromise my career and job at that company. I quit three months later.” — Tracy

“My wife and I have been married for two years. People in our town aren’t so accepting of gay marriage so we hear a lot of noise when we’re out together. One guy once said to us that we’re a disgrace and god will punish us if we continue this sin. We laughed, kissed, and went on about our day.” — Allison

“My mom offered me $20,000 not to marry my husband. She never liked him and even after I turned down the cash and have been married to him for five years, she still thinks I made the wrong choice.” — Shannon

“I saw that some random girl wrote on my husbands Instagram picture of him and our family, ‘Ew. That’s your wife? You could have done better.’” — Rochelle

“Before I married my husband, his mother printed out a document and told me that I have to sign a prenup because she’s not convinced I’m marrying him for any reason but his money. I was so pissed and upset. I didn’t sign it and 16 years later, we are still married and I am still proving her wrong.” — Betsy

“My dad told me that I was a horrible person because I wouldn’t let him walk me down the aisle. He was absent from my life for the last 18 years and I only see him once a year now. He’s the horrible person.” — Veronica

See more: Brides Reveal the WORST Marriage Advice They Were Ever Given

“My maid-of-honor and I got into a huge fight during my wedding planning time. After my wedding was over, she sent me an invoice for $1,500 asking me to pay her back for all the money she spent on my wedding. I never spoke to her after that. I didn’t pay it either.” — Marissa

“A second-cousin told my husband that I was crazy and he should back out from marrying me. This was a week before our wedding. My second-cousin and I fought a lot growing up. I confronted her about that and she denied the whole thing. Ten years later and I still refuse to speak to her.” — Tara

“I almost called my entire wedding off because my dad told me that the man I was marrying was a disgrace because he didn’t ask my dad for permission to marry me. My dad caused such a ruckus that it almost ended my relationship.” — Sherry

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Chic Luggage for Your Bachelorette, Destination Wedding, Honeymoon and Beyond

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Whether you’re newly engaged and taking a pre-wedding vacation, preparing for a bachelorette getaway or planning your dream honeymoon, luggage will undoubtedly be part of the equation. You might even be mulling over a romantic weekend escape, in which case a cute weekender bag and cosmetic cases will certainly be sound for a couple days’ worth of essentials. Wherever your next trip may take you, a new piece of luggage always guarantees a chic travel look, and we know you’re angling to look your best in transit.

If your suitcase has seen its fair share of miles, there’s no better time to invest in a new carry-on or roll away set. There are tons of brands shaking up the luggage game to include technologically advanced models and super-stylish colors and prints like pretty pastels, glamorous metallic shades, and marble motifs. If you find your phone battery runs out all too quickly (basically everyone, no?), a suitcase with a charging dock is definitely for you (it’s way easier than uncomfortably positioning yourself next to a random outlet). Besides, you never know when an unexpected delay may hit and you’re in need of some extra juice. Pro-tip, save yourself some hassle and secure yourself a style with an ejectable battery to comply with airline safety regulations. If you’re all about style, a distinct color or print is up your alley, indeed. Right now myriad brands have everything from pastel shades to bright hues. Those into a more glamorous look will love a metallic suitcase whether it’s trendy rose-gold, sleek silver or gold. Marble prints are super on-trend, too. Of course, if you’re a fan of basic black there are plenty of suitcases on offer for you. If you want to stand out just a little, however, go for a glossy finish or something with a unique strap or handle. For those set on a luxurious piece of luggage, nothing is more iconic than Louis Vuitton. Vintage-style trunks and smaller suitcases you can carry on are also worth the investment in sumptuous leather. Definitely don’t check these, though. You want to keep an eye on them like a prized designer handbag to ensure they don’t get damaged.

To complete your travel look, cosmetic cases are a must whether you opt for coordinating minis, transparent cases that make security a breeze, or a bolder color or print than your regular suitcase. These are perfect on beach getaways, too so you can prevent sand from creeping into the crevasses of your smaller essentials.

Think you’re ready to buy a new piece of luggage? Here, our favorite for every style and price point. Get out of town!

See more: The Prettiest Modern Luggage—Ever

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Victoria's Secret Model Lily Aldridge is Pregnant!

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Victoria’s Secret Angel Lily Aldridge is growing her family by one! The model announced today that she is expecting her second child through a super sweet Instagram post.

“🤗🤗🤗 SURPRISE🤗🤗🤗” she wrote in an Instagram caption, alongside a selfie of her growing baby bump. The model, 32, didn’t reveal any other information about her pregnancy in the post, but it looks like the exciting addition is relatively new.

This will be Aldridge’s second child with her husband, musician Caleb Followill. Her first child, a daughter named Dixie, is six years old. Some of her fellow model friends expressed their excitement for the soon-to-be mom of two, including Kendall Jenner and Karlie Kloss.

“Yayyyyyyy,” wrote Jenner in a comment underneath the photo. Jenner has walked in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show alongside Aldridge before.

Friend and former Victoria’s Secret angel Karlie Kloss also commenting, writing, “So excited for you mama lily!!!!!”

Nick Jonas, who has been celebrating his engagement to Priyanka Chopra this weekend, chimed in to say congratulations by leaving two praise hands emojis beneath Aldridge’s photo.

See more: Lily Aldridge Just Shared a Never-Before-Seen Photo of Her Wedding Dress — and It’s Gorgeous

Last year, Aldridge shared in an interview with Porter that her daughter “is my best friend and the only person that I want to hang out with.”

“I am so proud to be a mom; it’s the greatest achievement in my life without a doubt,” she added.

Aldridge told People previously that after giving birth to her first daughter, “something switched in me and I totally changed my fashion.”

“I was less scared to make choices that people may not like,” she said. “I realized, ‘I don’t care.’ If I want to do something fun or if I want to try something new I’m gonna try it and if people don’t like it that’s okay.”

“I think it’s so important to be fearless with fashion because you have to enjoy life, live a little, experiment, do beauty looks you didn’t think about,” she added. “My style changes daily. My choices change daily. That’s so important. Change up your routine.”

Congrats, mama!

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5 Expert Tips How To Organize Your Home As a Couple

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If you’re anything like us, you live in a constant state of wishing that you were more organized, while living in some sort of delicately controlled chaos (think: your apartment looks put-together, but don’t open the second cabinet on the right…). You’ve tried trips to the Container Store, coming up with some Pinterest-fueled system of color-coding your clothes, and you even purchased a label maker (because that seems like something organized people have).

Yet, somehow, you just always end up giving up halfway through, overwhelmed and convinced you don’t have enough time to do it right. You know, you’ll do that closet purge in the dead of winter when you’re not missing out on valuable summer fun, or maybe next spring when “everyone else” is spring cleaning.

Here’s the thing: the more you keep putting off that closet purge or bathroom organization, the more it’s going to feel insurmountable. Which brings us to: moving in with your significant other. If you thought organizing for yourself was hard, how about trying to suddenly share closets (gasp!), combine cooking tools, linens, books, collections of knick knacks—the list is seemingly endless.

Before you have a total meltdown just thinking about the inevitable combining of living spaces (or even if you’re already living with your partner but still haven’t quite figured out a system), we have some great news for you! We talked to Jen Robin, the founder of Life in Jeneral (the amazing professional organizing company) about her favorite tips and tricks for streamlining your new home, plus some tips she has about organizing your life during the wedding planning process (because the planning of a wedding can unhinge even the most organized of us).

Robin used to be a celebrity executive assistant before she started Life in Jeneral, and said one of her favorite parts of her job came from moving one of her celebrity clients several times into new homes. “They were shocked that I actually enjoyed the process of packing them up and organizing them in their new home,” Robin says. Yeah we get it, no need to brag.

Hers first (and honestly, perhaps most important) piece of advice about combining your spaces? Compromise. “That’s a word you may hear a lot during this period in life, but for good reason,” she says. We couldn’t agree more! So without further ado, here are Robin’s 5 expert tips for organizing your home as a couple.

1. Create a wedding binder/area

“There are so many details and moving parts when it comes to planning a wedding, so it’s very important to keep everything in one place. Use tabs and sheet protectors to separate all vendor information, payment information, dates, guest list, details, and to-do lists so you know where everything is. Designate one area in your home to keep all wedding details so nothing gets misplaced.”

2. Discard duplicate items

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“When moving in and/or combining spaces with your significant other, the probability of having duplicate items is pretty high. Go through all your items together, one space at a time and create bins labeled with Donate, Sell, or Toss. Start by pulling everything out of each space and combining like items so you have an idea as to how much you have of each item(s). This is also a great time to make a list as of what you want to replace so it can be added to your registry.”

3. Registry purge

“One of the many wonderful things about getting married is the gift registry! This is also a great time for purge #2. Once you receive all the new items, donate/toss the items that were meant to be replaced.”

4. Space plan ahead

“We create functional and efficient spaces for everyone in the home. Consider daily routines and efficiency when setting up rooms. For example, if you’re setting up a kitchen for a shorter person, keep daily use dishes on lower shelves for accessibility. Glassware and chemicals should be kept higher or in childproof areas. Spices should be in close proximity to the stove or prep area for chefs (even amateur ones). Consider each space and its functionality as the two of you adjust to cohabitation, and create systems and flows that work for everyone.

We also recommend using sticky notes to differentiate where things should go before you actually put them away. Now that you have gone through everything, you should have an idea of the total quantity of items, so you can plan how things will fit and where. This will save time and energy and help you create a good flow within your space.”

5. Keep things separate, but cohesive

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“We are all for condensing and combining to create efficient systems, but we also believe in having your own space, especially when it comes to closets and dressers. Designate your own closets/sides but throughout the whole closet:

  • Use the same slim hangers
  • Use the same or matching bins
  • Color code clothing from light to dark
  • Shirts on top rack, pants/shorts on the bottom
  • Fold items the same way if exposed (tuck sleeves in, fold halfway)”
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7 Pulse-Pounding Adventure Honeymoons for Adventurous Couples

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You deserve a romantic honeymoon after months of wedding planning. For many couples that means laying by the beach sipping cocktails, but for those that just can’t say no to a rush of adrenaline, it means seeking the perfect adventure honeymoon location. These days, there’s more to a vacation than just relaxing, couples are looking for adventure honeymoon destinations where they can really share a once-in-a-lifetime experience. From swimming with sharks in Australia to an off-the-grid desert trek in Morocco, we’ve rounded up 7 adventure honeymoon ideas.

A Road Trip At World’s End

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The most rugged, remote parts of Patagonia are best accessed via car, but planning your vehicle rental, accommodation, and itinerary can be a bit overwhelming. Luckily, Quasar Expeditions offers both guided as well as self-drive Jeep Overland Safari Tours, which are essentially turnkey luxury road trip itineraries. Whether it’s scheduling which excursions you’ll do along the way, or perhaps making sure you’re only doing the most challenging and thrilling hikes en route, Quasar can help plan every stop along the way. The romantic option would be to self-drive and meet your guides at each stop, that way you and your new spouse can focus on having this extraordinary landscape to yourself between adventures.

Come Face-To-Face With Endangered Gorillas

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This honeymoon is about as opposite from “sitting on a beach all week” as you can get. Fly in to the Rwandan capital of Kigali then drive a couple hours north to Volcanoes National Park. There, experienced guides will bring you on a challenging hike through thick, humid forest filled with stinging nettles and who-knows-what hiding in the bush, but all that travel and all that work will be well worth it when you come face-to-face with a family of endangered mountain gorillas. Volcanoes Safaris’ Virunga Lodge is the area’s pioneer for sustainable luxury tourism, and their views of the Virunga Massif are truly like something out of a Photoshop ad, but a handful of new properties catering to honeymooners have also opened up in the area, including Wilderness Safaris’ Bisate Lodge and Governors Camp Collection’s Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge. If it’s an adventurous honeymoon you’re after, you can’t really do much better than a life-changing trek through the African jungle.

Dual-Sport Days That Are Close To Home

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When it comes to an adventure honeymoon that’s still romantic, yet a bit more accessible than flying halfway around the planet, there are few places that can compete with Lake Tahoe—the area is just 40 minutes from Reno and 3.5 hours from San Francisco. While the lake’s south side is a better fit for casino-lovers and bachelor parties, North Lake Tahoe is still very much a quaint retreat ideal for active honeymooners. Plus, go at the right time of year (usually around spring) and you can experience the locals’ cherished “dual sport days,” when you can ski Squaw Valley in the morning then boat around the lake all afternoon. World-renowned Alpenglow Expeditions offers private backcountry tours that will bring even experienced skiers to their knees in the best possible way. And if you need a decadent hotel at which to rest your legs afterward, the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe can tailor-make your honeymoon stay with rose petals on the bed, bottles of champagne, and couples massages at the spa. But if it’s privacy and water views that you’re after, try renting one of the gorgeous lakefront homes managed by Tahoe Luxury Properties.

Bike Across The Scottish Highlands

Michael Runkel

The Scottish Highlands are an oft-overlooked honeymoon spot, perhaps due to the shortage of beaches and sunny weather, but whether you two are Outlander fans, Royal Family enthusiasts, whisky lovers, or just outdoorsy people, there is a lot to see here. A bike tour is the best way to experience the challenging climbs and exciting descents of Scotland’s rugged landscape, and you’ll notice things and experience the country in a way you wouldn’t be able to even from a car. There are several companies that operate here, but Wilderness Scotland hits the mark between turnkey service and local insight. Offering fully customizable tours, guides are able to privatize and customize any itinerary, so newlyweds’ options are limitless: go as quickly or as slowly as you’d like, stop at as many whiskey distilleries as you can stomach, and even incorporate a couple stops at Royalist favorites like Balmoral and Glamis Castles. After your tour, splurge on a couple of nights rest at one of the Highlands’ extraordinary estate resorts, like Gleneagles, where you can shoot clays and have as much tea as much as your hearts desire.

A New Challenge Every Day At New Zealand’s Adventure Capital

D H Webster / robertharding

Located in the heart of New Zealand’s most rugged part of South Island, the charming small town of Wanaka has long been insiders’ go-to spot for adventure tourism. If you can dream it, you can probably do it in Wanaka. Heli-hiking, bungee jumping, watersports of all types, glacier climbing, even the world’s tallest via ferrata climbing course through a waterfall (aptly entitled “Lord of the Rungs”); all of these activities and more can be found just a few minutes from the heart of downtown. You could easily spend at least a week here doing a different activity every day and not running out of things to do. While there are a couple of cute hotels to rest at each night, the best thing to do is rent a turnkey luxury home rental from Release Wanaka—the ones with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Lake Wanaka offer some of the most sweeping, romantic views on the planet (check out the pictures from @garypeppergirl’s wedding there if you don’t believe us).

Swim—Sustainably!—With Whale Sharks Through Untouched Coral Reefs

Migration Media – Underwater Imaging

Whale shark swims are not a novelty — they can be done in Mexico, Thailand, a couple spots in the Caribbean, Fiji, and so forth — but there are very few spots in the world where you can do it guilt-free, knowing your actions aren’t harming the animal. While it’s pretty remote, Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef is one of the most pristine coral reefs left, and the Australian government goes to great lengths to make sure what little tourism is there is regulated so as to keep it that way. Operators like Ningaloo Whalesharks can take you out for a private whale shark swim, and if you schedule it right, you might even find yourself swimming in the middle of a humpback migration at the same time. Sal Salis, one of the only places to stay in the area, brings new meaning to the term “barefoot luxury,” with a totally sustainable yet utterly luxurious glamping camp set up in the heart of Cape Range National Park. It’s definitely further than hopping a flight to the Caribbean or Cabo, but seeing this extraordinarily human-free landscape makes the trip well worth it.

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Off-The-Grid Desert Adventure In Morocco

Courtesy of Heritage Tours

Morocco has become a well-worn destination for many travelers, but so much of the country remains untapped. Heritage Tours, a leader in custom-designed private travel, is uniquely positioned to help adventure seekers unlock this part of the Sahara, in part because they operate Thaalab Sahara, a private encampment one day’s drive from Fez. Once reaching this remote and luxurious camp, guests can indulge in camel rides, dune surfing and wild dune buggy rides. The best part? It’s so private that the two of you will have what seems to be the entire Sahara to yourselves.

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