5 Bridesmaid Gifts That Won’t Break The Bank

Wedding season is here! With the hilarious new movie Bridesmaids in theaters, it got me thinking of when I’ve been a bridesmaid in the past few years. It really is an honor to be chosen and a lot of fun. I personally love planning bridal events and all that hoopla so it’s such a joy for me but it is a LOT or work. So as a bridesmaid it’s always nice to get a little gift from the bride and groom to say thanks for being a part of their special day.

As my thank you gifts, I’ve always received jewelry and was thrilled with every item. Weddings are of course expensive and you want to show your wedding party that you care within a reasonable price range. Here are five jewelry bridesmaids gifts that would be perfect for your favorite ladies that won’t cost you a fortune.

1. Bangle Bracelets: I may be biased since I bought these in every color but I absolutely LOVE these CZ bangles! They make a gorgeous gift and they only cost $85 each. So depending on your budget you can get them also in Silver or Yellow & Pink Rhodium. Plus for that price you can also get the matching earrings for only $50 in Silver, Yellow or Pink too.

2. Pearls: Yes they are classic, timeless pieces. We’ve heard it all before. So why not get them for your bridesmaids? She doesn’t need to wear them on your wedding day (she can if she wants) but she would really appreciate having them in her collection to dress up a casual outfit or to sophisticate a dressier ensemble. There is a great set of a Pearl necklace & matching earrings on Ice.com for only $95.

3. Drop (dead gorgeous) earrings like these 14 3/8 carat pear shaped CZ earrings will make any bridesmaid stand out…actually the bride should be standing out the most so these would also be perfect for the bride. ;) Not only are they super sparkly but also super affordable at $45.

4. Colorful pendants – Sometimes bridesmaid dresses have very intricate designs and most often come in an array of colors. A nice touch would be to add a simple colorful pendant that matches the dress like these Citrine and Garnet pendants. There’s also matching earrings.

5. Get personal! A great gift idea is getting personalized jewelry with your bridesmaid’s names on a silver or gold pendant. Or you can also get something with their birthstone or zodiac sign.

There you have it! Some inexpensive gift ideas that will make your bridesmaids forgive you for all the bridezilla moments over the last few months.

What’s your favorite bridesmaid gift you’ve received?

Summer Flavors of Ice

Have you noticed anything different with the way we look? That isn’t a trick question like us women often do when we want men to notice a new haircut or when we shed a few pounds.

You may have noticed the summery look of our Ice.com homepage and now we spread the cool flavors to our Facebook Page too. Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments :)

Which ice cream (or gemstone) is your favorite flavor?

Kim Kardashian Engaged!

Some of you might have seen a couple of months ago Kim Kardashian was on the cover of OK! Magazine with details of the engagement ring she wanted and details on her wedding. This was all before she was proposed to! We won’t believe the rumor mill that this is true but what is true is that NBA basketball player Kris Humphries proposed to Kim with a 20.5 carat $2 Million Emerald cut engagement ring.”It’s the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen. It’s perfect” said Kardashian to People Magazine.

In classic Kim style, the ring is extravagant to say the least. Many of the gossip reports are talking about the expensive price tag of the ring and how it costs half the price of her Beverly Hills home. She is wearing a HOUSE on her finger!

Well she can afford it so who are we to judge. At the end of the day, we wish them all the best.

What do you think of Kim’s ring?

Photo by PR Photos

Oprah – Television Goddess and Fashion Icon

Oh Oprah, who art on television, hollowed be your show…

As we all know, Oprah’s show is ending and, along with it, an era. Greater minds than mine have pontificated on her influence on television and on women at large, on our collective sense of what it means to live a good life and organize our closets. She is – in a word – amazing.

I know she still has the OWN network, O Magazine and everything else, but she’ll be dearly, dearly missed.

Throughout the 25 years she’s developed an iconic fashion presence. She utilizes bold colors, usually in earth tones. She’s also learned how to dress for her body type in a way that loves, rather than hides, her curves.

For jewelry, she often sticks to earrings that are somehow daring and classic at once.  She rarely wears necklaces, and so the slight dangle on the earrings creates a nice balance.

The biggest style tip I think I’ve gotten from Oprah, beyond the embrace-your-body message, beyond the classic-is-never-out-of-style aesthetic, is that, no matter what you’re wearing, you look twice as good when you shine from the inside. The smile on this woman is infectious. Her eyes shine with a kind of joy that is what makes her so irresistible to watch. And irresistibly beautiful.

It’s a good lesson for all of us.

Stay tuned today for Oprah’s last show. We’ll be watching…will you?

Photo by PR Photos

Summer Love Filled With Butterflies

The touch of his hand for the first time. The look in his eyes. Your first kiss. All the ingredients to make you feel like you have a million butterflies fluttering around inside of you. The warm feelings you will cherish forever.

We all feel them sooner or later and often look for ways to remind ourselves of those feelings when they fade away. I know it’s cheesy but I can’t help but think of those first-time moments whenever I see butterflies. Whether they are the real beauties flying around or just when I see pictures of them. It’s such a nice reminder so I obviously thought this Polyvore set was so sweet filled with butterflies.

The set features our new pink rhodium butterfly earrings that I adore. So pretty and perfect for a first date this summer.

J. Lo’s Top 5 American Idol Looks

Jennifer Lopez has reinvented herself once again. From dancer to choreographer to movie actress to pop sensation, she’s now one of the most easy-on-the-eyes American Idol judges. Week after week she looks so great she almost steals the show. Rumor has it that after her contract with the show runs out she may reinvent herself yet again as a celebrity stylist. It’s a natural move from the girl that’s kept our fashion attention since that now-infamous plunging green Versace gown she wore at the Academy Awards in 2000.

In the mean time, J. Lo’s own stylists, Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn, have been doing quite well keeping our girl looking great. Here’s a round up of our  top five American Idol J.Lo looks:

5. The red Diane Von Furstenburg blouse with dangly earrings and layered necklaces. She wore this the night that Pia was shockingly eliminated.

4. The Moschino musical note T-shirt she wore during the Milwaukee Auditions that caused many women to search online to find.

3. The 50’s inspired poodle Rodarte skirt – which she updated by shortening the length to mid-thigh she wore on Motown night. She paired it with a light colored sequin Dries Van Noten long sleeved top.

2. The Black Gucci Halter dress she wore the next night on Motown elimination with industrial-esq gold chains grabbing all the attention.

1. The many sexy sequined mini-dresses with oversize hoop earrings and stacked bangle bracelets Jennifer wore throughout the season. It is her trademark look and she pulls it off effortlessly time and time again.

What were your favorite J.Lo looks from American Idol? Don’t forget to watch the finale this week! Good luck to both Lauren and Scotty.

Photo by PR Photo

Best Marriage Proposal Ever?

I had to share this video with you after seeing someone tweet a link to “The Best Marriage Proposal Ever”. Those are bold words and I was immediately intrigued to watch it and then quickly began tearing up at my desk. Just so I wouldn’t be the only teary eyed girl in the office I forwarded it to the lovely Ice ladies in the office. They all agreed the proposal was “romantic, touching, humorous….all the perfect traits to a good marriage”.

Watch it for yourself:

 

So what did you think? I wouldn’t say it’s the BEST…since everyone’s proposal story is the best to them and with good reason. But this was definitely unique, a proposal I’ve never seen before.

Please share your proposal stories with us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter. Congrats to Matt and Ginny! We wish you all the best.

We Love Thursdays

If you are part of the Ice.com mailing list or our Facebook fan you’ll notice that every Thursday we have a We Love Thursday sale. Thursdays are one of our favorite days of the week since everyone is in such a great mood because the weekend is so close! ;)

I wanted to share this week’s sale with you because you should really take advantage. We have bracelets on sale! Stock up on your gifts now cuz these items won’t be here much longer.

What are your favorite kinds of bracelets? Bangle, Cuff, charm, tennis bracelets?

Best Dressed at Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival is where all the stars are these days.  Since I am too far away from France to see first hand what the stars are wearing I’ve been scouring the web to see all the latest photos. The two week long festival has plenty of daytime and evening events to see a wide range of outfits and I couldn’t help but notice a standout on the red carpet. UMA!

Being the natural beauty that Uma Thurman is, she doesn’t need much to look great. This is why her white ensembles have caught my eye. On three separate days of the Cannes Festival she wore three white dresses that you can see in the image below.  What I love about these white looks is how she accessorizes them.

For a fancier night out pair your snow colored gown with white gems such as diamonds, topaz and pearls. To add a little spice to the look, don’t be afraid to add bold colors like violet purple, fire red Rubies or a sea of blue gems would all look great with crisp white. Uma opted for vibrant green Emerald jewelry as well as a couple of colorful beaded bracelets.

What do you think of her all-white looks?

Shania, Still Looking Fabulous

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I haven’t heard anything about this Canadian songstress in years and lately her name has been coming up daily in celeb news and with good reason. Shania Twain has been a busy woman. She just released a memoir “From This Moment On” and she has a new reality show “Why Not?” on Oprah Winfrey’s new network OWN. She was recently a guest on Oprah’s show where she was interviewed for the first time in over 5 years.

As you may recall Shania is one of the biggest selling country stars with over 76 millions albums sold worldwide. She was a HUGE fashion trendsetter in the country music scene. Where typically country stars wore cowboy hats and boots and plaid shirts. Shania spiced up the genre with skin-tight clothes and lots and lots of ice! Often when we’d see Shania on the red carpet or performing she was seen in sparkly attire and matching jewelry. She wasn’t shy to stand out.

These days the 45 year old singer has toned down her look a little but still loves to shine. We love the necklace we saw her wear at a book signing event (pictured above). For those interested in getting a similar look, we found two pendants on Ice.com resembling Shania’s in yellow gold & diamonds and another pendant in sterling silver.

Will you be tuning in to Shania’s new reality show?