Lauren Bush and David Lauren are engaged! This fashionable couple—Bush is the niece of George W. Bush and founder of the charitable FEED bags, while Lauren is Ralph Lauren‘s son—announced their good news over the weekend. (Lauren proposed at the Metropolitan Museum of New York, where they had originally met six years ago.) Bush showed off her new engagement ring, a round solitaire, at a party this week, and we caught up with InStyle‘s fine jewelry and watches contributor Marion Fasel to find out the details. “The round brilliant cut diamond engagement ring is an all American classic,” Fasel explained, estimating that the size is upwards of three carats. “The size David chose adds a splash of glamour to the iconic design.” Yes, glamorous indeed! Now we’re just left wondering if Ralph Lauren will design her wedding gown…?
Designer Shoshanna Gruss partnered with Judith Ripka to launch her second jewelry collection on QVC this week. One of our favorite items from the line are the gemstone-hued Freeform Shape Drop Earrings (shown in amethyst purple, $27; at QVC.com), which Gruss also loves. “If I wear my hair in a ponytail, they are a great statement look,” the designer told us. “And even if I wear my hair down, the purple color is bold enough that it peaks through and adds the perfect pop of color to my outfit.” Check out the gallery to see six other great holiday pieces, all under $100.
Good news for Gleeks! You’re about to see a lot more of Heather Morris. The 23-year-old actress—who plays the ditzy and lovable cheerleader Brittany S. Pierce on Glee (remember when she killed it covering Britney Spears on the show this season?)—just signed a deal to be the face of Flirt cosmetics. “Brittany is the biggest flirt on Glee, so there’s that,” Morris told WWD of her new gig. “Not to mention I’m obsessed with the Flirt makeup.” Morris kicks off her duties as an official Flirt-er this spring with the launch of a mascara and scent.
1. The Kardashian-Jenner family’s annual, er, Khristmas card is over-the-top this year, just like them. [CNN]
2. Diane von Furstenberg says that Richard Nixon’s daughter, Julie, inspired her famous wrap dress. [Fashionista]
3. “Dry brushing” is the latest form of exfoliation used in spas everywhere. Sound soothing to you? [NY Times]
4. Mindy Kaling on liking fashion as a comedy writer: “If you wear shoes with a two-inch heel, people ask, ‘Where are you going?’” Hi-lar.[WWD]
5. This video shows everything about the costumes and makeup behind Black Swan. Gripping, we tell you! [Grazia]
6. Surprise! Martha Stewart and designer Vera Wang stopped by White Castle in New York. Yes, that White Castle. [Elle]
Nicole Richie‘s dream wedding to Joel Madden last Saturday in Beverly Hills involved everything from elephants to Reverend Run as the officiant. But what was truly spectacular were the three different Marchesa dresses she wore for the occasion. “Marchesa was both honored and thrilled to create the gowns for Nicole’s special day,” the label’s designers and InStyle contributors Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig (inset) said. “She has such incredible style and we worked with her closely to develop the different looks. Each design is a reflection of her vision and taste as well as Marchesa’s signature aesthetic.” The ivory lace and crystal long-sleeve gown she wore for the ceremony, which Richie said was inspired by Grace Kelly, was made with 100 yards of hand-draped silk organza and tulle petals and included embroidery of the couple’s names on her sleeve.
And awards season begins! Just after the Golden Globe nominations came out this week, the nominees for the 17th Annual Screen Actor Guild Awards, which are often considered a bellwether of the Oscars, were announced early this morning. Best Actress in a Film nominees include Jennifer Lawrence for Winter’s Bone, Hilary Swank for Conviction, Natalie Portman for Black Swan, Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole and Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right—we can’t wait to see what they wear on the red carpet come January 30th! In the meantime, click through to see photos of memorable red carpet SAG Awards looks from this year’s nominees.
We’ve asked fashion designers to sketch Kate Middleton’s potential wedding dress, so we figured why stop there? Next up: the royal wedding feast. When we attended the Barneys New York “Have a Foodie Holiday” window unveiling last month, we asked some of the most well-known chefs in the culinary world what foods they’d serve on Royal Wedding Day. Cake-maker-to-the-stars Sylvia Weinstock “would love” to make their buttercream masterpiece. Click here to see what Food Network regulars like Paula Deen, Rocco DiSpirito and more would whip together for Kate Middleton and Prince William’s upcoming nuptials.
—Cheryl Brody Franklin