The tea kettle, that humble household necessity, has historically conveyed the notion of comfort. Steeping tea to be served with cookies (or "biscuits", per the English) is a time-honored symbol of hospitality. Then in 1980s America, tea kettles became status objects: Italian architect Aldo Rossi designed a sleek number for Alessi and architect Michael Graves designed his famous kettle topped by a red, chirping bird. It was the whistle heard around the world.
Today, tea kettles are must-haves on any wedding registry. Coveted styles include the retro SMEG design and the super cute kettles from Kate Spade. Even if you don't drink tea, a kettle is a must-have for boiling the water used in a French press for coffee or for hot chocolate. No hostess is prepared without one, particularly while hosting a brunch, a book club or holiday parties. We've rounded up the best tea kettles for your wedding registry from Anthropologie, Neiman Marcus, Williams-Sonoma and more. (And don't forget the Fortnum & Mason Wedding Bouquet Blend, a tea developed to commemorate the marriage of Prince Henry ("Harry") of Wales and Meghan Markle!)
If you happen to have two major dates in your future — a baby's due date and a wedding — well, soon-to-be Mrs. Mom, you have much to celebrate. But first, take a deep breath and pick the wedding dress. Size your maternity wedding dress according to what your due date will be on your wedding day, and size up to cover your bases: It's always easier to tailor a larger dress. Then the sky's the limit! You can a choose a silhouette that includes a flowing A-line skirt and a high empire waist or, in the opposite direction, a form-fitting style that shows off your great legs and features a flattering neckline. If your bump will be small on the big day and you would prefer to hide it, a peplum waist is the perfect camouflage. (Bonus: In some cases, you can double dip by using your wedding dress as your baby shower gown.) No matter how far along you are, your wedding will be a celebration of love and life. We've rounded up some gorgeous maternity wedding gowns from our favorite online shops, including Etsy, Nordstrom and David's Bridal. Cheers to you!
Of the many pre-wedding complications a bride might experience, an acne breakout is among the worst. If you find yourself in such a muddle, reach for the zit-kicking elixirs found in this kit from the No. 1 acne-fighting brand in America, Proactiv. Proactiv Solution's 5-Step Acne Treatment System - the "Stress-Free Skin Wedding Kit," consists of three dermatologist-developed products that work together through the strength of science. This group of formulations includes prescription-strength benzoyl peroxide that kills acne-causing bacteria at its source. And that's just for starters. When used in unison, these products harmonize to leave your skin clear and glowing. Bonus: There are two additional products to prevent blackheads, blemish flare-ups, and keep the glow going long after the honeymoon ends. Get the skinny on each step of this lifesaver kit — trust us, your wedding survival bag is not complete without it!
The white ball gown remains the iconic wedding dress for a princess bride. Think: Cinderella, Grace Kelly and Jacqueline Kennedy. Such wedding gown imagery is bound tightly within our collective memories, yet modernity has brought many a twist to the time-honored silhouette. One is the wedding jumpsuit. Another recently popularized style is the two-piece wedding ensemble, a new choice for the iconoclasts among us. The two-piece bridal outfit allows a bride various options. With a crop top and skirt combo, fit brides can subtly (or not so subtly...) flaunt their washboard abs. A voluminous skirt paired with a simple, structured top creates a stunning display. A slinky skirt and form-fitting top can allow for movement within structure. Here, we've made it a cinch to find your two-piece wedding gown by listing amazing options from Nordstrom, Etsy, David's Bridal and more.
Every love story is unique: For the bride, an alternative engagement ring becomes her outward symbol of a one-of-a-kind love. Unusual rings are embraced by the bride who requires statement-making jewelry, and her choice of style runs the gamut from quietly minimalistic to exuberantly ornate.
Sure, the white round diamond has long been the classic engagement ring, but many gorgeous options exist beyond that typical style. Some are rendered unique due their setting design, be it modern or vintage-inspired. Others stand out due to their metal, ranging from rose gold to a highly-polished platinum band. A constellation of gemstones is there for one's choosing, including deeply red rubies, ink-toned sapphires, blushing morganites and opalescent pearls. Here, we've selected the most stunning alternative engagement rings from Nordstrom, Macy's, Neiman Marcus and more.
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Imperial Glass-Ohio - Imperial Glass-Ohio Candlewick Clear (Stem 3400) 5" Handled Bowl/Mayonnaise - Clear, Stem 3400
Imperial Glass-Ohio - Imperial Glass-Ohio Cape Cod Clear (1602 + 160) Salad Bowl - Clear, Stem 1602 + 160
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Smith Glass - Smith Glass Moon and Stars Amber Candle Bowl - Amber
Smith Glass - Smith Glass Moon and Stars Blue Candle Bowl - Blue
Smith Glass - Smith Glass Moon and Stars Green Wine Glass - Dark Green
Smith Glass - Smith Glass Moon and Stars Green Creamer - Dark Green
Smith Glass - Smith Glass Moon and Stars Green Water Goblet - Dark Green
Smith Glass - Smith Glass Moon and Stars Green Tea Canister - Dark Green
Smith Glass - Smith Glass Moon and Stars Green Round Ashtray - Dark Green
Smith Glass - Smith Glass Moon and Stars Green Bud Vase - Dark Green
Smith Glass - Smith Glass Moon and Stars Green Cupped Comport - Dark Green
Smith Glass - Smith Glass Moon and Stars Green Open Sugar - Dark Green
Smith Glass - Smith Glass Moon and Stars Green Candleholder/Compote - Dark Green
Smith Glass - Smith Glass Moon and Stars Amberina Candle Bowl - Orange To Amber At Base
Smith Glass - Smith Glass Moon and Stars Green Champagne/Tall Sherbet - Dark Green
Smith Glass - Smith Glass Moon and Stars Green Single Light Candlestick - Dark Green
Smith Glass - Smith Glass Moon and Stars Green Round Cake Stand - Dark Green
Smith Glass - Smith Glass Moon and Stars Green Coffee Canister & Lid - Dark Green
Smith Glass - Smith Glass Moon and Stars Green Flour Canister & Lid - Dark Green
Smith Glass - Smith Glass Moon and Stars Green Sugar Canister & Lid - Dark Green
Smith Glass - Smith Glass Moon and Stars Green 7 Oz Footed Tumbler - Dark Green
Smith Glass - Smith Glass Moon and Stars Green Sugar Canister No Lid - Dark Green
Smith Glass - Smith Glass Moon and Stars Clear 8" Round Bowl - Clear, Pressed, Moons & Stars
Smith Glass - Smith Glass Moon and Stars Clear 7" Round Bowl - Clear, Pressed, Moons & Stars