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Bride Blogger Danielle - All about that sparkle, part 1, UPDATEDBride Blogger Danielle - All about that sparkle, part 2, UPDATED

I’ll admit it. Even after being engaged for over a year, I still catch myself entranced by the sparkler on my left hand. I always get a little giddy when the “clean your ring” reminder pops up on my calendar. Nothing quite compares to the way light dances and glistens off of a freshly-cleaned diamond.

Want to keep that shine a little longer? Here are a few tips to keeping your sparkler bright:

1. Hitting the gym? Leave the bling at home. While I’m all for “sweating for the wedding,” holding on to weights or any sort of impact can damage your ring. Plus the sweat will dull its sparkle!

2. Get fun ring holders. There are many daily activities that contribute to the buildup of grime: showering, getting ready, dishes, housework, sleeping, etc. Place a few fun ring holders around your place to remind you to take off that ring!

3. Home cleaning. Keep that ring sparkly in between visits to the jeweler. Rinse the ring under warm water and gently brush it with an extra-soft toothbrush. Finish by drying it with a lint-free cloth.


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Bride Blogger Casey - Nail Art

Largely thanks to Pinterest, DIY nail art has made a huge comeback over the past few years. Fresh ideas and tutorials for bridal nails have infiltrated the blogosphere and YouTube channels, making it easier than ever for brides to customize their look to suit their desired wedding theme. It used to be that a bride’s nails rarely deviated from traditional ruby red, blushing baby pink or an elegant French tip. Just ask your mother or you grandmother what her nails looked like for her wedding day!

One trend that has caught on like wildfire is the glitter-ombre look. I’m a big fan because of how subtle it is! This style allows you to keep with a traditional nail color palette, adding just a bit of pizzazz. To get this effect, all you do is sprinkle a bit of glitter or sparkly eyeshadow at the very tips of your nails and let it diffuse downward.

Chrome or glitter French tip is a hot take on the traditional. This can be easily recreated with stick-on nail guides purchased from Target, Amazon or almost any drug store!

Lace nails are probably the most awe-inspiring of the online DIY nail art demonstrations. This effect is created by cutting the lace pattern to fit over your nails and trimming it down. Use a base polish, then a top coat. Let the top coat act as glue for the lace and use a toothpick to make sure every inch is pressed against the nail bed. Once the polish is dry, swipe a clear coat over the lace and voila!

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