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After months and weeks of anticipation—at last!—the royal wedding is upon us. Make that the royal wedding day morning—and if you were watching on this side of the pond it was a bloody early one. For those who slept past sunrise—here’s everything you missed, both the brilliant and the bollocks.

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Brilliant!
Amal Clooney in bright yellow

The human rights lawyer gets Chatelaine‘s pick for best dressed in electric mustard by Stella McCartney. (Her arm candy was pretty good, too.) It’s unclear what the relationship is between the Clooneys and the royal couple—but they were sitting on the bride’s side, so presumably the connection is through Meghan.

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Bollocks!
Victoria Beckham in funeral finery
What it is about a royal wedding that makes Posh think it’s time to go gloomy-chic? She did the same thing at Wills and Kate’s wedding in 2011. Particularly perplexing since she’s not normally known for dowdy dress.

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Brilliant!
The Mulroney twins holding the train
The wedding party included a future king (Prince George) and a princess (Charlotte), but the two royal tots took a back seat to John and Brian Mulroney, the twin sons of Ben and Jessica Mulroney, who held the bride’s train. Chalk one up for the commoners! Make that two.

Bollocks!
Charles walking Meghan down the aisle
Sure, it’s a nice gesture what with all of the drama around Meghan’s own father, but given that her mother was in the room…

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Brilliant!
Her Majesty’s hat
The Queen’s cap was a literally brilliant shade of chartreuse with purple details. Clearly someone’s feeling festive!

(Photo: Getty)

Bollocks!
Camilla’s hat
Serious question: How many flamingos were killed in the making of that feathery fascinator?

(Photo: Getty)

Brilliant!
Beard mania
There was a lot of chatter around whether Harry would shave for his wedding as a nod to formality. But in the end, the Ginger Prince decided to keep it authentic. And he wasn’t the only one. Whiskers on George Clooney, James Middleton and Meghan’s Toronto bestie Markus Anderson show that hairy (make that Harry) is the new smooth.

(Photo: Getty)

Bollocks!
Dusty pastel mania
A big no thanks to the number of wedding guests who went with dull and dusty hues (looking at you Serena Williams, Pippa Middleton, Oprah). Even her majesty wore neon and she’s in her ’80s.

(Photo: Getty)

Brilliant!
Random celeb sightings
Not just the Clooneys, but Oprah! Tom Hardy! Carrie Mulligan! Joss Stone! Idris Elbaaaaaaaa! So fun to play spot the celebrity and speculate on how they know Harry and Meghan.

Bollocks!
No random Markle sightings
Was anyone secretly hoping that the wicked stepsister Samantha Markle might crash?

(Photo: Getty)

Brilliant!
Doria Ragland’s nose ring!
And her dreads! Both, presumably, royal wedding firsts and a huge statement about how she isn’t about to change herself to suit her daughter’s, shall we say, stuffier new in-laws.

Bollocks!
Doria Ragland’s seat
Did anyone else feel a little sad seeing Doria sitting all on her lonesome while the royal family were dozens strong across the aisle? It would have been nice for Meghan’s mom to get a plus one.

Brilliant!
Fergie makes the guest list
A number of news outlets reported that Harry’s aunt (and a true royal firecracker) had been snubbed, which felt pretty cold given her close relationship with Harry.

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Bollocks!
Bea and Eugenie play it safe in the hat department
The hats Harry’s cousins wore to Will and Kate’s wedding were famously labelled a fashion crime. But this time around their caps were criminally boring.

Brilliant!
Major representation from the Suits cast
Meghan’s ex-castmates, including Gina Torres, Patrick Adams and Gabriel Macht, were there to cheer her on.

Bollocks!
The missing Spice Girls
Yes, we got Posh. But what of Baby, Ginger, Scary and Sporty?

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Brilliant!
Harry’s exes are both in attendance
Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas were there, which says a lot about the groom’s character.

Bollocks!
But apparently neither is invited to the reception, which means no drunken ex-girlfriend drama.

Brilliant!
Martin Luther King quoted at a royal wedding
No question, Bishop Michael Curry stole the show with a passionate, historic and unforgettable sermon.

Bollocks!
The snooty British reaction to Curry’s sermon
Cameras caught a bunch of royals (Kate, Camilla, Eugenie and Bea, Zara Phillips) barely holding back their sneers and giggles. Which, OK, he did go on, but would it have killed the host family to show a little respect for their honourable guest?

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Brilliant!
The Mulroneys get top billing
Any closer and Ben and Jess would have been sitting at the alter. For those who wondered whether Meghan and Jessica Mulroney were really that close—apparently they are.

Bollocks!
But did Jessica get Kate’s cold shoulder?
Maybe we’re reading too much into this, but did Kate Middleton kind of snub Jessica Mulroney as they arrived with the junior bridal party?

Brilliant!
The gospel renditions of “Stand By Me” and “This Little Light of Mine”
The royal family got a (arguably much needed) session in soul.

Bollocks!
The snoozy instrumental interludes
Just a thought here, but having Elton John at a wedding an not getting him to perform “Your Song” seems like an opportunity wasted.

(Photo: Getty)

Brilliant!
She didn’t say obey

When the Queen married Prince Philip, she promised to “honour and obey,” but in their vows, Meghan and Harry followed Diana’s example and dropped the sexism.

Bollocks!
A weird bedroom reference during the ceremony
What on earth was up with the Dean of Windsor’s awkward reference to Meghan and Harry’s “sexual union”?

Brilliant!
Meghan’s veil
Sixteen feet long and embroidered with flowers from all 53 countries in the Commonwealth, the bride’s veil was the full princess fairy tale fantasy.

Bollocks!
But is the dress a little boring?
No question Meghan looked beautiful, but … is anyone else thinking the dress is a little … well … underwhelming? Sure, she’s a royal and a certain amount of modesty must be observed, but given all the lead-up the plain (and maybe ill fitting?) Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy gown felt kind of forgettable. (Suddenly Kate’s 2011 frock looks edgy by comparison.)

(Photo: Getty)

Brilliant!
Kate’s recycled wedding look
Not wanting to steal the spotlight, the future Queen wore a pale yellow Alexander McQueen coat that she’s wore to Princess Charlotte’s christening and the Queen’s birthday party.

Bollocks!
The Queen’s recycled scowl
Come on, your Majesty. We know you’re happy. Maybe just for today you could ditch the stiff upper lip.

Related:

All the Ways Jessica Mulroney Just Won the Royal Wedding
Selena! Oprah! Priyanka! All the Celebrity Guests at the Royal Wedding
What It Was Like to Watch the Royal Wedding as a Woman of Colour

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After months and weeks of anticipation—at last!—the royal wedding is upon us. Make that the royal wedding day morning—and if you were watching on this side of the pond it was a bloody early one. For those who slept past sunrise—here’s everything you missed, both the brilliant and the bollocks.

(Photo: Getty)

Brilliant!
Amal Clooney in bright yellow

The human rights lawyer gets Chatelaine‘s pick for best dressed in electric mustard by Stella McCartney. (Her arm candy was pretty good, too.) It’s unclear what the relationship is between the Clooneys and the royal couple—but they were sitting on the bride’s side, so presumably the connection is through Meghan.

(Photo: Getty)

Bollocks!
Victoria Beckham in funeral finery
What it is about a royal wedding that makes Posh think it’s time to go gloomy-chic? She did the same thing at Wills and Kate’s wedding in 2011. Particularly perplexing since she’s not normally known for dowdy dress.

(Photo: Getty)

Brilliant!
The Mulroney twins holding the train
The wedding party included a future king (Prince George) and a princess (Charlotte), but the two royal tots took a back seat to John and Brian Mulroney, the twin sons of Ben and Jessica Mulroney, who held the bride’s train. Chalk one up for the commoners! Make that two.

Bollocks!
Charles walking Meghan down the aisle
Sure, it’s a nice gesture what with all of the drama around Meghan’s own father, but given that her mother was in the room…

(Photo: Getty)

Brilliant!
Her Majesty’s hat
The Queen’s cap was a literally brilliant shade of chartreuse with purple details. Clearly someone’s feeling festive!

(Photo: Getty)

Bollocks!
Camilla’s hat
Serious question: How many flamingos were killed in the making of that feathery fascinator?

(Photo: Getty)

Brilliant!
Beard mania
There was a lot of chatter around whether Harry would shave for his wedding as a nod to formality. But in the end, the Ginger Prince decided to keep it authentic. And he wasn’t the only one. Whiskers on George Clooney, James Middleton and Meghan’s Toronto bestie Markus Anderson show that hairy (make that Harry) is the new smooth.

(Photo: Getty)

Bollocks!
Dusty pastel mania
A big no thanks to the number of wedding guests who went with dull and dusty hues (looking at you Serena Williams, Pippa Middleton, Oprah). Even her majesty wore neon and she’s in her ’80s.

(Photo: Getty)

Brilliant!
Random celeb sightings
Not just the Clooneys, but Oprah! Tom Hardy! Carrie Mulligan! Joss Stone! Idris Elbaaaaaaaa! So fun to play spot the celebrity and speculate on how they know Harry and Meghan.

Bollocks!
No random Markle sightings
Was anyone secretly hoping that the wicked stepsister Samantha Markle might crash?

(Photo: Getty)

Brilliant!
Doria Ragland’s nose ring!
And her dreads! Both, presumably, royal wedding firsts and a huge statement about how she isn’t about to change herself to suit her daughter’s, shall we say, stuffier new in-laws.

Bollocks!
Doria Ragland’s seat
Did anyone else feel a little sad seeing Doria sitting all on her lonesome while the royal family were dozens strong across the aisle? It would have been nice for Meghan’s mom to get a plus one.

Brilliant!
Fergie makes the guest list
A number of news outlets reported that Harry’s aunt (and a true royal firecracker) had been snubbed, which felt pretty cold given her close relationship with Harry.

(Photo: Getty)

Bollocks!
Bea and Eugenie play it safe in the hat department
The hats Harry’s cousins wore to Will and Kate’s wedding were famously labelled a fashion crime. But this time around their caps were criminally boring.

Brilliant!
Major representation from the Suits cast
Meghan’s ex-castmates, including Gina Torres, Patrick Adams and Gabriel Macht, were there to cheer her on.

Bollocks!
The missing Spice Girls
Yes, we got Posh. But what of Baby, Ginger, Scary and Sporty?

(Photo: Getty)

Brilliant!
Harry’s exes are both in attendance
Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas were there, which says a lot about the groom’s character.

Bollocks!
But apparently neither is invited to the reception, which means no drunken ex-girlfriend drama.

Brilliant!
Martin Luther King quoted at a royal wedding
No question, Bishop Michael Curry stole the show with a passionate, historic and unforgettable sermon.

Bollocks!
The snooty British reaction to Curry’s sermon
Cameras caught a bunch of royals (Kate, Camilla, Eugenie and Bea, Zara Phillips) barely holding back their sneers and giggles. Which, OK, he did go on, but would it have killed the host family to show a little respect for their honourable guest?

(Photo: Getty)

Brilliant!
The Mulroneys get top billing
Any closer and Ben and Jess would have been sitting at the alter. For those who wondered whether Meghan and Jessica Mulroney were really that close—apparently they are.

Bollocks!
But did Jessica get Kate’s cold shoulder?
Maybe we’re reading too much into this, but did Kate Middleton kind of snub Jessica Mulroney as they arrived with the junior bridal party?

Brilliant!
The gospel renditions of “Stand By Me” and “This Little Light of Mine”
The royal family got a (arguably much needed) session in soul.

Bollocks!
The snoozy instrumental interludes
Just a thought here, but having Elton John at a wedding an not getting him to perform “Your Song” seems like an opportunity wasted.

(Photo: Getty)

Brilliant!
She didn’t say obey

When the Queen married Prince Philip, she promised to “honour and obey,” but in their vows, Meghan and Harry followed Diana’s example and dropped the sexism.

Bollocks!
A weird bedroom reference during the ceremony
What on earth was up with the Dean of Windsor’s awkward reference to Meghan and Harry’s “sexual union”?

Brilliant!
Meghan’s veil
Sixteen feet long and embroidered with flowers from all 53 countries in the Commonwealth, the bride’s veil was the full princess fairy tale fantasy.

Bollocks!
But is the dress a little boring?
No question Meghan looked beautiful, but … is anyone else thinking the dress is a little … well … underwhelming? Sure, she’s a royal and a certain amount of modesty must be observed, but given all the lead-up the plain (and maybe ill fitting?) Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy gown felt kind of forgettable. (Suddenly Kate’s 2011 frock looks edgy by comparison.)

(Photo: Getty)

Brilliant!
Kate’s recycled wedding look
Not wanting to steal the spotlight, the future Queen wore a pale yellow Alexander McQueen coat that she’s wore to Princess Charlotte’s christening and the Queen’s birthday party.

Bollocks!
The Queen’s recycled scowl
Come on, your Majesty. We know you’re happy. Maybe just for today you could ditch the stiff upper lip.

Related:

All the Ways Jessica Mulroney Just Won the Royal Wedding
Selena! Oprah! Priyanka! All the Celebrity Guests at the Royal Wedding
What It Was Like to Watch the Royal Wedding as a Woman of Colour

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There was a lot of emotion at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding—and we were here FOR ALL OF IT. From Meghan’s mom getting teary-eyed, to their first kiss as husband and wife, here are the most swoon-worthy moments from the Royal Wedding. Grab your tissues now.

When Harry and William entered the church

When Prince Charles walked Meghan down the aisle

When Harry lifted Meghan’s veil

When the happy couple rubbed hands

When Meghan’s mom teared up When Meghan looked at Harry *like this*

When Princess Charlotte waved

When the couple shared their first kiss as husband and wife

Keep on being adorable, you two.

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Everything You Need to Know About Today’s Royal Wedding
Selena! Oprah! Priyanka! All the Celebrity Guests at the Royal Wedding

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Meghan Markle with her mom, Doria Ragland, en route to the royal wedding (Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

All the Black praise hand emojis for Meghan! It has been said that the newly crowned Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Sussex, and her husband the Duke—a.k.a. Prince Harry—were heavily involved in every stage of their wedding planning. And to my immense delight, it showed. From her solo entrance to the chapel to the rousing sermon by The Most Reverend Bishop Michael Curry, head of the U.S. Episcopalian Church, to the soulful rendition of “Stand by Me” by Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir, to exiting the chapel to civil rights anthem “This Little Light of Mine,” Meghan and Harry’s desire to represent her tastes and culture was apparent. It was the Blackest and most modern moment in British royal history, and I’m so here for it.

This may be an unpopular opinion among people of colour, but I’m an Anglophile. I blame my lovely Polish-Canadian mother, who watched Masterpiece Theatre and BBC mysteries while drinking tea throughout my childhood. Maybe that’s unfair—this fondness for England is all on me and I can’t explain why. It’s especially unsettling because my dad was born and raised in Barbados, which was a British colony for 300 years until it gained independence in 1966. (Prince Harry and Rihanna celebrated the 50th anniversary together in Bridgetown and yes, I shipped them.)

As  a teen, I devoured Jane Austen and all things Tudor. In university, I was an English major with a history minor, and the bulk of the latter was British history. I cried watching Princess Diana’s funeral alone in my basement apartment, and I covered Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding for my media job at the time. I say all this as—what, an apology? a slightly defensive explanation?—for my softness regarding the royal family.

A portrait of the author, an unapologetic Anglophile

Watching Meghan and her gorgeous mother, Doria Ragland, ride together to Windsor Castle made me feel a way. I assumed Ms. Ragland would maintain her grey-flecked dreadlocks. It was a given, unlike my dream of seeing Meghan’s natural curls, which, in childhood photos, looked a lot like mine. But I didn’t expect the strength of my reaction. The confluence of mixed woman + Black mom + natural hair + happy cheering British crowds was emotional.

I’m not ignorant. I know the British introduced the slave trade to Barbados; I am the descendant of those slaves. Incidentally, the new Duchess is also the descendant of slaves, which she wrote about for Elle in an essay called “I’m More Than an ‘Other.’” (One of the most poignant details surrounding the royal wedding is the fact that the last Duke of Sussex was anti-slavery and campaigned for its abolition.) So yes, I yelped out loud when The Most Reverend Bishop Michael Curry referenced slavery (!!) and the power of love and faith in overcoming hardship during his sermon. And hey, if Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr.—whom Curry quoted in his sermon—tweets that it’s OK to be moved, then it is OK to be moved.

Dear Family: It’s okay to watch and be moved by the #RoyalWedding. It doesn’t make you insensitive or less caring about the inhumanity in the world. It doesn’t mean you’ve forgotten history. Find moments of joy. We need them to continue the work.

— Be A King (@BerniceKing) May 19, 2018

Last night, in anticipation of today, I watched the Harry and Meghan Lifetime movie. It was OTT, eye-rolling cheese, of course, but one scene stood out. In the movie, Meghan plans to continue her acting career after marrying Harry, which he supports and the palace questions. But one day on the set of Suits, Meghan meets a little Black girl who is in awe of her not because she’s on TV, but because she’s marrying a Prince (the shade thrown at Suits here is hilarious). Meghan realizes that she can make more of a global impact as Prince Harry’s partner than she ever could as an actress. It’s schmaltzy and almost certainly untrue, but it hammers home what is so emotional about a biracial woman entering the British Royal Family. Representation means something, it’s more than a mantra. It moves me deeply to see people of colour occupy spaces where they were previously unwelcome. So congratulations to the happy couple! Now I’m going to take a nap.

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We knew Meghan Markle’s BFF Jessica Mulroney was going to have a role in the Royal Wedding, but we didn’t know it was going to be this big.

While Markle was most obviously the centre of attention during the May 19 nuptials, it was hard *not* to notice the 38-year-old stylist in the background. Jessica—who is married to Ben Mulroney, son of former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney—is no stranger to bougie events, but her royal debut was next-level. From walking into the church with Kate Middleton to her kids playing a super maje role in the ceremony, here’s all the ways Jessica won the Royal Wedding.

Representing Canada, the Mulroney pageboys! #royalwedding pic.twitter.com/gyMYcXnpOF

— HELLO! Canada (@HelloCanada) May 19, 2018

Her kids were heavily involved

Move over Prince George! To much surprise, it wasn’t Prince Harry’s four-year-old nephew who held Markle’s bridal train, but Jessica’s seven-year-old twins Brian and John. The boys were not only responsible for ensuring Markle’s Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy gown was safe, but they also rode to the church with the bride in her fancy car. (There’s footage circulating of George being forced onto a double-decker bus. KIDDING.) On top of the twins, Jessica’s four-year-old daughter Ivy was one of Markle’s bridesmaids, and she walked IN FRONT OF Princess Charlotte down the aisle. Georgie and Charlotte better come up with a cute AF plan to steal the spotlight again ASAP; their very livelihood is in jeopardy.

She scored prime seating

Markle’s Canadian BFF had legit the best seat in the church: she was sitting closest to the altar and had a perfect view of the ceremony. Her spot was even better than Markle’s new sister-in-law Kate’s, who was sandwiched between Camilla Bowles Parker (snooze) and Prince Andrew (double snooze). Jessica not only beat out the royal fam, but she even scored a better spot than Markle’s own mom (!) who was sitting behind Jessica.

Those little bridesmaids! (That’s Jessica Mulroney in blue, and Kate behind her) #RoyalWedding2018 pic.twitter.com/pPVcVMgMhn

— Chatelaine (@Chatelaine) May 19, 2018

She wore a #bold outfit

The Royal Family has notoriously boring style—save for that time Princess Beatrice wore an IUD-esque hat to Prince William and Kate’s wedding in 2011. Enter Jessica in her royal blue (colour choice DEF intentional) cap-sleeve gown by Montreal designer Di Carlo Couture. The custom piece was not as edgy as her usual event attire, but it was defo more exciting than anything the *legit* royals wore.

She trailed Kate into the church, but came out ahead in photos

When Jessica and the Duchess of Cambridge were walking their kids up the steps to the cathedral, Jessica—unintentionally, obvs—blocked much of Kate’s pale yellow Alexander McQueen ensemble by posing in front of her. Kate’s over-the-top headpiece didn’t even direct attention onto her; Jessica knows how to work a room (or staircase).

All of this begs the question, does Jessica have a future at Kensington Palace? The Queen *could* use a new stylist, just sayin’.

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Yes, Meghan’s dress reveal was SOMETHING~~~still swooning over that Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy~~~but royal wedding watchers were also #blessed with many fine, fine fashion lewks from the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams, Amal Clooney and more. Here, all the best looks from Harry and Meghan’s big day.

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The Royal Wedding is *finally* here, and we are supes excited. From what Meghan Markle is wearing to who is on the guest list, here is everything you need to know about Prince Harry and Marke’s big day.

The guests

It’s a star-studded event! Celebs including Idris Elba (and his Canadian fiancé Sabrina Dhowre), Oprah Winfrey, Amal and George Clooney, James Blunt, Serena Williams and her hubby Alexis Ohanian, Victoria and David Beckham, Carey Mulligan, Priyanka Chopra, Elton John, Charlotte Riley and Tom Hardy are all watching Markle walk down the aisle. Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Pippa Middleton and the Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer and his wife Karen are also at the church.

Actors Abigail Spencer and Priyanka Chopra arriving at the #RoyalWedding pic.twitter.com/OeLM7yBMUV

— Chatelaine (@Chatelaine) May 19, 2018

Prince Harry is sporting a sexy beard

Despite much speculation that Harry will shave his beard (apparently the Queen doesn’t like it), he is sporting his scruff for the big do. He’s also wearing a traditional military uniform, just like Prince William did.

Markle’s arrival

Markle headed to the wedding with her mom Doria Ragland, who is sporting a mint green dress and matching fascinator. It’s protocol that the bride arrives last, so after Ragland entered the church, Markle arrived in a car with Jessica Mulroney‘s twin sons, page boys Brian and John.

Markle’s dress

The bride’s long-sleeve gown is by British designer Claire Waight Keller, who is the artistic director at Givenchy. Her hair is in her signature messy bun, and she’s wearing Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara—lent to her by the Queen. (Read all about Markle’s bridal look here.)

Ms. Meghan Markle arrives at St George’s Chapel #RoyalWedding pic.twitter.com/Hj79je8glV

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 19, 2018

The fashion

The fashion is a bit underwhelming, IMO, with most guests playing it super safe. Kate Middleton’s yellow coat is by Alexander McQueen, her hat by Philip Treacy and shoes by Jimmy Choo. Markle’s BFF Jessica went Canadian, and is wearing a royal blue cap-sleeve dress by Montreal designer Di Carlo Couture. Oprah is decked out in a light pink Stella McCartney tiered dress.

Prince Harry *will* wear a wedding band

Unlike his big bro Prince William, Harry *will* wear a wedding band on his finger (Prince Charles wears one, too). When Will and Kate tied the knot in 2011, only William put a ring on Kate’s finger, but the Order of Service shows Markle placing a ring on Harry’s finger as well. Markle and Harry’s bands are likely to be made of precious Welsh gold, following suit with royal tradition.

Markle will not vow to “obey” her husband

Markle is a proud feminist, so it’s no surprise that she won’t make any promises to “obey” her hubby. It was Prince Harry’s mother, the late Princess Diana, who was first to abolish the promise from her vows to Prince Charles, and Kate followed suit when she wed Prince William.

With files from Hello! Canada

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“I’m in the middle of a shoe identification. Can I call you back in five minutes?”

This seems like the story of Amanda Dishaw’s life for the past two years. Every time Meghan Markle is photographed, she and her partner Christine Ross and their team at Meghan’s Mirror race to identify every single thing the former actor wears. Today, the day before the big day, she’s publishing a story on a navy Roland Mouret dress and grey suede Manolo Blanhik pumps while we talk on the phone.

“I realize I sound like a stalker, but this is my job,” she tells me, while explaining how she breaks down all of Markle’s outfits for her followers. She and her team of 15 closely examine pap photos of the bride-to-be and rack their fashion brains, gut-checking their theories with their followers, who weigh in with suggestions, as well as press releases straight from Kensington Palace. Their research is thorough. And because of that, Meghan’s Mirror has become a go-to source for anyone who needs all the deets on Markle’s wardrobe.

“She has very relatable, down-to-Earth style,” says Dishaw. “Because she’s never going to be married to the King of England, she’s under a little less pressure than Kate. So we’re thinking she could eclipse Kate if she keeps wearing things that the average person can afford.”

Kate’s style is not outside of Dishaw’s wheelhouse, either. Her other blogging venture is called What Would Kate Do, and it follows essentially the same formula as Meghan’s Mirror—it tells you, top-to-toe, what Kate wears in any given photo. Dishaw started the Markle iteration before she and Harry were official, but interest in the blog peaked the day their engagement was announced.

Now, Meghan’s Mirror gets about a million visitors every month, and we bet that will spike come the biggest royal event of the year (sorry, Louis) when Markle walks down the aisle. Her bridal gown is already her most talked-about outfit yet, and despite rumours swirling, no one, not even Dishaw, knows exactly what she’ll turn up in.

“The only thing I can say with certainty is that it will be a mix of Meghan Markle and HRH Meghan Markle,” says Dishaw. “She likes simple, bias-cut dresses, but when you’re getting married in St. Geroge’s Chapel there’s a requirement to wear a train, you can’t see the outline of her boobs, and there has to be a traditional element to it.”

Dishaw also bets the ceremony dress will be off-white, there will be lots of intricate needlework, and the biggest thing of all: it will be made by a British designer. Her money is on Ralph & Russo, but her dark horse pick is Antonio Berardi, who designed the dress Markle was wearing the first time she kissed Prince Harry in public. For the evening dress (duh, she’s not going to wear the same thing all day), Dishaw speculates that it’ll be a lot more aligned with Markle’s everyday style, particularly in the accessories department. “Whether or not the dress is entirely white, or it’s something shorter, there will be an amazing pair of shoes under there.”

Even though Dishaw devotes her days to documenting Markle’s style, the excitement for tomorrow in her voice was easy to hear. “It’s kind of like the culmination of a fairytale, and everyone loves a good fairytale.”

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Dentist Chris Strandberg makes a corny first impression on season 11 of ‘The Bachelorette’ (Courtesy City)

Limo exits are to Bachelor Nation fans as the Met Gala is to fashion lovers: in other words, basically Christmas. In anticipation of Becca Kufrin’s upcoming season (which debuts Monday May 28 at 8:00 EST on City), we look back at our favourite exits of all time. 

1. The one with the pit check (The Bachelor, season 22)

After looking back on the complete mess that was Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s season, we’re even more thankful that Ali Harrington made Arie sniff her pits on Night One. Ali, you are now the hero of Arie’s season.

2. The one with the cupcake (The Bachelorette, season 11)

Our favourite dentist, Chris Strandberg, was too cute as he rolled up to greet his Bachelorette, Kaitlyn Bristowe, in a cupcake car! (Seriously, this GIF makes us cry.) Kaitlyn and ‘Cupcake’—as he will forever be known—remain good friends, as seen on Kaitlyn’s IG —and she’s even used his dental services.

3. The one with the Whaboom! (The Bachelorette, season 13)

Picture this: you’re wearing a beautiful gown, standing under the moonlight, about to meet a cute guy wearing a suave suit who is stepping out of a limo, and then, all of a sudden, he lets out a yell so powerful that he practically pops a blood vessel. That’s what Rachel Lindsay got when professional Whaboom-er Lucas Yaneey greeted her on her season of The Bachelorette.

4. The one with the puppet (The Bachelorette, season 13)

Before Adam Gollchuck and Raven Gates were making our hearts melt with their adorable Instas, there was just Adam and his creepy puppet. We still can’t help but wonder: What was he thinking?! Also, What’s Adam Jr. up to now? 

5.  The one with the hotdog (The Bachelor, season 21)

Everything about Josephine Tutman’s limo exit was awkward. From acting out her pun of “you’re a wiener in my book”—by literally stuffing an uncooked hotdog in a hollowed-out book—to chowing down on said hotdog with Nick Viall, Lady and the Tramp-style, we needed this exchange to be over, ASAP.

6. The one with the unicorn (The Bachelor, season 20)

Ugh, as if JoJo Fletcher couldn’t get any more perfect. When she first met Ben Higgins, she strutted out of her limo in a bright red dress and a unicorn head! The super-sweet reason? She believes that unicorns are real and one of a kind; two ideals she hoped that her eventual ever-lasting relationship would emulate. (And while it didn’t work out with Ben, we think she found just that with sports commentator Jordan Rodgers.)

7.  The one with the Tickle Monster (The Bachelorette, season 13)

Believe us, we really don’t want to relive the invasion of privacy that was Jonathan Treece tickling Rachel after about two seconds of knowing her (which then granted him the nickname “Tickle Monster”) but for the purposes of making this list, we need to bring it up. We’re so sorry. 

8. The one with the tumbling (The Bachelor, season 17)

Robyn Howard exited her limo, *tried* to show off some gymnastic prowess to Bachelor Sean Lowe, and wiped the hell out.  A+ for effort, though!!!

9. The one with the never-ending hug  (The Bachelor, season 19)

Once upon a time, Britt Nilsson met her Bachelor, Chris Soules. Britt then proceeded to latch onto (and breathe very heavily into) Chris for 14 whole seconds. We repeat: 14 SECONDS! ON TV! Unusual? Slightly. Cringe-worthy? Definitely. 

10. The one with no underwear (The Bachelorette, season 12)

This was JoJo’s face after Jonathan Hamilton, a kilted contestant, whispered “I am not wearing any panties” into her ear. Same girl, same. 

11. The one with the chugging (The Bachelorette, season 12)

Robby Hayes and Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher knocked back a bottle of wine to keep calm amidst the pressures of the Night One limo exits. While we ended up loving Robby on The Bachelorette, we’re pretty much over him now. Robby, if Bachelor Nation sees you again, pls keep your wine (and emails between you and your ex) to yourself, m’kay? 

12. The one with the dolphin-shark (The Bachelor, season 21)

Alexis showed up to greet Nick Viall wearing what she kept insisting was a dolphin costume, despite it clearly being a shark costume. But, an aspiring dolphin trainer’s gotta do what an aspiring dolphin trainer’s gotta do, so Alexis paraded around the Bachelor Mansion all night in her lewk, and made dolphin sounds to grab Nick’s attention. 

13. The one with the penguin (The Bachelorette, season 13)

Taking a note from our girl Alexis, Matt Munson wore a penguin costume on night one of Rachel’s season of The Bachelorette. Matt’s penguin costume was decked out with a red bowtie and big blue eyes, and it was pretty damn adorable.

14. The one who likes a good hump (The Bachelor, season 21)

Lacey Mark had heard that Bachelor Nick Viall liked “a good hump,” so she arrived to the Bachelor Mansion perched on the hump of a camel. Lacey’s joke didn’t entirely land, but she does get points for her creativity (and bawdy humour).

15. The one with the plowing (The Bachelor, season 19)

Oh, what’s this? Just our all-time fave Bachelorette, Kaitlyn Bristowe, giving us our all-time fave limo exit greeting to her Bachelor, Chris Soules.  Obviously

16. The one with the 50 Shades reference (The Bachelor, season 17)

Contestant Ashley Palenkas decided to step out of her limo guns blazin’. Unfortunately, her 50 Shades of Grey reference didn’t go over too well with religious, born-again virgin Bachelor Sean Lowe. NEXT.

17. The one with All-4-One (The Bachelorette, season 12)

Wells Adams knew all too well that the dudes who tried to sing during their limo exits always got laughed at—so he hired the pros! R&B group All-4-One not only serenaded Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher, but they also followed Wells around the Bachelor Mansion for the entire night. We have to say, having a GRAMMY-winning group as your entourage on The Bachelorette is pretty freaking badass. 

18. The one with the bun in the oven (The Bachelor, season 18)

It’s hard to believe that *this* is how we were first introduced to Clare Crawly on Juan Pablo Galavis’ season of The Bachelor. No yelling?! No crying?! Absolutely no mention of the word ‘Jacuzzi’?! Just a good ol’ pregnancy gag which would land her Juan Pablo’s First Impression Rose later that night. 

19. The one with the wedding dress (The Bachelor, season 17)


Lindsay Yenter had her eye on the prize when she showed up to the Bachelor Mansion wearing a wedding dress. Sadly, it never got the opportunity to make an encore. That said, the fact she made it to runner-up status speaks boatloads about Bachelor Sean Lowe (because imagine the reception most guys would have to this prank).

20. The one with the slap (The Bachelor, season 15)

“This is from America,” said Chantel O’Brien, right before slapping the living daylights out of Brad Womack. This was Brad’s second go at being the Bachelor, after he decided that he didn’t want to marry any of the women featured during his first attempt.  Brad didn’t take it personally, and kept O’Brien around till the season finale—but ultimately chose Emily Maynard.     

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BTS just blessed us with their new album Love Yourself: Tear and trust us when we say it’s Grammy-worthy. The Korean group of seven kept us up all night awaiting the highly anticipated release, which included a music video for their new single “Fake Love.” But it’s all GUCCI because the wait was 100 percent worth getting no sleep.

BTS (방탄소년단) 'FAKE LOVE' Official MV - YouTube

Style-wise, BTS’s new visuals have us quaking all over the place and itching to hit the mall. Just one look at Jin, Taehyung, Hoseok, Jimin, Namjoon, Jungkook and Yoongi’s newfound obsession with destructed denim, animal prints and tye-die galore will make you want to revisit your “Misery Business” days right. freakin’. now.

Scroll through the gallery below for our tips to getting the look.

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Cropped tie-dye mesh tee, $25, forever21.com

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