Roundup: A Guide to Modern Rings

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, I’ve compiled a collection of gorgeous, sparkling rings for the love of baubles! Traditional rings are a thing of the past—women have never been bolder in their selection of signature jewelry. Whether you’re married and looking to add on to your stack or you’re a bride-to-be, on the hunt for something unique, or just a gal celebrating your own success, this modern ring roundup is for you. Currently, I am obsessed with colored diamonds, style-defining shapes, and anything rose gold. Happy shopping!

1. The Mrs. Signet, Nora Kogan, $795
2. Diamond Wings, Erstwhile, Catbird, $12,980
3. Supreme, Menashe & Sons Jewelers
4. Eclipse, Vale Jewelry, $1,250
5. Paloma, Nora Kogan, $2,400
6. Odile the Swan, Supreme, Catbird, $2,350
7. Supreme, Menashe & Sons Jewelers
8. Open Element, Savannah Stranger, Twist, $2,540
9. Eva Fehren, Twist, $5,775
10. Mandrel Studio, Twist, $10,566


More Valentine’s Day Ideas:
• DIY: Felt Heart Mask
• DIY: Bon-Bon Candy Bowls
• Recipe: Painted-Heart Sugar Cookies
• DIY: Valentine Mail Bag

More from Minted:
• Valentine’s Day Cards
• Classroom Valentines
• Valentine’s Day Stickers & Accessories 

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Take It Outside: Summery Alfresco Dining Ideas

By Victoria of  SF Girl by Bay

Summer is officially here, which means dining al fresco and enjoying the beautiful outdoors. I search far and wide for the best outdoor patios around my city, but this year I’m dedicating myself to setting up my own outdoor dining area for occasions from parties to a few moments alone with my morning cup of coffee. I love this idea of setting up under a big tree, to give a feeling of an intimate alcove, and have rounded up a few more of my favorite outdoor dining inspirations for you.

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Summer Floral Wedding Inspiration

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Minted Floral Invitations

My guess is approximately 24 hours after a couple is engaged, they are on pinterest beginning their search for the perfect wedding theme. And we all know how overwhelming that can be with the abundance of information and ideas on the internet. One place you can start you inspiration search that might help you narrow things down a bit quicker is the invitation. You can easily choose a style, like modern, rustic, floral, vintage, etc. and take it from there. I am a big fan of anything floral and gold, so this floral canopy foil-pressed invitation caught my eye. And if I could plan my wedding day all over again, this is where I would start with my inspiration!

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8 Ideas for Welcome Bags

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Wedding Favors

When asking guests to travel a bit for your wedding, it’s a nice gesture to have something waiting for them upon their arrival. And with a million other things on your mind while planning your big day, coming up with goodies that all of your guests will enjoy is a time consuming task. So here are a few themes and ideas to get your started!

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Wedding Trends: Everything You Need To Know for 2014

You may have already guessed: We love unique designs. We do. It’s absolutely true. We also love superior quality and luxury but most of all we love love in every way. No matter how you slice the cake love brings out the best in everything and while everything we’ve just mentioned is important to us, what brings us the most joy is getting to be a part of your special day.

Because we are so lucky to be a part of that special day, we thought we would thank you by sharing some of what we have learned about creating the most memorable wedding day moments. We spoke to Wedding Industry Photographer, Christina McNeill, about the most wonderful wedding trends she is seeing in 2014.

Let us just say, that everything is fresh. From calligraphy and hand written fonts in wedding stationery (like the Traditional Royalty Letterpress Design by Two Thirteen Studio above) to painters that do live painting at weddings and croquembouche cakes – we now bring you the top, need to know, wedding trends of 2014 and a few trends we hope to set into motion.

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DIY Ruffle Fondant Hearts

By Tessa Huff of Style Sweet
I am always looking for new ways to dress up ordinary treats for events and special occasions, and these ruffle heart toppers take regular cupcakes to new heights.  They are the perfect mix of feminine and fun.  Use the toppers to turn your homemade or store-bought cupcakes into works of art for a festive birthday, bridal shower, or even a wedding!
Instructions after the jump…
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Wedding Trends: Pastels, From Lavender to Creme and Sweet Mint Green

Soft shades of ivory, lavender (radiant orchid’s subtle sister) and sweet, sweet mint green are capturing everyone’s heart this season. Creamy ivory is a welcome alternative to stark white and it pairs perfectly with the pastel shades that we have seen in runway, street fashion, interior design and fun spring themed DIY projects for the family.

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Summer Hand Fan Favors

Urban Baby bunting and pretty thaumatrope giant confetti used to make simple summer hand fans Outdoor events and warm weather bring the perfect reason to break out fan favors (here in the sweltering south, we’ve perfected the art of fanning up our own breezes!) I’ve assembled a simple hand fan using re-purposed minted confetti and circular bunting. Try them as wedding favors to pull in a colorful pattern, a sweet quote or even a personalized initial. These can be easily assembled in no time flat, but look like you ordered a completely custom fan set.

Minted giant confetti to make a simple hand fan

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Design to Dish: Italian Cream Sodas

Written by Melissa of Lulu the Baker

raspberry italian cream soda

I’m completely charmed by the Southern tradition of throwing a Sip & See after a new baby is born! I love the idea of inviting friends and family over for a little get-together to meet the new baby, eat delicious snacks, and drink fizzy drinks–so many of my favorite things rolled into one fun party.

If you’re going to throw a Sip & See, you’ll need to serve a fun beverage. I absolutely love Italian Cream Sodas. They’re delicious and pretty, appropriate for all ages, and you can set them up as a create-your-own-soda bar, which everyone loves. Set out some pretty glasses, some cute paper straws, and some tasty flavored drink syrups, and you’re all set!

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Bohemian Beach Dinner

bohemian beach dinner Last October, I threw a Bohemian beach dinner to kick off a seaside bachelorette weekend. The vibe was easy, the colors were bright and the setting was spectacular. Check out the post for more details on how it came together, along with some tips for hosting your own barefoot soiree. Bohemian Beach Dinner

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