Eva Longoria, Anna Camp, Zosia Mamet and more!
This is celebrity inspiration at its finest! Although we mere mortals don't usually bust out the same kind of money that celebrities do for weddings, we can't help but gawk at their gorgeous, stunning, one-of-a-kind (did we say gorgeous?) wedding dresses.
Here are our favourites of 2016.
Longoria married Jose Antonio Baston wearing a custom Victoria Beckham dress.
Longtime couple Michael and Nicole Phelps (who are parents to year-old Boomer Phelps) married in 2016. The bride wore a custom gown by designer Julie Vino.
Model and Paralympian Aimee Mullins married Rupert Friend (of Homeland) in a short dress by Olivier Theyskens. We love the detail around the neckline in this photo!
Musician Ciara and Russell William tied the knot in England—and the bride wore custom Roberto Cavalli.
The bride (of The Hills fame) got married in Hawaii this year! Patridge wore Australian designer, Pallas Couture.
Anna Camp and Skylar Astin met on the set of Pitch Perfect—which also king of describes their wedding. The bride wore Reem Acra.
Comedian Kevin Hart married his longtime love Enika Hart earlier this year. The bride wore two gowns—this one by Vera Wang is our favourite.
Former model Agyness Deyn married Joel McAndrew in Brooklyn this year. Deyn eschewed tradition in favourite of a midi, pink tulle number by Molly Goddard. Paired with blue shoes, she looks fantastic!
The GIRLS actor went completely untraditional to marry Evan Jonigkeit. The bride wore off-the-rack Givenchy—in (gasp!) black. We love the dramatic look!
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Here at Canadian Living, we strongly believe in giving gifts that are edible, so we've collected our favourite recipes for homemade goodies that any person on your holiday list will eat right up.
Of course, you can race around shopping for the gifts you typically buy your crew—wine, clothing, ornaments, candles, etc.—or you can save yourself the trouble and make them an original treat they're bound to love. After all, as the old axiom goes, food is the way to any man's (or woman's) heart.
Go for classic holiday bark, but try new variations like Xmas Explosion Cookie, Pomegranate, Pistachio, and Apricot, or Chai Ginger. Instead of buying a box of chocolates, whip up some homemade gourmet ones like White Chocolate Coconut Bonbons or Cookie Dough Bonbons. And if you have a brittle fan in the mix, make some Nut and Sesame Brittle or just Sesame Brittle.
A surefire gift idea for kids (well, and grownups, too)? A DIY Hot Chocolate Mix and S'mores Marshmallows. For the friend with a serious sweet tooth, go with Eggnog Fudge or Sponge Toffee. And for the cocktail connoisseur, they'll love our Ruby Cranberry Liqueur, Chocolate Hazelnut Liqueur, or Pickled Cranberry Preserves.
Flip through the slideshow to check out all of the recipes to our favourite homemade gifts from the kitchen.
This hot chocolate kit makes a cosy, heart-warming wintertime gift.
Get the recipe: DIY Hot Chocolate Mix
Loaded with chocolate candies, white chocolate and festive sprinkles, these crispy bark-like cookies are bursting with holiday cheer.
Get the recipe: Xmas Explosion Cookie Bark
This treat tastes like a cross between traditional peanut brittle and sesame crisps.
Get the recipe: Nut and Sesame Brittle
Ruby-red pomegranate seeds add the perfect amount of tang to this sweet and salty dark chocolate bark.
Get the recipe: Pomegranate, Pistachio and Apricot Bark
Fragrant chai tea spices are mixed with creamy milk chocolate and swirled with rich dark chocolate in this ginger-studded treat.
Get the recipe: Chai Ginger Bark
This is the kind of treat that's ideal for displaying at holiday parties, as they're beautiful and bite-size—perfect for guests to grab.
Get the recipe: White Chocolate and Coconut Bonbons
It's tempting to sneak a taste of dough while making cookies—and while we don't encourage that, these bonbons are egg-free, making them A-OK to eat raw.
Get the recipe: Cookie Dough Bonbons
It takes just five simple ingredients to create this crunchy confection from our Holiday Celebrations 2009 special issue.
Get the recipe: Sponge Toffee
Fresh nutmeg and a splash of rum extract give this simple treat a seasonal twist. For the best flavour, use good-quality white chocolate.
Get the recipe: Eggnog Fudge
This homemade take on sesame snaps is crunchy, sweet and nutty.
Get the recipe: Sesame Brittle
The warmth of the marshmallows melts the chocolate chips into gooey perfection, giving them a campfire taste and texture.
Get the recipe: S'mores Marshmallows
Flavoured with sweet-tart cranberries and zesty orange, this festive ruby liqueur is the perfect gift for holiday hosts.
Get the recipe: Ruby Cranberry Liqueur
Ideal for coffee lovers, this sweet and nutty nectar is a welcome top-up for after-dinner espresso and lattes.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Hazelnut Liqueur
These tart, lightly spiced berries are a vibrant addition to cheese platters, and a spoonful can also be used as a stand-in for cranberry sauce.
Get the recipe: Pickled Cranberry Preserves
Executive assistant Linda Gill was worried frills would be too much volume—we proved her wrong.
Photography by Carlyle Routh. Hair by Jukka/Davines/Plutino Group. Makeup by Jodi Urichuk/Bite Beauty/Plutino Group.
Have you ever flirted with the idea of trying a daring style but weren't quite sure how to pull it off? We found six women who were intrigued by a trend they usually avoid, then we gave them the support and style advice to help them make it their own. Here, executive assistant Linda Gill tries ruffles on for size—despite her fear that they would be overwhelming.
After nearly a decadelong hiatus, flirty, structured and seriously romantic ruffles have gathered momentum as the "it" detail of the season. At its core, flounces of fabric are classic, a seemingly natural fit for Linda's traditional-with-a-twist style. But a ruffle, especially on a blouse, leaves her with mixed emotions. "I love ruffles because they're so feminine, but they can be overpowering," says Linda. "I'm big-busted, and I think they accentuate that area."
Blouse, $295, pinktartan.ca. Pants, $175, scotch-soda.com. Earrings, jenny-bird.ca. Bracelet, clutch and shoes, banarepublic.ca.
If you have a larger bust, wearing ruffles is entirely possible—and it can look incredibly chic. The trick is placement: Avoid ruffles at or around the bustline, since they can add extra bulk; instead, look for an open neckline with vertical ruffles or follow our lead and pick a blouse with tiered ruffles on the sleeves. Counteract the soft flounces with a structured pair of trousers in a wild print or a vibrant colour; an unexpected shade like fuchsia or bright orange can make all the difference in transforming ruffles from precious to powerful.
Shop the trend:
Exposed-shoulder blouse, $30, hm.com/ca
Halter dress, $75, reitman.com
Tunic, $30, marshalls.ca
One-shoulder blouse, $98, anthropologie.com
Shirt with ruffle sleeves, $20, zara.ca
Vince Camuto sleeveless ruffle top, $96, nordstrom.com
Banas dress, $145, aritzia.com
Dress, $125, loft.com
Peplum ruffle top, $70, rw-co.ca
Satin fluted dress, $148, frenchconnection.com