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I Just Got My First Wedding Invite in One Year—Here Are the Dresses I’m Eyeing



Aside from one lovely micro-wedding last summer, it’s pretty surreal to think that I—who was basically a professional wedding guest from 2015 to 2019—have neither attended nor been invited to one in over a year. I’ll admit it was nice at times to not have to worry about finding dresses, booking flights, or nursing (as many) hangovers, but I really have missed the wedding circuit that once dominated my social life then basically came to a complete halt at the start of the pandemic. 

Now that things are beginning to finally open up and safe gatherings have become less of a dream and more of a reality, it’s no surprise that the invites from the couples who chose to postpone due to the pandemic as well as those who found themselves engaged thanks to quarantine have started to pour in. Naturally, I’ve had my eyes on quite a few dresses for quite a while. However, there’s one difference. While I used to almost exclusively shop with a black-tie dress code in mind, things these days seem to be trending a bit more casual, so prepare to see that reflected in today’s finds. Now that I’ve said my peace, simply keep scrolling to start shopping my picks.



Meghan Markle Breaks Silence During Maternity Leave to Celebrate Her Children’s Book’s Success



Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed a daughter, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, on June 4. Four days later, on June 8, Meghan released a children’s book, The Bench. The duchess was (understandably) a little busy during the past week, when the book reached the No. 1 spot on The New York Times bestseller list for children’s books.

On Wednesday, she posted a thank-you note to the Archewell website, which read:

“While this poem began as a love letter to my husband and son, I’m encouraged to see that its universal themes of love, representation and inclusivity are resonating with communities everywhere. In many ways, pursuing a more compassionate and equitable world begins with these core values. Equally, to depict another side of masculinity — one grounded in connection, emotion, and softness—is to model a world that so many would like to see for their sons and daughters alike. Thank you for supporting me in this special project.”

As the site notes, The Bench was published in partnership with Random House Children’s Books in the U.S., Tundra Books in Canada and Puffin in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa.

The book was illustrated by Christin Robinson.

“Christian layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolor illustrations that capture the warmth, joy, and comfort of the relationship between fathers and sons from all walks of life,“ Meghan stated in the press release, per People. “This representation was particularly important to me, and Christian and I worked closely to depict this special bond through an inclusive lens. My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the makeup, as much as it does with mine.”

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Jodie-Turner Smith Is the Face of Gucci’s New High Jewelry Collection



Gucci is leaning deeper into decadent maximalism–and Mother Nature motifs—with the second entry in the brand’s High Jewelry collection, named Hortus Deliciarum, or “Garden of Delights.” And the Eve draped in such Biblical imagery is none other than actress Jodie Turner-Smith, whose turn in the 2019 film Queen & Slim propelled her into a starring (yet frustratingly controversial) role in the 2021 British period drama Anne Boleyn. As the new face of the Hortus Deliciarum collection (and an ELLE cover), she evokes a natural Hollywood romance that takes cues from mythology and proverb alike.

In video and imagery for the High Jewelry release, Turner-Smith is showcased draped in jewels as she takes a midnight dip accompanied by a snake and bird; Diana Ross’s “Love Hangover” pumps through the speakers. Shot by Glen Luchford with beauty by makeup artist Thomas de Kluyver and hair stylist Paul Hanlon, Turner-Smith is a vision in millennial pink, submerged in turquoise waters and accented by the silver shock of Gucci fine jewelry pieces—including a butterfly-inspired bracelet and tiara-reminiscent neckpiece.

Designed by Creative Director Alessandro Michele, the Hortus Deliciarum collection includes more than 130 pieces, many of which are one of a kind. Using what Gucci calls its “kaleidoscopic palette” and a gleeful obsession with the natural world’s excess, the jewelry includes rings, bracelets, necklaces, solitaries, and even a selection of bedazzled timepieces. With this newest campaign, Gucci seems bent on a whole-hearted embrace of summery indulgence—and, as Ross sings in the video, if there’s a cure for this, we don’t want it.

Watch the full campaign video below.

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The ‘Never Have I Ever‘ Season 2 Trailer is Here



Netflix’s Never Have I Ever premiered on Netflix in late April and instantly became the must-watch of quarantine. The coming-of-age comedy from co-creators Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher follows a first-generation Indian American girl growing up in Southern California. Eighteen-year-old Maitreyi Ramakrishnan plays our heroine Devi Vishwakumar, and will return for a second season.

The series joins Sex Education, Atypical, and The End of the F*ing World as another teen show gripping the attention of audiences looking to relive (or not) their long-ago days of angst, puberty, and general anger and confusion about the world. Speaking as a full adult woman living in the middle of a pandemic, a lot of my feelings right now mirror those I dealt with as a 13-year-old in a landlocked state. When will I ever see the ocean? When can I leave this isolation?

Anyway. A lot of those same feelings were channeled into uncertainty about when Never Have I Ever season 2 would begin filming. Now, the cast is officially back to work and welcoming a few new members to the fold. So, what will the new installment look like, and which cast members are returning? We unpack it all, below.

The trailer is out.

The trailer, which released on Thursday, brings us up to date with Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), who is trying to figure out which of her crushes, Ben Gross (Jaren Lewison) and Paxton Hall-Yoshida (Darren Barnet), she should date before she has to move to India.

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Or, she decides, she could just have two boyfriends. While she is trying to figure out how she is going to handle two secret relationships, a girl Devi describes as an “Indian girl who’s prettier and cooler” transfers to her high school, effectively ruining her teen life.

Who doesn’t miss high school?! What we did miss, though, was this show—and Devi—here’s to counting down the days until we get them both back.

Never Have I Ever season 2 will premiere in July.

The series is slated to return on July 15.

Here’s how Netflix describes the new season: “Indian American teenager Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) continues to deal with the everyday pressures of high school and drama at home, while also navigating new romantic relationships.”

The first look at season 2 of Never Have I Ever.


Netflix announced it renewed Never Have I Ever for a second season in July 2020. The cast shared the news on a scripted Zoom call, which was posted to the show’s social media accounts. Kaling shared on Instagram, writing, “It’s official, people! @neverhaveiever Season 2 is happening @loulielang and I are incredibly grateful for our entire cast, crew, and the team at @netflix. Thank you for watching, sharing and connecting with this show.”

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Kaling had been repping the show hard on Instagram, and she’s clearly delighted to see it get renewed. “I felt lucky to be able to do a show about an Indian nerd who’s also badly behaved, to show that because I’m deeply familiar with it,” Kaling told Newsweek in April 2020.

All your favorite cast members are returning.

Netflix confirmed that Maitreyi Ramakrishnan will reprise her leading role as Devi Vishwakumar, with other returning cast members including Poorna Jagannathan as Nalini, Richa Moorjani as Kamala, Jaren Lewison as Ben, Darren Barnet as Paxton, Lee Rodriguez as Fabiola, and Ramona Young as Eleanor.

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Ramona Young as Eleanor Wong, Lee Rodriguez as Fabiola Torres, and Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Devi Vishwakumar in season 2 of Never Have I Ever.


Sendhil Ramamurthy will return as the Internet’s Favorite Father™ Mohan in flashbacks, as revealed by Kaling in an interview. “One of the things people were responding to in the first season was that [Devi] is a really flawed character, but she’s relatable because she’s been through a lot of stuff, like losing a parent at a young age,” the creator explained. “But also, she has a big personality: She wants to have sex and wants to have a boyfriend. Seeing what people liked, Lang and I went into our second season [knowing] we’re still going to see flashbacks of her father. I think people really loved that relationship, and we’re going to see if they end up moving to India or not.”

No word on if a new celebrity cameo will top John McEnroe’s season 1 narration.

The theme of the new season is ”moving on.”

If the first season of Never Have I Ever was about coming to terms with grief, season 2 is about finding a path forward, showrunner Lang Fisher explained to Entertainment Weekly. “Both Nalini and Devi had pushed it off and not dealt with their feelings about Mohan dying,” he said. “And this season, it’s about moving on. It’s about life without him and how to bounce back.”

Four new characters are joining Never Have I Ever season 2.

The series confirmed that filming had resumed in a November 23 social media video. It was also revealed Megan Suri would be joining the second season as a student. “The cast of Never Have I Ever is hard at work on Season 2 and want to introduce you to their newest co-star: @megansuri! She plays a new student at Sherman Oaks High, whose confidence and radiance will pose an immediate threat to Devi,” the official Netflix account tweeted.

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Suri is a newcomer who has appeared in other Netflix shows including Atypical and 13 Reasons Why. Suri tweeted shortly after news of her casting was revealed: “I couldn’t have imagined being welcomed into a new show and family any better – you all are so sweet and I wish I could hug you all this support means the world to me, THANK YOU @neverhaveiever.”

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Megan Suri as Aneesa.


Another new addition to the cast is American Vandal’s Tyler Alvarez. He reportedly joins Never Have I Ever in a recurring role as Malcom, a teen actor who returns to school after being cast in a Disney Channel show. The outlet describes Alvarez’s character as “a ‘Young Hollywood’ type” who “went to elementary school with Devi and her friends but left when he was cast in a Disney Channel show. He’s recently returned to Sherman Oaks High whilst continuing his acting career.”

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By mid-December another pair of actors was announced for season 2. Utkarsh Ambudkar (The Mindy Project, Brittany Runs a Marathon) will play Mr. Kulkarni, who is described as “the coolest teacher on staff at Sherman Oaks High” by Deadline. Kulkarni teaches English and reportedly forges a bond with Devi.

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P.J. Byrne (The Boys, The Wolf of Wall Street) will also join the second season, Deadline reports. He’ll play Evan, head research assistant of Kamala’s Caltech program, and will reportedly feel threatened by her.

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Common will romance Nalini in season 2.

Devi’s mom is getting in on the dating game this season—with a rival dermatologist. Common will play the role of Dr. Chris Jackson, a derm who conducts business a little different than Nalini. Netflix describes the character as “a suave and debonair dermatologist who works in Nalini’s building. His high-end practice and celebrity clients are impressive to everyone—except Nalini.”

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And as Dr. Jackson woos Nalini, Devi is sure to view it as a threat, Fisher told Entertainment Weekly. “It becomes a real chasm between Nalini and Devi, because Devi feels like it’s a betrayal.”

Devi will continue working on her anger issues in season 2.

Kaling also opened up about Devi’s journey to finding herself in the second season, telling, “[Devi’s] figuring out how not to rage out, because that’s her problem. She has this really bad temper. And seeing if she actually does end up having a boyfriend, or whether she can even be a good girlfriend to these guys.”

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan has hopes and dreams for Devi’s future.

The show’s star has very clear ideas about what her character should explore next season.

“Three main things—understanding that she needs to be more appreciative of her family and her friends because her friends do a lot for her,” Ramakrishnan told Variety. “Her friends really are her day ones. And also understanding where her mother’s coming from. That is something that we’ll be able to have a lot of audiences relate to, understanding where our parents are coming from even though they might not go about doing certain things the best way possible.”

Jaren Lewison as Ben Gross, Ramakrishnan as Devi, and Darren Barnet as Paxton Hall Yoshida in season 2 of Never Have I Ever.

Ramakrishnan continued, “Then also the idea of approaching that grief—confronting it, having that battle, even though it’s something uncomfortable to think about, [but] actually just running toward it and facing it, dealing with it head on. And then number three, of course, embracing her culture because that is so important in a world where identity is everything. It’s how you portray yourself. It’s how you show yourself to the world and how everybody will view you, but also how you accept yourself. And I think if Devi does those magic three, she might be a little bit more at peace with herself.”

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