It Runs in the Family: Both Simpson Sisters are Officially Remarried!

Sisters Jessica and Ashlee Simpson each married and divorced in their twenties.  Now they’re both newlyweds again!

Jessica and baby daddy Eric Johnson tied the knot on July 5th and the world swooned over her gorgeous gown and fairy tale affair. See picture below.

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Ashlee married Evan Ross this past weekend in a ceremony officiated by his mom, the legendary Diana. Here’s one of the first pictures leaked:

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Jessica chose a gold dress this time around while her little sis kept things traditional and wore white.

What are your thoughts on wedding dress 2.0? If you remarry, will you wear white, go blush, bare your heart in black? Or do you plan on skipping the big ceremony all-together and eloping?

I Met One of My Favorite Hollywood Divorcees Last Night: Jennie Garth

JennieGarth061_a_BDC2014Like most teenage girls of the 90s, I grew up glued to my television watching Beverly Hills 90210. The show is actually one of the reasons I am against getting married in a church. You see, 90210 aired on Wednesday nights- the same nights I was forced to attend weekly religion classes. Torture! Who wants to be learning about Catholicism when they can be watching Kelly choose between Brandon and Dylan? Not me. Of course there’s more to my disdain towards church ceremonies but stay tuned for my upcoming book Trash the Dress: Stories of Celebrating Divorce in your 20s for a more in-depth explanation.

While I didn’t spend my free time at the Peach Pit or the nightclub Valerie owned, I do have a few things in common with my Beverly Hills girls in real life. Tori Spelling (aka my idol- she’s a successful serial entrepreneur, author, blogger, multi-tasking mom, animal love and vintage fiend) and Jennie Garth are both divorcees!

I attended a book signing for Tori Spelling last year. She complemented my necklace and we dished about Pinterest.  Dream: accomplished. Obviously, I wish we were bffs but I’ll take what I can get!

Last night, I had another 902010 fangirl moment when I attended Jennie Garth’s book signing for her memoir, Deep Thoughts From A Hollywood Blonde.  Kelly Taylor, my favorite character, in real life! I didn’t bring up divorce but I can’t wait to read about hers in this book.  Jennie’s marriage to actor Peter Facinelli ended last year and although she’s beyond her twenties, I’d say she is still an inspiration for us.  She picked herself up, got back out there (looking amazing) and continues to chase her dreams.

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Young Divorcée, Jourdan Miller, Wins America’s Next Top Model Cycle 20

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Congrats to Jourdan Miller, winner of America’s Next Top Model Cycle 20!  We’ve been cheering her on throughout the competition, as she represented a young woman bouncing back from divorce. As you may know, Jourdan was very open about marrying and divorcing at age 18.  The now 19-year-old newly blonde bombshell left her abusive relationship behind, chased her dreams and is basking in the glow of her hard work and determination.  We can’t wait to see her spread in Nylon magazine and check out her photos as a Guess girl.  The best divorce revenge is living well and Jourdan is well on her way. You go, girl!

Finale Part 1: The Finalists Shoot Their Guess Campaign

Watch Jourdan discuss her divorce:

Here’s her winning photo. Nothing like getting a post-divorce makeover on national television. I can relate!
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Celeb Divorcee Update: Scarlett Johansson is Engaged Again!

 

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That’s right. Scarlett Johansson is an honorary Trash the Dress member since the A-list actress divorced super hottie Ryan Reynolds in July 2011 after almost three years of marriage. Ouch, right? If only all our ex-husbands were so hot and talented.

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But enough about the past! Wipe that drool off your face; it’s ruining your lipgloss. Read on.

Eonline reports that this past December, Scarlett told Elle UK  marriage is not really that important to her and “The only time I ever think about it is when people ask me, ‘Would I get married again?'”

Many young women divorced in their twenties struggle with the topic of remarriage. When their divorce is fresh, it’s harder to think about trusting someone new with their love and going through the whole process of dating and potential heartbreak. But with time, they become eager to find love and pick up where they left off, especially as they near (yikes) age 30. Spoiler alert: you’ll be OK!

The moral of this story? Don’t let your fears stop you from something wonderful. When the time is right, you’ll meet your new Mr. and fate will handle the rest. So enjoy the process of divorce. Discover new things about yourself, indulge and make the most of your “singal” life before you become a “we.”

PS: Congrats, Scarlett!  We are uber jelly of your totes awesome gem.  Nice job, Romain Dauriac. Most of us will settle for divorce rings now. Sparkle on!

Any bets on the wedding? Private affair? Elopement? Wedding of the century?

Katy Perry Releases Another Divorce Anthem: “Roar”

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Katy Perry is one of our favorite twenty-something divorcee celebs and her new single, “Roar,” off the upcoming album, “Prism,” is just another reason why we love her. Now if only she would join our group! Ah, girls can dream!

Here’s the lyric video:

And speaking of tigers… they’re endangered. Save Tigers Now.

Avril Lavigne Wore a Black Gown for her Second Wedding. Would You?

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We really shouldn’t have been surprised that Avril Lavigne, 28, married Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger wearing a custom-made black Monique Lhuillier gown for her June 29th goth-themed nuptials. After all, isn’t that what everyone expected when at 21 years old she walked down the aisle to marry Sum 41 punk rocker Deryck Whibley in a custom-made, ivory, strapless organza Vera Wang gown and long veil, proceeded by bridesmaids in romantic light pink dresses?

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(After three years and one month of marriage, Lavigne announced her divorce on her blog and stated, “Deryck and I have been together for six and a half years. We have been friends since I was 17, started dating when I was 19, and married when I was 21.”)

romance-fire.com_Of her first wedding, guest and Lavigne’s producer Butch Walker told People the event was “storybook beautiful.” That traditional tone was an unexpected move from America’s pop-punk princess.

Her bridal look for marriage 2.0?  Completely personalized. No facades. We would have liked to see a pop of color with red roses, though.

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Second marriages and weddings are a chance to learn from your past and do everything the way you wish you could have done the first time around, whether it be to elope on an island, have a spur-of-the-moment private ceremony in Town Hall or a take a year to plan that banquet hall bash you never got to have.  And if that means wearing a black gown, go for it.

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When I was picking out dresses for my upcoming wedding (We’re two months away! Yay!), I was seriously considering a blush gown. I was thisclose to ordering a tulle wedding dress in blushing pink from Ouma on Etsy (below).  The only thing that stopped me was my groom.  Although this is my second wedding, it’s his first. And he wanted a traditional, friend-and-family-filled wedding. I don’t think a pink bride was painted in his vision and I also happened to have already purchased some ivory accessories that I didn’t think would match. So I nixed the pink and found an ivory gown to which I could add unique touches.

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Truth be told, you can be a lot more adventurous when planning your second wedding.  If you already had the “bride” experience you can take this as an opportunity to make everything totally “you.”  Put a colorful piece of tulle under your gown, ditch the veil and wear a sparkling sash around your head like Lavigne (below), forgo the chain bridal store and order your dress from BHLDN, Ruche, Nordstrom bridal or even ModCloth.

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Avril’s hair/makeup style for her second wedding? Roar: sexy and sultry.

Her first? Meow: beautiful and elegant but totally not reflective of her personality.

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Read more about Marriage After Divorce in your Twenties.

Fellow Twenty-Something Divorcée Jessica Simpson Welcomes Son

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Better late than never: Congrats to fellow twenty-something divorcée, Jessica Simpson, on the June 30th birth of her son, Ace Knute Johnson. Ex-husband, Nick Lachey even stated public congratulations, as reported by US Weekly.  That’s a pretty stand up guy.

Though we might have hummed along with some 98 Degrees tunes back in the day, we say Jessica definitely upgraded her man in the looks and talent department post-divorce. You go girl!

Can’t wait to see what her second wedding will be like!

Once again, proof that ending your marriage brings along bigger and better things- even if you are a millionaire celebrity!

Goonies Might Never Say Die, But This One Says Di-Vorce!

I haven’t been having the greatest of days, and then I glance at my email, and things took a turn for the worse. Actor Josh Brolin and actress Diane Lane announce that they are getting divorced. Thank you US Weekly for just putting a damper on my day! I’ve had a love for Josh Brolin, ever since the 80’s when he starred as Brand, the older brother in the movie The Goonies.  And Diane Lane, she holds a girl crush spot in my heart, in a cougar sort of way.

A rep states “It was a mutual decision. It is very amicable. It’s not ugly, it’s just over.”  This was a second marriage for both Brolin and Lane.  Let’s not get discouraged by the news of marriage number two failing here, it was pretty much doomed after an “altercation” between the two turned “misunderstanding,” a la Chris Brown and Rihanna.

Diane and Josh, you had a good run!  You may not be celebrating divorce in your 20’s, so we will celebrate for you.  For now, let’s think happy thoughts; of Baby Ruth candy bars and Chunk doing the Truffle Shuffle.

 

If only our ex’s were Ryan Reynolds and Jared Leto

 

Wondering how fellow 20-something divorcee Scarlett Johansson feels of the news that her ex-husband Ryan Reynolds married Blake Lively? She was too busy holding hands with the most beautiful man on the planet, her former boyfriend Jared Leto.

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