Jessica Biel shops for her wedding dress in Paris, kind of hates her engagement ring

Before we talk about anything else, we really need to have a conversation about Jessica Biel’s bangs. Bangs-defenders can yell at me all they want, but this is a perfect example of why I call this crap “bangs trauma”. Jessica is a pretty girl – bland and talentless, yes, but PRETTY. Her bangs are too long, too ill-suited for her face, too shaggy, too thick, too MUCH for her face. I really don’t understand why Jessica thought they were a good idea, or why other, similarly pretty girls think these bangs are a good idea. They are not. I am a ceaseless advocate for the avoidance of bangs. 9 out of 10 women simply look better without them. Anyway, these are photos of Biel in Paris over the weekend. Rumor is that she’s shopping for her wedding dress while in town.

It may not be the first item on every bride-to-be’s to-do list, but it’s often the most important: The Dress. And it looks like Jessica Biel may have found hers. With wedding season fast approaching, Biel, 30, spent Friday on a seven-hour, high-fashion shopping spree in Paris which included stops at the salons of two major designers.

Accompanied by her assistant – armed with a wedding planning book, sources tell PEOPLE – Biel fueled up with a coffee on the Left Bank’s Rue de Bac before popping into Giambattista Valli’s chic 8th arrondisement studio for nearly two hours Saturday afternoon.

A source tells PEOPLE that Valli has worked with Biel for years, beginning when “they were both just starting.”

“He makes the most fabulous wedding designs,” the source added.

She also made another stop at Elie Saab’s showroom across town. A source tells PEOPLE that Biel’s lengthy visits suggest she may have been in fittings.

Biel also stopped in at a kids’ boutique called Bonpoint in the Left Bank, as well as Christian Badou, a nearby kids’ furniture shop, prompting speculation she may be planning more than just a summer wedding. Visits to Maje, a women’s clothing store in the St. Germain area, a French linens shop, and two concept stores rounded out the trip.

A source says that at Merci, one of the concept shops in the Marais neighborhood, she looked at more furniture and children’s items.

The actress is said to have left Paris Saturday to continue her shop-a-thon at another major European fashion capital.

Reps for Biel and Timberlake could not be reached for comment.

[From People]

I tend to think Biel was looking at kids’ furniture just because she knew she was being followed by the paparazzi (whom she probably called). My take is that she’s not pregnant. My take is that she’s going to wait to get knocked up until after the wedding. My take is that it’s all about the dress for her right now, and she doesn’t want to be knocked up for what seems like a summer wedding. People Magazine also reported earlier last week that it will definitely be a summer wedding, and a source claimed, “Jessica initially wanted a smaller, more intimate wedding, but Justin from the beginning wanted a big wedding and that’s what they have decided on.” They want to “include all their friends” and “Justin has promised her the best day ever.”

You know what’s not “the best” though? Jessica’s chunky, oversized engagement ring. She’s flashing it in these photos from Paris – it’s even bigger than I originally thought. Now, I don’t have a problem with gigantic diamonds – I’ve never been that girl to snipe, “How garish. How gauche.” I love big diamonds. I love rings that are obscenely huge. But for my money (or Justin’s money), this ring is just fug. It’s the chunky, obtrusive setting, I think. Last week, Us Weekly had a hilarious story about how Justin “designed” the setting, and the subtext was “Jessica basically hates her ring.”

When it came time for Justin Timberlake to put a ring on it, the “My Love” singer was set on doing it his way. A source tells Us Weekly Timberlake, 31, “went rogue” when he designed love Jessica Biel’s six-carat, vintage-inspired engagement ring.

“Jessica’s stylist really wanted Justin to come to her when picking out and designing the ring,” the source reveals to Us. “She obviously knows what looks best on Jessica, and what type of things she likes to wear. They talked about it [in advance] and then Justin completely went rogue without telling Jessica’s stylist, and decided to design the ring on his own.”

The source was quick to note that this doesn’t mean Biel, 30, isn’t a fan of the bauble her fiance chose. “But I wouldn’t necessarily say it fits her style,” the insider explains.

[From Us Weekly]

Poor Jessica. Stuck with a gigantic diamond ring that she hates. Don’t feel too sorry for her, though – my guess is that she’ll only have to wear it for a few years before this whole marriage blows up in spectacular fashion.

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

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  1. Astrid says:

    I’m with you on this one – bang trauma, staged outings….

  2. says:

    Is that a sweatshirt-trenchcoat?! Because that would be just as offensive as those bangs.

  3. LadyJane says:

    I don’t have hate for the bangs or the ring. However, I do take exception to walking around Marais in Paris in black sweatpants, ballet flats and a jersey trench.

  4. mln76 says:

    The bangs are so angular that she looks like a Vulcan on Star Trek.
    Live long and Prosper.

  5. MIla says:

    Why do you all hate bangs? I like them on her, she has the face for bangs. Nice and angular. If someone has bangs it doesn’t mean that it is trauma.
    Round faces keep away from bangs. But if your face is oval, or hearth shape even squarish bangs are fine. Just choose the type carefully.

  6. Nebraskalinda says:

    That really is a sadly ugly ring. Why put a diamond in such a clumsy, flat setting? It looks like something you could find at a Renaissance fair–made out of sterling silver with a white topaz for the stone. Justin has terrible, terrible taste. Ugh.

    • Hautie says:

      It does look like sterling silver! The metal is too dark. It does not look like platinum.

      So I am going to guess, white gold was used and then some “antiquing” was done. (Rubbing that awful black stain onto the metal. To give it a old look.)

      I totally can see Timberlake, did not let Jessica have a part in the decision of what ring she got.

      But since she has let him sh*t all over her for the entire time they have dated.

      Why would he suddenly take her feelings into account? By letting her have a little input into what her wedding rings look like.

    • Leticia says:

      you are right! I had been thinking it looked like David Yurman jewelry, but you are spot on.

  7. Hubbahun says:

    I gotta stick up for bangs – I look dreadful without them! But then again I don’t look like a Hollywood star – far from it! :D

    • Ducky La Rue says:

      I’ll second that, Hubbahun. I have a really high forehead – if I pull the bangs back, my head looks like a giant space egg or something – and it’s definitely traumatic for me to look at. :-D

      We must be the 1 in 10 that look better with bangs.

      • Scarlet Vixen says:

        Count me in, too! I have a weird thin spot on my hairline (I lost a ton of hair after my 1st baby & it never grew back in a couple spots) and my eyebrows are slightly crooked so I wear heavy, side swept bangs to hide the bald spot and even out my face. I get compliments from complete strangers on my hairstyle now, so it can’t be too bad!

  8. Tiffany says:

    You have to wonder if Douchelake intentionally picked out such a gauty ring on the hopes she would say no. He did not go to her stylist to see what she likes, she went to see what she would hate. Bastard.

  9. T.C. says:

    I agree this time about the bad bangs but I love the ring.

  10. daz says:

    she can barely find the strength to lift her hand

  11. Jacq says:

    They won’t be married this summer for two reasons: a) if she’s having a gown custom-made it would likely not be ready for months b) she wants to fuel speculation of a summer wedding so that we talk about it throughout the summer when she does anything obvious like this, then she’ll get maximum press-mileage when we still have to discuss this into the fall or winter – why else would we talk about her?

  12. deb says:

    was she there to visit her distant cousin in the french countryside?

  13. bored says:

    There’s something odd about that ring, the center doesn’t look like a single diamond in the closeup. Maybe it’s just the lighting? Anyway, assuming it’s a large emerald cut or something similar I don’t think it’s that bad.
    And if I were him I’d say her stylist can mind his/her own business. An engagement ring is a personal item.

  14. TheOriginalVictoria says:

    OMG< Jessica, get your life. Not that I had much respect for her to begin with but I have lost it all. I can't believe that she is marrying that ho who basically used her as a back up plan because I honestly think after Nipplegate and the way he left Janet hang by herself, most sensible women were like, fuck ThAT.

    He ain't shit. And I like his music and think he's talented, but he is a super douche. This marriage is going to be a disaster. Expect frozen looks for the paps in less than three months.

  15. DeltaJuliet says:

    I too have a love for gigantic diamonds, and I like vintage styles. But this ring is just ugly. It looks so “flat”.

  16. minny says:

    Fake Looking Ring = Fake Publicity Stunt

  17. Dhavy says:

    I don’t find anything pretty about this woman so I guess the ring fits her looks & personality. If she really wanted something small she wouldn’t have all this information out there. All this for something that will unfortunately have a short and disastrous life

  18. mar says:

    boring girl, boring couple , I dont think people care as much as they want us to

  19. BNF says:

    She’s pose harding that ring in a Halle Berry fashion.

  20. Leticia says:

    Kaiser, totally agree with you regarding rings. I love huge diamonds ala Kloe K, but I do not like Biel’s setting. It reminds me of David Yurman jewelry.

  21. ladybert62 says:

    That ring is ugly – I think he did it to some how get even with her for forcing this marriage on him – this is not going to last and I simply dont understand the reason for it since I think she wants it and he doesnt!

    A disaster in the making right before our eyes.

  22. theone says:

    ^ Yep I agree with you @ladybert. When people think this marriage won’t happen, Or it is fake or won’t last.. That should make you go hmm I better take a step back. I guess It’s not that surprising though. and eww she kinda reminds me of Michael Jackson now too!

  23. Peanut says:

    I just can’t see her ever actually making it down the aisle with him. They won’t actually go through with it… Right?!?!

  24. The Original Mia says:

    Ugly ring given by an equally ugly person. After hearing about his asshat behavior in Atlanta a few weeks back, I have to scratch my head why this woman (who I really don’t care for) would want to hitch her wagon so badly to his. He’s a jerk, who doesn’t seem to be as into her as she is into him.

  25. sauvage says:

    I like the bangs on her (and, yes, I do like bangs in general), but the way she flashes her ring is just cheap in an almost sad Look at Me Way.

  26. fabgrrl says:

    She hates her hand crafted engagement ring because it is ugly and not her style? What is she going to do, after she had kids, and her five year old proudly presents her with a dried macaroni necklace? Tell the kid to check with her stylist next time?

  27. sup says:

    looks much prettier with dark hair!

  28. dovesgate says:

    Wow – that ring really doesn’t fit her style at all does it. I would have thought a sleek uber modern ring would have been more her type.

  29. Learned One says:

    Has anyone noticed that you could NEVER get her to smile – EVER? She always looked like she just swallowed a lemon. NOW with the ring on her hand, she’s all smiles??!?!?!

  30. lisa says:

    I actually think the bangs soften her. She is as one of the posters said More handsome then beautiful. I don’t see beautiful when I look at her. She is athletic and that makes her more manly (lack of a better word).

    The ring is lovely to me. I think the band could be a bit smaller, but I think it is very nice. I like it way better than Halle’s ring, which looks cheap.

    anyway, I don’t know if there is that much interest in them or their wedding. I’m surprised it is getting the attention it is. Jessica is hardly a big celeb name.

    I have to say I don’t like or dislike either of them. They are not really on my radar so to speak.

    Well I hope everyone is happy.

  31. Jordan says:

    I think the bangs accentuate her face in a bad way…like, she looks like she has buck teeth b/c she can never close her mouth completely. From all the stories, it seems like Justin acts even more like an asshole than usual when he is around her. It’s almost like he takes pleasure in making her miserable b/c he knows she will sit there and take it. It makes him feel like a big man. She is such a pathetic doormat. When this blows up, I think she is really going to lose her sh1t. It won’t end well for either of them.

  32. Kosmos says:

    Listen, she has wanted him for a long time, so let her have him. I like her for some reason, maybe because she’s not full of herself. She hasn’t really made it big as an actress, so if it makes her happy to have Justin Timberlake, I guess that’s good. I never thought he would settle for anyone, but seems he finally has. About the bangs, she looks okay. She probably gets tired of the same look day after day and has to change it up. Personally, I love bangs, but they don’t work on me.

  33. erin says:

    oof. i prefer more delicate settings! that’s caught between a rock and a hard place if you don’t like your ring1

  34. crtb says:

    I don’t find her pretty however she has a body I would die for.

    I find nothing wrong with the ring. Much nicer than Jessica Simpson who picked out(and paid for)her own ring.

    I also think the bangs are nice.

    Somebody needs to tell Jim Carrey’s girlfriend to get some bangs to cover up the gigantic forhead!

  35. Aotearovian says:

    It’s the ring you offer a woman when you don’t want her to say yes.

  36. Frayed_Edges says:

    I thought it was Keira Knightley in these photos! Jessica looks like she’s lost weight as well.

  37. HoustonGrl says:

    That ring is fug…it’s one step removed from a superbowl ring. And yea, you can totally tell a guy designed it.