Bespoke x Diamond Rings

Today Katrina Fernandez is taking over the blog. Katrina is a content marketing expert who enjoys writing about her passion for fashion and giving tips to a wide variety of readers to help them feel beautiful and confident. I love this topic because my husband had my ring custom designed with family diamonds- it’s a special touch that makes the piece priceless. I hope you enjoy her post and please leave any and all comments below!

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Why are Bespoke Diamond Rings so Special?

 Thinking of purchasing a customised engagement ring but unsure of why it’s become so popular? This guide will detail the benefits, as well as some tips on choosing one.

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Have you begun ring shopping and are you beginning to get frustrated because everything looks similar? If you want a diamond ring that symbolises the uniqueness of your relationship and truly shows your fiancé how special she is, you may want to consider a bespoke or custom engagement ring.  With these types of rings, you’re involved in the creative process from the very first sketch to the end result so you know you’ll both love it and there won’t be another duplicate. If you need further convincing, consider these advantages:

  • Its sentimental – While all engagement rings carry some emotional and sentimental value, designing a custom ring with a jeweller takes it to an entirely new level. Your fiancé will appreciate combining all kinds of details from the stone to the band to fine details into her dream ring.
  • Higher Quality – Many chain jewellery stores have rings that are mass produced so when you go with a local jeweller you often get more original pieces. When you take it a step further and work with the jeweller to create a custom ring, you know they’ll give you personalised attention and the highest quality diamonds and gold and platinum bands.
  • Designers work with you – Skilled designers work jointly with you learning your vision for your engagement ring and making it feasible as the end result. They keep your budget in mind and may offer suggestions to keep it within your budget if your original ideas were unattainable. They’re about making it work for you, not just the commission.

Tips for Buying a Custom Ring

 While this process is different for every couple, here are some key points to remember as you look for a custom engagement ring:

  • Start early. Give yourselves a t least a few months because the process takes time from collaborating on a sketch to creating a rough mould of the design to finishing the ring. If you have a few vague ideas but need some help, check out Ringleaders.com.au and look at their extensive collection for ideas.
  • Sketch out your idea. Ask yourself if you have a specific vision of what you want in your engagement ring, and if so, draw out a few of them.
  • Choose a reputable jeweller. Find one that specialises in custom designs and can show some classy bespoke diamond rings they’ve done in the past. Often, you and the designer will collaborate on the final product so you want to make sure your ideas mesh well.  Other than that, check their references, including recommendations or reviews from other local brides.
  • Select a certified diamond. Most jewellers prefer you to buy the diamond from them if you’re getting a custom ring. Keep the 4 C’s in mind when selecting one, remembering that a higher clarity grade, such as VS, adds more sparkle, even if the carat size is slightly smaller.

Sounds pretty cool right? Your fiancé will never have a ring like anyone else. Nowadays, it’s becoming more common for couples to design their rings together. Are you ready to join this trend? 

Makeup Monday x Salt Spray

Salt. Great on food, and even better when styling your hair! It seems as soon as the summer sun hits, beachy waves are the style every gal desires. Salt sprays are the easiest way to give a soft piece-y wave texture to any length or style of hair: simply spray on slightly wet hair and go! Perfect for those busy summer days when you don’t want to be locked inside with an uber hot hair dryer.

I have tried a LOT of salt sprays: the homemade, the classics, the newest. There are some really bad ones on the market (and some really bad recipes…..), but the good ones are really really good.

1: Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray

This product is a cult classic, and many hairstylists swear by it. I love the volume this product gives my fine hair, and the perfect amount of salt gives my hair the best beach breeze swept locks.

2: Olivine Atelier Love and Salt Mist

I picked this up on a whim while checking out at Anthropologie and I’m so glad I did! This one has coconut oil in it that leaves your hair soft and not crunchy like some sprays do. The scent is out of this world, and it gives my hair the softest lightest wave.

3: John Frieda Sea Waves

John Frieda actually discontinued this product a few years ago, but had to bring it back because too many people complained about missing it! I always always have a bottle of this with me in the summer. It’s a little heavier than the previous two, but the results are beachy perfection that won’t leave hair limp and heavy.

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Independence Day x Puppy Love

“Independence Day: It will be celebrated, with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.”- John Adams

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Independence Day, The 4th of July, America’s Birthday whatever name you would like to give the day, it’s always been one of my favourite holidays! I love wearing as much red, white, and blue as possible. I will be spending the day grilling, playing games, and watching fireworks. Plus I know there will be lots of sparklers involved!

I hope each of you have a fantastic long weekend. Enjoy time with family and friends. Eat lots of yummy food, and raise a glass to this place we all call home!

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Beachwear x Sunny Days

“Smell the sea, and feel the sky, let your soul and spirit fly.”

Van Morrison

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What do you wear for beachwear? You know, those days where you go straight from the beach to a quick dinner and jaunt down the boardwalk. Picking out a swimsuit can be so important, but so too is what you chose to style over it. My three tips on beachwear will make picking out a stylish beach look super easy!

1: Prevent sunburn!

I’m not going to lie, I”ve always been a sun worshipper- until this year. I’ve been so good with sunscreen and trying to prevent wrinkles, and more importantly skin cancer. This breezy tunic top from Old Navy is super cheap and dries quickly!

2: Hats are in!

Big floppy sun hats are all the rage right now! Not only to they bring in the Instagram likes, they also shade your delicate nose from the sun and just look pretty darn cute. Mine is from an amazing woman who custom makes them on Instagram, check her out here!

3: Pick beachwear you feel comfy in!

Is a two piece your jam, or do you like a one piece with cut outs? The most important part of any look is that you feel comfortable! I’m loving the new one-piece trend and definitely felt more comfortable in this one when taking pictures. I do love my two pieces too! it’s all about what I’m feeling that day.

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Summer x Lace Love

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”

—F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

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Summer Time is Here!

Summer is magical. Perhaps the lure of school vacation embedded the thoughts and dreams of all the wonderful potential of the season into our heads from adolescence. Perhaps there is rebirth to be found in the sun’s rays, or a sultry summer’s eve.  Whatever it might be, no one can deny they feel different, more alive in the summer months. It’s as if the whole world finally slows down. Evenings turn to laughter, and stress drifts away with the warm summer breeze.

I don’t know about you, but every year I write a bucket list of everything I want to spend the few short hot months of summer doing! There are sometimes new things, sometimes the list is the same. Regardless of what’s on it, I try my best to do every single thing as soon as the weather turns warm.

My Summer Bucket List

  • Go to the beach. (This is always, always, number one!)
  • Camping: with family/friends, and a couple trips to the backwoods. (I love it being just me and nature!)
  • Vineyard trips with friends. (Northern VA has sooo many vineyards!)
  • A road trip.
  • Reading in the sun on my back deck.
  • Drinking copious amounts of cold brew iced tea with lemon.
  • A picnic.
  • Kayaking, whitewater rafting, and boating in general. (All three must be done!)
  • Evening walks with my husband and puppy!

Do you have a summer list? I’d love to hear about what you like to do during the long days we’re having right now!

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