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3 Things You Absolutely Have to Know Before Choosing an Engagement Ring!

Choosing and Engagement ring can be a daunting task because the ring is something that your loved one will wear everyday for the rest of their life. You want them to love it. After my husband proposed I could not stop staring at my ring the entire week, I was just over the moon. There are 3 things you absolutely have to know before choosing an engagement ring and today we are sharing them!

3 Things You Absolutely Have to Know Before Choosing an Engagement Ring!

Budget

This should be your first stop on the journey of finding the perfect engagement ring. Starting off any big purchase, whether you’ll be financing or paying in cash, by assessing your budget and what you’re willing to spend on the item at hand. In this case, you’ve probably already done a bit of research and know what your price point is. However, if you haven’t done much looking around, it can be very easy to get sticker-shocked. The best way to avoid this is to check out some online retailers and make good use of their filters. This works to your advantage in two ways:

  1. It gives you a reason to compare different retailers
  2. You’ll begin to notice the pattern of prices in comparison with type & size of stones and the metals available

Ring Size

Knowing your partner’s ring size isn’t really something that ever comes up before the moment when you realize you’d like to propose to this person and buy an engagement ring but it is a necessity to avoid a ring that doesn’t fit and needs to be resized after-the-fact. It’s no surprise that there are many waysthat are suggested to find the information. Some ideas range from:

  • Tying a string around their finger while they’re sleeping
  • Having a ring that they wear sized
  • Tracing a ring from the jewelry box and bringing it to a jeweler for comparison

However, modern couples are being more open and honest about their expectations and desires when it comes to their relationship, and engagements are no exception. Simply asking for your partner’s ring size could prompt a healthy conversation about your relationship and where it’s headed.

Ring Style

Choosing the perfect ring style for your partner’s engagement ring will be as easy as pie if you two have already had an open discussion about it. However, many people choose to continue to select the ring secretly and do a surprise proposal. In this case, picking a style will require a bit more thought and research.

To get an idea of what you’re partner likes, think about the styles that they wear. Do they dress boldly, with a keen sense for fashion? Or do they tend to be more conservative? Are they into vintage clothing and jewelry? Is there something they are extremely passionate about that should be incorporated? Better yet, if you had a friend recently get engaged, bring it up and ask what she thought of the ring. This may let her know what you’re up to in a very subtle way but that’s not always a bad thing.

Bonus: How will it look with the wedding band?

Many people get caught up in the glamor of choosing an engagement ring, and they absolutely should! But a wedding band is considered part of that decision and so should be thought about during the process, though it’s not a necessity. There are many resources to provide guidance as to choosing a wedding band online, including those put together by online retailers like Blue Nile. This can make the process of finding the right ring seamless and easy.

My husband surprised me with my ring and reached out to my sister for help which I loved. To this day I am still shocked how my sister was able to keep it a secret as she is a terrible secret keeper. Check out the tip sheet below for discreetly picking out a ring and its perfect wedding band.

The Comfy Cozy Cape look

Seriously is it really November 15th already?! I feel like 2 days ago it was August when I was getting married and my family was home with me. Although time is flying way too fast, I can’t complain about is the fall weather. As I have mentioned before, Fall is my favorite fashion season because of the layers and different fabrics. For today’s fall fashion post, I am rocking the Charcoal Duchess Cape and my trusted black skinny jeans.

The Comfy Cozy Cape look


Outfit details:

 Duchess Cape: Peach,

Black Mid-Rise Leggings: Target, Heels: Christian Louboutin

Wool Hat (Similar): H&M


The Duchess Cape

I got this comfy cozy cape from Peach and was pretty bummed to find out that it is currently sold out as I was thinking of getting another color. Not sweating it too much as I know that I will find something else fabulous from Peach.

Speaking of layers, my advice is to mix it up this season. Get a loose-fitting Cape,  a dressy cape like this one, a fitted wool blazer or a chunky knit sweater jacket. The key is to mix it up and have fun with it.

Vesting it: How to Rock the Vest Look

Dressing for work can be a little tricky because you want to look proffessional but still stay true to your style. I am lucky to work for a company with no dress code so its no surprise to see someone walk in flip flops and another in a pant suit. I have always been someone that likes to dress up so no flips flops going on here. Instead I like to keep my look part dressy and casual at work.

Today’s look is anchored by the fabulous Scuba Vest by Peach, which by the way is my current brand obsession. Peach is known for their fabulous clothes for Gym, Work and Play which I love. Now that I am one of their ambassadors you can look forward to seeing me rocking their awesome looks here.

This Scuba Vest can be dressed up or down. Since I was going to work I dressed it up a little but you can easily wear it with leggings and sneakers or with skinny jean and flats. Its very versatile. My favorite thing about the Scuba Vest is the belt on the waist which accentuates the figure and is also good for those days when you have had one too many greasy burgers. Just hide it under the vest, why not.

How do you like to dress for work? To shop for this vest and more fab looks from Peach, click here and you are welcome in advance 🙂

Disclosure: The Vest in this post was given to me for free. As usual, all opinions expressed in the post are completely mine. 

How to Wear a Cape Jacket

The warm weather is finally here! Although here in New England we’re still dealing with a few cool days I can’t complain. Anything is better than cold weather.

My ever so stylish mother recently visited for my wedding dress shopping and in her usual fashion she brought some fab clothing items for me. One of my favorites was this white Cape Jacket. I wore it with white pants for my Baptism in April and will be wearing it a lot this summer.

White cape jacket with black pants


Outfit details:

 Cape Jacket: Zara,

Black Mid-Rise Leggings: Target, Black Strappy Scandal: Banana Republic

Sunglasses (Similar): Marc Jacobs

Statement Flower Necklace (Similar): J Crew 


Cape Jackets are one of those fashion items that you either love or hate, but if like me you love to experiment and have fun with outfits then you will love it. There is something very stylish and sleek about this look.

When shopping for a Cape Jacket, solid colors are the way to go. Start with a white or black one and go with other colors down the line. I love the combination of skinny pants with a cape blazer. I would say that don’t ever wear them with loose fitting clothing to avoid looking frumpy. For example a Cape Jacket will always look good with skinny pants and pencil skirts instead of a maxi skirt or baggy pants.

White cape jacket

Black Strappy Scandal

To complete a Cape Jacket look, add some accessories. Just remember not to go too crazy with the accessories. A few pieces like a watch, thin bracelets and a statement necklace will do the trick. For shoes you can go with a pointy toe heel which always looks fab paired with a cape jacket and skinny pants. For this look I went with black strappy heels, which worked perfectly.

With summer pretty much in full swing, what fashion items are you loving and rocking this year? Please do share in the comment section below! If you are looking for a more casual look be sure to check out on elf my casual ensemble here

Style Spotlight: Grey New Balance 574 Sneakers

Hi Loves! It feels so good to be back after my break. I wish I could say I was on vacation or something fabulous but I have just been running around getting stuff together for the wedding, keeping up with my demanding 9 to 5 job and working on another big personal project I am excited about.

I decided a casual attire style post is fitting as I have had to rock a few during this busy period. The key to a simple yet fab casual attire is to avoid looking frumpy. While it’s tempting to default to just sweats when looking to dress casual you can add accessories and key pieces to make your outfit standout. Simple pieces of jewelry can drastically improve your casual wear. In this case my grey New Balance 574 Sneakers were the highlight of the look because of their classic design and grey color that stands out.

All Black Casual outfit with Grey New Balance 574 Sneakers


Outfit details:

Vest (Similar): Jet , Gold layered Necklace (Similar): Lulus

Black Mid-Rise Leggings: Target, New Balance 574 Grey Sneaker: New Balance

Sunglasses: Marc Jacobs


All Black Casual outfitAll Black Casual outfit with Grey New Balance 574 Sneakers

The whole idea of casual wear is comfort. To this end comfy sneakers are a must especially when you’re running around completing errands. I love wearing my grey New Balance 574s sneakers. Not only are they extremely comfortable but they add a touch of fab to a casual outfit. Recently on one of my busy errand days I wore my 574’s with all black jeggings and complimented the look with a pair of simple pearl earrings and a gold layered necklace.

There are so many ways to dress comfortably while still looking great but we all have out go to look. I would love to know your favorite casual outfit combos in the comment section below!

 

Disclosure: The sneakers were a complimentary gift and as always, all opinions, styling expressed in this post are my own. This post contains affiliate links. 

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