Planning to Pop the Question?

Today’s post is for all the men out there waiting to ask their lovely lady to marry them! Check out a few tips below to plan the perfect proposal:

  • Keep it private – no one likes to be put under pressure, especially when other people are watching! Plan a romantic picnic, a late evening stroll on the beach, or something similar. Whatever you do, just make sure there aren’t other people around.
  • Hire a photographer – proposal photos are some of my absolute favorite; I just love the emotions and the happy tears! If you can, hire a professional photographer to capture these precious memories for you.
  • Don’t share it on social media – at least not right away. Take some time to bask in the excitement of your engagement, call your closest family + friends, and then share the news with the whole world 😉
  • Don’t forget the ring – I understand how nerve-racking it can be when it comes time to propose. You’re anxious, your mind’s going a mile a minute, and you may get a little tongue tied. But before you head out, make sure you’ve got the ring! Nothing is more embarrassing than kneeling down and realizing you don’t have that sparkler in your pocket.

Staycations ll Epicurean Hotel

For anyone that doesn’t know our team, we love vacations! But then again, who doesn’t!? Every now and then we like to venture out into our own backyard to explore all the great things Florida has to offer. Plus, these staycations are a great way to rejuvenate without having to pack for a long trip. Just grab an overnight bag and you’re good to go! If you’re in the Central Florida area, a fun place to visit is the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa. Prices average around $150 per night (depends on time of year), but there are so many activities nearby – the Tampa Museum of Art, Florida Aquarium, and the beach are just a few places that’d be on our list of things to do =)

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Caring for Your Engagement Ring

Our stylist, Katie, got engaged over the weekend (*squeal*), so in honor of her new sparkly ring I’m sharing some tips on how to keep those precious stones in tip top shape!

  • Insure your bling – I’ve preached on this before (see post here), but I cannot stress enough how important it is to purchase insurance to cover your ring! It’s also a good idea to have your ring appraised at least every five years, since the cost of diamonds and precious metals fluctuates.
  • Wait until after the wedding to re-size the ring – unless it’s just absolutely too big or too small to even remotely fit, hold off until after the wedding to re-size the ring. Planning a wedding can be stressful, and stress can cause swelling, and it would be terrible to re-size the ring during your engagement to find that it doesn’t fit after everything is said and done.
  • Never take off your ring in public – in my case, chances are I would drop my ring down the drain or leave it on the ledge when washing my hands. My advice – be gentle when washing your hands, but never ever take that ring off in public!
  • Have your ring professionally cleaned – don’t use random cleaners on your ring as they may cause damage. Instead, take it to a jeweler to have them clean it properly (plus if they do damage it, it’s on them).
  • Avoid harsh chemicals – if you’re cleaning around the house (even if you wear gloves), take off your ring and store it in a safe place (like your jewelry box). Bleach and other cleaning products can tarnish rings and cause other damage.
  • Schedule maintenance appointments – in addition to having a jeweler clean your ring, it’s also a good idea to have them inspect the prongs (that’s what holds the stone(s) in place), and make sure there are no cracks in the shank (the main part of the band).