Tips & Tricks: Choosing an Engagement Ring

February 4th, 2014

Becoming engaged is one of the most important milestones in any couple’s relationship. It is the point at which two people realize that they want to make a lasting commitment to each other, and that their love is strong enough to keep them together no matter what life has to bring. Because of this, a diamond engagement ring is a perfect symbol of any engagement – it is pure and eternal, serving as a constant and evocative token of the happy occasion.

Engagement Ring

However, for many men, making the right selection among a huge choice of diamond engagement rings is a major challenge. They struggle to buy jewelry even for birthdays and holidays, so the thought of making one of the most important jewelry purchases of their life is truly daunting. What is the best way of going about buying an engagement ring that she will truly adore?

The first thing to consider is the would-be bride’s personal style. For example, does she tend to wear elegant, understated fashion? If so, a tasteful solitaire diamond on a white gold or platinum band may be a perfect choice. If she tends to like larger, chunkier jewelry, then a large solitaire diamond may be a better choice – it should be possible to get one of these and stay within budget by compromising slightly on the quality of the diamond. Also, if the bride has a close friend who can be trusted, then asking them can also be a good idea.

When it comes to actually selecting the diamond, the most important thing is to remember the four Cs. These are carat, clarity, cut and color. Carat refers to the weight of the diamond, which is a major determining factor when it comes to price. However, the other three Cs also have a very significant influence. The clarity – or number of flaws in the diamond – makes a big difference when it comes to how the diamond looks up close, whereas the cut – which can range from poor to ideal – determines how the diamond will sparkle. Finally, the perfect color of a diamond should be completely clear, but inferior quality diamonds often have a yellowish tinge. There are also fancy diamonds that come in colors such as blue and red – sometimes, you will actually pay a premium for these colors.

Engagement Ring

To make sure that the diamond is everything that it is represented to be by the jeweler, it is a good idea to buy one that has been certified. This is when an independent lab examines the diamond before it is sold and provides a certificate that indicates both the weight and the quality of the diamond. There are a number of different societies and institutes that offer these certificates, but the two most reputable ones in North America are the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and the American Gem Society (AGS) – if you want to be certain of the diamond that you are purchasing, then look for a certificate from either of these.

Victoria’s Secret Asymmetric Lace is All About Seduction

September 6th, 2013

Victoria's Secret Asymmetric Mesh

There’s something sexy about asymmetrical style, especially when it involves lace. I’m totally in love with this new bridal collection from Victoria’s Secret. Not only does it hug your waist and hips right but it also brings out your style. Reveal your sexy self but at the same time still looking high and elegant in this little boudoir. US$58.

Wedding Dresses: Which Type are You?

August 17th, 2013

Choosing the right dress for your wedding is not an easy task to do, especially if you consider yourself an indecisive type. Which is why, I’m here to help you in deciding what to wear. You want to be careful in choosing because the dress represents your personality. If you’re still wondering where to look, well… look no more, I found a perfect shop for you. DressFirst has a lot of gorgeous collection and not just that, all dresses are tailored-made and they come in affordable prices. So you can definitely look beautiful without spending too much.

As I mentioned before, your dress represents your personality, so let’s find out which type you are!

1. Ballgown Dresses.
DressFirst Ballgown Wedding Dresses

There’s always a princess in every girl and this type of gown represents that just right. Ballgown dresses are designed for those who are into glamorous, elaborate and fairytale-weddings. What I love about ballgown dresses is the beautiful contour that print the upper body (because mostly they’re designed in corset style) and the gentle flowing from waist down. Ballgown dresses are totally for those who aren’t afraid in expressing themselves in the most flamboyant way!

2. The Empire Waist Dresses.
DressFirst Empire Waist Dresses

I personally love empire-waist style for its elegance and simplicity. Those who are mellow, subtle and classic-romantic usually choose empire-waist dress as their option because they’re simple yet still elegant and artistic. Plus, it gives you more space to move around freely.

3. The A-line Dresses.
DressFirst A Line Dresses

A-line dresses is the ideal choice because it represents both the ballgown and the empire waist personalities. It has a fairy-tale wedding concept beneath the style and art & simplicity in the other. A-line dresses are perfect for those who want to hold into their princess wedding and at the same time still adore simplicity and elegance.

3 Smart Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding Day

July 9th, 2013

Nat

How you dress makes an impact on people, especially on your wedding day. All eyes will be on you and for that, you want to look your best. It’s amazing how one style of dress can determine your personality just like that. For example, we tend to think that brides who are wearing big ball-gowns are princess-type and those who wear simple strapless mermaid style are the conservative ones. I’ve seen so many brides look so different on their wedding day, some look really beautiful, others don’t look good at all. Finding the right dress that matches your personality can be quite a challenge, especially when it comes to the price tag.

I have 2 good friends who are getting married this month and when I met them last time, they were complaining about how expensive their wedding cost were, especially when it comes to dressing up the bride and groom. I’m not surprised because wedding dresses and tuxedos can be very expensive indeed — but that doesn’t mean you can’t get the dress of your dreams because there’s always a solution to every problem, right? Here are 3 smart ways to solve that!

Rent, Don’t Buy
There are many services that let you rent dresses online, and other clothing and accessories as well. They are excellent opportunities to wear designer clothing without having to break your budget. The rental service still does cost money, so you will still need to be careful depending on your budget. However, it allows for a great way to save money but still be the fashionista to which you aspire.

Wait for Sales
Another way to save money on clothing is to wait for sales, or even just shop the clearance rack. These are typically last season’s style and are very hit or miss, but you can often find something that you like at a significant discount. You can even find designer dresses for up to 80% off. If you shop online, you can usually find even more sales. You can search for special offers and deals. Many times, if you sign up for emails or Facebook feeds, you can get offers to save money.

Flash and Warehouse Sales
Another way to save on designer dresses is look for flash and warehouse sales. These are quick sales where stores are getting rid of their excess stock to prepare for the new line. If you catch these, you can often pay very little money for great clothing. Physical warehouse and flash sales tend to only be in cities where the designers are located, like New York and Los Angeles. However, the internet offers many companies that offer flash sales for a variety of designers.

So, there you have it. 3 ways to get the dress of your dreams without hurting your budget! Good luck, ladies : )