People propose with engagement rings. The problem is, the rings are incredibly expensive. With the economy constantly fluctuating and never fully restoring – many people don’t have the means to splurge on engagement rings. There is good news! It is possible to save money when buying an engagement ring. Here’s how:
Buying a diamond art deco diamond can be daunting, especially if you don’t know much about antiques in the first place. It’s a good idea to know some of the fundamental factors which can really help you in the purchasing process.
At the end of the day, accessories can completely change the feel of an outfit and while you might already have the staples for the season, a new trend is emerging on the streets of New York City. The power scarf. It is the latest way business women and trendsetters are accessorizing their look.
What is it exactly?
Women are taking either designer named scarves or patterned silk scarves and wrapping it loosely around their necks, shoulders or tied tightly around their purse handles. It adds a new dimension to any outfit with the least bit of effort. Plus, it is the ultimate power charm for a purse. Take a look at this creative way to incorporate a scarf into a crossbody!
Why are they awesome?
There are many reasons why this accessory is amazing. First, it is as simple as tying a knot. Here are three other reasons:
1) Worn as a shoulder or neck scarf it is the best and most stylish way to stay warm during those freezing office meetings. It is also light enough to wear in 90 degree weather, and small enough to pack away easily in a purse. Pretty cool, right?
2) It is the fastest way to update a favorite look. Take a simple white T-shirt and skinny jeans and add a beautiful silk scarf. You instantly have a new, chic look.
3) It adds class, power, and personality to a simple black dress. The LBD is a classic and perfect for nights. When you add a power scarf, it can turn that LBD into the perfect day look with your personal signature attached.
When investing in a scarf, go designer and really up your game. Designer scarves will stand the test of time and leave a lasting impression. Don’t feel like paying the designer price tag? Check out Century21 or Nordstrom Rack for some incredible deals!
At the end of the day, accessories can completely change the feel of an outfit. What’s hot in your accessory closet this season?
Most women (self-included) dream of owning a pair of elegant diamond stud earrings. Often, we have no clue where to start the processes of picking the perfect diamond. There are so many elements to take into consideration! We’ve heard about the 4C’s before, but do you even know what that means? Luckily for you, we’ve gathered some practical tips to guide you on your journey in buying you very own pair of diamond earrings.
How to pick the perfect color for your diamond earrings
The finest diamonds found on Earth are usually rare and colorless, and not to mention, expensive. According to the GIA grading scale, G-I are considered to be almost colorless while diamonds with D-F grades are colorless. A diamond with a J grade or under has a slight tinge of yellowish color. However, keep in mind that no matter what your color preference is, the diamond color does not have any effect on its sparkle and brightness.
Brilliant and scintillation
The brilliance of a diamond is defined as the total amount of white light that’s reflected from the stone to your eye. That is why it is important to choose a diamond that is well-cut.
Diamonds: Brilliance vs. Cost
It is sensible that the higher the quality of a diamond, the higher is its price. If you are looking for a beautiful and brilliant diamond at a reasonable price, choose the one that offers complete clarity and has a G-H color. There are also earrings with a moderate price, but earrings of such quality can still provide a brilliant display of light. Let’s delve deep into the reasons:
- The cut can provide life and brilliance into a diamond
- When mounted on the metal, G-H color can look just as colorless as D-F.
- A diamond that has SI2 (slight inclusions or flaw) clarity doesn’t have any obvious flaws and it usually cost less than a diamond with higher clarity yet still maintains its brilliance.
In case you have a smaller budget, there’s nothing wrong with purchasing a diamond stud earrings of a lower quality. Diamonds will never fail to sparkle when you wear them.
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Choosing the right clarity
It is very rare for a diamond not to have any inclusions or flaws. Diamonds with few to no flaws usually are priced higher. However, flaws do not have any major impact on the diamond as they are actually not visible to the naked eye.
Experts recommend buying the ones with grade SI2 (slight inclusion 2) or up. But, if you are still short on budget, choose a diamond with an I1 (included 1) grade but make sure that the inclusions (flaws) are only on the outer edge.
Choosing the right cut
Among the 4Cs of a diamond (cut, color, clarity, carat), the cut of the diamond is considered the most important attribute. A well-cut diamond will reflect light internally and shows its brilliance through the top of the stone. So if you are shopping for a pair of diamond earrings, take a look into the top center. A poorly cut diamond has dark facets right in the middle of the stone.
Feel free to look back at this helpful guide when you are ready to shop for the diamond earrings of your dreams.
This article is published in partnership with Mediabuzzer
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My favorite part of the warmer weather seasons is the ability to get away for a short weekend. When you live in New York City year round, you desperately need a little getaway from the smoldering, crowded streets. I personally dream of a simple car trip up to the Cape or a bus ride to the Montauk. The Berkshires, Catskills, and even Greenwich are all within reach of NYC. The key is to find a cozy hotel or house to rent for a weekend that is quiet, spacious and hopefully comes with a pool.
So what should you pack for your weekend getaway? I always suggest packing less. The whole reason for the escape is to relieve stress. The last thing you want is to lug a bulky suitcase around. All you really need are great walking shoes, a camera to snap photos of the trip, some leisure reading, and sunscreen! My favorite of the moment is Kiss My Face sunscreen (all natural).
As for clothes, pack a swimsuit, swim coverup, and a cute maxi dress that will take you from day to night easily! I’ve listed a few examples below.
And that’s it! You are ready to go. Let me know in the comments where your dream getaway would be! For more weekend getaway ideas, check out this list by HomeAway!