When it comes to diamonds, guys don’t get a lot of love. That is, except for the money they dish out to buy beautiful diamond jewelry for the women they care about. So, this week, I wanted to share some news for the men out there – diamonds are for you too.
If you doubt me, don’t worry – I don’t mean huge, sparkling pieces of diamond bling. I mean understated, yet fashionable, men’s bands…bands that are perfect as wedding bands or even right hand rings.
Most men who get married will wear a wedding band of some sort – and many men today are looking for something a bit more edgy and masculine than the classic, plain gold band. While you can still always get that traditional look, more and more men are opting for different metal types…especially titanium.
Why? Titanium is loved for its darker color options, simple fashion twists, and extreme lightweight style that makes it very comfortable to wear. It is also an extremely hard and durable material – all perfect characteristics for men who may be wearing a ring (and are a bit unsure about it) for the very first time.
So as the 2014 wedding season approaches and many couple are searching for their perfect wedding bands…don’t forget that this is time for him to shop and find his perfect piece of jewelry too!
No matter where you live, you are probably over this brutal winter. That’s why we could not be more excited about the beginning of Spring fashion looks (giving us hope warmer temps are actually coming)…including our new diamond jewelry designs that have just been released!
With this launch, Hearts On Fire Designer Ilaria Lanzoni ‘s goal was to create a variety of new trendy, new fashion designs that could be worn every day, as well more elaborate styles for those special occasions. She also concentrated heavily on designing some amazing new bridal styles….with fabulous engagement rings in styles Hearts On Fire has never offered before (including a faux marquee shape!).
Here is a sneak peek at some of my favorite designs…
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Plus, Ilaria has even more amazing designs coming this summer…so stay tuned for sneak peeks in the next few weeks.
Do you have a favorite from these new collections? Or a design you would like to see added? Let me know!
Last Thursday, the 2014 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week kicked off in New York City…and for the first time, Hearts On Fire diamonds lit up the runway of the Go Red For Women® / The Heart Truth ® Red Dress Collection℠. It was an amazing adventure for us (including the crazy backstage prep!) and a cause that we are proud to support.
I’ll admit, I had heard of the Red Dress show, and seen the beautiful pictures in years past – but I did not truly know the back story and huge undertaking that goes into it. It is truly an amazing event!
Sponsored by the American Heart Association, this show features more than 20 celebrities walking the runway in exclusive red dresses designed by America’s most elite designers, all to raise awareness about women’s No. 1 killer – heart disease.
This year, the beautiful women who walked the runway all dazzled in Hearts On Fire diamond jewelry – including names such as Anna Sophia Robb, Bella Thorne, Colbie Caillat, Giada De Laurentiis, Ireland Baldwin, Lindsey Vonn, NeNe Leakes, and many more.
Check out some of the amazing pictures here…
Additionally, in appreciation of this event, our amazing designer Ilaria Lanzoni took the time to create an exclusive new diamond necklace – the Hearts On Fire Go Red Diamond Necklace – a one-of-a-kind design that holds more than 13 carats of perfectly cut diamonds set in beautiful rose gold. A portion of the proceeds from this necklace will be donated to the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women.
We can’t wait to do this show again next year!
So you already have that perfect, sparkling diamond engagement ring. But you’re still missing one important part…the proposal itself.
We may think that guys are intimidated by ring shopping, but for many it’s the next step that actually scares them more. That’s probably why the holiday season (also known as engagement season) is such a popular time to pop the question, as it naturally provides the perfect, romantic setting.
So, for those guys who have the ring, and know they want to get down on one knee in the next few weeks…here is your lucky break. Here are 5 festive marriage proposal ideas that are sure to win her heart:
Create a Countdown
If you celebrate Christmas – make an Advent calendar where each door she opens reveals a sentimental memory or a reason you love her. It concludes with a proposal hidden behind the last door on December 25!
You could also use the same approach with Hanukkah gifts (next year of course!), making each gift building up to a proposal on the last of day.
Be a Ski Bunny
Do you love winter sports, or plan on taking a holiday trip? Then, tuck the ring away safely on the ski lift and pull her aside when you get to the top for a breathtaking view and breathtaking moment all at once. Or get romantic and cuddle up with champagne and chocolates and a hot tub after a long day on the slopes…and make this special moment all about just you two.
Play on Her Love of Christmas
There are lots of extra decorations around the holidays, so use them to your advantage! Write out your proposal with Christmas lights on your house or bold flowers in the snow, or even dress up as Santa (if she really loves the holiday!).
Let Your Furry Friends Help
Have a favorite pet? Enlist their help by attaching a ribbon around the dog/cat’s neck and sending him over to her. If they are extra cooperative, add to the holiday spirit by attaching some antlers or holiday gear as well! Even more…if she doesn’t have a pet but has been wanting one, buy her one as a surprise and use the same approach to also include the ring!
The NYE Count Down
This one takes a bit more planning and the right environment (plus a couple who doesn’t mind a public proposal), but if you are out celebrating the New Year…use the midnight countdown to set your scene. Start telling her why you love her as the crowd counts down, and when it hits “Happy New Year” pull her close and whisper “Marry me” (don’t forget to then get down on one knee!).
Have you experienced a great holiday proposal you can share?
There’s no way to ignore it any longer – the holiday shopping season is in full swing. And if you haven’t started yet, it’s about that time!
It’s “easy” to pick out certain gifts, but what about gift ideas for that someone special? I know I always have the hardest time thinking of gifts that have an extra special meaning…gifts that make a perfect, joyful surprise.
That’s why diamond jewelry is always a good solution. Maybe it’s just because I am a woman who loves jewelry and fashion, but I have to think that all women love diamond jewelry of some type. But what would she want? Without asking her outright, it’s usually good to start by thinking about her personality and style. Here are a few hints to get you going in the right direction…
Is she fashionable and modern? Then, I would definitely check out the new Lorelei and Illa Collections, with their fun, fashion-forward designs.
Lorelei Bow Studs
Is she classic and sophisticated? Then, the easy answer (if she doesn’t have them) is always diamond studs. These are truly something every woman needs in her wardrobe.
3 Prong Studs
Atlantico Pave Studs
Is she a fun-loving, party girl? Then, she deserves something elegant, but with a bit more flair!
Illa Cluster Studs
Or, do you have absolutely no idea? Then, I would recommend our best-selling, timeless diamond pendants.
With the start of the holidays also comes the start of another exciting time of year…engagement season. Women everywhere have their eyes set on their dream engagement ring, but unfortunately some of their significant others just have no idea what that is.
My advice? Take matters into your own hands and subtly make sure he knows what you want (he needs to think it’s his decision, after all). Here are some not-so-obvious tactics to send a clear message without blowing your cover.
1) Alert friends and family
If he’s thinking about proposing, there’s a good chance he’ll recruit your friends or family for advice or help. It’d be a good idea for you to tell anyone he’s likely to ask what styles you like, so they can offer to help him pick out a ring.
2) Let your browser do the talking
If you two use the same computer, leave a tab or two open to websites with your favorite rings or styles. This also works for casually leaving open your engagement ring Pinterest board (I know you all have them!). Or, if you want to be a little more subtle, create a bookmark in your browser called “favorite jewelry” with links to several rings you like.
3) Dish out complements in public
If you’re together with a friend or family member who has, for example, a halo ring you love, tell her you love halo rings and be specific about why. Be effusive, so he pays attention and knows it’s something you care about.
4) Show him what you ‘Like’
Often when you click the Facebook “like” on websites outside of Facebook, it’ll show up in your friends’ news feeds. When he sees rings you’ve liked in his, he’ll see you didn’t share it directly, but rather that you just casually liked it.
5) Be direct
When all else fails, sometimes you have no choice but to drop more than a hint. Especially if you know he is shopping for rings, or you have discussed it together, share your opinions by sending an e-mail, text, or link to your top Pinterest pick to help guide him to the right design.
Anything I missed? How would you tell him without actually telling him?
It’s getting dark early…the winds have that crisp “winter” chill and the air smells like snow (at least here in Boston). And it has us thinking about Thanksgiving, holiday shopping, and winter weddings.
I know most people want weddings in the traditional “nice” months like June or September…but there is just something sweet and magical about getting people together during the dark, cold winter months for such a bright moment. And let’s be honest, a little light snowfall makes for some incredibly romantic photos. In fact, because it’s less common, having your wedding in the winter can give you a little freedom to try something new or unexpected to make the occasion truly yours.
So how do you plan a winter wedding theme? Well, first off, don’t go trying to squeeze a summer wedding into a winter one. Make the season work for you! Start by making a list of all the things you love about the season. Then think about ways you can share that with your family and friends. Hot chocolate bar, anyone?
From there, don’t be afraid to incorporate unique seasonal elements, like branches, pine cones, and dried flowers into things like centerpieces and bouquets. Embrace winter colors like whites and reds, or even plaids. Take advantage of the low winter light and use tea lights and candles to make your wedding and reception cozier.
Winter can be peaceful and beautiful, and with a little creativity, it can be all yours! Are you planning a winter wedding?
P.S. Check out our Pinterest board for even more inspiration!
No longer is getting a beautiful engagement ring and dropping down on one knee enough…today, many people are investing in the help of “proposal planners” – people hired to help create proposal ideas and especially, to pull off crazy and spectacular proposals.
And while it seems “strange” to many – business in this industry is booming. In just a matter of months, proposal planning agencies have helped hundreds of men plan, carry out, and document some rather amazing proposals (many of which have been featured on YouTube, The Today Show, CNN and more!). Reports even confirm that Bravo has a show in development featuring men who pay upwards of $50,000 for proposal planning services.
To be honest, I tend to be old fashioned and don’t love the idea of someone else creating the “moment” for you. However, I can see how it could be helpful in certain situations, and why some people might go this way.
Here’s the low down on how it works
Most proposal planners offer two services: consultation and full-service proposal planning. A consultation costs roughly $200, and involves the agency emailing several ideas for how to propose. Then, you are responsible for pulling it all together on your own.
The next level up is getting most of the media attention. Here, a professional planner works one-on-one with you to plan the proposal, and then pulls all the strings necessary to make it happen. As you might imagine, there isn’t a definite price tag on this service—however, most agencies say their clients spend around $2,500 on average, and many spend upwards of $10,000.
So should you hire a proposal planner?
- It’ll make for a great memory
- It’s a major stress reliever
- It brings in a female perspective to a major, emotional moment
- It’s expensive
- It’s not as personal
- It’s less private
So, what you think - If your guy wants to plan the perfect proposal, would you rather him hire help? Why or why not?
♥ HOF Girl