Five Tips on How to Choose an Engagement Ring

Hello, beautiful! We have a very special guest post today by Nerissa, co-founder of Tesoro , a luxury diamond bar & style showroom. These tips are so helpful so share with your friends or signifgant others that would benefit from it. Enjoy! xo, Gigi


Diamonds.  How do I love you?  Let me count the ways….

Diamonds.  I can’t get enough, the sparkle, the beauty, I love them all!  But the most exquisite diamond you will ever own will be your engagement ring.  It’s THE ONE.  The diamond that’s full of meaning.  As co-founder of Tesoro Boston I spend a lot of time helping couples choose this most important piece of LOVE!  Most ladies and gents have a hand in picking out this symbol of love together.  It can be fun…and a little overwhelming.  With that in mind, here are my five top tips to take the stress out of engagement ring shopping.  Enjoy the ride!  And contact me with any thoughts or questions, I’d love to hear from you.  

1. Know Yourself, and Your Style!

There’s so much to learn and so many styles to choose from! So how’s a girl (or guy) to choose?  HELP!   The first two questions you should ask yourself are this.  

  • What shape diamond or gemstone are you drawn too?  

  • What’s your style aesthetic?  Fancy. Simple. Modern. Vintage.  

Narrowing down these two basic concepts before you start shopping can make a big difference!  Choosing a ring is as much about personal style as it is about technical beauty.  

2. Learn the Diamond Basics

The 4 C’s. They are a diamond’s modern day equivalent to a “report card”.   Yes, they’re important.  Learn about them.  Better yet, sit down with a jeweler you trust and let them educate you!  At Tesoro Boston we do this at our signature “Diamond Bar” over a glass of prosecco!  The options are endless and here’s the thing, you can’t learn everything about diamonds in the time it takes to purchase an engagement ring!  Enter professional here.

3. Trust the Professionals.  That’s Why We’re Here!

Relationships are SO important. Engagement rings and wedding bands symbolize the most important relationship in your life!  Who you choose to make those rings are just as important.  A jeweler can educate you on the pros and cons of ALL of your options, and there are many…natural diamonds, lab grown diamonds, natural gemstones, synthetics, and don’t forget metal type!  They can also help you determine your budget, which styles suit your lifestyle and help you design your ring.

4. Know Your Budget

We all want that show-stopping, jaw-dropping rock on our hand.  But, let’s face it.  You can’t eat it, live in it or drive it.  Having a clear budget can guide your shopping experience down the right path.  It can also help your jeweler narrow down the search!   Could there be anything worse than falling in love with a ring you can’t afford?  Keep your expectations realistic and you won’t be disappointed. Amazing rings can be found in every price range!

5. Choose for Beauty

Each diamond is a snowflake.  No two are exactly alike.  Some are sleepy and some pop, some are dull some are bright!  Bottom line, when you look down at your hand, you better love what you see!  We guarantee you will!

A Diamond Grading Report is an important tool in the first step of selection.  At Tesoro Boston we only offer GIA certified diamonds using this criteria.  But once we’ve narrowed down your options, our advice to you is this.  Simply LOOK at the diamonds.  Which one speaks to you?  Which diamond do you LOVE?  You can’t always choose who you fall in love with and the same rule applies to diamonds.  

In short, choose for beauty. You’ll be looking at this exquisite diamond for a long time.  Fall in love with what you see!

And remember, the most important thing when buying a diamond…

“Having an educated expert to guide you is the ultimate, luxury buying experience!”  

Happy Diamond Shopping!

-Nerissa Parisi-Hill, Tesoro Boston

 

Holidays with Nanette Lepore

Hello beautiful! I hope your week is going dashingly. I can't even believe Christmas is this weekend! I still have some things that I need to wrap up but it always gets done.
Continuing the holiday outfit inspo series is this fabulous dress by Nanette Lepore. It was a Saturday afternoon & I was flipping thru the racks at TJ Maxx when I found this black beauty. She was calling my name, this dress is everything classic & sophisticated. I of course had to add a touch of animal to make this look a hint edgy. I love the collar & pleated detail at the bottom. This dress seriously has me reconsidering my outfit choices this weekend. I see myself also wearing this dress to work. I love this shape because it falls effortlessly but I can also eat as much as I want & not feel uncomfortable afterwards.
I hope this look was able to give you a little holiday outfit inspo! Till next time Fash Dolls.
Stay Sassy & God Bless!
Xo Gigi

Cardi Party

Happy Valentine's lovelies! I hope you are all enjoying your day. The temps have been drastically dropping in Massachusetts and are allegedly going back up to the 50's on Tuesday. Whether you live in a bipolar climate like myself or your in and out of the office all day it is important to dress in layers.

If you have been following along you probably know I am obsessed with faux leather. When I spotted this cardi with faux leather trim at a show in NYC I knew I had to get one in for myself.  I layered this cardi with a flannel and completed the look with boyfriend jeans and booties.

This ensemble is perfect for the weekend warrior or casual Friday in the office. Layering is good throughout the year. You can add a layer if you are cold and shed one if you are on the warmer side. Keep this in mind especially as we transition seasons.

Well dolls till next time!

Stay Sassy + God Bless xo

 

 Cardi-Adore/Flannel- Macy's/Boyfriend Jeans-Kut from the Cloth/Booties-Steve Madden

The Must Have Booties

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Hello October! Pumpkin spice is taking over, the leaves are turning colors, and the air is getting colder. Sadly it is time to put the sandals away to break out the boots. Although I love summer and like to think of myself as a mermaid you can't fight the inevitable, especially in New England. But I am not mad about it. I love scarves and I really love these booties! They are so versatile and comfortable. Booties are everywhere and easy to find. I found myself shopping at Kohl's one day while assisting a friend in finding the perfect new wardrobe additions. We of course had to browse thru the shoe department and as soon as we entered these babies where calling my name.

Here I have the booties paired with black skinnies, a chambray shirt, and an olive green jacket. Layering is key practice in the fall. Layers keep you warm but your office or home could be warm too so you can easily take off a layer or add one when necessary. There is no denying that booties are a fall must have, they are worth investing in. Like any clothing purchase make sure you find a pair that suits your style. Be you, be fabulous! See below another way to wear your booties.

Well dolls till next time. Happy Shopping!58

Stay Sassy xo

{Booties-Kohl's, Skinny Jeans-American Eagle, Chambray Top-Burlington Coat Factory,

Jacket- Daisy Riley, Bag-H&M, Watch-Michael Kors, Sunglasses-Ray Ban}

Making Your List and Checking it Twice!

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Christmas is upon us! Although working retail during the holidays can be exhausting, I really enjoy assisting customers in hand picking beautiful gifts for their loved ones. This time of year can be stressful and with only 5 shopping days left Fashology and Vintage Parallels have joined forces to compile a list of fabulous gift ideas! We hope this helps.

 ipad mini1. Ipad Mini $249.00 The Ipad Mini is perfect for the techie you know. With the ability to have your life at your finger tips the on the go gal will love this! When purchasing the Ipad Mini you are given the option to rely on wi-fi connection or adding cellular (additional fee). An Ipad Mini Case would pair nicely as an additional gift! http://www.apple.com/

2. Watchbrighton watchmk watch Watches are a chic and elegant gift suited for any special lady on your nice list. Right now Rose Gold is a hot trend, this Michael Kors is priced at $250.00. Take a more classic approach with this lovely silver Brighton Modena Watch $125.00. This is a gift that won’t be forgotten. www.macys.com http://www.brighton.com/

3. Yoga Classes For the fit chick in your life get her the gift of yoga classes! If you are in the Massachusetts and in the South Shore we suggest Sanctuary Studios in Plymouth, MA. They offer a variety of classes at different levels. Gift certificates are available or purchase 5 classes for $65.00 or 10 for $125.00 (other offers available). This gift is just what the stress ball needs in your life. http://findsanctuary.com/

the giving keys4. The Giving Keys Stumped on what to get the good do bee in your life? Look no further! The Giving Keys is an amazing company. Created by musician and actress Caitlin Crosby, she employs homeless people and they hand stamp the keys with inspirational words like, fearless and grateful. This in turn transitions the employees out of homelessness while creating a super unique necklace, ring, or bracelet! Get one before Christmas at Daisy Riley in Plymouth, MA! You can order online but, they won’t be in before the holiday. You can also tell your story on the blog, pay it forward. Proudly made in the USA; starting at $25.00 and up.      http://www.thegivingkeys.com/

bb5. Bourbon and Boweties “Made Proud by Southern Hands” This new line is on the rise, seen at Daisy Riley first it is now found at Nordstrom! These fabulous bangles are made of a variety of stones, pearls, or coins! Stack ‘em up or wear a single bangle, they are sure to make a fabulous statement for the fashionista on your list! Starting at around $30.00 and up. https://www.facebook.com/BourbonAndBoweties

IMG_1685Vintage Parallels Top Pick!

1. Urban Decays' Naked 2 Basics eyeshadow: These are our FAVORITE color shadows of the season! These basic nude colors are amazing and can make so many combinations in your looks. The matte colors, inexpensive price and overall versatile look is great for any makeup lover this season.

2. Necklace and earrings combo: These are great for any daring fashion girl this holiday. Statement necklaces are very big and you can find some amazing looks at boutiques across the country! Depending on your price you can purchase ones like these at Target, Francesca's Collection or Macy's.

3. Blanket Scarf: Want to give something more cozy and personalized? Try this amazing;y warm scarf... better yet MAKE this scarf! For all of eight dollars, a pair of scissors and twenty minutes you can give a lovely personalized gift.

4. Embellished headband: Have a girl who wants a little sparkle? Try this headband as a great little stocking stuffer. This little gift great for any girl who wants to add a little oomph to her hair for very little effort!

5. Gift card: Now some people think gift cards are the least amount of effort for a gift. We think wrong! Gift cards are great for the indecisive shopper and the hard to buy for loved one. Try one to your favorite thrift store!

Check out Vintage Parallels Website! Kendall and Chelsea are wonderful people plus, they have great thrifted finds :)

http://vintageparallels.com/

From myself and the ladies at Vintage Parallels we hope you have Happy Holidays!

Stay Sassy xo