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Web Roundup: Engagement Ring Etiquette, Etsy & Easter

This week’s post brought to you by indignance. I would say “irateness” but a. I’m not sure if that’s a word and b. these are strangers. I need to reserve my spiciness for personal affronts. Nonetheless, I’m kicking off web roundup with the bad news first (so the good news can cheer you up!) That’s how I’ve always done it. The good news/bad news thing, not web roundup. Web Roundup is usually a place for butterflies and bunny rabbits which we’ll get to, because it’s Easter weekend. But first: the wrath of D&D.

W. T. Actual. F. Etsy Vendor! You shall remain nameless (until this click through.) However, you get a slap on each wrist for allowing Tech Crunch to write the sensationalist headline “Buying an Engagement Ring Online Spoiled the Surprise.” There’s got to be a better way (perhaps numerical?) to designate reserved listings. Or just mark them as sold and note who the customer is, you know, offline. That being said, the cardinal rule of #hinting is to not follow up. The laws of engagement ring wish listing are simple and finite: do not check to see if your dream ring was sold. I didn’t even go on the side of the showroom with the bridal cases for the last three months before I got engaged. I certainly didn’t check the online listing (hard, because it’s part of my job). If I can avoid that kind of temptation, so must you, hopeful brides. And if it really needs to be said: no, buying an engagement ring online won’t ruin the surprise. If you don’t inadvertently ruin it your own self.

This guy. Ohhhoooo this guy. He’s an interminable d-baguette, no doubt, but I always relish an opportunity for the civilized debate of broken engagement etiquette. The only correct answer is: consult your state law or an attorney. It varies across the US, and there’s no hard and fast rule based on decency i.e. “Thou who called off the wedding shalt not keep the rock.” Typically, An engagement ring is largely considered a “conditional gift” given in good faith that the engagement will result in a marriage. If the marriage never happens, the conditional gift legally should be returned. However, some states contend that if groomy broke off the wedding, he doesn’t get the bauble back. Although some brides have been known to turn profit and sell the engagement ring, they might be forced to pay back the cash value if things get nasty/litigious. I tend to think that no matter who called it off, the ring should be given back to the giver. Especially if it was a family heirloom. Either way, I’d feel weird juju about keeping it. This girl though? Take the money and RUN honey, especially since you’re well within your legal rights. Use it for a celebratory trip to thank the LAWD you didn’t marry that schmuck.

Ok, now onto the fluffy stuff. but no Peeps. I hate Peeps. Give me a Reese’s Egg any day.

If this doesn’t scream easter IDK what does.

Yes, I’m aware I linked to a Lilly Pulitzer dress last week also. What of it? I might have a Lilly problem. And that problem is that there’s no Lilly store in Chicago (how did I get here?!) Picking up something in this foxy pattern, in honor of Ruby the foxy puppy, next time in in Boca.

Finally, This should come in handy this weekend. And every weekend.

Paleo Booze Guide - Paleo Alcohol and Smarter Drink Choices

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Web Roundup: What Women Want

What is UP? Aside from oodles and oodles of interesting auction news, this week was remarkably hot in jewelry news. We had The Duchess declaring her love for a NZ jeweler. Cartier snapped up an insanely gorgeous jadeite necklace of its own design – very eager to get it back into the archives, I assume. Would love to see this puppy on an oscar’s red carpet in the coming years! I made these as my afternoon snack (thought I’d eat the whole cooking sheet, but couldn’t fit more than 5 in my stomach. So rich, so delicious.) And speaking of rich and delicious: I have this meal on my Chicago restaurant checklist. Ridiculous? Yes, but worth it just to say I had it.

NOT A POOL - it's an actual river in Turkey.

How bad do you want this pool? Plot twist! It’s not a pool.

LIES.

Despite my work uniform being yoga pants and the least stained tank top I can find, this is my new favorite blog.

And, in other visions of what I’d like to wear, I relay relay relay would like this dress. Please.

I, along with the rest of the world it seems, fell totally in love with Prince George this week.

Totally swooned for these spring-perfect boutonnieres.

Interesting article, with a  lot of sweet sentiment. We’ve seen a huge spike in couples shopping exclusively for vintage & antique diamonds, for those who don’t have Nana’s.

And on the topic of what the ladies want in an engagement ring

What women want in an engagement ring

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April Showers Playlist

April has arrived, and I won’t insult your intelligence with an April Fool’s post. Mostly because I’m still salty about the one year I called a flash sale site’s customer service line to confirm that their $150 Louboutins were authentic and in NIB condition. Joke was on them, I bet they were INUNDATED with calls to their hotline for that prank. I decided to do one for RLJ a few years ago offering free or dirt cheap Rolexes, no one took the bait. Whatever, instead of pranking you guys, I’ll prank Ruby later with some of this. I can guarantee you she’ll be as amused as I was by the Louboutin gag – like mother like dog-ter we’d both prefer a pair of Louboutins, albeit for very different purposes (chewing/wearing.) And because there’s no pranking here in these blog-parts, we celebrate April (whose birthstone is DIAMOND!) with a sweet playlist. I like to think of this month’s soundtrack as an appropriately shifty tribute to this winter. It starts out well enough, with requisite April showers courtesy of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. And it builds, makes you happy, but then gets super slow (freezing) again. And, just like this winter made me believe in time travel by transporting me back to January in March, April’s playlist will transport you back in time with some throwback music. Enjoy!

April Playlist

Inspired By: Aquamarine

While March is slowly waning, its birthstone is just heating up. The gorgeous gem aquamarine is prized for its beauty. And it’s been safely guiding seafarers home and away from sirens for millenia if its lore to believe. Besides helping you avoid chance encounters with Ursula the sea witch, it looks like it might be valuable for yet another reason: its trendsetting properties. Not since emerald swept every color palette in late 2012 has a jewel tone reigned so supreme over everything from interior to design to fashion to fine jewelry. In fact, said emerald saturation earned the hue the title of 2013 Color of the Year. And if the way this year is headed bodes well for aquamarine (hint: it does) then Pantone would be out their MINDS to not name aquamarine or some variant the 2015 Color of the Year. Truth. When else have you seen your Pinterest feed so whipped into a frenzy? Everything is getting a cool, calming wash of pale blue, thanks to March’s beautiful birthstone (ok, and I guess Lupita and Prada had something to do with it.) Don’t believe me? Don’t take my drool-tinged ramblings as fact. While I like to think I know a thing or two about jewelry, I can’t pretend to be some sort of color guru; that being said, the signs are all around you! Don’t be blue, let’s go shopping.

Aqua Inspiration

Talk about look for less! This bright cocktail ring is also Deco-style, also bright, captivating blue, but it’s beryl. And thus is less than 1/20th of the price (not sure if that match checks out) of the aquamarine ring in lower right.

BRB painting my door this color. (I think our Condo association heard me type that and is having me evicted immediately.)

Despite its price, this chandy is not made from actual aquamarine.

Beautimous calligraphy and ocean shades for your next assigned seating shindig.

Unfortunately not ours, but ain’t nothin’ wrong with a little Tiffany window shopping.

Michelle Armas never disappoints.

This lamp is a much more affordable way to infuse your lighting with aqua. And its kind of gem-geo shaped. Win.

Dreaming of a vacation here.

Let’s get fancy with this massive aquamarine cocktail ring.

Web Roundup: My Brain Has Too Many Tabs Open

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TGIF ya’ll! Welcome to your weekend, I hope you squeeze in all the Farmer’s Marketing/Game Night/Home Depoting/Bottle Popping/Sleeping In you desire. I’ll be doing some spring cleaning (way better than it sounds, I’m a Virgo & it’s like a day at the spa for me). I’ll also be embracing Mars’ retrograde by continuing my 2014 habit of re-reading old book favorites. I’m also hoping to vacuum seal all of our winter coats into storage but it’s probably too premature for that :( But, a nice productive/relaxing weekend is calling my name after last weekend’s St. Paddy’s festivities! And this week was a busy one in my sparkly little slice of the web. I…

Realized my bad habit of having 60 tabs open at once might not just be an internet issue.

Coveted the Cartier Ballon Bird.

Asked Lee to sneak a picture of the famous guy sitting behind him on his flight to LA so I could determine who it was. He eventually asked another passenger, and the guy was JOHN LEGEND. Yes, I asked if my spirit animal Chrissy Teigen was with him, no, she wasn’t, and no, Lee would not agree to ask him for pics/offer him free jewelry in exchange for me meeting her.

Swooned over this VCA catalog on Flipboard. I forgot I even had Flipboard!

Don’t know how to skateboard but I’d learn if I had THIS.

Said: “Oooooooh snap.” The gauntlet has been THROWN. #DRAma

Took Ruby on an extra long walk because it was gorgeous out. We window shopped all her favorite stores on Oak Street, namely Hermes, Graff, Harry Winston and Trabert & Hoeffer. She did try to run into Armani but I ruined her fun.

Laughed, fist pumped and amen-ed Becky’s Pinterest Board.

Became obsessed with the Bridesmaid Ask. I’m so happy it’s becoming A Thing, and think it’s even better than a bridal luncheon closer to the actual wedding.