Planning Tip Tuesday: Engagement Ring Dos + Don'ts

As we are heading into engagement season, here are a few tips on how to care of your sparkly new ring!

DOs

Do clean it often! It is important to do so because you'll be wearing it for years to come, and cleaning it often will keep it looking brand new!

Do keep it some place safe when not wearing it! This not only helps you keep track of it, but also ensures it won't get scratched or damaged when it's out of your sight. This gives you an excuse to go buy an adorable ring box. 

Do get it insured! This will cover you for any mishaps. 

DON'Ts

Don't wear it for activities that might put wear and tear on it! These can range anywhere from cooking, to going to the gym, or using household cleaning products. You don't want these to cause the gems to come loose or cause damage to the setting.

Don't wear it while washing dishes! Not only is the hot water and excessive amount of soap not good for it, it is also a bad idea to be doing so over an open drain.

Don't swim with your ring on! Cold water can cause your fingers to shrink making it easier for the precious diamond to fall off. Chlorine can damage or discolor the band or stone. 

Planning Tip Tuesday: Gifts for the Newly Engaged!

Your bestie just got engaged! You're over the moon for her and her new fiancé and you're so excited to help her along the journey towards the big day! In order to celebrate this momentous occasion, why not personalize something unique and special for her and her soon-to-be hubby? There are so many gift ideas online that the task of choosing can be overwhelming, especially if she's a friend who seems to have everything! We have done all of the work for you and compiled a list of our favorite finds, and gifts we're sure the beautiful couple will appreciate and adore!

HelloWorld Paper Co. & Stamps have fun custom stamps that would help your favorite couple addressing all of their heart-felt Thank You's after the big day and as they enter their new life as Mr. & Mrs! This self-inking stamp will stamp over 10,000 impressions before needing to be refilled - amazing! With such pretty fonts, there's a style for everyone!

Rifle Paper Co. is one of our favorite stationary brands, with such delicate soft prints and beautiful colors, they have the ability to make mundane look magnificent! This floral personalized portrait print of the happy couple is something so unique and special, and is definitely the perfect gift for a new home or office! 

BrinnyK Designs on Etsy has a great collection of drinkware that can be personalized for your newly engaged bestie and her beau! This pick is for that coffee loving couple, however there are plenty of wine glass selections. We love the gold font for that extra touch of glam! You can never go wrong with a cute mug!

Kate Spade has something for EVERYONE. Their fun, colorful gifts are sure to make a friend smile! We love the Kate Spade bridal collection and this cosmetics bag is adorable. With two sides, one for "I DO" and the other proudly announcing "I DID!", this is the perfect gift for a gal pal thats always on the go, for honeymoon essentials + beyond!

When it comes to newly weds, we love monogrammed gifts with the couples initials. Mark & Graham have a vast collection of home goods and personal items. For a new home, we love this wooden circular tray for the couple that loves to entertain or that has so many bits & bobs that need a pretty catchall! An added bonus: Mark & Graham offer free monogramming & gift wrap - one more thing checked off of your list!