This time of year so many things shine like stars, grabbing our attention! All the wonderfully lit Christmas trees, shiny tinsel, and the hot chocolate mustaches that adorn smiling children lighten our days. Christmas cheer fills the air and sweets fill our bellies. The holidays are truly a wonderful time for giving and spending time with our friends and family. (more…)
Like many things in life, we first see what’s on the surface. In an instant we can determine, with our eyes, any imperfections or how weathered something is. Still we may question what we see and get out a magnifying glass or microscope to further dissect the beauty of what lies before us. As many get married this summer, celebration and emotions run high! The ascent to the mountaintop of matrimony started long before a ring was ever picked out. (more…)
I love you. Deseret News National recently published an article dissecting how and when to blurt those three little words. The piece was all about their romantic connotation, focused on not freaking out your boyfriend or girlfriend when you finally decide it’s time. As it turns out, you might want to spend all that energy thinking about wielding a well-placed I love you on your dad instead. Whether you already say them to him often, rarely, or never at all, those infamous three little words will mean a lot to him. (more…)
Just around the bend: opening day for public swimming pools. As you’re digging out your swimsuits and pool noodles, or jaunting off to Target to get the kids a new pair of flip-flops, there’s one swim-season to-do item you might not even have on your list. It could be one of the most important ones of all. (more…)
Fitbit didn’t start it, and we doubt they’ll have the final say. Wearable technology goes way back to the ‘80s. (Anyone remember calculator wristwatches?) The initial thrill of being able to wear all our high tech is starting to simmer down. Now, sights are set on beautifying it. That’s why technology jewelry is the next big thing. (more…)
Somewhere along the way, getting on bended knee with a diamond ring became not enough. All over the Internet, you can see the proof: one elaborately produced wedding proposal after another. The ring box can’t even be presented until the flash mob wraps up its dance number or until the celebrity musicians sing for your girlfriend on a mountaintop. Apparently, an audience is a must. (more…)
When the Swiss corner the market on something, they know how to keep a death grip on it. We won’t get into cheese or knives or offshore bank accounts today, but we can definitely tell you why Swiss-made watches have for so long been the “it” watches.
Let’s skip the long history lesson and jump to the no-yawn version: The Swiss pioneered watch-making, proved to be the best at it as far back as the 16th century, and have nailed the highest standards ever since. They’ve also had a big hand in creating and driving new timekeeping tech over the years, such as self-winding watches and electronic quartz watches.
But let’s be honest. It’s also about James Bond.
You know he takes his martinis shaken, not stirred, but did you know 007 takes his watches from Switzerland, not Japan? Actually, there was a stretch between The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Octopussy (1983) when he wore Seiko, but that era was a departure from authentic Bond. And, no, that’s not just opinion talking. In his book, author Ian Fleming specifically wrote a Swiss watch onto the wrist of his iconic character (as if his daily conquests and fantastic gadgetry hadn’t made it obvious Bond was private-jet material). By the time Casino Royale hit the screen in 2006, James was wearing another brand of Swiss watch, the Omega. He even name-dropped the brand during the movie.
Easily half the watches we carry are Swiss-made, but we didn’t stack our inventory that way to pay tribute to Bond. We truly hold in high esteem the brand legacy of the Swiss when it comes to keeping time. By “brand legacy,” we don’t mean merely the legacy of luxury brands like Omega, one of the world’s most recognized names. Nor are we talking only of other classic, high-end brands like Tavannes and Rado, whose histories go back a good century. We’re talking about the Swiss watchmakers’ ethic, in general, which over time has become a brand unto itself. We trust it.
If you’re experiencing Daylight Saving Time rage every time you look at your watch in the mornings lately, we’ve got an idea: How about a nice, new Swiss watch to break the time to you gently? Purchasing a James Bond–worthy watch pretty much says you’ve arrived.
If we were to tell you that this coming Valentine’s Day, you could make your sweetheart happier than she has ever been in her life just by buying a certain something, would you believe us? No? Good. That probably means you’re a realist, so you and yours just might have a happier Valentine’s Day as a result. Just make sure your honey is on the same page!
According to 2013 data from a segment of Nielsen’s Twitter TV Rating service, women Tweet about Valentine’s Day about twice as much as men do. But men are twice as likely to have negative things to say about the holiday—about 22% of the time that they take to Twitter about it.
Why the grumbling? Perhaps because this day is inherently pressure-filled for couples,
and nothing says I love you like an obligatory gift, right? Actually, the kinds of gifts couples exchange span a huge spectrum of dollar-values and symbolism points. That means expectations can be vastly varied, too. So, while it’s meant to celebrate love, V-Day is ripe for disappointing our romantic partners.
We think the secret to a happy Valentine’s Day is for both people in the relationship to talk ahead of time about expectations. Don’t let a sense of obligation get the best of you. You don’t have to have a formal sit-down, but take a minute to discuss together how significant the holiday is or isn’t to each of you. Because if Jane is expecting to be surprised with a 7-day Alaskan cruise, and John is planning to give her a stuffed bear from the CVS aisle, there’s probably going to be hell to pay.
This isn’t to say you have to show all your cards, but it does mean that the more in sync a couple is before Valentine’s Day, the better they’re likely to fare on the 14th. Consider a 2004 study conducted at Arizona State University, that showed couples were more than two-and-a-half times more likely to break up during the week before and the week after V-Day, compared with other times of the year. Drilling further down into the data, researchers noted that couples already under duress were the most likely to fall apart during these two weeks. See? Valentine’s Day can be rough on lovers.
While getting your expectations in check, just remember that Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to put a smile on your sweetie’s face and a spring in her step. Completely skipping that opportunity out of mere principle is probably not a great idea. Resist becoming the V-Day equivalent of the Grinch and instead figure out how to make it a nice day for both of you. Whether you exchange cards, chocolates, or diamonds, you should both go to bed happy that night, feeling at least as loved and cherished as you did on the 13th, and heck, why not a little more?
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In case your mother or grandmother never told you, there are two staple items that belong in every woman’s jewelry box: a string of pearls and a pair of diamond stud earrings. Both are fun to receive. Yet there’s something extra special about receiving something sparkly this time of year, so let’s talk about the diamonds. But first things first: Right now you can buy a pair of gorgeous, quality diamond stud earrings at Goodman’s starting at $119. Now read on to learn more about why you should!
Play Well with Others
Diamond stud earrings play well with lots of clothing styles—from business to cocktail to formal attire—and with most other jewelry pieces. (The latter can’t be said of a strand of pearls, by the way.) You could think of them as the jewelry equivalent of the little black dress, of the crisp white shirt, of your favorite going-out jeans. They never go out of style, and you’ll get far more mileage out of them than most other things you wear.
Just the Right Amount of Significant
Maybe it’s not yet time to buy the diamond engagement ring, or maybe you’ve already tied the knot. Whatever the case, if a diamond ring isn’t on the agenda this year, that definitely does not mean that gifting a diamond should be off the table. On the contrary, diamond stud earrings are a gift that can be significant or even symbolic but without the pressure that can be attached to a diamond ring. When she sees those diamond studs in the box, the recipient knows she’s cherished, no strings attached.
Not Just for Women
The times, they are a-changing, and no longer are diamond stud earrings the domain of just women. From David Beckham to Will Smith to Pharrell Williams, men are sporting them more, too—and, yes, in both ears. So, women, if you’re man is on the trendy side and has the confidence to pull off diamond studs, come see us!
Do you think Bing Crosby rolls over in his grave every time “Silver Bells” gets piped over a store’s loudspeaker in September? It’s always a race this time of year to see which arrives first: a frost advisory or a catalog of Christmas tchotchkes. But taking care of holiday shopping right now isn’t as chestnuts as it might seem. Look at all this stuff between September 1 and January 1: (more…)