Whilst the host of platinum engagement rings ranges out there will likely convince you that the solitaire diamond band has been the go to promise ring for eternity, the truth is a little further out there. Certainly, the notion of ‘promise’ rings and jewellery has been around for thousands of years- think Ancient Egypt, for a start- but the modern ‘classic’ engagement ring is a lot younger then you may think.
The idea of diamond rings as gifts, of course, is a pretty old one, with one of our first records being the gift of Archduke Maximilian of Austria to his wife in 1477. Diamonds themselves have long been credited with magical powers, giving the wearer protection during battle and representing a love that was undying with their brilliant fire. The Romans even called them ‘star dust’ or fallen stars. However, the diamond- exactly because of this association with power, majesty and riches- was certainly not accessible to the average Joe on the street. As the diamond mines of South Africa started ramping production in the 1870s, the rock of ages became more easily accessible to the general public- vastly increasing demand.
The notion of the diamond as the one and only engagement stone, however, has to be credited to the joint efforts of the famous merchant Tiffany & Co and the diamond selling DeBeers Company. In 2 separate advertising campaigns, both in the early decades of the 1900’s, they managed to sell us on a concept so powerful it lingers to this day. Diamonds are forever, or at least they have been since DeBeers made it so in 1947. Tiffany are responsible for the exquisite classic solitaire claw setting that remains one of the most popular engagement ring styles to this very day. Between them, they’ve cemented this look as the ‘classic’ engagement ring loved and craved everywhere.
If it’s not for you, however, or you’re an offbeat and unconventional bride, don’t be afraid to experiment. Modern tension settings have allowed jewellery makers to explore a host of stunning new ways to set the traditional solitaire that harks back to this tradition while bringing a unique twist to it. Or opt for the older bezel style settings, where the diamond is encased in a thin rim of metal. While you lose some of the shine from the diamond with bezel settings, they’re sleek and modern and offer a low profile setting that’s perfect for busy and active brides who work with their hands.
You can experiment with band metal, too. While there’s a lot to be said in favour of platinum, don’t forget that white gold, rose gold and classic gold are at least as traditional for your engagement ring setting. In the end, your ring should be perfect for you, and whilst the solitaire has a long and hefty tradition, you should opt for a ring that symbolises your unique love, not what people thing you should have. Do it your way, and get a beautiful symbol of your lasting love for each other.
You don’t have to look dull when you’re working in a corporate setting. In fact, you can become sexy and appealing when you work. Even though you should never put on clothes that are sexually suggestive when you go to your office, you can still have a beautiful or pretty look when you come to work because there are now stylish attires that are commercially sold especially for women worldwide. On the other hand, even though you have lots of options nowadays, there are some things that you still have to bear in mind when selecting garments. If you wish to know what you could choose to improve your look and to figure out the outfits that are really worth your money, please read on.
In order for you to select the right clothes for your physique, you should check out the different outfits that are commercially sold and then have a look at yourself in front of a mirror to imagine how you’d look like with some specific clothes on. However, you have to do more than that to choose what’s right for you. It’s best that you should make measurements of the dimensions of your physique to later on select what can fit on your body. Once you’ve already made measurements, it is then time for you to pick at least one attire for yourself. For your convenience, you should visit a website that has things like dress suits for women in order for you to make a choice easily and fast. What’s best about visiting a fashion site is that you would be able to see what’s trendy and also make comparisons with the utmost ease.
If you’re working in an office that usually has a cool environment then you might want to go for a suit because putting on a coat can help you feel warmer and also have a great physical appearance. But, if you’re going to wear a suit, you should be mindful of your inside shirt as well. If you have a blouse on, you should go for a coat that isn’t too thick. Go for a thick coat if you’ve got light clothing like a camisole so that you would not feel cold and end up having health complications. But, if you’re working in an environment that’s typically warm, you may choose to put on a dress instead. You may wear a blouse, even if you’re in the corporate world, but you should have it matched with pants or a skirt that can complement your looks.
You can go for trousers if you want to have a firm look but you may choose to put on a skirt if you wish to show your feminine features. Before you choose to wear slacks or jeans, you should know what’s appropriate for your workplace. But, when it comes to skirts, it’s best that you should go for those that are knee length types so that you would give an impression that you’re someone who is serious when it comes to business and also concerned about decency.
Mary Poppins immediately brings to mind sensible and whimsically delivered life lessons, musical numbers, spoonfuls of sugar, and unusual tea times. Fashion isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, BUT, upon reconsidering, it’s ever so clear that Mary Poppins is actually quite the fashion influencer in her own right.
One of the first things that differentiates her from the other nannies who queue up on Cherry Tree Lane is that she actually has some style. True, Jane and Michael do request a nanny who is fairly pretty, but we’re not necessary talking about looks. What we’re referring to is her style, her fashion perspective.
Mary shows up in a proper hat, sensible heels, a long coat just like all the other nannies who end up floating away on a suspicious wind. But there’s a little something different about Mary’s ensemble: the hat has a tiny sprig of quirky flowers, the heels are bright purple, her carpet bag is patterned and gigantic, and of course there’s that bright red tie that adds a touch of supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
Upon rewatching Mary Poppins through this fashion lens, we’ve synthesized the style lessons that we learned from Mary over the years.
1. Make An Entrance
Mary Poppins shows up unannounced, literally blows away the competition, and waltzes in with the utmost confidence. This is how you enter a room, no matter what the outfit or occasion. Mary knows that style sometimes has more to do with attitude than apparel.
2. Add a Personal Touch
Mary doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel with every outfit she wears. In fact, she tries to dress appropriate for every occasion: a proper nanny’s outfit for her “interview,” a white lace frock for a garden party, and a touch of soot on her nose for gallivanting on the roof. What she does do is put her own personal spin on it. She adds a pop of color (the shoes and tie), she has signature accessories that make her immediately recognizable, even in silhouette. Sometimes fashion is about subtle differences instead of a full-blown revolution.
3. Exaggerate Proportions
In the rooftop scene, Mary dons what might be the largest pink bow tie ever to be successfully worn in fashion history. The thing is, it doesn’t look ridiculous. Sometimes a ridiculously large bag or hat can take an ordinary outfit to extraordinary.
4. Signature Accessories
Mary is known for her carpet bag as much as she’s known for her parrot umbrella. These are some rather unusual accessories to sport at all times, but she totally pulls it off with her Mary Poppins confidence (see #2). They become so much a part of her persona, you no longer think it odd that she’s talking to her parrot umbrella or pulling a lamp out of her purse. That’s just Mary’s style, proving you can pull off outlandish accessories if you work them just right.
5. Don’t Let Style Get in the Way
Though Mary is always dressed perfectly for every occasion, she doesn’t let her high heels or fact that she’s wearing a rather frilly dress get in the way of having an adventure. She rides side saddle on the carousel horse, since she is a lady after all, but then goes on to win the race. She maintains her adorable outfit while prancing on rooftops, then outdoes all of the chimney sweeps in a twirling contest. Just because she’s dressed to the nines, doesn’t mean that she stays on the sidelines.
6. Be Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
This one is a little hard to explain, but that’s kind of the point of the word supercalifragilisticexpialidocious–it’s a word to use when you don’t know what to say. One might even say that supercalifragilisticexpialidocious might describe that indescribable thing that makes an “it” girl like Mary Poppins an “it” girl. It’s style, mixed with demeanor, mixed with charm, mixed with charisma, mixed with mystery.