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  • Yay! Like everyone, everywhere we loooooove a good love story. Maybe even a little more so because we had a small hand in the engagement ring process. It really is the best part of this biz- being a part of the love stories! So, when our recently engaged friends shared their story with us, we were over the moon to get to share it with everyone else.

    This is Erin and John.

    Introduced through mutual friends, they are a set-up success story!

    Emails and phone calls led to drinks at the Beechtree in Poughkeepsie led to seven years of laughing, love and family-time. When you have kids, dating as an adult means you have to take much more into consideration. There are more people affected by your relationships. Important, impressionable young people who are learning about life and love from your every move. Erin knew that John’s philosophy on life and the importance he placed on family made him a very real possibility of being “the one”. The love and affection he showed certainly didn’t hurt matters and the moment he first said I love you sealed the deal for her. John loves so much about Erin but it was her thoughtfulness that sealed the deal for him. You know how they say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach? Well, this happy couple can attest. Erin’s surprise of his favorite pizza and a 6-pack of beer while moving was when he realized that he wanted to spend forever with her.


    Pausing for the inevitable “awwwwwwwwwww”


    Marriage is a huge step. For any couple. Having been through it before doesn’t make the decision any easier to make. Erin and John talked about it at length and the love they share and their desire to grow old together made marriage increasingly important to them both, especially as they’ve blended their families. On the seventh anniversary of their first date, they looked at rings. (!!!)
    They each liked several options. Erin knew that she wanted something unique to them and trusted John to make the ultimate decision of which he would propose with. Trust me when I say, the choice he made is, much like his betrothed, truly something special.


    Seriously. Look at that ring!

    Yes, we know. This is about so much more than the ring. BUT, seeing how we are #howthehudsonvalleygetsengaged, we can’t help but go at least a little gaga at the bling. We are getting a little ahead of ourselves though. Back to the important stuff.

    The really important stuff. Lunch date with Erin’s dad, check.
    His blessing? Check. Wheew. ;)

    Ring, check.
    Or, rather, a seriously gorgeous and perfect ring for Erin? Check, check, check! Look, we can't even help it. You're just going to have to deal with it.

    A perfect romantic backdrop, check. While vacationing upstate, John arranged a lovely dinner for two. Picture it, Belhurst Castle and Winery overlooking Seneca Lake in Upstate NY on an early summer evening. John had been waiting until the moment felt right and he looked over at Erin while looking at the lake and it was perfect. Down on one knee and out with the ring. THE ring. All his worries that he’d forget all he wanted to say, or heaven forbid, misplace the ring, went out the window and the actual proposal itself was perfect and memorable and, honored the relationship, and the love, they share. A tall order to convey the journey they have taken to get to this point, the people they are now and the family they share together. Couple all that with his discussion with her dad and who Erin is as a person to him. Though he tried not to cry himself, or make her cry, Erin’s resounding YES may have been without hesitation, it WAS accompanied by tears. And really, how could it not be?

    What followed was a flurry a phone calls to parents and children. Texts and Facebook updates filled in the rest of their people. A quiet night of celebration for two and a reunion at home for a second, slightly larger celebration when they returned from their vacation the following day.

    What continues to follow is the cloud of happiness they’re floating on as newly engaged. Congratulations, John and Erin! We wish you nothing but joy and laughter. Here’s to the next chapter of your love story. Thank you for letting us share in this one.

  • As Featured in Living Rhinebeck Magazine:

     

    This gorgeous Seven-Stone diamond band from Hearts On Fire is the perfect pairing of elegance and major bling. Yes, please!
    We love how this micro pave band from Ritani adds lots of sparkle without adding much bulk.
    Hand engraving around the whole of this ring gives it a vintage look.
    These two-toned gold bands are beautiful and nothing says classic as much as matching wedding rings!
    Nothing is more fun, or as sparkly(!) as a stack of diamond bands. Like potato chips, sometimes you can't just pick one!
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    That, my dear friends is what we, in the biz, call 'click bait'. & we gotcha! You totally clicked, excited to read the sweetest engagement story ever. Alas, today is not the day for such. But, in the near future, it could be...

    Think about it. Two highly plausible reasons you're here are because you were thinking:
    1), "nope, MINE is the cutest story ever, but let's see what ya got for me, ZB."
    2), "ohhhhh, I wanna read this and see what elements I can add to my ultimate fantasy proposal story, which should be any day now, I have pinned many a ring pic and have dropped many a hint."

    So really, the fact that no super cute, "awwww"-inducing blog post about a real life, local engagement exists here is tooooootallly your fault.

    You did realize that there was no way I was going to take the fall for that, right?!

    Regardless of blame, you can help me rectify this situation. Head on over to our handy dandy engagement survey and fill it out for the opportunity to be featured on our blog. Not engaged (YET! Keep sending him those ring pics, encourage him to visit us, remind him how long you're been dating while everyone else is getting married on the regular) but your bestie/sister/cousin/co-worker/mail lady is and has a fantabulous story to go with it- forward this her way. We are super excited to read them! & even more so to share with everyone!

  • His Day, His Way (at least in theory)

    Posted on: June 18, 2017

     

    Is it just mine, or is every dad out there obsessed with BBQ-ing? My father, who I have yet to see, in my life to date, at the stove becomes King of the Grill the moment Spring has sprung. Chicken. Steak. Burgers and hotdogs. Ribs. Even the sides become his domain. I mean, have you had grilled vegetables? I am totally fine with summer, and the corn-on-the-cob never ending. I am not quite sure who loves it most- he of the manly apron and marinade mop or my mother, with this break from cooking allowing a pre-dinner rose' on the back patio. Since it's kinda the only time I see her with her feet up and a book, I'm going to guess it's her, but really, its too close to call.

    Seeing as today is his big day, I would have expected that he's want a break from manning the grill. Much like we think taking mom and her 4 kids under 6 out to brunch is her idea of celebrating Mother's Day. Turns out, nope. He is all about bellying up to the Weber, beer in hand and a tray of the sausage we would rather he didn't eat ready for the fire. After all, would we really deny him this simple pleasure? Today, of all days? I mean, "look at your mother, do you really think she would rather make something else?" Wow. Touche', Pop. Tou. Che.

    Sausage it is, I guess. BUT, you know what he isn't going to get to go his way? The whole no gifts, I have everything I need, save your money rule that surrounds the every celebration where gifts are, to everyone else in the world, traditional. It's not like I'm really the family's number one rule follower anyway.

    I don't think I can take seeing him in his bum around the backyard, its just gonna dirty with grease anyway, holes at the seams t-shirt annnnnd his Rolex one. more. evening. I know, dad, I get it, grill timing is not a joke and you need to know when to flip whatever those sausage casings encase. That's why, this year, we're going with casual. A watch for the days when there will be no tie, or even a shirt my mother would allow you to go on a charcoal run (because who the *h-e-double hockey stick* used the last of it... Two guesses, readers, though I'm pretty sure you won't need the second one).

    Enter the Victorinox Swiss Army.

    This I.N.O.X. (Impact Neutralizing Object for the X-tremes), celebrates Victorinox's 130th anniversary with panache.  Picture a watch of unimaginable solidity that has capability to withstand a fall from 3 stories, driven over repeatedly by a 64-ton tank and spending two hours at 194°(Fahrenheit) in a washing machine. If that doesn't say BBQ safe, I don't know what does.

    For the more formal dad, he who mows the lawn in old khakis... The perfect blend of elegance and function – that's one of many features you'll find in the Maverick Watch; a watch that does it all. Its quartz movement makes it a reliable daily companion. Its stainless steel case and triple-coated anti-reflective sapphire crystal make it incredibly tough. But what stands out most is the way the Maverick remains so effortlessly elegant in every situation. Just like those who wear it... while BBQing.

     

     

    This Original is part of a special edition collection and was first introduced in 1989 and is an iconic timepiece with a classic, simple and direct design. 43mm. & what is dad, if NOT an original?!

     

    How are you spending your Sunday? Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there, (especially mine! xo) and a great big hug to all who aren't able to celebrate with their dads this weekend.

  • Spring Updating -A Bridal Event

    Posted on: March 11, 2017

    It's that time of the year, when Spring is juuuuuust around the corner. You can almost feel it. In fact, before today's snowfall (whaaaat? what?), you could even see it in the little shoots popping their green heads up out of the ground. I love this time of year, surprise snow aside, for its feeling of renewal. I love breaking open a brand new box of heavy duty trash bags and cleaning out the closets. The sense of accomplishment once the filled bags are dropped off at the recycling center and the Children's Home of Poughkeepsie and the Salvation Army is amazing. The additional room for more, say, ohhhh, I don't know, shoes,  makes me equally happy.

    Doesn't mean I didn't love all the sweaters and blouses and shoes in the bags I packed, it just means that I need a change. If I've outgrown it, no use hanging on to it. If my tastes have changed since I purchased it, might as well give someone else a chance to love it. If my budget has grown since I first acquired it, it's not a bad thing to upgrade.

    We upgrade our look every season. A new blouse here, sweet strappy sandals there. Tiny hoop earrings that go with everything, a pair of sparkly chandeliers that match only one dress, albeit perfectly. A warm fuzzy hat in that winter's hottest color, a pashmina that matches nothing but we have, to, have.

    Why not consider upgrading our most favorite 'accessory'? The one we wear day in, day out. The one I KNOW you don't take off when you do dishes, shower, garden, work out... even though you say you do. The one the second finger on your left hand looks naked without. The options to do so are endless...

    Stacks are, anstacksd always will be, hot Hot HOT. Adding a band, or two, will change up your look. Diamonds are always a good choice - half way around, eternity, or a pattern set into a design. Another idea, selecting a colored stone band. Sapphires all the way around would play off your center diamond perfectly. Or Rubies!

     

    Resetting your diamond is an obvious choice if you're looking for a halobig change in your look. A halo will not only add additional sparkle, but it can also be used to change the shape of your stone -a cushion halo will square off your round diamond. Another consideration  -a 3-stone look. A diamond on either side? Or two sapphires flanking your diamond?

     

     

     

    Upgra450-00728ding your very diamond itself is also possible. Perhaps you've always dreamed of an oval? Maybe you feel less like the 'princess' you did when you got engaged and are now more emerald-y? With your present diamond as consideration, a newer, dare I say it... larger stone may not be as out of reach as it once was.

     

     

    Thankfully, Zimmer Brothers Jewelry is of the same mindset. To help if the hub needs a little nudge; from March 23rd til the 1st of April, we're having special savings on all in-stock diamonds and in-stock settings as well as all in-stock diamond wedding bands.  It's such perfect timing,  IRS tax refund checks could be arriving any day now!

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  • Valentine's Day, CHECK! - a guest posting

    Posted on: February 10, 2017

    Hey, it's me again, Average Joe, here to brag.

    Yup. I am about to boast, so hold on people. With days to spare, and a weekend ahead of us... I, regular ole' "I hate shopping" Joe have COMPLETED my once dreaded Valentine's Day gift getting mission! Take a moment to revel in this with me. No panic on Sunday afternoon, no hysteria after work on Monday, (or, let's be honest here, Tuesday), no mad dash to the shops while trying to be covert. Someone, anyone, please tell me why I have never done this before. In fact, I'm fairly certain that just sharing this lesson (finally) learned with my wife might even have been gift enough!

    It wasn't even difficult. I managed it all in one fell swoop. And swoop into Zimmer Brothers I did. The very first case held all that I needed to show my ladies that despite all my moaning and groaning, I do want them to feel especially loved on a day when we're supposed to spoil them. I was greeted by a lovely woman who could see it written all over my face and led me straight to Charles Krypell.

    Aptly named "A Love Story", their newest collection is perfect. Fashionable Sterling Silver* pieces that (it was explained to me) could be worn both day and evening. Yes, turns out that (some) jewelry have hours. I know, news to me as well.

    My favorite attribute of this jewelry - secret messages! Makes them that much more personal.

    My wife is going to FLIP over these hearts.

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    And that's before she flips them over to discover the inscription on the back...

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    Read it and weep, fellas, "Two hearts...waaaait for it... that beat as one". Yeah, I have so got the unspoken competition between a woman and her friends in the bag... or the iconic-ly silver and gold wrapped box, whatever the case may be.

    My daughters. Oh, my daughters. The very apples of my eye. They're just entering their dating years (God help me. For real, pray for me.) and what better way to remind them, and

    every.

    single.

    boy in their class, that I love them most of all than with this Hugs & Kisses necklace?

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    I believe the saleswoman was right when she said that this is something they'll both wear well into adulthood.

    Last, but never ever least. My mom. She was the first of the beautiful women in my life and since my dad's passing, the spoiling has now fallen to me.

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    Enter the Love Heart. Or, in my case, Love Heartssss. I ordered two, both of which are currently being engraved -each one with the name of her granddaughter. We used two different length chains so she can wear them both at once, layered. Yes, I am repeating what I was told, verbatim.

    There you go! Done, quick and painless. So painless in fact that I also decided on a little extra present for the Mrs..

    Plus, you know, mom got two.

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    This band is perfect for ensuring that I wasn't playing favorites. Plus. an excellent stand-in for when she doesn't want to wear her wedding rings. She won't feel 'naked' as she claims she does without them and the "I Love You" inside makes it extra special. I'm actually pretty excited to whip this out at dinner. A quiet and relaxing dinner. Adults only, no teenage chatter slash drama.  Just the two of us and a bottle of wine at her favorite restaurant.

    Who I have to call.

    Immediately.

    To make reservations.

    Apparently, that is the only Valentine's Day prep Zimmer Brothers couldn't help me with. Not that I asked. I thought about it. But didn't. I probably should have.

    *Also available in 18K Yellow or Rose Gold.

  • The Dreaded VD - a guest posting

    Posted on: February 6, 2017

    Hi. I'm Average Joe

    You may recognize me from the supermarket. You've seen me at restaurants. I've been spotted at the mall, usually seated outside department stores, holding shopping bags I didn't fill at the checkout. We've sat across the aisle from one another on the train. We've sat in the same traffic. We've stood in line together at Samuel's Sweet Shop/The Crafted Kup/Dunkin' Donuts. I order it with milk and sugar.
    Ladies, I am your brother, son, boyfriend, husband, uncle, dad.
    Men, I am you.

    I can speak only for myself when I say that each year, I dread VD -Valentine's Day. I never know what to get any of the women in my life. Will a card suffice? Do I have to send flowers? Are we going to dinner? With everyone else in town? Does that mean I have to make reservations? Because I am NOT good at that kind of thing seeing at it involves advance planning, research AND making a phone call. Possibly two! Come on, I'm not a machine. And, the pressure is on. I can't turn around and not come face to face with red hearts, pink glitter and/or fluffy winged cupids. Anywhere. Someone at work has decorated her cubicle. For. Real.

    I have a week.

    One week.

    My wife doesn't even want anything. I know this because she told me so. She also told me that next Tuesday is "just a made up Hallmark holiday". In fact, she has made it a point to mention that to me every day since the calendar turned February. Thankfully, I have been married long enough to know what that means. She definitely wants me to remember the date and surprise her. I'm also fairly positive that going above and beyond my fellow husbands within our circle wouldn't hurt either. (Dudes. I'm sorry. But you KNOW how it is, every man for himself)

    Off to Zimmer Brothers I go. With two convenient locations, I am sure to find something perfect. Which means, within my budget AND jealousy-inducing. I don't even have to rush. I can be my last-minute self.  I won't though, not this year. But just knowing that I could be makes me a little less anxious. The stores in both Poughkeepsie and Rhinebeck will be open Monday, February 13th!

  • SAG-AFTRA, the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, held their annual awards ceremony this weekend and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't glued to the television for the whole of it. In comparison to earlier this month at the Golden Globes, the looks are decidedly more understated. Members nominate and then vote for their peers in several categories and the sense, at least from my vantage point on the couch, is one of solidarity between actors. They all love what they do, they look up to one another and because of that,  feel especially proud to be recognized by their peers. I think that's why this is one of my favorite shows, it feels far more intimate. Fashion however still plays a huge role in the evening. It may be on a smaller scale, but the dresses are still beeeyyyond and the jewels, while fewer, are still super sparkly.

    Check out Clea Duvall and her perfectly simple jewelry. This is a look we can all emulate, all day, any day.

    The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 29 Jan 2017

     

    A few layered necklaces, matching earrings and a single bracelet -simple glamour. I mean, HELLOOOOOO? I can very easily recreate this look with a little visit to the Charles Krypell case.

    Taylor Schilling's attire was  a far cry from her usual prison garb. Her Tasaki hardware, however, lent a cool, tough vibe to her otherwise ultra feminine look.

    The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 29 Jan 2017

     

    Sarah Paulson may have been going for minimal, but her diamond earrings and bracelet by Nirav Modi are anything but. That they match makes them a perfect compliment to that Vera Wang, which if I am being completely honest, makes me weak in the knees.

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    That tailoring... weak

    in

    the

    knees.

    Another actor rocking a suite look (see what I did there?), Amy Adams. Stunning as always, she topped off her sleek black Brandon Maxwell with a punch of Cartier.

    The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 29 Jan 2017

    I mean, just LOOK at this necklace...  Who wouldn't want all of the matching pieces?

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    I'd bet that Rebecca Romijn's only fashion regret of the evening was that her neckline, while gorgeous, didn't allow for a sapphire necklace to compliment her other jewels.

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    I'm not sure which of Emily Blunt's jewelry I covet more, the ahhhhhmazing Lorraine Schwartz earrings and ring that PERFECTLY match her Cavalli Couture, oorrrrrr, that suite-y pie piece of arm jewelry, John Krasinski. I mean, have you seen 13 Hours?*

    The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 29 Jan 2017

    *Very much worth 144 minutes of anxiety for the 2 of him shirtless #justsaying #werenotintheofficeanymore

    Octavia Spencer may have been thumb's up'ing their well deserved win, but her earrings and matching ring get a double thumbs up from me. Yaaaaas.

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    While suites were all the rage, venturing off trend is not necessarily a bad thing. Typically, when it comes to fashion, I don't like to play favorites. It's too hard to choose. That being said, you do know who is typically saved for last...

    So, if there were places, Tracee Ellis Ross is certainly vying for the title of BEST. If her fistfuls of diamonds at the Golden Globes didn't already put her in the running, the mere fact that she had an entire list of jewelers being represented on her person Sunday would have. Narcisa Pheres and Lydia Courteille, and L'Dezen, and Yvel Jewelry, oh my!

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    Tassel earrings? Yes.   Yes, yes, yes. Please annnnd thank you.

    And the rings?

    Oh my Gawwwd, the ringsssssss!

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    Can this please become her signature pose at all events moving forward? Also, can I borrow that dress? and earrings? and allllllll those rings? Her commitment to the this trend is undeniable. #spiritfingers #spiritanimal

    As a postscript, I give you Mahershala Ali. #justbecause

    The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 29 Jan 2017

    Talented, stylish and eloquent. Suuuuiiiiite!

  • Awards Season...  & I couldn't be more excited! Film meets fashion meets jewelry. A trifecta of my obsessions collide in a flurry of award shows and parties. The red carpet is as much of a predictor of the year's upcoming trends as it is simply a parade of all things fabulous. Judging from this past Sunday's Golden Globes, twenty seventeen is in for a world of glamour and, my favorite, excess. Seriously. What is more fun that just a little bit too much? Especially when the too much in question are diamonds, diamonds, diamonds?

    I look forward to taking page out of Golden Globe winner, Tracee Ellis Ross's book.  Her noteworthy evening began with fists-fulls of diamonds and ended with a statuette for her work as Rainbow Johnson on the show Black-ish. She left in her (fabulous) wake a longing for a ring on every finger and inspiration words befitting not just for the night, but the times;

    "This is for all the women, women of color, and colorful people whose stories, ideas, thoughts are not always considered worthy and valid and important. But I want you to know that I see you. We see you."

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    We see you, Tracee. More importantly, we HEAR you.

    We see you too, Drew. This is definitely a trend we can support. It's not as if I don't strive to be like Ms. Barrymore in pretty much all things.  #ringsoneveryfinger

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    You know what else we see? Pearls.

    Beautiful, classic, timeless pearls.

    Sienna Miller paired her subtly sexy Michael Kors sheath with a string of pearls.

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    She also donned a few pearl bracelets and a couple of rings and though it sounds like it would fall into my new favorite category of  'a little too much', its not. The effect is effortless sophistication.

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    Can we talk about Janelle Monae, please? The singer slash songwriter slash actress slash model can add another slash to her resume -modern trendsetter. She only wears black and white. Ever. Her minimalist nod to uniformed working class speaks to my soul. She always looks like I wish I did. Sunday evening was no exception. But, as fun as her red carpet Armani Privé polka dot creation was, as much as I 'neeeeed' her afterparty strapless striped jumpsuit, I am obsessed with her take on pearls.

    janelle-monae-pearls-in-hair

    I mean, I KNOW she is dripping in diamonds. But, for once, I don't even care. I now long to add #pearlsinhairdontcare to an instagram shot of me rocking a similar version of the look above.

    Another image I took with me from my vantage point...

    at home,

    in my PJS and slippers,

    on the couch,

    with my prosecco,

    and cheese...

    was Wonder Woman. Yes, Wonder Woman.

    Wonder Women. As in moving speeches from powerful women who are an inspiration. That is first and foremost.  Oh, Meryl, I wasn't surprised either. None of your fans were.

    Wonder Women. As in statement bracelets. Is it just me, or will there always, always, be something wonderfully Lynda Carter about a giant cuff?

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus must be up for re-election as the Veep... of style.
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    If she didn't already have my vote, her clutch strap doubling as an accessory of it's own would cinch it!

    Kristen Bell's Harry Winston bracelets were the second best accessory paired with her gorgeous Jenny Packman gown. The first, her padding. Not pictured here, as it was in the rear.

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    Ruth Negga's Fred Leighton cuff couldn't be more Wonder Woman-esqe, unless, of course it possessed magic powers. Even her metallic Louis Vuitton sheath is reminiscent of our hero's bustier.

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    Natalie Portman continues to portray Jackie Kennedy off screen, her Prada dress was what vintage fiends dream of and her 1910 diamond cuff from Tiffany plays against it as if it was cast for the role.

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    Kristen Wiig, my own personal Wonder Woman of comedy, looked stunning in a white lace Reem Acra gown. The Chanel cuff was simply icing on the cake.

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    The award for best arm candy of the evening goes to Blake Lively. & I'm not even talking about Ryan Reynolds, though his presence tipped the scales in her favor.

    blakeThere is a reason that Lorraine Schwartz is the Hollywood glitz industry's go to for jaw dropping jewelry. Rocking not one, but two of these makes Blake a wonder woman in her own right. & the dress... I'm speechless. #goals

    Every time Viola Davis is on the screen, I fall a little more in love with her. Her Golden moment was no exception. Her Wonder Woman-ness doesn't come from that ahhhmazing cuff, but it doesn't hurt the image.

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    Nope. Not. One. Bit. #yesplease

     

  • Sinterklaas is coming to Rhinebeck

    Posted on: November 19, 2016

    Literally.

    He'll be here Saturday, December 3rd.

    & you're not going to want to miss it.

    Pop into the Zimmer Brothers Boutique to purchase your star, featuring this year's honored animal, the owl.

    sinterklaas

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