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  • Within a few months of the two & half years that Rocco and Cara dated, they KNEW. This was the person they wanted to spend forever with. College sweethearts, they met while both studied at Springfield College. They talked about getting married a lot and Rocco made sure that he knew what Carah wanted in terms of THE ring.

    And, it IS all kinds of perfect! Even if we do say so ourselves.

    Next week, Carah will walk down the aisle to meet Rocco to start their forever. It took lots of decisions and planning to get to this point. Color swatches and dress fittings and hair trials and wedding bands later, it is practically here!

    But, before all the happy, there was much sadness. In 2013, Rocco’s best friend died as the result of an automobile accident. He has remained close to Christopher’s family, considering them to be among his own, and was determined to include them, and the memory of his friend, in the proposal. This led Rocco to select their home as the place to ask for Carah’s hand. So many memories of the times he spent with Christopher surrounded them as he made an unforgettable one, for his wife-to-be.

    Waiting to do the actual asking was hard for Rocco, having purchased her ring the month before. Only a few people knew his plans to ensure secrecy, and he managed to keep Carah in the dark while plotting. He set up a playlist of love songs with a marriage theme to play while Carah was given clues. Each one revealed a little more of their own love story and the evolution of their relationship, culminating in Rocco, on bended knee, ring box in hand. She didn’t cry, she’s not the emotional one in this relationship, wink! wink!, but she did smile, tell Rocco she loved him and, the best part, say YES! Which makes us happy, almost as much as Rocco himself!

    Rocco’s sister and Christopher’s parents were on hand, hiding in the shadows to take photographs and I would personally like to thank the one responsible for the pic above, as it is perfection! Shortly after it was taken, phone calls were made to parents and siblings to share the news. Then, an intimate dinner with friends to continue the celebration.

    Rocco, and Carah, we are so happy to have been chosen to be a part of your love story and we’re especially excited for you both as you approach what is sure to be an amazingly special day. Enjoy every. single. moment. of it, and your happily ever after! Never stop celebrating each other.

  • Yay! Another one of our GORGEOUS, even if we do say so ourselves, engagement rings has found its way on to the finger of its rightful owner.

    Of course, not without much romance and our favorite, happy tears!

    Mike and Kate are college sweethearts. Marist College was the first backdrop to their love story. Three weeks in “I love you”s were exchanged. Three years in, well, we’ll get to that…

    Before that part of the story begins, there have been dates. There have been getaways. There has been rose’.

    There has been the meeting of families, family is very important to them both. Baseball has been played. Dogs have been fostered. And through all of it, Mike and Kate’s love has grown.

    There has also been the discussion of marriage. There ‘may’ also have been a little reconnaissance when it came to selecting the most perfect ring to accompany the ask for Kate's hand.

    Then, there was a family (his) vacation to the Hamptons. And THEN, a visit to the Wolffer Estate Winery in Sagaponack, NY. Remember the rose’? This is where the one Mike and Kate love is produced. Between that, and the utter beauty of the space, it was the perfect backdrop to begin the next chapter of their love story.

    On a stroll through the property, our couple came upon a gazebo and Kate casually, without agenda, mentions how amazing the place would be for a wedding. Mike, somehow, managed to brush it off at the time but when he knew the moment finally arrived, he turned to Kate and said, “so, remember what you said about this being a nice place to get married…” and took to his knee.

    Emotions took over and neither really  remember exactly what else was said. What we do know is that THE question was popped and THE answer was affirmative. We also know that they both cried. But, please, don’t fret, Mike, we won’t tell anyone other than the whole world via the internet. ::wink::

    Can I just say? There is much to like about a sneaky man! He’s the one who makes sure that the ring you find on your finger is the exact one you want. He’s the one who makes sure there is a photog hiding in the vineyard to insure the moment is captured forever. He’s also the one who makes sure your family secretly makes the trip to join his on vacation…

    Yup. Kate and Mike return to the house after the vineyard to find EVERYONE on the porch awaiting their arrival to celebrate. It hasn’t been confirmed, but if we had to guess, we'd venture that Kate was moved to tears. Again.

    The guys who sneak around and make girls cry sometimes get a bad rap. But to us, often, they’re the perfect kind. Thanks for being perfect kind for Kate, Mike.

    Now, if you can just get her to stop staring at her ring long enough to start planning the wedding. We're pretty sure that there are many people looking forward to dancing that day!

     

     

     

     

     

    photo creds: professional shots by Zupco Photography, others are couple's own

  • Birthday Shopping Dilemma, Solved!

    Posted on: August 6, 2017

    Next week is my bestie's b-day. Like, my absolute BESTEST friend. My ride or die, if you will. My secret keeper, and my problem solver and my partner in all crimes to be left unsaid. A big birthday too, divisible by 10 big. So, just any ole gift will not do.

    What, on Earth, am I going to get her? She has always had my back. She punched a boy in the schoolyard when we were 12 because he made fun of my braces. She was suspended. For 3 days. For me.

    She can buy herself pretty much anything. Often does, in fact. I, on the other hand, am on a strict budget. So, something she doesn't already have, won't be buying herself annnnnd won't break my bank. Oh, be really, REALLY, special.

    My go-to gift when it has to be memorable is jewelry. Personal and a forever reminder of an emotion or a feeling. Hello? Perfect, right?

    Yeah. Except... again, Hello? Jewelry = expensive. I'm on a budget, with a capital B. So, back to the drawing board.

    While I think about it, I guess it wouldn't hurt to look around at jewelry. Right?

    FAST FORWARD TO NEXT WEEK

    Happy Birthday! #manyembarassingballoons #maybetoomuchchampagne #definitelytoomanycupcakes and the absolutely, peeerfect gift to mark the occasion... #jewelry

    Enter, Dogeared. Zimmer Brothers Jewelry carries the line in both locations. NOT that I am admitting to having visited both of them.

    Fine, I did, AND I totally had some rose' when in Rhinebeck.

    These are sooooo perfect, and there's at least one for every occasion. Sentimental and affordable. So much so that I may have gotten myself one too. Now that, I will not as readily admit to #wink

  • Bananarama, Revamped

    Posted on: July 30, 2017

    Hot summer streets
    And the pavements are burning
    I sit around
    Trying to smile but
    The air is so heavy and dry
    Strange voices are saying
    (What did they say)
    Things I can't understand
    It's too close for comfort
    This heat has got
    Right out of hand

    It's a BEJEWELED, (bejeweled), bejeweled summer...

    I mean, it can be, right? Because you know what goes great with a tan, and sun-made highlights? Sparkle.

    Lauren K's multi-colored sapphire necklace set in yellow gold will go with your entire summer wardrobe.

     

    Any Fope is always a good idea and the Vendome Flex'it Bracelet is perfect for sipping Rose' al fresco -be it at brunch or dusk.
    The Charles Krypell Firefly collection couldn't be more Summer if it tried -yellow gold and sterling mixed with diamonds. Hello?! It's called Firefly- what's more summer than that?

    Our Favorite summer-time trend? Layering. The perfect season to double up on accessories, since you're lessening the rest of your attire. Bare shoulders are begging for more than one necklace. We know, because they told us!

    Anna Beck's Bar Necklace comes in two sizes, and they're perfect for layering with tank tops, sun dresses and cold shoulders alike.

    A plus, both necklaces are reversible so really, the possibilities are vast!
    Thistle & Bee's station necklaces are also the perfect layering piece.
    Picture this sweet pendant lying just above its counterpart -perfection! Many gemstones are available but this teeny version of the sun seemed a natural choice.

    Stop in either of our locations for an endless selection of summer-time sparkle that you'll wear well into the season that shall not be named, at least so long as I am at keyboard.

  • 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!

    bigstacks

  • 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.

    2heartsthatbeatas1

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

    2heartsback

     

    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?

    hugsnkisses neck

     

    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.

    love heart

     

    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.

    iloveyou ring

     

    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.

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