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About Tracey Lyles

Tracey Lyles happily serves as Robbins Brothers' social media and public relations manager and has been with the company for years. Prior to joining Robbins Brothers, she worked in the research and news departments at KTLA-TV, and was also an account executive for Sharp & Associates Public Relations in Hollywood. Tracey received a B.A. in English from UCLA and for leisure enjoys shopping, reading, dancing, going to church and spending quality time with family and friends.

How to Choose His Wedding Gift

By guest blogger Natasha Burton

One of the most special enduring wedding day traditions is when the bride and groom exchange gifts. This is typically done pre-ceremony, separately, as a way for the couple to connect and feel loved amid the chaos of getting hair and make-up done and wrangling groomsmen.

But finding a special something for this moment—especially for a guy—is no easy task. (Grooms have it easy: They can just buy a little bling and their brides are sure to swoon!)

So, if you’re stumped trying to figure out what to gift the man of your dreams on your big day, here are some key questions to help those ideas flow.

1. Would he prefer a less pricey, heartfelt gift (like a love letter) or something a bit more fancy and tangible?

2. Are there any elements of his wedding attire that you haven’t purchased yet, which could make good gifts? (As in, cuff links, a monogrammed pocket square, or a nice watch?)

3. Have you considered doing a boudoir shoot? (Giving your man pin-up style photos of you the day of the wedding is a popular trend right now.)

Budior Shoot--photo courtesy of www.pinterest.com

Boudior Shoot–photo courtesy of www.pinterest.com

4. Does he have a favorite sport or sports player? (You could give him a signed baseball or something small that he would consider special to mark the day.)

5. Are you two all about coziness comfort? (Consider getting coordinating robes and slippers for each other that you can wear while getting ready—and beyond!)

6. Have you settled all of your honeymoon activities yet? (Perhaps a voucher for a fun excursion could be an exciting day-of surprise for him?)

7. Does your man like to be pampered? (Consider an experiential gift, like an in-room massage at his hotel or a stylist to come give him a haircut and shave before the ceremony.)

8. Does your groom have a quirky sense of humor? (Give him funny “groom” boxers to wear or special socks for keeping his “cold feet” warm.)

9. Is your groom getting ready with his boys? (Make it a party by gifting him a nice bottle of whiskey or a beer tower for them to all enjoy…responsibly, of course.)

beer cake

10. Have you considered engraving something he already has? (Surprise him with a sweet message inside his wedding band or on the back of his favorite watch.)

Robbins Brothers Wedding Band with Inscription

Robbins Brothers Wedding Band with Inscription

Natasha Burton is an author, freelance writer and editor.
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Diamonds and Desserts for a Cause

By guest blogger Harmony Walton

Left to Right: Shulie Lo & Tracey Lyles (Robbins Brothers Social Media & PR), Harmony Walton (Bridal Bar), Chris Easter (The Man Registry) and wife, actress Kimberly Easter

Diamonds & Desserts–(left to right): Shulie Lo & Tracey Lyles (Robbins Brothers Social Media & PR), Harmony Walton (Bridal Bar), Chris Easter (The Man Registry) and wife, actress Kimberly Easter

Customer Experience Managers at Robbins Brothers, Moraima, Jazmin & Michelle--rock their Simon G. Bling!

Customer Experience Managers at Robbins Brothers–Moraima, Jazmin & Michelle–rock their Simon G. Bling!

Last week I had the lucky honor of hosting a little soiree, Diamonds & Desserts, with the fabulous team at Robbins Brothers Glendale and Simon G. – all to benefit Dress for Success, an incredible organization that empowers women entering the workforce. They help those who are in need of suits and accessories for interviews and workdays but beyond that, they also train, teach and support women seeking the tools to secure and succeed at a new job. Such a great non-profit, I highly recommend checking it out – you can donate your time, your gently worn work clothes and get involved in lots of ways to help others get back on their feet!
dress for success

So back to the party. Bloggers, media and wedding experts gathered (and gathered belongings to donate to Dress for Success), to celebrate with diamonds and what else?! Dessert!

Fashion Blogger Wemi Opakunle (LA Chic Fashion Examiner) learns more about the vintage Simon G. designs.

Fashion Blogger Wemi Opakunle (LA Chic Fashion Examiner) learns more about exquisite vintage Simon G. designs.

Fashionista Joan from StylePreneur uploads a stunning ring pic to her Instagram.

Joan from StylePreneur gets her Instagram on!

Simon G.’s amazing team brought out the best of the best for guests to try on (and swoon over). My personal favorite was this fabulous canary diamond engagement ring. I might have worn it just a little too long!
simon g canary ring

I also loved this cuff – perfect for a destination wedding. It looked like I was wearing coral made of diamonds!
simon g cuff

Rose gold was certainly trending around the room for the night, not unlike on brides down the aisles too! Partygoers also enjoyed trying on this gorgeous ring encrusted with yellow diamonds.
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yellow diamond ring

But this night wasn’t just beautiful jewels! We also got to taste test sangria from the Los Angeles wedding location, Noor and try sweet treats from Some Crust Bakery. And if guests could put a cupcake down long enough for a manicure, Serve the Goddess offered up a pampering experience right there in the store!

sangria from noor
some crust bakery

serve the goddess manicures

I had such a great time getting to know new faces and seeing old, friendly ones and I know the group had a blast too – especially those who won raffles prizes like this fun book for couples by relationship expert Natasha Burton (and of course there were some jewels given too…)!
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Big thanks to everyone who came out for the night and congrats to all the big jewelry winners – some ladies went home with some very nice (and sparkly) swag! And thank you to Robbins Brothers for including me in such a lovely evening!

Winner of Simon G. Amethyst Pendant

Winner of Simon G. Amethyst Pendant

One of our lucky guests walked away with this awe-inspiring blue topaz pendant prize!

A lucky guest walked away with this awe-inspiring blue topaz pendant prize!

Don’t forget to check out Simon G.’s beautiful pieces and Dress for Success as a way to give back before (and after) your big day!

**Harmony Walton is the founder of The Bridal Bar and host of Bridal Bar Radio airing on iHeartRadio.

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The Perfect Butterfly Themed Marriage Proposal

Congrats to Robbins Brothers customers Daryl and Cristina from Arizona! Just Engaged!

Congrats to Robbins Brothers customers Daryl and Cristina from Arizona! Just Engaged!

Engagement Date  June 15, 2014
Wedding Date  July 4, 2015

How did you two meet? (In Daryl’s words)
In 2010, my friend Melissa (whom I dated when we were 13 years old) invited Cris and me to a 4th of July party. Cris was there on a date with another guy. That date wasn’t going well for him. After she sent him home, Cris and I started talking. One thing led to another, we exchanged numbers and we went on our first date that next weekend. Cris LOVES butterflies and roses, so our first date was to see the live Butterfly Pavilion at the Natural History Museum and the Rose Garden at the California Science Museum across the quad.

How did you propose?
Every year we go to Vegas for Cris’ birthday (June 17). For this trip we had several activities planned, including the Tournament of Kings dinner and show at Excalibur Hotel & Casino on the night we arrived (June 15). When you walk into the casino on the main floor before heading down to the theater, there is a photo concession stand where scantily clad models invite you to stand with them in playful poses. After they went through their routine, I asked if we could do one more pose. I snaked the ring out of my pocket, dropped to my knee and asked Cris to marry me. The model you see in the background of the “on my knee” photo and the photographer had no idea I was going to do this. The model’s candid reaction is obvious excitement and joy and the photographer just kept snapping shots. We were the first people anyone could remember EVER using their service to capture a wedding proposal. After she said yes and I placed the ring on her finger we went down to the theater for dinner and the show where they announced our engagement to the entire arena.

What does she love most about the engagement ring?
As you may have guessed from the description of our first date, it was no accident that the ring I chose for Cris is butterfly-theme. I spent several long weeks searching for a suitable ring before finding this one on the Robbins Brothers website. Once I found it, that was it. I knew it was the perfect ring for her. I was almost shattered when I learned that it was from the 2012 Spring Collection and no longer available in stores. When Lori Harris from the Ring Center explained that I could special order it from a manufacturing plant in China I was overjoyed despite it being Chinese New Year and there would be a bit of a delay. We love that this ring looks like a butterfly. It is a perfect choice for Cris who loves butterflies so much.

Cristina's butterfly inspired engagement ring from Robbins Brothers.

Cristina’s butterfly inspired engagement ring from Robbins Brothers.

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Summer of Love Engaged Couples Reunion on KTLA-TV

Robbins Brothers’ Valentine Surprise Proposals have become a viewer favorite on KTLA Channel 5. For nearly 10 years, the Robbins Brothers Love Team and popular fun-loving Los Angeles reporter, Gayle Anderson, have helped anxious guys plan and surprise their girlfriends with heart-wrenching marriage proposals…..on live television! There is always uncertainty, suspense and a little chaos involved; and sometimes the Love Team doesn’t even make it on-air due to breaking news stories. But one thing’s for sure, each and every proposal we plan is special, sweet, tear-jerking, fun, magical and memorable.

Recently we decided to catch up with some of our previously engaged couples to see what they’ve been up to since their televised proposal. But first we started the week off with a surprise proposal for an EMT who stunned his girlfriend during a CPR training in the city of Orange!

CPR Training at Care Ambulance Headquaters right before the big proposal surprise! Photo courtesy of John Dinh Photography

CPR Training at Care Ambulance Headquarters right before the big surprise! Photo courtesy of John Dinh Photography

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Once the charming Keith Boles proposed to Michelle in 2012 in front of coworkers, she gleefully started singing and dancing! Stan Huang serenaded the love of his life, Janelle, for breakfast at Old Vine Cafe and she is not a morning person (uh oh). Did these couples actually get married or was it all for show?

A few years ago Ray Ledesma popped the question to Rochelle at her daughter’s daycare with the help of adorable kids (awww). Did they make it to the alter and if so how’s married life we wonder?

Meanwhile, Refugio Calderon was all set to propose to his girlfriend Juana at the Alan Levy Dental Office, but there was a gunman pacing a rooftop in Westwood and the segment was almost cancelled (yikes, never a dull moment on live TV!). Did love conquer all?

All  smiles, Juana Calderon shows off her Robbins Brothers engagement and wedding ring set to reporter Gayle Anderson.
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We are happy to report that most of our couples are still crazy in love!

Wishing every couple across the world the most romantic summer ever. We enjoy celebrating your Love!

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Robbins Brothers Shines with Introduction of Northern Lights Diamond

Robbins Brothers, The Engagement Ring Store launches the Northern Lights Diamond as part of its new Engagement Diamond assortment.

Los Angeles, CA–July 7, 2014–Today Robbins Brothers, The Engagement Ring Store exclusively launches the Northern Lights diamond which originates from the highest quality diamond mines in the frozen Canadian tundra. When meticulously cut, the Northern Lights diamond sparkles and releases a full spectrum of the bright lights of the North.

Every Robbins Brothers Northern Lights diamond comes with an AGS Platinum Certification as well as a Certificate of Origin proving it is mined, cut and polished in Canada—which has the strictest environment regulations for mining, cutting, polishing and a commitment to social responsibility. The diamond is also laser inscribed with a unique serial number and the iconic Canadian maple leaf that identifies it as a Canadian diamond.

Northern Lights

“We are so pleased to introduce the Northern Lights diamond to our engagement ring customers,” said Joseph Soto, director of diamonds for Robbins Brothers. “These spectacular diamonds have been carefully selected for one main purpose, and that’s to be the sparkling centerpiece of the consumer’s engagement ring.”

Robbins Brothers’ buyers hand-select every diamond based on visual beauty, structural integrity and quality. One out of 10 diamonds meets the criteria to be a part of the company’s Engagement Diamond collections. Shoppers can explore Northern Lights and other Engagement Diamond brands by visiting http://www.robbinsbrothers.com/diamond-brands.ring.

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