Romance 101

Planning A Proposal? Anticipation = Romance

By guest blogger Lori Harris, Ring Center Specialist for Robbins Brothers

Over the years, I have planned hundreds of proposals. In many cases, I hear “If I do that, she will know something is up.” Or “If I send her flowers, she will know what’s about to happen.” For some reason, many men feel that the proposal needs to be “shocking” like jumping out of the bushes in full camouflage shouting MARRY ME!
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Here’s the truth. We LOVE anticipation. Moments when opening the door and seeing rose petals scattered, or receiving a treasure map, hand-delivered to us at work with a red X that marks the spot of our first date, or the invitation to a “special night out” a day or two beforehand. These moments that you create, are the beginning of her story. The story she will tell for the rest of her life. Make a smart choice here gentlemen. If I told you that you earn “brownie points” every time she tells that story (forever) wouldn’t you want to make it amazing? Trust me, you do.
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If you need a little help creating that perfect marriage proposal from scratch or simply polishing up your ideas, let us know. You can contact any of our stores directly or call our Ring Center at 800.295.1543. In the meantime, check out some of our most recent proposals but grab a Kleenex first.

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Discover the Ideal Meal to Make For Your Man

By guest blogger Natasha Burton

We all know that the way to man’s heart is through his stomach—or at least, that’s what the oft-quoted phrase tells us. If you’re wanting to make your guy feel extra special (hey, why not pamper him for a change, right?), you may want to consider making him an unforgettable meal.

Chicken Parmesan from What's Gabby Cooking on Pinterest

Chicken Parmesan from What’s Gabby Cooking on Pinterest

To help you get started on deciding what to whip up, here are some questions that will assist you in determining what dish(es) would be ideal for your man. Happy cooking!

1. Does he appreciate home cooking or would he be completely happy with take-out?
2. Is he more of a steak-and-potatoes sort of man or is he okay with eating vegetarian?
3. Does he prefer variety (an assortment of foods for dinner) or consistency (one thing to dine on)?
4. Is he more of a savory or sweet guy?
5. Does he like dessert or would he prefer a more filling meal?
6. Are there any must-haves he likes at dinner (salad, bread, or some kind of carb)?
7. What’s his favorite place to travel to or country he’s visited?
8. Does he have a favorite dish at a restaurant you go to often that you could recreate at home?
9. Does he have a favorite general cuisine?
10. Does his family have a special recipe from his childhood you could make for him?

Now that your creative culinary juices are flowing, check out some popular cooking pinners on Pinterest like What’s Gabby Cooking and 101 Cooking for Two—they’ll help you narrow down exactly what menu to serve.

Natasha Burton is an author, freelance writer and editor.
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What’s Her Engagement Ring Style?

By guest blogger Natasha Burton

When you’re ready to pop the question, you’ve likely already talked to your girlfriend about marriage. But you may not have had a conversation about her taste in jewelry—in fact, you may even want the ring you present her to be a complete surprise.

But, given that she’s going to wear her ring ’til death do you part, you’re going to want to get her some bling she’ll like—or, even better, love.

Is she inspired by wedding day fashion & the most famous tiaras worn by royalty? Then consider the Royal Tiara by Peter Lam Luxury collection–sku 0387988 at www.RobbinsBrothers.com

Is she inspired by wedding day fashion & the most famous tiaras worn by royalty? Then consider the Royal Tiara by Peter Lam Luxury collection–sku 0387988 at www.RobbinsBrothers.com

Ask yourself these questions to help guide you on your ring search, from determining the metal the ring should be made of, to the style that would speak most to your girlfriend.

1. Does she normally wear white or yellow gold jewelry?

2. Is her apartment or home filled with antiques, traditional furnishings, or modern details?

3. Which famous classic actress do you think she’d identify with most, Audrey Hepburn, Katherine Hepburn, or Marilyn Monroe?

4. What does her favorite pair of jeans look like? (Worn and vintage? Pristine and crisp? Basic blue?)

5. If she were to order a drink at a bar, would it be a martini, a glass of wine or a craft beer?

6. Does she prefer outdoor activities like hiking or indoor activities like watching movies?

7. Is she a DIY, baking and crafty type or more of a store-bought kind of woman?

8. Is there another piece of jewelry she wears everyday with which you might need to coordinate her engagement ring?

Need a little more guidance? No problem, we got you covered! Check out Find Out Your Engagement Ring Style to see various ring designs.

Natasha Burton is an author, freelance writer and editor.
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natashaburton.com

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Memorable Marriage Proposal for LA Marathon Runner

Candlelight Engagement & Wedding Ring Set from www.RobbinsBrothers.com

Jose presented this lovely Candlelight Engagement & Wedding Ring Set (sku 0388298) to the love of his life at the LA Marathon 2014.

Woodland Hills customer, Jose Sanchez, completed the most important race of his life on March 9. The Los Angeles Marathon runner asked his girlfriend to marry him just as he crossed the finish line. She said YES followed by a roaring applause from onlookers. Way to go Jose! Your friends at Robbins Brothers wish you a lifetime of happiness.

Enjoy every single moment of your Engagement!

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10 Things to Ask Yourself When You Think You’ve Found “The One”

By guest blogger Natasha Burton

Ah, being in love. It’s the best feeling in the world, hands down. And it can catapult us into dreaming about the next steps those feelings may take us—down the aisle and into married life.
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But getting engaged, as exciting and whirlwind as it can seem, does require a healthy dose of rationality. Which, of course, isn’t always easy to channel when you’re in the throes of passion.

So, before you put a ring on it, or start pining for that bling, ask yourself the following questions.

1. What makes this relationship different from others you’ve had?

2. How do you know that you’re ready to make this life-long commitment?

3. In what ways do you think you and your partner are truly meant to be?

4. In what ways are you incompatible? How do you feel about these differences?

5. How do you see your partner fitting in with your family?

6. What’s your fighting style? Are you satisfied with how you resolve conflict?

7. Have you discussed the big issues, like religion and starting a family?

8. How do you think what you want out of life is compatible with what your partner wants?

9. In what ways does your partner make you feel loved and appreciated?

10. How has your partner changed your life for the better?

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