10 Mar

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

If only every workday involved dressing up and trying on handfuls of yummy diamonds, right? Jillian never got to go shopping for her own sparkler (although her hubs did a pretty good job on his own!). So, we teamed up with Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company and spent the day on a little ring shopping adventure. When you think about it, it’s really not a bad idea to gather up your best gals and go ring shopping together. It’s the most fun way to educate yourself cuts and settings, and find a combination that fits your style perfectly. All in a day’s work!

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Our first stop was SN Queens in the Downtown LA jewelry district. They specialize in beautiful handmade jewelry that is contemporary with a vintage feel. They also have a great range of styles from classic to vintage, and the prices are great! We had so much fun trying on all their brilliant baubles.

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Let’s seeeeee…. which ring was our favorite? Maybe the cushion cut pink diamond? With little rose gold prongs in the pave setting. Yes. You all can probably agree!

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

SN Queens has a really nice assortment of diamonds from rose gold rough cut diamonds, platinum center cut diamonds,  pear shaped diamonds and so much more.

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Amanda’s style: Amanda’s dream ring would be the one with the big pink diamond. Because who can resist a big pink diamond?

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Jillian’s style: Jillian went for the Art Deco-style ring (platinum center stone round diamond), which coincidentally has a similar feel to the ring her hubs picked out. 

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Jilly’s cutie skirt is by Ted Baker. Perfect spring-y addition to your wardrobe.

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Kristina’s style: An unexpected platinum pear-shaped diamond feels perfect with Kristina’s relaxed, classic style.

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Once you’re the proud owner of your dream diamond, you’ll want to know how to take proper care of it, right? Here are a few tips from our peeps at Jewelers Mutual:

Get checkups. At least once a year, take your jewelry to a jeweler for inspection and cleaning. They’ll check for loose settings, faulty links, worn prongs, and other potential problems.
- Clean regularly. Clean your jewelry at home frequently to avoid dirt buildup that can increase wear. Your jeweler can give you a few tips on proper cleaning.
Don’t wait. If you see a prong that’s loose, worn, or catches on fabric, it could lead to a lost diamond. Don’t want that, do you? Take the piece to your jeweler and have it checked stat.
Store jewelry gently. Storing jewelry cluttered together can cause scratches. So when you’re not wearing your jewelry, place each item in a separate soft compartment or container. Think of it as an excuse to buy that cute jewelry box.
Go easy. Diamonds are among the hardest materials on earth, but they can chip if struck at the right angle. Don’t risk a damaged engagement ring. For any potentially high-impact activity, store your ring safely on the sidelines.

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

And what would any trip to Downtown LA be without a stop at the famous Bottega Louie? Best French macarons for miles around.

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

Engagement ring shopping in LA | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69304

When you have a rock this pretty on your finger, you definitely want to make sure it’s protected. Which is why it’s super important to have your ring insured.  Many times homeowners insurance just simply isn’t enough for your new piece. Choosing an insurance company like Jewelers Mutual that has specialized in jewelry insurance for over 100 years can give you peace of mind. Their Perfect Circle® Jewelry Insurance offers comprehensive, worldwide protection for your most special pieces from loss, theft, damage, or even mysterious disappearance. More importantly- they strive to replace your piece with same kind and quality if a loss ever happens.

Learn more about jewelry insurance at PerfectCircleInsurance.com.

Photography: Scott Clark Photo & Leila Brewster Photographer / Hair & Makeup: Fiore Beauty / Jewelry Store: SN Queens / Cafe: Bottega Louie

*This post was sponsored by Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, Neenah, Wisconsin. Coverage is subject to underwriting review and approval, and to policy terms and conditions.

 
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10 Mar

Our five-year anniversary—the gift that keeps on giving! Yep, we’ve been celebrating for the past week with a bunch of super sweet giveaways, and we have a bunch more coming atcha.

J. Crew giveaway on 100 Layer Cake

Next up is this gorgeous Jeweled Leaf Comb from J. Crew. Honestly, have you ever seen something so pretty? It goes without saying that J. Crew is one of our fave shops for classic, elegant accessories, and this hair comb is one of our current picks. We love how it’s so simple and makes such a statement at the same time. It’s the perfect finishing touch for a messy-pretty updo or a mane full of beachy waves. Or probably any other hairstyle for that matter.

Enter below to win.

Good luck! And oh, thanks for celebrating with us!

*This giveaway ends on Wesnesday, March 12th and is open to U.S. entrants only.

Congrats to our winner Emily Cain!
 
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7 Mar

Whimsical New York wedding | Photo by Christina Shaw Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69508

Judging from Shaw Photo Co.’s pictures, Keri + Shawn seem like a couple we’d want to hang out with: easy going, fun loving, family oriented, and a little bit eclectic. And our suspicions about their laidback attitude were only confirmed by Keri’s tale of their bus breakdown that you’ll hear below. These two were just in it to have fun and wouldn’t let anything get in their way.

Whimsical New York wedding | Photo by Christina Shaw Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69508

Whimsical New York wedding | Photo by Christina Shaw Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69508

From Keri: One of my best friends and bridesmaids, Johanna, offered to do my flowers as a gift. She had worked at a florist all through high school and college and is incredible. I loved going through the process with her and her design was stunning and absolutely took my breath away. It was more than I ever imagined.

Whimsical New York wedding | Photo by Christina Shaw Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69508

Whimsical New York wedding | Photo by Christina Shaw Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69508

Whimsical New York wedding | Photo by Christina Shaw Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69508

Keri’s romantic meets whimsical bouquet recipe: lisianthus, peonies, sahara roses, jade roses, spray roses, veronica, limonium, wax flower, dusty miller, and statice.

Whimsical New York wedding | Photo by Christina Shaw Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69508

Whimsical New York wedding | Photo by Christina Shaw Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69508

The tale of the bus breakdown… Our bus broke down after we left the ceremony and were going to take pictures. We had our whole family and wedding party aboard, and it wouldn’t start! Luckily for us our photographers double as chauffeurs, and didn’t skip a beat. We jumped in their car and the bridal party hopped in Shawn’s Aunt Bonnie’s minivan. And away we went! It was the smoothest hiccup in history, and worked out for the best since the cars had air conditioning!

Whimsical New York wedding | Photo by Christina Shaw Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69508

Such a fun little garland!

Whimsical New York wedding | Photo by Christina Shaw Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69508

Whimsical New York wedding | Photo by Christina Shaw Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69508

Whimsical New York wedding | Photo by Christina Shaw Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69508

Whimsical New York wedding | Photo by Christina Shaw Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69508

Whimsical New York wedding | Photo by Christina Shaw Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69508

Whimsical New York wedding | Photo by Christina Shaw Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69508

Keri + Shawn, it looks like you and all of your guests had a grand old time. Congrats!

Photographer: Shaw Photo Co. / Ceremony Venue: Trinity Episcopal Church / Reception Venue: Hotel at the Lafayette / Hair & Makeup: Euphoria Salon / Florist: Johanna Walczyk / Cake: Dustyn Ford / Catering: Pearl Street Grill and Brewery / Bride’s Dress: Watters from M.A. Carr / Shoes: Le Pepite / Veil: Tessa Kim / Groom’s Suit: Jos. A Bank / Shoes: Aldo / Bridesmaid Dresses: Yumi Kim & Jill Stuart

 

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