2/13/2018

I'm Engaged: Details About My Beautiful Ring From Brilliant Earth

Thanks to Brilliant Earth for partnering with me on this post. 

Hi Loves,
OMG it has been a little over a month since I got engaged. Now, many of you knew about my relationship with L and that he's been around even before this blog started. We've known each other for over 20 years, friends for over 15 years, and have been in a relationship for 6 years. On Christmas Eve 2017, while we were visiting home (Jamaica), he asked me to marry him, and of course I said YES! I wrote to Brilliant Earth, told them my story and, asked them to partner with me on this post and they agreed. I am filled with so much excitement.

Now, I wanted to write this post because it was a way for me to introduce L properly- finally you get to see his face. With an engagement comes the excitement around the ring. About four years ago we were having a marriage conversation, and I said to him, when you decide to propose I'd love my ring to be from Brilliant Earth. He asked about them and we hopped on the computer. He fell in love with them on the onset and became as passionate about sustainable diamonds as I was. See, this and many other reasons are why I absolutely love and adore this man. He is kind, extremely compassionate, and patient. 
Brilliant Earth ethically source their diamonds, they donate 5% of their profits to those who have been harmed by unethical practices in the diamond industry, and so much more. Their standards are so high, that very few jewelers would meet the standard of ethical sourcing. You guys, I'm feeling so emotional writing this post right now. Not because I am getting married, but because I'm overwhelmed with joy of being able to wear this ring for the rest of my life, knowing that it added value to someone's life. It just really makes me feel super good, especially knowing the world of chaos and pain that unethical diamond sourcing brings to so many communities and families all over the world. I also got the full details on exactly where my diamond was sourced. I won't tell you here, because this is something I want to keep close to me.
The day after he proposed, I asked him so many questions. How much did the ring cost, what was the process like, why did you choose this, any specific details I should know etc. He told me how warm and kind the staff were on his fist ring hunting appointment and throughout his journey of selecting and getting my ring made. He also told me additional services they offer such as re-sizing, lab diamonds options, changing my ring if I didn't like it and, so much more. 
Years ago we looked at rings and I've always wanted a princess cut ring but instead, he went with a round cut and, I couldn't be more happy. I asked him why he took the risk knowing how picky I am and he told me he was so in love with the cut and it was so much more classic to him. I nodded in agreement, gave him a kiss, and told him "you did excellent babe". I still wake up and stare at my ring thinking it's the most beautiful thing and my heart is filled with so much happiness. Like, seriously you guys, seriously- Ahh!
He also told me he was split between the option of natural diamond or a lab diamond for my ring. Both are expectational options, however he went for the natural diamond over the lab diamond. The main difference is the size and price. The natural diamond is smaller but more expensive than the lab diamond. He told me he knew I would appreciate the essence of a natural diamond over size and he was right. My man was on top of his game and I couldn't be more proud and happy. 
You might be wondering if I plan to get him his ring from them too and, absolutely yes. He has his eyes on a few options and I am excited that we both will symbolize our love and our marriage with conflict-free diamonds. Brilliant Earth also boast a collection of other beautiful jewelry for all special occasion. They have beautiful necklaces, rings, and bracelets. I'm loving this necklace and bracelet for my wedding day. 
Loves, this is the first of many installments to come about our wedding on the blog. Make sure you subscribe here so you do not miss a post. I hope you enjoyed reading this post and, if you are looking to engaged now or in the future, or looking for a beautiful piece of jewelry, you will join me by selecting a Brilliant Earth diamond. 
Thanks for reading
xoxo
Keyma
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2/05/2018

LikeAGlove: The Revolutionary Way To Find Your Perfect Jeans

This post was sponsored by LikeAGlove. However, all opinions are 100% my own. 
Hi, Loves!
Ooh, I'm so excited to share this post with you all. You guys know I love telling you about new, cool and amazing things as I come upon them. Well, it's my job to do so, and I know you all expect me to, right? 
Ok, so, late last year learned about these smart leggings, tied to an app, called LikeAGlove. You every heard the saying"Fit like a glove" well, this revolutionary smart leggings took that term to the literal sense. What LikeAGlove does is, it measures your shape, sends the information to the app via bluetooth and, recommends your perfect size of your favorite jeans brand. You can also track your fitness by using these leggings. 

It's super easy to use, all you have to do is put on the leggings, download the app, connect via bluetooth, press the big orange patch on the front of the leggings and, voila- it measures your shape and size. It's literally right on your phone in the app. Your full measurements. 
Next step is to check out how your size vary at your favorite jeans brands right there on the app. Once you decide where you wan too shop, you click the brand (example Banana Republic) and it takes you seamlessly to their website.This is genius because I know many of us women struggle to know our exact size and we spend so much time in the dressing rooms at stores. Imagine that we do not have to do this anymore, we can comfortably and confidently know our sizes, and place our orders.
To make sure that this thing was accurate I tested it out and ordered a pair of jeans from one of my favorite jeans brand. I didn't want it to be delivered because I couldn't wait so I had them hold  it at the store. I went and picked it up and, to my delightful surprise, they fit "Like A Glove". This is the millennial woman dream. We are always working, busying socializing, being parents, and we have little to no time to spend in dressing rooms or scrolling aimlessly online wondering if a pair of jeans will fit. Not to mention having to remember to return the jeans by going to the post office it they do not fit. Well, problem solved, thanks to LikeAGlove
Another cool characteristic, I can use it to measure my fitness journey. I started working out with a trainer last September and with my upcoming wedding I am determined to shed a few pounds and this will help. I actually hate getting on a scale. It doesn't tell me anything other than a number. Really, it's not smart. Haha! I used to always measure my fitness journey based on how my clothes fit and this smart leggings will not only help me choose the right jeans that fit, it will also tell me my exact measurements. It doesn't measure weight, it measures inches which is so much more telling in fitness. I'm winning over here. 
Guys, these leggings are under $80, the app is free, and the coolest part- you do not have to charge them or turn them off. The smart leggings turn itself off after prolonged inactivity and needs no charging, ever.
If I haven't compelled ya'll to do anything since the year started, then this is it. Get one now. Come back when you do and let me know in the comments section or on Instagram under this post how you like it. 
I hope you found this post useful, Loves.
Thanks for swinging by
xoxo
Keyma
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