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Happy New Year – 2012 Edition

My New Year’s Eve Manicure!

Happy New Year!

Happy new year!! I hope your 2012 is already off to a great start ๐Ÿ™‚ I had a lot of readers ask me for photos of my ring, which you’ll notice above in my New Year’s Eve manicure photo (which is one coat of NYX Be Jeweled with one coat each of Zoya Opal and Zoya Maisie).

The ring was designed by jeweler L T Denny in Seattle, who came as a very high recommendation from a good friend of mine. ย It was the perfect ring for me: ย simple, elegant, timeless, with a subtle tapered band with a round solitaire. ย I had always envisioned white gold, but we went with platinum, because white gold is rhodium-plated and requires re-dipping over time to maintain that “white” look (you can also consider palladium as a platinum alternative). ย A good jeweler will spend a lot of time educating you before trying to sell you on something–Yelp! is a great place to start looking for a reputable jeweler! ย If you missed it, Shaun (who is also know as “tech guy”) proposed to me hereย on Christmas Eve. ๐Ÿ™‚

For those interested in the ring, a few more photos ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

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Agree on the manicure…I’m also over the texture nails. ^_^

The Ring is gorgeous! I prefer white gold myself of true gold so it’s nice to hear about the alternative with platinum… I’ll be keeping that in mind.


Starting a new name and channel for myself this year, formally Ani_BEE.

Absolutely stunning, Christine! Just what I would expect for you – simple and elegant. Congrats again! Wishing both of you nothing but the best for 2012 and beyond.

oooh sooo pwetty! I really wouldn’t need my engagement ring to be any more fancy than that! Simple, elegant, given with lots of love, what more does a girl want ๐Ÿ™‚ Congratulations again

Right on, Joyce! I’ve always loved the quiet elegance of a solitaire, and it really fits my style ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

The ring is gorgeous Christine! You are going to make a beautiful bride. You are such an incredible person, you deserve to be happy!! I think in February, it’ll be 3 years since I started following your blog, and I don’t go a day without checking it at least once. I hope you have a very happy new year

Oh wow Christine, this is stunning! I love everything about it โ™ฅ It’s definitely the best way to start the new year ^_^ so happy for you!
I know I’ve said this before, but I’d like to say it again – CONGRATS! โ™ฅ

A lot of the flakie polishes like Nubar 2010, Essie Shine of the Times, Sally Hansen’s Buried Treasure, etc. seem to be similar, but I’m not 100% sure.

Very simple yet absolutely gorgeous ring ! Congratulations again!! And I hope that soon, it will be my turn to find my special someone ๐Ÿ™‚


I love the ring. Mine was a solitaire too, and had such a tiny diamond in the middle that I almost needed a magnifying glass to see it

Oh Christine this ring is just gorgeous! It’s so elegant and timeless.
The ring fits perfectly with a beauty like you.
Best wishes from germany ๐Ÿ™‚

Wait, so I’m, like – I’m allowed to stop and release an obscenely high-pitched, super-girly squee!!! right now, right? (Because I’m totally squee-ing, permission or not!)

Okay, incomprehensible noises over. I love the modern feeling of the band, juxtaposed against the classic nature of a single stone. It’s lovely ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats again, my dear!!

It’s gorgeous, Christine! Congratulations. I hope 2012 is wonderful for you. I had a lovely chat about you with the ladies at MAC today ๐Ÿ™‚

Stunning ring! That’s just my taste as well, it’s classic, timeless and elegant. I’m so happy for you, I hope you two have a great New Year ๐Ÿ™‚

Being that I’m a 16 year old girl, this absolutely turns me to mush. Actually, no, this would turn me to mush any day. I think the picture of the gorgeous ring in front of the Zoya bottle is absolutely the epitome of beauty bloggers, and the way he proposed. Congrats to you both!

Thanks for a posting a photo of the ring for us all to see, I was wondering what style you’d go for and I love seeing different types of engagement rings (even though unfortunately I’m nowhere near being engaged). I’m not surprised by how simple and elegant it is!

Oh wow. The mani is just the shade I’ve been looking for (note to self) and the ring is so classy and beautiful! Congrats! I loved seeing the proposal he thought up.

Yay! Beautiful ring Christine! I also got a platinum ring. Much more durable than white gold. Are you planning to get married this year? We’re planning a 2012 wedding in Carmel. ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats again!

Excellent! I can’t wait to hear more! We’re getting married on the beach but we haven’t decided where to have the reception.

Congratulations! Thank you for sharing such special moments in your life with us. Your ring is absolutely beautiful! Happy New Year!

Congratulations! Your ring is beautiful. I went with platinum over white gold for my engagement ring and wedding band for the same reason you mentioned, and because it is more durable and long-lasting. I think you’ll be really happy with your choice ๐Ÿ™‚

Such a lovely ring. I’ve always wanted a solitaire. I think it’s so classy and it never goes out of style or gets dated. Platinum was a good choice too, although in the first photo I thought it looked like yellow gold, probably because of the lighting.

Beautiful ring! Congratulations to you and your boyfriend! Love your blog. I always check your reviews/swatches before purchasing a new product. Didn’t know you’re a local! (You mentioned your beau bought the ring from a Seattle jeweler. I’m in Seattle too! So cool!

I’m actually not! I live in California, but my friend lived in Seattle for a long time (and she now lives in California) and recommended the jeweler to me when I told her we were looking for rings!

Absolutely stunning! Totally suits your personality. And you guys were smart to go with platinum. We went with white gold, and we’ve already had to have the ring re-plated twice. And I have only had the ring on my finger for 18 months.

Classy ring, Christine! Mr. Tech Guy sure had a great taste (well as a proof, he choose you!).
My dream ring is also a simple platinum, except with princess-cut diamond. Not too small, but definitely not too big -which in my humble opinion- it doesn’t look classic or timeless. The size of your ring is perfect! I’m 100% agree with you, the perfect ring is supposed to be simple, elegant & timeless.

I didn’t either ๐Ÿ™ I don’t know if they do it for all white gold or just in particular for rings, but if they do it for other jewelry, a lot of that is not worn daily or coming into contact with other surfaces like a wedding band might!

White gold is just yellow gold plus a white-metal, producing an off-white metal alloy (10k white gold means there’s less yellow gold in the alloy and it’ll be the whitest of all white gold alloys). This off-whiteness has to be dipped in something that is actually considered a white metal in order to drive the “white-gold” selling point. Usually, that white metal is rhodium (a platinum group metal). So, as with any other plating, it’ll wear off and you have to get it re-dipped. But personally, I love the warmth of the white gold alloy itself (sans rhodium plating).

The ring is beautiful. He did a great job.
Happy new year! When I saw the proposal i told my boyfriend all excited because he knows I’m always on your website ๐Ÿ™‚

Your ring carries the timeless beauty that you do, Christine, and I wish you and Shaun many lovely years of daily minutiae that comes with being together over the long haul.

We rang in our 16th New Year last night, and I love him more today than when we first met. That is a true gift that I wish for you both.

u got beautiful hands…
Ring & Nail polish looks soo amazing
I’m big fan of your website n your blogs on FaceBook
cud you please do reviews of UK make up aswell
it will really help many ppl including me
n if i need to send a mail where do i send you ??
hope to hear from you
loads of Love n Best wishes for New Year
Take care

Thank you, Adelle! ๐Ÿ™‚ I suspect I’ll share some of the details when it comes to fruition/happens but since most of it is not beauty-related, I’ll keep it off the blog, lol!

COngrats Christine! I remember during the first Ask temptalia session i participated in many moons ago I asked if you were going to get engaged anytime soon (because I’m nosy LOL!) and I’m so happy that you are now. Best wishes for this upcoming year. Are you planning on getting married in 2012 or not (there I go being nosy again)? Beautiful ring too, I love solitaires.

Congratulations on your engagement ๐Ÿ™‚ My husband proposed to me at Christmas too (three years ago now!)

The ring is beautiful – very elegant and classic.

I never thought it would be something that would become important, but once I learned about the maintenance of white gold, I was like, no thank you!

Your ring is so stunning, Christine! I love how timeless and elegant it is! ๐Ÿ˜€

As a side note, I noticed that you included a link to a review of the Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation. Will you be reviewing it personally? Or the rest of the items from the spring collection like the glossimers?

Happy new years and congrats again! I loved the comment about Mellan leaving a trail of hair down the isle, lol!

Congratulations, Christine and Shaun!!! Your ring is stunning and looks gorgeous on you :)!! All the best for 2012 and always!! I’m sure you have the brightest future ahead!!

I’m sooo glad you’ve shown us your ring it’s beautiful. Thank God for love I hope you both have a long and happy life together.

This is gorgeous and completely what I pictured for you (kinda funny that I’ve been reading for years now and totally feel like I know what you’d want in a ring…lol ๐Ÿ™‚ ). This looks like what I might want if my bf decides to ask. I know platinum is important for the prong section of the ring but I wonder how it would differ from rose gold…I kinda like the idea of a rose gold ring. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing with all of us and congrats again! Shaun did a great job.

Rose gold is beautiful! Most of the jewelry I wear and tend to gravitate towards is silver/white gold so I figured it’d be nice if my daily ring would match those things, but I love the look of rose gold!

Wow! This is amazing, I took one look at this and instantly thought of my friend’s cousin’s ring. Kind of complicated, but we are great friends and to this day she is still like a beauty goddess to me! Her ring incorporated the classical beauty that she seems to give off to everyone, she reminds me so much of you! Thank goodness for all of the amazing role models in this world like you, and I wish you two the best! Congratulations on a beautiful ring!

A beautiful ring for a beautiful woman…and I almost cried when I read Shaun’s proposal!!! BTW,you should def do your own makeup as you do such an amazing job.Would love to see an engagement photo.

That ring is really a classic. And I hope you and Shaun the very best; may your love always sparkle as your ring does ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy New year!!

OMG! Congratulations! It’s gorgeous, it’s so you! I wish you guys nothing but the best! I got proposed to as well last June at my surprise 30th birthday party! How exciting for both of us!

Splendid! truly elegant, perfect for an amazing person like you Christine,. I really love following your blog, it has everything a beauty fan could ask for, Thank you so much @};-
Again, Congratulations and Have a great new year for the both of you,. =)

It is really beautiful, congrats once again ๐Ÿ™‚

I got married in October, and we also went for platinum for our wedding bands : we wanted something “white” (I mean silvery, not golden), and it appears to be the nicest, most durable choice. Here, it’s not even much more expensive than white gold anymore but the quality is much higher.

After a few (very) disapointing experiences with stores specialized in wedding jewelry, we ended up getting our rings at… Cartier! Customer service was just flawless, and surprisingly, the prices tend to be lower than their competitors.
We were extremely pleased and we definitely recommend Cartier, although we would never imagine getting into such a “chic” store before.

I got a picture of our wedding bands (with my bouquet!) here: http://goo.gl/UZNua

Congratulations Christine! We wish you happiness, good health and prosperity ๐Ÿ˜‰ And the ring is absolutely gorgeous.

BTW, my BF also proposed this Xmas Eve. So I just couldn’t help but grin when I read this.

here’s how you can tell I’m a nail polish girl – I kept squinting at the nail polish wondering why there was so much hand in the way before I noticed your ring ๐Ÿ˜€ Congratulations! Beautiful ring and what a great start to a new year!

Oh, that is a gorgeous ring, Christine! Love the round cut. Did you go to pick it out together after he proposed or did Shaun pick it out for you?

Congratulations on your engagement! I can’t wait to be hear more about your wedding planning and such in the near future ๐Ÿ™‚

I picked it out – there’s no way he wanted to put that kind of money into something without my input, LOL!

Thank you, Michelle!

Congratulations Christine and Shaun!! It’s a gorgeous, stunning ring full of fire and brilliance. Lucky girl!! How romantic. I wish you both the best and a marriage full of love, joy and prosperity!

What a gorgeous ring and such a great way to bring in 2012! Congrats and best wishes! p.s. – I would also love to see posts about your wedding planning since you have great tastes :).

Very nice, elegant and modern! Congratulations. Since I come from a family of jewelers I thought I would pass along a tip – since you have a four-prong setting, it is good to check the condition of the prongs every so often (in a few years, with wear, or if you accidentally bang your hand really hard), since if one prong fails, the diamond can fall out. My mom has had customers wondering what the sharp thing poking their foot in the shower was, before realizing it was their diamond! With platinum you are less likely to get the wear that causes prongs to fail. Even when it does wear, is no problem to get it fixed, since with the new laser welding tools, they can fix things in a snap!

Congratulations on your engagement! Your ring is lovely and classic, and will never go out of style. Have you gotten used to calling Shaun your fiance’ yet? ๐Ÿ™‚

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