Current favourite small crossbody bags

Small crossbody bags are so cute and convenient. The smaller the better! These bags usually hold my phone, small card wallet, small pouch with essentials, and keys. My three current favourites include: a black leather crossbody with tassel pull, a Victoria Secret dark … Continue reading

What’s in my work bag (minimal)

I bought a cute black Kate Hill (Danika) backpack to use as a more formal diaper bag for nicer occasions. I also use it once in while as a work bag for my part time position as a Marketing Assistant. The backpack is very spacious inside, opens wide, has quilted stitching all over the front, and has gold hardware.

The contents of my work bag are:

  • Mimco keyring card wallet
  • mini essentials purse
  • car & house keys
  • earphones
  • usb
  • snack
  • lunch (usually in a glass container)
  • drink bottle (with water or juice)
  • phone (I use a notes/checklist app that automatically syncs to my email account – no need to hoard old planners or feel guilty about throwing them out)

How adorable is this teddy keyring?Reminds me of my baby boy!

Alternative affordable engagement rings

Although I love my engagement ring, if I could do it all over again I would probably choose a ring that’s a lot less expensive and use the money somewhere else, like paying off the mortgage.

There are so many different rings to choose from! Below are a number of alternative engagement rings from Etsy that are both affordable and breathtakingly beautiful.

Non-diamond rings

Left: 10k rose gold sideways pear cut amethyst ring from Deesse Jewelry (around $369 AUD)

Right: 14k rose gold emerald cut morganite, diamond pave ring from Oh My Christine (arround $604 AUD)

Diamond bands

Left: 14k rose gold full eternity diamond pave band from Milegem (around $375-$644 AUD)

Right: 14k rose gold half eternity diamond twist pave band from LeRhin (around $532 AUD)

Halo non-diamond centre rings

Left: 14k gold morganite centre, diamond halo pave ring from Milegem (around $710-$845 AUD)

Right: 14k rose gold oval cut emerald centre diamond halo ring from LeRhin (around $739 AUD)

Dainty non-round diamond ring

Left: 14k yellow gold trillion cut diamond ring from FRomaG (around $786 AUD)

Right: 14k rose gold heart diamond ring from FRomaG (around $786 AUD)

Unique dainty rings

Left: 14k yellow gold marquise cut diamond crown ring from Capucinne (around $980 AUD) 

Right: 14k gold onyx crown ring from Ardonn (around $282 AUD)

Moissanite rings (diamond alternative)

Left: 14k gold moissanite ring from Louisa Gallery  (around $752 AUD)

Right: 14k gold 1ct oval moissanite halo ring from Pop Ring (around $922 AUD)

Antique rings

Left: Antique 18k yellow gold and platinum diamond flower cluster ring from FK Antique (around $610 AUD)

Right: Antique Edwardian 18k yellow gold and platinum oval cut sapphire centre diamond cluster ring from Dear Rose With Love (around $520 AUD)

What’s in my Mimco keyring card wallet

I’ve never bought anything from Mimco before but I came across their keyring card wallet online when I was looking for a minimalistic flat wallet to hold some cash and my 3 essential cards (license, Medicare card, and bank card). The wallet was on sale at David Jones for $40 and it was in my favourite colour leather with gold hardware. I also wanted an attached keyring so this wallet is perfect!

What’s in my mini essentials purse kit

My most recent Etsy purchase was a navy leather kiss lock coin purse from Pulpo Creations. I was searching for a beautiful looking small pouch to store my minimal handbag essentials and it needed to have a wide opening so I can find all the items easily. The dimensions of the coin purse is around 13cm in length by 7cm in height and it fits all my items perfectly.

At the moment the coin purse holds these items:

  • tiny mirror
  • travel folding scissors
  • small pen
  • tweezers
  • travel nail clippers
  • small zip lock bag (with bandaid, bobby pins, safety pins & hair ties)
  • eyebrow pencil
  • eye shadow pen
  • travel containers of tinted moisturiser & vaseline
  • lipstick

Many of the items are travel size, making it more cuter to use and easier to carry. The purse is so small that I can take it anywhere I go even if I use a small crossbody purse. Now I don’t have to leave anything behind!

Celebrity Antique/Antique Inspired Engagement Rings

It’s been while since I last posted about celebrity engagement rings (Celebrity Antique Engagement Rings and Celebrity Antique Inspired Engagement Rings). I still get excited when I see a celebrity with an antique/antique inspired engagement ring. They are all unique and beautiful. Here are more for your viewing pleasure!

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Jason Sudeikis proposed to Olivia Wilde with an eye catching unique diamond and emerald halo ring set in yellow gold and platinum.

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Alexis Bedel received an antique/antique inspired engagement ring from her Mad Men co-star, Vincent Kartheiser. The ring seems to be set in platinum with an octagon shaped bezel holding a round diamond and a few small diamond details on the thin band.

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Adam Levine popped the question on one knee to model, Behati Pinsaloo, with a beautiful 1930s antique diamond ring. The band has delicate filigree detailing.

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Romain Dauriac, a French journalist, proposed to Scarlett Johansson with an unique rectangular shaped Art Deco diamond ring. The ring features three vertically set round diamonds surrounded by smaller diamonds. I particularly love her ring because it is a similar design to my antique Art Deco engagement ring!

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Sacha Baron Cohen proposed to Isla Fisher with an antique/antique inspired diamond ring (pictured with her wedding bands). The ring has lovely diamond detailing on the sides.

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Mary-Kate Olsen received a vintage yellow gold diamond and sapphire engagement ring from Olivier Sarkozy. It is reportedly a 1950s Cartier ring with a four carat old European cut centre stone, surrounded by a sapphire halo, held by a diamond encrusted basket in the shape of petals.

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Evan Ross proposed to Ashlee Simpsons with a custom made vintage inspired ruby and diamond ring from Neil Lane. The ring is made up of a five carat marquise cut center diamond surrounded by rubies and smaller diamonds to bring out the center stone. It is set in yellow gold and platinum.

Diamond Wedding Anniversary Band

My husband and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary recently. He bought me a beautiful thin rose gold diamond band from Diamond Dove Jewelry on Etsy. The band goes so well with my thin stacking bands and small diamond solitaire.

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Wedding Ring Stack

I love the look of simple delicate wedding rings. I received two very thin stacking bands for our 7 year dating anniversary in April. They were from Etsy seller, Mary John. One is hammered and the other is twisted. I am currently wearing them with the little diamond solitaire that I had a local jeweler reset. I still wear my lovely engagement ring on the other hand. It’s my favorite piece of jewelry!

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Antique Victorian Sapphire & Diamond Bow Ring

My birthday is coming up and my boyfriend gave me a beautiful dainty antique 1850’s Victorian bow ring. It’s made up of two pear cut sapphires, nine tiny old cut diamonds, an 18k delicate gold band, and a platinum milgrain bow setting with hidden swirl engravings. It’s even more breathtaking in person.

The ring was from a lovely Antique ring Etsy shop, Gold Adore.

Dainty Antique Art Deco Rings

Dainty rings look so lovely and feminine on the finger. However, dainty antique rings are even more exquisite to look at. Many are made up of diamonds and/or coloured stones, a thin yellow gold band, and an interesting milgrain platinum setting. The intricate designs and hand cut stones make the rings unique in their own way. Below are a number of dainty antique art deco rings from Esty that I love!

  

Above left ring is from Thrifty Magpies. Above right ring is from Luxe Deluxe

  

Above left ring is from Addy. Above right ring was from  Luxe Deluxe

  

Above left ring is from Addy. Above right ring is from Loot and plunder