Looks For Less!

There is no doubt that the celebs we read about sport the most in fashion pieces that we so desperately try to mimic. Stars such as Angelina Jolie and Beyoncé Knowles set the standard for fashion lovers everywhere. Yes, the pieces celebrities wear are far more then our wallets are willing to go, but we have some jewelry here at Diamonds By Eyal that is similar, high end, & NOT SO EXPENSIVE!! Below is this season’s trends and all of your favorite celebrities next to our pieces that you can purchase — TODAY! Pair these with a simple outfit and you will be sure to grab everyone’s attention!

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Everything Memorial Day Weekend!

 

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History:

Originally called Decoration Day, is a day to honor the brave and remember those who have given their lives for the greater good of our countries’ freedom. Although considered a day of outdoor barbeque and celebration, the real purpose is to honor the men and women who have died fighting in war. It all started on May 5, 1862, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month. May 30th was declared a day to put flowers on the graves of loved ones and honor those who lost their lives during the late rebellion. This date was chosen because it was not the anniversary for any specific battle.

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50 Romantic & Unique Ways to Propose!

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Summer is here — therefore our calendars are jam-packed with weddings. For most of us, a wedding is a time to party with friends and celebrate love and matrimony. For young couples, it is a breeding ground for wandering imaginations and hopeful ambition of one day standing on that alter themselves. Maybe you have come down with engagement fever (it’s contagious this time of year) and want to take your relationship to the next level. Men, we know how hard to is to be unique and romantic, after all your going to have to hear the story over and over again for the rest of your life — so it better be a good one! We have made a list of different ways to propose to that special someone. It’s the biggest moment of your life, so put your own spin on some of our ideas! Good Luck! (Hint: if you haven’t bought the ring yet, come see our showroom)

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Best Public Marriage Proposal Ideas

1. Have a flair for the dramatic? Get in touch with the stage manager of an  appropriately themed production and propose after the cast’s curtain call.

2. Take out a full-page ad in a newspaper you know your girlfriend reads  daily.

3. Arrange a surprise proposal with a street caricaturist. Have him sketch a  picture of you two with word bubbles. Yours will read, “Will you marry me?” and  hers will say, “Yes!”

4. Pay the divers at an aquarium to put on a proposal show inside their  biggest fish tank. Give them a handwritten sign that says, “Will you marry me?”  to hold up against the glass.

5. Send your girlfriend on a treasure hunt. Start with a clue at home; then  send her on a tour of your favorite spots all over town. When she gets to the  last hint, the prize should be you on one knee.

6. Go out for a night of dancing and ask the DJ or bandleader to pass you the  mic so you can dedicate a song and propose on the dance floor.

7. Hire a skywriter to spell out your proposal for everyone around to  see.

8. Flying anytime soon? Use the plane’s loudspeaker system (of course, run  your plan by the flight attendants first) and propose at 35,000 feet.

9. Movie buffs? Ask your neighborhood theater to run an ad featuring your  proposal and make sure you get there in time for the previews.

10. Gather a bunch of your friends and family for a party. Have everyone in  attendance put on a T-shirt bearing one of the letters in the phrase “Will you  marry me?” When you walk into the room with your girlfriend, suggest a group  picture and let the shirts speak for themselves.

 

Best At-Home Marriage Proposal Ideas

11. For a simple surprise, after she goes to bed, go to her jewelry box and  replace her everyday ring with the engagement ring. She’ll be completely shocked  in the morning when she goes to put on her regular ring.

12. Write her a love note with the proposal at the end of it. Tuck it into  her favorite book or the one she happens to be reading at the moment, and when  she finds the note, surprise her with the ring.

13. Turn off all the lights in your apartment and make a trail of candles  that leads to a circle of votives positioned around the ring.

14. Slip the ring on her finger while she’s sleeping and wake her with  champagne and strawberries. At first, the gesture will simply seem romantic —  the real surprise comes when she notices her new piece of jewelry.

15. Tie a red-velvet ribbon from one spot in your home to another. Attach  little notes recalling perfect moments in your relationship along the way. You  wait at the last stop, ring in hand.

 

Best Tech Marriage Proposal Ideas

16. Create your own podcast proposal and sneak it onto her iPod.

17. Upload a video of your proposal to YouTube (tell her you have a  hysterical home movie to show her).

18. Steal her digital camera and head to her favorite local outdoor spot.  Bring a friend with you and have posters made with the words “will,” “you,”  “marry” and “me?” Have your friend photograph you holding each one in a  different position. Then, let her know you borrowed her camera and ask her to  upload the photos.

19. Take the scavenger hunt high-tech: Send your mate a text message leading  her to a secret spot. Keep her engaged by text messaging her sweet nothings  along the way (and directions, of course) as you lead her to you, on bended  knee.

20. Create a web page declaring your love and intentions. Leave your sweetie  a clue with the web address written on it — don’t say a word. After the  proposal has been officially accepted (which, of course, it will be!), she can  proudly send the page to friends and family.

21. Set up a live-stream channel (on Ustream.com) and invite all your friends  and family to watch the proposal live from wherever you choose to  propose!

 

Best Foodie Marriage Proposal Ideas

22. Make the box holding her ring a selection on the dessert tray at your  favorite restaurant.

23. Put together a gift basket of yummy delicacies — the best chocolate or  coffee — and hide the ring among the presents (in its box, so it doesn’t get  lost in the goodies).

24. Ask the pastry chef to write, “Will you marry me?” in chocolate sauce  around the rim of her dessert plate.

25. Ask a baker to make a cake with the proposal written in frosting. Have  him display it in the storefront and suggest a little window-shopping to your  girlfriend.

26. Create a personalized fortune cookie with your own proposal  message.

 

Most Playful Marriage Proposal Ideas

27. Create your own crossword puzzle and be prepared to help her work it out  over breakfast.

28. Spell your proposal out in glow-in-the-dark star stickers on your  ceiling. Get into bed, turn the lights off and wait for the inevitable gasp.

29. Spell out your proposal with refrigerator magnets.

30. Sneak into her office or classroom before she gets there and write your  proposal on her desk or on the blackboard. Stay hiding in the coat closet or  right outside the room until she arrives.

31. Get a ring size chart and ask your girlfriend to look up her size. When  she accuses you of ruining the surprise that you’re shopping for a ring, say,  “Okay, try this one instead,” and show her that you’ve already shopped for a  ring.

32. Play hangman and have the phrase be “Marry me.”

 

Best Fall and Winter Marriage Proposal Ideas

33. During your annual Halloween prep, challenge her to a pumpkin-carving  contest and carve the words “Marry me” into your pumpkin.

34. Write, “Will you marry me?” on the underside of a kite and take flight  one warm, breezy afternoon.

35. Have a friend or family member set up a picnic — complete with wine and  cheese, of course — for you in a park. Take your girlfriend for a hike on a  route where you’ll stumble upon this surprise proposal picnic.

36. Scratch your proposal into the frost on her car’s  windshield.

 

Best Spring and Summer Marriage Proposal Ideas

37. Propose in a flower or botanic garden when everything is in bloom.

38. Gather your families together for a barbecue and make it a family  affair.

39. Go to the beach and casually build a sand castle (at a safe distance from  the ocean!), and place the ring on the highest turret. Then invite her to admire  your handiwork.

40. Make your own message in a bottle. On the night before a beach day you’ve  planned, write a love poem on a piece of parchment paper, roll it into an  antique bottle with a cork and bury it in a well-marked spot in the sand near  your towels. Be sure you “find” the bottle as you dig together — and have the  ring at the ready.

 

Most Thoughtful Marriage Proposal Ideas

41. If you’re artistically inclined or just like to make things with your own  two hands, integrate something you’ve made into the proposal. For example, if  you have woodworking skills, present the ring in a special hand-carved jewelry  box.

42. Buy a pet that she’s always wanted (bunny, kitten, puppy) and loosely tie  the ring around its neck. Or substitute a stuffed animal — still cute, but less  maintenance!

43. Tell your girlfriend you want to make a time capsule together to bury and  dig up years into the future. As you’re gathering the items, say it wouldn’t be  complete without a picture of the moment you two got engaged! Have a camera  ready to take that shot right after you present her with the ring.

44. Rent a Vespa scooter and invite your girlfriend for a ride, but remind  her to be safe and wear a helmet. Hand her the helmet (with the ring box already  in it), and then you can zip around town to celebrate!

45. Meet for a drink at a posh hotel bar. When it’s time to go, casually  mention that you’ve already reserved a room for the night. When you open the  hotel room door, have roses, candles and champagne all set up — everything for  a perfect surprise proposal.

 

Cheesy (but Hilarious) Proposal Ideas

46. Make a list of 10 reasons you’d like to marry your beloved. Read them to  her in front of a crowd, have them delivered via singing telegram or send them  written on individual note cards over the course of a day (or 10!), with the  last card arriving by personal messenger (you!).

47. Want to really surprise your girlfriend? Cut out the bottom of a huge  refrigerator box, wrap it with pretty paper and ribbon, and attach a card that  says, “What’s inside the box is a gift to last a lifetime.” “Deliver” yourself  to her office or front door.

48. Make her ring the surprise in a box of Cracker Jack.

49. Make her feel like a movie star and set your proposal to the scene of her  favorite romantic movie. You could arrange your own Pretty Woman moment (the  finale, of course): Rent a white limo and climb through the moonroof with  flowers in hand to proclaim your love as you arrive at her place.

50. Another funny movie proposal? Steal from that famous Say Anything scene:  Park yourself outside her house with a stereo blaring your favorite tune and  propose on the front lawn.

 

Credit: http://wedding.theknot.com/getting-engaged/marriage-proposals/articles/50-romantic-ways-to-propose.aspx?MsdVisit=1

All About Mother’s Day

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Mothers and wives gather around — it is FINALLY your day of compensation! A whole entire year of lunch packing, knee bandaging, and college tuition paying has paid off, this Sunday is devoted to you, Mom! This day was created to honor all mothers nation wide, so children could express their undying gratitude for the special woman that brought them into the world. Mom, here’s to you! It all started in ancient Greece, a special day was dedicated to celebration of all maternal goddesses. The Greeks used the occasion to honor Rhea, wife of Cronus and the Mother of Greek mythology. Early Christians celebrated a Mother’s Day in honor of the Virgin Mary on the fourth Sunday of Lent. In England the holiday was expanded to include all mothers, where the name Mothering Sunday came about. On this occasion, servants and employees were encouraged to stay home from work and honor their Mother instead, children would do so by bearing gifts and food. Today Mother’s Day is celebrated in several countries including US, UK, India, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, Mexico, Canada, China, Japan and Belgium. It is an opportunity to thank mother’s for support and love throughout the years, as well as spend quality time with one another.

Specialty Drink Recipes

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There is no telling that weddings and parties can be expensive…

do away with your pricey open bar and make your own signature drinks!

You can even name it yourself!

Luckily, we have combined delicious with sophisticated and put together a list of our favorite beautiful and tasty refreshments for your celebration!

 

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ROSEMARY CITRUS PUNCH

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Ingredients (makes 6 drinks)

  •                                         1/2 cup sugar
  •                                         1 large rosemary sprig
  •                                         1 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 12 lemons)
  •                                         3 cups London dry gin
  •                                         1 cup orange juice
  •                                         Orange slices, for garnish
  •                                         Rosemary sprigs, for garnish

Directions

  1. Bring sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a saucepan. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add rosemary sprig and let steep for 2 hours; remove sprig. Refrigerate simple syrup up to 2 weeks.
  2. Combine lemon juice, gin, orange juice, and simple syrup in a punch bowl. Garnish bowl and glasses with orange slices and rosemary sprigs, if desired. Add ice cubes as needed to keep chilled.

 

 

WATERMELON MARGARITA

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Ingredients (makes 4 drinks)

  •                                         1/2 cup sugar
  •                                         1/2 cup water
  •                                         3 wide strips orange zest
  •                                         12 ounces watermelon cubes (about 2 cups)
  •                                         1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  •                                         3/4 cup white or silver tequila
  •                                         Lime wedges

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, bring sugar, water, and orange zest to a boil over high. Reduce to a simmer and cook until sugar dissolves, 3 minutes. Let syrup cool in a bowl. In a blender, puree watermelon cubes until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing on solids, into a pitcher (you should have about 1 cup juice). Stir in syrup, lime juice, and tequila. Fill salt-rimmed glasses with ice, then pour margarita mixture over top. Garnish with lime wedges.

** Note:

To create salted glasses for these watermelon margaritas, place 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice on a small plate, and 1/2 cup coarse salt on another. Dip rims of four glasses in lime juice, then in the salt to coat.
POMEGRANATE CAIPIROSKA
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Ingredients (makes 8 drinks)

  •                                         1 cup pomegranate seeds
  •                                         1/4 cup superfine sugar
  •                                         1 lime cut into 16 wedges
  •                                         16 ounces vodka
  •                                         8 ounces seltzer

Directions

  1. Divide seeds, sugar, and lime among 8 glasses; muddle until sugar dissolves. Top with vodka, ice, and seltzer.

 

 

STARLIGHT ROYAL

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Ingredients (makes 12 drinks)

  •                                         2 1/4 cups freshly squeezed lime juice (or 1 1/2 ounces per shaker), plus more for rims
  •                                         1 1/2 cups gin (or 2 ounces per shaker)
  •                                         1/2 cup superfine sugar (or 2 teaspoons per shaker)
  •                                         1 bottle brut Champagne or sparkling wine (or 4 ounces per shaker)
  •                                         Fine sanding sugar, for rims
  •                                         Grenadine

Directions

  1. Mix lime juice, gin, and superfine sugar in a 2-quart pitcher; chill until ready to serve, several hours.
  2. To serve, dip rims of glasses in lime juice, then sanding sugar, to coat with 1-inch-wide band. Measure 4 ounces Champagne into cocktail shaker filled with ice. Add 3 1/2 ounces lime juice-and-gin mixture, and shake; strain into 2 glasses, and add 2 to 3 drops of grenadine to each. Repeat.

** Note:

To make this drink on demand, use the amounts in parentheses, and mix two drinks at once in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, then pour into glasses, and add grenadine. For a crowd, follow the directions above.

Dip the rim in lime juice and fine sanding sugar for a 1-inch-wide band of sparkle.

 

 

LAVENDAR WHISKEY SOUR

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Ingredients (makes 1 drink)

  •                                         Ice cubes
  •                                         2 ounces whiskey
  •                                         1 tablespoon Lavender Sour Syrup (see directions below)
  •                                         Fresh lavender sprig, for garnish

Directions

  1. Fill an 8-ounce glass with ice; pour over whiskey. Fill with lavender sour syrup; stir to combine. Garnish with lavender sprig and serve immediately.

 

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Ingredients (makes 2 cups)

  •                                         2 cups sugar
  •                                         1/2 cup dried lavender
  •                                         Freshly squeezed lemon juice

Directions

  1. Bring sugar and 2 cups water to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat, and cook, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Reduce heat to low and add lavender. Cover and let steep 15 minutes.
  2. Strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a large pitcher. Add lemon juice to taste. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.

 

 

ICED COFFEE FRAPPE WITH COTTON CANDY

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Ingredients (makes 3 drinks)

  •                                         1 cup plus 2 tablespoons skim milk
  •                                         3 tablespoons instant-coffee frappe mix (such as Nescafe Classic)
  •                                         3 tablespoons sugar
  •                                         White cotton candy, for topping

Directions

  1. Blend 3/4 cup milk, 3/4 cup cold water, the instant-coffee frappe mix, and sugar in a blender until combined, about 30 seconds. Divide among 3 tall glasses filled with ice. Pour 2 tablespoons milk into each glass. Serve immediately, topped with cotton candy.

 

CUCUMGER MINTO MOJITO

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Ingredients

  •                                         4 1/2 cups Cucumber Gin (or 2 oz.), how-to follows
  •                                         2 1/4 cups fresh lime juice (or 1 oz.)
  •                                         1 cup plus 2 tablespoons Mint  Simple Syrup (or  1/2 oz.), how-to follows
  •                                         Cucumber peels, for garnish
  •                                         Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish
  • Cucumber Gin

    • Steep 2 1/2 cups diced,  peeled cucumber in 4 1/2 cups gin, covered  and chilled, 8 hours to 4 days (or   1/2 cup cucumber in 1 cup gin). Strain;  store indefinitely in the refrigerator.
  • Mint Simple Syrup

    • Heat 1 cup sugar  and 1 cup water over medium-high  heat, stirring until dissolved. Add 1 cup  mint leaves; remove from heat. Cover;  steep 30 minutes to 1 hour. Strain; discard  mint. Refrigerate up to 2 months.

Directions

  1. In a 2-quart pitcher, stir gin, lime juice, and syrup. Refrigerate. To serve, pour into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake vigorously, and divide among ice-filled 10-ounce glasses. (For a single drink, mix in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake.) Garnish each with cumber peel and mint.

 

ROSE PUNCH

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Ingredients (makes 9 drinks)

  •                                         4 peaches, sliced
  •                                         1 bottle (750 ml) rose wine, chilled
  •                                         2 cups sparkling lemonade (we used Lorina lemonade), chilled
  •                                         2 tablespoons black-raspberry liqueur (we used Chambord)
  •                                         27 raspberries

Directions

  1. Place half the peach slices in ice cube trays, one slice per compartment; add water, and freeze.
  2. Mix wine, lemonade, and liqueur in punch bowl. Add peach slices and some of the peach ice cubes. To serve, place remaining peach ice cubes in cups, and ladle in the punch; garnish with raspberries.

 

 

BLACKBERRY GIN FIZZ

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Ingredients (makes 6 drinks)

  •                                         12 ounces blackberries, plus more for garnish
  •                                         2 tablespoons superfine sugar
  •                                         3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  •                                         6 ounces gin
  •                                         15 mint leaves, torn, plus sprigs for garnish
  •                                         1 1/2 cups seltzer

Directions

  1. Puree berries and sugar in a food processor. Strain, and discard seeds.
  2. Put 1/3 cup puree, 1 tablespoon lime juice, 2 ounces gin, and 1/3 of the torn mint leaves into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake until cold. Pour into two 8-ounce glasses, and add 1/4 cup seltzer to each. Repeat twice. Garnish with berries and mint sprigs.

 

 

PEAR MELBA MARTINI

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Ingredients (makes 2 drinks)

  •                                         6 ounces fresh (or thawed frozen) raspberries
  •                                         1/4 cup chilled sugar
  •                                         2 teaspoons Chambord or other black-raspberry-flavored liqueur
  •                                         3/4 cup pear nectar
  •                                         3 ounces best-quality vodka

Directions

  1. Puree raspberries and sugar in a food processor; strain into a bowl. Refrigerate until ready to use (up to 2 days; makes enough for 60 drinks). Pour nectar, Chambord, and vodka into a cocktail shaker filled with ice; shake to combine. Strain into 2 martini glasses. Pour 1/2 teaspoon raspberry puree into each glass.

 PEAR LEMON FIZZ

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Ingredients (makes 1 1/8 cups)

  •                                         1 cup water
  •                                         1 cup sugar
  •                                         1/2 cup fresh lemon verbena leaves

Directions

  1. Bring water and sugar to a boil in a saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add lemon verbena. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Let cool. Strain, discarding lemon verbena. Syrup can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

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Syrup can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 month.