SPOTLIGHT ON GEMESIS | 5 Things That Will Make You Feel Great After You Do Them.


*This is a partnered post, written from the heart.

Hey friendlies… jump into any one of the following 5 Things and you’re bound to start feeling pretty good about yourself.  Why not start today?  OK… TO THE LIST!

1.  If you’re like me you spend a lot of your time in a seat staring at a screen.  And have you heard what they say about sitting so long every day?  It’s worse for you than smoking.  YES, THAT’S RIGHT.  I know I was just as shocked as you are.  So start moving around more often, stretching at your desk, taking walks outside — really whatever you want to do to get that blood flowing!

2.  Be one of those cool couples everyone admires, and choose lab-created diamonds.  We here at TKB would like to recommend Gemesis, if an engagement is in the air or you just want some dope bling in the form of a conflict-free ring. Here’s the need to know:

Yes, they’re real. Gemesis lab created diamonds are diamond.  Meaning, they are single crystal growth and have chemical, physical and optical properties that are identical to mined diamonds.  The only difference is point of origin. Real talk.

“Lab-created diamonds” “man made diamonds” and “cultured diamonds” are all the same thing.  Sometimes CZ and other simulants are called “man made diamonds,” but this isn’t true because they aren’t diamond at all, they’re materials meant to appear to be diamond to the naked eye.

Because of their origin, Gemesis lab-created diamonds are guaranteed conflict-free and eco-friendly.  The production has a much smaller carbon footprint than the mined process as well as not requiring the removal of earth or negative affects on ecosystems that can cause.

(What more is there to say? It just makes sense.)

3.  Are you drinking enough water?  I notice a significant improvement in my energy, my happy factor, and my appearance (softer skin, more hydrated cuticles) when I drink several glasses of water a day.  So whenever I can remember, I pour a tall glass of water and chug that baby right down.  My body sort of can’t stand the act of drinking a glass of water (I know it’s weird), so I have to chug it from optimist to pessimist level while hovering over the sink, then cough hysterically until the nightmare is over.  Yeah!

4. Leave your place of residence more often.  It’s easy to get stuck in a rut when you follow a daily routine, but you mustn’t succumb to it.  Honey and I joined a krav maga class recently; 3 classes in, we’re already hooked on the adrenaline factor! Plus we get to fake strangle each other and then be ninjas to break free.  So, really great class.  Highly recommend it.

5. Make the effort to be more honest in your relationship.  Ever wished you could just tell your partner anything?  Well guess what – you can!  No really, we can all get there.  It just takes a little effort here and there along the way.  But as they say, anything worth having is worth fighting for right?  A quick aside: chances are if you’re wanting a deeper connection in your relationship, it’s probably something your partner is craving too.  And trust me; the hardest part of deciding to be vulnerable with your partner is deciding to be vulnerable with your partner.  The truth is an incredible people connector!

Now it’s time for the really fun part (for me anyway)…

…my personal favorite picks, from Gemesis!

(wee note: prices on Gemesis reflect setting only, as Gemesis allows customers to choose their own diamond.)

Gemesis’ Fancy Bliss Diamond Ring

Platinum Pirouette Six-prong Diamond Ring

Princess Adorned Diamond Ring

1/4-Carat Dramatic Dip Band

I hope you guys enjoyed today’s tips, they really do work for me!

And a little question for those of you who are engaged: did you help pick out your engagement ring?  Or was it a complete surprise to you?

xx! Alison

Label(s): {Engagement}, {Partnered Posts}

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  1. Ilana on June 11, 2013

    Great tips! Seriously, I never drink enough water. My husband has to hold me down, sit on me, and pour water down my throat. Except it has to be luke warm which he finds repulsive but I find that my teeth tend to fall out of my face if it’s to cold.

    On to rings! My hubby and I picked out my ring together. I dropped the hints, but after a few he was even more muddled than before and the thought of picking out a ring I didn’t like was giving him ulcers and nightmares – okay just nightmares. I think the experience was wonderful. It was our first “big purchase” together and I appreciated that he was honest enough with me to tell me he had no idea what I was looking for. Ultimately, I am completely satisfied and completely in love with everything about the experience. I know it’s not for some people though, and that’s wonderful.

    • Alison on June 12, 2013

      Thanks for sharing that story, Ilana – I love that you guys felt cool about shopping for your ring together. As you well know, it really can be such a great approach/experience! And so glad you liked the tips, thanks for saying :) -Alison

  2. Charmaine/ All in a soiree on June 12, 2013

    Really enjoyed reading this informative post!

  3. Jonathan on June 12, 2013

    Gosh, I never heard that sitting all day was worse for you than smoking!!!

    That’s depressing… :D

  4. rubyreddiamond on June 21, 2013

    I Love 1/4-Carat Dramatic Dip Band ring , I’ll buy for my lovely wedding …. :)

  5. Ashley @ Details Nashville on June 26, 2013

    Excellent article – I will pass on to all of my brides :)

  6. Elaine Kendall on February 6, 2014

    Love the common sense approach on these tips. Thanks!

  7. Wedding Friends on February 11, 2014

    Nice and sleek designs. Thanks for the tips!

  8. Alex S. on March 10, 2014

    Great Tips!!! Sometimes the daily routine does get you stuck into a mundane schedule. These are great tips for newly engaged couples and its always good to start off on the right foot.


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