Is Old School Romance Dead??

A couple of months back over a period of two weeks, I sat down with my  laptop and watched the entire series of Sex and the City. Once I had finished, it got me thinking about romance and happy endings!!.. Cos after all Carries did end up with Mr Big!!

In one of my favourite episodes from season 6 titled ” the Ick Factor” showcases the overall opinion about romance and if it is dead?

I love how in this episode Carrie starts of thinking that all the romance that is being shown to her, is in her words “ick”!!… but towards the end, she begins to believe in romance again!

In reality, I really hope to believe that in today’s society,  that old school romance and happy endings still do exist and not just in TV shows

So.. this got me thinking a little further into this topic!

As I work in a fabulous Jewellery store,  I see on a daily basis men (and woman) looking for engagement rings, birthday presents, anniversary gifts etc. And within the past week, I had served 2 customers that helped contribute to my school of thought (oh the above clip from sex and the city also helped a little) about old school romance and does it still exist?

So here it goes…

Customer 1. This young gentlemen had walk into the store, after exchanging the typical Hi, how are you today? role play, I ask him if  I could help him with finding something. The gentleman not really giving much away, tells me “oh just looking at the moment”. After a minute, I asked him again if he would like to look at something, he points to the stunning Georgini bracelet. I begin to explain him the stunning piece to him and then I asked what was the gift for  a birthday, anniversary etc… and he said neither just cos I love her!!

At that very moment my heart skipped a beat from those words… after my awww you are so sweet and so romantic, we started talking a bit more, I mention to him I thought old school romance was dead and that hardly boys now days take the time or effort to appreciate their wives, partners and girlfriends anymore without having something tied to it like a Birthday, Christmas etc. I explain to him that I love the fact he was buying something just because he loved his girlfriend!! (Although that is what he told me… he could have been in very big trouble for something he did and needed a I’m sorry present!!.. LOL!)

At the start of every relationship it is alway rosy or as they like to call it “the honeymoon period”… Ah date nights, dinners, movies, flowers/roses etc etc… but as time goes on.. some of these little gestures just seem to fade away!! (And yes they do and you all know it!!)

Customer 2. I had another gentleman come into the store to pick up his wedding band and asked what do i need to by my future wife for our one year anniversary. I said … it is really up to you, traditionally paper is the first anniversary gift, however a diamond channel set eternity band is not bad idea either!! The customer and his friend laugh and they went on to tell me a story of how they knew a gentleman (if you could call this guy that!) that kept the roll of toilet paper from the couple’s honeymoon hotel and gave it to his wife on their anniversary!!…I laugh out loud so hard.. I swear that people walking past the store didn’t know what to think of the noise!!..

This is an EPIC FAIL!!!…. The customer did mention the wife wasn’t to happy about the gift at all!! Its paper related… but maybe next time how about gift voucher or a card??… NOT TOILET PAPER! So this is not a gift of any sort to give to your love one!!.

Here are a few suggestions for both men and woman to do something special for your love one for no reason other than to say they are special…

Trust me, as they expect things for their birthday, anniversary, Christmas etc, it is when, it is out of the blue that really counts.. oh and it can earn you many brownie points in the long run!!.

Gift For Her

1. Her favourite bunch of flowers from her favorite florist, write her a nice card, or little note!

2. A day out or session at a Day Spa

3. A nice piece of timeless Jewellery from Solitaire Jewellers!

4. A weekend away to the coast or another city like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane etc

5. $500 and tell her she can spend it on what ever she wants… (lol maybe pushing it??)

Other suggestions, cuddle up on the couch and watch a movie you both haven’t seen, take her out to breakfast, or a romantic night of dinner and dancing, or go to a show/play at your local theater, have a walk around the lake or hit up the local markets.

For Him

1. Get him a gift voucher to paintball (so much fun believe me) or anything else sports related, tickets to any sporting event like, soccer, league, formula one (great gift idea he can watch the race you can go shopping in Melbourne!! Win-Win for both) etc etc, go carting within the boys, a couple of rounds of golf at Pitch and Putt or Viking Golf course at Narrabundah.

2. A nice pair of Iphone Cufflinks from Solitaire

3. A couple of nice tops or shirts from his favourite bands, wallet, etc etc

4. A months supply of his favorite beer!!

5. Anything Playstation games related like FIFA 11, Halo etc etc – but do mention to him, if he becomes to addicted to this, then just tell him that it will interfere with sexy time and i’m sure that may make him think twice!.

Other suggestions if he plays sports go watch him play or take him out for a drink at the local pub or club.

Another great idea is simply telling the person that you love them… as sometimes those 3 words are enough on their own!

So…there you have it, a few small/grand gestures on how to keep romance alive in your relationship!

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Somewhere over the rainbow….

So it seems everyone that I know is either overseas (Hello Miss Sara… having a fab time!!) or about to head overseas in the next couple of months!. Not to sound sad :( or anything but I am a wee bit jealous!!… As it takes me back to a happy place of last year of traveling overseas (I love traveling, what I don’t like is the reality of coming back!). As the Australian dollar is at its best rate it has been for years, I thought if your thinking of doing a snap decision and heading overseas… here are a few of my suggestions for places to go!!. Here is my top shopping destinations you should visit at least once in your life!.

1. SINGAPORE

Were do i even begin with Singapore!. This tiny island in asia, is in one word AMAZING!!. I love Singapore and wish everyday that my brother didn’t move back to Australia, so it could give me an excuse to see him, go shopping and stay somewhere for free!!. People ride off Singapore as a city that you should only stay 2 days or just a quick stop over… those people are so WRONG!!. There is so much to do, that it is hard to pack it all in!!.

 

Singapore city just before night

 

About Singapore, it is very clean, It is very humid/hot all day and night (so pack summer clothing!!)  So to escape this heat, everyone heads straight to where the air conditioning is and that’s any shopping mall on the island!!.

Singapore is shopping heaven :) !!.. So much heaven they have one whole street called Orchard Road dedicated to shopping malls. One after another, after another after another!. Most of the malls have all the same shops, mostly high-end clothing such as Louis Vittion, Prada Gucci etc etc oh and ZARA!!. The malls are open from 10am – 10pm everyday…which is fantastic!

 

Shopping Heaven!!

 

Once a year the entire city goes on sale, the Great Singapore Sale happens every June and July! Discounts start from 30% in the first week to 80% in the last week of the sale!. This is the only time of the year that even the high-end places like Prada go on sale!…There are daily lines (up to an 1 hour wait) to get inside to buy something on sale!.

Apart from shopping, there really is other things to do in the city (lol..but on second thoughts, Man maybe this is not a destination to take your sister, mother, girlfriend, wife to…!!) So here is a quick run down.

Orchard Road – Shopping heaven! Must see and do! Bring lots and lots of money!. Also worth a mention Arab Street is also a fantastic place to get your fabrics & textiles (way better than anywhere in Australia!) and Vivo City another mall that is fantastic!. Think twice the size of the Canberra Centre!.

Sentosa Island – This island has everything under the (very hot, so pack your sunscreen) sun!. There are beaches, hotels, casinos, bars and the Merlion (giant lion cross mermaid statue) in the centre of the Island. Worth going to for a fun day out, also stay for the light show at night.

Singapore Flyer – Like the London Eye, you get great views of the city both day and night.

Raffles Hotel – This iconic hotel is stunning and dating back to the 1880′s, this is where the first Singapore sling cocktail originated from.

Singapore Grand Prix – Held late September every year, this night Grand Prix race is a must see!!. The noise of the cars, the heat of the track, the overall atmosphere makes it a once in life time experience!

Night Safar @ Singapore Zoo – A tour of animals at night, all in darkness. Pretty cool!!

Food & Night Life – Food is so cheap and so good in Singapore, there are endless choices, to many to mention, although the flavour burst by McDonald’s are the best, they are a soft serve cone with a flavour (berry, chocolate etc) swirled through them. At just $1 they are so addictive.

If you’re heading out for a night on the town – head to Clinic, this funky night club  based on a hospital theme and so there are hospital beds as chairs, test tubes as cocktail glasses, wheelchairs to sit in, drinks are good and it makes for fun photo’s!!.

 

Clinic - ill order a hospital bed thanks!!

 

I haven’t been back to Singapore since last year and since then they have opened 2 new casinos and a universal theme park, so I’m  pretty sure these are places to head to also. For further information head to this website and watch the video!!.

http://www.yoursingapore.com/content/traveller/en/browse/see-and-do/your-new-singapore.html

2. Italy – Florence/Tuscany

Whilst trying to get a table for dinner… Waiter: Ah romantic table for two (in sexy italian accent!!) ?? At the same time  Me: Um he is my brother,  My bro: Ah she is my sister!!.. Waiter: Ah no romantic table for two then!! Truly classic :o)

 

Beautiful View of Florence...

 

Florence  is a city that you just fall in love with, the culture, the food (one of  best places for gelato in Italy) and the people!!. Milan maybe the fashion capital of Italy but Florence sure does give it a run for its money (and a massive hit in your pocket as well)!!.

Shopping is a blast in Florence, where do i even start!!. Hmm lets see! the markets!. Located in the centre of the city, the leathers market is a dream!. You can pick up pretty much anything from here such as an extensive range of leather hand bags, jackets, wallets, belts, gloves and many (and I do many) different silk scarfs.

A few words of warning: When shopping first do an entire lap of the markets and see what’s out there, shop around in terms of items and pricing. Keep an eye on your own personnel belongings these markets get so packed/busy especially from 11am-5pm and pickpockets are always out in these places!. Cash is KING, bargaining is expected at these places so don’t ever pay full price for anything as they want your money!!… and they don’t want you to go to the next stall!. Finally… as tempting as that fake Prada or Gucci handbag you see being sold in the “back streets” of the markets at $50 euro is… DO NOT PURCHASE IT!!!… Many years ago to crack down on the selling of fake goods, they introduced hefty fines if you get caught purchasing of fake goods!! Fines can run from €500 to €10,000… so not cheap!!

 

"Falso No"... the many signs in Florence telling you not to buy fakes!!

 

It is a pretty serious matter in Italy so I advise you don’t buy anything like that and check out this information.

http://www.italylogue.com/planning-a-trip/buying-fakes-in-italy-is-a-fake-gucci-bag-worth-a-e10000-fine.html

In relation to this, there is something in Florence called the ticket police, they will stop you and see if you have a receipt for the goods you just purchased (mostly from the markets). Try to get a receipt from every store.. however you will get some stalls saying “oh my machine is broken”… just be careful about this!.

Next up there is….

The Ponte Vecchio Bridge  - This stunning bridge in Florence is home to jewellery shops!!… Situated over the Arno River, this is the place to get all things Gold and Diamonds!!. Jewellery is simply amazing here, it is of the highest quality and the most beautiful designed pieces!. As this bridge is “tourist central” prices are expensive so again do your research… window shop and again you can bargain for a better price!!. The Ponte Vecchio bridge is also very stunning at sunset, so if you have time it is worth hanging around for it!.

 

I'll take two!!.. Jewellery shop window

 

 

The row of Jewellery stores!!

 

So amazing….

 

The Ponte Vecchio Bridge at sunset

 

Just outside the city there is something called Space & The Mall!!. Ever wonder where old designer stock goes?? Do they have a factory outlet of some sort?? well the answer is YES THEY DO :) !! And it is like finding diamonds, gold and pearls in a treasure chest!!

The Space factory outlet is located in a tiny town called  Montevarchi, which is about a 50 minute drive from Florence (the drive is amazing, you see such beautiful Tuscan scenery like out of a romantic movie!). Space is the factory outlet for PRADA!!. When you first arrive you will be given a ticket, this is your purchasing number and when you have selected the goods you want, the staff place it in a holding area so you can continue shopping without holding anything.

 

Outside of Space. They wont let you take pictures inside!!

 

At Space you can buy everything, clothes, handbags, wallets, sunnies, sports wear, suites, shoes and so on. The range is fantastic and very affordable with prices starting at €50. I had gone to Space with my brother Mario who isn’t the biggest fan of shopping and even he walked out purchasing a whole heap of stuff!.

After spending half of your money there… then head to a place called The Mall in another small town called LECCIO REGGELLO which it is about another 30 mins from the Space outlet.

The Mall has about every designer under the sun. Gucci (where there are massive lines and crowds), Armani, Valentino, La Parla, Salvatore Ferragamo, Fendi, Pucci, Alexander McQueen and Burberry just to name a few. There are a lot more choice here and there is so much to shop for, prices a very cheap as well!. There is also a café where you can rest your feet from all the walking and shopping!.

 

Ah.... The best mall i have ever been to!!

 

If you google both these places you will find that there are bus tours to both, this is the best idea instead of driving.

Apart from shopping, there are a number of great sight-seeing activities you can do also, here are my suggestions:

The Doumo – Amazing Cathedral within the centre, lines are long to get into this place so get there early!

Boboli Gardens – Stunning!!. This amazing park which is blocked off by walls and so you would never know it was there within this city!. Lush greens, amazing scenery, lakes and statues dating back to the 16th century.

 

The Boboli Gardens.... hidden behind massive walls

 

The Uffizi Gallery – One of the worlds oldest museums and home to some off the most famous paintings, such as The birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli

Accademia di Belle Artim – This museum  is home to the very famous Michelangelos David!. This amazing piece of art is nothing you have ever seen before, carved from the one piece of marble, it really is a work of art!.

The endless Piazza’s in the City – all different all worth seeing.

Piazelle Michelangelo – This is a bit of a walk from the central city (so wear flat shoes) as you walk up hill to this Piazza where you get the most beautiful views of the entire city and other parts of Tuscany!. Well worth it and the your photos will be amazing!.

The Salvatore Ferragamo Museum – the “inventor” of the high heel shoe!!.. This little gallery showcases many of his designs and pictures. If you are into high heel shoes this is perfect for you!!

So there you have it my top places to go shopping….I know these places are not Paris, London or New York… however im sure there are plenty of other great shopping destinations, i have yet to visit!…. Where else in the world has the best shopping, that you think is fantastic?

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We’re back…. well it has been a while

Hello Ladies (and Gents), how are you? Fantastic!!..(Don’t you just love the old spice guy :) )

Well… yes it has been a very long while since our last post! 7 months exactly! I know, I know it’s bad!!… However Sara and I have been keeping ourselves very busy (mostly work related) of late and sadly neglected  this fab website!!. So i decided it was a great time to get back into as there is so much happening that we love to talk about! So here it goes… Continue reading

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A MASSIVE THANK YOU :)

And a MASSIVE, GIGANTIC and ENTHUSIASTIC THANK YOU to Mr. Blair Doherty for creating and designing our *BRAND SPANKING NEW LOGO!!!

Thank you so much for creation…. there will be plenty of Belgian Beer coming your way soon :) xox

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Bloggers are leading the pack! The fashion pack that is….

THEDINGOSTOLEMYPRADA is only new on the block….but then again we are scaffolding a house in one populated “blog- arama”.

Who was front row at the D&G Spring/Summer launch?! What famous blog master had a bag named after them? (Bryanboy dahling) Who do we now look towards for our fashion style?! The answer in 2010 is BLOGGERS.

Bloggers are the new leaders in fashion. ( Almost) Gone are the days of only fashion magazine editors ruling the fashion empire. We now want fashion updates, style counsel and new trends…and we want them NOW. With our ever increasing skills with technology ( hello Ipad) we have the world of fashion at our little chubby fingertips. Even the fashion houses are jumping on the web-wagon…  Italian royalty Prada launched their Fall/Winter collection via a live web stream. And we call got the personal invite. (Miss it?! Don’t fret, go to prada.com…it’s still playing)

The best part about this internet fashion-frenzy is its accessibility. Us Aussies are on an island thousands of kilometers away from any gorgeous fashion week soiree, but with bloggers and websites like FASHIONAIR we can update our virtual wishlists at any time.

We love the generation of fashion leaders…our fav’s:

The Satorialist ( simply chic and with real people to boot)

Bryanboy.com ( witty and fashionable- its style in a coffee cup)

FASHIONAIR.com (we heart the 7 days of chic)

Net-a-porter.com ( their new  in-house magazine is a must read)

omg.com ( for all your trashy gossip tit-bits)

Clothes, camera and coffee.blogpot.com (a 14year old fashion genius)

What else can be said?!….. except start clicking and reading! :)

x

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OMG Net-a-Porter has a Wedding Boutique!!!!

NEWS JUST IN!!!!

The fantastical Net-a-poter.com has a brand-spanking new collection…..The Wedding Boutique!!!!

Dripping with gorg Lanvin, Marchesa, and A-mazing Bijoux Heart L’air embellished Hair piece…for the fashion forward Bride…we are LOVIN the way netaporter think!!!

P.S Don’t forget to check out their online Wedding Magazine… the Love, Honor and Veil section has W Day fashion vows…A MUST READ!!!

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Will you be my….man of honor?!!

If you haven’t seen the rom-com “Made of Honor” you are missing out!! ( we forgive you guys, after all we wouldn’t love them so much if our “other half” was out of a romantic comedy now would we?!!)

See here’s the thing….I’m ( Sara)  getting married at the end of the year ( wickedly exciting i know!) BUT I have a situation….

I have recently been thinking of who I would choose for my bridesmaids….one hilarious suggestion ( from my mum after a wine or three) was that I should consider one of my “man friends” to be one of my bridesmaids …. …. mum and I laughed quite a lot…then some more…and then we both thought….well why the hell not?!!!

We are living in an age where “anything goes” ( mums term) so why can’t I have a man as a bridesmaid?!!

This brings me back to the “Made of Honor” film ( thank you McDreamy). Granted it was a strange concept having Dreamy as the Maid of honor…but I kinda like it….its about friendship which is not limited by gender….so

Should I seriously consider one of my man friends to be my bridesmaid?!!!

What say you?!!!

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