Why He Chose Ascot Diamonds (and You Should Too!)


It’s hard to believe our engagement anniversary is October 2016. Patrick and I had hit the accelerator that fall:  closing on our house by the end of October and married with a baby on the way by summertime - but let’s backtrack for a few minutes.

In the weeks preceding our engagement I was growing increasingly more suspicious. Patrick mentioned scheduling a fun getaway and I was convinced the engagement would happen on our loosely planned trip to Nashville - the place where we first spent a weekend away together. As October approached, I carefully put together a Pinterest board titled Fairytale where pins of beautiful engagement rings sparkled from the page. I didn’t have a specific ring in mind; rather, an array of different options.  I pinned rose gold rings with cushion cut diamonds, round diamonds with dainty halos, and stacks of wedding bands that mixed rose gold with simple diamond bands.

My    fairytale    Pinterest board

My fairytale Pinterest board

One early fall night Patrick asked:  “You don’t want to be with me when I pick out your ring, do you?” When I responded, “No,” he replied, “You don’t want a weird color do you?” I was almost certain he had already bought the ring and that the weird color he referenced was rose gold. A few weeks before I had borrowed his computer and typed in something that started with a P and www.pinterest.com/carlygraceyoga/fairytale populated. I said nothing. I just exited the window with a big smile on my face.  

The first week of October finally arrived and my radar was high. I got invited by not one but two girlfriends for a manicure. Patrick headed to Jacksonville for a week of travel and I was to meet him on Friday for a Savannah adventure. By Wednesday, Hurricane Matthew was inching closer to Florida and I was more concerned about Pat’s evacuation than whatever might be happening over the weekend. A web of lies concocted by Pat and my best friend Kate took our getaway to Reynolds Plantation where the big proposal took place.  Despite the dark evening sky, my beautiful engagement ring glistened brightly from its little black box. 

Little did I know, Patrick had spent the last several weeks researching jewelers online. He popped into multiple stores to browse and meet the associates. No one  was as thoughtful or responsive as Junior Mencias at Ascot Diamonds. Ascot Diamonds offers a unique environment. Don’t expect a showcase filled with diamonds; rather, an intimate conversation with an Ascot Diamonds specialist who listens to exactly what you are looking for before presenting options.  

I’m excited to partner with #AscotDiamonds in sharing our journey from proposal to parenthood and I invite you to follow along as I post about my experiences over the next few months. I’ll be sharing our experience in choosing wedding bands and seeing diamonds crafted in person in my next post. 

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored blog post and I was compensated by Ascot Diamonds. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Engagement selfie at Reynolds Plantation

Engagement selfie at Reynolds Plantation

My beautiful engagement Ascot Diamonds engagement ring

My beautiful engagement Ascot Diamonds engagement ring


Carly Grace Milyo

Born in New York City,  Carly Grace grew up in Atlanta and graduated from The Westminster Schools.  Carly received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Tech in 2012. During her college career, Carly began practicing yoga as an escape from her intense ACC Cheerleading training. The rigor and requirements Carly upheld as an ACC athlete combined with the social expectations and action packed schedule expected of an Alpha Phi left Carly depleted both physically and mentally.  Before Carly found yoga, she used running, partying with friends, and restricting her diet to maintain a sense of control in her life. It was Carly's true desire to find more purposeful and authentic friendships and to invest her time in cultivating her greater well-being and spirituality that lead her to yoga. 

The creativity and physical challenge of yoga captivated and inspired Carly. Yoga was the first thing Carly practiced where the perfect-ten mentality was not required; in fact, perfection is the antithesis of yoga principles.  After hanging up her poms poms and retiring from her ACC Cheerleading career, Carly quickly found herself  invested in the In Balance Yoga Community in Blacksburg, VA.  With encouragement and affirmation from Studio Owner, Becky Crigger, Carly set out for New York City to train with Dana Trixie Flynn at Laughing Lotus Love Skool.

Yoga Alliance 200 E-RYT, Carly has studied and practiced with many influencers and teachers all over the United States.  Carly currently teaches Thunderbolt Power Yoga®;  a powerful alignment based vinyasa flow inspired by some of her greatest influencers including, Dana Trixie Flynn and Baron Baptiste.  Carly infuses creative ideas and sequencing into her classes. Her purpose as a teacher is to inspire people to move like themselves. Carly is committed to helping students be audaciously playful in both their practice and in their lives. 

You can catch Carly Grace teaching at her studio Thunderbolt Power Yoga, at off-site events such as the infamous FIT Yoga Series with Carly Grace at W Atl Buckhead, at music festivals, corporate conferences, and more!  Be sure to look out for Carly's quarterly Boombox Power Yoga® Class offered alongside a live DJ, accompanied by her pink boombox, and enhanced with a 16 inch disco ball. 

In the mean time, you can follow her adventures on instagram (@yoga__barbie) or give her a wave when you see her drive by in her infamous pink jeep!