Infinite Love Sparkles Like Diamonds

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As our wedding day approached, Patrick and I began discussing what our wedding bands would look like. My Pinterest board was filled with perfectly manicured fingers decorated with statement diamonds and stacks of mixed bands, and I was hopeful I could convince Patrick to let me select two dainty bands.  While I knew what direction I wanted to go in, Patrick had no idea. He had spent so much time working with Ascot Diamonds on my ring that he hadn’t given much thought to his own band.

( Photo by Garter and Whiskey)

(Photo by Garter and Whiskey)

Without overthinking where to find his band, Patrick and I headed to the mall. I cringe writing this, now knowing that we should have been at a jeweler, not the mall, but ya live and ya learn. We poked our head into various high-end jewelry shops inquiring about wedding bands and we were presented with diamonds, beveled bands, and cable insets.  I watched hesitantly as Patrick interacted with the salesmen hoping that he wouldn’t chose anything gaudy or over-the-top; thankfully , he asked to try on something simpler and emphasized that it should feel light on his finger.  We went home empty handed and feeling frustrated about the process. The following week, we booked an appointment with Ascot Diamonds to select my wedding band and Patrick was delighted to learn they had plenty of options for him as well.

When it comes to spending money especially a significant amount of money, my husband loves to know he is spending it wisely. In all seriousness if its not a vacation, restaurant, or a diamond, Patrick will probably find it at Nordstrom Rack.  Being on the proposed to side of the relationship, the surprise element was very challenging for me. I not only like to be in control, but I also like to have decision-making power. When it comes to other big decisions we had made such as buying a house and planning our honeymoon,  I was part of the process - and I assure you, I shared my opinions loud and clear. While I hadn’t yet stepped into Ascot Diamonds or been involved in the ring selection, Patrick’s enthusiasm about the buying process gave me confidence he had chosen somewhere I’d love.

(Photo by Garter and Whiskey)

(Photo by Garter and Whiskey)

Our experience was intimate, unhurried, and personal. There was no pressure, no price tag, and no sales vibe.  Patrick and I enjoyed a tour of the office, seeing the gemcutters crafting rings behind the scenes, and meeting married couples working together at Ascot Diamonds. A business that has figured how to successfully employ more than one married couple must have something truly special going on. 

My Ascot Diamonds engagement ring    (Photo by Garter and Whiskey)

My Ascot Diamonds engagement ring

(Photo by Garter and Whiskey)

Our Ascot Diamonds Wedding Bands     (Photo by Garter and Whiskey)

Our Ascot Diamonds Wedding Bands

(Photo by Garter and Whiskey)

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

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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!