Monthly Archives: October 2016

Things every couple need

No matter how long you’ve been together and, especially if you’ve never lived together, here are 10 items newlywed couples need in their post-wedding kitchen.

Somewhere to store your spices

Whether you’re yet to learn to boil eggs or you’re a budding cordon bleu chef, you’re going to need spices, even if it is only salt and pepper! This magnetic stainless steel spice stand stores small amounts of your 8 most-used spices and it stands vertically so that it uses as little space as possible.

 

Knives, knives and more knives

Every kitchen needs a set of knives for different purposes and in different sizes. Ever tried cutting garlic with a bread knife? This 7-piece Daisho knife set from Baccarat features knives made from Japanese steel and designed for use by both left and right-handed users. It’s also backed by a lifetime guarantee.

 

A saute pan

What’s the point of owning all this fantastic cooking gear if you don’t have anything to cook in? This 32cm, 4.5 litre deep saute pan is incredibly versatile and you’ll be able to cook anything from a soup to a roast in it! It features a large glass lid and heavy-duty non-stick coating and is even oven safe to 260C. No wonder it has been dubbed the Rolls-Royce of non-stick frypans.

 

Dinner plates

If you want a change from simple white plates, these ‘gelati’ coloured dinner plates are made from top quality porcelain and are both dishwasher and microwave safe. They come in a range of bright and bold colours and will add a striking vibrance to your dining table. They feature a coloured bottom and a matte finish with a rimmed white inner face.

 

A pair of kitchen shears

Whether you need to open a packet or portion out a roast, these vibrant kitchen shears will do the trick. They feature soft touch ergonomic grips for safer and more comfortable handling as well as an integrated stanley knife to cut through sealed boxes. The stainless steel blades are made from extra hardened steel so that they stay sharper longer.

 

A chopping board

Villeroy & Boch’s wooden Artesano chopping board doubles as a serving board, so you’ll get double the functionality for your money. It’s made from acacia wood and is flat on one side and features grooves on the other for placing items of food, such as dips and cheese on it.

How to choose the prettiest engagement rings

Men draw the short straw when it comes to engagement jewellery as they traditionally remain bare-handed until the “I Dos” are exchanged. But, you might decide you would like to give your man an engagement ring to show off to all of his friends too.

There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to whether or not you should buy a ring for your man. The key is knowing what your soon-to-be fiance would like.

If you are in a same-sex relationship, or if you are a woman proposing to your man, you might like to have a ring at the ready when you pop the question. Or you could choose to make it a team affair and shop for one together.

You can get something with the aim of him wearing it on his right hand until the wedding, where he will swap the same ring to his left. Or you can get him something that will forever be his engagement ring and you can go shopping for a wedding band later on.

If you do decide to deck him out with a ring, there is no traditional look or feel, so you can really personalise it.

Alternatively, you can consider other options like a watch, bracelet or cufflinks.

If you are venturing into the realm of man engagement ring shopping, there are three key things to keep in mind:

 

Your budget

Like any major purchase, men’s rings can vary significantly in price. You can find a beautiful men’s engagement ring for as little as $200 or $300 if you choose a simple design.

But prices can skyrocket if you would like to go for a designer brand name or include precious gems.

There’s no right or wrong amount to spend on a ring as long as you don’t spend more than you can afford.

The old rule of “three month’s salary” isn’t practical for everyone. Set a budget that makes you comfortable, and you’ll find a ring you love that will signify your commitment to each other.

 

His tastes and lifestyle

Rings come in all shapes and styles, and chances are that some are more suited to your man than others.

Think about what he wears on a regular basis. If he’s a t-shirt and jeans kind of guy, a flashy diamond might not be his style.

Or if he wears a suit every day, an alternative patterned ring could clash with his personal taste.

If he works with his hands or is an active sportsman, you might opt for a simple band to avoid elaborate designs wearing down or stones catching on clothing or equipment.

 

Personality is everything

The perfect engagement ring will be different for every guy and the options are endless.  You can go for a simple wedding band in gold, white gold, rose gold or titanium, or you can jazz it up with diamond or precious gem embellishments or engraved patterns.