10 Top Tips to Help You Choose an Engagement Ring She’ll Love Forever

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You’ve finally decided that you are ready to ask your partner to be your wife. But, now the hard work starts!

To pull off the perfect proposal, you’re going to need to find an engagement ring that’s perfectly suited to your partner.

For many guys, choosing an engagement ring can be an overwhelming process; if you aren’t used to shopping for jewelry, then knowing what to look for can certainly be difficult. But, engagement ring shopping doesn’t have to be a chore! From where to look to how to find out what she likes, we’ve put together some top tips to help make the whole process easier on you.
Tip #1. Know What She Likes:
If you’re planning a surprise proposal, finding out what type of ring your girlfriend likes can be tricky without asking her outright. Thankfully, there are some ways to find out what type of style she goes for, without giving the game away. One of the best ways to do this is to take a peek in her jewelry box and figure out what kind of styles she tends to choose for herself. This can be one of the best indicators of the type of ring to choose; for example, if she usually wears traditional diamonds and other trending jewelry types, then a traditional, classic diamond engagement ring is probably going to be a perfect choice for her. On the other hand, if you find that she goes for unique or vintage styles, for example, then you might want to steer clear of the more generic engagement ring types and get her a unique one instead – perhaps even custom-made!
Tip #2. Know Your Budget:
When it comes to shopping for an engagement ring, you will quickly find that there’s options for all price ranges and budgets. So, whether you have a small budget or a lot to spend, you’re sure to find a ring that you can afford and that your partner will love. However, shopping for an engagement ring without a budget in mind can quickly become confusing. Not only will you struggle to narrow your choices down, you could also end up spending more money than you can afford if you find a ring that’s way over budget but you can’t say no to it. So, before you begin, have a clear idea of how much you’d like to spend – this way, you’ll only look at rings within your price range and will be less tempted to go for a more expensive option.

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Outgrowing Relationships–It Happens…

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Change is good. As much as it pains me to say that I’m learning that change is inevitable and it is the only thing in life that is consistent. With time and age comes a need for change whether it’s a change of scenery, a change of pace, or the changing of your inner circle – and I’m literally sitting at that stage.

Part of me is scared to make that move and to cut off certain relationships but when I evaluate them and sit them alongside my own happiness, I notice that I’m coming up short.

And that is something I cannot allow.

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As selfish as it may seem to some, my happiness must be preserved at all costs. My happiness is ultimately the core of my sanity and if I feel like my sanity is being jeopardized then we have an issue.

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[VIDEO] Meagan Good (@MeaganGood), Kelly Rowland (@KELLYROWLAND), & Keri Hilson (@kerihilson) Star in New Lifetime (@lifetimetv) Original Movie, “Love By The 10th Date!”

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Cast of Lifetime Original Movie, "Love By The 10th Date" starring (l-r) Kelly Rowland, Kellee Stewart, Meagan Good, and Keri Hilson

Lifetime never fails to deliver us some pretty decent movies. We have also loved their biopics as of late, namely Michel’le’s and Toni Braxton’s. Now the network is giving us some romance in a new movie Love At The 10th Date starring actresses Meagan Good and Kellee Stewart, and singers/actresses, Kelly Rowland and Keri Hilson! The film also stars Brandon T. Jackson and Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman,  and features an appearance from rapper Chief Keef! Any film with a cast like this has to be worth watching!

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“Love By The 10th Date” follows Gabby (Good), Nell (Stewart), Billie (Hilson) and Margot (Rowland) who balance their dating adventures alongside their career ambitions at an upscale digital magazine in Los Angeles, under the watchful eye of their editor, Maureen (Deeley). Inspired by the site’s relationship advice column to find the one, Gabby and Nell embark on their own journeys towards the elusive 10th date, the dating world’s Holy Grail when it comes to commitment. Meanwhile, Billie finds herself at a major crossroads in her marriage and Margot unsuccessfully tries to fight her growing attraction to a famously controversial reggae musician she is assigned to interview. As the ladies navigate the ups and downs of modern dating, romance, exes and friendships, they learn what they really want out of life and love. Jackson stars as Dante, a creative director at the site and Bowyer-Chapman is Freddy, Nell’s bisexual boyfriend.

Check out the trailer below!

We will definitely be watching this! We just wonder is that true? Is the 10th Date really “The Holy Grail” relationship commitments? If so that would explain why some of us are still single and cannot get past second dates. We digress…Nevertheless this looks amazing. We will be tuning in on Saturday, January 28th at 8 PM EST. Check your local listing for channels and showtimes! Happy viewing!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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11/6/2016- [VIDEO] A #PSA For All My Riders, Baby Mamas, & Down Ass Chicks!”

Hey Mikey,

I consider myself a pretty loyal girlfriend. I cook, clean, pay bills, and another four letter word I’d rather not type. My boyfriend is a really talented music producer and recently he has caught the attention of a number of Atlanta artists including T.I., Future, Lil Yachty, and Ludacris. I definitely have not minded supporting him as he produced, but now he is talking about becoming an artist and just told me today a record label is interested in him. Now I have a problem…I don’t want him becoming one! His profile will be elevated and labels never want their artists in relationships. I gave four years of my life up for him! How do I tell him I’m not happy about this?

-Don’t Want Him Brand New

***Don’t Want Him Brand New, I love your pen name! I am definitely a Jazmine Sullivan fan! Now, getting to the task at hand; let this serve as a PSA to all Riders, Down Ass Chicks, and Baby Mamas. Love is selfless, and this is not about you! Your man has an amazing opportunity and he should definitely explore it. I agree you two should talk, but not about your happiness with the situation, but your concerns. Be completely open and honest with him. There is no reason your relationship cannot survive this and elevate to your desired level of contentment. Don’t you start acting “Brand New!” After all the label can’t break you up, that’s all on the two of you.

☆Need advice? Simply leave your question in the comments section of this post, or email me at  HeyMikeyATL@gmail.com. Be sure to pick a pen name! Thanks for checking me out! -Mikey ♡

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[PHOTOS] “Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta’s” Mimi Faust (@MimiFaust) Shows Off Her New Caucasian Girlfriend!

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This past season of Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta was nothing short of crazy! Besides the usual drama and shenanigans, one of the show’s mainstays, Mimi Faust, revealed she was bisexual and was dating a woman named Chris Gould. Their romance was like the wind–here one second and gone the next! Although she and Chris are no longer together that has not stopped her from rather quickly moving on to dating another woman.

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Mimi mentioned this relationship late in the season when she confronted and scolded Chris for being overbearing. Well now Mimi is showing off her new girlfriend and she is definitely not masculine like Chris, but she is Caucasian. We are not surprised Ms. Faust gets down with the swirl. She does seem to like everything nowadays. Check out the photos from the couple’s outing at Traxx Girls this past weekend below.

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We are not really sure what Mimi is up to nowadays, but at this point just about anyone she dates is a step up from Stevie and Nikko. What do you guys think though? We wonder will she too be featured on the show? Are you feeling Mimi’s new boo? Let us know by commenting below. Happy Sunday!

“He’s Not My Type” – Why you SHOULD Date A Person Who’s Not Your ‘Type’

We all have this little list of standards and qualities of what it is we want in a mate and ideally, that’s what makes up our “type”. For some women, it can be a man who’s tall, dark and muscular and for some guys, it can be a woman with fire engine red hair, a nice set of breasts and a J.Lo booty to round it all out. And that’s good. By all means, you have a right to like whatever it is that you like but have you ever thought that after several bad dates and three failed relationships maybe your type is just a bit… wrong? Don’t trip, we all do. We get so wrapped up in finding someone who fits the bill that we treat the dating process more like an auction instead of the interview of a lifetime. Opposites truly do attract and today, I’m going to tell you why it’s okay to date someone who is not your type.

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After a while of dating only people who fit your ‘type’ criteria, the dating game gets eerily familiar. You wind up being attracted to some of the same television shows, musics, foods and things of that nature but dating someone who’s not your type means you can broaden your outlook on a host of different things. Dating someone who doesn’t fit the bill means you will get to learn brand new cultures, hobbies, and will probably discover a whole new approach to life, too! That thai place you wanted to go to dinner at but couldn’t because your ex was really into Italian food, just so happens to be your new interests favorite spot!

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Progressing Forward? Nicki Minaj (@NickiMinaj) & Meek Mill (@MeekMill) Move in Together!

It looks like rappers Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill are progressing with their relationship as we have learned that they are moving in together! We are surprised the celebrity couple are kicking it so strong still, after all, last year was pretty tough on them. As you recall just last year Nicki proclaimed in court she had no plans of marrying Meek or being with him forever. Yikes right!?

via TMZ

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According to TMZ, who was first to report the news, the hip-hop music stars will now call a sprawling 11,500-square-foot mansion in Beverly Hills home. Nicki and Meek will have plenty of room in their new abode, which reportedly features nine bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and a five-car garage.

Photos shared by the outlet of the duo’s new digs also include massive closets and an expansive backyard (not to mention a pool) that overlooks Los Angeles. Not too shabby!

And the Grammy-nominated rapper is seemingly enjoying sharing a space with her leading man, as a recent Instagram posted by Meek shows the two admiring what looks to be their manse from afar.

we good… WE GOOOD! 😉

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“we good… WE GOOOD!” he captioned the photo. Good, indeed.

Nicki also confirms they are “GOOOD,” as she stated the following on her April appearance on  The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

“We’re still figuring each other out,” she clarified. “And in fact, I don’t even want to say that I’m in a relationship anymore, because I think when people hear that, they go to like the mean place and try to like [what, pick it apart?]”

We definitely wish the happy couple all the best. Moving in together is big news for any couple. Now if we can just get Drake to settle down…