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Life After Loss|| From Love To Self-Love With Tapper’s

I have met many super nice people since my late husband passed away. They all have said, “I am so sorry!” I really appreciate all of their help and support. At this moment, I have realized that I am NOT SORRY for myself at all.

Life After Loss|| From Love To Self-Love With Tapper's

In the past 14 months, I have learned how to live alone safely, happily and peacefully. I never could have imagined I could accomplish this. I had a very unpleasant childhood and it affected my adulthood. I was insecure and self-doubting all the time. My late husband was always the one to remind me of how much I have achieved and how amazing I am. But now, I finally realized that I don’t need anyone to give me confidence. I know who I am, I know what my flaws and skills are, and what I really want.

Life After Loss|| From Love To Self-Love With Tapper's

My late husband showed me what the true love was. The grieving journey I took after I lost him has helped me open the door to self-empowerment and self-love.

Life After Loss|| From Love To Self-Love With Tapper's

I have always wanted to do something special with our wedding rings and the jewelry my husband had given me. I want those pieces to remind me the great love my man and I shared, but also the even greater self-love that I need to hold on to. I couldn’t figure out how to incorporate them into my current life until I visited Tapper’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry Store at our local Somerset Collection mall. After a tour around the stunning, newly remolded store, I suddenly saw a LOVE necklace. At that moment I knew exactly what I wanted to do with our rings. Yes, I wanted to turn them into a LOVE necklace!!

Life After Loss|| From Love To Self-Love With Tapper's

After I expressed my interests, I was told Tapper’s specializes in custom jewelry, so I made an appointment to meet with the Vice President/lead designer Steven Tapper to explore my possibilities. I took all four rings (our wedding bands and engagement rings) and a necklace that he bought for me many years ago. To be honest with you, I had no clue if turning them into a LOVE necklace was doable, or what the necklace would look like. I was also not sure of how the custom design process works.

Life After Loss|| From Love To Self-Love With Tapper's

Then it was the day of my appointment! I quickly learned that Steven is such a warm gentleman and made me feel very comfortable by telling him about my late husband and what I would like to create. He is a very creative artist. Right after he heard I wanted a LOVE necklace, he took out his tools and started drawing.

Life After Loss|| From Love To Self-Love With Tapper's

Steven asked a lot of great questions to get to know me; to know the true love my late husband and I shared. He said my stories helped him get inspiration for the design. I felt very comfortable opening up to him. We discussed a few styles and layouts then finally decided on one design, which you can see below. It is timeless, and the letters are very flowy, just like love flowing around. You can watch this short video below to see more details about our meeting.

Life After Loss|| From Love To Self-Love With Tapper's

Right after the appointment, I went on my month-long vacation in Shanghai. When I was back, the necklace was already completed. Again, Steven communicated with me throughout the process and had sent CAD images to me when I was in Shanghai, but I was still not very certain how the necklace would turn out. Then it was the moment of truth. When Steven put this necklace on me, I just couldn’t help smiling at this stunning piece in the mirror! That day, I was quite tired from jet-lag, but this necklace brought me joy! This is the perfect LOVE necklace I imagined! This necklace is not just a pretty piece of jewelry for me, it is a symbol of a great past and amazing future! It is a symbol of my journey from love to self-love!

Life After Loss|| From Love To Self-Love With Tapper's

I am more than pleased with the design, quality and service. My necklace even came with the appraisal certificate! I already recommended Tapper’s to a few friends that they go for their engagement rings and custom work. Tapper’s Jewelry of Michigan is also a part of the worldwide network of authorized Rolex dealers, allowed to sell and maintain Rolex watches at all three locations. They have the only Rolex shop in Michigan at its Troy, Michigan location. If you are thinking of turning some of your old jewelry pieces into something new, Tapper’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry Store is definitely a great place to go!

Life After Loss|| From Love To Self-Love With Tapper's

You can read all the Life After Loss series here and Living with Cancer series here.

Life After Loss|| From Love To Self-Love With Tapper's

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Life After Loss || How we met #1

“How did you guys meet?” It is probably the most frequent question I was asked when it is regarding me and my late husband. I have to say, it is kind of unusual for us to meet. He is American and lived in Michigan, I am a Chinese and lived in Shanghai. Physically it is almost impossible to meet. But then at that very important day and time, our paths crossed.

Life After Loss || How we met #1

It was June 18 in Shanghai, a very comfortable Friday afternoon. I had run away from my hometown to this big and fancy city for more than 5 years. From almost homeless to co-owned a company with my best friend. There were a couple of short relationships but nothing real. My heart just couldn’t settle and was still looking for the true love as I have read in books or seen on movies. 😉 After I turned 30 years old, I suddenly was not in a hurry anymore. In Chinese society, it is like a death penalty if a woman hasn’t married before 30. There is even a special word for women like me, Leftover Women. Lol! But in fact, I was quite relaxed because no one gave me pressure anymore since I am hopeless of getting married as my age. 😉

Life After Loss || How we met #1

Without all the pressures and noises, I spent more me-time on reading and reflecting on what I really want. It came to a conclusion that I just wanted to be happy and enjoy my life no matter if I am married or not. Although the society was putting a pity label on me, but I found peace by just being the odd one. Reading fashion magazines, trying new skincare products, and learning how to take care of my body and my soul became my lifestyle. Seriously I was at my best being a single woman.

Life After Loss || How we met #1

Then that very special Friday afternoon, my partner, a female client and myself had a meeting at our office. We had a such great time so we decided to continue our conversation to one of my partner’s favorite place, Paulaner Brauhaus Shanghai At Binjiang Branch. This is a German Beer Garden located in close proximity to the Lujiazui Financial District along the banks of the Huangpu River in Pudong, the restaurant boasts one of the most stunning views of Shanghai’s historic Bund. Below are the views that you can see when you are sitting outside of the restaurant.

Life After Loss || How we met #1

See The World || Shanghai China #1

This is how outside of the restaurant looks like.

Life After Loss || How we met #1

That very day, we sat on the table right behind the folded umbrella in the photo below, watching the boats going by, sipping the German beer and laughing with each other’s jokes. Then suddenly, a group of guys came to our table, there were two middle aged Americans and one young Chinese. The young man asked us if they can share table with us in Chinese. Just like all the beer gardens in Europe, costumers need to share tables when it is getting busy. So of course we said ok.

Life After Loss || How we met #1

The slim American man sat right next to me along with the young Chinese guy, the over-weight American guy sat next to my client along with my partner and they were facing me. At that time I had almost no English. The only words that I remembered from my collage years are “Hello, thank you, how are you, I am fine, good-bye, yes and no”. I became nervous because I realized those American guys wanted to talk to us after we exchange greeting. At least the slim guy next to me. I had no clue what they said or how to respond and it was quite embarrassing…Well, you have to come back next time to read more about it since this post is already pretty long. 😉

Life After Loss || How we met #1

You can read all the Life After Loss series here and Living with Cancer series here.

Photo credit: Grace Liang

Thank you for reading, and if you like what you read, please comment below or share it with your friends. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for new post updates, and follow me on Instagram for all the amazing fashion, beauty and life style products that I will share with you. Of course, don’t forget to check out my Instagram stories daily to know me better as a person. Finally, don’t forget to follow me on YouTube for my fashion, beauty and life style videos. Have a great day and see you soon!

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Grace
http://colorandgrace.com occasionally receives vendor/ brand sponsorships for mentioning their products and services.

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