12 Years

Earrings: c/o Michael Hill | Necklace: c/o Michael Hill | Blazer: Similar | Jeans: Similar | Sunglasses: c/o Le Chateau | Shoes: Valentino | Bag: Gucci 


This August, the hubby and I will be celebrating 12 years together (between dating and being married). This year by far has been the best year of marriage and time together for me. I feel like we are starting to problem solve together better, have less conflict and enjoy each other even more.

The past 12 years have flown by and I can vividly remember the first piece of jewelry he ever gave me and the promise that came along with it.

It was our 4th year dating anniversary when he presented me with a promise ring from Michael Hill. It had a pink topaz and was the prettiest piece of jewelry I owned. Sadly, I ended up losing it a few months later but the thought and sentiment behind the ring remained.

When presented the opportunity to work with Michael Hill for this anniversary post, I knew I had to say yes. I chose hoop earrings and a circle pendant because of its symbolism for eternal love.

To celebrate 12 years together,  I want to share what I've learned about being in a long-term loving relationship.

If you always try to be right, everybody loses. In the end, what matters is the outcome of your compromise not who was wrong or right in the process of solving or causing it. If you can let the "must win" mentality go, you'll both be winners.

Show your love on a daily basis. Whether it be by packing his lunch for him or bringing her flowers for no reason, be consistent with showing your love through little actions.

Acknowledge strengths and don't magnify weaknesses. Never tear your partner down by reminding them of their faults, rather consistently build on their positive attributes and remind them why you're grateful for them.

Conflict is healthy if you can come to a resolution. Rather than having the same fights over and over again, have a conversation about what's causing you to fight and come up with concrete solutions that each partner can contribute to the problem. Hold each other accountable for upholding your contributions.

Make them a priority. No matter where you are with your walk in marriage, your partner should always be at the top.

Spend quality time together. Even if you have to plan it in advance, make the effort to enjoy one another. Whether it be at home or going out for a date, never let the spark go dull.

This post is brought to you by Michael Hill. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  1. Wow congrats girl! I will definitely remember these tips with my boyfriend!


  2. Happy anniversary,I wish you continued happiness and love :-) You look wonderful in this styling dear, I love your blazer :-)

  3. Nice article and cool and chic outfit at the same time :)


  4. So happy for you Rina!! <3 Happy Anniversary! And thanks again for the tips!! :)

  5. Awww congrats! These are good tips. I think it's all about communication too when it comes to a relationship.

  6. Aaaw dear that's so cute, congrats the both of you! Your tips are so honest and I love the way you look at the little things <3 Have a good weekend!
    xx, Carmen - http://carmitive.com

  7. Great post, I like it :)fantastic photos and outfit, you look amazing :)

    new post

  8. Love your outfit :)


  9. Congrats!
    I love your style.
    Have a happy week beauty.

  10. Congrats on your anniversary! :) I love the blush pink blazer with the grey tee in your outfit too - very nice combination :)

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  11. Love these photos! Great post babe! x


  12. This series is amazing
    and reminds me of a Fashion Editorial.
    The delicate jewelry suits you perfectly.

    with love your AMELY ROSE

  13. The first lesson is always learnt the hard way, but it's so true! Once you learn to put your relationship first and forget your pride, things get so much easier :) Congrats on your anniversary and I wish you and your husband the best!

  14. You are beautifull and look too <3


  15. I love to hear stories behind jewelries... this one was a great one :) Happy 12 year anniversary Rina! It's a big milestone!

    Jessica || Cubicle Chic

  16. Lovely blazer, and lovely shoes as well! You're definitely rocking that fab look. Anyway, couldnt agree more with your list, especially #1 and 2.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  17. That is so sweet! you guys are couple goals!


  18. You are absolutely beautiful!
    Great post :D
    and the photos are just perfect!
    Wish you a lovely day


  19. Congrats on celebrating 12 years with your hubby!! Seriously amazing. Loved this post girl!




  20. First of all, congratulations on celebrating 12 years!! And I love your look. Very chic and sophisticated :)

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

  21. 12 years! That's such an amazing accomplishment already! I definitely look up to you guys! Such a gorgeous couple.

    Much love from Napa Valley!

    Paulina | Shenska

  22. Wow that sounds so great. Happy 12 years my dear. And your look is absolutely amazing. Love it! You look so beautiful. Have a wonderful day my dear.

    xx, Andrea - Strawberries 'n' Champagne

  23. Wow, 12 Years! Congrats Rina and hoping to many more happy years.
    I love the classy pieces you have chosen. They would perfect for everyday, no matter what you decide to wear.


  24. que preciosa que estas
    muchas felicidades por tu aniversario
    y estoy segura que serán muchos años más
    un beso


  25. Looking great hun! Such great accessories here. The glasses is everything! :-)


  26. super chic look my dear, love bag and shoes so much
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    have an happy day

  27. wow!!! Congratulations on your 12 year anniversary!! I also feel that the more time you spent together, the better life together will be! Xx Susanne - http://bagatyou.com

  28. Congrats on your 12 years of marriage babe! What a milestone.

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  29. Beautiful photo!

  30. Congrats on 12 years! How exciting! My hubberkins & I just celebrated 2 years of marriage (August 1st), but have been together 10.5 years. It's crazy how fast time flies, huh!? Anywho congrats again! You look gorgeous. Love your look!

    Kara Aragon

  31. What a beautiful and loving post, Rina Samantha ♥ You and your hubby definitely make a great team, and I couldn't agree more with your tips for successful relationships although God knows it's not always easy to admit one's fault and let the love be at the centre of it all ;) Love the pieces you have chosen as well, I am all about geometric and gold jewellery lately :) Sending you big hugs from England

    Saida | She talks Glam

  32. Congrats on your anniversary Rina!!
    Cheers to many more great years with your boo to come :D


  33. wow 12 years?! Girl I need your advice of how to stay in a relationship this long!


  34. Thank you dear for your tips. I can say that I´m in a complicated phase of my marriage and maybe I can find here some help to overcome the difficulties.
    I always like your style and congratulations to the couple! xx
    Coco and Jeans by Marisa x My Instagram x My Bloglovin

  35. Congrats on the anniversary! :)
    You look stunning <3
    Happy Wednesday!

  36. Congrats on your 12 year anniversary! Sounds like you and your husband have a great relationship together! Thanks for sharing these tips.. it's easy to forget them sometimes but it is good to have a reminder!
    x Emily

  37. Amazing photos! Congrats! 12 years is such a long time, I wish you more than 12 next years together ;)

  38. congratulations! I hope to one day meet someone who I want to share myself with. Great tips! Cute outfit...love the blazer

  39. Happy Anniversary!! That is amazing you guys have been together this long! I totally agree with your advice and tips. My hubs and I definitely do the same!


  40. Stunning jewelry and I looove this look! =)
    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  41. I love the pieces you chose and the meaning behind them with the first gift from your hubby. How special!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  42. Gorgeous outfit lovely! and Happy Anniversary!! xx

    Nev | Miss Nev

  43. Happy Anniversary! Congratulations on 12 years.
    It's so sad that you lost your promise ring, but how lovely that you got to work with the same jeweller to celebrate your anniversary
    Julia x

  44. This was a beautifully written post! Congrats on 12 whole freakin' years! Also, I love your pictures and the beige/camel blazer.

    Simply Lovebirds

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