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Andrea Rodgers is the Founder of Miss A (AskMissA.com), which covers the intersection of charity and lifestyle for 1.5 million unique readers annually. Based in Washington, DC, Miss A has a presence in 21 U.S. cities with 30 editors and hundreds of writer. Andrea was inspired after 9/11, and became heavily involved in Washington’s charity circuit in an effort to give back to the community. At the core of the Miss A brand is Andrea’s personal belief in the positive power of volunteering and charity — not only to benefit those less fortunate, but to improve the individual, business or brand that gives their time, money and energy to a cause. AskMissA.com serves as a technological platform which connects editors, writers and readers around this core belief and shines a spotlight on the best nonprofits, charity events, cause marketing campaigns and philanthropic & stylish people, businesses and brands to inspire others to get involved.

Andrea Rodgers is a member of the Vogue 100, a hand-selected group by Vogue magazine of 100 influential decision makers and opinion leaders across the country known for their distinctive taste in fashion & culture. She has been featured in Vogue, W and Allure, CNN, Fox News, NOS Dutch Public Broadcasting, TV Tokyo, France 24, Alhurra, USA Today, Washington Post & Politico.

Tacori’s New Gentleman’s Guide To Engagement

Dear Miss A,

My girlfriend and I want to get married, and I plan to propose before the holidays. I asked her to go take a look around and let me know what kind of ring she likes best, but she insists that I surprise her and pick out an engagement ring on my own.  I’ll be honest, I know nothing about jewelry.  I’ve only bought her a couple of David Yurman pieces that she wanted, and I really don’t know where to begin.  She says she likes the round and the cushion cut, but that’s all she has told me.  I don’t think she even knows which shape she likes best. I’m worried that I’m going to get her the wrong thing.  Where do I even begin?

Perplexed Pete

Dear Perplexed Pete,

I really feel for you and other men who have to figure out what a woman wants in an engagement ring. I know it’s not easy, but one jewelry designer is making it easier for men.

On August 13th, Tacori launched their Gentleman’s Guide to Engagement website. They will help you figure out her engagement ring style by answering a few simple questions. Ladies, give it a try and let me know how close it comes to choosing a ring you’d be excited to receive.

There is also an Engagement Matrix with videos which discuss how much to spend, the diamond shopping process, tips on the proposal, and what to look for in a diamond. Even if you aren’t into the Tacori look, I think that this website is a great place for a guy to start the engagement ring and proposal process.

– Miss A

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