Dear Sara:

I read your recent piece about Valentine’s Day proposals in Esquire [Ed. note: Here it is], and think that my client Fortune & Frame  has something that might also be up your alley.

The NYC-based jewelry line just released its “Will you marry me?” Proposal Kit for the guy who’s finally decided to take the plunge and propose to his girlfriend—but who can’t stomach a Kanye-style proposal extravaganza or choreographed dance with 100 of his closest friends. The months, days, and hours leading up to the proposal can be nerve-wracking enough without all that.

So, Fortune & Frame teamed up with proposal specialist Karen Brown of Karen Brown NY to come up with a concept that would alleviate the added pressure of trying to come up with a clever way to do it.

The kit sets up the guy to gift his future fiancé with the line’s namesake Fortune Cookie Locket, which comes packaged in what appears to be the signature Fortune & Frame gift box. Once our future fiancé opens it, the guy will innocently direct her to read the fortune stored underneath the locket. When she lifts up the insert, she’ll be greeted by the “Will you marry me?” fortune, and underneath it, the ring. The fortune can then be folded up and kept as a keepsake within the locket. (See images below.)

Please let me know if you’d like to discuss–otherwise, I’ll be in touch soon to follow up.  Thank you in advance for your consideration.

All the best,


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  • rebecca

    as long as he didn’t do it on one knee. If someone got down on one knee to propose, I would say NO because I DON”T MARRY PUSSIES.

    • Fitzgerald Chesterfield

      What if there was broken glass or something on the ground? That would be pretty tough.

    • BMW

      I will keep that in mind for future reference.

    • glasspusher

      OK! OK! You don’t have to shout! YOU DON’T HAVE TO SHOUT! (sobs uncontrollably)

  • That Redacted person is one hell of a prolific emailer…

    • glasspusher

      Yeah, his friend Et Al has been writing a shitload of scientific papers, too.

  • Mahousu

    “proposal specialist Karen Brown”Karen may have specialized a little too narrowly.

  • glasspusher

    cheeze louise- does this proposal kit come with a strap-on port-a-spine for these chickenshit cowards?

  • Forthrast

    Well, IIRC it was around Valentine’s Day, anyway just a couple of months after we met at a Christmas party, when I came up for air in the middle of a rather active bit of love-making and said “hey, you want to get married?” No token, no planning, just hey, let’s do it. She said yes. We were married six months later. And are still married, 32 years after that. FWIW.

    • NoNotThatOne

      Congratulations. Now that’s timing it like a baws.