DIY She-Ra Costume

Halloween is just around the corner. If you are like me, you want an easy, no fuss look. That’s why I love t-shirt costumes. They are comfortable, and you can wear them with jeans. I bought this She-Ra top a few years ago and didn’t add any special touches the first year I wore it, but the second year I decided to get a little more fancy and add a headpiece.

The crown was drawn free-hand (based on this tutorial) onto gold glitter foam sheets measured to my head. I found a large jewel to glue on the center and taped the whole thing to a skinny headband. Voila! You have an easy peasy headpiece to go with your t-shirt. It probably won’t hold up over time, but it works.

Bad Moms Movie Review and Giveaway

This week I’ve been sick with a head cold and had to stay home for two whole sick days. As any mom knows this is a rare occasion, and many chores were still completed despite my running faucet of a nose. It was the perfect time to watch the movie Bad Moms now available on Digital HD, and on Blu-ray™ & DVD on Nov. 1. The film stars Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, and Kristen Bell. Mila Kunis plays Amy, a mom that seems to have a perfect life, but is secretly struggling to keep it all together (aren’t we all?) and teams up with two other overstressed moms (Hahn and Bell) to go against the group of judgy moms led by Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith,  and Annie Mumolo. Although the movie is geared to moms, anyone can relate to the idea of trying to keep up with appearances.

It was written by the same comedic geniuses that brought us The Hangover so you can expect some irreverent comedy and hilarious musical sequences. It’s a great way flick for a night in and no kids. It is rated R. I was able to partner with Think Jam Media to give one of my readers a digital copy of the movie. Click here or picture to enter the giveaway.
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Feeling like a bad mom?

I don’t know a mom out there that doesn’t feel guilty at one time or another, (or in my case at least 100 times a day). In this culture of social media and documenting every second of our lives it is easier than ever to compare your parenting skills to just about everyone from your neighbors to celeb moms. I haven’t had time to see the movie Bad Moms, but just from the trailer, I knew I would relate. I am looking forward to the digital release of the film on October 18th when I can put my kiddos to bed and laugh about this #momlife of mine. Want to win a digital copy of the movie? Until then, enjoy one of my favorite videos on the different types of moms you meet. 

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My Destiny

The fall season is in full swing with hopes of cooler temps and pumpkin flavored everything. As we welcome in October, it is also a time to acknowledge a major issue for women’s health, breast cancer awareness. Currently, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, which is a scary thought as you look around your circle of friends.

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This month I am proud to partner with an incredible organization called My Destiny that provides financial assistance and emotional support to those that are at risk of developing breast cancer and help offset the many costs of preventive measures such as additional breast screenings and genetic testing.

I was also surprised to learn that there is a higher risk of ovarian cancer in women that are at risk or have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed at a later stage, making it harder to treat. It’s important for every woman to be diligent about getting their annual checkups and genetic testing when able. You can learn more about ovarian cancer here.

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It is my honor to donate 60% of the proceeds from my Destiny Collection and 10% off any pink-hued item at LoveYourBling.com to My Destiny to help cope emotionally and finally from this disease.

Below is a collection of quotes from women that have benefited from the support provided by My Destiny.

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“Some of the most comforting words in the universe are “me too”.  That moment when you find out that your struggle is also someone else’s struggle, that you are not alone, and that others have been down the same road”.

“I don’t know what I would have done without the group. I found it shortly before my prophylactic double mastectomy. When I started having complication after complication it felt like the ladies in the group were the only people that could even begin to comprehend what I was going through. It’s not just a Facebook group its a true sisterhood…one I am very proud to be a part of.”

“When I first joined the prophylactic mastectomy group (my destiny) there were 250 members. Although family members were going through similar procedures due to our brca1 status I still felt disconnected. It’s amazing how people who aren’t even in the same times zone can ‘get’ what you’re going through. People in this group supported me through hellish months and for that I’ll be forever grateful. 3.5 years later I’m still a member of the group that has a ridiculous amount of ladies looking for support. It makes you wonder where we would all be without My Destiny. For me I have no idea, but my life wouldn’t have been as rich as it is without it in it.

“I feel alive and hopeful of life now!.. My Destiny’s FB group has been a huge resource for my healing.  Thank you so much for helping make it possible to get my surgeries.”

“I don’t know what I would have done without the group. I found it shortly before my prophylactic double mastectomy. When I started having complication after complication it felt like the ladies in the group were the only people that could even begin to comprehend what I was going through. It’s not just a Facebook group its a true sisterhood…one I am very proud to be a part of.”

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DIY Striped wall art with roses

I am asked many times how Love Your Bling® came to be, and it has been a long journey of DIY practices. Being crafty has always come naturally to me, but I have had a lot of teachers along the way. My grandmother taught me to sew doll clothes by hand when I was about five or six years old, and in middle school, my teacher gave me an appreciation for cross stitching. All this is a far cry from jewelry making. However, I learned how to make something out of nothing.

Recently I attended a local crafting event hosted by the Gypsyz Road Show and picked up a new interested in decoupaging. I learned some helpful techniques and was inspired to make a wall hanging for my office.

 

Supplies

  • 8×8″ Wood Plaque
  • Decorative paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • sandpaper (optional)

I started by lightly sanding the plaque and applying a thick coat of Mod Podge®. I cut out the striped sheet slightly smaller than the board and smoothed it out over the mod podge and covered it again with another coat. Next, I cut out the flowers from the second scrapbook sheet and covered the backs of the flowers with the Mod Podge® to place on the stripes. I am not very patient in waiting for it to dry between coats, but I tried. You can read more about decoupaging techniques here. Happy crafting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Recap of BlogHer 216

Recently I had the opportunity to attend the BlogHer Conference. The three-day event was held in sunny Los Angeles, California with keynote speakers like Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sheryl Crow, and social media mogul, Kim Kardashian West.

Sarah Michelle Gellar talked about her new business and challenges of being a woman entrepreneur. Sheryl Crow focused on her battle with breast cancer and living a simpler, less technological life with her two boys. Kim Kardashian drew the most media attention for the event, focusing on life in the public eye.

My favorite break-out session was with speakers Tiffany Pham and Julie Ross Godar. Tiffany is the Founder and CEO of Mogul, a platform for connecting women to trending content, while Julie oversees the editorial aspects for Blogher.com. Together they spoke about Owning Your Expertise. As women, we tend to minimize our accomplishments and undermine own proficiency on anything from mothering to our career performance. It resonated with me and my mission to encourage others to “love your bling” and highlight that which makes you unique.

Being in LA, there was a slew of celebrities. I woke up bright and early for an event hosted by Staples with surprise celebrity guests Gabrielle Reese and Lori Loughlin. My inner teen fangirl came out for an event hosted by Goodnites underwear with guest Ian Ziering star of a few Sharknado films and my personal fave the original 90210.

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Another fun aspect of the conference is, of course, the swag. There was also an expo hall with great sponsors such Garnier, Best Buy, Baskin Robbins, and Russell Stover Candies to name a few. Love Your Bling® was also a sponsor via The Artisan Group, but was lucky enough to receive handmade swag by Clever Kim’s Curios, JDzigner, Starletta Designs, Nan Gates Designs, and BadTags.

 

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Swag from The Artisan Group®

BlogHer was the third conference I have attended this year, with one more scheduled for the end of September. It is always good to network with other people that speak your same language about what you are interested in and escape your everyday routine.

Finding The Right Photographer

One of the challenges of being a maker online is conveying to your customers what you are like as the person behind the screen. Until recently I hadn’t been posting many images of myself on social media because it is always harder to select a selfie versus pictures of your product.  The photo I have been using is one I had taken nearly three years ago. _DSC9678 At the time I had no idea that my business would expand, and my photo would be utilized for so many things, including being published in a national crafting magazine, twice. It conveyed who I was at the time,  but we all grow and change, so I was determined to update my headshots.

While it can be hard to trust the Internet, I started out by Googling my way through local photographers, until I came across the site Thumbtack. You answer a few questions about what you are looking for and your price range, and then professionals contact you with an offer. I did get connected with an excellent professional photographer that understood the look I was trying to convey. Before I met up with her, I did a little research on what to wear for headshots on Pinterest, which led to stuffy style photos that probably would be best for a bench ads. There were, however, a few great tips for keeping your makeup looking natural. I ended up choosing a chambray shirt dress that was classic and feminine, which I accessorized with a few pieces from my latest Rosie Collection. The photos came out great, and I loved working with Michele Tully of Sole Fide Photography. She made the awkwardness of taking photos a little more bearable. I look forward to working with her again on future projects. Do you have any unusual picture taking stories? Tell me about it in the comment section below.

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Everything is coming up Rosie

It’s no surprise that Rose gold has been a favorite choice metal for jewelry recently, and by the looks of it, the pink gold trend isn’t going away anytime soon. This particular metal looks great on all skin types and pairs well with a variety of stones in all shapes and colors. Rose gold has inherent warmth and feminity, that plays well with all kinds of metal, making it easy to pair with the classic pieces you already wear. It was an easy choice to make rose gold the foundation for my latest collection; Rosie.

Roses as flowers have an interesting dichotomy of being both delicate and strong. They can grow under difficult circumstances and thrive in the most unlikely places. No matter the color or shape roses are always beautiful just like humans. Love Your Bling® is about finding that which makes you unique and using that special quality to make the world a better place. At home or in public we should all strive to love our bling and share it with others. Love Your Bling is not just a brand, but a way to express your individuality.

My latest collection is composed of new pieces that complement each other with a variety of shades ranging from soft blush pinks to dark rainbow shades. Open bangles and rings can transition from work to night outfits, or saved for special occasions. I invite you to shop the entire collection here.

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New Rosie Collection at LoveYourBling.com

 

For the next quarter Love Your Bling® will be donating a portion of sales to Mental Health America, an organization that provides mental health services and education to those in need.

What is your inner bling? Tell me about in the comments below.

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Plated vs. Gold-filled

What’s the difference?

One of my frequently asked questions is regarding my plated versus gold filled materials. At Love Your Bling® my goal is to bring you quality jewelry at an affordable price. At times, I may use plated gold chains and findings(ear wires, bails, wire, etc.) to keep costs down. Other times I work with 14k gold-filled metal for those that may have specific metal allergies or to accommodate price range.

Gold filled findings are created with multiple layers of real durable gold. Legally it must constitute 5% of the item’s total weight and is layered over base metals or sterling silver. It has the look of solid gold without the same price tag. Since gold filled components are thicker than gold plated ones, they tend to last longer when worn more frequently. Sterling silver metal coated with gold is also referred to as vermeil.

To care for gold filled jewelry, I recommend cleaning it often with a warm water and soft material. I do not recommend jewelry cleaners or cloths, as they may be abrasive and damage the metal.

I do my best to specify which metals I use in my designs if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at Ruthie@LoveYourBling.com

Love Your Bling® Bracelet Sparkles on Actress Yara Martinez in Episdoe 208 of Jane the Virgin

LoveYourBling®  has had its Blush Crystal and Rose Gold Bracelet worn by actress Yara Martinez (Dr. Luisa Alver) on Episode 208 of the CW Network’s primetime hit, Jane the Virgin. The episode aired December 14, 2015.

According to LoveYourBling founder and designer Ruthie Youngman, the bracelet was designed to be, “feminine and dramatic, in keeping with Doctor Alver’s complex yet heart of gold character.” The bracelet, which pairs beautifully with a range of fashion colors, showcases a collection of emerald cut SWAROVSKI® crystals in a soft blush shade, accented with rose gold plated links. The bracelet was gifted to the stylist via The Artisan Group.

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