Happy Friday. :)

Happy Friday folks! I don’t have much to post about today, boo. I have my 29 week checkup a little later this afternoon. It’s so crazy to think about… when you first get pregnant the doctors won’t see you for weeks because you’re “not pregnant enough” and then you go once a month… and now I’m at every 2 weeks! That’s how you know you’re nearing the end. I can’t believe in a few weeks I’ll have to go once a week. I may as well just set up a sleeping bag in my doctor’s office! I got an e-mail this morning from my baby app that says only 74 more days to go! Insane. Our crib arrived yesterday!! I can’t wait to put that together. Right now Baby R’s room is Matt’s office when he works from home on Friday’s & weekends. He’ll have to find somewhere else to set up soon.

Anywho. I feel good today because I did a little shopping this morning. Doesn’t spending money on things you don’t really need always make you feel better? It works for me! I am in a particularly good mood though because I bought 2 maxi skirts today that are not maternity! AND they’re a size small. The fact that I can still wear normal people clothes in a size small puts a smile on my face. My father, who is somewhat of a photographer, wants to take those artsy “pregnancy photos” of Matt & I this weekend. I was on the prowl for a sheer black maxi skirt to wear in the pictures and I was lucky enough to find one at Forever 21. Now if only a hot pink blazer would appear out of thin air I would really feel satisfied. I also got some sweet new rings today too. Check it.

Isn’t instagram the coolest app ever created? If you’re on it follow me! TheRachelRoss of course.

& This is the look I’m going for during this little photo shoot…

I don’t really know quite what to do for these pictures. My dad is all about it though, so I’m hoping he’ll have some cool and creative ideas. At first I was like, I’m never taking pictures like that, they’re so lame. And then I saw some on a tv show or something and I was so drawn to them! They really looked amazing and the couple looked so happy… I was like oh damn, now I want to! I didn’t say anything though because… like… who the hell do you tell? I don’t want to hire some cheesy glamour shot photographer to take our awkward “family photos” so I just didn’t say anything. Luckily my dad brought it up on his own. I’m excited! Even if they come out cheesy and incredibly awkward it’ll still be something nice to have, and if nothing else, will give us a good laugh. We should be doing that sometime this weekend and if they come out nice I’ll post a few! Hell even if they come out a little ridiculous I’ll post some. Why not have a good laugh at my expense, right? :]

OH Also! I just want to give a little update on my last manicure. As I posted here the other day, I previously purchased & painted my nails with a polish I found at none other than Forever 21… my current favorite place apparently. Well, it was only $2.80 as you remember, so let’s not all act shocked and surprised when I tell you that it chips horribly. Well, no, that’s kind of a lie. It doesn’t chip horribly, but it does chip quickly. It started to chip the day I painted my nails… which is kind of a bummer, but for less than three dollars I guess I can’t really complain right? And honestly, I paint my nails so often that chipping doesn’t really bother me because I’m already planning my next manicure as my current one is drying. SO! Just wanted to fill you in. A cute color, and certainly a steal, but it’s no Essie, obviously. ;]

So that’s all for now, loves. Have a wonderful weekend! xo

 

Become Someone’s Muse.

Hey, so, remember that time I posted this really cryptic and mystical tweet about wanting to become someone’s muse and stay tuned and I’ll tell you how you can be and then never posted again after that? Yeah, sorry about that. Apparently my computer decided to take a dive last week and crap out on me. So I was out of commission for a few days but thanks to my genius cousin I now have a working computer again, woo!

Let’s get back to my super secretive tweet: How to become someone’s muse. A few months ago I was lucky enough to feature jewelry designer Kasia Piechocka on my blog as she launched her new line: About The Man Who Loved Fishing. This particular collection really caught my eye because it’s a unisex jewelry line. And before you go all, “ew, unisex jewelry? I would never, gross!” Look at the collection. It’s gorgeous. There are a few pieces that I would say are either more for men or women, but in general, the collection can be worn by anyone. And my favorite thing about her line? It was all inspired by her late father and his passion for fishing, hence the name! It’s just such an awesome way to pay tribute to someone. Well, Kasia is getting ready to create her next collection but there’s just one, tiny, insignificant problem… she needs some inspiration! She is fresh out of ideas for this new line and she is looking for someone to be her new muse.

Kasia is all about designing with a passion, everything to her has a meaning. With her new collection, she is looking for the same passion from her customer. So here’s the deal… Kasia wants to hear from you. She designed a previous line around her father and his love for the sea, so who inspires you?

Let Kasia know by sending an e-mail to InspireMe@KasiaPiechocka.com – send her a description of someone who has been an inspiration to you, and it can be anyone. Someone you’ve known your whole life or someone you just met yesterday, or hey, it can even be you. You can send her pictures, stories, descriptions, whatever you think would be the best way for her to get a feel for the emotion and symbolism behind this individual. You really have nothing to lose, and everything to gain so seriously, send her an e-mail!

Want to read my interview with Kasia that was posted a few months ago? Just click here to check out what she’s all bout!

Weekend Look

Well this past weekend was St. Patrick’s Day, and how did I celebrate? With a taco and fajita night! Just screams Irish pride right? Of course. So I only went to my cousin’s house for a taco and game night, but I haven’t been able to do anything in forever that didn’t involve wearing a football jersey so I figured I’d dress up a little bit. I’ve been doing yoga so my balance is on point lately and I decided I’m wearing heels while I still can. I’ll be wearing them to the hospital probably hah.. Peep my look.

From this angle you’d never even know I had a big ol’ baby bump…. buuuuttttt…

voila! There it is!
Outfit: 
Blazer – Express
Shirt: A Pea in the Pod
Jeans: Indigo Rein
Booties: Marc Fisher

Jewelry:
Earrings: Express
Bib Necklace: H&M
Bracelets: (Left hand)  Skull bracelets in white and gold and black and silver; Molly & ZoeTiffany’s Silver Ball – (right hand) wrap bracelet from Aruba
Watch: Michelle

You will recognize my hair from my how to curl your hair tutorial! I spiced it up by doing a deep center part instead of my usual. I also got new eyeshadow this weekend, which I am obsessed with! Take a closer look at how I did my eyes.

I used Midnight Cowboy all over my lid from lash line to eyebrows and then worked Scratch (both by Urban Decay) into the corners. I added a little solid black into the outer corners and there ya have it. Scratch was the new shade I got this weekend. After I took this picture I added a little bit of my Just Bitten lip stain in Flame from Revlon and that pretty much completed the look.

It’s pretty funny… I’ve always wanted a pair of those bright blue jeans and I wait til I’m pregnant to buy them, hah. So there ya have it, folks. A pregnant girl’s guide to looking somewhat presentable on the weekends. How do you think I did?

DIY: Earring Hangers

Last week when I posted the pictures of my new room someone had asked that I put up how to make these earring hangers that I made. They are super easy and quick to make. Let’s get started.

Here is all you need:

1. Picture frames (I found these at HomeGoods, they were between $7 and $12).
2. Lace eyelet ribbon (available at any craft store from between $3 and $10).
3. Hot Glue gun & glue sticks (I already had these, but you can find them at any craft store; the gun itself can go from $2 to $20 depending on how nice you want it.
4. Picture hangers (any hardware or craft store….. or even WalMart or Target, anywhere really).

Step One: Measure out the ribbon on the back of the frames. Hot Glue the end of the ribbon on each side of the frame.

For the top layer of ribbon that will rest along the top of the frame, I hot glued the whole ribbon so I could hang heavier earrings from there without fearing that they’ll pull the ribbon down.

Step two: This is the fun (or frustrating) part. After the glue dries (make sure it dries all the way so the earrings don’t pull on the ribbon) start hanging your earrings!

This is the end result:

Now the wonderful thing about these earring hangers is that they really allow for some amazing organizing. My jewelry box was the biggest disaster ever. Like I said before, I was housing half of my collection mini zip lock bags and kept all those in one big bag that I brought back and forth when I would go home for weekends or something. Now that I am all settled in one place (home!!) I can finally lay everything out and stop carrying my ish around in plastic bags. I wish I took some before pictures of my absurdly messy jewelry box so you guys could reaaaalllly get a feel for how well these earring hangers actually worked for me.Unfortunately, I did not, but you can kind of get the gist of it.

Check out how clean and organized my jewelry box is now! All three of these drawers were previously dedicated to earrings which meant all of my other jewelry was tangled together in the rest of the box. Now I have a ton of room open for my delicate necklaces to be by themselves, my watches, my bracelets. Everything has a place now and it makes accessorizing THAT much easier.

So making this jewelry hanger has literally like… 3 real steps; measuring out the ribbon, hot gluing, and hanging. Also, I feel like this is obvious but I should say it anyway just in case! I hung my earrings on this thing before I hung them on the wall. Just making sure we are all on the same page. hah

So this whole project took me like 15 minutes and it’s really easy and honestly just very beneficial for me! You should definitely make one of these and it will make your life so much easier. Do it up and let me know how it goes! Hope this tutorial was helpful for you guys!

 

About The Man Who Loved Fishing; an Interview with Jewelry Designer Kasia Piechocka

I have a huge obsession with jewelry, as we are all well aware of by now. In this day and age, it is extremely hard to find something unique to wear that represents you and your personality and your own style without wearing the same thing as the girl next to you. Women in general are always searching for something different that makes us stand out in a crowd. When I was introduced to Kasia Piechocka and her jewelry collection “About The Man Who Loved Fishing” I thought I died and went to accessories heaven. Ladies and gentlemen, you want something unique? Here it is. Her debut collection was inspired by her late father who, obviously, had a great passion for the sea. Her entire line was created for both men and women to wear and love. Yes, men and women wearing the same pieces. They’re not masculine, they’re not feminine. In my opinion, this is the perfect element to an accessory because you can really dress it up or down depending on your mood and the look you’re going for. These pieces are also so unique you can really model an entire outfit around them alone. Who doesn’t love that? I was lucky enough to interview Kasia about her debut fine jewelry collection so you could be the first to get a glimpse at her new line! Kasia grew up in a small village in West Poland surrounded by forestry and lakes. It didn’t take her long to realize she had a love for art and design, so at the age of 15 she moved to the city to study Fine Art. After college Kasia moved to London where she has been for the past eight years and still lives today. World, meet Kasia Piechocka!  

RR: How did you get into design as a whole? More specifically, designing jewelry?
KP: I was always interested in art as a child; it was something that I had always excelled in at school. My time at Fine Art College was where I really learnt to use my artistic skills in design work. Lessons in sculpting, technical drawing and photography all helped me realize my potential in design. Although my skill set pointed towards becoming a designer, my true passion and dream was to become a painter. Even after graduating from College and moving to London, I was still aiming to be a full time painter.
Four years ago, when I was working in London, I came across the short courses that Central Saint Martins (CSM) offer. I decided to do a short course in jewelry design because my college tutor had briefly recommended that I try it. I didn’t really know what to expect when going into the class, but from the very first session I knew that this was the path for me.

RR: Your debut collection, “About the Man who Loved Fishing” was inspired by your father. Tell us more about that.

The woman behind the line; Kasia Piechocka

KP: My father has and always will be a motivational figure in my life. He was always supportive throughout my studies and I really felt that my final year at CSM (and my graduate collection) was the climax of the education path he had supported me to follow. For this reason, I decided to base my collection around him, more specifically about my memories of him.
My father would regularly take me fishing as a child and I was always fascinated by how much he loved his hobby. My memories of him as a person and his passion for fishing have very much become one, this is the reason why the collection has a strong nautical feel behind it; hence the name, ‘About the Man Who Loved Fishing’.

RR: “About the Man Who Loved Fishing” is primarily a unisex line. How did you decide to go this route as opposed to a men’s line and woman’s line separately? How do you think it will be received by women since you used a male model to represent the collection?
KP: I have obtained some very positive feedback from my university, retailers and customers about my collection. Many people have commented that they like my collection as it is extremely wearable while still maintaining an element of uniqueness and originality. This was my main aim when designing my jewelry. I didn’t really think about  designing jewelry for just women or just men, I wanted design a collection for anybody that wants to add a touch of luxury to their look.
I don’t think that women will or should be put off by the fact that the collection is modeled by males. I didn’t specifically want to have male models for the shoot; I just wanted models that would amplify the themes behind the collection.

RR: What do you look for in the models that will be representing your collections?
KP: When I was organizing the shoot, I was initially considering using professional models. However I struggled to find any that genuinely seemed to portray the bold, masculine image that I wanted my collection to have. It was then that I realized that the best way to find the right faces for the collection was to find real people that represented the theme I had designed around. The two models that I used have never modeled before. One is a software engineer and a keen rock climber, the other is an IT Consultant!

RR: Your line is so unique, unlike anything around, being that you are based out of the UK, do you think there is a difference in the way people there and people here in the US will view and react to your collection?
KP: I have received great comments from people from all sorts of countries and backgrounds. However, I am aware of the fact that, as with any kind of design work, there are always going to be people that are not fans of your work wherever they are from. For this reason, I don’t really differentiate between people from different countries.

RR:  Where are you drawing you inspiration from for your future collections? What can your fans expect to see from you in the future?
KP: I personally found that designing a collection around a real person was a really effective process for me as a designer. I am planning to base my future collections around real people. I am inspired by hearing somebody’s impression of a person they look up to.
I want my fans to get involved in my work, so for my next collection I ask followers of my blog to ‘inspire me with a person that inspires you’. I ask them to email me and tell me about somebody that inspires them. I will eventually choose one of the emails, and design a collection based around that person. Whoever’s nomination I select will have a luxury jewelry collection designed around a person close to them, and will also receive an exclusive piece from the collection.

RR: What piece from this collection, “About the Man Who Loved Fishing,” do you think best represents the collection? If you had to pick one single piece from the collection that you are most proud of or that is your favorite piece, which one would you choose?
KP: That would be like asking a Mother to choose her favorite child…impossible!! A lot of peoples favorites from the collection are the ‘Green eye fish head ring and the Fishbone necklace.’

These are two of my personal favorite pieces from Kasia’s collection.

Want to see the rest? Visit Kasia’s site to view the whole collection!

Make a Wish

I’m sure everyone is well aware of this company by now, Dogeared. They make the most amazing jewelry at very affordable prices. I first discovered these necklaces at a store down by where I grew up called Sunsations. When I was in high school I would make frequent trips to this store and literally buy a different necklace every time I went in there. I had the infamous karma necklace, and several wish necklaces. Each necklace has a theme, or a purpose, and you’re supposed to make a wish, put the necklace on and wear it til the string breaks, at which time, your wish is supposed to come true. (Some of them are string, others are much more durable and not meant to be broken!) Now, I’m not the most superstitious person in the world and I didn’t honestly believe if I wore a necklace til it broke some crazy wish would come true… until it actually happened. I had the most beautiful necklace which was a very thin blue string with a bright blue crystal hanging from it, which has since been discontinued. I made a wish, wrapped it around my neck, and didn’t take it off for over a year. To be honest, as the year passed I completely forgot the purpose of the necklace, I had just fallen in love with the way it looked. Obviously, I can’t say what my wish was, but it was a serious wish. And I swear on my mother’s life, that a week after my necklace broke my wish started coming true. At first I was just devastated because it had become my favorite necklace and I had no faith in these wishes at all. But then little things started to happen to give me the impression that this wish might actually come true. And what do you know? It did. It really freakin’ did. Now it could be some crazy cosmic coincidence, but I’m just going to say it was the necklace. I haven’t put on another wish necklace since, but I’m still madly in love with Dogeared and all of their fabulous jewelry.

I went back to their website today to check it out because my Karma necklace (not a wish necklace) broke recently and I wanted to get it replaced. I stumbled upon a bridal section and discovered the most amazing thing… one year too late. You can customize necklaces for your bridal party! This gift would have been right up my alley and the best part is, even they’re affordable! I created one just to see what the process was like and it only came out to $29.99. I die. Sorry girls, but if I had seen this last year your gifts would have been way cooler and much more personal. Maybe Christmas presents? Who knows. But I have to fight myself not to make one now! But for everyone else, check out the site. Even if you’re not getting married any time soon, it is such a cute idea to customize your own necklace for yourself! We deserve little gifts every now and then, don’t we?

http://bit.ly/dogearedbridal