Sunday, May 3, 2015

About wearing scarves and pet rabbits

Making a comeback! Yes, it’s been a while! I will explain it in a future post, but I just wanted to thank you all for the many emails and messages you sent. Sara and I are really touched to see you care. And we’re doing fine! Let’s just say the lack of posts lately can be filed under the “life got in the way” label.

 But let’s get to the photos!

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My sister and I have this silly, fun tradition where every Easter we do a “photoshot” while visiting our grandmother in the countryside for the holiday. Said photoshot takes place somewhere at the deep end of the garden – some sort of a meadow if you may.

I remember one year we hang out a huge piece of hot pink fabric in the next door neighbors’ orchard between two plum trees and scared the shit out of them (it looked like some kind of alien landing from the distance).

Here's a photo with that particular contraption for you to understand what I mean. And yes, I was a redhead for a while.
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Full disclosure – I kind of hate taking photos in general and especially after a few days of stuffing myself with great food (which always happens at my granny’s). If it were for me I would probably skip the photo session entirely.

But then there’s Sara. She wears me off with a guilt trip about wasting our life away and how we’re only young and camera ready once, so I eventually cave in and do whatever ridiculous thing she has in mind. This year, her vision was “spring fairy taking her pet rabbit to a walk through the woods”. Her words not mine!

In her defense, she does realize how hilarious that sounds. But being able to be ridiculous and childish is kind of great if you think about it.

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You should have seen us dragging all the props necessary for the photoshot to the back of the garden. Imagine this: me in full hair in makeup with my maxi dress trailing behind, Sara with the camera, a bottle of water, a bag of makeup products and hair combs in case I would need some sort of a touch-up, we even recruited our mom to carry the rabbit in his special little house. This is a "flat rabbit", he's not into running around - he does take after me in that aspect.

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Oh yes, the rabbit!!! How cute is he? Kind of stole my thunder, not going to lie! Named Rinu, but called all sorts of things by Sara (Rini, Rinster, furry excavator, that little adorable monster pooping everywhere), he wasn’t in a mood for photos. Just like me, but lazier, because at some point he just stood there outstretched on the grass in spite of my efforts to make him responsive. What an animal?! :)))

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my adorable per rabbit and ethnic scarf in grass
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Despite all the drama and my paranoia that we’re going to be bitten by dangerous insects, I have to give it to Sara for the styling. She insisted we use the huge floral print, ethnic scarf as the main focus accessory draped over the low cut, maxi dress. The scarf is actually a gorgeous traditional Romanian shawl and it’s meant to be worn on your head. One of my best finds when it comes to shopping!

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In case you’re wondering, my hair didn’t miraculously grow and triple in volume - instead I'm wearing my Irresistible Me clip-in hair extensions (Royal Remy Medium Brown, 20 inches (50cm) and 200 grams and one big weft of Ginger). These hair extensions are amazing and they curl like a dream – they are the best invention since sugar. I talked about them here, but I learned how to blend them better in the meantime.

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  I’m wearing:
hair extensions / extensii - Irresistible Me
maxi dress / rochie - Asos
 scarf / basma traditionala - thrifted

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Prolong the Life of your Pearls: How to Properly Care for Pearl Jewelry

You all know I’m crazy about jewelry and I’m always fixated on something in particular, right? Well, my latest obsession are pearl jewelry of any kind. Lately I’ve been into everything classic and pearls are just so timeless and elegant (simple pieces like these here too -

That’s why I’ve been digging everywhere for them and I was lucky enough to find quite a few vintage piece that are really beautiful. But only a few weeks ago I really hit the motherload and I got my hands on 4 stunning pearl jewelry items that are the real deal: two necklaces, a brooch and a bracelet. Don't need to tell you how excited I am about that.

They were just delivered and they don't disappoint, but I really have to clean them up since they are a bit dusty - to say the least. I know that caring for your pearl jewelry is very important in order to preserve them for years and I plan to transform these into some kind of family heirlooms. 

I don’t want to be one of those people that ignore taking care of their jewelry and end up destroying them forever. That’s why I started doing some serious research on the subject and I’m going to show you the result once I’m done with them. 

I read that overlooking the cleaning of you pear jewelry will not only affect the way they look, but also diminish their lifespan and we don’t want that, do we?

After shifting through a lot of information, I think I found the most relevant caring and cleaning tips that will keep your pearls looking amazing for generations to come:

  • Pearls should be kept in a safe place away from extreme cold or warmth. You can wear them with other jewelry, but don’t store them in a shared box because they scratch easily. Put them away in a separate box with a soft, pillowy interior or just wrap them in linen.
  • Make sure the pearl necklaces are untangled and laid flat in their casing to avoid the pearls rubbing against each other
  • Don’t wrap your pearls in a plastic bag – they need contact with moisture to maintain their luster and thickness
  • Only use cleaners and solutions that are specially meant for pearl jewelry. Most cleaners are way too rough and coarse for pearls and, instead of helping, will only damage them
  • The thought of using clothes or dish detergents, bleach of any kind, cleaners containing ammonia, powder cleaners or even baking soda, shouldn’t even cross your mind
  • You can use warm water and soap to clean them, but stay away from the toothbrush or any abrasive pads. Instead, wipe them out with a clean and soft fabric that can be either slightly damp or dry. If you used water, make sure the pearls are dry before you deposit them safely. A final wipe with a delicate cotton towel will do the job.
  • Using just a bit of olive oil on the fabric you clean them with, will help your pearls keep their shine
  • Be careful not to wet the pearls' string. If you do, make sure it’s dry before wearing them, otherwise it’s going to stretch and gather dirt that’s not going to be easy to get rid of without replacing it all together
  • Believe it or not, acetone can be used to remove stains from pearls so you can do that with your acetone nail polish remover
  • Pearl earrings should be laid flat after cleaning on a soft cloth and not hanged to dry
  • Pearl jewelry should not, under any circumstances, be steam cleaned.
  • If you’re thinking about using an an ultrasonic cleaner on the pearls, don’t!
  • Don’t wear the pearls while applying perfume, lotion or moisturizing cream. They shouldn’t come in contact with substances that can damage their luster and color.
  • Avoid wearing your pearl jewelry over clothes made out of harsh fabrics: rough wool, other accessories made of metal or wood layered in a way that can scratch the pearls
  • Don’t bathe, shower or swim with your pearls on
  • Have your pearl necklaces restrung by someone who knows what he’s doing once in a while (especially if you wear them all the time). 
Once your jewelry it’s clean, you can work on maintaining it that way. Wiping the pearls with a chamois or soft cloth every time you take them off after wearing them it’s a great idea. This way you will avoid dirt and debris building up and also remove any perspiration that might have gotten in contact with them from your skin. Perspiration is more or less acidic and can affect the nacre coating (natural luster) of your pearls.

If you think you won’t be able to clean them properly because they’re in such a bad shape, you can always take them to a professional jeweler to do it for you. If you do have a special solution created to clean pearls you will manage for sure. Don’t forget to dry them off after cleaning by laying them flat on a slightly damp towel – once that is dry, your pearls should be dry too.

I hope this article was helpful because that pretty much all the useful advice I could gather from around the web.

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How do you feel about pearl and jewelry in general?

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