Kickstarter: Affordable, Cool Things of the Week

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Today is my day off and I’ve been enjoying the morning with some carmel hot chocolate, cat pjs, and catching up on some blogs! One of the sites that I like to browse when I’m wasting time on the internet (in addition to Pinterest, Reddit, and Bloglovin’ of course) is Kickstarter, a website where you can fund unique projects in exchange for either goods or recognition. I love to see the types of ideas and goods that other creative people have come up with, and occasionally I’ll even fund one, provided it’s not too expensive! Usually people and companies will offer large discounts on the first productions of products, so Kickstarter is a great place to browse for deals on pieces you can’t find at your regular shopping center. Here are some really neat things that are currently available for funding this week, all for $10 or less!

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October 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper + Giveaway (Closed)

October 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper | Rompadomp Design

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October 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper | Rompadomp Design

MacBook Pro 13-inch  |  MacBook Pro 15-inch  |  iMac 27-inch

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October 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper | Rompadomp Design

MacBook Pro 13-inch  |  MacBook Pro 15-inch  |  iMac 27-inch

Dell 15-inch

October 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper | Rompadomp Design

MacBook Pro 13-inch  |  MacBook Pro 15-inch  |  iMac 27-inch

Dell 15-inch

It’s officially autumn! I love the cooler weather and the beautiful changing of the leaves that occurs so vividly here in Virginia every year. I hope that these wallpapers bring a smile to your face and you can find one to suit your mood :) Which wallpaper is your favorite? Each commenter will be entered in a giveaway to win one of our Wish Necklaces this month! Entries will be accepted until midnight on Friday, October 10, 2014. The winner will be announced on Saturday, October 11 and will be alerted via email.

For the wallpaper: to download and use, simply click the size you want and right-click the image to save it to your computer. These images are designed for specific displays, but will also work on others without losing too much of the image itself. Looking for another size? Let me know and I’ll do my best to add it to the downloadable set!

Enjoy, please leave me a comment if you download! I love to hear from my readers! xo


Update: There were some mixed up dates on a few of the calendars — these have been corrected in the linked wallpapers above!

Giveaway Winner: A big congrats to Suzi! You’ve been sent an email on how to claim your new wish necklace, but if the timeframe passes then the prize will pass to a new random commenter. So excited to brighten your day!

September 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: Updated

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Everyone is absolutely loving the polka dots and, to be honest, they’re just what I’m in the mood for: feminine and simple! So this month I’ve decided to do things a little differently. I’d love to hear what kind of background you guys would like to have for the month! I’ll choose from any suggestions I receive in the next few days and add two new wallpapers to this recurring polka dot design! Leave me a comment below with an idea of what you’d like to see as a background this month!

For the wallpaper: to download and use, simply click the size you want and right-click the image to save it to your computer. These images are designed for specific displays, but will also work on others without losing too much of the image itself. Looking for another size? Let me know and I’ll do my best to add it to the downloadable set!

Enjoy, please leave me a comment if you download! I love to hear from my readers! xo

UPDATE:

Thanks for all of the wonderful suggestions and comments! I got some really great ideas, it was hard to pick just a few. As a result, I would like to invite you all to please feel free to request a theme or image for a monthly background at any time during any month — I absolutely love hearing from my readers, and sometimes we creative-types need a little inspiration, too ;) Check out a few new September wallpapers below. And if you don’t see yours, it might be coming this October… :)

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Things I’m Loving for September

  • Fly Art is a self-proclaimed “project paying homage to the good things in life: fine art and fresh hip hop.” Check out their online shirt shop or follow them on Tumblr for your daily dose of Fly humor — I can’t wait to get my Nicky Monaj shirt ;)
  • Ralph Eaton’s Fuzzy Kudzu is a site-specific sculpture installation at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, VA. Made primarily from stuffed animals donated by the local Goodwill, this upcycled collaboration transports its viewers to a whimsical childhood filled with cuddly natural elements. Go visit and enjoy the big smile sure to spread across your face!
  • I am a big fan of fun pencils and this She Is… Pencil set by Amanda Catherine Designs just makes me smile. Plus, who doesn’t love the word gumption? It really should be used more!
  • Looking for the perfect late summer-early fall candle? Yankee Candle’s Farmer’s Market is a mix of sweet berries, juicy apples, succulent peaches, and warm spices. I only bought the small sampler, but I can’t wait to grab another next time I’m out shopping!

I love sharing what I’m excited about, whether I’m just online window shopping or happen upon something magical while out exploring a new place! What are you excited about for the upcoming month? Let me know in the comments below! xo

Dinosaur Sugar Cookies

Looking for something sweet to brighten up the beginning of the week? Check out these adorable dinosaur sugar cookies! (A big thank-you to my amazing friend Taylor for always being my inspiration to make yummy treats!) They are super easy to make, and they taste great in other shapes, too ;)

Before I get into the recipe, I wanted to let you guys know about a few updates that have been happening around here. I’ve been hard at work transferring the blog to a faster host that allows for a more all-in-one experience. So welcome the new eCommerce shop, now available via the Shop tab! (Don’t worry, you can still find us on Etsy, too.) There have definitely been a lot of bumps in the road trying to update everything, so please let me know if you come across a bug on the site! Also, the blog hit over 20,000 views last week and my heart is feeling so full, I wish I could give you all a big hug! In the meantime, enjoy 20% off in the shop with code 20KVIEWS at checkout! Love you guys! Now, for the yummy cookies…

Dinosaur Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup room temperature unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Icing (optional)

 

Materials:

  • Oven
  • 2 bowls (1 large and 1 smaller)
  • Mixer, or whisk and mixing spoon
  • Rolling pin
  • Parchment/wax paper
  • Dig-Ins Dinosaur Fossil Cookie Cutters
  • Nonstick Cookie sheets (or use nonstick cooking spray)
  • Cooling rack

Dinosaur Sugar Cookies

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla.
  3. In a smaller bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in small amounts, mixing until the flour is completely incorporated and is doughy.
  4. Roll the dough out to about 1/2″ thick on a floured surface (parchment paper works well for chilling). For best stamping results, chill the dough for roughly 30 minutes before using the cookie cutters.
  5. Once the time has passed, remove the dough from the refrigerator and use the cookie cutters with their correlating stamps.
  6. Place the cookies (without the cutters and stamps) onto a nonstick cookie sheet and bake for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown around the edges. Let them cool before icing for best results.
What do you guys think about the dino cookie cutters? Have you ever made stamped cookies before? Share you pictures and experiences with me in the comments! xo

Things I’m Loving for August: Part 2

  • Vinted: Have you ever wanted to sell some of your old clothes that you’ve barely worn? This is a great site to buy and sell new and gently-used clothes at great prices! They even calculate shipping costs for you — how cool is that?
  • Urban Decays’s Perversion Mascara: I am a total convert. I have a serious mascara obsession, and this stuff is that blackest black I have ever tried! Not to mention that it provides both volume and length, hooray!
  • China Glaze’s Kinetic Candy: A marginally lighter, more blue version of the iconic Tiffany blue, this polish has some serious lasting power! And the color looks great on the ever-so-slightly tanned skin of summer!

I have had an absolute blast so far this month trying out new things and enjoying new experiences. What have you been up to? Let me know in the comments below! xo


Want to see what else I’ve been loving this month? Check out my other posts below:

Things I'm Loving for August

Things I’m Loving for August

 

It’s a Bow-tiful Feeling + Sale

The past few days have been full of some amazing ups and downs, literally! This weekend I was able to go to Hershey Park for my boyfriend’s family reunion and had an absolute blast riding tons of roller coasters. (I even managed to ride a few in the front seat. Storm Runner turned out to be my favorite, I rode it four times! Here’s what it looked like from my perspective, pretty crazy!) While I still have my battle wounds from clutching the restraints so tightly, I’ve otherwise been sporting a casual, feminine look that matches the light feeling of my heart after such a fun trip with those near and dear to me. Hence, bows! There’s nothing more chic than the simple, girly appeal of a bow in my opinion. Check out some of the cutest bow accessories I’ve been browsing lately:

USB // Dress // Cuff // Earrings // Card // Earrings // Curtain // Dress

Another amazing up I’ve had this week is seeing nearly 400 people download my August desktop calendar wallpapers! It brings such a big smile to my face to think about all the pretty computers out there and the sweet comments I get from you guys telling me how much you love the wallpapers — that’s the reason I do what I do! As a small thank you, blog readers will be able to take 40% off my bow accessories with code BOWTIFUL at checkout (through 8/11 at 12pm). Just a little something to tell you guys that I love you and hope you’re having a week full of fun, feminine, sweet details :)

What kind of accents do you love? Are you a big fan of the bow, or is it too girly for you? What is your favorite amusement park ride? Until next time! xo

Things I’m Loving for August

  • Flash Tattoos: These are the grown-up version of those cutesy little temporary tattoos you loved as a kid. Enjoy these stylist pieces of jewelry for up to 5 days before they lose their shine!
  • Amazon Smile: Did you know you can donate to an important charity just by typing in “smile.” at the beginning of Amazon’s web address? Go support some causes while you shop for your online necessities!
  • Jamberry Nail Wraps: Tired of your nail polish coming off after only a few days? These nail wraps are made to stay on for 2-3 weeks, even for those of us who are tough on our hands!

This month is all about small changes that make a big difference. Whether you’re starting to stress about going back to school or just feeling glum about the end of your vacation, be sure to set aside a little time to make yourself and others smile because (to take a page out of L’Oreal’s book) you’re worth it!

What are you loving this month? Let me know in the comments below! xo


Want to see what else I’ve been loving this month? Check out my other posts below:

Things I've Loving for August: Part 2

Things I’ve Loving for August: Part 2

August 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper

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(Look familiar? This wallpaper was so highly requested that I’ve decided to let it have a repeat appearance! Enjoy, polka dot fans!)

Please give us a shout out if you love our monthly wallpapers — I’m so thankful that I am able to provide them to you for free, so please spread the word!

For the wallpaper: to download and use, simply click the size you want and right-click the image to save it to your computer. These images are designed for specific displays, but will also work on others without losing too much of the image itself. Looking for another size? Let me know and I’ll do my best to add it to the downloadable set!

Enjoy, please leave me a comment if you download! I love to hear from my readers! xo

July 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper

June 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper | Rompadomp Design

 

background photo via Evelyn Flint/Texture Time cc

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June 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper | Rompadomp Design

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June 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper | Rompadomp Design

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Happy July! I decided to do something a bit different this month and offer you guys a few options. Let me know which one is your favorite!

For the wallpaper: to download and use, simply click the size you want and right-click the image to save it to your computer. These images are designed for specific displays, but will also work on others without losing too much of the image itself. Looking for another size? Let me know and I’ll do my best to add it to the downloadable set!

Enjoy, please leave me a comment if you download! I love to hear from my readers! xo

15 Activities to Kick Start Your Summer

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Summer officially starts today! That means more free time and warm days to spend quality time with friends, family, and, most importantly, yourself. (I’m celebrating with some ice cold lemonade and a book!) Even if you only have your weekends free, there’s still lots of summer activities that you can do on a budget and have a blast. Here’s a small list of 15 ideas to help kick off your summer for relatively cheap!

  1. Read a Book (free!)

  2. Tour a Cavern ($5 – 25): Schools are out, so you’re unlikely to end up on a tour with a bunch of fourth graders! Be sure to bring a light jacket!

  3. Go on a Hike (free!)

  4. Host a Potluck (cost of a dish or two)

  5. Go Urban Exploring (parking costs, if required): How much do you really know about your locality? Walk around your local farmer’s market or visit some small businesses this weekend. You’re sure to find some unique items and maybe even your new favorite place to meet up with friends for some grub!

  1. Pick Your Own Local Produce (depends on how much you pick, usually starting around $2/lb.): Tons of fruits and veggies are ripe for the picking in summer! Visit a local farm or orchard and grab some healthy, delicious snacks for a great price.

  2. Visit a Museum (most only have charges for special exhibitions)

  3. Go to a Drive In Theatre ($5 – 10)

  4. Try a New Hobby (free!): Always wanted to bike on a trail, play the guitar, or go rock climbing? Summer is the perfect time to practice, practice, practice!

  5. Play in the Rain (free!): We’re expecting quite a bit of rain this week in Southwest Virginia. Make the most of it and run around outside in your bathing suit — it’s like a free sprinkler!

  1. Attend a Wine Tasting ($20 – 25)

  2. Go Stargazing (free!): When did you last lay outside on a blanket and just enjoy feel small among the stars? Grab a friend and head away from the city for some quiet time with the universe.

  3. Float the River ($5 – 10 if you need to rent tubes)

  4. Take a Road Trip (cost of gas)

  5. Host a Movie Marathon (free): Feeling lost without the excitement of a new Harry Potter movie coming out this summer? Or are you like me and have just recently started watching Game of Thrones? Call up some friends, pop some popcorn, and prepare the couch for a good old-fashioned movie marathon! Check out Netflix’s TV shows if you don’t know where to start: Sherlock, Parks and Recreation, American Horror Story, An Idiot Abroad, the list goes on… thank me later.


What fun plans do you have for this summer? What are your go-to favorite summer activities? Let me know in the comments! xo

June 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper

June 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper | Rompadomp Design

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So, it’s obviously June… haha. Life has truly crept up on me this week guys and I am so sorry that the wallpaper is late! I have been doing some really exciting things in conjunction with the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, and I can’t wait to share some pictures with you! Or, if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already gotten a sneak peek ;) Until then, enjoy this sweet and simple desktop calendar!

For the wallpaper: to download and use, simply click the size you want and right-click the image to save it to your computer. These images are designed for specific displays, but will also work on others without losing too much of the image itself. Looking for another size? Let me know and I’ll do my best to add it to the downloadable set!

Enjoy, please leave me a comment if you download! I love to hear from my readers! xo

40 Etsy Sales: Wednesday Sale

Gold Bow Necklace Sale |Rompadomp

Woohoo, time for another amazing thank-you sale! This one is a super saver, 55% off our gold bow necklaces! These cuties feature two small crystal cubic zirconia gems at the tails of the ribbons, adding a little sparkle to this feminine necklace. Grab it here >> http://etsy.me/Qfg5Rn

Missed our last post with our Spring 2014 playlist? Don’t worry, you can check it out here or keep an eye out tomorrow for our next sweet sale! Stay tuned for more awesome Rompadomp deals! xo

40 Etsy Sales: Tuesday Sale + Spring Playlist

Bee Happy Sale | Rompadomp

Yay, it’s Tuesday and time for our second sale of the week! Our Bee Happy Card Set is on sale for $5 instead of $8 using code BEEHAPPY at checkout! Grab a set of perfectly spring-y cards to write notes to a friend, or gift them to someone who makes you smile! Shop for them here >> http://etsy.me/SwGxry

And as a bonus, enjoy my Spring playlist focused on making you feel bubbly, happy, and full of love!

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Missed our last sale? Don’t worry, we’re posting a new one every day all week! Stay tuned for more awesome Rompadomp deals! xo

40 Etsy Sales + 40% Off Thank You Sale

Bow Cuff Etsy Sale | Rompadomp

 

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’ve been hinting about some special sales for our shop this week! I’m so excited to share them with you! The kick-off sale is a big thank you to you guys! We hit 40 sales on Etsy last week and I am so grateful to everyone who has supported me on my journey with this fun, small business venture! To represent that, one of our most loved items, the bow cuff, is on sale for 40% off today! (The discount has already been applied to the total.) You can grab yours online, or contact me if you are local and would like to pick it up and waive the shipping fee! Shop it here >>http://etsy.me/1niVCae

Thank you again to everyone who has played a role, big or small, in supporting Rompadomp in its first 6 months (wow, has it been that long already?!). I love you guys, and I can’t wait to spoil you with some more sales as the week goes on! xo

May Desktop Calendar Wallpaper

May 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper | Rompadomp

 

1280 x 800 (MacBook Pro 13-inch)

1680 x 1050 (MacBook Pro 15-inch)

2560 x 1440 (iMac 27-inch)

1336 x 768 (Dell 15-inch)

based on stock imagery

Thank you for being patient with me, guys! I had my last wisdom tooth removed and it has been a very slow recovery! Hope you enjoy the new wallpaper :)

For the wallpaper: to download and use, simply click the size you want and right-click the image to save it to your computer. These images are designed for specific displays, but will also work on others without losing too much of the image itself. Looking for another size? Let me know and I’ll do my best to add it to the downloadable set!

Enjoy, please leave me a comment if you download! I love to hear from my readers! xo

Earth Day Sale: Druzy Jewelry 20% off!

Earth Day Sale | Rompadomp

Happy Earth Day, guys! I am so in love with natural materials and some of my favorite jewelry pieces I make use druzy quartz. For today only, please enjoy 20% off all my druzy pieces to help celebrate the beauty of nature! Click the image above or HERE to view the items on sale! (Does not apply to custom orders.)

TIL Thursday: GIFs

Have you guys ever seen something and thought to yourself “I should learn how to do that”? I often see things that inspire me to learn a new skill or to develop a part of my brain I don’t typically use. This curiosity has inspired me to create TIL Thursdays, short for Today I Learned Thursdays. I hope to share one thing each Thursday with you guys about a skill or fact that I learned that I think you will find interesting and thought-provoking. Recently I have been seeing GIFs (Graphic Interchange Formats) become more and more popular, and not just on Tumblr! It seems like such a neat medium for conveying a short image with your audience, so I decided to teach myself how to make one! Check out my quick example of how one of my druzy necklaces shines and changes colors in the light below:

Druzy Necklace | Rompadomp

 

What do you guys think? Should GIFs stay on Tumblr, or do you think they are a growing method of visual communication on the Internet? Are you interested in a short tutorial on how I made my GIF? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

April Desktop Calendar Wallpaper + Samsung Galaxy S4 & iPhone 5

April 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper | Rompadomp

1280 x 800 (MacBook Pro 13-inch) // 1680 x 1050 (MacBook Pro 15-inch) // 2560 x 1440 (iMac 27-inch)

1336 x 768 (Dell 15-inch) <<< This one’s for you, Mom!

640 x 1136 (iPhone 5) // 1080 x 1920 (Samsung Galaxy S4)

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April is going to be an amazingly busy month! I can’t wait to share some of the projects I’ve been working on with you guys! It’s finally starting to warm up, but unfortunately my mom’s beautiful magnolia tree blossoms didn’t make it after the late frost. I made this to brighten up her April and remind you all that outdoor picnics and warm weather sports are right around the corner :)

For the wallpaper: to download and use, simply click the size you want and right-click the image to save it to your computer. These images are designed for specific Mac displays, but will also work on others without losing too much of the image itself. Looking for another size? Let me know and I’ll do my best to add it to the downloadable set!

Enjoy, please leave me a comment if you download! I love to hear from my readers! xo

Fashion Design’s Use of the Elements of Design

I’m very excited to finally share with you guys the first of hopefully several guest posts and blog collaborations! This article has been in the works for awhile, and I can’t wait to share it with you and see what you all think! We’re mixing it up this week with Marlee of Style That Talks, a blog about her personal take on fashion and style. Marlee is a junior in Journalism at Radford University, but she’s always had a passion for writing about fashion. She was previously involved with our Winter 2013 Lookbook and I’m excited to share her post with you relating design to fashion. Enjoy!


Fashion Design's Use of the Elements of Art | Rompadomp

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Fashion is an art form, developing from the initial sketch to the make of the first pattern. Each stage of the process is unique to the designer, or artist if you will. The final outcome (the actual clothing or accessory) is carefully planned to be both (im)practical and aesthetic. In this sense, fashion design directly correlates with the elements of design.

There are seven elements of design: color, texture, shape, line, value, and size. All of these components help to shape fashion from inception through completion; however, the three elements that most encompass today’s fashion design are color, shape, and texture.

Color

Color is one of the most essential aspects of fashion. “Color refers to specific hues and has three properties: chroma, intensity and value,” defines Incredible @rt Department. This is where I, personally, feel the designer truly makes their piece come alive. Color can portray an abundance of emotions, from the anger or passion seen in a deep red or a bright and life-filled yellow.

A prime example of a designer using color would be Betsey Johnson.  Her collections are widely known for their outlandish designs, from clear plastic dresses to bright pink tutus.  With every design she creates she always incorporates a bright, bubbly, and youthful feeling, using color as the main component.

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Shape

The next element that is extremely important to fashion design is shape, also known as form. Incredible @rt Department defines form as “a three-dimensional object having volume and thickness.”

The common perception of fashion is often a long runway with a model in a voluminous ball gown, like a still from Project Runway. That large ball gown, in my mind, perfectly signifies the element of shape. In fashion design, shape relates to not only the structure, but also the volume of each piece, such as how large or small the garment is.  A dress can have large gathers of fabric in the back or it can be skin tight with a little ruching.  There is no one set form when it comes to fashion design because every designer has their own style in mind when they create their pieces.

A perfect example of a designer putting emphasis on shape is Zac Posen. If you look at any of his designs, especially gowns for events such as the Oscars, Golden Globes, and more, you can see the detail that went into shaping each garment. Although Posen prominently uses several elements of design, if not all, I feel that you can always see the detail in each garment’s form in the ruching, gathering, or how the dress flows when twirled around by the model.

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Texture

Last, but certainly not least, is texture. This is probably one of my favorite elements of design and, like color and form, goes hand-in-hand with fashion design. Incredible @rt Department states that texture is a “surface quality either tactile or visual[ly implied]… It is the degree of roughness or smoothness in objects.”

When texture is used in fashion design it is sometimes apparent in the feel of the fabric and sometimes it is clear just by first glance. An American fashion designer that uses texture well in his collections is Chris Benz. If you look at his Fall-Winter 2011 collection you can see the different textures being used, from fur to leather to denim and more.

When picturing texture for a garment it may sound like it only applies to the touch and feel of the garment, but it applies to the look just as much.  Different fabric and textiles catch the light differently and they all set a different mood to the design as well. For example, a herringbone pattern might be printed on a cotton fabric, resulting in a smooth surface with a implied texture on the fabric.

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All in all, the elements of design coincide with fashion design perfectly. Whether it is texture, color, form, or any of the other four elements, each component helps to shape the outcome of the final product and securely link fashion to the fundamentals of design.

(edited by Chelsea)

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Do you have any questions for Marlee about fashion design? What other topics would you be interested in learning about? What do you think of our new collaborations? Let us know in the comments below!

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Marbelous: Handmade Jewelry Inspires Friendship and a Better World

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Today I’m very excited to share with you guys a company that is giving, loving, and super cute! Entrepreneurs come in all sizes, as is the case with the two 8-year-old best friends who started Marbelous, a handmade necklace business based in Brooklyn. Lutece and Tess, who dreamed of creating a company that revolved around art, friendship, and making the world a better place, are certainly off to a wonderful start! Marbelous donates 10% of their profits to Autism Speaks and are known for using cute catchphrases such as “how MARBELOUS” — could they be more LOVEly? :)

Smart Girls Necklace by Marbelous | Rompadomp


Each necklace is a unique symbol of fashion, giving, and spirit. Due to the handmade nature, each piece’s coloring is slightly different, making it unique to the individual who wears it. All the necklaces feature a hand-stamped M for “Marbelous” and come on either silk cord or suede lace, adding to their simple and chic charm. Many big names have been seen wearing Marbelous necklaces, including Amy Poehler, a comedian most well-known for her work on SNL and Parks and Recreation. Her Smart Girls Campaign collaborated with Marbelous to create a special edition Smart Girls necklace. The glow-in-the-dark neon yellow and black marble represent the Smart Girls logo as an homage to the light bulb!

Today marks the launch of their website, although the company has been operating through both in-person and mail-orders since May 2013. I was fortunate to buy one of their LOVE necklaces (limited edition), and I am absolutely enamored with it! Unlike the other necklaces, this one has the letters LOVE hand-stamped on the marble and now comes with a gold sliding bead, allowing you to adjust the length to your preference. I grabbed mine before they included the slider beads, but I love the length of the necklace, 36 inches, as-is! LOVE necklace by Marbelous | Rompadomp

Please be sure to check out Lutece and Tess’s amazing business and even grab one for yourself if you fall in love! For large orders of over 50 they can even create a one-of-a-kind design hand-stamped with custom initials just for you! How cool is that? Support art, friendship, and a better world. Hope you all have a MARBELOUS day! :) xo

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Healthy Mango Lassi

Did someone say tikka masala? I am craving some Indian food, guys! I worked through lunch, so I decided to make myself an Indian smoothie instead — mango lassi! Never heard of this amazing drink? Here’s a super short intro: Lassi was the world’s first smoothie, created around 1,000 BCE! It is a light, creamy blend of yogurt, fruit, and spices. It’s treated similarly to a milkshake and it’s so yummy! Check out my delicious and healthy take on this traditional drink:

Healthy Mango Lassi

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Healthy Mango Lassi Recipe | Rompadomp

Ingredients

  • 1 cup greek yogurt (plain or honey)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup peeled, stoned, and chopped mango (≈ 1 mango)
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • (optional) dash of cardamom

Preparation — It’s so easy!

  1. Place everything (except the cardamom) in a blender and blend for 2 minutes, or until you are happy with the consistency.
  2. Taste and add more honey if it’s not sweet enough for your palate.
  3. Pour and enjoy!
  4. (Optional) Sprinkle with cardamom for additional flavor :)

Never cut a mango before? Check out this awesome video to learn how to easily cut and peel your mango! (Skip to 2:14 if you don’t have one of those fancy mango cutters!)

And a few last things I wanted to note about the recipe: If you are not a big fan of greek yogurt, you can substitute plain yogurt. Personally, I love the tangy taste the greek yogurt adds! I also like to blend mine for a few extra minutes because I like a smoother consistency, but I know people who like it with more texture. In case you made a little too much for one sitting, this recipe can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours, so you can enjoy it at your convenience :)

Healthy Mango Lassi Recipe | Rompadomp

Here’s my small glass and you can see how much I have left over in my blender bottle!

Please let me know if you guys try this recipe and let me know what you think! Mango lassi is a great drink for the warmer months and it makes my whole mouth smile every time I make it :) Yummy!

Key Lime Pie with Meringue Topping

Yesterday was my favorite math holiday — Pi Day! I celebrated by making two yummy pies, one was a classic apple and the other was a key lime pie with meringue topping. I like to make as many of my recipes from scratch as is feasible time-wise, so I had a really fun afternoon in the kitchen rocking out to my girl power playlist! Both of the pies were super yummy, but I really was a fan of the key lime. I’ve never made one before, but man was it delicious! Try it out for yourself sometime. It would make a great addition to a get-together or just a family dinner! Plus, it’s Paula Deen’s recipe, so you know it’s gonna be good ;)

Key Lime Pie with Meringue Topping

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Key Lime Pie with Meringue Topping | Rompadomp

Ingredients

Filling:

  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp. grated lime zest
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 prepared 9-inch graham cracker crust

Meringue:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 6 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
  • pinch of salt

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks and condensed milk together.
  3. Stir in the lime zest, lime juice, and cream.
  4. Pour the mixture into the crust and bake for about 30 minutes, or until firm.
  5. While the pie is baking, beat the egg whites in a medium bowl until soft peaks form.
  6. In a separate bowl stir together the sugar, cornstarch, and salt.
  7. Slowly add the sugar mixture to the egg whites a little bit at a time, beating between additions. Beat until the sugar dissolves.
  8. Spoon the meringue over the hot pie filling.
  9. Bake for an additional 10 – 12 minutes, or torch the meringue to give it a golden color.
  10. Serve warm or at room temperature.

A couple tips I would write down for myself next time: zest and juice the limes before you start so you have more counter space. (Our juicer is MASSIVE!) Also, separate the eggs beforehand — big time saver and less messy! And one other thing to note: definitely use a mixer for the meringue. Your arms will thank me :)

Please let me know if you guys try this recipe and let me know what you think! I love hearing from y’all :)

Review: Essie Romper Room

Yay, I finally got my hands on Romper Room, which I mentioned in my post about the new Essie 2014 Spring Collection! Ever since I heard this polish’s name I knew I had to add it to my collection! After all, what’s a Rompadomp girl with out her Romper Room polish? :)

essie Romper Room | Rompadomp

Excuse the slight mess, I was so excited I needed to post and share this color with you guys! This photo was taken indoors with natural lighting with a base coat, two coats of Romper Room, and a top coat of Seche Vite. Think it looks similar to something you already have? Check out this awesome polish comparison by Erin of Paint Those Piggies! Romper Room is a less purple that OPI Mod About You and one shade lighter than Essie Fiji.

Polish Comparison by Paint Those Piggies! | Rompadomp

I’m a huge fan of light pink nail polishes, so I’m glad I picked up Romper Room since I don’t own Mod About You or Fiji. It’s the perfect feminine color for spring! Although it has the same issues that most pale polishes have with streaking and thin formula, a base coat and two coats of polish lead to a beautiful outcome. Feeling inspired yet? Check out  other lacqueristas’ photos of their Romper Room manis below:

Review: essie Romper Room | Rompadomp

Amanda’s Beauty and Recipe Finds | Of Life and Lacquer

beautygeeks | La Paillette Frondeuse

Inspired by my mani or post? Send me a picture! What do you think about Romper Room? Do you think you’ll add it to your collection? Let me know in the comments below!

Pinspiration: Light Pink

Warm weather makes me yearn for warmer colors, and light pink is a great transitional spring hue! Bring your home and wardrobe out of winter’s monochrome with a pop of subtle color and celebrate the rebirth of warm weather.

Pinspiration: Light Pink | Rompadomp

Sweets | Pencils

Vanity | Flowers

Did you know that pink isn’t really on the color wheel with our good friends ROYGBIV? The color pink is really just an absence of green light! Neat, huh? Wanna learn a little more? Watch this one minute video on how the color pink is made:

Glad we could learn something together today, friends! So is your favorite color still “minus green”? :)

xo Chelsea