Thursday, 2 December 2021

How to Solve Trouble Sleeping - That Pillow Thing - Better Sleep for a Better Life

Hi There..... Do you have trouble sleeping? Do you have neck problems?

I have severe neck problems and get treated for headaches that start from the back of my head. About twice a year, I go to the pain center of the hospital to get denervation. 😟

Ah, you may wonder what on earth denervation is. It's a present I get because I have been such a good girl. Wrong, of course, it has nothing to do with gifts. And no, it's not a special box with pills to stop the headaches either. 😂

They place needles on the nerves that 'get on my nerves', and by heating those nerves with an electrical current, they try to stop them from transmitting pain. The first days after the treatment are the best. 😄

Duh, no, of course not, first your body reacts to the invasion from the needles in your head by sending a lot more pain signals. Resulting in even more neck problems and trouble sleeping. Then after a week, it gets better.  😊

At least I am not the only one having trouble sleeping. Gemma Jensen does too. You may not know her, but let's get to know her and 'That Pillow Thing' that she invented. She sent it as a gift to me in exchange for my honest opinion. 😍

Picture by Seadbeady https://thatpillowthing.co.uk/

About Gemma and That Pillow Thing

Ever since I can remember, I’ve always had trouble sleeping. I would lie in bed for hours at night, tossing and turning until eventually nodding off, only to be woken again at random times throughout the night. When the alarm went off in the morning, I would feel absolutely exhausted and didn’t know how I would get through the day.

I had a suspicion my pillow was the culprit, but couldn’t work out what was wrong. I’d spent a fortune on pillows over the years searching for the ‘perfect one’, but none of them quite hit the mark.

I found that if I had the right support for my neck, there would be too much padding for my head. But if I had the right amount of padding for my head, there wouldn’t be enough support for my neck…

Picture by Seadbeady https://thatpillowthing.co.uk/

The Dream

Then, after one particularly restless night, I had a really bizarre dream where a row of marshmallows was biting the edge of my pillow (crazy I know, but it was a dream).

Still in that dream, I lay down so my head rested on the pillow and the marshmallows were positioned underneath my neck. Strangely enough, I dreamt it felt really comfortable.

In the morning, while reflecting on this surreal dream (and wondering whether it had been triggered by my sweet tooth), a Eureka moment suddenly hit me – that’s exactly what my pillow needs! Obviously not a row of marshmallows, but something that would encase the edge of my pillow and provide an extra layer of support directed at just my neck area.

I then spent the following months making hundreds of prototypes. I bought numerous memory foam pillows and used an electric carving knife to hollow out an arc shape at the pillow’s edges (don’t try this at home!).

Picture by Seadbeady https://thatpillowthing.co.uk/

How That Pillow Thing came to be

I experimented with different foam densities until I found one that was both soft and supportive – and felt just like a marshmallow.

Finally, I came up with the product as it is today. Since nothing like it existed before, we didn’t know what to call it. We’d always referred to it as ‘That Pillow Thing’ and so the name eventually stuck.

The Result

When I first started using That Pillow Thing™ I noticed an immediate improvement. It instantly made my pillow much more comfortable, which helped me fall asleep quicker. I also seemed to sleep deeper and for longer too. I think this was because my body wasn’t constantly waking me up throughout the night to adjust incorrect or uncomfortable neck positions.

I now wake up feeling rested and like I have had a proper night’s sleep.


Sleep deprivation

Not sleeping well is a global problem that can lead to serious long-term health problems. There are several factors that can affect sleep, but an unsupportive pillow is definitely a contributor. Often, people don’t even realize that their pillow isn’t supporting them the way it should.

That Pillow Thing™ has had such a positive impact on the quality of my sleep that I wanted to share it with everyone. If you are not waking up feeling rested, then I really urge you to give That Pillow Thing™ a try for a few nights and see if it makes a difference. I’m convinced it will transform the way you sleep, but if you don’t like it, you are welcome to return it. In fact, I have extended the return policy to 90 days to really give you a chance to try it with no pressure.

I sincerely hope That Pillow Thing™ helps you the way it has helped me. If you have any questions, please contact me at gemma@thatpillowthing.com and I will be happy to help.

That Pillow Thing Details

BETTER SLEEP for a BETTER LIFE
Patented C-shaped memory foam sleep enhancer
Easily attaches to the edge of your pillow
Instantly improves your pillow’s comfort and support
Helps you fall asleep quicker and for longer
Two levels of support

That Pillow Thing™ solves this problem. It pads out the edge of your pillow with a layer of contoured memory foam, which fills that problem gap between your neck and pillow.

This means that your head and neck will now be fully supported, so you’ll sleep much better and wake refreshed.

picture by Seadbeady https://thatpillowthing.co.uk/

My opinion on That Pillow Thing

It feels very soft and is extremely comfortable when trying to read a book, resting your head on the pillow encased with That Pillow Thing. Although, I struggled somewhat to get my pillow in the right position to support my neck. 😵

I also slept a few nights with it. That Pillow Thing didn't solve all my problems, because I still have trouble sleeping and wake up a few times a night, but at least this time it wasn't because of neck problems. 😃

Often I also wake up during the night due to shoulder pain, and it seems That Pillow Thing solved that problem too. 😍

The thing I did notice is that after waking up, I fell asleep again pretty fast. 😀

If you have trouble sleeping, I would definitely try it out, because it is far from expensive. You have 90 days to return it, so what have you got to lose? 😳

Hope you like my blog.....Until next time.....Have a nice day 

Renata (Seadbeady)

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Saturday, 27 November 2021

Where to find Bridesmaid Dresses in the UK - Ever Pretty Evening Dresses

Hi There..... Would you like to be the Belle of the Party? Are you looking for evening dresses or bridesmaid dresses?

What if I could tell you about a website in the UK where you can find affordable dresses for weddings or special occasions? Wouldn’t that be wonderful? Not having to break the bank, because you have a special event on your calendar? 😊

I remember when I was about 16 or 17 and there was a wedding in the family where they asked everyone to wear an evening dress. Can you imagine the cost for my mom and dad, having 3 teenage girls? We could stay home like Cinderella and hope the Fairy Godmother shows up. 😂

Nah, of course, that was not an option. There is, however, a solution to every problem. Mm, not for every problem, perhaps, but there was one for my parent’s problem. My younger sister and I had sewed things before, so we could make our own evening dress just the way we wanted. 😉

My mom then only had to make one for herself and my elder sister. It was in the summer holiday, so we had plenty of time to get those evening dresses done. The fabrics weren’t that expensive, so we had some perfectly affordable dresses in no time. 😄

Ok, maybe not perfect, and not without a few nerve-wracking mistakes, but it’s not like people would come up close for an inspection. 😏

Time to talk about the gorgeous evening dress Ever-Pretty gifted me in exchange for my honest opinion.

About Ever-Pretty

Ever Pretty Garment Inc. has over 14 years of experience in the fashion industry, serving thousands of customers across the globe. Getting our start in the ever-changing European fashion market, we brought our sartorial expertise to the US in 2011. With an eye on global fashion trends, we design our evening dresses for today while envisioning them to be timeless additions to your closet that you’ll wear for years to come.

We know that the modern woman’s life is peppered with important events, from prom to graduation, Girls’ Night Out to weddings, date nights to your first job, and everything between! That is the motivation behind our design: we want you to look and feel your best for every single moment life throws your way!

With so much going on in your crazy, busy, wonderful life, we want to make finding the perfect dress for any occasion fun and easy. That’s why we put our entire collection at your fingertips!

Let us make you pretty forever! Happy Shopping!


Why choose Ever-Pretty?

At Ever-Pretty, your go-to source for stylish and affordable dresses for every occasion. With countless on-trend evening gowns, cocktail dresses, and more, you can’t go wrong with a dress from our collection.

Romantic Plus Size Tulle Evening Dress with Deep V Neck

Look pretty and elegant by wearing this adorable and feminine dress. Few dresses are as elegant as this dress. This evening dress should be in your closet. The short ruffle sleeves, lining, A-line silhouette, deep V-neck, all attributes make this evening dress worth buying. The gold stamping on the dress also looks really alluring.

Closure: It is Concealed a Zipper Up The Back.
Undergarments: It is Padded, with Lining.
Fabric: The garment comprises Polyester.
Stretch: Fabric is No Stretch.

Check out my short video from this lovely dress


My opinion on the Evening Dress

I just love it. It fits perfectly, and the color is exactly as I expected. No need to run around braless, because you can easily wear it underneath, which makes me so much more comfortable in a dress. The deep V-neck in the back still gives it some sexiness. The voile makes this dress extra romantic. Ah, I can't help it. I am a romantic soul. 😍

There are so many other great evening dresses, wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, plus size, and even maternity dresses you can find on their website. Let me share a few examples.

Romantic Plus Size Tulle Evening Dress with Deep V Neck


Long Empire Waist Bridesmaid Dress with Short Flutter Sleeves


Double V Neck Floor Length Sparkly Evening Dresses for Party


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Hope you like my blog.....Until next time.....Have a nice day 

Renata (Seadbeady)

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Thursday, 25 November 2021

Where to find natural face soap to take care of your skin - Nivea skincare products

Hi There..... Do you like to take care of yourself? Do you sometimes use face soap?

Who doesn’t like to take care of themselves, right? Oh my, here I go again with asking you all my questions. I'm sorry, I just can’t help it. I have always had an inquisitive nature. My mom told me I was already asking her all kinds of questions ever since I was a small child. It drove her crazy that I always wanted answers. 😁

Sadly enough, she passed a few years ago. Not only for me but also for you, because now I have to address all my questions to you. 😜

Perhaps you can all leave your email addresses in the comments, so that I can get those questions answered faster about how you like to take care of yourself, and if you use face soap. What a great idea. This could be the answer to so many questions. 😊

Did I tell you I can predict the future sometimes? I swear to you, I can. To prove it to you, I am going to make a prediction right now. Are you ready for it? The first one is you almost all replied with yes. 😏

Not a big deal, I know. Let’s try something harder. Ok, let me think. Ah yes, my second and last one for today is that unless maybe a few stubborn ones, nobody will leave their email address in my comments. 😂

Read my next blog to know if my prediction came true or not. First things first, though, and that is today’s review about the face soaps I received from Nivea in exchange for my honest opinion. 😍


About Nivea

Nivea is one of the largest brands in skincare with over 130 years of experience. When developing our products, the wishes and needs of our customers are always at the forefront - hence they have so much faith in us.

100 years of Nivea

Over 100 years ago, we were the inventors of modern skincare with the Nivea cream. In the meantime, millions of people around the world with different skin types have put their trust in the Nivea brand. Our researchers are involved with the detailed individual characteristics of the skin and the care she needs, depending on culture, gender, and age. Over the years, we have developed all kinds of innovative skincare products to take care of yourself, from deodorant to solar products. We work together worldwide with over 50 institutes to ensure that our products fit your skin. In our headquarters in Hamburg, we have even set up a special laboratory for Asia and South America, where specific research is being conducted into the skin types and most occurring weather. This way all people can count on the products of Nivea in the future.

Now and in the future

What started in 1911 with the Nivea cream has become a true brand family with over 500 products. Over the years, Nivea has developed all kinds of innovative skincare products. And this development is still continuing. With Natural Balance, Nivea embraces the environment, a topic that lies at the heart of many people. This is the first high-quality level line with predominantly natural ingredients, which are partly organically grown. In addition, with Nivea Q10Plus Anti-Wrinkle Serum Pearls, the product with the highest concentration of the skin-own ingredient Q10 in the Nivea Q10Plus anti-wrinkle products range came on the market. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow: Nivea will take the lead in skincare. 


Nivea Naturally Clean Purifying Scrub Facial Cleansing Bar

The new Nivea natural facial cleansing bar with active charcoal. It is 100% natural and certified Cosmos Natural by Ecocert. The packaging contains no plastic. The formula contains no soap and is adapted to the pH value of your skin so that your skin is cleaned in all softness and feels soft. Try this naturally purifying scrub for deeply cleaned, matted skin that is free from blackheads.
Plastic-free
100% natural origin
PH-Optimized
Fully recyclable paper packaging
Vegan Formula
Cosmos Natural by Ecocert

My opinion on the Scrub Facial Cleansing Bar

It's always great when brands adapt their products to embrace our environment and take care of our precious earth. Nivea eliminated the plastic in their packaging, which I think is wonderful. What surprised me the most about this face soap bar is that it didn't feel like a scrub. Using warm water with this soap made me feel as if I was in a wellness center. Ok, maybe that's a little exaggerated, but it came really close. 😊

Another plus is that there is no unpleasant scent to this face soap. I would even say it was hard to pick up any scent. The soap is easy to handle and doesn't slip between my fingers. I once tried a soap from another brand, and it was so slippery that I had to get out of the shower in search of it. 😂



Nivea Naturally Clean Soothing Facial Cleansing Bar

The new Nivea Naturally Clean face cleaning bar with grapeseed oil has a refrigerating effect. It is 99% natural and certified Cosmos Natural by Ecocert. The packaging contains no plastic. The formula contains no soap and is adapted to the pH value of your skin so that your skin is cleaned in all softness and feels soft. Try this naturally clean, soothing facial cleansing bar for a refreshing feeling.
Plastic-free
99% natural origin
PH-Optimized
Fully recyclable paper packaging
Vegan Formula
Cosmos Natural by Ecocert

My opinion on the Soothing Facial Cleansing Bar

I have very sensitive skin with rosacea, so I have to be careful which products to use for my face. This face soap poses no problems for me. There are no signs of redness or tightness when using it. 😃 

Another plus, this face soap gives me a nice refreshed feeling. At times it seems as if my brain is still in sleep modus, but using this soap feels like my wake-up call.  It is also scent-free, which is perfect. My recommendation for these face soaps would be to buy yourself a soap dish to keep it dry. 😎



Nivea Naturally Clean Refreshing Facial Cleansing Bar

The new Nivea Naturally Clean facial cleanser bar with almond oil and blueberry has a refreshing effect. It is 99% natural and certified Cosmos Natural by Ecocert. The packaging contains no plastic. The formula contains no soap and is adapted to the pH value of your skin so that your skin is cleaned in all softness and feels soft. Try this naturally Refreshing Facial Cleansing Bar for a refreshed feeling.
Plastic-free 
99% natural origin
PH-Optimized
Fully recyclable paper packaging
Vegan Formula
Cosmos Natural by Ecocert

My opinion on the Refreshing Facial Cleansing Bar

This is also a great soap that gives you a lovely refreshed feeling, but it is not my favorite. People who don't have skin problems would probably love it. 😊

It's not a huge problem, though, because this soap is also very soft, but after using it my skin feels slightly tight. When I applied my day cream afterward, the feeling of tightness vanished into thin air. 😉

On the plus, I couldn't pick up a scent on this face soap, so that's great. All 3 face soaps made my face feel soft and clean. I am definitely using the first and second to take care of my skin, and I am certain I am going to find a willing victim for the third one. 😀

Hope you like my blog.....Until next time.....Have a nice day 

Renata (Seadbeady)

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Saturday, 20 November 2021

Finding The Best Group Boards for Bloggers to Maximize Pinterest Pin Exposure

Hi There..... Would you like to maximize your Pinterest pin exposure? 

I am always looking for ways to get my Pinterest pins seen more. The more people get to see my pins, the more potential followers for my blog. You can't blame a girl for wanting to be famous. 😏

Can I tell you a secret? As a kid, I dreamed of being a famous singer. I doubt my dream will ever come true, but I can still dream of other ways to get famous, can't I? 😉

Oh my, I just spilled my secret to everyone who reads this blog post. Too late to take my words back now, I suppose. I could decide not to post this blog, though. Wouldn't that be a crazy idea? I wonder which is the most crazy, me or the thought of not publishing a perfectly fine blog post? 😄

Nah, I wouldn't want to deprive you of my secrets. Where is the fun in that? While I am at it, I might as well share some of my Pinterest secrets so that you can also maximize your Pinterest pin exposure. Before I spill the beans about my favorite Pinterest group board, it may be best to answer a few questions. 😎

What are Pinterest group boards?

Pinterest group boards are boards where multiple participants share their Pinterest pins. These Pinterest boards give you the opportunity to reach a wider range of people. 

How to find Pinterest group boards?

If you're new to Pinterest, it's hard to know where to find such a group board. However, they aren't that difficult to find. You just have to know how.

Finding Pinterest group boards by using search

Go to your home screen on Pinterest and click on the search bar by clicking on the search icon (magnifier glass)

Picture by Seadbeady

Then type group boards in the search bar and press enter. Next to the box where you have typed 'group boards' you now choose the option boards instead of all pins.

Picture by Seadbeady

Now you get to see all kinds of group boards that have incorporated the phrase 'group boards' in their description. You can see the amount of pins and how many sections the Pinterest boards have. Just click on a Pinterest board of your choice to see how many followers and collaborators it has. 

You will also find a description of who the Pinterest board is for, and what you have to do in order to join. There may be a request to join button, or the board owner will have another option written in the description. 

Most board owners will require that you follow them. Some will want you to pin someone else's pin after or before you leave your pins.

Finding Pinterest group boards by using Pingroupie

Go to https://pingroupie.com/ and register or log in if you are registered already.

Picture by Seadbeady

I prefer to use pingroupie, because it is so much easier to use, and you have lots of options. It is also a free tool. 😊

My favorite group boards for bloggers

There weren't that many Pinterest group boards for bloggers when I joined Pingroupie, so I started one of my own. There are only 2 rules to join my board, and that is that you follow my account, and don't spam. You don't have to pin anyone elses pin if you don't want to.

Have fun exploring those Pinterest group boards.

Hope you like my blog.....Until next time.....Have a nice day 

Renata (Seadbeady)

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Wednesday, 17 November 2021

Interview with Fashion Stylist Janet Igah

Hi There..... Would you like to learn more about what goes on behind the screens of the fashion industry? How about a new fashion stylist interview?

I have had a lot of positive reactions from you, saying you love those deep dives into the fashion industry. But it pains me to say that this is going to be the last interview I am sharing. 😢

Did you really believe that? Of course not, but I will have to launch a new search for fashion stylists, because I am almost out. I still have a few up my sleeve, so there is no need to worry. 😉

If you are a fashion designer or fashion stylist, you can always contact me for an interview. You can find a contact box right below the pictograms of my blog followers. 😊

There is no need to worry about the time. You can contact me at any hour of the day. I have no problem with that, because I only open my mailbox after breakfast. 😏

Time to see what Janet Igah (pronounced ee-gah) answered to my interview questions. Most people call her Jane, and she is self-employed as a Fashion + Interiors Stylist and the Editor-in-Chief of The Doe Online. 

How old are you?

Getting up there, I am currently 33 years old.

What kind of work do you do, or what are you studying to be? 

I mainly am called upon to style for e-commerce and editorial, but also have a handful of personal styling clients. I am what you’d call a fluid learner, always learning. The more I know, the more I need to know. 

These days, I am really focused and passionate about my work in PR (public relations). Specifically, media relations and internal communications. It’s not quite styling but is a great vertical that keeps me on my toes.

What made you decide to become a Fashion Stylist?

Many moons ago, I had a really intense romantic relationship. The person I was involved with was very into fashion. I only knew that I wanted to be a designer. I didn’t know too much about that world. He did, so that really intrigued me. We’d talk for hours on end of people, places, and new things in the fashion industry that were happening. 

I think I really fell in love with fashion, while he was falling in love with me. Lol. At some point, he encouraged me to become a fashion stylist because of my innate sense of style, or as perceived by him. Anyway, the rest was history.

Is fashion important to you? Why? 

Fashion is important to me, but not as important as style. I think that has been my reference point my entire life. While I love brands, and swoon over European-driven style, I really pay attention to the details of a look. The accessories, the way it’s all put together, and of course the personal aura of a person in anything. Personal aura has a lot to do with style, which, in turn, influences fashion. It’s a weird but eloquent cycle. They need each other to thrive.


What are your successes and how did you achieve them?

Successes, Lol. I try not to think of them often so I don’t get stuck on them. I would say as of late, I have had to reflect on them, especially through the Pandemic, because it was hard to stay motivated. So, something I am extremely proud of was launching my fashion showroom for independent brands in the Flatiron District of New York City and starting a fashion journal simultaneously. 

It’s definitely a lot of work, a lot of inner contemplation and prayer. I must, however, emphasize that I have learned so much from watching other people in my field who have successful business models and killer work ethics; people who I have been privileged to either work under or call friends. I learn a lot by observation. I then internalize it, make it my own, and then build a dream around it. One that I can call my own. 

Then I build the foundations of the dream by researching what I’ll need to get started. This part is usually in a repetitive cycle, but with anything I have brought to fruition, it started with me seeing it repeatedly, getting it down in my spirit.

Is the name of the Brand important to you when you buy clothing?

Yes, and no. I am not really into fast fashion. 2019 was probably the last time I stepped foot into a major fast-fashion retailer. So essentially quality, sustainability, and legacy matter to me when shopping. I love to thrift because a lot of the pieces I love come with a rich heritage or are from an era that is nostalgic for me, like 90s hip hop or 70s fashion in old Italian movies.

Describe your personal style of clothing?

I love to be comfortable with anything I wear, no matter where I’m going. My go-to's are a pullover hoodie, preferably in a neutral color, leggings or free-flowing pants, and some sneakers, preferably Nikes. I mix various styles to achieve my mood for the day, but I have a pretty core wardrobe of oversized graphic tees, hoodies, denim jackets, blazers, destroyed denim pants, and sneakers. 

I also wear the same jewelry pieces from day to day, so I try to buy pieces that last, in terms of wear. I really love yellow gold, vermeil, or beaded things. Anything with texture, like mohair or snakeskin, really has my heart.

How did you find your personal style? Do you have a signature look? 

Through trial and error. You never really land on a fixed personal style, if you ask me. It’s likely going to be fluid throughout various life changes and moods. One year, I remember having a huge fixation with knee-high flat boots. That phase didn’t last too long, as I rebuilt my sneaker collection.

I am highly inspired by music (hip hop, R&B, and Rock), Black culture, and West African fashion. These things have found their way into my personal style, as well as my work overtime. I am a Nigerian who was born and raised in New York City, so I feel there has always been a disconnect between me and my true roots. My fashion choices over the last few years have been my advance towards reconnecting with them.

In what way do you influence other people’s clothing style?

I am always talking about the way we consume fashion and how everyone looks the same these days. People I am close to either already feel the same way or have adjusted their shopping habits to reflect a more sustainable lifestyle after a few conversations. I try to show clients and friends a new perspective when building their own wardrobe. Conversation is key in driving home key style principles and challenging the industry at large.

What are in your eyes the best trends at the moment?

Trends are a little fickle, but if I had to name a superb one; it’d be the “Above the keyboard dress” look. This became popular during the Pandemic (the Zoom era). That’s where everything from the waist up looks really put together, and from the waist down, everything is super chill, and sometimes even out of pocket from what’s being worn above. That’s a trend I can subscribe to.

What are in your eyes the worst trends at the moment?

Leggings as clothes, lol. But I don’t care, I am sticking beside ‘em!

What kind of fashion advice would you give us?

I say: Be you! People are always going to have an opinion about how you should dress and what you should look like, and by the way, it resets every 2 - 3 years. However, comfort breeds confidence; so if you’re not comfortable with a trendy look, you won’t look trendy in it. I’ll also say: Clothes are your language before anyone even hears a word from you, so make sure you’re saying something special, something you’d want to say.

Who is your style icon and why?

I really love singer-songwriter and chef Kelis. To this day, no one is touching her in my eyes. She has just always done what she wanted and set a lot of trends in motion that we still love. 

Is there something else you would like to share with us?

You can connect with me on Instagram @thereeljanedoe. Thanks for having me.

Thank you, Jane, for taking the time to answer my questions. I love the idea of clothes being your language. 😎

Check out some other fashion stylist interviews, while you are at it. 😃

Hope you like my blog.....Until next time.....Have a nice day 

Renata (Seadbeady)

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Saturday, 13 November 2021

Where to Find Personalized Gifts - Humankind Unwind - Rose Gold Bar Necklace

Hi There..... Are you a fan of rose gold jewelry? Have you ever bought or gotten a bar necklace?

I don’t know what it is about rose gold jewelry, but I am always drawn to it. Just like the color red. It has been my favorite color ever since I was a child. We didn't have any rose gold jewelry when I was young, so can't say I have always loved it. 😎

Yesterday, I and my 2 sisters went to the restaurant to celebrate my elder sisters’ birthday. We talked a lot about the present, but we also love to reminisce about our childhood times. 😍

I was talking about the fact that we had a wasp’s nest this summer and couldn’t make use of our balcony because of those annoying wasps. Ah yes, I knew they would react to that. They couldn’t let that opportunity pass without talking about the time when we had a caravan. 😃

It wasn’t a large caravan. When having meals, it was never easy to leave the table. Except for that one time when there was a wasp inside, and it was flying up too close to me. 😨

I don’t know how I did it, but in a swift movement, I plunged under the table. It could have been a massive hit on the channel, except there were no social media channels back then. That's bad luck for you. 😛

I was lucky, though, because Humankind Unwind asked me to make a blog post for them in exchange for gifting me this rose gold jewelry bar necklace. 😍


About Humankind Unwind

Humankind Unwind makes it easy for everyone to own meaningful, personalized, and affordable accessories for yourself, your home, your lifestyle, and your tech. Accessories that are able to give YOU the reminders YOU need when YOU need them. 

What words do you want to hear in a crisis?
What memory calms you down or makes you feel happier?
Is it a particular location, date, person, or phrase?
Do you want to be reminded that you've made a conscious choice for yourself and our environment? 
Having this wearable, useable or visual personal reminder means they are always with you throughout the day... just in case you need them.  

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How did it start?

Humankind Unwind began a few years after I became chronically ill with fibromyalgia. It forces me to slow down and rest whether or not I think I 'should'. I had a habit of prioritizing what I thought 'should' be done before I would relax. I had NO list of what I 'should' do to look after myself.

I know now it's okay to rest. There's no need to 'earn' it with productivity. Rest can be productive. I want to help others that want to stop ticking off their to-do lists at the expense of their self-care.

Lots of little reminders helped me: post-it notes on my mirror, notes in my bag, my fabulous Filofax had a section for things I wanted to remember. The problem was I wasn't always standing in front of my mirror or with my bag or near my Filofax when I needed a reminder. I wanted subtle reminders that I could wear, see and use every day. 

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About the Bar Necklaces from Humankind Unwind

Find the perfect gift in their selection of personalized jewelry. There's jewelry for men and women that can be engraved with your (or someone else's) handwriting. 
 
These gifts give more than just a personal 'touch', they can give an emotional hug every time the wearer sees their loved ones' handwriting. It can be especially touching if the writing is of a dearly departed loved one. 

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Bar Necklace Details

They made both chain and pendant of stainless steel with either steel finish or rose gold or gold plating.
The pendant is 4mm wide and can be engraved on one or all sides.
Tell us the names you want to be engraved and the font you would like used on the pendant in the Special Instructions when checking out.
It is suitable for people who have metal-sensitive skin.
The jewelry is made by engraving with a diamond tip, not with a laser. It is therefore scratched into the metal and will not fade.

About Stainless Steel

stainless steel is the most ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY metal option in the jewelry world?
In the production process, the amount of energy used and waste produced is dramatically less than in the production of other metals for jewelry and it is 100% recyclable.
Unlike silver, stainless steel will not get tarnished. 

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My opinion on the Rose Gold Bar Necklace

What can I say? I just love it. I am a huge fan of rose gold jewelry. The bar necklace is so delicate and not heavy at all. They have a lot of writing styles to choose from, and I love how elegant they wrote my name on the necklace.

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Also, it's so great that the jewelry will last for a long time. 
It also fits lots of different colors of outfits, so I will no doubt wear it a lot. 😄

You should pay Humankind Unwind a visit if you want any other personalized gifts or other types of bar necklaces?

Check out my blog post about Jill Kirsh if you are unsure what colors combinations fit you best. https://seadbeady.blogspot.com/2021/10/best-tip-to-find-your-perfect-color.html

Hope you like my blog.....Until next time.....Have a nice day 

Renata (Seadbeady)

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Wednesday, 10 November 2021

Interview with Jewelry Designer Lausanne Miller

Hi There..... Have you been waiting for me to share a new jewelry designer interview?

I still have some fashion designers waiting for their turn, but it has been quite a long time since my last jewelry designer interview. Wouldn't it be cruel to keep my jewelry fans waiting even longer? Ah, being evil may be fun, though. Nah, it's time to bring back the good me. Halloween is over now. 😉

At the moment, I am working on a few beadwork necklaces myself. I put my sewing and knitting aside for a while because I will have a stall at a market on the 11th of December. It seems ages ago that I sold any of my pieces on a market. No, of course not. I am not that old. Just a little over 20. 😎

Just like the jewelry designer who's on my blog today, I love creating my own pieces. Oh my, I am already blabbing my mouth about the interview. Perhaps it's better to let Lausanne Miller speak for herself. 😄

She is a 36-year-old running a one-woman show as owner, jewelry designer at Lausanne Jewelry shop.


What kind of work do you do, or what are you studying to be? 

I’ve always been a designer. For the first half of my career, I was a fashion designer. I started at BCBG Max Azria as an assistant designer on the Runway collection and worked my way up to senior designer during my seven years there. 

It was an amazing experience and education in all aspects of design as we did all development and sampling in house and bi-annual NYFW runway shows. From there I went on to Guess, and became the Senior Design Director for the women’s collection during my 6 years with them. Which was also an incredible experience and education in leadership and creative direction of a line. 

Almost 2 years ago now I took a major shift away from the corporate world and branched out on my own to create an affordable luxury jewelry collection and brand. So now I am both jewelry designer, and run the business as well. It’s definitely been my most challenging experience to date, but I love it so much.

What made you decide to become a jewelry designer?

As a child, I was always into arts and kind of dabbled in trying a little of everything. Crafts like painting, drawing, ceramics, knitting, beading, etc. So I guess creative expression has always been a part of me striving to get out. 

I can also be pretty pragmatic too, so during highschool I bounced back and forth between believing I should go after a more traditional career path versus a riskier creative one and finally decided I couldn’t imagine being happy doing anything that wasn’t creative, so I chose for fashion designer. I felt it was a safer choice than the fine arts. 

Once I got into college studying illustration, draping, patternmaking, design theory, etc. I fell even more in love with it. I love how it bridges art and function and feeling.

Is fashion important to you? Why? 

Of course! Fashion has so much power. How it can change the way you feel, how you're perceived, who you want to be that day. And we all have access to it. To me, it’s functional art at its very best. And you get to use it, experience it, and enjoy it every single day.

Lausanne Miller

 

What are your successes and how did you achieve them?

My successes within my fashion career were each new promotion and working my way up to a senior design director. It was a goal of mine to become a director by age 30 and I could achieve that largely by putting in the work and showing leadership at every level, no matter the position or the team. 

Fashion has the talent to bring together so many different groups of people to reach the end product. If you can work together and support each other for the common goal, it only results in a more beautiful, better fitting, and probably better costing garment. 

I would also attribute successes to learning as much as I could about every aspect of what I was creating. The more you know about patterning, materials, construction, etc, the better a designer you’ll become.

And now that I run my own company, I’m able to draw on so much of that experience and apply it to creating jewelry. I have a long way to go with my own brand, but I would say perseverance and having faith goes a long way for small business owners.
 

Is the name of the Brand important to you when you buy clothing?

Yes, and no. Yes, in the sense that buying from a brand you know, and trust is a straightforward decision. You already know the quality and fit, etc. And no, in the sense that I’m not into names for the sake of wearing the brand or the logo. I’m into design pure and simple. So if a style speaks to me and the quality is there, the brand name doesn’t matter to me.
 

Describe your personal style of clothing?

I love two opposite ends of the spectrum, minimalistic with a worldly influence on one side. Always feminine, always with movement on the other, and I’ll love a floral print forever.
 

How did you find your personal style? Do you have a signature look? 

Through years of experimenting.  My first years working as a fashion designer on BCBG runway really influenced my taste. Probably the working on gorgeous drapery dresses that I’ll always love, as well. You’ll find me in a dress far more often than pants all year long. 
My only signature look is a vibrant red-orange lipstick. I’ve been wearing the same shade for 10 years and am rarely without it.
 
Lausanne Miller

Do you have an influence on other people’s clothing style?

Well, if you ask every ex-boyfriend, I think the answer would be a strong yes. But all of my girlfriends have a strong sense of self within their own style.
 

What are in your eyes the best trends at the moment?

Getting back to dressing up and real fashion. Don’t get me wrong, I love a cozy lounge set, but I’m ready to leave the pandemic fashion behind. 
For trends, I’m loving the return of wider legs and the half zip high neck sweaters. Also, the attention to sleeve volume and new twists on trench coats.
 

What are in your eyes the worst trends at the moment?

Low-rise jeans. Please, just don't.

 

What kind of fashion advice would you give us?

The best thing you can wear is confidence. And beyond that, find the silhouettes that are most flattering for you and make you feel the best. Once you nail that, you can always find new exciting iterations of what you look and know you’ll feel confident in.
And,... just try it on! You might surprise yourself by what you actually like on versus seeing on the hanger or online. I still do. And it keeps things fresh.
 

Who is your style icon and why?

I don’t know if I really have one, probably because I enjoy such a variety and am always changing. So how about some brands I adore instead? Ulla Johnson, Shona Joy, Everlane, Johanna Oritz, Ganni.
 

Is there something else you would like to share with us?

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my own line, Shop Lausanne.
I design every piece with meaning and what I hope is a unique edge in celebrating the strength of femininity. All sustainable crafted in small batches using precious metals. I hope you’ll enjoy taking a look!

Thank you Lausanne for taking the time to answer my questions. Both your jewelry and pictures are gorgeous.

If you are a fan of jewelry, you may also find my blog post on how to clean and store your jewelry interesting.

Hope you like my blog.....Until next time.....Have a nice day 

Renata (Seadbeady)

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