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Earthpaste Review (Natural Toothpaste)

1 Jan

Happy New Year everyone! I’m starting the year off with a video review of the natural toothpaste, Redmond Earthpaste.

I have been using it for a few weeks now. I got it on eBay for about $11 (including shipping) for two 4 oz tubes in the Wintergreen flavor. It ranges from $3.99-$5.99 in stores and online.

The ingredients are:

Purified Water

Food Grade Redmond Clay

Xylitol

Wintergreen Essential Oil

Menthol

Redmond Real Sea Salt

Tea Tree Oil

More importantly, there is NO: Glycerin, Fluoride,  Artificial Coloring, Foaming Agents.

The consistency is much different than “regular” toothpaste. It isn’t gritty like you may think clay is, but smooth and slick. There are no foaming agents, so I found I had to use more of it than I did with regular toothpaste.

The clean: I feel a MUCH better clean with Earthpaste than with regular toothpaste!! It leaves your teeth super slick, and naturally clean. Not like other toothpaste that has sort of a sugary, minty, gritty feel. You may not even notice that your toothpaste tastes like that until you try something different. For example, you know how orange juice tastes weird after you brush? Earthpaste makes orange juice taste normal LOL!

And my awesome tip for you is… Use it as a face wash! It leaves your face felling super clean and naturally fresh!

Overall, I definitely recommend this product!

*This product may contain trace amounts of naturally occurring lead. This product may not be appropriate for consumption by children or pregnant women.

*This review is not sponsored.

~A.Roze

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Styling a Hip Hop Period Piece. BTS of Planet Asia’s Music Video “Mystique”

3 Nov

I LOVE period pieces! I also LOVE hip hop! This music video was an awesome collaboration of seemingly different worlds. And yet it all flows very cleanly. I’m very happy to have worked on the wardrobe, and with some awesome people!

When Varras Tower (the director) approached me about this project, he initially asked about making the costumes from scratch. Of course my immediate concern was time and budget. A period piece set in the 1890s requires a lot of attention to detail on the wardrobe. We were faced with the dilemma of having looks that were authentic to the period, but still in budget and fitting to Varras’ vision. We decided on an original Victorian look with a pinch of goth and a dash of steampunk. The game plan being to purchase and rent reproduction costumes, mixed with some vintage items that I had in my collection, and a few of my hand made accessories to complete the looks.

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5 Ways to Customize Your Product. Wow Your Clients!

21 Aug

5 ways to customize your product

Presentation means everything, no matter what business you’re in! Below I’ve outlined some of my key ingredients in a successful presentation of a custom gown to a private client.

1. Find out what your customer really wants.

No matter the product, you may run into clients that know (or think they know) exactly what they want. Intentional or otherwise, it may feel like they just want to use your skill, and not your creative expertise. In the end however, you are the one that will be held accountable for how the product turns out. Keeping this in mind, the best way to start is by having a sit down consultation with the client. Have a list of questions ready. Come up with the questions beforehand that hone in on the direction of their vision. Gain insight on how they want to feel about this product and/or how they want it to make them feel. Be honest about what you can and cannot do. Be honest about pricing. If the requests increase, let them know right away the costs that will be incurred.

Having clients that basically give you free reign over a design idea is always a pleasure! Ronisha came to me in need of a reception dress that would flatter her figure, while also showing her sophistication as a newlywed.

2. Give them your input as an expert and come up with a vision that meets the clients requirements and has your personal touch.

I came up with the sketch below. Ivory stretch satin with Swarovski crystals adorning her from the neckline, all the way down the front of the dress in flattering V shapes. The satin hugging her curves, while ivory chiffon peaks out at her shoulders and neckline. Ivory chiffon drapes down the back in a double layer, while a single fan pleated layer subtly shows off her legs in the front.

Lucky for me, Ronisha loved this sketch and gave me the ok to go ahead and get started. Sometimes, it may take some revising, or even coming up with a new concept entirely. Just make sure they are happy before going past this step.

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How to Make Distressed Denim Shorts! How to bleach Jeans!

23 Apr

A couple weeks ago, I showed you how to turn your boot leg and wide leg jeans into skinny jeans. I mentioned that its best if the jeans have stretch in them, since that will be most comfortable. Well, Spring is here, so now I’ll show you what to do with the jeans that don’t have stretch in them. And even if they have a little stretch, this will work also.

Denim shorts are a staple for Spring and Summer, why not make yours the way you want AND save some money AND recycle! I’m all about it, plus I have a ton of fun experimenting!

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Styling a Music Video! E-Turn & SPS “Lucid”

8 Apr

Styling music videos is something I have always wanted to get in to since I started making clothes. I finally had the opportunity when Orlando emcee E-Turn asked me to be a part of her music video for “Lucid”, a track off of her latest album- Dark Trust. Directed by Varras Tower, this project was so fun to work on and came out amazing!

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The theme is that E-Turn and her hip hop crew are hanging out on the Daytona beach boardwalk and arcade when they run into a punk/biker guy and get into a mini altercation with him. He calls his crew in, and it turns into a dance off between the hip hop and the punk/bikers. Continue reading

The Spring Pastel Trend! Plus- How to wear a Men’s hat!

22 Mar

hat 1One of my favorite Spring 2014 trends is the pastel colors! You can mix and match them with bolder colors and have a ton of fun with it! Cobalt blue is another hot color for Spring, holding on from last season- which I LOVE! I cannot get enough of cobalt blue!! Especially paired with gold, I just love it! So rich and vibrant!  Continue reading

How to Make Skinny Jeans from Flared, Wide Leg or Boot Cut Jeans! DIY

8 Mar

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Am I the only one who has TONS wide leg, flare and boot cut jeans piled in the closet because they are too nice to get rid of, but never wear them because all I want to put on is skinnies?! I have been slowly turning all my wider leg jeans into skinny jeans. They feel brand new and I feel refreshed, so I felt compelled to share how I do it. Perfect easy DIY project! Enjoy!

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