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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A Ruby's Musings by Request Post~ Mint Valley Scarves

Wearing on of my beautiful scarves from
Mint Valley out of Norway

Instagram as I have mentioned recently ( last Friday's blog) has opened a lot of doors for me and I have made some lovely connections and discovered some very creative people with wonderful products from all over the world. One such person is Monique from Norway and her home based company Mint Valley. I first discovered her and her ETSY shop when she started following me and I took a peek at her profile. Monique had a post about signing up for her mailing list and receiving a free scarf and only having to pay the postage. Well of course I could hardly pass that up now could I? I wear scarves often, both as a way to disguise my hair as it is growing out, a way to add glamour or drama to an outfit or simply to keep my neck warm. I found a lovely rosy pink scarf and awaited its arrival. It came really quickly, packaged nicely, a hand written note of thanks and even a cute charm and storage bag. I posted to her page that it had come and as a thank you told her that I would add a banner with a link to the side of my can find it on the right hand side. I followed her back on Instagram and just recently she started posting her peeks at her new Fall/Winter collection. I mentioned that I had  my eye on a hand embroidered scarf and hoped that it would still be available once I could find room in my budget; imagine my surprise when she offered me the scarf as something I could try and review here on the blog. I graciously accepted and well, here we are. 

My scarf arrived quickly, as it had before and just in time for today's post. I eagerly opened it and just like before it was lovingly wrapped, and tied with a twine bow. Once opened the scarf did not disappoint and there was once again a hand signed note of thanks, a cute little charm, and of course the storage bag, and there was even some candy. 

The scarf is delicate, and sheer and a pleasant shade of pale camel. The blossoms are shades of pink, rose and even a burnt orange as well as some white blossoms. The green in the leaves are shades of sage, to deep olive. Most of these colors are not my colors I shall admit, but they are in such small amounts, that it really does not matter. The fringe is delicate and well it was a bit unraveled, but that is a very minor issue and one I can solve with a bit of happens with the type of fringe it is. It is a perfect width and length to wear it as either a head scarf or wrapped around the neck...I wore it both ways in my photos to show you. It has a wonderful vintage appeal to it. The other scarf I mentioned I love just as  much, it is much longer, and it is so very soft and flowey and will be perfect in the Spring when I will use it to wrap loosely around my hair to keep it in place when it is breezy.

I now would like to share with you, in Monique's own words a bit about her and her Etsy Shop, Mint Valley, as well as some photos of her and her model Kiki showing off some of her other items from her shop. Read through to the end and there will be a discount code to use for any purchase you may like to make... and I hope you will do so. 

Mint Valley

"My background and education is in human resources. Until the end of 2014 I was working as a management assistent for a business, but never really found my passion in this. 
I have always been a creative person, l design and work with different fabrics and textures. I also love to paint, draw, knit, crochet, garden and cook! 
I decided I wanted a change and after a lot preparation  I opened my Etsy shop in May 2015. "
Monique Prickle 

I work from my lovely, but small, office at home in a rural part of the Netherlands, where I live with my 2 sons and my American husband whom I met while he was stationed overseas in the military.
In terms of fashion, I love adding a fun scarf to whatever I'm wearing : it's a great way to dress up.
I have always loved scarves and hats. When I could not find any scarves I really liked for a reasonable price, I decided to make my own. I notices lots of people liked my scarves and I decided to start selling them.
When I design my scarves I get inspired by people around me, magazines, fashion blogs and traveling all over the world.
Monique and Kiki at a photo shoot

The fabrics and supplies I use to make my scarves I collect locally from different vendors in my neighborhood. I sew the fabric and make an infinity, long or square scarf and sometimes add a little extra like buttons, lace and ribbons. 

Because I sell only 1 or 2 scarves of the same fabric, my scarves are one of a kind and unique
I think every woman can look a little more elegant and sophisticated with a beautiful scarf. My scarves are fashionable, feel and look luxurious but are still affordable. I like to mix different styles of fabric together, for example knitted yarn with lace, or sheer musseline with denim. The contrast between styles make the scarf special. For our new fall collection I also added some legwarmers, mittens and beanies to complete the look! 

Prices of the scarves are from about $11 to $29. All scarves are mailed gift wrapped in a cute colorful package with tissue perfect for a gift. 

I want to thank Monique for sharing a bit about herself and her beautiful creations. She has been so generous and kind to me and now she is going to be the same for my readers. She has included a special code to get a 15% discount at her Etsy store Mint Valley  , I really hope you will go take a peek and make a will not regret it! Plus Christmas is right around the corner and what a wonderful gift to give someone you love as well as yourself.  You can either click the links scattered here within the blog or simply over on the right hand side find the Mint Valley banner that has the photo of my scarf and Elizabeth Taylor and click it. 

discount code... WELOVESCARVES 

Don't forget that the contest for a jillicious strawberry pie necklace ends on Friday can enter via last Friday's post, contacting me on the Ruby's Musings page on FB or instagram...just look for this photo... I will announce the winner in this Friday's blog post. There is also a jillicious 15% off code within the blog so go check it out. 

Friday, August 28, 2015

In Charming Company ~ A Ruby's Musings By Request Post/Contest

Enjoying my calorie free cheesecake.... earrings

I fought getting a smart phone for a long time. I did not need another distraction, why did I want access to the internet via phone? The computer takes up a lot of my day as it is. Then I finally caved. At first I used it only as back up and to take photos while on vacation so that I could still post to my FB page. Eventually I came to be on my phone more than my computer and I also decided to see what Instagram was all about after my daughter said she was posting her modeling photos on there. I was "shy" at first while I got my feet wet, but then as I delve more into it I realized that it was a great way to connect with others, and find other kindred spirits. I also discovered so many new to me goodies to add to my wish list. One of those is the jewelry and accessory line created by Janina Agaton with her company Jillicious Charms. As I got to know more about the products as well as Janina, I became more of a fan. After a few exchanges back and forth I decided to add her banner to my page and then a little after that Janina approached me about doing a contest to give away one of her lovely creations. I decided I wanted to do more, I wanted to let everyone know about her and her company, and so the time has come to introduce you to the lady and her sweet creations!

The lovely Janina and her inspirations

Tell my readers all about you and your company....
Jillicious charms and accessories has been in business since October 2011. My daughter Jilliene is the inspiration behind the brand. It all started when our family moved to Hawaii and i then decided that I wanted to be a stay home mom, and at the same time start a home based business. I discovered polymer clay crafting on You Tube, and instantly became my passion! I started selling my pieces in an online marketplace, and made over 1500 orders on my first year in business. On 2013, I then decided to launch my own website ( 

On fall of 2014, we launched the Jazlene collection inspired by my newborn daughter Jazlene. This collection features limited edition handmade clay charms on sterling silver findings. It gives me so much pride and joy to get my brand out there, knowing that it is inspired by my daughters- Jilliene and Jazlene. I'm still aspiring to be a registered nurse, but I will probably never give up making these adorable miniatures, and hopefully be able pass it on to my daughters someday.

Tell more about Jillicious charms and accessories:
   We offer an array of handmade jewelries as well as other unique jewelry pieces and accessories fit for all ages. Most of our food jewelry is handcrafted in my home studio located in El Paso, Texas. We do accept custom orders /requests, just feel free to send us a message to let us know the details of your request. Jillicious charms and accessories also ships WORLDWIDE.  Wholesale orders are always welcome.

Not just clay and food items....

So as I mentioned Janina has been kind enough to offer up a special treat for my readers and followers! Not only can you enter to win one of her creations, the sweetest little strawberry pie necklace, but she has offered up a special discount code as well!! 

Contest Details 
To enter... 
You can enter by leaving a comment here, Be sure you leave your email address! NOTE** Comments do not post immediately as I have to approve them.... 
You can also enter by....
 On my Facebook page  for Ruby's Musings can leave me a message under the photo of me wearing the necklace,  if you are not on FB you can also like my Instagram page and leave me a message there where you see the photo of me in the necklace....while there go follow Jillicious Charms as well!!! 

The contest will run until September 4th ....if you prefer to not enter the contest, you can go to the Jillicious Charms web site and order what you like and get a 15% discount at check out  by using the code... Let her know Ruby sent you! 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

That Dress is Le Bomb

Felt pretty as a picture in my Le Bomb Shop dress

As I venture further and further into the current world of pin-up, I am discovering all sorts of new to me companies in which to purchase my clothing from. One such shop is Le Bomb Shop. I discovered this little gem of affordable pin up clothing via one of the lovelies that I follow on Instagram, and decided to have a go at it.  I have now ordered from them twice and both times been very pleased. As I try to do before I buy, I contact the customer service department and ask about sizing. Yes, they do have a sizing chart, but as I have come to find out with orders from other vendors it is not always accurate... Le Bomb does there very best to make sure that does not happen, but depending on fabric, personal measurements etc it is always, as I mentioned my practice to ask. The customer service at Le Bomb is top notch and they were able to tell me based on my measurements, which happens to be between sizes what size would be best for me, and they got back to me pretty quickly with a friendly reply. They were very patient with this wary buyer and for that I am grateful.. for that very reason I am doing this unsolicited try and review.

I decided on the "Birds of Paradise Halter Sun  Dress" in Aqua ( retail 54.00) in a small after my discussion online with the customer service department. It looked amazing online and I was very hopeful that once I received it, that it would not disappoint. Fingers crossed, I clicked my way through to check out and in really a very quick matter of time, a package arrived on my door step. I hurriedly tried it on and was delighted that it fit...for the most part. I say for the most part, as I was able to slip it up over my hips, do the zipper and it fit quite nicely through the waist, with enough room to breathe, but not so much that it was too loose. The parts that were a bit big.. and it is entirely preference and well partially my new body shape, having had my implants removed just over three months ago, was the upper half. No longer having my D cup and now being a small B cup the halter portion when worn without a bra was a bit too roomy...that is not the fault of Le Bomb or construction. The other part was the back elastic fit a bit looser across my back. I realize this is so that it can fit people of all shapes that fit into the size parameter, so I do not count this is a fail in sizing or construction. I managed to solve the issue quiet easily by wearing a lightly padded bralet in a color that went with the dress, in this case black. I felt more comfortable wearing a little something as it was, so it was not a draw back. 

So I have talked about the fit....what about the construction and best of all the print? Well, the fabric is a non stretch cotton, it is light weight, but perfect for the hot Summer time weather. It is two layers, one that is the print and then an under dressing that is in the same aqua without print. The skirt is a wonderfully full box pleat design, perfect for fitting my petticoat under, and on me as I am 5'2 it came to just to just below my knees, as promised.  It fit comfortably and the straps are nice and wide to hold up the bodice of dress in a flattering way. The elastic across the back as I mentioned is a bit on the looser side, which is nice as it does not dig into your back as often can be the case.It has a nice wide waist band that gives the mid part of the torso a slim appearance. It held up nicely to getting in and out of the car and I found that though it is cotton it did not wrinkle too badly...not that it takes more than a few minutes to touch up with the iron... which I did before wearing once I removed it from the shipping package. Now to the is DIVINE! Just as pretty as it looks on line. I love the color wave and the tropical print that is not too Hawaiian as a lot of tropical dresses are, and the birds that are scattered about appealed to the nature lover in me. I got so many compliments! The dress does come in white as the background as well, but I think the cool toned aqua is just so pretty and sets off the soft muted rose, lavenders, blues and even the more warm green tones of the leaves. I am 100% satisfied with my purchase and the dress. I was so pleased, I ordered a top from them too. *Wink*  I would stamp this "RUBY'S MUSINGS APPROVED" 

Love my top from Le Bomb as well. 

Basic Information...
Location of photo shoot... St. Helena Ca. 
Lake Berryessa 

Petticoat previously owned and found on Amazon
Shoes and purse... vintage in top photos, shoes in last photo 
Jewelry in top photos previously owned. Bought locally.
Earrings in last photo bought through Retro Rivera.
Skirt in last photo bought through Sidecca on Amazon.
Scarf in top photos bought at resale shop.
Sunglasses bought through ModCloth  
 on clearance and may be sold out. 
Photos taken by my wonderful hubby