pearls, crystals, gems: handmade by abuse survivors

I spent one afternoon a couple weekends ago snapping shots of beautiful handmade jewelry for the nonprofit The Uncovered Artistry Project (i.e. the nonprofit I founded five years ago with my sister!). The nonprofit, which boasts an online boutique, sells the artisan work of domestic and sexual abuse survivors. Because we believe art and entrepreneurship are pretty darn empowering.

Below are some of my favorite shots of some of the stunning jewelry we are currently selling in the boutique.

Jewelry Handmade by Abuse Survivors: Uncovered Artistry #uncoveredartistrySwarovski pearl earrings…our bestseller

Jewelry Handmade by Abuse Survivors: Uncovered Artistry #uncoveredartistrySwarovski pearl drop necklace…this one always reminds me of Jane from Pride and Prejudice.

Jewelry Handmade by Abuse Survivors: Uncovered Artistry #uncoveredartistry

domestic violence awareness bracelet…my personal favorite- it’s such a pretty touch to every outfit!

Jewelry Handmade by Abuse Survivors: Uncovered Artistry #uncoveredartistry

true blue rhinestone earrings…are you feeling like royalty today?

Jewelry Handmade by Abuse Survivors: Uncovered Artistry #uncoveredartistry

Don’t forget to shop the boutique and support the nonprofit at uncoveredartistry.com.

Cheers!

Sarah

 

progress, progress

I’ve lived in Pittsburgh (and the same apartment) for over a year. For the last, well, decade, I haven’t stayed in one place for more than twelve months. Finally, I’ve had time to settle in to my new place and begin to claim it as my own. My living room, dinning room, and kitchen were more or less done six months ago. (Mostly given to that the fact that my kitchen is smaller than a walk-in closet) But my bedroom has taken longer to come together. I wanted a simple, neutral pallets of whites and creams with a focus on texture. What ended up unfolding is far from that but no less awesome. Actually, probably way more fun to look at. I have images and color everywhere, yet somehow everything still seems comfortable and in order. It’s the perfect embodiment of my style: classic and neat but undoubtably sprinkled with color and pattern. The room has a way to go, but so far, it’s a pretty good start.

eclectic bedroom gallery wall eclectic bedroom gallery wall

gallery wall? check.

Unique way to use a postcard collection for decoration

bookshelf? check.

Handmade Corkboards

handmade cork boards? check.

Repurposed Wire Basket for Drawers

repurposed basket drawers? check.
Jane Austen Reads + Hat Box

Jane Austen novels? obviously.

Cheers!

Sarah

what’s in my ferragamo? #girlboss

I like to share what I’m reading. Why? Because books are so much better when you can talk about them. If you’ve ever read Pride and Prejudice and made it to the “Mr.Darcy letter scene,” and you have no one to share in your agonizing joy, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. Or, oh, let’s say you’ve just finished Allegiant and for some reason NO ONE at your office has finished it too. Who are you supposed to get angry with!?

That said, here’s my first post in a silly-titled series, I’m calling, “What’s in My Ferragamo?” Of course, I’m referring to my black Ferragamo bag that just happens to be the perfect size to fit whatever I’m reading at the moment.

#GIRLBOSS

#GIRLBOSS by NastyGal CEO, Sophia Amoruso. If you haven’t heard of NastyGal, don’t worry, you can click this link without of fear of sexually explicit content (trust me).

#GIRLBOSS

Here’s my two cents on the read: Amoruso’s story is impressive and her advice is inspirational, but her business tips come off a bit too elementary for my taste. (Of course, that’s coming from me- a girl with a business degree who also happens to work in fashion industry.) Nevertheless, it reenergized my passion for fashion (business), and there are some pretty awesome quotables in there too. Not to mention some charming illustrations.

So? Have you read #GIRLBOSS? What do you think?

Cheers!

Sarah

not so white and black

Record Player miaprimacasa.com

A few days after I saw Jack White perform in Pittsburgh, I was composing, with definite irritation, an email to Third Man Records describing a newly purchased vinyl that would repeat the first song continuously and skip without end. To my surprise (and delight), I was sent the below video, describing my new Lazaretto record as an Ultra LP. I won’t give too much away, but the features on this record blew me away.

Record Player miaprimacasa.com

The most remarkable feature has to be the hologram on side A. Still skeptical, I asked my dad (a physicist) if what I was seeing was truly a hologram. For all of your reference, he described it as more of a “simple diffraction grating.”  I’m not going to even attempt to paraphrase what came next: “The simplest of diffraction gratings are made by scratching parallel lines into a substrate.  You can get the same effect by interfering 2 beams comming out of a laser and recording it on a photosenstive plate.  The angel is a slightly more complex diffraction grating where the incoming light is directed to specific points in space to create the effect.  If you shine a laser pointer in that holographic band the angel should be easier to see.”

And there you have it, an excellent album and a physics lesson in one.

Cheers!

Sarah

the power of food

Power of Food: Jamie Oliver quotation

Since I’ve run out of British detective shows to watch lately, I’ve turned to documentaries and TED Talks for my evening relaxation. While learning about Viking explorers, the evolution of humans, the “moral molecule,” and a secret river under Dublin has been quite riveting, the video I watched this evening struck a deeper cord. Jamie Oliver’s TED talk on the power of food (to do good or, as is often the case in this country, bad) renewed my vigor for healthy living and eating. I’ve been following (more or less- cookie butter is a weakness, okay!?) a plant-based diet for six months now, and contrary to what you might think, this lifestyle has introduced me to so many new ways of cooking, new food to try, and new methods to make eating and cooking easier, more delicious, and fun. I’ve felt better, ran faster (marathon PR!), and found the joy of making a home cooked meal. I love Jamie’s approach to the power of food: that it should be a part of the daily ritual that makes our lives rich and interesting. And healthy.

Cheers!

Sarah

p.s. Jamie’s website has some great vegan recipes as well! Here are the ones I’m particularly excited to try:

No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Fudge Bars

Vegan Blueberry Pancakes

The Best Vegan Burger

Vegan Shepherds Pie