Boho by Spence Diamonds–Beautiful Ethical & Sustainable Jewelry

 

 

Boho By Spence Diamonds // Small Feather Earring $99.00 USD // Medium Earth Adjustable Necklace $99.00 USD
Boho By Spence Diamonds // Small Feather Earring $99.00 USD

Shopping for quality jewelry can be tricky. There are so many styles, shapes to fit every price range, it’s enough to make your head spin. We don’t always know what the jewelry is really made of (conflict-free diamonds? real gold?), or who even made it. Some of the prices on mall fashion jewelry make you question if tiny hands or underpaid workers were involved in the making. 

That’s heartbreaking. 

Finding quality jewelry is no easy task. Finding quality jewelry that speaks to you, that inspires you, that makes you feel confident, that gives you a sense of individuality–that’s even tougher. I’m not into buying jewelry that’s only fashionable for a few weeks that ends up oxidized or knotted in the bottom of my jewelry box. 

With that being said, there’s a lot to love about the Boho by Spence collection

Boho By Spence Diamonds // Small Feather Earring $99.00 USD // Medium Earth Adjustable Necklace $99.00 USD

Boho by Spence has made it their mission to craft jewelry for the spirit of the Boho girl in a sustainable and ethical way.

The Boho girl sees the world differently than your average girl. She’s creative, adventurous, and fun, but she also fears no challenge and is morally grounded. She loves to travel, enjoys fashion, hangs out at festivals, and catches up with friends over coffee. An independent thinker. Curious. Compassionate. Confident. 

The collection is made up of several symbols: Earth, Fire, Water, Leaf, Lotus, Paisley, Feather, Arrow, and Infinity. Every symbol has a different meaning behind it. 

For example, the leaf symbol is “purity personified.” It’s a reminder of the importance of respecting oneself and others. Another symbol is the lotus, which represents the future and how our possibilities are wide open. 
Boho By Spence Diamonds // Small Feather Earring $99.00 USD // Medium Earth Adjustable Necklace $99.00 USD

The two pieces of jewelry I have feature the lotus and the feather. The feather is about lightening your mind, opening your heart, and letting yourself go. 

Every symbol is positive, thought-provoking, and grounding. I love the idea of wearing a piece of jewelry that is more than just a piece of jewelry. 

Each piece is simple, elegant, and light. The earrings, necklaces, rings, and bracelets are universally flattering, no matter the occasion or outfit. It’s effortlessly easy to style any of the pieces.

My favorite part about the Boho by Spence Diamonds collection is that 1% of each purchase goes to the NGO Not for Sale to alleviate human trafficking and that Spence Diamonds has a deep-rooted commitment to help the community affected by diamond exploitation in Central Africa. They focus on eliminating any unethical impact and they also focus on building the community by building schools and creating housing for those displaced. 

All pieces in the Boho by Spence Diamonds are made with Artisan Created Diamonds. They’re identical to mined diamonds–even gemologists can’t tell the difference. When the diamonds catch the light, they have the most beautiful glow and illuminate the jewelry so well. Knowing that all of the jewelry in this collection has been created in a socially conscious way makes me proud to wear the jewelry. 

Anything from the Boho by Spence collection will make a great addition to your own jewelry collection. The symbolism and social consciousness behind this collection also makes any of the earrings, rings, necklaces, and bracelets a thoughtful gift. 

Head to a store near you to see all the pieces in person, or make a purchase online from the U.S. or Canadian online stores.

To visit the U.S. online store, click here.  There is free shipping on all orders in the U.S.

To visit the Canadian store, click here. 

Spence Diamonds will also be hosting a giveaway for this collection. Check out their pages here to get more information. 

Boho By Spence Diamonds // Small Feather Earring $99.00 USD // Medium Earth Adjustable Necklace $99.00 USD

Boho By Spence Diamonds // Small Feather Earring $99.00 USD
Boho By Spence Diamonds // Small Feather Earring $99.00 USD // Medium Earth Adjustable Necklace $99.00 USD

Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco #MOIC

Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco

Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco

Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco

Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco

On Friday, we made a trip to the Museum of Ice Cream in San Francisco. Located inside an old bank building in the middle of downtown, the pink banners and neon lights are a sight for sore eyes!

This pop-up museum is new to the city and has been open for a little over a month now. Previously, the museum was open in Los Angeles and before that, New York City. The attraction has gained so much popularity thanks to Instagram and other social media platforms. No one can resist bright pink walls, gummy bears, and ice cream cones! The museum is so popular that all the tickets sale announcements are made in advance sell out within an hour or two. We purchased our tickets about six weeks in advance, just to ensure we would get a weekend date, even though earlier dates were available.

Now, I’m going to detail our experience going through the whole museum. If you plan on visiting the museum beware of SPOILERS. 

*Spoiler Alert* 

Even before entering the museum, we lined up alongside the building with a glitter pink velvet rope blocking our line from the rest of the foot traffic on the sidewalk. The security guard kindly offered us Dove chocolate to eat while we waited, which wasn’t a very long wait anyway. 

Soon, we entered the museum but were told to wait at the top of the stairs. They like to send in groups of about 10-12 people at a time. As the rules we explained to us, we were told to come up with a team name and name a team captain. We ended up with the team name “Ice Cream Hippo” and our captain was “Captain Chocolate”. 

We all went down the stairs and went into the first room which was bright pink and had a timeline of the history of ice cream on the wall. I learned that it was Tom Carvel (yeah, THAT Carvel) who created soft serve ice cream by accident, that ice cream bars on a stick became a thing in the 20s, and that Ronald Reagan is the dude who came up with National Ice Cream Month (July) and National Ice Cream Day (the third Sunday of every July). 

After answering some trivia questions on the history of ice cream, a guide explained a few more rules to us and pumped our group before sending us off into the ice cream vault. 

Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco

Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco

Everyone in our group played a game of ring toss where we had to try to get at least 3 rings to land on top of whipped cream canisters. I totally lost two of my rings (they’re much lighter than you think), but my other three at least landed in between the whipped cream canisters. I’m not sure if there is even a prize for winning but hey, it was fun. 

Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco

Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco

Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco

Next, we ventured to the next room which looked like a 50s diner. We were each served a scoop of ice cream from Salt & Straw, which is an ice creamery new to the city (locations in Portland and Los Angeles though!). Their salted caramel is some of the best ice cream I’ve had in a long time. I couldn’t stop talking about it! We enjoyed our ice cream while watching some kids trying to change the songs on the jukebox. On the walls are silver vinyls with ice cream puns. A favorite was “Scoops I Did It Again…” by “Britney Pears”. 

Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco

Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco

Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco

After we finished our ice cream, we went into the magnet room with all the plastic pink letters. The whole room is a little chaotic with everyone scrambling to come up with a message and take a selfie with it, but still pretty fun. I felt like a kid again, playing with letter magnets on the fridge. We also basically split from our original group/team at this point. Everyone proceeds through the museum at their own pace at this point. In the magnet room, we were served a half serving of mochi, picking between three flavors–Double Chocolate, Cookies, and Cream, and Strawberry. 

Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco

Right after eating our mochi, we went to a small room where we got to have pink cotton candy. YUM. 

Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco

Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco

Then we walked into a room full of cherries! There were clouds hanging high and low throughout the room and the walls were wallpapered with a shiny reflective pink print with cherries. In one corner of the room was a huge cherry display. Lots of people were taking photos with them. 

Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco

Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco

Next to the cherry room was the gummy bear room. This room made me feel like I was in Disneyland or something–there were large gummy bears, lollipops, gumballs, and other candies on display everywhere. Everyone loved taking photos in this room and just taking in everything. 

Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco

Right after this room, we went into a room with popsicles sticking out of the wall but with the coolest wallpaper. Seriously, I would want this wallpaper in my house in a bathroom or something. It was a bunch of ice creams you can get from an ice cream truck and their old school prices. 18 cents, 20 cents, etc. I really liked the way it looked. 

Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco

We walked down a cool rainbow hallway and had some soft serve ice cream. We took some photos of a white unicorn in the room and waiting to go into the “freezer” which was a small, short room, where you have to crawl in. It’s is filled with shiny mirrors and bright light, making it a really cool spot to take photos. There is a wait for this one and people tend to like opening the doors while people are in there, so be prepared to get out there quickly. Also, that room is HOT so you might break a sweat. 

Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco

Then we walked into a room with a mini rock climbing wall (which we skipped), and went into a room with a rock candy display. We got some PopRocks for doing a few dance moves, then moved on to wait in line for the Sprinkle Pool.

Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco

Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco

Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco

We quickly took our shoes off and put our coats away in the lockers, then went toward the Sprinkle Pool! It’s pretty small, so be ready to share your space with everyone else, too. It’s a bit tough to take photos without anyone else in them, and you may not get to use all the props you want. Still, it’s really fun! It’s like playing in a rainbow sandbox.

You don’t get much time in the Sprinkle Pool, so make the most of your time when you’re in there. The plastic sprinkles get everywhere so be careful to not drag plastic sprinkles around the rest of the museum.

Right after the Sprinkle Pool, there’s a hallway with swings. There’s the swing with the bananas on the roof, the double swing, and the swing with the whipped cream cans. All are fun but there will be a bit of a wait for the swings. You can also purchase more ice cream to eat in this area if you’d like, or you can walk to the gift shop and look at some of the MOIC goodies available. 

As we all know, the gift shop is almost always the last stop! So as soon as we finished browsing the gift shop, we headed on out of the museum. 

For $38/ticket, we had a really fun experience. I thought it was worthwhile and we actually spent more time in the museum than we anticipated. We thought we would be there for about 45 min, but we were there for at least an hour an a half. 

If you’ve already got tickets and are planning to go, be sure to note there is NOT a coat check and the museum runs pretty hot, so dress appropriately. And wear pink because it’s fun! 

As far as I know, the Museum of Ice Cream in San Francisco has sold out tickets through early 2018 but might extend their run! If you’re interested in tickets, I recommend following them on Instagram so you’ll be the first to know when tickets are on sale. Their ticket sales page is also pretty fair. There’s a waiting system that keeps your place in line based on when you get to the site, and when it’s your turn to order tickets, you’ll be taken to the right page automatically. No refreshing. I thought it worked well, though I did wait a long time (close to an hour). 

Museum of Ice Cream might also go to other cities so be on the lookout! If you’re not in the Bay Area or planning to visit, they might be the ones to come to you. 

Fall Into Rosé with Wines of Provence

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wines of Provence. All opinions are 100% mine.

#FallIntoRose Wines of Provence

#FallIntoRose Wines of Provence

#FallIntoRose Wines of Provence

There’s no feeling like coming home from a long day, changing into comfy sweats, pouring yourself a glass of wine, and eating dinner. To me, it feels like a solid transition between work and relaxing. That feeling of letting the work day go is blissful.

These days, I’ve been sipping on rosé. Just because it isn’t summer anymore doesn’t mean I can’t have myself a glass of the pretty pink wine. Plus, it makes me feel a bit like I’m on a vacation–as though I’m wandering aimlessly through the picturesque streets of Paris. 

Yes, you’ll see photos of friends posting #basic along with their glasses of rosé but rosé itself is actually pretty #extra. 

Rosé has a place beyond girls’ nights and brunches. It can be enjoyed at any time really, no matter the season or the occasion.

Why? It’s because its flavors are so balanced and light. Rosé can be paired with your favorite cheeses and meats for a happy hour but also goes well with your favorite fall and winter foods. Hearty soups, light salads, dishes with seasonal squash, pumpkin pie, Thanksgiving turkey…rosé can be paired with any one of these meals. 

It’s underrated and perfect balance of flavor makes it easy to pair with just about anything. And because it’s light and not bursting with flavor like many other wines, it’s easy to sip on its own–even for friends who “don’t really like wine”. 

That’s what makes rosé the perfect happy hour drink, hostess gift, or dinner pairing. I’m actually going to be bringing rosé to my next family dinner because no matter what’s being served, rosé will pair well. Plus, it’s effortlessly elegant. 
#FallIntoRose Wines of Provence

It’s easier said than done to find good rosé. I’ve had some of the cheap stuff, and there’s a HUGE difference between the cheap stuff and the good stuff.  Picking a low quality rosé doesn’t really cut it. I’m going to teach you a little bit more about rosé so that the next bottle you buy is the good stuff. 

Rosé can be made very differently depending on where it’s from. Americans usually drink rosé made from Pinot Noir, which is different from the rosé from Provence. Rosé from the United States looks dark, much closer to a red wine than rosé from Provence, which is a much lighter pink.

France is actually the #1 producer of rosé wine, and Wines of Provence knows what they’re doing when it comes to rosé. #Mastersofrosé

#FallIntoRose Wines of Provence

Wines of Provence includes many wineries across different areas of Provence. Each area is has its own lovely characteristics which lend to different variations of rosé wine. I had the opportunity to try three of amazing rosé wines from Wines of Provence, and they were all spectacular.

Here’s a little guide to the regions:

  1. Côtes de Provence – It’s the largest producer of rosé wine in Provence and produces mostly rosé. 90% of the wine they produce is rosé. The rest is red and white wine. Even within this region, mainly known for having a warm and sunny mediterranean climate, there are different sub-regions with micro-climates. All the micro-climates affect what type of characteristics the wine since different types of grapes are grown throughout the sub-regions. The bottle with the pink on it, La Caprice de Clementine, is from here. 
  2. Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence – The vineyards here date back as far as 600 BC. Yeah, BC. Some of the producers here use more cabernet sauvignon in their rosé than the other producers, distinguishing it from the others. It’s the second largest region. The bottle with the script writing, Domain Vallon du Glauges, is from this region. 
  3. Coteaux Varois en Provence – Known as the “Heart of Provence” for it’s central location, it’s the region with the highest altitude. That means the grapes go through very hot summers, very cold winers, and very mild spring and autumn seasons. The higher altitude means the grapes can benefit from a longer, drawn-out ripening. That gives these wines complex flavors. The Chateau Margui rosé pictured is from here. 

It’s amazing to think that there are so many factors that play into how our wine tastes, isn’t it? I know I’m going to be buying more bottles of the Chateau Margui rosé, because that was a favorite of mine among all three. 

#FallIntoRose Wines of Provence

If you’re in New York or San Francisco, you should check out the Wines of Provence Restaurant week. From October 2 – 22, chefs in restaurants throughout both cities will highlight these lovely rosés by pairing them with fall and winter recipes. Get more info at isitaroseday.com.

Since rosé is so versatile, it can even be used in making some cocktails or alcoholic drinks. 

So, I have to ask you–have you ever thought about swapping out the red wine in your sangria for rosé? You’ll have to try out this recipe for Rosé Sangria and bring it to your next party. 

Rose Sangria

Rose Sangria

Rose Sangria

Rose Sangria

Rose Sangria

Rose Sangria

Rose Sangria

Rosé Sangria

Ingredients

  • 8 cups of fruit of your choice (think mixed berries, peaches, apples)
  • 1 tablespoon superfine sugar
  • 5 oz of raspberry liqueur (you can also sub in your favorite hard alcohol if that's your style)
  • 1 bottle of rosé
  • 1 1/3 cup white cranberry juice

Instructions

  1. In a large punch bowl or pitcher, add the fruit of your choice, sugar, and raspberry liqueur. Mix it all together and let sit for an hour.
  2. Then, stir in the juice and the rosé.
  3. Serve chilled.
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Hope you enjoy the recipe! It’s time to stock up on rosé and have #RoséAllYear!