Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Jewelry Care and Cleaning: Bohemian Honey Style

With so many of us wearing plated jewelry these days, it isn't a surprise when one day removing our jewelry pieces, we notice that the items may look worn or just not as shiny as they did the day we bought it. 

Believe me, I have researched and experimented with different types of things to clean my brass, gold and silver plated jewelry and the best things that work for me, are things from around THE HOUSE! I am sure you have them in your house, too!

Most of the items I create for Bohemian Honey, are made with brass, gold and silver plated chain and findings.

After some questions from my customers about cleaning and care tips, I decided it was finally time to post these for all to see. Don't worry, even if you haven't purchased with Bohemian Honey, these cleaning tips will work with other types of jewelry as well! Give it a try! This is definitely something I should have posted sooner, but better late than never, right?

So without further Adieu....

>>> JEWELRY CARE <<<

In order to extend the life of your Bohemian Honey Jewelry, it should always be taken off before showering, sleeping, physical activities and swimming. They should be stored in a clean & dry area when not being worn.

For metal sensitivities, you can always paint a little clear nail polish to the posts of all Bohemian Honey earrings, the necklace and bracelet clasps, as well as the wire Love and Infinity rings! This will help the metals from tarnishing or losing shine too quickly, and will also help with itching if you are sensitive to the earring posts! (P.S. Bohemian Honey uses nickel free earring components!) As you wear the jewelry, the nail polish will come off after a lot of wear, so re-application is necessary from time to time!

>>> EARRINGS <<<

Because Bohemian Honey earrings are made with all different types of components, it is only recommended to clean the posts and ear wires of the earrings with a Q-tip, and some rubbing alcohol when you feel necessary. Don’t forget to remove earrings when showering, sleeping, swimming and physical activities.

>>> RAW BRASS & COPPER <<<

Raw brass and copper will tarnish over time as it is worn. While many like the look of antiqued brass, some want the shiny raw brass look restored. If the original raw brass or copper shine is preferred, just rub a little ketchup (yep, ketchup!) onto the brass, rinse with soap and water, and pat dry with a towel.

>>> ANTIQUED BRASS <<<

Antiqued brass can easily be cleaned with a little mild soap and water, and patted dry with a towel, when it seems dirty.

>>> GOLD & SILVER PLATED <<<

Because some of us have more acid in our skin than others, this can cause gold and silver plated chain to turn tarnish (turn black) over time. This is because of the alloys in the metal that our body chemistry reacts to. In order to prolong the life of your plated jewelry, please remember to remove them when showering, swimming and exercising! To get the most life out of your jewelry, clean your jewelry after each wear.

>>> FOR GENERAL CLEANING <<< 
(PLATED JEWELRY)

Don’t use anything abrasive (i.e. brush, scratch pad sponge) to clean your gold or silver plated items. This can possibly scratch and damage them. After each time of wearing your jewelry, rinse it with mild soap and water, pat dry with a towel, and store it in a clean dry place until next use.


>>> FOR SLIGHT DISCOLORATION <<<
(PLATED JEWELRY)

Do not scrub Gold or Silver Plated components. Clean your plated jewelry with toothpaste (not gel) in the amount you would put on your toothbrush. If the toothpaste has baking soda in it, even better! You can easily mix a little baking soda to your toothpaste. The baking soda oxidizes the metal and will help lift the tarnish off of the metal. With your fingers, run the toothpaste along the plated pieces of your jewelry, for a couple of minutes, then rinse, and pat dry with a towel. Do this once a week, if you wear it frequently and notice it beginning to discolor.

>>> IF YOUR JEWELRY TURNS BLACK <<<
(PLATED JEWELRY)

Take a shallow bowl, and line it with aluminum foil. Put the plated pieces of your jewelry in the bowl where cleaning is needed. If you are cleaning a necklace that includes beads, gems or other materials in addition to the plated chain, make sure these items are not in the bowl. This may affect the quality and condition of the other materials. In another small microwave safe dish, add about 1 teaspoon of baking soda. The baking soda oxidizes the metal and will help lift the tarnish off of the metal. Add 4 tablespoons of water and microwave until you see bubbles forming. This happens pretty quickly. Take the dish out and pour the baking soda /water solution over the plated metal parts in the shallow bowl and let it soak in there for about 5 minutes. Remove, rinse with water, then clean with toothpaste directions found in ‘For Slight Discoloration Section’) After cleaning process is finished, pat dry with a towel, and store in a dry place until you are ready to use again.

>>> FLORAL ZODIAC NECKLACES <<<

To preserve the colors of the flowers in this necklace, when not in use make sure to store it in a dark dry place. Like all Bohemian Honey jewelry, always make sure to remove jewelry before showering, sleeping, physical activities and swimming. Due to the nature of this necklace, the antique brass chain is best cleaned with just a little water and mild soap using a cloth to apply it. Do not allow the flower pendant or stone to get wet.




I hope these jewelry care and cleaning tips help!

If you have other questions, never hesitate to contact me!



Wednesday, March 27, 2013

New To The Shop!

It's been awhile since posting anything about the shop on the blog! If you had been to the previous Queen Bee Market boutiques last year, you may have seen these earrings, but sadly they never made their way into the etsy shop! Better late than never, right?? 



These earrings are made of glass, and hand painted by me, with enamel paints, glitter, and a technique that creates a tie dyed or swirled effect. These colors are suitable for any season, and with a pop of color, finish off any outfit perfectly! These earrings measure 12mm and are set in a lace brass setting with a  nickel free post. 




More new items to be added to the shop each week, so please keep checking back for more  updates!

You can always check for updates, sales and deals by following along on:

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tender: A Las Vegas Restaurant Review

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Our Saturday night in Las Vegas began with dinner at Tender Steak & Seafood located in The Luxor. This meal was taken care of courtesy of MyVegas, the Facebook game created by MLife that allows you to earn points to redeem for MLife Las Vegas attractions, shows, hotel room stay, and more, just by simply playing their game! We redeemed some of our points to eat at this restaurant before our show.

Tender is definitely a manly kind of fine dining restaurant, with very masculine decor. Looking around the restaurant, it almost feels like a formal hunting lodge. The walls and ceiling are lined with beautiful wood panels, and pictures of trees and hunting scenery line the walls. With soft lighting, candles lit on the tables and the complimentary earthtone color palette, it has a very enjoyable ambiance.


We decided to start off our meal with some appetizers. 

1. The Kobe and Foie Gras sliders: Very good! Great flavor and just perfect for sharing! Totally recommended!
2. Hawaiian Big-Eye Tuna: A trio of Raw sesame crusted planks, spicy chopped tartare and sashimi strips served with chili soy sauce and won-ton chips. I did not eat this, but Bryan said it was very very good, the tuna was fresh and he recommends it!
3. Soup Tasting Trio: You choose any three soups. I chose The American Kobe Chili, The Wild Mushroom Soup, and The Lobster Bisque. All three were really flavorful, and I was left wanting more!



For our main courses, Bryan chose the 12 oz. Filet Mignon, which was very tender, juicy and flavorful. We shared two side orders (not pictured) one being the highly recommended Lyonaisse Gratin Potatoes and the Sauteed Exotic Mushrooms. Unfortunately we found the potatoes to be quite bland, and the exotic mushrooms were a little too exotic for us. I chose to have the Maine Sea Scallops (not pictured). These are highly recommended by the restaurant, however I was just not a fan! The scallops were cooked very well, and were set on a bed of roasted corn quinoa, and topped with lumps of blue crab meat mixed with some kind of avocado dressing. The avocado crab mixture looked equally as unappetizing as it tasted. 

We decided to skip dessert in the end, in order to catch the show, but we probably would have ordered The Campfire. It sounds heavenly!

Overall, our experience at Tender was good, though I would order something else if we return in the future. 



Cheers!! 



Monday, February 25, 2013

Vdara: Las Vegas

I probably don't say this often enough, but my husband is an amazing person in many ways. One of those qualities is, his planning of LV trips! They have been incredible everytime we go! 

Bryan had the idea we should go to Vegas for a mini getaway to relax, calm our nerves, and just have some husband and wife time to bond and reconnect. Being parents of an almost 2 year old boy does not always make it easy for us to spend the quality time we need together! 

Generally, we stay in whichever hotel Bryan can find the best rates and comps Harrah's Properties.  I actually really like Bally's.  But Bryan decided this wasn't a normal Vegas trip and booked a room at Vdara! If you're not familiar with what or where Vdara is located, it is part of the City Center. You know, the futuristic spaceshipy looking cluster of buildings on the strip? Now you see it? No?? Well it's across the street from Planet Hollywood, and in between The Bellagio and The Monte Carlo.

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The decor in Vdara is very contemporary, sophisticated and elegant. The waiting area outside of the guest elevators is smartly decorated with clean lines, plush furniture, and fresh floral arrangements, allowing the feeling of sitting in the comfort of your livingroom. 
The Market Cafe is conveniently located next to the waiting area and guest elevators, for a quick snack or treat from the coffee bar.
Oh, and a super big plus if you are not a smoker, is there is no smoking allowed anywhere on the premises!



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At Vdara, all of the rooms are suites. We happened to stay in a Deluxe Suite during our stay. Our room was fully equipped with two mini fridge's, a stove and microwave, free wifi and a sitting area to watch the beautiful flat screen tv.
The window shades open with the touch of a button, which is a nice feature! Sure beats drawing your own shades by hand!

The bathroom was beautiful as well, with a deep bathtub and large shower, fluffy towels, and nicely fragranced lotions and soaps. Ladies, the hair dryer in this place was ahhhhhmazing!

Vdara doesn't have its own casino.  Instead it shares the large casino in Aria, which is the main hotel in the City Center complex.  

In the end, Bryan and I left feeling throughly relaxed and rejuvenated! Staying at Vdara was exactly what we needed! 








** Disclaimer: The photo's you see in this blog post above are not property of Bohemian Honey.
                     Bohemian Honey does not take credit for the photograph's used above.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Dining at Pho Kim Long, Las Vegas

Hey friends, this week (possibly next as well) is Las Vegas week, on the blog!  If you know me and Bryan, we are big time Las Vegas lovers, and trips there are pretty frequent. Yeah, less frequent now with a toddler, but we always make time to come back and enjoy all of the sites, the eats and the shows. Believe me, there is always plenty to do while in LV, whether it be on or even off of the strip! 

With all of the MyVegas playing lately, Bryan and I were able to have an incredible (and very much needed) trip to Las Vegas, all because of playing a game on Facebook, which earns points that you can cash in for some really great food, hotel stays, and attractions in Vegas! If you're not playing MyVegas and you want to go there for some fun that you pay very little for, I suggest you get on that.  Like now. 

Soooo, the start of our trip landed us in LV pretty late at night, and we were in need of some dinner. Many of the locals (and not so locals) have talked about a yummy little Vietnamese/Chinese restaurant which is nestled in a strip mall in the heart of Chinatown. The place is called Pho Kim Long. Now, before you go judging this little gem by its name (like they didn't give this place that name on purpose, sheesh!) you should really give it a shot. Not only is the food really good here, but the portions are pretty large and this place is open 24 hours a day! Yep, that's right! So, if you are hungry at 3 am after stumbling out of strip club wherever you just were, this place will always hit the spot.

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This place always seems to be hoppin no matter the time of night, so don't get discouraged if you have to wait for a few minutes for a table, because trust me, it's well worth the wait (even a small one)! The pricing is low to moderate, and don't forget about the portion sizes! 

I had a tough choice deciding what I wanted to order, and settled on the House Special Noodles.


Bryan ordered Stir fried Pepper Cube cut steak.


Both dishes were very good! I have heard good things about their Pho and other Vietnamese dishes, which I will probably try next time I am there!

Sometimes eating on the strip for every meal can add up pretty quickly, so hearing great recommendations about affordable, off the strip dining is kind of nice, if you are trying to save a little money to put on black at the roulette table.

The rest of the night was fun and mellow. We were happy and full as we walked around the shops at The Venetian!

We had a great start to our weekend.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

What Is A "Blogger"???

Lately I have been wondering what exactly a "blogger" is?? How does one become a blogger, and who is privileged enough to wear the title of, Blogger? 

People blog about many things, or not so many things.
People blog for many different reasons, or maybe just one.
People blog several times a day or week, sometimes just a few times a month or year.
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To me, if one who keeps a blog and updates it with the content they want, for the reasons they want, and as often as they want makes them indeed a blogger.




It's all about YOU and YOUR blog, and what YOU choose to do with it!

One blogger to the next should never make another blogger feel inadequate or feel as though they don't deserve to be called a blogger, just because they don't put the same amount of content into their blog as another blogger.
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I have read some very good and popular blogs by people who make their blog their life and their baby, and feed it and nurture it with the words that they write.

I have also read some equally good blogs, that are still popular and not updated as frequently.

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People blog to earn money from selling ads, giving people insight on new innovative ideas, to promote a business, product reviews, vacation hot spots, mommy things, celebrity news, fashion, life updates, to get free stuff, documenting your life for yourself and your family, new friendships, popularity, competition to see how many followers you can get, a voice, a memoir, the list goes on..... but whatever the reason, it's YOUR reason, YOUR blog.

Why do I blog??

I blog because I want to document my life. I want to share this with my family and friends who may not always be close to see me and talk to me. I blog because I do want to meet new friends, and even promote my business a little. I enjoy blogging, but as you can see, I don't have many followers, I don't post new blog posts every single day, and I am even aware that many people don't even read my blog because there are rarely comments on my posts. Honestly, I am A-okay with this! I know I am not a super-blogger. I make time for blogging when I am able to sit down with some free time, sans my little blonde curly topped boy, which is only a few hours a day. I read blogs, but I just never comment. Sorry, it's not that I don't enjoy what you write, but to leave a comment, let alone write a post is a huge effort. I am almost certain they would be half English and half jibberish because Brendan loves to help type by smacking on the keyboard! I make time for bloggertivities When I am not working at my job and designing new jewelry for my shop, or getting ready for another craft show, cleaning my house, traveling to see family, or just relaxing and spending quality time with my little family. Life is full, and sometimes blogging just gets put on hold, but it is my choice.

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Every blogger should remember that you make your blog what you want it to be. 
Don't adapt your life to your blog, you should adapt your blog to your life where and when it fits.
Blogging should always be fun!
No matter how big or small,

You are a Blogger.

Just remember that!





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