Can we pause before going into the whole purpose of this post and take in the greatness that is the I Believe In A Thing Called Love by The Darkness music video? I mean, a naked man hugging that pink furry thing. CLASSIC.
Oh right… the purpose…
I’m getting there…
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!
(single awareness day)
Everyone enjoying their day so far? Were you surprised with heart shaped pancakes this morning? Yeah, me either. It happens. I did however get some really sweet Valentine’s Day kisses from my furry Valentine this morning. She’s the best. I’m giving her a sweet VDAY treat later. Because I’m a creepy dog mom. Actually, Marley has a valentine for all the CLA readers…
She’s adorable right? I was just finishing up with a fun little photo shoot and she decided that she wanted a few head-shots taken as well.
The actual photo-shoot, before little miss diva took over was for a really cool company call Brilliant Earth, who had contacted me around the end of January to see if I wanted to participate in a fun blogger creative challenge.They challenged me to come up with a image that reflexed what *LOVE* meant to me while spelling out the term.
I’m always down for a challenge, so I pretty much immediately responded with a “count me in”. It took me a few days after to come up with a concept that REALLY expressed me, but I’m really satisfied with the result. See, love to me is about a whole slew of things. Friends, family, Marley (obviously), cooking, baking, crafting, building, blogging… and just fun things in general. I wanted to find a way to represent each of these separate aspects of love and I had four little letters to accomplish it by.
So for as corny as we can get…
L – Represents my love for crafting, taking photos and painting.
O – Represents Marley and her impact on my life, without her I’m not quite sure where I’d be.
V – Represents my inner chef and baker, something that I’m really proud of.
E – Represents the part of me that loves to build things, something I share with many members of my family.
I had so much fun pulling together the items for each letter. It was fun looking through my stash and finding objects that represented me and Creative Life Antics overall as a whole. I’m pretty sure “O” is my favorite. All the items on there scream Marley to me. From the dog leash she’s chewed on to the tag on her collar, she’s full of spunk and spirit and the objects in this photo are her favorites.
Brilliant Earth is a jewelry company that specializes in ethically sourced diamonds and engagement rings. To be honest I didn’t really know much about them until this fun challenge. But I took a minute to read about them and I’ve got to say that they have me really sold on their mission. They want to provide not only quality diamonds and jewelry, but do it in a way that promotes awareness and change in a field of economics that generally has a bad rap.
I’ll be honest, I don’t know much about the jewelry trade business or about the horrible practices and conditions of diamond mining, but anyone that promotes the well being of other humans/ animals and overall tries to improve the way of life for them seem like good people to me.
Second honest moment? I’m generally not a jewelry gal. Or at least expensive jewelry. I’ve never really took time out of my life to picture what my engagement ring would like (you know, if I ever decide to date again). I’m not into flashy big rings and rarely if I’ve ever found time to peruse engagement rings have I EVER found anything that more than merely sparked my interest. But, I figured hey what the hello, look to see what they got.
You see this ring? This is it. I had a total stop the presses moment. Never ever ever before have I looked at an engagement ring and went “YES, that’s the type of ring I want”. Until now.
Isn’t it gorgeous? I love that it’s all vintage style, but still has modern flare. It reminds me so much of my grandmother’s which I wear almost daily.
Wow, I feel like a real girl now. Talk about putting the cart before the horse. 😉
There are some really pretty other pieces on their site too. These are a few of my favorites.
one // two // three // four // five // six // seven
* LINKS HAVE BEEN REMOVED AT THE REQUEST OF BRILLIANT EARTH*
What are your favorite’s from Brilliant Earth? How’d you like my mini “photo shoot”? And MARLEY is getting SO BIG. Man oh man.
This official girly girl is OUT,
Ps: This post is super non-sponsored, I really was just contacted to funzies and had a blast pulling together this image. Also Brilliant Earth really is a sweet site, and I really did find my dream ring. ❤