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My engagement ring is without a doubt my absolute favorite thing I own. I think it is so beautiful and everytime I look at it I think of Edwin! So cliché and corny but it’s true (I know you feel the same way if you’re engaged or married!) So, I have to keep it sparkly! This is especially true because when you’re engaged, everyone asks to see your ring all the time! Well, remember last week when you met my future sister-in-law, Ellie? Do you remember reading all about the company she started? I hope your answer is yes! If you answered “no,” then it’s time you read this ‘Wedding Wednesday: How I Keep My Engagement Ring Sparkly’ post and get acquainted with my favorite bridal product, Bling Wipes.
Bling Wipes are an on-the-go wipe to keep your jewels sparkly and clean. I use them the most when I’m traveling (so I use them all the time, ha!). Ten little packets of wipes come in each box so I often just toss a few packets in my purse (similar for less) or my travel cosmetic case and I’m good to go.
I also use Bling Wipes ALL the time as gifts! I essentially give every girl I know who gets engaged a box. I’ve never had a bride-to-be not be over the moon excited about them! I put a few packets of Bling Wipes inside each of the boxes I gifted to my girlfriends when I asked them to be my bridesmaids too. They are honestly the perfect bridal gift that is sincere but doesn’t break the bank!
I also keep my ring in my Mrs. Box whenever I take it off (when I play tennis and do things like that). I think the Mrs. Box is the cutest way to keep my ring safe and clean and it makes a wonderful gift for brides-to-be as well (you heard me chat about my Mrs. Box here).
Photography by Valorie Darling
*This ‘Wedding Wednesday: How I Keep My Engagement Ring Sparkly’ post is in no way sponsored by Bling Wipes or The Mrs. Box. I just genuinely love both companies and their products. I also love having the ability to support small businesses on R&R.
This month’s Sitting Pretty With girl is a very special one for me to share. I’m lucky enough (in more ways than one) to be sitting pretty with Ellie Richardson of Bling Wipes, who just so happens to be my future sister-in-law. She’s an incredible person so I’m so happy to introduce y’all to her and her company, Bling Wipes, if you aren’t already familiar with it. Bling Wipes is the cutest company (hello, their packaging is adorable!) for women that is also run by a woman because they make jewelry wipes to help you keep your jewelry sparkly and clean. Bling Wipes are perfect for an on the go cleaning and great to travel with. Not to mention, they are the absolute best gift to give every girl you know who gets engaged! On top of starting Bling Wipes, Ellie is a wife, the mother of the cutest little boy in the world, and she is the best sister around to Edwin (my fiancé)!
Sitting Pretty With Ellie Richardson Of Bling Wipes
Name: Ellie Richardson
Neighborhood: Pasadena, CA
Company/Job: Owner, Bling Wipes
Let’s talk business…
Describe your company in 3 sentences or less.
Bling Wipes are an easy, accessible and giftable way to keep jewelry clean on the go.
What got you into jewelry wipes?
My husband. He put a beautiful ring on my finger and it gave me the inspiration for the product. My engagement ring is not just a reminder of our love but also the start of our company. He had no idea what he was getting himself into!
You started your own company, Bling Wipes. What has been the most rewarding experience?
Hearing from people who love our product and showing it to those who have never seen it. It is so much fun to meet new store owners, shine up some serious sparklers and make people fall in love with their gems all over again. I love that my vision became an actual product and has the potential to add a little sparkle to someone’s day.
What is a typical day in the life of Ellie?
Each day is a little different. I’m a working mom so the mornings are focused on my son and getting him off to school (he is just 2 ½). Once we have accomplished breakfast, teeth brushing, getting dressed and drop off I can come home and check in on emails and orders. Going through my to do list and checking in on outstanding items. Some days I have meetings and some days are more desk work focused. Once work feels handled (nothing is ever really done but you do your best) I’ll try to get a workout in, either a thirty minute boot camp or spin/yoga class. Working out helps me clear my mind and de stress a bit. We’re also expecting a little girl in November so nesting takes up a good portion of my day! Every day is a juggle and different but I wouldn’t change a thing.
What keeps you inspired at work day in and day out?
Some days I’m definitely more inspired than others. I love that I can make my own schedule and work from home. I recognize that having a flexible work schedule is such a gift (while sometimes a challenge too) but I want to work so I can continue to enjoy the work/life balance I’ve created. Also, happy clients and stores keep me going. It is so much fun to hear from people who use, gift and receive our product. When you own your own business you don’t really have a choice. You have to show up and you have to give it your all or else no one else will.
Is there something that you know now that you wish you’d known when you started your company?
I don’t necessarily think there is anything I could have known that would have made a big difference in the development of Bling Wipes. I think when starting your own business part of the magic is learning it all as you go. Sort of like having children, no matter how much people tell you in advance you have to experience it for yourself and everyone’s experience is their own. It’s a pretty fun ride.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to fellow girl bosses?
Celebrate the successes, small and large. Take time for yourself and your family. When you’re working, work smart and hard.
Where can R&R readers scoop up their own boxes of Bling Wipes?
Let’s talk Fashion…
Describe your style in three adjectives.
Clean, simple and hopefully chic, although I have been known to spend many a day in my workout clothes.
What are your wardrobe staples?
I think my staples consist mostly of jewelry. I always have my wedding rings on, a Cartier trinity ring and love ring my husband gave me for Christmas after the birth of our son and a pair of vintage Tiffany seashell stud earrings, an heirloom from a family friend.
If I peaked into your closet, what color would be the most prominent?
Black. I try so hard to spice up my wardrobe with fresh and exciting colors but for some reason I always fall back to my favorites: black, navy, gold and neutrals.
What fashion piece would you splurge on tomorrow if you could?
This is tough but I think I would go for a 1969 Rolex Oyster Perpetual.
Let’s talk Beauty…
What are your beauty must-haves?
Dry shampoo, good mascara, a fresh mani, a little bronzer or blush and a nice sheer lip gloss.
What perfume do you spritz on as you walk out the door?
I don’t wear perfume but I do love Nuxe Huile Prodigeuse. It’s a dry body oil that smells incredible.
What color nail polish are you currently wearing?
I’m really trying to will some fall weather so I darkened it up the other day and am wearing Dark Side of the Moon by Deborah Lippmann. It’s been one of my favorites for years.
Let’s talk Décor…
Describe your decorating style in three adjectives.
British colonial, traditional with a touch of mid century modern here and there.
If your mother taught you one trick about interior decorating, what would it be?
A good antique is worth the hunt.
What is your favorite piece of art or furniture you own?
One of the first pieces of art my husband and I bought together was a Frank Gehry chair sketch. I love it. I look at it and remember the night we found it. It brings back fond memories of our dating days.
What’s on your bar cart?
Sadly our bar cart is hiding away in our china closet. When you have a little one running around the bar cart only makes it out for special occasions. The last time we used it was for our sons christening. It’s always the life of the party.
Do you have any must-have coffee table books?
I have a photo album from Sugarboo Designs called For the Ones I Love. It’s filled with the most beautiful quotes about family, love and life. It is a great piece for the coffee table.
What are your favorite home décor shops?
Rooms & Gardens in Santa Monica/Santa Barbara or Maude Wood in Pasadena. I also love instagram for finding unique and vintage pieces. I’ve found some great rug sellers on instagram and have purchased some beautiful pieces through them. One of my favorites is @wovenabode.
Let’s talk Travel…
Beach or Mountains?
Both, but I’m definitely at the beach more often.
East Coast or West Coast?
West Coast. What can I say, I’m a California girl through and through.
What is your favorite destination?
Our family beach house in Oceanside, CA.
Are you planning any upcoming trips?
With our daughter arriving in November we’ll probably be staying close to home for the next few months but we might try and head to Ojai for a night or two before her arrival as well as El Capitan Canyon for some family glamping.
Who is your favorite travel buddy?
Go-to cocktail when you’re traveling?
A delicious glass of wine. White or red.
What is your top bucket list destination?
I’d love to go to a dude ranch in Montana with my family. For some reason I think this would be the ultimate family getaway. I’d also love to make it to Capri one day.
Let’s talk Los Angeles…
What’s your favorite part of living in Los Angeles?
I love that we’re a few hours from the mountains, a quick drive to the beach and a fun road trip away from Big Sur, Monterey or Sonoma. California has so much to offer and Los Angeles is just one of it’s many gems.
Fill in the blank: “On the weekend, you’ll find me…”
Outside and with a smile on my face.
Best date night restaurant?
Our local spot would be The Arroyo Chop House. We had our rehearsal dinner there and it’s always delicious and never disappoints. They make a great cocktail called Grounds for Divorce. It’s the best!
Best healthy restaurant?
Los Angeles has so many great neighborhoods. Which area is your favorite and why?
We live in Pasadena and I just love it here. We have beautiful trees, the gorgeous Colorado Bridge, so much history and lovely people. I love the pace of the city and the fact that parking is usually plentiful. If someone were to visit there is so much to do. We have the Huntington Gardens, the Norton Simon Museum, Kidspace Children’s Museum and so much more. It’s a beautiful city.
Hiking or hitting the beach with my family. Can’t get enough!
P.S. Thanks for reading my Sitting Pretty With Ellie Richardson Of Bling Wipes interview! For more Sitting Pretty With interviews, head to my menu bar at the top of my site and click “categories.” From there, you’ll find a whole section dedicated to my interviews! xx
Happy Wedding Wednesday loves! I’m so so excited to be sharing this week’s wedding post with y’all because I absolutely love the topic and loved putting it all together. This edition of my series is titled “Wedding Wednesday: How I Asked My Bridesmaids” and you guessed it… it’s all about what I gifted to my best girlfriends when I asked them to stand next to me on my big day!
It was really important to me to design my own box instead of using a company to make one (although a handful of companies do a beautiful job!). I wanted the first thing my girls to receive from me to feel special, feel like it came from me, and be related to Charleston (more on picking Charleston for our wedding here). So, with the help of my mom, I picked out all the lovely little pieces inside my boxes and then my mom, my sister (MOH), and I assembled them!
It’s all about the packaging! My mom tracked down these gorgeous white boxes with the white ribbon. They were exactly what I was envisioning and I was so happy to discover that the company that makes them creates the boxes in numerous different sizes. To give the all white look a little sparkle, I went with white and gold stuffing.
I made the boxes Charleston special with two main items: the Charleston Rice Beads and the Charleston candle. I’m seriously obsessed with Charleston Rice Beads! I go into the store that sells them, Candy Shop Vintage, every single time I’m in Charleston. People always ask me if they can only get Rice Beads in Charleston. While the jewelry does have a special Charleston story, Candy Shop Vintage sells the bracelets online too as well as at their boutique. Score! I already can’t wait to see the fall colors that come out this year. For my girls, I went for the shiny gold color because it felt a little more formal and a little more wedding appropriate. Maybe one of my bridesmaids will wear her rice bead bracelet at my wedding!
The Charleston candle is made by Roam. If you aren’t familiar with Roam candles, then I highly suggest you check them out. They make the candles for a handful of different cities but I’m obviously partial to the Charleston one!
Also in my box, my favorite little treat that I give to every bride-to-be and every girl with a little bling in her life, Bling Wipes! How cute is the packaging? Bling Wipes are the only thing I use to clean my engagement ring so they were a must for my boxes.
The nail polish I included is called “Love Story” by Deborah Lippman. I actually looked through dozens of nail polish colors for the perfect color and perfect name until I found this gem! I wanted the name of the polish to be right because little touches like that always make gifts more special.
Last but not least, the sweet treats and bubbles! A tip I’ve learned: if it’s wedding related then always include champagne! I opted for cute mini bottles of champs. I also have a small addiction to Sugarfina candies. The sour champagne bears I included can easily be consumed in one sitting… watch out!
Thanks for reading along with my Wedding Wednesday series! I hope you liked and got some ideas from my ‘Wedding Wednesday: How I Asked My Bridesmaids’ post. To read more from the series, click the ‘Categories’ section of my header menu and then click the ‘Wedding Wednesday’ tab.
Photography by Valorie Darling