TIL Thursday: GIFs

Have you guys ever seen something and thought to yourself “I should learn how to do that”? I often see things that inspire me to learn a new skill or to develop a part of my brain I don’t typically use. This curiosity has inspired me to create TIL Thursdays, short for Today I Learned Thursdays. I hope to share one thing each Thursday with you guys about a skill or fact that I learned that I think you will find interesting and thought-provoking. Recently I have been seeing GIFs (Graphic Interchange Formats) become more and more popular, and not just on Tumblr! It seems like such a neat medium for conveying a short image with your audience, so I decided to teach myself how to make one! Check out my quick example of how one of my druzy necklaces shines and changes colors in the light below:

Druzy Necklace | Rompadomp


What do you guys think? Should GIFs stay on Tumblr, or do you think they are a growing method of visual communication on the Internet? Are you interested in a short tutorial on how I made my GIF? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

April Desktop Calendar Wallpaper + Samsung Galaxy S4 & iPhone 5

April 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper | Rompadomp

1280 x 800 (MacBook Pro 13-inch) // 1680 x 1050 (MacBook Pro 15-inch) // 2560 x 1440 (iMac 27-inch)

1336 x 768 (Dell 15-inch) <<< This one’s for you, Mom!

640 x 1136 (iPhone 5) // 1080 x 1920 (Samsung Galaxy S4)

background photo VIA

April is going to be an amazingly busy month! I can’t wait to share some of the projects I’ve been working on with you guys! It’s finally starting to warm up, but unfortunately my mom’s beautiful magnolia tree blossoms didn’t make it after the late frost. I made this to brighten up her April and remind you all that outdoor picnics and warm weather sports are right around the corner :)

For the wallpaper: to download and use, simply click the size you want and right-click the image to save it to your computer. These images are designed for specific Mac displays, but will also work on others without losing too much of the image itself. Looking for another size? Let me know and I’ll do my best to add it to the downloadable set!

Enjoy, please leave me a comment if you download! I love to hear from my readers! xo

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Fashion Design’s Use of the Elements of Design

I’m very excited to finally share with you guys the first of hopefully several guest posts and blog collaborations! This article has been in the works for awhile, and I can’t wait to share it with you and see what you all think! We’re mixing it up this week with Marlee of Style That Talks, a blog about her personal take on fashion and style. Marlee is a junior in Journalism at Radford University, but she’s always had a passion for writing about fashion. She was previously involved with our Winter 2013 Lookbook and I’m excited to share her post with you relating design to fashion. Enjoy!


Fashion Design's Use of the Elements of Art | Rompadomp


Fashion is an art form, developing from the initial sketch to the make of the first pattern. Each stage of the process is unique to the designer, or artist if you will. The final outcome (the actual clothing or accessory) is carefully planned to be both (im)practical and aesthetic. In this sense, fashion design directly correlates with the elements of design.

There are seven elements of design: color, texture, shape, line, value, and size. All of these components help to shape fashion from inception through completion; however, the three elements that most encompass today’s fashion design are color, shape, and texture.


Color is one of the most essential aspects of fashion. “Color refers to specific hues and has three properties: chroma, intensity and value,” defines Incredible @rt Department. This is where I, personally, feel the designer truly makes their piece come alive. Color can portray an abundance of emotions, from the anger or passion seen in a deep red or a bright and life-filled yellow.

A prime example of a designer using color would be Betsey Johnson.  Her collections are widely known for their outlandish designs, from clear plastic dresses to bright pink tutus.  With every design she creates she always incorporates a bright, bubbly, and youthful feeling, using color as the main component.



The next element that is extremely important to fashion design is shape, also known as form. Incredible @rt Department defines form as “a three-dimensional object having volume and thickness.”

The common perception of fashion is often a long runway with a model in a voluminous ball gown, like a still from Project Runway. That large ball gown, in my mind, perfectly signifies the element of shape. In fashion design, shape relates to not only the structure, but also the volume of each piece, such as how large or small the garment is.  A dress can have large gathers of fabric in the back or it can be skin tight with a little ruching.  There is no one set form when it comes to fashion design because every designer has their own style in mind when they create their pieces.

A perfect example of a designer putting emphasis on shape is Zac Posen. If you look at any of his designs, especially gowns for events such as the Oscars, Golden Globes, and more, you can see the detail that went into shaping each garment. Although Posen prominently uses several elements of design, if not all, I feel that you can always see the detail in each garment’s form in the ruching, gathering, or how the dress flows when twirled around by the model.



Last, but certainly not least, is texture. This is probably one of my favorite elements of design and, like color and form, goes hand-in-hand with fashion design. Incredible @rt Department states that texture is a “surface quality either tactile or visual[ly implied]… It is the degree of roughness or smoothness in objects.”

When texture is used in fashion design it is sometimes apparent in the feel of the fabric and sometimes it is clear just by first glance. An American fashion designer that uses texture well in his collections is Chris Benz. If you look at his Fall-Winter 2011 collection you can see the different textures being used, from fur to leather to denim and more.

When picturing texture for a garment it may sound like it only applies to the touch and feel of the garment, but it applies to the look just as much.  Different fabric and textiles catch the light differently and they all set a different mood to the design as well. For example, a herringbone pattern might be printed on a cotton fabric, resulting in a smooth surface with a implied texture on the fabric.


All in all, the elements of design coincide with fashion design perfectly. Whether it is texture, color, form, or any of the other four elements, each component helps to shape the outcome of the final product and securely link fashion to the fundamentals of design.

(edited by Chelsea)


Do you have any questions for Marlee about fashion design? What other topics would you be interested in learning about? What do you think of our new collaborations? Let us know in the comments below!

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Marbelous: Handmade Jewelry Inspires Friendship and a Better World


Today I’m very excited to share with you guys a company that is giving, loving, and super cute! Entrepreneurs come in all sizes, as is the case with the two 8-year-old best friends who started Marbelous, a handmade necklace business based in Brooklyn. Lutece and Tess, who dreamed of creating a company that revolved around art, friendship, and making the world a better place, are certainly off to a wonderful start! Marbelous donates 10% of their profits to Autism Speaks and are known for using cute catchphrases such as “how MARBELOUS” — could they be more LOVEly? :)

Smart Girls Necklace by Marbelous | Rompadomp

Each necklace is a unique symbol of fashion, giving, and spirit. Due to the handmade nature, each piece’s coloring is slightly different, making it unique to the individual who wears it. All the necklaces feature a hand-stamped M for “Marbelous” and come on either silk cord or suede lace, adding to their simple and chic charm. Many big names have been seen wearing Marbelous necklaces, including Amy Poehler, a comedian most well-known for her work on SNL and Parks and Recreation. Her Smart Girls Campaign collaborated with Marbelous to create a special edition Smart Girls necklace. The glow-in-the-dark neon yellow and black marble represent the Smart Girls logo as an homage to the light bulb!

Today marks the launch of their website, although the company has been operating through both in-person and mail-orders since May 2013. I was fortunate to buy one of their LOVE necklaces (limited edition), and I am absolutely enamored with it! Unlike the other necklaces, this one has the letters LOVE hand-stamped on the marble and now comes with a gold sliding bead, allowing you to adjust the length to your preference. I grabbed mine before they included the slider beads, but I love the length of the necklace, 36 inches, as-is! LOVE necklace by Marbelous | Rompadomp

Please be sure to check out Lutece and Tess’s amazing business and even grab one for yourself if you fall in love! For large orders of over 50 they can even create a one-of-a-kind design hand-stamped with custom initials just for you! How cool is that? Support art, friendship, and a better world. Hope you all have a MARBELOUS day! :) xo

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EDIT: Thank you for the news feature, Marbelous! You guys can check it out here: “Rompadomp jewelry design blogger brags about Marbelous

Healthy Mango Lassi

Did someone say tikka masala? I am craving some Indian food, guys! I worked through lunch, so I decided to make myself an Indian smoothie instead — mango lassi! Never heard of this amazing drink? Here’s a super short intro: Lassi was the world’s first smoothie, created around 1,000 BCE! It is a light, creamy blend of yogurt, fruit, and spices. It’s treated similarly to a milkshake and it’s so yummy! Check out my delicious and healthy take on this traditional drink:

Healthy Mango Lassi

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Healthy Mango Lassi Recipe | Rompadomp


  • 1 cup greek yogurt (plain or honey)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup peeled, stoned, and chopped mango (≈ 1 mango)
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • (optional) dash of cardamom

Preparation — It’s so easy!

  1. Place everything (except the cardamom) in a blender and blend for 2 minutes, or until you are happy with the consistency.
  2. Taste and add more honey if it’s not sweet enough for your palate.
  3. Pour and enjoy!
  4. (Optional) Sprinkle with cardamom for additional flavor :)

Never cut a mango before? Check out this awesome video to learn how to easily cut and peel your mango! (Skip to 2:14 if you don’t have one of those fancy mango cutters!)

And a few last things I wanted to note about the recipe: If you are not a big fan of greek yogurt, you can substitute plain yogurt. Personally, I love the tangy taste the greek yogurt adds! I also like to blend mine for a few extra minutes because I like a smoother consistency, but I know people who like it with more texture. In case you made a little too much for one sitting, this recipe can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours, so you can enjoy it at your convenience :)

Healthy Mango Lassi Recipe | Rompadomp

Here’s my small glass and you can see how much I have left over in my blender bottle!

Please let me know if you guys try this recipe and let me know what you think! Mango lassi is a great drink for the warmer months and it makes my whole mouth smile every time I make it :) Yummy!