Tuesday, April 30, 2013

An Announcement

If you know our story, you know that Jason and I are social media's biggest advocates.  We understand the benefits and reach that you can get from using it wisely.  That said, we always told people we felt we were successful through social media because we utilize it for our business the same way that we use it in our personal lives.  

Lately, we have changed the way we use social media.  We are on facebook a little less, and sites like instagram and pinterest a little more  We've noticed that more and more on facebook, the pages that we want to hear from are being increasingly buried by sponsored posts and game invites. This means that our fans aren't hearing from us when we post.

Recently, on both a personal and a business level, we've been doing things the "old fashioned" way (circa early 2000s).  We sign up for mailing lists of the companies we love, and we look for their emails.

We will still always post plenty of pictures and tidbits to facebook, twitter, instagram, etc.  But we wanted to add another layer, which is our brand new mailing list.  Please stop by our website and click on the link to sign up for our mailing list today.  You will then receive from us a focused newsletter email highlighting everything important that's going on around here.  You'll just hear from us a few times a month, at most.

Click here to sign up for the new mailing list.

We thought this was also a good time to let you know about a huge sale that we are launching on the website tomorrow, May 1.  For the month of May (or until supplies run out), we are offering some boutonnieres, sashes, wedding signs and even bouquets at flash sale prices.  Be sure to stop by the shop and visit the "May Sale" section to see everything that's being discounted starting tomorrow.  

Jen & Jason
The Ritzy Rose

Sunday, January 20, 2013

{Special Offer!}

Thanks to everyone who entered the Charming Charlie - Ritzy Rose brooch bouquet giveaway! We'd like to extend a very special offer to the Charming Charlie customers who didn't win the bouquet. Enter "CHARMINGCHARLIE15" for a 15% discount on all items from The Ritzy Rose, including brooch bouquets, headpieces, custom jewelry and vintage accessories. www.theritzyrose.com, theritzyrose.etsy.com

Friday, January 11, 2013

{Brooch Shower} Your Bouquet Takes Shape, One Brooch at a Time!

Brooch bouquets are perhaps one of the fastest growing wedding trends in the bridal market.  Gone are the days of getting rid of your wedding flowers after the big day, or shelling out hundreds of dollars to get your fresh florals preserved in a box.  Your bouquet is now something that you can keep on display after the big day, and pass down to your children when the time comes.

 Photo by Shannon Bigler of Picture Perfect Portraits

Not only are there endless styles and details to nail down when it comes to designing your bouquet (no two are the same)- there are several ways to go about collecting the pieces that will make up your bouquet.

While we offer a full-service option (where we supply all of the brooches), we’ve also created several bouquets using the bride’s pieces.  Brides collect pieces in a variety of different ways.  Some inherited a collection from family.  Some girls are shoppers and hit up stores like Charming Charlie for new sparkly brooches, or thrift stores to add some vintage charm.  Something old, something new? Check!

Brooch bouquets made by The Ritzy Rose. Prices from $350 - 850

A cost-effective and sentimental way to go about starting your collection is throwing a “brooch shower” instead of the typical bridal shower.  Add a note with your registry information asking shower guests to bring a brooch or pieces of jewelry in addition to (or instead of) a shower gift.

Photo by Shannon Bigler of Picture Perfect Portraits

When I created Miranda Lambert’s brooch bouquet in May of 2011, I used the 71 pieces that she recieved from friends and family.  Miranda’s mom and closest girlfriends surprised her by asking her shower guests to each bring a brooch for her bouquet.  I then wove all of her friends’ and family pieces into a gorgeous bouquet that told her one-of-a-kind story.

Photo by Robert Evans.

After the wedding, Miranda’s mom called to let me know what a hit the bouquet was.  All of her wedding guests were not only lusting over her sparkly brooch bouquet, they were lining up to take a closer look and find their special piece.  Of course Miranda was the main attraction that day, and her handsome new hubby Blake Shelton was a close second... it was exciting to know the bouquet still caught a little spotlight.

One of Miranda's bridal shower guests brought this brooch, by Karen Lindner Designs.  This stem was placed on the top of the stem of her bouquet.  Photo by Robert Evans.

Photo by Marina Lomar, Brazil

{How do you throw a brooch shower?}
There are no rules here- it totally depends on what you want!  You can ask the guests to bring brooches that are old or new.  Ask for them all to be one color, a specific color palette, or let your guests go wild.  You can get as specific as you’d like, as there are thousands of brooch styles out there.  I have used thousands and thousands of vintage brooches and I rarely have seen two of the same piece.  Just include a note with your shower invitation, or on your wedding website, asking that guests bring a brooch in addition to (or in lieu of) a gift.

Photos by Shannon Bigler of Picture Perfect Portraits

{A few tips}
*Be specific when it comes to color and style.  This is your bouquet. Remember that you’re giving your guests some leeway to determine how your bouquet will look, so ask for what you want.

*You will have guests excited to hit flea markets and thrift stores and others looking for a simpler route. Stores like Charming Charlie are a perfect place to send them. Or send them to Etsy for vintage. You can even 'favorite' ones on Etsy and send the listings to friends, making it easy to keep your bouquet the way you picture it. Stores like ours, The Ritzy Rose, and our other store, Vintage Diehls are examples that have hundreds to browse through. We recently discovered another Etsy shop that we just love called Alicia's Oddities, where they hand-craft enamel flowers for brooch bouquets.

*Inspire your guests by sending photos of finished bouquets that you love.  Some friends may have a hard time looking for brooches if they’ve never seen a finished brooch bouquet.  By giving them a visual of the end result, they will have an easier time choosing a great piece to go into your bouquet.  Pinterest is a great resource- you can pin all of your inspiration bouquets in one spot and send the link to your friends. Start here on Pinterest or Etsy.

*Start well in advance.  If you know you want to do this, make a plan early and let your guests know so they have time to shop!  They may want to make a few special shopping trips, or search for the perfect piece online, which requires extra time for shipping.

*Challenge your guests to creatively include the brooch in the packaging.  You can have a special prize at the shower for the guest who uses a brooch in the most beautiful or creative way.  Be sure to have someone snap some photos of the lovely packaging!

Brooches used creatively on the shower packages.
Photos by Shannon Bigler of Picture Perfect Portraits

If you don’t have your own personal collection, or you don’t want to go the brooch shower route, do not fear.  Here at The Ritzy Rose studio, we have almost thousands of vintage brooches in the collection.  The pieces are picked out one at a time from estate sales, auctions, antique sales and personal collections.  Or, if you want to collect a few then let us finish the job, that’s what we’re here for! We can discuss adjusted pricing for this.

As The Ritzy Rose has grown we have realized that a story goes a long way. We loved all of the personal touches at our wedding with stories behind them. When the brooch showers started we realized how amazing it was. The bouquet becomes a story with family pieces reminding you of loved ones not there, to a reminder of friends and family closest to you. When you look at the bouquet in years to come you will recognize their pieces and it brings back wonderful thoughts and memories. We may be sentimental fools here at The Ritzy Rose, but I love seeing the stories within my own bouquet. We want the same for you!

Photo by Amy Clark


The Ritzy Rose
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Thursday, January 10, 2013

{Brooch Bouquet Giveaway} Charming Charlie + The Ritzy Rose

There's a huge giveaway going on right now between The Ritzy Rose and Charming Charlie! Using gorgeous brooches, earrings and necklaces sent to me from their charming style team, I created this exclusive Ritzy Rose brooch bouquet perfect for any nuptials.  

Just an example of a few of the brooches in Charming Charlie's collection. 
Photo courtesy of Charming Charlie

They sent me a package dripping with pearls, rhinestones, and metallic beauties.  Of course, I added some vintage Ritzy Rose brooches to finish it off in my signature style, and voila!  This stunning bouquet could be yours by entering on Pinterest.  Rules below...

 Closeup of the bouquet you could win

The rules:

Are you following them?
Charming Charlie: 
Instagram: @Charm_Charlie

Are you following us?
The Ritzy Rose
Twitter: @TheRitzyRose
Instagram: @TheRitzyRose

{2013 Bridal Collection} Ritzy Rose Jewelry

These gorgeous necklaces are new for 2013.  Using vintage lace, signed rhinestone necklaces and bold brooches, the craftsmanship is unparalleled.  We solder metal to metal for a discreet and high quality finish, and hand stitch the lace components.  These are all available in the shop, but send us an email for a custom design.

{The Ritzy Rose}
Twitter: @TheRitzyRose
Instagram: @TheRitzyRose

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Meeting Miranda!

When Miranda Lambert came to town to perform at Nationwide Arena in June 2012, we bought our tickets right away.  When I mentioned to her mom, Bev, that we were excited to see her perform, she told me that Miranda would love to meet me & Jason!  

Last May, as I created her brooch bouquet for her wedding to country heartthrob Blake Shelton, the whole thing happened in the blink of an eye- I was hired to create the bouquet a week and a half before the big day, I received her heirloom pieces about a week out, and I had to burn a sick day to complete the bouquet and get it back to Texas in time.  

People asked if I got to meet Miranda.  Until last week I considered myself lucky to have had a phone conversation with Bev during Ran's bachelorette party weekend, while I asked questions about the details of the bouquet and Miranda answered them in the background.  

That all changed this June.  About a half hour before Miranda took the stage, we were backstage where we would get to meet her momentarily.  

Not only is she the cutest little thing ever (and she sure is tiny!), she is the sweetest, most down to earth girl around.  The second I walked around the corner and said "Hi! I'm Jen, I'm the girl who made your..." she grabbed me, hugged me, and we started jumping up and down together.  She then ran around and told her photographers and security guard that I am the girl who made her bouquet.  After thanking me profusely, she told me how many great tweets and compliments she got for it.  It's now locked up and permanently on display in her showcase, undoubtedly flanked by dozens of Grammy's and CMAs.

Check out the autograph she gave me!!!

After I thanked her for letting me create this for her, I told her that shortly after her wedding, I did the whole quit-your-day-job thing and now get to design for all of my incredible clients full time.  She expressed how happy she is that things worked out so well for us.

I thought it was pretty funny when Miranda told me she met a fan last week who told her that the girl who created the "infamous Miranda Lambert brooch bouquet" would in fact be creating hers as well.  I can't to figure out which bride that was (feel free to drop me a hint below in the comment section).  In case you were wondering, she totally remember meeting you.  Did I say that she is down to earth?  This conversation happened moments before she stepped out and rocked a full house of 15,000 fans.  

As I mentioned to Bev, I will never be able to thank the Lambert family enough for all they have done for me.  After catapulting my company into the spotlight, they have shown me so much kindness time and time again.

I've heard that Miranda remembers meeting people from previous events, she even remembered how certain unusual names are spelled.  Have you ever gotten a chance to meet her?  Leave me a comment and share your experiences below!



Thursday, March 15, 2012

{Ritzy Rose Studio} Behind The Scenes

Recently, we had Amy Clark Studios over to our studio to capture our workspace for an article that was featured on Etsy's homepage.  Etsy was interviewing me for their Quit Your Day Job blog, and they wanted to see where the magic happens.

Amy followed us around our 1915 home, which is just outside of Columbus, Ohio.

Until now, only the brides in Columbus (or those who were ambitious enough to travel here from far away lands) were able to see the inside of the studio.  To all my other friends around the world, here it is!

Standing in the foyer, you're looking into the studio. Originally, this front room was the living room, but we converted it into our business space.  We love our 10 foot ceilings, and all of the built in details where we can display our products!

This is the vintage rotating bin (aptly named the "Rotabin") where I store all of my brooches. Everything is coordinated by color, size and type.  Brides who visit the studio can spin each tier to select the pieces for her bouquet or jewelry.

The Rotabin stores nearly 10,000 vintage brooches.  Behind that, the Great Wall of Press.

In the entrance to our studio, we have the long purple and gold table (from our wedding ceremony), which displays some vintage pieces.  In the foreground is a 3-tier dessert plate made by my mom in New York.  These will be added to the shop soon! They're perfect for cupcakes at your wedding, and they're great for displaying jewelry after the wedding.

 Mr. Ritzy Rose toiling away on the computer.

Sometimes, Mr. Ritzy Rose toils away in our secondary studio, a.k.a "the dungeon".  We have two rooms in the basement devoted to stock, shipping, photography, production and storage.  Here, he's soldering a purple truck for a boutonniere.  It's not really a dungeon if there are three chandeliers, is it?

We recently got this piece from Objects For The Home in Grandview.  It's an old restaurant cart, but I filled the trays with crystals, pearls and vintage necklaces for my brides to try on while they're here.

We got these "r" letters on Etsy for "Ritzy Rose". 

We love having visitors- we've had brides drive hundreds of miles from Michigan, and fly thousands of miles from Amsterdam!  A couple of my Australian brides have even mentioned coming to visit us this year.  Please call or email us if you would like to schedule a time to stop by!
Thanks again to Amy for helping us look professional and pretty!  If you'd like to read Etsy's article about our company, you can find it here.
Thanks for reading this!

Photo credits: Amy Clark Studios

studio: (614) 524-6394


Thursday, March 8, 2012

{Country Music Style} The Rankin Twins Get Ritzy

Many great things came from being a vendor for the Lambert & Shelton wedding.  One of them was hooking up with two stylish country singers named the Rankin Twins.  These girls are just as cute as they are talented.  Did I mention they are identical twins?  If you haven't already heard their music, pick up their CD (or find them on iTunes).

Amy and April requested a couple of stage-worthy accessories from The Ritzy Rose.  They like feathers and sparkle, and they love blue, green and black (although I think they can pull off just about any color successfully).

I studied their Texas style as much as I could.  There were lots of tweets back and forth while I was shopping at flea markets to figure out what they would love.  Over the course of several months, we've become twitter friends.  Finally, I came up with a few ideas and sent them a package filled with sparkle, feathers and leather.  I was super excited when I saw this tweet:

" Ooooooh compliments of . You just brought smiles to our faces. Xoxo. Thanks so much!!! "

Thanks for the Twitter shout outs!

":   one of your items is making a debut on stage tonight :)"

You two inspire me on my never-ending mission to become an honorary Texas girl (not an easy feat for an ex-New Yorker).  Before I "met" you, this is how I felt.

The timing was pretty perfect, as I am just starting to branch out to create much more than what I first became known for.  Lately I've been adding in pieces like necklaces, cuffs, hair pieces and sashes to the shop.  April and Amy, thanks for being some of my very first models!! 

Learn more about these musical ladies at http://www.therankintwins.com/

Thanks Amy & April Rankin for sharing these pictures!  I just finished making a few necklaces that I think you'll like, so keep an eye out for another package this Spring!!!!

All images taken from www.therankintwins.com or instagram.  Copyright Rankin Twins and/or Twinty Photography.

The Ritzy Rose