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Emmaline Bride Gift Set Giveaway

Posted by Reparapy On June - 15 - 2009

We believe in the value of well designed, extraordinarily made products. Emmaline Bride does, too. And to say thanks to all those who support what Reparapy does, we have a gift set exclusive to Emmaline Bride...

Attention! Attention!

Posted by Reparapy On June - 1 - 2009

Our Eye Mask in Retro Fabric is featured in an Etsy Treasury...

Treasured Again!

Posted by Reparapy On May - 30 - 2009

It's always an honor to be included in someone's treasury at Etsy. Thanks to snowflakedesign for adding us into her idea of a great spa day.

Read why we couldn't agree more with her....

There ain't no junk in our Trunkt!

Posted by Reparapy On June- 1 - 2009

We have made it!! We're in Trunkt!

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Emmaline Bride Gift Set Giveaway ENDED!

Posted by Reparapy On 12:00 PM 0 comments
Thank you for your interest in the giveaway! We're sorry, the contest is over. Please check back again at www.reparapy.com for future contests!

And we are always looking for input, so let us know what's on your mind!

-Team REparapy

Emmaline Bride Gift Set Giveaway

Posted by Reparapy On 6:00 PM 10 comments
Welcome Emmaline Bride visitors! (visit their website)
ENDS AT 12:00PM Friday, June 26, 2009.

We love working with companies that value well designed, extraordinarily crafted products. Emmaline Bride searches and compiles together the best of products from all over the world. We are grateful to be a part of their collection and as a thank you, we are offering this giveaway.

The Emmaline Bride exclusive gift set in Reparapy's premier bridal fabric includes the following:
1. Two Herbal Eye Masks
2. Two Herbal Pillows
3. One Herbal Scarf

Just as a reminder, this is how the giveaway works:

1. Browse through the Reparapy Website.
2. Pick out three products you like
3. Let us know which three you love in your comment. Make sure you leave your full name and contact information.

Giveaway contest ends at noon on June 26th, 2009. Winner will be announced on June 26th, 2009 at 3PM. By leaving a comment, you have read and agree to the following terms found here.

Good luck!!
- Reparapy Team

Check out Emmaline Bride's Website

Rocking Out at Reparapy!

Posted by reparapy On 8:17 AM 3 comments

Hi everyone!

I downloaded Adam Lambert's American Idol studio remix album and let me tell you, Reparapy is rocking out this morning!!! Why is it that good music makes you feel so great? I didn't know the answer to that question and it seems like something we should all know, so as Adam was "Cryin," I decided to look up the answer.

Well, according to Daniel Levitin, Ph.D., professor of psychology and music at McGill University in Montreal and author of This Is Your Brain on Music (Dutton, 2006), whether you listen to it or play it, music has been shown to ease pain and anxiety. In addition, lower blood pressure, better sleep, and reduced pain can be achieved when music activates the brain's pleasure centers.

There's a great article on this at BellaOnline that talks about actual physical and mental results doctors are finding when using music therapy. Here are some of the highlights of the article:
  • Heart patients gained the same benefits from listening to 30 minutes of classical music as they did from taking 10 mg of the anti-anxiety medication Valium
  • Students who listen to 10 minutes of Mozart prior to taking SATs had higher scores than students who weren’t exposed to the music
  • People who listened to light classical music for 90 minutes while editing a manuscript increased accuracy by 21%
So if you're in a funk, sick, or just need a boost, look no further than your playlists! Crank it up and feel the change happen inside your body.

On a final note, if you're one who needs a whole lotta love because you were born to be wild, the benefits of music therapy for you are pretty black or white. In this mad world, you've just got to jump in that ring of fire and play that funky music. You'll soon find that this slow ride means a change is gonna come and that you'll soon stop cryin', the tracks of your tears will be drying, and soon you'll be feelin' good. So, if I cant' have you, Adam, at least I have all your music to make me smile and feel good every day!

Zara Kramer

p.s. The bolded words in the last paragraph are the titles of the songs on Adam's album which you can purchase at itunes. Rock on Adam! Also, all the photographs of Adam are courtesy of American Idol. I added some extras here at the bottom of the post because he's just so juicy!

Design Ideas Wednesday

Posted by Scandeez On 1:55 PM 0 comments
Hi Everyone! It’s Wednesday, the day when we begin the downhill slide to the weekend. This is the perfect time to give you a chance for a little mental break, and I would love to introduce that the theme every Wednesday on the blog is “Design Ideas Wednesday”. I will be showing you little design tips and tricks for your home, patios, decks, outdoor spaces, work spaces, etc. I hope you check in every week. And please feel free to comment, we love to hear what you have to say! So go grab your favorite beverage and take a few minutes break, you deserve it!

Trust Yourself

Believe it or not, when it comes to design and placement of items within a space, most people know what to do; they just need to trust their instincts and their eye. When I have worked with clients in the past, most of the time they just needed me to let them know that they were on the right track, a little bit of encouragement and a small amount of advice here and there.
So let’s start with some of the basics over the next few weeks. That way you will have a bit of knowledge, and we all know that knowledge builds confidence in oneself.

This week let’s discuss the basics of balance of design. There are 2 categories that balance will fall into: symmetry and asymmetry.


Most people understand symmetry and this is the easiest one to do. This is when everything is equal and balanced on each side of an imaginary line. The things we look at here are size, number of items, color and shapes. When you add up the total number of objects on each side of the line, the sum will be an even number.

Here is an example of symmetry:

Imagine that the objects above are pictures and the line is a partial wall between 2 rooms. One can stand looking at the partial wall and see all the pictures at the same time. Notice how balanced it feels to your eye. There are the same number of pictures on each side of the partial wall. The pictures are the same shape and size. The pictures are also at the same height as another picture on the other side.

Asymmetry is the opposite of symmetry. Everything is unequal and unbalanced on each side of an imaginary line. We still look at size, number of items, color and shapes. They just take on a new meaning here.

Here is an example of asymmetry:

Same scenario here as the last one, imagine that the objects above are pictures and the line is a partial wall between 2 rooms. Stand looking at the partial wall and see all the pictures at the same time. Notice how it still feels balanced to your eye, even though there are not the same number of pictures on each side of the partial wall and the pictures are not the same shape and size. This is where we get into the term ‘weight of an object’. The weight of an object is how heavy or light your eye perceives it to be. The square on the right is perceived to be heavy because of it’s overall size. Whereas the weight of one of the individual shapes on the left is perceived to be light because of it’s overall size. When we place the 3 shapes on the left together, your eye perceives them to be heavier because of their proximity to each other. The eye will perceive them as a set, therefore more like one object. Now let me show you something else that should help you understand this term.

I have redrawn the square(on the right side of the line) in gray over the 3 shapes (on the left side of the line). Notice how the square is actually the same size as the 3 shapes together? The eye blends the 3 shapes together into one and perceives the weight to be the blended size. This is why your eye will view the asymmetry as pleasing and balanced.

Here is a great video that shows Asymmetrical Design Schemes for Wall Hangings by Craig Hale. Craig has a degree in Interior Design and he currently designs in Missoula, Montana for Hunting & Gathering.


Asymmetrical Design Schemes for Wall Hangings -- powered by ExpertVillage.com

Here is a great video that shows Symmetrical Design Schemes for Wall Hangings by Craig Hale.

Symmetrical Design Schemes for Wall Hangings -- powered by ExpertVillage.com

I can't help but wonder...

Posted by Vilmar On 8:33 AM 5 comments
I've always been a fan of random facts. Any sort of facts really. I'm not picky. In college, I used to pride myself on random truths about the world. I would gleefully tell many of my friends who in turn, simply gave me a mindful stare. It didn't bother me, I enjoyed it--the facts, that is. I liked getting on Wikipedia and knowing where the tallest free standing concrete structure stood, or being the only person on cia.gov to browse around their factbook to see which country had the highest GDP per capita. It is a fun pastime activity for me to look up new things.

But, as fast as I learn my new discoveries, that's how quickly I forget others. There is a cyclical phenomenon in my brain that only allows me an unfortunate number of useless facts. Regardless, I, along with everyone else, ultimately end up playing a game with the world of facts. We constantly choose which ones are important to know, or which are too easy to forget. Like, the fact that if you continue to your drive car beyond the empty mark, you will soon go nowhere. Or if you include a colored garment in a load of whites, surely, your load will be unpleasantly not white.

Of course, those are the easy ones. But what happens when the facts get more difficult to comprehend. Or when one truth conflicts with another, but both seem to be intuitively right. Take the dichotomy relating to longevity, for example. More and more people are living longer today than ever before, but it is believed that the lifestyle and eating habits have worsened. The Census Bureau predicts that the U.S. will have nearly 5.4 million centenarians by the year 2100. That means a population of children equal to many U.S. metropolitan areas born in 2000 will live for another 91 years. That is simply mind boggling.

One can argue that it's not entirely surprising considering all of the advancements in science we've made. Perhaps, it is true that medicine is partially responsible for the longevity of today's humbly aging citizens. But surely, medicine can't be our fountain of youth.

People who are over 100 today grew up physically active, on diets that did not use preservatives, and not constantly relying on medicine. Did their upbringing simply give them the body to age gracefully into the new millennium? And was medicine just there to keep parasitical diseases at bay? If this is the case, one can argue that those raised with a childhood connection to medicine may have diminished the body's capacity to strengthen itself. And perhaps, we may actually see a decline on the number of centenarians. hmm. Just a thought.

The simple facts are that there are more and more medicines out there to cure the imperfections of human beings, but it seems as though, there are more and more complications as a result. Take one pill to reduce a bother, but be aware, you may, with a high level of uncertainty of course, have sides effects that could include dizziness, loss of appetite, vomiting, blurred vision, the shakes, the runs, the this, and the that, death. Ay, yay, yay.

The fact is I believe in fixing a problem at it's roots. But, don't get me wrong, I still get sick every now and then. Like this weekend. My beautiful 19 month old niece, Naya, had a cold. It was pointless to keep away, because my unwillingness to get sick was no match to her cuteness. So I held her, and kissed her. A hundred times. I get back home and I get sick. Just a runny nose, but sick nonetheless. So, I turn to my favorite remedy--lots of oranges, lots of water, and of course, lots of sleep. The best part: no side effects--well, aside from frequently visiting the restroom. But, I'll take that. Now, I'm all better and it's back to doing my second favorite pastime, gleefully torturing myself in a yoga room heated to 107 degrees. Thanks Pops and Mom for teaching me to be responsible for my body. (Ask me to repeat that while doing the yoga class, and you might get a little different comment)

The fact is that facts are facts. They tend to change. What the medical experts and the pharmaceutical companies explain to me one day can change as quickly as soon as someone loses a kidney. All I can say is that I'll be consistent with my self. I'll be true and honest by giving my body the right tools that actually change the way my body feels from the inside, not just superficially on the outside. That's why I have helped co-found this company. I believe in its efforts.

So, as a famous Carrie used to always say, "I can't help but wonder"...have facts lost their sense of wonder? Have they all simply gone to the same category: useless? Well maybe not all. Thankfully. Otherwise, we would all be in trouble. Or worse yet, "fact". :)

Have a great day!

I know you were all wondering this whole time. The CN tower in Toronto Canada stands at over 1800 feet. And the country with the highest GDP per capita is Lichtenstein with $118,000. I'm moving tomorrow. :)
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