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Making The Move

September 1, 2009

Wow this is a big day for Diamond in the Rough!

Guys, we’re officially moving!

For future Diamonding, we can be found HERE

The team has expanded and over the next couple of weeks, hopefully you’ll see the Diamond Project grow and grow and be better than I’d ever hoped it would be!!!!!!

Don’t forget to update us in your blogroll!

The new URL is

If we’re not in your blogroll already, then WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!!!!!!??? Consider it your good deed for the week, cos hey, we’re helping out our fellow bloggers with this!!!!

And if you really want to make us smile, then doing a post on us would be pretty darn swell!

Peace Out!!!!!

See you on the other side….



September 1, 2009


So as you know I’m a little all over the place this week!

The flu is everywhere and while everyone else robbed days off, I am stuck working like a loon to cover for those wasters even though I am just as sick!

Lol, I’m a little bitter.

Yesterday’s blog has been featured today (see below), but unfortunately there’s no profile on our guest blogger due to conflicting schedules which made her unable to answer the interview questions!

However, you know us well enough at this stage, so even without a profile you should be confident that we wouldn’t feature anyone who wasn’t worth checking out, so visit Annabel’s site HERE and say hello!

In other news, August is over.

Which means it’s September.

Which means it’s time for a new theme on Diamonds!

So from tomorrow, our guest posters will be basing their offerings on the following:

Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings…”

Even though I’m no longer in full-time education, September always signals the beginning of something new and exciting, so I figured this was a nice inspirational theme to get things started!

Also there is that surprise I have coming …..

Should I tell you now?

Or should I wait?


Oh what the heck!

The Diamond in the Rough family is about the expand!

I’ve been authoring solo for the last month and man, although it’s been so much fun and so rewarding, it’s also very stressful!

So I’ve enlisted some help.

Over the next couple of weeks, Diamonds will be moving location so that we can welcome Belle from It’s All Make Believe, Isn’t It ?, Lapin Blanc from The White Rabbit and Nicole from My Teacups in Peony to the full-time team!!!!!

This is only good news, and means we can research further afield and find even more wonderful blogs for you guys to read!

Super awesome right?

Oh and we’ll even have a Twitter page!

The wonder of modern technology, eh!?

So I’ll be keeping you updated and will give you the new URL very soon which I hope you’ll add to your blogroll!

Don’t forget to congratulate our new additions!

And that’s it!



Meet Annabel from Pepper and Chips

September 1, 2009

The story I had in mind is of a girl who finds love, then loses it, and ultimately finds happiness without it…

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—-guest post submitted by Pepper and Chips

Quick Note

August 31, 2009
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Guys I’m so sorry ….I’m a walking mess today and an incubator for germs and infection so I’m afraid the normally-scheduled Monday post will be featured 2moro instead!!!

We’ll be back to the normal schedule on Wednesday, fingers crossed!!!!

Oh and I’m going to have some exciting news for you all soon!!!

Gather round and meet… Poptart

August 28, 2009

Blog: Poptart

Blogger’s Name: Adele

Location: UK

Why we like her: Eh, have you SEEN her URL ….

WOW THAT’S AMAZING ….and even though cool url is TOTALLY reason enough to read her religiously, why don’t you humour me and tell me some more: Well Adele’s blog is about life: an actual normal person’s life. Yeah, it’s great to read the blogs of aspiring models and PR Agents and party planners and artists, but sometimes it’s nice to find a normal someone who just likes stuff and has interesting stuff happen in their normal life.

Lol, I’ve just made her sound really boring.

Well, she’s not. She has a fun and engaging writing style, she’s kinda quirky and odd and totally sentimental. Check out her answer to our classic “Which 3 People Would You Have Tea and Cake With” question ….

  1. Sting. Because I’ve actually had this dream before, and woke up feeling very, VERY excited
  2. JESUS.
  3. My boyfriend, Ian’s Grandfather. I know it’s a really odd choice, but he was a very integral part of Ian’s life, but died before I got to meet him. It would be nice to meet the man who taught the man I love so many life lessons.


Also she takes some great polaroids!

The Lightning Round

….the place where we ask THE hard-hitting, inportant Life questions that you all need and want to know:

What made you start your blog?
I first hopped on the blogwagon for the simple reason that I wanted to let my family keep tabs on what and how I was doing while overseas for university. It later became a personal creative avenue for me to express thoughts, share moments etc etc.

Do you prefer muffins or cupcakes?
Cupcakes. If muffins had frosting, it’ll be a totally different story.

If you could have one superpower, which would you choose?
I don’t know if this is a superpower but it would be the ability to ingest whatever I wanted without worrying about putting on weight. Like SUPERMETABOLISM WOMAN.

If you could have any three items in your apartment, what would you chose?
1. A heavy chandelier
2. A walk in wardrobe with DOUBLE DOORS.
3. A classic French-style sofa

Now head below and have a goo at her guest post!!!

So we grow up with these preconceived notions about how love is SUPPOSED to be…

August 28, 2009

When these photos on Disney’s fallen princesses by Dina Goldstein were made public, I think many mothers took action by hiding them from their own little princesses. After all, they weren’t exactly an accurate depiction of the singing fairytale maidens we’ve grown so accustomed to seeing. For starters, they were missing their singing forest friends.

I, however loved this photo series. It’s life after happily ever after. Is it slightly depressing? Yes. Is it perhaps. cynical? Yes. But what it does is tell the story AFTER prince charming rescues his damsel in distress. Nobody ever told me what could have or might have happened to them after their whirlwind romances, whether or not these Disney couples stayed together or drifted apart. So we grow up with these preconceived notions about how love is SUPPOSED to be, and how if them princesses (whom we religiously watched over, and over again) could have that, then why couldn’t we? Before we know it we are in our teens, looking for love, finding them in all the wrong places, or at least never being satisfied with what we come across.

Prince charming isn’t always charming. He might be during that honeymoon stage in every relationship (which is about the span of one of your favourite Disney stories), but once that honeymoon is over, the REAL test begins.

Do we then give up all hope of finding happiness that lasts forever and ever? Most definitely NOT, but what we can do, is learn to be more like Belle, one of my favourite Disney princesses. The only one that wasn’t in need of a prince, who valued her independence and yearned for adventure, only to stumble upon him to discover his most disgusting traits before loving him for who he was.

I am by no means a feminist. I do believe in women in relationships being able to be independent without having their lives evolve solely around their partners. I believe that women in relationships should seek to build their own character, grow in their convictions, and become more beautiful inside and out.

But most importantly, I believe in love. I am in fact in love, and it’s a wonderful thing. I might not have the fairytale relationship that I was taught was ideal, but what I do have is a real, working one. One that will hopefully see happily ever after (:

—guest post submitted by Poptart

Gather round and meet …Her Name Was Lola

August 26, 2009

Blog: Her Name Was Lola

Blogger’s Name: Lara

Location: New York

Why We Like Her: We love the variety of Lara’s blog. When asked where she got her inspiration from, she said:

My travels, for one. I’ve had ample opportunity over the past few years to live and travel to some extraordinary places. I’m constantly inspired by my surroundings. New York City provides a spectacular backdrop for a lot of what I’m writing about now. Fashion, food, film, theatre, architecture, interior design, you name it; and sometimes it’s the little things that make the largest impression, like French macarons!

She gets her inspiration from so many wonderful areas of life and it really shows in her content, which always makes you want to go back for more.

Awh Wow …..anything else we should know: We like the pictures she features ….a lot ….like this one:

We also like her simple and straightforward writing style: no long-winded novel-sized snore-fest posts here!! Oh and she posts loads, which makes us adore her, cos there’s nothing we like more than a frequent poster who provides us with lots of viewing material.

Oh wait ….we like comment-backers even more than that.

And guess what….

…she’s a really good comment-backer!

The Lightning Round

….the place where we ask THE hard-hitting, inportant Life questions that you all need and want to know:

If you could have tea and cake with any three people (living or dead) who would you pick?
Jane Austen, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Meryl Streep.

If you could have one superpower, which would you choose?
I’d like to have the superpower to pull off the one-piece patent leather jumpsuit Michelle Pfeiffer donned as Cat Woman.

Money can’t buy you love, but it COULD buy you……?
A Vespa.

Who is your fashion idol?
Cate Blanchett walks on the wild side of fashion. I must admit, sometimes her wardrobe can be just a little too far out there, but it’s always exciting and supremely glamorous. She can do no wrong.

If you could have any three items in your apartment, what would you chose?
The Art Deco Vanity from The Paris Apartment Boutique, the Zebra-Motif Mirror from Horchow, and the striped taxi legs print from she hit pause. studios for the wall.

Now go check out her guest post below….