Monthly Archives: May 2012

Glymm May Beauty Sample Box Unboxing/Review

Glymm decided to do a few things differntly this month, which you can see in the video, but one thing that hasn`t changed is the quality of the products. I did like this Glymm bag despite there being a couple products that I was excited about recieving. Check out the video though to see if Glymm`s now $12.00 price tage for their month subscription is worth it.


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Interview With Handbag Designer Valhallabrooklyn

I’ve never been a handbag person. There are very few designers that tempt me to purchase, and even fewer that I think are worth raving about. However, browsing through etsy one day I stumbled upon a shop that made me swoon: Valhallabrooklyn. For the first time I got excited about bags! Something about the designs connected with me. Perhaps it was the unique urban chic features, such as the roomy front pockets. Or maybe it was how easy they would work into a number of different looks. It’s as if someone finally understood what I desire in a bag and created an entire collection to suit my needs and treat my eyes.  I had the pleasure of interviewing Karin, creator of Valhallabrooklyn to learn more about the woman who turned me into a bag enthusiast.

Tell me a little about yourself: Name, location, affiliations

My name is Karin javidi, I work from my home in Greenport, Long Island NY.
I’m a one-woman business, I don’t have any employees and I am in charge of everything from purchasing materials, designing, manufacturing, shipping etc.

When did you begin designing handbags?

I started designing and making handbags in 2005 after 7 years of making dresses for a company in NYC

What inspires your designs?

I get inspiration from magazines, the internet, walking the streets of NYC etc. I also try to figure out the most practical yet stylish shape and pocket outlay for the handbags which sometimes can be a little challenging. When I had my 2nd baby I made myself a large diaper bag with lots of compartments and pockets and I found myself constantly looking for stuff since I couldn’t remember which of the 17 pockets I had left my car keys in.

Do you have a favorite among your collection? If so why?

I love the Okinawa bag made from “bubbled” lamb the hide has gone through a washing/shrinking process that not only makes in much thicker and sturdier than usual, but it has this great texture to it that I love. I use smoother cow hide for all the trimmings, side panels, handles etc. It’s one of my most popular bags for sure.

What can you be found doing on a typical Saturday afternoon?

Usually we spend the weekends finding yard sales,-there are so many great ones out here on the North Fork of Long Island all summer long, I also do a lot of landscaping and yard work, – if the bag business ever fails, landscaping is my plan B hah!

 How did you hear about and what made you decide to sell there?

My mother in law showed me an add in a crafting magazine in 2007
I was really sceptic though – I had never heard of etsy before, but I though what the heck, I’ll give it a shot and It pretty much turned out to be a viable way of income right from the start.

Besides designing handbags what else do you do?

Had you asked me this 6 years ago I would have said traveling, camping,  baking, reading lots of books but I have a 3 year old son and a 5 month old baby, so at this point I squeeze in sewing when he’s sleeping. When the kids are older I hope to have more time for other crafts (knitting, stained glass, etc.)

What are your future plans for valhallabrooklyn?

I’m currently in the process of outsourcing production, I have a lot of stores and boutiques that have asked about wholesale and I just cannot keep up with orders and financially it does not make sense to me to sell the bags for half/wholesale price.
so eventually once this is up and running I’ll stop selling on Etsy all together and just do wholesale, it will be the end of hand made bags from Valhallabrooklyn but it’s the right thing to do for me at this point.

What’s in your handbag?

Make up, a diaper, toys, lego, keys, a couple of old receipts with a hunk of gum stuck to it, my wallet and a few other chotskies.

Where can readers go to find more about you and your work?

I have a webpage:
-but I’m not the best at updating it, I know how to sew but I’m not to savvy when it comes to promoting myself, it’s in the works though,- it is!  But a couple of kids got in the mix and I had to push all this business stuff back a little bit.

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What She Wore

My mom has the belief that if you look good, people will treat you better. I tend to agree considering how I usually receive better customer service when I look more “stylish.” Thus, as a general rule, my family tends to dress up a bit when we know we’re going to deal with sales people, or people in general. For example, when my mother went out to buy some seeds for her garden she decided to dress…like a garden. Her floral crop blazer could compete with a number of garden houses. Her entire outfit is from the thrift store, leaving her lots of extra change for any blossoms on her list. And as per usual she was well treated by all the clerks. Moral of the story: look good, get better service.

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Atwood Goes All Medieval With HSN – Trade Talk


Colleen Atwood was won well-deserved accolades for the costumes she created for “Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Alice in Wonderland.” Not to mention some of the inspired costumes she has created for gems such as “Married to the Mob” (I’m not kidding. I freakin’ love that movie.)

Her latest work will hit movie screens June 1 with the release of “Snow White and the Huntsman.” But fans of Atwood—and Snow White, apparently—will get a preview when the costume designer introduces her first ready-to-wear collection inspired by the film during a live-shopping event on HSN on May 30.

According to a release, Atmood’s RTW collection will include “faux suede, leather trim, lace and chiffon details,” as well as an “exquisite embroidered dress inspired by one of the Queen’s gowns.” Prices will range from $39 for a short-sleeved top to $169 for the dress inspired by Charlize Theron’s evil queen character.

No sign of the images of Atwood’s collection, which promises to reflect “the spirit of the film.” The images of the film online indicate the costumes are set in medieval times—long gowns, leather jerkins, armor. I can’t quite picture what Atwood’s modern take will be, but I’m not surprised to hear Theron’s costumes inspired a few pieces. She looks fantastic.

Kristen Stewart’s Snow White seems to spend much of the film in armor—or covered in dirt.

But the accessories–again, worn by Theron–are pretty rad.

Atwood’s capsule collection is part of more than 200 items—including jewelry, more fashion and home accessories (wax apples?)—inspired by the film which will be sold on HSN on May 30. Brands including Hutton Wilkinson, Loree Rodkin, Heidi Daus, Ranjana Khan and Adrianne Landau will be sold on HSN’s cable station, website and its mobile application.



Atwood Goes All Medieval With HSN – Trade Talk.

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Interview with Rising New Talent and Creater of Bano eeMee

Socially conscious, beautifully tailored, and ultra feminine, Bano eeMee is a brand that immediately captured my heart. The pieces from the 2012 F/W  collection for example scream sophistication and modern elegance. The collection is an edgy twist on timeless classic styles. I had the opportunity to meet the man behind Bano eeMee, Aleem Arif, and was privileged enough to be granted an interview with him. Down to earth, passionate about his work, and rising quickly on the Canadian fashion scene–I give you Aleem of Bano eeMee:

Please tell me a bit about yourself: name, affiliations, pets?

Just a regular guy living in Calgary and loving every minute of my journey as an emerging Canadian fashion designer. I used to have a happy go lucky golden Labrador ‘Rusty’ was so heart broken when I lost him that there have been no pets for me since.

How did you come up with the name Bano eeMee?

Haha knew you’d ask me that. Bano is what my grandma used to call mum and eeMee is what my mom calls me when she’s really happy with me.

Bano eeMee encapsulates the love I have for two generations of women in my family and the line is dedicated to these two wonderful ladies 🙂

One thing that really stood out with your collection was the merging of old and new, such as a classic trench getting an edgy twist. Was this your original concept for your designs and what made you lean towards that style?

Having no formal fashion training I always feel disconnected when designers put designs on the ramp that are not wearable or practical. When designing, I want people to feel connected to my designs and get excited because they can see themselves wearing each and every piece in my collection.

What can you be found doing on a typical Saturday afternoon?

At a coffee shop with my friends talking about fashion, fun and life.

To go from Finance to designer is a major shift; did you have any reservations about the decision?

Haha yeah that was quite a switch but what’s life without a little bit of adventure.

Is there any advice you could give to someone also looking to shift into the fashion industry?

Believe in yourself, strive hard, be open to learning and it will happen.

Besides Bano eeMee, what else do you do?

Bano eeMee is my work and also my hobby so I never get bored planning new things and developing designs etc but whenever I have some time to spare I love to catch a movie or eat out with friends.

Where do you get your inspirations for your designs?

From people around me. This is why my designs are so wearable and relatable. Also from my mum: a driven, confident woman.

What are your future plans with Bano eeMee?

I feel immensely privileged to be a Calgary based designer. My goal is to make Bano eeMee available in every major Canadian city and represent the Western Canadian fashion on a national level.

Where can readers go to find out more about you and your work?

Check out the Bano eeMee website or follow me on twitter @Bano_eeMee to check what shenanigans I might be up to  😛

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