FeaturesPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, October 17 2017 11:08AM
My company had the rare opportunity to apart of a curated box of planner goodies and we couldn't pass it up. The seller behind the entire concept is MadewithSouthernLuv
. You can find her on Etsy and her shop feature a wide variety of stickers and die cuts in a wide selection. She came up with the name Ebony Queen Box which I just adore and the very first box is a play off the box name and color palette. As a contributor, I was sent a box. I was super excited to receive mine and finally see what everyone contributed. Seeing it in bits and pieces is great but seeing it as a whole is amazing. So enough chit chat and let's get into the unboxing of the very first box of the Ebony Queen Box.
The box feature a variety of sticker sheets, washi tape samples, bookmarks, paper, TN books, die cuts and charms. And the retail price for this box was $30 I believe. Well worth it since sticker sample sheets and sticker kits can range from $3- $16 depending the seller. TN booklets can cost $3 and up depending the on the seller.So you get the drift. So let's dive into the box.
The first small items in the box are 4 samples of washi tape in gold and white. Perfect to putting in a zipper pocket of your planner or inside the secretarial pocket of your planner for easy use.
The next item is one of many die cuts included in the box. It features a cute naturalista dolls with her planner, pen and phone. Love her. She's by Cocos Vision with u n Mind
The next is another die cut but this one is by Simply Me, Kish
. She so fly with her crown, heart sunglasses and her name plate necklace.
I totally forgot this was being included in the box because I was just saying to myself the other day I need a extra pen loop. It's by Ronda's Planner Accessories
. I love the earthiness of it and it will go perfectly with my current planner setup.
The first of many stickers sheets included in this box is by QT Planner Co
. It features 3 full boxes, 3 appointment boxes, 1 half box, a movie marquee, 3 flags, habit tracker and deco. Plenty to do a weekly spread. Add washi and you're good to go.
Another die cut but this one is by Cr8tively Chic
. She a cute naturalista dolls looking fashionably and rocking a gold grown. You can't get any cuter than her.
The next features a laminated book with a gorgeous black and gold box. It says "Her courage was her Crown and she wore it like a Queen". And features a black girl rocking her natural hair with a crown on .Perfection. Can't wait to add her to my planner. It's by Jens Crafty DesignsCo
The next one features a die cut and sticker set by Goldmine & Coco
. What I love about this one is how unique the dolls are with her head wrap and dress holding her crown in her hand. She provided two skin tones too. Light and dark. I don't think I could ever use the stickers because I can't get a replacement.
Avalon & Ninth
included a nice sample sheet of stickers which can be used with another sheet in this box to do a entire weekly spread. It features 3 scalloped half boxes, a lined half box, 2 banners, a laundry sticker, a scale sticker, a post it sticker and a circle heart sticker.
included two stickers sheets (a full kit) in the color palette of the box. Perfection! Features flag checklists, weekend banner, icons, written icons, headers, 2 habit trackers, 2 bills due, little things, 4 half boxes, 1 full box, 3 appointment labels, 1 4 heart checklist box, and one weekly habit tracker.
The next features a TN insert booklet for pocket size by City Girl Planners
. The inside features 4 different inserts.
Shops to Try pages.
Shops to Buy pages.
Favorite Shops pages.
And finally Happy Mail pages. The booklet makes the perfect addition to any new or existing planning TN system.
This next sticker sheet is by darcydoodles
. These stickers remind me of the Sunday comic stripes in the Sunday newspaper. So fun. Features 4 characters,3 appointment labels, 3 littler things, icons, 6 statement stickers. Love the assortment of statement stickers.
The next item was our item we designed and contributed to the Ebony Queen Box. It's a planner charm in the rich tone of brown, gold and brass.We actually created 3 different style.The one difference between the three it the little charm dangling.This one features a brass ornate drop while the other style features a gold beaded drop or a brass evil eye charm. Perfect to dangle from the front,side or top of your planner.
I think this sticker sheet by Pandabird Design
is one of my personal favorites from the box. You see that full box at the very top left hand corner.LOVE it!!!! So this sticker sheet features 2 full box, 4 checklists, 2 half boxes, 4 scalloped stickers, headers, a movie marquee, a weekend banner and some little icon stickers.
The next is by Paper Shae
and features a personal size TN Lined Notebook with the coolest gold crown cover. Even after I finish this booklet I will cut the front cover and back cover and include in my planner as dashboards.
The paper is lined and enough room to write. The paper is thick and smooth like butter. Very good quality.
The second to last item in this box is a double sided paper by Kuumba Life Designs
. This paper is fire.
One side features a Melanin Queen print.
While the other side features a gold crown print. Perfect to use in your planner as a dashboard.
Last but not least is by xquistesoul
. If you're old enough to remember the paper dolls from back in the day then you'll love these stickers.She took that exact idea but put it in a sticker form.Love it. Features two dolls and enough clothing and accessories to dress her to the nines.
Now this concludes my unboxing of the very first MadeWithSouthernLuv
Ebony Queen Box. We will be contributing to the next box. No I can't tell you the theme, the colors, or what's going to be inside but I can tell you it will be everything. The first box sold out in the first day and only lasted maybe the half the day. There was so much demand that the number of boxes has been increased. So run to MadeWithSoutherLuv
's Instagram and go follow her so you'll be in the know when the next box drops. You definitely don't want to left out in the cold.
Which item is your favorite out of the entire box?
FeaturesPosted by Gaetana Friday, September 19 2014 12:18PM
happy to kick off our Fan of the Week with a huge supporter of our
brand, Nicole. She's wearing this month's Simplistic Earring of the
Month Club "Feeling Girly Glass and Rose Quartz Beaded earrings". Nicole
says, "I love these earrings! I've worn them almost everyday this week.
Well Nicole, you look great in them.
Want to be next week's Fan of the Week, simply email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org subject line "Fan of the Week" and include a photo
of yourself to be considered. Feel free to include a quote about why you
love the piece and/or Satin Doll & Co. Submission must be received by Thursday at 9pm.
FeaturesPosted by Gaetana Saturday, December 21 2013 09:29AM
I came across a wonderful business that I had the opportunity to share one of my pieces in exchange for some of their wonder products. The company happened to Bidwell Botanticals
As you may all we very aware of, I'm a bath and body head. Especially soaps and bath bombs. So deciding to exchange one of my pieces with Jill of Bidwell Botanticals
was a no brainer. The owner, Jill is very sweet and professional. The box of goodies arrived very fast and when I opened it I was stunned by how beautiful it was packaged.
I'm a lover of beautiful packaging and I've seen a lot of them but this is the first time from a soap seller that I've seen packaging this beautiful. Before I even opened it I had to show it off.A+++ for packaging . It shows that they business truly cares how it's product arrives and in a way it's a lil' gift that business has wrapped for you.
When I finally did open it I was hit full on by the scents and smell of the soaps I had picked out.
I chose 4 soaps:Peach Sorbet
, Cranberry Fig
, Blackberry Sage
and Tangerine Patchouli
. Once again,let's talk about the packaging. Wow was my first thought. A ton of thought went into each scents box. Each box represent the scent to a tea. It's like the box was plucked from that fruits tree and put in box and shipped directly to you. Product packaging is a A++++. Definitely one of a kind and something I would expect to see in a high end boutique. Or even in a luxury hotel.
Each bar of soap is 4oz and on the back of the box it tell you about Bidwell Botanticals. Which is handmade artisan soap bars made from the finest natural ingredients including pure vegetable oils, moisturizing butters, beneficial botanical extracts, and soothing essential oils and fragrances. They retail for $6.50.
Here is closeup on the 4 bars I received.
Aren't they beauties?!?! Each one smells delicious. A unique feature that I noticed on the boxes itself is 3 holes for the soap to breath. Now before this I would of thought this as strange but this past summer I had a soap seller explain to me why soaps need to breath and so on. This is the first time I've ever noticed this feature on an actual box of the soap. Another feature that makes Bidwell Botantical
I had left the soaps on my desk after shortly arriving and when my sister came home she literally stole one of the bars. The Tangerine Patchouli. So I'll have to wait on her take to write a review on that one. It'll be great to hear what she thinks.
But anyway, I had the hardest time choosing which one to use first. So I went peach. I received the soaps on 12/5 and I finished the bar on 12/20. I normally with handmade soaps take a butcher knife to them and cut them in half. They last longer this way but with this one I decide to use it like any other store bought soap and use the whole bar.
The box says, " Delight in the juicy scent of Georgia peach drizzled with decadent cream and honey. This gently cleansing soap combines luscious peach kernel oil and moisturizing shea butter to help soften and soothe your skin." Personally, I'm not a fan of anything peach. The fruit itself, candies and so on. So when I chose this one I was taking a leap of faith and omg. Coming home every day after an exhausting day and taking a long bath and then bathing with this soap is heaven. The peach scent is like more a citusie scent to me. Very soothing and relaxing. In the fall and winter months my skin is even more dryer then spring and summer months and with all the oils that this soap has it makes my skin happy. To be more exact it features palm oil, rice bran oil, palm kernel oil, shea butter, peach kernel oil, and vitamin e. All things that made my skin happy. I still needed to moisturize after my baths but my skin wasn't as dry as it normally was.My skin felt clean and soft. Now, let's talk about how it works in the bath besides the smell and how it made my skin feel. Despite all the natural oil and butters the soap may feature it lathers better then some store bought soaps. When I say it lathered, it lathered. How did I store my soap after first opening it. Because of the holes in the box I said what the hell my soap needs to breath and it last longer in a container then just sitting in the soap dish. So I stored my soap right in the box it came in. With the three holes in my box my soap was able to breath and which might have made it last from the 5-20th. It still lathered the same each time and smelled wonderful.
Do I highly recommend Bidwell Botanticals
? I do! Give them a try and you won't be disappointed. I'm a little sad my peach sorbet is done but I look forward to trying one of their other scents that I have.I'll keep my fingers crossed that they perform the same as the first bar I tried but I haven't no doubt in my mind that it won't. If I had a list of top 5 soaps sellers Bidwell Botantical
made the list.
Feel free to check out Bidwell Botanticals
Beside soaps you'll find an array other bath
products, and gifts
FeaturesPosted by Gaetana Monday, December 09 2013 09:15AM
Every holiday season around this time my team on Etsy (Jewelry on Etsy Team) exchange Christmas gift aka. Secret Santa. This year I had the wonderful opportunity to receive some amazing pieces from fellow artist Wanda of Gemstones on My Mind
I received this beautiful packaged boxes and sweetest notes.
How cute its this box?!?! Yes I'm a sucker for packaging.
Oh course I open the box with the truffle first. Yummers! What girl doesn't love chocolate.
Then I opened the snowman box and I was hit with most beautiful green set.
Aren't they beautiful. When I gave my likes and dislikes for the Secret Santa I had listed that I love earth tones and greens especially at the moment. But what I forgot was that I hearted a pair of her earrings and put them in my birthday wish list.
She remembered and since they sold out she made another pair with a matching stretch bracelet set.
The earrings are called "Czech Earrings, Czech Bohemian Earrings, Brass Dangle earrings ,Green Beaded earrings
." As per the name they feature Czech glass beads. The beads feature variegated shades of green with lemon, lime and olivine blending into the design.
The bracelets are a set of 3 stretch bracelet which feature the same Czech glass beads and brass.
I was excited about the set I wore it the next day but I didn't like the photos so I deleted them. Any woot, the set is warm and earthy and so versatile.
If you're a lover of handcrafted and unique jewelry in a variety styles, colors and textures. Check out Gemstones on My Mind
. Wanda's shop is full of beautiful jewelry.Browse around and you'll be sure to find something for yourself.
Thanks, Wanda once again for my set. I love it and will treasure it.
FeaturesPosted by Gaetana Monday, July 22 2013 12:24PM
I came across Komfort Zone
at the International African Arts Festival Fourth of the July weekend. I'm a sucker for handmade soaps and they look and smell too good to pass up.
I met the owner and her nieces.They were so sweet and knowledge about their products which is always an added plus.
All of Komfort Zone Soaps
are cold-processed and all natural handmade locally in Fairfield County. They're made with a skin-nourishing special blend of Shea and Cocoa Butters, Olice, Coconut,Castor,Almond, Babbasu and Palm Oils.
I had my eye on two different soaps but opted for Lemongrass and Grapefruit
Omg, it's heaven. I've been using it since fourth of July everyday and I'm in love. Besides it smelling delicious, it's so nourishing to my skin. I have a tendency to forget to lotion my skin after getting out the tube and with this soap I don't have to worry about that. Literally the next morning I'm expecting to be a ashy mess but I'm not. With all the different oils that are used in the soaps it keep my skin very moisturized. I literally don't have to put as much lotion has a usually would. It lathers like any traditional soap. Plenty of bubbles.
I give this brand on quality and customer service an A+++
. I'll definitely will be ordering again really soon. It's always great to find a brand that does it right and Komfort Zone
hit the mark.
They offer handmade soaps, gift sets, candles, body butters, bath salts and cute tees. You definitely won't be disappointed.
Visit them online at: www.komfort-zone.net
FeaturesPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, May 07 2013 02:33PM
It has been a while since we did a feature of the week but it's time to get back into the swing of things.
This week's feature of the week is Ambition Box
. You may ask, what is Ambition Box
As you may know subscription beauty or even lifestyle boxes are all the
craze. Ambition Box is slightly different because they include beauty
and life style brands. They are a monthly subscription box (1 month, 6
months or 12 months available) and the give the consumer the opportunity
to sample different brands.Ambition Box
is founded by two sisters, Monee and Marissa. Their goal is to make
custom style boxes each month to tailor to each subscriber tastes. The
subscriber would take a detailed style quiz which include cosmetics,
skincare, hair care, fragrance, bath & body and etc type of
questions. There main goal is to empower their subscribers and to ignite
the Ambition with them.
The important part to stress is that
the products you will receive is sample size. Hence it being a sample
box. It's very rare that in any sample box in any company out right now
that you will receive a full size product except for maybe Curlbox.
onto the good stuff. We got a lovely surprise at Satin Doll & Co.
from the Ambition Box ladies. A commentary sample box which was so sweet
of them. Before I literally hand it over to my sister here's what was
included in our box.
First off they arrive in a white box filled with peanuts so your goodies
don't get damaged in the mail.Your sample box arrives in a white bottom
box with a clear top and the Ambition Box logo on the front. Inside we
had a beautiful handwritten note from the Ambition ladies. The goodies
are concealed by purple tissue paper. If you didn't know the Ambition
signature colors are purple and pink just like Satin Doll & Co.
Then you open the tissue paper and you got all your goodies.
Since we aren't a subscriber we have a mix of everything but if you are a
subscriber the samples included would be based on your quiz. So
remember that.Each box is different and catered to the subscribers
likes. No two boxes are alike.
Now onto the brands included.Uprising Botanicals:Handcrafted Bath & Body Products
not a huge fan of anything pomegranate but despite the smell the lotion
is very good. A good consistency, very moisturizing and smooth. A nice
sample size to keep inside your purse or include in your travel bag.Sugarfoot & Company: Sweet.Simple.Pure Bath Products
-Oatmeal Cookies Body Wash
a sucker for bath and body products and this one I'm going to enjoy.If
oatmeal really had a scent it would be just like this.Sweet, not
overpowering and light. By shaking the bottle it's not one of those body
washes that really thick.It has a good consistency.Definitely can't
wait to try and a good sample size. You might be able to get up to 2-3
showers out of it.Perfect to include in your travel bag.
Olivella: The 100% Olive Concept
- Bath & Shower Gel in Bagno & Daccia Gel (0.1 FL oz)
received 2 packet in our box, which would be great for 2 showers. It
says it's lightly scented of mediterranean citrus fragrance.Sounds
yummy!It's dermatologicality test and cruelty free which is an added
bonus.Show Stoppers: Stop the Peep Show
- 2 Nude Strips
product I absolutely love and can't wait to try out. Being a woman with
boobs and always worrying about if I'm showing too much cleavage. These
should be sold in every local drugstore,Walmart and Target. I'll
definitely put these to the test.
-Fresh Breath Toothpaste (0.75 oz)
funny how this one is in my box even though I knew it was one of the
partnered brands. I was having a conversation with a friend about his
coworker who has very bad breath.I know it's mean but this product might
be exactly what they need.Anyway, their promotional card says for bad
breath and they can guarantee to stop it. Use code AMBITION
to get 15% off your order of $20 or more PLUS FREE SHIPPING in the US and Canada
. I will be passing this one on to someone who needs it.
Nikki's Magic Wand
product I should of had last month when I reached the end of my
concealer and couldn't get the rest out of the very bottom. It might
look like a tube of mascara but up remove the top and it has a long wand
and a scooper at the end.The scooper get all the product left in the
bottom of containers that you can't reach.Definitely will save me and my
sister for sure a ton of money.Every woman should one of these.
Lolablue:Indulge Yourself.Respect Mother Earth
-Jasmine Green Tea Natural Soap
a huge fan and lover of soaps and this one is yummy.Smells exactly like
jasmine and green tea.Not strong or overpowering. I'll have to do a
detail review on how it lather and etc but I look forward to trying it
out.They're located in North Port,FL and their products include natural
raw ingredients and are hand-crafted. Enjoy $3.50 off until June 1st
when you use the code:Ambition1 .Now my closing remarks on
this box.Regardless it was sent me as a thank you and I wasn't paid for
this feature and review if I was a subscriber I would of been happy.
They feature a good mix of products.Besides one item (TheraBreath) ,I
can't wait to try everything else out. For $15 for a one month, minus
the bracelet we included which retail for $17. This box is a good
value.Plus it include several coupon codes to use toward future
purchase. Do I recommend this box, I say yes. If you're looking for
brands you haven't hear of before go for it. Try it out for one month
and if it's not your cup of tea cancel but it gets my seal of approval.
job Ambition ladies, from the packaging to the brand included to the
handwritten note and to shipment time. You receive a Grade A.
FeaturesPosted by Gaetana Monday, May 21 2012 04:58PM
Feature of the week is officially back and I'm going to start off with a H.S. friend of mine who is just starting out. Her name is Angelica or Angie is what we like to call her. Angelica makes some amazing hoodie scarves, shawls,flowers and etc. I love to show my friends support so enough talk and onto the feature.
1. Tell us about yourself.
I am 29 years old, born and raised in Brooklyn- in a Christian up bringing . I like helping people and catering to people whether through food, hanging out or making them feel good through conversation or word(s) of encouragement.
2.What are you currently doing besides your creative craft?
Beside my craft, I work full time with mentally disabled adults.
3.What do you offer?
In my product line I offer hoodie scarves that easily worn by pulling it over your head instead of constantly wrapping a 10 ft long woven material around your neck to fluff up for warmth. The hoodie scarves cover you head and warms the side of your face as well. Also, my head bands (ear warmers ) are fleece insulated unlike the ones you see in the market that is thin. For my shawls, they are a semi substitute for the hoodie scarf. The end of the hoodie scarf rests on your shoulders and can be pulled down to your arms. While the shawl can be worn just to keep your back and upper arms warm or to cover up your back.
4.Where do you create?
Creativity starts in my mind . It's funny how one day I was started a hoodie scarf for one of my friends and the pattern twisted and not consistent. The more I kept going around and around the more it looked twisted but cute. At first, it looked like a bow tie and then looked like a SHAWL. I thought to myself I just made something new from a mistake! Hey!
5.Where do you get your inspiration from?
My inspiration comes from looking at other products or clothes and seeing where I can make it. Either to wear or just something new that I create on my own.Another inspiration that I have is just wanting to make people look good. Also, creating things from my own hands or creating something that no one would ever think to wear a certain anyway.
6.How did you get started in your line of business?
How I got started initially was when I learned crocheting in my teens from a lady in my church. She taught me and I never picked it up until 2011 when I needed something to do. All these different ideas started to pop up in my head and they turned well. It started with the hoodies scarfs and it just evolved from there. Also, listening to advices from Gaetana, my family and someone else I know that once worked with a big-time designer telling me to never think small.To try to think big and keep creating. Keep doing what I'm doing and don't stop.
7.How do you promote yourself?
I promote myself through word-of-mouth and social networks like Facebook & Instagram.
8.What is one of your most important lessons you've learned since starting out?
Presentation is everything. That first impressions are everything and feedback or no feedback is always good. Not everyone is going to latch onto your craft but you have to keep going and putting what you create out there. I also learned that it's important to network and speak to people in the business.
9.Where can we find you online at?
I can be found on Facebook @darknlovely (Angelica darknlovely Hill ) or on instagram darknlovely_xo or you can email me at email@example.com .
Now you see what I'm talking about. Isn't her work amazing!!! You guys know how I love handmade products and showing support to small businesses like myself. I'm definitely going to have to get one for next fall and I hope you do the same.
FeaturesPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, December 06 2011 09:53AM
All this year, I really haven't bought any handmade soaps from my favorite shop the Soap Seduction
. I've been watching on the low and on Cyber Monday while I was on Facebook I noticed her great sale she was having. You know I couldn't resist, so I caved in and bought 2 soaps. One being the Raspberry Creme Cold Processed Soap
and the other Spiked Orange Shea Butter Soap (The Autumn Soap)
Since I purchased the Spiked Orange Shea Butter Soap
for the first time, I decided to do a blog post on it.
On first appearances it is a very pretty soap with the swirls of purplish black. On first smell, I smell licorice which isn't one my favorite scents. But when you smell deeper, you smell a hint of clove,orange and cinnamon.Which is exactly how the owner Patrice describes the soap. Definitely a spicy soap that represents autumn to the tee.
When bathing with the soap, the soap and it's spicy scent blankets you and makes you think of playing with leaves in your backyard.Well at least me. Like always the soap lathers amazingly. Hands down all of the Soap Seduction soaps lather the best.Even better then your name brand soaps.
Would I purchase this soap again? Maybe. Because of the licorice scent, it throws me off a bit but it is a true representation of autumn. Patrice has hit another home run with this one.
I already spotted my next purchase, Lavender Rose Tallow Soap
. Stay tuned for that one. And if you want to see our review Raspberry Creme Cold Processed Soap
, click here
If you haven't check out the Soap Seduction yet I highly suggest you do. You find them on Etsy
and on their Website