Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, July 25 2017 08:20AM
An idea hit me yesterday while scrolling on Pinterest. Why not create monthly journaling cards. So I got to work and came up with 3 different designs. A plain and simple one, one with a watermelon and one with the character I created Sandra the Petty Cat. They're super cute and you can use them any number of ways.
One way I love to use them is in the front of my planner. Another is you can punch a hole and add it to your planner. Or you can add it to a pocket in your planner. The possibilities are endless.
So I know you're dying to download them. Simply click print and you're good to.
To download, simply click on the image.August Journaling Card
Petty Cat August Journaling CardWatermelon August Journaling Card
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Friday, July 21 2017 10:57AM
Yesterday me, my sister and her best friend went to Coney Island for the day. Now if you're a fellow Brooklynite then you might remember the Coney Island from the late 80s and early 90s. Where Nathan's was the highlight of your trip there, the Himalaya ride was the place to be even if you weren't old or tall enough to get on it in my case and you never stepped on foot on the beach. Times have truly changed and now it's more a tourist attraction. So let's go on a little adventure of the new Coney Island.
Our first stop was Nathan's.
I'll confess it's been a couple (probably 3-4) of years since I stepped foot in this part of Coney Island. Nathan's is still Nathan's except they added a outside eating area and they kind of restructured the inside.But my only complaint is the whole staff is Asian.What happened to all the local staff they used to hire unless it's under new management.
We walked down the street on the side of Nathan's and there was all this cool wall art for you take pictures in front off. So cool and beautiful to showcase local artists.
Also there were a ton of new shops and stores. All those games on the outside and food joints. Gone. We then walked up the ramp to get to the boardwalk to eat our Nathan's . Now this was a site to see. The beach was so clean and jammed packed because it was super hot and day two of a heat wave. 96 but felt like in the 100s according to the weatherman. It was hot period.
I'm sorry I didn't think to bring my bathing suit with me. So then because my sister's best friend was taking her favorite student out for the day she bought her an all day pass for the rides in Luna Park. Then the fun began.
As we walked into one section of Luna Park we were hit with yet another great piece of wall art.
I didn't take any photos inside Luna Park because #1 we were too busy watching the student have so much on the rides. Such a thrillseeker. And #2 children everywhere.
But overall, I'm happy to see Coney Island got a facelift it definitely needed. I'm glad it's flourishing and thriving. I'll definitely go back soon and hopefully when my older sister comes back home for a visit we'll take here because if you remember the Coney Island of the past. You'll have to see the Coney Island of today.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, July 18 2017 06:03AM
Summer is not summer without attending CurlFest in Prospect
Park here in Brooklyn, NY. This past Saturday I had the wonderful opportunity
to take the day off with my sis and go. I was dressed and pumped ready to go
and see all the amazing vendors, beauty influencesors and of course to buy some
amazing products. FYI, I had a mental list in my head of what I needed too.
Me and my sister was running a bit late because she had to
beat my face to the gods and then finding a parking spot on Eastern Parkway is
always an adventure. So by the time we trek our way through Prospect Park to
where CurlFest was it was already after 12:30. We walk actually past the
registration line by accident because they set up the tents differently this
year and when I say the line was lonnnnnnnnnnnggggggg for general admission to
get the general admission gift bags.We said nah and headed right into CurlFest.
Can we say vendors galore. Palmers, Eden BodyWorks, Mielle
Organics, Madam CJ Walker, LottaBody and those are the ones I stopped at where
the lines were reasonable. The others were Iman, Shea Moisture, Crème of
Nature, Curl Keeper, Design Essentials, Jane Carter Solutions, Jamaican Black
Caster and Nyako. No two booths were alike. All booths were giving out samples
plus many more giving out ice pops, water, lemonade, and etc to keep us all
cool. Many were holding demonstrations of using the actual products on
someone’s hair. I really wanted to stop at Crème of Nature but they were the
one with the longest line but the samples they were giving away was ridiculous.
Full size I believe. Nevertheless, I was able to purchase my go-to products
that I needed to wash my hair when I got home. Winning.
After stopping at some of the booths we visited the
Marketplace Vendors. I always love stopping by them and seeing what’s unique to
purchase. Being a creator myself, it’s kind of hard for me to buy but I’m
always on the lookout for something unique. My sister wanted a head wrap
particularly a black one for work. Luckily, we got to Fanm Djanm early and she
still had some available. Thank god. And she’s such a sweet heart too. She was
on hand if anyone need help wrapping their wrap. We stopped at another vendor
that was selling unique afrocentric earrings for $5 and $10. My sister got a
wicker material pair and a hamsa pair to match her new tattoo. There was a
couple vendors selling t-shirts, sunglasses, face painting, unique dresses and
tops, henna. I’m a little sad that I didn’t get my henna again for the second
year in the row but I guess there is always next year. Oh and even Spike Lee
had a booth there selling and autographing his t-shirts. Super cool. Managed to
snap a picture to show my dad.
Food…. Can I say it was hooootttt. Lord, you would think
with the rain the day before it would have been comfortable. Nope. Hot. We
checked out each truck and settled on the Jerk truck. We didn’t want to wait
for the Jerk Chicken to be done so we the Cilantro Lime Brisket. OMG!!!! It was
so good. I wish we would of got a photo but we were too hot and hungry to think
about that. At that point my sister’s coworker finally got there and we wrapped
up eating and then walked around. By this time the crowd had grown from the
hundreds to the thousands. I swear we were standing on a hill and you could
look down into CurlFest and all you saw was people. It’s a beautiful site to
see. Women of all ages, skin types and curl textures. We hit the stage area to
see what they dj was playing. After being in the crowd for a bit we went around
again to the vendors to see what my sister’s coworker wanted to get. After that
we decided we had enough and it was time for a real lunch. We then started our
walk out of Prospect Park but along the way we had to do a lil’ photo shoot
because we couldn’t end CurlFest without one.
So in closing, I totally enjoyed my second year of CurlFest.
All the vendors and marketplace was amazing, the dj was pumping, the food
vendors was amazing but the best part was seeing everyone with their natural
hair. All the textures, styles, the fashion even the little kids. Too cute. If
CurlFest didn’t reach a million people this year they were close to it and it
will definitely reach it next year. Amazing job to the CurlyGirlCollective. See
you next year.
Totally forgot to share the samples that I was able to snag from some of the vendors.As you can see I already started to use two. It isn't as nearly as big as the stuff I got last year but it's still a good haul of stuff.I'll let you know most likely in my future must haves if any make the cut.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, June 27 2017 10:16AM
Summer is officially here and it's time to make another bucket list. With that said let's get to work.
For this I'll be using my Me and My Big Ideas 1557 Seasons sticker book plus some yellow and lemon washi tapes I picked up at a NYC Planner Addicts meetup yesterday.
For this I"m using a piece of graph paper because graph paper is life. I first laid down the washi to add a bit of color. I then when into the summer section in the sticker book and choose the acting stickers. I placed those randomly on the paper. I then added some of the deco stickers and one sunshine & summertime stickers. And I'm done.
This is not even half of what I want to do this summer but making ice cream, eating outside, seeing a concert in the park and taking a road trip is a good start.
What's on your summer bucket list? Feel free to share.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Friday, June 23 2017 02:05PM
With only 2 more days to our 10th anniversary I wanted to sit down and write an open letter to you guys saying thank you. Yes, a thank you letter addressed to each and everyone one of you. Because without you guys supporting, loving and purchasing Satin Doll products there would be no Satin Doll & Co. Each day I get up and is able to do what I love because you guys . That's why I love doing giveaways. It's my way to give back.
In those 10 years I've only lost one order (knock on wood), only taken one month long break/ vacation, and taken maybe a day here or there when sick. You guys have been very considerate during those times. Thank you.
When it comes to custom orders, you guys are so creative and it's been a pleasure working with you to design each and every piece. It still amazes me what ideas you guys come up with. Thank you for letting me be the one to create these amazing pieces. Each and every one of them. It has been my pleasure.
With that all being said. THANK YOU!!!! To 10 more amazing years.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Friday, June 09 2017 06:28AM
Another month has flown by and June is here finally and hopefully summer will arrive with it. This past May I was loving so much. From jewelry, accessories to makeup to hair care to home goods. So I have a bit for everyone.Enough chit chat and onto the favorites.
This first must have has been a staple in my makeup collection for years.It's the NYX Mosaic Power Blush in Love (MPB10).
As you can see it's been well loved. But nevertheless, with it having 0.20 oz should last me for a bit longer. And luckily NYX still sells it too. From NYX website it's described as a coral with gold shimmer. Which is kind of true. The shimmer is never subtle and is more of a sheen then anything. A must in my opinion if you love coral blushes.
Now me and my sister are diehard Bath and Body Works candle lovers but one day while in Home Goods we picked up this candle.Hands down the best candle ever.Burns so clean, smells amazing and can burn for hours .We've had this one I think for 3 months and you see how much we have left. It's by WoodWick in the scent Summer Melon and usually costs $15 but you get them at HomeGoods for $9.99.A great steal.HomeGoods have a ton of different sizes and scents.
Now that my natural hair is getting bigger I'm using my turban headbands more.They not only keep my hair out of my face but are cute and fashionable too. Our Black Out
will always be my favorite solid while our Safari
is my favorite animal print and our Paisley
is my favorite print.I've been wearing all 3 in May. If you follow us on Instagram
you've probably seen them. You can find them on our website in the Accessories
You know I have to throw one hair product in the mix. This was actually supposed to be in last month's Must Haves but I forgot to grab it. Nevertheless, the Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Dry Deny moisture seal gel oil
is the business. I ran out of my EcoStyler Gel in April so instead of going to buy more I looked in my stash to see what else I had and came across this.I'm glad I did. It has held me down all through April into May.Wash n' Go,twist out and braid outs. It not only has a great hold without being crunchy but looks in the moisture too. I'm coming close to the end of it and started looking for but unfortunately have come up empty at my Walmart and local beauty supply. Oh did I not mention a little bit goes a long way. It's available on the Cantu website
so I might have to buy it there.
Yes I still love my MAC StarTrek blush but the Wet n Wild megaglo Highlighting Power in Precious Petals
is giving me life.
My sister gave me this highlighter and when she applied it to me one day I was in love and she was like here. She actually used it in combination with the MAC highlighter I love. She added a bit of Fix+ then touched the product and then my face.Gorgeous. It's a golden gold and it's build-able.With it being super affordable is an added plus.
If you know me then you know I'm hands down a earring lover.I can't leave the house without a pair.So when I lost one of my White Opal Vintage Glass Stud earrings
I was heartbroken. What was once lost was found right in my sister's jewelry box. Can you believe she thought it was her earrings.NOT! I refused to take the last pair out of my inventory and with my supplier not longer selling the vintage cabochons. I got my earring back from my sister. We've been inseparable since. Like I said there is only one pair left on my website. Don't walk, run.
When it comes to my stud earrings I really need to find a better way to store them because I lost my Goddess Faux Druzy Stud earrings
too.Well one at least. Still don't know where it went. But I refused to throw it away and I'm glad I didn't because I've never been so happy to give an odd number of supplies before. I remembered I had an extra one that I made into a stud but it didn't have a match.Now it does. They're a bit of bling without going crazy and my FAVORITE of all my faux druzy studs.
Well this concludes my Must Haves for May. I'm not sure if they'll be one in June since I"m using the same ol' stuff but you never know. What are you loving?
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, May 30 2017 11:53AM
I was recently in a reading slump and didn't pick up a book or my Kindle for a month but I think it's officially over. I was recently sent Too Hard to Forget by Tessa Baily by the publisher Hachette. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
The book features our two main characters Peggy who when they first meet is a college senior/popular cheerleader and Elliot aka. The Kingmaker. Who is the colleges legendary football coach who makes player that go to the NFL. Elliot first sees Peggy during a difficult time of his life when he wife dies suddenly and he's left to raise his daughter alone. He blames himself because he chose his job/football over his family. Even though they both know a relationship of any kind is forbidden they still pursue one another. Which results in a year long secret relationship where Elliot forces Peggy to leave despite her wanting to stay after graduation. Their relationship was a fast pace, sex driven and pure lust which grew into love despite them both trying to fight it.
Speed forward to 3 years later. Peggy finally comes back to the college for alumni week where she wants to get back at Elliot for the way she has been the last 3 years since leaving. Which result in 4 failed relationships/engagements. She keeps her past engagement rings on a necklace that she never takes off. During those 3 years Elliot has thrown himself into football and pushed everyone away including his daughter with his cold and hard exterior. When he hears and then sees Peggy after so long it's like life has been given back to him. Elliot is desperate to get Peggy back at all cost while Peggy wants to him to fall for her and then she walk away. Nevertheless, Peggy plan fails. Elliot manages to lift the burden that he put on her and she does the same for him. Elliot then goes on the mission to win Peggy over and for her to stay.Just when she thought Elliot wasn't going to show for the alumni banquet he does and give a speech that Peggy wasn't even expecting. One that won her over literally.She finally got the right proposal.
This book is all about fate. The author did an amazing job of Elliot's self loathing, religion and guilt. Which result in Peggy having a particular kink. Both character have a great depth to them. I normally hate flashbacks to the past but the author did these so well that I enjoyed going back 3 years and learning their story behind it all. In the end, I was cheering for Elliot and Peggy and was overjoyed when everything worked out.
It's the third book in the series and I look forward to reading the rest. I highly recommend this book and author.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, May 16 2017 11:32AM
If you're a planner junkie then you're going to love today's blog post. If you remember a while back before my computer went kaput I was creating printable for my traveler's notebook and ring bound planner. Now that my computer is back to running condition (knock on wood) I'm recreating them. Today I will be sharing with you my monthly goals printable.
It's a printable that you can put in the front of your monthly calendar that has not only any important dates but birthdays, your goals for that month, a reading list and a notes section. Let's take a closer look.
At the top you can write in the month which makes a great printable to have on hand.Now onto the part you're waiting on. The download. Note: this is made for personal size ring bound planner.
This Month Personal PrintablePrinting Instructions
To print, click print then go into your printer properties and make sure it's on portrait. Then click print. I personally print all my inserts on landscape to have more room to work with.It's up to your personal preference.