Satin Doll Café

Satin Doll Café

About Satin Doll Cafe

My name is Gaetana Parris fashion designer, business owner and blogger. I have a passion for all things fashion and design related. I started my blog back in 2007 and over time is have evolved to not only about fashion, trends, design but the love for my business, reading and planning. So sit back and enjoy.

July Must Haves

Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, July 31 2018 06:58AM
July basically and went like a summer storm. I swear I batted my eyes and here we are at the end of the month. Days are moving entirely too fast but nevertheless I wanted to share with you some of my must have for July that I've been LOVING. It might be a small favorites pile but it truly have items that have become my go to's. So enough chit chat and let's get into it.
This notebook was a lucky find when I went down the isles of Dollar Tree. I was looking for goodies and came across this TN style notebook. It's like standard size and the paper is really good quality. Perfect for all pens. I decided to decorate the front with some paper that I've been hoarding and this picture of these beautiful ladies which came from the packaging of Juvia's Place The Warrior palette. My sister gave me the packaging a while back and I knew I could use it for something. I recently got back in learning my tarot cards and I've been using this as a journal for that. I highly recommend this notebook and for a $1 it's a steal. Just a lil' upset I didn't buy more.

I'm a huge fan of these sticker books that Target have in their Bull's Eye section. I came across this sticker book one day randomly . For $3 it's a steal. It's more geared toward exercise but I've been making it work for my weekly spreads by putting another sticker to cover the words. It comes with some cute tropical deco which is perfect for now since it's summer. The sticker quality is great and it's clear stickers which I haven't seen before in Target. You get 2 sheets of each page which makes the booklet 6 pages long. For $3, it was a steal. I highly recommend these sticker books if you see them in Target.

My hair is very particular about what it likes and don't likes and will tell me. Cantu is really becoming my go-to brand. I've used their Moisturizing Curl Activator Cream before and fell in love with it. Since I'm no longer using Eco Styler Gel I had to find a curl cream and a gel that work really well together on my hair. This baby is good for everything. I use it on twistouts, braid outs and wash n go's. And with their gel which I'll tell you about next . They're my go-to products and haven't let me down. My hair loves it. As you can see my bottle is almost done so I'll be reupping soon. You can find this at Target, Walmart and you're local Beauty Supply Store.
Not every gel is created equal. Not every gel goes with every cream product. But Cantu knew what they were doing when they created their Styling Stay Glue Gel in Humidity Hold. Girl, let me tell you this baby here is EVERYTHING. One, with the curl activator cream you've found your match made in heaven. These two products were created for each other and work perfectly together. Like peanut butter and jelly. No competing against one another. They literally work hand in hand with one another and help you create a flawless hairstyle. Now let's talk about this gel. It comes out as a gel but has a tacky consistency.But don't mind that because as soon as it goes on your hair it just glides on and your hair automatically embraces it. No white residue, no flaking, no nothing. I love that it's humidity hold too. So my hair is good no matter what. It's been really humid here in NY and this baby has been put to the test and each time it passes with flying colors. I highly recommend this is product .

I'm a huge fan of Essie nail polishes and their Tart Deco is one my favs. Looking at my toes now and this color is still on them. If not 3 weeks of this month then the whole month. It just scream summer. It's bright, bold, eye catching and girly. I highly recommend this color and promise myself that I will paint my nails a different color for August but it is a perfect vacay color. I'll change it.

So this is what I've been loving for July. What have you been loving? Feel free to share below because I'm always on the hunt for new products to try.

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August Journaling Cards

PlanningPosted by Gaetana Friday, July 27 2018 05:47AM
July literally came and went.How or why, I can't even tell you but poof here is August beating at our backs. Which makes me super sad because that means summer is almost over which sucks for someone who loves the heat. Nevertheless, here is the journaling cards for August.
Like always I created my signature journaling card but the second features a cute palm leaf motif in shades of deep green and blue.Very tropical. Very August. Like always I used my decorative scissors to make it for more pretty. You can leave them square or round the edges after you cut them out.I've seen some people decorate them with die cuts. Super cute. The possibilities are endless.

To download, simply click on the image.
August Journaling Card

Palms August Journaling Card

Enjoy and be sure to follow us on Instagram and tag us if you use our journaling cards. Hashtag #satindollco .

Note: For personal use only.

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Leo Birthstone: Carnelian

Fashion & StylePosted by Gaetana Tuesday, July 24 2018 07:54AM
Carnelian is the traditional birthstone for the month of July in the Arabic calendar and for the month of August in the Old Hebrew calendar. Carnelian is the modern birthstone for July and communicates the exuberance of Leo. Carnelian is believed to fuel passion and desire for Leos.

Here's some pearl pieces you can find at Satin Doll & Co.

Carnelian and Glass Dangle earrings

Earthy Allure Coco Pukalet and Carnelian Dangle earrings

Natural Delight Coco Pukalet Amber and Glass Beaded Dangle earrings

Over the Horizon Carnelian Beaded Dangle earrings

Safari Mother of Pearl Carnelian earrings

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Vacation Packing List Printable

PlanningPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, July 10 2018 10:48AM
With literally a month before my trip I decided it's time to finally create a packaging list. Because the last thing I need is to leave something at home and then have to purchase it later. So if you're taking a vacay or even a weekend trip soon you'll definitely going to love this Vacation Packing List Printable.
It features everyone one would possibly need for any vacation . I also included a notes section to include any items that you may need that aren't on the list. Like always I decorated with tons of travel stickers to make it fun. You can even laminate it which I think I will do at a later date.

To download, simply click on the image.
Enjoy and be sure to follow us on Instagram and tag us if you use our journaling cards. Hashtag #satindollco .

Note: For personal use only.

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July Journaling Cards

PlanningPosted by Gaetana Friday, June 29 2018 06:51AM
I feel like I say this every month about how fast the month went but it really did fly by. With this month, since we'll be celebrating our country independence in the coming days it was the main theme behind this month's journaling cards. The third journaling card actually matches the freebies that will be available in our Facebook Group on Sunday.
I'm so happy with how they turned out. Like always we have our signature journaling card, then we have our independence day themed one and lastly we have our ice cream theme one. Like always I added a scallop edge to mine. There is definitely something for everyone this month.

To download, simply click on the image.

July Journaling Card

Ice Cream July Journaling Card

Patriotic July Journaling Card

Enjoy and be sure to follow us on Instagram and tag us if you use our journaling cards. Hashtag #satindollco .

Note: For personal use only.

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Goodbye Etsy

Website NewsPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, June 26 2018 11:30AM

I’m not sure if you Dolls have been noticing but the inventory count in our Etsy shop has been going down. Honestly, I’m over Etsy and have for sometime now. I’ve had my Etsy shop since the beginning of Satin Doll & Co. in 2007 and added our website shortly after. Over the years, I noticed each change more bad than good. Plus it’s becoming more expensive to maintain. My website is outselling our Etsy shop which carries almost identical inventory. With that being we'll official close our Etsy shop on August 9th. I won't increase the price or shipping of any of the items even though seller rates increase on July 16. Some items that aren’t in stock on website will be added while others will be made into grab bags or dismantled and made into new pieces. I like having control over every aspect of my business and that includes my website. I might even offer digital items in our Etsy shop. (Just an idea).

So with that all being said here’s a coupon code that can be used in our Etsy shop until August 9th for 30% off (code: BYEETSY) .

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Summer Bucket List

PlanningPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, June 19 2018 10:54AM
Well hello there Summer.With only days away before the official start of summer I thought it would be smart to get the summer bucket list ready. With the kids getting out of school soon if they're not already. You'll need some fun events to do to keep them happy and entertained.
I think the best part besides checking off the items on the bucket list is decorating it.Like always I had fun adding a bunch of summer related stickers to my bucket list to make it fun and summery.So onto the fun part. The printable.

To print, simply click on the image.

Enjoy and be sure to follow us on Instagram and tag us if you use our printable. Hashtag #satindollco .

Note: For personal use only.

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May Must Haves

Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Friday, June 08 2018 06:48AM
June is finally here and it's time for yet another favorites. I confess, I haven't done one in a while since I'm a creature of nature and sometimes use the same product over and over again. But recently I've switched things up. Some I've hated and some I've been loving. So May's Must Haves feature a mix of everything like usual from stationery to beauty. No hair care this month since like I said I'm a creature of habit.

Let's first talk about my traveler's notebook. It's from Mystic Little Gifts and she's a pocket TN in the color Bare Naked. I got her in the month of either April or May in a mystery grab bag and when she arrived I wasn't too hot on the color because I had my heart set on another. But over a couple of days I grew to love here. Number one, the color. It's the prettiest shade of peach with some pinky and brown undertones. Number 2, it's the most softest leather ever. Number 3, it's so floppy. I remember a while back I made myself a TN in personal size and peach but had to throw it away because when I bought the fabric it was damaged and I couldn't love it. I absolutely love this TN and can't wait to get this color in ring bound A6. The craftsmanship is like no other at Mystic Little Gifts. I highly recommend her website. This is my second and I"m hooked.

I'm always getting random bits of makeup from my sister since she's a makeup artist and won't let her sister walk around looking like a fool. One day she noticed my current bronzer and contour I was using wasn't showing up. She literally pushed this palette in my hands and I've been using it since. It's the Contour Effects from City Color. You might be able to find them in your local beauty supply, 5 and Below and etc.
It features a highlight, bronzer and a contour shade. As you can see I use the bronzer and contourer the most. The bronzer warms up my skin nicely and the contour adds more dimension. I highly recommend it. Not only is it super affordable, around $5 and is super pigmented. $6.99 on the City Color website.

I told you I get random pieces of makeup from my sister. One day she came home and just gave this to me. I was like what is this and she said for you. If I remember correctly they either had it on sale or they were having their Garage Sale at MAC and she snagged this highlighter in Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skin Finish. The highlighter is nice but I really wanted the packaging. It's gorgeous as you can see. It's a rosey gold tone with a crackle finish.
This highlighter has been around for ages but it got repackaged for the holiday collection and features a cute snowflake pressed into it. I've been using this nonstop and it has push my coveted highlighter from the StarTrek collection out of the way. It's the prettiest gold shade. Not too brassy and not too cool.Definitely a must in a makeup collection.

All through winter I was wearing peachy tone blushes to keep some color in my cheeks but now that it was spring I switched to a pink. I've had this blush from Milani for ages and have been reaching for it every day. It's Rose D'Oro Baked Power Blush.
It's the prettiest shade of pink with some gold flex in it. It gives you a refreshed look. Not like a disco ball as you would think from the gold flex. A must in a opinion in any makeup collection.

As you can tell I'm obsessed with anything rose gold and that extends into stationery too. I got this book set a while back from the Target Dollar Spot because it has rose gold on the binding but what I didn't know was the paper I was going to fall in love with. This one features grid paper which is my favorite paper to write on.
The paper is a dream to write on and my pens just glide over the paper. Plus it's an added bonus that they grid lines is pink. But the only bad thing about this is I haven't seen it since in Target.Which sucks. If you see the book set definitely jump on it. You won't regret it.
I'm a sucker for pretty packaging. So when I saw Nicki Minaji was having yet another collection with MAC. I was like I need at least one shade. First off the packaging is a rosy gold tone. L-O-V-E. She had a couple of shades to the collection but I'm a more peachy tone person so I gravitated toward that one.
This one I got was Nicki's Nude which is described on the MAC's website as a soft corally pink. It's so pretty. I normally team it with Whirl lip liner and I'm good to go.
I love TheHoneyBShop because number 1 she's amazing. Number 2 her stickers are so unique. Number 3 the paper quality is amazing. Too many shops are doing the same tired thing and she keeps it's all original. This is her Shop Owner Sticker sheet but I can't seem to find it. I had Cut, Print and something else on the sheet. As you can see I have one more left so I'm in desperate need of more ASAP.
This next sticker sheet is from Chic Planner Gal and this is the Routine Ish! sheet. I normally use these when I have a super busy day and I just list everything I have to for the day underneath this sticker. Her sticker quality is amazing. Her shop not only carries stickers, die cuts but planner accessories too. She's also a black owned business and girl boss. I highly recommend her shop.

This last sticker sheets I'm loving is from The CraftyStudentxo. I believe she is a newer shop on Etsy and I found her through the NYC Planner Addicts. She was having an amazing sale and I snatched up a butch of her sheets. Number 1, I love her sticker assortment she carries in her shop. Number 2, her paper quality is amazing. Number 3, she's so affordable and because she's a fellow NYer it came super quick. If I wasn't on a no spend I would buy up so much more. I purchased her Mini 3 Heart Checklists in colorful and nude and as you can see I'm loving them. I use them in my business planner and in my personal planner. I need a truck load of these for real. I highly recommend her shop. You'll be thanking me later.

So that's everything . Whew! So what have you dolls been loving? Do share, I'm always on the lookout for new products to try.

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