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.

Libra Birthstone: Agate

Fashion & StylePosted by Gaetana Tuesday, October 16 2018 10:39AM
Libras are intelligent and nice. Libras birthstones act as a charm or lucky stone and help them face challenges and give them strength of purpose. Agate is a talisman stone for Libras. Talismans are amulets or other pieces of jewelry believed to give its wearer magical powers. Libra talisman is engraved on agate, which is a banded variety of chalcedony. Agate is believed to increase intelligence in a way that the Libra birthstone enables its wearer to see the truth, and at the same time keep the person calm and focused by helping him accept the circumstances.
Here are some great agate pieces that can be found at Satin Doll & Co.

Agate and Jade bracelet

Battle Strong Agate and Glass Beaded Dangle earrings

Evergreen Green Agate necklace

Forever Green Agate and Glass bracelet

Horizon Agate earrings


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September Must Haves

Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, October 09 2018 10:07AM
September has come and gone so fast that I almost forgot to do my September Must Haves. It features a great mix of stationery items, electronics and accessories. No beauty products this month because September was unusually hot for any makeup and I have been using the same items for my hair. So let's get to it.
From the time September hit I knew it was time to change up my planner. I LOVE my Bare Naked pocket TN from Mystic Little Gifts but it didn't scream fall to me. I knew right away to reach for my Macchiato pocket TN from Mystylic Little Gifts. Not only is it rich and screams fall.I love it even more since Mystic LIttle Gifts no longer carries this leather. So I will treasure it. I even changed my entire setup to compliment it. Which is my next favorite.
These collages have been the rage all summer long and now into fall. They remind me of the trend boards we had to do it collage which showed the inspiration for the collections we used to design and create. So right away I knew I needed one when I was going to switch to this planner for fall. I scoured Pinterest and pulled my favorite fall images and made a collage using Photoshop. I think I saved the process in my highlights on Instagram. It might be under the highlight that says "Crafty". And if you've been living under a rock then you might not have seen my Ruska Doll. Which is available on my website. She just screams fall and I'm obsessed with her. The two just go together like peanut butter and jelly.
This zipper pouch that I got from Target I believe last fall has truly come in handy since I've been taking both my planner with me wherever I go. It fits my pocket TNs perfectly and protects them from everything else in my bag. God forbid anything bust in my bag and got on my TN I would be heart broken. Especially since it houses EVERYTHING concerning my business. It's a bonus too that it only cost $1. I really need to check again and see if they have any new styles so I can get another one for my personal rings planner.

My younger sister is a MAC girl and I always get random bits and bobs from her. She has so many makeup bags that she literally gives them away to me and my older sister and her best friends. This one is one of her recent here you go. I love it because the material is very durable. It's that scuba material that has been all the craze recently in the fashion industry. The makeup bag is really roomie. It houses all my lip essentials, tissue, mirror, blotting sheets, feminine items with room to still spare. I doubt it even available anymore but if you do see it.Get it. You'll be thanking me later.
I bought this portable charger from Acellories at the very beginning of August for my vacation to Sweden later that month. This baby was a life saver during that trip and all through September. September was a super busy month for me and my family since it was Labor Day season aka West Indian parade time. I rarely worked from home since I had to help at the family business. It's all hands on deck at that time. We're always super busy. This charger held me down since I couldn't be home in front of my computer. My phone became my computer and I did EVERYTHING on it. It charges really fast and charged my phone battery to a full battery in 30 to 45 minutes if I wasn't using it. I found it on Amazon but I bought it from a local homes store here in Brooklyn and it was only $10 after tax. The best investment ever.
I've been loving stickers from MadeWithSouthernLuv. Not only these doodle stickers but her kits too. I would of shown those too but I had to go through my album to get them and I didn't want to dig. As you can see one sheet is almost done while the other is half done. Her stickers are not only super cute but functional and her designs are not like everyone else's. I like to be different and you can do that if everyone has the same exact thing. An added plus is her stickers are matte. I can't stand glossy stickers.Nobody got time to be searching for the perfect pen that isn't going to smear.
I adore TheCraftyStudent stickers but what I've been really loving is her read script stickers. I use them every week in my weekly spread to track the book(s) I finish that week. Don't sleep on her. Number one they're super affordable,two their matte,three do you see how many stickers you get to one sheet and four she always have some type of sale going on. I really need to reup on some of her stickers that I finished.

And lastly is this Madeline card case in indigo from Mystic Little Gifts. I've been carrying this baby since I got it in my order from her last Black Friday Sale. I was carrying all my essentials before in my card case available on my website.
What I love about this one is it not only features one slot to hold your cards but two. I use the front one to hold my business cards and the one behind that to hold my ID, bank card,and store reward cards. It's super light weight and compact. If I don't want to carry any bag I just grab this and go. I highly suggest you get one.

So this rounds off my favorites for this month.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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At the Beach Custom Necklace Set

Custom Jewelry ProjectsPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, October 02 2018 07:13AM
I received this jumble of shells which used to be a stretch bracelet and the owner gave me free rein to create anything I wanted. So I ended up creating a necklace and matching earrings.
I first started by pulling some beads to compliment the shells. I decided to keep the pieces very neutral since the owner didn't give me any direction.
I know I wanted the shells to be the focal point and everything else to compliment it. That's why I went with black coco pukalet flat disc beads and dark brown wood beads. Simple and neutral yet earthy.
I then pulled everything I needed to make the necklace portion of the custom order. Crimp beads, wire and findings.
I first added the crimp bead and the jump ring to the wire. Once that was secure I begin beading on two dark brown wood beads and then one coco pukalet bead and three shells. I did that until I used up all the shell beads.
I secured it with another crimp bead and added a jump ring. It came out beautifully.
Since I wanted the shells to be the focal point of the necklace I decided to add leather to finish off the piece.
I then added a extension chain so it can be adjustable and a lobster clasp.
And the necklace is completed. Definitely a gorgeous sight.

I think she'll love both pieces don't you think.

For your custom order, feel free to email us at orders@satindoll.biz . We would love to work with you and help your idea come to life.


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October Journaling Cards

PlanningPosted by Gaetana Friday, September 28 2018 06:47AM
Well hello there October. September went by with a breeze.Since I did the pumpkin theme last year and the leaf theme last month. I opted to do breast cancer awareness.One being it's an amazing cause to bring awareness to and two it is unique and you won't see it anywhere. Plus it kind of close to my families hearts since my older sister is a doctor in Sweden trying to find the cure to breast cancer alongside other doctor's in her department. So with that all being said this month journaling cards is for every survivor of this disease, everyone currently fighting this disease and supporter of the fight of this disease.Like always I had to add my own touch with infamous scalloped scissors. You can cut them straight or even round the edges.It's totally up to you.

To download, simply click on the image.

October Journaling Card

October Breast Cancer Awareness Journaling Card

October Breast Cancer Awareness 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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Halloween Bucket List

PlanningPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, September 25 2018 07:49AM
I asked you Dolls in our Facebook Group and the votes are in. Since all our other bucket lists were such a hit why not do a Halloween one. I know. Everyone isn't into Halloween but this is for those that are. Like always I decorated the white space using leftover stickers from a Willowfields Hocus Pocus set. Now my bucket list is ready for Halloween.

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

Note: For personal use only.


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August Must Haves

Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, September 11 2018 12:02PM
I'm so sad that August is gone which means summer is officially over. It was a relaxing month but very busy. I haven't had any sort of break in 4 years so the vacation I took in the beginning of August to the middle of August was well over do. All but one of these items made it with me on the trip and I'm still using them now.

I knew for the trip that I didn't want to take any type of handbag but a backpack. I searched and search and finally came across a backpack from She Inside. Zipper Front PU Backpack With Convertible Strap is a backpack and handbag in one with the straps to use as a backpack and another strap to carry as a handbag. I used this bag the entire trip from the airport, treking all over Sweden and home again.Super roomie and the straps are super sturdy. My only gripe is the zipper. From the beginning the two zippers have given me issues. I love the backpack so much that I'm tempted to take it to the tailor's to replace it. Other than that it's a great bag.Oh and did I mention it was so affordable and shipped from quickly too.
I know I mention this notebook in my favorites for June or July but I have to mention it again. I bought another one from Dollar Tree to take with me on vacation to get some sketching done and I love this notebook. It's like a traveler's notebook insert for personal size. The paper is super good quality. It held up with my sketching, lining my drawings and erasing. Super light weight,easy to travel with it actually transferred my sketches better to the computer than white paper. So if you're a drawer I highly recommend this notebook yet again. For $1, you can beat it.
I believe I got it this product last year at Curl Fest. Proganix Quench Leave-in Moisture + Nourish is the business. August was a hot month.Like really hot and I need a spray besides water that would nourish my hair. A little spritz and then a pump of moisturizer and then seal with oil and my hair was good to go. Depending on how hot it was I would do this either every other day or everyday. If your hair sucks up moisture like a sponge I highly recommend this spray. It was a life saver.
I was so glad this gel was put in the bag at CurlFest this year. Since I'm no longer using EcoStyler in me or my mother's hair I've been on the search to find a more healthy and safe alternative. I know everyone remembers Jam from back well they're back and with a vegan gluten free alternative. I'm so here for it. I've been using it all August long. As you can see I have only a little bit left and have been searching my beauty supply for it with no advil. Besides everything it claims it has a firm hold as described on the packaging. Doesn't flake and mixes well with other hair products. Which is a plus in my book. I just need more store to have it in stock. If you run across it definitely pick it up. Ampro Shine 'n' Jam Black Castor & Flaxseed Oil Styler available at Walmart.com

I had all the intentions of buying a clear planner that has been the rage all summer long on Instagram and the planner community but when I went to purchase I saw the rainbow one and knew that was the one. Personal A6 Size 5.12"x7.48" 6-ring Clear Rainbow Binder Covers Colorful Soft PVC Notebook Round Ring Binder Cover Protector Snap Button Closure Loose Leaf Folder (Colorful, A6) is life. It's so different, easy to carry and compact which I was looking for since I couldn't live without taking my planner with me on vacation. Definitely read the reviews. It was originally advertised as A6 but was actually a personal size which I was looking for. I could actually use a A6 now since it feels so tight. My only grip is the ring size which is 0.8 inch inner diameter round ring binder. I could use a larger ring size which made me cut down on what I need in my planner verses what I had in my previous planner. Other than that I'm so happy with this planner. It's so compact that I don't mind carry it everyday. Unlike my previous planner which I was sketchy about carry around and then having to worry about the bag I need to put it in.

So this is what I've been loving for August. 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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September Journaling Cards

PlanningPosted by Gaetana Friday, August 31 2018 05:59AM

And just like that summer is basically over. It went entirely too fast don't you think. With September only days away we should start getting used to the changing of the leaves and the cooler temps. With that being said, here is September Journaling Cards.
Like always our signature journaling card with no decoration. And the other features a great fall leaves motif in the colors of changing leaves. A lil' something for everyone. You know I can't resist my scalloped edge.

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

Leaves September Journaling Card

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

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Inside My Travel Planner

PlanningPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, August 21 2018 01:51PM
I'm not 24 hours back on US soil and I wish I was back on vacay in Sweden visiting my sister. I haven't been on any vacation in 4 years and being a business owner if you don't work you don't make money. So since my older sister and her partner purchased their first home together it was the perfect time to take a break and chill. As a planner girl, I had to figure out how to condense my planners into one.So this is how my travel planner came into play.

These clear planner has been all the rage all over the planner community since the summer started. I wanted the clear one but ran across this clear rainbow pvc planner and knew that was the one. I got mine on Amazon in the A6 size 5.12 x 7.48. I read the reviews before purchasing and everyone said that it wasn't a A6 but personal size which was good for me because all I use is either personal size or pocket. You can find it here.

Another trend in the planner community has been creating these collage or trend boards (what we call them in the fashion industry). I just took my favorite pink images off of Pinterest and created a collage with the Canva app. Saved and open on Photoshop then resized and print. Easy peasy. I created the page tabs using stickers and putting them on card stock. Then running through my laminator. I also included a cute lip paper clip and our new Planner Gonna Plan Doll Digital Download available on our website.

Next I have my monthly calendar from Annie Plans Printables.
After that I included the pages from my weekly insert for the time I was going to be away. I left them blank and filled them out day by day. (Inserts from Annie Plans Printables)
I could of actually did daily pages because each day was so jammed packed with different areas and sites we visited.

The next page came from Annie Plans Printables Travel Inserts. This one is to track your expenses during your trip. I created a cute page marker from a cover of a note book and put my August Journaling Card on top held by a brass clip.
And here is the front of that book cover. Too cute!
I then included the monthly view from the Travel Insert Set. Why I don't know. I thought I was going to use it to write down what we did everyday but I would need so much more space then these boxes. I also marked this page with a page marker I made from a business card.The opposite side of the page marker features our personalize Planner Gonna Plan Doll which will available back on our website this week.
The next couple of pages are apart of that travel insert set and include a packing list and countdown. Which were super helpful and useful.
These next two pages are perfect for daily planning. Which I might use sometime today to put some of the memorabilia I have from my trip.
I loved how the set also included some grid pages.
I found this quote on Pinterest and knew it would make the perfect dashboard for my next section.
The backside of that insert features a background from Pinterest, a sticker from Me and My Big Ideas Sticker Book and our Summertime Doll Die Cut.
Then I had my Vacation Packaging List Printable which is available here on my blog. Adored with our Taste of Honey Paper Clip Charm available on our website.
Then I have some of my favorite grid paper from Target Dollar Spot notebooks.
Then some lined paper from that same notebook set from Target.
Plus some random Notes pages from a old planner ages ago that I found in my desk while I was setting up my planner.
I made another page market from notebook covers to hold some post it notes and my pen loop that I made from stretch trimming. The pen loop hold one of my favorite pens. This one being a simple gel pen from Dollar Tree.And the backside of that page marker.
I think found this random envelope in my desk and I said it would make the perfect catchall to hold random bits. I punched some holes in it and was good to go.
When I left for my trip I put some whole boxes and two washi tape cards with some thin washi on it. During my trip I include random business cards from artists we came across when we visited this old fashion factory which was converted into artist shops and my ticket from visiting the Swedish Royal Castle.
After that I have some bits from some other sites we visited during our trip.Finally I have the dashboard that came with the planner. I laminated it and put it in the back to prevent the pages in the front from bending.
Lastly, I took my original dashboard I created for this planner and moved it to the back because the back needed something.

I highly recommend taking a planner with you even if you don't reach for it once during your trip. It can at least be a catch all for every little scraps of paper you decide to keep during your trip and once everything slows down one day you can fill in the blanks. I did that several times during my trip. Even in the evenings before I went to bed because after a while the days were meshing together.

I truly had an enjoyable trip and I'm sad it's over. Now it's back to the hustle and bustle. I would love to hear what you keep in your travel planner.

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