Behind Satin DollPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, April 11 2017 01:57PM
If you follow us on Instagram then you already know yesterday while we we're cleaning and organizing we came across a bag of fabric we totally forgot about. Which resulted in us creating new turban headbands. With that said, we've become known for coming up with some creative names for our products and sometimes we get stumped. This is were you guys come in.
We need you guys to put on your thinking caps and come up with a creative name for this turban headband. The most creative name will be used as the product name. You know we have to make this fun for you guys.
The most creative name will win a $10 Satin Doll Gift Certificate to use in our Etsy shop.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------How to Enter
-Simply enter the name in the comments section.
-Include your email address so we can contact us if your name is chosen.
-Each name requires a new entry.
-You can enter as many times as you want.Ends Friday, April 14th at 9pm EST. Open worldwide.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, April 04 2017 02:14PM
This week I decided to do something different and take you inside my bag that I carry majority of the time. So let's go inside.
The tote that I carry 80% of the time is from Zara. I purchased it over a year ago as a birthday gift to myself. As you can see, I add a cute black puff as an added accessory. When you look down into the bag you can see there are two compartments and a middle zippered area. That's the best part of the bag.So all the little and loose items can go in there and don't get lost in the bottom of my bag. On one side of the compartment it houses my planner and notebook and the other my books. So let's go into each item in my bag.
You guys are probably pretty tired of seeing my planner but here it is once again. My planner is the Recollections Creative Year Solid Planner in metallic ivory. To see an inside look at my planner, check out my blogpost "2017 Planner
". This baby isn't too far from my bag if it isn't inside my bag. Got to start organized.
Along with my planner in that one compartment you'll find my notebook and pen. Because you never know when you have to jot something down or an idea may hit you. This notebook and pen set is from the Target Dollar spot and is always in my bag no matter what.
I always have some type of book on me and I'm STILL reading I'm Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi. I'll finish it one of these days. To see a full review of what I think on it, check out my blog post "What Were READING
The other item in that compartment that never leaves my bag no matter what is my Kindle. I have over 3,000 books on this thing and I would hate to be stuck anywhere with this thing. I hate being bored. Might as well spend my doing something useful like reading.
Lastly, inside the zippered area you will always find my makeup bag which houses my life of makeup on the go. It's actually lighter today because a good part of what I carry on a regular day is in my crossbody bag at the moment. So let's go inside and see what I'm loving as far as makeup.
Today I only have 4 MAC lipsticks. That's pretty good because I normally have up to 6 or more. Yes I said 6 or more. The current ones in the photo are Velvet Teddy, Whirl, Cozy Up, and Cherish. I also have a NYX lip pencil in Soft-Spoken. As well as a MAC Vamplify in Tuned in. Oh and let's not forget the perfume sample in Madonna Truth or Dare.
I try to keep my bag as clean as possible. I hate loose paper and tissues so normally at the end of the day I clean it out. Because this tote can be a catchall if I don't keep up with it. Which will only result in getting too heavy.
So that's the inside of bag. Minus my keys, mirror, and business card case. What bag are you carrying. Feel free to share.
Trends & gossipPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, March 28 2017 08:17AM
Happy Spring everyone!!! With spring comes the dreaded spring cleaning. I scoured Pinterest for a spring cleaning list but then it dawned on me that I should create my own. Why you may ask? Because the items on their lists most likely won't fit the tasks I have to do. So with that, I grab my supplies and got to work. If you want to know how to create your own Spring Cleaning List here's how I created mine. Quick and easy.
What you will need:
-Grid paper or paper
Let's get started.
I first took a sheet of my Recollections grid paper.
I decided to get the decorating out the way first by using come spring-ish stickers.
After decorating the page to make it look pretty. You'll need some checklist stickers in various colors to designate different areas in the home. Make sure to leave a space above to write the area of the home.
I then staggered the checklists to create three areas of the home. Depending on how many tasks you have you might have to combine checklists.
I then did the same exact thing on the other side of the paper.
To finish off mine I went looking for spring and cleaning related text. Unfortunately, I didn't have any so I just took the pen to the paper and wrote out Spring Cleaning List in script.
And I'm done. All I have to do know is fill out the tasks for each section of the home and then get to work. This simple list can be adapted to make a every day cleaning list as well. Or even a chore list for your children. The possibilities are endless.
Are you creating a spring cleaning list? We would love to see how yours came out.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Friday, March 24 2017 01:58PM
I've been slipping in and out of a reading slump since the end of last year. I have so many books to read but no ambition to read them. I bought I'm Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi
around my birthday last November. Since I heard her on Myleik Teele's Podcast I knew I had to get the book. Luvvie was HILARIOUS. I've been reading this book off and on since last year. I can usually finish a book within a week but for some reason I've been picking up and putting down this book.
Don't get me wrong it's GOOD
but my mind just can't stay focused enough to read it through. I have 86 more pages left and is determine to finish it before this month is over.
If you don't know Luvvie by now you've been living underneath a rock. This book has reach the NY Times Best Sellers list. She's doing speaking engagement all over the world including the White House. But enough about her because I can go on and on.
Luvvie touches every topic you can imagine from friendships to racism to rape to social media to business. She touches them all and then some. She tells it like it is and is funny while doing it. I read some of the reviews before opening it and just had to shake my head. Some people just don't get it but it's her opinion on these topics. She never said she was an EXPERT
I really should of been keeping notes while reading this but there was so many times I had to stop and read my sister a couple of lines with tears in my eyes from laughing so much. A couple of times when she talked about racism I had to put the book down because what she was saying was so true and it had my blood boiling. She talks about the topics that people are too scared to talk about. That we all sometimes brush underneath the rug and hope it goes away but when you pull back the rug it's still sitting right there. Even though I haven't finished it I will tell you that you HAVE to read it. It's a must read. I'm looking forward to her next book. I follow her on Instagram and Twitter and highly suggest that you do too.
If anything that you take from reading her book is she makes you think about the topics she discussing. She makes you talk and want to discuss them with your friends and family.
Don't walk, run to go read her book. Don't read the reviews like I did. Actually read them. They'll make you want to read what the BAD
reviews are talking about. Because they just don't get it. They really don't.
What are you reading? I'm always open to book recommendations.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, March 21 2017 01:45PM
Happy Spring!!! It's finally here even though Mother Nature still refuses to warm up permanently.Nevertheless, it's time to do my spring bucket list.
Just like previous bucket lists.I used a blank sheet of graphic paper in my planner and used stickers from Create 365 The Happy Planner Seasonal Value Pack Stickers
to create this bucket list. I made sure to include items that I would actually do realistically.
This spring bucket is way easier then other bucket lists in the past. I love spring because the farmer markets are back in full swing but this year might be harder to find one because the one I usually frequent is no longer around. But I'm determine to find one if it kills me. I'm always baking so baking cookies I'll probably do next week. Probably some nice lemon cookies. Fresh and tart. I can't wait for it to get a little bit warmer. I miss bbq-ing and food fresh off the grill. Yum! Spring cleaning. Does anyone want to help me? I'm planning to do a little bit at a time. Starting tomorrow to be exact. Just as soon as it get a little bit warmer I have to picnic all planned out at Prospect Park. My mother gets cooked for a daily basis so that one is already done and completed. Valentine's Day has already came and went and I actually made a Valentine. If you remember my open letter. I handmade the whole thing. My father loves kits and it will take him back to his time back home in GT. I heard Dollar Tree has some good ones. So I'll check them out and hopefully they have one so I can fly a kit with my father. Lastly, pick fresh berries. I'll knock this one off my list if I find a good farmer's market to shop from.
So as you can see my bucket list is easy peasy. I should be able to knock each task off easily. I'll check back at the end of spring and let you know how I do.
Are you doing a bucket list for spring? If so, what's on your list?
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Friday, March 17 2017 09:25AM
I wasn't sure if I wanted to do this blog post this morning but finally decided what the hell might as well. Being a woman in your 20s and a woman in your 30s is too different entities. By 30 at least you should know and I say "should" know yourself. Let's first take a look back at my glorious 20s in pictures.
By 19 I knew where I wanted my career to go, when I wanted to get married and when I wanted to have kids. I had it all planned out. What I learned between 20-21 you can plan all you want. Being a Scorpio I love being in control and I had to learn the hard way that I wasn't in control. God was. He knows when, where,what, who and why. At 20 I was in my last year of college about to graduate. Between 20-21 my life took a dramatic turn and I had several life changes that made me grow up faster then I would have liked. But I'm convinced it was all supposed to happen. By 23 I was working as a designer in the fashion industry here in my hometown of NYC.That year I made several life changes along with several life changes. I learned the hard way about family you've known from birth can turn on you in heartbeat, my mother was hospitalized and could of possibly died, my last living grandparent passed away, I moved away from my hometown and started a business. All of that happened in a very short period of time. A lot I know.
Between 24-27 I was feeling the shift from not being home in NYC and living down south among my father's side of the family. Being in a whole new environment. I was loving my life, the people in it and I was growing in myself. In my teens to early 20s I was partier. I had no desire for it. I would rather spend time at home or with my family or quiet time with my boyfriend at the time. I was growing into myself.
By 28-29, I can home to NY more frequently and hung around my old friends. They were doing the same thing when I left. I realized when I said certain things to them they would turn the conversation around and make it all about them. Nothing of substance. So guess what I did, I put everyone to the test and if you didn't pick up the phone to call me. Because I realized I was always to one to reach out to people .BYE.
By 30, I knew the type of people I wanted to have around me with my mother diagnoses of cancer and her going through treatments you realize what's more important. I never had a huge amount of close friends. I've always knew a lot of people but that close friends I could count on my hand. I knew I couldn't depend on them even when I needed them most. God gave me two sister and I'll hold them closer then ever.
Now at 33, I feel like I'm still evolving but into a woman I love. My twenties and living in the south among my father's family has brought my personality at home to the forefront. I'm a chatterbox at home, goofy, loud, feisty, a fire ball. Now everyone sees it. Oh, I forgot opinionated. I used to bite my tongue and keep my mouth closed to not stir the pot because I knew what I was going to say was to ruffle some feathers. Now, it's not that I don't care but I have an opinion too and I want it to be heard. I like what I like and if you don't oh well. It's not about people liking me. You don't like me.Oh well. I don't care what people have to say about me. I don't because people will always talk.About what you do, how you look and what you say. But one thing you will do is give me respect. I don't plan too far into the future. I leave it all in God's hands. Yes I want children, yes I want to get married. When will it happen I have no clue. I don't force things.What my twenties taught me is to be flexible. So in my thirties, I'm flexible to change.I don't fight the current.
Life is about growing and learning about yourself. I can only imagine what my 40s, 50s, and 60s have in store for me. I can't wait for the journey.
What have you learned about being a woman in your 30s?
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Friday, March 10 2017 01:53PM
For anyone who's into planning or just staying organized then you might enjoy this blog post. I'm going to share with you my weekly to-do list and how I create one. If you follow me on Instagram
then you already know that I'm into planning. You see my weekly spread but what you don't see is my running to-do that sits in between my cute spread.
It houses everything that I don't have scheduled on a specific day but needs to get done that week. Also a shopping list of things I may need to pick up at the store,plus my workout schedule and how much water I'm drinking.
The back side of that grid paper houses a habit tracker of tasks I do on a daily basis, dinner tracker, and if I have any appointments or phone calls I need to make go to the bottom of that.
So now that you see what a finished weekly to-do list looks like let's create one. It's super easy and I'll show you how.
You're going to need the following.
-A sheet of grind paper ( I use the Recollections Grid paper)
-Stickers ( I use Me & My Big Ideas 1829 sticker book, and stickers by Create 365 The Happy Planner)
I then cut down the grid paper to the size I want.
Note: I don't choose colors randomly with my stickers.They also coordinate with whatever theme I choose for that week. Let's start with the actual To-Do list. I take a To-Do sticker for that and put that at the very top of the page. I normally put a checklist flag but I didn't have any in the color I need so I put down 5 yellow stars.
I then put down a purple To Buy sticker and a purple checklist. For anything I may need to buy for that week. Pretty self explanatory.
Since they're is doctor's appointment this week I put down a Dr. Appt sticker then a Gym sticker for my workout schedule and a hydrate sticker.
Now onto the other side. I first put down a Dinner Time sticker to write down what I had for dinner during the week.
I always put down some motivational sticker at the very top of the page. This time I chose, "Let's Do This". Got to keep myself motivated to get stuff done. Every bit helps.
Time to build my habit tracker. I go across and put the initial for each day of the week and I then put lines to space out what I want to track. You can put anything.The possibilities are endless.
Then underneath the Dinner Time sticker going downward I put the initial for each day of the week.
I then moved the gym sticker from the front to below my dinner's so I would have more room to write out my workout schedule.
And this completes my Weekly To-Do list. Pretty simply right. With things you probably already own, a piece of paper and a pen. I would love to see how you create your weekly to-do list. Feel free to share.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, March 07 2017 10:23AM
February was a super short month and with that being said. The amount of favorites I have this month has doubled January's. There was so much stuff I was loving and using on a daily basis. Unfortunately, no jewelry or accessories due to me wearing $1 studs and hoop earrings.
So lets get into my favorites because we might be here for awhile.
If you follow me on Instagram
then you know I'm into planning. I love my 1829 pieces sticker book from me & my BIG ideas. I use this thing weekly in my planner. From my weekly planner spread to my grid extra that I put in between my spreads.
This stickers are perfect for functional planning. and commonly be found at Michael's for $19.99 and up. I can not plan without this thing.
Yet another planner related item. I own several font stamps but this one has become my all time favorite to use in my weekly spreads to stamp out the month. Number one, the font is clear. The stamps takes well to most inks I've used and don't take little to no pressure to get a clear stamp.Cleans off easily too.
I purchase them a while back from Michael's in their $1.50 section. It's by studio g. A great buy for sure.
I went natural over a year ago and Eco Style Gel is a coveted item to my hair routine. I live by my gel. I really need to buy stock if it's available because they get so much of my money. I can literally go through a container 16 fl oz in a month or two.
This one is the olive oil one and I use it every time I style my hair. Wash n' go's, twist outs, ponytails,braid outs. It's my holy grail. I recently ran out of it and was too lazy to go the beauty supply to buy another one.So I used another gel that I had laying around. Boy did I regret it. My twist outs and braid outs didn't come out as good as they normally would.
It's a gel constancy as you can see and despite it being a gel it's super light weight and doesn't weigh your hair down. I never had flaking from it. I'm dying to get my hands on the new one though. I haven't seen it in stores yet. So you know how that goes.
I think I literally tried every edge control on the market. This one by Design Essentials Natural Honey & Shea Edge Tamer in Firmer Hold
is the business. I first used this months back on my sister hair when we installed her faux locs. It was laying around on my dresser ever since until one day I picked it up and used it in my hair. Girl, let me tell you this is the best edge control for my hair.
It was once clear but with my bedroom getting warm it melted several times over and re-harden. But nevertheless, it still works the same. When I want a sleek two strand twist braids or a two regular corn rolls or a high ponytail or even if I twist my hair this baby never lets me down. It even lasts for several days. This item is pretty affordable for an Design Essentials product $11.99. You can find it at your local beauty supply, Target, Walmart and the Design Essentials website
Now if you know me I live by my Lotta Body with Coconut & Shea Oils Moisturize Me. I think I can finish a bottle in a month or two. Especially now that my mother is natural and I basically take care of her hair for her. Between the two of us I say a month tops now. I use this in all the styling of my hair in combination with the Eco Styling gel. Twist outs, braid outs, twists it does it all. It not only helps style my hair but is also very moisturizing. It helps that it smells great too. You can find it at your local beauty supply, Target and Walmart
. Price range around $3.99 .
My sister is a product junkie and she came across this while browsing the aisles in Ulta. She ended up not like it and guess who she gave it to.Me. When I first tried it 2 days in I thought it was drying my face out but we realize the air in NY got really dry all of a sudden.I amped up my moisturizer and problem solved.So I continued using the Nip + Fab Hydrate Dragon's Blood Plumping Serum
. It says on the bottle it delivers a instant shot of moisture with hyaluronic acid to hydrate for plumper skin. Velvet flower to enhance moisture and dragon's blood comforts and restores skin hydration.
With all that said it does leave my skin hydrated. I've tried several serums in the past but those being an oil or cream. This one is a gel and I think that makes a difference in how it works. I can automatically feel my skin sucking it up. It doesn't just sit on top of my skin. My skin does feel firmer and stays moisturized throughout the day with and without makeup. Retails at Ulta for $19.99 but on sale for $16.99.
My final favorite is an mascara. Benefit they're Real!
Recently mascaras have been irritating my eyes but this one doesn't. I've heard mixed reviews on this mascara and both my sisters hate it . I like it. I have no lashes unlike my younger sister and this one give me some plus more. Not only makes them fuller but makes them longer too. I'm a huge fan of Maybelline's Volum' Express The Falsies mascara and it give me the umph that Falsies does.
I think the barrel wand makes the difference. So I will repurchase this baby in the future.
Whew, that was alot of stuff. I can only imagine the amount I'll have next month. What were you loving last must? I'm dying to find out.