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.

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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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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