10.31.2011

JC+LF

Collaboration between Jeffrey Campbell and LF. I love the shoe, but don't know if I could pull it off. View more about it here

10.30.2011

Current loves



You can view more about...
the Chanel cupcakes here
the Urban outfitters ring here
the Burberry dress here
the Proenza Shouler iPad case here
the Topshop body chain here

Ron Herman



I absolutely love this dress. You can find it here

"Barbara stretch leather cap sleeve mini dress. 

• Round Front Neckline
• Gathered in the Front with Pleated Detailing
• Snap Button Closure at the Back of the Neckline
• Dress is Unlined
• 100% Leather "

It is on sale now for $210.50 from $842.50

10.24.2011

ClubCouture: Interview with Flora Lim


SV: Can you tell us about ClubCouture (history etc)?
FL: ClubCouture was established in 2009, by 3 best friends - Zachary, Flora & Kaitlyn. 

ClubCouture is an independent label which caters to the young, fashionable and upwardly mobile. ClubCouture is focused on emerging contemporary concepts, blending lead designer Kaitlyn’s own personal airy laid-back style with beautiful feminine palettes. ClubCouture designs, produces and distributes a range of carefully curated apparel and accessories. Our signature designs vary from sweet and darling styles to bold and fun party dresses and chic versatile corporate wear. ClubCouture is also made of top quality material with the finest care.
ClubCouture represents our love for fashion, friendship and life and we hope to share this philosophy with everyone.


SV: Where can readers purchase the latest collection?
FL: Anyone can shop us at http://www.clubcouture.cc - 24/7 


SV: Can you tell us about yourself? What is your role at ClubCouture?
FL: I head Business Development at ClubCouture, which in a nutshell can mean anything and everything! From marketing to media relationships and customer service but I'm loving every minute of my job. I'm proud to say my job's my hobby ;)


SV: How would you describe the latest collection?
FL: Our latest Fall/Winter collection focuses on romance, sensuality without being overtly sexy. It’s all about textures and movement, perfect for the cosmopolitan fashionista. More can be found in the attached press release.


SV: What are your three most popular items at the moment? What trends should readers be focusing on from fall to winter?
FL: Our best sellers and fall trends.. hmm. I'll say mod fashion (our pansy lace dress), reds! (such a happy colour, our asymmetrical bodycon dress), bold colourblocks (our banded bodycon dress, carrie colourblock dress) & polka dots (alisha polka dotted dress)



SV: What will we see in ClubCouture's next collection? Anything readers should look forward to in the next few months at Club Couture?
FL: Our next collection will be softer, with romantic designs for the girly dolls in all of us. We're also planning a major overhaul revamp in December! Super excited about it - be prepared to see a bigger, bolder, better ClubCouture ;)


Images from ClubCouture's Flair Fall/Winter 2011 Collection 

10.17.2011

Champagne & Cupcakes


Sarah Velasco: I think the name of the store is fantastic, how did you go about choosing the name?
Caroline Lim: Champagne & Cupcakes are well, first of all 2 of my fav things!  But, really the name is to represent affordable luxury.  Champagne representing something luxurious and cupcakes, being the attainable.

Sarah Velasco: Can you tell our readers a little background about yourself? How did you open this store, and how did you get into this business?
Caroline Lim: I went to Ryerson for fashion design and straight out of school I started my own line which I sold on the wholesale level to boutiques across Canada.  I continued selling my collection for 8 years.  After that, I moved on to design for a company where I headed up the knitwear division.  From there, I learned I needed more creative license, so I decided to open my own retail location, featuring my favourite thing....dresses!

Sarah Velasco: What's the style of Champagne and Cupcakes, how would you describe its vibe?
Champagne & Cupcakes features dresses that are playful, chic & sexy.

Sarah Velasco: Can you tell us a little bit about the dresses?
Caroline Lim: In store we feature our own private label, Champagne & Cupcakes, a couple lines from LA, and our custom recut line, Champagne & Cupcakes, White Label.  Our dresses are 100% developed, designed and produced in Toronto and are made in limited quantities of 2-12 pieces per style.  This way you get a truly unique dress!

Sarah Velasco: What other items do you have at Champagne and Cupcakes?
Caroline Lim: We carry cute & quirky jewelery and accessories from Canadian designers such as Frug, Lovers Tempo, and Opheile Hats.  And for our gift giving ladies a line of hand made soaps in delicious life like shapes such as popsicles, lollipops and ice cream cones!

Sarah Velasco: Is there a target audience you look for when having items in your store?
Caroline Lim: No, not particularly.  The store is mainly dedicated to the cute, unique, sexy and quirky.  Thus providing dresses, accessories and other pretty little things! 

Sarah Velasco: Has the store undergone any changes since you opened it?
Caroline Lim: In our 2nd year, we added the Champagne & Cupcakes, White Label collection for our custom needs clients.

Sarah Velasco: How would you describe your personal style, do you wear any other designers?
Caroline Lim: I like to balance elements of cute with elements of sexy in my personal style.  I pretty much wear anything.  Not very designer snobby. he he.

Sarah Velasco: Can you tell our readers some must-have items to consider when visiting the store?
Caroline Lim: Must have items in store....well, Ballerina Babe is one of our favourites since it features a very 50's silhouette and is very sophisticated, that paired with our lover's tempo halo earrings would look absolutely fantastic for a holiday party!

10.10.2011

Interview with T3's lead stylist: Dan Sharp

Dan Sharp
Sarah Velasco: Can you tell us about yourself? How did you get into this industry?
Dan Sharp: I have been doing hair since I was 12 years old. I was at summer camp, and one of the counselors, a California blonde named Candy, mentioned that she needed a haircut. I volunteered, and for whatever reason, she went for it! From that moment, I was hooked and would cut, style or braid anyone who would let me. I had lots of guinea pigs -- friends, family, and much to my sister’s chagrin, Barbie!

Sarah Velasco: Is this something you have always wanted to do? If not, when did you realize it was something you wanted?

Dan Sharp: When I was a teenager, I did a little modeling in Chicago. I had a blast on those sets, and found the hair and makeup people to be the most fun. I think it was then that I realized that I wanted to be a hairdresser on fashion shoots.

Sarah Velasco: How did you become T3 's lead stylist?

Dan Sharp:I had been working with a woman, Julie Ambrose at QVC, who is a genius at branding and marketing. She was working with T3, and knew that they were looking for a “celebrity stylist” to represent the brand. My agent introduced me to T3 products, and I LOVED using their irons and dryers on sets, as they really cut down the time that I needed to do my job, and gave really shiny results to the hair. When I got the call from Julie that she had put my name into the hat for the job, I flipped! I flew to LA to meet the entire team, and I am happy to say that it was a perfect fit all around.

Sarah Velasco:What is your schedule like? 

Dan Sharp: My schedule is probably the same as any working parent. I basically don’t stop working! If I’m not in my salon doing clients, I’m at one of my celebrity client’s homes getting her ready for a red carpet event, or I’m going to meet with Beauty Editors to talk about the exciting new programs we are working on at T3, or I’m making scrambled eggs and toast while simultaneously ordering next week’s groceries on line (thank God for the internet!)

Sarah Velasco:Can you tell us about your salon? How did Danka Panka start?

Dan Sharp: My wife and I just opened DANKA PANKA a few weeks ago. We did it for many reasons, but mostly because, as freelancers (my wife, Dana Menussi, was a fashion photographer), we were always travelling or in studios all day and never at home. Now that we have a family, we wanted to center our lives around our home, our neighborhood in Brookyln, our community. We wanted our daughters to grow up knowing their neighbors and feeling a sense of belonging and social responsibility to a community. The salon is next to our apartment, so now, even if we are working, we are close to the girls, they can come by and visit on their way to the park.
The name DANKA PANKA was one of the nicknames that my mother-in-law had for my wife when she was a little girl. We knew that we wanted a name that didn’t mean anything to anyone, a kind of jibberish. We didn’t want to fall into the cliché of many salons which either use the names of the owners (that just wasn’t my style) or try and come up with some phrase that is a kind of joke, like “heads and tails” or “a cut above”.

Sarah Velasco: How would you describe your salon (vibe, type of customers, vision etc)

Dan Sharp: Our main goal in creating DANKA PANKA was to make a space where our clients could relax and be taken care of. Exceptional service is our #1 priority. Life is crazy (see: my schedule) for most adults these days. We wanted a space where people could come and chill out for a time. We offer our clients a variety of beverage options (of both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic varieties). We book haircuts on the hour, so clients get our full attention and nobody feels rushed.  Our clients enjoy our beautiful back yard where they can sit and enjoy while their color is processing or they are waiting for their appointment. I was so pleased when I saw that clients were actually utilizing the back yard, staying even after their services to read a book and enjoy a cup of green tea, or a glass of wine.

Sarah Velasco: Has your style evolved over time? If so, in what ways. 

Dan Sharp: I think that my style has definitely evolved over time. I think that life experience, travel, exposure to new ideas has a profound effect on us, whether we are conscious of it, or not. I think that my style has become both more sophisticated, and more simple at the same time, if that’s possible?

Sarah Velasco: How would you describe it now?

Dan Sharp: For readers that do not have T3 products yet, what are three must- haves for our readers to purchase?
The T3 Featherweight Dryer- in my opinion the best dryer that exists!
The T3 SinglePass Whirl- only my favorite tool in the whole world!
The T3 SinglePass Iron- There’s a reason why Allure magazine named it “Best Flat Iron” this year. It ROCKS!

Sarah Velasco: Are there any common misconceptions in your line of work?

Dan Sharp: I’m a BEAUTICIAN not a MAGICIAN.

Sarah Velasco: Can you tell us about the latest T3 product? 

Dan Sharp: We are preparing to launch our Hot Rollers, and they are unbelievable! I always scoured thrift stores and resale shops for old hot roller sets from the 80’s, but always had to put a piece of Kleenex between the roller and the woman’s head to prevent burning her head?! Can you imagine? Our T3 Hot Rollers not only make gorgeous, voluminous, shiny waves, but they don’t burn your hands, or your head. Sweet.


Sarah Velasco: Any up and coming projects you would like readers to know about? (About yourself, your salon, T3 etc)
Dan Sharp: Keep an eye out for our new group of “How-To” videos at YouTube.com/t3micro and Sephora.com. We shot them all in my salon, and they really help to take the mystery out of hair styling at home. T3 is so committed to educating their consumers. I have the greatest respect for that, and it’s why I am so grateful to have the opportunity to represent a brand that has such high standards and integrity.

10.08.2011

Anthropologie at the Rockefeller


Anthropologie at the Rockefeller Plaza, I love how they decorate all their locations but this one is by far the nicest one I've seen. 

10.07.2011

Erica Weiner Jewelry

Images of Erica Weiner and Lindsay Salmon from a recent shoot of the store
Sarah Velasco: Can you tell us about the history behind the company?
Erica Weiner: I started designing and making jewelry out of her Lower East Side apartment in 2005. Before that, i was a theatrical costumer and samplemaker for the NYC fashion industry.  Lots of fashion shows!. Over the years, I collected lots of stuff from flea markets, trim shops, and antique stores, and hoarded it.  Eventually I began collaging this stuff into jewelry, using various production techniques.  The collection grew exponentially, as did the fan base. Anthropologie, the chain store, got wind of it, placed an order, then we were off and running.  

Sarah Velasco: If you could quickly summarize Erica Weiner Jewelry, how would you describe it?
Erica Weiner:Erica Weiner Jewelry is irreverent, constantly evolving, and totally down to keep introducing awesome, new, limited, and vintage affordable jewelry.

Sarah Velasco: How did you get into this industry? 
Erica Weiner:Jewelry felt like an obvious next step after the frantic pace of working in fashion. You still get to be creative, but the pressure is much less intense and the work more pleasurable.

Sarah Velasco: Role models? Inspiration?
Erica Weiner:We do watch trends and try to give a nod to what happens to be hot at any given time, but we also like to riff off of antique jewelry styles (especially that of the Victorian era, what a bunch of nuts). Many of our components are vintage deadstock, often we will find a cool piece that wasn't ever intended to become jewelry and build a necklace/bracelet/earrings around it. The YSL zipper tag earrings (which have been a huge seller, and sadly, are nearly gone) are a great example of this.
 
Sarah Velasco: If you could design something for one person dead or alive who would it be and why?
Erica Weiner:Mick Jagger. Because he is an icon. Because he is still awesome and still a babe. And because it would just be great to give him something. 

Sarah Velasco: What is one piece of advice for someone wanting to get into fashion? 
Erica Weiner:It's a competitive industry and full of talented people. Rather than think of the business as a series of rivalries, think of your peers in the industry as friends. We have gotten great advice, resources, and support from other friends in fashion/accessories and have also come up with some awesome collaborations. So, I guess, the wider your network, the better. 

Sarah Velasco: How would you describe your personal style?
Erica Weiner:Currently, Catskills farm house in autumn with neon accents.

Sarah Velasco: Up and coming trends for fall/winter '11? Key pieces everyone should have?
Erica Weiner:A pair of heeled booties, a ring you paid too much money for, electric-colored lipstick 

Sarah Velasco: What is the best perk of being a designer? 
Erica Weiner:The validation of our customers. Seriously, I'm not being ingratiating here. There is really nothing like making something and having someone tell you how much they love it. 

Sarah Velasco: Up and coming things you want readers to look forward to? 
Erica Weiner:While we love the antique jewelry business and have no plans to abandon it, we plan to introduce more of our own wedding rings by late winter/early spring. 
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Some pieces from the Erica Weiner website 
Heart Attack! Necklace 
Birdcage Earrings  

10.05.2011

Interview with Chartreuse Style



Sarah Velasco: Can you tell us about Chartreuse Style? (Company history)
Mary- Ann: Chartreuse Style is a new venture.  We opened our doors in May of this year and so far it has been a very positive response.
Sarah Velasco: Can you tell us a little bit about how it is environmentally friendly?
Mary- Ann: All the products in the store have an eco friendly and/or sustainable content.  Many garments are made from organic cotton as well as blends of organic cotton and other organic or sustainable fibres such as hemp, bamboo, soy, wool, silk and even pineapple.  There are items made from recycled content and repurposed or diverted fabrics as well as locally made garments.  The accessories were also chosen based on their environmental impact.  Most of the bags and purses are made from mostly recycled content, like bicycle inner tubes, chocolate bar wrappers, corporate banners and truck tarps. When creative people design sustainability and recycling into their products, the results can be amazing.
Sarah Velasco: What is the significance of the name?
Mary- Ann: I wanted a name that was subtle about being green, but indicated fashion.  Chartreuse comes from the yellowy green liquor from France but is widely used in the fashion industry as a name for yellowy greens used in collections.  This all fits with my goal to be a fashion boutique first, that happens to be eco/sustainable.
Sarah Velasco: How did you start the store? How did you get into this business?
Mary-Ann: I worked in design and production in the fashion industry for many years and wanted to pursue a more eco-friendly and sustainable existence.  I felt there was a bit of a void in the retail market place when it came to fashionable eco-friendly clothing.  Initially, I thought I would have to produce my own products for the store, but once I started researching, I found there were many creative designers making interesting and fashionable clothing and accessories, many of them are Canadian.  I want to support Canadian and local.
Sarah Velasco: Can you tell us a little bit about a few brands that you carry?
Mary- Ann:The majority of the brands I carry are Canadian, some are made in Canada and some are designed here and made off shore in an ethical manner.    I carry Lilikoi Clothing, they make some beautiful dresses from organic cotton and rayon from bamboo that are hand screen printed and made in Canada.  Elroy is designed in Canada and produced ethically in Indonesia, they make some really wonderful sweaters and co-ordinates.  Echo Verde is also a Canadian line, but produced ethically in China. I have a yoga line made locally in Toronto, called Ecogear, they use recycled cotton (from T-shirt manufacturing cutting) and recycled polyester (water bottles) in their fabrics.  I have a few international brands, like Ethos Paris, that are produced ethically.  I also stock the El Naturalista line of shoes that are made in Spain from eco leather and suede with recycled and natural rubber soles.  And to round out the selection, I have some really nice jewellery designers that work with recycled content such as vintage beads, recycled silver, glass and other natural materials.
Sarah Velasco: I noticed the different fabrics listed, such as Hemp Blend, Bamboo rayon, etc how do these differ from the regular materials that are used at other stores?
Mary-Ann: Hemp is a sustainable fibre because it requires less or no pesticides to grow and it grows quite rapidly.  It also requires a lot less water to produce.  Bamboo also is a sustainable fibre for the same reasons.  Organic Cotton is grown without pesticides and uses less water than conventional cotton.  Clothing produced with organic fibres is also better for the all the workers that come in contact with the product because it lessens their exposure to chemicals.  Recycled content keeps waste out of landfills. 
Sarah Velasco: Are there any up and coming things that readers should be anticipating? (new brands added,collections etc)
Mary- Ann: For spring 2012, I will have a small selection of items for guys.  I am always on the look out for new brands and new fabric choices that will look great, feel great and easy on the environment.  Like any other fashion boutique, every season brings new and innovative styles.

10.04.2011

Carlton Cards



Sarah Velasco: For readers that do not know, what is Carlton Cards?
Carlton Cards Canada is a subsidiary of American Greetings Corporation with corporate headquarters located in Mississauga, Ontario.  Our greeting cards are found under the brand names of Carlton Cards, American Greetings, Gibson, Papyrus, Recycled Paper Greetings, Tender Thoughts and, for French-speaking consumers Entre Nous and Tout en Tendresse and are available in department and grocery stores, mass merchandisers, drug stores, card shops and other retail outlets nationwide.  American Greetings Corporation, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of social expression products.  
Carlton Cards was founded by Harry Harshman in 1920 with offices located on Spadina Avenue near Dundas Street in Toronto, Ontario.  The company continued to grow and in 1956 Carlton Cards was purchased by American Greetings of Cleveland, Ohio.  In 1968 Carlton Cards expanded into the production of gift wrap and packaging and in 1972, we launched candle manufacturing.  Over the years Carlton Cards has introduced iconic characters such as Holly Hobbie, Strawberry Shortcake and Carebears which are loved by young and old all around the world. In 2009, American Greetings acquired Recycled Paper Greetings, known for humourous and alternative cards and the wholesale division of Papyrus Greeting Cards.  We have continued to bring unprecedented freshness and innovation for every holiday and major occasion to help Canadians express love and friendship and share smiles and laughter.  
For more information, please visit our website at carltoncards.ca or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Lynne Shlonsky, the senior art director for the New Product Concepts team at American Greetings. 

Sarah Velasco: As a greeting card designer, what does your job entail?    
Lynne Shlonsky: I’m the senior art director for the New Product Concepts area of American Greetings.  Our department is responsible for concepting and creating innovative “surprise and delight” product, most of which involves cards that dance, sing, light up, bounce, talk, pop up, play music and spin around.  Amazing cards- they’re interactive, unexpected and highly entertaining.  I’m privileged to work with a team of super creative conceptors, designers, and writers, as well as business and manufacturing partners, and we are constantly pushing the boundaries of greeting card design.                                                                
Sarah Velasco: What is the process of designing cards?
Lynne Shlonsky: We do blue sky brainstorming to share trends and ideas that we feel could be translated into compelling product.  Technology is a key ingredient for our particular product so we, and our business team partners, are constantly scouring the globe for new, adaptable technologies that fit with or inspire our creative vision.
We work primarily on birthday and seasonal product so once we have an idea of the technology we’d like to employ, we begin concepting specific situations that will best showcase the technology.  For example, if a tiny motor inside a card can make part of that card move up and down, we imagine fun, silly, even outrageous situations that could be depicted.  Once this card direction is established, our editorial and design teams start shaping the copy and design look.  We review a rough mock- up and, if we love it, we create the final art and, if called for, the final audio files.
At the same time, our tech team partners are finalizing all the manufacturing specifications for the card so it will be produced flawlessly.  We are constantly reviewing and tweaking the card throughout the development process to ensure it’s aligned with our original vision or being improved by enhancements from our tech team.
Sarah Velasco: Has your style evolved since you started?
Lynne Shlonsky: Certainly.Part of my job is to help ensure that our products are reflecting the latest design and social trends.  We observe, research, travel, and collaborate with other creative and business thought agents to help us predict where trends are heading.  We often tap popular culture to influence the look and copy tone of a card.  One of the best things about the design field is that it is ever changing.
Sarah Velasco: How did you get into this business?
Lynne Shlonsky:I studied graphic design and business in college and knew I wanted to do work that was about creativity, design, and problem solving.  I was recruited by American Greetings directly out of Miami University in Oxford, OH and started as a Line Designer, designing humor cards and conventional birthday cards as well as seasonal lines of cards for occasions such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter, and Christmas.  I also led a trend group and worked on corporate projects such as organizing our Spring Fine Art Show. I was interested in management and was promoted to Director of Creative Recruitment, and enjoyed several years traveling to different art schools and interviewing and hiring talented artists, writers, photographers and graphic designers for our Creative Studios. I eventually returned to product development as a Creative Director for our Stationery and Calendar lines.  I stepped out of full time employment when our children were born and took on non-stop freelance projects for American Greetings.  I art directed licensing product and style guides, worked on new product development, and was lead merchant and creative director overseeing the launch of a new upscale retail brand and pilot store.  Less than a year ago, I returned to a full time position in our New Product Concepts area.  It’s been wonderful having so many exciting and diverse opportunities all within one company.
Sarah Velasco: What is your inspiration within your designs?
Lynne Shlonsky: I’m inspired by amazing talent from the past, clever young illustrators, great graphic design (stellar problem solving), and thought provoking or highly entertaining communication in any form. Finding the perfect solution to the challenge at hand is very inspiring. I’m also inspired by the idea that it’s our job to make innovative product and ensure our customer is utterly surprised and delighted.
Sarah Velasco: How would you describe your style?
Lynne Shlonsky: In New Product Concepts, we create a range of product from sweet to silly, beautiful to bawdy, and cute to cutting edge.We think about ALL our customers and strive to create compelling products across a range of styles and techniques. Overall, our product has a modern, relevant feel and speaks to all the ways our consumer expresses herself.
Sarah Velasco: Are there any upcoming designs/ collections you'd like to inform readers about?
Lynne Shlonsky: One of my favorite recent product launches is an innovative sound concept called “Let Me Out”.  Each card in this hilarious collection features a fun photo 360 degree die-cut paper card stuck inside a corresponding photo “base.”  When the card is pulled out of the “base” a surprise sound is triggered.  For example, one card depicts a cute photo of a gnome stuck in a lush green lawn.  When you pull the gnome from the lawn, he sings a funny version of happy birthday like only a gnome could.  The line is really quirky and fun.  
We have so many amazing things in the works, it’s super exciting when I can finally go to the store and buy them for my family and friends!







Yakety Yaks™
"Featuring innovative music and motion technology that allows each googley-eyed Yak to share a hilarious original song, the latest cards have updated the popular formula with all-new characters. In addition to favourites like Hamburger and Cupcake, this year’s class of Yaks includes everything from Beans and Cookie Jar to Phone, and the sure-to-be adored, Underpants."
Hamburger - There is motion and music. The top of the hamburger bun moves up and down, and the eyes roll. This card is funny and I'd recommend this for most ages. I tried this card before reading the description and I am so surprised at the advanced technology they have been able to bring to cards. It's so delightful.
Toilet:This card is so hilarious, with the eyes rolling, toilet seat moving up and down, and fake burp at the end of the music. A great card for getting a friend to laugh on their birthday.
They provide lyrics at the back of the card as well. Such a terrific invention.



WHOOAAAH WISHES ™ 



"Experience a whole new kind of technology card with the Whooaaah Wishes card collection. This innovative telescoping card extends a regular sized greeting card into a fun displayable keepsake. The cards extend up to four times their original size and feature corresponding sound or music when the card is pulled out of the base. Fun birthday themes include princesses, horses, trains and flowers."
Such perfect cards for a little girl! I can just imagine how much my 6 year old cousin will love this especially because she is in the barbie stage. It's a really hands-on and personal experience because the recipient (child) has to pull the card all the way out themselves. It's a fun way for them to have to open the card. They'll get excited and wonder what they'll see and hear. This is a great piece of memorabilia, a keepsake item.



Let Me Out "Each card in this bright and colourful collection features a 360 die-cut paper card placed inside a corresponding base. When the card is pulled out of the base, a surprise sound is triggered. Characters include a gnome inside of a garden, a squirrel in a bag of peanuts, a monkey in a pile of bananas and a kitten resting in a basket of yarn"
Gnome – I really like the idea of gnome peaking out of the grass. These cards really get you excited because you know something is going to happen, but you're not sure what it does. This card is incredibly jolly and has a nice funny tune. Its cute how the gnome is where you write the birthday wishes. 
Squirrel in a bag of peanuts – I am so amused by these cards! The squirrel is absolutely adorable and when you pull it out of the peanut box the noise it makes is so cute. The squirrel itself is the card where you write what you like to the recipient.
These are such great inventions and a terrific addition to any gift. You can purchase these in-stores now.

Ivanka Trump Handbag Collection

I love the Ivanka Trump handbag collection out in stores. All the accessories are so trendy, affordable, and durable. What I especially notice is that for each design not only are there multiple color options, but different textures for each design as well.


Items c/o Ivanka Trump Handbag Collection






Grace Satchel Drawstring - IT436 
$95.00
L-8.5” W-4” H-8” - Drop-15”


- 4 interior slip pockets
- Ivanka Trump Signature Lining
- Ivanka Trump Signature removable key fob






Such a fantastic and trendy satchel for all occasions. This is a really good size to keep all your essentials. The shoulder strap effortlessly hangs at a nice length, and I love how the chain is wrapped around the body of the bag. The interior has gold lining, and there are two open pockets for a cell phone or item of that size. There are also two other compartments on the opposite side, one with a zipper and one without. This is a well designed and chic item to have. It can accessorize your outfit night or day and it is extremely versatile. Great for so many occasions. 




Diamond Briefcase – IT458
 $195.00






L-14.5” W-4” H-9.5” - Drop-16”ion











- Ivanka Trump Signature Lining
- Two exterior compartments
- Magnetic snap flap closure with gold hardware and Ivanka Trump signature logo
- Magnetic snap flap with gold hardware and zipper closure

four compartments on the interior
adjustable strap

This briefcase is extremely trendy. So classy, so chic, so practical. The large compartments on the outside are great for storing folders. The interior has gold lining like the satchel. The logo on the front is very classy, and on the bottom of the briefcase there are two brass oval shaped "T's. Huge must-have item for going to classes, meetings, business events etc. I'm a huge fan of this briefcase and will go into stores to look at the other color options. It would make such a great gift for a friend or colleague as well. 







Ivanka wallet – IT519 
$50.00
L-8” W-1” H-4.5”






Exterior:
- Snap closure with Ivanka Trump Signature logo
- Zipper pocket on the back
- Expandable compartments

Interior:
Left side: (4 sections)front to back
- three compartments for cards
- cheque book
- one zipper section
- pocket

Right side: (4 sections) front to back
- seven compartments for cards 
- pocket
- one zipper compartment
-pocket

I would consider this a larger wallet. I think it could also make an excellent clutch because there are so many compartments. I can fit my blackberry, gum, lip balm and keys in it comfortably in addition to my cards and cash.
The compartments make it quick to find everything I need. The material is great- it's not too thick and not too thin. It is very durable, and the material is not prone to damage.The lining inside is of a waterproof material and the zippers work well. I really like the expandability to the wallet as well.
I love the color, and it is definitely a statement piece to have. The wallet is also a great classic design and appeals to all ages. 

I am a huge fan of the designer. Ivanka Trump is such a great role model and an inspiration. Many of you know her as an author, business woman, designer, and media personality. She also graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, and actively takes part in charitable organizations. She has a jewelry and shoe line in addition to her handbag line. 
In 2010 she partnered with Mondani Handbags and Accessories which has been available since Spring 2011.