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Interview With…

The life of a Parisian is alluring and it’s why the movie Sabrina is a tough choice not to make. I don’t really care about the skinny women who live there – it’s the culture that sucks me in. Have you ever seen the movie Midnight In Paris? It’s a korny Woody Allen movie but it hits my point well. To be in a city that was home to many artist is cool. It’s the same feeling I got when I viewed an actual Monet rather than one in a book. This is the feeling I got when I came across Fiona’s blog, Paris Hues. She lives and blogs about her life in Paris and when we moved past the commenting-on-each-others-blogs relationship status, I couldn’t help but ask her if I could interview her. She accepted and today, she writes about her blog, what she dreamed of when she was little, and whether post quality or post quantity is more important. Q: Brief explanation of you and your blog? A: Hi ! I am Fiona, late rather than early thirties, of English, Italian, French origin and until now, have spent all of my adult life living in different places accross the globe. I have now been living between Paris and my beach house in the South West of France for the last 4 years. This blog is a way of sharing everything in my life that I find beautiful, intriguing and tasty. A way of passing on out of the ordinary topics and experiences that constitute an ordinary day. Q: What did you dream of when you were little? A: When I was a kid, I dreamt and read and drew of a fantasy world of magic and beauty and many different cultures. As a child, I continuously noticed little things around…

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Meet Brooke: Owner Of Sweet Bees Finds

I consider myself a connoisseur of Etsy shopping (can such a skill warrant an award?). After repeated and long nights browsing the marketplace, I have fine tuned my eyes to find good quality handmade and vintage items. Truth be told, there’s a lot of product but few are of high quality, especially when it comes to vintage clothing. Because vintage clothes have had a previous life, they often have what I like to call ‘war wounds’ (marks and stains outfits acquire while in battle – shopping, partying, lunching, instagraming, etc.). When I come across good quality, I know, and I immediately contact the shop owners. One such shop owner was Brooke of Sweet Bees Finds. The product in her shop is well within a tight budget and on point – although vintage, each piece can be integrated into a modern wardrobe. In addition to signing up to be one of Madalynne’s sponsors, Brooke also accepted my offer to participate in an interview. After reading her responses, I grew even fonder of her and her shop. Not only does she refer to her three children as “kittens” (amazing) but she views her business as a “fun hobby.” That’s my outlook of Madalynne and it was refreshing to find someone else who views work as enjoyable. So without further adieu, take it away Brooke… *be sure to read the footer of this post for a special offer from Brooke and I* Q: Can you briefly introduce you and your shop Sweet Bee Finds? A: Hello! My name is Brooke Leathers, I am the proud owner of Sweet Bee Finds, a vintage clothing shop on Etsy. I am also the happy wife to a wonderful, hardworking man and mother to three rascally children, whom I lovingly refer to as my “kittens.” I have always been…

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Interview With Philly Cupcake

Monday through Saturday, I’m dolled up and dressed to the tee. Flared dresses, ruffled skirts, frilly tops, feminine tanks, tapered pants – all make an appearance and all are usually paired with flats and some sort of statement piece of jewelry. Come Sunday though, I have an embarrassing and guilty pleasure I indulge in. I spend the day in my coziest outfit, sewing or crafting and noshing on my favorite sweet, cupcakes. I’ve ordered from the same cupcakery since the first week I moved to Philadelphia, Philly Cupcake. I usually eat way more than a girl my size should (although I leave some to hold me over during the week) and I usually regret my indulgence by midweek but I just can’t resist their delicatessens. Each cupcake has more frosting than any cupcake I’ve ever seen or eaten but it surprisingly doesn’t overwhelm the taste of the cupcake. I still taste the spice of the red velvet cake despite the massive amounts of cream cheese frosting on top. And whatever flavor, Coconut, Twix Dream, Reese’s Peanut Butter Massacre, or BananaRama, each is topped with an extra something good, vanilla wafer, white chocolate, Nilla Wafer, etc. Being the curious one that I am and because I’ve been a customer for so long, I wanted to interview the bakers behind Philly Cupcake’s mini cake creations. I also thought it would be a fun departure from my normal patternmaking, sewing, or fashion related posts. When I asked, Corrine, the sort of the secretary of Philly Cupcake who handles different odds and ends and is the loveliest lady (she’s always is a gem to talk to), asked Kathleen, Vanessa, and Megan, three bakers at Philly Cupcake, if they would be willing to be interviewed, all three ladies accepted. During my interview, I found out…

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Interview

Can you keep a secret? I secretly am very jealous of independent pattern makers. I have a fabulous day job working in technical design but would trade my job any day to draft, slash and open, and sew mock-ups of designs all day, every day. I have notebooks filled with sketches that I hope to one day make into patterns and sell to all you lovely readers. So it’s no surprise that I constantly peruse various independent pattern makers’ website and ooohhh-and-aaaah over all their offerings. I’m very smitten with one such pattern company, Victory Patterns, and being the curious one that I am, I emailed the owner, Kristiann Boos, and asked if I could interview her. She sweetly said yes. I email many bloggers but I have never received such open and warm regards as I did with Kristiann. I only hope that one day I muster up the courage to do exactly what she is doing. She’s just enchanting and I know you will love her. So with further adieu, here are my questions and Kristiann’s answers… Can you briefly explain why and how you chose to start Victory Patterns? I knew I wanted to run my own business, and while I considered the possibilities of having a clothing line, there were a few roadblocks preventing me from starting it. I realized while teaching sewing classes that there was a need for stylish sewing patterns, and that creating patterns would be an alternative way of producing a clothing line. It seemed like a perfect solution to my roadblocks. I love creating something that can help to inspire people to create something for themselves. It’s great to be able to promote sewing and DIY, and also amazing to become a part of a really supportive online community. When you…

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Interview

I’m so excited to write this post and share it with you. I’m a big Internet peruser (Internet surfer is too harsh of a word). After a day’s work, I lie in bed with a cup of Quaker oatmeal (plain flavor with a dab of honey) and peruse blog after blog and site after site. I begin on one site and somehow, after clicking numerous sidebars (they’re very addicting), my bedtime has passed, way passed. It’s a phenomenon I swear every night I won’t do yet somehow do. But my addictive perusing was stopped one night when I stumbled upon an amazing vintage shop, The Greedy Seagull. It’s an Etsy shop that sells high quality clothing and accessories from the 1940s through the 1980s. A 1950s bias cut blue nightgown, a 1950s unworn cardigan with green scalloped edges and embroidered pink roses, and a 1960s jacquard maxi coat (my absolute favorite) are just some of the wares stocking this online store. I was so smitten with the store that I just had to ask the owner of such an awesome shop for an interview. She, Giana Stanigar, kindly and quickly (she’s very prompt!) agreed. Here are her words… Tell me briefly about yourself – where you live, your family, etc. Hi, I’m Giana Stanigar and I’m the owner of The Greedy Seagull, Inc. I was born and raised in sunny Southern California in a big loud Italian/ Armenian family. My mother is a batty artist type so I grew up completely surround by crazy things and people; stacks of mismatched china, reupholstered chairs and cabinets full of vintage fabric. Oh, and two obnoxious siblings who are now my best friends! I moved to NYC almost five years ago with my boyfriend who’s now my husband. I built my business up…

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