When a friend of mine, Alma Lleras, a former dancer with the American Ballet and now a jewelry designer, invited me to meet her handbag designer friend, I said yes, with trepidation and a little hesitation.
But when she walked into the store and we met for the first time, I knew that we had come upon something special.
Ana Velazquez, born in Canada to Nicaraguan parents and raised in Nicaragua, is a beautiful Latina. Growing up in a creative family, Ana’s mother is a fashion designer, and her grandmother, a jewelry designer.
” I’m inspired by my country, my family and aesthetic pleasures…Nicaragua’s history has produced strong, persistent, loving and hardworking people, people with dreams and a unique perspective of life”…
Like Ana, her bags are works of art, transmitting life, energy, passion, and a postive attitude.
KUERO, meaning ‘leather’ in Spanish, is launching in Pittsburgh, Pa. and is now available at Spoiled Chics the Boutique in Sewickley.
Master Representative, Randy Gray and Associates will roll out the line to other U.S cities beginning in January 2010.
More KUERO pics..
At 13 years old, Alex Krosovic has accomplished more than most people twice his age. Excelling in academics, running cross-country, playing 4 instruments (piano, guitar, sax and trombone), fishing and kayaking, I wonder when he has time to create jewelry.
He’s been designing jewelry since he was 10. Wrapping and twisting wire into intricate shates and designs, the name “Twisted Metal” was a no brainer.
Depression glass hand wrapped in sterling silver wire pendants
His sterling silver twisted wire rings grew in popularity and were so highly coveted that Blocher Jeweler of Ellwood City, Pa. (his hometown), partnered with Alex who began designing one-of-a-kind pieces and offering jewelry repair for their patrons.
During a brainstorming session at Spoiled Chics the Boutique in Sewickley, Pa., a collaboration of ideas ensued which will result in a new, hip, edgy collection of jewelry. Featuring details such as multi layered chains, mixed metals, leather strands, his current line of bone, wood, stone and ‘river glass’ will take on a whole new chapter of style.
Alex Krosovic, Twisted Metal, and his business partner/mom, Sondra Krosovic, also a designer,”On the Rocks Jewelry” will both be featured at a Trunk Show:
Date: September 12, 2009
Place: Spoiled Chics the Boutique
350-1/2 Beaver St.
Sewickley, Pa. 15143
Trunk Show info on Facebook
The film, Confessions of a Shopaholic seems to have women all over the world clamoring for that flowy, pleated kelly green scarf.
I haven’t seen the movie yet, but mixed reviews and that infamous green scarf piques my interest. The story is about “the trials and tribulations of Rebecca Bloomwood, the journalist with a heart of gold and an empty wallet who finds herself jobless, in mega-debt, and pursued by the villainous collection agent Derek Smeath. We’ve all been there, haven’t we ladies? Finding ourselves shaken and stirred by overdraft fees, spending limits and increased APR’s, but still we cheer Becky on, urging her to go ahead and buy that green scarf. She needs it after all.” ( Excerpt from Let’s Talk Style)
Like many women in today’s economy, I can relate to that ‘must-have’ feeling although I am far from a shopaholic. We do think however, that every woman in the world will want one after seeing the movie too, so we’re getting them in a myriad of colors: purple, magenta, royal blue, redpepper, yellow, and the infamous kelly green. These pleated poly-chiffon babies are a mere $24, and you won’t need to go into debt to own one. So Guilt be gone! Hello baby.
Spoiled Chics the Boutique
The Beehive is back!
Originating in the USA in 1958, this intensely teased and spray lacquered version of ‘big hair’ was made popular by Audrey Hepburns character, Holly Golightly, a naive, eccentric socialite in the 1961 film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The more modern Beehive version varies from the messy, wild child coif sported by Amy Winehouse to one more sleek, flattering and understated.
According to Connie Valladares, owner of Vita Hair for Life, “celebrities such as Beyonce’ and Katherine Heigle and others on the red carpet have become more adventurous with their hair, especially because the dress styles are simplistic but colorful.”
“This Spring, there is a return to a more groomed look, ” says Valladares, “Girls can make a statement with their hair no matter what they are wearing.” A sleek updo, or a side bun are striking examples of this season’s sculpted hair. ” I view hair as an additional accessory” , says Valladares. “Color and form makes all the difference in your overall look.
Learn how to do chic beehives and buns at Spoiled Chics BFF After School Party on Friday, April 24.
Get Free Prom up do hair consultations by Vita Hair for Life, Make up by Shain Kish, of Giorgio Armani Cosmetics,
Refreshments, Music, Raffles, and 20% OFF your purchase just for bringing a non-perishable food item for the Sewickley Community Food Pantry.
BFF After School Party
Friday, April 24
Spoiled Chics the Boutique
350-1/2 Beaver St.
Sewickley, Pa. 15143
Do something nice for yourself at Vita Hair for Life in Sewickley
and at the same time, you’ll be supporting your girlfriends in need.
FREE Services with any donation.
Schedule an appointment with Connie or Jennifer at Vita Hair for Life, anytime in the month of April for hair cut, style, wash, blow dry or any other service.
100% of your donation will benefit The Girlfriend Recovery Club, a non profit, web-based organization supporting women in physical or emotional distress.
Vita Hair for Life Salon
Walnut Street, Sewickley
Owner, Connie Valladares
Appointments must be scheduled between April 1, 2009 and
Thursday, April 30, 2009.
“Not only committed to quality customer service, Vita Hair for Life also strives to support various groups dedicated to the good of the community, locally, nationally and around the world. ”
And Join us for our WRAP UP Party,
The Big Give
Wednesday, April 29
at Vita Hair for Life
Hey, teens, get together with your best girlfriends and head to Spoiled Chics the Boutique April 24, for the BFF After School Party.
By making a donation to The Girlfriend Recovery Club, girls between the ages of 13-17 will receive presentations of the newest hairstyles, prom up-do’s, and will even be given a personal consultation and coupon to receive a free hairstyle for prom by Vita Hair for Life. The event will include food, drinks, and a free raffle to win a basket of items from Spoiled Chics as well as a glam photo shoot.
On this day, shoppers will receive a 20 percent on their entire purchase, if they bring in a non-perishable food item to benefit the Sewickley Food Pantry.
Spoiled Chics the Boutique, 350-1/2 Beaver St., Sewickley. 412.741.0977. spoiledchics.com.
BLOG Just for for TEENS:
Check out this blog which was created to spread the word about events, talents, happenings, thoughts and ideas in and around the Sewickley area. The author, who is remaining anonymous at this time, hopes that the blog might help connect people of different ages and backgrounds and expand the way we think about each other and our individual talents, needs and interests.
Glow like a jewel with a silky scarf that will pack a luxe punch to any outfit you are wearing. Accessories in opulent shades like garnet, sapphire, or citrine….,from cool colored jewelry and flowy fringed scarves that rock, to great bags, big enough to carry everything but the kitchen sink. or tiny clutches that do double, triple or quadruple duty!
Check out the latest Spring ’09 Trends from Spoiled Chics the boutique, as seen recently on KDKA-TV2’s Pittsburgh Today Live