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Listening Lately: Sylvan Esso

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I first found Sylvan Esso on one of those Spotify genre playlists. I had really gotten into the Evening Chill and Lush + Atmospheric playlists when I first moved into my apartment in Manhattan back in October 2014. Their single "Coffee" was on one of those playlists (although now I can't seem to find it). Maybe it was on my Discover Weekly? Regardless...nobody puts me in a great mood like Sylvan Esso does. 

They played The Meadows Music and Arts Festival at Citi Field this past October. They were my first set at the festival and definitely one of the best I saw that weekend. I'm writing about them because I have tickets to see them in May at Brooklyn Steel and I'm so excited to see them headline their own show, especially because their new album will be out by then. 

Can't wait for them to melt my face off!

My Favorite Youtubers!

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I mentioned in my post from Friday that I started a Youtube channel with my friend Emily. Over the past year, I've really gotten into watching Youtube videos, especially beauty videos. This is perhaps what has led me to explore makeup a little more (lol i sound like such a loser right now), but for the most part, I'm really drawn to these personalities. My favorite Youtubers are Estee Lalonde, Kathleen Fuentes of KathleenLights, Adriene Mishler of Yoga with Adriene, and Emily of Beauty with Emily Fox.

Yoga with Adriene is the outlier here, but in terms of the beauty videos, I'll most likely never use even half of the products that these Youtubers are featuring, but I like just knowing about them. There's also something strangely relaxing about makeup tutorials. Go figure.

Estee Lalonde

I love Estee. She's easily my favorite Youtuber because her videos are, from a technical perspective, SO well done. Her boyfriend Aslan is a bit of a gear head with cameras and rigs, so he knows how to make the most beautiful video possible and as a person who literally makes videos for a living, I appreciate things like this. The video above is a perfect example of this. I also really like that Estee doesn't pack on the makeup. As I've said before: makeup is something I'm new to because I've pushed it away and rejected it for so long (I was too lazy, cheap, etc to deal with it). Now I happen to like the way I look with mascara on and I like to try out a few new things from time to time. But I have to say: the full face of primerfoundationconcealerpowderhighlighterbronzerblushthisthatwhatever is NOT for me. It's too much for me. Estee keeps it minimal and honestly, her makeup looks are my own makeup goals. 

Kathleen Lights

Kathleen Lights is one of my other favorites because I really like her honest opinions about products she likes or doesn't like. She uses both drug store and high end products and doesn't discriminate. This is her most recent empties video and I happen to really like empties videos because beauty gurus/youtubers have so many products and use so many, that it's interesting to see what they actually finished entirely (or not). She's also hysterical.

Beauty with Emily Fox

Her name is Emily and she's French Canadian, what else could I ask for? I love all of Emily's lip swatch videos and I feel like we could be friends if we actually knew each other IRL. Emily also keeps it pretty low key with her makeup looks, and I like to think that she tends to highlight different products that other Youtubers don't give as much attention to. 

Yoga with Adriene

I have to admit that I've only actually done a few of Adriene's sessions, but again, I'm drawn to her personality. I love her "Find what feels good" tagline, and that she's not too serious. She keeps it light and not too "hippie dippie" (that's the best way i can figure out how to describe it). I've done yoga at home a few times and Adriene is always my go-to.


Do you have any favorite Youtubers? Who are your favorites?

I Started a Youtube Channel

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Over the past three years, my friend Emily and I have become very close friends. We decided recently to start a Youtube channel because, quite simply, we love to talk about anything and everything. I've also been looking for a reason to do more video work outside of my day job, and I think this is the thing I've been looking for. Below is our second episode, which we just posted this morning.

Since we're both named Emily, we decided to call it emmysquared, and we've been having a lot of fun with it! The first two episodes are us trying out sheet masks and La Croix sparkling water, but we plan to talk about food, beer, beauty, life, sports, whatever.

It feels so good to have a fun video project to work out, because it lets me be creative in a way that I'm really not used to.

Enjoy, and please subscribe

Expanding the Line

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Since moving my sewing equipment/supplies to my apartment in Queens, I've had to reassess some things: where to keep everything so it's out of the way and not encroaching on our living space (I share this space so I have to be fair), and most importantly, new product photos. I played around with some ideas of brand new settings, but I really love my lace background. I feel like it helps to set my product photos apart from the rest of the world. Keeping this also saves me from having to shoot all new photos. Tons of work and I don't even have some of my pieces readily made. This is what I came up with today:

Very similar, except it's on my black kitchen table. I hated the way the black showed through the lace. It was far too distracting. So I grabbed a pillowcase to put underneath it. I'm pretty happy with this, but figuring out how to approach larger pieces is still up in the air. 

Which brings me to my next point: there's some new stuff to show off. This is the new Linea Zipper Pouch. The previous Linea is still available, but that one has the navy color blocking. I decided to see how it would look without the blocking and I have to say, I'm a fan. You can purchase below! :)


Other stuff that's new in the shop:

I just made a new cross-body bag last night that I posted on Instagram, and I included some process photos in my Instagram story. Come follow along! 

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Plans for 2017

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I mentioned in my last post that my experience at Renegade Craft Fair left me freshly motivated and inspired to take my business seriously next year. I really want to find some other artisan markets in NYC so I can get the word out there about my business.

However, I think the real focus for me in the upcoming year will be on wholesale. I currently stock my work in Wholly Craft! in Columbus, OH, and I also have a relationship with Lauren at The Burlap Bag in Austin, TX. I really want to restock both of those shops with a good selection of stuff, but my main goal is to get into more shops, especially in the NYC area.

Over the past few days, the wheels have really been turning. I've been researching sellers online where I can get the various hardware pieces I need for purses in bulk for a better price, since I plan to start producing larger quantities. 

Another goal of mine is to increase the number of subscribers on my newsletter list. I've been so BAD at sending out newsletters, mostly because nothing was going on, so I had nothing to say. But every time I do send one out, I always get the most positive reactions from people. People actually email me back telling me how happy they were to see my newsletter pop up in their inbox. Food for thought...

Right now this "business" is more of a hobby, but my intention this year is to remove those quotes and transform it from hobby to real, thriving business. It's all about building exposure and maybe even getting a few sales from my site!