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Thursday, May 29, 2008

giving jewelry away

this week, donations are on my mind, for good (2) and for fun (1)... They balance out my karma =)

on the same day two days ago, i received emails from two different people asking me to donate jewelry for two charity auction events, one, a very precocious 16-year old student helping to organize an event at her high school benefiting a hunger relief charity/food bank, and the other, a large branch of the Arthritis Foundation raising money for a summer camp for children with arthritis. Poverty, youth empowerment and children, pretty important! so I threw my hat in. I hope someone bids on them =).

the other special "donation" project i have been working on is for people who probably don't need free stuff: the MTV Movie Awards Gift Lounge organized by The Sampler! If you remember, I blogged about two projects i was super excited about a while ago, and this is the second (the first, of course, is my photoshoot). I got myself very excited at the possibility that someone famous will be seen wearing my jewelry though, so, yay! I sent out 30 pairs of earrings, including the biohazard earrings and the gretel earrings.



For sure, someone famous will own my earrings, although the odds that I'll get a picture are slim. If you see these earrings in tabloids, etc after next week, will you let me know?

Alison of The Sampler is en route (in?) LA right now, carting with her the wares of 125 independent designers! I'm sure we're all eagerly awaiting her report and pictures. You can see pictures from the 2006 event here.

I keep seeing weird Mike Myers ads for the Awards, and I remember to get excited =).

oh dear!


Image from postsecret.com

one more reason for me to be a good girl. i'm addicted to chapstick, one day without it and my lips are dry, painful and on the verge o blistering. if anyone has any tips on how to wean it off, please help!!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

in a nutshell...


That, in a nutshell, is what has been up with me the past week. Yes, both events are new and my hand looks really, really old. i like to take hot showers but i don't moisturise because i grew up in a tropical country. =( The ring was his grandmother's, and his great-grandmother's before that! so, it's just perfect because it's super vintage (i guess antique) and hopefully not as bloody as most rings, yah. i hope no one robs me after seeing this picture because i sure as hell am advertising my lack of ability to fight back.

the cast is for a dislocated thumb, in an epic (not really) volleyball game. (Want more details? I was playing in a vb league, and going up to block a hit from a 6'2 hitter. I got the block all right, and the hit was a really big one, but then i felt a searing pain in my hand and saw that the ball had jammed the thumb completely out of its socket and flipped it backwards, popping my thumb joint into the palm and resulting in my whole hand having to curl up like a claw! This guy from another team pulled on it a few times to try to put it back but it didn't work, and i had to go to the emergency room. thank god for student health insurance!!)

it sucks because i really need my thumb for work and for wirewrapping, so i have to work super slowly at work, and stay away from actual full-on jewelry making for a while (the cast will be on for a month). i've also seemed to acquire weird flu-like symptoms that have lingered for a week without being the flu, but yet having the effect of making me really, really tired. i am guessing it is the dislocation telling my body to rest up? (i'm a big fan of the "your body tells you what it needs" club).

***

we did my first professional photoshoot! if you remember, a while ago i wanted to shoot a "catalogue" for pequitobun, but foolishly assumed all i needed was good daylight and some cute dresses. it was a disaster. this time, it is for a lookbook (more on that in a future post).

this time though, with a bunch of professionals on board, the shoot was AMAZING. firstly, i would like to crow that my many years of hoarding crazy vintage dresses, bloomers etc etc have paid off, as i managed to fully provide all the clothing for the styling of the shoot *ohwoo ohwwoo*.

thank you to kerry and erin for being so nice as to offer up amazing suggestions for the location, unfortunately they were either out of bounds or too expensive =(.

we ended up doing it in my apartment, it wasn't ideal, but i do love and collect vintage furniture too, so i think it worked out well. the photographer taschka, the model kara and the makeup artist vania were all smashingly awesome, it was just so much fun, fashiony, creative and beautiful. taschka pulled together 4 great looks, and we shot about 25 pieces of jewelry. They were so professional throughout! it got to a point (6 hours later) that i was slightly bored of the project, but they were still plugging through, piece after piece, pose after pose.

i don't have the actual pics from the photographer yet, but here are some i took on my trusty canon:

getting set up (blurred out cos i'm shy ;)...i'm the one standing up, and my arm looks strangely long...:


kara getting made up by vania:




kara is just the sweetest, prettiest little thing! well, not little exactly, she's 5' 10, but little circumference-wise! she just signed with Elite NYC, and is moving to ze beeg apple in july, so i'm so glad i found her before she got transplanted. i knew she was perfect the moment i saw her portfolio. she was such a trooper, being under hot lights and multiple changes for almost 7 hours, and she was still giggles and turning out hot pose after pose to the end. i just know she is going to do so well, pretty face, great poses, professional disposition and adorable personality is a tough package to beat! best of luck, and here's to that vogue cover kara! =)

taschka doing her thing:

what can i say, she's a pro. and not only that, she has a keen eye for fashion, is deliberate, meticulous, full of energy and really knows how to get great looks out of her models! i can't wait to see the shots, it all looked so fabulous.

the first look (with and without hat)... so pretty and feminine!

i stopped taking photos after this, got tired ;). overall, it was a ton of fun, and i know we got some great shots for my lookbook!

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today was pretty, we took pequi out for a walk, and he met his first dog up close, serena. to be fair, serena's always been a really timid dog, but it was funny to see pequi be more assured one between the two! i didn't dare to release him in the presence of a bouncy golden retriever, though. one step at a time.


ok, i really should work on my manuscript now, the reviewers want tons and tons of changes...

enjoy the SUN!

Monday, May 26, 2008

new press page

i finally had time to sit down and try to figure out a good way to set up the Press page for pequitobun today, being all sniffly from my weird cold. i'm quite happy with it!

as the press page grows, i might pay for the license to get rid of the bananalbum loading icon, but it really is a nifty little tool.

if you write for a fashion or shopping publication and wrote about pequitobun, please let me know, so i can add your article to the Press page too.


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

help finding a beautiful Victorian home to photograph in!

for one of my mystery projects, i've been desperately trying to hunt down a Victorian house with beautiful furnishings, but to no avail. =( this is Cambridge, it shouldn't be so hard!! i've taken to scouting Craigslist looking for people selling their furniture to see if they might be potentials =(

my heart stopped when i came across this gorgeous location, it's perfect, but freaking in london!! if anyone has any tips or ideas or in and around boston and massachusetts, i will love you forever... and give you a $100 gift certificate to pequitobun for your trouble. please help!! thanks!! (edit: the $100 gift certificate will be given if your suggestion pans out!! thanks!! =)..)











images from lordshippark.com

Monday, May 12, 2008

pequitobun on styledash

pequitobun's interview on styledash! this is my first "interview" article, how exciting! =)

Sunday, May 11, 2008

it finally happened...

my first negative feedback has arrived.

i knew it had to happen someday, but I thought that since I had moved most of my business to my website, I could wrap up my etsy career with 100% positive feedback. but, alas, it is not to be. my 690th feedback was a big, fat red NEGATIVE feedback. From a transaction from more than a year ago, no less. If this negative came a year ago, at least it would be on page 20 or something, not page 1. =(

you often see people lament this in the forums, and i always thought, oh, it's not a big deal, people will see that you have 689 positive feedbacks and won't really hold that one negative against you. but, now that it has happened to me, i realise how much it hurts. it really does.

maybe it's the fact that you have worked so hard over the past two years to build your small business up from scratch, balancing all the aspects of running your little shop, that to see a negative, somehow feels so personal.

or maybe it is that i am somewhat of a perfectionist and i had hoped to keep up my 100% positive feedbacks. and now that it is broken, it is forever irretrievable, unobtainable. 1000 more postive feedbacks will not negate that one negative.

i know, i'm being really dramatic. i should think about this as somewhat of a relief. Maybe.

I did contact the buyer to tell her i will give her a full refund.

I have to add here that it is not that I was perfect all the way up till now. I really appreciate those customers who had contacted me about their dissatisfactions before, for giving me the benefit of the doubt and giving me a chance to make it up to them. You don't know me, but you recognise that I'm running an honest business and know that feedback really is important to us and we work hard to take care of our little shops.

It kind of reminds me of my last semester at college, when my 4.0 GPA was finally broken, by my B in... ballroom dancing. Yes, I graduated the UW with a 3.995. I got As in organic chemistry, physical chemistry, developmental biology, advanced calculus, genetics, quantum physics etc etc, only to be foiled by ballroom dance!

i did meet my ex boyfriend in that class though, so it was slightly worth it. lol.

anyways, enough lamenting!

funny thing, today i realised that no matter how long I have stayed in this country, there are still little weird things that reveal my total foreignness. my friends and i went to a lovely little restaurant here in Cambridge, Hungry Mother, and I ordered chicken fried steak, thinking it was chicken. When it arrived, I spent a long time looking for the chicken, but it ended up not really being chicken at all, but steak.

it was really delicious anyways, but i was wondering, what if I was Hindu?? In cosmopolitan/multicultural Cambridge, I think a misleading dish like "chicken fried steak" should have, in brackets (this is not chicken, but beef).

Monday, May 05, 2008

anticipation and preparation

there are a few things shaping up to maybe becoming something awesome here at pequitobun, keeping me busy and happy. i've realised that i crave having something to look forward to, events to break up the otherwise monotonous weeks that have somehow stretched 2008 into May already. *freaking out*

i'm going to be a little bit ambiguous because... well, it could be awesome, or average. so, i'll tell you when i find out which =).

D-Day 1: May 24 (can't wait!!!! lots of stuff to prep and plan!...where did i put those vintage lace gloves?!?!?)


D-Day 2: May 28- deadline for June 1...(ok, the pictures make it look way more exciting that it actually is! They are from 2006, Leighton Meester during Veronica Mars (LOVE!) and pre-Gossip Girl, and Anne Heche modelling lovely jewelry and hair pins... who knows what 2008 will be like? Clue: green background with question marks and do i spy the word "handmade..."? HMM!)


more details, photos and videos to come! =)

AND, next week, a huge update at pequitobun!

AND lele comes home, YAY!

*My boyfriend's back and you're gonna be in trouble (Hey-la-hey-la my boyfriend's back...)*

~

Saturday, May 03, 2008

animals, dressed up

i'm not sure why humans like to anthropomorphise animals, but these pictures really tickle me!

First it was this adorable bunny featured in Pop a while ago, that I came across on a blog with a name that got me all excited, Bunnyshop:


Then, in an article about fugu in the NYT, a photo by Ko Sasaki caught my eye:


that is the cutest fugu i ever saw!
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