January 31, 2011

Interview by HER. (A Featured Blogger Series) Jinellycakes.




 I am very happy to introduce you to my blogger friend, Jhe'anell who owns a lovely cupcake company based in NY, specializing in event catering and home deliveries. Her company will soon be offering nationwide delivery.  Here is her interview, I'm sure you will be inspired by her as I know I am.



WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR BUSINESS?
Jinellycakes was inspired by my love of baking but most of all, by my affinity for cupcakes. I would bake for my family, but what gave me the confidence to start my business was when my cousin ordered a batch of Red Velvet cupcakes for herself and her co-workers for Valentines Day last year. I dropped them off at lunch time and by the time I was back home in my driveway 5 minutes later, she called to tell me they were all gone and that everyone was raving about them. That led to one of her co-workers ordering another couple batches for a family event, and I thought "It would be awesome to do this for a living" - but then I got caught up in a full time job that consumed my life and took me in another direction.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS?
As far back as I can reminder, my parents have always instilled hard work and the spirit of entrepreneurship in me through example and conversations that we'd have. They were having these conversations with me before I could even spell the word entrepreneur. As a result, I was never the kid who would say, " I want to work at ___ when I grow up", or work for this person - I was always thinking about what I could study in school and how I could eventually translate that into a business of my own. When we moved to The States, it was the first time I'd ever seen my mom work for someone other than herself and I could see and feel the difference every day when she went to work. Recognizing that change as a child always stuck with me, and although I've had a few good bosses, I've never been completely satisfied in my job situations. At the end of the day, no matter how hard I worked, how much I sold, how many hours I put it - I didn't own any of it. My desire to not have someone dictate how much I will make, or how I spend my day is what has compelled me at 23 years old to start my own business. I have no problem working hard and putting in long hours - I'd just rather do it for myself.

DO YOU HAVE A SIGNATURE CUPCAKE?
I'm still working on it, but I imagine it to be a fluffy vanilla cupcake with pink frosting and filling, sprinkled with edible gold dust.




WHAT LESSONS HAVE YOU LEARNED SO FAR?
I've learned that I can accomplish anything as long as I get out my own way and keep a positive attitude!


WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ANYONE WANTING TO FOLLOW IN YOUR FOOTSTEPS?
Just imagining that you're going to make it big one day won't get you anywhere - you have to go out and get it. Once you know what you want to do, you should be doing something every single day that will bring you a little closer to your goal. It could be as small as doing research, taking a class, or going to a networking event. When you go to bed at night, you should be confident that you did every single thing possible that day, that you could have done to move ahead...and then do it the next day...and everyday after that.
Who are your style or inspirational icons and why?
June Ambrose, Solange Knowles and Shala Monroque! The three of them have an amazing way of mixing and matching prints in a way that seems so effortless. Shala's style is very classic but she always has an amazing signature piece, June has a way of putting her own spin on classic cuts and Solange is just does whatever she wants. Most of all I just respect that the fact they stay true to themselves and don't follow every single trend that emerges.

Who are some of your fave blogs?
My absolute favorite is Lateboots! I also love Loren's World, Illuminated Mind, Cupcakes and Cashmere, Luixirare - the list goes on and on - anything stylish and elightening. 



Where do you see your self in 5 years. 
I see myself continuing to be happily married, becoming a mother and running a successful business - whether it's Jinellycakes or something else. Should my journey still lead me to have this company, I would love to have a storefront or two by then - maybe a recipe book - it would be amazing to have my own line of bakeware! I also plan to expand my products to include more than just cupcakes. My sister also has a company called Nicole's Gift Creations, so I'm sure at some point we'll collaborate together and take over the world, lol! Where ever I end up, I just hope to be healthy, happy and surrounded by my family.



 I Am...

Driven, quixotic, in love and BLESSED! Oh yea, and obsessed with Oprah :)

Thanks again Jhe'anell, for this lovely and thought provoking interview. 
I wish you all God's blessings on your new business.


Links to Jinellycakes:

Email: info@jinellycakes.com
www.jinellycakes.com
www.jinellycakes.blogspot.com
www.twitter.com/jinellycakes_ny
http://www.youtube.com/jinellycakes
on Facebook search for Jinellycakes and hit the "like" button.


Be sure to enter my CSN $35 giveaway and win something special for your self this Valentines.




xxx

January 30, 2011

A Lovely CSN Giveaway.

I was recently contacted by CSN stores to host another giveaway on my blog.
How awesome is that!

‘CSN Stores has over 200 online stores where you can find anything you need 
whether it be swingsets, fitness equipment, or even cute cookware!’ 




So, what do you get to win??  
A $35 gift certificate to any one of their stores!! 
  (please note that this code will not cover international fees).

Mandatory MAIN ENTRY: Follow me on Google Friend Connect (Right sidebar) publicly and leave a comment here telling me you did that!  It is that easy to enter! (DON"T do this no other entries will count) 
Leave an email contact so I can contact you if you win!

EXTRA BONUS ENTRIES: Here are simple extra entries. Must do mandatory entry for any of these to count.  Leave name/comment or link for each entry.


1) Follow blog on Networked Blogs- 2 entries, (Bottom bar).
2) Follow @lesapea on Twitter.2 entries, (Right sidebar)
3) Follow @CSNStores on Twitter (2 entries)
4) Go visit CSN Stores and tell me something you want to purchase 5 bonus entries for an item listed  with a link (leave 5 separate comments only).


Congrats to 
Jan at Jewelry4Change said...
I need a new bread machine... this one looks awesome: Cuisinart - CBK-200 - Convection Bread Maker in Brushed Stainless http://www.csnstores.com/Cuisinart-CBK-200-CUI1102.html
xxx







January 28, 2011

The New Issue of Rue.


I'm off to take a look around at the new issue of Rue January/February 2011. 

Have a great weekend my lovelies.

xxx



Happy Friday and a Recipe.


source


  • 3 eggs
  • 4 cups of chicken soup that I made the previous night
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 3 chopped scallions
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup of sliced shitake mushrooms 


Have a great weekend everyone, enjoy.



xxx

January 27, 2011

Thursday's Inspiration.



This is so touching. A homeless who is barely able to take care of himself, taking care of his dog. Sometimes, you just need a little love, not just things. 
(Source: cindyrelluuuuh, via jumpedship)

xxx

January 24, 2011

Interview by HER. (A Featured Blogger Series) Framing Spaces.



When did you start blogging and why? 

I started blogging in October 2009. It happened unexpectedly. It started at facebook, my college friend Levina added me and I saw her website link called http://blueprintlookbook.blogspot.com. Instantly, I clicked on it. I was oohhing and aaahhing. I saw loads of beautiful photos. I started reading her beauteous blogs and I was completely inspired. The fun part was, I am learning a lot from countless bloggers. We are feeding our eyes and expressing who we are. It feels great to write down your hidden thoughts and feelings.

What are some of the lessons you have learned since.
I learned that design is life. Without it, we’re really nothing. The bloggers, including you, proved it to me. Even I, proved it proved it to myself. I feel empty without it.

 
What inspires you to blog???

Everything I see, Everything I read, Everything I notice. Blogging is another way of getting to know your creative self.


What was the most inspiring thing you've read recently.
The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women.

What has been your fave post?
I love transforming everything I love to Interior spaces.

   
Who are your style or inspirational icons and why?
Audrey Hepburn. She’s an inspiration to me. She was very talented, unique, strong, and a believer. You just can’t hate her.

   
Who are some of your fave blogs?

Where do you see your self in 5 years. 
In a beautiful home with a big happy family. Hoping to have my own interior design firm.


I Am... 
just a person who loves to explore and loves to see people happy.


I love to interview other bloggers, so I have resumed this series entitled  "Interview by HER" that was inspired by another blogger and  friend of mine Tuesdai Noelle. Today I have featured someone whom I believe is an inspired soul. Meet her and visit her blog here.
All photos were choosen by Cherisse and are compliments "we heart it". 

Thank you again Cherisse for a wonderful interview.

Have a  great week Everyone. Much Love.

xxx


January 23, 2011

A Vanity Affair.










How romantic is it to have a place to get ready. I have taken my vanity for granted and today I'm inspired to give it a little makeover. Simple ideas are key, have a close look at these images with lots of lovely cost effective ideas to spruce your vanity. I can't think of a better day to do this, can you? Whether it be just a hanger for your lovely beads, like in image #5 or fresh flowers #1 or just to hang a piece of lingerie #3. I know whatever you do will look fabulous. Be sure to tell me what ideas you love most from the images I've posted.

Have a great week everyone.


xxx





January 19, 2011

Victoria Beckham Dresses 2010-2011




My favorite dress. (Just for the record I'll probably make this a little longer.)




Hello, my lovelies. I hope you are all having a great week so far. I have been recently updating my closet with a few elegant and trendy pieces of clothing. It's much harder than I thought, since I'm on a limited budget. 

Don't be mislead, I'm not about to go out and fill my closet with Victoria Beckham's Spring 2011 line, although right about now I would love to. However I do have an excellent seamstress who can copy pretty much anything I give her. She does come in handy when I need something special.

I'm so loving the simple lines of Victoria's collection, especially that little shift dress with pockets no less, DIVINE!!!!! If I can have that in four colors, black, white, grey (even orange for spring) and of course that soft peachy-pink I'll be all set.

Well. enough about me. If you would like to take a peek at her collection go here. I wonder if she designs these wonderful pieces herself or does she have a Ghost designer??? Either way I'm loving all I see.

Love to All.

xxx



January 17, 2011

Details of our Lives. LONNY MAGAZINE Jan\Feb 2011.




Having style worthy of mention, for me lies in the details. How a person designs a room, writes a book, paints a picture. It could be anything really, a paint color or the placement of an object.
Style can been encompassed in a selection of random things, a handbag, a pair of shoes or how we wear our hair.



 I have found pleasure in the simplest of details. What really matters most, they're our details to do what we wish. This is what makes us unique in every way.



Details are what our lives are made of, whether its our decor or wardrobe. They set us apart from 
the crowd and allows us to be as creative as we want to be. 

But what about our lives, when was the last time you looked at the details of your own life? Are they pleasing to the eye, are you comfortable and happy with what you see?  
I find myself reflecting on such things, not in a depressing way, but as one wanting to make a difference in my life and those around me.

I am grateful for times like this to stop for a moment and ponder how I will change things around.



Happy Monday to All.


xxx


January 14, 2011

Happy Weekend and a Stylish Award.


Got this Award Stylish Blogger Award from  Le Chateau des Fleurs by Frenchy
Thank you sooooooo much, Frenchy.



Now 7 things about me:
  1. I love Victoria Magazine. I purchase back issues online all the time.
  2. I am a huge Harry Potter fan.
  3. I love getting up early while its still dark and watch the sunrise
  4. I love thrift shopping.
  5. My husband fell in love with me way before I did with him.
  6. I love Chinese food.
  7. I love being a mommy, even though the patience I need is not always there.



Blogs/bloggers I love:








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This weekend I'm looking forward to some "me" time to think and refocus myself.  Who knew this year would be so busy already. Also I'm off to the farmer's market to make a little late night supper for hubby and I, a movie Saturday evening, Sunday morning church service and reading time with the kids snuggled up in bed. Happy weekend everyone.

xxx

Happy Thanksgiving and a last minute dessert.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone, and may their be happy memoirs made as we gather with family and friends . Take time to be grateful for the...