My Collaboration with “Smith and Tailor”

Good morning my beauts and welcome to my channel if you are new! My name is Alyssa and I have been blogging for several years now, I am a beauty, lifestyle and fashion blogger. I love doing reviews and modelling clothes for different companies and brands. I have met so many beautiful and intelligent individuals while collaborating, it’s amazing! I have always included women’s fashion on my blogging channel but one day it just hit me! I thought to myself, ” why not I incorporate men’s fashion” into my blogging channel?! I am dating this amazing man, Dayten Pottruff, who certainly has model material and quality in my eyes, and he would be the perfect candidate to model men’s wear and fashion! Dayten works at a bank and always has to dress formally for his job, wearing suits and ties. I mean come on… who doesn’t love a man in a suit… am I, right ladies?! I sat down with Dayten one day and discussed him potentially being featured on my blogging channel and modelling clothing. He was more than happy to and super excited!

We began searching on Instagram for men’s wear and companies and came across this gorgeous company. They were even from Hamilton Ontario and I was over the moon about that! I love promoting brands in my hometown! Love love love it! I then sent a detailed message to this company called, “Smith and Tailor” suggesting a potential collaboration involving myself and my boyfriend Dayten. We spoke to a beautiful soul whose name was Kathryn Dieroff, the Designer and Goldsmith of Smith and Tailor. She was so lovely and friendly to speak to, and we chatted back and forth about the potential opportunity. Kathryn had never done something like this before and wanted to meet in person to discuss. Dayten and I were more than happy to meet with Kathryn and met her at her studio in downtown Hamilton. She was so down to earth, funny, and overall an amazing person to be around. I was even more excited to collaborate with her and her beautiful company. Kathryn agreed to the collaboration with the both of us! We chose two ties for Dayten to model from her collection, and let’s just say… they are absolutely stunning. Kathryn is a firm believer of products that stick out, are unique and grab your attention. That is exactly what she incorporates and shows in her designs and work. She is a very talented individual and has been successful over the years. I know you beauts are dying to know a bit more about herself and the company Smith and Tailor right?

Kathryn is a hardworking individual who has returned to Hamilton Ontario, her hometown and brought her talent and creativity with her. Kathryn opened a retail jewellery store in Toronto that was super successful, raising to be the top ten jewellery stores in Toronto according to Now Magazine, BlogTO, as well as Toronto life. Kathryn handcrafts custom wedding and engagement rings, as well as creates a collection of unique handmade heirloom jewellery and designs. She also makes a textile collection for men and women! She has run her own business since 1999. Smith and Tailor was launched in 2017 and was created for her luxury jewellery and textile lines.

Kathryn states, “my life has always been about creating. I sewed my first skirt when I was six, we had a darkroom in our home and I began developing my own prints when I was 10. I learned woodworking from my dad, crochet from my grandma, music and art from my grandfather. My journey toward jewellery began in the first week of my first year of University. A friend in my dorm had taken a lost wax casting course and lent me some wax and tools to carve a ring.

Four years, and one Bachelor’s degree later, I returned to jewellery at George Brown college for the three-year Jewellery Arts and Design program. Following that, I began an apprenticeship with a Master Goldsmith and Gemsetter who tutored us for 18 months in platinum fabrication, hand engraving, and pavé setting. We were required to find our own clients, and work for free so that we could work in the most expensive materials our clients could afford. I looked for work but kept finding more clients, and my business has been running steadily since 1999. 

Along the way, I learned traditional glass enamelling techniques, learned lampworking from a studio-mate, opened a store, started a family, and moved to Hamilton, ON. My mission is to continue to grow as an artist. I want to challenge myself every day to improve, learn, discover something I didn’t know before, but most importantly of all, to make”. 

Dayten and I were super excited to receive the two ties! I can not get over how stunning and gorgeous the two ties are! They are amazing and the design is so beautiful! While looking on the website, it was so hard to just choose two, but there were two in particular that caught both of our attention right away.

The first tie retails for $55.00 in store, and has a beautiful unique design to it. I absolutely love the colours in this tie, and it looked great with Dayten’s taupe dress shirt.

I still can’t get over how unique and stunning this tie looks!

The second tie that Dayten modelled from Smith and Tailor was probably my most favourite out of the two, just because it was just so unique and different from anything I have ever seen! This one is called the “Tickets Tie” and retails for $55.00 in store.

I think this is so classy, unique, fun and screams outgoing. What are your beauts waiting for? I mean come on… these ties are absolutely unreal, and I was so pleased with how the pictures turned out. I highly recommend checking out Smith and Tailor for yourself, you will not be disappointed! There are so many other beautiful designs to choose from! You can check out their website at http://www.smithandtailor.com or their Instagram page at @smithandtailor. You can also contact Kathryn through email at hello@smithandtailor.com.

Come spread some love on her page and give her a follow! I want to personally take the time to thank Kathryn Dieroff for allowing Dayten and I to collaborate with your amazing company. You are an amazing individual from the short time we have met you and wish you nothing but the best for you and your company! Be sure to follow Dayten and I on our social media sites! Dayten can be reached at @dp10nf on Instagram for business inquiries. I hope you beauts enjoyed this blog post and are happy about men’s fashion being a part of the blogging channel! We are excited for more collaborations in the near future! Take care and much love xo.

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My Collaboration with “Sacer and Savive” Clothing

Good morning my beauts, and welcome to my blogging channel! I hope you all had a wonderful and fabulous weekend and are still enjoying your long weekend! I have been just hanging with my family and enjoying the long weekend, seeing my sisters and mom! What have you beauts been up to? I have been doing some collaborations over the weekend but there was one in particular that I was excited about because I was going to include my twin sister in it! Her name is Stefanie for those who do not know that I have a twin sister, you can follow her on Instagram at @stefaniehotrum. I found a company on Instagram called, ” Sacer and Savive” who were from Clarksville Tennessee. I thought their clothing line was absolutely rad and their designs on their shirts were amazing, such detail! They were more than happy to collaborate with me, and I was so excited! The company was so pleasant to speak to, very attentive and really helpful as well! There were so many different designs to choose from on their page, it was hard to choose just one!

“Clothing in Strength and Dignity to live with Purpose”

I finally decided on a design that was amazing and stunning! It involved two skeletons hugging. I thought it was so neat, different, and full of intense detail! I know you beauts are dying to hear about the “Sacer story ” and how the company came to be! The company states, “Sacer began as a creative outlet for me during a dark time in my life. Over time this hobby developed into hand stencilling t-shirts with spray paint in my friend’s barn. We soon introduced it to bands we knew; getting us exposure. My passion for this just kept growing and so did the idea. That’s why we named it Sacer. Sacer means sacred in Latin. It represented our faith and what we stood for. When I transitioned to Nashville the momentum stopped. Once I was ready, I picked up the pieces again to pursue the development of this sacer Idea.

The Sacer idea turned into an experience when I took it on the road; first, stop Vans Warped Tour. This enabled me to get my idea in front of the masses. I knew Sacer meant something to someone more than just me. I began to put a table out in front where people could see and make custom shirts right in full view. I started letting customers pick colours and placements themselves. It was becoming their expression and not just mine. While I was making their shirt I had a moment to talk to them and give them something they were apart of too the Sacer experience.

I didn’t want this to just stop at t-shirts. I added boutique styles and renamed the line Sacer and Savive Clothing. In 2012, I bought a 14′ trailer, introducing my full line of boutiques for infants through adults making a fashion store on wheels. I could now travel to events, making my business unique and accessible. The most important part is making sure the Sacer experience isn’t left out. I offer over 80 hand stencilled customized designs for your one-of-a-kind looks on the spot. Being apart of the creation process gives it a deeper meaning.

I saw this idea as a way to give back. I now work with many youths giving themhands-on experience through the line. I offer classes through the non-profit, I started called ArtLink and host an annual fashion and art show to unite the entire community creatively. I know that for me having a creative outlet was vital for me to overcome obstacles and build my self-esteem and love life again. I now live passionately doing what I love and I want that for others. Because if we aren’t living passionately are we even truly living?

I want to see this Sacer experience taken to its highest potential and be available coast to coast. This is a simple idea that gets people excited. When I am interacting with someone while making their shirt you see them light up, in turn, I light up. I want to see this idea affect our communities in a positive and creative way. I want to change the mindset of custom clothing; from too expensive and hard to reach to affordable and easy to access”.

I absolutely love the storyline behind the company and think it’s awesome what they are doing. I was super excited to receive my package in the mail, and once it finally came in, it was absolutely stunning. The design was unreal, and you can tell so much time and effort was put into the shirt, not just that one but all of the shirts on the website. I received a shirt called, “Skeleton Hugs T-shirt” which retails for $26.99.  You can customize this shirt just the way you would like, and the company hand stencils it which is amazing and so talented. You also can pick the shirt style and colours. The logo is then placed on the back shoulder of the shirt.

I absolutely loved including my twin sister in this photoshoot, as she absolutely adored the shirt and so did I. I think she was perfect for the modelling session and photoshoot. I think she absolutely rocked this session and I could not be happier with how the photos tuned out! I am beyond excited. I just want to take the time to personally thank Sacer and Savive for allowing me to collaborate with their company,  you guys were awesome and your designs are out of this world, beyond talented. I highly recommend checking out their Instagram page at “@sacerandsavive“, or their clothing website at http://www.sacerandsavive. Come spread some love on their page!! Be sure to also follow my social media sites to say updated with blog posts in the near future. Take care and much love xo.

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My Collaboration with “Most Girls Apparel”

Good morning my beauts, and happy Saturday! I hope you all had a wonderful Friday, and are having a great start to your weekend!  I know I had a great start to my weekend bringing in some wine and hopefully having a little more over the weekend! If one thing is for sure, I absolutely love my wine! Anything from red, white, sparkling, you name it, I love it. I came across this awesome new clothing company over who were looking for influencers and bloggers for their company. I jumped right on this opportunity and messaged the company because I adored their page, website and clothing line so much!  The company who I reached out to is called, “Most Girls Apparel“, and they were more than happy to do a collaboration with me, which I was stoked about. Not going to lie, what caught my attention on their page was the wine sweatshirts, t-shirts and tote bags, they were super adorable. I don’t really own any wine shirts, so I for sure needed to start!

Most Girls Apparel is a sassy and funny clothing line for most girls. The company is like most girls; funny, irreverent, and not at all serious about anything. They make comfy and funny sweatshirts and tees for wearing to work, yoga, playgroup… the list goes on! Overall if your shirt says what you think, you don’t have to talk much and I absolutely love that. While looking at the site, two sweatshirts, in particular, stood out to me and I had to get them! The one is an adorable wine shirt that says, “ red & white & rose & orange & sparkling“, it retails for $55.00, and I absolutely love it to pieces. The caption of the shirts is the best! This one states, “HAHAHA It’s so funny because it’s true: LADIES LOVE WINE. Don’t pretend you don’t like wine because you do. You love that it goes down easy and that you can get kinda buzzed while holding an elegant big old glass of happy juice. Pay homage to all the types of yourfavourite beverage and stay cozy while you sip your troubles away”. Friggen love it.

The other sweatshirt that I adored was called, “Literally like most girls”, and this too retails for $55.00. The caption of this item states, “Has a man ever told you that you’re not like most girls and meant it as a compliment? But then you were like is this guy shading my entire gender whilst simultaneously trying to compliment me? And then you were like screw this guy I’m more like most girls than this idiot and I’m pretty proud of that fact? If any of the above applies to you then this shirt captures that feeling. Literally. You’re like most girls”.

I highly recommend checking out their website and the other clothing pieces and items they have! The company recently released a new shirt that is super cute! This is a sweatshirt called, “Will you accept this rosé?“, and this retails for $55.00 as well. The caption of this one is bomb as well, and states, “If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times. Some puppy-eyed looking square-jawed dudes handing out roses to a bunch of skinny ladies with perfect makeup and fake nails. We love it, we hate it, we love to hate it. But imagine if instead of handing out roses, they handed out bottles of rosé and curled up on the couch to watch reality TV? THAT would be a love journey closer that’s more real than the fantasy suite. For watching everyone’s favourite beautiful people go on fake dates, the WILL YOU ACCEPT THIS ROSÉ sweatshirt is here for you”.

I want to take the time to personally thank Most Girls Apparel for allowing me to collaborate with them! They were so friendly and awesome people to talk to which was fantastic. I absolutely adore their clothing line and I know that you beauts will too! Come spread some love over on their Instagram at @mostgirlsapparel.  Or come visit their website at http://www.mostgirlsapparel.com!  The company has a sale going on for all of May which is 15% off, simply use discount code “HEYGIRL” at checkout! Also be sure to follow my social media sites to stay updated with the latest blog posts and upcoming posts in the near future. Stay positive beauts, and have a wonderful weekend! Take care and much love xo.

My Collaboration with “Rose Paulino”

Good morning my beauts, welcome to my channel if you are new! Hello, my name is Alyssa and it’s a pleasure to meet you! I am from Hamilton Ontario and have been blogging for a while now. I recently have been focusing my blogging on fashion as I am a fashion enthusiast and love my clothes and accessories! To me, feeling good comes from having confidence in who you are as an individual and to me, I love showing off new outfits for you beauts. I recently have been focusing on spring and summer fashion. I know everyone is on the hunt for the latest trends, fashion and new clothing lines out there. One of the biggest and most beneficial site to find new clothing brands is none other than Instagram. I swear by Instagram when it comes to finding new clothing brands, and the latest fashion trends. I have met so many wonderful people through collaborations that I just want to give everyone a giant hug! I have developed so many friendships and it is all thanks to my collaborations and the opportunities people give me. I can not thank you enough! I am exploring every day on Instagram and was welcomed one day by a comment on my photo from a retail company whose brand focuses on swimwear. They had told me to get in touch with them and I did! They wanted to send me one of their beautiful bathing suits. This wonderful company is called, “Rose Paulino” and I was speaking to none other than the gorgeous Rose Paulino herself. She was a wonderful lady to speak to, and her swimwear clothing line is absolutely flawless… I mean flawless.  I could not say no!

Not going to lie, I have been working on my body for quite some time now, trying to eat healthier, cutting out the wine and pop. It was really hard but I am finally getting on track with my summer body and have been already losing weight!  I thought, “why not show off my progress and be a positive role model for others to see”. As Rose Paulino states, “confidence comes from within, confidence is beautiful”. I finally am at a place right now where I am confident with my body and am finally realizing that it’s okay to not be a size zero. I am learning o love myself from the inside and out. I am so proud to have been given the opportunity to rock one of Rose Paulino’s bathing suits.

Rose Paulino is the gorgeous co-founder and CEO of Rose Paulino, followed by Jalisa Jordan who is the creative director, and also Alexsa Tolentino who is the other creative director. I must say to this wonderful team that your designs are absolutely gorgeous and really do make you feel sexy, classy and chic all at the same time.  At Rose Paulino, the company is embracing women for who they are not only through confidence but by allowing them to feel luxurious without trying. Literally, the right outfit and style can make a woman feel super bold and confident. Rose Paulino has 4 core values that are mottos embedded into every piece every time.

  1. From shop to body- Ready to wear
  2. A prime focus-Beauty and confidence
  3. Be a rebel… embracing you!
  4. The Mantra- Swimwear, everywhere!

I absolutely love all of this and what Rose Paulino is all about. Rose Paulino is not just about swimwear, it’s swimwear everywhere! I was looking at their website and chose a beautiful swimsuit that completely caught my eye right off the bat. It is called “Blair” and retails for $59.00.  The features of this bathing suit include a low cut back, self-tie back closure, criss-cross halter front and high waisted bottoms. I love this and knew that I had to get my hands on one! This bathing suit comes in the colour black and is super flattering.  I was so anxious and excited to receive my bathing suit in the mail and was counting down the days! When I received my package in the mail, it was wrapped so beautifully in a red bag which was adorable and such a nice touch. I also received a business card and a welcome card which was so nice! I don’t know about you beauts but I do not own a nice sexy bathing suit, I just own boring plain ones. I was so excited!  It was so gorgeous in the package and once I tried it on, my boyfriend’s mouth dropped and so did mine. I truly felt absolutely stunning in this bathing suit, and I have always had a love-hate relationship with my body. I felt confident and beautiful.  One thing that I love about these bathing suits as you can wear them with a pair of shorts, maybe some jewellery and style them how you want to. For my photo shoot, I just paired my bathing suit with some black heels and some big gold thick hoops.

“Beauty is Confidence…”

I want to personally take the time to thank Rose Paulino and her company for reaching out to me and wanting to do a collaboration with me. I was so honoured and excited about this opportunity. I am beyond grateful when companies reach out to me, it means my hard work is paying off! Rose Paulino does custom swimwear per requests as well.. The phone number for Rose Paulino is (845)-430-8014 and their email is info@rosepaulino.com, as well as they are located in New York. The Twitter and Facebook account to follow them is as followed: rosepaulinous. Be sure to follow them on Instagram at @rosepaulinous! Come spread some love on their page as they are such a beautiful company who makes amazing and gorgeous swimwear. Also be sure to follow me on Instagram at alyssahotrum_xo to stay updated! Take care and much love xo.

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My Collaboration with “Coco Lime Apparel”

Good morning my beauts, I hope you are all doing fantastic so far, and having a wonderful Tuesday! Hey, you made it through Monday so that’s a good thing! I have been busy yet again doing collaborations with new companies which I absolutely adore and love! I don’ even know what else I would be doing if it wasn’t for blogging, to be honest! Blogging is what I love doing, and I love modelling clothing for you beauts! Also, if you are not following me on Instagram be sure to do so at @alyssahotrum_xo.

I have some recent exciting news for you beauts, on my channel I will soon be featuring men’s fashion modelled by my boyfriend Dayten Pottruff who can be seen in some of my pictures on Instagram. I am super excited and can not wait to show you guys the final product! So stay tuned! So recently I collaborated with a beautiful company called, “Coco Lime Apparel” who I found on Instagram one day. I reached out to the company as I absolutely loved their page and spoke to the Co-Founder of the company, Courtney Braddock. She was so pleasant and sweet to talk to I absolutely enjoyed our chatting!  While looking on her website for her company, there were so many unique and different styles that caught my attention right off the bat.

Coco Lime Apparel picks out items with unique style that will fit everyone’s taste, and I absolutely adore this. Coco Lime Apparel is an online boutique, and trust me beauts, the outfits are absolutely STUNNING. Simply flawless. So I know you beauts are dying to know a little bit about the company! Courtney states, “hi, I’m Courtney “Coco”. I started Coco Lime Apparel simply for the love of clothing and the diverse styles that I’m able to offer my customers for every unique taste. Coco Lime Apparel offers seasonal items and casual everyday items. A little background on how I came up with Coco Lime Apparel- my nickname is “Coco” and I absolutely LOVE lime on practically every food item, thus Coco Lime was born. A little background on me- I’ve worked in retail throughout high school and college and am aware that customer service and quality is as valuable as the clothing I offer. I’m able to bring that to my own business to serve new customers and returning customers too. I hope you LOVE my website! Happy Shopping Coco’s!”. I absolutely love the background information about this company, that is adorable!!

I checked out the website and was blown away by how many items I would wear. It was so hard to pick just one, as I fell in love with every single one. I finally had my heart set on one outfit in particular that I adored! I absolutely loved this item called, “Kai Romper Maxi” which retails in store for $35.00. I was blown away by how stunning this was and could not wait to receive it in the mail! Once I received it in the mail, it literally took my breath away! My photographer Dayten Pottuff, who is my boyfriend, was absolutely speechless. Like he had to gather his thoughts! I loved it.

I also received this beautiful card from Courtney which I loved! Cards from my companies that I work with means so much to me, they are so personal and beautiful… I love them so much so thank you Courtney! Absolutely beautiful!

I highly highly recommend checking out Coco Lime Apparel and checking out Courtney’s page! There are so many gorgeous outfits located on the website, perfect for summer and spring weather. I love how it shows a little bit of leg, it’s the perfect amount of classy and sexy at the same time. Be sure to tag Coco Lime Apparel in your Instagram pictures to be featured! I want to personally take the time to thank Coco Lime Apparel for allowing me to collaborate with their beautiful company! Courtney, you are such a sweet individual and I was so honoured to work with you and your gorgeous company. Be sure to come spread some love over on her page at “@cocolimeapparel” and her website is http://www.cocolimeapparel.com.   Also be sure to follow all my social media pages located on my home page to stay updated with blog posts in the near future! Have a wonderful Tuesday, take care & much love xo.

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My Collaboration with “Welly Merck” Watches

Good morning my beauts, rise and shine! I have been enjoying this nice weather which has been absolutely beautiful. Honestly, when the weather is nice, it makes my day so much happier and brighter. When the weather is dull and gloomy, I often like to just stay in my pj’s and sleep all day, literally zero motivation to even do a thing. I am excited to share that a beautiful jewellery and watch company decided to reach out to me and ask if I was interested in collaborating with them! The company is called “Welly Merck“!

As you beauts know, it is a big deal for me when I am not the first one reaching out to companies, but instead, they are reaching out to me, its an honour.   I was more than happy to collaborate with their beautiful company, and of course, had to say yes! I started looking up Welly Merck on Instagram to check out their company, and they have an amazing page. I later checked out their website and was amazed at how beautiful the watches were. You can never have too many watches as I say! Watches are such fashionable accessories and really pull an outfit together. Welly Merck designs are purposeful, modern, and always evolving. As Welly Merck states, “Watches are the ultimate statement piece”.

The Story Behind the Company

Each Welly Merck watch denotes excellence, diligence and sophistication.  The company explains, “Welly Merck was founded on the true story of Merck and Welly, lovers who established a timeless identity by facing adversity and overcoming it. Welly Merck watches are evidence of their journey. Merck grew up a part of a small town’s lower-class, located against a backdrop of mountains, coal mining, and making-dye. His father, a miner, struggled to provide for Merck’s mother and siblings.Rather than being diminished by his surroundings and status, Merck was inspired by them. He grew up with a deep respect for family, an affinity for simplicity, and dedication to his work. From a very young age, Merck learned to never stop striving. Merck’s resolute spirit stuck with him throughout the years, and by age 16 he left his small hometown for college. Soon after that, Merck’s father fell seriously ill, leaving the family more vulnerable than ever. As a result of this situation, Merck was forced to relinquish his dreams of finishing college; these difficulties did not obliterate his ambitions. Perhaps more valuable than a college degree was his strength of character, which attracted his soul-mate, Welly, who he married.

In time, Merck was able to return to school and graduated with honours. Rather than being burdened by the difficulties he experienced, he grew more determined to succeed. Before long, he and Welly had a clear goal: to develop something that symbolized their approach to life and the things they’ve overcome. They created the Welly Merck watch, a representation of durability, simplicity, and tireless striving.
The Welly Merck watch line is for those who choose to make a statement. As a brand, Welly Merck seeks to align with people who, like the founders, never stop striving, never stop working hard, and who face obstacles with determination and class”. I absolutely love this story, it is so powerful and really is interesting to read and listen to. I love companies that have a wonderful background story and message to their company. This is what attracts my interest, and I could not be more proud of the company for creating such a wonderful watch line.
I was super excited to receive my watch in the mail, as I had ordered a rose gold watch with a black face and mesh strap. This watch in the store is called, “The Classic New York R, 36mm”. This watch can come in a white dial colour or black, which is what I ordered. The glass is a sapphire crystal, and its a Swiss Quartz Movement. I absolutely love any gold, or rose gold watches, I think they are absolutely stunning on, and I do not own a watch with a black face yet which is a really neat touch to the watch.  There are also many different colours to choose from as well as men and women’s watches. Be sure to use my special discount for 15% off your purchase at checkout which is, “AlyssaH15″. You guys don’t want to miss out on this opportunity. The watch that I ordered retails in store for, $189.00.  I absolutely love my watch and I think it really compliments my outfits perfectly.
I want to take the time to thank “Welly Merck” for allowing me to collaborate with their company and reaching out to me! It was an honour working with you guys and I am super happy you reached out! Come spread some love on their page and check out the variety of watches they have on their website for both men and women! Check out their Instagram page over at @wellymerck or their website over at http://www.wellymerck.com. Don’t forget to use your discount! I hope you beauts enjoyed this post, take care & much love xo
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My Collaboration with “Equilibrio Gems”

Good morning my beauts! Welcome to my channel, I hope you all are having a wonderful Tuesday morning so far! Again, since the beautiful weather is here I have been busy working on some interesting and neat collaborations with you! Some people who I have worked with and interviewed in the past was the beautiful POESY herself, and the wonderful Michael Landsberg which will be in the near future. I am always on the hunt to reach out to talented companies, and companies who catch my attention.  One thing that I have been recently into lately, is jewellery that helps balance your soul, calms your state of mind, and helps with stability. I find these types of jewellery so interesting and intriguing to learn more about. I managed to find this beautiful jewellery and watches account on Instagram called, “Equilibrio Gems”, created by the talented Ariana Stefancic.  I decided to reach out to her over Instagram as I adored her page and loved her jewellery she created! Flawless! Ariana was a pleasure to speak to! I know what you beauts are thinking, tell us a bit more about the company!

Equilibrio Gems was created in January 2018. Ariana explains, “I named my jewellery company Equilibrio Gems behind the word ‘Equilibrium’, which means a state in which opposing forces or influences are balanced. A calm state of mind. Symmetry. Stability. That is why when you take a look at my logo, I have the scale that’s balancing my logo name. Gemstones are meant to balance the mind, body, and soul through their natural properties. Not only are they beautiful, but each gemstone carries a specific frequency. When worn or held, these frequencies are translated into a vibration energy that gets transferred to the wearer, ultimately clearing them of any uncomfortable energy and balancing their inner core (known as the chakras). All of my jewellery designs are meant to help with a person’s equilibrium. Also, each design is finished with a touch of minimalistic glam (because who doesn’t love a little bling bling :D). Simplicity is what we all want to achieve in life, but no one said jewellery had to be simple. Equilibrio Gems is edgy, fashion-forward, and one-of-a-kind. 

As a child, I was always fascinated by jewellery and the composition of jewellery. I also grew up collecting rocks and stones from all over the world. My younger self-loved the way each rock and stone sparkled in the light along with the different textures and colours that came with it. I started creating bracelets for myself about two years ago and had a lot of my friends and family ask me if I could make them some pieces as well. I didn’t think to turn my jewellery designs into a business at the time as I was managing another business that I founded full-time. I stopped making jewellery all together as everyday life occurrences kept my time occupied. I realized I missed the creative aspect of making jewellery and the passion I had for it. I believe wholeheartedly that passion is an essential quality of success. I relaunched my jewellery company January of this year, fully branding Equilibrio Gems and properly making a name for myself”.
Ariana is the sole creator of “Equilibrio Gems”.  She expresses that it gives her the power and option to let her be herself, and have that translate into all her designs. Being from Vaughan, Ontario, Ariana is on her way to success, and she already is doing so well for herself! She had sent me a picture of what she had specifically made for me in regards to one of her gorgeous bracelets. I was in awe. I remember my mom being right beside me, and I showed her the picture, she was in shock! We both could not believe that Ariana had made them for me, and had taken the time out of her day to do that. What a talented individual! I could not wait to get the mail and receive my two bracelets!
I received two beautiful bracelets in the mail from Equilibrio Gems. The first one, the white one which is called, “White Howlite“. This bracelet has a calming effect, aids in sleep, teaches patience, enhances your ambitions and also absorbs anger. Like how could you not want this bracelet? From someone who personally suffers from generalized anxiety disorder, I needed something to help calm me, and I find this bracelet does just that! It is absolutely stunning on, and I have been getting numerous compliments on it. Love this one Ariana!
The second bracelet which is a blue one is called, “Sodalite” is absolutely stunning as well. They look beautiful together and really compliment one another. This bracelet helps with harmonizing and soothing, helps strengthen confidence,  as well as helps one develop their intuition. This is also an idealistic stone which is gorgeous. I love wearing both of my bracelets and I am so fascinated at how they work and the benefits of wearing them!
If you are interested in purchasing some bracelets or requesting an order from Ariana and Equilibrio Gems feel free to contact her through email at equilibriogems@gmail.com. She also has various designs and options on her Instagram page @equilibriogems. Ariana is currently working on an Etsy page that will be set to launch by the beginning of Summer 2018. I want to take the time to personally thank Ariana and her company “Equilibrio Gems” for allowing me to collaborate with her! She was such a pleasure to work with and makes such gorgeous bracelets. I am currently typing up this blog post with my bracelets on! I love them, thank you so much again, Ariana, for making these gorgeous bracelets for me, I appreciate it a ton, Be sure to come spread some love on her Instagram page. Enjoy the rest of your week, and take care.Much love xo.
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My Collaboration with “Wondrous Blue Clothing”

Hey, beauts and welcome to my channel! I am so glad you guys decided to pop by and say hi! I always enjoy having your company and love sharing new brands that I managed to find on Instagram. I literally spend half of my days sometimes just searching new clothing brands and lines on Instagram and love reaching out to companies. The companies that I reach out to are the ones that catch my eye on their Instagram page. I literally don’t look at how many followers the company has, I look at how attractive their page is, their clothing line and the message they present.  Honestly, a company that has 100 followers may even be better than a company who has 1000 followers in my opinion, you never know. I was searching on Instagram one day and came across a wonderful company called, ” Wondrous Blue Clothing“. I decided to reach out to the company and ask if they were interested in a collaboration with me.  I was happy when they agreed right away to collaborating! Wondrous Blue Clothing brand launched in June 2017, bringing in a twist of culture from the New England Area. The company states, “I have always been a man of action; someone that was not worried about taking a risk because everything in life is worth taking a chance for. Even when I thought I was starting too many businesses at once, it was the adrenaline and thought of success that kept me going to make sure every business had a chance to succeed.

Every day I would get congratulatory messages about how everyone was proud of me for doing what I’m doing. It was an amazing feeling. Even getting calls and messages asking, “how can I start a business?”, “how can I make shirts?”, “what do I need?”, “let’s meet up to talk about how you got started and what I should do.” I was extremely happy to hear that people wanted to hear from me and see what they could do to progress to the state that I was in. It was a great feeling knowing people wanted my help even though I was still learning how to do things correctly myself – it’s what made me persistent and focused. I was always excited to teach them what I had learned and share my knowledge. Especially when I would hear it come from life-long friends that I haven’t seen in a while – it gave me that extra oomph to just blab all I learned to get them started.

My life-long family friend, my brother, Lucas Salem, was one of those people. He wanted to start a t-shirt business and since I had an established t-shirt printing company, with my good friend Joe Castro, he came to me. It was great to hear that he wanted to meet up and talk about how he should get started and what he should do but we always kept putting it off. Unfortunately, I never got that chance to meet up with Lucas. He passed away due to a tragic car accident before we ever got a chance to talk about the t-shirt company that he wanted to build. I wish every day that I never pushed that date back to meet up because tomorrow is never promised and that is something that we always take for granted. That is how Wondrous Blue was born! People say that in life you die twice; once when we leave this earth and then again when we are forgotten. I will not let that happen! Lucas Salem was a man of the sea, a fisherman, a great and honest person, and a great friend! His memory lives on with Wondrous Blue!”  I absolutely love this story and pay great respect for this company as this is a beautiful story. As soon as I  had read a bit about the company that’s when I decided to reach out to them and inquire about a collaboration. I love companies with a powerful message and love seeing what different companies are all about.

While looking on their website, I was amazed at how beautiful the clothing line was.  There are three categories of shirts to choose from such as; short sleeve, long sleeve and little anchors. I am especially drawn to long sleeve shirts as I am always cold all the time, and just love the look of these shirts in general. I especially loved the pocket style t-shirts! There are so many different colours to choose from which is amazing, but since I am a very plain girl I really enjoy either black or white shirts in general. I really liked the “Long Sleeve Ship Graphic Pocket T-Shirt” in white which retails for, $34.99.  I decided to get mine in a size medium which fits absolutely perfectly and I am so happy for that! I could not wait for my shirt to come in and was super excited when I received it in the mail! The material is super comfortable, stylish and is something I would for sure wear.

I was also amazed at how friendly and down to earth the company was, they were a pleasure to talk to! Again, absolutely love companies that are super engaging with their clients, and are super friendly to speak to. I would for sure order more clothing from this site by far, I absolutely love the style, the company in general and love everything they have going for them. Again, loving the pocket tee style!

“… the t-shirt company he would’ve started”

I want to personally take the time to thank Wondrous Blue Clothing for allowing me to collaborate with their company! You guys are such wonderful people. Be sure to come spread some love over on their page at “@wondrousblueclothing”. Also be sure to follow my other social media accounts located on my home page for future blogs! Take care and much love xo.

My Collaboration with “Gmyle Phone Cases”

Hey there beauts, and welcome to my channel if you are new! My names Alyssa, and I appreciate you beautiful souls stopping by. I have been super busy lately with a new blogging opportunity that came my way recently! I will be discussing this more in detail when it comes to my next blog post down the road so stay tuned! I am still doing collaborations with companies which I absolutely love, and I know you beauts look forward to seeing which company I am going to work with next! I came across an amazing company on Instagram called “Gmyle” that sells accessories and gadgets. I absolutely loved their page it completely caught my eye. I was extremely interested in the phone cases as I absolutely am hooked on cool and intriguing phone cases lately! Their brand is proud to design good gadgets to make your life easier. The company is dedicated to enhancing your style and life with their cases, covers, gadgets and so forth. While browsing and looking on their website, there is so much to offer and look at! Straight away I went to the phone cases for my iPhone 7 and did my browsing. I then reached out to the company asking if they were interested in a collaboration.  They were more than happy to do a collaboration with me and send me a phone case which was awesome! Let the browsing begin! I wanted something unique and different, something I didn’t have before. I came across this one phone case which I absolutely loved and it was called, “Snap Case Dual (Bones Pattern) for Apple iPhone 7/8″, in my case my iPhone 7.  There were about 3-4 different bones patterns to choose from and I really liked this one skull with flowers on the head. I do not own anything like this before, and wanted something unique and different, with a “badass” kind of vibe to it!

I absolutely love the look of this case, it is see-through which I love, and I love the design on the cover as well! If you are wanting to be stylish, and have a bad ass vibe, I highly recommend checking out this case for your phone! This retails for $19.98 in store.  So this was the case that I picked out for my phone, thank you so much Gmyle for the lovely case! I also noticed on the website there are so many other categories of cases to choose from and there are even beautiful colours for your Macbooks if you have one! (aka, I need to purchase one for myself one day for sure).

Gmyle was also super generous and sent me another phone case as a surprise gift which was amazing of them. I received this beautiful marble design phone case which I had my eye on as well. It’s like they knew exactly what I would like and want! Amazing!  This case is called, “Snap Case Light (Marble Pattern) for iPhone 7″ which retails for $19.98 in store.  I think this case looks super chic and is super stylish as well. It is hard to choose which case I love the most because I absolutely adore both cases!

I want to take the time to personally thank Gmyle for allowing me to collaborate and work with their company, you beauts are amazing! Come check out their amazing collection of gadgets, cases and covers… was so hard to choose which one I wanted to model for you guys! Be sure to come spread some love on their page as well at “gmyle_us”, and come check out my other social media sites located on my homepage for more blogs to come in the near future! Take care and have a beautiful day, much love xo.

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My Collaboration with “Kroma” Phone Cases !

Good morning my beauts, and welcome to my channel if you are new! My names Alyssa and I have been blogging for several years now, it’s my favourite hobby by far. I absolutely love doing collaborations with companies and meeting new people on Instagram and all over the world. I have been busy working away as a nanny and have been focusing on new collaborations with different companies. I recently came across a company on Instagram which offered new items then I am used to collaborating with. This company specializes in lifestyle accessories for women, and little pick me ups for the everyday. The company offered changeable backplates for your phone which is super easy to change for any occasion.  Not going to lie, I had to ask Joanne, a lady who I spoke from the Company, about the cases and how they worked. I only ever used normal phone cases and was not used to a changeable backing and a frame, but once I received the cases in the mail, they were super easy to work with and change as well for any occasion.  The company who I reached out to is called, “Kroma“, and Joanne was a pleasure to speak to and work with. She was super down to earth, and very friendly as well. At Kroma, they celebrate diversity, and they also encourage everyone to embrace their own definition of beauty, style and fashion which is amazing, I absolutely love this. At Kroma, there are core values that are represented, these values include:

Diversity– Allow for self-expression and embrace the inclusion of different types of people.

Empowerment– Empower yourself and give strength to others.

Creativity  Keep an open mind and use our imagination to create innovative designs and products.

Sustainability Consider the environment, waste generated and human health.

Want to know a fun fact about KromaCases? They are baby, toddler and kid proof! These phone cases can withstand the everyday drops, smashes and knocks by children. I absolutely love this considering I am a nanny and I am always around children especially a 10-month-old baby girl who enjoys throwing my phone around when she gets the chance, and placing my phone in her mouth…. yummy! But Kroma didn’t stop there, the phone cases meet FDA food-grade standards and they are completely free of Bisphenol F (BPF) and phthalates.  Kroma phone cases passed the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety test for food contact. As well as the European Union’s ROHS guideline, Apple’s Regulated Substances Specification, and California’s Proposition 65 Standards. Also, SGS tests were involved to ensure that Kroma cases are 100% free of chemicals and metal potentially toxic to humans, such as BPA, BPS, BPF, phthalates, led an mercury.

Now, I know what you beauts are thinking, what the heck is BPA, because honestly, I had no idea. BPA is a chemical that is found in many different plastic products and it causes many different harmful effects on humans such as on the brain, and behaviour of fetuses, infants and children. So this is honestly something that I had no idea about and would’ve never known, but using Kroma cases makes me feel much better about everything and knowing it’s not harming me or people who come into contact with my phone.

Something else that I found really neat about the Kroma phone cases is that they are powered by Rhinoshield which is known for providing maximum impact protection with a minimalist footprint, this is amazing. I don’t know about you beauts but I am known for dropping my phone all the time, so these cases are so ideal for me. I absolutely love mine. The material for the phone cases is super lightweight and super thin which is awesome.

Cleaning your Kroma Case

It is always such a pain trying to clean your phone case, and not get it dirty with greasy hands and what not. Thank goodness it is super easy to clean your Kroma phone case! First, you simply are going to clean your frame. Simply use a light alcohol based cleaner not too long after the staining occurs. However, avoid using the alcohol-based solvents too often as this could over time degrade the coating.

Next, you are going to clean your backplates, which can be easily cleaned with water. Try not to use any alcohol based solvents on the backplates when cleaning. That’s it. How easy is that! I love it. Also if you go to their website, you can see and read different reviews from individuals who have purchased these cases, which is great.

Receiving the cases in the mail

I was so excited to receive my 3 phone cases and frame in the mail from Kroma! It honestly did not take long at all, and I absolutely love all the styles that I chose. If you beauts now me well enough I absolutely love my bows and ribbon designs.  There were so many beautiful and gorgeous designs to chose from on their website such as different classic prints floral textures, folk flavors, and ribbons and bows.  You get to chose what type of phone you have and the design you wish to purchase. The first design that I chose is called, “Eighty-Eight” which reminds me of a corset for your phone, absolutely adorable. You also get to choose what colour frame you want for your phone as well. I went with classic black for all of my backplates. This retails for, $40.00 with the frame included.

( so adorable, I can’t even deal)

The other case that I received from Kroma was this gorgeous bow case, which is honestly my favourite out of the bunch.  I love the two slouchy bows, I currently have this one on my phone at the moment and I am just loving it.  Again, I chose the black frame, and this retails for $40.00.  Just look how adorable this is. This one is called, “Sylphina Angel”.

The last one I have to show you beauts reminds me of the Spring which I adore. I love happy and cheerful cases, they literally brighten up your day, especially on Mondays that’s for sure! This case is called the ” Tulle”, and I think it is absolutely stunning. There were so many floral designs to chose from which was great, but this one stood out to me the most. Again this retails for $40.00 including the backplate and frame. If you just want the backplate that retails for $15.00.

(so happy and cheery and colourful, I absolutely love it)

I want to personally take the time to thank Kroma for allowing me to collaborate with their company and work with them, I absolutely am in love with my phone cases and can honestly say these are the most stylish cases I have ever owned for my phone. It was a pleasure working with your company, you guys are wonderful people, and I highly recommend checking out their Instagram page over at “getkroma”, come spread some love over there! Literally, you will spend like an hour like I did creeping all the different designs for phone cases, there was a crap ton and I loved every second of it.  Also be sure to head on over to my homepage and follow my other social media accounts for more blog posts to come in the near future.

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