Wednesday, April 13, 2011

My new Goodies and Bling!

So let me tell you about my new Goodies and Bling!  First up, the Kemetic Bling! cell phone case.  The pics and video - etsy.com/shop/goodiesandbling, youtube.com/watch?v=bM7iKWWvkl8 - do this phone no justice!  This case is a representation of the boy King Tutankhamen, the Great Pyramids at Giza and the scarab.  Each mold is hand painted to painstaking detail and set on top of a bed of 100% gold Swarovski crystals!  This case Blings! so bright, it looks like your holding a solid gold bar in your hand.  My inspiration for the phone, was simply Kemet.  I wanted to do something that represented the 10,000 years of African magnificence, that is Kemet, Goodies and Bling! style!  So how better else to do that than to Bling! out a phone with Kemetic/Egyptian images on it! 
Next up, Diamonds and Pearls Bling!  Again, the pictures I captured of this phone case do it little justice.  This case is representing the Ultimate of the Ultimate in Blinged! out cell phone cases!  It is covered in just about every shape crystal Swarovski has to offer, including, navette, baguette, pear, diamond and three different sizes of rounds.  This phone Blings! so bright in the sun, people can see the phone coming before they can see the person holding it!  My inspiration for this phone was Swarovski!  I love the Swarovski brand and their crystal rhinestones.  They are exquisite and not too too pricey at the same time.  You can easily own something Swarovski and not have to remortgage your house to do it, but it'll look like you did! 
For the last Bling! installment, I give you RBG Bling!  RBG is short for Red, Black and Green, which are of course the colors of the Black Nationalist Flag.  This flag was originally created for the United Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) by the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey.  After the sabotage of the UNIA movement, the flag was later adopted by the Black Nationalist/African Liberation Movement as a whole.  I styled this case in the Black Nationalist colors, because I had to.  This phone is a representation of me, my community and everything I live for.  If this phone was to be created, it was to be created by me and it was.
So, if you represent the flashy side of life, if you want people be blinded by your very presence, if you want people to see you coming from a few hundred yards away, only makes sense to own one of these cases for your cell phone!  We will Bling! any cell phone, iPod, iPad, DS or laptop model case.  We also do custom designs.  For more information, please contact Shannon through this blog.
Did you get your Goodies and Bling!?
For pics and purchase visit, etsy.com/shop/goodiesandbling
For videos visit, youtube.com/watch?v=bM7iKWWvkl8 and navigate to the Goodies and Bling! channel
For discussion visit, goodiesandbling.blogspot.com
For African art and accessories visit, allafricanartandapparel.com - under construction
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Contact, shizwop@gmail.com, shizwop@yahoo.com
Love.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

You Tube video gadget!

I don't get this gadget!  Sometimes is shows my Goodies and Bling!, but not all the time.  What's up with that?

Spring Bling Discount!

To all my Goodies and Blingers!, get a coupon code for free shipping during the month of April if you LIKE this blog and join our FOLLOW email list.  Once we see you LIKE us and are FOLLOWING us on the email list, you'll receive an email with the coupon code.  Thank you much and Love.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

I'm Back!

I've been away for a while, but I haven't forgotten about Blogger.  In a way, this is one of  the places where it all started.  I have a lot on my plate, but I'm getting it done.  Soon, I'll have a top notch presence here, just wait and see.  Love. 

P.S. Have you gotten any of my Goodies and Bling!? 
www.etsy.com/shop/goodiesandbling

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

What is Goodies and Bling!? Why you should buy it from me?


Peace Family!  I've been told to explain to my readers, why you need to have my Goodies and Bling!
First off, Goodies and Bling! is Kawaii.  What is Kawaii?  Kawaii means "cute" and it's a style of embellishment that has been one of the dominant fashion trends in Japan and much of Asia for quite some time now and we in the States seem to know absolutely nothing about it.  Many of us have seen rhinestone decorated cell phone cases, but we don't know the trend includes much more than just blinged out cell phones!
It all started with nail art!  Yes, finger nail art.  In Japan, cute, fuzzy animals, like Hello Kitty have been a part of pop culture for years.  For her most ardent fans, just collecting the Hello Kitty dolls and her accessories wasn't enough.  They began embodying Hello Kitty, literally.  One of the very first places this became apparent was on the fingernails.  Fans caught up in the trend started having their extensions decorated with everything Hello Kitty and anything cute that would accessorize Hello Kitty like little bows, rhinestones, pearls, candies and fruits.  The nail art industry fit right into this trend, because those in the trade had long been decorating nails with various items, so when Kawaii hit the scene, the industry was positioned to catch the wave.  Soon, it became hip to embellish every accessory, like hair barrettes, eyeglass cases, handbags, cameras, jewelry, cell phones, anything!  Eventually, the only thing left to do was to dress Kawaii or "be" Kawaii!  Many visitors of Japan would report seeing young girls dressed as baby dolls or in clothing that you perhaps would only see babies wearing, with giant hair bows and fluffy appendages.  This trend became so enormous, Japanese society at large began to cash in and Kawaii is now its own industry!
Granted, Kawaii is an Asian trend and its derived mostly from aspects within Asian culture, but its big and its hot and something we in the States have to know about!  I know American girls will probably never consider over sized baby outfits as the new fashion trend, but the idea of making boring everyday accessories Bling is not a bad one, if I do say so myself!  The possibilities are endless!  I personally love the idea of covering cell phone cases and compact mirrors with miniature clay sweets, but that might not be everybody's first choice of embellishment.  However, most women would probably admit a cell phone, an Ipod or compact covered in rhinestone bling is head turning, thus I bring you Goodies and Bling!
Why my Goodies and Bling!?  Because I smother my accessories with sweet clay goodness, a flare I think is unique to my brand.  As well, I'm catering directly to the Sistas (and the brothas too), from every corner of the Diaspora, which is also something I don't think you'll find in any other company who's business is embellished accessories!  Keep it real though, I think anybody will like something about my Goodies and Bling!  I'm also trying to keep my accessories affordable.  I mean, I love a cell phone covered in Swarovski, but I'm not paying $235 for it, nor would I ask anyone else to.  Lastly, every one of my products must be of the finest quality, that's why all of my Bling is genuine Swarovski crystal and all of my Goodies are made of the best polymer and air dry clay.  If my products aren't made from the best, then my brand means nothing.
Remember, February is our month and Goodies and Bling! is all about us!  As well, in February, we celebrate Love Day and Goodies and Bling! is all about love.  So link over to my Etsy store, siteFacebook page or my Twitter and browse through the many items I have to offer.  Whatever you decide to buy, whether it's for your boo or for yourself, sit back and relax, because you're going to love my Goodies and Bling!      

Thursday, January 6, 2011

This Online Business Stuff, Whew!

OMG you guys!  I am at my computer morning, noon and night, linking, posting, uploading, downloading, copying HTML and placing ads!!!!!!!!!!!!  This stuff is Hectic!  I mean its not hard, but it is tedious as hell!  I've discovered its a cyclical thing (sp).  I have to post here, then link back, then link here and post!  Round and round it goes tryin to get people to visit my blog and store.  OMG!  What did I get myself into?  I need some help from veterans.  I just invited my whole FB to this blog, somebody has got to know something!  Hit me fam, please.  I'm sayin, I'm doing everything I'm supposed to be doing, but it seems like there should be an easier way!

Down to business.  Okay.  To those of you who I told to check out my blog personally to get some explanation on the difference between the cell cases I sell and the cheap stuff you've seen on other sites is I use 100% Swarovski Crystal rhinestones!  Swarovski rhinestones are not acrylic rhinestones, in other words, plastic.  THEY BLING.  Imagine crystal, like crystal vases or statuettes.  Well, Swarovski makes rhinestones out of crystal!  And they aren't cheap.  In fact, they are exquisite.  When I cover a case in Swarovski stones, it looks like a diamond encrusted work of art.  For what I have to spend to make a case, I can't charge any less than what I am now (unless you have a smaller phone with a back fitting case only, then we can negotiate).  Yes, you can get a plastic rhinestoned cell case for much cheaper than what I sell and if you pay more than $5 for it, you got took.  Love ya. 

I'll be back later.    

Monday, January 3, 2011

Goodies and Bling!

OMG!  This blogging thing is taking some getting used to.  Writing content isn't difficult, designing my blog is what I'm having problems with.  So many people have these hot looking blogs, I just want mine to look half as good.  So if anybody out there has any pointers, please hit me. 
I made another sale today!  TIGHT!  Its going to take me at least two weeks from today to get her her phone, because I have to order the case from China and a few of the other design elements from Japan.  That delivery is going to take at least a week.  The Swarovskis don't take that long, I get those from Missouri on three day priority.  I'll finish the case in a matter of hours and depending on what day it is, she'll receive it in a day or two.  I'm excited to do this phone cause its something I haven't done yet.  When I finish it, I'll post it on my Etsy to see if it gets any hits.
Back to the blogging.  I think I need to watch a You Tube tutorial about  how to put together a good blog.  The layout is giving me some trouble as well.  It seems as if things aren't going where I want them!  Huh.  As well, I need some pointers on banners.  I'm afraid to buy a membership at a flash banner making (forgot the url) website, because I'm not sure if I'll be able to use the banner everywhere and anywhere I want.  I really do want a flash banner though, but because I'm so new to this website/blogging thing, I'm not sure if I need one or will be always be able to use it.  HELP!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Goodies and Bling!

Wow!  This is my first REAL blog!  I've blogged in the past, but this is my first time really getting into the whole art of blogging.  My first line of products is called Goodies and Bling, if you hadn't noticed!  I've designed a series of cookie jars, cell phone cases, compact mirrors, jewelry boxes and a few other things that are richly embellished with Swarovski crystals and polymer clay sweets!  Its Kawaii!  For those of you who don't know what that is, it means "Cute" and its taken on a whole life of its own in Japan and throughout Asia.  In fact, its a massive fashion trend where designers take various cute and/or delicious looking items and embellish practically anything with them.  There are at least two different aspects to Kawaii and I call them goodies or bling, hence the name of my line, Goodies and Bling!  Designers make any accessory Kawaii by either covering it with delicious sweets or rhinestones and gems.  When I first encountered Kawaii, I couldn't believe my eyes!  It was literally love at first sight.  Then, I got to thinking to my self, I could do that!  I'm a perfectionist, I pay great attention to detail, I have a good amount of patience and I know what looks good!  Needless to say, I dove right into my first project and I must say, I truly surprised myself.  The whole process is a bit time consuming and costs can be a little on the expensive side, especially the Swarovski, but the results to me, are truly one of a kind.  So browse my blog, link to my Etsy and check out my Goodies and Bling! 
Shannon Rose for YaJata.