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Satin Doll Café

About Satin Doll Cafe

My name is Gaetana Parris fashion designer, business owner and blogger. I have a passion for all things fashion and design related. I started my blog back in 2007 and over time is have evolved to not only about fashion, trends, design but the love for my business, reading and planning. So sit back and enjoy.

The Autumn Soap at the Soap Seduction

Features Posted on %AM, December 06 2011 09:53AM

All this year, I really haven’t bought any handmade soaps from my favorite shop the Soap Seduction. I’ve been watching on the low and on Cyber Monday while I was on Facebook I noticed her great sale she was having. You know I couldn’t resist, so I caved in and bought 2 soaps. One being the Raspberry Creme Cold Processed Soap and the other Spiked Orange Shea Butter Soap (The Autumn Soap).

Since I purchased the Spiked Orange Shea Butter Soap for the first time, I decided to do a blog post on it.
On first appearances it is a very pretty soap with the swirls of purplish black. On first smell, I smell licorice which isn’t one my favorite scents. But when you smell deeper, you smell a hint of clove,orange and cinnamon.Which is exactly how the owner Patrice describes the soap. Definitely a spicy soap that represents autumn to the tee.

When bathing with the soap, the soap and it’s spicy scent blankets you and makes you think of playing with leaves in your backyard.Well at least me. Like always the soap lathers amazingly. Hands down all of the Soap Seduction soaps lather the best.Even better then your name brand soaps.

Would I purchase this soap again? Maybe. Because of the licorice scent, it throws me off a bit but it is a true representation of autumn. Patrice has hit another home run with this one.

I already spotted my next purchase, Lavender Rose Tallow Soap. Stay tuned for that one. And if you want to see our review Raspberry Creme Cold Processed Soap, click here.

If you haven’t check out the Soap Seduction yet I highly suggest you do. You find them on Etsy and on their Website.

Rock Your Satin Doll Jewelry

Features Posted on %AM, July 17 2011 08:21AM

We at Satin Doll & Co. love to see our Dolls rocking their Satin Doll pieces. We’ve recently add a new photo album to our Facebook Fan Page labeled “Happy Customers”. That’s where we display your customer photos of you wearing your Satin Doll pieces out and about.

If you would like your photo included in our album, simply go to our Fanpage and post your photo on our wall and we’ll include it in our album.Or you can email us at info at satindoll dot biz and include Happy Customers in the subject line.

Now go snap some photos…

Feature of the Week: MyJunkyTrunk

Features Posted on %PM, March 11 2011 06:58PM

This week we’re featuring a great Etsy shop that sells original art and inspiration that is all about self-esteem, confidence, a healthy body image, a positive attitude, and gratitude to God for his many blessings. Enough talk… Now onto our feature featuring MyJunkyTrunk.

1. Tell us about yourself.
name is Unessalyn Sweet, and I am a “God-taught” visual artist and creator
of MyJunkyTrunk®, LLC. As a teen, I
was often teased about having a “junky trunk” and was routinely accused of
smuggling missing basketballs out of the gym underneath my sweatpants! After graduating from high school, I
went on to college at the Art Institute to become a Fashion Illustrator. During my very first art class (which
was also my last), we were asked to draw a model wearing one of our
designs. As we all worked, I began
to hear encouraging words from the instructor swirling about the room……until
she came to me.

I was the only African-American
student in the course, and when she saw my model
(who had hips, thighs, and a curvy bottom—but not nearly to the extent that I illustrate in my work today), she
sternly voiced her displeasure. She was clearly
unhappy with my idea of what a beautiful
model looked like (keep in mind that
where and when I grew up, having a curvy body wasn’t as popular as it is today, and wasn’t celebrated in
the fashion industry at all). “That’s all wrong!” She snapped. “Real people don’t look like that!” I thought to myself, “But, I do. Does
that make me wrong, too?”

was at that moment (as I walked out of the classroom) that I vowed to some day take the very thing that I was made to feel
ashamed of, and use it in a way that
would inspire other women to celebrate their curves. In other words, I would use my “junky trunk” powers for good, and not for evil!
Years later, MyJunkyTrunk®
was born.

2.What are you currently doing besides your creative craft?
addition to my own artwork and business, I also do quite a bit of graphic
design work for other individuals and small businesses such as original, custom
logos (using hand- painted images), children’s book illustrations, and
t-shirt design. I’m writing my
first book as well, so I keep pretty busy in my quest to use my gifts and
talents to bring glory to God.

3. What do you offer on your website?
offer high quality prints, original acrylic paintings on canvas, and Kidz
Fun Portrait Paintings™. I also
offer 100% cotton tees with a fabulous feminine cut which feature my gorgeous
MyJunkyTrunk® Girlz. I call them
multi-cultural cuties, with big ole booties! LOL!
I have quite a bit of new merchandise that will be available this
year as well, so please be sure to visit us often to see what’s happening
with MyJunkyTrunk®!

4.Where do you create?
I have an art studio in my home, and I do most
of my creating there. However, I don’t
limit myself to just one space. I’m
known to grab my easel, paint, and brushes and create outdoors if the weather
is nice. It always gives me such a euphoric
feeling! I also create in my favorite coffee
shop, bookstores, and even on planes during long trips (sketching only……I don’t think the flight
attendants would appreciate paint all over the seats!)

5. Where do you get your inspiration from?
cliché as it sounds, I get all of
my inspiration from God. When He
first gave me the idea for MyJunkyTrunk®, I asked Him to help me with
ideas and messages of inspiration and encouragement so that my work would
draw others to Him. I also asked that
MyJunkyTrunk® always maintain a kind of purity and innocence at its core. Since my work is very unconventional, I’m
always mindful to represent Christ well with it. For example, each name for the
MyJunkyTrunk® Girlz is run by the Father first. He has actually “red flagged” a few of
the names that I came up with on my own.
I quickly sent them to the chopping block, of course. I trust and depend on Him greatly in my business
(and in my life). I can’t do any of
this without Him!

6. How did you get started in your line of business?
started back in 2005 when God taught me how to paint. Then in 2006, as I was looking at old
photos, I began to recall some of the funny names for a butt that I’ve
heard over the years. Some of the
names were definitely PG13, but most were just silly and fun like bottom,
apple, fanny, tush, and caboose! One
day, I sat in the middle of the floor and started brainstorming,
sketching, writing and laughing with God.
The rest is history! MyJunkyTrunk®
has been the perfect vehicle for me to share the love of God in Christ
Jesus with the world. It’s more
than just art or business to me……this is ministry, and it’s what I was
born to do.

7. How do you promote your business?
Social networks, local art exhibits, and apparel
marts have been really helpful. I’m also
really grateful to have found Etsy, which has allowed me to put my work before
an audience that may not have found me otherwise. I’m always searching for more ways to
increase my online visibility, but I honestly believe that one of the best ways
to get the news out about MyJunkyTrunk®, will be through the buzz created by “word
of mouth”.

8. What is one of your most important lessons you’ve learned since starting your business?
You have to be prepared to wear many “hats”. I confess that this has been a bit of a
challenge! If you’re like me, you’d love
nothing more than to create 24/7! While
that’s a wonderful dream, it won’t pay the bills! I’ve learned that when you’re just starting
out (and usually for the first few years), it’s not unusual for you to have to wear
the hats of an artist, promoter, marketer, advertiser, salesperson, file clerk,
PR person, writer, travel agent, tax preparer, and probably a few other hats
that I’ve neglected to mention!

9. What is some of your favorite online shops on and off Etsy?
Hands down, my favorite “off Etsy”
shop is by an artist named Frank Morrison.
His work and career inspires me
more than any other artist out there. On
Etsy, I enjoy so many shops
that it’s really difficult to pick favorites!
However, I will say that within the
Etsy Artists of Color Team, some of my favorites are FlowersFromFatima,SatinDollCo, MarcusKwame, TheSoapSeduction,
ShayGon, QuellyRueDesigns, VirtuousCreations,
and ForMySistersProducts, just to name a few!

You can find MyJunkyTrunk online at:

Here’s some great products that can found at MyJunkyTrunk:

Professional Peach Print

Kidz Fun Portrait Painting

Fetish Fanny Print

Word Workout Print

Feature of the Week:Smell Good Spa

Features Posted on %PM, March 04 2011 05:57PM

Last month we featured some great artists/shops for the entire month and I decided to start back up featuring a new artist/shop each Friday. This Friday we decided to feature a great shop/artist who is known online for her great bath and body products. I’m a proud user of a couple of their products. So enough talk and now on to the feature featuring Smell Good Spa.

1. Tell us about yourself.
Like my bio reads across several social networks: I am a wife, home
educating mother, entrepreneur, business woman, and friend. I have
evolved into a person that truly Lives, Laughs, and Loves. There are
several additives to me, but the core of me is what I have mentioned

2.What are you currently doing besides your creative craft?
Fulfilling all my roles as a woman: being a wife, assisting my children
with there education, supporting other women with the same roles as
mine, staying fit, and always being girlie and cultured.

3. What do you offer on your website?
On my online store I offer signature fragrance oil blends, signature
hand-dipped incense, and wholesome, bath & body goods. My online
store is for women, men, and girls.

4.Where do you create?
I create in my dining room and in my office.

5. Where do you get your inspiration from?
Inspiration for my product creations are derived from gourmet desserts,
gourmet beverages, and confections; Culture is also inspiration for my
fragrances. My creative inspiration comes from big business such as
Apple, Target, Cold Stone Creamery , Jelly Belly, and some other big
businesses. The inspiration that keeps me going for what I desire for
myself comes from my husband, children, and all women in business that
are living their fullest lives.

6. How did you get started in your line of business?
In the late part of 1997 my husband had an idea of us selling oils and
incense. We got tired of not being able to find the street vendor “guy”
that sold us the oils. In 1998 the selling of typical fragrance oils
and incense began. However, we needed a niche. I began creating
blends, dipping incense, and researching more about wholesome
ingredients for the skin.

7. How do you promote your business?
I promote my business via social networks, marketing materials,
sponsoring giveaways and events, adding business information to online
directories, and by being on top of my SEO. My customers are the most
important promoters; Word-of-mouth is priceless.

8. What is one of your most important lessons you’ve learned since starting your business?
There were many lessons learned. However, one of the most important lessons is to remain consistent.

9. What is some of your favorite online shops on and off Etsy?
Are you sure you want to ask me this question? LOL. Here are just some of my favs from the accessory & beauty categories.

-Etsy:Farrago Bags,Lunaversoul,Mignz,Idea 2 Life Style,Kezzmit,Satin Doll & Co,Uzuri,Afrique La Chic,Crazy Boy,Quelly Rue Designs,Jaz Jewelz,Beads In The Belfry,and Jenny N Design.

-Online:Narah’s Jewelry,Bohemian Spirit Jewelry,Tomoka’s Twists,Myla’s Bags,Yes Lioness,Milan Minerals, and M.A.D Minerals.

You can find Smell Good Spa online at:

Here’s some great products that can be found at Smell Good Spa:

Signature Oil 4oz

Almond Scrub

Marinade 2 oz.

Black Soap

ChocoTruffle Lotion

Stay Sweet Whips

Black History Month Blog Series: Kezzmit

Features Posted on %PM, February 24 2011 04:01PM

We’re coming almost to the end of our blog series for Black History Month. We’re featuring a amazing shop named Kezzmit. Kezzmit features affordable unique funky boho ethnic fashion jewelry. If you love all of those elements in jewelry then read on.

1. Tell us about yourself.
I operate by my senses – anything that delights my eyes, smells
heavenly, or makes my body want to move… I’m ALL over it. I’m an avid
lover of the arts…all of the arts. I love beauty and music – so I
appreciate artists, musicians, poets, dancers and especially anyone who
can really throw down in the kitchen…because that’s a true art too. I’ve been married 27 years to one of the kindest men on earth…have three
brilliant grown children and very one very precocious grand-daughter.

2.What are you currently doing besides your creative craft?
My craft is my passion and I spend a lot of my free time creating…or
thinking about creating. If I’m not in my studio…I’m either reading or
watching a movie. I also have a lust for travel because I find
inspiration everywhere I go.

3. What do you offer in your Etsy shop and shops?
I offer affordable, unique, primitive, organically funky one-of-a kind jewelry…mostly earrings.

4.Where do you create?
I create in my head constantly, but I have a room designated as my studio/office.

5. Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get my inspiration from other cultures, history and Mother Earth

6. How did you get started in your line of business?
I use to wear my hair cropped very short when nobody did back in the
early 70s until about 2 years ago…so I wore big earrings so no one would
mistake me for a boy. It just happened that I walked into a bead shop
one day and that was the beginning – I started to make my own BIG
fabulous earrings. Folks liked them…and that’s when my little
unofficial earring business jumped off.

7. How do you promote your business?
I primarily use Facebook and Twitter. Social networking has been the crux of promoting my business. Love it because it’s free.

8. What is one of your most important lessons you’ve learned since starting your business?
Don’t get discouraged…hang in there. There is a lot of competition out
there…but if your product is of quality and uniquely you…your target
market will find YOU.

9. What is some of your favorite online shops on and off Etsy?
I have so many, but these are my top favorites -Lunaversol, Yokoo, idea2lifestyle. I constantly check to see what they have new.

You can find Kezzmit online at:

Here’s some great products that can found at Kezzmit:

HANYA-African Twist Earrings

Turquoise Blue Phoenix Earrings

Maka Rustic Tribal Earrings

Bahati Beaded Textured Choker

Samfira Reversible Tribal Pendant

Black History Month Blog Series: Marcus Kwame

Features Posted on %PM, February 23 2011 02:49PM

If you are a lover of black art then you’re going to absolutely love our next feature featuring Marcus Kwame. Marcus Kwame’s shop you can find prints and originals which are limited edition. Enough talk and onto the feature.

1. Tell us about yourself.
I’m an artist living in the capital region of upstate New York. I’ve
been making art for as long as I can remember. My cousin introduced me
to comic books at a young age and I was hooked. I loved the stories but I
was even more inspired by the way that the artists were able to bring
narratives to life using sequential art. It wasn’t long before I was
drawing my own characters and creating my own comics. I am still writing
and drawing comics to this day.

I also developed a love of painting. As I grew older and learned more
about the rich cultural heritage of my people, my art naturally began to
reflect the African diaspora. I am particularly interested in
representing the diversity of that diaspora. I believe the arts can be a
powerful vehicle for change. I have a lot to say and art is how I am
most comfortable communicating.

2.What are you currently doing besides your creative craft?
First and foremost, I’m the father of a wonderful two year old girl. I
also work full time as an art teacher and lend my talents to community
work and projects.

3. What do you offer in your Etsy shop and shops?
I currently offer original art, paintings, and greeting cards. I will
also be opening up a second Etsy shop featuring illustrations for
children later this year.

4.Where do you create?
I create most of my work at home in my art room.

5. Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get my inspiration from everywhere. I mentioned earlier that much of
my work represents the African diaspora, but I’m open to other sources
of inspiration. I am inspired by my daughter. Music has always been a
big inspiration to me. I listen to a lot of reggae, jazz, blues, hip-hop
and soul music. Life in general is where I get my inspiration from.

6. How did you get started in your line of business?
When I graduated from college I began to sell my art locally at craft
fairs and festivals. I also exhibited my work in local galleries. In
2007 I created a website for my art to reach a larger audience and
opened my etsy shop,

7. How do you promote your business?
I do a lot of promotion online through social networking. I’m also a
part of the Etsy Artists of Color street team, where shop owners network
and support each other. I also believe in the value of word of mouth
promotion. I give out postcards and business cards for my sites whenever

8. What is one of your most important lessons you’ve learned since starting your business?
Being online can open you up to a worldwide audience, but without a
continuous effort to bring traffic to your site you will become lost in
the crowd.

9. What is some of your favorite online shops on and off Etsy?
Here are some, but I know there are many others that I’m forgetting.

Shadra Strickland’s shop (
Jen Wojtowicz (
Jerise (
Lark Calderon Gomez (
Baby D Baby (
Thepairabirds (
Aleebird (

You can find Marcus Kwame online at:
Etsy Shop:

Here’s some great art that can be found at Marcue Kwame:

Lady Day 14×17 Archival Print

Martin Luther King Injustice Archival Print

Marvins Sepia Blues Print

Holiday Kwanzaa card Umoja

Sun Daughter

Black History Month Blog Series: Madame Koiteh

Features Posted on %AM, February 22 2011 10:37AM

If you are into organic products then you’re going to love our next feature. Madame Koiteh features organic Shea butter, cocoa butter and African Black soap. Madame Koiteh also features Yoruba metaphysical herbal and spiritual supplies all religious traditions. Enough talk and onto the feature.

Tell us about yourself.
I started crafting many years ago, actually as a child. I always loved
to sew, crochet, draw, and make perfumes. My mother and other relatives
were always making something,from soap to clothes to incense. My first
perfume was a sad little bottle of water with a peach pit and some of my
mom’s Tabu. (I was 5!) Later I would collect flowers, add spices and
perfume, and make potpourri. Only in the last few years did I decide to
turn my crafty dreams into a business, and it has been the experience of
a lifetime.

What do you offer in your Etsy shop and shops?
Now, I have the wonderful opportunity to share my lifelong love of shea
with the rest of the world. I spend most of my days developing
formulas that feature the goodness of pure African shea butter combined
with the elegance of modern western beauty care. I use techniques that I
learned from my elders in Africa to work with shea butter in a holistic
way that preserves its legendary properties. I offer the finest quality
organic shea butter, African Black Soap, handmade soaps, unique hair
, African spiritual supplies, and much more in my Etsy shop. I
have also innovated some of my own techniques to make some unique
products, such as a very limited edition “Shea Butter Pearl” bath
product that will be available later! (Hint, hint)

Where do you create?
I create most of my products and designs in my own lab/studio. Some of
my knitted and crocheted pieces featured in my second Etsy shop are made
outdoors, in the forest or by the river, where I also like to create
and meditate.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
Inspiration is a very special concept for me. It is a part
of my everyday life. I consider myself to be very blessed to be able to
draw inspiration from many sources, chiefly from my ancestors. The
ideas for much of my work comes in dreams, during meditations, and other
spiritual impetus, as well as from admiring beautiful artwork, music,
and nature.

How do you promote your business?
Most of the promotion that we get is from word of mouth, and
from being in the public at vending events, business conventions, and
industry buying events. I would like to get more involved with Internet
marketing, mainly through the social venues, but being naturally shy
this is sometimes a challenge for me. I really prefer to stay behind the
scenes and let the rest of the family shine on that!

What is one of your most important lessons you’ve learned since starting your business?
But being a good businesswoman also means honoring others. Every time
someone purchases something from you, they are extending their trust to
you, in the expectation that you will deliver what you promised and make
them happy. I’ve learned that to honor that trust is the key to
business success. Honoring your customers means being grateful for their
business, taking the time to communicate with them, providing the
finest products and service you can, going out of your way to resolve
any issues, and staying calm and friendly no matter what happens. When I
first joined the family business and opened our Etsy shop, I thought it
was all about numbers, accounting, record keeping, etc. But I learned
that all of those things are secondary to the way you work with people.
If you keep in mind that each person is worthy of honor, business
becomes enjoyable, customers become friends, and struggle becomes

2011 is a very special year for my whole family at Madame Koiteh,
because this year we have launched our first independent fundraiser
campaign for one of the causes that is truly special to us. This year we
are donating 10% of our net profits to the Sheikh Jobe Institute in the
Gambia West Africa, where severe flooding has ravaged parts of the
countryside and left thousands homeless and impoverished. The Institute
is a school, children’s hospice, and orphanage that houses more than 300
children, ranging from age 4 to adulthood. The facilities were damaged
during the floods and are in urgent need of repair. In addition, many of
the parents have lost their livelihood, and subsequently the hospice
has not been able to collect critically needed school fees in order to
maintain operations. It is an honor and a privilege for Madame Koiteh
to sponsor the Sheikh Jobe Institute and its children for the year of
2011, and we thank you for your business which also supports this worthy
cause. You can learn more at my blog

We will be featuring special products throughout the year in our Etsy
shop and other online venues to further support our goal of raising a
minimum of $5000 to be donated to the Sheikh Jobe Institute. Please
visit us frequently to check out these very special listings.

What is some of your favorite online shops on and off Etsy?
I would love to shout out a few of my favorite online shops: I love the gorgeous beadwork of SedonaSkye on Etsy ( I also really like the beautiful soft colorations of the artwork of Daphnecellophane ( the NightJar ( I’m a big fan of OliveHue’s intense modern artwork, which is a cool blend of comic book line art with fairy tale chic ( And being a devout knitter, I have to include my favorite fiber painter on Etsy ( Jody Poesy is awesome at creating colorscapes that look like rainbow waters flowing across the ribbons.

You can find Madame Koiteh online at:
Etsy Shops: &
Websites: &

Here’s some great products that can be found at Madame Koiteh:

African Black Soap Butter Variety Moisturizing

Yellow Shea Butter Organice Unrefined -1 pound

Melissa Lemongrass Handmade Bath Soap Cold Process

Rich Moisturizing Cream for Dry Hair with Pure Shea Butter

Pure Pressed Cocoa Butter Rich Chocolate Fragrance Food Grade 25 Pounds

Black History Month Blog Series:Calabash Creations

Features Posted on %AM, February 21 2011 10:23AM

If you are a lover of handmade cards,art and gift items then you’re definitely going to love our next feature featuring Calabash Creations. Now onto the feature.

1. Tell us about yourself.

I’m a wife and
“Mommy” with a love of paper, paints, and fabrics. I tend to
think of myself as a free spirit who loves to design handmade cards, bookmarks,
and mixed media and collage pieces. I thoroughly enjoy the creative process
and what it has to offer.

2.What are you currently doing besides your creative craft?

I’ve been working
on some resource materials for early childhood learners. (I ‘m a former
elementary school teacher.)

3. What do you offer in your Etsy shop and shops?

I offer an eclectic mix
of handmade greeting cards, art, and gift items on Etsy at:

and I also have my work featured on cards, prints, and gift items available on several POD (print on demand)

4.Where do you create?

I’m fortunate
enough to have a studio space at home. It’s the perfect place for me to escape
and create.

5. Where do you get your inspiration from?

I’m inspired by
lots of things… but when I really think about it, I realize that I’m hooked on vibrant colors, textures,
abstract dimensions, and ethnic vibes.

6. How did you get started in your line of business?

It’s been quite a journey. This all started as a hobby based on a
love of paper and handmade cards. I made cards for friends and family, and they
encouraged me to take things a step further. Over the past eight years
I’ve watched my card making hobby take on a life of its own… it has evolved
from hobby to business and I’ve gone from
playing around with paper and collage elements to making conscious
business decisions. I still play and
have fun, but as things have changed, my play time is much more focused and
goal oriented.

7. How do you promote your business?

A good deal of my promotion is from word of
mouth, but I do have a blog

and a Facebook fan

I blog about stuff
that I’m working on, and I use my fan page to stay in touch with my customers.

I also do a few
local shows during the year. One of my goals this year is to do more to promote
my business.

8. What is one of your most important lessons you’ve learned since starting your business?

There have been so
many lessons learned along the way, but the one that seems to be the front
runner is the one on marketing. In order for your business to grow and do well,
you have to pay attention to your marketing efforts.

9. What is some of your favorite online shops on and off Etsy?

There are so many…,,
are 2 shops on Etsy that come to mind.

You can find Calabash Creations online at:





GC Universe:

Here’s some great products that can be found at Calabash Creations:

Blank Teacher Note Card

Motivational Paper Bookmark and Magnet Set

Tulips Blank Greeting Card

My Sister My Friend Original Acrylic on Canvas

Decorative Magnets Set of 3

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