Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Interview with Fashion Designer Heather Spears

Hi There..... Would you want me to cut to the chase? Ask no questions today? Start this blog post about another Fashion Designer Interview right now? 

Too bad, because I already asked you 3 questions. Did you even read them? 😨

Yes? Great, then you know I am giving some more insight into the Fashion Industry today. I love doing these Fashion Designer Interviews, and I sure hope you do too. 😍

Then again, maybe you would rather skip this first part, but you can’t leave here before you have satisfied that curiosity of yours. You have a burning desire to stay here and keep reading, almost as if you are under a spell. I bet you didn't realize that I could do that with you. 😁

It’s just like watching an extremely boring movie. The title sounds quite promising, so you get comfortable in your lazy chair to sit back and relax. You open your bag of crisps and lean back. 😋

The beginning is boring, but you convince yourself the exciting part will start soon. After half an hour, you have your doubts if it will get any better. However, you keep on watching. As the movie is past halfway, you need to decide what to do. 😯

The film isn’t getting better, by now you are no longer hopeful. You realize the movie will not get any more entertaining. Curiosity got the better of you. Will you turn it off or keep watching because you seriously want to know how it ends. Tell me, I have to know if I am the only fool that does that. 😱

Ok, let's pretend there was no beginning to this blog post and get right to the more interesting part about the answers Heather Spears gave to my questions. She is a 27-year-old independent Fashion Designer who makes costumes for clients. 😊

What kind of work do you do, or what are you studying to be?

I always jam my workday packed with a lot of different creative avenues; from design sketches to technical pattern making and garment construction and everything in-between. It feels like I am always on my toes!

Is fashion important to you? Why?

Fashion has always been important to me. I feel like it is a magnificent way to express yourself. What we wear can symbolize how we feel, things we love, and who we are. I feel like fashion has been an emotional support system for me and helps me feel good about myself, even when my mind is telling me otherwise. A cute outfit lifts my spirits more than it should, but I can’t help the fact that fashion makes me happy.  

What are your successes and how did you achieve them?

The fashion industry has been full of so many trials for me. It seems like finishing every project is at least a minor success, no matter how big or small, they each have their own little feeling of accomplishment. Being from a background of custom, more elaborate, and “out-there” creations, some of my favorite successes are on the whacky side.

They featured me on Vogue for their Met Gala Challenge from a recreation of Billy Porter’s 2019 The Blondes look. I did that a month before I designed a costume based on the animated series Rick and Morty for Adult Swim. It was a ball gown based on the classic scene of the characters jumping through the show’s iconic portal; this look is so zany, I laugh at it every time I see it. I don’t know if I love it or feel embarrassed of it, but a smile is a smile however it takes your face in the books.

Is the name of the Brand important to you when you buy clothing?

The quality I wear is far more important to me than the actual brand name of the product. Brands are fun, but I feel they are something to be careful of. I don’t want to wear items just because of their name, but I wear what makes me feel my best.

Describe your personal style of clothing?

My personal style teeters between very outlandish and crazy to extremely dialed back and classy and nothing in-between. I either love to be that over-dressed showstopper or poised and elegant. I know those things don’t always walk hand-in-hand, but that is the best way to describe my personal style.

How did you find your personal style? Do you have a signature look?

That might be my biggest trouble, I don’t think I ever found my personal style. There are people out there that make your jaw drop and you could point at something and know it’s so them. I have so much respect for that, but know it’s not me. I like so much about fashion that one ascetic will never be just me because I think highly of styling yourself in different ways. Maybe someday I’ll settle down, but for now, I’m going to jump from one style to the next until I can decide on who I want to be.

Do you have an influence on other people’s clothing style?

I am the go-to gal in my friend’s group for what to wear. I can’t help but talk about clothes so much that I think the answer to this one has to be as simple as “yes”. Now, I don’t know if I can take credit for being a good style influence… you can just call me the fun style influence if you want to (haha)

What are in your eyes the best trends at the moment?

Oh wow, that is a brilliant question! One of the big things I see I am in love with for spring/summer 2021 is painted denim bottoms. When you talk about fashion, expressing who you are, it doesn’t get better than painted denim because that can be anything. I have seen things like beautiful flowers on cut-off shorts to full pant legs done by hand from amazing artists. I love it all and hope to see this continue to grow in popularity; not only does it give an outfit some fun pops of casual color, but in just a second I can tell a bit about the person wearing them I may never know otherwise. I think that’s pretty cool.

What are in your eyes the worst trends at the moment?

I am so not a fan of overly small bags. I know they are great for adding little bits of color, but when I’m carrying a bag, it’s like a black hole. You can pull anything out of that thing if you’re in a pinch. I can’t make good use out of a bag smaller than a decimal. As cute as they are in appearance, I don’t think they are functional enough for a girl like me who likes to carry everything and the kitchen sink.

What kind of fashion advice would you give us?

When it comes to what you wear, just be you. We live in a time where being yourself is more important and accepted than ever. I feel like fashion walks hand-in-hand with that. Wear what makes you feel good, wear what makes you feel beautiful or cool, be strange if you want to be as long as you can look in the mirror and see the wonderful person who you are looking back at you. When we see someone else killing it with being who they are; smile and know that their expression is a win for all of us.

Who is your style icon and why?

Gosh, there are so many impressive icons in style to choose from. I always lean towards people who go as far as their imagination can take them. Right now, I feel like appreciating Lady Gaga for every eye-turning moment she’s ever made possible through fashion, but also for her ability to keep a collected sophistication in her look. And you can’t forget about her overall support of others being their unique selves, either.

Is there something else you would like to share with us?

Thank you so much for the opportunity to talk fashion with you!

Thank you too, Heather, for filling in my questions. You should visit her Youtube channel. She has lots of love and passion she wants to share with the world on her channel.

Check out some of my previous Fashion Designer Interviews.

Hope you like my blog.....Until next time.....Have a nice day 

Renata (Seadbeady) 

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Saturday, 10 April 2021

Do You Need A Stiff Neck Remedy? The Gigi Cosmetics - Electric Pulse Neck Massager

Hi There..... Do you also suffer from neck pains? Maybe what you need is a relaxing neck massage? Would you like me to tell you more about my stiff neck remedy? 

Did all this Corona madness make you feel tense, tired, hypersensitive, or even angry perhaps? No worries, it’s absolutely natural in these times of crisis. 😵

There are places in the world where they have vaccinated lots of people, and everything is peachy. I wish I could say the same for Belgium. At the moment, only about 20% of the people have had a vaccination. 😟

All bars and restaurants are closed. If we want to go shopping, we have to book an appointment and get a maximum of 30 minutes in the store, except for the supermarkets and other essential stores. 😥

There is an evening clock, so we have to be home before midnight. I feel like 18 all over again. I always had to be home before the clock struck twelve, just like Cinderella. 😏

The fitness centers, hairdressers, beauty salons, tattoo shops are also closed, also the dancings, discotheques, and nightclubs. There are no theatres, movies or concerts. No need to go on, I suppose you get my point. Enough to get angry or unhappy about. Enough to cause stress on anybody. 😖

There are some solutions I can think of to release your tension. I could suggest you either take a cold shower to cool down, or a hot shower or bath to relax your muscles. 😁

You could go for a stroll and when somebody annoying passes, you could beat him or her up. Ah, maybe not the best idea I ever had, haha, and for all I know you might strain another muscle. 😂

There may be a lot of solutions to this problem, but for me, the best stiff neck remedy still is a good neck massage. That's why it was such a relief they asked me to review this Electric Pulse Neck Massager from The Gigi Cosmetics 😍

First things first, though, ...

what does their website say about this device? 

Troubled by stiffness of neck and shoulder after tons of stress working overtime and lack of physical activities? Or constantly suffered from headaches, neck pain, repeated migraines, and sleeping disorders? Here is your solution:

Electric Pulse Neck Massager is an electric pulse massager that eases muscle tension and cervical fatigue.

The device has a streamlined design and its U shape was adopted in accordance with the human neck cervical.

The built-in magnets provide massage of human acupoints, thus benefiting the stressed muscle tissues and nervous system in general. Such magnetic therapy reduces stress and helps to improve our health via stimulation of the nerves endings by electric pulses.

Besides, due to 3D intelligent fit technology, anyone can easily adjust the electrodes according to their own neck. Also comes with a pair of electrode patches that can be used on multiple body parts, for example, neck, back, leg and waist, etc.

Order today and leave your neck pain and cervical fatigue in the past. Feel like you were 18 all over again!

Product Benefits

-Balances your nervous system
-Eliminates pain
-Relaxes muscles
-Promotes blood circulation
-Improves oxygen supply, microcycle, nutrition of the tissue cells
-Promotes metabolism.
- 3D intelligent fit technology
easily adjust electrode according to personal neck curve, creating a better coverage for massage
- 6 modes transferable and 10 kinds of intensity adjustable
Switch modes based on your own preferences!
-Best for relief on
Neck pain and cervical stiffness.
Arthritis in the shoulders.
Natural curvature problems (bone hyperplasia).
Irritability and fatigue due to sleep disorders (can be caused by cervical spondylitis).
Numbness in the arms and shoulders.
Edema and inflammation.
Dizziness and loss of balance.
Headaches (especially at the back of the head).
Cervical nerve pain.
High or low blood pressure.
Muscular spasms or shooting pains/ trigger points.
Knotted neck and shoulders.

I have a lot of joint and muscle problems and need to go to the physiotherapist twice a week. They recently tested my blood, and it seems there is more going on than just pain issues. They found a factor in my blood that suggests I have an immune deficiency disease. I am ever so sorry. You weren't expecting me to be ordinary, I hope. 😁

Certain days, I return from the physiotherapist and with one wrong move, my neck gets stiff all over again. Perfect time for me to test the device. 😊

How does it work

All you have to do is wet your neck with a wet towel and put the device around your neck. Turn on the device, choose between heat mode, acupuncture mode, beat mode, and massage mode, and you are good for 15 minutes. You can choose to do this one or 2 times a day. 😊

I will not tell you if it worked for me or not. Most definitely not. 😡

Ah, I got you. You thought I would not tell you, right? No, I was just fooling around. Some of you that have been following me for a while probably didn't fall for this trap. They know I always come true. 😎

Where was I? Oh yes, in the living room behind my laptop trying to write a review, and you are still patiently (or not) waiting for ...

My opinion

What can I say, it feels as if they made this neck massager especially for me? I just love the acupuncture mode, beat mode, and massage mode. 😍

The only thing I am not that fond of is the heat mode. If I read correctly in the book, the heat goes up to 42 degrees, and that's too much for me. Ah, I know, I am a scaredy-cat with heat. I am not a fan of a hot shower either. So the only problem could be me. 😏

There is a solution though, for my problem. When I put a towel in between my neck and the device, the heat is not that strong. 😀

I would definitely check out their website

They have top-quality beauty products. Here are a few examples.

Their mission is to elevate, enable, approve, and eventually assemble confidence in ladies around the globe through astounding items that empower both inward and external beauty and otherworldly edification while additionally giving chances to self-improvement and budgetary reward. 😊

Hope you like my blog.....Until next time.....Have a nice day 

Renata (Seadbeady)

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Wednesday, 7 April 2021

The Best Guide on how to perfect your makeup looks - makeup guide from Lipsticksmoothie

Hi There..... Would you like to perfect your makeup looks? Do you love to do makeup? 

No, no, not kiss and make up. Let me rephrase the question. Would you like to know more about some great makeup tutorials? 😉

Ah, now I got you interested, haven’t I? A lot of us like to do makeup, but not everybody can create stunning looks. Often I see pictures on Instagram, thinking how sublime is that. When I tried to recreate their makeup looks, it turned out to be a pure disaster. 😬

Like a lot of you, I never learned how. Back in the seventies, most of us only used one color of eyeshadow, and only on the eyelid, nothing above the crease. 😊

Oops, almost forgot that some of you may not know what this crease is. Your crease is the part of your eyelid that is between your eyebrow bone and your moving eyelid. So the only part where we wore eyeshadow in the seventies was on the part that moves when you blink your eyes. 😄

It’s also the part where the skin loses its elasticity and wrinkles and folds appear if you are my age. That’s why I am keen to do this now, before my crease totally disappears underneath the sagging skin. Oh my, I am imagining myself performing as a singer still and having to lift the skin on top of my eyes to show people my eye makeup look. 😂

Can you imagine how happy I was to receive this Makeup Guide from Lipsticksmoothie in return for my honest opinion?

First, you might want to know what their website says about this book. 😊

Finally, all the answers to your MAKEUP questions! This STEP BY STEP Makeup Guide will save you so much time and will help you find your perfect look. 🎉

The LipstickSmoothie Makeup Guide is your one-stop-shop for your makeup routine:

✓8-week Makeup Plan 🦋
✓32+ step-by-step makeup looks 💄
✓200+ beautiful pages 📖
✓Makeup Tracker Charts 📝
✓for makeup beginners & pros 🤓
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Think of it as your own cookbook for makeup. Join our safe space and discover your personal signature looks with the LipstickSmoothie Makeup Guide!

The Makeup Guide helps you bring your makeup skills to the next level with the first-of-its-kind Makeup Plan!

What's inside the Guide?

200+ Stunning Pages

We inspire, motivate and educate with over 200 pages that help you bring your makeup skills to new heights.

8-week Makeup Plan

Every week, you will discover a new style. Try 8 makeup styles and their variations: smokey, halo, winged liner, and more!

32 Beautiful Looks

Experiment with 32 step-by-step pictorial looks to find out what suits best for your personal style!

Makeup Tips

Learn all the makeup tips and tricks in a clear, easy-to-understand format!

Base, Eyes & Lips

All your makeup needs are covered in one place: choose the topic you want to explore and discover all its secrets.

One-Stop Makeup Library

The Makeup Guide offers limitless inspiration at your fingertips, all in one place!

Make Any Look Your Own

The guide teaches you a wide range of techniques, you can customize the looks to fit you and your friends.

Makeup Tracker Charts

We keep you on the journey to a new makeup experience with Tracker Charts that lets you follow the program at a pace that works for you!

Best value for money!

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I will first show you some of the looks I tried to make with the help of the makeup tutorials from the book.

1. Nude Look

This was my first attempt at making some of those makeup looks. You really get step-by-step instructions on how you achieve this nude look. 

There is a picture for every step you take, and what brush you have to use. You also get a lot of examples of variations on this same look. You can also take notes in the tracker chart. There is a column for your date, reaction (whether you liked it or not), your thoughts, and the colors you used.

2. Bold Look

For my second attempt, I tried to do a bolder look. There are a lot more steps in this one, and they are all illustrated with pictures.

The example showed more red and purple shades, but at the moment I don't have those in my stash. I suppose it is all a question of experimenting with colors until you get to the one you like best. Then if you know exactly where to apply the lighter, where the in-between, and where the darker colors you are on the right path. There are also a few suggestions in the book of combinations you can try.

3. Liner

My third attempt was a look that focused more on the eyeliner. This is a great everyday look if you ask me, although it took 8 steps also to get there. 

Practice, however, makes perfect, and my looks may not be perfect yet, but I am certain that with the help of this book, I will get there.

This is such a great guide. Part 1 is an educational section that covers all the basics of makeup and techniques. I was so happy they included this in the book because there were so many things I wasn't aware of. There were so many tips and tricks, and what I liked most were the dos and don'ts. 

It's not just about the eyes, but you also get to learn about primers, foundations, concealers, highlighters, powders, contouring, bronzers, blushes, and lips. 

I have seen a lot of YouTube movies, but I found it so hard to recreate those looks afterward. This book was the best solution for me. I still have a lot of looks I want to try, so this book is guaranteed fun for so many weeks to come.

Hope you like my blog.....Until next time.....Have a nice day Renata (Seadbeady) 

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Saturday, 3 April 2021

Interview with Fashion Influencer Samya Mohamed

Hi There..... Can I make you happy today with a new Instagram Influencer interview? Yes? No?

If you are into women’s fashion, I am sure you will love it.

I only interview Instagram Influencers that are active in fashion. That being said, I would love to find a few more, because I am almost out. 😨

It’s not like I can go buy them at the supermarket. I wonder which rack of Influencers I would be on? Fun, somewhat crazy, wrinkled, or even kind maybe? As long as it’s not the bottom rack, those are usually the things that are the least popular. 😉

Maybe I don’t have them lined up because I have made it a rule that they would have to have a minimum of 15.000 followers. Then again, why would I interview them if they were not special? Nothing interesting about an influencer with less. Ooh, that would mean I am not interesting either. Hm, Am I???? 😲

Maybe someday, if I ever make it to 15.000 followers, I might answer my own questions. Oh my, what on earth would I say? Ah, no need to worry, I may never make it that far. I could fall down the stairs this weekend and break my fingers, you never know. However, worrying may be better than having an accident? 😧

I remember my fall down the stairs a few months ago vividly. Not that I broke anything, except my nail, but it wasn’t the most enjoyable thing to do. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. Not the most fun pass time. 😏

So who is going to be that special woman on my blog post for today? Let me introduce you to Samya Mohamed. She has an amazing 110.000 followers on Instagram. Let's see what her answers to my questions are. 😊

Do you have a day job? Full-time or Part-time?

Full- time Influencer And Amazon Vine Reviewer

How many hours do you spend on Instagram on average?

5-6 hours a day on average not including content creation

Is fashion important to you? Why? 

Fashion is very important to me. As a creator my entire life is based on how I feel, I do my best to create an overall fashionable environment for myself to improve my mood and creativity. 
To me, fashion isn’t just an article of clothing but more of a lifestyle experience, a feeling, a vision that only you can articulate and bring to life. It plays a big part in the Brands I collaborate with and the quality of styles and products I share with my followers. 

Fashion brings life to the content ideas I create for the brands, but more importantly, a fashionable lifestyle makes me feel powerful. 

What are your successes and how did you achieve them?

Here are two of my most recent achievements, which brought me to where I am today. The first big campaign I did was for Maybelline. It totally changed my business goals. 
I applied to the campaign thinking I wouldn’t get accepted because of my followers being low. They approved me for the campaign with a note to replicate some content I had previously created for another brand. 
That’s when I realized I was struggling with being a part-time influencer because I focused on all the wrong things. Being an influencer wasn’t about the followers or likes, which I had spent so much time on, and got me nowhere. 
The Brands wanted creative content, content that followers would engage with. This gave me an upper hand to focus more on my content and engagement with my followers. 
The second was an Event called BeautyCon. They invited me as a 'Guest Influencer'. It was and still feels surreal, one of the greatest moments I’ve had. I had been an influencer for less than a year then. I did not know what I was getting into. On that day I met so many incredible brands and even made some collaborations. It led me to quit my Day job and pursue influencing full time. 

Is the name of the Brand important to you when you buy clothing?

No. As we all love the luxury of designer brands, I prefer creating looks using all or any brand I can find. What’s a vision for creation if you're limited to specific brands, right? 
The past year as an Amazon Influencer and Vine Reviewer has changed my entire perspective on fashion. 
I get the chance to try out and review so many small brands with such beautiful quality designs, then I share them in my shop for my followers that want to recreate my looks. Creating a shop that caters to my community's budget and style needs is priceless. I do have luxury items in my Amazon Shop for those who can afford the more pricy accessories.

Describe your personal style of clothing?

It’s definitely a mix between Tomboy, Chic & Artsy 

How did you find your personal style? Do you have a signature look? 

My main style has always been Sophisticated, over time I incorporated comfort, sporty and chic. Nowadays, you can always find me in a Crop Top, High Waisted Trousers, Sneakers, and a hat. 

Do you have an influence on other people’s clothing style?

Surprisingly, I never would’ve thought so. However, I now have followers who purchase my styles through my Amazon shop or any Fashion collaboration Links I share. It feels fantastic to see others enjoy styles I’ve selected and reviewed. 

What are in your eyes the best trends at the moment?

I don’t follow Trends. I enjoy creating my own trends, all based on my expression. I’m the type of person who will go out in all white all year long. I will say, high-waisted jeans & trousers are always a popular trend in my eyes.

What are in your eyes the worst trends at the moment?

I’m not a big fan of wide-leg pants, I feel it’s not a versatile trend for everyone. It’s a look that only a specific body can rock. 

What kind of fashion advice would you give us?

Organizing is key, knowing where all your things are, can make or break a look. Don’t look up trends or styles and try to compete with the market. By the time you reach a trend, it's moved on to another right in front of your eyes. You’ll only be compared rather than praised. 
Often I start with one item I want to wear then layer it with pieces until I get the look I want. Expand your creativity, you’d be surprised what’s in your wardrobe. 

Who is your style icon and why?

Karl Lagerfeld. Karl was and still is a Legend in my book. The depth of his creativity and fearless styles have always inspired me to do better.

She has quite an amazing story to tell, don't you agree? Thank you, Samya, for taking the time to answer my questions. 😍

Curious about previous Fashion Influencers Interviews? Here are the links to them

Hope you like my blog.....Until next time.....Have a nice day 

Renata (Seadbeady) 

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Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Review about the Jouwbox - Special Edition - Take Care Of Yourself with Natural Products by Ekoplaza - Chocolate Bars

Hi There..... Are you ready for some more natural products? Maybe you would like to know a bit more about the chocolate bars from my Jouwbox?

Would you? Great, then you are in for a treat. 😃

Ah candy, it almost seems as if they are forbidden somehow lately. If you have kids, you had better not put any chocolate bars or sweet treats in their backpack. Beware of the bad bad candy. Never mind the wolf. 😏

It was so much fun distributing treats for my birthday at school when I was a young girl. I would always do this on the last day of school because my birthday was in July. It didn’t matter what you brought to school, everything was fine. Nowadays, giving candy or sweet drinks is out of the question. 😬

We didn’t get that much candy at home, though. I recall that now and then we would go to a small shop with our mom. We could choose a few pieces of candy for 1 BEF. That could be a few lollypops, some gummy bears, whatever we wanted as long as it was within the budget. I am not sure if it was a trick mom used to get us to go with her, but we didn’t really mind falling into her evil trap. 😁

Can you imagine getting candy for just one BEF? That would be about 0.025 euro or 0.029 dollars. If you would go to the candy store today, I bet you wouldn’t get anything for that amount. So hard to believe sometimes how much prices have gone up. That’s what you get when you are half an age, ah yes, and some free wrinkles as a (ripe) cherry on top. 😂

Well, if you have a sweet tooth, and looking for some guilt Free Indulgence, I may have the answer for you. There were 3 chocolate bars in my JouwBox, and they are on the menu today. 😋


So what does their website say about this candy bar? Dark, vegan raw chocolate with crunchy pecans and a kick of sea salt. Also contains Maca, an Andean carrot with many benefits, and a pleasant nutty flavor to complement the pecans perfectly. 

Thanks to the super fruit raw cocoa, this dark chocolate bar is a natural source of magnesium and rich in iron. Lovechock is 100% organic, vegan, plastic-free packaged, and made with the best raw cocoa according to our Direct Trade principle. Pure goodness that nourishes body, mind, and planet.

I am not that fond of chocolate anymore since my Gastric Bypass, but I liked this one. Probably because of the hint of salt and nuts, and it wasn't bitter at all. I ate a cube of this chocolate bar and then ate a Rafaello and how those flavors mixed in my mouth, just delicious. 😋


So what does their website say about this protein bar? This tasty snack with a smooth texture is perfect for those who crave a chocolate bar and still want to keep it healthy. This bar helps you to get your daily amount of protein (between 1.2 and 2 grams per kilogram of body weight).

The protein bar promotes muscle building, is rich in fiber, and supplies your body with all essential amino acids. As you are used to from us, this top product is also completely vegan, organic, and contains no refined sugars. Enjoy it fully, without feeling guilty!

I thought if I can taste the Lovechock bar, why not taste this one also? The worst thing that could happen is an unpleasant taste in my mouth. Luckily it was not too bitter, because I dislike anything bitter. It reminded me a bit of French nougat, nice and chewy. Somewhat dry maybe, but truly a great guilt-free pleasure. 😄


So what does their website say about this dark chocolate bar? At Chocolat Stella, they care about cocoa. Within every step of the production process, they think carefully about the choices they make, and how they can achieve the best result. 

They don't just care about cocoa, but people as well. All Chocolat Stella bars are Fair Trade, guaranteeing a fair wage for the cocoa farmers involved.

This chocolate is really quite bitter. Not for the faint-hearted. You really have to be a fan of very dark chocolate if you want to eat this one. It is the perfect chocolate, however, for desserts or a delicious cup of hot chocolate milk. 😉

And they lived happily ever after eating guilt-free chocolate. Haha, Isn't that a great fairy tale ending? 😍

Curiosity killed the cat, but since you are no cats, I can suggest you read my previous blog posts on this same JouwBox:

Hope you like my blog.....Until next time.....Have a nice day 

Renata (Seadbeady) 

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Saturday, 27 March 2021

Interview with Fashion Designer Mercedes Gonzalez

Hi There..... Don’t you think it’s a long time overdue I published another Fashion Designer interview? How about I give you some inside knowledge of the Fashion industry today?

Yes? I couldn’t agree with you more. No? Too bad, because there's a Fashion Designer Interview on the menu today. 😜

I know I am a mean girl. Self-knowledge is the key to wisdom, and since I have known this for a while, you can imagine how wise I have become. 😁

Sometimes, though, I feel as if I am the most stupid person on this planet. Maybe I am, and I only assume to be wise. Who will tell? You perhaps? 😨

I can be a real absent-minded professor sometimes. Thinking I am going to do something and then I get up, my brain goes blank, and I don’t remember what it was I was planning to do. Or asking my husband if he needs something from the supermarket. Then I get there and take home all kinds of things I don’t need, but forget the one thing I required. 😄

I used to have the same problem with cleaning. Before we moved here 4 years ago, we had a house with our living room, kitchen downstairs. On the first floor, 2 bedrooms, and one more bedroom on the second floor. 😊

I remember starting in the kitchen, for instance, then thinking this belongs in the bedroom. As I went to the bedroom, there would always be something that needed my attention. I would end up cleaning things all around the house but never got an entire room done. 😳

There must be more people like me. I can’t believe, or better, refuse to believe I am the only absent-minded professor. 😏

I wonder if Mercedes Gonzalez is like me? Probably not because she is the 52-year-old Director and Fashion Designer for Proof of Concept. 😊

What kind of work do you do, or what are you studying to be? 

I work as a fashion industry strategist and I own a boutique and brand. 

Is fashion important to you? Why? 

LOL, it’s how I make a living. 

What are your successes and how did you achieve them?

I have been in the business for about 30 years. My retail store and brand have both been profitable since they started. I have been successful because I don’t listen to business advice. 

Is the name of the Brand important to you when you buy clothing?

I love everything Prada even named 2 of my dogs after the brand. 

Describe your personal style of clothing? 

It all depends on my mood. It doesn’t fit one style. 

How did you find your personal style? Do you have a signature look? 

On the bargain rack. 

Do you have an influence on other people’s clothing style?

I influence over 100 million dollars in OTB (the budgets retailers have).

What are in your eyes the best trends at the moment?

You can look at my social media @mercedesgpc I just posted something today. 

What are in your eyes the worst trends at the moment?

Dressing down for work. 

What kind of fashion advice would you give us?

I only give advice on how to make money on fashion, not on what to wear. Ugly sells. 😊 #notjoking 

Who is your style icon and why?

Diana Vreeland, she wasn’t a pretty girl but had personal style. 

Is there something else you would like to share with us?

I also am an author of a fashion book called Chronicles of a fashion buyer.  

You should really check out her Instagram shop. She has a lot of cool Tees and very cute shirts. Thank you, Mercedes for taking the time to answer my questions. 😍

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Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Review about the Jouwbox - Special Edition - Take Care Of Yourself with Natural Products by Ekoplaza - Drinks

Hi There..... Do you like to take care of yourself? Do you like natural products? Are you a drinker, perhaps? 

Haha, just joking, the question is, are you a coffee or tea drinker? Today all revolves around natural products for drinking. Isn’t it the most enjoyable way to take care of yourself? Sipping a nice cool or hot drink can make you feel completely relaxed, right? 😎

Ah, I am such a picky person regarding drinks. The only things I drink a lot are plain water, green tea, and fruit tea. Once a day I also drink half of a small bottle of fruit juice. I am not at all fan of coffee, and not from alcoholic beverages either. Hard to believe, right? 😏

My dad didn’t quite understand that. When we became teenagers, he wanted his 3 daughters to learn to drink beer for starters. I think it was a Stella we first tasted. Yuck, nope, way too bitter, so not my cup of tea. 😵

My sisters liked it, so why not me, what was wrong with me? Perhaps it was just the question of finding the right drink for me. He would always be in a good mood when he found something new that he thought I would like. I tasted all kinds of white wine, red, rose. 😝

He would say, perhaps you should taste this red wine then, you will like it, I am sure. He would always smile, happy he had found the right drink this time. Nothing was further from the truth. 😩

Ah, he said, I know, maybe you are more a fan of stronger drinks like whisky or cognac. Oh my, I remember the taste of cognac in my mouth as if it was yesterday. I couldn’t help spitting it out as soon as I tasted it. So disgusting, yuck. Crazy, I know, that's just me, a crazy old spitting woman. 😁

After a few years of having tasted almost anything from alcoholic beverages out there, he gave up. For the longest time, I thought I was the only person in the world that doesn't like alcohol. Maybe there really was something wrong with me. 😱

What time is it? Ah yes, time to talk a bit more about those natural products from my JouwBox. Some drinks in particular.


So what does their website say about this tea? Blossom Love is a delicious green tea with jasmine and elderflower. The lavender and elderflower complete the bouquet so that you can enjoy this soft, floral tea intensely. The ingredients are 100% organic and you can drink this tea any time of the day to relax.
Honest tea selected with care and produced sustainably. At Cleos, we know where, how and by whom our tea is made. In this way, we not only guarantee tea of the highest quality, but we also contribute to a better world. Reasonable prices, equal opportunities for men and women, and a sustainable and organic production process, that's our aim.

I am a sucker for a good cause and that's why I am going to say that I love this tea. Haha, no, no worries, I am really giving my honest opinion, but I truly am a huge fan of this tea. 😍

Normally I drink my green tea with a half spoon of honey and some lemon juice. This tea was excellent already, and with my honey and lemon, it was just perfect for me. One of the best green teas I have ever tried. I swear that it's the truth, nothing but the whole truth. 😋


So what does their website say about this coffee drink? Do you like aromatic coffee? With a lot of milk? Does it have to be 100% vegan? With a hint of coconut? Do you like innovative packaging made from responsibly produced raw materials?

Here comes your special cappuccino: With fine coconut milk and strong coffee. From Arabica beans. 100% organic from carefully selected plantations. Guaranteed without genetic engineering. All that's left now is ... Shake well and enjoy - at home or on the go!

I already told you I don't like coffee, so I gave this one to my husband. Sorry to say, he didn't like it. You could taste coffee in it, but it was quite bland, he said. Could be a question of taste, of course, because he likes his coffee pretty strong. 😞


What does their website say about this ginger shot? A refreshing and medium-strength, high-quality ginger shot that improves and strengthens your immune system. It is packed with vitamins and antioxidants and it will give you an instant boost! 100% organic and cold-pressed, no additives, just a natural good taste.

Contains only natural sugar from the cold-pressed ingredients.
Anti-inflammatory, immune-enhancing, and rich in antioxidants and vitamins.
We work with organic farmers who supply us with their 2nd sort of fruit and vegetables for the production of our delicious Frankly ginger shots.

I was afraid to taste this ginger shot because it scared me it would be way too spicy and wouldn't taste very nice. When I tried it, I can't say the flavor was great, but it wasn't bad at all. Even more so, I can easily imagine that lots of people will like it. It tasted somewhat like a slightly sour apple juice, but a little spicier. The taste lingered on my tongue for a few hours, though. 😅

That's it for today, my lovely readers. If you are curious about my first review of this new JouwBox, check out this blog post

Hope you like my blog.....Until next time.....Have a nice day 

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