Saturday, 6 February 2021

Interview with Fashion Designer Marlene Solis

Hi There..... Are you a sunbather? Do you love spending time outdoors, long walks in the sunshine?

I was a real sunbather when I was young. My skin is pretty pale though, which can pose a real problem sometimes. 😳

That reminds me of a time when I went to a summer camp to go sailing. To protect my skin, I had to use the highest sun protection factor. When I was 20, there was no sun protection factor 50, the highest I remember having was 20. 😒

The problem was that once on the sailboat there was no time in between to rub in some more sunscreen protection. Can you imagine the result of being about 4 hours on that sailboat? 😎

Aha, you probably guessed it right. I was so badly burned that a lobster would look pale next to me. 😂

I remember going to a restaurant that evening and just the tablecloth touching my legs would be painful. Falling asleep at night wasn't easy either. I was so relieved when after a few days it turned into a very nice brown color. Lesson learned the hard way, and I know now that it's far from healthy. 😬

But today is not about me, but about Marlene Solis. She is today's star on my blog. She is the 29-year-old founder and designer of California based Florescnt


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

I wear all hats at Florescnt, my sun protection clothing brand start-up which launched online at florescnt.com in January. 

Is fashion important to you? Why? 

Absolutely! Fashion has been mesmerizing to me for as long as I can remember. Aside from the glossy pages of a fashion magazine, clothing is my favorite form of self-expression. 

I like people watching and coming up with what music they listen to, what their hobbies are, etc. based on their outfits. Fashion really is a massive look into what a person is like and what they subscribe to. 

What are your successes and how did you achieve them?

I have worked in the background of fashion and theatre for 11 years. I count my achievements as being every time the first sample of a design I worked on gets approved for mass production. Also on times when I have seen costumes I have worked on for weeks, make their stage debut on opening night. 

Counting each design as a success humbles me. I devote my attention and skills to everything I work on, even if it means working longer than usual to complete something. You should be proud of everything your hands touch. 

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

Depends on how you are asking this question. Do I have favorite brands? Absolutely. If I see a Fred Perry label on a garment, for example, the label alone will more than likely persuade me to purchase the item. 

But if I am at a non-label retailer or second-hand shop, then the fit and how it blends with my style are my selling points. I am petite and curvy so most of the time this is the scenario since few name brands offer petite sizing. 

Describe your personal style of clothing?

I feel like quarantine has changed this! Even with my style’s evolution over time and with fewer outings to put outfits together for, I would say that simplicity still rules. 




My style is simple and mod with splashes of rock ‘n’ roll psychedelia. These days you’ll catch me in the Florescnt boyfriend tee with ripped jeans and a moto jacket, paired with pointed ballet flats. 

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

My personal style came about by falling in love with all things from the ’60s, as a teenager, and my background in rock music as a teen as well. 

My outfits have transformed from kitsch 60s looks into refined styles in skinny trousers and more business appropriate tops. I think people would call my cat eyeliner my “signature look” since I have perfected it and have worn this look since I was about 14!

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

I don’t know. If I have, they have been quiet about it or silently influenced. 

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

I like the more casual trends. Not so much the sweats trend, but not having to dress up for everything has been nice. I am still in love with the 90s resurgence in fashion. 

Loving everything in checkers print (which we will have available at Florescnt). And I am digging the more widespread use of BIPOC models in fashion advertisements. 

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

Sweats, the overuse of tie-dye, and the cow print coming from the 90s resurgence. 

What kind of fashion advice would you give us?

Be yourself. Know how to dress your body type and everything will be flattering on you.

Who is your style icon and why?

This is a tough question! There are so many that inspire my wardrobe! 

#1 Style icon would have to be Edie Sedgewick, I will always reference her through simple silhouettes and leopard print coats. She is one of those style icons you come across as an adolescent and fall madly in love with because they had a glamourous life with rock star friends and art world lovers. 

It’s something you easily desire when you’re young. And then you find out the truth about how they lived and leave behind wanting their lifestyle, but their wardrobe in photographs you will never forget. 

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

Don’t be afraid to dress, unlike others. If you stand out, people will slowly follow your style. And, if that also means dressing down compared to others in your circle, do it! 

One person’s level of comfort is not everyone else’s, so do you. Be conscious of the elements, wear your SPF (Sun Protection Factor) and get some UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) from Florescnt because you can still be stylish and proactive about protection from UV radiation from the sun. 


I would like to add something I found on their website, which I found important to share with you. 😎

The brand aims to raise awareness for skin cancer, its detection, and its prevention to make known that it is the most common type of cancer but that it is also the only preventable form of cancer. 

They intend to reduce the 91.3M cases of melanoma diagnosed every year in the United States and prevent the deaths caused by late detection. 

They create products that effortlessly become part of a person's unique wardrobe for UPF 50+ protection all day, every day.


So maybe it's not the best idea to be foolish like me, and try to turn into a lobster, because it's not that fun. 😏

I am also learning something new, every time I do this kind of interview. Did you know what BIPOC models are? I didn't, so I looked it up and found that it stands for Black, Indigenous, People of Color. 😚

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

Renata (Seadbeady)

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Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Interview with Fashion Designer Marci Lebowitz

Hi There..... Are you creative?

I am too creative, I knit, I sew and I make and design beadwork jewelry. If I would find the time, I would also do a bit of drawing and painting too, but there are just 24 hours in a day. 

I may be chronically ill, but I am creative enough to keep myself busy, and it keeps my mind off the pain I have to deal with daily. Writing my blog also keeps me busy and gives me a sense of purpose too. Some may call me crazy, but I don't earn any money by blogging. It's just something I love to do. 

There are so many wonderful and creative hobbies. Sometimes it takes a while to find the best one for you. I only got into beading at 47 so who knows what I will think of next. It's never too late to try out new things. 

By the way, I am still looking for Fashion Influencers with a minimum following of 20.000 to interview on my blog the same way as the Fashion Designers. A few different questions, of course, but I am still trying to find them so if you know of any that would be interested, send them over to me. I will welcome them with open arms or if you have other wonderful ideas, let me know in the comments or send me an email at seadbeady@telenet.be.

Today is not about a traditional Fashion Designer, but about a more creative designer. She did not really fit in the regular box. But since I make the rules, I am free to break them if I like. I call the shots here on my blog; I am King of the Jungle. 

The star on my blog post today is Marci Lebowitz. She is 55 and the owner, chief designer, and creator of Follow The Threads. 
 

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

I’m a fashion designer, stylist, and fiber artist. My specialty is spinning funky, flavorful art yarns I make into fiber embellishments worn all over the body.
 

Is fashion important to you? Why? 

Oh my gosh, fashion is everything to me. It has always been since I was a tiny girl. Now I have the courage and strength and ease to create and express in ways that are natural to me, both in my designs and what I wear.
 

What are your successes and how did you achieve them? 

I have so many successes! I’d probably say the biggest is leaving my miserable life behind on the east coast, having the courage to challenge the conditioning they offered me and creating a life and fashion business based 100% on my inner guidance. I am now living up in the redwood forest in central California free of Wi-Fi and surrounded by lots of kindness! That’s an enormous success! 
 

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

I am generally not influenced by brands. What’s important to me is the beauty of the materials, the shape, the textures, and how clothing makes me feel. 
 

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

My style found me! I’ve spent so much time shopping for fabrics and clothes for my clients that I would also spend time shopping for myself, discovering what I like. 
 
I would have to say my signature style is super colorful with many layers or all black. I wear fitted leggings in the cooler months with highly textured tops, hats, scarves, and jewelry. I have these great fur-lined black suede winter boots with red laces that I’m especially fond of this year.


When it's warmer, you can find me in well-fitting, colorful, or all-black skirts & dresses, and funky, fitted tops with a bunch of jewelry. Taos brand sandals are my go-to for my feet because they fit my foot really well so I can walk in them in all kinds of terrains. 
I’m particularly enamored right now with having great-fitting shoes that are funky and fashionable! 
 

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

Yes! You can discover how I influence at Instagram @marcilebowitz.shop and my webpage at www.Marcilebowitz.shop.
 
I love creating for bold and expressive festival-goers, rock stars, and people who love unique fashion expressions! 
 

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

Honestly, I don’t follow fashion trends…. I tune in to what I love and follow that no matter what everyone else is wearing and doing.
 

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

 Same response as above. 
 

What kind of fashion advice would you give us?  

Enjoy yourself. Sit quietly and discover what you like, what intrigues and sparks you. Learn ways to let go of what everyone else is doing or buying to determine if you really want to wear that style. If not, explore the fashion, patterns, and textiles of different eras. Mix and match unusual colors and styles until you find outfits that make you smile, make you stand up tall, and be proud of and enjoy yourself! 
 

Who is your style icon and why? 

I love Lady Gaga. She is one of the most expressive, versatile, and aware human beings on the planet. She understands wild fashion, influencing for good and caring. To see someone in the public eye who is sexy and bold and kind and respectful is mind-blowing wonderful!!! 
 

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

It’s important to me that women, in particular, learn to enjoy themselves. To let in goodness and happiness and joy. To allow that to wash over the insecurities and hurt and to allow their most beautiful, natural, easygoing selves to emerge. To become aligned and embodying that both internally in how they feel and externally in their ease with their bodies and fashion.


Spinning on a wheel, that's something you don't see every day anymore. You really should take a look at her website, because she has some great festival outfits. 

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

Renata (Seadbeady)

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Sunday, 31 January 2021

How to spoil yourself with a special cup of Tea - Tea Flower from Flora Tea out of The Netherlands

Hi There..... Do you need your coffee in the morning or would you rather sip a cup of tea? One more question. Have you ever heard of a tea flower?

If no, you haven't read my previous post about Flora Tea. Maybe it's not the worst idea to read this one first? https://seadbeady.blogspot.com/2020/11/how-to-pamper-yourself-with-exceptional.html

I would go for a cup of tea anytime. I never drink coffee because I just don't like the taste of it. Here is another question for you. Did you know January is Hot Tea Month? 😊

I just don't get that. To me, every month is tea month. 😕

My morning routine starts with having breakfast. Then it's time to hit the bathroom (don't take this literally. I am not aggressive), but before I do, I turn on my tea machine for a nice cup of fruit tea. Then a little later in the day, I prepare myself a cup of green tea with half a teaspoon of honey and 2 large squeezes of my lemon concentrate bottle. 😋

I know, I know, real lemons are so much better, but the concentrate is so convenient. No hassle with squeezing or slicing lemons. I found this great quote from Marcus Sakey, "I like really sharp flavors, and I like contrasts. Something sweet and sour at the same time is a big win.". 😀

What I don't get either is the result from the quiz I took which I found here - https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/hot-tea-month/ The result said I would be a black tea lover and nothing is further from the truth. I hardly ever drink it and when I do it has to be in and out. Hey you, with your twisted mind, this has nothing to do with happy endings. 😂

If you leave the satchel in too long, the tea turns bitter, and I really hate that. I am not a fan of anything bitter, as a matter of fact. When I was a kid, my family always grinned when they saw my tea because it more resembled a cup of pee. Pee, Tea, almost sounds the same. Who can tell the difference, right? 😄

I don't recall drinking any green tea in my childhood days except in the Chinese restaurant. I can still see the sweet little lady from our favorite Chinese restaurant in my mind, even though it has been a long time ago. Her sweet smile is etched on my mind. She even taught us the fun English slogan, "I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice cream.". Haha, yes, I was young, so easily impressed. 😉

The taste of the tea flavors I received from Flora Tea this time also impressed me. They left the choice over to me. My first preference was Lily Fairy because it's the star of their tea flower collection. It was awarded 3 stars at the Great Taste Awards. I can't help being curious by nature. Blame my dad and mum, they made me. You weren't expecting me to blame myself; I hope. 😳

The key ingredients from this tea are green tea, Jasmin, and Lily. As I opened the package, I already picked up a glorious scent, which only got better as the flower developed. 😋

It's also an impressive tea flower to watch unfold, and boy did it taste good, like an angel crying on your tongue. It lingered on my pallet for quite a long time. Such a delicate, soft, but still very pronounced flavor. Definitely my favorite by far. 😍

My second choice was Oriental Beauty, which was also awarded at the Great Taste Awards, but then again all their tea flowers are. I made a small video of this one so you can enjoy the process with me. I created a new YouTube channel, especially to show you. 😃


You can follow me if you like, who knows what I will publish next. Even I don't know. 😁

But you might be curious about what the key ingredients of this tea are. They are Green tea, Calendula, and Jasmine. 

I wasn't as wild about this tea as the Lily Fairy, because for me it was a bit weird, almost as if it had a hint of sweetness to it. This was easily solved though by adding some lemon juice to it. For all I know, you may adore this tea just because of its sweetness. 

My dad taught me that "de gustibus et coloribus non disputandum est." or otherwise said, "there is no disputing about tastes and colors." he only taught me 3 Latin phrases, but I love to use this one. It shows that I am not brainless or that I am a showoff or maybe both. 😲

Flora Tea also let me choose 2 flavors of their pyramids tea-bags. Even though I am not that much a fan, I wanted to give their mint tea a try. Nope, I am not crazy, ok maybe just a little, but my hubby drinks mint tea all the time so I hoped we could enjoy this one together. 😯


There was such a wonderful scent when I opened the package that made me even more curious about the tasting. Regretfully for him, the mint wasn't strong enough but strange enough I loved it just because of that. As I just told you, I am not the biggest fan of mint tea, but this was such a delicate flavor. Weird, right? 😏

Did you know peppermint tea can soothe the stomach or strengthen digestion? It also has a soothing effect and helps against headaches, skin irritation, worries, and menstrual pains. Peppermint relaxes the muscles in the intestines. Enough good reasons to give this tea a try. 😊

The last one I chose was the Japanese Sencha tea.


The first time I left the tea to infuse just a bit too long, which made it just a tiny bit bitter. As they say, a donkey never hits the same stone twice, so my second cup of tea was just perfect.  😄

Did you know that Sencha is a Japanese green tea? The tea leaf is not rolled but crushed and steamed. The word "sencha" means "great tea". 

Just remember this, if you need a moment of rest in the day, some time to relax, a moment to unwind. Get yourself a wonderful tea flower from https://www.flora-tea.nl/, and enjoy the wondrous spectacle of the emerging flower in your glass of tea. Within minutes, you have a beautiful flower in your glass. 😎

The people from Flora Tea were so nice to include a special offer for you. With the code SEADBEADY, you pay no shipping costs if you place an order before February 28.

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

Renata (Seadbeady)

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