Archive - 2016

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Darylynn Eyewear and The Ziegfeld Club Form Unique Partnership
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How I Styled the Biscuit Paint Wall Skirt
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Růže Cake House + Teaspressa Open in Scottsdale

Darylynn Eyewear and The Ziegfeld Club Form Unique Partnership

Darylynn Ayala-Macaluso- the founder of Darylynn Eyewear, recently formed a unique partnership with New York’s The Ziegfeld Club Inc. She created three aviator-style frames (also reminiscent of the Ziegfeld era) and named the frame, “Nanon,” in honor of Nanon Gardner Sanderson- a Ziegfeld dancer and the grandmother of Laurie Sanderson- The Ziegfeld Club’s executive director.

Darylynn Eyewear, aviator sunglasses, Ziegfeld Club

“It’s a personal dream come true- to be able to be a part of, and give a creative contribution to The Ziegfeld Club. Florenz Ziegfeld has been a huge inspiration to me. He empowered women in a time when it was unheard of; and his wife- Billie Burke (who played The Good Witch on Wizard of Oz), created this club to continue their mission of inspiring women,” Darylynn explained.

Darylynn Eyewear, aviators, sunglasses, ziegfeld club

This limited-edition style is available in Tortoise, Clear with Black-Infused Ink, and Cream Tortoise. Interested parties may purchase these sunglasses online, and at select boutiques and vision shops in NYC, Miami, and Detroit.

Darylynn Eyewear, aviators, sunglasses, ziegfeld club

If you end up buying and wearing these ‘tributes to a legend,’ please tag @darylynneyewear and #ZiegfeldGirls . Go HERE if you’d like more information on the Ziegfeld Club Inc.

Darylynn Eyewear, aviators, sunglasses, ziegfeld club

Darylynn Eyewear, aviators, sunglasses, ziegfeld club

 

 

How I Styled the Biscuit Paint Wall Skirt

Biscuit Paint Wall Skirt, Damsel White Label, my style

Biscuit Paint Wall Skirt, Damsel White Label, my style

Biscuit Paint Wall Skirt, Damsel White Label, my style

Biscuit Paint Wall Skirt, Damsel White Label, my style

Biscuit Paint Wall Skirt, Damsel White Label, my style

Biscuit Paint Wall Skirt, Damsel White Label, my style

Biscuit Paint Wall Skirt, Damsel White Label, my style

Biscuit Paint Wall Skirt, Damsel White Label, my style

Biscuit Paint Wall Skirt, Damsel White Label, my style

Biscuit Paint Wall Skirt, Damsel White Label, my style

 

 ** Images by Leslie & Kim at Lucida Studios ** 

(Biscuit Paint Wall skirt c/o Damsel White Label, Black Tee- American Apparel, Darling Dita Sunglasses c/o Darylynn Eyewear, Vintage Shoes- thrifted, Vintage Necklace- thrifted, Vintage bracelet- thrifted, headwear- thrifted.)

This was a pretty epic photo shoot with a couple really talented ladies and co-workers. The Scottsdale location with the Water Mark horse sculptures was the perfect background for showing off a vibrant and colorful skirt. The skirt is by Houston wedding dress designer- Natalie Harris, of Damsel White Label. While non-traditional wedding dresses are Natalie’s specialty, she is branching out to printed apparel, such as this amazingly awesome maxi skirt, that was inspired by Houston’s Biscuit Paint Wall mural. I paired it with a simple black tee, but made it into a crop top. I kept the rest of my color palette black, as I was eager to keep the skirt as the statement piece.

How would you style this skirt?

Růže Cake House + Teaspressa Open in Scottsdale

Ruze Cake House, Teaspressa, tea shop, Scottsdale

I’ve been following Růže Cake House for quite some time on Instagram, and had fallen in love with their minimalist cactus macarons, cookies,  and succulent-themed cakes. When I heard that they had recently opened up a brick n’ mortar, I was beyond thrilled to go check it out.

The newly-opened (August 26th 2016) space is located in a small shopping center in downtown Scottsdale. The iconic and most instagrammed white neon sign “Stop and Taste the Roses” catches my eye immediately. The quaint retail space is minimal, with white walls, light wood tables, copper chairs and accents, and of course – plants and succulents. The front of the house offers the day’s pastry selections, menu, and the tea station. The cupcakes, croissants, macaroons, and cookies are made fresh daily. The macarons and cupcakes are a huge “thumbs-up” in my book, as well as the London Fog and Růže Tea Lattes.

Ruze Cake House, Teaspressa, Scottsdale, sign, neon sign

Jessica Rose Boutwell and her mother started the baking business together after her mother baked a cake for a friend, who was having a wedding at El Chorro. Later, the wedding venue contacted them, saying, “Who are you? Your cake was amazing! We want to refer you to brides.” After meeting with the catering manager at El Chorro, they realized that there wasn’t really anyone in the Valley that offers cakes that are made from natural ingredients.  That’s when her mom said she was going into business. Jessica wasn’t originally going to be involved, but when her mom came to her, saying “Ok, I came up with some names… How do you like ‘Mommy and Me Bakery’?”

From that point on, Jessica immediately became heavily involved, though more so on the design and creative aspects, such as contributing to designing the cakes. It’s now a 50/50 partnership, with her mother doing more of the baking and recipes, and Jessica doing the concepts , working with clients, marketing and general business side of things.

ruze cake house, teaspressa, scottsdale, bakery, tea shop

The anatomy of a name… They pronounce it “Rooze”, but it’s růže in Czech (since they are Czech). Jessica’s middle name is “rose,” and when they first started, they worked out of the house…so Růže Cake House clearly made so much sense.

ruze cake house, teaspressa, scottsdale, bakery, tea shop

Aside from using natural ingredients, they also source from local dairies, have free-range chickens and feed them organic diets. These chickens provide eggs for the curds (prickly pear and lemon curds) …

ruze cake house, teaspressa, scottsdale, bakery, tea shop

Best-sellers? Their cactus cookies, macarons with succulents, and pink velvet wedding cake that’s made with white chocolate.

Jessica’s other business partner and owner of Teaspressa– Allison and her have been collaborating since last year. They decided to merge the businesses because their brands were aligned, they had the same clientele-base, and they were both looking for a space.  Jessica and her mother were looking for a commercial kitchen, while Allison was looking for a retail space. So instead of outsourcing pastries or coffee and tea, they thought, why not just merge. “To have two separate locations wouldn’t make sense, since we’d be getting products from each other anyway.”

Allison DeVane has always been a coffee fan.  She wanted to start a business, but since the coffee business is so popular, she decided to focus on tea, which is a healthier alternative. She was on Shark tank, which brought her to where she is today. She learned quite a lot and got great publicity. Teaspressa officially launched February 2015, and has since participated in numerous local markets and events throughout the Phoenix area.

Making the tea is like making an espresso, hence the name- Teaspressa. You have the concentrated shots of tea, then add the flavors, and then foam and steam the milk. Allison mentioned that she really loves steaming the milk and making latte art out of it, the most. She has a patent pending on the ‘made in the USA’ machine that she uses to create the tea lattes. “I make the tea in coffee language: such as  “tea americano,” “tea latte,” “tea cappuccino;” and it’s basically the anatomy of the espresso, but with tea.”

Her best-sellers are (online) black and earl grey teas, (in-store) Růže and London Fog Tea Lattes.

Stay tuned for a collaboration with Jessica, as they will be making a line of all-natural flavored syrups.

ruze cake house, teaspressa, scottsdale, bakery, tea shop

Růže Cake House + Teaspressa is located at: 7033 E. Main St., Ste. 100, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

They are open Wednesday – Friday: 8am-6pm, and Saturday -Sunday: 10-4.

ruze cake house, teaspressa, scottsdale, bakery, tea shop

ruze cake house, teaspressa, scottsdale, bakery, tea shop

ruze cake house, teaspressa, scottsdale, bakery, tea shop

ruze cake house, teaspressa, scottsdale, bakery, tea shop

ruze cake house, teaspressa, scottsdale, bakery, tea shop

ruze cake house, teaspressa, scottsdale, bakery, tea shop

ruze cake house, teaspressa, scottsdale, bakery, tea shop

ruze cake house, teaspressa, scottsdale, bakery, tea shop

ruze cake house, teaspressa, scottsdale, bakery, tea shop

ruze cake house, teaspressa, scottsdale, bakery, tea shop

ruze cake house, teaspressa, scottsdale, bakery, tea shop

 

 

 

 

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