Heavy on fashion talks to Aurelia Garza




Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! It is me, Malanb bring you something new and fresh. Today, I had the chance to talk to a fabulous designers Aurelia Garza. The Aurelia Garza collection is made with the finest untreated Italian leather and all of the hardware is carefully dipped in 10k gold. Yes, Gold! All materials are imported and manufactured in New York City, which is fantastic. The collection oozes class! 


You guys already know that I love to interview the hottest new designers in the industry. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Aurelia Garza!

So without further ado, here is 
Heavy on fashion talks to Aurelia Garza





Tell me a little about yourself. Where are you from? 

That is kind of a hard question for me. I spent my childhood in the Northeast of Mexico and my teenage years in South Texas. I feel Mexican and Texan at the same time. We live in such a globalized world that the place you are born, growth up, and live are not necessarily related to your ethnicity.



Tell us about your interior design career. How was the transition from interior designer to fashion designer? Similarities did you find between the two industries? How do they differ?

Interior design and fashion are both about communicating ideas non verbally.  As an interior designer or fashion designer I have to create a concept to communicate an idea visually so that my designs are strong and meaningful. Both industries are very visual; it’s all about creating an interesting design by playing with colors, shapes, scale, symmetry, materials and so on. The main difference between interior design and fashion design is obvious: one industry focus on designing spaces and the other one on clothes and accessories, but the design process is the same.







I see that gold has a huge influence on the Aurelia Garza collection. Would you consider gold as your signature color, if so why? 

Yes, gold is the signature color of the brand. ‘Aurelia’ means gold in Latin and I wanted to link all the bags back to the brand, not just by adding a logo or a label but with a choice of color.


 I love the reversible tote bag from the Aurelia Garza collection, how did this concept come to be? 

I got the idea by going through my own personal bag collection! I’m always over packing and switching bags by my mood and look. It seemed odd to me that most handbags lack versatility beyond their design so I wanted to create a bag that you could transform into another bag. A bag that you can take anywhere and if it doesn't go with your next outfit, you could easily change its appearance.




Describe the Aurelia Garza woman? What Fashion icon do you feel best encompasses the brand? 

The Aurelia Garza woman is always on the go and she is always ready and prepared for her next challenge. She is good at adapting to her environment while remaining looking polished and glamorous. That's why I feel the reversible tote bag captures the essence of the brand.

I have always admired Emma Watson. She is smart, classy, educated, sophisticated, joyful, and she wants make a difference in the world. Young women like her are who I imagine wearing my bags.


What do you hope to have achieved in the industry, 10 years from now? 

I hope to establish my brand as one of the top brands for luxury leather goods made in the U.S. I’m working with the finest materials to ensure that luxury and practicality remains important to the brand.




 Will you be expanding the Aurelia Garza collection? 

Definitely, I am currently working on new designs and styles for the nest few upcoming seasons. Right now we have four amazing styles with a vast color array to choose from. In the near future I will definitely be introducing more designs for the collection.



What advice would you give a budding designer in the industry? 

Creativity and passion will keep you moving every day! You need to be able to motivate yourself against any and all obstacles. Nothing is easy, but the journey is the best part. The hardest parts are what will help you decide on whether you made the right decision or not.


What would you consider the best lesson you have learned from being in the fashion industry? 

Every day I am learning something new! I think the most important thing to do in any industry is to learn as much as you can about the industry you are in, network with people in your industry, give your best, and to not give up. It’s okay to not know everything in the beginning because you’re still learning. It’s your mistakes that will help pave the way.


Where can all my fashion divas and gurus check out Aurelia Garza collection? 

They can check out the collection at www.aureliagarza.com





 Finally, what does fashion mean to you


To me, Fashion is about expressing yourself. It’s a form of shaping yourself and having a limitless amount of fun along the way.


I would like to thank Aurelia Garza for her time and the chance to interview about the collection.
Please be sure to check out Aurelia Garza at
Website: http://www.aureliagarza.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/aureliagarzany
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aurelia-Garza/
Instagram: https://instagram.com/aureliagarzany/

Until Next Time
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Photo courtesy of Aurelia Garza

Heavy on fashion talks to Sheena Sujan




Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am so happy to bring you an exclusive interview with entrepreneur, international model, and founder of luxury brand Sheena Sujan. I am always looking for new brands to find in fashion and beauty. It was a real treat when I has the chance to meet a creator making her way into both industries! 

So with out further ado, Here is Heavy on Fashion Talks to Sheena Sujan. 







Tell me a little about yourself. 
Where are you from? 

Mumbai, India 

What's your educational background? 

Sheena Sujan: I graduated from UCLA with my bachelor's degree in history at the age of 19. I then went on to obtain my Master's degree in business (M.B.A.) from Northeastern University, which is located in Boston, MA. 

What do you like to do in your free time besides being an entrepreneur?

Sheena Sujan: When I have free time, which is very rare, I thoroughly enjoy traveling and learning about different cultures. In addition, I enjoy reading, baking and catching up on my favourite TV shows. 


So lets talk about the Sheena Sujan collection. How did it start?

Sheena Sujan: It started as a need in the beauty industry. I noticed that there were a lot of products out there, which could be quite intimidating to the everyday consumer. I wanted to create a small collection, which didn't include every other product under the sun. Instead, our customers feel safe knowing that their favourite Sheena Sujan products will be there year after year. This allows them to become familiar with the brand and gain our trust. 





What makes Sheens Sujan unique from other lines in the industry?

Sheena Sujan: For one, Sheena Sujan Cosmetics are made right here in the U.S.A. Moreover, our products are marketed to the edgy and flirtatious sophisticated, modern woman. The Sheena Sujan woman is bold and beautiful. She's confident and full of sass. 





How would you define the style your line exemplifies?


Sheena Sujan: The style Sheena Sujan Cosmetics exudes is one of colour. Our key brand colours are gold, pink and black. I chose these three main colours because I wanted women to feel sexy, beautiful, and confident every time they wore our brand. 




Where do you get your inspiration for the Sheena Sujan collection?


Sheena Sujan: I get my inspiration from studying women in history. I love to take the styles from the 1920's, 30, 40's and even 50's, and translate them into the "Sheena Sujan" woman. 





What do you hope to have achieved in the industry, 10 years from now? 

Sheena Sujan: Oh wow! In ten years from now, I hope to create a globally recognized brand. My goal is to help women from all over the world unleash their inner beauty through my collection.  





So lets talk about your journey venturing into your own business. 

Name one of most impactful events that help you start your entrepreneur career? 


Sheena Sujan: One of the most memorable events that helped me start my career as an entrepreneur was literally losing over $6k that my parents' had gifted me after graduating college. I didn't know what I was doing and basically spent every penny of it on useless items that I thought I needed to start a business. After realizing what I had done, I immediately recognized the need of a formal education in business. A few months later, I applied to Northeastern University's executive MBA program and started my journey to become a successful entrepreneur. 






What is your favorite part about being an entrepreneur?


Sheena Sujan: I would have to say the creativity. I love creating products that make women feel good. It's so much fun to take my passion for beauty, fashion and business and turn that into something special. 


What advice would you give a future entrepreneur?

Sheena Sujan: The number one piece of advise I could give any feature entrepreneur is to work hard. My favourite quote is, "dreams don't work unless you do." As an entrepreneur, you have to wake up every single day with a fire in your belly and go out there and hustle! 









Where can my fashion divas and gurus purchase your products?


 Sheena Sujan:  www.sheenasujan.com 



Finally, What does fashion mean to you?


 Sheena Sujan: To me, fashion has always been the art of expression. Fads and trends will come and go, but your personal style, is your personal style. That's what I love about fashion! 





I would like to thank Sheena Sujan for the interview. 
Please be sure to check out Sheena Sujan at www.sheenasujan.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SheenaSujan

Photos courtesy of Sheena Sujan

Until Next time
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Heavy on Fashion review: Robert Matthew's Peyton Satchel Tote Bag*

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Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am bring you another fabulous review. As you all know, I like a big bag. I love a big fashionable pu leather handbag. When I was contacted by the lovelies at Robert Matthew to review their Peyton Satchel Tote Bag, I was excited. I love discovering new independent designers for all my divas and gurus! 



Robert Matthew is a California based company started by two friends Robert and Matthew, hence the name, who wanted to bring California style to the world. Robert Matthews not only has exceptional handbags but also jewelry and scarves. Robert Matthew is a full accessories brand. 


So without further ado, Here is Heavy on Fashion review: Robert Matthew Peyton Satchel Tote Bag!

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I love this Robert Matthew Peyton Satchel Tote Bag. The Merlot color is divine for me and my color hair color choice. This bag is made of Animal Friendly pu Leather with Robert Matthew's gold tone hardware. I love the load of storage space inside. This Peyton Satchel Tote bag has 7 pockets! 
Yes,7 and I can carry my whole life with me in style!


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I adore that this satchel has 2 types of straps, making it possible to wear this bag in various ways. I also love the interior of the bag. Robert Matthew's Peyton Satchel Tote Bag is lined with Merlot and cream stripes. The gold studs and rhinestone gives this satchel some attitude with a bit of glitz. I am all for that look! I love that this Merlot wine colored Peyton Satchel Tote Bag with my red wig! It is a great fashionable and functional accessory. I use this satchel like everyday and now I am a huge fan of the Robert Matthew's Brand. I can not wait to add more Robert Matthew items to my wardrobe.


Guess, what all my fashion divas and gurus, You can a Robert Matthew's Peyton Satchel Tote Bag!  By using the code  HEAVYONFASHION  you save 30% off a Peyton Satchel Tote Collection!

Go to http://robertmatthew.com/collections/peyton-satchel-tote-collection and pick up your Robert Matthew's Peyton Satchel Tote Bag right now!

P.S.: A style post featuring Robert Matthew's Peyton Satchel Tote Bag will be coming soon to the Official Heavy on Fashion Instagram page at https://instagram.com/heavyonfashion/

Until Next Time 
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Heavy on Fashion reviews: OGIO Brooklyn bag*

Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! Every girl has to have a cute handbag but not many handbags are cute and functional. Ogio is known for their sports bags and luggage. Luckily now Ogio has a women's line with the same durability as the other line but with  a bit more style.



Well today I am going to talk about my thoughts on the Brooklyn Bag. Yes, another review! This fashionable shoulder bag serves as a tablet case and everyday purse. Great for a blogger like me to carry my camera, smart phone, and tablet while heading to my next event. The Brooklyn is absolutely adorable. I can wear it with just about anything and for almost any occasion. It is very comfortable cross body. This bag is great for everyday use. I also love that has a closure for every compartment. I am known for loosing things so having a bag with a place for everything is so my style. 

The Brooklyn retails for $40
and
Comes in 4 colors (Emerald, Cobalt, Loaded, and Raspberry)

I would like to thank Ogio for letting me review such a great bag.


Pick up your Ogio Brooklyn handbag today at http://ogio.com/

You can also find Ogio at:
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/OGIOInternational


Twitter: https://twitter.com/ogio

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Heavy on Fashion New Year New You Gift Guide*

Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! It is the season of giving. This year I have a some of my favorite must haves for the holiday season. From handbags to headphones, I have what you need to start the new year off right. So without future ado, here is the Heavy on Fashion New Year New You gift guide.

Avon’s Signature collection Mailyn Tote and Wallet





One of my first picks was Avon’s Signature collection Mailyn Tote and Wallet. This bag is affordable, stylish, and durable!  This is my favorite bag to use right row. The monogrammed tote and wallet set is perfect for the fall and winter season. The Avon signature Tote and Wallet will make the perfect gift for the
handbag lover on a budget.

The Marilyn Tote retails for $39.99
the wallet retails for $19.99

Pick up your very own Avon Marilyn Tote and Wallet from the Avon Signature collection at
 http://shop.avon.com/product.aspx?pf_id=49877



Velodyne Headphones

When I attended the Accessories Council Holiday Press Event in New York a few months ago, I receive the Velodyne On-Ear Headphones with the designer skin Cubist Guitar. These headphones are some of the best in the market. I also love that you can customize your headphones with really cool designer skins from animal print to piano keys.

The Velodyne headphones retail for $199.99
and the skin retail for $39.99

You can pick up Velodyne headphones for the music guru in your life at http://velodyne.com/headphones/vleve-on-ear-headphones-1.html
and
Get your headphones skins at http://velodyne.com/product-accessories/skins.html?limit=all


Sara Designs


I also received the Sara Design at the Accessories Council Holiday Press event and I really love this watch. It combines a great watch with jewelry. I mean you can't go wrong with a killer arm party with a timepiece.  Sara Design watches is a great way to bring in the New Year. On time and looking fantastic!

Sara Designs watches range from $198 to $330

Check out more about Sara Design at http://www.saradesigns.net/

Project D.I.Y Kit


For all my D.I.Y divas out there, Project DIY by M&J trimmings is the perfect way to bring in the New Year with some amazing accessories. I had the chance to try the Punk Revival collection and I love that I can customize my own jewelry. This is a great gift for anyone who loves accessories. You can also order a subscriptions of  Project DIY and receive some great accessories up to the entire year! I think that Project D.I.Y is not only great for your jewelry box but makes a great gift too!

You can pick up your very own Project DIY at http://mjprojectdiy.com


The 90's Coloring Book





Power Rangers, Pongs, Slap bracelets, Sony Discman, and Clarissa explains it all - this is some of the great things that came out of the 90's. Well if you are a 90's kid like me than you will love reminiscing about your favorite 90's memories while bringing in the New Year . I love love love this book and you will too.

Pick up your copy of The 1990s Coloring Book: All That and a Box of Crayons (Psych! Crayons Not Included.) on Barnes and Nobles at http://www.barnesandnoble.com





Bindya Scarf


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A good scarf can be used all year round, A Bindya scarf is just good no matter what year. I never heard of Bindya until I attended the Accessories Council Holiday Press Event in New York. I have to say I love the quality, vibrant colors, and length of Bindya scarves. Bindya retail price varies. 

Bindya scarves can be found at various locations. Go to http://www.bindyany.com/ for more details!



Style Strap for iPhone 5

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If you love your iPhone, than check out David & Young Bow Dazzle case. It is glamorous and full of shine. You all know I am about killer accessories and really good tech gear. David & Young Bow Dazzle case comes in 3 colors Black, Mint, and Light Pink. When I get my iPhone, this case will be on there.

David & Young Bow Dazzle retails for $20

Check out David & Young Bow Dazzle iPhone case at http://www.shopdavidandyoung.com/tech-accessories-1/iphone-5/bow-dazzle.html



Armition Women's Swarovski Crystal Accented Gold-Tone Bracelet Watch



Armition Women's Swarovski Crystal Accented Gold-Tone Bracelet Watch is a great look for the New Year. Personally, I prefer looking at a watch to see the time especially when it looks like this. I was first introduced to Armitron Swarovski watch at the Accessories Council's Holiday Press event. I was introduced to killer brands at the Accessories Holiday press event.


This Armition Watch retails for $80.00 at http://armitron.com


Forever Brilliant Diamond









If you need a great pair of earring for that killer New Years party coming up, check out Forever Brilliant. I had the chance to check out Charles & Colvard latest Forever Brilliant Challenge early this year.  Forever Brilliant is one-tenth the price of a comparable quality diamond. The price range is great for diamond lovers on a budget. Forever Brilliant Jewelry Collection ranges from $500 to $10,000. 

Check out the photos on Heavy on Fashion Facebook Page
and
My interview with the C.O.O of Charles & Colvard at http://heavyonfashion.blogspot.com/2013/12/heavy-on-fashion-talks-to-steve-larkin.html

You can check out more on Forever Brilliant at http://www.charlesandcolvard.com/our-brands/#!Forever-Brilliant


Here is to a New, Happy, And Healthy 2014! 
New Year = New You
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Heavy on Fashion at the ME Char Handbags Blogger's Brunch

Hey everyone! I was glad to receive a invite to the ME Char Handbags Blogger's Brunch in New York City. I was so excited that I left my digital camera at home. Thank goodness for my camera phone. You know I love to go to city especially when fashion and style are involved! So here is an exclusive look at Me Char Blogger Brunch, a look at the Me Char Showroom, and a exclusive preview of the Me Char handbag collection. 

The Bags

The Spring/Summer 2012 collection - The Iconic Collection


Charmaine inspiration for her Spring/Summer 2012 collection was the late and Stylish Edie Sedgwick. Edie was the muse of Andy Warhol and fashion icon of the 60's.  Edie lived a glamorous and tragic life. The mixture of boldness and vulnerability can be seen throughout the collection. 
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The Edie Envelope Clutch is on my must have list. The tab zipper and fold flap makes this bag so unique and fun. 

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I love the Char Char clutch from the Iconic collection. So bold yet classic. This is one of my favorite clutches from the collection. 

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 Usually I am into big handbags but this Lola Clutch is to die for. It is adorable.  


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All photos are property of Malan Heydecke of Heavy on Fashion

All photos are property of Malan Heydecke of Heavy on Fashion

All photos are property of Malan Heydecke of Heavy on Fashion

All photos are property of Malan Heydecke of Heavy on Fashion

This is the Char Char Clutch in Cuoio and Black. Check out the Chinese tassel. Me Char clutches are surprisingly roomy inside. You can fit all my essential in without a issue, now that is great designing!

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The Fall 2011 and the Holiday 2011 collections

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Here is a mixture of Me Char handbags from the Fall 2011 and Holiday 2011 collection. 

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The Food! 

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Champagne + Orange = a tasty mimosa 

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I am not a sushi girl but roast beef wrap any day and I am a happy girl. It was so good, Yum Yum!

The Designer

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Here is the designer of Me Char Handbags, Charmaine Ho modeling one of her Mini Berly Bag in Leopard and Black! I so want this this bag. I am obsessed with big bags. 



My Look! 
It was a bit rainy that day so I had to sport my pink, Yes Pink, trench coat with my polka Tote dot umbrella! This was my look underneath:

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Lately I been closet shopping. I am trying to save to cash while add some style to my look.  I had my wedge boots, my dark denim jeans, my forever 21+ tank and my grey open cardigan. 

Surprised Goodie Bag!  

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All photos are property of Malan Heydecke of Heavy on Fashion

I have a secret, I am addicted to handbags. From satchels to hobos, I have it! Some of my handbags are designer (thank goodness for off price retailers!) and others are just fabulous to have. So I am happy to add this new Me Char handbags to my collection.

I would like to give a special thanks to The Staff of Me Char, Designer and Creative Director of Me Char Handbags -Charmaine Ho , Press Account Director of edite.us - Laura van der Hulst,  and The New Jersey Beauty and Fashion Bloggers Group on Meetup.com! 


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