Greetings to you 🙋♀ Craft-thusiasts of the Info-nets 🖌❤🖥
The occasion has risen has risen once again!
A moment for Granting Awareness, regarding the nature of Entrepreneurial Creatives!
AKA, time for another… 🖌💡🎨 Artist Spotlight 🖌💡🎨
Today, we’ll be highlighting…
✨💎✨ CELESTE M. MUMFORD of J LEXI ✨💎✨
Celeste’s journey into crafting began with a 💣BANG💣 in 2011.
That was when she took her first Soap-Making Course 👩🎓
Miss Mumford had always to loved to create, starting out as a baker 🍞
However, she found the need to stick to the recipe too restricting 🤐😫
She was immediately drawn to the freedom to customize that Soap offers 🖌🎨
She started her business a year later, in October of 2012.
Since founding her business, she’s expanded well beyond soap.
J Lexi now offers a wide variety of crafts,
Including Salves, Perfumes, Facial Toners, and a line of CBD products 🌿
Celeste classifies her brand as “Holistic,” or “Whole Person” 🧘♀
Designed to support Physical 💪 Mental 🧠 and Spiritual health ☯
“I see myself more as a cosmetic, than a bath and body company” says Celeste,
“When you feel good, you look better” ✨😊✨
Her work is about spreading self-love 💕 and demonstrating the beauty of variety 🎨
“My brand is serious. It has a mission, to make people love the skin that they are in,”
“I want people to celebrate what makes them unique, no matter what they look like. We can all create our own standard of beauty.”
This desire to help individuals refine their personal beauty is reflected in her work,
Where the ultimate goal is Discovery 🔍
Celeste loves to experiment with unconventional ingredients 🌷🌿🍂
Seeing the exciting new possibilities they bring!
“When I focus on an ingredient, no matter what that ingredient is, I try to bring out its fullest potential, but without expectation. I give the ingredient the freedom to do whatever it’s going to do to the recipe.“ ~ Celeste M. Mumford
When you have a crafter who takes so much pride in her work like Miss Mumford 😎
They will naturally want to stick to only the finest ingredients 🍒🥝🍑
Celeste takes this a step further, creating her own ingredients whenever possible!
“If I’m going to use dehydrated sweet potato powder, I buy fresh sweet potatoes, and I dehydrate them myself” 🥔
Her passion, creativity, and enginuity are the Driving Force behind J Lexi .
We at the ECB are looking forward to working with Celeste in the years to come!
If you’d like to explore Celeste’s products first-hand, you can find them at The Eclectic Chic Boutique on 547 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ.
Greetings, Eclectic Enthusiasts! 😎😃😺👽🦄 It’s time once again for a Signature ECB…
🖌🔦🎨 ARTIST SPOTLIGHT 🖌🔦🎨
Today, we’ll be focusing on Rose Kardashian, of Loosey Goosey Couture 👗
Loosey Goosey Couture provides Tops and Tunics for Women 👚
Rose was kind enough to clarify the difference;
Tunics are longer, typically ending mid way between the knee and the hip
Mrs. Kardashian sews all of them herself 📍
Her products are designed to be Fashionable 👗 Functional 🔨 and Colorful 🎨
Before her tenure as an entrepreneurial crafter 🖌🧐
Rose worked 30 years as a Rehabilitation Counselor 👩⚕
Helping families and individuals with Special Needs 👦❤
She retired from counseling in 2012, and set up her business soon after.
As Mrs. Kardashian puts it, “It was my fun retirement business” 💕
The idea for her business 💡 was born from a series of poor shopping experiences 🔥🛍🔥
Rose found that in most store she went to 🏬
The Brightly Colored Clothing she sought out was consistently poorly made 🤢
And that the fabrics being used were of lesser quality 🧦
Mrs. Kardashian saw a niche that she could fill;
A need for High-Quality women’s clothing, that wasn’t afraid of Bold Colors 🎆🎨🎇
“It has never made sense to me to buy poor quality fabric, and spend a large amount of time sewing and designing them.” ~ Rose 🌹 Kardashian
Rose is an avid traveler ✈ to the NY Fashion District 🗽 and Beyond 🗺
Wherever she goes, she’s always hunting down fun and exotic fabrics ⛩🏯🏰
Thus ensuring each design is Exciting and Unique ✨👚✨
Rose was first introduced to the ECB through our founder, Kristen Zachares 🌷
They were both members of the Creative Women’s Collective 👩🎨👩💻👩🔬👩🎓👩⚕
“I love this whole idea of building a community of talented people” ~ Rose
Mrs. Kardashian has become a cherished member of the ECB Community 👫👬👭
And we look forward to working with her for a long time to come 😊
Long Tunic Graphic Print Pointe Red Orange Yellow Green Blue - Available in Medium & Large
Lugging those bulky holiday gifts doing a number on your back? 🎁🏋♂😖
Gifts too bulky to fit in the stockings? 🛷🧦🚫
Sounds like it’s time to start putting a Ton of Love ❤ in a small package 💗
Not sure where to start? 😵
Good news 😀 the Eclectic Chic Boutique is here to offer....
🧦🎁🧦 5 STOCKING STUFFER HIGHLIGHTS 🧦🎁🧦
Number 1: Vegan Lip Butter, by Heaven Scent Beauty
Nothing says “I care” like some good old Holiday Bling 🎄🕎💍
These beauties are made in-house by the ECB founders 🙋♀🙋♂
Each piece is individually hand-strung and designed, guaranteeing a unique gift ✨🎁✨
Available in 3 main types;
Number 3: Jams, by Jana’s Jammy
What is it about the holiday season that builds up such an appetite? 🤤
Heck if we know 🤷♂🤷♀ but we DO know a tasty way to sate your hunger! 😋
Our hot-selling Artisan Jams are now available in Mini Jars! 👶
Treat your friends and family to fun-sized servings of Locally Sourced Preserves!
Our delectable flavors include;
-Peach Cranberry Ginger 🍑🦃🎄
-Fig Rosemary Orange 🌿🍊
-Blueberry Maple Pecan 🍁🥧
Have a treat as sweet as the holidays! 🎄🤤🕎
Number 4: Clay Earrings, Hipster & Co.
When it comes to style 😎 do you prefer something more reserved 😌 and elegant? 👸
Sounds like you’re in the market for the enchanting minimalism ⚪ of Clay Earrings
Made from Polymer Baking Clay 🔥 and painted by hand 🖌🖐
Crafted love 💓 they can now be given with love 🎁
Number 5: Roll-On Fragrance Oil, Keep Yourself Smelling Sweet
There’s nothing quite like the sweet scents that come with the Holidays 🎄🕎👃
But what happens when the holidays are over? 😧
Are the Sweet Scents destined to fade into the void?! 😱😭
I SAY THEE NAY!
Keep those good smells wafting in the air with Roll-On Fragrance Oil! 🎊
With Winter well on its way ☃❄ the air (paradoxically) is getting dryer 🏜
Dry air leads to dry skin, especially the thinnest skin of all; your lips 👄
Give the gift of healthy 💪 kissable lips 💋 with Vegan Lip Butter
Made with animal-friendly ingredients 🐴🐮🐷 and available in fun flavors like;
-Peppermint Ice 🍬❄
-Pumpkin Cheesecake 🎃🍰
-Sugared Strawberry 🍭🍓
And many more! 😃 Available at our Montclair Shop
Number 2: Artisan Beaded Bracelets
What can you say about gift cards? 🤔
On one hand; they’re an easy gift that lets the recipient pick what they like 😀
On the other hand; they don’t usually make for an exciting or memorable gift 😞
To help spice up those stocking stuffers 🎄 the ECB is here to let you know…
Number 1: Artisan Greeting Cards, by Mellow Works
Each card is individually made, covered in folded paper designs.
Unlike a mass-produced greeting card that just gets thrown out,
These are keepsakes to be cherished for years to come 🧓👴
Number 2: Zipper Pouch, by Hipster & Co
You take your gift 🎁 and you put it inside another gift 🎁🎁
These vegan leather and lace pouches can hold the card now...
And hold loose change and makeup later 💄
Number 3: Sock by Sock'It Accessories
You know the old joke about getting socks for Christmas 🧦
But these socks you will love to get, all made with unique fabrics and style. 💃
Got a friend with a taste for adventure 🏕 and adventurous tastes? 😋
Worried your gift won’t pack the flavor they crave? 🥪🙄🍔😕🍕😴
The Eclectic Chic Boutique has just what you need…
Got a friend with a taste for adventure 🏕 and adventurous tastes? 😋
Worried your gift won’t pack the flavor they crave? 🥪🙄🍔😕🍕😴
Check out our locally sourced gourmet foods, including…
All now available now at The Eclectic Chic Boutique, 547 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ.
Skip the ship, order online and pick up in-store!
Looking for a fun holiday gift for your little girl? 🤱👧💕
...or at least SOMEONE’S little girl 😅
The Eclectic Chic Boutique has just the thing…
🦄🦄🦄 THE UNICORN UTOPIA GIFT BAG 🦄🦄🦄
What do all little girls love?
What’s even BETTER than unicorns?
MORE UNICORNS 🦄🦄🦄
To that end, the Unicorn Utopia Gift Bag comes complete with;
...and all wrapped in one of our Upcycled (fancy schmancy) gift bags 🛍✨
Because nothing says “Magic of the Season” 🎄🕎
Like a literal magic horse 🐴+🧙♂=🦄
All this and more is available in our shop in Montclair, NJ!
The Eclectic Chic Boutique
🏠 547 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, NJ
Gather round, intrepid holiday shoppers! 🎄🤑🕎
The Eclectic Chic Boutique is here once again to offer more great gift ideas! 🎁
This time around we’re offering, you guessed it…
🎁👨🎁 5 GREAT GIFT IDEAS FOR DAD 🎁👨🎁
Number 1: Hot Sauce, by Silly Chilly
Fun fact; as men get older ⏳ they acquire more of a taste for spicy food 🔥😋
You can help your pa Embrace the Enfuego with Artisan Hot Sauce!
Available in three delectable flavors;
-Fresh Mango & Sweet Pepper, for a sweeter and milder heat 🌶😌
-Serrano & Chipotle, a touch of Hot and Smokey 🌶🌶😎
-Habanero, for bravest dads around 🌶🌶🤯🌶🌶
Number 2: Blacque Tie Body Wash, by KYSS
Where can a Man find a good body wash that won’t leave him smelling like candy? 🍭
At The Eclectic Chic Boutique of course!
Blacque Tie Body Wash won’t dilute your manhood with Frou Frou Perfumes! 🌹😠🌹
Just that peppery, musky scent that Mom can’t get enough of 😉
Number 3: Wine Bottle Stoppers & Totes
For the guy who appreciates a good drink! 🍷
But not just for wine, they can also be used for fancy olive oils and vinagers 🍶
Number 4: Artisan Granola, by Hi FiBar
Whether he needs trail-mix for a long hike or just a snack for the office
A workin’ man can always use a good granola!
Vegan, Gluten Free, no added sugars, and comes in 5 great flavors;
-Pumpkin Spice Orange 🍊🎃
-Lemon Zest Blueberry 🍋
-Coconut Cranberry 🥥
-Matcha Green Tea 🍵
-Smoked Paprika 🌿
Number 5: Hand-Turned Exotic Wood Pens, by Wood-N-Thingz
Every office 📠 and/or Man-Cave 🖥 requires a prime fixture
An item that conveys Purpose, Status, and Identity
We at the ECB humbly offer such an item;
A quality Hand-Turned Pen 🖋 made from Exotic Wood 🌴🌲🌳
It is an instrument used to convey and record information (Purpose)
Each pen is individually crafted, guaranteeing a unique design (Status)
Most of all, he will receive it from someone who loves him (Identity)
The Holidays are around the corner 🎄🕎
Stressing out over finding the perfect gift? 😨😵
The Eclectic Chic Boutique is here to offer a few ideas to get you going 🎁😀
Number 1: Mom-Inspired Tees
From the dedicated Mommy-Self-Care brand Myrtle & Flossie,
These T-shirts 👚 and Sweaters 🧥 let mothers show off their “Mommy Pride”
Made of a soft, washable, breathable cotton, and printed with fun phrases
Number 2: Artisan Jewelry
The ECB started off as a Jewelry Company, so this is a gift close to our hearts 💕
We now carry a variety of jewelry makers, each with their own unique styles
From bracelets to necklaces to earrings, nothing says “I love you” like Artisanal Bling.
Number 3: Handcrafted Cutting Board
Every quality chef needs quality equipment.
When it comes to quality, you can’t beat a cutting board from Wood-N-Thingz
Constructed from top grade wood by a seasoned carpenter
These beauties can make for anyone’s best friend in the kitchen
Number 4: Spa Essentials
What’s better than a nice relaxing soak in the tub? 🤔
Turning that soak into a ✨SPA TREATMENT!✨
Give mom all the essentials to me-time into a at-home spa day! ✨
number 5: Pouches
You can never have enough pouches and purses 👛
They are such a handy and fun accessory 👜
And they will help Mom keep her big purse organized 🛍
Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, oh my! The Holidays are right around the corner! Whether you are joining family or friends for Thanksgiving, giving a gift is a great way to show that you care and appreciate the invitation. Not sure what to get the kind Host or Hostess? We've created a list of our favorite Holiday Host Gifts below.
1. Guest Soaps
Soap Leaves are a single use silk leaves infused with scented soap. These guest soaps are a great gift because they come in handy when you have guests over. Comes in two scents, Apple Jack & Peel, and Orange Spice Clove.
2. Papercraft Greeting Cards
A greeting card may seem like a mundane gift, until you reveal one of these beauties. Each greeting card is individually handmade using vintage papers and embellishments. Blank inside to write your own special message.
3. Wine with Wine Tote
Bringing a bottle of wine to a party is a lovely gesture. Complete the gift by wrapping the bottle in a upcycled handmade reusable wine tote bag. Each wine tote comes with a To & From Tag that you can personalize.
4. Scented Candle
A scented candle makes a great quick host gift. Tinned candles have a sleek presentation and help the host create atmosphere at their event. Soy candles burn cleanly and can be easily stored between uses.
5. Artisan Jams
If your host is a foodie, they will appreciate a good artisanal jam crafted with seasonal fruits. Can easily be served with cheese, crackers, bread, and meats. Can also be used in Holiday recipes such as Thumbprint cookies and jam pie.
Need More Ideas?
See our Handmade Holiday Gift Guide, live on Facebook Nov 18th! We hill have great handmade holiday gift ideas, sets, advice, and tips.
Time ⏳⌚⏲ for another Eclectic Chic Boutique... 🎨🖌🔦 ARTIST SPOTLIGHT 🔦🖌🎨
Today’s Spotlight is on: Andy Coyle, founder of Wood-N-Thingz 🌳🔨
Wood-N-Thingz is a company dedicated to providing top quality woodwork 👍👌
Exploring the beauty of exotic woods from across the globe 🌎🌍
Combining them with precision and care for ✨Dazzling✨ results
The name Wood-N-Thingz is multipurpose, base on pronunciation
If pronounced “Wooden Things,” it suggest a woodworking company 🌲
If pronounced “Wood and Things,” it highlight the variation of his crafts 🤩
This creative naming convention reflects Andy’s focus on elegance and functionality
The products Wood-N-Thingz offer include;
“Customer suggestions and our own ideas” -Andy Coyle
Andy first learned woodworking from his father 👨 who worked as a carpenter 🔨
He picked up his design sensibilities from his mother 👩 a Horticulturist 🌹🌻🌷
The lessons they taught followed with him throughout his life, and into his craft.
“When I’m in my workshop, I feel my dad. I’m drawing on my mother and my father” 😢❤
The time 🕑 and care 🤱 he puts into his work is evident in all his pieces
Each product is individually designed and crafted, or as Andy puts it;
“We’re not a production shop, we don’t make 50 of the same thing.” 💯
While Mr. Coyle is proud of his designs, he also enjoys creating custom items
“We certainly enjoy doing custom work, if somebody wanted something special” 🎁
History of Wood-N-thingz
That covers Wood-N-Thingz, but what about Andy himself? 😯
How did the good Mr. Coyle find himself in the Woodworking business? 🤔
Andy’s first foray into business began not with carpentry, but with computers 💻
Grab some popcorn my friend 🍿 as our tale begins…
In 1962, Andy joined the US Air Force straight out of high school 🎓✈🇺🇸
He served his country for 4 years, maintaining the computer systems 🔧
After leaving the service, he got a job with Honeywell International Inc 🍯🤑
He stayed there for 15 years, maintaining computers for large companies 💻
Andy’s next 15 years were a 🌪WHIRLWIND🌪
While working at Drew Chemicals, he helped create a patented water analyzer 💧🔍
He worked on Wall Street 🧐🏢 as a technical manager
At a Manhattan based company 🗽 he build network infrastructures for law firms
After working for so many companies 💻✈🏢🗽
Andy decided to go into business for himself, founding Armadillo Services
Armadillo dones building wiring, network computers, and phone systems
AS has done work for some MAJOR NY Companies 🗽
(We can’t give names, but trust us; they’re BIG 😉)
Andy continues to work there to this day
Founding of Wood-N-Thingz
Quite the busy fellow, isn’t he? 😁
Still, the question remains;
❓❓❓HOW DID HE FOUND WOOD-N-THINGZ❓❓❓
THAT story begins with his lovely wife 🙋♀ and fellow ECB Artist 🎨, Maureen
She had decided it was time to leave her job as a paralegal 🖨
And follow her dream of starting her own Skincare company;
🌹 Heaven Scent Beauty 🌹 (expect an Artist Spotlight down the road)
For those who’ve never started a home crafting business 🏠🎨
Time first step is to hit the pop-up show circuit
Being a devoted partner, Andy was all too happy to do the heavy lifting 🏋♂
“I was the strong back and the weak mind. I still am.” 🤣
While Andy was certainly passionate about helping his wife 👫
He was not quite as passionate about self-care products 😒
To help keep himself engaged at the shows 🎪
He began making cutting boards to take with them to sell
At one such show, the show runner came up to inform him;
“All my other woodworkers have dropped out. You wanna set up?”
Thus he truly began making ⚒ and marketing 📢
Woon-N-Thingz was born! 🎉🎉🎉
Amazing how a small turn of events can shape your life to come…
Makes ya think, don’t it? 😉