Strut your stuff girl.

July 18, 2014

“Confidence” is our mantra today.
Because what’s more beautiful than a woman who can strut that stuff?

Friday-Quote

We decided to kick-start the weekend with positivity and happiness,
so we made a list of 5 easy ways to become more confident. Try them out!

friday-blog

 

xo

 

 

{ 0 comments }

All About the Fourth

July 11, 2014

 
A look back on all the fun we had last weekend! Geez, why can’t all of July be celebrated like this?
 
NEW_sparkleline

The Fourth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. When I think back on what it is I love about the Fourth of July it’s all the memories made with family, usually at the lake, the fireworks and the food (because who doesn’t love summer cookouts?).

Here at cinda b we were so excited for our holiday weekend to begin so we could all celebrate the magic and wonder of Independence Day! Everyone here was off to visit family, watch fireworks at the lake, or to simply enjoy a sunny day celebrating here in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

My weekend was spent in Chicago honoring the holiday with a cookout and some fireworks to end the night! I rocked my made in America cinda b Hipster which was perfect for walking through the crowded streets of the city during the day and for a night watching fireworks light up the sky on the lake.

 

The Fourth_BlogPost

 

Check out some of the freedom festivities some of us around the office snapped a pic of! We’d love to know how you spent your Fourth of July this year. Did cinda b tag along with you? To spread our love of made in America products, one of you lucky Americans might even WIN a little something.

Happy Commenting,

Stephanie {cb Summer Intern}

 

 

{ 1 comment }

 

One of our favorite words: Weekend. We have been holding out of some of our favorite things to try, taste, and do.

 

NEW_sparkleline

Blog_TheWeekender_6_27

 

RECIPE

Add a pinch of color and a splash of refresh to your weekend with this simple Fruit Ice Cube recipe. { slurp, ahh } We love this idea to add a festive touch to a weekend get-together with friends, or even to just make a family night extra special.

Blog_TheWeekender_6_273

 

 

WEEKEND WEAR IT

We’ve been chatting about what to wear over the 4th of July weekend around the office. Something summery, fun, patriotic-and super cute of course. Now to find all of those in one outfit… it may seem daunting, but no worries, we pulled an outfit inspiration for you and paired it with our subtly patriotic Uptown Wristlet in Amore.

Blog_TheWeekender_6_27

 

TRY IT

To add a little gleam to your decor, say living room or patio, try this simple DIY. Turn a simple votive into a gold, glamorous candle holder to add twinkle to your patio, or fill with pretty peonies to freshen up your indoors. We’re all about simple pleasures!

Blog_TheWeekender_6_274

 

#QOTD

We believe that kindness is always fashionable. Help us spread the word by repinning, reposting, or simply taking this affirmation to heart throughout our favorite days of the week, Saturday and Sunday.

Blog_TheWeekender_6_272

 

 

 

{ 0 comments }

 

Tell us a little about your store?

Opal & Ruby Gift Emporium is a gift store for everyone! We offer gifts for men, women, children, and even pets! From trendy to classic, we have a little something for everyone’s style.

What motivated you to open your store? And we have to ask, why the name Opal and Ruby?

My sister, Kelli, and I moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana from Oklahoma City about a year and a half ago. Oklahoma City is infiltrated with great boutiques and shopping opportunities, and we found that Fort Wayne didn’t have the shopping experiences that we had grown accustomed to. Fort Wayne is a great city, and we thought it needed a shop that offered great gift choices! It had always been a dream of mine to open a boutique. Our parents were extremely encouraging and helped us breathe life into the dream, which is now a reality!

The name Opal & Ruby is a nod to my birthstone and my sister Kelli’s birthstone. My birthday is October (Opal), and Kelli is a July baby (Ruby). We thought it sounded fun and a lot better than Kristin & Kelli’s!

opalandrubyblog3

What do you and your customers love most about cinda b? 

We all love that it is a lifestyle brand! Perfect for women on the go, which just happens to be every woman! The bags have great style and personality, yet aren’t too loud nor busy. Customers can pick a pattern and build a collection! There are so many great pieces that accompany the bags and luggage. Everyone appreciates the fact that you can clean a cinda b bag in the washing machine, let it air dry, and then it’s good to go again! Most of all, our team and our customers LOVE that cinda b is made right here in Fort Wayne, Indiana! How fortunate are we?!

opalandrubyblog2

What is your “go-to” style and pattern?

I am a Noir kind of gal, with some added Mod Tortoise pieces! My go-to-piece at the time being is my Horizontal Tote II because I’m rarely without my laptop. Kelli is a Neptune fan, and she covets her Crosstown Satchel.

opalandrubyblog6

Where is your dream travel location? What bag would you carry and why?

My Carry-On Rolly and I would love to board a jet plane to Italy! Maybe I’d need two bags for that trip! I could hit the streets of Rome or Tuscany in style with my chic rolling luggage. Kelli would much prefer to throw a good book and her sunglasses in her Beach Bag II and relax on any white sandy beach!

If you could share some encouragement with other Retail Store Owners, what would you share?

Customers really appreciate that cinda b products are made in the USA. cinda b really takes great effort to ensure that it is an American product. If retail store owners remember to share that the bags are ‘homemade in the heartland’, highlight cinda b as being a lifestyle brand, and showcasing the bags in an attractive yet easy way the customers can touch and feel the bags, customers will respond positively!

What is your best tip for hosting an event?

Utilize the cinda b Marketing Department! They create the greatest marketing pieces which will help store owners communicate their events! Make sure the staff is knowledgeable about the cinda b line, and team up with a local restaurant or bakery for delightful refreshments to give an extra ‘buy local’ touch!

What is your go to gift for a Wedding, Birthday, and Hostess Gift?

Kelli and I both love to give a mom-to-be a cinda b baby bag! We also enjoy giving Vertical Cosmetic II bags.

opalandrubyblog5

We love that you are carrying some other local brands, tell us all about them and why you decided to carry them?

We thought it was very important to highlight and showcase some local Fort Wayne companies in our shop. We created friendships and relationships with most of the local business owners prior to carrying them in the store. Their passion and dedication was so attractive that we just had to partner with them. Along with cinda b, other Fort Wayne brands you’ll find at Opal & Ruby Gift Emporium are Vanilla Bean Unique Cookies, Keepsake Threads, Stonewares by Laura Brandenburg, and s.a.l.t. sisters out of Goshen, IN.

 

{ Check this out…Opal and Ruby is rocking their Facebook Page! }

 

opalandrubyblog4

 

Why did you decide to open a store in Fort Wayne? What about Fort Wayne do you love?

Fort Wayne is rich in history and tradition. The city loves celebrating with festivals, and will certainly rally together in good times and bad. Although our roots are in Oklahoma and St. Louis, Fort Wayne is home now. And we want to see Fort Wayne grow and flourish!

Favorite Quote:

quote

{ 2 comments }

 

This long weekend calls for water, warmth, and sunshine. Whether you are claiming your spot in the sand at the beach, splashing in the pool, or hosting a BBQ, embrace the sunshine and the long weekend with a new summer treat recipe.

We are loving these Key Lime Pie Popsicles. We suggest adding a graham cracker crust as an extra bonus for finishing the whole thing. :) But we all know that’s not hard to do with these scrumptious frozen treats that are sweet and tart at the same time.

keylimepie_blog

Looking for the perfect tote?

If you’re looking for a stylish, yet functional bag to tote your frozen treats this weekend, we suggest the Market Tote. It boasts organizational slip pockets on the inside, two exterior pockets on the outside, and a hard bottom in case you’re a shameless over packer.

Market_Totte_Ravinia_Verde

Key Lime Pie Popsicles

Makes 10 or more popsicles depending on mold size

Popsicles

* 2 cups Greek-style plain yogurt

* 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons key lime simple syrup

* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

* 1/2 cup crushed graham crackers

 

Key Lime Simple Syrup

* 1/2 cup water

* 1/2 cup key lime juice

* 1/2 cup sugar (or honey)

 

Make the Simple Syrup
In a medium saucepan heat the water, lime juice, and sugar until the sugar has dissolved. If using honey, heat until the mixture simmers. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Make the Popsicles
Mix together the yogurt, 1 cup key lime simple syrup, and the vanilla until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds. In a small bowl, mix the graham cracker crumbs with remaining simple syrup until moistened. Carefully spoon about 1 tablespoon of crumbs onto the bottom of each popsicle mold over the yogurt. Press lightly to secure. Insert sticks or tops to the molds and freeze until stiff.

To unmold, run under warm water for 10-20 seconds, as needed. Serve immediately.

{ 1 comment }

Hats Off!

May 23, 2014

Whether you are graduating from high school or college, graduation is a time for celebrating new beginnings. The caps have been thrown and the commencement speeches have been given. Now, we’ve gathered some gifts we are loving this season that will travel with your graduate through the next adventures in their life.

NEW_sparkleline

 

A quick visit home, a road trip with the girls, or simply hitting the gym, the Weekender II is the perfect packing bag for a change of clothes or two and weekend beauty essentials.

Graduation_BlogPost

 

Be prepared for those walks across campus and stay hands-free with one of our go-to cross body bags, the Saddle Bag II.

Graduation_BlogPost2

 

If she’s calling the dorms home, the Vertical Cosmetic II will help keep her essentials tidy and organized.

Graduation_BlogPost3

 

Download this FREE desktop wallpaper here. Repin and send to your Graduate to remind them of the how far they’ve come!

Graduation_BlogPost_44

 

 

We’d love to stay in touch. If you’re thinking the same thing, don’t forget to subscribe to our blog to receive updates when we post something new, fun, and fabulous. See you soon!

{ 0 comments }