Fall in love…

August 3, 2014

We are so excited to debut our newest Fall 2014 pattern to the cinda b lineup! We’ve been waiting months to talk about it, and now we are so thrilled to be able to show it off to all of you! The design process takes quite some time: from the design, to coloring, to picking fabric colors, to webbing selection to stitch color and revise, revise, revise… until it’s absolutely PERFECT. It’s certainly a labor of love.

Our latest pattern, Stained Glass, is so happy and cheery—we are head over heels in love. Stained Glass was inspired by the old-world textures and patterns seen in Gothic architecture. It’s rich hues play together like sun dancing through brightly colored glass. Bold hues of magenta and bright orange contrast with earthy espresso brown to create a sophisticated, yet playful palette that is perfect year-round.

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We think the pink is the perfect pairing with the espresso brown and hopefully, you will too. Head on over to cindab.com for all of our new pieces and to see the full line.

Oh…and leave a comment and we’ll surprise a lucky few with some of our new pieces!

 

Imagery courtesy of Pinterest

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Dress your Desktop

July 23, 2014

 

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Sometimes, all you need to get over the hump of midweek madness is a deep breath, a cup of coffee
(or two) and a little inspiration. We believe the easiest way to refresh your day is a simple change of scenery. With that said, we have a couple designs to dress your desktop with a dose of inspiration.
Click away, friends!

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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?

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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!

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xo

 

 

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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?
 
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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.

 

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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}

 

 

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

 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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#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.

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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!

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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?!

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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.

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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.

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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! }

 

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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!

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