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We’re having another contest…this time on Twitter! Are you following us yet? Make sure you are following @cindabUSA. You can win a cinda b® Beach Bag II for your summer travels! To enter, follow us and tweet where you’ll take your ‪#‎cindabUSA‬. http://bit.ly/18joA5U

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Amore Summer Style

July 12, 2013

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We could hardly wait to share! Can you feel the love? As summer draws to a close, FALL IN LOVE with our newest pattern, Amore. How did we choose such a name for our latest and increasingly popular pattern?

Amore was created during the same time cinda b® was looking for our primary philanthropic focus.  There was a tugging in our hearts for more heart health awareness — a personal mission of our founder Cinda — so we decided that our newest pattern needed to embody love and the heart.

Amore shows off a beautiful balance of a rich red complemented by a deep burgundy, reminiscent of a heart-healthy glass of Pinot Noir. When those colors came together with a distinct pattern embracing all of the colors of a morning sunrise — a new day — Amore (which means “love” in Italian) was born. This stunning and wearable red is sophisticated yet sassy with a little nod to boho-chic style.

And to really tie everything together, we are completely beaming with pride that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Amore benefit Go Red For Women™, a project of the American Heart Association!

For these cinda b® summer style looks, we pulled color + style inspirations from our new Amore Melrose Clutch.

 

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Stay cool while looking hot with this beach-casual outfit. We love chambray! It’s a top trend and isn’t going away anytime soon.  An added bonus is that a piece like this will easily transition into fall.  Add a comfy yet glam pair of fabulous gold sandals and some gold-rimmed sunglasses like these by Randolph Engineering to finish the look.  We especially love that these glasses are made in America- what’s not to love?

{tip}: Carry your Melrose Clutch by the hidden wrist strap for a more
relaxed look as the ocean breeze blows through your hair! 

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Embrace summer simplicity with a nod to nautical in this preppy peplum top. Let a sleek goldenrod pencil skirt accent the top with its pop of color. A simple understated piece of jewelry will play up this feminine style.  We love this precious heart ring that’s made in America by our friends at Dogeared.  The Melrose Clutch will hold everything you need from your lipgloss and cell phone to your keys and cash, completing your ensemble for a perfect summer evening under the stars.

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b Inspired

July 8, 2013

QuoteForBlogAs you go about your week, don’t be afraid to sparkle a little more in each and every fabulous moment you have!  Let these words of inspiration be a reminder during your busy, on-the-go week.  Repin, repost, or refresh your desktop background, darling!

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Designer, mommy, traveler extraordinaire, entrepreneur, TV host…and now she takes on “designer cookies”! Cinda Boomershine tells us about one of her latest projects!

Once Upon A Cookie…

At the beginning of each season, our fab Creative Team throws a preview party to introduce the new pattern and new product styles to the entire staff at the cinda b® headquarters. We show everyone our trend boards, share the pattern inspiration, and answer any questions about the pattern or the new styles. And as with everything we do at cinda b, we try to have a lot of fun with it too!

When we introduced Verde Bonita, our new Spring Summer 2013 pattern, I thought that Verde Bonita cookies were a must for the party and decided that I’d be the one to make them (in all my spare time, haha).  Since I first discovered millefiori on a trip to Italy many years ago, I have been fascinated with the process and decided I’d try it using cookie dough to make the Verde Bonita medallion on a cookie. It was a total experiment. At times I feared it would be a total disaster, but thankfully, the cookies turned out well and I am excited to use the technique again in the future as the possibilities are endless.

Bakers, preset your ovens…

I started with the classic sugar cookie recipe my grandmother always made for me. The recipe is straight out of my grandmother’s well loved Betty Crocker Cookbook.

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{tip}:  If you are short on time, don’t have a mixer, or just plain don’t like to bake, you can also use store bought slice and bake refrigerator sugar cookie dough for the exact same effect.  Just knead the food coloring into the dough and follow the rest of the instructions below.

After I made the dough, I separated it into thirds and used food coloring to dye 1/3 green, 1/3 turquoise and 1/3 navy (or as close to those three colors that I could get in cookie dough) to mimic Verde Bonita’s color scheme.  Then I set out to create a roll of cookie dough with an intricate pinwheel pattern.  First I rolled out a thin roll of navy dough. I then wrapped that initial roll in green dough. Then I wrapped that roll in a series of very skinny navy and turquoise rolls.

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{tip}: Between each step, I placed all the rolls back into the freezer to keep them cold and pliable. I am not going to lie, it was a tedious process, but I had some good company (and a plate of veggies to snack on so I didn’t eat all the cookie dough)

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Drum roll please…

So here are the baked cookies sitting next to my Verde Bonita phone case as they cooled.  They don’t look exactly like the pattern, but they do have the same essence — and they tasted pretty darn good too.  Not bad for my first attempt at this process if I do say so myself.

Verde Bonita Cookies on the cooling rack beside their inspiration!

And here they are at our preview party.  Everyone was so impressed and couldn’t believe I made them myself. (Good thing I documented the process for the xo CB blog or I still think they might not believe me).

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I am excited to try this process again and I hope that I have inspired you to give it a try too as these cookies are guaranteed to impress your guests at your next gathering — be it an office meeting, birthday party or 4th of July cookout.  Hey, if I can do it, you can do it!  And don’t be shy, if you give it a whirl, let us know how it turned out.

Post a pic on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram and be sure to tag @cindabUSA and use the hashtag #cindab.

xo Cinda

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Baby B turns 1

June 5, 2013

 

Founder + Chief Creative Office, Cinda Boomershine, shares inspirations, ideas, and insights for her daughter, Calypso Belle’s, first birthday!

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Baby B is 1 and with that milestone, we needed to celebrate! But here was the kicker, I wasn’t able to start planning until about three weeks before her big day. During those three weeks leading up to the party, my crazy schedule had me traveling to 12 different states until the night before her party.  I had to be super organized and efficient to pull this party off. I thought I’d share my techniques to help all the busy Moms out there do the same.

First up, I needed a theme for the party. The first places I turned to for inspiration were Pinterest and Etsy – There are so many adorable ideas out there (Check out our First Birthday Party Ideas Board on Pinterest).  I decided to keep it easy, and stick with what I know. I chose to use two of the cinda b patterns as our theme.  I was off and running with a  Scala Ivory and Empire Slate themed party.

Next up was the invitation. On etsy I found this adorable party package that had not only an invite but also coordinating banners, gift tags, water bottle wraps and a few other goodies.  There were even matching party hats! The beauty of the package was that it was a DIY project.  The shop owner will customize it for you, then will email everything to you can so you print and assemble it yourself – which saves you heaps of cash (something I am always game for).  The shop owner was kind enough to customize my package even further by replacing the patterns in her package with our cinda b patterns.

Once I received the graphics, we got crafty.  I printed the graphics out, then assembled and embellished them as time allowed (usually late at night and with a ton of the help from Mark and our multi-talented babysitter Ashley).  The pompoms on top of the party hats were a simple way to jazz them a bit.

One of the perks of manufacturing in the USA is that I have an entire factory at my disposal for crazy, last minute projects like this party.  I was in need of tablecloths, so I had the amazing cinda b team whip some up for me.  We also created the birthday girl a Scala Ivory bib and matching koozies for adult beverages. I know, it was a bit over the top, but why not enjoy the perks of the job? :)

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  I also needed party favors for the guests to take home. We made some of our adorable envelope pouches in Scala Ivory & Empire Slate.  (Incidentally, the cinda b Envelope Pouch is currently available as a free gift when you purchase $50 or more of cinda b product. But hurry, as this is a limited time offer.  Find a store near you!)

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For other decorations, we pulled items from her nursery like her Empire Slate elephant, her favorite BlaBla Dolls and a painting her Daddy, Mark Boomershine, did for her. Then we went crazy with appropriately colored balloons.  Key learning point – allow for plenty of time to blow up balloons or get a helper for that.  It took forever and I was literally blowing up balloons until the first guests arrived!

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We kept the menu super simple – pizza, salad, fruit & cupcakes.  But of course, we added some unexpected touches.  We ordered pizza, but it was gourmet pizza from  Mellow Mushroom.  We affixed custom pizza box toppers that labeled each different type so our guests didn’t have to open all the boxes to find their favorite slice.  I bought cupcakes from Cami Cakes and topped them with the custom toppers we made ahead of time.

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All in all, the party was a success and Belle had a blast!

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xo, Cinda

 

 

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b Bookworms

March 4, 2013

As Spring travel time approaches, the hunt for a good beach book is also sneaking up on us. Fill your cinda b® Beach Bag with sun screen, towels, snacks, and hopefully a good book or two to occupy your sun-bathing, ocean-watching time.  Wherever your travels take you, you will need some reading material for your getaway, and also an eReader Cover II or an eTablet Sleeve! So, we’ve gathered a couple good reads that are close to our team’s hearts…

Cinda, Founder + Chief Creative Officer

Not surprisingly, Cinda is a big fan of business books.  Malcolm Gladwell’s Tipping Point and Outliers, Dale Carnegie’s How To Win Friends and Influence People or Jim Collin’s Good to Great are some of her favorites.  When she wants an escape, she turns to chick lit. Something Borrowed, by Emily Griffin, is the perfect beach read.  Plus, Emily and Cinda are neighbors, so that makes her like Emily’s books even more!

Korrie, Creative + Marketing Director

One of the best suspense reads you can find is Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. This unputdownable book about a marriage gone terribly wrong is a masterpiece of page-flipping, nerve-chilling content that kept Korrie on the edge of her seat, confounded after every turn.

Alex, Creative + Marketing Assistant

Absorbed from page one, Alex said she couldn’t stand to put down The Glass Castle, a true story by Jeannette Walls. This creatively written memoir is a story of triumph against all odds.  In this story, unconditional love leads the way for this moving tale about Jeannette’s life as she grew up. But it also has an inspiring undertone of how Jeanette took her circumstances and turned them into determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.

Sandy, Customer Care Representative

When asked about her favorite book, her reply was, “Does US Weekly count?”.

Maddy, Product Development Assistant

Maddy couldn’t help but admit her passion for a classic, romantic novel like, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy are two of the most romantic and memorable characters in the whole world of English literature, and their story never fails to entertain.

Karen, Director of Customer Care

Erik Larson’s, Devil in the White City, balances beauty and terror during the 1893 World Fair in Chicago. Karen particularly enjoyed the appearance of the chicago architecture, but also the intertwining of a mystery plot encompassed around a serial killer during the time. This book reads like a fiction tale, but is based on true historical events following the lives of people who lived during the time. This story creates a place where incredible dreams come to life, alongside dark nightmares.

 

…and check out ebookweek.com for some other good, and free, reads for your ebook! Happy Reading!

 

 

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