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Coffee Alternative

Coffee Alternative

My mom mailed me this tea about 10 years ago from Japan and I still have some tins left over. This tea has a nutty flavor to it, relatively low caffeine level and a great alternative to green tea.

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Girlfriend Keeper!!!

Girlfriend Keeper!!!

This is probably the funniest application I’ve seen in Iphone App land. It’s called GirlfriendKeeper – perfect for guys who neglect to give their significant other a nod during anniversaries,  birthdays and any dates that are near and dear to her heart. At only $.99  a must have Apple  iPhone application to keep the romance going!

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Vintage Shop

Vintage Shop

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I love trailblazers.
I love vintage fashion.
I love shopping online.

I am in lust with everything sold at Market Publique and PROMISE not to break my bank account. Pamela Castillo has created a vintage fashion powerhouse that will be getting a lot of business from me…read on…this gal knows fashion inside/out…

How did the idea of Market Publique come about?

The idea for Market Publique really came out of necessity. I had been selling vintage on the site on eBay and then, after all the changes to their policies, feedback system and fees, I switched for a while to Etsy, but found that neither of them had the right tools to sell vintage online. After much complaining, my partners and I realized that we could do something about it, since we are all web designers and developers, so we decided to build Market Publique.

What is considered vintage fashion?

Vintage is defined as an item that is older than 20 years, and younger than 100 years. Anything over 100 years is considered antique, instead of vintage. It is also a misconception that vintage is the same as used or second-hand clothing. While most items are used due to their age, sometimes you may find items that have never been worn, with the tags still on, maybe from an abandoned warehouse or the like. That is considered ‘deadstock’ vintage.

How has the popularity of vintage fashion blossomed over the years?

After the boom of mass-production, and especially with globalization and manufacturing, people have been looking for alternatives. I think now more than ever, people want items that are unique and of good quality, yet still affordable. Vintage fills this need, as well as being a sustainable choice.

Names of the founders? What are your background/s? The three founders of Market Publique are:

Jonathan Berger –
Jonathan is our resident nerd, pixel pusher and tech antenna. A native Brooklynite, he holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Vassar College and an MA in Media Studies from The New School. He works as an interactive designer and is very active in the New York tech community. Jon makes sure we are all buzzword compliant, use Twitter frequently and know our URLs from our URIs. He’s worked with clients like Yahoo!, MTV, and Eyebeam, among others.

Pamela Castillo –
Pamela is a vintage junkie and creative director of Market Publique. Originally from Guatemala, she came to the U. S. for college. She graduated with a double major in Fine Art and Business Administration from Trinity University and moved to New York City to pursue her M.F.A. in Design & Technology at Parsons. Castillo has designed and developed websites for clients like InStyle.com, People.com, SI.com, The New Museum and others. She now uses her artistic eye and technology chops to guide the Market Publique’s brand and image. She writes the blog, styles and directs all photo shoots, buys vintage for the House Store and obsesses over every single article of vintage that she comes across, more oftentimes than not, trying it on several times.

Anthony Ina –
Anthony Ina is our lead User Experience Designer. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, he’s been interested in fashion since helping his dad run photo shoots at their hair salon. He moved to Chicago to attend DePaul University, where he graduated with a B.S. in Human-Computer Interaction. He has since been designing the way buyers and sellers interact with Market Publique, creating a smooth user flow from the seller and the buyer’s perspective. He was worked with clients like Chicago Tribune, Hello Health and Spot.us, among others.

Is it necessary to have a, say fashion background to know vintage clothing?

I don’t think it is necessary at all. I think you just need to really love clothes and their history. I think it’s important to look at a lot of clothes, how they’re made and read about the history of fashion to recognize what is significant, what is well made and learn about what you like. My guess you’ll be hooked once you learn all the stories behind each item and you’ll understand why people love vintage so much.

How is Market Publique, say different from Etsy?

The biggest difference is that Market Publique is exclusively for vintage. We designed the site specifically for vintage and did a lot of research for the design and usability to learn what tools vintage buyers and sellers need.

In addition, we curate all the sellers on Market Publique. Each seller must first apply in order to be accepted to sell items on Market Publique, so buyers can shop with confidence and we can keep the quality of the listings high.

Aside from having fixed price listings, we have auctions as well, which is a format that is really useful for both buyers and sellers. Sellers can set a price for something via an auction and the buyers can bid more if they absolutely have to have it – something very important with one-of-a-kind items.

We also have a lot more pictures included per listing (up to 15, vs.  Etsy’s 5, all included within the $0.25 listing fee; eBay charges $0.15 per additional picture), a bulk uploader, and many other tools to help sellers present their product more effectively.

What were some challenges in creating Market Publique?

The biggest challenge was having the guts to quit my secure full-time position to embark on an unknown trail, one which I knew would take a lot of hard work and long hours without necessarily turning into revenue or pay. After launching, with all the great response we’ve had from the vintage community, it seems I made the right choice.

Another big challenge is having to do things you don’t necessarily know how to do, like formulating a business strategy, keeping the books, and other tasks that we didn’t have to take care of before this. But you do it and you learn.

Also, learning to compromise is a big challenge. For example, when we launched we didn’t have all the features we wanted already developed, but we knew we had to launch with something, and then keep building on top of that. Knowing what the right mix of those features were was a big challenge – so having a goal and deadline in mind for the long-term is very important.

The Usuals…


Why do you do what you do?
Because I love vintage and I always wanted to work within fashion, but I didn’t necessarily want to design or have all the  clothes. So I decided that putting my skills to use within an area I am passionate about would be the right move.

I also saw that the vintage community didn’t have the right tools, and I wanted to help. Since vintage deals with one-of-a-kind items, vintage sellers do not really compete with each other. I believe they benefit when working together, creating a community that can help set standards, help with dating and pricing items, and sharing their expertise so that the field becomes unified and pools their resources, instead of each seller trying to make it on their own. Vintage scales only when people can work together.

What makes you want to wake up in the morning?

The smell of coffee and my husband – who almost always brings me a cup to bed. Yes, he rocks.

Who is your inspiration?

I have many people and things that inspire me. My grandma and my mom are both big influences. My grandma is one of the most fashionable ladies I’ve ever met, and is always put together with nary a hair out of place. My mom always taught me to be myself and follow my dream, no matter what anyone said. They have both helped me become a strong, independent woman.

I am also inspired by people who wear what they want and have unique style, like Iris Apfel, Elizabeth Hawes, and Edith Head.

If you were given the chance to relive your life all over again, who would you be?

I would be me! I love my life. And however much I would have loved to wear clothes from a certain era or decade (maybe the 50s and 60s?), I don’t think I could live without the Internet. I adore the Internet. But, if I absolutely must choose, I would choose Edith Head. It would’ve been so much fun to dress stars like Mae West and Tippi Hendren, to work in Hollywood when the production budgets for costuming were astronomical and you could literally create what you had imagined. And then, to have a show like The Dress Doctor and help women dress their best would be a lot of fun too.

Your three rules to live by?

1. Never compromise your integrity. It is more valuable than any profit.
2. Wear what you want.
3. Listen and try to understand.

Your must-have makeup item?

I always wear moisturizer with SPF 15 or more, and use liquid eyeliner, mascara and lip moisturizer everyday.  My current favorites are: Lancôme Artliner, DiorShow Mascara, Stila eyeshadows (in Golightly & Oasis), and Fresh Foundation and Sugar Lip Moisturizer, Nars blushes (in Orgasm and Casino) and lipsticks (in Barbarella, Funny Face, Captiva, Heat Wave, Dolce Vita and Roman Holiday), Chanel for red lipsticks (in Rouge Noir and Pirate), and Essie nail polish in Chinchilly.

Your city/country of origin?

I was born and raised in Guatemala City, Guatemala. I then moved to Texas to attend college at Trinity University and moved to New York for my MFA at Parsons. I met Jon at Parsons and we got married 8 months later. Since Jon is a native New Yorker, I will probably (and happily) live in New York City for the rest of my life!

Your proudest accomplishment?

Market Publique is my proudest accomplishment so far.

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Manhattan Expresso Coffee

Manhattan Expresso Coffee

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Espresso coffee soda – so Italian isn’t it? I found this drink at Russo, an Italian supermarket in Reading, PA. The Manhattan Expresso Coffee drinks aren’t readily available everywhere, so finding them at Russo was a total treat.

The family owned business sells just about everything…drinks, dairy, desserts, extra virgin olive oil, pasta sauce, deli and the best italian meat imported exclusively from southern Italy. They carry La Porta Pasta, Muraca jarred vegetables and spreads, Montano Espresso and delicious canned veggies from SALPA.

I became a bit nostalgic walking along the aisle and ended up buying some rolls, provolone, salami and had the best lunch sandwich.

Russo Food and Market
1150 Bern Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610
610-898-1918
Fax: 610-898-7876

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Muni Schedule

Muni Schedule

photo-2I got this Tee for Mr.X – its a screen design of the Muni Tshirt made by Bryan from the Love Project. He sells his T-shirt online and sometimes out in the streets. Love it…

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Dragon Dictation

Dragon Dictation

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The dragon dictation is a very easy voice recognition iPhone application.  It changes your voice to text and you can then e-mail it to your  friends or send notes as reminders to yourself. It is one of the  coolest devices I’ve used on my iPhone. Check it out…
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Fingerless Gloves

Fingerless Gloves

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My friend Magdalena made these cutoff gloves for me. I normally don’t wear anything that has glitter to it, but  the combination of brown, black glitter on light blue yarn makes this extremely wearable.  It is really warm and I love the fact that it’s one-of-a-kind handmade by her.

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Best Skin Care

Best Skin Care

I heard about Odacité products from a friend who long suffered from rosacea, and she swears by their products…so curious me, I contacted Valérie Grandury the brains behind Odacité..read on…

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What are some main ingredients in Odacite products?

Freshness is our main ingredient, because it is the key to effectiveness. We use fresh organic aloe vera juice instead of water for its healing properties and it also allows a deeper penetration of actives. Jojoba oil is also rapidly absorbed by the skin because of its resemblance to human sebum (the natural oil our body produces to protect our skin). Jojoba oil is perfect for any skin type, it will dissolve clogged pores and restore the skin’s health.

What prompted you to start an organic skincare line?

In 2004 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. This event triggered a desire to completely reinvent my life, reconnect with nature and step into a beautiful and fascinating healing journey. I adopted a raw food diet, quit my job in the film business to dedicate my time to learning and studying the healing power of plants and became a Health and Wellness coach.

I soon discovered that one of the most toxic elements in a women’s daily life are personal care products. Much to my astonishment, when I turned to organic skin care I discovered that the products did not bare a manufacturing date and I wondered how the ingredients could retain any active properties after so many years in a jar.
Emboldened by my new philosophy of not cutting corners when it came to health, I decided to start making my own fresh skin care. The underlying motto I applied to food: it all lies in the freshness of the raw ingredients, would apply to my skin care.I sourced the freshest, purest organic ingredients from all over the world and formulated my own age-defying blends. The crèmes made such a difference on my skin that i gave them as presents to my friends. It was an instant hit. Odacité was born to answer a growing demand from women who saw the difference those fresh blends made on their skin.

What is one difference in using organic products? Does it differentiate the look of our skin? How so?

Using organic ingredient on your skin (just like as food) allows you to lower the toxic burden you and the planet are exposed to every day. Studies also show that organic ingredients have a higher concentration in vitamins which act as powerful antioxidants, fighting free radicals and reversing the aging process.

Why is freshness so vital to skincare products?

You will never find Odacité in stores because Odacité products are freshly made for each and every customer, dated and immediately shipped to you straight from the lab! Studies show that a natural ingredient will loose 1/3 of its antioxidants and vitamins after 6 months. By making fresh organic blends on demand for each customer we guarantee that each ingredient remains 100% active. With our fresh blends we have no need for harmful preservatives, we only include ingredients vital to your skin’s needs. We have zero toxicity. Each ingredient in Odacité skin care is present in its most active available form, since they are in their freshest, natural state. They are therefore truly bio-available and more easily absorbed by your skin for better results.

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What was the biggest challenge/s in being an entrepreneur?

Your work never stops. That’s why you need to love what you do.

Check out Odacité mini-fridge ————>

What are some new products slated for 2010?

We are constantly looking for fresh active ingredients to create new products. Right now we  are working around pomegranate oil.

What is/are best-selling Odacité product/s?

Harmony Package. 6 months of complete care program. Each product works in synergy with each other to deliver amazing joint benefits.

The Usuals…

Why do you do what you do? To raise awareness about toxicity of our life style.

What makes you want to wake up in the morning? A new day.

Who is your inspiration? Nature

If you were given the chance to relive your life all over again, who would you be? Who ever the universe decides.

What is your favorite Odacité product? Night time repair serum

Your three rules to live by? Be grateful- Follow your dreams – be passionate.

Your must-have makeup item? Mineral powder

Your city/country of origin? Paris/France

Your proudest accomplishment? My kids

Photo Credit: Odacité

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Workout Clothing

Workout Clothing

In the past, my workout attire consisted of anything I picked up at a department store, but very recently on a trip to Honolulu, I walked in to a Lululemon store and purchased some workout gear. Here is my interview with Jessica Edwards, a perfect lululemon athlete…

What is lululemon athletica?
A yoga-inspired athletic apparel company

How is your apparel line different from say, Nike or other sports apparel brands?
We set ourselves apart because our garments are made by athletes for athletes to accommodate a range of athletic pursuits – athlete feedback is critical.  Also, we design with function as our top priority; whether it is our locking zippers, cuffins, thumb holes or ponytail holders, everything has a purpose.  And finally, lululemon garments are produced with signature technical fabrics to maximize performance.

LW5404RT_GroovePant_BLKBBLUHOBLU_fvYour workout apparels are extremely comfortable – what is the secret to such mega comfortable clothing? Plus, the fabric is sweat proof…I am impressed.

The most common (and comfy) fabric is lululemon’s signature luon®, made of nylon and lycra®; luon’s nylon fiber is texturized during the manufacturing process, making it fluffier and softer feeling- so the overall result is that this synthetic fiber has a feel that is more like cotton.

What is the story behind Lululemon athletica’s manifesto? I love it…
Our manifesto stems from our mission: To create components for people to live longer, healthier, and more fun lives.  The manifesto is a means for us to share the lululemon culture and inspire others.

What are top three customer favorites?
Groove Pant  – all purpose, low impact sport pant made from our signature luon fabric
Power Y Tank – a long racerback tank, perfect for layering; made from our signature luon fabric
Men’s Kung Fu Pant – lightweight 4 way stretch luon pant, ideal for but definitely not limited to yoga.

What are some new products slated for 2010?
Keep your eyes open for a ton of new product – being dropped this month!!!

What is your position? Background etc.,
I am the Western Community Guru.  I am responsible for the development and leadership of the community programs in California, Arizona and Nevada (i.e. community relations, public relations, marketing, etc.).

The Usuals…
Why do you do what you do?
I know that lululemon is elevating the world from mediocrity to greatness by creating components for people to live longer, healthier, and more fun lives….it’s kinda a no brainer!

What makes you want to wake up in the morning?
I get to wake up every day knowing that I will meet someone brand new…and I usually get to do it at a really cool yoga class!

Who is your inspiration?
My sister.  She is the most courageous, compassionate and creative person I have ever met.
If you were given the chance to relive your life all over again, who would you be?
Audrey Hepburn – She led an iconic life of style and purpose; wildly successful and a truly passionate humanitarian.

What is your favorite lululemon athletica product?
Wunder Under Pant – Wear this pant to the gym, work or play – function & fashion in 1

Your three rules to live by?
Life is rich – don’t take life for granted.
Sweat once a day.
Laughter is life’s sweetest creation – Laugh once a day.

Your must-have sport drink?
H20…and vitamin water XXX

Your city/country of origin?
Mesa, AZ  born and raised; LA transplant since 2000.

Your proudest accomplishment?
That’s a really tough questions.  I’d have to choose 3: standing up for my sister in her wedding, completing grad school, and securing a killer gig with lululemon.

Photo Credit: Lululemon

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Eggnog Gumballs

Eggnog Gumballs

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Eggnog Gumballs -the perfect addition for the holidays….They have just the right amount of cinnamon and nutmeg to make you relax…

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