Happy Friday!

It's the first Friday of November! But I'm still reminiscing about October and Halloween! Have you been following me on my Facebook page? @designedbykanyamarie and you would have seen all the fun outfits and shenanigans that happened this year!  

 

Before I jump into Halloween, I want to go back to the final weekend of September, where we celebrate Oktoberfest! I love this holiday and my husband and I always have a blast dressing up together in our best bavarian outfits "prost"-ing the fall spirit!  

And then of course, we get to Halloween. This is by far my favorite holiday of the year. Because who doesn't love to dress up in costume and pretend to be something else for a day? 

This year I participated in a Trunk Or Treat event, where I decorated up my car and the kiddos could go around in a safe environment and get candy! I was a favorite of all the little girls dressed up in my Mermaid costume! 

Then my husband and I dressed up for a halloween party as Waldo and Carmen of Where's Waldo and Where in the World is Carmen sand Diego! While Erik was recognized by most everyone of any age, I was more popular for those of our age or a bit older who remember the Carmen San Diego show! But nonetheless it was fun to be dressed as such a recognizable couple!  

And then of course, I brought out an oldie but a goodie for our Beggar's Night trick or treat night as a black cat. Can't go wrong with a classic!!

What did you dress as this year? I would love to see your costumes!  

 

Another year gone by.

One more year is in the books! It's been such an incredible journey here in my business and what a year it has been! A new house, means new business location, which means room to grow and expand! 

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The hubster and I have officially been in our new house for a year (well, a little more than that) and having our own house meant that I was able to move my business into the basement bedroom! This also meant that I now had my business at home with me (no more commuting!!) and had more room to expand and take on more clients!

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Not only did all of that happen, but because I had expanded my business, I also made the big decision to quit working at my part time job in order to pursue my home based job full time!! And what a whirlwind that change has been! Theres been a lot of learning and self disciplinary work that has gone into making my job a success and I couldn't be happier with the results! 

Thank you to everyone that has chosen to come to me for their alterations and sewing needs and to my family and friends for all of their support in my growing business and dreams! It's been an amazing year and I can wait to see where the next one will take me! 

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New Location! I'm moving my business!!

How exciting it is to be moving! I've been working my business for three years now out of a lovely condo unit in West Des Moines, and although it's been fabulous, I'm excited to say that my hubby and I have bought our First House! and I'll be moving my business into it soon! 

This means that I'll be in the new location and officially doing all appointments out of it beginning April 1st. The new location will be in Altoona, IA. I'm just switching to the other side of town! 

For brides I currently have, no worries, I'll continue to service you and your needs at the condo unit in WDM. All new bookings will be made for my Altoona location. 

Thanks so much to everyone who has been with me, and for choosing me to do your alterations and custom sewing! It's been wonderful and my business has never been better!

 

New address: 418 25th st. SE, Altoona Iowa 50009

Wedding Day Makeup

Now offering makeup and skin care services for brides and their bridal parties!

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I recently became an Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay, and I now offer these services to all my clients! As a beauty consultant, I can provide you with skin care products, makeup, and teach  you tips and tricks on applications to help you acheive your most beautiful skin yet! I teach you how to get a gorgeous complexion while finding a color look that enhances your natural beauty! 

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For my brides, I offer a FREE run through and day of service. We meet once before the wedding. This can be one on one or with your bridal party. We learn all about the product, while playing in it and finding what you love the most. Then, if I have your date open, I can come the day of to do all your makeup application for you and your bridal party.  

If you love what you see, purchase the product! Ask me about my hostess program where you can earn your product at HALF PRICE!!!  

Love the lifestyle? Join my team! I'm looking for people who love to have fun, love working with people, and love makeup!

Contact me today for more information or visit me on the web at www.marykay.com/kanyamarie

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Boutique Bridal Show

We are just a few days away from the boutique bridal show hosted by the Preferred Bridal show held at the West End Architectural Salvage. 

Taking place on March 22nd from noon to 2:30 pm, this show is a going to be one you don't want to miss! I will be there showcasing some brand new work as well a unique redesign of an older gown. You definitely don't want to miss seeing that! I will a very unique display showing off past work and focusing on all the services that I offer. 

Plus! I will be holding a drawing for a free veil! This is a great opportunity to have a custom made veil that matches your gown perfectly! But you have to stop by and see me to get your name in the drawing!  

Be sure to come downtown and check out the vintage charm at this unique bridal show. And don't forget to tell your friends!! 

Next up: Bridal Show

Just announced....I will be participating in the this year's Preferred Bridal Show's Vintage show at the West End Architectural Salvage in downtown Des Moines this coming March. 

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Taking place on March 22nd from noon to 2:30pm, I will be there with an updated booth, and some new gowns to show off! I'm very excited to be able to show you my latest work and new additions to services I'll be offering.

Be sure to stop in! More information will come along as we get closer to the date of the show, but for now, you can find registration info at the Preferred Bridal Show's website:

http://www.preferredbridalshow.com/WestEndSalvageBridalEvent.html

Public Debut!

I am collaborating with The Bridal Sweet, over in Newton, Iowa for a special event! You don't want to miss this! 

On November 22nd, from 3 to 6pm, an open house will be held at the Bridal Sweet. Every registered bride will receive a free gift, and an entry into our door prizes! Prizes include jewelry, a free veil, or even half off your wedding gown purchase! 

We will be holding an exclusive fashion show for our attendees, featuring some of my own designs! Our fashion show will also include the designer of the month specials. A great way to see dresses up close and personal!

I will be offering personal consultations during the event and would love for you to join me and talk to me about your dream dress! 

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Please join us for this special fall event! Come check out the current sales that the Bridal Sweet is offering as well as all of the special services available. Stay for the fashion show and door prize drawings, and make your appointment to come back and try on dresses!  

This is a very special debut of my work directly to the public so you definitely don't want to miss it! The Bridal Sweet will be the exclusive carrier of the KanyaMarie line, so if you like what you see, you'll have to come back to the shop to check it out!! I looke forward to seeing you! 

Vintage Charm

Just last weekend I participated in a bridal show at the Salisbury House in Des Moines. What a fantastic place to be! It was such a privilege to be a part of the Preferred Bridal show. I love that each event they do is in a unique and gorgeous venue, and what a way for them to show off these great places to new brides! I hope that many of you were able to come, it was such a great time and I thoroughly enjoyed talking to all of you who did come out to the show! Despite the icky weather!

I was extremely lucky to have my mother in town to help me out for the weekend, she was such a great assistant! Ironing veils, talking to brides, and helping me load and unload all of my things! Wish I had her around more often!

I was also very fortunate to take part in the photo shoot that occurred after the show had ended. A couple of photographers signed up to broaden their portfolio by taking photos around the house. I provided two of my dress designs to be used in the set. It was such a blast to work with the photographer and to see my gowns in a whole new setting! Candice Smith Photography really did a wonderful job of capturing the look of the gowns as well as the house and what a phenomenal ending to the day! It was also so great to be able to see and visit areas of the house that I've never been to. Like the library! A room that's normally closed to visitors, but a gorgeous place for a photo shoot. I've attached a couple pictures of the day, but more will come later!

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Seeing plaid...

Just thought I'd share with everyone the latest custom project I've done. This last one was for a gal who was of the low maintenance variety and wanted a bridal dress that suited her personality as well as her expectations of no fuss and easy wear. The best part? She was on her way to be married over in lovely Scotland! The plan was to create a bridal skirt so that she could wear the appropriate attire of a plaid flannel shirt with it. The final result is pictured below. I'm so proud of this outfit! She was such a great bride to work with and the design of the skirt is one of my favorites!

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Upcoming April Bridal Forum

The Preferred Bridal Show is hosting their next bridal forum on Sunday, April 27th from noon to 2:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to see a unique venue while at the same time chatting to vendors like myself and finding out what else is available to you.

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This year's show will be held at the Salisbury House in Des Moines. What a unique place to be! I will be there along with many other vendors for your convenience. So please come talk to me about what you are looking for. A custom, one-of-a-kind gown can be yours! I will have a small gift for the first 70 brides that walk through the door, as well as a drawing, to be held the following Monday. This drawing is worth hundreds of dollars, but you have to come to the show to find out what it is!

Check out the Preferred Bridal Show website and pre-register online! Admission is free. Come early to receive a free goodie bag full of information and free stuff from the vendors. A gift from myself included! http://www.preferredbridalshow.com/des-moines-iowa-spring-bridal-shows.html

I hope to see you all there!

A Bride to Be Experience

Sunday was the Everything Bridal Show at the HyVee conference center. A place where vendors come together to make their pitches to newly engaged couples and where couples learn about the available services and can make decisions about who and what they want for their wedding.
Normally, I'm on the other end of these vendor-bride relations, but this time, I had the opportunity to be the bride and experience the show for myself. I have five awesome bridesmaids that all got together to help me make these decisions and came to the show with me. We had a great start to the show after parking. It was so busy that we parked a ways away, but one of the limo companies was running rounds around the lot and gave us a ride to the front door. We felt a bit like celebrities with the special treatment. After receiving my "bride to be" sticker and registering for door prizes, we plunged into the crowd and began our search for a photographer, a florist, and a cake decorator.
It was a good thing that I had these goals that I was looking for, because the number of vendors at the show is a bit staggering. It can be rather overwhelming to have to wade through a crowd and you see three bridal shops, a caterer and two hotels in a row, none of them being a vendor that you necessarily need. On the other hand, looking down an aisle and seeing five photographers in a row and thinking that you need to talk to all of them, can be a headache as well. Luckily for me, I had my maids to help me out. They talked to some, I talked to some, and we compared notes at the end. In this way, I was able to come up with a couple favorites in each category.
All in all it was a really fun say. I was really happy to spend this time with my bridesmaids and I think I found exactly what I was looking for. I'm getting very excited for my wedding and I can't wait till the big day. I do recommend that if you are planning on attending a bridal show, have a list of what you are looking for. This can really make it easier to get through the show so you aren't overwhelmed by talking to everyone there. But don't forget to take it slow and check out the caterers and hotels. Some of them bring great food, and you may find a great restaurant that you didn't know existed, plus the hotels often have great drawings. You could win a trip or a romantic weekend stay. So keep and open mind and don't forget that you're there also to have fun. Enjoy it while you can!

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Upcoming bridal show

Are you recently engaged? Ready to start planning your wedding? Well, what better way to get in touch with all kinds of vendors from all over the state, then to attend a bridal show? The HyVee conference center will be hosting their winter bridal forum this coming Sunday (January 12th) from 10am to 3pm. There will be vendors of all kinds from cakes and flowers to photographers and DJs.

Sadly, I will not personally have a booth there this time. But happily, I will be there as a registered bride! I'm very excited to be able to get the same experience as all you other newly engaged couples and be on the other side of the vendor-bride relationship. :) I will be a part of the fashion show though and I'm very excited about that. The show begins at 1pm, so be sure to save yourself a seat so you can see all the latest trends in the bridal world.

Hope you all get the chance to check out the show! Once you do, and if you've found your dress, be sure to give me a call for alterations! I'll be sure to give the best experience and quality work. Hope to see you soon!

A Belated Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm a few days late in getting over here to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving, but I hope you all got to enjoy lots of turkey, cranberry sauce and mashed (or sweet) potatoes! I know I did! My holiday was spent with my extended family. We entertained ourselves with silly games and crafts, and even a round of golf with my grandpa! We lucked out with the weather and were able to spend a lot of time outside on the farm which was great! Now, it's time to focus on getting projects finished and start baking and wrapping for the next holiday!

Chicago Bridal Market

What a weekend! I had the great opportunity to go to the Chicago Bridal Market. What an exciting time! I'm still feeling a little bit of the dress overload. When I arrived on Saturday, I was just in time for the evening fashion show. What fun that was! We enjoyed some cocktails and bites and then the show began. Forty-five minutes of gorgeous gowns; wedding dresses, bridesmaids and mothers gowns and even prom and really fancy evening gowns. It was a lot to take in. Of course, as much fun as this was, it was nothing compared to what I was getting into the next day. And I had no idea.

Sunday was sensory overload. When I arrived at the Merchandise Mart, I was expecting to find my associates right away. Of course, life never happens the way you expect, and so I was left to wonder around on my own for a little while. I'm not sure how I would describe the market. As I stepped off the elevator, I had to options, go right, which was full of color, sparkles so bright you needed sunglasses, and brightly color banners and signs (this was the prom section). To my left, everything was white, ivory, soft and demure, black accents, and rows and rows of white bridal gowns. Of course, everyone wants to get your attention. If you're an established buyer, most of the design houses know who you are, they greet you, hug you, offer to show you anything. Me, however, I was viewed as a brand new buyer. Here they came with a bag, filled with papers, pens, anything you might need to order their product, they ask who you're with, would you like a seat, can I get a water, food, would you like to see a dress on the runway. The list goes on and on. The houses also do something called informal modeling. You tell them which dress you want to see, they'll have the models change for you so you can see what it looks like on a body. Of course, they have dresses on dress forms as well, but this way you can see how they move and wear. It was really quite something. I think
I've collected 6 or 7 bags of goodies. I pretty much ate my way through each booth. My associates were always one booth ahead of me, but I was happy to take my time looking and absorbing everything.

All in all, it was definitely an experience. I can't wait until the next one and I hope that I am able to go. Seeing the new designers also motivates me to get my own line finished and to make more and more gowns so that one day I may be one of the booth holders and asking people to buy my gowns. Until then, I have a lot of sewing to do.

Happy Friday!

It's Friday, and that means the end of the work week. Well, it does for most people. My weekend, however, is full of exciting networking and market research. :) I've been fortunate enough to make some wonderful friends over that the Bridal Sweet in Newton, IA. They invited me to come along and join them on a buying trip to Chicago to the National Bridal Market. I'm very excited as this is an invitation only kind of merchandise mart. I can't wait to see what is trending for next season and to be able to talk to up and coming designers as well as established design houses. I will be back next week with stories about the weekend and maybe even some inspiration on some new designs of my own! Have a wonderful weekend everyone! 

New site!

All right! How exciting to have a brand new website! If you've seen my old website, you remember how cute it was. And don't get me wrong, I did like it, and a lot of love went into creating that website. But you probably also remember what a mouthful the old web address was. I mean, I couldn't even remember what it was half the time. The last time I was on there, I think even I had to google it to figure out what the name was. But no more! Now I have this wonderful new look, new design, complete with brand new products too! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Thanks for supporting my work!