Like many others, Vanessa sold her soul to Corporate America, on a 7-10 year stretch, until realizing that true happiness doesn’t come from monetary rewards, it comes from soulful living. With the support of her husband, father, brother and five rescue dogs, Vanessa runs a business, right from the kitchen of her home, where she creates unique handmade artisan jewelry.
Casual & formal, geek and unique, jewelry designs that are handmade with gemstone, pearl and crystal, made magical by accents of sterling silver and quality natural brass. Vanessa, better known as pink80sgirl, crafts a symphony of Victorian and vintage inspired designs.
Putting one of her designs to the test, we purchased a necklace and then offered it to a friend who wore it to work. A fantastic 9 out of 10 people commented on the striking dragonfly necklace. The piece is a 25 x 18mm glass oval handmade cabochon, featuring a purple dragonfly. It sits inside a plain edged bezel setting, then mounted on a highly detailed Victorian filigree pendant. This lovely piece hangs from a pretty antiqued/oxidized brass chain measuring 18 inches including lobster clasp closure. This piece is nickel and lead free. With 520 positive reviews and an impressive ZERO negative reviews on her shopping site, this pink80’sgirl is a sure thing!
As featured in Connextions Magazine, Issue 8.
Dan McLellan wanted to buy a romantic card for his spouse. He hunted in card shops and online, but nothing filled the bill. There were lots of sharp, funny, edgy, and sexy cards out there, but Dan McLellan wanted a romantic, tender card to express his deep feelings for his mate. There were none to be had. Dan and his spouse, Michael, are gay.
McLellan doesn’t claim to be a trendsetter, just a man who couldn't find a product he wanted. So like many an entrepreneur before him, Dan decided to create the product he couldn't find. Mixing a love for quotes and a love for black and white photography, Dan created a collection of romantic gay cards and launched a new website, Homoquotables.com.
The cards are made of high-quality paper and can be customized to suit the purchaser's needs, by displaying a variety of greetings.
Any card can serve as a gay birthday card, a gay wedding card, or a gay card for another occasion in the life of a homosexual friend, family member, or lover. Dan plans to introduce one new card per month, with the addition of cards specific for lesbians now available.
As featured in Connextions Magazine, Issue 8
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Pooch Park Wear customizes hoodies and t-shirts, the good, the naughty, the in-between, whether proud or quirky let them be seen! They also offer biker jackets, collars, collar charms, and their special Zinja beaded collars, made by a co-op of HIV-positive South African women, who weave the beads onto the collars.
Shelly, Owner of PoochParkWear, was driven to create her own canine clothing line with Dog Park names on them for her own lil’ diva to wear. Shelly says "I thought it would be fun for dogs to proudly wear the name of their favorite Dog Park on their back and so PoochParkWear custom dog clothing was born."
Get creative and write anything you wish on the canine clothes! I prefer anything that makes me laugh, so I ordered one of the pooch pride charms that says "can’t even think straight." www.PoochParkWear.com
Dante is wearing the "Can't Even Think Straight" pride charm.
Pooch Park Wear was featured in Connextions Magazine, Issue 8.
She's Got the Look!
Trendy charms with a purpose
Women cherish important days of the year, and the remembrance of these special moments always bring smiles and happiness! We've found a unique way to honor your anniversary or her birthday with a calendar key necklace or bracelet from Not Just Any Old Day
. A sterling silver necklace or bracelet with an inscribed calendar, marked with any special date, including a colored stone of your choice.
Unique gift choice!
For more info: www.notjustanyoldday.com
As seen in Connextions Magazine, Issue 6. Click here
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Custom Nail Solutions to fit EVERY style!
Thanks to the innovative, patented nail system by Custom Nail Solutions, you can avoid regular salon appointments, which can be inconvenient and costly. Now you can have your very own set of beautiful nails, custom made to fit your fingers. The nails are designed from a personal impression, using dental putty, taken from your individual nail beds, which are as unique as your fingerprint.
They are removable, reusable and last a lifetime.
For decades, women seeking longer beautiful nails had limited options: Genetically you are blessed with long natural nails or subject yourself to harsh grindings, filings and toxic chemicals with acrylics and gel nails that are time consuming to apply every couple of weeks.
Nail beauty breakthrough has emerged that is changing the way women achieve nail beauty all over the world! Custom Nail Solutions Nail System was invented by a cosmetic dentist and is a patented, revolutionary, custom fit finger nail
that is guaranteed to never break, chip, crack, change shape or stain and will last your lifetime!
Your nail beds are as unique to you as your finger prints so when a set of nails is created for you they will fit no one but you! Your custom fit nails are removable and reusable. Paint them any color or brand nail polish, sheer or tint, apply nail art, nail wraps, or a clear top coat, and when you’re done with that look just remove with nail polish remover.
As featured in Connextions Magazine, Issue 6
Innovative Grooming Line for Gay Men Fills Void in Skin Care Industry
Out of the closet and into the shower, gay men clean up with the Dirty Boyz Play Clean line of body care products. Jaku Bodycare Inc, a boutique manufacturer of luxury artisan body care products, announced the launch of Dirty Boyz Play Clean, a unique grooming line exclusively for gay men.
Included in its extensive line of high performance grooming products, Dirty Boyz Play Clean features anti-aging products, skin moisturizers, body washes and natural soaps. Also offered are shampoo and conditioner bars handy for travel, candles, shaving products and gift baskets specific to the needs and tastes of gay men.
While working as a chemist for a major auto manufacturer, it became evident to Jaku Bodycare owner, Linda Jakubus, that there were no suitable products available in the marketplace to adequately protect the skin from the harsh environment of a manufacturing facility. Drawing on her experience as a chemist and her medical background, Jakubus decided to create her own line of high quality skin care and body products. After extensive market research, Jakubus discovered her products were perfectly suited for the gay male market.
Says Linda Jakubus, owner of Jaku Bodycare, “Gay men are stylish and appearance-focused and they demand high quality products. The gay community has been largely ignored by the personal care manufacturing giants, even though the market is there. The gay community is underserved and we intend to change that.”
Research and development for the Dirty Boyz Play Clean line included direct input from members of the gay male community. Particular focus was placed on pairing products with terminology that is familiar among gay men. “We had a great time developing and naming the products and our customers love what we came up with,” says Gregory Muncie, a gay male who consulted with Jakubus on the products.
Linda Jakubus, MS, PA-C., is the owner of Jaku Bodycare and founder of the Dirty Boyz Play Clean line. Jakubus holds a Bachelors degree in Biology and a Masters degree as a Physician’s Assistant (PA). More information can be found at http://www.dirtyboyzplayclean.com
As featured in Connextions Magazine, Issue 3