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Announcing “Free Sample Friday”


We are having a biweekly giveaway on our facebook page called “Free Sample Friday”, starting  tomorrow and lasting through the end of the year.

Here’s how it will work:

Every other Friday we will post either pictures or a blog of the product which we will be giving away as samples on our facebook page, and asking who would like to win what’s on offer. All you have to do is say ‘me’ in the comments section, and that’s it. A winner will be chosen at random. It’s that simple!!

The catch:

- You have to be in the US or Canada,

- You have until midnight that Friday EST to enter.

We would like you to tell us what products you would like to be  featured as giveaway samples in the coming weeks by leaving a comment on our blogfacebook page or viatwitter. You can browse our website at to give you an idea of what you might like.

Also, please spread the word because we have lots of goodies to giveaway.


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Wedding favorites from Angel Minaro

    Angel Minaro is a luxury kissed spa and skincare line that will cater to your every need from head to toe as you prepare for your special day.




Our botanical infused skin care products nurture and nourish the skin while our luxuriousspa line pampers and detoxifies both the body and mind to keep you glowing, beautiful and ready both physically and mentally for your special day.

The Angel Minaro product line includes a facial line which consists of cleansers, a microdermabrasion cream, masks, toners, moisturizers and serums. The body care line includes lotions, creams, butters, body oils, body scrubs and body wraps. The bath splendor line includes body washes, luxurious bath oils, salt soaks, milk baths and bubble baths. The hair care line includes shampoos, conditioners and hair oils. The manicure and pedicure line includes soaks, lotions, scrubs and serums.


                                       Chocolate and Strawberry antioxidant toning masque


                                        Arome Tropical ultra nourishing and firming body lotion

Our products also make exquisite gifts for the special people in your bridal party or anyone that deserves to be thoroughly pampered.

At Angel Minaro, there’s a little something for everybody. Welcome to the ultimate spa experience.

                                                         Let’s get gorgeous!


Our services include:

- Favors for weddings and wedding showers,

- Gifts for the bride (to pamper and get herself ready for the special day),

- Gifts for the bridal party,

- Gifts for any special person of your choice.

The gifts can be fully customized for any occasion and can be full size or mini versions of any of our products. 

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10744057671?profile=originalWhat Love Has to Do With It!The Importance of Unconditional Love in A Relationship!By Kamal Imani © 2010My wife and I have been happily married for 15 years and together for 19. Much of our success can be attributed to a book we read entitled “Black Woman’s Black Man’s Guide to a Spiritual Union” by Ra Un Nefer Amen. In this book he speaks about the importance of unconditional love. He also highlighted how we have a script or sort of fantasy like picture in our minds of the perfect or ideal lover or mate and when that person doesn’t meet our expectations, we feel let down, disappointed, the drama begins and things begin to fall apart.When our partner fails to perform up to our Hollywood or conditioned standard financially, sexually, emotionally or otherwise, maybe they didn’t cook, clean, communicate or perform the way that we envisioned it, we allow dissatisfaction to set in.Have Realistic Expectations but High standardsWhen getting to know your significant other, you need to be real when it comes to acknowledging his/her strengths and weaknesses. You also need to realize that peoples long developed habits are slow to change. If you’re hoping that something he/she does will change simply because you have entered their life, you may be disappointed. Some changes can be made if it’s clearly communicated, understood and your partner makes a conscious effort to change, but be very patient because it will probably be a slow and gradual process. I’m not saying that you should lower your standards, but have you ever heard the term wysiwyg? It is an acronym for what you see is what you get. And, you know while you’re dating you’re getting a persons best side, and as the saying goes “You don’t know a person until you live with them”. So keep it real, but stay optimistic, patient and keep the faith. Always keep a spiritual vibration in your relationship.Unconditional LoveUnconditional love is giving of your self without expecting anything in return. It is being selfless! If you’re giving and taking is like a Wall Street financial transaction, sometimes you will rise, other times you will be in a recession, a depression and eventually a crash! So it is important for both partners to practice selfless giving with out making the other partner feel that he/she owes you something.When unexpected financial, medical and other emergencies arise, you will have to be flexible, calm and optimistic until the situation improves (because you will be tested). Always find a creative way to communicate, be understanding, stay affectionate, optimistic, patient and faithful…Did I say patient? Selfless giving/unconditional love is a high form of practical spirituality and it takes two to apply it. It indeed takes two to make a thing go right.Watch Kamal’s tribute to the sisters “Ms. Melanin” on Youtube Imani is a Poet, Author, Film Maker Teacher and Mentor residing in New Jersey. He can be reached at To book Kamal for speaking engagements email or call 201-923-9213
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Announcing Your Engagement


Besides shouting from the rooftops, “We’re engaged!” and spreading the news of your engagement by word of mouth, you have a couple of other options when it comes to announcing your engagement. You can mail formal announcements to your friends and family or you can publish an announcement in your local and hometown newspapers.

Mailing Announcements – To create your announcement contact your local stationary store or an online retailer and have your announcement typeset and printed. You can also design your own announcements using a site like Vistaprint When designing your own announcement you will have the flexibility to choose the look and feel that best suits you as a couple. Keep in mind this will be your guests’ first preview into your wedding. The announcement should convey the overall tone and formality you think you’ll want for your event.

Newspaper Announcements - Call the publication(s) where you want your announcement to appear and speak to the editor in charge and find out the following:
§ The fee for publishing your announcement
§ Are there any guidelines or a standard form you must use?
§Do they accept pictures as part of the announcement?

How will you spread the news of your engagement? Answer our poll here.

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Wedding Day Makeup

A professional makeup artist is valuable for wedding day makeup, but that is not always possible. Here's a few things you should pay extra attention to when applying wedding day makeup:

Apply the makeup beyond the chin. Put foundation and powder on your chest, if it is visible, and on your neck. You can even dust your shoulders. Beauty does not stop at the face.

Set the makeup with translucent powder. Use primer on your face and skin to make sure the makeup lasts. Always do a trial run of your makeup before the wedding, and for future reference, take pictures when you think your face is perfect.

Feel free to leave a comment. Until next time…Have a wonderful day!

Your Personal Beauty Advisor!

How to Makeup Tutorial / Virtual Makeover / Beauty Tips

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Wedding Invitation Do's and Don'ts

Do make your own invitations if you have the time and are looking for areas to cut costs. With do-it-yourself invitations you are not limited to what the stationer has to offer and you have complete creative control over the paper, fonts, colors and embellishments. You can buy blank stationary and design your invitation from scratch, or you can purchase a wedding invitation kit. If you do not have access to a high quality printer you can still save money by designing your own invitation and taking your design to a local copy center to be printed.

Don’t use your new monogram on your invitations or any other pre-wedding stationary or decorations. Save your married monogram for post-wedding activities like the reception and thank-you cards.

Don’t print “adult reception”, “adults only” or any other variation on your invitation. The way you address the invitation should make it clear who is and who is not invited to the wedding.

Do print the dress code on the invitation if it is a formal affair (i.e. black tie, black tie optional, etc.)

Don’t include registry information on your invitation or any of the insert cards. Registry information should only be included in the bridal shower invitation and spread by word of mouth by your family and the bridal party.

Do address the envelopes prior to inserting the invitations to avoid indentations or ink marks on the invitation.

Don’t worry about hand writing the addresses on the envelopes. Traditionally, all addresses were hand written, however some modern couples are opting to have the addresses printed directly onto the envelopes to cut costs and save time.

Do visit and browse through their inventory of stamps to find a stamp that fits your wedding style and theme.

Do call guests if you have not received a response by the deadline. Don’t automatically assume that they are not coming, they may have simply forgotten to send back the response card.

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Start Your Own Stationery Business Today!

Joi Paper Stationery & Gifts

Do you enjoy planning parties, writing, or graphic design?
Would you like the opportunity to:

· Own and operate a business using your creativity?
· Build a part time or full time business that is truly rewarding?
· Choose the people you work with?
· Be recognized and rewarded for your efforts?

Discover an opportunity to integrate your story and your style into a successful niche market business with Joi Paper. Joi Paper is a new company that is in the pre-launch phase and will host its official launch in April 2010!
Joi Paper is a niche market, direct selling organization which provides invitations, stationery, gifts, and business opportunities. Our company promotes, honors, and communicates milestones and events that are common to all and unique to the ethnic market. Our mission is to provide our clients with quality products and give them options which will allow them to express themselves and their lives through paper. We also provide our business partners with the tools and resources to operate their own flexible business as a Stationery Consultant.

Stationery Consultants have an opportunity to share their stories while marketing products that promote a positive self image and tell a fantastic story of heritage, joy, optimism, and innovativeness.
We will provide consultants with an opportunity to earn an income through selling at:

· Paper Socials™
· Online store
· Fundraisers
· Trunk Shows
· Expos, Conferences, Craft Fairs

Join us at the ground floor as we aim to be the ultimate provider of stationery and gift products for every occasion. Sign up today to become a Joi Paper Stationery Consultant at [LINK:]
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Call for Wedding Photos


We are currently accepting submissions for real weddings and engagement sessions to be featured on our blog, Soulful Engagements. We are looking for pictures showcasing happy couples, the crazy guests and all the fabulous details.

To have your wedding or engagement pictures featured on Soulful Engagements email us at up to 10 pictures and include the following information in your email:

o Couples’ names & wedding date
o Photo credit (name of photographer who took the pictures)
o Brief description about the wedding or engagement session
o Vendor information (if applicable)

Stephanie LaRae
Soulful Engagements
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Free Wedding Vendor Directory Listing

All of the major search engines use link popularity to determine how well a site will rank. The more high quality, relevant links that lead to your site, the higher your site will rank. Being listed in our Wedding Vendor Directory is a great opportunity to increase your search engine ranking. The basic listing in our Wedding Vendor Directory is for 1 year (365 calendar days). All listings are by category and are listed in alphabetical order. The listing includes business name, contact information and a link to your website. If you would like a basic listing in our directory please complete this questionnaire.


Stephanie LaRae

Soulful Engagements

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Create your own identity...

Taylor Made Invitesprovides custom wedding stationery as well as Graphic Design/Printing services...September Specials!1,000 business cards - $755,000 flyers 4" x 6" - $200* Print Ready - Design Additional Fee *contact us now for complete business identity packages as well as all other stationery!Taylor Made Invites~ custom designed with you in mind!773.809.4TMI (4864)BECOME A FAN ON FACEBOOK -FOLLOW US ON TWITTER -
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Function and Fashion of Zoot Suits Unveiled!

Known for its bold, extravagant, and odd style, the zoot suit is a double-breasted suit that existed since 1930s. The wrapped jacket usually features for wide lapels overly elegant padded shoulders extending past the hips. Its purpose is to basically cover the pleated pants billowing out before the fine cuffs. It is being worn and frequently associated to African- American, Puerto-Ricans, Mexican Americans, Filipino Americans, and Italian Americans.Today zoot suit came in bold and vibrant colors and patterns that can be worn on any special occasion. It is also a perfect choice for wedding occasions like a wedding tuxedo. Black people are used to wear this for worship and any religious activities. As you can see, they are not just designed to show off their extravagance in terms of styles and fabric but their ability to function in every special occasion.Hiphop buffs who aimed to pursue a formal hiphop chic, you can explore your sense of fashion by wearing zoot suit. You can also refer from your favorite hippy icons and celebrities that love to wear this kind of suit. The fabulous attire is not complete without fashionable accessories that they used to complement on the suit such as neck ties with vibrant colors and designs, oversized elegant hats, pocket watch on chains, and double-soled shoes. If you’ve got all the accessories that you needed, you are now ready to hit the party!Zoot suits are widely available and accessible on the internet. Online shopping is the easiest and most convenient way to buy what we urgently need with just few clicks away. Megasuits is your trusted men’s online store. We are glad to give you our high quality, elegant, and luxurious suits at very affordable price. Browse our online catalog so you can choose from our wide suit collections.Fine, elegant, and sophisticated mens suits fashioned from high-grade quality fabric. Megasuits give nothing but customer’s satisfaction. Our men’s suits are the reflection of excellent craftsmanship, refinement, and style!
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