Halloween Tween Craft – Fashionista Kitty Purse

Hey GirlMoguls – Here’s a great Halloween Craft from our friends at MakeitRuby.com – a site filled with awesome fun (and cheap) crafts for you to do!
Fashionista Kitty Purse

Ruby’s Tool Kit: stuffed Halloween kitten purse, plastic purse pouch, safety pins

Tween Halloween Purse
Tween Halloween Purse
1. Repurpose a stuffed kitten pillow or any Halloween themed pillow that will make for the perfect accessory.
2. Attach a plastic coin purse to the back from inside the coin purse with safety pins so they are hidden.
3. Use a colored plastic coin purse that blends. This Halloween kitten purse is purrrrrrrfect to hold your lipgloss and money!

Crystal Velasquez Author Talks About Choices

Hey GirlMoguls – this month’s book club pick is Your Life But Better  – it’s a totally cool choose your own adventure type of book  – except you’ll be faced with moral dilemmas during a scavenger hunt at the mall – yup the book is pretty much all about you.  But right now we have a very special (and cool) message from the book’s author – Crystal Velasquez….

crystal-velasquezWhen I was twelve, I felt like I was as far away from being a girl mogul as I could possibly be. I had crazy, untamable hair, a gap between my two front teeth, and let’s just say that I was no fashionista. To top it all off, I had a loud, goofy laugh and a wild imagination. I also loved reading good books—and trying to write one myself—which sometimes made me the butt of jokes from the kids in my neighborhood. Why wasn’t learning the latest dance moves my top priority? How could I choose getting lost in an S. E. Hinton novel over playing video games with them? And what was with my obsession with writing poetry? Bottom line, I was weird, and worse, a nerd. Or at least, they seemed to think so.

Don’t get me wrong—I had friends and a great family who loved me just the way I was. But I often wondered why I couldn’t just be like everyone else. Maybe that’s why I always found myself taking the quizzes in my favorite teen magazines. They seemed like a way to figure out what made me tick. The problem was, when I read the choices, there were always two very extreme answers and one obviously correct answer. If you ended up the middle-of-the-road girl, you were normal. Anything else and well, you were an oddball. So rather than answer the quizzes honestly, I would choose the answers that would land me in that coveted middle-of-the-road category. If I couldn’t be like everyone else in real life, I would at least achieve that goal on the pages of the magazines.

Cut to several years later: I majored in creative writing in college, where suddenly my preoccupation with books and writing didn’t seem so weird after all. I won writing contests and scholarships and eventually landed a job in book publishing in NYC. I also became a freelance proofreader. So not only was I reading as much as I ever had, but I was getting paid to do it! Finally, one day while cruising the Internet for freelance writing jobs, I spotted an ad looking for writers for a new line of children’s books (which turned out to be the Maya & Miguel series). I applied—and what do you know? They hired me! I became a published author, and as a result, another amazing writing opportunity came my way in the form of the Your Life, but… series. Here at last was my opportunity to show girls through my own quizzes that there are no wrong answers; there are only the right answers for you. It’s so important to know and accept who you really are—the good, the bad, and the ugly—rather than aim to be a cookie-cutter image of someone else. Moguls, after all, tend to be people who follow their dreams, no matter how off the wall they might seem to everyone around them. I did eventually have that gap between my teeth fixed, but I still have crazy hair, an overactive imagination, a goofy laugh, and a serious book addiction—and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Crystal Velasquez

January 2010

MiaMy Oh My – Design Your Own Jacket

Hi Girls, it’s daisy, the reluctant fashionista. When I saw the cool new MiaMy jacket – it’s a blazer you can decorate to make your own, I had to talk more with the person who invented. MiaMy founder Andrea Ann Kazanjian, was cool enough to answer some questions and host a giveaway. So read on for the Mia My story and see how you can in a jacket of your very own.

So, what is the Mia My Jacket – it’s a totally cool blazer that you can decorate yourself – using markers, paint, and other decorations. It’s designed to totally represent you!

How did Andrea come up with the idea for the Mia My Jacket? It all started 70 years ago, when Andrea’s grandmother (her Nana) created a stylish jacket. The jacket was unusual – and very special – because her girlfriends wrote positive messages all over it! She kept this jacket and eventually handed it down to Andrea’s mom, who passed it on to her. After looking around Andrea decided that tween girls could use a modern day version of Nana’s jacket, something they could decorate to inspire themselves. A jacket that would inspire them to be leaders and help girl to be the best they can be. These are all important lessons Andrea learned growing up – as an active member of the Girl Scouts and captain of the swim team.

So what would be on Andrea’s Mia My back when she was a girl? “For starters, the band New Kids on the Block would have definitely been written on my jacket…I loved that band. Swimming was an integral part of my life. Therefore, you can be sure there would be a drawing of a swim cap, goggles, and my team’s mascot on the jacket.”

And today? Andrea says, “I would have the word “Change” written all over the jacket. I believe we live in a world today that needs to embrace change. I would also have the words “Marathon Runner” on the jacket with a pair of running shoes. I’m a big fan of running and recently completed my first marathon to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Foundation. This was an amazing journey and one that I would highly encourage girls to get involved in.”

So what was Andrea’s favorite thing she’s ever seen a girl do with the Mia My jacket? “I gifted the Mia MY Jacket to a close friend who’s battling cancer. This young girl wanted to find a unique gift that would provide a vehicle where her best friend could express herself creatively while collecting positive quotes from her girlfriends. She wanted to stimulate her individuality through creativity and fashion. The Mia MY Jacket was a hit!”

Thanks Andrea for those great answers and the story behind Mia My. You can visit the site at www.miamy.com. And f you want to win a Mia My Jacket, checkout our giveaway right here.

Posted by GirlMogul Daisy