Summer might be wrapping up but I savored a few of my favorite moments this long weekend and tried out Fruttare Frozen Fruit Bars. You may have seen Fruttare in your local grocery store, they are available nationwide and offer a variety of delicious flavors. The bars are either fruit and milk based or fruit and juice based with real wholesome ingredients. I love making my own frozen treats but when you are short on time, these bars are perfect! I had Strawberry & Milk – they were delicious! The bars had chunks of frozen strawberries and just the right amount of sweetness; I could tell they were made from real fruit and milk. They make the perfect anytime snack or after dinner dessert.
*Serving Tip: If you are having friends over put your Fruttare Bars on a plate with some ice and strawberry garnishes.
Fruttare is a brand that focuses on a positive outlook on life and they focus on the bright side of life. I focus on the bright side of life everyday by waking up with a smile and lots of positive energy. With September already here, I’m starting to feel stressed about some BIG changes coming my way; a move to New York City and all of the changes that come along with it. At times like these I remind myself that I have wonderful health, I’m my own boss and I can handle any curve ball that might be thrown my way. The bright side of life is remembering everything you are blessed with and being thankful for having it. Every day of life should be a mini celebration of getting one step closer to a new goal, dream or plan.
Remember to always savor life’s bright moments and check out Fruttare Frozen Fruit Bars at your local grocery store. For more information on Fruttare Fruit Bars visit FruttareFruitBars.com.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
Say hello to my new friends; you might have already saw a few photos of these beauties if you follow me on Instagram. These are a pair of Rios of Mercedes cowboy boots I custom designed. I snapped just a few photos with plenty more to come, they feature beautiful butterflies with peach and white accents.
The details on these boots are absolutely fantastic don’t you think?
Ps. if you are interested in designing your own pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, you can do it at a trunk show or order a pair through any local retailer.
Meeting other business women and creative minds is one of my favorite things about running this site. The Designer Spotlight series introduces us to the lovely Cigdem of Cibado – a collection of handcrafted leather bags and goods based in Colorado.
Naturally this business had me at “leather” but if you look closer, you will notice something more detailed and unique – Cibado uses antique horse tack hardware for closures and bag details.
Lets jump right into the questions!
Q. Cibado was formed in 2008 and you had prior experience working with buffalo leather for a furniture company, what made you decide to create handbags? Tell us about your career background.
Cigdem – I studied Fashion Design & Merchandising in school and worked for a few years in small apparel companies in the production side. I long had dreams of starting a clothing line. Working with leather or making bags was not on my radar. This changed when I purchased a very handsome suede messenger bag for an ex-boyfriend. His friends wanted one too but we could not find any more so he suggested we try to make some. The idea stuck long after the relationship ended. In 2007 in Philadelphia, my home town, I finally signed up for a class on how to work with leather and make leather bags. This coincided with an opportunity to attend a yoga teacher workshop in Hotchkiss, Colorado for 5 weeks. Realizing I could take the leather class in the Fall, I made my way out to Hotchkiss, Colorado in the Spring of 2007.
It was there that I met a woman who was hosting many other yoga students in her house. She is an artist/painter & we had an instant connection when meeting. It did not take long to realize we had a shared aesthetic and love for design. When I told her of my leather interest she ran into another room and came back with some leather bags she had designed and had some local people sew for her. It was here we spoke of joining forces. Currently working for a leather furniture company that needed someone to sew for them she suggested I move to Colorado and sew for this company and together start our bag venture! With scraps from our projects we learned to work with leather and developed our vision over the course of a few years before feeling comfortable enough to attempt to sell our creations.
Q. What made you choose to incorporate antique horse hardware and tack into the bags?
Cigdem – This was truly an inspiration from our surroundings. Many trials and attempts at using new and shiny hardware were not the look we were after so during a frustrating design moment we took a walk and wandered into a saddle shop & an antique tool shop that had a huge stash of vintage horse tack and hardware. No words were needed between us. It was decided – old horse tack brought it all together and would be an important element to our bags. I am proud to say that all tack is still sourced exclusively from Colorado, especially my backyard of rural Western Colorado.
Q. Running a business can be one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs, if you could go back five years and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Cigdem – I used to try and force an idea to work. After hours upon hours of trying new ideas and the results being less than desirable I used to get VERY upset and would try forcing things….which didn’t usually work! After walking away from it and coming back to it with fresh eyes is usually how I was able to tackle the obstacle. Sometimes the answer was to scrap the idea altogether for the moment and move on. These days I spend far less time fighting what isn’t working.
Q. Being a one woman show requires a lot of organization skills, do you have any tools or tips you would like to share?
Cigdem – Really sharp scissors and lists. I need to write down what needs to get done in a day or that week and prioritize. Old school lists work best for me – pen and paper.
Q. What is your favorite thing about running Cibado?
Cigdem – Constant learning and growth. I am constantly finding that I can do things that I never thought I was capable of doing before.
Q. Who are your customers and the typical woman who carries a Cibado bag?
Cigdem – Getting to know the women who wear a Cibado bag I realized a few things, they value quality crafted goods, attention to detail and one of a kind unique elements that are not seen in mass-produced products. They have an interest in investing in a bag that is built to last and that goes beyond fleeting trends.
Q. Do you create custom bags or bags for customers using their own tack if requested?
Cigdem – Yes I do…most recently I incorporated 100-year-old tack into a bag for a local woman. The hardware was incredibly interesting – I had never seen anything like it.
Q. And just for fun, what is your favorite brand of cowboy boots?
Cigdem – I must admit…I have yet to own a pair of cowboy boots but it IS on my list of wants. I definitely love the look of cowboy boots with skirts. I am on the search and would welcome any suggestions. One of the first people in Colorado that gave me some guidance on leatherwork was an incredible boot maker out of Delta, Colorado. Meeting him and seeing him work was truly inspiring. Being from Philadelphia and relatively new to the West, it was watching him at work that gave me a true respect for the art and skill that goes into creating cowboy boots!
Thank you Cigdem for sharing your time and knowledge with us! For more work from Cibado or to order something please visit Cibado.com.
Photos c/o Cibado
I’ve held off posting about fall for a few weeks now and I can’t hold back any longer! When I discovered Tory Burch’s Pony Tale Collection, I knew it was over. Featuring equestrian inspired accessories, pony prints and bridle motifs this line is fabulous and a tribute to The Year Of The Horse. Some of the items I am sharing are available now and a few others must be pre-ordered.
You can find more great pieces at Tory Burch online in her equestrian shop, happy shopping and I’m so glad I can finally start bringing up fall again.
Photos from Tory Burch
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