Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Rested & Re-Energized

After more than 2 1/2 years of being open, I decided to take a Winter Hiatus, last week. It was unexpected, but I was fighting something since Christmas and realized I just needed to let myself rest. I was going to write on the blog, while in my jammies, but decided to not do anything "KAZA". I did, however, become a "Reality TV Junkie".

It all started with Chef Academy...then I moved onto Project Runway...then I found "Launch My Line" (wasn't that brown haired girl grumpy??)....then I became desperate and started to delve deep into the darkest places of reality tv and found "Jersey Shore". I learned all about "the situation" and Schnookie and realized how long one week can be, when staying in my pjs. It was time for me to go back to work!

When I walked through the doors on Tuesday morning, I realized what a cute little shop, KAZA is. Sometimes it takes a week away to appreciate what we have. This week has been extremely busy and I feel refreshed! I love the new inventory and am excited about what is coming up next ( we have some good ones!)., down to business:

Do you own a KAZA cutting board, yet? Well, you should, they are gorgeous! We started with the Natural Edge Birds Eye Maple and have now included Natural Edge Cherry in our inventory of cutting boards.

(Prices range from 20$-35$)

Sharon Cloud came in the other day and dropped off some of her, "Green Gold". Well, I had never heard of it, honestly, but then a customer came in after her and said, "Ohhhhhh, is this Sharon Cloud's Green Gold???" and she is right to be excited!
Green Gold is for problems of the skin; burns, bites, wounds, rashes, etc.

Made from Olive Oil, Comfrey, Calendula, Plantain, Golden Seal and Beeswax--
Fabulous stuff & great for the "winter dry's" (12$ for a 2oz jar).

Another thing to beat the "winter dry's" is KAZA's own organic facial steam!
Walking the fields of my families estate in Coaticook, Canada-we picked fresh wild mint, clover and raspberry leaves and organically grown rosemary and lavender. People that have used our facial steams come back for it every year! It feels amazing and is a spa treatment, in your own home.

(5$ per jar)

On another note:

A whole new batch of pillows with "accoutrements" are here and are just beautiful. All I can say is, "Long live the ruffle"!

Some samples below:

Ruffles! Ruffles! Ruffles!

Inspired by Haute Couture Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2010 Line!

Isn't this fun??

And of course...

Inspired by Haute Couture Versace (read previous post for full gush report):

(Prices range from 15-25$ each)

The windows, you ask?

Well, ok....

The first one is "Mad Men" inspired.

Artist, Barbara Carr mentioned how it looked like a High-End European Hotel Lobby (I like those!). I love it because it is simple, but tells a story. The plaid brown and blue textile is gorgeously masculine (metrosexual, actually). When combined with the ruffled pillows, Vintage lamp (there is a sister, btw), vintage camera, an old service bell and one of our "glass of milk at the beach" candles, this window became one of my absolute favourites.

Window II is Gustavian / Old European Farmhouse inspired:

I love the old door with the Sharon Cloud dish towel hanging on it! The creme wing back chair was in our warehouse all wrapped up and mummified and I had forgotten it was even there. We added spots of red to show a little Valentine love.

For me, my favourite part of this window are the rolls of old maps in the drawer. It reminds me of Albert Finney's Scrooge when, on Christmas Day, he was throwing rolls of blueprints, up in the air because he was so happy. I always loved those rolls as a kid and wanted a stack of my own.

And yes, before they went in the window, I threw them up in the air first-lol (are you kidding? I couldn't resist!)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Ciao Bella(s)!


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A Russian In Paris.....

I have had some conversations with some of you regarding my love for ruffles. Not just a surface, "Oh, I really like ruffles" kind of chit chat. I am talking about my soul baring LOVE for ruffles. I even wrote about it in the KAZA Loves Design! blog.

Remember Carrie Bradshaws’ dress (final season of Sex in the City) when she was in Paris, waiting for the Russian? I seriously think I fainted the first time I saw it. It still makes me gasp during re-runs. Exquisite. That dress was Haute Couture Versace and I cannot get it out of my soul.

So....what's a girl to do?

Make a pillow!

Actually, several and offer them up to our wonderful and faithful KAZA customers to purchase, display on their bed and dream of wearing that exquisite gown. (TIP: if you lie your head next to the pillow and sort of glance on the side, it will actually feel like you are lying in the sea of Versace ruffles) Ahhhh.....a sea of ruffles--what a beautiful thought.

I don't typically spill inventory beans early, but I had to post these fast (4 sold yesterday) and are limited quantity.

Also available in Creme:

Ciao bella(s)!