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    How will you be remembered?

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    2016 has barely gotten its sea legs, and already we find ourselves in seemingly perpetual mourning over great artists, inspirational figures and beautiful friends both personal and widely shared. I can barely look at social media this month without seeing people collectively weeping over the loss of those who have touched our lives and transformed us.

    Recently, a friend told me he lost three people...

    Friday's Earl Grey Cran-Apple Chutney

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    Heya!

    Over the course of my 12ish years as a professional chef, I've seriously developed and honed my skills in the arena of bullshitting recipes. Today's fun twist on a super easy favorite is for lazy tea nerds who love to entertain. Here ya go!

    Earl Grey Cran-Apple Chutney
    Ingredients:
    12 oz. Cranberries, fresh or frozen
    4 Large Fuji apples, diced
    3/4 cup Water
    3 Star anise pods
    1/4 tsp Ground cardamom
    2...

    Friday's guide to shopping small business (at the last minute)

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    So it's two weeks until Christmas. Less than two weeks until Solstice. Hannukah...sorry. Too late. You're the slacker who still has barely put any thought into gifts, but you still super want to find something unique and thoughtful for your family and assorted loved ones. Aaaaaat the very last second. Might I throw some recommendations your way?

    First of all, always try to support small businesses...

    And now, on a more personal note...

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     A few weeks ago, my fourth-grader came into the living room and announced,

    "Mom. Erik. I'm not a girl. I'm a boy. I'd like everyone to call me Allyn and use male pronouns."

    Erik and I paused in our tea work, looked at each other, and just said "Okay, cool."

    This is not the first time my son has come out as transgender. In first grade he went by Benjamin for a couple weeks before deciding the...

    Grateful

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    Every once in a while, it’s a great idea to stop and take stock of your life and all the great things you have- be it people around you, your basic necessities, or what is in the works.

    Today is that day for me. I do this periodically, but lately it’s been a daily practice- again, just as a reminder of what I do have in all aspects of life.

    Thank you to everyone who has and is helping me on my...

    Grateful

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    Every once in a while, it’s a great idea to stop and take stock of your life and all the great things you have- be it people around you, your basic necessities, or what is in the works.

    Today is that day for me. I do this periodically, but lately it’s been a daily practice- again, just as a reminder of what I do have in all aspects of life.

    Thank you to everyone who has and is helping me on my...

    makersrowstore: “After college and finding that too many jobs...

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    makersrowstore:

    “After college and finding that too many jobs were being outsourced overseas, so much so that I couldn’t find one myself, I actually resorted to begging for an unpaid internship just to get my foot in the door when I already had more experience than any of my peers in the industry by a long shot.

    I finally, at the tender age of 25, decided to take matters and control into my own hands and started my handbag business alone. No investors, no loans, no partners, just me alone with capital I had saved through working from a very young age consistently. It gave me the freedom to create not only my own destiny, but whatever product I wanted without having to explain or answer to anyone.

    Once the company was formed, it became blindingly apparent how little production was actually done in New York City- most famously and notably the Garment District- and it’s boroughs. The factories were near empty, quality production was a rarity, and production costs were so high that it was impossible for most to produce here.

    But, I did it anyway. I wanted to put my efforts into making that situation change for the betterment of all.

    As a lifelong New Yorker, I realized I had the power and ability to change and positively affect this situation. I made it my ultimate goal to produce all my goods in New York City or its boroughs in addition to exclusively using materials produced in the United States. It was and is an exhaustive process, but the feeling that I get in knowing I am in someway providing jobs and work for Americans is all the satisfaction I could ever ask for.
    My brand and myself are the literal definition of Made in New York and Made in the U.SA., and I take great pride in that. Knowing that each individual has the power to create and influence change is empowering and humbling simultaneously in the best of ways.

    Cela New York is American Made. I am American Made.” Kelly, Cela New York

    #IAmAmericanMade #celanewyork #madeinnyc #madeinUSA #bags #smallleathergoods #womensbags #mensbags #unisex

    makersrowstore: “After college and finding that too many jobs...

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    makersrowstore:

    “After college and finding that too many jobs were being outsourced overseas, so much so that I couldn’t find one myself, I actually resorted to begging for an unpaid internship just to get my foot in the door when I already had more experience than any of my peers in the industry by a long shot.

    I finally, at the tender age of 25, decided to take matters and control into my own hands and started my handbag business alone. No investors, no loans, no partners, just me alone with capital I had saved through working from a very young age consistently. It gave me the freedom to create not only my own destiny, but whatever product I wanted without having to explain or answer to anyone.

    Once the company was formed, it became blindingly apparent how little production was actually done in New York City- most famously and notably the Garment District- and it’s boroughs. The factories were near empty, quality production was a rarity, and production costs were so high that it was impossible for most to produce here.

    But, I did it anyway. I wanted to put my efforts into making that situation change for the betterment of all.

    As a lifelong New Yorker, I realized I had the power and ability to change and positively affect this situation. I made it my ultimate goal to produce all my goods in New York City or its boroughs in addition to exclusively using materials produced in the United States. It was and is an exhaustive process, but the feeling that I get in knowing I am in someway providing jobs and work for Americans is all the satisfaction I could ever ask for.
    My brand and myself are the literal definition of Made in New York and Made in the U.SA., and I take great pride in that. Knowing that each individual has the power to create and influence change is empowering and humbling simultaneously in the best of ways.

    Cela New York is American Made. I am American Made.” Kelly, Cela New York

    #IAmAmericanMade #celanewyork #madeinnyc #madeinUSA #bags #smallleathergoods #womensbags #mensbags #unisex

    To the company copying Cela New York

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    I’m writing this statement because it is Fashion Week in NYC and this needs to be addressed:

    Copying or replicating my products, I’ve grown used to. That doesn’t mean I like it or condone it at all, but it is part of this business sadly.

    However, copying my products, entire company structure (that includes visuals, website, State and Federal qualifications regarding membership to specific...

    To the company copying Cela New York

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    I’m writing this statement because it is Fashion Week in NYC and this needs to be addressed:

    Copying or replicating my products, I’ve grown used to. That doesn’t mean I like it or condone it at all, but it is part of this business sadly.

    However, copying my products, entire company structure (that includes visuals, website, State and Federal qualifications regarding membership to specific...

    To the company copying Cela New York

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    I’m writing this statement because it is Fashion Week in NYC and this needs to be addressed:

    Copying or replicating my products, I’ve grown used to. That doesn’t mean I like it or condone it at all, but it is part of this business sadly.

    However, copying my products, entire company structure (that includes visuals, website, State and Federal qualifications regarding membership to specific...

    Why I will not work or Operate Business on September 11th

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    WHY I WILL NOT WORK OR OPERATE BUSINESS ON SEPTEMBER 11TH

     

    DIASCLAIMER: Do not misquote, take portions of my statement, share the information for purposes not intended without full use of this statement, without explicit formal written and/or verbal consent by the writer. However, feel free to share my statement in its entirety. If any of the above is violated- especially to the detriment...

    Why I will not work or Operate Business on September 11th

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    WHY I WILL NOT WORK OR OPERATE BUSINESS ON SEPTEMBER 11TH

     

    DIASCLAIMER: Do not misquote, take portions of my statement, share the information for purposes not intended without full use of this statement, without explicit formal written and/or verbal consent by the writer. However, feel free to share my statement in its entirety. If any of the above is violated- especially to the detriment...

    The "Real Barbie" Debate

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    This week after the new “Real” Barbie went viral (even though it has been on the internet for quite some time now), people have asked me what I thought of it and it’s representation of “Real” women. So rather than repeating my answer over and over again, I’ll try to address it as best I can right now even though I’m sure it will yield quite a few hateful comments. But hey, I’m a woman. I can...

    The "Real Barbie" Debate

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    This week after the new “Real” Barbie went viral (even though it has been on the internet for quite some time now), people have asked me what I thought of it and it’s representation of “Real” women. So rather than repeating my answer over and over again, I’ll try to address it as best I can right now even though I’m sure it will yield quite a few hateful comments. But hey, I’m a woman. I can...

    A piece sent to me by an incredible photog and near life long...

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    A piece sent to me by an incredible photog and near life long friend, Anthony Benussi. I can’t describe it other than to say my camera doesn’t do the piece justice. It’s superb work. On top of me being such a raging fan of his work, he not only sent me this piece but also a handwritten note (the one above) which I will treasure forever. And FYI Anthony, I am keeping my promise to see it everyday as I have it hung on the end of my bed so I wake to such a beautiful scene. Thank you so much and I can’t wait to start collecting your work! If you all don’t know him by now you should! Keep up the amazing work! Your forever fan- Kelly ;)

    A piece sent to me by an incredible photog and near life long...

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    A piece sent to me by an incredible photog and near life long friend, Anthony Benussi. I can’t describe it other than to say my camera doesn’t do the piece justice. It’s superb work. On top of me being such a raging fan of his work, he not only sent me this piece but also a handwritten note (the one above) which I will treasure forever. And FYI Anthony, I am keeping my promise to see it everyday as I have it hung on the end of my bed so I wake to such a beautiful scene. Thank you so much and I can’t wait to start collecting your work! If you all don’t know him by now you should! Keep up the amazing work! Your forever fan- Kelly ;)

    Let's wrap this thing up- and I don't mean a present!

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    …so, what a crazy year it has been for everyone at Cela New York! As I did last year, I thought it appropriate to continue the tradition and recap the year and also take the opportunity to send many thanks and love to those who have been an intricate part of Cela’s continued success.

    About this time last year, the island I grew up on was still recovering from the devastation of Sandy also...

    Let's wrap this thing up- and I don't mean a present!

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    …so, what a crazy year it has been for everyone at Cela New York! As I did last year, I thought it appropriate to continue the tradition and recap the year and also take the opportunity to send many thanks and love to those who have been an intricate part of Cela’s continued success.

    About this time last year, the island I grew up on was still recovering from the devastation of Sandy also...

    A zillion teas back in stock!

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    Friends! Thank you so much for your patience during the awkward adolescent phase of FA's development. I just got a massive shipment of leaf in today, so all your favorites are back in stock! This means you can now order all the following popular teas again! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

    Really good iced tea is not as difficult as you think.

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    Ok you guys, it's totally iced tea season! 

    First of all, I would like to state that we have a rockin' deal on our iced tea packover on the website. Everything you need to brew a TON of delicious iced tea for only $25. Score! Included in the pack is a sheet of my instructions for perfect iced tea, so you can be sure it will be super delicious every time. All your friends will be very impressed with...

    Synesthesia And Blending As Sensory Art

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    I am frequently asked how I get ideas for my blends. Where does my inspiration come from? Which comes first, the blend or its name?

    I'm proud of how original my blends are, and how different from blends you'll find by any other company. This is largely due to the fact that I have synesthesia(meaning my senses are cross-wired and abstract concepts, personalities, colors, weather, etc. all translate...

    ...and I'm back!

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    Well HELLO everyone out there in TumblrLand! It’s been quite a while since I’ve checked in and I wanted to update you all on the great things that have been happening with Cela New York and myself over the last few months.

    First off (three months late but whatever) HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL! Yes, that’s how long it’s been since I’ve updated but it’s been for quite a few good reasons!

    Fashion Week...

    ...and I'm back!

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    Well HELLO everyone out there in TumblrLand! It’s been quite a while since I’ve checked in and I wanted to update you all on the great things that have been happening with Cela New York and myself over the last few months.

    First off (three months late but whatever) HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL! Yes, that’s how long it’s been since I’ve updated but it’s been for quite a few good reasons!

    Fashion Week...

    We survived March!

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    Hello hello, friends, fans and family! March was the craziest of months for us, but mostly in really great ways. Here's the breakdown:


    Consonance (March 1st-3rd)
    I started out the month in sunny San Jose, California, selling tea to a bunch of filkers at Consonance. It was a pretty good show for sales, and an awesome show for meeting wonderful new friends. It was lovely to be back in my home state,...

    Cela New York’s Milia bag in the front window of the Lion'esque...

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    Cela New York’s Milia bag in the front window of the Lion'esque pop up store on 47th and Lexington Ave in NYC! Store opens this Monday, November 26th so get over there and get your fave Cela bag for you or a special someone. Thank you Lion'esque and my Cela kiddies for making this a dream come true;) xx CNY

    Cela New York’s Milia bag in the front window of the Lion'esque...

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    Cela New York’s Milia bag in the front window of the Lion'esque pop up store on 47th and Lexington Ave in NYC! Store opens this Monday, November 26th so get over there and get your fave Cela bag for you or a special someone. Thank you Lion'esque and my Cela kiddies for making this a dream come true;) xx CNY

    Yes, I’m one hell of a knitter…any guesses on what it’ll turn...

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    Yes, I’m one hell of a knitter…any guesses on what it’ll turn into? Don’t even bother the guess scarf pweeeze because it won’t be one. Let the guessing begin…. :)

    Yes, I’m one hell of a knitter…any guesses on what it’ll turn...

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    Yes, I’m one hell of a knitter…any guesses on what it’ll turn into? Don’t even bother the guess scarf pweeeze because it won’t be one. Let the guessing begin…. :)

    What I'm Thankful For and Recapping 2012

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    Yeah, I know. I’m a day late, but I still feel like recognizing what I have been given and also what not only I have gone through, but also for those closest around me and give due thanks to those who deserve it.

    I never really write down for everyone to see what I am thankful for each year but seeing as how this year has been incomparably the most stressful and strangely bizarre year I have ever...

    What I'm Thankful For and Recapping 2012

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    Yeah, I know. I’m a day late, but I still feel like recognizing what I have been given and also what not only I have gone through, but also for those closest around me and give due thanks to those who deserve it.

    I never really write down for everyone to see what I am thankful for each year but seeing as how this year has been incomparably the most stressful and strangely bizarre year I have ever...

    Hurricane Sandy and the heart break left behind...

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    Well, I’m just going to say it. Hurricane Sandy, you have really sucked. 

    I am a girl who was born and raised in Long Island and the devastation that has hit my island, along with all those who lost their entire lives and homes due to this freak/unforgiving storm has been nothing short of heart breaking. Spending my life on this island and seeing my childhood washed away and having two of my best...

    Hurricane Sandy and the heart break left behind...

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    Well, I’m just going to say it. Hurricane Sandy, you have really sucked. 

    I am a girl who was born and raised in Long Island and the devastation that has hit my island, along with all those who lost their entire lives and homes due to this freak/unforgiving storm has been nothing short of heart breaking. Spending my life on this island and seeing my childhood washed away and having two of my best...

    Every time I use the caviar polish (mixed with Chanel peridot...

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    Every time I use the caviar polish (mixed with Chanel peridot paint) I have to take a pic with a Cela bag…meet the new Milia bag in gold everyone! And yes, that gold bag is just as radiant in person! xx;)

    Every time I use the caviar polish (mixed with Chanel peridot...

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    Every time I use the caviar polish (mixed with Chanel peridot paint) I have to take a pic with a Cela bag…meet the new Milia bag in gold everyone! And yes, that gold bag is just as radiant in person! xx;)

    Never got a chance to add this, but it is from our Fashion’s...

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    Never got a chance to add this, but it is from our Fashion’s Night Out Prep at Mario Diab Salon with Kenecia Lashae, Dana, Rachel, Sarah and Chris. Enjoy!

    Never got a chance to add this, but it is from our Fashion’s...

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    Never got a chance to add this, but it is from our Fashion’s Night Out Prep at Mario Diab Salon with Kenecia Lashae, Dana, Rachel, Sarah and Chris. Enjoy!

    Mom, Dad, Cela New York and the NYODN

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    These two crazy cats are who I call Mom and Dad, Nancy and Ramon Mayo. Now while the picture of them getting up on some rocks for their daughter’s hair brained scheme for a photo shoot isn’t enough to put them into rockstar status (considering my mother would rather be set on fire than have her photo taken), they’re background story and how we got to this point on a beach in front of a camera...

    Mom, Dad, Cela New York and the NYODN

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    These two crazy cats are who I call Mom and Dad, Nancy and Ramon Mayo. Now while the picture of them getting up on some rocks for their daughter’s hair brained scheme for a photo shoot isn’t enough to put them into rockstar status (considering my mother would rather be set on fire than have her photo taken), they’re background story and how we got to this point on a beach in front of a camera...

    Dana Healy- Best Friend, Yogi, Angel

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    Dana Healy. Oh, there is so much I can say about this woman and I hope some of the things I write here will suffice to paint a good enough picture to show you why we have been friends for nearly twenty years (Oh goodness, dating myself again) and why she deserves this written recognition.

    Dana and I met on a bus going to summer camp when we were about 9 years old, (I always love saying we have...

    Dana Healy- Best Friend, Yogi, Angel

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    Dana Healy. Oh, there is so much I can say about this woman and I hope some of the things I write here will suffice to paint a good enough picture to show you why we have been friends for nearly twenty years (Oh goodness, dating myself again) and why she deserves this written recognition.

    Dana and I met on a bus going to summer camp when we were about 9 years old, (I always love saying we have...

    Rachel the Unstoppable

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    To many of you I am sure she is just as stunning to your eyes as she appears to me, but unlike many other beautiful women Rachel has this intangible yet palpable inner beauty that can only be told through the story of how we became friends and the amazing, dare I say, pioneering woman that she is today; and most importantly why I wanted to use her and her story as a message for my brand to women...

    Rachel the Unstoppable

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    To many of you I am sure she is just as stunning to your eyes as she appears to me, but unlike many other beautiful women Rachel has this intangible yet palpable inner beauty that can only be told through the story of how we became friends and the amazing, dare I say, pioneering woman that she is today; and most importantly why I wanted to use her and her story as a message for my brand to women...

    Always darkest before dawn...

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    After what was probably one of the most frustrating days I can remember today, I received this amazing email from jewelry designer/stylist extraordinaire Melissa Molinar who I have commissioned a piece to be made for Cela New York’s Launch Party on September 6th, also Fashion’s Night Out. Since a portion of profits from both handbag pre-orders and Melissa’s designs for Cela New York will be...

    Always darkest before dawn...

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    After what was probably one of the most frustrating days I can remember today, I received this amazing email from jewelry designer/stylist extraordinaire Melissa Molinar who I have commissioned a piece to be made for Cela New York’s Launch Party on September 6th, also Fashion’s Night Out. Since a portion of profits from both handbag pre-orders and Melissa’s designs for Cela New York will be...

    Not only am I made in the USA, but so is Cela New York;)

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    Not only am I made in the USA, but so is Cela New York;)

    Not only am I made in the USA, but so is Cela New York;)

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    Not only am I made in the USA, but so is Cela New York;)

    Happiness! New materials = new ideas…… :D

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    Happiness! New materials = new ideas…… :D

    Happiness! New materials = new ideas…… :D

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    Happiness! New materials = new ideas…… :D

    My fashion experience thus far: Part 1

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    I can definitely say that I did not follow the traditional route to get into the fashion industry. Coming from a university mainly known for business education with the focus on the graduating population flowing into the corporate finance, pharmaceutical, well, basically everything but fashion, I was a bit of a crossroads. With my bachelors degree in hand, I found myself begging every fashion...

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