Monday, March 8, 2010

DIY Fever Giveaway!

It isn't hard to guess that I love making things. Heck, I run a business off of it. I love being creative, and I love finding ways to add my own flair to things, especially when it allows me to live fabulously but still on a budget! Well darlings, do I have fantastic surprise for you!

New York Design Shop is a DIY shop strictly dedicated to all things fashion! I was thrilled upon discovering it, and all the many things it offers for the crafty fashionista. I caught up with Jenna Columbini for a bit, to learn more about her fabulous venture...and she surprised me with a wonderful gift for you guys... an NYDS TOTE OVERFLOWING with DIY GOODIES!!



1. When/How did NYDS get started?
NYDS launched in November 2009, however it was about a year in the making before that. I was working as a merchandiser for a trimmings company in the
fashion district, and I couldn't stop DIY'ing with all the trim! It took about a year for me to fully develop the idea, lots of market research, design and help from interns/assistants and web designers. Once I got funding we hit the studio and crafted our hearts out. We have now been live for about 4 months and already the response is amazing.


2. Introduce yourself to your new customers!
NYDS is owned of Jacobson Capital Services, a corporation that has been around for almost 70 years. JCS dips in many areas of the fashion industry and real estate markets. We are located only online, but hopefully after this year we'll be able to begin planning the early stages of our first retail store...imagine a "build a bear" for DIY fashion!! Our mission is to help fashionistas to create and stand out of the crowd. We at NYDS are fashion obsessed, but are also very aware of the price that is often paid for high fashion. At NYDS we help you to put together the same looks you see on the runway, but for much less!


3. What sets you apart from other DIY stores?
We haven't seen any other Fashion DIY stores, which we think is what makes us different. There are the big crafting stores, the home DIY stores, but at NYDS, we put fashion in your hands.


4. What is in the works for the future?
There is so much in the works for the future. We currently are adding new products every week, and at least 5 new How To projects every week. We've got some new DIY designers coming on board which is exciting a well. Also now that we are almost at 100 projects, we will begin separating them into collections based on different trends. That should be super fun! Also, I am hoping to add a DIY Home section and a DIY weddings section within the next year.

5. What is your favorite thing about NYC?

Well, I love Manhattan, but I have to say that all of the Brooklyn artisan flea markets are super fun. I also love being able to get anywhere by train so that I can read my books and fashion mags every day! Last but not least, my office is located 2 blocks from Bryant Park so I am totally emersed in fashion, just the way I like it!

6. Anything else fun you'd like to add?
I would just like to say thanks to everyone who's been giving such amazing feedback, and who has emailed me with letters of thanks for providing fashionista crafters with a go-to spot!

"Also, please let your readers know that we take requests!"

For instance, if you saw something in a fashion week collection that you MUST have, you can email me a pic, and I'll have one of the designers create a DIY How TO Guide! We'll also make sure we offer the materials to create the design :)

A crafty shop that actually listens to my needs? Consider me SOLD! To think, anything I see on the runway I can instantly have the knowledge of reproduction techniques at my fingertips is wonderful. I personally can't wait to see all that's in store for NYDS. Now let's see who this awesome tote will be in store for...

This will be a 1 week contest closing Monday March 15th, Midnight NYC time.

LISTEN UP, the entry options are slightly different this time.

Entries 1-3 are REQUIRED
These will count as ONE entry, so leave ONE comment for all.

1. Visit NYDS and leave your email in the "Stay in Touch" box in the bottom left corner
(Its not spammy I promise, just some DIY Goodness every so often)!
2. Comment below with your favorite materials
3. Follow NYDS on Twitter AND Facebook


Entries 4-6 are optional for better odds.
You need to leave a separate comment for 4-6!

4. Be a follower of The Embellished Life
5. Tweet this giveaway and/or follow Embellished (@fashiondiva304)
leave the URL below
6. Become a fan of Embellished on Facebook

Recap for clarity:
To be applicable you should have ONE comment below stating:
-You've entered your email, picked your favs, and followed NYDS on the net-

And if you choose, up to THREE additional comments stating:
-I follow Embellished on the net, and I've tweeted this, etc-
for better odds

58 comments:

gleenn said...

Great contest! I just had it at my blog Creative Fashion and it was so much fun. I Love NYDS. :)

Bohemian Gypsy Goddess said...

Hello! I love velvets, chiffon, soft silks, organza, and even tulle, for hat adornments!
Love your Blog! xoxo Barbara

Michelle Elaine said...

1. entered mailing list

2.currently my favorite materials are studs and chains. as you can see: http://www.fvncy.com/2010/03/touch-of-bad-ass.html and here: http://www.fvncy.com/2010/03/ps-i-made-this.html (i also did a pair of diy a.wang inspired shorts, just haven't blogged 'em yet). i've also been wanting to stud a bunch of things in my closet, but i can't find any! (that i love) i've been on the hunt for oversized pyramid studs - let me know if you know anywhere i can get that.

3. following!
4. following!
5. tweeted!
6. fan!

KeepItFvncy,
M.E.

Couture Carrie said...

I loooooooove NY Design Shop!

xoxox,
CC

Cafe Fashionista said...

I just won an NYDS giveaway on Gleenn's blog, so I won't enter this; but good luck to everyone, and fabulous interview, Jessica!! :)

Amber said...

And your fan!

Amber said...

As always i'm your follower

Amber said...

Alright, here's my post saying I checked out the website and this is by far the coolest giveaway you've done! What an awesome concept -- this is right up the Embellished alley :)
So here's what I like: the "how to" guides, all the cool accessories, trim, lace, studs, appliqu├ęs.. all of it!
I signed up for the "stay in touch" and I became a fan on FB.

Meg said...

I really like the zipper rosettes, but there is so much cool stuff!

Michelle Elaine said...

ok so i guess im re-doing my last 3 by commenting :)

i'm following the embellished life via blogger

Michelle Elaine said...

and i am indeed a fan on fb :)

Michelle Elaine said...

here is my tweet: http://twitter.com/meesow00/status/10178819824

Meg said...

I am a follower of your blog. Oh, and I forgot to give my email in my last comment.

puddingandpiefashion (at) gmail (dot) com

Meg said...

And I'm a friend on facebook.

Whew!

Meg said...

I'm a twitter follower
twitter.com/puddingandpie

Hannah ♥ said...

So here's comment number 1!

My fave things to DIY with are studs - as they're so easy to use and give any item of clothing an instant edge - and chains - because you can use them for a thousand things! At the moment I love using chain to make braces that drape around simple white tee's to give them a rock edge... that probably doesn't make any sense haha but lots of designers have been trying it & it looks awesome! Also, getting large chain and plaiting it with a leather ribbon to make a cute bracelet :)

Fingers crossed I win! This would make my month, or even year haha! I'm obsessed with DIY and am running dangerously low on funds & DIY materials! & these look amazing.

LONDON--ROSE.BLOGSPOT.COM

xx

Hannah ♥ said...

...and a fan on facebook!

LONDON--ROSE.BLOGSPOT.COM

xx

Hannah ♥ said...

For my extra entries, I am a follower of the embellished life...

LONDON--ROSE.BLOGSPOT.COM

xx

Jocelyn said...

1. I already follow and get your awesome newsletters :D

2. My favorite materials... I have none, I love using everything! From plastic bags, ribbon, fabric, bottle caps, wire, shoes... lol I love using anything I can get my hands on.

3. I'm following you on twitter and facebook... I even tweeted your shop :) http://twitter.com/xomissjaye/status/10223281822

Jocelyn said...

4. I followed :) (@xomissjaye)
5. I've retweeted the giveaway from her profile and tweeted to my followers to follow her :) http://twitter.com/xomissjaye/status/10223427143

6. Became a fan on facebook, and I've hearted her shop which is very cool btw :)

Deb - Two Cheeky Monkeys said...

1. I added my email address!

2. I love using fabric or lace ribbons, bows and flowers and I love glass or rhinestone cabochons and iron-ons...drool.

3. I follow on Twitter as dspdavey.

Melissa said...

Love your stugg. I am staying in touch, I am a facebook fan. :)

Tazim said...

I entered my email, follow on twitter/facebook and here are my faves:
studs and lace

Chacoy said...

signed up for newletter
Love the military appliques
follow via twitter: @Ma21cuteboy
facebook fan: ChacoyAguayo

Chacoy said...

facebook fan of Embellished:ChacoyAguayo

Chacoy said...

i follow The Embellished life;}

Chacoy said...

follow via twitter @Ma21cuteboy and tweeted:
http://twitter.com/Ma21cuteboy/status/10262670084

Anne J said...

I signed up for the emails and follow on twitter (@lunaj1456) and facebook (Anne Jolly). I'd have to say studs are my favorite just because they are easy, and I'm not super creative. But I'd like to expand what I work with, which is why this contest sounds so great.

ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

Anne J said...

I am a facebook fan (Anne Jolly) of embellished

ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

Anne J said...

I follow on twitter and tweeted
http://twitter.com/lunaj1456/status/10268261962

Anne J said...

I follow on google friend connect

ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

Brooke said...

I've entered my email, my favorite materials are organic cotton, lace, and organza. I'm following NYDS on the net.

Brooke said...

I follow The Embellished Life.

Brooke said...

I follow @fashiondiva304 on twitter.
@ourHH

Brooke said...

I'm a fan of Embellished on Facebook.

Merrie L. said...

I visited NYDS and signed up to "Stay in Touch."
I'm following NYDS on twitter and I'm an fan of NYDS on facebook. Some of my favorite materials are silks and lace. lockwoodmerrie@yhaoo.com

Merrie L. said...

I follow The Embellished Life on Google Friend Connect. lockwoodmerrie@yahoo.com

Merrie L. said...

I'm a fan of Embellished on facebook.
lockwoodmerrie@yahoo.com

Merrie L. said...

I follow Embellished on twitter.
lockwoodmerrie@yahoo.com

carlyjcais said...

I'm already subscribed to the NYDS mailing list!
My favorite material to work with is METAL: chains, studs, iron-on nailheads..as long as it's metal, I <3 it!!
I'm also a follower on Twitter & fanned on FB.
Thanks for the giveaway!
xoxo
Carly

http://chicsteals.blogspot.com

carlyjcais said...

Am already a follower of Embellished on my Blogger reading list.:-)

Carly
http://chicsteals.blogspot.com

carlyjcais said...

And I fanned you on FB!

Carly
http://chicsteals.blogspot.com

carlyjcais said...

And I'm now a follower on Twitter!

Carly
http://chicsteals.blogspot.com

carlyjcais AT hotmail DOT com

Aik said...

My favourites are glass beads, crystals, semi-precious stones.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Aik said...

I follow you on Facebook (Aik Chien)

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Aik said...

I follow you on Twitter @aikchien

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Aik said...

Follow NYDS on Twitter AND Facebook. I'm also a follower of Embellished.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

409cope said...

I follow The Embellished Wife through google friend. cardshark42(at)htomail(dot)com

409cope said...

I subscribe to NYDS. My favorite material is glass beads for jewelry making. I follow NYDS on twitter as 409cope and on facebook. Shari D cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

t said...

1. I entered my e-mail!

2. I love the studs because it is a great element that can add a touch of style to my clothing.

3. I'm following!

4. I'm following this blog!

5. I'm following on twitter!

6. I'm a fan!

Thank you so much.

Grace Wong said...

I love all the lace and iron on trims!

Added my email for NYDS updates: shou.milk@gmail.com

twitter follower(gracewong1)and fb fan (Grace Wong)of NYDS

Grace Wong said...

I'm a blog follower of you
shou.milk@gmail.com

Grace Wong said...

I'm a fan of you on facebook
Grace Wong
shou.milk@gmail.com

Grace Wong said...

I follow you on twitter
gracewong1
shou.milk@gmail.com

AnnaOj said...

I subscribed to the NYDS letter.

My favorite materials are cotton and hardware like pyramid studs and chain links/beads to make jewelry.
Followed NYDS on Twitter and fanned them on Facebook.

Joanna O | annaojordonez at gmail dot com

AnnaOj said...

Followed you through Google Friend.

Joanna O | annaojordonez at gmail dot com

AnnaOj said...

I tweeted about this giveaway here: http://twitter.com/AnnaOjers/status/10603782652

Joanna O | annaojordonez at gmail dot com

AnnaOj said...

I'm a fan on Facebook!

(Joanna Ordonez)

Joanna O | annaojordonez at gmail dot com

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