Fashion with a Purpose- Catrinka

Here at Sikara, we value are globally minded, taking pride in our high quality work. Each piece is hand-crafted with an international design that is sure you apart. This is why we are excited to partner with Megan Reilly Cayten, the founder of Catrinka –“an ethical fashion accessories label that invests in women and girls” around the world.  The Catrinka line is new to our Austin store, adorning the walls with bags that are designed to keep all eyes glued to you.

Catrinka sets itself apart with its stunning hand-crafted bags and accessories that provide fair trade employment to women in various countries like Mexico, India, and Ethiopia (just to name a few) as well as educate girls who would not usually access to education. These bags are not only fabulous, but they serve a purpose.

We currently carry a variety of clutches that are sure to set you apart, multiple totes that screams “take me home”, and larger carry-ons that will prompt people to ask you “Where did you get that ?”.

So, come to Sikara to “buy a bag, employ a woman [and] educate a girl”.   If you don’t live near our Austin store, we can take orders over the phone at (512)476-1298 or you can shop online at http://www.sikara.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=catrinka. 

 

Summertime – White Linen Nights

white out

When one thinks about summer, ice cream, swimming and wearing white comes to mind!  White Linen Night is an event that originated in New Orleans, Louisiana as a means for local artists to attract potential buyers into their galleries. They revived the old summertime white linen tradition which then spread all over the country.  It also is associated with summertime food and drinks.

This month, we’ll be featuring different looks around white linen nights so wherever you live, you can sport these finds!  And for those of you who live in Austin- Please join us for 2nd Street District’s Annual White Linen Night on August 6th! The ticketed block party will feature bites from some of Austin’s favorite restaurants in the 2ND Street District and beyond, as well pairings from Texas wineries and breweries. This year, the beneficiary is the Sustainable Food Center, who’s mission is to cultivate a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious and affordable food.

Sikara is excited to be a part of this night of food, drinks and fun!  Stay tuned to see what we have up our white sleeves.

Love Story Winner!!!

Congratulations are in order to Amanda who won our Love Story contest by popular vote! We loved the story of your early dates and how you tested each other straight from the get go. We hope your relationship is still adventurous going forward.

Amanda and Thaddeus, our winning couple!

Amanda and Thaddeus, our winning couple!

Thank you to everyone who shared their story and to all those who voted. We hope you enjoyed these love stories and we hope you all will create new stories between now and next Valentine’s Day for future sharing.

Love Story: Finalists

Thank you to everyone who submitted a story! We loved reading them all. We’re sorry we took longer than expected to share the finalists with you, but it was so hard choosing our favorites.

Now, it’s time for you to tell us which story is your favorite, and thus deserving of our prize. Read the love stories and then vote for your favorite!

18k brushed vermeil heart earrings

18k brushed vermeil heart earrings

Story 1 – Lucy

I met my husband on a blind date on April Fool’s Day, almost 27 years ago. His best friend’s then-girlfriend (now wife) introduced us. He was living in Mountain View and I was in San Francisco.

We discovered that we were both native San Franciscans and had attended the same high school! Our pizza dinner date was quickly extended into drinks at a local fern bar. We spent every weekend together after that. We both love long walks, parks, beaches, art and food.

What is interesting is that he appreciates beautiful jewelry as much as I do, and looks at it as wearable art. In fact, he designed our wedding rings. He proposed to me in one of SF’s hidden neighborhood parks two years later. We have been married for over 23 years and have 3 beautiful, kind, and intelligent children. Who would have ever known that a blind date would lead to the wonderful marriage and family we have today.

Story 2 – Amanda

When Thaddeus and I met in 2011 we had both recently come through some rough personal times. We were both looking for a partner in crime that had more to offer than casual conversation.

For our first date; he asked me to come to his company holiday party and I reluctantly agreed. We had a great time and so I agreed to go on another date with him but with one catch; that I would get to pick the date.

Little did poor Thaddeus know at the time, but this date was going to require a great deal from him because it was going to be an activity; an obstacle race to be specific! For me this race was more than a date- it was a way to test what this man was made of, see how he problem solved, and determine if we could go any further.

Much to my surprise he took the challenged on and was really enthusiastic about the endeavor! Little did I know he was testing me the same way that I was testing him and trying to find out what I was made of; was I dedicated, relentless, motivated? This race could have broken many other couples but over the course of 12 miles through the Texas coastal marshes we drug our filthy muddy bodies to the end all for the reward of bragging rights and a silly orange head band that forged our relationship.

Here we are 4 years later, partners in racing and love.

Love Story 3 – Lindcy

As a managing consultant, I did a lot of traveling for work. Being on the road so often, it was difficult to meet potential matches. So I enlisted a matchmaker. She set me up on a date with a tall pilot who took me on a sunset flight over Catalina Island for our first date. Impressive! In the meantime, Spencer contacted me through OK Cupid. I thought he was cute, so I decided to meet him for a first date. He was the opposite of the criteria I had given my matchmaker – he wasn’t tall, he wasn’t much of a traveler… And yet we hit it off.

It goes to show that you never know how love will find you. I had a matchmaker and ended up meeting the love of my life on an on-line dating site (like Mousumi did!) I moved from New York to California to be with Spencer and two years after our first date, we’re living together and expecting our first baby – Brianna Hailey, due in just a few weeks.

Spencer and I have been on several adventures since we met (including skydiving and zip-lining) but none of those will compare to the one we’re about to embark on when our daughter arrives.

Love Story 4 – Sasha

I met Yas while I was living in Spain. I was living in Madrid at the time, but I decided to travel to Málaga for a 3 day weekend. I arrived at the hostel in Málaga and Yas was the receptionist who checked me in.

For me it was love at first sight! I remember they were sold out and she told me I was going to have to switch the room I slept in every night because of it. I really enjoyed packing my bag and giving it to Yas every morning while I toured Málaga and then finding her again at night to ask her which room I was going to sleep in that night. Eventually I had to check out, but I made sure to give Yas my phone number before I returned to Madrid.

Thankfully, she called me and 3 weeks later she was in Madrid visiting me. After 6 months of dating long distance, she moved to Madrid to be with me and a year later when I decided to return to my home state of Texas, she moved there with me too. After living in Texas for 2 years together we got married in Málaga, Spain where we first met and we’ve been happily married for 1 year now. I’m so happy to spend the rest of our lives together!

Share your love story!

 

Here at Sikara, we’re all fawning over Mousumi’s love story.  We also want to hear yours, so let us know in the form below.  You’ll receive a $20 Sikara Gift Card for sharing and a chance to win some jewels!

Here’s Mousumi’s story of “how she met her husband”!

I must thank Sikara for how I met my fiancé.  I was visiting our Boston store and I decided to look on my Match.com profile to see which eligible bachelors might match my stringent filters:  adventurous, good heart, funny, passionate about life and work, intelligent, handsome (in my eyes), and globally minded.  We had our first date on a Monday over lunch at Stephanie’s on Newbury St. After an hour I had to head back to work so we decided we’d continue the conversation over drinks later that evening since I was flying back to Austin early Tuesday.  Six hours and a couple cocktails later, I think we both knew there was something special. Everyday after we first met, we’d either chat on the phone or skype wherever in the world we were…whether it was Austin, Boston, India or Germany.  He came to visit me two weeks later in Austin, 3 months later he moved for me and by 10 months he proposed on the highest mountaintop of Germany!  I feel like I’m getting to marry my best friend and he definitely balances me out.  We look forward to travel, rock-climb, boat, camp, dive, hike, bike and dance through the world together!

Mousumi & SashaBut Mousumi’s isn’t the only story out there – we want to sigh and smile at yours too! So to celebrate Mousumi’s engagement and Valentine’s Day we’re holding a contest for the best love story! Winner gets a gorgeous pair of heart shaped 18K vermeil earrings.

Of course, every love story is precious so each person who shares their story will receive a $20 gift card to Sikara & Co. Fill out our form and don’t forget to tell us where to send your prizes!

You have till February 14th to tell us your story, because on the week of the 15th will be listing finalist here on the blog and ask you to vote for your favorite in each category. The winner will receive a pair of these beauties from our Mexico collection!

18k brushed vermeil heart earrings

18k brushed vermeil heart earrings

Good luck!