Interview with Princess Laya Thursday, Apr 26 2012 

The amazing Princess Laya’s crown…. She is the striking ebony beauty named Princess Laya and she is far from the ear muff hairdo princess Laya we have come to love.  If you have not heard of her you are really in for a surprise for she has written a very important book and this gal can sing like Ella Fitzgerald.  You will be seeing her on the Steve Harvey Show, Good Morning Ameriza and the Kelly show just to name a few.  I personally can’t wait to read her work.  I will be on set for her photo shoot and have made a dozen custom pieces for that, ad spots and the talk show tour.  Above is her official princess crown I made just for her.

In a few days I will be the first to interview her and I promise that will be an amazing write up.

Have a beautiful day.


Flat Rate Shipping Box Scam Monday, Apr 23 2012 

If only they could use their ideas for good. 


Like so many of us, I do quite a bit of shopping online.  My latest purchase arrived and upon picking it up I noticed it felt light.  My purchase was suppose to be 20lbs of broken lost misfit pieces of jewelry.  Sure enough when I put it on my postal scale it was 8 1/2 pounds.  Far less than what I paid for.  The key here was to not open it.

Now flat rate boxes are genius.   If it fits it ships for one arguably low price.  The problem, no proof of the weight of the box.  Would you notice if a box was a little light?  I probably wouldn’t but in this case it was very very light.  Upon contacting the seller I got the response I was expecting….”Hi, no way my scale is off by that much! I use this scale for all my packages and I have not had a problem with returns from the post office, I could see if it was off a couple of pounds but that’s a lot, if the package was not opened you can return it and I will gladly refund your money when i get it back. I will bring it to the post office and have them weigh it to just to compare it between your weight and mine. I do apologize for any inconvience”. (copied and pasted from actual response).  Before I go on, note the ( I can understand if it was off a couple of pounds), are you kidding me, it should be 20 pounds, that is what I paid for.  And how about the (I have not had a problem with returns from the post office), why would you there is no weighing for these.  The real question is how many customers were taken and unaware.  But I digress, lets go on.    I imagine when she gets it back, (Lisa from Ebay), will try to say the package was in fact opened and I must have taken out some of the product.  Now we all know I am getting my refund, oh yes I am.  Not only did I not open it, I took it to UPS where I had the package photographed on their scale not just for proof but for this post.

So the point of this post is to inform people of this blatant scam and to instill the importance of customer service.  I will never purchase from this seller again, obviously.  I would happily pay someone else more for the knowledge that I am dealing with an honest small business trying to make an honest living.   It is the customer service that brings me back over and over.  Take UPS for instance, I won’t go anywhere else.  If they say the package will arrive on a particular date, it does, and all those pesky customs forms you need to fill out at the post office are done by UPS not me.  My customers deserve the best in product, packaging and delivery and so do I.

What is Steampunk-True Steampunk Sunday, Apr 15 2012 

There are many definitions of Steampunk, a fantasy style, a certain genre, even a reality.  How ever you define it and how ever you feel about it.  Steampunk is here to stay.  Now, when it comes to those who submerge themselves in the lifestyle of Steampunk fashion, one thing is of great importance, is it true Steampunk?  As arguable as that statement can be, there is a valid stand one could take on the matter.  If you view Steampunk as a Sci Fi fantasy then I would think anything goes.  If you hold to the belief, and the original text on the word, then your going to equate it with steam engines.  As Victorian being the reflective time period, one has to take into account electricity.  Yes it is confusing.  In fact Steampunk is an ever changing term placed on objects made from various pieces to make a fantasy like creation.  For me, the line is strongly drawn, and I love the creative mystical pieces of Steampunk I have seen.   If it isn’t made with true vintage pieces, but instead, objects mass produced to look old, then it isn’t true Steampunk.  Say what you will, but, an antique key is filled with history and a past only one can imagine.  A mass produced brass key that looks vintage has no story to tell.  How many times I have looked at Steampunk jewelry only to see that same Octopus, pocket watch, etc….  Sure they can be arranged differently and the pieces are absolutely wonderful works of art.   But, is it fare to call them Steampunk?  That is where True Steampunk comes into dialect.  I am by no means fully versed on all the ins and outs of this amazing art form.  It was a surprise to find that some of my pieces were coined Steampunk.  I just sought to make amazing pieces using only genuine vintage materials.  I wanted to give new life to pieces that were previously loved yet somehow lost their way.  Some of my pieces are quite heavy and some have succumb to their age with faded patinas.  Nonetheless, they deserved to live on simply because they caught my eye.  So many of us are drawn to items from the past, we feel we were born in the wrong era.  What ever the reason be…..nothing is quiet as lovely as a vintage treasure.  Victorian anything is better than new everything.   I will always stay true to my Steampunk pieces by using vintage castaways, misfits if you will.

So the debate continues and if I ruffled some feathers with my idea of what is true and what is a clone of the past, so be it.  I stand by my work and you won’t see another piece like any of the ones I create.  Even I can’t reproduce any of them.  Each and every one is a one of a kind, not by design but by use of vintage pieces, (however far and few they may be).

Let the past keep taking me forward in my appreciation for it, and, hopefully doing it justice as it makes it way to it’s new life as a La Marelle Couture design.

Only One for the One and Only You……..Marelle




If your going in…..take a stand and make a statement. Tuesday, Apr 3 2012 

Let them stare, let them stare……..approach you if they dare.


It starts with a glimmer.  From a smokey corner a beam of light shines, dancing around the room from a secret location. It draws them in like a moth to a flame. Is it the lure of danger or the thrill of desire?  The beating of the heart feels the same in either scenario. Upon intrigue and longing one might respond and move closer and gaze upon it’s beauty it reflects back the open mouthed gaze. It is an uncompromising woman wearing a necklace that exists only for her, for there is only one in existence, same as she. Victorian Noir rhinestones chaotically form a modern art necklace like no other. The center piece a mirror that draws onlookers in. The black beauty, the smoke n mirrors series by La Marelle Couture.