"Welcome ladies, and do come right in. Tonight's hostess is Angelina from Angelina Fong Designs! I'd like to first thank Angelina for hosting this lovely event tonight and secondly thank all of you for stopping by."
"As you already know, no event starts here unless you have on your imagination caps. So let's take a minute to put those on before we get started. We'll get started shortly, but scroll on through the pages and see who's here first. There's appetizers and drinks in the kitchen. As you can see I still have some Macarons left from Paris. I also decided to stick with the theme and go for some Chocolate Martini's from Dove Chocolates. They are to die for...seriously! Mingle a while while we wait for everyone to arrive. Angelina's from Bay Area, California, so you never know who might stop by tonight. "
"Okay, well, it looks like everyone is here, so lets get this party started! I would first like to introduce our host tonight, Angelina Fong and her wonderful designs. I met Angelina through blogging and she's become a wonderful friend. She' funny, talented, and an amazing artist, I'm so happy she's agreed to be here tonight..so without further ado....."
Angelina, please start by telling us a little bit about yourself
"I'm a member of the corporate work force by day, designer/artist by night. A lover of good food, fine wine, great books, and all kinds of music - classic hip-hop, soul, R&B, and jazz. I love to laugh and have fun. People who know me, would say I'm quite outspoken (always speak my mind) and sarcastic. My mother once told me, "You can do anything you set your mind to." Her words have served as the foundation for my approach to life. I never look at a challenge as impossible. It's just a matter of how hard I am willing to work to achieve what I want."
How did you get started in your business?
"I've always loved to create beautiful things through a variety of creative mediums - sewing, knitting, crochet, and painting. Friends and family have been telling me for years, "you could totally sell this stuff!", but I always thought they were just being nice. After receiving more and more requests from friends and co-workers to buy my work, I decided to go full force and turn my hobby into a business!"
What inspires your designs or motivates you in your business?
"I draw much of the inspiration for my work from various elements of the Asian arts, jazz music and nature. What motivates me in business is just my love to create beautiful products. I'm always challenging myself with each new design or piece of art I create."
When you're not working your business, what fun things do you enjoy doing?
"I enjoy cooking, knitting, working out, reading, and shopping!"
What do you do when you need a "time out" for yourself?
"I sip on a nice glass of Cabernet with a good book or my latest knitting project."
Well, I've seen a few of your knitting projects and the socks are fab! Hopefully, you'll be selling them soon in your shop. Since you love to shop, I know you do shopping online, what are your three favorite online shops for girlie things, you'd like to recommend to the girls tonight?
Runako Designs (of course) - Jewelry to unveil your inner beauty
Melinda Mae - handbags for playful days and soulful nights.
Mocha Child Greetings - handcrafted cards and stationary
I'm honored Angelina!...I swear ladies, that plug was not a contingency to be featured!! Okay, so we all have a Hollywood crush, who's yours and why?
"Larenz Tate!! I've had a crush on Larenz Tate ever since I first saw him in that short lived TV show, "South Central". Then I saw "Love Jones" and that just did it for me. As for why, well if you've seen "Love Jones", you'll know why! If you haven't, go rent the DVD!! I'm glad to see he has made a return in recent films like "Ray" and the FX series "Rescue Me". He's still looking good!!"
Can someone pass Angelina an ice cold drink so she can finish this interview! I think talking about Larenz got her worked up a bit don't you? So, what's your favorite chick flick?
"It's a tie between "Love Actually" and "Brown Sugar." I love them both evenly!"
Share with us the silliest or funniest thing you've ever done with your girlfriends.
"After college, my then roommates and I decided to throw a classy cocktail party at our house as a sign of our new found maturity and sophistication (or so we thought!). We went all out planning the hors d'oeuvres and cocktail menu. I even painstakingly cut off all the crust on the little cucumber sandwiches! We requested that all our guests dress in appropriate "cocktail" attire and greeted each of them at the door with loungey jazz music playing in the background. Everything was going quite lovely throughout the evening until someone forgot to keep an eye on the fondue pot and it suddenly burst into flames, taking half the hors d'oeuvres table with it!! All of a sudden, everyone started running around frantically trying to put out the fire. So much for sophisticated and classy!"
what a great story, I wouldn't be surprised if one of those old roommates showed up this weekend! So, what specials do you have for the ladies tonight?
"I'll be offering 15% off all purchases from my Etsy shop this weekend. All they have to do is mention Girls Night Out in the message to seller at checkout."
Well ladies, there you have it...Sophisticated and classy Angelina Fong, and a special discount to go with it!!
Angelina will also be hosting a give-a-way this weekend for all those who have stopped by to party with us. She'll be giving away a set of her newly created, not yet listed, Marrakesh coasters (set of 4). All you have to do is be a follower of Girls Night Out, then visit her Etsy shop and look around, come back here and post your favorite item and why you like it.
Now...For additional entries, you can tweet about this give away, follow angelina's blog, follow her on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter. Just let us know in your comments, what you've done and the name that you can be found under, as well as the link to your tweet if applicable. Also, if you make a purchase this weekend let us know, because you'll get 3 extra entries for supporting one of the girls AND your name will be entered in a second give away from me for a wooden jewelry box, you reap the benefits of my de-cluttering last week... It's brand new! Entries must be in by 5:00 pm Sunday.
After tonight you can find Angelina at any of the following venues:
Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/angelinafongdesigns
Now go out and tell your friends about Girls Night out, grab a badge to the right and shout about it to all you know, and don't forget to check back throughout the weekend, someone may be talking to you. okay, now my mouth is dry, I'm going to make me a Martini..."hey, where's that ice cold drink for Angelina?"
When I'm not hosting Girls Night Out, you can find me creating jewelry at www.runakojewelry.com