Tuesday, 6 April 2010

GIVEAWAY from HelenaMarkos Boutique!

I'm excited to announce another GIVEAWAY! This time HelenaMarkos has so kindly offered to give one of my readers this feathered headband pictured below! Check out the interview and some of my favorite pieces from her boutique!

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What is your name, and where are you from?
My name is Noël Ill. I'm from Pasadena California and I'm the founder and designer of Helena Markos Boutique.

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Tell me about Helena Markos. How did you come up with the name? Is your store a full time endeavor or part time hobby?
Helena Markos started when I went to Urban Outfitters and wanted to buy myself a pretty feathered headband. When I saw what they had to offer, it wasn't quite what I was looking for so I decided to make my own headbands. My friends liked them a lot and told me I should start making them and selling them, so I did! The name Helena Markos came from one of my favorite scary movies called Suspiria. In the movie there is a really powerful witch and her name is Helena Markos. I thought the name was mysterious and powerful so I decided to call my on line boutique Helena Markos. It's a part time hobby right now, but in the future I would love to make it a full time endeavor.

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Describe your creative process. Where do you get your materials? What are some of your inspirations?
I'm inspired a lot by nature and natural beauty. I think about how headpieces were created way back before they had access to over loads of materials. Like the maidens in John Williams Waterhouse's paintings with the flowers in their hair, Native American head dresses and Arabian gypsies are all in my collection of inspiration. I find my materials everywhere! From the simple headbands you find at your local market to vintage trinkets at the Pasadena Rose Bowl Flea market, but I can be anywhere and get inspired.

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How long have you been designing? Do you have formal training? Why accessories over clothes?
I started designing these accessories only a year ago! and I'm really excited how well it's been going. I'm a self taught accessories designer, but I'm also a graduate of Art Center College of Design, so in that sense I do have some type of formal training. When I first started designing the headbands, I realized you really do need to put your knowledge of color combinations and textures to work. It's a bit tricky, I can't just mix any flower with any ol' feather because if I'm not careful, it can end up looking like a bird died in a rose bush. Not pretty...The thing I absolutely love about accessories, is that they are like little treasures you can wear. They always get attention, someone could be wearing a great dress, but the eye will go straight to the sparkly necklace or the beautiful hair accessory. I like clothes too, maybe in the future Helena Markos will design a piece of clothing or two, but for now I'm focusing on just accessories.

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What kind of girl do you imagine wearing your pieces? How often do you wear your own designs?
Any girl that wants to feel beautiful and of course the fashionista. I wear my own designs often. The feathery ones I usually wear when I go out in the evenings. The native american inspired headbands I wear anytime, when I go out shopping or even to my day job at the office. They keep my hair out of my face and make me feel like a bohemian princess.

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+1 Visit HelenaMarkos HERE and tell me what's your FAVORITE ITEM

For EXTRA Entries
+1 Comment on any of my older posts (include post name)
+1 Add HelenaMarkos to your favorite Etsy sellers (include etsy username)
+1 Heart as many of your fav items in the HelenaMarkos Etsy store (+1 entry for each item you heart, include item link)
+1 Blog, Twitter, Facebook this giveaway as many times as you like (+1 entry for each)
For Twitter use "I want to win this boho chic headband on @presidentp3's fashion blog AlphaBetaChic http://bit.ly/ah3T8m!"
+1 Add me to your blogroll (include your blog url)
+1 Follow me on Twitter @PresidentP3

Don't forget to post a separate comment here for EACH entry!!! You can enter as many times as you like!

*Please include links to your blog post, twitter/facebook status, etsy username, email, or HelenaMarkos product page when necessary so I can verify your entry and/or contact you if you win!!!*

This giveaway will be open for 4 days, and ends on April 9, 2010 at midnight!
[[UPDATE 04/09/10]] I'm extending the giveaway one more day until April 10, 2010 at midnight!!!

I will use Random.org to pick the winner. Open worldwide. Good luck!
[[UPDATE 04/11/10]] The giveaway comments section is now closed. Thank you so much for participating!