Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Valentines Day Gifting: Show You Care

Skip the boring chocolates and flowers this Valentines Day. People expect to get the same old same old every year. Make this Valentines Day gifting extra special. You can create a more meaningful gift when you make your own card and slip it into the adorned zippered pouch of a upscale Corky Kouture bottled gift bag with a fine wine nestled inside.  You do not have to be a scrap booking enthusiast to make a card. Look online how to make a simple Valentines Day card. You may decide to take a piece of red construction paper and glue a photo of the two of you on the front. If you do not like your handwriting, use your computer to type Happy Valentines Day. On the inside use the computer to type out your thoughts, feelings and/or a poem to your loved one. Use a glue stick to paste the poem or written thoughts inside of the handmade card. The fact that you took the time to create something with your own hands will impress your loved one.

Along with the lovely card you created, purchase a bottle of wine. Get the wine your significant other likes or a bottle the two of you enjoy sipping together. There is no need to wrap the wine bottle as you can purchase a stunning Corky Kouture™ fancy winebag to place the wine in. The wine bag is absolutely gorgeous and makes any gift appear lavish. If you want to purchase jewelry, a gift card or another small item you can place it inside of the clever zippered pouch. 

If you are getting cabin fever plan ahead to spend Valentines Day at a hotel. Splurge and get a hotel room with a hot tub. The two of you will wash away your cares and stress in the hot tub while sipping the wine you gave as a gift to your sweetheart earlier. This one night focusing on the two of you can rejuvenate your relationship in no time.

Spending quality time together is a must to keep your relationship thriving. Small or large gifts show the other person you care. Buy your sweetheart a candy bar when you go to the store when it is not on the list. Your significant other will know that you are thinking of him or her when the two of you are apart. Treat your spouse or significant other to a larger gift such as the wine inside one of the CorkyKouture™ fancy bottle gift bags and a hotel room for the night. Valentines Day gifting is made special when you spend time together and take the time to buy a special gift for your significant other. 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Romantic Valentine’s Gift

Newlyweds, you can continue your honeymoon with a lovely gift for Valentines Day. Plan a romantic date. You do not have to spend a lot of money to celebrate February 14th. What is something the two of you love doing together? When was the last time the two of you shared being together and doing it? Whether you enjoy playing cards, taking hikes, watching a movie at home or another inexpensive date, plan ahead. Give your spouse a bottle of wine, liquor, sparkling wine or wine perfectly wrapped in one of the Corky Kouture™ fancy bottled gift bags. You can even put a few pieces of wrapped chocolate inside of the zippered pouch.

You can still have a romantic evening together even if you have young children. Plan at least one month ahead if you need a babysitter. Every other parent is going to be calling for a sitter on this special evening. If you are lucky, maybe your parents baby-sit your children. Perhaps your parents could take your children for the entire night and you can pick them up in the morning. Surely your parents will understand the need for the two of you to have some alone time. Plus, grandparents love being with their grandkids! It is a win-win situation all around.

Ladies, have you been married for many years? If so, rekindle the love in your relationship with a romantic Valentine’s gift. At times we all take each other for granted so make sure you make your spouse feel needed, loved and important in your life. The perfect gift is to share time together. Give your beloved a bottle of wine or champagne all decked out in a Corky Kouture™ fancy wine bag. Make sure you prepare ahead and wear a sexy dress or lingerie. Sit in your living room with the lights down low. Turn on your stereo so that soft jazz music is playing. Light a few candles and/or start your fireplace to compliment the mood. Relax, talk and sip your wine while looking into each other’s eyes. Simply take pleasure in each other.

Valentines Day is the perfect time to spoil your loved one. Spoil him or her with your time sharing a bottle of wine or other beverage. Make the gift of wine extravagant when you use one of the upscale bottled gift bags from Corky Kouture™. Take a photo of the two of you sometime during the evening to capture your special Valentines Day moment.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Gift Ideas for Valentines Day

This Valentines Day surprise your friends with a Valentines Day gift. Think of all of the times your best friends have been there for you. Now is the perfect time to tell them thank you. With a favorite bottle of wine, a Corky Kouture™ bottled gift bag and a small handmade card to slip inside of the handy gift bag zippered pouch.

Your friends will know how much they mean to you. You will love seeing the surprise look on their faces. Perhaps that evening you and your friends can get together at one of your homes and enjoy the bottle of wine together. Who needs a date? You and your best friends can share laughs, memories and the usual fun you have together.

If you are married you can surprise your significant other with a bottle of champagne ingeniously placed inside of a Corky Kouture™ bottled gift bag. Slip a gift card for a massage for two inside of the gift bag zippered pouch. You will definitely score points with this Valentines Day thoughtful gift!

Valentines Day gift giving is not just for lovers. If you are a boss and appreciate your employees make sure you show them. When you give a gift to an employee you are showing them how much you care and appreciate the hard work they do for you. Little things do mean a lot when it comes to the workplace. Give a bottle of wine or sparkling wine to your top performing employees. Place the bottle inside of one of the fancy bottle gift bags from Corky Kouture™.

Don’t forget your parents this February 14th. Surprise your parents with a romantic dinner. Bring over a home cooked meal along with candles and a bottle of wine in one of the upscale bottle gift bags available. You may decide to select a red, black, pink or white wine gift bag. Red may be the perfect selection since it is the holiday of love. When your parents see this lovely gesture do not be surprised if your mother becomes teary. Your parents will enjoy the romantic dinner and bottle of wine together. The memories you have created will last a lifetime.

This year make this Valentines Day special for the loved ones in your life when you surprise them with a bottle of wine, champagne or sparkling wine inside of a stunning CorkyKouture™ bottled gift bag

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Graced by Joyce Giraud

Corky Kouture™ had the great honor of interviewing Joyce Giraud, an actress and model, a two time Miss Puerto Rico winner and the 2nd runner up in the 1998 Miss Universe pageant. She is also known for representing Puerto Rico at Miss World 1994, and for her roles in in episodes of Baywatch; in the film Dude, Where's My Car?; and in the TV shows House of Payne and Joey. Joyce’s latest undertaking is the founding Queen Universe Pageant that will take place on January 27th in Los Angeles.

Joyce Giraud obtained two Bachelor of Arts degrees before the age of 19 as well as one in Special Education.  Her love of children led her to work with the less fortunate children and residential homes in Puerto Rico. 

Joyce later married Michael Ohoven, a Film Producer and Founder/CEO of Infinity Media.  Joyce and Michael have two beautiful children. 

We wanted to know more about Joyce Giraud – what motivates her and her thoughts about the beauty industry.  We hope you enjoy the interview as much as we did giving it. 

CK:  At what age did you begin competing in pageants?

Joyce Giraud:  I started competing in pageants when I was 19

CK:  What do you feel is the most important quality for a pageant competitor to possess?

Joyce Giraud:  In my opinion the most important quality for a pageant competitor to have is self-confidence.  If you are self-confident and secure it simply projects and in order to be self-confident you have to be your true self.

CK: What are some of the major issues you feel girls and women face today when competing in pageants?  Thoughts on over the top Pageant Mom’s.

Joyce Giraud:  I think now days the one thing I really hate about pageants is when some girls enter for the wrong reasons.  I believe a pageant is an amazing platform that gives you a voice and if you use it correctly and are selfless about it you can truly make an impact and help the charities of your choice. 

About the stage pageant moms, I really hate it! I’m not saying little girls can’t participate in beauty pageants but it should ONLY be because it’s something they really want to do not because they have a mom that wants to live through them. I’m a mother of two and I would never force my babies to do something they didn’t want to do.

CK:  Has your perspective on pageants changed over the years and if so how?

Joyce Giraud:   My perspective of pageants has changed over the years and that is exactly the reason why I created Queen of the Universe.  I think pageants need to have the credibility they used to have before.

CK:  How do you feel your modeling and acting career has shaped you?

Joyce Giraud:   My modeling career was something that just happened. I was scouted by a photographer while I was working in Kentucky Fried Chicken so I could pay for my university studies.  Modeling was great because I found it quite easy to just stand in front of a camera and make enough money to pay for school.  It also gave me the opportunity to travel the world.

CK:  How have you been able to use your education in your current career?

Joyce Giraud:   I have two BA's One in Social Work and one in Special Education. I feel it my education shaped me and I feel I am able to use it almost on a daily basis. Social Work helps you deal with people and understand human beings.  We are all the same... just different shapes, colors, and sizes, but still the same.

CK:  What inspired you to create the Queen Universe Pageant?

Joyce Giraud:  I have been dreaming of creating a pageant that gives women the opportunity to represent their countries, be ambassadors of women, have a voice to help their charities and use their titles to further their careers and goals in life while not being judged for being married, single, or having children.  That’s how Queen of the Universe was born and each day I thank God for my amazing group of Queens. They are exactly what I dreamed!

CK:  What is the most valuable lesson you've learned while putting the pageant together?

Joyce Giraud:   While putting the pageant together, I would say the most valuable lesson I learned is something I learn each day – PATIENCE - Patience is the key to success and perseverance leads you to make your dreams a reality.

CK:  What advice would you give up and coming pageant competitors?

Joyce Giraud:   For any up and coming pageant competitors I would tell them that even though it sounds cliché, the best thing is to simply be yourself.  When you are simply you, everybody will love you because people can tell when someone is fake and just trying to impress a crowd.

For Fun Questions:

CK:  What is the one thing every girl should own?

Joyce Giraud:   The one thing every girl should own is a pair of mile high stilettos! They make you feel beautiful no matter what you are wearing :-)

CK:  Your favorite designer?

Joyce Giraud:   My favorite main stream designer is Roberto Cavalli but MY FAVORITE DESIGNER IN THE WORLD is my amazing friend David Antonio who has made my dress for every major moment of my life. He made my graduation dress, my Miss Puerto Rico dress, my Miss Universe dress, my Miss Venus dress, my Queen of the Atlantics dress, my dress I word when my husband was nominated to the Oscars, and my favorite of them all, MY WEDDING DRESS!!

CK:  Most fun modeling job you ever did and why?

Joyce Giraud:   The most fun modeling job I ever did was for a client who took us (two models) to shoot in the Caribbean on a cruise. We had the time of our life :-) I will always remember that shoot.   The worst was for a client that flew me to London to model bikinis in the snow!  I was miserable because I hate the cold!

CK:  If you could model for anyone you haven’t already modeled for, who would it be and why?

Joyce Giraud:  If I could model for anyone it would be for Channel because I’m just in love with the brand and everything in the collection.

Make sure to check out the Queen of the Universe Pageant!  Get to know Joyce more and follow her on Twiter at Joyce Giraud on Twitter and on Facebook at  Queen of the Universe and Joyce Giraud!