Friday, December 27, 2013

Sometimes you just know!

Have you ever purchased an article of clothing just to accessorize it?  I recently did! 

On Black Friday as my family drove back to DC from a family visit to New York I logged into Twitter.  There was a tweet from Zoe Boutique.  

It mentioned a turtle neck.  A very soft turtleneck.  I clicked on the link.  It was black and white and long, with very long sleeves and great color blocking.

It was love at first sight and I knew right away this Graham and Spencer sweater would be perfect to accessorize with a set of MagnifiCuffs.

After just a couple weeks of pining, Ryan took the boys and me the day after my birthday to purchase the sweater at Zoe Boutique.

On December 21 it was an unseasonal 70 degrees and an absolute gorgeous day for a family trip to Old Town Alexandria.  My boys, the sun, a fresh breeze, and crowded sidewalks.  Delightful!   

When we arrived at Zoe Boutique it was a nice surprise to meet the owner and staff members in person after getting to "know" them on Facebook and Twitter over the past few months.  They were as lovely in person as I thought they would be and the entire experience was extremely pleasant.

Not only will I be shopping at Zoe Boutique in the future, I will also recommend them to friends and associates looking for contemporary clothing with amazing service. 

So what do you think?  Perfect sweater for MagnifiCuffs?! 


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Accessorizing Your LBD (Little Black Dress)

Ryan and I attended a wine exchange hosted by one of his clients last night.  I knew when we received the invitation that the restaurant it was held at has very soft lighting. 

With the lighting in mind, I felt my LBD with the subtle cowl neck was the perfect dress.  The A line cut with side ruching makes this dress my go to no matter how my body is or isn't working for me :)

Because this was the first time I met the majority of the guests, who were all aware of our upcoming feature on "Laura's Likes" on Fox5,



I wanted to shine as bright as our exciting news.   So this is how I did just that:


MagnifiCuffs, Round Shell earrings,  and the Clara Collection Hair Bow by Ungcredibows

What about that hair bow!?! 

You may recall UngcrediBOWS is the company that partnered up with us to "Go Gold" in September and donated 100%+ (!!! they rounded up to donate even more) of their proceeds of sales to Kyle's Kamps.

I'm in love with the owner and think UngcrediBOWS hair bows are incredible quality and great fashion pieces for gals of every age!  You can visit them here:  http://www.ungcredibows.com/

We've added some seriously bright sets recently so check out our store and see how you can sparkle this holiday season. 

Little black dresses are simple and elegant.  Based on how you accessorize your LBD you can either stand out in the crowd or blend in with the suits.  The choice is yours!

Happy accessorizing,
Marcia

Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday Deals #TDCLCyberfest


MagnifiCuffs is proud to be participating in The DC Ladies Holiday Cyberfest 2013! 



The whole purpose of Black Friday and Cyber Monday is to save some serious money right?  So to make my Mama proud, we are offering 37% off each set of MagnifiCuffs! 

 

Please visit The DC Ladies website for a long list of women owned businesses in the DC metropolitan area that are offering great deals for this weekend.  As I urged you in the last post  please shop small, it makes a big difference! 
 
This 37% off will also be valid on custom orders.  Message us at info at magnificuffs . com to get the conversation started.  Sale through Midnight EST, Monday, December 2. 

Happy shopping,
Marcia
 
PS  A very sincere thank you to the mother/daughter team of The DC Ladies for supporting women owned small businesses in this way with no monetary benefit to themselves.  This was a free service for companies to introduce their products and services to new sets of eyes.  Thanks so much for your community outreach! 


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Go Small or Go Home

Thanksgiving of 2011, after 32 long years, my mom finally invited me to participate in a Black Friday shopping extravaganza.  We shopped.  Oh God did we shop.  Until the wee hours of the morning.  It was glorious!  And a bonding experience with my mom and dad I will never forget.

With plans for the next Black Friday already in place, the following October I read a touching article from an Etsy store owner.  She made a plea for Americans to buy handmade.  She stated that with each sale she makes, that money literally puts food on the table for her kids. 

She pulled at my heartstrings, which simultaneously loosened the death grip on my wallet. 

Because I started to shop after I read her article (it also stated that handmade personalized items take longer to prepare) I was able to search for the best price items and buy gifts in intervals as we had the money to do so. 

When I started to buy those gifts, it was 9 months before launching MagnifiCuffs.  I had no idea a year later I would be this woman's peer! 

So you don't feel guilted by me, all of the profits that we receive from sales goes directly back into the company.  When you purchase from us, it's not as noble as feeding our family, but you are helping to grow our business so we can put more good out there.  Kind of makes you an investor, right?!

I urge all of you to start buying now and to buy handmade.  It makes a huge difference to the businesses you are buying from and your gift recipients are smitten with your thoughtfulness of unique one of a kind presents.

Yes, that's a mug with lots of chocolate. 
And yes, the 5 yo and I enjoyed eating the photo shoot models. 

The search parameters on Etsy and eBay make it simple to search for anything. 

Let's say you have a mother in law who loves chocolate labs, there are 1091 items on Etsy and 6693 items on eBay.  There are college team onesies, personalized cutting boards, moon necklaces that have the exact moon that was in the sky the day you were born, etc. 

There's no limit on how creative you can get with gifts for your loved ones.

Try it, I think you'll like it! 

Love,
Marcia, Ryan and the Sheehan boys

Monday, October 14, 2013

Focus Group



The excitement of the teen and tween girls we present with MagnifiCuffs is palpable, which has us absolutely delighted! 

These young ladies are super enthused to experiment with how and where to put their new accessories, and have given us many awesome suggestions. 

An example of one customer's brilliant suggestion is to store MagnifiCuffs on her locker door since the magnets will stick to the metal locker!
 
Through our recent conversations with these girls, we get the impression that MagnifiCuffs may become staple accent pieces in their wardrobes, but would like to test that theory by conducting a focus group. 

If you have a daughter, or daughters, between ages 8 - 18, who would be interested in receiving a free set of MagnifiCuffs, in return for some feedback, please contact us via email at info (at )magnificuffs (dot) com with the subject:  "Focus Group" with the body of the message simply including your daughter's name(s) and age(s). 

The families chosen to participate will receive an email requesting the shipping address, and will be alerted as to when their set(s) of MagnifiCuffs will ship.  We will also let you know the duration of the trial and provide you with the survey questions. 

At the end of the trial we will send a Google Form questionnaire via email that will take less than 5 minutes to complete.

We will not ask for the MagnifiCuffs to be returned, they are your daughters for keeps. 

At this time the focus group is only for the United States, and all correspondence with MagnifiCuffs LLC must be made by a guardian over the age of 18. 

We have limited quantities available for the trial and request that all submissions be sent via email by Midnight EST on Monday, October 21.  You will be notified on Wednesday, October 23 by 9 pm EST if your daughter is chosen. 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Research & Development



In the last 24 hours we have heard from two separate customers that they lost their MagnifiCuffs! 

The first we heard was on Sunday from one of our teen trendsetters.  She said she was in class and looked down and noticed they were both gone.  Her words, she "freaked out".  Fortunately she saw them both on her metal chair and put them back on. 

The second customer wore her set today and looked down and realized one was gone.  Like *gone* gone.  This is upsetting to us, and, naturally, to our customer.  Luckily for all of us, we have another set of the same adornments, so are able to send her a replacement tomorrow. 

Anyone who has seen MagnifiCuffs in person knows how strong the magnetic connection is. 

Now we know the magnets don't have just a strong connection to each other, but to all things metal (even through the adornment!).  We ask that all our current customers please keep this in mind while deciding where to place their MagnifiCuffs on their pants, capris, skirts, shirts, blazers, etc. 

We are currently working on something to neutralize the strong magnetic connection between the fabric and adornment so that in the future this wont be an issue. 

A sincere thanks to our customers for reaching out to us with this information.  If we don't know there is a problem, we cant fix it.  We appreciate you taking the time and will work to correct the issue immediately. 

Oh our darling magnetic MagnifiCuffs!  Back to the lab!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Black Cat Cuties

At MagnifiCuffs, we believe it is never too early to start accessorizing for Halloween.  Actually, take that back, March is way too early. 
 
Anywho, we have some serious cuties that could be the perfect addition for many of your outfits leading up to Halloween.  If you notice, a lot of these will actually look good year round, so why not buy a couple sets?  We have very limited quantities, so beware.


 
 
Below are some examples of how to wear your new Black Cat Cutie MagnifiCuffs.
 
 



To order from our site, choose from the drop down menu below and be transported to Paypal to check out. 

If you do not have Paypal, you can order and pay via credit card through Square at this link.  Ordering through Square is extremely simple.  You can choose to check out as a guest and all you have to do is fill out the screen below.  Easy Peasy!



Both Paypal and Square are secure servers.  Please do not ever provide account information on our website.

Items ship via USPS First Class within 1 to 3 business days of ordering.  At this time we only provide domestic shipping within the US.  Each order comes with a set of 2 MagnifiCuffs. Length will be 6 inches, unless otherwise instructed.

                                                              Order your Black Cat Cutie MagnifiCuffs Here
                                                          

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The MagnifiCuffs Medley

If you follow along on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest you may have seen the recent pictures of MagnifiCuffs on shirts, blazers and dress sleeves. 
 


If you don't follow along, please do so.  While you are here, enjoy these collages. 



 
We love the versatility of MagnifiCuffs and hope you do too.  

 

 
 
To find a set of MagnifiCuffs that could be the perfect accessory for many of your favorite outfits, please visit our shop via the toolbar or this link

Monday, September 9, 2013

Commuter Foot Friendly Fashion

As a teenager, I would occasionally accompany Mom to drop off Dad at the Metro's Kiss and Ride so he could commute into DC without dealing with the nonsense traffic. 

I was both shocked and appalled during the first drop off when I saw a woman at the metro in a classy black suit with her slacks rolled up and bulky white sneakers beneath!

"Why even bother with the nice outfit, hair and make up if she is just going to mess it all up with ugly shoes?" I asked Mom.   

Mom explained that the majority of women commuters carry their heels with them, or keep heels at the office, to slip into once they arrive.  She said, "These ladies may have multiple metro transfers and have to walk a few city blocks.  Who wants to do that two times a day in heels!?"   

After I became a working woman myself, I realized just how practical these women were and became less judgey.  Still somewhat judgmental, I can assure you I will never wear sneakers with a suit or slacks.  But ballet flats, count me in! 

How many of you would love the option to wear long dress slacks and flats for the commute, but don't because of the hem dragging?  Maybe you don't want to get those slacks hemmed because the length looks so good with your fave heels. 




What's your solution?  You wear your heels.  Your high high heels.  From when you leave your home in the wee hours of the morning, until you get home in the evening after a full day of walking to meetings, the bathroom, lunch, more meetings, the car/bus/metro, etc. 

Ouch.  Poor tootsies! 

Please see the pictures below for MagnifiCuffs's solution to make your morning and evening commute a lot more comfortable while adding a flash of fashion: 



No more dragging hems!  No more planning your shoes around your pants! 

Think of all the money you will save from not having to replace pants, or paying for alterations.  Not to mention the pain you will save your feet.

As you can see in the pictures above, you can also wear any set of MagnifiCuffs with your heels to shorten pants that are too long, or to avoid getting hems wet when it rains. 

Even better yet, wear your MagnifiCuffs to show the back of those sexy shoes.  You paid a lot of money for those heels, why not show the entire beauty of them off!?

Wishing you a fashionable and foot friendly commute ladies!  Get your start at our shop.

Yours truly,
Marcia

Thursday, August 29, 2013

She Dreams of Peridot

Marcia and Ryan have a 4 year old son who has the same talent as them of always messing up song lyrics.

One of the songs last year he would mix up was Coldplay's "Paradise".

He would belt from the top of his lungs, "She dreamed of Para, Para, Peridot."

You were right baby boy, she does dream of peridot.

 
 
Who would have ever thought that just a year after his rendition, his parents would be running a fashion apparel accessory company with the peridot as his mom's inspiration?  Pretty wild the universe's subtle clues.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Support from UngcrediBOWS

After reading MagnifiCuffs goal to "Go Gold" to support the Giordano Family and National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the owner of UngrediBOWS (handmade premium hair bows) graciously offered her companies backing to "Go Gold" as well!

Cherry Ung, the owner of UngcrediBOWS and mother of three, has so generously designated that 100% of the proceeds of the hair bow sales will also be donated to Kyle's Kamp, as previously chosen by Mathias! 

Although Cherry has never met the Giordano's, when discussing the "Go Gold" goal with Marcia, of MagnifiCuffs, she said that if her family were affected by pediatric cancer, "I would love it for people to be as supportive."

We are delighted to present to you "The Bryn", a limited edition handmade hair bow made of gold ribbon:



Each hair bow is hand painted with Mathias's soccer number "12".

Thank you so much to Cherry and UngcrediBOWS for your generosity and support to "Go Gold" in honor of the Giordano family, and all of those impacted by pediatric cancer.

As quantities of "The Bryn" gold edition are very limited, and September is right around the corner, please complete your purchase soon

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Customer Appreciation



Our customers have taken it upon themselves to post pictures of their MagnifiCuffs in action, which has us absolutely thrilled.  So much so that we want to award one faithful customer with a free set of MagnifiCuffs!

Starting today, whenever you upload a picture of your MagnifiCuffs in action, please use the hashtag #MagnifiCuffsLove.  A free set of MagnifiCuffs, of the winner's choice*, will be awarded to whoever receives the most response for their uploaded picture(s). 

You can post pics to FaceBook, InstaGram, Twitter, and Pinterest.  Again, please use the hashtag #MagnifiCuffsLove so at the end of the contest we can tally up the likes, shares, hearts, favorites, retweets, repins.

Contest ends on Friday, September 13 at 3 p.m. EST.  Winner to be announced via Facebook on Friday, September 13.  Winner's set of MagnifiCuffs will ship via USPS First Class on Monday, September 16.

For all of our friends who have already posted pics, contact us for a promotional code for 20% off your entire next order (expires 12/31/13).  Please feel free to join the contest too, just make sure you use the hashtag #MagnifiCuffsLove from here on out. 

*Winner receives their choice of MagnifiCuffs for free from the selection of sets on Etsy on September 13 along with free Shipping and Handling.  Absolutely no cost is incurred by the winner.  Winner may choose to have the won set sent as a gift to a loved one.  If so, please let us know the recipients address and name, and what you would like on the hand written note. 

Good luck everyone!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Going Gold for Team Mathias #12



Our friend, Roya Giordano, has a wish for all of us.  That wish; go gold for the month of September. 

Why "go gold"?  And why September?

Because gold is the official ribbon color for pediatric cancer, and September is the National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Roya & Chris, like many parents in similar circumstances, are courageously fighting cancer's trials with their child, with the humble wish to raise more awareness.  Not just for their loved ones, but for all children. 



As we know; with awareness, comes funding.  With funding, comes scientific studies.  With scientific studies, comes answers, potential vaccines, new treatments and possibly cures.

In honor of Mathias Giordano, (Roya and Chris's 12 year old son, and Troy's older brother), who has fought osteosarcoma with bravery and grace since July 2012, we have created a special set of MagnifiCuffs.  


Mathias and Troy (Flashes of Hope Photography)
For those of you unfamiliar with MagnifiCuffs, they are magnetic apparel accessories that can be worn to cuff pants into capris, or serve as decorative accents for shirt sleeves.

As shown in the picture collage below, to assist with raising awareness and funds, we have created gold ribbon MagnifiCuffs with Mathias's soccer number "12".


Sets can be purchased at our online store for $9.95, plus $2.50 for shipping and handling. 

As designated by Mathias, 100% of the proceeds will go to his chosen charity, Kyle's Kamp,  in honor and loving memory of his friend Gavin Rupp who just passed away on July 30th after 30 months of battling cancer. 

Mathias
 
Together we can "go gold" and help raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer.  In addition to going gold with your MagnifiCuffs, you will also directly benefit Kyle's Kamp and visibly show the Giordano's your support for Team Mathias.
 
For more information on events in September happening in the DC metro area in regards to National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, please visit this site.   
 
For more information on the Giordano's and Team Mathias, please visit their Facebook page
 
The Giordano's
 
#‎teammathias12‬ ‪#‎cancer‬ ‪#‎gogold‬ ‪#‎childhoodcancer‬ ‪#‎sarcoma‬ ‪#‎osteosarcoma

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Customized Length Option for MagnifiCuffs

We have added the option in our store to customize the length of select sets of MagnifiCuffs.


This feature is very beneficial for customers who are interested in wearing MagnifiCuffs primarily on their shirt sleeves. 



 


































We have made, and will make forthcoming, this customizable option available for the ribbons that are well suited for shirt sleeves.  

We recommend for shirt MagnifiCuffs that 5 inches is selected.  For pants, we recommend 7 inches.  All images in our store are shown 7 inches in length.  


If you are interested in seeing the options currently available, please visit our store and look for titles that begin with "Custom made".  Other sets that do not have that title are sets that are already finished product, or too wide to be visually appealing on shirt sleeves.  


We hope you enjoy this new feature that allows you more personalized options for your sets of MagnifiCuffs.

Custom made orders take 1 to 3 business days to finalize and ship via USPS First Class Mail.  You can expect to receive your sets within approximately a week.

Friday, July 26, 2013

We Get by with a Lil Help

from our friends.

Since MagnifiCuffs launch on July 11 the support and encouragement has been amazing.

The Sunday after the launch I went to my girlfriend's house for a girls night that was scheduled about a month prior.

My other girlfriend and I were welcomed into her home with platters of bright veggies and fruits, beer bread (from Tastefully Simple, have you had it? So good!), tortilla chips and guacamole. The spread of food she had was beautiful and delicious.

Isn't it such a great feeling when friends go that extra mile to make you feel special and comfortable in their home?

We talked, we ate.  Then we talked some more. 

Since the MagnifiCuffs launch happened only 4 days prior, I brought product with me to show my girlfriends in person.  After we moved away from the food I showed them what I brought.

My girls, Sarah and Allison, asked about the process and excitedly offered to model MagnifiCuffs for the site!

For the next couple hours we ran up and down the stairs (they were extremely sore from an earlier work out so I felt kind of bad), mixed and matched adornments with different ribbons, tried them on with different pairs of pants and shoes, then ran outside to pose in natural light. Below are some of my favorite photos from that night:





Me and Allison (we will do a selfie with Sarah next time!)

It was such a fun and supportive experience for my girlfriends to gift me with. One I bet we will all remember!

Thank you so much, Sarah and Allison!

Love,
Marcia

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Our Mission

As consumers, our experience is that the most successful companies, or companies that are on their way to being hugely successful, are consistently consistent. 

From visiting a store (online or brick and mortar) to purchasing and receiving the product, the customer knows exactly what it is they are getting.  The interaction with company staff, the quality of the product, the price point, etc.

But, it goes further than that.  There is an assurance each customer has that, if for some reason there is something wrong or unpleasant with the experience, they will have their needs met, or more likely, exceeded.

This is our intention for you, and for your relationship with MagnifiCuffs.


We are in the beginning stages of building a brand, and we need your help.   If anything stands out during your purchase, or receiving of products, please share it with us.  Whether it be positive or negative.

We need you to know that your voice matters.

We truly believe that the only way we are going to be able to create a pleasurable experience for every new customer, and maintaining relationships with our current ones, is by listening to each of them.

We sincerely hope you can share in our excitement knowing that your feedback is assisting in growing MagnifiCuffs. 

Warmest regards,
Marcia & Ryan Sheehan
Owner & President
MagnifiCuffs, LLC

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Her story

MagnifiCuffs are fashion accessories with a function.  Think of MagnifiCuffs as apparel jewelry that, as well as adding style, keeps rolled cuffs in place.




When Marcia, owner and designer, created the first pair of MagnifiCuffs, it was to transform her pants into capris.  She wanted something that would keep the material rolled up, but that was also fashionable.




After she created her first set of MagnifiCuffs, Marcia was so excited she literally ran to her closet to find a shirt that better matched her dressed up capris.

As she looked through the closet, she saw one of her favorite shirts.  This shirt had a fabric strip and button sewn into the sleeve, similar to the convertible pants that gave her the idea of MagnifiCuffs years ago.

Eureka!

MagnifiCuffs arent solely for converting pants to capris.  They can be used to accessorize *any* article of clothing!




MagnifiCuffs are adorned fabric strips with strong magnets that allow each set to be used interchangeably with skirts, pants, dresses and even shirts and blazers, without damaging the material.




The sky is the limit on how you accessorize with your MagnifiCuffs!

We have a wide selection of styles from every day, to evening out.  Please visit our MagnifiCuffs store to order your pair now.  

Not only will you be fashion forward with this unique clothing accessory, currently each set of MagnifiCuffs is one of a kind!

Products are proudly hand made in the USA.