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Designer Talk - Zeynep Kartal

Zeynep launched her Zeynep Kartal brand at Effingo Fashion Limited beginning of 2013, following more than twenty years of experience in the fashion industry in a variety of areas including textile, design, production and marketing. The Zeynep Kartal ethos is to give every woman who wears a Zeynep Kartal dress a feeling of stylish sophistication and self-confidence. The Zeynep Kartal aesthetic, creates a distinctive sense of elegance and femininity using the finest fabrics including silk, crepe, lace, leather and stunning hand-made embellishments.

Zeynep specialises in luxurious high-end evening wear and bespoke pieces as well as a “Little Ladies” children’s range and handmade leather outerwear. Her prices range from £400 to £1500 within the seasonal collections. For bespoke requests, prices range from £400 to £3000.

Since October Zeynep Kartal has gathered a strong following and exclusive client base. Celebrity clientele include Kym Lomas, Nikki Sanderson, Gemma Merna, Jorgie Porter and Katya Virshilas. In November, Tess Daly wore the Zeynep Kartal, gold-plated, bespoke belt accessory piece whilst presenting Strictly Come Dancing. Alex Gerrard will also be featured in HELLO! magazine’s January edition, wearing the A/W 2013 ‘Hannah’ dress, and the S/S 2014 ‘Camilla’ dress. Zeynep Kartal will also be showcasing her new A/W 2014 collection during February’s London Fashion Week in February.

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Early On a Sunday Morning: A Baby is born!

On Where Pianos Roam

This past Tuesday, July 19, my niece Elvia Geneva Sofia Ontiveros was born at 8:29 AM at the Centennial Women's Hospital here in Nashville, TN.  For my younger sister Lloyda, this was a long nine months of weekly check-ups, regular shots, strict dieting, and a lot of bed rest.  Due to the fact that my sister lost her first-born son to premature birth complications less than two years ago, many careful precautions were taken this time around. Periodically, my sister was admitted to the hospital several times to stay for long periods so they could monitor the low cervix that she had.

My family was in a celebratory mood after a very seemless delivery that took less than a half hour once she was ready to go.  Sofia, weighing in at 7 lbs. 4 oz. at birth, joins her six first cousins (five lively boys and one other princess girl) in the next generation of my little family.  

I arrived at the hospital around 3:00 AM and became part of the little team (including the boyfriend/Dad Beto and our dear friend Maria)  that helped my sister along that day.  Since I had no desire to be in the delivery room during the actual birth, I stayed in the family waiting room to knit a baby blanket and to watch tv.  For me, it was actually a very relaxing time.

The next couple of days involved lots of "ooooh-ing" and "aahhhh-ing", tons of photo-taking, and all-around merriment.   It was like a scene from a movie as my family smiled and waved through the glass windows of the hospital nursery.  She lay in a small row of other bundled-up wrinkly newbies. 

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