A bit of luxury on Women`s Day

Hey,

This will be a short update. We really had a tiring day. But it was worth it.

As you know, 8th of March is an International Women`s Day. This year it was a double celebration as Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras) happened on the same day.

Photo by Mal

So to honour these two important occassions, we did some crazy and sweet stuff. First of all, a big thank you goes to Charlene of Soap Cafe. She really helped us to prepare some magnificent gifts for our female friends. And luxurious at that. Heart shaped body lotions with glitter. Hand made, vegan and 100% organic. Named “Diva”. Beautifully packed with a gift card. We were able to suprise our friends and they loved the gifts to pieces.

Hey, after all what are friends for? To be spoiled (a little bit). ūüôā¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

If you are unsure where to go if you need to get an unique present, seriously Soap Cafe is the best place. And we do not say that because we had our works showcased there. We say that, because we can always count on Charlene and her amazing skills.

Charlene will be participating in the Patches Market on 13th of March in Valletta so if you feel like meeting her and seeing what she has to offer, we encourage you to do so.

Here`s how the gifts looked like:

Photo by Mal, product by Soap Cafe

Another gorgeous thing done today: we got a big bag of assorted sweets to the office and delivered it on all three floors. Everthing was eaten by the end of the day and everyone was content. A perfect farewell to the Carnival season. As usual we had a blast, nothing cheers you up on a cold (and windy day) like chocolate. Tested and approved.

In the end we want to send our warm wishes to all the girls, women, ladies and grannies out there. You are splendid, all of you, you make half of the world`s population and seeing how many of you went out today to demand what is rightfully yours, made us so proud to be females. This small polaroid below  is for you.

Digital polaroid by Mal

 

Happy Women`s Day wherever and whoever you are.

 

Love
Mal+ Rita

Soap Cafe

Welcome back.

 
 

Photo by Mal

 

February passed so quickly that we didn’t even have a chance to update the blog once. But then again, we had so much work that our days should have 48 hours. Just to give you an example: short story written (now awaiting Rita`s drawning to be finalized), t-shirt designs done, a ton of new digital polaroids made, a Valentine Day party organized at the office, a collaboration for poems/lyrics is underway, attended a conference about leadership and a concert (the same day!) and we have been having a try at window dressing. And that combined with daytime work, running house chords and sleeping. Uff….

Photo by Mal

Multitasking seems to be our middle name. Over next few days we will be posting the stuff done in the last 28 days. So stay tuned.

Masks by Rita Dabrowicz

Today, we want to tell you about our small project done in collaboration with Charlene Mercieca. She`s an artist, soap maker, manager, organizer of workshops and owner of Soap Cafe shop in Malta. We have no idea how so much talent can be squeezed into a small body, but believe us, once you meet Charlene in person, you will be amazed. Beside running a unique business, Charlene is optimistc and incredibly friendly. Everyone visiting Soap Cafe is welcomed with a glass of tea and you can spend hours chatting and looking through a large selection of soaps, body products, teas, spices, jewellery and other gifts.

Photo by Mal

Photo by Mal

Photo by Mal

If you want to see for yourself, please visit the link below:

http://soapcafemalta.com/

Soap Cafe opened in December 2009. It speclializes in hand made soaps and free trade products. Charlene uses only local products (to reduce carbon footprint and to ensure top quality of ingredients) so everything is vegan and you can be sure that no animal or other being was hurt in the process. No bad stuff also goes into the sopas so your skin wont suffer. Charlene believes that beauty and health goes together so at Soap Cafe you may also find hand made scarfs and jewellery, a wide selection of fair trade teas, spices and olive oil.

Photo by Mal

Photo by Mal

Photo by Mal

Her soaps and bath salts are incredibly creative – she can make anything from rosees to a muffin and sushi. In just over a year her establishment became recognized to the point that somebody tries to eliminate Soap Cafe from the market. We dont want to dwell on the topic and give those cowards a free publicity, but that included reporting her to authorities and getting her Facebook profile banned. So far Charlene is fighting with a grace of a Jedi knight and we hope that she will become victorious in the end.

Photo by Mal

We have known Charlene for over a year and always admired her approach to life. She is so full of energy. So when she expressed her desire to host other artists in her shop, we knew we`d love to collaborate with her. Thats how the Carnival project was born.

Photo by Mal

A while ago, Rita produced masks made from pape mache and hand painted them. We thought it would be a great idea to display them in the window at Soap Cafe, creating an unique exposition just in time for Carnival. Charlene agreed and last week we meet up at the shop to bring some Mardi Gras spirit to Malta. It took about 2 hours to position the masks and to create the display.

Photo by Mal

Photo by Mal

Charlene also decided to make a special soap named Carnivale for the ocassion and to decorate it as a traditional Maltese sweet Prinjolata. This exclusive item is to be sold only during the carnival period, so you better hurry and visit the shop to get yourself a piece before it sells out.

Photo by Mal

Rita reserved herself first piece on the spot.

Photo by Mal

Mal as a photographer was running around with a camera taking photos. We hope that you like this little project. We hoped to create something new and hopefully we will see other establishments following and coming up with creative and artistic window displays.

We will write again asap.

So far its good night from us and kudos from Charlene.

R+M+C