Ethnotek Bags

“We see our bags as a flag. A flag you wave which says, “I care.”

Have you ever wondered about the origin of those trendy and colorful tribal textiles that show up on fashion blogs and magazines every once in a while?  We have, and we came across “Ethnotek”, a brand that offers one-of-a-kind backpacks handmade by artisans all over the world to showcase what they call “the hidden designers of the world”.   All bags can be customized with interchangeable woven panels called THREADS, making each piece timeless and versatile.  The company keeps a neat travel blog too!

Here are our favorite styles:

Designers Jake & Josh.

Perfect for stashing all your yoga must haves.

It’s a great travel companion!

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All images provided by Ethnotek.

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High Heels Wednesday

Last night the Hotel San Juan and Casino launched “High Heels Wednesday”, an event geared specifically towards women. We enjoyed booths from fragrance Bond No.9 New York, fashion by David Antonio, cosmetics by Shiseido and my personal favorite, Chanel Makeup. One of the highlights was “Telacuento” cushions, handmade by puertorrican artist, Enid Silvestry. Every design is embroidered and painted with catchy phrases inspired by women’s philosophies and life experiences, lending the piece a very fun and personal touch.  You can see her complete collection at

The event is perfect for a relaxed girl’s night out during the week if you are in Puerto Rico’s metropolitan area.  Admission is free and parking is available at the hotel.

Bond No.9 New York            

Scent: Central Park West AMAZING!

Gorgeous dresses by David Antonio

Short cocktail dress with animal print. Perfect for the holidays!

Chanel Booth

Chanel lip-glosses

Artist Enid Silvestry with her cushion collection

Lips and heel cushion…beautiful!

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Fill a Bag Fill a Heart

It was the spirit of giving back that inspired 18 student Bianca Soler to take action and develop “Fill a Bag, Fill a Heart” during her senior year at the Colegio Puertorriqueño de Niñas’.  Her innovative initiative fed more than 100 impoverished persons for one week during July 2012.

Bianca’s plan consisted of giving away empty bags to her fellow students and then tasking them with amassing food and essentials in every one. In the end, all the bags were filled with enough food to last for one week! Once they were done collecting, Bianca and her friends took the bags to the local churches that would distribute them.

After spreading Good Karma with her “Fill a Bag, Fill a Heart” initiative, Bianca’s diligence spread to other local schools like Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola, Academia Maria Reina, Baldwin School and Saint John’s School.  The final product (more than 300 bags!) were displayed and donated during an event at the “Mi Casa de Oración” church in the Miramar area of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The recipients of the supplies enjoyed breakfast and the atmosphere of care and attention where they got to share their life experiences with the volunteers.

For more information please contact Bianca Soler:

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