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BAMBOOdecember page 4 | handbag island

what’s it all about what’s the hype all about? find out what makes handbag island the new hub for fashion

page 6 | faces amongst the crowd meet some fellow handbag islanders. from models to photographers, to socialites.

page 24 | feature article

Caroline Chu natural cosmetics and beauty products for everyone page 6 - Faces amongst the Crowd

page 22 - FEATURE - Caroline Chu Cosmetics

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page 28 | We Give

handbag island is committed to giving back to those less fortunate. Each month we will select a different charity to give 10% of sales from straw market.

On the cover: Molly Hanley, see page 10 Photography by: Forbid Photography Hair by Alexis Alexander Stylist/Creator of Shoot: Amanda Jean

GRAND PRIZE DRAWING: DECEMBER 31,2010 AT MIDNIGHT GET AWAY CONTEST on FACEBOOK We are happy to announce the Handbag Island Get Away Contest! Simply “Like” the group to be automatically entered to win a trip to an ISLAND! Post your favorite handbag brand on our wall to increase your chances of winning. Sweepstakes Details: You and a guest will fly to the island of St. Martin / St. Maarten for a 5-day/4-night stay@ the Grand Case Beach Club. Prize includes roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations, and complimentary gifts. *Departure cities: BOS, JFK, EWR, IAD, PHL, CLT, ATL, MIA, DEN *Accommodation location subject to change to one of equal or greater standard. December 2010 | BAMBOO 3

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This is where you are right now! 02 STRAW MARKET

Get out of the sun and find a great deal at the online store! 03 BLOGGER’S BAY

See what’s going on around the island! 04 HANDBAG LAGOON

The Place to be. WIN BIG at the Handbag Auction! 05 DON’T FORGET

to leave us your e-mail address!

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TIKI SPOTLIGHT | Faces Amongst the Crowd

TIKI SPOTLIGHTFaces amongst the Crowd


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just moved to LA form Houston about 2 months ago, and soon I will be starting work at an awesome bakery in the city. One of my passions is being in the kitchen, and Wonderland Bakery is an amazing new company that was started by a mother -daughter team. Its concept is giving customers a “Candyland”, “Fairytale” experience. It is probably the cutest most magical place I have ever worked at. I am

Belleza Latina reality show in Miami, FL. Thousands of women auditioned, and less than 80 were chosen. It was a great experience, and it taught me to believe in myslef a little bit more, and also to put all my faith in God. Everything happens for a reason, and God never gives us anything we cannot handle. All in all, I have grown in to a wonderful, smart, and strong woman

going through training at the moment, and we are set to open November 1st. I have a bachelors of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Houston, and my parents are super happy I am finally putting my degree to use. When I am not training, I usually clean my entire house, workout, and cook a nice dinner and catch up on my favorite tv shows/movies/news. I worked for M.A.C. Cosmetics in Houston for about 5 years, danced/ cheered for the Houston Dynamo MLS team for 3 years, and attended the University of Houston at the same time. I am Mexican, 25 yrs old, and I love my culture. I think growing older helps me appreciate it more and more. Last year I was chosen to participate in Univision’s Nuestra

who is full of passion for anything life throws at her. I love and thank my family for all their continuing support, and I hope one day I am blessed with an amazing family of my own. I cannot wait to be a mother, and a wife. My dream used to be fame, and now all I want is success because what is fame without success? I have too many passions, and I know one day being truly successful in any one of them will be the most gratifying.

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My dad plays guitar and has always had some kind of band. He had me sing with him while growing up. When I started out singing it was all oldies and music my dad played. Stuff like Jim Croce, Carole King, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Dan Fogelberg, and many more. My dad was definitely an influence to me. I’ve always loved music and lyrics. Words can be so powerful. As I got older, I fell in love with soul music, then R&B, follwed by rap/hip-hop/pop. Let’s just say, the areas I lived in, amongst my friends, I was a minority and I loved it. I began writing 16s and rapping. Don’t laugh. Not many people believe me when I say that. I get discredited before people have a chance to hear me, because I’m a Caucasian female with blonde hair and blue eyes. After they hear me rap, they start taking me seriously. I am not trying to be the female version of Eminem. While I definitely rap in my songs, I prefer to sing more often. I love all kinds of music. I’ll sing anything.What I have been recording is what I like to call ‘hip-pop’. It’s a mix of pop, hip-hop, rap, and R&B. I love the Black Eyed Peas sound and Fergie is definitely an inspiration to me. I am constantly working on projects. I will be featured in a compilation album produced by Ronnie ‘Chico’ DiCicco, called “Strip Club”, which will be released soon. It will premiere my first single ‘Boy Toy’. You will be able to purchase the single and album on iTunes when it drops. My favorite purse that I own is my oversize tan Coach bag. I don’t focus too much on name brands, and if I see it, and like it, I buy it. But I definitely like Coach, Burberry, and Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku line. 10 BAMBOO | December 2010

Photo by Brosius Photographics

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Photos by Chad Cheung

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e really believe in destiny. We came across each other because we were meant to, we both have a passion for the art of beauty. I have always admired the idea of someone being able to capture an image of a lifetime that would never be forgotten. My wife has always had a passion for makeup and enjoys making people feel good by bringing out their beauty and making them feel confident about themselves. Working together we can make unforgettable memories and pictures that will be cherished forever. Our Mission is to make people feel beautiful and show them that everything in this world is possible. We bring the beauty from inside out, and the confidence that we all lack. “A picture is to be taken to tell you a story, but let’s your eyes show you a deeper story of the past. Let your eyes be captured and your memories remembered.” We offer photography services ranging from portraits, weddings, engagements, parties… etc. We also offer makeup services for any occasion.

Our Photography Page Our Makeup Page Photo by F&H Photo

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Angie Candell Poag M Many words have been used to describe my photography, including innovative and unique, but truly, my work is transforming with every new project.

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y name is Angie Candell Poag, and I’m a fashion photographer and graphic designer. The ironic twist to my career of being a photographer was evident at only one day old, when the hospital’s camera broke and my picture could not be taken until I was taken home three days later, and so it went with other milestones in my life. The camera broke the day of my baby dedication at church, my baptism at camp, and continued to my senior year, as our class did not have a yearbook published to have as a remembrance of our most important year. Since graduating from Taylor University in the Spring of 2009, I’ve been pursuing my dream to make a positive impact in the fashion industry. My senior year of college, I photographed and designed a magazine for my senior art show that dealt with the issue of “how the media has affected our view of beauty.” Ever since then, I have been passionate about using fashion photography to address social and cultural issues. Eventually, my hope is to open my own magazine that does this.

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Photos by Angie Candell

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Photo by Mark Brosius

Ă„nna Ciaccio

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nna Ciaccio is a new-school artist, with an old-school vibe. Born in Canton, a small farming community in Central Pennsylvania, her mom, Jill Ciaccio recalls that, “she has been singing since before she could talk, and performing since before she could walk.” Änna grew up in a very talented family of musicians: her father, Alfonse Ciaccio, a guitarist; her elder brother, Joel Ciaccio, a bassist; and her younger sister, Lara Ciaccio, a violinist, listening to everything from the Beatles, to Boston, to the blues. However, her first love was always jazz. Änna recently graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music In Vocal Performance at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, where she has had the privilege of working with such wonderful musicians as: Joe Negri, Maureen Budway, Sean Jones, and Michael Tomaro. She has been performing around the Pittsburgh area and recently brought the crowd to their feet at the Hard Rock Café. Musical influences: Ingrid Michaelson, Regina Spektor, Priscilla Ahn, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Bonnie Raitt, Sara Bareilles Photos by Christina Montemurro Photography

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nspired by her travels in various parts of the world, Caroline Chu’s luxurious line of skin care and cosmetics prides itself on the blending of unique natural ingredients with the latest research on the beauty market. Falling in love with the simplicity and affordability of all-natural skincare treatments in Asia and parts of Europe, Caroline was determined to bring back high quality, rejuvenating products with naturally effective ingredients at a reasonable cost.

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FEATURE | Caroline Chu

Using medleys of fresh botanicals— from wild chamomile to coldpressed carrot oil, bamboo, seaweed, and white tea—and natural sources of alpha-hydroxy acids, antioxidants, and vitamins, every Caroline Chu product is packed with an unparalleled nourishing and relaxing experience. Prior to her career in the beauty industry, Caroline earned her Masters in Industrial Arts with an emphasis in graphic design, which later led to her serving as a creative director for several high tech companies in Silicon Valley. Her radical decision to change her career at the age of 40 has not only given her the opportunity to incorporate her artistic visions into a new brand of skin care and cosmetics, but has allowed her to focus on her passion for the art of individual beauty, which she believes is not just about appearances, but embracing the feeling of empowerment and comfort in one’s own skin. Garnering media attention from More Magazine, 7x7 Magazine, World Journal, Fox News, Beauty News NYC, The Luxury Spot, StyleMaven and RedCarpet SF, Caroline and her products have won the hearts of beauty gurus and 26 BAMBOO | December 2010

casual shoppers alike. In recognition of her achievements, California State Assembly member Fiona Ma honored Caroline’s San Franciscobased company with the 2009 California Small Business Award. Caroline has also been recognized as an active member of her community, having proudly sponsored several non-profit organizations, including AIDs Walk San Francisco, San Francisco Hep B Free, OnLok, Lions Club International, the Pacific Asian American Women Bay Area Coalition, and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Eager to inspire others to pursue their dreams, Caroline has also given speeches about the founding of her company at the University of North Texas, Chung Yuan Christian University in Taiwan, San Francisco State University and the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM). Caroline Chu Skin Care & Cosmetics was independently founded in January 2007. The current line of products can be found online at, QVC. com,, and in select stores in Canada and U.S.A.


We Give Statistics show that the majority of charitable contributions don’t come from wealthy corporations, but from individuals. Many of us give for different reasons and at different times. Anyone who has ever been homeless, for example, is able to empathize with the homeless and may feel inclined to contribute to charitable organizations that help those without a home. The same principle applies to those who have had cancer, or who have had a loved one suffer from the disease. Some people just want to help others who are in a difficult situation. At Handbag Island we are committed to doing our part. We are proud to say that for every purchase that you make in our online store, the Straw Market, you will be donating 10% of your total to one of our four non-profit partners. This is just one small way to spread love around the world.

Dress for Success Worldwide is an international non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women located in 110 cities across the U.S., Australia, Canada, the U.K., Poland, the Netherlands, the West Indies and New Zealand. The professional clothing, employment retention programs and ongoing support that we provide our clients symbolize our faith in every woman’s ability to be self-sufficient and successful in her career. 28 BAMBOO | December 2010

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation’s mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.

Cancer is increasing as a leading killer globally, especially in the developing world. The American Cancer Society is a leader in the global cancer movement, dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering, through research, education, advocacy and service, is the mission of the ACS.”

For more than 45 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature. The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF’s unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.

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Bamboo is the Fashion Magazine for Handbag Island

Bamboo December issue  

Bamboo is the Fashion Magazine for Handbag Island