Apr 12 2012

quetora inq

What is Quetora Inq? is girltrunks parent company name. When I was bouncing around ideas for a parent company name with friends in my life, my one friend suggested my grandmother’s name as it was so unique and very meaningful. When I thought about it, it put an immediate smile on my face and brought tears to my eyes. I said to myself...that is it…that will be the name.  

After the LLC was created, I received a large-leather-bound binder filled with all the legal details for Quetora Inq and on the spine was my grandmother’s name in big-gold letters. I stood it up on the counter and took it in and it completely warmed my heart.   

You ask:  How does one pronounce Quetora?  It is pronounced qwa-tore-a.  Only family members called her by her proper name.  Otherwise she went by Kay which I always thought was such a shame.  I had no issue snapping up the .com though…imagine that?!    

 Anyone that knows me knows I love art. I recently purchased three faces that completely captured me.  This one totally reminded me of my grandmother in all of its abstract glory...I just had to have it.

Posted By: debbie  On: 2009-04-27 11:38:32 

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Apr 12 2012

girltrunks had its first tv appearance…

…on Fox 8 Cleveland’s That's Life with Robin Swoboda and what a thrill it was. Everyone at Fox 8 could not have been more wonderful and accommodating.  Three of my friends agreed to model along with the producer’s niece so we had a 16-year-old teenager all the way to a hip grandma of six - again bringing home the cross-generational appeal of girltrunks.  


Lisa, me and Elaine in the green room   


Erin and Elaine pre-show

My mom and me pre-show

When I watched the clip and saw the four models together at the end of the segment, I thought…how truly great they look…all of them…regardless of anything.  It's just so exciting for me when I see girltrunks on others - to see my vision which is now a reality, and might I just say, I could not be more thrilled. Thank you to everyone that purchased their first set of girltrunks.  I hope you absolutely LOVE wearing them!

View the segment here:




All of us after the show

Posted By: debbie  On: 2009-04-27 11:21:47 

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Apr 02 2012

my grandmother's deviled eggs and faroh's chocolate crate eggs

My mother and I were going over the Easter menu last weekend and I asked if she wanted me to make deviled eggs again. You need to know the deviled eggs were always made by my grandmother and she has since gone to glory. My mother hesitated, and said yes, as long as you don’t make them like you did last year. Who knew my deviled eggs missed the mark? I sure didn't until last week. Here to find out, the error of my ways is I used dijon mustard, not yellow mustard. So she sent me home with yellow mustard.  I kind of chuckled but now the pressure was on for me to make deviled eggs like my grandmother made. 


So Easter morning I’m making the deviled eggs. I tasted them and they needed more salt and pepper. What do I do but accidentally grab the wrong pepper which is very course and very strong. I’m thinking oh well…I just totally messed them up. Then the paprika, it didn’t have the sifter thing on the jar and some of it went on too thick.  I arrived at my folks and said I did my best and I don’t think they are going to be like grandmas.  Well…they passed and even received positive comments after dinner. I know deviled eggs are rather simple to make no doubt, but to make them like my grandmother’s, well that’s a completely different story but I did succeed…this year anyway.  We’ll see what happens next year.

Then there are the chocolate eggs that my grandmother would get from Faroh’s Candies in Cleveland at Easter that came in real egg cartons.  It has been a family tradition since I was a little kid. Faroh’s, as we knew it, went out of business and a candy company in Cleveland, Olympia Candy, currently has the rights to make Faroh’s Candies so I wanted to surprise my family and get chocolate eggs for everyone. We all particularly love their marshmallow eggs as the marshmallow is not sticky but light and fluffy. My personal favorite is the dark chocolate caramallo.

"Our legendary Crate Eggs recipe from Faroh's Candies means you'll taste childhood memories in every bite!"

I know there are many candy companies that offer marshmallow eggs and/or marshmallow eggs with caramel but none like Faroh’s, the kind my grandmother always got for us.  So here’s to you grandma and all the little and big contributions you made to our lives.

Posted By: debbie  On: 2009-04-27 11:20:23 

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Apr 02 2012

random acts of kindness from nyc...and...sweets

 I received a call from my friend, Elaine whom was in NYC for a fun girl's weekend with her daughters and two of her granddaughters. It wasn't actually Elaine on the phone. It was someone named Michelle that found Elaine's cell phone in a cab. Michelle gave me her cell number and I said I would track Elaine down. I cannot imagine losing my cell phone so I got right on it.

A few calls later I reached her son. He called his sister then spoke to his Mom and here Elaine didn't even know she had lost her phone. They were all in Dylan's Candy at the time. 


She immediately called Michelle, met her, got her phone, and was on her way to Serendipity to continue their NYC festivities. I thought to myself, Dylan's Candy to Serendipity...girls after my own heart and all this after some NYC shopping...what fun! Thanks to the random act of kindness, courtesy of Michelle, Elaine did not miss a beat. I know losing a phone is not the end of the world but it is worth noticing that someone actually chose to extend themselves as verses doing nothing.

Elaine filled me in on their trip thus far and mentioned that the hotel concierge told them about a bakery in Chelsea that had the best cupcakes and they were going to try them, had I ever? I said it was on my NYC list (more on that subject later) but I had not made it there yet...please report in.

On a different note, she and her daughters actually packed their girltrunks in the event they went swimming which I was so excited to know.

 Posted By: debbie  On: 2009-04-27 11:19:09

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Apr 02 2012

we all need a little acknowledgement and inspiration now and again

I was searching through emails looking for something and came across this email from a friend that has listened to me go on and on about this idea when it was but an idea and did not even have what I think is the fabulous name of girltrunks. The following was written in response to an update I sent with photos to my friends before the product was sent to me from the manufacturer:

I literally started crying reading your mail and taking in the images: the walls of boxes, filled with amazing products, the happy labels!!!, the busy people committed to producing the beautiful product. You are SO inspired to have created this!!! It IS overwhelming! To start with an idea and make it tangible. You made something where there was nothing - in such a short period of time! This is so powerful, as in full of power, and is so filled with passion and love. Ultimately not only are you filling a niche, these are gorgeous products and I have to say the way you've presented the range of sizes and ages is incredibly smart, they are all so beautiful and look amazing in your girltrunks!! They are amazing! They all look so incredibly youthful in these - which underlines the power of the trunks. While some might be uncomfortable in shorts and tanks, girltrunks not only look great they make the lucky owners feel great and confident cause they know they are lookin good!!

Posted By: debbie  On: 2009-04-27 11:13:50

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