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Styled by Jun E: Sunshine in Paradise

In Culture, Design, ECO-Friendly, Fashion, Uncategorized on June 28, 2013 at 7:48 pm


Move over Spring, Summer is here, and it’s time to bring out those electric blues, vibrant yellows, shocking pinks, and cool greens!  Summer is the time of the year when adding colors to your wardrobe is a must.

If you know Jun E Caniel, then you know we love colors. Our clothing shines brightest in the summer. We like to consider it our time of year…

Today I wanted to channel my inner street and paired my khaki cargo shorts with Jun E Caniel ‘s lemon yellow Africa Love tee. And what’s a summer without yellow or as I like to call it, lemon?? As most people know lemon is summer’s “it” color.  Matched with any other hue, lemon can bring out anyone’s outfit. I decided to rock some navy blue and off white sneaker wedges by ALDO. My sneakers are very fall attire but I must say I enjoy being quirky. I never have a reason behind what I wear…I’m just one of those people who wears what she chooses without any explanation as to why.

Tangelo color belt and electric blue on my nails. Ahhhhhh….I just love SUMMER. My earrings were actually an old gift from my high school friend. Her grandmother was in to making jewelry and handmade me these custom earrings with my nickname ‘Vira’ inside. The dice are so colorful and I love them.


Run over to Jun E Caniel now and grab their latest gear! Soak up some Jun E sunshine while you’re there!

-Elviria Valdaz

Jun E Caniel T-shirt of the Day

In Art, Business, Culture, Design, ECO-Friendly, Fashion, T-Shirts on June 21, 2013 at 2:39 pm

This Jun E Caniel Women’s Tee features “Unleash the Lion Within” written all throughout the Mane of the Jun E Caniel Lion… It’s about finding your greatness and tapping into it!


Jun E Caniel Written Mane

Boxing for All

In Uncategorized on June 11, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Jun E 4am It’s 4am and I am awake, bobbing and weaving to the piano strokes as if I am Floyd Mayweather…  But I am… We are both boxers, however we box different things… You see, I have trouble sleeping lately knowing there is so much to be done to improve humanity. Yeah, I wish I could give you this feeling, but at times it feels like a curse…It keeps us awake.  It haunts us. It’s hard sleeping knowing that 19,000 kids will die today from preventable diseases and conditions.  This is just on my mind, and I know it probably doesn’t concern you. Please pardon me as I go stand in the ring and prepare to fight…

We box for the people who can’t fight for themselves. We box for the ones with no arms, no sight, or no audible voice. We box for women around the world who are still mistreated. We box for people who want to be freed but are afraid, thinking the box they are given is their only choice…Jun E Gloves We box to spread the message that everyone has greatness inside them!  That piano…With each key stroke it signifies hope, another life saved, mission accomplished…

Will you box with us? Will you fight and live for something beyond yourself?  Will you fight and live for something worth dying for? It doesn’t by any means have to be for the same cause… We challenge you to LIVE and leave SOMETHING worth living for.

New Jun E Caniel Tank!

In Art, Business, Culture, T-Shirts on June 10, 2013 at 5:29 pm

New release of Jun E Caniel ” Jun E is the New Black” Tank

Save an additional 15% when you order online use

coupon code: Jun E!



Jun E is the New Black




Jun E is the New Black

Jun E is the New Black




Jun E Caniel Tanks..

In Art, Culture, ECO-Friendly, Fashion, T-Shirts on June 8, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Jun E Caniel “NERD TANK” will be available online http://www.jcaniel.com on Monday June 10th…

Unleash your lion from within!

Jun E Caniel "Nerd" tank

“Jun E is the New BLACK”

Available online June 10th


Available online www.jcaniel.com Monday June 10th

Available online http://www.jcaniel.com Monday June 10th

Jun E Caniel T-shirt of the Day

In Culture, Daily Inspiration, Love, T-Shirts on June 7, 2013 at 10:22 pm

 Our mission is to challenge all to unleash the lion within themselves by realizing their own greatness & power… and spread plenty of Jun E love! The new “Africa Love” Tee will be available online Monday June 10th http://www.jcaniel.com


In Jun E Caniel Conversation Series, Motivational Speaking, Random Conversation, Thoughts, Uncategorized on June 6, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Jun E Life Begins It’s amazing the things that flash before your eyes during a quick conversation with Death… It’s amazing who shows up to defend your position..  As he talked my brain evoked random thoughts  of Ricky, Imagine, Jun E Caniel, Legend, Nazir and the People….   Out of nowhere came Purpose, and Legacy… I must admit this was my first time seeing Death cower… He backed down and transformed into life..   I didn’t think purpose would have that effect on him.  All of a sudden phrases like  “abundance is on the other side poverty”, or “every disappointment is for a good”, or even the notion that you “fail before you succeed” became real to me. “Calm, cool, and collected” used to be a phrase, but to see this cool demeanor in effect when faced with fatality is an amazing feat…

For the first time in my life I’m living!!!  I feel every pulse, every heart beat, every thought, etc…  All we work for can be taken within a blink of an eye… Well depends on what your working for. It’s so interesting how closely related life and death are… For those of you who live in the middle… *Shrug*… Don’t expect much!

I challenge all to unleash your Lion within.. We all have greatness inside. Find your music! Play it! Play it loud without apology.. Time is your most valuable asset in life. Live it well and do something amazing. That is what we are all designed to do. For now my heart continues to beat, my mind although bruised from the windshield has gotten stronger… These hands are prepared to serve while my legs decide it will be the primary vehicle of this revolution…  We love you all! Keep Living! Jun E!

“Tabii with Two i’s” Jun E Caniel meets Tabii Just by Elviria Valdaz

In Culture, Design, Fashion, Uncategorized on June 5, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Tabii Just is here to stay! Being apart of New York’s fashion week to the cover of Express Woman, co-founder and designer Tabitha St. Bernard has taken her love for fashion to new heights. Giving her brand a name for itself in this greatly competitive industry with her “spirit of Trinidad and Tobago” living in her clothing. No one can look at this brand with the naked eye and say it doesn’t have what it takes to leave a statement on Americans.

Tabii Just is not just a clothing line, it’s a brand! A household name, Tabii Just stands for something and brings culture to fashion. Now-a-days many fashion designers and clothing lines lack personality……and

Tabitha St. BernardTabii Just screams ORIGINALITY! When you see the clothing you can see pieces of the designer in each dress, skirt, or cropped top! Tabitha, has made a name for herself.

When given the chance to interview this Trinidadian native I jumped right on it. It’s no surprise how her genuine soul shined right through in her words. I have not yet had the chance to meet her in person, but her words were read as if I knew her personally.

As a creative designer, at what point did you realize that you wanted to be your own boss and design your own clothing?
I’ve always been designing my own clothing but it seemed like a daunting task to start my own line, especially as a young designer. I wanted to learn about the industry before taking that risky step. I realized that I wanted to be my own boss when I saw that my ideals were very specific. I had the choice of either looking for a company with ideals close to mine and spend time making someone else’s dream come true or I could spend that time creating my own brand and making my own dream come true. You can guess the path I took.
During the brainstorming process, when did you feel like Tabii Just was the perfect name for the clothing line?
It was a name that I chose on a whim, actually! I wanted to incorporate my name and keep it personal but I wanted to relay the sustainable aspect of the clothing. I was playing around with a few names and tossing them around with friends and I just kind of ran with this one. People ask why I chose two i’s for Tabii and the answer is simple. It looks cuter than a Y.
Your brand is very big on using recycled fabrics for new creations, what was the motivation behind this Lenay Dunn at the Disconnect Premierechoice?
“We actually use new fabric but we use all of it. We take the excess from the clothing and use that to make different smaller items. We take pride in our Zero Waste ideology in regards to the fabric. For me, the motivation was simple. I wanted a type of sustainability that I could keep a close watch on. I love organic fabric but it’s regulated by certifications. It’s not personal to me. I have to trust that it’s being done that way. With Zero Waste, I make the patterns myself and I work directly with the
How involved are you and your company in the recycled materials and organic clothing?
“We haven’t been very involved but I was recently introduced to a great organic fabric supplier and I’m thinking of using some of those in the next collection. I celebrate any way to make fashion more sustainable.”
What’s your opinion on how many Americans are now being more self-aware of organic and sustainable fabrics?
“I think that it’s become a bit of a fad, now. It’s become mainstream for sure. It’s a sort of trend to be organic but there are some designers who maintain it as a part of their line DNA. These are the guys that I respect.”
tabiijust_21_1024x1024What’s a typical day in the life of Tabii Just?
“Every single day is different! Right now, we’re getting ready to design Spring 2014 while selling this current collection. Typically, we do social media in the morning. Twitter and Facebook are our faves. I usually answer the bulk of emails. I line up meetings in the afternoon. I’m looking for a salesperson so I have meetings scheduled for that. I’m also a mentee with the Ben Appelbaum Foundation so I either meet with or talk with my mentors about strengthening the foundation of Tabii Just and growing at a realistic rate. I’m getting ready for a pop-up shop on June 20th at the Fashion Center with a few other wonderful designers so I may either meet with them or email with them about preparations. I tend to do fittings and visits to the factory during production in the afternoon, as well. If I’m in the Garment District, I frequently stop by my favorite fabric supplier and check out what new fabrics they have. I also blog about fashion and beauty so I may go to an event in the evening, wearing Tabii Just, of course. My intern usually finishes the day at around 5pm but I keep going until around midnight with emails, events, etc.”
Tabii Just is manufactured in the USA, New York to be exact. As a designer is that decision a pro or con for the brand?
“It’s been a personal pro. I wanted to get to know the people who make Tabii Just clothing so it was necessary for me to have the clothing made locally. As a brand, making Tabii Just clothing locally has been perfectly in line with our conscientious approach to fashion.”
What do you expect to see from your company in the next 5 years?
“I expect us to expand retail-wise. I’d like to take Tabii Just to as many states and countries as realistic for us.”
As a college graduate from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, what piece of advice would you give young adults aspiring to be fashion designer or work in the field of fashion overall?
“Get ready to work hard. It’s tough to create your dreams and also have the know-how to market and sell it. Keep moving forward. Oh, and definitely work for someone else before venturing out tabiijust-13_1024x1024on your own.”
What influence does your Caribbean heritage have on your designs?
“It has a tremendous influence on my designs. I grew up there so everything I reference from my childhood is within the context of Trinidad and Tobago. A few years ago, I played in our annual Carnival for the first time and the explosion of color, culture and talent is incomparable to anything else I ever experienced. It blew my mind. I’m drawn to color and vibrancy. I love movement in clothing and I also gravitate to things that are a little sexy. This is the spirit of Trinidad and Tobago. I am so proud to be Trinidadian and it’s in the DNA of Tabii Just for sure.”
As a woman how important is it for you to design pieces that are not only engaging to look at, but also flattering to the female body?
“No woman will feel confident wearing something that she thinks doesn’t look good on her body. It was important to me to create styles that women would strut with pride in. Having something look beautiful is easy when I’m designing in my studio on a dress form. When I see someone wearing my design and it hits at just the right place on their thighs and shoulders and they pair it with their favorite heels….that’s the ultimate high for me.”
Do you have anything up your sleeve for Tabii Just in the future? If so, can we hear about it?
“I definitely have some exciting things coming up for Tabii Just! I can’t talk about all of them but I will tell you a few! We’re having a pop-up shop at The Fashion Center on June 20th. so if you’re in New York, this is the time to snag your Tabii Just dress (p.s. signature cocktails will be involved)! Also, we have an exciting collaboration coming up with a non-profit organization focused on helping people with disabilities. I’m so excited!”
What a memorable person! Visit http://www.tabiijust.com for her latest fashions and press updates. Purchases can be made at tabiijust.com, modavanti.com and in stores such as Jun E Caniel Boutique and Kaight.
Peace and Love
Elviria Valdaz
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