Dress For The Journey.....................

Thursday, September 30, 2010

We will be vending in San Francisco at the Indie Bazaar
Brief Space at the Metreon
2nd floor
Saturday October 23rd
12 - 5 pm

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tribal Fest Afterparty Fashion Show Pics - What A Beautiful Collection!

Its almost time to start thinking about the next Tribal Fest Afterparty Fashion Show for 2011, but until then, here are some photos taken by Sequoia Emmanuelle of some of our models in their finery worn during the last one. If you have questions regarding anything you see in these photos, please email us at: salomes.suitcase@gmail.com
Katherine Summer
Foolproof Studio
HiBeam Bindis
Medina Maitreya
Minerva's Antennae
Rose Harden

Giselle Sibyl
Steven Eggers
Sherri Wheatley
Kristine Adams
Rose Harden
Sandi Ball
Kami Liddle
Zoe Jakes
Wendy Golden
The Ladies of TribalTique

Monday, September 13, 2010


Just admit it.  You're like a magpie and you can't help but stop at each and every booth at the antique fair or shopping area that has jewelry, sequins, beads, rhinestones, metal bits - aka: shiny things.  It's okay!  Your secret is safe with me.  And, you know, I can help you out with that addiction.  I'm Sandi and I am the maker of HiBeam Bindis.  What are bindis, you ask?  Well, I'm sure you can find endless explanations on the subject, but in the world of bellydance, it is the essential facial bling that we find helps express ourselves onstage.

My process is long and tedious, but I love going into the microscopic world of light.  I love feeling like I'm helping someone express their true selves.  The bindi is in a way a crown for the face.  An embellishment that adds class, character and calls attention to the beauty of the wearer.

Though I consider these jewels perfect for stage, I believe they should be worn whenever you want to feel beautiful - at parties, weddings, dinner dates, nights at the theater, trips to the grocery store...  Pretty much anytime you want.  This is why I make a whole range of sizes, shapes and styles.  Many dancers like the big statement pieces, but I also enjoy the subtlety of the little sparkles.  There's something for everyone!

Send me an email sometime!  hibeambindis@yahoo.com

All bindis pictured are not for sale.  These are bindis past and won't be duplicated.  All are one-of-a-kind.

See you at the next show!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Scouting.........for a photo shoot location

Some members of Salome's Suitcase have been meeting up in Crockett, California these days...........because quite a few of us live here now or live nearby. Its a very cool little town about 15 minutes  from Berkeley - or the bay bridge.  Nothing much goes on during the week, which is a great plus if you are a designer needing not so much distraction from your work! Despite some of our pleas, the rest of the collective are happy to live in San Francsico or thereabouts. Fine. Be that way...........

But for those who can meet up for stitchin and bitchin, Port Costa, the little town next door that time forgot, is a great way to meet up and have a drink and it has the best stale popcorn ever!

When we last went to the Port Costa Warehouse for a bit of inspiration, Katherine Summer asked the barkeep for the keys to the Burlington Hotel across the street. Some of us have been wanting to do a photo shoot there for some time. It is purported to be haunted and to be an old brothel. The names of the girls on the doors give it away......

We let ourselves in and started snooping around. Tacky carpet aside, we see the potential.  Its a pretty great location. I mean, look at that wallpaper.Yeah.