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Hygiene Proof!

30 Aug

Since my online shop took to storm I have been sharing my excitement with you here on my blog and also sharing my newbie selling experiences along the way. This is another packaging post, I have previously done a whole post on how I package and packaging recommendations, but in this one I am talking about hygiene.

I like to allow flexibility to my buyers and never constraint them on any buying commitments, this is why I allow returns on earrings too, but only with the hygiene seal in tact.

I have made my own hygiene seal for all my earrings and ensured and all seals have my signature, Malia, so that they cannot be replaced.

I recently sold these bright blue polka dot fabric earrings, if that’s bad news for you, there’s two more in different styles that are currently on clearance, so hurry and snap them up before they expire.

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I also customise my invoices so they are more friendly and so that I can include offers in them, here’s a peak into an invoice with name and address covered of course…Image

I love my bubble wrap, here I’ve used it to provide that last bit of protection on these delicate earrings…Image

I hope I have inspired you into making your shop more buyer friendly and to protect your items.

 

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My Fashion Journey

13 Jan

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I am obsessed with Fashion and Beauty YouTube videos and blogs. Instead of logging into Facebook in the middle of revision I am reading a blog post, hitting ‘Like’ and ‘Follow’.

Since it is nearly a year of Blogging about Fashion and all my musings I was sitting here looking at my page thinking about my journey. I get such a buzz out of blogging about Fashion and I want to join in on the Fashion world more and more. Since blogging I have been so much more fashion conscious than I ever thought was possible, I have also been able to utilise my love for photography.

The reason why I am writing this post is because one of my New Years Resolutions was not to let anything stop me from Posting, Pinning and Tweeting. I am always slacking off, I have so many blog post ideas in my notebook and I have not taken the photos, dressed up or posted. I always have an outfit I feel really proud about putting together and want to share but never get round to it. This time I am going to be doing so much more outfits of the day whatever the weather, and try to do them outdoor too!

I know this is going to sound really cliché but I have a feeling a really good feeling about 2013 and feel like it’s going to be my year. This past year of Blogging was just my getting started. I have so much more to give and I can’t wait for my next blog post.

If you want to stay with me this year, here’s all the places you’ll find me at…

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Getting Back Into It

31 Dec

Ever since I was 12 years old I loved looking at Fashion Magazines and ‘inventing’ outfits myself. I enjoyed Design class and was always doing designs as a past time hoping to one day become a Fashion Designer, especially after one of my teachers told me I should really consider a career in fashion.

I like to think that I am still as creative as I used to be and occasionally draw out designs on random bits of paper that I end up losing or in the middle of a Lecture. I have all these fashion ideas and I always think, ‘I should get back into it’, but I never do. Recently, I got out one of my sketchbooks and started sketching away and realised that after a whole year of no painting or drawing, I was very rusty and worried for hours that that was IT!

However, I began without drawing my usual silhouette to make it less frustrating and thought ‘If I ruin this, there’s a billion  more trees out there’. Aside from how ungreen that sounded, I carried on and after struggling to get my hand back in its old place I managed to do my first draft…

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I then went onto the challenge of drawing the silhouette. I went straight to it and decided on a particular stance. It was one of my favourites as it really lets you show off the outfit due to the models arms being spread out.

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One of my new year’s resolutions is keep at this and hopefully get back my hand for drawing.

Happy New Year!

MC x

Confessions of a Fashionista: I’m a Magpie…well…A Tag Collecting One

9 Apr

I KEEP tags! Well…only pretty tags. I just cannot throw them away!

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River Island

I love the classic River Island tags because they just look like they’re quilted, but quilted paper. I love anything quilted and so very Chanel.

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Other River Island Tags I kept…

Ok so, moving onto Miso Vintage. I love the delicate colours and as you can see the round pastel blue and pink ones have real buttons attached! ACTUAL REAL buttons. Oh and the cream one with the lace is beautiful, I just love how they thought to use lace instead of a bit of plastic. You can just feel the amount of thought that has gone into producing these beautiful tags. These are my favourites of ALL! They’re just so delicate and cute.

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And I keep these pretty little things in this pretty little gold box…

…as well as the spare buttons I get with the buttoned clothes I buy.

TOP TIP 1: Always keep the buttons in their plastic packaging they come in, so this way they won’t get damaged by rubbing against each other or any sharp or pointy object. TOP TIP 2: Always keep them in the same pot, a small one as soon as you cut it off your tag, this way you will never ever forget about them or lose them.

So I think I have come to the conclusion of why I collect pretty little tags. They reflect what I like in fashion, I love to buy anything lacey, pearly, buttoned and PASTEL clothing! I’d like to know what you think of my collecting tags confession and whether you do the same too!

 

Confessions of a Fashionista: High St Competition

3 Apr

The second of my ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’ themed series, I have come to realise that it isn’t only High St vs High End, but, High St in competition within themselves.

I bought a pair of pearl and diamante encrusted pearl sandals that I have just recently blogged about, only to find the same thing in another shop for an even lower price.

This is River Island‘s one, click here to see my recent post about it.

And this is New Look‘s for only £17.99

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However, there could be something in the difference with quality of the sandal.

But, this is not the only High Street copy-cats caught…

ImageThis ponte striped skater dress was spotted in New Look for 24.99, while River Island with the Elle Edit Fashion Show showed us something very similar!

 Although, it could be argued they are different with respect to arm length

Here’s a New Look vs Republic…

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You could argue it to be ‘just the trend’ but I have seen very similar and even the same dresses from one shop to another.

[All stock images from mentioned websites]

All content and images © Malia Choudhury 2012 unless otherwise noted.

Confessions of a Fashionista: Labels, Tags, and Prices.

30 Mar

As you noticed from the ‘Confessions of a Fashionista’ title, I am doing a couple of posts based on the shopaholic in me and the shopaholics in the world. So along with the trend posts and other fashion posts I am doing a themed series of posts based on me being a Shopaholic and the true meaning of what it is like to be a ‘Shopaholic’. I was thinking about this while planning my short story ‘Shopaholic’ and thought about doing a post about something that Elisa – my main character in the story –  faces a lot. That being Designer Labels!

Does it really matter how much your dress or pair of skinnies cost? Does it matter what brand? Is there much of a difference between a pair of DKNY jeans and River Island jeans?

This is a topic that has been boggling minds of millions of fashion related tv shows including Gok’s Clothes Roadshow and many others. All helping us Recessionista’s achieve high-end style in high street prices.

But is there the same novelty?

We immediately feel more privileged with the better label. It is the influence of all those magazines, Victoria Beckham and elite shops. With this ever-increasing world of celeb-land we are constantly fed that their wardrobes ooze quality, style and are just simply better than our high street clobber.

I know that I instantly feel good in something more pricey, I feel as if it feels different and a couple of days after, the novelty of it still hasn’t worn off. It’s my guilty feel good splurge now and then.

Even High Street shops like Jack Wills who make their online Outlet something exclusive making us want want want even though we might not have wanted, had they been like any other Outlet. With the membership only rule we want them even more!

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And Hollister, an American clothes brand, who apparently make you queue outside their store to get in!

Is it this idea of exclusiveness  making us feel privileged to own a logo or a name and not preference of style itself?

The conclusion I have come to is that we have been infected by this want of something seemingly better, and I know I have.

(Leather Chanel bag made to look like a cardboard shopping bag. Image from Trendland)

 

 

All content and images © Malia Choudhury 2012 unless otherwise noted.

The Hidden Height Booster!

23 Mar

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[Image from River Island]

I was browsing River Island yesterday and I came across these High-Tops and thought and wanted to report about it straight away! This has a hidden heel, I have always thought that wedges or hidden platforms sort of did the job. I love the idea of a hidden heel. The idea of no one knowing you’re not as tall as you look is exciting. It’s like being able to lie about being tall.

I am already tall, but I can never ever be separated from my heels, and I think I want these high-tops myself – but they’d have to be pink. They’re big this season and have made it to music sensation Lana Del Rey’s feet too.

Of course, they are a bit on the boyish side, but I like a twist from my girliness now and then. Let me know what you think of these.

 

 

All content and images © Malia Choudhury 2012 unless otherwise noted.

Elle with River Island’s Spring/Summer 2012 Fashion Launch!

15 Mar

I went to River Island’s S/S 2012 Fashion launch recently and was excited by their Elle Edits. They include Club House! Peter Pan Collars! Lace Lace Lace! PASTEL! Prints; inc. Scarf Prints & Monochrome & Aztecs and much much MORE! Exciting!

I’m going to share with you what I loved about the show.

Print on Print! Print is everywhere, in form of momochrome, scarf prints and aztec prints this season. The model to the left wears print on print, carefully clashing the prints but yet they go perfectly together with the bits of purple on the printed jeans. The wedges are left to stand out, bright orange/coral is big this season and statement wedges too!

I love this blazer, this is the Club House Trend, Club House usually involves a lot of navy, stripes, black, bit of red and white, so almost a nautical look. What I love about this is that Club House is ‘British’ Prep, and it doesn’t go overboard with the high buttoned up collars, with blazers and briefcase bags which some may veer away from as it can be a very daring and masculine look to pull off. So this is easy British Prep. Photo Below of the navy and white striped and belted skater dress is very nautical and a part of the Club House trend.

As you can see there are stripes everywhere on these models, from shoes to bags to tops to trousers.

Denim on Denim

Double Denim is a key trend this season, be even more trendier with printed denim, the model below wears subtle printed denim, this is ideal for those who don’t like to go big and bold with their prints this season. There’s something for everyone.

During the show I noticed some small details. Socks with Sandals (below), who’d have thought it? Try chunky knit socks instead of the fine thin ones, but if you’re going to go for the thinner ones, I suggest lacy knee high ones.

Yes, that’s right, whites and metallics too! Including white skinnies.

This green pastel dress is so candy, very playful, it’s all about lace and pastel and Peter Pan collars all mixed in together as I mentioned in my ‘Spring Favourites’ blog post.

It’s the Millie Miami Trend and it’s big the coming season for both day and night. I love how this dress is puffed up and pleated. It almost reminds me a of a pencil skirt, absolutely love the structure. The unique neck design perfect for showing off shoulders without wearing a boob tube dress.

It’s very feminine and Parisian, louis Vuitton are all over this!

Another Millie Miami, very pastelly, if you won’t dare to bare, wear with pastel cream patchwork jeggings [post on this up soon]. This is a cute peter pan collar with pearl and diamante embellishment. You can wear all Millie Miami will pearly jewellery to add to the pastelly effect, or even gold jewellery.

And the hyper feminine look is not only for girls, ooh no.

Splash of Colour!

11 Mar

I’m so excited about comfy, colourful, very soft cotton jeans and trousers for the coming season that I just want to buy every single colour at River Island. I know I so should not do this, it’s hurting my credit card really badly. Especially since my new years resolution was not to shop crazy and to also save money.

I’ve never been this excited about trousers, but the coming season gives skinnies the credit they deserve. Everything was about pretty dresses over some boring black or grey leggings. These skinnies are just as comfy and super soft with amazing quality that you can just feel oozing from them all, every single one of them. I always found myself sticking to leggings, tights or jeggings a lot as both my ‘go-to’ clothes and also because of comfort. Soooo, I cannot wait to stand out, everything’s candy-like and they remind me of literal pastels as in chalk pastels.They will help you out on the colour-blocking trend that’s been through Autumn 2011 to right now. They remind me of being a child again and wanting pink trousers or anything pink, it makes me feel young again, and allows me to express the inner-child in me.

[Light-Washed Skinnies and Patch-Work Jeggings to come soon – note, these two are older ones but you can still see them as inspiration]

Pastel Pink Super Skinnies River Island £40, Pastel Blue Super Skinnies River Island £40, Pastel Purple Super Skinnies River Island £30, Toffee/Camel/Tan Super Skinnies Miss Selfridge £38 [Miss Selfridge now have £10 off all coloured denim] Floral Ripped Light-Washed Skinnies New Look £26, Patchwork Jeggings River Island £25

Spring Favourites: Peter Pan, Lace, Pastel Orange

10 Mar

Thiis an all three trends in one vibrant vest from Cameo Rose, New Look. I love the lace detailing on this as well as the colour, they both stand out. The Peter Pan collar is not stuck on, but flaps, as you can see in the second picture and is buttoned up with a cream button from behind. I love the simplicity of this, making you look like you have made such an effort when it is the lace that is doing all the work for you. All you need is pearly studs/earrings, and skinnies. I have teamed this up with Patchwork Leggingss from River Island. To read my post on the seasons trousers click here.

         

Go Monochrome with Peter Pan!

Yes, another one of this seasons hottest looks is the black and white contrast, even brown and white. This is another beautiful vest, it has a soft velvet touch flower lace detailing and as you may already know, all florals including simple florals, ditsy print florals and floral grunge are big this season. I love that it is see-through, it allows you to decide how the vest would look yourself by changing up what you wear underneath with it. Ideal for nights out, you could team this up with leather look skinnies or wet look Jeggings; it would look great because of the satin feel collar, and would scream Alexa Chung with Lana del Rey.

 

[Image from standard.co.uk]

Alexa Chung, mixing black and white in a very stylishly formal way, adding a masculine tint to her outfit. 

 

 

 

Lana del Rey clashes black and white similarly, but contrasting even more with a pastel yellow bag giving attention towards her whole outfit.

Peter Pan Collar Coral Lace Vest New Look £19.99, Peter Pan Collar Black and White Lace Vest Internacionale £9.99

 

 

 

 

[Image from New Look Daily]

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