Sunday, September 19, 2010
We love to drink tea and lots of it... sometimes it's the only thing keeping us going on a long shift! Of course, we enjoy a skinny cappucino or a soy latte in the morning for that ultimate kick-start but tea is rejuvinating and brings a certain pleasure to our day.
There are so many flavours but some of our favourites are Twining's English Breakfast, White tea by Planet Organic and Madagascan Vanilla tea by T2 Tea. Green tea is also popular but the best green tea is bought in little chinese grocery stores and at fresh food markets!
Just as important as the tea itself, is the mug from which we drink it! We each have our own mugs but we've found some really cute ones online...
Thursday, August 19, 2010
We saw cherry reds and deep navys throughout winter, especially in coats and we will see those colours in bathers and dresses as the weather warms up.
Bold stripes and polka dots are also going to be parading themselves on our beaches... Seafolly and Jets by Jessika Allen already have some gorgeous bathers out that have pretty nautical prints.
Teamed with natural, earthy accessories, nautical is a fantastic look this season. So invest in a chic straw hat a brown leather belt and some chunky wooden or beaded jewellery and enjoy yourself...!
Biotite Dress in Camelian - Tigerlily
Viva One Piece - Seafolly
Beatnik one piece - Seafolly
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
We are sooo over serving/trying to serve customers that are...
A. Talking on a phone
How hard is it to just finish your call and then come in, or otherwise ask the person on the other end if you can call them back in a few minutes!
It is not appropriate to eat in a shop, even less so to touch the merchandise with your sticky or oily fingers!
C. Listening to their Ipod
Just switch it off while we are speaking to you!
When a customer's hands are covered in grime and they touch things in the store, it makes us shudder! Also, and this is very specific to a jewellery store, it is completely insanitary when a client licks their finger to get a ring on or to take it off... especially if it is not even their ring (oh yes, it happens!).
We would love to see a renaissance of some basic consideration for us sales girls that are putting ourselves on the front line day after day. We would never serve a customer with dirty hands or with earphones in our ears... and imagine their reaction if we stood behind the counter stuffing french fries into out mouths... hmmm?
Bonne Mere Soap - L'Occitane
Monday, August 2, 2010
There are so many gorgeous leather belts in stores at the moment in dark chocolate browns and soft beige tones... We are also embracing the patent leather in pale pinks or even black.
Looking ahead to the warmer months, belts look fantastic over a great summer dress or a cute skirt. There is a great white leather belt with a pretty cut-out design that we stumbled across on net-a-porter.com... amazing with some sweet white leather sandals.
Belts are fun... Enjoy.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Why do we love velvet? Fairly simple really, it feels amazing. Unfortunately it comes in and out of fashion incessantly and so any piece of velvet clothing will very promptly become passé. But this is, of course, the nature of anything that is a bit different really. Velvet had its glory years in the 90s and can be spotted in almost every Spice Girls video clip… however it was subsequently marked as a fashion faux pas for almost a decade (we are ignoring the very unfortunate velvet track suit phase!)… but, if you look around the shops you will notice that velvet is starting to edge its way back into our wardrobes.
There are some amazing velvet dresses and velvet skirts coming in to the market as well as some great velvet blazers.Velvet is one of our favourite trends this winter because it is warm and oh so soft. Here are a few pieces to get you enthused…
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Some people look like they are about to go for a run, when really they have no intention of doing any form of exercise at all that day… others look as though they have just rolled out of bed… some look as though they are going clubbing… others look like they’ve just come from the farm… and then there are those who look as though they may have an engagement with the Queen later on.
In amongst all of these shall we say ‘fascinating’ outfits there are, of course, some that we love. For example, there are those ladies wearing an incredibly put-together ensemble, with that understated “I didn’t try but I look amazing” style… then there are the casual yet chic young girls in their tailored jeans and great accessories… and those who have come straight from work in their modish suits… and then, finally, there are those people that are dressed so beautifully that you just want take a photo and have it framed!
We have identified a number of looks that make up a ‘Black List’ of fashions don’ts and also a compilation of great style guidelines for shoppers. We will, no doubt, build these two categories throughout the life of our blog!
Secondly, we would like to add dresses, skirts and shorts that barely cover your behind… this is not appropriate in general, unless perhaps you are going to the beach... They are especially unsuitable, however, when you are out shopping amongst families, not to mention the elderly!
On a lighter note, we would like to commend the wearing of dresses and skirts to go shopping… they look so pretty and they make you feel as though you are having a lovely day out rather than just going to mope around the shops.
Another item which we recommend is sensible yet stylish footwear. Ballet flats and kitten heels not only look sweet and elegant, they are easy to walk in and will keep your feet happy during the entirety of your shopping escapade!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
We have noticed a definite decline of intelligence the moment they step into the shop. This varies with each individual; starting from subtle naïveté to complete ignorance.
There are a number of incidents which come to mind…
- “I’d like to buy this”
- “Lovely, that one is 10% off at the moment”
- “How come?”
- “We have a special promotion running this month, up to 60% off everything”
- “You should really put up some signage”
- “Ummm, we do have banners up, and also signs in each display window… and see the balloons in the corner there?”
- “Is it white gold?”- “No these pendants are silver.”
- “White gold?”
- “No, they're in silver.”
- “Not white gold?”
- “No, sorry, these pendants only come in silver”
- “And in white gold?”
- “I’m looking for a solitaire ring”
- “Which cut were you after? Round brilliant, square princess?”
- “A solitaire cut”
- “So solitaire just means a single stone, as in ‘solo’… did you want it with a round or a square cut stone?”
- “What’s the difference?”
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Everyone likes to believe they are unique but from our detailed observation it is quite obvious that for each category of person, there is a carefully constructed 'uniform'. It may be the bike messengers with their crumpler bags and lycra pants or the young professional in their immaculate suits and briefcases. Whatever category it is, there will be a uniform. One particular favourite is the 'yummy mummy'. This mummy is different from the 'slovenly, just rolled out of bed' mummy or 'the everything organic, hippie' mummy.
Her uniform consists of lorna jane activewear and adidas running shoes with pefectly salon blow-dried, 3/4 head highlighted hair and pristine makeup. The activewear is generally a racerback tank top with tight three quarter leggings that shows off her rocking, gym honed, 'can you believe I've had a baby' bod to perfection. She is openly thrilled with our exclamations of wonder at her incredible physique and demurely humble about how often she goes to the gym. All of this is meticulously accessorised with the quintessential bugaboo pram or stroller and, of course, pandora bracelet. Yummy mummy perfection complete!
Friday, July 2, 2010
Beautiful fabrics with different patterns and textures or pieces with an interesting cut are desirable too!
When you’re dressed head to toe in black, it’s hard not to look a bit drab or like you’ve just come from a funeral. So, it’s nice to break up the black with a splash of white or grey or maybe cream… even a great leather belt can add a certain je ne sais quoi too!
Here are some of our favourite picks from net-a-porter.com (a splendid website to get some top designer inspiration or even splurge on something special!) and also some gorgeous pieces at much friendlier prices!
Ribbon work pleated skirt - Jigsaw
Thursday, July 1, 2010
We would also like to share some of our adventures outside the shop and what we get up to when we’re not wearing black.
We hope that you enjoy reading this blog as much as we will enjoy writing it!