Monday, November 26, 2012

How to Save in Creating a Booth for an Expo

Trade shows and expos are great ways to sell your jewelry. Lots of people will be there and it’ll be a good way to showcase your jewelry to a new crowd. However, creating a jewelry display for your booth in a bazaar can be quite expensive. Since you have to prepare for a bigger market, you need to come up with new ways to get your jewelry noticed. Unless you’re willing to blend with other jewelry sellers, you have to come up with better ways to display your jewelry.
How to Save in Creating a Booth for an Expo

For many sellers, in order to create a good display, they have to spend a lot of money for equipment and brand new decoration. But don’t worry, you can still join trade shows and expos without enduring all the expenses.

Here are some useful ideas for displaying jewelry in the most affordable way possible.

1. Use old display equipment Who says you need to have new display just for a trade show? Your old supplies are fine. If you have bracelet bars, earring towers and ring risers, you can definitely use this during the trade show. They may not be sparkling new, but you can always get them to shine before the event. Instead of buying new jewelry display cases, all you need to do is get your old ones cleaned. You won’t even have to pay to clean your display cases. You can do it yourself. With a vacuum, some brushes and damp cloth, you can get your equipment to look like new on the day of the event.

2. Create home-made display equipment But if you want something new, you can always create your own display equipment. Never mind spending more money to buy something else, use leftover materials to create your own display cases. For example, designed hooks make a great hanger for necklaces over a backdrop. You can also use mugs, cups and books to help give your display a platform. By using a photo frame and some window mesh, you can also create your own showcase frame. If you have vases and bamboo sticks, you can use this to display bracelets and big rings.

3. Use equipment at home to display jewelry Not only can you use materials at home to create DIY displays, you can even use your own equipment at home for display as well. For example, an old, soft, colorful couch can be made into its own display. You can easily hang necklaces from it and pin badges for display. If you have an old dress form at home, you can use this to display pins, necklaces and elegant hair jewelry. You can either pin various bold jewelry onto the dress form, or turn it into its own mannequin, with matching outfits.

4. Be creative. Think outside the box Never let the price dictate your creativity. If you’re creative, you can use anything to make your display without having to spend. Otherwise, you can always buy bulk jewelry display stands ahead of time to save money.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

How to Wrap Jewelry in the Last Minute

Ran out of the jewelry store so fast that you forgot to have the jewelry seller wrap the jewelry? Unfortunately, you've really never wrapped a gift before and there’s just no time for you to get one of those portable jewelry display cases to help you keep your jewelry intact. In these cases of panic, you have to find a good way to wrap your jewelry and keep it safe before giving it to your intended recipient. Unless you’re willing to risk your jewelry, finding something to wrap your jewelry in the last minute is essential.
How to Wrap Jewelry in the Last Minute

1. Find a paper bag Paper bags can be pretty useful when you need them to be. If you have any old paper bags at home, you can easily use this to wrap your jewelry. The good news is – if you've bought jewelry from the same jewelry store before, you might still have the bags they give out. Use this, because they are manufactured especially to house jewelry. For those who cannot find a suitable paper bag, gift bags are okay. The more it fits your jewelry, the better to use it. Bigger paper bags end up only housing the jewelry but it doesn't really protect it from too much movement.

2. Box it Do you have a small box for your jewelry? If you do, then this is good news for you. You can easily put it in a box and decorate the box for aesthetic purposes. However, if your box is not entirely presentable, you can always quirk the plan up a bit by boxing your jewelry up. Put the jewelry in a small box. Close the box and put it in another box. Close the bigger box and put it in another box. This way, your wrapping becomes the fun way to unwrap, instead of the actual box. They won’t really notice the look of the boxes if they are too busy guessing what’s inside them.

3. Use old wrappers Who says old wrappers can’t be useful? In fact, any of those wrappers you used last year could be very beneficial for your case. If you really have no other choice, take the wrappers from old gifts. Jewelry is usually small, so you won’t need a lot. You can use the box method and wrap the jewelry in several different wrappers for “fun” unwrapping.

4. Use an envelope Too lazy to wrap? Use an envelope. Not every kind of jewelry will fit inside an envelope so you might have to change it up if the jewelry is too big. It’s an efficient way to wrap necklaces and bracelets, despite the lack of creativity. Don’t worry, you can always label the jewelry with something sweet or thoughtful.

5. Use an empty bottle Gone are the days when your old wine bottle would be used only for decorative and boasting purposes. You can use those old, but elegant wine bottles to store your jewelry. Just make sure they’re clean and don’t smell like alcohol anymore. Decorate the wine bottle with ribbons for finishing.

Friday, November 23, 2012

A Review of Jewelry Display: Why it Works and Why Not

Creating a display for your jewelry can be pretty exhausting – creatively and mentally. You need to find a way to keep your customers interested in the jewelry you sell or you end up losing clients. To keep it interesting for your customers, you need jewelry store displays to promote connections between the customer and the jewelry they’re interested in.
A Review of Jewelry Display: Why it Works and Why Not

There are many ways to do this. Creative sellers always end up having a new kind of display for their customers, especially when an upcoming event or occasion is approaching. But to help you consider what kind of display will be good for your jewelry store, here is a review of a display made by an unknown seller.

Why it Works. First of all, this display is pretty cut-throat. It’s interesting, it’s innovative and creative and it catches the eye of the customer.

Space – the display has ample space between the jewelry. Space can be a luxury for booths. But when you have your own jewelry store, space can be pretty helpful in making jewelry stand out. In this display above, the necklaces are arranged next to each other, but never really overlapping one another. They are spread wide to showcase its length and design. The price tag attached to the necklace also helps in making the display effective. Customers won’t have to keep asking for the price of the jewelry they’re looking at.

Funky colors – the seller was smart in using black and white. Black and white is safe, but for elegant jewelry such as these, they create sufficient interest in the jewelry being displayed. The zebra-printed boxes easily catch the attention of anyone looking at the display. This gives sellers a chance to display small, single jewelry effectively.

The mirror – remember what we said about space? Yes, space is important in making jewelry display look neat and clean. Because the seller put up a mirror for its background, it makes it look as if the display is set in a huge area. Besides, if people see themselves and the jewelry at one time, they can probably imagine themselves wearing the jewelry too.

Platforms – Notice that the zebra-printed boxes are placed on risers and platforms? This is to create levels in the display. And fortunately for the seller, it creates an even better effect for the jewelry.

Why it doesn't work:

Price tags – this is the problem with having price tags on display. Once people see the price, they might not consider it at all. But if they ask the jewelry seller about the price, the seller might have the chance to talk them into believing in the worth of the jewelry.

Dull display – the black necklace display stand serves to showcase chains and simple necklaces. But because it’s placed next to a highly attention-seeking display (the zebra-printed boxes), they can be easily passed off as dull. If only the necklace display stand had an outline of white, then it would even out the effect of the overall display.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

How to Make a Homemade Necklace Display in 7 Easy Steps

When it comes to jewelry, necklaces are pretty easy to sell to young adults. Almost everyone loves to wear a necklace. Some may wear it for sentimental purposes, others would gladly wear it to match their outfit. As a jewelry seller, you can use jewelry display stands to showcase different types of necklaces. However, if you want to save some money or change your display, you might want to go beyond the common practices of other jewelry sellers around town. Instead of buying the usual necklace displays, create your own homemade display for occasional use in special events.
How to Make a Homemade Necklace Display in 7 Easy Steps

Before you start, prepare the things you need first – scissors, cord, hole punch, poster board, fabric, glue, printer and photocopier.

1. The first thing you need to do is get a template of a necklace display. These can usually be found online. The best thing about making your own necklace display is that you can control the colors of your display equipment. If you know how to use Photoshop, you can easily change its color. But if not, print out the template on a colored piece of paper.

2. If you’re not satisfied with the size of the template you've printed, get a re-size of it using a photocopier. Standard necklace displays have a size of about 10 inches. If you’re planning to display longer necklaces, you might want to consider the length of the display. Re-size your display until you've gotten the appropriate measurements.

3. Next, use paste or glue to stick the template onto the poster board. Since poster boards are hard enough to stand alone, you can use this for lighter necklaces. However, if you have plans of displaying heavy jewelry like beaded and pearl necklaces, you can use cardboard instead. Gemstones are too heavy for cardboard, so you might want to look for a sturdier base material.

4. If you don’t like the color of your template, use fabric to cover the template. If you have a specific color in mind, this is your chance to change the color of your display. If you’re a little pickier with the look of your display, use velvet or leather for your display. Avoid using wet glue when you stick this onto the template. Wet glue causes the fabric to wrinkle. Instead, use stick glue to keep the fabric tight, but never wrinkle.

5. Wait for a few hours for the glue to dry.

6. Use a puncher to create two holes at the bottom corners. The template itself will guide you on where to punch the hole. Use any sharp object to fold the lines on the template. For ease, you can also use a knitting needle. If your template is glued to cardboard, flip the template over and draw the lines with paper knife for easy folding. Once you've gone through the lines in the template, fold it until it remains in its place.

7. Once the template has been folded, pierce a thread of cord into the holes to tie it up.

This should allow your necklace display to stand. Congratulations! You've made your own jewelry display!

Thrive This Thanksgiving: How to Grow Your Business with a Simple “Thank You”

Do you remember when your scrolling LED sign was first hanged? I’m pretty sure that moment felt extremely amazing for you. As Thanksgiving approaches, what are you thankful for when it comes to your business?

Being an entrepreneur is an exciting but a very challenging role to play. And before closing the scrolling LED sign for your business today, take some time to quiet down and think about your business venture’s journey. Remember all the people you've met along the way and every circumstance that led you to that exact moment.
christmas house

Thanksgiving is a time for looking back to draw strength for the future. Know that you never accomplish anything on your own so learn to acknowledge all the help you've received. Here are 2 realistic ways on how you can thank your customers this Thanksgiving:

1. Hold a special sale

Show your customers love and appreciation by providing discounts and starting special promos. Just like in growing your business, there are no rules when it comes to holding sales events. However, you should always check your inventory and financial status to find a win-win sale for you and your beloved customers. Below are some of the most common types of sales held by small businesses:
  • Offer discounts on items for a certain period of time say two hours. The key to making this event successful is to publicize it well way before the event. A week or two would enough for your customers to mark their calendars for the special day.
  • Giveaway coupons to get price-cuts on best sellers and other merchandise. Budget-savvy shoppers love this type of promo. Just make sure that the coupons redeemed in your store are authentic by putting in place a verification method.
  • Bundle up two to three items on your product list and offer them at a discounted price when bought as a pack. This method is best used when you have products that can be used or consumed altogether. An example of this is offering a cup of coffee with a sandwich for a lower price when purchased as a meal instead of buying them Ala Carte.
Giving discounts on your products is a simple way to thank your customers for patronizing you throughout the year. On top of that, you can also use this means to strengthen the ties between you and your customers.

2. FREEbies!

It always feel good to get more value than what I paid for. And getting a freebie or two from a product I bought brings me this feeling. Small tokens like pens, notepads or canvas bags are enough to bring a smile on my face. But as a business owner, you have all the right to be as creative as you want to be with your giveaways. You may also want to raffle off best sellers or other products so that you wouldn't have to worry about buying anything else.

Giving out freebies can help advertise your brand. When giving away free items that are not part of your product line, adding your company logo turns it into an instant advertising material. This is great for items that can be used on a daily basis like a USB drive, bags or umbrellas to name a few.

If you’re in the business of melting the hearts of your patrons, you should try handing over personal thank you notes to them. Writing down your heartfelt appreciation on a stationary is certainly a classic that will truly leave an impression that shines brighter than LED.

Thanksgiving is a time of saying grace for achievements gained and surpassed trials. Take this time to show your gratitude to your customers who continue to avail of your products and services. And of course, don’t forget about your employees who have grown to become your partners in serving your clients.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

How to Choose the Perfect Accessories for Your Wedding

Preparing for your wedding can be pretty stressful if you don’t know where to start. As a bride, it’s important that you become the apple of everyone’s eye on the day of your wedding. And this all begins with the dress you wear and the jewelry you use to accessorize your outfit. Now that may be a stressful way to begin preparing for your wedding. To help you pick out the perfect bridal jewelry sets for your wedding, here are a few tips to get you started.
wedding trends

1. Consider the details of your wedding – time, location and venue and even the theme If you need help getting an organized thought on what would look good, create a list of factors to consider. Among this list, you have to consider your wedding. Do you have a theme for your wedding? If you have a theme, you can start picking out your fashion jewelry using that. However, you might also want to consider the time of your wedding and the location or venue. For one, if you have a beach wedding at night, pearl earrings may not be a good idea. However, if you’re getting married in a church, pearls are very elegant.

bridal collection

2. Match the accessories to your dress

Most importantly, you have to choose accessories that will look good with your dress. Choose stores that can offer you many different types of jewelry. If you’re not satisfied with the choices in your area, you can also choose to look at fashion jewelry online. The best thing about looking through an online catalogue is that it will give you an opportunity to choose from different brands, designs and concepts. While you won’t be able to test them, it’ll give you an idea of what you want.

3. Prioritize your wedding band

In choosing your dress and accessories, always make it a point to prioritize your wedding band. Everyone has to see your wedding band. You and your fiance should always take some time to pick the wedding band at the same time. This way, you can see the wedding band and you can prepare the perfect dress and accessories to accompany the most important jewelry for your wedding day.

4. Rent jewelry

Wedding jewelry can be pretty expensive. But this doesn't mean that you have to walk down the aisle without anything sparkling on your neck or wrist. If you don’t have the budget to buy beautiful jewelry, you can always rent a few pieces from costume or jewelry shops. Many jewelry stores are happy to loan their best jewelry for weddings.

5. Get something borrowed and blue

No wedding is complete with a little tradition. Some wedding movies have parents or sisters giving something borrowed and blue just before the wedding. But if you really want to prepare your look for your wedding day, you can always ask to get the tradition a few days early. At least, you know what accessories will be borrowed and what will be blue and you won’t have to buy anything else for your wedding dress.

Monday, November 19, 2012

How to Display Jewelry at a Small Booth

Just because you have a small booth for the trade show doesn't mean that you need to bring less jewelry. Despite the fact that you have a limited space for showcasing jewelry, you can still sell many pieces as long as you can create an effective jewelry display for a smaller booth. This doesn't mean that you need to crowd your booth with all of your jewelry. Customers don’t like jewelry booths with too many details.
jewelry dispaly ideas for small booths

To display jewelry in a small booth, here are some jewelry display ideas to help you attract customers effectively.

1. Use multiple display stands

There are several types of display stands that you can use to showcase several jewelry at one time. For example, the earring towers are great to hang more than 50 pairs of earrings at one time. If you get a small earring tower, you only need a small space for the tower to roll in and some extra space to create background aesthetics for the tower. Other useful multiple display stands include earring trays, bracelet bars and display trees for rings or necklaces.

2. Use mirrors

In interior designing, one of their tips to creating an illusion of space is to use a mirror. Because a mirror displays the reflection of everything in front of it, it makes it seem as if you have more space to move. This is the same for small booths. Not only will your customers appreciate the abundance of mirrors, but it’ll also make your booth look bigger than it really is.

3. Create platforms or levels

One of the best ways to display more jewelry in a limited space is to divide the booth into several platforms. With more platforms or levels, it won’t look crowded when you display more groups of jewelry in one place. If you have several platforms, you can group your display by the type of jewelry. In one platform, you can have rings and earrings. In another platform, you can showcase bracelets using several bracelet bars for easier setting and to help save space. Your necklaces and pendants should also be in another platform altogether.

4. Hang jewelry

If you still need to display some jewelry, you can always use the overhead of your booth to display more. Set up a string or wire to hang from one end to another. Use this to hang jewelry overhead. Be careful in hanging jewelry, however. Sometimes, if you hang too much, your booth will end up looking like it has a curtain. While that may not be a bad thing, it can create a crowded look for your display. Don’t hang big jewelry too. They can easily take up as much space in your display.

5. Create overhead layers

Once you've filled up the space in your booth, you can also have a carpenter set up some overhead layers. Don’t put up too many though. Get a shelf on each side and choose which jewelry will fit well. Slant the shelves a little so customers can easily see the jewelry.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Shoes and Lace

Are you thinking of fun and easy ways to spruce up your Bamboo shoes? Then this do-it-your-way project is perfect for you!

The other day, I almost threw out a pair of ballet flats. It was already well worn and I don’t know what else to do with it so I thought of finding the perfect do-it-your-way project to reinvent my shoes. I came across this do-it-your-way project from Nik of – and it’s just so pretty! What I love about putting lace on my shoes is that it’s very easy. Now, my ballet flats are still usable and in fashion.
ballet flats
Here’s what you’ll need for the project:
  • A pair of plain shoes.
  • You can use ballet flats, wedge boots or Oxfords depending on your preference
  • Fabric glue
  • Flat paint brush
  • Lace fabric in any color
  • Newspapers or mat
What to Do:
  1. Line your work area with newspaper or mat to serve as protection while doing the project.
  2. Put a small amount of glue on the surface of the shoe.
  3. Use the flat paint brush to spread fabric glue all over the shoe.
  4. Once you've spread the glue all over the shoes, cover it with lace cloth. Remember to allow about half an inch of excess cloth at the bottom of your shoe. This excess cloth will be used to make sure that the shoe is fully covered in lace.
  5. Press the lace on the shoe to make sure that it’s glued well. 
  6. From the middle of the shoe hole, cut the lace so that you’ll be able to insert your foot again. Make sure to allow at least half an inch of lace to help you even out the top design. 
  7. Then, brush a light coat of fabric glue on the inside of your shoes. 
  8. Fold the excess lace inside your shoes and press it against the glue. 
  9. Set it aside and repeat steps 1 to 8 for the other foot of your shoes.
  10.  Let the pair dry before using it.
Learn how to add lace on your shoes through the instructional video HERE.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Foot Care Tips to Keep your Style when wearing Wedge Boots

What happens when you combine the active style of sneakers with the smooth looks of booties? Well, you get an edgy and refreshing style. These past few months, I've seen dozens of sneaker wedge boots in eye-catching designs. Each pair just creates a fearless and exciting vibe. I can’t wait to get a pair so I can start painting the town.
wedge boots

But like every other high-heeled shoes, sneaker booties could also cause strain at one point. To get you through this, my dear ladies, I have 10 effective tips that could give instant soothing to your soles.

1. Clean them well. Always remember to wash your feet with soap and water when you shower to get rid of any bacteria that might have developed from wearing closed shoes.

2. Dry your feet. This is very important when you are wearing closed shoes more so with socks. After taking a bath, make sure that your feet is properly dried before wearing any pair of shoes. Doing so avoids athlete’s foot and other fungal development. Drying your feet can also be beneficial when you remove your shoes after long hours of wearing them.

3. Exfoliate your feet from time to time using a pumice stone to get rid of skin that may harden over time. When not removed, dead skin turn into calluses and corns.

4. Foot creams with lactic acid as an active ingredient can help hydrate your feet.

5. Let your feet rest. Trade your stilettos for ballet flats or booties to get some break from the strains of wearing high heels.

6. Make it a habit to massage your feet when you get home and relax. Aside from soothing the pressure points you got from wearing shoes, this can also improve blood flow.

7. Simple foot exercises can make a big difference. It’s not only your arms and legs that need a little flexing every now and then. Your ankles could benefit from it too. Rotating your ankles is the simplest form of exercise that could help you avoid sprains.

8. You gotta love pedis (and manis). Having your nails cut and groomed reduces your chances of getting foot sores from ill fitting shoes. Shorter nails also mean better fitting footwear.

9. Be Cinderella. Finding the right pair of booties is like a fairy tale. You are not only looking for your handsome prince charming (in this case, a pretty pair of shoes) but you also need to find the perfect match. Make sure that you get the right size and you allow some space for your feet to feel comfortable.

10. Nothing is too small to deserve your attention. At the first sign of excessive dryness or sweating, itching as well as inflammation, visit your doctor to get proper advice on treatment and medication. This is especially important if you've been diagnosed with diabetes.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Snatching Reese Witherspoon’s Ankle Boots Style

Reese Witherspoon is one stylish Hollywood celebrity. All of us have surely seen her grow in front of the movie and TV screens. Of late, according to EOnline, the This Means Wars actress has been strutting down the streets wearing a Rag & Bone’s Harrow booties. Reese Witherspoon looked cool in ankle boots despite giving birth awhile back.
celebrity style Reese Witherspoon

Reese was recently spotted at the opening of the Rag & Bone flagship store in Los Angeles late October. Snatch Reese’s comfy, effortless and polished look with these 5 foolproof style tips to get her look:

Reese Style Rule # 1 Embrace your feminine side with skirts and dresses

She may not be the ultimate girly-girl but Reese certainly knows how to play her female charm. Usually photographed in laid-back skirts and dresses, she never fails to mix style and comfort by pairing these bottoms with classic flats and sandals.

Skirts can easily take on a flirty vibe nowadays. To solve this possible image issue, just make sure that you get the right length. Reese is always seen wearing skirts that fall mid-length of the upper thigh. This length will work well for every lady especially the petite ones since they can use a little few inches to the height.

Reese Style Rule # 2 Put on a pair of sunnies

It’s very rare to see Reese out and about without a pair of sunglasses. This could be a Hollywood thing that celebrities enjoy doing when the paparazzi are lurking around but she has managed to stamp this style as her own. Reese often wears dark oversized sunnies in different shapes.

Sunglasses never go out of style. This means that you can wear a pair in any season as long as the sun is shining. In choosing a pair, make sure that it flatters your face shape and highlights your best facial features. Keep in mind that sunglasses are not just accessories but they can also protect your eyesight. Make an effort to find a pair that suits your features and provides protection.

Reese Style Rule # 3 Oversized cover-ups are sexy and comfy

With clothing pieces getting more complicated and skimpier day by day, Reese stands out from the crowd with her effortless look. She has given the slouchy sweater a new image – baggy clothes are not tasteless after all.

In wearing the oversized style, make sure that the other pieces in your look fit well. This style works well when you wear tight jeans or body hugging dresses. Big sweaters and cardigans keep your look modest and effortless. Adding on statement accessories like necklaces and cocktail ring can add fun to your look.

Reese Style Rule # 4 Spruce up your outfit with a scarf

Livening up your outfit is not only about adding a couple of bling over here and there. Other clothing pieces like cardigans, vests, jackets and scarves can kick your look up a notch. As for Reese, she’s great at spinning her plain looking attire by putting on scarves with interesting patters, colors and designs.

When shopping for a scarf, make sure to take a look at the material as well. Keep in mind that there are ones made from light materials while the others are made from thicker ones. Light scarves like sarongs are great for summer and spring while scarves made from heavy materials like wool are best used when the weather is extremely cold.

Reese Style Rule # 5 Denims never go out of style

Reese proves that she’s surely a southern babe with her collection of denims which is not only limited to pairs of jeans. She has been seen around in chic denim dress and comfy button down tops among other styles.

Soften denim pieces by pairing them with feminine footwear styles like wedges, sandals and ballet flats. Skip the boots if don’t want a cowboy look.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Chriselle Lim on Finding the Booties For Your Body Shape

Styling your boots with your body type never seem to get the right wedge boots for you? You’ve probably been disregarding the shape of your body when looking for trendy pairs booties. Contrary to what many of us believe, mastering your body is not only necessary when picking dresses, tops and jeans. Knowing your shape also makes your the lovely Cinderella in a perfect pair of booties.
wedge boots

Chriselle Lim of TheChriselleFacor has 15 tips on how to wear booties in physique-flaunting says:

1. Picking a pair boots with a pop of color instantly makes any pair of classic boots look modern. Get this through a patterned design or elastic sides
2. A little bit of heels gives your calves a slimmer look. Not to mention they make you a few inches taller b
3. A tapered shaft elongates your legs in a wonderful manner
4. Pointy or narrow-edged shoes create a streamlined look
5.When wearing minis with ankle boots, make sure to get the right skirt length. It’s all about proportions. Keep your skirt above the knee to continue the length of your legs
6. Wearing fitted bottoms with ankle boots are great for curvaceous babes. Skinny jeans and fitted pants create a streamlined look. They work wonders in blending your look into one
7. Boots with thick and sturdy heels are a must for ladies with an hourglass body type. This footwear balances your feminine curves with a tougher feel
8. Putting on a pair of statement boots is the easiest way to spruce up an outfit whether it's in a basic color or a plain ensemble
9. Vertical zippers make your legs appear longer
10. A two-tone pair will give your shoe an ample amount of dimension
11. Get a pair of boots with an arch at the ankle. This seemingly unnoticeable feature actually allows your legs to create a continuous line
12. A cone-shaped heel is feminine. Look for this in masculine-styled boots to soften it up
13. Getting the right height of a knee-high boot is the ultimate key to pulling off the look
14. Look for booties that are tighter around the ankle to bring out your shape
15. When tucking in pants into your boots, it is best to wear skinny jeans to highlight the shape of your lower body and do away with a sloppy look

BONUS TIP: Like a little black dress, a black pair of booties is essential for every chic lady

Dressing well and looking good is not as hard as you think. Gaining a personal consciousness of your body is the key to being comfortable in any outfit. Love your body by wearing pieces that salutes your style and individuality.

Check out Chriselle Lim on Finding the Booties For Your Body Shape video HERE:

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Special Types of Wrapping Your Necklaces

Giving a gift to a special someone is always a challenge because you want to surprise them or make them feel as if you’ve made an effort to give them something. If you hand them a pretty necklace wrapped in the usual type of gift box, they’ll always appreciate it. There’s no doubt about that. But if you want to impress your customers and give each recipient an even bigger surprise, you’re going to have to work harder than simply wrapping the gift and placing it in a gift bag. That’s too common.
jewelry display
Photo Credits: GlimpseOfGlamour
Instead, you might want to use any of these unique ideas for wrapping your necklaces.

1. Use a ribbon – the best thing about a ribbon? You probably already have a roll of it, straight from your own jewelry display! You won’t even have to buy an extra roll until your set runs out. Ribbons are a great embellishment for nearly everything. They can make any simple thing look elegant and special. If you want to give your customer something different, you can wrap the necklace with a ribbon. Instead of tying the ribbon on a box, tie the ribbon to the necklace. Slide it in and out around the necklace until it forms a snakelike design around the necklace. Tie a small ribbon near the pendant. Now place the duo necklace in a big box with a soft cushion inside. Make sure the necklace doesn’t move while in transport so the ribbon stays in place. Nothing big, but something a little more special to complete the package.

jewelry display bottle

2. Hang from a bottle – place a ribbon or string around the cork area. Pin the necklace over the string and slide the pendant and the rest of the chain into the bottle. Make sure that the finding is closed tightly over the string and that both don’t fall into the bottle. Do make sure that the bottle is presentable. Then tie a ribbon over the corkscrew of the bottle.

Photo Credits: RowHouseNest
3. Inside a cup – be a little more creative when it comes to your boxes. Prepare a special cup and make sure that it comes with its own cover. Place soft round cushions inside to protect the necklace. Lay the necklace around and around over the cushion and set the pendant in the middle of the chains. Cover the cup. Make sure the necklace doesn’t move while in transport, otherwise, your design will go to waste. If your cup is specifically designed, that’s a little extra effort that the recipient will definitely appreciate.

jewelry display

4. Picture frame – remove the back of a picture frame. Stick a soft, but thin cushion over the back of the frame. Set the necklace over the cushion. Set the back of the frame into the picture frame again so that the necklace serves as the photo. It might be best not to use 3D pendants for this type of wrapping. Unless you’re willing to thicken the frames of the picture frame, use flat pendants to display inside your picture frame. Now that’s a creative form of wrapping.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

5 Simple yet Stunning Makeovers

I know that many of you miss the Gossip Girl series and all of the twists and turns, well, I do too. I remember how Leighton Meester take a different attack on her sassy wedge boots wearing character Blair Waldorf. In interviews, the 26-year-old star is very grateful of the series that brought her up the Hollywood ranks. But she also knows that endings make way for beautiful beginnings.

To embrace a new chapter in her career, Leighton traded her long luxurious locks for a different look. You can also set off a new start anytime you want to.

Here are 5 simple ways on how you look and feel recharged in an instant:

Tip # 1 Get A New Lip Color
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Have you been wearing the same shade of lipstick for over a year? If you do, then it’s time to shop for a new color. Going bold is the way to go especially if you’ve been with the nudes and pinks for some time. Reds and orange can instantly turn you into an edgy belle. But if you’ve been on team daring for some time, trying on a softer and sweeter feminine look with nudes, pinks and browns can give you a toned down look for a natural feel.

Tip # 2 Chop Chop: Have a Hair Cut

Take it from the Gossip Girl star, changing your hairstyle is one of the easiest ways to effectively flip your look. In an interview, Leighton mentioned about getting enough mileage for her long curly locks through the show which aired for a pretty long time. And now that it’s over, I agree that it’s high time to move away from the Blair Waldorf image because she’s definitely more than that. But you don’t need to snag a lead role in a TV series to change your look ever so often. There are other milestones in your life which you can celebrate by getting a shorter hair or a different cut like graduating from school, getting over an ex and clinching a promotion at work. You never need a gigantic reason to make small but worthy changes.

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Tip # 3 Blond, Brown, Black or Brunette?

Hollywood celebrities love this tip. One moment they’re blond and the next they’re donning darker locks and I probably know why they can’t get enough of changing hair color. Aside from getting a truly noticeable difference in their look, having a new hair color is exciting! Katy Perry and other stars even went as far as putting on out-of-the-ordinary colors like blue, purple and fiery red. Let your inner celebrity shine through by daring for a different color. Maybe then you’ll find out if blondes really do have more fun.

Tip # 4 Let Your Nails Go Bold

Getting your nails done can quickly bring you from common to extraordinary. Modified French Tips and single-toned bold colors are your safest and fastest bets to bringing your nails to life in an instant. If you have more time to spend for this project, there are tons of DIY nail art tutorials online that are easy to follow.

Tip # 5 Go With the Trend: Revamp Your Wardrobe

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I know for a fact that many budget-conscious ladies are scared of the doing a closet overhaul mainly because it will cost a lot of money. News Flash! Getting the latest trends and looks need not be expensive. There are tons of blogs and instructional videos online that offer step-by-step makeover ideas for every piece of clothing you have. Repurpose your tops, pants, scarves and shoes to make them fully functional and attractive.

In getting a new look, the bottom line is you just have to be ready to try new and better ways to do things differently.

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