Opening Your Own Boutique – What Customers Want

By on May 9, 2014 in Business | 0 comments

107035395_c9c67f1d2b_oIt can be agreed upon most that women’s boutiques have a tremendous amount of staying power. Let’s face it many women love to shop. Women are always searching for the latest fashion trends and beauty secrets. It is estimated that women spend over $750 billion dollars each year on clothing and accessories. The amount that women spend on gym memberships are at an all-time high despite the current state of the economy. Our society places a considerable amount of value on beauty and fashion and there is no doubt that the earnings related to these industries are lucrative. One of the most important questions that aspiring boutique owners should ask themselves is, “what do customers want?” (more…)

Lack of Female CEO’s a Loss For Everyone

By on May 9, 2014 in Business | 0 comments

3100604853_f44dfaed43_zOnly twenty six of America’s fortune 500 companies have female CEOs. That translates to a paltry 3%, a dismal statistic when it comes to gender equality. It would be absurd to argue that sexism is a thing of the past in view of such a glaringly obvious discrepancy in the promotion of women to top corporate posts. Efforts are being made by many organizations to correct such inequality, and those efforts seem to have helped women enjoy more equal treatment in corporate positions up to the C suite, but they have clearly not gone far enough when it comes to the top job, or any job above the C suite. There are a number of factors that contribute to this problem. Unless it is solved, corporations that do not embrace equality will continue to lose out in the war for talent. (more…)

Steps for Making Money as a Fashion Blogger

By on May 9, 2014 in Business, Fashion | 0 comments

For women who love fashion, there’s no better place to indulge in the latest trends and connect with others than the Internet. If you are passionate about fashion, a blog can be a great way to share your opinion and make money while doing it. Creating a blog that makes money will take some effort, but successful bloggers will quickly reap the rewards. Here are the steps to get started. (more…)

Why Diamonds aren’t Forever

By on Feb 26, 2015 in Fashion | 0 comments

So, I saw this great chart thing about all the different gems that can be used for jewelry and it basically inspired me to write this post. I feel like for my generation, diamonds are a bit too classic, a bit too old school – basically, they’re boring. Nowadays, I see a lot of my friends rocking earth tone jewelry when they dress casual, and even at formal stuff like weddings and such, I don’t see that many people my age rocking diamonds. It seems like the classics have become a bit cliché – most people’s moms have diamond engagement rings, and if they’re wealthy they might also have diamond jewelry – and let’s face it – nobody wants to dress like their mom.

I think diamonds are slowly falling out of fashion with my generation for a few reasons. First and foremost, we’re hella poor and my guy friends who are getting married can’t really do this diamond engagement ring thing. Obviously everybody knows that the “millenials” (me included) are having a tough time financially after the old folks screwed up the whole economy, and basically, it’s not super realistic to expect an expensive, diamond engagement ring anymore.

But I also think that the culture has shifted a little away from this homogeneous, everybody-needs-to-do-the-same-thing style. I mean, it seems to me like among my friends, there’s “less keeping up with the joneses” – because we’re all dirt poor, we’re not really trying to compete with each other, so that old rule of whoever gets the biggest ring wins no longer applies. Also, I think people my age are more willing to rock their own style – so maybe 20 or 30 years ago, a sapphire engagement ring would’ve been seen as really odd, but nowadays the attitude would be more like ‘good for you for being different’. I mean, we’re probably more accepting of quirkiness in general – that’s definitely true politically, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it bleeds into fashion and culture as well. I mean, when I was in high school, people in certain cliques dressed a certain way, but nowadays when I see high school kids, it seems like all the traditional cliques have merged together (at least in terms of fashion).

I also think that it may have to do with the great awareness of the whole blood diamond thing. I mean, say what you want about that movie (I couldn’t understand their accents), but it seems like a lot of people weren’t aware that conflict diamonds even existed before they saw it. I mean, it’s not like it’s a huge national talking point or whatever but at least it’s in the back of people’s minds when they buy diamonds.
End of the day, for me personally, it comes down to price. Diamonds are crazy expensive, and they’re not even that interesting to look at. Like, I’d much rather have an interesting, colored gemstone over a diamond, and even more so because it’ll probably cost me 5 times less. I guess a big part of it is status – to the older generation, diamonds are a status symbol, and that matters because status matters. For my generation, (at least in my view), we’re all barely struggling to get by so we don’t really care about status symbols at all (or at least not status symbols that are just based on price). Like, I’m more impressed if you drink a certain kind of coffee or know a certain band that I like rather than if you have a huge diamond in your ring or necklace or whatever.

Anyways, that’s my two cents on why diamonds aren’t as popular as they used to be.
(Image credit to Semi Precious Stones Guide)

How To Keep Your Employees Happy

By on Feb 19, 2015 in Fashion | 0 comments

Are you an employer looking for ways to keep your employees happy on the job? Happy workers are productive and will naturally develop company loyalty. In order to thrive, employees need safety, respect, smooth coworker relationships, and a health promoting environment.

Safety First!

The first key to developing a happy work force is to make sure your employees have a safe work environment. Make sure that your work place follows the latest government safety codes and regulations associated with your type of work environment. Make sure that safety equipment is being used when necessary. Develop safety training that is relevant and up to date. When employees feel safe, they can relax and do their jobs knowing that their employer is taking their safety seriously.

Treat Employees with Respect

Another valuable factor in creating a happy work environment is making sure employees are treated with respect. One way to show respect is to speak in a calm, engaging tone of voice, even when addressing shortcomings. Also, treat all employees fairly. Employers should make sure that they allow employees a certain measure of personal privacy. The golden rule goes a long way in the work place. Employers should place themselves in their employee’s shoes and treat them with dignity and respect, no matter what position they hold.

Create Smooth Interpersonal Relationships

Cultivating smooth relationships among coworkers is crucial for fostering a happy work environment. Consider which personalities work best together when developing teams to do different projects. If there is any friction, try to find a neutral party to informally mediate disagreements. Have clearly defined conduct codes in place to help prevent conflicts. Consider hosting office-wide events, such as company picnics, which will help to develop camaraderie among employees. Fostering team loyalty, clearly defining codes of conduct, and encouraging compatibility are all key components to employee happiness.

Promote Good Health–Install a Juicing Machine!

Another secret to promoting happiness at work is creating an environment that promotes good health. This is an idea from http://www.juicerfanatics.com/. Encourage regular exercise breaks. Consider including a gym membership in employee health plans. Install a juicing machine at the office. Give employees this alternative to coffee, soft drinks, and vending machine junk food that zaps energy and vitality. Fresh, natural fruit and vegetable juices from a juicer would do the exact opposite. These juices would give employees the energy they need to perform at their very best. An employer could simply purchase a juicing machine and place it in the break room. Then the employer can stock the refrigerator with fresh fruits and vegetables or encourage employees to bring their own. Employers who take these steps to encourage the health and satisfaction of employees may see their work performance soar to new heights.

With these simple steps employers can see their work environments transformed and their employees happier, healthier, and full of energy. A happy work force is a productive work force.

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Finding the Right Clothes for Your Body Type

By on Feb 9, 2015 in Fashion | 0 comments

In a fast paced world like ours, the trends change in a bat of an eye. This is why it is always challenging to know if what is considered ‘IN’ at the moment will look good on us. For this reason, it is imperative that we be knowledgeable and familiar with the basic Dos and Don’ts respecting our body shapes. This way, we can look our best regardless of what is in style.

Triangle Body Shape

For women with this body shape, it is best to accentuate their finest features such as their trim waist, shapely legs and hips. As for tops, it is recommended that they do layering so as to create balance for their body shape. They can try filling out their upper body using cardigans, cropped jackets, and three-quarter sleeved tops. For bottoms, the best clothing item would be boot-cut pants. The flare that they have helps a great deal in balancing out curves, most especially when they are worn with high heels. As for skirts, the most recommended style would be those done in A-line cuts so as to highlight their trim waists.   

Hourglass Body Shape

The best features of women with this body shape are their breasts, curvy hips and slim waists. This does not mean that they have to show everything. Women of this shape are naturally sexy so they do not have to show off all their curves. It is best to choose simplicity in terms of tops and avoid layering. Jackets should be really well tailored. In terms of bottoms, the best pick would be knee or below the knee pencil skirts. For pants, they should try ones that are fit but not too tight. If you want to achieve that hourglass figure, you can always try a healthier diet, exercising more, or perhaps drinking protein shakes to help you lose weight. Check out http://bestproteinpowderguide.co.uk/reviews/electric-protein-shaker/ to find the best electric protein shaker available today.    

Circle Body Shape

The best features of women of this shape are their slight shoulders, slender legs and trim booties. Since their bodies are round-like, their clothing should help in adding structure to their look, especially on their upper half. Structured blazers, cowl necks, draped fabrics and flutter sleeves are great options. As for bottoms, slightly showing off their legs is a good call. But for the more conservative ones, the pants that would look good on them are the straight leg, slim or boot-cut ones. Dresses with gathering or ruching are good choices too for they hide the tummy and create a great hourglass effect.

Ruler Body Shape

Women with ruler shape bodies are very easy to dress up considering their slender and usually athletic build. For tops, the great options would be those with rounded or asymmetrical hemlines. Tops with ruffle details, halter tops, boat-necks as well as off-the-shoulder ones are great choices too. For bottoms, they should try high-waist trousers and wide-leg pants. These two add the much needed volume and curves to their lower bodies.

With these basic and must know tips, every woman can look and feel great no matter what the latest fashion trend is.

Is Teeth Gap the New Trend in Fashion?

By on Feb 5, 2015 in Fashion | 0 comments

Back in the day, models had to be picture perfect. They had to have flawless skin, perfect figures, and most importantly, their teeth had to be worthy of a toothpaste commercial. This is no longer the case in the past two years.

If you follow the world of fashion closely, you will notice that more and more designers are embracing and celebrating imperfections. You can now see curvy models walking the runway for top designers like Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, and Coco Chanel. However, the most significant change is in magazine spreads.

Gone are the days when models who graced magazine spreads were made up to high fashion standards. Now it’s all about showcasing a woman’s natural beauty.  Models now wear very little to almost no makeup when posing for a magazine shoot. Yes, they now allow imperfections such as freckles and less than perfect teeth to be seen by the masses.

What could have been the cause for this change? It’s probably because more and more people now realize that no one can be as perfect as the women they used to see in magazines. Of course, there’s also the fact that editing secrets such as retouching are already out in the open.

However according to an expert for veneers in Atlanta, there are aspiring models who come to his clinic and request to have their teeth altered to show some imperfections. The most common request? Teeth gap.

Madonna is probably the first celebrity to ever embrace her teeth gap. But since the 80s, many more followed. Today, you can see that it has already become a trend in the fashion industry. Cara Delavigne is a perfect example of a model sporting a less than perfect look with her bushy brows, gapped front teeth and freckled cheeks. Despite these, she is considered one of the most popular models today.

There’s no denying how the teeth gap trend affects the market of cosmetic dentists. While there is still a demand for porcelain veneers, Atlanta cosmetic dentists note a higher demand for dental contouring and reshaping procedures. This disturbs some dental professionals because instead of fixing dental problems, they are being asked to purposely make their patients’ teeth look imperfect. Many of them claim that this just goes against the grain of being a cosmetic dentist. However, they understand that they need to go with the flow if they want to stay in business.

Like all fashion trends, the hysteria behind the teeth gap look will die down soon enough. When that happen, we can all expect there will be a great demand for cosmetic dental procedures that will once again hide the gapped teeth patients were once very proud of. One thing’s for sure though, it’s very encouraging that fashion designers are now choosing to work with models who appear to be more human than the waif-like ethereal creatures that used to strut down the runway. The biggest step up however, would be when the time comes when we see women who are size 8 and up walking the runways of Fashion Week.

Is plastic surgery a good idea?

By on Dec 22, 2014 in Fashion | 0 comments

It seems to be getting more and more popular, but is plastic surgery a good idea?

Do you need it?

In some cases people have plastic surgery because they need it, they have perhaps been scarred in an accident of some kind. Or they may need it to help them lose weight by, for example, having liposcution when all other efforts to lose weight have failed and they need to lose weight to cut down on health risks.

In other cases when people are trying to improve their looks in some way, the need may be less, although that is not necessarily the way that someone will feel, they may feel like they badly need an improvement to their nose or their breasts for instance. It may be affecting them psychologically and really hitting their self-esteem and the way they interact with other people and how they are getting on in life. In these circumstances it could be said that someone does really need surgery. In that case they should weigh up the risks of having surgery.

Are there any other options?

If you can avoid plastic surgery it is generally best to do so because of the risks and the costs involved. So try other options first if you can. So for example if you badly need to lose weight, it would be advisable to first do this by trying to exercise more or eat less. But if you’ve tried and failed to do it this way then perhaps plastic surgery would be a last resort you should consider.
Or if you want to try and look younger you could try anti-wrinkle creams, but if these don’t work or stop working, then plastic surgery, such as a face lift could be worth considering.

Have you got the money?

Plastic surgery can be very expensive and is never cheap. And it is likely that you will have to pay for it all yourself because your health insurance is very unlikely to pay for it unless you’ve had an accident and need to have plastic surgery to repair the damage that’s been caused.
It’s worth finding out from your health insurer if they will pay for it but you can generally presume not and have to make sure that you have all your money yourself. Don’t get yourself in financial trouble by having the surgery unless it’s really important to you to have it done.

Is it worth the risk?

All surgery carries some risk, and although plastic surgery is not high risk, it does still carry some risk. The more serious risks come when you need to have a general anesthetic, which can lead to deaths in a small number of cases. But there are also the risks of the surgeon doing a bad job and the surgery looking awful. There can also be quite a long recovery time for some of the operations.
So you need to weigh up with the benefits of having the surgery are worth the risks. If you decide that it is worth the risk you start doing research into finding the best plastic surgeons in your area and how much they cost to do the operation that you wish for.

When you’ve made a shortlist of surgeons, go and visit them and ask lots of questions and see how much confidence you have in them. Only when you’re fully happy with a surgeon should you go ahead with the operation.

Get Fit Tips For Parents

By on Dec 3, 2014 in Fashion | 0 comments

With Thanksgiving just over and Christmas just around the corner most people are pretty much piling on the pounds during the winter months. One reason for a lot of the weight gain is the amount of temptation for lots of tasty food. The other reason is that the weather often means that physical activity is limited. This will ultimately result in the dreaded realization that clothes no longer fit. And once the New Year retail therapy starts a lot of women realize they need to buy larger sizes.

From personal experience I can say that this will then again result in problems once the weight is lost and new purchases become too big. Don’t get me wrong it is a great achievement, but it’s also a waste of money. For today’s post I want to give some advice especially to parents to help them stay fit and lose weight during the winter.

The key to maintaining weight and staying fit is a balanced diet and physical activity. As already mentioned, for most people the temptation of good food during the winter festivities is just too great and most of us give in to those temptations. So what you will need to focus on is the physical activity. The limiting factor for parents is the time to get away from kids and go for a run or to the gym or pool.

One of my favorite winter activities is going to the pool. I find it very relaxing and you are not dependent on the weather being good. I have also found that around November and December most pools become very quiet. So, my first suggestion to parents is to work with your partners and come up with a schedule where you can plan to get out of the house on specific days to go for a swim.

Dependent on the family size this is not always possible or convenient and children’s needs often interfere with such plans. That is why I love some advice I heard from my good friend Jenny. Go out and pick up a jogging stroller and bring your baby or toddler along for the run. I didn’t believe it at first but there are very specifically designed strollers that make it really easy to run and push a stroller at the same time.

This would not be possible even with the best baby stroller as the frame will get in the way of your stride and the whole stroller will not be stable enough. Safety is also a concern and jogging strollers are perfectly set up to keep you baby safe. They are even available as double strollers so even if you have two young children you can still get out for a run when it suits you.

The final suggestion we would make is to get set up with a home gym or to invest in some exercise and fitness DVDs like Insanity or P90X. I have met e lot of people that have done this with tremendous success and the programs can be tailored to your needs.

My main point is that you can offset all the eating by some simple activity ideas even when the weather is not so great and your home life is very busy. Don’t fall into the trap of constant weight fluctuations, as this can be very frustrating.

How to Keep Your Body Trim and Fit With Juicing

By on Nov 23, 2014 in Fashion | 0 comments

As you probably know, it’s in vogue these days to juice. All over the news you can see celebrities who are staying fit by juice fastings. The fact that celebrities are promoting their habits have made juicing mainstream and much more accepted. It is now fashionable to juice.

More and more people are doing juicing, and more and more juice shops are opening. this is great because it helps your body get more vitamins and minerals. Many people find it hard to get fruits and veggies into their diet the “regular way,” but it can be much simpler. By juicing you can easily put greens into your body, one cup of juice can be up to 4 servings of fruits and veggies.

Drinking juice can help you stay healthy, but actually committing to a juice cleanse will really get you trim and fit. One caveat is to not use too many fruits as they have a lot of sugar in them even. So if you’re on a juice cleanse, I suggest juicing mainly veggies which can be complemented by 1 apple per glass.

Many of the best juices contain kale. Kale is one of the most nutritious veggies around: it has protein, fiber, vitamin A, B, C and K to name a few. Kale also can help prevent cancer and heart disease (and even help you go to the bathroom, shh!).

These days it’s important to stay healthy. There are many bad examples around us of obesity which can be prevented or remedied by good eating and exercise. Apart from an improved physical appearance, you will perform better overall and will have better health. You will feel better and even have more energy at work. You should easily be able to get through the day without exhaustion.

I’ve known quite a few people personally who had extreme fatigue. I’ve shown them how juice and got them into it and now they juice every morning. They tell me they have a heightened amount of energy and are forever grateful. When you first start juicing you may not immediately feel heightened energy because your body tends to cleanse toxins out of your body first. After this initial stage, you will feel your body gaining more and more energy.

It’s also important to drink your juice on an empty stomach and if you want to eat a meal after drinking your fresh juice, you should wait about 20min. This gives your body enough time to assimilate all the good nutrients from the fruits and veggies. One of my favorite recipes is green juice recipe that I found here:

– 1 head of kale
– 1 ½ lemons
– 1 apple or 2 small apples
– 4-5 stalks of celery
– 1 Persian cucumber
– ½ head of lettuce

If you were to drink this every morning you would find in increased amount of energy and you’d be able to feel better in life. Hopefully this helps, good luck and have a great day!

Seven Less Stressful Forms of Exercise

By on Nov 17, 2014 in Fashion | 0 comments

Competitive sports aren’t for everyone. Being chased by half a dozen players and constantly elbowed out of the way can prove to be quite stressful to some. For those seeking to engage in a less strenuous sport or physical activity, you might consider signing up for some of the following fun, mildly challenging sports:

Archery

This centuries-old practice is a good way of heightening both your mental and physical health. If you’re looking to exercise your upper body, then you’ve hit the right target. On a more personal level, archery also improves one’s mental focus and helps boost self-confidence.

Despite being a stationary sport, archery can still be physically demanding. On the plus side, beginners can progress at their own pace to build upper body strength.

Benefits of archery: Drawing bow strings is an effective way of toning your upper back, shoulders and arms. Take into account the fact that you’re actually pulling sixty pounds of weight with each shot, meaning you will be building up your core muscles through continuous practice.

The mental benefits of archery are numerous. By focusing on a target, you are refining your concentration skills and learning to maintain patience.  When you think about it, archery is all about developing exceptional focus skills. Consequently, the attention skills you acquire from archery are the same tools that you need for dealing with mentally demanding tasks in everyday life.

Pilates

Designed by Joseph Pilates in the first half of the 20th century, Pilates comprises an all-embracing fitness program. This phenomenon in the world of fitness has gained momentum in the last few years. Today you can find a range of instructional DVD’s and books, but Pilates is best practiced with an experienced instructor.

Benefits of Pilates: The list is endless. However, the main purpose of Pilates is to lengthen and stretch core muscles in order to attain flexibility and improve coordination. Just like yoga, good posture and coordinated breathing are at the key to physical and spiritual wellness. While Pilates is not a ‘fat-burning’ activity, it will certainly do wonders to your core strength.

Tai chi

Probably the slowest fitness activity on the planet, Tai Chi is mainly focused on meditative and spiritual outcomes. Tai Chi is a martial art stemming from ancient Chinese traditions, but nowadays it has grown into a worldwide practice.

Benefits of tai chi: It might seem a bit far-fetched at first, but studies carried out by Stanford University and Harvard Medical School have shown that Tai Chi helps to improve abdomen strength and fortifies core muscles.  

Table tennis

Ping pong is an ideal way of spending some enjoyable quality time with a friend. It is also a great stress-reliever and an easy way of burning some extra calories. If Tai Chi is way too slow for your liking, turn up the tempo with a light game of table tennis.

Benefits of table tennis: The physical benefits encompass all body areas. Running around the ping pong table strengthens your legs and contributes to weight loss. A quality pair of cross training shoes can improve your performance significantly and prevent injury, you can learn more about buying the correct shoes for table tennis at www.dsstuff.com or a local sport store in your area.

Due to its required speed and agility, table tennis helps in maintain a sharp and active mind. It’s also a good cardiovascular sport as it gets your heart and blood pumping.

Yoga

It’s never too late to start doing yoga. There’s no excuse about being too old or out of shape. Yoga techniques and poses can be modified to meet individual needs. To some extent yoga is like an a la carte menu, where you can pick and choose different techniques and create your own routine.

While the yoga videos that you’ll find online are usually easy to follow, booking a few classes with an instructor can help you identify your actual physical needs.

Benefits of yoga: An entire page can be devoted to the benefits of yoga, and I recommend visiting the yoga section on this website for further information.

Yoga is a holistic practice that heals our body, mind, and soul. It is the right medicine for anyone suffering from continuous back pain due to bad posture. The focus on the lengthening and flexibility of the spine improves our posture and balance.

In summary, yoga increases physical stamina through stretching, boosts self-confidence through learning to maintain good posture, and helps us establish spiritual wellness through its relaxation and meditative techniques.

Fencing

You don’t need to have an aggressive personality to sign up for fencing classes. Indeed, it’s a competitive sport and it can get a bit too intense, but fencing can also be practiced in the company of friends.

Benefits of fencing: Fencing entails a good deal of mental input. The psychological benefits of fencing include problem solving and strategic skills, sharp concentration and an active mind.

Excellent coordination between legs and arms is a skill developed by all competent fencers.  Fencing also increases leg strength and endurance and helps you achieve sharper reflexes. Due to its fast-paced and agile movements, fencing endows regular practitioners with cardiovascular benefits, which include lower cholesterol and blood pressure, healthy weight, and a decreased risk of heart disease.

Latin dance

Do you think you can dance? Well it doesn’t matter, it’s still worth a shot! If both yourself and your better half need to get fit (and perhaps more sensual), signing up for a salsa or Argentinian tango class offers the right solution. You’d trip and stumble a few times at first, but before you know it you’ll be swaying your body like a true Latino.

Benefits of Latin dancing:  The key benefit of Latin dance is body coordination. You’ll be moving different parts of the body simultaneously while keeping your mind focused on each movement. As your hips twist to that Samba rhythm, your legs and feet will be moving fast in coordination to your partner’s movements. And the best thing about Latin dance? It makes you feel AND look sexy.

Business Advise on Starting Outdoor Equipment Business

By on Nov 14, 2014 in Fashion | 0 comments

If you are thinking of starting your own business, you should always start small, unless you are franchising an existing business. Having your own business is no small matter and should be taken seriously. A lot of starter business have failed to last more than three years since they started, because they have skipped steps that are essential in forming the foundation of your business. This principle can be applied to outdoor equipment businesses as well. Any business with a strong foundation will last for many years.

Start Online

The good thing about opening up your own outdoor equipment business these days is that you have the option to open up an online shop before you can choose to get a retail space first. This is one of the first small steps that you should take so that you can see for yourself which parts of your business need improvement. You can start making your home as your first base of selling outdoor equipment. Take advantage of using social networks such as creating a Facebook page and share it among your friends. Some of your friends may help spread the word to some of their friends that are interested in outdoor equipment as well. Do not mind if your customers are numbered – it will gradually grow over the years with persistence and dedication to your passion.

You can think about putting up your own website later when you have enough money to start it.

Sell Your Used Outdoor Equipment

If you are a passionate outdoor person, you may have one equipment or two that you used for doing outdoor activities, maybe your first beginner bow or crossbow. If you think that they are no longer of use to you and it would be a waste to throw them away, try selling them at a reasonable price. Again, you can use your social network account to promote your used goods. You will eventually find customers who are interested in them, although it may take a while.

The Money Needed to Start

There is no actual figure to start up an outdoor equipment business because this depends on the scale you are starting with first and the space you are going to use to display your goods. If you are starting at the garage of your home, you can save money for renting space. If you have sold a couple of used pieces of equipment, you can use this as the capital for future investments. Always learn from the experience you see before you, as it will be your guide on what you are going to do next. Never open a retail store if you think that you have not enough money to pay monthly rent.

The Best Location

Since it is an outdoor equipment business, the best place would be the semi-urban. Suburbs and urban places are also good choice, but you may want to avoid the rural areas, especially if there are only a few people coming about. Areas where crossbow hunting or bowhunting is popular are also good.

Lastly, do not partake in this kind of business if you are just forced by those close to you or you hear someone saying that it will make you a lot of money. Having that kind of mindset might be your failure in making your business last longer.

Starting a Fashion Blog or Promoting Fashion Products?

By on Oct 31, 2014 in Fashion | 0 comments

So, you have a passion for writing and fashion?  Well there are a couple of good places to start and things to look for along the way.   Now, making money online or getting visitors to your site may not come immediately and will take some long hours building your new blog if you want to see success.  If you hang in there and focus on creating quality content and market that content, then you might have a shot.  Here is a guide on how to get started.

First Things First…Branding Your Blog

You want to come up with a suitable name for your blog that is catchy and memorable.  This will be much easier if you choose the angle or focus that you want to take first.  There are many different aspects of the fashion scene and covering all of those aspects would be a defeating process.  If you are just after marketing other company’s products then we recommend taking a look at Male Emporium.  This website is designed to promote men’s clothing and has a brandable name.  Selecting your name may take some time and could be a frustrating process because many domains have been registered.  Be patient and choose your blog’s name wisely so others will not have a problem remembering your name.

The second step is selecting a platform that you can use to publish your content.  There are many different platforms out there like Word Press, Blogger, and Blogspot.  Each are very easy to use and setup.  Once you have selected your platform, it may be a challenge to move your content to another platform down the road so we recommend using Word Press for ease of use.  After you have your new blog setup, your next focus will be fresh content.

When building a fashion blog you should have a broader focal point.  This will make it much easier to create categories that branch off from your broader focus.  You want to make it easy to come up with ideas to write about and if you select too small of a focus, you will run out of content to write about.  Make sure to follow what is not only interesting to you, but to others as well because they will be your audience.

Content is King, but It Won’t Guarantee Success

Staying up to date on the latest fashion news or products is crucial and wring unique, fresh content on a regular basis is important.  If no one is reading your content thought then it does not matter what you are writing about.  That’s why promoting your content and sharing with others is just as crucial as writing about your enthusiasm of fashion.  Setting up social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter is a great start.  Finding people with social media and networking to build those relationships is a must.

All of the tips above are a great starting point, but it will take self motivation to follow through and it will take time to start seeing traffic to your blog.  Finding fellow blogger’s in your area will help fuel your drive to succeed and having an accountability partner will help.  You can find local blogging groups on Meetup which is free to use. Best of luck to your new fashion blog!