Thursday, 5 September 2013

I'm Going to a Trade Show!

All good things happen after a little wine...

I mentioned in a previous post that I work in a clothes shop when I'm back home in Cornwall, which I absolutely love. The shop is one of two shops that we have in Cornwall, and has some lovely brands, ranging from Masai to Great Plains, from White Stuff to Uttam Boutique.

Last night was our end of season meal for the 12 employees of the two shops we have in Cornwall, a chance to reflect, eat, and (for me) quiz the boss. After a little wine we all got chatting more freely, and my boss asked me about what I was planning on doing after uni. I told her I was very interested in doing a graduate training scheme in retail, to which she responded with an excited smile and the advice that I try to go for the John Lewis grad training scheme. She then went on to talk about the trade shows that her and her shop manager buy at, to which I said "ooh I would love to go to a trade show, that would be so exciting." And she said I could go to the next one! The next one in A/W 14 in February, but it's still very exciting, and being based in Essex means I can easily get into London.

So, after a night filled with a lot of food and lots of wine, I came out with some great advice and an exciting opportunity to gain more insight into the retail world!

Love, Emily x

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Tip #1 for Buying On-Trend yet Bargain Pieces

Tip #1 for Buying On-Trend yet Bargain Pieces

No-one said it had to be expensive.

When you think 'new trend' what springs to mind? To me it is key fabrics - anyone can wear a fabric and can style it to suit their body shape and personal style. It's much easier (in my opinion) to pick out and wear a trend's key fabric (whether its pattern or texture), rather than to try to change your whole wardrobe to fit in with a trend's new cut.

So, when I wanted a new piece to fit in with the gothic looks seen on the catwalk, I simply typed in 'lace' to ebay. Now that ticks the box of the 'new trend's key fabric', now to tick the 'bargain' box. To do this, I select 'ending soonest' on the sort by menu; allowing for you to really see how much you might end up paying for an item, and to quickly bag some brilliant bargins. Yes it may seem like it's impulse buying, but since you have already chosen what you are looking for it is more calculated shopping than most Saturday high-street shopping can ever be. Plus, it's likely to be cheaper.

So that's my first tip for buying on trend pieces at bargain prices ... what's your best thing you have ever bought from ebay?

Emily x

So to start...

Sitting in my dressing gown, hair wet, just got out the shower ... perfect time to start a blog!

Hello bloggers!

I'm Emily, a girl from Cornwall, whose biggest success so far in life is to move 8 hours away to Colchester to do a linguistics degree. Seriously, anything past London is like abroad if you're from the West Country!
I come back to Cornwall every holiday to work in a clothes shop in a pretty little town, and to see the sea!

I've always been inspired by reading, especially reading fashion and lifestyle magazines. I subscribe to Elle, a magazine I find beautiful, real and insightful, and I aspire to start a career in retail and fashion.

This blog will be an outlet for me to write about fashion and beauty trends that I think are the most exciting, and how to attain and style their key pieces on a small budget, and will document my, hopefully fruitful, attempts at breaking into my favourite industry.