Sunday, November 28, 2010

How to Protect Your Makeup Goodies

Some women simply use loose powder to remove the extra oil on the face or hide unwanted blemishes. But, for others who want to look even better, they simply wear make up.

So, your make - up kit may include but not limited to lipstick, blush - on, mascara, eye and lip pencil, foundation and more.

Make sure too that your make - up products are safe, thus, read well the expiration dates of each product. Typically, products may have the following life span:

3 months
6 months
Eye Cream
6-12 months
1 year
1-2 years
Lipstick/Lip Pencils/Eye Pencils
2 years
Powders/Eye Shadow/Blush/Cream Blush

date span source:

But, how do we practically keep them to last longer. Place your make - up products in their protective holders. Clean them regularly and if the products like sponges or pencils are all dilapidated, replace them.

Protecting our stuffs are not only practical but also hygienic. Thus, when you need to attend to your personal belongings, properties, health issues including joint supplements like glucosamine chondroitin msm among others, get the right products and services that mean quality results. And, when we know how to prolong our precious belongings, we shall be getting more from our hard - earned money.

The Sunglasses Test

Your Sunglasses Say You're an Enigma

You are chic, bold, and mysterious.

You are larger than life and very sexy.

You need to be shaded from people who are dull and ordinary.

You feel sunniest when you're around fabulous, exciting people

How Your Favorite Outfit Tells What Kind of Girl You Are

What Your Red Outfit Means

You're bold and risk taking when it comes to style.

You are proud of who you are. It doesn't matter what others think.

A complete flirt, men are drawn to your confidence.

Designer match: Betsey Johnson

Signature accessory: A studded leather hobo bag

How to Look Good on Your Holiday Outfit

In this upcoming Christmas holidays, our store has been attending to the needs and demands of our clients who are looking for the right outfit to boost in their respective holiday parties.

But, how do we actually look good on any outfit that we desire. I can only cite the following practical tips:

1. Use the theme of your party. If this is an anime - inspired party, then, scout for interesting outfit from magazines or net resources.

2. Use the right skin tone for your outfit to boost your strengths but hide your flaws. You can read my previous article on right dress for your skin tone.

3. Depending on your outfit, there are practical tips to make sure that you will be an envy of everyone. For gown, you can read my tips here.

4. Use effective beauty regimen including acne treatments to boost more your confidence.

5. Have a positive perception of yourself.

6. Use appropriate accessories to highlight your outfit and strengths.

More Hongkong/Korean/Bangkok Apparel on Display

few of our Asian apparel

We got new stocks from Bangkok, Hongkong and Korea and we can only be prouder as we hold new elegant and chic designs with way too cheap prices.

So, perhaps this afternoon, we can get some pictures and post them in our Facebook account and blog more about the stocks we have.

We can only invite more of our customers to check the newly arrived stocks and use them for holiday getaways.

The thing with Asian apparel is that they come in cheap rates but they are too stylish, creative and fun to boost.

Blog Shirts for a Cause

We shall be holding a blog - shirt - for - a - cause drive to sell blog shirts to any interested buyer. And, since the Blog Fest Day shall be on December 11, we only have a meager time to prepare. I only hope that we can do more and sell more, so, our assistance to our fellow - blogger shall be big and more.

Although there are some designs that may not be available, we hope other designs can be sold.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Luring Again my Running Shoes

I am done with my week of vacation and while I am happy to have relaxed and enjoyed with my parents and younger sibling, the vacation however compelled me to eat more and miss my exercise.

Since semestral break I have been missing my jogging and taebo and with this, my bulges simply continue to bulge and lump more. Losing weights for older women is simply difficult. Women will just have to resort to fast - result alternatives including women diet pills and see miracles work.

I wish I can just do a 1 - 2 - 3 step to cut the bulges but as soon as I get home, I shall really look for my running shoes again and hit the running tracks once more.

Our Boutique on Storewide Sale

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In celebration of Christmas holidays, we join the rest of the establishments as they do their holiday sales.

So, we started with perfumes, bags, shoes, accessories and apparel with 5% to 50% off on all our stocks.

This shall be a good way to lure our old and new customers to rummage through our stocks as we replenish with the new ones.

With new purchases I have, we can only be more glad to see our customers with bags of stocks from us and to use our stuffs as personal gifts.

Costumes for Theme Holiday Parties

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My sister recently joined an early company Christmas Party and unlike typical holiday parties, they were innovative enough to put on a costume party for everyone with the theme Anime to boost.

So, my sister was only brave and sexy with her sexy house helper costume. She even made it to the top 5 most captivating and interesting anime costumes but she lost it to someone who was lovely on her Cleopatra costumes.

I guess we can have the same fun at home and though it requires extra efforts to prepare, I guess the fun can be all worth it.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Needing Family Service for Fashion Shopping

We are on our second day to search for stuffs to buy and sell in our boutique and though I found best buys because of cheap rates, we were too drained carrying the stuffs and traveling through public vehicles.

So, I quite wish that we have our own family service that we can use for fashion shopping to make the buying more comfortable. And, when this wish shall be realized, we shall make sure that we have quality car accessories including brake pads to boost.

For now, we can only endure and perhaps if sales get better, we can start pooling resources and save for the family service.

How to Take Care of Your Leather Belts

Belts are one of basic fashion accessories. While leather belts can be either cheap or expensive, we can only take care of our belts through the right storage and cleaning techniques.

One of the villains to leather failures is dryness. So, if the dryness goes through the inner core of the leather belt, the damage is irreversible. So, you can use leather coating frequently on highly humid areas especially in your working place otherwise 1 or 2 times a month shall do.

Here are other practical tips to make sure that your leather belts last longer than usual.

  • Hang your belt with the buckle on hook;
  • Clean any stain using a damp cloth and let it air dry;
  • Use leather cleaner and conditioner to maintain its brightness and softness;
  • Protect it from humidity and heat to keep it from mildew and dryness.

Royal Engagement Ring Leads to Ring Imitations

A replica of Kate Middleton's engagement ring from Natural Sapphire Company
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On Philippine national news, we can only be excited that our favorite royal Prince William of England had set their wedding dates. Of course, I can only be curious as to the details of their wedding preparations including the dazzling 18 - carat sapphire ring Prince William gave to fiancee, Kate Middleton.

And with this royal sensation, replicas come abound that search and orders worldwide for the same ring creation continues to rise.

The engagement ring was one of the rings of late Princess Diana and price value starts at $60,000 for the gems alone. So, with this pricey value, we can only go for cheaper replicas.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Practical Tips to Take Care of Your Handbags

Handbags are among the basic essentials of being a woman. In fact, women spend big investments on their bags more than their shoes and their apparel.

Personally, I only love to buy bags of all sorts from known names including Marc Jacobs handbags that I can only be willing to pay.

So, how do we practically take care of our valuable hand bags. I can only cite the following:

  • Protect your bags with the appropriate protector. For leather bags, there are protectors against sun and dust among other pollutants. So, for other type of bags, use the needed cleaner only;
  • Consider the weather before going out with your handbag;
  • Protect your handbag from extreme cold and heat as they become brittle;
  • Use bubble wrap or any dust bag to protect;
  • Wipe gently your bag from any spill like water, condiments, and others; Use the needed cleaning technique to further protect;
  • Keep the chains within your bag's compartment;
  • Protect your handbag from other bags when they need to be stored together. To avoid color transfer, use only the dust bag or other safe protectors.

Some Prefer Bangkok and Korean Fashion while . . .

Our boutique has been up and running since August and though most of the stocks are US brands, we mix them with Korean/Bangkok/Hongkong and other Asian stocks to meet the middle and low classes.

But, like most of our customers, I love Asian stocks because not only that they are cheap, they are way too creative in styles and colors.

So, most of the time, customers search for Asian stocks that we need to update our stocks regularly. But, in spite of the demand, we can't make good sale because traffic is quite rare in our place and that other stores offer more accessibility and variety.

We can only wish that the business state can get better especially that the holidays are coming.

Canceled Hongkong Shopping

We were supposed to do our vacation and shopping in Hongkong but for some unexpected family business events, we could only cancel our trip and just settle for local trip. We could have had nice vacation abroad, witness the culture first hand, and buy inexpensive stuffs for business and personal use.

But, perhaps next year, we can schedule a trip again and finally push through with the overseas travel. Perhaps, the kids and the rest of the family can join us, then, it will be more fun and exciting.

For now, we can only rely on our US stocks and local suppliers for our boutique varieties.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Boutique Needs More Lights

The boutique has been operating since late July and while we are the only stall operating along the old Infant's section, the boutique seems to stand out from the rest of the empty areas.

But, if we need to see closely, the boutique is dim from the outside. Thus, to lure more customers to come into the store, we need to have more lights and replace the dim ones including projector bulbs for better boost.

Customers are more encouraged to be in stores that are welcoming and bright and since traffic is quite bleak along our area, having potential customers in our store is already a blessed opportunity.

Perhaps, as soon as I get back from our family trip, I can do something about the boutique's lighting system.

How to Know Your Hat Size

Our XL cap from Pitbull sold at price range PHP 630.00 - 756.00
to see other caps sold, click here.

Buying hats or caps as fashion accessory, posterity and protection may require that you know your hat size. Fitting the hats can only be the most practical way but if you want to save time, knowing your hat size may save you from fitting one hat to another. Further, if you let someone buy the hat, then, sizing is indeed required.

You can get a tape measure to determine the circumference of your head. Measure it around the area just above your eye brows where the hat usually rest.

You can also use a string and check it with a ruler to confirm. But, even if a ruler is not visible, bringing a string and measuring it with the hat can be another option. If the hat is resizable, then, sizing is not required.

You can use a chart like the one I found from

Find Your Hat Size
Circumference (in)20 1/2 - 21 5/822 - 22 3/822 3/4 - 23 1/823 1/2 - 25
Hat Size6 1/2 - 6 7/87 - 7 1/87 1/4 - 7 3/87 1/2 - 8

How to Choose the Right Party Gowns

one of our party gowns up for 40% off

Choosing the right party gown may be a hard toil for most ladies but I can only think of these practical tips on how to choose the right party outfit that can accentuate your strengths.

Consider your budget. If this is your top most concern, then, you can go to local or/and online stores that offer discounts on party gowns. Our boutique for instance offers up to 40% off on Hollywood - style party gowns for everyone's taking.

Consider comfort and style. WHile some gowns may look good on your favorite celebrities, you have to consider if their outfits provide the needed comfort and delight. So, with your body structure, party theme and protocols, complement your gowns well.

Use appropriate accessories. With the right party gown, accentuate it even more with the right shoes, bag and other accessories. You can search online which accessories better fit for the styles you want.

Use party gowns that boost your strengths and hide your flaws. If you have large thighs or hips, then, find gowns that don't dwell or highlight your flaws. If you have flat chest, go for gowns with pads. Remember, party gowns must look good on you not the other way around.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Running Shoes Gone Wild

Since classes started in June, my jogging regimen has gone bad until I skip it everyday for a number of reasons. For one, I hate the bulging and mean calf I see on my leg that makes it appear manly and anti - feminine.

So, I wish I can just go back to taebo exercise and boxing to lose weights. Not that I just want to look good, I feel that I am sluggish and old with my increasing bulges.

If only I have enough resources, I might as well consider other weight - loss alternatives including diet pills like apidexin for faster and sustainable result.

Perhaps, I can just use weekends to go back to group exercise for more fun and achieved weight loss.

How to Find the Best Color Outfit for Your Skin Tone

Our boutique allows us to deal and transact with various types of clients. While there are very few and difficult customers, we have a number of good - paying customers.

Some customers are however with color of their outfits that we cant but give our own tips. Normally, black is a safe color for different sizes and skin tones.

But, how can we actually find the best color that can flatter our skin tone? We may be dark - tanned, medium - toned or pail - color, and we can only look for the right color to draw attention and praises from others.

While we can take time to do self - experiments and check what colors suit us better, we can also get feedbacks from others as to colors that can indeed flatter us.

Experts further recommend that we match the color based on our skin tone. If you have cool skin wherein the undertones are either pink or blue, the veins may appear blue and the best color shall be platinum or silver.

If you have warm skin where the undertones are yellow but the veins look green, gold color is preferred.

After identifying this, you further separate the skin tone between clear and muted. If your hair color is high contrast, then your skin tone is of clear type otherwise it is considered as muted.

From this knowledge, match now your color based on your skin tone seasons.

Asian and Africans normally have winter skin tone, cool and clear, and the best colors for them are all white, black, cool grays, navy blue, bright pink, dark red, jewel tones like emeralds, royal purple and blue. They have to avoid faded colors like brown, beige, gold or brown.

The blondes normally have summer skin which is both cool and muted and they are complemented with colors like pastel and muted colors like rose, lavender, light yellow and blue. Avoid dark and vivid colors like black, orange.

Warm and muted shall be be the Autumn skin and the best colors are caramel, gold, orange, dark olives. Avoid pale colors like pink, cool shades, black and white and other extreme bright colors.

Spring tones are warm and clear; If you have pale eyes, auburn hair, pale skin, then the best colors for you are peach, ivory, deep reds, bright green, brown and gold are among the best flatterers.

Anticipating our Boutique Plastic Bag

Our hang tag and with a customized text, now,
it shall be used for plastic bag

We have been anticipating our very own plastic bag with our own mark and this shall highly help promote our store to other potential customers.

Although we wanted to make use of paper bags to be more environment friendly, the manufacturing costs made us reconsider.

So, come tomorrow, we shall roll the bags for use.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Pack the Right Clothes for Your Trip

We shall soon leave for a week of vacation to Manila come November 21 and while Manila is just another place in the Philippines, we are somehow confident of what the weather shall be in time of our vacation. So, to enjoy our vacation, we can only bring appropriate type and number clothes to make sure that the stay can be less uncomfortable.

So, if you or your loved ones are scheduled for an out – of – town – or - country trip, you can only make your trip more fun and practical, if you know the persisting weather in the new place.

My siblings and the rest of the family would want to travel abroad. And one on our travel wish list includes celebrity cruises for more excitement. We just have to start pooling resources to make sure that the vacation can be realized.
It quite helps when we have travel guides and advisories to any place we want to visit for a more safe, fun and secured vacation.

Cool Manny Pacquaio "PacMan" Novelty

Pacman freebies from blogger - banker, Orman Manansala in his 1st blogsary
photo source: Doc Remo

Today, people across the world watch the fight of pound - for - pound king, our fellow Filipino, a hero and public servant, Manny "Pacman" Pacquaio fights again for another boxing title against Margarito.

In the Philippines, crime rates decline during the boxing schedule of Pacman. This goes to say, everyone waits and wails for Pacman.

So, we can only be much prouder to sport on any Pacman novelty including t-shirts from his Novelty Store, Team Pacquaio.

We can only wait and watch for Pacman's fight and wail with excitement and pride again.

Why Most People Love Asian Apparel

Above are the stocks we recently acquired and I personally love Asian apparel since they are cool to the skin and easy to maintain.

But, more than that, most people love Asian apparel because they are stylish and cheap. In fact, our boutique sells more of this type of apparel than our USA and European clothes because of the price differences.

So, if you wan style, comfort and price all in one, go for Asian apparel.

Wanted Big Plus Apparel

Our USA brands had recently arrived and glad to see that most of the apparel are of big sizes. Since we started with our boutique, most of the apparel stocks on hand were for regular sizes only, meaning, they can only go for small to large – frame individuals.

There were only few individuals who searched for extra big sizes and although we wish to serve their needs, the stocks then simply would not fit.

I have been missing my morning jogs for over a month now and I simply have a reason or two to wake up early and hit the running tracks. And, with my bulges, I wish to just try other weight loss alternative the one that is best proven fat burner that can really do wonders.

It is quite difficult when we search for the right outfit especially if we begin to carry unwanted bulges all in different corners.

So, I am hopeful that the new stocks shall be appealing to our old and potential clients.

Elegant Bracelets/Bangles

I recently found these bangles that are quite appropriate for formal and casual occasions. As a lady, I can only search for elegant, unique and classic bracelets and accessories to complement my outfit for the day.

I am pretty sure that our customers shall welcome these new collections.

Protect Your Business Plus One More

In the recent statistics of people who invest for their life and business insurances, a very insignificant number hits the record since people don’t really worry or anticipate what can possibly happen in the future.

Insurances may be an added cost but we can never really foretell when they can come handy. For one, my parents took college educational insurance for me, so, my schooling could be less difficult. And, true enough, I had fully maximized my scholarship and somehow, my parents were able to concentrate more on my younger siblings.

I wish to insure our business to be more secured. So, if you wish to check for legitimate insurances and their prices, you can check for insurance quotes and get the best offer.

Perhaps, I can search for business insurances in the market and consider their insurance packages.

How to Take Care of Your Fashion Accessories

few of our fashion accessories on display for sale

Irregardless of how expensive or not your fashion accessories, it is equally important that you know how to take care of your precious and lovely boosts to make sure that they last as expected.

There are different ways how to take care of your accessories and depending on the materials (i.e gold, silver, brass or bronze), you can select the most appropriate commercial cleaner.

Normally, a soft cleaning cloth and/or lukewarm water and mild soap shall do the usual cleaning. Rule of thumb, protect your accessories from extreme chemical and/or pressure.

Boutique Needs a Boost

Our store is house to different stocks that include bags, shoes, apparel, accessories, perfume and more but with economy remains bleak and last quarter hardly help.

We wish to do more of advertisements but we can only pray that the economy finally recovers from recession, so, more people can buy and in turn, the business entities can recover.

For now, we can only rely on word - of - mouth advertisement and online marketing.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Why Fashion Apparel Are Outsourced

As a boutique manager, I get different feedbacks and comments as to the authenticity of our brands. For one, I have legitimate suppliers who really make sure that we get authentic stuffs to sell.

So, when customers see the stocks like the Aeropostale shirts made in Indonesia, India or Guatemala or Kathy van Zealand bags made in China, they are without their anxiety.

But outsourcing is not actually a new business strategy. Since labor force is way cheaper and government regulations are more free, big companies like DELL, Lacoste, LV, and others outsource their manufacturing for economic and political reasons.

With piracy hypes, clients can only be vigilant of what they buy. For one, they can check whether prices are reasonable, and lastly, whether quality conforms to the company's international standards otherwise they have been ripped off.

New Boutique Stocks Up for Sale

We recently acquired stocks from Hongkong, Korea, China and Bangkok and just this week, our new stocks from US had finally arrived too. The new stocks shall be up for display and sale this weekend as soon as I get the inventory done.

As manager, I wish to do many things but with technology restraints, I can only endure manual inventory. I wish I can purchase a good barcode scanner to make the stock inventory and sale easier.

We can only be hopeful that the last quarter of 2010 can be fruitful and efficient. For now, I can only make use of manual systems to do my business functions. Good thing, I have my family and store attendants to help.

All - White Wedding Day

the newlyweds with friends in Gensan City

the buddies with the bride

My old friend from college had her big day with a fellow from Davao City and I was appointed as one of the masters of ceremony along with my classmate, Marlen.

The big day had a motif of blue and green and the guests were supposed to wear in white. But, I had trouble finding a nice outfit to boost, so, I end up wearing this pair of nice blue blouse and slacks. My bride - friend had to reprimand my choice of color but she could only give in. LOL!

The day went perfectly well and I could only be happier for my old friend.

Back to Office Clothes Again

Last November 8, our school officially commenced the start of second semester and with 18 - unit load to fill every week only on Mondays - Wednesdays - Fridays, I can only be happier with the workload. I have one subject preparation for the entire week, so, the work becomes lighter.

But, with teaching work, I have to be on formal office clothes again and that means I have to wear only slacks or skirts and blouses. Pants are definitely not allowed; I just have to endure the five months of formal office clothes, then, I can resume with my usual denim apparel.

With the 3 - day workload, somehow, I shall have enough time to work on my blogs, and business.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

How to Secure Your Business

When we were just starting with our boutique, we were robbed in broad daylight by an old lady pretending to be our customer. And, since we were quite overwhelmed with all the stocks she planned to buy, my mom and sister missed to see that the old woman already carried my sister's bag.

It only took a few minutes to take note of the loss and indeed, my sibling alerted the police but since we could not fully recall all the physical features of the thief, our cause remained vain. If only we had security cameras operating, we could have pinned the thief and make sure that she stayed behind bars.

Other instances that somehow threatened our boutique was the fact that there were bystanders who simply want to pass through the boutique. Good thing, we locked the door and placed alarm device for forced entry.

Now, that we have our boutique within the mall, the security guards and the mall's security measures somehow make the business more secured. However, we can't fully rely on these, we still have to be more vigilant and proactive.

Why Fashion Industry Degrades

with customers digging in for good used clothes while ukay-ukay barker calls for more customers
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When economic recession hit the global economy, not only the real estates and insurance industries were badly crippled, so, were the furniture, fashion and export industries.

While clothing is one of the basic needs, the industry is seriously injured because people would rather re-use their old clothes than buy. They keep their precious hard earned money for much needed necessities: food and shelter.

Worse, with this fledgling fashion economy, the used clothes for sale or known as "ukay - ukay" (means to dig in or scramble through) swarmed the roads and commercial areas that indeed cripple most fashion stores. Our boutique is not at all exempted from this problem. Well, I can't blame the public since an "ukay - ukay" pair of imported pants can be priced at 30 pesos only or cheaper.

While this ukay - ukay is not to be for sale, the government simply takes a blind side and would rather pretend that these illegal stalls sell used clothes. In fact, because ukay - ukay stores swarm the country, the government would rather impose taxes on them.

The tax bill would somehow cripple the ukay - ukay stores but will somehow legitimize their commercial moves while crippling deeper legitimate establishments.

New Korean/Hongkong Fashion Apparel

semi - dress(sold)

2 - piece blouse (sold)

overall (sold)

One of the stuffs that sells a lot is the Korean fashion that not only is stylish but also comes cheap in terms of prices. No wonder that most women go after these kind of fashion collection. The Asian fashion line comes in bounty of wild and fancy colors and styles that only the brave and the young can endure. Well, I adore these styles and sometimes, you shall catch me in guilty - fashion mode. LOL!

So, now that we have new stocks on shelf, we can only boost the collection to our avid HongKong/Korean avid customers.

Perhaps, I can post the pictures as soon as I am finish with the photo shoots.