Saturday, 27 July 2013

My online shop and next month's big event!

Bonjour tout le monde! I haven't really had a chance to blog in the last couple of weeks because I have been super busy. It's my summer term at university already (I get less holidays than most students because I'm doing my degree in two years as opposed to three) and I have more modules to be getting on with, including a side order of French! Anyway, I thought I would share with you the goings on of the last fortnight or so.

After having decided that I really did want to open an online hair accessory shop, I got busy buying materials and packaging, buying a font license so I could make a header and generally doing the million and one things that seem to be necessary when you start a small business. 

The name of my brand? Sugar Trampoline.

I actually named it after the lyrics in one of my favourite songs, as there was something about it I found clever and likeable. Plus, it seems to go with the sugary, fun aesthetic I'm going for.

Will it be successful? I really don't know. I am aware that as far as selling products or getting various opportunities goes, a degree of internet fame is important, and something I certainly don't have! Hopefully, the products will speak for themselves.

At this point in time, I've got a batch of simple, ribbon hair bows, and I'm adding more to it each day. I'm also working on making other products, so there's a range of things for people to choose from. 

In the meantime, it would mean a lot to me if you would like my Facebook page. I hope to have everything going within the next month or so, and people's support is very much appreciated!

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In other news, I'm going to Frock On! 

I could not be more excited to be going to a lolita convention! I actually missed my chance to grab a ticket initially. The event completely sold out and it seemed like there was absolutely no way I'd be going. And then one day, on the Facebook event page, someone was selling theirs! Usually when this happens, a flood of people dive in before you can even finish writing a coherent comment of interest. This time, however, it was like nobody had even noticed this post at all. A few messages, a Paypal transaction, and a several days later, I had my ticket! And not just any old ticket, but a VIP Entry ticket! This means I'll be allowed early entry, get the best seating, and even get a goody bag! I'm so thrilled.

I've been trying to come up with the perfect coordinate for the day, something classic. It's a style I do not normally wear, so I'm anxious as to how well I'll be able to pull it off. 

Well, that's about all I have to say for the time being. I have an irritatingly large amount of homework to do, and many more accessories to make. Until next time, au revoir! 

Saturday, 13 July 2013

A sunny Alice Day and a trip to Ikea

Hey everyone! Last Saturday I went to a really great meetup in Oxford, where we celebrated the city's annual Alice Day!

Of course, the theme was Alice in Wonderland, so I made sure to wear my Bodyline Alice print skirt, and an Alice themed necklace I got from a 50s style shop.

There's a spoon, slice of cake, key, mad hatter cameo, egg sandwich and teapot!

It was very hot that day, around 25 Celsius, and the train I took didn't have air conditioning. It was an unfortunate journey to say the least!

All the fun I had when I got there made up for it, though. Here's the entirety of my coordinate:
I wore my new Anna House blouse, and a hairbow I made myself.

Everyone looked really fabulous that day! Here's a group picture:
The Oxfordshire lolita group merged with the Bristol lolitas for the day so I got to meet some new faces! Overall, it was a really fab day, and I can't wait for the next meetup.

On Thursday I took a trip to Southampton to meet up with my partner. We made our usual trip to Ikea, and I managed to get an outfit shot in one of the mirrors!
I decided to pair my macaron skirt with a waistcoat and I think the coordinate turned out pretty well. I wore a simple puff sleeved t-shirt, and another hair bow handmade by me. I'm hoping to launch an online hair accessory shop in the next few weeks so watch this space!

I hope everyone has been enjoying the hot weather (I've personally been hiding indoors!)
See you next time