Opened up shop at the flea market for the first time! Made hundreds and had a blast :) #brunettebarbies #hautepink (at Barnyard Flea Market At Pineville)
Standing on the outside of a float plane, in the middle of Alaskan waters… can’t get any better than this! #adventurer #angelsinalaska ✈️ (at Misty Fjords Alaska)
Sneak peek of the shoot I put together today for @mamieruthxoxo! ✌️
Thanks to my beautiful friends @sarardonahue and @alison_wild
Think Inside the Box
Retailing is beginning to take a drastic turn, from big box stores to baby box subscriptions. In September 2011, two Harvard grads started a whole new trend with their product selling approach, through their blossoming company, Birchbox.com.
Birchbox is a relatively new concept referred to as a ‘content-slash- commerce-slash-sampling site for beauty junkies.’ Basically, customers can enter the website and buy a subscription for $10 per month (or $110/ year). This provides subscribers with 4-5 high-end beauty samples each month in their own personalized box. If they like a certain product, they can easily purchase the full-size version on the website.
In sales, personalization is key in customer service. With Birchbox, each woman can complete a quick survey of her beauty preferences and regime, and her box will be geared towards those personal needs. From acne to frizzy hair, this company has got your skin and hair care worries covered.
Customers aren’t big on commitment these days, and always want to try on products before they buy, especially when committing to higher priced items. In beauty, the try-on method is limited to those old ladies at the cosmetic counters slapping on loads of expensive makeup, that can be quite intimidating. Instead, with Birchbox, you receive quality samples of well-known brands to try out yourself within the privacy of your own home. The benefit of this is that you aren’t harassed with countless products more fitted for your mother, and you can order products you like at your own pace after thoroughly sampling the merchandise.
Birchbox women’s has even expanded to goodies for men with the men’s boxes priced at $20 per month, and includes skincare, hair care, and accessories specifically geared towards males. Other companies have even created spinoffs like “Barkbox” that is exclusively for dogs, from toys to treats, which is also priced at $20. With more start-up companies adopting this selling technique, I feel like the market for this is ready for a boom, and the possibilitites seem to be endless at this point. I, myself have ordered my first Birchbox, and I am so excited for its arrival, along with its impact on the future of shopping.
Early morning field trip with my global sourcing class to the Georgia Ports Authority ⚓️ #georgiaports #savannah
This season, designers are looking to the sky for inspiration. The runways were sprinkled with stars and glitter galore. Jewelry from Lanvin, Dries Van Noten, and Alexis Mabille were some of the many collections hit by this galactic trend. The ‘celestial motifs, from sun to stars displayed prominently on fingers, necks and wrists.’ Each fashion line found a new way to incorporate these looks. Some of the featured sub-trends included both galaxy and metallics.
Lanvin’s Spring/Summer 2014 show highlighted this trend best. Model bodies shined with liquid metallics and shimmering accessories. Each ensemble was perfectly reminiscent of the night sky, from the sparkling dresses to the starry accessories. Other designers like Issey Miyake played off of the metallic elements with shiny skirts in futuristic looks. In stores, galaxy prints are thriving on every piece of clothing, from tanks and tees, to loud leggings. It’s great to see how the world of fashion can extend into the universe.
We are so fixated on having a connection to space, and I think fashion is a fantastic way to go about it. Using each of these elements, designers have so much to work with under this celestial craze. I think this trend has a great future because there are so many possibilities out there for it to expand in the market. From the models to the malls, these galactic looks are stunning and here to stay. What can I say, I love these looks to the moon and back!
Sporty spice is making a comeback, from the runway to the streets. Anywhere from H&M up to Chanel, designers are playing off of a more casual look of the 90s. They are featuring sporty elements like knee-high socks and team jersey inspired tops. On the runway, models tossed off their stilettos and laced up their sneakers. Who says style has to be painful? Comfort is in! Collections like Prada showed both fashion and function by incorporating rhinestone gems on their tomboy socks and sporty sandals.
Looking at the streets, fashionistas are incorporating catwalk components, from athlete-inspired footwear to headwear. They donned oversized jerseys, varsity jackets and ball caps, but with a feminine flare. Some women made their looks more girly by sporting strappy heels or a kicky skirt. I believe Stylesight.com said it best with their description: “Sport and luxury materials, details and silhouettes meld for a fresh take on active-inspired styling. Elevated aesthetics feature neoprene, perforation, velcro straps and embellishments.”
I am in love with this trend; it brings me back to my old high school game days. I think that anyone can incorporate sporty pieces in their wardrobe because there are so many options on the market right now. This is great because girly girls, tomboys, and even guys can wear this style. How many trends can you say that about in the fashion world today? I think that with all the possibilities and classic looks, this trend is here to stay. Now the only thing to decide is… how will you rock it?