Magnificent Monday: Julia Roberts

Magnificent Monday

This iconic actress knew great success from her earlier works, but Pretty Woman brought her international acclaim. Throughout the ’90s Roberts was the highest paid actress in Hollywood, with numerous awards & nominations under her belt, giving us a clue as to why. I do find it interesting to note that her earlier dreams were to be a doctor of veterinary medicine, as I too have a soft spot for animals.

Julia Roberts

(Pics courtesy of Google image search)

Aside from her sparkling smile, she often accessorizes with a lovely selection of earrings, with the occasional neckline enhancement. Inspired by her beautiful style I have found several lovelies at Amazon for your perusing pleasure. ūüėČ

Roberts Inspired

1) Silver-Tone Simulated Stone Inlay Teardrop Pendant Necklace, 18″ ($6.30)
2) Jiayiqi Women’s Charming Silver Plated Diamond Ball Long Chain Dangle Drop Earrings ($7.99)
3) FB Sterling Silver Bead Dangling Drop Earrings ($8.98)
4) NINE WEST VINTAGE AMERICA Silver-Tone Blue 16 Inch Orbital Pendant Necklace ($9.61)
5) 1928 Jewelry Black Tone Blue Linear Teardrop Earrings ($12)
6) Napier Silver-Tone Double Drop Hoop Clip-On Earrings ($12)
7) Anne Klein Silver-Tone Pearl and Crystal Drop Earrings ($12.28)
8) Purple by M. Haskell Riviera Turquoise Faceted Bead Circle Drop Earrings ($12.62)
9) 1928 Jewelry Gold-Tone Oval Adjustable Pendant Necklace, 16″ ($16.19)

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Style it Up with Costume Jewelry!

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A few casual combinations for tops & necklaces. The tops are from a few different places, you can follow the links provided with the descriptions under the pictures.

Turtleneck Necklace

Black Turtleneck Sweater from Kohl’s regular price $36, currently on sale for $13.99
Cher Necklace regular price $68

Lace Top Body Chain

Lace Top from Kmart regular price $16, currently on sale for $11.89
Sadie Body Chain regular price $46, currently on sale for $42

Flutter Sleeve Layer Necklace

Flutter Sleeve Tie-Waist Blouse (plus size) from JCPenny regular price $42, currently on sale for 19.99
Margo Necklace regular price $42

Tried and True

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Jewelry Shop

Enticing new customers is a large part of the jewelry business, but in the mad dash for more sales we have to take the time to remember your existing clientele. Providing excellent customer service & pampering those who have proven their loyalty to your shop is always important. This is especially critical during the holiday season when everyone is so stressed out trying to find the perfect items while trying to ensure things arrive on time.

Keep a steady dialog with your regulars. Take the time to recommend products that you think will be of special interest to them. Always, always, always listen to any problems they  may have experienced & do everything you can to make it right. When codes are available to distribute, remember first those customers who most frequent your shop.

Taking care of your existing customers goes a long way to keep them coming back to you for their jewelry needs & their word of mouth advertising never hurts.

If you’re not signed up already come check out my boutique!

Fashionably 2015!

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I did a few posts about holiday attire¬†& since most people will already be prepared for their particular gatherings & I decided to¬†move on. So I’ve put together a glamorous New Year party ensemble. This time the dress & boots are from the Pyramid Collection, I’ve always adored their selection of clothing & footwear. Click the image for a larger version.

New Year Ensemble

Red Ruched Dress $59.95
Laces & Lace Boots $49.95
Charmaine Earrings $68
Krista Necklace $38
Isadora Bangle $92
Seneca Bangle $28

Dream Big, Act Practically

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Commission Earnings

I’m a big dreamer myself, but like most of us I have to pull my mind from the clouds & take care of the more practical issues so that I have a chance of achieving those dreams. Suffice to say that just managing a boutique is not enough¬†to bring in the sales, putting the word out there, as often as possible, is the only way to attract the attention of new customers.

Naturally wearing your jewelry when you go out is an important step. That helps to break the ice with potential clients who are in your local area. Having business cards to hand out when people ask about the treasures you’re wearing can be very helpful too.

Social media is a valuable tool to utilize for the health & success of your boutique. Many people access these sites & having a presence on a number of them has the possibility of bringing your business more viewers who may chose to make purchases from you or even join up to do business with you.

When people do decide that they want to work with you to sell jewelry from their own boutiques it can be immensely helpful to them to keep in touch. Should they be just starting out they may need some of the benefit of your experience to guide them down the path of effective marketing.

If your looking to purchase some beautiful jewelry and/or wanting to make some extra money from home, come look me up at my boutique Orbb’s Fashion. Happy winter solstice!!!

A Few Last Minute Gift Ideas

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With the holidays right around the corner, literally, I thought I would spend just a tad more time on gift ideas. With this list I will focus on less costly items found in my boutique Orbb’s Fashion.

Chloe Headband

The Chloe Headband¬†is a cute addition to any denim lover’s collection. Its regular price is $39 but it is currently on sale for $20.

Lucia Earrings

The beautiful Lucia Earrings set my steampunk sensors to tingling, I love these little darlings. Regularly priced at $22.

Erin Necklace

The simple glamour of the Erin Necklace is rose gold & entirely budget friendly. Its regular price is $22.

Belinda Necklace

The cute Belinda Necklace is a lovely piece to coordinate into almost any outfit, especially over the holidays. Regularly priced at $20 its currently on sale for $14.

Florence Bangle

The elegant Florence Bangle is a lovely piece that stacks easily & costs only $16.

Patrick Tie Clip

Don’t want to leave out the guys on your list, you might consider the stylish Patrick Tie Clip. Its regular price is $28 but it is currently on sale for $21.

Reviews and Social Advertising

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It’s very important to write reviews for your products. It can help your customers visualize how they might coordinate the pieces into their wardrobe & just generally assist them to decide which treasures suit them best. The reviews are limited to 200 characters so it is critical to be concise when capturing the spirit of the item.

Equally important is the sharing your thoughts about your offerings across the social platforms you’re a part of. I personally like to use Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Facebook. Regular communication with your audience is vital to stay in touch with your existing customers & to attract more people to your boutique. Twitter has a more restrictive character limit, Pinterest allows more words than the review & both G+ & FB allow many characters, so it can be important to tailor the review for the various platforms you intend to post on. I post one review a day with the exception of the occasional Saturday, though I also post sales as soon as I am aware of them.

If you have the skills with video you might even consider vlogging about your jewelry selections as well. The wider the audience you reach, the better your business will do. I am not especially skilled with video so it is a marketing strategy I have never employed myself.

All the internet marketers suggest using a blog to attract attention to your shop. I’m still very new at this particular aspect of marketing so I am hesitant to make specific suggestions about it at this time, but it is another obvious way to maintain the lines of communication with existing & potential customers.

It’s free to sign up for you own boutique, if you’re interested check out my boutique Orbb’s Fashion & work with me. I can be reached easily by email as well at orbb80@gmail.com.

Customizing Your Boutique

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This is perhaps one of the most important things to do for your shop. In the world of style, image is everything!

When you click Manage Boutique near the upper right of your shop, you will find yourself presented with a list of things to tweak. Fourth down on the list to the left is Customize My Boutique. From that menu you can select a theme & then go on to further customize your theme.

I suggest taking the time to dress up your shop with your own custom shop images & backgrounds. Customers & potential customers like to easily see that you care enough to update your site regularly, so staying up to date on seasonal shifts & holidays is essential to present the proper public image.

I personally like to use Gimp to edit pics together & dress up my shop. It’s also nice to add a similar personal touch to your shop’s FaceBook, Google Plus & whatever other social networking pages you use for your boutique. If you’re into blogging¬†you’ll definitely want to keep its look updated regularly as well.

If you haven’t signed up already & feel that you need an additional income stream come on down & check out Orbb’s Fashion boutique, maybe sign up while your there too.

Basic Boutique Management

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Getting started with your own boutique is really¬†quite simple. I’m going to go over a basic step by step of product selection & general boutique maintenance.

Management

The above image shows the four critical icons you will see with each piece of merchandise. It also shows several filter options that I will get into shortly. Click the image to see larger version.

Items

Firstly, let’s discuss the icons & how to use them, moving from left to right. When selecting items¬†for your boutique you will want to click the check mark icon. When it is darkened as it is in the image above, that item will appear as one of your selections. The next one looks like a tag & you will use it to select your 12 flash sale items each week. Notice the two listed prices; the price on the left is the regular & the one to the right is the discounted price it will be while on sale. The third icon over from the left can be used to write a review of the product. This can be used to talk about the type of things you like to wear with that particular treasure, or simply a description of how you feel about it. The final icon is to make recommendations to your customers. As a boutique owner you will get to know your customers both through their purchases & through good customer care conversations, so you will get an idea of the type of things your customers may wish to purchase.

I find the view filters to be especially useful when I come in for my daily shop checks. The first thing I do is set it to show me all items that are not in my store & click the view all way over to the right, so I don’t have to click through¬†pages to find new products. After I glance through all of the items not in my shop & select any newer pieces I then set the filter to show all items in my store. Then I again click the view all over to the right & scroll all the way to the bottom to see if any items have sold out. It’s important to remove the selector from any items that are no longer in inventory so that your customers do not keep trying to order out of stock items.

When I write reviews I often find it helpful to not only filter it down to the items that are in my boutique, but also to the kind of item I wish to review.at that time. We are limited to 200 characters for our reviews & it’s good to know about the character limits in a few other places when you share your words. I always share something about the product I reviewed with Twitter, Pinterest, my boutique’s FaceBook page & my boutique’s Google+ page. Twitter has a 140 character limit & you may want to shorten the URL at one of the many sites that offers a URL shortening service (this is free). Pinterest has a 500 character limit, so you can certainly get more verbose about your lovely treasures. Neither FaceBook or Google+ are very limiting about how much you can say about your product, I suggest trying to stay somewhat concise while elaborating on the spirit of the piece you’re sharing.

Come check out my shop & maybe open your own at¬†Orbb’s Fashion boutique.

So Many Treasures, So Little Time!

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I admit it, I’m a jewelriholic! I love jewelry far more than any other accessory. The right pieces can totally revolutionize a look, becoming spicy or sophisticated all depending on the mood of the selections.

Lulu EarringsLeilani Necklace

I love coordinating the right treasures for the right occasions. It’s amazing how the same ensemble could be naughty or nice with different choices of accessories. I do so enjoy mixing & matching style to reflect the part of the inner me that goes with that day!

Victoria BraceletArianna Ring

You can never have too much jewelry in your collection! Whether it’s real or costume it’s all about the right look for the right moment in time. That’s why my large jewelry box is absolutely bursting at the seams with all types!

Check out the selections at my boutique, Orbb’s Fashion!