Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Today`s Outfit: Isabella`s Plantation

I didn`t get to post as often as before recently mostly because *drum roll* I`m in Romania at the moment! And will be here till the end of the week.
These photos are the last ones I took in London before I left when we spent a lovely afternoon at the Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park. This park is amazing. It is absolutely gigantic and has plenty of plantations where you can just lay on the grass with a good book and some cherries.
I`m definitely enjoying these short weekend trips to places a bit quieter inside or outside London and escaping for a few moments from the hustle and bustle of the city.

How have you been spending your weekends recently?

Alina Anghel.xx
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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Top 12 Ebay selling tips for fashion

1) Picking the stock
Ebay popular items page can give you an idea what are currently the bestselling items in clothing. Another way is by looking at fashion blogs and seeing what are the most reoccurring pieces of clothing at the moment, for example: crop tops, florals, midi skirts, etc.

2) Photography
If you take a look at the top selling clothing shops on Ebay you will notice two main things in terms of photography: all use a good camera, and all use a model to display their clothing. The model can either by your friend, your sibling, or even yourself. Take photos from all angles and for vintage don`t forget to display any marks or damages.

3) Ebay fees
When opening your shop or pricing your items you need to pay attention to the Ebay fees as they tend to add up quite quickly. 
To save up money consider selling for the first few months from your personal account without opening a shop. I personally haven`t found much difference between having a shop or not in terms of sales.
Another saving tip is to wait for the insertion free weekends, which usually happen twice a month.

4) Delivery pricing
I prefer to keep free local delivery and only price for international shipping as free delivery listings tend to appear higher in Ebay searches which means increase in sales. Also everyone hates having to pay for delivery even though is just £1 or £2 so I prefer to include it in the clothing price.

5) Best time for listing
I have found that listings ending on Sunday evenings between 6pm and 9pm are usually the best times as it`s mostly when people are staying at home in front of their computers and hopefully shopping on ebay! However this varies from seller to seller.

6) Buy it now or Auction
For clothing I prefer to list my items as auction as in this way I can take advantage of the insertion free weekends. If you`re scared your piece might sell for something less that you planned for you can keep the starting price higher.
What I mention in my listings however is that if someone desires to purchase the item quicker they can contact me and I`ll be more than happy to offer them a buy it now option.
Buy it now or auction have always raised a lot of debate between sellers so I think the only way of finding out which one works best for you is by trial and error.

7) Packaging
Personalized packaging gives a sense of excitement to customers. Who doesn`t love opening a cute surprise box?? I used to use pink wrapping paper, with a baby blue ribbon and leave inside a colorful thank you note written by hand as well as my shop details.
I have received many thank you messages from girls all over the world that loved the packaging and also helped me always keep my feedback at 100%.
Photos: Pinterest
8) Promoting the shop
To promote my shop I started this fashion blog where I would show how I would style the clothing pieces I had in stock that week. Another way of promotion is of course through social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or through guest posts on other blogs.
Another method that many online brands use nowadays is to send products for review to bloggers, which you can apply to your Ebay shop as well.

9) Feedback
Before publishing your items you need to have some initial feedback as people usually buy only from sellers with feedback over 98%. The more feedback you have the more people feel comfortable shopping from you. If you shop quite a lot on Ebay you probably already have some feedback on your account but if you just opened your account a great way to get that initial feedback is to buy 10-15 items that are necessary for the run of your shop through Ebay. When I started I bought everything from measuring tape, scissors, needles, wrapping paper, ribbon, printing paper from Ebay.

10) Filling in the product listing
Have a comprehensive title for your product however try to keep it as short and easy to understand as possible. 
For all clothing pieces I also post the measurements in the description box (in centimeters and inches) and the size in UK, EU, and US metrics. This makes it easier for buyers from all over the world to check if the piece fits them or not.

11) Partnerships with other online shops
Partnering with similar online shops and exchanging items can be another way of getting more exposure and increase in sales. This can be done by contacting a shop you like and offer them to post a few of their items on your own shops by providing photos, and exact listing details, in exchange for posting a few of your pieces on their shop. 

12) Clothing pricing 
When pricing your items keep in mind all the costs you`re incurring: the initial cost of the piece, the packaging, the shipping, the ebay fees, your time; but also have a look for similar items from your competitors and check what`s the average price they are selling for. 

Alina Anghel.xx
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Thursday, 18 July 2013

Travel Photo Diary: Barcelona

These photos are making me miss Barcelona even more. It`s such an incredible, vibrant, and beautiful city that I would definitely consider moving there. I know that I sound now more like someone from the Spanish tourism office trying to sell you a trip to Barcelona but it`s really that amazing!
We started all our mornings with a very hearty breakfast. I don`t know about you, but I LOOOVEEE a good hotel breakfast and this one my friends, was the best I`ve had so far. The pancakes were made right in front of you as well as the orange juice, and you had tons of varieties of cheeses, cold and warm foods, fruits, and pastries! By the end of it I barely could walk and I needed to unbutton my shorts which is always a sign of a good meal :). 
Our hotel was right in the old centre of Barcelona, in the Gothic Quarter which made it really easy to get around. This is the lovely view from the rooftop.

We couldn`t leave Barcelona without visiting some of Gaudi`s masterpieces such as Casa Batllo, La Sagrada Familia, and Park Guell.
 Both the interior and the exterior of Casa Batllo are extraordinary as Gaudi has tried to avoid straight lines completely in its design and inside you feel like you`re walking in a house right out of a fairytale story.
 I must say that I`ve seen so many cathedrals in my life that there is rarely one nowadays that impresses me. Except La Sagrada Familia. It`s the most gigantic, complex and detailed building I have seen in my life.
And this is the lovely view you got to see from the top if you didn`t mind coming down on a never ending, spiralled, extra tiny stairway. I got tricked by my boyfriend that there`s gonna be an elevator.
 Park Guell is definitely my favourite. Everything just looks extra cute in there.
And let`s not forget the food. I`ve eaten so many tapas and drank so much Sangria to last me a lifetime. Actually, erase that, there is always room for some Sangria.
 We didn`t spend so much time on the beach as the hotel pool was just too convenient for us but really loved the fact that in Barcelona every day is a beach day! 

Alina Anghel.xx
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Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Today`s Outfit: Live life, laugh lots, love forever

striped crop top
striped crop top
striped crop top
striped crop top
striped crop top
striped crop top
striped crop top
(River Island striped crop top, Mango white suit trousers, Asos white heels, Speechless bracelet, Michael Kors mk3179 watch) 

Taking a small break today from Barcelona photos to show you this outfit we shot this weekend by a river near by our place. The beautiful yellow gold bracelet comes from Speechless jewelry, an online shop from Netherlands that stocks personalised gold and silver bracelets. The one I picked is the "Live life, laugh lots, love forever" bracelet because I think it represents the way I see life. Wearing this bracelet has become a nice reminder when I`m stressed out or low of what`s really important in life.
You can also find Speechless jewelry on Facebook HERE.

Alina Anghel.xx
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Sunday, 14 July 2013

Today`s Outfit: All Blue in Park Guell Barcelona

park guell barcelona
park guell barcelona
park guell barcelona
park guell barcelona
park guell barcelona
park guell barcelona
park guell barcelona
park guell barcelona
(Forever 21 top, Yesstyle royal blue shorts, Topshop sandals & bag, Valentino cat eye sunnies)

Here is another outfit from my trip to Barcelona. We shot this last Sunday when we spent all day doing all the mandatory touristy stuff we kinda delayed the previous days (lazying by the pool was far too good!). We went to the beach in the morning, visited La Sagrada Familia in the afternoon, and Park Guell in the evening, while also remembering to refill our energy now and then with some delicious tapas. 
By the end of the day my feet were in serious pain and I was proud of myself for thinking this ahead (it doesn`t happen that often!) and not bringing heels, otherwise I would have probably been writing this post from a hospital bed.
Park Guell is truly a work of art and as soon as I bring myself to edit all the photos I`ll show you more of how it looks like. Ah, the summer laziness...so bad, yet so amazingly good.

Alina Anghel.xx
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