Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Accessorise Me (Organic Statement)

I've found an assortment of nature inspired jewelry where the organic emotion of the pieces have me coveting each and every one of them. But let's start with the outfit:

Jeffrey Campbell Ruffle Silver Zipper Detail Ballet Flat in Black
T-shirts agnès b.
Jupes agnès b.

Wear with:

Snail - Sterling Silver Ring from JiaStyle


Tentacle Ring from OctopusMe


Radiolaria bracelet (black) from nervoussystem

Crocheted beaded necklace in organic form 'Purple corals' from JaneBoFelt

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Craft Fair Checklist

Ok since it seems to be a rather popular post, I'm going to do a full checklist of what to bring at fairs. As I did my fair last week, I realised that I forgot a lot of important items so here's a checklist of what to bring. Please feel free to comment and add on!

Things to bring:
Your goods
Packaging material, (wrapping paper, tissue paper, boxes, scissors, tape)
Pliers (if you are making jewellery, you might be asked to shorten or lengthen pieces)
Alcohol wipes (so people can try on your earrings)
Small change
Notebook (to jot down any sales you make or if you want to get contact information from customers)
Lighter (Might only be relevant to me but my mesh pieces need a flame for me to do finishing)
Clip on earrings (Some of you customers might not have pierced ears. Rather than lose a sale, offer to change your designs from piercing to clip ons for free)
Business cards (an absolute must!)
Snack & water (You might not have time to go get food so would be a good idea to have some nibbles)
A friend (there's bound to be down times where you will be bored out of your mind. It'd be nice to have someone keep you company)

Have I left out anything?

Monday, August 24, 2009

Arts & Crafts fair

i attended my first ever arts and crafts fair last Saturday and here are a few lessons learnt:

1) Don't go in with high expectations.. lots of the times your work may not be as good as you think
2) I'm not a good seller.. I'm fine in communicating in writing and what not, but I'm just too shy to approach people or call out to people to look at my pieces
3) Bring a mirror.. I had jotted that down and then completely forgotten about it! Doh..
4) Although my pieces might not be to everyone's taste, I did receive quite a few compliments so I've just gotta keep trying
5) Business cards are invaluable. I already got an order request today asking if it's true I offere free shipping and how they should proceed with purchasing! yippeeee

PS. That image is of my display that I had set up during the fair. What do you think?

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Accessorise Me (Bookworm)

Do you love reading? Do you feel that the term bookworm has a negative connotation? Well I'm a bookworm and proud of it. Show off your love for the words by wearing this kickass outfit and literary accessories.

Outfit Details
Top: H&M
Wide Leg Pants: Grey Jersey Wide Leg Trouser by Young Fabulous & Broke
Shoes: Balmain Suede buckled ankle boots

Wear this with:

The Original Literary Danglers from relishdress

Free. Dictionary pendant from anotherfeather

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Asking for permission

A lot of people have suggested that I don't ask for permission to feature Etsy pieces and just send them a convo afterwards saying they have been featured. While that would be the easier way to go about, I've actually had people who decline to be featured and I think it's a matter of common courtesy to ask them if they mind me using their listing photo. It's one thing if I have purchased the item and then take my own photographs. It's another to use someone else's work and not ask them. Maybe this is because I have a background in professional writing and so I take intellectual property very seriously and try to have my blog up to my normal ethical standards. Regardless, the downside of it, or upside depending on how you spin it, is that there will be times where I do shameless promotions of my work which at the end of the day can never be a bad thing for me right? =D

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Accessorise Me (Shameless Promotion)

Because I've been delinquent in contacting Etsians on whether or not I can feature their work in Accessorise Me, I'm in a bit of a bind for my regular column. So I am going to take this opportunity to use my jewelry in this post:

Outfit details: I Heart Paris Tee from Forever21, Grey Acid Wash Ruched Skirt and Christian Louboutin Bianca 140 pumps
Wear with:

White and grey pearl black mesh necklace that can be transformed into three designs

Handmade silver wire bead kidney wire earrings

Moonstone and crystal mesh bracelet

Monday, August 17, 2009

Kidney wires

Whenever I go on a supply run, I'm always amazed at the variety of metalwork that is on offer. I finally picked me some kidney wire earrings to play with this weekend and am in love with how much more elegant each of my earrings look. The downside of kidney wire earrings though, is that you have to have very very simple designs and if you know me, that's not really me.
Case in point, this pair of earrings that I love and have made various versions of:

Not very kidney wire friendly is it? But now I'm discovering a whole new simple world and have created a bunch of elegant simple earrings.. only problem is, I lent my camera to a friend who is on vacation and so I can't show you until Sept! That also means no new listings until Sept. What a pity!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Accessorise Me (Simple yet elegant)

I've chosen what could be seen as a rather demure outfit if it weren't for the striking Steve Madden purple suede shoes. The clothing comes from two up and coming designers; Alexander Wang's cutout jersey skirt and Jason Wu's tiered silk chiffon blouse.

I've found delicate and interesting jewelry from my fellow Etsians to go with the outfit:

Two PEA in a POD golden green freshwater pearl sterling silver necklace from muyinmolly

Two- Finger Lily Ring from ChadwickandRueling

Small Canary Earrings from joannarutter

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Please hold...

Real life has suddenly caught up with me and I've been overwhelmed lately so will not be able to post for a few days. Please hold for the next available operator. Your readership is very important to me and I will come back as soon as I can.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Accessorise Me (What a Stud)

I'm sure you've heard by now that studs are back for another season and designers such as Miu Miu, Balmain et all are coming up with studded accessories. But you don't have to break the bank to follow the trend. Check out this gorgeous clutch I found on Etsy. While using studded accessories and more punk jewelry, wear a girly dress to contrast the effect. This outfit comprises of a Christopher Kane Dress with pleated skirt and Suede & Python Ankle Boots from Sak's Fifth Ave.

Wear it with

Studded Clutch from rjeanmarie

Steampunk Watch Movement Ring from LondonParticulars

KNOTTY BY NATURE...Copper Love Knot Chunky Style Necklace from designsbystephanie

Friday, August 7, 2009

The story behind Chic Infinity

A lot of people have asked me how I came up with my brand name. After all, it has nothing to do with my own name and it's rather random. In fact, I'm still trying to work out if my brand name should be Chic Infinity or ChicInfinity. For those of you who are interested, I think I'm sticking with Chic Infinity and ChicInfinity is just going to be my username. Anyway, it took a while for me to come up with the name as there were quite a few parameters for me to factor in:

1) Is it available as a gmail account name?
2) if I search my shop name in google, how many search results come back (If you search Chic infinity on google, you'll see that my twitter account is the first result followed by my shop)
3) Does it reflect what I want to sell
4) Is there something in the name that I can leverage should I want to open a second store (I went with the Infinity idea. Hence my second shop is called QuirkyInfinity. It doesn't come up as well with Google search results but I have a link to it on my Chic Infinity shop so that's ok)

After multiple tries, I finally found my Chic Infinity combination which I'm pretty happy with. How did you come up with your shop name?

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Accessorise Me (Punk Glam)

As you can see from my previous post, I'm in a bit of a punk glam phase. I was thinking about my concerns with the bracelet and wondering what type of buyer would purchase the piece. This is who I came up with. Someone wearing a T by Alexander Wang fitted baby rib racer tank with black ripped jeans from Topshop and a pair of kick ass Giuseppe Zanotti Woven Metallic peep toe ankle boots.

Wear it with:
VEGAN leather Siouxsie bag in super bright fluro yellow from HydeSK which I'm absolutely in LOVE with but once again can't afford

Elegant Silver and Black Peyote Triangle Choker from SandFibers

And obviously this pale rose quartz and black chunky chain bracelet from yours truly

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Style File

I never thought I had the chops to be a stylist (a la Edna Mode who just might be my favourite PIxar movie character) but I’m having so much fun doing the Accessorise Me columns and getting such great feedback. Putting together outfits and then accessorising the clothes with Etsy finds have led me to discover so many new friends. I’ve been hearting so many items and it’s a wonderful way to see what is out there in the vast world of Etsy. Right now I’m still sticking with commercial clothing a la fashion brands that I adore yet can’t afford but maybe in the future, I will be able to do the entire outfit from Etsy finds. Till then, I’m going to keep reading my daily list of fashion blogs and scouring through Etsy to bring you my top picks.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Accessorise Me (Woody Notes)

I actually created this look based on an incredible vine bracelet that is on sale for Etsy. While I can’t afford it, I’m sure there must be someone out there who can. For this outfit, I’ve paired together a Stella McCartney silk halter neck jumpsuit with L.A.M.B. Rhett strappy platform sandals complete with suede ruffles.

Wear this with:

Early Budding Vine Bracelet 3-Northern Lights from Giftbearer

Peacock Pearl forged sterling silver earrings from barrondesignstudio

Scots Pine original silk-lined clutch bag from redrubyrose

Monday, August 3, 2009

Punk Glam Bracelet

Are there times where you feel a bit ambivalent towards your own designs? Normally I am pretty happy with what I make but with my latest listing of this bracelet, I am unsure as to how I feel about the piece. I deliberately tried to contrast a delicate rose quartz bracelet with a black industrial looking chain. I was hoping that this combination will be able to convey the dichotomy of a girl who may appear tough but is really fragile on the inside. I've been mulling over this idea for quite some time but now I'm not too sure how I feel about this piece. What do you think?