Notes from our thrilling journey down the silk route

# 10: Stil in Berlin

Stil in Berlin is a blog that takes photographs of fashionable people on the streets of Berlin. These photographers take shots of people who stand out and represent the urban, multicultural fashion in their city. “Fashion can describe what a city is,” they state on their blog. Berlin is a beautiful, cosmopolitan city full of people from all walks of life. By documenting their personal style, this blog aims to tell their story.

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You don’t have to look like every other person on the street or office. Sometimes, defining your own style and going bold helps build your own “personal brand”. One way to do that is to wear stuff that you know NOBODY around you would have – and it doesn’t have to be expensive… just different. Check out this Naughty Monkey‘s reconstructed, reversible tank top with appliques, lace and sequins. How many people would be wearing this to your next night out with friends? How many people would excitedly ask where you got it? Come on – dare to be different.

Every girl dreams of owning the perfect wardrobe. Each item they purchase only brings them closer to achieving their goal. However, money doesn’t grow on trees and designer pieces cost an arm and a leg. So where does one look? I love bright things and a good bargain. My favorite place to look for exciting new additions to my walk-in closet is a vintage store. One of the best things about shopping for thrifted or vintage items is that there is a guarantee that the girl sitting next to you in calculus won’t be wearing the same thing as you.

There is also your own personal touch when it comes to layering your pretty goods. You can mix and match different pieces and create your own mini wardrobe-remix. Vintage stores can be a nightmare for some people. You walk inside and don’t know where to begin. There are rows and rows of clothing on racks and shoes on the floor and scarves drapes everywhere! You begin with a list. Keep in mind what exactly do you need and ask a salesperson for help in directing you towards your sizes. Thanks to our super-connected lives, it’s easier to find great products and deals online.

Stay determined and you’ll have the perfect wardrobe with just the right kind of sassy accessories to spice up your daily outfits! I’ve compiled a list of my favourite vintage must-haves with some links/resources to several fashion blogs written by beautiful and successful women who love shopping vintage. (Credits are at the end of the post)

1- The denim skirt.

From KARLA’S CLOSET. You can dress it up or down and wear it with long sweater or a cropped cardigan.

Read more to check out the rest of the 52 beautiful vintage items.

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There are people who love to shop for hours and there are those who would consider it a waste of time. Shopaholics love wide variety, non-shopaholics rather go and purchase instead of browsing around. Online shopping is the combination of both; convenience and wide variety, just a click away. So why aren’t many people that enthusiastic about online shopping? Simple answer is due to lack of trust factor, though the situation is slowly changing with more and more people willing to do shopping online.

If I have a feeling that the grocery store near my home is not selling quality stuff, I would rather purchase my groceries from another store even if it’s farther away from my home. That’s what you call trust based shopping, trusting someone to give you good value for your money. Merchants who are particular about developing trust-based relationship with their customers instead of just selling their products are far more successful. They enjoy the comforts of what you call‘customer loyalty’. It’s the same thing when it comes to online shopping, all about developing trust for successful customer based relationship.

When online shopping was first introduced, people were reluctant about giving their private confidential information such as credit card numbers for the fear of its exploitation or fraud. Lack of internet experience and uncertainty about quality of products did also play their parts. E-commerce sites such as EBay, Amazon actually are the pioneers who not only overcame these obstacles but also set a trend of online shopping. They made sure not to disclose the customer’s information, respected their privacy and showed efficiency and quality. Many new online shopping portals are focusing on gaining trust of their shoppers first and introducing innovative ideas to compel the shoppers to come again and again to them like the site Silkfair.com. This site is making online shopping an experience of its own by focusing on earning the trust of their customers and allowing buyers and sellers to get comfortable with each other.

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Depending on where you are, spring might be just a few weeks or months away (unless you’re in the Southern Hemisphere). I just thought I’d point out some chic items that you can get hands on that will last you the entire spring and summer time this year.

Spring is the season of bright colors and sky high spirits. Be sure to get your hands on the following spring items, available on SALE! Yes, less expenditure and the perfect collection for your spring, this year.

Gap is offering up to 50% off on all its items. The one you would want to add to your collection would be this tote bag. You can choose either from the bright floral prints design or the one color bag, according to your choice. The price is just $19.99 and at such an economical price, the stylish tote bag is bound to add more color to your spring this year.

Bright pink and orange are in this season for foot wear as well….

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DM News just wrote a short post on the changing behaviors in online shopping with more and more people turning to the internet as their purchase destination or guide. 

With the economic conditions tightening, it does seem like a good choice to save on petrol, time and energy. These percentages are expected to go even higher by the end of this year, with more people preferring online buying. 

Here’s an excerpt:

“A new survey by Bazaarvoice and Jupiter Research on online shopping behavior continues to reinforce and build on the importance of the Web in making informed decisions.

Equally interesting, the study also shows a growing number now look to the Internet first as part of their decision-making process. Where 41% of consumers in 2004 already had decided on which item or title to purchase before going online to research, that number dropped to 31% in 2008.

Once online, majorities found a variety of tools useful for researching or making a purchase: store/retailer Web sites (89%); search engines (86%); user ratings (77%); or recommendations from buyers (66%).

In a tight economy, consumers more than ever are looking to make the most of their dollar. For marketers, that means opportunities to continue to help retailers to not only build trust in brands, but working to improve the tools and information necessary to reach through the clutter and help consumers in the decision-making process.”

Just came across this neat table on TryHandmade.com comparing Silkfair with other options for sellers. It’s an interesting comparison, check it out below.

  fees in USD
  per month per listing per sale forum?
1000 Markets 5.5% + 50¢ yes
Amazon $39.99 varies ?
artbreak 7.5% yes
ArtFire $7.00 yes
BigCartel $19.99 yes
DaWanda (English) 5% yes
Etsy 20¢ 3.5% yes
Made It Myself 10¢ – 20¢ 3% yes
Shop Handmade no
Silkfair 3% yes
Smashing Darling 18% no

There are a variety of craft kits and tools out in the market, from crocheting patterns to iris paper folding. Following are lined up the 5 must-haves for every craft lover out there:

1. Color Companion:

Blending the right colors is an art in itself. The right tone of the shade can really do wonders for the outlook of our craft. However, undergoing the task of mixing the right color is a risk in itself. This color companion kit is a helpful tool for all craft lovers out there. The kit features cards containing the color combination along with the properties of that particular shade, for example you can find out what tone is complimentary and what shade is triadic. This would help you out in sewing, knitting, card making. The price of this kit is just $6.99. To place an order, visit www.ctpub.com

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AdoreVintage.com recently reported on a new trend they’ve been seeing: Bold and statement necklaces that were all over runways are now being seen among handmade jewelry sellers for much more affordable prices. Check out the great items they’ve highlighted on their blog.

We’re starting to see these necklaces in our relatively younger community-base of buyers and sellers as well. Check out some of the items from our sellers below.

Vintage Opaline Pendant by Cathleen Mclain


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