Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Frost NYE

I took a few photographs of the bag collection out in the frost! I'm trying to take my product images in natural settings now instead of using a white infinity background, to display the products in a more realistic way. I think it does make it easier to see how products look 'in real life' rather than a clinical white environment when purchasing!

Although the colours of my accessories stand out rather nicely against white, I'd really like the essence of my website to be connected more to nature, rather than white space!

So this is project #1 for 2015! (Along with setting up my ASOS Marketplace Boutique! Excitingg!).

I hope that all you lovely people out there have a truly amazing New Year, I wish you all the best and hope that 2015 brings you 'Sweet' success and loads of happy memories and exciting adventures!

Monday, 15 December 2014

Clothes Show Live 2014!

The stand!
December 5th Sunrise!

The ASOS Marketplace!

The exhibitor map in the NEC entrance hall!
The Make-up bags on display!

Milly Jackson's Illustration of all the Grad's logos!

Eek! I can't believe I have only just got around to posting about this. November was the busiest month EVER for Sweet As Can Be!

Mid October, I saw a tweet from ASOS Marketplace reminding all of their followers that the Graduate ASOS Marketplace competition was still open! After hearing what an amazing experience it was from Emma Warren (a previous winner!) I applied without a second thought!

10 brands/small businesses would win the chance to sell at the Clothes Show Live (December 5th-9th), free of charge, within the Graduate ASOS Marketplace section!

Within a week and a half I was notified that I had been shortlisted to send a few samples of the Sweet As Can Be Collection! After posting, a nervous wait of what felt like eternity ensued! ( wasn't really that long :L) On the 30th October an email popped up in my inbox to declare that I had been selected! Amazing!

November was then a flurry of emails, quotations, careful organisation, stock sourcing and late night sewing. I dared to work on a new collection of bags simultaneously as I really wanted to be able to sell them at the show! 

December 5th soon dawned... (speaking of dawn it was an absolutely beautiful morning!) the next 5 days flew by. It was such a surreal experience, plus very tiring (I'm no stranger to the hard work of retail!). I received some really lovely feedback from customers; I met a watercolour artist who said the Purple Blossom Scarf reminded her of her paintings! ^_^ How cute!

The other graduates collections were incredible and so unique, I felt pretty darn lucky to be among them! I feel like I've just generally gained so much from this! It helped launch Sweet As Can Be into the big wide world!