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THE CONCEPT STORE

The concept store boasts an array of products from an array of brands, displayed in a chosen style, or manner in accordance to a desired theme / aesthetics. It is usually carefully thought of and very intentional. Products can range from apparel ,to accessories, to homeware, or interior pieces, beauty and perhaps literature. It can go on to carry art pieces, in the form of paintings, sculpture, metal works, pottery and wood works. The concept store serves to provide, sometimes an all round lifestyle / feel good experience. Food and spice corners can be added for olfactory and gustatory advantage.


The boutique has morphed from what it used to be known for, carrying only a selection of clothing and accessories, to also including other lifestyle gives. It has evolved from being a one time clothes on rack, shoes and bag space, to take on a more conceptual approach. Growing up, the concept of the boutique was almost quite simple, and very achievable, if I may add, but now, seeing the glob…

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INSTAGRAM : AND THE BUSINESS OF NOT SELLING

Instagram has provided a platform for creating, creative people, and creativity in general. It goes far beyond being a picture sharing app to being a specially curated space for individuals and groups alike registered on the platform. Like Pinterest it's curatorial potential, juxtaposing themes and allowing us the perception different feeds that are both invoking and as well as beautiful. And like Pinterest (which allows for an amazing inspirational board array that boasts mood board functionality to board meeting idea pinning) Instagram has allowed for the creation and growth of businesses from small scale to large scale, magazines, artistes, and actual sales from retailers and e-tailers alike (and not forgetting that we get to be closer to our favorite people and pop culture figures)

But, far from that, the business of selling on Instagram is not as easy as it seems. It goes beyond taking pictures, professional and non-professional, uploading and giving specifics of how to purc…

REIMAGINING ACCESSORY : BAGS, A BACK TO BASICS AFFAIR

Maybe it's a revolution of the artisanal feel, or makers just truly appreciating cultures, crafts and craftsmanship of different people from all over the world, regardless of wherever they are, but referencing them still. Accessory for one has had a leap back into the handmade, ethnic, culture promoting, and often times community building artisanal products. This is a good thing, as this not only fosters a revival of traditions and craftsmanship that might as well have been lost, but also allows the appreciation of what the human hands can do. The days of leather seen as the most cherished and priced raw material for bag making isn't over though, but consumers are gravitating towards this change, loving it and sharing their awesome purchases / imagery.


This will not only boost the burgeoning market and demand for handcrafted or handfinished goods, but also create more opportunities for an in depth study, learning and perhaps revival of these varied cultures and people. From t…

ON FOOTCARE : THE SIMPLE SCIENCE OF : A PERSONAL NOTE

The feet are by far one of the most neglected parts of the body much like the ears. I myself have just been awaken to the fact that I had often times neglected my ears especially in the process of moisturising, and I am more conscious of it now, cleaning and moisturising it accordingly, but the feet for me have always been a priority. 
Growing up I would apply Vaseline, remove cuticles with a razor blade (one way or the other, having cuts were also not far from me) and take off dead skin cells with scrubbing stone (am pretty sure they have a special name for it). The result, a clean set of nails, and some very believable extra suppleness to my feet. 
I have continued this regimen into adulthood, replacing the Vaseline with some much deserved foot cream given to me by a friend, and sometimes I still slide to my Vaseline (occasionally applying them before bed to save the dear footcream). 
I don't paint my feet or decorate my it because sometimes I would confess I am tempted to, but…