Category Archives: Layin’ it down

Thankful for Vintage Dresses

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$39.99 Lace-up 1970s dress

$34.99 1970s Disco Dress 

$39.99 1970s Retro Sporty Dress 

$34.99 Vintage Sea Shell Dress 

$39.99 1970s Boho Chic Dress 

Yesterday I thanked the designer, today I must give a nod to my true love: affordable, adorable, one-of-a-kind vintage dress, all available at Frequency Vintage! 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

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Uping your Etsy Part 1

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My online vintage shop Frequency Vintage has been up and running 3 weeks now and going well.  Since it is a side project things tend to go a little slower than I would like.  My impatience kicks in and I want more views and sales NOW!!!  But how?  What are the best ways to bump your Etsy shop to the top of everyones favorites?

PART 1. Use all 14 of your Tags well:

When listing items, one of the key steps to having your shop pop up in a search is using relevant, descriptive, and inventive tags.  Sounds easy, but for me it is one of the hardest parts of listing.  Etsy Admin often suggest using style, color, textures and motifs as tags for your items.  Courtesey of Etsy’s Blog, here is a great list to help the tagging begin:

Size: baggy, big, bulky, chunky, curvy, deep, delicate, dense, extra small, fitted, frail, gigantic, heavy, huge, large, lightweight, little, long, loose, massive, medium, miniature, oversized, petite, plump, plus size, shallow, shapely, short, small, snug, streamlined, substantial, tailored, tall, thick, thin, tight, tiny, voluminous, voluptuous, wide

Texture: airy, bright, bumpy, buttery, coarse, cool, cozy, cuddly, delicate, downy, embossed, feathery, fluffy, frilly, frizzy, furry, fuzzy, glittery, grainy, hammered, hard, iridescent, light, luminescent, luminous, matte, metallic, opaque, patina, plush, pointy, polished, prickly, puffy, rough, ruffled, sculptured, shaggy, sharp, sheer, shimmery, shiny, silky, slick, smooth, soft, sparkly, stamped, translucent, transparent, velvety, waxy, woolly

Style: 1980s (or any decade), adorable, African, Americana, angelic, antique, art deco, art nouveau, Asian, autumn, avant-garde, bizarre, black tie, bohemian, boho chic, bold, burlesque, business, casual, cheerful, chic, circus, classic, classy, clever, cocktail, colorful, complex, contemporary, country, cute, cyber, dark, deconstructed, delicate, DIY, dramatic, earthy, eccentric, edgy, Edwardian, elegant, ethnic, European, everyday, fall, fantasy, feminine, flapper, folk, folk art, formal, French, funky, funny, futuristic, gag, geek, geekery, gladiator, glam, goddess, goth, gothic, gothic, grotesque, harvest, hippie, hipster, horror, humorous, Indian, indie, industrial, Japanese, kawaii, librarian, lolita, luxurious, manly, masculine, mermaid, Mexican, midcentury, Middle Eastern, mod, modern, modest, modish, mystical, natural, nautical, nerd, noir, nostalgic, old world, organic, oriental, Paris, peasant, pirate, playful, polished, prairie, preppy, pretty, Primitive, punk, quirky, refined, Renaissance, Renaissance Fair (Ren Faire), retro, rockabilly, Roman, romantic, rustic, sailor, secretary, seductive, shabby chic, simple, sophisticated, southwest, sporty, spring, steampunk, summer, sustainable, tasteful, traditional, trendy, ugly, urban, Victorian, vintage, waldorf, weird, western, whimsical, winter, witty, woodland, zany

Motifs and Patterns: argyle, Asian, asymmetrical, brocade, Celtic, checked, checkered, complex, damask, dotted, Egyptian, fleur de lis, floral, geometric, gingham, Gothic, hearts, paisley, plaid, polka dot, scalloped, stars, striped, swirls, symmetrical, tartan, tweed, woodland

Specific Colors: charcoal, chartreuse, chocolate brown, cobalt blue, coral pink, cornflower blue, cream, crimson, cyan, emerald green, fuschia, gold, hot pink, indigo, ivory, kelly green, lemon yellow, lime, magenta, mauve, navy blue, nude, olive green, periwinkle, robins egg blue, royal blue, sapphire, silver, sky blue, slate grey, taupe, teal, turquoise

MORE TIPS COMING SOON!  Check back for Part 2

Not normally a Cyrus fan, but today…

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I LOVE THIS AND JUST WANTED TO SHARE!

Miley Cyrus Fights Fat Attacks on Twitter

Article from ABC.com

By ANDREA CANNING

Pop superstar Miley Cyrus has shown off her body in music videos and racy photos, but lately, the 18-year-old singer and actress has been on a weight rollercoaster.  Her fuller figure has some critics saying she’s lost control of her body.

Now the former “Hannah Montana” star is firing back at her critics, on Twitter.

On Nov. 11 the teen star posted a photo of an emaciated woman alongside a Tweet to her more than three million followers, writing, “By calling girls like me fat, this is what you’re doing to other people.”

She added, “I love MYSELF & if you could say the same… I don’t wanna be shaped like a girl I LOVE being shaped like a WOMAN & trust me ladies your man won’t mind either.”

Cyrus also shared a snapshot of blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe with the caption, “Proof that you can be adored by thousands of men even when your thighs touch.”

Cyrus’s tweets come after a barrage of critical jokes and videos on YouTube with titles like “Miley Cyrus is 213 Pounds.”

The singer was assisted in her fight back on Twitter by her best friend and fellow pop star Demi Lovato, who tweeted, “I will destroy any one that ever calls you the F (fat) word. You have the SEXIIIESTTTT curvyyyy body! I LOVE IT! Werk (work) those curves.”

Lovato has been open with her own, personal struggles with weight issues, checking into rehab last year for an eating disorder among other issues.

“I became very depressed, and my only way of really coping with it was through my eating disorder.  So I just stopped eating,” Lovato told ABC News’ Robin Roberts after being released from rehab earlier this year.

One person not criticizing Cyrus’s eating habits is her boyfriend of two years, 21-year-old Australian actor Liam Hemsworth.

In a new interview with Who magazine, the star of “The Hunger Games” said, “There is this place in Nashville called Steak and Shake, which is pretty much the best food, ever. That is our secret, sexy place to go. When I look over at her when she’s biting into a steak sandwich and there is some steak sauce dripping down her chin, there is nothing sexier than that.”

Cyrus herself will next be heard, but her figure will not be seen, on the big screen.  Earlier this month she joined the cast of Hotel Transylvania, voicing the teenage daughter of Count Dracula in the forthcoming animated 3D comedy.

What’s new at Frequency Vintage

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Super Psychedelic Vintage Kay Windsor Dress $39.99!

Here’s a little Frequency Vintage update.  The shop has been up and running for a little over 2 weeks now and going well.  Made the first sale last Friday, a pair of vintage ankle boots, and drop those bad boys right into the mail.  Was very excited to get the ball rolling and have been trying hard to post all the new inventory more quickly.

Purchasing inventory has been an awesome process.  Shopping for yourself is great, but being able to shop for all sizes and shapes is a blast.  Possibilities are unlimited and I have gotten to bring some really great pieces into the inventory, many of which I will have a very hard time letting go, like the killer Kay Windsor dress above.  Such a unique standout piece.  Classic vintage cut contrasted with a funky pattern.

Beautiful and Rare Pier Giorgio Woven Bag $44.99.

I have got to share this piece with you as well.  Perfectly made in Italy, gorgeously woven, large Pier Giorgio bag.  The fantastic color and a super sturdy handle make this bag chic and very functional.  MWAH!

Drop those 2 great pieces into the $50 & below category as well.  Booooya!

Check out more pieces in the shop: FREQUENCY VINTAGE

Boost Blog Followers for the Beginner, like me!

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It’s only been a week and a day since I started blogging (MY FIRST POST) and it has really jump started my journey to owning my own boutique.  I find that blogging daily about fashion helps me focus on where I want to be as well as inspires me to do the unfun things on my to do list. 

The big one today is learning how to get more followers on this blog, and I would like to share with you what I found.

First is a FREE tool that helps you find great keywords from your post, which will help your Search Engine Optimization(SEO).  Google Adwords gives you the option for looking for keywords on a specific blog/webpage, topic or from text.  It then lays out how competitive the keyword is in the search world.  I entered in Steps to the Shop to see what I could find.

I received a list of suggestions, many of which were obvious but I hadn’t used as tags, like “opening a boutique”, DUH!

This can help you pick and choose how you would like to be categorized and also find a niche.  Really great tool!

Wait, got to back track for a second.  The first step really should be blog, often and well.  The more you blog, the more searchable content is out there equally more blog hits.  What gets people hooked and following your is good content.  Write what you know and love, then proofread and edit.  You don’t have to write a novel everyday but the more quality posts, the better.  Mixing it up with great images as well as written content grants your blog variety and catches the eye.

I have also read that commenting and following  other blogs help boost followers, likes and comments.  This is also wonderful way to see who else is out there, and if you love what you’re blogging, a fun way to pass some time.  I have found some great blogs this past week, with some really interesting points of view (and couldn’t help but include one of my favorites of today.  See below.) 

Seeking out other fashion bloggers has helped me realize how important finding a personal blogging style is.  Setting yourself apart from the masses can be truly difficult.  I don’t fancy myself a writer by any stretch of the imagination, so this has been a struggle for me.  Clarifing my style in this blog will be great practice for owning a small business.  Gettting to the point and expressing a clear point of view and editing are essential when finding your niche and help to avoid rambling.  Ooops too late.

I have been slow to spread the word about the start of this blog since I am still trying to find my footing, but one of the best ways to gain more followers is to invite your friends and family.  You can do this by email, phone, text, or by posting on Facebook or other social media.  WordPress is makes it easy to sign up as a follower.  Simply set up the “follow blog widget” in your side bar and soon to be followers can can click, enter their email and they are all set: Click here for WordPress help on how to set up sidebar widget.

RECAP
1. Good, consistent content
2. Great Key Words
3. Network with other blogs
4. Find a personal style
5. Invite family and friends (Email, word of mouth, social media, any way)
6. Setup Widget for easy following sign up

As I beginner to blogging this is a work in progress, and a great test to see if these steps work.  I will initiate the 6 steps myself and keep you posted on what works for me and what doesn’t.  Would love to hear if any of these have been more or less helpful to you or if you have anymore tips?

Oh, and here’s a pretty dress because I can’t resist draping!   Found this while surfing through other fashion blogs.  View The Style Platforms full blog on an Evening with Willow, the designer of this dress visit her blog by clicking here.

Frequency Vintage Up & Running!

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Frequency Vintage Up & Running!

I took a few steps forward this weekend and setup my Etsy shop FREQUENCY VINTAGE.  I love Etsy, as a shopper and a seller.  It is a great place to find one of a kind gifts, DIY supplies and VINTAGE!!!!

TOP FIVE REASONS I CHOSE ETSY FOR MY ONLINE STORE
1. Easy and Free Shop Setup
2. Low cost $.20 per post and only 3.5% off the sale
3. Step by step listing that can be saved as a draft if not ready to post
4. Many ways to search = variety of shoppers
5. Smooth Purchasing for both customers and sellers

 First thing I did was make my banner.  I wanted it to be clean,  fun and have a vintage feel.  I found a great font on dafont.com an awesome site with tons of free fonts that liven up anything you are working on.

Then, I got my first two items up and have much more in stock which I will post soon.   

AWESOME Vintage 70’s Mod Dress $14.99

A black belt is a must have and this is in great condition, genuine leather and a nice price $7.

Got the ball rolling and am really loving shopping and sharing my finds. 

Only ran into one problem, I can’t figure out how to post and Etsy mini shop as a widget in my side bar.  Any suggestions for WordPress?  I will be searching and hopefully get back soon with a solution.

Fashion Forward

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Simply said: My name is Bonnie and I want to open a clothing boutique in Philadelphia.  What better way to chart my progress than to blog it step by step?  This blog will follow the ups and downs, what keeps me inspired, what helps, what hurts, likes/dislikes and how am I going to finance this!!

I am going to jump right into the scariest part: Finance the Business.  Basically, I think I have a good eye for style and love clothing, consequently I want to own a boutique. So why not invest in that from the beginning? I am taking $300 and starting an online vintage boutique, Frequency Vintage.  What does it sell? Vintage items hand-picked by yours truly.

Goals of  “Frequency Vintage”
Finance a physical store front
Help specify my style niche
Help specify my client
Learn how to run an online shop
Setup an efficient way to track inventory
Setup an efficient way to track finances
Practice marketing techniques

Now, to finish this post, I have to shout out my inspiration of the day/blogging in general: BehindtheGreenVeil.blogspot.com    Never would I ever have started a blog without it!  Thanks Cyndi for showing how it’s done.

MORE ON FREQUENCY VINTAGE COMING SOON!!!!

Oh, also, gotta share a look of the day!  This can be anything from street style to a look from Tokyo Fashion Week (like today!)  Saw this crawling through style.com, talk about a modern vintage look:
G.V.G.V, Spring 2012