Top 5 Apps For Fashionistas

Staying on top of the fashion express is not an easy task at all. Ask a fashionista and you will know exactly how much work goes into looking oh-so-perfect at all times. At the core of being a fashionista is the ability to follow and even anticipate fashion trends before they hit the retail market.

Even in this most creative industry, technology has a great role to play. Using fashion apps, a fashion fiend can enjoy having the world at her fingertips. Here is the low down on a few apps that are most useful for fashionistas.

Vogue Stylist

If there is one name that is eponymous with fashion, it is Vogue and with the free Vogue Stylist smartphone application, the fashion fan can get hold of all the gen on the season’s fashions and read what the editors of Vogue are saying about the various trends of the season. This app will also give the user product suggestions based on the weather of his or her location. Even better, you can shop for the clothes and products that you see on your mobile device.

The Find

Looking for a bargain is made so much easier with the help of this application. The Find will help you scan a barcode and research the product. It can show you comparable and comparative products and even locate stores close to your current location. Probably one of the best features of this application is that it does not have advertisements to clutter up the space.

CAbi

CAbi or Carol Anderson By Invitation offers a fabulous shopping experience. From the comfort of your home, you can experience the luxury of having a personal shopping assistant who helps you plan what you can wear and what you can buy. Personalization at its best – that’s what the CAbi experience offers you.

Rue La La

This is a private website but totally worth the membership. Looking for upmarket brands is a breeze with the help of this application. The number of big names who use this application to sell their products is staggering.

This application is also available across many devices such as Blackberry, iPhone and Android devices. With this application, one can access online boutiques which are open for a very short time. But during this time, the big name creations are available for a significantly lower amount.

ModiFace

Now – make up simply has to be the coup de grace for any fashionista and with the application called ModiFace, you can enjoy a veritable cornucopia of apps that will give you a chance to experiment with hairstyles, cosmetics, colours and so on to find out what suits your face the best. Totally worth the time you spend on this application!

How to Dress For Less – High Fashion on a Low Budget

Members-only websites

These websites offer customers the chance to be the first at online sales. Once you’ve signed up you’ll be sent an email alerting you to the start of the sale so you can get straight there and start grabbing those bargains before everyone else.

Join a site that offers registration for free. Also, these sites do tend to email quite often so if that sort of thing drives you crazy set up a separate email account.

Head to designer sample-sale fashion site Cocosa to get your hands on designer pieces with up to 50-80% off. This fashion club offers members insider access to premium designer clothes and accessories. Each sale is announced to members in advance by e-mail. Previous collections include Christian Lacroix and Jonathan Saunders.

Koodo is ideal for fashion fans who want big savings on designer clobber. The site is really easy to navigate and when you sign up to become a member you’ll get early access to top sales so you can grab the best bargains before they go. All you have to do is check the sale calendar, select the sales you’re interested in and Koodos will email you 24hrs before it starts.

Another great website is Secret Sales where you can save between 30% and 80% on lots of designer gear by the likes of Christian Dior and Dolce & Gabbana.

Other good websites to sign up to include Fashion Confidential, Catwalk to Closet, Private Outlet and Dress for Less.

Factory outlets

These offer lots of big label names at cheaper prices. The Designer Warehouse Sales, for example, are held over three days, 12 times a year, in Islington, Central London. You could get your hands on catwalk one-offs, showroom samples and make savings of 60% or more on your favourite labels. Join the mailing list to find out in advance when the sales are going to take place.

Sample Sales

There are some amazing bargains to be had in sample sales. You can find out before everyone else when the next sample sale is by checking Dailycandy which lists the venues and times of upcoming sample sales in London.

Other sites such as Samplesaleslondon, Designersales and Stylebible have their own sample sales diaries too so keep an eye on all four to make sure you don’t miss out.

Vintage Savings

Vintage fairs are perfect for saving money while not compromising on style. From whole outfits to smaller accessories, there’s almost guaranteed to be something unique for every budget. Frockme! hosts a vintage fair several times a year at the Chelsea Town Hall, King’s Road, Chelsea. Admission is £4, children under 16 go free and students pay just £2. You’ll find clothes from every era, whether you’re looking for 1920’s flapper dresses, a little eighties number or a classic 1960s piece.

Anita’s Vintage Fashion Fairs organises vintage fairs throughout the year at Battersea Arts Centre and 20th Century Theatre, Notting Hill. Expect around 65 stands in Battersea and 28 stands in Notting Hill, full to the brim with fashion, textiles and accessories dating from the 1800’s to 1970’s. Entry is £4 or £2 for students.

VintageFair – which hosts fairs all over England including Leeds, Sheffield, Newcastle and Liverpool – is also worth a look. Click on the links to your nearest location to find out when and where the next event takes place.

For online vintage stores Absolutevintage is a good starting point with lots of accessories, shoes and bags on offer as well as a few dresses. There are detailed descriptions of all the items and although you won’t find any designer pieces it is pretty cheap and there are some gorgeous pieces for anyone on a budget who is looking for that vintage look.

Marthascloset also has some affordable pieces from the 50s right through to the 80s. The sale section at Martha’s Closet is particularly good – you can often find items being offered for under £10.

Pretaportobello sells wares from the ultra trendy Portobello Road. There can be some real treasures and it’s great for finding one-off pieces.

Swap it

WhatsMineIsYours was the first British online fashion swap shop and was founded in 2004 by stylist and personal shopper, Judy Berger. Visitors can swap, buy and sell fashion items making high style affordable and environmentally friendly. There are also boutiques selling the wares of up-and-coming new designers and vintage sellers.

The website now has over 13,000 regular users so there are plenty of items to choose from. There’s nothing to stop you swapping your swaps – in fact, you could keep swapping and get yourself a new dress every couple of weeks!

Don’t buy – borrow instead!

Sites like Girlmeetsdress allow members to rent beautiful designer instead of buying them. All of the items are new or nearly new and with some retailing at thousands of pounds it can be a good way to feel a million dollars without needing the bank balance to match. Handbagsfromheaven works in a similar fashion – opt either for Pay As You Go and hire as and when you like with no commitment, or become a member and get a 15% discount off all prices.

Commercial Agents – Key Sales Pitch Tips and Objectives

Before you as a commercial property agent do a sales pitch to a client to potentially list their commercial property, it pays to understand and set the strategy you will adopt. You need to define your targets of the process. Clarity is important.

Given that each property is different, the strategy and your sales pitch should also be distinctly different and unique given the elements of the property and the circumstances of the market. You are the expert agent and you need to show exactly what is going on out there today.

Here are some ideas and processes to feed into the presentation:

  1. Firstly get to the real facts of the client and their needs today. They will have special concerns about taking their property to the market today. They will also have certain criteria that must be satisfied for the marketing and negotiation to be successful. Ask the right questions until you really know what they want to do and why.
  2. Given the previous point above, develop a clear understanding of just what the target market is for the property today. As the local agent you should have a database that gives you a typical profile of the enquiry coming in to your office at the moment and how it can be converted to the property.
  3. The defining of the target market will give you specific ideas as to how you can reach the target audience through direct marketing and consistent effort.
  4. Take plenty of photographs around the property before you see the client. You can then put the images on a rolling slide show on your laptop computer to supplement your discussions with the client. Given that the photographs are only of their property, it tends to attract their attention far better than any other laptop use or presentation material.
  5. Have some market evidence and comparable property detail to show the client and to support your discussions. Real numbers and facts from the local area are hard for them to refute.
  6. Carry a variety of marketing examples of similar local properties today. Show the client just how you would use the material to the best of its advantage in attracting more enquiry and better inspections to their property.
  7. Tell the client exactly what the market is looking for today and how you will use that to your advantage in marketing their property.

Far too many agents approach the pitch process generically without much planning. Given that you only spend a small amount of time with the client in the presentation and that the other agents in the local area will be pitching for the same listing, you really do need to think about the sales pitch process before you see the client. Preparation is the key.