Thursday, January 28, 2016

Chichi Mary & Kango Express!

For the longest time, I have been searching for a forwarder that can help Chichi Mary to ship customer orders to Philippine mailing addresses as well as to other Asian countries at a lower cost.  Chichi Mary started in the Philippines almost three years ago and it is only last May of 2015 that we decided to transfer our base operations to the U.S. to cater to a bigger market.  Because of this, we still have loyal customers in the Philippines.  We tried to use couriers before but not all customers are happy with the cost.  Of course, courier service is faster because orders are delivered within 2-4 business days from our fulfillment center but some customers from other countries are also willing to wait a little just to lessen the shipping cost.  While searching, I have found Kango Express and I’m impressed with their service and shipping rates.  Fast forwarding to today, Chichi Mary is now a retail partner of Kango Express.

Kango Express | Chichi Mary Online Kid's Boutique

Friday, January 22, 2016

5 General Rules of Dressing Up

In today's Information Age and especially with the rise of social media, so many fashion trends come and go and we are exposed to, and are inspired by, so many fashion styling ideas. But the best advice we can give about dressing up is that it is a matter of creating your own style based on who you are, what you do, and who you want to be.

In order not to be like everybody else, establishing your own fashion style is a must-have skill. In the long run, you will eventually hone these skills, spend wisely when it comes to shopping, and be more confident when it comes to your own unique fashion style.  As an owner of an online kid’s boutique, I curate my own merchandise typically based on my customers' lifestyle. A Chichi Mary girl can be an urban chic or a classic romantic dresser. In this post, I enumerate some of the rules when it comes to dressing up and embracing your inner stylist.

Fashion Quote | Chambray Dress | Tartaleta | Chichi Mary Blog
Chambray Dress by Tartaleta.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Hola Barcelona - Part 3

This post is the third and last post of our Barcelona vacation (see part1 and part 2). I love writing about it because our trip to Barcelona has been one of the most fun family vacations we've ever had. I can say that it’s probably because of the very festive attitude of the Spanish people that makes you feel you’re really on a holiday. There’s something in the atmosphere that you always want to explore, to go with the flow, and to discover what it is in the city that makes people vibrant. The food, architecture, my pilgrimage to Montserrat and the beach, makes me think that Barcelona has it all!

Plaza Catalonia | Barcelona | Chichi Mary Blog
Beautiful flowers and fountains at the Plaza Catalunya at the center of Barcelona.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Spring/Summer 2016 Fashion Trends

With the first week of January almost gone, stores will soon start showing off the latest Spring/Summer collection for 2016.  Fashion buyers like me have seen SS16 collections as early as July last year and the more entertaining showcase of course, was seen on the runway of Petite Parade during NYC Kids Fashion Week last October.  Here are the latest fashion trends that you can expect for the coming months:

Petite Parade | October 2015 | Chichi Mary Blog
Mary with fashion photographer Richard Renda and another mini-fashionista during the Petite Parade Fashion Week last October 2015.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Exploring A Hidden Jewel - Burlington, Vermont

The winter season has finally begun and for some people like me, it means hibernation.  This winter has been a mild one so far.  We just started having snow after Christmas, which is quite unusual in New England.  Just after Christmas, our little family decided to go on a short winter vacation.  Not in a ski resort though as there was still no snow at that moment but we opted to explore the small city of Burlington, Vermont.  This is a trip that made Burlington one of my favorite New England cities to date.

Burlington, Vermont | Chichi Mary | Blog
The view of Church Street, one of the most photographed locations in Burlington.