Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Liz Lisa Shoe Collection

Hi! Hi!

Today I uploaded my Liz Lisa Shoe Collection Video to Youtube.

I don't know if this was a good idea or what but I guess I'll find out.

Shoe Collection Blog post here but this needs to be updated at this stage. XD.

I'm not that great at updating the post. Sorry!

guess if you have any questions about the shoes in general, the blog
post would be the best place to comment since the shoes are all labeled
but the video I didn't think to put labels there so asking about one
specific pair would be harder.

Hmmm, I think that's all I have to say XD Sorry!

Hope you liked the video!

If you have any types of videos you would like me to try out I'll consider it as well! ^.^

Thanks all~ I hope you like it!!

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Vaseline Trick

Hi! Hi!

Today, I wanted to share with you all a tip for you and your shoes.
Sometimes, when we have brand new shoes, they rub up against parts of your feet and cause blisters, pain and redness.
But I have a quick, cheap and easy solution for you all.

The answer is as simple as Vaseline!

Simply place some on your feet where your shoes rub uncomfortably. The Vaseline creates slickness where the shoe normally rubs, it now easily glides over your skin.
Since Vaseline normally takes a while to absorb it's fine for long periods of time as well.

It doesn't ruin your shoes either but be warned, do not use this trick on suede (real or made made) or fabric materials as the Vaseline can and will ruin the material.

Any other material is fine however, and you shouldn't have any problems with it ruining your shoes.

The only down side is your feet might look a little shiny but hopefully no one will look at your feet that closely. (Plus it looks a lot better than band aids in my opinion,)

TIP: You can also use Vaseline on dry and aged (real) leather goods to restore the shine and look of the leather. Simply apply a small amount all over the leather and rub it in. Leave on the material for 24 hours or until it's all absorbed. Voila~ Shiny new leather!
This trick doesn't work on patent however.

There's actually many uses for Vaseline - I also use it on dry lips, heels, elbows or knees as well. I find it works better than moisturizers for such dry areas.

Do you guys have any handy tricks for Vaseline and want to share them?


Monday, August 11, 2014

Liz Lisa Haul

Hi! Hi!

I don't think I 've done a Liz Lisa haul for a while so I thought I'd do one. I recently bought a few things and I got some more interesting items (at a steal!) so I thought I'd share.

Some of the items are still available as well!

First item is this WEB LIMITED item. It's a dress that came out quite some time ago and I originally wanted it but I wasn't going to pay full price for it.

3780 YEN
(I swear this model on Liz Lisa must be really tall - every time I buy something and she's modeling it, it's significantly longer on me!)

I thought this would be a cute dress from Summer but the fabric is quite heavy and thick so it's much more suitable for Spring. I actually bought this because I thought it would be a great dress to layer things over (like knits and cardigans) but I like it on it's own as well. I really like it despite it being a bit of a shorter dress. It's lovely regardless not sure where I'll wear this because it feels a bit too special for everyday.

2700 YEN
I was never interested in this set but it was a steal when I bought it. I was really interested in the skirt because I didn't have any midi length skirts in my collection for Spring or Summer but I was never convinced they would suit me but since this is simply a long skirt (not midi) I was more comfortable with trying it. 
I actually wanted the blue but at the time I went to buy it - it was out of stock in that colour way. 
I really like that you can wear this set so many ways and I'm looking forward to mixing and matching these items with other things I have as well. 

2700 YEN
I have a few gripes about the skirt. First, it creases like crazy I didn't notice in the stock photo but it looks quite creased as well. 
Secondly, this skirt isn't lined so it feels a bit cheap. Since the length is longer I'm not too worried about it not being lined but something you should know as a potential buyer. 
This skirt is nice length actually. I really like it and it's perfect for pin up style.

1620 YEN
Again something I never looked at before. I really like these however. They're a good length on me (not too short) I really like the scollop edge and the bows which are just there for fashion sake and not to adjust the shorts in any way.
I was originally looking for denim shorts but I figured since these look like denim and I couldn't find any shorts that I liked that were denim I just bought these. I'm really glad I did though, I think I'll wear these quite a bit.

1620 YEN
I'm so glad I bought these because they're so so so comfy they're like chiffon fabric so they're light and comfy (they'd be good for traveling!) The navy is nice and I like the bows a lot. 
They almost look like a skirt on but they're shorts. 
Again something I can see myself wearing a lot!

That's everything I got! I think I got everything for this order. I really think I got everything for a good price luckily and I really got some cute things. Sorry there's not too many photos. I rushed and took the photos about half an hour before we went to dinner (Lighting was also terrible). I won't be trying that again lol.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this post!
Did you see anything you liked?! Lol.
Thanks for reading!


Saturday, August 2, 2014

[How to:] A Basic Guide to Selling Online

Hi! Hi!

I have to admit, I was thinking about writing this post for a little while but I never got around to it but it kept bugging me and was in the back of my mind for a little while, so I've decided to write a little post on it. 

I'm sure most of you are aware of the strong resell value of Japanese clothing or just that selling second hand (or lightly worn) clothing (and other items) is extremely popular on the internet as well and I'm sure everyone reading this has either bought, or looked at items that are second hand online and perhaps you would also like to try it too so that's why I will write this guide. 
I didn't have any help when I started selling online so I learned everything I know through experience and everything in this post are my own personal thoughts. If you have any suggestions let me know or if you think you would like to do anything differently then you should do that. 

First things you will need to do is choose where you would like to sell and there are a few choices;

1.) Ebay; A plus to ebay is, there's a lot of sellers on ebay and it's basically a place designed to sell new and used goods. It's very user friendly and convenient. It's also (relatively) safe and there's good service support that can help you if you need to. 

 - Easy to use and very user friendly
 - Safe and reliable
 - Great for beginners
 - Able to sell a variety of goods
 - Free to list (although there are bits in the listing that you can pay for but you can get past without it,) 
 - Can easily adjust prices and shipping after the payment
- Can list 12 images with one listing which is a good amount of images in my opinion. 

 - Ebay takes a small portion of the sale that you make so not all the money you make is your own.
 - Not a specialize place of sale so you're not always selling to the best audience.
 - have to relist the items once they expire (you can edit so that an item relists 3 times automatically but then you still need to relist or make a new listing after that which is time consuming)

2.) Storenvy; I'm still new to storenvy and I'm still learning but it's quite nice and I'm enjoying selling on there. It's handy how you can see where the traffic is coming from and you don't have to keep relisting things as you do on ebay. 

 - easy to use and user friendly
 - safe and reliable 
 - Can sell a variety of goods
 - People are likely to keep checking out your store and follow your store.
 - Free to use (although there are some bits that you can pay to use but you can get past without using them,) 
 - Professional and credible looking
 - Having your own FAQ is a useful tool
 - All items are listed and you don't have to relist items
 - High volume of people all looking to buy
 - All the information (eg. shipping costs) are there and people don't need to ask

 - Hard to adjust shipping costs per item and can't adjust after the transaction 
 - Can only upload 5 images per listing 
 - Lots of competition from other sellers

Gyaru Sales LiveJournal/ facebook /blog sale; I'm going to group these together because I think they're similar. I've sold on live journal in the past but no longer list on either because I much prefer ebay/storenvy. I've never had a blog sale but I think it's similar to Live journal

 - Listing is up to you, can list as many pictures as you like
 - All the money is yours 
 - All item are just there and you don't have to keep relisting
 - High volume of people all looking to buy things (specialized)

 - No one there to help you, and you're all on your own
 - If your on live journal or facebook there's lot of competition and people selling similar brands/items 
 - Will be asked the cost of shipping/measurements. Over and over and over. (and no thank you) 

There are other places to sell but these are the biggest/most popular places I can think of. 
Of course, you don't have to choose just one - you can list on all of these places if you like! I think for the best results the best thing is to list on as many sites as you can (as long as you can stay on top of it, of course) 

Next thing, your stock - or the items you want to sell. 

Take lots of pictures! I think it's best to take as many pictures as you can of the items all at once rather than having to take them later on.
Personally, I think that you shouldn't use stock photos because even though the pictures are normally good quality and do show the item in the best lighting/how to wear it, it doesn't show that you HAVE the item nor the condition the item is in which are both extremely important - more important that having really nice pictures (in my opinion).

It might be an unpopular opinion but I think water marking also shows that the item is yours and you have it it also prevents people taking your pictures and using it for personal use/scamming.

It's important to note - that somewhere like storenvy doesn't like stock photos, but the facebook group encourages it. 

How you display the item is up to you. You have a few choices; 
- Lying flat of on a flat surface. 
- Hanging on a door or a hook of a wall. 
- On a mannequin or forms (what are those called? The ones that are shaped like bodies,) 

The third one will actually cost you money because you will need to buy the form but the other two should cost you nothing. 

Take nice photos, in natural light so your view can see the true colour. 

I don't think showing the item with other items in necessary - I see people selling items buy putting a whole outfit together, which I think is misleading - only show what you're selling and don't confuse people because  people won't buy if they don't know what they're getting!  

Clothing looks best when there's nothing else to distract in the image like, bags, toys, deco etc. it also looks more professional, uncluttered and clears any questions what your actually selling.

(That being said, a vignette or a simple border is okay to me) 

Of course, if you're going to be giving away a bag or novelty with the item then of course, please do include it in the picture so people can see it!  

Basically, keep it simple

Also, it's best to take the photos all in one location as well because this way, people can see that all the items are coming from one person/one home. If you take pictures from all over the place, then it starts to look suspicious, like you don't have all the items in one place. 
You definitely don't want people to be suspicious or confused when they're looking at what your selling. 

When to sell what? 

You may be thinking, but it's Summer now, I can not sell my Winter clothes now.
But you're wrong! There's a whole other hemisphere that is in the opposite season and they want to buy clothes too. If you have opposite season clothing to were you live - sell it anyways. 
You can still sell Summer clothes because there's many places (along the equator) that are actually hot and humid all year around. 
I would suggest selling whatever you want to sell whenever you want. 
If whatever your selling is really good and someone wants to buy it - they'll buy it regardless of season. 

Some other things; 

Here are some other things I want to say about selling online, 

Little things
- Tell people why you're selling! 
It just shows your genuine and that there's nothing actually wrong with the item. It can be as simple, as it doesn't suit me, or out of season. (Of course don't go into a long winded story about your life/current situation, again keep it simple) 
I've actually had people ask why I'm selling items when I haven't said why so I just put it there now.

- Sell items as a set - if two items are meant to go together - sell them together! Or let people know that the two items go together and you can do a set price. Everyone loves getting a deal and if you're looking to sell and clear out closet space - selling items together is a great way to do so. 
- If something is damaged, reduce the price (let people know) and let the buyer know. This shows your an honest and reasonable seller.

- Compare your prices to others - are you asking to much? Too little? Is someone selling the exact same item as you for less? More? These are important variables. 

- Don't OVER sell. Sometimes, on the gyaru sales group, you can see people continually pushing the same items over and over and it's really annoying so what can you do if something isn't selling?!!? 

What to do if something isn't selling?!

Firstly, lower the price. 
Sounds really simple but chances are if it's not selling, your asking too much. Even if you only lower it bit by bit, then do it. You never know what price someone will buy at. 

Re-take the photos. 
Sometimes, the photos might not be selling the item. Try retaking the photos in better lighting/location etc. and see if that helps.

Take the item down. 
If it's still not selling, take the item down for long enough for people to forget about it and do the first two steps when you relist it. Sometimes, if an item just sits there forever, people get bored or it or forget it's there, so take it down, take new photos and relist at a cheaper price and see if that helps. 

Add something to the item. 
Maybe you have some matching costume jewlery earrings you no longer want or a nice belt that goes with it to make the item seem more appealing to the buyer.

Like the shops do. Sometimes, you just have to accept that the item will not sell and you can simply sell for cheap rather than let it sit there for too much longer because the longer it sits there the more unappealing it will be. 

Note: How 'long' is too long? 
It's up to you really, would you rather hang on to an item and wait and see if someone will buy or would you rather just get rid of it? It's up to you.

Normally, this only happens on Live journal/ Facebook/ blog sales. 
Personally, I would say, don't bother with holding items for people unless you take a deposit. 
I've have experiences in the past where people have asked to hold things for long periods of time and then in the end, not bought the item which as you can imagine - isn't really a nice scenario to be in. 
So, if you're going to do hold, I would suggest taking a small but non-refundable deposit to deter people like this who will ask for holds and not buy anything in the end. 

Same items with another buyer!
What can you do if someone is selling the same item as you - at the same time!?
Of course, you would want people to buy  yours and not the competitions item - right?
Here's a few things you can do to tempt buyers;

- lower the price compared to the competition because of course everyone will go for the cheaper item - right?
- Add something to the sale, like a free shopping bag, free sheet mask, free domestic shipping etc. to tempt your buyer to your item and no the other.
- Make yours sounds way better - add a catchy and tempting description to your listing to make your item stand out and leave an impression on your buyer.
- All of the above.

Hmmm, there's possibly some other things I should cover but I can't think of any thing right now :/ 
Hopefully some of you found this post helpful. I might try and do more online selling posts in the future in there's anything people would like help with specifically. Let me know if that's the case.
Thanks for reading! 
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