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Snowmen In The House

Snowmen in the House!

Happy Sunday!

I hope your weekend has been good so far. I spent yesterday afternoon in the showroom, opening up the space for people who already knew where we are and for any lucky person who discovered us. I did some housekeeping too and added some new displays.

I love Christmas.

I am not a Christian so I don’t celebrate Christmas as a religion.

I love the Christmas season for the gifting and sharing, warmth and the songs. This is the time of the year that I send my well wishes via Christmas cards.

This year’s Christmas is especially meaningful to me.

Queenbels has found a place to call her own.

And because it’s her first Christmas in her new place, I must do up the place with Christmas decorations!

This is the first time I buy a snow spray. I tasked the husband to do the spraying. I think I am better at helping out than to do the task.

I now have a white Christmas tree and two snowmen in the house!

Pretty? “D

Cheers,
Shirley

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Launch of The Private Showroom

My Mini Sewing Kit

It’s always the mini sewing kit and myself or the laptop and myself in the showroom, while waiting for the next private shopping session to begin.

There are also days I come to the showroom just to spend some time here and do some work.

Some of you would have known by now that I have set up a private showroom for Queenbels.

When the business entered the 3rd year, I asked myself what’s next.

I did a flowchart starting with Day 1 and ended up putting a huge question mark on the next step arrow.

To develop a business, we are talking about growing something, like a plant. From the seedlings, type of soil to use, amount of water to use, to get sufficient sunlight, finally seeing the 1st leaf sprout from the soil and most importantly, to keep the plant alive and blooming.

Things kind of fall into routine in the 3rd year. I have to keep things revolving. I cannot stay stagnant. I began reading up. Anything. I need inspirations. I refuse to do anymore new selections. Not until I know what’s next. Just when I was about to pull my hair, ideas started flowing in. I began to compile statistics, did research and did some test-drives.

Then I stumbled upon this tiny space. I call it the pigeon hole.

When I first stumbled upon this tiny space, I knew I have found it. Images of her future looks formed almost immediately. It’s magical.

I transformed the pigeon hole into a cosy private showroom.

Why a private showroom?

The concept is to create a walk-in wardrobe. This will be your own private shopping space. You can come in, try on the apparel that you like, play around with the different looks you have in mind. If you like the items, you buy them on the spot and off you step out with new outfits in hand.

Regular customers who came, enjoyed the private shopping time at the showroom. I am really happy that they are making themselves at home and feel totally at ease walking around bare-footed on the carpeted floor. Now they get to see the products in real life. I see the smiles on their faces, having the entire wardrobe to themselves to try on any apparel and accessories they like, without having to squeeze with other crowd or queue to use the fitting room. Sometimes when they cannot decide among the different colours, they will grab a seat on the faux leather mushroom stools to ponder over and rest their feet too. If they need help, I give very honest opinions.

Passer-bys who discovered the tiny space find the pigeon hole amazing. Some gave very kind and encouraging words and some were simply amazed at the private shopping concept at such affordable price points. I am glad that people are embracing this brand new concept that I have introduced.

Private shopping is now no longer a luxury that only the bigger brands can offer.

My Favourite! Polka Dots & Balloons Flower Stand

Balloons Decor

Floral and Pink Balloons Flower Stand

Purple Theme Flower Stand

I was very pleasantly surprised at the flower stands arriving at the private showroom, one after another. It is such a blessing to receive well wishes.

Thank you very much.

Hello Kitty Bag Charm

Hello Kitty Bag Charm in Crystal Ball

Flower Ball Necklace

Soaring Owls Hinged Bangle

From now onwards, the private showroom is given priority for all new arrivals. I have been posting sneak peeks of the new arrivals almost daily on our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/queenbels). ‘Like’ our Facebook page now to start receiving these sneak peeks. If you are on Instagram, follow us now at http://instagram.com/queenbels.

I will not be announcing the exact location of the private showroom on the webstore or on the social media. I want to keep the place private and exclusive.

Start making an appointment via email: shop@queenbels.com.sg stating your name, mobile number, preferred day, date and time of your private shopping. I will reply via sms. I will make the entire showroom available ONLY FOR YOU within your booking hours. Bring your girl pals and enjoy some private shopping moments together.

 You know where to find all the good stuff right? 😀

Cheers,
Shirley

I Travel I Scout I Present Beautiful Apparel

I travel I scout I present beautiful apparels

I have never like travelling for work.

When I was still in the corporate world, I ran away from all jobs that required me to travel. It is such an irony now that I have to go on work trips at a frequency more than I ever desire.

Earlier this month I took off for another procurement trip in the midst of the renovation madness. I was very lucky that I had a reliable interior designer to count on. When I returned, the entire showroom was 99% ready for handover.

This procurement trip wasn’t entirely successful. Part of the new procurement plans did not fall in place. I was pretty disappointed. All wasn’t lost though. At least I made some progression in acquiring new contacts.

I am introducing new apparel designs for the upcoming new selection. One of the highlights are the printed blouses. There is a wide selection of prints and fabrics and I really like the spectrum of colours displayed.

I narrowed down to cute animal prints and yummy pastry prints, made with quality knitted back pieces and very suitable for the local weather.

Squirrel Blouse

Horse in the Rainbow Knit+Cotton Blouse

The Squirrel Blouse reminds me of the small squirrels that I saw pretty often in my previous workplace. They move very fast racing from one tree to the other, escalate up the tree at a lightning speed and disappeared into the branches. Guess what is the most visible thing that I can see from far amongst all these actions? It is the furry squirrel tail. One word: CUTE.

The Horse in the Rainbow Blouse revokes memories of the storybooks I read when I was a child. Magical horse gallops through forest and emerges under the warm sunshine like a shining knight. This blouse is one of the pieces I kept.

A Berries Tart Blouse

Pink Cupcake Blouse

Cupcakes seems to be the ‘in’ pastry since late last year. I admit I like cupcakes and people around me all know that. At one point I go to the same bakery almost every other day and buy box of six each time. That did alot of damage to my waistline. I have since cut down. It remains my top favourite pastry.

All these pretty printed blouses are now available for purchase, only at the private showroom.

You know where to find all the good stuffs right? 😀

Cheers,
Shirley

3rd Mini Bazaar

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Freshly pressed selections presented at mini bazaar at MICA Building

Our 3rd mini bazaar took place on 18 and 19 August 2012 at MICA Building, a national monument. If you mention to anybody about a building in Singapore with rainbow coloured windows, that person will most probably know you are talking about MICA Building.

This was also the first time I held a mini bazaar alongside indie crafters. There were many wonderful creations worth my support.

Day 1 ~ Mini Bazaar at MICA Building ~ The green VIP carpet

Day 2 ~ Mini Bazaar at MICA Building

Saw the green carpet in the pictures above? I call it the green VIP carpet. I wanted to create a mini shopping area specially for customers who shopped at my mini bazaar. It was like a welcome carpet. I chose green because I had the picture in mind of holding a mini bazaar one day, outdoor in the garden.

My customers are really lovely people. One of them made a trip purposely just to buy me some swiss rolls and came all the way to shop with a baby in hand. Oh man! I was so deeply touched by her support! Thank you!

What really made my day was how amazing some shoppers were. My guesses were either they are tailors, or someone who is in the textile and apparels industry. Or maybe very sharp-eyed shoppers. There was this one particular lady who walked to me after browsing through my merchandises and said that she hasn’t seen apparels so well made, with such fine details, for a very long time. I cannot describe well enough with words how exactly I was feeling, right there on the spot. At that instance, I felt whatever I had done and persisted for my webstore was worth it.

I do not compromise quality with cost. No matter how low cost an apparel is, if the quality isn’t there, it will never make it to my webstore. I do not see the point of making trips overseas to procure poor quality apparels. I just do not work that way.

I had some fun moments when some friends popped by with their toddlers. I think they really had fun playing peek-a-boo behind the racks of clothes. A kid’s laughter can really lighten up your mood.

Thank you once again to each and everyone of you who came to shop at my mini bazaar. My heart-felt appreciation for the support.

THANK YOU.

Thank You!

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Before I share the happenings of the mini bazaar at MICA Building, allow me to say,

THANK YOU!

Thank You!

My heart-felt appreciation to each and everyone of you who came and shop at my mini bazaar at MICA Building over the weekend.

I know some of you couldn’t make it and missed the shopping perks exclusively for this mini bazaar.

Fret not!

I am extending a discount coupon of SGD5/- WEBSTOREWIDE + FREE Ground Shipping from now on till 31 August 2012! Key in code ILOVEQBS upon checkout to enjoy this discount!

Tip: If you are buying three items and want to enjoy SGD5/- OFF on each and every item, just checkout the shopping cart in three different orders!

Happy Shopping!

I will be back soon with an entry on the happenings at the mini bazaar. Stay tuned!

Vouchers! Queenbels Mini Bazaar at MICA Building

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Remember I said there will be vouchers exclusively for our upcoming mini bazaar at MICA Building?

Here you go!

Queenbels Mini Bazaar at MICA Building
140 Hill Street, Ground Floor, Singapore 179369
18 & 19 August 2012
1pm to 7pm

SGD5/- OFF All Items Marked GREEN

SGD10/- OFF All Items Marked ORANGE

Print or Flash these vouchers on your mobile at our mini bazaar at MICA Building to enjoy exclusive discounts!

SGD5/- OFF on All items marked GREEN!

SGD10/- OFF on ALL items marked ORANGE!

You can print as many vouchers as you want but you can only apply ONE voucher to ONE item. Combination of multiple vouchers is not allowed.

For example, if you are buying three items all marked green, you only need to flash the SGD5/- voucher on your mobile once and you will enjoy SGD5/- OFF PER ITEM. That is a total of SGD15/- discount for you!

I recommend you download these vouchers to your mobile so that you don’t need to print so many vouchers. Let’s not cut down more trees!

You will be rewarded if you bring your own shopping bag, SGD1/- OFF total bill!

Don’t forget I am giving away LIMITED goodie packs with purchase. While stocks last!

Please bring cash as this is the only mode of payment accepted.

See You All!

Come Shop at Queenbels Mini Bazaar at MICA Building

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Queenbels Mini Bazaar at MICA Building
140 Hill Street, Ground Floor, Singapore 179369
18 & 19 August 2012
1pm to 7pm

Mini Bazaar at MICA Building

I am back with a mini bazaar right at MICA Building!

It’s an indoor event, fully air-conditioned. A good place to hold a bazaar.

Please don’t miss this mini bazaar because this is most probably our last mini bazaar for this year. I will be presenting brand new arrivals that are not yet available in the webstore.

I will be giving away vouchers exclusively for this mini bazaar that you don’t want to miss. Keep a lookout on this space for further updates.

And oh yes! I am giving away goodie packs at the mini bazaar too!

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