NEW 2014

So Christmas has come and gone, and so we begin with new resolutions that we probably won’t keep. I recently heard that we should be realistic and do weekly resolutions as opposed to the year long ones. Sounds reasonable enough, so here goes!!

This is my first post of 2014, We had a crazy holiday season, busy busy which is great considering the economy and the that the retail industry that i started in has long gone to the dogs. We are still here, once again trying to keep my tiny shop fresh and new!!! I have an amazing selection of new stock and yes, we are following through with some of our old favourites! Caldrea, is still an incredible seller for us and once again they have introduced a new scent, and I LOVE it!!! We are introducing Caldrea candles and even dryer sheets!!

The weather has been far from cooperative and I am already ready for SPRING!!! I know ,I’m dreaming!!! Off to L.A in February and the Toronto show is in a couple of weeks, so we look forward to a new year in business doing what I love. Some new doors in the horizon for me and I am excited!!!Cheers to a new year !!

victoria

a Royal Christmas??

So yes, I know what you are thinking “this early??”" No, no need to worry, we don’t officially call it Christmas till November 1st! As a retailer, Christmas starts pretty early, we put our first Christmas orders in as early as January for the the following year. Sadly, it kind of takes away from the event a bit. Most retailers, assuming the season went well, don’t “breath” so to speak till December 24th at around 4pm. Its okay though, I am not complaining!! Its a bit like a roller coaster ride from pretty much Nov 1st onwards. I love seeing customers that have been away or maybe haven’t come around in a while, I love meeting new ones and catching up with “old” ones. Again, I am prepping for the upcoming season.

I look forward to seeing it all come together and hearing the reactions from customers.  I look forward to the gift wrapping, the colder air, the first snowflake, the rosy cheeks , the well wishers, the stressed shoppers and to all that is Christmas!

So here we go! Christmas 2013!!!

Style At Home Special edition on ENTERTAINING IDEAS!!

So, the weather is getting cooler, (not sure I am thrilled as I am a summer person) the fall and Christmas stock has started to arrive in the store. Magazines already have pumpkins on the covers and the best in entertaining ideas are all on shelves.

I am always incredibly flattered when we are asked to showcase our design and merchandise and to my suprise we made it in again!! Check out the September Special Edition of Style At Home. Hope you enjoy the issue! New stock is arriving daily and these looks are timeless and quite easy to put together. Visit us at our store or on Facebook to see our latest finds! Happy Fall!!

Newly inspired

 It has been a Loong while since my last post, you get so busy with everyday life that you forget to take a second in the day, take a long breath and look around. I grew up on a tiny island in the mediterranean and haven’t returned to my roots in years. Well, this year i went for a four week vacay with my husband and kids back to Malta. It’s quite sad for me because i feel like even though many years have passed in my mind’s eye, things should have remained the same!! lol, clearly they have changed and so have I. I looked at things differently and I have to say i forgot how beautiful this tiny island of Malta was, I found a new appreciation for the culture, the beauty of the island. Although they are struggling, as is everywhere else in Europe, with a bad economy they still find the time to be happy with what they have.

I felt refreshed and re-inspired by the beauty of the architecture and the culture. I came home to less than ideal weather but c’est la vie! I am looking forward to a new season at my store, I feel like I am BACK, even though things in retail aren’t what they used to be, all I can do is LOOK forward. Competition is stiffer than ever, with every major box-store opening its doors in an already struggling retail market, I know that our customer base is strong and I feel we have grown with our clients. We, as a small retailer, have a small advantage….we get to know our customers, the issues they have faced, be it flood or other. We have built relationships with many and look forward to started new ones.

 

I look forward to a NEW fall and holiday season with a smile, although future is unknown to anyone, I look forward to seeing new and “old” faces, and catching up!

See ya soon,

Victoria

Spring is just around the corner….I think!!

I havent been this excited to see the sun and feel some warmth in years! Maybe I am aging faster than I’d like to think, I find myself complaining about the cold like my grandmother once did!! Anyway, i am thrilled by the changes I see!!! My shop is once again filling up nicely with all my finds, the most beautiful sol flowers are bursting out of their buds and I am happy!!  Lets all look ahead at what is to come! Enjoy the weekends and life for that matter to the max . Lots more pics to come.

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Cheers,

Victoria

 

Our Annual Christmas Open House!!!

So apparently the holiday season is in full swing!!!We are all glitzed and glammed with our most beautiful holiday selection of vintage inspired ornaments, gift idea for young and young at heart. What better way to get in the mood than a three day Christmas Open House to celebrate with All our Amazing customers. Get 20% off November 9th (10-8), Nov 10th(10-5) and Nov 11th (11-4). Hope too see you there!!!

Cutest little booties in town

I recently came across this wonderful young lady who crocheted this lovely line of baby slippers and booties. They are made of everything I love- organic cotton, silk, alpaca or wool. The most incredible keepsake, once the baby grows out of them. A great gift for any new babe. One look and you will fall in love!!

New merchandise is coming in daily and I promise  to post a bit more frequently as it does. Lots more to see including a Canadian designer’s line of linen clothing and accessories, more french toys, warm blankets and accessories. Also stay tuned for an Autumn Sidewalk Sale, coming mid October. Whether we like it or not, the seasons are a changing!

 

 

Caldrea Promotion!! AAAAHHHH

This is a first for us! We never really put Caldrea on  sale, we never have to! It’s a staple in our store, Our milk or eggs,  if you will. It’s an incredible line, biodegradable, not tested on animals, made from plant derived oils- all in all a feel good, smell good line of cleaning products for the home. We have it at 25% off while supplies last_ and they wont last! Our promotional email goes out next week, so stock up….and don’t worry ,we are not getting rid of the line, they are changing packaging! Other than that , everything will remain the same. Oh yeah, and for a limited time we have Belle De Provence Body line on sale as well! see ya soon!

One more thing, make sure to ask about the promotion , because until the email goes out, you are the only ones that know about it! ;0