Post # 1
- Wedding: April 29th, 2016
Hey, ladies! A co-worker/friend approached me about throwing a workshop on Shopping Your Closet at her good friend’s new boutique that’s opening up in town. I’m really excited about this opportunity because I love beauty and fashion and have been looking for ways to do more with it on the side, as my day job doesn’t have much to do with it. I occasionally advise students on professional attire for interviews and in the workplace, but that’s certainly not every day! I figured what better place to ask for tips than here?
I’m just looking for ideas on what you would like to see in that type of workshop or if you’ve attended something similar, what did you like? What didn’t you like? I’m going to meet the owner at the boutique’s grand opening this Friday and I imagine we’ll talk dates then, but I’m really thinking of ways to make this a fun and interactive workshop. With my students, I usually have visual aids (powerpoint, handouts) and do activities throughout the workshops, but I’m not sure that they’ll have a projector and screen readily available in the boutique. Any materials that I do provide will come out of pocket, but I get to charge what I want for the workshop and only pay the cost of champagne, which was quoted at $6 per bottle. I’m thinking of bringing some of my own clothing and accessories, using what I can in the boutique, and using a model or two to change in and out of certain pieces to demonstrate versatility. I still have lots of ideas floating around! Again, any tips would help! Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
ladyvictoria : I’m confused by what you are planning here. Can you explain a bit better? Are you planning on charging friends and co-workers to attend this event? Who gets that money? I am going to be honest here and it sounds like your friend who owns the boutique is using you to try to get new customers in the door of her shop. I personally wouldn’t ask my friends and family to attend this type of event. What do they really get out of this?
Post # 4
littleanchor : +1. It seems like this is just part of a bigger grand opening promo event to advertise the shop/the shop’s clothes. I definitely wouldn’t charge anyone attending.
Post # 5
As the others pointed out, it’s not really Shopping the Closet if they’re being directed toward the boutique items.
But in reference to the workshop idea, I’d personally love ideas re: incorporating higher end and target brand type stuff, plus size options, how to rotate clothes so it doesn’t seem like I’m wearing the same thing every day, how to be as comfy as possible while still looking put together, discussion about regional norms for dress (I’m in Seattle and people don’t really dress up here for work), old trends that add something fun and funky (i’m thinking enamel pins at the moment).
Post # 6
- Wedding: April 29th, 2016
SisterJude : Thanks for the thoughtful response! I plan on talking about the concepts of a capsule wardrobe, fast fashion, and how to mix and match pieces to get the most looks. Accessories are important! A different scarf and shoes can make the same basic pieces look totally different.
TheGridMonster : littleanchor : Yes, the owner wants to bring traffic in her shop and convert some of it into sales, that is a given. But she’s planning on holding multiple types of workshops. My friend and co-worker who introduced us will also be holding a workshop centered around being a supermom so to speak. She manages to work full-time (she’s the associate director of our office), also does freelance work on her own and is a beach body coach with an incredible fitness journey, all the while being a single mother who makes time for family.
The workshop series isn’t just a money grab… People are actually interested in these types of events and are willing to pay and attend them with friends and enjoy a drink and some shopping in the process. Additionally, the boutique owner will take care of the marketing. Obviously I will invite family and friends, and I even want to see if I can collaborate with a friend who works with Yelp locally to promote it. If you think it’s such an awful idea then I’m not sure why you responded as all, as I was asking for feedback on the content. Thanks though?