visually merchandising: a job in fashion

After attending and covering the opening of a local forever 21 the other week, I had a chat with my friend CoCo Warren, visual merchandiser for that store. We talked about what her job means and entails and how to get into that line of work.

Me “thank you for setting some time out of your day for me to do this interview. Can you explain to my readers what visually merchandising is.”

Coco “Visual Merchandising is determining how to merchandise products. It involves figuring out how to create and arrange visual displays so they are likely to appeal to customers.
One type of visual merchandising involves setting up visual displays in the windows of retail stores. We select products to feature and then design themed displays around the chosen items. The idea behind this type of merchandising is to increase traffic to the store and to promote sales.
Visual merchandising also involves arranging and keeping shelves and hanging rack displays full and in good order.”

Me “what part did you play in the whole set up and layout of the store.”

Coco “My part was styling mannequins, laying products out on tables, and putting wall fixtures together to display items on.”

Me “When pulling outfits for and styling the mannequins, what kind of styles and fashions were you trying to portray? Do you try to show something for everyone? (rocker, preppy, hipster, etc…)

Coco “When pulling outfits and styling mannequins, we go by elements and themes the company itself wants us to do, there called updates, for sales, changes of season, and promotions. The company does try to show a variety of different styles such a rock, preppy, hipster, glamorous, western..etc.. We tend to update and change quiet frequently.”

Me “How can you get into this line of work?”

Coco “If you are in fashion/design school and looking for a realistic and profitable career or job in fashion industry, visual merchandiser is one of them. With this job, you have many opportunities to meet people and grow with the company you work for.”

Me “How much is the employee discount and how soon can you get me a job?” 😉

Coco laughs “Not sure about the discount, sorry.”

DIY finger paints!

The boys were running around the house restless the other morning and I wasnt going to take them to the park in this 100+ weather so I figured it was the perfect time to try out some homemade finger paints. When I told them, they were so excited by the idea and ran right up to their rooms to grab their art aprons!

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This recipe is so easy to do and you probably have everything you need right in your kitchen. It takes less than 5 minutes and the end result is a hit. I involved my kids in every step of the process. It’s a great learning experience and how fun is it for them to make their own custom paints?!

You’ll need a small pot, 3 cups of water, 1/2 cup corn starch, 3 tbsp sugar, dash of salt and food coloring.

Heat your 3 cups of water on your stove top. Slowly add in your sugar, cornstarch and salt while whisking to keep down lumps. The mixture will come together fairly quickly and become an opaque goop, for lack of a better word. Even with all the whisking I did, there were still some lumps so I strained mine to have a smooth paint.

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Put your mixture into the freezer or fridge to cool. Once it’s completely cooled, pour it into individual containers to color. I used food coloring to color the paints but if you want it all natural, then you can use fruit and veggie juices. Start with a few drops at a time and adjust to get the color you want. I let the boys do this, they loved it! This is a great way to teach them about color mixing as well; blue and yellow make green!

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I taped giant sheets of paper to kitchen floor and let them go crazy!

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Nothing was immune from the boys’ painting frenzy; the floor got it, the wall, the patio blinds, and my 2 year old even decided to start painting himself! But I didn’t even mind, we were all having too much fun! I even sat and drenched my hands in that paint and made my Jackson Pollock masterpiece.

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We’ll definitely be making some more paints in the future. Home made, easy, cheap, non toxic, and all natural. Easy to make, easy to clean, so much fun to play with and great family time!

DIY manicure of the week: rainbow bright

This one is cute, incredibly cute, so cute in fact that i literally said “aawwww” when I saw it.  I love this look.  Whimsical, fun, unique and, once again, cute! Brought to you by fashion bloggers mimi and chichi of mimiandchichi.com, are the rainbow nails; my 3rd DIY nail look that I’ve stolen shared from them their site.

 

Click on over to have Gita (mimi) break it down for you step by step.  Make it your own by using bright bold colors, neons, pastels, etc… Don’t you just love them? Rainbow bright and the carebears (2 of my childhood favorites) would be proud! 😉

You’ve spoken and…

The results are in! The gunn infinitithat I’ll be driving is the QX! I couldn’t be more excited about this. The QX is the car that I originally had wanted, so I’m glad that the majority agreed with me. I’ll be taking this little piece of luxury for 5 days and to 2 VIP events for my blog. Stay tuned to see how I work my style with it and where I go!

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