Over the years I have had the pleasure and the pain (let me be serious here, running an online store is a lot of work) of sharing with family, friends, customers and fans some of the ins and outs of running Mimi Boutique. Along the way there have always been a myriad of questions and this year I’ve decided to start sharing some of the interesting (and maybe some of the mundane) things that go hand in hand with running an ecommerce shop.
While there are many questions, most I won’t get to today, I’ll start out with three and revisit the others in the near future. My intent with these posts is to bring a voice to the scene and hopefully inspire others in business and get a conversation going.
Behind the inspiration of Mimi Boutique
Logically, the question I get most is ‘what inspired you to start Mimi Boutique?” This is such an open ended question for many reasons but, the better way to approach this question is to set the landscape of what was happening in 2008. First, I have to point out we were in a recession and a lull period for job contracts surprisingly enough provided me ample opportunity to take on a new venture. I think many businesses that get started in an economic downturn can attest to having an innate entrepreneurial spirit.
Second, I was also inspired by the beau (whose career has spanned working on the web in many facets) who basically said from the get go ‘we can do this‘ (build a store). I am forever grateful to him and his relentness spirit and dedication. Over the years there have been countless teeth grinding sessions working on a release of a new version of the store, followed by a celebratory round of cold brewskies. These kind of war stories are what team spirit is all about IMHO.
Finally, I would be silly not to mention fashion! Of course that angle has to blend in somehow, right? Again, it was the recession and like any frugal girl shopping on the web at that time I was always on the hunt for affordable pieces. Growing up I was the gal that was known to hunt a good deal while refusing to succumb to high end price tags. I’ve had a love affair with jewelry since falling in love with my mother’s jewelry collection. Her jewelry boxes hold beautiful pieces from around the world and span three generations; many of those pieces still continue to mesmerize me today. The vision has always been to parlay this affection for pretty things into a fun shop for women around the world. Easier said than done, but always a passion that has driven me this far.
Thanks for reading. Let me know your thoughts. I am working on the next post so any questions are always welcome.
These gorgeous clip on earrings are definitely statement worthy and add a bit of glam to any outfit quite seamlessly. This pair comes in a gold and silver option. The response to our clip on earrings has been great so stay tuned for more new styles in this category!
Do you wear clip on earrings? What styles do you look for in clip on earrings?
Here is a quick look at some of this week’s new winter jewelry arrivals. It’s such a beautiful vibe to see such pretty metals mixed with fine details and pretty jewels in pretty pops of color. Remember our selection is always small, so if you see something you like don’t hesitate to grab it sooner rather than later.
One of my personal favorites is this Hammered Black Cuff Bracelet. There is something funky yet chic going on with this cuff if I may say! It’s a no brainer that it pairs with all your winter neutrals, but let me tell you this piece looks stunning on warmer days when paired with fun colors or floral pieces. It’s a stretch style cuff so it will easily fit smaller to larger wrists.
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I’m currently craving rose gold pieces as of late, what about you?
The Lascaris Statement Coin Necklace comes in silver and gold is definitely a showstopper. Adorn yourself with this stunning piece and you will see how fun it is to accessorize with this statement necklace. When you transition into the Spring and Summer there is no doubt that the styling options will continue to be plentiful. Silver is the most popular tone at the moment so order yours before they go!
It’s true this season will bring gloomy days, but that is no reason to stop accessorizing with some chic statement floral necklaces. Below is our current lineup of popular statement floral necklaces trending right now!
New statement floral necklaces are added to our selection weekly so make sure to check back. See a favorite? Let us know!
Just because it’s fall fashion time it doesn’t mean we should forgo some glam style baubles to have fun with this time of the year. So while we have you thinking about colder days, falling leaves and layers of clothing, let’s think about layered bangle sets while we are at it!
Tis’ the season to add some pretty holiday glam bangles to your outfits. One set that is really fun is our Holiday Bangle Set. Set includes 7 pieces and is decked out with pretty crystal details. Have fun wearing as is, breaking it apart or layering with some of your other arm candy. The options are endless.
It’s a great time of the year to consider updating your wardrobe with a new animal print handbag. Just like with accessorizing with a great animal print flat or pump it’s always a smart idea to have a few options in the animal print handbag category. Above are a few or our most recent new arrivals in this department. Both styles above come in a great brown/tan version and an ivory combo (which is super classy for winter!). These ultra chic bags pair well with all your neutrals but don’t forget to explore wearing these cuties with an outfit that has a bold color theme as well! It goes without saying that animal print accessories never go out of style no matter the season so go ahead and have some fun by adding a little dimension and texture with either a darling tiger, cheetah or zebra print bag this month.
From cute totes, to ponchos and fun jewelry we’ve got something for everyone this season.
Here are just a few of our top selling, top trending and mos popular this week. Make sure to check out what’s new as well!
Look what just went online! Cute fall leggings are in! These cute bottoms go great with your favorite fall and winter tops, tunics and sweaters! Ideal for those cozy comfy days or for lounging at home.
It’s sad that the warm hot days of summer are gone but, at least we have Fall fashion to smile about now. Here in San Francisco the weather has been pleasant but we’ve had a few showers which has me reaching for my favorite boots and booties again. We’ve gotten in some fabulous current fall favorites. Take a look at some of our current trending items.
We love this bold rich pop of blue for this season and winter. It gives a nice contrast against all your typical neutrals and darker tones this season.
This gorgeous kimono is going fast. Fans love the pretty print and vibrant hues. We can see why! Paired with your favorite t and jeans it makes for dressing for fall so very easy!
These darling drop earrings in a pretty rose hue with mint accented jewel details are just the right touch color for this season when looking to accessorize your go to neutral ensembles.
Nothing says Fall better than a cute sweater dress! We adore this staple piece for now and well into the winter! Paired with boots or booties makes dressing for cold days a cinch.