Since I arrived on Twitter in December of last year I have encountered many wonderful people that have made me feel welcome. One person’s support has shone and, today, I am pleased to say “thankyou’ and announce my first blog post collaboration in which I would like to introduce Chic Style Boutique (@chicstyleboutiq).
Christine @Rations2R_n_R. Thank you for talking with me. I am sure that everyone would love to get to know the person behind Chic Style Boutique. Please tell us about yourself.
@chicstyleboutiq. Hi, I’m Persia.
For a number of years I travelled – a lot! Brazil, America, Dubai, Dominican Republic, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bahamas, Jamaica, plus a lot more! In more recent years, I lived in the US, where I had my son. However, I returned to the UK in March 2013, to figure out what I wanted to do. Having already worked in TV, Film, Commercials and Corporate Videos as an unknown actress, and modelled burlesque style, as well as pinup/retro with an amazing photographer more recently, I wanted to move on to my next challenge. After pondering for a few years (I can be quite indecisive!), and trying to figure out how I could work around my toddler son, I decided to start up my online store, Chic Style Boutique (CSB).
C. It takes inspiration to start a business. Tell us about the inspiration that led you to start up Chic Style Boutique.
P. I didn’t really have inspiration – I just took the leap! I’m spontaneous like that!
C. From who do you take personal inspiration and motivation?
P. There are a number of individuals I take motivation, but in particular, inspiration from. Most are iconic women, not necessarily from the fashion side of things; from Maya Angelou to Audrey Hepburn. I live by their quotes. They gave so much to those who really needed it.
C. Please tell us more about Chic Style Boutique and it’s philosophy.
P. CSB will offer women of different sizes chic, yet affordable fashion. No one should be ashamed of what they look like, nor their size, which is why I was, and still am determined my store will continue to offer a range of sizes; UK 6-32. Also, as a vintage style enthusiast, I am pleased to confirm retro/rockabilly/1950’s style clothing will be coming soon too! Retro bags are already available, but I am currently looking for fabulous dresses to add.
C. What products do you currently stock?
P. The current stock consists of dresses, skirts, tops, bags, accessories and a few pieces of jewellery. Some of the clothing can be classed as a little causal but they are still chic.
C. Are there specific reasons for your selection of the items that you stock?
P. I selected these items because they are in line with what I consider as ‘chic’. Some clothing can be worn to the office/work, whilst others can be worn on an evening/night out with friends. They are all items I would wear myself – something I think is important when choosing stock.
C. We would love to know your ambitions for Chic Style Boutique.
P. I hope to expand CSB to worldwide, but we’ll see. For now, I will concentrate on the UK. I will also be running competitions soon, and a Hall of Fame style feature/noticeboard, so customers can send in images of themselves wearing their lovely items.
C. You seem to thrive on positivity! Do you have a mantra by which you live your life; both personal and business?
P. I certainly do! Look after yourself, there’s only one of you. Exercise. It doesn’t have to be a lot, but you sure feel good afterward. Laugh as much as possible. Smile. Pass that smile on to a stranger as you are passing them on the street, for that smile could very well make their day. Try not to dwell on your troubles/struggles; they won’t last forever. Live as if tomorrow is your last day. And be good. Always try to be good; “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou.
Thank you so much for chatting with me Persia. I’m sure readers will enjoy your comments as much as I have. I wish you every success with Chic Style Boutique.