Making the case for snapchat

I know what you’re thinking, you don’t need another social media app to invade your life and take up anymore of your time.  I get it, but hear me out.  The past 10 years have been revolutionary in terms of technology and social media, specifically how we connect with other people.  Facebook currently has 1.5 BILLION monthly users worldwide.  That’s a 14% increase from last year.  Those numbers cannot be ignored.  But 10 years ago we never imagined Facebook would be the place where we get most of our information. Today we use it to connect with our friends, sisters, brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents.  And if you have a business you should be using it to connect with your customers.

Just as Facebook has gained lots of followers so too has instagram.  It has 400 million monthly users worldwide. I started using instagram for my business and is now viewed more frequently by my clients and gaining followers everyday.  And instagram is different from Facebook.  Instagram is the #6 most downloaded free app and Facebook is #7.

Snapchat is now the #3 most downloaded free app.  It is different from both Facebook and instagram.  Probably like some of you I originally thought snapchat was an app for young people to post “nude” photos and have it disappear after it’s viewed.  But snapchat is much more than that.  It is an app for photo and video sharing in real time.  It’s not a photo that was take a few weeks ago or even a few days ago.  It was taken less than 24 hours ago and it is available for viewing for 24 hours, then it disappears.

Snapchat is one of the newest apps and it will gain huge momentum in the next 36 months.  The question is will you be equipped to use it the way it’s meant to be used?   And here’s why you should know it and start to feel comfortable with.  Facebook and instagram are huge vehicles for businesses right now and if you are employed full-time or part-time you should know how to use both of these platforms.  Sharing photos and videos, posting articles and advertising on either of these platforms is where you are grabbing consumer attention.  What if you don’t work?  Well, at some point (no matter your age) you will either own your own business and/or work for someone else.  And if you are not familiar with these platforms you’ll be left in the dust.

Although I don’t currently have very many viewers on my snapchat account I use it regularly to find my voice on this particular platform. Snapchat is not very easy to use and it’s changing as it grows.  And in 36 months when all my friends and clients are on it I will be prepared and waiting.

Here are a few of my favorite people I follow on snapchat

Anne Della Russo – annadellarusso – The editor-at-large and creative consultant for Vogue Japan.  Anna is at all the fashion shows in Milan, Paris and New York and videos are posted from the runway.

Kevin Hart – kevinhart4real

Kate Hudson – khudsnaps

Goldie Hawn – goldiehawn

Reese Wetherspoon – snapsbyreese

Serena Williams – serenaunmatched

Eva Longoria – realevalongoria

Jessica Alba – jessicamalba

Andy Cohen – andysgotthe411

Chrissy Teigen – chrissyteigen

Jimmy Fallon – fallontonight

Don’t forget to follow me – biancaboutique!

And let me know if you have any favorites!

Happy snapping!

 

 

 

New Arrivals from Three Eighty Two

Great new arrivals from Three Eighty Two that are beautiful and easy to wear.

 The separates in this collection are great.  They can be worn together our separately.  I love the palazzo pant with the great print.  So comfortable to wear with a simple tank top or shirt.  A great body suit would be great too.

A great romper isn’t just for the young and beautiful.  The key is to find one that fits well and is not too short.  A great print really adds a nice touch.  The length is important as you don’t want it to be too short.

I love the handkerchief dress.  The hem line is perfect for wearing this style with either flats or high heels.  This one form Three Eighty Two is a great color because you can do so much with it.  Add an accessory for color or pair with silver necklace to really give it a lift.

 Three Eighty Two makes great prints as well.  Dresses or tops in a great print is a great way to brighten your wardrobe for Spring and will take you right into Summer.  Subtle prints are easier to wear but some people do prefer a brighter print as well. Don’t be afraid to experiment with prints.  Most time when you see a great print you need to try it on because it looks much more different on then id does on the hanger.  Try different tones and colors to see which would be best for you and what you feel most comfortable wearing.  There are so many great options out there so have some fun!

We love the dramatic look of the hi-lo dress especially in periwinkle!  Color adds some excitement to a dress and this dress has maximum impact. If you’re tall no need for high heels but of you’re shorter the dress looks much better with a high heel. I love silver accessories for this color as well.

Three Eighty Two is a relatively new line but they have done a great job putting together a collection that is stylish, easy to wear, with great color and print at very reasonable price points. You don’t have to think long and hard about the purchase.  You can get a great stylish “date night” shirt for under $100.  Similarly the dresses are priced well.  It’s easy to pick up a great off-the-shoulder shirt without breaking the bank and because it’s priced so well the purchase is easy.  The fabrics are always comfortable and the clothes are great to travel with because they don’t wrinkle easily.  The brand is a great option.  The company also produces the Lanston and Krisa, two other collections that are equally as great.  The styling is superb, the fit is amazing and the price point is great.  What more can you ask for in a collection?

The new arrivals are great for wearing now and will take you into the summer and beyond. The fit will be so good you’ll want to keep wearing for many seasons to come.

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Three Eighty Two

 

Three Eighty Two

Three Eighty Two

 

Three Eighty Two

Organachs Farm to Skin

I was in the nail salon recently and met a woman who just so happened to be opening a new store in town.  It turns out the store in Organachs Farm to Skin, a natural and organic products and holistic facial services company.  The store is located on the Post Road between Art’s Deli and Age of Reason. One of my first questions was, I would love to use all natural products but do they work?  Siobhan D. Mckinley the owner, was quick to educate me on what is a common misconception when it comes to all natural skin-care products.  The answer is yes, all natural works even better than commercially produced skin care products.  The point being that what we put on our skin should be as important as what we put in our bodies. I went to visit Siobhan in the store recently and was more than pleased to see all the great products featured in her store as well as her vast knowledge on the topic of skin care.  From facial products to makeup and diffusers, everything in the store is all natural and good for you. Because we could all you a little less toxins in our lives.

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Click below for link to web-site and more information.

http://www.organachsfarmtoskin.com/

 

 

 

Wedding bells are ringing

Wedding season is typically mid April through mid October.  So if you have a wedding to attend in the next few months, now is the time to start shopping for the perfect outfit.  Here we have put together a few options.

Love Sam has a great dress that has an a-line shape for a flattering and comfortable shape.  We’ve paired it with our Miguel Ases chandelier for a dramatic affect.  A beaded clutch finishes off the look. The best part is it’s a mint color.

The long Grecian style dress is from Ella Moss is pale pink.  This dress has shorts attached for an easy and wearable style.  The delicate straps drape over the shoulder for a very “goddess” look.  We paired this dress with a beaded clutch.  The three eighty two dress is also an a-line shape but with a drape hem on the end. This is a great trend that is also flattering for many different shapes.  A custom Bianca Boutique clutch completes the look.

The printed jersey column dress from Hale Bob is a great piece for an event or while traveling.  It wears well and won’t wrinkle.  This piece is very versatile as it can be worn day or night.

Sometimes a dress is just not going to cut it.  No worries, there are some great shapes of pants to wear.  We love the Bailey44 wide leg pant that sits a little higher on the waist.  We’ve paired it with a beautiful ivory blouse from Love Sam with ruffle detail.  The bell sleeve is a great trend that we’re seeing now and into Spring 2017.

And who wouldn’t love a great mid-calf tulle skirt?  The ultimate in romanticism and it works well with a flirty pair of shoes and a fitted shirt.  The body-suit trend will come in very handy with this one!

Whatever your preference it’s easy to look and feel your best whether that means wearing a shorter dress, a maxi dress or a pair of chic pants.  All these items are on trend for the season.  We’re seeing a lot of pastels and flowy, breezy fabrics for Spring.  But regardless of the trends the shape that best suits you is the best choice.  And there is no wrong way about it.

Weddings are a time of celebration so the key is to keep it festive.  If the invitation says “black-tie” that it more an indication of what the men will wear, which is a tuxedo.  For women the rules are much more lose.  As a woman you are not required to wear a gown or maxi dress.  You should however make it up with sparkly accessories and shoes.  And the key is you don’t want to be under-dressed.  A cocktail length dress is acceptable for a formal event.  Cocktail dresses come in all shapes and sizes and depending on the color and style can lend itself to a dressier look.  Again the right accessories make a world of difference and will take a plain dress from plain to fabulous with a few key accessory pieces.

Love Sam

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Take it all off!

The weather is getting warmer and with that thoughts of beach days and bare skin.  Taking off the layers means carefully evaluating what is underneath.  Swimwear, mini dresses and shoulder baring tops all look better sans unruly hair. So if your skin hasn’t seen the light of day from the neck down for quite some time, it’s time!

One of our neighbors at Bianca Boutique is The Waxing Spot.  Their skilled and professional body hair removal experts started with a mother daughter team with over 30 years of  combined experience – skilled in eyebrow shaping, Brazilian waxing and leg waxing. They will skillfully remove unwanted body hair with minimal discomfort.  Their eyebrow shaping is one of the best in town.

So whether you’re a regular or want to try The Waxing Spot for the first time,  stop by Bianca Boutique and get a 20% off gift card for you next visit. By appointment http://www.ctwaxing.com/

Your new summer outfit will thank you for it.

While supplies last.  Discount good until May 1st only.  Not to be combined with any other offer.

 

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Let them eat cupcakes!

So I heard about this new cupcake shop that just opened in Westport, CT and I had to check it out for myself.

The Cake Box, located at 10 Bay Street, behind the former 154 Post restaurant, is the second location for owners Robert Byrnes and his wife Jordan Gregory.  Their other location is in Ridgefield, CT.

This adorable shop has a variety of  cupcake flavors such as vanilla and red velvet as well as specialty flavors like almond joy, snickers, lemon raspberry, straciatella and mochaccino.  They also have a specialty flavor each day of the week.  In addition they can do beautiful cakes for special order.  Gluten free and nut free cupcakes are also available.

For the sake of research we taste tested a few flavors and they were DELICIOUS.  They are made fresh daily and one of the best cupcakes I’ve ever had.

As a special treat we will have The Cake Box cupcakes at Bianca Boutique Friday March 11th and Saturday March 12th.  Stop by to check out our beautiful new Spring arrivals and have a cupcake on us!  While supplies last.The Cake Box

Check them out at:

http://www.thecakeboxofct.com/default.html

 

 

8 Spring break vacation essentials

March (and April) is Spring break time.  Whether you’re going somewhere tropical or just headed south for a few days you need to pack for warmer weather.  We often times look at our wardrobe from last summer and wonder what it was we wore! The good news is retailers already have a great selection of Spring merchandise to choose from. And when you’re back from your awesome trip you have a few new outfits that will no doubt enhance your summer wardrobe! And summer is right around the corner.  Here’s 8 essential items you need to pack.

Cover-up


Sun Hat  
  
    
              Vibrant bag 

  Chic top

 Don’t forget the sunscreen!