Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Day Off

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Lately I've been feeling really tired and stressed. I just feel like all the mental planning and thinking related to the store has been such a drag. Maybe it's my lack of experience in retail and the fashion industry that's gotten me all lost. The boutique has been open for almost 1.5 years now and I've been running it full-time for almost one year. Honestly this one year has felt more like three to four years to me. Sometimes I just want to take a break, a day off, from it all so I can relax my mind. But seriously, who's gonna do all the work when I'm gone, right. I'm always so worried about the store, it's become such a mental issue. For all the time I'm awake, I'm constantly thinking about the store. I can now truly understand what it feels like when other business people say that owning your business is a lot of work. Because it is!

During this past year, I always feel like I'm not doing well enough. The store is so far off from what I had envisioned. Sometimes when people hear my story, they think that I'm doing pretty well for a new business. Despite all the comfort, the business is just not up to par with my standard and everything is just happening too slowly. Then again, I am super lazy...and...I wouldn't have the guts or the resources to grow it fast. So yeah, most of the time I'm just angry with myself. I spend so much time thinking, yet I spend very little time executing. There's always so much to do and when I think about how much there is to be done, I always put it off by saying "I'll do it later". Of course, nothing gets done in the end (if school has taught me's really how to put off homework until the last minute...translating to my status quo).

It's ironic how I started off by saying I need a break and ended off by saying I need to work harder. Will my hard work truly pay off though in the end? Most small businesses fail within 5 years of starting. I want to say that I hope I won't be one of them, but hope is such a light word...we can't just hope, we need to do everything we can to make sure that we are not. Everyday I drive down the same roads and I see new businesses come and go within months! It's really scary to see people pour their life savings into something and failing in the end. What's the problem though? Is it just that people are not working hard enough? Is it an external factor? Sometimes I really wonder what's the truth behind it all. Based on my one year experience, all I know now is that I gotta work hard, work right, play it safe and think smart. Everything changes with time and you need to evolve with it.

Bag from Prada
Shoes from Giuseppe Zanotti

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Black & White

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Shift dresses are great for the summer. There's just so many ways you can play with it. Couple ideas: wear it as a shirt by tucking it into your pants/shorts; belt it to accentuate your waistline; wear it loose for a cool everyday look; and add a statement necklace and a pair of high heels to give it extra glam! Everyone always look for a shift dress that's got a cool print and I find that the Australian labels do a really great job in making some fun prints. I paired this black and white printed shift dress from The Fifth Label, almost like a paint affect, with a pair of Birks for a cool relaxed look.
White Birks Sandals
Black Prada Bag

Thursday, May 14, 2015

It's Been A While

Thursday, May 14, 2015

It's been such a long time since I have posted on the blog, but now with the store being more on track, I can finally start focusing my attention on the blog and YouTube again. Hopefully I'll be able to share my thoughts through my blog on a day to day basis. I'll also be blogging about my business venture here along with some awesome food finds (which I cannot live without). So for all of those who were curious about my boutique, you better keep a close eye on the blog. This was my weekend outfit when the weather got warmer. I don't know why but I'm a total shorts and skirts person. I really don't like wearing long pants and once the weather becomes slightly warm, I will always default to shorts and skirts. I'm so not cut out for the Canadian weather.

Hermes Mini Evelyn Kiwi
Stuart Weitzman Heels

Monday, August 25, 2014

Phuket Day 5: The Departure

Monday, August 25, 2014

 The final and last day in Phuket. Once I got back to Singapore, it was exam time. I had the biggest Whopper at the airport.

Puket Day 4: Lounging Around

I am starting to fall in love with the fact that I can wake up to the sound of clashing waves and look out at such an amazing view. It's only one more day until I have to leave, yet I am not tired with this place at all! But all good things come to an end and it's about time that I get away from this fairy tale dream back to reality.

Phuket Day 3: Beach Time

Decided to go to the beach since there was a free shuttle from the hotel. When I got there, it started to stayed by the hotel beach club most of the time. 

Phuket Day 2: Most Beautiful View

Phuket was meant to be a total relaxation trip. However, I had an exam one day after we get back. During this time, I was suppose to read all the relevant chapters of the textbook, which I have never opened until now, but only managed to read 2 chapters. Also, the Italian restaurant at the resort, Diavolo, is extremely good, probably one of the best I've had so far. The white linen dress that you see in this set of pictures is the one that was made in Vietnam, what do you guys think? I've come to realize that linen gets wrinkly really more linen clothes for me. 

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