Wednesday, 1 April 2015
Cooler months equal comfort food. And more often than not the thought of comfort food leads itself to chocolate. In this case, chocolate pudding. The folks at The Artful Desperado have a delicious take on this with their Mayan Dark Chocolate Pudding which is topped with candied, salted pistachios.
Visit their blog for the complete recipe, and get baking!
Clearly my apt of dedicating time and effort has withered away at recent times.
I do apologize. None the less, here are some photos from brunch the other week at Entre Côte with my darling friend Tenille.
Parked on a corner on Domain Rd, South Yarra (Mebourne), Entre Côte's looks out to the city's Botanical Gardens and lures in patrons with it's fresh croissant's, espresso's and quintessential steak frittes. For those like myself in search of a little hint of France in your life (but can't fathom the airfare), it's enough to keep your Parisian urges at bay.
...as for my outfit
Trench Coat Burberry
Grey woolen skirt Prada
Sleeveless black knitted top Staple the Label
Black ankle boots Soles
Grey leather clutch Búl
Aviator Sunglasses Ray-bans
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
a. Balenciaga "Waterfall-ruffle sleeveless dress"
b. Chloe "Devon leather cross-body bag"
c. Diptyque "Vetyverio fragrance"
d. Thomas Maier "Leather sandals"
Monday, 17 November 2014
A company that got it very right when it comes to the e-commerce territory is the online fashion store heavy weight Net-a-Porter. For brands that are entering the digital market, Net-a-Porter is one to take some tips from. And no I’m not just referring to their branded same-day service vans which can be spotted zipping around the streets of London and New York.
A. Service is Paramount
Consumers are now demanding that companies don’t merely serve them, but do so in a personalized way. Having grown exponentially over the last decade Net-a-Porter has not let this waver their excellent service. I'm talking seamless online ordering and processing, an easy returns policy, great customer care and perfectly packaged garments that can make any girl swoon. The picture of the Net-a-Porter black box wrapped with a dainty black and white ribbon is the Hermès orange box standard of fame. It's no wonder that their net worth has risen to the hefty heights of $3.4 billion.
B. Disrupting the Digital Landscape
In today’s digital environment, the consumer appetite for a high-quality customer experience is a given and, as a result, e-commerce is ripe for disruption through innovative customer service and experience. Net-a-Porter’s fusion of content and commerce is what led it to stand out from similar retailers.
The fashion juggernaut saw the importance of incorporating human talents alongside sending to print their own publication “Porter”- as a service to its beloved customer. Last time I was writing away about Net-a-Porter was because they were about to send Porter to the printers for the first time. As a side note I did purchase Porter for the first time the other week and found it to have the soul of a Myer catalogue, but that's another story.
C. Engage your target consumer
It's often said that today's customer is connected, empowered and impatient. This refers to the Net-a-Porter woman precisely. She is connected with the global fashion industry, actively uses Instagram and dreams of it all. Although the empowering of consumers has meant that companies are now in an arms race to build customer service and experience across a multitude of channels. Net-a-Porter has managed to create an organic, genuine and loyal following. Something that cannot be created with the click of the fingers. The customers are definitely both the backbone and driving force of Net-a-Porter, and it will strive to facilitate their every need. Net-a-Porter's constant creation of relevant content is what keeps it moving. They are industry leaders on both the instagram and twitter front's and their iPad "Notebook" app is a dream. Onwards and upwards.
“The most important thing, certainly today, is to follow the consumer. Technology and the consumer are changing so quickly.”