OMONI Boutique Blog
We are a little behind in posting... okay, okay. We are a LOT behind! The Flower Crown Work Shop hosted by Grohman's Flower Shop, The HSS Feed and OMONI Boutique was a wonderful success! 12 ladies learned how to put together gorgeous flower crowns using real flowers supplied by Grohman's, which made it all the better. The cost was $35 which included light snacks and sips, all the materials and instructions by Grohman's owner. Ashley Hoffman from Eleven Creative MI photography was generous enough to donate her time and talent, and helped capture the moments!
We absolutely loved the idea of making flower crowns in April... perfect introduction into Spring and warmer weather ahead. The boho, girly photo out in nature is a must for all fashion lovers and influencers as well as a girls night out statement piece (and a flower crown definitely qualifies for a statement piece!). In addition we had fun raffles and a special discount for all flower crown workshop attendees... all resulting in this event receiving such great feedback! Stay tuned for another flower crown workshop because we will for sure be hosting another one before this year is out!
Email us if you are interested in our next Flower Crown Work Shop at email@example.com
One of my favorite things to do as an upscale women's boutique store owner is to plan events and photo shoots to promote my store and brand. As a former meetings and event planner, I feel right at home when I create a "First Look" party or Holiday Open House promotion. Photo shoots were another engine that I had such a great time learning and executing.
[Stone Fox Swim One Piece : $190.00 (made in US) | Bella Dahl Denim Bomber : $195.00 (made in US) | Johnny Fly Co. Sunglasses : $120.00 | Pink Martini Booties : $82.00]
[ASTR the Label Samantha Dress : $106.00 | Ettika Earrings : $30.00]
I was searching for a photographer in the Michigan area that understood the imagery I was trying to portray: editorial, high fashion shoots. I was lucky when I stumbled upon Laur Nash Photography through my hourly instagram browsing. Upon seeing her instafeed and website... I knew I had to work with her, that she "gets it".
Laur was not only immensely talented and professional, but she was also very helpful and provided great feedback to both myself and the models. She also knew how to capture my store's images and even made me look somewhat "modelesque" for my about me page.
[Moon River : Crochet Lace Dress : $95.00 | Ettika Luxe Choker : $120.00 | Pink Martini Wedges : $65.00]
Why and Are photo shoots important? I firmly believe they ARE important because everyone is a visual shopper. You can describe your store's aesthetic and products all you want... but one image can kill or elevate your store and draw customer's attention. You want to engage your customers... and because I can't go out and always meet or see each person (although I wish I could!), Social Media is a great way of communicating with my community and shoppers; and photo shoots help promote that communication.
[ASTR the Label Top : $88.00 | Henry & Belle : White Coated Ankle Zip Denim : $198.00 | Johnny Fly Co Sunglasses : $140.00 | Shiraleah Chicago Tote : $80.00 | Ettika Choker : $40.00]
[Honey Punch Dress : $68.00 | Shiraleah Beach Tote : SOLD OUT]
My OMONI always told me I had 'champagne taste' ... and it wasn't necessarily in a good way. Being raised by a single mother on a teacher's salary did not allow me to indulge in what I really wanted (or thought I had wanted). I remember vividly a big argument ensued after asking my mom for money to buy new jeans, and she gave me $25 dollars. I was incredulous, impudent and lacked the respect that most teenagers do towards their parents, during this stage. Little did I know that she was teaching me, and instilling in me tools that would make me a successful buyer (and person) that I feel I am today.
Because I had to be wary of money growing up and really value what my money went towards, it made me look more closely at what I was investing in. I feel I am naturally drawn to pieces that are well made, designed with thought and made to fit and last. However, I definitely am not the one to pay top dollar for this, nor can I and most people. Certainly I want to splurge sometimes, but most often, I just want to know the pieces I buy will flatter me, make me feel more confident, will last and not break the bank or put me in severe credit card debt, lol!
As a buyer I look for everything I mentioned above; high quality pieces, made with thought and purpose, flattering to a woman's body and within a budget friendly arena. Below are some of my favorite pieces that are made supremely well and the most flattering fit to various types of body styles!
Z Supply Basics : Z Supply is a company out of California that provides signature washes and dyes, unique to their label. You won't be able to find quite exactly their colors anywhere else, which makes their brand so cool... yet they are quite affordable! Often their basics and line of shirts, dresses, pullovers, joggers and much more (including men) range from $20-$50. I stumbled upon them at MAGIC fashion trade show back in August 2016, their booth was packed and I knew this was something special! They have been OMONI's top sellers ever since!
Bella Dahl : Bella Dahl has their own trademarked wash and fabrication system called Tencera. Made from Tencel fabric (we are in love with this fabric and have orders other styles, coming soon!) and with their secret process of washing and manufacturing; the result is an unbelievable soft denim texture! They also put a lot of thought into their design, making it very flattering on women's bodies and include extra unique details that make it special (such as an open criss-cross back or button up back). This luxurious denim bomber is the quintessential Bella Dahl piece, exquisitely designed with the thick knitted sleeves and quilted denim fabric.
A lot of natural 'muslin' type clothing is coming out this Spring/Summer season. We have seen it on runways and in future designers line ups. Moon River has done a great job using this often 'common and plain' fabric and turning it into a well formed design that is perfect for women who want a bit of romanticism that is made to last.
All these can be found in our store and online. We hope to see you in our brick & mortar store on 108 N. Michigan Avenue, in Saginaw, MI 48602 or visit us online at www.omoniboutique.com to find all your needs from simple basics for layering to a jaw dropping, statement piece!