• STOPPING SAYING YES!

    I’ve set myself a tasks and added to my to do list to try and write a new blog piece every week eeeeek!

    Trying to get my creative cap on and come up with new content and ideas that people might be interested in is proving rather difficult. However I know this is something I need to do and I’m going to try my hardest to deliver and hold myself accountable for the task I have set myself.

    Having googled the top 10 best content ideas for blogs I wasn’t inspired to put pen to paper and start writing. Then I started to think what would I like to read and what would interest me? I was in two minds to write about fashion/business or just general chit chat about life. Let me be honest I love fashion, I own a ladies fashion boutique but I wouldn’t say I’m a total fashion guru in fact half of the time I look like I’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards, I’m always drawn to the colour black and I don’t plan my outfits I just find whatever is clean and hanging in my wardrobe.

     

    What I’m trying to say is although I love fashion, I wouldn’t be passionate about writing about what the celebs are wearing or researching the runway fashions, its great to get inspiration from said areas but in reality we can’t all afford the Dior trench coat spotted on Kate Moss. My passion is finding and sourcing clothes that I love, my customers love and what doesn’t cost the earth, my passion is also watching something grow and flourish and learning how to make that happen.

     

    So answer to my question is let me write about my business, my passion and what I’m learning along the way, and trust me I could write a lot of blog posts about that…

     

    So let me start with the business side and my downfall which I still struggle with and thats the ability to say NO I really struggle to say NO if people ask me to do something even if I don’t particularly want to do it I find the words “yes course I can” “Yes I’ll help you with that” Yes put me down for that” rolling out of my mouth and on the inside I’m thinking why the heck did I say yes…

    This is something I’ve learnt that in business you have to say NO especially when it involves money, when I first opened House of 925, many businesses contacted me trying to sell me advertising space, companies were ringing me trying to offer social media services, card reader companies were trying to sign me up to there card payment service, the list went on and some of these guys gave amazing sales pitches which I fell for hook line and sinker and I spent a lot of money on things such as advertising space which gave me very little or no return on my purchase.

    Obviously as a new business you need to try things its all trial and error maybe things such as advertising space would work wonders for your business, but I’ve learnt its so important not to get swept up in a sales pitch, do the research and if it doesn’t work for you then say NO.

    Looking back on the past year I’ve spent money on areas of advertising that I wish I hadn’t however it’s definitely a lesson learnt and now I have a vague idea what works for me I often wish I’d of put all that money into a more returnable advertising process.

    Going forward I’m going to learn to say NO which I’m getting slightly better with and I’m also going to keep researching what advertising works well for my business, if I want House of 925 to grow then its all about getting House of 925 in front of the right people and thats exactly what I’m going to try and do…I’ll do a blog on my advertising journey and let you know how I’m getting on.

    Kate@houseof925

    xoxo

    Posted by Kate Frances
  • WE'VE TURNED ONE

    Well we have officially survived our first year…

     

    House of 925 turned one on August the 1st 2018 after a busy couple of weeks I can now take time to reflect on our first year of business, the up’s the downs and the craziness of starting a business and I wouldn’t change a minute of it. 

    House of 925, originated firstly in my head, when I use to spend my days sat on the M62 heading to my previous job, as much as I liked my job, and loved the people I worked with, I had a niggle inside me, that told me I was meant to be doing something I truly loved, Days and weeks past the same commute, the same amount of traffic and the same niggle pecked away at me. 

    When I heard The Piece Hall, was renovating the building I thought this is it, this is my calling I literally lived 10 minutes away, the location was perfect, and I just knew this was meant to be. I arranged a viewing of a couple of units and I immediately fell in love with Number 12. A small little white box, with its old Georgian style windows, and glossy wooden floorboards, Number 12 was going to become House of 925 and that it did. 

    The papers were signed, the keys were handed over and we got to work in turning Number 12 into the start of my new adventure. Don’t get me wrong I was terrified about leaving my job where I had spent to last 10 years, with a regular income and a place where I felt comfortable. I was now venturing into the unknown I didn’t even know if I’d make any money, if people would like my style of clothing I had months and months of sleepless nights. but I knew deep down it couldn’t and wouldn’t fail. 

    After weeks of work and tweaking my little unit, open day arrived, nervous was an understatement, luckily I had a couple of bottles or should I say glasses of fizz and after a few we opened the doors, and I was good to go. 

    The open day was a great success The Piece Hall had over 22,000 visitors through the gates, the day couldn’t of gone better. The following months were just as great, The Piece Hall hosted some amazing events including, Tour de Yorkshire, Antiques Roadshow, Chow Down food festival, The big sing and that's just to name a few. 

    House of 925, took part in the Forget me not children's hospice fashion show, we featured in the local Halifax Courier, we were interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds, we’ve attended several christmas fares and ladies nights and the most exciting part for me is, we’ve built up a regular customer base with returning customers so I’m hoping we’re doing something right. We’ve made new friends, met some great people and learned a lot along the way. 

    House of 925, has achieved a lot in it’s first year but I know we still have a long way to go, this year was all about finding our feet, learning as we go and slowly learning how to grow the business. We have lots planned for the future, but we know if we’re persistent, consistent, work hard and enjoy the moments everything else will fall into place and we’re excited for what's to come. 

    Most of all a massive, huge thank you to all our lovely customers, who have walked through the door, looked at us online or even just given us a thumbs up on Facebook, we really do appreciate it and we wouldn’t be here without you. Here is to many more years to come…Thank you  xoxo 

    Posted by Kate Frances
  • LOVE ISLAND....THE BOYS

    So a little later than planned but let's do a quick rundown of the LOVE ISLAND boys…DRUM ROLL PLEASE…

    Let’s start with the boy that everyone is talking about… DR DO MORE ALEX

    If Alex doesn't meet a lady in Love Island, then I have no doubt when he leaves the villa he will be snapped up! A good-looking doctor who is actually adorable, forget the bad boy's girls its time to meet Mr. Nice. I personally really like Alex, I think a little more confidence and encouragement from the other boys, he will be just fine and hopefully lucky in love. 

    Wes

    Wes, Wes, Wes, originally I really liked Wes and thought he seemed a genuinely nice guy, however after last nights episode (with the new arrival Ellie) my opinions shifted. The fact that he has cast Laura aside and the fact that he would 100% give things a go with Ellie just made my blood boil. I really hope Ellie doesn't choose Wes for the re-coupling and I hope Laura comes to her senses and re-couples with someone else. 

    Eyal

    I’m 50/50 on Mr Spiritual I don’t think there is a real connection between himself and Meghan and I think he’s just a free spirit who doesn’t really know what he wants. 

    Jack 

    I love Jack and his teeth are just amazing, Jack seems like a right sort, down to earth and someone who appears to just be enjoying his time in the villa. I hope his like for Danni is genuine and I’m absolutely loving the bromance with Alex - Super sweet. 

    Josh 

    No real opinion on Josh, so far he seems he hasn’t had that much airtime, I think he will come out of his shell as the show progresses. 

    Adam

    Well, well well I think the whole nation has an opinion on Adam, I think Adam sums up the majority of good looking 20+ males in the UK today. I don’t even know where to start with Adam, he’s clearly very good looking and knows it, which I find a little off-putting and he's just so flippant, he’s just a boy looking to play the field and I’m sure he will grow out of that at some point in his life…I hope. 

    I’m excited to see what unravels throughout the rest of the show…

    Posted by Kate Frances
  • LOVE ISLAND OBSESSED...ERM YEAH!

    Who else is obsessed with Love Island...I am and it's only day two!
    Posted by Kate Frances
  • SPRING-ISHHH...

     

    IS IT SUMMER YET…? 

    Driving to work its raining, its grey, and overall a pretty miserable day, to think we’re in Spring it feels more like winter. It got me thinking it really is quite difficult to decide what to wear! Do you opt for a bold spring colour, maybe a boho beauty top, teamed with your fave denim jacket. Or do you wrap up warm in your favourite winter warmers? With the weather so unpredictable its hard to decide!

     

    Arriving at House of 925, coffee in hand, I’ve decided to put together my winterish / springishhh ideas, which will hopefully work for all seasons :) yey!

     

    The Cowl Neck Jumper Dress

    Cowl neck jumper dresses are great especially in a spring colour such as Pink, Light Grey, or Blue. The spring colours brighten up the look but it also has the ability to keep you snug. On a warmer day, you could even opt to wear it as a dress, with some killer ankle boots - Great for all weathers and occasions. 

     

    The Faithful Denim Shirt 

    The denim shirt is essential for any wardrobe. The classic piece which in all honesty looks great in all seasons. Denim shirts look good worn as a shirt or for a more casual look wear it open over another top (very arty) Lots of denim shirts are doing the rounds at the moment, I particular like the pearl embellished shirts for that extra impact. 

     

    The Oversized Jumper 

    Another favourite of mine an oversized jumper can be worn casually with a pair of skinny jeans/leggings or again for the warmer days wear it as a dress with those ankle boots. Keep the colours bright or natural and try to stay away from black which I know can be a tricky one! 

    Floral Print dress

    The floral print dress looks great worn as a dress or with tights, especially for those cooler days, an oversized cardigan can look great with this and add some extra warmth. 

    You can shop all these styles via our website www.houseof925.com
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    Posted by Kate Frances